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Fuzhou Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Fuzhou, China

Sunday, August 21, 2016
By George Hatcher
Fuzhou Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Fuzhou, China

Fuzhou Airlines flight FU-6509 had to return and make an emergency landing in Fuzhou, China, on August 18th. The Boeing 737-800 plane took off for Kunming, China, but had to return shortly afterwards due to a bird strike that damaged a pitot tube. The plane landed uneventfully after burning off excess fuel. All passengers... »

BA Instrument Failure over Calgary

Thursday, March 8, 2012
By George Hatcher
BA Instrument Failure over Calgary

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Phil Debski What: British Airways Boeing 767-300 en route from London Heathrow to Calgary Where: Calgary When: Mar 5th Why: On approach to Calgary, the crew of British Airways Boeing G-BNWY lost most of their instruments. The data stream loss appears to have been... »

Family Charges Bombardier with Negligence

Saturday, February 26, 2011
By George Hatcher
Family Charges Bombardier with Negligence

The National Transportation Safety Board’s decision on the Colgan Air Flight 407 crash is that the pilot responded inappropriately to the stick shaker, which led to an aerodynamic stall from which the airplane did not recover. The stick shaker only comes into play when the plane is already slow enough to stall. The plane... »

Pitot Diverts Dash 8 to Bergan

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
By George Hatcher
Pitot Diverts Dash 8 to Bergan

Pictured: A Wideroe De Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 Dash 8 Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact photographer Felix Goetting What: Wideroe de Havilland Dash 8-100 en route from Sogndal to Forde Where: Bergen When: Mar 2nd 2010 Who: 16 passengers and 3 crew Why: While on route, the pitot heating system failed.... »

Airbus Failure Again…Over the China Sea

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
By George Hatcher
Airbus Failure Again…Over the China Sea

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact Photographer Marc Kirchhofs What: Northwest Airlines Airbus A330-300 en route from Hong Kong China to Tokyo Narita Japan Where: East China Sea When: Jun 23rd 2009 Who: n/a Why: The crew noted a sharp drop in outside temperature, then lost the air data reference system.... »

Unreliable Airspeed: Blame it on the Bee

Saturday, May 30, 2009
By George Hatcher

What: SAS Norway Boeing 737-700 en route from Oslo Gardermoen Norway to Malaga Spain Where: Gardermoen Airport When: May 30th 2009 Who: 134 passengers Why: After takeoff, airspeed numbers did not agree. The crew landed back at the airport about half an hour after takeoff. Passengers were flown to their destinations on an alternative... »

TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus loses Airspeed, Data

Thursday, May 21, 2009
By George Hatcher
TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus loses Airspeed, Data

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact Photographer Normando Carvalho Jr What: TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A330-200 en route from Miami, FL to Sao Paulo Brazil Where: en route to Sao Paulo When: May 21st 2009 Who: not listed Why: While in flight, the flight crew observed a drop of the outside... »

Birgenair: Historical Fatality

Tuesday, February 6, 1996
By George Hatcher
Birgenair: Historical Fatality

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net Contact Photographer Gerhard Plomitzer What: Birgenair Boeing 757-200 en route from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Frankfurt Germany Where: Puerto Plata When: February 6th 1996 Who: 176 passengers 13 crew Why: The plane had been parked for a month in Puerto Plata. After takeoff, disagreeing airspeeds... »

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