Small plane crash kills Rockefeller

Friday, June 13, 2014
By George Hatcher

The weather in White Plains was foggy and rainy when a Piper Meridian single-engine turbo prop missed a residence and crashed on a horse farm near Westchester County Airport, killing the pilot, Richard Rockefeller. Rockefeller was a doctor who had just celebrated his father’s 99th birthday. Weather may have been responsible for the accident.... »

Aripuanã Plane Crash kills Pilot and 3 passengers, including 2 Civil Servants

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
By George Hatcher
Aripuanã Plane Crash kills Pilot and 3 passengers, including 2 Civil Servants

On April 6, 2013, an Embraer EMB-720D Minuano #PT-ROS en route from Aripuanã to Colniza, Mato Grosso went missing. A pilot saw the wreckage and called it in to Civil police before the official search began, which was set to begin on Monday. The wreckage was reported on Monday April 7, along with the... »

Bodies Recovered 5 Days After Ridgeway Reservoir Plane Crash

Friday, March 28, 2014
By George Hatcher
Bodies Recovered 5 Days After Ridgeway Reservoir Plane Crash

Search teams have finally recovered the bodies of 5 persons who were on board while their single engine plane crashed in the Ridgeway Reservoir Colorado on March 22nd. The Socata TBM700 crash happened on March 22 when the plane was en route to Montrose regional airport. The victims have been identifies as Jimmy Hill,... »

The Mystery of Why?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By George Hatcher

Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. I’ve said this too many times to count. Here’s a question: The event below was a maintenance ferry flight. Every time I hear about a post maintenance ferry flight that crashed, I wonder how that maintenance was performed, and what they forgot to do. Maybe they performed maintenance perfectly—I don’t know.... »

Former mayor of Ponte Alta do Tocantins Dead in Plane Crash

Friday, February 14, 2014
By George Hatcher
Former mayor of Ponte Alta do Tocantins Dead in Plane Crash

The former Mayor of Ponte Alta do Tocantins, Cleyton Maia, 51 years, his son, Isaias Maia Barros Filho, the 24-year-old Mayan Pradheep, and a family friend, and member of the Brasilia Fire Department, Luis Augusto Aragon Feitosa, 23 years, were en route to the anniversary of Tom Belermindo when they died Sunday on a... »

Algerian Plane Crash Kills 77, One Survivor

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
By George Hatcher
Algerian Plane Crash Kills 77, One Survivor

Seventy-seven people were aboard a twenty-four year old missing C-130 Hercules (#7T-WHM) that was flying from Tamanrasset to Constantine when it crashed into Mount Fortas in Algeria. The wreckage was discovered on Feb 11, 2013. The Algerian TV and Radio initially reported 102 fatalities, but updates say there were 78 aboard. The Military Lockheed... »

Helicopter Skids Down German Slope

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By George Hatcher
Helicopter Skids Down German Slope

On January 26, 2014, a Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V. Eurocopter EC135 P2 flew a medical evacuation of a skiing accident victim. The pilot aborted two landings that were too steep, and had landed on the third try on the snow-covered hill near a ski run in Oberwiesenthal. The pilot had just left the helicopter when... »

Medical Plane Crash Leads to Resignations in Romania

Saturday, January 25, 2014
By George Hatcher
Medical Plane Crash Leads to Resignations in Romania

A medical rescue crew boarded a plane and left Bucharest for Oradea to pick up transplant organs from a patient who just passed away. But they became victims themselves. We have seen intensive searches for missing planes all over the globe; but here’s a medical rescue team aboard a BN-2A Islander who suffered tragedy... »

Business Jet Crashes

Friday, January 17, 2014
By George Hatcher
Business Jet Crashes

Sunday a Cessna Citation business jet carrying two pilots and two passengers from Shoreham airport in England to an airfield at Foehren struck a post in foggy conditions, and crashed, in flames when firefighters arrived. The two pilots and two passengers—all German— died at the scene. The wing stuck in (struck?) a pylon to... »

Flight Slides off Runway

Thursday, January 9, 2014
By George Hatcher
Flight Slides off Runway

On January 9, 2013, a Jazz Air flight operating as Air Canada Express–flying a de Havilland DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 made a safe landing at John G. Diefenbaker International Airport in Saskatchewan Canada. The plane was taxiing when it struck ice, and veered off runway into snow where it was mired, blocking the runway. The... »

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