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Thomas Cook Flight Makes Emergency Landing after Bird Strikes

Saturday, November 12, 2016
By George Hatcher
Thomas Cook Flight Makes Emergency Landing after Bird Strikes

Thomas Cook flight MT-1033 made an emergency landing in Banjul, Gambia, on November 8th. The plane had just departed for Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom, when it encountered a flock of ducks. The birds impacted both engines and the landing gear, forcing the crew to return for an emergency landing. The plane landed safely. All... »

TAP Portugal Plane Diverts to Africa due to Bird Ingestion

Saturday, July 30, 2016
By George Hatcher
TAP Portugal Plane Diverts to Africa due to Bird Ingestion

TAP Portugal flight TP-1534 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Amílcar Cabral International Airport, Cape Verde, Africa, on July 28th. The Airbus A320-200 flying from Praia to Lisbon, Portugal, had to divert due to bird ingestion by one of its engines. The plane landed safely. No one was injured. Download article... »

All 25 Survived after U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashed into Arabian Sea

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By George Hatcher
All 25 Survived after U.S. Marine Helicopter Crashed into Arabian Sea

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed into the Arabian Sea on September 1. The helicopter belonging to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit crashed during landing on the Mesa Verde. According to the press release issued by the Navy, “The aircraft was carrying the Marines and sailors back to USS Mesa Verde... »

Fatal Crash during Secunda Airshow

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
By George Hatcher
Fatal Crash during Secunda Airshow

Photographer Gary Shephard A Red Bull Extra 300 aircraft crashed on October 12 during a Secunda airshow in Mpumalanga. The engine appeared to stall when the pilot came out of a dive. The plane leveled out, made it to the ground and skidded seventy meters. When the plane caught fire, the pilot, Glen Dell,... »

Unbalanced McDonnell Douglas?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
By George Hatcher
Unbalanced McDonnell Douglas?

An Ethiopian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-11F Cargo plane fell on its tail. The cargo plane may have had an unbalanced load. The incident occurred during loading or unloading; and the plane is reported to be back in service. Download article as PDF »

8 Die in Botswana Crash

Monday, October 17, 2011
By George Hatcher

What: Moremi Air Cessna 208B Grand Caravan en route from Xakanaka Airstrip to Pom Pom Camp Airstrip Where: Xaxanaka (Botswana) When: OCT 14 2011 Who: 12 aboard, 8 fatalities Why: A Moremi Air Cessna crashed in Botswana in the Okavango Delta soon after takeoff. Fatalities include the pilot and seven tourists. Four Swedes, two... »

Nabo Rings Danger and Caution over African Skies (and Spreading)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
By George Hatcher
Nabo Rings Danger and Caution over African Skies (and Spreading)

It is June 15, three days after Eritrea’s Nabo volcano erupted, and traffic is still being disrupted. Ethiopian Airlines announced flights to Northern Ethiopia, Dijbouti and Kartoum are still disrupted by the ash cloud, although their other flights are running smoothly. Care is being taken because the ash, which is mainly made up of... »

4 Survive Antonov Crash offshore Gabon, Africa

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By George Hatcher
4 Survive Antonov Crash offshore Gabon, Africa

What: DHL Aviation (leased from Solenta Aviation) Antonov 26 Where: 2.3 km S of Libreville Airport, Gabon When: 06 JUN 2011 Who: 2 crew 2 passengers Why: The flight had permission to land when it began experiencing a hydraulic problem, and was flying with difficulty when it crashed into the sea near Libreville Airport.... »

Blacklisted by the EU: Air Madagascar

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
By George Hatcher
Blacklisted by the EU:  Air Madagascar

According to a unanimous decision by the European Commission’s Air Safety Committee, Air Madagascar is the latest Airline blacklisted by the EU. The decision was made during the 5 – 7 April meeting. In some areas, 98 per cent of ICAO safety standards were not met. All airlines from Mozambique have been added because... »

Safekeeping of Passengers Flies or Dies on Banks Due Diligence of Ethiopia Airlines

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
By George Hatcher
Safekeeping of Passengers Flies or Dies on Banks Due Diligence of Ethiopia Airlines

While one should congratulate Ethiopian Airlines for securing a $765 million package deal to finance five 777s, I hope the banks checked more than just their credit history and their relationship with the banks. In terms of technological adulthood, Africa is still in its infancy. The pressure put on even a fairly reputable airline... »

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