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Laser Douglas crashes in Colombia

A Laser Aereo Colombia Douglas DC-3 en route from San Jose del Guaviare to Villavicencio declared emergency on approach to Villavicencio. The plane crashed on a rural dirt road near Villavicencio and burst into flames. All of the fourteen aboard perished. The mayor of Taraira, Meta, was traveling on the crashed plane. Pilot Jaime Carrillo, co-pilot Jaime Herrera and aviation technician Álex Moreno also died in the crash.

In 1945, this plane served in the US Navy and AirForce.

The telephone line 311 564 3040 has been set up for information and assistance to the families of the victims. Both Laser and the insurer will be assisting the families of the victims of this incident,” the communication states.

Arall Aerolineas Llaneras Plane Crashes after Emergency Landing in Colombia

Arall Aerolineas Llaneras Douglas plane returned to make an emergency landing and crashed outside Puerto Gaitan Airport, Puerto Gaitan, Colombia, on April 7th.

The Douglas DC-3, en-route from Puerto Gaitan to Villavicencio, Colombia, had just climbed out of Puerto’s runway when the left hand engine failed, prompting the crew to return and attempt for an emergency landing.

The plane was completely destroyed.

All 3 crew members onboard were evacuated.

Two crew members suffered injuries and were taken to hospitals.

South Africa Military Plane Crashes killing 11

What: South African military Douglas C-47TP Dakota
Where: Drakensberg mountains
When: Dec 5, 2012
Who: 11 crew and passengers
Why: A military plane that took off from Pretoria crashed in the Drakensberg (trans. Dragon Mountain) mountains killing everyone aboard. Soldiers located the wreckage near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Six crew members and five passengers were on the flight, which encountered bad weather. The deceased include a major, a captain, four sergeants, four corporals and one lance corporal.

The accident occurred 17 miles north of Qunu, where Mandela lives. It has not been reported if the crew was connected with Mandela or his medical care. It has been speculated that the crash was weather related.

South Africa’s Defense Department will be investigating.

Hard Landing, Blown Tires, Pilot Lands Safe in Vegas

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Contact photographer Klaus Ecker

What: Allegiant Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 en route from Des Moines to Las Vegas
Where: Las Vegas
When: Mar 17th 2012
Who: 147 passengers and 5 crew
Why: On landing, the plane bounced. Trailing smoke from two blown tires, the plane stopped on the runway, where passengers disembarked and were bussed to the terminal.

The right main gear tires blew, and the left main gear sustained damage. No injuries were reported.

Hard Landing Jars Douglas Jet Engines

What: Aeropostal Douglas DC-9-50 en route from Caracas to Puerto Ordaz
Where: Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
When: Sep 26th 2011
Who: 125 passengers and 5 crew
Why: On making a hard landing in Puerto Ordaz, the engine supports were jarred and cracked, severely damaging the plane. No injuries occurred. Passengers disembarked and were ported to the terminal.

The plane was shut down on the runway. It is a testament to Douglas that the structural integrity of the plane maintained, it was flexible enough to make the landing, and a fire did not rage out of control.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines= Running Late Airways

What: Biman Bangladesh Airlines en route from Dubai to London
Where: Amman Jordan
When: Sep 18th 2011
Who: 193 passengers
Why: Before this flight, the plane had been delayed in Dhaka Bangladesh with an undesignated problem with an engine that delayed the prior flight for three hours.

Then, after taking off from Dubai, the plane developed engine problems.

The pilot diverted the flight to Amman Jordan, where there was a layover as the problem was handled.

What: Biman Bangladesh Airlines DC10 en route to Jeddha and Riyadh
Where: Amman Jordan
When: Sep 18th 2011
What: Since Thursday, 314 passengers on two DC10 had to wait 40 hours after the (two) Biman Bangladesh Airlines DC10s developed undisclosed problems. After being cleared by immigration,they were held in the airport without food since Saturday. The airlines has been plagued with scheduling issues snowballing after one flight was grounded for hydraulic leaks and another for engine problems. Currently three Biman Bangladesh Airlines are grounded, including a DC-10, a Fokker, and a Boeing 737.

An unsubstantiated rumor is being circulated that within the airlines “a vested group…may have a hand behind [the flight delays] to realize some personal gains.”

Congo Plane Excursion

What: Protocole Aviation Douglas DC-8 freight flight from Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville
Where: Brazzaville
When: Sep 12th 2011
Who: 4 crew
Why: En route transporting food from Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville in the Congo, the flight landed hard. A tire burst on landing, resulting in the plane going off the runway.

The landing gear was damaged.

Delta DC-9 Suffers Uncontained Engine Failure

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Contact photographer Stefan Sonnenberg

What: Delta Airlines Douglas DC-9-50 en route from Atlanta to Pittsburgh
Where: Atlanta o
When: Aug 6th 2011
Why: On takeoff approach, the right engine made a banging noise, leading the pilots to reject takeoff, and stop on the runway, with locked up brakes and an uncontained engine failure (holes in the casing) and a disengaged fan blade. Passengers disembarked on to the runway and were ported to the terminal.

Lebanon: Bird Strike

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Contact photographer Thomas Posch

What: UM Ukrainian Mediterranean Airlines Douglas DC-9-50 en route from Beirut (Lebanon) to Kiev
Where: Beirut
When: Sep 21 2010
Who: 91 passengers
Why: After takeoff, an engine ingested a bird, resulting in engine problems. There were reports of an engine surge, explosion and fire which are being denied by the airport.

The crew returned the plane to Beirut where they made a safe landing. Passengers report hearing an explosion and seeing flame. On landing, passengers disembarked. No injuries are reported, nor whether slides were used or a replacement jet provided.

ATI Emergency Landing in Manila

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Contact photographer Toshi Aoki

What: ATI Air Transport International Douglas DC-8-70 en route from Tokyo Narita to Singapore
Where: Ninoy Aquino International Airport Manila
When: Aug 16 2010
Who: 24 passengers and crew
Why: While en route to Singapore, the plane encountered problems over Philippine airspace. With smoke in the hold, the pilot Capt. Espinosa secured permission to divert to Manila. The plane landed with fire and rescue teams on standby.

The cargo plane is specially configured to carry 32 passengers. The flight had been chartered to carry 21 passengers

Candy Bomber Emergency Landing in Berlin

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Contact photographer Stephan Karl

What: Air Service Berlin Douglas C-47 Skytrain, Vintage DC3 “Rosinenbomber”
Where: Berlin’s Schoenefeld airport
When: June 19, 2010
Who: 3 crew, 25 tourists, 7 injuries
Why: After the left engine failed, the DC3 made an emergency landing at Schoenefeld airport in Berlin. The flight made a safe landing. The plane was part of a 1948-49 fleet that carried supplies during the Berlin Airlift, and is now used to shuttle tourists.

On landing, the right wing and engine separated resulting in a small fire.

Manila: Plane Crashes Neighborhood, Warehouse

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Contact photographer Jack Hannen

What: Victoria Air Douglas C-47B Skytrain freighter en route from Manila to Palawan/ Puerto Princesa, Philippines
Where: Villa Fidela subdivision in Las Pinas; abandoned warehouse
When: Oct 17th 2009
Who: 4 on board (7?)
Why: After takeoff, the crew reported a mayday situation. After reporting engine trouble, they were returning to the airport. Witnesses say that the airplane began to “wobble” (roll left and right). The pilot was approaching runway 6 when plane lost altitude, went down in Villa Fidela subdivision in Elias Aldana village and struck a house and a warehouse. 14 houses were damaged and four on board were killed. Two houses by the warehouse caught on fire. The manifest states that 7 were on board but that is unconfirmed.

The Victoria plane had been on a test flight. The same plane had encountered trouble at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway three weeks ago when its brakes failed.

Published reports identify the dead as Jaguar Huane, flight captain and co-owner of the plane; Benjamin Rivera (another Victoria Pilot), Richard Sinaya, and a “Mr. Cedingan.”

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DC-3 Crashes at Mojave-Kern

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Contact photographer Michael Van Bosch
Landing photo taken one day before it crashed

What: National Test Pilot School’s AMI 65 TP Turbo DC-3 Registration N834TP
Where: Mojave-Kern County Airport, CA
When: 05 FEB 2009
Who: crew of 2 pilots-one taken by ambulance to the hospital; the other drove himself.
Why: The DC-3 was in takeoff phase from runway 30. After liftoff, it dropped and veered off the runway and sustained substantial damage. Six hundred gallons of fuel leaked from the plane as a result of damage.

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Mexico-Bound Taesa Flight 725

Pictured: sister ship to XA-TKN, Taesa XA-SXV Douglas DC-9-14. This shot was taken in Mexico City at February 10, 1999
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Contact photographer Gerard Helmer

What: TAESA Douglas DC-9-31 turbojet en route from Uruapan to Mexico City
When: November 9, 1999
Who: Uruapan
Why: On November 9, 1999, a Douglas DC-9-31 turbojet transport airplane was destroyed on impact with terrain during initial takeoff climb from the Aeropuerto Nacional Licenciado y General Ignacio Lopez Rayon (UPN), near Uruapan, State of Michoacan, Mexico. Transportes Aereos Ejecutivos S.A. (TAESA),Flight number 725, was on a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Uruapan to Mexico City (MEX). The airline transport rated captain, the first officer, the 3 flight attendants, and the 13 passengers were fatally injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight for which an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.


Japan Airlines flight 471
On June 14, 1972, the DC-8 struck the banks of River Yamuna. JAL flight 471 from Tokyo to London (Tokyo-Hong Kong-Bangkok-New Delhi-Teheran-Cairo-Rome-Frankfurt-London) took-off from Bangkok. After receiving clearance for ILS approach to New Delhi Palam Airport, the aircraft crashed into the banks of Yamuna River. 86 passengers and crew onboard perished, and 3 were serious injured.

The first officer was flying the approach to Delhi. Japanese investigators claimed a false glide path signal was responsible for the descent into terrain. Indian investigators say the accident was caused by a disregard of procedures by the crew and abandoning all instrument indications without properly ensuring sighting of the runway. The accident was classified as (CFIT) Controlled Flight Into Terrain.

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