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Vulture Strike Crashes Plane in Spain


A privately owned Socata TB20 crashed in Cerro de los Rabadanes, Cuenca, Spain. All four aboard were killed after what was possibly a bird strike. The bird has been identified as a vulture. All people aboard were reported to be family members: a couple and their 25 and 22 year old daughters. The plane crashed in difficult terrain while en route to Oteros Pajares (León). The recovery team is finding the location a challenge.

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Bodies Recovered 5 Days After Ridgeway Reservoir Plane Crash

Ridgeway reservoirSearch 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, 48; Katrina Barksdale, 40; Seth McDuffie, 14; 11 year old Kobe and 8 year old Xander. All the victims were from Gadsden, Alabama.

The plane wreckage was found upside down buried in silt, 60 feet below water level.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

This post is an update of ‘Single Engine Plane Crashes Near Montrose

Six Die in Crash in France


On November 19, 2013, an Aircraft Guaranty Corp Trustee Socata TBM-700 was en route from Annecy – Haute-Savoie – Mont Blanc Airport with five men and one woman aboard when it developed problems. There were no survivors. They were all employed by part of the Vivialys, a real estate agency.

The plane was en route from Annecy to Toussus-le-Noble when it crashed ten miles south of Auxerre after 11:00 am (1000 GMT) in a field near the village of Mouffy. Some reports say “There was heavy fog” at the time of the crash and a witness heard “a strange whistling noise”. The debris field is spread in a radius of 1000 feet.

The aircraft was registered in the United States. The BEA, France’s Accident Investigation Bureau, sent four investigators.

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Aeroservices Runway Overrun

On 08-NOV-2013, an Aeroservices Socata TB-9 Tampico stalled, tried for a go around but suffered a hard landing and veered off the runway at Pachi Megara airport, Attica, Greece.

The plane was a total loss but the two aboard survived. No injuries were reported.

The accident is under investigation.

The cause of the plane’s stall has not been reported. The plane sustained substantial damage.

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Three Die in French Plane Crash

On August 8, 2013, a Massif Central Aviation Socata TBM700N with 3 aboard was en route from Toussus Le-Novle to Clermont-Ferrand.

The plane crashed with tourists aboard, in the town of Vertaizon, at 9:40 a.m. The tourists were a brother and sister. Everyone aboard, including the pilot, was over 70 years old. The BEA is investigating.

The plane and it’s engine shattered on impact, leaving a debris field of a hundred square meters

Bad weather—low ceiling, low visibility and a very heavy rain—and mechanical problems are suspected to be behind the crash.

Bank executives, family, dog die in Crash on Interstate 287 Median on Jersey-Atlanta Flight

What: Cool Stream Media LLC Socata TBM700 C2 en route from Teterboro airport to Atlanta-Dekalb Peachtree Airport
Where: Interstate 287 in Harding, NJ
When: Dec 20, 2011, 10 am.
Who: 5 aboard, 5 fatalities
Why: After taking off from Teterboro airport en route to Atlanta-Dekalb Peachtree Airport, the pilot inquired about icing conditions, and shortly afterwards, crashed on I-287 in New Jersey. The plane came down on the median and broke up just outside of Morris township. One witness heard nothing but saw an explosion. Another witness smelled burning rubber and said it sounded like a wood chopper.

The plane lost contact with ATC just before the crash.

Aboard the flight were Jerry Buckalew, 45 and Rakesh Chawla (36) managing directors of Greenhill & Co Investment Banking Firm. Buckalew’s wife Corinne and two children Jackson and Meriwether and a dog were also aboard. Witnesses say the plane was spinning and flipping, then a wing came off and the plane went straight down. Buckalew owned the plane.

No cars were stuck but the plane’s right wing landed in a tree 400 yards from the crash site..

The pilot had gotten clearance to climb to 17,500 feet. ATC said there was “moderate rime” at 17000 feet. Another controller warned of extreme icing.

The debris field covered an area half a mile wide. The northbound late of I-287 was blocked a heap of burning charred metal.

Small Plane Crash In Morris County: MyFoxNY.com

Colorado Mountain Crash, 2 lost in Mountain Snow, 2 Recovered

What: Private Socata TB21 Trinidad TC en route from Durango to Aspen
Where: Silverton, CO
When: Dec 3 2011
Who: 4 aboard
Why: Forty minutes after leaving Durango for a Christmas party in Snowmass Village., the plane crashed into mountains near Silverton Colorado. Hampered by inclement weather, searchers had to deal with nearly a foot of snow between Saturday and Sunday in the mountains at 11,000 above sea level.

The bodies of Jenna Rich and Tyler Black were found and recovered, and are headed for autopsy.

The search continues for two more bodies. The four adult passengers have all been reported as deceased. Three of those aboard were employees of Alpine Bank, and the fourth aboard was a spouse.

The debris field of the crash covers more than a mile.

Trainee Flies into Tension wires

© Vasuki Prasad at jetphotos.net

What: Indira Gandhi National Aviation Academy trainee (operating a) SOCATA TB20 Trinidad en route from Raebareli Airport
Where: Bhadokhar police circle of Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh, India
When: October 11, 2011
Who: pilot
Why: The pilot took off from Fursatganj Airfield-Raebareli Airport, and crashed in Bhav village, in Uttar Pradesh, India. The pilot was on a training flight and flew into the National Thermal Power Corporation tension cable line.

The pilot trainee, Sudip Vashishtha (Vashisht?) was injured after the powerline reduced his momentum, after which he dropped 20 feet. The training plane was mangled, and the pilot injured with multiple fractures, but conscious, and he is currently considered critical but stable. He was remove from Rae Bareli hospital to Lucknow hospital.

Newspapers are describing the craft as a chopper, but it is a light single engine aircraft with a variable pitch propeller built by Socata, out of France.

According to the flight school’s website, “The Akademi functions under the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Govt. of India (GOI) through its Governing Council (GC). Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) located at Fursatganj District Raebareli Uttar Pradesh”

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NJ: Safe Landing w/o Nose Gear

Photo: A French-Army Socata TBM-700
Of course this French Military craft is not the exact TBM-700 as in the incident in New Jersey, but who could resist Mick Bajcar gorgeous photograph?

Click to view full size photo at Airliners.net
Contact photographer Mick Bajcar

What: TBM-700 single engine turboprop en route from Nantucket Island in Massachusetts to Essex County
Where: Essex County Airport
When: 12/12/2009 6:00 pm
Who: 4 passengers
Why: While on approach to Essex County Airport, the turboprop developed a nose gear problem. The plane made several passes so that ATC could see the landing gear.

Emergency crews were standing by.

The plane landed without the gear extended, minimal damage
and no human injury.

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