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Eleven Skydivers Die in Polish Plane Crash, Pilot Survives

On July 5, 2014 at around 1600 hours, a private skydiving school was planning a tandem jump from a height of 4000 meters with beginner jumpers harnessed to experienced instructors (opening the parachute at 1700 feet) but instead the exercise met tragedy.

The twin engine Piper PA-31P pressurized Navajo skydiving plane crashed, and was damaged beyond repair in an accident near Czestochowa, Poland. The plane was new to the skydiving school, purchased in May. Witnesses who lived in the village where it crashed said that the plane was flying very low, then listed to one side before it crashed.

Twelve people were aboard the plane. Only the forty year old pilot survived but is in serious condition in a hospital in Czestochowa. The survivor is conscious and breathing without assistance, but has multiple injuries. Firefighters, three emergency helicopters and three ground ambulances responded to the scene and a team of seven investigators from the public prosecutors office secured the area and established a base of operations at the Cz?stochowa-Rudniki Airport (Aero Club of Czestochowa) from which the plane took off and where the crew was planning to land. The cargo plane does not have passenger seating but is built to fly skydivers, and is run by a parachute school.

n11wbpiper Experts say it is unexpected for a twin engine plane to have a crash like this, as it can fly on one engine.

The ten seat twin engine Piper was full—perhaps too full—of skydivers when it crashed into a stand of trees in an uninhabited area just outside of the village of Poplar in Silesia. Some of them tried to parachute out but apparently all were burned. Those aboard included the pilot, one of the owners of the company, three instructors, three customers, and four students. The plane caught fire after impact in Topolów near Czestochowa, Poland.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 16:20, and pulled three people from the plane before it caught fire. The remainder of the bodies were retrieved after the fire, charred beyond recognition.

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Bond Sikorsky S-92 Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Warning Alert

A Sikorsky S-92, Bond helicopter had to make emergency landing, when the technical warning alert light for engines started flashing.

Media sources report that on Thursday, the helicopter was set for the ENSCO 100 jack-up rig in the North Sea, when the warning alert began displaying . The pilot then had to return and land back at the Aberdeen’s heliport.

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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, had to be helped from the cockpit. Reports indicated that he was airlifted and hospitalized at Mediclinic with burns and other injuries then transferred to Glenwood hospital/Netcare Sunninghill Hospital for burn care, but succumbed to the injuries.

The plane was a Extra 330LC, which is a Lycoming AEIO-580 powered two-seat competition aircraft, a type of Aerobatic monoplane, designed in 1987 by Walter Extra, an award-winning German aerobatic pilot and built by Extra Flugzeugbau.

Dell had 25,000 hours flying experience on 250 aircraft, held a zero foot aerobatic display waiver, which is awarded to pilots with proven competency and reputation reflecting display pilot expertise. In 2004, Glen finished first overall at the 6th Advanced World Aerobatic Championships, becoming the first South African to win. He had competed several times in the Red Bull Air Race but had announced he was returning to South African Airlines.

The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the cause of the crash.
Video below

Four Dead in Passenger Plane Crash, Lyon

Photographer Rolando Criniti

A privately owned Cessna 421C Golden Eagle en route from Lyon Bron Airport to Aix-Les-Milles/Aix En Provence Airport took off then crashed near Lyon, France. The four passengers, one of whom ejected) died in the crash.

The plane crashed in a field near the end of the runway. Fifty firefighters and sixteen vehicles, nvestigators from the RCMP Air Transport and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, responded to the scene. Four charred bodies were found in the plane, one without. Prefect Stéphane Rouvé and Lyon Prosecutor Marc Cinamonti visited the wreckage.

The names of the passengers have not been released.

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Nok Air Overrun

Contact Pawarin Prapukdee
A Nok Air Boeing on the Bangkok—Trang rotation suffered a runway excursion.

The incident occurred after the pilots aborted a takeoff at Trang Airport, Thailand.

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Ethiopian Airlines Fire at Heathrow

photographer Josh May

An Ethiopian Airlines’ Queen of Sheba, a Boeing 787 #ET-AOP which had been sitting empty for eight hours caught fire and shut down Heathrow Airport for an hour Friday. The fire seems to have started in the upper fuselage, far from the 787’s lithium-ion batteries. A battery fire would have been “contained by the new casing and…smoke would have been vented outside of the airplane.” Nearly a dozen fire trucks responded to the scene. The plane was parked on the apron taxiway E at Stand 592 next to a fire station.

#ET-AOP had arrived from Addis Ababa as flight ET700 at 06:30a.m. Departure was scheduled as ET701 to Addis Ababa at 21:10.

In photos, damage appears on the outside top of the upper fuselage near the vertical stabilizer, on the left side of the top of the airplane just in front of the tail. The fire was not caused by lithium-ion batteries, which are in in the cargo-bay.

Potential causes of the fire:

  • a gadget such as the coffeemaker
  • a manufacturing or installation defect in his jet;
  • a different systemic defect in the 787 model

NTSB Sends Investigator to Participate in Investigation of London Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent an investigator to assist in the investigation of a fire that occurred yesterday aboard a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport, London, England.
NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Lorenda Ward has been appointed as the traveling U.S. accredited representative. Ms. Ward will be accompanied by NTSB airplane systems investigators and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.
The investigation is being conducted by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the United Kingdom, which will release all information.

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United Boeing Dreamliner Flies Houston to Houston

photographer Greg Kieca

On June 24, 2013, a United Boeing 787 Houston to Denver flight developed an issue with the brakes (or brake indicator) and made an emergency landing. Details about the specific problem were not released.

The flight left Houston at 9.12am and arrived in in Houston at 11:58 a.m.

None of the 219 passengers and 13 crew members sustained any injury. Maintenance examined the plane. The plane was returned to service.

Stranded passengers were provided travel solutions by a Boeing field service representative.

Medical Helicopter Emergency Landing Takes out Windshield

photographer Jerome Mervelet
A medical evacuation helicopter, ADAC-Luftrettung Eurocopter EC 135 P2 was making a street landing in Germany when it struck a car.

The tail of the chopper struck an Opel Corsa’s window. The car was parked in a parking lot at the Ochsenfurt train station.

No people were injured.

The pilot and the on board doctor noticed the damaged windshield after landing. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at 2000 euros.

There appears to be insignificant damage to the helicopter but it is slated for inspection of the right stabilizing fin on the tail boom.

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Thomas Cook Unexpected Stop in Bermuda

photographer Andrea Tabanelli-Lugo Spotter
A Thomas Cook Airbus A330-200 OY-VKF en route from Cancun to Manchester had 338 people aboard when pilots made an emergency diversion to Bermuda due to what one source called a “reported fire in the cabin” at about 8.20pm. Another account recorded the problem as ‘smoke coming from the in-flight entertainment system’.

Pilots made a safe landing with emergency services on standby. Passengers disembarked without injury, and were provided hotel accommodations until their flight out.

Thomas Cook’s official statement is that ‘It was initially reported as a suspected fire in the cabin, but there was no fire.’There was a small amount of smoke detected by a member of the crew in the cabin, but it is thought that was something to do with the in-flight entertainment system.’

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Cargo Boeing Crashes in Bagram

Contact photographer Shawn Byers

A National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 on a cargo flight from Bagram to Dubai Al Maktoum crashed with 7 crew (including 4 pilots, 2 mechanics,) and cargo shortly after takeoff.

The National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 had just lifted off and was climbing when it crashed. The crash resulted in a fire.

National Airlines President Glen Joerger was quoted saying that “This is a devastating loss for our family and we’ll work diligently with authorities to find the cause,” said Joerger. “Most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with our crewmembers and their families.”

The NTSB and Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority are investigating.

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Air France Crisis Over Mumbai

photographer Sergio Cardona

On March 11, 2013, an Air France Airbus A330 en route from Mumbai to Paris developed an engine problem. The pilot shut down the engine and returned to Mumbai.

There were almost two hundred passengers aboard the flight. None of them reported injury.

Passengers disembarked, and were provided accommodations as an alternative flight was provided.

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Microlight Crashes on Carters Beach, 2 fatalities

On Jan 30, 2012, a Micro Aviation Bantam B22S that took off from Westport Airport with two aboard went missing Wednesday. The plane was found on Jan 31, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. on Carters Beach, near Westport. The two local men aged 58 and 25, who were aboard did not survive.

The bodies of the two men aboard were found beside the plane.

A dense sea fog descended at 9 pm when the plane had been aloft and may have been instrumental in the cause of the accident. Locals heard two loud bangs but don’t know if the sound was connected to the accident. The wreckage is not far from the airport.

Peter Ashby father of the crash victim Cole, 25, found the wreckage of the plane carrying his son and pilot Roger Smith, 58. Cole was found dead about a kilometre away, swept away by the tide.

Cole was a machine operator at Stockton opencast mine who enjoyed “motocross, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skiing, drift cars.”

The accident is under investigation.

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Pilot Lands After Copilot Suffers Emergency

Contact photographer Dmitriy Shapiro
On January 22, 2013, an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 from Seattle to McCarran was en route when the co-pilot fainted. The pilot requested priority landing. The plane landed in McCarran ten minutes early at about 5:26 p.m.. None of the 146 passengers were injured.

Alaskan Airlines said that while on board, the co-pilot was checked by a doctor on the flight, and that the co-pilot’s medical records were up to date. He was hospitalized on landing. A news program reported the plane landing on auto-pilot but an Alaskan Airlines official made assurances that the pilot landed the plane.

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Ryanair 737 Diverts to Genoa

Contact photographer Fride Jansson
On January 23, 2013, a Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS wasn en route from Valencia to Bergamo Orio al Serio when the plane developed cabin pressure problems.

Oxygen masks were deployed, which panicked the passengers. The pilots descended the plane to 9,000 feet, and diverted to Christoforo Colombia Genova airport. Emergency services (ground staff of the port of Genoa) were deployed— teams of firefighters and ambulances.

They made an emergency landing. Of the 93 passengers, two women reported injury, one with an ear problem who was sent to the hospital of San Martino, and one in the chest who went to “Villa Scassi” Sampierdarena.

Genoa air traffic was halted to allow for the emergency.

The uninjured passengers were taken to Bergamo aboard buses.

Ryanair’s official statement was that the pilots followed standard operating procedure after the warning light indicated depressurization. “In line with standard operating procedures, the commander has deployed oxygen masks and initiated an emergency descent controlled at an altitude non-pressurized, normally before landing in Genoa at about 9.50.”
“The passengers were transported by bus to Milan in order to minimize the delay while Ryanair engineers are now inspecting the aircraft before putting it back in service.”

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Boeing Emergency Landing, Dumps Fuel

photographer Andy Egloff
On Jan 8 2013, a Delta Airlines Boeing 777-232LR was en route from Johannesburg to Atlanta when one of the engines developed problems.

The pilots dumped fuel and diverted to the island of Ascension where they made a safe landing. Passengers say the plane swerved and fuel came pouring out. The crew was handling problems but did not make a lot of explanations to bewildered and hysterical passengers.

There is a British Air Force Base on the island, and the island is a British territory.

The good news is that the pilots made a rough but safe landing on Ascension. The bad news is that Ascension is a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean about halfway between Recife Brazil and Luanda Angola.

Other sources say that a replacement 777-200 was flown in to Ascension, and that stranded passengers return to Atlanta was delayed less than 24 hours.

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Helicopter Tragedy in the Amazon

Photographer Miguel Cano Alva

On January 7, 2013, Chinook helicopter (registration N241CH) Pucallpa-Tarapoto was en route near the Laguna Yarinacocha in Pucallpa Peru when it came down in the Amazon.

The helicopter took off at took off at 2:57 pm, taking a load to Tarapoto.

According to reports, although the crew tossed the load while airborne, the plane broke up in mid air and caught fire. There were seven people aboard.

There were 2 Peruvians aboard: Joel Castillo and Luis Ramos.

Five Americans: Dan Immel , Ed Córdova, Jaime Pickett, Lee Bradford and Darrel Birkes.

Those aboard were employed by Petrominerales Ltd, a Canadian-based oil exploration firm.

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Cleveland Runway Overrun

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Contact photographer Frank Robitaille

On December 22, 2012, a Delta/Pinnacle Canadair CRJ 200 New York-Cleveland skidded off the runway on to soft ground. The flight had made a safe landing in Cleveland but skidded off the runway during taxi to the terminal.

No injuries were reported.

Passengers had to disembark on to the runway, and were provided transportation to the gate.

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Cathay Pacific Flight Diverts to Wuhan China

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Contact photographer Andy Egloff

What: Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-367ER en route from Hong Kong International Airport to Heathrow
Where: Wuhan China
When: Dec 9 2012
Who: 235 passengers, 12 crew
Why: The flight was en route when the captain detected smoke in the cockpit at 1:45 a.m.. The pilot diverted to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport. The flight landed at 2:07 a.m. with emergency services on standby, nine fire engines, three ambulances.

Passengers disembarked by stairs. No injuries were reported.

Alternative transportation was provided.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department will be investigating

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Air France Rio-Paris Airbus Loses Engine, Diverts to Casablanca

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Contact photographer Yan David

What: Air France Airbus A330 en route from Rio to Paris
Where: Casablanca
When: October 16, 2012
Who: 201 passengers, 12 crew
Why: After taking of from Rio on Thursday, one of the Airbus330-200 engines was damaged.

Pilots diverted to Casablanca where they made a safe landing.

No injuries were reported.

A replacement jet was provided.

The diversion was no doubt a white-knuckled flight, as the Airbus A330 is the same model as the one that killed 216 in 2007 when pilots became confused with incorrect speed readings likely caused by obstruction of the pitot tubes and flew the plane at the incorrect angle, causing it to lose altitude and crash.

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Emirates Flight Loses Engine, Diverts to Sydney

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Contact photographer Gary Claridge-king

What: Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 en route from Sydney to Dubai
Where: Sydney
Who: 380 aboard
When: Nov 11, 2012
Why: After takeoff, one engine on the Emirates Airlines Sydney-Dubai flight developed a problem and was shut down. Passengers reported hearing a bang and saw flames from the engine. We do not know if it was a bird strike.

Pilots dumped fuel, returned to Sydney and made a safe landing. Passengers were provided alternative flights.

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Austrian Airline Aircraft Loses Wheel

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Contact photographer Christian Merz

What: Austrian Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8 en route from Florence Italy to Vienna
Where: Vienna International Airport
When: Nov 5 2012
Who: 80 aboard 76 passengers, 4 crew
Why: On landing at Vienna International Airport, the Austrian Airlines De Havilland Dash lost the inboard wheel of the right landing gear.

There were no injuries reported. The accident is under investigation.

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Norway: Smoke in Wideroe Cockpit

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Contact photographer Ignatiy Savranskiy

What: Wideroe de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103 Dash 8 en route from Florø to Bergen
Where: Bergen-Flesland Airport, Norway
When: Oct 18, 2012, 7:30 a.m.
Who: 17 aboard
Why: The pilot was en route to Bergen when smoke in the cockpit forced him to land immediately; but he called off the mayday because he felt in control of the situation.

Before landing, the pilot informed passengers.

The crew stayed aboard until passengers were evacuated. The evacuation was described as undramatic.

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Jet2 Emergency Stop on Runway

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Contact photographer Antonio Carrasquilla

What: Jet2 737 en route from Glasgow to Alicante
Where: Glasgow Airport
When: October 19, 2012 7.40am.
Who: 189 passengers
Why: On the takeoff run, the pilot “hit the brakes” and according to passengers “the plane started shuddering and there were lights flashing and smoke and the crew started shouting ‘Get out, get out’.”

Another passenger told BBC “We were careering up the runway and smoke started belting out of all the air vents with a smouldering smell.Then the brakes went on and the emergency chutes went out and we were all evacuated.I have a nine-week-old daughter and a four-year-old daughter. I had my nine-week-old attached to my chest as I went down the emergency chute and my wife had our four-year-old and was in tears. it was like something out of a movie. There was panic, people started running and I shouted ‘slow down’, and then the pilot shouted ‘get out, get out'”

Passengers disembarked via emergency chutes; ten passengers climbed out on a wing where there was no chute but only a few of them jumped.

Six people were taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley; fourteen were treated at the scene. Injuries from the chutes are not uncommon, especially if they throw themselves down in a panic; and injuries from jumping off a wing could also occur.

This incident occurred a couple of hours prior to the Thomas Cook flight that diverted to Dublin Ireland

See Video Below

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Ryanair under the eye of Spanish and Irish Authorities

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Contact photographer Joachim Eichner

What: Ryanair Boeing 737-800 en route from Bristol to Reus
Where: Barcelona
When: Sept 15, 2012
Who: 171
Why: On Sept 15, the Bristol-Reus flight diverted to Barcelona after developing an engine problem. Passengers disembarked in Barcelona and were provided alternative transportation.

This is one of the events that caught the eye of Spanish and Irish aviation bodies. They are initializing an investigation into Ryanair after a number of diversions occurred recently in Spanish airspace.

The investigation was initiated after a diversion to Madrid during a Paris-tenerife flight, and three landings in Valencia on July 26.

There are fears that Ryanair is courting disaster by flying with minimal fuel requirements.

Read the official statement below:

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