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Summit Air Freight Flight Crashes in Nepal; 2 Killed, 3, Injured

A Summit Air freight flight crashed on the runway of Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Chaurikharka, Nepal, on May 27th.

The Let L-410 flying from Kathmandu, Nepal, was about to land when it hit a tree near the runway and hit the land. The incident happened due to fog.

The aircraft sustained technical problems.

Captain and the first officer were killed in the crash. All three crew members sustained injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Bad Weather Diverts Piper Cherokee to Parsonsfield

A single-engine Piper Cherokee had to divert and make an emergency landing at Province Lake Golf Course, Parsonsfield, Maine, at 7:50 A.M. on July 18.

The plane, en-route from Waterville/Kings County Municipal Airport, Canada, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, had to be landed in emergency due to fog and heavy rain.

The plane landed safely. The sheriff’s department confirmed that the pilot, identified as Gary Soucy, 66, remained unhurt.

The FAA was notified.

Pilot Escapes Injury as Cessna Makes Emergency Landing in Western Australia

CessnaA Cessna 210 made an emergency landing on a bush track in Djugun, east of Broome, in Kimberley, Western Australia, on May 3.

The single-engine aircraft was flying from Alice Springs to Broome when the pilot had to land in emergency due to thick fog.

The plane sustained minor damage during landing, however, the pilot remained uninjured.

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Turkish Airlines Jet Skids Off Runway at Kathmandu Airport

Turkish airlinesA Turkish Airlines passenger jet, operating flight # TK726, skidded off the runway at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 4.

The accident happened in dense foggy conditions, when the Airbus A330, carrying 224 people, was coming from Istanbul, Turkey.

The plane ended up on its nose and the passengers had to use emergency slides to exit.

None of the passengers and crew members sustained serious injuries.

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Small Plane Crashed in Central Israel; 2 Killed

SmokeAn ultralight plane crashed near an amusement park in Rishon Lezion, central Israel, on the morning of January 25.

The plane crashed and caught fire at the airstrip while the pilot was attempting an emergency landing.

The pilot and his only passenger were killed in the crash.

Authorities believe that dense fog might have caused the accident.

Wing Damage, low fuel, Fog, Flat tire to Air India

In Jaipur at 9:30 on January 5, 2013, after having to divert due to visibility issues, an Imphal-Delhi Air India flight was out of fuel and made an emergency landing in Jaipur damaging a wing and suffering a flat tire. The video says the wing damage was due to a tree-strike after the tire burst.

The Gauhati to Delhi flight diverted Jaipur due to dense fog but in Jaipur too, the pilot landed in fog and low visibility. 168 passengers and 5 crew were aboard. We have heard no reports of injuries on the Airbus A320-231 #VT-ESH but the damage looks pretty bad, if the twitter post is of the correct incident. (That’s the correct # as far as we can tell.) You can click through our link to the twitter discussion.

Emergency services responded to the scene.

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First Responders Compromise Investigation

The first responders to the Sunday crash in India’s Naneghat Hills compromised the investigation of a crash by moving the wreckage before investigators arrived. The United Helicharters flight from Juhu to Aurangabad to Nagpur crashed in the Naneghat Hills at an altitude of 2,000 feet.

The bodies of the deceased and the flight data recorders were also removed before the DGCA arrived.

Two pilots and three passengers died in the twin-engine Bell 212 crash during a foggy flight. The crash occurred on Sept 29, 2013 at 8:15 a.m..

Protocol demands that except for rescue of survivors, the wreckage not be touched until the DGCA has arrived.

Police and fire teams removed the bodies of captain Anshu Kumar Matta, captain Surendra Singh Bhadauria, co captain Allen Martin, technician Dean D’Souza and engineer Yatin Wakde, whose bodies were burned in the crash. The recovery team also failed to record the recovery process which is a violation of protocol, just as in the Mangalore crash.

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More about the Helicopter Crash in Yakutia

photographer Ivandalavia

Currently, there are five reported survivors: the flight crew of three, and a woman with a child.

The flight manifest lists 28 aboard, including 9 children plus 2 infants.

A dense fog and heavy rains hampered search crews that included Mi-8 helicopters, an AN-26 plane and an An-74.

Deputy of parliament of Yakutia Alexander Morozkin and the head of Republican investment company Victor Yefimov may be aboard. The pilot’s name is Mikhail Nikolaevich. The extent of his injuries have not been released.

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Virgin Australia Emergency Landing

June 18, 2013
A Virgin Australia plane en route from Brisbane to Adelaide could not land due to foggy conditions, and diverted to Midura where they could not land due to foggy conditions, then made two aborted attempts to land (during foggy conditions) when they nailed the landing on the third try.

I expect all 85 passengers exited the plane as quickly as their little feet would carry them. (I know I would.) The airline said they would get the passengers from Midura to Adelaide but did not indicate if a plane, bus, or carrier pigeon was going to be employed.

Chopper Crashes in Kidnap Rescue Attempt

On 23-MAY-2013 two engineers were being held hostage. A Venezuelan police MBB Bo 105M a survey chopper was on a surveillance mission as part of “a new anti-crime initiative”. The chopper was engaged to surveil a car with two engineers being held hostage when the helicopter crashed on a road in El Junquito in the suburb of Caracas.

Everyone aboard the helicopter died in the crash: pilot, co-pilot, a technician and two soldiers of the Police Tactical Group.

Before the accident, there was low visibility produced by a early morning fog; afterwards, heavy clouds of smoke blanketed the area.

Police successfully rescued the kidnapped engineers. The kidnapper did not survive.

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Helicopter Crash in Schoemanskloof Kills Lion Sands Game Resort CEO

A privately owned Robinson R-44 with four aboard crashed in the vicinity of Schoemanskloof outside Nelspruit in South Africa. The flight had taken off from Johannesburg and was en route to White river when it crashed in heavy mist. No one aboard survived. The fatalities were listed as Nick More, Pierre de Villiers, Lance Cooper and Elmarie Martens.

Remains of the victims will be handled at the state mortuary in Pretoria.

The South African Civil Aviation Authority will be investigating the crash site, Zondagskraal farm, four kilometers from the N4 highway.

Pilot Mr Nick More, owned the helicopter and was CEO of Lion Sands Game Resort.

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport indicated that the flight plan listed that More departed from Nelspruit Airfield at 06:30, collected passengers at Casterbridge. The destination was listed as Grand Central Airport in Gauteng.

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Plane Lands in Donetsk Fog and Fire, Four Fatalities

photographer Alexander Shulik
On Feb 13, 2013, a South Airlines An-23 en route from Odessa to Donetsk landed short of the runway in heavy fog, flipped over and caught fire.

There were thirty-nine survivors who managed to evacuate. Four people were confirmed dead. About a dozen people were injured.

There were forty-five passengers and crew. The flight had been chartered for soccer fans going to the UEFA Champions League game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. The flight manifest has not yet been released.

Update: According to one source, the An-24RV was built in 1973. In 2009, it had 50,100 hours. Passengers were fans, including men and women and one boy; 36 passengers and 8 crew though these makeup of numbers vary according to the source. Another source says 4 crew.

The gears reportedly broke into three on touchdown on soft ground.

Family Lost in Brussels Cessna Crash

Traffic was locked down at Brussels South Charleroi airport.

On Feb 9, 2013 at ten a.mm, a privately owned Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion en route from Brussels to Lyon was taking off from Brussels South Charleroi Airport in Belgium in freezing fog when it ran into trouble.

The plane crashed beside the runway. A family of five, including three children, were aboard: a grandfather, his daughter, her three children age seven, six and two.

Police and a special crisis unit arrived on the scene.

Walloon Prime Minister Rudy Demotte (PS) and federal Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo (PS) offered condolences to the families of the victims.

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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.

SCAT Bombardier Crashes 5 Miles from Airport, 21 Fatalities

On Jan 29, 2013, A SCAT-owned Canadian-built Bombardier Challenger CRJ-200 # UP-CJ006 en route from Kokshetau Kazakhstan to Almaty crashed in Kyzyl Tu village five miles from the Almaty airport.

The weather conditions consisted of low cloud cover and fog.

There was neither fire nor explosion, but the plane shattered when it hit the ground which was covered in heavy snow.

None of the 16 passengers (including a child) or 5 crew survived.

SCAT is a domestic airline that was established in 1997 that has a fleet of six 50 set jets

Bad weather and poor visibility is believed to be the cause of the crash at 1.p.m.

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London Investigates Agusta Westland Helicopter Crash

London’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is working the first helicopter accident in London since 1976. A review of helicopter flight regulation over the UK capital is already underway.

In low broken clouds with visibility of 2,300 feet, the AgustaWestland struck a crane on January 16 on top of the Tower at St George Wharf and fell to the street around 8 a.m.. The pilot had diverted to Battersea heliport due to bad weather.

Warning lights were on the building but not on the crane. (Crane lights had an allowed shut off around daylight.

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Tower at St George Wharf Helicopter Crash

Twin Engine Plane Crashes in NC Waters

On Jan 13, 2013, a private plane with two aboard taking off from Roanoke Island crashed into the water on its second approach back to the airport.

ATC made contact with the plane before it came down with the pilot making no indication of problems.

The female passenger was rescued from the water and taken to Outer Banks Hospital. The coast guard is searching for the pilot.

The plane went down between 11 and 11:15 a.m and the weather was hazy with rolling periods of fog. Visibility on the ground was less than 30 feet.

The woman was located in the water, found by rescuers who followed her screams. They were unaware that a plane had crashed.

Hatteras Island and other dive teams were searching for the Pilot in limited shifts due to the water temperature, looking from Umstead to Virginia Dare bridges. Agencies cooperating in the search included Dare County Emergency Management, Dare County EMS, Roanoke Island Volunteer Fire Department, Chicamacomico Volunteer Fire Department, Nags Head Fire and Rescue, NC Highway Patrol, NC Marine Patrol and NC Wildlife.

The search resumes monday morning.

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Plane crashes near Dare Co. airport

German Helicopter Crash Kills Pilot on the Autobahn

On Jan 10, 2013, a Robinson R44 Astro en route from Augsburg to Bretzfeld got caught up in a 380 kilovolts high voltage power transmission line and crashed on the Autobahn 6 in Southwestern Germany.

The helicopter was flying below radar.

Pieces of the helicopter hit a truck, but the driver was not seriously hurt. The accident occurred during rush hour between the junction Schwäbisch Hall and just before the Kochertalbrücke.

The pilot, 42 year old Sven Berger was killed in the crash and will have to be identified thru his dna. The remains of the helicopter are melted, burned, broken and bent, and smell like burned plastic. First responders could not get through the flames to the helicopter.

Berger was a firefighter, member of the Commerce and Industry association and owned the Schwab Bacher Kithcen Studios. The tentative cause for the accident is poor visibility. There were spots of freezing temperatures, rain and fog in Brachbach.

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Air Bagan Plane Crash Details

The Air Bagan (Htoo Trading Company) Fokker 100 jet carrying 71 from Rangoon to Mandalay to Heho Airport crashed en route in Myanmar and killed two.

Heavy fog and bad weatherwas blamed for the accident.

Two died and 11 were injured. 48 of those aboard were “foreigners.” The fatalities were Burmese, including a man on a motorcycle who was on the ground.

Survivors described a landing resembling a roller coaster ride, and they panicked when they saw flames and could not get the door open.

When the doors were forced open, passengers rushed out.

The plane’s black box has been recovered and will be sent to Singapore.

The two black boxes have been recovered.

Lost Flight Found Wrecked South of Greensburg

What: Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage en route from Destin to Greensburg
Where: 1-1/2 miles south of the Greensburg Airport, Indiana
When: Dec 2, 2012
Who: 4 aboard, 4 fatalities
Why: A plane registered to Donald P. Horan of Greensburg was found wrecked south of the airport on Sunday. There were four fatalities associated with the wreckage. The crash was reported by locals who heard the impact at 6:19 p.m on Dec 2.

At 6:30, the pilot of the plane was communicating with flight controllers at the Indianapolis International Airport when they lost contact. The FAA called Greensburg.

Greensburg Fire Department, Greensburg Police Department and Decatur County Sheriff’s Department were searching the area. Fog prevented the deployment of a helicopter or an air search but six teams of ground crews made up of six to eight people searched a grid south of the airport on ATVs. The plane was located after 10:30 at night.

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Bavaria: Four Germans Crash in Foggy Forest

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Contact photographer András Mihalik
What: Schulter Planungs- und Ausführungs- GmbH Robinson R44 Raven I en route from Augsburg to Salzburg Airport
Where: Teisendorf, southeast Bavaria, Germany
When: June 9, 2012
Who: 4 aboard, 4 fatalities
Why: 15 km away from his destination the pilot of a Robinson R44 Raven reported that he had to perform a precautionary landing, then disappeared from radar screens when he crashed in a forested hillside 200 meters from a farm near Teisendorf, southeast Bavaria. The pilot apparently flew into an area of sudden fog. At the time of the accident, there was low visibility, and there were low hanging clouds.

The chopper pilot had only recently finished training.

The two men and two women aboard were German.

Cessna Crashes in Egelsbach

What: Asia Today Ltd. Cessna 750 Citation X en route from Linz Airport to Egelsbach
Where: Egelsbach Airport Germany
When: March 1, 2012
Who: 4 fatalities
Why: The flight was approaching the runway when it crashed in the woods and started a fire. Reports conflict whether there were three or six aboard. Three bodies were found initially and a fourth was found later. There were no survivors. Local police say there was heavy fog.

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Drunken Navigator?

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee published their report on the June 20 crash of a RusAir jet at Petrozavodsk Airport.

The crucial factors included poor visibility due to the fog, poor networking among the crew, and the pilot subordinating himself to a navigator in a “light level of intoxication” but was five years older, with 25 years of flight behind him, with 13,000 hours on Tu-134 flights.

The body of the navigator had a 0.081% blood-alcohol level and it is conjectured that his pre-flight medical was falsified, because the pulse rate is identical to the rest of the crew.

Although the fleet is aging, no mechanical flaws are cited in the crash. However, according to the Wall Street Journal

Instead of the automated system required at Russian airports since 1992, investigators said, it measured visibility with nine signposts, but just two of them were illuminated.

The onboard alarm went off at an altitude 60 meters, when the plane was 270 meters to the right of the runway, eight seconds before it hit the trees and well past the time the navigator should have warned the pilot or the pilot or co-pilot to independently decide to pull up.

What: Rusline/Rusair Tupolev TU-134A en route from Moscow to Petrozavodsk
Where: outskirts of the Besovets village, Petrozavodsk, Russia
When: Jun 20 2011 at 11:40 pm
Who: 43 passengers and 9 crew, of whom only a flight attendant and 4 passengers survived.
Why: On approach to the airport, the plane struck the ground about 2600 feet shy of runway 2. On impact, the plane burst into flame, and skidded into the gardens of a residential area, although missing residences.

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RusAir Update

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Contact photographer Alexey Litvinov

What: Rusline/Rusair Tupolev TU-134A en route from Moscow to Petrozavodsk
Where: outskirts of the Besovets village, Petrozavodsk, Russia
When: Jun 20 2011 at 11:40 pm
Who: 43 passengers and 9 crew
Why: Family members of the 44 deceased victims of the RusAir crash attempted to identify the bodies of their loved ones in Petrozavodsk, although visual identification in some cases was impossible. For those victims, DNA identification will be employed.

The RusAir crash occurred in heavy fog, carrying passengers from the Ukraine, Sweden, Holland, plus four people with dual Russian-U.S. Nationalities. The video below was released on 2011-06-23

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