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Small Plane Crashes in Detroit; 2 Dead, 1 Injured

A small plane crashed in Detroit, Michigan, on June 24th.

The plane, carrying three people, was heading to Coleman A. Young International Airport when it hit a power line and went down.

Two people were killed in the crash. The third occupant of the plane was injured.

The FAA and the NTSB will investigate.

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Sheriff’s Office Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Alabama

A Shelby County Sheriff’s Office helicopter made an emergency landing in a field near Logan Martin Dam in Alabama, on March 15th.

The incident happened after the aircraft came in contact with power lines.

Everyone aboard remained unharmed.

The aircraft was participating in search for a missing kayaker.

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Pilot Injured After Small Plane Crashes in West Jordan, Utah

A small plane crashed in field in West Jordan, Utah, on August 24th.

The plane went down shortly after taking off from South Valley Regional Airport. Authorities said it struck multiple power lines and sparked a small grass fire.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, sustained minor injuries. He was taken to a hospital.

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Four Killed After Police Helicopter Crashes in Mexico

A police helicopter crashed in the hills near Mexicali, in the state of Baja California, Mexico, on March 14th.

The state police helicopter was on a mission to recover the body of a female hiker when it got tangled in power cables and went down.

Four people were killed in the crash, including the pilot and the co-pilot.

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Small Plane Crashed in Bayonne, New Jersey; Pilot Injured

A Piper PA-28 plane crashed in a residential area in Bayonne, New Jersey, on February 19th.

The plane went down on Avenue E between 41st and 42nd streets, knocking out some power lines.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was injured and was taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey.

The cause of accident is being investigated.

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Hot Air Balloon Crashes in Texas; 16 Killed

A hot air balloon crashed near the small town of Lockhart, Caldwell County, Texas, on the morning of July 30th.

According to sources the hot air balloon hit the power transmission lines and its basket caught fire, leading to the crash.

All 16 people on board were killed.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Small Plane Crashed in Rio Grande River

A small plane crashed in Rio Grande river just south of Las Cruces in New Mexico, on June 25th.

The Cessna 172 was carrying two people when it hit power lines and went down just west of N.M. 28.

Both occupants were injured in the accident and were taken to hospital.

The crash is being investigated.

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Light Plane Crashes into Paddock in Australia; Pilot Injured

A light plane was crashed near Upper Maffra Road, in the town of Newry, Victoria, Australia, on the afternoon of April 3rd.

The plane hit the power lines before crashing into a paddock.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard, sustained injuries. He was later airlifted to hospital.

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Yamal Airlines Plane Diverts and Makes Emergency Landing in Russia

Yamal AirlinesYamal Airlines flight YC-9773 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Tyumen, Ural, Russia, on March 14.

The Boeing 737-400, en-route from Ufa to Noyabrsk, Russia, was mid-air when the crew detected power supply problem, prompting the plane to divert to Tyumen.

The plane landed uneventfully.

All 154 passengers and 6 crew members remained safe.

The incident is under investigation.

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Small Plane Crashed into Residential Building in Ohio; 9 Killed

Small Plane Crashed into Residential Building in Ohio; 9 Killed

A small plane crashed into an apartment complex at 3042 Mogadore Road, near Skelton Road, in Akron, Ohio, on November 10.

Authorities said the Hawker H25 business jet was approaching Akron Fulton International Airport when it apparently hit some power lines and crashed into the four-family apartment complex. The plane was flying from Dayton Wright Brothers Airport.

There were 9 people aboard at the time; all of them were killed.

The house, that was vacant at the time, was completely destroyed.

The crash is under investigation.

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Plane Crash in Dam

The Vans RV-9A (a single-engine experimental aircraft) was being flown from Americana city by its owner with a female passenger aboard when it struck power lines and crashed by Ester Mill Dam in Cosmópolis in São Paulo, Brazil.

Both people aboard died at the scene.

The plane crashed in a remote area with difficult access in the dam. The fire department and the military are investigating but (Center for Research and Prevention of Aeronautical Accidents) are not.

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Goldminer Flight Crashes in Peru

March 6, 2013, a flight chartered by Minera Aurifera Retamas SA to carry employees to a job, crashed. The flight had taken off at 6:28 a.m.. The Aero Transporte SA Beechcraft B200 King Air was en route from Lima-Jorge Chavez International to Pias Airport when it crashed near Matibamba Peru in Quebada Caipa.

Nine people were aboard—2 crew and 7 passengers. There were no survivors.

The crash site was difficult to access. The plane crashed during bad weather, and struck power lines. Victims bodies have not been identified.

The passengers aboard the plane were listed as:
Zavalaga Fernando Gutierrez
Paredes Ivanne Gutarra
Canchari Luis Lopez
Emma Canqui Sagua
Giancarlo Gilio Huertas
Jaime Gonzales Torres (GESCEL Company)
Paul Marin Moscoso

The plane was flown by Jorge and Manuel Ledesma Wasse.

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.

Small Plane Crashes into Alabama Lake after Hitting Power Lines

What: Small Plane en route from Gunnersville Airport
Where: Riverside campground off of Co Rd 131 in Cedarbluff
When: Sept 14, 2012
Who: pilot
Why: The pilot of the plane is reported to have been en route to visit friends when he struck power lines while attempting to land, and crashed into Lake Weiss. There was one fatality reported. His body was recovered by divers.

The plane was equipped with pontoons.

Two Die in Balloon Fire

What: Schroeder Fire Balloons G34/24
Where: Villiers-Saint-Denis, Aisne France
When: May 13th, 2012, 7:00
Who: 4 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: Fifteen minutes after takeoff, the craft struck power lines and crashed.

The basket caught fire immediately after touching the power line, instantly killing the pilot of the balloon and a sixty year old passenger.

Two brothers aged 20 and 24, were flown by helicopter to Percy hospital in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine). One of them is badly burned. One brother who clung to the fabric of the balloon was injured by the fall over Charly-sur-Marne.

Thirty firemen and thirty policemen were on the scene.

Hot Air Balloon Hits Electrical Wires, Goes Up in Flames

What: Early Morning Balloons hot air balloon
Where: New Zealand
When: Jan7 2012
Who: 11 fatalities
Why: Five couples from around Wellington were aboard a hot air balloon 500 feet high in New Zealand when it struck a power line and ignited. The balloon had been preparing to land. Everyone aboard was trapped; two jumped from the basket, but they also died. First the basket burned, then the canopy.

Passengers had tickets for a 45 minute flight.

Witnesses on the ground watched in horror as the accident happened. Among those who died were pilot Lance Robert Hopping, Howard and Diana Cox, Alexis Still and Chrisjan Jordaan. A mother and daughter were also aboard.

Two of the bodies were taken to Wellington Hospital.

Trainee Flies into Tension wires

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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”

Arctic Charter Plane Crashes in Yellow Knife

What: Arctic Sunwest Charters De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter en route from Thor Lake to Great Slave Lake
Where: Old Town in Yellowknife
When: Sept 22, 2011, 1:15 pm
Who: 9 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: While en route from Avalon Rare Metals’ Thor Lake mine site, the Arctic Sunwest Charters float plane hit powerlines, a car and the Aurora Geosciences building before it crashed in Yellowknife in a small space between a building and a condo. Ironically, the plane ended up across the street from the Arctic Sunwest office, and just shy of Pilot’s Monument, a rock memorial to bush pilots. Emergency services performed cpr and worked on both pilots but they died at the scene. Seven passengers were retrieved from the plane which was crashed into a building, and were hospitalized. One passenger was airlifted to Edmonton.

Some witnesses say the plane appeared to lose power. The crash was within meters of the Arctic Sunwest Charters dock on Slave Lake.

The pilots lost in the crash were Trevor Jonasson, 36, and co-pilot 26 year old Nicole Stacey. Stacey was from Yellow Knife, a master corporal reserve soldier with the Canadian Forces’ Yellowknife Company. Survivors, some of whom are American, included three passengers who were Avalon Rare Metals executives, and three company guests on tour, and a photographer shooting for Up Here magazine. The photographer suffered a broken leg and head trauma. The crash occurred in shouting distance of two survivers of the Nunavut crash of flight 6560 near Resolute Bay in August, and the plane lodged between two buildings, and by the Dancing Moose Cafe and the Geosciences Building .

No one on the street was injured.

The US NTSB is assisting the Canadian investigation, and released the following:

The NTSB dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Canada in its investigation of Saturday’s crash of First Air flight 6560, a Boeing 737-200 combi airplane.

On August 20, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. CDT, the airplane, en route from Yellowknife Airport to Resolute Bay Airport, crashed on approach, East of Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada. There are reportedly twelve fatalities and three survivors.

The NTSB has designated air safety investigator Joe Sedor as the traveling U.S. Accredited Representative. Accompanying Mr. Sedor will be NTSB Operational Factors and Airworthiness investigators and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Pratt & Whitney and Boeing.

The Canadian investigation is in its Field Phase.

The investigation is being conducted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which will release all information. The TSB phone number is: (819) 994-8053 and email address is: communications@bst-tsb.gc.ca

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Piper Field Landing

What: Madison Air Guard Flying Club single engine Piper en route to a Sauk Prairie Memorial Airport
Where: a half mile north of the Sauk Prairie Memorial Airport runway, Wisconsin
When: Dec 29 2010
Who: pilot Chauncey Yost Jr
Why: The pilot saw high power lines and made an emergency landing in a field north of the runway where he intended to land. Local passers by helped dig his undamaged plane out of the snow. No ambulance service responded as there were no injuries.

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