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Horizon Air Plane makes Safe Landing in California after Deer Strike

Horizon AirHorizon Air flight QX-475 made a safe landing at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, California, on December 2.

The De Havilland Dash 8-400, en-route from Seattle, Washington, to Santa Rosa, was approaching the runway when it collided with a deer.

The plane landed safely.

All passengers aboard remained unhurt.

Birdstrike Cause of USAF Crash

A bird strike on the HH-60G Pave Hawk at 110ft at 126mph caused the crash of a helicopter on a moonlight training mission on the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, killing staff Sgt Afton Ponce, Capt Christopher Stover, Technical Sgt Dale Matthews and Capt Sean Ruane.

The crew was confirmed dead at the scene. The investigation has begun, and there is a fund opened for them.

A number of twelve pound geese struck the helicopter after the flock flew up alarmed by the noise.

The USAF chopper was flying out of Lakenheath in Suffolk.

Northern Thunderbird Air Sued for 2011 Crash

Here’s a case that did not rush to court.

Six passengers of the October 2011 crash listed below have filed suit against Northern Thunderbird Air. The pilot and co-pilot, Luc Fortin and Matt Robic died shortly after the crash. Seven passengers were rescued six of whom are listed in the suit. Prior to takeoff, passengers informed the crew they saw oil under the wing. After takeoff, the pilot told the passengers he would be returning because oil was pouring from the wing.

The helicopter hit a lamp post, a car and smashed up on the road. An additional part of the suit is that the plane lacked an electrical cutoff switch to reduce fire threat.

NTSB Report:
On October 27, 2011, about 1600 pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft King Air 100, C-GXRX, operated by Northern Thunderbird Air, Inc. collided with terrain while attempting to land at the Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was in effect. The airplane sustained substantial damage, and a postcrash fire ensued. The pilot was killed. The copilot, seven passengers, and two people on the ground were seriously injured. The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Canadian government.

London Helicopter Hits Crane, 2 fatalities, 9 Injured

On Wednesday January 16, 2013, a helicopter crashed into a crane and fell to a London street just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, killing two and injuring nine. London Ambulance said only one of the people they took to the hospital had critical injuries.

The crane was on top of the 50-story St. George Wharf Tower. The top of the crane was not visible from the street because of fog.

An investigation is underway, among other things questioning if the crane was equipped with lights, if the pilot committed an error, if the helicopter was fit for use, and if weather was a factor.

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Agricultural Embraer Crashes in Brazil

On January 5, 2013, a privately owned Embraer EMB Ipanema with only the pilot aboard was making an agricultural pass and spraying crops in Lucas do Rio Verde MT Brazil.

While cropdusting, the plane collided with a highway sign and the pilot lost control. Engine problems may have also been involved.

THe pilot’s plane struck a pole then impacted the field of soybeans, instantly killing the pilot, Rubens Fritsch. The plane is a total loss. (See photo)

His body was recovered by the firefighters who responded to the call at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

The married pilot leaves no children. He was buried in Lucas do Rio Verde.

Nashua Couple’s Plane Crashes Hooksett Highway

What: Herman Hassinger Architects Beechcraft A36 Bonanza en route from Nashua to Laconia
Where: Hooksett, New Hampshire
When: Oct 25, 2012 1:30 pm
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: According to reports, the single-engine Beechcraft hit a light pole alongside I-93 northbound.

The two aboard, Husband and wife Herman and Doris Hassinger, were on their way to a board of trustees meeting at a New Hampton boarding school, and died when the plane crashed on to the shoulder and guard rail after glancing off the pole.

Herman Hassinger was ejected into the woods about 25 yards from the plane.

The plane sustained heavy front-end damage. The debris included parts fallen from the light pole and about six feet of the plane’s wing.

The Bureau of Aeronautics, FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

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Association of Flight Attendants Authorizes Strike

If negotiations don’t reach an agreement, 94 percent of Compass Flight Attendants have authorized a strike. Flight attendants want a living wage, and will use CHAOS theory to get it.

According to media reports, Compass Flight Attendants earn between $14,000 and $19,000 a year. However Glass Door puts that figure at $30-$37,000, and $15-$19 dollars per hour.

Chaos means “Create Havoc Around Our System;” the union decides when and whee and how.

Lufthansa Flight Attendant Union Strike Cancels 1200 flights

For the third time this week, Lufthansa flight attendants walked off the job.

The strike by Unabhaengige Flugbegleiter Organisation, (UFO) has led to passengers being stranded at airports (1500 in Frankfurt and Munich alone) and the cancellation of all but (possibly) 600 flights. Many of the passengers have been booked on other airlines. Lufthansa usually serves some 170,000 passengers daily. Today the strike is spreading to include Germany.

The strike is about a pay dispute. Lufthansa’s “Score” savings program scraps 4500 jobs. The Union is expecting larger potential pay increases.

Widow Awarded $10 Million for Wrongful Death in Chopper Crash

The widow of John Goble was awarded $10 Million for wrongful death after the chopper he was in was flown between two electrical towers, striking the power lines. The vintage 1951 military helicopter was en route to an aircraft and classic car show in Riverside, CA. The crash occurred on Nov 7, 2009, over two years ago.

Goble co-founded Sectra North America, the North American unit of Linköping, Sweden-based PACS firm Sectra, in 1997, and had served as its president ever since. Prior to that, Goble was medical marketing manager for Hewlett-Packard’s workstation division.

Two million was awarded in compensation for lost wages; the remainder was for loss of companionship. The pilot owned Classic Rotors, a vintage aircraft museum.

A case against Goble and the utility company involving the surviving family of another deceased passenger, James Jantz, is still pending.

Spirit Airlines On Strike

After contract talks failed and pilots turned down an over 30 percent increase a, Spirit Airlines has gone on strike. Pilots are seeking pay equal to JetBlue Airways Corp., AirTran Holdings Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co.

Saturday flights are cancelled.

Air India Gag Order Causes Strike

Ground crew and engineers of Air Corporation Employees union are on strike over the gag order issued by Air India, leading to over 40 cancelled flights. The Union had sent 75 members to assist with the critical Mangalore crash. Air India responded to the crash with a gag order to the staff over a Bangalore-Delhi Airbus 320 which had diverted to Mangalore the day of the crash when there was no engineer to certify it except a non-qualified Kingfisher engineer.

On arrival in Delhi, the Air India engineers would not re-certify the Airbus. The rule violation prompted the gag order.

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