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Air Services Limited Plane Crash-Lands in Guyana

An Air Services Limited plane crash-landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana, on March 27th.

The incident happened when Cessna 172 plane was performing a training flight.

There were two people aboard at the time, including the pilot and a trainee; both of them remained unharmed.

Authorities said the plane’s landing gear sustained damage in the incident.

Female Chinese Fighter Pilot Dies in Plane Crash

A Chinese fighter plane crashed near Tangshan in Hebei, China, on November 12th.

The aircraft, piloted by one of the first female fighter pilots in the country, was participating in a routine training exercise when it went down.

The pilot Yu Xu, 30, was killed in the crash while her co-pilot was able to eject before the impact using a parachute. He was injured and was taken to hospital.

Authorities confirmed that both pilots belonged to the Bayi Aerobatics Team of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

Military Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Florida

A military helicopter made an emergency landing near Century, Florida, on September 6th.

The incident happened when the TH 57 training helicopter from Naval Air Station Whiting Field was carrying a student and an instructor.

Authorities confirmed that both occupants of the aircraft remained uninjured.

Military Plane Crashed in Ecuador; 22 Killed

A military plane crashed in Pastaza province of Ecuador, on March 15th.

Authorities said the Israeli-made Arava cargo plane was transporting 19 soldiers for a parachuting training when it went down in the Amazon region.

There were 22 people aboard at the time, including the soldiers, two pilots, and one mechanic; all of them were killed in the crash.

The cause of crash is under investigation.

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Sunken Meadow Park

A Cessna 152 plane made an emergency landing at Sunken Meadow Park in Suffolk County, New York, on March 11th.

The plane was on a training flight when its engine failed, forcing the pilot to land on the beach.

There were two people aboard, including the instructor Robert Keleti, 61, and a student Bar Eliran, 43; none of them were injured.

Military Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Chipley

A U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing on a private property located off Corbin Road in Chipley, Florida, on February 8th.

The helicopter, carrying three U.S. servicemen, was on a training flight when it had to land in emergency due to low oil pressure.

No injuries were reported.

The helicopter was flying from Whiting Field in Milton at the time.

One Dead, One Injured after Police Helicopter Crashed in Jordan

A Public Security Department helicopter crashed in Salt, western Jordan, on February 2nd.

Authorities said the helicopter was on a night-time training mission when it went down.

The helicopter was carrying two pilots at the time; one of them was killed in the crash while the other one was seriously injured.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Helicopter Crash-Lands on Long Island; No Injuries Reported

A 2006 Robinson R22 Beta helicopter made a crash-landing near West Riviera Drive and West Alhambra Avenue in Lindenhurst, Long Island, New York, on January 27.

The incident happened after the helicopter, carrying two people, lost power while returning to the Republic Airport. According to Frank Delia, of the Academy of Aviation, “It was a standard training flight…They were coming from the south practice area, which is off the south shore of Long Island, on their way back to Republic Airport after a successful training flight.”

Both people aboard the aircraft, including the pilot Joseph Lombardo, 26, and his student Ming Chen, 26, remained uninjured.

Pilot Killed in Small Plane Crash near Pickens County Airport

A single-engine Piper Tomahawk aircraft crashed near the Pickens County airport, Jasper, Georgia, on October 8.

The incident happened when the plane, carrying a student pilot, was attempting touch-and-go landings at the airport.

The pilot Michael Joseph Hughes, of Blairsville, was killed in the crash.

According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator Todd Gunther, “The airplane was then observed to go into what someone described as an aerodynamic stall, the nose pitched down and the airplane appeared to spin to the left until it disappeared behind trees.”

Bell #HelicopterCrash in China

A helicopter crash occurred in Miyun county in Mujiayu township, China, a suburb of Beijing.

The report was received from 11:40 at Beijing emergency center which sent a medical evacuation helicopter to the wreckage to transport the survivors.

Jinhaihu Landscape Man Park Aviation Club was owner/operator of the Bell 407 helicopter in which flight training was underway when it crashed.

Both injured pilots were hospitalized, one with hand injuries and the other with brain trauma. One of them died in the hospital.

No cause for the crash has been indicated. The accident is under investigation.

Cessna on Training Flight Crashes in Alaska

A Cessna Caravan crashed and burned near Bethel, Alaska with two pilots aboard and no passengers. Derrick Cedars and Greggory McGee were confirmed as pilots. The plane operated by Hageland Aviation flew out of Bethel airport, and crashed at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Troopers aboard a National Guard Blackhawk confirmed the crash with an aerial overview of the large debris field and burning wreckage.

Tuesday evening, rescuers were aboard a helicopter that flew to Three Step Mountain to the wreckage, perhaps recover the remains. The NTSB is investigating.

Hageland had five crashes since 2003.

The Cessna had 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada engines.

Metars at the time of the crash were
PABE 090153Z 36014KT 10SM R19R/3000VP6000FT CLR M07/M17 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP114 T10721167
PABE 090053Z 36013KT 10SM CLR M07/M16 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP115 T10721161

Location: PABE
Day of month: 09
Time: 01:53 UTC
Wind: True direction = 360 degrees, Speed: 14 knots
Visibility: 10 Statute Miles
Temperature: -07 degrees Celsius
Dewpoint: -17 degrees Celsius
QNH: 29.86 inHg
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Wind: True direction = 360 degrees, Speed: 13 knots
Visibility: 10 Statute Miles
Temperature: -07 degrees Celsius
Dewpoint: -16 degrees Celsius
QNH: 29.86 inHg

Another Robinson Crash

On January 12, 2013, a Sky Clear Aviação Robinson R22 Beta II was in Santa Maria Madalena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a training flight when it crashed into a forested area. Because he helicopter crashed on top of trees, some of the crash force was dispersed. Both the pilot and student sustain injury. Herbert Campbell, 39, and Gabriel Silva Mataruna Ahmed, 23, were the accident victims. They were conscious when the rescue team arrived but the helicopter is a total loss.

Emergency responders were the fire brigade of Conceição de Macabu.

The farm where the accident happened is on the edge of St. Mary Magdalene with Conceição de Macabu, North Fluminense. The Centre for research and prevention of Aeronautical Accidents is investigating.

USAF Helicopter Crash in the UK

The USAF Pavehawk Sikorsky HH-60G that crashed on January 7 2013 at about 19:00 GMT on a training flight in Marshland near Cley-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk in the UK during training exercises transporting munitions, killed the crew of four aboard. The helicopter impacted in a nature reserve.

A second helicopter flew in as a rescue unit, but there were no survivors. Local witnesses heard and saw the helicopter flying low. It was initially believed the helicopter had ditched in the North Sea. No one on the ground was injured.

The names of the victims have been released: Capt Christopher S. Stover, Capt Sean M. Ruane, Technical Sergeant Dale E. Mathews and Staff Sergeant Afton M. Ponce. The commander of their unit said that Captains Stover and Ruane were pilots, while Tech. Sgt. Mathews and SSgt Ponce were acting as special mission aviators and “The Liberty Wing feels as though it has lost members of its family, and we stand by to support one another and these airmen’s families during this difficult time.”

An investigation is underway.

Pirassununga Training Crash, Crew Lost

On August 12, 2013, a Smoke Squadron A-29 Super Tucano crashed at around 9:10 a.m. near the Air Force Academy runway in Pirassununga, São Paulo.

The pilot and co-pilot did not survive.

The pilots, aviator Captain John and Captain Igor Silva Pivovar, were on a training mission. The Brazilian Air Force is investigating.

Bad Day for Helicopters

Didn’t mention this all together yesterday but it was a bad day (or two) for helicopters.

On Mar 19

  • Bristow Academy Inc Schweitzer 269C-1 training flight; chopper lost power and crash-landed Highway US-1 near Titusville, FL. Two aboard, no injuries

On Mar 21

  • Bundespolizei Aérospatiale AS 332L1 Super Puma was in a training exercise in snowy conditions at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium. The Super Puma struck the EC-155 while landing, and fell. THe EC-155 pilot died on the scene, and three were injured.
  • Bundespolizei Eurocopter EC 155B-1 (AS 365N4) (see above incident at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium)

Military Training Crash in Yemen, 18 injured, 12 fatalities

During a training exercise, a Yemeni military fighter jet crashed in Sana’a, Yemen, killing the pilot—although one report says the pilot ejected. Witnesses hearing a loud explosion on impact, and report black smoke. The pilot was named as Mohamed Shaker. In addition to the pilot, there were 12 fatalities and 18 injuries.

The pilot was returning to base after a training mission and requested authorization to land when the aircraft lost altitude and crashed.

The plane was a Russian SU-22 that struck three buildings in al-Qadissiya near Change Square. It struck a building on Rabat Avenue, then hit another and ended up on a third building. Several cars were on fire. Five bodies that were recovered were burned beyond recognition.

All of the victims were civilians and included three women and two children. Several ambulances responded. Some reports said they took a long time to arrive.

An investigation is underway.

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Glider Instructor and Student in Glider Tow Accident

On January 19, 2012, an Aeroclub Punta Alta I.C.A. Brasov IS-28B2—a glider— apparently improperly released from a tow plane and crashed at Punta Alta Airfield in Argentina.

Those aboard were an instructor and a student on their first flight.

Two fire crews and several police responded to the scene.

Scientific Police in Bahia Blanca arrived on the scene to conduct the initial investigation and survey of the site and the remains of the glider.

Maria Agustina Mallemaci and the glider pilot, William Hugo Santos, died from their injuries.

Falcon Crashes in Inyo County, California.

On December 27, 2012, an Air National Guard Falcon lost power over Owens Dry Lake in Inyo County, California.

The Air National Guard pilot, who was on a training mission was the only one aboard. He ejected and the plane crashed.

There were no injuries.

The Air National Guard is handling the investigation, according to the Inyo Sheriff’s department.

The pilot was admitted to Southern Inyo Hospital.

Emergency Landing in Waterloo

What: Private Cessna en route from Waterloo-Wellington Flight Centre
Where: Region of Waterloo International Airport
When: Dec 13, 2012
Who: flight instructor, pilot
Why: Pilots made an emergency landing in Waterloo with emergency services on standby.

The flight was en route when smoke developed in the cockpit.

THe smoke is being blamed on a leaky oil seal dripping oil on to the muffler.

The plane landed with emergency services on standby but taxied on its own steam to the hanger.

No injuries were reported.

Cessna Accident in Juneau AK

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Contact photographer Russell Williams
What: Private Cessna 150C
Where: Juneau AK
When: Dec 12, 2012 2:10 p.m.
Who: 2 aboard
Why: While on a training flight, pilots were landing at Juneau International Airport on a wet runway when the plane’s gear collapsed.

The pilot had been practicing touch-and-go landings.

The plane came to rest on its side. The plane suffered significant damage. The runway was tied-up as the plane was towed to an aircraft parking area. The pilot and passenger survived.

Regis#: 1901Z
Make/Model: C150
Description: 150, A150, Commuter, Aerobat
Date: 12/12/2012
Time: 2309
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Mid Air: N
Missing: N
Damage: Substantial

City: JUNEAU State: AK Country: US


4 Die in Russian Chopper Crash

What: Kazakhstan Mil Mi-17
Where: Astana
When: August 22, 2012, 8:00 a.m.
Who: 4 aboard, 4 fatalities
Why: The helicopter was on a training flight when it crashed. All four crew died in the accident. Kazakhstan’s Minister of defense announced that they selected a committee to investigate and “The causes of helicopter crash will be defined by the end of the commission’s work. Given the evidence, the Akmola garrison military prosecutor opened a criminal case on the grounds of an offense under article 392 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (violation of safety and training.”

Representatives of the Main Directorate of Flight Safety and state aircraft, the Ministry of Defense, and the Prosecutor’s Office are working at the scene in the military investigation of the Interior Ministry.

Five Lost in Military Chopper Collision

What: USMC HMLA-469 Bell UH-1Y Venom
Where: Yuma, AZ
When: Feb 22, 2012, 8 pm
Who: 5 aboard, 5 fatalities
Why: The helicopter was engaged in night flight exercises on February 22nd near Yuma, AZ when it collided with a smaller two person chopper. Service members with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were involved.

The crash happened west of the Chocolate Mountains in California.

The names of the five fatalities have not been released.

Military Chopper Crashes during exercises

What: USMC HMLA-469 Bell AH-1W Super Cobra
Where: Yuma, AZ
When: Feb 22, 2012, 8 pm
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: The helicopter was engaged in night flight exercises on February 22nd near Yuma, AZ when it collided with another flight. Service members with the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing were involved.

The crash happened west of the Chocolate Mountains in California.

The names of the two fatalities have not been released.

Ranier Washington: Four Chopper Fatalities

Photo: A Military Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Contact photographer Anthony Osborne

What: US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Where: SW training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord
When: Dec 12, 2011
Who: 2 occupants, 2 fatalities

What: US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
Where: SW training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord
When: Dec 12, 2011 8 pm
Who: 2 occupants, 2 fatalities
Why: Two two-seat reconnaissance “Scout”choppers crashed during routine exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a few miles from Ranier Washington. Four individuals died in the event. Two were injured. It has not been released if the two injured were aboard, or if the choppers collided.

The remains were taken to Madigan Army Medical Center.

The debris field covered 300 meters. Military vehicles were securing the scene.

The Fort Rucker, Alabama Combat Readiness Center is coordinating the investigation, beginning with a six member team.

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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