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Enter Air Plane Aborts Landing after Getting Caught in Crosswinds at Salzburg Airport

Enter Air flight E4-503 aborted landing at Salzburg Airport, Austria, on October 29th.

The Boeing 737-800 plane flying from Frankfurt, Germany, was attempting to land in Salzburg amid heavy winds brought by Storm Herwart. However, as the plane was on very short final to the runway, it got caught in the crosswinds and touched down hard.

The crew subsequently went around and decided to return to Frankfurt.

No Injuries were reported.

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Transavia Plane Makes Hard Landing at Marrakesh Menara Airport

Transavia flight HV-5753 made a hard landing at Marrakesh Menara Airport, Morocco, on October 10th.

The Boeing 737-800 plane flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands, was on final approach to Marrakesh when the crew aborted the approach due to gusting winds.

The plane subsequently positioned for another approach but touched down hard.

No injuries were reported.

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Crop-Duster Plane Crashes in California; Pilot Safe

A crop-duster plane crashed at the runway of Madera Municipal Airport, California, on the morning of May 7th.

The plane had just taken-off when the wind pushed it to the side, resulting it the crash and fire.

Pilot Stephen Streeter, who was the only person aboard, walked out safely.

Ibex Airlines Plane Returns to Fukuoka, Japan

Ibex AirlinesIbex Airlines flight FW-84 had to return and make an emergency landing in Fukuoka, Japan, on April 17th.

The plane that took off for Komatsu, Japan, had to turn back because of high winds. However, on its way back, it experienced loss of cabin pressure due to a fault in air conditioning system, thus prompting the crew to declare an emergency.

The plane landed safely. None of the 40 people aboard were harmed.

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Air France Jet Diverts to Belfast International Airport

Air FranceAir France flight AF1816 made an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland, on November 12.

The plane, en-route from Charles de Gaulle airport, France, to Dublin, Ireland, was diverted after the pilot reported low fuel levels. Authorities said the plane circled Dublin airport before diverting to Belfast but could not land due to high winds.

The plane landed safely. There were 93 people aboard at the time; all of them remained unhurt.

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Small Plane Crashed at Cambridge Municipal Airport

A two-seater 1946 Aeronca Champ aircraft crashed at the Cambridge Municipal Airport in Minnesota, on April 11.

According to Trooper Tim Cunningham of the State Highway Patrol’s Cambridge post, “He [the pilot] landed the plane and just began taxiing… A gust of wind came and lifted the plane back into the air. He attempted to correct the plane using more power. The plane then overturned.”

The pilot, identified as Daniel Johnston, 65, remained unharmed.

Authorities said the aircraft ended up in an upside down position in a ditch near the runway.

The incident is under investigation.

Small Plane Crashes in Clermont; No Injuries

Small planeA small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood of Clermont, Florida, on March 1.

Authorities said the pilot was attempting to land the plane at his house situated behind the 1700 block of Nature Cove Lane but it continued through the fences due a tail wind and rammed into a tree.

The pilot, identified as Dave Harmon, remained unharmed and the aircraft sustained minor damage.

The FAA is investigating.

Loganair Jet Veers Off Runway in Scotland

LoganairA Loganair jet veered off the runway at Stornoway Airport on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, on January 2.

The plane, which was scheduled to take off for Glasgow, was evacuated after it got caught in crosswinds and veered off the runway, injuring 2 passengers.

According to the airport authorities, “An outbound aircraft Saab 340 aircraft operated by Loganair veered off the runway at Stornoway Airport at 8.33am this morning…It is it our intention to resume normal operations as soon as the aircraft is safely removed from the runway. There are no scheduled arrivals or departures at Stornoway until later this afternoon.”

Helicopter Crashed on a Mountain in North Queensland

HelicopterA Bell Jet Ranger helicopter crashed on a big rock on Mount Cook, near Cooktown in north Queensland, Australia, on October 7.

Apparently, the helicopter got caught in a strong gust of wind which caused it to flip shortly after it took off about 12:45 p.m.

There were 6 people aboard the helicopter at the time of accident. One of them was airlifted to Townsville Hospital, while another man, aged 60, was taken to Cooktown Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A 40-year-old passenger was also taken to Cooktown Hospital but was later discharged.

The other 3 people aboard remained uninjured.

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The Mystery of Why?

Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance. I’ve said this too many times to count.

Here’s a question: The event below was a maintenance ferry flight. Every time I hear about a post maintenance ferry flight that crashed, I wonder how that maintenance was performed, and what they forgot to do. Maybe they performed maintenance perfectly—I don’t know. It’s just what strikes my mind when that ferry flight goes down. What did that maintenance crew miss? It’s too much like having a brake failure accident while bringing the family car home from the brake shop. But this accident was PRE-inspection. So maybe it is like having the brakes fail on the way to the brake shop…

On January 19, 2014, at 12:20 , a PT. Intan Angkasa Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, PK-IWT, flying from from Sentani to Tual crashed on approach to Dumatubun Airport, Maluku, Indonesia. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed.

Some reports say it was hit by lightning, but most planes are designed not to catch fire when struck by lightning; careful lightning protection has been engineered into the aircraft. The current tends to travel through the conductive aluminum exterior skin and off an extremity like a wing tip. Additional shielding protects components from haywire side effects called “lightning indirect effects” and bursting into flames is not one of those effects, except in the fuel system, where even a spark is lethal.

So, again, I question maintenance, and the integrity of the fuel system. Was the aluminum skin around the fuel system thick enough to withstand a lighting strike?

Or perhaps it was something else entirely. The flight was described as being pounded by rain and fierce winds (they had just refueled in a thunderstorm)…and the wing fell off before the plane crashed. So was it the gale force winds that caused the wing to come off? Inquiring minds want to know. As always, the investigation is key to finding out why the wing came off and the plane crashed.

Those aboard were a pilot, a technician and two airline employees.

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Lao Airlines Victims Recovered in Mekong River

There were Australians-a family of four and an aid worker and his father-aboard the ATR 72 crash in Laos. Forty-four passengers including five crew died in the crash. THe plane caught the tail end of a typhoon and crashed in the Mekong River. People from ten countries were aboard, including Koreans, French and Australians.

The Oct 16, 2013 crash is the first reported crash of Lao airlines.

Lao Airlines Flight QV301 Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-600, from Vientiene was about to land at Pakse airport when it crashed. No survivors were reported. Between the weather and low visibility underwater, few bodies have been recovered so far.

Rescuers in fishing boats retrieved some of the remains.

Maswings Crash

On October 10, a MASWings de Havilland Dash 6-300 Twin Otter en route from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat made a landing in high wind, and short of the runway impacted a house in Kampung Sin-San.

A woman and her son were in the living room while the plane struck the bedroom, dining room and porch. The plane had two crew, fourteen adult passengers and two children, of whom six sustained injuries and one died. The injured were first treated at Kudat Hospital. More severely injured will be flown out to Kota Kinabalu; and ten others received outpatient care.

The two fatalities were the first officer and a passenger, Tan Ah Chai, 96. The pilot was Captain Wan Mohd Abd Amir Wan Yahya. First Officer Marc Joel Bansh, 23, died at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

Ten firefighters responded to the scene.

MASWings published the following announcement

We deeply regret the incident in Kudat of flight MH 3002 on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The aircraft, with Registration Number DHC6 9M-MDM, departed from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat with 14 passengers and two technical crew onboard landed in the vicinity of Kudat Airport at 2.50pm. Out of the 16 onboard, 15 were Malaysians and one Filipino national.Regrettably there have been two fatalities (of which one is MASwings Co-Pilot) and two injuries. The Captain piloting the flight was Captain Wan Mohd Abd Amir Wan Yahya, 56. He has over 4700 total flying hours. Captain Wan Mohd joined MASwings on August 2011We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased and those involved in the accident, and we are doing everything we can to assist them in this extremely difficult time. We are assisting the passengers and families the best way we can.

A 24-hour Call Centre service has been activated. Families of passengers who were on-board may call 603-7884 1234 for further enquiries. We have also set up our Go Team in Kudat to look after their needs and keep them as quickly informed as possible. The investigation will be carried out by the authorities.

Malaysia Airlines together with MASwings are fully co-operating and assisting the investigation in every possible way. As per aircraft maintenance record, the Twin-Otter was fit to fly and was in good condition before the accident.Malaysia Airlines and MASwings will continue to monitor the situation at the crash site and update on the situation and will provide information relating to the flight itself and updates on steps being taken.Once again, we at Malaysia Airlines and MASwings express our deepest regret and extend our condolences to all affected parties. I would like to reiterate once again that our utmost priority is to ensure complete well being of our passengers, crew and other affected parties.

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Two survive ROBINSON Crash in Utah

On July 8, 2013 on 8:30 a.m, a 28-year-old pilot and his 24-year-old student were performing a training exercise in a ROBINSON R22 #N712U when it crashed and rolled downhill in the Tibble Fork Reservoir area of the American Fork Canyon.

Both the pilot and student exited the plane on their own feet after just missing slamming into the mountain.

The emergency response team responded to the pilot’s 911 call, searched the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and found the wreckage in under an hour after hiking half a mile uphill.

The pilot told 911 that the helicopter was knocked from the sky by a gust of wind.

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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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Helicopter Crash

June 20, 2013
A helicopter in Tinglayan Kalinga crashed, injuring three policemen: Sr. Supt. Oliver Enmodias, chief of regional operations and plans of the Cordillera police; Chief Inspector Dexter Vitug; and Police Officer 3 Jude Edwin Duque. There is no indication that the Pilot Vitug sustained any injury.

The helicopter suffered engine trouble during strong winds, and crashed at Mt. Bitulayunga at 11:00 a.m.

Rio Helicopter Crash

On May 8, 2013, a Helisul Táxi Aéreo Ltda-owned Helibras HB-350B Esquilo (Eurocopter Ecureuil) helicopter landing at a Rio de Janeiro heliport landed in the trees instead of on the landing area.

Aboard were the pilot and five tourists,a couple of miners, and two tourists from the United States. No one was injured though witnesses saw the pilot had hurt his hand. One of the passengers filed an injury complaint.

A gust of wind apparently blew the pilot off track. The company is calling the incident a forced landing.

By the time the fire department and Experts of the Institute of Criminology Carlos Eboli (ICCE) arrived, the passengers had already left. The Regional Investigation and Prevention of Accidents (Seripa) is also investigating.

Antonio Souza Moreira, father of one of the passengers, Álvaro Felipe, said his son had been injured on the shin. The helicopter ride had been a birthday present. Antonio confirmed that the pilot lost control at a gust of wind. There was smoke but no fire; and there was a fire extinguisher available. But the firefighters took an hour to arrive.

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Indigo Suffers Gusty Winds on Landing, Stops on Soft Ground

On March 9, 2013 at 13:05 an IndiGo Airbus A320-232 with 40 aboard was landing from Chandigarh to Mumbai when the plane veered off the runway and destroyed runway lights. The plane was struck by a gust of wind which knocked it off course. No passengers were injured.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is investigating.

It took a couple hours to clean up the runway after the incident.

In George’s Point of View

It has been in the news several times lately that Air traffic control is not reporting their knowledge of gusty wind conditions on the runways.

Let us hope that this is not one if the incidents in which Air Traffic Controllers forgot or otherwise neglected to inform pilots of dangerous landing conditions. Of course, we are very pleased that no injuries were reported.

Continental Settlement Multiple Causes

In the 2008 Continental Airline crash at Denver International Airport, although the crash was blamed on pilot error, pilots did not have all the facts. How could the pilots do anything but fail to make proper rudder adjustments when air traffic controllers didn’t bother to tell the pilots about a forty-knot crosswind.

The settlement will be “several million dollars.”

Some passengers were not injured, but they all have to remember that after they jumped from the wreckage, it burst into flames.

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San Antonio Family Flight Crashes in Angel Fire

A Verhalen Flyers LLC Mooney M20E Super 21 en route from Angel Fire Airport with a family aboard was taking off in windy conditions when it crashed two hundred feet from the runway.

The cause of the crash is unknown but officials point out the windy conditions which are visible in the video below.

The four passengers—two adults and two children— a San Antonio family aboard were fatalities.

Alitalia Repaint is “Not a Cover-up”

We heard about the Feb 2nd Alitalia ATR-72-500 flight from Pisa to Rome with 50 on board that was hit by hard winds (wind shear) on landing (or else made a hard landing). Cause still under investigation, but it seems to be a disagreement dealing with Mother Nature. The plane overran the end of the runway, and the landing gear was crunched in the process. These things happen. I think there were five or six injuries including a broken leg.

However, there’s a strange wrinkle to the incident.

When it left Pisa, it looked like this:

See the livery? Painted green and red.

After the plane veered off the runway on landing in Rome, after passengers got out (they must have, since there’s no one in it now), the same plane was painted white, livery gone, and no marking on it remaining except for the Romanian flag behind the registration number.

Alitalia had leased the plane from Carpatair. Passengers who flew on that plane thought it was an Alitalia plane. They had purchased Alitalia tickets. There are online interviews of passengers complaining because they believed they had been on an Alitalia plane.

It is not uncommon for airlines to lease planes. What is the responsibility of the ticket agent or airline to notify passengers of the codesharing details?

Alitalia denies this is a cover-up. They say it (meaning painting over their colors very fast before anyone walking about can see) is “standard corporate practice and a way of avoiding bad publicity.”

If “avoiding bad publicity” is not a cover up, what is? Shouldn’t the Italian public flying by that plane beached off the runway know it was flying with Alitalia colors even if it was leased from Carpatair? Is painting over the livery a kind of Romania bashing, especially if a Romanian crew landed a wet-leased plane in bad-wind conditions so that there was no catastrophic loss of life? Good on the crew, whoever they were for no loss of life. Wonder what the investigation will say.

Even if they do not own the plane, Alitalia is accountable. Did they lease it sight unseen? They’d be double-ly accountable for leasing something blind, I would think. I’m thinking they knew what they were flying. Did they not fly it under their colors and sell tickets to passengers who believed they were flying Alitalia with an Alitalia crew? Airlines do this all the time. But it does not become a cover up until the paint job–until the Italian media points the finger–Here’s the thing. It’s public record that it’s a leased plane.

The attention the Italian media is giving this is justified. The public should know they are being handled by the PR department. Alitalia’s strategy: 1)dumping Carpatair codeshares and 2)painting the plane looks more like a publicity cover-up strategy than a move toward safety.

If that’s a wet-leased crew, they landed the plane and no one died.

If repainting is standard policy, what other times has Alitalia repainted on the sly, or otherwise hidden their connection to incidents? How many (this-is-not-a-)cover-ups have there been of incidents at less scrutinized airports than Fiumicino? I am sure the public would love to know.

The investigators are French (ATR) and Romanian (Carpatair). It will be interesting to hear what the Italian people think about it.

Borrowed Heli Hit by Wind

On Jan 30, 2013, a Pennsylvania State Police Bell B206 was returning from searching for a missing snowmobiler at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe when strong 60 mph winds blew it over.

The helicopter had landed and had been tied down for fueling when the wind blew it over.

The chopper was borrowed from Altuna and is currently out of service.

No one was injured except the helicopter.

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Refuel Stop Crash in Warsaw Indiana

On 27-JAN-2013, a Mooney M20J/201 en route from Ohio to Michigan made a crash landing at Warsaw Municipal Airport in Indiana when it bounced in crosswinds, crossed a runway and crashed barriers.

Pilot Thomas Kowalczk and his son Brian Kowalczk had gotten parts in Port Clinton, Michigan and Lapier, Michigan and had stopped in Warsaw to refuel.

The plane came to rest over the controls of underground fuel tanks. No fire occurred but the plane sustained significant damage.

Mexico Crash Kills Entrepreneur and Family

Did this happen because of a random gust of wind? Was this an incident that was invisible or could it have been detected or predicted? You tell me. It’s tragic, whatever the circumstance.

On January 17, 2013, ( 13:50 local time), a Habilitaciones Turisticas SA CV Piper PA-31-325 Navajo #XBEZY took off from Angel Albino Corzo Intl en route to Xoxocotlán Intl. Airport in Oaxaca but crashed on takeoff.

Aboard there were a crew of two, and six passengers, three of whom were adults and three who were minors. All eight died in the crash immediately after takeoff in Chiapa de Corzo.

Witnesses said the ship had just taken off when it was hit by a gust of wind that knocked it to the ground, where it caught afire on impact.

The plane impacted the ground at Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas and caught fire, covering the airport in smoke.

The eight fatalities were the two pilots, the captain Alfonso Jimenez Racino, co-pilot Pablo Gomez, businessman Monterrosa Melchor Hernandez, his wife, two sons and two grandchildren. Melchor Hernandez Monterrosa is an entrepreneur, owner of ‘Mezcal Fandango’ and ‘Destiladora Orizaba Valley’ in Veracruz and Puebla,

??Civil Aviation, the Mexican Army, Fire, Red Cross, Secretariat of Public Safety and Civil Protection responded to the scene. The crash also started a grass fire that took some fifteen hours to put out and complicated rescue.

A cold front, clouds and air currents may have contributed to the accident. Civil Aeronautics will be investigating.

Jasper Trainee Flips in High Wind, Survives Forced Landing

DEC 18, 2012, 10:30 a.m. A Jacksonville FLight Training Zenair CH-2000 Alarus flown by a student pilot was en route from Jacksonville to Suwannee County when it made a hard landing in a Hamilton Country field.

25-year-old Mao Borui was not seriously injured when the plane landed in Jasper Florida, although it flipped and broke the nose of the plane.

When the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, they called it a crash landing.


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American Killed in Bahama Helicopter Crash

What: Pioneer Caribbean Logistics Limited Twin Star helicopter en route from Marsh Harbour to Baker’s Bay
Where: Great Guana Cay, North Abaco, Bahamas
When: Nov 22, 2012, 1 p.m.
Who: 4 injured, 1 fatality
Why: The party aboard the helicopter was landing at a luxury resort community, Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay, when gusty winds blew the chopper into a spin and out of control. The helicopter’s rotor blades struck the ground near the Baker’s Bay townhomes, and the tail broke off. The pilot was injured, and hospitalized. One passenger, Lance Valdez, died on impact.

Valdez founded Pioneer Capital and lived in New York before he and his family moved to the Bahamas.

Jeffrey Soffer was also aboard the plane. Soffer was injured along with Dan and Paula Riordan. Soffer owns the Fountainebleau Miami Beach, condos in Las Vegas, the Bahamas and Washington D.C and is an investor in Turnberry Associates. Dan Riordan is also with Turnberry. The injured were taken by boat to Marsh Harbour.

From Marsh Harbour, the crash victims were flown by racing-team owner Roger Penske’s private jet to Miami where Soffer and the Riordans were hospitalized at Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center. One of the injured was taken to Nassau.

Civil Aviation Department investigators traveled to Abaco to begin examining the crash. The wreckage has been moved to a secure location. The Bahamas Ministry of Transportation and Aviation has completed its preliminary report on the Abaco helicopter crash. The report indicates that the airframe, engine and propeller manufacturers and designers have been notified of the accident.

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