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Small Planes Hit Each Other during Parachutist Competition; 4 Killed

Two small planes crashed into each other near Godollo, Pest County, Budapest, Hungary, on September 18th.

The planes collided during a parachutist competition, when one of them lost contact with the air control.

4 people list their lives in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Light Aircraft Crashes during Air Show in China; 4 Killed

A light plane crashed during an air show in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, on September 15th.

The plane carrying 4 people was performing stunts when it suddenly plunged from the sky and hit the ground.

All 4 people including the pilot were killed in the crash.

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Stunt Plane Crashes during Air Show in Oregon; Pilot Killed

A Stearman biplane went down during the Air show of the Cascades at Madras Municipal Airport, Madras, Jefferson County, Oregon, on August 27th.

The accident occurred while the pilot Marcus Paine was attempting to perform a loop.

The pilot was reported dead on scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Swiss Fighter Jet Crashed after Mid-Air Collision in Netherlands

A Swiss fighter jet collided with another plane and crashed in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, on June 9th.

The incident happened when the planes were rehearsing for an international air show. Authorities said the Swiss F-5E air demonstration fighter jet crashed into a pond after the collision.

The pilot ejected from the plane before the impact and was not seriously injured.

The second plane sustained damage on the rear fin.

The incident is being investigated.

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Vulcan Bomber Makes Emergency Landing in Scotland

airshowA Vulcan bomber had to make an emergency landing at Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire, Scotland, on September 6.

The plane had to make an emergency landing due to a problem with its landing gear.

It was the last flying Vulcan bomber of its kind, belonging to Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, England. The flight was arranged for an airshow, which had to be cancelled after the incident.

The plane landed safely and was returned to Doncaster after examination.

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Plane Crashed while Practicing for New York Air Show; Pilot Killed

airshowA stunt plane crashed near Stewart international airport in New Windsor, New York, on August 28.

Authorities said the Cornell W F/Sahakian JA Jr. Giles G 202 experimental plane went down while practicing for the New York Air Show, which is scheduled for this weekend.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the crash. He was identified as Andrew Wright, of Texas.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

7 Dead, Over 14 Injured as Plane Crashes during Shoreham Airshow

planeA Cold War-era Hawker Hunter jet crashed during Shoreham Airshow at Shoreham Airport in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, United Kingdom, on August 22.

The plane was flying a loop when it went down, hitting several vehicles on A27.

At least 7 people were killed in the crash.

The pilot sustained serious injuries and was flown to Royal Sussex County Hospital. At least 13 others were also injured.

The event was cancelled due to the crash.

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Alba Adriatica Air Show Collision

A couple of acrobatic planes collided in an Alba Adriatica airshow maneuver and crashed into the sea. One pilot was transported to the hospital. The other pilot, Marco Ricci, lost a wing and could not exit his plane, and died. The plane was located four meters underwater, upside down and closed. Divers tried lifting it with air balloons. The National Agency for Flight Safety (ANSV) has opened an investigation. One plane was Van’s RV-7 # I-Amel; the other was Van’s RV-8 with #I-Lovi.

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Global Aviation Facing Critical Issues; Conclude Panelists at 20th World Routes Development Forum

Renowned panelists in the first panel discussion at the 20th World Routes Development Forum, which was held in Chicago on September 21, concluded that the global aviation industry is currently facing 5 critical challenges.

As per the results of live polling moderated by BBC World News presenter, Aaron Heslehurst, the delegates regarded infrastructure as the most critical challenge, with aviation profitability, safety/security, taxation and oil price stability being the other 4.

At the start of the session, the issue of safety and security was discussed, particularly in context of the recent incidents of MH17 and MH370. Managing director of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Datuk Badlisham Ghazali appreciated the actions taken by the ICAO and other bodies in order to improve aviation safety, however, he emphasized on the need of enhanced visibility from global aviation bodies regarding the industrial developments aimed at increasing safety. Referring to MH17 tragedy, he said, “The industry needs to move forward in more visible way. Response has not been as visible as what I had hoped for.”

The issue of aircrafts flying over conflict area in eastern Ukraine was also brought up during the discussion. Thomas Windmuller, SVP airports, passenger and cargo services at IATA, asked why some airlines had the vital information not to fly while the others were not aware.

Profitability was another point of discussion in the forum and according to Windmuller, “We are in a period of sustained growth in volume, but not necessarily profitability. The number of airlines that recover their capital cost is very small… The problem is not just airlines, it is aviation. There are very few parts and components that are making big money. These include airports, and air navigation services, who do not make a profit, and do not cover their long-term capital costs.”

The delegate voting regarded Infrastructure challenges as the most serious issue being faced by the aviation industry today. The current investment in aviation infrastructure development projects vary a great deal from country to country. In some countries like China, big investments are being made for infrastructure development while in some other countries this trend is non-existent.

Trey Urbahn, the chief strategy officer of Azul Brazilian Airlines, said that the most pressing issue being faced by Brazilian aviation industry today is taxation. Giving example of Azul Brazilian Airlines, he said that 36% of the company’s profit go on taxes and that the company is working with the government to address this serious issue. He suggested that the taxation garnered should be re-invested for infrastructure development.

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NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28 – August 3.

General aviation accidents account for the majority of aviation-related deaths in the United States and continue to be a safety priority for the NTSB. General aviation safety has been an issue area on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List since 2011, and numerous safety recommendations have been issued to address our safety concerns.

During the week-long event, Member Weener and NTSB staff will conduct presentations on accident case studies and lessons learned and various safety issues, including aeronautical decision-making and weather hazards for GA pilots, which is currently on the Most Wanted List. They will also meet with members of the public who visit the NTSB exhibit in the Federal Pavilion and will be featured on EAA Radio daily.

“Participation at the Oshkosh airshow has become a staple for NTSB investigators and staff,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. “This annual event provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to meet face-to-face with a large number of general aviation pilots and share lessons learned from our investigations with the aviation community.”

In an effort to raise additional awareness, the NTSB has issued numerous safety alerts aimed at reducing accidents. Theses safety alerts include:

• Thunderstorm Encounters;
• In-Cockpit Next Generation Radar Mosaic Imagery;
• Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude ;
• Reduce Visual References Require Vigilance; and
• Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!

Media requests for interviews with Member Weener or any of the NTSB staff should be emailed to Keith Holloway, NTSB Public Affairs Officer.

Plane Crashes at Stevens Point Air Show, Pilot Killed

crashA 1993 YAK-55M single engine plane crashed at Stevens Point Municipal Airport, Portage County, Wisconsin, while performing in an air show just before 12:30 p.m. on June 1.

The single-seater plane especially designed for aerobatics competitions was performing aerial maneuvers during the aerobatics portion of the biennial air show when it crashed into a wooded area close to the airport runway. One of the eye witnesses described the incident saying, “the airplane spiralled toward the ground, looped up, and then crashed into the trees.”

The 47 year old pilot died on the spot. He has been identified as William Cowden, of Menomonie.

All the festivities at the airport were stopped immediately after the plane went down.

Stevens Point police secured the site until officials of the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board arrived to conduct further investigation. Police are asking anyone having video of the incident to contact Detective Sgt. Joe Gruber at (715) 346-1518.

Biplane Crashed during Thunder Over Solano Air Show in California; Pilot Killed

biplaneA 1944 Stearman biplane crashed on a runway at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California.

The incident happened at about 2 p.m on May 4 during the Thunder Over Solano air show, when the pilot was performing an acrobatic aerial maneuver very close to the ground. The specific stunt is known as “cutting a ribbon” where the plane is flown close to ground in inverted position and a knife from the plane is thrown to cut a ribbon, just off the ground.

Air force officials have identified the pilot as 77 year old Edward Andreini, belonging to Half Moon Bay. According to the FAA records, Andreini owned the 1944 Boeing E75 Super Stearman.

FAA and NTSB officials are investigating the accident.

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Safety First: Aviation Lessons Learned

We at Air Flight Disaster are always trying to learn from our mistakes, and your mistakes and everyone’s mistakes. Which is why we would applaud the following Helicopter Expo event “Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations” even if Air Safety wasn’t our business.

Pilots and interested parties wanting to learn lessons from recent helicopter accidents should pay attention to the following event:

2014 HAI Rotor Safety Challenge

Event: Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations

Date/Time: Monday, February 24, 8:00 am to 12:00 p.m. (PST)

Location: Anaheim Convention Center (Ballroom C, Level 3), 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802

Participants: Vice Chairman Christopher Hart and NTSB senior air safety investigators

Senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a training session about the lessons that have been learned from several recent helicopter accident investigations at the 2014 Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., next week.
Investigators will present case studies that emphasize NTSB safety recommendations related to helicopter maintenance, flight simulators, and flight recorders. The case studies will be followed by industry-led panel discussions on best practices in the industry. NTSB Vice Chairman Christopher Hart will provide opening remarks for the session.

The preliminary schedule is posted below:

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The National Transportation Safety Board is devoting two days at its Training Center to offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following a major aircraft accident or incident.

The training will be offered on October 24-25, 2013, at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, (near Washington, D.C.) and is aimed at communications professionals working with airports, airlines, air charter operators and corporations with aviation departments.

NTSB specialists will explain the process by which investigation-related information is verified and released to the news media and the family members of those affected by a major accident.

Members of the national news media will be there to discuss how they cover aviation accidents and how social media is changing how breaking news is disseminated and consumed. Aviation communications professionals will provide case studies highlighting best practices and lessons learned during previous aircraft incidents and accidents.

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NTSB to Hold Forum on Safety Culture

The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will hold a forum addressing the importance of safety culture in transportation on September 10 and 11, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

“In our accident investigations we’ve seen instances of weak or non-existent safety cultures,” said Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “In this forum, we want to highlight what’s present in strong safety cultures as well as identify what works to build these cultures in order to more effectively prevent accidents.”

The forum will review the progress and innovations that have been made in developing safety cultures throughout the transportation community and pinpoint areas where there are opportunities for improvements. Participants — including operators, labor groups and oversight authorities — will outline their roles, responsibilities and methods for developing effective safety cultures, with emphasis on the remaining challenges and steps needed for further improvements.

The two-day forum, “Safety Culture: Enhancing Transportation Safety,” will be chaired by Hersman; all five Board Members will participate. Panelists include researchers, regulators, and leaders in both transportation and non-transportation industries.

The forum will address ways of enhancing safety by providing first-hand accounts of efforts from both transportation and non-transportation industries to develop effective safety cultures and to implement specific safety-enhancement techniques. Highlighting progress while recognizing remaining challenges, the invited panelists will discuss advances in safety culture research, and describe the roles, responsibilities, and methods for developing effective safety cultures within their industries.

The forum panels will include:

Research Perspectives on Organizational Accidents
Techniques to Enhance Organizational Safety
Non-Transportation Perspectives on Safety Culture
Organizational Leadership Perspectives on Safety Culture
Safety Culture Management and Oversight in Transportation
Companies and their Safety Culture Experiences.
There will also be a review of some recent organizational accidents that have been investigated by the NTSB. Invited panelists will include researchers, regulators, and industry leaders.

The forum will be held in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center, located at 429 L’Enfant Plaza E., S.W., Washington, DC. The public can view the forum in person or by live webcast. Webcast archives are generally available by the end of the next day following the forum, and webcasts are archived for a period of 3 months from after the date of the event.

Organizations and/or individuals can submit input for consideration as part of the forum’s archived materials. Submissions should directly address one or more of the forum’s topic areas (identified by the panel titles) and should be submitted electronically as an attached document to: SafetyCultureForum@ntsb.gov. Input received will be entered into the public docket for this forum.

Air Show Emergency Landing

On Sunday, pilot, John Klatt was performing at the QC Airshow at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Davenport, Iowa on the Air Guard demonstration team when he had to make an emergency landing.

A piece broken off of the plane punctured his engine, spraying oil over his windshield. He jettisoned the canopy. Klatt told spectators that he had cut himself worse while shaving.

Click to see Video

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Airshow China 2012 is Underway

Nov.13 – 18, 2012, ZHUHAI, GUANGDONG,CHINA

China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (namely Airshow China) is the only international aerospace trade show in China that is endorsed by the Chinese central government. It features the display of real-size products, trade talks, technological exchange and flying display. Since 1996, the show has been successfully held in Zhuhai in every even-number year for eight sessions. Airshow China 2012 will take place from Nov. 13-18, 2012.

For those interested in more information, the official website is located here:

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NTSB 2013 Most Wanted List

November 13, 2012
Washington – The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a press conference at the National Press Club to unveil its 2013 Most Wanted List of transportation safety issues.

Event: Press Conference

Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

Location: National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW 13th Floor (Zenger Room)
Washington, DC 20045

Participants: NTSB Board Members

NTSB Board Members will be available for interviews following the event.

Acrobatic Plane Crashes during Indonesian Airshow

What: Indonesian Aerosport Federation FFA AS/SA 202/18A3 Bravo
Where: Husein Sastranegara Int. Airport Bandung Indonesia
When: Sept 29, 2012, 11:40 a.m.
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: During the Bandung Air Show 2012 at Husein Sastranegara Int. Airport, a training aircraft crashed during a maneuver killing the pilot and co-pilot. After completing five maneuvers, the Bravo 202 aircraft was flying low when the pilots crashed, sending up a fireball.

The pilot was Air Vice Marshall (ret.) Nurman Lubis. The co-pilot was identified as Col. (ret.) Tonny Haryono. Their remains have been taken to Bandung’s Hasan Sadikin Hospital. The men were members of the Indonesian Aero Sport Federation, who owns the plane.

Lubis was an opthalmologist.

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PASADENA, Calif. — NASA and partners from the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum will discuss innovative ideas for waste management during a 3-day forum July 20-22. Waste management is important for planning long-duration human spaceflight missions to an asteroid, Mars or beyond.

Reporters are invited to attend the forum at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Reporters must register in advance by contacting Joshua Buck at jbuck@nasa.gov by 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT) July 19.

LAUNCH: Beyond Waste is part of an initiative to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges through a series of forums. It is the fourth forum in the series.

LAUNCH allows NASA to propel innovative solutions that help those outside the agency make the connection between our lives on Earth and how we live and work in space. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s involvement, LAUNCH places a special emphasis on accelerating innovations poised for large-scale impact in improving the lives of people in the developing world.

During the forum, nine international participants will showcase new innovations that could address waste management problems on Earth and may be used to solve problems for long-duration spaceflight.

NASA, USAID, Nike Inc. and the U.S. State Department are LAUNCH founding partners. The Office of Naval Research; Vestergaard Frandsen; IDEO, a design and innovation consulting firm; and Architecture for Humanity are partners for LAUNCH: Beyond Waste.

The partners all contributed to planning the forum, selecting innovators and recruiting other event participants. A list of the innovators and innovations will be available online before the forum at:


The public may access and engage in the Launch: Beyond Waste conversation online through MindMapr at:


A link to live video of the conference will be on UStream at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) July 20 at:


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July 20, 2012
WASHINGTON – Next week senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will provide 20 presentations on a variety of aviation safety issues at AirVenture 2012, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The NTSB has added new emphasis to general aviation as a safety advocacy priority. Last year general aviation safety was added to the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements. And earlier this year, the NTSB released its first-ever safety study on experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft. In just the past few months, the Safety Board held two general aviation safety forums. Every year, more than 1,500 general aviation accidents occur resulting in the deaths of about 450 individuals. The NTSB is concerned that these numbers have remained stagnant over the past decade.

“In Oshkosh, we’ll have tremendous opportunities to share lessons learned from our investigations with an enthusiastic aviation community,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “In particular, we’re look forward to interacting with experimental aircraft builders to relay the findings and recommendations from our E-AB safety study.”

Investigators will discuss the study and other safety issues, including aeronautical decision making, weather flying, and accident case studies. They will also meet with members of the public who visit the NTSB exhibit in the Federal Pavilion.

Media requests for interviews with one of the Board members or investigators should be emailed to NTSB press officer Peter Knudson.

For a schedule of NTSB presentations at AirVenture 2012 as well as links to online resources, including a summary of the E-AB safety study, go to http://go.usa.gov/fI6

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Cracked Wing Brackets Allegedly Under Control According to Airbus Top Brass

The SINGAPORE AIRSHOW AVIATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, held in conjunction with the Singapore Airshow, is a collaborative effort by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Experia Events Pte Ltd, International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Ministry of Transport (MOT).

The airshow brings together aviation stakeholders, including Airbus CEO Tom Enders, who had damage control on his mind. Airbus is under fire for the wing cracks found on Airbus A380 jets. Between inspection and repairs, the cost is anticipated to be $1.23 million per aircraft, for up to $32 million euros.

Qantas Airways grounded one A380 for a week after finding 36 separate cracks in wing parts. Other A380s have demonstrated similar cracking above and beyond the normal degradation and microfissures that inspections often find as a result of heavy usage.

Tom Anders of Airbus told airshow attendees that “…we will fix it (wing problem) as quickly as possible. This is unfortunate, this is us. We screwed that up. Whatever the cost, we will fix it”

They have to fix it. EASA has ordered Airbus to check all A380 superjumbo planes. Meanwhile, Airbus is trying to turn media attention to their ramped-up assembly line.

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Reno Airshow Fatalities Rise

What: Aero-Trans Corp. DBA North American P-51D-15-NA Mustang (mod.)
Where: Reno Stead Airport, Nevada
When: 16-SEP-2011
Who: 11 fatalities, 1 aboard (2 on the ground)

Eleven people have died so far in the Reno air show crash:

  • Pilot Jimmy Leeward
  • Joseph Wogan, 22, of Arizona;
  • George and Wendy Hewitt of Fort Mohave, Ariz;
  • Regina Bynum, 53, of Texas;
  • Sharon Stewart, 47, of Nevada;
  • Greg Morcom, 47, from Washington state.
  • Michael Wogan, 22, of Scottsdale, Ariz.;
  • Regina Bynum, 53, of San Angelo, Texas.
  • Craig Salerno

Stewart was a paid staff member at the airshow, and Salerno was a volunteer. Spectator Cherie Elvin is missing, and her husband, two sons, and daughter in law each lost part of a leg.

The names of the seventy injured (and all of the fatalities) have not been released, but there are hundreds of stunning accounts of the accident.

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