American Airlines Flight AA192 had a little bit of an issue while standing prior to takeoff Oct 9 2017, earlier today. As the Boeing 777 was being loaded, the container loader malfunctioned, resulting in a fire. The fire spread, and burned the cargo container. The plane was scheduled to fly from Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport to LAX in Los Angeles. According to Flightradar24, the flight was cancelled. (I expect so!)
A Marine Corps C-130 departed from the Mid-South Base in Millington, Tennessee and crashed in Mississippi in Leflore County in Itta Bena just off Highway 82 in a soybean field. Reports say the plane exploded in mid-air. Bodies were found more than a mile from the crash site. The debris field covered a radius of five miles. Witnesses report seeing the plane spiraling down with one engine on fire. The way the debris was scattered on both sides of the highway leads investigators to believe the explosion happened prior to the crash. The plane was loaded with ammunition. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
NTSB investigating fatal crash of Experimental B525 Helicopter
Two pilots died in the crash of the experimental Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless at 11:45 today. The names of the two pilots killed in the crash have not been released.
The helicopter crashed 45 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The FAA is en route, and the NTSB is investigating.
Read more about the Experimental Bell 525 Relentless Next Generation Helicopter here The Bell 525 Relentless, featuring the ARC Horizon flight deck system, provides unparalleled crew situational awareness through the use of a fully integrated avionics flight deck coupled with an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system, resulting in enhanced safety levels and mission capabilities.
Several different alerts on this plane went off immediately prior to the plane disappearing from the radar, including 1) issues with the windows on the co-pilot’s side of the plane; 2) two smoke alerts, the first one “SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE” at 00:26 a.m. local time; 3) the second one “AVIONICS SMOKE” at 00:27 a.m. The second alert refers smoke in the avionics bay, which is located below the cockpit, and is where the electronics are housed.
This is also the same plane that was vandalised two years ago at Cairo Airport. In Arabic someone, presumably Cairo Airport workers, wrote on its belly, “We will bring this plane down.”
It is a special concern that the plane had flown to Eritrea.
The US State Department has a standing travel warning for Eritrea, and is quoted as saying “security at the Asmara airport ‘can be unpredictable,’ and had a ‘lack of efficiency and consistency” in screening passengers.'”
“on 2016/06/01, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority reported “Laplace” located pings presumably from one of MS804’s black boxes. The vessel “John Lethbridge” of DOS will be joining the search team to retrieve the black boxes. The BEA (FR)confirmed that Egyptian Authorities have confirmed a “signal that may come from one of the recorders” of flight MS-804. The BEA did NOT confirm that a black box has been located.”
Before the wreckage was located off Greece’s Karpathos Island, search and rescue services picked up the ELT signal around 8:25, four hours after dawn. Greece reported two red and white plastic objects floating in the sea, and two orange objects, apparently life vests. Civilian ships are heading into the area to assist. France is assisting the search, with ships and aircraft. Several bodies were found floating in the area, according to RT.
The EgyptAir A320 disappeared May 18 over the Mediterranean.
When planes cross from one country’s airspace into another, the Air Traffic Control transition at those points is called the ‘hand-off.’ The crew was engaging with Greek ATC but when they attempted to hand the aircraft off to Egypt ATC, the crew made no response.
EgyptAir released that the crew was comprised of the captain, first officer, five cabin crew and three sky marshals. The passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French, 2 Iraqis, 1 British, 1 Belgian, 1 Kuwaiti, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese, 1 Chadian, 1 Portugese, 1 Algerian and 1 Canadian. The 56 passengers included three children.
Journalists have been barred by Airport security from the area in the Cairo airport where family and friends of the passengers are waiting.
The FY 2016 Appropriations law mandates that the FAA continue research into detection of UAS in airport environments.
Because the FAA has received reports about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or “drones”) around JFK, the FAA is developing drone detecting technology. FAA Senior Advisor on UAS Integration, Marke “Hoot” Gibson, said “This effort at JFK reflects everyone’s commitment to safety.” The FAA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice, Queens District Attorney’s Office and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey participated in recent tests. U.S. Government is expanding on efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralize any threat posed by rogue UASs.
At JFK, five rotorcraft and fixed wing UAS participated in system evaluations this May. Approximately 40 tests took place. The JFK tests follow up on research performed at Atlantic City International Airport. Griffiss International Airport test site in Rome, NY, provided the flight commander, and expertise in planning the individual tests.
The NUAIR Alliance was part of the largest test of NASA’s UAS traffic management (UTM) research platform on April 19, 2016. That test consisted of 22 drones flying simultaneously at six different FAA UAS test site locations around the country.
Friday night 13 people died in a helicopter crash in a Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma crash in Norway,in Turøy west of Sotra. The helicopter was flying out of Gullfaks B Oil rig to the Bergen – Flesland airport whenthe rotor separated from the helicopter. Helicopters, boats and firetrucks responded to the scene, and though no numbers were available, reporter Kyrre Styve from the Vestnytt newspaper said it was “everything available.” The helicopter’s rotor system was on land and the Fuselage was found in the water. The tail was raised by a crane from 7 meters deep. The helicopter is owned by CHC Helikopter service.
Statoil CEO Arne Sigve Nylund said “This is a profound tragedy. There are 13 colleagues who do not come home.” Gullfaks B oil field work has been temporarily suspended.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Center said, “We do not believe anyone can be found alive.” Eleven Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian were aboard.
A center for relatives has been set up at Scandic Kokstad hotel in Bergen. The number for families is 800 500 20.
After taking off from Birchwood, a privately owned Cessna 172P Skyhawk crashed and burned in a forest close to Birchwood Airport, in Birchwood Alaska. Pilot/owner George Kobelnyk, 64, co-pilot Christian Bohrer, 20, Sarah Glaves, 36, and Kyle Braun, 27 all died in the crash. A post impact fire destroyed much of the evidence in the debris field. Kobelnyk not only had his flight instructor certification, but also had worked for the NTSB and the FAA. Locals heard the plane was flying low before it crashed but the cause of the accident is unknown. The impact blaze started a forest fire that also had to be handled. The accident is under investigation by the NTSB, FAA, Cessna, and Lycoming who manufactured the engines. The first responders included the Chugiak Fire Department and police department. The NTSB expressed condolences.
Last updated: 19 Mar 2016 19:57 We are aware of the reports that are circulating in relation to the black box flight recorders. We can confirm that both black box flight recorders have been recovered from the crash site by the local accident investigation team and we continue to do all we can to assist their work.
Statement from the CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith
Last updated: 19 Mar 2016 15:59
On behalf of everyone at flydubai, I would like to express the devastation we all feel in relation to this morning’s tragic events in Rostov-on-Don. Our primary concern is for the passengers and crew involved at this tragic time. Everyone in our company is in deep shock and our hearts go out to all loved ones of those involved.
We are still in the process of gathering all the information we possibly can, but at this stage I will share the facts that we are able to confirm now. At 00.50GMT today flydubai flight FZ981 crashed at Rostov-on-Don and I am very sorry to say that we believe that there are no survivors. Onboard the aircraft, 55 passengers including 33 women, 18 men and 4 children and 7 crew members of whom 5 were male and 2 were female. The nationalities of the passengers included 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians, 2 Indians and 1 Uzbekistani.
I am personally leading our accident response with the support of the full management team. At this stage the focus of our efforts is on establishing the facts around the incident and providing all possible support to the authorities.
As I speak members of our team are contacting relatives of the passengers and crew who were on board and we are offering any help we can to those affected.
In addition, we have activated our Emergency Response Team who are on their way now to the site.
We do not yet know all the details of the incident but we are working closely with the authorities to establish precisely what happened. We are making every effort to care for those affected and will provide assistance to the families and friends of those who were on board.
Finally, I would like to say once more how deeply we feel for those affected by this tragedy.
Statement relating to flydubai flight FZ981
Last updated: 19 Mar 2016 11:36
Following our earlier statements more information is now available relating to flydubai flight FZ981.
flydubai very much regrets to confirm that the accident involving flight number FZ981 at Rostov-on-Don earlier today has resulted in 55 passenger fatalities including 33 women, 18 men and 4 children. The nationalities of the deceased passengers include 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainians, 2 Indians and 1 Uzbekistani.
We are currently contacting relatives of the passengers and crew who were on board and we are offering any help we can to those affected.
Chief Executive Officer Ghaith Al Ghaith, with the support of the full management team, is leading our response to the accident. At this stage the focus of our efforts is on establishing the facts around the incident and providing all possible support to the authorities.
Our emergency response team are now en-route to Rostov-on-Don.
The aircraft involved was a Next-Generation Boeing 737-800.
Statement relating to flydubai flight FZ981
Last updated: 19 Mar 2016 09:57
flydubai is deeply sorry to confirm the following information in relation to the tragic accident involving flight FZ981 which was flying from Dubai International (DXB) to Rostov on Don (ROV). While we are still awaiting final confirmation, it is with great sadness that we report we believe there are no survivors. We are unable to provide more specific details at this moment but we will provide updates as soon as we possibly can.
At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our passengers and crew who were on board the aircraft. We are working with the local emergency services and other agencies who are at the scene.
flydubai is in the process of verifying the passenger list however preliminary numbers indicate 55 passengers and 7 crew on board on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The aircraft had departed Dubai International (DXB) at 18.20GMT on Friday 18 March and was due to arrive that evening at 22.40GMT.
Speaking about the incident, flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith, said, “We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the passengers and crew. Everyone at flydubai is in deep shock and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those involved. We don’t yet know all the details of the accident but we are working closely with the authorities to establish the cause. We are making every effort to care for those affected and will provide assistance to the loved ones of those on board.”
flydubai is activating family reception centres for relatives of passengers and we have issued the following numbers for relatives to call:
+44 203 450 8853 (UK)
+971 (0) 42934100 (UAE)
In addition we have set up a media call centre that can be contacted on the following number:
+1407 205 1813
+971 55 517 4642 (Arabic language)
An update will be issued as soon as more information becomes available.
Sixty-one people were aboard a FlyDubai Boeing 737 that crashed today on the second approach to Rostov-On-Don in Russia, in bad weather conditions. There were no survivors. The Regional Emergencies Ministry said “The Boeing-737 fell amid poor visibility conditions 50-100 meters [164-328 feet] left of the runway.” The plane was en route from Dubai to Russia’s Rostov-on-Don. The pilots failed to land on their first pass, and on the second pass crashed after they missed the runway. The time difference between both approaches at first report appears to be nearly 2 hours. The plane had been airborne for just over six hours when it came down; AV. Herald reports that the plane carried fuel for 8.31 hours.
Sixty-one people were aboard a FlyDubai Boeing 737 that crashed today on the second approach to Rostov-On-Don in Russia, in bad weather conditions.
The airline posted this statement:
There were no survivors. A raw video (below) of the crash shows the plane coming down in a fireball at a steep angle.
The Regional Emergencies Ministry said “The Boeing-737 fell amid poor visibility conditions 50-100 meters [164-328 feet] left of the runway.”
The plane was en route from Dubai to Russia’s Rostov-on-Don. The pilots failed to land on their first pass, and on the second pass crashed after they missed the runway. The time difference between both approaches at first report appears to be nearly 2 hours. The plane had been airborne for just over six hours when it came down; AV. Herald reports that the plane carried fuel for 8.31 hours.
Here is the link of the Flightradar playback of Flydubai flight FZ981, a Boeing-737:
A Tara Air Twin Otter was found crashed near Rupse Chhahara at Soleghopte cliff in Dana VDC. Search efforts at the crash site some 16,000 feet above sea level were hampered by fog. There were no survivors. The flight had been declared missing while en route from Pokhara to Jomsom, carried twenty passengers and had been manned by three crew. They left Pokhara at 07:47 and were lost 10 minutes into the flight. Villagers reported a fire near Rupse Chhahara, which was the site of the wreckage.
Tara Air published statements. See italics on this page.
Tara Air says
With deepest regret and extreme shock Tara Air Pvt. Ltd. Management informs the crash of this airlines’ flight number TA193 on aircraft 9N-AHH that took off from Pokhara to Jomsom at 7:50 a.m. local time. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the deceased. Our Management is cooperating fully in the investigation.
The aircraft which took off from Pokhara on its scheduled flight number TA193 to Jomsom at 7:40 a.m. was found crashed at Tirkhe Dhunga, Dana VDC of Myagdi district.
There were 23 (twenty three) passengers along with 2 (two) infants and 3 (three) crew members.
We are working to assist the families and friends of the passengers and crew. We cannot undo the pain and grief they feel, but we can share their burden of dealing with this tragedy.
This is an extremely sad day for all of us at Tara Air.
Tara Air Pvt. Ltd.
As per information received from Rescue Coordination Center (RCC), TIA, Tara Air’s missing aircraft 9N-AHH which took off from Pokhara on its scheduled flight number TA 193 to Jomsom at 7:50 a.m. was found crashed at Tirkhe Dhunga, Dana VDC of Myagdi district at 1:25 p.m. There were 23(twenty-three) passengers along with 2 (two) infants and 3(three) crew members.
Tara Air Pvt. Ltd. with regret informs its Twin-Otter 400 series (9N-AHH) missing after taking off from Pokhara Airport at 7:50 local time. It was flying from Pokhara to Jomsom. It is also known that weather at both origin and destination airports was favorable and the airport was cleared for departure by the Control Tower at Pokhara. We have dispatched three helicopters on a search and rescue mission. We will provide updates as soon as we receive further information.
We can not forget or ignore Metrojet Flight 9268, which was supposed to fly from Sharm el_Sheikh but instead of arriving at Saint Petersburg as scheduled, crashed on the Sinai Peninsula, killing the 217 passengers and 7 crew members. And while the investigators still have not made conclusive decisions on what they believe happened, evidence appears, at this juncture, to point to the likelihood of a bomb having been planted by an EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin had joined up with Isis in Syria.
Other causes of the crash which are being ruled out are metal fatigue, overheating lithium batteries, being shot down, unknown part failure, and fuel explosion.
News sources such as Reuters have reported that, although official sources are publicly denying connections, several people have been “detained,” including the aforementioned EgyptAir mechanic, a baggage handler, and two policemen. The bomb is purported to have been in a handbag that Isis delivered to those involved at the airport.
After its right engine shut down, United Airlines flight 1470 en route to Santo Domingo diverted to Norfolk where passengers were stranded for 27 hours. When the replacement jet arrived, crew had exceeded their flying time, and it was cancelled. The disgruntled passengers eventually secured United Airlines flight 2109 which landed in Santo Domingo Monday afternoon, but not before passengers complained of the long wait and bad treatment. Delta said:
“Customers are on their way to the Dominican Republic after United flight 1470 from Newark, NJ to the Dominican Republic diverted yesterday to Norfolk, VA due to a mechanical issue. We attempted to re-accommodate passengers on a new aircraft, but the flight was unable to depart before the crew exceeded their legally permitted duty hours. We apologize to our customers, and provided them with meals and overnight accommodations. We will also be offering customers a goodwill gesture for the inconvenience.”
Seatbelt signs were illuminated—a sign in flight that it is safer to be seated and belted in—when an American Airlines 737-800 en route from New York to Miami encountered a passing storm system that caused turbulence severe enough to send 5 passengers and a flight attendant to the hospital. Pilots did not divert, but continued the flight to make a safe landing in Miami. Turbulence occurred forty minutes before landing. One flight attendant suffered a broken nose. 159 passengers were aboard the flight.
On January 15, a Ukraine International Airlines flight PS34 encountered problems. Thirteen minutes after taking off, pilots returned the Boeing 737 to Lviv Airport, the airport of departure after smoke developed in the cabin. Repairs were performed and the plane was out of service only for part of the day. News source Zic reported that passengers aboard were screaming that the plane was burning. Emergency landing instructions are only reported in Ukrainian so foreigners must have been mystified about what was happening. No injuries were reported; and passengers were provided alternative transportation.
The Airbus A321 operating as Flight 7K9268 by Metrojet had 217 passengers and seven crew aboard and was en route from Sharm el Sheikh International Airport to Saint Petersburg-Pulkovo Airport when it crashed close to al Hassana, in a mountainous area of the Sinai peninsula, where there are insurgents. (Note in the images, it does not look very mountainous, but perhaps it is a plateau.) The plane was in the air about twenty-three minutes before it went off the grid. Deputy St. Petersburg Gov. Igor Albin said 25 children were among the dead. Nearly all the passengers were Russian tourists. Three were Ukraine. (We are looking for the passenger manifest.) Metrojet is also known as Kogalymavia.
The plane slowed dramatically before the crash. Pilots apparently experienced technical difficulties and told ATC they wanted to divert. The black boxes have been recovered. Forty-five ambulances were dispatched to the crash site to recover the bodies. The plane was 18 years 6 months old. Pilot Valery Nemov reportedly had 12,000 air hours of experience, including 3,860 in A321s.
Forensic experts were at the Pulkovo Airport in the special reception area designated for families of victims, where they gathered DNA to assist in cataloging the remains.
IS claimed on its twitter page that they took the plane down to punish Russia for its military campaign in Syria. Russia dismisses this claim.
Egypt’s Civil Aviation Minister said communication from the plane and ATC was normal; however, the Russian Embassy in Cairo says that Egyptian officials told them the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing.
An engine of Dynamic International Airways flight 405 caught fire as the plane was about to take off for Caracas.
The Boeing 767 was taxiing for departure at 12:45 p.m. when the pilot of the plane behind them saw the fuel leak from an engine. The tower call said, “Engine on fire.” Passengers evacuated on to the tarmac via slides. There were 101 aboard. Twenty-one were injured, and taken to local hospitals. One person sustained a serious burn. One fel on the tarmac.
A replacement flight is planned. The incident is under investigation by the FAA, Boeing, NTSB and the airline. Passengers were provided a later flight but there is no indication of how many took it.
While Flight 5461 London to Crete was en route, the pilot passed out. The copilot took the correct measures and made an emergency landing at Marco Polo airport in Venice. The unconscious captain was hospitalized, and passengers were obliged to disembark in order to board an alternate flight to Crete. The Titan Airways Airbus was flying for Easyjet. The plane was an Airbus, and there were 170 aboard. EasyJet confirmed that… “flight EZY5461 from London Gatwick to Heraklion, which was being operated by a wet leased Titan aircraft diverted to Venice as a result of the Captain requiring medical assistance. The First Officer performed a routine landing in line with procedures. The aircraft landed safely and was met by emergency services on arrival. The safety and wellbeing of its passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.
easyJet sent a replacement aircraft and crew from London Gatwick to Venice to operate the flight to Heraklion. This flight has now arrived into Heraklion. Passengers were communicated with throughout and were provided with refreshment vouchers.
We apologise for any inconvenience experienced due to the diversion and resulting delay.”
On October 6, the pilot of a United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner between Houston, Texas and San Francisco, California diverted to Albuquerque NM when the co-pilot fell ill and lost consciousness. The pilot landed safety at Albuquerque International Sunport at 8:20 a.m.. A replacement crew completed the flight on the Boeing 787.
Is this an epidemic? What about American Airlines pilot Capt. Michael Johnston, 57, who died mid-flight after experiencing a medical emergency the morning of October 5? His copilot made an emergency landing of the Airbus A320 in Syracuse, New York and taxied to a gate where paramedics quickly arrived in the cockpit. A replacement crew completed the flight. 147 pax, 5 crew.
United Airlines Flight 1199 (Boeing 737-990/ER) had just landed from Newark with 175 aboard; Alaska Airlines flight 143 (Boeing 757-224) to Portland was departing with 182 aboard when they made contact.
The left hand winglet of the arriving 737 contacted the right hand horizontal stabilizer of the departing 757. Fortunately the Alaska jet was not on its take-off run, so the impact happened at a crawl (i.e. “taxiing at a low speed.”). Passengers said they felt a jolt. The planes were stuck together; and part of one plane had “snapped off.”
The impact occurred at 7:51, derailing travel plans of the passengers, and scheduling for the two damaged jets. Some passengers were put up at local hotels, but there were no reported injuries.
A passenger who shot a well-circulated picture that was released on twitter was besieged with reporter requests to post the image. Actor Peter Cambor who was aboard also tweeted that the jets were “stuck together.”
Sixteen year-old Autumn Veatch tried to save her step-grandparents after she survived a fiery small plane crash impacting a Washington mountain. The Beech A35 aircraft struck Saturday and she survived two days on her own, after scrambling out of the burning plane with her hair on fire.She tried but could not rescue her grandmother, Sharon Bowman, nor her grandfather, Leland Bowman.
The Beech A35 Bonanza crashed in the North Cascades, west of Mazama, WA between Kalispell and Lynden. Weather was a key factor in the accident. A second plane crashed into Twin Sisters mountain in the North Cascades on the same day.
Some of the footage of Autumn has been collected and is available here:
Although the investigation into a plane crash takes at least a year, investigators believe they know the cause of the crash of the Indonesian Air Force’s 50 year old C-130 Hercules in Medan, in Sumatra, Indonesia. The plane initially lost altitude after it suffered power loss. One of the propellors wasn’t working. The plane was circling, and apparently impacted a hundred foot antenna before it fell on two buildings and a car.
According to an Air Marshall and chief of the Indonesian air force “The “initial finding” suggests the crash may have been caused by problems in the engine.” Before it went down, the pilot asked the control tower for permission to return to base.
There were no survivors. The number of dead fluctuates as the number of bodies recovered, because the plane was carrying an unknown number of passengers in addition to the crew of 12 and 110 official passengers. There also appear to be victims on the ground in the hotel and massage parlor that were struck.
Indonesia Hercules crash: Poor maintenance, age of plane possibly behind accident
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