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Small Plane Crashed in Texas; Fatalities Feared

A small plane crashed between Granger and Taylor in Texas, on April 9th.

Authorities said the eight-seater twin-engine turboprop went down near FM 1331. The plane had taken off from Georgetown airport.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson, “There are going to be fatalities…We just can’t confirm or deny how many are in there until we get it under control down there.”

Tomahawk PA38 Crashed in Hastings, 2 Dead


A Hawkes Bay and East Coast Aero Club-owned Tomahawk PA38 plane crashed at the riverbed near Maraekakaho, 12km past the aerodrome, in Hastings, NZ.

The incident happened at about 11 am on March 23, 2014.  Bruce Govenlock, president of the Club said it was too early to determine the cause of crash; it could be engine failure or a mechanical problem.  The weather was fine and the 30-year-old aircraft was very well maintained.

The eye-witnesses heard the engine of the plane making strange sounds before the crash; one of them described it as “coughing and spluttering.”

Those killed in the crash included an experienced club instructor and a visitor from the UK who was preparing for his pilot’s license validation exam.

The fully qualified pilot from the UK had been flying the single engine plane for half an hour before the crash.  He took off from Bridge Pa Aerodrome for practice.

ICAO Statistics Suggest Air Travel Safety Has Enhanced Over the Years

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has raised many concerns about the air travel safety. However, the global statistics reveal that air travel is becoming safer with time.     International Civil Aviation Organization     

As per the recent statistics released by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the reported number of fatalities in international flight incidents was 372 in 2012. In 2013, the number reduced to 173.

In Asia alone, the number of fatalities has reduced from 161 in 2012 to 50 in 2013.

The disappeared Malaysian Airlines aircraft, Boeing 777 remained involved in only 1 fatal accident last year i.e. the Asiana Airlines Flight Crash, resulting in 3 deaths.

Midair Collision in Phoenix Kills 4

On May 31, 2013, a Transpac Aviation Academy Piper out of Deer Valley airport, and a Westwind School of Aeronautics Cessma were fifteen miles from the Deer Valley Airport when they collided.

Two people were aboard each flight, and there were no survivors.

The Cessna caught fire after impact.

Passengers names have not been released.

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Golden Wings Crash Kills Pilot and Three Students

What: Golden Wings Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six
Where: Haifa Israel
When: April 14, 2011
Who: 4 fatalities
Why: On a training flight, the Piper developed unspecified engine problems, so that the pilot requested an emergency landing on the Air Force Technical School landing strip.

On return to the airport, the pilot attempted an emergency landing but brushed treetops on approach, and crashed. A flight instructor 65-year-old f David Bechor, and three students including Mustafa Amin Darawsheh and Moshe Bensel were killed in the crash.

Witnesses say the plane “dropped like a stone…a loud blast…explosion and black smoke”

When the rescue teams arrived, the plane was engulfed.

Yitzhak Raz is heading the inquiry.

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NTSB Interview Regarding Gainesville Partenavia Crash

What: Partenavia P.38 registered to Robert Valle of St. Croix.
Where: Found short of the runway at about 7:40 a.m.
When: 2:45 a.m Friday
Who: 3 occupants killed in the crash
Why: Under investigation. (See video)

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Crash Update: Westwood One Announces Regrets

What: KTRK’s SkyEyeHD helicopter crash on October 13, 2008
Where: wooded area in Montgomery County
Who: John Downhower and David Garrett, Pilot and photographer employed by contractor Metro Traffic killed in helicopter Crash

“The Westwood One family wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the families of the two occupants of the news helicopter that crashed outside of Houston today. The photographer on board, David Garrett, was a Metro Networks employee; the pilot, John Downhower, worked for a vendor from whom Metro Networks leases helicopters. At the time of the incident, the helicopter team was covering news for KTRK Channel 13. Sadly, there were no survivors in the crash. We are awaiting further reports and information from the investigating authorities on this tragic incident.” Westwood One

The families of both Garrett and Downhower are asking that that memorials are sent to funds set up for the men’s children in lieu of flowers.
For the Garrett family, contributions can be made to:

Adam Ryan Garrett Educational Fund
PO Box 1811
Sugarland, Tx 77478-1811

For the Downhower family, you can make contributions at any Wells Fargo bank by asking specifically for the Mitchell Downhower College Fund.

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International Boundary and Water Commission Casualties found near Tex/Mex Border.


Senator John Cornyn–on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Border Security and Refugees subcommittee and the Armed Services Committee’s Airland subcommittee, former Texas Attorney General, Texas Supreme Court Justice, and Bexar County District Judge– released a Statement regarding the International Boundary and Water Commission Plane Crash

“Since the disappearance of this aircraft earlier in the week, all of us have been hoping and praying for a miracle. So it is with a profound sense of sadness to learn that the wreckage has been found, and that the lives of these four men have been lost. Commissioner Marin and Jake Brisbin Jr. were devoted public servants and proud Americans whose loss will be felt throughout the border region. Their hard work and commitment, along with that of Commissioner Herrera’s, reflected the spirit of goodwill and partnership that is shared by the United States and Mexico as we work together on our common goals. Their family and loved ones are in my prayers tonight as the entire border region remembers their lives and legacies, and mourns this tragic accident.”


What: Chartered Cessna 421
Where: Border Patrol located the wreckage in a remote rugged section of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico, about 20 miles northwest of Presidio.
When: The plane was reported missing after it did not land on time Monday in Presidio. It was found shortly after noon Wednesday
Who: Found deceased: leaders of the U.S. and Mexican sections of the IBWC, Carlos Marin of El Paso and Arturo Herrera, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexicom, Jake Brisbin Jr., executive director of the Rio Grande Council of Government and pilot Matthew Peter Juneau
Why: The group had traveled to inspect flooding conditions in Presidio and Ojinaga, an aerial view of the Luis Leon Reservoir. Cause of the crash is not known but the pilot had signalled a problem after taking off Monday from El Paso, Mexico.

AP had inadvertently listed the passengers as deceased when the plane disappeared and optimistically attempted to retract the story, hoping the passengers would be found alive. Sadly, there were no survivors

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Cheetah Crash Victims Found near Colorado-Utah

What: four-seat Grumman Cheetah
Where: 40 miles northwest of Grand Junction/ 210 miles west of Denver.
When: Found Sunday September 7, 2008
Who: Charles Landry of Houston, born in 1947, and Steven or Stephen Bartlet of Green River, Wyo., born in 1958.
Why: Cause unknown. The crash is under investigation by NTSB

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