US-Bangla AirlinesFlight BS211 update

Update on the fatal crash of US-Bangla Airlines Flight BS211, a de Havilland Dash 8-400 #S2-AGU that performed flight BS-211 from Dhaka to Kathmandu.

There appear to be 22 survivors of 71 aboard. US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 crashed on approach to Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport, Nepal with 67 passengers and 4 crew aboard: 33 were Nepalis, 32 Bangladeshis, one Chinese and one Maldivian.

Audio between pilots and Air Traffic Control

AviationHerald posted that the Ministry of Tourism reported 39 people died in the accident, 31 were rescued alive. (These numbers will change.)
The pilots aborted their first approach and the flight was cleared to land on runway 20.

The airport reported flight BS211 veered right off the runway and slid for about 300 meters until coming to a rest on a field in flames. The bodies of thirty-one deceased were recovered at the crash site. Eighteen were pronounced dead upon arrival at various hospitals.The General Manager at TIA (airport) Chhetri said “…the plane took a missed approach touching down the fencing area next to the parked planes at the airport.”

Air Traffic Control said “… pilot of Bangladeshi plane repeatedly informed the tower that he was on the right move and proper direction…Then, the plane suddenly took a wrong direction to the west of the Runway 02 threshold and crashed.”

See also: US- Bangla Plane Crashes in Nepal; 39 Killed, others Injured
Monday, March 12, 2018

US- Bangla Plane Crashes in Nepal; 39 Killed, others Injured

US-Bangla Airlines flight BS-211 hit the ground and burst into flames at the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal, on March 12th.

The de Havilland Dash 8-400 was flying from Dhaka, Bangladesh, to Kathmandu, Nepal, at the time of the crash.

The plane was carrying 67 passengers and 4 crew members at the time.

At least 39 people lost their lives in the crash, while 31 people were rescued alive with injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Small Plane Crashes in Switzerland; 3 Killed

A small plane crashed in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland, on August 20th.

Authorities said the plane was carrying three people when it went down near the Sanetsch Pass.

All three occupants of the plane were killed in the crash.

The accident is being investigated.

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Flagler Beach, Florida

A small plane had to make an emergency landing in Flagler Beach, Florida, on August 20th.

The 1968 Mooney plane caught fire after landing on the State Road 100 bridge.

There were two people aboard at the time; both of them remained uninjured.

The FAA is investigating.

Pilot Killed After Small Plane Crashed in Jefferson County, OR

A small plane crashed near Madras Municipal Airport in Jefferson County, Oregon, on August 19th.

The plane was approaching the airport when it crashed and caught fire.

The pilot, who is believed to be the only one aboard, was killed in the crash.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Small Plane Carrying Two Crashes in Nova Scotia

A small plane crashed in a wooded area in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Canada, on August 16th.

The single-engine plane was carrying two people when it crashed into trees.

Both occupants were able to walk after the crash.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Two Killed After Small Plane Crashes in Wisconsin

A small plane crashed near Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport, Wisconsin, on August 8th.

The plane was carrying two people when it crashed into the Rock River.

Both occupants of the plane were killed in the crash. The deceased include a 61-year-old man and his 16-year-old son.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Small Plane Crashed at Trinca Airport, NJ; Pilot Dead

A small plane crashed at Trinca Airport in Green Township, New Jersey, on August 6th.

Authorities said the single-engine plane went down at the end of the runway.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the crash.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

3 Killed, 1 Injured After Small Plane Crashes in Switzerland

A Piper PA-28 plane crashed near the Diavolezza mountain in Switzerland, on August 4th.

The incident happened when the plane was transporting three teenagers who were participating in a week-long youth camp organized by Swiss Aero Club.

Three people, including the pilot and two 14-year old boys were killed in the crash. A 17-year-old girl was injured and was flown to a hospital in serious condition.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Two Killed After Small Plane Crashes in Topeka, Kansas

A small plane crashed near Philip Billard Municipal Airport in Topeka, Kansas, on July 31st.

The 1965 Piper PA-30 fixed wing plane was carrying two people when it went down.

Both occupants were killed in the crash. They were identified as pilot William Leeds, 76, of Mission, Kansas, and co-pilot James Bergman, 55, of Leawood, Kansas.

The crash is being investigated.

Pilot Killed After Small Plane Crashed in Winchester, New Hampshire

A small stunt plane crashed in Winchester, New Hampshire, on July 13th.

Authorities said the wreckage of the two-seater plane was found in a heavily wooded area near Warwick Road.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the crash. He was later identified as 65-year-old John Everson of Danielson, Connecticut.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

4 Killed as Small Plane Crashed in Chatsworth, Georgia

A small plane crashed on Piney Hill Road in Chatsworth, Georgia, on July 1st.

The incident happened when the twin-engine Piper PA-23 plane was carrying four people.

Authorities said all four occupants of the plane were killed in the crash.

The incident is being investigated.

Small Plane Crashed in Hawaii; 3 Injured

A small plane crashed near Moanalua Freeway in Mapunapuna, Hawaii, on June 30th.

The Piper PA28 plane was carrying three people when it went down under unknown circumstances.

All three occupants of the plane sustained serious injuries, and were taken to a trauma center.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Small Plane Crashed into Daycare Building in Fort Myers; 1 Killed, 1 Injured

A small plane crashed into a daycare center in Fort Myers, Florida, on June 24th.

One person was killed in the accident while another one was injured. The injured was shifted to a hospital.

Authorities confirmed that there were no employees inside the Chico’s daycare center when the Piper PA-28 crashed into it.

The incident is being investigated.

Helicopter Crash in India Kills One; Two Injured

A helicopter lost its balance and crashed while taking-off from Himalayan shrine of Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India, on June 10th.

The accident happened due to insufficient air pressure.

A crew member lost his life while the two pilots sustained injuries in the crash. All five passengers remained safe.

The crash remains under investigation.

Myanmar Military Plane Carrying 122 People Crashes into Andaman Sea

A Myanmar military plane crashed into Andaman Sea near the city of Dawei, Myanmar, on June 7th.

The plane, carrying one hundred and twenty-two people, had disappeared from the radar around thirty minutes after it took off from Myeik, Myanmar.

Among the occupants were soldiers and their family members.

Authorities said they have found the wreckage and at least twenty-nine dead bodies.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Small Plane Crashes in Camarillo, California; Father, Son Killed

A small plane crashed in Camarillo, California, on June 4th.

Authorities said the single-engine plane went down in a private property in Marvella Court.

There were two people aboard at the time, including James Harlan, 57, and his son, Dylan Harlan,15; both of them were killed in the crash.

The incident is being investigated.

Small Plane Crashes near Fairbanks, Alaska; Two Killed

A small plane crashed near Fairbanks, Alaska, on May 27th.

The single-engine plane was carrying two people when it went down approximately 50 miles east of Fairbanks.

Both occupants of the plane were killed in the accident. They were identified as Sam Richard Brice, 81, of Fairbanks, and Howard A. “Buzz” Otis, 63, of North Pole, Alaska.

The incident is being investigated.

Summit Air Freight Flight Crashes in Nepal; 2 Killed, 3, Injured

A Summit Air freight flight crashed on the runway of Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Chaurikharka, Nepal, on May 27th.

The Let L-410 flying from Kathmandu, Nepal, was about to land when it hit a tree near the runway and hit the land. The incident happened due to fog.

The aircraft sustained technical problems.

Captain and the first officer were killed in the crash. All three crew members sustained injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

Single Engine Plane Crashes in California; 2 Killed

A single-engine plane crashed at Lake Berryessa between Pleasure Cove Marina and Markley Cove Resort in Napa County, California, on the morning of May 8th.

The two men aboard the Icon A5, identified as Jon Murray Karkow, 55, and his passenger Cagri Sever, 41, were killed in the crash. Both were employees of Icon Aircraft.

The cause of crash is being investigated.

Egyptair Flight MS804 Almost A Year Later

Elements of this image are furnished by NASA

Egyptair Flight MS804 (AKA EgyptAir Flight 804) was a Paris to Cairo flight that ended in the Mediterranean on May 19, 2016. Sixty-six people lost their lives: three security crew, fifty-six passengers, seven crew.

Egyptian authorities published a progress report on 28/06/16 that the BEA repaired the recorders. On 17/06 that the Technical Investigation Committee of the A320 accident studied FDR data as well as performing time correlation between FDR and CVR data and cockpit voice recordings before the occurrence of the accident where the existence of a “fire” was mentioned. That report did not determine the reason or location where that fire occurred. Smoke was reported during the flight in the bathroom and the avionics bay.

The investigation has been fraught with controversy. On 22 May, 2016, M6 (French TV) reported that a pilot told Cairo air traffic control about smoke in the cabin, and the pilot consequently made an emergency descent.

On May 20th 2016 The Aviation Herald received information from three independent channels, that ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) messages with following content were received from the aircraft:

  • 00:26Z 3044 ANTI ICE R WINDOW
  • 00:26Z 561200 R SLIDING WINDOW SENSOR
  • 00:26Z 2600 SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE
  • 00:27Z 2600 AVIONICS SMOKE
  • 00:28Z 561100 R FIXED WINDOW SENSOR
  • 00:29Z 2200 AUTO FLT FCU 2 FAULT
  • 00:29Z 2700 F/CTL SEC 3 FAULT
  • no further ACARS messages were received.

No sooner did the report come out that the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry dismissed it as false.

One truism I have found in accident investigation is that it takes time to find the truth. Another is that facts can be misleading. Reportage from official sources moves slowly; reportage from commercial, so-called “news,” or social sources is frequently speculative, unsourced, or purely imaginary. Sometimes it is actually correct. It is difficult to tell the difference. Contradictions are a frequent finding, such as this:

  • Le Figaro reported that no explosives were found on Egyptair flight MS804 French victims’ bodies. The flight crashed in the Mediterranean in 2016.
  • On Dec 15th 2016 Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority announced that forensic examination on behalf of the Accident Investigation Commission found traces of explosives with some of the human remains recovered. In accordance with Egypt law, the states prosecutor was informed, and a technical commission formed by the prosecution office opened their investigation into the crime.

How does a close reader respond to a statement that “traces of explosives were found WITH human remains?” A close reader finds more questions. With the remains is not ON the remains. But it could be either way since we are dealing with languages. In English, WITH the remains could mean a bomb was floating in the water near the bodies, or ashes, or gasoline or TNT residue. And what constitutes near? Inches? Miles? It all is relative. Or if the original report is loosely translated, did the original document use a preposition such as ON the remains? And then, there are the forensic questions. Were explosive remains washed off of bodies that were submerged in the ocean?

If the case goes to court, the court will want to know if something failed on the plane, and if so, what it was. Manufacturers of failed components are considered responsible parties. No matter what the cause, international treaty determines carrier responsibility to the victims of the crash.

The determination of failed components provides additional responsible parties. The discovery of a bomb would make airport security one of the potential responsible parties. In addition, international treaty provides guidelines for what carriers owe to the families. (Which treaty is involved depends on which treaty/treaties the involved country/countries are signatory to. If it sounds like it can get complicated, you are correct.)

It has been nearly a year since the accident, and though some things may be believed in the court of public opinion to be one way or another, questions remain unanswered. How grievous and how difficult for the families that must wait so long to find out what brought about this tragedy that took their loved ones.

Tour Helicopter Crashes in California; 3 Injured

A tour helicopter made a crash landing, hit 2 vans, and caught fire in the parking area of Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Club in California, in the afternoon of May 5th.

The four-seater Robinson R-44 was returning to the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport after a tour, when it developed a mechanical problem.

All three people aboard sustained injuries.

The FAA is investigating.

Air Cargo Carriers Plane Crashes in West Virginia; 2 Killed

Air Cargo Carriers flight 2Q-1260 crashed into the trees left to the runway of Yeager Airport, Charleston, West Virginia, on May 5th.

The Short SD-330 flying on behalf of UPS went down the hill after hitting the trees.

All 2 crew members aboard lost their lives in the crash.

The incident is under investigation.

Eight Killed After Military Plane Crashed in Colombia

A military plane crashed in the municipality of Facatativa in Colombia, on May 1st.

The plane was flying from Guaymaral airbase, Bogota, to Tolemaida airbase, Melgar, when it went down.

There were eight people aboard at the time; all of them were killed in the crash.

The cause of crash is being investigated.