Showing posts with label accident. Show all posts
Showing posts with label accident. Show all posts

Saturday, 9 May 2020

One person dead after being struck by plane landing at airport in Austin, Texas

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A person was killed late Thursday after being struck by a plane landing at an airport in Austin, Texas, officials said.

The person was struck and killed on runway 17R by a landing aircraft on Thursday evening, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas said on Twitter, adding that the incident was being probed. The deceased was an adult, emergency officials added.

The airport said that a pilot had spotted a person on the runway before the death was reported.

“According to initial information, Southwest Airlines Flight 1392 reported to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport that they saw an unauthorized individual on runway 17-Right, after their aircraft (a Boeing 737) touched down at 8:12 p.m. Central Time on Thursday”, the airport said.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Mid-air collision kills four in Australia.

A Mid-air collision between two light aircraft has left four people dead in Mangalore, just north of Melbourne, Australia today. 

According to local media,  the two aircraft collided at about 4000ft above sea level, before crashing to the ground in a popular area for recreational flying.  All four people, whose bodies were found among the wreckage, are yet to be formally identified.

Victoria Police said in a statement. “Two occupants in each aircraft have died at the scenes, - One plane almost certainly crashed immediately and the other plane crashed about two kilometres north from here and both were extensively damaged prior to colliding with the ground,” 

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Utair 737 crash lands in Usinsk

A UTair Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 94 passengers has been forced to make an extremely hard landing in northwestern Russia on Sunday morning.  

“A Utair Boeing crash-landed at Usinsk airport," the local authorities said in the northern Komi region where the city of Usinsk is located.   According to local media reports, the aircraft came down fast and the tail struck the ground first. The jet then skidded across the runway, which is said to have been icy at the time of the crash. Local weather stations indicate temperatures at the airport were -20c.  

"The flight was normal but as we were landing either due to bad weather or some other reason the plane violently shook horizontally." Alexander Panin, a passenger on the downed aircraft said. "It hit the ground so that the landing gear was torn off and we felt that were skidding along the runway as if not able to brake at all.  We all realised that the landing gear was broken. We didn’t feel that the plane was stopping - we were skidding towards the end of the runway."

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

120 injured as Pegasus plane skids off runway in Istanbul

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A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 Has skidded off the runway at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport injuring 120 people according to local media sources.
The jet skidded off the runway and then broke into three pieces and a small fire was quickly extinguished by the airport's emergency responders. 
The flight in from Izmir jet was carrying 171 passengers and 6 crew members at the time of the incident. The Turkish Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan said the aircraft failed to decelerate after a rough landing. He also said that the two pilots, a Turkish national and a South Korean, had also bee injured in the crash and had not yet spoken to authorities. It isn't known currently the severity of the flight deck crews conditions, however, some local media reports them as being in a serious condition. 
According to local media, the aircraft was landing in heavy rain with strong tailwinds Turkish media reports said.
Video footage shared on social media shows dazed passengers climbing through one of the large cracks in the aircraft's fuselage to escape down one of the crafts wings. In other images and videos, scores of rescue workers can be seen working around the broken aircraft.
Photo Reuters
 The budget carrier has a poor record of aircraft running off runways,   a 737 landing from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates also skidded off the runway at the same airport on 7th January this year. In January 2018 another 737 skidded off the runway and partially own a cliff at Trabzon Airport.

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Air Canada Boeing 767 makes emergency landing in Madrid

A Boeing 767 with 128 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing at Madrid's Barajas airport after developing engine and wheel issues during its take off.

The Air Canada jet was heading to Toronto when a loud bang was heard by passengers in the cabin as the aircraft started to climb way for its transatlantic flight.

Passenger Brock Mierzejewski told AP, “Obviously a lot of nervous tension while we were in the air, but the pilots did a terrific job landing the plane, - We are still in a little bit of shock but glad to be safe,”

Also on the flight was Aaron C who took to social media to say  "so just at take-off there was a huge bang under my seat and then I saw smoke and flames from the left engine."

Monday, 27 January 2020

Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 overshoots the runway in Iran

Only two people out of 136 suffered injuries when a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 overshot the runway and came skidding to a halt on a highway in Mahshahr, Iran on Monday.

The jet lost part of its undercarriage as it skidded off the runway and down the highway after what local media is reporting as a late landing by the pilot.  Iranian TV said the captain "landed the aircraft too late and this caused him to miss the runway and caused the aircraft to overshoot the runway and stop in a boulevard". 

The passengers and crew members managed to evacuate the aircraft, with videos shared on social media, showing it as a rather slow process, almost leisurely with many taking their baggage with them. 
A report that was on the flight later recounted the details to the state broadcaster,  the aircraft’s “back wheel had broken off, as we saw it was left on the runway” and said the plane had been moving without wheels before it ground to a halt.

“The plane did not catch fire and all passengers safely left the plane,” managing Director of Khuzestan Airports Mohammad Reza Rezaei told IRNA, Reuters reported.

Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation said an investigation was already underway. 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB: anniversary statement from the UK's Air Accidents, Air Accidents Investigation Branch

This week marks the anniversary of the accident involving Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB, near Guernsey, 21 January 2019 in which footballer Emiliano Sala died.  

On Tuesday 21st, Crispin Orr, Chief Inspector of the UK's Air Accidents, Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said: “Today marks the anniversary of the accident involving Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB, near Guernsey, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of Mr Ibbotson and Mr Sala at this time.

“The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has conducted a thorough investigation looking at a number of elements including operational, technical, organisational and human factors that may have caused or contributed to this accident. We have worked closely with many specialist organisations including the aircraft and engine manufacturers and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the USA.

The AAIB has published two special bulletins about the accident, one which contained preliminary factual information, and the second which contained medical information for the general aviation community about the dangers of exposure to carbon monoxide.

Our investigation is now at an advanced stage and we intend to publish our final report by the end of March 2020.

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation

Experts from the UN aviation watchdog, ICAO, will support the investigation into the crash of a Ukrainian Passenger plane in Iran on January 8, following an invitation from the Iranian authorities, which was accepted on Tuesday.

In a statement, the ICAO said that it has appointed senior and expert technical staff, who will now serve as advisors and observers.

Few details of Iran’s investigation have been released by the authorities, but Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said in a televised address that it will be overseen by several experts and that the judiciary will create a special court.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Delta under investigation after jet dumps fuel over Los Angeles affecting dozens of children

US mega-carrier Delta Air Lines is under investigation
after a Boeing 777-232(ER) registration N860DA operating flight DL89 from Los Angeles to Shanghai had to turn back after developing a problem in an engine and dumped fuel over the city.

Delta said the aircraft landed safely after the normal procedure of dumping fuel, however, the airline is under a full investigation for venting the fuel over the suburban area and not in a designated approved dumping area.  

Shortly after the plane started dumping its load to get down to a safe landing weight people on the ground started to complain about the smell of aviation fuel with a number saying that they had experienced some skin irritation after coming in contact with the fuel.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Canada's TSB's role in the investigation of Ukrainian Airlines flight 752

                           Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) Chair Kathy Fox today provided an update on the TSB's role in the investigation of Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Since learning of the accident, the TSB has been in direct contact with the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Given the high number of Canadian fatalities, the TSB has confirmed its role as an expert and accepted Iran's invitation to attend the accident site as entitled in Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Two TSB air accident investigators left Canada on Friday evening and, over the weekend, met up with members of the Canadian consular team in Turkey. They have since obtained visas to travel to Iran and have departed for Tehran, along with members of Canada's Consular team. Additionally, the TSB will also deploy a second team of investigators with expertise in aircraft recorder download and analysis, once the time and place that this activity will take place is confirmed.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Nordwind Airlines Airbus badly damaged in heavy landing in Turkey

A Nordwind Airlines A321-200 registration VQ-BRS was travelling from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday to Antalya Airport suffered serious damage during a hard-landing incident. 

The crew made a stable approach, however, according to the pilot 'wind shear' caused a hard landing and the pilot then elected to do a go-around.

The aircraft, delivered to the airline in May 2017, developed issues with instrumentation and then the crew reported smoke in the cockpit.  According to a pilot report, the crew put on oxygen masks redeclared a mayday and carried out a low fly-over for air traffic controllers could ascertain any damage to the aircraft's landing gear. More technical and systems issues occurred before the crew were able to make an emergency landing on  Antalya's runway 36c.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Bumpy ride for passengers on Japan Airlines Commuter ATR42......

The end of Japan Air Commuter (JAC) flight JAC/3X3830 from Kikaijima to Amami was a rather bumpy affair when the ATR42-600 left the runway upon landing for 15 metres or so and got stuck in the mud.

The incident happened at around 1000 local time on Wednesday 8th  and there were 18 passengers and three crew on board at the time and according to reports, nobody was injured and all were able to leave the aircraft unaided. 

Why did the Ukraine International Airline's 737-800 crash in Iran?

Photo AP
There were no survivors from a Ukraine Airlines Boeing 737-800NG which crashed on Wednesday 8th January near Tehran International Airport.  

Flight PS752 took off from Tehran just after 6am local time,  it had climbed away from the airport to around 8000 feet but then flight data seems to have come to a sudden halt three minutes into the flight. Five minutes after that the aircraft came down and a scene of complete devastation greeted rescue workers and first responders at the crash site.

The flight to Kyiv was carrying 176 people on board at the time of the crash, according to Ukrainian officials, 82 of those were Iranians, 63 came from Canada, 11 people including 9 crew were Ukrainian nationals. 10 were from Sweden, 4 from Afghanistan, 3 from the UK and 3 Germans.

Yet even before the human remains of those people had been collected, speculation as to the cause of the disaster began to swirl at record speeds and in all directions with little signs of slowing down.  At first, it was believed and widely reported that the jet had been bought down by a missile fired by Iran during an attack on US-based in Iraq. These persisted for some time despite the fact that the events took place hours apart and not in the same area from where the rocket attacks were launched from. Some aviation commentators jumped on that bandwagon,  highlighting some images of parts of the fuselage showed "obvious projectile holes" indicating it was a definite "shootdown event". Yet, the very same images when enlarged seem to change those holes into rocks. Even if some holes, these can be caused by a number of things, such as an uncontained engine failure, only a forensic like examination will tell for sure. 

Iranian officials stipulated that it was a technical fault with the aircraft that caused the tragedy, an engine problem most probable.  However, these were hotly disputed by Ukrainian Airlines, saying the aircraft was one of its best,  just three years old and had its most recent maintenance check on Monday of this week. "The flight was operated on a Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft (registration UR-PSR). The aircraft was built in 2016 and delivered directly to the airline from the manufacturer. The last scheduled maintenance of the aircraft took place on 06 January 2020." read a statement by the carrier.  Ihor Sosnovsky, UIA Vice President Operations doesn't believe crew error was responsible for the disaster either, saying "Given the crew's experience, error probability is minimal. We do not even consider such a chance."

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Pegasus 737 skids off Istanbul runway

A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 registration TC-CCK operating flight  PC747 from Sharjah International Airport in the United Arabic Emirates to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport has skidded off the runway whilst landing in heavy rain today.

The accident occurred at around 0800 local time after the plane had landed and came off the runway in the rainstorm, ending up on the grass beside the tarmac.  All passengers were able to disembark the aircraft via the emergency slides and according to official no-one was injured. 

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Delta aircraft slides off taxiway at Austin Straubel Airport, Green Bay.

Photo WBAY Staff

            A Delta Air Lines aircraft has suffered an excursion off an icy taxiway on Saturday morning at  Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

According to airport officials, DL1770 was carrying 101 passengers and was taxiing for departure when the aircraft partially left the taxiway, due to icy conditions.  The aircraft was heading to Atlanta when it left the main taxiway at around 0615 this morning.  There were no reports of any injuries to either passengers or crew during the incident and passengers were bussed back to the terminal where Delta staff were accommodating them on other flights.

An investigation is underway into the causes and if the weather, reported to be freezing drizzle at the time, played any part in the excursion.  Delta responded with the following statement, “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and delay of Delta flight 1770. Our teams in Green Bay, Wis. quickly worked with airport officials to safely deplane customers onto buses to be reaccommodated on an alternate aircraft.”

Delta maintenance teams will now examine the Boeing 717-200 aircraft for any potential damage. 

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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Major commercial plane crash deaths worldwide fell by more than 50% in 2019

The number of people killed in large commercial aeroplane crashes fell by more than 50% in 2019 despite a high-profile Boeing 737 MAX crash in Ethiopia in March, a Dutch consulting firm said on Wednesday, reports David Shepardson.

Aviation consulting firm To70 said there were 86 accidents involving large commercial planes - including eight fatal incidents - resulting in 257 fatalities last year. In 2018, there were 160 accidents, including 13 fatal ones, resulting in 534 deaths, the firm said.

To70 said the fatal accident rate for large aeroplanes in commercial passenger air transport was just 0.18 fatal accident per million flights in 2019, or an average one fatal accident every 5.58 million flights, a significant improvement over 2018. The fatality numbers include passengers, aircrews such as flight attendants and any people on the ground killed in a plane accident

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

During 2019 there were 20 fatal commercial airliner accidents, resulting in 283 fatalities.

The Aviation Safety Network has released the 2019 airliner accident statistics showing a total of 20 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in 283 fatalities.

Despite the high-profile Boeing 737 MAX accident, the year 2019 was one of the safest years ever for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show. Yet, while the number of fatalities has decreased, the number of accidents has increased to a level above the five-year average.

Over the year 2019, the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 20 fatal airliner accidents [1], resulting in 283 fatalities. This makes 2019 the seventh safest year ever by the number of fatal accidents and the third safest in terms of fatalities. The safest year in aviation history was 2017 with 10 accidents and 44 lives lost.

Looking at that five-year average of 14 accidents and 480 fatalities, the past year showed a markedly higher number of accidents.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Bek Air plane crashes near Almaty airport, Kazakhstan

A Fokker 100 of Bek Air has crashed just after taking off from Almaty - Kazakhstan's largest city - heading to Nur-Sultan, the nation's capital, previously named Astana earlier today.

The aircraft was carrying 95 passengers, according to the Kazakhstan Interior Ministry, along with five crew.  Whilst the cause is not yet known, it's understood the local weather conditions of thick fog and snow may have contributed to the crash.

Local media is reporting that at least 12 people have died in the crash with around 60 people being taken to hospital for treatment.  The flight is understood to have departed at 0721 local time, 0121 GMT, and according to Flightradar24 "the last signal was received in that same minute".  AlmatyAirport said the aircraft lost height at 0722 local before striking a concrete barrier and crashing into a two-storey building. There were no reports of fire upon impact,  news video from the scene can be found here.

Thursday, 26 December 2019

The UK's AAIB review of additional material related to the accident involving Hawker Hunter T7 - G-BXFI completed

Hawker Hunter T7 accident near Shoreham Airport

The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch has concluded its review of additional material related to the accident involving the Hawker Hunter T7, G-BXFI, that crashed while performing an aerodynamic display at Shoreham Airport in 2015 that killed eleven and injured a further twelve, including the pilot. 

Back in June this year, the AAIB had been asked to consider additional information regarding G-Forces that may have had an impact in the crash. As part of the review, the AAIB considered further aeromedical opinion and produced more detailed estimates of acceleration experienced by the pilot in the manoeuvres preceding the accident. However, it concluded that the original findings of the AAIB investigation remain valid.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Private jet overshoots runway at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport:

Photo Merrick Mind
Dozens of flights have had to be cancelled at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport this morning after a private jet came off the runway early this morning. 

According to airport staff, there were four people on the jet when it came into land at the airport and no injuries have been reported.   The airport is closed while an investigation is underway and people due to fly from the airport in the next 24 hours are advised to call their airlines for more information. 

The runway will be closed until at least this afternoon while staff deal with the incident an airport spokesman said earlier today.

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