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22 June, 2022

Investigation ongoing into MD-82 crash in Miami

Photo  Pedro Portal/El Nuevo Herald/TNS
Investigators are looking into the causes of a plane crash in Miami that saw an MD-82 from Red Air come to a halt with a crumpled nose and fire under one of its wings.

The jet had arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday with 137 people on board when its nose gear failed and remarkably all the passengers and crew escaped without serious injury. According to local reports, three were taken for medical evaluation with minor conditions.

Many videos have been shared on social media which capture the aged aircraft skidding along the side of the runway, its wing colliding with communications equipment and passengers evacuating via the rear and overwing exits on one side f the aircraft. 

The airport fire service reached the stricken plane within 2 minutes and dowsed the flames with foam before helping with the assistance of passengers that had run onto the airfield.

Some reports have recorded passengers and witnesses as saying that the aircraft came in with a hard landing, which burst a tyre on the nose gear before it collapsed.  Other passengers reported that the aircraft was jumping and jumping and jumping down the runway, with many cabin windows breaking before it came to a halt. 

Hector Dejesus, A 36-year-old mechanic from Red Air spoke to the Miami Herald saying first it looked like pilot error and then describing it as  “hard landing” - “I suppose it was a hard landing. We do maintenance all the time. I suppose it was that,” he said, “I’m in shock. I would see things like this in the air force.”

Miami Airport used social media to warn other passengers of the incident, which caused so minor disruption to other flights. – “Red Air #203 from Santo Domingo had its landing gear in the nose of the plane collapse, which seems to have caused a fire. MiamiDadeFire responded & extinguished the fire. Some flights have been delayed as a result. Please follow up with your airline for the latest flight info.”

The National Transportation Safety Board have an investigation team now in Miami and are currently assessing the conditions at the time of the crash and the aircraft.

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15 June, 2022

UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch publishes its Annual Safety Review for 2021

Earlier this week the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch published its Annual Safety Review for 2021 which includes information on events and the safety action already taken or planned to happen in response to its investigations.

The report details it had received 746 occurrence notifications up from 553 in 2020 and less than the 2019 figure of 826. The AAIB said it had opened 28 investigations in the field, of which five were into fatal accidents in the UK that had resulted in seven deaths.

In 2021 the AAIB published 24 field investigation reports, which included five investigations into fatal General Aviation accidents, 17 field investigations into non-fatal accidents or serious incidents to both General Aviation and Commercial Air Transport aircraft and two Unmanned Aircraft System investigations.

The Branch issued 37 Safety Recommendations including 8 of which were classified as safety recommendations of global concern (SRGC). Most of the recommendations are related to the regulation of aircraft operations or the regulation of aircraft design, production and manufacturing.

The Review provides details of 188 significant actions to enhance safety taken proactively by the industry in 2021 as a direct result of AAIB investigations.

In addition, the AAIB appointed an accredited representative to 46 overseas investigations in 2021 and these continue to be a very important part of the Branch’s work.

Crispin Orr, Chief Inspector of Air Accidents said:  “All the fatalities from air accidents in the UK in 2021 were associated with General Aviation (GA). Most involved loss of control, either at low speed close to the ground or following an inadvertent entry into clouds by pilots without an IMC rating. The normal seasonal variations in GA activity were exaggerated somewhat by lockdowns in 2021 but the overall accident statistics and prevalent occurrence types were not unusual.


08 April, 2022

DHL 757 Crash investigation underway

A DHL Boeing 757 cargo jet slid off the runway and broke in half while landing at San Jose’s international airport Thursday, causing major disruption and delays.  The local fire department reported the 757 had taken off from Juan Santamarรญa Airport just west of the capital, but the crew, who survived the crash, chose to return after reporting hydraulic system failure.

Upon landing the aircraft broke up, the fire department said “Units mobilized to remove the pilot and co-pilot.  Then they applied foam to prevent a spill and now they are working on an earthen dike to avoid any fuel from reaching the drainage system.”

DHL said in a statement that the pilots had been taken for medical evaluation and it was working with local authorities to both investigate the incident and move the aircraft.

Luis Miranda, deputy director of civil aviation for Costa Rica, told local media that the aircraft had only managed to get around 35 miles from the airport when the pilot asked to turn back. He advised the pilot and co-pilot were the only crew on the jet at the time of the crash and the plane was carrying enough fuel for around 2½ hours flying.

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07 April, 2022

BEA launches investigation into serious incident involving an Air France flight from New York's JFK airport suffered flight control problems on approach to Paris CDG

French investigators from the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses - BEA has launched an investigation into what it has termed a "Serious Incident" involving an Air France Boeing 777 on approach to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Tuesday.  

The jet was operating a flight from New York's JFK airport and suffered serious control problems on its approach to its home base of Paris. as it on landing in Paris. According to reports the pilot aborted the first landing attempt and did a go-around. 

In a statement, Air France said the flight crew “aborted their landing sequence and performed a go-around.

The go-around is defined by the authorities, aircraft manufacturers and Air France as a normal procedure. The crews are trained and regularly instructed in these procedures, which are used by all airlines to guarantee the safety of flights and passengers.   -  The crew landed the aircraft normally after a second approach.”

Unconfirmed and unverified audio was posted on various websites including  which seems to indicate the pilots of the plane were struggling to keep control of the aircraft.

The BEA has said the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, otherwise known as the aircraft's 'black boxes' are being reviewed to determine the cause of the loss of control. The BEA cited “instability of flight controls” in the final stages of the flight, as well as “hard controls” and “flight-path oscillations.” issues hampered normal operation. 

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21 March, 2022

China Eastern grounds all Boeing 737-800s following deadly crash...............

The airline China Eastern has confirmed it is grounding all of its Boeing 737-800 jets following the crash of one of its aircraft today, killing all 132 people on board.

The Boeing 737-800, was operating a flight between Kunming Changshui International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on Monday morning when it rapidly lost altitude and crashed into the side of a mountain.  The crash then set fire to the bamboo forest which has hampered site investigations.

A Boeing spokesperson said: "We are aware of the initial media reports and are working to gather more information." The firm more recently said "Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of China Eastern Airlines Flight MU 5735. We are working with our airline customer and are ready to support them."  

According to initial reports, flight MU5735 had been flying at 523mph / 455 knots at approximately 30,000 at around 14:19 when it suddenly dropped in altitude at an alarmingly fast rate before data transmitted by the plane ended just over two minutes later. 

Shares in Boeing fell 4.5% after the news broke that another of its 737 jets had crashed, some of its suppliers also saw the value of their shares falling.  France-listed Safran fell 3%,  Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, Hexcel Corp and Triumph Group were all down between 1% and 4%.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he was 'shocked' by the crash and ordered an “all-out effort” for the rescue operation, he also stated that a full investigation into the crash and to ensure complete civil aviation safety would report as soon as possible. 

Unconfirmed and unverified videos have appeared on social media indicating the aircraft may have dropped vertically with parts of the wings breaking off and falling far from the crash site.  


China Eastern Airlines issued the following statement......

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19 March, 2022

US Osprey crashes in Norway as part of NATO exercise killing four.

AP is reporting that four U.S. Marines have been killed close to a Norwegian town in the Arctic Circle following a crash of their Osprey aircraft which was taking part in a NATO exercise.

Photo Boeing

The Marines from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, were taking part in the 'Cold Response' NATO exercise which has seen forces from many countries on land sea and air come together. The aircraft was an MV-22B Osprey, which according to U.S. authorities  "had a crew of four and was out on a training mission in Nordland County" northern Norway.  The names of the deceased have not been disclosed at this stage. 

Initial reports indicate the Osprey was heading north to Bodoe, where it was scheduled to land just before 18:00 Friday evening. The aircraft crashed in Graetaedalen in Beiarn, south of Bodoe. A search and rescue mission was launched immediately, the police said and then early this morning they arrived at the scene, confirming all four of the crew had died.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash and weather is likely to have played a part in the incident which was said to be stormy and windy at the time. 
Photo Boeing
NATO has advised that the Cold Response exercise will continue on until its scheduled end date of 1st April. 

V-22 Osprey: 
Boeing says the V-22 Osprey is a joint service multirole combat aircraft utilizing tiltrotor technology to combine the vertical performance of a helicopter with the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft. With its rotors in vertical position, it can take off, land and hover like a helicopter. Once airborne, it can convert to a turboprop aeroplane capable of high-speed, high-altitude flight. This combination results in global reach capabilities that allow the V-22 to fill an operational niche, unlike any other aircraft.

Photo Boeing

V-22 Osprey Technical Specifications

PropulsionTwo Rolls-Royce AE1107C, 6,150 shp (4,586 kW) each
LengthFuselage: 57.3 ft. (17.47 m); Stowed: 63.0 ft. (19.20 m)
WidthRotors turning: 84.6 ft. (25.78 m); Stowed: 18.4 ft. (5.61 m)
HeightNacelles vertical: 22.1 ft. (6.73 m); Stabilizer: 17.9 ft. (5.46 m)
Rotor Diameter38.1 ft (11.6 m)
Vertical Takeoff Max Gross Weight52,600 lbs. (23,859 kg)
Max Speed270 kts (500 km/h) @ SL
Mission Radius428 nm – MV-22 Blk C with vertical takeoff - 24 troops,
ramp mounted weapon system, SL STD, 20 min loiter time
525 nm - Short takeoff technique (Rolling Takeoff)
Cockpit - crew seats2 MV / 3 CV / 2 CMV

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17 March, 2022

Footballer Emiliano Sala died after Piper Malibu broke up mid-air

The Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala was unconscious from carbon monoxide poisoning and died of head and body injuries when the Piper Malibu he was a passenger in broke up mid-air just prior to crashing en route to Cardiff.

The 28-year-old had just signed for Cardiff City and was flying back from France to join Cardiff to start his new job on 21st January of 2019.  

An inquest into the crash concluded today and the jury concluded that Sala died in the crash after being overcome by significantly toxic levels of carbon monoxide from a faulty exhaust system on the small plane, the body of the pilot, David Ibbotson, who was not licenced to operate the passenger flight, has never been found.  The inquest jury was informed that Sala's blood had 58% carbon monoxide blood saturation, which would have caused "severe poisoning".

Investigators from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch gave evidence at the inquest and advised the carbon monoxide is most likely to have come from a faulty exhaust system and entered the cabin via the plane's heating system. However, there was no evidence from the aircraft's last maintenance checks that it wasn't airworthy or unable to complete such a flight. 

Emiliano Sala's family issued a short statement, in which they said:  "The family particularly note the jury's findings that it is likely that both the pilot and Emiliano suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning and that Emiliano was deeply unconscious at the time of the accident, and that the poisoning was caused by a failure in the aircraft exhaust system.

The family also welcome the coroner's decision to communicate to the relevant authorities her concerns about the safety issues arising from this inquest in order to prevent similar future deaths. No family should have to go through grief from a similar avoidable accident."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch report into the crash was published back in 2020 and told how the Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, registration N264DB,  departed from Nantes Airport, France, at 19:06 hrs on 21 January 2019.  At 20:16 hrs, the aircraft was lost from radar as it was probably manoeuvring to avoid poor weather and came down in the English Channel some 22 nautical miles north-north-west of Guernsey. 

Photo from AAIB Report
Crispin Orr, Chief Inspector at the AAIB said: “A team of highly experienced investigators has been working to examine all aspects of the flight in order to understand the factors which may have caused or contributed to the accident. Today we have made important safety recommendations that, if fully implemented, would significantly reduce the risk of a recurrence.

Routine maintenance is vital but cannot eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide leaks completely. Equipping aircraft with devices that provide warning of the presence of this odourless, colourless and lethal gas, would enable pilots to take potentially life-saving action. We are therefore calling for the regulators to make it mandatory for piston-engine aircraft, such as the one involved in this accident, to carry an active CO warning device."

Neither the pilot nor aircraft had the required licences or permissions to operate commercially.

Orr said: “The chartering of aircraft that are not licensed for commercial transport – so-called ‘grey charters’ – is putting lives at risk. We welcome the Civil Aviation Authority’s efforts to stop this practice through their ‘Legal to Fly’ campaign and other interventions.”

Safety action has been taken by the Civil Aviation Authority to raise awareness of the risk associated with unlicensed charter flights. Safety action has also been taken by the engine manufacturer to improve the guidance given to personnel undertaking inspections of exhaust systems.

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14 March, 2022

Legal action started against Russia over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Legal action has been started against Russia over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 some eight years ago by Australia and the Netherlands.

The two nations say they have begun the joint legal action against Russia at the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization. The Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said: "The death of 298 civilians, including 196 Dutch, cannot and should not remain without consequences. The current events in Ukraine underscore the vital importance of this,"  

The rare procedure comes under an article of ICAO's Chicago Convention designed to protect civilian aircraft from weapons fire. It was added in 1984 following the shooting down of a South Korean airliner by Soviet fighters the previous year.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft was operating flight MH17 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014. Air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft approximately 50km (30 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border. The aircraft was then hit by a BUK missile breaking up midair and crashing down over the Donetsk area, killing all 298 onboard and shocking the world.
Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia told the media that Russia was responsible under international law and that taking the matter to the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization would be a step forward in the fight for victims, including 38 Australians. He said also said the invasion of Ukraine was "unprovoked and unjustified" which highlighted the requirement to hold Russia to account for its "blatant violation of international law".

Australia and the Netherlands advised they would rely on the evidence uncovered by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) which found that all the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile launcher were part of the Russian armed forces. It had been driven in to Ukraine from Russia on the day of the incident. The BUK launcher and missiles had been supplied by Russia's 53rd anti-aircraft brigade in Kursk and it was driven back across the border the day after.  

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08 February, 2022

Leaked security camera footage shows US F35 crash.

A grainy and wobbly leaked video of security cameras appears to show a US fighter jet crashing onto the deck of USS Carl Vinson - an aircraft carrier before being engulfed in flames and sliding into the sea, reports

Now unofficial reports indicate that US Navy personnel are now desperately heading to the scene to salvage the F-35C Lightning II  which contains highly classified technology before Chinese submarines can get there and steal the wreckage. 

The incident has resulted in seven sailors being injured, with three requiring evacuation to a medical facility in Manila, Philippines, where they are in a stable condition, according to Pacific Fleet.

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10 October, 2021

At least 16 dead after L410 crashes in Russia.

    A Let L-410 Turbolet twin-engine short-range transport aircraft has crashed shortly after taking off in the Russian region of Tatarstan early on Sunday, officials have confirmed.

The small aircraft was carrying a group of some 20 parachutists and two crew members at the time of the accident, which is currently being investigated. According to local media, the crew reported their left engine had failed whilst they were at a height of around 70 metres. They reportedly tried to make an emergency landing near the city of Menzelinsk, as they tried to avoid an inhabited area. Upon the emergency landing, the aircraft's wing hit another vehicle and that caused the plane to turn over and hit a wall.  

The Let L-410 was owned by an aeroclub in the city of Menzelinsk which has links with the state-run Cosmonaut Training Centre which is also in the area, According to reports the centre has suspended its ties with the aeroclub pending an investigation into the crash. The aeroclub has declined to comment while investigations take place. 

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25 September, 2021

Teesside International Airport closed following light aircraft crash

Three people had to be cut free from a small aircraft that has crashed upon takeoff from Teesside International Airport earlier today.

The pilot and two passengers have been taken to  James Cook University Hospital after the incident that happened at 09:30. 

Rob Cherrie of the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service told how the light aircraft "had taken off then come back down again very quickly" and fire crews had been "forced to cut the three people out of the plane".

The North East Ambulance Service said: "We sent two ambulances, a specialist paramedic, an officer and requested support from the Great North Air Ambulance. In total, three patients were taken to James Cook hospital, one with serious injuries. One patient was taken by air and the two other patients were transported by road."

The airport confirmed it would remain closed until Monday,  "Following an incident involving a light aircraft this morning, we will remain closed for the weekend so the Air Accident Investigation Branch can carry out a thorough investigation. We are hopeful the airport will reopen on Monday.

As a result of this closure, Loganair will be contacting customers affected with details on how to claim a full refund or rebook an alternative date. They request that customers do not phone Loganair at this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank all of our passengers who have been very understanding today. All of our thoughts and prayers are with the three people onboard at the time of the incident and their families."

A Ryanair flight from Palma has been diverted to Newcastle and coaches have been arranged to transfer passengers. 
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06 July, 2021

All 28 lives lost in Russian plane crash.

Photo  Russia's Emergencies Ministry via Reuters
All 28 people on a Russian An-26 plane died in a crash on Tuesday in the country's far east according to the Interfax and RIA news agencies.  

The Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop was on a flight from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana and was approach for landing when contact was lost about 10 kilometres away from the airport. 

Reports indicate there were some twenty-two passengers and six crew on board, with officials saying the village mayor Olga Mokhireva was among the passengers along with four local government officers. 

According to locals,  there was thick cloud in the area at the time of the crash and although the cause of the crash has not been established yet, bad weather has not been ruled out. "All that is known at this time, what has been possible to establish, is that communication with the plane was interrupted and it did not land," Valentina Glazova, a spokeswoman for the local transport prosecutor's office, told AFP. 

The Russian aviation agency had said search teams in the remote far eastern Kamchatka peninsula found wreckage of the aircraft, "Rescuers found the wreckage of the aircraft. Given the geographic features of the landscape, rescue operations are difficult," the aviation agency said in an emailed statement, adding that the debris was found along the region's Pacific coast.

Report with France 24, AFP, AP and Reuters

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04 July, 2021

Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft of the Philippine Air Force has crashed

Photo Philippines Army Joint Task Force Handout, Reuters

A  Lockheed C-130H Hercules aircraft of the Philippine Air Force has crashed whilst trying to land at Jolo Airport, with 92 people onboard. 

The aircraft was transporting many new recruits that had just graduated from basic training and were being deployed to the island to become part of a special joint task force to fight against terrorist activity in the region. 

The plane was trying to land on Jolo island in Sulu province when the incident happened at 11:30 am local time (0330 GMT), said General Cirilito Sobejana.  "While transporting our troops from Cagayan de Oro (on the southern island of Mindanao), it missed the runway, trying to regain power but it didn't make it," Sobejana told local media, describing the accident as "very unfortunate".

"Responders are at the site now, we are praying we can save more lives," Sobejana told AFP, who also said that the 40 rescued personnel were being treated at the nearby 11th Infantry Division hospital.

Of the 92 people on the transporter,  there were 3 flight deck crew, 5 other crew members and 84 Philippine Army personnel. According to local reports, 50 of the personnel came from the 4th Infantry Division training unit of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

03 July, 2021

Cargo plane makes emergency water crash landing - pilots rescued.

The crew of a 46-year-old Boeing 737-200 cargo aircraft were forced to make a controlled crash landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday following reported engine malfunctions.

According to initial reports, the two pilots onboard the aircraft, belonging to Hawaiian cargo airline Transair, operating flight number 810, informed air traffic control they had an engine malfunction and needed assistance just moments before impacting with the water. 

The two pilots were the only people on the jet and both have been found, according to coast guard Lt. Commander Karin Evelyn "One was on the tail and the other clinging to packages," who then advised that as the agency helicopter got close, "the aeroplane began to sink putting the individual on the tail in the water. The crews hoisted them safely on the aircraft. The rescue swimmer then assisted the other individual." The crew have been taken to hospital with reported serious injuries, local media have stated the 58-year-old captain was considered to be in a critical condition, while a 50-year-old pilot was in serious condition suffering multiple lacerations and a head injury.

28 April, 2021

Vintage Hawker Sea Fury crash lands in Somerset

Photo Matt Bullock 

A vintage aircraft belonging to Navy Wings has crash-landed in a view a short distance from RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset this afternoon.

The Sea Fury T.20 developed engine problems and Navy Wings said it performed a 'precautionary landing'  which saw the aircraft break up.  The crew was said to have been uninjured and taken to hospital for evaluation.  

The incident is under investigation.

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25 March, 2021

Two pilots eject from UK Royal Navy jet

Photo Kai Greet
An aircraft from the 736 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose has crashed into woodland in Cornwall today.  The two pilots have ejected safely from the aircraft, a Hawk T1 jet, the UK's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed.

The two pilots were assessed at the scene by critical care paramedics from Cornwall's Air Ambulance, before being transferred to a local hospital for assessment. 

The Ministry of Defence issued a statement, "Two pilots are being checked by medics after ejecting from a Royal Navy Hawk aircraft from 736 Naval Air Squadron during a flight from RNAS Culdrose. 

An investigation will begin in due course. We won't be providing further detail at this time."

The Police confirmed they had received reports of an aircraft crashing in the St Martin, Helston area and have asked people to avoid the area.  "Two men have been airlifted to Derriford Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Details of injuries not known at this time. - Emergency services remain at the scene carrying out enquiries."

"Police are urging members of the public to continue to avoid the area of St Martins at this time. Officers have highlighted that there may be debris in the surrounding area and emergency services are still working at the scene."

Defence Minister Johnny Mercer said the crash was due to "suspected engine failure" no other details have been released so far. 

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21 February, 2021

Lucky escape as Boeing jet suffers serious engine issue after take off sending debris to the ground.

Photo Broomfield Police Department

A United Airlines Boening 777 jet with 241 people on board suffered a massive engine failure shortly after taking off from Denver leaving a trail of debris behind, on Saturday lunchtime. 

Shortly after 1300 local time on Saturday, the aircraft, operating flight UA328 to Honolulu experienced a massive uncontained engine failure, with the powerplants casing and cowling scattered over the land below,

Images from the scene show how one piece narrowly missed the front of a house in the town of Bloomfield, while others from inside the aircraft show the engine in flame. 

Photo: HAYDEN SMITH/speedbird528/Handout via REUTERS

The Boeing 777, which had 231 passengers and 10 crew on board at the time of the incident was able to make a safe return to Denver and there are no reports of injuries either on the aircraft or on the ground.  

News reports of the incident say passengers recall hearing a loud bang or explosion shortly after the aircraft left the runway. According to one person who spoke to the AP news agency, the flight's captain was making an announcement at the time the explosion was heard. 

"The plane started shaking violently, and we lost altitude and we started going down," the passenger is reported to have said, before saying that he and his wife placed their wallets in their pockets so that "in case we did go down, we could be ID'd".

An investigation is already underway, 


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Nigerian Air Force aircraft crashes after engine issue.

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All 7 air force personnel on board died in the crash the air force and first responders have confirmed, and the chief of air staff has ordered an immediate investigation. He called for the public to "remain calm & await the outcome of the investigation".

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09 January, 2021

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 Missing


A Boeing 737 belonging to Sriwijaya Air with 62 people onboard is missing and believed to have crashed into the sea shortly after departing the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta.

According to various sources, the aircraft disappeared from radar around four minutes into the flight from Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province. indicates the jet dropped more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in less than a minute and according to the BBC witnesses 'said they had seen and heard at least one explosion'.

The last contact with the jet was made at 14:40 local time according to the transport ministry who also advised that a rescue mission was already underway. 

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08 January, 2021

Wizz Air A320neo damaged in ground collision

A new Airbus A320neo of Wizz Air has been damaged in a ground collision with a water truck at an airport in Poland.

The aircraft was being made ready to operate a flight from Gdansk to Stockholm on Thursday when the incident happened. No passengers were on the aircraft at the time of the collision and the airports emergency responders were on scene rapidly. 

A full investigation is underway and an airport spokesperson said "There were no passengers on board. Although the effects of the collision can look dangerous, nothing happened to the driver. The carrier substituted another aircraft, which flew to Sweden with a slight delay."

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