Monday, December 27, 2010

Recent Accidents & Incidents

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[b]2010[/b]

December 24 - All three aboard a Rockwell Commander were killed after crashing at 11,500-feet into the Wind River Mountains near Lander, Wyoming.  Weather was reported as poor at the time of the crash.

December 24 - The pilot of a hot air balloon was uninjured after falling to the ground when Santa Claus tipped the gondola while leaning out to toss candy to onlookers at an elementary school in Midvale, Utah.  The balloon reportedly ascended rapidly once the pilot had been jettisoned, but Santa was able to use the radio to receive instructions for landing.  Residents of a nearby apartment complex helped grab the balloon's tethers; a resident was uninjured after being hit by a car during the rescue.

December 24 - A Southwest Airlines B737 made a safe emergency landing at Oakland International Airport after the crew received an engine fire warning shortly after departing San Francisco.

December 23 - The pilot of a single-engine Cessna was uninjured after flipping the airplane during touch-and-goes at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida.

December 22 - The pilot of a Mooney M20 was killed after striking trees on approach to Penn Yan Airport in Penn Yan, New York.  Freezing rain was reported at the time of the crash.

December 22 - A single-engine plane crashed into an office building in Wheeling, Illinois, killing one and injuring one.  The pilot reported mechanical trouble shortly after departing Chicago Executive Airport.

December 21 - A Gulf Air flight bound from Bahrain to Paris made a safe emergency landing in Munich after a passenger suffered a heart attack in flight.  The stricken passenger was evacuated in Munich and the flight continued to Paris.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Recent Accidents & Incidents

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2010

December 13 - A single-engine plane crashed into a pile of manure while attempting to reenact a historical flight in Ballarat, Victoria Australia. No serious injuries were reported.

December 12 - A Delta Air Lines 747 made a safe emergency return landing to Kennedy International Airport after a fire broke out in a galley shortly after the aircraft departed for Tel Aviv. The aircraft circled the airport to burn fuel before the landing.

December 11 - Both aboard a helicopter were killed after crashing in a densely-wooded area west of Nice, France. Weather was reported clear at the time of the crash.

December 10 - A Bulgaria Air flight made a safe emergency return landing to Sofia International Airport in Bulgaria after the crew noticed anomalies in the operation of one engine.

December 10 A Kentucky State Police helicopter made an emergency landing near Hazard, Kentucky after clipping power lines during aerial survey work. A passing truck reportedly crashed into the low-hanging power line and dragged it across the roadway. No serious injuries were reported.

December 9 - A helicopter crash-landed on a beach in Cap-Chat, Quebec, Canada. Three of the five aboard sustained minor injuries.

December 9 - A single-engine plane flipped while landing in a field near Willard, Ohio. No serious injuries were reported.

December 9 - A U.S. Air Force C5 Galaxy made a safe emergency landing in St. Johns, Newfoundland after losing oil pressure in one engine during flight.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Recent Accidents & Incidents

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2010

November 28 - A Delta Air Lines flight made a safe emergency landing at Denver International Airport after two passengers lost consciousness due to medical conditions during a scheduled flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.

November 27 - An IL-76 cargo plane crashed into an under-construction apartment complex shortly after takeoff from Karachi, Pakistan, killing all eight aboard and four on the ground. Witnesses reported seeing flames from one of the plane's engines before the crash.

November 26 - A regional jet operating on behalf of United Airlines made a safe emergency return landing to Greater Rochester International Airport in New York after a warning light indicated a brake failure. The warning light was determined to be faulty.

November 25 - The pilot of a Mooney was killed after crashing near Hollister Municipal Airport in Hollister, California. Rescue efforts were reportedly hampered by muddy roads.

November 25 - An Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed in the Omsk region of western Siberia, killing seven of 10 aboard. The flight was reportedly en route to oil fields in Krapivinskoye at the time of the crash.

November 24 - A Mexican Air Force cargo plane crashed on takeoff from Monterrey International Airport in Mexico, killing all five aboard.

November 23 - The pilot of a Robinson R44 police helicopter was struck in the face by a pigeon after the bird came crashing through the canopy over El Monte, California. The pilot was able to make a safe emergency landing in the parking lot of a nearby public school.

November 22 - Both aboard a Piper Comanche were killed after crashing near Norfolk, Nebraska.

November 21 - All three aboard a Beech Musketeer were killed after crashing in the Pacific Ocean off Newport Beach, California. The aircraft was reportedly en route to Torrence, CA from Mexico at the time of the crash.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thinking Outside the Crotch

The Don’t Touch My Junk Guy is catching up with the Take My Job and Shove it Guy and the Fake it Till You Still Don’t Make it Guy for 2010’s YouTube Gold.

We’re going to reach up your thigh to your groin from the front and the back …

(Yes, you’re still reading an aviation blog).

National Opt-Out Day, whose promoters state they have no desire to disrupt air travel, is on for the busiest air travel day of the year.   Airline passengers are invited to opt-out of airport body scanning on Wednesday in favor of getting a feel-up by a TSA official in full view of other passengers.  It’s not disruptive to airline travel.  It’s like, making a statement, man.

Our forum discussion on the subject covers the polemics.

One Side: If you don’t maintain surveillance over everyone and everything placed on airliners you will never prevent explosives from being placed on airliners.

The Other Side: Hands off my junk, man.

An argument like this tends to get lots of people focused on crotches to the point where no one is seeing the forest for the … oh, never mind.  

Explosive devices can be hidden in baggage, shoes, clothing, “junk,” feminine hygiene products, surgically implanted, etc. They can be carried by a guy with a towel wrapped around his head or your unwitting Aunt Martha or some hard-up ex-Lehman Brothers exec who wants his family to keep the estate on Long Island.

People who have direct access to airplanes can be bought or infiltrated.  Baggage, galley supplies, that new cockpit panel installation -- watch everything.  And let’s not forget about missiles, airspace control hijacking, and mind control implants in Captain Oveur.

Yet on September 11, 2001 terrorists killed 3,000 people with nothing but box cutters and a plan.  

The sheer simplicity of 9/11 and subsequent fizzled shoe and underwear bombing attempts makes bomb detection efforts look misplaced, yet the threat of the successful bombing of an airliner remains … especially since we are this week drawing a torso line between just enough and too much airline security.

Be sure that once we emphatically define that line it will be crossed with impunity by the bad guys.  

In this case we’re defining the line on a very large stage.  

The Don’t Look at or Touch My Junk crowd is essentially shouting to the world that they would rather take the chance on someone blowing up their flight with a jockstrap bomb than submit to government invasion of their personal spaces.

Or are they?  Maybe we need to look at the route that got us here.

The goal of law enforcement and security is public safety, yet tact is more often than not buried under layers of procedure in the mindset of these professions.  Whether airport security, crowd control, or routine traffic stops, the you will comply mentality often steers the narrative.  


Let’s say a full body scan is the best way to screen for body-borne explosives.  Do we really need to get in everyone’s face about what these machines can see, who’s going to see the images, and what the consequences are for not walking through?   Why aren’t we using modern technology to interpret body scan results, calling humans to the in-person screen only when something unusual walks by?  

This is a “tweak” TSA Chief John Pistole might look into.

The question of whether airliner travel is safer since 9/11 or we have simply become Elmer Fudd shooting our house to dust as we draw ghost beads on a too-wascally wabbit remains open.  A lack of a successful attack argues for the former, but count this blog firmly in the corner of Mr. Pistole for not backing down on full body scans in the face of popular outcry and congressional hearings.

Be sure that terrorists will always exploit weak links in the system, and that only relentless surveillance and tough, consistent follow-through can hope to thwart these attacks.

Be sure that smart, flexible thinking still counts for everything, whether it’s smart, flexible thinking on behalf of security authorities who opt-out of paying some $15-an-hour guy to look at nads all day or smart, flexible thinking on the part of airline passengers who choose to opt out of too-invasive airline security by taking the train rather than causing a screening jam at the airport. 

To “The Terrorists have Won” crowd: Terrorists can’t lose at this game whether they kill people or compel the free world to slow to a crawl searching every cave and crevice for their evil.  
The balance of the free world can’t win at this game until we stop producing terrorists.

It bears repeating that terrorists can be well-funded and well-organized Middle Easterners or some fellow who was just-yesterday an All-American boy draped in undoubting Thank You for Your Service to Your Country patriotic feel-good hoo-hah.

Be sure that the day an airliner is brought down by a body-borne bomb because we decided that body scanning was too invasive, this week’s congressional grandstanders will claim to have been for body-borne explosive scanning before they were against it and will resume holding conversations out both sides of their mouths over bean soup and coffee.

Be sure that the “Don’t Touch My Junk” guy will have a brand new You Tube mash-up.

M.O.



From the Smart, Flexible Thinking Dept:

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An Israeli security expert says gimme a dog any day … (thanks to one of our members for the link).  

… Maybe travelers will wear this thing through security … Big Bro Consequences/Law of Unintended Consequences unknown at post time.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Accident & Incident Update for November 15, 2010

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2010

November 15 - A Qantas B747 made a safe emergency return landing to Sydney after smoke began billowing from the cockpit control panel. The flight dumped fuel as a precaution before the landing.

November 14 - A student pilot soloing a Cessna 150 was killed after flipping during a touch-and-go attempt at Ryan Airfield near Tuscon, Arizona.

November 14 - A helicopter crashed on private property south of Lubbock, Texas, killing one and injuring one.

November 13 - The pilot of a single-engine plane made a safe emergency landing in a farm field near Schodack, New York after his engine quit during a pleasure flight.

November 12 - A Qantas B767 made a safe emergency return landing to Perth after the crew noticed vibration in the left engine shortly after takeoff.

November 12 - A South Korean military surveillance plane crashed near Jeonju during routine operations. Search and rescue operations were under way at post time.

November 11 - A Piper Seminole owned and operated by the Florida Institute of Technology crashed on takeoff from Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, killing all four aboard. The flight was reportedly on an instructional flight at the time of the crash.

November 11 - A passenger plane owned and operated by Tabco, Inc. crashed in the western Darfur region of Sudan, killing a still-undisclosed number of the 35 people aboard.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Accident & Incident Update for November 8, 2010

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2010

November 7 - A helicopter operated by Fishtail Air crashed on Mount Everest near Nepal, leaving both aboard missing and presumed dead. High winds were reported in the area at the time of the crash.

November 6 - A Ural Airlines A321 skidded off the runway while landing at Koltsovo International Airport in Yekaterinburg, Russia. No injuries were reported.

November 6 - An AirTran B717 bound for Milwaukee from New Orleans made a safe emergency landing in Memphis after smoke filled the cabin shortly after takeoff.

November 6 - The pilot of a WWII-era T-6 trainer drowned after crashing into a river on approach to Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The aircraft's engine reportedly quit before the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

November 5 - All 21 aboard a Beech 1900 operated by JS Air Company were killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Karachi, Pakistan. The crew reported an engine problem prior to the crash.

November 5 - A Cape Air flight bound for Boston from Nantucket made a safe emergency landing at Barnstable Municipal airport on Cape Cod after the crew reported engine trouble.

November 4 - An American Airlines flight made a safe emergency return landing to Salt Lake City after two passenger became involved in an altercation shortly after takeoff. One passenger was taken into custody upon arrival.

November 4 - An AeroCaribbean ATR-72 crashed in Guasimal, Santi Spiritus Cuba, killing all 68 aboard. The flight was en route from Santiago to Havana when the crew declared an emergency of a still-undisclosed nature. Witnesses reported that the aircraft made several abrupt maneuvers before crashing.

November 4 - A Delta Air Lines flight made an emergency landing at its destination of Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai after officials at the flight's origin airport in Amsterdam reported that a suspicious package had been loaded on the plane. Explosives detection equipment was deployed in the cargo hold. No explosives were found.

November 4 - A Qantas A380 made a safe emergency return landing to Singapore after reportedly suffering an uncontained engine failure. Debris from the engine reportedly fell on a house in the flight path. (AVSIG Discussion)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for November 1, 2010

October 31 - A TSA checkpoint and public lobby were evacuated at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut after a TSA official found a suspicious object in a piece of screened luggage. The suspicious object was determined to be a snow globe.

October 31 - A Vision Airlines 767 made a safe emergency landing in Baltimore after smoke was reported in the cabin during a flight to New York.

October 30 - One was killed and three were injured after a helicopter crashed near Thomas, West Virginia. The helicopter crew was reportedly working on the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line power line project at the time of the crash.

October 29 - The pilot of a single-engine plane made a safe emergency landing in I-65 near Huntsville, Alabama after he noticed the engine running rough.

October 29 - A Cessna 180 lost power and crashed shortly after takeoff from Nueces County Airport in Robstown, Texas. No serious injuries were reported.

October 28 - All four aboard a AS350 Squirrel helicopter were killed after crashing near Dumont-d'Urville, Antarctica. The aircraft was attached to the ice-bound French research vessel L'Astrolabe. Weather was reported poor at the time of the crash.

October 28 - A SkyWest CRJ made a safe emergency landing at its destination of Salt Lake City, Utah after officials received a telephoned bomb threat against the flight during its trip from Helena, Montana.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for October 25, 2010

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2010

October 25 - A Cessna 182 operated by Ardmore Flying School crashed into a waste water pond after overshooting the runway during a landing attempt at Thames Aerodrome in Thames, New Zealand. Both aboard reportedly received minor injuries.

October 24 - A single-engine plane made a safe emergency landing at Frederick Regional Airport in Frederick, Maryland after a landing gear failed to extend. The airport was reportedly closed for one hour during the incident as a precaution.

October 23 - Fifteen passengers were reported injured during a panicked evacuation from a B737 owned by Aero Contractors, Inc. at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Cabin pressure dropped and air-conditioning mist reportedly filled the cabin during approach to the airport, causing some passengers to believe the aircraft was on fire.

October 23 - Both aboard a Glasair were killed after crashing near Lake Mathews, California.

October 22 - An Air Corps sea patrol plane made a safe emergency landing at Kerry Airport in Farranfore, Ireland after an engine failed during patrol operations.

October 21 - A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 made a safe emergency landing in Rochester, New York after an engine failed during search efforts over Lake Ontario.

October 21 - Jetstar A320 made a safe emergency landing in Sydney, Australia after an engine failed on approach to the airport.

October 21 - A Cirrus SR22 crashed in a horse corral west of Agua Dulce Airport in Agua Dulce, California, killing both aboard. One person and three horses were also reported killed on the ground. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

October 21 - An American Airlines B737 made a safe emergency landing at Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio after a generator failed during a scheduled flight from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for October 18, 2010

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2010

October 17 - A 1969 Marchetti registered to Brookfield Aviation crashed in a parking lot shortly after takeoff from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, killing one and injuring three. No injuries were reported on the ground.

October 17 - A single-engine biplane crashed at a private air strip in Fayetteville, West Virginia, injuring the pilot. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to descend quickly before hitting the runway at a nose-biased attitude.

October 16 - An American Airlines MD82 made a safe emergency return landing to Fresno Yosemite International Airport in California after a warning light indicated high heat in the aft cargo hold.

October 16 - A Van's RV6 crashed at the end of the runway at Monticello Sky Ranch Airport south of Atlanta, killing both aboard. The aircraft was destroyed by post-crash fire.

October 15 - A Beechcraft Bonanza crashed in rough terrain south of Ensenada, Mexico, killing all four aboard. The aircraft was reportedly operating in a medical aid capacity at the time of the crash.

October 15 - A US Airways A319 made a safe emergency landing at Sea-Tac International Airport in Washington after losing an engine during a scheduled flight from Anchorage to Phoenix.

October 15 - A Bell 212 helicopter registered to Heliservicios Campeche and operating on behalf of Petroleos Mexicanos crashed in Las Choapas, Veracruz Mexico, killing all eight aboard. Witnesses reported seeing flames coming from the aircraft before the crash.

October 15 - Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter crashed in Clarkson Valley, Missouri, killing the pilot. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to be struggling to maintain altitude before the crash.

October 14 - A student and instructor were killed after their Robinson R22 helicopter crashed in Bluff Harbor, Southland, New Zealand.

October 14 - A single-engine plan broke apart after the pilot lost control on a runway at Skagit Regional Airport in Burlington, Washington. No injuries were reported.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for October 11, 2010

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2010

October 10 - A single-engine plane crashed in a river shortly after takeoff from Tobias Bolaños Airport in San Jose, Guatemala, injuring both aboard. Authorities reportedly found over 100 kilograms of cocaine aboard the crashed aircraft.

October 10 - The pilot of a 1941 Ryan PT-22 trainer made a safe emergency landing in a soybean field near Cary, Illinois after a throttle linkage failed during flight.

October 9 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was seriously injured after crashing shortly after takeoff from Gwinnett County Airport near Lawrenceville, Georgia. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to make a sharp turn immediately after takeoff.

October 8 - The pilot of a Challenger II was killed after crashing near Easton, Kansas.

October 8 - All 147 aboard an Allegiant Air MD-80 safely evacuated at Orlando-Sanford International Airport after the right engine caught fire at the gate.

October 8 - A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter made a safe emergency landing in a public park in Hollywood, California, after an engine warning light activated in flight.

October 8 - Both aboard a Cessna 172 were killed after crashing into a mountainside in Dixie National Forest near Panguitch, Utah. The pilot and passenger were reportedly park rangers scouting the park for an upcoming elk hunt.

October 7 - Authorities evacuated a Bermuda-bound US Airways flight at Philadelphia International Airport after a uniformed man with no ID badge was seen loading baggage in the aircraft and later disappeared. The aircraft was towed to a secure area and searched. No explosives or contraband was found.

October 7 - A single-engine plane overran the runway on landing at Dallas Bay Skypark north of Dallas and crashed through a fence. No serious injuries were reported.

October 7 - No injuries were reported after a helicopter made a hard landing near a public highway in Cocoa, Florida. The pilot reported that he was forced to land after a bird struck the aircraft's tailrotor.

October 7 - A US Airways A320 made a safe emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport after the crew detected a hydraulic problem with the nosegear during a scheduled flight from Phoenix to Chicago.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for October 4, 2010

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2010

October 3 - A Chautauqua Airlines flight made a safe emergency landing at Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, Illinois after a passenger suffered a medical emergency during a scheduled flight from Moline to Chicago.

October 3 - A Cessna 172 crashed shortly after takeoff from La Plata County Airport near Durango, Colorado, injuring both aboard.

October 3 - All three aboard a Cessna 310 suffered serious burns after crashing on takeoff from Catalina Island, California. The pilot reported that an engine failed before the crash.

October 2 - A British Airways B747 made a safe emergency return landing to Heathrow International Airport after a cockpit warning light indicated an unsealed door. The warning light was reportedly found to be defective.

October 2 - The pilot of a single-engine plane received minor injuries after crashing near Taylorsville, Kentucky. The aircraft reportedly struck utility lines as the pilot attempted to land in a field.

October 2 - A single-engine plane operated by Nazca Airlines crashed shortly after takeoff from Nazca, Peru, killing all six aboard. The aircraft was operating as a sightseeing flight at the time of the crash.

October 1 - A Primera Air B737 en route from Stockholm to Larnaca, Cyprus made a safe emergency landing in Varna, Bulgaria after passengers noticed smoke coming from the left engine.

October 1 - A Delta Air Lines B767 bound for Seattle made a safe emergency landing at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York after its right engine failed shortly after departing Kennedy International Airport.

October 1 - No injuries were reported after a single-engine plane swerved and crashed to avoid a deer during a takeoff attempt at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

October 1 - A twin-engine plane crashed during landing approach to Tripp Creek Airport in St. John's, Michigan, injuring both aboard. The pilot reported losing an engine before the crash.

September 30 - An Air Nelson Bombardier Q300 operating on behalf of Air New Zealand made a safe nose-down landing at Woodbourne Airport in Blenheim, New Zealand after the nose-gear collapsed on landing. The crew became aware of the gear's failure to lock on approach to the airport and notified emergency personnel prior to landing.

September 30 - An Aer Lingus A320 bound for London from Dublin made a safe emergency landing in Birmingham after the crew noted a problem with the aircraft's fueling system.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for September 27, 2010

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2010

September 27 - The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was killed after crashing between runways at Tauranga Airport in Tauranga, North Island New Zealand. Witnesses said the pilot was doing touch-and-goes at the time of the crash.

September 26 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing in a heavily-wooded area near Sweetwater, Tennessee.

September 26 - A Kamov Ka-32 helicopter crashed on Mount Fisht near Sochi, Russia, injuring one. The helicopter was reportedly participating in the installation of a utility pole at the time of the crash.

September 25 - A Pakistan International Airlines B777 landed safely in Stockholm after authorities received information that a passenger was carrying explosives aboard the scheduled Toronto-Karachi flight. The aircraft was searched and no explosives found.

September 25 - A powered paraglider experiencing control trouble made a safe emergency landing on Holland America’s Prinsendam cruise ship as it docked in Portimão, Algarve Portugal.

September 25 - An unruly passenger forced a Delta Air Lines flight to return to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in Washington. The flight was one hour en route to Amsterdam at the time of the incident.

September 25 - A Delta Air Lines CRJ900 operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines made a safe emergency landing at Kennedy International Airport after its right landing gear failed to extend. The aircraft was on a scheduled flight from Atlanta to Westchester County Airport in White Plains at the time of the incident.

September 25 - The pilot of a homebuilt helicopter was killed after crashing near Pattison, Texas.

September 25 - A Wind Jet A300 slid off the runway while landing in Palermo, Italy, injuring 20. Light rain was falling at the time of the accident.

September 25 - An experimental plane crashed and flipped during a takeoff attempt from Springfield Municipal Airport near Springfield, Ohio. The pilot escaped serious injury.

September 25 - A Beechcraft Baron crashed into a cliffside in Baja, California, killing an determined number of people as of post time. Authorities believe the aircraft was flying from San Diego to Los Cabos at the time of the crash.

September 24 - The pilot of an Indian Air Force MiG-27 safely ejected before his aircraft crashed near West Bengal’s West Midnapore district. No injuries were reported on the ground.

September 23 - A single-engine Piper registered to Plane Nonsense, Inc. overran the runway and crashed into a chain-link fence during a landing attempt at Marlboro Airport in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Both aboard were able to walk away from the crash.

September 23 - A Delta Air Lines A320 made a safe emergency landing at its destination of Fort Myers, Florida after a warning light indicated a landing gear door malfunction. The aircraft made a normal landing.

September 23 - A JetLite B737 made a safe emergency return landing to New Delhi after suffering an engine failure shortly after takeoff.

September 23 - A Cessna 150 made a safe emergency landing on Port St. Joe Beach near Panama City, Florida after its engine quit during an instructional flight.

September 23 - A Delta Air Lines B767 made a safe emergency landing at Manchester Airport in Greater Manchester, UK after smoke was detected in the cockpit during a scheduled flight from New York to Athens.

September 23 - The crew of a Lufthansa B737 shut down an engine and declared an emergency upon arriving at its destination of Hamburg. The crew reported seeing fluctuating power output from the engine before electing to shut it down.

September 23 - The pilot of a Bangladesh Air Force F7 safely ejected before his aircraft crashed in a river near Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for September 20, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

September 19 - Authorities evacuated Terminal 1 at Manchester Airport in Greater Manchester, UK after a suspicious bag was screened at a security checkpoint. The bag was later determined to be safe.

September 19 - A Delta Air Lines MD-80 made a safe emergency landing at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport in St. Louis after smoke was detected in the cabin during a flight from Atlanta. Firefighters who boarded the aircraft could not determine the source of the smoke.

September 19 - An ultralight helicopter crashed near Halifax, Massachusetts, injuring the pilot. Witnesses said the engine sputtered before the crash.

September 18 - The pilot of a single-engine Cessna made a safe emergency landing on the beach on Palm Beach Island, Florida, after encountering engine trouble. The pilot reported that the engine settled back to and locked onto idle speed before the forced landing.

September 18 - A Turkish Airlines A330 bound for Beijing from Istanbul made a safe emergency landing in Astana, Kazakhstan after the crew feared an unattended and unclaimed PlayStation console found in the cabin might be a bomb. An examination of the console found no explosives.

September 18 - The pilot of a military helicopter was killed after crashing during an airshow in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. A six-year-old boy on the ground was reported injured.

September 18 - Two aircraft collided while performing aerobatics at an air show in Warngau, Bavaria Germany, killing the pilot of one aircraft. The other pilot safely landed his plane. No injuries were reported on the ground.

September 18 - A Beechcraft Baron crashed into a house on Sewell Mountain east of Beckley, West Virginia, injuring all five aboard. The homeowner helped the occupants out of the plane. No injuries were reported on the ground.

September 17 - A US Airways 757 bound for Kahului, Hawaii from Phoenix made a safe emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport after smoke filled the cockpit during the flight.

September 17 - A Cessna 210 crashed in a heavily-wooded area near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, killing both aboard.

September 16 - An Italian Air Force A319 carrying Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi made a safe emergency return landing to Milan after the crew noticed a growing deflection in the cockpit window glass shortly after takeoff.

September 16 - A Delta Air Lines DC-9 blew a tire before takeoff in Atlanta. Three more tires blew as the jet taxied back to the terminal.

September 16 - An American Airlines 767 made a safe emergency landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia after smoke was detected in the cabin during a scheduled flight from Milan to New York.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for September 13, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

September 12 - No injuries were reported after a Piaggio Avanti skidded off the runway after its landing gear failed to extend during an aborted takeoff at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Florida. The pilot reported hearing a popping sound before electing to abort.

September 11 - No injuries were reported after a helicopter chartered by National Broadcasting Services of Thailand struck utility lines and made a hard landing on a pier in the Chao Phraya River near Bangkok. The helicopter was evacuated just before the pier collapsed into the river under the weight of the helicopter.

September 10 - A JetBlue Embraer 190 made a safe emergency return landing to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida after the odor of smoke was detected in the cabin.

September 10 - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Tampa returned to Detroit Metropolitan airport shortly after takeoff due to a disruptive passenger.

September 9 - A Delta Air Lines CRJ900 made a safe emergency return landing to Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee after losing cabin pressure shortly after takeoff.

September 9 - A U.S. Air Force Texan II made a safe emergency landing at Kansas City International airport in Kansas City, Missouri after encountering engine trouble during a flight from Enid, Oklahoma to Pittsburgh.

September 9 - A single-engine pontoon-equipped plane made a safe emergency landing in a field near Wolcott, New York after losing engine power. The pilot reported that he was headed to Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario to refuel during a flight from Michigan to Maine.

September 9 - Both aboard a single-engine seaplane were injured after crashing in a field near Huron, New York. The pilot and passenger were able to extricate themselves from the wreckage.

September 9 - A Kolb Twinstar Mark III veered off the runway and crashed on landing Elkhart Municipal Airport in Elkhart, Indiana, killing the pilot.

September 9 - The pilot of an ultralight was seriously injured after crashing in a residential back yard in Perris, California. Investigators found the engine still running in the wreckage.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Celebrating Leave the Co-pilot at Home Day

I have friends and loved ones whom I otherwise respect who pay an annual fee for the privilege of buying groceries, jewelry, tires, and batteries all under one roof.

They walk into their warehouse store and show their membership cards, then roam the aisles with one or more out-sized shopping carts, piling in cubic feet of Captain Crunch and enough frozen California Mix to stock the lunch bar at the local MCL.

The entrance fee and paper towels stacked 20-feet high all shout, "Hey!  Look!  These have got to be lowest prices in town.  Otherwise we wouldn't make this such a hassle."

The armed guard stationed vaguely between the jewelry case and the checkout registers suggests both "Hey!  You're practically getting away with robbery at this joint!" and, "Hey!  The jewelery in the case isn't so chintzy that you shouldn't buy that 40th Anniversary necklace for your wife here.  And there's still room for it in your cart on top of that 5-gallon barrel of barbecue sauce."

Still others shop at the cash-only place that charges for bags and rents you your shopping cart for a quarter.  There you can load up on ValueBest peanut butter and GoodHarvest powdered drink mix and maybe chip in an extra nickel to get a "Thank You" from the cashier when you leave.

The fact that neither of the above blow-out pricing establishments is appreciably cheaper than just shopping with discretion at the average large grocery chain is no deterrent to these customers, whose loyalty only grows stronger with each new in-store degradation.

So it is from time to time with air travel, where the cut-rate sacrifice-as-savings stunts never cease.

Cattle Call seating.

Carry-on Fees.

Pay-Snacks.

Pay-Toilets.

Leave the Co-pilot at Home Day.

Leave the Co-pilot at home?

Sure.  Modern planes fly themselves.  We actually make some of these people pay for the honor of pretending to fly our equipment, but sometimes they get groggy from working at the Piggly Wiggly to support themselves and go up and move the stick the wrong way in an ice storm.

We can train a flight attendant to land the plane in case the captain had the fish.  Or was it the chicken?

(Silly us. The pretzels or the peanuts).

But wait a minute.  We're going to ditch the co-pilot but still pay a flight attendant to demonstrate the little rubber hose thingy and sell us a half-can of BubbleKing Kola for five bucks?

The FA doesn't even pay us to work for us ...

As the forum's finest have already pointed out, some small-capacity airline flights already employ first officers in the role of flight attendants, so the foundation for the  bait-and-switch of perception is already in place:

Let's just call the first officer a flight attendant now.  And come to think of it, we need a new flight attendant anyway.  The last one we had left in a huff.

Remember: everybody complained when we got rid of the flight engineer, too.  The last FE anybody needed hung out in the engine room of the Starship Enterprise.

Will the future of airline travel be no co-pilot?  And no pilot?

The day of the co-pilotless and even onboard pilotless flight may yet come to pass.  But until then, take heart in the knowledge that attention-grabbing thank-you-sir-may-I-have-another cheapskate airlines usually don't hold consumer fancy past their first flaming swamp ditchings.

In the time between consumer cost/safety value paradigm shifts there remains the opportunity to book early and cheaply on a carrier that's a little more concerned about its long-term business model.

And if we do see the day of remotely-flown airliners, remember that business travel is rarely required nowadays, and even vacation travel is overrated.

Web-cammed computers are cheap.  Why just last week while meeting with the AVSIG suits via GoogleMeeting this humble blogger learned that AVSIG revenues are up for the quarter ... or maybe it was costs that were up.  We buffered and froze, but somebody was going to send a follow-up e-mail.

HD televisions are cheap.  I got a stunning one-hour tour of Glacier National Park the other evening while dining on a Little Ceaser's cheese pizza and BubbleKing Kola, and without so much as a bear attack.  There was the atmosphere-killer of the adult diaper commercial dropped between the majestic mountain flyover and tranquil glacial pools, but no deal killer compared to a missed connection in Chicago.

M.O.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for September 7, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

September 6 - A single-engine plane crashed into a residential street in Las Vegas, killing the pilot and injuring three aboard. No injuries were reported on the ground. At least one house sustained damage from the post-crash fire.

September 6 - A Scandinavian Airlines flight made a safe emergency landing in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany after smoke was detected in the cabin during a scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Copenhagen.

September 6 - A hot air balloon made a safe emergency landing in Huber Heights, Ohio after experiencing control trouble.

September 5 - A biplane crashed into spectators during a takeoff attempt at an air show at Lillinghof Airfield near Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, killing one spectator and injuring 33. The pilot was reportedly uninjured.

September 5 - Both aboard a homebuilt aircraft were killed after crashing on takeoff from Mabel Lake air strip near Lumby, British Columbia, Canada.

September 5 - A police helicopter made a safe emergency landing on a residential cul-de-sac in Columbus, Ohio after encountering control problems during routine patrol.

September 4 - An engine on a Slovak AirExplore 737 caught fire shortly after passengers deplaned at Kos Island International Airport in Kos, Greece. No injuries were reported.

September 4 - An Air Canada flight made a safe emergency return landing to Vancouver International Airport after the crew detected a problem with the landing gear shortly after takeoff.

September 4 - A single-engine plane crashed near DeLand, Florida, killing one and injuring one. Witnesses said the aircraft clipped power lines before the crash.

September 4 - Two aircraft competing in the Merlin Trophy races collided over Hampshire, England, killing both aboard one aircraft. The other aircraft involved in the collision made a safe landing at Bembridge airport on Isle of Wight.

September 4 - A single-engine plane flipped while making an emergency landing on the baseball field of Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The pilot was reportedly uninjured.

September 3 - The pilot of a kitbuilt plane received serious injuries after crashing near the airport in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

September 3 - A United Parcel Service 747 crashed as the crew attempted to make an emergency return landing to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, killing both aboard. The crew reported a cockpit fire before declaring the emergency. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 2 - All terminals at Miami International Airport were evacuated after a metal canister was found in luggage near a baggage claim area. The canister was found to be non-threatening.

September 2 - A Beechcraft Queen Air crashed into a lagoon near Redwood City, California, killing all three aboard. Witnesses said the engine was running rough before the crash, and that the aircraft entered the water at steep angle. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 2 - A single-engine plane crashed into an embankment during a landing attempt in Hirschbach im Mühlkreis, Austria, killing both aboard.

September 2 - An American Airlines 737 made a safe emergency return landing to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago after being struck by lightning shortly after takeoff.

September 2 - A banner-towing Cessna 150 registered to Drake Aerial Enterprise in Genoa, Ohio crashed on takeoff from Boone Airport in Boone, Iowa, killing the pilot. Witnesses said the aircraft struggled to gain altitude before the crash.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for August 30,, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

August 29 - A single-engine Cessna made a safe emergency landing on a golf course in Bentwater, Georgia after losing power shortly after takeoff from McCollum Field in Kennesaw.

August 28 - Both aboard a single-engine aircraft were seriously injured after crashing at Marana Northwest Regional Airport in Marana, Arizona. The flight reportedly carried an instructor and 16-year-old passenger on an introductory flight. Witnesses said the aircraft made a sharp right turn back to the airport shortly after takeoff.

August 28 - A crop duster crashed into a golf course parking lot shortly after takeoff from Pompano Beach Air Park in Florida, injuring the pilot. The pilot reported the engine quit before the crash.

August 28 - The pilot of a single-engine plane made a safe emergency landing on U.S. 23 near Wise, Virginia after reportedly running out of fuel shortly after takeoff from a nearby airport.

August 28 - An AirTran flight made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport after a 64-year-old passenger died of an apparent heart attack during a scheduled flight from Los Vegas to Milwaukee.

August 28 - An IndiGO flight made a safe emergency return landing to Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, India after striking birds on takeoff.

August 27 - A flight instructor was killed after walking into a turning propeller at Beverly Municipal Airport in Beverly, Massachusetts. The pilot reportedly exited his plane during taxi to assist the crew of another aircraft with a stuck canopy. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 27 - No injuries were reported after a single-engine Cessna registered to LZ Max Air LLC slid off a wet grass runway in Clayton, Georgia.

August 26 - Fifteen passengers were hurt after a JetBlue A320 made a hard landing in San Diego. The crew elected to evacuate the aircraft after several tires blew on landing. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 26 - A Midwest Express flight bound for Milwaukee from Boston made a safe emergency landing at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York after the crew detected a crack in the cockpit window during the flight.

August 26 - Two Greek Air Force F-16s collided near Crete, killing the pilot of the single-seat configured aircraft and injuring both aboard the tandem. The aircraft were participating in a training exercise at the time of the collision.

August 26 - Both aboard a T-18 Thorp were killed after crashing on takeoff from Cochise County Airport in Willcox, Arizona.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for August 24, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

August 23 - All six aboard a Piper Aztec escaped serious injury after crashing three miles off Grand Bahama Island. The passengers and crew clung to the wreckage until nearby boats came to their rescue. The pilot reported that an engine failed before the crash.

August 23 - A Delta Air Lines flight made an unscheduled landing at Narita International Airport in Japan after its toilet flushing system failed twice shortly into a flight bound for Seattle.

August 23 - Both aboard a Cessna 310 were killed after crashing northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

August 22 - A helicopter made a safe emergency landing in San Diego Bay in California after experiencing engine trouble shortly after takeoff from a nearby yacht.

August 22 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were killed after crashing near Clearwater, Minnesota. Witnesses said the aircraft was performing aerobatics before the crash.

August 21 - An Air Canada B767 made a safe emergency return landing to Vancouver International Airport after the crew detected a whistling noise in the cabin near the windshield.

August 21 - A single-engine plane crashed in a field in Amherst, Virginia, killing both aboard.

August 21 - The pilot of a Piper Cub was injured after crashing into a parked car near Southern Cross Airport in Williamston, New Jersey.

August 20 - No injuries were reported after a Cessna 152 flipped on landing at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The aircraft was reportedly returning to the airport after the engine began running rough shortly after takeoff.

August 20 - All eight aboard a Aeroexpreso del Pacifico flight were reported safe after crashing on landing at Alfonso Bonilla Aragon Airport in Palmira, Colombia. Officials believe the aircraft's landing gear failed upon touchdown.

August 20 - Air traffic controllers in Frankfurt reported that flights were halted in northern Europe due to an unspecified traffic control problem.

August 19 - The pilot of a twin-engine plane made a safe emergency landing at Cambria County Airport in Johnstown, Pennsylvania after clipping trees and damaging the aircraft on an instrument takeoff from Bedford. Firefighters met the aircraft in Johnstown.

August 19 - A Flybe De Havilland DHC-8-400 made a safe emergency return landing to Manchester Airport in England after smoke was detected in the cabin shortly after takeoff.

August 19 - The pilot of a Grumman G-164B operating as a cropduster was injured after crashing near Buckeye, Arizona. The aircraft was destroyed by post-crash fire.

August 19 - Both aboard a single-engine plane escaped serious injury after crashing in a field near LeGrange, Indiana. The aircraft struck utility lines before the crash. A horse in the pasture was killed.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Accident & Incident Update for August 16, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

August 15 - Both aboard a BC-12 Taylorcraft were killed after crashing near Harrison, Maine.

August 14 - An American Airlines MD-80 safely returned to Los Angeles International Airport after experiencing engine trouble shortly after takeoff.

August 14 - The pilot of a Piper Cub made a safe emergency landing on the shores of Lake Chelan in Chelan, Washington after his engine quit. Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the engine before the landing.

August 14 - Passengers evacuated an American Airlines A320 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago after a cargo hold sensor indicated an onboard fire. No injuries were reported, and no fire was found.

August 14 - The pilot of a 1956 PA-23 Piper Apache made a safe emergency landing at J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney, Australia after a cockpit warning light indicated a nose gear failure. The pilot circled the airport to burn fuel before the uneventful landing.

August 14 - The pilot of a single-engine Cessna received minor injuries after crashing in the ocean off Key West, Florida. The crew of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration survey vessel rescued the pilot as he swam from the wreckage.

August 13 - No injuries were reported after a single-engine plane crashed into Lake Erie near South Bass Island in Ohio. Witnesses said the pilot appeared to be attempting a water landing at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 12 - A banner-towing aircraft clipped a tree and car while making an emergency landing on a city street in St. Petersburg, Florida. The pilot, who was uninjured, reportedly released the tow banner and landed on the roadway after experiencing engine trouble three hours into tow operations.

August 12 - No serious injuries were reported after a Learjet operated by OceanAir air taxi service crashed in the sea after overrunning the runway on landing in Rio de Janeiro.

August 12 - A Robinson R44 helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff from Giammoro, Messina Italy, killing all four aboard. The aircraft's tail boom was reportedly found apart from the wreckage and near the takeoff site.

August 12 - An AirTran B717 made a safe emergency landing in Dayton, Ohio after a cockpit warning light activated during a scheduled flight from Indianapolis to Baltimore.

August 12 - No serious injuries were reported after a single-engine Cessna crash-landed on a beach at Wiggins Island, near Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Six skydivers and the pilot were reported to be aboard the aircraft, which reportedly struggled to gain altitude on takeoff from a nearby airstrip.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Steven Slater's Great Escape

Steven Slater's grand exit from his flight attendant career on the ground at JFK this week will probably go down in history as a tipping point where just one person puts a fine point on just how far-gone society gets from time to time.

Slater is already the Bernie Goetz of bullied flight attendants to some; the too-tightly-wound gone-postal poster boy for repetitive-task rules minions to others.  But to authorities in New York, Slater was briefly Public Enemy Number One yesterday afternoon.

After saying his fond goodbyes to a planeload of JetBlue passengers (one of whom  had grabbed her bag from the overhead bin before the aircraft had come to a complete and final stop and then cursed-out Slater when asked to return to her seat) Slater grabbed two beers from the galley, popped an emergency evacuation chute aboard the Embraer, and went sliding off into folklore.

As the chumps aboard JetBlue 1052 waited to shuffle out of the aircraft and push their way through the airport to fight for taxis, Steven Slater ran off to his car in the parking lot wild and free with his complimentary $12 beers.  He drove home to Queens.

Goodbye, Rude World.

Slater's house in Queens was shortly thereafter surrounded by cops.

A contractor working across the street was quoted by The New York Times as being under the impression there was a hostage situation in the house.

Law enforcement officials explained the response by pointing out that activation of the plane's emergency chute without warning was reckless, and that the chute could have killed someone standing on the ground.

True.

But call out the cavalry because some guy popped an emergency aircraft slide at JFK?

"Who knows how many other aircraft emergency chutes the guy might have pulled before we caught him," a high-ranking law enforcement official didn't say.  "This may have been only a practice run," said another, not.

Apart from the everyday drama of jerk passengers and ready-to-snap-anytime-now flight attendants, Steven Slater's Great Escape reminds us that we continue to treat any unusual event involving an airliner as a matter of scramble-the-F16s national security.

And each time we do so, we contribute to the stressed-out paralysis that is airline travel today ... and waste resources that could otherwise be available to respond to real emergencies.

Even if we haven't thwarted a future airline tragedy with the successful shock & awe capture of Steven Slater, there are at least three things we can be confident of after this incident.

1. Some passenger, somewhere, is going to joke about popping an emergency slide as he or she sits grounded at an airport due to mechanical or weather issues, and law enforcement will show up in overwhelming numbers to subdue the perp.  You'll read about it right here in an Accidents & Incidents entry on The AVSIG Blog.

2. No passenger will actually figure out how to pop an airliner emergency slide, even after receiving explicit instructions on how to do so from a flight attendant.  Who listens to those clowns, anyway?

3. There's beer in the galleys of JetBlue airliners.

M.O.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for August 9, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

August 8 - The pilot of a powered glider was killed after crashing into a building at Bend Airport in Bend, Oregon. Witnesses reported that the aircraft had just departed the airport and appeared to be attempting to return at the time of the crash.

August 8 - A Quest Kodiak 100 seaplane registered to New England Seaplane flipped while landing on Brandy Pond in Naples, Maine, injuring one.

August 8 - An Alaska Airlines B737 safely aborted takeoff in Sitka, Alaska after ingesting an eagle in one engine during takeoff roll.

August 8 - The pilot of a MD-500 helicopter was killed after crashing during a landing attempt at the CIS Open Cup in Helicopter Sport near Minsk, Belarus.

August 7 - Both aboard a twin-engine plane were killed after crashing into a house near Pittsburgh. No injuries were reported on the ground.

August 7 - No injuries were reported after a crop duster crashed while spraying a field in Hopewell, New York. A witness reported that the aircraft snagged a plant with its landing gear before the crash.

August 7 - An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed near Tezpur, Assam, India during a training flight. The fate of the pilot is unknown.

August 7 - No serious injuries were reported after a single-engine aircraft crashed into a house near Melbourne, Australia. The aircraft was reportedly returning to Moorabbin Airport at the time of the crash.

August 5 - The pilot of a single-engine experimental aircraft made a safe emergency landing on a public roadway near Hollywood, Maryland. The pilot then taxied the aircraft into a residential yard.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for August 1, 2010

[Accidents & Incidents published by www.AVSIG.com are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.]

2010

August 1 - All three aboard a Fairchild C-123 cargo plane registered to All West Freight were killed after crashing into the southern slope of Mount Healy in Denali National Park, Alaska. Witnesses reported that the aircraft rolled inverted before the crash.

August 1 - Both aboard a Bellanca Citabria were killed after crashing on takeoff from Midway Airport in Midlothian, Texas. Witness said the aircraft banked sharply before the crash. The aircraft's propeller was reportedly found a significant distance from the wreckage.

August 1 - A helicopter crashed in a rice paddy near Yamaga, Kumamoto Prefecture Japan, killing both aboard.

August 1 - A single-engine plane crashed in Moosehead Lake near Rockwood, Maine, killing one and injuring one.

August 1 - A Cessna 185 crashed near Wilson, New York, seriously injuring all six aboard. The aircraft was reportedly engaged in skydiving operations at the time of the crash.

July 31 - Both aboard a Conair water bomber were killed after crashing northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia during wildfire-fighting operations.

July 31 - A taxiing Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 struck the tail of a stationary Air China Boeing 737 at Beijing International Airport. Heavy fog shrouded the airport at the time of the accident.

July 30 - A Canadian North B737 made a safe emergency return landing to Yellowknife, North West Territory after losing power to one engine shortly after takeoff.

July 29 - Both aboard a Cirrus SR22 registered to NXCK LLC escaped injury after crashing in the Tennessee River in South Knoxville, Tennessee. A witness reported that the aircraft appeared to be attempting to land at Downtown Island Airport, but that it was "still in the air three quarters of the way down the runway" before the crash. Rain and wind was reported at the time of the crash.

July 29 - A Zodiac CH 601 HDSA crashed on takeoff from Kapowsin Field Airport in Graham, Washington, killing one and injuring one. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to enter an aerodynamic stall before the crash.

July 29 - A Pakistan International Airlines 737 made a safe emergency landing in Lahore, Pakistan after a panel of its cockpit window was shattered while flying through a thunderstorm on a Kabul-Islambad flight.

July 29 - A U.S. Air Force C-17 crashed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, killing all four aboard. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft on fire before the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

July 28 - The pilot of a White Gobash G-700S was killed after crashing on approach to Delaware Municipal Airport in Delaware, Ohio. Witnesses reported that the aircraft appeared to enter an aerodynamic stall before the crash. The pilot was killed in the post-crash fire.

July 28 - A Eurocopter AS350 medevac helicopter operated by LifeNet crashed in Tucson, Arizona, killing three and injuring two.

July 28 - An Airblue Airbus A321 crashed on a mountaintop near Islamabad, Pakistan, killing all 152 aboard. Heavy fog was reported at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

July 27 - A United Airlines 757 made a safe emergency landing at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia after smoke was detected in the cabin on a flight from Dulles International Airport to San Diego.

July 27 - A Beechcraft Premier jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing LLC skidded off the runway and crashed after a hard landing at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, injuring both aboard. (AVSIG Discussion)

July 27 - The pilot of a Beechcraft Baron was killed after crashing on takeoff from Oceanside Municipal Airport in Oceanside, California. Witnesses reported that the aircraft appeared to have engine trouble before the crash.

July 27 - A Lufthansa Airlines MD-11 ran off the runway and broke apart during an emergency landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia after fire was detected in the cargo hold. No injuries were reported. (AVSIG Discussion)

July 26 - A Lee County Sheriff's Office helicopter made an emergency landing on a public road in Bonita Springs, Florida after suffering a mechanical failure. No injuries were reported.

July 26 - A Delta Connection Flight Saab 340 operated by Mesaba Airlines made a safe emergency landing at Muskegon County Airport in Muskegon, Michigan after shutting an engine down during a flight from Wausau, Wisconsin to Detroit.

July 26 - No injuries were reported after a the landing gear collapsed on a twin-engine plane operated by Nantucket Shuttle upon landing in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

July 26 - Two Cessna 152s collided over North Island, Wellington New Zealand, killing both aboard one aircraft. The other aircraft made a safe landing at a nearby airstrip.

July 26 - No injuries were reported after an aircraft struck a hangar wall while being taxied at Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas. Authorities believe the throttle on the aircraft became stuck open during taxi.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Airblue Airbus A321 Crashes on Mountaintop Near Islambad

An Airblue Airbus A321 has crashed on a mountaintop near Islamabad, Pakistan, killing all 152 aboard. Heavy fog was reported at the time of the crash.  Recovery efforts are being hampered by the mountainous terrain. (AVSIG Discussion)  (Times of India Report)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for July 27, 2010

Accidents & Incidents published by [url=http://www.AVSIG.com]www.AVSIG.com[/url] are preliminary and not meant to reflect the complete or official record of aviation accidents/incidents and their causes.

2010

July 26 - A Delta Connection Flight Saab 340 operated by Mesaba Airlines made a safe emergency landing at Muskegon County Airport in Muskegon, Michigan after shutting an engine down during a flight from Wausau, Wisconsin to Detroit.

July 26 - No injuries were reported after a the landing gear collapsed on a twin-engine plane operated by Nantucket Shuttle upon landing in Barnstable, Massachusetts.

July 26 - Two Cessna 152s collided over North Island, Wellington New Zealand, killing both aboard one aircraft.  The other aircraft made a safe landing at a nearby airstrip.

July 26 - No injuries were reported after an aircraft struck a hangar wall while being taxied at Waco Regional Airport in Waco, Texas.  Authorities believe the throttle on the aircraft became stuck open during taxi.

July 25 - A Beechcraft Bonanza made a safe emergency landing in a field west of Oshkosh, Wisconsin after its engine quit on approach to EAA Airventure.

July 25 - A Eurocopter Dauphin crashed in mountainous terrain in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, leaving five of seven aboard reported missing.  The helicopter was en route to rescue stranded mountain climbers at the time of the crash.

July 25 - An Allegiant Airlines MD-83 made a safe emergency landing in Flagstaff, Arizona after an engine reportedly caught fire during a flight from Billings, Montana to Phoenix. 

July 25 - The pilot of a single-engine plane received minor injuries after a gust of wind flipped his plane while landing at an airport in Iroquois, Ontario Canada.

July 24 - A Ryanair B737 made a safe emergency return landing to South Charleroi Airport in Brussels after striking a large bird shortly after takeoff.

July 24 - The pilot of a Beech Musketeer was injured after crashing shortly after takeoff from Muskegon County Airport near Norton Shores, Michigan.

July 24  - A DeHavilland Beaver crashed near La Grande Rivière, Quebec, Canada, killing two and injuring three.

July 24 - No serious injuries were reported after a Cessna 172 registered to Apollo Aviation, Inc. crashed in a cow pasture on takeoff from Eagle's Nest Airport near Waynesboro, Virginia. 

July 24 - A Piper Warrior on approach to Black Hills Airport near Spearfish, South Dakota, killing one and injuring one.  The pilot reportedly struck a tree near the runway end.

July 24 - Both aboard an Indian Air Force MiG-27 were killed after crashing in Moinaguri, West Bengal, India.  Two on the ground were also reported injured.

July 23 - An American Eagle Embraer 135 bound for LaGuardia International Airport from Montreal made a safe emergency landing at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, New York after the crew was forced to shut down an engine in flight.

July 23 - A Cessna 206 crashed in Lake Michigan near Ludington, Michigan, killing four of five aboard.  The crew of a nearby fishing boat was able to help the pilot from the water.  The pilot reported that his engine quit before the crash.

July 23 - The pilot of a Canadian Forces F-18 safely ejected before his aircraft crashed during practice for the Alberta International Air Show in Lethbridge, British Columbia Canada.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Aviation Experts, Stupid and Brilliant ...

The ego wars on AVSIG are rare, and almost always over high-stakes issues like Bonanza flap settings and whether or not it’s OK to use a hand-held GPS to navigate around a TFR in D.C. (it’s not -- turns out a hand-held GPS can’t be used concurrently with more than two acronyms, GPS inclusive, in any flight scenario ... FAR 7689.456.76BS).  

But should these arguments reach the last pathetic gasps that some web discussions do, knock-down, drag-out fights over grand subjects on AVSIG are always found to be no different than disagreements over Ford vs. Chevy (Chevy.  Fords smell funny) or Angelina Jolie vs. Jennifer Aniston (neither: it’s always Mary Ann, silly) on other forums.  In the end they are propped up to their last withering stands by at least one fragile but proud soul who can’t tell gray from black or white.

A few years back on AVSIG we witnessed one of those petty little ego dust-ups.  John Wiley, an AVSIG member most famous for using an instrument panel with all kinds of dials and switches on it as his avatar (oh, and plus being a retired airiline pilot who flew some fun stuff in Southeast Asia back when Wavy Gravy was keeping unruly flower children in line with seltzer bottles and cream pies) had the nerve to show up on CNN to help Miles O’Brien discuss an airliner accident.

Within hours, another AVSIG member who once had a gig doing aviation commentary for another network showed up on the forum to lambast Mr. Wiley for taking food from his mouth: A retired airline pilot with a pension taking aviation commentary work from a working journalist.  

Sigizens couldn’t help but spend a few days asking different versions of the question “Really?” ... keeping everything within our strict posting rules until the conversation somehow devolved into a discussion about underwear.

That was supposed to be the end of that.  Just more warped human logic on display for everyone out there on the internets, courtesy of the fully-voluntary submission of its producer, same as with this blog.  

But now some airline pilot who blogs for Salon is also taking shots at Wiley.  Patrick Smith, who writes the Ask the Pilot blog for magazine, recently whined that the Associated Press contacted Wiley instead of him for insight on this week’s United Airlines turbulence incident between Dulles and Los Angeles.  He went on to call Wiley’s commentary “stupid” and to suggest he might have supplied smarter insights had the AP only had the wisdom to contact him.

This humble blogger wants to chalk up this apparent smear to misunderstood English humor, since this Patrick Smith writes like an Englishman, using the word, “Bloody” and claiming to still jot down bursts of creative brilliance on hotel stationary ... though it’s possible he’s just some Yank who’s gone Madonna, idiom-wise, after attending Farnsborough.

See, English humor is very sophisticated, and people in other parts of the world just don’t get it.  When Benny Hill parades around in a waitress uniform sporting volleyball falsies and smacks a customer who gets fresh, causing the patron to go tumbling out the coffee shop entrance and into the street at high speed to the accompaniment of popcorn-popping sounds, it’s always funnier than we think it is.

“Stupid” could be an affectionately cute term in an  English humor sort of way.

But what if in-fact this is another real case of sour grapes aviation-commentator-on-aviation-commentator violence?  

And Wiley?  Again?

It takes some kind of troublemaker to end up in all these dust-ups, regardless of the apparent provocateur, right?

There’s a bigger question begged by all of these complaints of retired airline pilots taking all the commentary glory from working aviation journalists.

Just what is an “aviation journalist” nowadays?  

A print stalwart like David Learmount?  Any old web punk with a blog?

It’s a tough distinction , as serious journalists of all stripes have been taking it on the chin ever since those pouty-lipped silicone babes started showing up on the local Action News reporting overturned tankers spewing pneumonia all over the roadways.  Ted Koppel has to bristle at sharing the camera with some of these clowns ... so why wouldn’t a real aviation journalist get ticked off at being usurped by some great pretender out there ... by some guy with decades as a professional pilot and instructor and two Aviation Journalist of the Year awards?

Still, the biggest question of all weighing on me this morning is why on earth a hairstyling magazine is publishing an aviation blog.  (Please save your angry comments about the author thinking Salon is “a hairstyling magazine.”  I happen to know salons give massages and mud baths too -- pickle slices at the classier places).

M.O.