Monday, January 25, 2010

Accident & Incident Summary for January 25, 2010

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


January 25 - An Ethiopian Airlines 737 crashed in the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut, killing all 97 aboard. Thunderstorms were reported in the area at the time of the crash.

January 24 - A Taban Air Tupolev TU-154 caught fire while making an emergency landing in Mashhad, Iran, injuring 42 of 157 aboard. The aircraft was reportedly landing in heavy fog when its tail and one wing struck the runway.

January 23 - A United Airlines flight bound for Las Vegas from Washington D.C. made an emergency landing in Denver after a passenger attempted to open an emergency exit during the flight. Passengers reportedly restrained the man after the incident.

January 23 - Both aboard a Piper Aerostar were killed after crashing near Sugar Grove, Illinois. The aircraft had reportedly just departed Aurora Municipal Airport before the crash.

January 23 - A U.S. Navy T-34 attached to Whiting Field Naval Air Station in Florida crashed into Lake Pontchartrain on approach to New Orleans, injuring one pilot and leaving the other missing and presumed dead. The aircraft was on a training flight at the time of the crash.

January 23 - Both aboard a Tecnam P-2002 were killed after crashing near Waxahachie, Texas. The aircraft was reportedly operating on behalf of a local high school aviation training program at the time of the crash. Light rain was reported at the time of the crash.

January 22 - The pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter was uninjured after clipping power lines and crash-landing near Shafter, California. The pilot reported having engine trouble before the crash.

January 22 - An ACE Air Cargo Beech 1900 crashed in the sea off Sand Point, Alaska, leaving both aboard missing and presumed dead. The flight had reportedly just departed Sand Point en route to Anchorage at the time of the crash. AVSIG Discussion

January 22 - A news traffic helicopter safely autorotated to a landing in Farmington Hills, Michigan after the engine caught fire and quit. AVSIG Discussion

January 22 - A Turkish SunExpress flight en route to Turkey from Germany made a safe emergency landing in Thessaloniki, Greece after the captain received a bomb threat on his mobile phone during the flight. The aircraft was searched in Greece. No bomb was found.

January 22 - A United Airlines 757 made a safe return to Washington-Dulles International Airport in Virginia after ingesting a large bird into the right engine shortly after takeoff.

January 21 - Both aboard a Finnish Air Force F-18 safely ejected before the aircraft crashed near Juupajoki, Finland. The aircraft was on a training flight at the time of the crash.

January 21 - The pilot of a Piper Aztec called the U.S. Coast Guard on his satellite phone from his life raft after crashing in The Bahamas. The pilot was reportedly rescued by the crew of a nearby boat.

January 21 - A coast guard helicopter crashed in the sea off Almería, Spain, killing three and seriously injuring one. The flight had been dispatched to search for the source of signal flares out on the water at the time of the crash.

January 21 - A USAir flight operated by Chautauqua Airlines made an emergency landing in Philadelphia during a scheduled New York-Louisville flight after passengers and crew became concerned about a passenger with a "religious device" strapped to his head. The aircraft was met by law enforcement at a remote location at the airport. The "religious device" was determined harmless.

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