Monday, April 12, 2010

Accident & Incident Update for April 12, 2010

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


April 11 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was injured after crashing shortly after takeoff from Sky Acres Airport near Verbank, New York. An AVSIG member reports that the pilot stated he failed to latch the plane's canopy before takeoff. (AVSIG Discussion)

April 11 - A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 aborted takeoff in Sacramento after the cabin filled will smoke during taxi. No serious injuries were reported.

April 10 - A Tupolev Tu-154 crashed on approach to Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 aboard including the Polish president and first lady, Lech and Maria Kaczynski. Heavy fog was reported at the time of the crash, and air traffic controllers in Smolensk reportedly twice asked the crew to consider landing at another airport prior to the crash. The aircraft was making its fourth landing attempt when it clipped trees and crashed. (AVSIG Discussion)

April 9 - An An airBaltic Fokker 50 made a safe emergency return landing to Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania after a cockpit warning light indicated fire aboard the aircraft. No fire was found.

April 9 - A Delta Air Lines flight declared an emergency prior to landing at its destination of Atlanta after an "unusual note" was found aboard during the flight. Federal authorities are investigating the incident.

April 9 - An Onur Air Airbus A321 made a safe emergency landing in Istanbul after experiencing a hydraulic failure in flight.

April 9 - A United Airlines MD-83 made a safe landing with a flat tire at Palm Springs International Airport after a scheduled flight from Chicago.

April 9 - A Southwest Airlines 737 made a safe emergency landing at Oakland International Airport in California after a hydraulic leak was detected just before the scheduled landing. Some passengers reported seeing smoke coming from the vicinity of the landing gear on touchdown.

April 8 - The driver of a fuel truck was pinned in his cab after being struck by a jet making a U-turn at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington. Rescue workers were able to free the driver by cutting into the cab.

April 8 - Two Ohio National Guard F-16s reportedly triggered the onboard TCAS on an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight near Cincinnati. The airline crew reportedly maneuvered out of harm's way and continued to its destination of Atlanta.

April 8 - A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing four and injuring an undisclosed number of passengers.

April 8 - A Detroit-bound CRJ-200 operated on behalf of Delta Air Lines made a safe emergency landing at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia after smoke was detected in the cabin.

April 8 - A Delta Air Lines 757 made a safe emergency landing in Tampa, Florida after the crew detected the odor of smoke in the cockpit during an Atlanta-Cancun flight. (AVSIG Discussion)

April 8 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing on approach to Borrego Valley Airport in Borrego Springs, California.

April 8 - A Southwest Airlines 737 made a safe emergency return landing to Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama after smoke was detected in the cockpit shortly after takeoff.

April 8 - Two terminals were closed at Los Angeles International Airport after a passenger took a bag flagged for secondary screening and disappeared into a crowd.

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