Monday, August 16, 2010

Accident & Incident Update for August 16, 2010

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


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.

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