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.