Monday, September 27, 2010

Aviation Accident & Incident Update for September 27, 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 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.