Monday, September 19, 2011

Recent Accidents & Incidents

September 18 - A London-bound Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight made a safe emergency landing in Jordan after the crew reported a "technical fault." Airline officials reportedly speculated the emergency landing and several similar recent flight delays were part of a concerted effort by unnamed parties to sabotage company operations.

September 17 - The pilot of a Cessna 172 was killed after crashing near Greenville Municipal Airport in Greenville, Maine.

September 17 - The pilot of a WWII-era T-28 operating on behalf of the Trojan Horseman aerobatic team was killed after crashing during an aerobatic maneuver at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge air show in Martinsburg, West Virginia. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 16 - Eight spectators and the pilot of a modified P-51 Mustang were killed after the aircraft crashed near a spectator gallery at the Reno Air Races in Reno, Nevada. High-resolution video frames of the aircraft before the crash revealed a broken elevator trim tab on the tail and an extended tailwheel gear. The wings of the crashed Mustang had reportedly been shortened by five feet on each side and ailerons shortened from 60 to 32 inches to increase speed and maneuverability. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 15 - A Thompson Airways flight made an emergency landing at London's Gatwick Airport after a passenger attempted to open an emergency exit at 36,000 feet, shouting, "It's OK, we are just on a flight simulator."

September 12 - A Cessna 182 crashed near Stanley, Idaho, killing both aboard. Search efforts were hampered by heavy terrain.

September 8 - The pilot of a Cirrus SR20 was killed after crashing near West Liberty, Ohio.

September 7 - A chartered Yak-42 operated by Yak-Servis crashed on takeoff from Yaroslavl, Russia, killing 43, including a professional hockey team and staff. Two crew members reportedly survived the crash. Witnesses reported that the aircraft struggled to gain altitude after rotation. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 6 - A Russian Air Force MiG-31 crashed during a training flight in the Ural Mountains in western Russia, killing both aboard. Russia grounded all MiG-31 pending an investigation of the crash.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Breaking: Reno Air Show P-51 Crash

September 16 - A P-51 Mustang crashed into spectators during the Reno Air Races, killing the pilot and two on the ground.  Many critical injuries were reported at post time.  AVSIG Discussion.  Video.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Recent Accidents & Incidents

September 5 - The pilot of a helicopter walked away uninjured after crashing in a field near Ingham, Queensland, Australia.

September 4 - A student and flight instructor were killed after crashing in a corn field shortly after takeoff from Seward Municipal Airport in Seward, Nebraska.

September 4 - A Spirit Airlines flight made a safe emergency return landing to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a passenger made a bomb threat against the flight.

September 2 - All 21 aboard a Chilean Air Force C-212 Aviocar were killed after crashing in the Pacific Ocean off the Juan Fernandez islands. The aircraft was reportedly making a third landing attempt in poor weather at the time of the crash.

September 2 - A single-engine plane struck utility lines before crashing near the A1 motorway in Peterborough, England. No serious injuries were reported.

September 1 - A helicopter registered to CHC Scotia made an emergency return landing to Great Yarmouth Airport in Great Yarmouth, England after its emergency flotation system deployed shortly after takeoff.

August 30 - No serious injuries were reported after a Lithuanian Air Force L-39 and French Air Force Mirage 2000 collided over Siauliai, Lithuania. The crew of the L-39 reportedly ejected while the Mirage crew made safe landing. The French plane was reportedly on routine NATO patrol at the time of the collision.

August 29 - A student pilot on a solo flight was injured after crashing into a house near the Santa Monica Municipal Airport in California. A house painter was also reported injured.

August 28 - Two single-engine planes collided over an airport runway end in Zell am See, Salzburg, Austria, killing three and injuring two.

August 26 - All four aboard a Lifenet Eurocopter AS-350 medevac helicopter were killed after crashing on approach to Mosby Airport in Mosby, Missouri. The helicopter was reportedly headed to the airport for refueling. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 25 - The pilot of a single-engine Cessna was injured after flipping during a takeoff attempt from Monmouth Municipal Airport in Monmouth, Illinois.

August 23 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was critically injured after crashing into trees while performing touch-and-goes at an air strip in Coolin, Idaho.

August 20 - One pilot was killed after two planes performing aerobatics collided over Hammonton Municipal Airport in Hammonton, New Jersey. The surviving pilot was able to parachute to safety. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 20 - A charted B737 operated by First Air crashed on approach to Resolute Bay, Nunavut Canada, killing 12 and injuring three. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 19 - The pilot of a homebuilt made a safe emergency landing on a public roadway near Coos Bay, Oregon after running out of fuel during a recreational flight.

August 17 - A Cessna 310 crashed into a residential yard shortly after departing Tupelo Regional Airport in Tupelo, Mississippi, killing the pilot. No injuries were reported on the ground.

August 14 - All four aboard a single-engine plane were killed after crashing near the airport in Burley, Idaho.

August 13 - A Cessna 207 operated by Inland Aviation Services crashed near McGrath, Alaska, killing two and injuring four. Weather was reported poor at the time of the crash.

August 12 - A seaplane-configured Cessna 206 Stationair registered to Key West Seaplanes crashed on takeoff from the Peace River near Arcadia, Florida, injuring all five aboard. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 12 - Eight passengers were injured after a PIA B747 made an emergency landing at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. High winds were reported in the area at the time of the crash.