Monday, October 15, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

October 13 - A Piper PA-23 registered to Rainbow International Airlines crashed in the sea on approach to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, leaving one survivor and five missing and presumed lost. The surviving passenger stated that all aboard the aircraft exited with only minor injuries, however high waves separated the party.

October 12 - No serious injuries were reported after a 1955 Sikorsky S-55B made a hard landing in a field near Yorktown, New York. The pilot reported a malfunctioning fuel pump before the emergency landing.

October 10 - The pilot of a Bell 206 was killed after crashing near Morse, Louisiana. The helicopter was reportedly returning from routine maintenance when it struck a radio tower guy-wire.

October 6 - All four aboard a Beechcraft Bonanza were killed after crashing shortly after departing Northwest Regional Airport near Roanoke, Texas. The flight reportedly encountered poor weather en route to a college football game.

October 2 - A French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 crashed in eastern France during training maneuvers, killing the pilot. No injuries were reported on the ground.

October 1 - All six aboard a vintage De Havilland Dragon DH-84 were killed after crashing in rough terrain near the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. The pilot made a distress call indicating he was lost in heavy fog before the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 26 - A United Airlines flight returned to Raleigh-Durham International Airport after an altercation between two flight attendants ensued shortly after takeoff.

September 22 - A single-engine seaplane crashed in Lake Lill-blåbergsträsket west of Skellefteå in Västerbotten, Sweden, killing one and injuring one.

September 17 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were killed after crashing near Vinemont, Alabama. Heavy storms were present in the area at the time of the crash.

September 16 - Both aboard a Yak-52 were killed after crashing near Moontown Airport in Brownsboro, Alabama. The pilot was reportedly performing an aerobatic maneuver in a formation flight at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

September 13 - A WWII-era PT-19 crashed during an attempted low pass over the runway at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport in Missouri. The pilot and passenger, a newspaper reporter writing a feature on the flight, received minor injuries.

September 9 - The pilot of a Beechcraft A36 was killed after crashing into a residential garage near Eagle Lake in Racine, Wisconsin. No injuries were reported on the ground.

September 7 - A single-engine plane crashed near Rome's Ciampino airport, killing both aboard. The flight was reportedly engaged in aerial photography at the time of the crash.

September 3 - No serious injuries were reported after a single-engine landed gear-up at Spanaway Airport in Spanaway, Washington. The pilot was reportedly making a second landing attempt at the airport when he failed to lower the aircraft's landing gear.

August 31 - The pilot of a single-engine plane received serious injuries after crashing during a landing attempt at a grass air strip near Friday Harbor, Washington. Authorities believe the aircraft's landing gear snagged power lines near the runway end prior to the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

August 27 - The pilot of a television news helicopter make a safe emergency landing in a vacant parking lot in Hollywood, California after the cockpit filled with smoke during flight.

August 25 - All five aboard a Piper Cherokee were killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Lake Tahoe Airport in South Lake Tahoe, California. Witnesses reported that the plane struggled to gain altitude and made a sharp turn at low speed before the crash.

August 22 - An ExpressJet CRJ-200 operating on behalf of United Express made a safe emergency landing at Bluegrass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky after encountering a hydraulic failure warning during scheduled flight from Columbia, South Carolina to Chicago.

August 19 - All 31 aboard a privately-operated AN-26 were killed after crashing into a hillside in heavy fog in Sudan's South Kordofan State.

August 19 - A United Airlines B757 made a safe emergency return landing to Newark Liberty International Airport after its left engine caught fire shortly after takeoff. The flight circled the airport for over an hour to burn fuel before landing.

August 13 - A Pinnacle Airlines flight operating on behalf of Delta Air Lines made a safe emergency landing at Kennedy International Airport after blowing a tire on takeoff from Boston.

August 9 - All five aboard a Kamov Ka-32 helicopter owned by the Nefteyugansk Air Group were killed after crashing near Ankara, Turkey. The aircraft was engaged in firefighting operations when it crashed into a hillside north of the city.

August 5 - All four aboard a Piper PA-28 were killed after crashing on takeoff from Steinrücken Airport in Coburg, Bavaria, Germany. The aircraft reportedly struck trees off the runway end after struggling to gain altitude.

August 3 - An Aeroflot SU100 made a safe emergency landing at its destination of Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow after losing cabin pressure during a scheduled flight from Kazan in the Republic of Tatarstan. The crew elected to descend to 3,000 feet and continue the flight after the pressurization loss.

July 28 - All eight aboard a Beechcraft King Air were killed after crashing on approach to Juiz de Fora, Brazil. The aircraft was reportedly on its third approach to the airport in heavy fog at the time of the crash.

July 23 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was rescued in good condition after crashing into the Block Island Sound off Rhode Island. The pilot was reportedly attempting to gain altitude with a marriage proposal banner at the time of the crash and was on the phone with his eight-year-old son when he ran into control difficulty and broadcast a mayday call. The pilot's son was able to help authorities determine the location of the downed aircraft.

July 22 - The pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-16 was rescued from the Pacific Ocean in good condition by the crew of a U.S. container ship after he ejected north of Hokkaido.

July 17 - A Skywest Airlines pilot wanted in connection with the murder of his girlfriend attempted to steal a company CRJ200 at St. George Municipal Airport in Utah, but crashed the aircraft into the terminal and several vehicles before shooting and killing himself. Authorities believe the man was able to access the aircraft by scaling a barbed-wire fence using a rug for protection. (AVSIG Discussion)

July 13 - All three aboard a Gulfstream IV were killed after crashing on takeoff from Castellet, France. The aircraft was heavily damaged by post-crash fire.

July 12 - The pilot of a MiG-21 received minor injuries after overrunning the runway and crashing through a fence during landing at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The aircraft came to rest on a public roadway. The pilot reported the aircraft's brake parachute failed prior to the overrun.

July 10 - A US Airways flight bound for Rome from Charlotte, North Carolina made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after five crew members reported becoming nauseous from cabin odors.

July 4 - A Lucky Air flight made a safe emergency landing in Wuhan after five passengers fought during a scheduled flight from Kunming to Liaoning. The incident reportedly stemmed from a passenger reclining her seat.

July 1 - The pilot of a de Havilland DH.53 Hummingbird was killed after crashing during an air show in Bedfordshire, England.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

June 21 - Both aboard a Cessna 150 were killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Gmunden, Salzburg, Austria.

June 18 - The pilot of a Piper Cub crashed near Dayton, Ohio after losing power during takeoff from a private grass airstrip. The pilot received minor injuries.

June 15 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were injured after crashing on approach to Biddeford Airport near Arundel, Maine. The aircraft was on an instructional flight at the time of the crash. The instructor reported mechanical difficulties with the aircraft.

June 13 - A U.S. Air Force Osprey crashed near Navarre, Florida, injuring all five aboard.

June 12 - A SunExpress B-737-800 bound for Ankara from Frankfurt made a unscheduled landing at Bucharest International Airport in Romania after two passengers attacked a flight attendant The offending passengers were met by airport security.

June 9 - The pilot of an experimental plane was killed after crashing near Springfield, Ohio. Witnesses said a piece of the aircraft fell off before the crash.

June 6 - All six aboard a Pilatus PC-12 were killed after crashing in wooded area near Lake Wales, Florida. Authorities found a debris trail in excess of three miles after the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

June 3 - A Dana Air MD-83 crashed in a densely-populated residential area in Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 153 aboard and at least 10 on the ground. The crew declared an emergency of still-undisclosed nature as the flight approached Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

May 31 - The pilot of a Beechcraft Bonanza was killed after crashing near Macon, Mississippi. High winds and thunderstorms were reported in the area at the time of the crash.

May 28 - A twin-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Parchim International Airport in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany, killing two and injuring two. The pilot reported control difficulty before the crash.

May 24 - A crop duster operated by Miles Flying Service collided with a crop duster operated by Kinco Ag Aviation over Paragould, Arkansas, killing the pilot of one aircraft and injuring the other.

May 22 - A United Parcel Service MD-11 made a safe emergency return landing to Louisville International Airport in Kentucky after an engine fire warning light activated in the cockpit shortly after takeoff. No evidence of fire was found.

May 20 - No serious injuries were reported after a single-engine plane carrying four people crashed shortly after takeoff from William "Tiny" Zehnder Field in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The pilot reported losing power before the crash.

May 19 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from a grass airstrip in Checotah, Oklahoma. A witness reported that the aircraft turned and nosedived before the crash.

May 16 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was uninjured after crashing into trees short of the runway at Texas State Technical College Airport in Waco. The pilot reported being low on fuel before the crash.

May 13 - The pilot of a 1936 Stinson SR-7B was injured after crashing in a lumberyard in Freedom, New Hampshire. No injuries were reported on the ground.

May 9 - A Sukhoi Superjet 100 crashed into a mountainside during a demonstration flight over Jakarta, killing all 45 aboard. The crew requested a 4,000-ft. descent for undisclosed reasons before the crash.

May 6 - The pilot of a Piper J3 received minor injuries after crashing in a field near Westhampton, Massachusetts.

May 4 - A KLM Royal Dutch F70 made a safe emergency landing at Norwich International Airport in the United Kingdom after an engine failed during a scheduled flight from Teeside to Amsterdam.

May 3 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Lake in the Hill Airport near Crystal Lake, Illinois. Witnesses said the aircraft banked sharply at low speed before the crash.

May 1 - A single-engine aircraft crashed near Utah Lake in Provo, Utah, injuring both aboard. The student pilot of the instructional flight was reportedly practicing a stall maneuver at the time of the crash.

April 28 - All six aboard a twin-engine plane were killed after crashing in Tatroz, Fribourg Switzerland. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to be circling the village before the crash.

April 27 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing during a touch-and-go maneuver at Anderson Regional Airport near Greenville, South Carolina.

April 20 - Both aboard a Beechcraft Bonanza were injured after a forced landing on the campus of International Business Machines in Yorktown, New York. Witnesses reported hearing the engine surging before the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

April 20 - A Bhoja Air B737-200 crashed into a residential area on approach to Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad, killing all 127 aboard. Heavy rain and hail was reported in the area at the time of the crash. No serious injuries were reported on the ground. (AVSIG Discussion)

April 19 - Two New Orleans National Guard F-15s shadowed a circling, iced-over Cessna 421 over the Gulf of Mexico after the pilot failed to respond to air traffic controllers. The aircraft later crashed and sank in 1,500 feet of water 120 miles west of Tampa. (AVSIG Discussion)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

April 12 - A single-engine plane flipped at North Palm Beach General Aviation Airport in North Palm Beach, Florida, causing minor injuries to both aboard.

April 10 - A Korean Air flight bound for Seoul from Vancouver made an unscheduled landing at Comex Valley Airport on Vancouver Island under U.S. Air Force F-15 escort after a telephoned bomb threat was received against the flight. The aircraft was safely evacuated and searched. No bomb was found.

April 9 - No injuries were reported after a single-engine plane operated by the Air America Flight Center made an emergency landing on a public roadway near Daytona Beach, Florida. The aircraft was on an instructional flight at the time of the incident.

April 8 - Both aboard an Extra Flugzeugbau EA-300 were killed after crashing in a field near Salinas, California. Weather was reported clear at the time of the crash.

April 6 - No serious injuries were reported after a U.S. Navy FA-18 crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (AVSIG Discussion)

April 5 - The pilot of a single-engine experimental plane received minor injuries after crashing on a horse farm near Kerhonkson, New York. Witnesses said the aircraft was flying low and struck a tree before the crash.

April 4 - Several passengers were reported injured after a Ryanair B737 depressurized during a scheduled flight from Bergamo, Italy to East Midlands Airport in England, forcing the crew to rapidly descend 20,000 feet and make an emergency landing in Frankfurt.

April 3 - Both aboard a homebuilt Rans S-12 were killed after crashing on takeoff from Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona.

April 2 - A homebuilt Seawind 3000 crashed into the roof of a grocery store in DeLand, Florida, injuring both aboard and three in the store. The pilot reported losing power just after departing DeLand Municipal Airport.

March 30 - The pilot of a homebuilt aircraft was killed after crashing near Belmont, Ohio. Weather was reported clear at the time of the crash.

March 27 - The first officer of a JetBlue flight elected to lock the captain out of the cockpit after the man began to make threatening statements during a scheduled flight from New York to Las Vegas. Passengers and flight attendants helped subdue the captain after he began banging on the cockpit door, and another JetBlue pilot who was traveling as a non-revenue passenger was asked to staff the cockpit. The flight made a safe landing in Amarillo, where authorities arrested the captain. (AVSIG Discussion)

March 25 - All four aboard a single-engine Piper were killed after crashing on takeoff from Treasure Cay in the Bahamas. Gusty winds were reported in the area at the time of the crash.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

March 22 - An American Airlines B767 bound for Dallas from Paris made a safe emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland after the crew became concerned about smoke coming from the galley.

March 21 - The pilot of a U.S. Air Force F-16 safely ejected before his aircraft crashed in a rice paddy near Seoul. The aircraft was on a training flight at the time of the crash.

March 20 - An American Airlines MD-80 made a safe emergency return landing to Raleigh-Durham International Airport after the crew detected smoke in the cockpit shortly after takeoff.

March 18 - A Hawaiian Airlines B767 made a safe emergency landing in San Francisco after its left engine failed shortly after departing Oakland for Honolulu.

March 18 - The pilot of a Piper Cherokee was killed and his passenger was seriously injured after crashing into a stand of trees during a takeoff attempt from an airstrip near Columbia, Missouri.

March 16 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were rescued in good condition after crashing in the water off of Gulf Breeze, Florida. A nearby resident who witnessed the crash immediately boarded his boat to perform the rescue.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

March 15 - All five aboard a Cessna Citation were killed after crashing during a landing attempt at Macon County Airport near Franklin, North Carolina. Witnesses said the aircraft made a steep approach to the runway before striking a wingtip, cartwheeling, and exploding in flames. (AVSIG Discussion)

March 13 - The pilot of a Turkish Air Force F-5 was killed after crashing during training exercises in Konya, Turkey.

March 13 - A Beechcraft Bonanza crashed into a residential garage near Charlevoix Municipal Airport in Charlevoix, Michigan, killing two and injuring one. The crash reportedly occurred during the aircraft's second landing attempt in light rain. No injuries were reported on the ground.

March 11 - Both aboard a Stinson 108-3 escaped the flaming wreckage of their plane after crashing into a hillside northwest of Los Angeles. The post-crash fire sparked a 12-acre brush fire.

March 10 - A Beechcraft Duchess crashed in a field near McClellan Airfield in Sacramento, California, causing minor injuries to all three aboard.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

March 8 - A Qantas B747 bound for Sydney from Hong Kong was forced to land in Newcastle after diverting around a weather front and running low on fuel.

March 6 - The pilot of an Israel Aircraft Industries F-21 Kfir was killed after crashing on the grounds of Fallon Naval Air Station in Nevada. Snow and fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash.

March 5 - A single-engine plane crashed in Brockton, Montana, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger.

March 4 - No injuries were reported after the landing gear collapsed on a Beechcraft Baron as it touched down at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The aircraft reportedly slid over 1,000 feet on its undercarriage before coming to a halt.

March 3 - Both aboard a Mooney M20M were seriously injured after crashing on a public road near Chester Gap, Virginia. No injuries were reported on the ground.

March 2 - A single-engine plane crashed short of the runway at Somerset Airport in Bedminster, New Jersey, injuring both aboard.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

March 1 - A US Airways Express flight was forced to abort its landing at Philadelphia International Airport after ground controllers spotted a civilian Jeep Cherokee moving at a high rate of speed down one runway. Airport authorities intercepted the vehicle after a brief chase and arrested the intoxicated driver. Numerous flights were delayed due to the incident, which occurred after the Jeep drove through a chain link fence. (AVSIG Discussion)

March 1 - All five aboard a Cessna 750 Citation X were killed after crashing into a wooded area on approach to Frankfurt Egelsbach Airport in Germany. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash.

February 29 - All three aboard a Cirrus SR22 were killed after crashing at Melbourne International Airport in Florida. Air traffic control transcripts indicate the pilot may have initiated an evasive turn at low speed to avoid an aircraft that was performing touch-and-goes on the same runway.

February 28 - A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay off Point Clear, Alabama, killing one and leaving three missing. The aircraft was on a training flight at the time of the crash.

February 27 - No injuries were reported after a Shuttle America ERJ-170 operating on behalf of United Express made a nosegear-up landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Airport personnel had prepared for the emergency landing by spraying the runway with flame retardant foam.

February 26 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were killed after crashing on takeoff from Stinson Municipal Airport near San Antonio, Texas.

February 25 - All three aboard a Beechcraft Bonanza were injured after crashing on takeoff from an airstrip east of Reno, Nevada.

February 24 - Boaters discovered the wreckage of a single engine plane with two bodies aboard in the ocean off of Key West, Florida. Authorities were trying to determine the date and origin of the flight at post time.

February 23 - The pilot of a Beechcraft Baron received minor injuries after crash-landing on an elementary school playground near Houston, Texas. The pilot was on approach to West Houston Airport when the aircraft lost power. No injuries were reported on the ground.

February 22 - A Continental Airlines flight returned to Portland International Airport after a passenger of Middle Eastern descent reportedly argued with a flight attendant about putting out his electronic cigarette and then began singing about his hatred for women and love for Osama bin Laden and Allah. The reveler was turned over to the FBI in Portland.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

February 22 - An AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey collided over the Chocolate Mountains near Yuma Arizona, killing all seven U.S. Marines aboard the aircraft. Both helicopters were reportedly on training exercises operating out of Camp Pendleton. Visibility was reported low due to nightfall and dust stirred up by multiple takeoffs and landings in the area.

February 22 - A Pacific Blue flight bound for Wellington from Brisbane made a safe emergency landing at Christchurch International Airport after an unspecified cockpit warning light illuminated during the flight.

February 21 - Both aboard a Sport Hornet were uninjured after making an emergency landing in a cow pasture near Mariposa, California. The aircraft was on fire prior to the landing and destroyed by flames.

February 20 - Both aboard a Piper Comanche were killed after crashing shortly after departing Abilene Regional Airport in Texas.

February 19 - A single-engine plane crashed on landing at Wood County Regional Airport in Bowling Green, Ohio after the front landing gear wheel reportedly locked up on touchdown. No serious injuries were reported.

February 19 - No serious injuries were reported after a Beechcraft Bonanza collided with a Robinson R-22 operated by Vertical CFI, Inc. near Rio Vista Municipal Airport in Rio Vista, California. Both pilots were able to make controlled landings shortly after the collision.

February 18 - A Qantas A380 bound for Los Angeles from Sydney made a safe emergency landing at Honolulu International Airport after a passenger developed a medical emergency.

February 17 - The pilot of a Beechcraft Baron received minor injuries after crashing during an engine-out landing attempt on a public roadway near Lancaster, Wisconsin. The pilot reported running out of fuel two miles short of Lancaster Municipal Airport.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

February 16 - Authorities detained a pilot who was scheduled to crew a Frontier Airlines flight after he failed a breathalyzer test prior to boarding the aircraft at Eppley Field in Omaha, Nebraska. A shuttle driver reportedly called the airport police after observing the pilot's erratic behavior during the ride from the hotel.

February 15 - All three aboard a single-engine Cessna were killed after crashing into the shear face of the Little Si section of Mount Si near North Bend, Washington.  The aircraft was registered to the AcuWings flight school and piloted by an instructor from the school, however the school's owner said the aircraft was not on an instructional flight or any known company business at the time of the crash.  Authorities believe the aircraft impacted the mountain at approximately 2 a.m. local time.

February 14 - The pilot of a Cessna 150 registered to Air Richelieu was killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Saint-Hubert Airport near Montreal. The pilot reportedly attempted to return to the airport for unknown reasons before the crash.

February 13 - An Air Canada 767 made a safe precautionary return landing to Honolulu International Airport after the crew noted a hydraulics warning light shortly after takeoff. The flight circled the airport for two hours to burn fuel.

February 12 - A US Airways flight made a safe emergency return landing to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina after the crew reported hearing an explosive noise in the cockpit shortly after takeoff.

February 11 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was rescued and evacuated by snowmobilers after crashing on Mt. Baker near Bellingham, Washington.

February 10 - A Socata TBM 850 crashed during a takeoff attempt from Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin, injuring all three aboard. Icing conditions were present at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

February 10 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing on takeoff from a private airstrip in Floresville, Texas.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

February 9 - The pilot of a Cessna 182 was killed after crashing on takeoff from Lebanon Municipal Airport in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

February 9 - A QantasLink Dash-8 made a safe emergency landing in Moranbah, Queensland Australia after the cockpit caught fire. The crew was safely evacuated from the otherwise empty aircraft, which was on a positioning flight at the time of the incident.

February 8 - A Pakistan Air Force F-7PG crashed near Quetta during a training flight, killing the pilot. No injuries were reported on the ground.

February 7 - The pilot of a helicopter made a safe emergency landing in a parking lot in Cooper City, Florida after heavy fog developed during the flight.

February 7 - An American Airlines MD-80 made a safe emergency return landing to Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska after passengers heard and explosion and vibration in the left engine shortly after takeoff.

February 6 - No serious injuries were reported after a single-engine plane registered to Edmonds Aviation crash-landed on a street on approach to Newport Municipal Airport in Newport, Arkansas. The pilot reported engine trouble before the crash.

February 6 - A Scandinavian Airlines flight carrying Norway's Crown Prince and Princess made a safe emergency return landing to Copenhagen after smoke was reported in the cockpit shortly after takeoff.

February 5 - The pilot of a Cessna 172 was killed after crashing on a city street in Fresno, California. No injuries were reported on the ground.

February 4 - A single-engine plane crashed on takeoff from Show Low Airport in Show Low, Arizona, killing two and injuring two.

February 4 - No serious injuries were reported after a single-engine plane crashed into a house near Kalispell, Montana. The flight reportedly had just refueled at Kalispell City Airport before the crash.

February 3 - The pilot of a Lancair was killed after crashing during a takeoff attempt at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho. The pilot had previously aborted a takeoff and taxied back to the ramp after telling controllers he had a "problem" with the aircraft. Witnesses said the aircraft reached approximately 200 feet of altitude on the second takeoff attempt before banking steeply, rolling, and impacting the ground nose-down. (AVSIG Discussion)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

February 3 - A Qantas Bombardier Q400 made a safe return landing to Canberra, Australia after an engine failed shortly after takeoff.

February 2 - A United Airlines flight made a safe emergency return landing to Chicago O'Hare International Airport after striking a bird shortly after takeoff.

February 1 - A student and flight instructor walked away after crash-landing their Cessna 152 in a canyon near Santa Rosa de Heredia, Costa Rica. The instructor reported losing power shortly after departing Tobías Bolaños International Airport.

January 31 A Delta Air Lines A319 made a safe emergency landing at its destination of Omaha after the crew reported a hydraulic failure during the approach to the airport.

January 30 - The pilot of a Piper Cherokee was killed after exiting his aircraft and walking into the moving propeller at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

January 29 - The pilot of a Piper PA-28 was killed after crashing in a corn field near York Airport in York, Pennsylvania. A witness reported hearing the engine cut out before the crash.

January 28 - An American Airlines MD-80 made a safe emergency landing in Boise, Idaho after an engine failed during a scheduled flight from Chicago to Seattle.

January 27 - Both aboard a de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth were killed after crashing into a wooded area on takeoff from Maryborough Airport in Maryborough, Queensland Australia.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

January 26 - The pilot of a Cessna 210 made a safe emergency landing in a field near Hemet, California after losing power on approach to Hemet-Ryan Airport.

January 24 - A student and instructor made a safe engine-out landing in their Cessna 150 in a field near Lewisburg, Tennessee.

January 23 - Both aboard a Yak-52 were killed after crashing in the Timona Recreational Reserve near Feilding, New Zealand. No injuries were reported on the ground.

January 21 - Both aboard a single-engine Cessna were killed after crashing near Madison, Indiana. The aircraft was reportedly on approach to Madison Airport at the time of the crash.

January 19 - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Detroit from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania made a safe emergency landing at Elmira Corning Regional Airport in Elmira, New York after the crew encountered trouble with the wing flaps.

January 18 - Both aboard a single-engine plane were killed after the aircraft reportedly broke up in flight over Leighton, Wales.

January 18 A Korean Airways cargo jet carrying cattle bound for Amsterdam from Chicago made a safe emergency landing at London's Heathrow International Airport after a cockpit warning light indicated fire in the cargo hold.

January 17 - A single-engine plane made a safe emergency landing on a public street near Topeka, Kansas after the pilot reported engine trouble.

January 16 - A chartered MD-80 carrying members of the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team made a safe emergency landing at its destination of Hobby Airport in Houston after the crew reported trouble with the left landing gear hydraulics.

January 16 - The pilot of a Piper Aerostar registered to M&H Ventures LLC was killed after crashing on takeoff from Philadelphia Municipal Airport in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

January 15 - Both aboard a Piper Comanche were killed after crashing in the Nantucket Sound near Brewster, Massachusetts. The pilot reported smoke in the cockpit prior to the crash.

January 15 - A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Costa Rica from Atlanta made an unscheduled landing in Tampa after a couple in the first class section reportedly became unruly. The passengers were met by authorities in Tampa.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another Great Reason to let the TSA do the Joking ...

This humble blogger's daughter recently ran the BMV gauntlet for her driver's license.  The test station was in a state government building festooned with the usual oddball collection of DON'T DO THIS OR WE  WILL DO THIS signs that spring up in public service offices protected by armed personnel.

Fall in line, everybody. It doesn't matter if you think you're being worked over by people who were fired by Wal-Mart, we have people with guns here.

The two examiners in the testing room, however, put on a small real-world 'guvmint-bot vs. human-hold-out passion play.

One wore her cop-looking State Examiner patch on her sleeve in every possible way, barking at applicants and moving with a majestic swagger belying the More Twinkies than Training tale told by her Humpty Dumpty frame.  The other took great pains to be polite and disarming and simply got on with the business of testing license candidates.  Her manner seemed willed, as if to counterbalance the hard-case pose of Barnameana Fife.

This Andy Griffith Show plays out in many public-contact government situations, but Andy is usually off in Mount Pilot, leaving Barney to mangle the public good will.

This week we salute the wise, funny, revealing blogging presence of the Transportation Security Administration, the just-a-url-away "Andy" for any Barney Fife you might to encounter on your travels.

These folks make blogging for the organization that has become the face of post-9/11 overreaching look easy.

There are no awkward, patronizing bureaucrat-who's-been-to-Toastmasters tones here -- just straight talk delivered with a wry grin that at first blush might look like the too-charming patter of a well-orchestrated PR campaign.  Until you see what the TSA picks out of luggage, pockets, and persons with some regularity between cellphone cameos of little girls being traumatized for life by pat-downs.

Twelve-hundred firearms in 2011.  Stun guns disguised as lipstick, as cell phones ... and as stun guns.  Martial arts knives.  Plain 'ol stabbin' knives. Inert land mines.  Souvenir pieces of C4.  And while the threat classification may be murky, there are often guys with exotic birds stuffed in their pants.

If you're of the mind that government types can easily make up wild contraband stories to justify their continued existence, be our guest, but this blogger would like to point out that just last night a fellow got arrested for drunk driving here in town and called his drunk father for a ride home.  The lawmen noticed that the father was drunk after he arrived at their station via the front lawn.

Making stuff up to prove the world is off its tilt is often a waste of time these days.

A few best-of TSA Blog pull-quotes:

-- Gassed Up Chainsaw: Believe it or not, the chainsaw found at Elmira (ELM) was not [a] problem. You can travel with your chainsaw as checked luggage, however, gassing it up is the problem. You know ... Gas? (1/13/2012)

-- A passenger opted out of the body scanner at Buffalo (BUF) and during the pat-down, a 9” nonmetallic serrated knife was found in his pants pocket. The passenger stated later that he opted out of the body scanner because he was trying to get the knife through security ... (12/17/2011)

-- I’m sure you’ve heard the “What’s In Your Wallet” commercials… Well, a frustrated passenger at Boston (BOS) stated he had a bomb in his wallet. The police ended up citing the passenger, so while there was no actual bomb in his wallet, there is now less cash ... (12/9/2011)

And then there's Cupcakegate.

All the witty blog posts in the world will never excuse the occasional Barney Fife who shows up on your screening line (never mind the one who swipes your stuff), but this blog provides an astute summary of the TSA's role at U.S. airports a decade after the world was changed with box cutters and a plan.  And as heart-warmingly funny as Grandmas with Grenades are, we hear the rubber-gloved ones are even still on the lookout for terrorists.

M.O.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

January 12 - A U.S. Airways flight made a safe emergency landing at Yeager Airport near Charleston, West Virginia after smoke was detected in the cargo hold during a scheduled flight from Nashville to Washington D.C. No evidence of a fire was found.

January 12 - The pilot of a single-engine plane received minor injuries after crashing into a stand of trees near Stangelville, Wisconsin. The pilot was able to climb down from his airplane in the treetops and seek help. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

January 11 - Both aboard a helicopter were killed after crashing near Mosjoen, Norway. The flight was reportedly herding reindeer at the time of the crash.

January 10 - A Piper PA-31 carrying employees of Aboriginal Strategies Inc. crashed in North Spirit Lake in Ontario, Canada, killing four and severely injuring one. The pilot was reportedly attempting to land at a nearby airstrip in heavy snow before the crash.

January 10 - A helicopter crashed near Churchfields Industrial Estate in Salisbury, England, injuring all three aboard. A witness reported that the pilot appeared to be searching for a landing spot when the aircraft contacted a treeline.

January 9 - An American Airlines B737 made an emergency landing at Albany International Airport in New York after losing oil pressure in one engine.

January 8 - The pilot of a single-engine experimental kit plane was killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Jackson County Airport northeast of Atlanta.

January 7 - A medevac helicopter was forced to land in Walterboro, South Carolina after the patient being transported broke free from his restraining straps and began fighting with the flight crew. The man had previously jumped out of a moving car on Interstate 95.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

January 6 - An Air New Zealand B737 made a safe emergency landing at Ohakea Air Force Base after a fire erupted in the cockpit shortly after departing Wellington.

January 5 - A British Airways flight bound for London from Istanbul made an emergency landing in Dusseldorf after the crew reported low fuel.

January 4 - A student and instructor made a safe emergency landing in a field near Stafford, Missouri after the engine of their Cessna 152 quit.

January 4 - All four aboard a single-engine plane were safe after crash-landing on the beach of Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia. The aircraft had previously landed on the beach and was reportedly attempting to take off again but struggled to gain altitude.

January 3 - A United Airlines B777 made an emergency return landing to Taipei after its nosewheel door failed to close after takeoff.

January 2 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing in a heavily-populated area near Grand-Bassam on the Ivory Coast of Africa. No injuries were reported on the ground.

January 2 - The pilot of a gyrocopter was uninjured after crash-landing at Whangarei Airport in New Zealand. High winds were reported at the time of the accident.

January 1 - A Southwest Airlines B737 bound from Denver to Newark made a safe emergency landing at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska after a windshield crack was discovered during the flight.

January 1 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was uninjured after crashing in a reservoir shortly after takeoff from Windham Airport in Willimantic, Connecticut.