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189 Dead After New Lion Air Boeing Plane Crashes in Indonesia

A Lion Air plane carrying 189 people crashed into the sea north of Jakarta, Indonesia Monday, Oct. 29, just minutes after take-off, killing everyone aboard. The airplane crash occurred just after 6:30 a.m., just three minutes after taking off for the city of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, about 250 miles north of Jarkata. The Associated Press reported that one transportation official said the pilot of the Lion Air flight made a “return to base” request about two to three minutes after takeoff, but the aircraft plunged to the sea about 10 minutes later. The airplane reached a ... Read More

Pilots Killed in Greenville, SC Charter Plane Crash Weren’t Properly Certified

A deadly plane crash at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina last month was likely caused, at least in part, by inadequate pilot training and certification, federal investigators found. The Sept. 27 plane crash killed pilot John Christian Caswell, 49, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and his co-pilot, Stephen George Fox, of Indian Rocks, Florida. Two passengers – a wife and husband – were critically injured. Video footage of the accident shows the Dassault Falcon 50 jet landing on runway 19 at GMU before plunging off an embankment at the end of the landing strip. The crash caused the mid-size ... Read More

DEA Airplane Crash-Landed on Texas Road at Rush-Hour

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) airplane crash-landed Wednesday, surprising drivers on Voss Road, near Sugar Land, Texas. Only one of the three passengers on the plane was injured. The unidentified victim was treated and released from a nearby hospital. The plane, a single-engine Cessna, was on a training mission and was scheduled to land at the Sugar Land Regional Airport around 3 p.m. local time. According to a DEA spokesman, the plane suffered a mechanical problem, forcing the pilot into an emergency landing. He was attempting to land on the road when he snagged power lines and struck several cars. ... Read More

No Indemnification for Tom Cruise Movie Producers in Airplane Crash Litigation

Four movie production companies seeking to be released from any potential awards or judgments against them in a body of airplane crash litigation have had their case dismissed by a Georgia federal judge. The production companies, Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Quadrant Pictures and Vendian Entertainment, are embroiled in lawsuits blaming them for a fatal airplane crash on the set of the Tom Cruise movie “American Made.” Judge Michael Brown of Georgia’s Northern District, where the production companies wanted to shift all liability to the maintenance company that maintained the doomed airplane, said the plaintiffs should wait until the lawsuits ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

FedEx Plane Accident Caused By Corrosion, Fatigue, Maintenance Failures

Federal investigators said a FedEx plane accident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in October 2016 was caused by corrosion and fatigue in the landing gear but that the company’s maintenance policies and failures were contributing factors. In its final report of the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the incident stemmed from problems in the FedEx plane’s landing gear, which collapsed when the aircraft landed on the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport. The two-person flight crew aboard the FedEx MD-10-10F wide-body cargo jet reported hearing a bang as the brakes were applied. The plane then yawed to the ... Read More

Pilot Distraction: A Simple Error That Results In Airplane Crashes

Distraction: It’s a word we hear a lot when reading about highway accidents and incidents involving heavy machinery, but distraction is also a major safety issue concerning pilots in the general aviation community. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 247 people were killed in 209 general aviation accidents from October 2016 through September 2017. Loss of control was the No. 1 cause of these deadly airplane crashes. The FAA defines loss of control as an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. Once a pilot loses control of the aircraft, the problem quickly develops into a stall or ... Read More

Recovery of Alaska Tour Plane Crash Victims Too Dangerous to Proceed

Efforts to recover the bodies of five people killed in an Alaska “flightseeing” plane crash earlier this month have been called off, park rangers said, because the operation would exceed an acceptable level of risk to recovery workers. “Due to the unique challenges posed by the steepness of terrain, the crevasse, avalanche hazard and the condition of the aircraft, NPS has determined that recovery of the deceased and/or removal of the aircraft exceed an acceptable level of risk in all three factors and will not be attempted,” the National Park Service said in a news release. The de Havilland Beaver ... Read More

Aeromexico Flight Crashes, 85 Injured

An Embraer E190 airplane owned and operated by Aeromexico crashed shortly after taking off from the General Guadalupe Victoria International Airport in Durango, Mexico, Tuesday, July 31, according to Business Insider. The plane was bound for Mexico City. Although there were no fatalities, 85 of the 103 people on board at the time were injured and taken to a nearby hospital. As of Thursday, 64 of the injured people had been released from the hospital. Those on board included 97 passengers and four crew members. After a brief ascent, passengers recalled hearing a “bang” just before the plane’s left wing ... Read More

Midair Flight School Plane Crash Above Everglades Kills Four

Federal and local authorities are investigating a plane crash involving two Dean International Flight School aircraft that collided midair over the Everglades Tuesday, killing four people. The plane crash involved a Piper PA 34 and a Cessna 172 airplane operated by Dean International out of Miami Executive Airport in West Kendall, according to NBC Miami, Preliminary reports indicate that the plane crash killed two flight instructors and two students, presumably one instructor and one student per plane. Authorities identified the plane crash victims as Jorge Sanchez, 22; Nisha Sejwal, 19; Carlos Alfredo Zanetti Scarpati, 22; and Ralph Knight, 72. Mr. ... Read More