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Crash of Alaska Fishing Lodge Float Plane Kills Three

A float plane carrying guests of a fishing lodge and guides crashed near a lake in southwest Alaska Tuesday morning, killing three and injuring up to seven others. The three people killed are all visitors from out of state, Alaska State Troopers reported. Their identities will not be disclosed until authorities have been able to notify their families. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records show that the de Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter airplane belonged to the Rainbow King Lodge in Iliamna, Alaska, about 175 miles southwest of Anchorage. KTUU Channel 2 said its attempts to contact the California-based owner of the lodge were ... Read More

Woman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Deadly Midair Collision

A California woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pilots of two airplanes that collided midair near San Diego August 16, killing her husband, both pilots, and two others. Sofia Palos told KGTV San Diego’s Team 10 that her husband, Carlos Palos, 40, was a confident flyer who flew frequently for work. He shot a video of himself on his cell phone during the flight and Mrs. Palos said she holds that last image of him close, KGTV reported. Mr. Palos was aboard a twin-engine Sabreliner jet leased by BAE Systems, an aerospace and defense company, when it ... Read More

Airbus Exec, Wife Recovering After Fiery Airplane Crash In Everglades

A Florida couple is recovering in the hospital after surviving a fiery airplane crash in the Everglades Sunday morning. Ken McKenzie, a former pilot for the Canadian Armed Forces and the former Chief Operating Officer for Spirit Airlines, was piloting a Lancair IV-P he and his wife Sonia purchased in the spring. They were headed north from Fort Lauderdale to visit their daughter in Virginia when they began to experience engine trouble shortly after takeoff. Mr. McKenzie, who is now an executive with Airbus, told authorities that there was an oil pressure problem in the engine. At some point the ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges airplane defects caused crash that killed three Kansas doctors

The family of two Kansas physicians killed when their airplane crashed in Palos Hills, Ill., last October has filed a lawsuit against the plane’s manufacturer, alleging the crash was a result of airplane defects. The complaint alleges the aircraft was “negligently designed, manufactured, and assembled.” The Beechcraft Baron was headed to Topeka, Kan., when it crashed Oct. 12, 2014 about five minutes after taking off from Chicago Midway International Airport. The airplane’s three occupants, neurosurgeon Tausif Ur Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, an interventional cardiologist, died on impact. All three doctors were originally from Pakistan. ... Read More

Asiana crash passengers sue Boeing for alleged autopilot flaw

A couple of passengers injured in the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport last summer have filed a new lawsuit in connection with the disaster, seeking compensation and damages from Boeing, the airplane’s manufacturer. The lawsuit, filed in July in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, underscores an alleged flaw in the Boeing 777’s control system that plaintiffs say contributed to the crash, which killed three passengers and injured 108 others. According to the complaint, Flight 214’s pilots were thrown off by 777’s automatic pilot system, which allegedly contains a glitch known as an “FLCH” ... Read More

Fiery plane crash into home kills Tennessee doctor and family in Massachusetts

A Knoxville, Tenn., physician, his wife, and their teenage daughter were killed Sunday evening when their private airplane crashed into the back of a Plainville, Mass., home Sunday evening. Investigators believe Dr.  Richard Kalister, the directing emergency room physician at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tenn., was piloting the Beechcraft BE36 airplane that he reportedly co-owned with another doctor. Dr. Kalister was flying to Norwood, Mass., in the Boston area from Lancaster, Penn., with his wife Betty and their daughter Nicole, who was starting her freshman year of college at Northeastern University. According to police and witnesses, the Kalister’s ... Read More

Alaska “flightseeing” plane crash kills 8 cruise ship passengers, pilot

KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Eight Holland America cruise ship passengers and their pilot were killed in a plane crash Thursday afternoon during an Alaskan fjord excursion when the DHC-3 Otter floatplane crashed into the side of a cliff. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which is investigating the crash, said that the plane crashed in “an area of steep, mountainous terrain about 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan,” part of Misty Fjords National Monument. The pilot of another Ketchikan-based charter and sightseeing airplane company first spotted the crash on a granite rock face about 800 feet above Ella Lake, Alaska state troopers ... Read More

Oscar-winning composer James Horner killed in plane crash

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Authorities continue to investigate a fiery single-engine airplane crash that killed two-time Oscar-winning music composer James Horner Monday morning. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department received an emergency call shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday reporting the crash in a remote area of Los Padres National Forest, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara on the border of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The crash set off a one-acre brush fire that spread to two acres by the time Ventura County fire crews extinguished the flames. According to NBC, Mr. Horner’s body had been burned beyond recognition. ... Read More

Airplane crash near San Antonio kills family of four

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities arrived in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday to investigate an airplane crash that killed a family of four Saturday afternoon. Initial reports say a single-engine Piper PA-24 took off from Kestrel Airpark, a residential community in Spring Branch, Texas, that includes a 3,000-foot runway, just north of San Antonio. But just after takeoff the airplane plunged into the parking lot of Strutty’s Feed Store on Highway 281 North in Spring Branch and burst into flames. Witnesses began calling 911 to report the crash just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday. All four people ... Read More

Plane crash on Atlanta highway kills four people

An airplane carrying four people and a dog reportedly on their way to an Ole Miss graduation crashed on the eastbound lanes of Interstate-285 in Atlanta Friday morning, killing all aboard. Several witnesses on the interstate and nearby saw the plane crash into the highway, exploding in a ball of fire and smoke. The airplane narrowly missed striking other motorists, and at least one vehicle, a tractor trailer, managed to avoid striking the downed airplane. “It’s literally a miracle that no other cars were hit or severely impacted,” DeKalb County fire Capt. Eric Jackson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Channel 2 ... Read More