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Former UAB basketball player among 7 killed in Illinois plane crash

Federal authorities investigating the deadly plane crash involving a private airplane near Bloomington, Ill., April 7 have not yet determined the cause, but say the plane dropped off the radar in while preparing to land in dense fog. The crash killed all seven men aboard, including former University of Alabama basketball player Torrey Ward, who was serving as Illinois State University associate head basketball coach. The twin-engine Cessna 414 was heading back to Illinois from Indianapolis, where the seven friends had gone to see the final NCAA basketball game Monday night. Along with Mr. Ward, 36, the other men who died ... Read More

Lawsuit faults defective electrical systems for airplane crash

TULSA, Okla. — A defective electrical distribution system and faulty wiring are to blame for a 2013 airplane crash that killed a former University of Oklahoma quarterback and his friend, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed this week. The lawsuit, filed Monday in a Tulsa, Okla., federal court, seeks unspecified damages from the plane’s manufacturer, Beechcraft Corp., and Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support LLC, which repaired, maintained, and warranted the Hawker Beechcraft model 390 twin-engine jet. Former OU quarterback Steve Davis, 60, and his friend Wes Caves, 58, died March 17, 2014 after the airplane lost power during flight ... Read More

NTSB: Wrong fuel likely caused deadly Spokane airplane crash

Federal investigators probing the February airplane crash in downtown Spokane, Wash., that killed a Canadian man said a Spokane airport fuel concessionaire filled the plane with the wrong kind of fuel during a refueling stop, causing the engine to fail. Pilot Michael Clements was killed shortly after taking off from Spokane’s Felts Field in a single-Engine Piper Mirage. He crashed into railroad tracks in downtown Spokane near the Hamilton Street Bridge and died at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center on Feb. 24, two days after the crash. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said in its preliminary report of the ... Read More

Asiana settles personal injury claims with 72 passengers injured on Flight 214

Asiana Airlines has reached a settlement with more than 70 of the passengers who were injured on flight 214 when it crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in 2013. Lawyers representing 72 passengers with personal injury complaints against the Korean airline company said in a Tuesday court filing that the cases were resolved in an agreement that remains confidential. The plaintiffs were among more than 180 passengers and crew members injured when the Boeing 777 made a poor approach to SFO on July 6, 2013, and struck a seawall, sending the aircraft into a fiery tumble on ... Read More

Investigators to meet with 7-year-old sole survivor of Kentucky airplane crash

Federal air crash investigators planned to meet with a 7-year-old girl who was the sole survivor of an airplane crash that killed her parents, sister, and a cousin in Kentucky late Friday night, hoping to find more clues about went wrong. Sailor Gutzler told authorities she thought her family was dead but hoped they were just sleeping after she freed herself from the wreckage and walked nearly a mile through dense woods at night to find help. Sailor had been flying home to Nashville, Ill., with her father, Marty Gutzler, 48, mother Kimberly Gutzler, 46, sister Piper Gutzler, 9, and cousin ... Read More

No evidence of engine trouble found in Maryland airplane crash

A preliminary investigation of the Maryland airplane crash that killed six people Monday morning in Gaithersburg found no evidence of engine trouble aboard the private jet, nor was there any indication that birds passed through the engine as some earlier reports speculated. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator Robert Sumwalt said in a press conference that the airplane, a 2009 Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet registered to Sage Aviation of Chapel Hill, N.C., slowed to a near-stall in the moments before plummeting to the ground. Data from the airplane’s “black box” showed that an aerodynamic stall warning sounded 20 minutes before the plane hit a ... Read More

Small jet crashes into suburban DC house, killing at least three

Three people are dead and three remain unaccounted for after a small jet crashed into a home in Gaithersburg, Md., Monday morning. Montgomery County Fire Chief Steven Lohr told reporters that three people aboard the airplane were killed in the crash, while three in the house that was hit, reportedly a mother and her two young children, remain unaccounted for. Investigators are trying to determine whether there was a fourth person aboard the downed airplane. The 10-seat corporate jet was a 2009 Embraer EMB-500/Phenom 100 twin-engine jet registered to Sage Aviation of Chapel Hill, N.C. The airplane was on approach ... Read More

NTSB investigating Chicago area plane crash that killed three physicians

Three Kansas hospital physicians were killed in a plane crash Sunday Oct. 12 when their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed in a vacant lot in a densely populated Chicago suburb. The victims were identified as neurosurgeon Tausif Rehman, pulmonologist Ali A. Kanchwala, and Dr. Kanchwala’s wife Maria Javaid, a cardiologist. Drs. Rehman and Kanchwala worked for Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, Kansas, and Dr. Javaid worked for Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. No other casualties or injuries were reported. The airplane carrying the three physicians, all of whom were originally from Pakistan, crashed in the Palos Hills community about five minutes ... Read More

Last unresolved lawsuit from Continental Flight 3407 crash headed to trial

One wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York, has not been resolved, and the case appears to be headed to trial in the coming months. Flight 3407 crashed on Feb. 12, 2009, as the twin-turbo prop airplane was making its final approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The crash killed all 49 people aboard the airplane and one person on the ground — 61-year-old Doug Wielinski, who was at home with his wife and daughter when the airplane hit his house. It’s the Wielinski family’s lawsuit that remains unresolved out ... Read More

Santa Monica airplane crash investigation to be shelved during government shutdown

The U.S. government shutdown has forced federal investigators to suspend their probe of an airplane crash in Santa Monica, Calif., that killed four people Sept. 29. The nation’s safety regulators and investigators are stopping work on accidents they deem noncritical and responding only to the most serious cases, sometimes without pay, as partisan political issues on Capitol Hill prevent a budget from being passed. Working without a public affairs staff, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) communications director Thomas Zoeller told POLITICO that the Board has to be more selective in the cases it chooses to investigate. For instance, Mr. Zoeller ... Read More