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NBC finds escape slide failures hindered evacuation of Asiana 214 and several other flights

Some of the emergency slides on Asiana flight 214 failed to deploy properly after the airplane crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport July 6, potentially botching evacuation efforts as the airplane burned. An NBC investigation of the matter also found that federal aviation officials have known about problems with the evacuation slides for years but have failed to take any meaningful measures to improve their reliability. Survivors of the Asiana crash told an NBC Bay Area investigative unit that the evacuation efforts took longer than they should have because two of the emergency slides inflated inside the cabin, ... Read More

Texas community mourns family members killed in airplane crash

Hundreds of Southlake, Texas, residents turned up at a school stadium Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil held for four family members killed in a small airplane crash Saturday morning. Dr. Leonard Ledet, 50, a dentist and owner of Ledet Dental, died in the airplane crash with his two sons, 17-year-old Paul and 13-year old Mason, and brother Gregory when the Beechcraft Bonanza airplane he was piloting went down after taking off from a regional airport north of Fort Worth, Texas. The family members were on their way to Mississippi to watch Texas A&M play Ole Miss in Saturday’s football ... Read More

Deadly Reno air crash blamed on worn lock nuts, unsafe plane modifications

A September 2011 airplane crash at a Reno, Nevada, air show that killed 11 people and injured more than 60 others was the result of worn-out and poorly maintained parts that came apart under the pressure of flying the plane at an unprecedented speed, federal investigators concluded this week. According to the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) report, several lock nuts on the airplane’s left trim tab, a section of the tail, had not been replaced in at least 26 years. The weathered nuts failed to keep the tail screws secure, a condition that investigators said may have threatened the ... Read More

Deadly airplane crashes in Southern Utah claim eight lives

A single-engine airplane en route to Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park from a Las Vegas airport crashed in a remote mountainous region Tuesday, killing four people. The crash was the second deadly aviation accident to occur in Southern Utah in less than a week. According to authorities in Kane County Utah, the airplane, registered to Hunt Aviation LLC of Las Vegas, crashed about 3 p.m. A U.S. Air Force rescue coordination center in Florida contacted the Civil Air Patrol in southern Utah after picking up a distress signal from an emergency transmitter beacon emitted by the plane. Hunt Aviation also ... Read More

Investigators sift though charred remains of Arizona plane crash for clues

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash of a twin-engine Rockwell Aero Commander 690A airplane that killed six people last week in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. Among the victims were three children ages 6 to 9 and their father, who had flown from Safford, Arizona, to Mesa to pick the children up for Thanksgiving. Investigators remain hopeful they will discover what caused the fatal crash despite the difficult-to-access mountain-side crash site and a field of charred debris described by one NTSB investigator as “one of the most difficult” he’d ever seen. The victims were ... Read More

NTSB investigates airplane crash in Florida wilderness

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of a plane that crashed in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge near Boynton Beach, Florida, last week, killing the son of a city manager and his cousin. According to Leesburg, Florida’s The Daily Commercial, Ryan Christopher Ruano, 34, the son of Bushnell, Florida’s City Manager Vince Ruano, was at the helm of a single-engine, four-seat Cirrus SR22 airplane when it crashed on Sunday, Nov. 13. Mr. Ruano’s cousin, 23-year-old Sean McLeod, was a passenger on the plane. Mr. Ruano became a pilot when he was 18 and had several years experience ... Read More

Hawaii helicopter crash kills pilot and four passengers

A Blue Hawaiian Helicopter carrying a honeymooning couple from Pennsylvania and two Canadian travelers on a scenic tour crashed into a ridge and exploded on the island of Molokai Thursday afternoon, killing all five people aboard, including the pilot. The helicopter, a Eurocopter EC-130 piloted by Nathan Cline, 30, was taking the passengers on a one-hour aerial tour of West Maui and Moloka’i when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed into a ridge behind Kilohana elementary school. Witnesses reported a storm front moving across the island appeared to have caught the helicopter. Some witnesses reported the helicopter had been making ... Read More

Mechanical problems, plane modifications eyed in Reno air show crash

The violent crash of a 1940s-model airplane near a crowd of spectators at an air show in Reno, Nevada, Friday killed 10 people and injured dozens more. Federal investigators say they are focusing their investigation of the deadly crash on a control-related component that appears to have fallen off the plane just before it spun out of control, and other sources indicate the airplane may have been unsafely modified before the race. The crash occurred when Hollywood stunt pilot and airplane racer pilot Jimmy Leeward, 71, lost control of his P-51 Mustang while racing the plane just a few hundred ... Read More

Plane crash defies aviation odds, devastates family for second time

Aviation experts say that the odds of a person winning the lottery are better than being in two airplane crashes, but that is what happened to Austin Hatch, 16, and his father Dr. Stephen Hatch, a pain specialist, of Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2003, Austin was 8 years old when he and his family were flying home to Fort Wayne from their vacation cabin on Walloon Lake in Michigan’s peninsula. The family plane was making an emergency landing in Uniondale, Indiana, with Austin riding shotgun next to his dad while holding a flashlight on the vertical speed indicator to help ... Read More

FAA fines show companies routinely ignore hazmat shipping regulations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been cracking down on shipments of hazardous materials and has published a notice of civil penalties issued against 11 companies. The FAA issued the fines in response to improperly packaged, marked, classed, described, or labeled hazardous materials. The penalties total $720,000 and range from $54,000 to $91,000. Hazardous cargo that is shipped in violation of federal rules and regulations poses a grave risk of injury and death to anyone in the vicinity of the package. Most of the packages were discovered by shipping company staff, customs officials, and airport personnel because they were leaking. ... Read More