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Black box data reveals pilots struggled to keep jet from going into nosedive

Pilots of the Boeing 737 that crashed into the Java Sea in October fought relentlessly almost from the moment the plane took off to keep the plane from taking a nosedive, but apparently the automatic system was receiving incorrect sensor readings and as a result repeatedly forced the nose down, according to a preliminary report of the plane’s black box data recorder. More than two dozen times during the 11-minute flight, pilots of the ill-fated Lion Air Flight 610 were able to force the nose of the plane back until they finally lost control, causing the plane to plummet into the ... Read More

Gyrocopter crash into retirement community kills two

Two people died and another was injured after an experimental gyrocopter crashed into a retirement community in Highlands County, Florida, and exploded. Pilot Christopher Lord, 45, and passenger Christopher Brugger, 52, took off Oct. 30 from Sebring Regional Airport and were headed to an airport in Manatee County when a witness said the aircraft appeared to be in distress before it clipped a power line and crashed into a mobile home in the Sebring Falls Retirement Subdivision. No one was in the motor home at the time of the crash, but a man working on a home next door suffered ... Read More

Many factors increase odds of surviving a plane crash

Watching video of the airplane crash in Mexico’s Durango state, it’s hard to believe that all 103 passengers survived. Most were injured, but some literally walked away from the wreckage with only minor injuries. (News reports say that crash was caused when both the plane’s engines went out.) It may sound like a miracle, but according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), surviving a plane crash is not that rare. More than 95 percent of aircraft occupants survived accidents in the U.S. from 1983 to 1999, including 55 percent in the most serious crashes. According to a 1996 study ... Read More

Crop dusting accident claims life of volunteer fire chief

Wheatley, Arkansas, Volunteer Fire Chief Chad Mclain was killed earlier this month in a crop duster crash in St. Francis County about 70 miles east of Little Rock, the Wheatley Fire Service reported. The plane went down the morning of July 11 in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is supporting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the investigation. Chief Mclain, 42, had been a member of the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994, and was a local farmer and agriculture pilot for Chism Flying Service. His plane was spotted going ... Read More

Second crop duster crash in OK reported in less than a month

A man died when the crop duster he was flying struck a radio tower, sending his aircraft into a field just north of Enid. State and federal agencies are investigating the crash, which is eerily similar to another crop dusting accident that occurred in the area just last month. Rodney Sherry, 52, was working for Deterding Aerial Spray based in Pond Creek, Oklahoma. The plane he was flying was owned by Jim Deterding. In late May, Deterding’s brother Andrew Deterding was killed when the crop duster he was piloting for another company struck a radio tower. The radio tower that ... Read More

Air Canada Near-Disaster at SFO Closer Than First Reported

Preliminary investigations of an Air Canada flight that nearly landed on a crowded taxiway at San Francisco International Airport July 7 show the plane came closer than originally thought to causing what probably would have been the worst aviation disaster in history. According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators, Air Canada Flight 759 from Toronto descended to less than 100 feet above Taxiway C, where four airplanes were lined up for takeoff. At its lowest point, the Air Canada plane, with 140 people aboard, was just 26 feet above the tail of United Airlines flight 863 bound for Sydney ... Read More

Medical Transport Airplane Crash In Northern California Kills Four

Federal investigators arrived at the scene of a medical transport airplane crash that occurred early Friday morning in wooded area near McKinleyville, Calif., killing all four people aboard. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) public information officer Eric Weiss said that investigators started collecting evidence at the crash site Sunday and will release a preliminary report in seven to ten business days. The Piper Cheyenne airplane was owned and operated by Cal-Ore Life Flight, a unit of Reach Air Medical Services. The aircraft was flying from Jack McNamara Field at Crescent City Airport to Oakland International Airport. According to the Federal ... Read More

NTSB: Failure To De-Ice Caused Deadly Maryland Airplane Crash That Killed Six

Pilot error was the root cause of a horrific 2014 airplane crash in Gaithersburg, Md., that killed six people, including a mother and her two young sons on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the pilot of the airplane, Dr. Michael Rosenberg, who was the president and CEO of Durham, N.C.-based Health Decisions, failed to de-ice the airplane on its approach to Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg. An accumulation of ice on the wings caused the airplane to stall and it was flying too low at that point to recover, the NTSB said. “The pilot did not use the ... Read More

Engine failure results in small plane’s emergency landing on Bronx’s Major Deegan Expressway

Saturday afternoon, an apparent engine malfunction caused a small plane from Danbury, Conn., to make an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, N.Y. Formally registered to Michael Schwartz of New York, the four-seat, single-engine 1966 Piper PA plane was returning its three passengers from a tour of the Statute of Liberty when problems occurred. Air traffic control audio revealed that the engine had lost power while in flight, initiating the pilot’s emergency landing. Miguel Lopez, a supervisor with the Department of Transportation, said, “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, when the plane hit the ground it ... Read More

Former Sooners star QB killed in small plane crash in Indiana neighborhood

Residents of a northern Indiana neighborhood were shocked Sunday afternoon when a Beechcraft Premier I twin-jet plane clipped a house and crashed into two others. Today the community was stunned to learn one of the plane’s passengers who died in the crash was Steve Davis, who played quarterback at the University of Oklahoma when the school won back-to-back National Championship titles in 1974 and 1975. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Davis was one of two people killed in the plane crash. The other man killed was Wesley Caves, who owned the plane. He has a pilot’s ... Read More