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Preliminary report on fatal air ambulance accident offers few clues

A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explains the events that led up to the Jan. 29 crash of the Survival Flight medical helicopter in southeast Ohio, but what caused the accident remains a mystery. Pilot Jennifer Topper and flight nurses Bradley Haynes and Rachel Cunningham were killed when the aircraft went down about 15 minutes into the flight. The single-engine, turbine-powered, Bell 407 helicopter was registered to and operated by Viking Aviation LLC, doing business as Survival Flight Inc., as a helicopter air ambulance. According to the report, “visual meteorological conditions existed at the departure location, ... Read More

Boeing denied new trial over PTSD claims from harrowing flight

A Massachusetts federal judge nixed Boeing’s request for a retrial in a case involving a woman who won a $2.2 million verdict against the company, finding it was clear from expert testimony that the woman suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder following a nail-biting flight in 2010. Adriana Guzman, a resident of Costa Rica, had flown aboard a Boeing aircraft in 2010 from Miami to Boston along with about 155 other passengers and crew, when at 32,000 feet in the air, an explosion-like noise erupted from the plane. An 18-inch-by-7-inch hole had torn through the 757’s fuselage, ... Read More

22 accidents were not investigated by NTSB during shutdown

Twenty-two accidents, including 15 aviation accidents with 21 deaths, railroad accidents with two deaths, two highway accidents with seven deaths, and three marine accidents went uninvestigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) during the 35-day-long partial government shutdown, and there’s a chance not all will get their due diligence, according to the NTSB. The NTSB is an independent U.S. government investigative agency that is charged with investigating aviation accidents and incidents, certain types of highway crashes, ship and marine accidents, pipeline incidents and railroad accidents to determine probable cause and issue safety recommendations as needed. During the government shutdown, ... Read More

Government shutdown puts fatal plane crash investigation on hold

An initial investigation into a plane crash that killed two Apple Creek, Ohio, men this week found that engine issues may have caused the crash, but the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), generally tasked with investigating and determining the probable cause of civil aviation accidents in the U.S., won’t be able to investigate the incident until the partial government shutdown is over and the agency’s investigators return to work. The accident, which occurred Jan. 21, involved a 32-seat, two-engine 1942 Douglas DC-3 cargo plane. Both the pilot, Brian L. Stoltzfus, and co-pilot, Curtis R. Wilkerson, died in the crash shortly ... Read More

Worker decapitated by helicopter blade

A man working to jumpstart a helicopter at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport in Florida, “died almost immediately,” after being struck in the head by the helicopter’s spinning blade, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. The accident occurred around 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 10. Salvatore Disi, 62, and another man were working near the hangars of the airport to jumpstart a 1993 Bell 230 twin-engine light helicopter, when unexpectedly the spinning rotor blades of the aircraft “suddenly jerked up and then came down.” The blades struck Disi in the head, decapitating him. Fire and rescue workers were initially called ... Read More

2018 one of safest years in aviation despite 556 fatalities

The year 2017 was the safest in aviation history with 44 people killed in 10 plane crashes. On the surface it seems 2018 was staggeringly worse, with 556 people killed in 15 fatal accidents, according to the Aviation Safety Network (ASN). However, despite the grim statistics, ASN says 2018 is still one of the safest years for commercial aviation on record, with a rate of about one fatality for every three million flights. Of the aviation accidents reported in 2017 and 2018, 12 involved passenger flights and three involved cargo flights. Three of the planes were operated by airlines that ... Read More

Lion Air co-pilot’s family sues Boeing over ‘avoidable tragedy’

The family of the co-pilot of Lion Air Flight 610 that plunged into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands in October killing all 189 people on board, is suing Boeing in Illinois state court. The lawsuit alleges the Boeing 737 Max 8’s sensors were defective and caused the plane to crash, according to Law360. The plane was new and had been delivered to Lion Air in Indonesia in August. On Oct. 29, 2018, not long before takeoff, the pilot radioed air control and requested permission to return to the airport because he was having difficulty controlling the aircraft. Ten ... Read More

Government shutdown complicates aviation accident investigation

An investigation into a plane crash on the American River near Discovery Park in Sacramento, California, that injured two people, is hitting roadblocks because of the government shutdown. When a plane crash occurs in a river, it would typically be handled by the Coast Guard. But Sacramento County’s Regional Parks Department is handling the investigation and evidence-gathering because, due to the shutdown, both the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates the cause of accidents, are unavailable. “We do not frequently have plane crashes into the river, so it is outside the norm most definitely, Sacramento ... Read More

Accomplished pilot, CEO killed in single-engine plane crash

Wei Chen was an accomplished pilot who in 2011 had flown around the world in a single-engine plane, later writing a book about his experience, “Around The World in 69 Days: What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?” But on Dec. 21, the founder and CEO of Sunshine Enterprise Inc., took off in a Cessna 560 from Fulton County Airport-Brown Field in Atlanta, bound for Memphis, Tennessee, along with three other people including top-level executives from his company and Wei Chen’s brother and best friend John Chen, when about a mile into the flight ... Read More

Lawsuit alleges FAA was negligent in 2016 crash that killed 3

A lawsuit has been filed against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over a 2016 plane crash that took the lives of three people, including an 8-year-old boy, Action News Jax reported. On Dec. 26, 2016, a plane piloted by David Starling took off from Keystone Heights, Florida. Also aboard was Starling’s 8-year-old, son Hunter Starling; and David Starling’s girlfriend, Kim Smith. The plane entered a cloud layer with low visibility and crashed into the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. All three people aboard were killed. Hunter’s mother, Tabitha Starling, and Kim Smith’s son, Joshua Garrett Smith, filed a lawsuit against the ... Read More