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Tragic Week for US Military Aviation

It has been a tragic week for aviation in the U.S. military. In only two days, four unrelated aviation “mishaps” claimed the lives of four U.S. Marines and an Air Force pilot, and damaged or destroyed four military aircraft. On Tuesday, a Marine AV-8B Harrier attack jet crashed during take-off from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash. During take-off, the jet’s nose rose too quickly, forcing the pilot to lose control of the jet. The aircraft was taking part in a two-week Alligator Dagger exercise. The exercise was cancelled following a second crash in ... 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

F-16 Loaded With Ammunition Catches Fire, Pilot Ejects Safely

An F-16 fighter jet armed with ammunition forced its pilot to eject when it burst into flames Wednesday, KPRC/NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas reports. The U.S. Air National Guard’s fighter jet was from the 138th Fighter Wing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was taking off from Houston’s Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base for a training flight the Houston Press confirmed. The pilot, who was conducting the training flight for North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, escaped unharmed and was evaluated at a nearby hospital. The crash occurred at 10:30 a.m. local time. An area within about a mile radius surrounding ... Read More

No Ballooning industry Regulations In Sight Months After Deadly Texas Crash

After the tragic crash of a hot air balloon that killed 16 people near Lockhart, Texas, July 30, safety experts across the country expected the deadly disaster would finally result in better ballooning industry regulations. Nearly eight months later, however, there are no improvements in sight. The Lockhart balloon crash provides a stark contrast to the way federal authorities responded to the most deadly aviation crash prior to the Lockhart incident – the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 that stalled and crashed near Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 12, 2009, killing 50 people. That crash triggered an investigative and ... Read More

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Deadly Kauai Skydiving Airplane Crash

Federal investigators have released a preliminary report on an airplane crash that killed five men shortly after takeoff on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, May 23. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have spoken with multiple witnesses who reported that the Cessna 182H “made a sudden right turn, descended, and impacted with (the ground),” where it became engulfed in fire. The airplane, which was registered to D&J Air Adventures, was about 150 feet above ground when it suddenly banked and descended, the NTSB said. The wreckage was taken to a facility on the island for further analysis. Records show ... Read More

Five Dead In Hawaii Skydiving Airplane Crash

A fiery airplane crash on the island of Kauai killed five people on a skydiving tour flight Monday morning, shortly after taking off from an airport on the island’s south side. The single-engine Cessna 182H was registered to D&J Air Adventures, which was operating tandem skydiving jumps under the name SkyDive Kauai, which operates a business at Kauai’s Port Allen Airport. Kauai authorities said four people were pronounced dead at the crash site and one was taken to Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue where he was declared dead. The Associated Press reported that the victims were the airplane’s pilot, two ... Read More

Flight School Plane Crashes In South Florida Neighborhood, Three suffer burn injuries

POMPANO BEACH, Florida — A twin-engine airplane used to train student pilots crashed into a suburban Pompano Beach, Fla., neighborhood Monday, severely injuring a flight instructor and two international students. Officials cordoned off a section of five homes in the Harbor Village neighborhood of Pompano Beach that made up the debris field. A Beechcraft 76 registered to Florida Aviation Academy had just taken off when it sputtered downward and clipped a home before crashing and exploding in a back yard. The pilot, Geoffrey White, 40, and his two passengers Sylvia Mena, 23, of Ecuador, and Fernando Diaz, 25, of Peru, all ... Read More

Australian Takes Lufthansa To Court In U.S. Over Germanwings Crash

An Australian man whose wife and son were among the 150 passengers and crew killed when a suicidal pilot crashed a Germanwings airplane into the French Alps a year ago is suing Lufthansa’s U.S.-based flight school alleging it knew the pilot was mentally ill but failed to stop him from becoming a licensed pilot. David Friday told Australia’s Fairfax Media that Germanwings’ parent company Lufthansa knew about but negligently hid pilot Andreas Lubitz’s history of serious mental illness and thus failed to stop him from becoming a licensed pilot of passenger jets. As a result, 150 people, including Mr. Friday’s ... 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

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