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Ethiopian Airlines Jet Experienced Problems Similar to Lion Air Flight

The Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed March 10 began experiencing harrowing problems within a minute of takeoff from Addis Ababa, entering into dangerous flight patterns that were similar to those experienced by the Lion Air flight that crashed five months earlier in Indonesia. Citing information shared by an unidentified source involved in the investigation, the New York Times reported that upon takeoff, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 accelerated to dangerous speeds before oscillating up and down by hundreds of feet. The motions of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft suggest its autopilot system repeatedly entered anti-stall maneuvers that the pilots couldn’t ... Read More

All Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Grounded Worldwide Over Safety Concerns

Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes are now grounded in the United States and the rest of the world over concerns the aircraft may be unsafe to fly after the deadly March 10 crash of Ethiopia Airlines flight 302, the second deadly crash involving that plane model in five months. Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that the 737 Max 8 planes in U.S. airspace would be allowed to continue to their destinations and then be grounded until further notice. The decision to ground the planes reversed the position that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had taken just hours earlier, insisting there were ... Read More

U.S. Bars Lithium-Ion Battery Cargo from Passenger Planes

Lithium-ion batteries may no longer be transported as cargo on passenger airplanes under a final rule issued by federal regulators at the end of February. Seeking ways to reduce the threat of lithium-ion fires and explosions aboard commercial aircraft, Congress last year directed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revise regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials. The new rule also issues restrictions for the transportation of lithium-ion batteries on cargo planes, prohibiting any lithium-ion cells and batteries to be charged above 30 percent of their capacity. “This rule will strengthen ... Read More

Several Nations Ground Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash

Aviation authorities in several countries are grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 airplanes pending the results of investigations and remedial measures after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed Sunday, killing all 157 people aboard. The plane was the second new Boeing 737 Max 8 jet to crash in less than six months. Ethiopia’s civil aviation authorities initially took a “wait and see” stance following the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 but decided to ground all 737 Max 8 planes in the country after China announced it was suspending all flights of that Boeing model. “There were certain similarities in ... Read More

Suspected Cargo Fire Forces Air Transat Emergency Landing

An Air Transat flight from Montreal, Canada, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made an emergency landing at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport because of a possible fire in the airplane’s cargo hold. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that firefighters met Air Transat Flight 942 on the runway and passengers were evacuated by emergency slides after the plane diverted to Newark Saturday morning around 8:30. #FAA statement regarding Air Transat Flight 942. pic.twitter.com/1umh1hmCrU — The FAA (@FAANews) March 9, 2019 Some of the 189 passengers and six crew members aboard the Boeing 737 suffered minor injuries, according to the Associated ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Could Signal More Trouble for Boeing

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed just minutes after takeoff Sunday morning, killing all 157 people on board, including eight Americans. Flight ET302 departed from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at 8:38 a.m. local time. The plane was headed to Nairobi, Kenya, when it lost contact with air controllers six minutes later. The Ethiopian Airlines jet was a new Boeing 737 Max 8 – the same type of plane that crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. According to The New York Times, the Ethiopian Airlines plane took off in good weather with clear visibility, but ... Read More

Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More

Airplane Crashes Into SoCal Super Bowl Party, Killing Five People

A Sunday evening Super Bowl party turned into a horrific tragedy when a private airplane broke apart in the air, scattering flaming debris over a Yorba Linda, California neighborhood and triggering a house fire that killed four people in addition to the airplane’s pilot. The main cabin and one engine of the twin-engine Cessna airplane crashed through the roof of the suburban Yorba Linda home and burst into flames that immediately enveloped the house. The people inside the home were only identified as two males and two females as of Monday afternoon. The pilot and sole occupant of the 1981 ... Read More

E-Cigarette Batteries Blamed for Two Canadian Airplane Incidents

E-cigarette batteries were the cause of two recent fires involving Canadian airliners, including one in-flight fire in the cargo hold of a passenger jet. Canadian authorities said the latest fire occurred in Cancun, Mexico, on Jan. 12 as baggage was being loaded onto Air Transat flight 443. According to FlightGobal, a preliminary aviation incident report by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said that “brown smoke could be seen coming” from one piece of luggage being loaded onto the Vancouver-bound Airbus A321. The report stated that the smoking suitcase was removed from the gate area and doused with a ... Read More

Lithium-ion Batteries Ignite on China Southern Flight

A lithium-ion battery fire that forced a China Southern Airlines plane to make an emergency landing in Malaysia Dec. 23 underscores the risks that the powerful, rechargeable batteries pose to commercial aviation. The aviation news website Simple Flying reported that China Southern Airlines Flight CZ396 had just taken off from Penang, Malaysia bound for its hub In Guangzhou, China, when a passenger’s battery pack exploded in an overhead compartment. The plane, an Airbus A321, radioed for help and turned back to Penang as cabin crew fought to extinguish the fire. Simple Flying reports that the crew managed to get the ... Read More