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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

E-Cigarette Fire Breaks Out on American Airlines Flight

An e-cigarette explosion caused a fire aboard an American Airlines flight last week, causing a stir among the passengers and crew but no injuries. Fortunately, American Airlines Flight 168 had just landed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the e-cigarette burst into flames Friday, Jan. 4, about 9 p.m. Flight attendants aboard the flight, which originated in Las Vegas, stamped out the fire. None of the 138 passengers and six crew were injured and the plane taxied to the gate after the fire was extinguished. “Our crews are trained on fighting high energy battery fires,” American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott ... Read More

NTSB: Medical Plane Broke Apart in Mid-Air

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash of a medical airplane that broke apart in mid-air last month, killing three emergency responders near Bismarck, North Dakota. On Nov. 18, pilot Todd Lasky, 48, nurse Bonnie Cook, 63, and paramedic Chris Iverson, 47, were aboard a Cessna 441 operated by Bismarck Air Medical. The plane was headed to Williston, North Dakota, from Bismarck to pick up a patient when it crashed around 10:40 p.m. The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have not determined why the plane broke apart after it reached an altitude of about 14,000 feet, ... Read More

Engine Trouble Forces Norwegian Air Emergency Landing in Iran

A Norwegian Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 on its way from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Oslo, Norway experienced a technical malfunction Friday that forced it to make an emergency landing in Southern Iran. The Norwegian Air plane, carrying 189 passengers and crew, experienced engine trouble about 20 minutes after departure and started an emergency descent from an altitude of 32,000 feet over southern Iran. The plane landed safely at Shiraz International Airport and there were no injuries, but the passengers and crew had to remain overnight near the airport while Norwegian Air sent a relief Boeing 737-800 plane to ... Read More

Smoldering E-Cigarette Triggers Boston Logan Airport Evacuation

A lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette overheated inside a checked bag at Boston Logan International Airport, prompting an evacuation of a section of the busy airport and reminders from federal security agents that the batteries are prohibited in checked luggage. The smoldering e-cigarette battery was discovered on a busy Saturday morning after Thanksgiving when smoke began pouring from a suitcase inside the baggage screening room. According to NBC 10 Boston, the smoldering bag was discovered moments before it was loaded onto an airplane. Transportation Security Agents evacuated the baggage screening area and called in Massport Fire & Rescue and a ... Read More

Automation Glitches, Pilot Error Contributed to Lion Air Crash

If preliminary findings of the Lion Air plane crash investigation bear out, the same automated technology that has made flying safer in recent years may be responsible for a growing share of plane crashes that do occur. Investigators involved in the probe of Lion Air flight 610, which crashed in the Java Sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia Oct. 29, found that the pilots faced a confusing “cacophony of warnings that started seconds after takeoff and continued for the remaining 11 minutes before the crash,” according to Bloomberg. When Boeing was designing its latest version of the 737 – ... Read More

Bodies Recovered From Helicopter Crash in Alabama Lake

The pilot of a Columbus, Georgia law enforcement helicopter that crashed into an Alabama lake Friday, Nov. 16 was identified as David Hall, a recently retired Columbus Police Department officer and part-time reserve pilot. Mr. Hall, 53, and an unidentified passenger, were killed when the Columbus Metro Narcotics Task Force helicopter they were flying in crashed in Lake Mitchell, a section of the Coosa River in Chilton County, Alabama. Authorities said Mr. Hall and the passenger were on their way to Clanton, Alabama, from Columbus, to swap the Bell OH-58 helicopter for another helicopter that had already undergone routine maintenance ... Read More

Lion Air Plane Crash Prompts Boeing to Issue Safety Bulletin

Prompted by the crash of a Lion Air 737 Max 8 jet in Indonesia last month, Boeing has issued a safety advisory to pilots on how to handle faulty readings from a key flight-control sensor. “The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has indicated that Lion Air Flight 610 experienced erroneous input from one of its AOA (Angle of Attack) sensors,” Boeing said in the statement. A misreading in the sensor can cause the plane to dive suddenly and confuse pilots. All 189 people aboard Lion Air Flight 610 from Jakarta to the island of Bangka died when the plane crashed ... Read More

NY Helicopter Crash Kills Two Workers, Injures Two

Federal investigators are looking into a helicopter crash that killed two utility workers and injured two others in upstate New York last week during a routine inspection. The helicopter crash occurred Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Beekmantown, New York, just a few miles south of the Canadian border while a crew working for Northline Utilities was conducting an aerial inspection of power lines in the area. According to CBS News, the Aerospatiale AS355F2 helicopter became caught in some power lines about 40 feet above the ground, triggering electrical shorts and explosions. All four men jumped from the burning helicopter, plunging about ... Read More

Was the Lion Air Plane Crash Caused by a Faulty Instrument?

Investigators revealed more information about the “technical problem” a Lion Air jet experienced on other flights before it crashed in Indonesia Oct. 29, killing all 189 people aboard. Indonesian government officials said in an emotional news conference Nov. 5 that the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet had been experiencing problems with is airspeed indicator on the doomed flight and that the instrument had malfunctioned on the three flights preceding the Oct. 29 crash. Those previous Lion Air flights landed safely but passengers on a flight from Bali to Jakarta, which landed just hours before the flight that crashed, ... Read More