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Helicopter Crash Kills Texas Newlyweds Departing Wedding

U.S. and Texas authorities are investigating a helicopter crash that killed a newlywed couple early Sunday morning after their Saturday wedding. William Troy Byler (“Will”) of Bellville, Texas, and Bailee Ackerman Byler of Orangefield, Texas, were just married when the helicopter in which they left their Oct. 3 wedding reception crashed in northwest Uvalde County, about 100 miles west of San Antonio. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the helicopter crash. Both Will and Bailee were students at Sam Houston State University. Will was an Agricultural Engineering ... Read More

Lion Air Passengers on Previous Night’s Flight Said Plane Flew Erratically

Although investigations have just begun on the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia that killed all 189 people aboard Oct. 29, some evidence has emerged pointing to a possible defect or damage in the newly manufactured Boeing aircraft. Passengers who flew on the same Lion Air flight from Bali to Jakarta the night before the crash said the airplane was flying like a “roller coaster” and that the engine was making an unusual noise throughout the flight, according to CBS News. Reports of the erratic flying are especially concerning because the airplane – a practically brand-new Boeing 737 Max – ... Read More

189 Dead After New Lion Air Boeing Plane Crashes in Indonesia

A Lion Air plane carrying 189 people crashed into the sea north of Jakarta, Indonesia Monday, Oct. 29, just minutes after take-off, killing everyone aboard. The airplane crash occurred just after 6:30 a.m., just three minutes after taking off for the city of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, about 250 miles north of Jarkata. The Associated Press reported that one transportation official said the pilot of the Lion Air flight made a “return to base” request about two to three minutes after takeoff, but the aircraft plunged to the sea about 10 minutes later. The airplane reached a ... Read More

Fatigued Air Canada Pilot Awake 19 Hours Before SFO Near-Miss

An Air Canada pilot had been awake for more than 19 consecutive hours when he nearly landed his airplane on a crowded taxiway at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in July 2017, U.S. investigators said. In its synopsis of a longer report it plans to release in the coming weeks, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) highlighted a number of errors that pilots of the Air Canada Flight 759 made during the flight. Investigators indicated that fatigue likely played a role in the mistakes. The Air Canada flight arrived at SFO from Toronto on July 27, 2017. The plane, carrying ... Read More

14-Year-Old Boy Survives Helicopter Crash in Alaska’s Glacier Bay

Federal investigators, Airbus officials, and others are investigating a helicopter crash in a Southeastern Alaska bay that killed at least one person and critically injured a 14-year-old boy. Two other occupants of the helicopter were still missing as of Tuesday. Alaska’s KTOO Public Media reports that Coast Guard rescuers located 14-year-old Aiden Pepperd near the helicopter crash site in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, about 120 miles northwest of Juneau. The boy had broken ribs and other internal injuries but was pulled from the icy water and flown to a hospital in Sitka for treatment, where he remains in intensive ... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Safety Bill Moves to U.S. Senate for Vote

A bill that would require commercial hot air balloon pilots to undergo medical exams in much the same way other commercial aviators do cleared the House and landed in the U.S. Senate for approval. The proposed bill comes two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 15 passengers and the pilot in Lockhart, Texas. Federal investigators discovered that the pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols had a history of medical conditions including depression, chronic pain, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before the July 30, 2016, hot air balloon crash, Mr. Nichols took a slew of prescription drugs, ... Read More

Air Niugini Plane Crash Lands in Micronesia Lagoon

An Air Niugini passenger jet landed in a shallow lagoon by the Micronesian island of Chuuk Friday morning, injuring seven people, including one in critical but stable condition. Air Niugini is the national air carrier of Papua, New Guinea that offers mostly domestic routes and some routes in Asia and the Pacific islands. The flight that crash landed, identified as PX 073, was carrying 47 people — 35 passengers and 12 crew members. According to the BBC, the Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 plane took off from the island of Pohnpei, another island in the Federated States of Micronesia archipelago, about ... Read More

Delta Plane Blows Tires On Emergency Landing at JFK

A Delta Air Lines jet that departed New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening for Paris, France, made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after turning around amid a system failure. Delta Flight 20 was in the air for about an hour and a half before it experienced a hydraulic failure – a potentially critical error that can diminish an aircraft’s ability to fly. Officials investigating the failure did not say how severe the hydraulic failure was, but it caused the Delta airplane to slam onto the runway at JFK and blow ... Read More

Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More