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NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Has Missing Fan Blade, Investigators Say

Federal investigators said they have found evidence of a missing fan blade in the engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing Tuesday, April 17 in Philadelphia. The Southwest Boeing 737-700 was flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas when its left engine exploded, shattering a window and fatally injuring passenger Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two and Wells Fargo executive from Albuquerque. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that someone found a Southwest Airlines engine cowling, the outer covering of the engine, on the ground ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Explosion Kills One Passenger In Flight

One Southwest Airlines passenger suffered fatal injuries when one of the plane’s engines exploded Tuesday, shattering a window and part of the plane’s fuselage. The Southwest Airlines flight had departed from New York’s LaGuardia Airport about 30 minutes before the engine failure. The incident forced the plane with 148 people aboard to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. Seven other people were reportedly injured on the flight. According to Bloomberg, “the dead passenger was not identified but other passengers reported a woman being severely injured during the flight receiving aid from other passengers in a chaotic and bloody ... Read More

Wing detachment eyed in Deadly Flight School Plane Crash

Federal investigators probing a plane crash that killed an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student and his flight instructor in Daytona Beach last week said they are focusing on the aircraft’s wing after multiple witnesses said they saw the wing fall off the plane during flight. Air traffic controllers and other witnesses said the Piper PA-28R-201 airplane spun out of control after its wing detached. The incident occurred while the plane was in “cruise climb” following takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport. The plane crashed into a cow pasture about a half mile from the airport, killing 25-year-old Zach Capra and flight ... Read More

Parents Sue Flight Operators Over Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

The parents of a man killed in a Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash last month are suing the tour operator and several individuals connected to the company over his death. Plaintiffs Phillip and Marlene Udall of Southampton, U.K. filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Nevada, seeking compensatory damages for the death of their 31-year-old son Jonathan Udall. Jonathan had gone to Las Vegas on honeymoon with his bride Ellie Milward. Both Jonathan and Ellie suffered severe burn injuries after the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters crashed on Hualapai tribal land and exploded. The fiery crash ... Read More

Deadly NYC Helicopter Crash Reveals Major Safety Deficiencies

Safety harnesses aboard a Liberty Helicopters flight became a death trap for five passengers who drowned March 11 when their helicopter tour landed in New York City’s East River. The crash was the deadliest helicopter crash ever involving a doors-off helicopter, and the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary findings have already raised red flags in an industry that many say is dangerously underregulated. Videos of the helicopter accident show the aircraft splashing down in the water. Within seconds, the helicopter starts to list before turning over on its side and sinking. The pilot, Richard Vance, originally thought the helicopter was ... Read More

Helicopter Crash in NYC’s East River Kills Five

A helicopter crash in New York City’s East River that killed five passengers Sunday, March 11, may have been caused by a shifting piece of luggage, the aircraft’s pilot and sole survivor of the crash, told investigators. Liberty Helicopters pilot Richard Vance, 33, was flying five passengers on a photo shoot when the Eurocopter AS350 lost power. In a mayday call to LaGuardia, Mr. Vance said the helicopter experienced engine failure. Mr. Vance told investigators that the helicopter crash may have been caused by a passenger’s bag. He said the piece of luggage “may have inadvertently hit the emergency fuel ... Read More

Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash Claims Two More Lives

Two of the British tourists who initially survived a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon earlier this month have died from their crash injuries. Their deaths bring the toll of the tragic crash to five. Eleanor (Milward) Udall, a newlywed who was on her honeymoon with husband Jonathan Udall, died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas Sunday, Feb. 25. Her death came just three days after Mr. Udall succumbed to his injuries. On Thursday, Feb. 22. Mr. Udall was the fourth British national to die from injuries suffered in the helicopter crash. Both Mr. and Mrs. Udall died of ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Battery Erupts Inside China Southern Airplane

A lithium-ion battery fire that broke out inside the overhead bin of a China Southern Airlines plane demonstrates the threat that faulty or damaged batteries pose to aviation safety. Fortunately, China Southern Airlines flight CZ3539 was still on the ground at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China, when passengers boarding the plane noticed the overhead bin was billowing with smoke at first, then flames. Someone onboard the plane recorded a video of the Feb. 25 incident, which shows an airline attendant attempting to douse the flames with water. A passenger assists and uses a bottle of juice to smother ... Read More

Air Canada SFO Blunder Triggers New Aviation Rules

Federal aviation officials have implemented significant changes to landing and air traffic control procedures after an Air Canada flight nearly landed on a crowded San Francisco International Airport (SFO) taxiway in July. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer allows aircraft landing at SFO at night to use a visual approach when an adjacent parallel runway is closed. This change was based on findings by FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators that runway lighting due to a closed runway contributed to the confusion of the Air Canada pilots. According to The Mercury News, Air Canada flight crews told ... Read More