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Delta Flight Nearly Landed on Taxiway in Atlanta

A Delta Air Lines plane approaching Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport almost landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another airplane, prompting a federal aviation safety investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that Delta Flight 2196 from Indianapolis had been cleared to land on runway 09R about 11:06 on the morning of Nov. 29. Initially, the Delta plane was lined up properly with the runway, but about one mile from the runway the plane started to drift to the left, lining up with taxiway N where another Delta plane was taxiing. Delta Flight 2196, a Boeing B737, descended ... Read More

Holiday Laser Light Displays Can Endanger Aircraft, FAA Warns

Laser light displays can illuminate your house with holiday spirit, but these increasingly popular decorative light shows have become a threat to airplane pilots, federal aviation authorities say. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is urging people who use laser light systems to light up their home for the holidays to make sure the lights are hitting the house and not shining into the sky. To the person on the ground, it may not look like laser lights go much farther than the house, but the extremely concentrated beams of light can reach miles into the sky. Each holiday season during ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Deadly Charter Airplane Crash Near San Diego

Federal investigators are looking for answers in an airplane crash that destroyed a San Diego-area home Saturday evening, killing two passengers and a dog on the ground. According to NBC 7 San Diego, a single-engine Beechcraft charter plane operated by Altitude Aviation of Hermosa Beach crashed into the back of a Clairemont, California home around 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The explosion the airplane crash created and ensuing fire destroyed the home and everything inside. Four people including the pilot were aboard the charter plane. The airplane crash killed two of the passengers. The pilot and another passenger survived with injuries. ... Read More

Deadly Kentucky Plane Crash: Plane Broke Apart in Flight, NTSB Reports

A Nov. 12 plane crash in Barren County, Kentucky, that killed all four people aboard was the result of “an in-flight break-up and collision with trees and terrain following a loss of control,” federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its preliminary report on the plane crash that the 1965 Piper PA-32 descended from 7,000 feet to 2,800 feet in 30 seconds before it lost radar contact and crashed in a remote area near Fountain Run, about 80 miles north of Nashville in southeastern Kentucky. The pilot-owner and three passengers were headed home to Somerset, Kentucky, ... Read More

MLB Pitcher Roy Halladay Killed in Florida Plane Crash

A plane crash Tuesday, Nov. 7, killed former major league pitcher Roy Halladay, who pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays for 16 consecutive seasons until 2013, officials in Pasco County, Florida, confirmed. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said in a Tuesday news conference that Mr. Halladay, 40, was killed when his single-engine ICON A5 airplane went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Holiday, Florida around noon. It was unclear at the time of the press conference whether there were others aboard the small aircraft. Mr. Halladay proudly tweeted pictures of his 2018 A5 ... Read More

E-Cigarette Fire Forces Wizz Air Flight’s Emergency Landing

Investigators say an e-cigarette fire is to blame for a Wizz Air flight’s emergency landing in Keflavik, Iceland last month. Wizz Air Flight W6 1898 took off from Keflavik International Airport on Sept. 13 when a fire broke out aboard the airplane shortly after takeoff. The airplane was bound for Wroclaw, Poland with 147 passengers aboard. Wizz Air, a budget airline based in Hungary, radioed Keflavik air traffic controllers to report a fire emergency. At the time, the flight crew did not know the nature of the emergency, only that a fire of an unspecified origin had started to burn ... Read More

Families of Bell Helicopter Crash Victims Awarded $21.7 Million

A Kentucky jury has awarded $21.7 million to the families of three people who were killed in June 2013 when the Bell Helicopter used for medical evacuations they were in crashed in an elementary school parking lot. The Clay County jury announced its decision in favor of the eight plaintiffs after a three-week trial that ended with five hours of deliberation. Lawyers for the family members argued that the Bell Helicopter and its parent company Textron were aware of defects in its Bell 206L-1 helicopters but chose not to address the problem. The crash occurred about 750 feet from the ... Read More

Troy Gentry’s Helicopter Hovered 10 Minutes Before Fatal Plunge

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in Medford, New Jersey, killing him and country music singer Troy Gentry, hovered the faulty aircraft for 10 minutes while reviewing his options and waiting for first responders to arrive on the scene, 911 calls indicate. Pilot James Robinson, 30, had taken Mr. Gentry up in the helicopter for a “spur of the moment” ride Sept. 8 hours before Mr. Gentry was scheduled to perform with bandmate Eddie Montgomery, 50, at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford. Shortly after taking off, Mr. Robinson radioed that he was unable to control the helicopter’s ... Read More

United Airlines Flight Narrowly Avoids Collision With Glider

Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Vancouver, Canada to Chicago got the fright of a lifetime when the airplane’s pilots performed some emergency maneuvers to avoid colliding mid-air with a smaller aircraft. The Canadian Press spoke to one passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 246 who said there was some shrieking aboard the 737 Boeing as the right wing dropped without warning and the aircraft banked aggressively to the right. At the time, however, passengers didn’t know why the airplane suddenly went into a terrifying bank to the right and steep climb. According to The Canadian Press, the pilot of the ... Read More

Pilot Error Caused Pence Plane’s Runway Excursion, NTSB Says

A runway excursion at New York’s LaGuardia Airport involving a charter jet carrying then vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence was the result of a series of pilot errors, federal investigators announced. In a final report issued Sept. 21, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) describes how the Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-700 jet overshot the runway upon landing and careened 170 feet onto an arrester bed of crushed concrete designed to slow an errant airplane to a stop. The runway excursion occurred on Oct. 27, 2016. The charter jet was carrying Pence, 36 passengers – mostly campaign staff and others – and 11 ... Read More