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Hawaii Plane Crash Kills Four, Witnesses Report Problems

Four bodies have been recovered from a private airplane that crashed in a remote region in the mountains of Oahu, Hawaii, Friday, July 28 while on a “round robin pleasure flight,” according to investigators. Lyssa Chapman, who appeared with her parents Beth and Duane “Dog” Chapman on the hit reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter, was friends with the crash victims and reported them missing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Beech 19A Musketeer Sport left Honolulu International Airport using visual flight rules (VFR) to fly around the island. A spokesperson for Ms. Chapman said the plane was piloted by ... Read More

Air Canada Incident Raises Cockpit, Air Control Concerns

Investigators probing an Air Canada flight that nearly landed on a crowded taxiway at San Francisco International Airport July 7 determined that the pilot did not activate his airplane’s computer guidance system, which would have guided him onto the proper runway. According to The Mercury News, the Air Canada flight 759 pilot used a visual approach unaided by the Instrument Landing System. Because the weather was clear that night, the pilot was approved for a Flight Management System (FMS) visual approach to Runway 28-R, The Mercury News reported, citing a pilot who reviewed the air traffic control communications that night. ... Read More

Air Canada Flight Nearly Lands On Crowded SFO Taxiway

A “potentially catastrophic” aviation disaster was narrowly averted Friday, July 7, when an Air Canada flight started to descend onto a taxiway at San Francisco International Airport where four passenger jets were waiting to take off. Air Canada Flight A759, arriving at SFO from Toronto, was cleared to land just before midnight on runway 28R, which runs parallel to the taxiway where planes line up to enter the runway for takeoff, the Mercury News reported. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials continue to investigate why the Air Canada pilots confused the strips and mistakenly set a course to land on the ... Read More

Petition Seeks Better Oversight of Ballooning Industry After Deadly Texas Crash

Family members of the 15 people who died in a hot air balloon crash in Lockhart, Texas, last summer are petitioning the White House to improve regulatory oversight of the commercial ballooning industry. Frustrated by a lack of meaningful action since the horrific July 30 hot air balloon crash, Patricia Morgan, mother and grandmother of two of the victims, told the Houston Chronicle, “It is important we do not let our loved ones die in vain.” The crash, the worst balloon crash ever to occur in the U.S. and one of the deadliest in the world, turned a spotlight on ... Read More

U.S. Likely To Widen Laptop Ban To Flights From Europe

A ban on laptops and certain other lithium-battery-powered devices from commercial flights will likely be expanded to include some flights to the U.S. from Europe, despite heavy criticism that the Trump-ordered ban is actually endangering flights. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly is meeting with airline industry officials and senators to discuss ongoing security threats and an expansion of the original ban, which barred lithium batteries larger than those used in cell phones from the main cabin of U.S.-bound flights departing from 10 Middle Eastern airports. The March ban stoked fears that travelers would be forced to pack ... Read More

NTSB Reports on Plane Crash That Killed Alaska Cruise Ship Passengers

Federal investigators said the safety culture of an Alaskan flight tour company and one of its pilots were directly responsible for the crash of a sightseeing floatplane near Ketchikan in June 2015. The plane crash killed the pilot and eight cruise-ship passengers taking a shore excursion. On April 25, a panel of four National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators unanimously found that Promech Air pilot Bryan Krill’s decision to continue flying the de Havilland Otter plane visually into poor weather instead of flying instrumentally was one cause of the plane crash. But Robert Sumwalt, the NTSB’s acting chair, told the ... Read More

1 Person Dead, 2 Injured In Army Black Hawk helicopter Crash on Maryland Golf Course

The Army is investigating the cause of a Black Hawk helicopter crash that killed one crew member and seriously injured two others on a Maryland golf course Monday afternoon. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was from the 12th Aviation Battalion stationed at Davison Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. The aircraft was performing routine training exercises when, according to witnesses, there appeared to be something wrong with it. One witness, who works in the pro shop of the Breton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonardtown, Maryland, where the crash occurred, told WJZ Baltimore that the Black Hawk was “flying kind ... Read More

Airplane Crash Kills California Family and Pilot Near Eugene, Oregon

A California family flying to Oregon on a university scouting trip died April 7 along with their pilot when the Piper Malibu airplane they were traveling in crashed on approach to the Eugene Airport. Authorities say John Zitting, 42, his wife, Karen Sitting, 37, and their son John Brendan Zitting, 17, of Thousand Oaks, California, were on their way to the University of Oregon in Eugene, where John Brendan was considering attending. The pilot was identified as Mark Gregory Aletky, 67, of Acton, California. The airplane, a six-seat, single-engine 1984 Piper PA-46-310P (Malibu), was registered to Park City Aviation LLC ... Read More

Pigeon Forge Sightseeing Helicopter Crash Raises Aircraft Safety Questions

An initial report on the investigation of a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, that killed five people a year ago has shed some light on the deadly accident, but provided little comfort to family members seeking some closure. On April 4, 2016, the helicopter, a Bell 206L operated by Great Smoky Mountain Helicopters, was flying a family on a routine tour of the area when it seemingly lost power, crashed in a field, and burst into flames. The crash killed pilot Jason Dahl, 39; Johna Morvant, 49; her children Peyton and Parker Rasmussen, 22 and 18 respectively; and ... Read More

Plane crash in central Alabama kills Tennessee Family of Four

Federal investigators are in Hayden, Alabama, collecting crash debris and interviewing witnesses after an airplane carrying a family of four crashed on its way from Kissimmee, Florida, to Jackson, Tennessee, on the afternoon of Saturday, March 25. All four members of the Crenshaw family were killed in the plane crash. They have been identified as Joseph Crenshaw, his wife Jennifer, and their two children, 16-year-old Jacob, and 14-yer-old Jillian. According to WKRN Nashville, the Blount County Fire District said the airplane, a Cessna 210, may have started coming apart in the sky –a supposition based on the length of the ... Read More