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Electronics Ban in carry-on luggage Could lead to Explosions, Fires In Passenger Plane cargo holds

A sudden security ban on laptops, tablets, cameras, and most other electronics in the passenger cabins of certain direct flights to the U.S. has some airline analysts raising red flags over possible safety hazards. The ban took effect on Tuesday, March 21, and applies to nonstop inbound U.S. flights from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Department of Homeland Security based the ban on intelligence indicating that Islamic terrorists are developing explosives that can be disguised as batteries in ... Read More

Passenger’s Headphones Explode On Flight From China To Australia

Australian authorities are investigating an explosion and fire caused by a pair of headphones that injured a female passenger about two hours into a flight from Beijing to Melbourne. The passenger was sleeping while playing music on the headphones when she heard a loud explosion and felt a burning sensation on her face. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck,” she told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor.” The passenger said the headphones were sparking and on ... Read More

Bill Banning Bulk shipments of Lithium-ion batteries On Passenger Jets Halted by Regulatory Freeze

A proposed rule to adopt an international ban on shipments of lithium-ion batteries on passenger flights has been stalled by an executive order from the White House barring new regulations from taking effect, despite warnings from aviation officials that the risk to human safety is immediate and urgent. A year ago the Obama Administration aimed to adopt for domestic flights a new international standard for shipping lithium-ion batteries established by the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). That rule bans the bulk shipment of the rechargeable, potentially explosive batteries on all international passenger jets and mandates that batteries on cargo ... Read More

Four Dead, Two injured After Airplane Plows Into Riverside, California Neighborhood

A private airplane carrying a family crashed into a pair of Riverside, California, homes Monday afternoon, killing four people and injuring at least two others. Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore told the Associated Press that the airplane was carrying a husband, wife, and three teenagers. Authorities were able to get some information early in their investigation because one of the teenagers, a female, was thrown from the aircraft on impact and received only minor injuries. Witnesses said the girl crawled out from one of the damaged homes asking for help. The airplane had departed Riverside Municipal Airport at 4:40 p.m. ... Read More

Lawsuit Alleges Pilot Error Caused Fatal New Year’s Eve Plane Crash

The family of a brother and sister who were killed in a plane crash in southern Illinois on New Year’s Eve are suing the estate of the pilot, alleging he was not qualified to fly the private aircraft during poor weather conditions. All four people aboard the Nashville-bound single-engine Piper died when the plane crashed into a wooded area near the town of Vienna, Illinois, including brother and sister Jordan Linder, 35, and Jasmine Linder, 26, both residents of Iowa. The crash also killed pilot Curt Terpstra, 34, of Pella, Iowa, and Krista Green, 37, of Altoona, Iowa. The four ... Read More

NTSB Report of Deadly Tucson Plane Crash  Describes Short, Erratic Flight

Federal investigators have released a preliminary reported on a plane crash at Tucson International Airport Jan. 23 that killed two Arizona men. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report describes the twin turboprop Beechcraft 300 flying erratically upon takeoff from the airport at 12:32 p.m. A witness observed the airplane taking off from runway 11L then pitch up rapidly in the initial climb. “At an altitude between 100-150 feet above the runway, the airplane suddenly yawed to the left while maintaining a nose-up pitch attitude,” the report said. “The airplane then appeared to slow down such that he believed it ... Read More

NTSB Probe of Air Ambulance Crash Uncovers Deadly Flaw In Plane’s Wiring

Federal crash investigators issued an urgent recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) earlier this month concerning the wiring configuration in Piper PA 31T Cheyenne airplanes, which could create arcing and fires. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called on the FAA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) on the Piper twin engine aircraft based on preliminary findings in its investigation of a July 2016 crash of a medical transport flight in northern California. The airplane broke up in flight and crashed near McKinleyville, Calif., killing all four people aboard. The crash investigation remains ongoing, but investigators found evidence ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed in Wake of Deadly Air Ambulance Crash

The parents of a California teacher who was killed in a 2015 medical helicopter crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Fresno-based helicopter operator. Linda Knuckles and David Barrows filed the lawsuit Dec. 29 in Fresno County Superior Court, claiming Rogers Helicopters Inc. was negligent in operating and maintaining the SkyLife 4, which crashed in December 2015 while transporting their daughter to a Bakersfield hospital. Kathryn Ann Brown, 40, was one of four people killed in the Air Ambulance crash just east of McFarland, Calif. Ms. Brown was originally taken to Sierra View Medical Center in Porterville after ... Read More

Wrongful Death Suit Filed In Connection To Pigeon Forge Helicopter Crash

The family of a woman killed in a sightseeing helicopter crash in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last April, has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the aircraft, alleging negligence in maintaining the helicopter and hiring its pilots. Keith Morvant and Lynne Frederick, the husband and mother of Johna Morvant respectively, filed the lawsuit against Great Smoky Mountains Helicopters and owner Bobby Riggs in a Tennessee federal court, seeking unspecified compensation and damages for Ms. Morvant’s alleged wrongful death. Ms. Morvant, 49, of Kodak, Tenn., was killed in the April 4 crash with her two children, Peyton Rasmussen, 22, and Parker ... Read More

Pilot in Deadly Texas Hot Air Balloon Crash Was Unfit To Fly, Investigators Find

The pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, in July, killing himself and 15 passengers, had been taking at least 10 different prescription drugs that should have prevented him from flying, medical professionals testified during a Dec. 9 investigative hearing. According to the Associated Press, experts said during the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation that 49-year-old pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols suffered from a multitude of health problems, including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, diabetes, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and chronic back pain. Oxycodone, an extremely potent opioid drug, was one of several  medications ... Read More