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Asiana’s aborted landing rate at San Francisco unusually high, airport officials say

Asiana Airlines has an abnormally high rate of aborted landings or “go-arounds” at San Francisco International Airport, where one of its planes crashed July 6 after making a failed attempt to abort its landing. About 180 of the 209 passengers and crew aboard Asiana flight 219 were injured and three were killed. According to San Francisco columnists Matier and Ross, the number of Asiana’s go-arounds at SFO is “six to eight times greater than would be expected given the airline’s total number of flights into SFO.” The unusually high number of aborted landings has aviation officials concerned that Asiana’s pilots ... Read More

Chinese professor sues Asiana for crash injuries in U.S. Court

SAN FRANCISCO – A Chinese college professor who was injured on the July 6 Asiana flight 214 crash has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the airline in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The plaintiff is one of the few non-U.S. nationals aboard the plane who have the right to the sue the Korea-based airline in U.S. Court. Zhengheng Xie, who teaches at Shanghai University, was flying to the U.S. to visit his son, a South Bay resident, when the Boeing 777 crashed on its approach to San Francisco International. Investigators are trying to determine why the pilots failed to ... Read More

Asiana air crash survivor’s tragic death prompts reevaluation of rescue procedures

A 16-year old girl who survived the initial impact of Asiana flight 214 when it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6 was struck and killed on the runway by a firefighting truck, medical examiners have concluded. The tragic death will likely trigger significant reevaluations of safety procedures and how rescue workers respond to crashes in the future. Ye Meng Yuan and her close friend and classmate Wang Linjia, also 16, were identified as the first passengers from the Asiana flight to lose their lives after the airplane crash landed. The bodies of both girls were found on the exterior ... Read More

Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner fire triggers Boeing 787 safety concerns again

The 787 Dreamliner passenger airplane’s unsurpassed efficiency and comfort that may make it one of the most coveted airplane models in history, but since its September 2011 debut in the skies, the plane has been more like a nightmare than a dream for manufacturer Boeing. Battery fires aboard two separate 787 Dreamliners led to all 50 of the planes in service throughout the world being grounded in January 2013. Boeing engineers raced to fix the problem, which originated inside the plane’s lithium-ion batteries, which powered systems traditionally reliant on hydraulics. On April 19, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved of ... Read More

Asiana 214 passengers sue Boeing for crash-related injuries

CHICAGO, Ill.–Eighty-three passengers of Asiana flight 214 have joined a lawsuit being prepared against Boeing Co. for injuries they received when the airplane crash-landed on a San Francisco runway July 6. A court filing by the plaintiffs’ firm alleges that mechanical defects within the aircraft might have caused the crash and resulting injuries. Three people were killed and 182 were injured when the plane touched down at San Francisco International Airport after an overnight flight from Seoul, South Korea. Court papers filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Boeing’s home city, seek to preserve evidence that may be critical ... Read More

Asiana Flight 214 death toll rises to 3 as another girl dies from crash injuries

A third girl from Asiana flight 214 died Friday morning of her injuries, 6 days after the airplane crash-landed at San Francisco International airport. The girl, whose identity was withheld at the request of her parents, was one of three Asiana passengers in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, abdominal injuries, and internal bleeding. The two surviving critically injured patients are adults. Four other passengers remain in the hospital. Their conditions range from serious to good. Meanwhile, investigators have confirmed that one of the other victims, 16-year-old schoolgirl Ye Meng Yuan, was ... Read More

San Francisco passenger jet crash kills two schoolgirls, injures 181 others

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — U.S. and South Korean officials are investigating the deadly crash landing of a Boeing 777 passenger plane at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Saturday. The plane, operated by South Korea-based carrier Asiana Airlines, apparently crashed upon landing, killing two passengers and injuring than 181 others. Authorities said that Asiana flight 214 from Seoul’s Incheon International Airrport was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members. Of those passengers, 141 were Chinese, 77 South Korean, 61 American, and one Japanese national. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the airplane’s tail break off during the runway crash. The airplane then spun around ... Read More

Takeoff aborted after Airbus engine explodes on Manchester, UK runway

An Airbus A330-200 passenger jet operated by British-based Thomas Cook Airlines aborted takeoff Monday afternoon after one its engines exploded during takeoff at Manchester Airport in England. Nobody was injured by the blast, but the incident left a jet full of Dominican Republic-bound passengers shaken and uncertain about their safety as airplane passengers. According to the Manchester Evening News, the 325 passengers aboard Thomas Cook flight TCX314 hear a loud bang as the airplane was headed down the runway at high speed 1 p.m. Manchester time. The jet was still on the ground and its pilots brought it to a ... Read More

Boeing completes Dreamliner test flight in effort to solve lithium-ion battery problems

Fleets of Boeing 787 Dreamliners that have been grounded around the world for two months are a step closer to becoming airborne again after the first of two test flights was completed Monday in an effort to demonstrate the aircraft’s new lithium-ion battery system meets federal regulatory safety standards. All airline companies that own the new high-tech Dreamliners pulled them from service after two separate incidents in which the lithium-ion battery systems malfunctioned, filling the cockpit and cabin with smoke. The battery systems are a critical part of the airplane’s design, as they power doors and gear traditionally powered by ... Read More

Officials say circuit boards on Boeing 787 planes burned a year before fire, grounding

A spokesman for All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA) said records show three damaged circuit boards on its fleet of Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft had to be replaced last year. It is unclear if the damaged circuit boards are related to a battery fire on one of the fleet’s 787 aircraft in January, which resulted in an emergency landing in Japan and eventual grounding of all Boeing 787 planes worldwide. In addition to the ANA incident, a Japan Airlines Dreamliner was grounded in Boston in January because of a battery fire. The Dreamliner aircraft uses a new lithium-ion battery as part ... Read More