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4 Attorneys, Pilot Killed in Airplane Crash Over Lake Okeechobee

Partners and lawyers at a Florida law firm are expressing shock after four of their colleagues were killed in a plane crash over Lake Okeechobee last Friday. Eric Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point, Florida, a founding member of the Peterson Bernard law firm, perished in the crash, along with Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; Edwin “Ted” Mortell III, 54, of Stuart; and their pilot, Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach. The five were traveling on a Piper PA-23-250 airplane on a return flight from Tampa and were in the last stretches of ... Read More

Three Dead After Ohio Medical Helicopter Crash

Three air medical crew members heading out to pick up a patient for transport on Tuesday were killed when their Bell 407 air ambulance helicopter crashed in a rural area of Ohio. The Survival Flight Inc., crew included pilot Jennifer Topper, 34; nurse Bradley Haynes, 48; and nurse Rachel Cunningham, 33. The helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area of Zaleski, near the Lake Hope State Park. The crash occurred after the historic two-month government shutdown ended and both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the crash. During the shutdown, the agencies ... Read More

E-Cigarette Fire Breaks Out on American Airlines Flight

An e-cigarette explosion caused a fire aboard an American Airlines flight last week, causing a stir among the passengers and crew but no injuries. Fortunately, American Airlines Flight 168 had just landed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the e-cigarette burst into flames Friday, Jan. 4, about 9 p.m. Flight attendants aboard the flight, which originated in Las Vegas, stamped out the fire. None of the 138 passengers and six crew were injured and the plane taxied to the gate after the fire was extinguished. “Our crews are trained on fighting high energy battery fires,” American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott ... Read More

NTSB: Medical Plane Broke Apart in Mid-Air

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the crash of a medical airplane that broke apart in mid-air last month, killing three emergency responders near Bismarck, North Dakota. On Nov. 18, pilot Todd Lasky, 48, nurse Bonnie Cook, 63, and paramedic Chris Iverson, 47, were aboard a Cessna 441 operated by Bismarck Air Medical. The plane was headed to Williston, North Dakota, from Bismarck to pick up a patient when it crashed around 10:40 p.m. The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have not determined why the plane broke apart after it reached an altitude of about 14,000 feet, ... Read More

Smoldering E-Cigarette Triggers Boston Logan Airport Evacuation

A lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette overheated inside a checked bag at Boston Logan International Airport, prompting an evacuation of a section of the busy airport and reminders from federal security agents that the batteries are prohibited in checked luggage. The smoldering e-cigarette battery was discovered on a busy Saturday morning after Thanksgiving when smoke began pouring from a suitcase inside the baggage screening room. According to NBC 10 Boston, the smoldering bag was discovered moments before it was loaded onto an airplane. Transportation Security Agents evacuated the baggage screening area and called in Massport Fire & Rescue and a ... Read More

Pilots Killed in Greenville, SC Charter Plane Crash Weren’t Properly Certified

A deadly plane crash at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina last month was likely caused, at least in part, by inadequate pilot training and certification, federal investigators found. The Sept. 27 plane crash killed pilot John Christian Caswell, 49, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and his co-pilot, Stephen George Fox, of Indian Rocks, Florida. Two passengers – a wife and husband – were critically injured. Video footage of the accident shows the Dassault Falcon 50 jet landing on runway 19 at GMU before plunging off an embankment at the end of the landing strip. The crash caused the mid-size ... Read More

Hot Air Balloon Safety Bill Moves to U.S. Senate for Vote

A bill that would require commercial hot air balloon pilots to undergo medical exams in much the same way other commercial aviators do cleared the House and landed in the U.S. Senate for approval. The proposed bill comes two years after the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history killed 15 passengers and the pilot in Lockhart, Texas. Federal investigators discovered that the pilot Alfred “Skip” Nichols had a history of medical conditions including depression, chronic pain, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Before the July 30, 2016, hot air balloon crash, Mr. Nichols took a slew of prescription drugs, ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More

Two Years After Deadliest Hot Air Balloon Crash, No Safety Improvements in Sight

If another deadly hot-air balloon crash like the one that killed 16 people in Lockhart, Texas two years ago happens again, will aviation regulators and lawmakers be ok with that, knowing it happened on their watch? More than two years after the horrific Lockhart tragedy, those with the authority to improve safety have taken no meaningful action to help prevent such a devastating and entirely preventable accident from happening again in the U.S. If the deadliest balloon crash in U.S. history wasn’t enough to change the incredibly lax oversight of the hot air balloon industry, what would be? In a ... Read More

NTSB Final Report, 2016 Alabama Medical Helicopter Crash

In March 2016, a Haynes Ambulance LifeFlight medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area in Southeast Alabama, according to the Jere Beasley Report. The air ambulance was transporting a motor vehicle accident (MVA) victim to a hospital in Montgomery. Darkness, rain and fog hampered the search for the downed flight, which wasn’t discovered for seven hours. The pilot, flight nurse, flight medic and MVA victim were killed. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the crash and released its final report last month. The investigation determined that pilot error combined with inadequate oversight by the operational control center (OCC) was ... Read More