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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

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

Pilot Dies in Fiery Medical Helicopter Crash

A PennSTAR medical helicopter fatally crashed on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. in New Castle, Delaware, ABC affiliate WPVI reported. The pilot, 37-year-old Michael R. Murphy from Franklinville, New Jersey, was the only person on board when the helicopter crashed. The Eurocopter EC135, registered with University of Pennsylvania Health System’s PennSTAR air transportation service, was conducting a training exercise and was not engaged in any life-saving operations when it crashed. The aircraft went down in an area behind a U.S. Post office, which is about a mile south of the New Castle County Airport. Murphy, according to NBC Philadelphia, was flying ... Read More

Lax Regulations Of Commercial Hot Air Balloons Could Expose Passengers To Injury, Death

The fiery crash of a hot air balloon north of San Antonio July 30 that killed all 16 people on board has reignited concerns that the commercial ballooning industry isn’t being held to the same stringent and requirements and regulatory oversight as other commercial aviation aircraft and pilots. According to a report by the Associated Press, if the pilot of the doomed “Heart of Texas” balloon that crashed in Lockhart, Texas, had been a commercial airplane pilot, he would have been grounded a long time ago. Alfred “Skip” Nichols, 49, started flying hot air balloons commercially 20 years ago, but ... Read More

Airplane crash near San Antonio kills family of four

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities arrived in San Antonio, Texas, Sunday to investigate an airplane crash that killed a family of four Saturday afternoon. Initial reports say a single-engine Piper PA-24 took off from Kestrel Airpark, a residential community in Spring Branch, Texas, that includes a 3,000-foot runway, just north of San Antonio. But just after takeoff the airplane plunged into the parking lot of Strutty’s Feed Store on Highway 281 North in Spring Branch and burst into flames. Witnesses began calling 911 to report the crash just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday. All four people ... Read More

Parents of woman killed in Santa Monica plane crash file wrongful death lawsuit

The parents of a 28-year-old woman killed in a Santa Monica airplane crash last year have filed a lawsuit against the pilot’s estate and several others, alleging negligence in the design and handling of the airplane as well as the air strip on which the airplane attempted to land. Lauren Winkler died when the Cesna 525A Citation airplane piloted by her boyfriend’s father crashed on the evening of Sept. 29, 2013, at Santa Monica Airport. The other three occupants of the plane were also killed; they were identified as: Mark Benjamin, 63, the pilot; his girlfriend Kyla DuPoint, 53; and ... Read More

FAA to investigate possible link between jetBlue engine failure and metal fragment

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a metal panel that fell from the sky last week and nearly struck a cyclist around the same time that a jetBlue flight bound to Austin, Texas, from Long Beach, Calif., experienced engine failure and had to make an emergency landing. Four passengers suffered smoke inhalation-related injuries aboard jetBlue flight 1416 Thursday morning after the airplane cabin filled with acrid smoke minutes after taking off. Passengers aboard the plane said they heard a loud boom, immediately followed by a dense caustic smoke that began to fill the cabin. Flight attendants passed out oxygen ... Read More

Pilot fatigue, errors top causes of UPS plane crash in Birmingham, NTSB says

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Multiple pilot errors likely caused a UPS cargo plane to crash into a hill near Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport last summer, killing the captain and first officer, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators said in a Thursday meeting and announcement. NTSB investigator Robert Sumwalt stressed that discussion of the crew’s errors was necessary to learn from them and was not in any way intended to judge their characters. “I want to make the point to begin with that these were very good people. They were loved by many, had many friends. I don’t want to sound like I ... Read More

Last unresolved lawsuit from Continental Flight 3407 crash headed to trial

One wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, New York, has not been resolved, and the case appears to be headed to trial in the coming months. Flight 3407 crashed on Feb. 12, 2009, as the twin-turbo prop airplane was making its final approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The crash killed all 49 people aboard the airplane and one person on the ground — 61-year-old Doug Wielinski, who was at home with his wife and daughter when the airplane hit his house. It’s the Wielinski family’s lawsuit that remains unresolved out ... Read More

Parents of Asiana Flight 214 crash victim file wrongful-death lawsuit

The family of an Asiana flight 214 passenger who was killed after being run over by San Francisco Fire Department rescue vehicles as she lay on the tarmac filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, rescue crews, and airport officials. Sixteen-year-old Ye Meng Yuan of Zheijiang Province, China, was traveling to California with school friends for a summer camp that was to involve trips to Google, Stanford University, and a camp for teaching kids about American culture. She was one of three Chinese teenagers who lost their lives during or after the Boeing 777’s crash landing at San Francisco ... Read More