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Ten injured as Southwest airplane skids to stop without front landing gear at LaGuardia

Ten people were injured Monday evening when a the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville collapsed as it touched down at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. The Boeing 737-700 skidded several hundred feet with its nose grinding into the runway before it slowed to a stop on a grassy median. According to Thomas Bosco, general manager of LaGuardia Airport, flight 345 from Nashville was carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. Six of the passengers and four crew members were treated at the scene for unspecified injuries, and six of those were taken to the ... 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

New FAA safety rules boost pilot qualification and training standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has boosted experience requirements for first officers (co-pilots) flying U.S. passenger and cargo jets. The new rule coincidentally follows, but is not related to, the July 6 crash of an Asiana Boeing 777 at San Francisco International (SFO), which has triggered debate as to whether the co-pilot landing the plane had sufficient experience flying that particular Boeing model. The new rule, which will be published in the coming days, requires first officers to hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, which requires 1,500 hours of flying time. The new requirement replaces a previous one mandating ... Read More

Airplane crash kills ten people in Soldotna, Alaska

Ten people were killed Sunday when their air taxi crashed at a small Alaskan airport in Soldotna, about 7o miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. The de Havilland DHC3 Otter airplane, a single-engine propeller aircraft, was owned and operated by Rediske Air. Walter “Willy” Rediske, 42, who was piloting the airplane, was described as a highly experienced pilot with several years of experience flying in challenging weather conditions and terrain by those who worked and flew with him. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials from Washington DC arrived at the scene to investigate the crash, which occurred about 11:20 ... 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

NTSB finds engineer’s poor vision was the likely cause of deadly Oklahoma freight train crash

A Union Pacific railroad engineer who was killed along with two other train workers in a train crash in Oklahoma last year had a long history of chronic eye and vision problems and could not tell red signals from green and yellow ones, a doctor told federal regulators this week in a hearing on the deadly crash. The June 2012 crash occurred in a rural area of the Oklahoma panhandle after a 108-car Union Pacific freight train collided with an 80-car westbound freight train, also operated by Union Pacific, setting off a diesel fuel explosion and fire. Each of the ... Read More