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Florida Man’s Harrowing Hang Gliding Flight Captured on Video

Florida resident Chris Gurksy’s hang gliding adventure in Switzerland turned into a terrifying ordeal the moment he realized the pilot forgot to attach his harness to the aircraft. For well over two minutes, Mr. Gursky had to clutch the metal hang glider bar, often with just one arm, as the aircraft sailed off the side of a 4,000-foot mountainside above the town of Interlaken. Mr. Gursky’s harrowing flight was captured on video, which went viral on YouTube and the international news. “My first time Hang Gliding turned into a near death experience as my safety harness was never hooked to ... 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

NTSB Investigating Charter Jet’s Near Landing on Philadelphia Taxiway

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report of a near miss at Philadelphia International Airport in August in which a private charter jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four commercial passenger planes. The NTSB’s investigation of the near miss remains ongoing and it could take several more months for the investigative agency to wrap up its probe of the Aug. 10 incident, but the early report provides some harrowing detail of what looks like a pilot error that could have turned into a major catastrophe. According to the NTSB report, PEGJET Flight 19, a Gulfstream ... Read More

Pilot Distraction: A Simple Error That Results In Airplane Crashes

Distraction: It’s a word we hear a lot when reading about highway accidents and incidents involving heavy machinery, but distraction is also a major safety issue concerning pilots in the general aviation community. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 247 people were killed in 209 general aviation accidents from October 2016 through September 2017. Loss of control was the No. 1 cause of these deadly airplane crashes. The FAA defines loss of control as an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. Once a pilot loses control of the aircraft, the problem quickly develops into a stall or ... Read More

NTSB: Cleveland Plane Crash That Killed Six Likely Caused by Pilot Fatigue, Inexperience

A pilot’s inexperience combined with fatigue were likely causes of a 2016 plane crash that killed all six people aboard when it plunged into Lake Erie, federal investigators say. On Dec. 29, 2016, pilot Frank Fleming, who was the CEO of Superior Beverage Company in Columbus, Ohio, took off from Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland in a Cessna 525. With him were his wife Sue, 46, sons Jack, 15, and Andrew, 14; family friend Brian Casey, 50; and Mr. Casey’s daughter Megan, 19. The family and their friends had flown to Cleveland to celebrate Mr. Fleming’s birthday at a Cavaliers game. ... Read More

NTSB: Deadly 2016 Tuscaloosa Airplane Crash Caused by ‘Fuel Starvation’

An airplane crash that killed six people near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 2016 was caused by the pilot’s mismanagement of the aircraft’s fuel supply system, federal investigators said. Three couples were returning home to Oxford, Mississippi, from a dental seminar in Florida when the twin-engine Piper crashed just a few hundred feet from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport runway Aug. 14, 2016. All six people aboard the plane were killed at the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the airplane crash and said in its final report that the airplane was serviced to capacity with fuel before its flight, enough ... Read More

Helicopter Crash Near New Orleans Kills One, Injures Two Others

A man who survived a helicopter crash that killed one man and injured another near New Orleans May 20 reportedly told a witness that the aircraft’s landing gear became entangled in power lines. Witness Val Harmon told The Times-Picayune that he and some friends suspected a helicopter went down in a swampy area nearby when they heard crackling and popping sounds and noticed the aircraft that had been in the air nearby was nowhere to be seen. Mr. Harmon and two friends hopped on an ATV and drove out into the marshland near Boutte, Louisiana, part of St. Charles Parish. ... Read More

Christmas Eve Plane Crash Kills Five Near Lakeland, Florida

Federal authorities are investigating a Christmas Eve private plane crash in Bartow, Florida, that killed all five people aboard. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters that the Cessna 340 crashed about 7:15 a.m. as it was taking off from Bartow Municipal Airport, just south of Lakeland, Florida. The plane was headed to Key West for a Christmas Eve day trip. The plane crash killed Lakeland lawyer John Shannon, 70, who was piloting the plane, his daughters Victoria Shannon, 26, and Olivia, 24, Victoria’s husband Peter Worthington Jr., 27, and family friend Krista Clayton, a 32-year-old schoolteacher and mother of ... Read More

Pilot Error Caused Pence Plane’s Runway Excursion, NTSB Says

A runway excursion at New York’s LaGuardia Airport involving a charter jet carrying then vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence was the result of a series of pilot errors, federal investigators announced. In a final report issued Sept. 21, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) describes how the Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-700 jet overshot the runway upon landing and careened 170 feet onto an arrester bed of crushed concrete designed to slow an errant airplane to a stop. The runway excursion occurred on Oct. 27, 2016. The charter jet was carrying Pence, 36 passengers – mostly campaign staff and others – and 11 ... Read More

Air Canada Near-Disaster at SFO Closer Than First Reported

Preliminary investigations of an Air Canada flight that nearly landed on a crowded taxiway at San Francisco International Airport July 7 show the plane came closer than originally thought to causing what probably would have been the worst aviation disaster in history. According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators, Air Canada Flight 759 from Toronto descended to less than 100 feet above Taxiway C, where four airplanes were lined up for takeoff. At its lowest point, the Air Canada plane, with 140 people aboard, was just 26 feet above the tail of United Airlines flight 863 bound for Sydney ... Read More