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Oregon Family Sues Delta, Aeromexico Over Plane Crash Injuries

An Oregon family that survived a July 31 Aeromexico airplane crash is taking the airline and its partner Delta Air Lines to court, alleging they were negligent in decisions pilots made that day. Colleen McCormick, her husband Donald Hudson, and their four children were on Aeromexico Flight 2431 from Durango to Mexico City when a storm moved into the area. Angel Hudson, who was on the Aeromexico flight with her dad, stepmom, and siblings, told Portland, Oregon’s KOIN News that the plane taxied on the runway and stopped. Ms. Hudson said she thought the plane was going to wait out ... Read More

FedEx Plane Accident Caused By Corrosion, Fatigue, Maintenance Failures

Federal investigators said a FedEx plane accident at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in October 2016 was caused by corrosion and fatigue in the landing gear but that the company’s maintenance policies and failures were contributing factors. In its final report of the incident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the incident stemmed from problems in the FedEx plane’s landing gear, which collapsed when the aircraft landed on the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport. The two-person flight crew aboard the FedEx MD-10-10F wide-body cargo jet reported hearing a bang as the brakes were applied. The plane then yawed to the ... 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

Recovery of Alaska Tour Plane Crash Victims Too Dangerous to Proceed

Efforts to recover the bodies of five people killed in an Alaska “flightseeing” plane crash earlier this month have been called off, park rangers said, because the operation would exceed an acceptable level of risk to recovery workers. “Due to the unique challenges posed by the steepness of terrain, the crevasse, avalanche hazard and the condition of the aircraft, NPS has determined that recovery of the deceased and/or removal of the aircraft exceed an acceptable level of risk in all three factors and will not be attempted,” the National Park Service said in a news release. The de Havilland Beaver ... Read More

Alaska Flightseeing Plane Crash Kills Four; Fifth Person Missing

Four people are dead and a fifth is missing but presumed dead after a sightseeing plane crashed on a steep mountain face in Alaska’s Denali National Park Saturday evening. The de Havilland Beaver flightseeing airplane operated by K2 Aviation was carrying four tourists from Poland and pilot Craig Layson when it crashed Saturday, Aug. 4 about 6 p.m. The airplane took off from Talkeetna Saturday evening for a tour of Kahiltna Glacier when it crashed about 14 miles southwest of Mt. Denali (formerly named Mt. McKinley). The plane crashed near the top of Thunder Mountain, a mile-long ridge with an ... 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

Midair Flight School Plane Crash Above Everglades Kills Four

Federal and local authorities are investigating a plane crash involving two Dean International Flight School aircraft that collided midair over the Everglades Tuesday, killing four people. The plane crash involved a Piper PA 34 and a Cessna 172 airplane operated by Dean International out of Miami Executive Airport in West Kendall, according to NBC Miami, Preliminary reports indicate that the plane crash killed two flight instructors and two students, presumably one instructor and one student per plane. Authorities identified the plane crash victims as Jorge Sanchez, 22; Nisha Sejwal, 19; Carlos Alfredo Zanetti Scarpati, 22; and Ralph Knight, 72. Mr. ... 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

Cuban Commercial Flight Crashes After Takeoff

A Boeing 737-200 crashed today just after takeoff from Havana, Cuba’s, Jose Marti International Airport. There were 104 people on board, including five children. Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported that at least three passengers survived, but were in critical condition. Cuba’s national air carrier, Cubana de Aviacion, had rented the airplane from a small Mexican airline, Global Air. Global Air confirmed there were six Mexican crew members aboard. Officials have not confirmed if any of the passengers were U.S. citizens. The flight was traveling to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed in a farm field of yuca plants ... Read More

Wing detachment eyed in Deadly Flight School Plane Crash

Federal investigators probing a plane crash that killed an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student and his flight instructor in Daytona Beach last week said they are focusing on the aircraft’s wing after multiple witnesses said they saw the wing fall off the plane during flight. Air traffic controllers and other witnesses said the Piper PA-28R-201 airplane spun out of control after its wing detached. The incident occurred while the plane was in “cruise climb” following takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport. The plane crashed into a cow pasture about a half mile from the airport, killing 25-year-old Zach Capra and flight ... Read More