Westjet B738 rejected takeoff due to blown tires

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Reprinted from avherald.com. By Simon Hradecky.

A Westjet Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration C-GVWA performing flight WS-1876 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Kahului, HI with 163 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Vancouver’s runway 08R when at about 120 KIAS one of the left main tires blew, shortly followed by the second left main tires.

The crew rejected takeoff at high speed, declared emergency and slowed the aircraft bringing the aircraft to a stop about 7200 feet down the runway (runway length 11,500 feet). Emergency services responded and advised there was no fire.

The Canadian TSB reported that the aircraft was disabled on the runway, passengers disembarked onto the runway, the luggage was unloaded, passengers and luggage taken to the terminal. The aircraft needed to be defueled in order to be able to jack the aircraft up, non-standard jacking equipment was needed as the aircraft was slightly lower in this configuration.

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American B772 at Miami could not retract gear

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Reprinted from avherald.com. By Simon Hradecky.

An American Airlines Boeing 777-200, registration N791AN performing flight AA-901 from Miami, FL to Rio de Janeiro, RJ with 254 people on board, was climbing out of Miami’s runway 27 when the crew reported a technical problem, stopped the climb at 6000 feet and entered a hold to work the checklists.

The crew subsequently advised that the “landing gear did not retract” and requested to return to Miami. The aircraft landed safely back on runway 27 about 25 minutes after departure.

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Emergency landings after explosions, structural damage

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Reprinted from trib.com. By AP.

A pilot who made an emergency landing in Somalia’s capital after an explosion blew a hole through a jetliner says things would have been much worse had the blast occurred at a higher altitude. That’s because it could have led to explosive decompression on the Daallo Airlines-operated plane, which might have caused more severe structural damage and would have forced a faster descent because of limited supplies of oxygen to the passengers.

The pilot said the explosion Tuesday was believed to have been caused by a bomb, but investigators have reached no conclusions. One man was missing but the other 73 passengers got off safely after the Airbus 321 landed.

Here’s a look at other airliners that have made emergency landings after suffering explosions or severe structural damage midair.

April 1, 2011 — Southwest flight 812, headed from Phoenix to Sacramento, made an emergency landing at a military base in Yuma, Arizona, after an explosion opened a 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long) hole in the roof and depressurized the passenger cabin. No serious injuries were reported among the 118 people on board. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board concluded the hole was caused by flaws in riveting work when the 15-year-old Boeing 737 was built.

July 13, 2009 — A hole more than a foot (30 centimeters) long opened up in-flight in the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 heading from Nashville to Baltimore, depressurizing the cabin. The plane made an emergency landing in Charleston, West Virginia. No injuries were reported among the 131 on board, and it was later determined that the hole was caused by metal fatigue.

July 25, 2008 — A Qantas Boeing 747 en route to Melbourne, Australia, from London was shaken by what passengers described as an explosion after a stopover in Hong Kong. The plane made an emergency landing at the Manila airport in the Philippines with a 9-foot (3-meter) hole in its fuselage. There were no injuries among the 346 passengers, or the crew. Investigators concluded that a unique oxygen bottle explosion caused the hole.

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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing

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Reprinted from wesh.com.

An American Airlines flight from Orlando to Charlotte, North Carolina was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday in Jacksonville.

Smoke was reported in the cockpit of American Airlines flight 608 and the plane made an emergency landing in Jacksonville around 11:30 a.m., First Coast News reported.

The flight, which had 126 passengers and six crew members on board, departed from Orlando at 10:26 a.m. according to First Coast News. No injuries were reported. Airline officials said the plane taxied safely to the gate and a maintenance team is evaluating the plane.

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United A320 smoke in cockpit

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Reprinted from the avherald.com. By Simon Hradecky.

A United Airbus A320-200, registration N488UA performing flight UA-1793 from Orlando, FL to Houston Intercontinental, TX was climbing when the crew reported smoke and fumes in the cockpit and decided to divert to Tampa.

During the descent the crew advised they did not plan to evacuate. The aircraft landed safely on Tampa’s runway 19L about 25 minutes after stopping the climb and taxied to the apron.

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Victims of fatal Mobile plane crash identified as Civil Air Patrol members

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Reprinted from AL.com. By Cassie Fambro.

Reports started streaming in to local emergency officials just before 8 p.m. on Monday that a plane was missing, prompting a large response in an effort to locate the plane.

After hours of searching, officials announced that the wreckage had been found and two lives had been lost.

Civil Air Patrol Deputy Director of Public Affairs Julie DeBardelaben said the crash killed pilot Maj. David R. Mauritson, 67, of Fairhope, and mission scanner 2nd Lt. Phil J. Dryden, 66, of Gulf Shores.

Mauritson has been a member of CAP since September 1991 and Dryden has been a member of CAP since Nov. 2015.

The crash’s cause is still under investigation.

Keith Holloway with the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency’s investigator arrived in Mobile early Tuesday morning, ready to begin an investigation into what brought down the small plane.

Holloway identified the aircraft as a Cessna 182. “A distress beacon from the aircraft was received approximately 8 p.m. Monday, and the crash site was located by CAP members and local first responders.”

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Two survive crash into Atlantic Ocean off Miami-Dade

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Reprinted from sun-sentinel.com. By Linda Trischitta and Mike Clary.

Beachgoers in Miami witnessed a spectacular scene Tuesday when a Piper plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, lifeguards brought passengers safely to shore and salvage crews lifted the aircraft from the sea bottom and towed it toward land.

The two men in the plane, which belongs to a Fort Lauderdale flight school, survived with minor injuries, officials said.

Miami-Dade Fire’s Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Marcel Lopez, 40, was keeping watch from Tower 1 and noticed the Piper approaching from the south.

“I knew it was going to crash,” Lopez said of the aircraft, which ditched in the water at 11:47 a.m. The plane’s propeller was going very slowly; Lopez said it seemed to have lost power.

The pilot  and passenger were identified Tuesday night as Juan Jose Ortiz Carrera, 20, from Ecuador, and Fabian Ignacia Bobadilla-Ruiz, 24, from Chile.

A receptionist at Airborne Systems’ Fort Lauderdale office said Tuesday the company was not making any comment. The FAA said it will investigate the crash and that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause for the ocean landing.

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NTSB issues report on Bakersfield fatal crash

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Reprinted from abc7news.com.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report of a plane crash near Bakersfield that killed a Gilroy family of five last month.

Jason Price, 42, was the pilot of the plane that carried Olga Price, 42, John Price, 14, Mary Price, 10, and Olivia Price, 9, according to the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

On Dec. 19 at about 2:30 p.m., the family took off in a Piper PA-32RT from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose for Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, NTSB officials said.

The plane was approaching Bakersfield about an hour into the flight and an air traffic controller warned the pilot of moderate to heavy precipitation ahead, according to the NTSB. The controller requested Jason Price to make a right turn to avoid traffic, but the pilot instead made an ascending left turn and went up to an altitude of 15,600 feet, NTSB officials said.

The controller again asked Jason Price to make a right turn but the plane suddenly went down to 13,800 feet and seconds later the pilot responded back with two mayday calls, according to the NTSB.

The plane broke apart while in the air and what was left landed in an almond orchard about 9 miles southwest of Bakersfield, where debris spread out in an area about a half-mile long, according to the NTSB.

The engine and forward cabin were found in an irrigation ditch, NTSB officials said. The plane was registered to RAD Aviation LLC and Jason Price was issued a private pilot certificate in July 2012, according to the NTSB.

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Air Canada flight from Newark makes emergency landing

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Reprinted from the NJ.com. By Paul Milo.

A Vancouver-bound flight had to make an emergency landing in Toronto after taking off from Newark Liberty International Airport Friday night, the FAA said.

Air Canada Flight 549 experienced a sudden drop in cabin pressure and was forced to land in the eastern Canadian city around 8 p.m. It took off from Newark at around  6 p.m.

Via Twitter, a passenger said the plane underwent a rapid descent over Pennsylvania. Canadian media reported that the flight will not continue on to Vancouver.

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Small Plane Crash at SW Georgia Airport, 3 Dead

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Reprinted from wctv.tv. By WCTV.

Authorities say three people are dead after a small plane crashed on takeoff from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in the city of Albany.

Albany Police spokeswoman Phyllis Banks told the Albany Herald that the crash occurred near the main runway Saturday afternoon and emergency crews went immediately to the site.

Investigators have identified the three people killed in a plane crash at
SWGA Regional Airport Saturday. David Brett Knight, 40. Brittany Kerfoot, 30 and Kevin Coalson, 49 all died when their Lancair 4 aircraft crashed during take off.

Arlene Salac, with the Federal Aviation Administration, said in an FAA statement emailed to AP that the Lancair 4 aircraft crashed at 2:35 p.m. The statement didn’t give the plane’s intended destination or other crash details. It said the FAA would investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board would determine the probable cause.

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