Plane crashes in Farmington Canyon; injuries reported

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From fox13now.com.

FARMINGTON, Utah — Davis County Sheriff’s Office deputies have responded to the scene of a plane crash in Farmington Canyon.

A representative for the sheriff’s office said there were three occupants in the plane who suffered minor injuries, and two of them were taken to a hospital.

The representative said a light aircraft crashed near a ranger station in the canyon.  The crash also resulted in a small fire in the wreckage at the crash site, but the fire has been extinguished.

The pilot told fire crews he was unhurt and would remain at the scene.

Farmington Canyon Road is closed to traffic as the investigation continues.

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Flight Attendant injured because of turbulence on Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-832(WL)

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From aviationgazette.com.

A Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N395DN performing flight DL-1780 from Seattle,WA to Fairbanks,AK (USA), was descending towards Fairbanks when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to a flight attendant. The aircraft continued for a safe landing in Fairbanks.

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The FAA reported one flight attendant received unknown injury when the aircraft encountered turbulence.

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Small plane that crashed in Detroit neighborhood has crashed before

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From clickondetroit.com. By Nick Monacelli.

DETROIT - The small plane that crashed Monday night on a neighborhood street in Detroit has been forced to make an emergency landing at least one time before, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In the report, the NTSB said the plane made a forced landing on Feb. 12, 2011, in Trenton after it suffered a mechanical failure and the engine lost power.

“During the forced landing, the nose landing gear collapsed when it contacted “heavy snow and unimproved terrain,” resulting in substantial damage to the firewall. A postaccident examination of the engine revealed that one of the connecting rods had separated from the crankshaft,” the NTSB said.

The Cessna 150L plane crashed Monday at about 9 p.m. on Detroit’s east side near Cooper and Shoemaker streets.

Police Chief James Craig said the 18-year-old pilot was towing a banner and was forced to release it when the plane ran out of gas. On the way down, the plane struck power lines.

A woman on the ground was hit and shocked by a live wire. She is in serious condition after suffering a shock.

“I look over there and that’s when I saw the lady hit by the wire and she was on the ground,” witness Davion Dearman said. “The man in the plane, he jumped out and ran over here with us. They did CPR on her and she came back because they put her on the stretcher and hooked her up to the breathing machine.”
The pilot was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but was not seriously hurt.

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Pilot, Bystander Hurt After Plane Crashes in Detroit Street

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From abcnews.go.com. By The AP

A small plane that had been trailing a banner over crowds gathered for a fireworks display crash-landed in a Detroit residential street, injuring the pilot and a bystander who was electrocuted by a power line that the aircraft brought down, authorities said.

Early reports by police suggested the plane had to land Monday night because it was running out of fuel. The pilot reported engine failure, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said Tuesday, and he anticipated it would take a few weeks to investigate the crash.

“I was walking up the street here, and then all of a sudden, a plane was just a little too low and it actually hit poles and a wire here,” witness Dondra Mainor told WDIV-TV.

The plane flew out of Coleman A. Young International Airport, Molinaro said. Located near the crash site on Detroit’s east side, the small airport also is known as City Airport.

The pilot suffered minor abrasions and was able to climb out of the plane. Detroit police spokeswoman Nicole Kirkwood told the Detroit Free Press that the woman on the ground who was electrocuted was in serious condition.

The Detroit News, citing city spokesman John Roach, reported the plane had been trailing a banner over crowds gathered for the annual fireworks. The plane came to rest with its nose on the pavement, just beyond a stop sign and near parked cars.

The Ford Fireworks is produced by The Parade Co. and included thousands of pyrotechnic effects visible for miles along the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. It’s the event’s 58th year. Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has been the title sponsor since 2013.

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Flames, smoke cause evacuation of plane at DFW Airport

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From wfaa.com.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirms that a flight at DFW International Airport reported smoke and flames Monday morning, causing the plane to be evacuated.

“The crew of Envoy Flight 3492, an Embraer E145 aircraft, reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after landing on Runway 18-Right at DFW around 7:45 local time this morning,” the FAA said in a statement. “Passengers evacuated from the aircraft by stairs after possible flames were spotted in a wheel well. DFW Airport fire crews responded.”, although at least one passenger claims that they had to jump from the aircraft, with men on the ground helping to ease their fall.

The airport has not commented on the incident.

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NTSB releases preliminary report on deadly plane crash in Collegedale

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From newschannel9.com. By WTC.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on a crash that killed three people in at Collegedale’s airport back on June 11th.

The crash killed pilot Todd Silver, his mother Suzanne Silver, and his son, Gerhard Silver. Todd Silver’s daughter was rushed to Erlanger Medical Center where she continues to be treated.

The NTSB report features an account flight instructor who watched it happen, and who was apparently trying to land his plane at the same time, from the opposite end of the runway.

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Silver was flying a Mooney M20E at about 12:45 p.m. when the crash happened. The NTSB report says Silver took off from North Perry Airport (HWO) in Hollywood, Florida, and landed at Harris County Airport in Pine Mountain (PIM), Georgia, before heading on to Collegedale.

There is just one runway at Collegedale airport. It is labeled “21″ on one end, and “3″ on the other end. This indicates that the two planes were trying to land on the same runway at opposite ends at the same time.

After seeing the other plane headed his way, the flight instructor tried to clarify the landing with the airport via radio, and was unable to contact the other pilot to try to resolve the conflict. It is unclear whether any airport employees were working at the airport at the time of the crash.

The NTSB report then goes on to describe the specific damage to the aircraft. It notes that no fuel was seen in the right fuel tank. It also reports that fuel was seen leaking from the left fuel tank, and that tank contained about 15 gallons of fuel.

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Freeway Plane Crash Survivors Say Pilot Was Uninsured

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From nbcsandiego.com. By Candice Nguyen.

Three of the four victims whose car was struck by a small aircraft said they’re struggling with mounting medical bills because the pilot was uninsured and his plane was not registered or properly inspected for years.

One person died and five were hurt on April 3 when a single-engine, two-seat Lancair IV crashed into a car on Interstate 15 near State Route 76. Two of the hurt people were in the airplane.

The plane ended up on the side of the highway in Fallbrook, Calif., where it struck a car, killing a 38-year-old San Diego woman who was inside the vehicle.

Attorneys for both the survivors and the pilot confirm that the pilot is uninsured.

“Disbelief. I’m not going to lie. It makes me angry someone can do that,” said Emily Boesmiller-Hoch, one of the people in the car.

“I don’t know if there’s the airport of FAA or somebody who needs to be regulating who’s flying around in the air,” said Jason Soule, another survivor.

FAA documents provided by the survivors’ attorney, Christian Hulburt, show that in 2013, the FAA notified Dennis Hooge his plane’s registration was about to expire. In 2014, the FAA sent him another letter saying it expired and “the airworthiness certificates no longer support the operation of the aircraft.”

“This has been one of the most disturbing cases,” said Hulburt.” Because it’s such an obvious case of clear liability, catastrophic injuries and irresponsible behavior and apparently nothing that anyone can do about it.”

Hulburt said he also tried filing a claim with the victims’ uninsured driver insurances, but it was rejected.

NBC 7 spoke to the pilot’s attorney, Michael McCabe. He said the lack of insurance and registration was an oversight by his client. He said he’s in the process of locating a crash witness who saw the car pull over to the side of the road. McCabe said the car on the shoulder was to blame for the accident. That’s a statement the victims’ attorney said is inaccurate.

“When people are irresponsible, they need to be held accountable for what they did,” said Aaron McCann who also survived the crash.

Soule said he risks being evicted from his home because he’s unable to work and get financial support from the pilot’s insurance. A GoFundMe page has been created to help him.

The NTSB is still investigating what caused the plane to malfunction.

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Plane crashes into building at Sky Ranch Airport

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From wate.com.

A plane crashed into a building at an airport in East Tennessee Thursday morning.

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The Knoxville Fire Department says the plane crashed into a building at Sky Ranch Airport in Knoxville. Dispatchers received the call for the crash around 8:40 a.m.

KFD Chief Capt. D.J. Corcoran says the plane was on the ground at the time. The pilot ran into one of the hangars. Crews pulled the pilot out of the plane. The pilot was unsure on why he crashed. He only remembered landing the plane safely. He was transported to UT Medical Center.

The pilot was steering a Grumman Yankee single-engine plane.

The airport is on 30 acres near Alcoa Highway. On the land is a clubhouse, two maintenance hangars and a gas pump. It is home to the East Tennessee Pilot’s Club.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Knoxville Police Department.

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2002 FedEx Airplane Crash Good Reason to Qualify Early

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From saintpetersblog.com. By James Rosica.

It’s unlikely candidates will need a Lear jet to qualify for office this year.

Still, filing early does avoid the bad luck of unforeseen circumstances.

Qualifying began noon Monday and lasts till noon Friday for an array of offices up for election in November. They include U.S. senator and representative, state senator and representative, county offices and special districts.

In 2002, however, the crash of a FedEx cargo jet filled with qualifying papers and checks left many candidates in a last-minute tizzy.

The crash was on July 26, the last day for qualifying.

No one was killed, but the “captain, first officer and flight engineer were seriously injured, and the airplane was destroyed by impact and resulting fire,” according to a National Transportation Safety Board press release.

The crash even led then-Gov. Jeb Bush to declare “a state of emergency … due to a minor disaster,” his executive order said. He extended the qualifying period to the next day at 5 p.m., but not till several hours after the crash.

Meantime, some candidates were going to extreme lengths to get in under the wire, according to a Sun-Sentinel story:

Rep. Carlos Lacasa, a Miami Republican running for the state Senate, had sent a $43.20 check via FedEx because the state had earlier miscalculated his qualifying fee.

Upon learning of the crash, he hired a Lear jet to get the money to the elections office before the noon deadline.

“It’s the most expensive $43.20 ever,” said Lacasa, whose hands shook as he arrived at the state elections division nine minutes before noon. “But if I hadn’t done it, it would have cost us the election.”

And the Orlando Sentinel reported that the campaign for Mary Barley, a Democratic candidate running for agriculture commissioner, “charter(ed) a twin-engine airplane from the Miami area to get her paperwork to town.”

“Only in Florida,” then-state Sen. Jim King of Jacksonville told the then-St. Petersburg Times.

Neither Lacasa nor Barley won office, by the way.

The crash was later attributed to the crew’s fatigue as the jet “failed to maintain a proper path to the runway,” according to an Associated Press report.

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FBI says 2015 Alaska small plane crash was intentional act

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From Fox News. By Associated Press.

The FBI says there was no threat to national security when a pilot crashed a small airplane into office buildings in the downtown area of Alaska’s largest city late last year.

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The Anchorage FBI office says in a release Monday that the crash was an intentional act but an isolated incident.

Both the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board have closed their investigations into the Dec. 29 crash that killed the pilot, Doug Demarest.

The Cessna 172 he was flying clipped a building housing a law firm on Dec. 29 before slamming into another building. The wreck happened before most area businesses opened for the day. A family spokeswoman has said the death was a suicide.

The Civil Air Patrol owned the plane. The 42-year-old Demarest took it without permission from its hangar at Merrill Field, a small airport on the edge of downtown Anchorage.

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