Etihad A346 at Washington on Apr 22nd 2014, severe turbulence injures

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via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

An Etihad Airways Airbus A340-600, registration A6-EHJ performing flight EY-131 from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), was on approach to Washington’s runway 01R descending from 7000 to 4000 feet when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence. The crew reported a medical emergency and continued the approach for a safe landing on runway 01R about 8 minutes later. The aircraft taxied directly to the gate where ambulances had been dispatched to. A flight attendant and two passengers received injuries as result of the turbulence encounter and were taken to a hospital.

The FAA reported the aircraft encountered severe turbulence about 20nm miles from Washington, 3 persons aboard, 1 cabin crew and 2 passengers, received injuries.

Original story, via The Aviation Herald, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration Preliminary Accident/Incident Report, can be found, here.

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NTSB chief urges child-safety seats on planes

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via Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – Deborah Hersman, departing chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Monday that “one of her great disappointments” was that child-safety seats aren’t required on planes for young children.

During a farewell speech at the National Press Club after 10 years on the board, Hersman recalled the different outcomes for two children aboard United Flight 232, which crashed in 1989 in Sioux City, Iowa. The crash killed 185 people, and 111 survived.

Two sets of parents with small children were told to brace for impact by placing infants on the floor cushioned with blankets.

The plane approached the runway at 240 mph, cartwheeled and caught on fire, and parents were unable to find the children when evacuating. A passenger heard an 11-month-old girl crying and carried her out.

“Those mothers couldn’t hold onto their babies,” Hersman said. “Nobody could have.”

She was joined on the dais by Jan Brown, a flight attendant who blocked a parent from going back into the burning plane to look for her 22-month-old son, who died of asphyxiation from the smoke. Brown has lobbied for 25 years to require child-safety seats for children on planes, but the Federal Aviation Administration hasn’t adopted that recommendation.

Federal regulations allow parents to hold children up to 2 years old in their laps on flights. The NTSB urged the FAA to develop regulations for restraining all children during takeoff, landing and turbulence, putting children weighing up to 40 pounds in child-restraint systems approved for their height and weight.

“When I came on the board in 2004, it was almost unbelievable that that was still allowed to go on,” Hersman said of unbelted children on airliners, in contrast to state laws requiring child-safety seats in cars. “They’re just as valuable in the airplane as they are in the car.”

She is leaving the NTSB to become head of the National Safety Council, where she hopes to continue advocating on a broad range of safety issues.

The FAA recommends — rather than requires — that a child weighing less than 20 pounds use a rear-facing child restraint system. A forward-facing child-safety seat should be used for children weighing 20 to 40 pounds. The FAA has approved one harness-type device for children weighing 22 to 44 pounds.

When purchasing plane tickets, parents and caregivers should contact the airline to see if discounts are available for children because buying a ticket for a child is the only way to guarantee that a child-safety seat can be used during flight.

Airlines say parents and caregivers should check before flying to make sure their child restraint is approved for use on aircraft.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents airlines worldwide, will hold a workshop in May on cabin safety that will include a panel about governments coordinating standards for which child-safety restraints are permissible on planes.

Hersman emphasized that transportation is very safe. She said safety improvements since the Sioux City crash helped limit the deaths to three in the crash-landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco in July 2013.

Technology to avoid aviation collisions and to warn pilots when they are too close to the ground has prevented crashes where people have failed, Hersman said, but safety always can be improved.

•For cars, she said, manufacturers have collision-avoidance technology and automation for brakes and cruise control. She said such technology must be installed on more than the most expensive vehicles.

•Hersman said more people travel on buses each year than on planes. She said regulators and the industry must weed out bad companies to reduce the number of crashes.

•For railroads, the NTSB will hold a two-day hearing Tuesday and Wednesday to review rail safety as more oil is shipped by train. She said common tanker cars aren’t designed to haul hazardous materials.

“We’ve got to get on top of it,” Hersman said. “We aren’t prepared.”

Full story, here.

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NTSB: Fatal plane crash near Bethel preceded by ‘altitude deviations’

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via DEVIN KELLY, Anchorage Daily News

In a preliminary report released Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board said the fatal April 8 plane crash near Bethel was preceded by several altitude changes before a “rapid, steep descent” to the ground.

Investigators say data transmitted by the Cessna 208 Caravan, operated by Hageland Aviation, shows the plane was flying at 3,400 feet when its altitude changed.

“There were a couple of altitude deviations, followed by a rapid, steep descent,” said NTSB spokesman Clint Johnson.

The two pilots on board were killed in the crash — Derrick Cedars, 42, and Greggory McGee, 46. Officials said that Cedars and McGee were Hageland Aviation employees on a training flight.

According to the report, the crash occurred about 30 minutes after takeoff. The plane left the Bethel Airport at 3:22 p.m. and crashed about 22 miles southeast of Kwethluk at 3:56 p.m., the report said.

Weather data shows the skies were clear and calm at the time of the crash, the report said.

Johnson said investigators are continuing to analyze raw data transmitted by the plane and are looking at factors such as the degree of the altitude fluctuations that took place before the plane’s descent.

He said the plane wreckage is expected to arrive in Anchorage by the start of next week, and the investigation team will be conducting a detailed examination.

For the full story visit
You can review the NTSB Preliminary Report, here.
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Update on US Airways Flight 1702 on March 13, 2014

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Brodkowitz Law, along with the law firm of Miller Weber Kory in Phoenix, Arizona, have filed a lawsuit against US Airways on behalf of passengers from US Airways Flight 1702.  We originally posted about this story on March 14, 2014 where we highlighted an article from CNN, you can see that post here.  As you may recall US Airways Flight 1702 crash landed at Philadelphia International Airport after an aborted take-off on March 13, 2014.  Flight 1702 had an intended destination of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report, which can be found, here.

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One Killed in Small Plane Crash in Denton

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Picture via Twitter @CBSDFW NTSB at deadly plane crash just north of Denton Municipal Airport. The Beechcraft 24 reportedly had engine problem.

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Monday, Apr 14, 2014  |  Updated 10:31 AM CDT

The Denton Police Department and Federal Aviation Administration say one person is dead after a single-engine plane crashed Saturday night.

The crash happened at about 9:15 p.m. near University Drive and Masch Branch Road.

Officer Orlando Hinojosa with the Denton Police Department said three people were aboard the single engine Beechcraft; a husband, wife and baby. The wife was pronounced dead at scene. Hinojosa said the husband and child were transported to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The FAA said the family was headed to Hicks Airfield in Fort Worth.

Authorities said a mechanical failure caused the pilot to attempt an emergency landing in Denton. However, high winds caused the plane to come down about a half-mile from the runway.

“He was trying to make it to the airport. Unfortunately he was about a mile away from the airport before he crashed,” said Hinojosa “I think he was in line with the runway at the airport before he crashed because he was I would say about 500 feet, 700 feet from the roadway.

Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said the family was traveling from Arkansas to Hicks Airfield.

Full story with video report, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preliminary Data, found here, states:

Date: 13-APR-14
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N23984
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 24
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Fatal
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: Substantial
State: Texas

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Helicopter Crashes on New Mexico Hospital Roof

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Report via

A medical helicopter crashed Wednesday while trying to take off from a rooftop helipad at a hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., officials said.

The chopper spun and crashed after dropping off a patient at the University of New Mexico Hospital at around 5.45 p.m. local time (7.45 p.m. ET), according to a report by NBC station KOB.

The company that owns the helicopter, PHI Air Medical, released a statement saying the pilot and two crew suffered “very minor injuries.”

Video coverage of the developing story, here.

According to the statement, the helicopter crashed after it “experienced an unforeseen issue on takeoff resulting in the aircraft coming off of the helipad and onto the hospital rooftop, where the aircraft came to rest on its side.”

The hospital evacuated the floors directly beneath the scene of the crash as a precaution, KOB reported. All hospital staff and patients were safe.

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Images taken at the scene showed the yellow helicopter on the roof on its side surrounded by several firefighters and emergency personnel.

The helicopter’s tail section was damaged and could be seen protruding over the edge of the roof. It did not appear to be in danger of plummeting, but police cordoned off the area on the street below.

First published April 9th 2014, 6:27 pm

Full story, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration Preliminary Report indicates that three members of the flight crew sustained injuries:

Date: 09-APR-14
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N395P
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: AS355
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Minor
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: Substantial
State: New Mexico

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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

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via Mike D. Smith | @

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — American Airlines Flight 1363 — en route from Jacksonville, Fla., to Dallas-Fort Worth — made an emergency landing Sunday morning at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

Cabin depressurization was given as a reason for the landing, according to passengers. Airport spokeswoman Toni Bast confirmed that it “was a pressurization issue.”

Mandi Bishop, of Jacksonville, Fla., said the flight had reached cruising altitude when a flight attendant announced an “inadvertent landing.” The flight attendant told passengers to ensure they knew their nearest exits and to review bracing procedures.

The flight descended to below the cloud deck and the flight attendant announced the plane would land in Birmingham. Bishop said passengers were calm, and she didn’t personally notice any effects of pressure differences.

On the ground, passengers learned the cabin had depressurized and the pilots lowered the altitude to help oxygen flow.

The plane — a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 airliner — landed in Birmingham about 8:30 a.m.

“The plane landed safely, and it didn’t impact our operations so we were able to continue to run as normal at the airport,” Bast said.

Bishop, who was taking the flight with continuing service to Las Vegas, said she was rebooked Sunday afternoon on a flight to Charlotte then another to her final destination.

She will arrive in Las Vegas about 11 hours later than planned but considers herself lucky compared with other travelers who face more uncertain times and routes upon their arrival in Dallas.

“It’s better than the next day and certainly better than suffocation at 24,000 feet,” Bishop said. reporter Sarah McCarty contributed to this report.

Updated at 10:13 a.m. to add information from passenger Mandi Bishop.
Updated at 10:38 a.m. to add information from spokeswoman Toni Bast.

Full story via original source: here.

The Aviation Herald had some additional details:

An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82, registration N558AA performing flight AA-1363 from Jacksonville,FL to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 130 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out of Jacksonville when the crew stopped the climb at FL240 due to problems with the cabin pressure and continued in the general direction of Dallas deviating around weather. The crew subsequently decided to divert to Birmingham,AL (USA) for a safe landing about 70 minutes after departure.

A replacement MD-82 registration N486AA reached Dallas with a delay of 8.5 hours.

The airline confirmed pressurization issues as cause for the diversion to Birmingham.

Original source, here.

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Delta Jet Makes Emergency Landing at JFK Airport

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NEW YORK April 3, 2014 (AP) via

A Delta jet from Atlanta bound for New York’s LaGuardia Airport was diverted to John F. Kennedy Airport because of a problem with its hydraulic system.

The plane went off the runway and into a grassy area after making the emergency landing around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Airline spokeswoman Leslie Scott says Delta Flight 886 was carrying 118 passengers. No one was injured.

Scott says the plane was diverted to JFK because it has longer runways. She says the McDonald Douglas MD88 was taxiing to the terminal when it rolled onto a grassy area.

Passengers were taken to Terminal 2, where buses to LaGuardia were provided.

The FAA is investigating.

Full story, here.

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Jet Blue flight makes emergency landing in Kingston

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(Jamaica Gleaner) A Jet Blue flight which had just taken off from the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing last evening.

Alfred McDonald, senior director of commercial development and planning at the Airports Authority of Jamaica, told the Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the flight, with 98 passengers and four crew members, landed safely.

However, four passengers had to be taken for medical attention as a result of injuries sustained while exiting the aircraft.

According to McDonald, approximately 15 minutes into the flight, the pilot noticed smoke in the cockpit and notified NMIA that the airplane would have to turn back.

The incident has led to delays for other flights scheduled for take off, but the impact is expected to be minimal.

Original story, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration had the following information via the Preliminary Accident and Incident Report webpage:

Date: 31-MAR-14
Time: 23:00:00Z
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ190
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: None
Country: Jamaica

NTSB issues safety alert on wrong airport landings

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via DailyHerald.som and The Associated Press, March 27, 2014

ST. LOUIS — A federal agency overseeing transportation safety is warning pilots to take extra precautions after a pair of recent plane landings at the wrong Midwest airports.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued the alert Wednesday, about three months after a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 jet with 124 passengers mistakenly landed at a small airport in southwest Missouri intended for light jets and private planes, rather than at the commercial airport several miles away in Branson. The Southwest pilots, who remain on paid leave, landed at night by sight instead of using instruments to guide their approach. No was injured, but passengers smelled burning rubber as the pilots braked hard to stop near the end of the shorter runway, just before a steep drop into a ravine.

In November 2013, an Atlas Air cargo plane headed from New York for a U.S. Air Force base near Wichita, Kansas, instead landed 12 miles away at an airstrip with a runway half the size. That wrong landing also took place at night — a particular risk factor cited by the safety alert, as pilots react to the runway lights of the first airport they see during descent.

Government safety data and news reports reviewed by The Associated Press shows that at least 150 flights made such mistakes over the past two decades. Thirty-five of those cases involved wrong landings, with the other 115 cases consisting of aborted landing attempts or erroneous approaches. The actual number of wrong landings is likely higher.

“It’s a reminder about how important it is to be vigilant about these procedures,” said NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson. “They could have had far worse outcomes.”

The safety board has issued 22 aviation safety alerts since 2006 on topics ranging from child passenger safety to handling icy wings before takeoff.

“They needed to do something,” said Michael Barr, a former Air Force pilot who teaches aviation safety at the University of Southern California. “It looks like a very diplomatic way for them to put pilots on notice to do the job they were trained for.”

In addition to possibly having to land on shorter runways, pilots in such instances risk collisions with construction vehicles or midair collisions with departing planes that don’t expect the airspace intrusion, Barr said.

Full Story, here.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Safety Alert, can be found here.  For a complete list of NTSB Safety Alerts, visit the NTSB website.  Investigations into the two recent landings at the wrong airport can be found at the NTSB Accident Database by entering the NTSB Accident No: DCA14IA016 and DCA14IA037.

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