Update on US Airways Flight 1702 on March 13, 2014

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UPDATE:

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.

Below is a photograph of the emergency evacuation via CBSNews.com:

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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.

Story via NBCdfw.com

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:

IDENTIFICATION
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
LOCATION
City: DENTON
State: Texas
Country:
DESCRIPTION:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY, THERE WERE 4 PERSONS ON BOARD, 1 WAS FATALLY INJURED, 3 SUSTAINED UNKNOWN INJURIES, 1/2 MILE FROM DENTON, TX

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Helicopter Crashes on New Mexico Hospital Roof

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Report via NBCNews.com

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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Photo via: https://twitter.com/shaun505/status/454056111797059584/photo/1

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:

IDENTIFICATION
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
LOCATION
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: New Mexico
Country:
DESCRIPTION
Description: N395P AMERICAN EUROCOPTER AS350 PHI 51 LIFEGUARD ROTORCRAFT CRASHED ON THE ROOF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITAL LANDING AREA, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

There are many different reasons why a helicopter may crash. Improper maintenance, pilot error, wire strikes, engine failure or power loss, mid air collision, or fuel starvation can be catastrophic to a helicopter. For more information about Brodkowitz Law and our work on helicopter crash litigation, visit our website or contact us for more information.

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

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via Mike D. Smith | msmith@al.com @ blog.al.com

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.

AL.com 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 abcnews.go.com

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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Story via Stabroeknews.com

(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
Regis#: JBU876 REGISTRATION UNKN
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ190
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: None
LOCATION
City: KINGSTON
State:
Country: Jamaica
DESCRIPTION
JETBLUE AIRWAYS FLIGHT 876 EMBRAER E190 AIRCRAFT, REGISTRATION UNKNOWN, SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTURE EXPERIENCED SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT, RETURNED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, 6 PERSONS ON BOARD SUSTAINED UNKNOWN INJURIES, KINGSTON, 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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Incidents of airliners hitting turbulence seem to be increasing, say experts

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Global climate changes likely to produce more ‘choppy air,’ not less; ‘lap babies’ at risk

Yahoo News

Recently, airborne turbulence reminded anyone who has ever flown on a plane that it can do much more than spill drinks or mess up handwriting. At its worst, it can be deadly.

United Airlines Flight 1676, a Boeing 737 en route from Denver to Billings, experienced “pandemonium” when it encountered severe turbulence in late February. What one expert called “26 seconds of hell” injured six passengers and two crew members; one flight attendant was hospitalized after striking her head so hard she cracked a ceiling panel.News reports noted that an unsecured baby flew from its mother’s arms, but thankfully, landed safely in another row.

Despite technological advances in detecting and avoiding it, turbulence remains a threat to anything that flies, including civil, military and commercial aircraft of any size  and a range of experts believe global climate changes will be producing more incidents of turbulence.

Just three days after the United incident, eight people were hospitalized after a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747 hit turbulence over Japan. In January, another wide body — a Boeing 777, also operated by United — had to return to Newark Airport after five crew members were injured by turbulence.

What is turbulence? Irregular or disturbed airflow in the atmosphere. There are several categories, as well as subcategories. Airline passengers are most likely to encounter the low-level variety, in or near thunderstorms. But additional factors can create unstable conditions, including jet streams, heat, other aircraft and mountains. And pilots, airline dispatchers and air traffic controllers particularly fear clear-air turbulence (CAT), since it is difficult to detect by sight or even via radar.

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS: HOW TO DEAL WITH TURBULENCE

• Two words: Buckle up. Experts say you should be strapped in at all times. As the Association of Flight Attendants says, “Passengers should keep seat belts fastened during the entire flight — even if the seat belt sign is off.”

• Don’t leave overhead bin doors open; if you need to retrieve something, close it afterwards.

• If you’re lucky enough to have an empty seat next to you — a statistically challenging proposition in these days of 83 percent passenger load factors — don’t leave large objects such as carry-on bags unsecured.

• If you leave your seat, airline manufacturer Boeing advises: “Hold on to the seat backs or overhead bins when walking in the cabin.”

• Don’t even consider holding your baby in your lap rather than using an FAA-approved safety device. Unless your name is Clark Kent, you aren’t stronger than the G-forces generated by turbulence.

• If you do encounter turbulence, listen to announcements and follow instructions. Later, be careful when opening the bins.

William J. McGee, the lone consumer advocate on the Department of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee, is the author of “Attention All Passengers.” He teaches at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, N.Y.

Full story, with video report at YahooNews.

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2 killed in news helicopter crash near Seattle Center

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via KING 5 News, March 18, 2014

Two people have been killed after a KOMO news helicopter crashed on top of at least three vehicles outside Seattle Center Tuesday morning and caught fire. A third person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The crash happened in the 400 block of Broad Street next to Fisher Plaza, which is home to KOMO.

Witnesses said the helicopter was trying to land when it tumbled to the ground.

A Seattle Fire Department spokesman said two people on board the helicopter were killed at the scene. A 37-year-old man has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. That man was in one of the cars, but managed to pull himself out.

Investigators from the FAA and the NTSB will investigate.

Drivers are being told to avoid the area. The investigation was expected to last several hours.

For more information on the developing story visit King5news.com.

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Delta Jet Loses Wing Panel During Orlando-Atlanta Flight

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Via HuffingtonPost.com Posted: 03/17/2014 4:05 am EDT

Passengers on a Delta jet got a bit of a scare on Sunday when a panel on one of the wings apparently flew off during a flight from Orlando to Atlanta.

David Watterson told ABC News he was falling asleep when he heard a boom and saw a missing wing cover and hydraulic fluid leaking from the opening.

He told ABC News that while passengers remained calm, it was “concerning to see a big chunk of the plane missing.”

Michael Lowe later tweeted this image:

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A Delta spokesman told NBC News that the missing piece wasn’t an issue for flying or landing.

“The crew, knowing that, followed procedure by declaring an emergency to air traffic control as they were landing, which gave them priority clearance to land and alerted ground crews,” Anthony Black was quoted as saying.

Flight 2412 landed at 7:30 p.m., with no injuries.

Full story and video coverage, here.

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