Pilot dies after orchard helicopter crashes in Wenatchee

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Via King5new.com and The Associated Press

WENATCHEE, Wash. — A pilot died after a helicopter crashed near Pangborn Airport in Wenatchee Wednesday afternoon, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. on Stermilt Hill Road. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the helicopter was a Bell 206A Jet Ranger.

Chelan County Fire District spokesman Rick Eissacson said the helicopter was not a firefighting helicopter but an orchard helicopter used for drying rain water off cherry trees.

There was no information available about the pilot.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Full story, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration Preliminary Report can be found, here.   The FAA Preliminary information is as follows:


At the time of this post, no information is available via the National Transportation Safety Board. However, a Preliminary Report may be found by searching the Aviation Database, here, once it has been prepared.

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Southwest Flight From BWI Makes Emergency Landing In Columbus

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Original story via CBS Baltimore


Columbus, OH (WJZ/WBNS)– A Southwest Airlines flight from BWI made an emergency landing at Port Columbus International Airport late Tuesday night, according to our sister station WBNS.

A spokesperson from Southwest Airlines says Flight 424 from Baltimore/Washington to Chicago-Midway diverted to Columbus after the pilots receiving a smoke indication in the forward cargo hold.

The captain declared an emergency and landed safely.

Emergency evacuation slides were deployed and all 49 passengers and five crew members on board escaped safely. No injuries were reported.

Emergency vehicles surrounded the plane on the taxiway and found no indication of smoke or a fire.

Southwest Airlines says the aircraft is out of service for further inspections and they are working to get passengers to Chicago first thing Wednesday morning.

Full story, here.

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Southwest Jet Turns Back After Smoke Reported in Cabin

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A Dallas-bound Southwest Airlines flight returned to Austin, Texas, minutes after takeoff Sunday because of a report of smoke in the cabin, the airline said.

Flight 4625 left Austin at 9:18 p.m. Central Time. The smoke was reported after takeoff and the plane turned back, landing after 9:30 p.m., according to FlightAware.

Firefighters responded to Austin Bergstrom International Airport after the plane landed, ABC affiliate KVUE reported.

According to Southwest Airlines, passengers boarded a new plane and arrived in Dallas about two hours behind schedule.

The aircraft, a Boeing 737, was taken out of service for inspection. No one was injured, and the cause of the situation remained under investigation.

Full story via original source, here.

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FAA Investigates American Airline’s Refusal To Allow Use Of Kid Seat On Flight

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Via Forbes.com, John Goglia, Contributor

The FAA has confirmed to Forbes that it is investigating American Airline’s June 9 refusal to allow a passenger on an American Eagle flight to use an approved kid’s seat when the parent had paid for a seat for the child.   According to FAA spokesperson, Alison Duquette, “a parent should be able to use an approved-child restraint system that is appropriate for the child’s weight.”

In a troubling incident I wrote about last month, a parent was forced to take off with his 14-month old son as a lap child, even after he had bought a seat for the child and brought an FAA-approved car seat for use on the flight.  The incident was brought to my attention by the child’s mother, Amy Harsch, who was understandably upset that her son was forced to take off with none of the safety restraint protections afforded all the other passengers and crew in the event of an emergency.  According to American Airlines spokesperson, Martha Thomas, in an email discussing American’s investigation of the incident “properly securing the seat at that time would have been time consuming and delayed the flight’s departure.”  Time-consuming, perhaps, but required by the Federal Aviation Regulations which prohibit an airline from preventing a child from using an approved restraint system that is weight-appropriate when the parents have purchased a seat for the child.

According to Ms. Duquette, the FAA spokesperson, a complaint was forwarded to the FAA and “we are investigating the incident.”

Original story via Forbes.com, here.

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Twenty injured when S Africa to HK plane hits turbulence

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via BBC World News

Fire service vehicle parks in front of the South African Airways flight SA286 in the Hong Kong International Airport, 16 July 2014

Badly injured passengers were taken to hospital as soon as they landed in Hong Kong (Photo via BBCnews.com)

At least 20 people have been injured when a South African plane to Hong Kong encountered severe turbulence.

Two people were critically injured and immediately taken to hospital on landing.

Flight SA286 left Johannesburg on Tuesday and landed in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The airline said 165 passengers were on the plane when the turbulence struck over Malaysia.

Witnesses on the flight told Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post that many passengers hit the cabin ceiling, causing head and neck injuries.

Local television images showed ambulances on the tarmac at Hong Kong’s airport taking away the injured after the plane landed at around 12:30pm local time (0430 GMT).

A spokesman for South African Airways said 17 passengers and three crewmembers were injured, although details of the injuries have not yet been given.

Speaking to local press, the Hong Kong fire department spokesman said 14 ambulances, four fire engines, a mobile casualty treatment centre and a mobile command unit were sent to the scene.

Full story, here.

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United flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odor

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Photograph via Radaronline.com

Story via CNN, original story by By Michael Martinez, Chris Welch and Mayra Cuevas

(CNN) — A harrowing United Airlines flight Friday over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what an FAA official said was an electrical odor on board.

The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to Guam when it was forced to land and spend seven hours on the Pacific atoll, said United spokeswoman Mary Clark. A replacement aircraft later carried everyone back to Hawaii on Friday, she said.

When explicitly asked Saturday whether the disturbing smell was smoke or something burning, Clark described the incident as an odor in the cabin.

A passenger, Karen von Merveldt-Guevara of Sedona, Arizona, said the pilot spoke of smoke and failure to the radar and other systems.

“The captain said there was smoke in the cockpit and the radar failed and other electronic systems were failing, so they had to land. I think they landed old-school. They did an amazing job to get there safely,” Merveldt-Guevara said.

“At one point there was one drop of about 40 feet. After that turbulence, it got really silent. I thought everybody was praying, and we were coming in on the wings of faith. We were all praying,” Merveldt-Guevara told CNN.

She said an odor emanated even before the plane took off. But the jet took flight any way before being diverted to Midway Island, a U.S. territory known as home to a World War II battle.

United is now investigating the plane, a Boeing 777. The new jetliner is one of the most sophisticated in aviation, Clark said Saturday.

United couldn’t comment on further details, such as the purported radar failure, because its investigation is ongoing, Clark said.

Von-Merveldt said that passengers were told before the flight began that there was an odor in the cockpit.

Some people left the plane, but Merveldt-Guevara decided not to because she was with 25 people traveling together to a big family gathering in Guam.

“I’m just digesting it,” she said Sunday in a telephone interview. “I think they should not have let us go from the plane from Honolulu. They told us they had a problem with a smell in the cockpit.

“We had 25 family members on board, and that made me think it was OK to stay,” she added.

After all, she thought, her airplane ticket was a last-minute gift given to her a week earlier. “I thought this was godsend, this was meant to be. I was thinking this can’t go wrong!” she said.

In fact, the flight takeoff was delayed in Honolulu for three hours, during which the plane sat on the tarmac, she said. “Then they let us go, and I thought it didn’t feel right, but hey,” she said.

But during the flight while everyone was asleep, Merveldt-Guevara overheard a conversation of a passenger with a flight attendant who said the plane was returning to Honolulu.

“When more people woke up, they made an announcement. I could understand they didn’t want mutiny. First we thought it was of a storm hitting Guam. Then the smell got worse in the cabin, and I started to gag because of the smell of chemicals. The attendants were busy. In between they would communicate saying they were busy in the cockpit trying to figure things out,” Merveldt-Guevara said.

On Midway Island

A video shows people fanning themselves with leafs of paper inside the cabin, apparently after the plane landed.

In the video, a voice on the intercom tells the passengers: “Midway is not an island that has hotels and things. It’s just a diversion airport. What they’re offering is they have gymnasium here that you can all go to if you like and they have chairs and things. We can put you there until we figure out what exactly is going on. They will open up their stores so you can get something to eat.”

The video then displays passengers getting off the plane and walking the tarmac in the middle of the night.

Inside the gym, passengers sat on chairs or rested on the floor.

At the end of the video, the passengers cheered when addressed by a man in the top bleachers. Apparently, they were about to get off the island.

A new flight, 2105, flew the passengers to Guam, where they landed Saturday, Clark said.

FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer described the odor aboard the plane as an “electrical smell” in the cabin or cockpit.

On Sunday, Merveldt-Guevara expressed relief that the journey was over.

“I thought let’s just be grateful. Let’s savor the moment,” she said.

But she said her luggage still hadn’t arrived in Guam.

Full story via Cnn.com

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Delta Air Lines Flight 2370 Severe turbulence incident

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s Accident/Incident Database had the following preliminary information via the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) page regarding a severe turbulence incident near West Palm Beach, Florida involving Delta Air Lines Flight 2370:

Date: 09-JUL-14
Time: 00:14:00Z
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: None
State: Florida
Total Fatal: 0
Fatal Serious Minor None Unknown
Flight Crew 0 0 0 0 0
Cabin Crew 0 0 0 0 0
Passenger 0 0 1 0 0
Ground 0 0 0 0 0
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DAL-Delta Air Lines
Flight Number: DAL2370
Entry Date: 09-JUL-14
Updated since entry: No

The report indicates at least one passenger was injured.  The incident is being investigated by the Miami Flight Standard District Office.  The preliminary report can be found, here. ASIAS provides preliminary accident and incident information reported to the Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention within the past 10 business days. All information is preliminary and subject to change.

For additional information, please go to the National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB).

Flightstats.com indicates that the flight arrived in West Palm Beach (PBI) “On Time” but the estimated arrival time was listed as 7:59 p.m., and the scheduled arrival was 8:32 p.m. Additional information can be found via flightstats.com .

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Dramatic video shows ‘near miss’ at Barcelona airport

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via CNN Staff

(CNN) — An apparent near miss between two aircraft that was captured on video at Barcelona Airport has prompted an investigation by Spanish aviation authorities.

The video shows a Boeing 767 belonging to Russian airline UTair pulling up from its landing approach as an Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 taxis across its path.

No one was injured in the incident and the UTair plane was able to circle round and make a safe landing five minutes later.

The video, shot on Saturday, had gained nearly two million YouTube hits by Monday.

Spain’s airport authority, AENA, said the government’s Committee on Civil Aviation Incidents and Accidents would look into the incident.

A Barcelona airport AENA spokeswoman told CNN that the UTair pilot had been cleared to land but exercised his authority to abort.

She said the Aerolineas Argentinas flight also had permission to taxi across the runway. She did not comment on the timing of its maneuver.

The spokeswoman said there had been no impact danger and the perspective of the video did not show that there was plenty of space between the two aircraft.

It was “not about a collision or a possible collision,” she said, adding that neither airline had submitted a complaint over the incident.

CNN aviation analyst Miles O’Brien said that, according to plans of the airport, the two planes had been about half a mile apart at the time of the incident.

“That said, you see they had to perform a go-around and if you’ve ever been in an airliner that has to performed a go-around, it gets your attention,” he said.

O’Brien said air crews on the ground should check to see if the flightpath is clear before crossing a runway as part of standard protocols.

“What we can say here is the system did ultimately work — the last resort that is, but there was a series of mistakes… that led to this.”

Aerolineas Argentinas in Madrid referred calls to its headquarters in Buenos Aires, where CNN’s efforts to reach anyone at the press office, through the switchboard and three direct lines, were unsuccessful after repeated attempts.

In a statement, UTair said the pilot of its flight from Moscow to Barcelona had been following the instructions of Barcelona airport dispatchers.

“While lowering on a final approach track the commander found an obstacle on the runway (the aircraft of another airlines was crossing it),” it said.

“The aircraft commander took prompt decision on the implementation of standard operating procedure — go-around flight maneuver.

“The maneuver was carried out in the normal mode, the landing was successful, none of the passengers was injured.

In this situation, the commander well judged and adequately assessed the situation, showing at the same time composure and professional excellence.

“According to international rules aircraft while performing approach has an absolute priority over all the aircraft located on the ground.”

Other stories on this topic by CNN:

FAA: 2 jetliners get too close for comfort over Houston

Near miss at Newark airport spurs runway rules change, FAA says

Drone, jetliner nearly collided over Florida

CNN’s Madrid Correspondent Al Goodman and Barry Neild in London contributed to this story.  Full story and video coverage, here.

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Frontier Airlines plane and bridgeway damaged at Cleveland airport

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Original author: Alison Grant, The Plain Dealer via Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Airport Director Ricky Smith says there were no injuries in an incident early this morning in which a Frontier Airlines plane bumped into a jet bridge at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Smith said the plane landed about 12:29 a.m. and collided with the bridge at Gate A9 at the terminal.

The airport’s operations department got word of the incident about 1:15 a.m., and the airport immediately instituted safety and emergency measures, Smith said in a statement released in the last half hour. There was no immediate explanation for the cause of the mishap.

All passengers and crew were off the aircraft and in the terminal by 2:20 a.m.Passengers had to exit from the rear of the Airbus 319, which had arrived from Denver. The aircraft and jet bridge both sustained damage, but no one was injured.

“Frontier is working diligently with their passengers to keep them informed of the latest information regarding their flights,” Smith said.

Frontier has been busily adding flights at Hopkins in the wake of United Airlines’ dehubbing at the airport. In June it announced three new nonstops — to Washington, Chicago and New York — bringing to 15 its nonstops out of Cleveland.

Full story, here.

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Evacuation slide deploys midair on United flight

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By Joe Sutton, CNN

(CNN) — A United Airlines flight was forced to land in Wichita, Kansas, after the evacuation slide accidentally deployed midair Sunday, the airline said.

The Boeing 737 was carrying 96 passengers and five crew members. It was on its way from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

The slide opened inside the rear of the cabin.

“I heard this pop. I turn around and the slide was open,” passenger Michael Schroeder said.

There were no injuries, United spokeswoman Christen David said.

“All passengers were seated at the time the slide deployed. A passenger did not attempt to open the door in flight,” David said.

Schroeder said the plane didn’t appear to lose cabin pressure and “the crew was pretty calm about it.”

“Every landing you walk away from is a good one,” he added.

In November, a JetBlue plane on its way to Boston was diverted to Orlando after an evacuation slide opened in flight.

And in 2008, an evacuation chute opened aboard a campaign plane carrying then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. The chute deployed because it wasn’t properly fastened to the floor and it shifted when the plane made a steeper-than-normal takeoff, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Full story, here.

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Photograph via Twitter: Scariest Flight of all time

United Airlines Evacuation Chute Inflated

The doors of a United Airlines plane couldn’t have been pushed opened by an inflatable evacuation slide, which unexpectedly expanded while the aircraft was about an hour and a half into its journey Sunday. (Photo : Twitter Photo Section) Full story, here.

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