Small plane makes emergency landing at DIA

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Original story via Blair Shiff, KUSA


Photo: SKY9

DENVER - A small plane with landing gear issues successfully made an emergency landing at Denver International Airport Wednesday afternoon.

The three people onboard did not sustain any injuries.

The Hawker HS25B left Centennial Airport at 11 a.m. Shortly after takeoff, a tire blew and damaged the hydraulic system.

The aircraft started circling DIA’s airspace. The airport prepared for a possible gear-up landing.

The plane landed around 3:15 p.m. Emergency crews could be seen surrounding the aircraft, spraying foam on it as a precaution..

DIA worked closely with Denver Fire, Denver Health, Denver Police and the FAA to prepare for this landing.

The plane is registered to the Monforts, owners of the Colorado Rockies. However, a spokesperson for the team said the Monforts were not onboard.

Original story and video coverage, here.

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2 U.S. Airways flights have problems before landing in Charlotte, N.C.

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Original Story via By Ralph Ellis, CNN

(CNN) — Two U.S. Airways flights experienced difficulties before landing Saturday night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, airline spokesman Matt Miller said.

Flight 5782 was heading to Charlotte and made an emergency landing at 7:45 p.m. because of a hydraulic issue, Miller said.

The plane could not taxi to the gate under its own power and had to be towed to a maintenance hangar, Miller said.

The Embraer 175 operated by Republic Airways, a regional partner, took off from Greensboro, North Carolina, and carried 28 passengers and four crew members. No injuries were reported.

Earlier in the evening, Flight 745 descended from an undetermined altitude to 10,000 feet during its approach to the airport because of an air pressure problem in the cabin, Miller said.

Oxygen masks were deployed for the 146 passengers, he said.

The flight crew followed standard procedure to handle the problem, he said. Nobody was reported injured and the cause of the problem has not been determined, Miller said.

The Airbus A320 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and landed in Charlotte at 7 p.m. Saturday.

@DannyLipford tweeted: “Landed in Charlotte ! Everything is cool. A few passengers are a little shaken up a bit. Crew did a great job!”

2 passenger planes turn back to Dallas after inflight technical issues

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Southwest B737 at Phoenix on Oct 6th 2014, burst tire on departure

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Original story via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Southwest Boeing 737-700, registration N795SW performing flight WN-1359 from Phoenix,AZ to Newark,NJ (USA) with 135 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out of Phoenix when the crew stopped the climb at 15,000 feet after receiving information they most likely had blown a tire on takeoff from Phoenix. The aircraft burned off fuel and returned to Phoenix for a safe landing about 2:50 hours after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-700 registration N249WN reached Newark with a delay of 5.5 hours.

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Delta regional jet bumped by wide-body at JFK

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Original Story By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

A Delta Connection regional jet apparently was clipped by a Royal Jordanian Airlines’ Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft Sunday night at New York’s JFK Airport. Officials from the Port Authority that operates the airport described it as a “minor incident,”according to New York’s Newsday newspaper.

The incident occurred just after 7 p.m. ET Sunday.The Associated Press reports that a Delta Connection Embraer regional jet was waiting to taxi to a gate when it was bumped from behind by the nose of the Royal Jordanian aircraft. AP cites a spokesman for Republic Airways, the parent company of Chautauqua Airlines that was operating the Delta Connection flight.

No injuries were reported.

There were 159 passengers on the Royal Jordanian aircraft and 44 on the Delta Connection regional jet, Port Authority spokeswoman Erica Dumas tells Newsday.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, tells Newsday the agency was awaiting an “assessment” of the planes’ damage to determine if it was “substantial enough” to require an investigation. Knudson says a decision was likely to come on Monday, according to Newsday.

Port Authority officials declined to give additional details on the incident.

The spokesman for Republic tells AP that Chautauqua’s Delta Connection regional jet taxied to the gate under its own power and that all passengers and crew members exited the aircraft normally.

The incident is one of several to occur at New York airports in recent years. The highest-profile of those incidents came in April 2011, when a giant Airbus A380 being operated by Air France clipped a Delta regional jet and spun it about 90 degrees. Video of the incident went viral and made headlines across the USA.

And in May 2013, a wide-body aircraft operated by Scandinavian carrier SAS and a United Express regional jet clipped each other at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Full story via USA TODAY.

The Federal Aviation Administration Preliminary Accident/Incident Report can be found, here.  It states, “A CHATAUQUA E145 WAS STATIONARY AT THE GATE WHEN THE WING OF A TAXIING ROYAL JORDANIAN A340 STRUCK THE TAIL OF THE E145. JAMAICA, NY.”

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One killed, one hurt in Getchell plane crash

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Photo via courtesy of Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

LAKE STEVENS — One man was killed and another critically injured after a small plane went down Saturday afternoon in the Getchell area of north Snohomish County.

The crash was reported about 3:30 p.m. at the Frontier Air Park, north of Lake Stevens, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

The co-pilot who died was believed to be in his late 70s or early 80s, Ireton said. The pilot, believed to be in his mid-60s, was flown via medical helicopter to an area hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. No additional information was immediately available.

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The follow up story can be found here.

The Federal Aviation Administration Accident and Incident Notification can be found, here.  The FAA notice indicates that the accident aircraft was an experimental KITFOX III, tail number N307KF.

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American jet makes emergency landing at DFW

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Original Story Via Walt Zwirko, WFAA

Flight 1654 took off shortly after 5 p.m. for what was scheduled to be a five-hour journey to Baltimore

Flight 1654

American Airlines Flight 1654 touched down safely at DFW International Airport after encountering landing gear problems on September 29, 2014. (Photo: WFAA)

DFW AIRPORT — An American Airlines flight that left Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport bound for Baltimore Monday afternoon returned to DFW after circling North Texas for almost three hours.

Flight 1654 — carrying 140 passengers and a crew of five — took off shortly after 5 p.m. for what was scheduled to be a five-hour journey to the East Coast, But the aircraft never left the state after what the airline called a “tire problem” with the landing gear.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twin-engine jet flew in a loop, primarily over Collin County, to burn off excess fuel before attempting to land, according to information provided by the FlightAware website.

The jet also made one low pass over the airport so ground personnel could attempt to view the tires, the airline said.

Emergency vehicles were in place along the runway as Flight 1654 landed without incident. Aerial images appeared to show some problem with the plane’s nose gear, but the jet came in smoothly and there were no sparks as it touched down.

The 26-year-old plane did not attempt to taxi to a gate; it remained parked on the runway where it stopped.

After about 15 minutes, passengers used the aircraft’s rear stairway to board buses to the terminal, where they could continue their journeys.

According to, American has 151 MD-80 and MD-90 planes in its fleet, with an average age of 22.1 years.

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2 American Airlines Planes Turn Back to Dallas After Technical Issues

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Via, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014, BY

Two American Airlines flights flew back to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport early Monday because of unrelated technical issues. The passenger jets landed within two minutes of each other.

Flight 1359 made an emergency landing at 12:21 a.m. CT after the pilot was alerted to a mechanical issue, airline spokeswoman Laura Masvidal said.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 plane had left for Fresno, California, with 140 passengers and five crew members an hour earlier. Masvidal did not say what the mechanical issue was.

The second flight, AAL 997, was over the Gulf of Mexico on its way to Buenos Aires, Argentina, when a problem with pressurization turned up.

The Boeing 777-200, carrying 223 passengers and 14 crew members, turned back to have the issue checked out but did not have to make an emergency landing, Masvidal said. It arrived at 12:23 a.m.

Both planes landed safely, and the flights were rescheduled for later times.

Original story, here.

A few additional details regarding Flight 1359 can be found via the Aviation Herald, here.

Additional details about Flight 997, can be found here.

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Passengers cry and pray as smoke-filled plane rattles to emergency landing

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Original Story via Ben Brumfield, CNN

(CNN) — Many wept. Some prayed. But after their smoke-filled plane rattled to an emergency landing, passengers had a new lease on life, as they exited a JetBlue flight Thursday via inflatable chutes.

“I’m just happy to be alive,” said passenger Jarrod West, who slid down holding his black Chihuahua. “I don’t think I’ll be mean to anybody ever again.”

Four people were injured in the incident; one was taken to hospital,CNN affiliate KCAL reported.

A loud pop initiated the brush with disaster, said West and other passengers who spoke with KCAL from the airport in Long Beach, California.

Flight 1416 had left Long Beach Airport about 15 minutes before and was over the ocean, carrying 147 passengers and crew headed for Austin, Texas.

Then the right engine “blew,” JetBlue told KCAL.

A signal alerted pilots that an engine was overheating, fire department spokesman Jake Heflin told KCAL. The pilots deployed extinguishers.

Thick smoke filled cabin

Actor Jackson Rathbone was on the flight with his wife and child. “Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke,” he posted to Twitter.

It grew so thick that passengers could no longer see the people seated next to them, said passenger Jonathon Hubbard.

West realized he would have a hard time breathing soon, but oxygen masks did not drop down, he said.

So, flight attendants went around deploying them by hand.

Fortunately, not far from its departure airport, the plane made a sharp turn back toward it, Rathbone said. The actor is known for his role as Jasper Hale in the “Twilight” movie series and stars in the TV series “Aim High.”

Tears as plane rattles

As it cruised back over land, the plane began to quake, and passengers broke into tears, afraid for their lives.

“Everyone was crying,” passenger Dean Delbaugh said. “I thought this was it.” His wife, seated next to him, clung to him.

Rathbone was also flying with his family.

“I recited the Lord’s Prayer as I held my son and my wife in my arms,” he posted to social media site whosay.

Then flight attendants prepared the passengers in the event of a hard landing.

“The flight attendants were yelling ‘brace, brace’ and they kept repeating it and repeating it on the top of their lungs,” West said.

Full story, including video coverage, here.

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FAA proposes $425,000 fine for Gulfstream

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Story by Mary Carr Mayle via

The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $425,000 civil penalty against Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for failing to comply with federal guidelines related to training aircraft mechanics.

The FAA says an inspection determined that some Gulfstream mechanics did not complete required training within the time limits established in its FAA-approved training manual. Numerous training deadlines were missed, the FAA said.

In a statement Wednesday, Gulfstream spokeswoman Heidi Fedak said safety was never compromised in the maintenance of the company’s business jets.

“Safety is our biggest priority,” Fedak said. “These events, which happened several years ago, were largely administrative in nature. We assure our operators that there was no safety-of-flight issue surrounding these circumstances and all maintenance was performed properly.

“Gulfstream continuously cooperates with the Federal Aviation Administration to further enhance our training and operational procedures.”

After reviewing employee training records, FAA inspectors could not determine whether some of the employees completed training or whether the records were inaccurate. The FAA also alleges that Gulfstream allowed mechanics to maintain aircraft when they had not completed the required training.

The FAA said inspections in November 2009 and March 2010 initially identified the training discrepancies. During a June 2010 follow-up inspection, the agency determined that Gulfstream’s corrective actions were insufficient to address systemic training and record-keeping issues.

“Training is a critical component of a safe aviation system,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta said in a press release. “Operators must ensure that mechanics meet all FAA training requirements before working on complex jet aircraft.”

The FAA alleges the violations compromised safety because mechanics maintained aircraft without receiving required recurrent training.

Gulfstream has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s Civil Penalty letter to respond to the agency.

Original story, here.

To view the Federal Aviation Administration Press Release visit the FAA website, here.

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Southwest flight out of San Jose diverted to Oakland due to emergency

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A Southwest Boeing 737 leaving San Jose for Phoenix was diverted to Oakland International Airport on Monday afternoon due to an emergency after some flight controls were not performing properly.

The plane, Southwest Flight 468, landed at the Oakland airport at 3:30 p.m. and was able to “taxi under its own power” to a gate, said Mona Hernandez, an airport spokeswoman.

“Indications in the cockpit were that a portion of the redundant flight control surfaces were not performing optimally and, as is required to deviate from a filed flight plan, the captain declared an emergency to receive priority handling into Oakland,” according to a statement from Southwest.

The 128 passengers and five crew members would board a different plane and continue to Phoenix, according to the statement.

No one was injured during the incident, officials said.

Full story via the LA Times, here.

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