SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT LAX

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Reprinted from ABC7.com  By By ABC7.com staff.

A Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday night after reports of fire in the front cargo hold.

Los Angeles firefighters were called at about 10 p.m. and met Southwest Airlines Flight 1516 on the runway when it landed. Thermal imaging equipment was used to find any unusual heat source emanating from the plane.

The Boeing 737 plane originated from San Jose and was headed to San Diego with 77 passengers on board.

Los Angeles firefighters were investigating the cause of the fire alert.

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Nevada plane crash kills 3 Arizona residents

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Reprinted from AZCentral.com  By Garrett Mitchell and Alexa N. D’Angelo, The Republic | azcentral.com

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash in Nevada that left three Arizona residents dead, authorities said.

According to FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer, the single-engine Rockwell Commander aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances off the Needles Highway, near Laughlin, Nev., at about 6 p.m. on May 17.

Kenitzer said there were four people on board the plane, which was traveling from Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport to Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

James Walker, 72, of Avondale, died at the scene of the crash, a Clark County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman said. A fourth person aboard the twin-engine plane, identified as Gregory Torres, remained in the hospital in fair condition.

Witnesses described the aircraft flying unusually low and reported hearing sounds suggesting engine trouble before the crash.

The crash occurred near Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, about 100 miles south of Las Vegas. It sparked a brush fire that burned into the next day.

Two female occupants of the plane — 64-year-old Evelyn Walker of Avondale and 58-year-old Diana Soto of Goodyear — died three days after the crash of burns.

The cause of the accident remains unknown and is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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One person killed after plane crashes in Perry County

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Reprinted from WKYT.com.

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - One person was killed after a plane crashed in the Lower Lost Creek community of Perry County on Thursday.

Kentucky State Police were called to the crash around 7 p.m. near Silas Bottom Road. A smaller model airplane was found off of Highway 2446, also known as Lost Creek Road.

Troopers say one person was killed in the crash. That person has not yet been identified.

The plane has also not yet been identified due to damage from the crash.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Department, Perry County Ambulance, and several rescue squads assisted Kentucky State Police with the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash scene on Friday. Troopers will secure the area until their arrival.

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Small plane bound for Mansfield crashes in Virginia

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SALTVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police say at least two people died when a small airplane crashed into a mountain in southwest Virginia.

State Police Lt. Ed Murphy said Tuesday that there are conflicting reports on whether there were two or three people on the plane. Nobody survived.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Beechcraft BE-55 was flying about seven miles northeast of Tazewell County Airport in Richlands when air traffic controllers lost contact with it Monday. Murphy said it appears the pilot was trying to avoid an isolated storm when the plane crashed.

It took rescuers 2½ hours to reach the heavily wooded crash site on Flat Top Mountain by foot Tuesday.

The FAA said the aircraft was headed from Spruce Creek Airport near Daytona Beach, Florida, to Ohio’s Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines jet makes emergency landing at LAX

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Reprinted from KITV.com.

LOS ANGELES —A Hawaii-bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open.

Spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado of Los Angeles International Airport says Hawaiian Airlines Flight 3 took off from LAX shortly before 10 a.m. Hawaii time Monday with some 300 people onboard.

Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says the plane declared the problem around 10:30 a.m. Hawaii time and turned around.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane landed at LAX around 11:18 a.m. Hawaii time.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor says the aircraft was bound for Honolulu.  The plane circled off the California coast to burn fuel before landing.

Hawaiian Airlines says an indicator light came on in the cockpit, suggesting an open fuel jettison valve.  As a precaution, the captain chose to to return to LAX and declared an emergency for priority landing.

The plane circled to burn fuel in order to avoid an overweight landing.  Hawaiian Airlines says the crew did not dump fuel and there is no indication of a fuel leak.

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Two tires blew out as Alaska Air flight landed at Sea-Tac

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Courtesy KIRO TV.

SEATAC, Wash. —

Passengers have been tweeting about an Alaska Airlines plane’s rough landing at Sea-Tac airport overnight.

Pictures from Twitter show Flight 601 from Las Vegas on the tarmac after landing just after midnight Monday.

Alaska Airlines said two of the Boeing 737’s left tires blew after landing. The captain and co-pilot didn’t know anything was wrong until pilots on another plane saw smoke.

Firefighters sprayed the tires with foam.

The plane is being inspected to determine what caused the tires to blow.

All 173 passengers on board exited the plane safely.

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NTSB: Pilot Error Led to Whitefield Helicopter Crash

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Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — Federal investigators have determined that a helicopter crash in Whitefield last year was caused when the pilot failed to respond to low fuel warnings.

The National Transportation Safety Board report released Wednesday says pilot Michael Conleyfailed to respond appropriately to a signal warning him of a lack of fuel. As a result, Conley was forced to crash land in the trees last May.

The NTSB says the caution light was on the dim setting, making it difficult to see in daylight.

Conley, who was flying for Whitefield-basedMaine Helicopters, suffered a minor head injury. No one else was on board.

Company owner Greg Farris tells the Morning Sentinel the report contains “zero surprises” and calls the pilot’s decision a “silly mistake.”

Farris says Conley no longer works for the company.

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United SkyWest Jet Makes Emergency Landing At LAX

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Reprinted from CBSLA.com/AP.

A jetliner landed safely Monday at Los Angeles International Airport after its landing gear failed to fully deploy, according to reports.

The left wing of the United SkyWest regional jet scraped the ground on Runway 24 Left around 8:23 a.m. after its left landing gear failed to fully deploy, according the FAA.

Officials said 40 passengers and three crew members were on board the aircraft, which took off from Monterey at 7:14 a.m., the Associated Press reported.

Live video appeared to show the Bombardier CRJ200’s left landing gear didn’t deploy as it came down. Smoke could be seen coming from that side of the aircraft as it dragged along the runway and skidded to a stop.

Passengers exited the aircraft upon landing and were being placed on buses to be taken to the United terminal, according to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott.

“We were a little nervous, it was very fast,” said passenger Dennis Thanass. “Soon as we missed the airport the first time, we knew they were gonna dump the fuel, and they flew by the tower to make sure the wheels were up or down.”

Passenger Traci Reid said she was surprised, however, the landing wasn’t more violent, and credited the pilot’s expertise.

“Actually, this is what was amazing about the pilot was it was an incredibly smooth landing. I would say it was actually smoother than some of the landings I’ve had with all of the landing gear down,” Reid said.

“If you take a look at the aerial photos, you can actually see the plane tilting a little bit, but our airport response firefighter vehicles were there, ready for it,” LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady said.

“A SkyWest regional jet was unable to extend its left main landing gear and landed on Runway 24L with the gear retracted,” said Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration in a statement.

SkyWest Airlines released the following statement: “SkyWest Flight 5316 operating as United Express from Monterey to Los Angeles safely conducted an emergency landing in Los Angeles after the left main landing gear failed to extend. All 40 passengers and three crew members safely deplaned. Mechanics will inspect the aircraft to determine what may have caused the issue.”

LAX says six flights cancelled delayed or diverted because of the emergency landing. LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said there were “no significant impacts to LAX operations” following the incident.

The plane has been moved into a hanger at the airport, where it will be inspected by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the airline.

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Two dead in Spokane River plane crash

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Article reprinted from KXLY, Spokane.  Author: Rob Kauder, Internet Content Manager, robk@kxly.com

SPOKANE, Wash. -

A small aircraft crashed into the Spokane River Near Felts Field Thursday, and two people pulled from the water have since died.

Late Thursday night, Jim Uttke of the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that the two occupants, Lyndon Amestoy and Richard Runyon, had succumbed to their injuries.

The aircraft was going on a test flight when it experienced some sort of in-flight emergency and went into the Spokane River. The two men on board the aircraft  were in the water for approximately 30 minutes, according to Spokane Valley Deputy Fire Chief Andy Hail.

Sources at Felts Field indicate this was a test flight, done on a plane not owned in Spokane.

Witnesses say the men radioed the tower for help, saying they were having mechanical problems before it went down.

While the fire department called this an experimental test flight, sources familiar with the aircraft tell KXLY4, it was a Piper Malibu, a plane capable of carrying up to six passengers in most cases.

Right now, the ages and hometowns of the two occupants have not been disclosed, nor is it known which of the two men was flying the plane at the time of the crash.

This is the second plane crash in the vicinity of Felts Field this year involving a Piper Malibu. In February, a Piper PA46-350 lost power on climb out from Felts Field. That aircraft was destroyed on impact when the pilot, Michael Clements, attempted an emergency landing near the Hamilton Street overpass.

Clements succumbed to injuries sustained in that crash two days later.

That crash remains under investigation by the NTSB, which issued a preliminary report earlier this spring that confirmed Clements’ aircraft was mistakenly fueled up with jet fuel, which caused him to lose power during climb out

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Small plane crashes on Atlanta-area interstate, killing 4

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Courtesy CNN.  By Jason Hanna and Greg Botelho, CNN.

Truck driver Gerald Smith glanced to his right and saw a small plane flying low and toward him as he motored along a busy Atlanta-area highway Friday morning.

Smith hit the brakes, an action he thinks saved his life. The plane’s occupants couldn’t save their own.

The single-engine Piper PA-32 passed in front of Smith’s decelerating tractor-trailer and crashed on Interstate 285 just north of Atlanta, killing all four people aboard and severely snarling traffic on the bypass that encircles the city, officials said.

No one on the ground was injured, DeKalb County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson said, even though the plane hit the highway shortly after rush hour, at about 10 a.m.

“Whoever was in that plane, my heart goes out to their family,” Smith told CNN Atlanta affiliate WSB. “Just a normal workday for me (is now) a day I’ll never forget, because somebody’s life was taken.”

Grady Gideon Byrd told CNN that his son, 53-year-old Greg Byrd, and two grandsons, Christopher, 27, and Phillip, 25, were on the plane.

Christopher’s fiancee, Jackie Kulzer, also was on board, according to the elder Byrd.

The four on board were headed to the University of Mississippi for graduation ceremonies Saturday for Greg Byrd’s younger son, Robert, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Greg Byrd, the pilot, was a small-business owner there. Before that, he served in the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office.

“He loved life, he was adventurous. He really did a great job at the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Van Duncan told the newspaper.

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