UPDATE: Three Passengers Lost Consciousness on SkyWest Flight

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Courtesy the Los Angeles Time.  By Lauren Raab and James Queally

Three passengers on a SkyWest Airlines flight lost consciousness before the plane made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the airline said Thursday. Initially, it had said just one passenger passed out.

It is unclear why the passengers fell ill during the Wednesday flight. Despite early reports of a pressurization issue, the airline said in a statement Thursday that “after examination by maintenance personnel and local authorities, there have been no indications of a pressurization problem or other issues with the aircraft.”

SkyWest spokesman Wes Horrocks told the Los Angeles Times that the three passengers were sitting near one another, in seats 11B, 12A and 12B. They received medical evaluation once the plane landed and were released without needing to go to a hospital, he said.

The plane, operating as a United Express flight, took off from Chicago and was headed to Windsor Locks, Conn. It landed safely at the Buffalo, N.Y., airport on Wednesday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crew “reported a pressurization problem and declared an emergency” shortly before landing in Buffalo, the FAA said in its initial statement. In a second statement Wednesday afternoon, the FAA no longer mentioned a pressurization problem.

An FAA spokesman declined to say why the change was made, but an official with knowledge of the situation told The Times that crew members initially reported a door had opened while the plane was in flight. That was later found to be untrue, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the incident with the media and requested anonymity.

Passenger Dave Barkley, 46, told The Times on Tuesday that at least two people lost consciousness before the pilot announced an emergency landing.

SkyWest does business through partnerships with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways as well as United Airlines.

It has been reported that all three passengers were seated near one another on the plane.  To read the full article, click here.

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Delta Flight 171 Hit by Turbulence Sends Two to Hospital

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Via CBS.

Extreme turbulence on an international flight diverted to Boston sent two passengers to the hospital on Wednesday evening.

Delta flight 171 from Paris to Newark, New Jersey had to make an unscheduled stop at Logan Airport because of high winds and thunderstorms in the New York area, officials said. The Boeing 767-300ER had 180 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

“The flight encountered turbulence on approach into Boston and a small number of customers who complained of nausea and possible minor injuries were evaluated by airport paramedics,” Delta said in a statement.

The flight sat on Logan’s tarmac for 90 minutes as airport paramedics tended to passengers.

Two of the passengers were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with minor injuries, a Boston EMS spokeswoman said.

“The winds were phenomenal. The plane was being bucketed from left to right, up and down, and then it was around and around,” one passenger told reporters.

The jet was able to continue the trip to New York shortly after 6 p.m.

Original story here.

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Park City health care executive killed in Idaho plane crash

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Original story by JENNIFER DOBNER | The Salt Lake Tribune

(Courtesy photo via Salt Lake Tribune) Idaho authorities say Park City resident John H. Short was among four men killed on Friday in a plane crash near Challis, Idaho.

A Park City resident killed in a small plane crash was a longtime health care executive and the owner of a Stanley, Idaho-area guest ranch.

John H. Short, 70, died Friday along with three others — Andrew D. Tyson, 46, Russell “Rusty” T. Cheney, 34, and Aaron “A.J.” Linnell, 39, all from Teton County, Idaho — when the plane he was flying crashed, according to a news release from the Custer County, Idaho, sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office identified Short as the owner of the Diamond-D Ranch, a guest ranch in the Frank Church Wilderness area of the Salmon River Mountains.

On Sunday, a man who answered the phone at the Diamond-D, but didn’t want to be identified, said Short’s death was “a great loss,” but added that no one would offer comment until after authorities have more information.

A press statement released by the health care company Anthem, Inc., on Saturday also identified Short as a board member who had served the company with “great commitment” since 2013 and leaves behind a legacy of “incredible business acumen, strategy formulation skills, and passion for business excellence.”

Joseph Swedish, Anthem’s president and CEO, said Short, who had four decades of experience in the health care industry, was known for his inquisitive mind and creative thinking

“To me, John was an excellent adviser who brought his deep knowledge of operational performance to a variety of issues that have been critical to the transformation of our company,” Swedish said in the statement. “He was both a colleague and a friend, and he will be sorely missed.”

According to Anthem, Short was also the former CEO of RehabCare Group and had been the executive chairman of the board of directors of Vericare Management Inc., a provider of mental health services to patients in long-term care facilities.”

A LinkedIn page for Short says he had earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Utah in 1971.

Custer County authorities say Short’s single-engine Cessna T210M took off from the Loon Creek airstrip about 1 p.m. on Friday and soon after deployed its emergency locator transmitter. Wreckage from the plane was found north of the airstrip — about 30 air miles from Challis, Idaho — Friday afternoon by Diamond-D Ranch workers.

Investigators say Short was piloting the plane. His passengers were all engineers from the Victor, Idaho-based Creative Energies, a solar power provider. Short had flown the trio to the ranch earlier in the day to assess a possible solar panel installation project and was returning them to the Victor-area when the crash occurred, authorities say.

Authorities say the plane caught fire after the crash and its fuselage was burned away. All that remained of the aircraft was the tail section and the wings, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities recovered the men’s remains Saturday.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original author: jdobner@sltrib.com

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UPDATE: Emergency landing at Buffalo airport

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Original Story By News 4 Digital Staff, via wivb.com

HEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A flight made an unexpected landing in Buffalo at the Buffalo-Niagara Airport after departing earlier from the Chicago O’Hare airport.

The plane safely landed, but was forced down because a group of a dozen passengers reported feeling light-headed or nauseous. Although News 4 was told by Daniel J. Neaverth, Jr., Commissioner Department of Erie County Emergency Services, that no lights went off indicating a pressure drop in the cabin, the pilots performed a rapid decent to land quickly at the nearest airport, which was Buffalo.

The pilot quickly dropped the plane from 37,000 feet to 10,400 feet after the crew reported an unknown issue to the pilot. The pilot then leveled off to make a controlled descent. SkyWest says there was never any indication that there was an issue with the cabin door of the plane, despite earlier reports of a passenger losing consciousness. Those reports say the cabin quickly lost pressure due to a door opening. The FAA says an investigation is underway but officials say they can’t comment on those reports.

SkyWest Flight 5622 was carrying 84 people bound for Hartford Connecticut, but only one person was treated and released. A total of 12 people were evaluated by medical personnel. The plane touched down safely shortly before 12 p.m. SkyWest says it is attempting to find other accommodations for the passengers while the investigation is under way.

News 4 spoke to a passenger who was traveling from Los Angeles to Hartford, CT.

“Everyone knew something was going on,” Vanessa Bergmann told News 4. “No one was really sure at that point how intense the situation was. The scariest thing was the nose dive. It was very obvious we were decending as rapidly as we could at that point.”

She told News 4 that after landing the passengers were let off the plane and there were paramedics on the scene.

Full story, here.

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El Al Jet Makes Emergency Landing with Bad Wheel

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From the Times of Israel.  By Stuart Winer.

The drama started shortly after routine flight 2521 to Prague by El Al’s budget carrier Up! took off from runway 24 on a Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 181 passengers and crew.

With the plane already in the air, officials found peeled pieces of tire on the tarmac and decided to recall the aircraft to Ben Gurion Airport in order to repair the damage.

Airport officials took no chances and declared the incident an emergency situation, marshaling fire-fighting crews, Magen David Adom ambulances, and motorcycle paramedics alongside the runway as the plane returned.

Other flights to Israel’s main international hub were put on hold as the damaged plane circled overhead before coming in for a safe landing.

“In order to repair the tire it was decided to return the plane to Ben Gurion. El Al sees flight safety as an utmost priority and does not compromise on the matter,” the company said in a statement.

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Tragic Crash Prompts Debate Over Remote Controlled Passenger Aircraft

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Reprinted from NBC News.  By Andy Eckardt

LANGEN, Germany - Technology that would allow planes to be controlled remotely in situations similar to the Germanwings tragedy is being eyed by German authorities.

Investigators believe co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit and deliberately crashed the Germanwings plane into a French mountainside on March 24, killing 150 people.

Flight 4U9525’s descent took eight minutes, but authorities were powerless to intervene.

“French air traffic controllers were monitoring how the co-pilot put commands for zero altitude into the computer system, but could not do anything,” Axel Raab from German Air Traffic Control (DFS) told NBC News.

German officials have now started examining whether new research should be launched into systems that would allow the plane to be flown from the ground.

“We have to think past today’s technology,” DFS head Klaus Dieter Scheurle said at a press conference earlier this week.

In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks and a Helios Airways crash in 2005, where the crew and passengers became unconscious, the European Union and several companies including DFS launched a research project called “Safe automatic flight back and landing of aircraft” - or SOFIA - in 2006.

Experts spent three years evaluating new systems that would allow air traffic controllers on the ground to take remote control of a passenger plane and safely land it in case of emergency.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Bloomington Crash

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Original story via Chicago Tribune.

By Patrick O’Connell

The plane that crashed near Bloomington last week, killing seven people, climbed away from the runway, turned and began a short series of descents and climbs before crashing into a farm field, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The report released Wednesday did not indicate any possible cause for the April 7 crash or say why the pilot appeared to have aborted the landing. The last recorded radio transmission from pilot Thomas Hileman to air traffic control did not indicate any problems or distress aboard the twin-engine Cessna 414A, built in 1980.

Bloomington was shrouded in dense fog as the plane approached Central Illinois Regional Airport shortly after midnight. The NTSB report says there was an overcast ceiling at 200 feet above ground level, with a half-mile surface visibility.

The plane was returning from Indianapolis, where the passengers, including two members of the Illinois State University athletics department, had attended the NCAA men’s basketball championship game. Hileman, 51, and all six passengers died on impact, the coroner said.

The NTSB typically releases an initial report about a week after plane crashes, but the full investigation of the Bloomington crash may take up to 18 months. Hileman had a valid flying certificate and about 12,000 hours of flight experience.

7 die in plane crash returning from NCAA final

Rob Mark, an Evanston-based commercial pilot and flight instructor who edits an aviation blog at jetwhine.com, said the plane’s instruments may have malfunctioned or the pilot may have become disoriented.

“What a strange-looking accident,” Mark said. “Everything looked good as they approached the airport, and then they were doing some strange stuff.”

Mark also said investigators will be looking into the instrument landing system, which connects the airplane with the airport, for any problems. Hileman was using the system to line up with the runway and land, the NTSB said. There is no voice recorder on a Cessna 414A.

The fact that the plane was able to climb suggests both engines were functioning properly, Mark said. Investigators should be able to make that determination by reviewing the wreckage, though determining whether the instruments were working may be a tougher task, he said.

Anthony Brickhouse, associate professor of aerospace and occupational safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., said he would be focused on the plane’s multiple course corrections and the weather — a 200-foot ceiling “is really low” — if he were investigating the crash.

“That approach is not something you typically would see,” Brickhouse said. “Investigators also will be looking at the aircraft. Was there something mechanically wrong? You can be following your instruments to a T, but if they’re giving you bad information or not functioning properly, that’s going to have a negative impact on you.”

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2 Injured In Small Plane Crash at Hilo Airport

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Original story at  Star Advertiser.

A single-engine Cessna 172 aircraft crashed about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday shortly after takeoff from the Hilo Airport, injuring two people critically, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Three people were on board the small plane and were transported to the hospital by Hawaii Fire Department ambulances. A Hilo Medical Center spokeswoman confirmed that two were in critical condition and one was in stable condition.

A Department of Transportation official said the pilot and two passengers were on board the plane when it crashed near Runway 21, the shorter of the two runways at Hilo Airport. Of those on board, two were male and one was female.

The airport’s rescue crew, Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting, responded to the crash and evacuated the passengers and pilot; things were reported wrapped up by 2:20 p.m.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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United Jet Slides Off Runway at Houston Airport

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Original story via CBS.

HOUSTON (AP) — Nobody has been hurt when a United Airlines jet carrying 173 people slipped off the taxiway after landing in Houston during rainy weather.

A United statement says Flight 1545 originated in Las Vegas and rolled into the grass after landing Monday morning at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Airport spokesman Bill Begley says the plane landed normally but made a wide turn on the taxiway and the jet went into some muddy grass. The landing gear of the Boeing 737 appeared mired in the mud.

United says the jet carried 167 passengers and a six-person crew. The carrier did not immediately provide additional details on what led to the incident.

Begley says crews would work to get the jet back onto the pavement.

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Fatal Plane Crash Near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

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Original story by Cherine Akbari via NBC.

Four people have died after a plane crashed in Florida near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Sunday afternoon, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA-31 aircraft had taken off from Orlando Executive Airport and was attempting to land at the airport in the 2200 block of West Cypress Creek Road around 4:30 p.m. when it experienced problems. It was unclear what kind of problems the pilot had.

Witnesses saw the plane coming in for a landing and said they knew something was wrong.

“It sounded low, it looked low,” Bobby Bemis said. “It nosedived right into the floor. It sounded like a semi truck hit a wall, it was so loud.”

“It was a large aftermath and loud explosion, a big fireball,” Bavon Sylvain said. “From what we saw, with the fireball, you could tell immediately that whoever was on that plane unfortunately passed away.”

Fort Lauderdale Police confirmed that the four people on-board died in the crash.

Rescue crews responding to the scene said the plane crashed in a wooded area, and responders had difficulty arriving to the scene.

The FAA released a statement, saying in part, “A Piper PA-31 aircraft that was inbound to Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport crashed into a nature preserve near the airport at 4:30 pm after declaring an emergency. Four persons were on board. Check with local authorities who will release their names and conditions. The airport is open, but Runway 13 is closed due to it’s proximity to the accident site.”

The NTSB is investigating the crash.

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