Three Injured when Plane Crashes into Florida House

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From Jems.com.

Officials say three people were injured when their small plane crashed into a Florida home.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King was quoted by the Sun Sentinel that no one inside the house was injured when the plane hit it Monday afternoon. King said one woman and two men were inside the Hawker Beechcraft 76, and they were all in critical condition.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email that the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings from nearby Pompano Beach Airpark when the crash occurred.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the plane is registered to Florida Aviation Academy, which runs a flight school at the airpark. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the crash’s cause.

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Pilot pulled from plane crash seconds before fuel tank firebal

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From rt.com.

A pilot’s dramatic escape from a burning plane wreck has been captured on CCTV, after his twin engine Cessna ploughed into an oak tree in Foley, Alabama.

On Tuesday, the outside parking lot of a towing business suddenly became the scene of a horror smash when the small plane crashed into a tree and caught fire.

Footage of the accident captured by the tow company’s CCTV camera shows the heartstopping moment Russell Smith’s plane suddenly plunged into the tree.

Fuel leaking from the plane quickly spreads a ring of fire around the crash site, as passersby call the emergency services and check the wreck for survivors. Seconds later, the plane’s fuel tank completely combusts, causing parts of the tree to collapse into the flames.

The incident happened not far from Foley Municipal Airport, Baldwin County, and incredibly saw Smith escape with only superficial injuries, report Alabama WKRG news.

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Witness describes scene of deadly Boone plane crash

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From journalnow.com. By John Hinton.

A man who helped rescue victims of a fiery plane crash Monday at the Boone Golf Course described the scene as horrific.

Benjamin Franklin Chappell, 69, a retired trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol, died in the crash. John Field Worsley II, 68, of Lenior and Steven Cox Berry, 43, of Banner Elk were severely injured and are being treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Berry remained in critical condition Wednesday at Wake Forest Baptist, a hospital spokeswoman said. No information was available about Worsley’s condition, but Boone police have said that Worsley also was in critical condition at the hospital.

Bud Russell said he heard an huge explosion when the plane crashed onto the fairway on the golf course’s fifth hole. Russell and other witnesses saw the plane hit some trees before it crashed.

The registered owner of the plane, a Piper PA-32-300, is Worsley, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The fixed wing single-engine aircraft was built in 1974.

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FAA confirms it is reviewing Allegiant Air operations

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From tampabay.com. By William R. Levesque.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Wednesday that it is conducting a detailed, 90-day inspection of Allegiant Air’s operations in response to “various internal issues” tied to maintenance and safety.

Such a comprehensive review is normally conducted at all airlines every five years. But the FAA said it moved up its review of Allegiant by nearly two years to ensure the airline has remedied problems in operations.

The FAA provided little detail about the reasons for the review, but said the issues were related to two flights last summer. One involved a near-crash of an aircraft in Las Vegas that suffered a jammed elevator on its tail during a takeoff that was aborted. The second involved an emergency landing in Fargo, N.D., due to low fuel at an airport that was partly closed.

The FAA’s review comes as Allegiant officials recently have confirmed problems with operations after a year of steadfastly insisting all was well with the airline. Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher Jr. last week conceded the airline had a “bad summer” in 2015, with several emergency landings at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

The Allegiant pilots union, involved in bitter contract negotiations, said Allegiant’s recent comments on problems are overdue.

“It’s clear that Allegiant’s bare-minimum approach to its operation isn’t working,” said Dan Wells, president of Teamsters Local 1224. “The federal government is conducting a high-profile investigation, and with an emergency occurring virtually every week due to a preventable maintenance issue, passengers are increasingly saying it isn’t worth the risk to fly Allegiant.”

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Southwest flight to Boston diverted to Buffalo on Thursday

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Bostonglobe.com. By Alexandra Koktsidis.

A Southwest Airlines flight headed to Boston was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo Thursday night, after two flight attendants were injured during severe turbulence, officials said.

The flight attendants were taken to a local hospital, treated, and released Friday morning, according to a statement from Southwest Airlines.

The flight crew declared an emergency after experiencing turbulence, and the flight was diverted to Buffalo Niagara International Airport in New York, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Emergency landing amid storms damages small Kansas plane

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wibw.com. By Lindsay Sax.

Authorities say a small plane went off a runway in southwestern Michigan after the pilot made an emergency landing due to thunderstorms.

No one was injured on Monday night’s landing at South Haven Area Regional Airport.

Police say the plane was heading from Kansas to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when the pilot reported encountering strong storms with high winds. The plane was found off the end of the runway and had damage to its front end from the landing.

Police didn’t say where in Kansas the flight originated. South Haven police say the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Lighting from the storms also was blamed for sparking a fire at an appliance business in nearby South Haven Township. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports no one was injured in the fire.

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1 dead, 2 injured in plane crash in Renton, WA

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Q13fox.com. By AP.

Authorities say one person was killed and two were injured after a small plane ran off the runway at an airport in Woodland.

The Columbian reports (http://goo.gl/wnZV06) emergency personnel were called to the scene at about 3 p.m. Thursday for a single engine plane that had driven off the end of the runway, through a fence and up an embankment.

Three people were taken to a nearby hospital. Woodland Mayor Will Finn told to the newspaper that one person was killed.

Authorities say the plane, a Mooney M20K, is registered to a corporation in Woodinville and was bound for Renton. According to records, the plane is registered to McAir Inc., of Woodinville.

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Air Canada plane ‘was all over the place’ before Gander crash landing

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Reprinted from metronews.ca.

Before the small Beechcraft plane crash-landed in eastern Newfoundland, passenger Kris Ralph wondered whether it should have been flying at all. The 27-year-old Ralph has flown the route between his job in Labrador and the Gander, N.L., airport frequently over the past three years.

On Wednesday, even before it departed from Goose Bay with 16 aboard, he said he was questioning whether the Air Canada Express flight should attempt the trip as forecasts called for an April blizzard.

When the plane descended in Gander, which was being buffeted by strong winds and snowfall of about 40 centimetres, he doubted the pilot would seek to land on the first attempt.

Ralph said the plane hit the tarmac hard, nosedived and spun, pushing him into the side of the aircraft. He saw pieces of a prop break off and strike a window just three seats ahead of him.

He said the plane came to an abrupt stop, and he could smell melted fibreglas from the skid along the runway. The passengers spent almost 20 minutes on the runway waiting for vehicles to respond, he said.

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Emergency Landing After Cabin Fills with Smoke

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Reprinted from dailymail.co.uk. By Georgia Diebelius.

Passengers claim they thought they ‘would die’ when their plane made an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cabin by crew.

Flyers on board the Iberia flight from Montevideo in Uruguay to Madrid in Spain claim that they were alerted to the emergency after a ‘permanent alarm’ sounded.

Following the emergency landing some flyers reported that they were stranded in Fortaleza, Brazil, for two days.

The Airbus A330-200 initially dropped 8,000ft from 37,000ft to 29,000ft in the space of nine minutes before making a full descent and landing at the airport in Brazil five hours into the 16 hour flight.

A video of it touching down was later uploaded to YouTube.

Passenger Pedro Amador from Dubai told MailOnline Travel that after the landing the plane was met by fire engines as the ‘plane stopped very fast and the brakes started smoking’.

Despite the airline stating that the smoke was detected in the crew rest area of the aircraft, some passengers have claimed that they were told that their baggage may have ’suffered burns’ from a fire in the hold - something the airline has denied.

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Small plane crashes in western St. Lucie County

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Reprinted from palmbeachpost.com. By Julius Whigham II.

A small private plane crashed during an attempted emergency landing Monday afternoon in western St. Lucie County, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. in the 3400 block of Orange Avenue, near the border of St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. A 23-year-old man piloting a Piper Warrior 3 reported a mechanical problem and attempted to land the aircraft in an orange grove, said Catherine Chaney, spokeswoman for the St. Lucie County Fire District.

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