Plane crash near Vancouver airport injures 11

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events

Posted: Oct 27, 2011 4:31 PM PT


9 passengers and at least 2 people on the ground hurt

All nine people aboard a small plane heading to the British Columbia Interior were sent to hospital Thursday after it slammed onto a city street just outside Vancouver’s International Airport.
Richmond RCMP reported late Thursday that the two crewmembers on the flight were in “very critical condition.”

‘Everything’s good,’ pilot said.

Excerpts of radio communication between air traffic control and a pilot of Flight 204:

4:08 p.m. PT: Traffic controllers tell pilot of Flight 204 he’s, “No. 1 for Runway 26,” and ask to confirm if he “doesn’t need equipment or help” on the runway. Pilot calmly responds, “Negative, everything’s good here at the moment.”

4:09 p.m.: Air traffic control clears pilot to land on Runway 26. Pilot calmly acknowledges with, “Cleared to land, 204.”

4:11 p.m.: A loud burst of static is heard on the recording.

4:11 p.m.: Controller declares an aircraft has “pulled short” and “the runway is closed for the time being.”

4:12 p.m.: Other aircraft are advised to “hold your position, we have an emergency.”

Seven passengers and two other people who were travelling in a car hit by the plane were reported in serious condition.
Alyssa Polinsky, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health, said a pedestrian was also sent to hospital after being struck by a flying object. The person’s condition was unknown.
“We have everything from burns to fractures and back injuries,” Polinsky said late Thursday in an interview, adding she had no information on any of the victims’ identities.

“We aren’t expecting anyone else coming in.”
The plane burst into flames shortly after it crashed while attempting to return to the airport. It landed near a street just outside its fences, snarling traffic at the peak of the city’s afternoon rush.
Officials for the airport said the plane, a Beechcraft King Air 100, is operated by Northern Thunderbird Air, based in Prince George, B.C.

Witnesses rushed to help.

The aircraft slammed onto the road and slid into the car before stopping, witness Steven Baran told CBC News.
Baran, who works for the post office at the airport, said no one in the car appeared to be hurt and his first instinct was to help the plane passengers.
He said he and other witnesses “made a beeline for the plane.”
“The rear door was ajar and one of the fellows pulled it down,” said Baran. “One after another, we just pulled passengers out real quick.”

The flight took off at about 3:40 p.m. PT from Vancouver designated as Flight 204 and headed east on a 270-kilometre flight to Kelowna, B.C.

An investigator takes a photograph of the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed on a road while on approach to Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday October 27, 2011. Darryl Dyck/CP.

The plane turned around when the crew got the “indication of a problem” about 15 minutes after takeoff, said Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.
The aircraft did not make it back to the airport, crashing on Russ Baker Way in Richmond, about 900 metres short of the runway.
An audio recording of the conversation between a pilot aboard the ill-fated flight and air traffic controllers, obtained by CBC News, shows the pilot declared an emergency on turning back to Vancouver, but was confident he could reach the airfield.
The air traffic controller asks the pilot to confirm whether he “doesn’t need equipment or help” on the runway. The pilot calmly responds, “Negative, everything’s good here at the moment.”

Visibility was good with clear skies at the time of the crash, CBC meteorologist Claire Martin said.
All bridges leading to the airport were closed to allow swift access for emergency vehicles.

Flight 710 Diverted to Boston

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes

Last night a US Airways flight was diverted after an electrical smell in the cabin made the crew sick. The smell was described as “unusual.” In fact that smell might not be so unusual. Burning aviation jet engine oil is reported to smell electrical. The 192 passengers and the flight crew should be told that they were exposed to burning jet engine oil, because burning jet engine oil is toxic. These passengers and crew, on a flight bound for Switzerland, may never know what they were exposed to. It is time for the airlines to step up and report bleed air contamination to their passengers and crews. For more information on contaminated bleed air see .

Much Love for Virgin America, Much Hate for American Airlines

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


New Report Finds More Hate Than Love for US Airlines on Social Media

NEW YORK, NY, Oct 18, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Social media users were more negative than positive about US airlines on social media in the last 12 months, with intense hatred for a handful of carriers accounting for most of the negativity, according to a new social media analytics report from Amplicate.


The report found that 57% of all opinions on social media about US airlines were negative over the last 12 months, with American Airlines (AMR), United Airlines (UAUA) and US Airways (LCC) incurring most of the hatred. American Airlines was the most hated airline over the last 12 months ( ), with only 12% of opinions expressing love for the world’s fourth largest airline.



Social media users were most negative about airlines in June 2011 when Delta Air Line’s (DAL) decision to charge returning soldiers for extra baggage caused a firestorm of controversy on social media.


But not all airlines caused social media users such consternation. Social media users expressed overwhelming affection for Virgin America Airlines, which was the most loved US airline on social media over the 12 months, with 97% of opinions enthusiastically embracing the low cost airline. Social media users were especially enthusiastic about Virgin America’s onboard WiFi, which allowed them to tweet their feelings for the airline from 20,000 feet.


Amplicate’s new report ‘Public Opinion on US Airlines on Social Media’ ( ) reveals that, although there were more negative than positive opinions posted about US airlines on social media in the last 12 months, the positive opinions were far more influential. In every month, positive opinions accounted for more than 80% of the potential audience for opinions on US airlines.


Amplicate’s new report is part of its new social analytics reports service. Amplicate offers in-depth social media analytics reports on every imaginable topic. Reports explain what people have been saying about a topic, when and where they’re saying it and why.


About Amplicate Amplicate tracks and analyses opinions on any topic posted on social media. It currently tracks over 150m opinions from over 30m people.

Amplicate has been featured in TechCrunch and its data has been used by The Telegraph and CNN among others.

SOURCE: Amplicate

Fliers irate at Air India for 9-hour ground delay at Gatwick

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

Police were called onto a diverted Air India plane in London to help keep the peace as passengers were stranded on the Boeing 777 for close to nine hours Sunday, The Times of India reports.

That long ground delay came top of about 10 hours of flying time before the Heathrow-bound flight from Mumbai diverted to Gatwick because of fog, according to the Guardian of London.

The move was especially frustrating for passengers since they were stuck on the plane at Gatwick, which is just about 45 miles from the plane’s intended (and eventual) destination of Heathrow.

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Air India apparently did not allow passengers to disembark at Gatwick, preferring to keep them on the plane in the hope it could soon leave for that airport.

However, an Air India official who refused to be identified tells the BBC that a series of “creeping delays” is what eventually led to the 20-hour flight.

The BBC writes “Air India said the weather, take off slots, and crewing hours caused delays. The airline said if it had been known the delay was to be several hours, passengers would have been taken off.”

Regardless of the reason, passenger unrest over the growing delay resulted in a call to police. The London Telegraph writes “officers from Sussex Constabulary attended the scene to calm rising tension amongst those passengers who were angry at the lack of information” about when they might be able to either get off the plane or get on their way to Heathrow.

British newspaper Littlehampton Gazette writes authorities were on hand “to prevent a possible breach of the peace but said the passengers had been ‘positive about their plight.’ “

“People started to get quite restless and talk to staff at the airplane door,” another passenger — Victoria Denham — tells the BBC. “There were rumors flying around the whole cabin but I have to admit people were calm and anti-confrontational.”

Still, in BBC video from onboard the plane, one passenger with an American-sounding accent pleaded with officials to get off the plane since many customers presumably were already so close to their ultimate destinations. “This is crazy,” he can be heard saying.

Officials at Gatwick Airport say they would have offered assistance to the delayed Air India passengers, but the airline chose not to let the disembark at that airport.

“We did everything we could while they were at Gatwick. We can’t do anything with the passengers if they don’t disembark,” an unnamed Gatwick spokeswoman tells the BBC. “We went over and above what we should do. We gave them water. They didn’t want us to provide food because they used their own caterers who are at Heathrow.”

As for the series of events that led to the “creeping delays,” here’s how the various media reports suggest that played out.

First, the overnight Heathrow-bound flight diverted to Gatwick around 7:30 a.m. local time because of dense fog that had developed at Heathrow.

Then, according to the unnamed Air India official speaking to the BBC, the airline expected the weather to clear in about 90 minutes … only to find out later that the Heathrow landing slot offered to Air India to continue the flight wouldn’t come until about 1:30 p.m.

That meant the crew operating the Air India flight would exceed its maximum-allowed work time, forcing the carrier to shuttle in a new crew from Heathrow. That crew, according to India’s NDTV, got lost somewhere in or around Gatwick.

The flight finally reached Heathrow around 5:30 p.m. local time, at which point fliers apparently were given a letter from Air India containing “sincere apologies for any inconvenience,” according to a passenger quoted by AFP.

Full story:

Airport security at Sea-Tac finds loaded gun on passenger

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


Posted by Cathy McLain


An airline passenger carrying a loaded gun was discovered by airport security at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the Transportation Security Administration.

The gun, a .380 Iver Johnson handgun, held six rounds of ammunition, including in the chamber, and was in the carry-on bag of a male passenger bound for Minneapolis, said TSA Public Affairs Manager Lorie Dankers in the release.

The man was arrested, and charges are pending, Dankers said.

The TSA says “firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms” are not permitted in carry-on luggage. They may be allowed in checked baggage, depending on local laws.

Cessna 208B Caravan Accident (Canada)

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events






~11:40am LT


Cessna 208B Grand Caravan


Air Tindi



C/n / msn:



Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4

Other fatalities:


Airplane damage:

Written off (damaged beyond repair)


20 nm from Lutselk’e, NT – Canada


En route


Domestic Scheduled Passenger

Departure airport:

Yellowknife Airport – CYZF

Destination airport:

Lutselk’e-Snowdrift Airport – CYLK

Air Tindi said a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, performing flight 8T200, left Yellowknife Airport (CYZF) at 11:03 a.m. MT and was scheduled to arrive at Lutselk’e-Snowdrift Airport (CYLK) at 11:45 a.m when it crashed on a peninsula of Great Slave Lake, about 40 kilometres west of Lutselk’e.

Two occupants were killed and two were taken to hospital with serious injuries.