Disabled Newark jet’s scary landing

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Other Events, Safety


Last Updated: 9:18 AM, February 28, 2012

A jetliner carrying 71 people wound up landing on its nose at Newark Liberty International Airport last night after its front wheel failed to deploy.

No one aboard the flight from Atlanta was hurt.

“We just thought it was the end,’’ passenger Steve Parowski told the Star Ledger of Newark.

“I just sent a text to my sons letting them know that I loved them and I hoped everything worked out.’’

As soon as he got off the plane, he sent another text:

“I landed and I’m alive.’’

Cockpit instruments had indicated that there was a problem with the gear.

That was confirmed by controllers when the plane flew past the tower.

“The nose gear is not down,’’ a controller told the pilot, according to paper. “You got no nose gear.’’

Parowski, who lives in Franklin Lakes, told the Ledger passengers were alerted to the impending rough landing when the plane was still about 45 minutes out.

He said the tense minutes before the 6:20 p.m. landing were spent circling the area — including the airport, where passengers saw emergency vehicles waiting — as the crew provided emergency instructions.

The airport shut down as fire and other rescue crews raced to the runway when the Brazilian-made Embraer 170 touched down and came to a halt with the pilot holding the nose in the air for as long as possible.

Then the nose dropped to the runway, Parowski said, and ground crews sprayed the plane with foam to prevent a fire.

The plane filled with acrid smoke and the passengers were ordered to exit using emergency inflatable chutes.

But at least one passenger was amazingly blasé about the scary situation.

“I’ve had rougher landings than that,’’ Angela Nickerson of Seattle, told the Star Ledger.

The plane, operated by United Shuttle Air Express, carried 67 passengers and four crew members.

Two of the airport’s runways were shut as a precaution, authorities said, but were reopened within an hour.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will investigate.

The problem was believed to be with the plane’s hydraulics.

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Smoke and Fumes on Aircraft

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


For years the aviation industry has been telling the traveling public, flight attendants and pilots that the air on airplanes is safe. Unfortunately that is not always the case.  Brodkowitz Law has represents flight attendants, passengers and pilots who become ill after breathing contaminated air on airplanes during “fume events.” To learn more about our work visit our Toxic Fumes on Aircraft  page on our website.

Below is a list of flights in which an individual reported smoke within the cabin. Passengers and flight crew on such flights may have been exposed to contaminated bleed air. Some of the health effects of breathing contaminated bleed air are described in the Contaminated Bleed Air Medical Protocol available on our website. These can include breathing problems, burning or tingling in the hands or feet, tremors, memory loss, headaches, speech impairment, vision problems, ringing in the ears etc.  Please visit our website or Contact Us with any questions.

February 23, 2010: Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3928 out of Memphis, TN (MEM) to Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) “smelled like smoke and had a bathroom smoke detector (aft) go off twice.”  Maintenance was apparently called and the flight and cabin crew were evacuated but passengers remained on the aircraft for two hours.  The smoke was reported to be coming in through the air conditioning system. 

March 7, 2010: Skywest Airlines Flight 5940 from Aspen to Denver, CO,  Apparently, the aircraft was the only aircraft to take-off that day due to extreme winds in the area.  Flight 5940 was on the ground for a long period of time discussing an overweight issue. After takeoff “the cabin filled with smoke” and that the passengers received no communication from the cockpit or flight attendants. 

May 28, 2010: American Airlines Flight 1808, from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to West Palm Beach International (PBI).  About 10-15 minutes into the flight at 15,000 ft, passengers reportedly heard a “loud boom and then smelled smoke and fire.”  They were not informed of anything by the airline.  The flight returned to DFW successfully. 

August 28, 2010: American Eagle Flight 4436, enroute to Washington, D.C. (DCA) from Nashville, TN (ENA),  as the flight ascended to cruising altitude, the aircraft subsequently lost cabin pressure and passengers reported that their ears started popping and the entire cabin filled with smoke, and oxygen masks deployed.  The flight apparently returned to Nashville after approximately 25 minutes of flight time. 

September 21, 2010: Executive Airline Flight (N536AT), blue smoke reportedly filled the cockpit.

October 27, 2010: Skywest Airlines Flight 6183 from San Francisco (SFO) to Crescent City, CA (ACV), experienced difficulties when the cabin filled with smoke.  A concerned passenger indicated that approximately 40 minutes into the 60 minute flight, the cabin filled with smoke and the flight returned back to San Francisco instead of proceeding to Crescent City or alternatively landing at the closest airport in Eureka/Arcadia, CA.  Smoke was observed in the cabin by a Flight Attendant shortly after reaching cruising altitude.  The Flight Attendant informed the Captain of the smoke and tried to locate the source of the smoke, unsuccessfully.  It was determined that the flight was half way in-between SFO and ACV when the smoke was observed. 

November 27, 2010: US Airways Flight 1131 (A391) from CLT to TBPB/BGI, haze in the cabin was seen prior to takeoff.  The passengers were deplaned and the flight attendants were provided with medical treatment.  A new flight crew was called in but when they arrived, the passengers had already been boarded.  It was reported that there were still fumes (or an “after effect”) on the aircraft and one flight attendant had to deplane in Barbados to get medical attention, leaving only two flight attendants on board to receive additional passengers.  The fumes were not reported until landing in CLT.

December 13, 2010: onboard Aer Lingus Irish International Airline Flight 4963 from Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Madrid, Spain (MAD), following departure the cabin (passengers) smelled fumes and numerous passengers, including a young child, and cabin crew became ill.  A similar occurrence was observed on the return flight two days later on December 15, 2010. 

February 9, 2011: Air Jamaica Flight 045, approximately half way through the flight, from Kingston, Jamaica (KIN) to Philadelphia (MBJ) with a stop in Montego Bay, passengers reportedly started to smell an “acrid smell” which resulted in difficulty breathing.    The aircraft was reported to have landed with a “very strong odor of fuel fumes in the cabin.” 

February 17, 2011: JetBlue Airways Flight No. 1249 from Boston to Dulles, reportedly experienced excessive amounts of toxic fumes in the cabin that not only made it difficult to breath, but also the exposure to (fumes) while waiting to depart caused at least one passenger to fall violently ill.  Other health effects such as splitting headache and vomiting were reported. 

If you have been exposed to contaminated air on an airplane there is important information that your doctor should know. Click here to obtain the Bleed Air Medical Protocol, a document designed to help doctors treat victims of fume events. Bring this document to your doctor.

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Mount Si, North Bend plane crash

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, a Cessna 172 carrying three passengers crashed into Mount Si in North Bend, Washington.  There were no survivors.  The victims were, Rob Marshall Hill, Seth Dawson, and Liz Redling, according to The Seattle Times.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preliminary Accident and Incident database, identifies the accident aircraft as N665SP, a C172, and states:


The FAA Notice can be found here (Notice 1).

Prior to the crash, neighbors reportedly heard a “sputter, pop and an explosion,” as reported by The Seattle Times.

Our research indicates that in April of 2004, a Service Difficulty Report (SDR) was submitted to the FAA describing engine difficulty.  The report described the following:


A link to the report can be found by entering a query for N665SP, here.  No subsequent reports were found.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has not yet posted a Preliminary Report, but we anticipate a preliminary report in the next 7-10 days.  You can watch for both the Preliminary and Probable casuse report to be posted here, on our website, or at the NTSB website, here.

Witnesses described sputtering and popping sounds prior to the crash of the aircraft, according to The Seattle Times. An investigation should be performed to determine whether a defective engine or part may have contributed to the crash.

Resources for airplane crash victim’s family members and loved ones can be found on our website or by clicking, here.

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Spotlight on Another Attorney Making a Difference

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events



From time to time we spotlight the efforts of other attorneys who are making a difference for the little guys. At Filutowski Law, Alexandra Filutowski represents clients in discrimination, wrongful termination, hostile work environment, defamation/libel, whistleblower and unemployment claims. She also represents clients in landlord tenant actions, as well as individuals seeking estate planning. In addition to all of the above Ms. Filutowski is a personal injury attorney who represents individuals injured nationwide. 

One of the unique qualities that the Filutowski Law Firm brings to its clients is her international law proficiency. Ms. Filutowski taught U.S Tort Law From A Litigator’s Perspective and Moot Court at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.  She also was an invited speaker at the Pan European Organization of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL) in Krakow and the International Law Practice Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar at the American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention in New York City in July 2011.

Stay abreast of all that the Filutowski Firm is doing at http://www.filutowskilaw.com.

Southwest flight returns to Orlando airport because of strange odor

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety


Passengers will take off for Panama City on a different airplane.

February 13, 2012|(Reposed) By Susan Jacobson, Orlando Sentinel
A Southwest Airlines flight from Orlando to Panama City returned to the gate this evening because of a strange odor in the galley, authorities said.

Flight No. 517 left Orlando International Airport about 6 p.m. and returned about 20 minutes later.

One hundred thirty-three passengers and five crew members debarked while Southwest employees and Orlando firefighters inspected the Boeing 737-700, a Southwest spokeswoman said.

Full story:  http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-02-13/news/os-southwest-flight-returns-to-orlando-20120213_1_strange-odor-orlando-airport-southwest-airplane

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Snowmobilers rescue 2 after plane crash on Mount Baker glacier

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


BELLINGHAM — A 28-year-old Bellingham man and his passenger were safe Sunday after crash-landing a small plane Saturday night nearly 8,000 feet high on the south side of Mount Baker.  Both the pilot and passenger, whose names were not released, were rescued from the snow-covered volcano by snowmobilers who saw the wreck, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. Neither pilot or passenger were injured.

The plane was a described as a Piper PA-18, a two-seat single-engine aircraft manufactured in 1953. It was registered to the 208 Corp. of Seattle, according to the FAA. A photograph with the FAA’s online registry showed it was painted bright yellow. Details of the crash were sketchy, said Mike Fergus, spokesman for the FAA’s Northwest Mountain Region. He said the plane made what was described as an emergency landing. “There was substantial damage to the aircraft,” Fergus said.

The state Transportation Department and possibly the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. Officials from those agencies did not return phone calls Sunday afternoon.

Renee Bodine, public affairs officer for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, said she could not recall if a plane has ever crashed on Mount Baker.  The incident began as an aircraft was reported missing Saturday night by family members who said the pilot had not returned from his trip to take photos of Mount Baker. About the same time, the Transportation Department’s Aviation Division was alerted to an emergency beacon from a downed aircraft.

A crew from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was scrambled to search for the lost plane.
Meanwhile, law-enforcement officials in Whatcom County received reports about 7:20 p.m. Saturday of both a snowmobile accident and a plane crash or forced landing at Schreibers Meadow, a popular recreation area south of the 10,781-foot Mount Baker.

Although much of the land in the Mount Baker National Recreation Area is designated wilderness and off-limits to vehicles, there is a small portion that’s open to snowmobilers. It’s accessible only by unpaved roads from Whatcom County on the west and by U.S. Forest Service roads and hiking trails on the southeast side via Skagit County.

When search-and-rescue personnel arrived at Schreibers Meadow, they learned that injured snowmobilers had been taken off the mountain by friends. Information on the extent of their injuries was unknown.
Search and rescue personnel proceeded toward the signal from the plane’s emergency beacon on the Deming Glacier at the 7,800-foot level.

When they reached the plane, it was empty. Officials learned later that snowmobilers had transported the pilot off the mountain.

It was unknown how the plane was to be removed from the glacier. Bodine said that typically, debris must be packed out of wilderness areas unless a special permit can be obtained for motorized vehicles.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/02/12/2391206/snowmobilers-rescue-pilot-after.html#storylink=cpy

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Pilots were warned plane could drop from sky

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


Reposted from smh.com.au

By, Andrew Heasley

Air scare… pilots of a Qantas plane carrying more than 100 passengers had difficulty landing the plane due to malprogramming. 

PILOTS flying a Qantas regional service with more than 100 passengers wrestled with shaking joysticks warning of an aerodynamic stall during two botched landing attempts at Kalgoorlie after they unwittingly programmed the flight computers with wrong data.
A slip-up by the captain, unnoticed by the co-pilot entering the data, meant

the plane’s weight was calculated to be almost 9.5 tonnes lighter than it really was, investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau found.
That mistake meant the settings for landing angle and speed were wrong for the task, twice triggering automated ”stick shaker” warnings to alert pilots to an impending aerodynamic stall – when the plane is no longer aerodynamically stable and in danger of dropping from the sky.

The first stick shaker warnings triggered at 335 metres, and again during the second landing attempt at 106 metres, before pilots managed to land on a

third attempt.
But during the landing attempts the pilots had not identified the underlying reason why the plane was unstable, pitching and increasingly difficult to control – mistakenly attributing the shakes to air turbulence.
”In response to the stick shaker activations, the flight crew did not follow the prescribed stall recovery procedure and did not perform an immediate go

around [aborted landings],” investigators found.
Investigators examining the incident, which occurred on a Boeing 717 flight from Perth under the banner of QantasLink operated by Cobham Aviation Services on October 13, 2010, found a lack of standard cross-checking

routines let the data mistake slip through.
Although ”well rested”, the captain, who made the initial weight mistake, ”had been subject to numerous [roster] changes that had made it difficult to

manage his level of fatigue,” investigators said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/pilots-were-warned-plane-could-drop-from-sky-20120209-1rx4j.html#ixzz1lttNk29k

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Paine Field worker run over by Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


REPOSED from Komonews.com

Published: Feb 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM PST Last Updated: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:12 PM PST

EVERETT, Wash. — Emergency crews were able to rescue a worker who was trapped underneath the tires of a Boeing 787 at Paine Field Friday night.

The Japan Airlines plane was being towed at roughly 6 p.m. when a member of the Boeing ground crew was run over, according to Paine Field Airport director Dave Waggoner.

The man was trapped for a time, but crews were eventually able to get him out from underneath the plane.

After being rescued, a helicopter transported the crew member to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for leg injuries.

The man’s condition is listed as “serious.”

In a written statement, Boeing’s Elizabeth Fischtziur said she wouldn’t speculate on what caused the incident.

“Our deepest concern and focus right now is for the welfare of the injured employee and his family,” the statement reads. “We are in contact with them and are offering whatever assistance they may need.”

Fischtziur said the company will investigate the incident and will “implement the necessary changes to avoid a future reoccurrence.”

5 reasons to care about new FAA law

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


Reposted from CNN.com

By Thom Patterson, CNN
updated 5:35 PM EST, Tue February 7, 2012

(CNN) — Did you hear that? It’s a door busting open in Washington, unblocking a huge backlog of airline issues that will directly affect America’s millions of air travelers.

For the first time since 2007, after 23 extensions, Congress has finally passed a long-term funding bill for the FAA. It costs $63 billion and will last through 2015. President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

For the millions who fly commercial airlines yearly in the United States, here are five reasons why you should care:

1. Airline tarmac delay rules to be the law of the land

Many of the tarmac delay rules for commercial airlines — like reporting flight delays and cancellations and providing passengers with adequate food, water and ventilation in planes stuck on the tarmac — will be more than just rules. They’ll be the law of the land, backed with the full enforcement and authority of the federal government. Somehow, not included in the legislation is the three-hour limit on the amount of time planes can remain on the tarmac before they must return to the gate. It’s still a regulation. “There’s a concern it might lead to more flight cancellations or delays, so it may need more study before it becomes law,” said Charlie Leocha of the nonprofit Consumer Travel Alliance.

2. Investigation into cell phone use on planes

Is there really a good reason why we can’t use our phones on planes? The arguments have long raged on both sides. The new law requires a government study within 120 days to look into the issues surrounding aircraft cell phone use. Speaking of studies: Would airlines lose or damage fewer bags if they had to pay for them? The law orders a study, due in 180 days, to find out.

3. Better information about child safety seats, insecticides

Traveling with small children and their safety seats may be a little easier. The new law requires airlines to post on their websites the maximum dimensions of child safety seats that can be used aboard their aircraft. Also, the Department of Transportation must post online a list of countries that force airlines to spray cabins with insecticide.

4. Better access to the halls of power

Airline travelers who feel powerless against the system may like the DOT advisory board created under the new law. The Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection will include appointed officials from airports, airlines, the government and a member specifically to represent consumers. Also, the law creates a DOT phone line and website for consumers to lodge complaints.

5. High tech air traffic control systems

The legislation clears the way for the FAA’s highly anticipated satellite-based air traffic control system, which promises to make air travel more efficient, less air-polluting and less time-consuming. That system, part of a massive air-traffic overhaul called NextGen, is expected to be put into place about 2020.

The Full Story can be found, here.

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Airport worker run over by Boeing Dreamliner passenger jet

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


Reposted from Flight Safety Information

An airport worker has been run over by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet.

The unfortunate ground crew worker got trapped under the landing gear of the jet on Friday at the manufacturer’s Everett factory in America.


The Associated Press reported that the man was run over as the plane was being towed by Japan Airlines livery at Paine Field in Washington.

According to stuff.co.nz, the man was taken by helicopter to hospital suffering serious leg injuries.


Boeing said it was investigating the incident and would “implement the necessary changes to avoid a future re-occurrence”, reports the smh.com.au.

Meanwhile, the 787 Dreamliner – a fuel-efficient, carbon-composite aircraft – is under inspection for a possible problem with the fuselage’s structure just month’s after it was launched, according to the Daily Mail.


Boeing spokesman Scott Lefeber said: “Boeing has found that incorrect shimming was performed on support structure on the aft fuselage of some 787s.”


He added that it would not affect production and that there were not short term safety concerns.

Original Story, here.

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