NTSB Opens Docket on Reno Air Race Crash

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes


The following Press Release was provided by the National Transportation Safety Board on August 21, 2012 and can be found via the NTSB website:

August 21, 2012

WASHINGTON – As part of its continuing investigation into the September 2011 crash of a highly modified P-51D airplane at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket.

On September 16, 2011, the pilot of the Galloping Ghost experienced an upset while turning between pylons 8 and 9 on the race course. The airplane crashed on the ramp in the box seat spectator area. The pilot and 10 spectators were killed and more than 60 others were injured.

The information being released today is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. Included in the docket are photographs, a video, 47 documents and more than 900 pages, including interview summaries, maintenance records and other documents. The docket material is available, here.

Additional material may be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with a determination of probable cause, will come later this month when the final report on the investigation is completed.

This is a document release only. No interviews are being conducted.

NTSB Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594
(202) 314-6100
Terry Williams

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NTSB releases Reno air crash data

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes


Via KRNV & MyNews4.com

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) — Today, the National Transportation Safety Board released its docket on the Reno Air Races crash last year that killed the pilot and 10 spectators.

The docket contains photographs, a video, 47 documents and more than 900 pages. The docket only contains facts and does not provide an analysis of the crash. According to the NTSB, an analysis along with probable cause will be released later this month while the final report is complete.

Full story, with video, here.

A story by Bob Collins of MPR News provides this summary:

SUMMARY:This 74 year old male accident pilot died of multiple blunt force injuries on September 16, 2011, after the aircraft he was racing crashed into the box seating area killing 10 spectators. During the initial part of the accident sequence, the accident aircraft accelerometer saturated at greater than 9 +Gz in less than one second. His Class 2 medical certificate had been issued 18 months previously with no limitations. No disqualifying medical, psychiatric, drug or alcohol conditions, or medication use were admitted to by the accident pilot or identified by the AME at the time of the examination with the exception of alprostadil (Caverject) used rarely for erectile dysfunction. The AME further noted that the accident pilot seemed to be in good health. The accident pilot did however have hyperlipidemia and an elevated homocysteine level for which he had been prescribed atorvastatin, ezetimibe, aspirin, and Metanx. None of these medications were identified in the postmortem toxicological analysis. Ethanol and methanol were however identified in muscle on postmortem toxicology.

The full story on MPR News can be found, here.

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Delta Airlines Regional Jet Returns to Charleston Due to Bird Strike

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


By, Lee Ferrera, Airnation.net

Delta Flight 5972, operating as Shuttle America, took off from Charleston at 2:30 PM with 63 passengers aboard when a flock of birds hit the right-hand engine at about 3,000 feet.

Pilots immediately returned the Embraer 170 plane for a safe landing. No one was injured.

The aircraft was taken out of service for inspection.

Full Story, here.

Airnation.net has reported several bird strikes over the past few weeks:

On July 24, 2012 Southwest Airlines Flight 2501 encountered a bird strike on during approach at Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP).  Flight 2501 originated from Chicago Midway Airport (MDW).  Story found, here.

We also reported via AirNation.net a bird strike on United Airlines Flight 1475 on approach to Denver International Airport causing a hole in the nose of the aircraft.  Story and pictures, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration Accident and Incident Preliminary Information also advises of a bird strike on American Airlines Flight 1777 on approach to Orlando International Airport on August 10, 2012 (notice date is August 13, 2012).  Airnation story, here.  The FAA keeps preliminary accident and incident data available on it’s website for 10 days. 

Thankfully no injuries have been reported, however, the airplanes have sustained various degrees of damage such as puncture to the fuselage, wing damage, loss of engine power, damage to the engine, etc.

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United plane at Sea-Tac catches fire before takeoff; all passengers evacuated safely

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety



Ken Armstrong, via Seattletimes.com

A United Airlines plane that was set to fly from Sea-Tac Airport to Washington, D.C., caught fire before takeoff Saturday night, but no one was hurt as all passengers were safely evacuated, Sea-Tac spokesman Perry Cooper said.

The Port of Seattle Fire Department responded to the report of a fire at 10:27 p.m., Cooper said.

They discovered flames coming from the auxiliary power unit of United flight 776, a Boeing 757 that was scheduled to depart at 10:30 p.m., bound for Dulles International Airport.

Firefighters extinguished the flames, and the plane was evacuated. A preliminary investigation indicated that the fire might be traceable to residual oil in the auxiliary power unit, which is located in the plane’s tail, Cooper said.

The plane was towed to cargo services for further investigation.

United’s website indicated that the flight’s passengers were to be put on another plane, scheduled to leave before midnight. The plane that caught fire came to Sea-Tac from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the airline’s website said.

Full story, here.


No information has been posted by The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Preliminary accident and incident notices can be found here and are viewable for up to 10 days.


The above article states that no injuries were reported, but if anyone is experiencing health effects as a result of fumes they may have breathed in the cabin due to potential bleed air contamination from the residual oil found in the auxiliary power unit, medical attention may be necessary.  For more information about contaminated air in the cabin, visit our website or contact us for a free consultation.

Virgin Atlantic Flight Attendants Burned on Flight from Heathrow to LAX

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Burns, Safety


Keith Holland, Airnation.net

Two flight attendants on a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 flying from London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Los Angeles International (LAX) yesterday suffered burns on the flight according to the FAA.

Virgin Atlantic Flight 7 made a safe landing at LAX at 2:49 PM PDT at which time the two flight attendants were taken to a local Los Angeles hospital for treatment.

The FAA has not released how the attendants were burned but their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Flight Path and Information

Full story via Airnation.net, here.

To access to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) preliminary accident and incident data that has been received by the Office of Accident Investigation during the last 10 business days. All information is preliminary and subject to change. Click, here.

To find information on events beyond the 10 business days provided, please go to the National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB).

There are many ways flight attendants and or passengers can be burned or otherwise injured during a flight when negligence occurs on behalf of another party and or the airline.  If you have had a similar experience and wish to speak to someone about your rights, please contact us for a free consultation or visit our website for more information about Brodkowitz Law.

Alaska Airlines Flight Diverts After Mid-Air Electrical Problems

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


American Airlines Could be Fined a Record $162.4 Million by the FAA

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


By, Kenneth Holland, via Airnation.net

American Airlines could have a record $162.4 million in fines levied against them by the FAA for multiple violations according to court documents in the airline’s bankruptcy case.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirms it has filed the claims in court to ensure that the government was paid along with other creditors in AMR’s restructuring.

“The documents detail both proposed and potential civil penalties in connection with ongoing enforcement cases involving both American Airlines and American Eagle,” the agency said in its statement. “Because these cases remain open, the FAA cannot discuss the details of the individual investigations.”

Separate cases could yield fines as large as $39.3 million for allegedly not fixing wiring on Boeing 757s, $28.8 million for landing gear issues on 777s and $27.6 million involving 767 engines, the Wall Street Journal reported last night.

Th largest fine to date was also imposed on American by the FAA in 2010 for $24.2 million for maintenance lapses on some of the carrier’s MD-80 fleet that saw those aircraft grounded. That case has yet to be settled.

American is aware of the latest fine. Michael Trevino, a spokesman for AMR, said in a statement:

“The claims process is a routine part of any Chapter 11 filing,” Trevino said. “It is not an admission that money is owed, nor is it an admission that the amount cited is correct.”

Full Story, here.

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Delta Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Louiseville, Hydraulic Failure

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events, Safety



By, Kenneth Holland, airnation.net

A Delta Airlines regional jet made an emergency landing at Louisville International Airport (SDF) on Friday afternoon after pilots reported a hydraulic failure.

Delta Airlines Flight 5250, a Candair CRJ-200 was originally bound for Atlanta (ATL) from Fort Wayne Airport, Indiana (FWA).

The Flight made a safe landing and was able to taxi back to the gate under its own power.

None of the 45 people on board were injured.

The flight was being operated by Delta partner Expressjet.

Full story, here.

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3 US Airways Planes Involved in Near Collision at Regan National

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


By, Lee Ferrara | August 2, 2012, Airnation.net

3 US Airways commuter jets were involved in a near-collision incident at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Tuesday afternoon.

The incident occurred at about 2:00 PM EDT when confused air traffic controllers launched 2 planes out of Reagan directly in the path of another that was on final to land.

‘[Air traffic that was] queued up to turn above Mount Vernon, fly north over the Potomac River and land on National’s main runway. But an approaching storm caused a significant wind shift, and the air traffic control center in Warrenton wanted to reverse the flow of planes into the airport, turning them north of Rosslyn and routing them south along the river to land from the opposite direction.

The Warrenton controllers communicated the plan to the controller tower at National.

“The tower agreed, but they didn’t pass it on to all the people they needed to pass it on to,” said a federal official familiar with the incident who was not authorized to speak publicly.

As a result, an incoming flight that had been cleared to land was flying head-on at two planes that had just taken off. The inbound plane and the first of the outbound planes were closing the 1.4 miles between them at a combined speed of 436 mph, a rate that meant they were about 12 seconds from impact when the tower controller recognized her mistake.’

Controllers were able to reroute the incoming aircraft in the last seconds but it made for some tense and confusing moments for all involved:

“Are you with me?” the tower controller asked the inbound pilot.

“We were cleared [for landing] at the river there,” the pilot said after breaking off the approach northwest of the airport. “What happened?”

After a pause, the controller said, “Stand by, we’re trying to figure this out.”

There were 192 passengers on the three planes. No one was injured.

The FAA has launched a full investigation in to the incident as to the miscommunication.

The specific aircraft types and flight numbers have not been released yet.

Full story, here.

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United Airlines Bird Strike Damages Nose on Approach to Denver

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


By, Kenneth Holland, Airnation.net

A United Airlines Boeing 737 jet struck a bird on approach to Denver International Airport this morning punching a hole in its nose.

United Boeing 737-900 radome damage

United Airlines flight 1475, a Boeing 737-900 aircraft, took off from Dallas Ft. Worth International (DFW) at 8:38 AM CDT and landed at Denver at 9:09 AM CDT, where it was escorted to the gate at Concourse B.

There were 151 passengers on board but there were no injuries.

A spokesman said the bird residue recovered from the aircraft will be sent to Washington to be analyzed by experts from the Smithsonian, who will help identify the bird.

The bird strike happened about 25 miles outside of DIA’s property.

Full story, here.

Preliminary Accident and Incident Data can be found on the Federal Aviation Administration website, here, for ten days.  To find information on events beyond the 10 business days provided, please go to the National Transportation Safety Board(NTSB).

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