Accident: American B738 enroute on Dec 26th 2012, turbulence injures 10

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


By Simon Hradecky, via The Aviation Herald

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N919AN performing flight AA-1754 from Miami, FL to New York La Guardia, NY (USA), was enroute at FL370 when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing minor injuries to 7 passengers and 3 cabin crew. The aircraft continued to New York La Guardia for a safe landing.

The FAA radartrack shows the aircraft enroute at FL370 between 14:37Z and 16:05Z with several altitude excursions to FL369.

The FAA reported 3 cabin crew and 7 passengers received minor injuries when the aircraft experienced severe turbulence, phase of flight unknown.

Full story, with radar image, here.

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Engine failure: Alaska Airline jet was diverted to Juneau

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


By Russell Stigall, via

Passengers stayed overnight, continued to Anchorage

Alaska Airlines Flight 731 took off from Seattle around 9 p.m. with 167 passengers and crew Sunday bound for Anchorage, but the flight became anything but routine. One of the Boeing 737 900’s two main engines shut down as it neared Ketchikan. The jet continued to fly on its left engine for a safe touchdown in Juneau.

“The 737 900 is designed to fly capably on one engine,” said Paul McElroy, spokesman for Alaska Airlines. “Pilots followed standard procedures and landed in Juneau without incident at approximately 11:10 p.m. AST.”

“In cases like this get pilots call ahead for priority handling from air traffic control,” McElroy said. “This is standard any time anything goes wrong during a flight.”

McElroy said Alaska Airlines is not releasing the names of the crew at this time.

Alaska Airlines arranged hotels for most of the flight’s passengers. Some decided to stay at the airport. Passengers flew out to their original destination Monday morning and mid-afternoon Monday.

McElroy said he was not aware of any medical issues.

On the ground, the City and Borough of Juneau’s special airport division of Capital City Fire and Rescue was on alert and stood by with emergency equipment. Capital City partners with the airport to provide Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting or ARFF.

“We were all on standby as well,” Patty deLaBruere deputy airport manager at the Juneau International Airport. Airport workers were on scene to keep the runway open afterward flight 731 had landed.

Some airport staff were called back in to help, deLaBruere said, including extra security, airport management and, to make matters trickier, staff to clear the snow that fell Sunday night.

No other flight was delayed due to the incident, deLaBruere said, although passengers of Flight 731 may have been delayed in their other connections, she said.

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Incident: Jetblue E190 at Baltimore on Dec 14th 2012, electrical smell in cockpit

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety



By Simon Hradecky, Dec 15th 2012, via The Aviation Herald

A Jetblue Embraer ERJ-190, registration N281JB performing flight B6-1327 from Boston, MA to Baltimore, MD (USA) with 91 passengers and 4 crew, was descending through about 7000 feet towards Baltimore when the crew declared emergency reporting an electrical smell in the cockpit. Upon contacting tower the crew advised they were intending to vacate the runway. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 33L about 8 minutes later, vacated the runway via taxiway F and stopped, the occupants were evacuated via slides. No injuries occurred.

The airline reported the crew declared emergency as a precaution due to some mechanical problem, the 90 passengers and 4 crew were evacuated and taken to the terminal.

Full story and comments, here.

Flight tracking information via Flight Aware, here.

To date, there is no Preliminary Accident or Incident Notice, via the FAA.

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Jet Blue flight makes emergency landing in Long Beach

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


Joe Segura, Staff Writer,

LONG BEACH — A Jet Blue plane destined for San Francisco made an emergency return flight Tuesday to the Long Beach Airport, after the crew determined that jetliner had a mechanical problem.

The engine automatically shut down due to a mechanical failure, but it was unclear what caused the problem, officials said.

No one was injured on the 7:25 a.m. flight, which had been about 4 miles out at the time, according to airport spokesperson Stephanie Montuya-Morisky.

The plane landed back at Long Beach Airport at about 8:15 a.m., officials said.

There were 125 passengers on the flight, and they were booked on another flight, the spokeswoman said.

Full story, here.

According to, the Airbus A320 aircraft was operated as JetBlue Airways Flight 1430. For more information, click here.

No Preliminary Accident or Incident Notice has been posted yet via the FAA.

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Investigators Study Mexico Crash that Took Singer

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes


December 10, 2012 via Associated Press and

(LOS ANGELES) — Tearful fans set up candlelight shrines and memorials to Jenni Rivera from California to Mexico, as investigators said it would take days to piece together the wreckage of the plane carrying the Mexican-American music superstar and find out why it went down.

Authorities, meanwhile, began looking into the history of the plane’s owner, Starwood Management of Las Vegas, which had another one of its planes seized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in McAllen, Texas in September.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending a team to help investigate the crash of the Learjet 25, which disintegrated on impact Sunday with seven people aboard in rugged terrain in Nuevo Leon state in northern Mexico.

Alejandro Argudin, of Mexico’s civil aviation agency, said it would take at least 10 days to have a preliminary report on what happened to the plane.

“We’re in the process of picking up the fragments and we have to find all the parts,” Argudin told reporters on Monday. “Depending on weather conditions it would take us at least 10 days to have a first report and many more days to have a report by experts.”

Fans of Rivera, who sold 15 million records and was loved on both sides of the border for her down-to-earth style and songs about heartbreak and overcoming pain, put up shrines to her with burning candles, flowers and photographs in cities from Hermosillo, Mexico to Los Angeles.

Some Spanish-language radio stations played her songs nonstop.

“She really inspired us as female Hispanics to move forward in life,” said fan Rosie Sifuentes at a vigil in Lynwood, California.

At Rivera’s father’s house in Lakewood, California fans and neighbors walked up the driveway and hugged Pedro Rivera Jr., Jenni’s brother.

A distraught Pedro recalled his last conversation with his sister at church when they were taking a collection to buy Christmas toys for needy children.

He said his sister gave him $5,000 to give to the children. “She said, ‘I just want to see them smile. I just want to see them happy.’ All she wanted was to see the happiness in people. And then she gave me a big hug. She said, ‘I love you, brother.’”

He said he was later watching television and wanted to send a text message to his sister to say that he loved her. “But I didn’t because I thought maybe she’s busy, maybe she’s just barely getting out of singing or something … You just regret those moments.”

Another brother, Juan Rivera, still held on to hope that his sister would be found alive.

“In our eyes, we still have faith that my sister will be OK. We have no confirmation of her body being recovered, dead or alive,” he told reporters.

The U.S.-born woman known as the “Diva de la Banda” died as her career peaked. She was perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated Mexico regional style, and had branched out into acting and reality television.

A 43-year-old mother of five children and grandmother of two, she was known for frank talk about her struggles to give a good life to her children despite a series of setbacks.

She was recently divorced from her third husband, former Major League Baseball player Esteban Loaiza.

Rivera recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for “Joyas Prestadas: Banda.” She was nominated for Latin Grammys in 2002, 2008 and 2011.

Besides being a singer, she appeared in the indie film Filly Brown, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and was filming the third season of “I love Jenni,” which followed her as she shared special moments with her children and as she toured through Mexico and the United States.

She also had the reality shows: “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C” and her daughter’s “Chiquis `n Control.”

Two of her five brothers, Lupillo and Juan Rivera, are also well-known singers of grupero music. Her parents were Mexicans who had migrated to the United States

The Learjet 25, number N345MC, with Rivera aboard was en route from Monterrey to Toluco, outside Mexico City, when it was reported missing about 10 minutes after takeoff.

The cause of the accident has not been determined.

The plane was registered to Starwood Management of Las Vegas, according to FAA records, and was built in 1969.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the twin-turbojet was substantially damaged in a 2005 landing mishap at Amarillo International Airport in Texas. It hit a runway distance marker after losing directional control. There were four aboard but no injuries. It was registered to a company in Houston, Texas, as the time.

The company is also subject of a federal lawsuit in Nevada.

QBE Insurance Corp. alleges that a Starwood aircraft was ordered seized by the DEA when it landed in McAllen, Texas, from Mexico on Sept. 12. The New York-based insurer sued in October to rescind coverage for the Hawker 700 jet.

Starwood, in a court filing, acknowledged that the DEA was involved in the seizure of the aircraft.

QBE, based in New York, said the DEA also seized a Starwood-owned Gulfstream G-1159A — insured by another company — when it landed in Tucson from Mexico in February. Starwood said in its court filing that it didn’t have enough information to address the allegation.

Nevada secretary of state records list only one Starwood officer — Norma Gonzalez — but QBE alleges that the company is owned and managed by Ed Nunez, who, according to the lawsuit, is also known as Christian Esquino and had a long criminal history.

Starwood rejected the insurer’s description of Nunez’s role at the company.

According to QBE’s lawsuit, Esquino pleaded guilty in federal court in Orlando, Florida, in 1993 to conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.

QBE said Esquino also served two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud involving an aircraft in Southern California in 2004. QBE said Esquino’s attorney stated in court back then that his client had been under investigation by the DEA for more than a year.

Starwood said in its court filing that it didn’t have enough information to address either the Florida or Southern California case against Esquino.

George Crow, an attorney for Starwood, did not immediately respond to phone and email messages left after business hours Monday.

There have been several high-profile crashes involving Learjets, known as swift, longer-distance passenger aircraft popular with corporate executives, entertainers and government officials.

A Learjet carrying pro-golfer Payne Stewart and five others crashed in northeastern South Dakota in 1999. Investigators said the plane lost cabin pressure and all on board died after losing consciousness for lack of oxygen.

Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker was severely injured in a 2008 Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people.

That same year, a Learjet slammed into rush-hour traffic in a Mexico City neighborhood, killing Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino and eight others on the plane, plus five people on the ground.


Raquel Dillon in Los Angeles and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.

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Alaska Airlines flight lands safely in Sacramento after electrical smell reported in cabin

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes



via the Sacramento Bee, posted by Cathy Locke

An Alaska Airlines flight en route from Seattle to Las Vegas was diverted to Sacramento International Airport this afternoon after flight attendants reported an electrical smell in the cabin.

Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said Flight 606 landed safely about 4:40 p.m.

Bobbie Egan, media relations manager for the airline, said in an email that contrary to initial reports, no smoke, only an electrical odor, was detected in the cabin. The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 152 passengers and a six-member crew.

Assistant Chief Niko King of the Sacramento Fire Department said a flight attendant complained of irritation from the odor and was treated by paramedics. Slothower said the attendant was treated at the scene and released.

Passengers were taken off the plane and into the terminal. As of about 6:30 p.m., Egan said maintenance crews were still inspecting the plane. Passengers were rebooked on flights departing for Las Vegas at 7 and 9 p.m.

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New United Airlines 787 in emergency landing

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


The pilot received “multiple messages” indicating system errors and decided to divert the Newark-bound 787 Dreamliner, making a safe emergency landing in New Orleans.

A new United Airlines 787 Dreamliner flying from Houston to Newark had to make an emergency landing in New Orleans Tuesday morning after “a mechanical issue” arose following departure, the airline said.

United flight 1146 landed safely and without incident, with 174 passengers and 10 crew members aboard.

The cause was not immediately disclosed.

A person with knowledge of the incident said the pilot observed “multiple messages” indicating some system errors, and decided to divert “out of an abundance of caution.”

“United will work with Boeing to review the diversion and determine the cause,” airline spokeswoman Christen David said in a statement.

Boeing’s 787 spokeswoman Lori Gunter said “We are working with our customer, at their request, to further understand the event.”

As per standard procedure when an emergency is declared, fire trucks met the airplane as it landed. The airline was putting passengers on a different aircraft to get them to Newark.

The jet is the newest of three Dreamliners delivered to United. The plane was delivered from Everett two weeks ago, on Nov. 20.

The plane took off from Houston at 8:06 a.m. central time, according to live flight tracking data from

Forty minutes into the flight, just after it crossed the Mississippi River, the plane descended from 40,000 to 30,000 feet and its speed dropped quickly from 600 mph to 480 mph before recovering again, the Flightaware data shows.

The plane then diverted south and landed in New Orleans at 9:25 a.m. central time.

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Flight Attendants Achieve OSHA Protection in Passenger Cabins

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety


| December 1, 2012 via

AFA Commends Obama Administration for Extending Safety Standards to the Cabin


The Association of Flight Attendants – CWA (AFA) yesterday successfully achieved Occupational Safety and Health protections for commercial aircraft, after tireless advocacy to improve safety and health standards in its members’ workplace.

AFA commends the Obama Administration, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) for their collaborative approach to reach the policy statement released today that will correct a nearly four-decade old exclusion of OSHA in the passenger cabin.

“AFA looks forward to continuing work with the FAA and OSHA as we finally bring vital safety and health protections to our nation’s Flight Attendants. We welcome the opportunity to serve as the voice for Flight Attendants as we close this long overdue loophole,” said Veda Shook, AFA International President. “AFA Flight Attendants have been forceful advocates for OSHA protections, and appreciate the efforts of FAA and OSHA to ensure safety and health standards for those working inside our nation’s aircraft cabins; a change that will also benefit the millions of passengers who travel on commercial flights.”

In 1975, the FAA claimed exclusive jurisdiction over workplace safety and health for all crewmembers, preventing OSHA, the agency that regulates the safety and health of most U.S. workers, from protecting Flight Attendants and other crewmembers while working on board commercial airline flights. AFA has pursued legal and regulatory solutions to extend OSHA safety and health protections to workers in the airline industry.

Today’s FAA policy announcement comes after AFA aggressively advocated for Flight Attendant safety and health protections to be included in the FAA reauthorization bill that was signed by President Obama in February 2012.

Flight Attendants currently have OSHA protections at work in places other than where they spend the majority of their time — the passenger cabin. The new policy statement extends many of the OSHA protections already in place to the aircraft cabin.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO

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