American jet makes emergency landing in San Juan

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety


Via WFAA, Posted on January 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

An American Airlines jet made an emergency landing in San Juan, Puerto Rico Monday afternoon after an “electrical odor” was detected in the cockpit.

The Boeing 767 jet with 198 passengers and a crew of 13 was on a scheduled eight-hour journey from Miami to Sao Paulo, Brazil when the flight crew declared the emergency, the airline said in a statement.

The wide-body aircraft landed without incident at San Juan International Airport at 5:08 p.m. local time.

American said Flight 233 would remain in San Juan overnight for a maintenance check and would continue on to Sao Paulo at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The airline provided overnight accommodations for all passengers.

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Incident: Southwest B735 near Tulsa on Jan 21st 2013, smell of smoke

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety


By Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-500, flight WN-254 from Kansas City, MO to Houston Hobby,TX (USA) with 76 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL360 about 15nm south of Tulsa, OK (USA) when smell of smoke was detected in the cabin prompting the crew to turn around and divert to Tulsa for a safe landing on runway 08 about 20 minutes later.

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3 hurt by turbulence on American Airlines flight from New Orleans

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety



CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire Department says three passengers have suffered head injuries as a result of turbulence on an American Airlines flight from New Orleans to Chicago.

On its official media Twitter feed, the Fire Department says it responded to a call after Flight 3720 landed Wednesday at O’Hare International Airport. The department says it took one of the hurt passengers to a hospital; the two others did not want to go.

According to the flight tracking website, the flight landed at O’Hare at about 9:30 a.m. The website says the aircraft is a Bombardier CRJ-700, a regional jet.

American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan says the plane was carrying 26 passengers and four crew members. She says the aircraft ran into turbulence on its descent into Chicago.

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7 dead in Peru crash of Portland-area helicopter company

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes


By Kimberly A.C. Wilson, The Oregonian

An Aurora-based helicopter company dispatched a team of experts to Peru, where a fatal crash of heavy-lift helicopter killed 7 employees Monday afternoon.

Details were sketchy out of Pucallpa, where the black Columbia Helicopters BV234 Chinook chopper went down around 1 p.m. On board were two Peruvian employees and five were American employees of the company.

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Columbia Helicopters displays this image of the BV234 Chinook, N241CH, flying in Peru on the company website. Picture:

The employees were identified as Dann Immel, 53, a command pilot from Gig Harbor, Wash.; co-pilot Igor Castillo from Peru, maintenance crew chief Edwin Cordova, of Melbourne, Fla.; Luis Ramos, an aircraft mechanic from Peru; Jaime Pickett, 38, an aircraft mechanic from Clarksville, Tenn.; Darrel Birkes, a 61-year-old American senior load manager based in Peru; and Leon Bradford, 44, a load manager from Santaquin, Utah.

“This is a very sad day for Columbia Helicopters,” said Michael Fahey, president of Columbia Helicopters. “We may operate globally, but we are still very much a family. The loss of our employees hurts deeply, and I knew most of these men personally. Our employees are grieving, and we are praying for the family members of the friends we lost.”

Columbia Helicopters has about 800 employees worldwide, 370 in Aurora, said Peter Lance, executive vice president.

Reached by cell phone this morning, Lance said maintenance, operations and safety executives flew out early Tuesday morning to access the crash.

“We’ve got a team going down today to work with the authorities to determine what happened,” he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the crash of the Boeing-Vertol tandem-rotor helicopter N241CH, a civilian version of a military Chinook chopper. Video from the scene shows smoking wreckage.

Dirincri, the Peruvian National Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, is also investigating the crash, said senior officer Rusber Arbildo.

Witnesses described seeing smoke coming from the helicopter moments after take-off from Pucallpa.

All appeared to have jumped from the chopper, said local police official Miguel Cardoso.

Authorities have recovered five of the seven bodies. Searchers were still looking through the wreckage for the other two bodies, Arbildo said.

The BV234 was configured to haul external loads and was primarily used to carry oil field equipment, Lance said.

At the time of the crash, the helicopter was carrying 7 people, a crew of pilots, mechanics and engineers.

It remains unclear what brought the helicopter down, Lance said.

“I do not think weather was a factor,” he said. “But there aren’t many details right now.”

A report out of Peruvian news media identified the dead as employees of a local oil company, Petromineral, which develops deposits of oil and gas in Peru, but Lance said those reports were untrue.

A March 2012 Portland Business Journal profile of the company reported that the privately-held company’s payroll had grown to $50 million in 2011. The paper reported that 2011 revenue grew 26 percent to about $175 million. Executives told the paper that part of the company’s success came from its heavy-lift helicopter operations, which is used in military transportation, firefighting and energy exploration.

— Kimberly A.C. Wilson

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Woman Dies on American Airlines Flight From Brazil to Texas

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events, Safety


Jan. 2, 2013 via
A 25-year-old woman was pronounced dead shortly after her flight landed in Houston on Wednesday, diverted because she suffered a medical emergency.

The woman was on American Airlines flight 96 from Sao Paolo, Brazil to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas.

The airline told ABC News the flight was diverted to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston after the woman became ill. The airline would not say what happened to her.

However, the Houston Police Department said that eight hours into the flight, the woman went into medical distress. Members of the flight crew, aided by a physician who happened to be on board, began performing emergency medical procedures as the plane changed course to land in Houston. Shortly after landing, the woman was pronounced dead.

There were no apparent signs of trauma or any indication of foul play. Her identity and cause of death have not been released pending notification of family members and autopsy results.

The 220 passengers and 14 crew members on the Boeing 777 departed Houston at 9:05 a.m.

In September, a 64-year-old woman on a Korean Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea died on a flight bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

In June, a man died on a Kenya Airways flight from Amsterdam to Tanzania. The man was reportedly sweating and having seizures before flight but the plane took off anyway.

In that case, the cabin crew reportedly laid the body across three seats and partially covered it, but another passenger, Lena Pettersson, was forced to sit across the aisle from it for the rest of the flight.

“Of course, it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss,” Pettersson told the Swedish tabloid Expressen.

She was given a partial refund from the airline, about half the cost of her ticket.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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