Delta 747 has massive engine failure departing Manila

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


Story via and Eric Wildstein at reports:

About 15 minutes after takeoff, a Delta 747 departing Manila experienced catastrophic engine failure. Passengers witnessed the engine erupting in flames outside their windows. The pilot was able to safely return and land the plane.

The pilot later said the engine failure was caused by a broken turbine inlet vane.

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Eric Wildstein at reports:

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — A plane carrying WNWO’s Jim Blue and a Toledo pediatrician home from a relief mission to the Philippines made an emergency landing in Manila after part of the engine burst into flames.

About 15 minutes after takeoff, the Delta 747 departing Manila experienced catastrophic engine failure. Blue witnessed the engine erupting in flames outside his window. The pilot was able to safely return and land the plane.

The pilot later said the engine failure was caused by a broken turbine inlet vane.


The pilot shows a charred piece of the plane’s engine that forced the emergency landing. Photograph: Jim Blue.

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Simon Hradecky at The Aviation Herald, reports:

A Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400, registration N670US performing flight DL-172 from Manila (Philippines) to Tokyo Narita (Japan), was climbing out of Manila’s runway 06, when engine #4 (PW4056, outboard right) emitted a bang and streaks of blue flames prompting the crew to level off at FL170 and enter a hold. The crew worked the checklists, shut the engine down and returned to Manila for a safe landing on runway 06 about 30 minutes after departure, the crew requested emergency service to check out the right hand outboard engine for any indications of smoke, the crew stated they did not receive any engine fire indication.

Passengers reported the engine emitted a bang and streaks of blue flames. They were later told that maintenance found a turbine inlet vane had fractured causing the engine failure.

Fully story and photograph at The Aviation Herald.

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Mayday Call Broadcasted Throughout Passenger Cabin

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


By Ted Jeory

The captain radioed for help when smoke began filling the cockpit of the British Airways Boeing 777 on a flight from Heathrow to New York.

The plane landed safely and the cause of the suspected electrical fault is still being investigated, but 15 years ago 229 people died when a Swiss Air jet ditched in the Atlantic with a similar problem.

British Airways flight BA177 with 220 people on board had taken off Normally at 1.05pm last Saturday.

Just before 2pm, however, the crew spotted smoke filling the cockpit.

After donning oxygen masks they immediately contacted air traffic controllers and told them they were trying to locate the source of the possible fire and demanded urgent assistance.

In the rush to act, the cabin address system had been switched on and the start of their call was also broadcast to all the passengers aboard.

Realising their error, the pilots then switched their conversation back onto a private VHF frequency and requested immediate clearance to land at Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland about 120 miles away.

They then told the passengers there had been an electrical fault but they were in control.

The plane made a rapid descent and landed at Shannon surrounded by emergency vehicles 25 minutes later.

Passengers said the experience had been “frightening” but praised the Airline and its pilots for the way they handled the emergency, despite having to wait seven hours for a replacement jet to New York’s JFK airport.

Rob Waite, who was on board with with his new wife, wrote on the Aviation Herald website: “It was pretty frightening hearing the Mayday call but the flight crew said the PA was accidentally turned on.

“The descent was controlled and landing heavy but again controlled. The pilot attributed the smoke to an electrical fault but as soon as the source was found and electrical supply cut, the fire was stopped.

“I was absolutely amazed at the calmness of all of the passengers and crew.

“Whilst it was a huge interruption to the journey and quite frightening I cannot commend BA and their staff highly enough, hugely professional and helpful at all times, and grateful to make it to JFK in one piece and only eight hours behind schedule.”

Another passenger named only as Nick added: “Not sure it was typical for the first few words of the Mayday request to be broadcast in the cabin but I’m sure the pilots had important things to think about.

“The pilots kept regular updates going even if sounding like Darth Vader behind the masks. Thank you BA.”

The airline is still investigating the incident but the source of the smoke is believed to have been an overheating cockpit circulation fan.

A similar fault caused Swiss Air flight SR111 to ditch in the Atlantic killing 229 people in 1998 partly because pilots took so long to recognise how quickly such fires can spread.

Last Thursday another BA Boeing 777 en route to New York had to land at Shannon when a burning smell was detected in the cabin.

No one was hurt and the source of the smell turned out to be an oven in the galley.

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737 Crashes in Russia Killing All Aboard

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


By Douglas Busvine and Alissa de Carbonnel

MOSCOW, Nov 17 (Reuters) – A Boeing 737 airliner crashed on Sunday in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board and spotlighting the poor safety record of regional airlines that ply internal routes across the world’s largest nation.

The son of the president of the oil-rich province of Tatarstan and the regional head of the FSB intelligence service were named among those killed when the plane exploded in a ball of fire on hitting the runway.

Pictures showed charred wreckage scattered over a wide area, apparently taken after firefighters had extinguished the fire. Russian television broadcast a blurred video showing a bright flash of light. It also published a photo of the plane’s gaping fuselage with firefighters in the foreground.

The Tatarstan airlines flight from Moscow had been trying to abort its landing in order to make a second approach when it crashed, killing all 44 passengers and six crew on board, emergency officials said.

Flight U363 took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 6:25 pm (1425 GMT) and crashed just over an hour later, emergency officials said. The leased plane was 23 years old.

According to local reports, the Boeing lost altitude quickly and its fuel tank exploded on impact.

There were high winds and above-zero temperatures over the airport in central Russia. Flights to and from the airport were halted until midday on Monday.

Kazan, which is 800 km (500 miles) east of Moscow, is the capital of the largely-Muslim, oil-rich region of Tatarstan. A new runway was built at the airport ahead of the World Student Games, held in the city earlier this year.

Russia will host the Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi early next year.

The son of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, Irek, was among those killed in the crash, as was the head of the regional Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Antonov, according to a passenger list whose authenticity was confirmed by the regional government.

Russia and the former Soviet republics combined have one of the world’s worst air-traffic safety records, with a total accident rate almost three times the world average in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the disaster “a frightening tragedy”, offering his condolences to the relatives of the victims in a Tweet on Sunday.

State television showed images of a woman scanning a list of passenger names posted outside the airport and crumbling into tears as she apparently recognised one.

Boeing officials at the Dubai Airshow had no immediate information and declined to comment on the crash.


Russia spans nine time zones, from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific across large areas of largely uninhabited land, making efficient air and train links especially important to the country’s economy.

In Soviet times, flag carrier Aeroflot had a virtual monopoly of the airline industry, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a multitude of small private companies emerged.

A spokesman for state aviation oversight agency Rosaviatsia said authorities would search for the flight recorders.

“The plane touched the ground and burst into flame,” Sergei Izvolsky said. “The cause of the crash as of now is unknown.”

The plane had been forced to make an emergency landing a year earlier on Nov. 26 due to problems with “cabin depressurisation” shortly after take off, a law enforcement source told Interfax news agency. No one was hurt.

IATA said last year that global airline safety had improved but that accident rates had risen in Russia and the ex-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States.

In April 2012, at least 31 people were killed when a Russian passenger plane crashed after take-off in Siberia.

In Sept. 2011, a Yak-42 passenger jet carrying members of a major league ice hockey team came down shortly after takeoff and burst into flames near the Russian city of Yaroslavl, killing 44 people.

The Boeing 737 is the world’s most popular passenger jet in commercial use today. There have been 170 crashes involving this model of aircraft since it came into use.

In the Russian city of Perm in 2008, a Boeing 737 exploded a kilometer above the ground, killing 88 people. (Reporting by Douglas Busvine and Alissa de Carbonnel; Additional reporting by Gleb Stolyarov and Tim Hepher in Dubai; Editing by Ralph Boulton).

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Regional Airline Disaster Leads to Improvements in Pilot Training Regulations

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety



By Joan Lowy (AP)


Prodded by the families of people killed in a regional airline crash, federal officials issued an extensive overhaul of training requirements for pilots Tuesday.

One of the most important changes requires airlines to provide better training on how to prevent and recover from an aerodynamic stall, in which a plane slows to the point that it loses lift. That was what happened to Continental Express Flight 3407, which crashed on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport in western New York on Feb. 12, 2009, killing all 49 people aboard and a man on the ground.

The crash victims’ families have campaigned relentlessly for nearly five years for changes in federal regulations to address safety issues raised by the accident, including better pilot training. The families won a major victory in 2010 when they persuaded Congress to pass a sweeping aviation safety law. Since then, they’ve kept pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration to follow through on key safety provisions. They’ve made dozens of lobbying visits to Washington to meet with members of Congress and administration officials, and have attended aviation hearings and held news conferences.

Under the new requirements — the most substantial in two decades — airlines will have to provide flight simulator training for pilots on how to deal with a stall.

The captain and first officer of Flight 3407, which was operated for Continental Airlines by now-defunct Colgan Air, failed to notice that the speed of the twin-engine turboprop had dropped dangerously low, an investigation of the crash revealed. The captain, Marvin Renslow, was startled when a stall warning system called a stick-shaker, which violently shakes the pilot’s control yoke, suddenly went off. The appropriate response to such an event would be to push forward on the yoke to lower the nose of the plane in order to pick up speed, while increasing engine power.

But Renslow pulled back hard on the yoke, sending the plane into a stall. At that point a second safety system called a stick pusher tried to point the plane’s nose down, but Renslow again pulled back hard on the yoke. There was little chance of recovery after that, and the plane fell from the sky.

Renslow had not received any hands-on training in how to recover from a stall in the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 he was flying, only classroom lessons, and so was likely experiencing the aircraft’s stick-shaker and stick-pusher for the first time, investigators said. Until that crash, the emphasis in the airline industry had been on training pilots how to avoid getting into situations where a plane might stall, with far less attention on how to recover from one.

FAA officials began working on new pilot training requirements as far back as 1999, but made extensive revisions in their work to take into account the safety issues raised by Flight 3407.

“This rule will give our pilots the most advanced training available to handle emergencies they may encounter,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at a news conference. The new requirements are focused on preventing events that “while rare, can be catastrophic,” he said.

The crash of Flight 3407 was the result of “an archaic approach to pilot training at some small regional carriers like Colgan that was significantly substandard to the best practice training methods employed by our country’s mainline carriers,” a group representing family members said in a statement. “Today we have taken a significant step to address the first issue, and in doing so have positioned ourselves to take pilot training into the twenty-first century after nearly fifteen years of fits and starts. ”

But family members also complained that FAA officials are giving airlines five years before they have to implement the new requirements.

“It is hard to see any sense of urgency to significantly reduce aviation accidents,” said Karen Eckert, who lost her sister, 9/11 widow Beverly Eckert, in the crash. “That will be a full 10 years since the needless loss of our loved ones in a completely preventable crash and a full 20 years since this training rule-making project was initiated.”

Other changes required by the new rule:

— Pilots’ performance will be tracked and airlines must create a remedial training program for pilots who repeatedly demonstrate deficiencies in skills tests. Renslow had failed several such tests, but was allowed to retake them.

— Expanded training for pilots on how, when they are sitting in the second cockpit seat, they should monitor the performance of the other pilot who is flying the plane.

— Expanded training on how to handle crosswinds and wind gusts. A Continental Airlines jet hit by powerful crosswinds at Denver International Airport in December 2008 while attempting to take off ran off the runway, rumbled over frozen fields and crashed into a ditch, where the plane broke apart and burst into flames. No one was killed, but there were many injuries.

“The training mandated by these rules has very accurately addressed factors that have been identified in a number of accidents,” said Lee Moak, president of the Air Line Pilots Association International, the world’s largest pilots union.

Airlines have previously expressed concern that the new training requirements will increase their costs. The FAA estimated the cost to the industry of the new rule at $274.1 million to $353.7 million over 10 years.

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Virgin Atlantic B744 over Atlantic on Nov 14th 2013, turbulence injures 4

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety, Turbulence


By Simon Hradecky, via The Aviation Herald

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400, registration G-VLIP performing flight VS-66 (dep Nov 13th) from Montego Bay (Jamaica) to London Gatwick, EN (UK), was enroute about 300nm southeast of St. John’s, NL (Canada) at about 04:05Z when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing injuries to 4 occupants. The aircraft continued to London for a safe landing about 4.5 hours later.

The FAA reported that one member of the flight crew and 3 passengers, but no cabin crew, were injured in the turbulence encounter.

Full story, comments and radar imaging, here.

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Southwest Airlines pilot apparently tells passengers ‘We’re going down’

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


By Chuck Johnston and Kait Richmond, CNN

(CNN) — As his plane made a rapid descent to normalize cabin pressure, a Southwest Airlines pilot went on the plane’s loudspeaker and apparently told passengers the aircraft was going down.

“At first it sounded like someone was coming over the PA to talk. Then it sounded like shots through the cabin, twice, back to back,” passenger Grace Stroud told CNN. “Seconds later, the panicked captain said, ‘We’re in trouble; we’re going down.'”

The flight attendants then began securing the bins, she told “CNN Newsroom” in a separate interview. One told the captain to deploy the oxygen masks.

“I’m sure everybody went through their private moments,” Stroud said. “My moment was, ‘OK, so this is how I’m going to die,’ and ‘At least it will be quick.'”

Another passenger, Shelley Wills, told CNN affiliate WTVD that the pilot made the remarks as the plane went into a nosedive when it neared the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

“He said, ‘We’re going down.’ And everyone is looking around like, ‘Is this a joke? Is he serious?’ And then you felt the nosedive.”

Soon after, the Boeing 737 leveled out and made an emergency landing at the Raleigh airport.

Asked about the WTVD report, a Southwest spokeswoman said it was inaccurate.

“Our pilot said he was descending to 10,000 feet. The report was not accurate from this customer. We landed safely,” spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger told CNN.

But in an e-mail the airline sent Stroud, it acknowledged what Stroud suspected may have happened.

“As the captain was communicating his plan with the flight attendants, he inadvertently activated the PA system in the cabin,” the e-mail said. “We sincerely regret any confusion caused by the relay of the information.”

Southwest Airlines Flight 3426 had taken off from Tampa, Florida, and was headed to Raleigh. As it approached its destination, the pilot noticed a loss of cabin pressure — prompting him to make a earlier-than-usual descent.

“As the checklist mandates when there is a pressurization issue, our captain did communicate with flight attendants over the PA that he was initiating a descent to a lower altitude,” Eichinger said. “The issue resolved itself, which is also not uncommon, and the aircraft landed normally at Raleigh-Durham.”

For her part, Stroud said, “I know what I heard.”

She said she talked to others seated around her, and they all agreed they heard the pilot say the same thing.

The FAA says it is investigating the incident.

For the “uneasy feelings” the experience may have caused her, Stroud was offered a voucher good toward a future flight.

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U.S. Airlines Fined $1.2 Million

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events

Original Story by Lee Ferrera

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined US Airways $1.2 million for failing to provide adequate wheelchair assistance to passengers in Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C. The fine is one of the largest ever assessed by DOT in a disability case.

“All air travelers deserve to be treated equally and with respect, and this includes persons in wheelchairs and other passengers with disabilities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We will continue to make sure that airlines comply with our rules and treat their passengersfairly.

Under DOT’s rules implementing the Air Carrier Access Act, airlines are required to provide free, prompt wheelchair assistance upon request to passengers with disabilities. This includes helping passengers to move between gates and make connections to other flights.

In one of its periodic reviews of airlinecompliance with DOT rules, the Department’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that US Airways committed a significant number of violations of the requirements for wheelchair assistance during 2011 and 2012 at Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

As part of its review, the Enforcement Office examined approximately 300 complaints filed by passengers with the airline and DOT relating to incidents at Philadelphia and Charlotte, which covered only a sample of complaints filed over two years against US Airways for the two airports. The airline’s use of a combination of electric carts and wheelchairs to carry passengers between gates required frequent transfers and led to long delays. Some passengers missed connections because of the delays or were left unattended for long periods of time.

Of the $1.2 million fine, US Airways may use up to $500,000 for improvements in its service to passengers with disabilities that are beyond what DOT rules require. These include hiring managers to ensure the quality of the airline’s disability services in Philadelphia and Charlotte, creating a telephone line to assist these passengers, purchasing tablets and other equipment to monitor assistance requests, providing compensation to passengers with disability-related complaints, and programming the airline’s computers so that boarding passes identify passengers who request special services.

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Jet Slides Off Tarmac At O’Hare In Chicago

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


11/06/13 11:29 AM ET EST AP via

CHICAGO — CHICAGO (AP) — An American Eagle jet that landed safely at a Chicago airport rolled nose-first off the tarmac and onto a grassy area as the pilot tried to taxi to the terminal.

Authorities say no one was injured, but the aircraft’s 38 passengers and four crew members had to be bused to the terminal at O’Hare International Airport.

American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan says Flight 4332 from New Orleans “landed normally and safely,” but that the plane’s front-end nose gear rolled onto the grass as it began to taxi.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Will Knight says crews responded but that no one was injured or transported to hospitals.

The flight was operated by Republic Airlines. A Republic spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking information.

The plane is an Embraer E175.

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Two Flights Sustained Engine Damage from Bird Strikes

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Nov 1st 2013 via The Aviation Herald

A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N597HA performing flight HA-20 from Honolulu,HI to Sacramento,CA (USA), was on approach to Sacramento when one of the engines (CF6) ingested multiple birds. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Sacramento’s runway 16R.

The FAA reported that the engine sustained unknown damage due to multiple bird strike enroute. The time stamp of the bird strike sees the aircraft on a right downwind to runway 16R at 4000 feet about abeam of the runway. The aircraft landed about 7 minutes later.

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That same day, other bird strike occurred, which the FAA rated as an accident:

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N894NN performing flight AA-1224 from San Jose,CA to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA), was accelerating for takeoff from San Jose’s runway 30R when the aircraft sustained a bird strike prompting the crew to reject takeoff at high speed just after passing the displaced threshold. The aircraft slowed safely and vacated the runway, the crew declined assistance but requested the runway to be inspected for bird debris.

The FAA reported the aircraft sustained substantial damage as result of the bird strike during takeoff roll, the occurrence was rated an accident.

Full story, via The Aviation Herald, here.

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3 Killed in Small Plane Crash

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes

By: Associated Press via StarTribune

CALEDONIA, Minn. — A small plane crashed into a field in southeastern Minnesota on Friday, killing three people and critically injuring a fourth, authorities said.

A farmer reported a possible plane in the field to Sheriff Doug Ely at about 4:30 p.m., the Houston County sheriff’s office said.

Three deaths are confirmed, the sheriff’s office said. The injured person was airlifted to a hospital in La Crosse, Wis. No information was available on that person’s condition.

Houston County Airport Manager Brian Pogodzinski told The Associated Press the plane did not crash on airport property.

The airport is unmanned and has no control tower, and pilots do not have to file a flight plan with the county, Pogodzinski said. He said the weather was good Friday.

The plane, a twin-engine Piper PA-23, was registered to an aviation company in Troy, Mich., according to a Federal Aviation Administration online registry. A phone number for the company could not be found.

No additional details were immediately available.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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