Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


Via NTSB.gov

December 27

The National Transportation Safety Board issued five new Safety Alerts last week that provide general aviation (GA) pilots with mitigating strategies for preventing accidents. These Safety Alerts follow five that were issued in March at a Board Meeting that focused on the most frequent types of general aviation accidents.

“Knowing these accidents, which sometimes include entire families, can be prevented is why ‘General Aviation Safety’ is on our Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements,” said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. “At a time when many people are putting together their list of resolutions for the coming year, these five Safety Alerts remind pilots, mechanics and passengers of basic safety precautions to add to their checklists to ensure a safe flight for all on board.”

A Safety Alert is a brief information sheet that pinpoints a particular safety hazard and offers practical remedies to address the issue.

The five Safety Alerts issued last week are:

  • Check Your Restraints
  • Engine Power Loss Due to Carburetor Icing
  • “Armed” for Safety: Emergency Locator Transmitters
  • All Secure, All Clear (securing items in the aircraft cabin)
  • Proper Use of Fiber or Nylon Self-Locking Nuts

The NTSB is charged with investigating about 1,500 aviation accidents annually. Each year, about 475 pilots and passengers are killed and hundreds more are seriously injured in GA accidents in the United States. (http://go.usa.gov/28DF)

The five GA Safety Alerts released, as well as the 25 others issued since 2004 (including five video Safety Alerts), are available at http://go.usa.gov/2BeA.
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Wishing everyone safe travels this New Year!

Delta MD90 near Flagstaff on Dec 21st 2013, turbulence injures 5

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety, Turbulence


via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-90, registration N960DN performing flight DL-1751 from Minneapolis,MN to Las Vegas,NV (USA), was enroute near Flagstaff,AZ (USA) when the aircraft encountered turbulence causing minor injuries to 5 occupants. The aircraft continued to Las Vegas for a safe landing.

The FAA reported 5 persons on board received minor injuries when the MD-90 experienced turbulence near Flagstaff.

True Colour Satellite Image GOES-W Dec 21st 2013 17:45Z (Photo: NASA)

Full story: here.

At Brodkowitz Law, we have made claims against airlines for various injuries, including the following:

  • knee injuries caused by beverage carts slamming into passengers
  • injuries from crash landings or rough landings
  • pressurization related injuries, including hearing loss
  • failure to provide medical assistance on airplanes
  • slip and falls on airplanes
  • burn injuries on airplanes

Turbulence injuries are another common occurrence.  Many of these injuries are preventable.  For more information, visit our website or contact us for a free case evaluation.

Virgin America A319 near Omaha on Dec 17th 2013, engine shut down in flight

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events



via AeroInside.com

A Virgin America Airbus A319-100, registration N524VA performing flight VX-363 from Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA (USA) with 109 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL380 80nm north of Omaha, NE (USA), almost overhead Sioux City Gateway Airport, IA, when the crew detected abnormal indications for the left hand engine (CFM56) and shut the engine down. The aircraft diverted to Omaha’s Eppley Airport for a safe landing on runway 32L about 25 minutes later.

Runway 32L was temporarily closed while emergency services checked the aircraft.

Original source: here.

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Delta B738 at Madison on Dec 16th 2013, runway excursion after landing

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N372DA performing flight DL-385 from Minneapolis,MN to Madison,WI (USA) with 60 passengers and 6 crew, landed on Madison’s runway 18 at 15:58L (21:58Z). During roll out the crew reported braking action good and was instructed to vacate the runway via taxiway A6 to A and to report when clear of the runway. The crew subsequently radioed “I think you need to send the trucks out” and required assistance stating “we could not stop at the end of the runway by A6 and we exited the prepared surface just at the end of the runway to the right towards A6” and “it appears we are all the way off the runway into the snow covered Pampa”. The next arrival on short final, about 2nm from touch down, was instructed to go around, the runway and airport was closed while emergency services responded.

The passengers disembarked via mobile stairs and were bused to the terminal.

The airport was closed for about 90 minutes.

Full story, here.

When an airline fails to reasonably care causing injury to a passenger, Brodkowitz Law steps in to help hold the airline accountable to ensure the passenger or passengers are compensated. If you have been injured while flying commercially please contact our firm.

Delta MD-90 suffers wing damage when tire blows on landing at Reagan

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


via Lee Ferrara, Airnation.net

A Delta Airlines MD-90 suffered wing damage yesterday when one of its tires blew on landing at Reagan National Airport. The extent of the damage is not known.

Full story: here.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) page states:


The FAA’s Preliminary Accident and Incident reports can be found, here.

Additional information via The Aviation Herald, here.

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Frontier A319 near Dallas on Dec 7th 2013, loss of cabin pressure

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events, Safety


By Simon Hradecky, via The Aviation Herald

A Frontier Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N921FR performing flight F9-245 from Houston,TX to Denver,CO (USA) with 132 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing through FL260 out of Houston when the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of cabin pressure releasing the passenger oxygen masks. The crew initiated an emergency descent to 11,000 feet and diverted to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX for a safe landing about 38 minutes after stopping the climb.

The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.

The airline confirmed a sudden loss of cabin pressure, which released the passenger oxygen masks.


Original source: here.

At Brodkowitz Law, we represent airline passengers who are injured due to airline negligence. When an aircraft does not pressurize normally passengers suffer ruptured eardrums and loss of hearing. When airstairs or other boarding devices are not used safely by an airline passengers suffer fall injuries. Sometimes equipment within an aircraft breaks, injuring passengers. Turbulence injuries are another common occurrence.  Many of these injuries are preventable.

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Small Plane Crash Kills 4 in Alaska

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events

Four people were killed — including an infant — and six injured after a small commercial flight crashed Friday near a remote village in western Alaska, police said.

After failing to revive her newborn, the mother then walked nearly a mile to seek help, police said.

The pilot and three passengers died in the Friday night crash near the village of St. Marys, Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, said Saturday.

The dead were identified as pilot Terry Hansen, Rose Polty and Richard Polty and the infant, Wyatt Coffee.

Peters said she had no immediate word on the six survivors’ condition.

Tsingle-engine, turboprop Cessna 208 was a Hageland Aviation flight from Bethel to Mountain Village and Saint Marys, said Kathy Roser, a spokeswoman for Era Alaska airline. Hageland is part of Era Alaska.

Jim Hickerson, president of Hageland Aviation, told the Anchorage Daily News the six survivors were injured.

The wreckage was found about 4 miles east of Saint Marys. Troopers and an air ambulance service responded to the scene, Peters said.

The survivors are Melanie Coffee, Pauline Johnson, Kylan Johnson, Tonya Lawrence, Garrett Moses and Shannon Lawrence.

Coffee unsuccessfully tried to revive her newborn baby and then walked nearly a mile to lead searchers to the wreckage site.

Village Police Officer Fred Lamont Jr. said Saint Marys responders received word of the crash when Coffee of Mountain Village called a village health aide seeking help in resuscitating her newborn.

Lamont says Coffee considered starting a fire to attract searchers but finally just walked to lights near the community landfill, where she met searchers.

An emergency locator beacon signal helped pinpoint the crash site, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson said.

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash. The NTSB told NBC News that it would send two investigators to investigate the accident.

The temperature in the area Friday night was about 18 degrees.

Saint Marys, with a population of about 500, is roughly 470 miles from Anchorage.

Original Story Found Here.

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