Shuttle America E170 at Kansas City on Jun 25th 2014, nose wheel turned sideways before touchdown

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Via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Shuttle America Embraer ERJ-170 on behalf of United, registration N648RW performing flight S5-3448/UA-3448 from Newark,NJ to Kansas City,MO (USA) with 72 people on board, was on approach to Kansas City’s runway 19L when upon contacting tower the crew requested delay vectors to run some checklists. A few minutes later the crew reported they had a weight on wheel system failure and needed to run further checklists. Another few minutes later the crew declared emergency they had a steering failure together with other system faults including the weight on wheel system failure, which probably caused all the other faults preventing the aircraft from detecting to be on the ground. The crew requested runway 19R but was advised the runway was closed and not available. The aircraft subsequently positioned for another approach to runway 19L and touched down with the nose wheel turned 90 degrees sideways. The crew stopped on the runway, no injuries occurred, the passengers disembarked via stairs onto the runway.

Both main runways of Kansas City Airport (01/19) were closed as result of the occurrence, runway 09 remained open and available for traffic.

The FAA reported the aircraft landed with the nose wheels turned sideways and received minor damage.

Original story, here.

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Southwest B737 at Tampa on Jun 18th 2014, bird strike

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Via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, flight WN-1388 from Tampa,FL to Houston Hobby,TX (USA), was in the initial climb out of Tampa’s runway 01L when the crew reported they had flown through a flock of seagulls at about 2000-2500 feet, about 4nm from the runway, and hat taken at least one bird hit, all systems appeared to function normal and the crew continued the climb but then requested to level off at 10,000 feet. The crew consulted with maintenance then decided to return to Tampa where the aircraft landed safely about 30 minutes after departure.

The FAA reported the aircraft received minor damage to the leading edges of the wings and damage near the windscreen.

Full story, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preliminary Accident/Incident report is posted below and can be found via the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) site, which provides preliminary accident and incident information reported to the Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention within the past 10 business days.

Date: 18-JUN-14
Time: 15:19:00Z
Regis#: SWA 1388 REG UNKN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury:
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: Unknown
State: Florida

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Report: Aviation manufacturing defects

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In a June 18, 2014 story by USA TODAY, Tom Frank reports finding “repeated instances in which crashes, deaths and injuries were caused by defective parts and dangerous designs.”  The USA Today three part investigation found wide-ranging defects on aircraft have persisted for years as manufacturers covered up problems, lied to federal regulators and failed to remedy known malfunctions.  Below are links to the USA Today investigation:

Part 1. Unfit for Flight: Hidden defects linked to small-aircraft crashes over five decades

Part 2. Unchecked carnage: NTSB probes don’t dive deep after small-aircraft crashes

Part 3. How much is a human life worth?

The story reports how civil-court judges and juries have found major manufacturers such as Cessna Aircraft, Robinson Helicopter, Mitsubishi Aircraft, Bell Helicopter and Lycoming Engines liable for deadly crashes.

The full USA TODAY story can be found, here.

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Jet Blue Flight From Boston To Seattle Diverts To North Dakota

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via CBSBoston

BOSTON (CBS) – A JetBlue flight on its way from Boston to Seattle made an emergency landing in North Dakota Wednesday.

The FAA said the plane, which was carrying 126 passengers, landed safely in Minot, N.D., after the pilot reported the odor and requested a diversion.

JetBlue said in a statement that Flight 597 was enroute to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when the pilot chose to divert to Minot International Airport “as a precaution after noticing an electrical odor onboard.”

Maintenance technicians were assessing the aircraft, according to JetBlue.

The plane was back on its way to Seattle just before 3 p.m. Boston time.

Full story, here.

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Delta MD90 at New York on Jun 13th 2014, ground worker injured in engine fire

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By Simon Hradecky via The Aviation Herald

A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-90, registration N938DN performing flight DL-2166 from Orlando,FL to New York La Guardia,NY (USA) with 120 passengers, had completed a safe flight. The aircraft was parked at the gate, the passengers had all disembarked, when the left hand engine (V2525) caught fire. Emergency services responded and put the fire out. A Delta Airlines ground worker needed to be taken to a hospital however.

The FAA reported emergency services extinguished a blaze in the left hand engine, no passengers were injured, however, a ground worker did receive injuries and needed to be taken to hospital.

The airline confirmed a left hand engine fire occurred after all passengers had deplaned and caused injuries to a ground worker, the ground worker is on the way to recovery. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Original source:

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Delta flight makes emergency landing at XNA

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Via ,

Air lines officials say maintenance crews investigating problems leading to landing

HIGHFILL, Ark. —Flights were back to normal at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport after a Delta plane had to make an emergency landing Thursday morning.

Crews had to shut down the runway after the landing.

Kelly Johnson of XNA said Flight 5358 was departing for Atlanta with 50 people and three crew members on board.

The plane turned back after the pilot lost directional steering of the nose wheel, and it landed at 10:22 a.m., Johnson said.

“We climbed for the first five minutes and it was a little rougher than normal,” said passenger Nancy Bohnhoff. “And then it became obvious he was no longer climbing in altitude, so we knew something was up.”

Bohnhoff said takeoff from XNA was otherwise normal. She said the plane was in the air for about 15 minutes before the pilot came over the intercom and said he would have to return to Fayetteville.

There was a tire blowout, but no major damage to the plane. Johnson said no one was injured and passengers got off the aircraft and were bused to the terminal.

Johnson said crews train for situations like this all year long.

“We do live drills,” Johnson said. “We’ve got plans in place. We’ve got different levels of alerts.”

Johnson said the airport handles about 20 to 25 cases where planes experience “aircraft alerts.”

“This was an alert two,” said Johnson. “A little more significant than a level one with an aircraft, but we were all staged, ready to go.”

Other flights were delayed, according to @flyXNA.

Emergency officials were also alerted.

Delta Air Lines officials said their maintenance crews are investigating the problems leading to the emergency landing.

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American Airlines jet makes emergency landing at Tulsa

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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 12:00 am via By Staff Reports

An American Airlines maintenance flight made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport Tuesday around noon.

Pilots on the maintenance flight, which was carrying four passengers on a Boeing 767, declared an alert and told air traffic controllers that there was some kind of flight control problem, said airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins.

“The plane landed safely and everyone is alright,” Higgins said.

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the pilot landed the plane after seeing a slat indication light. The slat is a part of the control system on the wing.

The plane was a local flight and was scheduled to take off and land at Tulsa International Airport. Maintenance crews are working to address the problem.

Higgins said there are probably two to three emergency landings per week at Tulsa International Airport.

Small plane crash in Washington; 2 men dead

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via The Bellingham Herald

— A Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman says the crash of a small plane near Buckley, Washington, killed two friends who had recently exchanged ownership of the aircraft.

The county medical examiner’s office identified the men killed Wednesday afternoon as 62-year-old James Robert Cawley and 72-year-old Rodney John Richardson, both of Buckley.

The News Tribune reports ( that sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Troyer says the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a nearby private airstrip. Witnesses described the two-person aircraft flying low and sputtering before the crash.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said the plane was a North American AT-6C.

The North American T-6 Texan is described online as a type of aircraft used to train many World War II pilots. Troyer says this plane was painted in authentic World War II colors.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.

The area is about 40 miles southeast of Seattle.

Information from: The News Tribune.

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Jet carrying Philadelphia Inquirer owner crashed after failed takeoff

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via LA Times, original story by: MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE, TINA SUSMAN

A small jet carrying media mogul Lewis Katz and six others appeared to not make it off the ground as it tried to take off from a Massachusetts airport and instead veered off the runway, hit an antenna and a fence and crashed into a gully, investigators said Sunday.

Plane crash

Massachusetts state police stand at the gate of Hanscom Field, where a private plane crashed late Saturday. (Stuart Cahill / Associated Press)

Everyone aboard the Gulfstream IV jet died in the fiery crash Saturday night. Luke Schiada of the National Transportation Safety Board said those on board the plane, which was heading to Atlantic City, N.J., included a flight attendant, two crew members and four passengers, including Katz.

An earlier version of this post said Lewis Katz and H.F. Lenfest gained full control of the Inquirer and other media properties with an $88-billion bid. It was actually an $88-million bid.

Just last week, Katz, 72, and a partner became sole owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and His death heaps new turmoil on an organization plagued by disputes among its previous owners, including Katz, over the direction of its news coverage.

Firefighters called to the crash scene at Hanscom Field, about 20 miles from Boston, struggled to douse flames that quickly engulfed the jet.

At a news briefing, Schiada said an airport employee was watching the jet as it began its takeoff. “He did not see the aircraft break ground,” Schiada said.

Video taken in the aftermath of the crash shows smoke rising from the runway and billowing into the sky above trees surrounding the field.

“It was gigantic. It just kept rising and rising — it was awful,” said 14-year-old Jared Patterson, whose home’s yard faces the runway.

The teenager said he felt an explosion shake his house on Saturday night. “It sounded like a tire pop, but a million times stronger,” he said. “I ran outside thinking someone was trying to get into the house.”

He and others standing near the fence that surrounds the airport saw flames rising 20 to 30 feet high from the crash site. “I didn’t expect anyone to come out,” he said. “The flames were just engulfing it.”

Michelle and Kevin Thompson also heard the crash from their home near the edge of the airfield. “We just heard a big bang. We came out and saw all this smoke coming up,” Michelle Thompson said, pointing from her driveway past where children were playing under a sprinkler to nearby trees.

The crash site was about 200 yards away, but Thompson said the bang was so loud that she thought something had happened in her yard. “It sounded that close,” said Thompson, who her four small children were at home at the time of the crash. “All you could see was this big black cloud.”

“It can be like rush hour out there,” Kevin Thompson said of Hanscom, which the couple said has a constant stream of takeoffs and landings near the surrounding residential areas. The couple said fears of a crash are often on the minds of the airport’s neighbors, but they always figured it would involve one of the helicopters using the military section of the airport.

No other victims were immediately identified.

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