Republic E175 at Houston on Aug 22nd 2014, wake turbulence injures 3

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Via Simon Hradecky, via The Aviation Herald

A Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N421YX performing flight YX-4344/AA-4344 from Chicago O’Hare, IL to Houston Intercontinental, TX (USA), was on approach to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport when the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 08L.

The FAA reported the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing unknown injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft did not sustain any damage.

The return flight was cancelled.

Full story, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Preliminary Accident and Incident Notice can be found, here. The AIN Summary Page provides preliminary accident and incident information reported to the Office of Accident Investigation & Prevention within the past 10 business days. All information is preliminary and subject to change.

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Southwest Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Dallas

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A Southwest Airlines jet has made a safe emergency landing after blowing a tire during takeoff.

Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins said Friday that Flight 8 was bound for Austin but returned to Dallas Love Field after the tire blew.

Hawkins says the captain of the Boeing 737 flew by the airport so Southwest personnel and air traffic controllers could check for any damage, then landed the plane. It was towed back to the gate.

There were 125 passengers and five crew members aboard. Hawkins says they will be put on another plane Friday to fly to Austin.

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Additional information regarding the flight from The Aviation Herald:

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N726SW performing flight WN-8 from Dallas Love,TX to Austin,TX (USA) with 125 passengers and 5 crew, departed Dallas Love Field’s runway 13L. During the climb to 10,000 feet the crew requested a runway inspection suspecting they might have blown a tire, in response all traffic approaching runway 13L was swung over to runway 13R and departures not released. A runway inspection found debris on the runway, the runway was closed. N726SW stopped the climb at FL200 and decided to return to Dallas Love, performed a low approach to runway 13R to have the landing gear inspected from the ground identifying the left outboard main tire had burst and the inboard left main tire appeared damaged. The aircraft positioned for another approach to runway 13R, in the flare the crew made sure the right hand main gear touched down first and smoothed the left main gear onto the runway, then rolled out safely stopping on the runway.

Full story, here.

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New Study Focuses on In-Flight Risk to Infants

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Attention parents: New research suggests air travel may present more risks to infants than you thought.

Safety investigators are raising warnings about in-flight turbulence, which is the leading cause of injury to children on airplanes and can sometimes catapult lap children into another row. Separately, a new study that analyzed in-flight pediatric deaths found them to be very rare, but almost all of the children who did die aboard planes were under the age of 2 and traveling on long flights between continents.

Some deaths resulted from known medical problems, but most surprising to the researchers was that in half the deaths the cause wasn’t clear.

“What was unexpected was the number of healthy lap infants who ended up dead. It’s a rare event but this is clearly a pattern,” said Alexandre Rotta, lead researcher on the study and chief of pediatric critical care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, which is part of the University Hospitals health-care system in Cleveland. The study was published in July in the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Researchers said infants appeared to face higher risk of death from sleeping in the same seat as an adult; small children can be suffocated or compressed by an adult shifting position during sleep. Some of the deaths showed similarities with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is often associated with infants sleeping on their stomach instead of the recommended position on their back.

Another possibility: Lower oxygen levels onboard a plane could adversely affect immature respiratory systems in babies.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants shouldn’t share a bed or couch with an adult, Dr. Rotta notes. But “that completely goes out the window on a plane.”

Click here to read more from The Wall Street Journal.

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Smoke on IndiGo plane at Delhi airport, 28 passengers injured

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Story via Deccan Chronicle

New Delhi: 28 passengers suffered injuries when an IndiGo plane with over 150 passengers on board developed a problem in its landing gear that caused thick smoke to emanate after touching down at the airport here, prompting emergency evacuation.

As the Airbus A-320 aircraft operating flight 6E-176 from Mumbai and carrying 148 passengers and six crew members landed at the IGI Airport around 1530 hours, the Air Traffic Control observed “dense smoke” coming out of the left-side lower portion and alerted the pilots, airport sources said.

The aircraft was moved to the taxiway where all passengers were evacuated through emergency slide-chutes, an airline spokesperson said, adding that “some of them suffered minor injuries during evacuation”.

While one of the passengers suffered suspected fracture, the others had minor bruises, the sources said, noting 28 persons were injured.

Aviation regulator DGCA and the airline have begun probing the incident, as preliminary reports said the smoke was caused by heavy friction on the left brake assembly of the aircraft’s landing gear. The investigation would continue over the next few days, the sources said.

This is the second incident involving an IndiGo aircraft in the recent past.

On March 8, an Indigo plane from Delhi with 182 people on board had caught fire after landing at Kathmandu airport but no one was hurt. Then too, the fire was spotted on the plane’s right brake assembly.

Maintaining that there was “no fire and this was not an emergency or priority landing”, the spokesperson said the aircraft made “a normal landing on runway 27 at 1535 hours”.

“As soon as the Captain got the information about the dense smoke observed from the ATC tower, he immediately ordered the crew to evacuate all passengers in the interest of safety. The evacuation was done on taxi way after safely landing the aircraft,” he said.

“We confirm that all passengers and crew members are safe and have been taken to the terminal building. Some of the passengers were given medical attention and taken care of…They have all left for their homes already,” he said.

Meanwhile, airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said all assistance was provided to the passengers and the airline.

“DIAL’s emergency services responded promptly to the needs of IndiGo flight 6E-176. All assistance was provided to the passengers and the airline,” a DIAL spokesperson said in a statement.

Original story, here.

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Spirit A319 near Savannah on Aug 18th 2014, severe turbulence injures 3 cabin crew

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By Simon Hradecky via The Aviation Herald

A Spirit Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N517NK performing flight NK-457 from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Chicago O’Hare, IL (USA), was enroute at FL350 about 45nm south of Savannah, GA (USA) when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing minor injuries to three flight attendants. The crew continued the flight to Chicago for a safe landing about 105 minutes later.

The FAA reported the severe turbulence caused minor injuries to three flight attendants but no damage to the aircraft.

Infrared Satellite Image GOES-E Aug 18th 2014 23:45Z (Graphics: AVH/NASA)

Infrared Satellite Image GOES-E Aug 18th 2014 23:45Z (Graphics: AVH/NASA) Via The Aviation Herald

Original source, here.

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Accident: American MD82 at Dallas on Aug 17th 2014, burst tires on takeoff

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via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

An American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82, registration N587AA performing flight AA-2325 from Dallas Ft. Worth, TX to Chicago O’Hare, IL (USA) with 143 passengers and 6 crew, departed Dallas Ft. Worth’s runway 17R when the crew declared emergency immediately after becoming airborne reporting flaps problem on the left wing and left engine (JT8D) and remained on tower frequency leveling off at 3000 feet. Tower advised emergency services of a flaps problem and and engine compressor stall, another crew observing the departure reported the left hand tires blew on departure. The aircraft returned for a safe landing on runway 17C about 17 minutes after departure.

The FAA reported the aircraft burst the left hand main tires during the departure roll, debris damaged the left hand flaps and left hand engine, the damage is being assessed.

A replacement MD-83 registration N9616G reached Chicago with a delay of 6:20 hours.

Original story, here.

Preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration can be found, here.

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Engine Fire Forces JetBlue Flight to Abort Takeoff

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Via The Wall Street Journal, Story By SUSAN CAREY And ANDY PASZTOR

Aircraft Departing Puerto Rico Carried 186 Passengers and Six Crew Members

JetBlue Airways Corp. plane bound for New York aborted takeoff Saturday night from San Juan, Puerto Rico, after its left engine caught fire following a bird strike, prompting pilots to evacuate the plane using emergency slides.

JetBlue said preliminary reports suggested that Flight 704, an Airbus A321 single-aisle jet carrying 186 passengers and six crew members, suffered “bird ingestion in the number one engine.”

Damage to jet engines from hitting birds isn’t uncommon but such events rarely result in fires.

The New York-based discount airline, which has sizable operations in Puerto Rico, said three passengers on Flight 704 suffered minor injuries during the evacuation Saturday night. They were taken to hospitals in San Juan, but quickly released.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

A makeup flight, JetBlue 8104, departed at 3:30 a.m. Sunday and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 7:09 a.m., JetBlue said.

Firefighters at the airport put out the fire. An FAA spokesman said a runway in San Juan was shut down “for a period.”

When engines do catch fire, the most common causes are oil-pressure problems or loose turbine blades. Statistics compiled by an affiliate of the Flight Safety Foundation show 17 accidents and incidents dating back to the 1990s involving aircraft engine fires caused by internal malfunctions, fuel system failures or other causes.

The FAA has gathered data on a total of some 11,000 bird strikes nationwide affecting airliners, business aircraft and general aviation in 2013. Over the years, about a third of such incidents occurred during takeoff or initial climb. More than 90% of all bird strikes historically happened below 3,500 feet altitude, according to the FAA.

From 1990 to 2013, FAA statistics show 25 fatalities attributed to wildlife strikes involving U.S. civil aircraft.

Full story, via here.

The FAA Accident and Incident Report can be found, here.

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Air Canada Jazz Flight AC8953 makes emergency landing in Ottawa

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Via CBC News

Air Canada Jazz flight AC8953 was headed from Fredericton, N.B., to Toronto this morning when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Ottawa after reports of smoke in the cockpit, Air Canada has confirmed.

The Ottawa Airport Authority confirmed the flight landed safely around 6:30 a.m. ET.

Air Canada spokeswoman Debra Williams confirmed flight AC8953 had reports of smoke in the cabin and was forced to land in Ottawa.

“Passengers were moved by ground transportation into the terminal and were booked on alternate flights to their destination. We apologize to our passengers for this incident and inconvenience,” Williams said in a statement.

Emergency landing at Ottawa airport (Aug. 13, 2014)

Sean Costello tweeted this photo that shows emergency crews on the tarmac at Ottawa’s Macdonald-Cartier International Airport on Wednesday morning, after a Toronto-bound flight made an emergency landing. (Photo supplied by Sean Costello).

Ottawa firefighters and paramedics were also called to the airport. Paramedics did not treat anyone for injuries, while firefighters were told to stand down before arriving.

Paramedics were called around 6 a.m. There were four crew members and 69 passengers on board.

A couple of people waiting to fly at the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport tweeted their flights were delayed due to the landing.

Air Canada said the plane is currently being inspected and the cause of the smoke has not been determined.

Full story via, here.

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Accident: Silver SF34 at Orlando on Aug 11th 2014, bird strike

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via The Aviation HeraldBy Simon Hradecky

A Silver Airways Saab 340B, flight 3M-4040 from Tallahassee,FL to Orlando,FL (USA), was on final approach to Orlando’s runway 18R when the crew declared emergency reporting they just had a bird strike causing debris all over the windscreen and a passenger window blown out, they continued for a safe landing on runway 18R about 3 minutes later and stopped on the adjacent taxiway to have emergency services check out the aircraft. One flight attendant received minor injuries as result of the bird strike.

The FAA reported birds struck the engine and cabin window, one cabin crew received minor injuries.

Full report, here.

Preliminary Accident and Incident information can be found via the FAA, here.

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Victims in West Jordan plane crash identified, still in hospital

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Original Story: AUGUST 10, 2014, BY AND


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Update: Officials have identified the victims in West Jordan’s plane crash; 56-year-old Steven Sedlacek, his wife, 57-year-old Kathleen, and 29-year-old Anna Looper, their daughter.

All three are still in the hospital at this time.

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Three people were taken to area hospitals after a small airplane crash at South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan Sunday morning.

At approximately 9 a.m., emergency crews responded to the area near the airport, located at 7291 S. Airport Road. Dispatch officials confirmed that two medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene.

Officials said the pilot lifted off the airstrip but didn’t achieve the necessary height. The plane came down in a soccer field after striking a berm and bouncing, and a couple and their adult daughter were inside the plane.

Nearby witnesses helped the family get out of the plane before the vehicle caught on fire. Witnesses said the two women were moaning in pain and the man, who had been piloting the aircraft, was unconscious. Robert Kelley was among those who responded.

“I pulled the wife out, the right passenger, out of the plane first, she was the closest one,” Kelley said. “I grabbed her and unbuckled her, then I ran back to the plane, where two guys were already trying to get the pilot out. But at that time, the plane really got engulfed in flames, and I jumped in as well and all three of us pulled him out and dragged him to safety.”

The family, who were traveling from the Boise area, are expected to survive. Specific details regarding the nature and severity of their injuries were not immediately available.

FOX 13 News’ Ashton Goodell spoke with witnesses and rescuers, see the video above for their interviews.

FOX 13 News viewer Monico Garza provided video of the scene minutes after the aircraft went down, see below for the footage.

Original story with video coverage, here.

The Federal Aviation Accident and Incident Notice lists the aircraft as a Piper PA32R, Registration Number N4646F. For more information click, here.

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