3 dead, 3 injured in Hawaii plane crash

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes, Safety

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via USAToday.com

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from Hawaii’s Lanai Island, killing three people and leaving three others injured, authorities said Thursday.

The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. local time Wednesday about a mile from Lanai Airport in the Miki Basin area, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone told The Associated Press.

The plane, a twin-engine Piper PA31, burned upon impact, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. He was unable to provide a tail number.

Three people were killed and three were injured, Antone said.

Authorities said that they believe everyone aboard the aircraft has been accounted for.

The Honolulu station KITV reported the deceased were identified as the pilot of the plane and two Department of Planning employees. Two other planning employees were in critical condition and the deputy attorney for Corporation Counsel was in serious condition, according to the station. All three survivors were airlifted to Queens Medical Center. No names were released

The group had been on Lanai earlier that evening to staff a Lanai Planning Commission Meeting and chartered a return flight on Maui Air, KITV reported.

Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said crews located the aircraft in grasslands about a mile southwest of the airport. Firefighters quickly doused a small brushfire ignited in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board would lead the investigation into the cause, with assistance from the FAA, Gregor said.

Billionaire Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp., bought 98% of Lanai in 2012. He later told financial news channel CNBC he envisions Lanai becoming a “little laboratory” for experimenting with more environmentally sound ways to live.

Full story, via USA Today.

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9 people hospitalized after turbulence strikes flight headed to Hong Kong

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events, Safety, Turbulence

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The airline Cathay Pacific Airways reports a flight that left San Francisco on Tuesday experienced the turbulence over Japan.  This happened a day after five people were injured in an United Airlines flight due to turbulence.

Nine people were injured due to turbulence on a flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong Tuesday, according to the airline.

Cathay Pacific Airways said eight of the victims - including six passengers and two crew members - were hospitalized immediately upon landing in Hong Kong, the company stated on its Facebook page. The other injured passenger did not need to go to the hospital.

Passenger Vincent Sunder told TV Station KPIX the plane plummeted, and then traveled sideways and started shaking. He said some passengers were jostled out of their seats and some people hit their heads on the ceiling.

The turbulence made items on the plane fly around including - bags from the baggage vents, he told the station.

“Safety is our first priority and we are collaborating with authorities to investigate this incident,” the company said.

People who commented under the post expressed unanimous appreciation for the airline and warned passengers to use their seatbelt when in flight.

“I was on the flight, buckled in. Staff were terrific, was frightening for them as well as us, they all did a great job to keep things under control after the turbulence. Speedy recovery to all. Best airline for sure,” posted Jacqui Saffery.

The incident occurred a day after five people on board a United Airlines flight to Montana were hospitalized due to injuries suffered from turbulence.

One passenger, Bill Dahlin, told Billings television station KTVQ there was a lot of screaming when the airplane dropped sharply during its descent on Monday, and a woman struck her head on the ceiling so hard a panel cracked.

Another passenger told the Denver Post a baby flew out of his parents arms and landed unharmed in another seat.

Flight CX879, which had 321 passengers and 21 crew members, left Tuesday and encountered unexpected “Severe” turbulence, the company said.

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Passengers recount fears after turbulent United flight

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety, Turbulence

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via Laurie Cipriano and Melanie Eversley, USA TODAY

Kerri Mullins had just taken a picture of the clear blue skies over Montana moments before she says she experienced the scariest 25 seconds of her life.

Mullins, from Arvada, Colo., was aboard United Airlines Flight 1676 from Denver to Billings when it hit turbulence so severe that people were tossed from their seats. Three flight attendants and two passengers were injured.

“I thought ‘Wow! Yeah, this is it,’ ” Mullins said. “It’s the most helpless feeling ever — to just be sitting there and not have any control over anything.”

Mullins said the plane turned sharply to the right and started plunging.

“Everything flew out of everybody’s hands,” she said. “It was quite surreal.”

Mullins said some passengers who weren’t wearing seat belts hit the ceiling. When the plane stabilized, passengers began handing items back to each other that flew around the cabin — like phones and wallets.

One flight attendant remained hospitalized as of late Monday night, United spokesman Luke Punzenberger said in an e-mail.

The Boeing 737-700 left Denver at 11:57 a.m. Monday with 114 passengers and five crew members aboard.

“Our primary focus is assisting our employees and passengers who were injured, and our flight safety team will review what happened,” read a statement from the Chicago-based airline.

The turbulence happened upon descent and the plane landed at Billings Logan International Airport at 1:23 p.m.

Passenger Bill Dahlin told KTVQ that one woman hit the ceiling to hard that the panel above her cracked — and another woman cried out for her baby, said Dahlin, who was uninjured.

“I have flown a lot and I do know you run into things like this,” he told KTVQ. “This happened to be a lot rougher than what I’m accustomed to.”

Denver International Airport is one of United’s nine domestic hubs. The airline serves 368 airports and has 88,087 employees, according to its corporate fact sheet. The plane ultimately landed in Billings, but Mullins said the landing wasn’t smooth either.

“We did hit a little bit of turbulence right before we landed, so it was very unnerving after we had just been through all of this,” Mullins said. She said the pilot didn’t make an announcement about the incident.

“I thought it was very interesting that the pilot never came on and said anything about what had happened,” Mullins said. “There was nothing.”

Cipriano reports for KUSA-TV in Denver. Contributing: John Bacon

Original story: here.

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Sheriff identifies 3 who died in small plane crash near Telluride

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes

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via By Kieran Nicholson @ The Denver Post

Three people who died in a small plane crash in southwestern Colorado on Sunday all were pilots from Arizona, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

Telluride plane crash

This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near the Telluride airport Sunday, killing all three people aboard. (Provided by San Miguel Sheriff s Office).

For more information about the three people who died in the crash visit the original story, here.

Recovery operations began at sunrise Monday and were completed about 11 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.

The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza took off from Telluride at 11:20 a.m. Sunday in light snow. Visibility was about one mile and winds were clam. The plane was en route to Cortez, about 75 miles southwest of Telluride.

The wreckage was found about a mile west of the Telluride airport, along a cliff band, the sheriff’s office said.

This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near a

This photo released by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office shows the wreckage of a private Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that crashed near a Colorado ski town’s airport, killing all three people aboard. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Dinsmore said deputies began the recovery effort west of Telluride, Colo., Monday Feb. 17, 2014. The airplane took off from Telluride Regional Airport on Sunday, Feb. 16 on its way to Cortez, a city in southwest Colorado about 75 miles away. (AP Photo/San Miguel Sheriff’s Office) (, San Miguel Sheriff’s Office).

A contract helicopter and about a dozen trained emergency personnel carried out the technical recovery mission.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The NTSB is expected to begin recovering the plane on Tuesday.

Read more: Sheriff identifies 3 who died in small plane crash near Telluride - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25163319/sheriff-identfies-3-who-died-small-plane-crash#ixzz2td1HFxMC

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Korean A388 near Kodiak on Feb 12th 2014, severe turbulence injures three occupants

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety, Turbulence

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By Simon Hradecky via The Aviation Herald

A Korean Airlines Airbus A380-800, registration HL7619 performing flight KE-22 from Seoul (South Korea) to Atlanta,GA (USA), was enroute at FL350 near Kodiak,AK (USA) around 19:30Z when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence causing injuries to three occupants. The aircraft subsequently descended to FL330 and continued the flight to Atlanta, where the aircraft landed safely about 6.5 hours later.

The FAA reported three occupants, one flight attendant and two passengers, received unknown injuries when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence near Kodiak.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/KAL33/history/20140212/1015Z/RKSI/KATL

Infrared Satellite Image GOES-W Feb 12th 18:00Z (Graphics: AVH/NASA):
Infrared Satellite Image GOES-W Feb 12th 18:00Z (Graphics: AVH/NASA)

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2 dead, 1 injured in helicopter crash near Panacea, Fla., airport

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes, Safety

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Via UPI.com

PANACEA, Fla., Feb. 9 (UPI) — Two people were killed Saturday night when a helicopter crashed in swampy woods near the airport in Panacea, Fla., officials said.

The helicopter clipped some trees before the 8 p.m. crash, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

The dead were identified as pilot Curtis Robert Clifford, 53, and passenger Bryan Ooten, 49, both of Tallahassee.

Sheri Noelle Devore, 45, of Tallahassee was injured and transported by medical helicopter to a Tallahassee hospital with unknown injuries.

“The three individuals were on their way back to Tallahassee after eating at a local restaurant. The helicopter clipped a tree limb and crashed and landed on its top. The tree limb took down a power line which hampered emergency worker efforts until the line could be turned off. The helicopter landed in a wooded and marshy area near the airport,” the release said.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on the scene.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/02/09/2-dead-1-injured-in-helicopter-crash-near-Panacea-Fla-airport/UPI-82571391924750/#ixzz2sxkuJXHh

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United B772 near Newark on Jan 31st 2014, smell of smoke

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Other Events, Safety

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Original Story by Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A United Boeing 777-200, registration N791UA performing flight UA-932 from Washington Dulles,DC (USA) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), was enroute at FL350 about 23nm east of Newark,NJ (USA) when the crew reported the smell of smoke on board of the aircraft and decided to divert to Newark. The aircraft landed safely on runway 22L about 32 minutes later. Three passengers were taken to a hospital for checks after possible smoke inhalation.

A replacement Boeing 777-200 registration N783UA departed the following day as flight UA-1755 and reached Frankfurt with a delay of 23:15 hours.

The airport reported three passengers were taken to a hospital as a precaution due to smoke inhalation.

The airline confirmed the smell of smoke on board.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL932/history/20140201/0255Z/KIAD/EDDF

Full story, here.

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