United Airlines Severe Turbulence Injuries

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) site, posted a notice on November 24, 2014 regarding a severe turbulence incident on UAL 1179 over Valdosta, Georgia. The notice provides the following information:

UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 1179, REGISTRATION UNKNOWN, BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT EXPERIENCED SEVERE TURBULENCE NEAR VALDOSTA, GA, UNKNOWN NUMBER OF PERSONS ON BOARD SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT CHICAGO, IL

Information via Flightstats.com tells us UAL Flight 1179 was traveling from (SRQ) Sarasota, FL, US to (ORD) Chicago, IL, US.  The landing was reportedly delayed 28 minutes.

The Aviation Herald (Simon Hradecky) provides the following report:

A United Boeing 737-800, registration N16217 performing flight UA-1179 from Sarasota,FL to Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA), was enroute at FL340 near Valdosta,GA (USA) at about 19:15Z when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence (associated with altitude deviations of about 100 feet) causing minor injuries to a number of occupants. The crew climbed the aircraft to FL360 and continued to destination for a safe landing about 2 hours later.

The FAA reported an unknown number of occupants received minor injuries when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence near Valdosta.

Original report, here.

Delta jet out of Portland slides off runway in Detroit

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Wintry Weather Detroit Airport

A Delta plane sits on the runway Saturday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport with the back door open to allow passengers to exit after the plane slid off the runway. An airline spokesman said that none of the 160 passengers or six crew members were injured. Picture via Oregonlive.com

Additional details can be found via Crain’s Detroit Business who reports that:

Air traffic halted for a couple hours Saturday morning when the entire airfield “iced over at once.” Overnight crews treated the airfield with de-icing fluid and sand, but he (Airport spokesman Michael Conway) says freezing rain “overwhelmed our work.”

Conway says one Delta Air Lines plane landed around 7 a.m. but skidded off a taxiway into grass.

Full story, here.

According to NBC24.com, a “Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant says the plane “may have hit some black ice,” before sliding from the taxiway on to a grassy area around 6:40 a.m. Monday.”  Full story, here.

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NTSB to begin investigation of fatal plane crash near Midway

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Original story via WGNTV.com

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National Transportation Safety Board investigators hope to have a preliminary report out within a week or so on the crash of a small cargo plane into a home near Midway Airport.  The pilot of that plane, 47-year-old Eric Quentin Howlett, died in the crash.

“The aircraft is going to be relocated and secured overnight, then tomorrow we will begin a detailed examination of the airframe, then the engine then the propellers,” said NTSB air safety investigator Tim Sorensen.

In addition to the equipment on the plane, NTSB investigators will look at the quality of fuel and what if any role the bitter temperatures could have played.

Sorensen said Howlett was on his way to Ohio State University carrying some form of medical samples.

After departing, Howlett reported engine problems and asked to return to Midway.

The Chicago Fire Department confirmed earlier Tuesday that the pilot died after his plane crashed into the home in the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue just before 3 a.m.

Two elderly residents in the home escaped uninjured. Fire officials say the crashing plane missed them by just 8 inches.

The plane crashed through the roof of the house and into the living room through to the basement.

There was no fire or explosion after the plane crashed. Although the wreckage was gushing aviation fuel in the minutes after the crash, firefighters quickly sprayed foam over the crash scene, knocking down combustible fumes before the wreckage could ignite.

The plane crashed approximately one-quarter mile off of Runway 31C.

Full story, here.

The Federal Aviation Administration Preliminary Accident Notice can be found, here.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Preliminary Report will be available here when completed.

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Airliner returns to Dulles with mechanical problem; no injuries are reported

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Original story By Martin Weil via Washington Post

A United Airlines plane headed for San Francisco returned to Dulles International Airport on Monday evening because of what was described as a mechanical problem.

An inspection made after landing determined that it had a blown tire on its landing gear, an airport spokesman said.

No injuries were reported aboard Flight 1564, a twin-jet Boeing 757, said Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the regional agency that operates the airport.

He said the blown tire was on the left main landing gear. It was not clear why the tire failed, and the incident will be investigated, Yingling said.

The jetliner carried 151 passengers and a crew of six, said United spokesman Luke Punzenberger.

After the plane landed and halted on the runway, mobile lounges were brought to it to take passengers back to the terminal for rebooking, Yingling said.

He said the plane was then towed to the airport’s D gates for follow-up by the airline’s maintenance crew.

The runway on which the plane landed was closed for a time, and airport personnel cleaned fluids and debris from it so it could reopen, Yingling said.

He said some other air traffic was delayed when it was shifted to other runways during the temporary closure.

Photographs of the 757 show three landing-gear mechanisms, one beneath each wing and one beneath the airplane’s nose.

Each of the wing mechanisms has four tires, and the nose gear has two, for a total of 10.

The 757 is described as a midsize, narrow-body airliner.

According to date posted online by the manufacturer, the 757-200 model has a maximum takeoff weight of 255,000 pounds, which by rough approximation would impose a load of about 25,000 pounds on each tire.

Full story, here.

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Asiana Gets 45-Day Ban on SF Flights Over Crash

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Southwest Airlines Captain Broke Safety Rules Before 2013 New York Accident

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Pilot Grabbed Controls Shortly Before Plane Crash-Landed at La Guardia

By ANDY PASZTOR via online.WSJ.com

On July 22, 2013, a Southwest Airlines jet crash-landed at La Guardia Airport in  New York City.

On July 22, 2013, a Southwest Airlines jet crash-landed at La Guardia Airport in New York City. GETTY IMAGES via online.wsj.com

Southwest Airlines Co. jet crash-landed on a runway at New York City’s La Guardia Airport in July 2013 after the captain unexpectedly pulled back engine power while the co-pilot was still flying the aircraft, according to federal investigators.

Documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board at the end of October indicate the captain unilaterally put the engines essentially into idle at the wrong instant—causing the Boeing 737’s nose to drop sharply—without warning as she placed her hand on the co-pilot’s hand, which was still on the throttles, and moved them.

Only seconds after that, with the plane barely 50 feet above the strip, did the captain take the required step to verbalize she was taking over flying responsibilities by telling the co-pilot: “I got it.”

NTSB documents indicate the captain violated company and industry safety standards, which require pilots to work as a team, and in all cases, they must declare their intentions before taking over controls or changing any flight-control settings.

The captain, who was 49 years old at the time of the incident and had more than 7,500 hours behind the controls of a 737, was fired by the carrier about two months later.

Her co-pilot, a former fighter pilot and flight instructor for the Air Force who had started flying for Southwest the year before, was retrained and has returned to flying status.

Nine people sustained minor injuries in the crash landing.

Full story, here.

The National Transportation Safety Board docket can be found, here.

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Four injured as Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Edmonton

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via the Waterloo Region Record

EDMONTON — Three of four passengers sent to hospital after an Air Canada Jazz flight appeared to trail sparks during an emergency landing at Edmonton International Airport have now been released.

The airline says in a statement that the fourth passenger sent for treatment after Thursday night’s emergency involving a Q400 turboprop aircraft remains in hospital for observation.

Air Canada flight 8481 was scheduled to travel from Calgary to Grande Prairie, Alta., carrying 71 passengers and a crew of four.

There were reports that one of the plane’s tires blew out on takeoff from Calgary, but a crosswind prevented it from returning so it carried on to Edmonton.

Witnesses reported seeing sparks fly as the plane landed in the Alberta capital, where the airport had activated its emergency operations centre and had a number of emergency vehicles standing by.

Heather Hamilton, an airport spokesperson, says the runway that handled the landing was closed while the Transportation Safety Board investigates.

Hamilton says the flight was diverted to Edmonton because officials felt conditions there were safer.

“The plane came in smoothly, but had an incident after landing.”

The aircraft was quickly evacuated and the injured passengers were taken away by ambulance, while the remainder were bused to the terminal.

Jazz says an extra flight was sent in late Thursday evening to take most of the passengers on to their destination, while those who remained in Edmonton overnight were expected to complete their trip today.

The airline also says it’s “very grateful” there were no severe injuries and that it’s co-operating with the safety board.

Original story: here.

Video of the crash can be found via CNN, here.

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Air France A388 near Leeds on Nov 4th 2014, turbulence injures three cabin crew

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via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

An Air France Airbus A380-800, registration F-HPJD performing flight AF-6 from Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) to New York JFK, NY (USA) with 484 passengers and 21 crew, was enroute at FL360 about 10nm south of Leeds,EN (UK) at about 14:18Z when the crew decided to turn around and return to Paris after the aircraft had encountered turbulence resulting in minor injuries (concussions) to three cabin crew. The aircraft landed safely back in Paris about 70 minutes later.

The airline confirmed strong turbulence at the beginning of the cruise phase caused minor injuries to three cabin crew, concussions and bruises, no passengers were affected. Medical assistance was provided immediately after landing.

Infrared Satellite Image Seviri 15:00Z (Graphics: AVH/Meteosat):

Infrared Satellite Image Seviri 15:00Z (Graphics: AVH/Meteosat)

Image via The Aviation Herald.

Original source, here.

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American B738 near Orlando on Oct 31st 2014, fumes on board

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Via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

An American Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration N831NN performing flight AA-17 from Atlanta, GA to Miami, FL (USA) with 144 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL370 over Tallahassee, FL about 180nm northwest of Orlando,FL when the crew donned their oxygen masks and decided to divert to Orlando due to fumes on board. The aircraft landed safely in Orlando about 30 minutes later.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration N813NN reached Miami with a delay of 5 hours.

Original story: here.

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