Chicago-Bound Flight Diverted After Mid-Air 10,000-Foot Drop

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Reprinted from nbcnews.com. By Jacquellena Carrero.

A Chicago-bound United Express flight was diverted to Indianapolis after a 10,000-foot vertical drop.

United Express Flight 5919 was headed from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Illinois when it suddenly plummeted and was diverted to Indianapolis International Airport shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday morning, officials said.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority indicated the plane dropped 10,000 feet mid-flight, but a spokesman for ExpressJet, which operates United Express, said there was a “pressurization issue” on board and could not confirm just how far the plane dropped.

Airline spokesman Jarek Beem noted that it is standard procedure for planes to drop to a 10,000 foot altitude when there is a pressure issue on board.

According to Jeff Dutton, Communications Manager at Indianapolis Airport Authority, passengers were checked out once the flight landed but no one was taken to a hospital.

“Some passengers were complaining of headaches and ear problems so they diverted to Indianapolis,” Dutton said.

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Delta plane makes emergency landing at DIA, windshield shattered

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Reprinted from cnn.com. By Carly Moore and Drew Engelbart.

DENVER  — A Delta flight from Boston to Salt Lake City made an emergency landing in Denver Friday night after the plane was severely damaged in a storm.

After getting caught in a severe storm with lightning, rain and hail, Delta flight 1889 landed at DIA just before 9p.m. on Friday, KSTU reported.

Photos from KSTU, show the aircraft’s windshield was shattered and the nose of the plane was heavily damaged.

A Delta flight from Boston to Salt Lake City was diverted to DIA after significant damage to the plane was caused by a hail storm Friday night.

One passenger was taken to the hospital upon request, but no injuries were reported.

“It was the scariest ten minutes of my life,” one passenger said.

The damage was severe, and so was the storm flight 1889 passed through. When the flight arrived at DIA passengers saw what had happened to the plane.

“We went around the corner from the window, and we could see the shattered windshield, we could see kind of a hole over the engine where lightening had struck, we could see the nose of the plane was missing. It was really intense,” another passenger said.

One person was taken to a hospital, DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale didn’t provide a reason, but did say the plane went through “severe turbulence.”

Passengers were then put on other flights to finish their travel, but a local aviation expert is still surprised the plane went through that severe of weather.

“It’s highly unusual for a pilot to get himself into a situation where the airplane is damaged to that extent,” said Steve Cowell of SRC Aviation. “But the FAA and the NTSB are going to be examining not only the aircraft, but of course they’re going to be questioning the pilot and his choices of route.”

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Rough landing: ‘I remember just thinking, this is it,’ says passenger

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Washington (CNN) For a minute, Christine Malloy was very worried. As a frequent flier, she was used to rough landings once in a while. But Malloy could tell this landing was different.

“Within seconds, the plane dropped to the ground,” she told CNN on Wednesday. “And it dropped really hard.”

Malloy was one of 159 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines/US Airways Flight 1851 flying Saturday from Atlanta to North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

As the Airbus A321 nearly touched down on the runway, the jetliner hit several runway lights, according to the FAA.

“I remember just thinking, this is it.” she said. “I tightened my seat belt and I just grabbed on to the seat really hard.”

“Things were really chaotic,” she said. “We had people screaming. There were things kind of flying around in the air.”

Malloy and a fellow passenger comforted each other for a brief moment. “We put our hands through the seat and we held hands,” she remembered. “I just said a prayer and held on really tight.”

Then Malloy said she could feel the plane gain altitude as the pilot aborted the landing.

She wondered, “What’s going on here, right? Is it the weather? Is it the pilot?”

Minutes later, the plane landed safely on its second try. No injuries were reported, American Airlines the parent company of US Airways, said in a statement to CNN.

The flight crew was performing what’s called a “go-around,” lining up the aircraft for another landing.

Go-arounds are standard safety procedures that pilots use during approach when airliners aren’t lined up properly for landing. They abort the landing and “go around” to set up for another attempt.

The flight crew blamed wind shear for the aborted landing, according to the FAA. Wind shear is a weather phenomenon that results in a sudden downward burst of wind just before landing.

Since 1943, 87 airline, military and business jet incidents have been blamed on wind shear and downdrafts, according to Aviation Week and the Flight Safety Foundation.

In the 1970s and ’80s, deadly wind shear crashes led to better flight training and robust radar technology that have helped pilots avoid this dangerous weather phenomenon.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating Saturday’s incident and are examining weather conditions, in addition to the airliner’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder.

The airline said the captain discovered damage to the underside of the aircraft. Workers found debris and damaged lights on the runway, according to the FAA, prompting the temporary closure of the runway.

The plane has been taken out of service, the airline said.

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FAA reviewing whether Allegiant Air filed safety reports on time

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Reprinted from tampabay.com. By William R. Levesque.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it is reviewing whether Allegiant Air failed to timely file safety reports detailing mechanical difficulties causing two emergency landings at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport this summer.

The airline filed the “Service Difficulty Reports” about the June 17 and July 3 emergency landings Tuesday. That came after theTampa Bay Times repeatedly asked the FAA and Allegiant to either provide the reports or explain why they were missing.

Federal regulations require the filing of such reports with the FAA generally within four days. Allegiant declined to discuss the reports for those two flights.

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Essex County Plane Crash: Pilot Was On Way To Pick Up Student

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Reprinted from patch.com. By Eric Kiefer.

A veteran flight instructor from Long Branch was on his way to pick up a student at Teterboro Airport prior to a fatal plane crash on Saturday, authorities say.

The pilot’s relatives have identified him via social media as John Hannon, a veteran flight instructor with 25 years of experience.

Hannon’s Cessna 206 aircraft crashed about half-mile from Essex County Airport shortly after departing from Runway 22 at 10 a.m., according to Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman.

The crash took place behind a Kiddie Academy, a child daycare facility in West Caldwell.

Hannon was on his way to pick up a student at Teterboro Airport when he reported engine troubles, said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Shortly afterwards, Hannon’s plane crashed and burst into flames.

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Washington plane crash: Searchers find still-smoldering wreckage, 2 bodies

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Reprinted from CNN.com. By Lauriel Cleveland and Ray Sanchez.

Search and rescue crews have reached the wreckage of a small plane that went down over the weekend in Washington, finding two bodies in the still-smoldering fuselage from which a third passenger miraculously walked away.

Autumn Veatch, 16, hiked out of the rugged North Cascades Mountains on Monday, two days after the crash, covered in burns and bruises, police said. She had been flying with her grandparents. Authorities declined to release the identities of the recovered bodies pending formal identification.

The plane was found extensively burned when searchers arrived after making their way through the rugged, nearly vertical terrain, according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen survivor who has been hailed as a “superhero” for making it to safety is still in shock, her friends told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.

“I’m not sure that she fully understands all of it at this point, but she’s still processing it,” Sara Esperance said.

The girls said Autumn had never been on such a small plane and she felt turbulence from bad weather.

Autumn and her father frequently watched wilderness shows and that may have been a factor in her fight for survival, her friends said.

“I definitely think it helped her, but I do want to say that she would definitely have survived without those shows because the willpower that that lady has,” Chelsey Clark said.

Autumn’s injuries were not life-threatening, and late Tuesday, she was released from Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, said hospital spokeswoman Melanie Neddo. Video from CNN affiliate KXLY showed her arriving at her Bellingham, Washington, home.

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Pilot identified in plane crash on approach to Harbor Springs airport

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Reprinted from petoskeynews.com. By Matt Mikus.

Authorities have confirmed the male pilot of a small private plane is dead after the aircraft crashed near the Harbor Springs airport overnight.

The plane, a Piper Cherokee, was discovered by an employee at Emmet Brick and Block around 7:30 a.m. Monday, Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin said. Authorities believe the plane crashed on approach to the Harbor Springs airport Sunday around 11 p.m.

The male pilot, Authur A. Green III, 58, of Farmington Hills, was the only person on board the plane, according to Wallin. Green served as a First Lieutenant with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.

DNR officials said in a release that Green was headed to a meeting of the DNR Law Enforcement Division.

Green served as the supervisor for District 9 of the Department of Natural Resources, which covered Wayne, Oakland, Monroe, Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb and St. Clair counties.

“First Lieutenant Green’s death is a profound loss for the DNR and for the citizens of the state,” said DNR Law Enforcement Chief Gary Hagler. “He was a dedicated professional who was deeply committed to protecting our nation, its citizens and Michigan’s natural resources. Green was instrumental in the smooth transition of Belle Isle Park in Detroit to DNR management. He will be greatly missed.”

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Four people injured in plane crash at Georgetown-Scott County Airport

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Reprinted from wkyt.com.  By: Garrett Wymer, Sean Moody.

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Four Somerset men survived the crash-landing of a twin-engine turboprop at the Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport Saturday evening.

Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said Mark Conrad was piloting the Beechcraft King Air. The sheriff said Conrad’s son, Aaron was on board as well as Ron Absher and his son, Jonathan Absher. A family friend said the four were coming back from a fishing trip to Canada. They were flying a leg from Dayton to their home in Somerset when the plane ran into trouble.

“There was some type of engine failure. Just basically lost control after a certain point. It was still flying on one engine and then I guess he lost power to the second engine,” said Georgetown/Scott County Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security Director Jack Donovan.

The airplane’s flight path according to FlightAware.com showed Conrad divert to the nearby Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport. Donovan said Conrad was able to get word to air traffic control that they would try an emergency landing there. That led to a quick EMS response to the airport.

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