NTSB: Plane overweight in crash that killed 4

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Reprinted from detroitnews.com. By Gary Miles.

The plane in the 2014 crash that killed four Case Western Reserve University students, including its Saginaw pilot, was probably overweight, the NTSB found.

The Aug. 25 accident in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, killed pilot William Michael Felten, 19, of Saginaw, and three members of the Case Western wrestling team: Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio; Abraham Pishevar, 18, of, Rockville, Md.; and John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Ga.

The plane likely was overloaded by at least 90 pounds when it crashed just after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, said the report, issued Nov. 17. The plane’s center of gravity may also have been farther to the rear than the plane’s operating limits, the NTSB found.

The report summarizes the facts surrounding the crash, but does not identify a probable cause. That determination typically follows by days or weeks.

According to the report, the Cessna 172 had a maximum gross weight of 2,457 pounds. Using weights from the medical examiner’s report, plus 10 pounds of baggage and 35 gallons of fuel, the NTSB found the plane had a gross weight of 2,550.6 pounds but would have been within center of gravity limits.

A second calculation, adding 10 percent to the body weights to account for thermal injuries and increasing the baggage weight to 15 pounds, determined a gross weight of 2,622.6 pounds, or 165 pounds overweight, with a center of gravity outside the plane’s operating limits.

Planes that are overloaded or have rearward centers of gravity can lose maneuverability.

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Shattered windscreen forces US plane to make emergency landing

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Reprinted from rt.com.

An American Airlines Boeing 767 bound for New York had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport in London. The plane suffered from a shattered windscreen after taking off from Milan.

The Boeing 767-300 had 183 passengers on board and 12 crewmembers. The aircraft encountered difficulties soon after taking off from Milan’s Malpensa Airport - a cracked windscreen in the cockpit made continuing the journey impossible.

Passengers were put on alternative flights to New York.

It’s unclear what caused the windscreen to crack. Plane windshields are designed to withstand pressure of up to 400 knots, such as when striking a bird.

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Two injured in plane crash near Lawrenceville

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Reprinted from Gwinnettdailypost.com. By Keith Farner.

A small plane crashed outside Lawrenceville on Tuesday, injuring two, including the pilot and a passenger, who is a teenager from Johns Creek, officials said.

Cpl. Michele Pihera, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said officers were on the scene on Amhearst Mill Drive, which is off Old Fountain Road north of the city. There were two people hurt and their injuries reportedly appeared to be non life-threatening.

The pilot, a man in his mid 20s from Duluth, was “conscious, alert, and breathing,” when authorities arrived, Pihera said. He was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville for treatment.

The teen was “semi-conscious” and transported, Pihera said.

Caden Hines, 11, and Deavon McDew, 12, heard the plane as they played football in a backyard in a neighborhood along Old Fountain Road. They said the engine had a crackling sound as if it was stalling.

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Landing Gear Collapses as Jetliner Lands in Mexico City

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Reprinted from abcnews.go.com. By AP.

A landing gear on a Boeing 737 of the Mexican airline Magnicharters partially collapsed as the plane landed at Mexico City’s international airport Thursday evening.

Emergency crews rushed to the runway after the plane’s left-side wheel strut apparently buckled.

It was unclear if any sparks or flames occurred during the incident, but photos published by local media showed one landing gear strut bent and collapsed and what appeared to be retardant foam sprayed around it.

An airport official said the plane did not leave the runway during the mishap and there had not been any fire. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by name

The official said the passengers did not use emergency chutes to evacuate the aircraft, but rather left by the regular exits and stairways.

Airport authorities said some of the 139 passengers were treated for “nervous crisis,” but none of them or any of the five crew members were injured.

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Southwest San Diego flight bound for Denver briefly diverted

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Reprinted from kdvr.com. By Will Holden.

A Southwest flight bound for Denver that took off from San Diego was diverted due to an equipment malfunction on Thanksgiving morning.

Southwest confirmed just after 9 a.m. that Flight 49 had been diverted to Albuqerque “in response to an issue with an indicator flap wing.”

“The flight landed safely and incurred an hour delay as we brought in a different aircraft to complete the trip to Denver,” a Southwest spokesperson said. There were 124 passengers onboard and no issues were reported on board the plane.

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Southwest plane diverted as passengers act ‘unruly’

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Reprinted from cnn.com. By Susanna Capelouto.

A Southwest Airlines flight from Indianapolis to Los Angeles was diverted to Kansas City on Sunday morning because of suspicious behavior by some passengers, according to Kansas City airport officials.

“We are characterizing (the behavior) as unruly,” airport spokesman Joe McBride told CNN in a statement. Several passengers did not follow “crew instruction upon takeoff and continued to exhibit suspicious behavior inflight,” according to Southwest Airlines.

The passengers were taken off the plane and questioned by law enforcement, according to the FBI.

All other passengers deplaned as police dogs searched the plane as a safety measure, McBride said. The passengers reboarded and Flight 5929 continued to Los Angeles.

After questioning, the three “unruly” passengers were rebooked on a later flight.

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United Flight Returns to LAX Due to ‘Engine Issue’

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Reprinted from nbclosangeles.com. By City News Service.

A United Airlines flight that left Los Angeles International Airport headed for Newark, New Jersey, had to return to LAX with most of its fuel after the Boeing 757 had an “engine issue,” authorities and an airport spokesman said Sunday.

But about 45 minutes into the flight the jet reportedly displayed an “engine issue,” according to a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher. The plane was turned around and returned to LAX “heavy,” which means it was still carrying most of its fuel.

United spokeswoman Mary Clark told City News Service, “The flight returned to LAX as a precaution due to an indication of a mechanical issue and landed without incident.”

In subsequent emails, Clark disputed the report there was actual engine trouble, stating, “It (United 1807) returned as a precautionary measure due to an ‘indicator.’ Determined that there was no mechanical issue.”

Clark was also asked if there were problems with the jet’s reverse thrusters. A firefighter at the scene said in a radio transmission that only one of the jet’s two reverse thrusters on its engines appeared to be working.

In response, Clark said, “I’ve given you our response about the situation. Nothing else to add.”

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American Airlines Plane Diverted for Mechanical Problems

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Reprinted from patch.com. By Mirna Alfonso.

A mechanical issue on an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Honolulu caused the jetliner to be diverted Tuesday to Los Angeles International Airport.

Flight 123 landed safely at LAX about 10:20 a.m., said Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Firefighters were on standby at Runway 25 Right as a precaution, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

A cockpit indicator light alerted the pilot to a potential mechanical issue aboard the Boeing 767-300, which had 137 passengers and a crew of 10 aboard, said Martha Thomas of American Airlines.

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Small plane crashes in backyard of Lawrenceville home

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Reprinted from wsbtv.com.

A small plane crashed in Lawrenceville, Georgia Tuesday afternoon, injuring two people. The FAA told Channel 2 Action News that the Piper PA 28 plane crashed just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

They said the pilot, in his mid-20s, was practicing takeoffs and landing when the incident happened. Gwinnett County firefighters told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas that two patients were assessed at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

The pilot told Julia Donnely he tried to avoid houses and cars.

“He lost his engine and hit that cluster of trees and kind of cartwheeled, so thats why he’s facing the opposite direction,” Donnelly told Thomas. The FAA and NTSB are now investigating the crash.

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Two die in Orlando lake crash, plane recovered

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Reprinted from fox35orlando.com. By Holly Bristow.

Officials say a small plane has crashed into a lake in Orlando, killing two people aboard. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says there were no survivors from Friday’s crash in a lake southwest of Orlando’s downtown.  He says the deceased were a male in his 50’s and a teenage girl. He did not give names.

Orange County Deputies and the National Transportation Safety Board are back out on Clear Lake Saturday morning investigating a plane crash that killed two people Friday.

A craned arrived at the scene to haul the plane out of the water so officials can continue their investigation.

“It sounded like a transformer or something blew up,” said one man who was visiting friends along Clear Lake.  “Boom! That was it. Boom!” said another.  The boom was so loud and so forceful, some say it even shook their homes. But only those who actually saw the plane go down realized the plane crashed about 50 yards off shore.

Some other boaters helped by pulling the victims onto the swim platform.  Others watched from the shore in shock.  Investigators say the a six-seater Bonanza propeller plane departed Orlando Executive Airport, near Downtown Orlando around 11 a.m.  The first call reporting the crash came into 911 about 20 minutes later.

“The flight schedule indicates that they took off from Orlando Executive, en route to Gainesville, Texas, although the plane was registered out of Montana,” Sheriff Demings said.

FOX 35 was told the pilot radioed back to the Executive Airport that they were having problems with auto pilot and were turning back, but they never made it.  Demings says the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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