Plane lands on taxiway in fourth similar incident at Seattle airport

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Reprinted from dailymail.co.uk. By John Hutchinson.

An investigation has been launched after an Alaska Airlines pilot accidentally landed on a taxiway instead of the runway. The alarming incident took place at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport involving a Boeing 737 that had set out from Chicago O’Hare.

Luckily there were no other aircraft or vehicles parked on the taxiway and all the passengers were safely taken to the terminal on December 19.

However, in light of it being the fourth time such an incident has happened at the airport, Alaska Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the incident.

he taxiway runs parallel to the airport’s three other runways, with the Boeing receiving clearance to land at the centre runway.

Speaking to King5.com, aviation security expert Dr Todd Curtis said: ‘This is not a new problem at Sea-Tac. There have been cases going back to the 1990s of aircraft inadvertently landing on what’s called “taxiway tango”.

‘So although this was a dangerous condition, a condition that should be avoided, it’s something that can be learned from.’

However, after a third runway was built, and the fact that the markings on the runways are different, there is yet to be any movement on this.

A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration told MailOnline Travel: ‘Alaska Airlines flight 27, a Boeing 737 from Chicago to Seattle, was cleared to land on a runway but landed on an adjacent taxiway around 8:30 am Pacific Time on December 19.

‘There were no vehicles or aircraft on the taxiway at the time. The FAA is investigating.’

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NTSB Update: British Airways Engine Fire at Las Vegas

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Reprinted from NTSB.com.

As part of its ongoing investigation into the September 8, 2015, engine fire during takeoff of British Airways flight 2276, a Boeing 777, at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, the NTSB today released the following investigative update:

“Investigators disassembled and documented the GE90 engine at the GE facility in Evandale, Ohio. Group members from the FAA, GE, and Boeing, along with the United Kingdom’s accredited representative from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and their technical adviser, British Airways, were in attendance.

Engine examination revealed that a portion of the stage 8-10 spool in the high-pressure compressor (HPC) section had failed, liberating fragments that breached the engine case and cowling. Additional pieces of the HPC spool were recovered from inside the engine and retained for metallurgical examination.

The NTSB Materials Laboratory examined engine parts gathered from the scene. HPC parts recovered during the disassembly of the engine were examined at the GE facility. All pieces of the damaged stage 8 disk rim have been collected.

The fracture initiated in the HPC stage 8 disk web, a part of the stage 8-10 spool. The NTSB will continue metallurgical evaluations of the disk and the fracture features. GE is performing high-priority, focused inspections of HPC hardware from other GE90 engines. The inspection data is being gathered to support the investigation and to determine further investigative actions.”

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Allegiant flight bound for Las Vegas slides off taxi strip

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Reprinted from reviewjournal.com. By Richard N. Velotta.

Allegiant Flight 405, scheduled to leave Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport for McCarran International Airport on Sunday night, slid off a taxi strip and got stuck in ice and snow in a grassy area at the airport. No one was injured in the incident.

The airline said a special flight to fly the 161 passengers and six crew members from Wichita departed at 7 p.m. Monday.

An Allegiant spokeswoman said the twin-engine MD-80 jet left the gate at 11:23 p.m. Sunday. As the plane was taxiing, weather conditions worsened and the aircraft’s right wheel left the paved taxi strip. Passengers disembarked and were shuttled to local hotels.

An account of the incident on the Wichita Eagle website Monday said the taxiway remained closed, but was not affecting operations at the airport. The airport’s website said there were 17 cancellations and four flight delays because of the weather.

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Small Plane Crashes Into Anchorage Building; at Least 1 Dead

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Reprinted from abcnews.go.com. By Rachel D’Oro.

A small plane clipped a downtown Anchorage office building and then slammed into a nearby commercial building Tuesday, killing at least one person onboard, authorities said.

Anchorage Assistant Fire Chief Alex Boyd said there were no injuries on the ground, but it’s unclear if anyone else was in the plane.

The plane clipped the corner of the office building, where some state employees work, at about 6:20 a.m. It then crashed into the lower side of an adjacent multi-story commercial building, starting it on fire.

Crews responded quickly and had the blaze under control, said Don Tallman of the Anchorage Fire Department.

The commercial building appeared to be unoccupied at the time of the crash, though crews were searching it to make sure, Tallman said. Authorities cordoned off an area around the building, closing several roads.

The aircraft also struck a transformer, Boyd said, and some power outages were reported in the area.

The crash happened in the heart of downtown, in an area surrounded by office buildings, hotels and other businesses less than 10 miles from the Anchorage airport. It occurred before most nearby businesses opened for the day.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. He had no additional details on the plane or the crash.

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High winds force Allegiant Airlines flight off taxiway

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Reprinted from kansas.com. By Jerry Siebenmark.

The taxiway where an Allegiant Air jet slid off late Sunday night at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport remained closed on Monday.

The Allegiant MD-80 single-aisle jet came off the taxiway around 11:40 p.m. Sunday, and its 161 passengers and six crew were transported back to the terminal by way of buses.

Flight 405 was en route from Wichita to Las Vegas when it came off taxiway B, Wise said.

“I’m told the cause of this is weather conditions and very strong winds,” she said. The MD-80 in last night’s incident still sits off the taxiway, which remains closed.

Allegiant spokeswoman Kimberly Schaefer said she doesn’t know when the airline will be able to move the airplane. Icy conditions around it are making it difficult for equipment to remove the airplane.

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Delta Air Lines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Texas

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Reprinted from abcnews.com.go.

Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta from Mexico made an emergency landing at Corpus Christi International Airport in Texas after experiencing problems with its air conditioning.

Airport spokeswoman Kim Bridger tells the Corpus Christi Caller-Times (http://bit.ly/1Sd5NxR ) that the problem Wednesday caused about six people to fall ill. The newspaper reports no passengers required medical attention.

Bridger says the airport’s public safety division, including peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical services, met the plane on the runway when it landed and helped bring affected passengers into air-conditioned spaces.

She said the plane contained 71 passengers and four crew members, including a pilot. She says the crew was able to remedy the air conditioning problem and left the airport about two hours later.

The flight had departed from Monterrey.

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Plane crashes in Watertown, pilot taken to the hospital

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Reprinted from fox6now.com.

Jefferson County sheriff’s officials on Sunday, December 27th were called out to the scene of a plane crash in Watertown.

Sheriff’s officials say the small plane landed on Aliceton Drive near Caesar Road around 5:00 p.m.

We’re told the pilot, a 67-year-old man from Lake Forest, Illinois, was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says it appears the aircraft left the Watertown Airport shortly before 5 p.m., heading to Kenosha airport. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft was experiencing engine problems.

Officials say the pilot was able to make contact with Air Traffic Control and advise that he was having engine failure and had to make an emergency landing.

After the crash, the pilot was able to get out of the aircraft on his own. He sustained an injury to one of his ankles and did not appear to have any life threatening injuries. He was transported to Aurora Hospital in Waukesha for treatment.

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Southwest Chicago Bound Makes Emergency Landing

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Reprinted from abc7chicago.com.

A flight to Chicago landed safely after a mechanical issued forced the pilot to return to Oakland Airport.

Flight 2547 flew circles around Oakland Airport to burn up fuel before the emergency landing. The plane, which landed without incident, was met by emergency responders that followed it down the taxiway.

The pilot was concerned over landing gear issues. Details were not released, but the plane flew low over the airport before making its approach for the emergency landing, which is common in these situations so observers on the runway can let the pilot know if anything looks amiss.

The plane was scheduled to land around 10 a.m. in Chicago at Midway Airport, according to the Southwest Airlines website. The flight’s status was eventually updated to “cancelled.”

Southwest released a statement, “The Captain in Command of Flight 2547 from Oakland to Chicago returned to Oakland due to a reported maintenance item on the aircraft. The flight landed Safely and our Oakland Employees are working to get our 139 Customers to their destinations. The aircraft will be taken out of service and inspected.

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Second Southwest Incident, Within Weeks of Crash

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A Southwest Airlines jet struck another Southwest plane on the tarmac after pushing back from the gate at Bob Hope Airport. The Oakland-bound plane, Southwest flight 815, struck the wing of Denver bound Southwest flight 1240. Both flights were delayed indefinitely.

This comes just a week after Southwest flight 31 overran the runway crashing into a grass field in Nashville. The nose gear collapsed and 133 passengers were forced to evacuate on emergency slides. Last reported, 8 people were transported to the hospital with injuries.

The NTSB has yet to release a preliminary report on either incident. Stayed tuned for updates.

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4 people hurt in plane crash near Berks-Lebanon

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Reprinted from wfmz.com.

A small plane with four men aboard crashed in dense fog near the border between Berks and Lebanon counties Tuesday. The crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. after the plane took off from the Deck Airport in Jackson Township, Lebanon County, near Myerstown.

A father, his two sons and the pilot were on board the plane when it went down, according to Pennsylvania State Police troopers with Reading-based Troop L.

The wings of the dented plane were covered with mud and grass, and the nose was damaged.

Friends of at least three of the plane’s occupants who visited the crash site told 69 News that the father is a pastor, and he and his three sons were in Pennsylvania for business. They said the trio was headed back home to southwest Illinois. Trooper David Beohm, a Pennsylvania State Police public information officer, said all four men suffered “moderate injuries.” One of them was transported to Reading Hospital; the other three went to Hershey Medical Center.

According to Beohm, troopers were securing the scene until officials with the Federal Aviation Administration could get there to begin their investigation. The FAA was expected to arrive on scene Wednesday morning.

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