Saturday, January 6, 2018

JetBlue, Airbus A320: Incident occurred January 06, 2018 at Logan International Airport (KBOS), Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON -- Federal aviation officials are investigating after a JetBlue Airways flight to the Dominican Republic returned to Logan International Airport for an unusual odor coming from the airplane, CBS Boston reports. The airline says passengers and crew members reported not feeling well during Saturday's flight.

Passengers and crew members reported feeling ill, according to a JetBlue statement.

"Shortly after departure from Boston, the crew on board JetBlue Flight 1095 to Punta Cana reported an unusual odor and customers and crew members feeling unwell," the statement read. "In an abundance of caution, the crew elected to return to Boston and was met by medical (personnel). The aircraft will be inspected."

The flight was in the air for about an hour and 15 minutes before landing.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said the matter is under investigation.

"JetBlue 1095, an Airbus A320, landed safely on Runway 33L at Boston Logan International Airport tonight 6:25 pm after reporting fumes in the cabin. The FAA will investigate," the statement read.

According to Massport Media Relations, no one was transported to the hospital.

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Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900, American Eagle / Mesa Air Shuttle: Incident occurred January 06, 2018 at General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (KPIA), Peoria County, Illinois

An American Eagle flight from Peoria’s airport made an unexpected return Saturday morning because of a mechanical issue.

Shortly after its 7:41 a.m. takeoff bound for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Flight 5710 made an emergency return to Gen. Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport.

The return was necessitated by what airport director Gene Olson described as likely an electronics issue, and occurred when the flight was about 20 miles out from Peoria.

Though the problem likely was minor, Olson stressed that rules governing flights require pilots to behave conservatively to ensure passenger safety..

At least one person aboard indicated on social media that passengers were advised to brace for a potentially rough landing.

There were no apparent injuries involved and the plane made a safe return to Peoria. The flight was not canceled, though as of 9:45 a.m. passengers remained on the ground.

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Skydive Arizona: Incident occurred January 06, 2018 in Eloy, Pinal County, Arizona

ELOY, AZ - An experienced skydiver is hospitalized after his parachute malfunctioned, Skydive Arizona said. 

According to Skydive Arizona officials, the man was unable to properly release his main parachute while deploying the reserve parachute. Although both parachutes opened he suffered a hard landing.

He was airlifted to Maricopa Medical Center for undisclosed injuries. 

Training Advisors with Skydive Arizona said the jumper was using his own equipment and had made approximately 30 jumps in the past week without incident.

Officials added that neither weather or aircraft were a factor in the accident.

The man's name has not been released. 

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Air Arabia: Incident occurred January 06, 2018 at Astana International Airport

An Air Arabia aircraft failed to jet off to Sharjah for a technical reason. 

According to Gulmira Akhmetova, a representative of the company, the entry door of the aircraft got frozen. 

89 passengers, who were to travel to Sharjah, got stuck at the Astana International Airport, Kazinform correspondent reports. 

"We fell short in our efforts to warm up the entry door.  The flight has been delayed by 10 hours. We will arrange hotel accommodation for the passengers," Akhmetova said.

The plane operating the Astana-Sharjah charter flight was to take off at 4:55 am. However, it did not. 

At 7:25 am, the passengers were offered drinks. 15 minutes later, without any explanation, they were asked to leave the plane and get to the airport building.

It is worth mentioning that the Saturday morning temperature in Astana fell to -24°C.

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Ultralight: Accident occurred January 06, 2018 in Taitung, Taiwan

Two occupants of an ultralight aircraft declined medical treatment after making a forced landing on a beach near Chenggong Township in Taitung County.

The plane broke into several pieces after landing.

Taitung County Fire Services Center received the first report of the incident at 15:33 pm. 

A member of the public reported that an airplane had lost power and made a forced landing on the beach, and that two pilots had disembarked from the wrecked aircraft. 

Three emergency vehicles and a coast guard boat were dispatched to the scene.

The occupants of the plane suffered only light abrasions, according to media reports. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An ultralight aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean east of Taitung County, but neither of the two passengers was seriously injured, reports said Saturday.

A member of the public near the town of Chenggong reportedly first saw the aircraft in trouble before it landed on the water close to a beach. He called the emergency services around 3 p.m., the Central News Agency reported.

When rescue workers arrived, the craft had drifted on to the beach upside down and in pieces, reports said.

Initial fears about the passengers proved wrong since both of them had escaped the craft on their own and were only slightly injured. They even turned down the offer of hospital treatment, according to CNA.

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Bell AH-1Z Viper, United States Marine Corps: Incident occurred January 08, 2018 in Yomitan Village, Okinawa Prefecture -and- Bell UH-1Y Venom, US Marine Corps (USMC), 1st MAW: Incident occurred January 06, 2018 on Ikei Island, Uruma City, Okinawa Prefecture

A U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing Monday in Japan's Okinawa islands, the second such incident in three days.

A Marine Corps AH-1 attack helicopter with two people aboard landed in a field at a waste disposal site in the town of Yomitan on Okinawa's main island, according to Japanese media reports. No injuries were reported.

Photos showed an apparently intact helicopter parked in a grassy area.

The U.S. side told police that a warning light had indicated a problem with the aircraft, public broadcaster NHK said.

A Marines Corps UH-1Y helicopter made an emergency landing on a beach in Okinawa on Saturday because its rotor appeared to be spinning too fast. No one was injured, but military personnel could be seen removing a large part of the rotor the next day and carting it away.

The incidents are the latest in a series that have inflamed Okinawan opposition to the large U.S. military presence on the southern Japan island chain.

In separate incidents last month, parts fell from U.S. military helicopters onto schools in Okinawa. One boy had minor injuries after an emergency escape window fell from a CH-53 transport helicopter into a school playground in Ginowan city. The school is next to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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TOKYO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. military attack helicopter made an emergency landing in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture on Monday, local media reported, with the incident coming on the heels of an almost identical mishap just two days earlier. 

The AH-1 attack helicopter belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma made the emergency landing at a waste disposal site in the village of Yomitan in Japan's southernmost prefecture.

According to local police and the U.S. military, none of the four crew members aboard were injured in the emergency landing, which was in the vicinity of a large resort hotel, and there have been no reports of injury to persons or damage to property as a result of the latest U.S. military helicopter mishap.

The latest incident involving a U.S. military chopper follows a UH-1 heavy-lift transport helicopter on Saturday making an emergency landing on a sandy beach on Ikei Island, also in Okinawa.

The U.S. Marine Corps said the emergency landing on the small islet was due to "indications of the main rotor moving at too high a speed."

The UH-1 transport helicopter touched down just 100 meters away from a residential house, renewing concerns and anger among locals in Okinawa about the safety of U.S. military hardware owing to the increasing frequency of potentially fatal mishaps and accidents recently.

Both helicopters are based at the controversial U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, which is central to a protracted row between the local and central governments about its relocation from the densely populated Ginowan district, to the coastal Henoko region also on the island.

Japan's public broadcaster NHK said that according to defense ministry officials, the U.S. side explained to local police investigating the accident Monday that the emergency landing was a result of an instrument in the cockpit indicating a fault with the aircraft.

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The U.S. Marine Corps said Sunday one of its helicopters made an emergency landing on a small islet in Okinawa the previous day after "indications of the main rotor moving at too high a speed."

None of the four crew members aboard was injured when the UH-1 helicopter landed on a sandy beach on Ikei Island. U.S. military personnel continued checking the aircraft Sunday morning and removed the main rotor.

"We are grateful one was hurt and no property was damaged. The Marine Corps will rigorously investigate the cause of the incident," a Marine Corps officer told Kyodo News.

The incident is the latest in a series of accidents and mishaps involving U.S. military aircraft stationed in the southern prefecture of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. military forces in Japan. The helicopter that made the emergency landing belongs to U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the main island of Okinawa.

Koichiro Nakajima, the Japanese Defense Ministry's local bureau chief, told reporters after inspecting the helicopter, "Flight safety is above everything else. We want (the U.S. military) to work toward that end."

Nakajima also met the head of the Ikei residents' association, who strongly protested over the incident.

"If an aircraft falls on our houses, it will cause huge damage. If we lose lives, they will not return," Masanori Tamaki, 61, said, adding the U.S. military should change its flight path.

Ikei Island, located around 30 kilometers northeast of the prefectural capital Naha is connected to the Okinawa main island by a bridge. According to a local resident, there is a house around 100 meters from where the helicopter landed.

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U.S. military personnel appeared to remove part of the main rotor from a Marine Corps helicopter Sunday, one day after it made an emergency landing on a beach in Japan's southern Okinawa islands.

Japanese television showed personnel in dark green uniforms using four metal step ladders to reach the rotor of the helicopter, which remained parked on the sand, near the Pacific Ocean. They handed down a large part and hand-carried it off the beach.

The Marines confirmed in a statement that the UH-1Y helicopter landed on Ikeijima, a small island off Okinawa's main island, after indications that the main rotor was moving at too high a speed. No one was injured in the Saturday afternoon incident. The Marines said the cause was under investigation.

The U.S. maintains a major military presence in Okinawa. The local government and residents often complain about the American bases, and incidents like this one increase the friction.

In two separate incidents last month, parts fell from U.S. military helicopters onto schools in Okinawa. One boy had minor injuries after an emergency escape window fell from a CH-53 transport helicopter into a school playground. The school in Ginowan city is right next to Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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URUMA, Okinawa Prefecture--A U.S. military helicopter made an emergency landing on Ikeijima island here on January 6.

Local police were alerted by phone around 4:15 p.m. that the helicopter had landed on the eastern coast of the island. No one was injured.

Local fire department officials said the pilot made the emergency landing in the Agarihama district. It was not clear what the problem was as no smoke was found coming out of the aircraft.

Ikeijima is located about 40 kilometers northeast of Naha, the Okinawa prefectural capital. The island is connected by bridge with the main Okinawa island.

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A US military helicopter has made an emergency landing on a small island in Okinawa Prefecture, southern Japan.

The police and fire department received calls Saturday afternoon about a helicopter landing on Ikeijima Island.

Aerial footage taken by NHK shows a US Marine Corps UH-1 helicopter on the eastern coast of the island with military officials nearby.

US officials say the helicopter is deployed at the Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Okinawa and that no crewmembers were injured.

An AH-1 attack helicopter deployed at Futenma made an emergency landing on the same island last January.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Incident occurred January 05, 2018 at Logan International Airport (KBOS), Boston, Massachusetts

Authorities are investigating an incident where a United Airlines flight failed to stop and hold short of an active runway and almost crossed into the path of a landing JetBlue flight at Boston Logan International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Friday evening, United Airlines flight 1946, was returning to the gate due to a maintenance issue. According to a Boston Logan spokesman, the Boeing 737 entered a “safety area” of the tarmac before the runway, which triggered a sensor that set off an alarm in the control tower.

As a precaution air traffic controllers told the approaching Jet Blue flight to execute a “go around” according to the airport spokesman. “The United Airlines aircraft never actually got onto the runway,” the airport spokesman said. “This was an example of the system working perfectly.”

A United Airlines spokesman said the pilot of the Boeing 737 stopped the aircraft to avoid snow on the tarmac, and the JetBlue flight’s execution of a “go around” was “completely unrelated” and “coincidental.”

A similar incident occurred last October at San Francisco International Airport when an Air Canada flight failed to respond to six separate calls from air traffic control tower to abort its landing because an aircraft was already on the ground. The FAA said they are investigating that incident as well.

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Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N739ZE, registered to Libra Air Inc and operated by Encore Flight Academy: Fatal accident occurred May 28, 2016 in Avalon, California

Family of student pilot who vanished flying from Catalina Island sues flight school

Edmond Haronian

Edmond Haronian

The family of a Woodland Hills man who was flying a plane that vanished departing Catalina Island in May 2016 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the flight school that employed his instructor, who also was on board.

The 11-page complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleges Encore Flight Academy in Van Nuys is negligent for Edmond Haronian’s presumed death because Jason Glazier was known to fly recklessly and had a criminal record that should have barred him from employment.

Haronian, a 50-year-old insurance agent and father who was almost done obtaining his private pilot’s license, posted pictures on Facebook minutes before taking off from Catalina Airport on the afternoon of May 28, 2016.

Elusive search

The single-engine Cessna 172 never made it back to Van Nuys Airport. Despite an exhaustive search by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a private helicopter hired by Haronian’s family, the wreckage was never found.

A few weeks later, Haronian’s family offered a $250,000 reward for information leading to his return.

He was since declared legally dead, according to Kevin Boyle, an attorney representing two of Haronian’s sons and a stepson. They are suing the Encore Flight Academy and Libra Air Inc., which owned the plane.

For some reason, Glazier, a 52-year-old Encino resident, has not been declared dead and is still considered missing, Boyle said.

According to the lawsuit, the plane’s transponder was not turned on before take-off, so no altitude information exists. But radar data reviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board showed the plane made it five miles north of Avalon three minutes into the flight. The track ends over open water, where an oil slick was seen, the suit states.

According to the lawsuit, Encore Flight Academy officials failed to report that Haronian and Glazier did not return from the lesson and have not cooperated with NTSB investigators.

Parham Hendifar, an attorney for Encore Flight Academy, declined to comment on the lawsuit because he has not seen it and the school has not been served.
‘Reckless’ maneuvers

Encore was aware that Glazier was known to make dangerous moves in the air, such as rolls and spirals, during flight lessons, the lawsuit states.

Additionally, the complaint alleges he had a history of arrests for crimes including homicide, attempted homicide, battery, grand theft, drinking in public and resisting arrest.

Glazier’s reckless flying and “long pattern of partaking in aggressive, violent and untrustworthy behavior” made him “unfit to safely operate the defendant plane or provide safe instruction on its use,” the lawsuit states.

The crash “could only be caused” by something Glazier controlled, the complaint alleges.

Haronian’s family is seeking damages for loss of love, affection, companionship, financial support and other losses.

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Edmond Haronian

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Registered to Libra Air Inc
Operated by Encore Flight Academy

Location: Avalon, CA
Accident Number: WPR16FAMS1
Date & Time: 05/28/2016, 1257 PDT
Registration: N739ZE
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Unknown or undetermined
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional


The flight instructor and student pilot departed for an instructional flight from an airport on an island en route back to their home airport on the mainland. A review of radar data indicated that the airplane took off with its transponder in the "off" position; therefore, no altitude information was available. The data indicated that, after taking off, the airplane flew north. The track ended 3 minutes later over open water about 5 miles north of the departure airport. After the airplane was reported missing, a search ensued. Although an oil slick consistent with drift models was present in this area, neither the airplane nor the occupants were found.

Four minutes before the airplane took off, the reported weather at the departure airport included 9 statute miles visibility and a broken cloud ceiling at 800 ft above ground level (agl); however, the remarks section reported that the ceiling varied between 600 and 1,000 ft agl. In addition, satellite imagery indicated that there was a thick marine layer just north of the airport. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
Undetermined because the airplane was not located. 


Not determined
Not determined - Unknown/Not determined (Cause)

Factual Information 

On May 28, 2016, about 1257 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N739ZE, is presumed to have crashed in the Pacific Ocean about 5 miles north of Avalon, California. The airplane was registered to Libra Air Inc. and operated by Encore Flight Academy as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The certified flight instructor and student pilot have not been located and the airplane is missing; presumed to be destroyed. Both pilots are presumed to be fatally injured. Both instrument and visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area, and no flight plan had been filed. The airplane departed Catalina Airport (AVX), Avalon, California about 1254 and was destined for Van Nuys Airport (VNY), Van Nuys, California.

On May 29, 2016, a concerned family member of the student pilot contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) to report their family member missing. They reported that the student pilot went flying with an instructor the day prior, and they have not heard from him since. The LASD contacted Encore Flight Academy, who reported that the accident airplane was not at their facility, nor do they have record of it returning the day prior.

The NTSB attempted to contact the operator numerous times, but to no avail; nor did the operator submit a Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report, NTSB Form 6120.1.

Review of radar data for the area revealed that the airplane took off from VNY and landed safely at AVX at 1209. At 1254, the airplane took off from AVX with its transponder in the off position and flew north. At 1257 the track ends over the water 5 miles north of AVX. An oil slick consistent with drift models was present in this area.

A weather study revealed that at the time of takeoff from VNY, the weather at AVX reported 4 miles visibility, mist, and an overcast ceiling of 300 feet agl. When the airplane arrived at AVX weather indicated 8 miles of visibility and an overcast ceiling of 500 feet agl. Four minutes prior to the airplane departing AVX, weather reported 9 miles of visibility and a broken ceiling at 800 feet agl, however, in the remarks section it reported the ceiling varied between 600 feet agl and 1000 feet agl. In addition, satellite imagery indicated a thick marine layer was just north of AVX, and in the vicinity of the presumed accident location.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol, and private entities conducted a search for the missing airplane along the apparent route of flight; however, no wreckage was found. The pilots and airplane remain missing. 

Jason Glazier, Flight Instructor

History of Flight

Unknown or undetermined

Unknown or undetermined (Defining event) 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Sea; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/13/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/24/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N739ZE
Model/Series: 172N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17270930
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: LIBRA AIR INC
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Encore Flight Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AVX, 1602 ft msl
Observation Time: 1251 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 800 ft agl
Visibility:  9 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Avalon, CA (AVX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1254 PDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Catalina Airport (AVX)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 1602 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.403056, -118.409444 (est)

PZL-Bielsko SZD-51-1 Junior, G-CSFT, Coventry Gliding Club Ltd and Cessna 150L, G-CSFC, Go Fly Oxford Aircraft Rentals: Fatal accident occurred December 04, 2016 near The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth Airfield, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

'Further deaths will occur if changes aren't made after Leicestershire glider crash'

Diane Hocking is writing a report to the Civil Aviation Authority

John Armstrong, known as Chris, a former RAF group Captain who died in a crash in Husbands Bosworth

A coroner has warned that she fears there will be more air crashes if changes are not made.

Diane Hocking made the strong statement at the inquest into the death of Chris Armstrong who died in a crash near to Husbands Bosworth airfield.

There is currently no requirement for pilots to communicate with each other or have the same radios fitted.

Air traffic control in class G airspace is also not required as it is uncontrolled.

The area where the fatal crash occurred was class G.

At the inquest on Wednesday, Mrs. Hocking said: "I have to say I think we are all aghast that there is no requirement for communication between pilots, aircrafts and the ground.

"I can honestly not see how this could not happen again."

Mrs. Hocking will be writing a report to the Civil Aviation Authority calling for standardisation of these devices.

Representatives of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch told Mrs Hocking that a working group looked into the need for communication devices in aircraft.

Members of the group said that the devices should not be mandatory.

One concern for manufacturers is also the cost of the devices.

Mrs. Hocking said: "All I can say is that I fear that there will be a further death if these kinds of changes are not made.

"In my opinion further deaths will occur if this need is not asserted."

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Air Accidents Investigation Branch:

NTSB Identification: CEN17WA052A 
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in Husbands Bosworth, United Kingdom
Aircraft: PZL BIELSKO SZD51, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: CEN17WA052B
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in Husbands Bosworth, United Kingdom
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 4, 2016, about 1230 coordinated universal time, a PZL Bielsko SZD-51-1 glider, G-CSFT, and a Cessna 150L airplane, G-CSFC, collided in midair near Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The glider impacted terrain and the pilot was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage and landed at a nearby airport.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the government of the United Kingdom. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the United Kingdom. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Farnborough House

Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1252 510300
Fax: +44 (0)1252 376999 

American Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N992AN: Incident occurred January 05, 2018 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), New York

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- A flight to Mexico out of New York City's JFK Airport had to turn around and make an emergency landing after the plane experienced some sort of mechanical problem after takeoff Friday.

American Airlines Flight 2681 to Cancun took off just after 1 p.m. and encountered an engine-related issue, the FAA said.

Port Authority police said there was a report of an engine fire. The Boeing 738 landed safely at JFK at 1:20 p.m.

"The crew declared an emergency after the flight departed Kennedy Airport due to an engine-related issue," the FAA said in a statement.

The Port Authority Police union posted a photo of the plane, saying there was no evidence of a fire.

American Airlines said the plane will be checked out.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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An American Airlines plane bound for balmy Cancun had to return to John F. Kennedy International Airport after the crew declared an emergency due to an engine-related issue shortly after takeoff Friday afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. 

No one was hurt, and flight 2681, a Boeing 738, landed safely at the Queens hub around 1:20 p.m., the FAA said.

It's not clear what happened, but airport sources tell News 4 someone thought they saw flames on one of the aircraft's wings. American Airlines said there was a mechanical issue, no flames, and the airport sources confirmed to News 4 there was no evidence of fire. 

News 4 has reached out to Port Authority.

It wasn't clear how many people were on the plane.

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American Airlines, Boeing 737-800: Incident occurred January 05, 2018 at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (KSJC), San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Audio:  Pilot reports seeing flames coming from American Airlines Flight 1318. 

An American Airlines flight from San Jose to Dallas was temporarily delayed Friday morning after a flight crew on another aircraft reported seeing flames from one of the jetliner's engines.

The Boeing 737-800 twin-engine plane was on the runway preparing to take off when a pilot on a Delta Air Lines flight lined up behind the American Airlines jet alerted air traffic controllers to a possible problem.

Pilot reports seeing flames coming fromAmerican Airlines Flight 1318.

According to airport radio traffic recordings, the Delta pilot first attempted to alert the American jet: "This is Delta right behind you. Looks like you got flame in your right engine, your No. 2 engine."

An air traffic controller repeated, "American 1318, be advised the aircraft behind you reports you have a flame coming out of one of your engines. Delta 2988 transmit to American and tell them which engine it is."

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An engine malfunctioned as an American Airlines flight to Dallas was on the taxiway at Mineta San Jose International Airport early Friday, forcing the 737 to return to the gate, officials said.

Flight 1318 was preparing for its scheduled 6:05 a.m. take-off and “was taxiing the runway when the engine shutdown,” said Mineta San Jose International spokeswoman Vicki Day.

American Airlines said “another aircraft reporting seeing something (from the engine)… as flight 1318 was taxiing for departure.”

Day said “there was fuel on the engine” which triggered the return to the terminal.

The aircraft was checked out by the airport, returned to the gate, and further inspected by our maintenance team. The flight took off for Dallas/Fort Worth at 7:57 a.m. PT.

The plane was returned to the gate where passengers were removed and maintenance crews examined the engine.

Meanwhile, airport crews examined the runway for any debris that may have fallen off the plane.

No injuries were reported to crew or passengers. The flight took off for Dallas/Fort Worth at 7:57 a.m.

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Roko Aero NG4, EC-XGM: Accident occurred January 04, 2018 near La Axarquía Airport, Málaga, Spain

The pilot of a light aircraft escaped uninjured when his plane crashed into a field of avocados not far from the Axarquía airfield at the Benamocarra bridge on Thursday morning.

According to a spokesperson at the airport's control tower, the pilot, a 61-year-old Colombian national with the initials E. G. M, was trying to return to the runway after reporting mechanical problems with the plane. He was gliding at around 300 metres when the aircraft came down.

Firefighters and an ambulance were called to the scene where the man was attended to for back pain.

There has been a rise in accidents involving light aircraft using the Leoni Benabú airfield near Trapiche, just north of Vélez-Málaga in recent years, several of which have been fatal.

The last accident occurred almost exactly a year ago, on 19 January 2017, when two people were killed when their light aircraft crashed into a field of avocados near a river.

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Gulfstream Aerospace G150, OE-GKA, owned by a private individual, currently operated by private airlines Germany GmbH and registered in Austria: Fatal accident occurred January 05, 2018 at Kittilä Airport (KTT/EFKT), Finland

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA066 
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, January 05, 2018 in Kittilä, Finland
Aircraft: Gulfstream Aerospace LP Gulfstream G150, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On January 5, 2018, about 1200 coordinated universal time, a Gulfstream G150 airplane, OE-GKA, was involved in a ground accident that fatally injured the pilot when he was struck by the door.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the government of Finland. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the appropriate authorities.

Safety Investigation Authority, Finland
Ratapihantie 9
FI-00520 Helsinki


At Kittilä Airport in Lapland, a pilot was killed when the door of a Gulfstream private jet apparently crushed him as it fell.

According to investigators, the pilot and co-pilot were inspecting the exterior of the plane on Thursday around 16:00, preparing for take-off. No passengers were yet on board, but a third member of the crew was on the aircraft, with the door closed. The accident happened as they opened the door to get back on board.

“According to our special investigators, they don’t remember this happening in their whole career in Finland, it is still a bit of a mystery to us” says Sakari Lauriala from the Finnish Safety Investigation Authority OTKES.

The door fell with such force that component parts broke off, and were scattered up to ten metres away.

“The captain of the flight he died quite immediately” Lauriala tells News Now Finland.

Finnish authorities have alerted their Austrian counterparts about the accident, as the plane was registered there; as well as authorities in the USA where the plane was manufactured.

There will be a minute of silence today at Kittilä Airport at 16:00 in memory of the pilot who died.

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Finnish authorities are investigating a bizarre incident in which a pilot was killed by a plane door which became detached from the plane. He was preparing a private jet for a flight when it happened.

The Gulfstream G150 jet, usually used for private flights arrived at the Kittila airport in northern Finland from Moscow. It was being prepared for its next flight from the popular holiday resort in the Lapland region to Yekaterinburg, Russia on Thursday.

The plane which can seat 20 passengers was empty when the captain, the second pilot and a flight attendant boarded the aircraft for pre-flight checks. At that moment, the door detached from the fuselage and hit the pilot. It came off with such force that the 50-year-old man died on the spot, while parts of the door were then found some ten meters away from the aircraft, investigators say.

Describing the fatal accident as "very exceptional," Finnish authorities say they now consider a technical failure as its main cause. They have contacted officials in Austria where the plane is registered, as well as the United States manufacturers of the aircraft.

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Kittilän turmakoneen osia lensi yli 10 metrin päähän, myös perämies oli hengenvaarassa – "Tämä on hyvin erikoislaatuinen onnettomuus"

Onnettomuustutkintakeskus (Otkes) on jatkanut torstai-iltana Kittilän lentoasemalla tapahtuneen kuolemaan johtaneen onnettomuuden tutkintaa. Turmassa liikesuihkukoneen lentokapteeni kuoli koneen oven iskeydyttyä hänen päälleen. Kapteeni menehtyi elvytyksestä huolimatta. Poliisi ei epäile tapaukseen liittyvän rikosta.

Lentokoneen ovi on avautunut alas voimalla, sillä irtotavaraa- ja osia on lentänyt yli 10 metrin päähän koneesta.

–Lentokapteeni ja lentoperämies ovat tehneet lähtövalmisteluja ja koneen ulkoista tarkastusta, jonka jälkeen he ovat olleet menossa koneeseen. Siinä yhteydessä on tapahtunut oven voimallinen avautuminen, Otkesin viestintäpäällikkö Sakari Lauriala kertoo.

Myös lentoperämies on ollut hengenvaarassa.

–Tarkasta perämiehen sijainnista ei ole vielä tietoa, mutta yleisesti voi sanoa, että onnettomuuden aikana lähiympäristössä olleet henkilöt ovat olleet vaarassa, Lauriala sanoo.

Onnettomuuden tutkintaa on jatkettu perjantaina aamusta alkaen paikkatutkinnalla ja teknisellä tutkinnalla.

–Lähiaikoina tehdään kuulemisia onnettomuuden eri osallisille, kuten koneen muille jäsenille.

Onnettomuuden syy ei ole vielä selvillä.

–Yleensä onnettomuuksiin johtavat useat eri tekijät, mutta vielä on hankala sanoa tämän tapauksen syytä tai syitä. Tekninen tutkinta on tärkeässä roolissa, ja kartoittaa onko tapahtunut teknistä vikaa tai virhettä, Lauriala sanoo.

Tutkinnan yhteydessä tutkitaan myös sitä, minkälainen koulutus ja toimintakulttuuri lentoyhtiössä on ollut.

–Selvitämme, mikä on yhtiön koulutusohjeistus ja toimintapa turvallisuuden suhteen. Tarkoitus ei ole etsiä syyllisiä, vaan syitä onnettomuuteen, Lauriala mainitsee.

Helsingin Sanomien haastattelema Trafin ilmailujohtaja Pekka Henttu spekuloi yhdeksi mahdolliseksi onnettomuuden syyksi, että matkustamoon on sitä lämmittäessä muodostunut ylipaine, joka on aiheuttanut oven tempautumisen niin, että ohjaus- ja vaimennusjärjestelmät ovat pettäneet. Kittilässä oli torstaina 25 asteen pakkanen.

Turmakone on kahdeksanpaikkainen Gulfstream G 150 liikesuihkukone, jossa ovi aukeaa ylhäältä alas. Ilta-Sanomien haastatteleman ilmailuasiantuntija Hannu Nikusen mukaan koneen ovessa on hydraulivaimennus ja sähkömoottori, joka avaa oven.

Otkesin Sakari Laurialan mukaan Kittilän kuolemaan johtanut onnettomuus on erittäin harvinainen.

–Meidän erikoistutkijoilla ei ole tiedossa vastaavaa tapausta ja siinä mielessä tämä onnettomuus on hyvin erikoislaatuinen.

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