Monday, January 01, 2018

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N8644C: Incident occurred January 01, 2018 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), King County, Washington

Southwest Airlines Company: 

A Southwest flight departing Seattle for Baltimore was turned around due to a gear indication on departure.

Flight 5489 was forced to return to Sea-Tac Airport for an issue with the plane's nose gear, according to Southwest Airlines.

Flight 5489 departed at 1:45 p.m. and was expected to reach Baltimore around 9:45 p.m. EST.

Residents in the around Olympia saw the plane flying low for about one hour. 

The plane was required to burn a certain amount of fuel before it could land back at Sea-Tac.

Another plane will take the passengers to Baltimore later tonight.

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Socata TB-21TC, N425RT, New Richmond Aviation LLC: Incident occurred January 01, 2018 at Hector International Airport (KFAR), Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft landed gear up on runway.

New Richmond Aviation LLC:

Date: 01-JAN-18
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N425RT
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TB21TC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

FARGO (KFGO) - A pilot and three passengers escaped injury Monday evening when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the main runway at Hector International Airport in Fargo.

Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein tells KFGO News the Socata TB-21TC departed the Moorhead Airport at 5:03 p.m. A short time later, the pilot determined the landing gear did not work. 

The FAA control tower at Hector Airport confirmed the landing gear problem in a fly-by and the pilot put the plane down on its belly on the north-south runway east of the main terminal at 5:43 p.m. 

All air traffic was diverted to the east-west runway until the disabled plane could be removed from the runway which took about 90 minutues.

Dobberstein says the aircraft had damage to the prop and underside and was hauled to a hanger at the Fargo Jet Center for later investigation.

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FARGO -- A small aircraft with four people aboard landed without injuries after the landing gear failed to deploy.

The landing was at about 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Hector International Airport.

There were no injuries and there was no fire or fuel leaks, said Battalion Chief Lee Soeth of the Fargo Fire Department, which responded to the emergency landing. Emergency crews were standing by, alerted that the small aircraft was coming with landing “wheels up.”

“They just put it down,” Soeth said, referring to the safe landing.

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FARGO, ND — Fargo and Hector International emergency crews are on scene of a plane emergency at the airport.

A call for help came in after 5 p.m. of an in-flight emergency after unconfirmed reports of a small plane having a problem with its landing gear.

The plane circled the airport for a short period of time before attempting its landing.

Rescue crews responded and the plane landed on the runway.

Fire crews say there were four people on board the plane and say they were not hurt.

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Boeing 767-200: Incident occurred November 01, 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan

NTSB Identification: ENG18WA005
Incident occurred Wednesday, November 01, 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan
Aircraft: BOEING 767, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable
The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Safety Investigation Board of Pakistan has notified the National Transportation Safety Board of an incident involving a Boeing 767-200 airplane which occurred on November 1, 2017. The National Transportation Safety Board has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the Safety Investigation Board investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of design and manufacture of the airplane and engines.

All investigative information will be released by the Safety Investigation Board.

Quest Kodiak 100, N154KQ, Mid-Continent Aviation Services Inc: Accident occurred November 10, 2017 in Goiás Velho, Brazil

Mid-Continent Aviation Services Inc:

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA025
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, November 10, 2017 in Goias, Brazil
Aircraft: QUEST AIRCRAFT COMPANY LLC KODIAC 100, registration: N154KQ
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Brazil has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a QUEST AIRCRAFT COMPANY LLC KODIAK 100 airplane that occurred on November 10, 2017. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Brazil's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Brazil. 

Um avião caiu na tarde desta sexta-feira (10) na cidade de Goiás, localizada na região central do estado. Segundo o Corpo de Bombeiros, quatro homens estavam na aeronave e sobreviveram.

A Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) informou que o avião saiu de Lucas do Rio Verde, no Mato Grosso, em direção a Anápolis, em Goiás. Porém, caiu antes de chegar ao destino, por volta das 14h30. De acordo com os bombeiros, a queda aconteceu a cerca de 2 quilômetros do aeroporto da cidade de Goiás.

Logo após os ocupantes saírem do avião, ele pegou fogo. A equipe do Corpo de Bombeiros que foi ao local já controlou as chamas.

A assessoria de imprensa do Corpo de Bombeiros explicou ainda que o piloto e os passageiros estavam conscientes. Apesar de não terem sofrido ferimentos graves aparentes, os ocupantes foram levados pelo Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgência (Samu) para um hospital da cidade para verificação.

Os nomes dos ocupantes ainda não foram informados.

Aeronave com registro nos EUA
O Corpo de Bombeiros informou que a aeronave é do modelo Kodiak 100. A FAB explicou que a matrícula do avião é norte-americana: N154KQ. Apesar de ser registrada no exterior, a aeronave tinha autorização de voo e sobrevoo no Brasil até o dia 16 de novembro, segundo informações da Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Anac).

De acordo com a FAB, o avião seguia o plano de voo previsto. Uma equipe do órgão vai se deslocar até a cidade de Goiás para apurar as causas do acidente.

No site da Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), entidade que regula a aviação nos Estados Unidos, consta que o avião tem registro válido até agosto de 2019.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 5H-EGG, Coastal Aviation: Fatal accident occurred November 15, 2017 in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA028
Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial Coastal Aviation LTD.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration:
Injuries: 11 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 15, 2017, about 0805 coordinated universal time, Cessna 208B, Tanzanian registration 5H-EGG, operated by Coastal Aviation LTD., was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Ngorongoro, Tanzania. The pilot and 10 passengers were fatally injured. The passenger flight departed Kilimanjaro International Airport (HTKJ), Hai District, Tanzania, destined for Seronera Airstrip (HTSN), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the United Republic of Tanzania. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Air Accident Investigation Branch
P.O. Box 2819
Dar es Salaam
United Republic of Tanzania
Tel.: (255) 22 212-1530
Fax: (255) 22 212-2079

This report is for informational purposes and contains only information released by the Government of Tanzania.

Arusha — Bodies of 11 people, who on Wednesday perished, when a chartered plane belonging to Coastal Aviation crashed at Empakaai near Serengeti National Park were yesterday identified, it has been reported.

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft 5H-EGG carrying a pilot and 10 passengers was flying tourists from Kilimanjaro and Arusha to Serengeti National Park, when it went down in the Ngorongoro Crater at about 8am. Reports have it that before falling, it spent about 30 minutes going around due to poor visibility before the pilot decided to defuel it.

Two directors of the renowned Tourism Organization in Arusha Nassibu Mfinanga and Shatri Mfinanga are among the people killed in the aircraft crash.

Speaking at the scene of accident, one of the relatives of those killed, Mr. Rick Thomas, said the directors on November 11 organised a special event, which was attended by the organisation's management aimed at helping one of the orphanages in Arusha.

Karatu district commissioner Theresia Mahongo said the recovered bodies were taken to Arusha for identification.

For his part, the Ngorongoro deputy chief conservationist, Dr Maurus Msuha, said cooperation between villagers and the rescue team made the operation easier.

American Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N744P: Incident occurred January 01, 2018 at Logan International Airport (KBOS), Massachusetts 

BOSTON —  Three crew members and one passenger were taken to hospitals on New Year's Day after an American Airlines plane was forced to return to the gate before taking off in Boston, officials said.

Passengers reported an odor in the cabin of Flight 1719, which was scheduled to fly from Boston to Charlotte, the airline said. The plane carried 120 passengers and 5 crew members.

Massport confirmed the four people were transported to hospitals to be evaluated.

The airline said a "mechanical issue" was to blame, and the jet was taken out of service. The remaining passengers are now waiting for a different plane.

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Belize: Suspected Drug Plane

Belizean authorities are investigating the remnants of a burnt aircraft discovered off the Coastal Road. 

The airplane was found in a remote area near an illegal landing strip. 

Police say that they are unable to say if the aircraft was being used to carry illicit cargo such as drugs.

On Sunday, December 31st, sometime around 1:30 PM, they were called out to the remote location. 

Interestingly, police report says that, it appears that the aircraft landed and it was set on fire afterwards.

“Police and Belize Defence Force responded to information, some two miles in an off road off the coastal road where they found the burnt remains of an aircraft in the vicinity of an illegal airstrip. Initial investigation reveal that the burnt remains seem to have been there for several days. Police investigation along with Belize Defence Force and Civil Aviation into this matter continues.”

“The aircraft, nothing was found in the area to suggest drugs?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett
“No. The entire area was searched and nothing. No other items was found other than the aircraft.”

“How do you, the authorities, make such an illegal airstrip unusual again? I imagine, that does take place?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett
“Yes. The Belize Defence Force from time to time destroy these illegal airstrips when they are found.”

“Have you been able to establish he origination of the aircraft yet?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett
“No, neither the origination; neither when it came; neither whether or not it had any cargo nor whether or not the cargo was destined for somewhere else. We have not established none of those.”

Barkol Airlines, Robinson R44, RA-04308: Fatal accident occurred December 05, 2017 in Dubovaya Balka, Russia

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA042
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 05, 2017 in Dubovaya Balka, Russia
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Russia has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a ROBINSON R44 helicopter that occurred on December 05, 2017. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Russia's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Russia.

Robinson R44 II, RA-04308 
Accident date: December 05, 2017
Aircraft registration number:  RA-04308
Accident site:  In the area of Dubovaya Balka locality of the Stavropol Territory
Aircraft type: Robinson R44 II
Aircraft owner: BARKOL Airlines Ltd
Number of fatalities: 2
Degree of aircraft destruction: Rotorcraft substantially damaged
Aviation type: Commercial

On December 05, 2017 in the area of Dubovaya Balka locality of the Stavropol Territory the accident with Robinson R44 II, RA-04308,  helicopter owned by BARKOL Airlines Ltd occurred. According to the available information the pilot and a passenger on board were killed, the rotorcraft sustained substantial damage.

In accordance with the RF aviation legislation, the Interstate Aviation Committee assigned an Investigation team. The Investigation team starts its work.

Следственными органами Южного следственного управления на транспорте Следственного комитета Российской Федерации проводится доследственная проверка по факту крушения легкомоторного вертолета Робинсон Р 44 в Ставропольском крае.

По предварительным данным, 05 декабря 2017 года, в дневное время, легкомоторный вертолет Робинсон Р 44 потерпел крушение в районе поселка Киан Андроповского района Ставропольского края при проведении планового полета по проверки нефтепровода. Вертолет принадлежал Московской авиакомпании «Баркол». На борту воздушного судна находились два человека - 52-летний командир судна и 49-летний пассажир – сотрудник «Черномортранснефть». При крушении вертолета оба мужчины погибли.

В настоящее время следователи выехали на место происшествия для проведения проверочных мероприятий, направленных на установление всех обстоятельств произошедшего. По  результатам проверки будет принято процессуальное решение.

Bell 206B, VH-SDZ, Helistar Aviation: Accident occurred November 18, 2017 near Emerald Airport, Queensland, Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA038
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Emerald Aerodrome, Australia
Aircraft: BELL HELICOPTER CO 206B, registration:
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 18, 2017, about 1430 local time, a Bell 206B helicopter, registration VH-SDZ, rolled over following a precautionary landing near Emerald Aerodrome, Middlemount, Queensland, Australia. The helicopter, which was equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250 series turboshaft engine, sustained substantial damage and the two crewmembers were uninjured.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the accident. As the state of manufacture of the engines, the NTSB has designated a US accredited representative to assist the ATSB in its investigation.

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the ATSB:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
62 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 1 800 020 616
Tel: (02) 6257 4150
International: +61 2 6257 4150 

Collision with terrain involving Bell 206, VH-SDZ, near Emerald Airport, Queensland on November 18, 2017

Investigation number: AO-2017-112Investigation status: Active

The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Bell 206B, VH-SDZ, near Emerald Airport, Queensland, on November 18, 2017.

During aerial work, the pilot detected an abnormal noise and conducted a precautionary landing. As it landed, the helicopter rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage.

The ATSB will be investigating the factors that contributed to the occurrence.

Hughes 369HS, XC-TIJ, Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal (SSPM): Fatal accident occurred November 22, 2017 in La Morita, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA046
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in La Morita, Mexico
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 369HS, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 22, 2017, about 1437 pacific standard time, a MD Helicopters 369HS single-engine helicopter, serial number 920414S, Mexican registration XC-TIJ, crashed while providing aerial support for police activity near La Morita, Mexico. The pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. The local flight departed Tijuana International Airport (MMTJ), near Tijuana, Mexico.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). This report is for informational purposes only and contains information released by or obtained from the government of the Mexico.

Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC)

Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Boulevard Adolfo López Mateos
No. 1990, piso 4
Colonia Los Alpes, Tlacopac
Delegación Álvaro Obregón
Codigo Postal 01010
Ciudad de México
Telephone: (55) 5011-6413

Las autoridades dan a conocer los nombres de las víctimas que iban en un helicóptero en Tijuana que se desplomó con dos elementos de la organización.

El Capitán Jesús Alfonso Aldaz Galaviz y el copiloto José Alejandro Bohon Ramírez perdieron la vida cuando el helicóptero que tripulaban se viniera a abajo al este de Tijuana. 

El incidente ocurrió en la colonia popular La Morita alrededor de las 2:25 p.m. en la calle Tehuacan entre Laguna Salada y El Sauzal, del ejido Franciso Villa II sección. 

La aeronave cayó en una vía y no sobre una escuela de la zona como los otros medios lo han manejado, informó la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública de Tijuana (SSPT).  

Alrededor de las 2:40 p.m. la escuela secundaria No. 10 fue evacuada debido que el siniestro ocasionó un incendio por lo que escuadrones de bomberos acudieron al lugar. 

Cuando elementos de la policía municipal llegaron al lugar, encontraron la aeronave sin sobrevivientes, dijo la SSPT. 

El piloto y copiloto que abordaban el helicóptero Pegaso se encontraban realizando sobre vuelos de vigilancia preventiva en el área, de acuerdo con la dependencia en un comunicado quien también extendió su pésame a la familia de las víctimas.

"La Secretaría de Seguridad Pública de Tijuana lamenta lo sucedido y extiende su pésame a los familiares de los agentes fallecidos en cumplimiento de su deber". 

La SSPT dijo que la investigación continúa. 

Esta es una noticia en desarrollo, por favor regresa para próximas actualizaciones.

Boeing’s Next Airliner Might Fly Investors Into Turbulence: Demand for a midsize plane isn’t clear yet, but airlines’ desire to link midsize cities in Asia could make such a plane ideal in 10 to 15 years

The next Boeing plane is expected to meet airlines’ need for an aircraft smaller than the 787 Dreamliner and bigger than the single-aisle 737. Shown, a Boeing Co. 787 Max 10 aircraft on the tarmac ahead of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, in France in June 2017. 

The Wall Street Journal
By Alex Frangos

One reason things have being going so well for Boeing Co. shareholders: The airplane giant hasn’t tried to build a new type of plane lately.

That looks about to change. Next year, Boeing is likely to decide whether to start developing its first new airliner in 15 years.

Investors would be right to worry. New planes are hugely risky, in terms of cost and design and predictions of market demand years in advance. Boeing’s last big bet was the 787, which launched in 2003, cost $30 billion and only began turning a profit on each plane in 2016.

The next new Boeing, known as the “new midsize airplane,” “middle of the market” and unofficially, the 797, would likely be a double-aisle jet intended for delivery around 2025. The goal is to meet airlines’ needs for a plane bigger than the single-aisle 737, and smaller and with less range than the 787 Dreamliner. The new plane would overlap with the discontinued but still widely used 757 and 767, ferrying 200 to 280 passengers up to around 5,000 nautical miles.

The market for such a plane isn’t obvious today, which is one reason Boeing isn’t building it already. The last 757 came off the line in 2004, and while airlines might like a replacement, it hasn’t been a major priority.

Airbus, too, has a ready response. It can stretch its popular single-aisle A321 to cover some of the same market Boeing’s new plane would, but possibly at lower cost and lower execution risk, since it wouldn’t be a completely new plane.

That doesn’t mean pursuing the 797 is the wrong decision. Boeing’s cash flows are strong, and aircraft makers have to take risks and bring the newest technology to market. While demand for this plane isn’t clear yet, the desire by airlines to link midsize cities, especially in Asia, could make the plane ideal in 10 to 15 years. And what it learns on the 797 might be invaluable for a much bigger and more important task down the road: replacing its best-selling 737 family.

Do nothing and Boeing could end up ceding the midsize-jet market completely to Airbus. If Airbus accumulated insurmountable market share, it would be able to negotiate lower rates from suppliers and sell planes for less than Boeing.

Despite the best intentions, the history of new aircraft programs is littered with tears. Airbus’s double decker A380 and Boeing’s 787 are recent examples where costs skyrocketed. The good news is any pain from a botched 797 would be some time down the road. Problems tend not to crop up for several years after a project’s launch.

Boeing shares were the best performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 2017, up 90%. Free cash flow, the metric most followed by investors, is the best in years. This has no doubt attracted new investors who may need to be reminded: Building planes isn’t a risk-free business.

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