Saturday, January 06, 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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