Airport related Incidents and Accidents from around the world.
Eleven skydivers killed in ‘tragic’ Hawaii plane crash
Fire chief Manuel Neves describes the crash as the “most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had”.
Eleven skydivers have died after a plane that was carrying them crashed shortly after take-off, officials in Hawaii have said.
There were no survivors in the crash, which happened near Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s north shore. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the incident to find the twin engine King Air plane engulfed in flames.
Fire chief Manuel Neves said some family members were at the airport as the flight took off, but names of the victims are yet to be released. Some witnesses said the plane crashed as it was coming into the airport but this has not been confirmed.
Mr Neves described the site of the crash as being “quite a way away from the runway” and added: “In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we’ve had.”
He said that many details are still not known about the incident. Initially, officials said six people were on board the flight but the number was later raised to 11.
According to FAA records, the plane was manufactured in 1967.
The blaze is understood to have involved a number of vehicles, originally starting with one before spreading to those parked nearby.
Photos shared with the Manchester Evening News, taken after the fire had been extinguished, show at least four cars to have been affected.
One, which is thought to be a Volkswagen, is completely burnt out.
An orange-coloured Peugeot 208 parked next to is also badly damaged, along with a Range Rover Evoke and a Honda Jazz.
The cause of the fire has not yet been released.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said the incident was quickly brought under control, and that the car park has since reopened.
The top floor however, remains shut.
Any holidaymakers affected by the closure are asked to contact customer services.
Manchester Airport said in a statement earlier today: “This morning there was a small vehicle fire on the roof level of the Terminal Two multi-storey car park west.
“Firefighters from our on-site fire service attended and extinguished the fire shortly after arriving at the scene.
“As a precaution, the car park has been evacuated. Those travelling to Manchester Airport, especially those intending to park in the Terminal Two multi-storey west, should speak to the on-site traffic marshals, who will direct them to alternative parking locations.
“No flights are affected and further updates, including to customers whose cars are parked in the multi-storey, will be provided as soon as possible.”
The new west multi-storey car park at terminal two opened on April 1.
It was opened as the first phase of a £1bn transformation project to expand T2.
There was nothing more the pilots could have done.
As alarms sounded in their cockpit, the captain and first officer struggled to regain control of their stricken aircraft.
They were far too close to the ground, and needed to gain altitude. Yet when Capt Yared Getachew tried to guide the nose of the Boeing 737 upwards, an electronic system forced it down again.
Simply pulling back on his control column wasn’t enough. So he used a thumb switch as well, to adjust the aerodynamic balance of the plane, and encourage it to climb. But a few seconds later, those adjustments were automatically reversed.
The column was shaking in his hands, a mechanical warning that the aircraft was in danger of stalling and falling out of the sky. A harsh robotic voice called out “don’t sink” three times, indicating that the plane was losing height.
Together, he and First Officer Ahmednur Mohammed Omar worked quickly to find a solution. They flicked switches on the centre console to disable part of the electronics, and began using manual controls instead, in an attempt to make the plane fly normally.
Three Britons die after light aircraft crashes near Dubai International Airport
The UK-registered aircraft had been involved in upgrading a runway and flights were halted for nearly an hour after the crash.
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Thursday 16 May 2019 22:57, UK
Three Britons have died after a light aircraft crashed near Dubai International Airport, authorities have said.
A South African person on board was also killed when the small plane came down about three miles south of the busy transport hub.
Flights were halted for 46 minutes on Thursday from 7.36pm to 8.22pm (local time).
The four-seater Diamond DA42, registered in the UK, had been involved in upgrading a runway and was used to “calibrate the approach systems”, the airport said.
The plane is owned by Honeywell, which provides engineering services and aerospace systems, and is registered to Flight Calibrations Service Ltd, based in Shoreham in West Sussex, the AP news agency reported.
The Dubai Media Office tweeted that the “relevant teams are on the scene”.
It added that an “accident involving a small plane with four passengers occurred”.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are working closely with the Emirati authorities following reports of a small aircraft crash in Dubai.”
An investigation has begun and air traffic has returned to normal.
Flight Calibrations Service said in November that it had signed a contract to work on the UAE airport’s “navaids” – beacons which help pilots to locate runways and to land.
On 16 April, the airport’s southern runway was closed so it could be resurfaced and all its lighting and supporting infrastructure replaced. It is set to re-open on 30 May.
Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest when measured by international passenger traffic.
It is also the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements.
Forty-one people died after a Russian plane made an emergency landing and burst into flames just after takeoff from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
Survivors suggest the plane was struck by lightning, but Russia’s national carrier said only that it returned to the airport for technical reasons.
Two children are among the dead. The jet had 73 passengers and five crew.
Initial reports suggested the plane had landed on fire, but sources quoted by Russian news agency Interfax said the jet caught fire after a very bumpy landing.
The aircraft landed with full fuel tanks because the crew lost contact with air traffic controllers and decided it was too dangerous to dump fuel over Moscow, Interfax added.
“There are 37 survivors – 33 passengers and four members of the crew,” said Yelena Markovskaya, an official involved in the investigation of the crash.
A flight attendant was also reportedly killed in the incident. Five people are in hospital. One witness said it was a “miracle” anyone escaped.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a special committee to investigate the disaster.
What happened to the plane?
The aircraft, a Sukhoi Superjet-100, left the airport at 18:02 local time (15:02 GMT), bound for Murmansk.
Its crew sent a distress signal when “malfunctions” occurred in bad weather shortly after take-off.
After making an emergency landing at the airport, the plane’s engines caught fire on the runway, Aeroflot said, adding that the crew “did everything to save the passengers”.
One passenger who survived the crash, Petr Egorov, was quoted by the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily newspaper as saying that the flight “had just taken off and the aircraft was hit by lightning”, adding: “The landing was rough – I almost passed out from fear.”