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 people were killed in the small plane crash

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.

The scene of the crash near Dillingham Airfield
Initial findings suggested the crash happened as the plane was taking off, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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.

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.

Fire chief Manuel Neves described the crash as 'tragic'

According to FAA records, the plane was manufactured in 1967.

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Manchester Airport fire: Images show burnt out cars at terminal two multi-storey car park

The blaze is understood to have involved a number of vehicles, originally starting with one before spreading to those parked nearby.

The fire broke out at a multi-storey car at terminal two

Dramatic images show the aftermath of a fire at a car park at Manchester Airport .

Fire crews were called to the terminal two multi-storey on Friday morning after thick black smoke plumes were seen billowing from the roof.

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.

 


The top floor of the car park remains closed

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.


Smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the car park

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.


Several cars were damaged

“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 car park is used by both long and short stay guests

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.

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What went wrong inside
Boeing’s cockpit?

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.

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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.

Pic: Dubai Media Office
Image: A plane similar to the one involved. Pic: Dubai Media Office

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.

Dubai airport
Image: Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest for international passenger traffic

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.

 

 

 

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Abergavenny plane crash: Three survive A40 incident

A light aircraft has crashed on to a main road but managed to avoid hitting any cars.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the three people on board survived the incident on the A40 near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

The service was called to the crash at about 11:00 BST on Sunday.

It said the three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken to hospital as a precaution.

Two motorists, Daniel Nicholson and Joel Snarr, a former army bomb disposal officer, helped to rescue those on board the aircraft.

Mr Nicholson, who was first on the scene, said the plane was upside down.

He said: “We could only see two people at first – they were screaming as the plane was on fire.”

Mr Nicholson added that he was “worried we weren’t going to be able to get them out”.

He went on to say that without Mr Snarr’s help, he probably would not have been able to rescue those on board.

Mr Snarr explained he saw the plane appear “out of nowhere” and “burst into smoke and some flames”.

“It was a miracle no one else was on the road,” he said.

In total 19 firefighters attended the site and used foam to extinguish the aircraft.

The remains of the plane on the A40
Image caption The fire service said three people were treated for minor injuries at the scene

‘Loud explosion’

Rhodri Jones, who lives about two miles from the scene at Llanover said: “I was in the house and heard a loud explosion.

“Initially we thought it was rail crash because the line is nearby. There was thick smoke.”

BBC reporter Rhodri Tomos’ train from Cardiff to Manchester had to make an emergency stop just before Abergavenny.

He said: “The guard said that a light aircraft has crashed into some power cables and the cables have hit the train.

“We could smell some burning and we were at a stop for about 15 minutes.”

Smoke blowing over the A40
Image caption The smoke could be seen by motorists on the A40

Gwent Police said in a statement: “The aircraft was reported to have made an unscheduled landing in the area, colliding with overhead wiring.

“Three occupants of the light aircraft were treated by paramedics at the scene. Their injuries are not life-threatening.”

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is aware of the incident and is making initial inquiries.

It is the second time in three years in which a light aircraft crashed on the same stretch of road.

Three people sustained minor injuries when the four-seater Piper Warrior II came down in 2016.

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Aeroflot plane crash: 41 killed on Russian jet

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 plane catches fire in Moscow
Image caption Black smoke billows from the burning plane on the tarmac at Sheremetyevo airport
Russian plane catches fire in Moscow
Image caption The plane had just taken off from Sheremetyevo airport when it caught fire

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”.

The damaged Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 passenger plane after an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyovo airport
Image caption The rear of the Aeroflot plane was completely burnt out

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.”

Russian plane flight map
Image caption The jet returned to the airport within 30 minutes of departing

 

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Boeing 737 skids off runway into Florida river

A Boeing 737 aircraft sitting on the water

A passenger plane slid off a runway in the US state of Florida on Friday night, ending up in a river after landing during a thunderstorm.

Twenty-one people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

The chartered Boeing 737, operated by Miami Air International, had flown from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to a military base in the city of Jacksonville.

Passengers say it landed heavily in the storm, skidding into St John’s River.

The 136 passengers and seven crew members on board evacuated the Boeing 737-800 via its wings.

“No fatalities reported. We are all in this together,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wrote on Twitter after the incident.

He also said President Donald Trump had offered assistance as the situation was developing.

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On Saturday a spokeswoman for the US Navy in Jacksonville said that at least four pets checked into the luggage area were presumed to have died due to flooding.

“There’s water in the cargo hold,” Kaylee LaRocque told USA Today.

“We are so sad about this situation, that there are animals that unfortunately passed away.”

‘Terrifying’ moment

One passenger on the plane, Cheryl Bormann, described the “terrifying” moment it slid off the runway.

“The plane literally hit the ground and bounced – it was clear the pilot did not have total control of the plane, it bounced again,” she told CNN.

a Boeing 737 aircraft photographed side-on in river 
Image caption The airliner is contracted by the US military to travel to Guantanamo Bay
Passengers and crew receive initial medical evaluations and debriefing in hangar 117
Image caption The passengers and crew were evaluated in a nearby aircraft hangar

“We were in the water. We couldn’t tell where we were, whether it was a river or an ocean,” she said, adding that she could smell jet fuel leaking into the river.

In a news conference, Captain Michael Connor, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, said it was a “miracle” that there had been no serious injuries or fatalities.

Miami Air International is contracted by the US military for its twice-weekly “rotator” service between the US mainland and Guantanamo Bay, Bill Dougherty, a base spokesman said.

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator is seen with flight data recorder
Image caption A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator is seen with flight data recorder

Officials say the people on Friday’s flight included civilian and military personnel.

Boeing released a statement sharing its “well wishes” with those on board.

It said it was providing technical assistance to the US National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the incident.

The aerospace giant has been under increased scrutiny following two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 planes – a different model to the one involved in the incident on Friday.

 

 

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