Five Killed In Mumbai Plane Crash

A small plane crashed into a construction site in a densely populated part of India’s financial capital Mumbai on Thursday, killing five people including one on the ground, officials said.

Images broadcast on Indian news channels showed flames and black smoke billowing from the area, which sits right next to several high-rise residential towers.

There were four people on the 12-seater aircraft, disaster management officials said, with witnesses reporting hearing a loud blast as it smashed into a half-built structure.

“There was a huge explosion and the adjacent tree caught fire and the fire spilled on the streets,” a man was quoted as saying on the NDTV news channel.

“Initially we assumed an electric box in the under-construction building must have caught fire but when we checked out the spot, we found the charred body of a man who apparently was on bike when the plane crashed,” he added.

A woman, who was also not named, reported hearing three loud explosions and described seeing a “major fire”.

Video footage posted online showed bright orange flames licking the side of a building next to a construction site.

Other images shot after the fire was put out showed firemen sifting through the twisted wreckage of the twin-prop plane as crowds looked on.

The white tailfin seemed to be the only recognisable part of the aircraft not consumed in the blaze.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane was a turbo-prop King Air C-90 and had been on a test flight from the nearby Juhu airstrip.

“There were two pilots and two aircraft maintenance engineers on board. All on board (the) aircraft along with one person on ground are dead,” the DGCA statement read.

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Plane Crash Averted As Pilots Make Emergency Landing

An Alaska Airline plane made an emergency landing in Honolulu, Hawaii, after pilots throttled down one of the plane’s engines averting the death of 157 passengers.

Flight 145 was headed to Hawaii from Seattle when an oil filter bypass light came on in the cockpit.

The flight crew idled the engine and declared an emergency, but continued to Honolulu where the flight was originally scheduled to land.

“The captain came on the overhead speaker and just said that they were having overheating of one of the engines so they needed to idle a little bit to try to let it cool off but that were going to have to make a quicker landing than usual.

“And we were going to have a fire crew ready when we landed just in case.

“That is about all he said and then he got off quickly,” passenger Carrie Mingle said.

According to reports, the airline said the other engine and all other systems onboard were operating normally.

Originally the emergency landing was going to be in Maui, but since the plane was continuing to travel safely, the pilot continued on to Honolulu.

“Our families called us after we landed because they heard in the news that something was going on. So they were very worried,” Mingle said.

The plane landed safely around 10 p.m. Friday night. No injuries were reported for the 157 passengers and 8 crew-members onboard.

Alaska Airlines was not immediately available for comment.

Woman Who Died From The Southwest Airline’s Midair Explosion Identified

The woman who died after she was almost sucked out of her Southwest Airlines flight window following a midair explosion has been identified as 43 year old Jennifer Riordan, a mother-of-two from Albuquerque and a Wells Fargo executive.

She was returning from a business trip aboard the New York to Dallas flight when the plane’s left engine exploded sending shrapnel flying into a window next to her seat. The banking executive was left hanging half outside the shattered window as fellow passengers desperately scrambled to drag her back inside the aircraft, which was carrying 149 people.  

She was rushed to hospital immediately after hero pilot Tammie Jo Shults took the plane into a sharp descent and made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport at 11.27am.

 

Authorities confirm that she later died while seven other people were injured. Those on board said they heard a loud ‘boom’ and the Boeing 737-700 immediately dropped, they said, by what felt like 100ft. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and passengers said their prayers and braced for impact.  

The National Transportation Safety Board has said a preliminary examination of the blown jet engine shows evidence of ‘metal fatigue.’

 

Six Die In United States’ Plane Crash

United States’ investigators on Tuesday headed to the scene of a light plane crash at the sister golf course of a US PGA Tour event, where six people on board died, officials said.

Police and a worker at the TPC Scottsdale golf shop confirmed to AFP that the plane went down Monday night at the site’s Champions Course, and not the neighboring Stadium Course which in February hosted the Phoenix Open won by Gary Woodland.

“None of the six passengers aboard the aircraft survived,” a police statement said.

“Arriving officers located the crash scene on the Champions Course, which is located just north of the Scottsdale Airport,” the statement said, adding that the aircraft went down at about 8:45 pm (0345 GMT Tuesday).

Police did not identify the victims.

The US Federal Aviation Administration identified the aircraft as a single-engine Piper PA-24 which “crashed off airport property on a golf course and caught fire after takeoff from Runway 3 Monday evening.”

The FAA, which is investigating with the National Transportation Safety Board, said in a statement that there were no reports of injuries to people on the ground.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss told AFP that two of the agency’s investigators were on their way to the scene for a probe that would typically take three to five days.

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Plane Carrying 71 Passengers Crashes In Nepal

Reports reaching us reveal that only 17 people have survived out of the 71 passengers and crew after it crashed at Nepal’s Kathmandu airport, with at least 17 people known to have survived.

The plane veered off the runway while landing on Monday afternoon, BBC reports.

Rescuers have also pulled dead bodies from the charred wreckage of the plane, operated by Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, after a fire was put out.

All flights in and out of Tribhuvan International Airport have been cancelled, according to local media.

The plane was identified in local media as S2-AGU, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprop, but this has not been officially confirmed.

The flight landed at at 14:20 local time (08:35 GMT), according to flight tracking website FlightRadar24.

 

Ten Americans Killed In Plane Crash In Costa Rica

Ten Americans flying from a vacation hotspot on Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coast died yesterday, Sunday when the small plane they boarded crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off.

A list of the passengers given by local media showed five shared the same last name, suggesting they were related.

“The government of Costa Rica profoundly regrets the deaths of 10 US passengers and two Costa Rican pilots in the air accident,” which occurred in the country’s northwestern Guanacaste region, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis said in a statement posted to social media.

A US State Department official said: “We confirm the deaths of multiple US citizens in an airplane crash in Costa Rica,” adding that assistance was being provided to the affected Americans.

Costa Rican officials revealed that the plane that came down belonged to Nature Air, a domestic airline that services routes across the country and also provides aircraft for charter.

Guanacaste is a popular vacation destination, especially this time of year, when its pristine beaches and jungle provide a respite for tourists fleeing the northern hemisphere’s winter.

 

30 Feared Dead As DR Congo Army Plane Crashes

A military transport plane belonging to the Congolese army crashed near Kinshasa on Saturday, killing “several dozen” people, military and airport sources told AFP.

The Antonov transport plane had just taken off and had “several dozen people” on board, an airport source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The plane went down in Nsele, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) to the east of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the source said.

A local official in the area of the crash told AFP there were “no survivors”.

The plane, which had a Russian crew, was carrying “two vehicles and weapons” and military personnel, a source at the army’s headquarters told AFP, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

He said there were “between 20 and 30 people” on board when it took off from Ndolo airport in Kinshasa.

A witness at the crash site told AFP he had seen the plane “falling” out the sky shortly before 9:00 am but said there was no sign of any smoke coming from the aircraft.

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16 Dead In US Military Plane Crash

According to US media reports, a US military aircraft has crashed in the southern state of Mississippi, killing 16 people.

The US Marine Corps confirmed that a “mishap” involving a KC-130 occurred in the evening, without providing additional details.

The Clarion-Ledger newspaper and CNN cited Leflore County emergency management director Fred Randle as confirming the death toll of 16.

All 16 victims were on the Marine Corps aircraft and there were no survivors, Randle told CNN.

The incident took place around 4 pm (2100 GMT), the Clarion-Ledger said, noting that firefighters sprayed the aircraft with huge layers of foam to quell the fire.

The plane crashed in a soybean field on the Sunflower-Leflore county line, the paper said.

Air China Crash Averted as Plane Misses Way

An Air China passenger plane almost hit a mountain on Lantau Island on Sunday night when it deviated from its flight path after taking off from Hong Kong International Airport, it was revealed on Monday.

Images from aircraft tracking site Flightradar showed flight CA428 turning south towards Tai O village and the surrounding mountains at around 9.30pm, instead of continuing westwards along the normal route until it left the island.

According to South China Morning Post, an air control officer was forced to issue an immediate warning and set of directions to the pilot to correct the flight path.

The Airbus A320, with a seating capacity of 200, landed safely in China’s western city of Chengdu about two hours later.

It had been at 3,400 feet during the wrong turn. The peak nearby – the highest point on Lantau – is 3,066 feet. But according to Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a licensed pilot, the minimum safe altitude for that area is 4,300 feet.

“If the plane was carrying more cargo or passengers, or if the plane was a bigger one, it might not have achieved its altitude at that time,” Tam said. “If the plane turned towards the mountains at an even lower altitude, you could imagine what the consequence could have been.”

But he added that an anti-collision system on the plane would have directed it to climb up immediately before any mishap.

Air China said the flight crew had questions about the air traffic control officer’s directions but, due to a busy radio frequency, the pilot decided to turn first while still confirming the directions.

“Air China has been putting air safety as our top priority,” a spokesman said. “We will further strengthen our safety education.”

Tam suggested there was no reason why the pilot should have deviated from the normal route. Even if there was a radio failure, he should have stuck to the normal departure path, he said.

Tam earlier shared an audio recording of a conversation between the air traffic officer and the pilot, in which the officer is heard issuing repeated directions to “turn right immediately”, warning of “terrain ahead”. When the pilot does not turn, she can be heard warning of the mountains again and requesting he climb to 5,000 feet immediately.

After the pilot corrects the mistake, the officer tells him she will have to submit a report about the incident to authorities. The pilot can be heard apologising.

Main Black box of Crashed Russian Plane Found

The main black box from a Russian military plane that crashed Sunday in the Black Sea with 92 people on board has been found, Russia’s defence ministry told local news agencies Tuesday.

“The main black box was found at 5:42 am Moscow time (0242 GMT) 1,600 metres from the shore at a depth of 17 metres,” the agencies quoted the ministry as saying.

The agencies reported that the black box would be flown to the Moscow region to be deciphered by experts.

The ministry also said that 12 bodies and 156 body fragments had been recovered from the water since the crash.

Authorities have said that the human bodies and remains found would be sent to Moscow for identification.

The Tu-154 jet, whose passengers included more than 60 members of the internationally-renowned Red Army Choir, was heading to Russia’s military base in Syria when it went down off the coast of the resort city of Sochi minutes after take-off on Sunday.

Authorities have dismissed terrorism as a possible cause for the crash.

Russia’s federal security service said Monday it was focusing on pilot error, a technical fault, bad fuel and a foreign object in the engine as the four main scenarios that could explain the crash.

Plane Crash: Football World Rallies Round Chapecoense Club

The football world has rallied around a Brazilian club caught in a deadly plane crash in Colombia.

Only six of the 77 people on board the charter plane, carrying members of the Chapecoense team, survived the crash.

The team were flying to what was billed as the biggest match in their history – the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Their opponents, Colombian team Atletico Nacional, have offered to concede the game to ensure Chapecoense are declared the champions.

In a tweet, the club also asked that fans to turn up to their stadium at the time which the game was scheduled, dressed in white.

In a joint statement, Brazilian first division football teams have offered to lend players to Chapecoense free of charge, and asked the league to protect the club from relegation for the next three years.

Several leading footballers, from Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Neymar, to Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, have also paid tribute to the players, who had become an unlikely success story in recent years.

Colombian aviation officials said there were also 21 journalists on board, and that both flight recorders have been recovered.

The plane lost contact with ground controllers as it approached Medellin at about 22:15 on Monday (03:15 GMT on Tuesday), after the pilot reported an electrical fault. It came down in a mountainous area.

The number of those on board was first said to be 81, but Colombia’s disaster management agency later said four people on the passenger list did not board the plane.

Three of the six survivors are footballers:

*Defender Alan Ruschel, who suffered spinal injuries

*Defender Helio Zemper, who has injuries to his skull and chest

*Reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman, who has unspecified injuries

Goalkeeper Marcos Padilha, also known as Danilo, was pulled alive from the wreckage but he later died in hospital.

Of the 21 journalists on board, six worked for Fox Sports Brasil, and a number of others for the Globo media organisation.

Three British investigators are travelling to Colombia to help look into the cause of the crash.

Shortly before boarding in Sao Paulo, Chapecoense manager Cadu Gaucho, 36, appeared in a video posted on the team’s Facebook site [in Portuguese] describing the trip to Medellin as “the club’s most important to date”.

Playing in the final of the Copa Sudamericana was to be the highlight of a glorious season for the team from a small city of less than 200,000 inhabitants in the state of Santa Catarina.

Founded in 1973, the team has been playing in Brazil’s Serie A since only 2014 but is currently ninth ahead of much more famous and established teams such as Sao Paulo, Fluminense and Cruzeiro.

Last week, it became the first Brazilian team in three years to make it to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second most important club competition, after beating Argentine side San Lorenzo.

One of the founders of the club, Alvadir Pelisser, told BBC Brasil the tragedy had put an “end to everyone’s dream”. “We were a family, I’m shocked,” he added.

It’s not unusual to see Brazilians wearing their team’s shirt. But today in Chapeco, the gesture has a different meaning.

Since the early hours of the morning, men and women, young and old, have been coming to Chapecoense’s stadium, Arena Conda.

Schools let their students go, shops remained closed.

Wearing green and white, the colours of the team, they stare at the empty field, still unable to believe the tragedy that took place.

“They were such humble boys. We all knew them,” said supporter Djair Hipolito. “They took the time to talk to us, take photos, visit people in the hospital. I know that other teams are not like this.”

“We should be celebrating now”, he says. Their team was finally at the top, one match away from their first international title.

Now, the fans just sit in silence and wait for their boys to come home. “Do you know anything about the bodies?” a woman asks me. “Do you think the service will be here in the stadium?”