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  • Plane crashes into Atlantic Ocean off Virginia coast

    08/30/2014 4:28:28 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 45 replies
    nbc12 ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Mike Valerio
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board. Sources with knowledge of the initial investigation say it is highly likely the pilot is dead. According to the NTSB, the plane took off from Waukesha, Wisc. and was scheduled to land in Manassas, Va. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District in Portsmouth, Va. received notification at approximately 2:40 p.m. that the aircraft with only the pilot aboard failed to land at Manassas Regional Airport as scheduled. Instead...
  • Why Congress Must Reopen the TWA 800 Investigation

    07/07/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 97 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7-7-14 | Jack Cashill
    On July 2, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced that it would not reopen the investigation into the destruction of TWA 800. This was the Boeing 747 that was blown out of the sky ten miles south of the Long Island coast on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on board. The TWA 800 Project, a team of former aviation investigators and scientists, had petitioned the NTSB to examine evidence that pointed toward a missile strike on the airline. Not surprisingly, the NTSB, which had invested four years of resources to prove some other theory, any other theory,...
  • Mistrust Between U.S., Malaysia Strains Probe

    03/29/2014 6:57:26 PM PDT · by blueplum · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 28, 2014 8:36pm EDT | ANDY PASZTOR and RICHARD C. PADDOCK
    (Jon Ostrower and I Made Sentana contributed to this article.) ...officially both sides said cooperation between the two countries is good. But people familiar with both countries' efforts say that isn't always the case. :snip: "Washington seems to be a leaky boat," said one person familiar with the Malaysian investigation. "It erodes trust." Nevertheless, this person said concern about the Americans' role isn't seriously impeding the investigation. "We have been surprised at how many people we have been able to rope into this," this person said. :snip: Boeing, without the full involvement of Malaysian investigators, has run some computer models...
  • Feds warn pilots not to land at wrong airport

    03/28/2014 12:56:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 26, 2014 | Philip LeBeau
    It's the type of safety alert that makes you chuckle and say, "Seriously, they need to be reminded of this?" Apparently, the National Transportation Safety Board thinks pilots do need to be reminded their job is to make it to the proper destination. So the NTSB has issued a safety alert warning pilots not to land at the wrong airport.
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Gov’t moving (to) shut down unsafe bus, truck companies

    01/17/2014 12:12:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 2:42 PM EST | Joan Lowy
    A federal agency is issuing regulations aimed at making it easier for the government to shut down bus and truck companies with a pattern of safety problems. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration said Friday the regulations give the agency authority to put out of business operators who have a history of problems, even if their most recent inspection alone doesn't quite meet the threshold for closure. …
  • NTSB: Officials still trying to determine Fuddy's cause of death

    12/21/2013 4:49:23 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 222 replies
    AP via Star Advertiser ^ | POSTED: 11:51 a.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013 LAST UPDATED: 12:59 p.m. HST, Dec 20, 2013 | By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher Associated Press
    It could take some time before officials determine exactly how Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy died, said the lead investigator for the Molokai plane crash. It's common for a cause of death not to be immediately known in these types of investigations, Hawaii-based National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jim Struhsaker said today. Fuddy was the sole fatality out of nine people aboard the Makani Kai Air flight that crashed in the water soon after taking off from Kalaupapa on Dec. 11. A passenger and the pilot have said they were shocked to hear she didn't survive because she seemed fine...
  • Pilot describes decision to land plane in water

    12/19/2013 7:54:21 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:33 pm | Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
    HONOLULU (AP) — The pilot of the plane that crashed off Molokai said he broadcast a mayday call once he realized he wouldn't be able to sustain a glide long enough to reach land after his engine lost power. [....] However, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss has said the agency is not preventing the county from releasing findings from Fuddy's autopsy, which was conducted Friday.
  • Plane wreckage recovered off Molokai

    12/18/2013 11:04:33 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    KHON2 ^ | Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 5:24 PM HST | KHON2
    The Makani Kai Air cessna that crash landed into the waters off Molokai last week has been recovered from the bottom of the ocean, and is on its way to Honolulu.
  • Engine from Makani Kai plane recovered

    12/18/2013 8:43:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    The Maui News ^ | December 18, 2013 | The Maui News
    The complete engine from the Cessna Grand Caravan that crashed off Kalaupapa has been recovered by salvage crews, the owner of Makani Kai Air said Wednesday afternoon.
  • "I'm no hero, I'm just doing my job in a bad situation,"...Clyde Kawasaki....

    12/18/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 54 replies
    KITV Channel 4 News ^ | Dec 18, 2013 11:11 AM HST | KITV Channel 4 News
    HONOLULU —"I'm no hero, I'm just doing my job in a bad situation," said Makani Kai Air pilot Clyde Kawasaki at a news conference Wednesday morning. [....] The salvage operation for the Makani Kai plane that crashed off Kalaupapa last week will end at nightfall today, no matter what is retrieved or not retrieved. The boat should be back in port in Honolulu by Thursday morning.
  • Pilot in Crash Returns to Cockpit After Release

    12/18/2013 5:13:09 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 17, 2013 | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    One of the first things the pilot in a fatal crash off the Hawaiian island of Molokai did after being released from the hospital was climb into the cockpit of an airplane. [….] An autopsy was conducted Friday on Fuddy but results were not yet available.... [….] If the plane is recovered, Makani Kai staff will remove the engine under the supervision by NTSB officials, Schuman said. It will be placed in a box and sealed, with the NTSB likely taking it back to the factory of engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, where engineers will take it apart to find...
  • Federal team will try to lift crashed plane from seafloor

    12/18/2013 5:47:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 66 replies
    Dec. 17--The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday it plans to recover the plane that crashed off Kalaupapa last week with eight passengers aboard, including Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy, who died after safely evacuating the aircraft. [....] In the Makani Kai case, Maui officials have not yet released an official cause of death for Fuddy,.... An autopsy was conducted Friday. [....] Services for Fuddy have been set for Saturday....
  • NTSB to try and salvage plane in crash off Hawaii

    12/17/2013 7:52:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/16 2:38 pm | Associated Press
    HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board said it will try to recover the plane that crashed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai after the aircraft was spotted in the water.
  • NTSB to try to salvage plane in crash off Molokai

    12/17/2013 2:26:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 53 replies
    Associated Press, The Sacramento Bee ^ | Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 2:42 pm | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    HONOLULU -- Crews will try to salvage the plane that crashed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai.... Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy was the sole fatality.... A 200-foot recovery vessel will leave Honolulu Harbor on Tuesday night and crews will attempt to pull the plane out of the water Thursday morning, Weiss said, adding that the effort will be paid for by an insurance company....
  • NTSB: Train going too fast at curve before wreck

    12/02/2013 2:36:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 2, 2013 | JIM FITZGERALD & FRANK ELTMAN - AP
    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or brake trouble was still unclear, he said. Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said: "That's the question we need to answer." Weener said the information on the locomotive's speed was preliminary and extracted from the Metro-North train's two data recorders, taken from the wreckage after the Sunday morning...
  • Small plane crashes at big airport; no one notices

    10/29/2013 7:17:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2013 | Mike M. Ahlers
    Authorities struggled to explain how a small plane crashed at an international airport, erupted in fire, but evidently went unnoticed for hours. The incident occurred early Tuesday in Nashville. But exactly what time remains a mystery.
  • Ill-fated UPS jet was on autopilot seconds before crash

    08/17/2013 5:15:47 PM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 92 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/17/13 | Verma Gates
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - The UPS cargo jet that crashed in Alabama this week, killing its two crew members, was flying on autopilot until seconds before impact, even after an alert that it was descending too quickly, authorities said on Saturday "The autopilot was engaged until the last second of recorded data," said Robert Sumwalt, a senior official with the National Transportation Safety Board.
  • Photos of Asiana Flight 214 removal (Bandwidth warning)

    07/31/2013 9:56:21 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    7-25-2013
    Here are some really good photos of the crashed Boeing 777 known as Asiana Flight 214.These include pics of the interior, exterior, landing gear, engines, and removal and loading process.
  • San Francisco TV Station Punked on Asiana Pilot Names

    07/15/2013 6:14:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 15, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Oh, yeah. If you go to Twitter, if you go to Facebook -- hell, if you go to comments, anywhere -- "It's so racist! It's just offensive as it can be. I can't believe people actually thought these were real." I can just see these little people in their pajamas writing these comments on Twitter over what happened on KTVU Channel 2 (I think it's Channel 2) in Oakland, in the Bay Area. It's a Fox affiliate, and that probably ticked 'em off even more. You had this clueless infobabe. I mean, folks, I hope you've had...
  • Asiana pilot names: KTVU apologizes for racist prank, but lawsuit possible

    07/15/2013 4:42:19 PM PDT · by yoe · 41 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 14, 2013 | Mark Sappenfield,
    Both the (Transportation Safety Board") and KTVU-TV of Oakland, Calif., have apologized for a mistake that led the television station to broadcast incorrect – and racially insensitive – names of the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco airport July 6, killing three. But the airline is considering legal action against the two organizations, (CNN reports). KTVU on Friday reported what it thought were the names of the Asiana pilots, but the names were clearly fabrications intended as crude phonetic jokes. One of the pilot names reported by KTVU, for instance, was "Wi Tu Lo."
  • The World’s Worst Intern Has Been Fired (Sum Ting Wong guy)

    07/15/2013 4:19:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 51 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/15/2013 | Dan Amira
    This would be the intern who confirmed to local news station KTVU that the Asiana Airlines pilots who crash-landed that plane in San Francisco were named Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee xxx, and so on. It's still unclear why the intern did this, or why KTVU asked the intern to do this. Everyone is terrible.
  • Asiana to sue San Francisco TV station over names

    07/15/2013 8:01:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 7-15-2013 | SF Gate
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asiana announced Monday that it will sue a San Francisco TV station that it said damaged the airline's reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names for four pilots on a plane that crashed earlier this month in San Francisco. ------- Asiana has decided to sue KTVU-TV to "strongly respond to its racially discriminatory report" that disparaged Asians, Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said. She said the airline will likely file suit in U.S. courts. She said the report seriously damaged Asiana's reputation. Asiana decided not to sue the NTSB because it said it was the...
  • “Sum Ting Wong:” Learning from the San Francisco Crash Reporting Fiasco

    07/14/2013 6:36:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2013 | Austin Hill
    You’ve probably heard about the airline crash reporting fiasco. Last Friday during a live midday newscast, KTVU TV in San Francisco reported as fact that the names of the pilots on board the Asiana airlines flight that recently crashed in that city were “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” Shortly thereafter it was determined that the information, which the television station allegedly acquired from the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”), was not factual, but instead a racially insensitive joke. Within less than thirty-six hours after the incident not only had KTVU’s management apologized...
  • U.S. NTSB apologizes for gaffe over derogatory Asiana pilot names (TOO FUNNY!)

    07/13/2013 1:01:49 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 26 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 7/13/2013 | Reuters
    The National Transportation Safety Board apologized Friday after an intern mistakenly confirmed to a local television station racially offensive fake names for the pilots of an Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco. “The National Transportation Safety Board apologizes for inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed as those of the pilots of Asiana flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6,” the NTSB said in a statement. “Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names...
  • NTSB Intern "Erroneously" Confirmed Racist Asiana Pilot Names to KTVU Station

    07/12/2013 7:55:57 PM PDT · by informavoracious · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 12, 2013 | Pamela Engel
    The National Transportation Safety Board has released a statement revealing the source of Friday afternoon's embarassing KTVU hoax -a summer intern for the agency who "acted outside the scope if his authority" and "erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew" on the Asiana plane that crashed in San Francisco.The Bay Area TV station read the racist crew names on air: Captain Sum Ting Wong, We Tu Low, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.
  • Low-down on Korean pilots (re Asiana crash)

    07/10/2013 7:58:51 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 48 replies
    Professional Pilots Rumour Network ^ | 9th Jul 2013, 19:53 | Expat trainer
    After I retired from UAL as a Standards Captain on the -400, I got a job as a simulator instructor working for Alteon (a Boeing subsidiary) at Asiana. When I first got there, I was shocked and surprised by the lack of basic piloting skills shown by most of the pilots. It is not a normal situation with normal progression from new hire, right seat, left seat taking a decade or two. One big difference is that ex-Military pilots are given super-seniority and progress to the left seat much faster. Compared to the US, they also upgrade fairly rapidly because...
  • No drug, alcohol testing done on crew after crash

    07/10/2013 3:10:37 PM PDT · by oxcart · 15 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 07/10/13 | Kevin Robillard
    U.S. authorities couldn’t perform drug or alcohol tests on the four pilots who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 when it crashed at San Francisco International Airport — a lapse that will complicate efforts to figure out why they were seemingly unaware that the plane was coming in too slowly and too low. Those were the latest revelations Tuesday from National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Debbie Hersman, who said her agency and the Federal Aviation Administration couldn’t legally requirethe crew of the South Korea-based airline to submit to testing after the crash. That decision is left to the airline’s home country....
  • How to Survive a Plane Crash

    07/09/2013 6:21:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 51 replies
    LiveScience ^ | July 8, 2013 | Marc Lallanilla
    Your chances of surviving an airplane crash, like the recent crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, are surprisingly good. More than 95 percent of the airplane passengers involved in a crash survive, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
  • Pilot was attempting his first Boeing 777 landing at San Francisco airport, airline says

    07/08/2013 4:28:02 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 70 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 7-8-2013 | FoxNews
    Asiana Airlines said Monday that the pilot in control of the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco Saturday had little experience flying that type of plane and was landing one for the first time at that airport. Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin told the Associated Press Monday that Lee Gang-guk was trying to get used to the 777 during Saturday's crash landing. She says the pilot had nearly 10,000 hours flying other planes, including the Boeing 747, but had only 43 hours on the 777. Hyomin told Reuters that co-pilot Lee Jeong-min has 3,220 hours of flying experience with the...
  • NTSB: 10 killed in Alaska plane

    http://www.ktvn.com/story/22778322/police-fatal-plane-crash-at-alaska-airport
  • Audio: ATC scrambles for San Francisco Asiana B777 crash (How it sounded to air traffic control)

    07/06/2013 9:21:35 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    airtrafficmanagement.net ^ | 7-6-2013 | Aimee Turner
    LiveATC.net has captured the final approach of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea was on a direct flight and was landing on to runway 28L when it crashed at 11.36am. [photo] San Francisco Fire Department officials are reported to have confirmed fatalities in the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER crash. Local news media KTVU has reported that two passengers were killed and 61 injured. [photo] Flightglobal.com reports that the 2006-registered aircraft HL7742 had accumulated 35,700h on 5,185 cycles at 31 March. The 777-200ER, one of 12 in the Asiana fleet, was powered by the Pratt & Whitney...
  • SF crash landing: Latest developments

    07/06/2013 2:17:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 118 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-6-13 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) - An Asiana Airlines' Boeing 777 crashed and burned Saturday while landing at San Francisco International Airport, sending up a large plume of dark smoke from the aircraft, which lost its tail and much of its roof.
  • Local man seeks truth in Flight 800 crash

    06/22/2013 3:34:21 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 104 replies
    Sun Gazette ^ | 5-21-13 | Mike Reuther
    New information earlier this week pointing to a cover-up in the crash of TWA Flight 800 doesn't come as a surprise to at least one local man whose daughter was killed in the 1996 tragedy. Donald Nibert, a retired Penn College forestry professor, said from the beginning all he has wanted is the truth from investigators. "I've always felt this was friendly fire from day one," he said. The crash off Long Island claimed the life of his daughter, Cheryl, along with 15 other Montoursville Area High School students and their five adult chaperones. A film to be released next...
  • Brand-new TWA 800 film to finally spill beans? (exposed corruption behind original investigation)

    06/20/2013 6:12:02 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 102 replies
    WND ^ | June 19, 2013 | Jack Cashill
    Seventeen years after the Paris-bound TWA Flight 800 blew up off the coast of Long Island, producers Tom Stalcup and Kristina Borjesson have released a new documentary –simply titled “TWA Flight 800” – that has the very real potential to re-open the investigation into the plane’s destruction. Kudos, in particular, to Stalcup. A Ph.D. physicist by background, he has dedicated the last 16 years of his life to exposing what is arguably the most flagrant government cover-up in American peacetime history. Borjesson has likewise been involved from the beginning. As a producer at CBS in 1996 when TWA 800 was...
  • Poll to FREEP, NTSB Board for states to lower blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05

    05/15/2013 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 73 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | May 15, 2013 | Steelers6
    One recent recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board was to reduce states’ drunken-driving threshold from .08 to .05 blood alcohol content. What do you think? That’s way too strict. 42% Sounds good to me. 35% The standard should be zero. 21%
  • NTSB: Cut drunk driving limit to .05

    05/14/2013 4:46:51 PM PDT · by rarestia · 38 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | Staff
    A U.S. safety group suggests cutting the legal limit for driving while intoxicated from a .08 blood alcohol level to .05. The new level means one alcoholic drink for a woman under 120 lbs. and two drinks for a 160-lbs. man. The National Transportation Safety Board says 100 other countries have adopted the standard and have significantly reduced highway deaths. In Europe, drunken driving deaths were reduced by more than half within 10 years after the standard dropped. NTSB officials acknowledged the new threshold means the safest bet for anyone who has had one or two drinks is to not...
  • NTSB describes sizzling, hissing 787 battery in Boston fire (Informative re LiIon Fire)

    03/07/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 7, 2013 | Staff
    Boston airport firefighters encountered sizzling liquid and a hissing, “exploding” battery when they entered the 787 at the center of a two-month-long National Transportation Safety Board investigation, according to documents released Thursday. The NTSB said Thursday it plans two public hearings next month, one to explore lithium-ion battery technology in general and another to discuss the design and certification of the Boeing 787 battery system. The safety agency announced the hearings as it released an interim factual report and 499 pages of related documents on its investigation of the Japan Airlines 787 fire at the Boston airport on January 7....
  • NTSB questions Boeing’s 787 battery design and certification after short circuit

    02/07/2013 11:13:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    A short circuit inside one cell started the 787 battery fire, and assumptions used to certify the battery system proved wrong, the NTSB said Thursday.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has pinpointed the start of the 787 Dreamliner battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines jet a month ago today as a short circuit inside a single cell. The agency still hasn’t identified the cause of the initial short circuit but has narrowed down the suspects. Details provided by the NTSB make clear that Boeing will have to redesign the battery for a long-term fix. In addition, the NTSB pointed...
  • Jenni Rivera plane nose-dived at 600 mph, Mexican official says

    12/12/2012 8:58:28 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 106 replies
    abc ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2012
    The small plane carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera plunged in a nose-dive from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground at more than 600 mph, Mexico's top transportation official said. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's secretary of communications and transportation, offered a Mexican radio station the first detailed accounts of the moments leading up to the crash that killed Rivera and six other people aboard the Learjet on Sunday. The plane practically nose-dived," Ruiz told Radio Formulate. "The impact must have been terrible." Ruiz said the 43-year-old aircraft hit the ground 1.2 miles from where it began falling and...
  • NTSB To Help Investigate Plane Crash That Killed Singer Jenni Rivera

    12/10/2012 8:45:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    AP/CBSLA.com) ^ | December 10, 2012 6:42 AM
    The National Transportation Safety Board has been called in to help investigate the plane crash that killed singer Jenni Rivera and six others in northern Mexico over the weekend. Rivera, 43, had performed a concert in Monterrey, Mexico before boarding a Learjet25 early Sunday morning. The flight took off around 3:30 a.m. and was reported missing 10 minutes later after airport officials lost contact with the pilots, Mexican authorities said. Rivera’s makeup artist, lawyer and publicist, as well as the flight crew are all believed to be among those killed in the crash, CBS News reports.
  • Defect found in Boeing GE engine not isolated

    09/15/2012 7:55:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies
    Aiken Standard ^ | 15 Sept 2012 | Brendan Kearney
    The engine installed on every Boeing 787 built in South Carolina so far has a problem. The first sign something was wrong came on a Saturday afternoon in July when the second locally made Dreamliner experienced a pre-flight engine failure as it accelerated down the runway at Charleston International Airport. A month and a half later, the extent of the defect has become clearer — and bigger. The North Charleston incident was not isolated, as had been the original hope. Instead, two other General Electric-made GEnx engines have been found to suffer from a similar defect in the drive shaft....
  • Pilot’s Bill of Rights awaits President’s signature (fat chance)

    08/03/2012 12:39:01 PM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    GA News ^ | 8/3/12 | Wood
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pilot’s Bill of Rights, which made it through the legislative process in “record time,” according to an official with the Experimental Aircraft Association, has been approved by both the Senate and the House of Representatives and is now on President Obama’s desk awaiting his signature. The president has 10 days from the time it made it to his desk on July 26 to sign the bill, said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and a CFI with more than 10,000 hours who introduced the bill. “We have every reason to...
  • NTSB Recommends Ban on Driver Cell Phone Use

    12/13/2011 9:44:08 AM PST · by alancarp · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 12/13/2011, 11:53ET | Joan Lowy (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal accident investigators recommended states ban the use of cell phones and other electronic devices by all drivers except in emergencies. The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation followed a finding by the board that the initial collision in a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the accident. The pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on one of the school buses were killed. Thirty-eight other people were injured. The NTSB's recommendation makes an exception for...
  • NTSB: Reno Plane's Tail Broke Before Crash

    09/23/2011 1:08:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | September 23, 2011 | Mike M. Ahlers
    In their first official report on the Reno air race crash earlier this month, federal accident investigators on Friday noted evidence that a small piece of the plane's tail separated shortly before the crash. But investigators did not say whether the loss of the plane's "trim tab" was the cause or the result of the plane's violent maneuvering before it crashed into the ground, killing 11 and injuring 74. The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report was a straightforward recitation of facts already known in the Sept. 16 crash at Reno Stead Airport in Reno, Nev. Investigators said it typically...
  • Reno Race Accident Investigation Continues

    09/19/2011 7:18:13 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 186 replies
    Aero News Network ^ | Mon, Sep 19, 2011 | staff
    The NTSB has recovered 'components' which may be part of the P-51's horizontal stab and elevator... possibly even the elevator trim tab, which is a specified point of inquiry (as noted in previous ANN reports). The NTSB has received a significant amount of photographic and video evidence -- some of which show the process whereby the elevator trim tab separated from the horizontal stabilizer. There is no evidence of the much-reported 'Mayday' call. We are hearing a number of calls for additional regulation and FAA supervision... despite the fact that this is the first time in nearly 60 years that...
  • Police Say Nine Killed in Deadly Crash at Reno Air Show, as Probe Focuses on Wayward Part

    09/17/2011 6:31:59 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 82 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/17/2011 | AP
    RENO, Nev. – The death toll in the crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race rose to nine people Saturday as investigators combed through wreckage and scoured amateur video clips to determine why the aircraft suddenly spiraled out of control and plummeted to the ground near hundreds of spectators. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/17/federal-investigators-looking-into-what-caused-deadly-crash-at-air-show/#ixzz1YGNn9wu6
  • Michelle Obama's plane flew closer to big jet

    04/22/2011 5:24:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2011 | JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama this week came even closer to a big military cargo jet than previously reported, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. The distance between the two planes closed to 2.94 miles before air traffic controllers at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington directed the first lady's plane to abort a landing, the board said in a statement.
  • FAA Announces New Rules Following Aborted Landing of First Lady's Plane

    04/20/2011 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1+ views
    FAA Announces New Rules Following Aborted Landing of First Lady's Plane Published April 20, 2011 | FoxNews.com The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new procedures following the aborted landing of a presidential plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama that flew too close to a military cargo jet on Monday. FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said that the agency will start requiring a supervisor to monitor movements of flights involving the vice president and first lady, just as the FAA already requires for flights carrying President Obama. "As of today, we are making the same supervisor oversight requirement for (vice president and...
  • TWA 800 - Still a Clinton federal government coverup.

    04/13/2011 9:04:54 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 66 replies
    The Radio Patriot ^ | April 13, 2011 | Andrea Shea King
    . . . . .During an email conversation with one of my radio show listeners -- retired airline pilot JetDriver2 -- the topic of the DC-10 aircraft came up then quickly shifted over to TWA 800 and its mysterious plunge from the sky over Long Island. The conversation went from there. With his permission I have reprinted it here.*** TWA was acquired by American two months after my retirement in Nov 2000. We never recovered from the July 1996 shoot-down of TWA 800 described by Jack Cashill in his book “First Strike”. This was a massive cover-up (for which I...