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  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jet’s right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • Plane 'false alarm' off Gran Canaria

    03/27/2014 8:25:54 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 March 2014 | BBC
  • Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane: What We Know Now

    03/25/2014 10:11:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/25/2014 | By COLLEEN CURRY
    The search for evidence of Malaysia Airlines flight #MH370 was suspended today because of rough weather, but the number of ships and planes heading to the area to hunt for the missing plane is growing. The lack of concrete data about what happened to the plane and its 239 passengers has left their families - and the world - with more questions than answers. Here's what we know now as of now about the investigation into missing flight MH370. Check out ABC News' photos of the search for the flight here, too. Satellite Data Shows When, Where Plane Went Down...
  • Officials Say Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane "Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean"

    03/24/2014 7:47:49 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 119 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/24/14 | Colleen Curry
    New satellite data reveals that missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 "ended" its journey in a "remote location" of the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said today. "This is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites. It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," a somber Razak said during a media briefing. The jet vanished March 8 with 289 people on board after it took off from Kuala Lampur bound for Beijing. The announcement follows weeks of...
  • MALAYSIAN AUTHORITIES: The Plane Crashed With No Survivors

    03/24/2014 7:19:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/24/2014 | Pamela Engel
    Malaysian authorities are assuming beyond a reasonable doubt that the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been lost in the Southern Indian Ocean. NBC News reports that Malaysia Airlines sent a text message to the relatives of the 239 people who were on board the plane saying "we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived. ... We must not accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean." Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the new developments at a press conference on...
  • MH370: Families Called to Urgent Meeting; Malaysia Press Conference 10 a.m. EDT 3/24/14

    03/24/2014 6:23:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 337 replies
    CNN via Twitter ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014 | Vaughn Sterling
    CNN BREAKING: Malaysian Prime Minister holding unexpected 10a ET news conference #MH370Malaysian Defense Min says Malaysian Prime Minister Razak will hold a presser on what he called “new developments” at 10aET #MH370Missing plane family members tell CNN they have been called to a 9:30a meeting, before the 10a ET news conference #MH370. Something is up.
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott says possible debris found in Indian Ocean [live thread]

    03/19/2014 8:22:10 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 521 replies ^ | March 19, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane have been found in the southern Indian Ocean.
  • Radar Hits of 'Significant Size' Registered in Indian Ocean: Flight Crew

    03/19/2014 11:12:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 78 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | 4-20-2014 | ABC News
    A flight crew scouring the southern Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane tells ABC News that they're getting radar hits of "significant size," indicating something lurking below the water's surface. ABC News' David Wright, on board the US Navy P-8 Poseidon, said the crew tells him the radar indicates "there is something down there." It is still too early to tell if the radar hits are related to the missing plane, which was carrying 239 people when it disappeared on March 8. The P-8 is among four aircraft and one merchant ship heading to a region off the...
  • Malaysia 370: A Tragic Accident (and Nothing More): Hysteria and Conspiracy Theories Need to Stop

    03/19/2014 7:28:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/19/2014 | Rob Schapiro
    It’s slowly becoming clear that Malaysia 370 was a tragic accident, and not one of the numerous terrorist or crime scenarios doing the rounds. As a retired international airline captain, I have felt for some time that the known flight profile showed an aircraft that was not hijacked, but out of control. However, the sharp left turn off course that it performed remained an issue. Why would the pilot do that? Bear in mind a couple of things. Firstly, this was a crew operating out of their home base, which they knew intimately. Pilots call it "local knowledge" – a...
  • Luggage found floating at sea, possibly from Flight 370, by Elka Athina

    03/16/2014 1:39:44 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 49 replies ^ | March 16, 2014
    Crew on a Greek flagged oil tanker are responding to radio reports of suit cases found floating in the Straits of Malacca, between Malaysia and Indonesia, Greek media reported. The Oil and chemical tanker, the Elka Athina, reported to media that it was steaming toward a zone identified as a field of debris, including what appeared to be aircraft passenger's luggage. The crew was responding to a report from an Indonesian source, according to the translation of the report.

    03/15/2014 2:05:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    New Yorker | MARCH 13, 2014 | Amy Davidson
  • Final words from jet came after systems shutdown

    03/16/2014 12:27:57 PM PDT · by Innovative · 92 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 16, 2014 | AP: CHRIS BRUMMITT and JIM GOMEZ
    Investigators have said someone on board the plane first disabled one of its communications systems — the Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS — about 40 minutes after takeoff. Around 14 minutes later, the transponder that identifies the plane to commercial radar systems was also shut down. The fact that both systems went dark separately offered strong evidence that the plane's disappearance was deliberate. On Sunday, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference that that the final, reassuring words from the cockpit — "All right, good night" — were spoken to air traffic controllers...
  • Report: Greek Ship Sent to Investigate Possible Plane Wreckage in Straights of Malacca

    03/16/2014 8:51:53 AM PDT · by kristinn · 122 replies
    via Twitter ^ | Sunday, March 16, 2014 | Steve Daglas
    Greek ships rushing towards Straits of Malacca, debris spotted in water, may belong to Malaysian flight MH370 -
  • Did pilot hijack MH370 as political protest against Anwar’s latest jail term?

    03/15/2014 8:48:20 PM PDT · by Geosmth · 68 replies
    With the authorities settling on what amounts to air piracy, the Daily Mail is reporting a theory that the pilot of MH370 may have hijacked the plane as a political protest against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's latest sodomy conviction. The British tabloid revealed that hours before he took command of the Boeing 777-200ER (9M-MRO) bound for Beijing last Saturday, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone to court on March 7 for the trial and sentencing of Anwar in the sodomy case. The opposition leader was jailed for five years by the Court of Appeal which had overturned his High Court...
  • Missing MH370: Capt Zaharie Life Member of PKR

    03/15/2014 11:22:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Rahmah Ghazali
    PKR vice president R Sivarasa confirmed that MH370 flight captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a life member of the party. However, the Subang MP said that the membership had nothing to do with the missing MAS airplane. “He was a PKR member since Jan 23 last year and campaigned for us during the general election but this is irrelevant to the case,” said Sivarasa told a press conference here Sunday. Sivarasa was responding to a Daily Mail report which claimed Zaharie was a “political fanatic”. Read: Flight captain a "political fanatic," reports Daily Mail The tabloid also claimed that Zaharie...
  • Did pilot hijack missing plane HIMSELF in anti-government protest?

    03/15/2014 4:26:36 PM PDT · by Tzfat · 103 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | March 15, 2014 | Josh Layton, Ben Glaze
    Fears emerged tonight that the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet may have hijacked the plane himself as an anti-government protest. Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a fervent supporter of his country's opposition leader who was jailed for homosexuality - illegal in Malaysia - only hours before flight MH370 vanished with 239 passengers and crew on board, the Sunday Mirror can reveal. And in a new twist, it emerged that the pilot's wife and three children moved out of the family's home the day before the plane's disappearance. The revelations came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday confirmed...
  • US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose

    03/13/2014 1:52:00 PM PDT · by blam · 107 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2014 | Michael Kelley
    US Investigators Think Missing Plane Might Have Been Stolen To Use Later For Another Purpose Michael KelleyMarch. 13, 2014, 11:06 AM U.S. investigators suspect that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for about four hours after it reached its last confirmed location, according to Andy Pasztor of The Wall Street Journal. The Journal originally reported that they obtained data from the aircraft's engines, but then issued a correction saying that U.S. investigators based their position on "an analysis of signals sent through the plane’s satellite-communication link designed to automatically transmit the status of some onboard systems." Satellites...
  • New Evidence Suggests That Plane Disappearance Was A Deliberate Act

    03/13/2014 4:59:50 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 3-13-2014 | Paul Szoldra
    New Evidence Suggests That Plane Disappearance Was A Deliberate Act Paul SzoldraMarch 13, 2014      Two U.S. officials believe the shutdown of two separate communications systems from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 happened at different times, indicating the disappearance was less likely the result of a catastrophic failure and more the result of a "deliberate act," according to a new report from ABC News. Sources speaking with ABC believe the data reporting system was shut down at 1:07 a.m., while the transponder — sending out location and altitude data — was shut down at 1:21...
  • Malaysia Airliner Communications Shut Down Separately: US Officials Say

    03/13/2014 5:02:50 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 144 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 13 Mar 2014 | MARTHA RADDATZ, DAVID KERLEY and JOSH MARGOLIN
    Two U.S. officials tell ABC News the U.S. believes that the shutdown of two communication systems happened separately on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. One source said this indicates the plane did not come out of the sky because of a catastrophic failure. The data reporting system, they believe, was shut down at 1:07 a.m. The transponder -- which transmits location and altitude -- shut down at 1:21 a.m. This indicates it may well have been a deliberate act, ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said. U.S. investigators told ABC News that the two modes of communication were "systematically shut down."...
  • Chinese site may show plane debris images

    03/12/2014 3:12:04 PM PDT · by justlurking · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2014-03-12 | Unspecified
    BEIJING (AP) — China's official Xinhua News Agency says a government website has images of suspected debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. The report says the satellite images from the morning of March 9 appear to show "three suspected floating objects" of varying sizes. The report includes coordinates of a location in the sea off the southern tip of Vietnam and east of Malaysia.
  • This Man Claims He Watched Malaysia Air Flight 370 Go Down in Flames

    03/12/2014 2:53:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 3/12 | Joe Coscarelli
    ABC's Bob Woodruff has shared an email from an oil rig worker stationed near the coast of Vietnam that alleges to have witnessed the missing jet go down in flames. "The timing is right," writes Mike McKay. "While I observed the burning (plane) it appeared to be in ONE piece." McKay's employer has confirmed that the letter is not a hoax. "From when I first saw the burning (plane) until the flames went out (still at high altitude) was 10-15 seconds," he writes. "There was no lateral movement, so it was either coming toward our location, stationary (falling) or going...
  • Do These New Satellite Images Show the Remains of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

    03/12/2014 2:51:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    The Chinese government has released satellite images showing "a suspected crash area at sea," including "three suspected floating objects," near the flight's planned path. Taken Sunday morning but not made public until today, the blurry shots are located northeast of Kuala Lumpur, south of Vietnam, in what may be the most promising lead thus far, on the fifth day of a frustrating, otherwise fruitless search.
  • Oil Rig Worker Thinks He Saw Malaysia Air Flight 370 Go Down in Flames

    03/12/2014 2:03:32 PM PDT · by bboop · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 12, 2014 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Oil Rig Worker Thinks He Saw Malaysia Air Flight 370 Go Down In Flames The Wire ABBY OHLHEISER, THE WIRE MAR. 12, 2014, 12:13 PM In yet another odd twist to the mysterious story of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a New Zealand man working on an oil rig in the South China Sea has come forward to say he believes he saw the airplane on fire right around the time it disappeared. Mike McKay, a worker on the "Songa Mercur" drilling platform, sent an email to his bosses detailing his version of events. McKay said that he "observed the plane...
  • MH370 detected above Malacca Straits at 2.40am

    03/11/2014 1:58:23 AM PDT · by MrShoop · 136 replies
    Malaysiakini via Yahoo ^ | 3/11/2014 | Malaysiakini
    The search for Malaysian Airlines MH307 plane has been expanded to Sumatran waters, north of Straits of Malacca, as military radar may have detected the missing plane in the vicinity of Pulau Perak. A Berita Harian report today quoted the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) as saying the plane may have reversed course further than expected while on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Air Force chief Rodzali Daud ( left ) is quoted as saying that based on military radar readings from its station in Butterworth, MH370 may have turned west after Kota Bahru and flew past the...
  • BREAKING: Co-Pilot of Missing Plane Invited Girls Up Front For Entire Flight! – PHOTOS & VIDEO

    03/11/2014 7:23:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/11/14 | Jim Hoft
  • Malaysia military tracked missing plane to west coast: source

    03/11/2014 6:25:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 211 replies
    Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing for almost four days turned and flew hundreds of kilometers to the west after it last made contact with civilian air traffic control off the country's east coast, a senior officer told Reuters on Tuesday. --SNIP-- Malaysian authorities have previously said flight MH370 disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for the Chinese capital Beijing. "It changed course after Kota Bharu and took a lower altitude. It made it into the Malacca Strait," the senior military officer, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters.
  • Indira minister’s grandson on missing Malaysia Airlines plane

    03/11/2014 6:32:31 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | | Mar 10, 2014
    Muktesh, the grandson of Mohan Kumaramangalam —the steel and mines minister in Indira Gandhi's Cabinet, was on the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared and is believed to have crashed in the South China sea. Ironically, Kumaramangalam, too, died in an air crash in May 1973 near Delhi's Palam airport. Muktesh (42), a Canadian resident and vice-president of China operations with Pennsylvania-based Xcoal Energy and Resources, was on board the flight with his Chinese wife Xiaomo Bai (37).
  • Nuclear test experts to check if plane exploded

    03/10/2014 6:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 10, 2014 | Edith M. Lederer
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The head of the organization that monitors the nuclear test ban treaty said Monday he has asked its experts to see if they detected an explosion at high altitude of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Lassina Zerbo, executive director of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization told a news conference that the CTBTO uses "infrasound" - or infrasonic sensors - to monitor the earth mainly for atmospheric nuclear explosions....
  • Who travels with a stolen passport?

    03/10/2014 4:46:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | March 10, 2014 | By Katia Hetter and Karla Cripps
    How difficult is it to board a plane with a stolen passport? Not as hard as you might think. In any major international airport, it's not uncommon to have your passport checked four times or more between check-in and boarding the aircraft. But if passenger documents aren't checked against Interpol's database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents, travelers using those documents can slip through layers of security. Investigators don't yet know if the travelers with stolen passports had anything to do with the plane's disappearance. On any given day, many people travel using stolen or fake passports for reasons that...
  • Michael Ross: Was Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 headed for Asia’s Twin Towers?

    03/10/2014 4:46:41 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 33 replies
    National Post ^ | March 10, 2014 | Michael Ross
    Last November, I flew out of Kuala Lumpur on a flight to China on a Boeing 777. It was a smooth, uneventful flight that left on time — a delightfully common occurrence in this part of the world. It was dark, and I recall gazing out my window at the dazzling image of Kuala Lumpur below. I particularly remember seeing the massive, 88-floor Petronas Twin Towers glowing amidst the landscape of the city. This memory came back to me when I heard about the disappearance of Malaysian Airways flight MH370, and subsequent reports that the missing Beijing-bound jet may have...
  • Hunt for Mr Ali: Mystery Iranian businessman 'bought tickets used by men on stolen passports'

    03/10/2014 9:54:48 AM PDT · by thouworm · 20 replies
    [UK] Mail Online ^ | March 10, 2014 | James Rush
    An Iranian businessman known only as Mr Ali is understood to have booked the tickets for the two passengers using the stolen passports of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane, it has emerged.... A Thai travel agent who arranged the tickets for the two passengers has now said she had booked them on the flight via Beijing because they were the cheapest tickets, it has been reported. The travel agent in the resort of Pattaya said an Iranian business contact she knew only as 'Mr Ali' had asked her to book tickets for the two men on March 1. She had...
  • Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to 'Live Black Box' Debate

    03/09/2014 12:15:25 PM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 9, 2014 | ANDY PASZTOR And JON OSTROWER
    EXCERPT Discussed for many years but never implemented, the concept of automatically transmitting data would involve using satellite links to send critical safety information from an airliner to the ground during extreme emergencies or just before a plane goes down. The information may highlight, among other things, engine and system performance, flight commands by pilots and possible problems with cockpit automation. The direct transmissions would serve as real-time substitutes when traditional "black boxes" containing digital flight data and recordings of cockpit conversations are damaged or lost, whether temporarily or permanently. "Such a solution is long overdue, considering the state of...
  • Exclusive: Malaysia plane probe narrows on mid-air disintegration - source

    03/09/2014 10:47:12 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9 Mar 2014 | SIVA GOVINDASAMY
    Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysian airliner with 239 people on board are narrowing the focus of their inquiries on the possibility that it disintegrated mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday. Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in the early hours of Saturday. Search teams have not been able to make any confirmed discovery of wreckage in seas beneath the plane's flight path almost 48 hours after it took off. "The fact that we are unable to find any debris so far appears...
  • Vietnam Searchers Report Spotting Plane Debris

    03/09/2014 7:36:30 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9 Mar 2014 | JASON NG, GAURAV RAGHUVANSHI and JAKE MAXWELL WATTS
    KUALA LUMPUR—A Vietnamese search aircraft located fragments Sunday floating in waters off southern Vietnam that are suspected of coming from a Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU 0.00% jetliner that went missing a day earlier with 239 people on board. The fragments were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the tail, Vietnam's ministry of information and communication said in a posting on its website. They were located about 50 miles south-southwest of Tho Chu island. Officials released photograph of one fragment floating in the water. Malaysia Airlines said it had received no confirmation regarding the suspected debris. Flight...
  • Terror fear over FOUR mystery passengers on missing plane MH370

    03/08/2014 8:36:10 PM PST · by libh8er · 82 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/8/2014 | Malcolm Moore
    Twenty-four hours after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared over the South China Sea, the only clue to the fate of its 239 passengers and crew was the revelation that at least two people on board were using stolen passports. The disclosure raised fears that terrorists could have used the passport to board the craft, which vanished with no prior signals of trouble to air traffic controllers. Those fears increased when Malaysian authorities said they were investigating the identities of two other passengers on board the aircraft. The four under suspicion had all bought their flight tickets through China Southern Airlines,...
  • Pilot in another plane was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370 (had contact w lost plane)

    03/08/2014 7:31:30 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 149 replies ^ | 3-9-14
    'INTERFERENCE': Pilot in another plane was flying 30 minutes ahead of MH370 SEPANG: A BOEING 777 pilot, who was flying 30 minutes ahead of the missing Malaysia Airlines     aircraft, said he established contact with    MH370  minutes  after  he   was    asked to do so by  Vietnamese air traffic control. The captain, who asked to not be named, said his plane, which was bound for Narita, Japan, was far into Vietnamese airspace when he was asked to relay, using his plane's emergency frequency, to MH370 for the latter to establish its position, as the authorities could not contact the aircraft. "We managed...
  • Vietnam media: Navy confirms flight MH370 crashed into the sea [disputed account]

    03/07/2014 9:28:46 PM PST · by barmag25 · 281 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 3/8/14 | Yahoo Newsroom
    UPDATE [12:37]: Tuoi Tre, a leading daily in Vietnam, reports that the Vietnamese Navy has confirmed the plane crashed into the ocean. According to Navy Admiral Ngo Van Phat, Commander of the Region 5, military radar recorded that the plane crashed into the sea at a location 153 miles South of Phu Quoc island. When contacted, Malaysia Airlines declined to confirm or deny the reports, saying that the Malaysian authorities are working together with the Vietnamese government on the matter. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that China has dispatched two maritime rescue ships to help locate the missing plane.
  • Missing Malaysia Airlines flight: ... one of 227 passengers 'was using STOLEN passport'

    03/08/2014 6:14:25 AM PST · by nuconvert · 87 replies
    -excerpt- Louis Maraldi, 37, from Cesena, was named as one of the passengers on board the plane. However, reports in Italy have confirmed that he was NOT on board and that he had reported his passport stolen last August.
  • Malaysia Airlines Loses Contact With Flight Carrying 239

    03/07/2014 4:50:23 PM PST · by BobNative · 291 replies
    NBC ^ | March 7, 2014 | M. Alex Johnson and Sossy Dombourian
  • Algeria Plane Crash Kills More Than 100 Amid Stormy Weather

    02/11/2014 7:49:09 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies
    AccuWeather (Reuters) ^ | Feb,. 11, 2014
    A military plane crashed in eastern Algeria Tuesday afternoon local time, Feb. 11, 2014, killing more than 100. Traveling from Ouargla to Constantine, the plane crashed in the mountains of the Oum al-Bouaghi province, a few hundred miles from the capital of the country, according to Reuters.
  • Plane crashes, woman dies, survivor films and takes selfie

    01/10/2014 1:52:43 PM PST · by The Sons of Liberty · 778 replies
    CNET ^ | 10 January 2014 | Chris Matyszczyk
    A month after a small plane crash in Hawaii, a surviving passenger shows GoPro footage and even a selfie taken during the ordeal. Would you have done the same? Ferdinand Puentes was one of nine passengers in a 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan which suddenly suffered engine failure off Kalaupapa, Molokai in Hawaii last month. As he heard the engine fail and saw the plane heading for the water, one of his first instincts was to turn on his GoPro camera and film what might have been his own demise. As KHON-TV reports, Puentes knew the danger he was in, yet...
  • One dead, two injured in small plane crash at Aspen airport

    01/05/2014 6:36:27 PM PST · by wastedyears · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 5th, 2014
    One person died and two others were injured when a small plane crashed at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado on Sunday, the Pitkin County Sheriff's office said.
  • 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.
  • New video of Hawaii sea plane crash

    12/18/2013 6:04:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Joe Ferguson ^ | Joe Ferguson
    New video of Hawaii sea plane crash
  • EXCLUSIVE: 2 survivors in Molokai plane crash speak out

    12/17/2013 8:00:15 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 40 replies
    KITV Channel 4 News ^ | Dec 12, 2013 3:26 PM HST | KITV Channel 4 News
    Two survivors of the plane crash off Molokai were sitting directly behind Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy when the aircraft went down Wednesday afternoon. Fuddy died in the crash.
  • Afghanistan aircraft crash kills six US soldiers - Isaf

    12/17/2013 8:49:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/16/13 | Staff
    Six American soldiers have died in a crash involving an aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) says. The cause of the crash in Zabul is unknown and an investigation is under way, Isaf said. Initial reports indicated there was "no enemy activity in the area" at the time of the incident, a short statement said. US defence department officials confirmed the victims´ nationalities. The deputy governor of Zabul province told the Associated Press news agency that a Nato helicopter had crashed in the remote district of Shajau. It was not clear if he was referring to...
  • 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....
  • Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash

    12/12/2013 7:24:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 343 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12-12-13 | Henry Austin and Christopher Nelson
    The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request...
  • Hawaii plane crash fuels Obama 'birther' theories

    12/12/2013 11:30:04 PM PST · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 12, 2013 | Soumya Karlamangla
    The lone fatality in a Cessna crash off Hawaii was Loretta Fuddy, the state public health director who verified President Obama's birth certificate. The birther movement seizes on the news.
  • Hawaii Health Official Killed in Plane Crash

    12/12/2013 4:05:13 AM PST · by mrsadams · 142 replies
    KHON-TV reported that Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy died when the Makani Kai Cessna Grand Caravan crashed half a mile off the north shore of Molokai. Fuddy was one of eight passengers on board the plane in addition to the pilot, and the only one who did not survive. The plane took off at approximately 3:35 p.m. Wednesday from the Kalaupapa Peninsula bound for Honolulu. In addition to Fuddy, the department's deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, was also booked on the flight, department spokeswoman Janice Okubo told the Associated Press. Makani Kai Air has said that the pilot did...