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Busy Bee Dornier 228-200 crashes in the Congo

Busy Bee Congo Dornier 228-200, registration 9S-GNH, operating a flight from Goma to Beni in the Republic of Congo on November 24, 2019 with 17 passengers, crashed on takeoff from Goma. The aircraft impacted the ground in a populated area.

At least 27 people are dead.

Read more from the New York Times.

All photos by the airline.

Two sightseeing float planes collide near Ketchikan, AK, 6 are dead

Two de Havilland Canada float planes flying cruise passengers on sightseeing trips to Misty Fjords National Monument collided Monday near Ketchikan, AK.

Mountain Air Service Randy Sullivan (below) died in the crash along with five passengers. The 6 that died were on the Mountain Air Service DHC-2 Beaver.

10 people were injured and treated on the other aircraft, a Taquan Air DHC-3 Otter which carried 11 people.

Taquan Air issued this statement:

The Taquan family is devastated by Monday’s events and we are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from our neighbors and friends from around the world. We are grieving the loss of life suffered in this tragic incident and our hearts go out to the passengers, pilots and families of both flights.

We are so grateful to the Coast Guard, first responder’s, the FAA, and NTSB for their tireless efforts. We would also like to thank the community of Ketchikan and our tour partners across the state for their support.

On Monday, May 13, 2019, at 12:26 p.m. local time, a de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air was involved in an accident approximately eight (8) nautical miles from Ketchikan, AK. The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests and the pilot. A second float plane was also involved in an incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests and the pilot on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown.

We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families. At this time, we are in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders.

Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights and is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event.

In addition to the NTSB, FAA, and U.S. Coast Guard, we extend our heartfelt thanks to the first responders, and the entire Ketchikan community for their support in the rescue effort.

Read the full report from NBC News: CLICK HERE


BN-2B-27 Islander CC-CYR crashes in Chile

On April 16 2019, around 11:00 (local time) the pictured Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander registered CC-CYR, c/n 2169 of Sociedad de Servicios Aéreos y Marítimos Archipiélagos Ltda. crashed after taking off from Marcel Marchant Binder/La Paloma Airfield of Puerto Montt (SCPF). The twin-engined airplane impacted -and subsequently burned- into two houses located West of the airfield, with all six on board (pilot and five passengers) killed as a result; a woman transiting in front of the accident site was also heavily injured by debris.
CC-CYR was performing one of its various daily flights between SCPF and Ayacara, a town located some 100 km south of Puerto Montt city. The latter city community expressed its fears because of the airfield location, surrounded by villages, supermarkets and schools, something that has been constantly growing since the early 2000s. The administrators of Marcel Marchant Binder/La Paloma airfield, Club Aéreo de Puerto Montt stated that this airfield was created in 1943 in an empty field far from the downtown, and security measures have been taken over the decades because of the constant growth of Puerto Montt city.
Archipiélagos (http://www.archipielagos.cl/) operated a fleet of four aircraft, two BN-2B-27, a Cessna T303 Crusader and a Cessna T206H.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. CC-CYT taking off from Ayacara airfield, April 7, 2017.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Laser Aéreo Colombia Douglas DC-3 crashes in Colombia

Laser Aéreo Colombia Douglas C-47B-DK (DC-3), registration HK-2494 (msn 33105), crashed on March 9, 2019 near Villavicencio, Colombia with 12 passengers and crew members on board.

The aircraft was operating a flight between San Jose del Guaviare and Villavicencio.

The pilot declared an emergency and the aircraft crashed short of the airport.

All occupants have perished.

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Ethiopian Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ET-AVJ crashes in Ethiopia after takeoff, 157 killed

Delivered November 15, 2018, crashed March 10, 2019, ET302 ADD-NBO, 157 killed

Ethiopian Airlines issued this statement:

Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302 on March 10 in scheduled service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today (March 10) around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit). 

The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44 am. At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible causalities. Ethiopian Airlines staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services. 

It is believed that there were 149 passengers and 8 crew onboard the flight but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight. 

Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a passenger information center and telephone number will be available shortly for family or friends of those who may have been on flight ET 302 on March 10.

Note: There are no survivors. The pictured ET-AVJ was delivered on November 15, 2018.

Follow-up statement from Ethiopian Airlines:

In a press conference held at Ethiopian Airlines Headquarters this afternoon regarding Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed today March 10, 2019 shortly after takeoff en route to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines who had traveled to the scene of the crash remarked,” It is too early to speculate the cause of the accident and further investigation will be carried out to find out the cause of the accident in collaboration with all stakeholders including the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and other international entities to maintain the international standard and information will be provided once the cause is identified. 

Ethiopian Airlines will provide all the necessary support to the families of the victims.”
A senior captain named Yared Getachew with a cumulative flight hour of more than 8000 and with a commendable performance was commanding the flight along with first officer Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur who had a flight hour of 200.

149 passengers and 8 crew members were on board the flight. The victims were of 35 Nationalities.

The crashed Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 airplane (top and below) flew back to Addis from Johannesburg this morning to its yet another flight bound to Nairobi, underwent a rigorous first check maintenance in February 4, 2019.

Above Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. ET-AVJ departs from Boeing Field in Seattle on delivery in November.

Ethiopian Airlines Group expresses its profound sorrow and deepest condolences to the families of the victims and their loved ones on the tragic plane accident.

Top Copyright Photo: Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 ET-AVJ (msn 62450) JNB (Jonathan Druion). Image: 945934.

Ethiopian Airlines also issued this CEO statement and photo:


Boeing statement on Lion Air flight 610 preliminary report

Delivered August 13, 2018, crashed into the Java Sea on October 29, 2018

Boeing issued this statement after the Indonesian government issued its preliminary report on the tragic crash of Lion Air flight 610 in the Java Sea:

The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Lion Air Flight 610. We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of those onboard.

Safety is a core value for everyone at Boeing and the safety of our airplanes, our customers’ passengers and their crews is always our top priority. As our customers and their passengers continue to fly the 737 MAX to hundreds of destinations around the world every day, they have our assurance that the 737 MAX is as safe as any airplane that has ever flown the skies.

Boeing appreciates Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) for its ongoing efforts to investigate the causes of the accident. Boeing is taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board as technical advisors to support the NTSC as the investigation continues.

Earlier today, the NTSC released its preliminary accident investigation report.  The report provides detailed accounts of Flight 610 and of the immediately preceding flight of the same aircraft.

The report explains that the maintenance logs for the accident aircraft recorded problems related to airspeed and altitude on each of the four flights that occurred over the three days prior to Flight 610. The logs indicate that various maintenance procedures were performed, but issues related to airspeed and altitude continued on each successive flight. The logs indicate that, among other procedures, on Oct. 27, two days prior to the incident flight, one of the airplane’s Angle of Attack (AOA) sensors was replaced.

On Oct. 28, before the flight immediately prior to Flight 610, the pilot in command and the maintenance engineer discussed the maintenance that had been performed on the aircraft. The engineer informed the pilot that the AOA sensor had been replaced and tested. The report does not include records as to the installation or calibration of the new sensor, nor does the report indicate whether the sensor was new or refurbished.  Although the report states that the pilot was satisfied by the information relayed by the engineer that the AOA sensor had been replaced and tested, on the subsequent flight the pilots again experienced problems with erroneous airspeed data, and also experienced automatic nose down trim.

The report states that the flight crew of the Oct. 28 flight turned off the stabilizer trim switches within minutes of experiencing the automatic nose down trim, and continued with manual trim through the end of the flight. The report further notes that the pilot performed three non-normal checklist procedures, including the runaway stabilizer non-normal checklist, which is a memory item prescribed by the 737 MAX Flight Crew Operations Manual, and reaffirmed in Boeing Flight Crew Operations Manual Bulletin TBC-19 and FAA Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) Number 2018-23-51, as the appropriate procedure to address unintended horizontal stabilizer movement, regardless of source.

The report indicates that the remainder of the Oct. 28 flight was uneventful and that the flight continued to its destination. The report also states that, after landing, the pilot reported some of the experienced issues both on the aircraft maintenance log and to engineering. The report states that the pilot ran the runaway stabilizer non-normal check list, but it does not state that he communicated that fact in the maintenance documentation following that flight.

The following day, Oct. 29, shortly after taking off, the pilots experienced issues with altitude and airspeed data that the pilots had previously experienced on the earlier flights, due to erroneous AOA data. Data from the flight data recorder summarized in the report also makes clear that, as on the previous flight, the airplane experienced automatic nose down trim. In response, the flight crew repeatedly commanded nose up trim. This sequence repeated for the remainder of the flight, during which the flight crew was able to maintain control of the airplane for approximately ten minutes. Unlike as is stated with respect to the prior flight, the report does not state whether the pilots performed the runaway stabilizer procedure or cut out the stabilizer trim switches.

In accordance with international protocol, all inquiries about the ongoing accident investigation must be directed to the NTSC.

Top Copyright Photo: Lion Air (PT Lion Mentari Airlines) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 PK-LQP (msn 43000) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 944190.

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Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 crash lands at Georgetown

Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944269.

Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 from Georgetown, Guyana to Toronto this morning returned to Georgetown due to a “technical problem”.

Ex-ATA Airlines Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233) was being operated by Fly Jamaica on the flight.

The crew declared an emergency. On landing at Georgetown Cheddi Jagan International Airport, N524AT suffered significant damage.

According to the airport, the flight was carrying 120 passengers and eight crew members. Six people were injured and are being treated at Diamond Hospital. Injures are not life threatening.

Photo: Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

The airline issued this statement:

Top Copyright Photo: Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-23N N524AT (msn 30233) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 944269.

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