Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Accidents

News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.

May 21, 2012 - 4:40pm
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10

Denny Fitch, famous for his role in helping fly a crippled United Airlines DC-10 and saving the lives of 185 persons aboard, died last week in St. Charles, Ill., at the age of 69.

May 21, 2012 - 4:30pm

Criminal prosecution in the wake of aviation accidents is on the rise, although not as much in the U.S. as in some other countries, at least for now.

May 14, 2012 - 4:35pm

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) last week released its investigation report (A09Q0203) and recommendations derived from the December 2009 crash of a charter Beech King Air A100 while on approach to Quebec’s Chicoutimi/St-Honoré Aerodrome (CYRC).

May 14, 2012 - 3:10pm
Sukhoi Superjet 100 MSN 95004

While the May 9 crash of a Superjet 100 during a demonstration flight in Indonesia most importantly took a human toll, it also might have dealt a serious blow to the aspirations of the Russian civil aircraft industry to compete with Western manufacturers in the global market.

May 10, 2012 - 9:57am
Superjet 100 MSN 95004

Search-and-rescue crews on Thursday morning found the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that went missing a day earlier over mountainous terrain south of Jakarta, Indonesia. The airplane, MSN 95004, had departed Jakarta’s Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport at 2 p.m. local time Wednesday on a demonstration flight for Asian airline executives and local reporters.

May 9, 2012 - 1:14pm
Superjet 100

Bad weather forced helicopters to abandon their search for a Sukhoi Superjet 100 reportedly carrying 50 people that disappeared from radar screens during a demonstration flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, on May. The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency has dispatched ground teams in coordination with local police and military units into the mountainous terrain where officials suspect the aircraft crashed.

May 7, 2012 - 4:35pm

While high-speed runway departures that result in shattered aircraft make the headlines, runway excursions of all types are becoming increasingly more common, said Paul Ratté, aviation safety programs director at insurance provider USAIG.

May 4, 2012 - 3:10am

An Oregon jury has awarded William Coultas, his wife and the widow of pilot Roark Schwanenberg $69.7 million in a damages suit brought in the 2008 “Iron 44” crash of a Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N. The verdict puts General Electric alone on the hook; other parties settled out of court before the trial. The helicopter crashed shortly after taking off from a helispot while conducting firefighting operations in Northern California. Schwanenberg and eight others aboard the helicopter died.

May 1, 2012 - 5:40am

Preliminary Report: Citation Hits Water on Takeoff

April 30, 2012 - 5:15pm
Pakistan crash

Pakistani domestic air carriers face increased scrutiny from civil aviation officials following the fatal accident of a Bhoja Air Boeing 737-200 (Flight B4-231) on April 20. But some critics say this oversight is too little and too late.

 
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