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7 French Fighter Jets Make Emergency Landing in Indonesia
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7 French Fighter Jets Make Emergency Landing in Indonesia
The crews of the seven Dassault Rafale combat planes landed safely at Sultan Iskandar Muda air force base in Aceh province on Saturday, 90 minutes after taking off from their aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Indian Ocean, said Aceh air force base commander Col. Hendro Arief.

"We had to open our base to them to land as they were in an emergency state due to bad weather," Arief said, AP reported.

He said air force radar confirmed that the planes were initially flying out of Indonesian territory when fog and bad weather forced them to land immediately as they were trying to return to their aircraft carrier, located 100 nautical miles west of Sumatra's exclusive economic zone.

Arief said Indonesian air force personnel had completed an inspection of the planes.

Five of the seven jets were returned to their carrier on Sunday, while the other two were still having technical problems,
Arief said. French diplomats in Indonesia were informed of the incident.


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Military helicopter with 5 people crashed in Mexico ---sputnik portuguese
On Friday (24), a Mi-17 helicopter with five people on board crashed in Mexico, reported the Mexican Navy Secretariat (SEMAR) on its Twitter account.

"It is reported that in the unfortunate events that took place near Valle Verde, [state of] San Luis Potosí, a Mi-17 helicopter of our institution crashed," wrote the Navy.

According to the Excelsior portal, the helicopter was participating in the extinction of forest fires in the neighboring state of Querétaro. The fate of the crew remains unknown.

Translated with
After the collapse of the helicopter of the Secretary of the Navy that assisted in the fight against the fire in Jalpan de Serra, it is believed that among the victims are five brigadistas and two pilots, according to a preliminary report of the coordination of Civil Protection in Queretaro.


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10:33 AM - 29 May 2019

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A Cessna plane bound for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport crashed Friday evening more than 300 miles off the coast of Florida after air traffic controllers lost communication with the plane and fighter jets were sent to investigate, the authorities said.

The pilot of the Cessna Citation V is believed to be the only person who was on the plane, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The F.A.A. said air traffic controllers had been unable to communicate with the plane, which left from St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, Ill. around 3:30 p.m., for more than one hour.

Around 4:50 p.m., the Florida Air National Guard sent two F-15’s from the Homestead Air Reserve Base to investigate the unresponsive plane, which was not on its designated flight path, said Maj. Mark R. Lazane, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as Norad.

The fighter jets approached the Cessna, after which the Cessna began “rapidly descending and subsequently crashed” into the Atlantic Ocean around 6 p.m.

Major Lazane said the fighter jets did not fire upon the Cessna.

“The intent of military intercepts is to have the identified aircraft re-establish communications with local F.A.A. air traffic controllers and instruct the pilot to follow air traffic controller directions to land safely for follow-on action,” Major Lazane said in a statement.

The pilot’s name was not immediately released.

Major Lazane said that Norad had conducted more than 1,900 “intercepts of nonmilitary aircraft” since Sept. 11, when Norad ramped up air defenses.



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Ten years on, questions remain over response to Air France 447

FILE PHOTO - Debris from the missing Air France flight 447 is seen at the Air Force base in Recife June 12, 2009.  REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

As Air France pilots fought for control, an Airbus A330 passenger jet plummeted from 38,000 feet for four minutes, its engines running but its wings unable to seize enough air to fly.

The doomed jet, weighing 205 tonnes, was in freefall after entering an aerodynamic stall. The ordeal ended in tragedy in the early hours of June 1, 2009, mid-way from Rio de Janeiro to Paris during an Atlantic storm, killing all 228 people on board.

As relatives mark the disaster’s tenth anniversary, the aviation industry is still implementing lessons learned from Air France flight 447 even as it faces a new crisis over the two-month-old global grounding of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft.

French investigators found the crew of AF447 mishandled the loss if speed readings from sensors blocked with ice from the storm, and pushed it into a stall by holding the nose too high.

The BEA investigation agency called for improved training of pilots, instructors and inspectors, and better cockpit design among recommendations to prevent a repeat of the catastrophe.

The crash which sparked a wider debate about the balance of humans and technology, is seen as one of a handful of accidents that changed aviation. But it has taken as much as a decade to implement some recommendations put forward by the BEA.

Even before finding the main part of the wreckage, the agency called in late 2009 for improved tracking of aircraft.

The initial reaction of the airline industry was lukewarm and the regulatory panel charged with such discussions had gone for some time without meeting because it lacked a secretary, according to people with direct knowledge of the discussions.

It was not until after the disappearance of a second jet in 2014, the MH370 - a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, that regulators took firm action, they said.

A decision to require signals every 15 minutes in remote zones came into force last year.

“After AF447 many people had an intuitive perception that an accident of a plane cruising over the ocean is very, very rare and so it wasn’t evident that there would be another (case),” said the BEA’s current director, Remi Jouty.

“To see adoption of international norms taking time was frustrating. But we know processes are very slow, and then MH370 accelerated matters and there was momentum,” he told Reuters.

Airlines holding annual talks in Seoul this weekend will seek to restore confidence strained by the two recent Boeing crashes and still haunted by the disappearance of MH370.

A spokesman for the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nations’ aviation agency, cautioned against drawing links between AF447 and Malaysia’s MH370.”The real aircraft tracking recommendations came after MH370, and the only reason they appear to have been adopted more quickly is because they leveraged the work already initiated post-AF447,” he said.

A second major upheaval from AF447 concerned training, BEA’s Jouty said. Investigators rarely cast blame for accidents but seek to understand the mental picture facing a confused crew and what training is needed to avoid future disasters.

Together with the fatal crash of a Colgan Air turboprop near Buffalo, New York, in 2009, the AF447 tragedy led to new procedures and training. Yet other key recommendations remain mired in disagreement.

The BEA called in 2011 for an indicator showing pilots the “Angle of Attack” - a stall-related parameter that is once again in the spotlight after MAX crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Opponents say civil pilots are trained to rely on other data and the gauge would be redundant or even confusing.

For almost 20 years, many investigators have also called for cockpit video cameras to record what information is actually displayed to pilots. The BEA repeated the proposal after AF447.

Pilot unions oppose the idea due to concerns over privacy and fears it could be a distraction. Loss of control remains a worry.

Air France and French unions have defended the AF447 pilots, saying they faced conflicting alarms.

“I’ve been really for the past 20 to 25 years pushing people to fly manual,” said Mohammed Aziz, a former air investigator and consultant with Aviation Strategies International, adding many pilots are ordered to use autopilot as much as possible.

“Automation is what makes your life much easier but then the minute you need to use your skills you find that most pilots have lost some,” Aziz added.


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At least 15 people were injured when an Airbus 330 flying from Lima to Buenos Aires encountered severe turbulence, Argentina's national news agency Telam and other media reported on Friday (May 31).

Fifteen injured as turbulence hits plane flying to Argentina
Fifteen injured as turbulence hits plane flying to Argentina
An Avianca plane flies over the Guanabara Bay as it prepares to land in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

An Avianca plane flies over the Guanabara Bay as it prepares to land in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.PHOTO: REUTERS

The plane of the Colombian airline Avianca was crossing the Andes on the border between Chile and Argentina overnight, when it suddenly plunged by about 300m several times, according to the news website Infobae.

Passengers suffered facial wounds and other minor injuries. Two passengers, who were doctors, attended to their fellow passengers on board.

The plane landed normally at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza airport, Telam quoted Avianca sources as saying.

Passengers who had been injured received treatment at the airport.


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Indian Air Force plane with 13 on board missing near China border
Indian air force plane with 13 on board missing near China border

An Indian air force aircraft with 13 people on board went missing on Monday in remote northeastern mountains bordering China, government officials said.

The AN-32 aircraft, which is typically used for transport, took off from Assam state’s Jorhat town for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh state but lost contact with ground agencies at around 1 p.m. (0730 GMT).

“Since the aircraft did not reach the airfield, overdue action was initiated,” said one government official.

"A total of eight crew and five passengers were on board."

The air force had begun a search, including deploying a Sukhoi combat jet, another government official said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who assumed charge of the ministry last week, said he was in touch with senior air force officials. “I pray for the safety of all passengers on board,” he said on Twitter.


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UPDATE (1423ET): Via NYPD, "There was a helicopter hard landing on the roof of 787 7th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Fire has been extinguished. Please continue to avoid the area."
.@NYGovCuomo: "If you are a New Yorker you have a level of PTSD from 9/11. As soon as you hear an aircraft hit a a building, my mind goes where the mind of every New Yorker goes."

He says there is "no indication" the crash was intentional.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 10, 2019
Governor Cuomo confirms there are casualties involved.

The building is being evacuated.


Small plane crashes into Medford home’s front yard
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Another photo of the Russian plane fire ... death toll now 41.

Russian investigators say plane crash death toll rises to 41
Lightning knocked out autopilot of SSJ-100 that exploded at Sheremetyevo, says watchdog

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MOSCOW, June 14. /TASS/. The SSJ-100 airliner that burst into flames upon its emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on May 5 had lost communications with air-traffic controllers for some time after it was struck by lightning. The plane's autopilot also went out of order, according to a preliminary report published by the Inter-State Aviation Committee on Friday.

"After the lightning had struck the plane, the autopilot went out of order, setting off the sound warning system," the document says.

Also, the pilots tried several times to establish communications with the air traffic controller at an operational frequency but managed to do this only at an emergency frequency, the findings indicate.

After the lightning struck the plane, the onboard flight recorders operated improperly for about 15 seconds, the document says.

"Beginning from 15:08:12, one-off commands and indicators of analogue parameters that are recorded through EIU-100 data concentrator units were improperly recorded for about 15 seconds," the findings say.

Investigators have opened a criminal case over flight safety violations and breaches in aircraft operation that entailed the death of two and more people through negligence. Detectives are looking into several versions of the incident, including pilot incompetence, a technical failure and unfavorable weather conditions.

Russian crash plane was hit by lightning: investigation
A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft that crashed in May killing 41 people lost autopilot after a lightning strike and came in to land at excessive speed, according to a report from crash investigators, Russian news agencies reported on Friday.
But the preliminary report, from the Interstate Aviation Committee which investigates plane crashes in Russia, did not conclude that pilot error was to blame, the agencies reported.

The plane, operated by Russia’s Aeroflot airline, was carrying 73 passengers and five crew members on May 5 when it made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

It hit the runway hard and then caught fire, with the fuselage quickly becoming engulfed in a fireball.

Some passengers and crew were able to escape by using emergency chutes, but others could not get out, despite the arrival of fire crews at the scene.

The preliminary crash report also said that the crew went ahead with their attempted landing despite an automatic system advising them to abort and make a second approach.

CIS aviation watchdog publishes preliminary report on SSJ-100’s accident at Sheremetyevo

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS

MOSCOW, June 14, 2019 - The Inter-State Aviation Committee has released a preliminary report on the Sukhoi Superjet-100 airliner’s accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on May 5. The report was posted on the CIS aviation watchdog’s website on Friday.

"The report contains actual information, which the accident-probing commission has received by now, and also the results of deciphering the onboard and ground-based data recording equipment and video data, the findings of the probes that have been concluded and other materials. The report may be specified and supplemented upon the receipt of additional information," the document’s preamble says.

The 104-page document gives data on the airliner’s condition before its takeoff, its crewmembers, all the events related to the accident and the results of probes concluded by now.

The data provided in the report is preliminary and the document may be updated and supplemented following the results of the probes and the study of all the materials. After the investigation is over, a final report on the SSJ-100’s accident will be prepared, the Inter-State Aviation Committee said.


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Two dead after light planes collide mid-air in New Zealand
Two light aircraft collided mid-air on their final approach at a regional aerodrome in New Zealand on Sunday killing both pilots, police said.

Four parachutists on board of one of the planes had jumped shortly before it crashed with the other plane, a training aircraft. A helicopter also preparing to land, managed to avoid the collision.

The police said that both planes dropped immediately after impact, hitting the ground south of the Hood Aerodrome near the town of Masterton.

There was no immediate information about a potential cause of the crash and the police would not release the names of the victims, saying they were still trying to locate family members.

Witnesses told New Zealand media that they heard a loud bang and saw the planes spiraling down., a New Zealand news website, cited a local pilot instructor saying the aerodrome was unrestricted up to 9,500 feet, but pilots were required to record their movements through a shared radio channel.

One of the planes belonged to Skydive Wellington while the other to the Wairarapa Aero Club. The Hood Aerodrome is owned and operated by the Masterton District Council.

“We have a close-knit community at Hood Aerodrome and the incident has understandably rocked that community,” the council said in a statement on its website.


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Plane Crash Lake Tulloch, Copperopolis, CA June 16, 2019 at about 11:40 PM
Plane Crash Lake Tulloch, Copperopolis, CA June 16, 2019 at about 11:40 PM, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of a plane crash near Poker Flat shoreline at Lake Tulloch. The plane was observed flying low over the lake when it was reportedly hit some high tension power lines and entered the water. The plane immediately became fully submerged before witnesses could get to the plane. The plane is described as a single engine yellow aircraft. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, Department Fish and Wildlife, Cal-Fire, Copperopolis Fire, and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office responded and continued to search the area with negative results. Search efforts continued throughout the night.

On 06/17/19 at 0800 hours, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, Tuolumne County, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Amador County continued the search efforts and brought additional resources consisting of Sonar and a submersible remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to assist in locating the aircraft and pilot. Additional resources are being requested through OES for underwater resources.

The plane reportedly left out of Stanislaus County and was enroute to Tuolumne County. The pilot’s name will not be released, until his next of kin is notified. Search efforts are continuing.

UPDATE- On 06/17/19 at about 1200 hours, the aircraft was located about 110’ feet below the surface of the lake through the use of sonar equipment and later confirmed with the use of an underwater remote operated vehicle. Additional resources have been requested to recover the aircraft and contents due to the water depth. Video


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