Plane Crashes

Ursus Minor

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Chilean Air Force C-130 plane en route to Antarctica disappears with 38 on board

An aircraft disappearing off Antarctica must be ringing some bells for inclined readers.
It combines such mysteries as "Antarctica", "Missing people" and "MH-370"...

The plane's destination was the "Frei" military base on King George Island.

We'll have to stay tuned to find out whether parts of the plane can be recovered or whether it accidentally went to another realm...





BBC News on Dec 12, 2019

The transport aircraft took off from Punta Arenas at 16:55 local time (19:55 GMT), and operators lost contact at 18:13 (21:13).Those missing include 17 crew and 21 passengers.

They were travelling to provide logistical support to a military base on Antarctica's King George Island. A search-and-rescue mission is under way.

Air Force Gen Eduardo Mosqueira told local media that the plane did not activate any distress signal. He said the plane, whose pilot had extensive experience, might have been forced to touch down on water.

An air force statement said that the plane was about 450 miles (725km) into its 770-mile journey when contact was lost, placing it within the Drake Passage.

The Drake Passage is a body of water connecting the South Atlantic and South Pacific oceans, and is known for treacherous weather conditions. But Chile's air force said local weather was good at the time of the plane's disappearance.

It also said that the plane would have had enough fuel to keep airborne until 00:40.

Three of the passengers were Chilean soldiers; two were civilians employed by engineering and construction firm Inproser, who were going to carry out work on the military base; one was a student at Magellanes University; and the remaining 15 passengers were members of the air force.




 

Ursus Minor

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CBS News on Dec 12, 2019

Punta Arenas, Chile — Search crews have found the wreckage of a Chilean air force plane that went missing en route to Antarctica with 38 people aboard, the country's defense minister said Thursday. He said human remains from some of the victims were also recovered from the sea off the southern tip of South America.

Defense Minister Alberto Espina confirmed the discovery of the aircraft and the remains on Thursday, hours after search and rescue teams recovered floating debris and personal items suspected to have come from the plane.

Earlier, the Chilean-flagged vessel Antarctic Endeavour located debris believed to be part of the plane's fuel tanks, Air Force Commander Eduardo Mosqueira told a press conference.



He said the wreckage was located about 17 miles from the plane's last known position. It dropped off radar screens at 6:13 p.m. (4:30 p.m. Eastern) Monday, on the way to Chile's Eduardo Frei base on the Antarctic coast.

The Drake Passage is the shortest distance from the South American continent to the Antarctic continent, and is frequently used for passages by both air and sea between South America and Antarctica. The passage is known for frequent storms and 40-foot waves. Sea conditions in the area where the aircraft was lost were reported as moderate at the time of its disappearance. However, the weather forecast for the 500-mile wide open ocean passage for today called for temperatures of 2° Fahrenheit with near gale-force winds and snow. High winds in the region will increase wave size in the area, making search and rescue operations more difficult. Lighting conditions in the region are favorable however, with the area having approximately 20-hours of daylight due to the season in the extreme southern hemisphere.
Source: theaviationist.com




File photo of Chilean military C-130 transport in Antarctica. (Photo: Fuerza Aerea de Chile)
 

angelburst29

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Helicopter crash ...

Taiwan's military chief among eight dead in helicopter crash
Taiwan's top military official was among eight people killed on Thursday, after a helicopter carrying them to visit soldiers crashed in a mountainous area near the capital Taipei, the defense ministry said.

Taiwan's Military Chief Killed In Chopper Crash
Taiwan's military chief was killed in a helicopter crash on Thursday, the defence ministry said, just days before the island goes to polls to elect a new president.

The chief of the general staff, Shen Yi-ming, was among eight senior officers -- including three major-generals --
who died when their Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains near Taipei.

The 62-year-old general and his entourage were on a routine mission to visit soldiers in northeast Yilan county for the upcoming Lunar New Year when the incident happened.

Lieutenant-general Tsao Ching-ping, one of five survivors, told rescuers in footage broadcast on local TV: "I am okay... two others are injured and only.

"There is one more person who's more seriously wounded and two or three people in the cabin ... while two more with no signs of life."

Rescuers searching for survivors after a military Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains in Yilan county near Taipei, killing the island's top military chief, Shen Yi-ming

Rescuers searching for survivors after a military Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains in Yilan county near Taipei, killing the island's top military chief, Shen Yi-ming Photo: Yilan County Fire Department / Handout

The UH-60M helicopter carrying 13 people disappeared from radar less than 15 minutes after taking off, said Air Force Commander Hsiung Hou-chi, adding that the ministry had set up a taskforce to investigate the incident.
 

Kaigen

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A Ukrainian a Boeing 737 bound for Kiev from Tehran has crashed after takeoff
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due to technical problems, Iranian media reported. Much of the regional airspace was cleared due to Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq.
Flight radar information shows Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 abruptly disappearing after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini airport after taking off just after 6 am local time. There were reportedly 180 passengers and crew on board, and their fate is unknown.

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angelburst29

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Wed, January 8, 2020 - A Ukrainian airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, and all aboard were killed, Iran's state television said.

Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes in Iran, all 170 aboard killed: Iranian state TV
The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport and burst into flames.

Ukrainian airplane crashes in Iran, killing at least 170

Ukrainian airplane crashes in Iran, killing at least 170

Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing all onboard, state TV reported.

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital. The crash is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues, the TV reported, without elaborating.

An investigation team was at the site of the crash in southwestern outskirts of Tehran, civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh said.

''After taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, it crashed between Parand and Shahriar,'' Jafarzadeh said. ''An investigation team from the national aviation department was dispatched to the location after the news was announced.''

Pir Hossein Kulivand, an Iranian emergency official, later told state TV all those on board were killed in the crash. He said rescuers were trying to collect the dead.

State TV earlier said there were 180 passengers and crew aboard. The discrepancy could not be immediately reconciled.

Flight data from the airport showed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending data almost immediately afterward, according to website FlightRadar24. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Associated Press journalists who reached the crash site saw a wide field of field of debris scattered across farmland. The dead lay among shattered pieces of the aircraft. Rescuers in masks shouted over the noise of hovering helicopters as they worked.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
 

c.a.

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Wed, January 8, 2020 - A Ukrainian airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport, and all aboard were killed, Iran's state television said.
A Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 carrying 176 passengers and crew has crashed near Tehran.

Iranian state media reported that the Kiev-bound Ukrainian International Airlines flight #PS752 crashed few minutes after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 167 passengers and nine crew on board.

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  • UPDATE Victims: Ukrainians 11, Iranians 71, Canadians 73, Germans 4, British 3, Swedish 8, Afghans 6.
  • UPDATE Iranian sources say the Ukrainian plane did not contact the control tower.
  • UPDATE The flight #PC752 was heading to Kiev.
  • UPDATE The Boeing 737-800 (reg. UR-PSR) was only 3 years old.
  • UPDATE Ground witnesses observed a fire before the 737 went down.
  • UPDATE Flight data shows the aircraft reached an altitude of 7,900 ft and then suddenly disappeared at a ground speed of 270 kts.

Photos later published by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency showed rescue officials in a farm field, with what appeared to be pieces of the aircraft laying nearby.



FAA has issued a NOTAM outlining flight restrictions that prohibit U.S. civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.



Early images of a Ukrainian plane fire in the Shahriar area #سقوط_هواپيما


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The Ukraine International Airlines aircraft
The aircraft involved in this incident was registered as UR-PSR. Data from Planespotters indicates that the aircraft is just over 3 years old. Furthermore, the data indicates that this is a leased aircraft that has only flown for Ukraine International Airlines. UR-PSR is also a frequent aircraft operating this route. The plane previously flew between Tehran and Kyiv on UIA on January 3rd, 4th, and 6th before operating this flight on January 8th, 2020.
 
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c.a.

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The plane had been delayed from taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport by almost an hour. It took off to the west, but never made it above 8,000 feet in the air, according to data from the flight-tracking website FlightRadar24.

It remains unclear what happened. Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry, said it appeared a fire struck one of its engines. The pilot of the aircraft then lost control of the plane, sending it crashing into the ground, Biniaz said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

Hassan Razaeifar, the head of air crash investigation committee, said it appeared the pilot couldn’t communicate with air-traffic controllers in Tehran in the last moments of the flight. He did not elaborate.

Ukrainian authorities have offered to help with the investigation of the plane crash. “We’re preparing a group of specialists in order to help with the search operation and the investigation of the cause of the crash,” Honcharuk said.

The plane, fully loaded with fuel for its 2,300-kilometer (1,430-mile) flight, slammed into farmland near the town of Shahedshahr on the outskirts of Tehran. Videos taken immediately after the crash show blazes lighting up the darkened fields before dawn.





A group of aerospace experts said Wednesday that Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752, which seemingly dropped out of the sky minutes after takeoff last night in Tehran, was likely shot out of the sky.

According to a report cited by the Independent, analysts should start from the assumption that the plane, which had 176 people on board, none of whom survived, crashed as the result of a "shootdown." While others insisted that it's still too early to jump to conclusions, the OPS group, an aviation risk monitoring group, said photos from the crash site clearly show projectile holes in the plane's fuselage and wing.
"We would recommend the starting assumption to be that this was a shootdown event, similar to MH17 – until there is clear evidence to the contrary," highlighting photos of the crash site which they said "show obvious projectile holes in the fuselage and a wing section."
The Boeing Co. 737-800 single-aisle jet crashed two minutes after takeoff from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport while en route to Kiev.


 

c.a.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the public to abstain from speculating about what may have caused a Ukrainian airliner to crash in Iran. He also said Kiev was ready to retrieve victims’ bodies.

A Ukrainian International Airlines plane carrying 167 passengers and nine crew crashed shortly after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, killing everyone on board. Preliminary reports say the aircraft’s engine caught fire. However, according to Iranian media, the pilot did not issue a distress call, fueling speculation about the cause of the accident.

Urging against speculation about the crash, Zelensky said that his government had special planes for transporting the victims back to Ukraine, but was waiting for the go-ahead from Tehran.Zelensky issued a statement expressing his condolences and cut short his trip to Oman after learning about the crash.


 

angelburst29

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Airplane manufacturer Boeing has secured at least $6 billion in loans from major banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, and is seeking a further $4 billion, according a report citing internal sources by the financial news channel CNBC.

23 January 2020 - Banks to give $10 billion bailout to Boeing, nothing to the families of the dead
Banks to give $10 billion bailout to Boeing, nothing to the families of the dead

The company is looking to offset losses estimated at $1 billion a month from two crashes and the resulting grounding of its flagship 737 Max 8 aircraft. The combined death toll from the October 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610 and the March 2019 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was 346.


Boeing logo [Credit: Flickr.com, sota]

Boeing, which posted revenues of $100 billion in 2018, has suffered a sharp fall in income and share value since the grounding of the Max 8 last March. Its stock price has fallen from $440.62 per share on March 1, 2019 to a closing price of $307.15 on Tuesday, wiping out more than $64 billion of the company’s value. The aerospace giant’s sales plummeted from 893 airplanes in 2018 to just 54 in 2019. Its final earnings report for 2019 is expected to be posted on January 29.

It is unclear when or even if the Max 8 will ever fly again. In the 10 months since its grounding, a steady stream of internal leaks, news reports, interviews with former employees and congressional hearings have provided a mountain of evidence pointing to criminal negligence, deadly safety short cuts and concealment of known dangers on the part of Boeing management, facilitated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and top government officials. Yet not a single company executive or regulatory head has been criminally charged, let alone prosecuted and convicted.

These figures have instead been richly rewarded. Ex-CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who was forced from his position in December, walked away from the company with $80.7 million in compensation for overseeing the final development, production and certification of one of the deadliest commercial aircraft ever to fly. Michael Luttig, who until recently was Boeing’s chief legal counsel, last year sold shares worth $6.5 million and was gifted shares currently worth $3.6 million.

Even the loan that is being extended to Boeing is constructed to maximize the company’s profits. It will likely be what is known as a delayed-draw loan, designed to have no immediate impact on the company’s credit rating, unlike loans provided to workers. This will provide Boeing extra capital to pay its investors, including firms such as Vanguard and T. Rowe Price, which have continued to receive dividends on their shares throughout the Max 8 grounding.

Investors are also expecting Boeing to use the funds to help complete its $4 billion acquisition of Embraer, which has plans to develop new propeller planes for shorter, regional flights.

In contrast, a pittance has been provided to the 346 families that lost loved ones in the two crashes. The total allocated for them is $50 million, amounting to $144,500 per crash victim. This is less than what Muilenburg averaged in a month. At the same time, Boeing has agreed to pay airline corporations $5.6 billion in compensation for lost profits, more than 10 times its compensation to grieving families.

Nor has any relief been provided to the thousands of workers whose livelihoods are being destroyed as a result of the grounding and production halt of the Max 8. Earlier this month, Boeing subcontractor Spirit AeroSystems, based in Witchita, Kansas, indefinitely laid off 2,800 employees. The parts manufacturer generates nearly 50 percent of its income from producing the fuselage for the 737 Max.

General Electric has announced it is laying off 70 temporary employees at its jet engine factory in Quebec as a result of the grounding. While the company was planning these layoffs, it paid its chairman and CEO Larry Culp more than $15 million to oversee job cuts.

Boeing has been further hit by an expose published Monday in the New York Times concerning a crash of a Boeing 737-NG that occurred in February of 2009. A fresh review of the evidence in that crash, which occurred outside of Amsterdam and killed nine people, shows that a faulty sensor triggered a computer command that could not be overridden by the pilots, causing the Turkish Airlines flight to plummet to the ground. This is essentially the same malfunction that caused both Max 8 crashes.

While the findings from that time by the Dutch Safety Board primarily blamed the pilots, it has come to light that a contemporaneous study by Dr. Sidney Dekker, an aviation safety expert, was suppressed at the behest of Boeing because it made clear that the crash was primarily Boeing’s fault. The airplane manufacturer used only a single sensor to trigger the computer command, rather than following normal safety protocol and requiring a second sensor to set off the command.

In the aftermath, it was revealed that Boeing had upgraded its software to take inputs from two sensors in order to avoid this very problem, but had made the second sensor an optional feature on its NG aircraft, installed at an additional cost to the airline. This upgrade, moreover, was incompatible with many older models of the plane, including the one that crashed.

In the case of both the Max 8 and the earlier 737 model, Boeing knew that its software had potentially deadly consequences but kept hidden from airlines, pilots and the flying public knowledge of the problem and the fact that it was working on a fix.
 

Siberia

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Several aviation accidents and incidents have been registered in the past 24 hours around the world. A bit too many for just one day:

1) Kobe Bryant, an NBA star, has been killed in a private helicopter crash in California.

2) Iranian passenger plane slides onto highway after pilot 'misses' runway.

3) Passenger plane crashes in Afghanistan.

4) A plane from Khabarovsk, Russia changed course due to reports of bomb on board.
 

Andrian

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You are right, Siberia, it's a little bit strange to say the least all these plane crashes in the last 24 hours. Just now I saw on sputnik that another plane crash happened, now in Algeria, where a military plane crashed. It almost feels that 'something is in the air' these days.
 

angelburst29

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Several aviation accidents and incidents have been registered in the past 24 hours around the world. A bit too many for just one day
You are right, Siberia, it's a little bit strange to say the least all these plane crashes in the last 24 hours. Just now I saw on sputnik that another plane crash happened, now in Algeria, where a military plane crashed. It almost feels that 'something is in the air' these days.
The Algerian plane that crashed was on a training flight and in Croatia. a military helicopter crashed, also during a training mission.



In Afghanistan, the U.S. military confirmed the plane crash but stated "no indications the crash was caused by enemy fire."



A Croatian military helicopter crashed into the Adriatic Sea during a training flight on Monday, killing one of the two persons aboard while the other was missing.

Two days ago, another Iranian passenger plane returned to the airport after suffering a technical problem.

Iranian airplane makes emergency landing at Tehran airport January 25, 2020
The plane was en route from Tehran to Istanbul but returned because of a technical problem and landed safely at Mehrabad airport without any injuries to passengers or crew,
A Canadian-owned C-130 Hercules air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires in Australia's alpine region on Thursday, killing all three of its crew



Archaeologists discover WWII plane wreck and human remains in Poland 1-25-2020

Archaeologists discover WWII plane wreck and human remains in Poland
Three men carry a sand-covered part of a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber used by the Soviet air force when it was downed in 1945 by a German fighter near the town of Bierun, southern Poland.

Three men carry a sand-covered part of a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber used by the Soviet air force when it was downed in 1945 by a German fighter near the town of Bierun, southern Poland.

Warsaw: Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a US-made bomber flown by the Soviet Red Army in World War II, along with the remains of four crewmen killed when it crashed in southern Poland, private broadcaster TVN reported.

Only one man survived when the B-25 Mitchell was shot down by the German air force on January 19, 1945, a 23-year-old commander who parachuted out and was taken into German captivity.

Marta Wrobel in the town of Bierun during the war and told TVN that the blast from the crash had been powerful enough to blow out windows and doors.

The discovery of the wreckage comes as world leaders and a dwindling number of Holocaust survivors are set to gather at the site of the Nazi German death camp at Auschwitz on Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its liberation.

The crash site is close to Auschwitz.

The remains of the four Soviet crewmen who perished in the crash will be laid to rest at a nearby Red Army cemetery.

"The skeletons we've excavated so far are complete. Almost all of them are dressed, we found with them parts of the Soviet or American uniforms commonly used on Mitchell aircraft," said archaeologist Sebastian Witkowski.

The Soviet Union received hundreds of B-25 bombers under a lend-lease program under which the United States provided war supplies to its allies during the war.
 
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