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Flug AM2431: Flugzeug von Aeroméxico verunglückt | aeroTELEGRAPH
Aeroméxico's flight AM2431 crashed on Tuesday afternoon (31 July) at about 4 pm local time at the Aeropuerto Internacional de Durango. Images from Mexico showed smoke rising from an area beyond the slope and a partially burned wreck. Aeroméxico confirmed the incident. "We are very sad and deeply touched," said company boss Andrés Conesa at a press conference.

The crashed Aeroméxico aircraft is an Embraer E190 that was supposed to fly from Durango in northern Mexico to Mexico City. On board were 97 passengers, two babies and four crew members. No casualties, many injured.

There were no casualties in the accident, but according to local reports, about 80 were injured, 18 of whom were hospitalized. Twelve of them are said to be in critical condition.

The reason for the accident is still unclear. As Governor José Rosas Aispuro explained in the meantime according to the newspaper El Universal, the Embraer E190 was apparently caught by a gust of wind when taking off. As a result, the plane with the left wing touched the ground. He then shot out of the piste. At the time of the disaster, Durango stormed. Brand broke out later.

A passenger told El Universal newspaper that after the evacuation, it took about three to four minutes for the machine to catch fire. During this time they would have moved away from the wreckage. He also speaks of a violent gust of wind. Other travelers Flight AM2431 report something that should have felt like a "lightning".

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By The Washington Post

Authorities have identified the man who stole a Horizon Air plane from an airport in Seattle, Washington, that ended with him crashing into an island.

The Horizon Air employee who commandeered an empty turboprop passenger plane at Seattle's main airport Friday night, flying it over Puget Sound before crashing it into a small island, has been identified as Richard Russell, authorities said.
Russell had been described as "suicidal."

The FBI Seattle field office on Friday said early signs do not point toward terrorism. Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer described the suspect as an unnamed suicidal 29-year-old man from the county "doing stunts in the air" before the crash.

The man, referred to as "Rich" and "Richard" by air traffic controllers in tense recordings, said he was "just a broken guy" as authorities tried to divert the 76-seat Bombardier Q400 away from populated areas.

Russell took off with the stolen aircraft at about 8 p.m. Friday from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and was an employee of Horizon Air, the Alaska Air Group said in a statement.

The aircraft slammed into Ketron Island about an hour later, authorities said, triggering an intense blaze. The wooded island, about 25 miles southwest from the airport, has a population of about 20 people, the Seattle Times reported, and is only accessible by ferry.

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor called it a "joyride gone terribly wrong." He said it appears that Russell died in the crash and that there were no injuries on the ground, according to the Times.

Russell appears to have been a ground service agent, the paper said. Those agents guide planes, handle bags and de-ice planes, Horizon Air says.

Investigators have not disclosed how Russell was able to steal the plane and take it aloft, but the suicidal state evident in his radio exchanges is likely to revive the debate about the background checks of aviation employees with access to secure areas, analysts say.

The United States has approximately 900,000 aviation workers, according to the most recent federal data, and the screening procedures they are subjected to are "pretty rudimentary," said Mary Schiavo, the former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation. While pilots undergo periodic medical exams, she said, airline mechanics and ground crew members are checked on a much more limited basis that does not include mental health exams.

The incident has also raised questions about the physical security of the planes. Though aircraft mechanics have broad access and routinely taxi planes along the tarmac, crew members are not supposed to be allowed inside the cockpit.

But Schiavo said those security procedures are not always observed, especially for smaller aircraft like the 76-seat Bombardier Q400 hijacked Friday night. "It can be a little more casual and a little loosey-goosey, especially if they are doing overnight maintenance," said Schiavo, a former pilot and aviation professor.

A video posted to social media shows the aircraft flying loops as the F-15s flew in pursuit. The aircraft nose-dives toward the water before pulling up, flying low and sending locals into a panic.

The two F-15s were scrambled and in the air within minutes of the theft, flying at supersonic speeds from their Portland Air Force base to intercept the aircraft, said the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which oversees airspace protection in North America.

The jets were armed but did not fire on the aircraft, Air Force Capt. Cameron Hillier, a NORAD spokesman, told The Washington Post on Saturday. They attempted to divert the aircraft toward the Pacific Ocean while maintaining radio communication with controllers and Russell. The jets flew close enough to make visual contact, he said.

The incident fell under the ongoing mission of Noble Eagle, the air-defense mission launched after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hillier said. There have been 1,800 intercepts of nonmilitary aircraft since, according to NORAD's statement.

Communication between Russell and air traffic controllers revealed a conversation between authorities and Rich, who boisterously says he fueled the plane "to go check out the Olympics [mountains]."

Russell detailed his experience flying from video games and asked for the coordinates to the killer whale shepherding her dead calf through Washington coastal waters for nearly three weeks.

"You know, the mama orca with the baby. I want to go see that guy," Russell explains, according to audio obtained by Canadian journalist Jimmy Thomson.

At one point, an air traffic controller advises he should land at the airfield of the nearby military base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Times reported.

"Oh man," Russell says, "Those guys will rough me up if I try and land there. I think I might mess something up there, too. I wouldn't want to do that. They probably have antiaircraft."

The air-traffic control says they don't have those weapons.

"We're just trying to find a place for you to land safely," he says.

Russell replies: "I'm not quite ready to bring it down just yet . . . But holy smokes, I got to stop looking at the fuel, because it's going down quick."

He explains he had not expected to expend fuel so quickly, as he thinks about what comes next. "This is probably jail time for life, huh?" he says. "I would hope it is for a guy like me."

At one point, Russell appears to believe he will not live through the moment.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me. It's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this. I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now."

The last known transmission was from about 8:47 p.m., the Times reported.

"I feel like one of my engines is going out or something," Russell says, according to audio posted by aviation journalist Jon Ostrower at the Air Current website.

The controller responds: "OK, Rich. . . . If you could, you just want to keep that plane right over the water. Keep the aircraft nice and low."

The incident prompted authorities to temporarily ground flights at SeaTac. Flights resumed at about the same time the crash occurred, the airport said in a statement. The FBI said Friday night it was investigating the incident alongside other agencies.

Russell wrote on a blog that he met his wife in Coos Bay in 2010 while they were attending school. They later opened a bakery that they ran for three years. He lived in Sumner, Washington, at the time of the writing.

Russell's family said in a statement that they are stunned and heartbroken. They referenced the recordings of him talking to air traffic controllers and said and that it's clear Russell, who went by the nickname "Beebo," didn't intend to harm anyone and "he was right in saying that there are so many people who loved him."

Coaches at Wasilla High School in Alaska, where Russell was a football player, wrestler and discus thrower, told the Anchorage Daily News they are shocked at the news.

Track and field coach Gary Howell said he was "absolutely the kind of kid you want on your team."

"He had that energy, that vibrance," Howell said. "He was that kid you high-five in the hallway even if you don't know him."

Royal King, a Seattle-area resident in the area to photograph a wedding, was near the island when the plane cratered into the island, the Times reported.

"It was unfathomable; it was something out of a movie," he said. "The smoke lingered. You could still hear the F-15s, which were flying low."

Richard Bloom, an aviation security expert at Arizona's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said he wasn't aware of another incident in which a ground crew member managed to heist an airplane. Incidents of aviation workers attempting "inside jobs" that benefit extremists or drug traffickers are far more common.

A screening system to evaluate the mental health of aviation workers would be difficult, Bloom cautioned. "There are such significant challenges to preventing inappropriate security behavior," he said. "It's kind of surprising that these types of things don't happen more often."

A bipartisan House bill approved last year, 409 to zero, would tighten employee background checks and increase surveillance of secure areas at airports. But a Senate version of the bill has not advanced to a vote.

The House bill followed a February 2017 House Homeland Security report warning of vulnerabilities to terrorists and criminals seeking to land jobs as aviation workers. Concerns over mental health were not a major focus of the inquiry.

But concern about the mental state of aviation workers has grown in recent years, analyst say, particularly after the 2015 crash of Germanwings 9525 flight in France, when a pilot deliberately steered his plane into a mountainside, killing 144 passengers and five crew members.

The pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had been treated for depression and psychiatric problems, but he had concealed the information from his employer. Once the flight was airborne, Lubitz locked his co-pilot out of the cockpit and set the plane on its fatal course.
-- The Washington Post

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MD-87 air tanker experiences engine failure after takeoff - Fire Aviation
(Originally published at 8:38 p.m. MDT August 1, 2018; updated at 6:16 a.m. PDT August 2, 2018)

An engine malfunctioned on an air tanker operated by Erickson Aero Air July 30 after taking off from the Coeur d’Alene Airport in Idaho. A person we talked with at the airport said they heard a very loud “boom” as the engine failed, and said the aircraft was an MD-87 air tanker. Mike Ferris, a spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service, the agency that contracts for the large and very large air tankers used by the federal government, confirmed Wednesday evening that “an Erickson Aero Tanker MD-87 did have an engine upset shortly after takeoff from the Coeur d’Alene Airport on Monday at approx. 1430 PDT”. He said the aircraft landed safely after the incident.

The Coeur d’Alene Post Falls Press reported that unofficial sources have told them that hot debris from an air tanker engine started multiple fires after the pieces fell to the ground north of the airport. They also wrote that the runway was closed while “unspecified debris” was removed. The newspaper was not able to find any government officials who would comment about the cause of the fires, saying it was under investigation.

Kootenai County Government reported on their Facebook page that “several small fires resulted from an aircraft incident” at the airport.

(UPDATE at 6:16 a.m. PDT August 2, 2018: Late yesterday Jim Lyon, Deputy Fire Marshal/Public Information Officer with Northern Lakes Fire District, issued a statement confirming that a jet-powered air tanker under contract to the U.S. Forest Service, at approximately 2:30 p.m. “had mechanical problems on take-off and was able to make an immediate circle route to return to base safely. In so doing, it appears the plane was discharging some sort of material as a result of the mechanical problem, starting several fires throughout the area approximately a five mile radius of the airport.” Marshal Lyon said “up to eight fires” started by the incident were under control by the evening of July 30th.)

Below is an excerpt from a July 31 article in the Spokesman Review about the incident:

Jim Lyons, spokesman for Northern Lakes Fire District, said crews battled about seven fires, though none grew to the size of a major wildfire. The first blazes started about 2 p.m. and spread from there.​

Shoshana Cooper, spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service in North Idaho, said the fires burned to the northwest, south and east of the airport near U.S. Highway 95. She said they burned mostly grass and brush and were not affecting structures. As of 3:30 p.m., no structures had been lost.​

Multiple aircraft were sent in to drop retardant on the blazes, but firefighters weren’t sure early Monday afternoon how large the fires had grown.​

KXLY reported that a firefighter was injured while working on one of the fires near the airport:

A Kootenai County Fire and Rescue firefighter was injured Monday evening when he was struck by a vehicle that was backing up on Dodd Road by Strayhorn while responding to fires burning near the Coeur d’Alene Airport. He was evaluated at the scene. His injuries were not life threatening, but he was transported to Kootenai Health as a precaution.​
The airport resumed normal operation at about 6:30 p.m. Monday.

We were not able to find a SAFECOM report about the incident, and very few people are willing to talk about it. Our calls to personnel at Erickson Aero Air late in the afternoon August 1 either were not returned right away or the employees we talked with were not able to comment.

This is not the first time that an engine on an Erickson Aero Tanker MD-87 exploded and falling debris caused problems after hitting the ground. On September 13, 2015 debris from a failed engine landed in a residential area of Fresno, California. One chunk of metal crashed through the rear window of a car, while other shrapnel was found in city streets.

There has been concern about retardant being ingested into the engines when the MD-87 is making a drop, since at least 2014.
A SAFECOM filed back then considered the possibility after engine surges or intermittent power was a problem for one aircraft after making a drop. Photos were taken of retardant stains on the fuselage caused by retardant flowing over the wing.

The first fix that Erickson Aero Air implemented was in 2014, “a new spade profile that has proved to eliminate this problem by keeping the fluid column much more vertical”.

Then in June, 2017 the company took a much more radical step. They had an external tank, or pod, fabricated and installed below the retardant tank doors, which lowered the release point by 46 inches, mitigating the problem, Kevin McLoughlin, the Director of Air Tanker Operations, said at the time.

On December 12, 2017 I was given a tour of Tanker 101 by the flight crew while it was in Rapid City, and noticed there was evidence of retardant flowing over the top of the wing. If you check out the profile photo of Tanker 101 at the top of this article, you will see that the top of the wing is not much lower than the height of the engine intake.

Another unique characteristic of the MD-87 is that they are required by the FAA to lower the gear while dropping — in fact it is specified in their Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) issued by the FAA. That 10-page STC uses the words “stall” or “stalling” 60 times, an average of 10 times on every page.

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How many second chances should an air tanker design get after exploding engines on two occasions drop hot shrapnel over a city and at an airport? The FAA and the Interagency Airtanker Board should rescind the Supplemental Type Certificate and the IAB approval and carding of the air tanker before something much worse happens than a car is damaged while parked at a home, shrapnel closes a runway, multiple wildfires are ignited, and a firefighter is injured putting out the blaze. I fear not only for the safety of the flight crews in the MD-87’s, but people on the ground who have every right to expect that firefighting air tankers on U.S. Forest Service contracts will not kill or injure them with exploding engines. And, that an air tanker hired to suppress fires will not start them.



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Airlines and airports are functioning on outdated methods of information collection and distribution, using many isolated operating systems where data exchange can be timely and unsecure — despite a reported 170 percent increase in the past 20 years of U.S. outbound trips abroad.

Major competitors have recognized how the characteristics of the aviation industry align with blockchain, which has the potential to streamline data sharing among information silos in airports — and with ancillary travel enterprises more broadly — to create a seamless and secure travel experience.

Lufthansa Industry Solutions, a subsidiary of the largest airline in Europe, launched the initiative Blockchain for Aviation (BC4A) in an effort to compile potential applications of the technology and create industry standards for its use. Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines have partnered with the Swiss-based non-profit Winding Tree, which is using blockchain to power a decentralized travel distribution network to make travel more cost effective and profitable for customers and providers.

The world’s airlines carry over three billion passengers annually and contribute $664.4 billion to the global GDP. Airlines must be flexible — yet systematic — to compete in the aviation industry, where the efficiency of their chain of operations determines their bottom line.

Smart contracts to improve customer experiences

Airports are microcosms of data storage. From the moment a traveler arrives at an airport to the time they depart, an enormous amount of secure data must be collected and shared among internal and external airport operations. The biggest obstacle for airlines lies in the decision making processes when travels plans change on a moments notice.

Each task within an airport may operate using different software, so the data reconciliation process is often timely and frustrating for both flight agents and travelers. Smart contracts can improve the customer experience and cost effectiveness of service by automating time consuming tasks.

Commonplace mishaps like flight delays and overbooked flights are costly to airlines when data is not shared quickly between decision makers. Currently, there is little cohesion among the mixed data and multitude of systems used at different checkpoints in airports.

The world’s leading airport communications and information technology specialist, SITA, has tackled the simple and prevalent issue of corresponding flight delay information in airports. SITA used the Ethereum protocol and smart contracts to create a blockchain platform that reconciles conflicting information about flight delays and communicates “a single source of truth for flight data.”

SITA Lab designed a private permissioned blockchain — named Flightchain — to conduct trials and track over two million flight changes between British Airways, Geneva Airport, Heathrow and Miami Airport. Their findings suggest that smart contracts could be effective at mediating conflicting data and communicating industry standards, but they require governance and operational oversight. So as of now, cloud-based data sharing services are easier to arbitrate and manage.

A French insurance company, AXA, is utilizing smart contracts to automate compensation to passengers whose flights are delayed. When a customer subscribes to coverage on their flight-delay insurance platform, Fizzy, a smart contract is created and connected to global air traffic databases. If a delay over two hours is registered on the ledger, compensation is automatically transferred to the customer, which eliminates the need to file a claim or dispute any discrepancies with the insurer.

Russia’s biggest domestic airline, S7, partnered with Alfa Bank to launch a blockchain platform to issue tickets. The private blockchain, built using the Ethereum protocol, uses smart contracts to exchange data between contracting parties and will reduce the settlement time between the airline and agents selling the tickets from 14 days to 23 seconds.

In a news release from S7, the airline stated that the technology “gives agents the ability to work directly with the airline without providing additional financial guarantees, reduces volumes of circulation of documents and guarantees the safety of operations.”

An Atlanta-based airline software company, Volantio, piloted a new program for United Airlines in lieu of an overbooking debacle that resulted in a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight. The “Flex-Schedule” platform uses AI to identify flexible passengers and target them with flight options to help airlines fix miscalculations in their booking processes.

The fully automated service compensates passengers and reassigns them to new flights, while maximizing profits for airlines by allowing them to sell open seats to “high-yielding,” last minute passengers. Volantio is also partnered with Emirates, Alaska Airlines, Ethiopia Airlines and Jetstar, among others — and its innovation may prove to be essential in eliminating last-minute negotiations at the gate, which inevitably delay flights and are costly to airlines.

Monetization of frequent flier loyalty points with digital currencies

Delta Air Lines is reportedly the first major global carrier to be replacing their passenger loyalty program, Skymiles, with digital currency. The airline will reward frequent fliers with Ethereum tokens dubbed “SkyMirage” tokens, which will cut out American Express as the middleman, enhance the security of the exchange and allow passengers to see their loyalty points accrue instantaneously.

Similarly, Singapore Airlines announced it will launch a blockchain-based passenger loyalty app that will allow customers to digitize their frequent flier awards and spend them at Singapore Airline-based merchant partners.

Transparency in luggage tracking

In partnership with Winding Tree, Air New Zealand is researching how blockchain may improve cargo and baggage tracking.

While still in the developmental phase, the application of blockchain could potentially allow passengers to track their own baggage in order to provide full transparency throughout the transfer process. Further, smart contracts could be deployed to automate insurance claims on lost baggage and instantaneously compensate customers.

Under-wing efficiency for the maintenance of aircrafts

Air France-KLM’s engineering and maintenance division is experimenting with potential uses for blockchain to record aircraft maintenance and service processes. Much of the data that is routinely collected on aircraft maintenance exists non-digitally, like service records, aircraft components and systems. A spokesperson for the airlines admitted a fully digital system would not be an easy transition but that blockchain could drastically improve “maintenance processes and workflows.”

Avoid airport queues with ‘gateless’ passport checks

The Safety and security of passengers and flight operations is above all else in the aviation industry, but creating a more effortless airport experience for travelers is another major goal of airlines. A United Kingdom-based tech firm, ObjectTech, signed an agreement with Dubai's Immigration and Visa Department to test its ‘gate-less’ border program that uses biometric verification and blockchain technology to skip the passport process altogether. The pilot program will use facial recognition technology to identify travellers arriving in Dubai and verify their identities against a digital passports. Using blockchain, the digital passport is created as a ‘self-sovereign identity,’ ensuring the owner has singular control of their own data.

Paperless identification for effortless travel

Similarly, SITA Lab is experimenting with its own digital identity card built on a blockchain platform called the SITA Digital Identity Traveler app. In partnership with ShoCard, SITA plans to improve how travellers are identified at various points within airports by creating a mobile token that stores biometric and personal information. SITA has also begun other projects to enable mobile phone self-service of visa verification and border control.

Safety in small airports and accountability of private pilots

A blockchain startup named Aeron reported that 57 percent of aviation accidents are due to human error. Aeron created a mobile app designed to record and verify a pilot’s qualifications in an effort to reduce accidents due to poor record keeping. The app, which operates using blockchain, stores all necessary pilot data in digital form — data which largely exists in traditional, paper pilot logbooks. The company is further developing a global database for the storage of aircraft information, pilots and flight schools. Aeron’s developments are geared toward private flights and accounting for private pilots, and it launched an online marketplace for booking private charters.

The need for further development

The capacity of blockchain to quickly reconcile conflicting data and verify consistency of information among various stakeholders in airports is a promising innovation for the aviation industry. The immutable and transparent nature of distributed ledger technology can provide greater security of flight operations, but many data collection processes still remain undigitized and isolated from one another. Smart contracts could drastically improve customer experience and replace timely and costly services, but would require central governance by an accredited organization, along with a lot of maintenance and oversight.

Blockchain has an application in a multitude of airport information niches, but further development by industry leaders is needed to create viable and cost effective uses of the technology.

Pilot Killed In Crash Into Sylmar Field Was Disney Engineer
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Scott Watson's life's work was to dream up new rides and technology to delight millions of Disney park visitors. Jasmine Viel reports.


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A light civilian aircraft crashed Thursday on the property of Eglin Air Force Base in the US state of Florida, killing four people on board, the military said.

31.08.2018 - At Least 4 Dead as Civilian Plane Crashes at US Military Base in Florida
At least 4 Dead as Civilian Plane Crashes at US Military Base in Florida

"The accident occurred at approximately 10:35 a.m. The aircraft was a Beechcraft BE-60," the base tweeted. "Following the initial investigation, officials have confirmed four fatalities."

The aircraft came down two miles north of the installation’s runway in a densely wooded area, the military said. It initially reported only one fatality based on the flight plan documentation and physical evidence.

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30.08.2018 - Military Aircraft Crash in Ethiopia Kills 18, including Children - Reports
Military Aircraft Crash in Ethiopia Kills 18, Including Children – Reports

Among the victims of the crash were fifteen members of the country's armed forces and three civilians, according to state-affiliated news agency Fana.

All passengers onboard the ET-AIU aircraft died in the crash, which occurred in the Eastern Shoa zone, less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa, ENA report stated.

The crash occurred in the morning in the Oromia region while the aircraft was flying from the eastern city of Dire Dawa to an air base in Bishoftu, southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, according to the Ethiopian News Agency, citing police officials.

The aircraft reportedly started burning while in the air. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

The helicopter belonged to the Ethiopian Defense Ministry, according to the Fana TV channel.


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A personal Falcon 50 plane was split in two after it crashed in South Carolina, photographs and videos from the scene show.

27.09.2018 - US Jet Snaps in Half as it Crashes, Killing two (Photos - video)
US Jet Snaps in Half as It Crashes, Killing Two (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The pilot and co-pilot of the aircraft were both killed, while the pilot's body remains in the cockpit. Authorities told reporters by the scene that four people were on board. Of the deceased, one was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was at the hospital. "It looked like blunt force injuries," Parks Evans, the county coroner, said.

Witnesses say that a husband and wife were passengers on the plane. The wife was reportedly injured critically and carried away by first responders while the husband was able to walk away with help.

According to Fox Carolina reporter Cody Alcorn, the jet overshot the runway. It's reportedly a common aircraft for business travel.

Jet fuel reportedly spewed from the engine, still at full throttle, after the crash. "A fair amount of fuel made it into the ditch," Police Chief Ken Miller said. "The fire department does have it contained. Hazmat also has it contained." Authorities are expected to continue working on the cleanup for the next few days.

"We expect the next good rain we get we'll see more fuel," Fire Chief Steve Kovalchik said.

Miller said that "at this point, we're no longer in a rescue capacity or anything like that," adding that they will work in support of the Federal Aviation Administration, who are en route. He urged nearby residents to avoid swimming in the area and smoking so as to not ignite any fuel that could be lingering.

“In maybe 20 years, we might have had three to four minor incidents and this is probably the most serious,” said the director of the local airport, Joe Frasher. “We have aircraft this large and larger routinely land at this ramp. It’s very rare that this has happened.”

The airport and roads nearby have been closed to traffic. The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Twitter that they are investigating the crash.

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October 14, 2018 - Small plane crashes into crowd in Germany, several people killed
Small plane crashes into crowd in Germany, several people killed | Reuters

Several people died when a Cessna plane crashed into a crowd in the western German state of Hesse on Sunday, police said.
Several more people were injured in the incident that happened around 3:45 p.m. (1345 GMT) in the Rhoen region near the town of Fulda, police said.

Local media reported that the pilot lost control of the aircraft when trying to land at Wasserkuppe.

It appeared that something went wrong during the procedure so the pilot tried to take off again but the Cessna did not pick up, broke through a barrier and rolled into a waiting crowd, Osthessen News reported.

According to a Bild newspaper report, three people were fatally injured.


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11.30.2018 - Small Plane crashes in Metropolitan Sao Paulo, two killed
Small plane crashes in metropolitan Sao Paulo, two killed | Reuters

First responders and civilians are seen near small-airplane parts by a house after a crash in a residential area in northern Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 30, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

A small airplane crashed into a residential area in northern Sao Paulo on Friday soon after takeoff, the fire department said, killing two people and injuring 12.

The Cessna 210N plane crashed into a two-story building and it was unclear whether the victims were in the plane or on the ground. It had taken off from the small Campo do Marte airfield.

The extent of the injuries was not clear and there was no immediate word on the cause of the crash. Sao Paulo’s metropolitan area saw scattered showers all afternoon on Friday.

TV network Globo showed live images of the small plane’s burned-out fuselage hanging off the side of a burned-out residential building.

Video taken by bystanders just after the crash and aired on Globo showed flames engulfing two buildings and vehicles parked along a street. The fire was under control within half an hour.
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