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  • Plane Crashes at Point Mugu Naval Air Station

    05/18/2011 6:46:23 PM PDT · by TankerKC · 75 replies
    KNBC ^ | 5-18-11 | Scott Weber
    A military aircraft crashed at Point Mugu Naval Air Station in Ventura County Wednesday afternoon. A Boeing 707 fuel tanker carrying 158,000 pounds of jet fuel crashed shortly after take-off around 5:25 p.m. and burst into flames. 3 people were reportedly onboard. All were able to escape with minor injuries, according to Teri Reid, an Air Station spokesperson. 13 emergency units initially responded to the fire. Ventura County Fire Department brought in a water dropping helicopter to battle the blaze. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
  • Wreckage from Air France jet found in Atlantic

    04/03/2011 2:06:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Wreckage from Air France jet found in Atlantic Wreckage from an Air France jet lost over the Atlantic nearly two years ago with 288 people on board has been found, French investigators say. With the cause of the crash still unknown, a fourth attempt to locate the plane's voice and data recorders got under way last month. Searchers located wreckage during the past 24 hours, investigators in Paris said, without giving details. Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris came down in a storm on 1 June 2009. A French judge recently filed preliminary manslaughter charges against Air France...
  • Gulfstream jet crashes during tests; 4 killed (G650 Test Aircraft)

    04/03/2011 11:32:41 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 49 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 04/03/2011 | Market Watch
    TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) – Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. said on Saturday that a model G650 jet crashed on Saturday morning during tests of takeoff performance, killing the two pilots and two flight-test engineers on board. The crash, which occurred in Roswell, N.M., is under investigation by the Savannah, Ga., business-jet producer – a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp., (GD 77.42, +0.86, +1.12%) the Falls Church, Va., aerospace giant – and by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, Gulfstream said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost,” Gulfstream Aerospace President Joe...
  • US crew rescued after Libya crash

    03/22/2011 9:54:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 22 March 2011
    Two US airmen have been rescued after ejecting from their F-15E Eagle warplane just before it crashed during allied operations in eastern Libya. The plane appeared to suffer mechanical failure near the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the US military said. It came down after a third night of US-led coalition attacks on Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces, aimed at enforcing a UN resolution to protect civilians. Debate is continuing in the coalition over who should take command.
  • F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya

    03/22/2011 8:22:05 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 22 Mar 2011 | Sam Jones
    Two US airmen were forced to eject from their F-15E fighter jet over Libya on Monday night after an apparent mechanical failure, the US military said. The wreckage of their F-15E Strike Eagle jet, which crashed at 9.30pm GMT, was found near Benghazi. Vince Crawley, a spokesman for the Africa Command, said both crew members had been safely recovered and had received only minor injuries. Crawley said the crash was likely to have been caused by mechanical failure rather than hostile fire. He declined to give the location of the crash and would not say how the rescued crewmen were...
  • US Air Force F-15E Incident in Libya; Crew Safe

    03/22/2011 4:27:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 124 replies · 2+ views
    U.S. Africa Command ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    USS MOUNT WHITNEY, Mediterranean Sea, Mar 22, 2011 — Two crew members ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast Libya, March 21, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. CET. Both crew members ejected and are safe. The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn at the time of the incident. The cause of the incident is under investigation. The identities will be released after the next of kin have been notified. Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn...
  • 5 Killed, 1 Injured In Long Beach [CA] Plane Crash

    03/16/2011 7:03:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs ^ | March 16, 2011 11:01 AM
    Five people were killed Wednesday and another person was injured when a twin-engine plane crashed after departing from Long Beach Municipal Airport. The Beechcraft King Air crashed in the northwest portion of the airport at 10:30 a.m., according to the Long Beach Fire Department. An FAA spokesperson said the plane caught fire after crashing. Authorities said the plane, which was owned by local businessman Thomas F. Dean, was headed to Salt Lake City. A spokesperson for Dean says that Dean, Jeff Berger, Mark Bixby, an unidentified pilot and another passenger are among those dead. The spokesperson also said that passenger...
  • Libyan crew abort bombing mission (bail out)

    02/23/2011 7:47:58 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02-23-2011 | Staff
    A Libyan air force plane has crashed near Benghazi after its crew bailed out because they refused to carry out orders to bomb the city, a Libyan newspaper reported. Captain Attia Abdel Salem al Abdali and his number two Ali Omar Gaddafi bailed out of the Russian-made Sukhoi-22 plane and parachuted to safety, Quryna newspaper's online version quoted the source - a colonel at an air base near Benghazi - as saying The aircraft, which took off from Tripoli, came down near the city of Ajdabiya, 160 kilometres south-west of Benghazi, the newspaper reported. Benghazi and most of eastern Libya...
  • Pilot error cause of Smolensk crash, say Russian investigators (FULL REPORT)

    01/12/2011 9:54:25 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies ^ | 12.01.2011
    Pilot error cause of Smolensk crash, say Russian investigators 12.01.2011 10:55 Tatyana Anodina, head of the Russian investigative team into the Smolensk air disaster (Interstate Aviation Committee - MAK) has blamed pilot error in the resubmission of the report into the death of President Kaczynski and 95 others in Smolensk last April. The main conclusions to the revised, 210 page report – after Prime Minister Donald Tusk asked for clarifications and corrections to the original document handed over to Poland last October – are that: * the crew failed to take the decision to land at another airport, as suggested...
  • Plane with 106 people crashes in Iran; 35 survive

    01/09/2011 2:34:46 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    TEHRAN, Iran – An IranAir passenger jet carrying 106 people crashed as it was making an emergency landing Sunday in a snowstorm in the country's northwest and broke into several pieces, killing 71 of those on board, Iranian media reported. The others survived with light injuries.
  • At least 50 survive plane crash in northwest Iran

    01/09/2011 10:13:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    URMIA, IRAN (BNO NEWS) -- A passenger plane carrying up to 105 people crashed in northwestern Iran on Sunday evening, state-run media reported, but at least 50 people survived the accident. The Fars news agency said the Fokker 100 aircraft went down near Urmia, a city in northwestern Iran and the capital of West Azerbaijan Province. It said 92 to 97 passengers and eight crew members were on board the plane, which was owned by Iran Air. The agency cited a local official as saying that at least 50 people had survived the accident and were being treated for their...
  • Continental guilty over 2000 Concorde crash

    12/06/2010 1:14:49 PM PST · by ColdOne · 12 replies ^ | Dec 7th 2010 | AFP
    PARIS (AFP) - – A French court fined Continental Airlines Monday over the 2000 Concorde crash in which 113 died, but did not jail anyone for the disaster that effectively ended commercial supersonic air travel. The court found the US airline criminally responsible for the Paris crash, caused by a piece of metal that fell from a Continental DC-10 and later shredded the supersonic jet's tyre, which led to a fire in the fuel tank.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Plane crashes into Roy neighborhood; 3 homes on fire

    12/05/2010 7:41:35 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KSL-TV, Salt Lake City ^ | 12/5/2010 | staff
    ROY -- A plane has crashed into a Roy neighborhood Sunday night. Authorities confirmed three homes in the area of 2000 West and 4300 South were on fire. Fire officials say those fires have now been contained. Gary Cox helped pull the pilot from the plane. He says the pilot was confused and badly burned but was able to answer questions. "Pretty banged up, burnt on his hands and face, but he was actually coherent and remembered what his name was and what he was doing," Cox said. The pilot was able to confirm he was the only person in...
  • BP oil spill incident commander dies in small plane crash

    11/24/2010 6:23:16 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 24 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24 Nov 2010 | David Hammer
    Jim Black, a BP incident commander for the company's Gulf of Mexico oil spill response team, died in a small plane crash near Destin, Fla., on Tuesday night, the company confirmed. "BP extends its heartfelt sorrow to the family of our friend and colleague, Jim Black, who, along with two other family members, died yesterday in a tragic plane crash," BP America CEO Lamar McKay said in a statement. 27Share 3 Comments "Jim was a devoted member of our Gulf Coast spill response team and served many years with Amoco and BP. He will be missed by all who knew...
  • Large cargo plane crashes at airport in northern Mexico - Monterey

    11/24/2010 2:01:55 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 5 replies
    BNO News ^ | November 24, 2010 | BNO News
    MONTERREY, MEXICO (BNO NEWS) -- Plumes of smoke were rising from an area close to an airport in northern Mexico on Wednesday after a plane had crashed there, authorities said. Mexican media reported that a large cargo plane belonging to the Mexican Air Force had crashed at approximately 2.45 p.m. local time as it was taking off from Monterrey International Airport. Five people were believed to have been killed, television reports said. The airport said it suspended its operations because smoke from a fire at the crash site was preventing planes from taking off or landing. Earlier this year, on...
  • Evidence at F-22 Crash Site (AK) Indicates Pilot Died

    11/19/2010 7:32:24 PM PST · by malamute · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2010 | Fox News / Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Evidence found at the remote, rugged Alaska site where an F-22 Raptor crashed indicates the pilot died, an Air Force official said Friday evening. Part of the jet's ejection seat was found at the site, which means Capt. Jeffrey Haney of Clarklake, Mich., could not have survived the Tuesday night crash, Col. Jack McMullen said. Also found were pieces of the flight suit Haney had been wearing. (excerpt)
  • CIA takes fault in 2001 missionary plane shooting

    11/06/2010 7:47:06 PM PDT · by Errant · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Mission Network News ^ | 3 November, 2010
    Peru (MNN) ― Nine years after the Peruvian air force mistook a missionary flight for a drug run, the Central Intelligence Agency took responsibility for its part in the shoot-down of a plane which killed a missionary, Veronica Bowers, and her infant daughter, Charity.(Photo by Joe Sherman)
  • Dozens Feared Killed In Cuba Plane Crash (and another crash in Pakistan)

    11/04/2010 10:39:53 PM PDT · by Velveeta · 16 replies
    Sky News ^ | 11/5/2010 | Sky News
    Cuban passenger plane with 68 people on board has crashed in the centre of the country. The aircraft was flying from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba to the capital Havana when it went down. Twenty-eight foreigners were reported to be among the passengers. Their nationalities are unknown. There is no word on the cause of the crash or on any survivors. The plane belonged to the state-run Aero Caribbean airline. Meanwhile, a small plane has crashed in Pakistan killing all 20 people on board. More follows...
  • Singapore-bound Qantas flight near Indonesia's Batam Island: [No crash]

    11/03/2010 8:29:48 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 95 replies
    Only a headline so far.
  • Plane crash in San Bruno, CA (Cause of the fire is now said to be a natural gas leak)

    09/09/2010 7:01:08 PM PDT · by SFC Chromey · 224 replies · 3+ views
    A plane just crashed near SFO in San Bruno, CA. Prayers to all affected.
  • Malware Blamed For Disastrous Plane Crash

    08/22/2010 12:52:55 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 82 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 20 August, 2010 | Gizmodo
      154 lives were lost when Spanair Flight 5022 crashed moments after taking off from Madrid-Barajas International Airport in 2008. Now documents from an investigation into the incident are showing that a malware infection may have been to blame.According to the investigation, the computer system used to monitor technical problems on the plane was infected with a trojan. As a result, there were no alerts or warnings for three technical issues which "if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off."The investigation is still not complete and authorities are trying to determine just how the malware got onto the...
  • Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash

    08/10/2010 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 62 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 8/10/10 | BECKY BOHRER
    A plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and eight others crashed in remote southwest Alaska, killing the longtime Republican lawmaker and four other people, authorities said Tuesday. Ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe was also believed to be aboard, but it was unclear whether he was among the dead. Stevens' family has been notified that the 86-year-old was among those killed in the crash Monday night, family spokesman Mitch Rose told The Associated Press. Rescuers arrived on helicopter early Tuesday and were giving medical care to survivors, Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said. He offered no additional details, except that...
  • Report: Former Sen. Stevens died in crash Email Print Link

    08/10/2010 10:02:23 AM PDT · by pissant · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Trib ^ | 8/10/10 | staff
    KTUU, an NBC-affiliate station in Anchorage, is reporting that former Sen. Ted Stevens (R) has died in the crash near Dillingham in the Southwest Alaska. Dave Dittman, a former aide and longtime family friend of former Sen. Ted Stevens says Stevens was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham Monday night. Nine people were on board, including former NASA Chief Sean O'Keefe. Five people were killed in the crash, but other identities were not known, nor are the conditions of the survivors. Late through the night rescue crews were battling bad weather conditions to reach the scene, where Good Samaritan...
  • Ex-Sen. Stevens in plane crash, unclear if survived

    08/10/2010 7:20:09 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 72 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10 Aug 10
    Former Republican U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was aboard a plane that crashed in Alaska, and it was not immediately clear whether he survived, a congressional source said on Tuesday. Half of those aboard the plane were killed in the crash and a doctor is apparently on the scene, though rescuers are having trouble reaching the site because of bad weather, the source said, declining to be further identified. Stevens lost his re-election bid in 2008 after he was convicted on corruption charges, but the case was later thrown out because of prosecutorial misconduct.
  • Plane with 8 aboard crashes in southwest Alaska; possible fatalities (Ted Stevens May Be Aboard)

    08/10/2010 4:00:01 AM PDT · by tlb · 174 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News ^ | Aug 10, 2010 | staff
    JUNEAU, Alaska - Authorities said Tuesday that a plane believed to be carrying eight people has crashed in southwest Alaska. Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said the Guard was called to the area about 20 miles north of Dillingham at about 7 p.m. Monday after a passing aircraft saw the wreckage. Hayes says there are possible fatalities. State and federal officials say severe weather has hampered the rescue operation. Hayes says about five good Samaritans were on scene early Tuesday helping the crash victims. He says he was told by Alaska State Troopers that there were "eight or...
  • No survivors as Pakistan plane crash kills 152

    07/28/2010 4:38:09 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | July 28th 2010 | Aleem Maqbool
    A plane has crashed in hills north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, killing all 152 people on board. The plane, an Airblue flight from Karachi to Islamabad, came down in the Margalla Hills. Officials said the plane lost contact with the control tower minutes before landing. It is not known what caused the crash. Pakistani TV showed images of smouldering wreckage on a foggy hillside, with helicopters overhead. A huge rescue effort was launched, and the army sent special troops to help. The plane, reported to be an Airbus A321 with 146 passengers and six crew on board, is thought...
  • Families of victims of Concorde supersonic jet crash mark 10 years since disaster

    07/25/2010 9:17:07 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 14 replies
    Daily Press ^ | 07/25/2010 | Daily Press
    GONESSE, France (AP) — Families whose loved ones died in the fiery crash of a supersonic Concorde jet 10 years ago joined together near Paris on Sunday, laying flowers at a monument to the dead and wandering the breezy field where the plane went down. A French court is awaiting a verdict on who was to blame for the accident, which killed 109 aboard the plane and four on the ground, and devastated the reputation of the jet. The Concorde, which ferried the rich and famous across the Atlantic for three decades and could fly twice as fast as the...
  • 5 dead, 2 Injured in Ruidoso (NM) Plane Crash (Victims from Texas)

    06/17/2010 11:36:21 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies · 905+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 17, 2010 | AP via ABQ Journal
    State Police and Lincoln County emergency management officials say five people are dead and two others are injured after a plane apparently overshot the runway and crashed Thursday morning at the Ruidoso airport in south-central New Mexico. The tail number shows the airplane is registered to Rod Aviation in Granbury, Texas.
  • BREAKING - Plane crashes into Round Valley (E. AZ) High School and explodes

    06/11/2010 3:58:40 PM PDT · by Migraine · 72 replies · 4,760+ views
    White Mountain (AZ) Independent ^ | June 11, 2010 | Karen Warnick
    At about 2 pm on Friday, June 11, a small plane, apparently taking off from Springerville airport crashed into the Round Valley High School's main building. Shortly after the crash, there was an explosion that was rattled windows all over town. It is suspected the plane's fuel tank exploded. The first person on the scene was James Nelson Jr., Eagar councilman. "I was driving down Main Street and saw a small plane that was too low and wobbling. It went down near the High School so I pulled in and saw it had crashed into the roof. There were pieces...
  • 1 dead, 4 hurt after small plane crashes in Alaska

    06/01/2010 10:57:32 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 16 replies · 526+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 1, 2010 | Rachel D'Oro
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A small airplane crashed in a busy business district near downtown during rush hour Tuesday, killing a small child and injuring the four other people onboard, authorities said.
  • Plane crashes into Markham building (Toronto, Canada)

    05/25/2010 11:28:02 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 45 replies · 4,785+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | May 25, 2010 | Chris Doucette
    A small plane has crashed into an office building in Markham and burst into flames. Witnesses to the fiery crash say the plane, believed to be a four-seater Cessna, was trailing smoke and rolled moments before smashing into the top of the two-storey building on Woodbine Ave., a block north of Hwy. 7 around 12:25 p.m.
  • Update on Air India Plane Crash: Death Toll at 159; One Survivor "Heard Loud Explosion" - Video

    05/22/2010 6:23:57 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 7 replies · 508+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | May 22, 2010 | Brian
    Here is an updated video report on the crash of an Air India Express 737 en route from Dubai to Mangalore, India. Current information puts the death toll at 159, with seven survivors. The plane overshot the runway, and one survivor said he heard a "loud explosion" just before the plane hit the ground. He also said he saw a "hole on the left side of the plane." Indian officials are saying that weather had nothing to do with the crash. They also are sayin they believe the cause was "pilot error." The report shows the first image of a...
  • Plane crashes in south India, 169 feared killed

    05/21/2010 7:39:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 74 replies · 3,127+ views
    al Reuters ^ | 5/21/2010
    All 169 people on board were feared killed when a passenger plane overshot the runway in southern India and crashed early Saturday, an official said.
  • 2 passengers in cockpit before Kaczynski crash

    05/19/2010 10:01:56 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 4 replies · 679+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 05/19/2010 | DAVID NOWAK
    As Polish President Lech Kaczynski's plane streaked toward disaster, at least two passengers visited the cockpit, others may have chatted on cellular phones that can obstruct navigation instruments and an under-trained crew faced heavy fog over challenging terrain.
  • Footage of Polish air crash emerges claiming to show Russian-speaking men shooting survivors

    05/13/2010 3:46:01 PM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 78 replies · 2,464+ views
    Daily Mail U.K. ^ | May 13, 2010 | Will Stewart
    Russia was last night facing claims of a cover up over the Polish presidential air crash after a series of shocking allegations emerged concerning the doomed Tupolev-154 in which head of state Lech Kaczynski died. Most extraordinary was the emergence of confusing footage which claimed to show the shooting of survivors by armed Russian-speaking men minutes after the crash. The video, posted on the internet in recent days, has fuelled conspiracy theories suggesting that the crash was not an accident.
  • Over 100 dead in Tripoli airport plane crash, 8-year-old sole survivor

    05/12/2010 3:03:18 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies · 1,821+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 12, 2010, 02.01pm IST | The Times of India
    TRIPOLI: An eight-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor when a Libyan plane arriving from South Africa exploded on landing at Tripoli airport on Wednesday, killing more than 100 people, officials said. Afriqiyah Airways listed 93 passengers and 11 crew members on board its flight 8U771 from Johannesburg. "I can confirm the crash but not the number of the dead," said Bongani Sithole, an official of the airline at Johannesburg airport. "We hear that it happened one metre (yard) away from the runway." A Libyan security official earlier said that all those on board the Airbus A330 had died but...
  • Report: 105 Killed in Plane Crash at Tripoli Airport

    05/12/2010 12:24:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 8 replies · 829+ views
    AFP ^ | May 12 2010 | foxnews
    A Libyan plane arriving from South Africa crashed on Wednesday at Tripoli airport killing 105 people, a security official told AFP.
  • California Highway Patrol Officer Danny Benavidas killed in plane crash

    05/09/2010 9:12:32 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 2 replies · 617+ views
    My Valley News ^ | Saturday, May 8th, 2010 | My Valley News
    California Highway Patrol Officer Danny Benavidas killed in plane crash COACHELLA - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today sent condolences to the family of Highway Patrol officer Danny Benavidas, who was killed in a plane crash near Borrego Springs. "Maria and I were deeply saddened to learn of this tragedy. Officer Benavides dedicated his life to ensuring the safety and security of California residents, and his honorable service will forever be remembered," said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today when he heard of the crash. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Benavides' family during this difficult time." Officer Danny Benavides was found...
  • American P-38 Lightning Discovered Under Beach in North Wales (UK)

    05/08/2010 7:14:57 AM PDT · by BronzePencil · 32 replies · 2,162+ views
    The Scottish Sun ^ | May 8, 2010 | NEIL SYSON
    THE eerie outline of a crashed wartime fighter plane emerges from the sands of a British beach. Incredibly, the rusting wreckage went undetected for more than 60 years. Now a charity plans to retrieve the American Lockheed P38 Lightning - which suddenly appeared three years ago after being buried on the shore. It was discovered at low tide following a drop in beach levels at Harlech, North Wales.
  • Pilot’s prayer recorded on Smolensk crash black box

    04/24/2010 3:22:05 PM PDT · by lizol · 26 replies · 2,351+ views
    Voice of Russia ^ | Apr 20, 2010
    Pilot’s prayer recorded on Smolensk crash black box Apr 20, 2010 13:02 Moscow Time The flight recorders of the Polish President’s plane registered the prayer of the pilot before the Tu-154 crashed near Smolensk on April 10th killing 96 people on board. The Prosecutor General of Poland pledged to release all recordings of the pilots’ conversations. Two of the three black boxes from the presidential plane have already been deciphered and voice recordings of the third one are marred by noise and the information needs to be restored. Meanwhile, Polish experts are expected to arrive in Moscow to help identify...
  • Polish Pilot Went Rogue

    04/13/2010 10:37:24 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 64 replies · 1,828+ views ^ | 4/13/10 | Joy Tiz
    Joy Tiz ©2010 The pilot of the plane that crashed killing Poland’s president, Lech Kaczynkski along with Poland’s First Lady and other top government officials refused to take instructions from air traffic controllers, according to Rianovosti: “’The head of the traffic control group warned of poor weather conditions, but the crew went ahead with the landing without permission. And [they] also made their landing approach without permission.’” “The [control tower] head said three times to execute a flyby procedure. When the crew did not listen, the control tower could only continue to guide the plane and watch it. It was...
  • Poland's agony

    04/13/2010 2:51:52 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 218+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 13, 2010 | Editorial
    The plane crash Saturday that wiped out much of Poland's political and military leadership -- including President Lech Kaczynski -- was a staggering blow to a nation that's struggled, successfully, to rebuild in the post- Communist era. It also offers the world, especially Washington, a chance to reflect on the Eastern European nation's strategic value as Russia seeks to reclaim a dominant role in global affairs. Democracy and capitalism have borne fruit in Poland, where Soviet hegemony -- and international communism -- began to unravel 30 years ago. Last year, Poland's GDP swelled by nearly 2 percent, even as much...
  • No evidence found for pilot to land plane under pressure: Polish official

    04/12/2010 10:57:17 PM PDT · by theanchoragedailyruse · 65 replies · 1,366+ views
    xinhuanet ^ | April 12, 2010 | Xinhua
    WARSAW, April 12 (Xinhua) -- So far there is no evidence to show that the pilot was trying to land the president's plane under pressure, said a senior Polish official here Monday. Andrzej Seremet, Poland's chief prosecutor, made the remarks at a news conference while being asked whether the Polish pilot was pressured to land the plane carrying President Lech Kaczynski and other senior officials in Russia. The Soviet-made TU-154 hit the top of trees as it attempted in thick fog to land at a Smolensk airport in west Russia on Saturday morning, killing all the 96 people on board...
  • Polish Plane Crash: What Happened in the Cockpit?

    04/12/2010 5:47:18 AM PDT · by BunnySlippers · 30 replies · 1,289+ views
    The recordings, according to Russian news broadcasts, indicated that the pilot struggled to communicate in Russian with the control tower below. Ground control warned the pilot not to land because of poor weather. Minutes before the plane crashed Polish president Lech Kacynski called his twin brother and told him everything was fine and the plane would be landing shortly. --- Aviation expert and ABC News consultant John Nance said the added pressure of carrying dignitaries can affect a pilot's decision making abilities. "When a pilot puts pressure on himself or herself, it can be a very bad result," Nance said....
  • Polish president had history of dangerous landings

    04/11/2010 7:20:06 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 34 replies · 1,415+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | April 12, 2010 | Emma Alberici
    A leading Polish defence analyst says late president Lech Kaczynski was well known for ordering pilots to land in dangerous conditions. The Polish leader was one of 97 people killed when his Russian-built Tupolev Tu-154 came down in thick fog near the Russian city of Smolensk on Saturday on its fourth attempt to land. Russian officials are investigating whether pilot error was to blame. Mr Kaczynski's delegation was headed to a memorial service in Katyn for 22,000 Poles who were massacred by Soviet secret police during World War II, a historic wound which has still not healed despite the passage...
  • A Polish Assassination in Theory

    04/11/2010 2:27:16 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 62 replies · 2,105+ views
    Lame Cherry ^ | 04/11/10 | Lame Cherry
    There is information concerning the deaths of the Polish leadership in Russia which are setting off red alerts for this blog, from the Russian leadership all over this, Russian military pointing to "pilot error" and the chiming of the press to blame this all on the Polish pilots when the TU-154 is a modern aircraft with all the alarm bells and whistles to alert a pilot that all is not well, so one does not use your jet as a tree trimmer. In theory, this can be just as easily termed an assassination of the Polish leadership by the...
  • Poland Called Planes ‘Flying Coffins’

    04/11/2010 12:38:37 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 877+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/10/2010 | Wall Street Journal
    The airplane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski Saturday is deeply shocking — but, sadly, not a complete surprise. Poland has for years been calling the Soviet-era military aircraft used by Polish officials “flying coffins.” Poland’s former Prime Minister Leszek Miller once had to leave the government airplane at an airport in Germany after an engine caught on fire. He was later nearly killed in a helicopter crash — and still politicians were too afraid of the public reaction to buy new aircraft. The possibility of a government aircraft crashing and killing an important official was so strongly discussed...
  • Investigators Focus on Tupolev 154 Jetliner

    04/10/2010 11:42:29 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 837+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2010 | Ira Iosebashlivi and Daniel Michaels
    Investigators seeking the cause of a plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and a delegation including dozens of high-level officials on Saturday are likely to focus on both the Tupolev 154 jetliner and the pilots' actions. The Russian-made plane, which was 20 years old, had been overhauled in December at a Russian aviation facility and had flown relatively few hours. The Tu-154, which crashed outside Smolensk, Russia, was on its fourth attempt to land amid heavy fog. Investigators will seek to understand why the crew tried bring the plane down in such unfavorable conditions. Russian media...
  • ABC News: Vladimir Putin to head investigation into Polish president's death

    04/10/2010 5:49:28 AM PDT · by quesney · 282 replies · 8,427+ views
    Russia says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will personally head the investigation into an aeroplane crash that killed Poland's president. A total of 96 people were on board the plane that crashed near the western Russian city of Smolensk, all of whom are believed to be dead. Polish president Lech Kaczynski was on board the Russian-built Tupolev 154 jet when it went down in heavy fog near a military airport. Russian authorities have already said they suspect pilot error in the crash, near Smolensk, in Western Russia. There are reports the jet made several attempted landings before the crash. Also on...
  • Vladimir Putin to personally monitor Polish Plane crash investigation (smell something?)

    04/10/2010 3:26:30 AM PDT · by quesney · 62 replies · 2,182+ views
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has set up a government commission that will investigate the crash in the Russian city of Smolensk, in which most likely is killed the Polish president Lech Kaczynski. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will personally monitor the investigation, RIA Novosti reported as citing a press release of the Kremlin. According to the governor of Smolensk region Sergey Antyufeev there are no survivors in the crash. According to data from the Russian authorities there were 132 people on board the plane from Warsaw to Smolensk.