Today is Tuesday the 30th of August, 2016

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Plane makes emergency landing after passenger spots burst tyre mid-flight

This can’t have been the most reassuring sight. flybe

A plane flying from Amsterdam to Manchester was forced to make an emergency landing in Birmingham Airport after a passenger spotted that a tyre had burst on take-off.

Sahibzada Suhail Ahmed Qadri was one of 76 passengers on board the Flybe flight and told the BBC that he and his fellow passengers felt “a big shudder” on board shortly after take-off.

“We looked out of the window and could see the tyre of the plane had burst,” Qadri said.

“It hadn’t gone back up into the undercarriage. We called over one of the cabin crew who couldn’t believe it. She informed the captain who made an announcement.”

Qadri took a picture of the burst tyre and posted it to Facebook and described the atmosphere on board the flight as “scary”.

“We had to circle Birmingham Airport for about an hour to burn fuel before we could land,” he added.

“The runway was shut because of the emergency landing and we could see ambulances and emergency services crews and their flashing lights from up 14192603_236102226785743_3949825483466552658_nin the sky.

“It was a scary experience and I have mixed feelings about it. A couple behind me were very upset and were crying and hugging. I thought we would make it and that we would be OK.”

Birmingham Airport was closed for half an hour from approximately 3:25pm on Monday; a number of flights were delayed as a result.

A Flybe spokesperson said that the flight was diverted “as a precautionary measure, to take into consideration more favourable wind conditions” and passengers were subsequently taken from Birmingham Airport to Manchester by bus.

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CRASHED FIGHTER JET LOCATED IN SWISS ALPS; PILOT MISSING

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities say they’ve located the wreckage of an air force fighter jet that went missing over the Alps but still have no news on the fate of the pilot.

The Swiss Defense Department said in a statement that the F/A-18C jet that went missing Monday afternoon was found crashed on Tuesday near the Susten Pass in the Alps in central Switzerland.

It says it’s only been able to locate the crash site from the air, and that land routes are currently impassable because of weather conditions.

Search crews are still looking for the pilot.

According to parent company Boeing, the first F/A-18 Hornet built by McDonnell Douglas took flight in 1978 and became the first tactical aircraft aimed to conduct both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

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The Latest: Bodies found in small plane pulled from La. lake

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on New Orleans plane crash (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

The New Orleans Fire Department says two bodies have been found in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain just north of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

Spokesman Gregory Davis said the Cessna was pulled from the water Tuesday morning by a crane and the aircraft was placed on a barge. He said the bodies of the pilot and one passenger were in the plane’s cabin. A woman survived Saturday night’s crash and was picked up a boat in the area.

The plane crashed about 1,000 yards west of the airport’s runway. The airport director, Ben Morris, said Monday that the plane hit a rainstorm around the time of the crash. Morris said a couple chartered the plane for an aerial tour of the city.

8:35 a.m.

A small plane that crash into Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana is now out of the water and sitting on a barge.

Recovery workers used a crane to lift the plane onto the barge Tuesday morning. Television video shows much of the plane is intact.

The crash site is about 1,000 yards west of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport’s north-south runway.

A woman survived Saturday night’s crash but two men remain missing. There was no immediate information on whether the men’s bodies were inside the aircraft.

The airport director, Ben Morris, said Monday that the plane hit a rainstorm around the time of the crash. Morris said a couple chartered the plane for an aerial tour of the city.

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7:21 a.m.

Equipment is being moved into place to retrieve the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain just north of the New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

The crash site is about 1,000 yards west of the airport’s north-south runway.

Fire department officials say drivers will be sent down to the plane Tuesday to attach cables and cranes will lift the wreckage out of the water.

A woman survived Saturday night’s crash but two men are still missing.

The airport director, Ben Morris, said Monday that the plane hit a rainstorm around the time of the crash. Morris said a couple chartered the plane for an aerial tour of the city.

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Today in History

33 Years ago today: On 30 August 1983 an Aeroflot Tupolev 134A flew into the slope of a mountain while on approach to Almaty, killing all 90 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 30 August 1983
Time: 20:17
Type: Tupolev 134A
Operator: Aeroflot, Privolzhsk Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-65129
C/n / msn: 60630
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs: 9976
Cycles: 6515
Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers: Fatalities: 83 / Occupants: 83
Total: Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 90
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 36 km (22.5 mls) from Alma-Ata (   Kazakhstan)
Crash site elevation: 690 m (2264 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Chelyabinsk Airport (CEK/USCC), Russia
Destination airport: Alma-Ata Airport (ALA/UAAA), Kazakhstan

Narrative:
Tupolev 134 CCCP-65129 operated on a flight from Kazan to Alma-Ata via Chelyabinsk. Approaching Alma-Ata, the Tu-134 descended prematurely over mountainous terrain. The GPWS alarm sounded for 23 seconds before the crew took action by initiating a climbing left turn. Two seconds later the airplane collided with the slope of Dolan Mountain at an altitude of 690 m.

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Monday the 29th of August, 2016

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Aeronautical expert discusses major scare on Orlando-bound flight

ORLANDO, Fla. —After a frightful boom from a blown engine forced an Orlando-bound plane to land in Pensacola, Southwest Airlines officials say they believe the malfunction was isolated. swa

The airline and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

WESH 2 spoke Sunday with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor Anthony Brickhouse, who also once worked for the NTSB, about what the investigation will entail.

“Investigating an accident is like putting a puzzle back together,” Brickhouse said.

Brickhouse said while it’s impossible to know yet what caused the malfunction, investigators are likely well-equipped in this case.

“You have passengers on board who saw what happened. You have flight attendants who saw what happened,” Brickhouse said. “Also, Southwest has really advanced sensors that record different parameters.”

Brickhouse said the plane’s black box recorder will also likely shed light.

“It’s pretty rare to have something like this happen in flight. Last year, we had two major engine failures on the ground — one happened in Las Vegas and another in South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, but to have something like this happen in-flight is dramatic,” he said.

WESH 2 was there when passengers arrived safe in Orlando via Pensacola.

All were grateful no one was hurt.

“It made me realize how really important it is to listen to the safety information because I usually just think that stuff is never going to happen,” passenger Julie Stephens told WESH 2’s Matt Lupoli on Saturday evening.

The passengers and Brickhouse agree: The outcome could’ve been far worse.

“The flight crew did an excellent job of getting that aircraft down safely,” Brickhouse said.

Southwest refunded passengers for the flight and offered a $500 voucher for future travel.

The NTSB investigation into the malfunction could take as many as 6-9 months to complete.

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2 Dead in I-90 Plane Crash in Montana

UPDATED: 2 dead in small plane crash on I-90 at Rock Creek

PETER FRIESEN peter.friesen@missoulian.com

CLINTON – Two people died Sunday afternoon when a single-engine plane crashed on the edge of Interstate 90 as it appeared to be attempting to land at the Rock Creek Airport south of Clinton. rock creek

Missoula County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Captain Bill Burt said witnesses said the plane appeared to be attempting to land at the south end of the runway.

“Something went drastically wrong,’’ he said. “The plane was trying to climb and appeared to have stalled.’’

Witnesses told the sheriff’s office the pilot appeared to try to pull up but flew through a tall stand of aspen trees and “the first impact was through these trees,” Burt said.

The pilot did not file a flight plan.

“As best we know,’’ Burt said, “it was a trip from Missoula to that airstrip to visit some friends.’’

The plane was registered to a Ronan resident. The sheriff’s office is still trying to contact family members of the two passengers, whom they did not identify.

The tail of the Cessna 182-D was intact, laying on the edge of the I-90 shoulder. The front portion of the plane was destroyed and the crash ignited a grass fire that the Clinton Rural Fire Department put out.

Both passengers died at the scene, Burt said.

The right lane of eastbound I-90 was shut down for several hours Sunday afternoon to keep traffic and onlookers away from the scene. Burt said the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to arrive Monday to complete an investigation into the crash.

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FAA, NTSB investigating deadly Madras, Oregon air show crash

Well-known pilot Marcus Paine died when biplane crashed doing first large loop

Barney Lerten

MADRAS, Ore. –

A skilled aerobatic pilot from Anchorage, Alaska died when his biplane crashed during an initial loop shortly after takeoff at the Aishow of the Madras StearmanCascades at Madras Airport on Saturday afternoon, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins confirmed.

Adkins said Marcus Bruce Paine, 61, was at the controls of the Stearman biplane when the crash occurred during the second day of the two-day air show.

“The FAA was at the air show and will be conducting a thorough investigation of the crash,” Adkins said. “The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating the crash, with the assistance of the Madras Police Department.”

FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor said Sunday two FAA inspectors were at the airport, observing the airshow, “and began actively investigating the accident immediately.”

“The inspectors tell us nobody on the ground was injured,” Gregor said, adding that the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, as they do all plane incidents.

Air show spectators watched in shock and dismay as the exhibition turned tragically wrong on a warm, blue-sky day in Madras. Their photos and videos showed the smoke trail of a giant looping maneuver, followed a dark plume of smoke rising from the airfield as first responders rushed to the scene.

Air show officials and fellow pilots were among the many devastated by the loss.

“It is with heavy hearts that the Airshow of the Cascades announces the loss of a talented aerobatic performer, Marcus Paine,” Don Mobley, the air show’s performers’ coordinator, told reporters at a news briefing Saturday evening.

“The whole air show community appreciates your thoughts and prayers during this time, and we respectfully ask that you give Mr. Paine’s family privacy during this difficult time,” Mobley added.

Paine had done this particular maneuver many times in the past, including Friday’s Madras performance. The Madras Airport’s main runway remained closed for the investigation. 11558232_G

The air show’s website profile said, “Marcus Paine brings the thrill of aerobatic flight from his hometown of Anchorage, where he has lived for more than 40 years.

“Raised on a homestead in Rabbit Creek, Marc has been a pilot for over 20 years and is a skilled instructor – teaching pilots of all skill levels new ways of thinking about the principles of flight.

“He is also a distinguished graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Jumpmaster. He commanded a combat dive A Team and worked projects throughout the Middle East and South America,” it noted.

The Alaska Air Show website profile said Paine’s flight school teaches “unusual attitude recovery, stall/spin awareness and aerobatic flight.”

FAA records show the acrobatic plane was manufactured in 1941, with an air-worthiness certificate date in June 1995, and currently registered to Paine’s Universal Attitudes LLC in Tucson, Arizona.

It was the first fatal crash at the Madras Airport in over a decade. Thomas Ellsberg, a Bend resident, well-known aerobatic pilot and the CEO of Bellatrix Systems, was killed in a June 2005 crash while practicing aerobatic maneuvers.

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Plane Goes Off Runway in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) –

A twin-engine aircraft had trouble during take off Friday morning at Kickapoo Airport in Wichita Falls. kickapoo twin beech

DPS officials told our crew on the scene that an elevator on the aircraft got stuck which would not allow the plane to lift off the ground. The pilot aborted the takeoff around 9:15 a.m. but it was going too fast and ended up sliding off the end of the runway.

The plane came to a stop on the access road south of the airport, causing officials to shut down traffic for a period of time.

“We found that there was not actually a crash,” WFPD Sgt. John Spragins said. “The aircraft never came off the ground. We’re still investigating and will do a complete investigation the with measurements. We have also already started coordinating with the FAA on the investigation.”

The two people on board were able to walk away with no injuries.

As of Friday afternoon, officials at the Kickapoo Airport say the runway is back open and operations are running as usual.

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