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Passenger plane crash deaths soared by 3,700% in 2018

Jan. 7, 2019

"There were four major aviation incidents in 2018

The number of passengers and crew killed in plane crashes increased sharply in 2018, according to analysis by Dutch aviation consulting firm To70 and the Aviation Safety Network.

There were more than 500 deaths stemming from passenger airline crashes in 2018, according to both groups.

This compares to 13 deaths in 2017 in two fatal crashes worldwide, both aboard regional turboprop aircraft.

This represents an increase of more than 3,700% year-on-year, but experts have been quick to point out that the aviation industry remains one of the safest forms of travel.

To70 estimated that the fatal accident rate for large commercial passenger flights in 2018 at 0.36 per million flights, or one fatal accident for every 3m flights.

That is up from 2017’s 0.06 per million flight rate and above the most recent five-year average of 0.24 per million flights."

snip -   Still the safest way to travel.


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United Airlines plane diverted to Goose Bay leaves passengers stuck on board for 16 hours

Lukas Wall   Malone Mullin        Jan. 20, 2019

Passengers boarded rescue plane back to Newark Airport around 4 p.m. AT


"A United Airlines plane diverted to Goose Bay Airport in Labrador Saturday night resulted in a lengthy stay on the tarmac, according to passengers who were stranded on the aircraft.

After a wait of about 16 hours, a rescue plane touched down around noon local time, and travellers reported they were transported to the alternate plane by bus after 2 p.m. AT. 

The plane took off for Newark Liberty International Airport shortly before 4 p.m.

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In a statement to CBC News, the airline says United Flight 179 travelling from Newark, N.J., to Hong Kong was originally diverted to Goose Bay, N.L., due to medical emergency, where medical personnel met the plane and brought the passenger to hospital.

However, a mechanical issue prevented the plane from taking off again. Passengers were not able to leave the aircraft because customs officers were not available overnight, United said.

The airline told CBC News 250 passengers were on board."

The airline believes cold weather caused a door on the plane to malfunction, preventing takeoff. Happy Valley-Goose Bay is currently grappling with an extreme cold warning issued by Environment Canada, with temperatures dipping below -30 C.

Communication poor, passenger says
Temperatures on the plane quickly plummeted to "uncomfortable" levels, said passenger Sonjay Dutt, a professional wrestler en route to Hong Kong for a show.

Crew handed out blankets, but according to Dutt, they were able to offer little else to assuage mounting anger from passengers."




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Extreme turbulence hurts five on terrifying Delta flight: Passengers tell how plane nosedived TWICE as drinks carts and bags hurtled around the cabin at 34,000ft before emergency landing in Nevada

Kayla Brantley                  Feb. 13, 2019

"Delta Air Lines flight 5763 experienced severe turbulence Wednesday afternoon
It was forced to make an emergency landing in Reno, Nevada, after five passengers were injured when frightening turbulence hit at 34,000ft
The flight was headed to Seattle, Washington, from Santa Ana, California
Three of the injured passengers were taken to the hospital 
The National Weather Service had warned of dangerous flying conditions over the Sierra Nevada over the next few days

Five people were injured when a Delta Air Lines flight experienced severe turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing. 

Flight 5763 was headed to Seattle, Washington, from Santa Ana, California, Wednesday when crew reported the frightening turbulence at 34,000ft, which led to the twin-jet landing in Reno, Nevada, around 1pm. 

Three of the injured passengers were taken to a local hospital and their condition was not immediately know, according to Reno-Tahoe International Airport spokesperson Brian Kulpin. 

A video posted to Twitter from a man inside the aircraft shows frazzled passengers after the landing. A beverage cart is seen on its side in the aisle, liquid splattered on the ceiling and personal items scattered throughout the cabin. "

Delta Air Lines flight 5763 experienced severe turbulence Wednesday. This photo shows the chaos on board after the flight made an emergency landing

Delta Air Lines flight 5763 experienced severe turbulence Wednesday. This photo shows the chaos on board after the flight made an emergency landing



Maybe we should geo-engineer the weather, and create more serious storms.




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Virgin Flight Reaches 801 MPH as Furious Jet Stream Propels Plane Faster Than Speed of Sound

Feb. 19, 2019           Sam Blum


It only broke the sound barrier in terms of ground speed, mind you.

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"A Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London broke an unlikely milestone (and nearly the sound barrier) when it reached a screaming ground speed of 801 mph while traversing the skies some 35,000 feet above central Pennsylvania. No, this wasn't the rebirth of the Concorde or the dawn of a new era of supersonic jets: The aircraft merely flew into a furious jet stream that propelled its flight way faster than usual on Monday night.

Peter James, a corporate pilot with 25 years of experience per his Twitter bio, remarked at the plane's pace in astonishment on Twitter:



Jet streams are essentially rivers or currents of air that travel west to east across the planet. They exist high up in the atmosphere, often where commercial airliners reach their cruising altitudes. The jet stream is currently raging, the Washington Post reports, because of the convergence of abnormally hot air in the southern U.S. with frigid temperatures in the North.

Climate scientist Matthew Barlow explained on Twitter:"




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Ethiopian Airlines flight Crash - 157 killed when it crashed

March 10, 2019  Zoie O'Brien  Tim Stickings

Animal welfare campaigner Joanna Toole, 36, was one of seven British victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash
All 149 passengers and eight crew were killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed within minutes of take-off
Flight-tracking data showed the plane's speed fluctuating wildly in the final seconds before the crash today 
Ms Toole was one of a group of UN workers on board travelling to an environment conference in Nairobi


"A 36-year-old animal welfare campaigner and a polar expert on her way to tackle plastic pollution were among seven Britons killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday. 

The Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed within minutes of its take-off from Addis Ababa, losing and gaining speed dramatically in its final seconds after setting off for Nairobi.  

The crash on Sunday morning killed all 149 passengers -- including seven Britons, one Irishman and eight Americans - as well as eight crew members.

British victim Joanna Toole, from Exmouth, Devon, was among at least 12 passengers who were travelling to a UN environment meeting in the Kenyan capital.  

Paying tribute today, her father Adrian called her a 'very soft and loving person' whose work with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation was 'not a job but a vocation'. 

Mr Toole said she had flown around the world but added: 'Personally I never wanted her to be on a single one of those planes.' 

Polar expert Sarah Auffret, who had French and British dual nationality, was also killed in the crash. Colleagues paid tribute to her as a 'true friend and beloved colleague'. 

Another victim was named as Joseph Waithaka, a native Kenyan who lived in Hull for more than a decade and was on his way home from visiting his family in the city.

Flight-tracking data revealed that the plane's vertical speed - the rate of climb or descent - varied from 2,624 feet per minute to minus 1,216 within minutes of take-off.   

According to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the plane, which was new and was delivered to the airline last November, 'had unstable vertical speed' shortly after take off.  

Aviation experts described this as extremely unusual because once a plane has taken off the vertical speed should rise or remain stable. "

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I just have to say, another one within minutes of takeoff.  I find that very interesting and it seems it's becoming commonplace.  Supposed to be quite a few UN workers on board.




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Boeing 737 is forced to make an emergency landing at New Jersey's Newark airport after smoke fills cargo hold with 189 passengers evacuated and runways shut down

March 9, 2019     Updated  March 11, 2019     AP    

A plane operated by Canada's Air Transat made an emergency landing at Newark
Smoke was detected in the cargo hold forcing a diversion but no fire was found
The Boeing 737-800, which had 189 passengers on board, was traveling from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


"Smoke reported on board an Air Transat flight forced an emergency landing Saturday at a New Jersey airport, where the 189 passengers were evacuated by emergency slides.

Air Transat Flight 942 was on its way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when it reported a possible fire in the cargo hold and was diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, a Federal Aviation Administration representative said.

The Boeing 737 landed and remained on the runway while airport firefighters responded, and all 189 passengers evacuated via emergency slides, she said. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal."




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Hawaiian Air plane bound for Oakland returns to Honolulu two hours into the flight

March 11, 2019          Amy Graff

"A Honolulu plane on its way to Oakland made a U-turn Sunday, returning to Hawaii after a cockpit light suggested a potential problem in one of the two engines.

"out of an abundance of caution, the pilot turned off the engine and proceeded to return the Airbus A321neo to HNL to have the aircraft inspected," the airline told SFGATE in a statement."



Boeing 737 Max Bay Area flights are few

March 11, 2019               Chris McGinnis

Senator Dianne Feinstein calls on FAA to ground fleet

"How likely is it that you'll be flying on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, like the ones that have crashed in Ethiopia or Indonesia, from a Bay Area Airport? Not very likely. Nonetheless, California senator Dianne Feinstein has called for a grounding of the fleet.

By now, most air travelers have heard about the tragic Ethiopian Airlines crash shortly after take off on Sunday morning involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet. It's the same make and model of the Lion Air jet that dove into the sea on October 29, 2018 shortly after taking off from Jakarta.

As of Monday, China, Indonesia and Ethiopia have grounded the MAX 8 jets. Cayman Airways has grounded its fleet.

Today California senator Dianne Feinstein called on the Federal Aviation Administration to ground the Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet. In a letter to the FAA, she said, "Until the cause of the crash is known and it's clear that similar risks aren't present in the domestic fleet, I believe all Boeing 737 Max 8 series aircraft operating in the United States should be temporarily grounded"



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Boeing’s newest plane becomes its biggest headache


"WASHINGTON (AP) — Boeing’s newest version of its best-selling airliner ever was supposed to boost its fortunes for years to come.

Instead it has turned into the company’s biggest headache, with more than 40 countries — including the U.S., which had been one of the last holdouts — grounding the 737 Max 8 after a second fatal crash proved one too many.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an emergency order keeping the planes on the tarmac after refusing to do so in the days immediately following the crash of a Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines that left 157 people dead.

The agency said what made the difference was new, enhanced satellite tracking data and physical evidence on the ground that linked the Ethiopian jet’s movements to those of an Indonesian Lion Air flight that plunged into the Java Sea in October and killed 189 people.

“That evidence aligns the Ethiopian flight closer to Lion Air, what we know happened to Lion Air,” said Daniel Elwell, acting FAA administrator.

Officials at Lion Air have said sensors on their plane produced erroneous information on its last four flights, triggering an automatic nose-down command that the pilots were unable to overcome on its final voyage.

Since debuting in 2017, Boeing has delivered more than 350 of the Max in several versions that vary by size. Dozens of airlines around the world have embraced the plane for its fuel efficiency and utility for short and medium-haul flights."


Is someone deliberately trying to take Boeing out? Or is it "planes falling from the sky" time? 

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I've been following the Boeing MAX-8 story, and I will try to give a summary.....

  • Boeing had to 'rush' the MAX-8 project to keep up to Airbus...
  • To get better fuel economy, they had to put newer, larger engines on the plane - this required them moving the engines up and further forward (thus upsetting the plane's balance).
  • To counteract the tendency to 'nose-up' under power, they had to fit new airflow sensors and new software.
  • There are 2 airflow sensors - one each side of the nose, but they only use the data from one - the software can't compare the readings....
  • Even tho the software was a major change, there was no extra training, or even mention in the manuals about these changes,
  • Boeing told the FAA all was OK, so the FAA never questioned them.
  • The EU wanted more training, but under pressure, dropped the request,
  • It is now coming out that many pilots have reported problems,
  • Boeing accused the pilots and maintenance crews for the problems, never admitting any fault or lack on their part.

So now a few airlines are looking to cancel their contracts to buy MAX-8 planes...

Oh, and Ben Fulford is saying that both crashes were caused by the "K's" to stop  few meetings happening.. And that Boeing is going down until the 'override' software (as used in 9-11 is removed.


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Thank you EagleWings.  What you said goes right along with a video interview with the head guy at FAA I watched.  Losing hundreds of people in these crashes is reprehensible.  Fix them or don't fly them, and no additional training for pilots on systems they don't know is beyond belief, and yes it was talked about.

WATCH: Plane scrapes along highway inches from truck before crashing near airport

March 15, 2019

WATCH: Plane scrapes along highway inches from truck before crashing near airport

"A truck driver got the fright of his life when a plane sped past his vehicle as he drove along a Canadian highway before it crashed moments later, shocking dashcam video reveals.
A Cirrus SR20 crashed near Buttonville Municipal Airport near Toronto, Canada on Tuesday. A pilot instructor and student were practising circuits around the airport at the time.

Video sent to aviation photojournalist Tom Podolec, filmed by truck driver Bill Chan, shows the nail-biting moment the aircraft careens across 16th Avenue, narrowly avoiding smashing into any vehicles before it crashes at the end of the runway 33 seconds later."

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