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Today is Monday the 8th of December, 2017

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:22

In beautiful San Francisco, California this weekend for a christening, hence the somewhat tardy posting today.

Here are the stories to finish the week…

Everyone have a great weekend and be safe out there!

Tom

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British Airways plane engine burst into flames in mid-air and was forced to make emergency landing

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:18

The packed plane had just taken off from Phoenix, Arizona heading to Heathrow when passengers saw sparks flying from the engine

A British Airways plane’s engine burst into flames while flying from America to London and was forced to make an emergency landing last night. 

The packed plane had just taken off from Phoenix, Arizona heading to Heathrow when passengerssaw sparks flying from the engine.

It then circled high over the desert to dump fuel before it could return to land safely at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

A spokesperson for BA told Mirror Online that shortly after take-off, the BA288 experienced a surge in one of its four engines.

“Our flight crew are highly trained to deal with such events and shut down the engine before returning to the airport.

“The aircraft landed safely and we apologised for the delay to our customers journeys,” they said.

Pilot Scott Bateman said on Twitter that these events are “thankfully exceptionally rare.”

“A compressor stall is a bit like a backfiring engine and although may look and sound scary, it’s actually not that serious.

“The return to PHX and fire services would’ve been a precaution only,’ he wrote.

Video of the incident shows flames belching out from the back of the plane just seconds after it took off.

“It was blowing up as the plane took off, it wasn’t pretty,” passenger Will Parker from Britain told Fox 10 news.

Other British passengers said that no one panicked and staff treated it as routine.

Ron Carr, Associate Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona said that the pilot would have immediately known the procedures to follow and would have quickly shut down the engine. 

“They landed the plane safely so I would say they were doing a very good job. They were following procedure and doing exactly what they were trained to do,” he told Fox 10.

The pilot flew the plane high enough over open desert to dump fuel where it could vaporise in the air which would then allow the lighter plane to land safely.

Oonagh Ledford, from County Down, Northern Ireland, told The Sun that there was an announcement just 20 minutes into the flight.

She said “The captain said the right engine had to be shut down as it overheated.

“He said that accounted for the flames which some people on the right side of the plane may have seen.

“He then said we were circling south Phoenix to dump fuel and waiting for air traffic control to give the go-ahead to return.”

Mrs Ledford, 36, a teacher who lives in Arizona, added: “Near the landing he spoke again to say there would be fire engines approaching when we landed.”

She said the captain added that this was a “standard procedure”.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-airways-plane-engine-burst-11659685

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Five Killed in STX Plane Crash

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:14

Four passengers and the pilot on board a twin engine plane died Thursday night after a crash landing at St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen airport.

According to the V.I. Port Authority, the small plane crashed at 8:54 p.m. Thursday. The aircraft was a private plane that experienced mechanical issues that caused the crash, VIPA spokesperson Monifa Marrero Brathwaite said in a statement.

Names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident is under investigation, Brathwaite said.

The Source has confirmed from aviation industry sources that the plane had arrived on St. Croix to pick up members of a popular St. Croix band and was returning to St. Thomas. Giving the name of the band would have the effect of identifying the victims.

It is being widely reported that shortly after takeoff, the pilot attempted to return to the Rohlsen airport and crash landed. It is not clear whether weather or mechanical problems contributed to the pilot’s decision to return to the airport on St. Croix.

One public safety official said that the plane had attempted to return to the St. Croix airport but caught fire before it was able to attempt a landing.

Five Killed in STX Plane Crash

 

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‘Large power outage’ in eastern CO reportedly caused by plane

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:12

A plane crashed into what deputies say was an electrical transmission line, causing a massive power outage in Eastern Colorado Thursday night.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that just before 8 p.m., a small plane headed toward the Limon Airport clipped an electrical line and later crashed just south of the airport while trying to land the damaged plane.

Deputies say when first responders arrived, the pilot was out of the crashed plane and walking around.

The exact number of customers affected is hard to pin down – at this time of this writing, the outage map for Mountain View Electric Authority is down.

Viewers have written into 9NEWS says power is out from Limon to Burlington.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for customers to have patience and keep the linemen out working in the frigid cold in their thoughts.

http://www.9news.com/news/local/large-power-outage-in-eastern-co-reportedly-caused-by-plane/497810483

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Today in History

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:10

48 Years ago today: On 8 December 1969 an Olympic Douglas DC-6 crashed into Mount Pan, killing 90 out of 90 occupants.

Date: Monday 8 December 1969 Time: 20:45 Type: Douglas DC-6B Operator: Olympic Airways Registration: SX-DAE C/n / msn: 45540/1016 First flight: 1958 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 85 / Occupants: 85 Total: Fatalities: 90 / Occupants: 90 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 39 km (24.4 mls) SE of Athens (   Greece) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Chania-Soúda Airport (CHQ/LGSA), Greece Destination airport: Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece Flightnumber: 954

Narrative:
The aircraft lost height and struck Mount Pan near the Sounion NDB beacon.
The crew attempted to avoid a wide thunderstorm area along the LGAT ILS approach path. The aircraft descended below the cloud base but experienced a CFIT.

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Today is Thursday the 7th of December, 2017

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:11

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Pilot killed in Chesterfield plane crash had been key in redeveloping Chase Park Plaza

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:09

By Denise Hollinshed and Nassim Benchaabane St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A single-engine plane barely missed a fuel tanker before crashing into the parking lot of a gas station Wednesday afternoon, claiming the life of the pilot.

The plane damaged a vehicle and a gas pump when it crashed about 3 p.m., but no one else was injured. 

Police did not identify the pilot, but late Wednesday others, including St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, identified him on Twitter as Jim Smith.

Smith helped lead the $100 million renovation of the Chase Park Plaza hotel in the Central West End in the late 1990s. He also managed the reopened hotel for years.

Krewson said Smith was key to that project, which she called “the single biggest impetus for bringing back the Central West End.” The iconic complex at the corner of Kingshighway and Lindell Boulevard had been closed for nine years before it was revived by Smith and his partners.

Krewson was a longtime alderman whose ward included the CWE before she was elected mayor this year.

Smith had been involved in real estate his entire life in St. Louis and elsewhere, the mayor said. She said he was a family man with adult children and grandchildren.

“He was a great guy,” Krewson said, “one of the finest guys I’ve ever worked with.”

Before the crash, the pilot had been cleared to land at nearby Spirit of St. Louis Airport, but then reported the plane was losing power, according to John Bales, director of the airport.

The pilot told Bales, “I don’t know if I’m going to make it.”

Chesterfield Police Capt. Ed Nestor said a police officer who happened to be nearby heard the plane clip the canopy over the pumps at the BP Gas Station at 110 Long Road. She looked up to see the plane crash and explode into flames.

“Several witnesses were out,” Nestor said. “Everybody went over and tried to do what they could, but there really wasn’t much that they could do.”

He said witnesses reported they did not hear any engine noise before the crash. The crash site was just feet from where the fuel tanker was parked.

Fire Marshal Roger Herin said there was one person on board the aircraft when it crashed. That person was pronounced dead on the scene.

“The plane was totally involved in fire when we arrived on the scene,” Herin said. “We extinguished the flames pretty quickly.”

The plane was based here, Nestor said. An online flight tracking site indicated the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was en route to Spirit from Albuquerque, N.M. The Federal Aviation Administration listed Wings West LLC of Las Vegas as the owner.

Chesterfield police secured the scene for investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mary Flynn said she had just bought a few items at the gas station and was getting into her car when she heard a loud crash. It was the plane clipping the gas station canopy.

Flynn turned just in time to see the plane hit the ground and burst into flames, just about 10 feet from a woman at one of the fuel pumps, she said. The plane skidded several feet to where it came to stop at the edge of the parking lot.

“Within seconds there were four or five people with fire extinguishers who tried to put the fire out, which helped for a few seconds, but the flames reignited almost instantly after the extinguishers were depleted,” Flynn said. “They tried several times but it was no use.

“It was just too much. It was a fireball.”

The smoke was so thick she couldn’t see, Flynn said. She ran into the gas station, where she found the woman who had been so close to the impact uninjured but “shaken up.”

The plane would’ve hit an 18-wheel fuel tanker had it not clipped the canopy and skidded to the side, Flynn said.

“It was pretty remarkable that by some miracle the plane missed the tanker truck literally by mere feet,” she said.

Things were quiet right up until the crash, Flynn said.

“There was no sound of an engine, no sound whatsoever,” she said. “No one had a clue that plane was coming unless they were looking up at the sky.

“It’s almost surreal. You don’t expect it, and then you’re immediately thankful that no one else was hurt. You feel gratitude no one else was hurt and then great sadness for the poor pilot that didn’t survive.”

Flynn said she thought the pilot may have been able to guide his plane just before the crash so that it didn’t the fuel pumps or any buildings, including a nearby daycare, she said.

“If he did, he did a miraculous job of making sure no one else was hurt,” she said.

Ron Mansfield, a Chesterfield resident, drove past the scene about the 30 seconds after the crash, he said.

Mansfield said he saw thick black smoke rising from behind some buildings in an area he knows well.

“As soon as I turned the corner I saw a big fire in the McDonald’s parking lot,” he said. “When I got closer I saw that it was a plane on fire.”

Mansfield thought he saw a man trying to break the plane window open. He said the man had to retreat as the flames grew.

“By the time I pulled up and got out to help it was too late, the fire was enormous,” he said.

Mansfield said he thought the gas station canopy and a light post the plane struck as it crashed stopped it from hitting anything else.

The plane missed an 18-wheel fuel tanker by less than 100 feet, he said.

“People standing in the parking lot were only a few feet from fuel pumps, a tanker and a burning building,” he said. “It could’ve been a lot worse. Unfortunately it was just way too late for the pilot.”

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/small-plane-crashes-at-chesterfield-gas-station-killing-pilot/article_c860b106-41a1-570f-b7f2-591ff1713f1f.html

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One injured in plane crash near Farmington airport

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:07

A medical helicopter is heading to the scene to transport one person.

Author: Sam Clancy

FARMINGTON, Mo. – One person was injured in an ultralight plane crash in Farmington, the fire chief said.

Farmington Fire Chief Todd Mecey said he is still working to get information on the crash, but he said the plane crashed in a field near the Farmington Airport.

A spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol said the crash happened at around 3:40. One person was in the plane when it went down. He was able to crawl out of the plane shortly after the crash.

Witnesses told the Missouri State Highway Patrol the plane was above the airport when it appeared to have engine problems.

http://www.ksdk.com/article/news/local/one-injured-in-plane-crash-near-farmington-airport/63-497399795

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Flight from Chicago to Michigan makes emergency landing

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:06

HOUGHTON, MICH.

Officials say a passenger airplane heading from Chicago made an emergency landing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula after an alarm indicated possible smoke in a cargo area.

No one was injured in Wednesday night’s landing of SkyWest Airlines flight 5061 at Houghton County Memorial Airport, located near the cities of Houghton and Hancock.

SkyWest says in a statement that the plane, operating as United Express flight from O’Hare International Airport, received a “cargo indication” before its scheduled landing at the airport. The airline says the plane landed without incident and all 31 passengers left the plane at the gate.

Houghton County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Thomas Hyrkas says the alarm was “about smoke in the cargo area.” Officials are investigating what tripped the alarm.

http://www.bnd.com/news/state/illinois/article188508159.html

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Today in History

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:05

30 Years ago today: On 7 December 1987 a Pacific Southwest BAe-146 crashed near Paso Robles, CA after the crew were shot by a passenger, killing all 43 occupants.

Date: Monday 7 December 1987 Time: 16:16 Type: British Aerospace BAe-146-200 Operator: Pacific Southwest Airlines – PSA Registration: N350PS C/n / msn: E.2027 First flight: 1984-11-24 (3 years ) Total airframe hrs: 8571 Engines:Lycoming ALF502R-3 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 38 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 19 km SW of Paso Robles, CA (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America Destination airport: San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America Flightnumber: 1771

Narrative:
A British Aerospace BAe-146-200 passenger jet, registered N350PS, was destroyed when it impacted the ground near Paso Robles, CA. All five crew members and 38 passengers on board were killed. Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 hade departed Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX) on a domestic flight to San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO).
A recently discharged USAir employee boarded the flight after bypassing security. He carried a borrowed 44 caliber pistol. His former supervisor was on board the flight.
At 16:13, the pilot reported to Oakland ARTCC that he had an emergency and that gunshots had been fired in the airplane. Within 25 seconds, Oakland CTR controllers observed that PSA1771 had begun a rapid descent from which it did not recover. Witnesses on the ground said the airplane was intact and there was no evidence of fire before the airplane struck the ground in a steep nose-down attitude. The cvr tape revealed the sounds of a scuffle and several shots which were apparently fired in or near the cockpit. The pistol was found in the wreckage with 6 expended rounds. FAA rules permitted airline employees to bypass security checkpoints.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
control interference .. intentional .. passenger
sabotage .. intentional .. passenger
emotional reaction .. passenger

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
security .. inadequate .. company/operator management
procedure inadequate .. company/operator management
insuff standards/requirements,operation/operator .. FAA(organization)

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Today is Wednesday the 6th of December, 2017

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:19

Here are your mid-week stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Two escape serious injury in Fort Pierce helicopter crash

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:18

Julius Whigham II – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

FORT PIERCE

Two people escaped serious injury after being involved in a helicopter crash Tuesday afternoon at Treasure Coast International Airport in Fort Pierce, the St. Lucie County Fire District reports.

The crash occurred shortly after 1 p.m. There were two people on board. Neither required medical transport, the fire district said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/new-two-escape-serious-injury-fort-pierce-helicopter-crash/KZGKllScjkslHiyq9Kn21O/

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Bird strike causes engine fire on B-767

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:16
Date: 05-DEC-2017 Time: 22:06 UTC Type: Boeing 767-241ER (BDSF) Owner/operator: AeroUnion Registration: XA-LRC C/n / msn: 23802/172 Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: Other fatalities: 0 Airplane damage: Unknown Location: Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX) –    United States of America Phase: Initial climb Nature: Cargo Departure airport: Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX) Destination airport: Guadalajara-Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL/M

Narrative:
AeroUnion flight 6R301 suffered a bird strike on takeoff from Los Angeles International Airport, California. The no.2 engine emitted flames during climbout.
The aircraft, a Boeing 767-241ER cargo plane circled the airport and landed safely at 22:15 UTC, ten minutes after takeoff.

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Pilot, passenger OK after plane down in Brewton

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:13

EAST BREWTON, Ala. (WEAR) — Several people are on scene in Brewton after reports of a plane down.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama said that the incident happened at the intersection of Travis Road and Woodchuck Road about four and a half miles southeast of the Brewton Municipal Airport.

The PA-28 Cherokee, a single-engine plane, lost its engine and sent a mayday to the Pensacola tower. The sheriff’s office said the plane sustained minor damage due to a fence.

Authorities said the aircraft took off from Peach Tree De Kalb Airport in Atlanta with the pilot’s destination being Pensacola.

The sheriff’s office said the pilot and passenger are okay.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been assigned to the investigation.

http://weartv.com/news/local/pilot-passenger-ok-after-plane-down-in-brewton

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Emergency crews respond to overturned plane in Chesapeake

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:11

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A small airplane was spotted overturned Tuesday afternoon.

A Chesapeake Fire official said the incident happened at the Hampton Roads Executive Airport around 2:30 p.m.

The pilot was out of the plane when emergency crews arrived and he suffered minor injuries.

He was the only one on the plane and was not taken to the hospital, the official said.

A small fuel leak was also reported.

http://wtkr.com/2017/12/05/emergency-crews-respond-to-overturned-plane-in-chesapeake/

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Takeoff Aborted At JFK After Another Plane Almost Lands On Wrong Runway

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:06

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A takeoff was aborted at John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday afternoon after a plane nearly landed on the wrong runway.

CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave reported that a little before 1:30 p.m., a Volaris Airbus A320 from Mexico City attempted to land on the wrong runway at the airport. Volaris Flight 880 was supposed to land on runway 13-Left and instead lined up for 13-Right, Van Cleave reported.

At about the same time, a Delta Connection flight operated by Republic Airlines was cleared to takeoff from 13-Right, Van Cleave reported.

The pilot of Delta Connection 4231 was heard on air traffic control audio saying, “Looks like there’s a plane on final.”

An Air Traffic Controller responded: “Yeah I see that. Cancel takeoff plans.”

Meanwhile, another air traffic controller spotted Volaris 880 and warned the pilot that the plane was about to land on the wrong runway.

The Volaris plane made a left turn and veered across the airport before landing, Van Cleave reported.

Volaris has not responded to an inquiry from CBS News.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is aware of the incident and said controllers issued a go-around.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a similar incident from this summer at San Francisco International Airport, where an Air Canada flight nearly landed on a crowded taxiway, Van Cleave pointed out.

In October at SFO, another Air Canada flight did not respond to repeated air traffic control calls telling it to go around, as another plane was still on the runway it was attempting to land on.

Takeoff Aborted At JFK After Another Plane Almost Lands On Wrong Runway

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NTSB Schedules Meeting On AA Uncontained Engine Failure

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:03

Incident Occurred October 28, 2016

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Jan. 23, 2018, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 28, 2016, American Airlines flight 383 uncontained engine failure. 

The Boeing 767-300 experienced an uncontained failure of the right, GE CF6-80C2B6 engine during the take-off roll about 6,550 feet from the runway threshold of Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s runway 28R. The plane came to a full stop about 9,255 feet from the runway threshold.

One passenger received serious injuries during the evacuation and the aircraft was substantially damaged by the resultant fire.

The meeting will be held Jan. 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m. at the NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, District of Columbia. NTSB members and investigative staff will attend the meeting.

According to the NTSB preliminary report, American Airlines flight number 383, a Boeing B767-300, N345AN, powered by two General Electric CF6-80C2B6 turbofan engines, experienced a right engine uncontained failure and subsequent fire during the takeoff ground roll on runway 28R at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago, Illinois. The flightcrew aborted the takeoff and stopped the aircraft on runway 28R and an emergency evacuation was conducted.

Of the 161 passengers and 9 crew members onboard, one passenger received serious injuries during the evacuation and the airplane was substantially damaged as a result of the fire.

The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as a domestic scheduled passenger flight to Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, Florida.

(Source: NTSB news release. Image from file. Not incident airplane)

FMI: www.ntsb.gov

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Malfunctioning toilets cause Delta flight to make emergency landing halfway through flight to Seattle

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:01

When you really gotta go, the plane’s gotta land.

A Delta Airlines flight from Kennedy Airport had to make an emergency pit stop in Montana so passengers could take a much-needed bathroom break, officials said Wednesday.

Malfunctioning bathrooms on the Boeing 757 caused a real emergency Saturday — forcing the plane to land at Billings Logan International Airport more than halfway through the six-hour flight to Seattle.

“All toilets were full and passengers needed to ‘go really bad,’” according to a Delta incident report uncovered by the Billings Gazette.

Once they landed relief was still nowhere in sight — because of the unscheduled stop, no gates were available for the plane, which had to be taken to a cargo area to unload several “passengers that needed to find a lavatory very urgently,” according to the report.

Ground crews had to bring a rolling stairway to the plane so passengers could rush to the nearest restroom and “find relief of built-up pressures,” the report said.

Passengers were allowed to get back on the plane and continue on their way once the toilets were fixed and the plane was refueled, Kevin Ploehn, the Billings director of aviation and transit, told the paper.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/broken-toilets-delta-flight-emergency-landing-article-1.3680644

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Today in History

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00

65 Years ago today: On 6 December 1952 a Cubana DC-4 crashed into the sea off Bermuda, killing 37 of the 41 occupants.

Date: Saturday 6 December 1952 Time: ca 04:45 Type: Douglas DC-4 Operator: Cubana de Aviación Registration: CU-T397 C/n / msn: 10319 First flight: 1944 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 41 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 4,5 km (2.8 mls) NE off Bermuda-Kindley Field (BDA) (   Bermuda) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bermuda-Kindley Field (BDA/TXKF), Bermuda Destination airport: Havana-Rancho Boyeros Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba

Narrative:
The DC-4 crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff. The airplane operated on a flight from Madrid, Spain to Havana (HAV), Cuba. It had arrived at Bermuda from Santa Maria, Azores at 03:30 for a refueling stop.

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Today is Tuesday the 5th of December, 2017

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 09:12

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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