Stevie Ray Vaughan – Alpine Valley, Elkhorn, WI

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On August 27, 1990, at approximately 12:40 a.m. central daylight time (CDT), Stevie Ray Vaughan, 35-year-old musician, crashed in a Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, registration #N16933, approximately 0.6 miles after taking off from the golf course performance area at Alpine Valley, Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  The Bell 206B was bound for then Meigs Field in Chicago.  The Jet Ranger was the third of four helicopters involved in a shuttling activity.  It was traveling at a lower … Continue reading

Steve Fossett – near Mammoth Lakes, California

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September 3, 2007, Steve Fossett, adventurist and financial guru, departed Flying M Ranch, a private airport near Yerington, Nevada on a local, and personal flight, but failed to return.  He was flying a Bellanca 8KCAB-180 Super Decathlon (N240R) which subsequently struck mountainous terrain near Mammoth Lakes, California.  The probable cause of the mishap was ascribed to downdrafts by the NTSB.  Steve Fossett, the only person aboard, was fatally injured. He had previously received recognition for … Continue reading

Southwest Airlines Flight 812 – near Yuma, AZ

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On April 1, 2011, at approximately 3:58 p.m. mountain standard time (MST), Southwest Airlines, Flight 812, flying as a Boeing 737-3H4, N632SW, encountered a rapid decompression as it was on cruise climb, and passing through (flight level) FL340, about 35 minutes after departure. In response to this event, the captain and first officer initiated an emergency descent and diverted to Yuma International Airport (NYL), Yuma, Arizona. The Boeing 737-3H4 had substantial damage. When inspected after … Continue reading

The Reba McEntire Band – Near San Diego, California

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On March 16, 1991, at approximately 1:40 a.m. pacific standard time (PST), seven members of country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her tour manager took off from Brown Field, south of San Diego and crashed in the 10-seat, Hawker Siddeley DH-125-1A/522 jet aircraft, N831LC, cn:25095.  Shortly after taking off from Brown Field Municipal Airport, the Siddeley jet departed to the east when the wing clipped an outcropping of rock near the 3,572-foot Otay Mountain Peak. … Continue reading

John Walton – Jackson Hole Airport

On Jun 27, 2005, at approximately 12:18 p.m. mountain daylight time (MDT), John T. Walton, 58-year-old billionaire second son of Sam Walton (founder of Wal-Mart), crashed in a CGS Hawk Arrow approximately seven minutes after taking off from the Jackson Hole Airport in Grand Teton National Park.  The Hawk Arrow ultra-light-class aircraft experienced failure of the elevator wing surface.  This was attributed to the improper re-installation of the rear locking collar on the elevator control … Continue reading

John Heinz – Near Philadelphia Crash

On April 4, 1991, 52-year-old Henry John Heinz III, Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, crashed in a Piper PA60 Aerostar when it collided with a Bell 412 helicopter near Philadelphia.  The wreckage landed in Merion Elementary School of Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. The Piper PA60 Aerostar lost airworthiness after the Bell 412 rotor blade sliced into and severed a wing causing both to crash.  This was attributed to two things.  First, the Aerostar pilot-in-command allowed an … Continue reading

September 11, 2001 AA Flight 11 and 77, UAL Flights 93 and 175 Pilots Perspective

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 On September 11, 2001, at approximately 8:46 a.m. and ending at 10:03 a.m. eastern daylight time (EDT), American Airlines Flights 11 and 77, United Airlines 93 and 175 were involved in the worst commercial aviation disaster, in recorded history.   The transcontinental aircraft met their unscheduled destinations by flying into first the two largest towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City, followed by the Pentagon in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

Flight 191 DC-10 Chicago O’Hare Crash

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 On May 25, 1979, at approximately 3:04 p.m. central daylight time (CDT), American Airlines flight 191, a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-10 underwent the catastrophic detachment of its left wing engine during early takeoff climb from runway 32R at Chicago-O’Hara International Airport, Illinois.  It subsequently crashed shortly before entering a trailer park about 4,600 feet northwest of the departure end of the runway. American Airlines Flight 191 was taking off from runway 32R, or the right parallel runway. … Continue reading

United Airlines DC-3, San Francisco Crash

On February 9, 1937, United Airlines flight 23, a DC-3-3aA, tail number NC16073, crashed into San Francisco Bay, approximately 2 miles offshore, while on approach. This mishap is notable for it being the first involving a DC-3. The United Airlines Douglas C-47B (DC-3) was carrying nine passengers and two crew members.  All were killed in the crash. The airplane was en route from Los Angeles to Oakland and was to have a stopover in San … Continue reading

What happens when the FAA investigates a pilot

The FAA has been given a certain amount of executive, legislative, and judicial authority, in regard to the 1958 Federal Aviation Act. This Act conveyed the air safety regulation to the new FAA from the original CAB. The FAA was given the sole responsibility for air traffic control and a civil-military system of air navigation. Therefore the FAA was now the administrative agency responsible for enforcing and advertising all regulations regarding civil aviation. The FAA … Continue reading

John Denvers Tragedy

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Taken far before it was his time, John Denver is a music legend that reigned over the 1970′s capturing the hearts of music listeners all over the world. What caused this crash? Could it have been prevented? These were common questions amongst John Denver’s fans and his music lovers when everyone learned the tragic news of his sudden death at a young 53 years old. When Denver’s Long-EZ experimental plane went down over Monterey Bay, … Continue reading

Southwest Airlines Flight 345 at LaGuardia Airport

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On July 22, 2013, at approximately 5:45 p.m. eastern daylight time (EDT), Southwest Airlines flight 345, a Boeing 737-700 experienced a nose-down landing at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York.  It was cleared to land on an Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach to Runway 4.  The mishap occurred after the twin-engine jet’s nose landing gear collapsed towards the tail and then up into the fuselage. This damaged the electronics bay, which houses avionics and other … Continue reading

Orville Wright was responsible for first aviation crash fatality

Many people are aware that Wilbur and Orville Wright completed the first successful flight in an aircraft. Many people are unaware, however, of the first flight related death. The poor victim was a young man named Thomas Selfridge, and the accident occurred with pilot Orville Wright in Fort Myer, Virginia. Thomas Selfridge was born in 1882. He was born from a long line of military men, and young Selfridge continued that proud way of life. … Continue reading

Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner Accident

U.K. air accident investigators say there was no evidence that a fire on an empty Boeing 787 at Heathrow Airport was caused by faulty batteries. Ethiopian Airlines said smoke was detected coming from the plane after it had been parked at Heathrow for more than eight hours. Luckily, the fire resulted in no injuries, as no one was on board the plane when it caught fire. The fire caused the busy Heathrow runway to shutdown … Continue reading

Crash near Sacramento California into a Golf Course

The FAA is currently investigating an air plane crash that occurred Friday, August 23rd in the evening. The small Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee was carrying two occupants, the pilot and a passenger. Neither were seriously harmed in the accident but both were taken to the hospital immediately after the incident. The wreck occurred at the Bing Maloney Golf Course just outside of Sacramento, California. The plane itself originated from the Sacramento Airport, within ten miles of … Continue reading

UPS Flight 1354

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On August 14, 2013, at approximately 4:47 AM central daylight time (CDT), United Parcel Service flight 1354, an Airbus A300-600, tail number N155UP, crashed short of runway 18 while it was on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (KBHM), Birmingham, Alabama. The airplane was flying a non-precision, localizer-only (lateral guidance without slope guidance) approach. The two pilots died on impact, and the airplane was destroyed. The cargo flight originated from Louisville International Airport, Louisville, Kentucky.  This … Continue reading

Boeing 247 crashed in Indiana first case of sabotage

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The first proven case of sabotage in the history of commercial aviation occurred in a Boeing 247 propliner operated by United Airlines on October 10, 1933. The plane first departure was out of Newark, New Jersey with a final destination in Oakland, California. The route included two stopovers, one in Cleveland, Ohio and a second in Chicago, Illinois. The plane successfully made it first landing in Cleveland and was en route to Chicago when tragedy … Continue reading

Airplane Incident Investigation Agencies

Air travel is one of the most popular forms of getting from place to place. It is also one of the safest methods, as you are much more likely to be involved in an automobile accident than you are to be involved in an air crash of any type. However, when an accident does occur the results are often disastrous. The fact that virtually every major air crash is covered by all the news organizations … Continue reading

First Commericial Airliner Sabotage Imperial Airways Diksmuide, Belgium 1933

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An Armstrong Whitworth Argosy airplane, operated by Imperial Airways-one of the first British commercial airlines, was crashed near Diksmuide, Belgium on March 28, 1933, killing all fifteen people on-board. The plane named “City of Liverpool” was on its regular route from Brussels to London when it suddenly started to lose altitude. Something caused the plane split into two sections mid-air and then careen toward the ground. Before the aircraft started losing altitude, an eye witness … Continue reading

What does an NTSB report entail?

We can actually see the NTSB in action in some very recent aviation incidents taking place right now, one involving a UPS cargo plane, and another involving a crash at a Kansas airport. These are in the first stages of the investigation. But what is involved in the whole process of investigating and aviation accident? The first stage for the NTSB is to assemble a team, called the “Go Team”, and send them off to … Continue reading

Asiana Flight 214 Failed Landing at San Francisco International

On July 6, 2013 Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed while approaching its destination of San Francisco International airport. The landing gear of the plane hit the sea wall of the San Francisco Bay. There were several eye witnesses present who gave accounts of the crash. There were no weather anomalies reported at that time and visibility was good. The plane was seen by the control tower, and was given clearance to land. The pilot of … Continue reading