Archive for June, 2009

Fear of flying – a tragedy in the air or how save are airplanes?

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Some impressions about what can happen in commercial airplanes!

Both photos are circulating on the Internet and arrived in born to be free, sent by journalist Arismendy C. Borda .

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The photos were taken by one of the passengers at a critical time of the tragedy.

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The photos were retrieved from the USB memory of a camera. In the first picture there is a huge hole in the fuselage through which you can see the tailplane and vertical fin of the aircraft. In the second photo one of the passengers is being dragged out of the hole.


Ethiopian Plane Crashes Into Sea Off Lebanon

BEIRUT (Jan. 25) – An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying 90 people caught fire and crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Beirut early this morning, setting off a frantic search as passenger seats, baby sandals and other debris washed ashore. At least 34 bodies were recovered.

Relatives of passengers of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the sea off Lebanon react after arriving at Beirut airport Monday.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known. Lebanon has seen stormy weather since Sunday night, with crackling thunder, lightning and pouring rain.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said terrorism was not suspected in the crash of Flight 409, which was headed for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Sabotage is ruled out as of now,” he said.

The Boeing 737-800 took off around 2:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. EST) and went down 2 miles off the coast, said Ghazi Aridi, the public works and transportation minister. The Lebanese army said in a statement the plane wason fire shortly after takeoff.

The weather undoubtedly was very bad,” Aridi told reporters at the airport.

Pieces of the plane and debris were washing ashore in the hours after the crash, including passenger seats, a baby sandal, a fire extinguisher and bottles of medicine.

The plane was carrying 90 people, including 83 passengers and 7 crew, Lebanese officials said. Aridi, the transportation minister, identified the passengers as 54 Lebanese, 22 Ethiopians, one Iraqi, one Syrian, one Canadian of Lebanese origin, one Russian of Lebanese origin, a French woman and two Britons of Lebanese origin.


Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River and all aboard reported safe

NEW YORK (CNN) — A US Airways plane with 155 people on board ditched into a chilly Hudson River on Thursday, apparently after striking at least one bird upon takeoff from New York’s La Guardia Airport, according to officials and passengers.

Everyone on board was accounted for and alive, officials said. About 15 people were being treated at hospitals and others were being evaluated at triage centers.

Flight 1549, headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.

The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and declared an emergency, a New Jersey State Police source said.

Hudson River Plane Crash

“I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves,” said passenger Fred Berretta. “It was quite stunning.”

Air France A330 Crash in the Atlantic Ocean


The Airbus went missing over the Atlantic Ocean on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, France. The plane departed from Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport at 19:03 LT bound for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The last radio contact with the flight was at 01:33 UTC. The aircraft left CINDACTA III radar coverage at 01:48 UTC, flying normally at FL350. The aircraft reportedly went through a thunderstorm with strong turbulence at 02:00 UTC. At 02:14 UTC an automated message was received indicating a failure of the electrical system. Debris and several bodies have been discovered about 570 miles northeast of Natal, Brazil.

The plane carried 12 crew members and 216 passengers. The plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean, killing all on board.

Another disaster in air: Yemeni plane crashes with 150 on board

At 30 Jun 2009 a Yemenia Air plane flying between Paris, Yemen and the Comoros islands in the Indian Ocean has crashed into the sea with more than 150 people missing.

FRANCE YEMEN PLANE CRASHIn the latest disaster, Yemenia Air flight IY 626 had left on Monday, also from Charles De Gaulle Airport, for Sana’a in Yemen via Marseille. In Sana’a, passengers had changed plane and been joined by others for the rest of the flight to the Comoros by way of Djibouti.Witnesses at the airport in Moroni, Grand Comore’s capital, said they saw the plane coming into land but it veered away and turned as if to make a second approach. It then disappeared from radar screens.

“I saw the plane approach and then go away again,” said Houmed Msaidie, the Comoros’ former defense minister, who had gone to the airport to meet his mother-in-law. “I just could not understand it.”

A bruised teenage girl clung to the wreckage of a Yemeni plane for more than 13 hours before rescuers found her floating in the Indian Ocean, a French official said Wednesday.

Initial blame was put on bad weather, with air officials in the Comoros Islands reporting strong winds of 25 knots, gusting to 35 knots – 30-40mph.The islands’ government sent rescue speedboats to the point where the plane disappeared from air traffic control radar screens in the early hours of the morning. They and nearby fishermen found debris, bodies and personal items including handbags floating in the water.

They also came across the girl, who they said was “very tired”. Arfachad Salim, a rescue coordinator for the Comoros Red Crescent, said she had been taken ashore and was being treated in hospital in the Comoros’ capital Moroni.

A 14-year-old girl plucked alive from the waters of the Indian Ocean is thought to be the only survivor of the second plane disaster to hit France in a month. The girl was one of 153 people on board an Airbus 310 aircraft which ditched in the sea ten miles off the coast of the Comoros Islands after a botched initial attempt at landing.

PD*29806843The French authorities said 66 of those on board were French nationals, out of 142 passengers. The crew were a mixture of Yemenis, Filipinos and other nationalities.It is almost exactly a month since an Air France Airbus 330-200 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while on a flight from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The disaster will renew the focus on Airbus’s safety record, while the revelation that the plane involved had been banned from European air space for two years prompted calls for EU standards to be set globally.

However, French and EU authorities confirmed that the plane, which had been flying since 1990, had been banned from European airspace because of a series of faults found in 2007.