Category: Accidents & Investigations

LATAM Brazil Finds Bullet Hole in Boeing 767

Brazilian authorities are investigating after a bullet was discovered lodged in the left wing of a LATAM Airlines Brazil Boeing 767-300ER. The bullet was found during scheduled maintenance of the aircraft. The airline has notified Brazil’s federal police and civil aviation authority ANAC and is co-operating with their investigations, says the carrier in a statement. […]

Three-Year Search for MH370 Comes to an End

The search for MH370 has been suspended with the last vessel departing from the 120,000km² search area in the Indian Ocean. A joint statement from the three governments involved in the search – Malaysia, Australia, and China – says that the search effort for the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has failed to locate the jet […]

8 Years Ago a US Airways A320 Ditched Into The Hudson

Yesterday it has been 8 years that a US Airways Airbus A320 ditched into the Hudson river. It is still described as the “Miracle on the Hudson” and according to aviation specialists it was “the most succesful ditching ever”. Wikipedia: US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320-214 which, three minutes after takeoff from New […]

Flight Recorder Retrieved From 747 Crash Debris in Kyrgyzstan

Investigators have retrieved the first flight recorder from the wreckage of a Boeing 747-400F which crashed in the vicinity of Bishkek Manas airport. The ACT Airlines aircraft, operating under the MyCargo brand, came down to the west of the airport following a flight from Hong Kong. Kyrgyzstan’s government states that the first recorder has been […]

Eurowings Jet Lands in Kuwait Over Hoax Bomb Threat

Eurowings carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said. The aircraft operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, had been travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. Upon its arrival […]

Accident Reports Published in the Second Half of 2016

Georgian Airways Bombardier CRJ100ER (4L-GAE) On 4 April 2011 a Georgian Airways Bombardier CRJ100ER (4L-GAE) crashed following a sudden loss of height on final approach to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The official investigation believes it encountered a severe microburst associated with a thunderstorm squall line. The aircraft had been cleared to conduct a […]

UPDATED: Turkish Cargo Plane Boeing 747 Crashes in Kyrgyzstan Killing Dozens

A Turkish cargo jet has crashed near Kyrgyzstan’s Manas airport, killing at least 37 people, most of them residents of a village struck by the Boeing 747 as it tried to land in dense fog, Kyrgyz officials said. According to the airport administration, the plane was supposed to make a stopover at Manas, near the […]

World Airline Accident Review 2016

Airline fatal accident figures rose significantly in 2016 compared with the previous year, but the comparison is somewhat misleading because 2015 was the safest year in history by a considerable margin. Among the 2016 fatal accidents recorded are two which may, when the final reports are published, be confirmed as being caused by deliberate hostile […]

Germanwings Flight 9525 Probe Closed by German Prosecutors

Almost two years after the crash of Germanwings flight 9525 which killed all 150 passengers and crew on board, German prosecutors have closed the investigation, concluding that Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot, was solely responsible in the intentional crashing of the aircraft. A number of victims’ relatives have been upset by the closing of the investigation. […]

Fort Lauderdale Shooter Was Passenger Who Legally Checked Handgun

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (Florida) International Airport (FLL) shooter was an arriving passenger who used a handgun from his checked baggage. The suspect flew on two Delta Air Lines flights Jan. 6, originating in Anchorage (ANC) and connecting at Minneapolis (MSP) for a flight to FLL, according […]