Crashing Planes

The Zetas predicted that air travel would become increasingly risky. On July 23 a plane crashed in Taiwan, during rough weather but other planes were landing without problem. On July 24 a plane flying over Mali went missing, had diverted its path due to rough weather, and was found crashed the next day. On July 25 a plane flying to Barcelona, Spain was struck by lightning so severely that a forced landing occurred. Is this the new normal? 

50 Dead as Plane Crashes in Taiwan Following Emergency Landing Failure
July 23, 2014
The plane had taken off from Kaohsiung at 4.53 PM for Magong in Penghul, said Jean Shen, the head of the Civil Aeronautics Administration of Taiwan. The plane had lost contact with the tower at 7.06 PM after it had said that it would make a second attempt at landing. The visibility at the time the plane had approached had been 1,600 meters, which meet the standards that had been set for landing. The agency has also reported that two flights had landed before the GE222, one at 5.34 PM, while the other had been at 6.57 PM. However, it appears that the heavy rain had caused reduced visibility, and the plane had been forced to pull up in order to make a second attempt at landing.
Taiwan Plane Crash: Investigators Examine Black Boxes, Wreckage
July 25, 2014
The investigation is expected to focus on a four-minute gap between the pilot's request for a second approach and the plane's crashing into village homes at 7:10 p.m., during which visibility dropped by half.

Air Algerie Flight AH5017 Crashes in Niger Due to Bad Weather
July 24, 2014
The disappeared Air Algerie flight AH5017 has crashed in Niger after flying through violent storms. The region was badly affected by violent storms and the plane was rerouted while it was flying over Mali. The flight was scheduled to land at its destination at about 05:10 local time.
Air Algerie Plane Likely Crashed Due To Bad Weather: French Officials
July 25, 2014
The strong smell of aircraft fuel at the crash site and the fact that the debris was scattered over a relatively small area also suggested the cause of the crash was linked to weather, a technical problem or a cumulation of such factors.

EasyJet Plane Carrying 156 Passengers Forced to make Emergency Landing - Jet was Struck by Lightning
July 25, 2014
An easyJet plane was forced to make an emergency landing today after flying out of Britain - when it was struck by lightning. The Airbus A319-111, believed to be carrying 156 passengers, was forced to land at Spain's Reus Airport. We were just flying over Barcelona and this storm came out of nowhere. The flight, from Bristol Airport, was due to arrive at Barcelona International at 10.10am local time. Everyone is fine but a lot of the women were screaming and crying and the cabin crew were flung down the plane. One guy even saw the lightning go all the way around the plane.

For the past decade, the compass has been unreliable. GPS likewise, as the Earth wobble moves the globe under the network of satellites, and the wobble is getting worse. Recently, two air planes landed in Missouri and Kansas 9 miles from their proper destinations, due to GPS failure. Recently 50 planes disappeared from radar over the Danube River in Europe, over a period of days. Pilots and the air traffic controllers are increasingly flying blind. Then there is the dramatic zapping of airplane electronics, as occurred for AF 447 in 2009 and MH 370 earlier this year. Which factors were responsible for these three airline disasters in July, 2014? The Zetas explain. 

ZetaTalk Insight 7/25/2014: A TransAsia Airways was landing near Taiwan on July 23, 2014 in the aftermath of a Typhoon that had passed the region, and though several other planes were able to land just prior, at 7:06 pm local time the plane crashed into homes near the airport, killing 48 aboard. The Sun was high over India, so a side swipe of the charged tail of Planet X disrupted the steady state of the Earth’s magnetic field on the dusk side of the globe. One might call this an electro-magnetic flux, rather than pulse, but this is just as disruptive to electronics. Although the pilot was having difficulty landing, making a second pass, the public will only hear that rain created poor visibility. 

A SwiftAir plane encountered bad weather in Mali on July 24, 2014 just before dawn at 4:30 am local time and was later discovered crashed, all 116 aboard dead. The Sun was high over India at the time, a point when the Earth wobble swings to the right, but visibility was also affected by the atmospheric turmoil. Thunderstorms do not bring down aircraft, however, nor did the SwiftAir fly into a mountain. At pre-dawn over Mali, this plane also encountered a side-swipe of the charged tail of Planet X, stalling the engines long enough to plunge the plane into the ground. The public will only hear of bad weather, however. 

On July 25, 2017 an EasyJet landing in Spain close to noon at 10:10 am made an emergency landing as it had been devastated by lightning, all 116 aboard saved, thus. Planes are protected from lightning strikes, but this assault was considered so devastating the pilot was taking no chances. The assault was sudden, unexpected, and once again near water as both Barcelona and the emergency landing were along the coastline with the Mediterranean. As with the European radar outages on June 5-10, 2014 in the afternoons, the timing was when the Sun was overhead, close to noon. Facing Planet X, direct arcing to the charged tail occurred, and such lightning storms will likewise be on the increase, increasing devastation for air travel.

Source:  ZetaTalk Newsletter Issue 410 

Germanwings Crash

Yet another airplane crashes due to electro-magnetic pulse. This time the crash was in the heart of Europe in the foothills of the Alps. The Zetas explain that stretch zones are susceptible to attracting the charged tail of Planet X, and the Eurasian Plate is under a stretch. 

Germanwings Crash: Plane Obliterated, 150 Presumed Dead
March 24, 2015
March 24, 2015. A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane carrying at least 148 people crashed Tuesday in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France. The plane crashed near Digne-les-Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region.
Germanwings Plane Crashes In South France, 150 Feared Dead
March 24, 2015
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. There did not appear to be turbulence or low cloud ceiling in the area. 

ZetaTalk Summary 3/28/2015: We have repeatedly stressed that certain parts of the globe are susceptible to interaction with the charged tail of Planet X. This is certainly the case on the Sunda Plate, which is under continuous pressure to slip under the curve of the Indo-Australian Plate, as the MH 370 disaster shows. Stretch zones are most susceptible to the electromagnetic screech in the rock and the interplay with the charged tail of Planet X that causes interference with airplane electronics. This can be seen by AF 447 in 2009 while over the spreading Atlantic Rift.  All of the Eurasian Plate, from the UK through to China, is under such a stretch. This can be seen in the hum in the UK and disappearing radar over the Danube River course and methane flashes in the Urals and the Sleepy Hollow phenomena. 

What was the cause of the Germanwings crash? What is known is that the plane reached cruising speed and then began a descent. Meanwhile there was no communication from the cockpit, though communication lines had been open just a minute before the descent. If there was total electronic failure, as happened for AF 447 in 2009 and MH 370 in 2014, with no oxygen pumped into the cockpit or passenger cabin, the pilot can become unconscious.  

Airbus A320 Plane Crash in Southern France
March 24, 2015
Germanwings say they are not aware of any complications during the descent of the aircraft. It started descending one minute after reaching its cruising height and continued to lose altitude for eight minutes, before finally crashing. Air traffic controllers said they were in contact with the pilots of the Germanwings A320 aircraft just a minute before the plane started to descend.
Britons on Board Doomed Germanwings Flight 4U 9525
March 25, 2015
Air traffic controllers claimed they received no SOS despite the jet nosediving 32,000 ft in just eight minutes. It is understood to have crashed at more than 400mph.

Without oxygen, the pilots and crew as well as the passengers will quickly become sleepy, confused, nauseous, and unconscious. If brain death occurs within four minutes, the stage where one is confused and unconscious occurs very quickly, in less than a minute.  Electromagnetic pulse also affects electronics selectively, some incapacitated, some only damaged, but other managing to function. Electromagnetic pulse also makes one sleepy, as the Sleepy Hollow phenomena shows. 

Cerebral Hypoxia
Continued oxygen deprivation results in fainting, long-term loss of consciousness, coma, seizures, cessation of brain stem reflexes, and brain death.
Symptoms of asphyxia vary but may include light-headedness, nausea, and gasping, followed by unconsciousness and death. An area quickly affected is the cerebral cortex, the brain center for speech and other conscious behavior; it can be irreparably damaged by as little as five minutes of oxygen deprivation.
Electromagnetic Pulse
The electromagnetic pulse induces large currents in conductors that are part of or are connected to the equipment. These high currents can do the following:  Induce voltages high enough to arc from one conductor to another, damaging whatever is connected to them. Induce voltages high enough to arc from a conductor to a device, damaging the device. Exceed the current-carrying capabilities of conductors or components in the device, damaging them. Induce voltages that exceed the voltage limitations of components in the device, damaging them. Induce voltages that exceed the breakdown voltage of insulation in the device, damaging other components. Cause voltage spikes that move atoms around in the doping of semiconductors, ruining them. Cause voltage spikes that puncture through the metallic oxide gates in semiconductors, ruining them. Cause all of the sparkplugs in an internal combustion engine to fire at the same time, stopping the engine. Damage the semiconductors in an electronic ignition system, stopping the engine and keeping it from running again. Blow fuses in electric power transmission lines, putting them out of service until the fuses are replaced.

One of the flight data recorders, the voice recorder from the cockpit, was retrieved and revealed that up until the descent all was normal and calm. Then when they reached cruising altitude the pilot left the cockpit and went to the bathroom but could not get back in. In the limited audio released to the media, the pilot can be heard pounding on the door. However, A320 doors are electronically controlled, locking and unlocking electronically. Loss of electronic control would have locked the door and disabled the pad. Or there would have been frantic keypad buzzing, clicking of the toggle switch in the cockpit to re-lock the door, and intercom phone calls. None of this was mentioned by the media. Why not? 

A320 Doors
Cockpit Door: A forward-opening door separates the cockpit from the passenger compartment. In an emergency it can be forced open in either direction. The door has an electric locking latch controlled by the door unlock pushbutton on the pedestal. To unlock the door, the pilot must press the pushbutton, and maintain it pressed.
Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France
March 26, 2015
The audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter. “The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer.” He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”  Among the theories that have been put forward by air safety analysts not involved in the investigation is the possibility that a pilot could have been incapacitated by a sudden event such as a fire or a drop in cabin pressure.
Germanwing Crash Not the Full Story
March 29, 2015
Arnoux also wonders why no mention was made by investigators of hearing the loud strident beeping made by the cockpit door console when the emergency access code is entered to open the cockpit door. Arnoux recognizes that the emergency unlock code could have been overridden by someone in the cockpit manually holding the lock button down, but this would not have prevented the beeping once the code was entered outside. This would have been the clearest confirmation that one of the pilots had been locked out. Yet no mention was made of it.

The press is claiming the sounds of the co-pilot breathing steadily can be heard, thus his intention to commit suicide. This is more symptomatic of an unconscious co-pilot, as someone deliberately flying into a mountainside would be emotional and breathing rapidly. An unconscious co-pilot could also have fallen sideways onto the joystick, pushing it forward to cause the descent. The media only mentions  turning a dial to control descent, which is an adjustment to the autopilot, not the joystick option. Manipulating the joystick overrides the autopilot. Why not? Because for airline profits to be maintained, the co-pilot is being blamed. 

The A320 is the First Launched Engineering Essay
The A320 families typically used digital fly-by-wire control systems and control the aircraft by joystick at side-stick usually on right hand side, in commercial aircraft.
Avcanada Forum
March 25, 2015
I have a question specifically for Airbus drivers. In normal cruise configuration, should a pilot end up leaning on the sidestick, pushing it forward, what will the aircraft do? Thinking about a possible incapacitation scenario, ie slumped forward due to a heart attack or anurism or some such event. What would the aircraft do with normal cruise set on auto, but a sidestick pushed forward?

ZetaTalk Analysis 3/28/2015: Has the public been allowed to hear the cockpit voice recorder? This will not be allowed, or only after it has been altered to fit the circumstances. What is missing at present is the door access buzzer. Normal exit and entry are via an intercom identification after a single keypad button is pushed. In an emergency a code can be typed into the keypad. It is true that the cockpit can block entry by pressing the lock button continuously. But during all or any of this, a buzzer is loudly sounding. If scraping chairs and a shutting door and steady breathing can be heard, where is the buzzer?  The press has made much of the co-pilot breathing “steadily”, proof that he is alive and the crash deliberate. Anyone conscious and seeing a crash into a mountain side looming will not be calm. This is an involuntary response. He would be screaming, and rapidly breathing. Oxygen deprivation first involves confusion and sleepiness, then becoming unconscious, so unless alerted that the oxygen level is dropping, the co-pilot was unaware this was happening to him. How often do carbon monoxide deaths occur where the family is taken unaware? 

Compare the sounds of the last 60 seconds recorded on the Germanwings cockpit recorder to the sounds expected from an A 320 cockpit. Note that only the last 60 second were released to the media. Bild, a German magazine, also released the full transcript of the audio, which matches reports to date and the 60 second audio released to the media. If the electronic operation of the door were involved at any time, the intercom phone ringing would be heard. If this resulted in the co-pilot unlocking the door, or trying to push the toggle to lock so it could not be unlocked, the sound of the toggle would be heard as well as the keypad buzzer in the cockpit.  If the co-pilot was ignoring these requests, then repeated keypad buzzing and toggle to lock would be heard, yet none of this was reported in the media. If, per the narrative being pushed in the media, the co-pilot had thrown a bolt on the door, then this too would be heard on the tape, as the media is claiming that a chair scuff on the floor and the sound of a shutting door could be heard. And in any case, the keypad would be tried, at least at first. The last 60 seconds include only pounding on the door with voices in the background, an alarm a few seconds before impact, more voices in the background and at the very end yet another alarm or call. None of the sounds on the recording match the anticipated intercom or keypad sounds. 

So what caused the crash? The African Roll may have only just started, but there are signs that the Mediterranean is pulling apart while the African Plate drops. This stretch does indeed affect the foothills of the Alps. 

ZetaTalk Comment 3/28/2015: Recently passengers on a flight from Barcelona to Israel grew faint from methane gas brought into the plane as it traveled along the spreading Mediterranean rip. Barcelona was in the news again when an EasyJet was struck by lightning. We have predicted that the African Roll will pull Gibraltar apart by an additional 125 miles. The Mediterranean in the past was a swamp, but now is a sea, due to such actions in the past. When the edge of the Eurasian Plate loses support along the Mediterranean, what does this do to the rock in the area? 

Rock being pulled apart does not just register distress at the rip point. Rock layers are attached, glued to other rock layers and to seams within the rock layers themselves for long distances. The Germanwings A320 was rising above the Alps, at the very foothills where in the past the rock had been jammed under the high Alps. The foothills of the Alps present a complicated situation, where rock layers below the Alps are subject to the long reach of the stretching of the Mediterranean, while the weight of the Alps prevents these pulled rock layers from being able to adjust. It is thus an aggravated stretch zone, and thus dangerous for air travel.  

CERN also had magnetic problems, just two days before and in the days after the Germanwings airplane crashed. CERN uses magnets intensively, and thus would be subject to the electromagnetic pulse that disabled the Germanwings plane in the French Alps. CERN is located in Geneva, nearby, also on the Franco-Swiss border.  

In pictures: X-rays Probe LHC for Cause of Short Circuit
March 26, 2015
Early last Saturday morning [March 21], while full-scale tests of all systems were ongoing in preparation for beam injection, an earth fault developed in the main dipole circuit of sector 3-4 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). All the protection systems worked properly and there was no harm done. The fault developed at relatively low current and was initially intermittent in nature.
Electric Fault Delays Relaunch of CERN Collider after Two-Year Refit
March 25, 2015
Engineers had been expected to start on Wednesday [March 25] pumping proton beams in opposite directions all the way round the two 27-km (17-mile) underground tubes in the LHC, closed down for the past two years for a refit. Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre have had to postpone the imminent relaunch of their refitted 'Big Bang' machine, the Large Hadron Collider, because of a short-circuit in the wiring of one of the vital magnets.

In the days following the crash of the Germanwings plane, on March 27, the Netherlands had an extensive blackout affecting Amsterdam and the entire region. And on March 31 Turkey had an extensive blackout affecting half the country. Per the Zetas, the European stretch is once again the cause. How will the establishment react? To date, they have presented a cover-up. AF 447 in 2009 was declared due to a pilot error and bad weather. This despite the fact that an automated technical report indicated that the electrical systems were shutting down, one by one. MH 370 was blamed on pilot suicide and bad weather too. 

What Happened to Flight 447?
June 1, 2009
A succession of a dozen technical messages showed that several electrical systems had broken down, most ominously the pressurization system - a totally unprecedented situation in the plane. A succession of a dozen technical messages (showed that) several electrical systems had broken down.
What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447
December 6, 2011
At 1h51m, the cockpit becomes illuminated by a strange electrical phenomenon. The two copilots discuss the unusually elevated external temperature, which has prevented them from climbing to their desired altitude. Suddenly, a strange aroma, like an electrical transformer, floods the cockpit, and the temperature suddenly increases. Just then an alarm sounds for 2.2 seconds, indicating that the autopilot is disconnecting. Note, however, that the plane has suffered no mechanical malfunction. The word "Stall!" will blare through the cockpit 75 times.

The Germanwings crash cannot blame the weather, which was perfect. Per the Zetas, the airline industries will not allow the truth to be told. Profits come first, and the lives of the common man are the least of their concerns.

ZetaTalk Comment 3/28/2015: The public will never learn the truth, as in all such cases electromagnetic interference is dismissed, the profits and jobs involved in the airline industry taking precedence of the truth. This will result in any case as the public gets leery of air travel, insurance costs rise, and airline companies go out of business.

 Source:  ZetaTalk Newsletter Issue 445

Small Planes Crashing

During a 5 day period from June 8-13, 2016 the portion of the N American continent most affected by the bow stress was afflicted by numerous small plane crashes. The bowing of the N American continent pulls the Aleutian Islands toward the tip of Mexico, with the center of the bow near San Diego. Thus, in a swath across the center of the US, small planes were suddenly crashing, with no warning, with no communications from the cockpit in most cases, a clear sign they were afflicted by Electro-Magnetic-Pulse. This onslaught showed up on the Global Incident Map for aviation. 

One of the most publicized incidents was the spinning crash of a small plane in Houston on June 9. The pilot reportedly made repeated attempts to land the plane, aborting each time due to his lack of control over the planet. It appears the pilot had also lost communications. Then in a final fatal spin, the plane crashed, killing all on board. The plane had flown from Oklahoma to Houston, crashing at its destination. 

Plane Spins, Drops from the Sky
June11, 2016
The NTSB is investigating the cause of a single-engine plane crash that killed three people in Houston.
NTSB: Pilot Tried to Land 3 times before Houston Plane Crash
June 10, 2016
The pilot of a plane that crashed near a Houston airport halted a third attempt to land just before it plummeted to the ground, killing all three inside. It's unclear whether the pilot made a distress call just before the crash that happened.  The plane was in a flat spin before it plummeted to the ground nose-first.

Not a day later near Hawthorne, California, a small plan dove into an apartment complex. No distress signal had been relayed, no communications whatsoever. Unless the pilot had a heart attack, the clear answer is yet another incident of Electro-Magnetic-Pulse disabling the electronics on the plane. 

Cessna Plane Crashes into Apartments in Hawthorne, California; 2 Dead
June 11, 2016
A small plane slammed into a two-story townhouse in Hawthorne, in the south west of Los Angeles County.  Hawthorne Municipal Airport is less than two miles from the crash site. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.
2 Dead After Plane Crashes Into Townhouse Complex Near Hawthorne Airport
June 11, 2016
The plane went down around 5:12 p.m. in the 4600 block of W. Broadway killing two people on board. The aircraft slammed into two townhouses in the complex. The aircraft, described as a Grumman American AA-1B, crashed two miles west of the airport under unknown circumstances.

Other incidents include a crash near Batesville, Indiana on June 8 which was blamed on an unexplained “mechanical problem”.  Investigation ongoing. Another on June 10 crashed into May Lake near Bismark, N Dakota which is being blamed on the youth of the pilot.  Investigation here also ongoing. Then on June 11 the pace picked up with a crash in Santa Rosa, California where the plane ended upside down in a field. The aircraft had reportedly been making “odd sounds” and the pilot, who survived, was having problems with the throttle. Another near Collegedale, Tennessee during a failed landing. Apparently, there were no communications and no survivors.  

Pilot Airlifted to Hospital after Small Plane Crashes near Batesville Airport
June 8, 2016
The crash occurred near Three Mile Road and Enochsburg Road around 11:45 am. An initial investigation determined that the plane was a homemade ultralight single person aircraft. The pilot took off from the airport and soon experienced a mechanical problem.  The aircraft then went down in a heavily wooded area not far from the airport. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Small Plane with Young Pilot Crashes, Killing all Onboard
June 10, 2016
The four-seat plane crashed into May Lake near the town of Wishek while en route to Bismarck. Complications during takeoff from Wishek's airport resulted in the crash.  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
Pilot Uninjured after Small Plane Crash in Santa Rosa
June 11, 2016
Personnel from the Bennett Valley Fire Department could hear a plane flying low in the area making an odd sound around 10 a.m. A short time later, the department received a report of a small plane crash in a vineyard near 6500 Jamison Road. Emergency responders arrived on the scene to find the biplane aircraft upside down in the vineyard. The pilot had been flying in the area when he realized there was a problem with the plane’s throttle, causing the aircraft to idle.
Official says 2 People Dead in Plane Crash in Tennessee
June 11, 2016
A single-engine plane crashed around 12:50 p.m. at the Collegedale airport. The plane was coming into the Collegedale airport when it crashed. She said she did not if anyone else outside the plane was injured or if there was property damaged in the crash. Collegedale is a city about 20 miles east of Chattanooga.

What’s causing this increase in Electro-Magnetic-Pulse (EMP) on the N American continent? The N American continent is a flat top, unable to roll, and thus as the Atlantic expands and the Pacific shortens, Mexico pulled to the west, there is unrelieved diagonal stress on the N American continent. This is resolved when the New Madrid  rips open, but until this occurs the rock is screaming. Compression in the rock squeezes air out of pockets in the rock, allowing electricity to rise unimpeded through the rock layers and arc to the charged tail of Nibiru. Booms are back with a fury in 2016, and dramatic blackouts occurred along the East Coast in 2015 as did a derailed Amtrak train in Philly. 

ZetaTalk Prediction 2/10/2006: The giant plates of N America and Eurasia are locked against each other, unable to rotate against each other due to their shape. But the primary drama preceding the pole shift will be the ripping action that a plate unable to move must endure. 

ZetaTalk Prediction 1/10/2015: We have consistently warned that electro-magnetic pulse, the arcing from the electronic screech in compressed rock to the charged tail of Planet X, will be on the increase. This brings down the grid, as surge and brownout destroy electronic infrastructure and electronic grids are designed to protect themselves thus. Blackouts, electronically damaged airplanes, and interference with mankind’s satellites will be on the increase.

ZetaTalk Prediction 5/28/2016: We have stressed that airplane travel will get increasingly risky, due to EMP which is already taking planes down in dramatic fashion.

Source: ZetaTalk Newsletter Issue 508

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Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 28, 2024 at 12:20pm

2 Army Apache Helicopter Pilots Injured But Stable After Training Crash at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

U.S. Army AH-64E Apache helicopter pilots fly overhead
U.S. Army AH-64E Apache helicopter pilots fly overhead as the last light of the sun fades over Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 25, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Brian Harris)

Two Army helicopter pilots were injured after their aircraft went down on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state Monday evening during a routine training exercise, according to a service statement. 

The soldiers were taken to a hospital after their AH-64E Apache helicopter assigned to 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, crashed a little before 10 p.m., Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Bryen Freigo told in an email.

The incident comes after two National Guard Apache crashes in February, and an active-duty helicopter crash overseas late last year that killed five soldiers.

"The two crew members were medically evacuated to Madigan Army Medical Center for evaluation and treatment and remain at the hospital in stable condition," Freigo said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and soldiers during their recovery."

Freigo further confirmed an investigative team from the Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Novosel, Alabama, has been deployed to look into the incident. A spokesperson for the center said they could provide no further comment at this time. 

While the last active-duty Army helicopter crash claimed the lives of five Special Forces troops when it went down while conducting non-combat operations over the Mediterranean Sea in November, the Army National Guard has seen a surge in helicopter crashes over the last few months alone.

It temporarily grounded all of its helicopters after the component suffered back-to-back AH-64 Apache crashes last month. A Feb. 12 crash near Salt Lake City resulted in two Utah National Guardsmen suffering mild injuries but ultimately surviving the incident, an unfortunate rarity for aviation crashes.

The second occurred Feb. 23 in northern Mississippi and claimed the lives of pilots Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Andrew Zemek, 36, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Joshua Abbott, 42.

Earlier this month, a helicopter carrying U.S. Border Patrol agents and National Guardsmen went down while flying over the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one agent and two Guardsmen. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter was part of the government's border security mission, according to a statement from Joint Task Force North.

As of April 2023, a report from the Government Accountability Office noted there had been at least 28 Army National Guardsmen killed in rotary-wing mishaps over the last decade. Between the Army and Air National Guards, there were 298 mishaps reported between fiscal 2020 and 2021 alone.

As these units are often heavily manned by part-time troops, the National Guard has issues maintaining aircraft and ensuring its pilots have enough flight time, which may be partly responsible for the high number of incidents, the report found.

No such research has been conducted since at least 2018 on similar active-duty Army aviation incidents.

-- Rachel Nostrant is a Marine Corps veteran and freelance journalist, with work published in Reuters, New York Magazine, Military Times and more.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 20, 2024 at 6:12pm

Another one...

Another Boeing emergency: Delta Airlines 737 plane makes emergency landing after one of the engines caught fire moments after taking off in Aruba

  • A spokesperson for the airline told that there were 168 passengers on board in addition to four flight attendants and two pilots 

Boeing-made Delta Airlines flight out of Aruba and bound for Atlanta was forced to turn back and make an emergency landing after an engine blow out on take-off.

The Pilot of the Boeing 737 900 circled the Caribbean island four times before coming back into land following the 'mechanical issue'.

A spokesperson for the airline told that there were 168 passengers on board in addition to four flight attendants and two pilots. The passengers were forced to spend an extra night in Aruba before being flown out on Wednesday. 

'Delta flight DL581 from Aruba to Atlanta experienced a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff. It landed safely and returned to the gate uneventfully,' the spokesperson said. 

'Delta teams are working to get our customers to their final destinations as quickly and safely as possible and we apologize for the delay in their travels.'

One passenger described the ordeal on Reddit saying that 'one of the engines blew up mid takeoff, we circled Aruba four times and emergency landed.'

The aircraft in question was a Boeing 737 900. 'Delta flight DL581 from Aruba to Atlanta experienced a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff. It landed safely and returned to the gate uneventfully,' a spokesperson said

The aircraft in question was a Boeing 737 900. 'Delta flight DL581 from Aruba to Atlanta experienced a mechanical issue shortly after takeoff. It landed safely and returned to the gate uneventfully,' a spokesperson said

This image shows the flight's path taking it around Aruba several times before the pilot decided to turn back

The passenger said that Delta paid for hotels and meals for the passenger. 

Another passenger said that they heard a 'loud boom' shortly into the flight.

'It sounded like it happened right after the landing gear went up. I thought at first one side of the gear got stuck and went up late.'

The passenger said that the captain came on the announce system to say that the left engine was on fire but that it was under control.  After performing the necessary checks, the pilot made the decision to fly back to Aruba. 

'The passengers were all pretty calm about it. We deboarded the plane and was told a large bird had flown into the engine.' 

The passenger said that Delta's meal vouchers amounted to around $15 per person. 

This is just the latest bad press for Boeing who have to endure a rough year. 

On Tuesday, the head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said Boeing must improve safety culture and address quality issues before the agency will allow the plane maker to boost 737 MAX production.

The FAA in late January took the unprecedented step of telling Boeing it would not allow the company to expand 737 MAX production in the wake of a mid-air emergency on an Alaska Airlines jet earlier in the month.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday that the agency has not begun discussions yet with Boeing about hiking 737 production, and said the agency will only permit an increase when Boeing is 'running a quality system safely.'

Whitaker said he has the tools to hold Boeing 'accountable and fully intend to use them.'

Boeing did not immediately comment.

Whitaker said Boeing is allowed to produce 38 of the 737 planes per month, but actual current production 'is lower than that'; he did not elaborate.

Boeing's chief financial officer, Brian West, said last month that the planemaker's first-half output of 737 planes would be less than 38 per month, but in the second half said he expected it would 'move toward that 38 per month, but it will be dictated' by the FAA.

The FAA's Whitaker said the timeline on when Boeing will be allowed to boost the 737 MAX production rate will depend on 'how effectively they can implement these changes in the safety culture and bring their quality levels up to where they need to be.'

The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe into the January mid-air 737 MAX 9 cabin panel blowout.

On Feb. 28, Whitaker said Boeing must develop a comprehensive plan to address 'systemic quality-control issues' within 90 days and set milestones.

'This is a long-term endeavor -- it takes a long time to change culture,' Whitaker said on Tuesday. 'They certainly have it within their capabilities to do that.

'I don't want to give the impression that this is a 90-day fix and then we move on,' he added.

Separately, Whitaker spoke over the weekend with United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby about a series of recent safety incidents, including a plane that lost a panel on Friday.

Kirby told customers on Monday the airline is reviewing recent safety incidents and using insights to update employee safety training and procedures.

Kirby 'knows we're going to be engaging a little more closely with them as we look into these,' Whitaker said.

Comment by jorge namour on March 12, 2024 at 12:33am


Something odd going on...reports all over the country. Felt strange here too.

Technical incident” on a Latam plane traveling from Sydney to Santiago de Chile: 50 people were injured, one of them seriously

Published: Mar 11, 2024

At least 50 passengers on a LATAM flight from Sydney were injured on Monday after their plane, bound for Chile via Auckland, recorded “a technical incident” that caused significant turbulence, emergency services and emergency services reported on Monday. the air company

Some witnesses said several passengers were not wearing seatbelts when the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner made a sudden descent for reasons that have not been determined. The aircraft landed in Auckland, where 12 people were hospitalized
LATAM Airlines said in a statement that its flight LA800 “had a technical incident during the trip that caused strong movement.”

Some passengers and cabin crew were affected. They received immediate assistance and were evaluated or treated by medical personnel at the airport.

The crashed plane is a Boeing 787-9> /strong>
People flew through the cabin

Passengers explained to the local press that the plane lost altitude rapidly as it flew over the Tasman Sea and propelled all the people who were not wearing seat belts to the roof.

“It just fell.”
Passenger told RNZ the plane “just went down” about two-thirds of the way through.

There was no prior turbulence, we were flying smoothly the entire way,” he said. “I had fallen asleep and, luckily, I was wearing my seat belt, and suddenly the plane went down.”

“Then people started screaming. “I felt like the plane was plummeting, like I was at the top of a roller coaster, and then it flattened out again,” he explained.

The entire incident, he said, lasted “a split second.”

The pilot approached the rear of the plane once it landed.

I asked the pilot what had happened and he told me that he had lost his instrumentation briefly and that it had suddenly come back,” he said.

American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has suffered a series of safety problems in recent years, including the fatal crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airline on 737 MAX planes

Boeing is still recovering from a near-catastrophic incident in January, when a fuselage panel on an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 9 burst in mid-flight.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on March 9, 2024 at 4:29pm

Three dead in Texas crash of US military helicopter on border patrol

March 8 (Reuters) - A National Guard helicopter assigned to patrol duty along the U.S.-Mexico border crashed in Texas on Friday, killing two soldiers and a U.S. Border Patrol agent who were aboard and injuring another soldier, military officials said.
The UH-72 Lakota helicopter went down near Rio Grande City, Texas, around 2:50 p.m. (2050 GMT) while conducting aerial "monitoring and detection" operations at the border, said U.S. Army Major Ryan Wierzbicki.
The cause of the crash was under investigation, the Army said. Wierzbicki said he had no information about weather conditions at the time of the accident.
The names of the dead and injured were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The chopper was assigned to a federal Southwest border support mission with Joint Task Force North, attached to the army outpost at Fort Bliss, Texas, Wierzbicki said.
The aircraft was not part of Operation Lone Star, a state-directed border enforcement program launched in 2021 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, using Texas National Guard troops and the Texas Department of Public Safety, the major said.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by William Mallard

Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 24, 2024 at 2:13pm

Two Guardsmen killed after military helicopter crashes in north Mississippi

prentiss county helicopter crash site
prentiss county helicopter crash site 

A military helicopter crashed in Mississippi Friday during what the Mississippi National Guard called a routine training flight. Two Guardsmen on board were killed.

The AH-64 Apache crashed at about 2 p.m. near Boonville in Prentiss County, according to reports from the Mississippi National Guard State Aviation Office.

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar told WTVA-TV that the aircraft went down in a wooded area near Baldwyn.

Gov. Tate Reeves posted a message on social media saying, "Today at approximately 2 p.m., the Mississippi National Guard experienced an Apache AH-64 helicopter crash during a routine training flight in Prentiss County. Tragically, both Guardsmen on board did not survive. Safety crews are currently working the scene of the crash with local authorities. Please join @firstladyofms and me in praying for the two Guardsmen and their families. Mississippi will always be grateful for their service, and we will never forget them."

Comment by jorge namour on February 6, 2024 at 8:30pm



Former CHILE President Sebastián Piñera was in a helicopter that crashed in Lago Ranco
According to preliminary information, the aircraft was carrying four people, of whom three were injured and one deceased. The weather conditions would have been one of the causes of the accident.

This Tuesday afternoon a helicopter crashed in Lago Ranco, Los Ríos Region. Former president Sebastián Piñera was on the aircraft.

Senapred reports that the aircraft was carrying four people, of whom three were injured and one deceased

Carabineros, Navy and SAMU personnel are deployed at the scene. They report that there was a lot of rain in the area at the time of the accident

Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 2, 2024 at 3:08pm

3 killed after small plane crashes into Florida mobile home park, FAA says

Multiple mobile homes caught fire after the single-engine plane, whose pilot had reported engine failure, crashed in Clearwater, officials said.

Feb. 1, 2024, 7:39 PM MST / Updated Feb. 2, 2024, 6:19 AM MST

Three people died after a small plane crashed into a Clearwater, Florida, mobile home park and set homes on fire Thursday evening, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.

The victims include one person on the aircraft and two on the ground, according to the FAA.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. and firefighters worked through the night on hot spots to get to the victims.

The plane was mostly in one home, Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said.

small plane crash fire flame A person watches as flames and smoke rise from the scene of a plane crash in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday. Courtesy Rick Renner
At least three homes had fire damage, Ehlers said.  Aside from the home that was directly struck, the people in the other homes were able to get out, he said.

The pilot of the Beechcraft Bonanza V35 had reported an engine failure before the crash, the FAA said.

Rick Renner, who lives in the neighborhood, said his house shook with the impact of the plane’s crash landing.

“We heard what we thought what was like a motorcycle go by or something. Then a few seconds later it was a loud bang, the windows actually shook, the house shook,” Renner said in an interview that aired Friday on NBC's "TODAY" show.

He ran to the crash site and took video of the fiery scene.

“Even after the fire was out, you really couldn’t even tell there was a plane in there, everything was just gone” he said.

Renner said the crash is a shock to the community where "everybody is friends," adding, "It’s just weird that something like this happens in your neighborhood." 

Helicopter video from NBC affiliate WFLA of Tampa showed a field of debris, including what appeared to be all or part of a home, and firefighters using flashlights at the scene as smoke rose. Firefighters were putting water on one structure with a firehose.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, the FAA said.

plane accident
Flames rise near the crash site in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday.@stevenascari

The pilot had reported mayday at a nearby airport and then the aircraft went off the radar around 3 miles north of the runway, which is where the mobile home park is, Ehlers said.

Ehlers said he expected more injuries and more damage with a plane crash in a compact residential area.

"We were very fortunate," he told reporters at the scene.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on January 19, 2024 at 3:13pm

Cargo plane experiences engine malfunction in South Florida skies, safely lands at Miami International Airport

MIAMI — A cargo plane safely landed at Miami International Airport late Thursday night after an engine malfunction occurred shortly after takeoff.

According to Atlas Air Worldwide, the airline to which the plane belonged to, landed safely after experiencing an engine malfunction soon after departure from MIA around 10:32 p.m., according to flight data provided by FlightAware. Miami-Dade Aviation told CBS News Miami that the plane landed back at the airport around 11:03 p.m.  

Video provided by ONLY in DADE showed the plane flying in Miami airspace with what appeared to be a "trail of sparks" as it was descending. Officials told CBS News Miami's Morgan Rynor that the engine caught on fire, but the cause of the malfunction is under investigation.

Atlas Air told CBS News Miami that the crew followed all standard operating procedures to make sure the aircraft landed safely. According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, nobody was injured during the engine malfunction and nobody was transported to the hospital.

"At Atlas, safety is always a top priority and we will be conducting a thorough inspection to determine the cause," a spokesperson with the airline stated.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on December 20, 2023 at 4:16pm

WPVI news helicopter crashes in New Jersey, 2 killed

The two were returning from an assignment at the Jersey Shore, the station said.

December 20, 2023, 6:29am

A local news helicopter operated by Philadelphia ABC station WPVI crashed Tuesday night in a wooded area in southern New Jersey, killing two people on board, the station said.

Chopper 6 crashed with a pilot and photographer on board sometime after 8 p.m. in Washington Township, WPVI reported.

PHOTO: A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.
A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

PHOTO: A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.
A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

Both were killed in the crash, the station said.

The New Jersey State Park Service received reports that the helicopter was missing at 10:50 p.m., said George Fedorczyk, chief of the New Jersey State Park Police. At 12:02 a.m., an officer found a debris field, he said.

The names of those on the chopper have not been released. The two were returning from an assignment at the Jersey Shore, the station said.

PHOTO: A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.
A news helicopter, operated by an ABC Owned Television Station in Philadelphia, crashed Dec. 19, 2023 in a wooded area in southern New Jersey.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on December 13, 2023 at 3:13pm

Plane crash claims pilot's life in Arizona after reporting engine trouble

A pilot died after his plane crashed in Arizona. (Credit: Mohave County Sheriff's Office)

A pilot died after his plane crashed in Arizona.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to an aircraft being down Sunday around 4 p.m. local time.

First responders said they saw heavy black smoke near the power lines about five miles outside of Bullhead City, Arizona. They were then led to the crash site. 

At first, it was reported the pilot was alive but seriously injured. However, he later succumbed to his injuries at a Las Vegas hospital. 

Deputies said the pilot took off from the Sun Valley-Bison-Fort Mohave Airport but then reported having engine trouble. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the crash. 

This story was reported from Los Angeles.

US fighter jet crashes into waters off South Korea

The pilot of the US military plane, the latest to crash in the Asia Pacific region, has been rescued.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing experienced an 'in-flight emergency', crashing into the Yellow Sea 

A US military fighter jet has ditched into the Yellow Sea off South Korea.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing was on a routine training flight on Monday when it experienced an “in-flight emergency” that sent it into the Yellow Sea, the US Air Force said in a statement.

The pilot has been rescued after ejecting, it said.

“The pilot ejected the aircraft. The pilot has been recovered by Republic of Korea Maritime Forces, awake and in stable condition,” the statement said, adding he would be evaluated further back at the the Kunsan Air Base.

“We are grateful for the safe recovery of our airman by our ROK Allies and that the pilot is in good condition,” said Colonel Matthew C Gaetke, the 8th Fighter Wing’s commander.

The cause of the malfunction is currently unknown. “The incident will be thoroughly investigated,” the air force statement said.

The airbase is located in South Korea’s west coast city of Gunsan. It is one of two main airbases used by the US military in the country, which hosts 28,500 US service members.

The crash was the second incident this year in and around South Korea involving an F-16 jet. In May, one aircraft crashed during a routine training exercise in a farming area south of Seoul. The pilot ejected safely and the accident caused no other casualties.

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