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Самолетна катастрофа в Монтана,
САЩ, 14 загинали

22.03.2009//20:30 по Гринуич
США/Монтана/Бют

Малък пътнически самолет,
Pilatus PC-12 с бордови номер N128CM, се разбил в 14:30 м. вр. близо до гробище, на 150 м от  летището в Бют, Монтана, САЩ, като при катастрофата са загинали 14 души, в това число 7 възрастни и 7 деца на възраст от 2 до 9 години. Самолетът изпълнявал полет от Орвил, Калифорния за Бозмен, Монтана, където групата планирала да почива в ски курорт. Пилотът променил внезапно маршрута и два пъти искал разрешение за кацане в Бют, без да назовава определена причина за това.
Според очевидци, при полета му по глисадата неочаквано задната му част се вдигнала, завъртяла се и той рязко се забил в земята, след което избухнал в пламъци.
Самолетът произведен през 2001 година и регистриран на фирмата
Eagle Cap Leasing Inc. в Ентърпрайз, Орегон е 11 местен. Особеност е, че няма монтирани бордови самописци. Поради тази причина разследващите катастрофата са почти обезверени, че ще могат да разкрият причините за трагедията. Единственото, на което могат да разчитат са останките от самолета и описанията на очевидците. Някои медии прибързано тиражираха версията за претоварване на самолета поради броя на пътниците и седалковия капацитет на въздушното средство, но след уточняване списъка на пътниците, тази версия почти отпадна за разследващите. Може би по-интересни са версиите за технически отказ, обледеняване при минусовите температури на полета продължил около 2 часа и дисциплината в салона и кабината при кацането, особено като се има впредвид, че половината от намиращите се на борда са били деца. Имало ли е друг в кабината на пилота и как са били разпределени пътуващите по време на кацането, кое го е накарало да промени планирания маршрут – въпроси, на които трудно би могло да се отговори без данни от средствата за обективен контрол.
При крушении самолета в США
погибли 14 человек, в том числе дети

22.03.2009//20:30 по Гринвичу
США/Монтана/Бьютт

Самолет
Pilatus PC-12 (N128CM), принадлежавший Eagle Cap Leasing Inc., летел из Калифорнии в Боузман (город в штате Монтана, находящийся восточнее Бьютта), однако пилот изменил план полета и последовал в Бьютт. Доктор Ирвинг Фельдкамп собирался провести каникулы со своими детьми и внуками на горнолыжном курорте. Все его планы рухнули вместе с самолетом  разбившимся в Монтане. На борту судна погибли две дочери Фельдкампа, два зятя и пять внуков.
В катастрофе погибла и еще одна семья. Боб Чайнг, потерял в катастрофе жену своего сына и двух внуков. Погибшим детям было от двух до девяти лет.
Всего жертвами крушения стали 14 человек.
Причину авиакатастрофы установить крайне сложно. Этому мешает отсутствие в самолете бортовых самописцев.
Пока следователи озвучили две основные причины трагедии: погодные условия либо перегрузка салона лишними пассажирами.
По данным экспертов, температура воздуха в день трагедии в Монтане была такой же, как и в Баффало, когда там разбился самолет, унеся жизни 50 человек.
"Минусовая температура, несомненно, должна быть одним из главных факторов в списке возможных причин трагедии".
В момент катастрофы на борту авиалайнера было 14 человек. По словам эксперта, у модели Pilatus настолько мощный двигатель, что на него вряд ли могло повлиять наличие нескольких детей сверх должного количества пассажиров. В то же время, если учитывать багаж пассажиров, который мог быть достаточно тяжелым, версия с перегрузкой становится вполне реальной.
«Самолет швырнуло влево, после чего пилот, очевидно, потерял управление, машина накренилась на нос»
По словам очевидцев трагедии, перед тем как упасть, самолет совершил в воздухе несколько резких рывков, самолет «вошел в землю», началось воспламенение.
Известно, что самолетом управлял 65-летний
Бадди Саммерфильд, бывший военный летчик, который провел 2 тыс. часов в кабине подобных маленьких самолетов.
Сейчас на кладбище, возле которого произошла катастрофа, организован временный мемориал погибшим. Люди ставят кресты за воротами и выкладывают принесенные цветы.
Plane crash kills 3 families with
young children on way to vacation


22.03.2009//20:30 GMT
USA/Montana/Butte

Three families with young children were heading to a ski vacation together when their plane  crashed into a cemetery in Montana. The
Pilatus PC-12 (N128CM), manufactured in 2001 and registered to Eagle Cap Leasing Inc. in Enterprise, Ore., performed a flight from Oroville, CA (KOVE) to Bozeman, MT (KBZN), but crashed into a cemetary after attempting a diversion to Butte, MT (KBTM). Butte is approximately 85 miles West-Northwest of Bozeman.
Witnesses, including Harley Howard, described the plane flying low and suddenly diving.
"All of a sudden, the airplane tail lifted up and as it lifted, it spun around and was at a 90 degree angle to the ground, and the top of the airplane was facing us and just looked like someone took a hold of the plane and it just drove into the ground," he said. "There was a ball of fire when it crashed."
Federal investigators said that with no flight data recorder or cockpit voice recorder on the plane and no survivors, an investigation into what caused the crash could last months.
Investigators are looking into whether the single-engine plane was overloaded, what role
weather may have played in the accident and what made the pilot decide to divert to Butte. Experts urged reporters not to "jump to conclusions" about the crash. Several factors will be looked at during the investigation, including maintenance records, pilot's records, weights of passengers and where they were sitting.
Early speculation focused on the fact that there were 14 people aboard the 11-seat aircraft, but young children often travel on the laps of adult passengers.
Investigators said
seven adults and seven children were on board, and all died in the crash Sunday.
Authorities have not publicly identified the victims. But colleagues and loved ones have named all 14:
Amy Jacobson of St. Helena, Calif., and Vanessa Pullen of Lodi, Calif. Jacobson's husband, Erin, and their children Taylor, 4; Ava, 3; Jude, 2, also died in the crash as did Pullen's husband, Michael, and their children Sydney, 9, and Christopher, 7; Brent, of Durham, Calif., was killed in the crash along with his wife, Kristen and their children, Heyley, 5 and Caleb, 4. The pilot of a single-engine Pilatus PC-12, Buddy Summerfield, that crashed in a Butte cemetery Sunday was a former Air Force pilot who had also logged 8,500 hours of civilian flight time.
Американски товарен самолет
се разби на летище в Токио


22.03.2009//21:50 по Гринуич
Япония/Нарита

Карго самолет на фирмата FedEx,
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F с регистрационен номер N526FE, прелитащ от Гуанчжоу, Китай, катастрофирал при приземяването си на международното летище в Нарита, Япония, при което загинали двамата членове на екипажа, американци. Според записите от камерите на летището, може да се счита, че основна причина за катастрофата е внезапно появилия се на силни пориви страничен вятър и подценяването на метеорологичната обстановка от участниците в полета, екипаж и група за ръководство. Поради занасянето от вятъра, самолетът става неустойчив, след съприкосновението с ПИК отскача, накланя се наляво и лявото крило се сурва по пистата. Самолетът се запалва и експлоадира. Пожарникарите и спасителните екипи се борят с пламъците повече от час и половина докато успеят да овладеят пожара. Затворена е една от най натоварените писти в Япония.
Грузовой самолет
потерпел крушение


22.03.2009//21:50 по Гринвичу
Япония/Нарита

Оба пилота грузового самолета, совершившего посадку и загоревшегося в международном аэропорту Нарита к востоку от Токио, погибли.
Инцидент произошел в понедельник в 00:50 мск. Японский телеканал NHK показал кадры приземления самолета и возникновения пожара на нем в прямом эфире.
Самолет
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, бортовой номер N526FE, летел из китайского города Гуанчжоу и принадлежит американской компании Federal Express (FedEx) - одному из самых авторитетных перевозчиков экспресс-почты. На борту самолета находились только пилот и его помощник, американцы.
По мнению экспертов аэропорта, неудачная посадка произошла из-за того, что во время приземления самолет был снесен сильным ветром, порывы которого превышали 20 метров в секунду.
Больше часа пожарные боролись с огнем. Взлетная полоса, на которой произошла авария, не функционирует.
Cargo plane bursts into flames
at Tokyo airport

22.03.2009//21:50 GMT
Japan/Narita Airport

A FedEx cargo plane has crashed on landing at Tokyo's international airport. The pilot 54-year-old
Kevin Kylemosley and his 49-year-old copilot Anthony Stephen-Pino, both US citizens, died in the crash.
The plane was on a regular flight from Guangzhou, China.
It landed under strong winds early on Monday at
6:50 am, appearing to bounce and burst into flames as it skidded to a halt.
Firetrucks were trying to put out the flames more than half an hour after the crash.
The plane was an
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F with registration N526FE. Its first flight was in 1993.
Television footage showed the crashed plane in flames as smoke billowed from it near a runway at the airport.
Вертолет с 18 на борда потъна
в Атлантическия океан

12.03.2009//12:25 по Гринуич
Канада/Нюфаундленд/Сейнт-Джонс

Вертолет
Sikorsky S-92, с регистрационен номер C-GZCH и собственост на  авиокомпанията Cougar Helicopters, превозвал поредната смяна от нефтодобивници до нефтената платформа Hibernia намираща се в океана на 320 км източно от Сейнт Джонс, Канада. На борда му имало 18 души. В 09:18 часа постъпил тревожен сигнал от екипажа за технически проблеми на борда, състоящи се в падане на налягането на маслото, със запитване за разрешение да се върнат обратно. Вертолетът паднал в океана 37 минути по-късно. При започналата спасително-издирвателна операция били открити двама от пътуващите: Робърт Декер, който въпреки хипотермията и счупените кости се счита, че състоянието му е извън опасност за живота, и тялото на мъртва жена. Останалите 16 души се водят към момента за безследно изчезнали и тяхното издирване продължава, но безрезултатно. Озадачаващото е, че не се откриват сигналите от радиомаяците прикачени към спасителните костюми, които те са длъжни да облекат преди полета. Едно от предположенията е, че те просто не са успели да напуснат вертолета при приводняването му и са потънали на 126 метра заедно с него. Канадското правителство е твърдо решено да извади на повърхността корпуса на хеликоптера и доведе до край разследването за изясняване на причините за катастрофата. Спасително-издирвателните действия продължили и през нощта с участието на самолет С-130 Херкулес, 4 вертолета „Корморант” от брегавата охрана и спасителен кораб се затрудняват допълнително от силния вятър и високите вълни в района. Счита се, че споменатия по-горе спасителен костюм може да осигури оцеляването на човек попаднал в мразовитите води на океана до 24 часа.
Вертолет с 18 пассажирами
на борту упал в Атлантику


12.03.2009//12:25 по Гринвичу
Канада/Ньюфаундленд/Сент-Джонс

Вертолет, на борту которого находились 18 человек, упал в воды Атлантического океана у берегов Канады.
Вертолет вез рабочих на морскую платформу для добычи нефти Hibernia, которая находится в 320 километрах к востоку от Сент-Джонса и принадлежит компаниям ExxonMobil Canada, Chevron Canada Resources, Petro-Canada, Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Murphy Oil и StatoilHydro Canada.
После крушения в воде были замечены два человека и спасательный плот. Вертолет обнаружен не был. Представитель центра координации спасательных операций отметил, что спасательный вертолет доставил одного пострадавшего,
Robert Decker,  в больницу в городе Сент-Джонс. Другой пассажир был обнаружен мертв. Таким образом, пропавшими считаются 16 человек.
Вертолет
S-92 Sikorsky, бортовой номер C-GZCH,  компанией-оператором которого является канадская Cougar Helicopters, упал в 88 километрах к юго-востоку от Сент-Джонса.
Первый тревожный сигнал пришел с вертолета примерно в 09:18 утра (14:48 мск). Было сообщено о технических проблемах. Катастрофа произошла 37 минут позднее.
Представитель центра координации спасательных операций сообщил, что к месту крушения были направлены самолет, четыре вертолета спасателей, а также судно снабжения и береговой охраны.
Метеоусловия в районе крушения вертолета достаточно тяжелые: сильный ветер и волны.
Canadian helicopter crashes
in Atlantic with 18 aboard


12.03.2009//12:25 GMT
Canada/NL/St. John's

The helicopter "The Jeanne d'Arc Breeze" carrying 18 people on its way Thursday to an offshore oil platform ditched in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland. Two people have been spotted in the water, as well as a life-raft, but there's no sign of the helicopter. Winds are fairly strong in the area with six- to nine-foot waves,  said Jeri Grychowski of the Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax. At about 9:18 a.m. NT, or 7:48 a.m. ET, its crew issued a mayday and an alert about technical problems, saying there was a main gearbox oil-pressure problem and requesting clearance to return to St. John's. 37 minutes later it crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.
The
S-92 Sikorsky helicopter (C-GZCH), operated by Cougar Helicopters of St. John's, went down 55 miles southeast of the provincial capital of St. John's. Police were blocking the road to the Cougar office.
The first call for help was placed to air traffic control in Gander.
A Hercules aircraft and four Cormorant rescue helicopters are on their way to the site, and a coast guard ship and a supply ship are about an hour away.
One man,
Robert Decker, was recovered alive from the area where the Sikorsky S92 chopper, the flight known as Cougar 911, crashed.
Searchers also brought back the body of
one woman killed in the crash to St. John's; 16 of those on board are still missing.
The emergency room at a St. John's hospital was being cleared in preparation for the possibility of "critically ill or hypothermic people."
The aircraft was equipped with survival suits that would enable passengers to survive for 24 hours in icy waters. All passengers and crew must wear a survivor suit before they board a helicopter.
However, rescuers have so far been unable to pick up signals from locator beacons attached to each suit.
Hibernia is located about 200 miles east of St John's, Newfoundland. The oil field is owned jointly by ExxonMobil Canada, Chevron Canada Resources, Petro-Canada, Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Murphy Oil and StatoilHydro Canada Ltd.
11 жертви на падналия в езерото
Виктория самолет


09.03.2009//02:14 по Гринуич
Уганда/Eнтебе/езерото Виктория

Всички
11 души на борда на падналия транспортен самолет Ил-76 в езерото Виктория в Уганда са загинали.
Самолетът, с бордови номер
S9-SAB, транспортирал екипировка за миротворците на Африканския съюз в Сомалия. На борда му е имало 11 души, сред които трима бурундийски офицери от мисията на Африканския съюз (бригаден генерал, полковник и капитан от медицинска служба), южноафриканец, индиец и двама угандийци , както и  четиричленен екипаж от двама руснаци и двама украинци.
Самолетът се подпалил минути след като излетял в ранната утрин на 09 март от международното летище в угандийския град Ентебе, на около 40 километра от столицата на страната Кампала, и паднал в езерото Виктория. Според очевидци той избухнал в пламъци във въздуха, забил се във водата и потънал. При ударът с водната повърхност са били засегнати и преобърнати две рибарски лодки и 
четирима рибари
се отървали при инцидента само с леки наранявания.
Самолетът, собственост на южноафриканската компания за въздушен транспорт "
Аеролифт", е бил нает от американската компания "Дайнакор".
Една от версиите за катастрофата е диверсия причинена от происламска групировка.
Катастрофата е втора голяма загуба за авиооператора Аеролифт в рамките на две седмици и половина. Спомняте си, че на 20.02.2009// 02:18 по Гринуич
Аеролифт загуби в авиокатастрофа товарен самолет Ан-12 и петчленния му екипаж.
Назад
Грузовой самолет Ил-76
разбился в Уганде


09.03.2009//02:14 по Гринвичу
Уганда/Энтеббе/озеро Виктория

Самолет
Ил-76 авиакомпании "Аэролифт",  бортовой номер S9-SAB, упал в озеро Виктория через две минуты после взлета из аэропорта Энтеббе (Уганда). По предварительным данным, погибли все 11 человек, находившиеся на борту. В состав экипажа входили двое россиян - командир экипажа Виктор Ковальов (Иваново), второй пилот Александр Вовченко (Тверь) - и двое украинцев: штурман Евгений Король (Киев) и бортинженер Владимир Заволока (Белая Церковь). Также на борту были, один южноафриканец - Данкэн Рейкаарт – бывший сотрудник спецслужб ЮАР, один из Индии, двое из Уганды (Alex Kilembe, ...) и трое высокопоставленных военных из Бурунди - бригадный генерал Салум Ндикумана (Salum Ndikumana) и сопровождавшие его подполковник Эммануэль Найубу (Emmanuel Nayubu) и капитан медицинской службы - врач Pamphile Nkurunziza. "Самолет упал ночью и теперь находится на дне озера на глубине 26 метров. Тела людей не найдены. По поверхности Виктории разбросаны части груза, который был чисто гражданским, - в основном, автомобильные колеса. По данным источника, характер расположения остатков самолета и груза позволяет говорить о диверсии - взрыве на борту. Местные рыбаки-очевидцы также свидетельствуют о том, что сначала видели взрыв, а потом самолет рухнул в воду", - сообщает телеканал.
По данным представителя компании-владельца, самолет был довольно новым и надежным. "Речь может идти о диверсии активистов исламистских организаций, которые поддерживают войну в Сомали, ведь самолет направлялся туда и вез высокопоставленных военных из миротворческого контингента Африканского Союза", - сообщает телеканал. Власти Уганды ведут расследование обстоятельств крушения.
Cargo plane crashes in Uganda,
11 killed


09.03.2009//02:14 GMT
Uganda/Entebbe/Lake Victoria

An Aerolift Ilyushin
IL-76 chartered by Dynacorp on behalf of the African Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), registration S9-SAB performing a charter freight flight from Entebbe (Uganda) to Mogadishu (Somalia) with 7 passengers and 4 crew on board, crashed into Lake Victoria about 9km from the airport near Bugunga Island shortly after takeoff from Entebbe at 05:14 local (02:14 GMT) and sank. It was carrying tents and water purification equipment for the African Union Mission in Somalia when the accident happened. The dead on board included a Burundian army general (Brig.-Gen. Salum Ndikumana)and two senior colleagues (Col. Emmanuel Nayubu and Capt. Dr Pamphile Nkurunziza), four Russian crewmembers (flight captain Vicktor Kovalyov, flight captain Alex Vouchenko, flight engineer Korol Eugueny, and navigator Zavoloka Vladmir), a South African, an Indian and two Ugandans, a corporal and an airport loadmaster. One of the Ugandans aboard the plane is Alex Kilembe.
The aircraft plunged into the water at a place referred to as
Magombe, loosely translated as graveyard, owing to the disasters that have occurred there in the past. Several boats have reportedly capsized in the area and 4 fishermen were injured. Two of the hit fishermen, Mr Fred Batte and Mr Karim Mubajje, were later used as guides by the rescue team.
Eyewitnesses reported, that 2 of the 4 engines of the aircraft flamed out during the initial climb.
Aerolift lost another plane, Antonov 12 freighter, just 17 days ago in Luxor, see: 20.02.2009//02:18 GMT// Egypt /Luxor International Airport -
Five killed in Ukrainian cargo plane fire in Egypt
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   March 2009  
04.03.2009*/Colombia/Santander/Chima-Simacota - Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II plane (HK-3957) crashed into a hill with 2 occupants (?).
                  */Netherlands Antilles/Sint Maarten/Cupecoy Beach -
Bell 206B JetRanger sightseeing helicopter (N83086) made emergency ditching by autorotating from 500 feet due to engine failure, about 50 meters from the shoreline. It suffered little external damage. The back windows were popped out and wiring and electronics were obviously soaked in salt water.
                  */Canada/ON/Thunder Bay - A Cessna-172N training plane (C-GYAS) was performing "touch and go" landings and during the "Go" portion following the fourth landing, the aircraft veered to left entering the snow-covered area beside runway 25. The aircraft sustained damage to the propeller, engine, nosewheel, and lower engine cowling area.
                  */US/TX/Athens - A Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane has been stolen from the Athens airport, but shortly after its takeoff crashed into trees on private property off County Road 4506. Authorities took a suspect into custody just hours later, reportedly when he returned to the airport to get his maroon pickup truck after the plane crashed.

05.03.2009*/Japan/over Niigata Prefecture - Air France Boeing 777-228ER plane (F-GSPD)  with 261 passengers and 16 crewmembers, encountered turbulence at around 8:20 a.m. at an altitude of around 7,600 meters over Niigata Prefecture before landing at Narita about 30 minutes later. Two crewmembers were hospitalized as they suffered hip and thoracic fractures.
                  */Pakistan/Talagang - A Pakistani Air Force (PAF)
MFI-17 Mushshak single-engine trainer crashed during a navigational training flight near the Dhoke Pathan Bridge in the Pindi Gheb area of Pakistan.  Two people were killed in the crash, a PAF cadet and his instructor.
                  */South Africa/NC/between Postmasburg and Griekwastad - A microlight plane crashed
killing the 2 occupants.
Three Indian Air Force pilots killed in plane crash

06.03.2009//10:35 GMT
India/Bangalore/near Bidadi -
Three Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilots died on Friday when the prototype aircraft Saras (VT-XRM) of the state-run National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) crashed near Bidadi, about 30 km from Bangalore, IAF sources said.
"The Saras aircraft, which took off from the HAL airport in the city at 2.55 pm on a test flight, crashed around 4.05 pm in a field near Bidadi on the outskirts of the city. All the three pilots died after the aircraft caught fire," an official of the IAF's aircraft systems & testing establishment (ASTE) said.
The deceased pilots were Squadron Leader
Ilairaj, Wing Commander Praveen and Wing Commander Shah.
The 14-seater multi-role Saras is an indigenous aircraft, designed and developed by the Bangalore-based NAL for use by the military and civil aviation sector. NAL is a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The crashed SARAS plane. (H. Mishra/Mint)
07.03.2009*/09:15 GMT//Turkey/Kayseri province/Pinarbasi - Bell AH-1 Cobra military helicopter crashed killing 2 lieutenant officers.
                 
*/US/CA/between Oceanside and San Clemente Island - A Cessna-172 plane crashed into the ocean, but the pilot's body missing.
                 
*/US/Indiana/Putnam County Airport - An 80-year-old Indianapolis man was injured (died 3 weeks later) Saturday when his small plane went down in a field just after takeoff. 
                  */US/FL/Gainesville - Duck strikes a Florida medical helicopter
injuring the pilot and damaging the aircraft.
                  */US/NJ/Cumberland County/Millville Airport - Wing of the WWII Grumman TBM-3 Avenger plane (N188TD) caught fire shortly after takeoff from Millville Airport.
Pilot returned for emergency landing and escaped from aircraft with serious burns. Aircraft destroyed by fire.

08.03.2009*/US/Kansas/Moundridge - A helicopter crash kills the 66-year-old pilot.

09.03.2009*/Indonesia/Jakarta - A Lion Air McDonnell Douglas MD90-30 passenger plane (PK-LIL) skidded off runway on landing and was damaged.
                  */Australia/Victoria/Sunbury - Van RV-7A plane (VH-VVM) collapsed a nosewheel on landing and the plane flipped over.
                  */US/Okla./Jenks/Jones Riverside Airport - A training plane crashed on landing and burst into flames.
                  */US/NM/Santa Fe county/Golden - A small plane crashed in a wooded area
killing the 2 occupants.
                 
*/UK/Stratford-upon-Avon/Long Marston airfield (EGBL) - Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a hunt supporter died when he was hit by a gyrocopter at an airfield. The gyrocopter is a private Rotorsport UK MT-03 with registration G-RIFS.
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TRAGIC: Rescue workers gather debris from the wreckage. PHOTO BY STEPHEN WANDERA W’OUMA
Rescue workers gather debris from the wreckage of the crashed IL-76 cargo plane.
PHOTO BY STEPHEN WANDERA W’OUMA
10.03.2009*/US/NJ/Monmouth Executive Airport - No one was injured on Monday when a twin-engine, nine-passenger Piper plane crash landed in a field just north of a runway at Monmouth Executive Airport. The crew tried to land about 12:15 p.m. when they lost control of the aircraft, damaging the plane's landing gear and propellers.
                  */Australia/Victoria/Timboon-Scotts Creek - A crop duster crashed.
The pilot has escaped the burning wreckage with burns to his arm.
                 
*/Honduras(northern)/El Negrito - A cocaine-filled Beechcraft C55 Baron plane being pursued by U.S. anti-drug helicopters has crashed, killing the pilot. Authorities estimate the plane was carrying about 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of cocaine, although all but 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of the drug burned in the crash.
                  */US/Massachusetts/Lee - AIR2
MD-500 helicopter crashed while the crew was performing routine transmission maintenance. They were replacing a static wire with fiber optic cables in a remote location. The cause of the accident also was not known, but an eyewitness said it appeared the helicopter "got hooked by a wire". The pilot and the two line mechanics were injured in the crash.
                  */Austria/Deutschlandsberg - A police AS 350B1 helicopter (OE-BXL) brushed a house and crashed during a warm up excercise in Styria.
The 39-year-old pilot died from his injuries at a hospital, while a 49-year-old police inspector and a 52-year-old member of a mountain rescue squad suffered critical injuries.

11.03.2009
*/US/FL/Suwannee County/Live Oak - A Zodiak 601 HD experimental plane (N601DE) crashed killing the 58-year-old female passenger and injuring seriously the 68-year-old pilot.
                 
*/US/SC/Darlington County/Darlington/Branham's Airport - A small plane was coming in to land when it veered off the runway and crashed into a ditch.
                  */Australia/NSW/Eden - A Jabiru aeroplane forced landed on the beach. The nosewheel sheared off.

12.03.2009*/UK/RAF Linton-on-Ouse - RAF Tucano T-1 plane crashed inside airport perimeter while practicing aerobatics for upcoming airshow. Pilot was able to eject successfully before airplane impacted ground. Cause of accident is still unknown.
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A Sikorsky S92 helicopter flown by Cougar Helicopters crashed Thursday morning while en route to the White Rose and Hibernia oilfields. (Cougar Helicopters)
14.03.2009*/Venezuela/Barquisimeto Airport - A Cessna-A150M plane (YV2173) made a forced landing in a field, flipped over and broke the tail.
                  */US/Minn./St. Louis County/Lake Vermillion - A plane trying to take off from Lake Vermillion in St. Louis County went into a spin and crashed
injuring the pilot.
                 
*/US/CO/Morgan County/Fort Morgan Municipal Airport - Two Denver-area men were injured Saturday when the homemade, single-engine plane (N130WM)  they were in lost power and crashed on the Fort Morgan Municipal Airport runway on takeoff.
                  */US/CA/Pomona -
A man and a woman were killed Saturday when a small Piper Cherokee plane crashed into a grassy hillside near Cal Poly Pomona and caught fire.
                  */Canada/New Brunswick/ 40 kilometres N from Fredericton - A training twin-engine Piper plane crashed
injuring the 2 students and their unstructor.
                 
*/US/FL/Okeechobee County Airport - The pilot of an experimental, homemade gyrocopter was killed in a crash at the Okeechobee County Airport while taxiing to the runway.

15.03.2009*/US/MD/Montgomery County/Gaithersburg - A Cirrus SR22 plane (N213CP) crashed, but the pilot deployed the plane's parachute and escaped uninjured.
                  */New Zealand/West Coast/ Buller Gorge near Inangahua - An ultralight plane crashed
killing the pilot.

17.03.2009*/Turkey/Konya/Altinekin - A military training plane crashed killing 1 pilot and injuring another.
                  */Russia/Krasnodar/Kushchevskaya -
The pilot of a light Czech-made L-39 Albatross combat trainer aircraft was killed when his plane crashed Tuesday evening while on a training flight.
                  */US/WYCasper/Natrona County International Airport - The landing gear on a
Learjet 55 plane (C-GCIL) caught fire after the tires blew out during takeoff at an airport in Casper.
                  */US/Montana/ near Helena - A Cessna-180 plane crashed
killing the pilot, who was a veteran flight instructor.

18.03.2009*/US/Minn./Dakota County/Eureka/Airlake Airport (KLVN) - Student and instructor were practising touch-and-go landings when the training plane (N906LA) crashed off the end of runway 30. Aircraft severely damaged. Crew hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
                 
*/Australia/Qsld/Coominya - A 71-YEAR-OLD pilot had a lucky escape with minor injuries after the light plane he was flying crashed into a fence, while the pilot was practising taxi manoeuvres.
                  */South Africa/near Pretoria/Swartkop Air Force Base - A South African Air Force
Hawk fighter trainer jet performed a wheels-up landing at Swartkop and sustained minor damage to its undercarriage. The incident happened when the aircraft landed after a routine training flight.
The crash was followed by explosions of natural gas canisters from the apartment building. Photo: Klaus Haussmann/Ultimas Noticias
Military plane crash kills 8 in Ecuador

19.03.2009//22:30 GMT
Ecuador/Quito/Guapulo - A small military
Beechcraft B200 plane with registration AEE-101 has crashed into a building "Linda Vista" in the Ecuadorean capital Quito, killing 8 people (5 on board and 3 on the ground).
The victims include all on board: Major Julio Zaldumbide (pilot), Lieutenant Jorge Zurita (co-pilot) and the sergeant Mario Figueroa, as well as the wife of the pilot, Claudia Uscocovich and his son Julio Zaldumbide (12); on the ground were killed Leila Oquendo (65), Elena Reasco and another unidentified person. Two people were injured.
Black smoke billowed from the building in northern Quito, as rescuers searched for victims and survivors.
"It was horrible. I heard the plane flying very low, then I heard the explosion. We ran out onto the street and saw fire, local resident Camille Avsert told the Associated Press. The crash was followed by explosions of natural gas canisters from the apartment building.
One report said the plane was trying to land in thick fog at Quito airport.
19.03.2009*/Dominican Republic/Barahona/Bahia de Neiba bay/ 2 mls of Acapulco beach  - Piper PA-34 Seneca plane (1541), belonged to the national Air Force, crashed into the ocean.

20.03.2009*/US/CA/Placer County/Sheridan - A gyrocopter crashed on busy Highway 65 north of Riosa Road.
                  */US/WI/Greenville/Outagamie County Airport - An Eagle III medical helicopter was hit by a seagull and received a damage to its wind screen.
                  */Australia/Melbourne - A Dubai-bound
Emirates Airline flight has been forced to make an emergency landing at Melbourne Airport after its tail scraped the tarmac during take-off. The 225 passengers on board the Airbus 340-500 feared for their safety when smoke filled the cabin, forcing the plane to land at 10.30pm. Flight EK407 reportedly dumped fuel as it circled the airport for 30 minutes before landing safely.
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A crashed cargo plane lies on the tarmac at Narita international airport in Chiba, Japan March 23, 2009. Two crew members were confirmed dead after a Federal Express Corp cargo plane crashed and burst into flames as it landed at Narita international airport on Monday, Japan's TV Asahi reported. REUTERS/Kyodo

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A small, single-engine plane crashed in Holy Cross Cemetery around 2:30 p.m., Sunday, just south of the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte, Mont., killing 17.
(The Montana Standard/Martha Guidoni)

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23.03.2009*/Germany/Buchel air base - Both crew members of a German air force Panavia Tornado suffered injuries when they ejected from the aircraft during a landing incident.  Assigned to the service's Fighter Bomber Wing 33 (FBW33), the interdictor strike (IDS) aircraft was performing a night-time training sortie when the accident happened. The swing-wing type came to rest upside down to the side of the runway, and suffered extensive damage.

25.03.2009*/US/KY/Jessamine CountyWoodford - A Cessna-182Q Skylane plane (N4871N) crashed 5 miles out from Blue Grass Airport killing the pilot.

                 
*/US/CA/35 mls NE of Edwards Air Force Base - An Air Force F-22A Raptor fighter jet crashed Wednesday near Edwards Air Force Base in California, killing the test pilot. The test pilot, David Cooley, 49, of Palmdale, California, joined the company in 2003 and was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. The fighter was on a test mission when it crashed about 35 miles northeast of Edwards AFB, where it was stationed, the Air Force said in a news release. At $150 million apiece, the F-22A is the most expensive Air Force fighter.

                  */Ecuador/near the Colombian border/ 180 kilometers east of the capital, Quito - An Ecuadorean air force training jet crashed in a jungle area near the Colombian border Wednesday, claiming the lives of the pilot and a rescuer. The
Strikemaster MK-89 (FAE-254) went down during a training mission about 112 miles (180 kilometers) east of the capital, Quito. The pilot and co-pilot managed to eject before the jet crashed, according to a statement from air force commander Gen. Leonardo Barreiro. The men were located by three military helicopters sent to the scene and the co-pilot was rescued. But the pilot, Rafael Durango and a member of the air force rescue team, Subteniente Edgar Vinivio Barahono, were killed when a cable snapped as they were being lifted to a helicopter, Barreiro said.

                   */Afghanistan/Paktika province - A helicopter of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) made hard landing in Paktika province, east of Afghanistan, on Wednesday.
Personnel on the aircraft suffered only minor injuries and were treated by medical personnel at the scene.

                   */India/20 mls W of Goa harbor - Indian Navy
Ka-28 helicopter crashed in the ocean.
Hours before the crash.
Six Killed In Turkey Helicopter Crash

25.03.2009//11:30 GMT
Turkey/KAHRAMANMARAS province/Dongel - The wreckage of a crashed
Bell 206 L4 Long Ranger helicopter (TC-HEK), operated by Medair, was found on Friday along with six bodies, including Muhsin Yazicioglu, the leader of a small political party, on a snow-covered mountain in southern Turkey.
Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazicioglu was among the six people aboard the helicopter which crashed onto a snowy and mountainous area in the province of Kahramanmaras on Wednesday afternoon. 
Over 2,000 soldiers, villagers and other rescue workers were involved in the search, which was hampered by heavy snowfall and dense fog.
Yazicioglu, three other BBP members and a journalist reporter were traveling from Kahramanmaras to central Yozgat province to attend another rally after attending one in Caglayancerit, a town near Kahramanmaras, ahead of March 29 local elections. He was known as a nationalist politician.
Polish navy training flight crashes

31.03.2009//15:00 GMT
Poland/Gdynia/Babie Doly navy airfield (IATA:
QYD; ICAO: EPOK)

A Polish navy
PZL M28TD Bryza plane (1007) on a training flight crashed Tuesday on Poland's northeastern coast.  The four service members aboard were killed.
The crew of the Bryza twin-turboprop transport plane was practicing landing with only one engine.
The crash occurred around 5 p.m. near the Babie Doly navy airfield near Gdynia, Poland, about 185 miles north of Warsaw.
The rescue operation is currently ongoing and the Polish navy has launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.
This Polish navy PZL M28TD Bryza plane (1007) crashed on landing killing 4 servicemen.
26.03.2009*/04:45 GMT//Brazil/Amazonas/Manaus/ near Eduardo Gomes Airport - Pieces of a freight-carrying airplane DC-10 of the US airline Arrow Cargo had fallen on 21 houses in Manaus in the dawn of this thursday. The plane continued the flight without one of its engines and landed successfully in Bogota, Colombia.

                  */06:30 GMT//Colombia/department of Narino - Colombian National Army reported on Thursday that
two captains and two soldiers died in a helicopter accident in the southern Colombian department of Narino, border with Ecuador. In a communique, the Army said that the helicopter Huey II, donated from the U.S. to be used for fighting against terrorism, fell down at 06:30 GMT in a locality in the south west of Colombia in the municipality of Tumaco, for causes that were being investigated.

27.03.2009*/US/OH/WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE - An electrical fire broke out aboard a parked C-5 Galaxy transport plane at the base Friday during a routine operational check of an auxiliary power unit, the Air Force said. The fire occurred at about 2:08 p.m. and was immediately put out by maintenance personnel with a portable, hand-held fire extinguisher, according to Maj. Cynthia Harris of the 44th Airlift Wing, the Air Force Reserve unit which operates the aircraft.

30.03.2009*/Mexico/Sonora/El Golfo de Santa Clara - An Attorney General’s Office agent was killed and two other people were injured when a Bell 212 helicopter (XC-KAF) crashed in the Mexican border state of Sonora. Erica Simon Corona was killed Monday when a system packing strong wind gusts “caused the helicopter to crash.
                  */US/GA/Griffin/Near Beaverbrook Aerodrome - A small plane (N3248Q) crashed shortly afte takeoff
injuring the pilot.

31.03.2009*/Germany/Luneburg - A Pottier P180S plane (SE-XOA) crashed during takeoff.
                  */Germany/Passwalk -  An ultralight plane made an emergency landing after its engine was caught fire. The plane burnt entirely.
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