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INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: The Effects Of Magnetic Polar Migration - The Latest Incidents Of Plane Crashes Across The Globe! [UPDATED]

The crash site of an Air Kasthamandap plane in the district of Kalikot in western Nepal on Friday. Reuters

February 29, 2016 - EARTH - Here are the latest incidents of plane crashes across the planet.


Two days after fatal crash, another plane goes down in Nepal, killing two

A pilot and co-pilot were killed when a small passenger plane crashed on Friday in a mountainous area in western Nepal, an official said, the second fatal aviation accident in the country this week.

The nine passengers on board were injured when the plane went down in the district of Kalikot, said Pradeep Shrestha, the chief officer in the region.

Initial reports showed that the Air Kasthamandap plane was trying to make an emergency landing after noon because of a technical problem, said Pratap Babu Tiwari, an official at the Civil Aviation Office in Nepalganj.


Nepal passenger plane crash kills all 23 on board, last Wednesday. Most of the 19 bodies retrieved as of early Wednesday evening were charred beyond
recognition, said Bishwa Raj Khadka, deputy police superintendent for Myagdi district.

The plane, which was traveling to Jumla from Nepalganj, crashed in a remote area about a four-hour walk from the nearest town, Mr. Shrestha said. The Nepalese police and helicopters were sent to the crash site.

On Wednesday, 23 people were killed in a plane crash northwest of Kathmandu that the authorities attributed to harsh weather conditions, including snow, rain and fog.

Nepal has a poor record on flight safety, and in 2013, the European Union banned all Nepal-based airlines from flying in the airspace of the 28-member bloc. - NY Times.



Su-25 fighter jet crashes in Russia’s south, pilot dies

Photo Inset: © Vitaliy Ankov / Sputnik

A pilot has died after a Su-25 aircraft crashed in Russia’s southern Stavropol Region, the Defense Ministry said.

“Today ... a Su-25 plane performing a training flight crashed nor far from the Budennovsk airfield in Stavropol Region,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The fight was carried out without ammunition. The plane crashed in an uninhabited area. There is no destruction on the ground. The pilot has died,” it added.

The jet went down at 7:23pm Moscow time (4:23pm GMT).

A special commission has been created within the Defense Ministry to investigate the incident.

The Su-25, or Frogfoot, according to NATO’s classification, is a single-seat, twin-engine jet aircraft, which has been produced in different modifications since 1981.

The aircraft is designed to provide close air support to forces on the ground.

In December 2014, another Russian military jet plane crashed during a test flight in a residential area near a school in the village of Chemodurovo, just outside Moscow.

Both pilots of the MIG-29 fighter jet managed to eject and were hospitalized. There were no casualties or destruction on the ground. - RT.


2 adults, 2 children killed in plane crash near Navasota Municipal Airport, Texas

Authorities found the single-engine plane in a wooded area. (Photo: AIR 11)

Officials have released the identities of the two adults and two children killed in a plane crash over the weekend in Navasota.

Officials say the crash happened about a mile southeast of the Navasota Municipal Airport just before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The victims have been identified as pilot Amjad Sultan, 40; flight instructor Russell Reina, 67; and passengers Jessicka Argueta, 11, and Erika Ayala-Argueta, 7.

The passengers were the daughters of Sultan’s girlfriend, according to a family member.

Authorities found the single-engine plane in a wooded area. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Sultan’s family said he had just purchased the Cirrus SR-20.

“We lost him, but we also lost somebody who probably had children. It’s a tragedy for our country, a tragedy for our community. It’s so sad,” said Jeff Akhtar, the victim’s brother.

Akhtar visited the crash site where his brother Sultan was killed, doing what he loved.

“Last month he bought it. This month he died,” said Akhtar. “It’s just an accident. It’s nobody’s fault. I hope nobody is held responsible for that.”


The tail number of the plane is N477TC and it was registered to Air Akhtar Heating & Air Conditioning LLC in Houston.

Officials said nobody saw the plane go down and there were no calls for help from the pilot.

Investigators said about an hour after it took off from Hooks Airport in Spring, another pilot during a flight, noticed the mangled plane in the pasture.

The plane had gone a mile and a half away from the Navasota Municipal Airport.

“It would be what is called a hard crash landing. There’s debris. Large amount of debris. Don’t know why it happened. That’s what the experts will be doing. Speculation could be one thing or 20,” said Sowell.

While Akhtar, also a pilot, has many questions about what went wrong.

“This plane is capable of a parachute, I don’t know why they didn’t do it.”

He said he chooses to focus on his brother’s legacy: coming from Pakistan to live the American dream. He did just that. He owned real estate and several businesses and always put others first.

“He donated so much money to the community, to the people. Anybody wanted to go to Pakistan and didn’t have the money, he would give them $5000. It was like a piece of cake,” said Akhtar.

The NTSB will be visiting the crash site on Monday. - KHOU.


Plane crashes on Gainesville road, Florida

Gainesville Police Department photo

Shortly after noon Sunday a small plane crash-landed on Northeast Waldo Road, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Police tell News4Jax the pilot of the single engine Cessna, Walter Amon, 61, reported a fire in the cockpit. Amon and a passenger were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

One man who saw what happened came to the aid of the two people on board the plane. Rusty Hoffman was mowing the lawn of a nearby business when he saw the plane go down. He said his military background and training kicked in.

"There was a lot of luggage in there, so I guess they were traveling. Lot of clear containers and the lady had a couple lacerations on her legs, and a big one on her head. I just held paper towels on it and the other guy was being assisted by someone else," Hoffman said.

Hartman said he even joked with the woman on board, saying her makeup still looked good even after being in a plane crash. He said that in a terrifying time, the woman laughed, which told him she was aware of her surroundings and doing well.

The Gainesville Police Department responded shortly after, blocking off the road in all directions while investigators worked to clean up the debris and snap pictures of the damage.

“It still amazes me that the pilot was able to land this plane in the middle of a major highway for Gainesville and not hit any other cars, people, pedestrians, or buildings in the area," GPD Lt. Tscharna Senn said. "To me that is an amazing feat. But that is what happened."

"They (police) responded fast, and they blocked off as much as they could and then let the traffic through," said Hoffman.

News4Jax looked up the plane number and found that the plane is registered in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Both Amon and the passenger are expected to be OK. - News4Jax.



Pilot dead after plane crashes in Blue Mountains, Australia

A screen grab of the wreckage. Photo: ABC News 24

An elderly pilot has died after his plane crashed near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains on Saturday.
Police said the man, 80, took off from Katoomba Airstrip in a light plane about 12.15pm on Saturday and lapped the airfield several times before flying east.

When he didn't return several hours later, a friend contacted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) about 5.15pm, and the pilot was formally reported missing at 6pm.

A search and rescue operation was launched shortly after by police, AMSA and NSW Ambulance, which was suspended overnight and continued from 7.30am on Sunday.
Just before 10am, the wreckage was found in bushland about 200 metres from the airstrip.

A paramedic was winched down to the crash site and the pilot was found to have died inside the aircraft.

Police have set up a crime scene at the site, which is being examined by detectives and forensic officers.

Anyone who saw the plane on Saturday is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A report will be prepared for the coroner. - SMH.


Pilot Hurt After Small Plane Crashes, Lands On Roof In Plymouth, Massachusetts

A pilot was injured following a crash at Plymouth Municipal Airport. (Image credit: Massachusetts State Police)

A small plane landed on its roof after it crashed at Plymouth Municipal Airport, injuring the pilot.

The crash, involving a small fixed-wing plane, was reported around 1:30 p.m.

One person, the pilot, was taken by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital after the crash.

Mikayla Ryder, a student who is taking flying lessons at the site, told WBZ-TV’s Kate Brace what she saw.

“He went up, flipped and landed on his nose and went right back,” she told WBZ. “I was scared. I didn’t know if he was OK.”

Ryder says she saw the plane at about five feet off the ground, when it went straight up 30 feet before crashing. She added that it was traveling at a good rate of speed when it appeared a wind gust picked it up.

“It was really quiet at first, and then the engines revved up as loud as they could go,” she says. “And then dead silence (before) you heard the wings snap against the ground and it just crashed.”

She says it sounded like one of the engines stalled, causing the plane to turn sideways. When she saw the pilot, Ryder said he was conscious.

Massachusetts State Police said the pilot’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Beachcraft 55 Baron crashed while practicing takeoffs and landings, or touch-and-go maneuvers.

Only the pilot was on board the plane. The pilot’s name has not yet been released. - CBS.


One dead after Hong Kong plane crash

Photo: Apple Daily.
“Fire services found an unconscious man in the vicinity, and he died at 3:55 pm,” a government spokesman told AFP.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department said in a statement that the man who died was the pilot, and the plane was a single engine Zlin Z42.

He said the plane fell into the sea near Hong Kong’s rural Tai Po region, located in the city’s outlying New Territories.

“There was a pilot and no passengers when this incident occurred,” the spokesman said, citing information provided by the Hong Kong Aviation Club.

Police said a person fishing nearby was among those who reported the incident, while a police spokeswoman told AFP that some of the wreckage had been located.

Footage from Cable Television news showed helicopters and police boats assisting in the search and rescue operation.

“The plane had fallen into the water vertically and there was no explosion, there was a bit of oil in the water,” an eyewitness identified as Mr. Kwok told Cable News.

Footage also showed firemen fishing the body out of the water.

In October of 2013, a student pilot and an instructor survived a helicopter crash in the city’s Shek Kong Airfield. - HKFP.


Student pilot injured in plane crash near Peterborough, Conington, England

The crashed Microlight plane at Conington Airfield.
Photo by Stanley Kaye
A student pilot has been injured in a light aircraft crash near Peterborough.

The accident happened at the privately-owned Peterborough Business Airport at Conington shortly before midday on

Saturday, February 27.

The pilot, believed to be a man in his 40s, suffered what is thought to be a serious leg injury and a cut face, and was taken to hospital.

A spokesman for the airfield said: “The incident was simplistic enough in that a student pilot lost control on a go-around, I understand, at the end of the runway and finished up landing on the cropped field adjacent.”

The Air Accident Investigation Branch said it had deployed a team to investigate.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said it was called to the crash at around 11.30am, mobilising the Magpas air ambulance and paramedics on the ground.

A spokesman said: “They treated one patient - a man in his 40s who had suffered a suspected broken leg.“He was taken by land ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital for further treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. - Peterborough Telegraph.


Small Plane Crashes In Pennsylvania, Leaving 87-Year-Old Pilot Trapped Inside

Authorities say a small plane crashed into trees near a central Pennsylvania airport, and the pilot was trapped for several hours but appeared uninjured.
Adams County emergency dispatchers said the crash near the Gettysburg airport was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Several fire departments and emergency units were sent to the scene, where the plane could be seen lodged in branches.


Courtesy of 911 Photography

Courtesy of 911 Photography

The (Hanover) Evening Sun reported that the 87-year-old pilot was stuck in the plane about 50 feet off the ground for almost four hours. Crews applauded when he was hoisted down shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Russell McCutcheon of the Gettysburg Fire Department said he appeared to be uninjured. He said officials aren’t sure whether it was taking off or landing when it crashed into the trees. - ABC27.



Plane crash lands at Cameron Park airport, California

A plane crash landed at the Cameron Airpark Thursday morning, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was not injured in the crash, the FAA said.


  A plane crash landed at a Cameron Park airport on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

  A plane crash landed at a Cameron Park airport on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said.Courtesy of Samantha Mullin

The Beechcraft Bonanza landed with its gear up around 10:45 p.m. at the Cameron Park area airport.

The sheriff’s office said the plane was damaged in the “crash landing.”

No other information was released. - KCRA.












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