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

Five members of one family died in the crash on their way to a funeral. AP

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


Canada plane crash on Quebec island kills seven people

Seven people have died after a small private plane crashed on an island off the east coast of Quebec.
Authorities said the plane crashed as it approached Iles-de-la-Madeleine Airport amid heavy winds and snow.

Jean Lapierre, a broadcaster and former Canadian transport minister, and members of his family were among the victims.

Mr Lapierre, who was 59, worked as a political analyst for CTV and other Canadian media outlets.

One of those networks, TVA, said Mr Lapierre's wife, two brothers and sister died in the crash. They were travelling to the funeral of Mr Lapierre's father.




He also served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1993 and again from 2004 to 2007.

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin said: "He was a very good political analyst, he was one of the best, but he was also a superb political figure in this country and it was a great privilege to work with him."

Officials with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada travelled to Havre aux Maisons Island in the Magdalen Islands to determine the cause of the crash.

The twin-engine turboprop plane had left Montreal's St Hubert Airport on Tuesday morning. - BBC.


Su-25 strike aircraft crashes in Russia’s Far East


A video has been posted online showing a Sukhoi Su-25 ground-support fighter jet crashing in a residential area during a training flight in Russia’s Far East some 70 kilometers from the Chinese border.

The jet is seen suddenly going down over buildings and a plume of black smoke rises above the crash site. The pilot managed to eject and is safe.

There were no reports of casualties on the ground, but two barns have been destroyed.

The close-support aircraft, (NATO reporting name Frogfoot) took off from Chernigovka military airfield on a practice mission, but due to engine malfunction it lost speed, altitude and hit the ground.

The pilot managed to divert the aircraft from residential dwellings.


WATCH: Plane crash in Russia.






- RT.



US F-16 fighter crashes in Afghanistan, pilot rescued

A F-16 fighter from the U.S. Air Force © Ints Kalnins / Reuters

An F-16 fighter crashed during takeoff at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the US military confirmed. The pilot ejected safely and is being evaluated for injuries.

The crash site has been secured and an investigation is underway, the US military said in a statement.

The jet was assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, and crashed around 8:30 p.m. local time. The cause of the crash remains unknown. The pilot’s name was not released.

Bagram Air Base, the biggest US military installation in Afghanistan, is about 30 miles (50km) north of the country’s capital, Kabul.




The most recent F-16 crash was in January, involving a jet from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Last July, Iraqi Air Force General Rafid Mohammed Hasan died in a training accident in southern Arizona, also piloting an F-16.

Designed in the 1970s by General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin), the F-16 "Fighting Falcon" was originally an air superiority fighter, but has since been adapted for ground-attack missions.

The US Air Force has stopped buying new F-16s but continues to operate the plane and export them to US allies. Its successor, the F-35 Lightning II, is still a long way from operational capability, as the US military struggles to overcome a litany of technical and software problems. - RT.



Pilot injured in a weekend plane accident in Marathon, Texas

The pilot and sole occupant of a single-engine plane was injured Saturday in Marathon when his aircraft crashed near a motel.
(Source: Facebook/Marathon Volunteer Fire Dept.)
The pilot injured in a weekend plane accident in Marathon has been identified as Gilbert Jones, the Brewster County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Jones was immobilized and transported to Big Bend Regional Medical Center with "serious injuries" after his aircraft crashed Saturday afternoon near Marathon Motel, north of Highway 90, according to Chief Deputy Ryan Skelton.

Dispatch received a call about the incident at 4:26 p.m.

Jones was the sole occupant of the plane, officials said.

Hospital personnel confirmed Tuesday he was no longer listed as a patient.

The cause of the accident remained undetermined and under investigation Tuesday morning.

Skelton said the single-engine plane flown by Jones was an experimental aircraft and had not been registered with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Marathon Volunteer Fire Department officials reported finding the aircraft lying on its roof when they arrived at the scene.

Jones survived a previous plane accident approximately one year ago, in a location "not far" from Saturday's crash site, according to officials. - News West 9.



A flight instructor  killed and a man remains in critical condition the day after a small plane plunged from the sky while taking off at a West Virginia airport, flipped over and caught fire

Yeager Airport spokesman Mike Plante said the injured person, who has not been identified, underwent surgery after the incident on Saturday and remains in the intensive care unit.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Sunday began its investigation into what caused the crash that killed the flight instructor and sent the airport into mourning.

"There's a natural bond between pilots and aviation people," he said. "It's a small and specialized community who shared that kinship of flight. When we lose someone, it's a reminder of an old saying in aviation: There are wonderful, amazing machines. But they are unforgiving of imprecision, neglect or mechanical failure."

The Cessna 172 Sky Hawk four-seat plane took off just after noon Saturday, Plante said. It was airborne when it careened back down and smashed beside the runway nose first. It then toppled over onto its back and caught fire.

Dozens of firefighters, medics and police responded, extinguished the fire and extracted the two passengers around 40 minutes later, Plante said. Both were severely injured and taken to the hospital, where the woman later died.

She has not been formally identified. Local media reported the victim as Brenda Gilland Jackson, a flight instructor. Joe Beam, manager of Skylane Aviation which owned the plane, confirmed Jackson had perished.

"She just loved to fly," Beam said.

She started flying as a teenager more than four decades ago, according to story the Charleston Gazette-Mail wrote when she received her instructor's certificate in 2009. But life took a different turn, she got married and had a family and stayed on the ground for 25 years. Her husband died and, in 2009, she started taking lessons again. She fell in love with her flight instructor and married him, the newspaper reported.

She told the newspaper that getting her license was a "dream come true" and said she loved to fly because it made her feel free.

Beam, whose Charleston-based company headquartered at the airport, offers services like aerial photography, site surveys and flight instruction. He said he met her when she returned to aviation. She worked for herself and rented planes from him to take up her students.

It remains unclear what caused the plane to fall from the sky.

Dan Boggs, an air safety investigator at National Transportation Safety Board, said at a news conference Sunday that a preliminary report will be published within a few weeks. The final investigative report will take several months to complete.

Representatives from the Cesna, the airplane manufacturer and Continental, the engine manufacturer, were also on site aiding with the investigation, Plante said.

Plante said it was the airport's first fatal crash involving a fixed-wing aircraft in more than 30 years. - ABC.





Crews respond to plane crash at Lake County Regional Airport

Crews are responding to a plane crash at the Lake County Regional Airport Tuesday.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins tells 8News that a call came in around 11:40 a.m. saying that a plane was about halfway down the airport’s runway and went into the woods.

Officials say one person was on board a private jet when it crashed. That person is expected to be okay.

- WRIC.


Small plane crash under investigation in Pittsylvania County

Virginia State Police received a call about a plane making a crash landing in Pittsylvania County at 4:38 p.m. on Sunday.

The small passenger plane, located near Martinsville Highway and Long Circle in the community of Cascade, was flying from Charleston, S.C., to Baltimore, Md., when the pilot began experiencing problems with the aircraft losing power, according to state police.


WATCH: Plane crash investigation.




The pilot, Stephen C. Lloyd of Lexington, S.C., declared an emergency and immediately began seeking a place to land. As the 1970 Piper PA-23-250 Apache made its descent, police say the wing hit the trees and the plane overturned onto its roof.

Lloyd was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while the three passengers on board were not injured.

The FAA and NTSB have both been notified and the investigation remains ongoing at this time. - WSLS.



Small planes crash in North Texas

Two small planes crashed Saturday in separate incidents in Denton and Erath counties.

On Saturday afternoon, a plane went down along the western shore of Lewisville Lake.


The wreckage of a small plane is loaded on a truck after crashing in Lake Dallas on March 26, 2016. (Photo: Thomas Costley / WFAA)

Small planes crashed in Erath and Denton counties on March 26, 2016.   (Photo: WFAA)

The crash site near Lakeview Marina in the community of Lake Dallas is less than a half-mile from Lakeview Airport.

According to initial reports, two people were aboard the aircraft, but their conditions are not available. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Hours earlier, in an unrelated incident, another small plane ran out of fuel and crashed in Stephenville.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said a father and son were on their way back from Dallas. They were airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital with serious injuries, but both are expected to survive. - WFAA.


Four die in small plane crash at airport in Osaka

The wreckage of a Mooney M20c single-engine aircraft that crashed on a taxiway at Yao Airport in Osaka Prefecture on Saturday is seen in this photo. | KYODO

The Osaka Prefectural Police and the transport ministry are investigating Saturday’s fatal plane crash at Yao Airport as a case of professional negligence resulting in death.

According to the ministry and the airport, a four-seater Mooney M20C bound for Yao left Kobe Airport at 4:03 p.m. but crashed while attempting to land at about 4:20 p.m., killing all four occupants.

The plane went down in a grassy area near 1,490-meter-long Runway A, one of two runways at the airport, and burst into flames after the pilot told the air traffic controller he was aborting the first landing attempt.

It apparently encountered trouble climbing to make the second landing attempt, officials said.

The police are investigating the cause of the accident and attempting to identify the victims, who they believe were all men.

The ministry said the pilot was Yasushi Nishimoto.

The cockpit of the 7-meter-long, 10.7-meter-wide plane was destroyed in the crash and the fire extinguished at around 4:40 p.m., police and firefighters said.

Visibility was good at the time, and the wind speed at 4 p.m. was 5.4 kph.

The Japan Transport Safety Board said it will send two investigators to the airport.

The plane received its last airworthiness certificate in May 2015 after clearing the government’s mandatory annual safety check. It was registered in 1997.

Yao Airport is in a residential district about 15 km southeast of Osaka Station. It is used mainly as a base for aerial surveys, pilot training and sightseeing rather than regular flight services.

The U.S. military returned the airport to Japanese control in 1954, and it began mainstream service in 1960.

Television footage showed that the plane incurred heavy damage from the crash, which nearly tore off the tail and broke its wing tips. - Japan Times.



Cobb County man killed when plane crashed into South Carolina swamp

A Cobb County man was killed in a plane that crashed into a swamp in South Carolina Thursday.

Walker Heste -r, 59, of Marietta, was on board the small plane when it went down in the area of the Pee Dee River outside Columbia.



A small plane that went missing around 10:15 a.m. along the Pee Dee River, off of Highway 52 North, crashed in a swampy area, Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks said.

Brooks said the pilot was killed and that nobody else was on the plane.

Officials said a helicopter flying over the scene found some wreckage in a swampy area of the Pee Dee River and Brooks said an eyewitness saw the plane go down in the river.

Officials had trouble getting to where the wreckage was because of how remote the area is.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash. - AJC.







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