Investigators to examine key components of wrecked seaplane

admin   •   January 4, 2018   •   3045

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau told reporters in a news conference on Thursday that they are “confident” a thorough examination of the seaplane’s key components will be done, to understand whether they were operating correctly at the time of the crash.

“So, in terms of the state of the aircraft, we are reasonably confident that we will be able to do a thorough examination of the key components of the aircraft, to understand whether they were operating correctly at the time,” said Australian Transport Safety Bureau Executive Director Nat Nagy.

Australian air crash investigators and police on Thursday hoisted the wreckage of a seaplane from the Sydney river where it sank after crashing on New Year’s Eve, killing six people.

“And then over the course of the next twelve months, we will complete a report that will aim to find out exactly what went wrong, with the goal of improving safety and preventing an accident like this happening again in the future,” said the executive director.

Richard Cousins and four members of his family were among the six fatalities, according to police.

The family was on a short tourist flight, operated by Sydney Seaplanes, from a waterfront restaurant on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, to Rose Bay in the city’s east.

The plane’s pilot, Gareth Morgan, 44, was also killed in the crash. — Reuters

CAAP begins probe on Laguna plane crash

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2019

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has begun investigation on the plane crash in Calamba, Laguna on Sunday (Sept 1).

The CAAP is already in possession of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of Lion Air 350 that crashed at a resort in Miramonte Village Barangay Pansol.

They also investigated the crash site and collected all the debris from the airplane.

According to CAAP Aircraft Investigator Harry Paradero, they also interviewed eye witnesses to document the scenario before the crash happened.

“Bali tinitignan pa lang namin iyong crash site, iyon lang naman sa ngayon, (For now, we are investigating the crash site)” he said.

The medical evacuation plane came from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte. It boarded nine passengers and was supposed to fly to Manila in order to provide medical assistance to their New Zealander passenger.

READ: Plane crashes at resort in Calamba, Laguna; kills 9

None of the passengers survived the crash. Witnesses said parts of the plane were already separating before it crashed in their area.

“Talagang sinundan po na namin iyong pagbagsak kaya po nung naglanding siya dito mga 2 to 3 minutes, (We really followed the crash. It landed here at around 2 to 3 minutes),” said Jeff Rodriguez, one of the eye witnesses.

Meanwhile, families of the victims are set to bring their relatives home.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

Pakistani military plane crashes near garrison city, kills 17

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Rawalpindi, Pakistan (July 30, 2019): Aircraft wreckage (inset). Building damaged by plane crash | Courtesy: Reuters

A Pakistani military aircraft on a training flight crashed in a built-up area in the garrison city of Rawalpindi early on Tuesday (July 30) killing all five crew members and 12 civilians and setting off a blaze that left a pile of smoking rubble.

A statement from the Pakistani military said the aircraft was on a routine training flight when it crashed but there was no immediate word on the cause of the accident or the type of aircraft involved.

Military and civilian rescue workers took at least 12 injured civilians to hospitals in the city and extinguished the fire, leaving the smoking ruins of a house which appeared to have borne the brunt of the crash.

The site, in a village on the edge of an affluent housing development called Bahia Town, was surrounded by military and rescue service vehicles and security officials pushed back a crowd of bystanders. (REUTERS)

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Four dead in Florida head-on crash

admin   •   December 26, 2018

Aerial of deadly car crash with destroyed vehicles and emergency personnel at work | Reuters

Four people are dead in Highlands County, Florida after their cars crashed in a head-on collision around 12:30 p.m. (1730GMT) on Tuesday (December 25).

The Christmas Day crash occurred along a stretch of State Road 70, a narrow two-lane highway that crosses the south-central part of the state, connecting both the Atlantic and Gulf shores.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident. — Reuters

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