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Rising Chinese plane maker boasts 100 orders at air show

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

Cuban plane crashes with 68 onboard

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:53 am

Saudi key suspect, parcel bomb went on ‘passenger plane’

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 4:11 am

Pakistani plane crashes with 150 on board

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

ISLAMABAD, July 28, 2010 (AFP) – A Pakistani passenger plane with 150 people on board crashed in a ball of flames in densely wooded hills while trying to land in Islamabad during bad weather on Wednesday, aviation officials said.

AFP file photo shows a Pakistan army helicopter in Islamabad.

Police said bodies were scattered across the hills near the scene of the smouldering wreckage in inaccessible hills, shrouded in heavy cloud and fog during a downpour.

Up to five people were confirmed dead but five injured survivors have been recovered, according to a senior minister.

Airblue spokesman Raheel Ahmed told AFP the Airbus A-321 took off from Karachi bound for Islamabad with 144 passengers and six crew members on board.

“Apparently the cause of the crash is bad weather, but we leave that to the investigators,” he told AFP.

“We are now preoccupied with rescue work and striving to take care of the relatives of the passengers who were on board.”

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that at least five injured people had been taken to hospital by helicopter.

“We are trying to get details about the passengers. It’s a big tragedy. It’s really a big tragedy,” Malik told Express TV.

“Rescue teams have reached the area. They are fully equipped. They are scanning the entire area. Those wounded or survivors are being provided assistance and arrangements are have been made to take them to hospitals.”

Civil aviation spokesman Pervez George said Airblue flight 202 took off from Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital, at 7:45 am (0245 GMT) and had been preparing to land in Islamabad when it crashed.

“When it was preparing to land, it crashed in the Margalla Hills,” he said.

Thick smoke could be seen rising from an inaccessible region in the densely wooded hills, where helicopters circled overheaded and rescue services dispatched ambulances to the nearest roads, an AFP correspondent said.

City police chief Bani Amin said police were informed of a loud explosion and fire sweeping through the hills that dominate the Islamabad skyline, before confirmation that a passenger plane had crashed.

“The site of crash was inaccessible. We have sent teams. It is a forest. Rescue teams have been sent. Helicopters have also been deployed. It is difficult to take out each and everybody immediately,” he told Geo.

Pakistan enjoys a relatively good aviation safety record.

The most recent fatal passenger plane crash was a Pakistan International Airlines Fokker F27 plane that came down on July 10, 2006, killing 45 people in the first major aviation accident in Pakistan for more than three years.

Before that the deadliest civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet was a PIA Airbus A300 that crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, killing 167 people in September 1992.

Source: SGGP

Solar-powered plane set for pioneering night flight

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The prototype of a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the world on solar energy aims to take to the skies on Thursday in the first attempt at a night flight fuelled by the sun, the team said.

The high-tech single-seater Solar Impulse aircraft, with the 63.40-metre (208-foot) wingspan of a large Airbus A340 airliner, plans to take advantage of clear summer weather to take off from Payerne airbase in western Switzerland, it said.

“The situation continues to look good and the likelihood of seeing the HB-SIA take off on July 1st and land back in the early morning July 2nd is increasingly probable,” it said in a statement Tuesday.

The Solar Impulse aircraft, a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the world on solar energy takes off in April 2010 from Payerne’s air base, western Switzerland

Team members have said they need a 25-hour window of clear and calm summer weather to attempt the pioneering round-the-clock flight above Switzerland and eastern France.

Pilot Andre Borschberg plans to keep the aircraft at altitudes of up to 8,500 metres, storing some of the energy from solar panels in batteries during the daylight to fly through the night before landing after dawn on Friday.

Despite its huge wingspan, the aircraft only weighs about as much as a family-sized car, about 1,600 kilogrammes (3,500 pounds).

“We’re not sure to make it at the first try, let’s be clear about this,” said Solar Impulse president and founder Bertrand Piccard, the round-the-world balloonist.

The solar venture has grown in recent months, joined by former space shuttle astronaut Claude Nicollier and retired NASA chief test pilot Rogers Smith.

The prototype made its 10th test flight under solar energy on Tuesday. It first hopped off a runway shortly after it was unveiled seven months ago.

Powered by four 10 horsepower electric motors — each about as strong as the engine that took the Wright Brothers into the air more than 100 years ago — Solar Impulse’s take-off speed is just 35 kilometres per hour (22mph), with a cruising speed barely twice as fast.

The prototype is slightly smaller than the craft that is planned to fly around the world in 2013 to 2014.

Source: SGGP

New Airbus plane delivered to Vietnam Airlines with medical aid

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:04 am

A new Airbus A321 plane landed in Hanoi Wednesday and was handed over to national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, which has ordered a total of 41 of this aircraft type.

The plane, the 17th A321 delivered to the airline from this order, carried medical equipment provided as aid by the Airbus Corporate Foundation from Germany’s Hamburg for those in need in the Asian country.

Workers at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport unload European-donated medical equipment from Vietnam Airlines’ newest Airbus A321 aircraft after its landing on May 2, 2010 (Photo: Minh Chuyen)

The shipment was 3.8 tons of medical equipment for dialysis, including 12 generators, two video screens, catheters, and appliances and spares donated by the Purpan Hospital in Toulouse, France.

The Airbus Corporate Foundation works in partnership with non governmental organizations regularly using Airbus aircraft to provide aid to countries and communities which have been affected by natural disasters or are in need.

The new Vietnam Airlines aircraft left the Airbus final assembly line Tuesday in Hamburg, where it had been loaded with the donated goods by Airbus staff, said an Airbus statement seen Wednesday.

The equipment will be transferred to the Hanoi Hospital of Nephrology and Dialysis where it will be used to treat patients suffering from chronic kidney failure.

“The Airbus Corporate Foundation together with Vietnam Airlines identified this flight as an opportunity to donate some medical equipment that was awaiting shipment to Hanoi,” Tom Enders, President of the Airbus Corporate Foundation and President and CEO of Airbus, said in the statement.
“I would like to thank all our partners and the employees involved in this project,” he added.

The European aircraft maker has in recent years built up a global network of airlines and relief organizations to support international humanitarian help. Ferry flights of new aircraft have been used on numerous occasions to transport goods all over the world.

Established in December 2008, the Airbus Corporate Foundation aims at facilitating charitable activities worldwide under one roof within an international network of employees, associations and international organizations, the leading aircraft manufacturer says.

Vietnam Airlines announced on the weekend it would add 826 flights to its major domestic routes this summer as travel demand is expected to surge sharply.

Over the next three months the airline will increase its flights linking Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang by between 10-14 percent. It will also increase flight frequency to key tourist destinations like Nha Trang, Hue and Phu Quoc.

The national flag carrier currently operates 35 domestic routes. It is targeting an 18 percent increase in the number of passengers it transports this year as well as a 30 percent increase in revenue over 2009 to VND32 trillion.

Source: SGGP

Investigators sift wreckage of Indian plane crash

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 9:22 am

MANGALORE, India, May 23, 2010 (AFP) – Investigators on Sunday face the gruelling task of sifting through the wreck of an Air India Express plane that overshot the runway and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 158 people.

The Boeing 737-800, carrying 160 passengers and six crew on a flight from Dubai, careered off the end of the “table-top” runway at Bajpe airport and plunged into a forested gorge where it was engulfed in flames.

Rescue personnel and volunteers walk over wreckage at the crash site of an Air India Boeing 737-800 aircraft which crashed upon landing in Mangalore on May 22, 2010. AFP photo

Survivors of India’s worst aviation disaster in 14 years described hearing a loud thud shortly after touchdown and said the main fuselage broke into two before filling with fire and thick smoke.

The probe into the crash, just outside the port city of Mangalore on India’s west coast, was called off in darkness on Saturday night.

Investigating teams were expected to resume combing the wreckage during daylight on Sunday, with efforts focusing on finding the “black box” cockpit data recorder that they hope could shed light on the cause of the disaster.

Officials described the landing conditions as fair with good visibility and said there had been no distress call from the cockpit.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, who flew to the crash site, said eight passengers had survived.

Overnight Air India released the names of seven survivors.

It was the country’s deadliest crash since 1996 when two passenger planes collided in mid-air near New Delhi with the loss of all 349 on board both flights.

One survivor, Umer Farooq, told the NDTV news channel from his hospital bed that he had heard a bang as the plane touched down.

“The plane veered off toward some trees on the side and then the cabin filled with smoke. I got caught in some cables but managed to scramble out,” said Farooq, who suffered burns to his arms, legs and face.

Television images from the immediate aftermath of the crash showed smoke billowing from the fuselage, as emergency crews, who struggled down steep, wooded slopes to reach the aircraft, sought to douse the fire with foam.

Hours later, rescue workers were still pulling blackened bodies — some of them strapped upright into their seats — from the remains of the burned-out fuselage.

“The preliminary observation is that the aircraft touched down and did not contain itself within the runway space,” Patel told reporters.

He described the chief pilot, a Serbian national, as a “very experienced” flier who had logged 10,000 hours of flying time.

Stressing that it was “too early” to determine the precise cause of the crash, Patel noted that the sanded safety area surrounding the runway in the event of an overshoot was shorter than at some airports.

“It does not have much of a spillover area (and) in this case apparently it had not been able to stop the plane,” he said.

Air India Express is budget airline operated as a subsidiary by the state-run carrier.

In a statement, US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing said it was sending a team of investigators to India to help in the inquiry.

The last major plane crash in India was in 2000, when 61 people were killed after a passenger jet plunged into a residential area near the eastern city of Patna.

Saturday’s disaster came as Air India is struggling to turn around its finances after posting a net loss of more than one billion dollars last year.

Source: SGGP

Plane crash in India, most of 166 aboard killed

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

An Air India Express passenger plane crashed in flames after overshooting the runway in the southern city of Mangalore on Saturday, killing most of the 166 people on board.

Rescue personnel are seen among the smouldering wreckage of an Air India Boeing 737-800 aircraft which crashed upon landing in Mangalore on May 22, 2010. (AFP Photo).

The state-run carrier said at least eight people had been rescued from the burning wreckage of the Boeing 737-800 which was carrying 160 passengers and six crew on a flight from Dubai.

Eyewitnesses said the aircraft had touched down before careering off the end of the runway into a shallow gorge and bursting into flames at around 6:30 am (0100 GMT).

“As far as the information available with us is concerned, eight persons were rescued and shifted to local hospitals in Mangalore for treatment,” Anup Shrivasta, Air India personnel director, told a news briefing in Mumbai.

Television footage showed at least three survivors being stretchered into a nearby hospital.

One survivor, Umer Farooq, told the NDTV news channel from his hospital bed that he had heard a loud thud as the plane touched down.

“Then the plane veered off toward some trees on the side and then the cabin filled with smoke. I got caught in some cables but managed to scramble out,” said Farooq who had burns to his arms, legs, and face.

It was the first major plane crash in India since 2000, when 61 people were killed after a passenger plane crashed into a residential area near the eastern city of Patna.

Karnataka Home Minister V.S. Acharya called for local people’s cooperation in what he called “this hour of crisis” and urged them to stay away from the crash site.

“It is feared that most of the people have died,” Acharya told reporters.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

V.P. Agrawal, chairman of the Airport Authority of India told reporters in New Delhi that there had been no distress call to suggest a technical fault.

“The visibility was six kilometres (four miles) when the aircraft approached the runway which was more than sufficient,” Agrawal said.

Air India Express is a subsidiary budget airline operated by the state-run carrier.

Television images showed the plane had partially broken up, with smoke billowing from the main fuselage, as rescue workers sought to douse the fire with foam.

Rescue teams had to struggle down steep, wooded slopes to reach the plane, and were shown carrying body parts away from the site.

The airport is located some 20 kilometres outside the coastal city of Mangalore, which is around 320 kilometres west of the Karnataka state capital, Bangalore.

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel was due to fly to the site from New Delhi later Saturday.

Many Indians from Karnataka and other southern states work in Gulf cities such as Dubai as construction workers, domestic staff and in other low-paid jobs.

They send much of their earnings back to India as remittances, and return to India for their annual leave.

In a statement, US-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing said it was sending a team of investigators to India to help in the crash inquiry.

“Boeing wishes to express its profound condolences to the friends and family of those lost… as well as its wish for the recovery of those injured,” it said on its website.

India’s worst aviation accident occurred in 1996 when two passenger planes collided in mid-air near New Delhi with the loss of all 349 on board both flights.

The crash was blamed on a Kazakhstan Airlines plane descending below its assigned altitude, putting it in the path of a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane that had taken off minutes earlier from the Indian capital’s airport.


Source: SGGP

‘Non-crew in cockpit’ of Polish leader’s crash plane

In Uncategorized on May 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

MOSCOW (AFP) – Non-crew members were in the cockpit of the plane of Polish president Lech Kaczynski before its fatal crash in Russia, officials said Wednesday, raising fresh questions about the tragedy’s cause.

The aviation committee investigating the April 10 crash — Poland’s worst post-World War II disaster — also revealed the jet’s crew had ignored repeated warnings that weather conditions were not suitable for landing.

(AFP file) A policeman walks past the wreckage of a Polish government Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft that crashed near Smolensk airport April 10.

More than five weeks after the tragedy, however, the investigators still did not offer concrete conclusions about its cause. They said an act of terror, technical failure or an explosion have all been ruled out.

“It has been established that in the cockpit there were individuals who were not members of the crew,” said Tatyana Anodina, head of the inter-state air committee which investigates crashes in the former Soviet Union.

“The voice of one of them has been identified exactly, the voice of the other, or the others, will require additional information from the Polish side,” she added.

Speaking after weeks of analysis of the plane’s black boxes by international specialists, she did not comment on the identities of the individuals in the cockpit.

Polish news agency PAP, quoting a source close to the investigation, said one of the voices was that of commander in chief of the Polish air force Andrzej Blasik.

All 96 people on board including Kaczynski, his wife and scores of senior Polish officials were killed in the crash in heavy fog outside the western Russian city of Smolensk.

There had been media speculation that a high-ranking member of the Polish delegation could have ordered the pilots to land, although until now this had so far been dismissed by investigators on both sides.

The Polish representative to the investigation committee, Edmund Klich, said the individuals had been in the cockpit 16 to 20 minutes before the crash.

“I do not think this had a decisive effect on the causes of this event. But this is my personal opinion and only after a full investigation of all the circumstances will this be clear,” he said, speaking through a Russian translation.

Anodina said the issue required further examination and refused to draw any conclusions.

The investigators confirmed officially for the first time that the crew of the Russian-made Tu-154 had ignored warnings from air traffic control not to land.

“The air traffic controller at Smolensk Severny airport… twice warned the crew that there was fog at the airport, visibility was 400 metres (440 yards) and the conditions were not present to receive the plane,” said Alexei Morozov, head of the committee’s technical commission.

He said that 16 minutes before the crash, the crew of the Tu-154 also received information from a crew of a Polish air force Yak-40 which landed successfully earlier in the day that visibility was 400 metres.

Then, “four minutes before the crash, the crew of the Yak-40 informed the crew of the Tu-154 that they evaluated the visibility at 200 metres,” Morozov said.

Without shedding further light on the cause, Anodina said the technical commission had established that the crash was not the result of an act of terror or technical failure.

“There was not an act of terror, an explosion, a fire on board or a failure of aviation equipment. The engines worked until the collision with the earth,” she said.

Kaczynski and the presidential delegation were killed as they were heading to a memorial service at Katyn, near Smolensk, for 22,000 Polish officers and troops killed by Soviet forces 70 years ago.

The Katyn atrocity — which Moscow for years falsely blamed on Nazi troops and was subsequently reluctant to discuss — had poisoned relations between the two countries.

But the crash saw a huge outpouring of grief in Russia and signs of a reconciliation between the two former Communist neighbours.

Source: SGGP

Boy survives as more than 100 killed in Libya plane crash

In Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Map locating Tripoli (AFP graphic)

TRIPOLI, May 12, 2010 (AFP) – A Libyan plane arriving from South Africa crashed on landing at Tripoli airport Wednesday, killing more than 100 people but an eight-year-old Dutch boy was a miracle survivor, officials said.

Afriqiyah Airways listed 93 passengers and 11 crew members on board its flight 8U771 from Johannesburg.

“I can confirm the crash but not the number of the dead,” said Bongani Sithole, an official of the airline at Johannesburg airport. “We hear that it happened one metre (yard) away from the runway.”

A Libyan security official earlier told AFP that all those on board the Airbus A330 had died but an airport official said in fact an eight-year-old boy from the Netherlands had survived and was rushed to hospital near Tripoli.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of the crash, which occurred as the Afriqiyah Airways plane was landing after a flight from Johannesburg at around 6 am (0400 GMT).

“It exploded on landing and totally disintegrated,” the security official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The crew members were all Libyan nationals, the official added.

An AFP correspondent said the crash site had been sealed off by security officials and ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen rushing between the airport and the capital, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) apart.

The wreckage could be seen in the distance but no plumes of smoke were evident. Weather conditions were good at Tripoli on Wednesday morning, with only light clouds in the sky.

Afriqiyah Airways said on its website that it operates an Airbus fleet.

It started operations with five leased planes and signed a contract with Airbus at an exhibition in Paris in 2007 for the purchase of 11 new planes, the website said.

It was founded in April 2001 and at first fully owned by the Libyan state. The company’s capital was later divided into shares to be managed by the Libya-Africa Investment Portfolio.

On April 21, the airline announced that flights were back to normal after disruptions due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that grounded flights in Europe last month.

Last June, a 12-year-old girl was the sole survivor of a Yemeni plane crash off the Comoros.

Wednesday’s crash was the deadliest air accident in Libya since December 22, 1992 when a Libyan Arab Airlines plane crashed near Tripoli airport killing 157 people.

Twenty-two people were killed in an oil company plane crash in January 2000.

In other major accidents, 79 people were killed when a Korean Air crashed in Tripoli in July 1989.

And 59 people died in a Balkan Bulgarian Airlines crash near Benghazi in December 1977, while 36 passengers and crew died when a Central African Airways came down in August 1958, also near Benghazi in eastern Libya.

Source: SGGP