Plane accidents and incidents

Plane accidents and incidents

LATEST UPDATE: January 13, 2021 - 12:23pm
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January 13, 2021

Indonesian investigators say they were hopeful of retrieving a crashed passenger jet's second black box, as they seek to explain why the plane with 62 people aboard slammed into the sea minutes after takeoff.

Divers just off the coast of the capital Jakarta hauled the jet's flight data recorder to the surface Tuesday, with the hunt now focused on finding its cockpit voice recorder on the wreckage-littered seabed.

The devices could supply critical clues as to why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged about 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) in less than a minute before slamming into the Java Sea Saturday. — AFP

January 10, 2021

Authorities say that they had pinpointed the location of its black boxes -- cockpit voice and flight data recorders -- that could be key to explaining why the plane slammed into the Java Sea off the sprawling city's coast.

They have yet to say why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 went into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport on Saturday afternoon. — AFP

January 10, 2021

Indonesian rescuers say they had detected a signal from a Boeing passenger plane that crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff with 62 people on board.

A military vessel "has found the signal from (Sriwijaya Air) SJ182" and divers had recovered parts of the plane from around 23 metres (75 feet) below the water's surface, the transport ministry says in a statement, citing Indonesia's military chief Hadi Tjahjanto.

The ministry did not specify if the signal was detected from the downed plane's black box. —  AFP

January 10, 2021

Indonesian investigators say they found body parts off the coast of the capital Jakarta where a budget airline plane with 62 people on board crashed shortly after takeoff.

"As of this morning, we've received two (body) bags, one with passenger belongings and the other with body parts," Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus tells Metro TV. —  AFP

August 8, 2020

Officials say at least 17 people were killed Friday when a passenger jet was ripped in two after it overshot and skidded off the runway upon landing in southern India.

More than 100 others were injured, 15 of them seriously, after the Air India Express Boeing 737 from Dubai -- a coronavirus evacuation flight -- plunged off the runway down an embankment in heavy rain in Kozhikode.

Officials say that 191 passengers and crew were on board the plane that plummeted 10 metres (35 feet) off the so-called tabletop runway -- which can be tricky to land on -- in Kerala state. — AFP

July 24, 2020

Four Philippine Air Force personnel died when their helicopter crashed shortly after take off in Cauayan City, Isabela Thursday night, the Armed Forces of the Philippines confirms.

AFP spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo says five personnel were conducting proficiency training for night flying when the crash happened.

"The two pilots, the other officer, and one of the two aircrew perished. The other airman survived the crash and is now undergoing treatment," Arevalo says.

June 24, 2020

According to an initial report released, a plane crash which killed 97 people in Pakistan last month was because of human error by the pilots, who were discussing the coronavirus crisis during the landing,

The Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed into a crowded residential area on May 22 after both engines failed as it approached Karachi airport, killing all but two people on board.

"The pilot, as well as the (air traffic) controller, didn't follow the standard rules," says Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the country's aviation minister, announcing the findings in parliament. — AFP

May 23, 2020

According to the health ministry toll, 97 dead and 2 survived from Pakistan plane crash.

March 29, 2020

An aircraft caught on fire at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport late Sunday. The plane is reportedly an ambulance aircraft carrying medical supplies.

According to a source, LionAir RPC5880 had eight people on board: Six Filipino crew members and two passengers. The passengers were a Canadian and an American.

The aircraft—according to its registration number, an IAI 1124A Westwind II—was headed to Tokyo International Airport. 

According to the LionAir website, its Westwind II can accomodate seven passengers in executive seats. It can also be configured as an air ambulance, with space for a patient, two or three members of a medical team, and one or two relatives.

January 27, 2020

A plane crashed in eastern Afghanistan's Ghazni province Monday, officials say, but it was not immediately clear how many people were on board, or if it was a passenger or military jet.

"At around 1:10 pm (0840 GMT) a plane crashed in Deh Yak district of Ghazni province. The plane is on fire and the villagers are trying to put it out. We still don't know if it is a military or commercial plane," Aref Noori, Ghazni's governor's spokesman, tells AFP. 

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January 11, 2020

A news organization reports that Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the truth be told after learning that a Ukrainian passenger jet had been mistakenly shot down, Fars news agency reported Saturday.

Fars news agency says it had learned that "as soon as the supreme leader was informed of the catastrophic mistake" on Friday, he ordered that the outcome of investigations "be made known to the people explicitly and honestly". — AFP

January 11, 2020

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says closure and accountability were needed after Iran said it had unintentionally shot down a Ukranian plane, killing 176 people.

He also demands "transparency, and justice for the families and loved ones of the victims," of whom many were Canadian dual nationals.

"This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together," Trudeau's office says in a statement. — AFP

January 11, 2020

The chairman of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee says Iran, which admitted on Saturday that it accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner killing 176 people, must "learn lessons" from the disaster.

"If decryption of the black boxes and the work of the investigation do not prove that the Iranian army did this intentionally, and there are no logical reasons for this, the incident must be closed."

"Hoping that lessons will be learned and action taken by all parties," says Konstantin Kosachev, quoted by the Interfax news agency. — AFP

January 11, 2020

Iran President Hassan Rouhani says downing of Ukraine plane "a great tragedy & unforgivable mistake." — AFP

January 11, 2020

Iranian foreign minister apologizes for plane "disaster", cites "US adventurism". 

Iran's armed forces, meanwhile, says they unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian airliner that crashed this week blaming "human error".

The plane, which crashed on Wednesday killing all 176 people on board, was mistaken for a "hostile plane" and was hit while enemy threats were at the highest level, according to a press statement published by the official IRNA news agency. — AFP

January 11, 2020

Iran says it unintentionally shot down Ukrainian plane due to "human error," according to a statement. 

Iranian armed forces say it mistook Ukrainian jet for hostile plane. — AFP

January 10, 2020

Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh says he was "certain" a Ukrainian airliner which crashed outside Tehran this week was not hit by a missile.

"One thing is for certain, this airplane was not hit by a missile," Abedzadeh tells a news conference in Tehran after Britain and Canada both said intelligence sources suggested a catastrophic error by Iranian air defence batteries had downed the aircraft. — AFP

January 9, 2020

Iranian authorities say a Ukrainian airliner, which crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran with the loss of all 176 people on board, had turned back after experiencing a problem.

"The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash," the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation says on its website.

"The plane disappeared from radar screens the moment it reached 8,000 feet (2,400 metres). The pilot sent no radio message about the unusual circumstances.

"According to eyewitnesses, a fire was seen on board the plane which grew in intensity," the organization adds, reporting the first findings of its investigation into Wednesday's crash. — AFP

January 8, 2020

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says all passengers and crew on board the Ukrainian Boeing 737 plane that crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran on Wednesday were killed.

"According to preliminary data, all passengers and crew members are dead," he wrote on Facebook of the Ukraine International Airlines plane, which was bound for Kiev. — AFP

January 8, 2020

All 170 people on board a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed Wednesday after taking off from Tehran were killed, Iran's Red Crescent says.

"Obviously it is impossible that passengers" on flight PS-752 "are alive," the head of Red Crescent tells semi-official news agency ISNA, adding that 170 passengers and crew had boarded the plane. — AFP

January 8, 2020

A state news agency says a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed shortly after take-off in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Boeing 737 had left Tehran's international airport bound for Kiev, according to semi-official Iranian agency Isna, adding that 10 ambulances were sent to the crash site. — AFP

December 27, 2019

State media reports at least 15 people died and dozens were injured on Friday when a passenger plane carrying 100 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Kazakhstan's largest city and slammed into a house.

The Fokker 100 Bek Air plane disappeared from the radar minutes after it took off from Almaty airport at 7.05 am (01:05 GMT) on its way to the capital Nur-Sultan with 95 passengers and five crew members, the airport authority says in a statement.

It hit a concrete barrier and then slammed into a two-storey building. The reason for the crash, which took place near the city's boundary northeast of the airport, was not immediately known. — AFP

December 27, 2019

Government says at least 14 people died when a passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Almaty airport in Kazakhstan. 

"There are 14 dead at the (crash) site," Almaty city government says in a statement via its official channel on the Telegram messenger app. 

It added that a further 17 patients were being treated in hospital in a "serious condition". — AFP

May 21, 2019

Officials say two people were killed in a floatplane crash in Alaska, the second fatal incident involving the same local airline in a week.

"A pilot and a single passenger are deceased after a Taquan Air Beaver Floatplane crashed in Metlatkatla Harbor" Ketchikan Gateway Borough says in a statement.

"There were no other individuals on board the aircraft." — AFP

May 4, 2019

A Boeing 737 slid off a runway into a river after crash-landing at a Florida naval air station Friday, officials say, with no fatalities reported.

The plane carrying 143 people including crew from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba ended in shallow water next to the air station in Jacksonville, with all passengers safely evacuated, naval authorities say. — AFP

February 21, 2019

Singapore Airlines insists that cameras on its planes' entertainment systems had been disabled after an outcry online from worried passengers who spotted the tiny lenses peering at them.

Travelers took to Twitter and other social media to raise the alarm over the cameras at the bottom of seatback screens on a number of the Singapore flag carrier's newer aircraft. — AFP

February 7, 2019

Australian flag carrier Qantas confirms it would not take up eight Airbus A380s already ordered -- the latest blow for the European airspace firm.

In a statement, Sydney-based Qantas says it would focus instead on refurbishing its existing 12 Airbus super-jumbo planes. — AFP

January 26, 2019

New York's La Guardia airport has faced flight delays as air traffic control struggle with staff shortages linked to the partial federal government shutdown.

The Federal Aviation Administration's website says that arriving flights were being delayed an average of nearly 1.5 hours, and that departures were also affected. - AFP

December 6, 2018

Japanese defence minister says rescue operations were underway Thursday for five US marines missing after two American military aircraft crashed during a refuelling operation off the coast of Japan.

One crew member has already been rescued and is thought to be in a stable condition, Takeshi Iwaya tells reporters.

A spokesman for the Japanese Self-Defense says another crew member had been found but there were no immediate details of the marine's condition. — AFP

November 29, 2018

Investigators of the Oct. 28 crash of a Lion Air flight into the Java Sea say the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was deemed airworthy when it made its final takeoff from Jakarta.

The officials have summoned reporters to refute reports on a news conference the day before where some media reported they had said the plane was not airworthy when it took off. — AP

November 28, 2018

Lion Air needs to improve its safety culture and better document repair work on its planes, Indonesia's transport safety agency says, in preliminary findings into a fatal crash last month.

Lion Air must take steps "to improve the safety culture and to enable the pilot to make (a) proper decision to continue the flight," it says in a statement, adding that the carrier must ensure "all the operation documents are properly filled and documented".

November 24, 2018

A budget airline based in Singapore will discontinue flights to Honolulu in June, citing low demand for the service.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Singapore Airlines announced this week that its low-cost arm Scoot will end the Hawaii route.

The change comes as Scoot takes over several SilkAir routes over the next two years. The regional airline SilkAir is merging into Singapore Airlines. — AP

November 23, 2018

Indonesian authorities have wrapped up the grim task of identifying Lion Air jet crash victims from recovered body parts, with a preliminary report on the cause of the accident that killed 189 people due next week.

The Boeing 737 Max jet -- one of the world's newest and most advanced commercial planes -- plunged into the Java Sea on October 29 shortly after taking off from capital Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang city, killing all on board.

Since then, investigators have been doing DNA testing on recovered body parts. As of Friday, 125 people have been identified after testing on human remains that filled some 200 body bags, said Arthur Tampi, head of the national police medical centre. — AFP

November 21, 2018

A man was killed on the runway at Moscow's largest airport when he was hit by a plane that was taking off, Russian investigators say.

Russian news agencies quoted sources as saying the man was on a stopover in Moscow and had earlier picked a fight on board his flight from Spain. — AFP

November 3, 2018

Divers reported seeing the fuselage and engines of the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor and a ping locator has detected a signal that may be from the cockpit voice recorder, says Indonesia's search and rescue chief.

Muhammad Syaugi says "two engines and more landing gear have been found." — AP

November 3, 2018

Indonesian officials say a diver has died while recovering body parts from the ill-fated Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea killing 189 people. - AFP

November 1, 2018

Divers have recovered a flight data recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the 2-month-old plane to plunge into Indonesian seas earlier this week, killing all 189 people on board.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane crashed early Monday just minutes after takeoff from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia in more than two decades and renewed concerns about safety in its fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and U.S. blacklists. — AP



October 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia says a military aircraft has crashed on a training mission in the kingdom.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency announces the crash on Tuesday. It said the crash happened Monday. It did not elaborate, other than to say the crash happened in the kingdom's northeast.

The report on SPA gave no casualty figures. — AP

September 29, 2018

The airline operating a flight that crashed into a Pacific lagoon on Friday in Micronesia now says one man is missing, after earlier saying all 47 passengers and crew had safely evacuated the sinking plane.

Air Niugini says in a release that as of Saturday afternoon, it was unable to account for a male passenger. The airline says it was working with local authorities, hospitals and investigators to try to find the man. — AP

September 28, 2018

 All 47 passengers and crew survived a plane's crash landing in a Pacific lagoon Friday morning, wading through waist-deep water to the emergency exits and escaping on local boats that came to the rescue in the Micronesia archipelago.

Seven people were taken to a hospital, according to officials, including one described as being in a critical but stable condition. — AP

September 26, 2018

Qatar Airways says that a baby had died following a flight from Doha to the Indian city of Hyderabad.

A spokesperson for Qatar Airways says that the baby was an 11-month-old boy who had been on the flight with his parents in the early hours of Wednesday.

The parents became aware that their child was having breathing problems after the plane had landed as they made their way to the immigration counter, the spokesperson says. — AFP

September 18, 2018

Russia summons the Israeli ambassador to Moscow following the downing of a Russian plane over Syria which the Russian defence ministry has blamed on the Israeli air force.

"The Israeli ambassador has been summoned to the foreign ministry over the situation," a representative of the ministry's press service says. — AFP

September 8, 2018

A helicopter with seven people on board crashed into a hillside in central Nepal on Saturday with the condition of the passengers unknown, officials say.

The single-pilot Kathmandu-bound Altitude Air helicopter was carrying six passengers, including a Japanese trekker, when it lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from the central district of Gorkha. — AFP

September 1, 2018

One person died -- apparently of a heart attack -- and 18 people sought medical help when a plane skidded off a runway in Russia's Olympic city of Sochi, slid into a river and caught fire during landing early Saturday, officials say.

The Boeing 737 flying from Moscow with 166 passengers and six crew members overshot a runway as it attempted to land in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, damaged a wing and caught fire. — AP

August 27, 2018

An investigation into a deadly plane crash at Nepal's international airport has blamed the captain who wept and suffered an emotional breakdown during the flight after his skills had been questioned, a draft of the report read.

The March 12 flight from the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka crash-landed at Kathmandu airport and skidded into a football field where it burst into flames, killing 51 people in the deadliest aviation accident in the Himalayan nation for decades. — AFP

August 21, 2018

A Swedish Air Force jet fighter crashed Tuesday near an air base in southern Sweden after striking several birds as it was about to land, Sweden's Armed Forces says.

The pilot of the Swedish-built JAS 39 Gripen fighter aborted the landing he was attempting and ejected, says Col. Lars Bergstrom, head of the Blekinge Air Force Wing near Ronneby in southern Sweden. — AP

August 18, 2018

Police say they arrested Franco Sepulveda Robles, 29, in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta after investigators linked his cellphone to the wave of threats that disrupted flights. 

Robles, a Chilean made false bomb threats against an airline for not returning his suitcase, which caused up to 11 commercial flights to take emergency measures in Chile, Argentina and Peru. — AP

August 11, 2018

The crash of a passenger airplane taken from the Seattle airport in the US state of Washington was "not a terrorist incident," the local sheriff's office says.

"This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info .. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved," the office of the Pierce County Sheriff says. — AFP

August 11, 2018

A small airplane that crashed in Alaska's Denali National Park, killing five people on board, will remain on a near-vertical mountainside because of the substantial risk to recovery crews, officials said Friday.

The National Park Service announces it will end efforts to recover bodies and wreckage of the K2 Aviation airplane that crashed Aug. 4 near the summit of Thunder Mountain. — AP

August 4, 2018

Russian airline says helicopter has crashed after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 aboard. — AP

July 14, 2018

Dozens of Ryanair passengers have been discharged from hospital after being treated for nausea following an unscheduled landing in Germany.

The pilot of the flight from Dublin to Zadar, Croatia, decided to land at Frankfurt-Hahn airport after the cabin pressure dropped.

German police says 33 of the 189 passengers on board complained of headaches, ear pain and nausea, and were taken to a nearby hospital. All were able to leave again by Saturday morning.

A replacement flight was scheduled to take the passengers to Croatia on Saturday. — AP

June 28, 2018

A small chartered plane crashed Thursday in a busy area of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing at least six people including two on the ground, police says. 

The fatalities included two pilots and two flight engineers on the aircraft. — AP

June 28, 2018

Police say chartered plane has crashed in Mumbai, India's financial capital; number of passengers and injuries unclear. — AP 

June 27, 2018

Authorities say they've arrested a 19-year-old man accused of sprinting shirtless toward a jet at Atlanta's airport and jumping on the wing.

News outlets report Atlanta Police have charged Jhryin Jones with criminal trespassing, public indecency and obstruction of law enforcement officers.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jones scaled a fence Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ran onto an active taxiway. She says he then jumped on the wing of a recently landed Delta Air Lines flight from Miami and pounded on windows.

Video obtained by WSB-TV shows a shirtless man sprinting across a grassy area toward an aircraft. Photographs showed the man being detained on the ground by officers.

The airport tweeted there was no impact on operations.

It wasn't immediately clear if Jones has a lawyer. — AP

May 25, 2018

Russia is rejecting the claim by the Netherlands and Australia that it is legally responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine nearly four years ago, killing all 298 people on board.

The accusations came a day after international investigators announced that the missile system that brought down the plane was whisked into Ukraine from a Russian military unit. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said "the government is now taking the next step by formally holding Russia accountable."

In this July 17, 2014. file photo, people walk amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine. An international team of investigators says that detailed analysis of video images has established that the Buk missile that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 nearly four years ago came from a Russia-based military unit. Wilbert Paulissen of the Dutch National Police said Thursday, May 24, 2018 that the missile was from the Russian military’s 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade based in the Russian city of Kursk.
AP/Dmitry Lovetsky, File


Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, rejected the accusations. He said Friday that Russia has been barred from the investigation and thus can't trust its results. He also charged that Ukraine contributed to the tragedy by failing to ban civilian air traffic over the war zone. — AP

March 17, 2018

 The confirmed death toll climbed to at least 10 as more bodies were recovered at the crash site in Plaridel, Bulacan.  

Seven people have been tragically killed as their plane plummeted into a house in Bulacan.

Retrieval operation is ongoing. 

FULL STORY: 7 dead as small plane crashes in Bulacan residential area

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