Posts Tagged ‘Federal Aviation Administration’


[BBC News] A Boeing 777 aircraft has crash-landed at San Francisco international airport, killing at least person and injuring as many as 30, diplomats say.

The plane reportedly landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport's Runway 28L

The plane reportedly landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport‘s Runway 28L

Pictures posted on Twitter showed passengers jumping down the inflatable emergency slides and leaving the area, as plumes of smoke rise from the plane.

Firefighters and rescue teams are at the scene of the downed Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which had taken off from South Korea’s capital, Seoul.

The cause of the crash is unclear.

Early indications suggest the plane came in too short and hit the seawall at the airport.

There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board, Asiana said.

While the sequence of events remains unclear, it appeared the plane landed and then crashed on San Francisco International Airport’s Runway 28L, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown.

Footage of the scene showed debris strewn on the runway and smoke pouring from the jet, as fire crews sprayed a white fire retardant into gaping holes in the craft’s roof.

One engine and the tail fin appeared to have broken away from the main wreckage.

Passenger David Eun tweeted a picture of people jumping out of the plane’s emergency inflatable slides and wrote: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…”

Mr Eun, who describes himself as a “digital media guy” and “frequent flier”, added: “Fire and rescue people all over the place. They’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9/11.”

A witness to the crash, Ki Siadatan, said the plane “looked out of control” as it descended over San Francisco Bay to land just before 11:30 (18:30 GMT).

“We heard a ‘boom’ and saw the plane disappear into a cloud of dust and smoke,” he told the BBC. “There was then a second explosion.”

He saw events unfold from the balcony of his home in the Millbrae area of San Francisco, which overlooks the airport.

Weather conditions were fine and there was little wind, he added.

Arrivals and departures at the airport have been suspended since the incident……

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BBC News
6th July, 2013


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[Guardian] As the battery in one plane explodes it is followed by a fuel leak in another, both incidents were at Boston airport and both aircraft are owned by Japan Airlines.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was towed back to the gate after a fuel leak at Boston Logan airport.

A Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner was towed back to the gate after a fuel leak at Boston Logan airport. Photo: Wikipedia

Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes have been the subject of safety scares within two days at Boston airport in the US, adding to concerns about the aircraft.

On Monday, an electrical fire erupted on one of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners operated by Japan Airlines at Boston Logan international airport. Authorities said a battery in the auxiliary power unit aboard the plane jet had suffered “severe fire damage”.

On Tuesday at the same airport, a fuel leak forced a different 787 operated by JAL to cancel takeoff. Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman Richard Walsh said the plane was towed back to the gate after about 150 litres (40 gallons) of fuel spilled. He said the plane had 178 passengers and 11 crew members on board. Walsh said the plane was evaluated and departed that afternoon. A JAL spokeswoman said the crew had reported a “mechanical issue”.

The two incidents have extended a series of problems that have dogged the jet for more than a month and increased concern about the plane.

The fire broke out on an empty Dreamliner jet parked at a gate in Boston. Officials said a battery in the auxiliary power system exploded around 10.30am, shortly after passengers had disembarked. A mechanic inspecting the jet discovered smoke while performing a routine post-flight inspection.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what caused the problem, which came within weeks of Boeing enduring a string of other electrical problems that briefly grounded three of the planes. The new jet also has suffered an engine failure and fuel leaks in the 14 months it has been in service.

The electrical fire is troubling in part because the 787 relies heavily on electrical power to drive onboard systems that in other jet models are run by air pressure generated by the engines. The new jet also suffered an electrical fire during a test flight, prompting a redesign of electrical systems.

Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel said on Monday: “We are aware of the event and are working with our customer.”

The Dreamliner is Boeing’s first jet to be made of carbon composites rather than aluminium, a change that reduces the plane’s weight and allows it to use less fuel.

Since entering service in October 2011 the plane has repeatedly made headlines for……

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The Guardian
9th Jan, 2013



[LBC] American Airlines (AA) has been forced to cancel dozens of flights so it can fix seats which could come loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets.

AA: Seat coming loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets.  Photo: Wikipedia

AA: Seat coming loose on its fleet of Boeing 757 jets. Photo: Wikipedia

The move is affecting thousands of passengers who were due to fly on almost 100 flights on Thursday and Friday. American says all the planes should be back in service by Saturday.

The decision to take 48 of its 757s out of service followed two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose mid-flight.

An American Airlines flight from Boston to Miami was forced to make an emergency landing in New York on Saturday.

On Monday a second AA flight from New York to Miami returned to John F Kennedy International Airport after loose seats were discovered. No injuries were reported in either incident.

AA said both planes had recently undergone maintenance work that required seats to be removed and reinstalled.

“After further analysis by our engineering team, the company is taking additional preventative steps to enhance the locking mechanism features used to secure the seats to the aircraft floor,” AA said in a statement.

“American has instructed mechanics to pay particular attention to the seat lock plunger mechanism that secures the seat to the aircraft floor. Mechanics have begun taking steps necessary to ensure that no seat can become dislodged from its track.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also looking into the incidents, which involved separate repair facilities.

The safety problems have added to a growing unease at the airline which has been hit by tensions with unions over cost-cutting and lay-offs since it filed for bankruptcy last November.

A recent spate of delays and cancellations have annoyed passengers, but aviation experts have warned just the hint of mechanical issues could frighten off customers and even threaten the airline’s existence…….

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