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Southwest B737 gear collapse

Front landing gear of a Southwest plane collapses, 10 hurt

Ten people suffered minor injuries Monday when the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jetliner collapsed after landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the city’s Port Authority reported.
Southwest Flight 345 was landing at LaGuardia from Nashville about 5:40 p.m. when the accident occurred. The nose of the blue-and-orange jet came to rest on the ground after the aircraft came to a stop, and passengers evacuated the aircraft on emergency slides.
“The aircraft skidded down the runway on its nose and then veered off and came to rest in a grass area between the runway and taxiway foxtrot,” Thomas Bosco, the airport’s general manager, told reporters. It stopped about halfway down the 7,000-foot runway.
Kathy Boles, a passenger aboard the Boeing 737, said a “strong jolt” could be felt inside the cabin when the gear failed and the nose slammed into the tarmac.
“It was just a bang and a bounce, and then a slam on the brakes and a skidding feeling,” Boles told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“I feel extremely blessed to have come off that,” she said. “It just really felt like the plane could have broken in half, it was such a hard impact.”
A total of 150 people were aboard the flight. In addition to the 10 injured aboard the plane, a Port Authority police officer was treated for heat exhaustion, Bosco said.
There were conflicting reports about how many members of the aircraft’s crew were among the injured. Southwest said three flight attendants had reported being hurt, while the Bosco said the six-member crew had been taken to a hospital for observation.
LaGuardia was closed to arriving flights as emergency vehicles surrounded the disabled jet, but the airport was back open for arrivals and departures by 7 p.m., Bosco said.
Initially, the Federal Aviation Administration said the crew reported a possible nose gear problem before landing, but later amended that to say that after it reviewed air controller tapes, no issues were noted ahead of time. The National Transportation Safety Board was aware of the incident and sent an investigator to the scene.
Investigators in that crash will not determine a cause for several months at least but initial attention has focused on actions of the crew during approach.
The 737 has a conventional hydraulic landing gear system — a unit under each wing and a steerable wheel that extends from under the nose. Pilots can land safely with only the main gear operable and such incidents occur from time to time.
Southwest has more than 600 of the 737s in its fleet, including those operated by its subsidiary AirTran.

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Southwest crash landing report

Asiana 777 crash landing in San Francisco

About an hour ago a plane crash happened on San Francisco Airport. A plane registered to Asiana Airlines crash landed today and the tail ripped off from the plane. There were 295 passengers on board and reports show there were no injuries.

News is developing check for updates here : San Francisco crash landing

It seems that 2 of the passengers or crew are dead already. 181 people have been transported to nearby hospitals and 48 with serious injuries.
More information about the crash can be found here

Collection of CVR transcripts

Our partners from Planecrashes.org have made a collection of cockpit voice recorder transcripts which consists of all CVR records up to date. The database has over 150 records and it is very user friendly.
Momentarily you can only view the text written and the airplane which sustained the crash from which CVR is.
Later on we will add real audio transcripts .

Wizzair crash landing Bucharest- Rome

wizzair emergency landing roma
It has been reported that an Airbus A320 belonging to Wizzair has crashed landed in Fiumicino Rome. More details about watch below:
Status: Preliminary
Date: 08 JUN 2013
Time: 08:06
Type: Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Operator: Wizz Air
Registration: HA-LWM
C/n / msn: 5021
First flight: 2012-02-04 (1 year 4 months)
Engines: 2 IAE V2527-A5
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 165
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 171
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location: Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (Italy)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature: International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Bucharest-Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP/LROP), Romania
Destination airport: Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Flightnumber: 3141

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29 April Afghanistan plane crash


Date: April 29, 2013       Time: 15:00
Location: Bagram Air Base, Afghastan
Operator: National Air Cargo       Flight: N80102
AC Type: Boeing B-747-428BCF
Reg: N949CA    cn: 25630/960
Aboard: 7      Fatalities: 7      Ground: 0
Route: Bagram – Dubai Al Maktoum
Details: The civilian cargo plane crashed and burned shortly after taking off from runway 03 at Bagram Air Base. Four pilots, 2 mechanics and one load master were killed.


Air crash investigation 28 seconds to survive

On 21 February 2008, Santa Bárbara Airlines Flight 518 en route from Merida to Caracas,
Venezuela veered off course and crashed into the side of a mountain shortly after takeoff. All 46 passengers and crew aboard the plane died. Investigators determined that the aircraft took off with inoperative navigation due to the pilots’ failure to do their pre-flight checklist.

This episode is one of my favourite as it is with an uncommon airplane ATR 43-200.

Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crash

Date: 12 May 2010
Crew: 11
Passengers: 93
Fatalities: 103
Survivors: 1
Injuries: 1
Aircraft Type: Airbus A33-202
Operator: Afriqiyah Airways
Tail Number: 5A-ONG
Type: Under Investigation (Suspected Pilot Error)

Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 was flying a scheduled Johannesburg – Tripoli passenger flight on 12 May 2010 when at about 06:10 local time it crashed on approach to Tripoli International Airport. Of the 104 passengers and crew on board, the sole survivor was 9-year-old Dutch boy Ruben van Assouw.
The crash of Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 was the second hull-loss of an Airbus A330 in less than a year and the third hull-loss of an Airbus A330 in total.

Blue Wing Airlines Antonov An-28 crash

Date: 15 May 2010
Crew: 2
Passengers: 6
Fatalities: 8
Survivors: 0
Injuries: 0
Aircraft Type: Antonov An-28
Operator: Blue Wing Airlines
Tail Number: PZ-TSV

An Antonov 28 passenger plane, operated by Blue Wing Airlines, crashed in a wooded area of eastern Suriname. The airplane, had left Godo Holo Airstrip on a domestic passenger flight to Paramaribo-Zorg en Hoop Airport (ORG). There were two crew members and six passengers on board. Media reports indicate that all eight on board were killed in the accident.