Wednesday 24 April 2024

Crew killed after two Malaysian Navy helicopters collide

Ten crew members have died following a mid-air collision between two Malaysian navy helicopters that subsequently crashed. The Royal Malaysian Navy reported that the collision occurred on Tuesday morning during aerial training in northern Lumut, the location of the navy's headquarters.

An Agusta Westland AW139 Maritime Operations Helicopter (HOM) crashed near the stadium's raised seating area within the complex, while a Eurocopter Fennec went down near a swimming pool. According to the navy, the Agusta carried seven crew members and the Eurocopter three. All were pronounced dead at the crash site around 9:30 am (01:30 GMT).
The AgustaWestland AW139 M503-3, was operated by 503 Squadron and the Eurocopter AS 555SN Fennec, was operated by 502 Squadron.

The navy has announced plans to form an investigation board to ascertain the cause of the incident. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has referred to the event as a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and has confirmed that an investigation will be conducted.

Social media videos depict several helicopters flying over a stadium with troops arrayed below. It appears one helicopter struck the rear rotor of another, causing both to crash. The crews were rehearsing for the upcoming Navy Day celebrations scheduled to begin on May 3rd.

Malaysia has experienced several helicopter crashes in the last decade.

In 2021, a helicopter crash in Sarawak, Borneo, claimed six lives, including Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Noriah Kasnon.

In 2020, a collision between two helicopters east of Kuala Lumpur led to two deaths.

In 2015, Jamaluddin Jarjis, who was serving as Malaysia's ambassador to the United States and had been a government minister, was among six individuals who perished when their helicopter crashed in a jungle area of central Selangor state.

Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: Royal Malaysian Navy
Aircraft: Eurocopter AS 555SN Fennec
Registration: M502-6
Serial Number: 5719


Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: Royal Malaysian Navy
Aircraft: AgustaWestland AW139
Registration: M503-3
Serial Number: 31965

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND ALL AT THE ROYAL MAYALSIAN NAVY.

Tuesday 23 April 2024

British Airways circles for over 4 hours then returns to Singapore

BRITISH AIRWAYS BOEING 747-436 G-CICZ (MSN 28854)

Today's Bristish Airways flight 12, travelling from Singapore (SIN/WSSS) to London's Heathrow (LHR/EGLL) stopped climb out of Singapore, circled for 5 hours to burn fuel and the returned to Singapore.

The flight, which was due to depart at 23.20 local time, finally started taxiing 3 hours 40 minutes later at 03.00 and taxied out for runway 20 centre. It got airborne from 20 centre at 03.10 and started its climb to 32,000 feet. 28 minutes later it leveled off at flt lvl 270 and turned back towards Singapore. 





It descended to and maintained 10,000 feet for the next 4 hours while performing 29 circuits.

It landed safely on runway 02 centre at 08.23.
The cause of the diversion has not been determined yet.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: British Airways
Code: BA/BAW
Aircraft: Airbus A380-841
Registration: G-XLED
Serial Number: 144
Engines: 4 x RR Trent 970
First Flew: August 2013
Age: 10.8 Years

Ex Cathay Pacific A330 bursts into flames while stored at graveyard

CATHAY PACIFIC AIRBUS A330-343 B-HLR (MSN 0421)

A former Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 was completely destroyed by a fire at Ciudad Real Airport (CQM/LERL) in Spain. The A330, which was in long-term storage, ignited and sustained extensive damage. The aircraft, an Airbus A330-300 had been stored at the airport since 2020. The aircraft, aged around 28 years, was waiting to be dismantled.

The fire erupted around noon local time and was subdued within a few hours by the combined efforts of firefighters from Ciudad Real and Puertollano. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported from the incident. Firefighters were prompt in their response, reaching the site shortly after the outbreak was reported.


CATHAY PACIFIC AIRCRAFT STORED AT ALICE SPRINGS AUSTRALIA

Videos circulating online depict the firefighters' efforts to control the fire and prevent it from reaching other stored aircraft. The fire produced a significant plume of black smoke, visible from Ciudad Real city. The airport's chief noted that this was the first instance of having to tackle infrastructure issues at the airport due to a fire.

He also mentioned that, since the airport's opening, they have carried out extensive drills biennially, with participation from State Security Forces, health agencies, and others, to ensure preparedness for various emergencies.

Its test registration was F-WWKK and was first registered as VR-HLH back in January 1996.

Aircraft Information:
Airline: Cathay Pacific
Code: CX/CPA
Aircraft: Airbus A330-342
Registration Number: B-HLH
Serial Number: 121
Engines:
First Flew: December 1995
Age: 28.3 Years


Monday 22 April 2024

Remembering American Flyers Flight 280/D

On the 22nd of April 1966 an American Flyers Flight 280/D, a Lockheed Electra, travelling from Monterey Peninsula Airport, CA (MRY/KMRY) to Ardmore Municipal Airport, OK (ADM/KADM) crashed 2.4 km northeast of Ardmore Municipal Airport. Out of the 93 passengers and 5 crew members on board, 18 passengers initially survived, but three later died from their injuries. The aircraft was completely destroyed by the impact and the ensuing fire.

The flight was operating under a Military Air Command contract for a Civil Air Movement Charter from Monterey to Columbus with a stop in Ardmore, OK. Flight 280/D left Monterey Peninsula Airport at 16:32. After missing the runway 08 ADF instrument approach at Ardmore, the crew attempted a visual circling approach to runway 30. The aircraft collided with a hill at an elevation of 963 feet, above the airport's elevation of 762 feet msl.

The probable cause was determined to be "the incapacitation of the pilot-in-command due to suffering a heart attack at a critical moment during the visual circling approach, which was being conducted under instrument flight conditions."

(American Flyers Airline Corporation (AFA for short) was an American charter airline that operated from 1949 to May 1971.)

Aircraft Information:
Airline: America Flyers Airline
Aircraft: Lockheed L-188C Electra
Registration: N183H
Serial Number: 1136
Engines: Allison 501-D13A
First Flew: 1961

Sunday 21 April 2024

Very rare sight at Brisbane Airport

This afternoon Brisbane was once again treated to a very rare sight, this time in the form of a Qantaslink Airbus A319.
The A319, with the callsign SXI2423, departed Oakland (OAK) on the 19th of April bound for Brisbane, with stops at Honolulu (HNL), Apia (APW) and then Brisbane. 
This aircraft was delivered to Spirit Airlines on the 01/06/2005 and had the registration of N504NK

It is believed the A319 will head to Perth in Western Australia where there are a few Qantaslink Airbus A319's already.


QANTASLINK AIRBUS A319 VH-8NQ (MSN 2473)





Below are some other photos I took while we waited.

LINK AIRWAYS FAIRCHILD METRO 23 VH-VEK (MSN DC-845B)
OFF TO THANGOOL (THG) 30 YRS OLD

LIFEFLIGHT CHALLENGER 604 VH-OFA (MSN 5521)
ARRIVING FROM CAIRNS (CNS) 22 YRS OLD

QANTAS BOEING 737-838 VH-VXM (MSN 33483)
QF1078 OFF TO Mt ISA (ISA) 21 YRS OLD

QANTAS AIRBUS A330-300'S 

NAURU AIRLINES HANGER

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA BOEING 737-8FE VH-VUH (MSN 34440)
VA960 OFF TO SYDNEY (SYD) 17 YRS OLD

QANTASLINK DASH 8 Q400 VH-LQG (MSN 4376)
QF2407 ARRIVING FROM EMERALD (EMD) 12 YRS OLD

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA BOEING 737-7FE VH-VBY (MSN 34323)
VA962 OFF TO SYDNEY (SYD) 18 YRS OLD

JETSTAR AIRBUS A320-232 VH-VQC (MSN 3668)
JQ568 ARRIVING FROM MELBOURNE (MEL) 15 YRS OLD

ROYAL FLYING DOCTORS BEECH KING AIR 350CER VH-FDF (MSN FM-63)
FD449 OFF TO ROCKHAMPTON (ROK) 9 YRS OLD

ALLIANCE FOKKER F70 VH-QQW (MSN 11569)
VA1246 ARRIVING FROM ROCKHAMPTON (ROK) 28 YRS OLD

ALLIANCE EMBRAER E190AR VH-UYR (MSN 19000100)
VA454 ARRIVING FROM DARWIN (DRW) 17 YRS OLD
FLYING FOR VIRGIN AUSTRALIA

LINK AIRWAYS FAIRCHILD METRO 23 VH-VEU (MSN DC-797B)
OFF TO ARMIDALE (ARM) 32 YRS OLD

QANTASLINK EMBRAER E190AR VH-XVM (MSN 19000112)
QF1879 ARRIVING FROM PROSERPINE (PPP) 17 YRS OLD

QANTAS AIRBUS A330-202 VH-EBR (MSN 1251)
QF126 ARRIVING FROM AUCKLAND (AKL) 12 YRS OLD


REX BOEING 737-85R VH-MFM (MSN 42805)
ZL367 OFF TO SYDNEY (SYD) 9 YRS OLD

ALLIANCE FOKKER F100 VH-XWM (MSN 11276)
VA616 ARRIVING FROM MACKAY (MKY) 34 YRS OLD

JETSTAR AIRBUS A321-251NX VH-OFU (MSN11292)
JQ149 OFF TO AUCKLAND (AKL) 1 YR OLD

REX SAAB 340B VH-ZRI (MSN 340B-394)
ZL5738 OFF TO ROMA (RMA) 27 YRS OLD

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA BOEING 737-8FE (MSN 41016)
VA966 OFF TO SYDNEY (SYD) 6 YRS OLD

QATAR BOEING 777-3DZ A7-BEI (MSN 60335)
QR898 ARRIVING FROM DOHA (DOH) 8 YRS OLD



EMIRATES AIRBUS A380-861 A6-EDZ (MSN 107)












Looking back on United Air Lines Flight 736

United Air Lines Flight 736, a daily transcontinental passenger service operated by United Airlines between Los Angeles (LAX/KLAX) and New York's Idlewild Airport (IDL/KIDL), met with tragedy on the 21st of April 1958. The Douglas DC-7 airliner, carrying 47 people, collided mid-air with a United States Air Force fighter jet, a North American F-100F-5-NA Super Sabre, over Clark County, Nevada, in clear weather conditions. Both aircraft plummeted from 21,000 feet (6,400 m) into the desert southwest of Las Vegas, resulting in no survivors. This incident, part of a series of mid-air collisions in the 1950s, spurred significant enhancements in air traffic control and led to a major reorganization of federal aviation authorities in the U.S.

The crash claimed the lives of military personnel and civilian contractors who were part of sensitive Department of Defense projects, leading to new regulations that prevent critical project teams from flying together on the same aircraft.

The official investigation identified limitations in cockpit visibility and high closure speeds as factors in the collision. Although no blame was assigned to either crew, the report criticized both military and civilian aviation authorities for their failure to address known risks of collision within airway confines, despite repeated airline crew complaints.

Subsequent lawsuits emerged from the disaster. In one notable case, a judge ruled that the Air Force pilots lacked "ordinary care" in operating the fighter jet and should have given way to the DC-7, even though the official report did not place blame on either crew. The judge also condemned the Air Force for not integrating their training flights with civilian air traffic and for failing to schedule.



Aircraft Information:
Airline: United Airlines
Code: UA/UAL
Aircraft: Douglas DC 7
Registration: N6328C
Serial Number: 45142
Engines: Four eighteen-cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclone Turbo-Compound engines
First Flew: January 1956
Age: 2 Years 

Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: United States Air Force
Aircraft: North American F-100F-5-NA Super Sabre
Registration: 56-3755
Serial Number: 243-31
Engines: Pratt & Whitney J57-P-7

Saturday 20 April 2024

Seconds from disaster at Washington National Airport

On the 18th of April a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX, with the registration N8710M, operating as flight WN-2937 from Washington National (DCA/KDCA) to Orlando (ORL/KORL) was taxiing for departure from runway 01 and inadvertently crossed the hold short line of runway 04. Ground Control urgently instructed them to halt, and the crew stopped the aircraft approximately 50 meters/140 feet beyond the hold short line and roughly 30 meters/100 feet from the runway edge line.

SOUTHWEST BOEING 737-8H4 N8548P (MSN 36968)


Meanwhile, a Jetblue Embraer ERJ-190, registered as N323JB and performing flight B6-1554 from Washington National, DC to Boston, MA, USA, had been cleared for takeoff from runway 04. As they accelerated, the ground controller's urgent call to WN-2937 was broadcasted, prompting the Jetblue crew to abort takeoff. They halted at a low speed, stopping around 240 meters/790 feet along the runway, then left the runway and returned to the apron.

JETBLUE AIRBUS A321-271NX N4022J (MSN 10303)

The Southwest crew maintained that they had received clearance to cross the runway and proceeded to taxi to runway 01, from where they took off and continued to Orlando without any further issues.

ATC recordings reveal that ground control had given WN-2937 the following instructions approximately two minutes before the incursion: "Southwest 2937, Washington Ground, give way to the American Airbus from left to right, to runway 01 via Kilo, Charlie, cross runway 04 at Charlie, then pull over to the right and contact me on the other side." The crew's readback was: "Alright, after the American Airbus to runway 01, via Kilo, Charlie, we are cleared to cross runway 04 and will stay to the right," which went uncorrected by the controller.

ADS-B data indicated that the two aircraft were about 120 meters/400 feet apart when they both came to a stop.