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  1. This just came up, from AVherald:


    Accident: Bangkok Airways AT72 at Koh Samui on Aug 4th 2009, skidded off the runway

    By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Aug 4th 2009 08:33Z, last updated Tuesday, Aug 4th 2009 08:33Z


    A Bangkok Airways Aerospatiale ATR-72-500, flight PG-266 from Krabi to Koh Samui (Thailand), skidded off the runway at Koh Samui and collided with an old unused control tower. 10 minor injuries are being reported, the airplane is said to have received substantial damage to the nose section.


    The airline believes, heavy rain at the time of the landing contributed to the accident.

  2. From CNN:


    (CNN) -- Severe turbulence shook a Continental Airlines flight Monday, injuring dozens of passengers and forcing the aircraft to divert to Miami, Florida, according to the airline and a fire official.


    There were 168 passengers and 11 crew members on Flight 128, which was heading from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Houston, Texas, according to a statement from Continental Airlines.


    "I've never seen turbulence like that, so I really thought we wouldn't make it," passenger Giovani Loss told CNN affiliate WSVN-TV. Loss, who is originally from Brazil, said he is a lawyer in the United States and frequently travels between the two countries.


    He said passengers were afraid the turbulence may have been the result of mechanical problems with the plane.


    "People [were] screaming, then there was a huge silence for like 30 minutes," Loss said.


    Ambulances and other vehicles were lined up on the runway to treat and transport the injured passengers when the plane landed at Miami International Airport at 5:35 a.m.


    "People that weren't seat belted in flew up and hit the ceilings," passenger John Norwood told WSVN. "So their faces, their heads hit the plastics and broke all the plastics up top."


    Continental said seven passengers were transported to nearby hospitals, and approximately 28 other passengers were treated at the scene. Lt. Elkin Sierra of the Miami-Dade Fire Department said 26 passengers were injured, including four seriously.


    The Boeing 767-200 hit turbulence about 50 miles north of the Dominican Republic at about 38,000 feet, according to an official with the Federal Aviation Administration. It landed in Miami an hour later with its seat belt signs illuminated, the airline said.


    Many of the passengers said they did not hear any warning before the turbulence hit.


    Injuries received included bumps, bruises, neck pain and back pain, Sierra said.


    Passengers said they saw several people bleeding from their heads, including one woman who sustained a serious gash to her head.


    The flight is scheduled to depart Miami for Houston later in the morning, according to Continental's Web site. It had been scheduled to arrive in Houston at 6 a.m. local time.

    Some of them reminded of the AF incident.


    From AVHerald:


    Accident: Continental B762 over Caribbean on Aug 3rd 2009, severe turbulence injures 26

    By Simon Hradecky, created Monday, Aug 3rd 2009 12:25Z, last updated Monday, Aug 3rd 2009 16:08Z


    A Continental Airlines Boeing 767-200, registration N76156 performing flight CO-128 from Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) to Houston,TX (USA) with 168 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 50nm north of the Dominican Republic and 600nm from Miami, when the airplane encountered severe turbulence. A number of people on board received injuries, 4 of them severe injuries. The airplane diverted to Miami,FL (USA), where the airplane landed safely about 85 minutes later.


    Miami emergency services reported 26 injuries, 4 of them serious, the airplane was received by ambulances and medical staff taking care of the injured after landing.


    Continental Airlines said, that 9 people were brought to local hospitals and 28 others treated at the airport.


    The FAA reported 4 serious and 22 minor injuries.



  3. PANTHER 6x6_DD-1, made by ROSENBAUER (Manufactured in US I believe)


    Acceleration 0-80 km/h: Within 33 seconds.

    Top speed: Max.115 km/h

    Water tank capacity: Up to 12,000 L

    Foam tank capacity: Up to 1,440 L

    Dry powder: 250 kg

    But chassis by Freightliner

    This little monster came 'equipped' with licence plate and road tax sticker. So, she's road-worthy, I see...

    Can it support local fire-brigade for nearby fire emergencies?

  4. From AVHerald:


    Crash: Caspian Airlines T154 near Janat-Abad on Jul 15th 2009, impacted terrain and burst into flames

    By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jul 15th 2009 10:37Z, last updated Wednesday, Jul 15th 2009 14:31Z


    A Caspian Airlines Tupolev TU-154M, registration EP-CPG performing flight RV-7908 from Tehran Imam Khomeini (Iran) to Yerevan (Armenia) with 153 passengers and 15 crew, crashed about 16 minutes after takeoff from Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport in the vicinity of the village of Janat-Abad (Qazvin province of Iran) about 120km (65nm) westnorthwest of Tehran. The airplane broke up and burst into flames at 11:49 local time (07:19Z). All occupants perished.


    The pilot had reported the left hand engine #1 (engine type D-30KU-154-II) on fire before the airplane went down.


    Iran's disaster management center within the health ministry confirmed, that all occupants have been killed in the crash.


    Local police and fire services report, that the airplane left an impact crater of about 10 meters depth, all debris spread over a radius of about 150-200 meters (500-650 feet).


    According to the airline the airplane was built in 1987 (confirming initial reports suggesting EP-CPG).


    Aviation Sources within Iran report, that the airplane had been cleared to climb to FL320. The radar showed, that after reaching the peak at FL288 the airplane began to lose altitude and came down to 14700 feet within 55 seconds (average sink rate 15400 feet per minute) while deviating to the left of the assigned flight path.


    Metars (Tehran Mehrabad):

    OIII 150800Z 12010KT CAVOK 36/M02 Q1007 A2976 873.6

    OIII 150730Z 13010KT CAVOK 35/M01 Q1008 A2978 874.1

    OIII 150700Z 13010KT CAVOK 35/M01 Q1008 A2978 874.1

    OIII 150630Z 13008KT CAVOK 35/M01 Q1008 A2979 874.3

    OIII 150600Z 12010KT CAVOK 34/M02 Q1008 A2979 874.3


    Video from Reuters.


    Excerpt from Reuters:


    "I saw a finger of a passenger on the ground. There is no sign of the airplane, just small pieces of metal," said a Reuters witness. "I do not see even a complete leg or arm."


    One witness said he had seen the plane on fire in the air, trying to land. "It made circles in the air. Then I heard an explosion," Mostafa Babashahverdi, a farmer, told Reuters.


    "We found severed heads, fingers and passports of the passengers," he said.



    The hole of the impact was said to be 10 meters deep.

  5. Correct me if I'm wrong but the earlier message send by the on board computer of flight AF 447 to Air France Maintenance show that the aircraft indicating failure in the electric circuit and loss of pressurization. Then the French investigator are saying that the plane do not break apart in mid air and the plane struck sea surface on belly?


    This is weird? 2 different statement. Are they covering up for something?

    That's why the recovery of the black boxes is vital since there's no survivor to tell the tale nor major parts of the airplane is recovered. The biggest is only the vertical stabilizer / tail fin, which reveals nothing much.

    Investigators can only come out with theories, the best and closes to the evidents found, which is not much and no major indicators, as well as a handful of recovered bodies, some are only parts.


    It's like a big jigsaw puzzle, where only few pieces are on the table and we could only try to make out and guessing what the picture is.


    I'm not really sure if cover up effort is involved. That one, 'we' can speculate... :)

  6. Airbus A330 again??

    A310, bro..


    Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard

    updated 1 hour, 32 minutes ago


    (CNN) -- A Yemeni jetliner with more than 150 people aboard has crashed in the Indian Ocean off the island nation of Comoros, aviation officials in Yemen said Tuesday.


    The jet was en route to Moroni, the capital of Comoros, from Yemen's capital Sanaa when it crashed about an hour before reaching its destination, officials from the national airline Yemenia said. There was no immediate news of the fate of those on board.


    Yemenia Flight 626 left Sanaa at 9:30 p.m. for what was expected to be a 4½-hour flight. The airline has three regular flights per week to Moroni, off the east coast of Africa about 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) south of Yemen.


    Most of the 143 passengers aboard the Airbus A310 were Comoran, an official at Sanaa's international airport said. The aircraft also carried a crew of 11, for a total of 154 people on board.


    There has been no indication of foul play behind the crash, the officials said.


    The crash is the second involving an Airbus jet in a month. On June 1, an Air France Airbus A330 crashed off Brazil while en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paris, France. All 228 aboard are presumed dead. The cause remains under investigation.

  7. if the plane slammed into the seas..it must have completely disintegrated right?

    From autopsies conducted on the recovered bodies, investigators believed that the plane had broken up in the air before hitting the water...



    Autopsies conducted on some of the 50 bodies found so far show they suffered broken bones, including arms, legs and hips, Brazilian authorities have told French investigators, according to Paul-Louis Arslanian, head of the French accident investigation board.


    Such injuries suggest that the plane broke apart in midair, experts have said.





    More developing news...


    Brazil calls off search for Air France crash victims

    (June 27, 2009 -- Updated 0910 GMT (1710 HKT))


    (CNN) -- The Brazilian military said late Friday it is calling off the search for bodies of passengers and crew from the Air France plane that crashed into the Atlantic earlier this month.


    It was unlikely that any more bodies would be found, the military said.


    So far, search teams have found 51 of the 228 people who died when Air France Flight 447 plunged into the sea June 1, according to the military.


    They have also found more than 600 parts and structural components of the plane, along with luggage, the military said.


    The bodies were handed to Brazilian authorities for identification while the debris and luggage were given to French aviation investigators, the military said.


    In the 26 days of the search operation, the Brazilian air force used 12 planes along with aircraft from France, the United States and Spain, the military said. The Brazilian navy used 11 ships.


    Ships remain in the search area hundreds of miles northeast of Brazil in an effort to find the flight data recorders, the Brazilian military said.


    Last week investigators said they were running out of time to find the recorders which could prove crucial to working out what caused the disaster.


    Officials remain in the dark about what caused the airliner to plunge into the sea off the coast of Brazil. The wreckage is believed to be about 15,000 feet (4,500 meters) deep, amid underwater mountains and mixed in with tons of sea trash.


    A French submarine and other vessels are searching for black boxes by attempting to trace their locator beacons, which send out acoustic pulses, or "pings," to searchers.


    The U.S. Navy has contributed two high-tech acoustic devices -- known as towed pinger locators -- which have been attached to French tug boats and can search to a maximum depth of 20,000ft (6,100 meters).


    The firm which makes the recorders, Honeywell Aerospace, has told CNN it has a 100 percent recovery record from air accidents.


    Honeywell said it was hard to estimate how much battery life the locator beacon on the recorders had, as it depended on the conditions, but it is typically around 30 days.


    One recorder taped radio transmissions and sounds in the cockpit, such as the pilot's voices and engine noises.


    Sounds of interest could be engine noise, stall warnings, landing gear extension and retraction, and other clicks and pops. From these sounds engine revs per minute, system failures, speed and the time at which certain events occurred could often be determined, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.


    CNN's Claudia Dominguez in Atlanta, Georgia, contributed to this report.

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