Latest blog entries http://rotate.aero/blog Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:23:17 +0000 MYOB en-gb Airbus To Introduce Deployable Black Boxes http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/airbus-to-introduce-deployable-black-boxes http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/airbus-to-introduce-deployable-black-boxes DeployableFDR_617

From RunwayGirl Network

By John Walton

In a bold move towards improving the survivability of aircraft flight recorders for commercial aircraft worldwide, Airbus is working in partnership with L3 Technologies and DRS Leonardo to combine and duplicate audio and data recorders, together with a automatically jettisoned recorder for use in longhaul and extensive overwater flight operations.

To start, the partnership is combining the flight data recorder with the cockpit voice recorder in one smaller device, the cockpit voice and data recorder (CFDR). The reduced size enables an Airbus A320 family aircraft to carry two of the fixed, crash-protected, combined recorders instead of one of each of the separate black boxes, increasing redundancy and the likelihood of readable information surviving a crash.

The data storage of the CFDRs will also increase, enabling a total of 25 hours of voice recording, and increasing the amount of data that is available to investigators, pursuant to aircraft tracking standard requirements from UN body ICAO and European safety regulator EASA. Current recorders are only required to contain two hours of voice recording.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:18:31 +0000
Iran Airtour and Zagros Airlines Sign MoU for 73 Airbus Aircraft http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/iran-airtour-and-zagros-airlines-sign-mou-for-73-airbus-aircraft http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/iran-airtour-and-zagros-airlines-sign-mou-for-73-airbus-aircraft AirbusNeo_617

From AviationIran.com

By Amin Chini

Two of Iran’s domestic mid-size air carriers have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning a total of 73 new aircraft, Airbus today announced. Iran Airtour and Zagros Airlines’ commitments were disclosed at the Paris Airshow where the world’s major aircraft manufacturers have announced new orders and commitments during the past days.

Zagros Airlines, one of Iran’s prominent domestic airlines with a steadily growing fleet, signed a MoU with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo. The commitment was signed today between the Iranian airlines’ CEO Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi and Airbus’ COO and President Commercial Aircraft Fabrice Brégier. Nearly half of the airline’s current 18-aircraft fleet consists of Airbus aircraft; 7 A320, 2 A321 and 1 A319. The rest of the fleet is composed of 5 MD82 and 3 MD83 aircraft. The A330neo would become the airline’s very first addition of a widebody aircraft, most likely indicating an international expansion. While Zagros Airlines currently operates a number of international flights a day to countries such as Turkey, Georgia and Georgia, the majority of the airline’s capacity is spread out on domestic routes.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:25:45 +0000
Qatar Airways seeks up to 10% stake in American Airlines http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/qatar-airways-seeks-up-to-10-stake-in-american-airline http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/qatar-airways-seeks-up-to-10-stake-in-american-airline qatat_787

From Air Transprt World

By Karen Walker

Qatar Airways has made an unsolicited bid to take up to a 10% stake—an investment of at least $808 million—in American Airlines, an SEC filing American submitted Thursday revealed.

According to the June 22 filing, Qatar Airways would buy the stake on the open market. If that happens, it would make the Doha-based carrier one of American’s largest investors. Dallas/Fort Worth-based American stresses that the proposal was not solicited and says it “would in no way change the company’s board composition, governance, management or strategic direction.”

For now, it is unclear if or how the deal will proceed. In its filing, American states that its certificate of incorporation prohibits anyone from acquiring 4.75% or more of the company’s outstanding stock without advance approval from the board following a written request. The company’s board did not receive any written request from Qatar Airways, American says. American also notes that foreign ownership laws limit the total percentage of foreign voting interest in a US company to 24.9%.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:51:42 +0000
Boeing Plans Tests For Autonomous Airliner http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-plans-tests-for-autonomous-airliner http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-plans-tests-for-autonomous-airliner futureaircraft_617

From AvWeb

By Mary Grady

Boeing plans to start flight tests next year of an artificial-intelligence system that would be capable of flying a commercial jet, Mike Sinnett, vice president of product development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said at a recent press briefing. Sinnett said his team will fly a simulator later this year with the AI system making some of the piloting decisions, and they will test-fly it next year on a real airplane. “There’s going to be a transition from the requirement to have a skilled aviator operate the airplane to having a system that operates the vehicle autonomously, if we can do that with the same level of safety,” Sinnett said, according to the Seattle Times. “That’s a really big if,” he added.

The standards that airplanes must meet are much higher than for cars, where fatality rates are high. Autonomous cars can easily improve on the accident rate compared to human drivers. Yet U.S. airlines have not had a fatal accident since 2009. That means the accident rate of autonomous airplanes will need “to be as good as zero,” Sinnett said. Sinnett said Boeing’s interest in autonomous flight is driven by a concern that the supply of qualified pilots may not be adequate to meet the needs of airlines. In the next two decades, Boeing forecasts sales of about 40,000 new commercial jets. “Where will the experienced pilots come from?” Sinnett asked. Sinnett plans to talk more about the autonomy project next week at the Paris Air Show, according to the Times.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:00:03 +0000
China Eastern A332 at Sydney on Jun 11th 2017, engine shut down in flight http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/china-eastern-a332-at-sydney-on-jun-11th-2017-engine-shut-down-in-flight http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/china-eastern-a332-at-sydney-on-jun-11th-2017-engine-shut-down-in-flight Opps_617

From The Aviation Herald

By Simon Hradecky

A China Eastern Airbus A330-200, registration B-6099 performing flight MU-736 from Sydney,NS (Australia) to Shanghai Pudong (China), was in the initial climb out of Sydney's runway 34L when the crew reported an left hand engine (Trent 772) fault and requested to maintain runway heading. The aircraft levelled off at 5000 feet, the crew shut the engine down. The crew subsequently reported it appeared the left hand engine's cowling was damaged and requested a runway inspection, the engine suffered the damage about one second after takeoff rotation. ATC informed the crew that a runway inspection did not find any debris on the runway. The aircraft returned to Sydney for a safe landing on runway 34L about 40 minutes after departure. A large hole was visible at the inboard side of the left hand engine's intake.

A seemingly similiar incident also involving a Trent 772 engine happened about 4 weeks ago, see Incident: Egypt A332 at Cairo on May 15th 2017, rejected takeoff due to engine failure.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 12 Jun 2017 03:43:05 +0000
Passengers Demanding On-Ground Wi-Fi Experience In The Air http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/passengers-demanding-on-ground-wi-fi-experience-in-the-air http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/passengers-demanding-on-ground-wi-fi-experience-in-the-air inflightwifi_617

From Air Transport World

By Aaron Karp

Whether airlines can re-create the on-ground Wi-Fi connectivity experience for passengers is debatable, but whether passengers want and expect that level of connectivity is not, according to a panel of players in the infight connectivity field.

When passengers board a commercial aircraft that is Wi-Fi enabled, they expect to be able to stream videos and do everything they can do on laptops and personal electronic devices on the ground—and will complain when they cannot, sometimes to a global audience via social media, United Airlines IT director Jon Merritt said.

 

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:22:21 +0000
Bullshit!!! http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/bullshit-1 http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/bullshit-1 Boeing Sucks

From Wolf Street

After Laying off Thousands, Boeing CEO Says Offshoring Work to China Won’t “Directly Harm” US Jobs

“We know as we’re investing there, we’re also creating a competitor.”

Boeing, the largest US exporter by dollar value, faces a tough environment for commercial jetliners. In 2016, net orders dropped 13% from 2015 and 53% from 2014, to just 668 planes, the lowest level since 2010! Through June 6, 2017, Boeing has just 208 net orders.

The company is under pressure to cut costs. So there has been wave after wave of job cuts through voluntary buyouts and involuntary layoffs last year and this year. Its payroll has shriveled by about 30,000 workers over the past five years. At the end of May it was down to 145,000.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:35:51 +0000
Stratolaunch: The Next Evolution of Consumer Space Travel http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/stratolaunch-the-next-evolution-of-consumer-space-travel http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/stratolaunch-the-next-evolution-of-consumer-space-travel strat_617

From NYC Aviation

By Stephanie Gehman

Founded by Paul G. Allen in 2011, Stratolaunch is the latest endeavor that aims to make space travel a possibility for consumers.  With an eye on Low Earth Orbit (LEO), Stratolaunch seeks to enable advancements in science, technology and research from space. Stratolaunch was designed by Burt Rutan and built by Scaled Composites.

The aircraft is the largest in the world, with a wider wingspan that that of Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.  The 6-engined Stratolaunch’s size and statistics are staggering, the official press release notes it has a, “…wingspan, measuring 385 ft. – by comparison, a professional football field spans only 360 ft. The aircraft is 238 ft. from nose to tail and stands 50 ft. tall from the ground to the top of the vertical tail.” The massive wingspan is nearly 50% wider than the Airbus A380.

The carrier craft is notably powered by 6 engines.  According to Wikipedia, “the carrier plane will be powered by six Pratt & Whitney PW4000, 205–296 kN (46,000–66,500 lbf) thrust-range jet engines, sourced from two used 747-400s that were cannibalized for engines, avionics, flight deck, landing gear and other proven systems to reduce initial development costs. The carrier is designed to have a range of 2,200 km (1,200 nmi) when flying an air launch mission.”

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:51:19 +0000
NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Teterboro Crash http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/ntsb-issues-preliminary-report-on-teterboro-crash http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/ntsb-issues-preliminary-report-on-teterboro-crash n425da_617

From NYC Aviation

By Stephanie Gehman

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report on the analysis of the May 15th aircraft crash at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in northern New Jersey. The incident claimed the lives of the pilot and first officer and destroyed the airplane, a Gates Learjet 35A, N452DA, upon impact. No passengers were aboard the flight. The plane was inbound from Philadelphia International Airport and registered to A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC and operated on this by Trans-Pacific Air Charter LLC under Part 91 regulations for General Aviation (not-for-hire) operations. A preliminary report typically lays out the known facts, but does not attempt to determine a cause or specific fault.

 

Initial analysis points to gusting winds being a complicating factor in the aircraft’s approach into Teterboro. That day, strong winds were observed from the ground and N452DA was seen in a steep bank as it approached TEB. The NTSB official report notes that within the hour prior to the crash ground weather was observed as, “wind 350 degrees at 18 knots gusting to 29 knots; visibility 10; light rain, 5,500 ft scattered; temperature 18 degrees C; dew point 6 degrees C; altimeter 29.74 inches of mercury. ILS Runway 6 circle approach in use…Low level wind shear advisory in effect… “

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:16:54 +0000
Smoking Laptop Leads To Emergency Landing http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/smoking-laptop-leads-to-emergency-landing http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/smoking-laptop-leads-to-emergency-landing laptop_617

From AvWeb

By Paul Bertorelli

A JetBlue Airways Airbus 320 made an emergency landing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday after a laptop commuter stored in an overhead began emitting smoke. The flight landed safely with no injuries.

Passengers told news outlets that the incident caused significant smoke in the cabin, although none reported signs of flames. The flight was enroute from New York's JFK to San Francisco when it diverted to Grand Rapids. After the aircraft was inspected, passengers continued on to San Francisco.

The incident adds to a list of battery smoke or fire incidents on aircraft, according to the FAA. As of this week, 160 incidents involving smoke or fire with lithium batteries have been reported since 1991. These have involved computers, e-cigarettes, power tools and chargers. The FAA says its list doesn't necessarily cover all the incidents that have been reported or have occurred.  

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:35:10 +0000
Irkut MC-21-300 Performs First Flight http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/irkut-mc-21-300-performs-first-flight http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/irkut-mc-21-300-performs-first-flight Inkut MC-21-300

From AIN Online

By Gregory Polek and Vladimir Karnozov

The Irkut MC-21-300 narrowbody flew for the first time on May 28, carrying not only “Heros of Russia” crew commander Oleg Kononenko and copilot Roman Taskayev, but also the aspirations of Russia’s aviation industry to regain a measure of prestige not felt since Soviet times. Lasting only 30 minutes, the flight from the Irkutsk Aviation Plant airfield in Siberia took the 163- to 211-seat airliner to an altitude of 3,280 feet and a speed of 162 knots. The flight plan included aerodynamic stability and controllability checks as well as engine control tests, and the crew performed a simulated landing approach, followed by a pass over the runway and climbing and turning maneuvers.  

“This is not just a first flight of a new aircraft, but rather an advance of the product that will determine the shape of the Russian civilian aviation industry for the next 50 years,” said Yury Slyusar, president of Irkut parent company United Aircraft Corporation.

First flight came only two weeks after United Aircraft subsidiary Irkut announced first taxi tests at its Irkutsk airfield and nearly a year after the airplane’s rollout in the Siberian city last June 8. At the time, officials eyed Russian certification in 2018, although earlier plans to fly the airplane by the end of last year were dashed. During the rollout ceremony Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev referenced plans for first flight “within a year,” and UAC officials acknowledged that the previously quoted target might prove too optimistic. A UAC spokesman told AIN February 2017 appeared more realistic, but since then virtually all went quiet at Irkut, until this month’s taxi tests.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) New Aircraft Tue, 30 May 2017 22:27:20 +0000
AMT Magazine http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/amt-magazine http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/amt-magazine AMT_517

From AMT

 

The magazine can be seen here.

I've always enjoyed reading AMT. Previously, it was mailed out. Today it's electronic, but always a good read.

Rotate.Aero is not being paid for this post...... it is being presented for everyone's enjoyment.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 25 May 2017 21:47:09 +0000
Robot Copilot Lands 737 http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/robot-copilot-lands-737 http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/robot-copilot-lands-737 Robot_Pilot517

From AvWeb

By Mary Grady

Aurora Flight Sciences has successfully tested a robotic copilot in a Boeing 737 simulator, demonstrating that it can safely land the airplane on its own, the company said this week. The system is designed to function as a second pilot in a two-crew aircraft, enabling reduced crew operations while ensuring that aircraft performance and mission success are maintained or improved. Aurora is working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop the technology. DARPA has said their goal is to test “a tailorable, drop-in, removable kit that would promote the addition of high levels of automation into existing aircraft.” Aurora has previously tested the system in a Diamond DA42, Cessna 208 Caravan, UH-1 Iroquois and DHC-2 Beaver.

 

“Having successfully demonstrated on a variety of aircraft, ALIAS (Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System) has proven its versatile automated flight capabilities,” said John Wissler, Aurora’s vice president of research and development. “As we move towards fully automated flight from takeoff to landing, we can reliably say that we have developed an automation system that enables significant reduction of crew workload.” Aurora’s technology includes the use of in-cockpit machine vision, robotic components to actuate the flight controls, an advanced tablet-based user interface, speech recognition and synthesis, and a knowledge-acquisition process that facilitates transition of the automation system to another aircraft within a 30-day period. Aurora is also working on a version of the system without robotic actuation that instead aims to support the pilot by tracking aircraft physical, procedural and mission states, increasing safety by actively updating pilot situational awareness.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 21 May 2017 03:21:28 +0000
EgyptAir A330 Engine Damaged In Takeoff Incident http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/egyptair-a330-engine-damaged-in-takeoff-incident http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/egyptair-a330-engine-damaged-in-takeoff-incident egyptair1_517
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From Air Transport World

By Victoria Moores

An EgyptAir Airbus A330-200 has sustained damage to one of its Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines during a takeoff incident on May 15.

The aircraft, registered SU-GCI, was operating as MS955 from Cairo to Beijing with 211 passengers onboard at the time of the incident.

According to a report, confirmed by EgyptAir, the left engine failed and the takeoff was rejected.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Thu, 18 May 2017 14:43:31 +0000
Learjet crashes on approach to New Jersey airport, killing two pilots http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/learjet-crashes-on-approach-to-new-jersey-airport-killing-two-pilots http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/learjet-crashes-on-approach-to-new-jersey-airport-killing-two-pilots Lear35Crash_517

From Reuters

By Daniel Trotta

A small plane crashed on its approach to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Monday, killing two pilots and sparking fires that could be seen from New York, the Federal Aviation Administration and police said.

The twin-engine Learjet 35 departed Philadelphia and went down at 3:30 p.m. EDT about a quarter-mile from the airport in northern New Jersey, the FAA said.

Carlstadt Police Sergeant John Cleary told reporters the plane hit one building in an industrial or manufacturing area, skidded across a parking lot and broke apart. The flaming debris then set a second building on fire, he said.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Tue, 16 May 2017 15:01:30 +0000
Engine Glitches On New Airliners http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/engine-glitches-on-new-airliners http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/engine-glitches-on-new-airliners Engine Probles_517

From AvWeb

By Russ Niles

The next generation of airliners use a lot less fuel and are whisper quiet but squeezing all that efficiency out is challenging and it’s causing some headaches for airframers and their engine suppliers. Bombardier and Airbus have been having issues with the Pratt & Whitney PurePower geared turbofan that they’ve hung their sales on and Boeing briefly suspended the flight test program for its 737 Max because of turbine disc issues with the Leap 1B turbines made by Safran, a joint venture between GE and CFM. Boeing hadn’t noticed anything wrong but grounded its test aircraft after Safran warned it of potential issues. The 20 test and pre-delivery aircraft were inspected and returned to service late last week, and first delivery is planned for May 22 to Indonesian carrier Lion Mentari Airlines.

Meanwhile, the issues with P&W’s engines do appear to be design-related but are being addressed and aren’t hurting sales of the CSeries airliner, according to Bombardier. CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts on a first-quarter earnings call there’s a bearing that needs upgrading and a combustor lining needs beefing up. But Bellemare said the engine has been reliable in service and dispatch rates are exceeding the expectations of the two carriers flying the new twinjet. Airbus uses the same basic engine on its A320Neo but some of the suppliers and contractors in the program are different.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Mon, 15 May 2017 17:23:12 +0000
Boeing Halts 737 Max Flights on Cusp of Debut After Engine Fault http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-halts-737-max-flights-on-cusp-of-debut-after-engine-fault http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/boeing-halts-737-max-flights-on-cusp-of-debut-after-engine-fault 737max_517

From MSN Money

By Julie Johnsson and Richard Clough

Boeing Co. is temporarily suspending flights of its new 737 Max jetliner because of a potential manufacturing flaw in the engines, marring the commercial debut for the fastest-selling plane in company history.

The jetmaker and its engine supplier, a venture of General Electric Co. and Safran SA, are rushing to understand the problem ahead of the aircraft’s first delivery, which remains scheduled for later this month. Boeing said a possible quality defect in the Leap engine’s low-pressure turbine discs was discovered during inspections and hadn’t affected flight testing of the upgraded 737.

The grounding added to concerns about the strain on suppliers as the U.S. manufacturer and European rival Airbus SE unveil new aircraft models while ramping up single-aisle production to record levels. Boeing is counting on a smooth start for the 737 Max, the newest version of a plane that is the company’s largest source of profit, as it seeks to boost cash flow.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) New Aircraft Thu, 11 May 2017 13:16:29 +0000
Spirit Cancellations Lead to Florida Airport Brawl http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/spirit-cancellations-lead-to-florida-airport-brawl http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/spirit-cancellations-lead-to-florida-airport-brawl Spirit Airbus_517

From Travel Pulse

By Donald Wood

A series of canceled flights Monday caused chaos at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, as hundreds of stranded passengers were confronted by Spirit Airlines employees and local police officers.

According to CBSNews.com, the madness took place at the front ticket counter of the Florida airport as nine Spirit Airlines flights were canceled.

The disgruntled passengers were frustrated with the airline’s employees, and the Broward County deputies were called to the scene to restore order.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Wed, 10 May 2017 12:36:40 +0000
Singapore Airlines Tests Biofuel From Used Cooking Oil http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/singapore-airlines-tests-biofuel-from-used-cooking-oil http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/singapore-airlines-tests-biofuel-from-used-cooking-oil A350_517

From Airline Ratings

By Steve Creedy

A350 will also use air traffic control procedures to reduce emissions.

Singapore Airlines expects a significant reduction in carbon emissions on a series of San Francisco flights over the next three months that will combine biofuels made from cooking oil with optimised flight planning and its new A350-900 aircraft.

 The Singaporean carrier (SIA) is partnering with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to operate 12 “green package’ flights on the lengthy,   non-stop Singapore-San Francisco route to raise awareness of aviation biofuels and provide insight on issues such as economics, logistical requirements and performance.

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 07 May 2017 01:43:05 +0000
All Safe In Fiery Forced Landing http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/all-safe-in-fiery-forced-landing http://rotate.aero/blog/entry/all-safe-in-fiery-forced-landing Cherokee Six Crash

From AvWeb

By Geoff Rapoport

A Cherokee Six that had, according to the local Seattle Times, just departed Paine Field made a forced landing on a nearby street after striking a power line pole then a traffic light Tuesday afternoon. Both the pilot, believed to be the owner of the airplane, Justin Dunaway, and his passenger were uninjured. Two people on the ground were reported to have minor injuries. The pilot reported losing power shortly after takeoff.

The incident was caught on the dashcam of a car driving near the airport. In the video, N3457W seems to tear open a fuel tank when striking the power line pole. The escaping fuel then ignites in spectacular fashion as the plane skips off the traffic light. In addition to the Piper, which was destroyed in the crash, one car was destroyed in a fire ignited by the spilled fuel.

Aviation Safety Network

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contact@rotate.aero (Mark) News Sun, 07 May 2017 00:44:38 +0000