Archive | January 17, 2014

Tornado Jet Crashes In Germany

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“What we can say: It was not a technical defect,” Sergeant Major Ralf Passing from the press center of the Air Force in Berlin told the SWR on Friday. Why this could be ruled out, he did not say. Experts secured at the crash site and collected traces more information.

No evidence of technical failure

Also, the Commodore of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 33, Colonel Andreas basket, said on Büchel air base, there is so far no evidence of a technical defect. The plane was old, but in good condition. “The machine was in the normal approach path, we fly every day,” said basket. Evidence of pilot error, there is so far not revealed. Both pilots were experienced pilots, said basket SWR.

Ammunition would not have had on the night training flight on board the two pilots. He was glad that neither people nor buildings had been injured, so basket on. The tornado was at the time of the crash on the final approach to the airfield. Four to five kilometers from Büchel the machine had disappeared from the radar. At this position, the pilots usually about even with 250 to 300 kilometers per hour were on their way.

Investigation may take half a year

A team of experts of the General Aviation Safety from Cologne has begun, according to the Bundeswehr with investigations at the accident site. The flight recorder, the so-called black box has been found and is currently being evaluated. The tornado was not completely shattered, but still largely in one piece. Investigations into the cause of the crash can last up to half a year, according to the Ministry of Defense.

Around the crash site in an uninhabited forest near the highway 48, a military exclusion zone was established. Also, the air space above the crash site is provisionally suspended.

Crew saves himself by ejection seat

The jet had crashed on Thursday night during a training flight southeast of Laubach (district Cochem-Zell). Pilot and co-pilot managed to escape with the ejection seat. One landed in a tree and had to be taken with a long ladder from the treetops. The other landed in an open field. Both have suffered a slight compression of the spine, according to a spokesman of the Armed Forces Central Hospital, Koblenz. The doctors believe that they can be released on Saturday.

Absturz eines Bundeswehr Tornados

The Bundeswehr Tornado was part of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 33, stationed at the airbase Büchel / Cochem. It stores by experts guess 10 to 20 U.S. nuclear warheads from the Cold War, for their use in case of emergency, the Bundeswehr Tornado fighter pilot holds. Which was never officially confirmed.

Local peace groups and environmental organizations called again after the crash to deduct suspected in Büchel nuclear weapons. The disaster makes it clear what dangers emanate from the airbase for residents and the environment, says Markus Pflueger, spokesman for the Working Group on Peace from Trier. “A crash over the nuclear stockpile could cause a disaster,” said a board member of the National Association of Citizens’ Initiatives for Environmental Protection (BBU).

Highway closed for hours

After the accident, the A was 48 initially completely closed between junctions Laubach and Kaisersesch for debris on the road. On Friday morning, a road was ever released. More people, buildings or cars were not affected by the Tornado crash. The A 48 counts, according to police at the low traffic highways in Germany.


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Magnetogram 17.01.14  23.19 hrs UTC


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Depth: 16 km

Distances: 21km (13mi) W of Jaco, Costa Rica
37km (23mi) S of Puntarenas, Costa Rica

38km (24mi) S of Chacarita, Costa Rica
43km (27mi) SSW of Esparza, Costa Rica

87km (54mi) WSW of San Jose, Costa Rica

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Brown Field

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Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Brown Field

A private jet made an emergency landing at Brown Field Thursday night, according to officials.

The hard landing happened around 9:45 p.m. at the Otay Mesa airport.


According to officials, the plane was found about 100 feet from the runway. The plane blew a tire, but the body of the plane was not damaged.


None one was injured.


As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday, only emergency landings are permitted at Brown Field.


The Citation jet is registered to the Cannon gun safe company in San Bernardino. The plane was bound for the LA/Ontario International Airport.

Violent Rain Storm Sweeps Over Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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Brazil Weather

A violent lightning and rain storm has swept across Rio de Janeiro, flooding streets and knocking out power in some neighborhoods.

Sirens warning residents of the danger of mudslides sounded in several areas of the city.

Each year across Brazil, hundreds of people die in mudslides, almost all happening in ramshackle slums often precariously built up steep hillsides.

Rio’s domestic airport shut down for about an hour during Thursday’s storm as did ferries that take commuters from Rio to the neighboring of Niteroi.

The storm passed after 90 minutes, but there was no word on when power would be restored for tens of thousands of residents.

Plane Lands Safely In Iowa After Problem Reported, USA
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Officials say a small private plane that reported a problem with its landing gear made it safely to a Sioux City airport.
The single-engine turboprop plane carrying two people landed at Sioux Gateway Airport Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.
The Sioux City Journal reports emergency responders were put on notice after the plane’s pilot issued an alert around 8 a.m. about a potential problem with the landing gear.
Assistant Sioux City Fire Chief Pat Flynn says the equipment worked and the plane landed safely.

US Fighter Plane Crashes Off Virginia Coast
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A US Navy fighter jet crashed off the coast of Virginia Wednesday, but the sole pilot was rescued, navy officials said Thursday.
US Navy announced the accident via its twitter account.
The F-18 fighter plane, which originated from the navy’s Oceana Naval Air Station, crashed at about 2.30 p.m. local time when it was conducting routine training exercises, Xinhua reported.
The accident occurred 72 km off the coast of Virginia Beach and the pilot was later rescued by a fishing vessel. He was conscious when he was picked up by a navy helicopter but was said to be critical, reported.

Plane Crash Kills Two In Pakistan
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A pilot and an assistant pilot were killed when a trainer plane of the Pakistan Air Force crashed in Punjab province Thursday afternoon, officials said.
A spokesperson of Pakistan Air Force said that the trainer Mirage aircraft crashed during a training mission in Qadir Abad area of Mandi Bahauddin, a district in the Punjab, Xinhua reported.
District police officer Ameer Taimoor said that the plane took off from Sargodha airbase with two pilots on board and crashed due to some technical fault.
He said that police rushed to the crash site and cordoned off the wreckage of the plane.


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Depth: 20 km

Distances: 621 km S of Fukuoka-shi, Japan / pop: 1,392,289 / local time: 07:56:06.0 2014-01-17
273 km NE of Naha-shi, Japan / pop: 300,795 / local time: 07:56:06.0 2014-01-17
34 km S of Naze, Japan / pop: 41,365 / local time: 07:56:06.0 2014-01-17

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Plane Returns To Newark Airport After Strong Turbulence; 5 Flight Attendants Hurt

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Five flight attendants were hurt, with one complaining of severe back pain, after a Beijing-bound flight that took off from from Newark Liberty International Airport hit turbulence about 30 minutes after takeoff, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said today.

Flight 89 returned to the airport about 4:30 p.m., the spokesman, Ron Marsico said.

A United Airlines spokeswoman said the aircraft, which took off at 12:40 p.m., was carrying 189 passengers and 16 crew members. None of the passengers was injured, Marsico said.

Emergency workers treated the flight attendants at the scene for minor bumps and bruises. All five were taken to area hospitals, he said.

Passengers were offered hotel rooms in Newark and will be flying out tomorrow, the United spokeswoman said.