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Stunt plane crashes ahead of New York air show, killing pilot

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Police say a stunt plane has crashed while practicing tricks for a weekend air show in New York, killing the pilot.
Trooper Steven Nevel says the propeller-driven plane crashed at around 2 p.m. Friday at Stewart International Airport in the Orange County town of New Windsor. The New York Air Show is scheduled to take place there this weekend.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was an experimental aircraft owned by stunt pilot Andrew Wright, of Austin, Texas. Wright took a local reporter for a preview flight earlier Friday.
The pilot was the only person aboard the plane.
A woman at the air show box office said the show will go on as scheduled.
Courtesy of news10.com

Plane Forced To Land On Busy Road In New Jersey, USA

A skydiving plane has been forced to make an emergency landing on a highway after running out of power.
The single-engine plane was carrying five people when it was forced into the manoeuvre in Stafford Township, New Jersey.
Video of the incident released by police shows the aircraft gliding onto the grass-covered reservation in the middle of the road, narrowly missing passing vehicles.
The instructor on board suffered a cut on his arm, but no other injuries were reported in Sunday morning’s incident.
The incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, local media reported.
Courtesy of Sky News

Plane crashes in Mount Dora, Florida, USA

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A small two-seater, single propeller airplane crashed into trees and landed in a Mount Dora yard early Saturday morning.
According to Kelda Senior, city spokeswoman, the pilot and a student took off from a small airport in Eustis off of State Road 44.
After getting in the air, the pilot reported an engine malfunction and attempted an emergency landing on Isola Bella Boulevard in the Loch Leven gated community in Mount Dora.
The plane however, clipped a tree in one yard, plowed through a stop sign and struck a small tree across the street before it came to rest in the front yard of a yellow stucco concrete home in the 3000 block of Isola Bella Boulevard at about 8:30 a.m.
Branches and hundreds of leaves were left scattered in the street, just south of the airport.
Bob Cooper, whose tree the plane clipped, said there was a lot of construction noise going on at the time of the crash, and he didn’t notice it until he looked out his window.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Cooper said.
Cooper said the family was inside the Isola Bella Boulevard home at the time of the crash and was unaware of the incident until he knocked on the door. The family couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.
Senior said there was minimal property damage. The plane was totaled, but no injuries were reported, and both male occupants, who were not identified, refused medical attention.
Acccording to FAA spokesman Jim Peters, the plane was a Luscombe 8A aircraft that took off from Runway 18 at Mid Florida Air Service Airport in Pinecrest. 
Courtesy of dailycommercial.com

Plane Crash kills 4 in Spring Branch, Texas, USA

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Investigators say a Texas Hill Country man, his wife and their two children died when the plane they were flying crashed next to a feed store shortly after takeoff.
The Comal County Sheriff’s Office identified the dead as 38-year-old pilot Michael Scott Galloway of Spring Branch, his 32-year-old wife Heather Louise Galloway, their 10-year-old son Clayton T. Galloway and their 8-year-old daughter Cheyenne Elizabeth Galloway.
The Federal Aviation Administration reports the single-engine Piper PA-24 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Kestrel Air Park in Spring Branch about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sheriff’s Capt. Tommy Ward says the plane crashed into a grassy area next to a feed store parking lot. No injuries or damage was reported on the ground.
Spring Branch is about 30 miles north of San Antonio.
Courtesy of kcentv.com

Plane crash kills one in Los Angeles, USA

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A small plane crashed Friday in a Los Angeles intersection just south of Van Nuys Airport, killing the one person aboard, authorities said.
The aircraft did not hit any vehicles or structures and there was no fire, Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. The victim died at the scene.
The plane was a single-engine Lancair and went down around 1:15 p.m. shortly after takeoff from Van Nuys, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.
Sharon Mashal, 22, said she was getting lunch when she heard a big boom.
“It was really loud, I thought something exploded. I looked around the corner and I saw a plane on the ground,” she said.
She said she saw the wings and nose in pieces on the street.
“As for the cockpit, there was no roof, everything was really crushed,” she said.
Others witnesses to the crash told her they watched the plane spiral out of control before hitting the ground.
The plane ended up against a curb with one wing bent around a traffic signal pole. The craft’s front end and cockpit were demolished.
It appeared most of the debris ended up on the street outside a used car sale lot, said Rick Grant, who arrived on scene after the crash.
PJ Jafari, a manager at the used car dealership, was sitting at his desk when he saw the plane from his window.
“Then I heard a big boom. It was like a bomb went off,” he said.
Van Nuys Airport is a large general aviation airport in the middle of the San Fernando Valley. Around the time of the crash, the National Weather Service reported 6 mph winds, a temperature of 69 degrees and 10-mile visibility in the area.
Courtesy of Yahoo News

Alert level raised as Alaska volcano spits out ash

Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said that Pavlof Volcano entered a “new phase of eruptive activity” Wednesday, prompting a heightened alert level as the volcano spewed an ash plume into the atmosphere. 
A ground observer in Cold Bay, a community about 36 miles away, reported seeing ash emissions at around 9,000 feet elevation. At 4:50 p.m., “minor ash emissions” could also be seen from a web camera operated in Cold Bay by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the AVO. 
Pavlof Volcano last erupted beginning in early June and ending in late July of this year, and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in Alaska. 
Shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, AVO upgraded the alert level for the volcano from “normal” to “watch” in a volcano activity notification posted online.
In its post, the AVO said seismic tremor had increased over the past few hours and remained elevated. A low cloud deck obscured satellite observation of the volcano, it said.

Voluntary evacuation notice for residents as volcanic lava spreads toward homes on Hawaii’s Big Island


Officials tracking volcanic lava creeping through a forest toward homes on Hawaii’s Big Island have issued a voluntary evacuation notice for residents with existing health conditions who might find themselves abruptly cut off from medical care.
Residents in the affected Puna district were warned on Tuesday that “medical services and supplies will be severely limited and emergency medical response time may be significantly delayed” if the lava flow crosses the area’s main roadway.
Health officials have previously warned of the effects of heavy smoke from trees burned by the molten rock.
A mixture of gases and fine particles released as the lava sets vegetation on fire could cause breathing difficulties, especially for individuals with chronic respiratory conditions, the state Health Department and American Lung Association said.
Civil Defence officials and the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday imposed flight restrictions over the lava stream, which began oozing from Kilauea Volcano on June 27, due to congested air traffic from sightseers and the media.
The flow came to a standstill in late September but resumed its slow crawl forward last week and has covered 85m to 110m since Tuesday, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
The leading edge of the flow was about 1.6km from the outskirts of Pahoa village, a historic former sugar plantation consisting of small shops and homes with a population of about 800 people.
It was also about 3km from Highway 130, a major route travelled by as many as 10 000 automobiles a day.
About 4 000 people overall live in the residential communities that the lava is approaching.
The lava flow initially prompted some residents of the Kaohe Homestead subdivision to flee as it crept toward their homes. It then cut through vacant areas in the homestead last month as it veered toward the much larger town of Pahoa.
Officials have said that thousands of people could end up isolated and forced to take congested gravel roads if the flow blocks Highway 130.
The flow’s leading edge is about 40m wide, large enough to destroy homes in its path. But it posed no immediate danger to local communities, and no general mandatory evacuations have been ordered, civil defence officials said in a statement.
The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting from its Pu’u O’o vent since 1983. The last home destroyed by lava on the Big Island was in the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana in 2012 

Plane crashes at Massachusetts airport, USA

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Emergency crews responded to a Berkley airport Tuesday morning after a small plane left the runway and crashed into a wooded area.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), an amateur-built aircraft flown by town resident Murray Randall crashed at about 10:45 a.m. The agency said it appears as though he lost control while landing on a grass strip at Myricks Airport.

Randall was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital for treatment, but his condition is not yet known.

The pilot was involved in another crash at the same airport more than a decade ago. The FAA said a Piper PA-18-150 being flown by Randall struck trees and power lines while landing back on April 19, 2004.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Plane makes an emergency landing after a mechanical problem near Sky Manor Airport, New Jersey, USA

A mechanical malfunction led a pilot of a small plane to crash land in a corn field on Sky Manor Road, police reported this week.
The accident took place while Frederick Obermueller, 61, was landing at Sky Manor Airport Aug. 20 shortly before 8 p.m., Patrolman Kevin Bollaro reported. The plane ended up in the field short of the runway. Details on the mishap were just released.
Quakertown Fire Company and its rescue squad responded to assist on the scene but there were no injuries.
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the incident. No other action was taken and the police case is closed, the department reported.

Plane crash injures 2 at Austin Executive Airport in Texas, USA

EMS are responding to an airplane crash at the Austin Executive Airport Friday.
According to EMS, the airplane flipped over at 6012 Aviation Drive in Pflugerville with two people on board. The single-engine Glasair aircraft flipped upside down after encountering gusty winds during an attempted landing, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
A woman and man believed to be in their 60’s have been safely escorted from the plane and sustained minor injuries. The woman was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.
FAA is investigating the accident.