Archive for January, 2008

1 Killed, 2 Injured in Indonesian Twin Otter Accident

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A small plane hit several people after skidding off the runway Wednesday in eastern Indonesia, killing at least one bystander, according to an official and a witness.

One of 15 people on board the Twin Otter (de Havilland Canada DHC-6) turbo propeller aircraft was slightly hurt, and one man on the ground was taken to a hospital, said Stefanus Yudi, a witness.

Sudarmadji, a regional airport head who like many Indonesians uses only one name, said one person in the crowd was killed when the plane plowed into it.

A local district chief had been on the plane and was unhurt, Sudarmadji added.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident at the Sugapa Airport in Papua province, he said.

One of last year’s worst accidents also involved a Twin Otter. See our earlier post here.¬†

Source: Yahoo News, Aviation Safety Network

By Szafi

Airplane hits cow on runway in Merauke, Indonesia

CowA Boeing 737-300 of Merpati Nusantara Airlines sustained a damaged engine after hitting a stray cow while landing at Merauke-Mopah Airport.

The impact of the collision damaged the plane’s left engine but all of the jet liner`s 141 passengers were safe and unharmed.

“The calf was running fast from Jati kampong which is located east of the airport, so the plane could not avoid hitting the animal,” a spokesman said.

The airport was not yet fully fenced due to financial constraints.

Poor cow…

By Szafi

Friday Fun – Where To Land?

According to the latest reports, the FAA is working on a new, quicker and more cost effective way to teach young pilots about the tricks of landing. Supposedly this is one of the ideas they are considering. ūüôā

Where to Land?


by balint01

Polish Military Plane Crash Kills 20

A military plane (CASA-295M) crash in northwestern Poland has killed 20 people, Poland’s prime minister said early Thursday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the plane crash, which occurred Wednesday evening as the plane was about to land, killed 20 people, including one brigadier general and four crew members.

“Soldiers, husbands and fathers have died, and that is the most tragic result of this catastrophe,” Tusk said.

Casa 295

Spanish Air Force CASA 295

The air force plane carrying 16 passengers and four crew members was approaching an air force airstrip at Miroslawiec shortly after 7 p.m. (1800 GMT) when it crashed in a forested area.

The passengers were military officers who had been attending a flight safety conference in Warsaw.

Officials said it was the first accident in Poland involving a CASA transporter, which is generally considered an extremely reliable aircraft.

The airplane took off from Warsaw and was scheduled to make stops in three cities before returning to its home base in Krakow. It crashed before reaching its second destination

Source: AP

We will keep track of the updates.

By Szafi

Mriya, The Supersize Cargo Plane

On 19 Jan 2008 Budapest had a very special visitor, the most giant airplane, the AN 225 aka Mriya. Its name means Dream in Ukrainian and as the history of the plane shows, it has always remained the dream project of the Antonov Factory. The super cargo plane came to Budapest for some instruments used to forecast earthquakes.

With its maximum take-off weight (640 tons) at the moment this is the heaviest plane of the world. It can deliver 250 tons of useful cargo weight, which is 100 tons more than the most modern giant plane, the A380. After its maiden flight 21 Dec 1988, it set more records in the history of aviation.

Mriya was originally planned to support the Buran orbiter program by transporting the orbiter when needed. As the Soviet Union was over, the orbiter program was stopped and no more AN 225s were needed. Therefore this is the only airworthy Mriya in the world.


General characteristics

* Crew: 6
* Payload: 250,000 kg (550,000 lb)
* Door dimensions: 440 x 640 cm (14.4 x 21.0 ft)
* Length: 84 m (275.6 ft)
* Wingspan: 88.40 m (290 ft 2 in)
* Height: 18.1 m (59.3 ft)
* Wing area: 905.0 m² (9,743.7 ft²)
* Empty weight: 175,000 kg (385,800 lb)
* Max takeoff weight: 600,000 kg (1,322,773 lb)
* Powerplant: 6√ó ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, 229 kN (51,600 lbf) each
* Takeoff run: 3,500 m (11,500 ft) with maximum payload


* Maximum speed: 850 km/h (460 knots, 530 mph)
* Cruise speed: 750 km/h (400 knots, 465 mph)
* Range:

o With maximum fuel: 14,000 km (8,700 mi)

o With maximum payload: 4,000 km (2,500 mi)

* Service ceiling 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
* Wing loading: 662.9 kg/m² (135.5 lb/ft²)
* Thrust/weight: 0.234
Check out the nice pictures taken by a friend of ours, Viktor Laszlo.


By Szafi

Singapore Airlines Takes Delivery of Second Airbus A380

Second Airbus A380 delivered to Singapore Airlines (photo by Singarpore Airlines) 

On 11JAN2008, Singapore Airlines took delivery of its second Airbus A380 super-jumbo. The first one was delivered in front of the press, as it was the first ever A380 to be handed over for regular operations. The second one didn’t get as much attention and such a big ceremony, either, it was delivered and entered service relatively “quiet”, which marks the real entrance into everyday operations of the A380 in my opinion. From now on it is not “the A380”, but it’s one of the airplane types being operated around the world, and most probably – unless there is¬†a problem while engine testing (which we hope will never happen again) –¬†we will start not hearing about A380 deliveries, except for the firsts at each new airline that puts the model into service.

The first aircraft still flies daily between Singapore Changi airport and Sydney. The delivery of the second will allow Singapore Airlines to complement the first aircraft, allowing some rotation of aircraft on the existing Sydney route, and providing opportunities for crew training. The onboard set-up is exactly the same as on the first one (registration number: 9V-SKA) with 471 seats in three classes.

Then, on delivery of the third aircraft in late February, Singapore Airlines will start a daily service between Singapore and London Heathrow.

Singapore Airlines is the first to fly the A380, and is currently still the only airline in the world operating the aircraft. They have firm orders for a further 17 A380s.

by balint01

British Airways Boeing 777 Incident at London Heathrow

British Airways flight BA 038 inbound to London Heathrow,¬†from Beijing, China today at 12:42 pm local time (12:42 GMT)¬†has crash landed just a few meters off the beginning of Heathrow’s Southern runway (unlucky?). From another point of view, it crash landed just a few meters off of a congested two way road, just inside the boundaries and fences of Heathrow Airport (lucky!!).

BA Boeing 777 after emergency landing at Heathrow - by

According to the first reports by BBC and declined to be commented by British Airways, the aircraft has lost some (or all) of its power and avionics systems while descending to the airport, and it equals to a miracle that the pilot managed to reach the territory of the airport by gliding this huge bird “nose up”, and not crash-land into the heavily populated residential areas of West-London. This is the FIRST Report, only a few hours after the crash, so as investigations will take place, the findings may change the descriptions of the cause.

All 136 passengers and 16 crew escaped the aircraft, with 13 of the passengers (among them 7 British and 3 Chinese) reportedly being treated in a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Scotland Yard has quickly stated that the incident is not terrorism related.

BA chief Willie Walsh, while praising the crew for doing an “excellent job,” declined to comment on the possible cause of the accident, which is being to be probed by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). He further added that “The captain of the aircraft is one of our most experienced and has been flying with us for nearly 20 years,” he said.

What is known at this moment, is a few eyewitness explanations:

Eyewitness Neil Jones, who has a general aviation pilot’s licence, said the plane had been making a “very, very unusual approach,” and the engine sounded louder than normal. “The aircraft was banking to the left and it was coming in very low over the surrounding houses. The plane was significantly lower than it would normally be,” he told the BBC. “You could see the pilot was desperate, trying to get the plane down. The aircraft hit the grass and there was a lot of dirt. The pilot was struggling to keep the plane straight. He did a great job,” said Jones. Another witness said the Boeing had come in at a “funny angle,” and, with its undercarriage down, had slid along the grass in a “plume of smoke.” The plane had hit the ground with a “big impact and a loud noise.”

The 6 year old Boeing 777-200ER, registration G-YMMM, was built by Boeing in 2001 and is one of 43 in the British Airways fleet. The plane is powered by two Rolls-Royce Group Plc Trent 895 engines and had accumulated 23,476 flying hours as of Dec. 31, 2006, (according to data on the Web site of the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority) and was immediately surrounded by emergency vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, as a carpet of foam was sprayed. The wheels of the plane, which had a routine maintenance check in December, were still in the field where it crashed, several hundred meters from the runway.

Officials said delays were expected after one of Heathrow’s two runways was closed for almost¬†two hours with¬†an air exclusion zone imposed to help regulate traffic at one of the world’s busiest airports. The runway has since been reopened for take-offs only.

Update: first good resolution pictures on

Update: Video of the¬†Crew’s¬†Press Meeting on Telegraph TV, so¬†you know who¬†made sure that such an emergency situation was handled as best as possible:¬†

Update:¬†In the¬†preliminary report The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the flight had been normal until that point but then the Boeing 777 descended rapidly. The report states: “At approximately 600ft and two miles from touch down, the autothrottle demanded an increase in thrust from the two engines but the engines did not respond.” This means that so far the first theory has been confirmed by pre-liminary investigation findings. This was the first ever crash involving a Boeing 777 aircraft, which is considered as one of the most advanced jets in the sky today.

by balint01

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