Category: plane crash

A plane crashed while on a skydiving excursion in Hawaii. All 9 people aboard died

(CNN) — A small plane crashed while on a skydiving excursion in Hawaii and erupted into flames, killing all nine people aboard, authorities said.

The King Air twin-engine plane went down Friday evening near Dillingham Airfield on Oahu’s north shore with no apparent survivors, the Hawaii Department of Transportation tweeted.

It was on a skydiving excursion when it crashed around 6:30 p.m., Honolulu Fire Department Chief Manuel P. Neves said.

The plane was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and they worked to extinguish them. Witnesses saw the plane coming inbound before it went down onto a fence line, away from the runway, Neves said.

“In my 40 years as a firefighter here in Hawaii, this is the most tragic aircraft incident that we had,” Neves told CNN affiliate KHON on Friday night. “We had some helicopters with the military, but this is a civilian plane that went down and with that many people on board,”

The names of the passengers have not been released. Some family members were at the airfield when the plane went down, Neves said.

“I am closely following the tragic developments out of Dillingham Airfield this evening,” Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell tweeted. “At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims.”

The Federal Aviation Administration will be taking over the investigation, Neves said. It’s unclear what caused the crash.

The airfield, roughly a 35-mile drive northwest of Honolulu, is a general aviation airport operated by the state Department of Transportation under a 25-year lease from the US Army, Hawaii’s government website says.

The state leases 272 acres of the 650-acre Dillingham Military Reservation and operates the single 5,000-foot runway primarily for commercial glider and skydiving operations.

Alaska plane crash victims hoped to start family together in Utah

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Two out of the six people who died in Monday’s plane crash in Alaska were hoping to start a family together in Utah.

Ryan Wilk and his wife, Elsa, had recently bought a home together in South Jordan.

People who knew them said they loved to travel together.

“Just really friendly people. Ryan was real talkative,” said his neighbor Emilly Farrer. “They wanted to move to Utah to start a family, and they really liked the values of Utahns.”

Neighbors said the family moved in about a year ago, but they only met a few times because the couple was never able to fully make the move down to South Jordan.

“From what I understand, they were trying to work through some VISA situation,” neighbor Thad Weiland said. “I was looking forward to them living here full time.”

The couple was in Alaska on a sightseeing plane carrying cruise ship passengers when the plane crashed in mid-air. Four others from across the world, including one of the pilots, also died.

Neighbors said they saw the story on the news before they realized they knew who was onboard.

“That’s not a common story but to think that my neighbors were on the plane, that’s kind of rough,” Weiland said. “Tragic situation.”

“Of course you don’t expect anyone you know to be on a plane in Alaska,” Farrer said.

This isn’t the first time a sightseeing plane has crashed in this part of Alaska.

In 2015, nine people died in a similar crash. The plane was also carrying cruise ship passengers when it crashed into a mountain.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are still determining the cause of Monday’s crash but blamed pilot error and a lack of a formal safety program for the 2015 crash.

A spokesperson for Mastercard released a statement about employee Ryan Wilk’s death.

“It is with deep shock and sadness that we must share that Ryan Wilk and his wife Elsa have passed away following a tragic plane accident whilst on holiday,” the spokesperson wrote. “Ryan joined NuData (Security) in 2014 and quickly became the face of the business across the regions. He has been a cherished member of the team and will be deeply missed by colleagues right across Mastercard and NuData. We extend our most heartfelt sympathies to Ryan’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

Utah man among six killed in plane collision in Alaska

ALASKA — A Utah man is among the victims of a deadly plane collision that occurred in Alaska Monday.

According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety, 39-year-old Ryan Wilk of Utah is among those who were killed.

The other five have been identified as:

Randy Sullivan, 46-year-old male, pilot, from Ketchikan, Alaska.

Simon Bodie, 56-year-old male from Tempe, New South Wales, Australia.

Cassandra Webb, 62-year-old female from Saint Louis, Missouri.

Louis Botha, 46-year-old female, from San Diego, California.

Elsa Wilk, 37-year-old female, from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

The release states the NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

The six were killed when two floatplanes carrying cruise ship passengers collided.

Moscow airport plane fire: At least 41 people killed in Aeroflot crash landing

By Euan McKirdy, Theresa Waldrop and Darya Tarasova, CNN

At least 41 people on board a Russian passenger jet were killed, including two children, after the aircraft crash-landed at a Moscow airport on Sunday, bursting into flames on impact.

Aeroflot flight SU 1492 skidded down the runway at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, its rear section ablaze and spilling thick, black smoke.

Once the plane had come to a halt, passengers escaped using emergency slides from the plane’s two forward doors, before running away from the burning aircraft.

Initial reports said the Superjet 100 was flying from Moscow to Murmansk, a Russian city in the Arctic circle, when an emergency on board forced it to turn back.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that a “loss of communication” caused by a “lightning strike” had led to the decision to return to Sheremetyevo. No official cause has yet been provided for the disaster.

Data from flight tracker Flightradar24 shows the plane took off just after 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) and was in the air for just under 30 minutes, before making a loop in the skies north of Moscow and heading back to the airport.

Shocking video of the incident showed the plane approach the runway at speed before hitting the ground, causing it to launch back in the air before hitting the runway again and bursting into flames.

A total of 78 people were aboard the stricken flight, including five crew members. Thirty-seven people survived, five of whom are currently receiving treatment in hospital, said Elena Markovskaya, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, a top law-enforcement agency.

An American citizen was killed in the crash, Interfax reported.

A passenger in a plane waiting to depart Moscow posted video on Instagram purportedly showing fire crews attending the scene as the aircraft sat in flames on the runway.

Russian airline Aeroflot published an “incomplete” list of 33 survivors, including the names of the five passengers hospitalized. In a series of short statements on its website, it said the aircraft was evacuated in 55 seconds, compared with the “industry norm” of 90 seconds.

The flight crew “did everything in its power to save passenger lives and provide emergency assistance to those involved,” another short release said. “Tragically, they were unable to save all of those aboard.”

The captain was the last to leave the burning aircraft, the airline added, and offered its condolences to the passengers and their families. It announced that it would fly relatives of those affected to Moscow without charge.

Russian-made jet

Sukhoi manufactures military aircraft and is known especially for its fighter jets. Its civilian aircraft, the Sukhoi Superjet 100, is the first post-Soviet commercial airliner to have been designed and built in Russia.

The Superjet is a relatively new aircraft, making its maiden flight in 2008 before entering service in mid-2011. More than 100 planes are in operation around the world, according to the company.

The narrow-bodied, dual-class cabin aircraft can transport 100 passengers over regional routes and is “a fusion of Russia’s famed aviation design and production skills with the latest systems from leading aerospace suppliers around the world,” the aircraft’s brochure says.

In 2012 a demonstration flight over Indonesia crashed in a remote, mountainous part of the country.

Earlier that year, a Superjet 100 operated by Aeroflot was forced to abandon its flight to Astrakhan, Russia and return to Moscow because of problems with the undercarriage, according to RIA Novosti.

A similar defect in another Aeroflot-operated Superjet 100 had to be fixed in Minsk the previous year.

The model achieved the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Type Certificate in 2012, and also holds safety certificates from a number of other aviation authorities.

Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said Monday that it does not plan to suspend the operation of Sukhoi Superjet aircraft, state news agency TASS reported.

Investigation ordered
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “thorough investigation” into the fiery emergency landing, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS.

“All instructions have been given to conduct the most thorough investigation, (to carry out) the necessary orders to find out the cause of this accident,” said Peskov, according to TASS.

He added that Putin “extends his deep condolences to those who lost their near and dear in this incident.”

The Investigative Committee said in a statement Monday that it was examining “various versions” that might have caused the crash landing, including the qualifications of the pilots, air-traffic controllers and maintenance personnel, aircraft malfunction and adverse weather conditions.

The committee routinely conducts investigations into major incidents with loss of life.