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Old May 12th, 2010, 12:41 PM   #181
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Old May 12th, 2010, 02:02 PM   #182
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Dutch boy believed to be sole survivor when plane carrying 104 crashes

A Dutch boy was believed to be the sole survivor Wednesday when a passenger jet bound from South Africa with 104 people aboard crashed while attempting to land in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to rescue officials and news organizations.

The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus was descending toward a runway at Libyan International Airport about 6 a.m. on a flight from Johannesburg. There was no official word on survivors, but a number of media outlets quoted airport sources as saying a Dutch child was taken from the scene to a hospital.

"I can confirm the crash but not the number of the dead," Bongani Sithole, an official of the airline at Johannesburg airport, told AFP. "We hear that it happened one meter [yard] away from the runway."

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Images from Libyan television showed a battered chunk of fuselage and debris scattered on the ground.

Afriqiyah Airways announces "that our flight 8U771 had an accident during landing at Tripoli International airport," a statement from the airline said. "At this moment, we have no information concerning possible casualties or survivors. Our information is that were 93 passengers and 11 crew aboard. The competent authorities are conducting the search and rescue mission."

The airline, which has operates an all Airbus fleet, is owned by the Libya-Africa Investment Portfolio.

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Old May 12th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #183
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Dutch news is 24/7 right now.

Just saw the flag at Schiphol (Amsterdam International Aiport) being half-staff right now.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 06:58 PM   #184
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Very, very sad. Also for the boy who lost his parents + brother/sister...
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Old May 12th, 2010, 11:18 PM   #185
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Survivor confirmed to be 8-year old Ruben van Ashout from the Netherlands.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 12:20 AM   #186
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This is the 8 month old aircraft.
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Old May 13th, 2010, 03:03 AM   #187
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Is that the same aircraft the took the convicted Lockerby Bomber back home to Libya earlier this year?
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Old May 13th, 2010, 02:15 PM   #188
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but HOW did the crash happen?? :/
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Old May 13th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #189
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Old May 13th, 2010, 04:21 PM   #190
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not 61, but 70 dutch casualties are being reported in the dutch media today
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Old May 13th, 2010, 05:55 PM   #191
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Can not believe it! Everything seems in good condition.

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Old May 13th, 2010, 06:46 PM   #192
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Were you thinking that maybe there's a problem with the runway? Indeed both runways look good on satellite imagery, are long enough (especially 09/36), but I haven't been able to determine if they have ILS. Can't get my hands on any charts for TIP.

From watching the news footage and reading the discussions on A.net it seems that the crash site is somewhere beyond the threshold of rwy 27. Possible botched GA maybe...

Just an idea, I don't want to speculate, especially since information in scarce.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 01:17 PM   #193
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Not 61 Dutch people were aboard but 70. The Dutch boy is called Rubben van Assouw and is 9 years old. He is the only one who survived the crash. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf (wich can be compared to The Sun and The Daily Mail) released an interview with the boy. He first was emotional but calmed down when he realised he wasn't talking to family. He doesn't know his parents died the newspaper said.

The newspaper just posted a new article saying they are sorry for posting the article after thousands of reactions by people and the Dutch cabinet. They also said that they didn't say Rubens parents died.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #194
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Surinam Blue Wing AN28 at Godo Holo went into forest

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A Blue Wing Airlines Antonov AN-28, scheduled flight from Godo Holo [SMGH] to Paramaribo Zorg en Hoop (Suriname) with 6 passengers and 2 crew, was enroute about 10 minutes into the flight when the crew reported bad weather and shortly thereafter radio contact was lost. The airplane still has not arrived at Zorg en Hoop several hours after estimated arrival. All eight occupants are feared dead.

Air Traffic Services in Suriname said, the airplane crashed about 200km southeast of Paramaribo into the jungle in the Upper Marowijne District. Rescue and Recovery teams are attempting to reach the crash site Sunday morning (May 16th).

Passengers on another Blue Wing flight reported in the evening of May 15th (local), they had seen the still smouldering wreckage with no sign of life about 5km northeast of Pokisi (Upper Marowijne district) from their flight.

The exact location of Godo Holo is still unknown except for locals (see next paragraph), the Civil Aviation Authority of Suriname never published any data about the airstrip. Tourists reported on the Internet, that the airstrip is located at the Tapanahony River. The airline gives the distance to Godo Holo as 115 (unknown whether this is nautical miles, statute miles or plums) whereas the airline provides the distance to Drietabbetje as 110 (again unknown whether plums or any sort of miles). An airstrip, not mentioned anywhere, is visible on satellite images at Pikienkondre of Miranda, which about fits the distance difference, the tourist description of the airfield as well as the description of the crash location in the upper Marowijne District, which is marked by the joint of Tapanahony and Lawa Rivers to the Maroni (Marowijne) River.

Reader Erik confirmed Pikienkondre of Miranda to be part of Godo Holo (Godoolo) and the airfield visible there to be SMGH. Drietabbetje and the now identified Godo Holo are in the Sipalwini district, which still leaves the crash location Pokisi in the upper Marowijne district unclear.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 02:24 PM   #195
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Pamir Airways Crash-Airplane with 38 passengers crashes in Afghanistan

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A local Pamir Airways plane with 38 passengers and five crew on board, including some foreigners, crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, the interior ministry said.
The airplane was en route from the northern city of Kunduz to the capital Kabul and went missing around 8 a.m. local (0330 GMT) this morning. Planes normally cross the mountainous Hindu Kush region on this route.


“I can confirm that an aircraft carrying 38 passengers plus five crew has crashed somewhere in Salang Pass,” Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told Reuters after receiving a report from the private Afghan airline.

The Salang pass lies around 100 km (60 miles) north of Kabul at about an altitude of 13,350 feet. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but it came amid cloudy and rainy weather in Kabul and its surrounding areas.

“The Pamir Airways report said there were a number of foreigners on board,” Bashary said, adding that NATO-led forces have been asked to assist in locating the plane with the help of drones.

A spokesman for NATO-led forces said that aircraft had been sent to search for the plane.
Pamir Airways is one of three major private Afghan airlines that operates mostly domestic routes across Afghanistan.
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Old May 17th, 2010, 03:06 PM   #196
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I cringe whenever this thread appears on my subscriptions list.

So this month we had:
Afriqiyah 771 (A330)
Blue Wing (An-28)
Pamir Airways 112 (An-24)

RIP.

Btw, Blue Wing really have issues with their An-28s. It's the third one to crash since 2008! They had a total of five, so they're now down to just two.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 06:25 AM   #197
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At least 160 dead in India plane crash
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(Reuters) - At least 160 people were confirmed dead in an Air India plane crash in southern India early on Saturday, officials said.

The accident occurred when the plane overshot the runway of the airport serving the city of Mangalore in Karnataka state. Indian television channels said the flight was coming in from Dubai.

"At least 160 passengers have died in the crash," V.S. Acharya, Home Minister of the southern state of Karnataka, told reporters.

A second official also confirmed that 160 people had been killed.

The plane was carrying 163 passengers and nine crew members. Officials had said earlier 169 people were on the plane.

"The plane apparently overshot the runway and has crashed. We have news that the plane caught fire after crashing," Rohit Katiyar, a top airport security official, told Reuters.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 07:47 AM   #198
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'Many dead' in India plane crash in Mangalore

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A plane has crashed near the southern Indian city of Mangalore, with dozens feared dead.

More than 160 people were said to be on board the Air India Express flight from Dubai, and some officials say they believe there are no survivors.

Local TV has shown footage of the plane lying on its belly, with smoke billowing from the fuselage.

Firefighters doused the plane with foam in an attempt to put out the fire.

"There were 163 passengers and six crew members and we fear all of them have been killed," airport security official Rohit Katiyar was quoted as saying by Reuters.

There is uncertainty over how many people were on board the plane - and local TV reported that there might have been some survivors.

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It is unclear whether the plane crashed before landing or after steering off the runaway.

TV pictures have shown rescue workers taking away what looks like the body of a child from the crash site, our correspondent adds.

Manglaore police superintendent Subramaneshwar Rao said: "Chances [of finding many survivors ] are very bleak as most of the plane has been burnt out."

Another Mangalore police official told the BBC that smoke from the crash site was making it difficult for rescue workers to gain access to the plane.

Mangalore airport is located at the top of a hill and analysts say it can be a difficult airport to land in.

The BBC's Soutik Biswas in Delhi says India's air safety record has been good in the past decade, despite an explosion of private airlines and air travel in the country.

The last major crash happened in the city of Patna in July 2000, killing at least 50 people, our correspondent adds.
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We have had crashes one after another in the past two weeks... What's going wrong???
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