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Old January 24th, 2010, 02:36 PM   #121
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Plane catches fire in Iran, injures at least 40

TEHRAN (Reuters) - At least 40 Iranians were injured when a Russian-made Tupolev aircraft caught fire as it landed in northeastern Iran on Sunday, state radio said.

"About 42 passengers, out of 157 aboard, were injured when the plane was landing at Mashhad city's airport," said Gholamreza Massoumi, head of Iran's emergency medical services.

There were no fatalities, said Iran's civil aviation spokesman Reza Jafarzadeh.

The official IRNA news agency said the incident occurred when the rear end of the plane, which belonged to Iran's domestic Taban Airliner, caught fire while landing.

Mashhad is a popular destination for pilgrims among Iran's majority Shi'ite Muslims.

The cause of the incident was being investigated, IRNA said.

Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency said on Sunday it will investigate the reasons behind the fire and said "weather conditions and visibility problems were most likely behind the incident," state-run news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

"The airplane touched the ground with a large load, resulting in part of the runway being damaged," it said.

In the worst plane crash in Iran in the past six years, a Tupolev aircraft crashed in 2009 in Iran on its way to Armenia, after catching fire mid-air and crashing into farmland killing all 168 people on board.

Iran has suffered a string of crashes in the past few decades, many involving Russian-made aircraft.

U.S. sanctions against Iran have prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West, forcing it to add to its aging fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes with aircraft from Russia and other former Soviet Union states.
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How can American sanctions affect Russian crafts?
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Old January 25th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #125
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Can't they just buy the spare parts from the Russians since it's a Russian-designed plane?
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Old January 25th, 2010, 08:57 AM   #126
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Plane to Ethiopia crashes into sea near Beirut

A commercial airplane carrying 85 passengers has reportedly crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from an airport in Lebanon.

The aircraft disappeared from radar screens about five minutes after taking off at 3.10am local time (10.10am AEST) from Beirut's international airport earlier today, according to reports.

The Boeing 737 was en route to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

The passengers on board included about 50 Lebanese nationals; most others were Ethiopians, Reuters reports.

There were also about seven crew members.

Residents on the coast reportedly saw a plane on fire crashing into the ocean.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/100...es-near-beirut
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Old January 25th, 2010, 09:05 AM   #127
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How bad... Seems we cant avoid them falling...

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Old January 25th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #128
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Can't they just buy the spare parts from the Russians since it's a Russian-designed plane?
Well a lot of the soviet era companies are in big time trouble since under the soviet policy, the company was set up in different states/provinces/republics whatever you want to call them.

After the disintegration, both lack of revenue and the splitting of these firms means that there is no one central company responsible or that can supply everything. Some might have even shut down though I am not sure. So if the wing section was being produced in uzbekistan and it shut down, means I cannot find spare parts anymore. For the same reason, some of these planes are not manufactured anymore.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #130
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Plane to Ethiopia crashes into sea near Beirut
The aircraft disappeared from radar screens about five minutes after taking off at 3.10am local time (10.10am AEST) from Beirut's international airport earlier today, according to reports.
Engine failure during take-off...a heavy aircraft with full tanks ?
That's the worst thing that can happen...that's sad but I think there is no hope to find people alive.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #131
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Crashed jet was 8 years old, leased from U.S. firm

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The Ethiopian AirlinesBoeing 737-800 that crashed after taking off from Beirut on Monday was eight years old and had been leased from a division of U.S. financing company CIT Group, the airline said.

"The aircraft was maintained. The last maintenance was on Dec. 25 -- it was a normal check. It has no technical problems at all," Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Girma Wake told a news conference in Addis Ababa. "It departed from here yesterday with no remarks at all. It left Beirut with no remarks at all," he added.

The plane with 90 people on board crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Beirut in stormy weather early on Monday and there were no reports of survivors.

Ethiopian Airlines said the Boeing 737-800, a recent version of Boeing's best-selling model, had left the U.S. planemaker's factory in 2002.

The airline said it had leased the aircraft in September 2009 from CIT Aerospace, part of commercial lender CIT Group.

CIT, a bank holding company and a lender to mainly small and medium-sized businesses, recently emerged from bankruptcy in the United States triggered by the financial crisis. Neither CIT nor Boeing was immediately available for comment.

CIT is a well-known name in the aviation industry and manages a fleet of more than 300 aircraft. It provides leasing and financing to more than 100 airlines, according to its website.

The aircraft was one of two Boeing 737-800s being operated under lease by Ethiopian Airlines, which said last week it had ordered 10 more to broaden its network.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 04:59 PM   #132
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Pilot in Beirut crash didn't follow tower's advice
26 January 2010

BEIRUT (AP) - The pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed into the sea flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower after taking off from Beirut in thunderstorms, Lebanon's transportation minister said Tuesday.

All 90 people on board were feared dead after the plane bound for the Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, went down in flames minutes after takeoff at around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi said the pilot initially followed the tower's guidance, but then abruptly changed course and went in the opposite direction.

"They asked him to correct his path but he did a very fast and strange turn before disappearing completely from the radar," Aridi told The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear why the pilot veered off the recommended path. Like most other airliners, the Boeing 737 is equipped with its own onboard weather radar, which the pilot may have used to avoid flying into thunderheads rather than following the flight tower's recommendation.

"Nobody is saying the pilot is to blame for not heeding orders," Aridi said, adding: "There could have been many reasons for what happened. ... Only the black box can tell."

Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Girma Wake said the Lebanese minister's comments were premature.

"Rushing remarks, I don't think that helps anybody," Wake said in Addis Ababa.

Lebanese officials have said there is no indication of terrorism or "sabotage."

A senior security official involved in the crash investigation said the black box would provide more definitive answers, but he noted that other factors -- including weather conditions -- are more likely culprits than anyone bringing the plane down on purpose.

"The probability of sabotage in these circumstances is much less than all other probabilities," he said, asking that his name not be used because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

No survivors had been found more than 24 hours after the crash. Emergency workers have pulled bodies from the sea; the numbers reported so far range from a dozen to more than 20. Several officials have revised their numbers, saying they miscounted.

"We hope they will find trapped bodies in the fuselage," Wake said.

The Lebanese army and witnesses say the plane was on fire shortly after takeoff. A defense official also said some witnesses reported the plane broke up into three pieces.

Searchers were trying to find the plane's black box and flight data recorder, which are critical to determining the cause of the crash.

On Tuesday, rescue teams and equipment sent from the U.N. and countries including the United States and Cyprus were helping in the search. Conditions were chilly but relatively clear -- far better than Monday, when rain lashed the coast.

Pieces of the plane and other debris were washing ashore, and emergency crews pulled a large piece of the plane, about 3 feet (1 meter) long, from the water. A rescue team member, Safi Sultaneh, identified it as a piece of a wing.

An aviation analyst familiar with the investigation said Beirut air traffic control was guiding the Ethiopian flight through the thunderstorms for the first two to three minutes of its flight.

The official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said this was standard procedure by Lebanese controllers to assist airliners departing from the airport in poor weather conditions.

It is unclear exactly what happened in the last two minutes of flight, the official said.

Patrick Smith, a U.S.-based airline pilot and aviation writer, said there were many possible causes for the crash.

"Had the plane encountered extreme turbulence, or had it suffered a powerful lightning strike that knocked out instruments while penetrating strong turbulence, then structural failure or loss of control, followed by an in-flight breakup, are possible causes."

Ethiopian Airlines said late Monday that the pilot had more than 20 years of experience.

At the Government Hospital in Beirut, somber families gathered outside, eager for any news of loved ones.

"We don't have much hope left," said Adnan Bahr, a relative of 24-year-old Yasser al-Mahdi. "They're all gone with the sea."

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Associated Press writers Elizabeth A. Kennedy in Beirut, Slobodan Lekic in Brussels and Katharine Houreld in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia contributed to this report.
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In the northern Brazil state of Para, a twin engine aircraft with 10 passengers on board fell to ground on Monday, two of the occupants died.

The plane, a Bandeirante used by an air taxi company, crashed in the town of Senador Jose Porfirio, southwest of Para, some 450km from the city of Belem.

Spokesmen for the Fire Department, reported that “there were at leasttwo dead.”

Although the aviation authorities, spoke only of the survivors.
Rescue teams were in the area of the incident and Air Force officials opened an investigation to find the causes of the accident.
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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:40 AM   #134
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Ryanair says might have once flown Ethiopian jet

ROME, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said on Tuesday he believed the Ethiopian AirlinesBoeing 737-800 that crashed off Lebanon on Monday was operated by his airline until April last year.

He said Ryanair sold the plane in April 2009, without specifying the buyer.

"I think they had it in maintenance, they did some work on it, between April and May. I think they leased it to Ethiopian in September, and something happened to it. We are not sure yet, but it may have been that aircraft that was involved in the accident yesterday".

"What happened we don't know. It's a bit like you selling your car and 11 months later the new person driving it has a crash. It had nothing to do with us," the Irish airline's CEO told Reuters after a news conference in Rome.

Ethiopian Airlines says the eight-year-old plane was leased from a division of U.S. financing company CIT Group and had its last routine maintenance on Dec. 25.

The plane crashed into the sea with 90 people on board minutes after taking off from Beirut in stormy weather early on Monday and there were no reports of survivors.

Ethiopian Airlines said the Boeing 737-800, a recent version of Boeing's best-selling model, left the U.S. factory in 2002. The airline said it leased the aircraft in September 2009 from CIT Aerospace, part of CIT Group.
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What does he mean 'it might be'? How hard is it to get the plane's registration?
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What does he mean 'it might be'? How hard is it to get the plane's registration?
The registration can change by moving airlines / countries.
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The crashed plane is Ryanair's former EI-CSW.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #138
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Crashed jet's flight recorders located off Lebanon


BEIRUT, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A U.S. navy vessel located on Wednesday the flight recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed off the coast of Lebanon two days ago with 90 people aboard, a security official said.

"The U.S. ship located the black boxes 1,300 metres underwater and 8 km west of Beirut airport," the security official told Reuters, adding that search teams now had to assess the best way to retrieve the recorders.

Flight ET409, a Boeing 737-800, was carrying mostly Lebanese and Ethiopian passengers and was heading to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The plane apparently broke up in the air before plunging in a ball of fire into the Mediterranean during a thunderstorm early on Monday.

The security official said it was still too early to say whether the USS Ramage, brought in to help with the search, had also located the plane's fuselage.

"Theoretically the black boxes should be inside the plane's fuselage, but this is all speculation at the moment," he said,

Lebanese and international teams, including European and U.N. peacekeeping ships, helicopters, planes and divers have been scouring a search area 10 km (6 miles) out to sea and 20 km long for the plane's fuselage and more of its victims.

The search has been hampered by rough seas and because of the uneven depth of the sea bed.

The flight recorders should shed light on why the pilot did not respond to a request to change direction even though he acknowledged the control tower's commands.

Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi said the plane made a sharp turn before disappearing off the radar. He said it was too early to draw any conclusion of pilot error.

Only 14 bodies and some body parts have been recovered since and authorities have all but given up on finding survivors.

The eight-year-old plane last underwent a maintenance check on Dec. 25 and no technical problems were found.

The last fatal incident involving Ethiopian Airlines was in November 1996 when a hijacked Boeing 767 crashed off the Comoros Islands, killing 125 of the 175 passengers and crew.
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Lebanese minister rules out explosion on Ethiopian plane and says it had no technical problems
11 February 2010

BEIRUT (AP) - The cause of last month's Ethiopian Airlines crash into the Mediterranean appears to be neither a technical problem nor an explosion, a top Lebanese official said Thursday, without elaborating on what it actually could be.

The Boeing 737 crashed on Jan. 25, just minutes after takeoff from Beirut during a fierce thunderstorm. All 90 people on board died.

Asked whether the reason behind the "catastrophe" was a pilot error, Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi said that no final conclusion could be reached until the cockpit voice recorder, retrieved Wednesday, is analyzed. He said the recorder is still missing a key part and divers are searching for it.

He said the data flight recorder, that was found on Sunday and sent to France for analysis, registered "information and is documented second by second."

His comments came a day after Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement it had not ruled out the possibility of sabotage but that it was "too early to conclude the cause" of the crash.

Within hours of the crash, Lebanese officials had said there was no indication of terrorism or sabotage on board Flight 409, which was headed for the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

"From the technical side, all the plane's systems were functioning properly until the moment of the crash," Aridi told reporters. "An explosion is ruled out."

A day after the crash, Aridi said the plane's pilot made a "fast and strange turn" minutes after takeoff from Beirut. He added then that the plane flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower after taking off in stormy weather.

Days later, weather experts said lightning had struck in the plane's path around the time of the deadly crash.

The crash prompted a search and rescue operation that included U.N. peacekeepers, and U.S. and Lebanese navies. DNA samples were collected from relatives of the victims in Lebanon, Ethiopia and other countries to help identify bodies pulled out of the sea.

The black boxes are being analyzed by BEA, a French agency that specializes in assisting with technical investigations of air crashes.
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Trigana AT42 forced landing on a field

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A Trigana Air Service Aerospatiale ATR-42-300, registration PK-YRP performing flight TGN-168 from Berau to Samarinda (Indonesia) with 46 passengers and 5 crew, experienced an engine (PW120) failure prompting the crew to divert to Balikpapan. The crew however was forced to land in a field at Bone village, about 41 road kilometers from Balikpapan along the road Balikpapan-Samarinda and about 18nm from Balikpapan's Sepinggan Airport. One passenger received serious injuries (fractures), all other occupants escaped without injuries.

The airline reported, that the crew decided to divert to Balikpapan's Sepinggan International Airport (runway 07/25 2500 meters/8200 feet long) because of its better facilities compared to the regional Termindung Airfield of Samarinda (runway 04/22 1150 meters/3800 feet long).

Indonesia's Transport Ministry said, that one of the airplane's two engines had failed. The airplane was not able to reach Sepinggan International Airport for so far undetermined reasons and was forced to land in a field.

PK-YRP in the (dry) field (Photo: AFP/Fachmi Rachman):
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