Category: Accidents and Incidents

Off-roading at Vilnius

On the 3rd of February 2024, an Airbus A320-200, registered in Lithuania as LY-NVL, departed the runway upon landing at Vilnius, Lithuania. This was an Avion Express flight, an operator based in Vilnius that offers seasonal flights to Egypt and performs charter flights for tour operators. Flight NVD8242 was a chartered passenger flight from Milan,…

Read more… 9 Feb 24

Pilot and ATP student commits suicide using Cessna 172

On the 24th of January 2024, a brand new Cessna 172 was stolen from ATP Flight School in Addison, Texas, and deliberately crashed, killing the pilot who was the only occupant. ATP Flight School claims to be the largest commercial pilot flight academy in the US. ATP offers airline-oriented flight training and is said to…

Read more… 2 Feb 24

Hard Landing of Turkey’s Vintage Transall C-160

On the 25th of January 2024, videos taken in the city of Kayseri showed a Turkish Air Force C-160 Transall aircraft flying dangerously low towards Kayseri Erkilet Airport in Turkey. Ekibin eline sağlık, şehir içerisinde bir kazaya sebebiyet vermemişler. pic.twitter.com/JfOvk5HbsF — TangoTangoLima (@Ttltlg) January 25, 2024 Kayseri Erkilet Airport is both a military air base…

Read more… 26 Jan 24

Madness on the Runway at Manchester

The Manchester Airport Group Plc owns and operates three airports: Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands. Manchester Airport is the third busiest airport in Britain. Their website says Manchester Airport is one of only two airports with two runways. Now actually, lots of small airports have two runways (one asphalt, one grass) and the old…

Read more… 19 Jan 24

Boeing 737-900 MAX loses its cool

Well, 2024 sure has arrived with a bang. It’s a little too soon to draw firm conclusions about the MAX 9 incident, but let’s see what we’ve got so far. On the 5th of January, a Boeing 737-900 MAX registered in the US as N704AL was operating Alaska Airlines flight 1282, a scheduled passenger flight…

Read more… 12 Jan 24

A350 and Dash-8 Collision at Haneda

On the 2nd of January 2024 at 17:47 local time (08:47 GMT), an Airbus A350 collided with a de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Q300 (Dash 8) at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. There are still many questions, but let’s put together what we know so far. Japan Airlines flight 516 departed Shin-Chitose airport, which serves the…

Read more… 5 Jan 24

Accident Reports

Mid-air Collision of Wingsuit Flyer and Pilatus PC-6

On the 27th of July 2018, an experienced pilot departed with ten parachutists on board for a routine drop mission. It was the pilot’s fourth flight of the day in…

Unravelling the 2010 Widerøe incident at Svolvær

You may remember this 2010 incident from Aviation Herald’s great reporting which led to international attention to the case. I wrote about Aviation Herald’s work on this in: 83ft above…

Demystifying

The Missing Bolts from Alaska Airlines flight 1282

On the 5th of January 2024, Alaska Airlines flight 1282 had just taken off when it lost a door plug, leaving a gaping hole on the left side of row…

Descending into Illusion: The Black Hole Effect

With no moon or city lights to guide you, the runway lights up ahead should be a beacon of safety. However, it might be a trap known as the black…

History

A Brief Word About Icelandic Aviation

Aviation in Iceland started with an airline, not an aircraft. Flugfélag Íslands, the first Icelandic airline, was founded in Reykjavík on the 22nd of March 1919. They did not (yet)…

The Wright brothers and the dream of flying

I’ve lost most of the day to unexpected research and one of the fascinating items that I discovered was the Air Force Historical Research Agency and their amazing photo collection.…

Fun Stuff

A Few Good Stories

I’m in Dresden at the moment and I’m afraid I haven’t had a free moment to write you a new article. Luckily, lots of other people are on the internet…

Flying Fails and Airshow Considerations

Long-term readings of Fear of Landing know that my favourite aerobatics show of all time is Kyle Franklin’s Ben Whabnoski Comedy act. Just in case some of you haven’t seen…