26 November 2007

Fatal 2004 Crash of Flash 737 in Egypt

This computer animation from the French accident investigation authority Bureau Enquetes Accidents (BEA) illustrates the 3 January 2004 crash of a Flash Airlines 737-300 crash near Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff on a domestic flight to Cairo and crashed into the Red Sea about nine miles (15 km) south of the city. All 135 passengers and 13 crew members were killed.

Visit AirSafe.com to see a listing of other 737 fatal events.

An English version of the BEA accident report is available at

Additional accident details are available at the Boeing 737 Technical site at http://www.b737.org.uk/flashair.htm

11 November 2007

NTSB Accident Animation Resource

This part of the NTSB site includes computer-generated animations of accidents associated with several airliner events with passenger fatalities including the following:

- Executive Airlines Flight 5401, Avions de Transport Regional 72-212, N438AT, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 9, 2004.

- Air Midwest (Doing Business as US Airways Express) flight 5481, Raytheon (Beechcraft) 1900D, N233YV, Charlotte, North Carolina, January 8, 2003.

- COMAIR Flight 3272, Embraer EMB-120RT, N265CA, Monroe, Michigan, January 9, 1997

Also included is an animation associated with the May 2007 crash involving New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle.

Source: http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/animations.htm

03 November 2007

Successful Ejection from an F-16 Thunderbird Aircraft

On 14 September 2003, during an air show at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, USAF Thunderbird pilot Captain Chris Strickland successfully ejected from his F-16C shortly before it crashed. According to the accident investigation board report, the pilot had been executing a "Split S" maneuver and had misinterpreted the altitude required to complete the maneuver. He made his calculation with an incorrect airfield altitude. The pilot incorrectly climbed to 1,670 feet above ground level instead of 2,500 feet before initiating the pull down to the Split S maneuver.

When he realized something was wrong, the pilot used maximum back stick pressure and rolled slightly left to ensure the aircraft would hit away from the crowd should he have to eject. He ejected when the aircraft was 140 feet above ground -- just eight-tenths of a second before impact. He sustained only minor injuries from the ejection. The aircraft, valued at about $20.4 million, was destroyed. There was no other damage to military or civilian property. The entire flight lasted approximately 25 seconds.

The video that was produced by Glenn Pew has a number of views of the event, including footage from a cockpit camera.

The still photo below was taken by Staff Sargent Bennie J. Davis III, a USAF photographer who was on the observation deck of the control tower. In my opinion, this is without question the finest photo of an aircraft ejection ever taken, and one of my all time favorite aviation photos I have ever seen.

Analysis of ejection sequence

Executive Summary of the Accident Report

Video from Survivor of September 2007 Crash of One-Two-Go MD82 in Phuket, Thailand

The following footage was taken by a survivor of the crash of an MD82 in Phuket, Thailand on 16 September 2007. The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Bangkok (DMK) to Phuket (HKT). After landing, the aircraft skidded off the runway, impacted several trees, and caught fire. There was reportedly heavy rain and poor visibility at the time of the crash. There were at least 89 deaths, including 85 of the 123 passengers and five of the seven crew members.

Related Information:

Fatal Events Involving Airlines in Asia

Fatal Events Involving the MD80 Series Aircraft