[simpits-chat] Fwd: Fw: Flight Safety Information (09JAN03-013) (fwd)

Gene Buckle simpits-chat@simpits.org
Fri, 10 Jan 2003 08:52:41 -0800 (PST)

>*Fog Eyed in Deadly Turkish Plane Crash
>*One American believed on doomed Turkish flight
>*Fiery N.C. Commuter Plane Crash Kills 21
>*A Look at Plane in N.C. Crash
>*Air Midwest Flight 5481 Crew and Passenger Name List Update;
> Notification #6
>*Lockheed Martin Names Former FAA Executive, Monte Belger
>*Today in History
>Fog Eyed in Deadly Turkish Plane Crash
>ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) - A Turkish Airlines flight split apart in flames
>it crashed just short of a fog-shrouded runway in southeastern Turkey
>Wednesday, killing 75 people.
>Five people survived, including a woman who says she was thrown from the
>plane and landed in a hay pile.
>The plane went down in the military section of the airport in the
>overwhelmingly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, leaving a pile of twisted
>and scattered luggage across 800 yards.
>Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said the military dismissed sabotage as a
>``Most probably it was bad weather conditions,'' he said. Heavy fog has
>a problem in the area in recent days and flights from Diyarbakir were
>canceled earlier this week.
>Three small children died in the crash, the Anatolia news agency
reported. A
>two-year-old boy who survived and was rushed to a hospital later died,
>At least two Britons were believed to be among the dead, the British
>Office said. U.S. officials said at least one American was aboard, but
>word on identity of if the passenger survived.
>Regional governor Gokhan Aydiner said of the 80 people aboard, all but
>were killed. The injured were taken to Diyarbakir's central hospital and
>television reports said they were in shock but had no life threatening
>There were no reports of injuries among people on the ground.
>Hospital morgues in the city were filled with the charred remains of
>and a sports center had to be used to house some of the dead. Relatives
>visited the sports center trying to see if their loved ones were among
>Passenger Aliye Il told Anatolia that she was thrown out of the aircraft
>landed in hay when it ruptured on impact.
>``The plane split in two and was burning. Then there was an
>The whole plane was burning,'' Aliye Il told Anatolia.
>She said the hay that cushioned her fall then caught fire, forcing her
>run for safety.
>Il told Anatolia she was traveling to Diyarbakir to attend a friend's
>funeral in the nearby town of Siverek.
>``I'll never board a plane again for the rest of my life,'' she was
>as saying. ``I still haven't overcome the shock.''
>A photo of Il taken by Anatolia showed the woman, who appeared to be
>middle-age, lying in a hospital bed covered with a blanket. A bandage
>covered her left eye and an intravenous tube was in her arm.
>Another survivor, 27-year-old Burak Altindag, said he called his wife of
>months shortly after the crash to tell her he was alive, Anatolia
>While Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said there was heavy fog at the
>time of the crash at Diyarbakir airport, he said the precise cause would
>be known until the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders were
>The four-engine British Aerospace RJ 100 jet, commonly used for internal
>flights in Turkey, struck the ground 40 yards short of the runway.
>As relatives of passengers crowded the airport for news of loved ones,
>Diyarbakir Governor Ahmet Cemil Serhadli reported the fire caused by the
>crash had been extinguished.
>Relatives were seen crying and comforting each other at Diyarbakir
>One elderly woman was seen slapping her knee in grief.
>At Istanbul airport, one unidentified man cried as he told NTV
>that he was trying to call a colleague that he had driven to the airport
>the flight, but could not reach him on his cellphone.
>It was one of the deadliest crashes involving a Turkish aircraft since a
>Turkish airlines DC-10 passenger jet crashed near Paris in March 1974,
>killing all 346 people aboard.
>In November, a Russian small plane carrying 28 people crashed near an
>airport in the Turkish Mediterranean resort of Antalya after it clipped
>power line. No one was killed.
>In May 2001, a military transport plane crashed in southeastern Turkey,
>killing 34 officers and soldiers from Turkey's elite special forces.
>A civilian jetliner crashed in eastern Turkey in 1994, killing 55 people
>after the pilot insisted on landing despite a snowstorm that drastically
>One American believed on doomed Turkish flight
>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department said at least one American
>believed to be among the passengers aboard a Turkish Airlines plane that
>crashed Wednesday in southeast Turkey.
>Turkish officials said at least 75 people were killed and five survived
>fiery crash, which occurred as the flight from Istanbul was preparing to
>land at Diyarbakir.
>In Washington, State Department spokesman Louis Fintor said at least one
>American citizen was believed to be on the flight.
>"However, we are awaiting positive identification of this individual,
>said. "We are using the passenger manifest list to identify other
>American citizens, although positive identification is difficult."
>The U.S. Embassy in Ankara is working with Turkish authorities and
>officials to determine the citizenship of the victims, Fintor said,
>that a U.S. consular official would be arriving at the crash site on
>Fiery N.C. Commuter Plane Crash Kills 21
>CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A commuter plane taking off in clear weather
>Wednesday veered sharply back toward the airport, hit a hangar and
>in flames, killing all 21 people aboard.
>The cause of the nation's first deadly airline accident in more than a
>was not immediately clear. Aviation officials said the pilot reported an
>unspecified emergency to the tower just before the crash.
>US Airways Express Flight 5481 hit the corner of the hangar at full
>moments after leaving Charlotte-Douglas International Airport for Greer,
>S.C., officials said. No one on the ground was injured.
>Dee Addison, who works at an airport business 500 yards away, ran
>after hearing a boom.
>``It was like a frenzy. People were running out of the (hangar),'' she
>``At the time we didn't know a plane had actually crashed. It didn't
>look like a plane. It was totally demolished.''
>Heavy smoke poured from the wreckage for hours, so thick ``you could
>it in your mouth,'' Addison said. The US Airways hangar was scorched and
>The Beech 1900 twin-engine turboprop was carrying 19 passengers and two
>members. It took off to the south, then cut back toward the airport,
>director Jerry Orr said.
>The pilot, Capt. Katie Leslie, contacted the tower to report an
>said Greg Martin, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. But the
>transmission was cut short and the emergency wasn't identified, he said.
>The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder were recovered and
>being analyzed, said John Goglia, a National Transportation Safety Board
>``Both were burned, but it does appear they were in decent shape,''
>The FBI said there were no immediate indications of terrorism.
>Goglia said investigators, though, will consider every possible cause,
>will review the pilot performance, maintenance records, the plane's
>structure and the flight's passengers and freight.
>``At this point, nothing is out of the question,'' he said.
>Goglia also said bolts and small pieces of debris were found on the
>after the crash, but the NTSB hasn't determined if they came from the
>crashed plane.
>The weather at the airport was clear at the time, with winds of 8 mph,
>Rodney Hinson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
>The flight originated in Lynchburg, Va., and was bound for the
>Greenville-Spartanburg airport in Greer, only 80 miles away from
>Goglia said none of the passengers started their trip in Charlotte,
>some may have boarded there after transferring from other flights.
>Goglia said victims' bodies were being recovered from the site Wednesday
>evening, and families were starting to arrive in Charlotte to identify
>Businessman Buddy Puckett of Greenville, S.C., was awaiting the arrival
of a
>friend and client, Gary Gezzer of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He sent a
>to the Greer airport to pick up Gezzer, only to learn he had been
>Puckett said he would fly to Florida to be with Gezzer's family. ``He
>not only a client, he was also a very, very good friend,'' Puckett said.
>Two Clemson University students were among the crash victims. Sreenivasa
>Reddy Badam, 24, and Ganeshram Sreenivasan, 23, both of India, were
>students in computer science.
>Chemical and manufacturing company W.R. Grace said three of its
>were killed. Paul Stidham, 46, Richard Lyons, 56, and Joseph Spiak, 46,
>traveling to a company facility in Enoree, S.C., according to a
>from the Columbia, Md.-based firm.
>Two brothers who worked at a hardware store on the Bahamas island of
>were en route to a convention. Robin and Nicholas Albury and Robin's
>daughter, Caitlin, 13, were killed in the crash, their family said.
>The plane, built in 1996, was operated by Mesa Air Lines under the US
>Airways Express name. It had flown 15,000 hours and performed 21,000
>takeoffs and landings.
>FAA records show the aircraft was involved in five in-flight incidents
>the NTSB said could affect safe operations. In one incident, the right
>engine lost oil pressure in November 2000 and the crew had to shut it
>The plane landed safely and the engine was replaced.
>The aircraft also reported eight service difficulties, most of them
>In November, the company reported a leaking fuel pump that was replaced.
>May, a hydraulic power pack was replaced after the left main landing
>wouldn't retract during takeoff.
>The FAA has issued nearly two dozen airworthiness directives on the
>since 1994, warning of problems that must be addressed if found in an
>A maintenance alert for twin-engine Beech 1900 turboprops issued in
>said attachment bolts for the vertical stabilizer had been found loose
>one plane. And a directive issued in November warned that screws could
>loose and interfere with the horizontal stabilizer.
>There have been eight fatal accidents involving Beech 1900s in 40 years,
>according to NTSB records. The most recent was Dec. 9 when a private
>crashed in Eagleton, Ark., killing three people.
>The Charlotte crash came after a year in which there were no deaths
aboard a
>passenger or cargo airliner in the United States. The last fatal crash
>that of an American Airlines jetliner in New York City on Nov. 12, 2001,
>which 265 people died.
>On the Net:
>Mesa Air Group: http://www.mesa-air.com
>US Airways news releases http://www.usairways.com/about/press/
>Charlotte/Douglas International Airport: http://flycdia.com
>A Look at Plane in N.C. Crash
>Details on the plane involved in Wednesday's crash at Charlotte, N.C.,
>killed 21 people:
>The twin-engine turboprop Beechcraft 1900D was built by Raytheon
>Co. in 1996. Such planes have a range of about 1,400 nautical miles, a
>speed of 327 mph and can carry up to 19 passengers and two crew members.
>Operated by Mesa Air Lines, a parent of Air Midwest that operates in
>of the East as US Airways Express.
>The plane had been flown 15,000 hours and 21,000 takeoffs and landings.
>FAA records show five in-flight incidents defined as having the
potential to
>affect safety:
>Sept. 20, 2002: Instruments indicate problem with a cargo door but the
>lands safely in New Orleans.
>May 16, 2002 - Lands safely in Pittsburgh after instruments warn of
>with nose gear. Investigation finds hydraulic power pack failed.
>Nov. 28, 2000 - Lands safely at Omaha, Neb., after right engine loses
>pressure and the crew shuts down engine. Engine replaced.
>Nov. 21, 1999 - Returns to Kansas City shortly after takeoff after
>warns of unsafe gear, which later proves to be normal.
>May 6, 1997 - Returns to Kansas City shortly after takeoff when a
>fail light illuminates. An examination finds a hole in EVA tubing and a
>missing O-ring in the bleed line. Both problems fixed.
>FAA records also show eight reports of lesser problems:
>Nov. 11, 2002: Leaking fuel pump in right engine.
>May 16, 2002: Left main landing gear won't retract.
>April 9, 1998: Half-inch crack found in left inboard flap.
>June 25, 1997: Left outboard flap attach bracket worn.
>June 21, 1997: Inboard attach bracket on right outboard flap worn.
>June 16, 1997: Right inboard attach bracket worn.
>June 12, 1997: Flap dovetail bulkhead cracked.
>Oct. 5, 1996: After in-flight warning, maintenance workers find four
>brittle and cracked, melted hole in EVA tubing.
>Mesa Air: http://www.mesa-air.com/index.html
>Raytheon: http://www.raytheonaircraft.com
>Federal Aviation Administration: http://www.faa.gov
>Air Midwest Flight 5481 Crew and Passenger Name List Update;
Notification #6
>CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The following is an
>updated list of names of passengers and crew for Air Midwest Flight
>Two additional names are being released with the permission of the
>One additional name will be released as permission is granted:
>Albury, Caitlin West Palm Beach, Fla.
>Albury, Nicholas West Palm Beach, Fla.
>Albury, Robin West Palm Beach, Fla.
>Badam, Sreenivasa India
>Congdon, Mark Baltimore, Md.
>Coyner, Keith Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
>Demartino, Forrest Dayton, Ohio
>Dubois, Sylvain Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
>Fonte, Richard E. Jacksonville, N.C.
>Gezzer, Gary Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
>Gibbs, Jonathan (First Officer) Charlotte, N.C.
>Krassas, Steven J. Richmond, Va.
>Leslie, Katie (Captain) Charlotte, N.C.
>Lyons, Richard R. Lynnfield, Mass.
>Pearson, Ima Las Vegas
>Shepherd, Christiana Boston
>Spiak, Joseph M. Boston
>Sreenivasan, Ganeshram India
>Sullivan, Michael Otto Philadelphia
>Sylvia, Ralph Richmond, Va.
>Air Midwest Airlines has established a special toll-free telephone
number to
>call for families of passengers on board flight 5481. The number is
>1-800-679-8215. Updates on Air Midwest Flight 5481 also are being posted
>US Airways' Web site at http://usairways.com and by the Mesa Air Group
>http://mesa-air.com .
>SOURCE US Airways
>Lockheed Martin Names Former FAA Executive, Monte Belger, To
>Systems Position
>ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Monte Belger, a former senior
>executive and Acting Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation
>Administration (FAA), has been named vice president, Transportation
>Solutions, for Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management.
>Belger will direct the company's business expansion into the broader
>transportation market, said Don Antonucci, president, Lockheed Martin
>Traffic Management. In particular, he will focus on aviation management
>solutions and intermodal transportation initiatives, as the company
>continues its airspace management initiatives. He will also focus on
>transportation security for Lockheed Martin Mission Systems.
>"With increasing demands for capacity, efficiency and security, today's
>transportation systems require an integrated focus," said Antonucci.
>Belger's leadership and impressive record of accomplishments are greatly
>appreciated within the transportation community. He brings invaluable
>credentials as we apply our air traffic management systems integration
>command and control experience to the broader aviation and
>Belger, a 30-year veteran of the FAA, was Acting Deputy Administrator
>the agency for a five-year span, from 1997 - 2002, leading the
>team and in charge of operating the world's safest aviation system.
>his tenure with the FAA he also was Associate Administrator for Air
>Services, responsible for day-to-day operations of the nation's airspace
>system, and supervised the FAA's modernization plan aimed at improving
>aviation capacity, safety and service to airlines. Belger played a
>role in assisting in the transition of aviation security
>from the FAA to the new Transportation Security Administration, and he
>co-chaired the FAA's successful efforts to adopt acquisition and
>reform. Belger retired from the FAA in September 2002.
>Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management has four decades of experience in
>delivering advanced air traffic management solutions to customers
>and focuses on systems integration, engineering design, development,
>delivery and support of Communications, Navigation, Surveillance
>systems. With its solid record of on-schedule, on-budget performance,
>company has earned the prestigious Air Traffic Control Association's
>Industry Award in four of the last six years. A registered ISO 9001
>company, Air Traffic Management employs approximately 1,300 people at
>facilities in Rockville, Atlantic City, N.J., Eagan, Minn., and
>Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise
>principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture
>integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The
>Corporation's core businesses are systems integration, space,
>and technology services.
>For additional information on Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management
>For additional information on Lockheed Martin Corporation visit:
>SOURCE Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management
>Today in History:
>Date of Accident: 09 January 1997
>Airline: Comair
>Aircraft: Embraer 120 Brasilia
>Location: Ida, Michigan
>Registration: N265CA
>Flight Number: 3272
>Fatalities: 29:29
>Accident Description: The aircraft crashed while on approach to runway
3R at
>the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The crew was instructed to slow to 170
>knots by Air Traffic Control and complied. This speed was below the
>speed of the aircraft in icing conditions, and the plane entered a spin
>impacted the ground.