Tag Archives: airplanes

John Mangan Killed in Blue Ridge Air Show Crash

17 Sep

Update: The pilot of the plane has been identified as John Mangan.

Just one day after a devastating crash at the Reno Air Show that left 9 people dead, a second fatal accident has occurred, this time in West Virginia. The incident happened at the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show in Martinsburg. A local newspaper, The Journal, reports the pilot has been killed and suggested he might have been  Jack “Flash” Mangan.

The rest of the event has been cancelled. Officials encouraged spectators to reach out if they feel like they witnessed a traumatic event. The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. and involved a T-28, World War II-era aircraft.

Valeriy Tolmachev Attempts Hijacking On Paris-Rome Flight; Demands To Go To Libya

24 Apr


A man attempted to hijack an Alitalia flight from Paris-Rome Sunday night, but was overpowered by other flight attendants.  The 48-year-old man, from Kazakhstan originally and later identified as Valeriy Tolmachev from UNESCO, was in a “disturbed” state when he arose and assaulted a flight attendent with what appeared to be a pair of toenail clippers, according to the Corriere Della Sera (article is in Italian). He held the small knife to her throat for several minutes before he was overpowered.

He demanded that the plane be directed towards the Libyan capital of Tripoli. Thankfully, the other flight attendants and several passengers responded quickly and immobilized the man. A doctor on board the plane administered a sedative. The plane landed around 8:00 p.m. local time at the Rome’s airport.

The flight attendant was treated for minor injuries, but there were no other injuries. Tolmachev was arrested by police on the ground and taken away for questioning.

Plane Carrying Michelle Obama Forced to Abort Landing

19 Apr

A plane carrying First Lady Michelle Obama and Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden was forced to abort a landing and circle Andrews Air Force Base after an air traffic controller allowed the VIP plane to get too close to a large cargo plane.

The trouble started as the plane carrying Obama and Biden arrived from New York. Controllers knew the plane was high priority, but ordered the plane to do a series of maneuvers to create more space between it and the cargo plane. As the First Lady’s plane approached the runway, though, the large cargo plane remained on the runway.

FAA rules require planes to remain 5 miles apart to ensure safety. Due to an error at a regional airport, the two planes in today’s incident got within 3 miles of each other. That’s too close. That said, members of the First Lady’s staff were not even aware that anything out of the ordinary was occurring.

The incident comes at an especially bad time for the FAA. Over the past couple of weeks, numerous reports have emerged of air traffic controllers falling asleep while on duty. Just yesterday, a controller was fired after he accidentally streamed audio from a movie to all aircraft in the surrounding area.

Major Collision at JFK Airport

12 Apr

A really scary accident occurred last evening at JFK Airport last night when an Airbus 380 (Air France Flight 7)— the world’s largest passenger airplane— collided with a much smaller airplane (Comair Flight 6293). The Air France airplane was preparing to take off for Paris when it “touched” the smaller airplane at 8:09 p.m. You can see from the video below that the incident consisted of much more than a brief touch though.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the incident. Sixty-two people were on board the smaller plane, which had just landed from Boston. There were 520 people on the larger airplane. Both planes are being inspected after the incident.