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MH17

According to Malaysia Airlines, they have lost contact with flight MH17, in Ukraine, near the Russian border. The plane is reported to have originated in Amsterdam, with 280 passengers and 15 crew members on board. Multiple news organizations are reporting that the plane was shot down in an area where "the Ukrainian government has been fighting pro-Russian rebels."
posted by helloknitty on Jul 17, 2014 - 1192 comments

Way too close for comfort

Two Weeks Ago, I Almost Died in the Deadliest Plane Crash Ever How two jetliners nearly collided over the Pacific, why no one knows about it, and what it means for safety oversight aboard airplanes
posted by gottabefunky on May 15, 2014 - 67 comments

Two fatal Air India crashes on Mont Blanc: jewels and conspiracies

On November 3, 1950, an Air India flight crashed into Rochers de la Tournette (Google maps), a face of Mont Blanc, killing all 48 people on board. A second Air India flight crashed at nearly the same location on January 24, 1966, killing the 106 passengers and 11 people in the flight crew. It is generally assume that the second crash was due to the pilot mis-judging their location based on faulty equipment and limited visual cues (embedded PDF), leading to a premature descent and the death of the 117 people on board. Also on board were 100 precious emeralds, sapphires and rubies that were recently discovered, but have been kept out of sight of the public and journalists, possibly to allow the Mayor of Chamonix and climber who found the jewels to split their loot. Then there is the conspiracy theory that the second crash was caused by a collision with an Italian aircraft that had gone missing the same day, with the goal of killing Dr. Homi Bhabha, the father on India's nuclear program. This theory is supported by Daniel Roche, a property consultant by trade who has spent years collecting a ton and a half of objects from the crash sites (French article; Google auto-translation). And of course, there's the theory that the CIA was trying to silence Dr. Bhabha as he was on his way to "stir up more trouble" in Vienna.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 25, 2014 - 9 comments

Remote Niger Desert DIY Memorial for DC-10 Plane Crash Victims

In 1989, Libyan terrorists blew up UTA 772, killing 170. 18 years later, Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC-10 d’UTA created the memorial, visible via Google Earth, with the help of local inhabitants. As these photos and their captions reveal, it's a touching story and a fitting memorial. Google Maps image is here. Information about the crash of UTA Flight 772 from Wikipedia is here.
posted by carmicha on Nov 5, 2013 - 22 comments

The Sharp Top Mountain B-25

On Feb 2, 1943 a B-25 with 5 crew members crashed into the side of Sharp Top Mountain, near Bedford VA during a training flight. There were no survivors. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 26, 2013 - 16 comments

Entire KHL team dies in plane crash

A charter plane carrying the entirety of the KHL Lokomotiv hockey team crashed upon takeoff, killing 43. Several of the players were former NHLers, including the coach, Canadian-born Brad McCrimmon (formerly a Red Wings player and assistant coach), Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karls Skrastins, and Olympic Gold-winning goalie Stephan Liv of Sweden. This tragedy further mars an offseason where 3 current or retired NHL players died suddenly. [more inside]
posted by kpht on Sep 7, 2011 - 61 comments

Mental note: Don't crash into the Pacific Ocean, especially in wartime.

Louie recoiled in horror, jerking his legs to the side, away from the shark's mouth. The shark kept coming, directly at Louie's head. Louie rammed his palm into the tip of the shark's nose. The shark flinched, circled away, then swam back at him again. Louie waited until the shark was inches from him, then struck it on the nose again. Again, the shark peeled away. Above, the bullets stopped coming. As quickly as he could, Louie pulled himself along the cord until he reached the raft. He grabbed its wall and lifted himself clear of the shark.
This quote is from an article about Louis Zamperini, whose planed crashed into the Pacific in 1941. He and two other men, Francis McNamara and Russell Phillips, made it into liferafts. They would drift in the ocean for weeks. The article is by Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit. For more about Zamperini and his amazing story you can go to his website.
posted by Kattullus on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 comments

Single-engine plane crash in Austin, Texas

This morning, in Austin, Texas, a Piper Cherokee single-engine plane [was] crashed into an office building partially occupied by the IRS. It appears to be the work of an individual, but the story keeps getting weirder. The suspected person may have also burned his house down this morning.
posted by fiercecupcake on Feb 18, 2010 - 236 comments

"Stephanie Nielson: Plane crash survivor regains hope"

Climbing Back: A year with Stephanie Nielson. A two-part feature on the year following the fiery plane crash that almost took her life. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Dec 13, 2009 - 13 comments

Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson returns from an almost fatal plane crash.

On August 16, 2008, a small plane carrying a young married couple and their flight instructor crashed in the Arizona desert. Doug Kinneard, the instructor, was killed in the crash; Stephanie and Christian Nielson survived, both severely burned. Prior to the crash, Stephanie's weblog, the NieNie Dialogues, "had attracted a small but ardent following, thanks to its upbeat dispatches about marriage, home décor, entertaining and the art of raising four children ages 6 and younger." After the crash, with burns on over 80% of her body, she spent two months in a medically induced coma. One month later, she was released from the hospital (link to Stephanie's sister's blog); one month after that, she began blogging again. Stephanie's posts since then have chronicled her gradual recovery, her re-integration into her family, her love and gratitude for her husband, and, finally, on the one-year anniversary of the plane crash, herself. [more inside]
posted by granted on Aug 16, 2009 - 61 comments

Miracle on the Hudson.

The Hudson River plane landing was reconstructed by SceneSystems.
posted by gman on Mar 2, 2009 - 50 comments

Plane Crash In New York, Buffalo.

Flight No. 3407 crashes in Buffalo, New York. This, after the flight that landed in the Hudson, and all the people were saved. The Plane crash on YouTube as of now.
posted by hadjiboy on Feb 12, 2009 - 111 comments

Will it last six more months?

It's been 50 years (on Tuesday) since Buddy Holly died. He still has some rabid fans who will be celebrating his life and work, but should the rest of us still care? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jan 30, 2009 - 38 comments

twittering disaster

Mike Wilson, on a continental 737 flight, twittered his plane crash almost as it happened. See his feed starting here.
posted by sdn on Dec 30, 2008 - 61 comments

Whistleblower dead in plane crash

One of my sources died in a plane crash last night Michael Connell, a high ranking Republican "IT Guru" who was supposedly about to come forward with damning info on Karl Rove, perished in a small-engine plane crash on Friday. He had sought protection after Rove allegedly threatened him.
posted by waraw on Dec 20, 2008 - 113 comments

Go-around power please

An Air New Zealand Airbus A320 crashed in the Mediterranean last week while on an acceptance testing flight at the end of a lease. The tragedy occurred on the 29th anniversary of the airline's worst disaster, the crash of sightseeing flight TE901 in the Antarctic. Beginning in 1977, the popular one-day flights took passengers on low level flights over the Ross Dependency, with experienced guides providing commentary. TE 901 flew on beautiful, clear day, and yet the DC-10 collided with the side of Mt Erebus, killing all 257 on board. The original accident report cited pilot error, but that was only the beginning. [more inside]
posted by szechuan on Dec 3, 2008 - 12 comments

Nov. 4th plane crash

While most of the world was watching* Obama win, people in Mexico (specially in Mexico City) were busy watching news that a plane had just crashed near one of the busiest intersections of the City, killing all its passengers and wounding at least 40 others in the street and nearby office buildings. The plane, a Lear jet, had eight people on board, among them Juan Camilo Mouriño, Secretary of the Interior [link in Spanish] and at least two other high ranking officials in the mexican federal government. [more inside]
posted by omegar on Nov 5, 2008 - 52 comments

Stealth bomber crash

Wired: "In February, a B-2 stealth bomber crashed in Guam. Now we know why. And we've got video of the scene." (good stuff starts around 1:20)
posted by stbalbach on Jun 6, 2008 - 124 comments

Airliner Videos

A collection of airliner videos. Strangely absent: Barrel rolling a 707 [YT].
posted by saladin on Feb 25, 2008 - 24 comments

The Bijlmermeer Disaster

The Bijlmermeer Disaster Yesterday marked the anniversary of the 1992 crash of El Al Flight 1862 into the Amersterdam neighborhood of Bijlmermeer, "whose sordid aftermath opened up a whole can of worms relating to secret weapons trafficking and unaccountable government." Six years after the crash, an investigation revealed that the flight had been carrying three of the four chemicals needed for Sarin.
posted by frecklefaerie on Oct 5, 2006 - 19 comments

Famous people who died in aviation accidents

"Famous people who died in aviation accidents" -- notables and not-so-notables who have perished in crashes in the last 100 years.
posted by persona non grata on Jul 16, 2006 - 46 comments

It Was Called an "Impossibility" at the Time....

Anniversary of B-25 Crashing into the Empire State Building: 9:50 a.m., Saturday July 28, 1945.

posted by Dunvegan on Jul 28, 2005 - 16 comments

Everytime I Try To Tell You, The Words Just Come Out Wrong...

In the early 70's explosion of singer-songwriters, one great one's career was tragically cut short, just over 30 years ago. His lyricism, humor, unpretentious manner, and ear for a hook are sadly missed and rarely remebered these days. The recent release of archival material might help revive interest.
posted by jonmc on Jul 25, 2004 - 56 comments

The Iraqi smoking gun?

The Iraq-September 11th smoking gun? Finally, near proof that Iraq was involved in the September 11th attacks on America: a mural in the Iraqi military headquarters in Nasiriya depicts a plane crashing into a building complex similar to New York's twin towers! (Okay, seriously, are some folks so desperate to make the connection that this might become an actual story?)
posted by johnnydark on Mar 27, 2003 - 50 comments

Sen. Wellstone's campaign plane crashes in Minnesota.

Sen. Wellstone's campaign plane crashes in Minnesota. It's not known yet whether the Senator was on board.
posted by PrinceValium on Oct 25, 2002 - 163 comments

30 years ago, a group of Uruguayan rugby players traveled to Chile to play a game against a local team. Their plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. The 27 who survived the crash were forced to eat their teammates in order to survive. After 72 days in the mountains, 16 were rescued. Their story was told in the book Alive and later a movie by the same name. Today those survivors reunited in Chile and finally played the rugby game. The Uruguayans won.
posted by einarorn on Oct 13, 2002 - 10 comments

A small plane has ran into a skyscraper in Milan.

A small plane has ran into a skyscraper in Milan.  CNN is reporting that a small plane has struck the 25th floor of the Pirelli building. The skyscraper apparently houses government offices. Details are still coming in.
posted by bshort on Apr 18, 2002 - 64 comments

Singer Aaliyah Killed in Plane Crash

Singer Aaliyah Killed in Plane Crash

R & B singer and actress Aaliyah died after a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said.

I keep typing a description here. and erasing it. I don't know what to say. This is beyond awful. :(
posted by mcsweetie on Aug 25, 2001 - 71 comments

Going down?

Going down? NPR's Savvy Traveler did a bit on this site; apparently it tells you the odds of a crash on your chosen flight. Question is, do I want to know?
posted by stevis on Mar 3, 2001 - 2 comments

He relied on God...

He relied on God... Okay so now we have the transcript. And now we still haven't the slightest idea. What's with all the thumping?
posted by ZachsMind on Aug 13, 2000 - 11 comments

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