Posted tagged ‘FAA’

Explosion, Fire Rock San Bruno

September 9, 2010

All of the news channels here in the Bay Area are tuned to a massive fire which was apparently caused by a natural gas explosion in a residential neighborhood of San Bruno, a suburb of San Francisco.

Witnesses are reporting that a loud explosion was felt just before the flames erupted around 6 p.m.

Live coverage can be found on KPIX.

From the Associated Press:

The fire is burning in the town of San Bruno a few miles from San Francisco International Airport, prompting speculation it was sparked by a plane crash. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency has no record of a crash. Spokesmen for local airports also said they knew of no missing planes.

Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility company that serves the San Francisco Bay area, is looking into the possibility of a natural gas explosion but had no additional information, said spokesman J.D. Guidi.

Live footage on KPIX-TV showed at least a dozen homes destroyed, with flames reaching as high as 60 feet in the air as the fire fueled itself on the burning homes. Planes and helicopters flew over the neighborhood dumping water in an effort to stanch the flames.

From KPIX:

San Bruno Fire Chief Dennis Haag told CBS 5 that he believes a high pressure gas line blew just after 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

Pacific Gas and Electric is looking into the possibility of a natural gas explosion but had no additional information, said spokesman J.D. Guidi.

Live footage from Chopper 5 showed at least a dozen homes destroyed, with flames reaching as high as 60 feet in the air as the fire fueled itself on the burning homes. Planes and helicopters flew over the neighborhood dumping water in an effort to stanch the flames.

A person who answered the phone at Seton Medical Center in nearby Daly City but did not want to give her name said the hospital was on a triage alert because of people being brought to the hospital with injuries caused by the fire. She could provide no details about the number of injured people.

Alaska Airlines Plane Hit By Bird

August 31, 2010

A bird struck the fuselage of an Alaska Airlines plane departing from Los Angeles International Airport yesterday, but the aircraft managed to land safely.

Flight 707 with 159 passengers on board, returned safely to the airport.

From CNN:

The bird hit the plane above the windshield shortly after it took off Monday evening from Los Angeles International Airport en route to Vancouver, British Columbia, said Mike Fergus of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane was 1.5 miles off the runway, Fergus said.

Plane Hits Florida Home

May 16, 2010

According to local authorities, a small plane has crashed into a house in Clearwater, Florida,  but nobody in the home was injured.

From the Associated Press:

A Clearwater city spokeswoman says the plane hit the roof of one house and landed in the backyard.

Three people were on board, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said several people were inside the home at the time, but none were injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a Piper PA-46 that departed from Clearwater Airpark.

No-Fly List Policy About to Change?

May 7, 2010

It appears that the the Department of Homeland Security may be changing its no-fly list update policies.

The change is due to the fact that the suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing, Faisal Shahzad, was allowed to board a plane despite his name being on the no-fly list.

From CNN:

Faisal Shahzad, who has been charged in connection with the attempted bombing in Times Square, was able to board Emirates Flight 202 late Monday despite being put on a no-fly list earlier in the day. He made his reservation by phone as he drove to the airport just hours before the flight, investigators said.

When he paid for his ticket in cash at the ticket counter, the airline had not refreshed its information so his name did not raise any red flags, a senior counterterrorism official told CNN.

Children Direct Traffic at JFK Airport

March 3, 2010

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating five transmissions from the control tower at JFK Airport where tapes demonstrate that the child of an air traffic controller directed planes on a runway.

I understand that it was just in fun and that the kids only said a few words, but seriously? This definitely gets a WTF?!?!

From NBC News:

An air traffic controller at one of the nation’s busiest airport was suspended after his young son was permitted to give radio instructions to pilots. NBC News has learned the controller at Kennedy Airport brought his daughter into the tower the next night.

The man’s daughter communicated with pilots twice, NBC News’ Tom Costello reports.

His young son had several quick exchanges with pilots. The recorded clips were played repeatedly across a variety of news outlets on Wednesday.

“This lapse in judgment not only violated FAA’s own policies, but common sense standards for professional conduct. These kinds of distractions are totally unacceptable,” FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said in a statement. “This kind of behavior does not reflect the true caliber of our work force.”

Small Jet Crashes Near Chicago

January 5, 2010

The pilot and co-pilot of a small cargo jet were killed when their aircraft crashed short of the runway while landing at an airport in near Chicago earlier today.

From CNN:

The Learjet 35A was on its final approach into Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Illinois, when it went down about 1:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reported. The plane crashed into a forest preserve about a mile south of the runway and ended up in a river, said Jay Reardon, the head of a multi-agency firefighting task force that responded to the crash.

The two-man crew was found dead at the scene, Reardon said. No emergency was declared before the crash.

“To our knowledge, everything appeared normal up until the aircraft was reported down by the tower at Chicago Executive Airport,” Reardon said.