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According to a police officer, yesterday’s heavy monsoon rains hindered recovery efforts at the site of an Airblue A321 plane crash which killed all 152 people on board in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The tragic accident happened on Wednesday. Airblue’s A321 crashed into a steep and heavily-wooded hillside in Islamabad shortly before it was due to land after a flight from the southern port city of Karachi. Thick fog and heavy rain are believed to be the cause for the accident, and this could also damage or wash away evidence.
The crash site of the tragic accident
Deputy Inspector-General Bin Yameen said the operation to recover the remains of victims is temporarily suspended due to the heavy rain. Accessing the site was difficult which leads to complicating salvage efforts. ”We are waiting for the rain to stop. In such weather, neither helicopters can fly nor rescue workers move up easily,” he said adding ”We may give it a try but it seems very difficult to carry out such operation in difficult terrain.”
Senior Civil Aviation Administration officer Ayaz Jadoon said that investigators were trying to probe into the causes of the accident. ”They’re going through records and documents, though they couldn’t go up because of bad weather,” he said, adding the plane’s flight data recorder has yet to be recovered.
The control tower at the airport was also under investigation, and radio traffic between the plane and the tower was being examined.
Late last Wednesday, the federal information minister said rescue workers were able to recover 115 bodies during a day-long operation at the hard-to-access site.
Some people gathered at the city’s main Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital to possibly identify bodies of relatives. The Pakistani government declared yesterday as a day of mourning for the victims.
This Airblue A321 crash is seen to be the worst aviation accident on Pakistani soil.
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Last Wednesday, an Airblue Airbus A321 passenger jet crashed in Islamabad, Pakistan killing all 152 on board.
The plane went down in a wooded area near the Pakistani capital. Imatiaz Elahi, chairman of the Capital Development Authroity in India, said “It is a great tragedy, and I confirm it with pain that there are no survivors.”
The airplane was said to have left Karachi in southern Pakistan at 07:45 local time. The Pakistani Airline Pilot Association said the plane had apparently deviated off course as it tried to avoid bad weather. Airbus said it would offer assistance to the Pakistani government in further investigating the accident. An airline spokesman said the pilot did not issue any distress call, and there were no known technical issues with the A321.
The Associated Press (AP) reports that local television showed wreckage from the crash hanging from the trees and scattered across the ground, and there was visible evidence of a post-crash fire. The Pakistani Army was sending troops to assist in the search.
So far, AP have updated that at least 45 bodies have been recovered from the crash site. The spokesman for the Capital Development Authority, Ramzan Sajid, has told AP that rescuers continue to search the wreckage in order to recover bodies. The Capital Development Authority has a group that responds to emergency situations.
The only earlier recorded accident for Airblue which is a carrier that began flying in 2004, was a tail strike in May 2008 at Quetta airport by one of the airline’s Airbus A321 jets. There were no casualties and damage was minimal, according to the US-based Aviation Safety Network.
The Airbus A320 family of medium-range jets is one of the most popular worldwide, with about 4,000 jets delivered since deliveries began in 1988.
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Last Tuesday, a Lufthansa cargo plane crashed at the Saudi capital’s Riyadh airport leaving no major casualties according to the airline and Saudi’s civil aviation authorities.
A spokesman for the General Authority of Civil Aviation said ”Two crew members were taken to hospital to undergo treatment for minor injuries. The firefighters have contained the fire.” Lufthansa Cargo said in a statement ”The two pilots exited the plane using emergency escape slides.” There were no other crew members on board the cargo plane.
An airport official said the plane veered off a runway on landing, adding ”It did not stop until the Royal Terminal runway. Soon after smoke started to emerge, followed by a fire.”
The MD-11 freighter carrying an 80-tonne load crashed as it was arriving in Riyadh, Lufthansa Cargo said. The MD-11, which has been heavily damaged, was on its way from Frankfurt to Hong Kong via Riyadh and Sharjah. Europe ‘s biggest cargo carrier said it was sending a team of experts to Riyadh to help investigate the cause of the crash.
Authorities have secured the crash site.
The MD-11 is a medium to long-range wide body aircraft based on the DC-10. It has a two-crew cockpit and most airlines have converted their MD-11s to freighters.
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Many times have helicopters, fighter planes and other aircraft were used to film movies. Many times have they also appeared or “starred” in these. Here are a few recently shown movies wherein planes were used to add more zing to the moving pictures.
The A-Team movie poster
Directed by Joe Carnahan, The A-Team action film adapted from the popular TV series wouldn’t be a total testosterone-packed movie without the explosions, armament, and cool modes of transportation. An F-22 Raptor destroyed a medical chopper. Unmanned aircraft were CGI-produced. Ground vehicles like a GMC Vandura van and military tanks (unfortunately used in the air, too, thanks to parachutes) were used.
There are talks about the well-received 2010 movie Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan with Leonardo DiCaprio as the main character, using a Boeing 747 passenger jet. Others think it was a Qantas A380 aircraft. Some claim it could have been an NZ aircraft. At the near-end of the film, Leo and his crew board the business-class to do their bidding. The nose seemed like a B747 but issues about the futuristic seats led to being vaguely similar to the seats of an NZ aircraft. It’s still a mystery at this moment but some planes need to be modified when shooting movies.
Inception movie poster
The Losers movie poster
Another adaptation this time from a comic book is the action film directed by Sylvain White called The Losers. A chopper was used but I’m not sure what kind of helicopter it is yet since I have not yet seen this movie and it was hard to judge based on the trailer. I tried researching it online but to no avail. Can anyone tell me? Just leave a comment.
Movie still from The Losers film
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Developed by the History channel, Take a Veteran to School Day is a national program wherein veterans are invited to share their war stories to students and receive gratitude for their service.
The program was launched in 2007 and thousands of schools have participated ever since.
Schools which haven’t participated yet can register at History channel’s site. A quote from the site states ”From the Greatest Generation to the latest generation, let’s support our vets!” This project truly upholds the heroic deeds our war veterans did.
Here’s a link to the videos of the project uploaded at History channel’s website: via Take A Veteran To School Day Video — History.com.
Also, what better way to thank these war veterans than gifting them with wonderful model airplanes only from Warplanes? Visit us at http://www.warplanes.com/!
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Delta Airlines Boeing 767 aircraft
Pylons of 138 Boeing 767 aircraft will undergo inspection as ordered by U.S. aviation regulators. Pylons attach the plane’s engines to the wings to reduce the threat of cracking.
Now a requirement, inspections are to be conducted after 8,000 flights rather than 10,000 flights. The examinations must be done within 400 flights, or 90 days, whichever occurs later, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement last Wednesday.
The Chicago-based plane maker said last month that it was suggesting more frequent pylon inspections after mechanics at AMR Corp’s American Airlines discovered cracks on one jet. Pylon failure can cause an engine to fall from the wing where it is attached.
The FAA is also requiring pylon inspection after 400 flights instead of 1,500 flights. According to FAA, the inspections will cost carriers about USD$47,000.
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The National Transportation Safety Board determined that damage to an engine pylon as it was reattached to a plane at American’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, maintenance facility contributed to the crash of an American DC-10 in Chicago on May 25, 1979. All 271 people onboard along with two people on the ground were killed. The crash occurred shortly after takeoff. Sections of an engine pylon came off the plane, allowing the left engine to fall off, cutting critical control lines and causing the DC-10 to roll on its back before hitting the ground. It was noted to be the worst single plane crash in America.
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Various aircraft have starred in movies and TV shows, but MTV addicts surely know that some aircraft have also appeared in different music videos. Here’s a few of the aircraft which guest-starred to singing sensations’ music vids.
The Backstreet Boys logo magically appears on the plane in the later part of the video
Previous Backstreet Boys’ groupies may remember (or not) that a Boeing 727 aircraft have appeared in their ”I Want It That Way” music video wherein the aircraft served as the perfect background while fans squealed their hearts out to the five dancing and singing members of the boy band. The aircraft bore the band’s name though it is said to have been digitally placed. The boy band left their fans and got on the plane at the end of the video. Wonder if the plane would squeal, too, if it could?
Being the funny guys that they are, members of Blink 182 did a spoof of the Backstreet Boys’ and other pop stars’ music videos in their “All the Small Things” music video. Instead of a 727, they had a Cessna aircraft.
Ex-mouseketeer Britney Spears had a futuristic-looking plane in her ”Toxic”video. We are not sure what aircraft it was inspired from but it looked like a cross between a jet fighter and a passenger jet.
Front-view of the futuristic aircraft in Britney Spears' music video
A song entitled ”Airplanes” by rapper B.O.B. featuring Paramore’s Hayley Williams recently came out. Although its titled as such, the song doesn’t really pertains to the topic of airplanes and the music video did not feature any airplane.
(And yeah, coincidentally all the featured singers’ names start with the letter B.)
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Canada’s main opposition Liberal Party condemned yesterday, a multibillion-dollar government plan to buy a fleet of new F35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp.
Liberal industry spokesman Marc Garneau said there was no need to make an announcement now and questioned why the government would offer a sole-source contract.
The Conservative government said in May 2008 that it planned to buy 65 of Lockheed’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The F-35s would replace Canada’s aging CF-18s, which are scheduled to reach the end of their working lives in 2017-20. In the 1980s, Canada bought 138 CF-18s and has refurbished 80 of them.
“A future Liberal government will put on hold this … contract,” expressed Garneau. “Competition guarantees the best value for Canadians.”
The Joint Strike Fighter program is being funded by the United States, Canada, Turkey, Britain, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands.
“Contrary to Liberal myths, this was a competitive process. Canada participated in an extensive and rigorous competitive process where two bidders developed and compete prototype aircraft,” said a spokesman for Defense Minister Peter MacKay.
“Participation in the JSF program has allowed the Department of National Defense and Canadian industry to be part of a cutting-edge international military program.”
The JSF is set to be the world’s costliest arms acquisition program, priced at more than $300 billion for the United States alone. The United States is scheduled to buy more than 2,400 of the planes.
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Last Thursday, Boeing announced that issues about its 787 Dreamliner flight tests could delay first delivery of the anticipated aircraft into the first part of 2011. Still, the company expects an uptick in new plane demand over the next two decades.
787 program General Manager Scott Fancher said Boeing have not yet decided if the first delivery to Japan’s All Nippon Airways will be moved to a later date. Presently, the first delivery is scheduled by the end of this year.
Fancher stated “We’ve seen some issues recently that have pushed our schedule margin a bit.” The issues relate to “instrument configuration” and inspection work. He also said the possible delay is not related to plane operations. “We wanted to give a little bit of a cautionary note that things could push into the first part of next year,” Fancher said. “Our schedule still shows delivery for the end of the year.”
The 787 is already behind its original schedule for more than two years. Production of the plane was delayed five times in three years. The first flight was postponed six times because of parts shortages, design problems and a two-month strike at Boeing’s factory in 2008.
Boeing temporarily stopped flying its test 787s last month after identifying a problem affecting the horizontal tail.
Boeing also announced last Thursday that it has chosen North Charleston, South Carolina, as the location to build a new facility to make parts for the Dreamliner’s interior. Construction is expected to begin in this year’s fourth quarter.
Maiden flight of the 787 Dreamliner
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The military already has enough large transport planes and the appropriation of any more in the next budget year will force some into premature retirement, Defense Department officials told a congressional panel last Wednesday.
“We have enough C-17s,” Mike McCord, principal deputy undersecretary of defense (comptroller), said.
Senators Thomas Carper and John McCain said that the C-17, in addition to the C-5, has been critical to airlift in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, they said, the military’s current fleet of 223 C-17s and 111 C-5s is more than enough airlift capability for years to come. Air Force Maj. Gen. Susan Y. Desjardins, director of strategic plans for Air Mobility Command, and Alan Estevez, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for logistical and materiel readiness agreed with the leaders’ view.
A department study that concluded in February was consistent with two other studies that found that the current fleet is sufficient “even in the most demanding environments” to take the military through 2016, McCord said. The oldest plane in the transport fleet, Lockheed’s C-5A Galaxy, will be viable until 2025, and the fleet as a whole should last until 2040, he said.
The department has not requested C-17s since the fiscal 2007 budget, yet Congress has added them every year since, spending about $1.25 billion on C-17s that they don’t really need, according to McCord.
The defense secretary has made that case to Congress, and President Barack Obama has promised to veto any legislation that provides for more C-17s.