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Anyone Ever Witnessed An Accident/incident/crash?  
User currently offlineHoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3374 posts, RR: 51
Posted (12 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 5439 times:

Has anyone here witnessed a crash or incident before? Anything from minor (Aborted takeoffs etc.) to major (Disasters).
I have witnessed none as of now.

The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
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User currently offlineMjzair From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

I once saw a plane go off the side of the runway at KPOU.
There was a pretty strong crosswind, and the poor guy lifted the wrong wing for his crosswind correction. Then just at the wrong moment, there was a pretty strong gust, and lifted him right over.
It definately thought me a lesson.

User currently offlineFsuwxman From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 439 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 13 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

FedEx 1478 (B722) in TLH, I was weather observer on duty.

ASOS... Another Shi#y Observation Station
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 5296 times:

About a year ago I saw a BA 744 abort takeoff on 27L at LHR. A couple of weeks ago I saw a BAe 125 burst a tyre landing on LHR runway 27R, followed by the go around of the next two planes on approach.


User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (12 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 5256 times:

As a school boy, I spend a free afternoon at the perimeter fence once and I was lucky enough to witness an engine failure of a Swissair DC-10 bound for TLV. Loud bangs with flames, aborted take-off and, as the runway was wet, overrun the runway and stuck in the mud.

Escape slides came out, then silence... No passengers or crew members were seen, just the plane standing in the middle of nowhere. Sounds of sirenes started to be heard, etc. etc.

That was at least 25 years ago, but I remember it as it was yesterday!

User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1692 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

I saw a FedEx DC-10 have an uncontained failure of the #2 engine 600ft after rotation off of 27L at FLL.

I also saw a Royal 737-200 come in on 9R at FLL after it lost the #1 to an engine fire, on landing she blew 3 of her four main gear wheels. She was on her way back to Canada from Cuba.
The same day as the Royal 732 I watched Delta change the #2 on a 3 week old 767-400, the gearbox was shreaded on start-up. (I also got a treat of seeing an AIA 747 bring in the new engine)

I have also seen 2 "Props" right after gear up landings.

User currently offlineTonyB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5217 times:

I was on a Singapore 747-400 which aborted it's take off at LHR back in February this year (engine problem) and was also on a Virgin 747-400 which had to abort it's landing (also at LHR) a few years back because a BA 747 hadn't cleared the runway ahead of it, although neither incident was too dramatic to be honest.
I also witnessed a Bulgarian TU-154 (VIA-Varna International I believe) crash into another TU-154 on the apron at either Bourgas Airport or Varna Airport, Bulgaria many years ago. The pilot of the VIA 154 misjudged the distance between his wingtip and the tail of the other 154 and just crunched straight into it, much to the amazement of myself and the other British aircraft spotters lined up on the airport balcony.
As for incidents at airshows, I was at Fairford when the two Russian Mig-29's collided, and also at Prestwick (1988 ?) when a Hawker Sea Fury was unable to lower one of it's undercarriage legs, so after a few hops down the runway, the pilot decided to fly out over the sea and bale out (being picked up by an RAF Sea King SAR), and most tragic of all, I was at USAF Ramstein Air Base (Germany) back in 1988 when 3 aircraft of the Italian Air Force Aerobatic Team (Frecce Tricolori) collided, with one of the aircraft crashing into the crowd. From memory around 70 people died that day (the vision of the MB-339's exploding in flames is still quite clear in my mind) - a truly horrible day.

User currently offlinePJShaw From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

When I was younger, I flew with my dad and sister from MSP to ORD. We were on a Republic Airlines plane. (That should tell you how long ago that was). I can not remember if it were a DC-9 or a 727. I do recall we were banking HARD over lake Michigan, and the plane shuddered very violently. My dad logs about 100,000 miles a year and he even got the worried look on his face. Some of the people in the cabin let out some eeeks, not screaming, but close. That is the worst for me, but I do know a guy who was on that plane that did the complete roll. I do not remember where that was, or what airline, but it was a while ago when that happened. He no longer travels by plane, he drives everywhere now.


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5204 times:

I've seen an aircraft hit by landing whilst flying over my house on a downwind leg into FZO... scary stuff.

User currently offlineKevi747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

I saw a BA 747 land at IAD with an engine on fire once. I was really scared for them, I thought it was going to crash.

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." --Stephen Colbert
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

Saw the gear-up landing by the vintage DH Venom at Biggin Hill, the same day as the fatal Vampire crash later at the same show (and the King Cobra accident the next day).

User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

I was in Sydney one afternoon last winter, Speed Bird 16 to Singapore had taken off from runway 34L. 10 minutes into flight, Craig Murray starts yelling... "Speed Bird just declared an emergency". Apparently there was indications of a potential cargo fire. The 747-400 returned to SYD immediately and made an extremely heavy landing as they had no real time to dump fuel. They stoped at the end of 34L where they were met by numerous emergency vehicels. The incident closed down 34L for the remainder of the afternoon which provided us with great shots of the Thai row boat 747-400 and QANTAS 5 taking off from 34R. Never really heard the end result with Speed Bird 16.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5143 times:

Been in one crash (glider), and at least one near-accident (massive fuel leak, crashtenders lining the runway. Tu-154).

Seen an aborted landing due to non-deployed landing gear on extremely short final (he was over the treshold before aborting, maybe 50ft up).

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1325 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5127 times:

I have seen several engine failures on take-off and have been on 4 flights (2 L-1011's and 2 L-188's) that had inflight shutdowns due to engine/prop malfunctions.
Two incidents that I observed are; first, in 1960 an EAL L-1049 at DCA suffered an engine failure during take-off below V1 on runway 33 in a heavy snow storm. The plane was ground looped and the left man landing gear collapsed.

Second, 1962 at ISP; I was in the snack bar just after signing up for flying lessons when a Beech 18 had the gear collapse on take-off. The first thing I actually saw was a trail of fire following the airplane down the runway; being used to fire fighting training on Air Force Bases, I thought initially that that was going on.
Then my attention moved forward on the runway and I saw the airplane on its belly with a couple of guys getting out in a very big hurry. Then the fire reached the airplane and a lot of flame and smoke rose up. The fire trucks arrived and at first poured a lot of foam about 20-30 feet short of the airplane. When the foam was finally put on the airplane, it smothered the fire (the fuel was leaking out under the airplane) for a moment and then the fire burned through the foam. It began to look like smoke signals with foam, fire, foam, fire, etc. I vowed not to crash and burn at ISP and, low and behold, I never did!!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1566 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

The most tragic was the USAIR crash at LAX that landed on top of the
commuter plane. The wreckage came to rest directly across from the
gate we were waiting for GA800 to arrive at. They didnt close the airport
so we watched the whole scene for a couple of hours before the plane
finally came in. To this day I can still see the body bags on the runway.
Also witnessed UA B744 land with out its nose gear at LAX when the planes
were relatively new to service and a THAI B744 land with one of its center
landing gears stuck in the up position. Also saw the Air France B742 land
after an inflight fire on take off at LAX.
Was also either fortunate or unfortunate depending on your point of view
to land the next day at DFW after the Delta L1011 crash, land the next
day at HNL after UA B742 lost the cargo door in flight, and land the next
day at OGG after the Aloha B737 lost half its roof inflight.

Cargo doesn't whine, moan, or complain
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 79
Reply 15, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5110 times:

I witnessed some small single engine plane get blown sideways off a runway with the wings perpendicular to the ground at PDK...

...straight towards us, in the little Duchess not too terribly far away.


User currently offlineFalcon Flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1354 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5106 times:

Sinlock, a FedEx DC-10 off of 27L and a Royal 737 off of 9R at FLL ? Think you got your runways confused.

My definition of cool ? Not trying so hard to be cool.
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5099 times:

While spotting have witnessed three go-arounds (aborted landing before touchdown): US 757 at FLL, AA 763 at MIA and WN 733 at PHX.

The latter incident was the closest I've come in my awareness of seeing a serious accident or disaster. The WN 733 was within about 200' of touching down on the runway, seconds from what appeared would be a routine landing when the aircraft abruptly assumed a nose up attitude. Wondering why the sudden change in plan, I turned my attention from the WN bird to the runway where a UA 737 was about 500' into its takeoff roll on the same runway on which WN had been about to land.

User currently offlineVenuscat2 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (12 years 12 months 9 hours ago) and read 5070 times:

All I've seen are an emergency landing by a Mesaba Saab 340 (I guess there was smoke in the cockpit, but I still don't know the complete story on that), and the aborted a takeoff of a Skyway (now "Midwest Connect") aircraft. I believe it was a Dornier 328 jet. They fixed the problem and made a successful takeoff shortly afterwards.

Obviously nothing really exciting ever happens around here....

User currently offlineLjungdahl From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 923 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (12 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 5059 times:

In August 1980, at ARN, I witnessed when a JAT B707 (YU-AGG) overran r/w 26 with something around 100 meters before it came to rest in the grass, with 4 blown tires on the main gear, mud in all 4 engines and some damage to the undercarriage.
It suffered a strong tailwind when passing the threshold to the runway during a heavy thunderstorm, resulting in a very late touchdown.

It was a really scary sight, but there were no injured passengers luckily.

User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (12 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

When I was at MAN the other month I saw a go around, a Dragon Air Cargo 747 had taxied onto the runway ready for take-off whilst a Ryanair 737 was on short finals and hence did a go around.

I was also onboard an Emirates A330 which aborted its take off in Dubai due to an air conditioning warning light illuminating in the cockpit. After an hour sat on the plane whilst it was checked over by engineers we were eventually on our way to Manchester.


Take a ride...fly across the sky
User currently offlineNWA319 From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (12 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

In April of 2002 i was at an airshow in California at NAS Pt. Mugu where my sister is stationed at. The Weapons Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-9 were doing flyovers with two F-14's and two F-4's. There final maneuver was where all 4 planes were flying together and one-by-one they peeled away, lighting up there afterburners. The last one to peel away was an F-4, but as it lit its afterburners its right engine flamed out and the plane began to yaw uncontrollably, they were maybe 700 feet above the ground and the pilot attempted to regain control but was unable too. The pilot ejected when he was only 50 feet above the ground and landed in the fireball, and the RIO in the back never got out. Both were killed instantly. This incedent is something that will be etched in my mind forever.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8360 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (12 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 4969 times:

I saw a Thai International Caravelle undershoot the runway in HKG in 1967 due to a severe rainstorm over the airport and the plane plunged into the water. Some 20+ passengers drowned from the crash but amazingly a friend of my mom who was on that flight managed to get out with only minor bruises by opening the right side front door after the plane sank and swimming out.

User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3036 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (12 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 4948 times:

Back in August 1998 I saw a Sabena A340 inbound from JFK skid off the runway at BRU only moments after touchdown on RWY 25L. The right main landing gear apparantly collapsed and made the aircraft turn to the right, skidding into the grass.

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Quite scary at the moment, I must say, especially when you see all those emergency devices and all those passengers get out quite fast. Luckily only few got injured while deboarding the plane...


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User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 24, posted (12 years 12 months 6 hours ago) and read 4919 times:

I've personally been in:
1. A go-around on a DH-8-100 (USAirways Express/Allegheny) at PHL; traffic crossing on the perpendicular runway (I saw it flash by underneath us.)
2. A BAD approach on a DH-8-100 (Eastern Express) at JAX; we were landing in a Level 5/6 supercell thunderstorm with an active Tornado Warning. For various reasons we could not divert or return to our origin.

I've seen:
Several emergency landings at KCLE: an ATR-42 that lost hydraulics and three ERJs on single engines. All landed safely and were towed or taxied to the gate (no evacuations on the runway.)
Numerous go-arounds at KCLE, usually on bad weather days when they're using the crosswind runway. Just after they opened the new runway, though, I saw two go-arounds because the ATC was getting used to the spacing.

So, other than that thunderstorm landing, most of my incidents have been tame.


Up, up and away!
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26 AlexG : I sat onboard QF 1 on SYD-BKK-LHR in march 2002, operated by VH-OJF. After takeoff, some inoperable radar systems were detected (which were damaged by
27 Elwood64151 : I saw both WN 737s slide off the taxiway at MCI last winter (2001/2002). I did not witness but did get an up-close-and-personal view of the HP 737 tha
28 Jupiter2 : I saw a CO DC10-10 departing SYD off rwy 07 have a failure of the No2 engine, a bright orange flame at least 50 feet long shot out of the engine as it
29 Brianhames : A few years ago a little kit plane crashed out in the ocean near our airport, killing two people inside. I didn't witness the crash. But I got up clos
30 L-188 : Haven't seen anybody actually crash one, but seen them try to. Seen and USAF 130 make a three engined landing, An MU-2 to land on one.
31 Fly_emirates : i remember sitting at my grandmother's house in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates, it was the time of sunset, and suddenly we hear this loud bang.
32 Aviasian : I was catching a flight from Dusseldorf's Monchengladbach Airport (on a Debonair BAe146) to Luton sometime in November 1998. It was a dawn flight and
33 Babaero : CI MD11 flip over on landing.Still amazing only 3 died CZ B707 at CAN aborted takeoff with gear collapse and engine ripped of. B-2012 I think Jun94 Mi
34 JBirdAV8r : I heard/saw the flash of the explosion of a Merlin that spun uncontrollably into the ground (the Hooters private plane incidentally) back in 1991, kil
35 Paulc : Mildenhall air show in 1980's - saw a meteor and vampire crash. Chicago 1989 - AA Md80 had a hydraulic failure and came in very fast and the nosewheel
36 Bucks918 : Witnessed AA 587 crash from the Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens. Had to talk to the NYPD, FAA, NTSB, and FBI numerous times, I've been quoted in a few n
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38 David : On 9/11, I was driving on West St. in NYC just above Canal St. heading towards the WTC.(10 to 15 blocks away) I saw a plane that seemed to be out of c
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40 Copper1 : 3 crashes, all at airshows 1977. Fairey Firefly of Canadian Warplane Heritage crashed into Lake Ontario while performing at the Canadian International
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42 Kevin82277 : I was flying in the pattern at an airport in Tennessee when a guy landed gear up in a Arrow I think, I really don't remember the airplane. Needless to
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