Federico From Belgium, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 610 times:
Plus did you any of you hear about the cessna (i think) that crashed in Lake Michigan? 3 people on board they went down to look for them and not there...I haven't seen/followed up since 6am but it was a mystery... they didn't know where the people were? weird
flying maybe the safest way of travel...but what's been going on latley is scary if you ask me to many going down...one after the other? what's up?
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 11951 posts, RR: 37 Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 593 times:
Unfortunately, the aircraft crashed with all on board - 24 - killed. It was an ATR42, although I don't know who it was actually operated by (it was a UN flight, but it doesn't actually fly aircraft). I'm not sure if the Italian Air Force (or indeed any other air force) has ATRs, so it was more than likely an airline.
As for the accident rate, while any crash is disturbing, the recent rate of accidents does not give me any cause for major concern. The Learjet crash was not a commercial plane crash (although no less tragic). The ATR42 wasn't either strictly speaking, but even counting it, it still doesn't make 1999 a particularly dangerous year.
SashA From Russia, joined May 1999, 858 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 584 times:
...yeas, dude. While the recent crashes do not influence the whole accident statistics at once, the frequency of accidents and number of victims could give some reasons for concern. As for me, I just want to stop counting how many of these fatals happened during this month...
I'm not sure about the situation in Kosovo now, but could the ATR-42 been shot down?
Pilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1378 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 582 times:
From what has been siad on the news, it flew below the glide path on approach to the airport, in fog, and hit a hill. The pictures coming through show that it did impact the hill, and wasn't shot down. It's terrible about any crash, but these people were flying to Kosovo to help the people rebuilt their lives after the war. They were aid workers, UN officials there to help others, however I don't think anybody suffered, if thats any help to their poor families.
Flanor From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 126 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 584 times:
The crashed aircraft is an ATR 42-300 with registration F-OHFV of Italian carrier Si Fly Srl. It's construction number is 012 and it had 25.000 flight hours. It made it's maiden flight in april 1986 as F-WQJB and was delivered to Si Fly july 15th 1999.
The pilot reported technical problems before the aircraft crashed.