MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32215 posts, RR: 72 Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3181 times:
A cargo plane, apparently a DC-6, of Trans(Something) Airlines, approaching Opa Locka Airfield crashed in Miami this evening. The only two people aboard surived with very minor injuries. The plane crashed just off the coast of Sunny Isles Beach (North Miami Beach), and has washed ashore. The plane is in actually pretty good condition (local news crews just showed live footage). That is all I have.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2611 times:
It's a Convair 340.
Plane ditches in Atlantic near Sunny Isles Beach
A pilot and co-pilot suffered only minor injuries after they ditched their cargo plane into the ocean about 200 yards off the coast of Sunny Isles Beach late Thursday night.Witnesses said the TransAir Link cargo plane had managed to bypass beachfront high-rises to the north before it made a graceful landing in the water at about 11 p.m.
The plane had left the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale Airport shortly before and was en route to Opa-locka airport, according to Sunny Isles Beach police at the scene.
As soon as the twin-engine plane landed, George Perez and Alex Sanso climbed out and sat on the wing for a few minutes, waving to the crowd gathering on the shore. A wave knocked them off, and they were rescued by divers from the Miami-Dade Police Department. Perez and Sanso were taken to Aventura Hospital where they were treated for scrapes and bruises.``Our concern right now is to get a plan to get it out of the water because of the fuel,'' said Sgt. Tom Hopkins of the Sunny Isles Beach police. He said the pilots estimated there were 200 to 1,000 of gallons of fuel on board the plane. The U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were contacted, he said.
No one at the scene knew if the plane was carrying cargo. Hopkins said the pilots had been in contact with controllers at Miami International Airport, but it was not known what caused them to make an emergency landing. Witnesses said they did not hear engines before the plane landed.The plane, a 50-foot Convair 340, is a 50-passenger converted cargo craft registered to World Aviation Services Inc., of 7001 NW 25th St. in Miami. The corporation, which has five registered aircraft, including a McDonnell-Douglas DC-10, three Convair 340s and a Lockheed 188C, has no record of previous accidents.
Late Thursday, the plane lay bobbing in the surf, waves pounding against the fuselage, as tourists and beach regulars gathered on the shuffleboard court behind the Driftwood Hotel, 17121 Collins Avenue. As the waves pushed the plane in, the tail broke off.Armando Flores said he was on the balcony of his Driftwood Hotel unit when he heard kids on the beach screaming.``They're yelling, `The plane! The plane!' I looked up and saw it coming around the high-rises,'' Flores said. ``It was a tremendous landing, just like at the airport.''
Staff writer Keny Feijoo contributed to this report.
Dragogoalie From Australia, joined Oct 2001, 1220 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
You know what pisses me off? I looked on CNN.com and MSNBC.com for news on this but found nothing. Has anyone noticed that only plane crashes that kill hundreds of people are carried on the big news companies? They never report on the ones that because of the pilots' skill hundreds of people are saved. They didn't report this one, and I don't think they reported on the one A340 (I think thats what it is) that ran out of fuel and glided safely to an island in the atlantic. I think that the media is too focused on trying to be a source of entertainment instead of just being a reporting service. I noticed this too when they were reporting on how Osama Bin Laden claimed to have nuclear weapons. I can recall seing headlines like "osama has nukes pointed towards US" but if one read the transcripts of what exactly he said, he said "these are used as a deterent, if the US uses bilogical or nuclear weapons, we might strike back in the same manner".
2cn From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 648 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
I don't think they reported on the one A340 (I think thats what it is) that ran out of fuel and glided safely to an island in the atlantic. I think that the media is too focused on trying to be a source of entertainment instead of just being a reporting service.
If I remember correct, it was some African airline, possibly even South African Airways.. was a 767, landed at a US Military base in the Azores.. I think it blew out almost, if not all, of its rear tires on landing, and had just barely made it.. had it been any further away, I think it would've had to land in the ocean... and yes, it had been on the news alot during at least a week after it happened.
Woodsboy From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1028 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2302 times:
Well, if you saw it ont he news, you didnt remember very much about it!
It was an AirTransat A330-300 that glided in after running out of fuel due to a fuel leak exaserbated by the improper re-connection of fuel lines following an earlier engine change. I saw it on the news the night it happened!
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2166 times:
Why would someone expect a pilot doing his job to make the national news? "This just in: today, thousands of pilots did *not* hit any buildings on their way down to the ground." The only difference in this incident is that they landed in the water - it remains to be seen why, and you could just as easily be praising a pilot who's responsible for an accident for all you know. Given everything else going on in the world, I'd call this a minor story *at best*. I'm certainly not "pissed off" that CNN didn't cover it. Obviously, a crash that involves the deaths of hundreds of people along with lots of damage on the ground is much more newsworthy than one in which the pilots were able to climb out onto the wings and wave at the crowd afterwards.
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Dakotasport From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
U didn't hear anything about the Transat 330 in the U.S. because IT'S A CANADIAN AIRLINE!! The U.S. has a reputaion of not giving a S**T about what goes on north of the border! And we're supposed to be brothers????? HA!
BO__einG From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2769 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (12 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2082 times:
Air Transat A330-243.
IN canada as the previous said, it was flooded.
The pilot was considered a hero.
Southafrican airline? WHOA!
But ya Id suspiect the US would coverage this too at the moment this happened.
If CNN or NBC didnt, until like 2-3 ddays later then Im surprised.
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