The investigation has already concluded that the shrapnels are of a type that have never been delivered to Ukrainian forces. The Russian manufacturer has helped to make that point. Duh.
Now, Skywork is officially bust. The FOCA (federal office of aviation) intended to withdraw the operating permit on Monday, but upon agreement with Skywork, they only did so on Wednesday evening. The reason? Skywork wanted to fly home Berne's Young Boys football team from their successful Champions ...Jump to post
Merrick Garland had zero history on abortion and was unwilling to reveal his stance towards it. There was a risk of confirming a pro-abortion judge, so of course he wasn't proceeded with. Nobody needs more pro abortion judges. Uh-oh... uh-oh... in my opinion, a judge should reveal the process he wo...Jump to post
Swiss regional carrier *cough* I highly suspect most Skywork connections were international, but here we go as a tiny little country. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: This means Bern is more or less down to some holiday charters, business aviation, the federal government's airplane base, flight instru...Jump to post
Just dropping this thing here. Among many of the points are: - the British fleet is so small nowadays, that around half of the larger ships would be tied up with protecting both carriers - only 138 F-35 have been ordered to maintain the training and the operational readiness for both the Navy and th...Jump to post
When researching something about the 1964 national exposition, I got across this Swiss army propaganda film. When it came out, it was criticized for its high costs, and for the foreign expertise in filmmaking. The film was made in 70 mm - and sometimes projected in 3 x 70 mm side-to-side - and it re...Jump to post
1) Knowing the current atmosphere of Hollyweird, they will manage to show as much bashing of the Commander-in-Chief (who will probably remain unnamed in the film) as they can fit in 2 hours. Well-informed sources have told me that Trump himself appears. The scenario is the White House being under a...Jump to post
Wait? No Folland Gnats?
I've listened again to his 2008 concession speech. His soothing, conciliatory, respectful words are so prescient today, as if he could foresee the trouble we're in now. I hope those people who represent today's GOP will get a blanket ban on attending his funeral service. I wouldn't be surprised if B...Jump to post
[quote="CARST"][/quote] I have to follow up with that picture from 2007: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MartinslochBoden_040.jpg It shows the scene from the Martinsloch. The plane is not terribly close to the mountain, but it would be nevertheless a very bad place to make a turn -...Jump to post
The FOCA (federal office of civil aviation) has, after deliberation with Ju Air and the accident investigation board, enacted some changes: 1. The Ju 52 must fly at 300 m AGL or higher over non-inhabited areas, and 600 m AGL or higher over inhabited areas (this doubles the previous limits) 2. The Ju...Jump to post
For those who understand Germish: Here a report on how Daniel Knecht, leader of the Swiss air accident investigation board, has been working on the Ju 52 case. The first thing he did was asking Ju Air for a model of the airplane. And then he took this model, a psychologist and every single witness t...Jump to post
We've had this discussion already after the Germanwings crash in Spain. There are several problems, and one of them is that psychological illness only rarely means any danger. One solution is that the employer *must* provide a different, but +/- equally paid area of work when the mental illness infr...Jump to post
How does a Customer Service agent know how to start, taxi, take off in … and fly a plane like that? Flight sims. Some FlightGear planes are already that complex that you either learn to start up the airliner *correctly*, or you go the easy way and choose... "Autostart", which takes care o...Jump to post
Seeing the videos, I'm amazed how sim training enables a person to fly a plane pretty well on their first try....
" Vintage planes to fly again after fatal Swiss crash " https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/ready-for-take-off-_vintage-planes-to-fly-again-after-fatal-swiss-crash/44306224 There was an interview with the head of Ju-Air on a local Zürich TV station. He came out with the lovely statement "mo...Jump to post
Which leads me to the conclusion that it's not smoke, but simply a patch of (presumably) grass-covered mountain slope. To me, that's simply not possible. It would be a very peculiar and very bright grass slope that extends into a rather rocky and steep mountain face. It can't be a streak of bright ...Jump to post
Here is a tool to generate any view of mountains, given the coordinates of the photographer: https://www.udeuschle.de/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm We need to find out where the smoke trail picture was taken. I'm around mountains quite a lot, and I'm 95% sure that this must be a smoke or vapour tra...Jump to post
It's not a "WW2 plane" it was delivered before. How do you know the delivery date? All three Swiss Air Force Ju 52 - the later HB-HOP, -HOS and HOT - were delivered on September 4, 1939. Germany invaded Poland just three days earlier. (The same happened with several Messerschmitt 109 figh...Jump to post
Just something I picked up on Wookiepedia: In 1991, a DC-3A crashed near Heidelberg, Germany. 28 of the 32 occupants died. The plane was chartered by a filmmaker and his company; during the flight, they filmed. Causes of the accident were: - the pilots mistaking the Neckar river for the Rhine river ...Jump to post
There is a telling picture: https://ibb.co/h0T83z David Telling in which regard? Also, did the press conference mention that there was a video of the actual crash? This is a photo that was relayed to the media. I still don't know of any video of the crash. The photo was not part of the press confer...Jump to post
Results from the press conference: - airplane was intact before it crashed - it collided with the ground almost vertically and with a high speed - all persons are dead, as presumed. All victims are between 42 and 84 years old, Eleven were male, nine were female. There is a telling picture: https://i...Jump to post
Incidentally, the crash site is on the popular hiking route between Elm (state of Glarus) and Flims (state of Grisons). We can expect many more images from the crash site.
I'll stay tuned for the press conference that begins in 10 minutes: https://www.srf.ch/livestream/player/srf-1
Link to a topographical map of the crash site: https://map.geo.admin.ch/?lang=en&topic=ech&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&layers=ch.swisstopo.zeitreihen,ch.bfs.gebaeude_wohnungs_register,ch.bav.haltestellen-oev,ch.swisstopo.swisstlm3d-wanderwege&layers_visibility=false,false,f...Jump to post
I believe I've seen one of these Ju Air planes at an air show, flying a formation with two DC-3. Their slow flight and their rumble is majestic and dinosaur-like. (Those Ju 52 have de-rated engines, for noise and preservation reasons.) About the wreckage: It's peculiar that the wreck is upside down,...Jump to post
Moderators: can we please change the topic title to reflect the gravity of the accident? I support that. Perhaps the accident didn't get more international coverage because it's not a traffic flight. Ju-52, what's that? Boeing or Airbus would ring a bell with journalists... BBC News covers a Russi...Jump to post
MEA-707 wrote:There was a Crossair ARJ crash in november 2001 with 24 casualties....
If your aircraft is not supported by the manufacturer anymore, you can buy engineering elsewhere. Your aircraft might get reverted to a lesser status, and can't be used to transport passengers or for commercial flights. Well, well, but your plane can still fly. Or you could form a company that buys...Jump to post
There is still no indication about how many passengers were on board. This could well be the most significant air disaster in Switzerland since 1990, when Alitalia flight 404 crashed.
AVHerald is covering this accident:
I wonder if these accidents today were somehow due to density altitude, as we currently have a crushing heat wave, with 95°F over most of the country.
In Switzerland, today marked two deadly crashes. In a crash involving a Socata TB-10, a family was killed. Just a few hours later, in the vicinity of Piz Segnas, the Ju-52 aircraft (reg HB-HOT, old reg A-702) was involved in a deadly crash: http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/ostschweiz/story/Flugzeug-stuer...Jump to post
Well, yes, it's just a lot of work, and I believe that it hasn't ever been done. Even in an extensive restoration, think Lufthansa FW-200, you would reuse some parts. There are some vintage planes without any original parts but these are usually considered replicas. This question came up with the G...Jump to post
That airline should just begin to charge a bomb fee. Problem solved.
"I have a bomb in my luggage!"
- "Sir, that makes 30'000."
- "Well, it's a dangerous item. First. Pay. Then. You. Fly."
Oh, thanks for the correction. I hadn't Darwin's fate on my radar. The FOCA wanted to introduce a GPS approach to BRN's runway 32; this is now a bit... superfluous. It would have eased the noise concerns in the city of Berne, but it would have encroached on glider operations around BRN. It really lo...Jump to post
Oh, dammit. Bummer for BRN. So, BRN won't get better bus access in the next years. They once had a connection from Berne's main railway station, but the frequency was too low to draw passengers to BRN. BRN was always the perfect airport if you had a taxi or a company car. Perhaps Darwin and Etihad c...Jump to post
While I decry the shameless violence against people that vote, we'll never see Catalonian independence. Crimea comes to mind. There, I hold the position that any population, any region, any ethnic minority has a right to secede, but it must be done within the constitutional rules of the respective c...Jump to post
Funnily, some keen watchers have found Windows program code in one episode. Specifically, it was the reverse-engineered source code of the Stuxnet worm...
https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2017/10/3 ... mmand-line
KLDC10 wrote:In another astonishing twist, the police are seen here attacking firefighters: https://twitter.com/PaddyMcKenna/status ... 8922686464
The point of no return has passed. None of the two sides wants to lose face. With the police brutality against those reckless terrorist voters the Spanish government has lost much more than they could win. Now, the Catalans will push much more for independence. Much more. Well done, Mr. Rajoy. DavidJump to post
Oh my gosh...
Maintenance and/or engine manufacturer will have some serious explaining to do.