April 10, 2015 |
THE PILOT'S last words, captured by a cockpit voice recorder, are chilling. "I can't stop it," he says as a warning chime plays in the background. "Oh, no, no," he continues, moments before a deafening crash overtakes the recording. Then, silence. The National Transportation Safety Board yesterday released a transcript of those last moments, along with reams of other reports and studies, in the Gulfstream IV crash at Hanscom Field, in Bedford, Mass., that claimed the life of Daily News co-owner Lewis Katz and six other people last May. Within that release are suggestions that Bauke de Vries and James McDowell - the jet's pilot and co-pilot, respectively - failed to perform a crucial pretakeoff equipment check of the cockpit's flight controls.
June 15, 2014 |
IT HAS NOW BEEN two weeks since a bizarre, horrific plane crash claimed the lives of philanthropist Lewis Katz, three of his friends and three crew members. Their loved ones remain haunted by a single question: How did this happen? A preliminary report released yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board suggested that pilot error may have played a role in the crash. According to the report, the flight-data recorder on Katz's Gulfstream IV showed no evidence that the pilots performed a "flight-control check" before attempting to take off from Hanscom Field, in Bedford, Mass., on May 31. The problem: The plane's rear tail flaps, known as "elevators," were in a downward position, which prevented the plane from lifting off. The Gulfstream got up to a top speed of 165 knots as it rumbled down the runway, but the plane could not leave the ground.
June 5, 2014 |
IN LESS than a minute, seven lives were lost Saturday at a tiny airfield outside Boston. In the moments before that tragedy, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilots at the helm of a jet owned by Daily News co-owner Lewis Katz aborted the takeoff and struggled to bring the aircraft to a halt as it sped down a runway at nearly 200 mph. All seven people on board, including Katz, died when the plane plummeted down...
June 3, 2014 |
Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people aboard were killed when the Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. as it was departing Hanscom Field in Bedford for Atlantic City International Airport, said a Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman. The jet never became airborne, a National Transportation Safety Board official said Sunday. Instead, it rolled off the runway and onto the grass before striking an antenna and a fence, coming to rest in a gully where it burst into flames, said Luke Schiada, a senior air-safety investigator.
November 2, 2012 |
YOU'LL HAVE no trouble spotting the double entendre in "Flight," a stunning drama featuring Denzel Washington as an airplane pilot who's at once a hero and an addict. Washington's "Whip" Whitaker is a pilot who doesn't have to be at 20,000 feet to be high. That's the obvious reference, and it's presented here with subversive nerve: Whip's actually a better pilot than most when he's found the right mixture of alcohol and cocaine. But there's yet a third meaning to the movie's title, and we see it kick in after the bravura crash-landing sequence that director Robert Zemeckis uses to open the movie, wherein the born-to-fly Whitaker makes a series of fantastic and unprecedented maneuvers to save a crippled airliner from nose-diving into the ground.
June 1, 2012
Israel gives over extremists' bodies GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - In an effort to renew long-stalled peace talks, Israel on Thursday handed over to the Palestinian government the remains of 91 extremists who had been killed while carrying out suicide bombings and other attacks. The bodies had been buried in coffins in Israel and were dug up for the transfer. Seventy-nine were transported to Ramallah, which is run by the Palestinian Authority, and 12 to the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, which is run by the rival Islamic extremist group Hamas.
May 2, 2011 |
PARIS - Investigators have located and recovered the missing memory unit of the flight data recorder of a 2009 Air France flight, a remarkable deep-sea discovery they hope will explain why the aircraft went down in a remote area of the mid-Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board. France's air accident investigation agency, BEA, said a search by a submarine probing 12,800 feet below the ocean's surface located and recovered the unit Sunday morning. The recorder is now aboard the Ile de Sein, a ship helping to conduct the probe, the statement said.
July 22, 2010
David Warren, 85, an Australian scientist who invented the "black box" flight data recorder, has died, Australian defense officials said Wednesday. Mr. Warren, who died Monday, came up with the idea for the cockpit voice recorder after investigating the crash of the world's first commercial jet airliner, the Comet, in 1953, the Defense Department said in a statement. He believed it would be helpful for airline accident investigators to have a recording of voices in the cockpit. He designed and constructed a prototype in 1956, but it took years before officials understood just how valuable the device could be and began installing them in commercial airlines worldwide.
November 14, 2001 |
Seconds before it corkscrewed into a Queens neighborhood, American Airlines Flight 587 twice rattled loudly, and its pilot complained of turbulence from a plane in front of it, a preliminary review of the cockpit voice recorder revealed. Witnesses to Monday's crash saw the Airbus A300 wobble, and they "saw pieces come from it, and then it went into a steep, spiraling dive into the ground," George Black Jr. of the National Transportation Safety Board said last night. While Marion Blakey, NTSB chairwoman, said the investigation was moving quickly, the crash's cause remained unclear.
February 4, 2000 |
Investigators found the second "black box" and pieces of wreckage from Alaska Airlines Flight 261 yesterday, as an analysis of the first "black box" prompted the question of whether the emergency procedures the crew was following triggered the fall that killed 88 people. The first "black box" - the cockpit voice recorder - was recovered Wednesday. The second "black box" - the flight data recorder, pulled from the ocean yesterday - should show the positions of the plane's controls and whether a problem with the horizontal stabilizer was merely a symptom of a larger failure that led to Monday's crash.