International accidents and incidents 1 April – 30 April 2018


Date 2 April
Aircraft Cessna 150 and Cessna 525C Citation CJ4
Location Marion Municipal Airport, Indiana, (MZZ) USA
Fatalities 2
Description A Cessna 150 that was taking off was destroyed when it collided with the tail of a Cessna 525C business jet that was landing. The pilot and passenger of the Cessna 150 were killed, while the pilot and four passengers of the Cessna 525 were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area. The Cessna 150 was departing on runway 15 and the Cessna 525 was landing on runway 22 when they collided at the intersection of the two runways. A post-crash fire ensued. The airport does not have a control tower.

Date 9 April
Aircraft Boeing 737-900
Location Osaka-Kansai International Airport (KIX), Japan
Fatalities Nil
Description Korean Air flight KAL/KE 733 suffered a tail strike accident when the flight crew were commencing a go-around due to bouncing. The plane landed safely on the second approach. There were no injuries. Scars were found on the rear fuselage 20 cm wide and 150 cm long. The scrape on the runway was 15 metres long.

Date 11 April
Aircraft Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Location 2 nm N of Atqasuk Airport, Alaska (ATK), USA
Fatalities Nil
Description The aircraft crashed into snow-covered terrain. The pilot, the only occupant onboard, sustained minor injuries. When the plane was about two miles from the airport, the pilot heard the autopilot disengagement annunciator tone sound, which was immediately followed by the pilot’s control column pitching forward. The pilot was unable to pull the control column back, and the plane subsequently descended into instrument meteorological conditions. The plane continued to descend into fog, then struck the snow-covered tundra, and nosed over.
Date 15 April 2018
Aircraft Cessna 525 Citation Jet
Location NW of Crozet, Virginia, USA
Fatalities 1
Description The aircraft was destroyed after it impacted mountainous terrain and caught on fire. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, died in the crash. The aircraft was flying night IMC and there was no flight plan filed for the flight.
Date 15 April
Aircraft Airbus A321-213
Location Zhengzhou-Xinzheng International Airport (CGO), China
Fatalities Nil
Description While en route from Changsha-Huanghua to Beijing a passenger threatened a flight attendant with a pen. The flight crew decided to divert to Zhengzhou. By the time the aircraft landed, the attempted hijacking had been stopped.
Date 15 April
Aircraft Cessna 550 Citation Bravo
Location Winnipeg-James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, MB (YWG), Canada
Fatalities Nil
Description While the aircraft was taxiing for departure it lost control and the right wing collided with the nose gear of a Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 aircraft, which was parked. The pilot of the Cessna subsequently shutdown the aircraft and exited with the passenger without injuries. The right wing of the Cessna was substantially damaged, causing a fuel leak on the apron. The left wing of the Bombardier was also damaged in the collision by the nose of the Cessna.
Date 17 April 2018 (see above)
Aircraft Boeing 737-700
Location 105 km NW of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Fatalities 1
Description Southwest Airlines flight WN1380 was diverted to Philadelphia Airport after suffering an in-flight uncontained engine failure. The pilots initiated an emergency descent. As a result of the uncontained failure, a fan blade and parts of the engine cowling and engine air inlet cowl separated. Debris impacted a window frame of row 14, causing the window and frame to break away. This resulted in a decompression of the aircraft. A passenger seated next to the impacted window died. Preliminary findings of the NTSB show that the no.13 fan blade of engine no.1 was missing. It appears to have broken away at the hub. There is evidence of metal fatigue in the area where the blade broke.
Date 18 April (see above)
Aircraft Airbus A330-302
Location Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL), USA
Fatalities Nil
Description The aircraft experienced a number 2 engine fire during initial climb. The flight crew declared an emergency, shutdown the engine, discharged both fire bottles, and initiated an air turn back to the departure airport. The aircraft made an uneventful overweight single-engine landing. There were no injuries to the passengers or crew. The aircraft sustained substantial damage.
Date 20 April (see above)
Aircraft McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Location Alexandria International Airport, LA (AEX), USA
Fatalities Nil
Description The aircraft suffered a right-hand main landing gear collapsed during landing.
Date 29 April (see above)
Aircraft Boeing 737-8GP (WL)
Location Gorontalo-Jalaluddin Airport (GTO), Indonesia
Fatalities Nil
Description The aircraft suffered a runway excursion after landing in rain and became stuck in muddy ground. Passengers subsequently deplaned through the two forward emergency escape slides.
Date 29 April (see above)
Aircraft Lockheed C-130H-30 Hercules, Cargo
Location 2 km (1.3 miles) from Sharara Airstrip, Libya
Fatalities 3
Description The transport plane was destroyed when it crashed and caught fire shortly after take-off. One of the four crew members survived the accident. The aircraft was chartered by Akakus Oil and had delivered 18 tonnes of catering and maintenance supplies.


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