Air France Flight 447

Air France flight 447 departed Rio de Janeiro en route for Paris and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009. Nearly two years later, there are still many questions about the crash. It was announced that the Airbus A330-203’s black box was recovered on May 2, 2011.

With a black box recovered the investigators will be able to dig deeper into the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of this flight. If you’re looking for more reading material about this flight check out:

Tragic video of the midair collision in New York city

By now you have probably heard of the tragic crash between a helicopter and a Piper Saratoga over the Hudson river which killed nine people. There were some images released at first:

HudsonHeliPiper

Now a video has surfaced on and I’ve included it below. Note that it also contains a commentary by the anchor and a guest.

Note: It is a disturbing video of the last moments of the airplane and the helicopter. Hopefully we can learn what happened and how to avoid this kind of tragedy in the future.

Video: Go Around! Go Around!

Some of you may have seen this video but if you haven’t:

crash SBH from Mo Po on Vimeo.

I think this is a perfect example of when to abort the landing and go around. St. Bart’s is definitely the place where if you don’t touch on the numbers, you need to go around.


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I believe the pilot was able to walk away, luckily there was sand at the end of the runway.

Video of a water bomber crashing in the lake in BC

British Columbia is experiencing its share of forest fires this summer which are blamed, in part, on the torrid temperatures the province has experienced.

As always, fire fighters are working diligently to put out the blaze with machinery on the ground and in the air. A few days ago, a water bomber crashed into Lake Okanagan while attempting to land and refill its water tanks. Here’s a (poor quality) video of the crash:

The pilot was able to extricate himself and survived the crash. The airplane was an Airtractor Amphibious plane like the one pictured below:

Airtractor Amphibious airplane in flight

Here is an image from the site of the accident:

Airtractor airplane sinking with rescue boat near it

All in all it was a lucky day for the pilot and it could have ended much worse. Speculators on the cause of the accident point to the landing gear being down when the airplane touched the water.

[All media via AvCanada forum]