Federal Aviation Administration
A recent aviation accident near Panacea has claimed the lives of two people and seriously injured a third. Investigators report that the accident involved a helicopter, which crashed in a heavily wooded and swampy area near the airport in Panacea. In a statement, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office said that the crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. and claimed the life of the pilot, a 53-year-old Tallahassee man, and one of his passengers, a 49-year-old man also from Tallahassee. A 45-year-old Tallahassee woman, who was a passenger on the helicopter, was injured in the crash and transported by medical helicopter to a Tallahassee hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Aerolinas Argentinas Airlines flight #1304 had just arrived at Miami International Airport from Buenos Aires and was on the taxiway heading to its arrival gate when one of its wings clipped the rear of Air France flight #695 that was boarding to take off for Paris. The incident occurred on Jan. 17 around 5:45 p.m. Fortunately, no one on board either aircraft was hurt in the incident, but MIA officials expected a full Federal Aviation Administration investigation to determine how it happened. There were 240 on board the Aerolinas Argentinas flight and an unknown number of passengers on the Air France flight when the incident occurred.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) officials are investigating a recent Florida aviation accident near Winter Haven that killed the pilot and his passenger. Accident investigators say that a 60-year-old Zephyrhills woman and a 61-year-old Inverness man were the only two people aboard an ultralight aircraft when it crashed. They say that the pilot of the Airborne Windsport experimental aircraft was performing touch-and-go maneuvers when the aircraft hit the ground, flipped and skidded nearly 200 feet before stopping. Early indicators suggest there was a gust of wind that may have contributed to the pilot losing control of his aircraft.
Accident investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report that no one was injured in a recent aviation accident at Orlando Sanford International Airport. They say that the small, single-engine aircraft crashed into a ditch after veering off the runway around 10 a.m. one recent morning. The FAA’s investigation is still ongoing, and the agency has not yet determined the cause of the crash, but investigators said that the aircraft sustained minor damage. This aviation accident is the second to occur in Florida in as many weeks. A single-engine aircraft recently had to make an emergency landing in the median of Interstate 75 near Tampa after experiencing engine problems. Orlando aviation accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been monitoring developments in both accidents very closely, as recent trends suggest poor aircraft maintenance may be contributing factors.