This was taken in Saint Barths. The runway is pretty short, stuck between the beach and a hill. When the aircraft is coming in for a landing it has to go over the hill I am standing on. You can pretty much reach out and touch the wheels as the aircraft is coming in. The aircraft then has to swiftly dive, land on the runway and quickly break to avoid taking a swim and having to deploy the life rafts. You can also walk directly onto the beach and stand right at the edge of the runway and watch aircraft taking off; It is a pretty neat experience.
Foxtrot Alpha;by Tyler Rogoway
One of America’s biggest (both figuratively and literally) flying icons has never made it to America’s biggest air show, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh Wisconsin, until this year. The reason why? The B-52’s wing-mounted outrigger wheels are set apart almost as wide as the width of Oshkosh’s main runway, making landing there an even trickier affair than it already is in the B-52. The B-52H Stratofortress is a quarter of a million pound aluminum Cold War era pterodactyl, and its the first-of-its-kind landing and the Stratofortress’s subsequent presence at AirVenture will coincide with the B-52’s 60th anniversary of military service, a milestone that the U.S. Air Force and Boeing are very proud of… read more at http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/b-52-makes-challenging-landing-to-visit-oshkosh-on-hist-1719206718
Ellen Braith – The Guardian
Authorities in Washington state say 16-year-old was picked up by motorist two days after a Beech A35 light aircraft carrying three people went down in mountains
A US teenager survived a plane crash in the craggy, thickly forested mountains of north-central Washington state, then emerged from the wilderness after hiking “for a couple of days” and was picked up by a motorist who drove her to safety, authorities have said.
But Autumn Veatch reported that her two step-grandparents, who were also on board, died in the accident, Sheriff Frank Rogers of Okanogan County said.
Family members alerted authorities when the Beech A-35 light plane failed to complete its flight from Kalispell, Montana, to Lynden, Washington, on Saturday afternoon. Rescuers narrowed down a search area based on cellphone data and typical flight patterns. But there was no sign of the aircraft or its occupants until Autumn, 16, followed a trail to Highway 20, near the east entrance to North Cascades national park.
Autumn told authorities that the plane crashed and caught fire after flying into a bank of clouds. She stayed at the crash site for a day and her father told reporters that Autumn tried to pull her step-grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, from the plane with no success.
A motorist picked her up on Monday afternoon and drove her 30 miles east to a general store in Mazama, where employees called 911. The Aero Methow Rescue Service sent a paramedic team to check her out before she was taken to a hospital in Brewster for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries, said Cindy Button, director of services at the organisation.
You can read the rest of the story at http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/14/teenage-girl-survives-us-plane-crash-and-walks-for-days-to-safety
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Feds: Plane in deadly Alaska crash had safety technology
By RACHEL D’ORO | Associated Press – 22 hours ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A sightseeing floatplane that crashed in a mountainous area in southeast Alaska, killing all nine people on board, was equipped with technology to provide detailed information about the terrain, according to a federal accident report released Tuesday.
The preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board also said the June 25 crash occurred in conditions of reduced visibility. However, it drew no conclusions about the cause of the crash.
The deHavilland DHC-3 Otter turboprop crashed on a steep cliff about 25 miles from Ketchikan, killing the pilot and eight cruise ship passengers. The excursion was sold through the cruise company Holland America and operated by Ketchikan-based Promech Air.