SOTT Exclusive: What's going down? The latest batch of aircraft crashes, accidents, glitches and mishaps


Crash: The male pilot died in the crash on Autobahn 28 near Hatten, Oldenburg, Germany on April 12

This summary is a continuation of this list which detailed various aircraft accidents and mishaps that occurred recently (a catalogue of 54 such events over 16 days from the 18 March to 3 April).

This latest update logs 123 incidents in 27 days from April 4 to the 30 April from across the globe. (Although no doubt some reports will have been missed or overlooked.)

Below is again a somewhat dry litany of incidents by headlines (with links), but fear not, it's sprinkled with a series of arresting images and videos of crashed planes, aircraft on fire and forced emergency landings.

It's worth noting that although some sort of mechanical failures were involved in many of these accidents, perhaps more tellingly other reports yet again contain testimony about smoke being detected on board. According to this website there have been 53 reports of aircraft smoking or burning so far in 2015 (up to 29 April).

Not to put a finer point on it, what the bloody hell is going on?

April 4

Germanwings plane diverted to Stuttgart due to suspected oil loss

Helicopter exploded mid air before crashing, witnesses tell rescuers

Vehicle Incident in Germany on Saturday, 04 April, 2015 at 15:26 (03:26 PM) UTC.

76-year-old injured in Wetumpka plane crash

Small plane crashes in Orcutt strawberry field with three people on board

Small airplane makes crash landing in Arizona

April 5

Two found dead after light aircraft crash in Argyll

Vehicle Incident in USA on Sunday, 05 April, 2015 at 12:05 (12:05 PM) UTC

A Mumbai-bound Air India flight from Newark Liberty International Airport with over 250 people on board was forced to return and make an emergency landing on Sunday due to a serious engine problem, sources said. The pilot, however, made a safe landing, they said. "The flight had taken off for Mumbai at around 1650 hours (US time) and landed back at Newark (US) after being airborne for about two hours due to violent vibrations in one of the engines of the Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft", Air India sources told PTI here. An Air India spokesperson confirmed the incident and said the passengers are being adjusted in its Delhi flight. The aircraft was at a height of 29,000 feet when the vibrations occurred, the sources said. "After landing one of the blades of the engine was found fractured due to stress and this resulted in violent vibrations,"

April 6

FAA investigating two Lehigh County plane accidents

Teams search for aircraft that crashed in the Tennessee River in Colbert County

Small plane crashes near Portland airport; pilot has minor injuries

Ultralight plane crashes near C.R. 18 and C.R. 1

No injuries after small plane crash on Mackinac Island:

Police say the pilot was the only person aboard the plane, which was flying from St. Igance to the island when the plane's landing gear didn't deploy.

The crash happened around midday Saturday at Mackinac Island Airport, which was closed for several hours afterward. Police say the plane skidded to a stop.

Spectacular images from classic airshow in New Zealand show vintage planes being taken to their limits... and one being blown to bits when its brakes failed

According to the Marlborough Express, pilot Frank Parker walked away unharmed, while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair

K9 units brought in as search for missing pilot continues

April 7

Newtownards Airfield plane crash victim was 'highly experienced pilot'

Tourist Plane Crashes in Meribel

Jordan military plane crash kills pilot, trainee

Victims of West Goshen plane crash still not identified

BAF's plane crashes at Dhaka airport

April 8

7 die in plane crash returning from NCAA final


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Investigators work in a thick fog at the site of small plane crash near Bloomington, Ill., on April 7, 2015.

Vehicle Incident in Japan on Wednesday, 08 April, 2015 at 14:40 (02:40 PM) UTC:

A domestic Japan Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday due to suspected engine trouble, according to the company and local media. A pilot on JAL flight 521, a twin-engine Boeing 777 travelling from Haneda to Hokkaido in northern Japan, noticed an alarm indicating a possible problem with the right engine shortly after takeoff, according to the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

April 9

Vehicle Incident in Egypt on Thursday, 09 April, 2015 at 12:49 (12:49 PM) UTC:

A Russian passenger plane en route to Ufa made a forced landing in Egypt's Sharm El-Sheikh early on Thursday after suffering engine failure, Al-Ahram Arabic reported. The 232-passenger plane returned to Sharm El-Sheikh International Airport, from where it took off at dawn, landing at around 7am, an emergency official in the South Sinai governorate said. The plane, which also had nine crew members, landed safely with no injuries reported. Four passengers suffering stress-like symptoms were aided by airport authorities. Twenty ambulances were dispatched to the scene as a precaution. The cause of the engine shutdown was not yet known.

One man dies in sports plane crash in Hungary

Lightning strike leaves massive HOLE in the nose of plane.


It wasn't until after landing that the passengers and crew found out the lightning strike caused a gaping hole at the nose of the plane

Vehicle Incident in USA on Thursday, 09 April, 2015 at 14:16 (02:16 PM) UTC.

An American Airlines jetliner made a safe emergency landing late Wednesday night at Salt Lake City International Airport. The airline's Flight 504, en route from Phoenix to Vancouver, reportedly experienced a warning light related to its hydraulics systems as it entered Utah air space and the pilot decided to make an unscheduled landing at Salt Lake City.

April 10

Light plane crashes, kills all


The fixed-wing South African-registered plane that crashed in Mazabuka.

Vehicle Incident in France on Friday, 10 April, 2015 at 16:50 (04:50 PM) UTC

April 11

Pilot suffers minor injury in small plane crash in Campbell County

SA pilot dies in light plane crash

Hero pilot pulls plane out of terrifying North Sea nosedive with just SEVEN SECONDS to spare

Vehicle Incident in Azerbaijan on Saturday, 11 April, 2015 at 04:29 (04:29 AM) UTC

Plane crash at Cambridge Municipal Airport; no injuries reported

Melbourne plane crash: Two light aircraft collide on runway at Moorabbin Airport


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Emergency crews said both planes were severely damaged in the collision.

Indiana police issue alert on pilot missing since April 5

Pilot dies in crash of ultralight plane in western Wisconsin; cause under investigation

Smoke in cockpit forces emergency landing in Peosta:

The pilot of a small plane had to make an emergency landing on a Dubuque County road on Saturday morning. The plane was en route from California to Illinois and made a stopover in Independence on Friday night.

While West of Dubuque on Saturday morning, the pilot noticed low oil pressure and requested an emergency landing at the Dubuque Regional Airport. The pilot was cleared to land, but had to adjust his plans after he noticed smoke in the cockpit. After losing contact with the plane, the airport alerted emergency responders who responded to the scene.

April 12

Name released in Chippewa Co. plane crash

Pilot killed and three passengers injured as plane crashes on German motorway just feet away from passing cars

Small Plane Makes Emergency Sea Landing in Rio

EasyJet plane surrounded by emergency vehicles after report of smoke in cockpit forces emergency landing in Germany

Pilot killed in light plane crash in mid-north may have hit power lines

Park City businessman and educator killed in plane crash


Small engine plane crash in Idaho, 4 people dead

UPDATE: Missing airplane found crashed in Boone County farm field

April 13

Vehicle Incident in USA on Monday, 13 April, 2015 at 12:58 (12:58 PM) UTC:

A Boeing 727-200 cargo plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Fort Wayne International Airport Sunday night . The plane which had taken off from Oakland County International Airport, Pontiac. MI, at 10:10 p.m. landed safely in Fort Wayne at 10:39 p.m. The FWA called in the Fort Wayne Fire Department because of their concern for the large amount of fuel on board and the possibility of a fire. According to Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports, when the crew turned on the air conditioning system they began to notice smoke which is when they requested an emergency landing. The plane and crew of three landed safely. No fire was found on board.

Four killed as plane crashes during attempt to land at Fort Lauderdale executive airport

A 'fireball' exploded after the twin-engine plane crashed in Florida, 4 people dead

Two killed in microlight plane crash near Glen Innes

Plane crash on Texada Island


Plane crash on Texada Island

Vehicle Incident in India on Monday, 13 April, 2015 at 13:10 (01:10 PM) UTC

Bodies of 2 pilots found after plane crashes near Vancouver

Plane skids off the runway at IAH

April 14

Small plane crash reported at Sault Airport

Three injured in single-engine plane crash at Hilo airport

Plane Skids off Runway in Japan; About 20 Injured

Air France Flight 6738 makes emergency landing in Halifax

Vehicle Incident in Japan on Tuesday, 14 April, 2015 at 14:44 (02:44 PM) UTC

April 15

Missing pilot found dead in Prince William Sound

Airplane wreckage found on Tejon Ranch

Pilot Uninjured in Lancaster Plane Crash

Marine Helicopter Makes Emergency Beach Landing

April 17

Vietnamese fighter jets, pilots reported missing in Ninh Thuan

Small plane makes emergency landing on La Quinta golf course

Twin-Engine Plane Makes Crash Landing Along Texas Highway


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A plane crashed in the median of US 59 near Diboll.

April 18

Small aircraft flips over at Newport State Airport, Pilot escapes

Man taken to hospital after plane crash in Garvin County

5 Injured When Mooney Crashes After Takeoff:

Authorities confirmed a Mooney carrying a pilot and four passengers crashed just after takeoff at the Winchester Municipal Airport.

Officials said the small plane went down about 500 yards after taking off. All five on board were taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

Those with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said they were expected to survive.

The pilot told officials the plane lost power during takeoff, but authorities said that would have to be confirmed through an investigation.


A Mooney crashed after takeoff.

Small plane crashes in field after takeoff in Puyallup

Small plane catches fire during emergency landing, Titusville officials say

April 19

Vehicle Incident in India on Sunday, 19 April, 2015 at 11:48 (11:48 AM) UTC

April 20

Algerian Air Force Plane Crashes in Country's South, Both Pilots Dead

Two people killed after plane crash in Panama

Pilot Rob Pavan believed dead as authorities find plane wreckage north-west of Gympie

Pilot Totally Cool Watching His Plane Burn After Crashing Into Boat


Plane crashes into boat in Central Florida


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Tourists among 7 killed in small plane crash in Dominican Republic

Plane crash at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Helicopter of purse seiner caught fire - two crew members injured

April 21

Military Chinook helicopter lands in N. Nevada field:

A Nevada National Guard Chinook helicopter traveling from Reno to North Las Vegas made a precautionary landing in a field in Lyon County on Tuesday, a Guard spokesman said.

No one was hurt, and no damage occurred.

The landing occurred about 4:15 p.m., Maj. Mickey Kirschenbaum said.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office said the site was near Highway 208 and East Walker Road.

While traveling from Stead to the Las Vegas Aviation Center at North Las Vegas, crew members heard and smelled something they thought was unusual, Kirschenbaum said.

Vehicle Incident in United Kingdom on Tuesday, 21 April, 2015 at 09:56 (09:56 AM) UTC

Shaheen Air flight lands safely after engine catches fire

Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Wheel Fault

Vehicle Incident in Israel on Tuesday, 21 April, 2015 at 10:39 (10:39 AM) UTC

April 22

Plane crash at Fife Airport

Terror in the air as passengers start to pass-out on airliner: Pilot plunges jet into 7,000ft-a-minute dive and lands

Small plane crash-lands on busy B.C. highway


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Firefighters and police respond to a crash landing on Highway 91 in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

Norfolk plane crash: Pilot dies in aerobatics display over Old Buckenham airfield:

A "highly skilled" pilot has died after crashing in a light aircraft during an aerobatics display in Norfolk.

The man, named locally as David Jenkins, came down in the plane close to the Old Buckenham airfield, near Attleborough, at about 2.40pm on Wednesday.

He is understood to have been taking part in an aerobatics display in the Edge 360 plane as part of a media launch for the Old Buckenham Airshow.

Witnesses said the aircraft appeared in catch fire mid-display, before falling to the ground in plumes of smoke

Plane crashes short of runway in Troup Co.

April 23

Vehicle Accident in South Africa on Thursday, 23 April, 2015 at 00:28 (12:28 AM) UTC

AFZ jet crashes

Plane crash at Port Lincoln

Plane runs off runway in Deer Valley airport

Delta flight returns to Buffalo over possible engine issue

Signal was false alarm; missing plane search continues

Moment a plane touched down without deploying landing gear forcing it to skid along the runway on its belly is caught on camera:

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April 24

No injuries after plane skids off runway at Sun 'n Fun Fly-In

Lion Air Plane Cancels Flight Following Loud Explosion

Wiring issue causes CCSO helicopter to make emergency landing:

It was a frightening day for the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office air unit. A helicopter responding to brush fires in the El Jobean area started smoking during the operation. The pilots smelled something burning in the cockpit and knew they had to act fast.

We tracked down the pilots and they walked us through their split-second decision to safely land.

Both pilots touched down at Punta Gorda Airport with no injuries, but not before contacting the control tower about an emergency under the hood of their helicopter.

Military plane crashes in Syria's As-Suwayda Governorate

Wreckage of small plane piloted by Washington man found in Cascade foothills in Oregon


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Wreckage of missing small plane found in Oregon.

April 25

Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Istanbul after engine fire:

A Turkish Airlines plane returning from Milan made an emergency landing in Istanbul on Saturday after one of its engines caught fire.

Footage on NTV television showed smoke and flames coming from plane's right engine as firefighters rushed to meet the Airbus 320 as it touched down.

It was the latest in a string of such incidents in recent weeks that have forced Turkey's national flag-carrier to make emergency landings or divert flights.

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Southwest Airlines flight diverted to Denver after pressurization problem

Military plane crashes after hitting another at Mexico Aerospace Fair

Small plane makes unexpected landing at Page Field:

A small plane made an unexpected landing at Page Field Airport in Fort Myers Saturday afternoon.

The pilot of the plane tells us he left the Key West Airport around 3 p.m. He was on his way to Tampa. After being in the air for 50 minutes, the Miami Approach called him saying there was a lot of smoke coming from the bottom of the plane.

The plane landed without incident at Page Field around 4:40 p.m. Only one person was on board.

April 26

Plane carrying 187 people makes emergency landing in Des Moines:

A plane carrying 187 people made an emergency landing in Des Moines Sunday afternoon.

An Alert 2 was issued after United Airlines pilots reported smelling a strange odor in the Boeing 737 cockpit. An Alert 2 is issued anytime an in-flight emergency is reported.

The plane was traveling from Chicago to Denver when it was re-routed to make an emergency landing at the Des Moines International Airport. The Boeing safely landed at about 3:45 p.m.

Saudi Arabia: Military training aircraft crashes, killing 2

Plane crash-lands at Whenuapai Airport:

A plane has crash landed at Whenuapai Airport in Auckland tonight after its landing gear would not come down.

Two pilots safe after rough landing in Debert, N.S.

A picture of an air cadet tow plane, which was published on Twitter, shows the aircraft tipped over on its nose following an incident that occurred while landing around noon on Saturday.

April 27

Emergency landing reported at Abilene Regional Airport

Allegiant jet returns to Las Vegas after concern about engine

Small plane lands in motel parking lot

Pilot makes emergency landing in eastern Kansas field

April 28

Plane Makes Crash Landing Near Grand Mound


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Emergency responders attempt to remove a pilot from a plane that crash-landed near Grand mound.

Holiday jet carrying Brits makes dramatic North Sea U-turn after declaring 'mystery' emergency

April 29

Pilot hurt in plane crash outside Preeceville airlifted to Regina hospital

Passengers report 'smoke and fire' on diverted flight from RD:

Passengers on a plane en route from Raleigh-Durham to Newark on Tuesday say one of the propellers stopped spinning, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

"Midway through the flight we heard a loud sound," passenger Everett Cunningham told NBC Philadelphia. "I was on the left side of the plane and looked off to the right side -- the propeller stopped. People in the back of the plane reported smoke and fire."

UAL Flight No. 4882, which was carrying 71 passengers and a crew of four, left Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 2:33 p.m. and was due to land at Newark Liberty International Airport at 4:29 p.m.

But the plane had to make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport an hour and a half into the flight when the cockpit received an overheat indication and a fire broke out in one of the No. 2 engines.

Pilot suffers minor injuries in plane crash

Plane crash-lands at St. Marys airport; pilot OK:

A plane crash landed at the St. Marys airport on Wednesday afternoon. The pilot was reported to be OK, according to the St. Marys Police Department.

The plane had to crash land due to landing gear failure, according to SMPD.

Firefighters from St. Marys and Camden County are laying a foam layer as a precaution.

Reportedly Missing US Air Force Jet Lands Safely at British Base:

A US Air Force refueling jet, Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker, has reportedly disappeared off the radar over the English Channel.

The jet left Amiens in northern France at 0.05am local time and was last reported by a flight tracking website to be flying between Dover and Calais.

Fifteen minutes after take-off, at 0.20am, the aircraft fell off the tracking website and apparently off the radar.

The military aircraft, which is based at Mildenhall in Suffolk, was using the call sign QID72.

The Boeing plane is used to refuel jets mid-flight and can carry up to 31,000 gallons of fuel.

The US Air Force has not yet issued any information about the whereabouts of the plane, but the British media claims that it may have experienced an in-flight emergency over the Channel.

The Ministry of Defense said it did not have any information on the apparent vanishing of the jet.

Smoke condition on plane cancels flight at Newark Airport

Plane carrying Bill Clinton diverted after partial engine failure

Cessna pilot makes belly-landing at Montgomery

April 30

Two Survive Plane Crash In Black Forest


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The plane crashed in a large gully.

Pilot calls police after crashing ultra light in paddock near Toodyay in WA

Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in Muddy Pilot Point Field


Plane in mud.

Pilot killed in plane crash near Trinidad

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