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Pilot uninjured after plane crash lands in Utah field By Kimball Bennion | The Salt Lake Tribune A single propeller airplane went down near the Skypark Airport in Woods Cross just a few minutes after takeoff Friday afternoon. The pilot, who was the single occupant of the plane, walked away with no injuries. Detective Adam Osoro of the Woods Cross Police Department said the plane was apparently experiencing engine trouble shortly after take off. The pilot turned around to try to return to the airport but was unable to reach the runway before losing power. Instead, the plane landed upright in a nearby field in some deep snow, Osoro said. Osoro said a witness who saw the plane go down called 911 at about 1:45 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct its own investigation to determine what caused the crash landing.

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MOSCOW — A passenger plane crashed in heavy fog outside of Kazakhstan’s largest city on Tuesday, killing 21 people, Kazakh emergency officials said. The crash was the second aviation disaster in the country in a month. The jet that crashed Tuesday was a Canadian-built Bombardier Challenger CRJ200 operated by SCAT, a private Kazakh airline. It was on its way to Almaty from Kokshetau, 775 miles away, and crashed near the Almaty airport as the pilot tried to land in a heavy fog. Emergency officials said there were no survivors. Yuri Ilyin, the deputy head of the Almaty emergency department, said there were no signs that the crash was caused by a mechanical malfunction. “There was no fire,” the Kazakh state news media quoted him as saying. “The plane was only destroyed on impact when it hit the ground.” Rescue workers recovered the plane’s flight recorder, according to a Twitter post by the president’s official communications service. SCAT, whose fleet of about 10 planes operates on domestic and international routes, said in a statement that the plane tried twice to land in “difficult weather conditions” and crashed during the second attempt. The company said there were 5 crew members and 16 passengers on board, including one child. President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan said in a statement that aid would be distributed to the families of the victims. “In the name of the people of Kazakhstan and myself, I express the deepest condolences to the families and those close to those who died,” the statement said. Kazakh prosecutors immediately opened a criminal investigation of the crash, in case safety regulations were violated, but it was not clear whether anyone had been arrested or charged. In late December, a Soviet-made Antonov An-72 plane carrying 20 members of Kazakhstan’s border patrol service and a crew of 7 crashed while landing at Shymkent in southern Kazakhstan. Bad weather was thought to be the cause; an investigation was opened, but no formal charges have yet been brought.

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Eight people have been killed when a small airplane crashed seconds after it took off from an airport in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, officials say. The private airplane crashed on Thursday shortly after takeoff from Angel Albino Corzo Airport near Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital, AFP reported. Luis Manuel Garcia, an official at the Chiapas civil protection service, said initial reports suggested that three adults, three minors, the pilot and co-pilot died in the incident. The Piper PA-31 Navajo airplane was reportedly heading to the city of Oaxaca, capital of the neighboring state of Oaxaca. Witnesses said they saw smoke coming out of an engine of the airplane after it took off from the airport. Operations were suspended at the airport following the crash.

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — One person was killed Wednesday morning when a small plane went down near a residential area after taking off from the Burlington airport, officials said. The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 aircraft crashed around 6 a.m. near the North Park Community Center at the intersection of Sharpe Road and Melrose Drive. The pilot, 57-year-old David Gamble of Greensboro — a LabCorp employee — died, Burlington police spokesperson Chris Verdeck said. Gamble is a graduate of Clemson University and has three sons. No one else was on board the aircraft, which was completely destroyed, according to FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. Bergen initially said the plane “crashed off the end of the runway” of the Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport, but the crash site is about five miles away from the airport’s runway. Police say most of the debris is in a softball field near the North Park Community neighborhood. “It appears that the pilot attempted to avoid residential areas,” police said in a news release. “This was evident from the apparent path of the plane and the site where most of the debris from the plane can be found.”

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Rochester, MN, USA — Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration look through the wreckage of a single-engine plane crash Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2012 near the Rochester, Minn. airport. The pilot missed the runway while landing in heavy fog at the Rochester airport Sunday evening. Rochester fire officials say the plane bounced and flipped end-over-end in a field before coming to rest on its top. (AP Photo/Post-Bulletin, Ken Klotzbach)

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A Turkish passenger jet crashed as it tried to land at Amsterdam's main airport Wednesday, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 55, Dutch airport authorities have said.

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United States civil aviation incidents are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). NTSB officials piece together evidence from the crash site to determine likely cause, or causes. The NTSB also investigates oversea incidents involving US-registered aircraft, in collaboration with local investigative authorities, especially when there is significant loss of American lives, or when the involved aircraft is American built.

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Measured on a passenger-distance calculation, air travel is the safest form of transportation available: Figures mentioned are the ones shared by the air industry when quoting air safety statistics. A typical statement, e.g., by the BBC: "UK airline operations are among the safest anywhere. When compared to all other modes of transport, on a "fatality per mile basis", air transport is the safest — six times safer than traveling by car; twice as safe as rail."

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An aviation accident is defined by the Convention on International Civil Aviation Annex 13 as an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft, which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, where a person is fatally or seriously injured, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure or the aircraft is missing or is completely inaccessible. The first fatal aviation accident occurred in a Wright Model A aircraft at Fort Myer, Virginia, USA, on 17 September 1908, resulting in injury to the pilot, Orville Wright and death of the passenger, Signal Corps Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge. An aviation incident is defined as an occurrence, other than an accident, associated with the operation of an aircraft that affects or could affect the safety of operations. An accident in which the damage to the aircraft is such that it must be written off, or in which the plane is destroyed is a hull loss accident.

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