posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 03:07 PM
You probably all know of today's Caspian Airlines
A Russian-made Iranian airliner crashed and exploded in farmland 75 miles northwest of Tehran today, killing all 168 people aboard, after an
apparent engine fire.
The Tupolev 154M of Caspian Airlines came down near the city of Qazvin about 15 minutes into the flight bound for Yerevan, Armenia. The crash was the
third involving an Iranian Tu154 in seven years.
People on the ground said that the Caspian jet, a later version of the medium-range Soviet workhorse of the 1970s, descended with fire coming from one
of its three tail-mounted engines. The pilots appeared to be looking for a landing spot and had lowered the undercarriage when it suddenly plunged,
gouging a long trench, and exploded.
This is the third major crash in the last month.
Air France flight 447
came down Sunday 010609 over the Atlantic ocean. The black box
has not been recovered and there were questions about the Air Speed Sensors, indeed their fleet of Air Buses had them speedily replaced.
Air France replaces speed sensors
Air France has said it is accelerating replacement of speed monitors on Airbus planes following the disappearance of a jet over the Atlantic six
It said it had noticed problems arising from icing on the monitors last year and had begun changing them in April.
There has been speculation that faulty data on the old-type sensors may have caused the crash of the Rio de Janeiro-Paris flight with 228 people on
Investigators say that sensors on board the missing Airbus 330 were providing "inconsistent data" in the minutes before it went missing.
On Monday the 29th of June, communication with Yeminia Flight IY626
was lost shortly
after it had made one attempt at landing at Moroni International airport. The aircraft then came down into the sea resulting in the death of 153
people. The airline was strongly condemned by Airbus and French officials for the poor servicing of the plane. Although this was refuted by
Yemenia 'may cancel Airbus order'
The airline Yemenia has said it may reconsider an order for 10 Airbus A350s because it has received "no support" from the manufacturer.
Yemenia chairman Abdul Khaleq al-Qadi said Airbus had jumped to conclusions after the crash of a Yemenia plane off the Comoros Islands last week.
Without any proof, he said, Airbus had told the media the crash was the result of technical problems.
The Comoran community in France held protests in both Paris and Marseille, saying that the 19-year-old aircraft had not been fit for service.
And the French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau on Friday said that Yemenia was "under strict surveillance", and would have to make "big
efforts" to avoid being placed on an EU blacklist of airlines banned from entering Europe.
Yemenia, however, says that bad weather - strong winds and high seas - was the more likely cause of the crash of flight IY626.
I cannot recall such a tragic succession of air crashes. It makes me think that the recession is biting hard on airlines. For some, especially for the
lesser carriers, cutting back on the stringent but costly maintenence required might be one way of saving a bit of cash.
Just something to think about if you're booking a flight in a developing country, or with a less popular airline.
I would spread the word too. Just in case!
[edit on 15-7-2009 by kiwifoot]