Aviation Accidents and Incidents

Pilot error, mechanical failure behind New Zealand skydiving crash

Pilot error or mechanical failure were the most likely causes of a 2010 plane crash in New Zealand in which nine people died, a coroner found yesterday. The Fletcher FU24 crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off on September 4, 2010, near the Fox Glacier on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, in the nation's worst air accident since 1993.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 3:31am

Investigators look into unauthorised take-off

Japanese aviation authorities are investigating an unauthorised take-off of a China Eastern Airlines jetliner heading from Osaka to Shanghai on Monday. The airline is also conducting an investigation.

The Airbus A330, flight number MU616, allegedly took off without receiving clearance from the tower at Kansai international airport, Kyodo News website reported.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Death on the streets of Tripoli keeps journalists trapped in hotel

Confined to their hotel like prisoners, journalists trapped in the heart of the fighting for the Libyan capital, Tripoli, are still trying to get their stories to the outside world.

But it's not easy. They cannot even put their heads out of the window for fear of being hit by a sniper's bullet.

25 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande Profile Books

Rocker David Lee Roth was notorious for insisting that Van Halen's contracts with concert promoters contain a clause specifying that a bowl of M&Ms had to be provided backstage, but with every single brown candy removed, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation to the band.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Independent bureau can speed up accident probes

Hong Kong urgently needs an independent bureau to investigate under one roof sea, air and road accidents. It is, for example, unacceptable that it could take a year before the release of the final report into the incident in which a Macau-bound helicopter was forced to ditch in Victoria Harbour.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Recent deadly crashes

November 21, 2004: Some 54 people are left dead after a plane crashes shortly after take-off at Baotou , Inner Mongolia

May 25, 2002: A passenger plane heading from Taipei to Hong Kong disintegrates in mid-flight over the sea near Penghu county, Taiwan, killing 225

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

the five Ws

Your primer to an issue in the news


A budget airliner One-Two-Go crashed at the Thai Island resort of Phuket, killing 90 people.


How many people were on the plane? There were 123 on board - 78 were foreigners.


19 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Indonesian plane crash


What happened? A Garuda Boeing 737 plane crashed in Indonesia and 22 people were killed. It was on a flight from the country's capital, Jakarta.


The plane crashed on landing at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta (440 kilometres southeast of Jakarta), a popular tourist destination on the island of Java.


13 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Army plane crashes in Guangdong

A military aircraft crashed yesterday outside the Guangdong city of Jiexi after a mid-air explosion, but the pilot escaped in time, according to a witness.

Guangdong Television confirmed the accident last night and said the pilot was safe. It did not give further details.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Spirits soar after chopper crash recovery

Lily Fenn Kar-bak, Hong Kong's only female helicopter and fixed-wing pilot, was back at work yesterday 21/2 months after being injured in a helicopter crash - and with a nice Christmas present on the way.

6 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


Akihisa Yukawa was a managing director of Sumitomo Bank when he died at the age of 56 on June 12, 1985.

His body was discovered some distance from the wreckage of the plane, and on previous visits his family has left personal mementoes at the site: a bottle of his favourite whisky, a small Union Jack flag and the cover of his daughter Diana's first CD.

12 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Road deaths top list of accidents

Mainland traffic mishaps killed over 107,000 in 2004

Road and work-related accidents killed 136,755 people last year, officials said yesterday.

Casualties caused by traffic accidents reached 107,077 - up 1.78 per cent from 2003 - said Huang Yi, spokesman for the State Administration of Work Safety.

18 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

No evidence of aircraft sabotage discovered

But investigators still trying to uncover cause of Inner Mongolia plane crash

Investigators searching through the wreckage of a passenger plane in Inner Mongolia say they have failed to find any evidence of a deliberate attempt to blow up the aircraft.

23 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Cathay investigates autopilot mishap

Airline examines how a Boeing 747 strayed off course approaching Chek Lap Kok

Cathay Pacific is investigating how one of its jumbo jets strayed off course as it came in to land at Chek Lap Kok when the autopilot was disengaged, apparently without the pilots realising.

15 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In a report on Page 1 yesterday, the photographs used to show the type of aircraft involved in the Russian plane crash were carrying the Aeroflot livery. We wish to clarify that the crashed planes were from two other Russian airlines, as identified in the report, and were not associated with Aeroflot.

27 Aug 2004 - 12:00am