Sunday, April 26, 2015

✈ [Caught On Video] Airbus A320 Turkish Airlines Emergency Landing ✈

Airbus A320-232 Turkish Airlines TC-JPE Flight TK-1878 from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Damage Seen From Window
Damage Seen From Window
Turkish Airlines Airbus A320-232 with registration TC-JPE flight TK-1878 from Milan Malpensa in Italy to Istanbul, Turkey had to make an emergency landing after a failed approach on Istanbul Ataturk Airport's runway 05 at 10:22L (07:22Z) Apr-25-2015.

The flight was carrying 97 passengers and just before touchdown the Airbus A320 rolled right causing the right wing along with the engine to come in contact with the runway.

The crew initiated a go-around and then declared an emergency due to the right engine being inoperative.

The crew subsequently reported an unsafe gear indication after a hard touch down.

The Airbus still being able to fly the crew made a go-around and positioned themselves for an emergency landing on runway 35L. They touched down about 20 minutes after the accident, but with the damage seen to the right wing and right main gear collapsed the aircraft skidded on its right engine, with sparks and smoke trailing the engine.

The Airbus veered right off the runway spinning nearly 180 degrees. The aircraft was evacuated via slides while emergency services started to spray the aircraft. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage to the right hand main gear, right hand engine and its pylon as well as to leading and trailing edge high lift devices at the right hand wing.

Hats off to the crew for taking her down in that condition without any injuries to the passengers.

Airbus A320-232 Turkish Airlines TC-JPE Flight TK-1878 from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Emergency Landing
Airbus A320-232 Turkish Airlines TC-JPE Flight TK-1878 from Milan Malpensa to Istanbul Emergency Landing

Friday, April 24, 2015

✈ The Most Commonly Sold Commercial Planes 2014 ✈

With new aeronautical technologies and advances in aeronautical engineering that we see these days, the list of airplane types and models continues to grow bigger and bigger. You may ask yourself which of all the commercial airplanes in use 2014 are the ones that are the most commonly bought by aircraft companies?

Lets have a look at some of the commercial planes in the world, according to a list issued by US-based

The Top 10 Commercial Planes Sold 2014

No.10 Airbus A380

Airbus A380, the airplane manufactured by French company Airbus, went into production in 2004. The airplane is highly preferred because it is a double-decker, meaning it can accommodate more passengers. In fact, the Airbus A380 is considered the biggest passenger aircraft as of today. Airline companies have invested in this model because it is a cost-efficient option for them.

Airbus A380
Airbus A380
525 to 853 passengers

15,700 kilometres or 8,500 nm

Twin-deck, Twin-aisle

Cross Section:
7,15m (7150 centimeters)

Wing Span:
79.8m (261ft 10in)

72,75m (238ft 8in)

24,08 m (79ft)

Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.85

Max Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.88

Cargo Volume:
600.00 cubic metres (21,188.82 cubic feet)

Maximum Payload:
152,400.00 kg (335,981.04 lbs)

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
560,000kg (1,234,600lb)

Minimum Take Off Distance:
2,898.65 metres (9,510.00 feets)

Minimum Landing Distance:
762.00 metres (2,500.00 feets)

Fuel Tank Capacity:
356,000.00 litres (94,055.20 gallons)

Country of origin
Europe (France, Germany, Spain, UK)

Maiden flight
27 April 2005 from Toulouse, France.

First commercial flight 
25 October 2007 from Singapore to Sydney with Singapore Airlines.

No.9 Boeing 707

Boeing 707 was manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes from 1958 to 1979. The 707, which accommodate about 140 to 189 passengers, is powered by four engines. This model was the first one to make it to the commercial market.

Boeing 707
Boeing 707

5.000 NM (9.260 km)

Wing Span:
142,4 ft (43,40 meters)

152,9 ft (46,61 meters)

42,2 ft (12,85 meters)

Cruise Speed:
1009 km/h

Empty Weight:
148.800 lbs (67.495 kg)

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
333.600 lbs (151.381 kg)

No.8 Airbus A320

Airbus A320 is also known as the Airbus A320 Family. This is a smaller plane and is perfect for domestic commercial flights. It is built with a narrow body and its engineering makes it appropriate for short-to-medium-distance flights. The maximum capacity of Airbus A320 Family reaches 220 passengers.

Airbus A320
Airbus A320

No.7 Boeing 727

Boeing 727 was made for short-to-medium-range distance. Total number of passengers that this plane can accommodate is about 149 to 189. After improvements to the original model by Boeing, the latest version can reach up to 2,700 nautical miles. This is a plane that is commonly bought by airlines because it is perfect for shorter runways. Smaller airports, particularly the ones that only offer domestic flights, can provide better service with a plane like the Boeing 727.

Boeing 727
Boeing 727

No.6 Boeing 767

Boeing 767 is among the finest creations by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. This is powered by twin engines and is characterized by the relatively wider body. This model was a breakthrough for the company because during its production it was the only plane that had a glass cockpit for two crew members. Among the planes that Boeing has designed and created, it is also the first to have a wide-body twinjet.

Boeing 767
Boeing 767

No.5 Boeing 757

This plane is among the more recently produced aircraft by the company. Initial production began in 1981 and the company continued manufacturing it until 2004. Compared to the others, the major technological advancements of the Boeing 757 are that it has a super-critical wing design and reduced aerodynamic drag. This average-sized plane is ideal for commercial flights because it can accommodate up to 289 passengers.
Boeing 757
Boeing 757

No.4 Boeing 787

Boeing 787 is also called the Dreamliner. This is a model that brings much pride to Boeing. It was a ground-breaking event when this was introduced for commercial flights primarily due to its fuel-efficiency. Apart from that, Boeing is also proud of its creation because a big part of the body uses composite materials. 

Compared to other planes from the company, this is more economic and energy-saving, Even the engineering for the interior focused on saving power and improving the flight experience by maximizing the use of four-panel windshield, using noise-reduction techniques for the engine and a whole lot of other innovations. Boeing 787 is among the commonly bought aircraft by airlines operating international routes. Its big capacity and intelligent engineering makes it a great option.

Boeing 787
Boeing 787
210 to 250 passengers

7,650 to 8,200 nautical miles (14,200 to 15,200 kilometers)

Twin aisle

Cross Section:
226 inches (574 centimeters)

Wing Span:
197 feet (60 meters)

186 feet (57 meters)

56 feet (17 meters)

Cruise Speed:
Mach 0.85

Total Cargo Volume:
4,400 cubic feet

Maximum Takeoff Weight:
502,500 pounds (227,930 kilograms)

Program milestones:
Authority to offer late 2003
Program launch April 2004
Assembly start 2006
First flight December 2009

No.3 Boeing 737

Boeing 737's family continues to grow. The ones currently under use in commercial airline companies are -600, -700, -800 and -900 ER. Since this is among the top-sellers of Boeing, the company is venturing into the creation of the latest model of Boeing 737, dubbed 737 MAX. However, do not expect it to take to the sky before 2017.

Boeing 737
Boeing 737

No.2 Boeing 777

Main reason why this plane is a popular option for commercial airline companies is its big capacity. This plane can accommodate about 300 to 550 passengers. It is one of the best options, especially for airline companies that provide international flights. Another advantage of this aircraft is that it has turbo fan engines with the largest diameter, for better flight and movement.

A Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200 plane with nearly 240 people on board went missing shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft, has rushed a team to help with the investigation. Although the latest incident has put the American aviation giant’s 777 series under the spotlight, the model remains one of the favorites of commercial airlines around the world, primarily due to its large capacity.

Boeing 777
Boeing 777

No.1 Boeing 747

There is little doubt that the Boeing 747 should win the top spot, considering the fact that this is more commonly known as the Jumbo Jet and it is the base model of Air Force One. It is deserving of the number one position because a lot of airline companies rely on this plane. Some use it for commercial flights while others utilize the plane for cargo. Hence, this is the number one plane in the world.

Boeing 747
Boeing 747

✈ Russian Mi-24 Attack Helicopter - IKEA Parking Lot ✈

Hello everyone,

I thought this was an interesting video captured by AirMaster on youtube recently showing a Russian Mi-24 Attack Helicopter idling on the IKEA parking lot. (And yes that's the one from Rambo)

Now because there are so many variations of this helicopter I'm not really sure if it's the Mi-24, Mi-25 or Mi-35 but I did find a picture that display all the early model variations of the helicopter so maybe that can narrow down the exact model.

From wiki

The Mil Mi-24 (Russian: Миль Ми-24; NATO reporting name: Hind) is a large helicopter gunship and attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport with room for eight passengers.

It is produced by Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant and has been operated since 1972 by the Soviet Air Force and its successors, along with more than 30 other nations.

In NATO circles, the export versions, Mi-25 and Mi-35, are denoted with a letter suffix as "Hind D" and "Hind E" respectively. Soviet pilots called the Mi-24 the "flying tank", or летающий танк (letayushchiy tank). More common unofficial nicknames were "Crocodile" (Крокодил or Krokodil) due to the helicopter's camouflage scheme and "Drinking Glass" (Стакан or Stakan) because of the flat glass plates which surround the cockpit of the Mi-24.

Camera: Sony AX100 Ultra HD 4k


General characteristics
  • Crew: 2–3: pilot, weapons system officer and technician (optional)
  • Capacity: 8 troops or 4 stretchers or 2400 kg (5,291 lb) cargo on an external sling
  • Length: 17.5 m (57 ft 4 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 17.3 m (56 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 6.5 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 6.5 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Disc area: 235 m² (2,530 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 8,500 kg (18,740 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 12,000 kg (26,500 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Isotov TV3-117 turbines, 1,600 kW (2,200 hp) each
  • Maximum speed: 335 km/h (208 mph)
  • Range: 450 km (280 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 4,900 m (16076 ft)


Internal guns
  • flexible 12.7 mm Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B Gatling gun on most variants. Maximum of 1,470 rounds of ammunition.
  • fixed twin-barrel GSh-30K on the Mi-24P. 750 rounds of ammunition.
  • flexible twin-barrel GSh-23L on the Mi-24VP and Mi-24VM. 450 rounds of ammunition.
  • PKB passenger compartment window mounted machine guns
External stores
  • Total payload is 1,500 kg of external stores.
  • Inner hardpoints can carry at least 500 kg
  • Outer hardpoints can carry up to 250 kg
  • Wing-tip pylons can only carry the 9M17 Phalanga (in the Mi-24A-D) or the 9K114 Shturm complex (in the Mi-24V-F).
  • Bombs within weight range (presumably ZAB, FAB, RBK, ODAB etc.), Up to 500 kg.
  • MBD multiple ejector racks (presumably MBD-4 with 4 × FAB-100)
  • KGMU2V submunition/mine dispenser pods
First-generation armament (standard production Mi-24D)
Second-generation armament (Mi-24V, Mi-24P and most upgraded Mi-24D)
  • UPK-23-250 gunpod carrying the GSh-23L
  • B-8V20 a lightweight long tubed helicopter version of the S-8 rocket launcher
  • 9K114 Shturm in pairs on the outer and wingtip pylons

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