Entries in Plane Crash (3)


Facebook COO Was Supposed to Take Plane that Crashed in San Francisco

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) – Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg was originally supposed to have been on the Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday afternoon, Sandberg announced in a Facebook post.

“My family, colleagues Debbie Frost, Charlton Gholson and Kelly Hoffman and I were originally going to take the Asiana flight that just crash-landed. We switched to United so we could use miles for my family's tickets,” She explained. “Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.”

Sandberg also said that her friend David Eun, a well-known tech executive and Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics, was on the Asiana flight and was fine. Eun tweeted a photo of the crash after safely getting off the plane.

Law enforcement agents say the crash appears to have been an accident.

It is unknown if there were any casualties at this time.

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Micron CEO Killed in Small Plane Crash

Micron Technology(BOISE, Idaho) -- Steve Appleton, Chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, was killed in a plane crash Friday, according to a statement by the company’s Board of Directors.

Appleton was the only person on board the small, experimental plane, which crashed at approximately 9 a.m. Five crews were investigating the crash at the airport, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Micron Technology is a Boise-based multinational corporation that produces semiconductors and is traded on the NASDAQ. Appleton became Chairman and President in 1994 after joining the company in 1983.

The company recently announced that current sales vice president Mark W. Adams will become the chief operating officer after Mark Durcan retires in August.

Micron halted trading of the stock before the Board’s statement on Friday. The company campus’ flags were lowered to half mast. Appleton was 51.

“Our hearts go out to his wife, Dalynn, his children and his family during this tragic time,” the statement read. “Steve's passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large.”

Appleton was injured in another plane crash in 2004. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, pilot error was the ruled cause of the crash.

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‘Smoking Gun’ Colgan Air Emails Released in 2009 Buffalo Plane Crash

Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A lawyer representing families of the victims of the crash of flight 3407, which plunged into a home near Buffalo, N.Y., in February 2009, has released an internal Colgan Air email chain which, he says, shows that the pilot was not qualified to fly the type of plane that crashed.

The “smoking gun” emails -- which appear to support the plaintiffs’ contention that the airline failed to properly train the pilot -- had been discussed in court earlier this month but had been, until Friday, confidential.

The emails cover a period in late August  2008 -- about six months before the crash -- and indicate that the pilot, 47-year- old Marvin Renslow, “had a problem upgrading.”

As a result, Colgan’s VP of flight operations wrote that “anyone that does not meet the [minimums] and had problems in training before is not ready to tackle the Q,” a reference to the Bombardier DHC8-402 Q400.

The airline’s chief pilot then responded, “He is already off the list.”

According to plaintiffs’ lawyer Hugh M. Russ III, Renslow was promoted about a month later without additional experience or training that would have made him qualified. Russ calls the email chain “a devastating admission on the part of Colgan” and says it shows that “Colgan chose profits over safety” in electing to promote Renslow “even though they knew he was not qualified.”

Airline spokesman Joe Williams disputed that, saying in a statement to ABC News that Renslow subsequently completed additional testing  "without any training deficiencies or problems noted.” As a result, the statement says, "Capt. Renslow was properly trained, certified and qualified to act as Pilot-In-Command of a Q400 aircraft.”

The spokesman did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News for documentation to support its statement.

The plaintiffs’ attorney said he had yet to see any evidence that Renslow was given further training and experience on the Q-400 before the crash.

Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo, operated by Colgan Air, crashed into a home in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center, about five miles short of the runway. The accident killed 49 passengers on the plane, including the crew, and one person in the house. An NTSB investigation found that pilot error was the primary cause of the crash.

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