A driver in Taipei, Taiwan captured the terrifying crash of the TransAsia Airways flight this morning on the dash cam, and while it is being reported that at least 31 people have died (12 are still reported as missing), the video shows how much more fatal the crash could have been. CNN is reporting that 15 survivors have been pulled from the wreckage so far, but two people inside of a passing taxi are also lucky to be alive today.
The video starts by showing the propjet – with 58 onboard – barely missing some tall buildings near the Taipei airport before banking sharp left and crashing into the water. Just before making impact with the water, though, the plane’s wing clipped the Volkswagen taxi and the bridge it was driving across. While you can’t see too much of the taxi from the grainy dash-cam footage, Steve Herman, a correspondent for Voice of America in Asia, posted an image on Twitter showing the heavily damaged van still sitting on the roadway, which you can see by clicking past the jump.
According to the report, the taxi had two occupants (the driver and a passenger), and while both sustained injuries in the crash, they were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition. The same can’t be said for the taxi, though, with heavy damage to the roof, windshield and hood.
You know that kind of movies that make you say "Now that’s a director with lots of imagination!" In this kind of movies there are cars, planes and houses that you can not even imagine they might even exist. And ABJ Fusion Concept is a VIP aircraft that seems to be landed from a movie just like this.
It was designed for product launches, sports teams, musicians, celebrities, exclusive travel market, and corporate VIP. It is akin to a flying limousine service providing a seamless and exclusive travel experience.
The aircraft gets air stairs at the front and rear of the aircraft to provide an easy and elegant way for the passengers to board and large cabin interior that provides enough room for 19 passengers within the three lounges in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
A bar and intimate seating area is located half way down the aircraft underneath the wing box punctuating the uninterrupted view down the cabin with a change in texture and color. As there is no requirement for additional exit doors in the mid cabin area this has allowed the design team to develop an interior layout that concentrates on delivering a functional and harmonious solution.
Press release after the jump.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a super-efficient aircraft, bigger than the 787-8.
Both airplanes are very competent having new passenger-pleasing traits.
Using 20 percent less fuel than any other aircrafts of their size, these models will give you the economics of large jet transports to the middle of the market.
The Boeing 757-300 is short-to-medium-range jetliner, launched in Sept. 2, 1996, with an order from Condor Flugdienst.
Following regulatory certification in January 1999, the aircraft entered service with Condor on March 19, 1999.
The 757-300 is a twin-engine aircraft, offering fuel efficiency, top economic performance and low noise levels.
Both scheduled carriers and tour operators have ordered the 757-300.
The Boeing 757 is a twin-engine airplane having a new technology jet and it is produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The passenger versions of the Boeing 757 can carry between 186 and 279 passengers. Also it can have a maximum range of 3,100 to 3,900 nautical miles (5,900 to 7,200 km), depending on model and seating arrangement.
In 1983 went into service the original Boeing 757-200 and in 1999 the stretched 757-300 aircraft.
Also, there have been produced some new freighter versions of these airplanes like: the Boeing 757-200PF and the Boeing757-200SF.
The 787-8 Dreamliner - a base model of 787 aircrafts family, is a new twinjet which was designed to meet the needs of airlines.
The airplane will provide nonstop services between mid-size cities having new levels of competence.
The customers will benefit of new services like: improved levels of comfort with larger windows, bigger baggage bins and innovation in the cabin environment, including higher humidity, cleaner air and lower cabin altitude.
Boeing 787-3 Dreamliner, being considered the most unique of the three 787 Boeing aircrafts, because of a wing and structure optimized for shorter-range flights, also has a range of of 2,500 to 3,050 nautical miles (4,650 to 5,650 km) when it is fully loaded.
The Boeing 787-3 is a super-efficient aircraft with new passenger-pleasing characteristics.
It was designed to be a 290-seat (two-class) short-range version of the 787 targeted at high-density flights.
This airplane was designed to replace the Airbus A300, Boeing 757-300/Boeing 767-200 on regional routes from airports with restricted gate spacing.
In May 2005, Boeing introduced the Boeing 777 Freighter, having a launch order from Air France, responding to strong requests from cargo operators for a capable, long-range and high-capacity freighter.
The first 777F was delivered to Air France on February 19, 2009 and in February 2010, 18 freighters had been distributed to seven other customers, with 50 unfilled orders.
You remember Honda’s famous tagline, "The Power of Dreams"? Well, as far as their ambitious HondaJet project is concerned, it’s looking more and more like they’re going to need more than the power of dreams to get it off the ground.
According to Automotive News, Honda has once again delayed the release of their new plane, saying that a number of component issues will keep the HondaJet grounded at least for another two years. What those "component issues" are is anyone’s guess and when asked about the specific delays, HondaJet spokesman Stephen Keeney could only say, "Regrettably, we’ve experienced delays in some components."
This is now the second delay by Honda with regards to producing those $3.9 million jets and there’s no word as to whether there might be more postponements in the future. One thing we can count on is that the Japanese company’s plan of taking to the skies this year will have to be pushed back yet again.
The Boeing 777-300 is a stretched version of the 777, powered by the most powerful turbofan engines, seating 328 to 394 passengers in a typical three class seating arrangement or 550 passengers in a single economy class arrangement.
This aircraft is the latest derivative of the 777 family and the first airplane was given to Cathay Pacific in May 1998. 60 aircraft were sent and production is complete.
The stretched 777-300 is designed as a substitute for early generation 747s (747-100s and 200s). Compared to the older 747s the stretched 777 has similar passenger capacity and range, but burns one third less fuel and present 40% lower maintenance costs.
The 777-300ER extends the 777 family’s span of capabilities, bringing twin-engine efficiency and reliability to the long-range market. The airplane carries 365 passengers up to 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).
Also the longer-range 777-300ER entered service in 2006 and a freighter version, the 777F, debuted in 2008.
Both longer-range versions (300ER and 200LR) and the freighter have General Electric GE90 engines, as well as extended and raked wingtips.
The other models are provided with the GE90, Pratt & Whitney PW4000, or Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines.
Boeing declares that the 777-200LR aircraft will be the longest ranging airliner, being able of flying 16,417km (8865nm) - 18 hours flying time.
The 777-200LR is considered the world’s longest-range commercial jetliner and also it is capable of connecting virtually any two city pairs around the earth.
First, the 777-100X was a proposed shortened ultra long range (16,000km/8635nm) model, dropped in favor of the 777-200LR (originally 777-200X) design study.
In February 2006, Boeing delivered the first 777-200LR Worldliner (Longer Range), which carries 301 passengers up to 9,450 nautical miles (17,500 km).
The Boeing 777-200ER is an improved version of 777-200 airliner modified shrinking passenger seating capacity to reach an extended range while maintaining the remaining 777-200 characteristics.
The 777-200ER ("ER" for Extended Range), is also the B-market version of the -200 and this aircraft was originally known as the 777-200IGW for its improved gross weight.
Boeing offers Class 3 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) package to new-built and existing 777 passenger airplanes. EFB gives technology benefits for safe, efficient and secure operations.
It consist of an onboard performance tool that permits the pilot to immediately calculate the ideal speed and engine setting for an airplane, on any runway, in any weather condition, with any payload.
The 767-300F is the air freight model of the popular 767-300ER passenger twinjet, first ordered by UPS Airlines in 1993 and delivered in 1995.
The Boeing 767-300F can hold up to 24 standard 88 inch by 125 inch pallets or containers on its main deck and any arrangement of up seven 88 in by 125 in or 96 in by 125 in pallets or containers.
We meet here some characteristics like: two doors on the main deck plus three on the lower deck, the two upper doors comprise of one for the crew and one for the cargo. Of the three doors on the bottom, two are on the right side and one is at the rear left side.
The Boeing 767-400ER has some characteristics as: is sized between the Boeing 767-300ER and the Boeing 777-200, has aerodynamic improvements, including additional wing span; increased takeoff weight capability; has a lengthened fuselage; and also an all-new main landing gear.
This aircraft is stretched version of the 767-300ER addresses the medium-size (240- to 300-seat) intercontinental market, accommodating growth on routes that don’t require the capacity of a 777.
The 767-400ER also replaces older aircrafts serving transcontinental routes. The first 767-400ERs were delivered to Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines in August 2000. The first 767-400ER went into service on Sept. 14, 2000.