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A Russian military transport plane carrying 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war crashed Wednesday morning in Russia’s Belgorod region near Ukraine, according to Russia's Defense Ministry.

Six crew members and three other people were also on the flight, the Defense Ministry said.

The crash happened at around 11 a.m. local time.

It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to go down or if anyone survived.

Video screencapture shows a Russian warplane flying before it crashed in the Belgorod region

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash, and a special military commission was called to the crash site, the Defense Ministry said.

Hours after the plane went down, the ministry released a statement blaming Ukraine. Ukraine has not confirmed any involvement.

"The Ukrainian leadership was well aware that, in accordance with established practice, Ukrainian servicemen would be transported by military transport aircraft to the Belgorod airfield today to be exchanged," the ministry said. "By committing this terrorist act, the Ukrainian leadership has showed its true face. It disregarded the lives of its own citizens."

Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, citing the ministry, reported that the POWs were being transported to the border region for a prisoner exchange, according to the Associated Press.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters on a call that he could not comment on the crash as he did not have enough information.

Andrei Kartapolov, a member of the Russian parliament and retired general, claimed during a parliamentary session that the plane had been shot down by three missiles. He did not say where he had obtained that information, Reuters reported.

An explosion can be seen where a Russian military transport plane crashed in Belgorod, Russia

Video posted on Telegram, a messaging app, showed a large aircraft falling towards the ground near the village of Yablonovo in the Belgorod region and exploding in a vast fireball. The video was posted by Baza, a channel linked to Russian security services.

Local governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said that an unspecified "incident" had occurred in the region's Korochansky district, northeast of Belgorod city, and that he was going to inspect the site. He said investigators and emergency workers were already on the scene.

The plane was identified as an Ilyushin Il-76, a military transport aircraft used to airlift troops, cargo, military equipment and weapons.
Aviation Audio Clips / Ghost Flight Approaching KJFK
« Last post by RonR on January 24, 2024, 09:57:33 AM »
In the early morning hours of January 24, an intermittent stuck mic can be heard on a number of ATC frequencies leading towards KJFK.  It appears that the problem originated from DAL157 although the flight crew apparently was not aware that they were the source.  There was a noticeable 400Mhz hum in the background whenever the stuck-mic issue occurred; this same 400Mhz hum could only be heard in the background when DAL157 keyed up their mic and not with any other aircraft.  I found it interesting how it was handled by ATC so here is the audio from when DAL157 first contacted Boston Center...
Aviation Audio Clips / North Perry Airport Cessna 172 rolls off runway
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 24, 2024, 09:27:35 AM »


Date:   23-JAN-24
Time:   23:56:00Z
Regis#:   N5526J
Aircraft Make:   CESSNA
Aircraft Model:   172
Event Type:   INCIDENT
Highest Injury:   NONE
Aircraft Missing:   No
Damage:   UNKNOWN
State:   FLORIDA
Aviation Audio Clips / Teenage pilot dies in light plane crash south-west of Sydney
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 24, 2024, 06:15:58 AM »

Not the best audio, you hear him get clearance to land, then he's gone.


A teenage pilot has died in a plane crash south-west of Sydney.
The Cessna 172, registered to a local flying school, crashed in a Brownlow Hill paddock about 3.15pm, 3km away from where it took off at Camden Airport.
9News understands the pilot had requested to land three minutes into the flight when the plane had reached about 1500 feet.  The pilot is believed to have lost contact with the control tower shortly after.
The alarm was raised when a second pilot, looking to land at Camden Airport, asked the position of the Cessna 172, with the control tower realising it did not know.
Audio from air traffic control captured the moment a pilot flying overhead spotted the wreck.
"I think we've got an aeroplane on the ground here ... it doesn't look good," the pilot can be heard saying.  "Mate, it doesn't even look like an aeroplane, unfortunately."
The pilot and sole occupant of the plane, believed to be a 16-year-old boy, died at the scene, police said.
The plane had completed two trips already that day.   A bystander was first on the scene, witnesses said, followed by police, paramedics and fire and rescue crews. 
The boy has not been identified.
Police established a crime scene that will be forensically examined.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified and commenced an investigation into the crash.
Aviation Audio Clips / DAL982 at KATL Loses Nose Wheel Lining up for Takoff
« Last post by RonR on January 23, 2024, 04:10:24 PM »
On January 20, DAL982, a B757 enroute to Bogota CO, was lining up for takeoff on runway 27R when one of the nose wheels fell off the nose gear and rolled down an embankment next to the runway.  The aircraft behind the Delta 757 noticed the wheel rolling away and advised the tower what had just happened.  The aircraft could not taxi on its own and it could not immediately be towed off so all of the 27R departures moved over to 27L.  The aircraft was finally towed off a little over two hours later.
Feed Outage/Status Reports / Re: EIDW No Audio
« Last post by RonR on January 23, 2024, 11:33:52 AM »
Here's an update to EIDW: the feed provider is aware of the EIDW feed issues.  There appears to be some technical issue that may have been caused at some point by some unfriendly weather.  It may take a few days for the situation to be assessed at the feed site; hopefully it will be back to normal soon.

Aviation Audio Clips / AAL1472 Flap Issue at KIAH
« Last post by RonR on January 23, 2024, 11:13:45 AM »
On January 22, AAL1472, a B737-800 enroute from KDFW to KIAH, was just about to land on Houston's runway 8L when the flight crew opted to go around.  Cloud bases were at about 450 feet at the time with some heavy precipitation in the area.  The crew told ATC that they could not extend the flaps completely.  They aborted a second landing attempt and then decided to divert the Lake Charles (KLCH) where they landed safely a short time later.  The crew at some point reportedly declared an emergency although this cannot be heard on the attached audio file.  Some of the ATC portions of their flight were not available.
Aviation Audio Clips / Ute crashes into a Jetstar plane at Sydney Airport
« Last post by KB4TEZ on January 22, 2024, 01:21:04 PM »

A ute has crashed into a plane at Sydney airport - causing major flight disruptions.

The Sydney Airport ute, driven by a security contractor, crashed into the Jetstar A320 aircraft while it was being towed to a gate at the domestic terminal on Monday at about 5.30am.

The crash trapped the driver and forced the plane, which had no passengers onboard, to be pulled from service.  'A Sydney Airport utility vehicle made contact with one of our aircraft, which was being towed to the gate without passengers,' Jetstar said.

Dramatic images captured at the airport show the ute with a smashed front windscreen after it rammed into the plane's No.2 engine.

'We're working with Sydney Airport to fully investigate what happened.' It's understood the security contractor driving the ute was uninjured in the crash and was taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick for further assessment.

Jetstar was forced to cancel a number of flights, as three other planes were stuck behind the A320 following the crash.

The crash resulted in a total of six cancellations including flights from Sydney to Adelaide, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. 

The airline has organised alternative same-day flights for impacted passengers.

Jetstar and Sydney Airport are both investigating the cause of the ute hitting the plane.

The aircraft is being assessed by engineers for damage and it remains out of service. 
Listener Forum / Re: KNTU Down
« Last post by RonR on January 22, 2024, 12:38:36 PM »

Active feeds can go down for reasons beyond LiveATC's control.  Feeds that previously existed may go away entirely, again for reasons beyond LiveATC's control.  No feed is guaranteed to be up 24/7/365.  LiveATC is not a paid subscription network and *all* channels are provided on a "best effort" basis.

LiveATC monitors all active feeds with through an internal monitoring system that lets us know when a feed is down.  Some problems resolve themselves - like internet outages.  Sometimes a feed provider (or LiveATC) needs to manually intervene to fix problems.  Some problems take longer to fix than others.  Some receiver sites are in areas with poor internet and/or power reliability, or limited physical access.

If you are interested in providing a feed for KNTU, then please get in touch with LiveATC by going here:

Regards, Ron
Listener Forum / KNTU Down
« Last post by capthalt on January 22, 2024, 11:32:47 AM »
Good morning,

I've enjoyed listening to KNTU (Oceana) and Giant Killer for years here in Virginia Beach, but it has been down for the past few month. Does anyone know why? I would be happy to setup a scanner or platform to provide a link, but didn't know if or why the current feed is still down.

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