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Alaskan AS350B3e Accident: Botched Autorotation Practice?

Posted by on 7:45 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Alaskan Airbus AS350B3e Accident: Botched Autorotation Practice? (N907PL) On 28 September 2018 a private Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e (H125) N907PL was destroyed in an accident in Glacier Bay National Park, near Lituya Bay, about 60 miles NW of Gustavus, Alaska. One person died, 2 remain missing presumed dead and one was seriously injured. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that: The private pilot [aged 42, 1,129 flying hours total, 26 on type and president of Anchorage’s Davis...

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AOA Anomalies on Successive B737-800 Flights

Posted by on 8:16 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

AOA Anomalies on Successive Transavia Boeing 737-800 Flights (F-GZHO) Transavia France Boeing 737-800 F-GZHO suffered Angle of Attack (AOA) anomalies and alerts during take off from Norwich, UK on 7 February 2018 and then on 8 February 2018 after take off from Paris Orly, France.  The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (the BEA) explain in their safety investigation report, issued on 16 November 2020, that the first flight was a ferry flight after a base maintenance C-Check at KLM UK...

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Short Sling Stings Speedy Squirrel: Tail Rotor Strike Fire-Fighting in Réunion

Posted by on 7:01 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Short Sling Stings Speedy Squirrel: Tail Rotor Strike Fire-Fighting in Réunion (Hélilagon Airbus AS350B3e / H125 F-OFML) with Video On 24 January 2019 Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e (H125) Squirrel F-OFML of Hélilagon suffered a tail rotor failure during fire-fighting with an underslung bucket at Grand-Brûlé, Sainte-Roseon on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion. The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (the BEA) explain in their safety investigation report (issued only in French) that the...

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Embraer ERJ-190 EWIS Production Quality a Factor in Fire

Posted by on 12:05 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

Embraer ERJ-190 EWIS Production Quality a Factor in Fire (Azul PR-AUO) On 21 February 2017 Azul Linhas Aéreas Embraer ERJ-195AR (ERJ-190-200 IGW) PR-AUO was at approximately 14,000ft on descent Vitória, Espirito Santo, Brazil. A short circuit occurred with overheating and sparks inside the cabin near seat 03A. A cabin crewmember discharged two fire extinguishers after using a fire axe to get better access. The pilot declared an emergency and a safe landing was accomplished without any injuries. The Brazilian accident investigation agency...

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HEMS EC135T1 CFIT During Mountain Take Off in Poor Visibility

Posted by on 9:57 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

HEMS EC135T1 CFIT During Mountain Take Off in Poor Visibility (Air Glaciers EC135T1 HB-ZIR) On 24 March 2018 Air Glaciers HEMS Airbus Helicopters EC135T1 HB-ZIR crashed on its third flight of the day in connection with the rescue of an avalanche victim, on the Col du Grand St-Bernard in Switzerland. The Swiss Safety Investigation Board (SUST) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 28 September 2020 in German) that an avalanche search dog, its handler and a mountain guide were unloaded in car park in Grand St-Bernard at c 8000 ft...

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King Air 100 Uncontained TPE331-6 Failure – Inappropriate Repair Scheme

Posted by on 10:01 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Regulation, Safety Management

Beech KA100 Uncontained TPE331-6 Failure - Inappropriate Repair Scheme (N6756P) On 16 July 2014 Beechcraft King Air 100 N6756P suffered an uncontained failure of its no 1 Honeywell TPE331-6 turboshaft engine near Bakersfield, California during a private flight. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 22 September 2020, 74 months later) that the aircraft… …was cruising at flight level 190 (19,000 feet amsl), about 30 miles ENE of Bakersfield, when the left engine...

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B206B Hit by Truck in Forced Landing after 16 Months of Operation with Unairworthy Engine

Posted by on 4:00 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

B206B Hit by Truck in Forced Landing after 16 Months of Operation with Unairworthy Engine (Bell 206B PT-HPG) On 11 February 2019 Bell 206B PT-HPG, operated by RQ Serviços Aéreos Especializados, suffered an engine power loss while en route from the Royal Palm Plaza Helipad (SSQW) to the Campinas to the Bandeirantes Helipad (SDBH) in São Paulo, Brazil.  Investigators of the Brazilian Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos (CENIPA) explain in their safety investigation report, issued on 29 October 2020, that CCTV footage...

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Deadly Dusk Air Ambulance Bird Strike

Posted by on 3:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Regulation, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Deadly Dusk Air Ambulance Bird Strike (Air Methods, B407, N620PA) On 19 November 2017 Air Methods Corporation (AMC) air ambulance Bell 407  N620PA crashed south of Stuttgart, Arkansas.  The helicopter was en route in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) from Pine Bluff, Arkansas to pick up a patient in Helena, Arkansas.  The pilot and two medical personnel on board were fatally injured. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that: The helicopter was transmitting its position to the...

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Tragic Texan B206B3 CFIT in Dark Night VMC

Posted by on 7:24 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Tragic Texan B206B3 CFIT in Dark Night VMC (N417WT) On 2 November 2018 private Bell 206B3 N417WT crashed in a Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) at night just c100 ft below the top of a 1,500-ft hill in the Chalk Bluff Resort and Park, c5 miles east of their departure point at a private ranch, NW of Uvalde, Texas.  The pilot and two passengers, who were leaving their wedding reception for their honeymoon, all died. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (issued in June 2020) that the...

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Loss of Control During HESLO Construction Task: BEA Highlight Wellbeing / Personal Readiness

Posted by on 3:23 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Loss of Control During HESLO Construction Task: BEA Highlight Wellbeing / Personal Readiness (AS350B3 F-GKMQ of Air Plus Hélicoptères) During Helicopter External Sling Load Operations (HESLO) on 7 January 2019, Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 F-GKMQ of Air Plus Hélicoptères crashed at Puylaurens, Tarn, killing the pilot. Circumstances of this HESLO Accident The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la Sécurité de l’Aviation Civile (the BEA) explain in their safety investigation report (issued in French on 29 October 2020)...

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