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Mi-26T Arctic VRS Accident 28 November 2018

Posted by on 7:43 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

Mi-26T Arctic VRS Accident 28 November 2018 UTair Mi-26T helicopter RA-06029 crashed on 28 November 2018 with the loss of one life, the aircraft commander. Five other crew members survived, one with head and spinal injuries.  The helicopter was returning from delivering 17 t of building materials to Naulskaya in the Nenets Autonomous Area. The IAC/MAK safety investigation report (only available in Russian) revealed that during a night VFR flight, the aircraft descended from 2000 ft to around 15o ft AGL, and slowed to c 30 knots,  c 3 nm from...

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Fatal Snowy Powerline Inspection Flight

Posted by on 4:47 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Snowy Power Line Inspection Flight (H369HM, N4QX) A Hughes (later MD) 369HM N4QX, operated by Vista One Inc, impacted terrain near Perrysburg, Ohio on 15 January 2018, 72 minutes into a power line aerial observation flight. Both occupants, pilot and observer, were fatally injured. Police photographs at the accident scene further showed falling snow and flat light / white out conditions. https://youtu.be/n1IDT1rOBQE The Operational Tasking Vista One holds a Part 133 Rotorcraft External Load certificate and conducts power line inspections...

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B747-400F Tyre Explosion During Inflation

Posted by on 6:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

B747-400F Tire Explosion During Inflation The Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) have reported on a tyre explosion on China Airlines Boeing 747-400F freighter B-18719 on 18 October 2018 during a turnaround at Singapore Changi. The aircraft had landed at 0443LT and was scheduled to depart two hours later. During a walk-around inspection, the tyre pressure of the No.11 tyre was found to be low. While the tyre was being inflated with nitrogen, the tyre burst.  A tyre pressure gauge that a Technician had placed on the top of...

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King Air 100 Stalls on Take Off After Exposed to 14 Minutes of Snowfall: No De-Icing Applied

Posted by on 5:27 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

King Air 100 Stalls on Take Off After Exposed to 14 Minutes of Snowfall: No De-Icing Applied (C-GIAE) On 23 February 2018, an Island Express Air, Beechcraft King Air B100, C-GIAE, departed Abbotsford, British Columbia on a day Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight to San Bernardino, California with a single pilot (the owner of the operator) and 9 passengers. According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) safety investigation report (issued 14 August 2019) snow had been falling during the flight planning and the aircraft had been...

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Drone Operation Injury

Posted by on 8:35 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Management, Unmanned (Drone / RPAS / UAS / UAV)

Drone Operation Injury On 14 August 2018 a DJI Phantom 4 Unmanned Air System (UAS) / drone flight was planned as demonstration for students of the Virginia Tech (VT) College of Natural Resources and Environment under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 107. The Accident Flight The Phantom 4 is a 1.4 kg quad-copter.  The VT Conservation Management Institute (CMI) has two UAS pilots and focuses on natural resource related UAS uses (e.g. habitat mapping, wildlife monitoring and woodland burn monitoring).  The US National...

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Remote Landing Site Blade Strike

Posted by on 1:55 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Safety Management

Remote Landing Site Blade Strike The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) have released their safety investigation report (available in Norwegian only) into a serious incident to Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 LN-OWE, operated by Nord Helikopter.  It occurred 24 February 2018 at Kvamsdal, Masfjorden Municipality, Norway during operations supporting the construction of a new power line. While manoeuvring at a temporary worksite with four persons on board (the pilot, a loadmaster and two passengers), the main rotor blades came in contact with...

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AS350 Tail Rotor Control Incident, Grand Caymen

Posted by on 3:31 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

AS350 Tail Rotor Control Incident, Grand Caymen An Airbus AS350BA helicopter, VP-CIH, suffered tail rotor control problems during a sightseeing tour flight from Owen Roberts International Airport, Grand Cayman, 30 August 2018.  In their safety investigation report the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) describe how… Whilst descending through 500 ft and turning onto final approach for George Town Aerodrome, the pilot felt that the tail rotor pedals were not producing the correct yaw response, so he aborted the approach and...

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Severe Propeller Vibrations on ATR 72-212A: BEA Report

Posted by on 12:04 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, HUMS / VHM / UMS / IVHM, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Severe Propeller Vibrations on ATR 72-212A: BEA Report The Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA), the French Safety Investigation Authority, released their report in July 2019 (in French, UPDATE 10 Sept 2019: and now also in English) on a series of propeller incidents that occurred due to a vibratory phenomena that was not uncovered in certification testing. Caribbean In Service Event Caribbean Airlines ATR 72-212A 9Y-TTC was operating from Tobago to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 4 May 2014.  It was at top of descent, 6000 feet and...

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Hurried Door Inspection Results in Fall From Aircraft

Posted by on 3:37 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Hurried Door Inspection Results in Fall From Aircraft On 15 June 2016, Air Europa Embraer ERJ190-200LR EC-LKX, had an aft-door open warning while cruising at 31,000 ft en route to Madrid-Barajas Airport.  The crew carried out the relevant procedure and the aircraft landed safely.  After disembarking the passengers the flight crew contacted maintenance to inspect the door.   While conducting the maintenance, one of the technicians fell from the aircraft, suffering serious injuries.  According to the safety investigation report of the...

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Usage Related Ex-Military Helicopter Accident

Posted by on 9:09 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Regulation, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Usage Related Ex-Military Helicopter Accident (UH-1H, N175SF) On 5 October 2016 Tamarack Helicopters (Bell) UH-1H N175SF, operated on a Part 137 agricultural aerial application flight by Farm AG Enterprises under a restricted certificate of airworthiness, rolled over during a forced landing near Gila Bend, Arizona, after the 90° tail gearbox (TGB) separated. The pilot, the sole person, onboard sustained minor injuries. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say in their safety investigation report that: The pilot reported that he...

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