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Easyjet A320 Flap / Landing Gear Mis-selections

Posted by on 8:19 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Easyjet A320 Flap / Landing Gear Mis-selections The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have reported on inadvertent flap retraction on departure from Liverpool John Lennon Airport on 24 June 2018, involving Easyjet Airbus A320 G-EZOZ. Incident Flight The crew were on the third sector of the day, from Liverpool to Paris Charles de Gaulle. The takeoff was planned from Runway 27 with Configuration 1+F (leading edge slats extended to 18° and trailing edge flaps extended to 10°) and an aircraft gross weight of 62.6 t.  The co-pilot was...

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USAF Tool Trouble: “Near Catastrophic” $25mn E-8C FOD Fuel Tank Rupture

Posted by on 10:38 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

USAF Tool Trouble: “Near Catastrophic” $25mn E-8C FOD Fuel Tank Rupture On 13 March 2009 USAF Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS 93-0597 (a heavily modified Boeing 707-300 surveillance aircraft) was in the process of refuelling from a KC-135T tanker according to a USAF Accident Investigation Board.    After uplifting around 30,000 lbs of fuel the crew heard a “loud bang throughout the midsection of the aircraft.” Refuelling was paused while the E-8C crew checked for damage.  None was identified and fuelling recommenced...

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Fatal S-61N Dual Power Loss During Post Maintenance Check Flight

Posted by on 3:56 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Fatal S-61N Dual Power Loss During Post Maintenance Check Flight On 6 September 2016 Sikorsky S-61N, N805AR (MSN 61717, formerly V8-UDZ of Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) from 1974 to 2010), was destroyed during a post-maintenance check flight after experiencing a dual loss of engine power while in a hover near Palm Bay, Florida. The three persons onboard were fatally injured due to “multiple blunt force injuries”.  The aircraft was operated AAR, who had acquired the aviation businesses of Xe (formerly Blackwater).  The aircraft had...

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Everett Introducing S-92A to East Africa

Posted by on 2:59 am in Helicopters, Logistics, Mining / Resource Sector, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy

Everett Introducing S-92A to East Africa At HAI‘s HeliExpo 2019 in Atlanta, Everett Aviation signed a lease for their first Sikorsky S-92A from Lobo Leasing. The Tanzanian based operator has put the aircraft, MSN 920140, onto the Kenyan register as 5Y-EXZ. It had pride of place on the Sikorsky stand and is due to arrive in East Africa in mid-April 2019. Simon Everett, CEO of Everett, commented: We’re delighted to be introducing the S-92A… Many regions across sub-Saharan Africa are seeing a tremendous boom in infrastructure...

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Engine Failure after Inadvertently Being Put Back into Service Incomplete

Posted by on 9:25 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Special Mission Aircraft

Engine Failure after Inadvertently Being Put Back into Service Incomplete On 27 June 2017 Airbus Helicopters EC130B4 N151GC, operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters on an air tour flight, was damaged following a loss of engine power and a forced landing near Boulder City, Nevada. The pilot and 4 passengers were uninjured,  Two other passengers sustained minor injuries. Accident Flight According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report: The pilot reported that, as he executed an...

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Helicopter Ops and Safety – Gulf Of Mexico 2018 Update

Posted by on 3:40 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Helicopter Ops and Safety – Gulf of Mexico 2018 Update The Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) has been publishing data on the Gulf of Mexico (‘GOM’) offshore helicopter fleet and its safety since 1995.  We have looked at their 2014. 2015, 2016 and 2017 reports previously.  Now we examine their 2018 data. Helicopter Operations: GOM Fleet Data HSAC report that flying activity continues to decline, with just over 182k flying hours in 2018, although the rate of decline has slowed (4% down on the 189k in 2017 and vs...

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What a Difference a Hole Makes: E-8C JSTARS $7.35 million Radar Mishap

Posted by on 11:24 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

What a Difference a Hole Makes: E-8C JSTARS $7.35 million Radar Mishap While washing a USAF Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS  at a the Northrop Grumman Lake Charles Maintenance and Modification Center in Louisiana, maintainers covered up three drain holes in the 40 ft (12 m) canoe-shaped radome.  This houses the 24 ft (7.3 m) APY-7 passive electronically scanned array Side Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) antenna fitted to the heavily modified Boeing 707-300 surveillance aircraft. So far so good… Unfortunately these were not uncovered...

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USAF Parachutist Fatally Extracted Through Ventilation Door

Posted by on 10:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

USAF Parachutist Fatally Extracted Through Ventilation Door On 21 February 2014, a US Air Force (USAF) Tactical Air Control Party Jumpmaster died during an inadvertent parachute extraction from a contracted Short SC-7 Skyvan N46LH, operated at SkyDive Arizona over Eloy, AZ. The fatally injured “mishap jumper” (MJ) was wearing an MC-4 ram-wing parachute.  He was a member of the 17th Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), assigned to Fort Benning, GA. According to the USAF Accident Investigation...

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S-76C+ MLG Collapsed Due to Pothole

Posted by on 6:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

S-76C+ MLG Collapsed Due to Pothole On the 18 February 2018 Bristow US Sikorsky S-76C+ N860AL suffered a landing gear collapse during taxy at Acadiana Regional Airport (ARA), New Iberia, LA.  The aircraft was performing an offshore oil and gas flight for Talos Energy with 2 crew and 3 passengers. The Accident In their safety investigation report, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say: The pilot reported that, while the copilot was taxiing the wheel-equipped helicopter to the runway for departure, he saw a “bump”...

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Merlin Night Airprox: Systemic Issues

Posted by on 3:34 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Merlin Night Airprox: Systemic Issues A Royal Navy Leonardo Merlin helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was in the hover, at night on 7 August 2018, slightly to the west of Falmouth at 40ft, facing west, with all floodlights on. The crew were conducting SAR training with a ‘dead-Fred’ training aid.  According to a report from the UK Airprox Board: At around 2217hrs, the final lift was being conducted and, as the training aid was being brought to the door, the ‘double-lift man’ and winch operator lost control of it and it fell back into the water. At...

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