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Beechcraft 1900C Landing Gear Collapse at San Antonio, TX

Posted by on 12:36 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

Beechcraft B1900C Landing Gear Collapse at San Antonio, TX, 8 May 2020 (Ameriflight, N31704) On 8 May 2020 Ameriflight Beechcraft 1900C N31704 was damaged in an accident at San Antonio, Texas. The aircraft was being flown single pilot as a Part 135 cargo flight. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report states that: …the flight departed the Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP), Corpus Christi, Texas, at 2004 with 631 lbs of cargo and a fuel load of 2,800 lbs. During the initial climb, the captain...

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Fatal Wisonsin Wire Strike When Robinson R44 Repositions to Refuel

Posted by on 9:14 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Wisonsin Wire Strike When Robinson R44 Repositions to Refuel (N529DW) There is a theory that people let down their guard when the more complex part of a task is complete. On 9 June 2018 the pilot of Robinson R44 helicopter N529DW, operated by MF Helicopters, had just finished a low-level aerial photography flight at a charity boating event (the Four Horsemen Poker Run) along a series of lakes and rivers near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that after 90...

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Turbine Dromader M18A Downed by Fuel Contamination: Shell Detector Capsules Misused

Posted by on 4:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Turbine Dromader M18A VH-FOS Downed by Fuel Contamination: Shell Detector Capsules Misused in Malaysia On 25 February 2018, Australian registered PZL-Mielec Dromader M18A VH-FOS departed Keratong airstrip in Malaysia to conduct agricultural crop spraying.  Systematic Aviation Services (SAS) had wet leased VH-FOS from Dompter Pty Ltd of Victoria, Australia since 2014 for agricultural flying in Malaysia.  It had been modified with a Honeywell TPE331-12UHR-702H turboprop in place of the standard radial engine, most likely under an FAA...

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Misted Masks: AAIB A319 Report Reveals Oxygen Mask Lessons

Posted by on 12:30 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Misted Masks: AAIB A319 Report Reveals Oxygen Mask Lessons (EasyJet G-EZNM) EasyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZNM was in the cruise at FL290 en route from Newcastle to Bristol on 11 May 2019. The co-pilot was Pilot Flying (PF) and the commander was Pilot Monitoring (PM). The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) explain in their safety investigation report that: …the co-pilot noticed an acrid burning smell. Upon looking to the rear of the flight deck both crew members observed smoke in front of the flight deck door and rising to...

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Survival Flight Fatal Accident: Air Ambulance Operator’s Poor Safety Culture

Posted by on 9:53 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Survival Flight Fatal Accident: Air Ambulance Operator’s Poor Safety Culture (B407 N191SF, Ohio) On 29 January 2019, at 0650 local time Bell 407 air ambulance helicopter N191SF, collided with forested rising terrain about 4 miles NE of Zaleski, Ohio.  The pilot, flight nurse, and flight paramedic were all fatally injured and the helicopter destroyed. The helicopter was operated by Viking Aviation doing business as Survival Flight (not to be confused with Survival Flight University of Michigan Metro Aviation).  The flight departed Mt....

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Culture and CFIT in Côte d’Ivoire

Posted by on 7:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Culture and CFIT in Côte d’Ivoire (ALAT SA342M Gazelle) On 10 July 2018 an Airbus Helicopters SA342M Gazelle 3866 of the French Army 3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment (3e RHC) was completing an exercise with troops of the Armed Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FACI) 20 km SE of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, when the crew made a loss pass over the troops.  The French liaison officer on the ground requested the helicopter conduct a second mock strafing pass. History of the Flight The helicopter had first came from the east and passed the group on the...

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AS350B3 Dynamic Rollover When Headset Cord Snags Unguarded Collective

Posted by on 8:51 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management

AS350B3 LN-OTR Dynamic Rollover When Headset Cord Snags Unguarded Collective On 12 September 2017 Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 LN-OTR, operated by Helitrans, rolled over onto its side shortly after landing on slightly sloping ground at Laksefjordvidda in the northern district of Finnmark, Norway.  All four occupants escaped uninjured. The helicopter sustained extensive damage but the seats and cabin floor structure were intact. The Accident Flight The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) investigation report (issued 12 May 2020 in...

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European Search and Rescue (SAR) Competition Bonanza

Posted by on 12:57 pm in Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Helicopters, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

European Search and Rescue (SAR) Competition Bonanza With the offshore oil and gas market depressed, offshore helicopter operators and other aviation service providers will be pleased by a surge in business opportunities for outsourced government SAR helicopter and aviation contracts.  Norway, Netherlands, Ireland and the UK with UKSAR2G (listed in order of expected contract award) are commencing competitions for contract commencement from 2022-2024. In this article we collate what has been publicly announced so far for each competition and...

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Ungreased Japanese AS332L Tail Rotor Fatally Failed

Posted by on 9:55 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Ungreased Japanese AS332L Tail Rotor Fatally Failed (Toho Air Sevices JA9672) On 8 November 2017, Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Puma JA9672 of Toho Air Service crashed in Gunma prefecture after the tail rotor separated from the aircraft as the crew prepared to make an emergency landing.  There were four people on board, who all died.  There was a post crash fire. The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) concluded in their safety investigation report  (published in Japanese on 23 April 2020) that: It is highly probable that the crash occurred...

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CFM56 HPC Titanium Fire Due to VSV Maintenance Assembly Error

Posted by on 2:32 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

CFM56-7 HPC Titanium Fire Due to VSV Maintenance Assembly Error (United Boeing 737-924 N30401) On 21 February 2019 United Airlines Boeing 737-924 N30401, powered by two CFM International CFM56-7B26 turbofan engines, experienced a No. 2 engine failure after a titanium fire during initial climb from Orlando International Airport (MCO), Florida. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported on 27 April 2020 that: At about 7,000 feet altitude, the flight crew reported an “abrupt loud grinding noise and instantaneous...

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