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BFU Investigate S-76B Descending to 20ft at 40 kts En Route in Poor Visibility

Posted by on 6:00 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Regulation, Safety Management

BFU Investigate S-76B Descending to 20ft at 40 kts En Route in Poor Visibility The German safety investigation body, the BFU, is investigating a serious incident that occurred to Sikorsky S-76B D-HHNH on 23 October 2017. History of the Flight In an interim report they describe that the flight was on a return to Emden from the DolWin Alpha High Voltade Direct Current (HVDC) platform in the North Sea, which helps transit power from offshore wind farms ashore. At 0842 hrs the helicopter took off now with four persons on board [2 crew. 2...

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CRJ900 Skids Sideways Down Finnish Runway

Posted by on 9:33 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

CRJ900 Skids Sideways Down Finnish Runway On 25 October 2017, Bombardier CRJ900 EI-FPD of Cityjet was operating as Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) flight SK4236 from Stockholm, Sweden, to Turku, Finland, where it landed at 2024 local time. The Landing of Cityjet Bombardier CRJ900 EI-FPD at Turku After touchdown the aircraft did not decelerate as anticipated and entered a skid, drifting towards the right hand edge of the runway but with the nose pointing to the left of track. In their safety investigation report the Finnish Safety Investigation...

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Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike from Firefighting Bucket

Posted by on 10:51 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Helicopter Tail Rotor Strike from Firefighting Bucket On 2 May 2017 Bell 206B3 N911GE, operated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a public-use aircraft, sustained substantial damage during firefighting operations near Orange Springs, Florida. The pilot was seriously injured. The pilot was using an under slung Bambi Bucket and had completed between 25 and 30 drops on the fire.  According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report: After refueling, he completed three or four additional drops...

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Iced C208 Loses Airspeed During Circling Approach and Strikes Ground

Posted by on 9:51 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Iced C208 Loses Airspeed During Circling Approach and Strikes Ground On the morning of 30 December 2014, Cessna  208B Grand Caravan  N950FE, operated by Baron Aviation Services for Federal Express (FedEx). impacted the ground short of the Roswell International Air Center Airport, New Mexico.  Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed at the time of the accident and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed for a Part 135 scheduled cargo flight from Lubbock, Texas. Baron Aviation Services, of Vichy, Missouri, was...

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AAIB Highlight Electronic Conspicuity and the Limitations of See and Avoid after Mid Air Collision

Posted by on 6:07 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Safety Management

AAIB Highlight Electronic Conspicuity and the Limitations of See and Avoid after MAC (Cessna 152 G-WACG and Guimbal Cabri G2 G-JAMM) Cessna 152, G-WACG and Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopter G-JAMM collided in mid-air when both were engaged on training flights near Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire on 17 November 2017. History of the Flight The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) safety investigation report explains that both aircraft were operating under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) in uncontrolled Class G airspace and neither aircraft was receiving...

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SAR Crew With High Workload Land Wheels Up on Beach

Posted by on 7:27 am in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

SAR Crew With High Workload Land Wheels Up on Beach On 9 August 2016, a Search and Rescue (SAR) Leonardo AW139 of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), JA968A, made a wheels-up landing on a beach in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.  The aircraft had been called out on a rescue mission in a small cove in the wake of a passing tropical storm. History of the Flight According to the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) safety investigation report, as the aircraft was descending through 150ft on approach to enter a hover in the cove, the aural warning that the...

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Investigation into F-22A Take Off Accident Highlights a Cultural Issue

Posted by on 1:49 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Investigation into F-22A Take Off Accident Highlights a Cultural Issue: 07-4146 at NAS Fallon, 13 April 2018 On 15 November 2018 the US Air Force (USAF) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report into a Lockheed Martin  F-22A Raptor 07-4146 accident at NAS Fallon, NV on 13 April 2018. The Accident Flight The F-22A of the 90th Fighter Squadron, based at Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, was taking off from Fallon for a Top Gun graduation exercise, operating against US Navy F-18s. The aircraft was rotated at 120 knots...

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Inadequate Maintenance, An Engine Failure and Mishandling: Crash of a USAF WC-130H

Posted by on 9:20 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Inadequate Maintenance, An Engine Failure and Mishandling: Crash of USAF WC-130H 65-0968 in Savannah, Georgia On 2 May 2018, a Lockheed  WC-130H Hercules, 65-0968, of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard‘s 156th Airlift Wing (156 AW), crashed shortly after take off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (KSAV), Georgia. All nine persons on board were killed.  The last moments of teh flight were captured on dramatic CCTV footage: History of the Accident Flight The aircraft was en route to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona...

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Lost Tool FODs Propeller Blade, Penetrating Turboprop’s Fuselage

Posted by on 3:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Lost Tool FODs Propeller Blade, Penetrating Turboprop’s Fuselage (SA226 N158WA) On 20 March 2017, during a pre-dawn take off for a single pilot positioning flight from Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field (BOI), Idaho, Western Airlines Swearingen SA226TC Metro II  N158WA suffered substantial foreign object damage due to a forgotten tool. Accident Flight According to the safety investigation report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): …the pilot reported that prior to departing on the repositioning flight, he reviewed...

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Korean T-50 Accident at Singapore Airshow

Posted by on 4:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Korean T-50 Accident at Singapore Airshow On 6 February 2018 a KAI  T-50 Golden Eagle  trainer of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) suffered a runway excursion and overturned during a formation take off at the Singapore Airshow. History of the Flight The T-50 veered to the right of Runway 20R in Changi Airport during take-off for an aerial display with 7 other T-50s of the ROKAF flying display team. Subsequently, the aircraft zigzagged on the runway for about 750 metres before skidding off the left edge of the runway.   In their...

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