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B1900D Window Blowout

Posted by on 6:48 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

B1900D Window Blowout On 22 October 2018 Federal Airlines Beechcraft B1900D ZS-PHX was in cruise at 20000ft when it suffered an explosive decompression. The aircraft made a safe landing, without injury to the 13 occupants.  According to the South African CAA safety investigation report, the decompression was due to the failure of the third cabin window on the right-hand side of the fuselage. This window was installed in January 2007, approximately 6,000 flying hours earlier.  The first two cabin windows on each side of the B1900 are...

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AAR Bell 214ST Accident in Afghanistan in 2012: NTSB Report

Posted by on 7:44 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Regulation, Safety Management

AAR Bell 214ST N5748M Accident in Afghanistan in 2012: NTSB Report On 16 January 2012, Bell 214ST N5748M, crashed 7 miles south of Camp Bastion in Helmand province, Afghanistan, killing the crew of three. The helicopter was operated as a Part 135 flight by AAR Airlift Group under contract to the Department of Defense (DOD) Air Mobility Command (AMC), the air component of the US Transportation Command). The Accident Flight The helicopter, call sign ‘Slingshot 72′, was transporting military personnel between coalition bases with...

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Norwegian HEMS Landing Wirestrike

Posted by on 8:38 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Norwegian HEMS Landing Wirestrike  (Norsk Luftambulanse EC135P2+ LN-OOI) On 14 January 2013, a HEMS / air ambulance Airbus Helicopters EC135P2+, LN-OOI of Norsk Luftambulanse, crashed near an entrance to Sønsterud tunnel in Hole municipality, Buskerud County, Norway.  The pilot and a doctor on board were killed.  The HEMS Crew Member (HCM) survived with serious injuries. History of the Accident Flight According to the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) investigation report (issued in June 2015), the helicopter and its crew were on...

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A109E Window Loss Highlights Maintenance Lessons

Posted by on 5:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

A109E Window Loss Highlights Maintenance Lessons During a post-maintenance flight over Cornwall on 27 June 2019, of Leonardo A109E, G-ETPI, as the helicopter was accelerated towards 140 kt, there was a loud bang and a sudden increase in wind noise.  The window transparency from the left cockpit door had separated. The pilot was able to land the aircraft safely. According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in their safety investigation report: The A109E cockpit doors are of a composite construction and include a non-opening...

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Runway Excursion Exposes Safety Management Issues

Posted by on 9:02 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Runway Excursion Exposes Safety Management Issues On 7 January 2019 RAF-AVIA Saab 340B YL-RAF, positioning from the airline’s base at Riga in Latvia veered off the runway during the landing roll at Savonlinna Airport in Finland. The Accident Flight The Finnish Safety Investigation Authority (SIAF, the Onnettomuustutkintakeskus) explain in their safety investigation report that: The runway had been cleared of snow but the clearance had to be repeated to achieve better runway friction. The aircraft had to wait for the landing in the...

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EC130B4 Destroyed After Ice Ingestion – Engine Intake Left Uncovered

Posted by on 8:35 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

EC130B4 Destroyed After Ice Ingestion - Engine Intake Left Uncovered (AMC, N334AM) On 2 January 2013, Eurocopter EC130B4 HEMS air ambulance helicopter N334AM, operated by Air Methods, experienced a hard landing following a loss of power from its Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 turboshaft engine near Seminole, Oklahoma. The pilot and three medical crew members were all seriously injured. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say in their final report, that according to the pilot, the crew… …received a standby call for a response...

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Costa Rican C208B Stalled While Trying To Avoid High Ground

Posted by on 8:47 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

Costa Rican C208B Stalled While Trying To Avoid High Ground (Nature Air TI-BEI) On 31 December 2017, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan TI-BEI, operated by Nature Air, crashed while manoeuvring after takeoff at Islita Airport (MRIA), near Corozalito, Costa Rica. The 2 flight crew and 10 passengers (all 10 US tourists) were fatally injured.  There was a post crash fire. The Accident Flight The C208 was the second of a pair of  C208Bs transporting hotel guests from MRIA to Juan Santamaría International Airport (MROC), San Jose, where most of the...

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Fatal Powerline Human External Cargo Flight

Posted by on 10:07 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Regulation, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Powerline Human External Cargo (HEC) Flight (Winco H369D N138WH) On 7 November 2017 Hughes 369D helicopter, N138WH operated by Winco Powerline Services under Part 133 regulations, was lifting two electricity utility linesmen on an external cargo long line. as Human External Cargo (HEC).  The long line contacting a shield wire suspended between power transmission towers near Sulphur, Louisiana.  The long line severed and the two linesmen were fatally injured when they fell around 100 ft to the ground. According to the US National...

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Season’s Greetings from Aerossurance

Posted by on 2:57 pm in News

Aerossurance sends its Season’s Greetings to all its customers, partners, suppliers, colleagues and friends.   We also wish you all a safe and prosperous 2020! For aviation advice you can trust, contact Aerossurance at: enquiries@aerossurance.com Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @Aerossurance for our latest...

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BK117B2 Air Ambulance Flameout: Fuel Transfer Pumps OFF, Caution Lights Invisible in NVG Modified Cockpit

Posted by on 6:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Air Methods Airbus BK117B2 HEMS Air Ambulance N238BK Flameout: Fuel Transfer Pumps OFF, Caution Lights Invisible in NVG Modified Cockpit Just after sunset on 1 July 2017 an Air Methods Corporation Airbus Helicopters BK117B2, N238BK, conducting a Part 135 inter-hospital patient transfer air ambulance flight, landed hard and rolled over during a forced landing in a field outside Perryville, Missouri. The pilot, the three medical personnel and the 5 year old patient all received minor injuries. History of the Accident Flight The aircraft was...

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