News & Comment

Eclipse 500 Landing Gear Production Defect

Posted by on 3:57 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Eclipse 500 Landing Gear Production Defect On 11 June 2015, Eclipse Aviation (now part of ONE Aviation) EA500 N508JA, operated by Memly Aviation, experienced left main landing gear (MLG) collapse while taxiing for departure at Sacramento Executive Airport, California. The three persons onboard were uninjured but there was substantial damage to the left wing. The left MLG trunnion (TSN 1,275 hours and  CSN 1,492 cycles) had broken near the rear attachment point and the MLG had penetrated through the wing. The US National Transportation Safety...

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Torched Tennessee Tour Trip (B206L N16760)

Posted by on 10:34 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Torched Tennessee Tour Trip (B206L N16760) On 4 April 2016 Bell 206L N16760 suffered an engine power loss and crashed near Pigeon Forge, TN.  The helicopter was operated by Smoky Mountain Helicopters as a Part 91 local air tour flight.  In such cases the operator is approved by the FAA  to conduct air tours within 25 statute miles of the departure airport under Part 91.147, a rather basic requirement with few obligations compared to Part 135 (Air Taxi). There was no distress call.  According to the US National Transportation Safety Board...

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Crossed Cables: Colgan Air B1900D N240CJ Maintenance Error

Posted by on 6:34 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Crossed Cables: Colgan Air B1900D N240CJ Maintenance Error On 26 August 2003, Beechcraft 1900D, N240CJ, operated by Colgan Air (operated for US Airways Express) crashed shortly after take off on a post-maintenance ferry flight from Barnstable Municipal Airport, Hyannis, Massachusetts, to Albany International Airport, New York. The Accident Flight During the takeoff roll, the pitch trim system began to move in the downward direction. The initial movement from 1.5º to 3º nose down was consistent with an electric pitch trim motor input. Four...

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Inappropriate Autorotation Training

Posted by on 3:44 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Inappropriate Autorotation Training On 24 October 2015 Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 N911WL of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department landed hard during a practice autorotation near Folsom, California.  The crew of 3 were uninjured but the helicopter was substantially damaged. In their safety investigation report the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain that: The purpose of the public helicopter flight was to perform a patrol mission with a tactical flight officer onboard, while the flight instructor also trained the...

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Investigation into Jet Airways B777 VT-JEK Serious Incident at Heathrow

Posted by on 10:04 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Investigation into Jet Airways B777 VT-JEK Serious Incident at Heathrow On 30 August 2016  Jet Airways Boeing  B777-300 VT-JEK departed from Runway 27L at London Heathrow bound for Mumbai with 231 passengers and 15 crew on board. The aircraft departed from intersection departure S4E rather than using the full length of the runway and radio altimeter data showed the aircraft a height above ground of 16 feet at the end of the runway and at 112 feet at the airport perimeter road. The investigation was delegated by the UK Air Accidents...

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In-Flight Flying Control Failure: Indonesian Sikorsky S-76C+ PK-FUP

Posted by on 10:42 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

In-Flight Flying Control Failure: Indonesian Sikorsky S-76C+ PK-FUP Sikorsky S-76C+ helicopter PK-FUP (MSN 760582), operated by Hevilift Aviation Indonesia, crashed on 21 March 2015. The final report of Indonesian safety investigators confirms that control was lost after a main rotor servo push rod connection failed after a loss of torque and progressive wear to the point of separation from the rod end. History of the Flight PK-FUP was conducting a daylight pipeline inspection for Total E&P Indonesia from Sepinggan Airport, via the Handil...

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Improvised Troubleshooting After Cascading A330 Avionics Problems

Posted by on 8:56 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Improvised Troubleshooting After Cascading A330 Avionics Problems On 26 December 2014 XL Airways Airbus A330-243 F-GRSQ suffered a cascading series of failures over the Mediterranean on a flight from Reunion to Marseilles.  The aircraft was at FL380, 280nm south of Athens, when the crew lost all three Inertial Reference Systems (IRS).  This resulted in a decision to divert to Athens, where the aircraft landed safely. History of the Flight The safety investigation body the BEA  say in their report (issued in French only), that shortly after...

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US HEMS EC135P1 Dual Engine Failure: 7 July 2018

Posted by on 11:20 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

US HEMS EC135P1 Dual Engine Failure: 7 July 2018 On the evening of 7 July 2018, at about 21:23 Local Time, Airbus Helicopters  EC135P1  N312SA, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW206B3 turboshafts, impacted the ground hard after an autorotation following a dual engine failure over Chicago, Illinois. The helicopter operated by Pentastar Aviation Charter as a Part 135 helicopter air ambulance (HAA/HEMS) flight for Superior Ambulance. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say in their preliminary report that: The...

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Wayward Window: Fatal Loss of a Fire-Fighting Helicopter in NZ

Posted by on 2:02 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Wayward Window: Fatal Loss of a Fire-Fighting Helicopter in New Zealand On 13 February 2017 a fire-fighting helicopter was lost in a fatal accident in New Zealand.  In their accident report investigators describe how the sudden loss of a window, as a consequence of flying in an unapproved configuration, may have made the pilot pitch up to slow down, allowing the empty under-slung fire-fighting bucket to strike the tail rotor. History of the Flight On the afternoon of 13 February 2017, wildfires broke out in New Zealand between Lyttelton...

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Hard Landing after VRS on Approach to a Hospital Site

Posted by on 5:13 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Hard Landing after VRS on Approach to a Hospital Site On 15 April 2016 a HEMS Airbus Helicopters AS350B2, N561AM, operated by Air Methods Corporation, was substantially damaged in a hard landing at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. Jasper, Georgia. The pilot and three medical personnel, who were inbound to collect a patient, were uninjured. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that “the helicopter completed an orbit over the hospital heliport about 800 ft agl prior to...

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