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C208B Force Landing After Inadequate Maintenance Fault Finding

Posted by on 10:06 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

C208B Force Landing After Inadequate Maintenance Fault Finding On 12 May 2016 Cessna 208B Caravan N1114A of the Parachute Center was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Acampo, California, 1 minute into a skydiving flight. The aircraft ended inverted in a vineyard, the pilot suffered minor injuries but the 17 passengers were all uninjured. According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in their safety investigation report: The pilot reported that…as the airplane passed 1,000 ft above ground level (agl),...

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The “Hold My Beer” Helicopter Accident

Posted by on 11:39 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance

The “Hold My Beer” Helicopter Accident “Hold My Beer” is label applied on-line to video footage of many dangerous and/or ill-advised stunts, where the impending embarrassing and often painful failure is usually glaringly obvious before the end of the video. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported on a helicopter accident that had a fatal alcohol fuelled ending. The Accident Flight On 12 June 2016 Robinson Helicopter Company (RHC) R44 II Raven N789MR impacted the ground during takeoff from the...

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Investigators Criticise Cargo Carrier’s Culture & FAA Regulation After Fatal Somatogravic LOC-I

Posted by on 10:43 am in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Investigators Criticise Cargo Carrier’s Culture & FAA Regulation After Fatal Somatogravic Loss of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) On 29 October 2014, Shorts 360 N380MQ, operated by SkyWay Enterprises as a Part 135 flight on contract to FedEx, crashed into the sea, shortly after a night time take-off from Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. The aircraft, which was was on a regular cargo flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was found on the sea bed 0.8 miles from the Princess Juliana International Airport, Sint Maarten (SXM). The two pilots,...

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Hoist Assembly Errors: SAR Personnel Dropped Into Sea

Posted by on 10:11 am in Accidents & Incidents, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Hoist Assembly Errors: SAR Personnel Dropped Into Sea On 30 June 2017 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter NA-703 of the Taiwanese Ministry of the Interior National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) was conducted a Search and Rescue (SAR) training mission off Taichung Harbour, Taiwan. During the third hosting operation the hook assembly separated from the hoist cable, causing two rescuers to fall into the sea. The two were recovered by a surface craft.  One sustained minor injuries but the other was seriously injured. The Aviation Safety Council...

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Man Hit By Aircraft During Arctic Nuclear Sub Exercise

Posted by on 11:13 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Man Hit By Aircraft During Arctic Nuclear Sub Exercise Often headlines disappoint.  Well this story is exactly what the headline says. On 20 March 2018, de Havilland Canada (now Viking Air) DHC-6 Twin Otter N716JP struck an individual during take-off from a remote sea ice airstrip, about 140 miles north of Deadhorse, Alaska (the flight’s destination).  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that the casualty suffered serious head and neck injuries and the aircraft received substantial damage to the left wing and left...

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King Air 200 Smoke and Fumes From Windshield Electrical Fault

Posted by on 7:02 am in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

King Air 200 Smoke and Fumes From Windshield Electrical Fault Privately owned Beechcraft King Air B200 JA01EP was climbing from FL150 to FL200 en route from Gifu to Takamatsu in Japan on 6 April 2017 when smoke and a burning smell appeared in the cockpit. The whole right windshield inner pane cracked “like a spider’s web”. The crew declared an emergency and diverted back to Gifu, making a safe landing. The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) say in their safety investigation report that burn marks were subsequently found...

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Indian King Air Take Off Accident: Organisational & Training Weaknesses

Posted by on 6:50 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Indian King Air Take Off Accident: Organisational & Training Weaknesses Beechcraft  King Air 200  VT-BSA of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Air Wing crashed on 22 December 2015 after a Loss of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) shortly after take off on a flight from New Delhi to Ranchi.  There were ten persons on board, all of whom were fatally injured. The Accident Flight In their report the DGCA India say: Shortly after take-off and attaining a height of approximately 400 feet AGL, the aircraft progressively turned left with...

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Significant Twin Otter NLG Crack

Posted by on 8:40 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs

Significant DHC-6 Twin Otter NLG Crack A significant crack was found in the Nose Landing Gear (NLG) of a Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter according to a Service Difficult Report (SDR) submitted to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in Australia. The SDR states: During maintenance inspections, a crack was detected at the upper end of the nose landing gear outer cylinder. It was found that other operators had also experienced similar failures and…previous investigations had found that the crack originated from a corrosion pit found under...

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USAF F-16C Crash: Engine Maintenance Error

Posted by on 4:57 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management

USAF F-16C Crash: Engine Maintenance Error Improper assembly of the Main Engine Control unit caused a USAF Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 30H 87-0306 to be destroyed in a crash SW of Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on 5 April 2017, according to the USAF Accident Investigation Board. The pilot ejected safely 10s before impact. The F-16C was from the Air National Guard  113th Wing, 121st Fighter Squadron at Joint Base Andrews and was one of four departing on a basic surface attack training mission. During take off the aircraft experienced an...

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EC120 Forgotten Walkaround

Posted by on 9:03 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

EC120 Forgotten Walkaround Maintenance, which included a compressor wash and an ‘A’ check , had been conducted on privately owned Airbus Helicopters  EC120B G-SWNG.  After the maintenance, according to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report “the pilot left the helicopter for a short period of time” on 17 August 2017. The pilot stated that when he returned to the helicopter, contrary to his normal practice, he forgot to complete a walkaround inspection of the helicopter before commencing the flight. On approach...

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