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Fatal Taiwanese Night SAR Mission

Posted by on 11:14 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Taiwanese Night SAR Hoist Mission (NASC AS365N3 NA-106) On 5 December 2018, a National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) Airbus Helicopters AS365N3 Dauphin NA-106, was carrying out a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission to hoist aboard an injured sailor from the bulk carrier W-STAR about 11 nm west of the Peng-Jia Islet when a winchman and patient were both fatally injured (in NASC’s second fatal hoisting accident in 31 days).   Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB), which recently replaced the Aviation Safety Council (ASC) of Taiwan,...

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Luftwaffe VVIP Global 5000 Written Off After Flying Control Assembly Error

Posted by on 5:32 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Luftwaffe VVIP Global 5000 Written Off After Flying Control Assembly Error On 16 April 2019 Luftwaffe VVIP Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 14+01 departed Berlin-Schönefeld (BER) for Cologne-Bonn (CGN) on its first flight after having undergone heavy maintenance by Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS). The aircraft climbed to c 21000 ft but suffered flight control problems.  The aircraft returned to Berlin-Schönefeld but suffered severe roll instability and the both wing tips reportedly struck the runway.  Some reports suggest the...

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Dash 8 Q400 Return to Base After Pitot System Contaminated By Unapproved Test Kit Lubricant

Posted by on 9:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Dash 8 Q400 Return to Base After Pitot System Contaminated By Unapproved Test Kit Lubricant (Flybe G-JECR) On 15 November 2018, Flybe DHC Dash 8 Q400 G-JECR returned to Exeter, shortly after departing for Paris Charles de Gaulle when the pilots received an intermittent ALT MISMATCH message during the climb.  The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigation revealed a difference between ‘work as imagined’ and ‘work as done’ in testing the pitot static system.  In their safety investigation report the AAIB...

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Fall From Stretcher During Taiwanese SAR Mission

Posted by on 8:33 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fall From Stretcher During Taiwanese SAR Mission (NASC AS365N2 NA-104) On 4 November 2018, a National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) Airbus Helicopters AS365N2 Dauphin NA-104, took off from Kaohsiung International Airport at 1715 Local Time.  It was to do a Search and Rescue (SAR) tasking to hoist an unconscious patient from a cargo ship c 2.5 nm offshore.  At about 1726, while hoisting, the patient fell from stretcher into the sea.  They were recovered but pronounced dead on landing. Taiwan Transportation Safety Board (TTSB), which recently...

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Austrian Police EC135P2+ Impacted Glassy Lake

Posted by on 4:58 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Austrian Police EC135P2+ Impacted Glassy Lake After nearly 8 years and 8 months Austrian accident investigators from the Sicherheitsuntersuchungsstelle des Bundes (SUB) have released their report into Interior Ministry Airbus Helicopters EC135P2+ police helicopter, OE-BXF, that impacted Lake Achensee on the morning of 30 March 2011.  All 4 occupants were killed. The helicopter arrived in the vicinity of the village of Achenkirch, north of the lake, just over 30 minutes after departure from Innsbruck.  The weather was good and winds were calm....

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Unalaska Saab 2000 Fatal Runway Excursion: PenAir N686PA 17 Oct 2019

Posted by on 7:21 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Unalaska Saab 2000 Fatal Runway Excursion: PenAir N686PA 17 Oct 2019 The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued an investigative update for the 17 October 2019 runway overrun of PenAir Saab 2000 N686PA (Flight 3296) while landing at Tom Madsen Airport (PADU/DUT), Unalaska, Alaska (Port of Dutch Harbor).  This was only the second fatal accident involving a US Part 121 passenger airline since 2009. The flight was cleared for the RNAV runway 13 approach into PADU. The aircraft passed through the airport perimeter fence,...

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UH-1H Fuel Exhaustion Accident

Posted by on 2:37 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

UH-1H Fuel Exhaustion Accident Bell UH-1H N4085L, used for Part 133 External Load Operations by Yukon Helicopters, was damaged in a hard landing after being forced to autorotate after fuel exhaustion on 6 June 2019 near Bethel, Alaska. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tailboom and transmission mounts and both occupants were injured. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report: The chief pilot, who was also the helicopter’s owner, reported that he had refueled the helicopter...

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Tight Cable Tie Nose Gear Jam

Posted by on 3:42 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Tight Cable Tie Nose Gear Jam (Flybe Dash 8 Q400 G-JEDU) Flybe DHC Dash 8 Q400 G-JEDU made an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport with its Nose Landing Gear (NLG) retracted on 10 November 2017 after cockpit indications showed that the nose landing gear doors had not closed after landing gear retraction. There was an emergency evacuation and two of the 53 passengers sustained minor injuries.  Evacuation was complicated as the forward left airstair door was at a shallow angle while the the rear door sill height was large. Safety...

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“Shoulda gone around”: B727 Landing with NLG Retracted

Posted by on 12:56 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

“Shoulda gone around”: Kalitta Cargo B727 N720CK Landing with NLG Retracted On 28 January 2019, Kalitta Charters II cargo Boeing 727-2B6 N720CK, landed with its nose gear retracted at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (TCL), Alabama.  The operator is a Part 121 cargo airline based in Ypsilanti, Michigan that conducts just-in-time cargo operations for the automotive industry. They operated a fleet of 5 B727 aircraft and 9 other aircraft. According to the NTSB’s preliminary report: …about 12 miles from the airport the captain...

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Taiwan Night Medevac Helicopter Take Off Accident

Posted by on 8:10 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Taiwan Night Medevac Helicopter Take Off Accident (NASC UH-60M Black Hawk NA-706) On 5 February 2018 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter NA-706 of the Taiwanese Ministry of the Interior National Airborne Service Corps (NASC), conducting a nighttime air ambulance medevac flight, departed Lanyu Airport on Orchid Island off the South East coast of Taiwan. Contact was lost with the helicopter approximately 81 seconds after take off as it crashed into the sea.  The 6 persons on board (two flight crew, one rear crew, a medical passenger, the...

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