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Boeing 737-800 Engine Nacelle Strike and Continued Operation

Posted by on 7:39 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Boeing 737-800 Engine Nacelle Strike and Continued Operation (Virgin Australia VH-YIW) On 23 April 2016 Virgin Australia Boeing 737-8FE VH-YIW was operating from Auckland, New Zealand to Faleolo Airport, Apia, Samoa.  Unbeknown to the crew, the right engine nacelle made contact with the runway during the landing and been damaged.  The damage was not detected for several days. The Serious Incident Flight The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 30 June 2020) that the aircraft was...

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Inadvertent Entry into IMC During Mountaintop HESLO

Posted by on 2:01 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Inadvertent Entry into IMC During Mountaintop HESLO (Air Greenland Airbus AS350B3 OY-HGT) On 24 June 2019, during Helicopter External Sling Load Operation (HESLO) in Greenland inadvertent entry to Instrument Metrological Conditions (IMC) resulted in Air Greenland Airbus AS350B3 OY-HGT impacting the ground.  The pilot escaped injury. The Accident The Accident Investigation Board Denmark (AIBD) explain in their safety investigation report that the helicopter was moving fuel with a 30 m long line from a barge to the mountaintop Telesite Dye...

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Carb Icing Suspected in Fatal Aerial Photography Flight

Posted by on 7:39 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Carb Icing Suspected in Fatal Aerial Photography Flight (Cessna 152, N24515) On 17 July 2018 Cessna 152 N24515 crashed near Fort Rice, North Dakota, during its second low-level aerial photography flight of the day from Mandan Airport, North Dakota.  The pilot, the sole occupant, was killed. The Accident Flight and NTSB Safety Investigation The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 13 July 2020) that the pilot (35 years old with c750 hours total time) would take the photographs...

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AW139 Brownout Accident with the Nigerian VP Aboard

Posted by on 9:01 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Business Aviation, FDM / Data Recorders, Helicopters, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

AW139 Brownout Accident with the Nigerian VP Aboard (Caverton Helicopters, 5N-CML) On 2 February 2019 Leonardo Helicopters AW139 5N-CML of Caverton Helicopters crashed while landing at a football pitch at Kabba, Kogi State on a VVIP flight with Nigerian Vice President Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo on board.  All 12 on board escaped without injury, though the aircraft was destroyed.  The chartered commercial helicopter was being used because the Vice President was making an election campaign visit. The Accident Flight...

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US Dash 8-100 Stalled and Dropped 5000 ft Over Alaska

Posted by on 10:21 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

US Dash 8-100 Stalled and Dropped 5000 ft Over Alaska (Era Aviation N886EA) On 5 September 2012 Bombardier DHC-8-103 / Dash 8-100 N886EA, operated by Era Aviation as a Part 121 scheduled commercial flight with 12 passengers and 3 crewmembers onboard, stalled, rolled and made an uncontrolled descent when climbing through 12,000 feet.  The aircraft dropped 5,000 ft before the crew recovered full control of the aircraft.  The occupants were uninjured and the aircraft returned to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Alaska with...

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Impromptu Landing – Unseen Cable

Posted by on 8:29 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management

Impromptu Landing – Unseen Cable (Skogsflyg Cassel Aero R44 SE-JIT) On 8 November 2019 Robinson R44 SE-JIT of Skogsflyg Cassel Aero landed hard at Unkervatnet in Norway while conducting reindeer herding task for a Sami village in the Tärnaby area of Sweden. The Accident Flight The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) explain in their safety investigation report (issued on 2 July 2020 in Swedish with an English summary) that on-board were the pilot and a mission specialist, a reindeer owner from the Sami village.  The...

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HESLO AS350B2 Dropped Load – Phase Out of Spring-Loaded Keepers for Keeperless Hooks

Posted by on 7:36 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

HESLO AS350B2 Dropped Load – Phase Out of Spring-Loaded Keepers for Keeperless Hooks (PDG AS350B2 G-PDGF) On 3 March 2020 Airbus AS350B2 G-PDGF of PDG Aviation Services inadvertently dropped a 700 kg underslung load while conducting Helicopter External Sling Load Operations (HESLO) near Glencoe in Argyll, Scotland.  The pole broke into two when it impacted a hillside about 200 m from a minor public road, but clear of any third parties.  HESLO AS350B2 Dropped Load – The Incident Flight G-PDGF was being used to transport 47 wooden...

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NDI Process Failures Preceded B777 PW4077 Engine FBO

Posted by on 8:23 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

NDI Process Failures Preceded Boeing 777 PW4077 Fan Blade Off (FBO) Event (United Airlines N7773UA) On 13 February 2018 United Airlines Boeing 777-222 N773UA, suffered a fan blade off event and lost most of the inlet duct and both the left and right fan cowls of its No. 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4077 engine. Two small punctures were found in the right-hand fuselage just below the window line.  This occurred over the Pacific Ocean shortly before top of descent when en route to Honolulu (HNL), Hawaii.  The aircraft made a safe landing without...

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Vortex Ring State: Virginia State Police Bell 407 Fatal Accident

Posted by on 11:04 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Vortex Ring State: Virginia State Police Bell 407 Fatal Accident (N31WA, Charlottesville, Virginia) The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have concluded the Virginia State Police (VSP) Aviation Unit Bell 407 helicopter, N31VA, that crashed during surveillance of a violent ‘white nationalist‘ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on 12 August 2017 had entered a Vortex Ring State (VRS).  The helicopter impacted the ground, there was a post-crash fire.  The pilot and the observer were fatally injured. The Accident Flight...

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ATR72 Survives Water Impact During Unstabilised Approach

Posted by on 7:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

ATR72 Survives Water Impact During Unstabilised Approach (Royal Air Maroc Express ATR 72-600 CN-COH) On 9 July 2018 Royal Air Maroc Express ATR 72-600 CN-COH struck the surface of the Mediterranean during an approach to Al Hoceima, Morocco.  The aircraft was able to climb away and made a safe landing at Nador. The Safety Investigation The Morocco BEA issued their safety investigation report (in French only) on 12 July 2020.  They explain that the aircraft had been operating Casablanca-Al Hoceima-Tangier-Al Hoceima-Casablanca.  The 61 year old...

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