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RCMP AS350B3 Left Uncovered During Snowfall Fatally Looses Power on Take Off

Posted by on 11:02 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

RCMP AS350B3 Left Uncovered During Snowfall Fatally Looses Power on Take Off On 17 January 2012, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Eurocopter AS350B3 C-FMPG, was destroyed and its pilot killed at Cultus Lake, near Chilliwack, British Columbia. History of the Flight According the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) final report, earlier in the day, the helicopter had deployed from Vancouver to a Canadian Dept of National Defence (DND) site at Cultus Lake. At 1145, the helicopter took off and carried out human external transportation...

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HF of the Selection of Parking Brake Instead of Speed Brake During a Hectic Approach

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

Human Factors (HF) of the Selection of Parking Brake Instead of Speed Brake During a Hectic Approach The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has reported in their January 2019 Bulletin on a runway excursion accident at Bristol Airport to BMI Regional Embraer ERJ145 G-CKAG on 22 December 2017. The investigators explain that: Occupying the left seat was a captain-under-training, new to both the operator and the aircraft type [the Pilot Flying (PF) for that sector]. Occupying the right seat was a company training captain, who was the...

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Incorrectly Rigged B1900D Charlotte, NC, 8 January 2003: 21 Fatalities

Posted by on 2:13 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Incorrectly Rigged  B1900D N233YV, Air Midwest Flight 5481, Charlotte, NC, 8 January 2003: 21 Fatalities On 8 January 2003, Beechcraft 1900D, N233YV, flying Air Midwest Flight 5481, operated for US Airways Express, crashed into a hangar shortly during takeoff from Charlotte, North Carolina.  Both flight crew members and all 19 passengers were killed. The Safety Investigation The NTSB report subsequently established that after takeoff, the pilots had also been unable to control the pitch of the aircraft. This was the aircraft’s tenth flight...

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British Midland Boeing 737-400 G-OBME Fatal Accident, Kegworth 8 January 1989

Posted by on 6:53 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Regulation, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

British Midland Boeing 737-400 G-OBME Fatal Accident, Kegworth 8 January 1989 At 19:52 on Sunday 8 January 1989 British Midland Boeing 737-4Y0 G-OBME took off from London Heathrow for Belfast. Thirty three minutes later 47 people on board would be dead in a crash near the Leicestershire village of Kegworth. Just 13 minutes after take off, while climbing through 28,300 ft, the outer panel of one of the No. 1 (i.e left hand) engine fan blades detached, causing compressor stalls, airframe vibration and a smell of fire in the cockpit.  The...

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USAF HH-60G Downed by Geese in Norfolk, 7 January 2014

Posted by on 12:01 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

USAF HH-60G Downed by Geese in Norfolk During CSAR Training, 7 January 2014 After dark on 7 January 2014, US Air Force (USAF) Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk 88-26109, of the 56th Rescue Squadron, at RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, crashed in marshland near the village of Cley next the Sea, Norfolk, UK.  The four crew were fatally injured.  The aircraft, valued at $40.3 million was destroyed. The helicopter had experienced multiple bird strikes during a nighttime rescue of a simulated downed F-16 pilot as a check ride for 88-26109′s pilot. The...

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Fatal Biplane/Helicopter Mid Air Collision in Spain, 30 December 2017

Posted by on 6:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Biplane/Helicopter Mid Air Collision in Spain, 30 December 2017 On 30 December 2017 a collision occurred at Mutxamel (Alicante) aerodrome involving Bell 412SP helicopter EC-MMC and CASA 1131 Bucker Bü 131 Jungmann biplane N1950M. The Spanish accident investigation agency, the CIAIAC, explain in their safety investigation report that: The helicopter, operated by Babcock, was returning to the aerodrome after taking part in firefighting activities, while the biplane was on a private flight in the vicinity of the airport. According to the...

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Disorientated Dive into Lake Erie

Posted by on 5:05 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Disorientated Dive into Lake Erie On 29 December 2016 Cessna 525C (Citation CJ4) N614SB of Maverick Air, was destroyed when it impacted Lake Erie shortly after a night takeoff from runway 24R at the Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL), Cleveland, Ohio. The pilot and five passengers died. History of the Accident Flight According to the US National Transportation Board (NTSB), safety investigation report: The airplane entered a right turn shortly after takeoff and proceeded out over a large lake. Dark night visual conditions prevailed at the airport;...

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Final Report Issued on 2008 B737 Bird Strike Accident in Rome

Posted by on 12:40 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Final Report Issued on 2008 B737 Bird Strike Accident in Rome On 10 November 2008 Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS EI-DYG collided with a dense flock of starlings (typical mass 40-1o0 g) on short finals at Rome Ciampino.  The Italian safety investigation agency, the ANSV, discuss this accident in a final report issued 20 December 2018. The crew spotted the birds and being aware of the relatively short 2207m runway, initiated a go-around around 100m from the threshold at approximately the same time as impacts occurred.  The crew said these sounded like...

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Inadequate Maintenance at a USAF Depot Featured in Fatal USMC KC-130T Accident

Posted by on 12:25 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Inadequate Maintenance at a USAF Depot Featured in Fatal USMC KC-130T Accident Maintenance issues at a US Air Force (USAF) depot featured in the loss of US Marine Corps (USMC) Reserve Lockheed KC-130T Hercules 165000 and 16 lives when a propeller blade failed in flight over Itta Bena, Mississippi on 10 July 2017 . The USMC Command Investigation determined that the accident was due to: …an inflight departure of the number four blade from the number two propeller. This propeller blade (P2B4) liberated while the aircraft was flying at a...

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B777 in Autoland Mode Left Runway When Another Aircraft Interfered With the Localiser Signal

Posted by on 12:56 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

B777 in Autoland Mode Left Runway When Another Aircraft Interfered With the Localiser Signal Boeing  777-312ER  9V-SWQ of Singapore Airlines was flying from Manchester to Munich on 3 November 2011.  Shortly after touch-down in Munich the aircraft veered to the left and went off the runway, before veering right and coming to a stop on the grass to the other side next to the runway. In their safety investigation report, published 85 months after the occurrence, German safety investigation body, the BFU, explain that: …the co-pilot was...

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