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NASCAR Driver and Pilot Died in Mooney M20C Fuel Starvation FOD Accident

Posted by on 2:00 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

NASCAR Driver Ted Christopher and Pilot Died in Mooney M20C Fuel Starvation FOD Accident (N53CP) On 16 September 2017 Mooney M20C, N53CP was destroyed when it impacted trees near North Branford, Connecticut. The pilot and his passenger, NASCAR driver Ted Christopher, were fatally injured. History of the Accident Flight The 81 year old retired airline pilot departed Francis S. Gabreski Airport (FOK), Westhampton Beach, New York about 1000 for Robertson Field (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut to pick the passenger up for a subsequent return flight...

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Alaskan AS350 CFIT With Unrestrained Cargo in Cabin

Posted by on 2:53 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Alaskan Airbus AS350B2 CFIT With Unrestrained Cargo in Cabin (N194EH of ERA Helicopters, 5 May 2016) On 5 May 2016 Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 helicopter N194EH, operated by Era Helicopters, suffered a Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) while on approach to a remote landing site on the Norris Glacier about 15 miles northeast of Juneau, Alaska. The pilot received serious injuries, and the helicopter sustained substantial damage. It was conducting a Part 91 as a visual flight rules (VFR) internal-cargo company flight.  Degraded conditions...

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R44 Force Lands After Improper Repair

Posted by on 3:20 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Robinson R44 N3254E Force Lands After Improper Repair On 21 July 2017 Robinson R44 II  N3254E landed hard during an emergency autorotation in Van Nuys, California. The National Helicopter Service and Engineering Company were operating the R44 on a 1 hour Part 91 revenue sightseeing flight around the Los Angeles area.  The pilot sustained minor injuries but the three passengers were seriously injured. Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say in their safety investigation report that: The pilot reported that the...

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S2000 Runway Excursion at the Start of the Take Off Roll

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

S2000 Runway Excursion at the Start of the Take Off Roll (SE-LRA at Linköping) On 8 May 2019, Saab 2000 SE-LRA, operating as a transport flight for Saab, suffered a runway excursion at the beginning of the takeoff roll from Linköping/Saab airport, in Sweden. The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (the Statens Haverikommission [SHK]) say in their safety investigation report that: The captain taxied to the runway using the nose wheel steering tiller without any difficulties. After lining up, the crew conducted the daily propeller overspeed...

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Fukushima Police Leonardo AW139 Accident: JTSB Update

Posted by on 5:25 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fukushima Police Leonardo AW139 Accident: JTSB Update (JA139F) On 25 February 2020 the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) issued an update (in Japanese) on an accident that occurred on 1 February 2020 to Leonardo Helicopters AW139 JA139F of the Fukushima Prefectural Police Aviation Unit.  It is understood that the aircraft was transferring human heart for a transplant operation.  All seven occupants were injured, four seriously. Our translation is below: Aerossurance has extensive air safety, operations, airworthiness, human factors,...

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Fatal MD600 Collision With Powerline During Construction

Posted by on 6:41 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Fatal MD600 Collision With Powerline During Construction (High Line Helicopters N602BP) On 8 April 2018 MD Helicopters MD600N N602BP, operated by High Line Helicopters as a Part 133 external load flight, was destroyed when it collided with power line support structure in Smethport, Pennsylvania during a utility construction project. The pilot was seriously injured and two linesmen were fatally injured.  According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation report issued in December 2019: High Line Helicopters was hired...

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USAF T-6A Texan II Lost in Inverted Stall

Posted by on 6:45 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management

USAF T-6A Texan II Lost in Inverted Stall On 1 May 2019 US Air Force (USAF) Beechcraft T-6A Texan II 07-3890, crashed 21 miles NE of Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB), Texas.  The crew safely ejected using Martin Baker Mk 16 ejection seats and suffered only minor injuries.  The aircraft, valued at approximately $5.7 million, was destroyed. The Accident Flight On board were an instructor from 97th Flying Training Squadron (FTS) and a ‘student’ from 89 FTS (both part of the 80th Flying Training Wing).  The instructor had 2,153.6...

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S-61N Damaged During Take Off When Swashplate Seized Due to Corrosion

Posted by on 9:59 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

S-61N Damaged During Take Off When Swashplate Seized Due to Corrosion (G-ATBJ) British International Sikorsky S-61N G-ATBJ was preparing to fly from Marchwood Military Port in Hampshire to a maintenance base on 1 February 2018 when a series of factors resulted in a dramatic dockside drama. The Accident Flight In their safety investigation report, published 3o January 2020, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) explain that: G-ATBJ had previously been operating in the Falkland Islands for four years until its last flight on 31...

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Emirates B777 Runway Impact During Attempted Go-Around, 3 August 2016, Dubai: Accident Report

Posted by on 8:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Emirates B777 A6-EMW: Runway Impact During Attempted Go-Around, 3 August 2016, Dubai: Accident Report On 6 February 2020, the Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS) of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) released their safety investigation report into a 3 August 2016 accident.  Emirates Boeing 777-31H A6-EMW, had departed Trivandrum International Airport (VOTV), India for Dubai International Airport (OMDB), the United Arab Emirates, with 282 passengers, 2 flight and 16 cabin crew members aboard. The Commander’s total flying...

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Heli-Expo 2020 Photo Report

Posted by on 9:10 pm in Business Aviation, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Mining / Resource Sector, News, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Special Mission Aircraft

Heli-Expo 2020 Photo Report We bring news from the annual HAI Heli-Expo being held this year from Anaheim, California.  The show has been sadly overshadowed by an S-76B accident with 9 fatalities, (including basketball star Kobe Bryant) close by in California on 26 January 2020. All show photos © Aerossurance unless otherwise stated. See also our 2015,  2016, 2017 and 2018 reports.  In 2019 we were a bit slack and just tweeted! Next year Heli-Expo visits New Orleans. Aerossurance has extensive helicopter safety, design, acquisition,...

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