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Investigation into F-22A Take Off Accident Highlights a Cultural Issue

Posted by on 1:49 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Investigation into F-22A Take Off Accident Highlights a Cultural Issue: 07-4146 at NAS Fallon, 13 April 2018 On 15 November 2018 the US Air Force (USAF) released the Accident Investigation Board (AIB) report into a Lockheed Martin  F-22A Raptor 07-4146 accident at NAS Fallon, NV on 13 April 2018. The Accident Flight The F-22A of the 90th Fighter Squadron, based at Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, was taking off from Fallon for a Top Gun graduation exercise, operating against US Navy F-18s. The aircraft was rotated at 120 knots...

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Inadequate Maintenance, An Engine Failure and Mishandling: Crash of a USAF WC-130H

Posted by on 9:20 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Inadequate Maintenance, An Engine Failure and Mishandling: Crash of USAF WC-130H 65-0968 in Savannah, Georgia On 2 May 2018, a Lockheed  WC-130H Hercules, 65-0968, of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard‘s 156th Airlift Wing (156 AW), crashed shortly after take off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (KSAV), Georgia. All nine persons on board were killed.  The last moments of teh flight were captured on dramatic CCTV footage: History of the Accident Flight The aircraft was en route to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona...

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Lost Tool FODs Propeller Blade, Penetrating Turboprop’s Fuselage

Posted by on 3:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Lost Tool FODs Propeller Blade, Penetrating Turboprop’s Fuselage (SA226 N158WA) On 20 March 2017, during a pre-dawn take off for a single pilot positioning flight from Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field (BOI), Idaho, Western Airlines Swearingen SA226TC Metro II  N158WA suffered substantial foreign object damage due to a forgotten tool. Accident Flight According to the safety investigation report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): …the pilot reported that prior to departing on the repositioning flight, he reviewed...

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Korean T-50 Accident at Singapore Airshow

Posted by on 4:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Korean T-50 Accident at Singapore Airshow On 6 February 2018 a KAI  T-50 Golden Eagle  trainer of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) suffered a runway excursion and overturned during a formation take off at the Singapore Airshow. History of the Flight The T-50 veered to the right of Runway 20R in Changi Airport during take-off for an aerial display with 7 other T-50s of the ROKAF flying display team. Subsequently, the aircraft zigzagged on the runway for about 750 metres before skidding off the left edge of the runway.   In their...

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Lufthansa MD-11F Nose Wheel Detached after Maintenance Error

Posted by on 6:56 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Nose Wheel Detached from Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F D-ALCM after Maintenance Error On 10 November 2016 Lufthansa Cargo McDonnell Douglas  MD-11F  D-ALCM suffered damage when the left-hand nose-wheel detached, bounced and repeatedly struck the underside of the fuselage on landing in Buenos Aires, Argentina on a flight from Curitiba, Brazil. The Junta de Investigación de Accidentes de Aviación Civil (JIAAC), the Argentinian safety investigation body, released their safety investigation report (in Spanish only)  on 31 October 2018. The JIAAC report...

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Firefighting Helicopter Wire Strike

Posted by on 8:30 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Firefighting Helicopter Wire Strike On 17 June 2017, Airbus Helicopters  AS350B3+ F-HETH, operated by Sky Helicopteros, took off from Hoyos, in Céceres, Spain at approximately 20:30 to take part in fighting a fire in the town of Garrovilias de Alconétar, 30 miles away. The Spanish accident investigators from the CIAIAC say in their safety investigation report that: While flying to the fire…the pilot’s area of operations was changed several times, as a result of which he calculated that he would only have time to make two water...

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Fallacy of ‘Training Out’ Error: Japanese AS332L1 Dropped Load

Posted by on 10:44 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fallacy of ‘Training Out’ Error: Japanese AS332L1 Dropped Load On 23 September 2017 an Airbus Helicopters AS332L1, registered JA6717 and operated by Nakanihon Air Service, dropped the contents of an underslung bucket, a 2.7t load of stones, immediately after taking off from the Kojima temporary helipad in Kitagawa-village, Aki-gun, Kochi Prefecture.  The helicopter was ferrying supplies to a construction site, operated single pilot with a crewman (‘onboard mechanic’). Incident Flight According to the Japan Transport...

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Low Viz Helicopter CFIT Accident, Alaska

Posted by on 12:05 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Low Viz Helicopter CFIT Accident, Alaska On 6 May  2016, Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 N94TH, operated by TEMSCO Helicopters, collided with snow-covered mountainous terrain about 4 miles southeast of Skagway, Alaska in a Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT). The helicopter had departed from a remote landing site, surrounded by mountains, on the Denver Glacier on a visual flight rules (VFR) flight with internal cargo.  Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) were however reported on the Denver Glacier at the time.  The non-instrument-rated...

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Helicopter Engine Unapproved Repair Leads to Forced Landing Damage

Posted by on 9:45 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Helicopter Engine Unapproved Repair Leads to Forced Landing Damage On 3 June 2016, Bell 407 N4999, operated as an air ambulance by PHI‘s Air Medical division for Welmont Hospital, was damaged when it landed hard during in a forced landing into a parking lot near Mountain City, Tennessee.   The impact spread the skids and resulted in substantial damage. The Rolls-Royce 250-C47B powered helicopter had suffered a partial loss of engine power during the initial climb after collecting a patient. The pilot suffered minor injuries and the two...

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HEMS A109S Night Loss of Control Inflight

Posted by on 9:08 am in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

HEMS A109S Night Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I) On 17 September 2016 a Leonardo  AW109S Grand air ambulance helicopter, N91NM, operated by North Memorial Air Care, crashed near Chandler Field Airport (AXN), Alexandria, Minnesota. The pilot and both medical personnel on board were seriously injured and the helicopter was destroyed in yet another night HEMS accident in the US. The Accident Flight The helicopter was positioning from Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport (BRD), at night under instrument flight rules (IFR), departing at 01:37 local...

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