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Twin Otter Nose Wheel Steering Misused in Runway Excursion

Posted by on 2:23 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Twin Otter Nose Wheel Steering Misused in Runway Excursion On 23 April 2018, Daily Air‘s flight DA7012, a Viking DHC-6-400 Twin Otter, B-55573, departed Qimei Airport for Kaohsiung International Airport.  According to the Taiwan Aviation Safety Council (ASC) safety investigation report (only available in full in Chinese) the aircraft landed at Kaohsiung: …in a right crosswind. After touchdown, the pilot flying (PF) attempted to correct the lateral deviation but misused the nose wheel steering lever which caused the aircraft...

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Helicopter Wirestrike During Powerline Inspection

Posted by on 12:56 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Mining / Resource Sector, Regulation, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Helicopter Wirestrike During Powerline Inspection (HU369D, OH-HNX, Norway) On 21 June 2018 OH-HNX, a Hughes 369D (500D) helicopter of Heliwest hit a crossing power line 10 km NW of Grimstad, Norway while laser scanning a powerline.  It cut all three conductors but was able to land safely with only minor damage. The Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) say in their safety investigation report this was “very close to a total loss”. History of the Accident Flight Heliwest was contracted by Agder Energi Nett to inspect...

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Fatal B206L3 Cell Phone Discount Distracted CFIT

Posted by on 10:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Fatal B206L3 Cell Phone Discount Distracted CFIT The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported on a Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) accident involving Bell 206L3 N213TV, operated by WQRE TV 13 on 16 September 2017.  The helicopter impacted open ranch land, near Ancho, New Mexico.  There was a post impact fire.  The pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured, and the helicopter destroyed. The helicopter had departed from Roswell International Air Center Airport (ROW), New Mexico at c1554 local time for Albuquerque...

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Gripen Main Landing Gear Damaged During Unstabalised Short Field Landing

Posted by on 9:23 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Gripen Main Landing Gear Damaged During Unstabalised Short Field Landing On 13 June 2018 a a Swedish Air Force Saab JAS 39 Gripen attempted a short-runway landing at Piteå Airfield during a military exercise.  The approach was however unstabalised and the aircraft touched down hard and one main landing gear was damaged.  The pilot aborted the landing and returned to Luleå/Kallax. The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (the Statens Haverikommission [SHK]) say in their safety investigation report (published in Swedish) that: The hard touch...

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Tail Rotor Lightning Strip Damages AW139 Main Rotor

Posted by on 7:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

Tail Rotor Lightning Strip Damages AW139 Main Rotor On 7 April 2016 Leonardo Helicopters AW139 N639NA, operated by Chevron USA as a Part 91 ‘business flight’ sustained damage to a Main Rotor Blade (MRB) tip while flying over the Gulf of Mexico. The flight was from South Lafourche (GAO), Louisiana, to an offshore installation in the Gulf of Mexico and back.  The aircraft landed safely will no injury to any of the 9 persons on board. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) classified this occurrence as an accident,...

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Wake Turbulence Suspected in Diamond DA62 Accident in Dubai

Posted by on 5:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Wake Turbulence Suspected in Diamond DA62 Accident in Dubai On 2o June 2019 the the Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS) of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) released their preliminary report into the loss on 16 May 2019 of Diamond DA62 G-MDME of Flight Calibration Services Ltd (FCSL) at Dubai International Airport. The aircraft, with 4 persons on board, was flying approaches to runway 30L as part of a ground lighting calibration linked to runway refurbishment.  Dubai has two parallel runways, 12R/30L and 12L/30R.  The...

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Premature A319 Evacuation With Engines Running

Posted by on 5:39 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Fixed Wing, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Premature A319 Evacuation With Engines Running On 3 August 2018 CSA Czech Airlines Airbus A319-112 OK-PET was about to depart Helsinki-Vantaa Airport with 135 passengers and 5 crew on board. The Finnish Safety Investigation Authority (SIAF, the Onnettomuustutkintakeskus) describe in their investigation report that: As the aircraft was taxiing towards the runway, passengers and cabin attendants detected smoke inside the cabin. The purser reported this to the captain by interphone, who then stopped the aircraft on the taxiway. The situation...

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Regulator Missed the Chance to Intervene Before Fatal Tour Accident say TAIC

Posted by on 4:16 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Regulator Missed the Chance to Intervene Before Fatal Tour Accident say TAIC On 21 November 2015 Airbus Helicopters AS350BA ZK-HKU, of Fox and Franz Heli Services. was conducting scenic flights out of the operator’s base near Fox Glacier town. Heavy rain had caused the cancellation or postponement of several flights, but after a shorter flight to the lower part of Fox Glacier (also known as Te Moeka o Tuawe) the 28 year old pilot decided that the weather had improved enough to conduct a flight to the head of the Fox Glacier valley.  At 0945...

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ERJ175 NLG Uplock Spring Production Defect

Posted by on 7:59 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

ERJ175 NLG Uplock Spring Production Defect On 4 December 2016 Embraer ERJ170-200LR (ERJ175)  N161SY, operated by SkyWest Airlines for United Express, experienced a Nose Landing Gear (NLG) collapse during rollout when landing at the San Antonio (KSAT), Texas. History of the Incident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report that: …after departure from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas the crew heard a loud “thud/pop” just aft of the flight deck. Because no warnings or...

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Troublesome Tiedowns: The Sequel

Posted by on 7:42 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Troublesome Tiedowns: The Sequel On 2 May 2018, float-equipped Robinson R22 helicopter N923SM of Helicopter Academy LLC was in cruise at 80 knots and 800 ft about half a mile off Panama City Beach, Florida, when it slowly started losing airspeed. The pilot, the sole occupant, pushed the cyclic control forward until he reached the forward stop, but the airspeed continued to decrease and the helicopter began to lose altitude.  Another helicopter was flying in formation during this positioning flight and observed N923SM’s speed drop...

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