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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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When Red Bull Gives You More Than Wings…

Posted by on 6:29 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

When Red Bull Gives You More Than Wings… A database of US military aviation accidents and incidents complied by Military Times last year revealed an odd mishap.  It resulted in website The War Zone submitting a Freedom of Information Act request. The response detailed how the co-pilot of a US Air Force (USAF) Beechcraft MC-12W Liberty King Air 350 10-006450 had reached for refreshment of a flight out of Hurlburt Field, FL on 5 June 2017 (probably on a training flight for US Special Operations Command [SOCOM]).  While still holding the...

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ERJ-190 Flying Control Rigging Error

Posted by on 11:01 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

ERJ-190 Flying Control Rigging Error The Portuguese accident investigation agency, GPIAAF, issued a safety investigation update on a serious in-flight loss of control event involving Air Astana Embraer ERJ-190 P4-KCJ that occurred on 11 November 2018 immediately after maintenance at the OGMA facility at the Alverca Air Base.  This was a ferry flight back to Kazakhstan with 6 persons on board not a maintenance check flight. The aircraft was landed safely but with structural damage sufficient to make this an accident in accordance with ICAO...

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PA-34 Electrical Short Melted Rudder Cable

Posted by on 7:44 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

PA-34 Electrical Short Melted Rudder Cable Piper PA-34-220T Seneca V G-OXFF of Oxford Aviation Academy was about to enter the runway for takeoff at Oxford Airport on 2 November 2018 when the instructor noticed the rudder pedals felt soft and was “too easy to move”.  The student confirmed they did not feel right and they abandoned the planned flight and returned to the hangar for investigation. Safety Investigation The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigation report explains that: This Piper Seneca V was fitted with a Garmin...

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Loose Engine B-Nut Triggers Fatal Forced Landing

Posted by on 5:13 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Mining / Resource Sector, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Loose Engine B-Nut Triggers Fatal Forced Landing On 26 September 2017 Hughes (later MD) 369D SE-JVI was being used for power line inspection on behalf of energy company Vattenfall, by the First European Aviation Company when it suffered a sudden power loss and impact with the ground that killed one occupant History of the Accident Flight The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority, the SHK report that: The helicopter was equipped with a system to measure, photograph and present the status of the power line network and the surrounding terrain...

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Survey Aircraft Fatal Accident: Fatigue, Fuel Mismanagement and Prior Concerns

Posted by on 10:22 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Survey Aircraft Fatal Accident: Fatigue, Fuel Mismanagement and Prior Concerns On 17 May 2008 Cessna 337A Super Skymaster, N5382S on a marine mammal survey flight, was destroyed when it impacted trees near Eagles Nest Airport, West Creek, New Jersey, during a fuel related diversion.  The pilot and one of the three passengers onboard were killed. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined the probable cause to be: The pilot’s departure with insufficient fuel for the planned flight, and his improper in-flight fuel...

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Alaskan Mid Air Collision at Non-Tower Controlled Airfield

Posted by on 5:25 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Alaskan Mid Air Collision at Non-Tower Controlled Airfield On the afternoon of 5 August 2016 Cessna 210 N1839Z and de Havilland Canada DHC-2T Beaver N30CC, collided in midair while landing at Wasilla Airport (PAWS), Alaska. The flight instructor and student pilot on board the Cessna 210 sustained minor injuries. The pilot and passenger of the Beaver were uninjured. According to the safety investigation report of the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): The flight instructor and student pilot on board the Cessna were conducting...

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