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Sécurité Civile EC145 SAR Wirestrike

Posted by on 4:03 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Sécurité Civile EC145 SAR Wirestrike (F-ZBQK, Martinique): BEA-Etat Safety Investigation Report During a SAR mission to rescue a jet-skier in difficulty in the sea off Martinique in the Caribbean, the crew of Sécurité Civile base BH972′s Airbus Helicopters EC145 F-ZBQK suffered a wire strike on 3 April 2019, spectacularly captured on video. The Accident Flight Investigators of the BEA-Etat (BEA-E) note in their safety investigation report (only available in French), issued on 29 April 2020, that the crew (pilot, winch operator and...

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Beech 99A MLG Collapse

Posted by on 11:37 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Beech 99A MLG Collapse (N326CA, Alpine Air) On 19 January 2017 Beech 99A N326CA of Alpine Air experienced a landing gear collapse on landing at the Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Montana while making a Part 135 cargo flight.  The pilot was uninjured. According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report (released 13 April 2020), after take off  from BIL the pilot retracted the landing gear and heard a ‘thud’.  The Main Landing Gear (MLG) ‘unsafe’ light illuminated, and...

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Fatal R44 Loss of Control Accident: Overweight and Out of Balance

Posted by on 9:13 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Fatal R44 Loss of Control Accident: Overweight and Out of Balance Say NTSB (N7530R, Newport Beach, CA) On 30 January 2018 a privately operated Robinson R44, N7530R, was destroyed on impact houses near Newport Beach, California about a minute after takeoff from John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Santa Ana, California. The private pilot and two passengers were fatal injured, one passenger sustained serious injuries and one person on the ground received minor injuries. The Accident Flight According to the US National Transportation Board...

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Poor Painting Prevents Proper Performance: Shorts Sherpa NLG Collapse

Posted by on 2:28 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Poor Painting Prevents Proper Performance: Shorts Sherpa NLG Collapse On 13 October 2016, a Shorts C-23C SD3-60 Sherpa, N148Z, sustained minor damage following a Nose Landing Gear (NLG) collapse on landing, at the Missoula International Airport (MSO), Montana. The aircraft was operated by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), as a public aircraft in support of the US Forest Service (USFS). The flight was a ferry flight after being re-painted in Kingman, Arizona prior to this ex-US Army 360 Sherpa conversion entering service as a...

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SAR Helicopter Loss of Control at Night: ATSB Report

Posted by on 5:00 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Offshore, Regulation, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

SAR Helicopter Loss of Control at Night: ATSB Report (Careflight AW139 VH-YHF near Darwin, NT) On 13 May 2018 Leonardo Helicopters AW139 VH-YHF of HEMS operator Careflight, while descending during a nighttime search, the aircraft entered a degraded visual environment, developed a high rate of descent, an autohover mode was inappropriately selected and came within 31 ft of impacting the ground.  The aircraft was also then flown on for one more flight after the related 159.5% over-torque.  We look at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau...

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Jest11 is Dead: Hawker Hunter Downed by F-35A Jet Wash

Posted by on 4:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Jest11 is Dead: ATAC Hawker Hunter F Mk 58 N338AX Downed by USAF F-35A Jet Wash On 22 August 2017 Hawker Hunter F Mk 58 N338AX, operated by Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) under contract to the US Navy as a Public Aircraft, was destroyed when it impacted open water about 80 nm southwest of San Diego, California.  It was one of a pair of Hunters supporting an exercise with aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and two USAF Lockheed Martin F-35As. The pilot ejected using a Martin Baker Mk3 ejection seat and received only minor...

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Inadequately Secured Pallets Penetrate the Rear Pressure Bulkhead of a Cargo B737

Posted by on 4:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Management

Inadequately Secured Pallets Penetrate the Rear Pressure Bulkhead of a Cargo Boeing 737 (Aloha, B737-300, N301KH) On 16 October 2014 Aloha Air Cargo Boeing 737-330, N301KH flew a cargo to Lanai Airport (LNY), Lanai City, Hawaii.  The aircraft was turned around but shortly after rotation on the return flight the aircraft experienced a load shift that caused substantial damage to the aft pressure bulkhead, preventing pressurisation.  the aircraft landed safely with no injuries to the three occupants. The Accident Flight The US National...

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Bear Paws Claw Reindeer Herding Bell 206

Posted by on 2:32 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters

Bear Paws Claw Reindeer Herding Bell 206 (SE-HPM) A single pilot was conducting reindeer herding using Bell 206L1 SE-HPM for Alpine Helicopter Sweden in the Alajaure National Park, 30 nm north of Kiruna on 8 October 2019. The helicopter was equipped with ‘bear paws‘ to allow landing on soft surfaces. The pilot needed land to pick up a one passenger.  According to the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (the Statens Haverikommission [SHK]) in their safety investigation report (issued 16 March 2020): After setting down the...

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NTSB Confirms United Airlines Maintenance Error After 12 Years

Posted by on 6:18 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

NTSB Confirms United Airlines Maintenance Error After 12 Years (Airbus A320 N442UA at Jackson Hole 2008) On 25 February 2008 United Airlines Airbus A320 N442UA left the right side of Runway 19 during landing at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Wyoming.  The NTSB determined in 2020(!) this serious incident was due to “inadequate maintenance” during a prior landing gear tachometer installation.  This was the third United Airlines tachometer cross-connection maintenance error to emerge between October 2007 and March 2008. Incident Flight...

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HEMS AW109S Collided With Radio Mast During Night Flight

Posted by on 11:40 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

HEMS AW109S Collided With Radio Mast During Night Flight (Babcock MCS Portugal I-EITC) On 15 December 2018 Leonardo AW109S I-EITC of Babcock MCS Portugal flew into a radio mast at night near Serra de Santa Justa, Valongo, Portugal. The HEMS air ambulance helicopter was operated under a 5 year, 4 base 24/7 contract for the the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM), awarded in June 2018.  It was en route, returning from an urgent inter-hospital patient transfer that afternoon.  On board were two pilots and two medical passengers.  All...

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