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US HEMS EC135P1 Dual Engine Failure: 7 July 2018

Posted by on 11:20 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

US HEMS EC135P1 Dual Engine Failure: 7 July 2018 On the evening of 7 July 2018, at about 21:23 Local Time, Airbus Helicopters  EC135P1  N312SA, powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PW206B3 turboshafts, impacted the ground hard after an autorotation following a dual engine failure over Chicago, Illinois. The helicopter operated by Pentastar Aviation Charter as a Part 135 helicopter air ambulance (HAA/HEMS) flight for Superior Ambulance. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) say in their preliminary report that: The...

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Wayward Window: Fatal Loss of a Fire-Fighting Helicopter in NZ

Posted by on 2:02 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Wayward Window: Fatal Loss of a Fire-Fighting Helicopter in New Zealand On 13 February 2017 a fire-fighting helicopter was lost in a fatal accident in New Zealand.  In their accident report investigators describe how the sudden loss of a window, as a consequence of flying in an unapproved configuration, may have made the pilot pitch up to slow down, allowing the empty under-slung fire-fighting bucket to strike the tail rotor. History of the Flight On the afternoon of 13 February 2017, wildfires broke out in New Zealand between Lyttelton...

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Hard Landing after VRS on Approach to a Hospital Site

Posted by on 5:13 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Hard Landing after VRS on Approach to a Hospital Site On 15 April 2016 a HEMS Airbus Helicopters AS350B2, N561AM, operated by Air Methods Corporation, was substantially damaged in a hard landing at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. Jasper, Georgia. The pilot and three medical personnel, who were inbound to collect a patient, were uninjured. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that “the helicopter completed an orbit over the hospital heliport about 800 ft agl prior to...

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Fire After O-Ring Nipped on Installation

Posted by on 3:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Fire After O-Ring Nipped on Installation On 7 July 2016 Delta Air Lines (DAL)  Pratt & Whitney PW2040 powered Boeing  757-200, N706TW, experienced a right engine fire shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The flight crew declared an emergency after receiving a right engine fire warning in the initial climb, approximately 400 feet agl. They shut down the right engine and observed the fire warning extinguish and so neither fire bottle was discharged. The flight returned to JFK and landed safely. Thermal...

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HF Lessons from an AS365N3+ Gear Up Landing

Posted by on 3:21 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Human Factors (HF) Lessons from an AS365N3+ Gear Up Landing A French Navy Airbus Helicopters AS365N3+ Dauphin helicopter F-XGAL / 6928 suffered a wheels up landing in the South Pacific on 30 May 2017. The aircraft departed from Tahiti Faa’a airport for the near-by island of Moorea in French Polynesia according to the BEA-Etat safety investigation report (available in French only).  The purpose of the flight was to gain experience of the One Engine Inoperative (OEI) Training Mode that is unique in the French Navy AS365 fleet to the N3+s in the...

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Distracted B1900C Wheels Up Landing in the Bahamas

Posted by on 8:20 am in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Distracted B1900C Wheels Up Landing in the Bahamas After a wheels up landing the flight crew claimed they had lowered the gear.  The evidence disagreed say investigators. History of the Flight On 30 September 2016 a US registered Beechcraft 1900C , N376SA, operated by Southern Air Charter, a Bahamas Air Operator Certificate holder, was involved in an occurrence at Deadman’s Cay Airport, Long Island, Bahamas.   The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic commercial air transport flight when it landed on runway 09 with the landing gear retracted....

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Load Lost Due to Misrigged Under Slung Load Control Cable

Posted by on 2:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Load Lost Due to Misrigged Under Slung Load Control Cable On 27 April 2018, a Japanese Airbus Helicopters AS350B1, JA9743 of Nakanihon Air Service, lost an under slung crop spraying system while in flight at Toubetsu, Teshikaga Town, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido.  According to the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) final report, released 31 May 2018, the Captain sat in the left seat and a pilot under training was in the right seat and pilot flying. At around 11:58, as returning to the loading site in order to load the fertilizer to the empty...

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B1900D Emergency Landing: Maintenance Standards & Practices

Posted by on 2:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

B1900D Emergency Landing: Maintenance Standards & Practices On 12 July 2016 an Air Georgian Beechcraft 1900D, C-GORF, made an emergency landing after its Nose Landing Gear (NLG) could not be lowered at the end of an Air Canada Express flight in Alberta from Lethbridge to Calgary.  The resulting Transport Safety Board of Canada (TSB) safety investigation report (released on 29 May 2018) posses many questions on the management and oversight of aircraft maintenance and maintenance standards & practices. Air Georgian was formed in 1984...

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Helicopter Ops and Safety – Gulf Of Mexico 2017 Update

Posted by on 4:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Helicopter Ops and Safety – Gulf of Mexico 2017 Update The Helicopter Safety Advisory Conference (HSAC) has been publishing data on the Gulf of Mexico (‘GOM’) offshore helicopter fleet and its safety since 1995.  We have looked at their 2014. 2015 and 2016 reports previously.  Now we examine their 2017 data. Helicopter Operations: GOM Fleet Data HSAC report that flying activity continues to decline, with just under 189k flying hours in 2016, although the rate of decline is has decreased (4% down on the 196k in 2016 and vs...

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Singapore Airlines B777 41t Fuel Discrepancy Incident

Posted by on 9:58 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

Singapore Airlines  B777 41t Fuel Discrepancy Incident The Singapore Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) has released their safety investigation report into an incident that occurred on 16 April 2014 to Singapore Airlines Boeing B777-200ER 9V-SVC flying from Singapore to Johannesburg. The Refuelling Before departure the flight crew had requested the aircraft be fuelled to 86 tonnes.  The Refuelling Dispenser Operator (RDO) proceeded to fuel the aircraft until the Lead Technician (LT) from the airline’s contracted maintenance...

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