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Tiger A320 Fan Cowl Door Loss & Human Factors: Singapore TSIB Report

Posted by on 6:15 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Tiger A320 Fan Cowl Door Loss & Human Factors: Singapore TSIB Report On 16 October 2015 Tigerair Airbus A320-200 9V-TRH lost both fan cowls of its left hand IAE V2500 engine during a night take off from Singapore, bound for Chennai in India.  This is one of a long series of such incidents, numbering close to 40. This occured just two months after the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) published their report into a British Airways A319 G-EUOE that lost both engine fan cowlings and suffered an associated fire on take-off from...

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1980 MD-81 Flight Test Accident Video

Posted by on 6:20 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

1980 MD-81 Flight Test Accident Video A classic and spectacular flight test landing accident, involving McDonnell Douglas DC-9-81 (MD-81) N980DC on 2 May 1980, is shown in this 10s video: The aircraft was on a certification test flight with a mixed MD / FAA flight crew.  The aim was to determine the distance to land and bring the aircraft to a full stop (as per 14 CFR 25.125). In their investigation report US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explains the aircraft touched down about 2,298 feet beyond the threshold on the...

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The Jet that Almost ‘Landed’ on a Tower Block

Posted by on 10:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

The Jet that Almost ‘Landed’ on a Tower Block On 16 August 2007 an airliner on a night approach at Dublin lined-up not on the runway but on the lights of a tower block.  We look at the investigation, the lessons and the prompt safety action taken. The Incident Flight The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83) G-FLTM, of now defunct British airline Flightline, had departed Lisbon for Dublin with 118 people on-board and the Co-pilot as Pilot Flying (PF). According to the investigation report of the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit...

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Deadly Combination of Misloading and a Somatogravic Illusion: Alaskan Otter

Posted by on 5:51 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Deadly Combination of Misloading and a Somatogravic Illusion: Alaskan Otter A turbine powered de Havilland DHC-3 Otter floatplane, N928RK, operated by Rainbow King Lodge, suffered a Loss of Control – Inflight (LOCI-I) shortly after take off on 15 September 2015 near Iliamna, Alaska.  Three of the 10 persons on board were killed and 5 received serious injuries. In their investigation report US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain that the aircraft… … was being used to transport sport-fishing clients and guides...

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A320 Rolls Back on Stand: Incomplete Maintenance Procedures and Ground Handling Deviations

Posted by on 1:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

A320 Rolls Back on Stand: Incomplete Maintenance Procedures and Ground Handling Deviations The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has reported on a case where parked EasyJet Airbus A32o-214 G-EZTM rolled back and struck ground equipment on Stand 559 at London Gatwick airport on 26 March 2017. The flight crew had boarded the aircraft prior and completed cockpit preparation (including confirming the parking brake was ON). However, a brake system defect, which had occurred on the previous sector, was also being investigated while the...

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A320 Flown on After Damaging Heavy Landing

Posted by on 11:18 am in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

A320 Flown on After Damaging Heavy Landing The Spainish air accident investigators, the CIAIAC (Investigación de accidentes e incidentes de aviación civil), released a preliminary report (in Spanish) on 28 June 2017 on an incident involving Germania Airbus A321-200 D-ASTP on 16 July 2016.  The aircraft was performing a flight from Düsseldorf to Fuerteventura, in the Canary Islands. The crew commenced a go-around due to the approach becoming unstabilised but still touched down hard with vertical acceleration subsequently determined to have...

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Common Comet Misconceptions and Collaborative Contribution to Safety

Posted by on 7:21 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Regulation, Safety Management

Common Comet Misconceptions and Collaborative Contribution to Safety Recently the 68th anniversary of the first flight of the prototype G-ALVG of pioneering jet airliner the de Havilland DH-106 Comet occured.  As noted by Richard Gale of ADS: On Saturday 27th July 1949, the de Havilland Comet took off from Hatfield Aerodrome for its inaugural flight; reaching 10,000ft and circling the skies for approximately 31 mins. In the three years it took from the original drawing board to the first flight, the Comet instantly doubled the speed and...

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Swedish Special Forces SPIES and Military SMS

Posted by on 3:01 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Swedish Special Forces SPIES and Military SMS The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) has issued their report (in Swedish but with an English summary) on a serious incident that occurred when a party of special force troops were being deployed on a trial underslung beneath Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 16238. The Incident On 15 October 2015 the Swedish Armed Forces were conducting an Operational Evaluation (OPEVAL) trial of a new capability, called SPIE (Special Patrol Insertion and Extraction), to deliver a party of 11 troops by a...

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False Fire Warning and Unfeathered Propeller KA200 Accident

Posted by on 5:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

False Fire Warning and Unfeathered Propeller KA200 Accident Beechcraft B200 Super King Air VH-MVL of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) was substantially damaged during a single engined landing on 13 December 2016. The Accident Flight The aircraft was conducting a visual approach to Moomba Airport, South Australia (SA), following an air ambulance flight from Innamincka, SA.  According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) safety investigation report: As the aircraft turned onto the base leg of the approach, the pilot observed...

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Incomplete Maintenance Leads to Fatal Collective Control Loss on B407

Posted by on 9:21 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Incomplete Maintenance Leads to Fatal Collective Control Loss on B407 Bell 407 N427TV of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) crashed on approach to a landing site in Kentucky on 11 July 2016 after maintenance errors during a critical maintenance task 38 flying hours prior. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report: A witness reported that there were no abnormalities…until it was approximately 75 to 100 feet above the ground. Suddenly, the main rotor tilted to the right. Immediately after, the entire...

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