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A Baffled Attitude Fuel Starvation Accident

Posted by on 4:35 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

HESLO Baffled Attitude Fuel Starvation Accident (Haverfield Aviation Hughes 369E N765KV) On 23 June 2017 Hughes (later MD) 369E N765KV, being operated by Haverfield Aviation for a Part 133 long line external load flight, was substantially damaged after a power loss near Dennis, West Virginia. The pilot was uninjured. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that: The pilot reported that he returned to the landing zone with a conductor attached to a long line. ...

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Fatigue Featured in Anchorage Alaska Air Ambulance Accident

Posted by on 11:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatigue Featured in Anchorage Alaska Air Ambulance Accident (Bering Air Beechcraft King Air 200  N363JH) On 21 October 2017, at c0530 Local Time, Beechcraft King Air 200 N363JH, operated on a Part 135 Air Ambulance flight by Bering Air, was damaged in an unintentional gear-up landing at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Alaska. The pilot, two flight medics and medevac patient were uninjured. History of the Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation...

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Drone / Helicopter Mid Air Collision over LA City Hall ‘Probable’ Say NTSB

Posted by on 12:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Unmanned (Drone / RPAS / UAS / UAV)

Drone / Helicopter Mid Air Collision over Los Angeles City Hall ‘Probable’ Say NTSB (Airbus AS30B2 N71HD) On 4 December 2019 Airbus AS350B2 N71HD was being operated by Helinet Aviation Services as an electronic news-gathering flight for ABC7 News in Los Angeles under Part 91 and visual flight rules, within Class G uncontrolled airspace.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 29 June 2020) that the pilot… …reported colliding with an unknown object at...

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17 Year Old FOD and a TA-4K Ejection

Posted by on 7:23 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

17 Year Old FOD and a TA-4K Ejection (Draken International Skyhawk N140EM, Las Vegas) On 18 August 2016 an ex-RNZAF Douglas TA-4K Skyhawk of Draken International, registered N140EM, was destroyed following a loss of engine power shortly after entering the traffic pattern at Nellis Air Force Base (LSV), Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilot ejected and sustained minor injuries. The aircraft, which impacted the ground near Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was operated as a Public Aircraft supporting the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, USAF with Dissimilar Air...

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Maintenance Issues in Fire-Fighting S-61A Accident

Posted by on 10:39 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Maintenance Issues in Fire-Fighting S-61A Accident (Croman, N1043T, Oregon) On 19 August 2015 fire-fighting Sikorsky S-61A N1043T, operated by Croman Corp, experienced a partial loss of power to the No. 2 engine and subsequently forced landed and rolled over on a mountainside near Ironside, Oregon. One pilot sustained minor injuries and the other was uninjured. The Accident Flight The aircraft was working the Eldorado Fire 8 miles SE of Unity, Oregon.  According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report...

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Japanese Jetstar Boeing 787 GEnx-1B Engine Biocide Serious Incident

Posted by on 10:54 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Jetstar Boeing 787-8 VH-VKJ General Electric GEnx-1B Engine Biocide Serious Incident near Kansai On 29 March 2019 the No 1 General Electric GEnx-1B engine of Jetstar Airways Boeing 787-8 VH-VKJ, flying from Cairns, Australia to Osaka Kansai International, Japan, fell below idle during the descent at an altitude of about 16,000 ft for 8 seconds. The No 2 engine then fell below idle too for 81 seconds. The aircraft safely landed at Kansai International less than 30 minutes later. The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) explain in their safety...

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Myanmar National Embraer 190 NLG Jam: Maintenance Error? We’re Not Convinced!

Posted by on 5:55 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Myanmar National Embraer 190 NLG Jam: Maintenance Error? We’re Not Convinced! (XY-AGQ, Mandalay) On 12 May 2019 Myanmar National Airlines Embraer 190 XY-AGQ suffered damage to its forward fuselage during the landing in Mandalay, on a flight from Yangon, after the Nose Landing Gear (NLG) failed to extend. The 89 occupants were unharmed.  A maintenance error narrative was accepted without question by the technical press.  We aren’t convinced!  https://youtu.be/Jl5xXzj8n64 Safety Investigation The Aircraft Accident Investigation...

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A Try and See Catastrophe: R44 Accident in Norway in Bad Weather

Posted by on 4:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management

A Try and See Catastrophe: Robinsion R44 LN-ORH Accident in Norway in Bad Weather On 17 February 2019 privately operated Robinson R44 II helicopter LN-ORH crashed in bad weather in steep mountainous terrain near Eskjeflota, Ullensvang municipality, Vestland county, Norway just 5 minutes after take off.  Both occupants died instantly. Flight Preparations The Accident Investigation Board Norway  (AIBN) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 17 June 2020) that: On Friday 15 February 2019, the commander, accompanied by his wife...

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CRJ-200 Landing Incident Highlighted US Maintenance Competency Inadequacies

Posted by on 9:09 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Regulation, Safety Management

CRJ-200 Landing Incident Highlighted US Maintenance Competency Inadequacies (Air Wisconsin N707AW) On 14 December 2008, Air Wisconsin Bombardier CRJ-200 (CL-600-2B19) N407AW, made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International (PHL), Pennsylvania, with the left Main Landing Gear (MLG) retracted position.  The long delayed US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) final report points to a series of maintenance standards and competency issues in this incident.  Planned rulemaking to solve these was abandoned by FAA after 5 years...

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Freewheel Jerk on an SA330J Puma at Sea: Oil Analysis Opportunity

Posted by on 9:14 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Offshore, Safety Management

Freewheel Jerk on an SA330J Puma at Sea: Oil Analysis Opportunity (Erickson Helicopters Airbus SA330J N339EV) On 26 January 2018 Airbus Helicopters SA330J N339EV, operated by Erickson Helicopters, sustained substantial damage during a fresh water engine rinse aboard the replenishment vessel USNS Wally Schirra underway in the Pacific. The helicopter was operating under Part 133 (external load) and had been shuttling supplies, known as VERTREP, to other naval vessels in the area. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in...

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