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Fatal Engine Power Loss: Helicopter Not Modified IAW OEM Recommendations

Posted by on 5:20 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Mining / Resource Sector, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Engine Power Loss: Helicopter Not Modified IAW OEM Recommendations We look at a fatal accident that demonstrates the criticality of assessing recommended service bulletins. On 4 May 2016 MD Helicopters MD369E / MD500E helicopter N629JK operated by Rotor Blade suffered an engine failure while approaching a 125ft high electricity pylon near Reedsville, WI to collect two linesmen using a 50ft long line.  It impacted trees and terrain.  The pilot was killed by blunt force trauma to the chest and head despite wearing an MSA LH250 helmet....

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Heli-Expo 2018 Photo Report

Posted by on 6:07 am in Business Aviation, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Mining / Resource Sector, News, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Special Mission Aircraft

Heli-Expo 2018 Photo Report Its that time again!  We bring news from the annual HAI Heli-Expo being held this year, as the sign says, in ‘fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada’.      All show photos © Aerossurance unless otherwise stated. Airbus Helicopters H160 Airbus brought the second prototype H160 to the US for Heli-Expo, a sales tour and high altitude testing in Colorado. Production H160 central and front fuselages will be produced pre-equipped at Donauworth in Germany. Tail booms produced Albacete in Spain, and main rotor...

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Swedish Military NOE Helicopter Bird Strike

Posted by on 2:55 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Regulation, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Swedish Military NOE Helicopter Bird Strike During a night training flight using Night Vision Goggles (NVG), one of a pair of Swedish Armed Forces Agusta 109LUHs (known to the Swedish military as a Helicopter 15), 152-765, collided with a bird on 3 February 2017. The bird went through the windshield and struck the student pilot resulting in serious facial injuries.  The instructor was able to take control and perform a safe landing. The Accident Flight The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority (SHK) has issued their report (in Swedish but...

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NTSB Reveal Lax Maintenance Standards in Honolulu Helicopter Accident

Posted by on 9:05 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

NTSB Reveal Lax Maintenance Standards in Honolulu Helicopter Accident On 18 February 2016 a Bell 206B3, N80918, operated by Genesis Helicopters, impacted the water of Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, HI during a scenic tour following a transmission component failure due to poor maintenance. One passenger, a 16 year old boy, died in hospital 4 days later, after this Survivable Water Impact (SWI).  The pilot and two other passengers suffered serious injuries and a fourth passenger escaped with minor injuries.  The US National Transportation Safety...

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Flawed Post-Flight and Pre-Flight Inspections Miss Propeller Damage

Posted by on 9:18 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance

Flawed Post-Flight and Pre-Flight Inspections Miss Propeller Damage We look at an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report into an regional turbprop incident and in particular why propeller damage was missed on several inspections. The Incident Flight On the evening of 22 February 2013, Regional Express (Rex) Saab 340B VH-ZRL, was on approach to Taree, NSW.  The crew were monitoring the weather.  The crosswind was reported as 50 knots when they were at about 6,000 ft, although it decreased as the aircraft descended. At 700-800 ft...

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Fatal Fall From B429 During Helicopter Hoist Training

Posted by on 2:12 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Fall From B429 During Helicopter Hoist Training On 11 July 2016 Delaware State Police (DSP) Aviation Unit Bell 429 helicopter N1SP was performing recurrent rescue hoist training with volunteer fireman of the Delaware Air Rescue Team (DART) at Delaware Coastal Airport, Georgetown, DE when the hoist system operator (aka winch operator) fell from the helicopter and was fatally injured. The DSP were the first para-public B429 customer, taking delivery of two in 2014. NTSB Safety Investigation In their recently issued report, the US National...

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Lost in Translation: Misrigged Main Landing Gear

Posted by on 12:01 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Lost in Translation: Misrigged Main Landing Gear The French BEA-D (Le Bureau Enquêtes Accidents Défense – Air) has issued the final report into their investigation of a landing gear collapse on Canadair CL-415 F-ZBEU of the Securité Civile at Ajaccio-Napoleon Bonaparte Airport, Corsica on 1 August 2016. The Occurrence The fire bomber, callsign ‘Pélican 42′, was one of two aircraft taxying for take-off when the right hand Main Landing Gear (MLG) collapsed as the aircraft turned to align with runway 20 for take off. In...

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Complacency: A Useful Concept in Safety Investigations?

Posted by on 3:33 pm in Human Factors / Performance, Resilience, Safety Management

Complacency: A Useful Concept in Safety Investigations? There is a fine line between confidence (from the Latin confidentia ‘to have full trust’) and over-confidence.  Daniel Kahneman contends that of all the various flaws that bedevil decision-making, over-confidence is the most damaging.  While an etymologist may argue ‘complacency’ (from the Latin complacentia ‘to please’) is more about smugness, it is often used in a similar way to over-confidence. But is complacency just another convenient ‘label‘ for impatient...

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Wasp Stung By Lack of Lubrication

Posted by on 9:21 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Wasp Stung By Lack of Lubrication An accident involving civil registered ex-military Westland Wasp HAS1 G-KAXT in 2016 highlights the importance of a thorough review of an aircraft’s maintenance programme when there is a major change in role or utilisation. The Aircraft G-KAXT was delivered to the Royal Navy in February 1967 with the UK military registration XT787. The helicopter was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) in 1982, where it remained in service until May 1998. It was acquired by a private owner in 2000 at...

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Dispatcher Forced to Run After Distracted Pushback

Posted by on 8:21 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Dispatcher Forced to Run After Distracted Pushback A dispatcher was forced to run when an aircraft started to taxi while he was still connected to it.  On 25 January 2017, a Jetstar Airbus A320-232, VH-VGJ was being prepared for pushback from bay 4 at Newcastle (Williamtown) Airport, NSW. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report that: At about 1836, the crew received a clearance from the surface movement controller to pushback, which placed VGJ to the right rear quarter of an aircraft parked on bay 5. The aircraft dispatcher...

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