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B767 Fire and Uncommanded Evacuation After Lockwire Omitted

Posted by on 5:38 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

B767 Fire and Uncommanded Evacuation After Lockwire Omitted (Dynamic B737-200 N251MY at Fort Lauderdale, FL) On 29 October 2015 Dynamic International Airways Boeing 767-200ER N251MY, powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4E4 engines, experienced a fuel leak and fire on the ground at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida (FLL). One of the 100 passengers received serious injuries from jet blast, 21 minor injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The Accident The US National Transportation Safety Board...

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Fatal Falcon 50 Accident: Unairworthy with Unqualified Crew

Posted by on 10:16 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Fatal Falcon 50 Runway Excursion Accident: Unairworthy with Unqualified Crew On 27 September 2018 Dassault Falcon 50 N114TD, operated by Air America Flight Services on a Part 135 on-demand air taxi flight, was destroyed in a runway excursion at Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU), South Carolina. The two pilots were fatally injured. The two passengers were seriously injured. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report (issued 3 June 2020) that: The Dassault Falcon 50 is a...

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Fish Spotting Helicopter Strikes ‘Glassy’ Sea

Posted by on 1:51 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Fish Spotting Helicopter Strikes ‘Glassy’ Sea (VSC H369D N8648F, from Tuna Boat Jib Yu 868 off Nauru in the Pacific) On the morning of 5 July 2018 MD Helicopters (Hughes) 369D helicopter N8648F of Vertol Systems Company (VSC) impacted the Pacific Ocean near Nauru in Micronesia.  This occurred about 30 seconds after takeoff from a Taiwanese-registered fishing vessel, Jib Yu 868, a 70 m tuna purse seiner of the Chern Lung Fishery. The US pilot and the Taiwanese fish-spotter received fatal injuries.  The US National Transportation...

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Beechcraft 1900C Landing Gear Collapse at San Antonio, TX

Posted by on 12:36 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Safety Management

Beechcraft B1900C Landing Gear Collapse at San Antonio, TX, 8 May 2020 (Ameriflight, N31704) On 8 May 2020 Ameriflight Beechcraft 1900C N31704 was damaged in an accident at San Antonio, Texas. The aircraft was being flown single pilot as a Part 135 cargo flight. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report states that: …the flight departed the Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP), Corpus Christi, Texas, at 2004 with 631 lbs of cargo and a fuel load of 2,800 lbs. During the initial climb, the captain...

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Fatal Wisconsin Wire Strike When Robinson R44 Repositions to Refuel

Posted by on 9:14 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Special Mission Aircraft

Fatal Wisconsin Wire Strike When Robinson R44 Repositions to Refuel (N529DW) There is a theory that people let down their guard when the more complex part of a task is complete. On 9 June 2018 the pilot of Robinson R44 helicopter N529DW, operated by MF Helicopters, had just finished a low-level aerial photography flight at a charity boating event (the Four Horsemen Poker Run) along a series of lakes and rivers near Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report that after...

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Turbine Dromader M18A Downed by Fuel Contamination: Shell Detector Capsules Misused

Posted by on 4:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Turbine Dromader M18A VH-FOS Downed by Fuel Contamination: Shell Detector Capsules Misused in Malaysia On 25 February 2018, Australian registered PZL-Mielec Dromader M18A VH-FOS departed Keratong airstrip in Malaysia to conduct agricultural crop spraying.  Systematic Aviation Services (SAS) had wet leased VH-FOS from Dompter Pty Ltd of Victoria, Australia since 2014 for agricultural flying in Malaysia.  It had been modified with a Honeywell TPE331-12UHR-702H turboprop in place of the standard radial engine, most likely under an FAA...

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Misted Masks: AAIB A319 Report Reveals Oxygen Mask Lessons

Posted by on 12:30 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Misted Masks: AAIB A319 Report Reveals Oxygen Mask Lessons (EasyJet G-EZNM) EasyJet Airbus A319-111 G-EZNM was in the cruise at FL290 en route from Newcastle to Bristol on 11 May 2019. The co-pilot was Pilot Flying (PF) and the commander was Pilot Monitoring (PM). The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) explain in their safety investigation report that: …the co-pilot noticed an acrid burning smell. Upon looking to the rear of the flight deck both crew members observed smoke in front of the flight deck door and rising to...

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Survival Flight Fatal Accident: Air Ambulance Operator’s Poor Safety Culture

Posted by on 9:53 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Survival Flight Fatal Accident: Air Ambulance Operator’s Poor Safety Culture (B407 N191SF, Ohio) On 29 January 2019, at 0650 local time Bell 407 air ambulance helicopter N191SF, collided with forested rising terrain about 4 miles NE of Zaleski, Ohio.  The pilot, flight nurse, and flight paramedic were all fatally injured and the helicopter destroyed. The helicopter was operated by Viking Aviation doing business as Survival Flight (not to be confused with Survival Flight University of Michigan Metro Aviation).  The flight departed Mt....

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Culture and CFIT in Côte d’Ivoire

Posted by on 7:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Culture and CFIT in Côte d’Ivoire (ALAT SA342M Gazelle) On 10 July 2018 an Airbus Helicopters SA342M Gazelle 3866 of the French Army 3rd Combat Helicopter Regiment (3e RHC) was completing an exercise with troops of the Armed Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FACI) 20 km SE of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, when the crew made a loss pass over the troops.  The French liaison officer on the ground requested the helicopter conduct a second mock strafing pass. History of the Flight The helicopter had first came from the east and passed the group on the...

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AS350B3 Rolls Over: Pilot Caught Out By Engine Control Differences

Posted by on 2:57 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

AS350B3 Rolls Over: Pilot Caught Out By Engine Control Differences (Helibravo AS350B3 D-HAUE) On 4 September 2019, Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 D-HAUE operated in Portugal by Helibravo – Aviação for fire-fighting rolled over on take off at Pampilhosa da Serra.  One of the 6 persons on board received a minor injury. The Portuguese accident investigation agency, GPIAAF, say in their safety investigation report that: According to the pilot’s statements, the engine start-up and flight preparation procedures were normal with no relevant issues...

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