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Fire Extinguisher Cover Fenestron FOD

Posted by on 9:59 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Fire Extinguisher Cover Fenestron FOD (Air Evac Lifeteam Airbus EC135P2+ N228MT) On 19 July 2022 air ambulance Airbus EC135P2+ N228MT of Air Evac Lifeteam was damaged by FOD when landing at Mount Vernon Airport, Illinois (caught on VIDEO, along with some bizarre groundcrew dance moves). According to the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report (issued 22 September 2022): Shortly before touchdown, a cloth fire extinguisher cover from a nearby mobile fuelling unit was blown airborne from the main rotor system...

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Canadian B212 Crash: A Defective Production Process

Posted by on 9:47 am in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Canadian B212 Crash: A Defective Production Process (Yellowhead Helicopters C-GYHQ, Alberta) On 28 June 2021, Yellowhead Helicopters Bell 212 C-GYHQ was destroyed when it broke up in-flight while supporting fire fighting operations near Evansburg, Alberta.  The pilot, the sole occupant was killed. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) explain in their safety investigation report, issued 7 September 2022, that… …as the helicopter was approaching the landing area to pick up the final group of fire fighters, one of the main...

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Sheriff Super Puma Brownout Accident: NTSB Report

Posted by on 9:49 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Sheriff Super Puma Brownout Accident: NTSB Report (LASD AS332L1 N950SG) On 19 March 2022, Airbus AS332L1 Super Puma N950SG of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department (LASD) was destroyed in a brownout landing accident near Azusa, California.  Four occupants received serious injuries, and the other two escaped with minor injuries. The aircraft came to rest at a cliff edge.  News Report VIDEO. In the short US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report, issued on 9 September 2022 and the associated public docket it...

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Garbage Pilot Becomes Electric Hooker

Posted by on 12:52 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Garbage HESLO Pilot Becomes Electric Powerline Hooker (Helitans AS350B3 LN-OGA) On 16 October 2021, Helitrans Airbus AS350B3 LN-OGA was tasked with moving large bags of rubbish as a Helicopter External Sling Load Operation (HESLO) in the Lofoten archipelago in Northern Norway.  During a positioning sector the underslung load line cut three low voltage power lines. The Accident Flight The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority (NSIA) explain in their safety investigation report (issued in Norwegian only on 30 August 2022) that the local...

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R66 Loss of Control Investigation Hampered by Lack of Cockpit Video

Posted by on 8:42 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Safety Management

Robinson R66 LOC-I Investigation Hampered by Lack of Cockpit Video (N450MC) On 9 January 2020 at c20:29 Local Time privately owned Robinson R66 N450MC was destroyed in an accident near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The pilot and passenger both died. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety investigation report, issued 28 June 2022, explains that: The helicopter pilot was conducting a night cross-country flight in visual meteorological conditions. The pilot was 58 and had just over 2000 hours experience, 167 on type. The pilot...

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Fenestron Failure EC130B4 Hawaii

Posted by on 1:33 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Safety Management

Fenestron Failure EC130B4 Hawaii (N11QK, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters) On 5 March 2020 Airbus EC130B4 N11QK, of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, was damaged in an accident near Kalapana, Hawaii, during a Part 135 air tour flight.  Two passengers suffered minor injuries, the pilot and three other passengers were unharmed. The Accident Flight The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) explain in their safety investigation report, released 16 August 2022, that the second of a pair of helicopters that had departed Hilo International Airport...

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How One Missing Washer Burnt Out a Boeing 737

Posted by on 3:26 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

How One Missing Washer Burnt Out a B737-800 (China Airlines B-18616) On 20 August 2007, shortly after parking on stand at Okinawa-Naha Airport, China Airlines Boeing 737-809 B-18616 suffered a massive fuel leak which ignited.  After all 165 persons on board had evacuated, a large explosion occurred in the centre of the aircraft, which burned out completely.  Investigators determined this occurred because one washer had fallen off before a nut was attached. The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) safety investigation report explains that it is...

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Second Time Unlucky: Fatal Greek Wirestrike High-Wire Illusion

Posted by on 10:54 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Second Time Unlucky: Fatal Greek Wirestrike High-Wire Illusion (iFly Leonardo A109C SX-HTO) On 20 August 2019 Leonardo A109C SX-HTO, operated by iFly, crashed into the sea after striking electric powerlines off Poros Island, Greece moments after take off from a helipad at Galatas.  The pilot and both passengers were killed.  On approach, unbeknownst to the pilot, he had passed under the cables. The Accident Flight The Greek Air Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety Board (AAIASB) issued their safety investigation report in June 2022. ...

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DC3-TP67 CFIT: Result-Oriented Subculture & SMS Shelfware

Posted by on 2:45 pm in Accidents & Incidents, FDM / Data Recorders, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

DC3-TP67 CFIT: Result-Oriented Subculture & SMS Shelfware  (North Star Air Basler DC3-TP67 C-FKAL) On 3 December 2019, North Star Air Douglas DC-3C Basler Turbo Conversions TP67 (DC3-TP67) C-FKAL impacted terrain 200 m short of the runway threshold at Sachigo Lake Airport (CZPB), Ontario while manoeuvring in poor weather during a daytime, supposedly VFR, cargo flight from Red Lake Airport (CYRL), Ontario.  Both pilots escaped uninjured. History of the Accident Flight The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) explain in their safety...

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Fuel Tube Installation Trouble

Posted by on 2:14 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Fuel Tube Installation Trouble (Jet2 B757 G-LSAN) On 7 August 2012 Jet2 Boeing 757-2K2 G-LSAN diverted in flight after a fuel leak was detected.  The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) safety investigation report explains that approximately three hours into a post-maintenance check flight the flight crew identified a 600 kg lateral fuel imbalance.  They determined this to be due to fuel leak from the right hand Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engine. The crew carried out the ‘Engine Fuel Leak’ QRH checklist, shutdown the right engine being...

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