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NTSB: Ergonomics Explain Main Rotor Loss During Flight Test

Posted by on 6:44 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

NTSB: Ergonomics Explain Main Rotor Loss During Flight Test (Bell 206B N61PH) On 16 April 2019 Bell 206B N61PH of Van Horn Aviation was destroyed during a test flight evaluating developmental main rotor blades near Fort McDowell, Arizona.  Both occupants were killed. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued their safety investigation report on 6 April 2022. The Accident Flight The NTSB explain the flight was being conducted as a Part 91 test flight and the aircraft was in the Experimental (Special) category.  The helicopter...

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Business Jet Apron Jet Blast Injury

Posted by on 3:07 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Business Jet Apron Jet Blast Injury (GX N307KP, Augusta, GA) On 16 October 2019 a passenger being escorted across the apron of Augusta Regional Airport (AGS), Augusta, Georgia to a waiting Learjet operated by department store Dillard’s was seriously injured by the jet blast from Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS N307KP that had just started to taxi.  The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued their safety investigation report on 6 April 2022. According to the injured passenger, she and six other passengers were being...

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Helideck Heave Ho!

Posted by on 1:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Regulation, Safety Management

Helideck Heave Ho! (BHS Sikorsky S-76C++ PR-CHI) On 16 February 2014 Sikorsky S-76C++ PR-CHI of CHC‘s Brazilian Helicopter Services was damaged when landing on the bow deck of the drillship Aban Abraham while on charter to Brazilian state oil and gas company Petrobras. According to the Centro de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos (CENIPA) safety investigation report (finally released 16 November 2021 in Portuguese only) the helicopter had departed Cabo Frio Airport (SBCB) at 07:12 Local Time.  It was to route to Aban...

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SAR Seat Slip Smash

Posted by on 7:58 am in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

SAR Seat Slip Smash (RCAF CH149 Leonardo Cormorant LOC-I) The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is investigating a Loss of Control – Inflight (LOC-I) accident that occurred to Search and Rescue (SAR) Leonardo CH149 Cormorant (AW101) CH149903 at Gander, NL on 10 March 2022. The SAR helicopter, callsign Outcast 903, of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron, 9 Wing was completing an onshore rear crew focused training flight, the first of two planned for the day at c15:42 Local Time.  There were six crew members on board: two pilots, two Flight...

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Investigation into Collision of Truck with Police Helicopter

Posted by on 10:49 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Investigation into Collision of Truck with Police Helicopter (AS350B2, PR-CJD, Brazil) On 18 January 2020 Airbus AS350B2 PR-CJD of the Public Security Department was hit by a truck while rotors running on a road in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil. The two occupants and the truck driver suffered minor injuries. Three other occupants of the police helicopter and two passengers in the truck were unharmed.  The Brazilian accident investigation agency CENIPA issued their safety investigation report on 9 February 2022. The Accident The tasking was...

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Dry Ice Packing Error Incapacitated Pilot on Taxiway

Posted by on 4:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Logistics, Safety Management

Dry Ice Packaging Error Incapacitated Pilot on Taxiway (West Air Cessna C208B N781FE) On 23 November 2018 the pilot of Cessna 208B N781FE, operated by West Air for FedEx, became incapacitated shortly before take-off at Meadows Field Airport (BFL), Bakersfield, California in a dangerous goods incident. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has so far only published a preliminary report but did release the public docket on 23 March 2022. The Incident The aircraft was being operated single pilot.  It landed at the airport at 16:10...

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HEMS Pilot Seizure While Rotor-Running

Posted by on 12:06 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

HEMS Pilot Seizure While Rotor-Running (ÖAMTC Airbus EC135T2+ OE-XVD) On 23 May 2019, HEMS Airbus EC135T2+ air ambulance OE-XVD of ÖAMTC was tasked to attend to an injured construction worker at the Galzig ski resort, near St. Anton, in the Tyrolean Alps, Austria.  While on scene, rotors running, while the casualty was being loaded, the helicopter began to slide.  The EC135 yawed approximately 270° until the tail struck a snow bank.  The impact ejected the half-loaded casualty, who received a further minor...

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Big Bustard Busts Blade: Propeller Blade Failure After Bird Strike

Posted by on 1:11 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Mining / Resource Sector, Safety Management

Big Bustard Busts Blade: Propeller Blade Failure After Bird Strike (Airlink J41 ZS-NRJ vs a Kori Bustard, Venetia Mine, South Africa) On 3 January 2022, BAE Jetstream 41 ZS-NRJ of Airlink suffered a bird strike and propeller blade loss after touchdown at Venetia Mine Aerodrome (FAVM), Limpopo Province, South Africa.  The propeller blade entered the cabin but fortuitously on this low load factor flight (there were only 4 passengers) none of the occupants were injured. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA CAA) Accident and Incident...

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Offshore Night Near Miss: Marine Pilot Transfer Unintended Descent

Posted by on 4:32 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Regulation, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Offshore Night Near Miss: Marine Pilot Transfer Unintended Descent (Le Havre AS365N3 F-GYLH) On the night of 11 February 2021 Airbus AS365N3 F-GYLH nearly collided with the surface of the sea off Le Havre during a Marine Pilot Transfer (MPT) flight with 4 people on-board.  The BEA (the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses pour la sécurité de l’aviation civile) issued their safety investigation report (in French only) into this serious incident on 10 February 2022 that highlights issues of automation use in a high workload flight....

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Black Hawk Scud Running in Tennessee: IIMC & CFIT

Posted by on 2:56 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Black Hawk Scud Running in Tennessee: IIMC & CFIT (Arista Aviation Services Sikorsky HH-60L N260MW near Tullahoma) At 15:00 on 28 February 2019, Sikorsky HH-60L N260MW of Arista Aviation Services suffered a Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT) near Tullahoma Regional Airport (THA), Tennessee during a ferry flight.  A Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan filed, however Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) prevailed at the accident site, suggesting Inadvertent entry into Instrument Metrological Conditions (IIMC). At this time, three...

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