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Audit report criticizes FAA, American Airlines over maintenance problems

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT

(U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG))

Argentine: Six acquitted in LAPA crash trial

Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT

An Argentine court acquitted the president of LAPA, three executives and two former air force officials following a two-year trial. On Aug. 31, 1999, a Boeing 737 operated by LAPA crashed on take off from Buenos Aires-Aeroparque (AEP), killing 64 people. The former director of operations and 737 line manager of LAPA received three-year suspended sentences. ()

Mutsinzi Report published on the Rwandan Presidential plane crash in 1994

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT

(The Mutsinzi Report)

NTSB: new accident, incident reporting rules

Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT

The NTSB is amending its regulations concerning notification and reporting requirements regarding aircraft accidents or incidents. The final rule was published January 7, 2010 and will become effective March 8, 2010. In particular, the NTSB is adding regulations to require operators to report certain incidents to the NTSB. The NTSB is also amending existing regulations to provide clarity and ensure that the appropriate means for notifying the NTSB of a reportable incident is listed correctly in the regulation. (Federal Register)

UAE starts incident-reporting program

Mon, 4 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE launched an air safety incident-reporting program, the Reporting of Safety Incident (ROSI) Program, on 1 January 2010 as part of its new mandate to centralise aviation safety incident reporting across the UAE. Ismaeil Mohammed Al Balooshi, Director Aviation Safety at the GCAA said: "Along with high levels of growth and expansion comes increased challenges that require effective regulatory responses. The introduction of a centralised air safety incident reporting program will contribute to our efforts in maintaining a successful aviation transport safety record as a country, it will also allow us to monitor trends in the reports which will help in identifying possible risks to the safety of aviation in the UAE." (GCAA)

FAA stepping up oversight of American Airlines

Sun, 3 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. FAA is intensifying the oversight of American Airlines' operations. This decision was taken following three landing mishaps over an eleven-day period. On December 13 the wingtip of an MD-82 struck the runway on landing at Charlotte (CLT). Then on December 22 a Boeing 737-800 overran the runway at Kingston, Jamaica. The latest incident involved an MD-80 whose wingtip struck the ground while landing in Austin, Texas, on December 24. (Wall Street Journal)

Interim report on SA Airlink Embraer 135 runway excursion accident

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

CAA South Africa (SACAA) released the first interim report of the investigation into the cause of an accident involving an Embraer 135 aircraft shortly on landing at George Airport on 7 December 2009. The prevailing weather conditions at the time were overcast in light rain. The aircraft touched down in the area of the fourth landing marker. At the end of the runway veered to the right and went past the ILS localizer. The aircraft collided with eleven approach lights before it burst through the aerodrome perimeter fence, with the aircraft coming to rest in a nose down attitude on a public road. (SACAA)

Interim report on SA Airlink Jetstream 41 accident after engine failure

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

CAA South Africa (SACAA) released the first interim report of the investigation into the cause of an accident involving a Jetstream 41 aircraft shortly after take off from Durban International Airport on 24 September 2009. The captain died as a reslt of his injuries. Shortly before it became airborne on a positioning flight, a catastrophic failure occurred in the nr.2 (right hand) engine due to a fatigue failure of the second stage rotating air seal. It continued to climb to an altitude of about 500 feet AMSL. Immediately after raising the undercarriage, the nr.1 engine spooled down from 100% to zero within 7 seconds. The airplane then made a forced landing in a small field within the Merebank residential area. (SACAA)

Report released on BN-2A Islander CFIT accident in Vanuatu

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

TAIC New Zealand released the final report on their investigation into the fatal CFIT accident involving a BN-2A Islander in Vanuatu, December 2008. TAIC carried out the investigation on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV). The aeroplane was overloaded by at least 7%, which affected its climb performance and made it unlikely that it would be able to cross the final ridge without deviating from the path flown by the pilot. (TAIC)

UK Ministry of Defence announces new Air Safety Authority

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

U.K. Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth announced the creation of a new military airworthiness authority to ensure aviation safety standards are of the highest order at all times. The Military Aviation Authority (MAA) has been created as part of the MOD's full response to the Nimrod Review by Charles Haddon-Cave QC following the deaths of 14 Service personnel onboard Nimrod XV230 on 2 September 2006. The MAA will include an independent body to audit and scrutinise air safety activity. The MAA will be in place by 5 April 2010. The creation of the MAA was one of two key strategic recommendations of Mr Haddon-Cave's report which have both been accepted by the MOD. The other key recommendation is a revised arrangement of safety responsibilities for those personnel charged with ensuring the safe operation of military aircraft. (UK Ministry of Defence)

Ninety warthogs removed from Harare Airport, Zimbabwe after incident

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

(The Zimbabwe Telegraph)

ATSB: investigation update on A340 tailstrike accident

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released its Interim Factual report into the tailstrike involving Airbus A340-500 aircraft, registered A6-ERG, during takeoff at Melbourne Airport, Vic. on the evening of 20 March 2009. The aircraft was being operated on a scheduled passenger flight from Melbourne to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The investigation has determined that the pre-flight take-off performance calculations were based on an incorrect take-off weight that was inadvertently entered into the aircraft's portable flight planning computer by the flight crew. Subsequent crosschecks did not detect the incorrect entry and its effect on performance planning, and the resulting take-off speeds and engine thrust settings that were applied by the crew were insufficient for a normal takeoff. As a result of this accident, the aircraft operator has undertaken a number of procedural, training and technical initiatives across its fleet and operations; with a view to minimising the risk of a recurrence. In addition, the aircraft manufacturer has released a modified version of its cockpit performance-planning tool and is developing a software package that automatically checks the consistency of the flight data being entered into the aircraft's flight computers by flight crews. The investigation has found a number of similar take-off performance-related incidents and accidents across a range of aircraft types, locations and operators around the world. As a result, the ATSB has initiated a safety research project to collate those events and examine the factors involved. The findings of that project will be released by the ATSB once completed. Ongoing investigation effort will include the examination of: * computer-based flight performance planning * human performance and organisational risk controls * reduced thrust takeoffs and the use of erroneous take-off performance data. (ATSB)

MAK issues final report on Yak-40 landing accident in Kazakhstan

Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) issued their final report on the investigation into the accident involving a Yak-40 jet in Kazakhstan in September 2009. The airplane sank back onto the runway during a go-around, resulting in a belly landing. Factors identified in the investigation include: - The crew's unintended selection of the landing flaps to the fully retracted position shortly after leaving the ground, which led to a decrease in wing lift and subsidence of the aircraft; - Retraction of the undercarriage at a low altitude, which led, in the subsidence aircraft, to the aircraft fuselage contacting the runway surface and further movement on the runway on the nose landing gear and part of the tracted main landing gear wheels; - The crew's attempt to go around with the engine reversers deployed, resulting in insufficient acceleration during the takeoff. The decision to go around was made by the captain, most likely due to the longitudinal plane imbalance that has arisen in the first seconds of the path of the aircraft and caused erroneous actions of the pilot in the performance of landing. (MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC))

AAIB: final report on B757 pitot blockage incident

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT


Netherlands Antilles preliminary report on BN-2A Islander ditching

Mon, 7 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Netherlands Antilles Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) published a preliminary report on the BN-2A Islander ditching off Bonaire Island. The airplane gradually lost height at 200 fpm after a failure of engine nr.2. The airplane ditched 0.5 nm south of Klein Bonaire and 3 nm west of the main Island and sank. (DCA Netherlands Antilles)

FAA proposes $4 million civil penalty for Spitfire Aviation Services

Sun, 6 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $4 million civil penalty for Spitfire Aviation Services, LLC, of Fayetteville, Ark., for numerous violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The alleged violations include conducting at least 798 passenger-carrying revenue flights between November 2005 and October 2007, even though Spitfire held no air carrier certificate or the appropriate operations specifications required under federal regulations for charter operators. Inspectors also found that 262 of those flights were conducted by a pilot who did not hold an Air Transport Pilot Certificate with the appropriate type rating for the aircraft being flown. Spitfire had no FAA-approved pilot training and testing program in place, nor the approved maintenance program or drug testing and alcohol misuse prevention programs required by the government. During its investigation, the FAA determined that Spitfire operated three aircraft, including a Cessna 550 Citation II, a Beechcraft 200 and a Beechcraft 36 Bonanza, on charter flights primarily in the central and southern United States. The FAA became aware of the violations through a complaint from a competitor. During the time it was operating in violation of regulations, Spitfire experienced a crash that destroyed the Beech 36 and resulted in the death of the pilot. The three passengers on that flight survived the accident. Spitfire Aviation Services has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond to the FAA. (FAA)

FAA bans takeoffs with polished frost

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT


FAA proposes rule on ice-detection equipment

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT


ATSB: investigation update on Boeing 747 depressurisation accident

Tue, 17 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is continuing its rigorous and comprehensive examination of the circumstances surrounding the failure of an oxygen cylinder that led to the depressurisation of a Boeing 747 on a flight from Hong Kong to Melbourne in July 2008. The ATSB's second interim factual report on this accident indicates that to date there is no evidence of systemic safety problems with oxygen bottles of the type involved in the accident. Various tests have not been able to replicate the cylinder failure that initiated the accident. The report provides details of the wide-ranging and ongoing technical examination of five oxygen cylinders obtained by the ATSB from the same manufacturing lot as the failed cylinder. The original cylinder was lost in the South China Sea in the course of the accident. Analysis of the factual information and findings as to the factors that contributed to the accident remain the subject of ongoing work. Details will be included in the final report of the investigation. To date, all pressure tests of the cylinders met or exceeded the relevant safety specifications, with recorded rupture pressures being over twice the maximum working pressure of the cylinders. Other work is being carried out to determine the minimum size of mechanical flaws that could result in cylinder failure in service. The ongoing ATSB investigation will supplement that work with a program of rupture tests on cylinders that have had various sized 'artificial' flaws machined into the shell. The ATSB expects to conclude the data gathering and analysis aspects of the investigation in early 2010, with a final report to follow. (ATSB)

ATSB: investigation update on A330 in-flight upset

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has released a second Interim Factual Report into the accident involving the Qantas Airbus A330-303 in-flight upset, 154 km west of Learmonth WA, on 7 October 2008. The report summarises new activities conducted since the first Interim Factual Report that was released on 6 March 2009, and it should be read in conjunction with that previous report. The aircraft was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Singapore to Perth. While cruising at 37,000 ft, the aircraft experienced two uncommanded pitch-down events. The flight crew were able to quickly return the aircraft to level flight on each occasion and diverted to Learmonth, WA for a safe landing. One flight attendant and 11 passengers were seriously injured, and eight other crew members and at least 99 other passengers received minor injuries. The injury rate and severity of injuries was significantly greater for those passengers who were not seated or not wearing seatbelts at the time of the first in-flight upset. The investigation is still following several lines of inquiry to explain why the ADIRU started providing erroneous data (spikes). In addition, the investigation is continuing to examine various aspects of the flight control primary computer (FCPC or PRIM) software development cycle. The investigation is also continuing to examine the performance of the ECAM and its effectiveness in assisting crews to manage aircraft system problems. (ATSB)

TV stations to crash and film an empty passenger plane

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

International tv stations are working together on a documentary "Plane Crash" in which they will deliberatly crash an empty passenger plane. The programme is a co-production between Channel 4, National Geographic Channel, ProSieben Television and ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Two top pilots will board a passenger jet, fly it out over a vast, empty desert, set it on course to crash and parachute from the plane. The plane will be loaded with cameras and sensors, as well as crash test dummies positioned throughout the aircraft. The resulting footage and data will give an insight into what happens when a plane crashes and enable experts to study how areas such as seat belt design, seat arrangement and even overhead baggage can have an impact on passenger safety. (Channel 4)

UAE to develop blacklist and new regulations for foreign airlines

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

A strict new licensing regime is being developed by the United Arab Emirates Government to regulate foreign passenger- and cargo airlines to ensure safety and security. The new licensing law will be implemented in 2010. The law will be followed by the publication of a blacklist of airlines that are banned operating in the UAE. (Khaleej Times)

Dutch safety commission: closer cooperation with Public Prosecutor

Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

A Dutch aviation safety commission recommended a closer cooperation between aviation industry and the the Public Prosecutor. The commission evaluated the Dutch The Mandatory Occurrence Reporting (MOR) Scheme. The commission further recommended to reorganise the "Analysebureau Luchtvaartvoorvallen" (Bureau of Aviation Occurrences Analysis). This Bureau receives and analyses the occurrences. It shoud share its findings with the Dutch aviation industry on a more regular basis. This would increase the willingness to report occurrences. (Ministry of Transport)

TSB Canada releases final report on Bombardier Global 5000 accident

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Citing ineffective oversight by the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its final report into the 2007 landing accident in Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia. The accident injured 10 people when the Bombardier Global 5000 private jet skidded off the runway, stopping 1000 feet from its initial touchdown point, close to neighbouring homes. In its investigation, the TSB reported that private operators regulated by the CBAA were not held to the same standard that Transport Canada (TC) implemented for commercial operators. TC regulations require commercial airline companies to implement safety management systems (SMS) in stages, on a fixed timeline, while the CBAA was free to implement SMS for its operators on its own terms with no fixed timeframe. In 2003, TC transferred regulatory responsibility for some aviation operators to the CBAA but prior to this accident failed to exercise effective oversight of the CBAA programs. In two key recommendations, the Board calls for the CBAA to set SMS implementation milestones for its certificate holders and for TC to ensure the CBAA has an effective quality assurance program in place to audit its certificate holders. In the course of the investigation, the TSB also found that many pilots were not aware of the limitations of the visual guidance systems used to conduct safe approaches and landings. These guidance systems, known as visual glide slope indicators (VGSI), use ground-based light beams to show pilots when they are too high or too low on approach but many pilots don't realize that some VGSI should not be used when flying larger aircraft. Information on the distance between the cockpit and the landing gear (eye-to-wheel height) is needed to know which VGSI to use but the Board revealed this information is not readily available to pilots. To address these issues, the Board made two additional recommendations requiring TC to make eye-to-wheel height information available to pilots, and that better training also be provided to them on VGSI so they have the information they need to land safely. (TSB)

Brazil releases final report on Congonhas A320 runway excursion accident

Sun, 1 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Brazilian investigators released the final report of their investigation into the accident of TAM Flight 3054. The Airbus A320 landed on a wet runway at Sao Paulo-Congonhas Airport in July 2007. It failed to stop and went off the wet runway, colliding with a building. All 187 occupants were killed, along with twelve people on the ground. One of the thrust levers was in the Reverse-position, while the other lever was in the forward (thrust) position. It was deemed possible that this occurred because of a mechanical failure, but in a more like scenario the lever was inadvertently positioned forward by the crew. In any case, the crew failed to detect the problem and act accordingly. Factors identified in the report are: lack of crew coordination, co-pilot inexperience, crew pairing, the pilot's headache, pilot's perception of company pressure to avoid landing at alternate airports, crew anxiety regarding the weather and runway condition. (CENIPA)

FAA revokes pilot licenses after overflying their destination airport

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked the licenses of two Northwest Airlines pilots who overflew their destination airport on October 21, 2009 while operating Flight 188 from San Diego to Minneapolis. The pilots were out of contact with air traffic controllers for an extended period of time and told federal investigators that they were distracted by a conversation. Air traffic controllers and airline officials repeatedly tried to reach them through radio and data contact, without success. The emergency revocations cite violations of a number of Federal Aviation Regulations. Those include failing to comply with air traffic control instructions and clearances and operating carelessly and recklessly. The revocations are effective immediately. The pilots have 10 days to appeal the emergency revocations to the National Transportation Safety Board. (FAA)

Southwest Airlines settles lawsuit with investors for $3.5M over safety problems

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Southwest Airlines has reached a $3.5 million settlement with investors who filed a lawsuit. Investors filed a lawsuit in August 2008, a few months after the FAA proposed a civil penalty for failing to comply with an Airworthiness Directive (AD) that required repetitive inspections of certain fuselage areas to detect fatigue cracking. The investors, including Carbon County, Pennsylvania, and Employee Retirement System, contended that Southwest officials breached their fiduciary duties by allowing the airline to fail to meet FAA safety standards. reports that a hearing is scheduled for December 9 before state District Judge Carlos Cortez for approval of the settlement. (

NTSC Indonesia releases preliminary report on DO-328 runway excursion

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Indonesian accident investigating agency, NTSC, released a preliminary report on the non-fatal accident of a Dornier 328 on June 14, 2009. During the landing roll the aircraft diverged abruptly to the right. The aircraft left the runway and stopped on the shoulder of the runway. The right wheels sank into the soft ground of the runway shoulder. The right propeller blades fractured as they struck the ground and the propeller assembly was torn from the engine. (NTSC)

NTSC Indonesia releases preliminary report on fatal DHC-6 accident

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Indonesian accident investigating agency, NTSC, released a preliminary report on the fatal accident of a DHC-6 Twin Otter, August 2, 2009. A Merpati Nusantara Airlines DHC-6 Twin Otter passenger plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of a mountain during a domestic flight from Jayapura (DJJ) to Oksibil Airport (OKL). Merpati Flight MZ9760D took off at 10:15 with an estimated time of arrival at Oksibil of 11:05. The flight was reported missing and a search was initiated. The wreckage was located August 4 on a mountainside at an elevation of 9300 feet. (NTSC)

FAA proposes $3.8 million penalty against United Airlines

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT


FAA proposes $5.4 million civil penalty for US Airways

Thu, 15 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT


FAA announces serious runway incursions down by 50 percent

Thu, 8 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that serious runway incursions were down 50 percent for the most recent 12-month period compared to the previous year. There were 12 serious incursions in fiscal year 2009 which ended Sept. 30, with only two involving commercial carriers, compared to 25 such events in fiscal year 2008, with nine involving commercial carriers. A runway incursion occurs when something or someone intrudes on a runway without authorization. A serious incursion is one in which a collision was narrowly avoided, or there was a significant potential for collision that resulted in the need to take quick corrective action. (FAA)

AIBN releases report on DHC-8 heavy landing accident

Wed, 7 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT


ANSV Italy issues urgent recommendation following 737NG engine flameouts

Thu, 1 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Italian Air Safety Board, ANSV, issued an urgent safety recommendation to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). On June 13, 2009 a Boeing 737-700 airplane suffered an engine flameout while crossing 2500 feet on approach to Firenze (Florence) Airport, Italy. The engine was restarted in-flight and the airplane landed safely. The root of the problem was identified in the bleed air check valve stuck in the open position. The valve is designed to prevent reverse flow from 9th stage into the 5th stage of the High Pressure Compressor. The investigators leared that in just over a year, the 737 NG fleet has experienced five engine shutdowns that were all caused by the 5th stage bleed air check valve stuck in the open or partially open position. The ANSV classified this as a serious incident and issued an urgent safety recommendation on October 1, 2009. ANSV based on previous considerations, recommends Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency: - to consider requesting Boeing to build-up a pro-active procedure allowing flight crews to identify and manage the event of CFM56-7B22 engines 5th stage bleed air check valve stuck in the open position (ANSV-6/625-09/1/I/09); - to verify the on-going manufacturer investigation process on the involved P/N, in order to determine if the failure is associated with the design of the part or with a production deviation occurrence which affects a limited number of Serial numbers. Furthermore to ensure that the affected parts are replaced either if they are identified to belong to a specific batch or if is a fleet wide problem (ANSV-71625-0912/1/09). (ANSV)

NTSB issues safety recommendations on bird strikes and charter ops

Thu, 1 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

On March 4, 2008, a Cessna 500 Citation entered a steep descent and crashed after colliding in flight with a flock of large birds about 2 minutes after takeoff from Oklahoma City-Wiley Post Airport (PWA). Following its investigation the National Transportation Safety Board issued ten new safety recommendations. These include recommendations for: - the revision of bird-strike certification requirements; - airports compliance with the requirements to perform wildlife hazard assessments; - aircraft-specific guidance information for minimizing the severity of aircraft damage sustained during a bird strike; - reporting of all wildlife strikes; - inclusion of the operator and operating rules in flight plans; - issuance of a written document that expressly describes the terms of carriage by Part 135 on-demand operators; - improving FAA on-site inspector surveillance to detect improper charter operations; In addition, the NTSB reiterated a safety recommendation to require all operators of aircraft equipped with a CVR make sure the CVR is functioning (A-06-23). (NTSB)

EASA issues emergency AD on A330/A340 pitot probe issues

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT

EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) regarding Airbus A330 and A340 models fitted with specific Goodrich pitot probes. Several reports have recently been received of loose pneumatic quickdisconnect unions on Goodrich pitot probes P/N 0851HL. These may be the result of mis-torque of the affected unions at equipment manufacturing level. Investigations are still on-going to determine the root cause(s). This condition, if not corrected, could lead to an air leak, resulting in incorrect total pressure measurement and consequent erroneous Calibrated Airspeed (CAS)/MACH parameters delivered by the Air Data Computer (ADC). As a precautionary measure, this AD requires a torque check of the pneumatic quick-disconnect union on certain Goodrich P/N 0851HL pitot probes and corrective action, depending on findings. (EASA)

PNG AIC releases interim report on Twin Otter CFIT accident near Kokoda

Fri, 18 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) has released its Preliminary Factual Report into the collision with terrain that occurred near Kokoda, Papua New Guinea on 11 August 2009, involving a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. The airplane flew into the side of a tree covered mountain at an altitude of 5774 feet (1760 metres) during the descent towards Kokoda. (PNG AIC)

AAIB: final report on BAe-146 landing incident

Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT


TSB Canada: Pilots need more training on bounced landings

Wed, 9 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Many flight crews do not receive training to deal effectively with bounced landings says the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). On July 22, 2008, at Hamilton Airport a Boeing 727 touched down hard and bounced before touching down hard a second time. Immediately after the second touchdown, the pilot decided to perform a go-around. During this manoeuvre, the tail contacted the runway. The aircraft climbed away and returned for a normal landing. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the aircraft. In its investigation, the TSB found that while the aircraft manufacturer's manual contained guidance on what to do if the plane bounced on landing, the pilots had never practiced this manoeuvre or received training to safely control and land a plane under these circumstances. In light of this problem, the TSB is calling for operators to train crews on this manoeuvre and make it part of their training program. The Board is recommending that the Canadian Department of Transport require air carriers to incorporate bounced landing recovery techniques in their manuals and during their training activities. (TSB)

American Airlines, FAA dispute over alleged improper repairs continues

Sat, 5 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Wall Street Journal reports about an escalating dispute between American Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) over allegedly improper repairs. According to preliminary findings at least 16 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft were operated for months, and sometimes years, with potentially substandard repairs to cracks around rear pressure bulkheads. Some FAA inspectors think the circumstances under which the airline suddenly chose to ferry one MD-80 for storage show the move was part of an effort to hide the extent of suspected defects. American Airlines said that facts were being misrepresented by the FAA and that the FAA had complete access to retired aircraft. The aircraft involved in the storage issue was reported being N279AA, an MD-82 (msn 49295/1214) that was delivered to American Airlines in 1985. An ASN query of the FAA's Service Difficulty Reporting (SDR) database shows one report related to pressure bulkhead (JASC code 5312) repair of N279AA in 1999: "TUL - FOUND CORROSION AROUND SEVERAL FASTENERS ON FORWARD SIDE OF STATION 1338 PRESSURE BULKHEAD RIGHT SIDE ABOVE VAULT DOOR JAMB, JUST BELOW RIGHT A/C DUCT. REMOVED DAMAGE BY BLENDING. INSTALLED DOUBLER PER ESO 80559, DATED 12-10-99" (Wall Street Journal)

FAA approves plan for Southwest Airlines to replace unapproved parts

Tue, 1 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. FAA approved a plan that would require Southwest Airlines to replace unapproved parts installed on about 50 Boeing 737 airplanes and for these aircraft to undergo inspections until fixes are made. The airline already has replaced parts on 30 other planes. An FAA technical review has determined that the unapproved part would not prevent safe operation of the airplanes. The aircraft manufacturer has made a similar determination. As a result, the FAA has determined that the airline may continue to operate aircraft with the unapproved part until the parts can be replaced, on the condition that each plane must be physically inspected for wear and tear every seven days and the affected parts must all be replaced with an approved part by December 24, 2009. The FAA has also directed Southwest Airlines to locate and dispose of any other unapproved parts made by the same vendor and to report on the results of its aircraft inspections to the FAA on a daily basis. The unapproved parts are associated with the hinge fittings for the exhaust gate assembly, which help protect the aircraft flaps from engine heat. The FAA determined on August 21 that the parts had been installed on a number of Southwest Airlines planes. The FAA has opened an investigation into this issue. (FAA)

EASA issues new emergency AD on BAe 146/Avro RJ NLG inspections

Thu, 3 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT

As part of a recent accident investigation (RJ100 NLG failure on landing, February 13, 2009), the examination of a fractured NLG main fitting showed that Messier-Dowty SB.146-32-150 had not been accomplished, although the records indicated that it had been BAE Systems has determined that more NLG units could be similarly affected. These NLG units have been overhauled at Messier Services in Sterling, Virginia, in the United States. This condition, if not corrected, could result in NLG failure. To address this situation, EASA issued Emergency AD 2009-0043-E to require repetitive NDT inspections of each affected NLG unit and, if cracks are found, replacement with a serviceable unit, in accordance with the instructions of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Alert Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.A32-180 and Messier-Dowty (M-D) SB 146-32-149. Subsequently, investigation and analysis by M-D has identified the need for a reduction of the inspection threshold and the repetitive inspection interval for the affected NLG units and has replaced M-D SB 146-32-149 with M-D SB 146-32-174. Consequently, BAE Systems SB 32-158 has been withdrawn and superseded by BAE Systems Alert ISB.A32-180 Revision 1. (EASA)

JTSB issues report on Saab 340 runway excursion incident

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

On December 18, 2007, at about 11:26, a Saab 340B, registered JA001C, operated by Japan Air Commuter as Flight 2345, ran off runway 25 at Izumo Airport toward the right (north) in the landing roll and continued running further while veering to the right before coming to a stop on the apron. There were 37 persons on board. No one was injured in the serious incident. The aircraft was slightly damaged, and there was no outbreak of fire. The JTSB concluded: "It is considered highly probable that this serious incident occurred through the following causal chain: While the left propeller of the Aircraft was brought to the coarsen pitch almost simultaneously with touchdown causing the Aircraft to veer to the right during its subsequent landing roll, no necessary procedures were taken to stop the veering and furthermore to recover the directional control, which resulted in the Aircraft deviating from the runway, the nose gear being broken, and eventually the Aircraft being unable to ground roll for itself. With regard to the left propeller having been brought to the coarsen pitch, it is considered highly probable that the power lever operations that were performed prior to touchdown caused the autocoarsen to be activated. It is considered highly probable that the nose gear was broken when it hit the ditch that runs parallel to the runway." (JTSB)

JTSB issues report on China Airlines Boeing 737-800 fuel leak and ground fire

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

On August 20, 2007, a Boeing 737-800 operated by China Airlines took off from Taiwan-Taoyuan International Airport on a flight to Naha Airport, Japan. At about 10:33, immediately after the aircraft stopped, fuel that was leaking from the fuel tank on the right wing caught fire and the aircraft was engulfed in flames. Everyone on board was evacuated from the aircraft and there were no dead and wounded. The aircraft was destroyed by fire. The Japan Transport Safety Board concluded: "It is considered highly probable that this accident occurred through the following causal chain: When the Aircraft retracted the slats after landing at Naha Airport, the track can that housed the inboard main track of the No. 5 slat on the right wing was punctured, creating a hole. Fuel leaked out through the hole, reaching the outside of the wing. A fire started when the leaked fuel came into contact with high-temperature areas on the right engine after the Aircraft stopped in its assigned spot, and the Aircraft burned out after several explosions. With regard to the cause of the puncture in the track can, it is certain that the downstop assembly having detached from the aft end of the above-mentioned inboard main track fell off into the track can, and when the slat was retracted, the assembly was pressed by the track against the track can and punctured it. With regard to the cause of the detachment of the downstop assembly, it is considered highly probable that during the maintenance works for preventing the nut from loosening, which the Company carried out on the downstop assembly about one and a half months prior to the accident based on the Service Letter from the manufacturer of the Aircraft, the washer on the nut side of the assembly fell off, following which the downstop on the nut side of the assembly fell off and then the downstop assembly eventually fell off the track. It is considered highly probable that a factor contributing to the detachment of the downstop assembly was the design of the downstop assembly, which was unable to prevent the assembly from falling off if the washer is not installed. With regard to the detachment of the washer, it is considered probable that the following factors contributed to this: Despite the fact that the nut was in a location difficult to access during the maintenance works, neither the manufacturer of the Aircraft nor the Company had paid sufficient attention to this when preparing the Service Letter and Engineering Order job card, respectively. Also, neither the maintenance operator nor the job supervisor reported the difficulty of the job to the one who had ordere[...]

EASA issues emergency AD on APU sealant of Gulfstream GIV-X and GV-SP

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) following reports from Gulfstream Aerospace that an improper, flammable sealant has been used on the exterior of the APU enclosure (firewall) on G-IV, GIV-X, GV, and GV-SP aeroplanes. This condition, if not corrected, and under certain conditions such as an APU failure or an APU compartment fire, could lead to ignition of the exterior surfaces of the APU enclosure, possibly resulting in propagation of an uncontained fire to other critical areas of the aeroplane. The AD concerns aircraft with specific serial numbers and calls for a one-time inspection for sealant applied to the exterior of the APU enclosure, and, depending on findings, a revision of the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) to prohibit operation of the APU during certain ground and flight operations. (EASA)

AAIB: final report on A319 electrical network failure incident

Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.K. AAIB released the final investigation report into the serious incident involving an Airbus A319-111 aircraft operating a scheduled passenger flight between Alicante, Spain and Bristol, UK. The aircraft had experienced a fault affecting the No 1 (left) electrical generator on the previous flight and was dispatched on the incident flight with this generator selected off and the APU generator supplying power to the left electrical network. While in the cruise at FL320 in day VMC, with the autopilot and autothrust systems engaged, a failure of the electrical system occurred which caused numerous aircraft systems to become degraded or inoperative. The aircraft could only be flown manually, all the aircraft's radios became inoperative and the Captain's electronic flight instrument displays blanked. Attempts by the flight crew to reconfigure the electrical system proved ineffective and the aircraft systems remained in a significantly degraded condition for the remainder of the flight. The flight crew were unable to contact ATC for the rest of the flight. The aircraft landed uneventfully at Bristol, with the radios and several other systems still inoperative. (AAIB)

Spanair MD-82 crash: no warning during takeoff with flaps and slats retracted

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Spanish accident investigation board CIAIAC has issued an interim report as result of the investigation of the Spanair MD082 accident at Madrid-Barajas. Data indicate that the take-off was performed with the flaps and slats retracted and that most probably the crew did not extend those high-lift devices for the take-off. The system designed for warning the crew of an inappropriate configuration for take-off did not activate. Based on these conclusions the CIAIAC considers that improvements should be taken in the area of design operations so that future accidents as this one can be prevented. With the interim report 7 safety recommendations are issued. One is addressed to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), another one to the Federal Aviation Authority in the United States (FAA), four are issued both to EASA & FAA and finally there is one recommendation addressed to EASA, FAA & International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). (CIAIAC)

India: Loss-making airlines will face safety audits

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated an audit of maintenance procedures of major airlines to check whether the projected losses of Rs 100,000 million this fiscal year are leading to a compromise on passenger safety. The audit will scrutinise availability of spares, timely maintenance and deployment of adequate number of engineers and technicians as well as try to capture the level of financial distress, especially situations that could endanger safety. (The Economic Times)

FAA change icing regulations

Wed, 5 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changed its certification standards for transport category airplanes to require either the automatic activation of ice protection systems or a method to tell pilots when they should be activated. The new rule requires an effective way to ensure the ice protection system is activated at the proper time. The rule applies to new transport aircraft designs and significant changes to current designs that affect the safety of flight in icing conditions. There is no requirement to modify existing airplane designs, but the FAA is considering a similar rulemaking that would cover those designs. Under the revised certification standards, new transport aircraft designs must have one of three methods to detect icing and to activate the airframe ice protection system: * An ice detection system that automatically activates or alerts pilots to turn on the ice protection system; * A definition of visual signs of ice buildup on a specified surface (e.g., wings) combined with an advisory system that alerts the pilots to activate the ice protection system; or * Identification of temperature and moisture conditions conducive to airframe icing that would tip off pilots to activate the ice protection system. The standards further require that after initial activation, the ice protection system must operate continuously, automatically turn on and off, or alert the pilots when the system should be cycled. (FAA)

Iran suspends license of Aria Air

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Aria Air following a fatal accident on July 24. The license is suspended until the accident investigation is completed. (IRIB)

UK Airprox Board publishes 2008 statistics

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) published their 21st report covering statistics for all of 2008 together with findings on recorded Airprox incidents within UK airspace between July and December 2008. During the last six months of 2008, 68 Airprox were reported and investigated, 22 fewer than the average of comparable figures recorded in each of the previous five years. During 2008 there was a total of 155 Airprox compared with 154 in 2007. Of these, 61 involved at least one Commercial Air Transport (CAT) aircraft compared with 65 in 2007. Two of the 61 incidents were judged as risk-bearing, the lowest number recorded in the period 1999 to 2008. There were no Category A (actual risk of collision) events involving CAT aircraft recorded in 2008. (UK Airprox Board)

EASA issues emergency AD on ATR-42/72 cockpit windows

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

EASA requires operators of certain ATR-42/72 airplanes to inspect the cockpit forward side windows for damage/absence of repair. A recent event occurred during which the LH forward side glass window of an ATR 72-212 aeroplane blew out while performing a ground pressure test. The investigation revealed some anomalies on the forward side window at the level of the z-bar on the windows external side and at the level of the inner retainer on the windows internal side. These anomalies are considered as precursors of this failure. Air or water leakages between the z-bar and the outer glass ply, or between the inner retainer and inner glass ply indicates the presence of deteriorating structural components in the window. It must also be noticed that neither ATR nor PPG Aerospace authorizes repairs on the window Z-bar / Z-bar sealant. Any attempted repairs on these forward side window Z-bars/Z-bar sealants could lead to a similar event that has originated this AD. (EASA)

ICAO: global blacklist would not necessarily reduce accidents

Thu, 9 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

During a joint European Community - ICAO press conference Antonio Tajani, EC Vice-President in charge of Transport proposed to work on creating a global blacklist for unsafe airlines. ICAO Council president Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez rejected this EU proposal, saying "I don't think that it is the solution at global level. There are various actions to be taken to avoid accidents. Lists that discourage passenger to use a concrete airline would not necessarily reduce accidents." (EC)

CAA UK publishes Aircraft maintenance incident analysis 1996-2006

Mon, 6 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The objective of the CAA U.K. study was to analyse a selection of maintenance related events on jet aircraft above 5,700kg MTOW, captured and stored under the requirements of the CAA's Mandatory Occurrence Reporting (MOR) scheme to identify trends, themes and common causes or factors. A total of 3,982 maintenance related MORs for the period January 1996 to December 2006 was studied. In the results, just over half of the occurrences analysed were attributed to incorrect maintenance actions, a quarter to ineffective maintenance control and a fifth to incomplete maintenance. The data showed that the vast majority of MORs were related to ATA Chapter 25 (Equipment and Furnishings), escape slides in particular. (CAA)

ANSV: premature visual descent below minima at night caused Citation CFIT accide

Thu, 2 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Italian ANSV accident board released the final report of their investigation into the CFIT accident involving a Cessna Citation I near Cagliari in February 2004. It was concluded that the airplane descended significantly below the area minimum altitude (AMA), insufficient to maintain the separation from the ground during a night visual approach in the absence of adequate visual reference. Possible contributory factors included: - The aircraft was not equipped with GPWS or TAWS, nor was it required to be by law; - Premature VFR descent after misidentifying lights on the ground as the Elmas runway lights (induced by "black hole approach") - Failure to use published procedures and available instruments under conditions of total darkness; - Read errors of the elevations listed in the maps consulted, facilitated by the non representation of the ground color; - Inadequate rest, which may have contributed to a reduction in the performance of the crew. (ANSV)

NTSB investigating two runway incursions at Cleveland (CLE)

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The NTSB is investigating two runway incursions that occurred at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE). The most recent occurred at 08:56, June 26, 2009. Express Jet flight 2426, an Embraer ERJ-145, was cleared by the tower developmental controller to cross runway 24L at taxiway S in order to depart from runway 24R. Approximately 19 seconds later, the same controller cleared CommutAir flight 8717, a DHC-8, for takeoff on runway 24L. The Express Jet flight crew saw the departing airplane and advised the tower controller they would not cross the runway. CommutAir 8717 rotated about 1,500 feet from where Express Jet 2426 was positioned. The incident is the second of its kind at CLE in three weeks. On June 3, 2009, at 15:15, a runway incursion occurred in which a Boeing 737 was cleared by a developmental controller to taxi into position the same runway on which an Embraer ERJ145 was cleared and entering for take-off. The ERJ145 crew saw the 737 and queried the tower controller. The two flights came within 500 feet of each other on runway 6L. This was the same developmental controller involved in the June 26 incident. (NTSB)

Mexico court ruling: Aviacsa allowed to fly again

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Aviacsa resumed operations after winning a court ruling overturning a government order grounding its planes for the second time over safety concerns. The Transportation and Communications Department first grounded Aviacsa's planes June 2, 2009 following inspections. Aviacsa resumed flights four days later after a judge overturned the government's order. On June 11, 2009, the government re-grounded the airline after a federal appeals court reinstated the order. That same day the Fifth District Judge in Ciudad Valles determined that 20 airworthy aircraft of Aviacsa were allowed to resume flight operations. These aircraft are: XA-TTM, XA-TTP, XA-TUK, XA-TVD, XA-TVL, XA-TVN, XA-TWJ, XA-TWV, XA-TYC, XA-TYI, XA-TYO, XA-UAA, XA-UCG, XA-UIU, XA-UIV, XA-UJB, XA-UJC, XA-TWO, XA-NAF, XA-NAV. Meanwhile the U.S. FAA decided to no longer allow Aviacse to operate flights to the United States until safety matters are resolved. ()

EASA issues emergency AD on BAe Jetstream MLG component issues

Tue, 9 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

BAe Systems have been notified by the main landing gear (MLG) radius rod manufacturer that a batch of incorrectly manufactured Buffer Springs (part number 184818) had been supplied to their parts distributor and MRO facilities in North America. There is a risk that any radius rod fitted with one of these incorrectly manufactured Buffer Springs could jam in an unlocked position. This condition, if not corrected, could result in MLG collapse. EASA thus issued an Emergency AD, requiring the replacement of each affected radius rod with a serviceable unit and allows the installation of the affected radius rods only after the accomplishment of APPH Service Bulletins 1847-32-14 and 1862-32-14. The AD covers HP-137 Jetstream Mk.1, Jetstream 200, 3100 and 3200 models. (EASA)

JTSB issues report on Boeing 767 landing mishap

Thu, 4 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) released their final report of their investigation into the serious incident involving a JAL Boeing 767 at Tokyo-Haneda Airport in June 2005. This incident occurred as the aircraft landed; it is estimated that it bounded on its first touchdown. The nose gear then touched down before the aircraft weight was completely placed on the main landing gears, placing an excessive load on the nose gear, and consequently, damaging the nose gear. Excessive forward operation of the control column was the most significant factor. (JTSB)

Mexican authorities suspends operations of AVIACSA

Wed, 3 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), through the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has temporarily suspended operations of 25 aircraft of AVIACSA. The measure is a result of recent inspections in which irregularities were detected which represent risks to aviation. Aviacsa will have a period of 60 days, as of June 2, 2009, to correct the deficiencies identified. ()

Iran defuses homemade bomb on Kish Air plane

Sat, 30 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT

An Iranian Kish Air plane made an emergency landing in Ahvaz after a bomb was found on board shortly after takeoff. Security personnel defused the homemade bomb. The airplane was en route to Tehran. (Reuters)

FAA proposes $1.3 Million civil penalty for Gulfstream International Airlines

Tue, 26 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. FAA has proposed a $1.3 million civil penalty from Florida-based Gulfstream International Airlines, Inc. for violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations. The alleged violations include improper scheduling of flight crew duty time, and the installation of unapproved air conditioner compressors and improperly maintained vent blowers on the airline's fleet of 27 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft. An FAA review of the airline's electronic record-keeping system for tracking crew duty and rest time revealed that Gulfstream International did not accurately input the proper data from its manually generated hard-copy aircraft logbook records into the electronic system. The discrepancies resulted in scheduling crew members in excess of daily and weekly flight time limitations. During a June 2008 inspection, the FAA determined that the airline had installed unapproved automotive air conditioner compressors on its aircraft between September 2006 and May 2008. Following the FAA inspection, the airline grounded all of the affected aircraft and replaced the units with approved aircraft air conditioner compressors. In the course of a July 2008 inspection of Gulfstream International avionics and component shops in Fort Lauderdale, the FAA discovered that the airline had installed improperly maintained vent blowers on six planes between January 2008 and June 2008. Following that inspection, the airline replaced the blowers with properly maintained units. Gulfstream International Airlines has 30 days from the receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond to the FAA. (FAA)

CAA UK publishes Safety Plan 2009/11

Fri, 1 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) published a Safety Plan. It presents CAA's strategies and actions to be taken to achieve a continuous improvement in safety over the next two years. (CAA)

ATSB: preliminary report on A340-500 tail strike accident at Melbourne

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released its Preliminary Factual report into the tail strike involving Airbus A340-500, A6-ERG, during takeoff at Melbourne Airport at approximately 10:31 PM on the evening of 20 March 2009. The aircraft was being operated on a scheduled passenger flight from Melbourne to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It was determined that during the take-off roll on runway 16, the captain called for the first officer to rotate (lift off). However, when the aircraft was slow to respond, the captain commanded and applied maximum take-off thrust (TOGA). The aircraft's tail struck the runway and the aircraft lifted off shortly afterwards. During the take-off, the aircraft's tail contacted the ground beyond the end of the runway and a number of airport landing aids came into contact with the aircraft. After becoming airborne, the flight crew received a cockpit message that a tail strike had occurred and so they contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and requested a return to Melbourne. The aircraft was radar vectored by ATC over Port Philip Bay to dump fuel to reduce the aircraft's weight for landing. While reviewing the aircraft's performance documentation in preparation for landing, the crew noticed that an incorrect weight had been inadvertently entered into the laptop when completing the take-off performance calculation prior to departure. The performance calculations were based on a take-off weight that was 100 tonnes below the actual take-off weight of the aircraft. The result of that incorrect take-off weight was to produce a thrust setting and take-off reference speeds that were lower than those required for the aircraft's actual weight. During the return to land at Melbourne, a cabin crew member reported smoke in the cabin. The aircraft subsequently landed safely at 11:36 PM and was able to be taxied to the[...]

Dutch Safety Board releases preliminary report on Turkish B737 accident

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Dutch Safety Board released their preliminary report on their investigation into the fatal accident involving a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 near Amsterdam Airport. (Dutch Safety Board)

NTSC Indonesia releases preliminary report on BAe-146 collision with terrain

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

According to preliminary findings released by the Indonesian NTSC, the BAe-146 aircraft crashed while on a cargo flight to Wamena, April 9, 2009. The airplane was observed to make an approach to runway 15 at Wamena and then conducted a go around from a low height over the runway. The aircraft climbed to a low height along the extended centreline to the south east, before making a right turn onto a right downwind leg of the circuit. Witnesses observed the aircraft continuing on the right downwind at a lower than normal circuit height. They lost sight of the aircraft when it was passing a late downwind position. It subsequently made a right turn, presumably onto a right base leg and flew through the extended centreline. The aircraft subsequently impacted Pikei Hill on Tengah Mountain. At the time of the accident there was haze and broken cloud; base 300 meters. (NTSC)

CAA publishes report on cabin crew fire training

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The U.K. CAA published the findings of an independent study it commissioned to review the current and future fire training needs of cabin crew. Twenty-four recommendations are made which are subjected to a pre-regulatory impact assessment. (CAA)

Seven people face criminal charges after fatal 2007 French Polynesia plane crash

Sun, 19 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

(Radio New Zealand International)

AAIB: final report on Boeing 777 eletrical fire event

Thu, 16 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT


ANSV Italy investigates 737-800 landing on taxiway at Cagliari

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Italian accident ingvestigation board ANSV launched an investgation into a serious incident at Cagliari-Elmas Airport (CAG/LIEE). On April 12, a Boeing 737 landed on a taxiway after a flight from Girona. The airplane involved was EI-DCE, operated by Ryanair. The main runway had reopened April 8 after having been NOTAMed closed from 20 December 2007 to 8 April 2009. During that period, the taxiway was used as runway. (ANSV)

FAA issues emergency AD on Rolls-Royce AE 3007A series turbofan engines

Sat, 11 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD)regarding Rolls-Royce AE 3007A series turbofan engines. This emergency AD results from additional reports of cracks in the HPT stage 2 wheels identified from the required inspections of previous ADs. A revised risk assessment that includes these additional reports indicated that a higher inspection rate was required. This emergency AD also addresses a group of low utilization engines above 16,350 CSN that might not yet have been inspected. This condition, if not corrected, could result in a possible uncontained failure of the HPT stage 2 wheel and damage to the airplane. The AE3007 engines are used amongst other on several Embraer RJ series aircraft. (FAA)

EU adds airlines from Benin, Kazakhstan, Thailand, and Ukraine to blacklist

Wed, 8 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The European Commission today adopted the update of the so-called blacklist of airlines that are banned from flying into the European Union due to safety concerns. The Commission has imposed a ban on six airlines from Kazakhstan, one airline certified in Thailand, one additional Ukrainian air carrier and on operations of all carriers certified in Benin. The following carriers are involved: * Air Company Kokshetau, ATMA Airlines, Berkut Air, East Wing, Sayat Air and Starline KZ (Kazakhstan) * One Two Go Airlines (Thailand) * Motor Sich Airlines (Ukraine) * All airlines certified in the Republic of Benin on the basis of the negative results of an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Commission noted good progress in relation to the measures taken by Angola in order to improve the safety situation. In particular, it took note of the progress report drawn up by the aviation authorities of Angola on the implementation of corrective actions following the visit of a team of European experts in February 2008 and the publication of the ICAO safety audit report in October 2008. A report of the visit of a European team of experts to Indonesia in February 2009 showed considerable improvements. The Commission will continue close consultations with the aviation authorities with a view to re-assessing the safety situation at the next meeting of the Air Safety Committee. (EU)

NTSB: Cause of MD-80 engine fire linked to maintenance and flawed SMS

Tue, 7 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The National Transportation Safety Board determined that an engine fire on an American Airlines jetliner was probably due to an unapproved and improper procedure used by mechanics to manually start one of the engines. The fire was prolonged and the safety of the aircraft further jeopardized by how the flight crew handled the emergency. A flawed internal safety management system, which could have identified the maintenance issues that led to the accident, was cited as a contributing factor. On September 28, 2007, American Airlines flight 1400, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82), N454AA, experienced an in-flight left engine fire during departure climb from the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). During the return to STL, the nose landing gear failed to extend, and a go-around was executed. The flight crew conducted an emergency landing, and the two flight crewmembers, three flight attendants, and 138 passengers deplaned on the runway. No occupant injuries were reported, but the airplane sustained substantial damage. The investigation revealed that a component in the manual start mechanism of the engine was damaged when a mechanic used an unapproved tool to initiate the start of the #1 (left) engine while the aircraft was parked at the gate at STL. The deformed mechanism led to a sequence of events that resulted in the engine fire, to which the flight crew was alerted shortly after take-off. The Board examined how the flight crew handled the in-flight emergency and found their performance to be lacking. The captain did not adequately allocate the numerous tasks betwe[...]

Garuda crash pilot jailed

Mon, 6 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The pilot of the Garuda Boeing 737-400 that crashed in Yogyakarta in March 2007 was found guilty of criminal negligence. Prosecutors had sought a four-year jail term, but he was sentenced to two years in prison. One of the panel of five judges remarked that the sentence was about the prevention of future accidents rather than revenge. One of the judges dissented and said that he did not think the pilot should have been found guilty. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Atlantic Southeast grounds 60 CRJs for maintenance checks

Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

All IATA airlines are now IOSA registered

Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that all 224 of its member airlines, comprising 93% of all scheduled international air traffic, are listed on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry. IOSA is the global industry standard for airline operational safety management. The IOSA registry ( now consists of 308 airlines, 224 of which are IATA members. At the 2006 Annnual General Meeting IOSA was made a condition of IATA membership with three milestones. By 31 December 2006, member airlines had to complete contractual arrangements for an IOSA audit. By 31 December 2007, all audits needed to be completed. And by 31 December 2008, all audit findings had to be closed and the carrier noted on the IOSA registry. Failure to meet any of the deadlines resulted in termination of IATA membership, with effect 90 days after the milestone. A total of 9 carriers had their memberships terminated as a result of not meeting the 2006 or 2007 milestone deadlines. A further 8 resigned their memberships at the end of 2008 as they needed more time to complete preparations for a successful audit. One airline lost its IATA membership on 31 March 2009 as a result of being unable to complete the registration process. (IATA)

ANSV Italy: judicial authorities share FDR, CVR data of fatal Citation crash

Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

The Italian aircraft accident investigation board ANSV (Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo) reports that they have now received the CVR and FDR transcripts of a Cessna 650 Citation III that crashed near Rome on February 7, 2009. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) were seized for a juducial inquiry, severely obstructing a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident. The judicial authorities have now sent ANSV a copy of both transcripts. (ANSV)

American Airlines, pilots union will again join air-safety program

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT

American Airlines and its pilots union, the Allied Pilots Association, agreed to re-establish the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The voluntary reporting program will be resumed pending FAA approval. The Allied Pilots Association said the program was suspended after American threatened pilots with disciplinary action related to ASAP reports. American says those pilots faced discipline because the incidents involved willful misconduct or otherwise didn't belong within ASAP. (Dallas Morning News,)

Report: U.K. Business Jet Safety Research

Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Describes a study of U.K. business jet safety, based on an analysis of safety data supplemented by externally contracted research that involved personal industry visits and a questionnaire sent to operators and pilots to obtain feedback on any safety related issues. The study makes a number of recommendations, some of which have already been addressed. (CAA)

Study finds criminal prosecution following accidents damages flight safety

Thu, 19 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT

A new doctoral study of the criminal prosecution of pilots or air traffic controllers following aircraft accidents and incidents has concluded that they have a definite detrimental effect on flight safety, but fail to have the intended effect of deterring individuals from making mistakes. The study, carried out by two Cypriots, found controllers are particularly aware that successful prosecution could follow an unintentional error, and the resulting stress may even make mistakes more likely. (Flight International)

NTSB issues urgent safety recommendation on B777 engine thrust rollback events

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Following two engine thrust rollback events on Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce engines, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an urgent safety recommendation today calling for the redesign of a Rolls- Royce engine component. The Safety Board also recommended that, after the redesign is completed, the new system be installed on all affected B-777 airplanes at the next maintenance check or within six months. These recommendations are being issued in response to the findings in two investigations - an accident and an incident - involving engine thrust rollbacks on Boeing 777-200ER airplanes powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 800 Series engines. In both cases a build-up of ice (from water normally present in all jet fuel) on the fuel/oil heat exchanger (FOHE) restricted the flow of fuel to the engine, resulting in an uncommanded engine rollback. (NTSB)