A recent Australian Senate investigation report was highly critical of both the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Senators questioned the investigation into the Nov. 18, 2009 crash of a Pel-Air Westwind into the ocean near Norfolk Island.
AINsafety » June 3, 2013
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reached a new record when inspectors at U.S. airports confiscated 65 guns in one seven-day period ending May 24. That number represents a 30-percent increase over the agency’s previous record of 50 in a week.
Pilots planning on overflying Kansas this summer, specifically through the Salina area and the nearby Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range, would do well to attend the pilot safety briefing about the range to be held on Thursday, June 6, at the Salina Airport Authority’s Hangar 600 at 4:30 p.m. Representatives from the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Weapons Range are due to present an update on the range’s activities.
A Bombardier Learjet 35A, unable to stop during its landing roll on 5,420-foot Runway 4/22 at Oregon’s McMinnville Municipal Airport (MMV), ran off the end of the pavement May 13, substantially damaging its wings and fuselage. The Part 91-operated aircraft was on a post-maintenance positioning flight with a three-member Evergreen International Aviation crew aboard. No one was injured in the accident.
A copilot in training and the flying pilot aboard a Bombardier Challenger are being blamed in a report by Finnish safety investigators for the uncontrolled pitch oscillations the aircraft encountered shortly after takeoff on a familiarization flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg on Dec. 23, 2010. The Finnish-registered aircraft carried three passengers and three crewmembers. Two passengers were injured and the cabin interior sustained an uncategorized level of damage. The aircraft returned to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where the injured were transported to a local hospital.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s preliminary report on the May 24 incident involving a British Airways Airbus A319 at London Heathrow (LHR) appears to point to inadequate ground maintenance and pre-flight checking. In a special bulletin issued on May 31, the AAIB confirmed that the fan cowl doors on both engines had been left unlatched after maintenance. Just after liftoff, both engine cowlings separated from the aircraft, causing damage that eventually led to one engine fire and shutdown.
France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) made a formal recommendation to EASA that its data recorder requirement cover single-engine commercial aircraft the size of the Caravan. EASA has yet to respond. The request stems from the Sept. 5, 2010 crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan, the cause of which was determined to be creep rupture of a number of turbine blades on its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. The turboprop quit 11 minutes after takeoff from Pointe-à-Pitre Airport (TFFR) on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
A 23-year-old male passenger aboard a May 27 Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Portland attempted to open a mid-cabin emergency exit hatch on a Boeing 737 while the aircraft was beginning its initial descent to Portland. Passengers wrestled the man to the floor and subdued him until he could be handed over to police after landing. No one aboard the aircraft was injured. The Boeing’s hatch is designed so that cabin air pressure makes it unopenable in flight.
The Netherlands has signed an agreement with the U.S. FAA to promote air safety in the airspace around the Dutch-governed Caribbean islands of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten (southern half of Saint Maarten), as well as portions of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. The U.S. is responsible for providing air traffic flow services in the adjacent San Juan flight information region. This agreement will include coordination of traffic flows between airspace controlled by the U.S. and Dutch authorities.
The FAA has begun reminding Part 121 operators that their pilot fatigue risk management plans (FRMP) must be updated every 24 months for their Operations Specifications (Ops Specs) to remain current. A new information update, InFO 13008, explains that the carrier’s director of operations and safety must also evaluate FRMPs every two years to gauge their effectiveness.