In the first nine months of 2012, the number of accidents involving both U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased over numbers recorded in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, the total number of nonfatal N-registered business jet mishaps increased slightly from 21 in the first three quarters of 2011 to 23 in the same period this year. Fatal accidents climbed from one event last year to four this year, and fatalities jumped from four last year to 17 this year.
AINsafety » October 8, 2012
A German-registered Learjet 24 piloted by an unlicensed aviator crashed September 15 near the Danish island airport Bornholm (EKRN) at the conclusion of an IFR flight from Strausberg Airport (EDAY), Germany. The daylight VFR accident seriously injured the pilot and passenger. The aircraft was destroyed and came to rest in a cornfield short of the runway. At press time, the pilot remained in a coma in a local hospital.
American Airlines officially grounded 47 of its fleet of 102 Boeing 757s last Thursday for faulty cabin seats. Earlier in the week, American said the carrier believed it had identified faulty clamps as the cause of seats breaking loose on as many as six of its 757s, some in flight.
The Discovery Channel’s Curiosity Show ran an episode last week titled “Plane Crash” that gave viewers a look inside one of the most spectacular safety experiments ever conducted into the survivability of aircraft crashes.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published its proposal to amend the current EU rules on flight and duty time limitations, as well as rest requirements for commercial air transport operations. The proposed rules, issued on October 1, contain more than 30 safety improvements compared with current requirements and introduce new limitations to the way crews can be scheduled.
The Australian Business Aviation Association (ABAA) has asked the Australian government to begin treating business aircraft with the same sort of priority as airliners by allowing them to take part in the airport slot system currently in place at Sydney. The current airline slot system restricting both domestic and international business aviation is expected to take effect soon at both Brisbane and Perth.
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi announced a prototype bomb-detection device it guarantees will make passing through any airport checkpoint less time consuming for anyone traveling by air. The new boarding gate blows a quick puff of air on a passenger’s hand as he scans his boarding pass. The system then quickly analyzes the same sample for non-metallic bomb fragments or residue. Hitachi says the new system is not yet ready to be rolled out for commercial operations.
A story in this week’s Loveland, Colo. Reporter Herald says that Allegiant Airlines’ suspension of service from Loveland in August was due to airline CEO Maurice Gallagher’s concern about safety based on too much local air traffic and the airport’s lack of a control tower. Local city officials, as well as representatives of the Transport Workers Union representing Allegiant flight attendants want to know why, if flight safety is the reason for the pullout, the airline plans to continue operating service to Las Vegas through the end of October.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s symposium on performance-based navigation (PBN) runs from October 16 to October 19 at ICAO headquarters in Montreal. The event will include speakers and attendees from every PBN stakeholder group, including pilots, air traffic controllers, airlines, system manufacturers, regulators and air navigation service providers.
Two Las Vegas Police Department flight officers, both flight instructors, sustained minor injuries on September 24, when their MD 369 helicopter landed hard during a VFR practice autorotation during a training mission at the North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT). The senior officer flying said the helicopter entered a high vertical sink rate before he could stop it. The helicopter was destroyed when it rolled on its right side after striking terrain. The tailboom quickly separated.