HAI president Matt Zuccaro asked his constituents a commonsense question that is at the core of the organization’s new safety program, Land & Live: “We land on mountaintops, buildings, ships, oil platforms….so, why don’t we land the helicopter when an accident chain begins? What is that?”
Helicopter Association International launched a major new safety initiative, Land and Live, this afternoon at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif.
Preliminary Report: Boeing Crashes Short of Runway
As thunderstorm season approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s worth remembering how weather-radar technology has improved in the past three decades. Southern Airways Flight 242, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9, crashed in Pauling County outside Atlanta on April 4, 1977, after flying directly into a severe thunderstorm, calling attention to the then little understood issue of radar signal attenuation in areas of heavy precipitation.
Several helicopter EMS accidents occurred over the last couple of months in the U.S.
Denny Fitch, famous for his role in helping fly a crippled United Airlines DC-10 and saving the lives of 185 persons aboard, died last week in St. Charles, Ill., at the age of 69.
Preliminary Report: Large-Cabin Jet Destroyed in Runway Excursion
Gulfstream IV, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 12, 2012–The U.S.-registered twinjet was destroyed after it left the runway while landing at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, slid down an embankment and broke in two. According to reports, both pilots, one of the seven passengers and two people on the ground were killed.
Preliminary Report: Air Ambulance Flight Skids on Landing
A Eurocopter EC225, operated by CHC for Statoil from the Deepsea Bergen drilling rig to Kristiansund, made a controlled emergency landing at another Norwegian sea platform, Åsgard B, on January 12. The pilots had been alerted to a pressure loss in the left hydraulic system. The helicopter remained in motion after landing due to the lack of wheel braking power but was stabilized. The 19 passengers evacuated through the emergency exit.
Preliminary Report: Eng Helo Crashes in Australia
Eurocopter AS355F2 Ecureuil II, Lake Eyre, Australia, Aug. 18, 2011–The light twin helicopter, operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was destroyed when it crashed and burned shortly after takeoff. The pilot and two passengers, including a well-known Australian journalist, were killed. Weather at the time of the accident was reportedly fine and clear. The accident is under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
UPDATE: November 3, 2011
Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport reopened yesterday evening after crews moved off the intersection of its two runways the LOT Boeing 767-300ER that landed with all its landing gear retracted on Tuesday. LOT Polish Airlines began departures at 7:50 p.m., with a flight to Brussels. The airline said it expected to operate a full schedule today.
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