Piedmont Airlines Flight 22

August 3, 2013 - 12:35am
Dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit is a rare occurrence.

Responding to a mandate from Congress to study the FAA’s oversight of cockpit smoke mitigation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that dense, continuous smoke occurs so infrequently that it was not practical for the GAO to reach a conclusion about the effectiveness of the FAA’s actions.

According to the watchdog agency, the NTSB and the FAA identified no accidents or incidents between 2002 and 2012 involving dense, continuous smoke in the cockpit.

March 22, 2010 - 7:36am

The NTSB ruled that pilot distraction was the cause of last fall’s overflight of its destination airport by a Northwest Airlines flight and the crew’s failure to maintain radio communications. The Safety Board also noted some deficiencies in air traffic control procedures, which it believed contributed to the duration of the event.

July 28, 2009 - 6:17am

Air Methods has petitioned the NTSB to revise its probable cause findings related to the fatal midair collision between an Air Methods Bell 407 and a Classic Helicopters Bell 407 on approach to Arizona’s Flagstaff Medical Center on June 29, 2008. The NTSB found the probable cause of the accident to be “both helicopter pilots’ failure to see and avoid the other helicopter on approach to the helipad.

June 30, 2009 - 11:40am

Air Methods has petitioned the NTSB to revise its probable cause findings related to the fatal midair collision between an Air Methods Bell 407 and a Classic Helicopters Bell 407 on approach to Arizona’s Flagstaff Medical Center on June 29 last year. The NTSB found the probable cause of the accident was “both helicopter pilots’ failure to see and avoid the other helicopter on approach to the helipad.

June 29, 2009 - 11:43am

Following congressional hearings last month on the February crash of a twin-engine turboprop near Buffalo, N.Y., senior officials from U.S. airlines, pilot unions and the FAA agreed in a closed-door meeting June 15 to several major actions to improve safety programs and pilot training at the nation’s airlines.

April 7, 2009 - 11:31am

An unapproved and improper procedure used by mechanics to manually start the left engine on an American Airlines jetliner on Sept. 28, 2007, probably caused a fire that forced an emergency landing, the NTSB determined today.

April 1, 2009 - 7:46am

The National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to order the FAA to implement safety recommendations from the NTSB concerning runway safety and flight-in-icing conditions.

March 23, 2009 - 6:37am

A FedEx MD-11 cargo aircraft crashed upon landing at Tokyo Narita International Airport early this morning, bursting into flames and killing the two American pilots. The flight originated in Guangzhou, China, and crashed at 6:49 a.m. local time in high winds. The airplane came to rest on its back after it hit the runway, bounded upward, turned over and slid several yards.

February 20, 2009 - 6:10am

The NTSB member who has served as the board’s on-scene spokesman for the investigation into the February 12 crash of a Colgan Air Q400 outside Buffalo has just announced his resignation from the board, effective at the end of this month.

A Safety Board member since January 3, 2007, Steven Chealander has accepted a position with Airbus in Miami as Airbus Americas vice president of technical training.

February 4, 2009 - 9:56am

The NTSB determined that a July 2007 accident in Sanford, Fla., which killed the two aboard the airplane and three people on the ground, was caused by a series of poor decisions by flight department management and the pilots who flew the accident aircraft. The Cessna 310R, operated by Nascar's aviation division, crashed after the pilot reported an in-flight fire.

 
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