Pilot error

March 31, 2014 - 1:27pm

The NTSB’s recent safety alert #033 reminds pilots that without adequate preparation, robust monitoring and position cross-checking using all available resources, flight crews may misidentify a nearby airport that they see during the approach to their destination.

January 3, 2014 - 12:15am
Pilots have come to rely on technology in the cockpit, but they must know how to make it work for them under difficult situations, says a working group.

Humans’ attempts to interact with cockpit automation have provided fodder for pilot anecdotes for years, and the recently released Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems offers a precise roadmap for where the industry needs to focus. The 34-member research team responsible for compiling the report comprises members of the Performance-based Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s (PARC) flight-deck automation working group, which evolved not long after the 1995 American Airlines accident in Cali, Colombia.

December 23, 2013 - 2:10pm

An investigation is under way into the December 17 crash of a Premier I business jet shortly after takeoff from Atlanta Fulton County Airport. The crew told ATC they had a problem and were returning to the airport when, during the turn to final approach, the aircraft crashed, killing the two people aboard.

December 16, 2013 - 2:34pm

The captain who lost control of a Boeing 737 that subsequently crashed in Kazan, Russia, on November 17 may have been operating with a false pilot certificate, according to Associated Press reports on the investigation. The aircraft was executing a go-around when it entered a near-vertical dive before the impact that killed all 50 people on board.

December 12, 2013 - 12:52pm
Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash

Investigators with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) focused on pilot training and knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER autothrottle system during a day-long investigative hearing on December 11 into the crash of Asiana Airlin

September 3, 2013 - 12:30am

Preliminary Report: AStar Damaged During Training Flight

August 3, 2013 - 1:40am

Preliminary Report: King Air Pilot Escapes Road Landing

Beechcraft King Air 200, Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), Ill., June 26, 2013–The sole-occupant pilot of a King Air 200 was not injured when the aircraft landed on a four-lane highway short of the approach end of Runway 16 at KPWK. The King Air narrowly missed striking apartment buildings, and no one on the ground was injured. The aircraft was substantially damaged when the right wing struck a tree. There was no fire.

July 1, 2013 - 3:00pm

A Broward County, Fla. jury has returned a $100 million verdict in favor of a 31-year-old pilot who was severely and permanently injured on Nov. 10, 2007, when the Piper Pawnee he had been flying on a banner-tow mission crashed on approach to North Perry Airport, Hollywood, Fla. (KHWO).

May 20, 2013 - 2:37pm

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee’s preliminary report on the April 13 Lion Air accident in Bali appears to leave little doubt that pilot error was the primary cause, specifically a failure by the crew to follow standard instrument approach procedures.

May 2, 2013 - 2:15am

Preliminary Report: Cheyenne Crashes on Go-around

 
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