The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has determined that several assumptions used in the Federal Aviation Administration’s application of nine special conditions in the certification of the lithium-ion battery system on the Boeing 787 proved incorrect, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersmann revealed Thursday during a media briefing at the board’s headquarters in Washington,
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The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board confirmed today that the fire that broke out Monday in a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Boston Logan Airport emanated from the airplane’s aft electrical equipment bay, near the APU battery box.
General aviation safety has been added to the NTSB’s latest “Most Wanted List.” In response to this, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce said, “Safety is general aviation’s first priority and, as a result, our industry has taken on a number of initiatives to fu
The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators this morning to assist the Transportation Safety Board of Canada with its investigation of yesterday’s runway overrun of a Trans States Airlines ERJ 145 during a rainstorm in Ottawa.
The FAA suspended the two pilots who fell asleep during a scheduled flight for Mesa Air Group’s Hawaiian subsidiary Go! earlier this year for careless and reckless operation of an aircraft, the agency said yesterday. The captain, who received a citation for failing to maintain radio communications, received a 60-day suspension. The first officer incurred a 45-day suspension. Both pilots completed their suspensions on September 9.
Less than 10 percent of an aircraft accident investigation takes place at the scene. After an initial seven to 20 days on-site, the process moves to file cabinets and back offices; parts, maintenance and service suppliers; and government and industry laboratories. On average, six months of post-accident meetings are coordinated from a local command center; most often the ballroom of the nearest hotel.
Even though weather-related accidents are not frequent, they account for a large number of aviation fatalities. According to the NTSB, only 6 percent of general aviation accidents are weather-related but they account for more than 25 percent of all GA fatalities annually. NTSB investigators collected data from 72 GA accidents that occurred between August 2003 and April 2004.
The simultaneous dual flameout of a Garuda Indonesia Airlines 737 and its subsequent ditching on Jan. 16, 2002, has led the NTSB to issue two recommendations targeting FAA turbofan rain and hail ingestion engine certification standards. The CFM56-3-B1 engines failed when the aircraft flew through a thunderstorm and encountered “extremely heavy” precipitation and hail on the approach.