Blurry photos supposedly taken from the inside of the Gol Airlines 737 after it collided with an Embraer Legacy 600 on September 29 over the Amazon jungle making the rounds through e-mail are a hoax, according to several reputable sources, including mythbuster Snopes.com and the NTSB. “The images displayed above have nothing to do with that tragic accident,” Snopes.com said.
Airbus officials hope to eventally have the new A380 very large airliner certified by European and U.S. safety regulators to carry almost 900 people. Initial A380-800s will enter service with nominal loads of 555 travelers, but the European manufacturer plans to show later this year that both main cabins can be cleared of 873 crewmembers and passengers quickly enough to ensure approval of planned higher capacity variants.
Bell 206-L1 LongRanger, Gentry, Ark., Feb. 21, 2005–The NTSB attributed the EMS accident to the pilot’s improper decision to maneuver in an environment conducive to a loss of tail-rotor effectiveness and his failure to properly execute an autorotation. The prevailing crosswind was a contributing factor.
Eurocopter AS 350 B3, Pilar, N.M., Jan. 29, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain control and his improper use of night-vision goggles (NVGs). His spatial disorientation, self-induced pressure to return the helicopter to its home base, lack of experience in the use of NVGs, use of exterior lights on a dark night, under overcast skies and against snow-covered terrain, were listed as contributing factors.
Bombardier Canadair CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–The NTSB said the cause of the accident was the Challenger’s encounter with wake turbulence.
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 13, 2003–The NTSB determined that the cause of the accident was the pilot’s inadequate compensation for crosswind conditions and failure to obtain and maintain directional control. The crosswind was a contributing factor, as was the pilot’s attempt to position the helicopter near the refueling station in a crosswind to perform a hot refueling.
Kabul-based Ariana Afghan Airlines has agreed to lease two Boeing 757-200s from Boeing Capital and to buy four 737-700s. Following a formal signing of contracts here in Dubai, the 757s will be delivered this month, while the 737s are slated for delivery from 2009. The 757 deal includes training of flight- and cabin-crew, as well as maintenance staff and engineers.
BAE Systems has recently announced three major programs aimed at improved flight safety and providing contingency plans in the event of emergencies.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne, Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2006–Cheyenne N121CS was involved in a photo shoot with a Soviet MiG-21 when the Cheyenne’s tail section separated in flight and the airplane crashed. All five aboard the Cheyenne were killed.
Raytheon Beech King Air C90A, Besancon, France, Oct. 18, 2006–The French-registered King Air crashed on takeoff in VMC from La Veze Airport and was destroyed. The pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed. According to the NTSB, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation is investigating the accident. Operated by Lyon-based Flowair Aviation, the airplane was en route to Amiens to pick up a human organ for transplant.