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.
Aviation accidents and incidents
The number of fatalities in U.S.-registered business jet accidents last year was the highest it has been since 2008, according to statistics compiled by AIN using data from worldwide accident investigation branches. Last year, 24 people were killed in five accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets, compared with four fatalities in one accident in 2011. The last year in which the number of fatalities exceeded 24 was in 2008, when 27 people were killed in seven accidents.
Russian accident investigators appear to be focusing on possible failures in the thrust reversers and/or brakes of a Red Wings Airlines Tupolev Tu-204 airliner that crashed into a Moscow highway after overshooting a runway at Vnukovo Airport on December 29. The aircraft was on a ferry flight from Pardubice in the Czech Republic with no passengers. Five of the eight crewmembers on board were killed, including the captain, first officer, flight engineer and two flight attendants.
Beechcraft King Air C90, Springdale, Ark., Nov. 1, 2013–The private pilot and passenger were killed when the turboprop twin hit terrain four miles southeast of Springdale Municipal Airport. The aircraft was destroyed. Visual conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed before the Part 91 flight departed Pine Bluff Airport headed to the northwest at approximately 5 p.m. The flight was apparently headed for Bentonville.
Against the bitter aftermath of the 2006 midair between a Legacy 600 and a Gol 737 over the Amazon jungle that was fatal for all aboard the jetliner, Brazilian safety experts recently set out to show the nation’s prosecutors and judges that criminalizing aircraft accidents will never improve aviation safety.
What if technology could help pilots recover an airplane when it is clear (to the software) that the pilot’s actions are trending toward an accident?
The just released flight crewmember duty and rest requirements docket, which includes an extensive cost-benefit analysis, shows that the FAA still plans to exclude U.S. cargo pilots from the new rule, due to take effect Jan. 4, 2014. The agency said the cost of compliance is greater than it earlier believed.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University published its 2013 schedule of safety courses. Three of the four week-long courses take place at the university’s Daytona Beach campus, while the fourth will be held at the Prescott, Ariz. facility. Topics include occupational safety and health and aviation ground safety; aviation safety program management; aircraft accident investigation and management; and an advanced accident management class.
When it comes to decriminalization of aviation accidents, the world seems to take one step forward and two back.
At a time when aviation has achieved an extraordinarily high level of safety, regulators and safety organizations are pushing for more improvements in pilot training to preempt future accidents and ensure that new pilots entering the ranks start off with the right approach. One of the key areas receiving extensive examination is stall training, both in the early stages of ab initio training and how it is taught later to pilots who are flying sophisticated high-performance jets.