The European Aviation Safety Agency’s 2011 safety report shows that while “the number of fatal accidents in scheduled operations remained high at 16, the related number of fatalities to passengers dropped from 658 in 2010 to 330 in 2011.” The 32 total accidents in 2011 did represent a higher number than last year (28) and a
Aviation accidents and incidents
Accidents involving N-numbered business jets operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in the total number of mishaps and fatalities in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year. According to preliminary figures compiled by AIN, there were 22 accidents, three of them fatal, in the first six months of this year versus 19, of which one was fatal, in the same period last year.
A Chinese-registered Embraer E190 regional jet returned to Hotan Airport (ZWTN), China on June 29 after six people attempted to hijack the aircraft.
The hijackers, reportedly carrying explosives, were subdued by passengers and crew in fight after they attempted to break down the cockpit door to gain entry.
British investigators are focusing on a fractured bevel gear vertical drive shaft as a contributing factor in the North Sea ditching of a Bond Offshore Eurocopter EC225LP Super Puma (G-REDW) 20 nm east of Aberdeen, Scotland, on May 10. The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued a bulletin late last week on its preliminary findings.
Accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets while operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in both the numbers of fatal and non-fatal crashes in the first half of this year.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) database is not the only online source for curious aviators and researchers to review aviation accident and incident information.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is urging pilots and operators to report all wirestrikes to help identify safety hotspots, even if there’s no damage to the aircraft or injuries to people on-board.
Stress is all around us these days. Probably nowhere more so than in the pack ’em in, move ’em out world that travel by air has become–at least for those unfortunate enough not to have access to their own aircraft or private charter.