Aviation accidents and incidents

January 31, 2007 - 11:47am

With the notable exception of professionally flown corporate jet operations, which had no accidents, business turboprops and jets posted more accidents and fatalities last year than in 2002 (71 versus 64 total accidents and 60 versus 51 fatalities), according to statistics compiled by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.

January 31, 2007 - 9:15am

Ever feel like no matter what you do you just can’t win in the eyes of some
people? I’m not talking about the average aviation enthusiast. I’m talking about the editors and reporters of many of the nation’s news outlets. A number of aviation industry employees and organizations have worked hard to achieve an accident rate for Part 121 that is the lowest in history, but that is often unappreciated.

January 31, 2007 - 5:45am

The NTSB is recommending modifications of Honeywell flight management system (FMS) software that would provide warnings to pilots if they try to enter inconsistent weight and performance information.

January 30, 2007 - 11:11am

Nearly four years after the accident, the Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (BFU) published its final report on the Jan. 10, 2000 crash of a Crossair Saab 340B at Nassenwil near Zurich Airport. The unusual delay stems from appeals filed against the BFU’s conclusions, the most publicized objection coming from Moritz Suter, Crossair’s CEO at the time of the accident.

January 30, 2007 - 7:26am

From a safety perspective, last year was not a good year for the air medical sector. A spate of fatal accidents has led to much media speculation about the safety record of U.S. air ambulances and even the medical benefits of using them so (apparently) freely. It has also further tarnished a deteriorating rate apparent in statistics from previous years.

January 30, 2007 - 7:05am

Cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcripts indicate that the pilots of the Gulfstream III that crashed in IMC November 22 after being cleared for the Runway 4 ILS approach at Houston Hobby Airport had the VOR frequency tuned instead of the ILS. The Part 135 flight was on its way to pick up former President George H.W. Bush. According to the CVR, about 45 seconds before the crash, the pilot said, “Oh my, what’d you do to me?

January 30, 2007 - 5:34am

An NTSB proposal to add to the list of events that must be reported as an accident or incident is getting little support from the industry.

January 30, 2007 - 5:30am

The Corporate Airlines Jetstream 31 that crashed a mile short of the runway while on a night, reduced-visibility localizer approach to Kirksville Regional Airport, Mo., on October 19 evidently stalled.

January 30, 2007 - 5:04am

The list of events that must be reported to the NTSB will grow if the agency adopts proposed changes to NTSB Part 830.

January 29, 2007 - 10:25am

For the first time since 1975, the number of safety recommendations classified as “open” has dipped below 1,000, the NTSB said last month. Of the 989 open recommendations, 335 are related to aviation and 339 to highway transportation.

 
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