One man and his team think they may have an answer to the problem of over-reliance on automation by pilots who are insufficiently trained to handle an aircraft when the technology falters.
Aviation accidents and incidents
An investigation is under way into the December 17 crash of a Premier I business jet shortly after takeoff from Atlanta Fulton County Airport. The crew told ATC they had a problem and were returning to the airport when, during the turn to final approach, the aircraft crashed, killing the two people aboard.
The American pilots of the Embraer Legacy 600 who the Brazilian courts found negligent in the 2006 Amazon midair that killed all 154 aboard a Boeing 737 had their sentences cut by the Superior Tribunal of Justice (STJ), Brazil’s second-highest court.
During hearings on December 11, National Transportation Safety Board officials described the final approach sequence of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6. The Boeing 777 was cleared for a visual approach to Runway 28 Left where, as per a Notam, the glideslope was inactive.
The captain who lost control of a Boeing 737 that subsequently crashed in Kazan, Russia, on November 17 may have been operating with a false pilot certificate, according to Associated Press reports on the investigation. The aircraft was executing a go-around when it entered a near-vertical dive before the impact that killed all 50 people on board.
Investigators with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) focused on pilot training and knowledge of the Boeing 777-200ER autothrottle system during a day-long investigative hearing on December 11 into the crash of Asiana Airlin
The NTSB has a full line-up of experts poised to testify during testimony into the July 6 crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco. Discussions range from Boeing 777 cockpit design to Asiana’s pilot training and to an additional look into the effect of automation on human performance. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow (December 10) and 8:30 a.m. on December 11 at the NTSB’s boardroom in Washington, D.C. The pilots of the flight are not expected to attend.
Preliminary Report: LongRanger Crashes on Oil-rig Run
Bell 206L, Belle Chase, La., Oct. 8, 2013–Operating under Part 135, the LongRanger crashed shortly after takeoff from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, destroying the machine and killing the pilot. Two of the three passengers aboard were seriously injured; the third escaped unharmed.
The FAA is due to issue a rule requiring a new approach to stall training for airline pilots that runs counter to previous guidance. According to Dr. Jeff Schroeder, the agency’s chief scientific and technical officer, the new approach will “take a lot of work to undo previous training because some pilots are ‘spring-loaded’ to the previous technique.”
Both the December 2012 crash of a Dornier Do-228 on takeoff from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the recent crash of an Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia at Lagos in Nigeria have called attention to the need to train pilots in the importance of both attaining and maintaining V2 (takeoff safety speed) before liftoff from the runway. In both accidents, the aircraft stalled and crashed shortly after liftoff.