The NTSB’s preliminary report into the crash of a Gulfstream IV during takeoff roll at Bedford Hanscom Field near Boston on May 31 revealed a number of inconsistencies. On June 13, investigators reported that while the flap handle on the jet was set to the “flaps 10” position, the flight data recorder indicated the flaps were set to the “flaps 20” position.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
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Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) last week announced a set of regulatory reforms intended to streamline governing aviation through improved continuity in the areas of engineering, pilot licensing, flight training and operations, maintenance and fatigue risk management, as well as improving standards for navigation, sport aviation and aerial work.
Despite the fact that there were no fatal accidents last year involving commercial air transport fixed-wing aircraft flown by operators based in the member states of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the authority’s executive director, Patrick Ky, has warned against complacency.
The latest version of Star Navigation’s Star-ISMS flight safety monitoring system is designed to supplement an aircraft’s on-board digital flight data recorders through its ability to transmit real-time information to ground stations at user-defined intervals. The new system also provides after-landing reports, intelligent flight data transmission and more detailed live flight data alerts to ground personnel through satellite communications.
Retired Brazilian soccer star Fernandao Lúcio da Costa and four others died June 7 in central Brazil in the nighttime crash of a Helibras HB350BA Esquilo helicopter. The privately owned helicopter took off in calm, clear skies at 1:25 a.m. from a river beach in Araunã, 220 miles from the state capital Goiânia, and traveled less than 1,000 feet before crashing with sufficient force to separate the cabin and tail. On June 13, a Cessna CitationJet carrying mourners to a funeral mass for Fernandao crashed at Araunã, but everyone on board survived.
The Taliban in Pakistan claimed responsibility for the June 9 attack at Karachi Airport that left 28 people dead, including the 10 militants who launched the assault. Some of the terrorists were disguised as airport security personnel, while others wore suicide vests as they attacked a VIP terminal with grenades, rocket launchers and machine guns. The Taliban said the attack was retaliation for previous drone attacks in another part of Pakistan.
The NTSB is investigating the June 11 crash of a Bell 206 about 90 miles south of Houma, La., while on approach to an oil rig. The accident killed both the pilot and the passenger. Workers on the oil rig deployed a life raft after the accident but found that the helicopter had already sunk into the Gulf of Mexico.
Nearly 200 people attended the first day of a five-day aviation safety conference last Wednesday in Nepal focused on reducing aviation risks in that country. Nepal’s airlines are currently banned from operating in European Union airspace because of safety concerns. The conference was jointly organized by the United Nations’ World Food Program Aviation Safety unit, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal.
Richard Rockefeller, the grandson of oil industry leader John D. Rockefeller, died last Friday morning when the Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from New York’s Westchester County (HPN) Airport. Weather at the time was reported as low clouds with drizzle. The pilot did not communicate with ATC before the crash.
The pilot of a Papillon Airways air-tour Airbus AS350B3 was killed May 18 at a helistop at the bottom of the Grand Canyon after exiting the helicopter for a fluid check while leaving the engine running and the blades turning, according to an NTSB preliminary report issued on Tuesday. Witnesses said the empty helicopter then became airborne, hit the ground and rolled over. Its rotor blades struck and killed the pilot.