Four people perished in the January 12 crash of a U.S.-registered Cessna Citation 501-SP in Germany. The jet crashed on approach to Trier-Fohren Airport after arriving from Shoreham Airport in the south of England. Weather in the area at the time of the accident was reported as one-quarter-mile visibility, with an indefinite ceiling of 100 feet in freezing fog. The aircraft struck a power pole short of the runway on approach and burst into flame. The nationalities of the victims remain unknown.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
A United Airlines Boeing 777 turned back to Newark International Airport 45 minutes after departure on January 16 after five flight attendants were injured following an encounter with severe turbulence. The cabin crew had just begun service activities at the time the turbulence hit. No passengers were injured as all were still belted in their seats following the takeoff.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker believes the only way to solve the growing ATC congestion problems in the Middle East is to develop a single air traffic management system similar to Eurocontrol’s Single European Sky concept. Qatar is among several countries in the region searching for a congestion solution to support regional airline expansion plans.
A first step in developing guidelines to safely integrate UAVs into U.S. civil airspace could come from efforts the FAA recently initiated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics. The organizations signed an agreement on January 12 to ensure continued safe operation of model aircraft that comply with a Congressional directive requiring an organization other than the FAA to help regulate model aircraft flying activities.
At NBAA’s Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans this week, the National Air Transportation Association recognized JetCenter Los Angeles at Jack Northrop Field/Hawthorne Municipal Airport as the second FBO to successfully complete the requirement for its Safety 1st Ground Audit Standard.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a final rule covering repair station security. “This action brings an end to the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] ban on certifying new foreign repair stations,” according to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (Arsa).
Now that NBAA’s Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, more people are interested in obtaining CAM certification and forming study groups to prepare for testing, according to Denise Wilson, president and CEO of Palm Springs-based Desert Jet. Wilson passed the CAM testing five years ago and is now a member of the CAM governing board, and she sees CAM certification as an excellent opportunity.
The 14th Annual Great Lakes Aviation Conference, which includes a maintenance symposium for technicians, is being held February 14-15 at The Lansing Center in Lansing, Mich. The symposium offers sessions that can be used to log eight hours of training to meet annual Inspection Authorization renewal requirements.
Another incident involving the main lithium-ion battery in a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 just prior to its scheduled departure from Tokyo on Tuesday has prompted an internal investigation at JAL, raising new questions about the integrity of a system redesign devised to mitigate the possibility of fire propagation.
The NTSB has secured the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that erroneously landed yesterday at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport (PLK) in Hollister, Mo., rather than its originally intended destination of Branson Airport.