Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Accidents

News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.

December 24, 2012 - 9:30am

Indonesian aviation authorities have found that human factors and a series of small technical problems involving air traffic control led to the crash of Sukhoi Superjet 100 S/N 95004 on May 9 near Jakarta, killing 45 people. Investigators concluded that the cockpit crew of the ill-fated demonstration flight, unaware of the mountainous area surrounding their flight path, disregarded an alert from the airplane’s terrain awareness and warning system (Taws).

December 18, 2012 - 2:30pm

So-called human factors and a series of small technical snags in the Indonesian air traffic control system led to the crash of Sukhoi Superjet 100 S/N 95004 on May 9 outside Jakarta, in which 45 people died, according to a final accident report released Tuesday by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee.

November 26, 2012 - 3:30pm

A pair of police helicopters was destroyed late in the afternoon of November 17 during an apparent helipad accident in Pasadena, Calif. The main rotor blades of the Vietnam-era Bell OH-58s collided as one was landing and the other was preparing to take off. One helicopter rolled onto its side. All six aboard both helicopters were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and released.

November 1, 2012 - 3:30am

In the first nine months of this year, accidents involving both U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased over those recorded in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, the total number of nonfatal N-registered business jet mishaps increased from 21 in the first three quarters of last year to 23 in the same time frame this year. Fatal accidents climbed from one event last year to four this year and fatalities jumped from four last year to 17 this year. All the fatal accidents in both periods befell Part 91 operations.

October 29, 2012 - 12:50pm

The busy North Sea oil and gas rig transportation sector lost nearly a third of its capacity on October 23, after CHC Helicopter suspended all flight operations using the Eurocopter EC 225. The ban, pending further investigation, came after a company Super Puma ditched in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland the day before. CHC competitors Bond and Bristow also grounded their Super Pumas after the incident.

The aircraft suffered a cracked gearbox shaft, according to the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch.

October 29, 2012 - 12:35pm

The NTSB has issued 10 safety recommendations in the wake of its investigation into the April 2, 2011 crash of the G650 test aircraft. Five of the October 23 recommendations were intended for the FAA, two for Gulfstream Aerospace and the remaining three for the Flight Test Safety Committee. The Board recommends developing flight-test operating guidance for manufacturers.

October 29, 2012 - 12:20pm

According to a report by Russia’s RT News service, accident investigators found alcohol in the blood streams of both pilots aboard the Antonov An-28 that crashed on the Kamchatka Peninsula on September 12, killing 10 of 14 people aboard. RT News reported that forensic tests found the captain to have been “lightly intoxicated,” while his copilot was “moderately intoxicated” at the time of the accident. Investigators are attempting to determine why the crew was allowed to board the aircraft while under the influence of alcohol.

October 11, 2012 - 3:20pm

In findings released yesterday, the NTSB blamed the April 2, 2011, flight-test crash of a Gulfstream G650 on what it characterized as the aircraft manufacturer’s rush to complete its aggressive flight-test schedule.

October 11, 2012 - 3:05pm

On Monday, a Brazilian court will hear the appeal of U.S. pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, who survived the midair of their Embraer Legacy 600 with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 over the Amazon in September 2006. After being detained in Brazil for more than two months after the accident, they returned home and, in May 2011, were acquitted in absentia on all but one of six charges.

October 5, 2012 - 3:50am

Preliminary Report: Turboprop Crashes in Sudan

 
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