France Wants Data Recorders on Small Aircraft
France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) made a formal recommendation to EASA that its data recorder requirement cover single-engine commercial aircraft the size of the Caravan. EASA has yet to respond. The request stems from the Sept. 5, 2010 crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan, the cause of which was determined to be creep rupture of a number of turbine blades on its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6. The turboprop quit 11 minutes after takeoff from Pointe-à-Pitre Airport (TFFR) on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. French safety authorities believe the presence of a digital flight data recorder aboard the aircraft would have sped the investigation process considerably.