AINsafety » December 10, 2012

December 10, 2012 - 2:36pm

The 2006 goal of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was bold: reduce helicopter accidents by 80 percent by 2016. Unfortunately, rotorcraft accident numbers have not dropped as precipitously as those of commercial transport aircraft.

“We are not finding new ways to kill people in helicopters,” an IHST representative told AIN. “We are making the same mistakes over and over again.”

December 10, 2012 - 2:26pm

Following three in-flight fires on transport aircraft over the past six years, two of which cost four pilots their lives, the NTSB recommended last week that the FAA improve fire-protection regulations. “These recommendations involve improving early detection of fires originating within cargo containers and pallets,” the Board said in its letter to the FAA.

December 10, 2012 - 2:21pm

One provision of the Congressional FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to develop a policy under which the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could apply to cabin crewmembers. The FAA’s aviation safety regulations always take precedence, but OSHA might be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.

December 10, 2012 - 2:16pm

The European Cockpit Association (ECA), the representative body of 37 European state pilot associations, plans a Jan. 22, 2013, Walkout for Safety day to “send a signal to [European Union] politicians, passengers and airline operators that the proposed new EU rules on Flight Time Limitations (FTL) will adversely affect flight and passenger safety.” The walkout is expected to affect airline flights all over Europe.

December 10, 2012 - 2:11pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Top Management Challenges for Fiscal Year 2013, which began October 1, last week.

“Improving air and surface safety continues to be the Department’s overarching priority,” says its latest report. The department says the challenges include “maximizing existing data to identify trends and root causes of safety issues, enhancing risk-based oversight at carriers and repair stations, and mitigating air traffic controller fatigue.”

December 10, 2012 - 2:07pm

A Cessna Citation II registered to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency and operated by Stevens Aviation was destroyed in a daytime landing accident at Greenwood County Airport (KGRD) in South Carolina on November 17. During rollout, a deer crossed the active runway and collided with the aircraft’s left wing, tearing open the fuel tank and igniting a fire that left only the nose of the aircraft intact. The two crewmembers escaped unharmed.

December 10, 2012 - 2:00pm

A UK inquest has convened to investigate the death of Steve Mills, chief fire officer at Cotswold Airport (EGBP) in western England. The jury heard testimony last week that confirmed the officer died when a five-foot cylinder of compressed gas exploded as he tried to remove it from an airport structure he was involved in rehabbing. According to testimony, other firefighters previously expressed concerns about safety precautions being taken during removal of the cylinders, but were later put at ease about the process by Mills. The chief was working alone when the cylinder exploded.

December 10, 2012 - 1:55pm

Donne Trotter, a member of the Illinois State Senate, was arrested and jailed overnight on felony charges on December 5 after TSA screeners at Chicago O’Hare International Airport found a loaded .25 caliber gun in his carry-on luggage. Trotter, charged with attempting to board a flight to Washington Reagan Airport, possessed a valid Illinois gun permit. However, the weapon was not registered within the City of Chicago. Trotter, who moonlights as a security guard, said he simply forgot he was carrying the weapon. Trotter was considered a prime candidate to replace U.S.

December 10, 2012 - 1:50pm

An Inter Iles Air Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia crashed into the Indian Ocean on November 27 shortly after takeoff from Moroni’s Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (FMCH) in the Comoros Islands. All 25 people on board the aircraft survived when hit came down in the water approximately 3.5 miles north of the airport. Two people received minor injuries in the accident.

December 10, 2012 - 1:45pm

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating the cause of a December 5 helicopter accident in Central Alberta that claimed the life of the pilot. The Robinson R44 came down in a heavily wooded area eight miles southwest of the town of Slave Lake, some 150 miles northwest of Edmonton. The crash site was so densely forested that rescuers had to cut a landing pad into a nearby hillside to reach the wreckage.


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