A French appeals court has overturned the manslaughter verdict against Continental Airlines resulting from the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde soon after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The initial ruling held Continental liable for the accident on the grounds that maintenance errors caused a 16-inch piece of titanium to fall from one of the U.S. airline’s DC10s during its takeoff roll just moments before the Concorde.
AINsafety » December 3, 2012
Some Brazilian industry experts are convinced that criminalization will never improve aviation safety and they have been trying to persuade some the country’s judges and prosecutors to accept this premise in the wake of contentious accidents such as the 2006 midair between an Embraer Legacy and an a Gol Airlines Boeing 737. A week-long course beginning on November 26 in the capital Brasilia focused on the pros and cons of criminalization before an audience of federal judges, prosecutors, aviation safety investigators and assorted military officers and lawyers.
The International Association of Flight Training Professionals (IAFTP) recently challenged its more than 500 flight training education members in more than 50 countries to submit their best training practices for consideration by the group’s advisory board.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s safety information protection task force (SIP TF) will hold a public listening session on 5 December 2012 in Washington, D.C. at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel. ICAO has invited industry stakeholders, aviation accident victims’ family groups, law enforcement, the judiciary and members of the public to present their views on topics currently under review.
The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) has improved aviation safety across the region but it still has work to do on this score, according to the group’s president Roberto Kriete. At the recent 9th ALTA Airline Leaders Forum in Panama City, Panama, Kriete said the association “will step up its efforts to urge authorities to make the IATA Operational Safety Audit [IOSA] accreditation a requirement for certification in the region.”
An American Airlines Boeing 757 pilot was the target of a laser illumination while on approach to San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (TJSJ) in Puerto Rico. The pilot sustained an eye injury of unknown severity. The aircraft landed safely a few minutes after the incident, which happened at about 3:30 a.m. local time on November 16.
The public is invited to the FAA’s aviation rulemaking advisory committee meeting on December 6 beginning at 1 p.m. at the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. The meeting’s agenda includes recommendations from working groups such as those covering rulemaking prioritization, airmen testing standards and training, flight controls harmonization and airworthiness assurance. More information is available from the FAA’s Renee Butner at (202) 267-5093, or via e-mail at Renee.Butner@faa.gov.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has released a new video to call attention to the hazards of runway incursions, which the Board recently identified as one of the country’s top nine transportation hazards. The TSB recorded more than 4,100 incursions between 2001 and 2009. Incident numbers increased 27 percent between 2010 and 2011 alone, from 351 to 446, respectively, since runway incursions were placed on the TSB’s watch list in 2010.
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan was destroyed in a November 18 crash that occurred about 10 a.m. shortly after takeoff from Snow Lake Airport (CJE4) in Manitoba, 360 miles north of Winnipeg. The pilot was killed while the eight passengers aboard were seriously injured. Authorities were notified of the crash into a remote region east of the airport after one of the injured passengers used a cellphone to call for help.
The International Civil Aviation Organization officially recognized Airways New Zealand with its Trainair Plus quality-assurance certification as a source for air traffic services training. Airways New Zealand is the first ATC training organization in the region to receive the certification.