The continuing investigation into the crash of an Airbus Helicopters EC135T2i in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 29 last year has yet to explain why pumps that would have transferred fuel from the aircraft’s main tanks to its supply tanks were not activated. An interim report by the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded that both of the aircraft’s fuel transfer pumps were found in the “off” position after the fatal crash.
AINsafety » February 24, 2014
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ transportation committee has expressed concerns to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general about air traffic controller productivity. Since 2000, the number of air traffic controllers has increased slightly, while the number of air traffic operations has declined by 23 percent. The House committee wants the IG to study productivity during a period of reduced air traffic.
Aviation Performance Systems (APS) has introduced an iPad app designed to allow pilots to make better use of upset recovery training. Loss of control in flight is the leading cause of transport-category aircraft accidents worldwide.
France’s BEA air accident investigation agency has released its serious incident report into the loss of control of an Air France Boeing 777 on November 11 while it was flying a Category III approach to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. During a go-around, the aircraft came within 63 feet of the ground before it established a positive climbout. The BEA said the pilot flying–the 14,370-hour captain–failed to execute the go-around according to Boeing procedures.
On February 20, the FAA issued a far-reaching final rule that will require helicopter operators, including air ambulance services, to abide by stricter flight rules and procedures that better prepare both pilots and helicopters for safer operations. Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations.
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Nepal Airlines crashed at around 1 p.m. local time on February 16 on a domestic flight from Pokhara to Jumla. All 18 people on board were killed. The Twin Otter departed Pokhara at 12:43 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Jumla an hour later. A search that began after the aircraft was declared overdue found the wreckage the next morning at the 7,000-foot terrain level.
Federal investigators are combing through the wreckage of a Beechcraft King Air B100 that crashed on February 19 while on approach to Pearland Regional Airport 17 miles south of Houston, Texas. Only the pilot was on board the aircraft when it reportedly overshot the runway during the first landing attempt in foggy weather. The aircraft crashed during a subsequent attempt to land visually.
The NBAA said March 1 is the application deadline for its annual Flying Safety award program, which recognizes member companies for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Awards will be presented this October at the association’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.
Ghana’s Civil Aviation Authority has grounded all McDonnell Douglas DC-8s registered in the African country. The CAA apparently issued the grounding on December 31 last year but published the notice on its website only last week. The CAA gave no reason for the grounding notice. The only two DC-8 operators in Ghana are on the European Union’s list of banned airlines.
Two flight attendants were injured on February 17 in separate onboard incidents. A Russian Ural Airlines attendant fell from an open cabin door during ground servicing in Dubai after a service vehicle struck the aircraft. Reports said the truck struck with enough force to move the aircraft 10 feet on the ground. In another incident, three United Airlines attendants were injured after their Boeing 737 encountered severe turbulence on approach to Billings, Mont. One attendant was critically injured, while the other two were treated and released from a local hospital.