Atlas Air’s internal investigation into how its crew landed a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter at the wrong airport last November has uncovered important factors explaining how the freighter, headed to Wichita’s McConnell Air Force Base, mistakenly landed at the smaller Jabara Airport, nine miles to the northeast of the air base.
AINsafety » January 6, 2014
One person aboard a Bombardier Challenger 600 died and another was seriously injured after the aircraft–N115WF–crashed Sunday afternoon while attempting to land on Runway 15 at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado. The Challenger’s right wing separated at impact, and the aircraft then rolled inverted and caught fire. A third person aboard the aircraft sustained minor injuries.
The accident occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. during the aircraft’s second attempt to land. The crew missed the first approach after reporting a 33-knot tailwind.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) continues to receive reports indicating that pilots’ ability to maintain real-world awareness can be eroded by over-reliance on (often highly dependable) programmed control of the aircraft.
The European Space Agency’s Galileo satellites recently achieved their first successful in-flight tracking of a test machine using aircraft-generated longitude, latitude and altitude. A pair of Galileo test receivers was used aboard the aircraft, the same kind currently employed for Galileo field-testing.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) says in a December 2013 report that a manufacturing defect by Bell Helicopter caused eight feet of a 206L LongRanger’s main rotor blades to separate in flight on Nov. 2, 2011. The pilot and two passengers were killed when the aircraft, operated by Sunrise Helicopters, subsequently crashed shortly after takeoff from Kapuskasing in Ontario.
A UK inquiry into the April 2009 fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma in the North Sea begins today in Aberdeen, Scotland. Operated by Bond Helicopters, the rotorcraft suffered a main rotor gearbox failure and crashed into the sea off the Aberdeenshire coast while returning from an oil platform. The accident killed the two pilots and all 14 passengers aboard.
The European Commission last month issued its updated list of airlines banned from European Union airspace for safety concerns. New to the list are carriers from Nepal. Some progress on safety improvements was noted in the Philippines, Sudan and Zambia.
Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate students–Diana Cobas and Georgina Lopez–are studying the impact some new cockpit technologies might have on preventing runway excursions. They invite pilots with experience of both traditional runway excursions, as well as those related to new technology, will take their anonymous survey.
New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport has won the 2013 Safety Award from theAustralasian Aviation Ground Safety Council (AAGSC). The facility was selected after of its management installed CCTV monitors around the airport to keep staff up to date on ground traffic issues. Another factor was the airport’s new ramp lights, designed to prevent injury to ground personnel. The lights are activated when aircraft are about to push back from the terminal.
A 59-year-old man working near the north cargo area of Logan International Airport was killed December 31 when he was run over by a truck on the ramp. Although the truck was traveling in reverse at the time it struck the victim, the reason behind bad damage to the vehicle’s windshield has not yet been explained.