AINsafety » March 12, 2012

February 29, 2012 - 8:44pm

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau last week published the final report on a March 2010 crash of an EMB-120 Brasilia during an in-flight training exercise at Darwin Airport. The crash killed both pilots, the captain and an instructor who was evaluating that pilot’s flying abilities.

February 29, 2012 - 4:38pm

The FAA is expected to mandate a safety management system (SMS) for all Part 139 airports by late summer or early fall of 2012 affecting approximately 540 U.S. commercial-service airports.

February 29, 2012 - 1:17pm

Sometimes being too nice can have negative consequences, as a Southwest Airlines pilot learned recently. During an inflight announcement to wish happy birthday to the mother of an air traffic controller flying along in the cabin, he used the words “mom on board.” Some passengers misunderstood, thinking he’d said, “bomb on board.”

February 29, 2012 - 1:10pm

The strike by ramp workers at Frankfurt Airport, which began last week, continues to deteriorate and could soon become a complete work stoppage at Europe’s third-busiest hub. The GdF union representing ground workers, has asked its members in the control tower to walk out Wednesday morning in sympathy with the 200 union members already walking a picket line.

February 29, 2012 - 1:05pm

A mechanic at Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU), Ariz., while standing next to a Robinson R44 during a maintenance run of the engine on Friday last week, lost control of the aircraft, which had been parked between two buildings near the airport’s south hangar.

February 28, 2012 - 4:03pm

A number of photos and videos provided to Fox News in New York by a source that news organization refused to name, showed some White Plains air traffic controllers asleep in the tower cab. Other shots showed controllers using their cell phones in the cab. The unnamed source implied these activities took place when controllers should have been actively engaged in monitoring air traffic.

February 28, 2012 - 4:00pm

The National Transportation Safety Board last week recommended to the FAA that Boeing be required to develop a method to protect the elevator power control unit input arm assembly on 737-300 through -500 series airplanes from foreign object debris.

February 28, 2012 - 3:50pm

Sources at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego released the names of the seven soldiers killed in last week’s midair collision under clear night skies between an AH-1W “Cobra” and an UH-1Y “Huey.” A spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Miramar said the investigation is expected to take months and refused to comment on any possible causes for the collision.


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