A discussion at the NBAA’s International Operators Conference last week raised the issue of the 2006 midair collision between a Boeing 737 and an Embraer Legacy over the Brazilian jungle.
AINsafety » March 19, 2012
Air traffic controllers traditionally watch out for each other as a group, knowing full well that few people outside towers and radar rooms truly understand the daily pressures of keeping airplanes safely separated. But a report last week shows there just might be a kink in that armor of solidarity.
Gross navigation errors (GNEs) continue to occur on North Atlantic crossings, many of them committed by business aircraft, according to Anita Trotter-Cox, president of Assessment Compliance Group. She spoke on the subject at NBAA’s International Operators Conference in San Diego last week.
According to an Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report (ACN 983575), the captain of a Gulfstream IV, while departing Teterboro’s runway 24 under strong, gusty winds, misinterpreted an ATC clearance flying the Ruddy 3 departure.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has stepped up Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) checks of Pakistan International Airways, after uncovering 40 defects on a single Airbus A310 operated to Paris in August 2011. The European Union called the problem “systematic deficiencies” in PIA maintenance.
The repair bill for wing cracks first discovered in January on the Airbus A380 will come to about $135.5 million, according to EADS, Airbus’ parent corporation. Initial safety reviews concluded only a few A380s might be affected.
Due to what JetBlue Airlines described as “a security threat,” its Flight 923 from Boston to Chicago O’Hare was diverted to Buffalo, N.Y., early Monday, March 13, where it was met by local and federal authorities.
A single-pilot-certified Cessna Citation 501 crashed Thursday, March 16, afternoon while on approach to Rwy 25 at Macon County Airport in Franklin, N.C. An eyewitness told AIN the aircraft was “too high and too fast” crossing the runway threshold to safely land.
With the potential of creating far-ranging consequences to a devastating accident more than a decade ago, the stage was set in a French court last Thursday to overturn the verdict against Continental Airlines in the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde supersonic transport (SST) in Paris.
In a new Air France video titled, “Flight Analysis: a key part of flight safety,” Eric Schramm, the carrier’s executive vice president of flight operations, says, “Flight safety is at the heart of our business. It’s the most important service we provide our customers.”