A new turbulence-detection and -avoidance system now operating at Juneau International Airport (JNU) in Alaska is expected to be adapted for additional U.S. airports beginning with those most often affected by dangerously unstable air. Juneau often closes during bouts of significant turbulence to avoid risk to people, cargo and aircraft.
AINsafety » October 1, 2012
The NTSB has opened the public docket of another high-profile close call at a major airport, this one at Chicago’s O’Hare International (ORD) Airport. Just before noon on Aug.
An FAA suspected unapproved parts (SUP) investigation has found that National Precision Bearing, a division of Mechatronics and a distributor for Schatz Bearing Corporation products, publicly sold Boeing-designed bearings made by Schatz as suitable for installation on a type-certified aircraft.
A new FAA advisory circular has warned of the dangers posed by foreign object damage (FOD). Debris removed from airport ramps, taxiways or runways can wreak havoc on turbine engines and FOD costs the airline industry $12 million annually according to the FAA. The crash of an Air France Concorde in 2000 near Le Bourget Airport (LFPB) in Paris, the result of a small piece of metal the aircraft hit during its takeoff roll, underscored the dangers of FOD.
The safety investigator’s role has changed significantly over the past 15 years and investigators cannot use 20th century techniques to investigate 21st century accidents, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman told last month’s International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) seminar in Baltimore.
A Sita Air Dornier Do-228 19-seat turboprop crashed on September 28 just after takeoff from Kathmandu-Tribhuvan Airport (VNKT) in Nepal. All 16 passengers and three crewmembers perished in the accident. A Sita Air spokesman told local media that the aircraft caught fire after a bird strike thought to involve a large vulture and crashed on the nearby banks of the Manohara River. This is the second fatal crash of a Do228 in Nepal in 2012.
Eclipse Aerospace announced last week that an anti-skid braking system will become an available option on new production Eclipse 550 jets as a retrofit item to all existing aircraft. The new anti-skid system adds 17 pounds to the aircraft’s empty weight; the company says it will offer a weight-reduction package to help offset the new feature.
A Syrian Arab Airlines A320 sustained serious damage September 20 when it collided feet with a Syrian military Mi-8 helicopter at 12,000 feet over Duma, Syria. At press time, sources still could not confirm whether the aircraft was on approach to Damascus International Airport (OSDI) or had just departed. The aircraft landed safely without injuries to anyone on board. The Airbus lost a significant portion of its vertical stabilizer. The helicopter, however, crashed, killing both pilots.
Effective October 30, the FAA has added Newark Liberty International (EWR) and San Francisco International (SFO) to a group of airports allowed to operate simultaneous approaches to parallel runways with as little as 1.5 nm of diagonal separation, even though those surfaces are located less than 2,500 feet apart. A change to the FAA’s ATC policy handbook in November 2008 permitted Boston Logan International (BOS), Cleveland-Hopkins International (CLE), Philadelphia International (PHL), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Memphis International (MEM) and St.
A Hawker 400 was substantially damaged when it slid off the 4,696-foot runway at Georgia’s Macon Downtown Airport on September 18, apparently as a result of hydroplaning. Three people on board sustained minor injuries. According to local press reports, the business jet went over an embankment, crossed a road and eventually stopped in a wooded area.