The operator of the Battersea Heliport in London warned authorities of the danger of flying helicopters near a Thames River construction site four years before an AgustaWestland AW109 collided with a building crane in the St. George Wharf development on Jan. 16, 2013, according to the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Cloud ceilings were low and visibility poor on the morning of the accident.
AINsafety » September 15, 2014
Pilots of aircraft approaching the Washington, D.C., area were again reminded on September 11 of the opportunity to fly one of two NextGen arrival procedures created to commemorate the 9/11 attacks on the nation’s capital in 2001. The arrivals also pay tribute to members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. According
The U.S. helicopter safety team (USHST) last week said the current accident rate of 3.94 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, measured over the first seven months of this year, represents a 51-percent decline compared with the 2001-2005 baseline determined by the International Helicopter Safety Team, the group’s parent organization. These numbers represent a 22-percent reduction compared with the 5.06 rate posted for 2009 alone and a 12-percent reduction from the 4.46 rate posted for 2012.
The probable cause of the August 2013 crash of a UPS Airlines Airbus A300 freighter was the flight crew’s continuation of an unstabilized approach, as well as their failure to monitor the aircraft’s altitude when they descended below the minimum descent altitude without having the runway in sight. The U.S.
A legal settlement reached last week established a standard of care for the use of meteorological evaluation towers (MET) for wind prospecting in agricultural areas. The precedent-setting case resulted in the award of $6.7 million to the family of an agricultural pilot in a wrongful-death suit.
The preliminary accident report the Dutch Safety Board released last week into the July 17 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 said the aircraft was downed after “impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” widely believed to be a surface-to-air missile.
The NTSB said the Aug. 27, 2014, crash of an emergency medical services Cessna 421 shortly after takeoff from Las Cruces, N.M., was caused by a line crew member mistakenly adding 40 gallons of jet-A, rather than 100LL fuel, to the piston-powered aircraft. Although the pilot gave the fuel order verbally, neither he nor the line service technician apparently noticed the mismatch between the aircraft’s fuel requirements and what was printed on the side of the fuel truck, or what was apparently printed on the fuel receipt the pilot signed before departure.
Controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) services will be launched in Hungarian airspace beginning next February to improve air safety, as well as to increase airspace efficiency. CPDLC capabilities for ATC become mandatory from February next year as a part of the Single European Sky program for harmonizing air traffic management.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic are still searching for a U.S.-registered Hawker HS125-600 that went missing on September 11 after departing Santo Domingo for Punta Cana approximately 125 miles to the east. Authorities do not know whether anyone other than the two pilots was on board at the time the aircraft disappeared.
The European Commission (EC) announced last week that it plans to alter its original ADS-B Out deadlines to align with those of the U.S. Europe will now require ADS-B Out by June 8, 2016, for new aircraft and by June 7, 2020, for retrofit. The U.S. ADS-B Out fleet-wide mandate is set at January 2020. The EC change does not take effect until the European Union’s Single Sky Committee confirms it with a final vote.