An ATR 42-500 was destroyed and one maintenance worker was injured in a June 9 fire at Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (LKPR), Prague, Czech Republic. The airplane was parked inside Czech Airlines Technics’ Hangar F for maintenance when an explosion occurred, followed by a fire that destroyed the twin turboprop.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada announced its updated safety watchlist on June 14. TSB chair Wendy Tadros said in a televised news conference, “We produced our first safety watchlist two years ago and it quickly became the TSB’s blueprint for progress, with 41 specific recommendations.
In a preliminary NTSB report on the June 3 Lockheed P2V Neptune tanker accident 20 miles north of Modena, Utah, the board said, “While conducting its second retardant drop of the day, Tanker 11 followed behind the lead airplane into the drop zone.
The Chief Minister of India’s Bihar State, Nitish Kumar, responded last week to a safety ultimatum from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) demanding the trimming of almost 3,000 trees in a biological park near Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (VEPT) in Patna.
The FAA’s Office of Airports has just issued a supplemental desk reference to FAA Order 5200.11, FAA Airports (ARP) Safety Management System.
The fatal crash of a Neptune Aviation Services Lockheed P2V (callsign “Tanker 11”), while doing fire suppression work on the White Rock Fire near the Nevada-Utah state line on June 3, has caused the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to reexamine its firefighting capabilities in the region. The NTSB is investigating the accident.
Kim Smith, representing the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), said the group, “wants to reduce helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016.” IHST released a sub-committee report last week, calling on the entire helicopter industry for help in achieving this goal. After analyzing 523 accidents that occurred in 2000, 2001 and 2006, IHST found that single-engine turbine helicopters accounted for half the accidents analyzed, while multi-engine turbines represented another 10 percent. The remainder were piston-powered rotorcraft.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the operating certificate of Dana Air last week, in the aftermath of the crash of an MD-83 operated by Dana Air on June 3, which killed 153 people on board the aircraft and at least 10 people on the ground.
No passengers were injured when an American Airlines Boeing 757 ran off the end of Runway 19 at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC]), Jackson Hole, Wyo., in December 2010, but a number of safety issues highlighted in the NTSB report make the event worth reviewing.
Five South Florida individuals pled guilty in May to mail and wire fraud charges related to a scheme that falsely represented aircraft windows as properly overhauled. All five - Diego Garcia, Ivonne Portales, Geovanni Hernandez, Chabela Anerios and Aileen Bermudez - were former employees of Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG) of Hialeah, Fla.