European and U.S. regulators have agreed to mandate “aircraft level” action for Rolls-Royce Trent 800-powered Boeing 777s and are considering potential action for other certified aircraft/engine combinations. This follows recommendations in an interim UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report published Thursday into the British Airways 777 accident at London Heathrow Airport in January.
Air Accidents Investigation Branch
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) today issued an interim report for the January 17 accident involving a British Airways Boeing 777 that landed short of Runway 27L at London Heathrow Airport.
Safety officials probing the circumstances leading to the January 17 accident of a British Airways (BA) Boeing 777 at London Heathrow are continuing to focus on the fuel system. In particular, they want to know why the aircraft lost power when it was on final approach.
The UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) boasts a permanent staff of just 45 people and a seemingly modest annual budget of £4.5 million ($6.3 million). Almost three-quarters of its personnel–31 people–are accident inspectors, including four principal inspectors (two covering operations and two for engineering); 10 operations and 10 engineering inspectors; and four FDR and CVR specialists.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the UK’s Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) lays claim to being the world’s oldest team of aircraft crash investigators, dating its origins to 1915 as part of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC).
Cessna 500 Citation I, Farnborough, Kent, England, March 30, 2008–The crew of the Bahamian-registered Citation I reported engine vibration soon after takeoff from Biggin Hill and called “Mayday” before being cleared to return to land. The jet hit a residence about three miles from the airport. All five people on board were killed, including the pilot, copilot and touring car driver David Leslie and team owner Richard Lloyd.
The crew of a Cessna Citation I that came down soon after takeoff from Biggin Hill Airport, southeast of London, on Sunday is understood to have reported engine vibration before the accident, which killed all five on board. A pilot flying nearby reported hearing the Citation–S/N 500-0287 and registered VP-BGE–make a “mayday” call before being cleared to return to land.
The UK air accidents investigation branch (AAIB) has issued a safety recommendation calling for Boeing to notify all 777 operators that they should change safety procedures during an emergency landing in the type.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) last month issued a sweeping recommendation that the EASA, FAA, Transport Canada and other aviation agencies amend requirements for the design and installation of electronic components in aircraft so that fluid and moisture contamination, as a source of common cause failures, is specifically taken into account.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recently issued a sweeping recommendation that the EASA, FAA, Transport Canada and other aviation agencies amend requirements for the design and installation of electronic components in aircraft to take into account fluid and moisture contamination, as a source of common cause failures.