Both Airbus and the French BEA (Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses) have denied reaching any conclusions about the June 1, 2009, crash of Air France Flight 447, following reports in the French media that Airbus advised its customers that investigators had found no technical faults with the accident aircraft, an A330-200 that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, implying human error.
Cockpit voice recorder
French accident investigators over the weekend extracted the data from the memory cards inside the flight recorders recovered from the ill-fated Air France Flight 447, increasing the likelihood that they’ll finally reach a conclusion about the cause of the June 1, 2009 crash into the South Atlantic that killed 228.
Airbus, Air France and many others, both within and outside the aerospace industry, eagerly await the results of an analysis of the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the Air France A330-200 that crashed into the South Atlantic on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 aboard. Search teams located and recovered Flight 447’s FDR and CVR from the seabed between May 1 and 3, after a tantalizing search.
Investigators from the French BEA (Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses) are preparing to recover the wreckage of Air France Flight 447, the remains of which search crews found on April 3. All 228 aboard the Airbus A330-200 flying from Rio to Paris died when it crashed on June 1, 2009.
The NTSB excused American Airlines from further participation in the investigation of a December 29, 2010 runway overrun of one of its Boeing 757s in Jackson Hole, Wyo., after the airline accessed flight data recorder (FDR) data before transporting it to Safety Board labs in Washington, D.C.
Gulfstream selected Universal Avionics’ cockpit voice recorder with recorder independent power supply (Rips) and flight data recorder as forward-fit, standard equipment on the G450, G550 and G650. With this move, Gulfstream will be the first fixed-wing OEM to be in compliance with an FAA final rule mandating Rips for
certain aircraft. Rips technology provides a backup power source in the event of a main power failure.
The 2006 fatal crash of the Grob G180A SPn midsize jet prototype was caused by failure of the twinjet’s horizontal stabilizer, according to the final report issued by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU). “The wreckage pattern allowed for only one conclusion: that the horizontal stabilizer had suffered an in-flight breakup due to aerodynamic flutter,” which rendered the aircraft uncontrollable, the report stated.
Hopes of ever finding the flight data recorders from Air France Flight 447, the Airbus A330 airliner that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, are once again fading after a failed attempt to refocus the search efforts.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued its 2010 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements last week, upgrading its assessment of the FAA’s action to improve the safety of emergency medical services (EMS) flights from red (unacceptable response) to yellow (acceptable response-progressing slowly).
The FAA has grudgingly agreed to delay certain portions of an original April 2010 compliance date requiring installation of cockpit voice recorders (CVR) and digital flight data recorders (FDR) in many U.S.-registered airplanes. But the agency issued a stern rebuke to aircraft manufacturers for their failure to address known technical issues sooner.