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.
Cockpit voice recorder
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.
The FAA has grudgingly agreed to delay certain portions of an original April 2010 compliance date for installing 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.
The FAA last month issued an STC applicable to the King Air series for Universal Avionics’ new cockpit voice recorder, which is part of a lineup of five model options ranging from a basic CVR to a combined CVR and flight-data recorder (CVFDR), available with or without internal recorder independent power supply (Rips). Universal said the CVFDR’s internal Rips option is unique in the data recorder market.
The pilots of the Northwest Airlines Flight 188 that overflew Minneapolis on October 21 told NTSB investigators that a distraction in the cockpit of their Airbus A320 led to the incident, not a “heated discussion,” as reported by the Safety Board last Thursday.
Six of seven passengers and both pilots died when a two-year-old Sikorsky S-76C++ crashed into a swamp just seven minutes after takeoff from Amelia, La., on Sunday afternoon. The Petroleum Helicopters Inc.-operated helicopter was outbound to Shell Oil’s South Timbalier 300 Block platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Concerned by mounting losses in emergency medical services (EMS) flights, the NTSB has added the safety of such flights to its 2009 Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements.
Universal Avionics last month introduced a cockpit voice and flight data recorder (CVFDR) with internal recorder independent power supply (Rips). The CVFDR records up to 25 hours of flight data and 120 minutes of datalink messages.