There’s an important lesson to be learned from the FAA’s proposed $24.2 million civil penalty against American Airlines for improper maintenance procedures. When the FAA says “correct it,” it means immediately. The airline has been tagged for the largest civil penalty ever proposed by the FAA for failing to correctly follow a 2006 Airworthiness Directive involving the maintenance of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.
McDonnell Douglas MD-80
A Spanish judge will question two Spanair maintenance technicians and their chief about the MD-82 crash that killed 154 people and wounded another 18 on August 20 at Madrid Barajas Airport in Spain. The three Spanair employees may be subsequently charged with manslaughter and injuries through negligence.
Early last month, 11 airport and ATC officials went on trial in connection with Italy’s worst aviation disaster: the Oct. 8, 2001 collision of a Scandinavian Airlines MD-87 and a corporate Citation CJ2 on a runway at Milan Linate Airport in thick fog that killed 118 people. The group is accused of negligence in the operation of the airport (AIN, November 2001, page 16).
The NTSB has recommended that Center Weather Service Units be staffed at all times when significant weather is broadcast and that the lockout feature of ASOS broadcasts be eliminated.
MD-80, Anacapa Island, Calif., Jan. 31, 2000–Both pilots, three cabin crewmembers and 83 passengers on board the Alaska Airlines MD-80 were killed when Flight 261 crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island at 4:21 p.m. PST.
The Italian investigation into the October 8 collision between a Cessna CJ2 and an MD-87 on the main runway of Milan Linate Airport is now focusing on the failure of the ground traffic radar and allegations of misleading airport signs.
Pratt & Whitney has installed the first JT8D-200 series QuietEagle noise reduction system on a VIP McDonnell Douglas MD-87. The system, which includes a 16-lobe internal mixer, exhaust muffler, tabbed nozzle and improved front fan case, is said to bring JT8D-200s into compliance with FAR Part 36 Stage 4 and ICAO Annex 16 Chapter 4 noise standards.
Three Italian aviation officials and an air traffic controller have been sentenced to jail terms of between six and eight years after being convicted of manslaughter and negligence over the Oct. 8, 2001, fatal collision between a Cessna Citation CJ2 and a Scandinavian Airlines System McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport.
The final report of the Oct. 8, 2001 collision between a Citation II and a Scandinavian Airline System MD-87 at Italy’s Milan-Linate Airport said the immediate cause of the crash, which killed 114 people aboard both jets and four ground workers, was that the Citation inadvertently entered the active runway as the airliner was reaching V1 on its takeoff roll.
A new Pratt & Whitney noise-reduction kit will permit operators of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 twinjets to meet Chapter 4 International Civil Aviation Organization noise rules that are scheduled for introduction in six months’ time. The heavyweight version of the equipment comprises an improved fan-inlet liner, a 16-lobe exhaust mixer, a muffler and a tabbed nozzle.
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