NTSB investigators are at the site of Monday’s Alaska crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T turboprop-conversion floatplane that killed five, including former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), and left four others seriously injured, including former NASA administrator and current EADS North America chairman Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son.
National Transportation Safety Board
With the swearing in of Mark Rosekind and Earl Weener as members of the NTSB on June 30, the investigative body reached its full complement of five for the first time since President Obama took office in January 2009.
The NTSB is dispatching a team of investigators to assist the government of Saudi Arabia with its investigation of a cargo airplane accident that occurred in Riyadh today.
At about 11:38 a.m. local time today, a Lufthansa MD-11(D-ALCQ) freighter crashed while landing at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. The two crewmembers on board survived the accident. Flight 8460 originated in Frankfurt, Germany.
The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a team of investigators this morning to assist the Transportation Safety Board of Canada with its investigation of yesterday’s runway overrun of a Trans States Airlines ERJ 145 during a rainstorm in Ottawa.
The House aviation subcommittee yesterday held a hearing on aircraft icing to address issues brought to light by the NTSB’s recent “Most Wanted” list of “unacceptably slow” progress on icing rulemaking.
In a strongly worded statement issued here yesterday, two senior executives from Columbia Helicopters (Booth No. 3707) vociferously denied what they called “unfounded allegations” that the company had tampered with evidence from the fatal crash of a Carson Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N in 2008. They also denied that fuel-control units (FCUs) aboard that aircraft and serviced by Columbia played any role in the crash’s cause.
The National Transportation Safety Board today held an annual review of its “most wanted” list of transportation safety improvements.
NTSB sitting member Deborah Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the NTSB at the end of July, taking over from acting chairman Mark Rosenker, who had held the position of chairman or acting chairman since 2005. Days later, former member Christopher Hart returned to the Board for another term. Meanwhile, at press time, international fatigue expert Mark Rosekind was awaiting Senate confirmation to join the NTSB.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) late last week released its first accident and incident review of the Part 135 on-demand air charter industry. According to ACSF, the new safety report takes a comprehensive look at the factors surrounding charter incidents and accidents between 2004 and last year.
“There will be some truth-telling,” declared new NTSB chair Deborah Hersman on Tuesday as she began her opening address at the FAA International Runway Safety Summit held this week in Washington, D.C. As part of that telling, she noted that in July 2000 the NTSB issued six recommendations to the FAA to amend various ATC procedures that, in the NTSB’s judgment, unnecessarily added to the risks associated with airport surface operations.