Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) yesterday released the final report on the landing accident of a Bombardier Global 5000 in Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia, on Nov. 11, 2007. Ten people were injured after the Global touched down seven feet six inches short of the 4,885-foot runway. The jet was operated by charter operator Jetport, but the accident flight was not a charter.
While no one at Boeing would dare admit to any level of satisfaction with the two-and-a-half years of delays to the 787-8, the program’s chief mechanic, Justin Hale, might be one of the few people within the company who can say it has helped make his job easier.
Ever since the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 (an ATR 72) in Roselawn, Ind., on Oct. 31, 1994, the NTSB has been recommending that the FAA enact a new rule that the Board believes might have prevented these accidents. As a result of the crash of Flight 4184, the NTSB recommended that the FAA “prohibit the use of the autopilot” during encounters with icing conditions.
Continuing the recent trend of safety improvement, business aviation accidents declined nearly 50 percent during the first three quarters of this year compared with the same period last year, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
In a final report released yesterday, the NTSB listed crew mismanagement of an abnormal flight situation and the pilots’ failure to control airspeed and prioritize control of the airplane as probable causes of the fatal crash of an aeromed Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan on June 4, 2007.
Deborah Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board at the end of July, taking over from acting chairman Mark Rosenker. On June 18 President Obama nominated Hersman for the two-year term of chairman and she was confirmed by the Senate on July 24. She was also confirmed as a board member for her second five-year term, which runs through the end of 2013.
The number of birdstrikes reported annually in the U.S. rose from 1,759 in 1990 to 7,666 in 2007, and by Jan. 15, 2009, the statistics finally caught up with US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by the now famous Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and first officer Jeffrey Skiles.
While flight hours are down an estimated 20 to 30 percent from last year, business aviation accidents declined by nearly 50 percent during the first three quarters versus last year, according to statistics released yesterday by industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. In the first nine months, U.S.
The NTSB issued recommendations that the FAA revise birdstrike certification requirements and more carefully monitor charter operators following the Board’s determination of the probable cause of a birdstrike crash in Oklahoma City last year. The crash occurred on March 4, 2008, about two minutes after a Cessna Citation 500 registered to Southwest Orthopedic & Sports Medicine took off from Wiley Post Airport.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is readying a software update for the Phoenix company’s TCAS II and TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance systems to fix two potentially serious problems in the way the technology warns pilots of traffic threats.