Disaster

September 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Both occupants of a Beechcraft Super King Air 300LW died September 14 when their aircraft crashed into a pair of houses in the La Isla area of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires as it approached Jorge Newberry Airport. The impact ignited a fire in both ground structures that also destroyed the aircraft.

September 18, 2014 - 2:45pm

Air travel to Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas region remains problematic, in the wake of Hurricane Odile’s passage on Monday. The category-three storm was the largest ever to make landfall on the country’s Baja California peninsula, lashing the tourist region with heavy rain and high wind. As a result, affected airports in the area are closed to non-humanitarian general aviation traffic at least through the weekend, according to Universal Weather & Aviation.

September 16, 2014 - 3:40pm

The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA)–which operates and maintains Egnos, Europe’s Waas equivalent–and Eurocontrol signed a new cooperation agreement yesterday under which they will jointly implement European satellite navigation policies in the aviation sector. The move will set the stage for the EU to evolve its air traffic management infrastructure from one based primarily on ground-based systems to a more satellite-based system, improving accessibility, efficiency and safety for European operators, pilots and airports.

September 15, 2014 - 11:40am

The operator of the Battersea Heliport in London warned authorities of the danger of flying helicopters near a Thames River construction site four years before an AgustaWestland AW109 collided with a building crane in the St. George Wharf development on Jan. 16, 2013, according to the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Cloud ceilings were low and visibility poor on the morning of the accident.

September 15, 2014 - 11:35am

The U.S. helicopter safety team (USHST) last week said the current accident rate of 3.94 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, measured over the first seven months of this year, represents a 51-percent decline compared with the 2001-2005 baseline determined by the International Helicopter Safety Team, the group’s parent organization. These numbers represent a 22-percent reduction compared with the 5.06 rate posted for 2009 alone and a 12-percent reduction from the 4.46 rate posted for 2012.

September 15, 2014 - 11:25am

A legal settlement reached last week established a standard of care for the use of meteorological evaluation towers (MET) for wind prospecting in agricultural areas. The precedent-setting case resulted in the award of $6.7 million to the family of an agricultural pilot in a wrongful-death suit.

September 15, 2014 - 11:25am

The probable cause of the August 2013 crash of a UPS Airlines Airbus A300 freighter was the flight crew’s continuation of an unstabilized approach, as well as their failure to monitor the aircraft’s altitude when they descended below the minimum descent altitude without having the runway in sight. The U.S.

September 15, 2014 - 11:20am

The preliminary accident report the Dutch Safety Board released last week into the July 17 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 said the aircraft was downed after “impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” widely believed to be a surface-to-air missile.

September 15, 2014 - 11:15am

The NTSB said the Aug. 27, 2014, crash of an emergency medical services Cessna 421 shortly after takeoff from Las Cruces, N.M., was caused by a line crew member mistakenly adding 40 gallons of jet-A, rather than 100LL fuel, to the piston-powered aircraft. Although the pilot gave the fuel order verbally, neither he nor the line service technician apparently noticed the mismatch between the aircraft’s fuel requirements and what was printed on the side of the fuel truck, or what was apparently printed on the fuel receipt the pilot signed before departure.

September 15, 2014 - 11:10am

Controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) services will be launched in Hungarian airspace beginning next February to improve air safety, as well as to increase airspace efficiency. CPDLC capabilities for ATC become mandatory from February next year as a part of the Single European Sky program for harmonizing air traffic management.

 
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