The Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) has concluded in a draft report that extreme cold most likely caused a lithium-ion battery on an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 to malfunction in January 2013, The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported. The board plans to release a final report in September or later.
Preliminary Report: Four Die in Kenyan Freighter Crash
Fokker 50, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2, 2014–A Fokker 50 freighter headed to Mogadishu, Somalia, crashed shortly after takeoff at 4 a.m. from Runway 06 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport. All four crewmembers on board were killed in the accident and the aircraft was destroyed when it came down in a residential area a mile northeast of the airport.
Preliminary Report: Learjet and Typhoon Collide in Mid Air
The right-seat pilot monitoring the Feb. 20, 2013, flight of a Beechcraft Premier IA told NTSB investigators he had no idea why the pilot flying initiated a go-around after what he perceived to be a normal nighttime VFR landing at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport in Georgia. The only unusual element the non-flying pilot recalled was the illumination of an “anti skid fail” light after the landing gear was lowered on final approach.
On the ground roll for a touch-and-go landing during a training flight at Prestwick, Scotland, a takeoff configuration warning sounded on an Airbus A320, prompting the captain to abort the takeoff. The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said that although the aircraft stopped on the runway remaining, the crew did not realize the aircraft had suffered nosewheel damage during the maneuver and hence began another takeoff, with the first officer acting as the pilot flying.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued safety regulations July 31 for transporting lithium batteries by air, a move intended to harmonize existing U.S. rules with international standards. The Air Line Pilots Association praised the action as recognition of the serious risk unregulated shipments of lithium batteries pose to all who depend on air transportation.
The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee Safety Assessment Team (SAT) is recommending the use of angle-of-attack indicators for general aviation aircraft. The recommendation emerged from a recently completed study of 2,472 accidents that occurred between 2001 and 2010. The SAT determined that the use of AoA-based systems by the GA community is an effective method for reducing loss-of-control accidents in the approach and landing phase of flight.
AirBerlin Technik, working with WheelTug and FTI Engineering Network, plans to develop anti-collision monitoring technology for the autonomous maneuvering of aircraft on the ground.The Pilot Ground Situation Awareness System is designed to enable future pilots to maneuver independently of ground handlers at the terminal, using cameras on the fuselage and the vertical tail and sensors at the wing tips.
North Sea helicopter operators expect to deploy improved emergency breathing systems (EBS) progressively, beginning in the middle of this month, to comply with CAA rules issued to improve the safety of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea. The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) expected the first batch of approved equipment to arrive soon after the UK CAA approved the system, which had not taken place as of early last month. Training will be based on a classroom session lasting a maximum of 90 minutes.
Safety, service and success framed nearly every session of this year’s NBAA Flight Attendants and Flight Technicians conference, held in late June in West Palm Beach, Fla. Speakers included Howie Franklin, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. and former head steward on Air Force One; Dr. Melissa Mallis, chief scientist, and Leigh White, president, of Alertness Solutions; Elaine Lapotosky, Jet Professionals; Debbie Pederson-Nunez, Qualcomm; Greg Ripple, Miller Johnson Law; John Isbell, trainer, FlightSafety International; Kendra St.
I’ve been thinking a lot about complacency since the crash of a Gulfstream IV on takeoff from Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., that left seven people dead. Any accident, especially one with fatalities, affects those of us who have spent our entire lives and careers in aviation. But one that occurs at an airport where we regularly work has a particular impact. The accident investigation continues, but the National Transportation Safety Board has already issued a preliminary report that raises some troubling questions about whether the pilots conducted a routine flight control check.