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- Audit report criticizes FAA, American Airlines over maintenance problems
(U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG))
- FAA proposes $2.9 Million civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines
- AAIB: final report on B777 loss of engine power and crash-landing
- NTSB: Captainīs inappropriate actions led to crash of flight 3407
- Argentine: Six acquitted in LAPA crash trial
An Argentine court acquitted the president of LAPA, three executives and two former air force officials following a two-year trial.
On Aug. 31, 1999, a Boeing 737 operated by LAPA crashed on take off from Buenos Aires-Aeroparque (AEP), killing 64 people.
The former director of operations and 737 line manager of LAPA received three-year suspended sentences. ()
- FAA proposes nearly $2.5 million civil penalty against American Eagle Airlines
- Mutsinzi Report published on the Rwandan Presidential plane crash in 1994
(The Mutsinzi Report)
- NTSB: new accident, incident reporting rules
The NTSB is amending its regulations concerning notification and reporting requirements regarding aircraft accidents or incidents. The final rule was published January 7, 2010 and will become effective March 8, 2010.
In particular, the NTSB is adding regulations to require operators to report certain incidents to the NTSB. The NTSB is also amending existing regulations to provide clarity and ensure that the appropriate means for notifying the NTSB of a reportable incident is listed correctly in the regulation.
- UAE starts incident-reporting program
The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE launched an air safety incident-reporting program, the Reporting of Safety Incident (ROSI) Program, on 1 January 2010 as part of its new mandate to centralise aviation safety incident reporting across the UAE.
Ismaeil Mohammed Al Balooshi, Director Aviation Safety at the GCAA said: "Along with high levels of growth and expansion comes increased challenges that require effective regulatory responses. The introduction of a centralised air safety incident reporting program will contribute to our efforts in maintaining a successful aviation transport safety record as a country, it will also allow us to monitor trends in the reports which will help in identifying possible risks to the safety of aviation in the UAE." (GCAA)
- FAA stepping up oversight of American Airlines
Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. FAA is intensifying the oversight of American Airlines' operations.
This decision was taken following three landing mishaps over an eleven-day period.
On December 13 the wingtip of an MD-82 struck the runway on landing at Charlotte (CLT). Then on December 22 a Boeing 737-800 overran the runway at Kingston, Jamaica.
The latest incident involved an MD-80 whose wingtip struck the ground while landing in Austin, Texas, on December 24. (Wall Street Journal)
- Interim report on SA Airlink Embraer 135 runway excursion accident
CAA South Africa (SACAA) released the first interim report of the investigation into the cause of an accident involving an Embraer 135 aircraft shortly on landing at George Airport on 7 December 2009.
The prevailing weather conditions at the time were overcast in light rain. The aircraft touched down in the area of the fourth landing marker. At the end of the runway veered to the right and went past the ILS localizer. The aircraft collided with eleven approach lights before it burst through the aerodrome perimeter fence, with the aircraft coming to rest in a nose down attitude on a public road. (SACAA)
- Interim report on SA Airlink Jetstream 41 accident after engine failure
CAA South Africa (SACAA) released the first interim report of the investigation into the cause of an accident involving a Jetstream 41 aircraft shortly after take off from Durban International Airport on 24 September 2009. The captain died as a reslt of his injuries.
Shortly before it became airborne on a positioning flight, a catastrophic failure occurred in the nr.2 (right hand) engine due to a fatigue failure of the second stage rotating air seal.
It continued to climb to an altitude of about 500 feet AMSL. Immediately after raising the undercarriage, the nr.1 engine spooled down from 100% to zero within 7 seconds. The airplane then made a forced landing in a small field within the Merebank residential area. (SACAA)
- Report released on BN-2A Islander CFIT accident in Vanuatu
TAIC New Zealand released the final report on their investigation into the fatal CFIT accident involving a BN-2A Islander in Vanuatu, December 2008. TAIC carried out the investigation on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV).
The aeroplane was overloaded by at least 7%, which affected its climb performance and made it unlikely that it would be able to cross the final ridge without deviating from the path flown by the pilot. (TAIC)
- UK Ministry of Defence announces new Air Safety Authority
U.K. Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth announced the creation of a new military airworthiness authority to ensure aviation safety standards are of the highest order at all times.
The Military Aviation Authority (MAA) has been created as part of the MOD's full response to the Nimrod Review by Charles Haddon-Cave QC following the deaths of 14 Service personnel onboard Nimrod XV230 on 2 September 2006.
The MAA will include an independent body to audit and scrutinise air safety activity. The MAA will be in place by 5 April 2010.
The creation of the MAA was one of two key strategic recommendations of Mr Haddon-Cave's report which have both been accepted by the MOD. The other key recommendation is a revised arrangement of safety responsibilities for those personnel charged with ensuring the safe operation of military aircraft. (UK Ministry of Defence)
- Ninety warthogs removed from Harare Airport, Zimbabwe after incident
(The Zimbabwe Telegraph)
- ATSB: investigation update on A340 tailstrike accident
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released its Interim Factual report into the tailstrike involving Airbus A340-500 aircraft, registered A6-ERG, during takeoff at Melbourne Airport, Vic. on the evening of 20 March 2009. The aircraft was being operated on a scheduled passenger flight from Melbourne to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The investigation has determined that the pre-flight take-off performance calculations were based on an incorrect take-off weight that was inadvertently entered into the aircraft's portable flight planning computer by the flight crew. Subsequent crosschecks did not detect the incorrect entry and its effect on performance planning, and the resulting take-off speeds and engine thrust settings that were applied by the crew were insufficient for a normal takeoff.
As a result of this accident, the aircraft operator has undertaken a number of procedural, training and technical initiatives across its fleet and operations; with a view to minimising the risk of a recurrence. In addition, the aircraft manufacturer has released a modified version of its cockpit performance-planning tool and is developing a software package that automatically checks the consistency of the flight data being entered into the aircraft's flight computers by flight crews.
The investigation has found a number of similar take-off performance-related incidents and accidents across a range of aircraft types, locations and operators around the world. As a result, the ATSB has initiated a safety research project to collate those events and examine the factors involved. The findings of that project will be released by the ATSB once completed.
Ongoing investigation effort will include the examination of:
* computer-based flight performance planning
* human performance and organisational risk controls
* reduced thrust takeoffs and the use of erroneous take-off performance data. (ATSB)
- BEA releases second interim report on Air France Airbus A330 accident
- MAK issues final report on Yak-40 landing accident in Kazakhstan
The MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) issued their final report on the investigation into the accident involving a Yak-40 jet in Kazakhstan in September 2009. The airplane sank back onto the runway during a go-around, resulting in a belly landing. Factors identified in the investigation include:
- The crew's unintended selection of the landing flaps to the fully retracted position shortly after leaving the ground, which led to a decrease in wing lift and subsidence of the aircraft;
- Retraction of the undercarriage at a low altitude, which led, in the subsidence aircraft, to the aircraft fuselage contacting the runway surface and further movement on the runway on the nose landing gear and part of the tracted main landing gear wheels;
- The crew's attempt to go around with the engine reversers deployed, resulting in insufficient acceleration during the takeoff.
The decision to go around was made by the captain, most likely due to the longitudinal plane imbalance that has arisen in the first seconds of the path of the aircraft and caused erroneous actions of the pilot in the performance of landing. (MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC))
- AAIB: final report on B757 pitot blockage incident
- Netherlands Antilles preliminary report on BN-2A Islander ditching
The Netherlands Antilles Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) published a preliminary report on the BN-2A Islander ditching off Bonaire Island. The airplane gradually lost height at 200 fpm after a failure of engine nr.2.
The airplane ditched 0.5 nm south of Klein Bonaire and 3 nm west of the main Island and sank. (DCA Netherlands Antilles)