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Archive | October, 2008

An Ostensibly Minor Malfunction Escalates To An Accident

Friday, October 31, 2008 — David Evans

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Event Raises Questions About Electrical Design & Crew Training The electrical failure was so complete that the pilots were unable to shut off the engines after coming to a stop on the side of the runway at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Off the runway, scattering passengers – and plenty of questions. What happened? While on […]

Study Shows Aircrew Errors Cause Most Fatal Accidents

Friday, October 31, 2008 — David Evans

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Warning systems avert collisions with terrain Over a ten-year period, about 850 people were killed annually in airline crashes worldwide, according to a new study of accidents by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The study goes by its abbreviated title, CAP 776. The worldwide rate of 0.49 fatal accidents per million hours flown is […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 — David Evans

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The Federal Register is packed with the very antithesis of boring reading and is full of interesting – if not scandalous – tidbits regarding various air safety issues. Three of the more engaging and far-reaching documents are briefed in the latest Significant Regulatory table contained in this publication: 9 March 2008: the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Accidents and Incidents 10/25

Saturday, October 25, 2008 — David Evans

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ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS (19 October – 25 October 2008) Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac Date/ Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 19 October Edmonton, CANADA Shuttle America-operated ERJ-170 Reg: N642RW Aircraft was on final approach at Edmonton, when a coyote was reported on the runway, and the plane elected to go around. After one go-around, the plane […]

Sudden Pitch-Down Raises Questions About Computerized Flight Controls

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 — David Evans

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“The nature of the initiating event has not yet been determined,” according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) statement regarding a 7 October incident in which a Qantas A330-300 experienced two terrifying plunges that hurled some passengers and flight attendants into the ceiling. About 50 people were injured, and at last 10 of the […]

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