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Archive | March, 2009

Accidents & Incidents 3.15.09 – 3.21.09

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the week.

Crash Points Out MD-11s Vulnerability During Landing

Monday, March 30, 2009 — David Evans

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Crash Points Out MD-11s Vulnerability During Landing

When it comes to the 24 March crash of the Federal Express MD-11F in Tokyo, the expression “three strikes and you’re out” comes to mind. The MD-11 has an unfortunate history of landing accidents, and two previous wipe out’s featured the airplane striking hard on the tarmac, a wing breaking off and the rest of […]

Investigation Into Schiphol Crash Focuses on Radio Altimeter

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 — David Evans

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Investigation Into Schiphol Crash Focuses on Radio Altimeter

Three pilots in the cockpit failed to notice that the thrust did not increase when the commanded speed was reached, so when the alarm went off indicating the plane’s speed would drop below the minimum, it was too late. But the issue isn’t solely pilot inattention or distraction; how could the avionics design be certified […]

Accidents & Incidents 3.08.09 – 3.14.09

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the week.

Preheating Fuel May Prevent Ice Blockage

Friday, March 20, 2009 — David Evans

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Preheating Fuel May Prevent Ice Blockage

An urgent safety recommendation has been issued after two airliners had their engines starved of fuel because of ice in the fuel supply lines. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended 11 March 2009 to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that engine manufacturer Rolls Royce redesign […]

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