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Archive | March, 2009

An Example of Safety-by-Luck

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 — David Evans

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Protocol was broken and the space shuttle Discovery was launched 15 March 2009 with a hydrogen leak whose cause was not known. The leak delayed the shuttle mission to the International Space Station earlier in the week. Asked at a National Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) news conference if it was normal to fly without […]

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Generating Humorous Reaction

Monday, March 16, 2009 — David Evans

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‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Generating Humorous Reaction

Many aviation accidents involve people maimed or killed, making these tragic events unsuitable as sources of humor. However, the 15 January 2009 ditching in the Hudson River of a US Airways A320, crippled by bird strikes that knocked out both engines, has spawned some attempts at humor that may be worth considering. All 155 people […]

Accidents and Incidents 3.01.09 – 3.07.09

Monday, March 16, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the week.

Military Accident Investigations Are Essentially Incestuous

Monday, March 16, 2009 — David Evans

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Aviation accident investigations in the civilian world are models of independence and scientific objectivity compared to the practice in the U.S. military. In the armed forces, accident investigations are conducted by the parent command; in other words, the outfit that set policies and procedures – or failed to do so – convenes an investigation on […]

Crash Linked to Pilots Loss of Spatial Awareness

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 — David Evans

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Crash Linked to Pilots Loss of Spatial Awareness

“S – – t!!!” exclaimed Captain Rodion Medvedev moments before his Aeroflot-Nord B737-500 struck the ground, killing all 88 persons aboard on 14 September 2008. Now, after months of investigation, Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) has completed its investigation of the crash at Perm citing the crew’s wrong turn due to disorientation. MAK released the […]

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