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Torn Metal Skin on Southwest Jet To Be Evaluated

Thursday, July 23, 2009 — David Evans

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Torn Metal Skin on Southwest Jet To Be Evaluated

The fuselage skin that flapped open on the Southwest Airlines B737-300 on 13 July appears unusual from the photographs of the damaged area. Recall that the skin ruptured near the tail, in the crown area, causing depressurization of the cabin, deployment of the oxygen masks for the 126 passengers, and an emergency landing in Charleston, […]

Final Ban on Halon Fire Suppressant Proposed

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 — David Evans

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The European Commission (EC) has issued proposals to remove the critical use exemption for Halon-based aviation firefighting applications. The action could affect all Halon-based aviation safety applications, including engine nacelle, cargo compartment, auxiliary power unit (APU), and handheld for extinguishers. A substitute for Halon 1301 (referred to by the generic name “Halon” in the following […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Monday, July 20, 2009 — David Evans

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Notable in recent regulatory actions is a call for comments on flightcrew alerting.

Ruptured Southwest B737 Fuselage Being Investigated by Safety Board

Thursday, July 16, 2009 — David Evans

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Ruptured Southwest B737 Fuselage Being Investigated by Safety Board

The B737 fuselage skin that flapped open in flight has been removed and is undergoing analysis by metallurgists at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). An airworthiness directive (AD) may well apply to this area of the airplane, but inspection and repair was only required within three years; this flight occurred well before that generous […]

Encounter With Downdrafts Doomed Famed Aviator, Safety Board Concludes

Thursday, July 16, 2009 — David Evans

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The fatal crash occurred because downdrafts exceeded the plane’s climb capability, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded in its final report on the accident that claimed the life of famed aviator Steve Fossett. Fossett was 63 at the time of his death. He had flown solo around the world without refueling in a plane […]

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