Three recent fires involving shipments of lithium-ion batteries aboard cargo airplanes have exhausted the pilots union’s patience regarding action on these hazardous shipments. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has called for a prohibition on lithium battery shipments until rules are in place that designates the batteries as hazardous cargo. The shipments are not presently […]
Accidents and incidents for the week of 16 August.
In the wake of the Air France flight 447 tragedy, it is becoming evident that no manufacturer, operator or regulator ever bothered examining the possible and plausible ramifications of a known failure condition that would simultaneously nullify redundancies, cripple safety systems and exceed human factors limitations – until an accident clarified the existence of these […]
Accidents and incidents for the week of 9 August.
A letter from two influential pilots’ organizations to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt discourages any rash reactions to the mid-air collision 8 August between a light plane and a sightseeing helicopter in New York City’s Hudson River corridor, which resulted in nine deaths. “Acting precipitously, without all the facts, may have unintended consequences while failing to […]