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Archive | October, 2009

Accidents & Incidents 10.01.09 – 10.18.09

Thursday, October 22, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for 1-10 October.

Distracting Attention From Systemic Safety Shortcomings

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 — David Evans

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The recent fines proposed to be levied on US Airways and United Airlines by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) give the impression that the agency is in charge and getting tough on safety transgressions. The alternative view is one of the FAA grandstanding, involved in token penalties to demonstrate that it is on top of […]

Response to Crash Recommendations Characterized by Regulatory Foot Dragging

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 — David Evans

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Response to Crash Recommendations Characterized by Regulatory Foot Dragging

On 31 October 1994 American Eagle flight 4184, an ATR-72 twin-turboprop, crashed in icing conditions after an uncommanded roll at Roselawn, IN. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation resulted in complete redesign of the leading edge boots and a host of other important changes. But, on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the […]

Air Safety in Europe Being Compromised by Economic Pressures, Charges Mechanics Organization

Friday, October 16, 2009 — David Evans

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Air Safety in Europe Being Compromised by Economic Pressures, Charges Mechanics Organization

The regulator must enforce safety standards, not look the other way, declares Europe’s Aircraft Engineers International (AEI). In recent statements, the organization has decried the decline in airline safety and the “cozy” relationship between airlines and the national regulators. The words “too cozy” were used by Congressmen in the United States at hearings into the […]

Obama’s Campaign Plane Forced to Land Because of Binding Elevator Control Cable

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 — David Evans

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In sweeping the airplane for security purposes before flight, the Secret Service did not remove the evacuation slide cover. Yet unsecured tie down straps led to movement of the slide and its inflation in the tail cone area of the MD-80, which then led to its impingement on the horizontal stabilizer control cable. The cable […]

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