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Carry-on Crunch Aggravates Safety and Security Hazards

Monday, March 29, 2010 — David Evans

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Carry-on Crunch Aggravates Safety and Security Hazards

No one knows better than flight attendants the safety threat posed by large luggage in overhead bins. Flight attendants are often involved in helping passengers struggle to stow items in overhead bins. Sitting in their jump seats, flight attendants have a full view of the cabin and witness articles falling out of overhead bins during […]

Investigation of Minneapolis Overflight Reveals Communication Shortcomings

Thursday, March 25, 2010 — David Evans

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In October 2009 Northwest flight 188 barreled through the night sky between San Diego and Minneapolis, its flight crew oblivious to repeated efforts to raise them on the radio. A call from air traffic controllers on an emergency frequency, and a text message from the airline’s operations center, failed to elicit a response. The two […]

Accidents & Incidents 02.01.09 – 02.06.10

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 — David Evans

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Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 2 Feb Escalon CA Cavanagh Flying Service-operated Bell OH-58A Kiowa Reg:N9286U The crop dusting helicopter crashed in an orchard under unknown circumstances. 1 Serious Aircraft was destroyed. 5 Jan Miami FL Atlas Air-operated Boeing 747-481BCF Reg: N429MC A piece of a cargo plane […]

Canadians Issue a ‘Watchlist’ of Needed Safety Improvements

Friday, March 19, 2010 — David Evans

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Canadians Issue a ‘Watchlist’ of Needed Safety Improvements

Canadian safety officials have launched a program similar to one in the U.S. that has been unsuccessful. Since recommendations issued by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada are exhortative – not required to be implemented – elevating some of the more important of them to a high-profile list is not likely to be any […]

More Investigators, But Still Too Few

Friday, March 19, 2010 — David Evans

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Reinforcements are coming, allowing a small dent in the chronic understaffing problem at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on 2 March 2010 approved H.R. 4714, the NTSB Reauthorization Act, which provides funding for fiscal years 2011 through 2014. The funding will provide for a staff increase of about […]

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