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Archive | April, 2010

Reporting of Tire Failures Remains Elusive

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 — David Evans

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With a different outcome, the event would have remained a deep mystery. Both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) would have been clueless. This situation points to one of the central deficiencies in the safety database: it’s shot through with inconsistencies. It’s also easily fixed, assuming the will to […]

Oversight Omissions Led Inevitably to Crash

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 — David Evans

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Near midnight at a small airport in Georgia 18 months ago, a Learjet 60 suffered blown main gear tires on attempted takeoff and overran the runway, hitting lights and an earthen berm. The airplane burst into fire, and four of the six occupants aboard were killed. (See Aviation Safety Journal, ‘Fatal Crash Due to Slack […]

Fatal Crash Due to Slack Standards

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 — David Evans

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Fatal Crash Due to Slack Standards

Newer is not necessarily safer, especially when the regulator is stumbling into the future with outdated, arbitrarily applied or nonexistent standards. This is the case of a fatal crash involving a Learjet Model 60 certificated to old, outdated standards. It was flown by a new captain who was the product of chronic gaps in training […]

Accidents & Incidents 02.07.09 – 02.28.10

Monday, April 5, 2010 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the final three weeks of February.

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