Investigation of the 20 July 2010 turbulence incident involving a United Airlines B777 over Missouri has just begun, but already a broader question arises: why haven’t all the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations to combat exposure to turbulence had an effect? People are still thrown about the cabin from turbulence about 5,000 times a […]
A single-engine light plane carrying a patient to the Mayo Clinic crashed into Lake Michigan on Friday, 23 July, raising concerns about the safety of general aviation. The airplane was flown by a private pilot who had volunteered to transport the patient from Alma to Rochester, MI. The airplane was not flown by an emergency […]
Accidents and incidents for the first week of June.
For a blasé attitude about fly-by-wire controls, consider the proposed fine levied on Spirit Airlines. In a registered letter 16 July 2010 to the carrier, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a $50,000 civil penalty (fine) for operating one of its A321 twinjets on a revenue passenger flight with an uncorrected problem that caused the […]
In the wake of the turbulence that struck United Airlines Flight 767, injuring passengers and flight attendants, the question arises: is the airline industry and is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doing everything possible to prevent mayhem from convective winds? The answer: probably not. The reason: injuries and even deaths continue to occur on a […]