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Accidents & Incidents 04.01.11 – 04.09.11

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 04.01.11 – 04.09.11

Air Carrier (Part 121) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 1 Apr Yuma AZ Southwest Airlines B737-3H4(WL) Reg: N632SW A hole in the cabin roof forced aircraft to do emergency landing. Time of useful consciousness at 35,000 feet about 20 secs. Nonfatal. Structural failure at half the number of anticipated cycles. Aircraft sustained minor damage. FAA […]

Wing Clipping Incident Underscores Need For Cockpit Collision Alert

Friday, April 15, 2011 — David Evans

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Wing Clipping Incident Underscores Need For Cockpit Collision Alert

Based on the collision of an Air France A380 super-jumbo with a Comair regional jet on the evening of 11 April 2011 at New York’s JFK International Airport, this “Most Wanted” recommendation issued in 2000 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will doubtless receive added impetus: “Give immediate warnings of probable collisions/incursions directly to […]

One-Controller Shifts at Airports Stopped

Thursday, April 14, 2011 — David Evans

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One-Controller Shifts at Airports Stopped

“Safety is our number one priority and I am committed to working 24/7 until these problems are corrected,” vowed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. His declaration was in a 13 April 2011 press release by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declaring that one-person-manning of airport control towers would end immediately. The announcement followed an incident that […]

Reforming A Moribund Agency

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 — David Evans

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Reforming A Moribund Agency

Given the many instances in which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been chastised in this publication for ineptitude and industry coddling, some readers wonder what can be done to make the agency more effective at ensuring the safety of the traveling public? Herewith are my recommended actions. They are not in order of priority; […]

Accidents & Incidents 04.20.11 – 04.31.11

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 04.20.11 – 04.31.11

Air Carrier (Part 121) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 28 Mar Charlotte NC US Airways Boeing 737-4B7 Reg: N452UW Pilot found a small hole at the rear of the plane. Nonfatal Aircraft sustained minor damage. Plane taken out of service. FBI investigating. Speculation that it might be a bullet hole. 26 Mar Kansas City MO […]

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