What: Delta Airlines Airbus A330-200, en route from Amsterdam to Mumbai
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
When: Nov 4 2010
Who: 244 passengers
Why: There are two versions: a call alerted authorities, or a suspicious object was found on the flight. Whatever happened, in any case, the plane made an emergency landing. Passengers were evacuated and a bomb squad searched the plane. Passengers luggage was also searched.
What: Delta Airlines Airbus A330-200, en route from Amsterdam to Mumbai
National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594
November 4, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the
European Aviation Safety Agency:
Require Eurocopter to review the design of the fuel flow
control lever (FFCL) and/or its detent track on AS350-series
helicopters and require modification to ensure that the FFCL
is protected to prevent unintentional movement out of its
detents and that it does not move easily to an unintended
The plane may be seen here.
What: JS Air Beech 1900C en route from Karachi to Bhit Shah (Pakistan)
Where: Gulistan-e-Jauhar Town, Karachi Pakistan
When: Nov 5th 2010 7:13 a m
Who: 19 passengers and 2 crew
Why: THE JSAIR flight had been chartered by a US firm working on an oil field in Karachi. The destination was an oil field at Bhit Shah in the southern province of Sindh.
Just after takeoff, the plane’s right engine failed. When the plane banked to head back to the airport, the other engine failed as well.The flight crashed less than 2 minutes after takeoff. Fifteen of the passengers were ENI (Italian oil and gas) employees:(Altaf Hussain Khalid, Hussain Sadaqat, Jamali Nisar Ahmed, Khan Noor, Moazzam Saeed, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizamani Muhammad Azam, Rafique Sajid, Rana Muhammad Alam, Raza Amir, Saleemuddin, Sasso Antonio (Italian), Shah Iqbal Hussain, Siddique Shahid, Syed Anwar Imran, Syed Irshad Ali and Tahir Muhammad.) Also killed in the crash were three crew members of JSAir, including Chief Pilot (and general manager operations) Captain Naeemul Haq (53-year-old chief pilot was a former squadron leader with the Pakistan Air Force), First Officer Captain Muhammad Nauman Shamsi, flight technician Tariq Mehmood, and inspector Zafar Iqbal.
The black box has been recovered. An international team of investigators including reps for Beechcraft is expected.
The plane operated 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B engines, and had accrued 18545 total airframe hours since its first flight in 1991.
Alerts should be designed so that the pilot can acknowledge the problem and suppress the alarm. According to the FAA, the system should automatically remove the alert when the conditions no longer exist, preventing a “nuisance.”
The FAA recommends manufactures use six or fewer colors.
Alert colours on the flight deck for future aircraft will have red warnings, amber or yellow cautions and any colour but red, amber, yellow or green for advisory alerts. Attention cues can not rely solely on color but must alert two senses.
Weather, terrain or traffic displays may still use the four colours, but “must not adversely affect flightcrew alerting.”
EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing (NYSE: BA) has completed the power on sequence for the new 747-8 Intercontinental. This milestone enables the program to begin functional tests on the airplane.
“This is a critical step in the assembly process for the new 747-8 Intercontinental,” said Elizabeth Lund, 747 deputy program manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The airplane’s systems are now live. This milestone is a reflection of the focus and hard work of our engineers, mechanics and suppliers.”
Power on is a complex series of tasks that methodically energize and activate the airplane’s systems. In this critical stage of the assembly process, the electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems are brought on line.
Mechanics connected the 747-8 to an external power cart to energize the flight-deck display and maintenance systems. The electricity coursing through the airplane’s 133 miles (214 km) of wire will be as high as 105 kilovoltampere (kVa).
The program also activated the airplane’s hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Pressurized to 3,000 pounds per square inch (psi), the hydraulics power the flight control surfaces, landing gear, brakes and steering systems. The 160 psi applied to the pneumatic system enables the airplane to operate the environmental control systems and the leading-edge flaps.
“We are very methodical in ensuring the integrity of the airplane’s systems,” said Todd Zarfos, vice president of 747 engineering, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “This accomplishment is a key milestone in validating the design, installation and functionality of the electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.”
A video that gives you an inside look at the power on sequence is available at http://bit.ly/dlXgym.
The program is expected to complete assembly of the 747-8 Intercontinental in the first quarter of 2011. The airplane is scheduled to enter service in late 2011 following the flight test program.
The 747-8, which includes the 747-8 Intercontinental and the 747-8 Freighter, was launched in November 2005. Boeing has 109 orders for the 747-8 — 33 for the 747-8 Intercontinental and 76 for the 747-8 Freighter. The first 747-8 Intercontinental is scheduled to deliver in late 2011.
The new 747-8 Intercontinental offers the lowest operating costs and best economics of any large passenger airplane, while providing enhanced environmental performance. The 747-8 provides new revenue opportunities that allow airlines to maximize profits. Eighteen feet longer than the 747-400, the 747-8 has 51 additional seats to accommodate 467 passengers in a typical three-class configuration, and it also offers 26 percent more cargo volume.
For Immediate Release
November 4, 2010
WASHINGTON – In a continuing effort to take the U.S. aviation system to the next level of safety, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to require Safety Management Systems (SMS) for most commercial airlines.
Safety management systems give operators a set of business processes and management tools to examine data from everyday operations, isolate trends that may be precursors to incidents or accidents, and develop and carry out appropriate risk mitigation strategies. They are a formal approach to managing an organization’s safety through four key components – safety policy, safety risk management, safety assurance, and safety promotion.
“Safety is our top priority,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This program can help airlines identify possible safety problems and correct them before they lead to accidents.”
“We need a holistic approach to safety that allows us to spot trends in aviation and make necessary changes to help avoid incidents and accidents,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Safety Management Systems are a critical piece of a successful safety culture.”
The requirements of the SMS proposal would define “what” is expected rather than “how” the requirement is to be met. This allows for development and implementation of an SMS that matches the size, complexity and business models of diverse organizations in ways appropriate to their unique systems and operating environments.
Under the proposed rule, scheduled air carriers and a few others operating under Part 121 of federal aviation regulations would be required to implement an SMS within three years. The carriers would have to submit their SMS implementation plans to the FAA within six months of the final rule’s effective date. The plan would be required to show how the airline intends to comply with the rule within the three-year implementation period. An SMS would not take the place of regular FAA oversight, inspection and audits to ensure compliance with existing regulations
The FAA began exploring system safety-based oversight concepts in the mid- to late- 1990s. During that time, the agency concluded system safety has to be practiced by operators, repair stations, flight schools, other aviation service providers and the agency itself. In 2006, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) required that all member countries implement SMS standards for operators and approved maintenance organizations.
The FAA’s own Air Traffic Organization has already begun implementing an SMS, and the agency recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require FAA-certified airports to establish SMS for all airfield and ramp areas.
The estimated cost of this proposed rule for U.S. air carriers is $390 million, with estimated benefits of $470 million. The proposal conforms to ICAO SMS provisions.
What: Aerocaribbean ATR-72-500 en route from Santiago to Havana
Where: Guasimal, Sancti Spiritus Cuba
When: Nov 4 2010
Who: with 61 passengers and 7 crew
Why: The last flight to leave Santiago before the airport closed due to tropical storm Tomas disappeared from radio contact at 5:42 pm while over Guasimal not far from the Zaza Reservoir. The crew made an emergency call at 5:42. 40 cubans were aboard and 28 non-cubans (9 Argentinian, 7 Mexican, 3 Dutch, 1 French, 2 German, 2 Austrian, 1 Italian, 1 Spanish, 1 Venezuelan, and 1 Japanese).
A hospital worker said “The plane made several abrupt movements before crashing to the ground.” Rescuers hiked in through thick vegetation (using bulldozers to get through the vegetation to find the plane shattered and in flames and no survivors.
Tropical storm Tomas developed into a hurricane. Cuba declared a state of alert.
The ongoing investigation has not ruled that weather is the definitive factor because the storm had not reached Cuba at the time of the crash.
Cuban state airline Cubana de Aviacion owns Aerocaribbean. The flight normally flies twice a week from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Santiago de Cuba to Havana
What: Jetstar Airways Airbus A330-200 en route from Phuket (Thailand) to Sydney,NS
Where: Changi Airport, Singapore
When: Nov 1 2010
Who: 288 passengers
Why: While en route, the autopilot failed. The pilots diverted to Singapore where they made a safe landing with emergency services on standby.
Alternative arrangements have been made for the affected passengers, who were booked onto other flights and offered accommodation in Singapore.
SEATTLE, Nov. 3, 2010 / — Boeing today announced the availability of a rotable exchange services program, that will support the operation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This program will help airline customers reduce inventory costs by providing access to a Boeing-managed inventory pool of parts that is available to ship within 24 hours of request.
“The 787 Rotables Exchange Services Program will provide a dedicated pool of high-value, dispatch-critical parts for airlines, while helping them to improve operations support and cash flow,” said Dale Wilkinson, vice president, Material Services for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The program manages configuration, warranty and reliability for the covered parts, freeing the airline to focus on passengers and the operation of the airplane.”
The exchange program is available to support initial entry into service for 787 operators – this is the first time that such a program has been developed in conjunction with entry into service of a new fleet type.
With the Boeing 787 Rotable Exchange Program, the airline removes a part from the airplane and ships it for exchange with a new unit from Boeing’s exchange pool. Boeing plans to support up to 600 high-value rotable parts, including such items as the Auxiliary Power Unit and Variable Frequency Starter Generator. By providing coverage for parts typically priced in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the exchange program can provide considerable inventory cost savings for airlines.
The program provides a flight-hour cost basis that enables the customer to better forecast maintenance costs, while spreading out high-cost expenditures for rotable parts over the 10-year term of the agreement.
What: MD HELICOPTERS INC registered to WINCO INC in a rural area of Tucker County
Where: Thomas WV
When: October 30 10:30 am
WEATHER: 1551Z EKN 00000KT 10SM CLR 09/01 A3009
Who: subcontractors of Allegheny Energy: fatality Gary Bland, 52, of Georgia. Injured identified as Robert Rogers, Ryan Lang and Jeffrey McCay
Why: A pilot and three linemen were working on wiring on a transmission tower, when the helicopter came down, killing one, injuring 3. The injured were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital.
What: Lionair Boeing 737-400 en route from Jakarta to Pontianak
Where: West Kalimantan, Indonesia
When: Nov 2 2010
Who: 167 passengers, 7 crew
Why: While landing at Pontianak’s Supadio Airport during a heavy rain, the plane overran the end of the runway. Its nose and main undercarriage collapsed and it stopped mired in a field beyond the end of the runway. There were no injuries.
A passenger reported that the plane shook (or vibrated) about a quarter of an hour before landing; and no announcements were made by the pilot or crew during the vibration, or during the landing. The airline said no announcement was made because the seatbelt light was on.
Passengers panicked and evacuated through an emergency exit. Military personnel at the airport assisted.
Where were the crew while terrified passengers were jumping off the plane?
They are saying the plane’s inability to stop was not due to weather, a wet runway, that the plane was well maintained and that it was a normal landing. So. If this is all true, why did it overrun?
National Transportation Safety Board
Washington, DC 20594
November 2, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board’s course,
“Transportation Disaster Response – A Course for Emergency
Responders,” scheduled for November 16-18, 2010, at the NTSB
Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, still has openings for
those who may have a role in responding to major
NTSB specialists and speakers from the FBI, the New Jersey
State Police, and other emergency response agencies and
organizations with response roles in recent accidents will
discuss the operational and organizational challenges
encountered in responding to large-scale, high-profile
The complete course description, agenda, and information on
registration process and cost are available at:
What: Swiss International Airlines Airbus A321 en route from Zurich to London
When: Oct 31st 2010
Who: 194 passengers
Why: After takeoff, the plane suffered a bird strike.
The pilot returned to Zurich where they made a safe landing. The plane was taken out of service to be inspected for damage, and passengers were provided alternative transportation. No description of the amount of damage or the unfortunate bird has been provided.
What: Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300 en route from New York JFK,NY to Accra
Where: over the Atlantic
When: Oct 29 2010
Why: While en route 300 miles out of New York, the plane developed an internal leak in the right engine, and smoke collected in the cabin.
The pilot descended to a lower altitude and made a safe landing at JFK with rescue services on standby. Passengers did not disembark for nearly two hours.
Maintenance determined that the oil leak or smoke from an oil leak got into the air conditioning.
What: McDonnell Douglas MD-82 en route from Naples to Cagliari
When: Oct 31 2010
Who: 33 passenger
Why: After takeoff, the plane developed problems in the right engine and had to shut it down. The pilot returned to Naples and made a safe landing with rescue services standing by.
Passengers were provided accommodations until a replacement flight came in the next day.
What: Azerbaijan Airlines Boeing 757-200 en route from Istanbul Turkey to Baku Azerbaijan
When: October 30
Who: 221 aboard
Why: After takeoff, the cabin filled with smoke coming from a galley oven.
The plane returned to the Istanbul airport and made a safe landing. No replacement was provided. The plane received maintenance, and continued some hours later.
MOSCOW, Oct. 29 — Boeing and the State Corporation Rostechnology today announced the finalization of an order for 50 Next-Generation 737 airplanes. The order includes purchase rights for an additional 35 Next-Generation 737s. The State Corporation’s Supervisory Board approved the definitive agreement that was signed and announced on Sept. 17 during the Sochi Investment Forum in Russia. The order is valued at $3.7 billion at average list prices. Rostechnology’s order includes 15 Next-Generation 737-700s, 25 737-800s and 10 737-900ERs (extended range).
"The order of Next-Generation 737s by Rostechnology represents a substantial investment in our future and will accelerate the significant progress we are making in improving the global competitiveness and efficiency of our airline industry," said Roman Pakhomov, chief executive officer of Aviation Capital Services, aviation leasing division of Rostechnology. "This agreement continues to build upon the strategic partnership between Rostechnology and Boeing."
The economic benefits, comfort and operating efficiencies consistently demonstrated by the Next-Generation 737 directly support Rostechnology’s plan to provide Russian airlines with efficient and reliable airplanes that will help them profitably grow domestic and international operations.
"This is a great day in the history of our long and enduring partnership with Rostechnology," said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Today’s order for 737-700s, 737-800s and 737-900ERs underscores Rostechnology’s confidence in the world’s most successful single-aisle airplane. The entire Next-Generation 737 family offers superior operating economics and the 737-900ER has the best seat mile cost of any single-aisle airplane and provides our Next-Generation 737 customers with a compelling low-risk growth opportunity."
Rostechnology 737s will be delivered with the all-new 737 Boeing Sky Interior. Inspired by the passenger experience, it promises to redefine the 737 travel experience. In addition to the new design, Boeing also announced a performance improvement package offering a 2 percent reduction in fuel consumption through various airframe and engine improvements.
Over the past 20 years, Boeing’s joint programs in Russia have resulted in almost $6 billion in highly successful joint projects with its Russian partners making Boeing the largest international aerospace investor in Russia.
Boeing announced in September that its production rate for the Next-Generation 737 program will increase from the current rate of 31.5 airplanes per month to 35 in early 2012 and to 38 airplanes per month in the second quarter of 2013.
What: Institut Polaire Français Aérospatiale AS 350 Squirrel helicopter carrying supplies between the French research vessel and supply ship, l’Astrolabe and the country’s Dumont d’Urville research base in Adélie Land.
When: October 28, 2010
Who: 4 Fatalities
Why: After taking off from the French research vessel L’Astrolabe which is icebound northeast of the Dumont-d’Urville station, the helicopter went down in bad weather. The helicopter was last seen flying at 29 feet. The helicopter normally supplied the research base. Initially there was hope of one survivor. A U.S. Air Force C-17 flew over; the distress beacon was activated off Adelie Land, but cloud cover prevented visibility; bad weather complicated rescue efforts. An Australian unit which spotted three bodies dropped supplies and survival equipment. A doctor flown in later confirmed that the pilot, the mechanic and two employees of the French Polar Institute who had been aboard the helicopter were dead. The remains were recovered and flown back in an Australian Hercules C-130 to a chapel at the base. (US) McMurdo base and AMSA’s rescue coordination centre are assisting the French recovery team.
Two researchers were from l’Institut polaire Paul-Emile Victor, in Brest, Brittany, France.
What: UPS flight
Where: East Midlands
When: Oct 29 2010
Why: A suspicious package on a UPS cargo flight (a toner cartridge with wires attached and a white powder) has raised the US Transportation Security Administration to order UPS flights searched for suspicious cargo. Officials indicate that tests on the device came back negative for explosives.
Fed Ex Statement
Yemen Shipment Embargo
In cooperation with the FBI, local authorities have confiscated a suspicious package at the FedEx facility in Dubai. The shipment originated in Yemen and as an additional safety measure, FedEx has embargoed all shipments originating from Yemen. The Company is cooperating fully with the authorities on this matter; any additional information regarding this matter must come from the FBI.
What: Air Arabia Airbus A320-200 en route from Kochi to Sharjah
Where: Cochin International Airport
When: October 29, 2010 8:15 pm
Who: 154 passengers, 6 crew
Why: After takeoff, the flight suffered a problem, and according to officials a bird strike “was not ruled out”. It took fifteen minutes to return to the airport to make a safe landing after the bird strike.
What: Turkish Airlines Airbus A340-300 en from Istanbul Turkey to Brussels Belgium
When: Oct 24 2010
Why: The flight had a hard landing in Brussels, when the nose gear failed to make ground contact and the right wing lifted enough that the left engine scraped the runway. The plane was removed from service for repairs due to damage.
What: Air Nippon Boeing 737-800 en route from Nagoya to Asahikawa
When: Oct 26 2010
Why: 16 nautical miles east of the airport, the flight received a ground proximity warning system warning. The pilot climbed to a safe height in the mountainous area, and continued to make a safe landing at the Asahikawa Airport.