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Ask NTSB Why United Boeing Battery overheat was a non-reportable incident?

What is significant here is that no report was filed on the United Boeing 787-800 (Washington Dulles,DC-Paris Charles de Gaulle) that received a main battery overheat indication while landing in Paris on
Nov 12th 2017. The battery was venting fluid via from the forward vent relief system. The NTSB reported to Aviation Herald that the occurrence was rated a non-reportable incident. No investigation was opened. 14 other SDR reports were filed).

NTSB reports on Clear Air Turbulence

Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of UNITED AIR LINES INC
Accident occurred Friday, February 19, 2010 in Anchorage, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/23/2017
Aircraft: BOEING 747, registration: N173UA
Injuries: 1 Serious, 25 Minor, 236 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 19, 2010, about 1452 Alaska standard time (AKST) (2352 UTC), United Airlines flight 897, a Boeing 747-400, N173UA, encountered severe turbulence during cruise descent between FL310 and FL300 about 100 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska. Of the 243 passengers and 19 crew members on board, 17 passengers and eight flight attendants (FA) received minor injuries and one FA received a serious injury. The airplane received minor damaged. The flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 121 as a regularly scheduled international passenger flight from Dulles International Airport (IAD), Washington, DC, to Narita International Airport (NRT), Narita, Japan.

Prior to the turbulence encounter, the flight crew received pilot reports (PIREPs) of moderate to severe turbulence above FL340 and that it was less at FL300. According to the flight crew, about one hour late, the flight began to encounter a few “light bumps” or intermittent light “chop.” The sky conditions were clear with good visibility. The captain turned on the “fasten seat belt” sign and made a public address (PA) announcement to fasten seat belts. The flight crew requested a descent to FL300 and began to encounter moderate turbulence after starting the descent. The first officer then made a PA announcement directing the flight attendants to “take your seats.” The autopilot remained engaged throughout the turbulence encounter, which lasted less than one minute.

After encountering the turbulence, the crew assessed airplane damage and checked the number and severity of injuries to passengers and crew. The crew was assisted in assessing passenger and crew injuries by a U.S. Army Special Forces medic who stated that all of the injuries were considered minor. All the FAs indicated that they were able to perform their required emergency duties for the remainder of the flight.

After discussing the injuries and the available diversion airports with the FAs, company dispatch and the medic, the flight crew decided to continue on to NRT since there were sufficient diversion airports along the route if the situation worsened.

Upon arrival in NRT, 16 passengers and one FA were transported to hospitals for medical evaluation. All were released with only minor injuries, however, the FA was re-evaluated by her personal physician when she returned home with the further diagnosis of a fractured rib.

Four Killed after Small Plane Crashes in Idaho

A small plane crashed near China Beach on the Palisades Reservoir in Idaho, on March 13th.

The Cessna 182 aircraft crashed and burst into flames around 1 mile north of Alpine Airport, from where it departed.

There were four people aboard at the time; all of them were killed in the crash. They were identified as the pilot Jerry “David” Anderson, 40, his wife Jessica Ann Anderson, 38, Thomas “Brook” Summers, 39, and his wife Heidi Summers, 36. All of them were residents of Idaho Falls.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the incident.

Small Plane Crashed at Granbury Municipal Airport; 2 Killed

A single-engine plane crashed at Granbury Municipal Airport in Hood County, Texas, on September 24.

Authorities said the plane went down and burst into flames just a few hundred yards from Granbury High School.

There were 2 people aboard at the time; both of them were killed in the crash.

The NTSB and the FAA are investigating.

3 Killed, 7 Injured as Plane Crashes in Alaska

crashA small floatplane plane crashed north of Iliamna Airport in Iliamna, Alaska, on September 15.

The DeHavilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter aircraft, carrying 10 people, went down while it was taking off from East Wind Lake.

Three people were killed in the accident. They were identified as 80-year-old Tony W. Degroot, of Hanford, California, 69-year-old James Specter, of Shavertown, Pennsylvania and 70-year-old James P. Fletcher, of Clovis, California.

Seven others were injured and were shifted to hospitals.

The plane belonged to Rainbow King Lodge.

The NTSB is investigating.

Single-Engine Beechcraft Crashed in North Carolina; 3 Killed

Beechcraft BonanzaA single-engine plane crashed and caught fire near Horneytown, in the south of Kernersville, Forsyth County, North Carolina, at 12:12 P.M on September 7.

The Beechcraft A36 was en-route to Piedmont Triad International Airport, North Carolina, from Sarasota, Florida, at the time.

The airport’s director Kevin Baker said the pilot was communicating a problem to ATC before the crash, but could not explain it.

The FAA and NTSB were investigating the crash.

According to an NTSB spokesperson, 3 people lost their lives in the accident.

Small Plane Crashed in Colorado Mountains; 5 Killed

mountainA twin-engine plane crashed in San Juan Mountains, in the north of Silverton, Colorado, at around 4:15 P.M on September 6.

The immediate cause of Cessna 310 crash is not yet known.

At least 5 people lost their lives in the crash.

San Juan County Sheriff’s office and NTSB are investigating.

Plane Crashed while Practicing for New York Air Show; Pilot Killed

airshowA stunt plane crashed near Stewart international airport in New Windsor, New York, on August 28.

Authorities said the Cornell W F/Sahakian JA Jr. Giles G 202 experimental plane went down while practicing for the New York Air Show, which is scheduled for this weekend.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the crash. He was identified as Andrew Wright, of Texas.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Pilot Killed as Crop Dusting Plane Crashed in Waushara County

Crop dusting planeA crop dusting aircraft crashed in a wooded area near Hancock, Waushara County, Wisconsin, on August 26.

The Weatherly 620B single-engine aircraft was spraying a potato farm when it crashed.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed the spot. His identity has not yet been released.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

5 Killed as Planes Collided Mid-Air Near San Diego

A single-engine Cessna 172 and a twin-engine Sabreliner collided midair near Brown Field Municipal Airport in San Diego, California, at around 11 A.M. on August 16.

The accident happened near Otay Mesa Road and Harvest Street when both aircrafts were approaching Brown Field Municipal Airport.

Five people were killed in the crash. Their identities are not known at the moment.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Small Plane Crashed onto Long Island Rail Road Tracks; 1 Killed, 1 Injured

madridcrashA Hawker Beechcraft BE35 plane crashed onto Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) tracks at the crossing between Hicksville and Bethpage stations on Long Island, New York, on August 16.

The plane was heading from Francis S. Gabreski Ariport, Westhampton Beach to Morristown when the pilot reported difficulty in maintaining altitude. Authorities said he was attempting to make an emergency landing at Republic Airport, Farmingdale but could not make it to there.

The pilot was killed in the crash while his only passenger, identified as Carl Giordano, 55, of New Vernon, New Jersey, sustained injuries. He was taken to Nassau County University Medical Center.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Small Plane Crashes near Adirondack Regional Airport; 4 Killed

brazilcrashA Piper PA-46 aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Adirondack Regional Airport in Saranac Lake, New York, on August 7th.

Authorities said the single-engine plane had arrived from Rochester worldwide Airport and was flying back there when it went down.

Four people were killed in the crash. They were identified as Raymond Shortino, 67, his wife Sharon Shortino, 66, and their friends Harvey Stoler, 68, and Sharon Stoler, 68.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

Helicopter Crashed in Illinois after Hitting Power Line; Pilot Injured


A helicopter crash-landed in Atkinson, Henry County, Illinois, at around 5 P.M. on August 5.

According to sources, the aircraft hit a power line, caught fire, and landed in a soy bean field.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard, was pulled out of the burning helicopter by farm owner. He was airlifted to Peoria, Illinois, in serious condition.

The NTSB and Illinois State Police were investigating the crash.

Single-Engine Plane Cashed in Wisconsin; 2 Killed

fireA single-engine plane crashed at Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the evening of July 29.

Milwaukee County sheriff’s office spokesperson Fran McLaughlin said the plane caught fire after hitting the ground.

The plane was heading to Marquette University in Milwaukee, at the time.

The occupants of the plane, identified as Joseph Trustey, 53, and his daughter Anna Trustey, 18, lost their lives in the crash.

The NTSB and the FAA are investigating.

Small Plane Crashed in Oklahoma; 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Beechcraft BonanzaA single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed in Colbert, Oklahoma, on the afternoon of July 26.

The plane, carrying 2 people, was heading from Springfield, Missouri, to Fort Worth Spinks Airport, Texas, when it apparently lost power and crashed.

Charles S Fehr, 64, died in the crash while his 64 year-old wife Vicki Fehr sustained injuries.

The NTSB and the FAA are investigating the accident.

Small Plane Crashed in California; Pilot Killed

yardA single-engine Beechcraft BE35 crashed into the yard of a house in Riverside, California, on the afternoon of July 26.

The accident happened when the pilot was trying to an make emergency landing at Riverside Municipal Airport, California, due to engine malfunction.

The plane caught fire after hitting the yard. The pilot, who was the only person aboard, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The FAA and NTSB were investigating the accident.

Wings of Alaska Plane Crashed in Juneau, Pilot Dead

wings of alaskaWings of Alaska flight 202 crashed on a hillside, north of Point Howard, in Southeast Alaska, on July 17.

The Cessna 207 was flying from Juneau to Hoonah when it went down.

The pilot, identified as Fariah Patterson, 45, lost his life in the crash, while all 4 passengers survived with injuries. Alaska State Troopers identified the passengers as Humberto Herrera, 57, his wife Sandra, 60, Jose Vasquez, 15, and Ernestine Hanlon-Able, 64.

The NTSB is investigating the cause of the accident.

NTSB Recommends More Sophisticated Flight Tracking Technologies

NTSBIn the wake of recent aviation tragedies, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued new recommendations, on January 22, aimed at enhancing the flight tracking technologies.

In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the NTSB said, “Recent events have highlighted that recovering flight data can be costly and difficult when an accident occurs in a remote area, outside radar coverage.” To prevent such difficulties, the NTSB has recommended installation of tamper-resistant location transmission devices in all aircrafts.

Furthermore, the NTSB called for regulations mandating that the flight data and cockpit voice recorders of all commercial airliners be equipped with low-frequency underwater beacons capable of being easily located.

Cockpit video recorders and longer lasting batteries on the beacons are also among other recommendations submitted for consideration by the FAA.

FAA has Authority to Regulate Drones: U.S. Aviation Safety Board

On November 18, the U.S. Aviation Safety Board ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration has the authority to regulate drone flights.

According to the ruling, the FAA has the power to hold the operators of unmanned aircrafts accountable, when they are using them recklessly. The decision came after the FAA appealed a ruling of an NTSB judge that overturned a $10,000 FAA fine against Raphael Pirker.

In 2011, Pirker remotely operated his 56-inch foam glider to make an aerial video for the University of Virginia. According to the FAA, he operated the aircraft in a reckless manner and at one point, a person had to duck out to avoid it.

Pirker appealed the fine, saying that his glider was only a model aircraft and therefore, should not be held under the FAA regulations about manned aircrafts. In March, an NTSB judge ruled that FAA has no authority to regulate the unmanned aircrafts.

Following the new decision, the Raphael Pirker case will be again sent to an administrative law judge who will determine if the aircraft was operated recklessly.

Thunderstorm Encounters


be diligent, when in doubt-ask, make decisions about weather deviations as far in advance as possible, pay attention, give weather reports

NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

NTSB to Participate in Annual Aviation Event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
July 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Weener and NTSB senior aviation investigators will participate at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 28 – August 3.

General aviation accidents account for the majority of aviation-related deaths in the United States and continue to be a safety priority for the NTSB. General aviation safety has been an issue area on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List since 2011, and numerous safety recommendations have been issued to address our safety concerns.

During the week-long event, Member Weener and NTSB staff will conduct presentations on accident case studies and lessons learned and various safety issues, including aeronautical decision-making and weather hazards for GA pilots, which is currently on the Most Wanted List. They will also meet with members of the public who visit the NTSB exhibit in the Federal Pavilion and will be featured on EAA Radio daily.

“Participation at the Oshkosh airshow has become a staple for NTSB investigators and staff,” said NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart. “This annual event provides us with an extraordinary opportunity to meet face-to-face with a large number of general aviation pilots and share lessons learned from our investigations with the aviation community.”

In an effort to raise additional awareness, the NTSB has issued numerous safety alerts aimed at reducing accidents. Theses safety alerts include:

• Thunderstorm Encounters;
• In-Cockpit Next Generation Radar Mosaic Imagery;
• Prevent Aerodynamic Stalls at Low Altitude ;
• Reduce Visual References Require Vigilance; and
• Is Your Aircraft Talking to You? Listen!

Media requests for interviews with Member Weener or any of the NTSB staff should be emailed to Keith Holloway, NTSB Public Affairs Officer.

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