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24 January 2015

Inadequate bounce recovery training program factor in Airbus A321 tailstrike accident

Tailstrike damage on the rear fuselage of the A321 (photo: ARAIB) 24 January 2015

The South Korean Aviation and Railway Accident Investigation Board (ARAIB) published the final report of their investigation into a tail strike accident involving an Airbus A321 landing at Seoul-Incheon Airport.

FAA to airlines: e-cigarettes in checked bags are fire risk

SAFO15003 24 January 2015

The U.S. FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO), recommending U.S. airlines to require passengers to carry e-cigarettes and related devices solely in the aircraft cabin for fire safety reasons.

Dubai Airport briefly closed due to illegal drone activity

Flight SV590 was the first flight to arrive at 15:23 after airport closure (Flightradar24) 23 January 2015

Dubai Airport was closed for over 40 minutes  because an unknown drone was illegally operated in the vicinity of the airport. Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV558, an Airbus A330 from Riyadh, was the last flight to land at Dubai Airport at 14:43 hours local time before traffic was halted because of drone activity near the […]

NTSB calls for better ways to find aircraft accident sites and retrieve critical flight data

One of the recorders recovered from the sea bed (photo: BEA) 22 January 2015

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a series of safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) calling for improvements in locating downed aircraft and ways to obtain critical flight data faster and without the need for immediate underwater retrieval. The Board also re-emphasized the need for cockpit image recorders on commercial airplanes.

Guyana calls of search for missing BN-2 Islander plane

Search area for the BN-2 Islander 20 January 2015

Authorities in Guyana called off the search for a BN-2 Islander plane that went missing on a domestic flight on December 28, 2014.

BFU releases preliminary report on ATR-72 engine fire incident

Nr.1 engine turbine and exhaust pipe (BFU). 18 January 2015

The German accident investigation authority, BFU, issued a preliminary report on a serious incident involving an engine fire on an ATR-72 shortly after takeoff from Münster-Osnabrück Airport.

FAA issues Safety Alert for Operators to prevent wrong runway takeoffs

FAA SAFO 15001 14 January 2015

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Alert for Operators to prevent wrong runway takeoffs.

Thai government to address the dangers of sky lanterns for aircraft

Thousands of Khom Loi (sky lanterns) launched during a Buddhist ceremony near Chiang Mai, Thailand (Photo: Takeaway) 9 January 2015

The recent New Year celebrations in Thailand resulted in reports of dangerous situations for aircraft in Thai airspace.

Damage to wing from tree strike likely contributed to fatal DHC-3T Otter float plane crash in Canada

Right wing damage following tree strike (Source: TSB / passenger) 8 January 2015

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada concluded that damage from a prior incident caused a DHC-3T float plane loss of control accident in the Northwest Territories (NWT).

Eight convicted over plane crash in Turkey that killed 57

The accident MD-83, MD-83. (Photo: HÁMORI, Ferenc) 8 January 2015

Eight Turkish airline employees were found guilty in a criminal case involving a 2007 plane crash in Turkey that killed 57 people. On November 30, 2007, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was destroyed in an accident near Isparta Airport in Turkey. All fifty passengers and seven crew members were killed. The airplane was leased by World Focus Airlines and […]