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23 July 2015

NTSB: Unstabilized approach preceded Boeing 737 hard landing at LaGuardia

The B737-700 as it came to rest (NTSB) 23 July 2015

The NTSB determined that the captain’s failed attempt to recover from an unstabilized approach by transferring airplane control at low altitude instead of performing a go-around, caused a hard landing of a Boeing 737 at New York-LaGuardia International Airport (LGA).

Audit: FAA has not effectively implemented repair station oversight in the European Union

20 July 2015

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation conducted an audit into the FAA’s oversight of E.U. repair stations.

EASA Task Force on Germanwings crash calls for better checks on crew members

17 July 2015

The EASA-led Task Force on the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 submitted their report to the European Commission, primarily calling for better checks on crew members.

Non-standard phraseology contributed to risk of collision at Ottawa

Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport layout (Google/TSB) 15 July 2015

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report into the June 2014 runway incursion and risk of collision at the Ottawa International Airport between a medevac helicopter and an A300 cargo plane.

NTSB finds damage from inadequately secured cargo caused Boeing 747 crash in Bagram, Afghanistan

An MRAP vehicle being loaded on the accident flight 29 April 2013 14 July 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board found that a National Airlines Boeing 747 freighter crashed on takeoff from Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, because the five large military vehicles it was carrying were inadequately restrained. This led to at least one vehicle moving rearward, crippling key hydraulic systems and damaging the horizontal stabilizer components, which rendered the airplane uncontrollable. All seven crewmembers were killed in the April 29, 2013 crash.

Serious incident report: ATR-72 approaches wrong runway at Tel Aviv

Final approach path (MoT) 12 July 2015

The Israeli Ministry of Transport published the final report of their investigation into a serious incident at Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion Airport when an ATR-72 approached the wrong runway.

Crew’s loss of situational awareness during taxi causes B747-400 to impact building, Johannesburg

Damage to the wing  (CAA) 12 July 2015

The South African CAA concluded that a loss of situational awareness caused the crew of a Boeing 747-400 to taxi on the wrong path until the airplane’s right hand wing impacted a building. On December 22, 2013, the Boeing 747-436 operating British Airways Flight BA34 to London-Heathrow sustained substantial damage in a taxi accident at Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo […]

FAA proposes $1,231,000 in civil penalties against SkyWest Airlines

11 July 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes two civil penalties against SkyWest Airlines, totalling $1,231,000 for allegedly operating several aircraft that were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

Fatigue and limited approach guidance factors in A330 descent below glide slope

Descent profile of the A330 at Melbourne (ATSB) 10 July 2015

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concluded that the captain’s fatigue and the limited guidance for visual approaches factors in an an incident in which an Airbus A330 descended below the normal descent profile.

Report: DHC-8-100 hard landing and gear collapse in Norway

DHC-8 LN-WIF as it came to rest at Stokka Airport (Avinor) 8 July 2015

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) concluded that a sudden increase in wind was one of the factors that caused a hard landing accident in Norway involving a DHC-8. On September 15, 2010, a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-103B was operating Widerøes Flyveselskap flight WF701 from Bodø to Sandnessjøen-Stokka Airport in Norway. The pilot in command […]