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Controllers punished over near collision incident at Shanghai Airport, China
23 October 2016

Controllers punished over near collision incident at Shanghai Airport, China

Hongqiao Airport and the incident aircraft routes

Hongqiao Airport and the incident aircraft routes

Fifteen Chinese air traffic controllers were punished by authorities for their involvement in a serious runway incursion incident at Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport last week.

On October 10, 2016 China Eastern Airlines flight MU5643, an Airbus A320, was involved in a serious runway incursion incident during takeoff from Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport, China.
The aircraft was cleared for takeoff from runway 36L for a domestic flight to Tianjin. As it was accellerating down the runway, an Airbus A330 entered the active runway via taxiway B3. The China Eastern Airbus A330-343 had landed on runway 36R after a flight from Beijing (MU5106). The flight was then cleared to taxy to the terminal.

It left the runway via B3, crossed taxiway Bravo and entered the active departure runway via taxiway H3. This crossing is located 2110 meters from the threshold of runway 36L and 2400 m from the point where the A320 commenced takeoff.
The A320 was accellerating through 110 knots when the crew noted the A330 entering the runway. The crew selected TOGA thrust and continued their takeoff. The aircraft rotated at about 130 knots and climbed over the A330 with a separation of just 19 m.

punishment

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) stated that air traffic controllers at Hongqiao Airport had issued clearances to both aircraft, causing the conflict.
The licenses of the controllers manning the commanding and monitoring positions were revoked, in one of the cases for life.  Thirteen officials with the East China Air Traffic Management Bureau as well as the bureau’s air traffic control center and safety management department were either given Party warnings, serious warnings, had demerits recorded or faced losing their positions, the CAAC stated.

The captain of the A320 on the other hand was granted a ‘first-class merit,’ along with other rewards.

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Eight convicted over plane crash in Turkey that killed 57

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

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

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 flew on behalf of Atlasjet Airlines. The airplane impacted a mountain while the crew were flying a VOR/DME approach to Isparta Airport.

The general manager of World Focus Airlines, the company’s training manager, and an AtlasJet manager were sentenced to 11 years and eight months each on charges of “negligent homicide.”

The maintenance director of World Focus Airlines received a prison sentence of 5 years and 10 months and two pilots received 2 years and 6 months each for “false testimony.”

The former Director General of Civil Aviation and the deputy Director General each received prison terms of 1 year and 8 months after being convicted of “misconduct in office.”

Twelve other defendants were acquitted.

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Russian pilots sentenced to prison over fatal accident

The An-24 crashed into trees on approach to Igarka (photo: MAK)

The An-24 crashed into trees on approach to Igarka (photo: MAK)

A Russian court sentenced a former airline pilot to 4 ½ years in prison for his role in the accident of  an Antonov 24 passenger plane that killed 12 people in 2010.

On August 3, 2010, Katekavia flight 57 from Krasnoyarsk crashed while on final approach to Igarka Airport in night time and poor visibility conditions. It struck trees at a distance of 477 meters short of the runway and 234 meters to the right of extended centreline. It came to rest after sliding 140 meters through trees. A fire broke out, destroying the aircraft. All eleven passengers and one of the three crew members were killed in the accident.

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) concluded that the weather conditions were below minima. The crew failed to take a timely decision for a missed approach when the plane descended below the minimum safe height (100m) in the absence of reliable visual contact with approach lights and runway lights. MAK stated that incorrect weather reports transmitted to the crew were a factor in the accident.

The court in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, ruled that the captain of the flight could have averted the accident by waiting for better weather conditions, but instead continued his landing approach in poor visibility. The captain blamed the air traffic control service and the airport’s meteorologists, saying that they had misled the flight crew, but the judge rejected his arguments. The captain is going to appeal the verdict.

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MAK investigation findings of Yaroslavl Yak-42 accident challenged in court

Yaroslavl Yak-42 accident scene

Relatives of the Yak-42 pilots involved in a fatal accident at Yaroslavl in September 2011 dispute the official findings on the causes of the accident in a Russian court.

On September 7, 2011 a Yakovlev 42 passenger jet carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on takeoff. Forty-four occupants died; just one passenger survived the accident. The investigators of the MAK Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) concluded amongst others that the wrong V1 speed had been calculated and that the airplane failed to accelerate because one of the pilots inadvertently pushed the brake pedals.

A document disputing the conclusions was submitted to the Zamoskvoretskiy court of Moscow. Relatives of  the captain and copilot believed, on the basis of “expert legal analysis”, that the crash investigation was conducted in violation of ICAO standards and recommended practices. In addition, according to defense, the Interstate Aviation Committee was interested in the outcome of the investigation.

The conclusion about the application of brake pedals was refuted because it was “not based on any legal documents”.  The document also challenged the findings that the airplane stalled due to a critical angle of attack because this    critical angle was not recorded by the flight data recorder.

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French pilot: 6 months suspended sentence in accident case

A French pilot was received a six months suspended sentence for causing an accident in Pau, France that killed one man on the ground.

On January 25, 2007 a Fokker 100 passenger jet, operated by French carrier Régional, overshot the end of the runway at Pau following an aborted takeoff. Upon crossing a road, the left main landing gear struck the cabin of a truck, killing the driver.

The BEA investigation concluded that “the accident resulted from a loss of control caused by the presence of ice contamination on the surface of the wings associated with insufficient consideration of the weather during the stopover, and by the rapid rotation pitch, a reflex reaction to a flight of birds.” BEA also noted as one of the contributing factors, that there was “limited awareness within the [French] aviation community regarding the risks associated with the icing on the ground and changes in the performance of the aircraft involved in this phenomenon”.

The pilot in command of the flight was being charged with  homicide and unintentional injuries. A criminal court in Pau decided on a six months suspended sentence and a 20.000 Euro fine for the airline.

Source: Sud-Ouest (3-1-2012)

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Cypriot court clears five defendants of wrongdoing in Helios accident case

Five defendants, accused of manslaughter in connection with the fatal Helios Airways Boeing 737 accident 2005  have been acquitted by a Court in Cyprus.

The Helios airplane crashed in Greece after all 121 aboard had become unconscious because the cabin had not pressurized. It was being argued that the defendants in the case did not prevent the aircraft to be flown by a captain and a co pilot who were described as inadequate or unsuitable, which  resulted in an unsafe flight. The defendants were Helios’ chief executive, the managing director, the operations manager, the chief pilot and Helios Airways itself as a legal entity. A total of 238 charges were made to each of the defendants.

“The fundamental link that connects the chain (of events) is missing, the connection between alleged negligence by the accused with the crash is also missing. Consequently, we conclude that there is no proof that the accused have violated any of their duties and/or that the violation of their duties was the cause of the damage,” the court ruling said as quoted by the Famagusta Gazette.

SourceFamagusta Gazette, Cyprus Mail.

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NAV Canada demands Air France crash CVR for lawsuit defense

NAV Canada, responsible for air traffic control, demands access to the cockpit voice recorder transcript of the Air France Airbus accident at Toronto in 2005. They claim to need the transcript to defend itself against a $200 million lawsuit brought by Air France.

In February 2005 an Air France Airbus A340 overran the runway on landing at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ) in severe weather. The plane burst into flames, but all on board got out and no one was killed.

Air France and its insurers are suing NAV Canada, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Attorney General of Canada, representing the federal environment and transportation departments, for loss of the plane and indemnity for all losses. NAV Canada alleges the pilots were negligent and needs the transcript to make its case.

The Toronto Star reports that the case is coming before the Ontario Court of Appeal. The newspaper reports that cvr transcripts are protected by Canadian federal legislation. A court, however, can order the transcripts to be disclosed to litigants when there is an overriding public interest.

Thirteen years on invalid licence – Swedish pilot arrested

A Swedish pilot has been arrested by Dutch police at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) for flying commercial aircraft for 13 years with a fake licence.

The 41-year-old pilot was about to fly a Corendon Airlines Boeing 737 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey with 101 passengers on board when he was arrested. Dutch police were notified about the pilot by Swedish authorities.

Flight CAI202 was scheduled to leave Amsterdam at 23:30 on March 2 and departed 01:20 the same night after a relief pilot took over. The airplane involved was Boeing 737-4Q8 TC-TJC.

The pilot confessed he had been flying for 13 years on a false licence, accumulating at least 10,000 hours flying hours. The man did have a pilot’s licence, but it was no longer valid for passenger aircraft, so he had falsified it.
He had worked for airlines in Belgium, Great Britain and Italy. A lawyer for Corendon Airlines commented that the pilot had worked for the airline for the last two years and had “expertly misled the company with his false papers”.

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Argentine: Six acquitted in LAPA crash trial

An Argentine court acquitted the president of LAPA, three executives and two former air force officials following a two-year trial. On Aug. 31, 1999, a Boeing 737 operated by LAPA crashed on take off from Buenos Aires-Aeroparque (AEP), killing 64 people.
The former director of operations and 737 line manager of LAPA received three-year suspended sentences. (Beunos Aires Herald)

Seven people face criminal charges after fatal 2007 French Polynesia plane crash

A French prosecutor has opened a criminal case against seven people over the 2007 fatal crash of an Air Moorea DHC-6 Twin Otter in French Polynesia.

Six employees of Air Moorea and the former head of French Polynesia’s civil aviation administration are to be probed for alleged involuntary homicide.

A BEA accident investigation found that the pilot lost control of the plane after the rupture of the elevator pitch-up control cable.. (Radio New Zealand International)