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ATSB is investigating an ATR 72-600 windshear, tailstrike accident at Canberra, Australia
24 November 2017

ATSB is investigating an ATR 72-600 windshear, tailstrike accident at Canberra, Australia

Khabarovsk Avia Let L-410 lost control on approach to Nelkan, MAK reports

The pilots of the Let L-410 passenger plane that crashed on November 15 near Nelkan, Russia, lost control at low altitude during the final approach to land, the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) reports.

Based on the results of their preliminary analysis, MAK established that during the approach to Nelkan, at an altitude of 150 meters, an abnormal situation arose on board the aircraft, connected with the operation of the right hand (no.2) engine. The aircraft lost speed and vigorously banked to the right, rolling over 180 degrees. The flight crew was not able to regain control of the aircraft before it impacted terrain. Six of the seven occupants sustained fatal injuries in the accident.

The left engine was operating normally and the engines did not turn off in flight, MAK stated. The investigation is ongoing.

NTSB investigates two serious night-time runway incursion incidents at San Francisco Airport

The NTSB has started an investigation into two serious night-time runway incursion incidents at San Francisco Airport, California.

On 14 December 2016, a runway incursion occurred when SkyWest Airlines flight UA5086, a CRJ-200, crossed the runway hold short line to runway 28L at the taxiway Juliet intersection while flight UA517 was on takeoff roll.  Night visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the incident.
Flight UA5086 was a CRJ-200ER, registered N986SW, operating on a flight to Ontario International Airport, California.  Fight UA517 was a Boeing 737-924ER, registered N62849, operating on a flight to Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD/KIAD).

Official data has not yet been released. ADS-B data from both flights as recorded by Flightradar24 suggests flight UA5086 had crossed the hold short line at 17:42:54. Six seconds later the aircraft was just short of the edge of runway 28L.
Flight UA517 had initiated the takeoff roll at 17:42:36 passing Juliet at 17:43:06 at a speed of 160 knots.

VX920 had crossed entered the runway as AA6081 was in final approach

The second incident occurred on February 15, 2017, on runway 28L, when Virgin America flight VX920 was on a line up and wait clearance issued by the local air traffic controller and Compass Airlines flight AA6081 was cleared to land on the same runway. The air traffic controllers received an Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X) alert and commanded the Compass flight to go-around, and the crew subsequently performed a go-around maneuver.
Flight VX920 was an Airbus A320-214, registered N627VA, operating on a flight to Las Vegas-McCarran Airport, Nevada.  Fight AA6081 was Embraer ERJ-175LR, registered N214NN, operating on a flight from Los Angeles International Airport, California.
Night visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the incident (KSFO 160356Z 20019KT 10SM FEW100 BKN120 BKN180 16/04 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP155 T01560039).

Official data has not yet been released. ADS-B data from both flights as recorded by Flightradar24 suggests flight VX920 was at the hold short line at 19:59:17 LT. At that time AA6081 was 3 NM from the threshold, at about 850 feet.
At 19:59:32 VX920 had entered the runway and was in the process of lining up. At that time AA6081 was 2.4 NM from the threshold, at about 675 feet.
ADS-B data suggest that AA6081 descended until at least 75 feet at 20:00:26. During the go around manoeuvre, the ERJ-175 crossed the paved surface short of the runway threshold at 100 feet and continued to climb, carrying out a safe landing 20:11.

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UK Airprox Board reports on four serious incidents involving drones

The UK Airprox Board detailed 16 airprox recent incidents involving aircraft and drones, four of those were considered serious.

These four incidents are classified Category A (a serious risk of collision existed):

24 July 2017
The pilot of a Boeing 757 reported descending towards Bristol Airport at 4800ft, when he saw an object with distinctive drone shape, with dark coloured arms and a suspended load, possibly a camera along with a red lateral light and a central white light.

26 July 2017
A Boeing 787 pilot reported they were on final approach to Heathrow runway 27L, when a drone was sighted just below and to the right of the aircraft. The Drone passed below and to the right
at a reported separation of 50ft Verical/20m Horizontal.

31 July 2017
A Boeing 777 pilot reported conducting an ILS approach to Gatwick runway 26L when a large silver or white drone was seen to pass abeam, down the right side of the aircraft. Reported Separation: 0ft Vertical /30m Horizontal

22 August 2017
The Saab 2000 pilot reported that the aircraft was being configured for final approach into Manchester runway 23R. Passing approximately 1500ft in the descent a drone was seen to pass the nose of the aircraft and down the right hand side. It was estimated to be within 50ft of the aircraft, white/silver in colour and estimated to be up to 2ft across in size.

These and over 3700 other drone sightings and airprox incidents are covered in the ASN Drone Database.

 

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