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6 June 2012

NTSB: Mechanical defects, breakdown in monitoring procedures caused wintertime 757 runway excursion

6 June 2012

Mechanical defects that prevented the automatic deployment of speedbrakes and the captain’s failure to monitor and manually deploy them led to an overrun of a Boeing 757 off of a snowy runway at Jackson Hole Airport, WY (JAC). The incident was compounded by an anomaly with the thrust reversers, the NTSB reported. On December 29, […]

NTSB: re-evaluate crashworthiness test requirements for overhead units and bins

24 February 2012

The U.S. NTSB notes that there have been several survivable accidents in the last 3 years in which overhead bins and passenger service units (PSU) on Boeing 737 airplanes became separated from their attachments during the accident sequences. This suggests that current crashworthiness test requirements do not provide an adequate basis on which to evaluate how these items will withstand impact forces during survivable accidents.

NTSB cites ATC error as probable cause of near mid-air collision over Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

21 January 2012

The NTSB cited an operational error by a tower air traffic controller as the probable cause of a near mid-air collision involving a commercial jetliner and a small private plane over the Gulfport-Biloxi Airport.

NTSB issues safety recommendations following B737 tailwind landing accident

11 December 2011

The NTSB has issued four safety recommendations and reiterated one older recommendation to prevent runway excursion accidents following tailwind landings. On December 22, 2009, American Airlines flight 331, a  Boeing 737-800, N977AN, ran off the departure end of runway 12 after landing at Kingston-Norman Manley International Airport (KIN), Jamaica. The aircraft landed approximately 4,000 feet down the […]

NTSB issues recommendations on accessibility of flight deck fire extinguishers

15 August 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued three safety recommendations on flight crews’ ease of access to fire extinguishers while oxygen masks are donned. These recommendations were made following the Boards investigation into an incident in which the crew of a Boeing 757 were face with a fire at the windshield heat terminal connection in […]

NTSB: Fatal Alaska accident involving Ted Stevens caused by pilot’s temporary unresponsiveness

24 May 2011

The U.S. NTSB concluded their investigation into the cause of the August 2010 fatal accident involving a DHC-3T Turbine Otter in Alaska.  Former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was among the five fatalities.  On August 9, 2010, the single-engine, turbine-powered, amphibious float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3T airplane, N455A, impacted mountainous, tree-covered terrain about 10 nautical miles northeast […]

NTSB investigates ATC incident at Chicago-O’Hare

20 May 2011

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating an air traffic control incident involving two regional jets that occurred on Monday, May 16, 2011 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. At approximately 09:35, ExpressJet Airlines flight 6075, an Embraer ERJ-145, was cleared for takeoff on runway 32L at Chicago-O’Hare (ORD), en route to Buffalo, NY (BUF).  SkyWest Airlines flight 6958, […]

NTSB cites crew actions in ATR-42 cargo flight crash in Texas

27 April 2011

The crash of an ATR-42  cargo airplane while on approach to landing at Lubbock, Texas, was caused by the flight crew’s failure to maintain a safe airspeed, which put the plane into an aerodynamic stall at an altitude too low from which to recover, the NTSB determined. Poor crew resource management, flawed decision-making and human […]

NTSB releases factual information regarding 2010 plane crash involving former Senator Stevens

21 April 2011

As part of its continuing investigation into the August 9, 2010 aviation accident in Alaska, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made the accident docket available to the public. Both former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska and former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe were among the eight passengers aboard the DHC-3T Turbine Otter aircraft […]

NTSB investigation A380 wing clipping incident at New York-JFK (w/video)

12 April 2011

The U.S. NTSB is investigating a wing clipping incident that occurred on April 11, 2011 at 20:25 local time. An Air France Airbus A380, registered F-HPJD and a Comair CRJ701ER, registered N641CA, both sustained minor damage in a ground collision occurrence at New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK). The Airbus A380 was operating […]