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NTSB: re-evaluate crashworthiness test requirements for overhead units and bins
24 February 2012

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 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 […]

Indonesia: Investigators issue interim safety recommendations after Merpati crash

21 May 2011

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) issued three interim recommendations in the light of the May 7, 2011 fatal accident involving a Merpati passenger plane. A Xian MA60 airplane crashed during a visual approach to Kaimana  Airport (KNG), Indonesia in weather conditions below VFR minima. All 25 on board were killed in the accident. The […]

Report: ATR-72 control difficulties following rudder maintenance

18 April 2011

The U.K. AAIB published a Special Bulletin including three safety recommendations regarding control difficulties that were encountered by the crew of an ATR-72 during a post-maintance flight. The aircraft had undergone routine maintenance at an engineering facility at Edinburgh Airport immediately prior to the incident flight. Everything appeared normal during the crew’s pre-flight checks, which […]

TSB critices Transport Canada on slow implementation of safety recommendation

11 April 2011

A TSB investiation into a cabin smoke and passenger evacuation incident revealed that Transport Canada had not yet implemented an actual regulatory change after accepting a safety recommendation dated December 2007. The recommendation called for passenger safety briefings to include clear direction to leave all carry-on baggage behind during an evacuation. On March 23, 2010 an Air Canada Airbus A320-211 (registration C-FTJO), operating […]

NTSB issues safety recommendations to prevent B737 elevator jam due to FOD

14 February 2011

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) issued five safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to prevent the elevator of certain Boeing 737 models to become jammed as a result of foreign object damage to the elevator power control unit input arm assembly. The recommendations were issued as a result of an incident involving a Boeing 737-400 in […]

ATSB: Manufacturing problem potential factor in recent A380 engine failure

2 December 2010

The ATSB has issued a safety recommendation about potential engine problems in some Airbus A380 aircraft. The ATSB is investigating an occurrence involving a Qantas A380 aircraft that experienced engine failure over Batam Island, Indonesia on 4 November 2010. The aircraft landed safely in Singapore having returned with the aircraft’s No 2 engine shut down. There […]

NTSB concerned about training for mechanics and inspectors

28 May 2010

Based on preliminary findings from the investigation of a partial gear up landing of a CRJ200 in December 2008, as well as prior investigative findings, the U.S. NTSB voiced its concerns about training for mechanics and inspectors. Two safety recommendations were issued and three older recommendations were re-iterated. On December 14, 2008, about 17:00 local […]

AAIB: Flight director mode confusion cited in serious DHC-8 incident

12 March 2010

An investigation into a serious incident involving a DHC-8-400 on approach to Edinburgh Airport, UK revealed that Flight Director mode confusion led to a descent to within 800 ft of local terrain approximately 5 nm from the runway threshold. On December 23, 2008 a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8, registered G-JECI, was being operated […]