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  • Swiftair speed decay echoes previous MD-80 episodes


    ​While investigators have yet to ascertain the reason for the loss of control of the Swiftair Boeing MD-83 over Mali, the accident shares several parallels with earlier events in which speed decay in early cruise led MD-80s into a high-altitude stall.


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  • AirAsia crash mirrors other recent weather-related accidents


    The operational conditions affecting the missing AirAsia Airbus A320 before it crashed into the Java Sea with no...


  • Swiftair speed decay echoes previous MD-80 episodes


    ​While investigators have yet to ascertain the reason for the loss of control of the Swiftair Boeing MD-83 over Mali,...


  • Data retrieval from crashed MD-82 recorders complete


    French investigators have completed the extraction of information from the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorders of...


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  • ANALYSIS: Airline safety performance in 2014

    News | 08 Jan 2015 12:10 | David Learmount

    Despite public perception, 2014 has been an extraordinarily good year for aviation safety – but the shadow of MH370, MH17 and December's AirAsia disaster cast a long shadow over the positive figureshttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Airline-safety-performance-in-2014-407718/
  • AirAsia crash mirrors other recent weather-related accidents

    News | 29 Dec 2014 14:44 | David Learmount

    The operational conditions affecting the missing AirAsia Airbus A320 before it crashed into the Java Sea with no emergency call appear to mirror the circumstances surrounding two other recent accidents. The Indonesia-led search of the sea between Sumatra and Borneo continues.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/AirAsia-crash-mirrors-other-recent-weather-related-accidents-407493/
  • Swiftair speed decay echoes previous MD-80 episodes

    News | 08 Aug 2014 15:35 | David Kaminski-Morrow

    ​While investigators have yet to ascertain the reason for the loss of control of the Swiftair Boeing MD-83 over Mali, the accident shares several parallels with earlier events in which speed decay in early cruise led MD-80s into a high-altitude stall.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Swiftair-speed-decay-echoes-previous-MD-80-episodes-402532/
  • MD-82 crash clues in bulletin

    News | 07 Feb 2006 00:00

    <P>A Boeing service bulletin (SB) issued in 2002 may provide clues to the engine power reductions that triggered the accident sequence for a West Caribbean Airways MD-82 that crashed in Venezuela last August. An initial report by the Venezuelan investigation agency CIAA confirms that the engines throttled back and speed decayed shortly after the aircraft reached its cruising level. The manufacturer’s SB deals with just such a performance pattern when the aircraft, on autopilot and autothrottle, levels out from a rapid climb.</P> <P>The interim report says that, after reaching its cruise level at 33,000ft (10,000m) and accelerating to Mach 0.76, the power reduced and speed decayed to Mach 0.6, at which the autopilot tripped out and the aircraft began to descend (<EM>Flight International</EM>, 29 November–5 December 2005). The Boeing SB warns against selecting a rapid climb to level-out on autopilot, adding that upon reaching level flight the autothrottle might select a power setting thhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/MD-82-crash-clues-in-bulletin-204541/
  • MD-82 data reveals 'stall warning'

    News | 29 Nov 2005 00:00

    <P>A sound like that of a stall-warning stick-shaker was recorded during the last 2min 46s of flight of the West Caribbean Airways Boeing MD-82 that crashed in Venezuela on 16 August, says an initial factual report published by the Venezuelan accident investigation agency CIAA.</P> <P>The crew reported having lost power on both engines, but the aircraft hit the ground in a slightly nose-up attitude with both engines turning at high speed on impact, and it took only 205m (670ft) ground travel for the wreckage to come to a halt. All 160 people on board were killed.</P> <P>The flight data recorder (FDR) provided good information, but the channel for the left engine’s data was not operating, says the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which has been charged with publishing the report for the CIAA.</P> <P>The starboard engine data shows that its power never reduced below flight idle at any time during the descent, which took about 3min 30s from flight level 330 (33,000ft/10,http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/MD-82-data-reveals-stall-warning-203363/
  • Crew struggled to regain control of doomed West Caribbean MD-82

    News | 23 Nov 2005 11:15

    Early findings raise questions about icing in fatal loss of MD-82 in Venezuela.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Crew-struggled-to-regain-control-of-doomed-West-Caribbean-MD-82-203278/