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    Crosswind during go-around pushed Hop E170 into A320’s take-off path


    French investigators have detailed a serious airprox incident which occurred at Paris Charles de Gaulle when an Embraer 170, executing a go-around, drifted into the climb path of an Airbus A320 departing simultaneously from the parallel adjacent runway. While descending to runway 26L on 21 October 2020 – during a ...

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    Shifting crosswinds preceded Cargolux 747’s double engine pod-strike


    Investigators have disclosed that a Cargolux Boeing 747-400ERF experienced shifting winds before suffering a double engine pod-strike during an aborted landing attempt at Luxembourg. The aircraft – arriving from Dubai on 15 April – rolled to the left shortly after touchdown, and both its inboard and outboard left-hand engines struck ...

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    United Nigeria ERJ-145 suffers excursion during Lagos landing


    Nigerian investigators are probing an incident in which an Embraer ERJ-145 suffered a runway excursion during landing at Lagos. The aircraft, operated by United Nigeria Airlines, was arriving on a domestic service from Abakaliki which lies some 280nm (520km) east of the Nigerian hub. United Nigeria says the regional jet ...

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    Absence of information scuppers probe into An-124’s undershot landing at Riyadh


    Investigators have disclosed that attempts to probe an Antonov An-124’s short landing at Riyadh reached a dead end owing to an absence of information. The aircraft (UR-ZYD), operating for Ukraine’s Maximus Airlines, had been arriving at the Saudi Arabian capital after a service from Bechar in Algeria on 15 January ...

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    An-12 suffered wing damage a month before fatal in-flight engine fire


    Investigators probing the fatal loss of an Antonov An-12 freighter in Greece last July have disclosed that the aircraft sustained wing damage during a ground collision with a lighting mast less than a month before. The An-12 had been taxiing, behind a ‘follow me’ vehicle, to a parking stand at ...

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    Asiana passenger reportedly opens A321 emergency exit during approach to Daegu


    One of Asiana Airlines’ Airbus A321s has apparently been involved in an in-flight incident during which a passenger exit door was opened just prior to touchdown at Daegu. Video images circulating on social media show passengers seated next to the open exit being subjected to strong airstreams. Korean media reports ...

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    An-124 aborted take-off after pitot-static covers left on


    Investigators have determined that an Antonov An-124 aborted its take-off run from Leipzig, after protective covers were inadvertently left on the pitot-static tubes. The Antonov Airlines aircraft was operating a service to East Midlands airport in the UK on 27 December last year. Ukrainian investigation authority NBAAI states, in a ...

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    Artificial intelligence engaged in effort to relieve pilots’ NOTAM burden


    Artificial intelligence has been mobilised by a collective industry effort to address the long-running issue of NOTAM complexity, and lies at the heart of a model developed to simplify them. NOTAMs contain a variety of information for pilots, including essential safety-critical data. But cockpit representatives are dismayed over the sheer ...

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    FAA awards $100m to 12 US airports for runway incursion mitigation projects


    The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $100 million to 12 airports accross the USA for projects that are designed to reduce runway incursions.

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    Boeing safety revamp is ‘journey’, will take time


    Boeing’s chief aerospace safety officer says the company has learned lessons since overhauling safety processes in the wake of the 737 Max tragedies, but is ”not there yet”.

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    Phenom 100 crews warned not to shun ice-protection for performance advantage


    Brazilian regulators have stressed that Embraer Phenom 100 pilots must not de-activate ice-protection systems to avoid an aircraft performance penalty, and ensure correct procedures are followed to avoid undetected ice formation. Civil aviation agency ANAC has issued the recommendations in a 12 May special airworthiness bulletin, after investigations into three ...

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    Spin and stall characteristics modelled for Russia’s LMS-901 certification


    Russian airframer UZGA’s LMS-901 Baikal has been undergoing high angle-of-attack and spin modelling at Moscow’s Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute, as part of certification preparation. The Baikal is a single-engined utility aircraft intended for regional connectivity to remote areas, replacing older types such as the Antonov An-2. As part of its development, ...

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    Oman Air 737 grounded in Iran after sustaining debris damage on landing


    One of Oman Air’s aircraft has been damaged by runway debris while landing in Iran, forcing the grounding of the jet. The Boeing 737-900ER had been operating the carrier’s WY2435 service – a chartered flight – from Muscat to Shiraz on 15 May. Oman Air says the twinjet sustained damage ...

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    A380 wing-spar crack checks must take account time in storage


    Inspections for cracks in the vicinity of Airbus A380 wing spars must take into account the amount of time the aircraft has been parked in storage, safety regulators have instructed. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has updated its criteria for determining inspection intervals for the affected areas – specifically ...

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    Cargolux 747 freighter loses landing gear bogie after emergency landing


    A Cargolux Boeing 747-400 freighter suffered a “significant” landing incident at Luxembourg airport, where its right body landing gear bogie detached following an emergency landing. 

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    Boeing seeks US approval for mini-suite installations on 737 Max


    Boeing is seeking authorisation to fit mini-suites to its 737 Max range, similar to those already approved in other aircraft types. The airframer states that it is proposing to install up to 32 of the suites – each featuring its own privacy door – on the Max 7 up to ...

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    Iraqi regulator confirms engine incidents behind A220 grounding


    Iraq’s civil aviation regulator has clarified its measures to restrict Iraqi Airways Airbus A220 operations, citing engine damage to two airframes. The Iraq Civil Aviation Authority states that it took the decision to suspend A220 operations over a “sense of responsibility to preserve the safety of passengers and air traffic”. ...

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    US aviation unions blast SkyWest Charter, ask government to reject application


    Ten US aviation unions have called on the US government to prevent SkyWest Airlines’ new charter unit, SkyWest Charter, from gaining Department of Transportation (DOT) approval.

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    Over-rotation led to Singapore Airlines 737 tail-strike in Kathmandu


    Investigators have found that over-rotation, coupled with tailwinds, caused a Singapore Airlines Boeing 737-800 to suffer a tail-strike while taking off from Kathmandu airport. 

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    FAA adds 169 faster high-altitude routes along US East Coast


    The Federal Aviation Administration has added 169 new high-altitude aviation corridors along the east coast of the USA designed to save time and fuel.