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  • 737-800 cockpit-c-Matti Blume Creative Commons

    Go-around inquiries show undetected mode changes remain a crucial issue


    French investigation authority BEA stresses that the missed-approach incident involving an Air Algerie Boeing 737-800 at Paris Orly demonstrates the continuing relevance of its earlier analysis of aircraft state awareness – particularly mode changes – during go-arounds. The aircraft deviated from the published missed-approach flightpath after its pilots were startled ...

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    EasyJet A321neo flew out-of-balance after passengers seated for A320


    UK investigators have revealed that an EasyJet Airbus A321neo operated from Bristol to Edinburgh while outside of its centre-of-gravity envelope, after the aircraft was brought in to replace the smaller A320 originally scheduled for the service. The condition was not detected until the aircraft was boarding at Edinburgh for the ...

  • Air Algerie 737 incident title-c-BEA

    Startle effect and mode changes cited in Air Algerie 737 go-around incident


    French investigators believe high workload during an unexpected go-around and the subtle effect of a mode change led an Air Algerie Boeing 737-800 to descend while the crew was attempting to climb. The aircraft, arriving from Tlemcen on 6 December 2019, had been conducting an ILS approach to Paris Orly’s ...

  • Etihad 787-10 A6-BMD-c-N509FZ Creative Commons

    Etihad 787-10 crew mis-set altimeter pressure before Abu Dhabi low approach


    Investigators have determined that the crew of an Etihad Airways Boeing 787-10 did not set the correct destination pressure reference for the altimeter before the twinjet dipped far below the glideslope on approach to Abu Dhabi. The passenger aircraft (A6-BMD) had been conducting a freight flight from Beijing on 6 ...

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    Xwing sees route to autonomous cargo operations within two years


    US technology start-up Xwing is hopeful that cargo operations using its autonomous flight technology could begin within two years after sealing key airframe and systems partnerships that will help to accelerate the pace of development.

  • UAA An-12 crash-c-NBAAI

    Overweight An-12 had insufficient fuel to divert before Lviv approach crash


    Ukrainian investigators believe crew fatigue led to an Antonov An-12BK cargo transport’s descending below the glidepath in dense fog on approach to Lviv, and colliding with trees substantially short of the threshold for runway 31. But the inquiry into the fatal accident, on 4 October 2019, also estimates that the ...

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    Boeing sees ‘alignment’ with Airbus on green ambitions despite differing emphasis


    While Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury has been promoting the virtues of bringing a clean-sheet, zero-emission narrowbody-sized airliner into service by “around” 2035, Boeing has distanced itself from such ambitions and instead put an emphasis on the role sustainable aviation fuel will play in meeting targets.

  • contaminated runway test-c-Airbus

    EASA scrutinises surface micro-texture to reduce runway overruns


    Europe’s aviation regulator is initiating a research effort intended to address the risk of overruns caused by deficiencies in runway micro-texture, and explore the use of laser-scanning to establish suitable thresholds for runway surfaces. Analysis of a number of overrun events showed that aircraft brakes and anti-skid functions were normal, ...

  • DOSAAF L-410 crash-c-Investigative Committee

    Parachutists among fatalities in Russian L-410 crash


    Russian investigators have opened a probe into a fatal landing accident involving a Let L-410 turboprop in the Tatarstan region. Sixteen of the 22 occupants – comprising two crew members and 20 parachutists – did not survive the crash, which occurred after the aircraft departed Menzelinksk airfield on 10 October. ...

  • Virgin Atlantic VA-X4

    UK CAA seizes ‘golden opportunity’ to drive eVTOL safety culture


    UK civil aviation regulators are attempting to shape the safety culture of advanced air mobility operations – a sector that will not begin carrying paying passengers for at least another three years – through the creation of a cross-industry forum.

  • Qatar A350-1000-c-Qatar Airways

    Qatar A350-1000 crew received speed alert after conflict with level-bust MD-83


    Iranian investigators have determined that an Airbus A350-1000’s speed declined to a low-energy state as it climbed to avoid conflict with a Boeing MD-83 that had exceeded its cleared altitude after a trim malfunction. The Caspian Airlines MD-83 – operating from Tehran to Kish at 33,000ft – adjusted its heading ...

  • Trans Maldivian DHC-6 damage-c-Maldives AICC

    Erosion of skills during pandemic cited in Maldivian DHC-6 accident probe


    Investigators believe lack of flying currency during the sharp pandemic-driven decline in air transport operations contributed to a Trans Maldivian Airways floatplane landing accident at Male in October last year. The Viking Air DHC-6-300 sustained substantial damage to both wings and its left-hand propeller after it rapidly rolled to the ...

  • Transair forward fuselage-c-NTSB

    NTSB to coordinate recovery of sunken Transair 737-200 wreckage


    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has deployed a team to Hawaii for the purpose of helping recover the sunken wreckage of a Boeing 737-200 Freighter that crashed into the Pacific Ocean in July.

  • QantasLink Dash 8-300 incident-c-ATSB

    QantasLink Dash 8 crew failed to catch fuel error before take-off


    Australian investigators have determined that a Bombardier Dash 8-300 crew failed on multiple occasions to calculate correctly the fuel on board the aircraft, only realising the error after taking off for Sydney. The QantasLink aircraft (VH-TQE) had been operating from Tamworth to Sydney on 15 January this year. Only after ...

  • Zagros A320-c-Zagros Airlines

    Zagros A320 terrain alert spurs scrutiny of Tehran height thresholds


    Iranian investigators believe an issue with minimum height thresholds in the vicinity of Tehran’s Mehrabad airport contributed to an incident in which an Airbus A320 crew responded to a ground-proximity warning on approach. The Zagros Airlines aircraft was operating from Ahvaz on 10 January this year, and cleared for the ...

  • 737 trim chain gear-c-BFU

    Stabiliser chain found separated after 737-400 in-flight trim incident


    German investigators are trying to understand why the chain for controlling a Boeing 737-400SF’s horizontal stabiliser trim was not attached to its gear mechanism, after an incident in which the crew experienced trim problems while in cruise. Investigation authority BFU says the ASL Airlines twinjet (EI-STM) had undergone a variety ...

  • LPS An-26 wreckage 2-c-Russian emergency situations ministry

    An-26 crash crew turned onto flightpath below minimum safe altitude


    Russian investigators have disclosed that an Antonov An-26 crew was cleared to carry out a turn at a height below the minimum safe altitude in the area before it crashed into a forested mountain ridge outside of Khabarovsk. The LPS An-26 had been conducting a flight check of radio systems ...

  • Air Astana A320-c-AviaKZ Creative Commons

    Air Astana to introduce Kazakhstan’s first full-flight simulator


    Kazakhstan’s Air Astana is to acquire its first full-flight simulator through an agreement for an Airbus A320 device manufactured by L3Harris. The simulator is scheduled to be delivered to the airline in the second half of next year. It will support a new pilot-training centre for the carrier – and ...

  • Jaz CRJ900-c-Jazz Aviation

    Jazz CRJ900 hard landing injured cabin crew: investigators


    Canadian investigators have disclosed that two flight attendants were injured, one of them seriously, during a hard landing by a Bombardier CRJ900 at Vancouver last month. The Jazz aircraft had been arriving from Edmonton on 27 August carrying 58 passengers and four crew members. Transportation Safety Board of Canada states, ...

  • Flightlab tests engine back-up system (EBS)

    Airbus Helicopters tests battery power for emergency landings


    Airbus Helicopters has begun flight tests of a battery-based electric back-up system (EBS), which will boost safety in light-single helicopters by providing up to 30s of power in the event of an engine failure.