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Old September 18th, 2010, 01:02 PM   #301
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Why 2010 is the worst year for aviation

This is not the year that the Tenerife disaster happened, and also the cargo door of the Turkish Airlines DC-10 didn’t blow after taking off from the Paris Orly Airport this year. But why 2010 can be the worst year for the civil aviation? Does the number of lives lost in the airplane accidents make a year the worst one?

So far 87+ accidents happened in 2010 and I really pray that the number won’t increase any more. One of the most remarkable accidents of this year was a Polish Air Force Tupolev TU 154 crash where the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 more people lost their lives.

After taking off from Beirut International Airport, Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into the sea and 90 people on board perished in this tragic accident. It was the third crash with fatalities in the Ethiopian Airlines history after the Boeing 767 crash in 1996 and Fokker 50 crash in 2002. The authorities were able to recover 27 bodies from the sea. Airbus A 330 is one of the safest airplanes around the world and till 1 June 2009, they weren’t involved in any kind of accident with fatalities. Afriqiyah A 330-202 was a brand new plane and unfortunately 103 people died as the plane crashed near Tripoli International Airport. After the Air France accident, Airbus A 330 series planes drew all the media attention and this accident was just a spark for the international media to slam Airbus. Only 10 days later, in India Air India Express Boeing 737-8HG overran the runway and crashed with 166 passengers on board. Luckily 8 people survived but it was the worst accident involving a Boeing 737 NG. What was really happening? In 6 months, more than 350 lives were lost and it didn’t seem like the end.

It all sounded like a joke when Airblue Airbus A321 crashed in the Margalla Hills in Islamabad. It was the worst airplane accident in the Pakistan history. The plane was 10 years old at the time of the accident and didn’t have any known mechanical problems. The plane was carrying 152 people on board and nobody survived from the accident. Twelve days later, a Henan Airlines Embraer 190LR crashed during its approach to Yichun Lindu Airport. 42 out of 96 people lost their lives. One day after the Henan Airlines accident, a LET 410 of Filair crashed in Congo, killing 20 on board. There was only one survivor. On September 13, 2010, a Conviasa ATR 42-320 was destroyed in an accident and 17 people died in this accident.

These weren’t of course the only accidents that happened in 2010. It wasn’t a good year for the cargo companies too as Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F and UPS Boeing 747-44AF crashed. While there were no fatalities in the Lufthansa Cargo crash, 2 pilots died in the UPS accident.

Even there are many improvements in the civil aviation and aviation technology is advancing rapidly, why in 2010 there was an increase in the number of fatalities compared to the other years. We are in 2010 and the planes are a lot safer than they were back in 70s. The air traffic controllers are much better trained than the ones in the past and the safety levels are sky high after the September 11. However increase in the oil price force the airlines to increase the ticket prices and at the same time lowering maintenance and other kinds of costs. Many airlines around the world have been fined due to skipping scheduled checks. The pilots are mostly working under heavy stress and the airlines are trying to create more sources of income like pay toilets and plans of eliminating the flight officers. There is only one question in our minds, what is human life worth?
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Old September 19th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #304
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Airline must give up recorder
Conversations between pilots on plane's black box ordered disclosed by Ontario Court of Appeal

18 September 2010
The Toronto Star

The cockpit voice recorder that captured conversations between the pilots aboard Air France Flight 358 before it overshot a runway at Pearson airport and exploded in flames must be disclosed to Canada's air traffic control agency, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled.

In a unanimous decision Friday, the court dismissed arguments from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada that disclosing the contents of the voice recorder - part of a plane's "black box" - would destroy or greatly diminish the trust pilots have in the confidentiality of the process for investigating airline crashes.

NAV Canada, which is responsible for air traffic control at the airport, says it needs the voice recorder - described earlier in the case as an "electronic fly on the cockpit wall" - to defend itself against lawsuits from Air France and nearly 300 passengers aboard the flight from Paris on Aug. 2, 2005.

The Airbus A340 plunged into a ravine while landing in lightning and heavy rain.

NAV Canada alleges pilots Alain Rosaye and Frederic Naud were negligent.

Naud, the first officer, was not opposed to having the voice recorder released as part of the litigation.

But the board contended that if the contents were disclosed, pilots will hold back on what they are willing to tell investigators in the future. Writing for a three-judge panel Friday, Justice Stephen Goudge characterized that as little more than speculation.

"It is simply baldly asserted and is unsubstantiated by evidence, for example, that previous orders for disclosure have caused pilots to be less cooperative with subsequent investigations," he said.

The court also rejected the board's claim that cockpit recordings should only be disclosed if withholding them would lead to a miscarriage of justice.

In Canada, cockpit voice recordings are normally privileged, to be disclosed only to aviation investigators.

But under the Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act, a judge can order the voice recorder to be disclosed if the importance of the evidence outweighs confidentiality concerns.

Two pilots' unions, the Air Line Pilots Association and the Air Canada Pilots Association, representing nearly 60,000 pilots around the world, intervened in the case, arguing the cockpit is their inner sanctum, a private workspace comparable to an office.

Disclosing the recording would be detrimental to aviation safety, they maintained, because pilots may not speak freely to the control tower if their every word might later be reviewed in court.

The transportation safety board's report into the Air France crash suggests "certain acts or omissions" of the pilots may have contributed to the accident, according to a Superior Court judge, who last year ordered the voice recorder disclosed, a decision the board appealed.

Justice George Strathy also ordered the board to provide NAV Canada with its animation of cockpit activity.

In court documents, NAV Canada alleges a passenger was flying in a cockpit jump seat contrary to Canadian aviation regulations.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 07:25 AM   #305
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Peru: Tourist plane crashes near famed Nazca Lines
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LIMA, Peru – A small plane carrying British tourists crashed near the famed Nazca Lines in Peru on Saturday, killing all six people on board, police said.

The victims were listed as four Britons — three men and a woman — and the pilot and co-pilot, both Peruvian.

The Cessna plane apparently had engine trouble that led it to crash in a field, Nazca police chief Alfredo Coronel said. Police were working to recover the bodies.

An official who answered the phone at the British Embassy in Lima declined to comment without authorization from London.

The Nazca Lines, mysterious geoglyphs etched into the desert centuries ago by indigenous groups, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Peru's leading tourist attractions.

Located about 240 miles (385 kilometers) southeast of Lima, the glyphs are only fully recognizable from the air, and 30-minute overflights are popular with travelers.

However there have been allegations of lax supervision of the several-dozen aging planes that make the flights.

In February, a Cessna 206 carrying three Chileans and four Peruvians over the lines crashed and killed everyone on board.

Another crash in April 2008 killed five French tourists, though their pilot survived.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #306
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Passenger plane crashes near Kabul - police

KABUL, Oct. 12, (Reuters) - A passenger plane has crashed into mountains near the Afghan capital Kabul, a police official said on Tuesday.

The police official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media, had no details on the size of the plane, its number of passengers or its origin.

A spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said there had been a plane crash. He said it was not a NATO aircraft, but had no further details.
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Looks like it was a (civilian) cargo plane
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Old October 31st, 2010, 06:58 PM   #308
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UAE rules out bomb in UPS plane crash in Sept.

DUBAI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Sunday ruled out that an explosive device was aboard a Boeing 747-400 plane operated by U.S. parcel delivery firm UPS that crashed in Dubai in September.

Two air freight packages containing bombs -- both sent from Yemen and addressed to synagogues in Chicago -- were intercepted in Britain and Dubai last week.

"The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) investigation team ... has concluded that there was no presence of acoustic evidence or any forensic signature supporting the detonation of an explosive device," the GCAA said in statement on its website.

Two crew members died when the cargo plane, which was en route to Cologne, Germany, crashed in a military compound near Dubai's airport on Sept. 3 after the pilot reported fire and smoke in the cockpit.

The GCAA said its investigation into the crash was continuing.
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WSJ UPDATE: Boeing To Revise Emergency Cockpit Procedures In Wake of Sep UPS Cargo Jet Crash
19 October 2010
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Boeing Co. (BA), prompted by last month's crash of a UPS 747 cargo jet with a raging fire in its hold, is revising emergency procedures intended to help pilots of such aircraft deal with smoke in the cockpit.

Expected to be issued in November, Boeing's new emergency checklist aims to ensure that crews take proper steps to keep air circulating in order to prevent dense smoke from building up in the cockpits of certain 747 cargo planes, according to company and industry officials.

The recommended procedural changes, these industry officials said, will call for making sure at least one air-conditioning system continues to operate on all-cargo, 747-400 jumbo jets during a fire emergency. Under some circumstances, current checklists require pilots to turn off air-conditioning systems in the event of a fire warning from the cargo hold. Further checklist revisions are under review.

Boeing has distributed interim safety guidelines to operators, pending formal changes to checklists and operating manuals.

(This story and related background material will be available on The Wall Street Journal Web site, WSJ.com.)

Over the weekend, a Boeing Co. spokeswoman said the plane-maker has "taken a number of actions to address issues" raised by the Sept. 3 crash of the United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) jet in Dubai, which killed both pilots. Boeing is reviewing changes in "certain flight-crew and environmental control system procedures," she said.

UPS officials have declined to comment on the specifics of the investigation, or potential operational changes.

Carrying cargo that included what U.S. regulators described as "large quantities of lithium batteries," the jumbo jet was about 20 minutes enroute from Dubai to Cologne, Germany, when pilots received a fire warning from the main cargo deck. There were two subsequent warnings of a cargo fire, according to investigators from the United Arab Emirates heading the international team conducting the probe.

Investigators haven't officially determined the cause of the crash, but they already have released details about drama inside the cockpit as the pilots struggled to return to Dubai. Smoke was so dense, according to investigators, that the pilots had difficulty seeing their primary flight-instruments and communicating with each other. They also couldn't change radio frequencies, so nearby aircraft helped pass on messages from Dubai controllers.

At some point during the emergency descent and return to Dubai, one of the pilots apparently left the cockpit to try to fight the flames but never returned, according to people familiar with the investigation. The crippled aircraft flew over the airport at 4,000 feet, made a right-hand turn and crashed, without killing or injuring anyone on the ground.

The accident has revved-up pilot-union and regulator concerns about fire hazards posed by cargo shipments of such rechargeable batteries. In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration recently issued a safety alert urging cargo airlines to take special precautions when transporting such shipments. The FAA warned that some lithium-battery fires may spread in spite of onboard suppression systems, "creating a risk of a catastrophic event."

The Department of Transportation is moving to issue additional restrictions on battery shipments. But a broad coalition of industry organizations--from battery suppliers to cellular phone makers to retail industry groups--objects to such controls and has appealed to White House officials to stop them.

For Boeing and numerous large international cargo operators that rely on 747 jumbo jets, an equally high-priority issue is how to most-effectively combat the spread of smoke from a blaze in the main cargo hold, where there typically is no traditional fire-suppression system. Instead of using chemicals to douse a fire on the main cargo deck during cruise, the largest current 747 cargo jets are designed to descend to 25,000 feet, where pilots are supposed to depressurize the aircraft to starve the flames of oxygen.

Investigators also are looking at the adequacy of the emergency cockpit-oxygen masks and smoke goggles on the aircraft. The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority has said "several aircraft systems and the standard operation procedures" are under scrutiny.

Since the early 1990s, there have been dozens of incidents of lithium battery shipments igniting in flight or during handling on the ground. According to pilot-union leaders, since August there have been at least five additional instances of battery-related incidents. The head of the Air Line Pilots Association, the largest U.S. pilot union, in September urged speedy federal action on a comprehensive rule. In the interim, the union asked for a temporary ban on cargo shipments of lithium batteries.
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Breaking News, also on CNN Breaking News. Hopefully everyones OK.

Qantas Flight 32 lands safely at Changi Airport in Singapore
From: AAP , November 04, 2010 2:57PM

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/q...#ixzz14Hd1y19C

A QANTAS A380 has been forced to shut down one of its engines and make an emergency landing at Singapore's Changi Airport.

QF32, carrying 433 passengers, was bound for Sydney when the engine failed.

“The number two engine shut down and the plane is returning to Singapore as a precaution,” Qantas spokeswomen Sophia Connelly said.

Indonesia newspaper Kompas earlier reported the plane had exploded mid-air near Batam.

Local TV stations reported a witness heard a loud explosion and saw the plane on fire overhead.

Ms Connelly said reports of debris from the plane being found on the ground could not be confirmed.

Tatang Kurnia, head of Indonesia's Transportation Safety Board, said the explosion came from a Qantas plane that had just lifted off from Singapore.
More to come,,,

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Seems OK now. This is a much better overview. This and developments posed on the Qantas thread

Qantas jet engine fails: witnesses tell of hearing explosion
The Age Matt O'Sullivan , November 4, 2010 - 3:08PM
http://www.theage.com.au/travel/trav...104-17f49.html


An image posted on Facebook of locals in Batam looking at debris.

A Qantas A380 has been forced to return to Singapore's Changi Airport after pilots were forced to shut down one of its four engines.

Do you know more? Text 0424 SMS SMH (+61 424 767 764), email us at [email protected] or direct message on Twitter @smh_news

QF32 was bound for Sydney with 443 passengers and 26 crew on board when the engine failed.


A local television image of debris that fell on Batam.

"Qantas flight QF32 was en route from Singapore to Sydney, the number two engine has shut down, so as a precautionary measure we are taking it back to Singapore," a Qantas spokeswoman said.

Qantas said the airliner landed at 11.45am local time.

But there were many reports there being an explosion, heard from the ground.


An image posted on Facebook of debris in Batam.

Australian Geoff Reay, who lives on Batam Island, said his neighbours all heard an “explosion” and ran out on to the street.

“Our little boy goes to [Elsadai School], about 200 metres from where there are bits of the aircraft on the ground,” Mr Reay, a former Qantas flight attendant, said.

The debris fell in the suburb of Dutamas, Mr Reay said.

A Qantas spokeswoman said there was “no suggestion it’s come from our aircraft”.

The incident sparked widespread rumours through Twitter that the plane had crashed, which Qantas said were wildly inaccurate.

Indonesian media reports said jet debris had fallen on downtown Batam and pictures on local television appeared to show the Qantas logo on some of it.

The site of the reported incident.

Tatang Kurnia, head of Indonesia’s Transportation Safety Board, said the explosion came from a Qantas plane that had just lifted off from Singapore.

‘‘We’ve been informed from Singapore that a Qantas plane overflying the area defuelled and then made an emergency landing back in Singapore,’’ he told MetroTV.

Kompas, a leading Indonesia newspaper, had reported on its website that it was "suspected that a Qantas plane exploded in the air near Batam".

The website report provided no source for the story.

An eyewitness, Hana, told Indonesia's Metro television that she saw a plane that was on fire overhead before hearing a loud explosion.

Meanwhile, Elfhinta radio quoted a police officer in Batam, Eryana, saying some of the plane had been found.

"We are still collecting debris," he said.

"It looked like a big plane. Like a Boeing 737 – 400. It looks like Qantas because of the red and white colour."

A Qantas pilot, who did not want to be identified, said engines were routinely shut down on aircraft which fly around the world but "it must have been quite a catastrophic failure if it blew parts off an engine".

Earlier Reuters had reported that Qantas had told CNBC television that a plane had crashed near Singapore and it was an Airbus A380. It later reported that Qantas had denied crash reports and said a plane had experienced engine trouble.

In a recent similar incident, an engine exploded on a Qantas flight to San Francisco on August 30, with debris tearing holes in the engine cover.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators found all of the engine's turbine blades had either fractured or broken away. The cause of the explosion of the Boeing 747's Rolls Royce RB211 engine is still under investigation.

Qantas shares slumped 15 cents, or 3 per cent, to $2.82 on initial reports of a crash but soon recovered and were recently trading at $2.92.

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Ah .. so it wasn't a missing or crashed plane! Thanks goodness.
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It was still up in the air when first posted. Thankfully its only the engine part thats missing or crashed at the moment.
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Qantas is becoming like China Airlines. They manage to screw up all types of aircraft that they are operating. Poor management on Qantas' behalf. They like to blame it on the fact that they take their planes to Singapore and Malaysia for service which results in all these accidents, what a shame since its Australia's national carrier.
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Qantas is becoming like China Airlines. They manage to screw up all types of aircraft that they are operating. Poor management on Qantas' behalf. They like to blame it on the fact that they take their planes to Singapore and Malaysia for service which results in all these accidents, what a shame since its Australia's national carrier.
while it is true, that qantas had several more or less serious incidents in the recent past (5? this year!), you can't blame this one on qantas alone. qantas is sending their A380s to lufthansa technik in frankfurt for service (this particular aircraft was in frankfurt for a check a few weeks ago). this seems to be a problem of rolls royce, the engine manufacturer. it wasn't the first incident of an A380 with a RR-engine malfunction ... unfortunately, engine failures happen all the time - more often than we think.
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Let's see what caused this incident first before concluding on whether it's something wrong with airline management. Rolls Royce engines have been used on other plane models before.
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... and failed on several occasions (several models). it wasn't even the first A380 RR-engine failure (it was the third, as far as I can remember).
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while it is true, that qantas had several more or less serious incidents in the recent past (5? this year!), you can't blame this one on qantas alone. qantas is sending their A380s to lufthansa technik in frankfurt for service (this particular aircraft was in frankfurt for a check a few weeks ago). this seems to be a problem of rolls royce, the engine manufacturer. it wasn't the first incident of an A380 with a RR-engine malfunction ... unfortunately, engine failures happen all the time - more often than we think.
We don't know the reason yet and you are already blaming RR? Who are you? A fortuneteller? It's nonsense to speculate now on what has happened because nobody knows yet, as simple as that
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News... on CNN

No survivors in Cuban plane crash
November 4th, 2010 - 10:41 PM ET
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/04...-crash/?hpt=T2


A domestic passenger plane with 61 passengers and 7 crew members crashed in central Cuba Thursday, state media reported. There were no survivors.

The Aerocaribbean plane was carrying 28 foreign passengers, state media said.

The plane was traveling from the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba and heading to the country's capital of Havana.

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