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Aircraft Accident Report 1/2015 – Airbus A319-131, G-EUOE, 24 May 2013

Thanks to Gates Aviation for the heads up: The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released Aircraft Accident Report 1/2015 – Airbus A319-131, G-EUOE, 24 May 2013, wherein the Numbers 1 and 2 engine fan cowl doors detached during takeoff, London Heathrow Airport, 24 May 2013. The AAIB attributes the accident to fatigue induced maintenance error. Link[…]

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New IATA / IFALPA report

A very short post to let you all know about the new report from IATA (the International Air Transport Association) and IFALPA (the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations): Phraseology Conflict: SID / STAR – Report on Potential Misunderstanding (click for link to PDF). IATA and IFALPA have jointly produced an earlier document on[…]

Thoughts on ‘The Plane Crash’, a documentary film shown on Channel 4 (UK), 11 October 2012

Last night Channel 4 in the UK aired a programme called ‘The Plane Crash’, which documented a controlled crash of a Boeing 727 in a dried lakebed in Mexico. This event took over four years of planning and involved many experts across the fields of air accident investigations, biomechanics, and aviation safety. It was fascinating,[…]

Manchester Airport suspend worker for missing fake bomb

Link to story on BBC website. It is important to note that the flying public was never in danger. It could be argued that exercises such as planting ‘dummy’ bombs in luggage makes flying safer. It would be interesting to learn more about the training which this worker underwent, and see if there is a[…]