Posted tagged ‘NTSB’

Southwest Airlines Checks Planes for Cracks

April 4, 2011

Southwest Airlines expects to cancel approximately 100 flights today as investigators continue inspecting its fleet after a mid air incident on a Sacramento bound flight last week.

Seriously…I cannot imagine being mid flight and losing a portion of the cabin. I’d probably have a bit of a panic attack 🙂

From CNN:

The Texas-based airline grounded 79 planes for inspection after a hole opened on top of a Boeing 737 mid-flight Friday.

It canceled approximately 600 flights to accommodate the inspections: 300 on Saturday and 300 flights on Sunday.

So far, investigators have found indications of cracks in three other aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

Of the planes inspected, 19 had returned to service by Sunday afternoon, the airline said.

Phone Call Contributed to Hudson River Crash

September 15, 2010

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a personal phone call made by an air traffic controller likely contributed to the cause of a deadly midair collision over the Hudson River last year.

From CNN:

A single-engine plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided on August 8, 2009 near Hoboken, New Jersey. All nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed, including several Italian tourists visiting New York from Bologna.

In a statement released Tuesday, the NTSB said the air traffic controller’s personal phone call “distracted him from his air traffic control duties, including the timely transfer of communications for the accident airplane to the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) tower and correcting the airplane pilot’s incorrect read-back of the EWR tower frequency.”

The on-duty personal phone conversation might not have been the first for the air traffic controller.

Small Jet Crashes Near Chicago

January 5, 2010

The pilot and co-pilot of a small cargo jet were killed when their aircraft crashed short of the runway while landing at an airport in near Chicago earlier today.

From CNN:

The Learjet 35A was on its final approach into Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Illinois, when it went down about 1:30 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reported. The plane crashed into a forest preserve about a mile south of the runway and ended up in a river, said Jay Reardon, the head of a multi-agency firefighting task force that responded to the crash.

The two-man crew was found dead at the scene, Reardon said. No emergency was declared before the crash.

“To our knowledge, everything appeared normal up until the aircraft was reported down by the tower at Chicago Executive Airport,” Reardon said.

Northwest Airlines Flight Overshoots Airport by 150 Miles

October 23, 2009

Federal investigators are still trying to figure out why a commercial jet, carrying 144 passengers and five crew members over the northern plains, overshot its destination by 150 miles.

How does something like this happen? Were the pilots really distracted, or were they sleeping.

From the New York Times:

Combing through the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and the data recorder of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were looking for evidence to explain why the pilots did not respond to radio calls from air traffic controllers.

After the plane had landed safely in Minneapolis, the crew told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and airport police that “they were in a heated discussion over airline policy and they lost situational awareness,” the board said, citing information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane’s cockpit voice recorder could capture any conversation between the two crew members on the flight deck, and the flight data recorder would record any manipulation of the controls. An airline spokesman said he did not know the length of the recording period.

Air Traffic Controllers Suspended Over Hudson River Accident

August 13, 2009

Two air traffic controllers have been suspended from their jobs as the FAA investigates the accident which occurred in New York this week.

From CNN:

The controller handling the flight of a Piper PA-32 Saratoga carrying three people “was involved in apparently inappropriate conversations on the telephone at the time of the accident,” said spokeswoman Laura Brown in a written statement.

In addition, “the supervisor was not present in the building as required,” she said.

“While we have no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable and we have placed the employees on administrative leave and have begun disciplinary proceedings,” she said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is working with the FAA in investigating the Piper’s collision with a sightseeing helicopter.

“These are serious violations of the FAA regulations,” said Mary Schiavo, former inspector general for the Transportation Department.

From Fox News:

The FAA said in a statement that the controller handling the Piper flight was involved in “apparently inappropriate conversation on the telephone at the time of the accident. We also learned that the supervisor was not present in the building as required.”

The agency said they have “no reason to believe at this time that these actions contributed to the accident, this kind of conduct is unacceptable.”

Nine people died Saturday when a small plane and a tourist helicopter collided above the river between Manhattan and New Jersey.

Search Continues Following Hudson River Crash

August 10, 2009

New York police are continuing a search of the Hudson River for the last two bodies from a midair collision between a plane and a helicopter which killed all nine passengers on board.

From the AFP:

“The priority today is the victim recovery operation. There were seven victims that were recovered and two that remain unrecovered,” Debbie Hersman, from the National Transportation Safety Board, said on NY1 television.

The NTSB is leading the probe into Saturday’s accident in which a light airplane carrying three people smashed into a sightseeing helicopter with six people aboard, five of them Italian tourists.

The collision took place over the Hudson between Manhattan and New Jersey at around midday in full view of crowds enjoying the riverside sunshine.

The aircraft and bodies quickly disappeared underwater.

The wreckage of the helicopter was removed from the water Sunday in a search hampered by dangerous diving conditions in the murky, fast-flowing river.