Monday, January 1, 2018

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N8644C: Incident occurred January 01, 2018 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), King County, Washington

Southwest Airlines Company: http://registry.faa.gov/N8644C 

A Southwest flight departing Seattle for Baltimore was turned around due to a gear indication on departure.

Flight 5489 was forced to return to Sea-Tac Airport for an issue with the plane's nose gear, according to Southwest Airlines.

Flight 5489 departed at 1:45 p.m. and was expected to reach Baltimore around 9:45 p.m. EST.

Residents in the around Olympia saw the plane flying low for about one hour. 

The plane was required to burn a certain amount of fuel before it could land back at Sea-Tac.

Another plane will take the passengers to Baltimore later tonight.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.king5.com

Socata TB-21TC, N425RT, New Richmond Aviation LLC: Incident occurred January 01, 2018 at Hector International Airport (KFAR), Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aircraft landed gear up on runway.

New Richmond Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N425RT

Date: 01-JAN-18
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N425RT
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TB21TC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FARGO
State: NORTH DAKOTA



FARGO (KFGO) - A pilot and three passengers escaped injury Monday evening when their plane was forced to make an emergency landing on the main runway at Hector International Airport in Fargo.

Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein tells KFGO News the Socata TB-21TC departed the Moorhead Airport at 5:03 p.m. A short time later, the pilot determined the landing gear did not work. 

The FAA control tower at Hector Airport confirmed the landing gear problem in a fly-by and the pilot put the plane down on its belly on the north-south runway east of the main terminal at 5:43 p.m. 

All air traffic was diverted to the east-west runway until the disabled plane could be removed from the runway which took about 90 minutues.

Dobberstein says the aircraft had damage to the prop and underside and was hauled to a hanger at the Fargo Jet Center for later investigation.


Original article ➤ http://kfgo.com

FARGO -- A small aircraft with four people aboard landed without injuries after the landing gear failed to deploy.

The landing was at about 5:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Hector International Airport.

There were no injuries and there was no fire or fuel leaks, said Battalion Chief Lee Soeth of the Fargo Fire Department, which responded to the emergency landing. Emergency crews were standing by, alerted that the small aircraft was coming with landing “wheels up.”

“They just put it down,” Soeth said, referring to the safe landing.

Original article ➤ http://www.westfargopioneer.com

FARGO, ND — Fargo and Hector International emergency crews are on scene of a plane emergency at the airport.

A call for help came in after 5 p.m. of an in-flight emergency after unconfirmed reports of a small plane having a problem with its landing gear.

The plane circled the airport for a short period of time before attempting its landing.

Rescue crews responded and the plane landed on the runway.

Fire crews say there were four people on board the plane and say they were not hurt.

Story and video ➤ http://www.kvrr.com

Boeing 767-200: Incident occurred November 01, 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan

NTSB Identification: ENG18WA005
Incident occurred Wednesday, November 01, 2017 in Karachi, Pakistan
Aircraft: BOEING 767, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable
The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Safety Investigation Board of Pakistan has notified the National Transportation Safety Board of an incident involving a Boeing 767-200 airplane which occurred on November 1, 2017. The National Transportation Safety Board has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the Safety Investigation Board investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of design and manufacture of the airplane and engines.

All investigative information will be released by the Safety Investigation Board.

Quest Kodiak 100, N154KQ, Mid-Continent Aviation Services Inc: Accident occurred November 10, 2017 in Goiás Velho, Brazil

Mid-Continent Aviation Services Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N154KQ

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA025
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, November 10, 2017 in Goias, Brazil
Aircraft: QUEST AIRCRAFT COMPANY LLC KODIAC 100, registration: N154KQ
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Brazil has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a QUEST AIRCRAFT COMPANY LLC KODIAK 100 airplane that occurred on November 10, 2017. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Brazil's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


All investigative information will be released by the government of Brazil. 





Um avião caiu na tarde desta sexta-feira (10) na cidade de Goiás, localizada na região central do estado. Segundo o Corpo de Bombeiros, quatro homens estavam na aeronave e sobreviveram.

A Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) informou que o avião saiu de Lucas do Rio Verde, no Mato Grosso, em direção a Anápolis, em Goiás. Porém, caiu antes de chegar ao destino, por volta das 14h30. De acordo com os bombeiros, a queda aconteceu a cerca de 2 quilômetros do aeroporto da cidade de Goiás.

Logo após os ocupantes saírem do avião, ele pegou fogo. A equipe do Corpo de Bombeiros que foi ao local já controlou as chamas.

A assessoria de imprensa do Corpo de Bombeiros explicou ainda que o piloto e os passageiros estavam conscientes. Apesar de não terem sofrido ferimentos graves aparentes, os ocupantes foram levados pelo Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgência (Samu) para um hospital da cidade para verificação.

Os nomes dos ocupantes ainda não foram informados.

Aeronave com registro nos EUA
O Corpo de Bombeiros informou que a aeronave é do modelo Kodiak 100. A FAB explicou que a matrícula do avião é norte-americana: N154KQ. Apesar de ser registrada no exterior, a aeronave tinha autorização de voo e sobrevoo no Brasil até o dia 16 de novembro, segundo informações da Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Anac).

De acordo com a FAB, o avião seguia o plano de voo previsto. Uma equipe do órgão vai se deslocar até a cidade de Goiás para apurar as causas do acidente.

No site da Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), entidade que regula a aviação nos Estados Unidos, consta que o avião tem registro válido até agosto de 2019.

https://g1.globo.com

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 5H-EGG, Coastal Aviation: Fatal accident occurred November 15, 2017 in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA028
Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial Coastal Aviation LTD.
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 15, 2017 in Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration:
Injuries: 11 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 15, 2017, about 0805 coordinated universal time, Cessna 208B, Tanzanian registration 5H-EGG, operated by Coastal Aviation LTD., was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Ngorongoro, Tanzania. The pilot and 10 passengers were fatally injured. The passenger flight departed Kilimanjaro International Airport (HTKJ), Hai District, Tanzania, destined for Seronera Airstrip (HTSN), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the United Republic of Tanzania. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Air Accident Investigation Branch
P.O. Box 2819
Dar es Salaam
United Republic of Tanzania
Tel.: (255) 22 212-1530
Fax: (255) 22 212-2079
E-mail: permsec@mot.go.tz

This report is for informational purposes and contains only information released by the Government of Tanzania.



Arusha — Bodies of 11 people, who on Wednesday perished, when a chartered plane belonging to Coastal Aviation crashed at Empakaai near Serengeti National Park were yesterday identified, it has been reported.

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft 5H-EGG carrying a pilot and 10 passengers was flying tourists from Kilimanjaro and Arusha to Serengeti National Park, when it went down in the Ngorongoro Crater at about 8am. Reports have it that before falling, it spent about 30 minutes going around due to poor visibility before the pilot decided to defuel it.

Two directors of the renowned Tourism Organization in Arusha Nassibu Mfinanga and Shatri Mfinanga are among the people killed in the aircraft crash.

Speaking at the scene of accident, one of the relatives of those killed, Mr. Rick Thomas, said the directors on November 11 organised a special event, which was attended by the organisation's management aimed at helping one of the orphanages in Arusha.

Karatu district commissioner Theresia Mahongo said the recovered bodies were taken to Arusha for identification.

For his part, the Ngorongoro deputy chief conservationist, Dr Maurus Msuha, said cooperation between villagers and the rescue team made the operation easier.

http://allafrica.com

American Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N744P: Incident occurred January 01, 2018 at Logan International Airport (KBOS), Massachusetts

http://registry.faa.gov/N744P 

BOSTON —  Three crew members and one passenger were taken to hospitals on New Year's Day after an American Airlines plane was forced to return to the gate before taking off in Boston, officials said.

Passengers reported an odor in the cabin of Flight 1719, which was scheduled to fly from Boston to Charlotte, the airline said. The plane carried 120 passengers and 5 crew members.


Massport confirmed the four people were transported to hospitals to be evaluated.


The airline said a "mechanical issue" was to blame, and the jet was taken out of service. The remaining passengers are now waiting for a different plane.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.wcvb.com

Belize: Suspected Drug Plane



Belizean authorities are investigating the remnants of a burnt aircraft discovered off the Coastal Road. 

The airplane was found in a remote area near an illegal landing strip. 

Police say that they are unable to say if the aircraft was being used to carry illicit cargo such as drugs.

On Sunday, December 31st, sometime around 1:30 PM, they were called out to the remote location. 

Interestingly, police report says that, it appears that the aircraft landed and it was set on fire afterwards.

“Police and Belize Defence Force responded to information, some two miles in an off road off the coastal road where they found the burnt remains of an aircraft in the vicinity of an illegal airstrip. Initial investigation reveal that the burnt remains seem to have been there for several days. Police investigation along with Belize Defence Force and Civil Aviation into this matter continues.”

Reporter
“The aircraft, nothing was found in the area to suggest drugs?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett
“No. The entire area was searched and nothing. No other items was found other than the aircraft.”

Reporter
“How do you, the authorities, make such an illegal airstrip unusual again? I imagine, that does take place?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett
“Yes. The Belize Defence Force from time to time destroy these illegal airstrips when they are found.”

Reporter
“Have you been able to establish he origination of the aircraft yet?”

Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett
“No, neither the origination; neither when it came; neither whether or not it had any cargo nor whether or not the cargo was destined for somewhere else. We have not established none of those.”

http://edition.channel5belize.com

Barkol Airlines, Robinson R44, RA-04308: Fatal accident occurred December 05, 2017 in Dubovaya Balka, Russia

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA042
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 05, 2017 in Dubovaya Balka, Russia
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Russia has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a ROBINSON R44 helicopter that occurred on December 05, 2017. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Russia's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


All investigative information will be released by the government of Russia.




Robinson R44 II, RA-04308 
Accident date: December 05, 2017
Aircraft registration number:  RA-04308
Accident site:  In the area of Dubovaya Balka locality of the Stavropol Territory
Aircraft type: Robinson R44 II
Aircraft owner: BARKOL Airlines Ltd
Number of fatalities: 2
Degree of aircraft destruction: Rotorcraft substantially damaged
Aviation type: Commercial

On December 05, 2017 in the area of Dubovaya Balka locality of the Stavropol Territory the accident with Robinson R44 II, RA-04308,  helicopter owned by BARKOL Airlines Ltd occurred. According to the available information the pilot and a passenger on board were killed, the rotorcraft sustained substantial damage.

In accordance with the RF aviation legislation, the Interstate Aviation Committee assigned an Investigation team. The Investigation team starts its work.

http://mak-iac.org

Следственными органами Южного следственного управления на транспорте Следственного комитета Российской Федерации проводится доследственная проверка по факту крушения легкомоторного вертолета Робинсон Р 44 в Ставропольском крае.

По предварительным данным, 05 декабря 2017 года, в дневное время, легкомоторный вертолет Робинсон Р 44 потерпел крушение в районе поселка Киан Андроповского района Ставропольского края при проведении планового полета по проверки нефтепровода. Вертолет принадлежал Московской авиакомпании «Баркол». На борту воздушного судна находились два человека - 52-летний командир судна и 49-летний пассажир – сотрудник «Черномортранснефть». При крушении вертолета оба мужчины погибли.

В настоящее время следователи выехали на место происшествия для проведения проверочных мероприятий, направленных на установление всех обстоятельств произошедшего. По  результатам проверки будет принято процессуальное решение.

http://yusut.sledcom.ru

Bell 206B, VH-SDZ, Helistar Aviation: Accident occurred November 18, 2017 near Emerald Airport, Queensland, Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA038
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Saturday, November 18, 2017 in Emerald Aerodrome, Australia
Aircraft: BELL HELICOPTER CO 206B, registration:
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 18, 2017, about 1430 local time, a Bell 206B helicopter, registration VH-SDZ, rolled over following a precautionary landing near Emerald Aerodrome, Middlemount, Queensland, Australia. The helicopter, which was equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250 series turboshaft engine, sustained substantial damage and the two crewmembers were uninjured.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the accident. As the state of manufacture of the engines, the NTSB has designated a US accredited representative to assist the ATSB in its investigation.

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the ATSB:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
62 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 1 800 020 616
Tel: (02) 6257 4150
International: +61 2 6257 4150
https://www.atsb.gov.au/ 

Collision with terrain involving Bell 206, VH-SDZ, near Emerald Airport, Queensland on November 18, 2017

Investigation number: AO-2017-112Investigation status: Active

Summary:   
The ATSB is investigating the collision with terrain of a Bell 206B, VH-SDZ, near Emerald Airport, Queensland, on November 18, 2017.

During aerial work, the pilot detected an abnormal noise and conducted a precautionary landing. As it landed, the helicopter rolled onto its side, resulting in substantial damage.

The ATSB will be investigating the factors that contributed to the occurrence.

https://www.atsb.gov.au

Hughes 369HS, XC-TIJ, Secretaría de Seguridad Pública Municipal (SSPM): Fatal accident occurred November 22, 2017 in La Morita, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA046
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in La Morita, Mexico
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER 369HS, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On November 22, 2017, about 1437 pacific standard time, a MD Helicopters 369HS single-engine helicopter, serial number 920414S, Mexican registration XC-TIJ, crashed while providing aerial support for police activity near La Morita, Mexico. The pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. The local flight departed Tijuana International Airport (MMTJ), near Tijuana, Mexico.


The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). This report is for informational purposes only and contains information released by or obtained from the government of the Mexico.


Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:


Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC)

Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Boulevard Adolfo López Mateos
No. 1990, piso 4
Colonia Los Alpes, Tlacopac
Delegación Álvaro Obregón
Codigo Postal 01010
Ciudad de México
México
Telephone: (55) 5011-6413
E-mail: cidaiac@sct.gob.mx
Website: http://www.sct.gob.mx/transporte-y-medicina-preventiva/aeronautica-civil/inicio/







Las autoridades dan a conocer los nombres de las víctimas que iban en un helicóptero en Tijuana que se desplomó con dos elementos de la organización.

El Capitán Jesús Alfonso Aldaz Galaviz y el copiloto José Alejandro Bohon Ramírez perdieron la vida cuando el helicóptero que tripulaban se viniera a abajo al este de Tijuana. 

El incidente ocurrió en la colonia popular La Morita alrededor de las 2:25 p.m. en la calle Tehuacan entre Laguna Salada y El Sauzal, del ejido Franciso Villa II sección. 

La aeronave cayó en una vía y no sobre una escuela de la zona como los otros medios lo han manejado, informó la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública de Tijuana (SSPT).  

Alrededor de las 2:40 p.m. la escuela secundaria No. 10 fue evacuada debido que el siniestro ocasionó un incendio por lo que escuadrones de bomberos acudieron al lugar. 

Cuando elementos de la policía municipal llegaron al lugar, encontraron la aeronave sin sobrevivientes, dijo la SSPT. 

El piloto y copiloto que abordaban el helicóptero Pegaso se encontraban realizando sobre vuelos de vigilancia preventiva en el área, de acuerdo con la dependencia en un comunicado quien también extendió su pésame a la familia de las víctimas.

"La Secretaría de Seguridad Pública de Tijuana lamenta lo sucedido y extiende su pésame a los familiares de los agentes fallecidos en cumplimiento de su deber". 

La SSPT dijo que la investigación continúa. 

Esta es una noticia en desarrollo, por favor regresa para próximas actualizaciones. 

https://www.telemundo20.com

Boeing’s Next Airliner Might Fly Investors Into Turbulence: Demand for a midsize plane isn’t clear yet, but airlines’ desire to link midsize cities in Asia could make such a plane ideal in 10 to 15 years

The next Boeing plane is expected to meet airlines’ need for an aircraft smaller than the 787 Dreamliner and bigger than the single-aisle 737. Shown, a Boeing Co. 787 Max 10 aircraft on the tarmac ahead of the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, in France in June 2017. 



The Wall Street Journal
By Alex Frangos


One reason things have being going so well for Boeing Co. shareholders: The airplane giant hasn’t tried to build a new type of plane lately.

That looks about to change. Next year, Boeing is likely to decide whether to start developing its first new airliner in 15 years.

Investors would be right to worry. New planes are hugely risky, in terms of cost and design and predictions of market demand years in advance. Boeing’s last big bet was the 787, which launched in 2003, cost $30 billion and only began turning a profit on each plane in 2016.

The next new Boeing, known as the “new midsize airplane,” “middle of the market” and unofficially, the 797, would likely be a double-aisle jet intended for delivery around 2025. The goal is to meet airlines’ needs for a plane bigger than the single-aisle 737, and smaller and with less range than the 787 Dreamliner. The new plane would overlap with the discontinued but still widely used 757 and 767, ferrying 200 to 280 passengers up to around 5,000 nautical miles.

The market for such a plane isn’t obvious today, which is one reason Boeing isn’t building it already. The last 757 came off the line in 2004, and while airlines might like a replacement, it hasn’t been a major priority.

Airbus, too, has a ready response. It can stretch its popular single-aisle A321 to cover some of the same market Boeing’s new plane would, but possibly at lower cost and lower execution risk, since it wouldn’t be a completely new plane.

That doesn’t mean pursuing the 797 is the wrong decision. Boeing’s cash flows are strong, and aircraft makers have to take risks and bring the newest technology to market. While demand for this plane isn’t clear yet, the desire by airlines to link midsize cities, especially in Asia, could make the plane ideal in 10 to 15 years. And what it learns on the 797 might be invaluable for a much bigger and more important task down the road: replacing its best-selling 737 family.

Do nothing and Boeing could end up ceding the midsize-jet market completely to Airbus. If Airbus accumulated insurmountable market share, it would be able to negotiate lower rates from suppliers and sell planes for less than Boeing.

Despite the best intentions, the history of new aircraft programs is littered with tears. Airbus’s double decker A380 and Boeing’s 787 are recent examples where costs skyrocketed. The good news is any pain from a botched 797 would be some time down the road. Problems tend not to crop up for several years after a project’s launch.

Boeing shares were the best performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 2017, up 90%. Free cash flow, the metric most followed by investors, is the best in years. This has no doubt attracted new investors who may need to be reminded: Building planes isn’t a risk-free business.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wsj.com

2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017

Pilatus PC-12: Incident occurred December 31, 2017 at San Jose International Airport (KSJC), California

In this file image, crews install new, higher fencing around Mineta San Jose International Airport near Coleman Ave. in San Jose, California, April 9, 2015, following security breaches. On Sunday, December 31, 2017, a small plane landed safely at the airport after reporting gear problems upon approach. 



SAN JOSE — Fire trucks and firefighters met a small plane Sunday afternoon on the San Jose International Airport tarmac, after the pilot had reported gear problems when the aircraft was 15 minutes from landing.

“We respond with everything, with the fire trucks, operations — everybody responds,” said Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman Vicki Day.

The distress call came in around 3:15 p.m. on Sunday. San Jose Fire Department firefighters responded, with a dispatcher reporting six people on board the plane.

The single-engine propeller aircraft, a Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12, landed safely with no injuries to anyone aboard or on the ground, Day said.

Because the plane was landing at a private facility within the airport, Day could not say what the gear problem was, or where the flight was coming from.

One of the two private flight-services companies operating at the airport, Atlantic Aviation, said the plane didn’t land at its facility.

The other, Signature Flight Support, would not confirm whether the flight landed at its facilities.

“We can’t release any information on that,” responded the man who answered the company’s airport-office phone.

Story and photo ➤ https://www.mercurynews.com

Malaysian pilot arrested in Indonesia for methamphetamine use



PETALING JAYA: Indonesian authorities have detained a Malaysian pilot for consuming methamphetamines on Saturday (December 30).

Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) picked up the Malaysian during a random inspection at Batam’s Hang Nadim International Airport, where he tested positive for methamphetamines.

“He is in custody at the BNN Riau Islands office,” the agency’s head Richard Nainggolan was quoted as saying by Indonesian portal antaranews.com.

The agency had confiscated 1.9 grams of methamphetamines, a meth pipe, and a piece of aluminium foil, which is believed to belong to the pilot.

When contacted on Sunday (December 31), the Malaysian airline confirmed the arrest of its pilot and said that an investigation is being carried out.

“We are aware that one of our pilots is detained in Batam for drug issues. Investigations are underway on this,” said an airline spokesperson.

The spokesperson stressed that the airline does not condone drug abuse, and said that stern action will be taken against its employees found to be involved in drug abuse.

“Any employee who is found guilty will have their employment terminated and will be surrendered to the relevant authorities,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that frequent drug tests will continue to be conducted on pilots and cabin crew to ensure that they are medically fit to perform their duty at all times.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.thestar.com.my

Aer Lingus faces transatlantic route battle with US partner JetBlue



Aer Lingus looks set to face even more competition on its booming transatlantic routes in 2018 with its US partner JetBlue mulling an entry into the market.

This year has proven to be a landmark one for IAG-owned Aer Lingus's ambitions to build a major hub at Dublin Airport for traffic between Europe and America, with further developments promised in the New Year.

Aer Lingus saw transatlantic traffic jump past 2.5 million passengers this year and launched or announced numerous routes to the US from Ireland, including to Seattle and Philadelphia.

Irish-based low-cost operator Norwegian has emerged as the key competitor to Aer Lingus in the budget end of the transatlantic market, a fact that was highlighted by the airline's management in a Labour Court document previously reported by this newspaper.

Another Scandinavian player, Denmark's Primera Air, is set to start offering low-cost seats from London Stansted and Birmingham to New York, Boston and Toronto in the spring. A growing proportion of Aer Lingus passengers on North Atlantic routes originate from UK regional cities so the new Danish entrant will increase competition for the former national carrier.

But the arrival of JetBlue into Ireland or the UK could prove to be an even bigger disruption in a market that Aer Lingus has done much to develop.

Management at the Nasdaq-listed American carrier - which has made a huge success of its high-end coast-to-coast Mint service in the States - is reported to be close to concluding a comprehensive fleet review to examine the airline's orders and deliveries from Airbus. One of the options on the table is the possibility that some orders will be upgraded to the new Airbus A321LR aircraft, it is believed.

Aer Lingus has already ordered eight of the innovative low-cost long-range aircraft and plans to use them to further expand its network right across the eastern United States. If JetBlue, which is a close partner of Aer Lingus in the US, does decide to opt for the same aircraft it is likely to focus on serving numerous cities in Western Europe from its hubs in Boston and New York, according to reports in the US.

As well as the fleet appraisal, the airline's management is currently carrying out an analysis of potential European routes, it is understood.

Story and photo ➤ https://www.independent.ie

Air Algerie Evaluating Order For About 35 Aircraft



Air Algerie has begun planning the next phase of its fleet development, with initial studies finding a requirement for 35 “mostly narrow-body” planes by 2025.

About 15 of the aircraft will be used for net expansion of the fleet, while the other 20 will replace ageing models.

“We are working on a plan of development maybe until 2025,” Air Algerie director general Bakhouche Alleche told me during an interview last month. “We think we need another 15 aircraft [for growth] … [Including] replacement [units] altogether [the number] is 35 aircraft.”

Algeria’s flag-carrier currently deploys 58 passenger planes: 25 Boeing 737-800s, two 737-700C convertibles, five 737-600s, three 767-300s, 12 ATR 72-500s, three ATR 72-600s and eight A330-200s.

Sixteen of those aircraft were delivered between 2014 and 2016, making them unlikely candidates for retirement. These newer units are the 737-700Cs, the ATR 72-600s, eight of the 737-800s, and three of the A330-200s.

Among the 20 planes due to be withdrawn, Alleche confirmed that eight will be ATR 72-500s. He said the Bombardier CSeries, the ATR 72-600 and unspecified Embraer models will be evaluated as replacements.

All three 767-300s will also be phased out in the near future.

Asked about route development, the director general said that Chad, Cameroon, Gabon and other countries in central Africa are on his radar. The airline also wants to begin flights to New York, but cannot do so until Algeria’s Civil Aviation Authority is certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

“[We would launch] tomorrow if we have the right,” he said in reference to New York. “The [certification] process, if launched now, will take at least 18 months.”

Story and photo ➤   https://www.forbes.com

Maule M-5-210C, N378X: Accidents occurred May 05, 2013 and August 30, 2012 at Juneau International Airport (PAJN), Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N378X

Location: Juneau, AK
Accident Number: ANC13CA040
Date & Time: 05/05/2013, 1930 AKD
Registration: N378X
Aircraft: MAULE M-5-210C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot departed from a dry, paved runway in a tailwheel-equipped airplane; the takeoff required a correction for a 5-knot, right crosswind. The pilot said that during the takeoff roll, the airplane veered to the left, and he applied right rudder to correct the veer, but the airplane subsequently ground looped to the left. The right main landing gear collapsed, and the right wing and right horizontal stabilizer struck the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right horizontal stabilizer and fuselage. The pilot said that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll, which resulted in a ground loop. 

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Abnormal runway contact
Runway excursion 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 150 hours (Total, all aircraft), 80 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MAULE
Registration: N378X
Model/Series: M-5-210C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 6178C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360 SER
Registered Owner: Pending
Rated Power: 210 hp
Operator: Pending
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAJN, 21 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 ADT
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 280°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  ADT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Juneau International (PAJN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 21 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8457 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude:  58.355000, -134.576389 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska 

Aviation Accident Final Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket -  National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Juneau, AK
Accident Number: ANC12CA098
Date & Time: 08/30/2012, 1800 AKD
Registration: N378X
Aircraft: MAULE M-5-210C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

Analysis

The pilot receiving instruction had recently returned to flying after a long absence, and he hired a flight instructor to assist him in becoming familiar and proficient with a recently purchased tailwheel-equipped airplane. Although not proficient, the pilot did possess a current tailwheel endorsement. During landing, the pilot said he overcorrected, and the airplane ground looped, sustaining substantial damage to the left aileron. The instructor said that he had been asked to substitute for the pilot's primary instructor and that he overestimated the pilot's ability and did not take control of the airplane. Neither pilot reported any preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the tailwheel-equipped airplane during landing, resulting in a ground loop. Contributing to the accident was the flight instructor's failure to adequately monitor the landing.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Task monitoring/vigilance - Instructor/check pilot (Factor)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Dragged wing/rotor/float/other

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/30/2012
Flight Time: 98 hours (Total, all aircraft), 16 hours (Total, this make and model), 54 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/08/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/14/2011
Flight Time:  7000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MAULE
Registration: N378X
Model/Series: M-5-210C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 6178C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/10/2012, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1434 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360 SER
Registered Owner: Michael Whisenant
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Michael Whisenant
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  25 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting:
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  ADT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Juneau International (PAJN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 20 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8457 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 58.355000, -134.576389