Primed and Ready for an Error (NASA Callback 418)

Expectation bias, fueled by familiar precursors to a “line up and wait” clearance, led this B737 flight crew to enter the runway prematurely. We were holding short of Runway 06L and takeoffs and landings were being conducted on the runway. The Captain had mentioned that he had a commute to catch at [our destination] and we were issued a wheels up…

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Update on the location of flight MH370

At the EASA Committee on the 8 and 9 October 2014, the Member States voted positively for the three years extension of the applicability date for the Aircrew Regulation. Included in the changes were many other proposals from the General Aviation (GA) community for the amendment to the Aircrew Regulation. The Agency in cooperation with the…

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New search area for MH370 announced; aircraft believed to be on autopilot before crash

The new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that vanished in March has been announced and Australian officials have said the aircraft was “highly likely” to have been on autopilot before it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. A 64-page report on the search for flight MH370 was published Thursday by the Australian…

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France recommends ground ice detection system following fatal takeoff accident of Premier 1A jet

The French accident investigation bureau, BEA, recommends EASA to study the possibilities of ground ice detection systems following the fatal accident involving a Premier 1A corporate jet in March 2013. The Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier IA jet, registered VP-CAZ,  was parked overnight on the platform at Annemasse Airport in France. The temperature was -2°C and humidity was 98%…

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Report: Misadjusted thrust reversers and unstabilized approach led to fatal Tu-204 runway excursion accident

The Tupolev 204 passenger plane, RA-64047, was operated by Red Wings Airlines as a repositioning flight from Pardubice Airport (PED), Czech Republic to Moscow with a crew of eight. Flight 9268 approached from the north and was cleared for landing on runway 19. The airplane was fully configured for landing with flaps at -37°, slats at…

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Unstable approach and ineffective crew communication factors in fatal Canadian Boeing 737 accident

On 20 August 2011, a Boeing 737-210C, operated by First Air, was being flown as a charter flight from Yellowknife, Canada to Resolute Bay, when it struck a hill about 1 nautical mile east of the runway. The accident claimed the lives of all 4 crew members and 8 of the passengers, and left 3…

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