Airbus Helicopters To Make Cockpit Image Recorder Standard

(February 25, 2014) Airbus Helicopters plans to progressively equip all its models with a cockpit imaging and flight data monitoring (FDM) system, in a bid to improve safety with an affordable system. All 181AS350 AStar/Ecureuil light singles delivered last year were equipped with the device, developed with Appareo Systems (Booth No. 329). Next in line for…

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Qantas A380, Boeing 747 collide while being towed

A Qantas Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-400 collided at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) while being towed out of the hangar, causing damage to the wings. Initial reports indicate the aircraft will be grounded for several days while the damage is repaired and the aircraft re-certified. Both aircrafts’ flight schedules were canceled until engineers assess…

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No injuries when engine housing falls off plane leaving O’Hare

A Spirit Airlines plane had to return to O’Hare International Airport soon after takeoff when part of the housing for one of its engines fell off, officials said. No one was injured when the cowling for the right engine on Flight 409, headed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became detached and the flight crew had to…

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EasyJet A320 loses cowl on take-off from Milan

One of EasyJet’s Airbus A320s sustained cowling damage to one of its engines shortly after take-off from Milan Malpensa, forcing a return to the airport. The aircraft had been operating flight 2715 to Lisbon on 12 August when, according to the carrier, it suffered a “technical issue” with one of its CFM International CFM56 engines. EasyJet says the aircraft landed safely “using both…

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Cowl doors missing from both engines on BA A319

K investigators have opened an inquiry into the British Airways Airbus A319 incident at London Heathrow which resulted in substantial damage to both engines. Images show that the fan cowl doors on both engines have been torn away, with clear discolouration on the rear of the starboard International Aero Engines V2500 powerplant. The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it has started…

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uncorrected read-back error causes serious runway incursion incident at Zweibrücken Airport

German Wings flight 8045 operated on regular domestic service from Zweibrücken Airport (ZQW), Gemany to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF). With 132 passengers and five crew on board the Airbus A319 (D-AKNN) taxied to runway 03 for departure. This involved back tracking on the runway and turning for a departure from runway 03. While the Airbus was taxiing down…

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Air India A320 at Jaipur on Jan 5th 2014, runway excursion on emergency landing

An Air India Airbus A320-200, registration VT-ESH performing flight AI-890 from Guwahati to Delhi (India) with 173 people on board, could not land in Delhi (scheduled arrival at 20:40L/15:10Z) due to weather and diverted to Jaipur (India) about 125nm southsouthwest of Delhi. By the time the aircraft arrived at Jaipur visibility at Jaipur had reduced…

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False glide slope interception (Air France, A340, Paris CDG)

On 13 March 2012, an Airbus A340-300 on a scheduled passenger flight from Bamako, Mali to Paris CDG, with LVP in force due to fog, continued a night Category 3 ILS approach to r unway 08R in IMC beyond the point where there was any possibility of a landing before initiating a go around after which a second approach to the same runway was completed uneventfully….

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