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Pilots incapacitated by cold?

Miércoles, 17 de octubre de 2012 Twitter 2 comentarios

The British AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) released their bulletin concluding  the probable cause of an incident that British Airways A321 had near London on Dec 20th 2011 :
“The symptoms experienced by the commander may have been the result of the after-effects of a cold, combined with coincidental head and aircraft movement. The temporary symptoms experienced by the co-pilot may have been a reflection of the potentially evolving situation of an incapacitation at an early stage in the flight leading to possible mild hyperventilation.”

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** Incident: British Airways A321 near London on Dec 20th 2011, both flight crew nearly passed out 

Simon Hradecky / 11th-Oct-2012 / The Aviation Herald

Chamonix interdit les hommes-oiseaux

Miércoles, 26 de septiembre de 2012 Twitter Sin comentarios

Le maire de Chamonix a décidé d’interdire par arrêté municipal la pratique du wingsuit  dans sa commune. Ce sport extrême très spectaculaire consiste à sauter d’une falaise muni d’une combinaison équipée d’ailes et à voler quelques instants au-dessus du relief avant d’atterrir en ouvrant son parachute. Sont visés par l’interdiction les deux sites emblématiques de décollage dans la vallée de Chamonix, le sommet du Brévent (2525 m) et l’Aiguille du Midi (3842 m). Depuis le lancement de cette activité, il y a quinze ans, 160 à 170 wingsuiters ont trouvé la mort dans le monde

 

** Chamonix interdit les hommes-oiseaux

      Serge Pueyo/Le Parisien 26-07-2012

Questions about a medevac flight accident in adverse conditions

Martes, 28 de agosto de 2012 Laura Duque Arrubla Sin comentarios

Pressure to conduct EMS operations safely and quickly in various  enviromental conditions- for example, in inclement weather and at night- increases the risk of accidents when compared to other types of patient transport methods, including ground ambulances or commercial flights. In this accident report, NTSB said, “The pilot did not maintain sufficient airspeed during an instrument approach in icing conditions, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and loss of control. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s fatigue, the operator’s decision to initiate the flight without conducting a formal risk assessment that included time of day, weather and crew rest, and the lack of guidelines for the medical community to determine the appropriate mode of transportation for patients.

 

** Especial interest for all those concerning MEDEVAC FLIGHTS

      High Risk, Low Need: Medevac Accident Report FSF jul12

      Mark Lacagnina / FSF /AerosafetWorld/ July 2012

La saga de los aviadores estrellados

Jueves, 16 de agosto de 2012 Twitter Sin comentarios

¬†Escribe Jacinto Ant√≥n este interesante art√≠culo sobre accidentes y aterrizajes forzosos: “Vamos a centrarnos en lo que para m√≠ es la esencia de la aviaci√≥n: la gran ca√≠da que sigue al ascenso rutilante del piloto y que lo devuelve a la realidad y al peso tras experimentar el espejismo de la conquista del cielo. Exactamente: la gran met√°fora de nuestras vidas, hechas de grandes despegues y aterrizajes forzosos. Las aventuras de pilotos que se estrellan”…

 

** La saga de los aviadores estrellados

     Jacinto Antón/ El Pais.com / 05-Agosto-2012

Un avión medicalizado se estrelló en las inmediaciones del aeropuerto de Santiago de Compostela

El avi√≥n – un Cessna 500 Citation- se estrellaba en medio de una densa niebla en la senda de aproximaci√≥n del aeropuerto de Santiago por su cabecera norte muy pr√≥xima a la autov√≠a y en pleno Camino de Santiago, volando desde Asturias.¬†Los fallecidos son¬† Alejandro Bueno, de 37 a√Īos y natural de Barcelona y de Daniel Fern√°ndez, de 35 a√Īos y natural de Bilbao. Desde la SEMA lamentamos cualquier accidente a√©reo, y especialmente todos los que como √©ste tienen un aspecto sanitario a√Īadido. Agradecemos a Alejandro y a Daniel y por extensi√≥n a todos los profesionales aeron√°uticos¬† ‚Äúsu importante labor al participar de forma regular en los operativos de traslados de equipos y √≥rganos para transplantes‚Äú

 

**  Un avión medicalizado se estrella en Santiago / Aeronoticiario SCQ Р2/08/2012

Breaking the Mishap Chain

Lunes, 11 de junio de 2012 Pedro Ortiz García Sin comentarios

This book that we recommend is about “Human Factors Lessons Learned from Aerospace ¬†Accidents and Incidents in Research, Flight¬†Test, and Development” .It contains a collection of case studies of mishaps involving experimental aircraft, aerospace vehicles, and spacecraft in which human factors played a significant role. It is offered as a learning tool so that future organizations, programs, and projects may not be destined to repeat the mistakes of the past and is highly advisable for someone devoted to aeromedical field.

 

** Breaking the mishap chain

      By Peter W. Merlin, Gregg A. Bendrick, and Dwight A. Holland

Business aviation safety report over 20 years

Jueves, 10 de mayo de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis 2 comentarios

There is a long-term favourable trend in business-jet fatal accident rates – and a significant improvement during the past three years which will be remarkable if sustained. That is the judgement of Paul Hayes, senior safety analyst at Flightglobal‘s data and consultancy division Ascend. During the 1990s, the rate in question was one fatal accident per 600 aircraft, while for the 2000s it has been one per 900 aircraft. On this basis, 2011 was the safest year ever for the class and continues the safety improvement trend that has halved the accident rate in the past 10 years…

 

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Aviation safety suffers further setback after Helios conviction

Jueves, 3 de mayo de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis 1 comentario

A Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer has received a 10 year prison sentence by an ¬†Athens court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance on the Helios Airways Boeing 737-300 which crashed into a mountain near Athens in 2005 after its oxygen supply failed and the pilots and most of the passengers fell unconscious. It is difficult to grasp how aviation safety can be improved if the legal process surrounding an aircraft accident allows an engineer to be condemned to a prison sentence based on an “assumption” that a cockpit Switch (critical to flight safety) was set in the incorrect position….

 

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Injured by Jet Blast at St Marteen

Martes, 17 de abril de 2012 FSI / Curt Lewis Sin comentarios

Airports often place their blast fences at the beginnings of runways, especially when roadways or structures are adjacent. Airports that are in dense urban areas often have blast fences between taxiways and airport borders. Jet blast deflectors usually direct exhaust gases upward.[ However, a low-pressure zone can form behind the blast fence, causing ambient air and debris to be drawn upward with the jet exhaust, and hot, toxic gases to circulate behind the blast fence. But in St Marteen does not want to use it , the tourist attraction of this airport cab be very dangerous as can be seen in this footage.

The “toxic” Captain : How to identify?

Lunes, 16 de abril de 2012 Laura Duque Arrubla Sin comentarios

Shortly after¬†take off from Douala, Cameroon, the pilots of a B737 from Kenya Airlines lost its control . The captain experienced confusion and spatial disorientation and the aircraft entered in an unrecovered spiral dive. Inadecuate operational control, lack of crew coordination and non adherence to standard procedures were among the causes according to Civil Aviation authorities.¬†Research about captain established certain personality traits as “Toxic” Captain capable to make a cockpit environment that can be a safety risk.¬† Let us learn to prevent these behaviors.

Toxic captain:

  • strong character and heightened ego;
  • authoritative and domineering attitude with subordinates;
  • paternalistic attitude;
  • deficiencies in CRM;
  • a ‚Äútouch of arrogance

 

** The Toxic Captain

      Robert I. Baron / Aerosafety World- March 2012