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.”
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, ‚ÄúThe 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‚Äôs fatigue, the operator‚Äôs 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
¬†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”…
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.
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…
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….
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.
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.
strong character and heightened ego;
authoritative and domineering attitude with subordinates;
Durante el mes de febrero de 1951 se celebr√≥ en Washington (Estados Unidos) una reunion de los dirigentes de la investigaci√≥n aeronautica de los paises del Pacto del Atlantico (OTAN).¬†La Conferencia ten√≠a por objeto analizar el potencial de investigacion y desarrollo de material aeronautico. El resultado de la Conferencia fue una recomendacion dirigida al Grupo [...]
La aviaci√≥n exist√≠a ya antes de que un s√≥lo avi√≥n volara. Hab√≠a libros, revistas, empresas por acciones, clubes, asociaciones,cient√≠ficos, gobiernos que estudiaban la manera de llevar a la pr√°ctica el ingenio.¬† El petr√≥leo, la mec√°nica de precisi√≥n, la f√≠sica de flu√≠dos, los motores ligeros para autom√≥viles, e incluso las bicicletas, fueron algunos de los factores [...]
The Alpe Adria Congress of Aviation Medicine was established in 1995 by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Koestler M.D., Vienna/Austria and Dr. Gabor Hardiscay M.D., Budapest/Hungary with the intention to create a forum for aviation medicine in the centre of Europe. Here enclosed you’ll find detailed informations and the updated program of the Alpe Adria Congress, organised [...]
Como cada d√≠a hay m√°s blogs funcionando y nuestro tiempo vale mucho y¬† cada vez es m√°s escaso; ¬†este invento del RSS permite que los blog nos visiten a nosotros , en vez de nosotros¬†ir a visitarlos. No tienes que peocuparte por ver si ha habido nuevas entradas o comentarios en el blog .¬† Si [...]
Se acab√≥ el estar sentado en una inc√≥moda silla mirando el reloj y sin saber que hacer.¬†A nadie le gusta que su vuelo salga con retraso. Pero si es inevitable y toca esperar varias horas, estos son los aeropuertos con m√°s cosas que hacer y, por tanto, ideales para hacer menos pesada la espera. Descubre [...]