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Friday, December 2, 2016

The Charter Airline LaMia's Licence suspended of Colombia Airplane Crash

Airline's Licence suspended of Colombia Airplane Crash

The Charter Airline LaMia got its operating License Suspended by the Bolvia's Aviation authority whose Airplane crashed on Monday killing 71 people.

It was LaMia's only operational plane, and had been partly owned by the pilot.
The Aircraft that was carrying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team went down near Medellin, Colombia, killing all but six .

Colombian authorities say evidence is growing that the Airplane crashed because it ran out of fuel as it tried to land.

LaMia was set up last year in Bolivia, and has 3 aircraft - two of which are under repairs.

As per the statement of Colombian Aviation chief Alfredo Bocanegra, The British-made BAE 146 Avro RJ85 Aircraft had no fuel when it plunged into a mountainside near Medellin, corroborating audio of the pilot asking to land because of a fuel shortage and electric failure.

"Having been able to do an inspection of all of the remains and parts of the Airplane, we can affirm clearly that the Aircraft did not have fuel at the moment of impact," Mr Bocanegra said.

Freddy Bonilla, another Aviation official, said regulations stipulated that Aircraft must have 30 minutes of fuel in reserve to reach an alternative Airport in an emergency, but "in this case the plane did not have" it.

"The engines are the electrical source, but without fuel, the electrical source would have been completely lost," he added.

In a leaked tape, the pilot, Miguel Quiroga, can be heard warning of a "total electric failure" and "lack of fuel". Just before the tape ends, he says he is flying at an altitude of 9000ft (2745m).

The Airplane was carrying Chapecoense, who had been due to play a football cup final against Atletico Nacional in Medellin.

The team flew from Sao Paulo to Santa Cruz on a Commercial Flight, then switched to the Chartered Aircraft.

Brazil's O Globo reported that because of a delayed departure, a refuelling stop in Cobija - on the border between Brazil and Bolivia - was abandoned because the Airport did not operate at night.

"The pilot was the one who took the decision," Gustavo Vargas, a representative of LaMia, was quoted as saying in Bolivian newspaper Pagina Siete. 
Approaching Medellin, the pilot asked for permission to land because of fuel problems, without making a formal distress call.

But another Airplane from Airline VivaColombia had priority because it had already suffered a fuel leak, the co-pilot of another Airplane in the air at the time said.

The pilot of the crashed plane is heard asking urgently for directions to the Airport before the audio recording ends.

The Airplane's "black boxes", which record flight details, will be sent to the UK to be opened by investigators. A full investigation into the Crash is expected to take months.

On Wednesday night, when the match had been due to take place, tens of thousands of fans gathered at the Medellin stadium - and at Chapecoense's home ground in Chapeco to pay last tributes to the deceased.

 Chapecoense lost 19 players in the crash. Twenty journalists also lost their lives.
Of the survivors, Chapecoense said two players remained in a critical but stable condition, while the club's goalkeeper had had one leg amputated and might still lose his other foot.An injured journalist also remained in critical condition.

Crossroads of the World' Aviation site maps, a guide to Newfoundland

Crossroads of the World'  Aviation site maps, a guide to Newfoundland

The still intact tail and partial fuselage from the Belgian Airline is an eerie site around 35 kilometres southwest of Gander, N.L.The Sabena disaster of Sept. 18, 1946.
The DC-4 Airplane was on its way to New York from Brussels when it tried to land in rain, wind and heavy cloud cover at the airport in Gander for re fuelling. 
18 people were still alive when rescuers reached them more than 36 hours after the accident, included one of the first uses of helicopters in such a mission. Seventeen of them survived.Small crosses still mark where 26 passengers and crew who died at the Crash scene were buried because thick woods made removing the bodies so difficult.  
The Sabena made international headlines as one of the most deadly Commercial Airline crashes of its day. 
Gander's Airport was a vital staging ground to ferry thousands of Aircraft from North America to Britain during the Second World War and was among the largest in the world in 1940 . 
In later years, it was a refuelling point for transatlantic flights carrying everyone from Fidel Castro to the Beatles. Gander became known as the "Crossroads of the World" before Jumbo Jets that could make longer trips diminished traffic to its sprawling airfield.
"Charlie Baker George: The Story of Sabena OOCBG" authored by Frank Tibbo, a retired air traffic controller in Gander, he has visited the isolated crash site as a guide several times in Helicopters Chartered by relatives of those who died.It's also possible to approach the Sabena on ATV and hike the rest of the way in, he further commented.

"A lot of people, when they get there, they still feel the effects of the terrible tragedy that happened in 1946."
Tibbo said it's important to maintain such sites both for their historical importance and as respectful testaments to those who perished.
The Silent Witness memorial, a short drive just outside Gander, has been put up where Arrow Air Flight 1285 went down on Dec. 12, 1985, killing 248 U.S. troops and eight crew members. A divided Canadian Aviation Safety Board blamed ice on the Aircraft's wings, but another report raised the prospect of an onboard explosion.
Exhibits at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum on the town's main highway trace construction of the Gander International Airport, its role in the Second World War and Transatlantic passenger travel.
There is also a section on the extraordinary hospitality shown by residents as 38 planes with almost 6,600 passengers were diverted to Gander during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A piece of steel from the World Trade Center was donated in thanks and is on permanent display.
Councillor Sarah McBreairty said the Town of Gander is creating a map and smartphone guide to help visitors find more than 20 places of aviation interest in the region.
"We're recognizing that Gander is history. Gander is heritage," she said in an interview. 
One issue is balancing access to certain sites with a need to protect them "Preventing people from further destruction of these archeologically significant sites is crucial."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fatal Crash caused unlikely by Mast Bumping of Robinson R-44 Helicopter in NZ

Fatal Crash caused unlikely by Mast Bumping of Robinson R-44  Helicopter in NZ

An detail report into the Fatal Crash of a Robinson R44 Helicopter in Northland in October has found it is "very unlikely" mast bumping caused the accident.  Investigators remove the wreckage of a Robinson R44 helicopter in Glenbervie forest near Whangarei.
Allan Jessop, 42, from Tangiteroria, and Derek Hammond, 49, from Kauri, died when their Helicopter crashed in Glenbervie Forest, north of Whangarei, on 31 October.
The two men had been on a short survey Flight ahead of a forestry spraying run when the accident occurred.The Helicopter crashed into dense native forest about 1pm and the bodies were discovered in the burnt-out wreckage soon.
Robinson Helicopter models have been linked to a problem known as mast bumping and, on 27 October, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) had added this type of occurrence to its watchlist of pressing transport safety concerns. Mast bumping can be elaborated as when the inboard end of a main rotor blade (the spindle) contacts the main rotor driveshaft (or mast).

It can result in the main rotor blades striking the helicopter's cabin, causing it to break up in-flight. TAIC's interim report into the Glenbervie Forest crash said the spread of wreckage meant it was highly unlikely mast bumping was behind the crash.

"The confined nature of the wreckage field, and the type of damage found on the main rotor blades and the tail boom, suggested that it was very unlikely that the helicopter had broken up in-flight or that the accident had been caused by mast bumping."

In a statement, the Robinson Helicopter Company thanked the commission for its thorough and prompt investigation.

It blamed the New Zealand aviation environment for earlier accidents involving its helicopters.

Helisika is the license-holder for Helinorth, the small Northland operator that flew the Robinson that crashed.
"Regarding previous New Zealand Accidents, which involved low-G mast bumping, these appear to stem from certain training, operational culture and regulatory elements unique to New Zealand."

The company applauded the Civil Aviation Authority for seeking to improve the level and consistency of training and said it supported the authority's work.

The company said TAIC's watchlist - and the Department of Conservation suspension on the use of its helicopters - was having a negative effect on operators, their businesses and the economy.

"The improved training and operational procedures being implemented will increase safety and should allow normal Helicopter operations to resume."

The Commission is now investigating further lines of inquiry for October's crash, including the following:

Engine condition before the accident
The pre-impact integrity of the main rotor control system
Weather conditions at the time of the accident
Forestry aerial spraying operations
The maintenance history of the helicopter and its engine

Shortly after the crash, Helisika chief pilot Greg Gribble said the Robinson R44 Helicopter was only a couple of years old and had only about 600 to 700 flying hours on the clock.He further added that the Helicopter was well-maintained at Helisika's Ardmore base.

According to TAIC, there have been five deaths involving a Robinson R44 since 1991.

Over the same period, there have been 14 deaths in accidents involving Robinson R22s and one involving the R66 - a total of 20 deaths.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) quoted, approximately 300 registered Robinson helicopters made up about 40 percent of the country's Helicopters.

Farheen Khursheed Khan [MBA] 
Project Manager, 
AeroSoft Corp 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Chartered Airplane carrying a first-division Brazilian soccer team to a historic game slammed into a Colombian hillside Monday night, killing 76 of the 81 people aboard,

Brazilian Soccer Team's Plane Crash,76 dead, five survive A Chartered Airplane carrying a first-division Brazilian soccer team to a historic game slammed into a Colombian hillside Monday night, killing 76 of the 81 people aboard, authorities said.

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Colombia plane crash: 75 dead and six survivors on flight carrying Chapecoense football team

Plane crashes in Colombia with 81 on board, including Brazilian footballers
... authorities said in a statement. Local radio said the same aircraft transported Argentina's national squad for a match earlier this month in Brazil.
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Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia with 76 of 81 on board dead

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Colombian plane crash: Brazilian football team among 76 dead

A chartered plane with a Brazilian first division football team has crashed in Colombia while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 76 ...

Initially Six people  survived the  Airplane crash, but one expired shortly due to injuries sustained, Colombia's civil aviation agency said.
The crash site is located in a hard-to-access area and rain has hampered rescue and recovery efforts.

"Dozens of rescuers working through the night were initially heartened after pulling three passengers alive from the wreckage," The Associated Press reports. "But as the hours passed, and heavy rainfall and low visibility grounded helicopters and complicated efforts to reach the crash site.
The 72 passengers included members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian Soccer team that was to Play in one of South America's most prestigious tournaments and was scheduled to Play in the Copa Sudamerica finals against Atletico Nacional on Wednesday in Medellin.

The team requested to be declared tournament champion as Juan Carlos de la Cuesta, president of Atletico Nacional, expressed solidarity.

 Less than a decade ago Chapecoense was mired in the nation's "D" league, essentially low minor leagues.The climb to celebrity status was a fairytale that drew headlines across the nation.

In recent years it steadily rose through the ranks, reaching the top division of Brazilian Soccer in 2014. Authorities said more than 20 journalists joined the team on the flight in anticipation of Wednesday's game.

"The pain is terrible. Just as we had made it, I will not say to the top, but to have national prominence, a tragedy like this happens," club vice-president Ivan Tozzo told Globo SportTV. "It is very difficult, a very great tragedy."

A tragedy to lose 75 lives, it was not immediately clear what caused the short-haul, British Aerospace 146 to crash, but heavy rains and thunderstorms hit Colombia around the time of the tragedy.

The tragedy stunned the Soccer-mad nation of Brazil. President Michel Temer declared three days of national mourning and mobilized the foreign affairs and defense ministries to assist families of the victims. Brazil's embassy in Bogota was reaching out to families, and planes were made available to transport them to Colombia and to aid in the search and rescue effort.

Temer stated "The government will do everything possible to ease the pain of the family and friends of Sport and national journalism." 

In the United States, Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tweeted: #Chapecoense Cinderella dream ended tragically. Our prayers are with all those killed in heartbreaking plane crash & their loved ones."

Brazilian football team's plane crashes in Colombia; 75 dead, 6 survive