Bek Air probe reveals safety problems

[Ref Flight International Magazine 28Jan – 3Feb 2020]

A Bek Air’s Fokker 100s crashed on take-off from Almaty on 27 December, resulting in the enforced suspension of the airline’s operation.

Kazakhstan’s civil aviation committee has uncovered a damning list of flaws (“a number of violations”) in Bek Air’s flight operations and maintenance processes, to justify the carrier’s grounding.

Bek Air has not conducted full and proper accounting of maintenance processes, particularly regarding the transfer of components between its aircraft.

“It also indicates the inability of Bek Air to obtain spare parts, owing to lack of funding or the difficulty of acquiring spare parts for old aircraft,” says the committee.

This suggests there are uncertainties over the actual usage time of components, compared with their recorded time in operation.

Icing remains a prime suspect in the Almaty accident and Fokker 100 procedures dictate that the wing surfaces must be specifically checked at three points for ice.

The committee says studies of video evidence at the airport indicate that Bek Air crews generally did not carry out these wing checks. The committee has also identified shortcomings relating to documentation of training, and says there is no evidence of specific training having been carried out for winter operations or icing risk management.

Inspection of the carrier has also turned up other violations with life jackets, emergency locator transmitters, and a lack of fire protection in cargo compartments. “In general, the state of the fleet is unsatisfactory,” the committee says.

Bek Air will be instructed to submit a corrective action plan to eliminate all the problems. If it fails to resolve the problems within six months, its certification will be completely revoked.

 

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