Portuguese airports warned over ‘confusing’ terminology

[Ref Flight International Magazine 28Jan-3Feb 2020] Two identical serious take-off incidents within two weeks involving EasyJet Airbus A320s at Lisbon. Both incidents involved the aircraft accelerating with ­insufficient thrust and becoming airborne close to the far end of the runway. While calculating take-off performance criteria with the electronic flightbag, the pilots both based the calculation […]

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 […]

Turkish 737 veered off runway before gear collapse

[Ref 3-9 Dec Flight International Magazine] On 21 November 2019, Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 (TC-JGZ) had been operating flight TK467 from Istanbul. It suffered a gear collapse at Odessa had initially veered off the runway while landing. The aircraft executed a go-around during its first landing approach. Later, the aircraft touched down on runway 16 but, during […]

Crashed 737 pushed into dive during go-around

[Ref flightglobal.com, aviation-safety.net] On 17 November 2013, the crew of the Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 engaged go-around thrust after assessing the aircraft’s position relative to the runway. The autopilot was disconnected and the aircraft flown manually. As the engines increased power the crew retracted the 737’s flaps from the 30° position to 15°. But the thrust […]

Flydubai 737 crash captain mentally unprepared for go-around

[Ref 3-9 Dec Flight International Magazine, aviation-safety.net] Occurrence Date/Time 19 March 2016 Aircraft Type Boeing 737-800 (A6-FDN) Flight / Operator Flydubai POB  62 (7 Crew + 55 PAX) Description Over 1h 40min passed before its crew requested descent for a second landing attempt. This attempt was also aborted, nearly 2h after the first. With the […]

Gear-up 727 captain ignored warnings

[Ref Flight International | 19-25 November 2019 P.12] Occurrence Date/Time 28 January 2019 Aircraft Type Boeing 727-200 freighter (N720CK) Flight / Operator Kalitta Charters II POB  4 Crews Description Notes: On the day before 28 January 2019 (the accident) a different crew, also arriving at Tuscaloosa, had similarly experienced an indication that the nosegear had […]

“ill-fated” 737 Max crew left ‘unaware’ of prior flight’s problems

[Ref 5-11 Nov 2019 Flight International Magazine] Pilots of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max which crashed shortly after departing Jakarta in 2019 had been unaware of the control problems experienced by the crew of the same aircraft on the inbound service (from Denpasar) Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) investigation authority says this awareness […]