Learning from Alitalia 404 : The importantance of Crew Resource Management (CRM)

[Ref Wiki] (Last Update: 2020 Apr 28 1535Z) The air crash of Alitalia Flight 404 (AZ404/AZA404) happened on November 14, 1990. The international passenger flight scheduled to fly from Milan, Italy, to Zürich, Switzerland, operated by Alitalia, crashed into the woodlands as it approached Zurich Airport killing all 46 people on board.[1] A Swiss investigation concluded that […]

Pilots made identical selection mistake

[Ref Flight International Magazine 21-27 Apr 2020] Occurrence Date/Time 29 August 2019 Aircraft Type A319-111 (G-EZBI) Flight / Operator EasyJet POB N/A Description Both pilots of an EasyJet Airbus A319 mistakenly selected the wrong intersection during take-off performance calculations at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France. Cross-check of runway length was ‘invalidated’ by crew making same […]

The “NTSB” in Hong Kong

[Ref Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA)] For aviation students, we might have heard the NTSB, an independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation. The “NTSB” in Hong Kong is the Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA), which is established on 10 September 2018. The AAIA is a new and independent authority established under […]

A220 crew made laboured departure

[Ref Flight International Magazine 24-30 Mar 2020] Occurrence Date/Time 15 July 2018 Aircraft Type A220 (=Bombardier CS300) Flight / Operator N/A POB  46 occupants Description The pilots had been distracted by an unexpected discontinuity in the flight plan after entering the standard departure route into the flight-management system (FMS) Then, the captain asked the first […]

Impeded descent preceded 747’s false glideslope crash

[Ref Flight International Magazine 17-23 Mar 2020] Occurrence Date/Time 16 January 2017 (at night) Aircraft Type 747-400 freighter Flight / Operator Turkish Airlines  TK6491 POB  4 crew Description The aircraft had been maintaining 18,000ft and was cleared to descend to 6,000 ft within 27nm (50km) distance. However, the airline’s standard descent procedure would only have […]

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 […]