Category: Accidents and Incidents

Pop Quiz: How high is FL200 in Ireland? This Crew Failed

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Sometimes I have nightmares about getting confused in the cockpit and doing something so foolish that pilots all over the world will slap their foreheads in wonder. This is that kind of foolish. There may be snark ahead. The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of Ireland released a report on a serious incident which at…

Read more… 22 Apr 16

TransAsia Flight 222 CFIT and criminal charges against ATC

There’s some odd news today which had me scurrying for the original accident report in order to make sense of a court case against two Air Traffic Controllers in Taiwan. TransAsia flight 222 crashed near Magong Airport on the Penghu archipelago on the 23rd of July in 2014. The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) released their…

Read more… 15 Apr 16

Update Regarding FlyDubai flight B981 at Rostov

The Russian Interstate Aviation Committee today released an update on their investigation of the accident in Rostov on the 19th of March. I had been loathe to write about it at the time as the information was fairly tenuous and most of the interesting data was leaked and thus not verifiable. The IAC have not…

Read more… 8 Apr 16

Germanwings 9525: Attempting to Understand

The mindset of the pilot whose suicide flight killed 150 people, crew and passengers, is hard to comprehend. He was the first officer and Pilot Flying of Germanwings flight 9525 and on the 24th of March 2015, he clearly and deliberately crashed an Airbus 320 into the French Alps, killing everyone on board. The Bureau…

Read more… 18 Mar 16

Dissection of a Hard Landing at London City

It was the morning of the 18th of August 2007 in London. The aircraft was HB-IYU, an Avro RJ100, the improved version of the British Aerospace 146 short-haul airliner, with four turbofan engines and a retractable tricycle landing gear (the most common landing gear for modern aircraft). The captain had over 9,000 flying hours, of…

Read more… 11 Mar 16

“Um, have you landed?” Southwest 4013

Flight SWA4013 was a Southwest Airlines scheduled passenger service from Chicago, Illinois to Branson, Missouri. The incident occurred on the 14th of January, 2014. The aircraft was a Boeing 737-7H4 registration N272WN. In the cockpit was the captain, who was Pilot Monitoring, the first officer, who was Pilot Flying, a company dispatcher who observed from…

Read more… 4 Mar 16

Accident Reports

How to Drop a Gulfstream IV into a Ravine: Habitual Noncompliance

Everyone involved with aviation knows checklists. They are the cornerstone of aviation safety, meant to protect against the ever increasing complexity of aircraft and the limited attention span of the…

Engineer Sucked into Jet Engine

In an awful piece of news from Mumbai, it seems that an Air India technician died at Mumbai airport after he was sucked into an aircraft engine as the flight…

Demystifying

Airplane Pens

This is a bit of a short post today to make up for all the heavy posts recently. Me, I’m enjoying the long weekend and a bit of sunshine… This…

Factual Version of the Clipper Eclipse crash featured in the Oatmeal

This week The Oatmeal presented a comic strip entitled It’s going to be okay about Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, who survived a plane crash in 1947. It’s…

History

The Mysterious Disappearance of Foxtrot 94

This is one of my favourite aviation mysteries, in which a military pilot is reported as chasing after an unidentified object in the sky which he describes as glowing in…

The Mystery of the Hawaii Clipper

Pan American Airways was founded in 1927 to offer air mail services as a response to German-owned Colombian carrier SCADTA who was moving north from Colombia and lobbying hard for…

Fun Stuff

Top Ten Posts of 2015

It’s that time of year again! A moment of retrospection as we look at the most popular posts on Fear of Landing in 2015. Number 10: The teenager who flew…

Crazy about Drones

I got a drone for Christmas! I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet but, in view of the bad reputation drones have in the aviation world, I…