Category: Accidents and Incidents

An Administrative Failure: The Yak-52 Part 2

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Last week I posted A Can Of Worms: The Yak-52 Qualitative Training Exercise in which a test pilot instructor lost his life during a standard training exercise. To recap, a Yak-52 suffered an engine failure, probably caused by the fuel pump. There were two pilots in the aircraft. In the back was the commander, who…

Read more… 19 Jan 18

A Can Of Worms: The Yak-52 Qualitative Training Exercise

There’s a lot to this, so I’ve split the analysis up into two parts. This week we’ll look at the details of the crash and next week I’ll focus on the administrative issues that led to it. In the beginning of November, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch released their bulletin concluding their field investigation…

Read more… 12 Jan 18

Ground to EVA35, Apparently You Hit a Pole

Earlier this week there was a bit of a fender-bender at Toronto Pearson International Airport. EVA Air flight 35 was a scheduled flight from Toronto departing at 00:45 am local time for a 16 hour flight to Taipei. The aircraft was a Boeing 777-300 B-16718. It was early morning and dark at Toronto, although the…

Read more… 8 Dec 17

Moose Hunt Crash, Bethel Alaska

This video is from an accident in September 2015 but it only just recently has come to my attention. As usual, I couldn’t resist trying to find out as much as I could about the incident. You already know I’m a sucker for a happy ending. The aircraft, registration N910SP, is a Helio H-395 Super…

Read more… 24 Nov 17

Quite the Fall

This video from the 11th of November shows a cabin crew member falling out of an aircraft, grabbing the doorway edge before losing her grasp and landing on the tarmac below. The drop from the rear doorway of the 737 is around 2.7 meters (9 feet). The story was originally reported in the Beijing Youth…

Read more… 17 Nov 17

Rookie Error: Forgetting to Bring Up the Landing Gear During Flight

This is a guest post by my friend Matthew Warburton, looking at the recent incident of Air India Flight AI676. I hope you enjoy it! Rookie errors can happen to any of us, no matter who we are or what we are doing. The difference is that any mistake can be very costly when you…

Read more… 7 Nov 17

Accident Reports

Steve Fossett Disappearance

It was the 3rd of September in 2007 at around 09:30 local time in California when a Bellanca 8KCAB-180 (Super Decathlon) registration N240R disappeared in the ‘Nevada Triangle’. The 63-year-old…

Have You Ever Flown a Barrel Roll at Night?

On the 14th of February in 2010, a private jet disappeared from radar in German airspace eleven minutes after taking off for a routine ferry flight from the Czech Republic…

Demystifying

Crash in the Desert (Controlled Impact Demonstration)

This post started, as so many of them do, with a seemingly unbelieveable photograph with no attribution information. It didn’t take long to find a Reddit thread discussing the photograph…

The 1% rule and air disaster avoidance

I asked my friend, Robert Dawson, to help me understand the numbers behind risk assessment and the 1% rule. Robert writes fantastic science fiction and poetry, however I contacted him…

History

Goddamned Cat

Sometimes the best stories are the ones that aren’t so famous, where the race was not won and the record was not broken. This is such a story. It’s the…

The Story of the Avro Lancaster LM650 KM-T

I became interested in this story last year, when a reader named Niall left a comment about this rather odd item for sale on Ebay: What was the story of…

Fun Stuff

My Favourite Posts from 2006 to 2017

This week, while I recover from my Holiday Food Coma, I want to try something a little different. I’ve collected my favourite posts from the past – ones that will…

Parachute deployed in flat spin at 1,000 feet

This video was posted to a number of aviation forums last week and it’s easy to see why. I literally watched it three times in a row on the spot…