Lost Hydraulics, Fuselage Collapse, Aircraft Falling to the Ground
Lots of interesting plane incidents in the news this week so rather than pick just one subject, I’ve created a selection for you to view.
AVweb have posted the audio and flight path information for JetBlue flight 194 which lost hydraulic systems and declared an emergency last week.
The pilots of an Airbus A320 operated by JetBlue as Flight 194 out of Las Vegas for JFK Sunday told controllers “we’ve lost two hydraulic systems” before they declared an emergency, audio of the event shows. Ultimately, the flight landed safely and the NTSB is investigating. But the flight itself was far from routine. In the air, the airliner began to swing from side to side and rolled into steep banks. There were roughly 155 passengers aboard and some got sick. The pilots called Las Vegas to request a hold near the airport as they worked the problem. When asked by controllers, the pilots described the problem as “right now, it’s quite a few things, but the initial thing is, uh, uh, we lost our hydraulics, two, we’ve lost two hydraulic systems.” It would be four hours before the flight was safely on the ground again.
Follow the above link for the streaming audio or click here to download the MP3 file.
Last Sunday, an All Nippon Airways flight damaged its fuselage on impact as it came in to land at Narita Airport.
The aircraft, registration JA610A, was on a Beijing-Narita service when the incident happened at 13:28 local time. Flightglobal data show that the airframe was manufactured in 2002.
During the landing the 767 bounced off the runway before coming down heavily a second time, a video recording of the incident shows.
The landing was caught on security camera:
There was a strong crosswind and multiple landing craft reported strong turbulence on final approach earlier that morning. Appparently the nose wheel strut is damaged and the fuselage was twisted and cracked as a result of the landing which was beyond 5gs.
Last week the landing gear collapsed on a Blue Island plane after arriving at Jersey Airport.
The ATR 42 plane from Guernsey had touched down and was taxiing to its stand when there appeared to be a “collapse” of the undercarriage.
A spokesman for airline Blue Islands said the plane was evacuated in less than a minute and no one was hurt.
Flights were suspended and the runway was closed for more than seven hours on Saturday.
“MrKnowwun” on YouTube was at the airport at the time. He posts wonderful photographs and videos of trains on YouTube but for their holiday, he says his wife dragged him to Jersey as there are no trains there. He was at the airport at the time and took these great photographs from the departure lounge:
There’s also a set of photographs of the aircraft and its recovery posted by Graham Hocquard of Jersey Airport: Blue Islands – a set on Flickr
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch in the UK posted today to celebrate 100 years of Aircraft Accident Investigation in the UK.
Aircraft accident investigation in the United Kingdom has been an evolutionary process which began in the early twentieth century. Surviving information on the earliest period is sketchy and in some cases contradictory. In 1910, C S Rolls, co-founder of the Rolls-Royce Company, had the misfortune to become the first British citizen to be fatally injured in an aircraft accident, when his modified Wright biplane suffered a structural failure during an aviation meeting at Bournemouth. Later in the same year, a British pilot and his aircraft disappeared during an attempted double crossing of the Channel. Although no official flight safety structure then existed, the Royal Aero Club, which had only recently obtained its Royal Charter, became closely interested in the topic.
The article includes a PDF scan of the first accident report:
He was making a left-hand turn when the aircraft fell to the ground, killing both the aviator and passenger. Almost immediately after contact with the ground, the aircraft was in flames.
Fascinating reading the sequence of events and especially the probable cause in the very first British accident report.