Final report highlights four ?active? and four ?latent? failures that led to accidentHelios crash probe finds fault with airline, crew and aircraft

Data recorders despatched to UK as investigation begins into cause of Atlantic Airways accident at Stord airportProbe starts into fatal 146 overrun

Comair last week served Kentucky’s Lexington Airport Board, various officials and the US government with a lawsuit, which claims the parties contributed to the fatal 27 August crash of a Bombardier CRJ100 that killed all but one of the 50 people on board and should therefore share liability.In a suit filed in a Kentucky court, Comair, a Delta Air Lines subsidiary, requests a declaratory judgement stipulating that, if it settles monetary claims now to compensate the families of the victims, the carrier or its insurer can seek contribution from the airport and the US government.Comair has also filed an administrative claim against the government, which – based on the actions of the US Federal Aviation Administration – is responsible for the decision “which led to a sole air traffic controller being on duty in the air traffic control tower cab” at the time of the incident, as well as the inspection and approval of the taxiway and runway configuration, design and markings,Comair sues over CRJ crash

David Learmount, the Operations and Safety Editor for Flight International magazine??has won a prestigious journalism award for an editorial encouraging an open reporting culture about safety-related flying incidents. He was presented with the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) Hank McGonagle Journalism Award – which ?seeks to recognise clear and objective journalistic reporting through analysis of a strategic issue facing the intra-European air transport industry? – for??his opinion article entitled Just Culture, published on 18 April. ERA director general Mike Ambrose, who chaired the judging, said: ?David?s ediFlight editorial calling for open incident reporting culture wins David Learmount ERA Hank McGonagle Journalism Award

Italian crash investigators have found the flight data recorder of an Air Alg??rie Lockheed Martin L100-30 Hercules that crashed near Piacenza in northern Italy on August 13. The flight data is ?almost destroyed but we will do our best,? says Italy?s Agenzia Nazionale per la Sicurezza del Volo (ANSV). The ANSV had already found the aircraft?s cockpit voice recorder, which was readable despite significant damage. ?Preliminary analyses showed that during normal cruise conditions on top of clouds with autopilot engaged, the autopilot FAIL light came on and after twelve seconds the autopilot disengaged. A few seconds later the aircraft lost irreversibly directional and longitudinal control.? The impact happened 73s after the autopilot fail light came on. Data from Milan and Zurich air traffic control and the Italian air force?s radar systems about the final stages of the flight trajectory is still being analysed. The ANSV says footage from a secItalian investigators find flight data recorder from August Air Alg??rie civilian Hercules crash

ICAO to examine advanced ground-guidance conceptsEurocontrol says airport operations study shows accident rates could be halved

The Helios Airways accident was not just an ordinary aviation tragedy. The way the aircraft flew on silently for almost 3h until the fuel ran out at the final approach fix, controlled only by the pre-programmed flight management system/autopilot, gave the event the aura of mystery normally associated with maritime stories like that of the Marie Celeste. This report is expected to reveal that all or most of those on board were killed by the impact, not by hypoxia. It may also clarify what the Greek air force Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter pilots who intercepted the cruising Boeing 737 over Greece actually saw happening in the flightdeck when they flew alongside. Two figures were seen in the cockpit besides the slumped pilots, one allegedly a male cabin crew member who was in early training for a private pilot?s licence. Investigators said at the time that someone in the aircraft had attempted to send an emergency call.No ordinary tragedy

Failure to recognise non-pressurisation led to August 2005 Helios 737 crashInvestigators have concluded that an incorrectly-set cabin pressurisation switch, and the failure to recognise warnings of oxygen depletion, led to the fatal loss of a Helios Airways Boeing 737-300 aircraft in Greece last year. The??final report into the accident, released today, shows that the crew did not realise that the pressurisation selector was in the ?manual? position while carrying out pre-flight procedures or while reading checklists ? it says the switch could have been left in the ?manual? position, rather than returned to the ?automatic? position, during non-scheduled maintenance. Helios flight ZU522 departed the Cypriot city of Larnaca for Prague on 14 August last year with 115 passengers and six crew members. But the aircraft failed to pressurise as it climbed to cruise altitude, incapacitating the crew and leading to the 737?s cr

Swedish investigators have raised concerns over aircraft door design after discovering that a perfectly-functional exit was rendered useless during an evacuation because a flight attendant did not have the strength to open it. The evacuation from an SN Brussels Airlines BAE Systems Avro RJ85 at Gothenburg on 10 March followed the collapse of the jet?s nose-gear ? an isolated event traced to an incorrectly-manufactured component which prevented the gear locking. But although none of the 32 occupants was injured, the Swedish Accident Investigation Board (SHK) has expressed concern over the ease with which the left rear door effectively became inoperable. The jet came to rest on its nose and the slight inclination of the fuselage was enough to prevent the female flight attendant?s being able to open the door fully and lock it in position ? even despite the aid of an 8kt wind blowing from directly in front of the aircraft. ?With only 28 passengers and the froSlow 10 March SN Brussels Gothenburg BAe Avro RJ85 evacuation prompts Swedish concern over exit-door design

Circumstances of Gol flight 1907 Boeing 737-800 crash remain unclear, with Brazilian authorities refusing to confirm collisionWhile details are gradually emerging about the fatal Gol Boeing 737-800 crash in the Amazon jungle,??the precise nature of the accident and the circumstances leading to it have yet to become clear. The widely-accepted theory is that the 737 collided with an Embraer Legacy 600 business aircraft. Although officials from Brazil?s civil aviation administration ANAC are privately referring to the accident as a collision, investigators are keeping an open mind regarding the condition of the 737 immediately before its loss. Having revised its passenger count owing to an error in the manifest, Gol has confirmed that 154 occupants ? comprising 148 passengers and six crew members ? were on board the jet when it came down on 29 September. Both the 737 and the Legacy were apparently travelling along airway UZ6, which connects Brasilia and Manaus; the 737 was heading southeast to Brasilia at flight level 370 (37,000ft, 11,210m) , the Legacy travelling northwest towards Manaus

Rescuers have yet to locate three occupants of an Atlantic Airways British Aerospace 146 aircraft which apparently veered off the runway and caught fire at the Norwegian airport of Stord today. There were 12 passengers and four crew on board the jet which was arriving from Stavanger when the accident occurred at around 07:35. An intense fire developed during the incident but 13 occupants have survived, says Stord airport. ?Three have yet to be found,? she says, adding that emergency crews have extinguished the blaze. While she says that the accident happened on landing, there are no further details on the circumstances of the crash. Stord Airport is located on the western coast of Norway and has a single runway, designated 15/33, which is 1,460m (4,790ft) in length. Atlantic Airways is based in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous region of Denmark located between the UK and Iceland. The carrier operates a small fleet of BAe 146s and BAE Systems Avro RVideo: Passengers missing as Atlantic Airways BAe 146 burns after landing at Norwegian airport

Norwegian investigators have discovered that spoilers did not deploy on the British Aerospace 146-200 which overran the runway while attempting to land at Stord Airport on 10 October. Four of the Atlantic Airways jet?s 16 occupants were killed when it careered off the slightly-damp runway and down steep terrain, before coming to rest and catching fire. Wreckage analysis has also revealed evidence that the aircraft suffered ?rubber reversal? as it tried to stop ? a phenomenon where heatSpoilers not deployed in Atlantic Airways BAe 146 crash at Stord, Norway

Recovery personnel have discovered a fourth victim in the wreckage of the Atlantic Airways British Aerospace 146-200 which crashed after landing at Stord in western Norway yesterday. Norwegian police had originally counted 13 survivors from the 12 passengers and four crew members on board flight RC670 from Stavanger. But the carrier says that the figures were incorrect and that a fourth victim has since been found, bringing the toll to three passengers and a crew member. Almost all the passengers were Norwegian. Three crewmembers were Faroese and one was Mainland Danish. The aircraft (OY-CRG) overran the runway at Stord after landing at 07:35, coming to rest part of the way down the precipitous coastal terrain at the runway?s end before the aircraft was consumed by fire. Magni Arge, president of Atlantic Airways says a delegation comprising Atlantic Airways staff and Danish and Norwegian civil aviation accident investigation boards are now on their waAtlantic Airways Norway BAe 146 crash death toll rises to four after police admits wrong figures

Organisations unite to stop growing practice of prosecution before investigationPush begins for just culture

GE readies FADEC software patchManufacturer to introduce update for GE90-115B-powered 777 fleet next month to counter thrust roll-back problem

A video has been released on the internet showing the sequence of events that led to the January 1992 Air Inter Airbus A320 crash into Mount Saint Odile, days before a French tribunal is due to rule on involuntary manslaughter charges faced by six aviation officials.The accident killed 87 passengers onboard the A320-100 when it crashed at La Bloss, in Barr commune at 19:20 on 20 January 1992.?? Only nine people onboard the aircraft (F-GGED) survived. Fourteen years later on 2 May, a trial started at the Colmar correctional court of six officials comprising lead personnel from Air Inter (now merged into Air France), Airbus, the French civil aviation authority DGAC and air traffic control. All are indicted under the charge of involuntarily causing death and injuries. The court is expected to release its final judgment on 7 November.The aircraft was en route from Lyons to Strasbourg when the A320 struck a ridge at around 2,620ft (800m) while attempting a VOR/DME appVideo: January 1992 Air Inter Mt Saint Odile crash manslaughter verdict expected 7 November in Colmar

This month a unique operational safety training event for professional pilots ? particularly targeting business aircraft aviators ? took place in Wichita, Kansas. Its objective was educate fliers about the human factors of aviation safety ? about themselves, other people on the operational side of the industry, and the kind of mistakes or misinterpretations they are likely to make. Human error or misjudgement is, according to statistics, by far the most frequent single contributory factor in accidents and serious incidents, especially as modern aircraft become more reliable. This three-day intensive training session, known as the Safety Standdown, has for the past 10 years been staged annually by Bombardier Business Aircraft near its Wichita-based Learjet manufacturing plant for aviators flying all aircraft types. This year it has become officially endorsed by the US National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Federal Aviation Administration. NBAA 2006: The war on error