NTSB Issues Investigative Update into Southwest Flight 345 Accident at LaGuardia Airport in New York

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety



Press Release via NTSB.gov on July 25, 2013

The National Transportation Safety Board today released factual information from the July 22 accident involving a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The airplane’s front landing gear collapsed on landing.

  • Evidence from video and other sources is consistent with the nose-gear making contact with the runway before the main landing gear.
  • The flight data recorder on the airplane recorded 1,000 parameters and contained approximately 27 hours of recorded data, including the entire flight from Nashville to New York.
  • The cockpit voice recorder contains a two-hour recording of excellent quality that captures the entire flight from Nashville to New York and the accident landing sequence.
  • Flaps were set from 30 to 40 degrees about 56 seconds prior to touchdown.
  • Altitude was about 32 feet, airspeed was about 134 knots, and pitch attitude was about 2 degrees nose-up approximately 4 seconds prior touchdown.
  • At touchdown, the airspeed was approximately 133 knots and the aircraft was pitched down approximately 3 degrees.
  • After touchdown, the aircraft came to a stop within approximately 19 seconds.
  • A cockpit voice recorder group will convene tomorrow at NTSB laboratories in Washington to transcribe the relevant portion of the accident flight.
  • Further investigative updates will be issued as events warrant. Follow the investigation at Twitter at @NTSB, on our website at ntsb.gov. Sign up for news releases atwww.ntsb.gov/registration/registration.aspx

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Original source, here.

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Delta B752 near Detroit on Jul 25th 2013, smokey odor on board

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety


Reposted from: Simon Hradecky, via The Aviation Herald

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N521US performing flight DL-903 from Detroit,MI to Fort Lauderdale, FL (USA), had just reached cruise level 350 when the crew reported a smokey odor on board and decided to return to Detroit, subsequently changing the decision to divert to Cincinnati’s Northern Kentucky Airport,KY for a safe landing on runway 18C about 35 minutes later.

The airline reported the crew diverted out of abundance of caution after a smokey odor was detected on board.

A replacement Boeing 757-200 reached Fort Lauderdale with a delay of 6:15 hours.


Original source, here.

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Republic DH8D near Newark on Jul 25th 2013, smoke in cockpit

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes, Safety


Reposted from Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Republic Airways de Havilland Dash 8-400 on behalf of United, registration N336NG performing flight YX-4890/UA-4890 from Newark,NJ to Pittsburgh,PA (USA) with 27 passengers, was climbing through FL200 out of Newark when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to return to Newark. Upon contacting tower the crew advised they were going to evacuate the aircraft and continued for a safe landing on runway 04R about 15 minutes after stopping the climb. The aircraft was evacuated, no injuries occurred. The passengers were bused to the terminal, the aircraft was later towed to the apron.

The airport reported emergency services did not find visible smoke.

Fight details: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/RPA4890/history/20130725/1429Z/KEWR/KPIT

Original story found, here.

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Nose gear on 737s like Southwest’s has malfunctioned 20 times since 1990

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety


Newsday via Dallasnews.com

NEW YORK – Nose landing gear on Boeing 737 jets like the Southwest Airlines plane that malfunctioned Monday at LaGuardia Airport has collapsed or failed to retract in at least 20 documented incidents worldwide since 1990, according to data from the National Safety Transportation Board.

Three of the malfunctioning landing gear incidents have occurred since 2007 on Southwest Airlines jets, according to the NTSB.

Nose gear troubles, which can include the loss of the wheels midair as well as mechanical failures, are usually caused by technical malfunctions or human error, such as a pilot approaching the runway too fast or a rough set-down during a bumpy landing. Aviation experts cautioned against drawing any conclusion from the NTSB statistics.

The NTSB is investigating Monday’s hard landing of the Southwest Airlines 737 at LaGuardia after the nose gear malfunctioned and the jet skidded about halfway across the 7,000-foot runway. Neither the NTSB nor Boeing would comment on what could have cause the gear to collapse.

In a company statement, Boeing officials said the company has “people on the ground supporting our customer and is providing technical assistance to the NTSB.”

Several passengers reported hearing a loud bang echo through the cabin of Flight 345 before it filled with smoke after the jet pitched forward Monday. Nine passengers were injured, none seriously, officials said. The 145 passengers and five crew members used an inflatable emergency slide to exit the plane after it screeched to a halt on a patch of grass just off the tarmac.

In a statement, Southwest Airlines said the aircraft has been in service since October 1999 and was last inspected July 18.

“Southwest is working with both the NTSB and Boeing in a preliminary investigation of this event,” the statement said. “Overnight, the aircraft was removed from the runway. Southwest has resumed full operations at LaGuardia.”

The same type of nose gear that collapsed on the Southwest Airlines jet Monday is equipped on 737s worldwide. Southwest had similar equipment failure after 2012 landing in El Paso, Texas, according to NTSB documents.

Since 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration has issued at least two Airworthiness Directives relating to the landing gear of the Boeing 737.

In 2004, a new directive required that the proximity switch electronics unit on Boeing 737 models 600 and later be replaced to prevent a malfunction of the aural warnings for landing gear. A malfunction of the aural warning, the directive reads, “could jeopardize a safe flight and landing.”

Another directive that went into effect in 2010 requires “repetitive lubrication of the left and right main landing gear forward trunnion pins,” and inspection for possible issues with other pieces of the main landing gear, “to prevent cracking of the forward trunnion pin, which could result in fracture of the pin and consequent collapse of the MLG (main landing gear).”

And after an incident in August 2006 in which the nose landing gear of a Boeing 737-500 collapsed at Newark Liberty International Airport while the plane was being towed by maintenance staff, Boeing issued a service letter addressing that and six other nose gear collapses that occurred while those aircraft were being towed or pushed back between 2004 and 2006, according to NTSB records.

But aircraft maintenance mechanic Edward Libassi, president of A&P Aircraft Maintenance based at Long Island MacArthur Airport in New York, said the Boeing 737’s landing gear doesn’t require any more maintenance or suffer any more failures than other commercial airliners.

“I don’t know what happened yesterday, whether it was a hard landing or something previously that may have cracked or fractured and maybe they haven’t found it,” Libassi said, referring to the 737 as “bulletproof.”

“I know Southwest does follow all the perimeters of their work scope,” said Libassi, who works on more than 600 planes, including Southwest’s fleet, each year at MacArthur. “They’ve never shortchanged their passengers. You can’t fly that many airplanes out of that many bases without something happening.”

Landing gear typically is well-maintained, he added. “I’ve never addressed any landing gear issues on any Southwest airplane and walked away full of grease or oil because nobody’s paying attention to it,” Libassi said.

John Goglia, an aviation consultant and former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the Boeing 737 model aircraft are reliable, and Monday’s incident at LaGuardia shouldn’t alarm passengers.

“They’ve had their share” of incidents, Goglia said. “But there are lot of those planes.”

Full story via Dallasnews.com.

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Helping Injured Passengers Is So Rewarding

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


Sometimes a client writes a thank you which makes my day. Let me share what our recent former client Linda provided to us just today.

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‘Pretty chaotic’ as landing gear on Southwest jet collapsed, passenger says

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety



Reposted from Mike Ahlers, CNN

(CNN) — New York’s LaGuardia Airport reopened a runway closed after a jetliner skidded into the grass when its nose gear collapsed Monday, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Tuesday.

The closure spurred two-hour flight delays early Tuesday as workers loaded the plane on a flatbed truck and officials inspected the runway, according to authority spokesman Chris Valens.

The Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that the average delay as of 6 a.m. had been two hours and 13 minutes. The disabled Southwest Airlines plane was being taken to an American Airlines hangar for further investigation, Valens said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it’s still considering whether to launch an investigation. The plane’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were being taken to its labs in Washington.

On Monday, 10 people suffered minor injuries when the nose gear of Southwest Flight 345 collapsed upon landing at the airport, the Port Authority reported.

The plane was arriving from Nashville about 5:40 p.m. when the accident occurred. The nose of the blue-and-orange jet came to rest on the ground after the aircraft came to a stop, and passengers evacuated the aircraft on emergency slides.

“The aircraft skidded down the runway on its nose and then veered off and came to rest in a grass area between the runway and taxiway foxtrot,” Thomas Bosco, the airport’s general manager, told reporters. It stopped about halfway down the 7,000-foot runway.

Eyewitness photos

Kathy Boles, a passenger aboard the Boeing 737, said a “strong jolt” shook the cabin when the gear failed and the nose slammed into the tarmac.

“It was just a bang and a bounce, and then a slam on the brakes and a skidding feeling,” Boles told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°.”

“I feel extremely blessed to have come off that,” she said. “It just really felt like the plane could have broken in half, it was such a hard impact.”

Fellow passenger Anastasia Elliot said the situation was “pretty chaotic.”

“We hit the ground pretty hard and slid,” she said. “There was a lot of smoke filling the plane, just a lot of smoke and burnt rubber.”

Another passenger said it felt like the plane crashed and then skidded to a stop.

“Everything in the plane that was loose went flying forward,” Bill Roland said. “There were cell phones, iPads, books (and) drinks all skidded up.”

The flight had 150 people aboard. In addition to the 10 injured on the plane, a Port Authority police officer was treated for heat exhaustion, Bosco said.

There were conflicting reports about how many members of the aircraft’s crew were among the injured. Southwest said three flight attendants had reported being hurt, while the Bosco said the six-member crew had been taken to a hospital for observation.

LaGuardia was closed to arriving flights as emergency vehicles surrounded the disabled jet, but the airport was back open for arrivals and departures by 7 p.m., Bosco said.

Initially, the FAA said the crew reported a possible nose gear problem before landing but later amended that to say no issues were noted ahead of time after a review of air controller tapes. In a statement Monday, Southwest said the plane had last been inspected four days earlier.

The 737 has a conventional hydraulic landing gear system — a unit under each wing and a steerable wheel that extends from under the nose. Pilots can land safely with only the main gear operable, and such incidents occur from time to time.

Southwest has more than 600 of the 737s in its fleet, including those operated by its subsidiary AirTran.

Monday’s incident followed a runway crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner in San Francisco last month that killed three people and injured more than 180 others.

Investigators in that crash will not determine a cause for several months at least, but initial attention has focused on actions of the crew during approach.

Full story, with video, here.

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How Safe Is Your Airplane?

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


The next time that you fly consider whether your aircraft includes an angle of attack indicator. This device, not normally part of the instrument panel on civil aircraft, warns a pilot when a wing stalls. Apparently Icon Aircraft has included this instrument on its A5 amphibious airplane. But you don’t need to buy an A5 to obtain one, there are several companies selling angle of attack indicators (known as AoA systems) for general aviation aircraft.

Boeing offers the AoA as an option of the 777, the very aircraft that crashed on landing as Asiana flight 214. Boeing notes that the angle of attack indicator shown on  the primary flight display has been used by the military for many years but not often on commercial aircraft. These systems are as inexpensive as $1050. These instruments should be required on all aircraft because they could save lives and prevent injuries and airplane crashes and crashes on landing.

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Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash in San Francisco

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events


Breaking News has revealed that a 777 has crashed on landing.  According to the Associated Press an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.  The emergency inflatable slides deployed. This YouTube video clip  shows the crash from afar.

It appears that the Republic of Korea is not a member of the Montreal Convention, a treaty which provides recourse to international air travelers. However Korea is a party to the Warsaw Convention, the predecessor to the Montreal Convention. The Warsaw Convention also creates a scheme of liability for injured passengers. However the Montreal Convention contains text limiting the amount of money that may be recovered in the event of personal injury. Notably those passengers whose cases fall under the Warsaw Convention must sue within two years of the date of injury.

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Those seeking information regarding this crash should contact the FAA or the NTSB.