Three Air-bag Accidents At Boeing Plant Lead To Extra Safety Measures

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Original story by REUTERS via The Business Insider

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Workers at planemaker Boeing’s Everett plant near Seattle are following extra safety measures after three air bag-related accidents, including the death of a technician last month, the company said on Friday.

No one was seriously hurt when an air bag deployed on Dec. 13 as a seat supplier technician was working on a Zodiac Aerospace seat on a plane being readied for delivery, Boeing spokesman Wilson Chow said.

“We understand that employees are concerned,” Chow said, adding the company was holding meetings with workers and was implementing additional safeguards and inspections.

“We are confident the system is safe to work on and to be around, and the seat-belt air bag poses no risk to the flying public,” Chow said.

The accidental discharge of a seat-belt airbag happened because a bent connector pin caused a short circuit, he said.

Chow confirmed a third incident but could not provide specifics, such as injuries or cause.

A technician for aircraft interior supplier Jamco America died after being struck in the face when a passenger seat air-bag inflator discharged while he and another technician from a different supplier were working on a 777 on Nov. 13, the Seattle Times newspaper reported.

A source who declined to be named said that workers were now following extra safety measures, including using caution tape to cordon off the seats.

The Dec. 13 incident involved an actual air bag deployment, Chow said, while the Nov. 13 incident happened as the system was partially assembled.

“There is widespread concern,” Connie Kelliher, spokeswoman for International Association of Machinists, District Lodge 751, told the newspaper. “We are actively involved and working to ensure our members concerns are addressed.”

(Reporting by Alwyn Scott in New York and Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles and Jeremy Laurence)

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Four passengers, one crew member go to hospital after turbulence hits American Airlines flight from Seoul to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport

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Via Terry Maxon,

This photo taken by passenger Marc Stanley shows the disarray aboard American Airlines Flight 280 after the Boeing 777-200 jet was buffeted by severe turbulence.

Reports out of Japan say that a number of people were injured when turbulence struck American Airlines’ daily flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

AA spokeswoman Andrea Huguely confirmed the diversion, but did not comment on injuries. She sent us this statement:

“American Airlines Flight 280, a Boeing 777-200 from Seoul (ICN) to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) has diverted to Tokyo (NRT) because of turbulence during the flight.  There are 240 passengers and a crew of 15.

“American’s primary concern at this time is for our passengers and crew on board the airplane and our team in Narita is providing assistance. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

Various U.S. news organizations cited NHK in Japan as saying 10 passengers and four crew members were injured. The Weather Channel said that the area was being rocked by a severe storm.

These overhead bins were splashed with liquid when AA280 flew into turbulence on its trip from South Korea to D/FW Airport.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: American Airlines has issued this update on the carrier’s flight from Seoul, South Korea, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, hit by turbulence as it was flying east of Japan:

“Medical personnel have been able to evaluate all passengers and crew members asking for medical attention. Four passengers and one crew member have been transported to local hospitals for further observation and treatment. None of the injuries are life-threatening.

“American Airlines Flight 280 will not continue on to DFW today. Passengers have been transported to hotels and will continue their travel to DFW tomorrow. Our team in Tokyo will continue to provide all necessary support to take care of our passengers and crew.”

The photos come from Dallas attorney Marc Stanley, who was on the flight.

“We were diverted to NRT [Tokyo’s Narita International Airport] after 45+ minutes of insane turbulence,” he messaged Todd Gillman in our Washington, D.C., office.

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UPDATE: US Airways Flight US797, Tel-Aviv to Philadelphia

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Based on reports from Yahoo News

As previously reported a US Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome after passengers and crew members became ill during the flight.

Flight US 797 departed Tel Aviv, Israel for Philadelphia, PA, USA but instead landed at the Fiumicino airport in the Italian capital after passengers and crew became ill.

Several reports indicate the crew and passengers were experiencing symptoms of nausea, vomiting and red eyes.

“While in flight, an unusual odor was detected by several flight attendants and they began to feel ill,” US Airways said in a statement, according to Yahoo News.  Yahoo also reported that “US Airways said the affected passengers and crew were checked by airport medical personnel before being taken to the G.B. Grassi Lido di Ostia hospital near Rome. They have since been released.”

“The aircraft is being evaluated by our maintenance team to determine what may have caused the odor,” the company added.

A malfunction in the Airbus A330’s ventilation system could be to blame, reports said.

You can see the full story via Yahoo News, here.

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Contract worker dies of injuries from Boeing airbag accident

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Original Story By Dan Catchpole, via The Herald Business Journal

EVERETT — A contract worker who was injured in a Nov. 13 accident on Boeing’s Paine Field flight line died Sunday.

The mechanic, Ken Otto, was an employee of Everett-based Jamco America. He and an employee of a different contractor were working on a first-class seat in a 777 when a “partially disassembled” airbag system accidentally discharged, Boeing said in a statement released Monday.

Otto, 50, was taken by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He died Sunday in Seattle.

The other worker, an employee of Vartan Product Support, was treated on site, taken to a local hospital and released, according to Boeing.

Both Jamco and Vartan are based in Everett and are subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Boeing declined to identify the worker, and a receptionist at Jamco America said the company does “not have any public information at this time.” But a person familiar with the accident confirmed Otto’s identity. His hometown couldn’t be confirmed late Monday.

Vartan did not respond to a request for comment.

Following the accident, “Boeing has reminded employees and suppliers, as well as airplane operators, not to make an electrical connection to the seatbelt airbag system unless all the components of the system are completely installed,” according to the company’s statement.

The state Department of Labor and Industries, Boeing and Jamco are investigating the accident.

Airbags are installed in thousands of airplane seats to meet federal safety requirements that passengers be able to withstand an impact equal to 16 times the force of gravity. Airbags are needed on “difficult-to-certify seat placements,” such as unconventional seats in first and business classes and bulkhead-row seats, according to AmSafe, a Phoenix, Arizona-based manufacturer of the devices.

The company has the only seatbelt airbags certified for commercial airplanes, according to AmSafe’s website.

Otto was working on an AmSafe device when the accident occurred. The company could not be reached for comment.

A Boeing spokesman said he was not aware of any incident similar to the Nov. 13 accident.

Outside suppliers make seats for Boeing airplanes. Customers purchase the seats from the suppliers, who deliver them to Boeing factories, where they are installed by Boeing mechanics.

Contractors often deal with problems identified by customers after a seat is installed, according to Boeing workers.

Two accidents on Boeing’s Everett flight line in 2012 also sent workers to Harborview with serious injuries. In one, a Boeing mechanic was crushed while working on a 747. In the other accident, a Boeing employee’s legs were crushed under a 787 that was being towed.

In the past five years, Labor and Industries has found violations in eight workplace safety investigations at Boeing’s Everett plant. The department found violations during two investigations into Jamco. It has not investigated any issues at Vartan Product Support.

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U.S. Airways Jet From Israel Diverts to Rome After 16 Get Sick

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Original Post by Alastair Jamieson via

LONDON – Two passengers and 14 crew members were given medical treatment after a U.S. Airways flight to Philadelphia from Israel made an emergency landing in Rome the airline said. Among the crew, three flight attendants were taken by ambulance to a clinic at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport after the Airbus A330 made an “unscheduled landing” following reports of an odor in the cabin, said Martha Thomas, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, which last year merged with U.S. Airways. The others were treated at the same clinic and all were released.

“The aircraft landed safely and all passengers were re-accommodated on other flights,” Thomas said, adding that engineers were evaluating the twin-engine to find out what happened. The flight, US797, took off from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport late Friday and was carrying 129 passengers and 14 crew comprising 10 flight attendants and four pilots.

An AFP agency report said the crew and passengers were suffering from red eyes and nausea.

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Delta B753 near Toledo on Dec 4th 2014, smoke in cockpit

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Original post via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-300, registration N593NW performing flight DL-312 from Detroit,MI to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was climbing through 17,000 feet out of Detroit when the crew donned their oxygen masks due to smoke on the flight deck and decided to divert to Toledo,OH (USA). The crew suspected the smoke was coming from oil off the left hand engine (PW2043). The aircraft landed safely on Toledo’s runway 07 about 13 minutes after stopping the climb. The aircraft turned off the runway and stopped on the adjacent taxiway for an inspection by emergency services, then taxied to the apron.

A replacement Boeing 757-300 registration N581NW reached Fort Lauderdale with a delay of 6 hours.

The airline reported the crew diverted to Toledo due to a smokey odor in the cockpit, the cause of which is not yet known.

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All commercial jets (with the exception of the 787 Dreamliner) rely upon air pulled in through the engines to provide pressurized air to the cabin. During flight high-temperature compressed air is bled off the engines and, after being cooled, is re-circulated throughout the cabin and flight deck. Pyrolized engine oil or hydraulic fluid may contaminate the air in these compressors. As a result of exposure to this contaminated air, airline workers along with airline passengers, may develop chronic health problems leading them to seek attention from health care providers.

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Plane crashes in Snohomish County

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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — A plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in Monroe, Washington.

Plane crash

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The crash occurred near 13812 179th Avenue SE in Snohomish County.

There were no injuries as a result of the crash, according to officials. One person was in the plane.

An investigation into the cause of the plane crash is underway.

Allen Kenitzer, with the FAA, said the airplane, a Glasair, crashed at the Monroe Airport at around 3:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

Both the FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash, with the NTSB as lead agency, according to Kenitzer.

KIRO 7 is at the scene and will update this story with new information as soon it comes in.

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Republic E175 at Houston on Aug 22nd 2014, wake turbulence injures 3

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Via Simon Hradecky, The Aviation Herald

A Republic Airlines Embraer ERJ-175 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N421YX performing flight YX-4344/AA-4344 from Chicago O’Hare,IL to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), was on approach to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport when the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 08L.

The FAA reported the aircraft encountered wake turbulence causing unknown injuries to two flight attendants and a passenger. The aircraft did not sustain any damage.

On Aug 27th 2014 the NTSB announced that they have opened an investigation into the occurrence rated an accident, however, investigators are not going to travel. The investigation will be based on data provided “by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator”.

On Nov 29th 2014 the NTSB reported that the aircraft was enroute in smooth air, no cloud around, the autopilot was engaged and fasten seat belt signs off, when the aircraft encountered what the pilots described as wake turbulence, that lasted for less than 5 seconds but caused a sharp roll deviation to about 15-20 degrees of bank angle. The aircraft subsequently was in smooth conditions again. One of the flight attendants standing in the rear galley received serious injuries, the other flight attendant received minor injuries. There had been no serious weather forecast, there were no pilot reports of turbulence in the area.

The return flight was cancelled.

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