FAA orders inspections of Boeing 737s

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety

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By Ric Ward, CNN

(CNN) — The Federal Aviation Administration is ordering that more than 1,000 Boeing 737 jets be inspected for a problem which could cause pilots to lose control of the aircraft.

According to the FAA, the inspections will focus on pins which attach the horizontal stabilizers to the fuselage. They were prompted by reports that a coating used to protect the pins from wear and corrosion was applied incorrectly.

The FAA says premature failure of the pins could cause reduced structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer to fuselage attachment, resulting in loss of control of the airplane.

The part number of each pin must be checked and pins with certain part numbers must be replaced with new, improved attach pins.

The order, called an Airworthiness Directive, is effective May 20 and applies to Boeing 737 series 600, 700, 700-C, 800, 900 and 900-ER aircraft.

The inspections are not expected to affect airline schedules.

The aircraft included in the directive are relatively new, entering service in 1998 or later.

Full story, here.

A copy of the Federal Aviation Airworthiness Directive can be found, here.

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FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 737, 747 and 767 Jets, Oxygen Masks

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Safety

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Original Post by Lee Ferrara, via Airnation.net

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) to Boeing for certain 737747 and767 model airplanes regarding the crew oxygen mask stowage box units.

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model737-700, -700C, -800, and -900ER seriesairplanes, Model 747-400F series airplanes, andModel 767-200 and -300 series airplanes.

This AD was prompted by reports indicating that certain crew oxygen mask stowage box units were possibly delivered with a burr in the inlet fitting. The burr might break loose during test or operation, and might pose an ignition source or cause an inlet valve to jam.

This final rule adds a step to identify and label certain crew oxygen mask stowage box units that have already been inspected and reworked by the supplier, and allows operators to install new or serviceable crew oxygen mask stowage box units, and requires a general visual inspection for affected serial numbers of the crew oxygen mask stowage box units, and replacement or reidentification as necessary.

We are issuing this AD to prevent an ignition source, which could result in an oxygen-fed fire; or an inlet valve jam in a crew oxygen mask stowage box unit, which could result in restricted flow of oxygen.

This AD is effective May 20, 2013.

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Follow up on Talkeetna, Alaska Helicopter crash

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Burns, Crashes, Safety

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Via the Aviation Safety Network

In follow up to our post on April 1, 2013 please see the following information provided by the Aviation Safety Network:

Date: 30-MAR-2013
Time: 10:00 pm
Type: Silhouette image of generic AS50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 350B3 AStar
Operator: Alaska State Troopers
Registration: N911AA
C/n / msn: 3611
Fatalities: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 7 miles east of Talkeetna, Alaska -  United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature: Ambulance
Departure airport: near Larson Lake, AK
Destination airport: Talkeetna, AK

Narrative:
Two Alaska State Troopers and a rescued snowmobiler died in the crash of a search and rescue helicopter about 7 miles east of Talkeetna, Alaska about 10:00 PM Saturday night. Authorities became concerned when the helicopter did not return from the rescue. The crash sight was discovered Sunday morning by another helicopter. No survivors were located.

More information can be found, here.

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Small plane crashes into Juneau County swamp

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Crashes, Safety

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By Jesse Garza of the Journal Sentinel

April 1, 2013 | A pilot from Illinois escaped injury Monday when his single-engine Cessna airplane crashed into a swamp in Juneau County, the sheriff’s office said.

Firefighters used a small rowboat to rescue the 29-year-old Rockford man from the swamp in Wonewoc Township because of high water, according to the sheriff’s office.

The crash was reported at 12:41 p.m. near Bottom Road after the plane departed from Wonewoc. The pilot told investigators he was on his way from Park Falls to St. Louis and landed at the airport to check the aircraft, which crashed after developing engine trouble, the sheriff’s office said.

Story via the Journal Sentinel, here.

Additional information about the incident is available at the Aviation Safety Network:

Date: 01-APR-2013
Time: 12:41 LT
Type: Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Operator: Private
Registration: N8033B
C/n / msn: 29833
Fatalities: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location: Juneau County swamp, Wonewoc, WI -  United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature: Private
Departure airport: Park Falls Municipal - KPKF
Destination airport: St. Louis, MO

Narrative:
Following an intermediate stop, the aircraft, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N8033B, impacted swampy terrain shortly after takeoff from Three Castles Airpark - 4D1, Wonewoc, Wisconsin.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the sole pilot onboard was not injured.

More information can be found at The Aviation Safety Network, here.

The story in the Journal Sentinel reports that the the aircraft developed engine trouble after take-off.  At Brodkowitz Law we can help answer the questions that arise after a plane crash by acting quickly to gather important evidence that would otherwise be lost.

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3 feared dead after rescue helicopter crashes in Alaska

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Burns, Crashes, Safety

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Mayra Cuevas, via CNN

(CNN) — An Alaska State Trooper helicopter on a mission to rescue a stranded snowmobiler crashed over the weekend — and authorities fear that all three occupants on board are dead.

The helicopter was carrying the pilot, a trooper and the snowmobiler when it went down Saturday night, said Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the state troopers.

Authorities spotted the wreckage Sunday, but could not find any survivors.

Peters said her office is not yet ready to definitively declare the three on board dead.

The helicopter had been sent Saturday evening to help look for someone stranded in a snowmobile near Larson Lake near the town of Talkeetna.

Talkeetna is about two hours north of Anchorage

The helicopter pilot picked up a state trooper, went to the search area and spotted the snowmobiler.

With the rescued person on board, the helicopter was on its way to meet with medics, but did not arrive, the state Department of Public Safety said.

The next morning, another aircraft spotted the helicopter’s wreckage — but did not find survivors.

Peters said the helicopter had caught fire, but officials do not know why.

Full story via CNN, here.

Brodkowitz Law will continue to monitor this story and report information as it becomes available, such as the FAA Registration Number, Manufacturer, National Transportation Safety Board Investigation ID, etc.

There are many different reasons why a helicopter may crash. Improper maintenance, pilot error, wire strikes, engine failure or power loss, mid air collision, or fuel starvation can be catastrophic to a helicopter. Some helicopter crashes should be survivable but are not because a manufacuter has failed to use appropriate restraints or other measures to protect occupants.

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