ATSB praises crew of Rex #RXA768 after last years prop loss

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says the flight crew of Rex flight RXA768 should be commended for their response after the right hand propeller of their Saab 340B sheared off near Sydney Airport on 17 March 2017.

The Saab, registration VH-NRX, was flying between the regional town of Albury in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) to the NSW state capital, Sydney. The ATSB investigation which was released last week, stated that about 102km (55NM) South West of Sydney Airport the flight “crew noticed uncommanded engine indications and began” working the checklists. The vibrations worsened as the checklist was being performed and became visually evident to the First Officer. “As a result, the crew commenced the engine shutdown procedure. During the procedure, the propeller separated from the aircraft. The crew made a PAN PAN call to air traffic control, and completed the engine shutdown procedure.”

The missing propeller was found about 19km (10NM) South-West of Sydney Airport by NSW Police Aviation Support Branch on 21 March 2017.

The ATSB’s inspection of the propeller found the propeller gear box (PGB) shaft fractured. “Subsequent laboratory analysis of the propeller shaft revealed that the failure occurred as a result of a fatigue crack that had initiated from the PGB propeller shaft flange dowel pin hole.” Neither the ATSB or the manufacturer were able to conclusively determine the original cause of the fatigue crack.

It was further “found that the manufacturer’s maintenance documentation did not include specific inspection procedures to detect fatigue cracking of the propeller shaft. In addition, the operator’s inspection worksheets did not provide for the recording of inspection findings as defined within documented procedures. Consequently, this may not have provided for the best opportunity to ensure potential defects were identified, recorded and monitored.”

The seperated propeller of Rex RXA768 where it was found after shearing off the aircraft. Image Source: ATSB

General Electric, the engine manufacturer issued service bulletins (SB 72-0530 and SB 72-0531) requiring immediate inspections of PGB propeller shafts after the incident occured. Maintence manuals were also changed to include more ongoing detailed inspections. In the United States the FAA also “issued airworthiness directive AD 2018-03-13, on 14 February 2018, which required initial and repetitive visual inspection and fluorescent-penetrant inspection (FPI) of the main propeller shaft for affected engines.”

The aircraft was manufactured in 1991 and first registered in Australia in October 2004. At the time of the incident the airframe had accumulated 39 625 hours and 43 112 flight cycles and was fitted with 2 GE CT7-9B engines. Rex imported the PGB from an international operator in December 2015 and it entered service in March 2016 and had operated 46 406 hours and 42 872 flight cycles since new.

The ATSB found that Rex was following the manufacturers maintence documents and had rejected 2 previous engines in 2007 and 2011 “due to corrosion and missing cadmium plating on the propeller shaft and/or flange.”

In a press release, the ATSB Chief Commissioner Greg Hood said, “The ATSB’s investigation found the crew demonstrated a high level of professionalism in their communication, coordination and application of the safety checklist procedures in their response to the incident, which resulted in an uneventful single-engine landing at the airport. This was an extremely rare event, and the crew should be commended.”

ATSB press release

ALERT Full opening of new Istanbul airport is delayed to end of the year

Istanbul’s new airport will not open fully until the end of this year, a newspaper on Saturday cited the general manager as saying, two months later than an official opening scheduled for the end of this month.

The imaginatively-named ‘Istanbul New Airport’ has been under construction since May 2015 and is a four-phase project that is due to be completed by 2030.

It is estimated to have an annual passenger capacity of around 150 million people to become the largest-capacity airport in the world.

The opening planned on Oct. 29 was due to coincide with the 95th anniversary of the Turkish republic’s proclamation, which occurred in 1923. It now looks likely that the airport will only partially open, with Turkish Airlines operating a number of limited domestic routes.

BREAKING KLM Boeing 747-400 engine badly damaged by high-loader at Amsterdam Schiphol

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KLM Boeing 747-400 took serious damage to its #4 engine cowling when it was hit by a high-loader during parking at Amsterdam Schiphol.

A KLM Boeing 747-400 (reg. PH-BFN) was badly damaged on Monday morning when it collided with a high-loader while being towed at Amsterdam Schiphol.

According to the airline, there were no passengers on board at the time of the incident, a spokesman reports to Reismedia.

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The damage to engine #4 is considerable.

The incident took place on the Romeo platform, where freight flights are normally parked. The Boeing 747 had landed earlier in the morning from Paramaribo and was temporarily parked on the platform.

ALERT Current crew could be stranded in the Space Station beyond their planned December departure

The current space station crew is  facing an uncertain departure date while the space capsule is grounded.

In a communication with Moscow State University (MSU) on Sunday, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev – who is currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) – recalled Thursday’s emergency.

“We watched the rocket coming out of the atmosphere. There was smoke from the rocket on the dark background of space. Then there was a separation of the launch vehicle and the spacecraft. After that, we saw just one point without a plume of smoke. It was a spacecraft with our guys,” he explained.

But Prokopyev, along with the other two crew members currently aboard the ISS – Serena Auñón-Chancellor (US) and Alexander Gerst (Germany) – are now facing uncertainty. Depending on the results of a probe designed to look into the Thursday incident, the crew could potentially be left stranded on the ISS beyond their planned December departure.

Luckily, according to the flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, there are enough supplies on board to last the current three-member crew until summertime.

The Russian Space Agency plans to go ahead with the next manned flight in December. It could potentially take place a couple days earlier, on November 28, Interfax cited a source as saying on Saturday.

BREAKING Air India flight attendant falls off Boeing 777 flight #AI864 while closing door

A flight attendant from an Air India plane before the scheduled to depart New Delhi from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

The 53 years old air hostess suffered serious injuries. After the incident, she was admitted to Nanavati Hospital. The incident took places on Air India flight AI864 that operates on Mumbai-Delhi route.

Sources from the Mumbai airport reveals that she was part of the women crew. After all the passengers boarded into the flight she was closing the door for the pushback. As the door was a little bit tight she fell from the aircraft itself.

Flight attendant Harsha Lobo, who fell from a Boeing 777 (reg. VT-ALN) got a serious injury on her right leg. After the incident, she was conscious and was taken into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital.

Air India spokesperson was not available for further clarification on the incident. Following the incident, the departure of the plane has been delayed.

ALERT A Ryanair crew was forced to sleep on briefing room’s floor in Malaga Airport

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A Ryanair crew based in Portugal was stranded in Malaga, Spain due to storm.

A photo has emerged of flight attendants and Pilots forced to sleep on the floor in the briefing room in Malaga, Spain after an Autumn storm temporarily grounded flights.

The six members of cabin crew are seen trying to sleep on the hard floor without pillows or blankets.

Regarding this photo, Peter Bellew – chief operations at Ryanair – confirmed tha crew  had to sleep in the room and apologized no accommodation could be found.

Peter Bellew claims the cabin crew members were able to move to VIP lounge.


VIDEO Etihad Cargo Boeing 777F (Year of Zayed Livery) Landing at Prestwick Airport

ALERT Australia grounds all F-35s

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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have immediately grounded all of their F-35 fighters after a USMC F-35B crashed in South Carolina 28 September. The action follows that taken by the USAF, IDF and RAF.

In a statement to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the Australian Defence Force (ADF) says, “the F-35 fleet has been instructed to conduct safety inspections across all delivered engines. Australian F-35 aircraft currently based in the US will return to flying operations once safety inspections are complete. Some international partners within the F-35 Program are already commencing flying following conclusion of their inspections.”

ABC cites further sources as saying the grounding will only last “a day or two.”

Early investigations into the USMC crash indicate a faulty fuel supply tube may of caused fuel starvation that caused the plane to fall to the ground. The F-35 Joint Program Office in the Pentagon told the BBC in a statement, “If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status. Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours”

The ADF is currently in possesion of 9 F-35 aircraft, with a total of 72 having being ordered to replace the RAAF’s F/A-18s. The current fleet based at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for training.

ALERT Entire F-35 fleet grounded worldwide by military following crash in September

The U.S. military on Thursday grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighters after one of the jets crashed during a training mission in South Carolina last month, officials said Thursday.

The stand down affects more than 200 jets while an “inspection of a fuel tube” in F-35 engines takes place, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

“If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status.  Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the F-35 program, said in a statement.

The inspections come in the wake of an F-35B jet crash outside of Beaufort, S.C. on Sept. 28.

BREAKING Air India Express #IX611 hit wall on takeoff at Tiruchirapalli causing important damages to the aircraft


An Air India flight scraped a brick wall on takeoff Friday, leaving gashes along the under belly of the airliner’s fuselage and forcing it to make an emergency landing.

The aircraft took off early Friday from Trichy in Tamil Nadu when air traffic controllers warned the pilots they may have hit the wall.

The Boeing 737-800 also apparently hit some of the landing lights near the runway.

“The pilot in command reported that the aircraft systems were operating normally,” Air India said in a statement.

The plane (reg. VT-AYD) reached cruising altitude and flew for three hours before it was diverted to Mumbai as a precaution.

Air India removed the pilots from duty pending the investigation. One has 36,000 hours flying 737s. The airport is also investigating the incident.

All 136 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 737 landed safely at Mumbai and were put on another flight to Dubai, officials said.