Author: George Hatcher
On 10 March 2019, an Ethiopia Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi Kenya but crashed near the town of Bishoftu six minutes after takeoff. 157 people aboard died in the crash. After the accident, Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was grounded by aviation authorities all over the world. The flight was affected by wrong values delivered by the left hand AoA sensor prompting the MCAS system to provide automatic, repeated and large nose down trim input.
The investigation is being performed by multiple agencies including the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), the agency responsible for investigating civil aviation accidents in Ethiopia, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), the aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, the United States National Transportation Safety Board and the United States Federal Aviation Administration.
The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder were recovered from the crash site on 11 March.
These nationalities were aboard:
4 UN passports
No accident has a single cause. It is the result of a chain of events, all of which, as contributing factors, bear responsibility. There is ongoing controversy and examination of the airline regulators, those responsible for flight training and training systems, pilots, manufacturers of all components including, of course, the plane itself.
On Oct 29th 2018, while Lionair #PK-LQP was performing flight JT-610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang (Indonesia) with 181 passengers and 8 crew, the plane and everyone aboard struck the Java Sea and went down. Rescue services found no survivors, only an oil slick and debris from the aircraft including mobile phones and first body parts. On Nov 1st, one of the blackboxes was recovered. On Nov 3rd 2018 one of the rescue divers died in action. The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee reported that Lion Air flight 610 received erroneous AOA data. Boeing reported an AOA failure condition.The crash occurred thirteen minutes after takeoff. There were no survivors. The Boeing 737-800 MAX had been in service for two months and flown 800 hours; it was leased from CMIG Aviation Capital and delivered new to Lion Air on August 13 2018.
Cubana de Aviacion/ Global Aerolineas Damojh Boeing 737-200 had 107 passengers aboard and six crew when it crashed into a residence at these coordinates: (N22.9914 W82.3912). On impact, the plane burst into flames. Emergency services took three survivors to hospitals. 110 people died in the crash, including the Mexican crew. The plane was wet leased from Global Air, owner of the aircraft. As of May 2018, it was undergoing investigation. Mexico’s Ministry of Transport reported a team of specialists of Mexico’s DGAC is going to participate in the investigation of the accident of XA-UHZ belonging to Aerolineas Damojh. The flight originated in Havana and its destination was Holguín.
#Update: One of the survivors died at the hospital.
Boeing 737-700 registration N772SW was enroute over Bernville, Pennsylvania, when it suffered an engine failure at cruise altitude. Debris entered the fuselage damaging the aircraft, killing one passenger and injuring seven. One woman was nearly sucked from the plane but was rescued by fellow passengers. The plane lost of cabin pressure. The crew safely diverted to Philadelphia International Airport.
Airworthiness Directive 2018-0071 dated Mar 26th 2018 and effective Apr 2nd 2018 reported: “An occurrence was reported of fan blade failure on a CFM56-7B engine. The released fan blade was initially contained by the engine case, but there was subsequent uncontained forward release of debris and separation of the inlet cowl. Preliminary investigation determined that the fracture in the blade initiated from the fan blade dovetail. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to fan blade failure, possibly resulting in uncontained forward release of debris, with consequent damage to the engine and the aeroplane.” The AD requires an ultrasonic inspection of each affected fan blade within 9 months of the AD becoming effective.
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Pegasus Airlines Flight 8622, a Boeing 737-800 flying from from Ankara to Trabzon, Turkey skidded off the end of the runway on landing at Trabzon Airport, coming to rest on a cliff.
The aircraft was written off, but there were no injuries. On landing the aircraft veered to the side of the runway where it fell down a steep embankment before it came to rest. All 166 on board survived. some with minor injuries.
On Jan 16th 2018 Trabzon’s Prosecution Office added the captain stated, that the first officer landed the aircraft, the aircraft however did not slow down during roll out. The captain took control of the aircraft and applied brakes, at this time the aircraft veered left, the right hand engine accelerated when the aircraft was already off the left edge of the runway. The aircraft ran over soft ground for some brief moments, then went over the cliff. The first officer reported that the weather was rainy, the runway was wet, the aircraft did not slow down after the wheels touched down. The aircraft veered to the left, the captain took control, the right hand engine accelerated. (Editorial note: there is no official confirmation of a thrust reverser being locked out as rumors on the Internet claim.)
Turkish Airlines Flight 6491, a Boeing 747-400F was scheduled from Hong Kong to Istanbul via Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It crashed into a residential area on 16 January 2017 while attempting to land in thick fog attempting a landing at its scheduled stopover at Manas International Airport in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Four crew members and 35 people on the ground were killed. The cargo flight was operated by ACT Airlines on behalf of Turkish Cargo. A total of 39 people, including all four crew members on board and 35 people in a residential district located near the airport, were killed in the crash. Nineteen houses were destroyed and seven more were damaged.
On March 19, 2016, a Boeing 737-800 flown by Flydubai and designated as Flight FZ981 was en route from Dubai when it impacted airport terrain during a second approach attempt in bad weather to Rostov-On-Don Airport in Southern Russia. The plane was destroyed. Fifty-five passengers and seven crew lost their lives.
On March 18, Flight 981 left Dubai at 18:37. The crew was performing a manual approach to runway 22 with the autopilot disconnected during poor weather.
At 01:42 local time, the flight received a windshear alert. The crew decided to go around and then continued to a holding pattern waiting for improved weather conditions. At 03:28 LT, they descended for another attempted manual approach, and decided to go around again. In the course of that go around,
the crew encountered issues and came down.
The captain was 38-year-old Aristos Sokratous of Cyprus, and he had 5,965 hours of total flying time. Due to fatigue and lifestyle conflicts with FlyDubai, he had accepting but not begun a job with Ryanair, which would allow him to be based with his family in Cyprus. First officer, Alejandro Cruz was was Spanish, 37 years old, and had 5,769 hours of flying time.
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At Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, a Jet Airways Boeing 737 with 8 crew and 120 passengers had landed on runway 27 from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport when the right hand main landing gear collapsed.
On twitter, Jet Airways said …
Dynamic Airways Boeing 767-269ER was scheduled as an international flight from Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to Caracas International Airport but while taxiing for departure, the engine caught fire. Before it caught fire, it had been leaking fuel. Everyone managed to get out okay, but fifteen were hospitalized with injuries. The investigation by the NTSB uncovered that the main fuel supply line coupling assembly had disconnected in the wing-to-engine strut above and behind the left engine. The lower inboard portion of the left wing, left engine cowling, and left fuselage center section burned but fire did not penetrate the fuselage. The plane had been in dry storage for approximately 29 months until September 2015.
A Boeing 777 caught fire on take-off from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport. All passengers and crew, 157 passengers and 13 crew managed to evacuate after an uncontained engine failure in the number one GE90 engine. Realizing there was a fire, the flight crew aborted take-off by using the aircraft’s brakes at about 90 miles per hour. Takeoff speed is 180 mph. In five minutes the fire was out. Some who were injured in evacuation were treated at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. The fire burned a hole in the cargo hold. The Federal Aviation Administration investigation concluded that the fire was caused by failure of the left General Electric GE90 engine. The accident occurred at Las Vegas on Sep 8th 2015.