Scottish LCC Flyglobespan Faces Criminal Charges | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 10.19.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.19.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 10.19.17

Airborne 10.16.17

Airborne 10.17.17

Airborne 10.18.17

Airborne 10.19.17

Airborne 10.20.17

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17

NEW!!! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview -- YouTube Presentation / Vimeo Presentation

Mon, Jun 02, 2008

Scottish LCC Flyglobespan Faces Criminal Charges

Accused Of Operating Three Planes In Unsafe Manner

A British budget carrier faces criminal prosecution for numerous safety breaches, including two alleged trans-Atlantic trips from the US and back using an airliner with faulty instruments.

According to The Sunday Times, Flyglobespan is accused of operating a Boeing 757 last year from New York to Liverpool, Ireland even after both the aircraft's engine pressure ratio gauges failed on takeoff. The pilot did not report the issue until the airliner reached Liverpool.

SOP calls for at least one of those gauges to be operational. Not only did the 200-passenger airliner complete the June 28 flight to Ireland, however... but Flyglobespan then allegedly dispatched the plane back to New York with the inoperative equipment.

The airliner was later grounded at JFK International while the gauges were repaired. Flyglobespan should have reported the problem to the CAA within four days... but the problem did not come to light until the FAA reported the issue to British authorities nearly three months later.

Former pilot Graham Sturrock, who now advises airlines, told the Times the gauges are on the minimum equipment list for the 757 to fly with passengers onboard. "It also increases the pilot’s workload and the chance of pilot error" when the gauges are nonfunctional, he said.

Two managers were replaced following the incident, the Times adds... but Flyglobespan, which flies over two million passengers annually to 30 destinations, is also accused of operating two other aircraft without proper authorization to return the planes -- one of which suffered a lightning strike, the other victim of a ground vehicle collision -- to revenue service.

The Scottish carrier has also suffered a spate of operational breakdowns. As ANN reported, in July 2007 some Flyglobespan passengers were stranded at JFK as long as one week, after the plane they were due to return to Ireland on was grounded. A replacement aircraft was stranded in Glasgow following an attempted terrorist attack on that airport's terminal.

The CAA suspended the airline's ETOPS certification for two weeks last October due to undisclosed problems. In January 2008, an engine caught fire on a Flyglobespan plane that had departed from Orlando, FL.

Last week, the carrier was served three summons to appear before City of Westminster magistrates in July on criminal charges... the first time a Brisith airline has faced such charges in over a decade. Investigators are particularly worried the incidents are indications Flyglobespan -- and other budget carriers -- may be foregoing maintenance to offset high fuel prices.

If convicted of any one of the charges of endangering an aircraft and its passengers, Flyglobespan faces an unlimited fine.

FMI: www.flyglobespan.com

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 10.20.17: Santa Monica Setback, Red Bull Aviatrix, C-49 Flies Again

Also: HondaJet World Tour, Barnstorming, SpaceX, Dauntless, Fixed-Wing VTOL, Gravitational-Waves, Swedish Drones The City of Santa Monica may now proceed with shortening the runway>[...]

AMA Drone Report 10.19.17: Drone/Airliner Midair?, FAA Sued, CNN 107 Waiver

Also: Swedish Drone Ban Lifted, Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo, Drone Shark Detection, Kittyhawk DJI Sync 2.0 Recent reports about a midair collision between a jet and a drone have been>[...]

RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off s>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 10.17.17: Eagles v Drones, DJI AeroScope, Drone Policy

Also: AeroVironment Award, Washington State Patrol, Altavian Nova UAS, Robotaxis The French Military is training four Golden Eagles to attack drones in flight as a way to defend ag>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.22.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "National Airlines has tirelessly supported Americans at home and abroad for nearly 20 years. In the case of Puerto Rico, National was able to mobilize q>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC