New Evidence Points To Software In 1994 RAF Chinook Crash | 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

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 12.05.16

Airborne 12.06.16

Airborne 11.30.16

Airborne 12.01.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 12.05.16

Airborne 12.06.16

Airborne 11.30.16

Airborne 12.01.16

Airborne 12.02.16

Wed, Jan 06, 2010

New Evidence Points To Software In 1994 RAF Chinook Crash

British MoD Placed Blame On Pilots

Computer software may have been a factor in the crash of an RAF Chinook in 1994 that killed all 29 people on board the aircraft. The official report indicates that the aircraft was airworthy, and "gross negligence" on the part of the pilots caused the crash.

But the BBC is reporting that it is in possession of Ministry of Defense documents that indicate there may have been a problem with the FADEC software on the Chinook Mk 2s 9 months before the aircraft went down. The internal documents describe the FADEC system as "positively dangerous."

The father of Flight Lieutenant Johnathan Trapper says his son told him he was forced to fly the Mk 2 Chinooks after expressing serious concerns about the airworthiness of the aircraft. Mr. Trapper said when the official report placed the blame on the pilots, he was "shocked."

Subsequent investigations by the British House of Commons and the House of Lords found the evidence to be "inconclusive", and not able to sustain the theory that the pilots were at fault.

File Photo

"The hazard analysis of Chinook Mk 2 … identifies the software in the engine FADEC as safety critical and states that 'any malfunctions or design errors could have catastrophic effects'," the report obtained by the BBC states. "Twenty-one category one and 153 category two anomalies have been revealed. One of these … is considered to be positively dangerous." The report was not included in the official inquiry. 

The MoD maintains that since that crash, the Chinook Mk2 has been a "remarkably safe" aircraft, and that the report does not constitute "new evidence" since it was available at the time of the initial inquiry.

FMI: www.mod.uk

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 12.05.16: AutoGyro Certified, Police Seize Drone, GoPro Job Cuts

Also: Aldrin Evacuated, Shark US, Lufthansa, NASA, ESA's New Orbiter, FLIR Systems, Esterline The expression, “breaking news,” seems to be highly overused nowadays, but>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.06.16)

Closing Santa Monica Airport: Something Does Not Add Up The latest update from the the Santa Monica Airport pointing out the reasons that the arguments for closing the airport "don>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.06.16): Clutter

In radar operations, clutter refers to the reception and visual display of radar returns caused by precipitation, chaff, terrain, numerous aircraft targets, or other phenomena.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.06.16)

"Regardless of our appreciation of the public policy arguments raised by opponents, we have been advised that the law and our bilateral obligations leave us no avenue to reject thi>[...]

ANN FAQ: How To Get YOUR News Out On Aero-News

Good News, Bad News... It's ALL News As the preeminent online aviation news resource out there, the editorial staff at Aero-News sees a large number of news releases. We look at al>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC