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

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh Day Three

Oshkosh Day Four

Oshkosh Day Five

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Oshkosh Day One

Oshkosh Day Two

Oshkosh Day Three

Oshkosh Day Four

Oshkosh Day Five

Tweet Us The Coolest Things You See @OSH16!
#OSH16Coolest!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on Vimeo!

It's Alive!: AirVenture 2016 Innovation Preview on YouTube!

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

AutoGyro Introduces Type Certified Gyroplanes In The U.S.

Two Versions Of The Calidus Gyroplane FAA Approved The FAA has type-certified two versions of the German-built Calidus Gyroplane after the recent completion of conformity testing c>[...]

SPA Introduces Their 3.3 Liter Corvair Conversion

'Engine In Box' Option Allows Quicker Competition Times For Builders In the North Aircraft display area, Dan and Rachel Weseman of Sport Performance Aviation LLC debuted their late>[...]

Avidyne Makes Innovative Use Of IFD Series With iPads

Provide Interesting Big Glass Solutions For Both Forward Fit And Retrofit Avidyne is showcasing some innovative ‘Big Glass’ configurations in their booth at Oshkosh thi>[...]

Wipaire Helps ANN Make AirVenture Coverage Happen!

Wipaire Is A Leading Aircraft Service Provider, and the Holder Of Over 100 STCs For over 55 years, Wipaire has been engineering and manufacturing a full line of aircraft floats for>[...]

Airborne 07.26.16-Oshkosh Day 2: Solar Impulse, Sun Flyer, Stemme S-12

Also: AEA $$Giveaway$$, LAM Aviation, Able Flight, Jack Pelton On Aero-Medical Reform We start our report this morning with something that has very little to do with the EAA AirVen>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

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