Thu, Jun 22, 2006
Failed To Warn Of Bad Weather
When the weather's
bad... who do you blame? The weatherman? That's apparently the case
in Taiwan... where five meteorologists for the Civil Aeronautics
Administration have been indicted for failing to issue warnings
just before a cargo plane crashed in the Taiwan Strait in December
Authorities say the TransAsia Airways ATR-72 (file photo of
type, right) ran into severe icing conditions and crashed --
because the five meteorologists failed to issue a SIGMET for
traffic over the Strait.
Prosecutors say that failure left the TransAsia crew unaware of
Investigators say SIGMETs, or "SIGnificant METeorological
information" alerts, had been issued by authorities in Hong Kong
and Japan for aircraft in the Taiwan Strait -- but meteorologists
at the CAA had not followed suit.
The flight crashed into the water less than an hour after taking
off from Chang Kai-Chek International Airport, headed for Macau.
Both pilots on board were killed.
Investigators assigned by the prosecution found the accident was
caused by icing along the plane's wings and control surfaces, which
led to a loss of control.
Also: Bell 505 Update, Mooney Update, UAV Hysteria, AAR Sells Telair, True Blue Power, More UAV Waivers, Flyers Rights The Bombardier CSeries CS300 airliner made its first flight t>[...]
“Sentinel 2 is the next important milestone to deploy Europe´s Copernicus program for which Airbus Defence and Space is a key contributor. In particular, we are prime c>[...]
Advancing Blade That half of the rotor disc in which the rotation of the blade is moving in the same direction as the movement of the helicopter. If the helicopter is moving forwar>[...]
Aero Linx: The New England Helicopter Council The New England Helicopter Council is committed to promoting rotorcraft aviation through and for the benefit of our membership. If you>[...]
Australian Agency Lengthens Training Period For Maintenance Candidates The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia has extended the training period for individuals seeking a s>[...]