FAA extends security warnings for Kenya and Mali airspaces

FAA extends security warnings for Kenya and Mali airspaces

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued two new Notams, extending the security warnings for the Kenya and Mali airspaces by another year.

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Two flights diverted after lithium battery fire incidents

Two flights diverted after lithium battery fire incidents

Damaged battery charger after fire incident (photo: Daytona Beach International Airport)

In the space of two days, two airliners diverted after lithium battery powered devices, suffered thermal runaway incidents.

On February 25, Sunwing flight WG596, a Boeing 737-800, declared an emergency for smoke in the cabin, which reportedly originated from a passenger’s vape pen. The aircraft was en route from Cancun, Mexico to Calgary, Canada, and diverted to Memphis, USA.

On February 26, United Airlines flight UA1456, an Airbus A320, diverted to Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, after a passenger’s lithium battery charger suffered a thermal runaway inside a bag.

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Antonov An-2 crashed shortly after takeoff from Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

Antonov An-2 crashed shortly after takeoff from Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan

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NTSB: Comprehensive Alaska aviation safety approach needed

NTSB: Comprehensive Alaska aviation safety approach needed

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a comprehensive effort to improve aviation safety in Alaska, a region with a higher accident rate than the rest of the United States.

The NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeking the formation of a safety-focused working group to better review, prioritize and integrate Alaska’s unique aviation safety needs into the FAA’s safety enhancement process.

From 2008 to 2017 the total accident rate in Alaska was 2.35 times higher than for the rest of the United States. The fatal accident rate in the state was 1.34 times higher, according to NTSB statistics.

The safety recommendation stems in part from an NTSB roundtable discussion last September in Anchorage, where Alaska aviation stakeholders discussed how aviation safety can be improved. Although the roundtable focused on Part 135 operations, which include business and charter flights, some of the proposals discussed, such as improving pilot training and consistently managing weather risks, are applicable to all aviation operations in Alaska.

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan N12373 crashed in Alaska in November 2013.

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Antonov An-2 crashed on takeoff from Magadan-13 Airfield after apparent stall

Antonov An-2 crashed on takeoff from Magadan-13 Airfield after apparent stall

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Beech 200 Super King Air crashes near Abilene, Texas, USA, killing three

Beech 200 Super King Air crashes near Abilene, Texas, USA, killing three

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FAA issues emergency AD after ground fire accident involving Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet

FAA issues emergency AD after ground fire accident involving Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet

The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) to remove headset amplifier and microphone interface circuit card assemblies from the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet after a fire accident in December.

On December 27, 2019, a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet caught fire prior to departure from Santa Monica Municipal Airport, California, USA. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage.
Upon arrival at the airplane, the pilot began to perform preflight checks and completed a walkaround. After boarding and closing the cabin door, he continued with the checks and observed haze in the cabin accompanied by a faint smell of smoke. He continued to follow the checklists and after starting the engine, the smoke smell became stronger, and he decided to terminate flight preparations, and have a mechanic examine the airplane.
After completing the engine shutdown, he opened the main cabin door, and began to see smoke issue from the armrest area of the number 5 (right center) passenger seat. A mechanic arrived at the airplane with a fire extinguisher within a few minutes, however the smoke had become dense, and was now streaming out of the cabin door. A few minutes later, flames began to emerge from the cabin, and by 11:55 the cabin was completely engulfed. The fire department arrived at 12:02, and the fire was extinguished.
The airplane sustained extensive thermal damage, with fire consuming the cabin roof and destroying the cabin contents from the aft wall of the parachute (CAPs) enclosure through to the engine inlet nacelle, with fire damage more extensive on the right side of the airframe. Fire had consumed the lower right walls of the cabin down to the wing root, with only composite cloth remaining. The right wing was intact, but sustained thermal damage to the upper skin from the root outboard about 4 ft short of the tip. The left wing, and lower left exterior skins of the cabin were largely free of fire damage.

An investigation determined the probable root cause was a malfunction of the headset amplifier and the microphone interface circuit card assemblies for the 3.5 millimeter audio and microphone jacks. This malfunction likely resulted in an electrical short and subsequent uncontained cabin fire without activating circuit protection.
On February 14, 2020, the FAA issued an emergency AD to disconnect and remove the headset amplifier and microphone interface circuit card assemblies for the 3.5 mm audio and microphone jacks on all Cirrus SF50’s.

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Asymmetric power on takeoff caused Let L-410 to veer off runway in fatal Nepal accident

Asymmetric power on takeoff caused Let L-410 to veer off runway in fatal Nepal accident

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Lack of stop bar, situational awareness factors in serious runway incursion incident at Geneva, Switzerland

Lack of stop bar, situational awareness factors in serious runway incursion incident at Geneva, Switzerland

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AirBaltic Airbus A220-300 diverts to Bordeaux, France after engine failure

AirBaltic Airbus A220-300 diverts to Bordeaux, France after engine failure

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