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NTSB Investigating Three Delta Wing Collisions In 24 Hours at JFK

Federal transportation officials are investigating why Delta Air Lines planes were involved in three separate wingtip collisions over a two-day period while on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. Only one man was injured in the collisions, but the number of incidents in such a timeframe may have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate. It’s also possible that the collisions indicate a pattern that needs to be investigated or they were serious enough to trigger a probe. While It’s unusual for taxiing aircraft to become involved in a low-speed collision with other ... Read More

Lithium Battery Fire Breaks Out On SriLankan Airlines Flight

The crew of a SriLankan Airlines flight was able to extinguish a lithium battery that burst into flames inside an overhead bin mid-flight from India to Sri Lanka, averting what could have been a major air disaster. SriLankan Airlines said flight attendants aboard flight IL 166 from Kochi to Colombo noticed smoke coming from an overhead bin in the rear of the Airbus A330-200. After opening the bin, they found a passenger’s carry-on bag was on fire. The flight attendants sprayed the bag with a fire extinguisher and removed it from the bin. The battery then began to shoot smoke ... Read More

Aviation Safety Experts Say Laptop Ban Swaps One Threat For Another

An aviation safety group funded by the airline industry is speaking out against the Trump Administration’s recent order barring laptops and other electronics from the cabins of certain international commercial flights, warning that the directive introduces another potentially catastrophic risk of its own: the prospect of an explosion or fire in the cargo hold. In an April 7 statement, the non-profit Flight Safety Foundation says the order prohibiting personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabins of non-stop flights headed to the U.S. from 10 Middle Eastern airports essentially swaps out one potential threat for another ... Read More

Alaska Air Charter Pays Massive Price For Retaliating Against Whistleblower Pilot

An Alaskan aviation company has been ordered to reinstate a pilot and pay him years of back wages and $100,000 in compensatory damages for suspending and firing him, then ostracizing him among the close-knit Alaskan aviation industry, simply because he voiced legitimate concerns about the problems with the company’s operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that Bald Mountain Air Services of Homer violated federal whistleblower laws when it retaliated against the whistleblower pilot in 2012. The agency said the veteran pilot, with 35 years of aviation experience, repeatedly raised concern over a multitude of safety violations within ... Read More

Pearl Harbor Helicopter Tour Crash Critically Injures Teenager

PEARL HARBOR, HI — A helicopter that was reportedly carrying a group of tourists on an aerial tour of Oahu crashed in the water near the Pearl Harbor visitor center Thursday, critically injuring a 16-year-old boy who was trapped inside the craft when it sunk. The crash happened in front of several witnesses, most of them tourists visiting the Pearl Harbor visitor center and the Arizona Memorial. Reports say the helicopter went down about 20 feet off offshore, next to the visitor center lawn. Four people escaped the helicopter, including a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man who were taken ... Read More

OSHA orders reinstatement of pilot fired for reporting safety concerns to FAA

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered the reinstatement of a pilot who alleged he was fired over his unwillingness to participate in fraudulent activity on the job and for reporting his concerns to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The pilot’s employer, Northern Illinois Flight Center, was also ordered to compensate the pilot more than $500,000 in back pay, benefits, and damages. According to OSHA, “the whistleblower, a pilot from Illinois, was dismissed after contacting the Federal Aviation Administration to discuss violations of the pilot certification process.” The pilot alleges his employer asked him to falsify an ... Read More