[simpits-chat] Fwd: Fw: Flight Safety Information (30JAN03-041) (fwd)
Thu, 30 Jan 2003 09:10:30 -0800 (PST)
>*Plane in Crash Not Giving Altitude Info.
>*FAA Investigates Police Stunt for Bucs
>*Airlines accused of hindering key blood clot study
>*Medical Helicopter Crashes in Illinois
>*Plane Crashes Near Mather Field
>*GEORGE W. BLACK RESIGNS AS MEMBER OF NTSB
>*Thai Air says to hedge up to 50 pct of fuel costs
>*Northwest to Furlough 60 More Pilots
>*Prague airport gets $312mln from EIB for expansion
>*Greece buys 12 transport aircraft from U.S.-Italian joint venture
>*Trinidadian Airline Lays Off 600
>*United Plans Fewer Pilots, Report Says
>*Boeing unwraps '7E7' jet plans
>*Today in History
>Plane in Crash Not Giving Altitude Info.
>DENVER (AP) - The transponder on a Piper Cheyenne that collided with
>small plane over Denver was not transmitting altitude information
>federal requirements, investigators said Wednesday.
>Whether the transponder was malfunctioning or the pilot didn't turn it
>part of the investigation into why the two planes collided Friday, said
>Lauren Peduzzi, spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety
>However, she said, ``I can tell you that is not the focus of our
>Planes flying within 30 miles of Denver International Airport must
>altitude information to air traffic controllers under Federal Aviation
>All five people on the Piper and the other plane, a Cessna 172, died in
>collision, which showered debris across a northwest Denver neighborhood.
>Cessna crashed into a house, which exploded after a natural gas line
>Although it was not sending the aircraft's altitude, radar information
>indicates the Piper's transponder was transmitting the plane's
>The transponder on the Cessna appeared to be working properly, Peduzzi
>The pilot of the single-engine Cessna was Jonathan Ross Ladd, a survivor
>the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. He was a junior when two
>at the school opened fire, killing 12 classmates, a teacher and
>Tapes of radio traffic show the pilot of the Piper was warned that the
>smaller plane was a mile away and more or less directly in its path.
>FAA Investigates Police Stunt for Bucs
>TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating
>Tampa police helicopter pilot for a stunt over Raymond James Stadium
>rally by Buccaneers fans.
>The agency wants to determine whether the pilot violated federal flight
>safety regulations. The Tampa Police Department was notified by the FAA
>Two officers on Monday descended by ropes from a police helicopter over
>crowd of about 65,000 fans awaiting the arrival of the Super Bowl
>``We are investigating it as an unsafe operation,'' said Christopher
>an FAA spokesman in Atlanta. ``They didn't get the required waiver,
>would have allowed our safety people to evaluate the operation to make
>that it was safe. There might have been security concerns, too.''
>The FAA said pilots who violate safety regulations can be fined and have
>their licenses suspended or revoked. The pilot's name has not been
>Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the federal government has
>declared all sports stadiums no-fly zones, but FAA spokeswoman Kathleen
>Bergen said Wednesday that issue is separate from the current
>She said the FAA is investigating only whether the pilot's actions
>The police department's aviation squad approved the stunt, Tampa police
>spokeswoman Katie Hughes said. Hughes acknowledged that the FAA had
>questioned the safety and security of the stunt.
>``They are reviewing video and will get back to us as to whether they
>we put the public in danger,'' she said. ``We'll accept whatever their
>Airlines accused of hindering key blood clot study
>LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Airlines are dragging their feet in
>with a study on whether so-called economy class syndrome, which causes
>potentially deadly blood clots, is linked to flying, a leading
>told Reuters on Wednesday.
>One of the scientists in charge of the investigation conducted by the
>Health Organisation (WHO) said that the carriers' slowness had hindered
>"The airlines' defensive reaction is counterproductive," the scientist,
>Frits Rosendaal, said. An international airline lobby group denied the
>The investigation seeks to prove whether or not the potentially deadly
>syndrome, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is related to flying and
>crucial to airlines and victims battling each other in courts around the
>"The airlines are not really used to this kind of research. That
>with a defensive position -- being scared of publicity, lawsuits or
>travellers -- have helped cause delays...," he said.
>As a result, Rosendaal said the issuing of questionnaires crucial to a
>study had been delayed by about five months.
>Rosendaal did not say which carriers had been slowing down the study,
>needs airlines' co-operation to analyse hundreds of thousands of fliers
>the next few years.
>The International Air Transport Association, which represents the
>of the world's international carriers, defended the industry and said
>carriers were doing everything in their power to help with the study.
>"The fact is that we are co-operating to the best of our ability and
>feel that it is fair to accuse the airlines of dragging their feet,"
>"The airlines are ready to go on their part of the study," she said,
>that two airlines were participating in the pilot study, but declined to
>which carriers were involved.
>Sources close to the airlines told Reuters that the two airlines
>participating in the study are British Airways and Brazil's flagship
>BA said it would let IATA speak for it on the subject and VARIG could
>initially be reached.
>DVT A FLYING DISEASE?
>A link between DVT -- which can cause blood clots in the legs that break
>away and invade the lungs and heart -- and flying would give claimants
>around the world powerful ammunition to pursue airlines and demand
>of pounds in damages.
>Cases in England, Canada, United States and Australia pit DVT sufferers
>their families against the world's leading airlines, including Europe's
>largest, British Airways Plc.
>Ruth Christophersen, whose 28-year-old daughter Emma died after a flight
>from Australia to Britain, said the airlines' actions appear to show
>airlines are not interested in finding out if there is a link between
>and the ailment.
>"I wonder, do the airlines not want an answer? I would have thought that
>airlines would have sought to get the study done and not put obstacles
>the way," she said.
>DVT victims and their families suffered a stinging defeat in December
>London judge blocked claimants' attempts to sue 27 airlines over claims
>cramped seating on long flights caused the potentially deadly blood
>Claimants say the airlines knew about the risks of DVT for years but did
>inform passengers, while the airlines maintain DVT is not a flying
>The airlines argue that DVT is not an accident under a key 1929
>international agreement governing air travel, and therefore they cannot
>The London decision ran counter to a ruling made earlier on the same day
>Australia involving Qantas and British Airways over a blood clot
>a passenger on a long-haul flight.
>Lawyers for the airlines have said they would appeal against the
>Australia, and claimants have said they would appeal in the case in
>The WHO study is also being looked at carefully by DVT victims and their
>lawyers in Canada and the United States, where several cases are winding
>their way through the legal systems.
>In the United States, law firm of O'Reilly, Collins and Danko in
>has a number of DVT-related clients and recently obtained a settlement
>American Airlines, a move that surprised lawyers in the London case
>it ran counter to the airlines' policy of not settling DVT cases.
>But lawyers, DVT sufferers and airlines will have to wait for years to
>out if DVT is linked definitively to flying, since the study's results
>likely not be released until 2007, at the earliest, according to
>Medical Helicopter Crashes in Illinois
>WEST CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) - A medical helicopter practicing maneuvers at a
>suburban county airport crashed into a snow-covered farm field,
>uriers had been slowing down the study,
>DuPage Airport spokesman Brian Kulpin said at least one person was
>the Tuesday night crash.
>``It had just taken off just a few moments before,'' Kulpin said. ``At
>point it appears only one person was on board, but the there may have
>West Chicago police officer Mike Rosenwinkel said the department
>call about the crash around 9 p.m.
>The crash occurred on airport property in a farm field about two miles
>of its runways, Kulpin said.
>Kulpin said weather conditions were snowy and wet, but he didn't know if
>that contributed to the accident.
>The helicopter was with Air Angels medivac service and was affiliated
>Good Samaritan Hospital in suburban Downers Grove, hospital
>The helicopter was not flying to or from the hospital at the time of the
>crash, she said.
>``It is our group, our people, but it did not leave from our hospital,''
>said. ``We know all of them so we're worried trying to find out who was
>Typically, the crew would consist of a pilot and two others, Sullivan
>adding that an ambulance crew from the hospital was dispatched to the
>The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation
>Board were at the scene.
>Plane Crashes Near Mather Field
>Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National
>Transportation Safety Board are expected at Mather Field Friday
>the crash of small cargo plane.
>The pilot of the chartered twin-engine Cessna, which was carrying cargo
>UPS, apparently missed his first landing attempt and had turned around
>the plane went down in heavy fog about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
>"Due to the conditions, the visibility, it was very difficult for us
>where the aircraft was at first," Sacramento Metro Fire Department
>Tim Maybee said.
>Authorities said the plane was in flames when rescue crews arrived and a
>power line was down.
>The pilot was taken to an area hospital and reportedly suffered only
>Officials said it's too early to determine if fog played a role in the
>crash, but visibility was reportedly down to a quarter-mile at the time
>"Certainly, all the weather information is something that FAA and NTSB
>at ... they'll be able to fully investigate it," Sacramento County
>spokeswoman Cheryl Marcell said.
>The pilot's identity has not been released. He was reported in stable
>condition Friday morning.
>GEORGE W. BLACK RESIGNS AS MEMBER OF NTSB;
>ASSUMES SENIOR HIGHWAY INVESTIGATION POST
>WASHINGTON, D.C. - National Transportation Safety Board Member George
>Washington Black has resigned his seat on the Board, effective
>Mr. Black has begun his new position on the agency's staff as Senior
>Engineer/National Resource Specialist for Highway Investigations.
>In his letter of resignation to President Bush, Mr. Black said "it
>has been an honor to serve my country for nearly seven years at the
>Board. I am returning to highway safety engineering practice that has
>my profession for over 30 years."
>Mr. Black became a Member of the NTSB on February 22, 1996, the first
>practicing highway engineer to be a Board Member. He was the on-scene
>Member at a number of high-profile transportation accidents during his
>tenure, including the 1996 engine failure on an MD-88 in Pensacola,
>the runway collision between a small plane and a commuter airliner in
>Illinois later that year; the propane gas explosion in Puerto Rico, also
>1996; the crash of a Korean Airlines 747 in Guam in 1997; and the crash
>American Airlines flight 587 in New York City in November 2001.
>Before coming to the Board, Mr. Black held highway engineering posts
>Gwinnett County, Georgia, for 24 years, retiring as Director of
>Transportation. He is a 1968 graduate of the Georgia Institute of
>Technology, with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, and is a
>professional engineer. While at Georgia Tech, he worked in one of the
>original Multi-Disciplinary Traffic Crash Investigation Teams funded by
>U.S. Department of Transportation. He is an Air Force veteran.
>In his new position at the Board, Mr. Black will be reviewing
>highway design and operational issues associated with NTSB highway
>Thai Air says to hedge up to 50 pct of fuel costs
>BANGKOK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - National carrier Thai Airways International
>said on Wednesday it would hedge up to 50 percent of its fuel costs to
>minimise risks from volatile oil prices caused by tension in the Middle
>Chairman Thanong Bidaya told reporters the airline's board had approved
>hedging plan with immediate effect.
>"We want to make sure that fuel costs are under budget as we don't know
>there will be a war (in Iraq) or not," he said.
>Thai Air is already hedging about 10 percent of its fuel costs, which
>expected to account for around 19 percent of the company's total costs
>Earlier this month, Thai Air said it had allocated a budget for fuel
>expenses based on an estimated average crude price of $27-$29.5 per
>for its current 2002/03 financial year ending September.
>On Wednesday, London Brent crude oil was trading at around $30 per
>The airline also said previously that it did not expect a shortage of
>fuel in the event of a U.S.-led military attack on Iraq.
>Thanong said the airline expected operating profits in its first quarter
>ending December 2002 to be higher than in the same period a year ago.
>He gave no net profit forecasts. The Airline is due to report its first
>quarter earnings on February 14.
>Thai Air made a net profit of 1.05 billion baht in the first quarter of
>2001/2002 financial year.
>Thai Air shares closed down 0.8 percent at 31.50 baht on Wednesday,
>the overall Thai stock market fell 1.35 percent.
>Northwest to Furlough 60 More Pilots
>Northwest Airlines told its pilots union that it plans to furlough 60
>additional pilots this spring, while Continental Express said it would
>recall four dozen pilots in April who were let go last year.
>The cuts Northwest announced Tuesday bring the total number of pilots on
>furlough to 693.
>The Eagan, Minn.-based carrier said 35 pilots will be furloughed in
>and 25 pilots in May, according to a message posted late Tuesday on the
>Line Pilots Association hot line.
>Last week, Northwest, the nation's fourth-largest carrier, reported a
>fourth-quarter loss of $488 million.
>Continental Express, a regional carrier for Houston-based Continental
>Airlines, will recall 48 furloughed pilots in April and will bring
>back monthly through next year, company spokesman Jeff Awalt said
>Continental Express is operated by ExpressJet Airlines, which was spun
>in April from Continental, the nation's fifth-largest carrier.
>The move is expected to trigger the recall of some Continental Airlines
>pilots who were furloughed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The
>initially would fly for Continental Express. As the economy improves,
>pilots could move back into slots at Continental, Awalt said.
>John Prater, chairman of the master executive council of the Continental
>pilots union, said that virtually every pilot for Continental or
>Express who was furloughed could be in a Continental Express cockpit as
>as the spring of 2004.
>"It appears that the company's plans are that there will be enough
>put everybody back to work within the next 12 to 15 months," John
>chairman of Continental's pilots union, said in a story in Wednesday's
>A total of 479 pilots could be recalled, the union said.
>Prague airport gets $312mln from EIB for expansion
>PRAGUE, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The European Investment Bank has approved a
>billion-crown ($311.6 million) credit to finance an expansion of the
>airport to help the Czech Republic prepare for EU entry in May 2004,
>officials said on Wednesday.
>The airport, a leading central European destination and regional hub for
>SkyTeam alliance led by Air France and U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines, has
>struggled to keep pace with a sharp rise in traffic in the past few
>The Czech Airport Authority said that the planned 10 billion crown
>would boost capacity to 10 million passengers a year, up from 6.5
>An Authority spokeswoman said detailed conditions of the loan, to be
>by the EU's arm for long-term credit financing, had yet to be worked
>The rest of the costs of building a second terminal at the airport would
>paid for using another loan or the authority's own money.
>"We expect to conclude the construction of the terminal two in the
>half of 2005. Its main function will be to handle flights to EU
>under the so-called Schengen agreement," the authority said in a
>Air travel in the central European country received a major boost
>the fall of hard-line communism in 1989, which dismantled many barriers
>the borders with Western Europe.
>In 2002, a record 6.3 million passengers travelled through Prague's
>up 3.5 percent on the year, despite devastating floods in August which
>a heavy toll on tourism, the Czech Airport Authority said.
>Passenger numbers are expected to rise further after the country's
>to the European Union along with nine other central European and
>The Schengen agreement allows for the free movement of people without
>passport controls, and embraces all EU member states except Britain and
>Ireland as well as non-EU members Norway and Iceland.
>The Ruzyne airport is the base of Czech Airlines, a state-owned airline
>which is part of the SkyTeam alliance.
>Greece buys 12 transport aircraft from U.S.-Italian joint venture
>ATHENS, Greece - Greece signed a US$272 million (250 million euro) deal
>Wednesday to purchase 12 midsize military transport aircraft from a
>US-Italian joint venture, the defense ministry said.
>The purchase of 12 C-27J Spartan Tactical Transport Aircraft - and
>for three more - is part of an effort to boost capabilities of Greece's
>The joint venture, based in Marietta, Georgia involves Lockheed Martin
>Alenia Tactical Transport Systems
>Greece's Hellenic Aerospace Industry, or EAV, will be the exclusive
>of certain components of the aircraft.
>The first planes will be delivered by January 2005 and the rest by July
>The Spartan's two-pilot cockpit is night-vision compatible, and can
>to 24 fully equipped paratroopers. Its two turboshaft engines allows the
>aircraft to access a wide-range of airfields while transporting heavy
>Trinidadian Airline Lays Off 600
>PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) - Trinidad's main carrier, BWIA West Indies
>Airways Ltd., laid off more than 600 employees on Tuesday while the
>struggles with continuing weak travel demand since the 2001 terror
>The 617 workers, including mechanics and customer service agents, make
>about 25 percent of the airline's 2,400 employees.
>The layoffs are effective immediately, but the company will pay the
>for another 45 days, said Christopher Abraham, president of one of the
>unions affected by the layoffs.
>BWIA management has blamed the company's losses on the worldwide
>slowdown and the drop in air passengers following the attacks on the
>Trinidad's government, which owns a one-third stake in BWIA, agreed in
>November to lend the company $13 million to help it restructure. To get
>federal loan, the company must adopt a plan by Saturday to achieve
>cost savings of $1.4 million.
>The airline is working to reduce its fleet as part of its cost-saving
>efforts. It has also laid off about 40 pilots because of the changes and
>will contract out maintenance work to save money, BWIA said.
>Other airlines in the region have suffered similar losses, prompting
>government officials to talk of merging them to form a Caribbean airline
>with Air Jamaica and Antigua-based LIAT.
>BWIA generates about $260 million in annual revenues with flights to
>New York, Washington and 19 other destinations in the Caribbean, Canada,
>South America and England.
>United Plans Fewer Pilots, Report Says
>CHICAGO (AP) - United Airlines intends to reduce the number of its
>and flight attendants by up to 25 percent and implement a two-tier pay
>structure under the new business plan it has devised in bankruptcy, a
>published report said Wednesday.
>The Chicago Tribune, citing unidentified sources, reported that pilots
>flight attendants working for a planned new discount carrier to be
>by the airline would be paid significantly less than those on regular
>United declined comment on the report.
>The world's second-largest airline, which has posted heavy losses since
>mid-2000, filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection on Dec. 9.
>is required to compile a new business plan in the first 120 days of
>bankruptcy to show its lenders how it intends to return to
>A key to United's financial strategy is a planned $2.4 billion reduction
>annual labor costs, which the carrier outlined last month in bankruptcy
>court. CEO Glenn Tilton also said last month that United plans to launch
>low-cost carrier to compete with Southwest Airlines as part of efforts
>regain its financial footing.
>United spokesman Joe Hopkins said Tilton is presenting the plan to the
>of directors of United's parent, UAL Corp., on Thursday. He said
>were given Monday to financial advisers of United's creditors committee,
>which is monitoring the bankruptcy reorganization and includes its three
>major unions, but not detailed in full to employees yet.
>``Our plan is to share the information with our employees before we
>them with wider audiences,'' Hopkins said.
>Spokesmen for the pilots, flight attendants and machinists said
>they had not been briefed on specifics of the plan.
>United has laid off 20,000 workers since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
>attacks and currently has about 78,000 employees, including nearly
>flight attendants and about 8,500 pilots.
>According to the Tribune, it would need only about 6,000 pilots under
>reorganization plan, and they would be required to increase their flight
>time to an average of 50 hours a month, up from the current 36 hours.
>The report also said United's plan calls for contracting more of its
>regional routes to its commuter partners - Atlantic Coast Airlines, Air
>Wisconsin and SkyWest Airlines - which operate planes bearing the United
>Express logo and would be permitted to fly larger, 70-seat jets. And the
>report said United likely will close its Indianapolis maintenance
>United is seeking concessions from its unions after a bankruptcy judge
>approved temporary wage reductions of 29 percent for pilots, 9 percent
>flight attendants and 14 percent for machinists, who include mechanics,
>workers and customer contact workers.
>The company reports fourth-quarter and full-year results on Friday and
>expected to exceed the $2.1 billion loss of 2001 - an industry record
>has since been exceeded by American Airlines.
>UAL shares fell 7 cents to $1.08 in afternoon trading on the New York
>On the Net:
>Boeing unwraps '7E7' jet plans
>CHICAGO (CBS.MW) -- It's not that fast. It's not that big. It's not even
>that sexy, and that's the way Boeing wants it.
>The world's largest aerospace company on Wednesday unveiled plans for
>next jet, called the "7E7" for now, designed to be one of the most
>and economical planes on the market.
>The 7E7 effort replaces the shelved Sonic Cruiser project, a faster jet
>was tailored for business travelers but failed to draw enough interest
>airlines weathering a historic downturn in commercial aviation. Both
>are designed to carry between 200 and 250 people.
>But the Sonic Cruiser, with safety posters in Boeing's Everett facility
>still showing the plane's unconventional shape, was cast aside to make
>for the 7E7 last month. The 7E7, which looks like a smaller 777, will
>fly about as fast as Boeing's current crop of big jets.
>Details are still vague because design specifics will depend on what
>carriers want. Boeing is moving ahead on a project that could see the
>service by 2008.
>Boeing says the market for the jet is expected to be about 3,000
>over two decades.
>Michael Blair, who helped develop the popular 777, was named to head the
>In the shifting of executives around the program, Robert J. Pasterick
>been named CFO of Boeing's commercial aviation group.
>Shares of Boeing, a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, were
>down 69 cents at $30.76.
>Today in History:
>Date of Accident: 30 January 2000
>Airline: Kenya Airways
>Aircraft: Airbus A310-304
>Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa
>Previous Registrations: F-WWCK
>Flight Number: 431
>Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
>Engine Model: CF6-80C2A2
>Year of Delivery: 1986
>Accident Description: The aircraft crashed into the Atlantic Ocean
>after takeoff from Abidjan. Numerous eyewitnesses who saw the airplane
>takeoff reported that it failed to gain altitude and struck the water
>a mile from the runway. 10 survivors were pulled from the water by
>boats. The probable cause of the accident was determined to be 'the
>aerodynamic stall warning which falsely indicated that the plane had
>moments after takeoff, and the Captain's failure to properly react to a
>false alarm. Contributing to the accident was the plane's takeoff at
>Date of Accident: 30 January 1974
>Airline: Pan American World Airways
>Aircraft: Boeing 707-321B
>Location: Pago Pago, American Samoa
>Flight Number: 806
>Line Number: 661
>Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
>Engine Model: JT3D-3B
>Year of Delivery: 1967
>Accident Description: The aircraft crashed short of the runway while
>executing an ILS approach. Microburst induced windshear, and the failure
>the crew to correct an excessive sink rate situation were blamed for the