No conclusive answer on 23 people mysterious sickness mid-flight

Back in January 2018, United Airlines U.S.-bound flight N644UA made a U-turn and returned to Amsterdam after 15 passengers onboard had fallen sick, expressing similar symptoms. Two and a half years later, the Dutch Safety Board, tasked to find the root cause, revealed some of the findings, but found no definite answer on what caused the mysterious sickness....


Qantas flights near-miss incident caused by confusing taxiway

On April 28, 2018, two Qantas Boeing 737s were involved in a near-miss incident in Perth airport, Australia. As it was about to begin its takeoff run, one of the aircraft came within 15 meters from the other that had failed to stop at a holding point. In its final report, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said the captain’s “incorrect mental model” of the airport taxiways and the design of the taxiway itself contribu...


What happened to aviation safety during pandemic? |Data

No prior event affected the aviation industry as much as COVID-19 pandemic did. Amount of flights plummeted as countries closed their borders. Logically, the amount of accidents should have followed. But did it?...


Who are US air marshals and how do they work?

Federal air marshals are often referred to as “quiet professionals” in the skies. They have been on American planes for more than 50 years, spending hours in the air to ensure passengers and plane cre...


Safety Risk Management; missing the biggest risk of all?

Safety Risk Management; missing the biggest risk of all? We’ve all been surrounded by the language and tools of risk ever since Safety Management Systems [SMS] came to the aviation industry. Fascinati...


The missing link to aviation safety

Technological improvements and advanced systems create safer aircraft. But what creates a safer pilot? ...


Crew turned off alarms before bouncing Moroccan ATR 72 off water

Moroccan Ministry of Tourism, Air Transport, Craft & Social Economy published a report on Royal Air Maroc Express ATR 72-600 CN-COH, which suffered damage on 9 July 2018 while approaching Al Hoceima, Morocco. The aircraft struck Mediterranean sea after the crew turned off Terrain Avoidance and Warning System (TAWS) believing it to be faulty....


British Airways Boeing 747 crash with truck in Heathrow: Report

Back in December 2019, a British Airways Boeing 747, carrying 328 passengers and 17 crew onboard, was approaching a parking stand in London Heathrow Airport (LHR), when it collided with a fuel transfer vehicle. Now, British authorities have published their findings into what they deemed “serious incident”. ...


Three take-aways of Emirates A380 flight EK131 incident

It took three attempts for Emirates A380 pilots to land the superjumbo in Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow, back in September 2017. While the flight crew did not see two go arounds as an extreme situation, the authorities did. They classified the occurrence as a ‘serious incident’, highlighting that the double-decker, carrying 448 people onboard, was dangerously close to even bigger problems, as it went below minimum altitude...


Disoriented contractor prompts A300F takeoff abort in Heathrow

A driver, who became disoriented, accidentally entered a runway in London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR), prompting the air traffic control to abruptly cancel takeoff clearance for EAT Leipzig A300 freighter. British aviation authority has now released a report into a runway incursion incident in February 2019....