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March 24, 2015  -  No. 055

In This Issue
German passenger jet crashes in France
Reports: Passenger plane crashes in southern France
France plane crash: No survivors expected
Germanwings Accident - Preliminary Information
Passenger Jet Gets Stuck in the Mud at Delaware Airport
Turkish Airlines to recruit 600 pilots
Airbus delivers its 9,000th aircraft
UAE bans 6 aircraft operators from its air space
Emirati pilot becomes world's youngest holder of aviation PhD
AAIB Centenary Conference...'100 Years of Accident Investigation - What's Next?'
2015 NSC Aviation Safety Committee Meeting...Meeting Dates: May 13-14, 2015
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German passenger jet crashes in France

An Airbus A320 operated by the Germanwings airline, a budget subsidiary of German carrier Lufthansa, crashed Tuesday in Digne-les-Bains, in the south of France.

The French aviation authority confirmed the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany had crashed.

Reports said debris had been found near Digne, on the southern edge of the French alps.

The plane was believed to be carrying 142 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew. It vanished from radar at 11 a.m. local time.


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Reports: Passenger plane crashes in southern France
Search For Survivors After French Plane Crash
Search For Survivors After French Plane Crash

A passenger plane with at least 148 passenger and crew on board may have crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday en route from Barcelona to the German city Dusseldorf, local French media reported.

The flight is said to be an Airbus A320 operated by the German Wings airline, according to La Provence, a French newspaper. It may have up to 150 passengers on board.

In a televised address, French President Francois Hollande said there aren't likely to be any survivors given that the crash happened in such a remote area. "It's a tragedy on our soil," he said.

The airline said it was not yet able to confirm the crash.

"We have recently become aware of media reports speculating on an incident though we still do not have any own confirmed information," German Wings tweeted. Lufthansa spokeswoman Kim Jucknat said the airlines has launched an investigation.

German Wings is a subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa and is said to have a good safety record. It is a low-cost carrier known for taking passengers from Germany to areas along the Mediterranean popular with vacationers.


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France plane crash: No survivors expected, French President says

No survivors expected, French President Francois Hollande says

(CNN)A Germanwings Airbus A320 plane carrying at least 148 people crashed Tuesday in mountainous southeastern France, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told reporters.

Valls said he fears those aboard the flight from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany -- 142 passengers and six crew members -- may be dead.

French President Francois Hollande also said no survivors were expected. The plane crashed near Digne les Bains, in the Alpes de Haute Provence region, Valls said.

"The conditions of the accident are not yet clear but lead us to believe there will be no survivors," Hollande said.

The crash happened at about 10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. ET) in mountainous terrain near the village Prads-Haute-Bléone, French police Capt. Benoit Zeisser said.

Because of the terrain, it will be a difficult site for rescuers to access, Zeisser said. A police helicopter is in the area, he said.

The twin-engine Airbus A320s, which entered service in 1988, is generally considered among the most reliable aircraft, aviation analyst David Soucie said.

The crash site would be nearly halfway between Barcelona and Dusseldorf.


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Germanwings Accident - Preliminary Information

Date:Tuesday 24 March 2015
Airbus A320-211
C/n / msn:147
First flight:1990-11-29 (24 years 4 months)
Engines:2 CFMI CFM56-5A1
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 142 / Occupants: 142
Total:Fatalities: 148 / Occupants: 148
Airplane damage:Substantial
Location:near Barcelonnette (   France)
Phase:En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barcelona Airport (BCN), Spain
Destination airport:Düsseldorf Airport (DUS/EDDL), Germany
An Airbus A320 operated by Germanwings was involved in an accident in mountainous area in southern France.
Flight 4U9525 departed Barcelona, Spain at 10:00 hours CET on a regular passenger service to Düsseldorf, Germany. The flight reached its cruising altitude of FL380 at 10:27 hours. Starting 10:31 hours, the airplane began losing altitude. Last recorded position by flight tracking website Flightradar24 was over southern France at 10:40 hours CET.
According the French president François Hollande there were no survivors.


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Passenger Jet Gets Stuck in the Mud at Delaware Airport

A passenger plane en route for Florida never made it off the ground from the New Castle County Airport as it ran off course and got lodged in mud. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports everyone made it off the Frontier Arlines plane safely. (Published Monday, Mar 23, 2015)

An off-roading passenger jet carrying families bound for Walt Disney World got stuck in the mud at a Delaware airport late Sunday.

Frontier Airlines flight 1435, carrying 105 passengers bound for Orlando, Florida, was taxiing at New Castle County Airport at 9:30 p.m. when the pilot veered off the concrete taxiway and onto a grassy area filled with mud, airport officials tell NBC10.

The Airbus A319 jet couldn't propel itself out of the mess and was left slightly tilted with its front and right-rear landing gear stuck. The passengers were led off the plane and the flight canceled, officials said. No one was hurt, but one passenger said his daughter was bummed that the hiccup delayed their trip to Disney World.

Service members from the Delaware Air National Guard were brought in on Monday morning to help pull the plane from the mud.

A Frontier jet destined for Orlando, Fl. never made it off the runway at New Castle County airport because it got stuck in the mud. NBC10's Tim Furlong talks to a family who had to change their travel plans. 
Just like you would do with a car, the guardsmen dug around the tires and placed plywood underneath the 70 ton jet's wheels. They then towed it back to solid ground, officials said.
The passengers were eventually flown to Orlando using a different jet.


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Turkish Airlines to recruit 600 pilots

Turkey's main aircraft carrier, Turkish Airlines, has announced that it will recruit 600 pilots this year.

According to a statement published on Monday, a recruitment roadshow will be held in Madrid between Thursday and Friday this week as the company wants to hire "skilled pilots" and increase Spanish flights.

A total of 4,014 pilots currently work for Turkish Airlines, flying the company's 249-strong fleet. Turkish Airlines said it will increase its weekly flights from Barcelona to Istanbul, from 21-28 as of May 25 this year.

The company aims to carry 1 million passengers on flights to Spain this year. The company said it would recruit 600 more pilots in 2016.



Airbus delivers its 9,000th aircraft

Airbus celebrated the delivery of its 9,000 aircraft on Friday, with the milestone plane - an Airbus A321 - going to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir.

"The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line," John Leahy, Airbus' Chief Operating Officer, says in a statement commemorating the occasion. "The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivalled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort and broad customer appeal."

"We are especially pleased to be delivering today's aircraft to VietJetAir, which is a rising star in the fast-growing Asian region," Leahy adds. "With the A321, VietJetAir will be able to increase capacity on its most popular routes while benefiting from the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft."

Airbus delivered its first commercial passenger jet - an A300 - in 1974. Today, Airbus' commercial passenger jet line-up includes the A320 family, the A330, the A380 and the new A350.

Several older aircraft models are no longer in production, but still fly for major global carriers. Among the most-notable is the four-engine A340. Airbus ended production of the jet in 2011, though the A340 still flies for major carriers in including Lufthansa, Thai Airways, Air France, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss, China Eastern and others.

Airbus' landmark 9,000th delivery comes just two years after it delivered its 8,000 aircraft, which came in August 2013. Airbus says it now delivers more than 600 aircraft a year today, a figure that Airbus says "is set to rise further as the demand grows."



UAE bans 6 aircraft operators from its air space

Six aircraft operators have been banned from flying within UAE air space due to safety regulations, Arabic daily Emarat Alyoum has reported.

The civil aviation authority also banned nine specific aircraft from entering the country's air space after they were deemed unsafe.

The authority made the decisions last year following 322 safety inspections, the daily said.
Details of the safety infringements or the company names were not revealed.

More than 400 foreign airliners operator in the UAE, servicing 200 destinations. The country's commercial passenger traffic grew by about 20 percent last year, the civil aviation authority said.



Emirati pilot becomes world's youngest holder of aviation PhD

DUBAI // An Emirati pilot with Etihad Airways has become the youngest holder of a PhD in aviation and just the eighth in the world to obtain the degree.

Shareef Al Romaithi, 31, joined the UAE's national carrier in 2007 as a cadet pilot and became the first Etihad Airways cadet pilot to win First Officer status after completing the airline's specialised pilot training programme,

Following on from his studies in aerospace engineering, aviation management and safety that yielded a degree and two masters qualifications, Etihad then sponsored his PhD studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida.

Mr Al Romaithi will be putting his skills to good use with the Boeing 777 fleet from April.

"I am thankful to Etihad Airways for giving me the opportunity to obtain this unique degree while at the same time pursuing what I love," he said.

"I encourage my colleagues to pursue their goals, never give up on their dreams, to become risk takers and not be afraid of failure.

"We are blessed with all the opportunities that come our way; it is up to us to accept the responsibilities."




AAIB Centenary Conference

'100 Years of Accident Investigation - What's Next?'

Royal Aeronautical Society, London - 14 October 2015



In 1915 the first UK 'Inspector of Accidents', Captain G B Cockburn, was appointed to investigate the underlying causes of aircraft accidents in the Royal Flying Corps.  George Cockburn had learned to fly as a civilian, had competed in the Grande Semaine at Rheims in 1909 and was a founder member of the Royal Aero Club's 'Accidents Investigation Committee' in 1912.  His appointment, as a professional air safety investigator, led directly to the formation after the war of the Accidents Investigation Branch as a civilian government organisation - now the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), part of the UK Department for Transport, and based at Farnborough, Hampshire.






AAIB Centenary Conference

To celebrate the centenary of the appointment of the UK's first professional air safety investigator, the AAIB is planning a one-day conference on 14 October 2015, entitled '100 Years of Accident Investigation - What's Next?'.The conference will be hosted and administered by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) at 4 Hamilton Place, London. 


The exciting technical programme will be supported by speakers from a number of UK and overseas organisations, including the AAIB, major aircraft/engine manufacturers, operators and government regulators.  Should you wish to present at the conference, please submit a presentation proposal in keeping with the conference theme, no later than 25th April 2015, to: enquiries@aaib.gov.uk


Registration will open soon, via the RAeS website, but in the meantime please save the date!


2015 NSC Aviation Safety Committee Meeting

Meeting Dates: May 13-14, 2015

Meeting Location:
Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center

5055 International Blvd
North Charleston, South Carolina 29418
(843) 747-1882
Hotel Reservations:

The preferred method is to book your hotel room online
For phone reservations call 1-800-362- 2779 and mention the National Safety Council

Registration Form
View the Meeting Agenda

Highlights of the ASC's 87th annual Seminar & Section meeting include:
* Updates and discussion on topics affecting each one of us including:"Airgonomics", HFACS, OSHA and Ramp Safety
* Learn New Ideas - Participate in discussions relating to aviation ground safety and grow your skills
* Tour of Boeing's South Carolina Facility. In Charleston, Boeing fabricates, assembles and installs systems for aft (rear) fuselage sections of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and joins and integrates mid body fuselage sections. The site is also home to the company's newest 787 Dreamliner final assembly and delivery facility.
* Networking and Benchmarking Opportunities
Should you have any questions, please contact Tammy Washington, NSC Staff Representative at or 630-775-2227.


Upcoming Events:


Fundamentals of IS-BAH

March 31, 2015

Houston, TX  USA




IS-BAH Auditing

April 1, 2015

Houston, TX  USA




Fundamentals of IS-BAH

June 15, 2015

St. Hubert, Quebec  Canada




IS-BAH Auditing

June 16, 2015

St. Hubert, Quebec  Canada




Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)

NTSB Training Center, Ashburn, VA

March 10-11, 2015



ERAU NextGen 101 Seminar
April 21-22, 2015.
Washington D.C.



FAA Helicopter Safety Effort

three-day safety forum 

April 21-23, 2015 

Hurst, Texas



ERAU OSHA & Aviation Ground Safety Seminar

Daytona Beach, FL

Apr.13-17, 2015



ERAU Aviation Safety Program Management Seminar

Daytona Beach, FL

Apr.20-24, 2015



Fundamentals of IS-BAO

April 23, 2015

PCAT Safety Smackdown, San Antonio TX  USA



IS-BAO Auditing

April 24, 2015

PCAT Safety Smackdown, San Antonio TX  USA




Safety Smackdown
Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training
San Antonio, TX
April 20-22, 2015


WATS 2015
21-23 April
Orlando, Florida, USA


ERAU Aircraft Accident Investigation Seminar

Daytona Beach, FL

Apr. 27-May 1, 2015



GWBAA Safety Standdown
April 30th
NTSB Academy


ERAU Advanced Aircraft Accident Investigation Seminar

Prescott Campus, AZ

May 4-8, 2015



IATA Cabin Operations Safety Conference
May 5-7, 2015
Paris, France


ERAU Aviation SMS Seminar

Daytona Beach, FL

May 12-14, 2015






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