FlyerTalk Member Unhurt in Rocket Attack at Airport; Tension Between Pilots; Near Collisions; Other Aviation News
There was a lot of news reported within the past week pertaining commercial aviation — so let us get started without further ado:
FlyerTalk member rwoman — who is also a member of TalkBoard — was unhurt when two rockets hit the northern part of Kabul International Airport at 11:30 in the morning on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hangars of the air force of Afghanistan and three helicopters were damaged; while one helicopter was destroyed. Thankfully, there were no casualties reported as a result of this incident. “Stupid rockets”, posted rwoman. “I hate them.” I am glad you are fine, rwoman — but you are not the first FlyerTalk member to be involved in a rocket attack, as demonstrated by FlyerTalk member Dovster back in both May and July of 2006. He suffered no injuries as well. Tension reported between two pilots of a Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Air New Zealand flight 176 between Perth and Auckland on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 alarmed many of the greater than 300 passengers aboard that airplane. The departure of that flight was delayed by approximately 15 minutes because the first officer was required to undertake a random drug and alcohol test, which apparently frustrated the captain, who allegedly locked the first officer out of the cockpit after he left to take a break. Members of the flight crew were concerned when the captain did not respond to requests to open the locked door for the first officer for at least a couple of minutes. The two pilots were “stood down” by the airline and reportedly eventually underwent counseling and additional training; while members of the flight crew were also offered counseling. An investigation is currently under way.
“AENA says there’s nothing to see here… in their opinion, this is a brouhaha kicked up by spotters and people who do not understand telephoto foreshortening”, posted FlyerTalk member Mauricio23 in commenting about a video documenting the approach of a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft which operated as UTair flight 5187 from Moscow just as an Airbus A340-300 aircraft operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas was crossing the runway at Barcelona–El Prat Airport. “They are emphatic there was never any danger because -wait for it- the planes had all of a kilometer of separation (that is, some 15 seconds at landing speeds).” The pilot of the UTair airplane was forced to abort the landing and fly around, landing safely and successfully upon the second attempt. Was there any danger of a collision between the two aircraft? Watch the video and decide for yourself:
A Boeing 777-200 aircraft which operated as Singapore Airlines flight 61 flew fewer than 2,000 feet from an aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines — which was on approach to land — as it departed from the international airport which serves the Houston metropolitan area prior to 7:00 in the evening on Thursday, July 3, 2014 on its way to Moscow, narrowly avoiding a crash in mid-air. “Collision seem to be a understatement”, opined FlyerTalk member yewgene. “If there is indeed contact between the two metals, we might be looking into a tragedy with a possible loss of more than 400+ lives.” An investigation of this incident is pending.
Engine pylon bolts on 12 of 20 Embraer SA E190 aircraft operated by American Airlines were found to be “loosened to some degree”, which prompted the Brazilian manufacturer of those aircraft to issued an “alert service bulletin” to commercial operators of the twin-engine E190 aircraft, recommending inspection of two engine pylons’ shear pins as a “preventive measure.” All of the aircraft operated by American Airlines were inspected, repaired and placed back into service. Well — at least that is not as bad as having a few screws loose…
Finally, as many as five brand-new Boeing 737 fuselages were heavily damaged or destroyed when they slid down a steep embankment into the Clark Fork River as the result of a train derailment east of Superior, Montana. An investigation by The Boeing Company is under way pertaining to this incident.