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Is the 787 dodging a critical safety test?

Is the 787 dodging a critical safety test?

On Sunday the Seattle Times revealed how in 2005 Boeing received some very bad news about the dangers of a plastic 787 in what would be a ‘survivable’ crash landing in a metal alloy jet like its 777. However, as the author Dominic Gates reported, Boeing also dealt with the problem by specially designing under […]

A few words about Russian jets

A few words about Russian jets

The crash of a Polish government Tupolev TU-154 at Smolensk on Saturday, which killed the country’s president Lech Kaczynski and all of the other 95 people on board has brought out the usual cliches about Russian airliners. That is, they are inherently unsafe and badly designed. These claims are not entirely correct. The problem with […]

No survivors at crash site near the Kokoda Track

No survivors at crash site near the Kokoda Track

The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has confirmed that all 13 people aboard an Airlines PNG Twin Otter, including 9 Australians, were killed when it crashed yesterday morning north of Isurava village in mountain forest terrain off to one side of the Kokoda track. The wreckage of the small turbo prop aircraft was not located with […]

Airbusophobia versus reality plus a few things to keep worrying about

Airbusophobia versus reality plus a few things to keep worrying about

There is no possible connection between the crash of an the Yemenia Airbus A310 a day ago and the 1 June crash of an AirFrance A330-200 in the mid Atlantic with the loss of 228 lives. But that won’t stop the Airbusophobia which seems to rule the air waves at the moment. They were both […]

AF447’s last messages point to the ‘dragons’ that can destroy a jet

AF447’s last messages point to the ‘dragons’ that can destroy a jet

For an air crash in which the ‘black boxes’ or any trace of the 228 victims may never be recovered, much has been learned about what happened to AF447 the Air France A330-200 jet that crashed in the mid-Atlantic early on 1 June. This is because of a series of automated status messages relayed via […]

AF447 mid-air breakup evidence raises new discussions about the last signals sent to Paris

AF447 mid-air breakup evidence raises new discussions about the last signals sent to Paris

There is what could be described as technically informed speculation amongst airline professionals in Australia and abroad that AF447 broke apart in flight at or near 35,000 feet and fell into the mid Atlantic in two main parts. The primary evidence supporting this view is the congregation of the floating debris found in the last […]

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

Lessons Learned at terrible cost

The US Federal Aviation Administration or FAA has put up a new resource on Lessons Learned from major crashes. So far there are 11 accidents on the website with plans to expand it to 40. With several of them outside the US already on the list it is possible that an Australian accident that changed […]