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Last updated: 20 March 2008

01 FEB - JAL submits revised safety measures
06 FEB - EAS of Nigeria nog longer grounded
07 FEB - JAL 777 operated without emergency exit door batteries
08 FEB - Runway dogs delay Macedonia landings
09 FEB - AAIB issues low fuel warning system recommendations
10 FEB - Nigeria grounds Kings Airline, Sudan Airways planes
10 FEB - Spanish judge: firms must compensate on crashed hire plane
11 FEB - B737 makes emergency landing after nav and comm systems failure
13 FEB - Lebanon bans air carriers from 38 countries
14 FEB - SAS Fokker 50 damaged when undercarriage collapses
20 FEB - Hong Kong develops LIDAR windshear alert system
21 FEB - Plane descends too low on approach to Birmingham Airport
23 FEB - IFALPA: Confusion over icing recommendations
23 FEB - Close call at LAX when 3 planes cleared for same runway
25 FEB - Air-India fails IATA safety audit

01 FEB 2006 JAL submits revised safety measures [to table of contents]
Japan Airlines submitted to the Japanese transport ministry a revised set of measures to prevent operational errors, following a series of mishaps since late last year. In the latest package, JAL has set up a group in charge of human errors within its safety promotion department and increased the number of employees in the department from 30 to 40. It also pledged to reinforce supervision of the department while promoting information sharing between maintenance personnel. (Kyodo)

06 FEB 2006 EAS of Nigeria nog longer grounded [to table of contents]
Executive Airline Services (EAS) of Nigeria is now allowed to operate flights to Jos and Abuja after being grounded for some two weeks. This followed the approval granted by the Ministerial Task Force on Verification of Airworthiness Status of Aircraft and Operational Competencies of Commercial Aircraft Operators in Nigeria. The airline is allowed to commence operations using only one of its aircraft, Boeing 737-200 5N-BEY. Other aircraft will be allowed after all deficiencies found have been rectified within specified deadline. (This Day)

07 FEB 2006 JAL 777 operated without emergency exit door batteries [to table of contents]
It turned out that a Japan Air Lines Boeing 777 was operated for five days without batteries for the `Emergency exit door operation auxiliary system`. During maintenance the battery cases were replaced with cases; seven of the eight cases did not contain batteries. Another mechanic who should have checked the existence of the batteries had reportedly misread the English manual. (Yomiuri; Kyodo News)

08 FEB 2006 Runway dogs delay Macedonia landings [to table of contents]
Two passenger planes of MAT - Macedonian Airlines had to enter a holding pattern above Skopje Airport (SKP) until a pack of stray dogs were cleared from the runway. A flight from Vienna (IN912) and another from Zurich (IN221) were ordered to circle the airfield after dogs were noticed `playing around` on the airfield's only runway. The plane coming from Zurich was less than one kilometre from landing when the pilot was told to abort. (Reuters)

09 FEB 2006 AAIB issues low fuel warning system recommendations [to table of contents]
In an interim report on the February 2005 suspected low fuel emergency landing of an Airbus A.340-600 at Amsterdam, the AAIB issued 4 safety recommendations. The AAIB a.o. recommends the FAA and EASA to introduces the requirement for a low fuel warning system for each engine feed fuel tank. This low fuel warning system should be independent of the fuel control and quantity indication system(s). They should also review review if all aircraft currently certified to CS/JAR/FAR-25 to ensure that if an engine fuel feed low fuel warning system is installed, it is independent of the fuel control and quantity indication system(s). (AAIB)
AAIB Bulletin: 2/2006

10 FEB 2006 Nigeria grounds Kings Airline, Sudan Airways planes [to table of contents]
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of Kings Airlines pending the outcome of investigation. The CAA noticed that two of the management staff of Kings Airlines, the Quality Assurance Manager and Chief Engineer are no longer serving the airline in any capacity. In addition, procedures for reporting of failures, malfunctions and defects had also been violated. (This Day)

10 FEB 2006 Spanish judge: firms must compensate on crashed hire plane [to table of contents]
Three companies involved in the hire of a Yakovlev 42 plane that crashed in Turkey in 2003 should pay up to EUR130,000 in compensation to each of the victims' relatives, a judge ruled. The judge held the airline UM Air, a UK air charter company and the Ukrainian reinsurance company all liable to pay compensation. The Yak-42 was hired to fly Spanish soldiers home from peacekeeping duties in Afghanistan. (AP)

11 FEB 2006 B737 makes emergency landing after nav and comm systems failure [to table of contents]
An Adam Air Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at Tambolaka Airport (TMC) following a loss of its navigational systems. Flight DHI 782 had taken off from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) at 06:27 on a flight to Makassar/Ujung Pandang-Hasanudin Airport (UPG). The navigations and communications systems reportedly failed some 20 minutes into the flight. None of the 145 occupants was injured in the emergency landing on the 1800 m long runway at 09:45 local time. (The Jakarta Post, Antara)

13 FEB 2006 Lebanon bans air carriers from 38 countries [to table of contents]
Lebanon`s Civil Aviation Authority announced that it has banned air carriers from a total of 38 countries from operating out of Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport. The barred airlines were cited for failing to implement adequate security and public safety measures, and for non-compliance with international standards. Carriers from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Ecuador, Angola, Chad, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea, Congo, Libya, Kyrgystan, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Togo, Turkmenistan, and Iraqi Airways` Boeing 737 A6-ZYC are among those forbidden to travel. (The Daily Star)

14 FEB 2006 SAS Fokker 50 damaged when undercarriage collapses [to table of contents]
A SAS Fokker 50 (LN-RND) sustained substantial damage when the main landing gear collapsed when the airplane was parked at the gate at Oslo-Gardermoen Airport (OSL), Norway. The airplane was to carry out early morning flight SK2301 to Kristiansund (KSU), but the passengers had not boarded the flight yet. (VG Nett)

20 FEB 2006 Hong Kong develops LIDAR windshear alert system [to table of contents]
The Hong Kong Observatory said that they had developed the world`s first LIDAR windshear alert system to scan runway flight paths and provide minute-to-minute warnings to aircraft landing and taking-off. It is the world`s first operational system applying laser technology in airport windshear detection. (Xinhua)

21 FEB 2006 Plane descends too low on approach to Birmingham Airport [to table of contents]
Inquiries have started after a Mahan Air Airbus A.310 landing at Birmingham International Airport came in too low. The airplane is reported to have descended to 600ft (182m) six miles from the airport. At that point it should have been at 1,800ft (550m). Reports say the pilot was alerted and told to climb, which he did before making a second attempt at landing. (BBC)

23 FEB 2006 IFALPA: Confusion over icing recommendations [to table of contents]
IFALPA issues a safety bulletin which addresses operations when weather conditions exist with precipitation in the form of light ice pellets or snow pellets. In the light of the confusion by some carriers over the recommendations of FAA Notice 8000.309, several recommendations are issued by U.S. ALPA. (IFALPA)
Safety Bulletin 06SAB009

23 FEB 2006 Close call at LAX when 3 planes cleared for same runway [to table of contents]
It appears that on Feb. 17 three planes came dangerously close together at Los Angeles International Airport-LAX when a controller directed three aircraft onto a single runway at the same time. Around 22:50 an air traffic controller directed a departing Skywest Embraer 120 (flight 6631 to Santa Barbara-SBA) to taxi onto the same runway on which he had cleared a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 (flight 2081 from Tucson-TUS) to land. He also told an Air Canada Airbus 319, flight AC558 arriving from Toronto-YYZ, that it could cross the other end of the runway on its way to the terminals. The Skywest pilot saw the incoming Southwest jet and stopped short of the runway. The 737 landed about 275 feet away from and 50 feet above the Embraer. (Sign on San Diego)

25 FEB 2006 Air-India fails IATA safety audit [to table of contents]
Air-India has failed a safety audit conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), though it does not mean its aircraft are unsafe to fly. It failed IATA's International Operations Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate renewal audit reportedly because it required adoption of certain training modules, especially in the face of its ordering 50 new aircraft from Boeing. An official said: "The withdrawal of the certification is temporary. We have already made arrangements to comply with the directives by March end following which we are sure to get the certificate back". (PTI)