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  • AF447 Report; Safety Numbers From Boeing
    Posted by Sean Broderick 1:02 AM on Aug 06, 2011

    Here's a not-to-be-missed piece from Robert Wall and Jens Flottau on BEA's third interim report (10.2mb .pdf) on the crash of Air France Flight 447. A notable snippet:

    The report has also intensified the focus on loss-of-control accidents, by far the most common category. Many air safety experts agree that the industry has not done enough to deal with their root causes. One issue that keeps surfacing—both in the AF Flight 447 crash and in other cases—is how pilots can be trained to better understand highly automated aircraft and to improve their manual flying skills in case automation fails.

    With several recent loss-of-control accidents, even slow-moving authorities are beginning to feel that action is needed.
    Elsewhere, here is Boeing's latest Statistical Summary of Commercial Jet Airplane Accidents (.pdf). It breaks down the 1,757 accidents from 1959 through 2010 involving Western-build jets, with special emphasis on the last decade.

    Among many interesting notes: 36 percent of fatal accidents (or 31 accidents) since 2001 have occurred during final approach or landing, where aircraft spend a miniscule 4% of their time from takeoff to touchdown.

    Tags: om99, AF447, Boeing, safety, Airbus, BEA

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