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Air traffic controller 'joke' delays plane's landing

Air traffic controller 'joke' delays plane's landing | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a potentially dangerous mishap with a plane arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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It is completely a safe and routine procedure for any pilot to call off a landing and do a go around or missed approach. In fact all pilots are told and encouraged to go around if they are not happy with anything during an attempt to land. A very famous flight instructor quote to a student pilot is that “ going around in an attempt to land is always easier to explain, than someone else trying to find out why you did not go around”. In this case the ATC (air traffic controller) has some explaining to do. All pilots and ATCs are strictly to follow standard phraseology and communication by law. Incorrect, incomplete and misleading communications has caused many airplane accidents. The 1977 Teneriff accident between two jumbo jets has claimed the lives of 583 passengers due to not complying with standard radio communication producers between ATC and the pilots. The radio channel in the aviation industry is no place for a joke.

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How human error can cause a plane crash

How human error can cause a plane crash | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
A preliminary investigation by safety officials has found that poor pilot training was at fault in the 13 April Lion Air crash in Indonesia.
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More than 80% of the airline accidents are due to human error. In the early days of the aviation, the technology and engineering was not nowhere it is nowadays. Back in those days most accidents were because of bad, inadequate design and manufacturing of airplanes. During the last 60 years the reliability of the airplanes has been immensely improved. However the same improvement could not be achieved for, due to the very nature of it, human. Over the last decade many airplanes have been involved in major accidents or incidents resulting from human error, varying from pilots, air traffic controllers, ground crew and engineers. No airliner will crash for a single cause. There needs to be a chain of events for an airliner to crash. The weakest link in the chain is human and as long as human is there, the possibility of a disaster is inevitable. However with the current safety, security and training the possibility of a crash is greatly reduced but not totally eliminated.
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Aviation and Airport Security: Terrorism and Safety Concerns, Second Edition | Security Management

Aviation and Airport Security: Terrorism and Safety Concerns, Second Edition | Security Management | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
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Terrorist organisations are constantly looking for new ways to launch attacks. As air travel became more popular mode of transportation around the world, terrorists turned their attention to aviation terrorism, and carried out hijackings and mid-air bombings and sabotage. Aviation safety and security effects everyone and is an area that needs to be enhanced constantly.
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Sucked Into Jet Engine - YouTube

A crew member on board an aircraft carrier gets sucked into the engine of a jet - and lives!
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Despite all the Occupational health and safety rules surrounding aviation, accidents and incidents still do happen. The rules of aviation has been written with blood. We have seen in the past that for changes to happen for better safety standards there needs to be an accident. The necessary precautions are only in place when lives are lost.There are countless SOPs(Standard Operating Procedures) developed in order to prevent exactly that. Yet it still seems not enough. The pilot in this tragic video should not have applied full power to his engines unless he was cleared to do so by the ground crew. If the ground crew cleared him to apply power to the engines, why was the engineer still there ? OHS generalists and safety managers in aviation tries to prevent exactly this kind of accidents by developing standard procedures.
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the effects of stress on pilot performance

factors of human behaviour that affects pilot performance
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Due to the nature of the jobs that they do, flight crew suffer from significant amount of stress from time to time. The type of stress do vary from physical, physiological or psychological. Interestingly it is not due to just flying the aircraft but a whole other factors are at work. Tight schedules, bad weather, maintenance issues, dealing with passengers and cargo all add to the stress of pilot on a daily basis. When you consider a career of 20 plus years in a work environment as such, the effects can be devastating both on the flight crew, their families and in some cases the flying public if not dealt properly. Bad performance of flight crews due to stress and fatigue are all common to the industry and is an area that needs radical changes and improvements. There needs to be reductions on duty and flight times with improved stress and fatigue management

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JetBlue Pilot Suffers Eye Injury From Green Laser Beam (July 17, 2012)

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/jetblue-pilot-suffers-eye-injury-green-laser-124347171--abc-news-topstories.html.
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Interfering with a flight crew in anyway is a serious crime and carries severe penalties. If these lasers are such a threat to airliners why have them readily available to public. It costs public millions of dollars in safety measures to keep the airlines safe from bad intentions only to allow a few dollars worth of a laser to pose a great risk to safety.
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Escaped crocodile 'caused fatal plane crash'

Escaped crocodile 'caused fatal plane crash' | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
A crocodile that escaped in an aircraft cabin may have been responsible for a plane crash that killed a British co-pilot and 18 travellers, an inquest was told yesterday.
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Distribution of weight accurately and correctly in an aircraft is an important aspect of daily flying. The CG (center of gravity) is the pivot point where the weight acts during a flight. Interestingly the CG is not constant and it will move forward or aft as the fuel is burnt off or cargo is moved around. If the CG moves forward the aircraft is nose heavy and will tend to dive. If the CG moves aft the aircraft is tail heavy and the nose will pitch up. In this unfortunate case the CG is out of its limits and the aircraft starts an unrecoverable dive. There are strict safety rules in transporting dangerous goods in aircraft. How that crocodile gotten in to the aircraft is another issue that needs to be investigated.
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Ukrainian plane makes emergency landing in Turkey after 'hijacker attempts to divert to Sochi'

Ukrainian plane makes emergency landing in Turkey after 'hijacker attempts to divert to Sochi' | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
A passenger reportedly shouted "Bomb!" before attempting to hijack the aircraft and divert it to Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are taking place
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An unsuccessful try of hijacking an airliner. One of the main reason why the hijacker failed in this instance is because of the safety and security improvements against hijackers. There has been many hijackings in the past two decades which ended in blood bath and loss of innocent lives. The Ethiopian airlines flight 961 and Egypt Air flight 648 are only a few examples. Each hijacking in the past has made airlines safer against hijackers by taking safety and security to a new level. The only issue with this is that many lives are lost. All of these precautions could have been taken before any life was lost.
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Two BA pilots 'killed by toxic oil fumes': Ill pair both complained of exposure to contaminated cockpit air

Two BA pilots 'killed by toxic oil fumes': Ill pair both complained of exposure to contaminated cockpit air | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
Records from the Civil Aviation Authority show that pilots and crew have to put on oxygen masks at least five times a week to combat suspected “fume events”.
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Aerotoxic syndrome is a breach of health and safety guidelines within the aviation industry. Pilots having to put on their oxygen masks at least five times a week clearly indicates the importance of the safety and hazard actions that needs to be taken. A retired airline pilot who I known has mentioned a very similar incident that happened to him during an international flight 20 years ago from Karachi to Dhakar. It was a night flight where he was in command and alongside him was a new recruit first officer. The problem occurred straight after take off and cabin crew had advised him that the passengers were complaining about breathing problems with redness and rashes covering all their skin. The aircraft turned back and made a safe landing. The problem was a puncture and leakage on one of the hydraulic pipes where the hydraulic fluid is pressurized to 3000psi. The leakage happened to be right next to one of the air-conditioning packs which then contaminated the air within the cabin. It is sad to see that very similar incidents are still taking place even after 20 years in an industry that changes and evolves for better everyday. A serious safety hazard for both the crew, passengers and people on the ground.
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Dozens of pilots falling sick in mid-air every year - Telegraph

Dozens of pilots falling sick in mid-air every year - Telegraph | OHS-Cockpit Crew | Scoop.it
Dozens of pilots a year are falling sick in mid-flight, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.
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Hundreds of flight crew are effected from food poisoning every year. It is a standard procedure with most airlines for each crew member to have a different meal on long haul flights as a safety precaution. However this is an inadequate solution. Many of us has probably been on long flights sometime in our lives. We all know the type and quality of food served in flight. Combine this with jet lag, time differences, restlessness, swollen feet and fingers it takes at least a week for passengers body to recover from the effects of flight and return to normal. In the case of a flight crew, they suffer from all these problems on a daily basis for many years. On the other hand for a flight crew to be able to keep their jobs and be “fit for flying” they are expected to be very healthy. They undergo regular strict medical check ups at least once a year and need to be in a better health than an average person. There needs to be serious safety and health measures taken to improve the quality of the lives of these people.
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Exhausted Pilots Own Up To Sleeping In The Cockpit

New concerns raised about stress on pilots in the air, airlines sound safety alarm.
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This is all too common and what a brave man to admit to it so that changes can take place within the industry. I am shocked with the news ending with a statement as: “Airplane manufacturers are looking for technology in the cockpit to determine if a pilot is fatigued and keep that pilot awake”. What is next, installing a fatigued pilot warning light with an aural sound in the cockpit right next to the engine fire warning light ? Instead of trying to address the issue with technology, could not anyone come up with the idea that duty times need to be reduced for pilots if we want the ultimate solution. All we need to do is look back at last 100 years work related accidents, then we shall see that keeping profit before safety will surely cost human life.
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Wake Up UK - Tired Pilots Risk Lives

Pilots from the British Airline Pilots' Association delivered a dossier containing scientific reports, correspondence and testimonials to Number 10, the Depa...
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A very effective campaign to warn the officials and increase public awareness about the working conditions of flight crews in general. It is a pity that most of the public in general think that being a member of a flight crew is all glamorous and comes with big rewards that could only be dreamed by many. Yet we see that pilots are deprived of sleep constantly by being made to work for extensive hours. Despite all these unfair working conditions they are doing a great job and keeping air transport the safest means of transportation by far.
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