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Aircraft Accident Analysis : Final Reports - Jim Walters

Aircraft Accident Analysis

Final Reports

Paperback Published: 26th January 2000
ISBN: 9780071351492
Number Of Pages: 400

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Fascinating and factual accounts of the world's most recent and compelling crashes

Industry insiders James Walters and Robert Sumwalt, trained aviation accident investigators and commercial airline pilots, offer expert analyses of notable and recent aircraft accidents in this eye-opening, lesson-filled case file. Culled from final reports issued by military and foreign government investigations, as well as additional research and resources, Aircraft Accident Analysis tells the final and full tales of doomed flights that stopped the world cold in their wake.

Technical accuracy and details, presented in layman's language, help to clarify:

- Major accidents from commercial, military, and general aviation flights
- Pilot backgrounds and flight histories
- Chronology of events leading to each accident
- Description of aviation investigation process
- Insight into NTSB, military, and foreign government findings
- Resulting recommendations, requirements, and policy changes
- Preview summaries of accidents too recent for final reports are also highlighted.

Readable, authoritative, and complete, "Aircraft Accident Analysis: Final Reports" is at once an important reference tool and a riveting, what-went-wrong look at air safety for everyone who flies.

Featured final and preview reports include:

U.S. Air Force, U.S Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Jessica Dubroff, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Valujet Airlines 592, Everglades, Florida
American Airlines 955, Cali, Columbia
John Denver, Pacific Grove, California
Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Carrollton, Georgia
US Air 427, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TWA 800, Long Island, New York
Delta Air Lines, LaGuardia Airport, New York
John F. Kennedy, Jr., Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Abbreviationsp. xvii
Prefacep. xxiii
Introductionp. xxvii
Major air carrier accidents
The longest investigation in U.S. history: USAir flight 427p. 1
Flight history and backgroundp. 2
The investigation and findingsp. 5
The roll eventp. 9
Left rudder deflectionp. 11
Boeing 737 rudder systemp. 11
NTSB testing of the PCU and servo valvep. 14
Rudder reversals during secondary slide jamp. 17
Other significant roll/yaw eventsp. 18
Crossover airspeedp. 20
Human performancep. 21
Conclusionsp. 24
Rudder jam/reversal scenariop. 25
Pilot input scenariop. 26
Unfinished business: United 585 and Eastwind 517p. 27
Lack of FDR informationp. 28
Probable causep. 28
Recommendationsp. 29
Industry actionsp. 30
Epiloguep. 31
References and additional readingp. 32
Pressure falling rapidly: American 1572's brush with disasterp. 33
Flight history and backgroundp. 34
The investigationp. 41
Adequacy of weather informationp. 41
Altimeter settingsp. 42
Descent below MDAp. 42
Terminal Instrument Approach Procedures (TERPS)p. 43
Airport issuesp. 44
Flight after the tree strikep. 45
Evacuation issuesp. 46
Conclusions and probable causep. 46
Recommendationsp. 46
Industry actionp. 47
Actions taken by American Airlinesp. 48
Epiloguep. 50
References and additional readingp. 50
El Deluvio claims American 965p. 51
Flight history and backgroundp. 51
The rescuep. 59
The investigation and findingsp. 60
Research away from the crash sitep. 61
The decision to accept Runway 19p. 61
Situational awarenessp. 62
Awareness of terrainp. 62
Automationp. 64
Crew Resource Management (CRM)p. 65
Speedbrakesp. 65
Conclusions and probable causesp. 66
Contributing factorsp. 66
Other submissions to the reportp. 67
Recommendationsp. 68
Industry actionp. 70
Actions taken by American Airlinesp. 72
Epiloguep. 72
References and additional readingp. 73
A tale of two tragedies: Bergenair 301 and Aeroperu 603p. 75
Birgenair, flight history and backgroundp. 76
The investigation and findingsp. 79
Conclusions and probable causep. 85
Recommendationsp. 86
Industry actionp. 86
Aeroperu, flight history and backgroundp. 87
The investigation and findingsp. 93
Conclusions and probable causep. 95
Recommendationsp. 95
Industry actionp. 96
Epiloguep. 97
References and additional readingp. 97
Carnage in the Everglades: The flight of Valujet 592p. 99
Flight history and backgroundp. 100
The investigationp. 103
Forward cargo bin reconstructedp. 105
Flammable cargop. 106
Outdated oxygen generatorsp. 108
Contracting for vital servicesp. 109
Time pressure on the shop floorp. 109
Documentation for removing/replacing oxygen generatorsp. 110
Removal of oxygen generators: The maintenance processp. 112
Packaging and shipping of oxygen generatorsp. 113
Oxygen generator fire testsp. 114
Conclusionsp. 115
Fire initiation and propagationp. 116
Flight profile after eruptionp. 117
Cargo compartment fire/smoke detection and extinguishingp. 119
The way ValuJet conducted businessp. 120
FAA oversightp. 121
The probable causesp. 123
Recommendationsp. 123
Industry actionp. 126
Epiloguep. 128
References and additional readingp. 129
A pilot's nightmare: The inflight fire of FedEx 1406p. 131
Flight history and backgroundp. 131
Emergency responsep. 139
The investigation and findingsp. 140
Origin of firep. 140
Ignition source of firep. 142
Flightcrew actionp. 145
Dissemination of hazardous materials informationp. 145
Conclusions and probable causep. 146
Recommendationsp. 147
Industry actionp. 148
Epiloguep. 149
References and additional readingp. 150
Contact approach: A close call for Delta 554p. 151
Flight history and backgroundp. 152
The investigation and findingsp. 156
Weatherp. 157
Airport issuesp. 158
The aircraftp. 159
Flight data recorder informationp. 160
Captain's use of monovision contact lensesp. 162
Visual cues and illusionsp. 164
Conclusionsp. 164
Delta 554's final approachp. 165
The probable causep. 167
Recommendationsp. 168
Industry actionp. 169
Epiloguep. 170
References and additional readingp. 170
A final evaluation flight for Airborne Expressp. 171
Flight history and backgroundp. 171
The investigation and findingsp. 176
Flightcrew factorsp. 176
ABX FEF proceduresp. 180
FAA oversightp. 180
Conclusions and probable causep. 181
Recommendationsp. 181
Industry actionp. 182
Epiloguep. 184
References and additional readingp. 184
Waiting for rescue: an agonizing night for KAL 801p. 187
Flight history and backgroundp. 187
The rescuep. 197
The investigation and findingsp. 198
The weatherp. 198
Flightcrew actionsp. 199
Flightcrew trainingp. 202
Air traffic controlp. 203
KCAB oversight of KALp. 204
FAA oversight of KALp. 205
Emergency responsep. 206
Other issuesp. 207
Conclusions and probable causep. 207
Recommendationsp. 207
Epiloguep. 209
References and additional readingp. 210
Regional airline accidents
Along for the ride: The final descent of ASA 529p. 211
Flight history and backgroundp. 211
The rescuep. 215
The investigation and findingsp. 216
The 14RF-9 propeller designp. 218
The propeller installed on N256ASp. 220
History of the 14RF-9 propellerp. 220
Service history of the accident propellerp. 222
Weatherp. 222
Communicationsp. 222
Conclusions and probable causep. 223
Party submissionsp. 224
Recommendationsp. 224
Industry actionp. 226
Epiloguep. 228
References and additional readingp. 228
Quandary at Quincy: The runway collision of United Express 5925 and Beechcraft King Air N1127Dp. 229
Flight history and backgroundp. 230
Rescue attemptp. 233
The investigation and findingsp. 234
King Air's mission and occupantsp. 235
King Air's takeoff distance and accelerate stop time and distancep. 238
Visibility and conspicuity testsp. 238
Conclusionsp. 240
Performance of the United Express flightcrewp. 240
Performance of the King Air pilot and pilot/passengerp. 246
Performance of the Cherokee pilotp. 247
Survivability issuesp. 248
The probable causep. 249
Recommendationsp. 250
Industry actionp. 251
Epiloguep. 251
References and additional readingp. 252
Dangerous misconceptions: The legacy of Comair 3272p. 253
Flight history and backgroundp. 254
The investigation and findingsp. 258
Wake turbulencep. 259
Icingp. 259
EMB-120 development and certificationp. 260
Weatherp. 262
NTSB performance studiesp. 263
History of related icing incidentsp. 265
Pilot actionsp. 266
FAA oversightp. 268
Conclusion and probable causesp. 270
Industry action prior to publication of the final reportp. 270
Recommendationsp. 272
Further industry actionp. 273
Epiloguep. 275
References and additional readingp. 275
Military accidents
A missed approach: The fatal flight of Commerce Secretary Ron Brownp. 277
Flight history and backgroundp. 278
Accident responsep. 285
The investigation and findingsp. 286
The aircraftp. 287
The pilotsp. 288
Weatherp. 289
Navigational aids and facilitiesp. 289
Design of the NDB Runway 12 approachp. 290
Air Force supervisory responsibilitiesp. 291
Operational pressurep. 294
Other issuesp. 294
Conclusions and probable causesp. 294
Epiloguep. 296
References and additional readingp. 296
A lack of teamwork: HAVOC 58 impacts Sleeping Indian Mountainp. 299
Flight history and backgroundp. 299
Emergency responsep. 306
The investigation and findingsp. 309
The aircraftp. 309
The Jackson Hole Airportp. 310
ASR/GDSSp. 312
The squadronp. 313
The probable causep. 316
Epiloguep. 317
References and additional readingp. 317
Have Blue: An airshow to rememberp. 319
The aircraftp. 319
Flight history and backgroundp. 320
The investigation and findingsp. 327
On scenep. 328
Aircraft structurep. 329
Conclusionsp. 333
The probable causep. 333
Air Force actionp. 334
Epiloguep. 334
References and additional readingp. 335
General aviation accidents
Shattered dreams: A record-setting flight gone awryp. 337
Flight history and backgroundp. 338
The investigation and findingsp. 341
Aircraft weight and balancep. 341
Weatherp. 341
Human factors issuesp. 342
Conclusionsp. 345
Reduced engine performancep. 346
Operational factorsp. 347
The probable causep. 349
Recommendationsp. 348
Industry actionp. 349
Epiloguep. 350
References and additional readingp. 350
Falling star: John Denver's final flightp. 351
Flight history and backgroundp. 352
The investigation and findingsp. 355
The aircraftp. 356
Pilot informationp. 360
Fuel consumption testsp. 361
Other tests and researchp. 362
Conclusionsp. 362
Enhancing safetyp. 365
The probable causesp. 366
Recommendationsp. 366
Industry actionp. 367
Epiloguep. 367
References and additional readingp. 368
The investigation continuesp. 369
TWA 800p. 370
Swissair 111p. 370
American 1420p. 371
Glider accident, N807BBp. 371
John F. Kennedy, Jr.p. 372
Conclusionsp. 375
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9780071351492
ISBN-10: 0071351493
Series: Aviation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 26th January 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1