SWISS yasimamisha ndege zake zote za Airbus A220 kupisha ukaguzi wa injini.

Shirika la ndege la SWISS Inrernational Airlines ambalo linamilikiwa na Shirika la ndege la Lufthansa la Ujerumani, limesimamisha safari za ndege zake zote aina ya Airbus A220 kutokana na matatizo ya injini zake. Injini zote za ndege hizo zimelazimika kukaguliwa ili kuhakiki usalama wake. Ndege hizo hutumia injini aina ya PW 1500G zinazotengenezwa na kampuni ya Pratt & Whitney ya Canada. 

Shirika hilo limesema lipo katika mazungumzo na mamlaka za usimamizi wa usafiri wa anga na pia mtengenezaji wa ndege hizo ambaye ni kampuni ya Airbus. 

Mamlaka ya usafiri wa anga ya Marrekani FAA ilitoa muongozo kwamba injini zote za A220 ambazo ni Pratt & Whitney zinatakiwa kufanyiwa ukaguzi zaidi wa kiusalama. 

Kusimamishwa kwa ndege hizo kunatokana na matatizo ya kiufundi ya mara kwa mara ya injini hizo. Mnamo July 25 vipande vya injini ya A220 vilikatikakatika na kuanguka katika anga la Paris, ndege hiyo ikiwa safarini kutokea Geneva kwenda London.Tukio kama hilo linaripotiwa kutokea tena Septemba 16, kwa mujibu wa mamlaka ya uchunguzi ya ajali za ndege la Ufaransa, BEA. Na tukio lingine limetokea Octoba 15 likihusisha injini za P&W na kuwafanya marubani wa safari no LX359 kurudisha ndege Geneva na hatimaye shirika hilo kuamua kuzisimamisha ndege zake zote za A220. 

SWISS ina jumla ya A220 zipatazo 29 amabapo 20 ni A220-300 na 9 ni A220-100. Safari zote za SWISS zilizopangwa katika ndege hizo zimeahirishwa. 

A220 sio ndege pekee yenye matatizo kwa sasa, ila inaongeza idadi katika listi ya ndege zenye matatizo. Ndege nyingine zenye matatizo ni Boeing 737 MAX, na pia Boeing 787 Dreamliner ambayo pia ina matatizo katika engine zake aina ya Rolls Royce Trent 1000. 

Coastal Aviation takes steps to ensure safety

Coastal Aviation released a statement regarding steps taken after the recent significant accidents.

Dear Colleague

As promised, I would like to update you on what steps Coastal Aviation is taking in the short term to ensure the safety of our passengers.

As you can imagine, the last few days have been exceedingly busy. We have made decisions as a result of intense internal discussion, but also from looking at the comments we have received from you, our stakeholders. I would like to thank you all for your input and support.

With all of this in mind we have taken a long and hard look at our existing operations aircrew and split the crew into two distinct groups based on experience.

Effective immediately to be classified as an experienced Coastal Captain, you must have in excess of 3000 hours of accident free total flying time (approximately 5 years as a commercial pilot) with in excess of 1000 hours of Pilot in Command of an aircraft in single pilot operations in remote and challenging terrain, with a minimum of 500 of these hours in Tanzania. This group will be the only pilots allowed to fly on their own and will be subject to a full operational route safety check every 2 months to ensure that they are following the rules, (also called our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Normally these checks are every 6 months.

The remaining group of pilots will fly with a Coastal-employed Safety Pilot on board. The Safety Pilot's responsibility will be to assist the Captain in a variety of tasks, but primarily to assist with adherence to SOPs and Checklists for everyone's safety. By extension, this also means a better guest experience.

We have already implemented these changes in our Serengeti Operations and will be implementing the changes across our network this week.

The plan will evolve as we progress. I can assure you it will only evolve in the direction of even greater safety.

There are many other factors and areas we will get the chance to address with time; however, for now, I do not wish to interfere with any third party government investigations.

That being said, we will be commissioning an aviation industry recognized, independent audit team to conduct a full top-down review of our company. We are fully committed to restructuring our operations as to the recommendations that arise out of this process and the current investigations.

These new procedures will have a major effect on the amount of flights we can offer, across our network. Nothing is more important than the safety of our guests. We are fully committed first and foremost to providing safe aviation services and as such, that shall be our first consideration.

We will try, where ever possible to keep the network integrity, but we may need to significantly reduce the capacity we can offer. This may affect some of the bookings that you have made with us. We are working hard to limit the inconvenience of these changes, but we know you understand - our primary motivation will be safety.

I will report back early next week with an update on our restructuring process and to keep you in the overall picture of how our changes are being implemented.

In the meantime, I am available to discuss any and all of this, at any time.

Thank you once again. Your support has been amazing.

Your sincerely

Julian Edmunds
Managing Director

Coastal Aviation CEO speaks over recent significant accidents

Dear Colleague
As you are aware we have recently had two significant accidents, one of which resulted in the loss of life of all on board. The other accident, in October, was no less serious, but thankfully resulted in no loss of life. Two passengers and the Pilot were taken to hospital in Nairobi and subsequently released after 2 nights. I am still in touch with all involved.
Naturally all of us at Coastal are devastated and in a total state of shock. To have one major accident, after so many years of safe operations is bad, but to have another, with such a tragic outcome, so soon afterwards has left us reeling.
We have rightly been accused for poor communication to our trade partners, I put my hand up and take full responsibility for this. The lack of further communication after the October accident was down to my desire to respect the ongoing investigation and the privacy of those involved. Whilst this intention was honourable, I accept that it was not the right decision. I am having to learn fast.
The initial report from the first accident points to an attempted go around in bad weather that was left too late.
The cause of Wednesday’s tragedy is still being investigated and I do not wish to speculate as to why it happened, at this stage, in fear that I prejudice the official investigation. I will not release the passenger or pilot details yet, as the next of kin are still trying to process their loss. I am sure you will respect their privacy.
Coastal Aviation was rightly proud of our safety record, built up over 30 years. I still cannot believe that the two serious occurrences are this year. One thing I can assure you is that we are not sitting idle in trying to
a) find out what happened and
b) making the necessary steps in order to make sure that this never happens again.
What are we doing?
The first thing we are doing is appointing an external investigator to come and assess every single aspect of our business. These will include:
Flight Operations
Safety Management System
Pilot Recruitment
Crew composition, experience and Workload
Our Management structure and effectiveness.
These investigations take time and will result in many changes and improvements, we may become a very different operation in our quest for the greatest level of safety assurance achievable. During this process we pledge to keep you, our valued partners informed at all times, as it may result in material changes in the products and services we offer.
The investigation will address the medium and long terms changes that are required.
In order to address the short term and immediate needs, I am chairing a meeting with our heads of departments tomorrow morning to make immediate changes and other short-term measures. The results of this meeting will be fully communicated with you by 09:00 EAT on Monday. Many of the changes will already be in place.
We have created a dedicated email address communication
This is to assist us in communicating with our industry partners more effectively and timeously.
Lastly, but by no means least I would like to thank the industry at large for the messages of love and support we have received, they mean a huge amount to all of us.
Your sincerely
Julian Edmunds
Managing Director

Precision Air to fly Scheduled Flights to Serengeti effective from 1st October 2017

Tanzania leading airline Precision Air Services PLC, has announced the launch of scheduled flights to Serengeti National Park effective from 1st October 2017. The flights will be from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam direct to Serengeti every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The announcement comes few weeks after the airline announced the launch of scheduled flights to Kahama effective from 5th September 2017.

The announcement found on the airline's website is here quoted:

"Dear Customer,
Effective from 1st October 2017, Precision Air will start operating scheduled flights to Serengeti National Park.

Fly from Zanzibar OR Dar es Salaam direct to Serengeti every Monday,Wednesday,Saturday and Sunday.

Enjoy your time in the park or at the beach and let us worry about your flight."

End of quote;

Precision Air seems to spread its wings all over the Tanzanian space providing affordable and reliable air travel services to its customers.

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania was established in 1952, in the Serengeti ecosystem in the Mara and Simiyu regions. It is home to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth - the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. There’s a wide variety of accommodation available, from luxury lodges to mobile camps.

PrecisionAir is a public listed (DSEPAL) Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight service to over 11 destinations within and outside Tanzania. Operating from its main hub in Dar es Salaam Precision Air flies to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Mtwara, Kigoma, Tabora, Musoma, Mwanza, Bukoba, Zanzibar and regionally, to Nairobi and Entebbe.

PrecisionAir is a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA) which audits the airline every two years to ensure that it complies with global safety standards, a key factor for all its members. It is the only Tanzanian airline that has passed and attained the IATA Operator Safety Audit (IOSA) certification.

Hivi,Umeshawahi kufikiria/kushuhudia jinsi ajali za ndege zinavyotisha?

Ajali za ndege zimekuwa zikitokea mara chache sana ukilinganisha na ajali za vyombo vingine vya usafiri kama vile magari, treni pikipiki n.k. Hii ni kutokana na udhibiti wa hali ya juu kutoka kwa mamlaka zinazohusika na kusimamia utengenezaji na uendeshaji wa vyombo vya angani, ambapo kwa hapa kwetu mamlaka husika ni Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA).
TCAA ni miongoni mwa mamlaka zenye nguvu kiutendaji hali iliyopelekea kutambulika na mamlaka zingine duniani kwa usimamizi wake thabiti wa usalama wa safari za angani hapa Tanzania.

Anga la Tanzania ni salama kwa safari za ndege na ndio maana mashirika makubwa ya ndege duniani kama vile Qatar, Emirates, KLM, Air France, Oman air, Ethiopian airlines, Flydubai, Etihad, KQ n.k yanafanya safari zao kuja hapa Tanzania.

Pamoja na kuwa ajali za ndege huwa hutokea chache lakini madhara yake huwa ni makuwa sana na pengine kushinda hata ajali za vyombo vingine. Hii ni kutokana na ukweli kwamba nyingi ya ajali za ndege hupelekea watu wote wanaokuwepo katika chombo husika kupoteza maisha.

Mfano wa ajali mbaya ya ndege kuwahi kutokea ni ajali ya ndege ya shirika la ndege la Msumbiji, LAM Airlines, aina ya Embrear 190 iliyotengenezwa oktoba 2012. Ajali hii ilitokea tarehe 29/11/2013, ambapo ndege hiyo yenye usajili C9-EMC ilikuwa ikifanya safari namba 470  kutoka Maputo, Msumbiji kuelekea Luanda, Angola. Ndege hii ikiwa na abiria 27, marubani 2, wahudumu 3 pamoja na fundi 1, ilianguka nchini Namibia katika mbuga ya hifadhi ya wanyama ya Bwabwata. Watu wote 33 waliokuwepo katika ndege hiyo walipoteza maisha palepale ambapo ndege iliungua yote na kubaki majivu.

Taarifa za uchunguzi wa ajali hii zilionesha kuwa rubani aliidondosha ndege hii kwa makusudi.

Iwapo utapenda kujua zaidi juu ya nini kilichotokea, na kwanini rubani akaamua kuidondosha ndege hii, basi tupatie maoni yako nasi tutakujuza zaidi.

Tazama picha zifuatazo za moja ya ajali ya ndege ya LAM Airlines.

Safety Lessons from TransAsia ATR-72 Flight GE222 CFIT

The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) of Taiwan has issued their investigation report into the loss of TransAsia Airways (TNA) ATR 72-500 B-22810 on 23 July 2014 during an attempted landing in poor weather.  It highlights a number of important safety lessons.

The Accident

During a non-precision approach, after around 34 minutes of holding, the aircraft impacted terrain in a residential area 800m NE  of the threshold of runway 20 at Magong Airport, Penghu Islands, Taiwan during a heavy thunderstorm associated with Typhoon Matmo. Ten of the 58 on board survived.

The Commander was Pilot Flying  (age 60, ex-military, joined airline in 1992, ATPL, 22,994 hours total, 19,070 hours on ATR42/72) and the First Officer (FO) was Pilot Monitoring (age 39, direct recruit by the airline in 2011, CPL, 2,393 hours total, 2,084 hours on ATR42/72).
There was no approach briefing before commencing descent and the FO “proposed that he conducted the before landing check by himself without a cross-check”, which the Commander approved.

The ASC say the Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) occurred because:

The crew continued the approach below the [330ft] minimum descent altitude (MDA) when they were not visual with the runway environment contrary to standard operating procedures.

GE222's altitude and track deviations (due to the PF's left control inputs and crosswind) while attempting to visually locate the runway (Credit: ASC)GE222′s altitude and track deviations (due to the PF’s left control inputs and crosswind) while attempting to visually locate the runway (Credit: ASC)

When the aircraft had descended to 249 feet, the first officer illustrated the position of the [Missed Approach Point] MAPt by saying “we will get to zero point two miles”. At 1905:44, altitude 219 feet, the captain disengaged the autopilot. Four seconds later, the captain announced “maintain two hundred”. The captain maintained the aircraft’s altitude between approximately 168 and 192 feet in the following 10 seconds… The flight crew intentionally operated the aircraft below the MDA…while attempting to visually sight the runway so they could land the aircraft.

Neither flight crew member recognised the need for a missed approach until the aircraft was at just 72ft, 0.5 nm beyond the MAPt, where impact with the terrain was “unavoidable”.

GE222 accident site (Credit: ASC)
GE222  impact and accident site (Credit: ASC)

Further accident site photos can be found here and here.

Having discussed the effect of a cockpit gradient, the ASC note that in interviews with other TransAsia crews the consensus was that “the occurrence first officer would accommodate the captains’ flying habits, and tended not to challenge captains’ landing decisions”.  We have previously discussed whether it is better for the Commander to be the Pilot Flying or the Pilot Monitoring and this accident re-emphasises that question.  However, we do note below that the FO did intervene after several course, mode and communication errors by the Commander.

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A Eurocopter AS 350B3 Ecureuil (5Y-DKK) MSN 7027 crashed on Wednesday evening, killing all its four occupants. The accident happened in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Among the dead includes the outgoing MP and the sole candidate for Ludewa constituency Mr.Deo Filikunjombe, the captain of the ill-fated helicopter capt.William Slaa and two other passengers Kasablanka Haule and Egid Mkwela.

It is reported that eyewitnesses from the reserve said the helicopter crashed and exploded around 06 pm.

The helicopter owned by General Aviation Service of DAR, had been chartered by Tanzania's Ruling party CCM for election campaigns and was en route to Ludewa having taken off from Dar es Salaam with 4 people on board disappeared on the evening of 15th October. The search was launched and the charred remains of the helicopter were found on Thursday 16th October within the Selous game reserve . No one survived the crash.

Here below are images before and after the crash: (Warning for disturbing images)

Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) issued the following statement:

Indonesian plane (Trigana Air) goes missing with 54 people on board

AN INDONESIAN passenger plane carrying 54 people has lost contact with air traffic control while flying in bad weather during a flight in the country’s rugged easternmost province of Papua.
The missing plane, pictured in 2008
The Trigana Air ATR 42 turboprop plane lost contact in a remote area just before 3pm (0600 GMT) after taking off from Sentani airport in Papua’s capital Jayapura on a flight to Oksibil, the search and rescue agency said on Twitter.

It was travelling to the Papua city of Oksibil.

The plane, which is more than 27 years old, was carrying 44 adults, five children and five crew on the flight which was scheduled to take about 45 minutes, the agency said. It had left Jayapura about half an hour before it disappeared, it added.

The weather was poor near Oksibil, with heavy rain, strong winds and fog, when the plane lost contact with the airport minutes before it was scheduled to land, said Susanto, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency.

A plane was sent to look for the missing airliner, but the search was later suspended due to darkness and bad weather, said Susanto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Much of Papua is covered with impenetrable jungles and mountains. Some planes that have crashed there in the past have never been found.

A search for the plane was suspended and will resume Monday morning.

Trigana Air is an Indonesian airline, which is on a list of airlines banned from operating in the European Union.

Trigana Air has had 14 serious incidents since it began operations in 1991, losing 10 aircraft in the process, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

It has been on a European Union blacklist of banned carriers since 2007. All but four of Indonesia's certified airlines are on the list.
Correspondents say Indonesia has a patchy aviation record overall, with two major crashes in the past year.

An Indonesia AirAsia plane crashed in the Java Sea last December while on an international flight from Surabaya to Singapore, killing all 192 people on board.
A military transport plane crashed in a residential area of Medan, Sumatra in July, killing more than 140 people including several on the ground.


TANAPA helicopter crashes in Dar Es Salaam, killing all 4 people on board.

Dar Es Salaam: A helicopter  (Robinson R-44 Raven II reg 5H-TWA) owned and operated by Tanzania National Park Authority has crashed on saturday, killing all 4 people on board.

The helicopter went down in Kipunguni B Moshi Bar,Ukonga-Ilala Dar es Salaam. It was on on approach to Dar Es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA).

The helicopter worth $500,000, was recently donated to the Tanzanian government by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, to help with anti-poaching operations.

"Two pilots from the police force, a civilian pilot and a police officer were killed

Investigations are still underway to establish the cause of the apparent accident.

Robinson R-44 Raven II reg 5H-TWA before the crash. photo credit byDavid Osborn

TCAA probes plane crash in Serengeti National Park

Safari Express Limited Fokker F-27 Friendship 500 5Y-SXP before it crashed
The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) is investigating the crash of a Kenyan registered plane in Serengeti National Park on Sunday.
The wreckage of the Safari Express Limited Fokker F-27 was sighted yesterday morning about 25 kilometres from the Kenya-Tanzania border. All the three occupants who were on board were burnt beyond recognition, according to Kenyan media reports.
Yesterday, TCAA acting director general Charles Chacha said the wreckage of the aircraft was found within Serengeti National Park, but added that his team was yet to establish if the three people who were on board were killed in the crash.
He said the aircraft departed from Mwanza Airport on Sunday at 7.26pm and that it was expected to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 8.39pm.
“The aircraft lost communication a few minutes after taking off and the last communication between the pilot and TCAA was at 8.05pm.  The  pilot did not say whether there was any problem,’’ Mr Chacha said in a statement.
However, the area control manager at JKIA, Mr Peter Davor, said that upon reaching an altitude of 14,000 feet, the plane lost communication with the radar at JKIA.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) said  the aircraft was supposed to land at JKIA at 8.36pm. “The aircraft did not (land) as scheduled and an inquiry (was) sent to Tanzania as set out in the international standards,” KCAA said in a statement.
In Dar es Salaam, Mr Chacha said a  team of experts was investigating the crash.

Source:The Citizen