50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

ATSB to raise crashed Pel-Air Westwind jet from ocean

Download: Printable PDF Date: 09 Nov 2015 08:31 (UTC) category:
Publisher:
ATSB to raise crashed Pel-Air Westwind jet from ocean - Airlines publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: Australia Aircraft: Airplanes
Source: FlightGlobal

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will raise an Israel Aerospace Industries 1124A Westwind that crashed near Norfolk Island in 2009, as it re-opens an investigation which was criticised for not having recovered the aircraft's recorders.

In an update on its website, the ATSB says that it has contracted Pacific Maritime Pacific Maritime Group to assist in the recovery of the aircraft and its flight recorders, which was registered as VH-NGA and operated by Pel-Air Aviation.

“The recorders will be transported back to the ATSB headquarters in Canberra for download and analysis. The data on the ‘black boxes’ will be used to further assist the ATSB investigators understand the sequence of events of the accident,” it says.

The Westwind was on a medevac charter flight from Apia to Sydney on 18 November 2009 when it ditched into the Pacific Ocean 5 km south-west ofNorfolk Island. This was after it ran out of fuel whilst attempting to divert to the island in bad weather.

In its first investigation, which closed in 2012, the ATSB concluded that poor flight planning and inadequate enroute monitoring of weather conditions were the primary causes of the accident.

That investigation was criticised during a Parliamentary enquiry, particularly as the ATSB did not attempt to recover the flight recorders on the aircraft. A subsequent review by Transport Canada of the investigation recommended reopening it, and the ATSB subsequently restarted the investigation in December 2014.



Loading comments for ATSB to raise crashed Pel-Air Westwind jet from ocean...


Recommended

An extended E-Jet component support contract between Austrian Airlines and Spairliners

Spairliners, an independent component aftermarket service provider specialized in E-Jet aircraft family, and Austrian Airlines sign a flight hour agreement to extend the component support for Austrian...

COVID-19 crisis shifts the focus of IT spend to automation, sustainability, and digital health

While IT budgets have stayed largely flat in 2021, airport and airline CIOs are betting on technology to support their recovery from COVID-19, with a significant increase in spending on digitalization...

ZEVA successfully completes historic first test flight

ZEVA successfully achieved its first untethered, powered, controlled flight test for its full-scale ZEVA ZERO flying wing airframe utilizing its eight zero-emission electric motor-driven propellers. T...

Highlights from 2021 and predictions for the MRO in 2022 - JETMS

In the best traditions of the aviation industry, there can be no planning for the future without a period of retrospection. JETMS has used the end of the year as a time to assess its past perform...