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EASA Warns Against Pitot Tube Blockage Due to COVID-19 Storage

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a safety bulletin following "an alarming trend in the number of reports of unreliable speed and altitude indications during the first flights following the aircraft leaving storage," as the agency states. EASA warned the airline operators and maintenance organizations against pitot tube blockage causing airspeed and altitude errors after the aircraft return to service from COVID-19 storage. According to the safety agency, pitot-static issues are caused by the accumulation of foreign objects,…

Opinion: Why We Can Never Forget Commercial Aircraft Accidents

On Oct. 29, Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 passengers and crew onboard. Just over a month earlier—on Sept. 28—Air Niugini flight 73 crashed in Micronesia, leaving one dead. On May 18, 112 perished as Cubana de Aviación…

Increase in Safety Prompts the EU to Lift Ban on…

Late last Thursday, the European Union (EU) announced the lifting of its ban on airlines in Indonesia, clearing the way for several airlines to announce more service as they see fit. In 2007, the EU imposed a ban on all Indonesian airlines, effectively prohibiting them from flying in their airspace. The…

Saratov Airlines Ordered to Cease Operations in Wake of Fatal…

Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, the airline involved in February’s fatal accident outside Moscow which resulted in the deaths of 71 people, has been ordered to cease operations by the Russian Transport Ministry due to continued discrepancies in its flight operations. The accident occurred on Feb. 11 when Saratov Airlines…

Aviation Safety Expert Presents Theory for MH370 Disappearance

The disappearance of Malaysia Airline flight MH370 on March 8, 2014 is one of aviation history‘s greatest mysteries — and one Canadian expert Larry Vance believes to have solved it. The Boeing 777-200ER disappeared from radar while enroute from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing without sending a distress message and has…

A String of Bad Luck? Three Near Back-to-Back Aviation Incidents…

The East Coast's commercial aviation sector was hit with a heavy dose of bad luck early this week, featuring three back-to-back inflight mechanical incidents involving separate U.S. airlines. In every case, however, the rigid and persistent nature of commercial aviation safety in the United States prevailed, despite the death of one…