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Standards for passenger evacuation from aircraft not upated finds USA audit.

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The current standard is to demonstrate that the aircraft can be evacuated by all passengers in 90 seconds using half the exits. There have been increasing number of evacuations where it has been observed that the pasengers were carrying their personal belogings or delaying the evacuation to collect their belongings.The test scenario is conducted with motivated volunteers who have been briefed on the scenario. However a real evacuation with changing passenger profile will present different challenges.FAA largely updates its evacuation standards only after accidents, and its last update that was based on an accident occurred in 1991. FAA also has not conducted sufficient research on passenger behaviors and seat dimensions to determine how they affect evacuation standards. Furthermore, FAA does not collect comprehensive data from evacuations or data from aircraft model certifications to identify emerging risks and needs for regulation updates.Read the full report here FAA’s Process for U…

Etihad incident at Calicut,June'19, highlighted airport infrastructure issues. This could have been the wakeup call!

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Two incidents that could have saved the Air India Express accident at Khozikode. Unfortunately, no one acted on the concerns raised by the GCAA investigators. Isn't it criminal negligence?
SynopsisFirst SpiceJet Q400 runway excursion in rain, August 2017 and now on 20June2019, an Etihad Airways, Airbus A320-232, registrationA6-EIT, operated a scheduled passenger flight EY250, from Abu Dhabi International Airport, the United Arab Emirates,to Calicut International Airport, India. During the ILS approach to runway 28, the flight crew initiated a go-around due to heavy rain over the runway as reported by air traffic control (ATC). Approximately 16 minutes later, the flight crew initiated a second instrument landing system(ILS)approach to runway 28. On landing, the Aircraft touched down to the right of the runway centerline, and the right main landing gear then struck five runway edge lights. The Commander was able to steer the Aircraft to the centerline and continue the landing roll u…

In Public's Interest, Govt. must release Air India Express accident preliminary report

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The public has an overarching interest in safety data or safety information(ICAO). The Air India Express aircraft VT-AXH accident at Kozhikode was unfortunate and a matter of public concern. The regulator made a public statement that in a few weeks, information on the circumstances leading to the accident would be released. It is over 30 days and the public is still being kept in the dark. The reason this routine information is being withheld by the investigating authorities is quite intriguing since transparency promotes safety culture and awareness of the threats. Is it their lack of understanding of the investigation concepts or the usual posturing on the high horse?The regulation does not mandate the release of the preliminary report but at the same time does not restrict or recommend withholding the report from public disclosure.
Objective of InvestigationThe sole objective of an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13 investigation is to generate saf…

The brain might block the Go-Around call by the Co-Pilot & the Driver might not see traffic ahead

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I have always wondered how a normal situation turns abnormal in a split second. Is it a twist of fate or is the brain programmed to do so in order to help in cognition?How does the crew performing an approach to land continue to land on an unstable approachdespite the SOP’s which have multiple checks and call outs from the second pilot? The general perception is that the brain is facilitating attention by blocking out certain sensory inputs but the flip side is thatwhen the pilot is focusing on the vision to sight the runway, the brain can also be filtering out sensory inputs from the co-pilot to discontinue the approach and go-around for safety reasons.Similarly, if you are engaged in an intense conversation over the phone while driving, it doesn’t matter if the phone is held in the hand or you are using a hands-free, the brain is more engaged in the conversation than driving and unexpected objects might be missed.Preventing distractionsImagine yourself parking your car in a tight sp…

In-flight face mask brawl seriously disrupts KLM flight from Amsterdam to Ibiza

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KLM release"This Friday an incident occurred on board of KL1495 from Amsterdam to Ibiza. Two passengers misconducted themselves in a violent and brutal way. The pilot informed the local authorities and upon arrival, both passengers were arrested. The flight safety was not compromised during the flight"

A gentleman gives life & wings to a baby parrot from the egg, destiny!

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Mother Parrot died, leaving behind an unhatched egg. This gentleman rescued the baby parrot from the egg and grew him further.
What a journey of life..!!!