August 28, 1998 |
The nation's top safety officials leveled another blast at the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday, blaming it for last year's fatal crash of a Comair commuter plane during a snowstorm near Detroit. The report focused on procedures for aircraft in icing conditions.
September 8, 1987 |
The Detroit plane crash that killed 156 people last month--the second-worst disaster in U.S. aviation history--might have been prevented if a simple cockpit safety checklist had been in the plane, the manufacturer of the checklist said. Steve Meginnis, executive vice president of the Dexter-Wilson Corp., a Seattle firm that makes cockpit components and aircraft wiring, said he repeatedly has tried to interest air carriers in equipping commercial jets with his "mechanical lighted checklist."
January 18, 1997 |
Moments before a Comair commuter plane plunged into a snowy field, killing all 29 people aboard, controllers asked the pilots to slow down so a jetliner could pass overhead, the maker of the smaller aircraft said. While investigators refused to comment on the report, it bolsters the theory that the twin-engine turboprop Embraer 120 was accumulating ice on its wings and was going too slowly to stay aloft under such conditions.
January 15, 1997 |
The right engine of the Comair twin-engine turboprop that crashed in a snowstorm had been replaced five days earlier during regularly scheduled maintenance, the company said. Comair Inc. spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said the replacement was not a factor in the crash. All 29 people aboard Comair Flight 3272 died last week when the Embraer 120 nose-dived into a field 18 miles from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
January 11, 1997 |
Investigators, struggling through gritty, stinging sheets of blowing snow, focused Friday on the possibility that ice on the wings of a commuter plane caused it to nose-dive into a cornfield, killing all 29 people aboard. They recovered both "black boxes," containing recorded cockpit voices and flight information from the twin-engine Embraer 120 turboprop, operated by Comair, a regional carrier flying as the Delta Connection, when it crashed Thursday in a snowstorm.
October 21, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration, after finding several takeoff alarm systems not working properly, on Thursday ordered the warning devices tested on nearly 1,800 Boeing 727 and Boeing 737 jetliners. The action, prompted in part by two fatal airline crashes, requires the tests to be conducted within 200 flight hours and repeated every 200 flight hours to make certain that pilots are warned if their planes are not properly configured to take off.