Thai Lion Air First Officer Faints in Flight and Later Dies

A Thai Lion Air B737-900 performing flight SL8537, from Hat Yai (Thailand) to Bangkok Don Mueang Intl. Airport, with 152 passengers on board, was forced to return to Hat Yai after the First Officer lost consciousness 20 minutes after takeoff.

The flight had departed from Hat Yai at 12:15PM and was 20 minutes into the flight when First Officer Peter Esberte collapsed. Director of Operations of the airline, Capt. Worawut Kongkositkul confirmed that the 47-year-old Dutch pilot died while he was being taken from the airport to a hospital.

Mr Worawut said Peter joined the low-cost airline at its launch last year and was healthy with no record of health problems. His latest medical check-up in February and March showed no signs of problems.

After Peter collapsed, the Captain declared an emergency and turned back towards Hat Yai airport, landing safely at 1:21PM.

Aeronautical Radio of Thailand confirmed that Peter died of a heart attack on the airplane.


Capt. Ivan

Qantas A380 Returns to LAX After a Water Leak Floods Aisles

Qantas A380, flight QF94 bound to Melbourne – Australia, returned to Los Angeles this morning at 2:40 am after a water pipe started leaking heavily on the passenger cabin One Twitter report from a passenger described the leak as a “river of water running down the aisles”.


The flight returned to Los Angeles about an hour after departure. The flightcrew informed ATC about the heavy water leak they were experiencing on board the aircraft. The cabin crew did everything they could to help the passengers, including moving those to unaffected areas and providing spare blankets so they could stay dry.

Qantas announced early today about the event:
“We’re providing customers with hotel accommodation while the issue is being fixed by our engineers in Los Angeles. We apologize to customers for the inconvenience. There was no safety of flight concerns with the water leak; however the Captain decided to return to LA in the interests of passenger comfort. We are liaising with Airbus to understand what caused this fault.”


Capt. Ivan

Photos:  Twitter

Asiana Airlines Generates Even More Doubts About its Pilots Training.

The Korea Office of Civil Aviation – KOCA is investigating an Asiana Airlines incident in which a Boeing 767-300 crew continued flying on one engine to its destination instead of diverting to a close alternate.

On April 19, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 767-300, flight OZ603 departed Seoul-Incheon bound to Saipan with 253 passengers on board. One hour after departure, the pilots received a warning light related to one of the aircraft’s two General Electric CF6 engines. The flight crew reduced the affected engine power but the light remained on.

Instead of divert to a close airport in Japan, they decided to continue the flight, landing in Saipan four hours later on a single engine.

On arrival at Saipan, the engineers discovered “metal particles” – apparently caused by abrasion – blocking an engine oil filter. According to South Korean official news agency Yonhap, a replacement engine had to be flown to Saipan.

Asiana operates a fleet of seven 767-300s and one 767-300ERF. The average age of its 767s is 18 years.
A 47-member committee comprising government officials and experts will be assembled to look into the incident.

The Yonhap report adds that the two pilots involved in the incident have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

The incident will raise further questions about the competence of Asiana’s flight crews following the crash of an Asiana Boeing 777-200ER while attempting to land in San Francisco on 6 July 2013. Investigators later attributed this crash to pilot error.

Capt. Ivan

Landing at the Correct Destination Airport – Are You Sure?

Is not so difficult to land at the wrong airport, especially when we wrongly think that we know the area.

With reference to past related incidents, a few days ago the NTSB issued a Safety Alert concerning landing at the wrong airport. In this issue the agency provides recommendations to avoid

Here a few tips that will help ensure that you are approaching to the right airport / runway.

1.- CHECK AND CROSSCHECK – In case of a visual approach, or visual circling maneuver, use all available resources – CRM – to positively identify the destination airport at wich you are approaching.

2.- TUNE AND IDENTIFY – Positively identify the destination airport through all available NAVAIDS like VOR; ILS; NDB; etc. And / Or verifying the correct indication / distance provided by the FMS.

3.- HEADING AND COURSE – Always set the runway in use final course prior to the approach briefing, check your heading and course deviation bar when on final approach, a runway heading that does not match the actual heading or course deviation bar fully displaced to either side is a good indication that something is wrong.

4.- SAVE THE DAY – If for some reason you are not sure that the runway in front of you is the correct one, request a landing clearance verification from the control tower on a prudent 4 to 5 NM final.

5.- GO AROUND! – Keep a perfect situational awareness on every stage of the approach and be always prepared for a go-around. In case of lack of published missed approach procedure for the stage being flown, make always the first climbing turn within the circling area, towards the landing runway.

6.- DON’T MAKE A BIGGER MISTAKE – If for some reason you are already landed at the wrong airport, don’t try to move the aircraft or taxi without assistance from airport authority.

Assess and positively execute all actions during all stages of flight.


Capt. Ivan



Southwest pilots confused by lights of wrong U.S. airport

The pilots of a Southwest Airlines plane that landed at the wrong airport in Missouri this week told investigators they mistook the bright runway lights of a smaller airport for their intended destination at Branson Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Friday.

The pilots told NTSB investigators they did not realize they were at the wrong airport until they had landed late Sunday, which required heavy braking to get the Boeing 737-700 with 124 passengers aboard stopped on the shorter-than-expected runway, the NTSB said in a statement.

Southwest has suspended the two pilots from flying. The jet landed at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport instead of at Branson Airport, the main commercial air strip near Branson, which has a much longer runway. The airports are about 7 miles (11 km) apart.

The captain, who has worked for Southwest for 15 years and has about 16,000 flight hours, told investigators it was his first flight into Branson. The first officer, who has been with the airline since 2001, told the NTSB it was his second flight into Branson, but the previous one was during daylight hours.

The pilots said the approach had been programmed into the plane’s flight management system, but that they saw the bright runway lights of Clark Downtown Airport and flew a visual approach into what they mistakenly believed to be Branson Airport.

The plane left Chicago Midway Airport on Sunday on a flight to Dallas Love Field with a planned first stop in Branson, a popular musical entertainment and tourism spot in southwest Missouri.

After landing at the wrong airport, the passengers were taken by ground transportation to the correct airport and then flown to Dallas on another jet later on Sunday.

Southwest said it has apologized to the passengers, is refunding the cost of their tickets and giving them travel credits.

The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

“Safety remains our top priority; once we receive the final NTSB report, we will conduct a thorough review,” the airline said in a statement.

Source:  Reuters

Sad: Our Colleague Died……

Airline pilot dies after heart attack on flight to Seattle.

The captain of a United Airlines jet who suffered an in-flight heart attack, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing in Boise, Idaho, has died, an airline spokeswoman said on Friday.

Seattle-bound United flight 1603, which took off from Houston with 161 passengers on board, landed safely and the pilot was rushed to a local hospital, Boise Airport spokeswoman Patti Miller said.

The pilot, whose name was not released, died as a result of the medical emergency, United Airlines spokeswoman Christen David said on Friday.

“I am sad to confirm that our co-worker passed away last night,” she said. “Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

The Boeing 737 aircraft later continued on to Seattle, landing just after midnight local time, David said.

Source:  Reuters

Related Articles:

Another Scandall for PIA: Drunk Pilot arrested at Leeds

KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) once again came under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons as a tipsy pilot was apprehended in England while he was boarding an aircraft carrying 180 passengers.

Co-pilot Captain Irfan Faiz Chishti, 54, was taken into custody by British police at the Leeds Bradford International Airport on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol as he headed to fly a plane back to Islamabad on Wednesday.

“At about 10pm last night police were called to Leeds Bradford International Airport where they arrested an airline pilot on suspicion of carrying out an activity ancillary to an aviation function while impaired by drink,” the London police said according to AFP.

A PIA official said that Captain Irfan Faiz, who is the son of General Faiz Ali Chisti, was stopped by security officials at the airport during routine screening. “He appeared drowsy and was stopped on suspicion. Then they checked his alcohol level, which came out to be high.”

“The pilot has been suspended. The airline will take strongest action against him and all those involved in such conduct,” an airline spokesman said on Thursday. “The PIA will not provide any legal assistance in such cases.”

A strong-worded statement of airline said the PIA was not responsible for the misconduct of its employees and apologised to passengers of flight PK-776, which departed after a delay of 15 hours.

In England, legal alcohol limit is 20 milligrams in 100ml of blood – a quarter of that for car drivers. The pilot faces two years of imprisonment, if convicted.

The incident happened just a day after three male flight attendants of the PIA were arrested by Manchester police after a British woman who travelled on Karachi-Lahore-Manchester flight on Tuesday lodged a harassment complaint against them.

The PIA has also suspended the three stewards, the spokesman said.

The back-to-back incidents particularly the case of the pilot have unnerved Pakistan’s aviation officials.

“We are still reeling under the restrictions imposed by European Union on some of our aircraft seven years back,” said a senior airline official. “This is bad, very, very bad for us,” he added.

Captain Irfan Faiz was involved in a similar incident a couple of years back when he tried to operate an ATR plane while intoxicated.

Due to unavailability of any alternative captain, the flight had to make a night stop at Leeds. Later the flight departed with a delay of 15 hrs. The PIA in a statement regretted the inconvenience caused to its ‘valued passengers’. The pilot is still in the custody of British Police for further investigation.

Source:  The Express Tribune

Lionair, this time…the cows

A Lionair Boeing 738, with 110 passengers and 7 crew on board, hit several cows on landing at the Indonesian Gorontalo airport. 

The incident occurred last Tuesday 6th at 21:11 LT (13:11Z)  when a Lionair Boeing 737-800 hit a number of cows after landing in dark conditions, the aircraft came to a stop past the runway end with a cow killed under the main gear.  No injuries were reported among the passengers and crew, the aircraft sustained minor damage.

The aircraft landed in good weather and visibility conditions, after touch down the crew noticed three cows on the runway, tried to steer the aircraft around them however hit the cows nonetheless, which resulted in the failure of brakes. The aircraft came to a stop about 10 meters past the paved surface of the runway end safety area.

The Ministry of Transport has given no explanation as to why the cows were on the runway.

Photo Credits:  The Guardian

Capt. Ivan

  •   GDL 39