Flydubai Boeing 737-800 stopped after attempting to take off at Moscow airport


In the latest safety incident relating to commercial aviation, a Fly Dubai B-737 stopped the takeoff roll at Moscow airport due to the presence of an Aeroflot aircraft crossing the takeoff runway. The reason for the incident and the root cause will be determined after the incident is investigated.

This blog is to highlight the safety engineering control initiated by Euro Control and which has been implemented in Paris, Charles De Gaulle airport.

It is a great initiative by Eurocontrol ;however, not all airports will be able to implement such systems. There will be other busy airports with runway crossings that will still be vulnerable to human error on part of the pilot and/or Air Traffic Controller.

Whenever safety related incidents are analysed by the experts, they come up with recommendations. These recommendations then transform into action by the regulator and/or the operator. The controlling action is dependent on the severity and the probability, or the risk involved. Following are the common measures taken by safety experts.

The most effective method is to eliminate the hazard. Unfortunately, this will result in cessation of the activity itself and will lead to bankruptcy. This will obviously be the last resort if things go out of control. Read More

Erroneous takeoff performance: El Al flight takes off with a 40Tonne error@mindFly


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Read my paper: Erroneous takeoff performance

An El Al Boeing 787-9, registration 4X-EDB performing flight LY-27 from Tel Aviv (Israel) to Newark,NJ (USA) with 282 passengers and 18 crew, was climbing out of Tel Aviv when the captain noticed that the FMS indicated a substantially higher optimal flight level than anticipated and planned. The captain examined the reasons for this and discovered that a zero fuel weight of 40 tons lower than the actual zero fuel weight had been entered into the FMS. The captain immediately understood that the takeoff performance computation had also been wrong, concluded to the severity of the occurrence, notified the airline’s operations center and the fleet manager, who in turn involved Israel’s accident investigation unit. The aircraft continued to Newark for a safe landing without further incident. Read More

Shisa Kanko technique for error reduction:mindFly


Pointing and telling

This activity involves pointing at target objects by stretching your arm and stating out loud. Calling out “Such and such is OK” at important points in the work ensures work is carried out safely and correctly.

Pointing and calling are methods for raising the consciousness level of workers and confirming that conditions are regular and clear. They increase the accuracy and safety of work. This method for ensuring safety is based on the philosophy of respecting human life. The respect can be achieved only with the full participation of the workforce in practice activities across the whole of the workplace. Read More

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