French pilot: 6 months suspended sentence in accident case

January 11, 2012

A French pilot was received a six months suspended sentence for causing an accident in Pau, France that killed one man on the ground.

On January 25, 2007 a Fokker 100 passenger jet, operated by French carrier Régional, overshot the end of the runway at Pau following an aborted takeoff. Upon crossing a road, the left main landing gear struck the cabin of a truck, killing the driver.

The BEA investigation concluded that “the accident resulted from a loss of control caused by the presence of ice contamination on the surface of the wings associated with insufficient consideration of the weather during the stopover, and by the rapid rotation pitch, a reflex reaction to a flight of birds.” BEA also noted as one of the contributing factors, that there was “limited awareness within the [French] aviation community regarding the risks associated with the icing on the ground and changes in the performance of the aircraft involved in this phenomenon”.

The pilot in command of the flight was being charged with  homicide and unintentional injuries. A criminal court in Pau decided on a six months suspended sentence and a 20.000 Euro fine for the airline.

Source: Sud-Ouest (3-1-2012)

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Cypriot court clears five defendants of wrongdoing in Helios accident case

December 23, 2011

Five defendants, accused of manslaughter in connection with the fatal Helios Airways Boeing 737 accident 2005  have been acquitted by a Court in Cyprus.

The Helios airplane crashed in Greece after all 121 aboard had become unconscious because the cabin had not pressurized. It was being argued that the defendants in the case did not prevent the aircraft to be flown by a captain and a co pilot who were described as inadequate or unsuitable, which  resulted in an unsafe flight. The defendants were Helios’ chief executive, the managing director, the operations manager, the chief pilot and Helios Airways itself as a legal entity. A total of 238 charges were made to each of the defendants.

“The fundamental link that connects the chain (of events) is missing, the connection between alleged negligence by the accused with the crash is also missing. Consequently, we conclude that there is no proof that the accused have violated any of their duties and/or that the violation of their duties was the cause of the damage,” the court ruling said as quoted by the Famagusta Gazette.

SourceFamagusta Gazette, Cyprus Mail.

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NAV Canada demands Air France crash CVR for lawsuit defense

June 2, 2010

NAV Canada, responsible for air traffic control, demands access to the cockpit voice recorder transcript of the Air France Airbus accident at Toronto in 2005. They claim to need the transcript to defend itself against a $200 million lawsuit brought by Air France.

In February 2005 an Air France Airbus A340 overran the runway on landing at Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ) in severe weather. The plane burst into flames, but all on board got out and no one was killed.

Air France and its insurers are suing NAV Canada, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and the Attorney General of Canada, representing the federal environment and transportation departments, for loss of the plane and indemnity for all losses. NAV Canada alleges the pilots were negligent and needs the transcript to make its case.

The Toronto Star reports that the case is coming before the Ontario Court of Appeal. The newspaper reports that cvr transcripts are protected by Canadian federal legislation. A court, however, can order the transcripts to be disclosed to litigants when there is an overriding public interest.

Thirteen years on invalid licence – Swedish pilot arrested

March 3, 2010

A Swedish pilot has been arrested by Dutch police at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) for flying commercial aircraft for 13 years with a fake licence.

The 41-year-old pilot was about to fly a Corendon Airlines Boeing 737 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey with 101 passengers on board when he was arrested. Dutch police were notified about the pilot by Swedish authorities.

Flight CAI202 was scheduled to leave Amsterdam at 23:30 on March 2 and departed 01:20 the same night after a relief pilot took over. The airplane involved was Boeing 737-4Q8 TC-TJC.

The pilot confessed he had been flying for 13 years on a false licence, accumulating at least 10,000 hours flying hours. The man did have a pilot’s licence, but it was no longer valid for passenger aircraft, so he had falsified it.
He had worked for airlines in Belgium, Great Britain and Italy. A lawyer for Corendon Airlines commented that the pilot had worked for the airline for the last two years and had “expertly misled the company with his false papers”.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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