FAA proposes $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines

August 29, 2011

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA) of Orlando, Fla., for allegedly operating eight Boeing 727 aircraft when the aircraft were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

Specifically, the FAA alleges that CCIA permitted an unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and to sign airworthiness releases on the company’s aircraft. The FAA said the certificated mechanic in question had not completed a required general familiarization course for the B-727 and did not have prior training or experience equivalent to that course. The FAA also said the mechanic had not taken the required examination and the company had not evaluated his prior experience and training to perform required inspections on the B-727. As a result, he was not qualified to work on the B-727.

As a consequence, CCIA operated the aircraft on 46 flights in 2008 and 2009 while they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.

The FAA also alleges that the same mechanic performed required inspections on one B-727 on March 13, 17 and 19, 2009, when he was not qualified to do so. As a result, the company operated that aircraft on 463 revenue flights when it was not in compliance.

CCIA has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s enforcement letter to respond to the Agency.

Accident: Iran Air Boeing 727 crashes near Urumiyeh

January 9, 2011

An Iran Air Boeing 727 passenger jet was damaged beyond repair in an accident about 8 km from Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH), Iran. About seventy occupants were reportedly killed.

Iran Air flight IR277 departed Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) at 18:15 on a domestic flight to Urmia (Orumiyeh) Airport (OMH). The flight was delayed over two hours due to severe weather at the destination.

There were 93 passengers and twelve crew members on board. The Deputy Minister of Roads and Transportation indicated that the accident occurred during a forced landing outside the airport. A spokesperson from the Red Crescent organisation said 70 people were killed in the accident.

Update Jan 10, 05:20 UTC: Latest media reports indicate that 77 people were killed, 26 people were injured and two missing.

Update Jan 10, 20:25 UTC: Latest media reports (IRAN) confirm that 77 people were killed.

Weather reported about the time of the accident (16:15 UTC / 19:45 local) was:

OITR 091600Z 26004KT 0800 SN SCT015 SCT020 OVC060 00/00 Q1016=

This METAR report from 16:00 UTC indicates:

  • Wind 260 degrees at 4 knots
  • Visibility 800 m in snow
  • Scattered clouds 1,500 ft
  • Scattered clouds 2,000 ft.
  • Overcast 6,000 ft.
  • Temperature 0°C
  • Dew point 0°C
  • Pressure 1016 hPa

According to local aviation sources in Iran, the airplane involved in the accident was EP-IRP. This has not yet been confirmed by CAO officials. EP-IRP is a Boeing 727-286 that was delivered to the airline in 1974.

Update Jan 10, 20:25 UTC: The registration has been confirmed based on photographs of the accident scene

According to Aviation Safety Network data, this accident is the 10th worst accident in Iran.  The previous fatal accident involving a Boeing 727 on a passenger service, happened about six years ago, in December 2003.

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