"Crossed wires" may have ignited ELT loom causing Heathrow Ethiopian Dreamliner fire incident

The American FAA plans to make mandatory inspections of Honeywell emergency locator transmitters (ELT) on Boeing 787s, but will not require the devices to be made inert or taken out.

The latest directive directs investigation away from the Honeywell ELT unit but towards  "wire damage or pinching” following the July 12th  Ethiopian Airlines 787-8 fire at Londons Heathrow Airport.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) however is currently preparing its own airworthiness directive (AD) to require 787 operators to temporarily remove their ELTs following concerns raised by an investigation into the 787 fire at Heathrow. 

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is leading the investigation  into the July 12th fire onboard a parked 787 in blistering sunshine,  strongly suggested  that  ELTs on all in-service Dreamliners be rendered  temporarily “inert.”
 In an FAA statement they claimed the FAA “is working with Boeing to develop instructions to operators for inspection of the [ELTs] on Boeing 787 aircraft.”

 “These inspections would ask operators to inspect for proper wire routing and any signs of wire damage or pinching, as well as inspect the battery compartment for unusual signs of heating or moisture.”

The FAA goes on: "It noted that US federal aviation regulations “do not require large commercial aircraft in scheduled service to be equipped with these devices.” Both Boeing and Honeywell agree  the AAIB recommendation to make 787 ELTs temporarily inert is 'a reasonable precautionary step'.

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Jon Leyne Foreign News Correspondent for the BBC dies

Jon Leyne BBC foreign news correspondent  has died of a brain tumour at the age of 55, the corporation has reported.

He was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor earlier this year after returning to the UK from Cairo, initially for treatment to cobat recurring severe headaches.
BBC correspondent Jon Leyne Credit: BBC News
The veteran highly respected journalist had covered wars and unrest in many regions over the past three decades, including in recent years, the Libyan uprising and Egyptian revolution.

A BBC executive commented said: "Jon was a brave and courageous journalist in the best traditions of the BBC. He had an insatiable curiosity and told complex stories in an engaging and accessible way."

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Northern Spain Galicia: Spanish High Speed Train derails. 78 dead, 200 injured,many on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

The driver suspected of causing the traincrash in Spain is being held on suspicion of negligent homicide.
Saturday: The driver has been discharged from hospital and now is in police custody and will appear in Court tomorrow.

Francisco José Garzón Amo, 52, had been arrested on reckless driving charge as his high speed train approached Santiago de Compostela. North West Spain on Wednesday

ADVISORY this is security camera raw footage not editied
 Video contains graphic content 
spain train crash

Julian Bray writes: Was the High Speed Spanish train (a version different from Spains Very High Speed Train)  which has derailed and killed 78, 200 hurt, reportedly travelling at more than 200 klms?  A trackside security camera,  recorded the very moment the train left the track, and video footage now seen, seems to strongly suggest the train was indeed travelling too fast. 

The locomotive or powerhead, left the rails, corkscrews and plunges straight into a series of trackside and overhead metal lattice gantries, shearing off whole sidewall sections, of some of the rolling stock. 

The remainder of the train, still attached, appears on the video to slew and then whiplash across two of the three tracks at high speed confirming earlier reports of excessive speed.  The driver who survived the carnage, has now been detained and is being interviewed by police

There were 247 passengers on board, many of them pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia northern region of Spain. 

Pilgrims Way - Route Marker

The speed of 200k is three times the authorised speed limit of 80k for this tunnel and bend section. The train would have just exited a tunnel and should have slowed right down to negotiate the bend in the track (hence the speed restriction) when the derailment happened sending whole carriages 'flying'. 

The train was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol on the Galician coast when it derailed.

Officials in Santiago de Compostela cancelled services and celebrations planned for this Thursday, a feast day, when Catholic pilgrims converge on the city to celebrate a festival venerating St. James, the disciple of Jesus, whose remains are said to rest in a shrine.

The city is the main gathering point for the faithful who make it to the end of the El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route that has drawn Christians since the Middle Ages. The last part of the pilgrimage has to be completed on foot.

Map showing HIGH SPEED rail sections
of rail network. Crash location
Santiago de Compostela
top left hand corner. Middle of three stations
on that high speed section.
Galicia is a Spanish northern region of mountains, lush vegetation and has a climate on a par with Wales! It is the heavy industry centre for Spain and boasts one of the worlds largest inshore fishing fleets.  local agriculture is primitive by modrn standards as farm machinery is unable to work the narrow hilly strip subsistence farms. Lord Nelson captured the Spanish Armada hiding in Vigo Bay and twice briefly held the City and port of Vigo  in the northern part of Spain, most cruise ships revittal here. The port of Vigo is inset on the coast and is to the south of Santiago de Compostela, a renowned and venerated place of pilgrimage.

Its now been confirmed that the train that derailed near Santiago de Compostella was a Series 730 model, one of the most modern used by Spanish rail company RENFE. The 730 first went into service in June 2012. Earlier reports suggested the earlier RENFE S-130 was involved.
The S730 is part of the Alvia service, that is trains running faster than 200km/h. It was built by a consortium of Spanish intercity passenger train maker Talgo and Canadian company Bombardier.
A feature of the S730 is that the axle spacing like the earlier model can be modified while the train is running. The spacing on traditional Spanish railways is 1.668m, while the European standard is 1.435m. When Spain started its high-speed train programme, it adopted the European standard for axle spacing. Because the axle spacing can be adjusted on these train while they running, the S730, and the earlier S130 model, can be used on all Spanish rail lines.
The S730 has hybrid propulsion, being equipped with both electrical and diesel power. The train has a top speed of 250km/h in electrical mode, and 180km/h using its diesel engine.


Renfe Larga Distancia ordered 90 powerheads from the consortium Talgo-Bombardier Transportation in April 2004 and September 2005. The Renfe S-130 electric powerheads with speeds of up to 250 km/h are fast but not Very High Speed,  the ideal complement to the existing fleet of very high speed passenger trains in Spain. The electric powerhead can operate under two voltages and on two track gauges. With these powerheads, neither locomotives nor bogies need to be changed at the borders of 3 kV DC and 25 kV AC networks or when Iberian (1,668 mm) and standard gauge (1,435 mm) tracks meet.

The powerheads are fitted both with wheel disk brakes and with regenerative and rheostatic brakes. Traction motors and gearboxes are fully suspended in the variable gauge bogies. The new powerheads comply with all standards, such as TSI and TCN, and are fitted with conventional and ETCS train protection systems. To ensure effective servicing and maintenance, the powerheads have remote wire-less diagnostics systems.

 State-owned high speed train train operator Renfe in an early morning statement said that 218 passengers and an unspecified number of staff were on board the eight-carriage train during the Wednesday  8.41 p.m.  crash on a section of track about 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) from Santiago de Compostela that was commissioned and opened just two years ago.  Track operator Adif are  cooperating with a judge who has been appointed to investigate the accident, Renfe confirmed.

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Boeing 787 DREAMLINER - beyond the silver flammable plastic [carbon fibre] lining all isn't well....again

Julian Bray writes: It is very easy to jump in, as have the usual crop of former Dakota pilots turned armchair media pundits, short on hard facts, but long on hot air. They have been doing the rounds, and poking fun at the troubles TWO new Boeing 787 Dreamliners are going through.

To have one Thompson Holidays highly promoted aircraft go technical dumping fuel before returning to Manchester Airport and a second Dreamliner burst into flames whilst it is EMPTY and the plastic aircraft (well, carbon fibre...) just parked up in the extreme heat for a full eight hours on the hanger apron at London Heathrow, literally hot enough to fry eggs on,  is a run of bad luck just gone too far.

It was in the UK, the  hottest day of the year, flames were seen at the tail end of the Ethiopian Airlines  Dreamliner, such was the Heathrow aircraft incident. The locus of this fire, an area well away from the previously troublesome lithium batteries, that are now grouped in three locations; and in fireproof externally vented retrofitted flush fitting pods.  A development correctly forecast on this blog. Somehow the innovative carbon fibre body caught fire and for the world to see, cruelly exposed the intricate lattice work beneath the carbon fibre outer skin. As we said no one was on board.  It seemingly just happened....  The value of Boeing shares closed Friday at $101.87, down about 5%.

'Gone Technical' dumped fuel and returned to sunny Manchester Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner, the exposed airframe can be clearly seen above
and to the left of the rear door.  Heathrow still has a 'W'
when we last looked, but not at Sky News!  
Almost every day an aircraft somewhere in the world 'goes technical' the pilot reacts to warning signals and in this case decided to dump excess fuel before returning to Manchester. Unfortunately that just happened to be the Thompson Holidays Dreamliner, the frst Dreamliner to be used for the holiday charter market, ruthlessly advertised as being one of their key selling points for Thompson holidays ie the world has gone mad, as its not the destination, or the hotel,  or the overall package but the fact that you get to fly on a packed  charter spec Dreamliner....  sustained load factors, scheduled airlines would die for... 

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Accident: Asiana B772 at San Francisco on Jul 6th 2013, touched down short of the runway, broke up and burst into flames


Source: AFP Photo
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jul 6th 2013 19:35Z, last updated Sunday, Jul 7th 2013 06:25Z
An Asiana Boeing 777-200, registration HL7742 performing flight OZ-214 from Seoul (South Korea) to San Francisco,CA (USA) with 291 passengers and 16 crew, touched down short of runway 28L impacting the edge separating the runway from the San Francisco Bay 115 meters/375 feet ahead of the runway threshold while landing on San Francisco's runway 28L at 11:27L (18:27Z), the tail plane, gear and engines separated, the aircraft came to a rest left of the runway about 490 meters/1600 feet past the runway threshold. The aircraft turned around by nearly 360 degrees, burst into flames and burned out, 305 occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft in time and are alive. 2 people are confirmed killed in the accident, 10 people are in critical condition, 38 more are in hospital care with injuries of lesser degrees, 82 occupants received minor injuries. The majority of survivors escaped without injuries.

Emergency services initially reported all occupants have been accounted for and are alive. Emergency services repeated ALL occupants have been accounted for in response to media reports that two people have been killed. A number of people were taken to hospitals with injuries of varying degrees. In a later press conference the fire chief of San Francisco said, not all people have been accounted for, two people were confirmed killed in the accident. In a second press conference Saturday evening (Jun 6th San Francisco local time) the fire chief reported, all passengers and crew have been accounted for, final numbers were 2 occupants killed, 10 in critical condition, 38 with serious injuries, 82 with minor injuries, 175 uninjured. The confusion about people being not accounted for was the result of survivors being taken to two different locations at the airport.

Asiana confirmed their aircraft suffered an accident while landing in San Francisco, there were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board.

The General hospital in San Francisco reported they received 10 passengers from the flight OZ-214, 8 adults and 2 children, all in critical condition.

The city of San Francisco and emergency services in a joint press conference reported that emergency services responded post landing, 48 people were transported to hospitals, 190 passengers were collected and taken to the terminal, 82 of which are probably going to be tranferred to hospitals, there are some people unaccounted for. The aircraft carried 291 passengers and 16 crew, total 307 people on board. There were two fatalities. In a second press conference Saturday evening the fire chief corrected the earlier statement now stating that all passengers and crew have been accounted for, the earlier confusion in Saturday afternoon's press conference was caused by two locations at the airport used to take survivors to. There were 305 survivors, 2 fatalities, of the 305 survivors there are 10 in critical condition, 38 received serious injuries, 82 minor injuries.

The airport was completely closed for about 5 hours, then runways 01L/19R and 01R/19L reopened, both runways 10/28 remain closed.

The NTSB reported the Boeing 777 of Asiana, flight 214, approached runway 28L when it suffered an accident, three investigators from the West Coast as well as a response team from Washington have dispatched on scene. Korea's ARAIB have been invited to join the investigation.

ATC recordings show, the aircraft was on a normal approach and was cleared to land on runway 28L, no emergency services were lined up, all traffic was running normally. During a transmission of tower shouting in the back of the tower is heard, emergency services began to respond, all aircraft on approach were instructed to go around. The airport was closed. United flight 885, waiting for departure at the hold short line threshold 28L, reported people were walking around both runways, there were a number of people near the numbers of runway 28R, obviously survivors.

An observer on the ground reported that the approach of the aircraft looked normal at first, about 5 seconds prior to impact the aircraft began to look low and then impacted the sea wall ahead of the runway.
Relevant NOTAMS:
07/048 - RWY 10L/28R CLSD. 06 JUL 23:10 2013 UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 06 JUL 23:10 2013

07/047 - RWY 10R/28L CLSD. 06 JUL 23:09 2013 UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 06 JUL 23:09 2013

07/046 (A1326/13) - RWY 28L PAPI U/S. 06 JUL 22:19 2013 UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 06 JUL 22:19 2013

07/045 (A1324/13) - AD AIRPORT CLSD. 06 JUL 20:10 2013 UNTIL UFN. CREATED: 06 JUL 20:10 2013 (cancelled at 23:09Z)

06/005 (A1056/13) - NAV ILS RWY 28L GP U/S. 01 JUN 14:00 2013 UNTIL 22 AUG 23:59 2013. CREATED: 01 JUN 13:40 2013

KSFO 061956Z 23004KT 10SM FEW016 19/10 A2981 RMK AO2 SLP095 T01890100
KSFO 061856Z 21007KT 170V240 10SM FEW016 18/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP098 T01830100
KSFO 061756Z 21006KT 10SM FEW016 18/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP097 T01780100 10183 20128 51005
KSFO 061656Z VRB06KT 10SM FEW013 SCT018 17/10 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP096 T01670100
KSFO 061556Z 02003KT 10SM FEW012 SCT018 16/11 A2982 RMK AO2 SLP096 T01610106
KSFO 061456Z VRB03KT 10SM FEW010 SCT015 14/10 A2980 RMK AO2 SLP092 T01440100 51006

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British Airways is the tenth operator to receive an Airbus A380 having taking delivery of the first of 12 aircraft on order. The airline will start to deploy its new flagship aircraft on routes from London Heathrow to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

After a handover ceremony at Airbus’ delivery centre in Toulouse with Keith Williams, British Airways CEO, Eric Schulz, Roll-Royce President Civil Large Engines, Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO and other senior executives, BA’s first A380 is being flown to London Heathrow where the cabin is being unveiled.
British Airways’ chief executive Keith Williams said: “We’re delighted to be the first UK airline taking delivery of the A380. It is a great aircraft that has been developed with huge amounts of British engineering ingenuity and we believe it will prove very popular with our customers when it starts flying to its first destination of Los Angeles.”
“It is a very proud moment for everyone at Airbus to see our A380 in the livery of British Airways, one of the world’s most pioneering airlines. With this new flagship in their fleet, the British carrier opens a new era of long-haul flying and offers its passengers an all-new travel experience”, said Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier.
“It is a special day for UK industry too, as a significant proportion of this amazing aircraft was designed and built at Airbus’ UK sites in Filton and Broughton, as well as at our many partners’ facilities across the country.”
All BA’s A380s will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. Airbus currently has 262 firm orders for the A380, from 20 customers.#
The A380 is capable of flying 8,500 nautical miles non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment.
The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favourite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies.
The A380 also provides vital extra passenger capacity without increasing the number of flights, and is therefore part of the solution for sustainable growth.
40 million passengers have already flownon board an A380. Every five minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 30 airports where it operates today.

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