National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Steve Chealander gives latest information on the crash
Right Honorable Major Nourhaghighi, Independent & Impartial Flight Safety Investigator ’s Anticipated Accident’s Causes:
a. Stall & Co-Pilot Training
b. Ran out of full
c. Excessive use of Elevator trim
d. Turbulence & Jetwash
e. Erroneous Weight & Balance
2- Mechanical Failure:
a. Trim &/or Flaps Failure
b. Horizontal Stabilizer Failure
b. Fuel System Malfunction
c. Fuel Quality & Water
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Like a lot of Minnesotans, Representative Jim Oberstar can’t understand why there isn’t going to be a public NTSB hearing on the collapse of the 35W bridge. Just like confidence in the Minnesota Department of Transportation has been spiraling down since the August disaster, confidence in the NTSB has been declining as rumors and conspiracy theories multiply. Simply put, if there isn’t a transparent public hearing, the public is not going to believe the report on the cause of the collapse.
Earlier this year the NTSB voted 3 to 2 not to hold a hearing based on staff recommendations that a hearing would delay the report.
Rep. Oberstar, who chairs the House committee that recommends funds for the National Transportation Safety Board, was angry over the decision for several reasons. Originally the NTSB told him it was an unanimous decision. Also, NTSB Chair Mark Rosenker erroneously told reporters that a design flaw was the cause of the collapse, a statement that Rosenker later retracted. Those actions plus Rosenker’s long history as a Republican campaign organizer dating back to the Nixon administration has Oberstar suspecting that politics, not policy is driving the decision to avoid a public hearing. Oberstar told Rosenker that he values accuracy and transparency over a speedy report.
Rosenker agreed with Oberstar that public hearings can be a both a teaching moment and a learning moment for the board, but did not commit to a public hearing. Instead he promised “an excellent sunshine presentation where this will get a public airing like nothing we have done before” when the investigation and report is complete. Rosenker said the investigation would be complete before the end of the year. Oberstar responded that Rosenker had just made the best argument for an open public hearing.
“How Conspiracy Theories Get Born”
Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon quizzed Rosenker on why the staff memo recommending no public hearing was a confidential document. Rosenker replied that sometimes it contains information that “is sensitive”.
DeFazio then tore into Rosenker. “This is how conspiracy theories get born. It’s like your staff secretly makes a recommendation. You have a split vote, three to two. You decide not to hold a public hearing. I understand what you say, the end point disclosure is going to be. But that’s going to be the point at which you’ve made conclusions.
“I also understand that a fair amount of work goes into holding a hearing, but I don’t see why it would cause four months delay in the process unless you’re saying that something might come up at the hearing that would trigger further investigation or a different direction in that investigation”.
Rosenker said he was going on historical data that shows a public hearing adds “two to four months” to an investigation.
Rep. DeFazio said he didn’t find the two to four month delay “credible”. Rep. Oberstar echoed that opinion.
“Last year our committee, our various subcommittees held 17 hearings. We heard from 710 witnesses. 394 hours of hearings. If your board staff can’t conduct a hearing on one issue, then they need to come and take lessons from ours.”
Latest from the NTSB on continental flight 3407
Part 2 of Sunday's the NTSB briefing
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In March 2009, the AAIB released findings from the investigation of the January 2008 British Airways 777 accident that point to ice buildup in the fuel system as the key factor in the crash in London. On March 11th, 2009, the NTSB called for a redesign of the fuel system, and for the affected aircraft to have those changes installed within six months after the redesign is complete.
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Let's Get Up Close And Personal With A Flying Legend
Seen in a two part Aero-TV program a few weeks back, we talked about spending time with a ghost. In this case, the ghost looked a lot like a B-17... by the name of "Thunderbird."
We're back with Thunderbird one more time... this time to do a walk-around of the grand old beast, to look her over from stem to stern and teach you a few things about one of the grandest birds to grace the skies.
The B-17 Flying Fortress was an Army Air Corps heavy-duty bomber from World War II. These four-engine aircraft flew strategic bombing missions over Europe armed with .50 caliber machine guns and five thousand pounds of bombs. 13,000 B-17’s were produced over the course of the war, of which only 13 still are airworthy today. The Lone Star Flight Museum’s B-17 is painted in the colors of ‘Thunderbird’, an aircraft with the 303rd bomb group which flew 116 missions during World War II.
The Lone Star Flight Museum tells ANN that it, a 501 (c)(3) self-supporting educational museum, began as a private aircraft collection in June 1985. The acquisition of more aircraft quickly led to a search for a new home. In 1990, construction of a 50,000 sq. ft. Phase I facility began at Galveston's Scholes Field. Continued rapid growth required construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. Phase II hangar in 1991. Along with the aircraft collection, the LSFM began to acquire and display aviation memorabilia and artifacts, develop educational programs, and recruit volunteers through a Membership Program implemented in July 1991. The LSFM receives over 35,000 of volunteer service hours each year. Many programs and participation opportunities are available for members to promote and support the LSFM mission.
The Museum's flying collection of award winning aircraft annually logs more than 40,000 cross-country air miles to participate in flying displays and air shows. For instance, the Museum's P-47 Thunderbolt participates in the United States Air Force "Heritage Flight" program. Comprised of Air Force demonstration pilots and select vintage aircraft, the "Heritage Flight" unites the classic war birds of yesterday with current inventory jet fighters at aviation events across the country. This unique production takes the living history lesson to the public in the air and is seen by over 1.5 million people each year.
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