ARC NEWS
NTSB hearing for Southwest fatal accident
August 01, 2018
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced it will hold a public hearing into the engine failure of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737, which resulted in the death of a passenger. As part of its investigation, the NTSB will hear testimonies and statements from various industry experts to aid in determining the causal factors of the fatal accident that occurred in April this year. In addition, the aircraft engine maintenance history, design and certification will be examined.


EgyptAir crash roadblock
August 01, 2018
French investigators of the BEA, assisting in the investigation of the fatal EgyptAir Flight 804 crash, have openly criticised the investigation after the inquiry was transferred over to judicial authorities. Whilst the BEA have indicated the likely cause of the crash was fire originating in the avionics bay, Egyptian authorities reported to have found explosive residue on passenger remains and as such, the investigation was handed over to criminal and legal authorities. EgyptAir Flight 804 was operating a flight from Paris to Cairo in mid-2016, when it impacted the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 on board.


Mental Fitness Regulations
August 01, 2018
The European Commission has adopted new regulations to ensure pilots mental fitness and stability. Following Germanwings flight 9525 in early 2015, which was deemed to be pilot suicide by the investigating bodies, the EU has implemented the recommendations of the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) into its regulatory framework. As a result, pilots will need to undergo a psychological assessment prior to starting employment with European airlines, additional they will gain access to mental support programmes and be exposed to additional random drug and alcohol testing. Flight crews, including cabin crew members will also be screened for a range of banned substances including sedatives, psychostimulants and hallucinogens.


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