Alaskan airline and tour company Taquan Air has suspended all flying activities after a fatal crash just a week after another of its seaplanes was involved in a midair collision. On Monday, a Taquan Air Beaver was involved in a second fatal accident, this time in Metlakatla Harbor.
An F-16 crashed into a warehouse adjacent to March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, at approximately 3:40 p.m. local time on Thursday afternoon. The building was evacuated after the crash and several minor injuries to people on the ground have been reported. The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft and is believed to be uninjured.
Boeing announced on Thursday that it has completed development of updated software for the 737 MAX, as well as concluding the associated simulator testing and completing the companys engineering test flight. The software update is designed to address faults with the aircrafts Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) that are widely considered to have significantly contributed to the fatal accidents of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.
An old-school technique tested by a U.S. flight crew in a 737 simulator might have helped the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airline crews had they known about it. Colloquially referred to as the roller coaster, the procedure requires the aircraft experiencing an out-of-trim condition to descend with reduced elevator input so that the horizontal stabilizer (used as pitch trim in the 737) could be unloaded enough to be manually adjusted.
Two major hull losses in six months is a big story. So is the story behind it and that's why press coverage is and should be persistent.