Aviation Accident Analysis – Case Study Example

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The paper "Aviation Accident Analysis" is a perfect example of a case study on social science. The History of the Flight On June 15th, 2015 at about 0825 hours, a King Air 200, N135TF, registered to and operated by American Air Ambulance Service crashed in an open field near Lake Wales in Florida, the flight had been filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 flight from Witham Airport (KSUA), Stuart, Florida to Tallahassee International Airport (KTLH), Tallahassee, Florida. The plane was cleared for take-off from Witham Airport, Stuart, Florida at about 0730 hours.

Subsequently after take off the air traffic controls were shifted to the Air Route Traffic Control Centre in Miami. At about 0745 hours, the plane was cleared to flight level 150 by the Miami Centre and to flight level 150 at about 0755 hours. The Miami Centre notified the pilot of a large area of precipitation near Lakeland to the northwest, advising caution to be taken. The pilot requested to be cleared to fly 315 degrees and to deviate right if the need arose.

That would be the last communication between the plan and the Air Traffic Control Centre in Miami. Radar data show that the plane climbed up to 17,000 feet at about 0805 hours and remained there for about 45 seconds. The plane then turned to the right at 0810 hours and lowered to 16,000 feet. A second shift to the left was noted at 0816 hours and further dropped to 13,500 feet. The pale dropped further to 8,500 feet at 0818 hours. At 0823 hours, the plane turned to the left and headed to the north-eastern direction and at 0825 hours, it made a secondary return at an altitude of 1,300 feet.

A plane that was flying nearby reported that it made out Mayday calls and a sound of an emergency locator transmitter signal. Crew Information The pilots operating a plane are required to be qualified and competent for the job and with full certification. They are also expected to have received on the job progress training in various aspects. The crew and especially the pilot are required to have a medical certificate to pass them for their tasks.

The pilot of the plane George Hur aged 63 was fully certified with clearances for airplane single-engine land, instrumental airplane, and multi-engine land. The pilot had total airtime of about 2,493 hours of which 1,550 hours were spent in an aircraft powered by a turbine. The pilot had an exceptional experience with the make of the plane he was flying at the time of the accident having clocked 900 hours on the plane make, of these; 900 hours had been as a pilot in command. The pilot had received considerable training from 2013 in November.

The training sessions involved Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), Electronic Instrument System (EFIS), and flight instrument review (Wood & Sweginnis, 2006). The activities of the pilot before the accident are brought to light by a personal friend and colleague, John Brown. The friend explains that the pilot had experienced a rather tiring week preceding the accident on Monday morning. There is cause to believe that the pilot had spent the previous day, Sunday, on a golf course relaxing with some bottles of beer.

In addition, there is cause to believe from his friend and colleague that the pilot had non-existence, miserable, or unhappy family life.


Wood, R. H. & Sweginnis, R. W. (2006). Aircraft Accident Investigation, 2nd Edition. Casper, WY: Endeavor.
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