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One mid-air near-miss every 3 weeks

Posted by te2ataria on October 2, 2010

A report into the airplane crash that killed Jessica Neeson reveals 131 REPORTED mid-air near-misses since 2000

The Civil Aviation Authority figures, though heavily doctored, still shows that the number of mid-air near-misses in the last 10 years have skyrocketed by 770 percent compared with the previous 10 years.

“Between 1990 and 1999 there were 17 reported near-misses, three of which involved training aircraft. In the period since 2000, there have been 131 near-misses,” according to a report.

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At least 1,934 tourists and immigrants have been Killed in NZ between  January 2000 and 2 October 2010

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The Moderators have been expecting another Air New Zealand Airbus A320 to plunge into the sea (again), based on the airline’s safety statistics, but Air France beat the kiwis to it!



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Sculptural Insult to the Erebus Victims

Posted by te2ataria on October 25, 2009

Sent by a reader [edited by TEAA]

“This is how our pilot ‘flew’…”

On Behalf of Air New Zealand, “Sorry for Killing Your Loved Ones!”

Air New Zealand CEP didn’t have the b*lls to own up, the little big p*mp he is. So we thought of saying  sorry, instead, to the victims of Air NZ negligent mass homicide at Erebus, and their bereaved families.

Air New Zealand’s  shameful sculptural votive to the gods of Hades:
“This is how the pilot crashed the plane to bring you our offerings”

erebus - NZHERALD tvMomentum Indeed: The crash occurred as a result of pilot incompetence and ground support stupidity. Source of image: nzherald tv. Image may be subject to copyright.

sculpture ANZSource of image: stuff nz. Image may be subject to copyright.

Aircraft aren’t designed to plunge into mountainsides!

The families of victims were deceived, intimidated, even physically threatened to the extent that no one has ever filed a claim against Air New Zealand.

Click on link below for background:

Air NZ won’t apologize to Erebus families for negligent homicide

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Air NZ receives $76m ‘crash cash’

Posted by te2ataria on March 15, 2009

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$76m payout? Not bad for an aging flying coffin!

One interesting news item this week was the report of NZ$76m [USD40m] payout to Air New Zealand, [the world’s sub-aqua airline]

The first point of interest was age of the plane, only 2 years old according to New Zealand’s Herald on Sunday, which wrote:

Last month insurers for Air NZ – which owned the Airbus A320 but had leased it to the German airline XL Airways – paid out [only 😉 ] $76m on the two-year-old aircraft. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10561736

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The tailfin of the doomed Air New Zealand A320 is seen floating in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo / AP/ via NZHerald. Image may be subject to copyright

Now,  EADS, the company that owns Airbus, the maker of the plane, had earlier reported that  the downed Air NZ plane was more than 4 years old in a press release:

Accident Near Perpignan, France – Media Information on A320 flight accident (Issue I) – Toulouse, 27  November  2008

Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by XL Airways Germany and owned by Air New Zealand was involved in an accident this afternoon. The aircraft was operating a flight from Perpignan, France with seven passengers on board.

The aircraft involved in the accident was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 2500, delivered in July 2005. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 7000 flight hours in some 2800 flight cycles. It was powered by IAE V2500 engines. At this time no further factual information is available.  . . .
http://www.eads.com/1024/en/investor/News_and_Events/news_ir/2008/20081127_airbus_perpignan_a320.html

What’s the difference?

The residual value of the aircraft! If the doomed Air NZ plane was only 2 years old, it’s ‘re-sale’ value would have been about  80-90 percent of replacement cost of a new plane [about US$50m, depending on the cabin design and type of engine used.]

However, a 4 to 5-year-old Airbus A320 would be worth no more than about 60 – 70 percent of cost of the replacement, assuming average condition.

Here’s when things get more interesting

  • Cost of new Airbus A320-200:  ~ NZ$95m
  • “Re-sale” value of MSN2500 (the crashed aircraft) :  ~ 65% x NZ$95m [cost of new plane]  NZ$61.75m  [Say, NZ$62m ]
  • ‘Crash Cash’ received in settlement:  NZ$76m
  • Unexplained additional ‘bonus’ paid out by the insurers to Air NZ ~ NZ$14m [at this rate, Air NZ could make a fortune ditching all their planes in the Mediterranean sea.]

NZherald went on to say:

Whatever the amount, it is unlikely to approach the multi-million-dollar settlements traditionally awarded by American courts after air crashes.

You’d better believe it!

An Air NZ spokesman said the company had yet to decide if it would replace the Airbus.

It’d be very interesting to learn the outcome of their decision. The odds look like 14,000,000 to 1 against a replacement!

On the issue of compensation for the victims, NZHerald wrote:

But compensation for the families of the five New Zealanders who died – pilot Brian Horrell, 52, aircraft engineers Noel Marsh, 35, Michael Gyles, 49 and Murray White 37, and Civil Aviation Authority inspector Jeremy Cook, 58 – is likely to be a more complex issue.

Well, will they or won’t they? [The victims’ families hitting the jackpot.] That depends on a number of factors

  • Was is not pilot error that caused the Air NZ Airbus300 to crash, as France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) suggested in their report?
  • Were the pilots poorly trained/ incompetent/ tired/ flying under the influence/etc?
  • Is Air NZ in the business of ripping off insurance companies, only to hand over the settlement cash to the victims’ families?
  • Did the ailing Air NZ sabotaged its own unneeded/ no longer viable to maintain aircraft for the insurance money?
  • Other factors not stated here.

NZHerald article is posted at: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10561736

[That said, Air new Zealand was ass-lucky not to have had any Israeli passengers on-board because they would have taken the airline to the cleaners! Moderator]

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Pilot Error Downed Air New Zealand Airbus!

Posted by te2ataria on February 25, 2009

Watch Our Lips: Read the *&#^*%* Report!

“PILOT ERROR” caused the Airbus A320 to crash into the Mediterranean Sea killing all aboard.


Five New Zealanders died in the crash off the coast of France in November. Photos / l’Independant, via nz herald.

France’s Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses (BEA) said in a  report published today in Paris that the “the plane performed a low speed test at too low an altitude.”

“The report shows a dramatic last minute struggle to save the plane, but it smashed into the sea at 263 knots or 487 kilometres per hour.” Media reported.

“Air New Zealand pilot Brian Horrell was sitting in a middle cockpit seat and an unnamed Air New Zealand engineer was on the flight deck.”

The report says the crew had “not received any specific training for this type of flight”.

The nincompoop Air New Zealand CEO, Rob Fyfe, is naturally upset with his airline’s abject failure to ensure safety. Mr Fyfe said, a “combination of failures” must have been behind the crash.

Yes, Mr Fyfe, you’re dead right, it was a combination of failures: Incompetence, inadequate training, corporate  greed, cutting corners …

In America some pilots can land on water without engines!

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