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The Dutch Transportation Safety Board said that the Boeing 767 flight crew observed the Boeing 747 as it was being towed across the runway in low-visibility conditions. The takeoff clearance involved misinterpretation of the surface movement radar display of the B-747’s position and direction of movement.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says that reports on operational errors at U.S. airport traffic control towers show that the most common contributing factor was that the controller forgot crucial information, such as an aircraft clearance, a vehicle on a runway or a closed runway.
The investigation revealed problems with situational awareness and self-separation techniques under instrument flight rules. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommended mandatory use of airborne collision avoidance systems by aircraft with 10 seats to 30 seats in regular public transport operations.
Universally recommended practices for fueling transport aircraft have helped to maintain a low incidence of jet-fuel fires on airport ramps. Despite the few accidents on record, complacency, poor training, inadequate compliance with procedures or neglected maintenance can cause serious consequences.
U.S. Security Screeners Must Improve Performance at Airport Checkpoints 8 pages. [PDF 73K]
A study of security-screening practices at airports in Belgium, Canada, France, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States said that aptitude, job qualifications, pay and training influence screeners’ effectiveness in detecting hazardous items in carry-on baggage.