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Atlas Air 767 down/Texas

Old 2nd Mar 2019, 10:46
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Originally Posted by SRM


Could please explain how leaking toilet water can get into Pitot Static system of the 767 Elevator Feel Computer.
Having recently removed and replaced a faulty Feel Computer and carried pitot static checks on this system I don’t think this is possible.


well, that was the result of the investigation, they did whatever they did to the airplane, and it never happened again..Im just passing along what we were told...apparently it got into the mechanical side of it somehow, but like I said, I'm just passing along what we were debriefed on...I don't remember mentioning the pitot static portion of the system..
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 16:31
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Originally Posted by ironbutt57
at a previous employer we had the elevator feel system freeze due to leaking toilet moisture, and the crew were unable to move the elevators (both columns) during initial level off arriving at destination, they used the stabilizer, after a short while the system unfroze due to warmer air and the airplane returned to ops normal...happened to only one aircraft, twice..system was repaired, never happened again..
I don't know about the BCF, but on the BDSF the lav system is replaced by a stand-alone unit on in right side of the supernumeraries area which has a large diam pipe running down to a service panel on the fwd right side of the lower fuselage.
There is no way water/waste could get near the jack

I assume the BCF has a similar system
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 18:10
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The CVR has arrived at the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Lab. NTSB engineers Sean Payne and Joe Gregor open the shipping cooler.







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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 18:14
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B-roll video of the CVR unpackaging on arrival at the Recorder Lab:

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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 21:06
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The CVR is labelled "Flight Recorder"?
Are both recorders labelled with the same generic name?
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 21:33
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Originally Posted by Rodney Rotorslap
The CVR is labelled "Flight Recorder"?
Are both recorders labelled with the same generic name?
Typically the data plate (visible on the end of the unit in photo 2) will identify the part number and a description of whether it's a CVR and/or FDR.

The high-visibility legend FLIGHT DATA RECORDER DO NOT OPEN / ENREGISTREUR DE VOL NE PAS OUVRIR is there purely for ease of identification by a recovery team, to ensure that it is handled appropriately.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 22:01
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Why do they always transport these things in an esky of water?
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No evidence of a pinger on this unit. Some significant distortion of the case in places. Likely the pinger was knocked off of it during the accident.

Considering how violent some of these accidents are, the general pinger attachment method looks pretty sketchy.

Did they just luck into finding this data unit?
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 22:37
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Why do they always transport these things in an esky of water?
If instruments to be preserved are found immersed, it is good practice to transport them in the same water in which they were found, to delay or prevent corrosion. Corrosion will happen faster when the unit is exposed to air, so best immersed until at the facility which is ready to handle it properly.
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Old 2nd Mar 2019, 22:59
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Originally Posted by gulliBell
Why do they always transport these things in an esky of water?
Originally Posted by Pilot DAR
If instruments to be preserved are found immersed, it is good practice to transport them in the same water in which they were found, to delay or prevent corrosion. Corrosion will happen faster when the unit is exposed to air, so best immersed until at the facility which is ready to handle it properly.
From the NTSB CVR Handbook:

4.5. If the CVR is recovered in water, it shall immediately be packed in water (fresh, if possible) and not be allowed to dry out. Packaging may be accomplished by sealing the recorder (in water) inside a plastic beverage container with silicon [sic] adhesive or a similar sealant.
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No evidence of a pinger on this unit. Some significant distortion of the case in places. Likely the pinger was knocked off of it during the accident.
The pinger is normally removed prior to shipment according to NTSB CVR guidelines:

4.7. The IIC [Investigator-in-Charge] should attempt to ensure that the underwater locator beacon (ULB) is removed and properly disposed of or returned to the operator prior to shipping. If the ULB cannot be disposed of or returned, contact the chief of the Vehicle Recorder Division (RE-40) for guidance.
https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/...R_Handbook.pdf

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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 01:24
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The pinger is normally removed prior to shipment according to NTSB CVR guidelines
Thanks Airbubba. That was a useful reference.
Guess I've seen pictures of too many CVRs being recovered from other countrys' waters.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 10:43
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Presumably, the more rigidly the pinger is attached, the more likely it is to sustain damage -- or to damage the crash-protected part of the recorder itself. A detached pinger would still help locate the wreckage in general (not that they seem to have been too effective in open-ocean crashes recently . . .). So I guess there's a trade off.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 12:17
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Conceivably, the ULB (pinger) is removed to preclude activation during shipment of the recovered FDR/CVR.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 13:06
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Originally Posted by Chu Chu
Presumably, the more rigidly the pinger is attached, the more likely it is to sustain damage -- or to damage the crash-protected part of the recorder itself. A detached pinger would still help locate the wreckage in general (not that they seem to have been too effective in open-ocean crashes recently . . .). So I guess there's a trade off.
No trade-off required.

It's perfectly possible for a pinger to be both securely attached, so that it won't separate from the recorder in an impact, and also readily removable once its job is done and the unit has been recovered (note the 4 Allen screws):


The pinger is, of course, externally mounted so that its batteries can be changed without having to open up the recorder itself.
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Remains of all three crewmembers have now been officially identified.

From the CCSO Facebook page:

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports that at 6:05 p.m. today he received notification confirming the identity of Captain Ricky Blakely, 60, recovered in Trinity Bay from the crash of flight 3591.

Chambers County Sheriff’s Office extends their heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and coworkers.
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The pinger is, of course, externally mounted so that its batteries can be changed without having to open up the recorder itself.
That is one of the advantages of course.
Ultimately, whatever mount used has to allow the pinger/ULD to couple acoustic energy effectively into the water.

I suppose that the CVR/FDR recorder manufacturers have tested the mounting technique under dynamic conditions, however the use of what visually appears to be 1/4 inch or 5-6 mm Allen head screws seems weak should the mount receives a blow in the direction of the pinger axis.
I have sheared plenty of 1/4 inch hardware in my life, and going up at least one hardware size would significantly improve strength of the mounting.

One of the AF447 pingers was knocked off its mounts. Neither was detected. That was not a very high energy impact as crash energies go.
Lessons learned from the AF447 search
What we discovered is that you are dealing with a lot of uncertain information in such a search operation. You cannot count on the pingers: after a crash it is always unclear if they are going to work. They towed the pinger locators right over the wreck shortly after the crash, and they didn’t hear anything. When the black boxes were found, only one pinger was still attached. The other one was never found.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 18:18
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FDR now found according to NTSB.
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 18:23
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 18:50
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Pinger ?

Fresh from the accident scene, muddy, without a pinger attached.
Somehow, I don't think they were keeping an Allen wrench handy to immediately remove the pinger as soon as the unit was discovered.
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Originally Posted by Machinbird
Fresh from the accident scene, muddy, without a pinger attached.
Somehow, I don't think they were keeping an Allen wrench handy to immediately remove the pinger as soon as the unit was discovered.
I don't see any reason why a team looking specifically for the FDR shouldn't have the (simple) means to remove the pinger, given that that's SOP.

Maybe they didn't need it, maybe they did.
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