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Safety report swept under carpet. A Danish Aviation Authority report about the standard of repairs by SAS-mechanics was hushed up after an accident at Copenhagen airport last year. The Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidene has obtained access to email correspondence between the Head of the Authority’s central office, Per Udsen, and his superiors. On several occasions, he blames the sub-standard repair to two safety valves in the landing gear as being the cause of the emergency landing at Kastrup on 27 October 2007.Irrelevant

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Safety report swept under carpet

Published on Monday, 23rd February, 2009 at 07:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 27th February 2009 at 19:47.

A Danish Aviation Authority report about the standard of repairs by SAS-mechanics was hushed up after an accident at Copenhagen airport last year.

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Photo: Ian Bracegirdle photography/IStockphoto


Slovenly work

The Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidene has obtained access to email correspondence between the Head of the Authority’s central office, Per Udsen, and his superiors.

On several occasions, he blames the sub-standard repair to two safety valves in the landing gear as being the cause of the emergency landing at Kastrup on 27 October 2007.

Irrelevant

At the end of January 2008, Udsen’s expert assessment was, meanwhile, disregarded. The Authority’s technical director, Per Veingberg, is reported as writing that

“Your personal attitudes regarding this matter are of no interest to us.”

Shortly afterwards, Udsen resigned from his post in the company.

Not to blame

The Authority has put accountability for the crash on Bombardier, the Canadian manufacturers of the plane. Although they have accepted blame for two other crashes that have occurred, they deny being responsible for this one.

Meanwhile, SAS accepts no criticism either.

“We have followed all the rules to a T”, said their director of communications, Claus Sonberg to NTB.

The commission also supports this. According to their air-crash inspector, Kurt Færch Madsen, it was not possible that the mechanics in SAS could have carried out a shoddy job.

“Perhaps the rules regarding the replacement of the safety valves were unclear”.

The flight between Bergen and Copenhagen was carrying 40 passengers and had a crew of four on board, when the right landing-wheel failed to lock into position. After having circled over the airport for almost two hours it tipped over on its side immediately after landing, and slid off the runway. Nobody was hurt.



Published on Monday, 23rd February, 2009 at 07:01 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 27th February 2009 at 19:47.

This post has the following tags: dash-8, copenhagen, airport, bergen, sas.





  
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