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Helios Flight 522- 6 Years Today  
User currently offlinelmml 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2566 posts, RR: 6
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6600 times:

In remembrance of the 115 pax and 6 crew who perished in the Helios B733 crash on 14 Aug 2005.

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User currently offlineShnoob940 From Australia, joined Sep 2008, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6522 times:

RIP to all who passed away. I still remember waking up to that news.

A319 A320 A321 A332 A333 A359 A388 733 734 735 737 738 739 743 744 762 763 772 77E 773 77W 788 789 E170 E190 Q400 AT7 DH
User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13860 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 6289 times:

What a horrible crash this was, I recall the reporting of it shortly after it occurred. How the a/c got into this situation as well why is very interesting. It was foruntate that the a/c crashed in an area of few people.

From it did come changes in the warning systems on 737's as to pressurization systems (although not due to be done to all a/c by 2014) and some changes in CRM. There were also failures to properly do the check list which would have noted the incorrect position of the pressurization system control in manual vs. auto after it was not reset after a repair/check of the system. There was a misunderstanding of the warnings and of the pilots to put on their O2 supply when there are any questions of the status of the pressurization system. The apparent leaving of the CP from his seat to check if a circuit breaker or some other problem existed and without O2 compounded the problem. This crash also pointed out some flaws in modern autopilot systems, that despite a depressurization or non-pressurization status, it kept the a/c flying until it ran out of fuel. Perhaps there should have been or should be some way the autopilot partially shuts down and gives warnings if a depressurization or non-pressurization condition, even to the point of pushing the a/c down to a safe altitude before the pilots can react and before they pass out from lack of O2.

User currently offlineCYatUK From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 812 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6138 times:

In Cyprus, five people are trialled in connection with the crash and the next hearing, before the Nicosia Assize Court, is scheduled for 12 September 2011.

The defendants in the trial are former chief pilot Ianko Stoimenov, Andreas Drakos, chairman of the board of Helios, Demetris Pantazis, chief executive officer, Giorgos Kikidis, operations manager for the airline and Helios Airways as a legal entity.

The defendants face charges of manslaughter and of causing the death of 119 people (121 minus the two pilots) through a reckless act.

User currently offlineScottishDavie From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2011, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5628 times:

Quoting CYatUK (Reply 3):
minus the two pilots


User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1046 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5427 times:

I guess because the pilots were the only ones who stood a chance of preventing the crash? Not sure really. Of all crashes in recent years this one sticks with me and many of my friends the most, likely due to the whole "ghost plane" aspect of the crash. RIP to all.

Give me a mile of road and I can take you a mile. Give me a mile of runway and I can show you the world.
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