On June 19, 2005 at 0435 in the morning Tehran local time, Northwest Airlines Flight 41 made an emergency landing at the Meherabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran, the first American air carrier to land in Iran in 26 years. Iran is considered to be a hostile country by the US Government and relations between the two countries are poor.
NWA Flight 41 was operated with a DC-10 EER aircraft, Ship No. 1243, from Bombay to Amsterdam on June 19, 2005. After a climb through moderate turbulence, he flight was being operated under normal conditions at FL320, at night, in VMC conditions, with smooth air, and no extenuating weather or mechanical conditions. The flight was southeast of Dobas intersection on airway UL124 at approximately 2240z. The Captain noticed a momentary illumination of the forward Master Warning light. All cockpit indications were confirmed to be normal. After several further momentary illuminations it was determined that the nature of the Master Warning light illumination was the Aft Cargo Fire-Warning Indicator.
The flight diverted to Tehran, the captial of Iran due to an aft cargo fire warning. The resulting maintenance issues were resolved, and operational requirements were addressed on the ground in Tehran, the flight departed and continued safely to Amsterdam.
Captain Bo Corby tells the story of Flight 41 in detail. For that reason, and as a matter of making a permanent record to aviation safety, we have not edited that part of the audio. It is a magnificent example of teamwork, communication and resolve – despite NWA operations telling the crew that “they were on their own”.
The incident woke up the President. It was a matter of interest to the FBI, and it is remembered as an incident of national interest.
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Pictures of NWA Flight 41
|Routing of Flight (large)||Dobas Intersection (large)||Point of Diversion (large)|
Approach & Airport Information
|ILS Rwy 29L (large)||Pax & Inspection (large)||Taxi Info (large)|
The People of NWA Flight 41
|Captain & Crew||Helpful Iranians||Bo & Mr. Akbari|
|One hour prior to push||Taxi out||Leaving Iran|
About Captain Bo Corby
Bo has worked for a number of airlines and has flown everything from the Beech 18 to the Boeing 747 – including about every Boeing and Douglas aircraft in between. He is an accomplished Check Airman with a career in numerous management and safety roles – including heading up a number of CRM initiatives. Most recently, he worked on the Boeing 787 training program.
Captain G.W. “Bo” Corby is a 1969 graduate of Parks College of Aeronautical Technology of St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
Captain Corby began his aviation career as a Flight Crew Instructor for the Boeing Company, followed by 3 years in the Middle East as a pilot/flight engineer for several airlines, returning to the U.S. in 1977 as a pilot for Hughes Airwest in San Mateo, California. Hughes Airwest later merged with Republic Airlines and eventually Northwest Airlines (NWA). At NWA, he served as NWA ALPA Training Committee Chairman and in this position participated as one of 3 Board Members on the Pilot Training Review Board at NWA. This Board evaluated issues in the NWA training department relating to pilot training deficiencies. He retired from NWA in 2006.
In addition to his airline career, Captain Corby founded and operated Simulator Training, Inc., an FAR 142 Training Center operating its own B-727, B-737 and Lockheed Electra L-188 Full Flight Simulators, providing training services to airlines, individuals and governments, worldwide. During the same period, Captain Corby owned and operated Noland Decoto Flying Service in Yakima WA, a full service Fixed Base Operation, providing the local community with aircraft charter services and flight training under FAR 61 and 141.He currently resides in Seattle, Washington and works as a Corporate Aviation Department Manager and pilot for a Seattle family.
This is the first time Bo has shared his story that remains undocumented despite its significance to aviation safety. We thank Bo for his time and willingness to share his unique experience.
IT/EFB Symposium Singapore
Ken attended an EFB symposium in Singapore. The purpose of the visit was to raise airline (management) awareness of the significance of EFB technology into the flight deck and cabin. Ken discusses the conference briefly. We plan on a technical episode that will address the significant cost advantages of the latest technologies in a later episode.
QF32 Uncontained Engine Failure
We briefly talk about the uncontained engine failure of QF32, an Airbus A380 bound for Sydney from Singapore. We didn’t consider it appropriate to talk in depth considering the lack of quality information and the early stage of the formal investigation. We have planned a panel discussion with leading authorities but we’ll refrain from recording until more is known. We had a gentleman from the Australian Engineers’ Association contact us but we declined.
A few images of Qantas Airbus A380, Flight QF32
A note on audio quality
We trialled a number of microphones during the recording in this session so you will hear a variation in audio quality from time-to-time. We’re all on PR40’s from episode 5.
Qantas 90th Anniversary Celebrations
The Qantas 90th anniversary celebrations were somewhat shadowed by QF32 and the failure of a 747 the following day. We play a short (poor quality) recording with Alan Joyce (Qantas CEO) and actor John Travolta. Thanks to Will from the Flight Global ‘Wings Down Under’ blog for providing this audio (we didn’t get our recorder on the podium in time!). You can view some pictures from the day on our Facebook page (are you a ‘fan‘ yet?)
Qantas’ 90th Anniversary Staff Open Day in Sydney
Boeing 777 Simulator Giveaway
We have a 1-hour ride in the Flight City Boeing 777 simulator at Jandakot, Perth, worth $275, to give away every podcast between now and Christmas. All you have to do is email us an idea for the podcast to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s in Perth, Australia, so you’ll have to make your own way there. If you live in Perth, please let us know in your email to us.
Boeing 777 Flight City, Perth
We’ll be talking to Richard from Flight City in an upcoming episode
Next week: John King
John King of King Schools has been an aviation safety advocate all his flying life. He and Martha have had a hand in training 50% of the pilots in the USA in one way or another. We talk to John about the ‘potholes’ in aviation safety, risk management and a range of other general aviation topics.
Flight Podcast “Extras”
You may remember that we promised additional audio for Eric Moody and Andy Thorley. Well, we haven’t forgotten – it’s coming soon… but we have changed our style of editing so we can get it to you sooner. If you’re interested in a little more of our Bo Corby interview, you can download it here or play it below.. The audio includes the full unedited audio of Alan Joyce and John Travolta.
Episode 4 Extras:
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00:00:00 – Introduction
00:01:17 – Bo Corby Introduction
00:01:46 – Bo Corby & NWA Flight 41
00:43:18 – Intermission! Flaps Podcast Promo
00:45:38 – Bo Corby Resumes
00:51:20 – Podcasters Emporium Promo | Advert: FlightCity.com.au
00:52:21 – Post Bo Corby Discussion & Questions
01:18:36 – End of Bo Corby Discussion
01:18:36 – John King Promo
01:21:52 – Ken thanking Bo
01:22:24 – IT/EFB Symposium Singapore
01:24:21 – QF32 Uncontained Engine Failure
→ 01:25:02 QF32 Captain’s in-flight cabin announcement
→ 01:29:05 Alan Joyce (QF CEO) Press Conference
→ 01:30:14 John Travolta (QF Press Conference)
01:33:02 – Exit
01:34:52 – Disclaimer
01:35:15 – Bloopers
01:37:25 – End
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