PIPER PA-31T CHEYENNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, JULY 28, 2004–The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash of a Cheyenne that was destroyed when it crashed in rugged terrain approximately 18 nm from Benalla Airport, Victoria. The accident occurred during a GPS approach to the airport in low clouds and rain. All six occupants were killed. The cross-country flight originated from Bankstown Airport, Sydney.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR A90, PENSACOLA, FLA., AUG. 17, 2004–Taking off from Pensacola Regional for a post-maintenance test flight, Eclipse Enterprises’ King Air N45TT suddenly returned to the airport and crashed on the runway. The pilot and passenger were uninjured but the airplane was severely damaged. According to a Pensacola News Journal report, a witness on the airport heard a loud “pop” as the airplane climbed out.
BELL 407, BATTLE MOUNTAIN, NEV., AUG. 21, 2004–At 11:58 p.m., an Access Air Ambulance Bell 407, N2YN, crashed in rugged mountainous terrain about 27 nm southwest of Battle Mountain. The ATP pilot, the two medical crewmembers, an infant patient and the patient’s mother were killed and the helicopter destroyed. The patient was being flown from Battle Mountain Hospital to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
The Malaysian government’s decision to ground a fleet of helicopters belonging
to state-owned operator Hornbill Skyways has disrupted life in Sarawak, Borneo. The Malaysian government issued the order at the beginning of last month, after Sarawak’s second helicopter accident in two months claimed the lives of four people on board a Hornbill Bell 206 JetRanger.
It was 4:45 p.m. on the back nine of a long day. Frankly, I was a bit concerned that I’d embarrass myself taking the King Schools online RVSM pilot’s training course. The $199 course meets FAA requirements for the crew training portion of RVSM certification. John King told me that I should be able to complete it in an hour or less,
but I was skeptical.
Business aviation may win a few more converts as a result of the most recent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) edict expanding the use of manual pat-down searches during “secondary” screening.
Alteon, Boeing’s aviation training arm, last month opened a major facility at London Gatwick Airport. The 53,000-sq-ft facility will provide pilot and flight attendant training initially on simulators for the Boeing 737 and 757 and the Airbus A320. The center will also become the headquarters of Jeppesen UK and its international trip planning services.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the UK’s Department of Transport implicated jet lag and over-the-counter drugs in the crash of Bombardier Challenger 604 N90AG, in Birmingham, England, on Jan. 4, 2002. The failure of the impaired crew, which had taken antihistamines the night before, to have the airplane de-iced before takeoff may have caused the jet’s stall, roll to the left and crash on takeoff, concluded the DoT.
The NTSB last month issued a probable cause for the crash of
a Colgan Air Beech 1900 that killed two pilots during a ferry
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)–with the assistance of the general aviation industry–is developing a Transportation Risk Assessment and Vulnerability Evaluation Tool that will allow general aviation airport operators to assess the vulnerability to terrorism of their individual facilities and respond accordingly.