The two pilots and 10 passengers were rescued September 7 when a 1979 S-76 operated by Houston Helicopters crashed into the water, caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, about 23 miles south of Sabine, Texas. The twin-turbine helicopter was en route to Sabine Pass, Texas, when it went down. Reported weather at the time of the accident was wind 080 at 15 knots, visibility 10 miles.
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.
Cessna has selected FlightSafety International (FSI) to provide training for pilots and mechanics of the Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ), and the training firm will design and build two full-flight simulators and two avionics training devices.
Beech King Air 200, Bay View, Texas, Dec. 10, 2004–Losing control during takeoff from the Rancho Buena Vista Airport, the Charter One King Air crashed into trees.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bellevue, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2004–The NTSB blamed the fatal accident of the Salmon Air Caravan on the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control while on approach for landing in icing conditions. Inadequate airspeed was a factor.
Learjet 25B, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2004–The NTSB blamed the accident on loss of directional control due to the failure of the nosegear strut seal, which prevented the gear from centering. It also mentioned as a factor the berm with which the airplane collided.
Beech King Air C90A, Salt Lake City, Dec. 18, 2004–The NTSB said the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to obtain/ maintain a proper climb rate after takeoff and his premature initiation of the turn (low-altitude flight maneuver).
Rockwell International NA-265-80 Sabreliner, Brownwood, Texas, May 9, 2005–The NTSB blamed bird ingestion for the damage to the first-stage compressor of the Sabreliner’s left engine that caused loss of thrust. The incident happened during the takeoff roll, just after V1.
Agusta 109A II, Shoreline, Wash., Sept. 30, 2005–The three crewmembers on board were killed when Agusta N655GS crashed while returning to base. The aircraft, headed for Arlington, Wash., was registered to Ameritech Credit and SBC Capital Services of Hoffman Estates, Ill., was also listed in the FAA Registry. The wreckage was located half a mile offshore.
Raytheon Premier I, Rockland, Maine, Sept. 14, 2005–The landing gear of the Premier I, registered to JIK, of Mission Lakes, Wilmington, Del., collapsed into the right wing during a hard landing at Rockland. No injuries were reported.
Sikorsky S-76, Tallinn, Estonia, Aug. 10, 2005– After taking off from Tallinn, en route to Helsinki, Finland, the Copterline S-76, with two crewmembers and carrying 12 passengers, crashed into the Baltic Sea approximately three miles off the coast. All aboard were killed and the helicopter was destroyed. Gusty conditions were reported.