Gerry Garapich and fellow passenger Bob Powelson are recovering from the injuries they sustained on May 5 during a rough landing at North Las Vegas Airport. Garapich had to take over flying a Twin Commander turboprop after their friend (and the airplane’s pilot) suffered an apparent heart attack (and later died).
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.
General aviation pilots who report weather encounters to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) between April and September might receive a follow-up request to participate in a voluntary written survey. ASRS officials will use the survey to generate a special study to gain data for developing preventive measures.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is calling for FBOs to speak out on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) spill-containment rules for refueling trucks.
NTSB public hearings are scheduled to take place June 13 to 15 on the crash of a Pinnacle Airlines Bombardier CL-600 regional jet in Jefferson City, Mo., on October 14 last year. The two crewmembers were killed. There were no passengers on board and no injuries on the ground. The flight was repositioning from Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis-St. Paul when it lost power in both engines at FL410.
General aviation’s quest to return to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) sustained a blow last month when two Pennsylvania pilots caused another panicked evacuation of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Their Cessna 150 flew to within three miles of the White House.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19 CRJ, West Grove, Pa., Oct. 17, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the separation of the exhaust nozzle due to inadequately designed attachment hardware.
Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–The NTSB said the USA Jet Airlines Falcon accident was caused by the “ingestion of multiple birds in each engine at takeoff, which resulted in a complete loss of engine power.” Falcon 821AA was taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport when a flock of birds flew into both engines.
Swearingen SA-226TC, Denver, April 5, 2006–The NTSB blamed the accident on the failure of the elevator down cable due to improper routing. A factor was the improper inspection of the elevator cable by maintenance personnel. The installation caused the cable to wear against a guide until it failed.
Socata TBM 700B, Mobile, Ala., April 24, 2003–On approach to Mobile Downtown Airport, the pilot of TBM N705QD said he had a “runawayengine.” The ground controller cleared the airplane to land on Runway 18.
Cessna 441 Conquest, Vestavia Hills, Ala., Dec. 10, 2003–On an IFR flight from Birmingham, Ala., to Venice, Fla., Conquest N441W reached 6,300 feet in its climb to 10,000 feet when it began to lose altitude and deviate from course. Declaring a Mayday, the pilot reported the airplane was in a spin. Several witnesses near the accident site reported seeing the airplane descend from the clouds in a nose-down spiral.