Bombardier Learjet 35, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 28, 2005–The two pilots on board the Learjet were killed when it crashed short of the runway when landing at Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Winds were 20 knots; light rain and mist were reported. The Learjet was on an IFR flight plan from Twin Falls, Idaho. The last radio contact was 15 miles northwest of Truckee.
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.
Bell 206L-4T LongRanger, Mostóles, Spain, Dec. 1, 2005–The Helicopteros del Sureste LongRanger was substantially damaged when it hit a wall while attempting to depart a bull ring in Mostóles in VMC. The pilot and five passengers received minor injuries. The Spanish accident commission is investigating.
Cessna Caravan 208B Portland, Ore., Dec. 24, 2005–Making an intersection takeoff from Runway 21 at Portland International Airport, the FedEx Caravan failed to gain altitude, hit a glideslope antenna and crashed. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The cargo flight was operated by Empire Airline of Hayden, Idaho, and was on an IFR flight plan to Roseburg, Ore.
Embraer EMB-110P1, Orangeburg, S.C., Dec. 9, 2005–The Air Now twin turboprop, which was on a positioning flight, lost power in both engines and crashed into trees during a forced landing near Orangeburg. The aircraft was on an IFR flight plan from Savannah, Ga., to Columbia, S.C., in VMC. The sole-occupant pilot told the NTSB that she had flown the airplane the day before and had ordered fuel on arriving at Savannah.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, Terrace, British Columbia, Dec. 20, 2005–The Nav Air Charter Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, C-FTWO, crashed at 6:34 p.m., soon after takeoff from Terrace Airport, killing the pilot and copilot. The turboprop twin, which was on a commercial courier flight to Vancouver, was destroyed in the crash. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the accident.
Hawker 700, Kharkov, Ukraine, Jan. 2, 2006–The twinjet (Aruba registration P4-AOD) crashed into a frozen lake on approach to Kharkov Airport at 11:16 a.m., approximately one hour after takeoff from Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. All three crewmembers aboard were killed. The Hawker 700 was reportedly operated by Evolga. It was on a positioning flight to pick up passengers.
Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–While the pilot was practicing engine-out approach procedures in VMC, the TBM 700, registered to Socata Aircraft of Pembroke Pines, Fla., crashed on approach to Gen. William J. Fox Airport. Damage to the airplane was substantial, but only one of the two crewmembers received minor injuries. The turboprop single was on an IFR flight plan and had been cleared to land.
Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard, Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 19, 2005–The right wing separated from a Chalk’s Turbo Mallard as it was taking off from Chalk’s Watson Island seaplane base. It plunged into the ocean, and all 20 people on board–18 passengers and two crewmembers–died. A witness said he heard a loud noise, then saw the wing fall off before the amphibious airplane fell into the water in flames.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the Nov. 11, 2005, incident in which a Bahamas-registered Bombardier Challenger 604 lost its autopilot. According to a UK AAIB bulletin, VP-BJM was cruising at FL400 for 4.5 hours on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Farnborough, England, when the crew received an “autopilot pitch trim” caution.
New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules addressing fuel spill prevention in the form of proposed amendments to the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program are lauded as a step in the right direction for the aviation industry, according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Still, the FBO trade group contends the agency’s proposal contains a number of unanswered questions.