Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8, Philadelphia, Nov. 16, 2008–The nosegear of the Piedmont Dash 8 failed to extend on approach to Philadelphia International Airport and the crew made a go-around to try to get it down. Unable to correct the problem by performing the alternate landing gear extension procedure, the crew landed on the main gear and attempted to delay the nose from touching down until the slowest speed possible.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
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Construcciones Aeronauticas SA CASA 212-200, Toksook Bay, Alaska, Nov. 1, 2008–The Arctic Transportation Services CASA 212 made a forced landing on the tundra when the captain was unable to maintain altitude after the right engine experienced a problem. The airplane was on a VFR approach to Toksook Bay, when the copilot added power. The right engine failed to respond, and the aircraft yawed right.
Project Phoenix, which is offering Bombardier CRJs reconfigured as business jets, has concluded an agreement with MedAire that will see aircraft owners being offered a complimentary medical package, including a one-year subscription to the 24/7 MedLink global response center.
By mid-October, NTSB chairman Ellen Engleman Conners had not yet invited Board members Carol Carmody, Richard Healing and Deborah Hersman to a meeting to discuss their grievances, which they articulated in a late-August letter to the Board chairman.
If business aviation has been sideswiped by the economic mal-aise, it would have been difficult to find evidence of any damage at NBAA’s 14th Annual Schedulers
& Dispatchers Conference. This year’s venue was Anaheim, Calif., home of Disneyland.
The Gulfstream I that crashed on takeoff in Kenya was reportedly over gross weight for the airfield. Killed in the January 24 crash were the country’s labor minister and the two pilots. Nine other passengers were injured.
The spouse of one of the 21 people killed in the January 8 crash of an Air Midwest Beech 1900D in Charlotte, N.C., has filed the first lawsuit in connection with the accident. Filed on behalf of the wife of Stephen DeMartino, the suit names Air Midwest’s parent company, Mesa Air Group, and Raytheon Aerospace, the airline’s maintenance contractor, as defendants.
The pilot of the Raytheon Beech Premier I that overran the runway at Herrera International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on January 7 told the NTSB that after making a “normal approach and landing” the lift dump spoilers were activated, “but the system failed.” The airplane hit two vehicles, crossed a road and came to rest inverted. The two pilots and two passengers were not injured.
Federal legislation introduced last month would require surface-to-air missile (SAM) protection, similar to that now used on military transport aircraft, on all of the nearly 7,000 U.S.-registered jet airliners. The bill, coauthored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), directs that installations begin by the end of the year.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed Part 150 noise compatibility program for Toledo Express Airport, Ohio. A public comment period ends March 24. No later than July 22, the FAA is scheduled to approve or disapprove the proposed program. Noise-footprint maps have already been approved. For more information, contact the FAA’s Katherine Jones at (734) 487-7298.