The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch has launched a formal investigation into the factors leading to the February 5 overrun of a German-registered Challenger 604, D-ABCD, at London Luton Airport. Operated by Cirrus Aviation, a Lufthansa partner carrier, the flight originated from Geneva and was carrying three crew and one passenger. There were no injuries to the occupants and no significant damage to the aircraft.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
A Tri-Coastal Airlines Metro crashed in a “nose-down, near-vertical attitude” near Paris, Tenn., while on a cargo flight from Dayton, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, on February 8. The sole-occupant pilot was killed.
In an unusual move, Air Tractor has established a college education fund for children of pilots who are killed in accidents involving the company’s aerial application aircraft. The fund is being financed from the profit on sales of Air Tractor replacement batteries. According to a company executive in Olney, Texas, there has been an average of five to six fatal accidents annually in the last five years.
All six people aboard a King Air 200 that crashed in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on February 3 were killed. Witnesses told the NTSB that N266EB, operating under Part 91, had made an initial approach to Runway 23 at Grand Strand Airport and “fishtailed” about 20 feet above the runway.
The pilot of a Bombardier Challenger 600 that was substantially damaged during a hard landing on Runway 15 at Aspen, Colo., on February 9, told the NTSB that the airplane encountered wake vortices from a BAe 146 that had just taken off from Runway 33. According to the pilot, at 50 feet agl the airplane rolled hard to the left. He added power and the twinjet rolled hard to the right.
At press time, investigators near the town of Boushin in northern Iraq discovered the site where a Citation I/SP crashed on February 16. The accident killed all four passengers and two crew aboard. The twinjet (D-IMRX, S/N 688) was operated by Lech Air. It was on a flight to Iraq from Azerbaijan. There were no immediate indications that the aircraft was shot down.
A New Jersey man was sentenced last month to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to shining a handheld laser, first into the cockpit of a Citation landing at Teterboro Airport and again later at a helicopter that was searching for the source of the first incident. Under the Patriot Act, 39-year-old David Banach could have received a 20-year jail term.
Concerned about the growing number of Cessna 208 Caravan icing accidents, aviation authorities in the U.S. and Canada have issued a bevy of new recommendations, airworthiness directives and restrictions. Caravans continue to be plagued by icing accidents–more than 34 to date– and the number of lawsuits against the manufacturer is mounting.
A proposed AD is aimed at owners of the Sandel ST3400 terrain awareness and warning system/radio magnetic indicator (TAWS/RMI). The action was prompted by a report of in-flight bearing anomaly caused by input signal fault and software error. The FAA wants owners of ST3400s to install new software and placard the system until the upgrade is installed. Comments on the proposed AD are due by April 24.
The FAA last month issued AD 2006-06-06, the result of further icing accidents and incidents involving the Cessna Caravan, flight manual revisions that contain erroneous data and the outcome of recent flight tests. The directive supersedes AD 2005-07-01, issued in March last year. The FAA said that flight manual revisions issued on Dec.