Bombardier Learjet 55, Van Nuys, Calif., July 15, 2006–Learjet N554CL, operated by Clay Lacy Aviation, suffered an in-flight fire while on approach to Van Nuys. The crew reported that the airplane had not “cooled off” during the flight from Las Vegas. When the airplane was about 500 feet above the runway, the bleed air r and emer press annunciator lights illuminated.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Bell 206B JetRanger II, Walford, Iowa, June 30, 2006–A cameraman was killed during the shooting of a movie when the JetRanger used for the filming hit powerlines. The commercial pilot and a movie producer were seriously injured and the helicopter was destroyed. Weather was VMC and no flight plan was filed.
Bringing new meaning to “crash ’n’ dash,” a Boeing 737 suffered damage during a go-around at the attempted conclusion of a night freight flight from Liege, Belgium, to London Stansted on June 15. The airplane was operated by TNT.
Do not fly any more illegal charters.
That is what the FAA, since March 2 last year, has attempted to tell Platinum Jet Management of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Finally, on June 12, the Department of Transportation issued a consent order in which Platinum Jet agreed to stop flying illegal charters, without admitting that it had broken any laws.
Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn’t disclose what he alleges is the twinjet’s high susceptibility to icing. Wicksell was the copilot of the Challenger 601 involved in the fatal crash at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado on Nov. 28, 2004.
The pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2 that crashed shortly after takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro (Ore.) Airport in May last year had falsified his records, according to the NTSB. After the accident, which killed all four aboard, the NTSB found two sets of FAA records, the first for Michael McCartney, whose Social Security Number ended in 0866.
Despite a rash of accidents in June involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes, there were fewer fatalities in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. However, the number of fatal accidents involving U.S.-owned business jets increased and those involving business turboprops remained unchanged.
The NTSB has started an investigation into the fatal July 19 crash of Citation 560 N636SE near Cresco, Iowa. The two pilots–Clyde Lewis and William Eisner–were killed and the two passengers were injured. The jet was on an IFR flight plan from Oxford, Miss., to Rochester, Minn.
On July 25 at about 4:05 p.m. local time, the sole Spectrum 33 prototype crashed on the side of the runway while taking off from Spanish Fork Airport, Utah, on what was to be a routine test flight. According to a company spokesman, the two crewmembers–Spectrum director of flight operations Glenn Maben and vice director Nathan Forrest–were killed in the accident. The crash and ensuing fire destroyed the
Aerospace Products International (API), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has opened a distribution and logistics center on London’s Luton Airport. It has developed 7,000 sq ft of space for storage and has the capacity to expand to 14,000 sq ft to meet demand. It is the company’s first dedicated operation in Europe.