Cessna 208 Caravan, Cuenca, Ecuador, March 24, 2006–An Ecuadorian-registered Cessna Caravan, operated by Atesa Aero Taxis Ecuatorianos, lost power and crashed on departure from Cuenca Airport in VMC. The airplane was substantially damaged and five passengers were killed. The commercial pilot, the ATP-rated copilot and seven passengers were seriously injured.
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Eurocopter AS 350-B2 AStar, Jasper, Ala., Dec. 22, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain a visual lookout and proper altitude clearance during a low-level flight.
Bombardier Challenger 600, Snow Hill, Va., July 21, 2004–According to the NTSB, excessive maneuvering was the cause of an incident that resulted in a flight attendant’s falling and breaking her ankle. Following a traffic advisory from the Challenger’s traffic alert and collision avoidance system and an aural resolution advisory warning to climb, the copilot turned off the autopilot and started to climb at 1,500 fpm.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Philadelphia, Nov. 30, 2004–The cause of the collision was “the failure of the ground controller to coordinate the runway crossing of a maintenance tug with the local controller,” the Safety Board concluded. The ground controller cleared the Epps Air Service MU-2 to taxi to Runway 35 and a minute later cleared a maintenance tug towing an MD-80 to taxi from the same ramp to the far side of Runway 35.
British Aerospace Hawker 700, Teterboro, N.J., March 8, 2005–The NTSB blamed the overrun on the pilot-in-command’s inadequate in-flight planning for landing on a contaminated runway. The Board cited inadequate crew coordination, gusty winds and a slush-covered runway as factors.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Brevig Mission, Alaska, Dec. 19, 2005–Turning to back-taxi after landing on the snow-covered gravel Runway 4 at Brevig Mission, the Caravan’s pilot failed to compensate for the crosswind, which caused the left wing to hit the ground, said the NTSB.
Gulfstream GV, Hillsboro, Ore., Nov. 21, 2005–The NTSB attributed the accident to the failure of the right main landing gear door uplock linkage actuator due to corrosion, which resulted in the jamming. After takeoff from Portland-Hillsboro Airport, the pilot of the Nike GV raised the landing gear but the right main landing gear door did not retract. He cycled the gear and the right gear jammed half down.
Learjet 35A, Eagle, Colo., July 15, 2005– The NTSB determined that the cause of the overrun was the pilot’s improper flare, resulting in a hard landing and fractured nose-gear attachment and subsequent loss of control. High speed on approach, improper planning and decision and the pilot’s inability to maintain directional control after the gear failure were factors.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Englewood, Colo., Dec. 10, 2004–The Flight Line MU-2, operated as American Check 900 (ACT 900), lost control while maneuvering near Centennial Airport (APA), Englewood, and was destroyed when it crashed in night IMC. The ATP-rated pilot and commercial-rated passenger were killed.
Learjet 24B, Helendale, Calif., Dec. 23, 2003–According to the NTSB, the Pavair Learjet, on an IFR flight plan from San Bernardino County Airport (CNO) in Chino, Calif., to Hailey, Idaho, “departed controlled flight” and crashed.