Eclipse EA500, Rockford, Ill., July 17, 2008–The North American Jet Charter Eclipse was on an IFR flight when the pilots reduced power to enter a cloud deck. As the Eclipse entered the clouds, the crew said the airplane buffeted “slightly” and they heard a “loud bang and short rumble” from the left rear of the airplane.
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Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier I, Lewistown, Mo., Dec. 23, 2008–The Premier I, registered to CNS of La Belle, Mo., ran off the runway on landing at Sharpe Farms Airport, causing substantial damage. There were no injuries.
Piper PA-42-720 Cheyenne III, Konigstein, Germany, Jan. 19, 2009–The pilot of the HeilFlight Flugschule Flugbetrieb Cheyenne was killed and the airplane destroyed when it crashed under unknown circumstances. The flight from Frankfurt/Main was en route to Bad Nauheim in IFR conditions. The German BFU is investigating.
Bombardier CRJ200, Tallahassee, Fla., March 1, 2009–The ASA Airlines regional jet had a cockpit fire after external power was applied as the airplane was being prepared for flight. The captain and a flight attendant, the only occupants, evacuated the airplane via an airstair without injuries. The fire department extinguished the fire after it had burned an 18-inch hole through the left upper cockpit crown skin.
McDonnell Douglas MD 600, San Clemente, Calif., Feb. 19, 2009– The U.S. Customs and Border Protection MD 600 autorotated to a forced landing on the beach after the crew heard a loud “bang” and warning lights came on. A main rotor blade severed the tail boom. Examination of the engine showed that both engine chip detector plugs were contaminated with metal particles. The No. 4 turbine wheel was damaged.
Sikorsky S-76C++, Morgan City, La., Jan. 4, 2009–The NTSB has released further information about the PHI S-76 crash that killed eight people. A swab taken from the pilot’s-side windshield, which was fractured, was sent to the Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Lab, which found microscopic remains of a hawk.
Aircraft operators have until May 30 to comment on the new air operations requirements (Notice of Proposed Amendment 2009-2) being introduced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Times are tough and layoffs are widespread. Two companies are offering innovative ways to help people seeking jobs in aviation.
Steven Chealander, the public face of the NTSB during press conferences following the February 12 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, has left the safety agency and joined Airbus Americas.
Continuing a shuffle of executive positions in the agency’s aviation safety organization, which began with the retirement of Nick Sabatini and others, acting FAA Administrator Lynne Osmus officially named Peggy Gilligan associate administrator for aviation safety, succeeding Sabatini.