Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Benavides, Texas, Oct. 26, 2009–After taking off from Garner Field Airport in Uvalde, Texas, on a Part 91 IFR flight, the King Air (registered to Mazak Properties) crashed during an encounter with severe weather.
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Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Greer, S.C., Nov. 9, 2009–The turboprop twin was substantially damaged and the ATP-rated pilot and two passengers were seriously injured when it crashed on final approach at the end of a maintenance evaluation flight at Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.
Sikorsky S-76C++, Morgan City, La., Jan. 4, 2009–The helicopter was on a Part 135 VFR flight from PHI’s Lake Palourde Heliport to an offshore oil platform when it crashed into a marsh approximately seven minutes after takeoff, killing the two pilots and six of the seven passengers on board.
Bell 206-L4, Sabine Pass, Texas, Dec. 11, 2008–The LongRanger crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, killing the pilot and four passengers, as a result of the commercial pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the water, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the Part 135 flight’s inadvertent encounter with IMC conditions.
Cessna Citation 550, Manteo, N.C., Oct. 1, 2010–After landing at Dare County Regional Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight from Tampa, Fla., the Citation II was substantially damaged when it skidded off the end of Runway 23 and came to rest in Croatan Sound. According to witnesses, the twinjet made a steep approach on landing and touched down with 2,100 feet of runway remaining.
Dornier Do-228-101, Shikharpur, Nepal, Aug. 24, 2010–Heading to the Mount Everest region in heavy rain, the turboprop twin, operated by Agni Air, crashed as the crew attempted to return to Katmandu due to poor weather at the destination. The Dornier was destroyed when it crashed near a remote village and broke into several pieces, killing the three crew and 11 passengers.
Eurocopter AS350B2, Kingfisher, Okla., July 22, 2010–While en route to a patient pickup, the AStar crashed near Kingfisher, Okla., killing the pilot and one of two flight nurses on board, while seriously injuring the other. The helicopter was destroyed. The Part 91 positioning flight was operating in VMC on a VFR flight plan at the time of the accident.
Cessna Citation 501, Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Oct. 6, 2010–The Mexican-registered twinjet vanished from radar soon after takeoff from Minatitlan Airport en route to Veracruz. The Citation I was carrying two crew and six passengers when it disappeared. The next day, the wreckage washed ashore at Coatzacoalcos.
Piaggio Avanti, Clearwater, Fla., Sept. 12, 2010–The turboprop twin was substantially damaged when it made a gear-up landing at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport after an aborted maintenance test flight. According to the NTSB, the pilot reported a problem with the controls and said he believed the gear was deployed as he landed.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Carthage, N.C., Sept. 27, 2010–The light twinjet sustained minor damage at the conclusion of a flight from Raleigh, N.C., when it slid off the runway after landing at Moore County Airport. The Premier came to rest in sand 200 feet beyond the end of the runway. The sole-occupant pilot was uninjured.
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