CESSNA 208 CARAVAN, BESSEMER, ALA., DEC. 1, 2001–Air Carriers Fastcheck air taxi (cargo) Caravan was on approach in IMC to its home base at Bessemer (Ala.) Airport when it crashed under unknown circumstances and was destroyed. The two pilots were killed. A special weather report indicated visibility was a quarter mile in showers. The airplane was on an eight-mile final at the time of the last radio communication with ATC.
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DASSAULT FALCON 10, LAWRENCE, KAN., DEC. 9, 2001–The nose of a 1984 Falcon 10 (N202DN) suddenly pitched down while flaring to land at Lawrence Municipal Airport and the aircraft slammed onto the runway. The jet suffered substantial damage but there were no reported injuries to the occupants. The twinjet was registered to Air Del, Inc. of Jackson, Miss.
LEARJET 24D, EL PASO, TEXAS, DEC. 10, 2001–Two pilots, the only occupants, were killed when their Learjet 24D (N997TD) crashed in a remote desert area at about 6:30 p.m. and was destroyed while nearing El Paso International Airport on an IFR flight plan from Harlingen, Texas.
BEECH 1900D, ROCHESTER, N.Y., JUNE 3, 2000–The Safety Board determined probable cause for a gear-up landing by a CommutAir Beech 1900D during a regularly scheduled flight. According to the NTSB, “The reversal of landing gear hydraulic lines by company maintenance personnel [caused the failure].
PIPER CHEYENNE, GRAHAM, TEXAS, NOV. 12, 2001–Three passengers and the pilot died when the turboprop crashed while on approach in night IMC. Preliminary weather reports gathered from Mineral Wells, Texas, the nearest reporting station some 32 mi southeast, showed clouds at 600 ft broken, 7,000 ft broken, four miles visibility in mist, temperature 15 deg C, dew point 14 deg C and winds 140 deg at eight knots.
MOUNT GAMBIER, AUSTRALIA, DEC. 10, 2001–The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash of a King Air 200C (VH-FMN) that killed the pilot and seriously injured the flight nurse.
LEARJET 25B, PITTSBURGH, PA., NOV. 22, 2001–On Thanksgiving Day a business jet owned by Universal Jet Aviation crashed while on takeoff. The two pilots on board were headed home to Florida’s Boca Raton Airport (BCT) in clear skies and good visibility. Airborne for mere moments, the Learjet ran off the left side of Runway 28L and burst into flames, killing both pilots.
As the first session of the 107th Congress wound down, the wonderful days of bipartisan behavior that followed September 11 gave way to partisan bickering over what the country needed by way of legislation. Democrat leadership in the Senate lacked the inclination to press forward on bills related to economic stimulus, defense spending and energy and turned the Senate’s attention to a railroad pension bill and a farm bill.
The National Convective Weather Forecast (NCWF), which combines National Weather Service (NWS) radar mosaics and cloud-to-ground lightning data into a
six-color hazardous weather depiction, is now available on the Internet and the NWS information networks.
Although the Commission on the Future of the United States Aerospace Industry was created by Congress long before September 11, a Bush Administration official said the terrorist attacks served to highlight previously existing deficiencies in the U.S. aerospace industry.
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