Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Englewood, Colo., Dec. 10, 2004–According to the NTSB, the MU-2 crashed because of the pilot’s failure to maintain minimum controllable airspeed during the night visual approach. A contributing factor was the precautionary shutdown of the left engine for undetermined reasons.
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MD Helicopters MD 900, Mesa, Ariz., Sept. 8, 2004–The NTSB attributes the accident during the test flight to the fracture of a tension-torsion strap in the fan because of progressive fiber failure of the composite material from compression and/or transverse shear stresses with repeated manipulation of the antitorque control pedals without the fan operating at full rpm.
Raytheon Beech King Air E90, New Roads, La., June 23, 2005–The 4,000-hour pilot of King Air N62BL was attempting a go-around at False River Regional Airport, near New Roads, when he lost control and the airplane crashed. It was destroyed and the instrument-rated private pilot and all four passengers were killed. The pilot had filed an IFR flight plan for the flight from Jonesboro, Ark., to False River, and weather was VFR.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–N397QS was destroyed when it overran Runway 15 at the Real County Airport, near Leakey. The jet was fractionally owned by private individuals and managed by NetJets Aviation of Columbus, Ohio. VMC prevailed and the ATP-rated PIC set up for a right-hand pattern for the visual approach to Runway 15.
Eurocopter EC 135P1, Washington, D.C., May 30, 2006–The MedStar Eurocopter made two approaches to the upper landing pad at the Washington Hospital Center and was maneuvering for an approach to the lower landing pad when it crashed on the grounds of the U.S. Armed Forces Retirement Home. The pilot had called “Mayday.” The pilot, a paramedic and a flight nurse were injured.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–No injuries were reported when CitationJet N545TG overran the runway on landing at Murfreesboro and the gear collapsed. The pilot and six passengers had flown from Newport News, Va., on an IFR flight plan. The jet is registered to Interstate Warehousing of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Gulfstream IV-SP, Teterboro, N.J., May 19, 2006 and Dassault Falcon 20, Morristown, N.J., May 16, 2006–At neighboring Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU), two corporate jets encountered birds in flight in May. At TEB, Gulfstream IV-SP N844GF, registered to Ford Aviation of San Francisco, struck a bird on takeoff, causing damage to the number-two engine. The jet returned to the airport and landed without incident.
Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Sioux Falls, S.D., May 23, 2006–The pilot of the Sioux Valley Hospital EMS King Air, N32SV, became incapacitated for a brief time when the airplane was descending through 13,000 feet. The second pilot took the controls and landed without incident at Joe Foss Field Airport (FSD). A flight nurse and paramedic were also on board for the positioning flight from Minneapolis to FSD.
IAI 1124 Westwind, Mosstown, Exuma, Bahamas, May 24, 2006–Westwind N475AT declared an emergency after having an electrical problem and was diverted to Mosstown. When the airplane landed and the two crew-members and six passengers left the airplane, one had minor injuries. The Airtrek Westwind had left San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Punta Gorda, Fla., on an IFR flight plan. The source of the electrical problem was not reported.
Vitesse, an Indianapolis flight services firm, purchased the TXI Aviation FBO, charter and maintenance company at Dallas Love Field. The move expands Vitesse’s maintenance capabilities to support its “strategic jet partnership” programs and marks the company’s entry into the FBO business.