Cessna 550 Citation II, Butler, Pa., Jan. 24, 2007–The NTSB attributed the runway overrun of the air ambulance Air Trek Citation II to the copilot’s failure to maintain proper airspeed and failure to land at the proper touchdown point, and the pilot-in-command’s inadequate supervision. Factors were the PIC’s failure to activate the speed brake upon touchdown and the snow-contaminated runway.
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McDonnell Douglas MD 369D, Columbus, Mont., May 28, 2007–The Safety Board blamed this accident, which resulted in the death of a crewmember, on the fatigue failure of a turbine blade caused by a localized overtemperature of the turbine section due to nonuniform fuel distribution by the fuel nozzle. The helicopter was hovering at about 120 agl, inspecting a powerline structure, when it suddenly lost all power.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Oak Glen, Calif., March 28, 2006–The NTSB said the Caravan stall-spin crash that killed the two pilots was caused by the pilot’s continued flight into IMC and his subsequent failure to maintain adequate airspeed.
Eurocopter EC 120B, Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 12, 2007–According to the NTSB, the pilot of the Era Helicopters EC 120 did not adequately compensate for the gusty wind conditions (20 to 25 knots) when attempting to land on the offshore oil platform, causing him to hit a flare boom extending from the platform. Contributing to the accident was the gusty wind.
Cessna 560 Citation Encore, Cresco, Iowa, July 19, 2006–The NTSB attributed the crash of Citation N636SE to inadequate decision-making and poor crew resource management (CRM). The crew failed to obtain critical information–including runway direction and length–about Cresco’s Ellen Church Field Airport.
Bell 206L LongRanger, Nikolai, Alaska, March 4, 2008–The pilot of the LongRanger was maneuvering while his passenger was filming a dogsled race when, he said, a gust of wind caused a loss of tail-rotor effectiveness. The helicopter started to turn to the right, and the pilot reduced collective pitch and followed the turn to regain control. He was losing altitude and approaching the ground.
Aerospatiale AS 350D, Avalon, Calif., May 24, 2008–The Island Express Helicopters AS 350 crashed on landing at Two Harbors, Catalina Island. The commercial pilot, a company employee and a passenger were killed and three passengers were seriously injured. Witnesses saw the helicopter about 300 feet above the surface and witnesses heard a “pop” sound and saw flames coming from the back of the engine.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Ada, Mich., May 9, 2008–The CSA Air commercial pilot had to make a forced landing after the Caravan lost power on a visual approach to Gerald R. Ford International Airport at Grand Rapids. The airplane was substantially damaged but the pilot was unhurt.
Fairchild Hiller FH-1100, Comstock, Mich., May 16, 2008–The pilot of the FH-1100 was killed and the helicopter destroyed when it hit trees and the ground, possibly after an engine failure. The pilot had bought the helicopter the day before and received instruction from a CFI earlier on the day of the accident. He was practicing takeoffs and landings.
Eurocopter EC 135T2+, La Crosse, Wis., May 10, 2008–Three people–the pilot, a physician and a flight nurse–were killed when the Air Methods helicopter crashed into trees and the ground. The EC 135 hit the top of the ridgeline, where tree strikes and main rotor blade fragments were found, and the main wreckage landed on the far side of the ridgeline.
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