Cessna 750 Citation X, New York, N.Y., April 3, 2008–On landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the copilot of WM Aviation’s Citation X said he did not have nosewheel steering, brakes or any feeling of engine thrust reverse at about 80 knots. Despite emergency air brake application, the jet veered off the runway and collided with a dirt divider, shearing off the left main landing gear and buckling the nosegear.
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Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Muanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, May 9, 2008–The pilot of the Petroleum Helicopters LongRanger was killed when it crashed into the water near Muanda. It was flying from one tanker ship to another. The helicopter wreckage sank into 7,500 feet of water. The DRC Civil Aviation Authority is investigating, aided by an NTSB representative.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900C, Rumbek, Sudan, May 2, 2008–Twenty people were killed when the chartered Flex Air Cargo Unlimited Beech 1900 lost power in both engines and crashed near Rumbek. The flight departed Wau in Southern Sudan, en route to Juba, also in southern Sudan, with a planned stop at Rumbek. An NTSB technical advisor is assisting the Government of Southern Sudan in the investigation.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900, Billings, Mont., May 23, 2008–The ATP-rated pilot of the Alpine Air Express Beech 1900 was killed when it crashed and exploded three miles northeast of Logan International Airport, two minutes after takeoff. The pilot was told to turn left to intercept Victor 187, but radar data showed the airplane started to turn right slowly.
Bell UH-1N, Panama City, Panama, May 29, 2008–The Panamanian Air Service UH-1N crashed into an office building in Panama City, killing two of the three crewmembers and all nine passengers. No one on the ground was hurt. The passengers were Chilean and Panamanian police officials en route to a UN conference. Autoridad Aeronautica Civil of Panama is investigating the accident, with assistance from the NTSB.
EADS Socata TBM 850, Iowa City, Iowa, June 3, 2008–A two-year-old patient was killed when an Angel Flight TBM 850 crashed on takeoff from Iowa City. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, eyewitnesses said a wing turned perpendicular to the ground before the turboprop crashed and then cartwheeled. Weather was overcast, with rain and wind gusting to 36 mph.
Congress resumed business early last month after an 11-day hiatus and took note of the to-do list President Bush outlined in his weekly radio address. That list included a war funding bill, intelligence legislation, veterans’ benefits and a free-trade pact. However, the Senate first debated the Climate Security Act sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Warner (R-Va.).
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has designated the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center an AIAA Historic Aerospace Site for its pivotal role in creating the nation’s ATC system over the past 50 years.
Testifying before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on air-quality standards for lead, AOPA executive v-p of government affairs Andy Cebula warned that any immediate changes to current aviation fuel standards would have a “direct impact on the safety of flight and the very future of light aircraft in this country.”
A comprehensive pilot training and briefing system is available online (www.airportflightcrewbriefing.com/Teterboro) to help pilots prepare for flights into and out of Teterboro Airport. The briefing was produced by NATA’s Safety 1st program and Avstar Media and funded by an FAA grant.