Airplane accidents usually cause harm beyond the grief they bring to the families of those lost, and the spate of business aircraft crashes late last year is proving collectively to be no exception. As the toll kept rising, business aviation gained ever more unfavorable prominence in the media.
Aviation International News » March 2005
McKinney Aerospace recently announced several personnel changes. Rick Brainard, formerly v-p of sales and marketing, is now v-p of engineering, certification and quality. Billy McDonald, formerly director of interior completions, has been promoted to v-p of completions. Stephen McNally, formerly director of maintenance, was promoted to v-p of maintenance.
Bell 206 JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The pilot of JetRanger N35BA was killed when the helicopter crashed soon after takeoff from Bonifay, 95 miles east of Pensacola. The accident pilot had flown the JetRanger, registered to Lakeland,Fla.-based Lance Aviation, the previous week for contract work for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and was returning to base.
Raytheon 390 Premier I, Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, UK, April 7, 2004– According to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch report, the instrument-rated pilot of Premier N200PR was unable to raise the landing gear after takeoff from Humberside Airport. He tried unsuccessfully to recycle the gear and noticed lift dump and antiskid systems failure indications.
Gulfstream IV, Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 6, 2004–GIV N478GS, operated by Centurion Aviation Services, was substantially damaged during landing rollout on Runway 7 at the Baneasa Airport in Bucharest. A portion of the runway that the airplane struck was under construction. There were no injuries to the three flight crewmembers and the seven passengers. Day VMC prevailed for the Part 91 business flight.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Patterson, La., Dec. 9, 2004–Bell LongRanger N5007F was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power. The sole-occupant commercial pilot was not injured. The flight, on a VFR company flight plan, left an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico at 7:25 a.m. and was en route to Patterson.
Embraer EMB-110-P1, Swanzey, N.H., Jan. 13, 2005–At about 10:15 p.m., AirNow’s Embraer N49BA was destroyed while landing at Dillant Hopkins Airport (EEN), near Keene, N.H. The airplane came to rest inverted on Runway 2, about 90 feet from the approach end of the runway. The ATP pilot was killed.
Cessna 551 Citation II, Ainsworth, Neb., Jan. 1, 2005–Citation N35403 crashed while attempting to land at Ainsworth Municipal Airport in IMC. The instrument-rated private pilot and five passengers were not seriously injured but the Citation was substantially damaged.
Cessna 421C Riley Turbine Eagle, Overland Park, Kan., Jan. 21, 2005–The pilot and four passengers were killed when Riley conversion N844JK crashed in Overland Park after taking off from Johnson County Executive Airport (OJC), Olathe, Kan. The accident site was about one mile northeast of OJC, and the aircraft was destroyed. The Part 91 personal flight was on an IFR flight plan in IMC, en route to Zephyrhills, Fla.
In his State of the Union message to Congress, President Bush laid out the broad and ambitious objectives and goals the administration hopes to achieve during his second term. Topping the list was social security reform, for which the President sketched out options but acknowledged that it would be up to Congress to thrash out the details of any proposed legislation.
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