Aviation International News » March 2010
Friends and family honored the memory of Dick Friel, 76, the flashy and well-loved marketing executive for winglet maker Aviation Partners, with a missing-man flyover on January 25 at Seattle Boeing Field. A memorial service was held for Friel at Boeing Field’s Museum of Flight, after which a formation of Learjets and a Falcon 900 flown by aviation luminaries passed overhead.
Some in the business aviation community leave behind their families and jobs to serve in active war zones. In the continuing AIN series intended to recognize those in our community who defend the way of life we continue to enjoy back home, senior editor David A.
Bell 407, Decatur, Texas, Dec. 25, 2009–The medevac helicopter was departing on a Part 91 positioning flight to pick up a patient when it lost all engine power at a height of about 100 feet, according to the pilot, who autorotated the helicopter back to the original helipad. The 407 sustained structural damage to its lower fuselage as it landed hard in an upright position.
Sikorsky S-76C++, Gulf of Mexico, Dec. 24, 2009–The helicopter was flying under Part 135 on an IFR flight plan when it rolled over after landing on an offshore oil platform. The S-76 remained on the platform but sustained substantial damage. The two crewmembers and five passengers were uninjured. The helicopter was owned and operated by PHI.
Bell 206B, Auberry, Calif., Jan. 5, 2010–The JetRanger, registered to Palm Springs Aviation and operated by the California Department of Fish and Game, was on a deer surveying flight in VMC when witnesses saw it flying through a valley spanned by power lines. As the helicopter approached the vicinity of the lines it was seen to “rear back” and immediately descend.
Dassault Falcon 20C, Eagle, Colo., Jan. 8, 2010–The Mexican-registered twinjet suffered substantial damage when it skidded off the runway during an aborted takeoff attempt. According to the airport manager and the Falcon’s captain, the left main gear tire “blew” during the departure roll, and the captain was unable to stop the aircraft in the distance remaining.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Elyria, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2010–N80HH was destroyed and all four people on board were killed when the airplane went down short of Lorain County Regional Airport’s Runway 07 while on an instrument approach.
Hawker Beechcraft C99, Kearney, Neb., Jan. 6, 2010–The turboprop twin, operating under Part 135, was substantially damaged during a hard landing in IMC at Kearney Municipal Airport. The pilot reported that he cycled the de-icing boots before the final approach fix after noting light to moderate icing.
Bell 206L-4, Conroe, Texas, Oct. 13, 2008–After lifting off from Houston Hobby Airport to cover a police chase, N6ZV crashed in the W.G Jones State Forest, killing the commercial pilot and the news videographer, who were ejected from the wreckage.
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