You said recently that the NTSB could become more proactive if it investigated incidents, as well as accidents. Please explain.
Aviation International News » September 2003
BELL 206L-4, AURORA, COLO., MAY 8, 2003–At 5:15 p.m. MDT Bell N70TV, registered to Helicopters Inc. of Cahokia, Ill., and flown for KMGH-TV in Denver, was destroyed when it collided with terrain during a simulated engine failure in Aurora. The ATP-rated check airman received minor injuries and the commercial pilot and a mechanic passenger were uninjured. The aircraft was operating in VMC and was not on a flight plan.
CESSNA 414, NEWPORT, R.I., JUNE 29, 2003– Cessna Chancellor N2UD was substantially damaged at approximately 1:05 p.m. when it overran Runway 22 at Newport State Airport. There were no injuries. The aircraft reportedly landed long and fast on the 2,999-foot runway and was unable to stop before sliding into a swampy area off its end. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident, and the wind was variable at three knots.
EUROCOPTER EC 120B, BOONVILLE, MO., JUNE 25, 2003–Eurocopter N298HS was destroyed when it crashed at about 10:45 p.m. CDT under unknown circumstances shortly after takeoff from Boonville. One person on board was killed. It was not reported if there were others on board the aircraft, which was destined for Lake Ozark, Mo.
AGUSTA A109K2, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, JUNE 7, 2003–Agusta N123RX, operated by IHC Hospitals and piloted by an ATP-rated pilot, was destroyed when it hit a hillside 13.7 miles southeast of Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) at 8:12 p.m. MDT. The helicopter, which was not on a flight plan, was in VMC and operating as an air rescue flight under Part 135.
CESSNA 414, FORT MYERS, FLA., JUNE 26, 2003–According to the Lee County, Fla. sheriff’s office, at approximately 12:50 p.m. EST the sheriff’s office received a call informing them that a Cessna Chancellor (N749AA) had crashed in a residential area of North Fort Myers, Fla. The 35-year-old pilot, John Nowicki III, was killed and the other three occupants were taken to the hospital. Their condition was unknown.
BEECH BE1900D, MILWAUKEE, WIS., JUNE 7, 2003–At 2 p.m. CDT Beech N901SK, operated by Skyway Airlines as Flight 1233, reported lateral control problems shortly after takeoff from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). The crew declared an emergency and the aircraft returned to MKE, where it landed without incident.
Piper PA-46-500TP, Vero Beach, Fla., April 9, 2001–The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident to be the pilot’s excessive bank angle and failure to maintain airspeed while returning to the airport after takeoff, resulting in the airplane stalling and colliding with trees.
BEECH King Air 200, Strasburg, Colo., Jan. 27, 2001–The NTSB determined the probable cause to be the pilot’s spatial disorientation resulting from his failure to maintain positive manual control of the airplane with the available flight instrumentation. Contributing to the cause of the accident was the loss of aircraft electrical power during IMC.
As the Senate and the House of Representatives neared adjournment for August, both parties in the Senate were patting themselves on the back for their presumed successes.
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