Federal investigators are combing through the wreckage of a Beechcraft King Air B100 that crashed on February 19 while on approach to Pearland Regional Airport 17 miles south of Houston, Texas. Only the pilot was on board the aircraft when it reportedly overshot the runway during the first landing attempt in foggy weather. The aircraft crashed during a subsequent attempt to land visually.
A Virgin Australia Embraer E190 departed Perth Airport from the wrong runway intersection on June 21 this year after confusion between the two pilots. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reported that while running through the preflight checklist, the captain and first officer discussed which runway intersection they might use. The first officer was the pilot flying, with the captain serving as monitoring pilot.
Pilots who regularly fly into Quito, Ecuador, are ready to begin using the new international airport at Tababela Parish that opens for business on February 20, replacing the 1960s-era Mariscal Sucre (SEQU) facility. The old airport–at an elevation of 9,200 feet msl–was surrounded by mountains and tall buildings, which made for a chilling arrival experience, as this video posted on YouTube shows.