Falcon 900EX N973M sustained minor damage during a landing overrun at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on March 3. According to the NTSB, due to the wind (290 degrees at 10 knots), the pilots added 10 knots to their landing approach speed of 120 knots. Just before touchdown on Runway 24, the control tower reported the wind from 290 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots.
Despite the installation of runway collision avoidance equipment at many of the nation’s largest airports, recently there has been an increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Philadelphia, Nov. 30, 2004–The cause of the collision was “the failure of the ground controller to coordinate the runway crossing of a maintenance tug with the local controller,” the Safety Board concluded. The ground controller cleared the Epps Air Service MU-2 to taxi to Runway 35 and a minute later cleared a maintenance tug towing an MD-80 to taxi from the same ramp to the far side of Runway 35.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Englewood, Colo., Dec. 10, 2004–According to the NTSB, the MU-2 crashed because of the pilot’s failure to maintain minimum controllable airspeed during the night visual approach. A contributing factor was the precautionary shutdown of the left engine for undetermined reasons.
Raytheon Beech King Air E90, New Roads, La., June 23, 2005–The 4,000-hour pilot of King Air N62BL was attempting a go-around at False River Regional Airport, near New Roads, when he lost control and the airplane crashed. It was destroyed and the instrument-rated private pilot and all four passengers were killed. The pilot had filed an IFR flight plan for the flight from Jonesboro, Ark., to False River, and weather was VFR.
The FAA listed reasons why it believes that the 15-percent landing distance safety margin policy is needed:
After a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 ran off a snowy runway while landing at Chicago Midway Airport on December 8 last year, the FAA launched an internal audit of factors related to that accident. One result of that audit is a new FAA policy that imposes mandatory 15-percent landing distance safety margins on Part 91K (fractional), 125, 121 and 135 jet operators. The rule was published in the Federal Register on June 7.
Cessna Citation 560 Ultra, Upland, Calif., June 24, 2006–The pilot of the Aero Charter Services Citation Ultra canceled his IFR clearance when he saw Cable Airport (CCB), his destination, and crashed while landing on Runway 24. The airplane went straight down the runway and stopped about 200 yards beyond the end. It hit trees and rough, uneven ground and came to rest upright, on a heading of 145 degrees.
Excel-Jet Sport-Jet, Colorado Springs, Colo., June 23, 2006–Pilot James Stewart and mechanic John Welty were seriously injured when the prototype Sport-Jet crashed on takeoff from Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). According to reports from the COS Tower, the VLJ single took off from Runway 17R and became airborne only momentarily before crashing.
Cessna Citation 560, Cresco, Iowa, July 19, 2006–The pilot and copilot of Citation N636SE, registered to Tomco of Nashville, Tenn., were killed on landing at Ellen Church Field Airport (CJJ). The airplane was substantially damaged when it evidently overran the runway and came to rest in a corn field north of the departure end of Runway 33.