The first six months of the year saw fatal accidents among turboprops double from four to eight as the number of deaths increased from 10 to 14, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety tracker Robert E. Breiling Associates.
The number of people killed in turbine business airplane accidents across all segments increased in the first half of this year compared with the first six months of last year, according to figures compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
GULFSTREAM COMMANDER 695, OGAWA VILLAGE, JAPAN, MARCH 24, 2003–At approximately 10:50 a.m. local time Gulfstream Commander JA8604 crashed near Ogawa Village, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. The pilot and a second person on board were killed and the aircraft, which was being operated by Asia Air Survey, was destroyed.
Last month’s ratification of a cost-cutting deal by the 1,400 pilots of Air Canada Jazz could set the country’s regional airline industry on an entirely new course if management succeeds with a reorganization plan centered on a broader scope of operation for the Air Canada regional subsidiary.
For years major airline executives have recognized their regional affiliates’ potential to take a more active role in serving markets that until recently occupied the exclusive domain of mainline operations. But limited labor resources and influential pilot unions curbed efforts to penetrate the artificial barrier between mainline and regional flying.
Britain’s “boutique” air carrier Silverjet ceased operations in May, becoming the third such airline to collapse within the last six months. MAXjet launched service in November 2005 and by Christmas Eve 2007 had ceased operations. Competitor Eos, which began service just a month before MAXjet, lasted just four months longer, filing for bankruptcy in April.
Since it began flying a pair of 32-seat Fairchild Dornier 328JETs from its base in Tulsa, Okla., last April, Great Plains Airlines has been promoting plans to establish a new kind of regional airline, dedicated to providing nonstop service from the nation’s heartland to points throughout the U.S.
In the early 1930s, when many women were expected to stay home and tend to the needs of their families, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was exploring the world with her famous aviator husband Charles and making her own mark in aviation history. Lindbergh served as her husband’s copilot, navigator and radio operator on many of his long-distance flights and documented their adventures in several books.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of a January 2000 King Air C90 fatal accident was the failure of the pilot to follow his approach clearance, and his subsequent descent into unprotected airspace, which resulted in a collision with the guy wire of a 460-ft microwave antenna.
Although the number of general aviation accidents last year was the lowest total since record keeping began in 1938, the NTSB noted that the accident rate increased slightly from 6.33 accidents per 100,000 flight hours in 2000 to 6.56 accidents last year.