The NTSB has launched a Go-Team to investigate the crash of a Bell 206 tour helicopter into the East River in New York City. It plunged into the river just south of the United Nations building at about 3:30 p.m. today with five people on board–reportedly four British tourists and the pilot.
A statement released today by the French BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses) on the July 1, 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 indicates that the airplane’s decent into the South Atlantic lasted three minutes, 30 seconds, during which the pilots at the controls maintained nose-up inputs.
The retired New Mexico state police chief pilot accused the state’s public safety (DPS) secretary of placing undue pressure on the department to fly rescue missions in marginal weather and suggested that this pressure could have contributed to the June 2009 fatal crash of the state’s AgustaWestland A109E.
The NTSB has ruled that last February’s crash of a Colgan Air Q400 on the outskirts of Buffalo, N.Y., was due to the captain’s inappropriate actions in response to the activation of the stick shaker. Its report, released at a press conference yesterday, said the pilot pulled back on the control column when the shaker activated, placing the twin turboprop into an accelerated aerodynamic stall.
As the result of the crash of an aeromedical Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan in June 2007, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require all Part 91K and Part 135 operators to incorporate upset recovery into their training syllabi.
As the result of the crash of an aeromedical Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan more than two years ago, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require all Part 91K and Part 135 operators to incorporate upset recovery into their training syllabi.
An NTSB interim factual report and findings from a flight simulation issued last month suggest that pilot error, not a runaway trim condition, caused the June 4, 2007 crash of a Cessna Citation II into Lake Michigan three minutes after takeoff from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport. The two crew and four passengers aboard N550BP were killed in the accident.
A partial settlement has been reached in the Oct. 16, 2000 crash of the Cessna 335 that killed Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and two others on board when the recip-twin crashed into the wooded hills south of St. Louis. Also on board where the governor’s son Randy, who was acting as pilot, and Chris Sifford, a campaign aide.
The NTSB has published the final report on the Icing-related crash of a Cessna Citation 560 that stalled during approach to Runway 26R at Pueblo Memorial Airport on Feb. 16, 2005. The two pilots and six passengers were killed.
The family of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan–who died in the October 2000 crash of a Cessna 335 along with an aide and his son, Randy, who was at the controls–has asked that a trial be held to consider punitive damages. A jury previously ordered the manufacturer of the aircraft’s vacuum pumps to pay the family $4 million, but the judge reduced the amount to $2.4 million.
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