Construcciones Aeronauticas SA CASA 212-200, Toksook Bay, Alaska, Nov. 1, 2008–The Arctic Transportation Services CASA 212 made a forced landing on the tundra when the captain was unable to maintain altitude after the right engine experienced a problem. The airplane was on a VFR approach to Toksook Bay, when the copilot added power. The right engine failed to respond, and the aircraft yawed right.
A botched emergency landing instigated by bad weather appears to have brought down a twin-engine Sikorsky S-92A carrying the 88-year-old Rev. Sun Myung Moon and 15 others. The medium-twin helicopter crashed 25 miles east of Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday. Three onboard sustained severe injuries, while Moon and six others received minor injuries.
TS Eliot may have written that “April is the cruelest month,” but he didn’t try to make a living operating helicopters. The opening weeks of this year were proof that January is no slouch either, its first weeks memorable as a nightmarish procession of helicopter hijackings, mishaps, disastrous crashes and, sadly, deaths.
Bombardier CRJ, Milwaukee, Wis., April 1, 2007–Climbing out from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) Runway 19R at 6:45 a.m., the Air Wisconsin CRJ, Flight 3714, experienced uncommanded nose-down stabilizer trim. The captain was flying. At 1,000 feet, the pilots retracted the flaps and disengaged the autopilot.
Italian civil aviation authorities suspect fuel starvation or contamination for the crash of a Tunisian ATR 72 off the northern coast of Sicily on Saturday. The accident claimed at least 13 of the 39 occupants, three of which remain missing.
Emergency procedures training is offered by several business aviation OEMs and all of the major simulator training companies as part of their wide array of training products. But two smaller, independent companies–Stark Survival Training and Facts/AirCare–specialize in emergency procedures training, and their programs stand out among all of the offerings.
The runway at Midway Island remains open for emergency landings, thanks to $3.2 million from the DOT. The money will be used to upgrade navigational aids and maintain the runway until at least September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The airfield was on the verge of closing January 6 when a Continental Airlines 777 with nearly 300 people aboard made an emergency landing at the former U.S.
A University of North Dakota (UND) Citation II research jet made an emergency landing near Beaver, Alaska, on September 30 after both engines flamed out at 9,200 feet msl in clouds. Unable to accomplish an airstart, pilot Paul DeHardy “maneuvered the aircraft to a successful emergency landing 70 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska.” None of the four crewmembers, one of whom is a researcher with Sikorsky Aircraft, sustained injuries.
Though unconfirmed by DHL, an unofficial collection of photos and text circulating on the Internet sheds chilling light on the November 22 missile attack at Baghdad International Airport. The Brussels, Belgium-based DHL Airbus A300B4-200 freighter, bound for Bahrain, was hit after takeoff and made a successful emergency landing back at the Baghdad airport with no injury to the three-man Belgian/UK crew.
I have been following some of the discussion about the February flight of a British Airways 747-400 from Los Angeles to London after one of the airplane’s engines failed on takeoff. In addition to statements from the FAA, much has been written about this event, both in the aviation press and on the Internet, particularly among pilots and the academic community.