Cessna 551 Citation II/SP, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Dec. 2, 2007–The Safety Board attributed the landing accident involving the CCM Aviation Citation to the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during landing rollout. The slush-contaminated runway and the crosswind were factors. After the pilot touched down on Runway 23 at Coeur d’Alene Air Terminal, the airplane began hydroplaning to the right.
Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport closed Runway 8-26 and has begun building a replacement crosswind runway that will be named 9-27 and will extend 500 feet longer than the old runway, to 4,000 feet. Runway 8-26 was involved in the Aug. 27, 2006 fatal takeoff crash of Comair Flight 5191, in which the NTSB cited the flight crew’s failure to verify that the airplane was on the correct runway.
Cessna Citation Excel 560XL, Port Heiden, Alaska, April 30, 2008–The Excel ran off the gravel-topped Runway 23 at Port Heiden Airport (PTH) as a result of the flying pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in a crosswind, according to the NTSB. The crosswind was a “contributing factor.” There were no injuries among the six occupants.
Cessna 750 Citation X, New York, N.Y., April 3, 2008–The Citation X ran off the runway on landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport because of the copilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. A contributing factor was a loss of system A hydraulic fluid for undetermined reasons and the flight crew’s failure to follow the checklist sequence.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A200, Bridgewater, Va., Sept. 25, 2008–The King Air was substantially damaged when it overran the runway while landing at Bridgewater Air Park. The ATP-rated pilot and his sole passenger, a mechanic, were not injured on the maintenance test flight.
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Kent, UK, Feb. 5, 2008–No one was injured when the Citation Bravo encountered wind shear on approach to Biggin Hill Airport. Airspeed fell below 100 knots and the autopilot pitched the nose up to maintain the glideslope. The right wing dropped in a stall but the ATP-rated pilot recovered and continued the approach. The aircraft bounced on landing.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Aniak, Alaska, Feb. 21, 2008–The captain of the aero-medical flight whose wing hit the runway inadequately compensated for wind conditions during the landing flare/touchdown, the NTSB concluded. Contributing to the accident were a crosswind and wind shear.
An amateur video broadcast by the BBC shows a fierce fire burning near the main landing gear of an Air Dolomiti ATR 72 at Munich Airport in Germany on Sunday, August 24, as the passen-gers and crew evacuate the aircraft.
Cessna Citation Excel 560XL, Port Heiden, Alaska, April 30, 2008–The AT&T Alascom Excel was substantially damaged on landing at Port Heiden Airport, but there were no injuries. As soon as the nosewheel touched down, the airplane veered sharply to the left and went off the runway. The left main gear collapsed, and the left wing hit the runway.
PILATUS UV-20A, MARANA, ARIZ., MARCH 15, 2002–A U.S. Army chief warrant officer died when the Pilatus Turbo-Porter he was flying collided with a Cessna 182 during jump operations in March. The Pilatus pilot had just finished dropping five members of the Army’s Golden Knights parachute team. All of the Golden Knights jumpers landed safely, as did the pilot and four jumpers in the Cessna 182.