Socata TBM 700, Clovis, N.M., Dec. 22, 2008–The Board ruled that the pilot’s failure to complete the before-landing checklist led to his failure to lower the gear. The gear-up landing substantially damaged the single-engine turboprop. The pilot was using the autopilot for a straight-in approach to the non-towered airport’s Runway 22.
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.
Steven Chealander, the public face of the NTSB during press conferences following the February 12 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, has left the safety agency and joined Airbus Americas.
The crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that killed 50 people outside Buffalo in February once again has the industry group that represents U.S. regional airlines fielding some familiar questions about the level of safety its members guarantee to the traveling public.
Officials are all but ruling out sabotage in the November 4 crash of a Learjet 45 in Mexico City, which killed all nine aboard, including Mexican Interior Secretary Juan Camillo Mourino. Instead, a preliminary report suggests pilot error as a result of encountering wake turbulence from a Boeing 767-300 it was following on approach.
In an unusual move, the FAA has proposed an AD that would require pilots to view a new icing-awareness training video before they could serve as PIC of Mitsubishi MU-2Bs. The requirement would supplement a 1997 AD requiring MU-2B pilots to take an eight-hour training course about flying in icing conditions.
The Swiss federal court last month acquitted Crossair chairman Moritz Suter, CEO André Dosé and four other former airline employees of homicide by neglect in connection with the crash of an Avro RJ100 during approach to Zurich Airport on Nov. 24, 2001. The trial began on May 5 at Bellinzona in southern Switzerland. The “not guilty” verdict was read May 16, much earlier than expected.
Last month’s annual meeting of the Association of Air Medical Services was its usual low-key success as some 2,500 aeromedical professionals, a record number, assembled in the Kansas City (Mo.) Convention Center for three days of conferences and trade show exhibition.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90B, Port Said, Egypt, Jan. 15, 2008–The pilot and a student pilot were killed when the Nuclear Center Survey King Air crashed at Port Said Airport on a training flight. The aircraft was destroyed in a post-crash fire. The pilots were doing touch-and-goes and crashed on takeoff for the seventh circuit.