Learjet 35, Philadelphia, March 22, 2006–As the Bankair Learjet N58EM was taking off at 2 a.m. from Philadelphia International Airport’s Runway 27L, the pilot lost control and the jet spun into the grass. The Learjet, registered to 58EM LLC of West Columbia, N.C., was on an IFR flight plan in VMC for Charlotte, N.C. The two pilots were not injured.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Englewood, Colo., Dec. 10, 2004–According to the NTSB, the MU-2 crashed because of the pilot’s failure to maintain minimum controllable airspeed during the night visual approach. A contributing factor was the precautionary shutdown of the left engine for undetermined reasons.
Raytheon Beech King Air E90, New Roads, La., June 23, 2005–The 4,000-hour pilot of King Air N62BL was attempting a go-around at False River Regional Airport, near New Roads, when he lost control and the airplane crashed. It was destroyed and the instrument-rated private pilot and all four passengers were killed. The pilot had filed an IFR flight plan for the flight from Jonesboro, Ark., to False River, and weather was VFR.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–No injuries were reported when CitationJet N545TG overran the runway on landing at Murfreesboro and the gear collapsed. The pilot and six passengers had flown from Newport News, Va., on an IFR flight plan. The jet is registered to Interstate Warehousing of Fort Wayne, Ind.
The FAA listed reasons why it believes that the 15-percent landing distance safety margin policy is needed:
After a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 ran off a snowy runway while landing at Chicago Midway Airport on December 8 last year, the FAA launched an internal audit of factors related to that accident. One result of that audit is a new FAA policy that imposes mandatory 15-percent landing distance safety margins on Part 91K (fractional), 125, 121 and 135 jet operators. The rule was published in the Federal Register on June 7.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–Nashville Approach cleared the Interstate Warehousing CitationJet for a visual approach to Runway 18 at Murfreesboro Municipal and the ATP-rated pilot checked ATIS. Wind was 240 degrees at three knots and the runway was wet. On final he used full flaps and activated the antiskid system. He touched down on the first third of the runway, and halfway down the jet started hydroplaning.
Cessna Citation 560 Ultra, Upland, Calif., June 24, 2006–The pilot of the Aero Charter Services Citation Ultra canceled his IFR clearance when he saw Cable Airport (CCB), his destination, and crashed while landing on Runway 24. The airplane went straight down the runway and stopped about 200 yards beyond the end. It hit trees and rough, uneven ground and came to rest upright, on a heading of 145 degrees.
Excel-Jet Sport-Jet, Colorado Springs, Colo., June 23, 2006–Pilot James Stewart and mechanic John Welty were seriously injured when the prototype Sport-Jet crashed on takeoff from Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS). According to reports from the COS Tower, the VLJ single took off from Runway 17R and became airborne only momentarily before crashing.
Swearingen SA226TC, Casper, Wyo., Feb. 20, 2006–In night VMC, the commercial pilot of Spendair Flight 1713 lost directional control taking off from Natrona County International Airport and the left propeller hit a runway marker light. The pilot said he had set power at 60 percent rpm and released the brakes. The airplane went straight down the runway for about 800 feet, then veered to the right.