Cessna 208 Caravan, Round Rock, Texas, Oct. 18, 2005–The FedEx Caravan made a forced landing after the engine quit in night VMC. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, incurred minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. After takeoff from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and leveling off at 7,000 feet, the pilot reported “engine failure and a total power loss.” His attempts to restart the engine were not successful.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Cuenca, Ecuador, March 24, 2006–An Ecuadorian-registered Cessna Caravan, operated by Atesa Aero Taxis Ecuatorianos, lost power and crashed on departure from Cuenca Airport in VMC. The airplane was substantially damaged and five passengers were killed. The commercial pilot, the ATP-rated copilot and seven passengers were seriously injured.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Arecuna, Venezuela, March 5, 2006–A Venezuelan-registered Caravan, YV-1149C, crashed during a forced landing after reportedly losing power. The airplane was owned and operated as an air taxi by Servicios Aeronauticos Sucre. The pilot and copilot were seriously injured, but the 11 passengers were not injured. The flight originated at Polamar, destined for Canaima.
Viking Air, the Vancouver-based specialist in support, STCs and airframe mods for de Havilland Canada (DHC) Beavers and Otters, has acquired full production rights for the full line of DHC aircraft up to the DHC-7 Dash 7.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–N397QS was destroyed when it overran Runway 15 at the Real County Airport, near Leakey. The jet was fractionally owned by private individuals and managed by NetJets Aviation of Columbus, Ohio. VMC prevailed and the ATP-rated PIC set up for a right-hand pattern for the visual approach to Runway 15.
The resurgent turboprop market showed no signs of retreat during late May’s Regional Airline Association convention in Dallas, where word leaked that Continental Airlines wants to field 24 Bombardier Q400s within its domestic U.S. system by early next year.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Port Alberni, Canada, Jan. 21, 2006–The pilot and two passengers were killed when the Canadian-registered Caravan lost power and crashed into trees while attempting a landing on a logging road in mountainous forest. The other four passengers were seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.
Aero Commander 690, Temecula, Calif., Oct. 13, 2001–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was a misrigging of the engine controls that resulted in an asymmetric reverse thrust condition.
Goodrich Aerospace has devised a solution to the wiring harness problems that led to a number of nose-gear retraction failures in Bombardier Q400 turboprops flying with Japan Air Commuter (JAC) and two regional units of All Nippon Airways (ANA). A Bombardier spokesman said Goodrich would also apply a permanent fix to all future Q400s.
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