Cessna Citation 550, Manteo, N.C., Oct. 1, 2010–After landing at Dare County Regional Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight from Tampa, Fla., the Citation II was substantially damaged when it skidded off the end of Runway 23 and came to rest in Croatan Sound. According to witnesses, the twinjet made a steep approach on landing and touched down with 2,100 feet of runway remaining.
Dornier Do-228-101, Shikharpur, Nepal, Aug. 24, 2010–Heading to the Mount Everest region in heavy rain, the turboprop twin, operated by Agni Air, crashed as the crew attempted to return to Katmandu due to poor weather at the destination. The Dornier was destroyed when it crashed near a remote village and broke into several pieces, killing the three crew and 11 passengers.
Ruag Aviation has delivered its first modernized 228NG twin turboprop to launch customer New Central Airservice. The delivery was made in late September, just a few weeks after the manufacturer received European certification for the aircraft.
A Cessna Grand Caravan with a special 25th anniversary paint scheme is on display at this year’s NBAA at the OEM’s static display at DeKalb Peachtree Airport. Cessna delivered the 2,000th Caravan in September. The aircraft was first delivered in 1985. Since then the single-engine turboprop has been certified in 100 countries and the fleet has amassed more than 13 million flight hou
Chinese Firm Acquires Epic’s Assets
Composite aircraft builder Epic’s plan for three new turboprop and two light jet models collapsed when the Bend, Ore.-based company filed for bankruptcy last year, stranding 12 of its builder-assisted, single-engine turboprop LT kitplanes on the assembly line.
Egyptian executive charter company Smart Aviation placed a firm order for a pair of Bombardier Q400 turboprops in late August in preparation for its expansion into scheduled airline operations by year-end. The contract, which includes options for another three of the 74-seat turboprops, calls for delivery by December, at which time the company plans to launch services between secondary domestic destinations from its base in Cairo.
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, Beagle Bay, Australia, Jan. 14, 2010–The turboprop single was cruising at approximately 9,500 feet en route to Koolan Island when the pilot noticed a drop in the engine torque indication and a corresponding decrease in engine oil pressure. He advanced the throttle, but the torque and oil pressure continued to decrease, so he diverted to the nearest airstrip.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Little Peconic Bay, N.Y., June 17, 2010–The float-equipped Caravan was taxiing in rough water and high winds after landing when it struck rocks, puncturing one of the pontoons and causing the turboprop single to capsize. The three passengers and pilot escaped the aircraft unharmed and made their way to shore.
Cessna 208B, Felipe Carillo Puerto, Mexico, June 13, 2010–The Mexican-registered Grand Caravan was destroyed and the two crew and seven passengers on board were killed when it crashed into a heavily wooded area approximately one-tenth of a mile from the departure end of the runway at Felipe Carillo Puerto Airfield. The Mexican government is conducting the investigation with assistance from the FAA and the NTSB.
Qantas has placed a firm order with Bombardier for seven Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners in a deal valued at $218 million based on list prices for the airplanes. The order adds to the 21 Q400s operated by QantasLink. The first new aircraft are due for delivery in the first half of 2011. Bombardier has booked firm orders for 385 Q400 NextGen aircraft including the Qantas order. The Canadian manufacturer has delivered 300 to date.