TWA Flight 159
The Naples Airport Authority reopened Runway 5/23 late last week after paving the safety areas at both ends of the airport’s primary runway. The runway was closed since July 25, but the project was completed a few days ahead of schedule and under budget, the authority said. The safety areas provide more room for aborted takeoffs and other emergencies and extends the runway’s declared takeoff distance from 5,000 to 5,800 feet.
Bombardier Learjet 55, Casper, Wyo., March. 17, 2009–The Canadian-registered Learjet, operated by Sunwest Aviation, suffered substantial damage due to burst tires and a landing gear fire after a second aborted takeoff run at Natrona County International Airport.
The FAA is proposing to issue an Airworthiness Directive requiring insertion of “revised procedures for servicing tires and checking for proper tire inflation” in Learjet 60/60XR maintenance and flight manuals.
The NTSB yesterday released an update on its investigation of the Learjet 60 that crashed while taking off from the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport just before midnight on September 19. The two crewmembers and two passengers were killed in the accident; two other passengers suffered serious injuries and have recovered.
CANADAIR CL-600-2B19, DULLES AIRPORT, VA., MARCH 9, 2002–Shortly after 10 a.m. EST, an Atlantic Coast Airlines flight initiated a takeoff when, according to NTSB preliminary reports, it “was struck by two wild turkeys.” The pilots aborted the takeoff before V1 and neither the crew nor the 50 passengers were hurt in the incident.
The NTSB issued a preliminary report on the recent crash of a Hawker 700 and a final report on a 2001 crash involving a Learjet 25B.
Witnesses reported seeing Hawker 700 N45BP flying at low altitude and doing “erratic maneuvers” before it crashed at about 7 p.m. on September 20, killing all three pilots aboard. The accident occurred near Beaumont, Texas.
Excel-Jet of Monument, Colo., is suing the FAA over the June 2006 crash of its proof-of-concept Sport-Jet, which was destroyed on takeoff from Colorado Springs Airport. According to witnesses, the single-engine composite jet rolled to the left, hit the runway and cartwheeled down the runway just after takeoff. The test pilot and flight-test engineer sustained minor injuries.
BEECHJET 400A, ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA., AUG. 18, 2003–Beechjet N51NP, registered to AC Expeditions and operated by Executive Beechcraft, lost directional control on takeoff from St. Augustine Airport (SGJ) at 7:18 a.m. EDT. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but neither the ATP-rated pilot nor copilot was injured. There were no other occupants in the aircraft, which was operating in VMC on an IFR flight plan.
When NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker asked two of his Safety Board compatriots–both erstwhile airline pilots–whether they ever took off into “a black hole,” both answered in the negative.
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