Australia’s Sydney International Airport has modified its parallel runway operating procedures as a result of a November 2008 incident in which the crew of a Saab 340B lost control on approach while it was trailing an Airbus A380 landing on a parallel runway.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 4, 2008–The Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) has ruled that turbulence from a Boeing 767-300 caused the crash of the government Learjet 45 that was on approach to Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport.
On November 4 Learjet 45 XC-VMC crashed into a mixed residential and commercial area in central Mexico City during an approach to Benito Juarez International Airport in clear weather. All nine occupants were killed. Five people on the ground were also killed and another 40 people injured.
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.
The first batch of Cessna Citation Mustang pilots started initial training last month at FlightSafety’s Farn-borough Learning Center. Once the sessions start in earnest the electric-motion simulator is expected to be in use for up to 20 hours a day to meet demand from European pilots transitioning to the Garmin G1000-equipped compact very light jet.
CESSNA CARAVAN 208B, ROCKFORD, ILL., DEC. 17, 2002–Caravan N277PM crashed on a night ILS approach to Runway 7 at the Greater Rockford Airport (RFD) following a loss of control. The pilot was killed and the airplane was destroyed. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during the approach.
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.
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.
Researchers at Raytheon Co. have proposed a novel technique to increase future runway capacity–in some cases potentially doubling an airport’s throughput–while at the same time avoiding wake turbulence.
Twelve people, including company president Bob Bornhofen, continue to work on the Sport-Jet single-engine jet program based in Colorado Springs, Colo. The first Sport-Jet prototype logged nearly 25 hours before crashing on takeoff on June 22 last year.