PIPER PA-46-500TP, DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., DEC. 17, 2003–At 9:33 a.m. EST Piper Meridian N155BM was destroyed when it crashed into trees near Daytona Beach. The aircraft was operating under Part 91 on a personal flight in marginal VMC and was not on a flight plan. The non-instrument-rated private pilot and his only passenger were killed.
AYRES S2T-T65, MAGDALENA, N.M., JAN. 8, 2004–Ayres N3100E, registered to the U.S. Department of State Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Matters (INM), was destroyed during a forced landing in a heavily forested area west of Magdalena at approximately 10 a.m. According to the local police, the engine quit, and after the airplane crashed it was consumed by fire.
BEECH KING AIR E90, GALESBURG, ILL., JAN. 8, 2004–During climbout from Galesburg Municipal Airport (GBG) at about 2:27 p.m., King Air N48TA sustained substantial damage when the cabin door opened in flight, became separated and struck the empennage. The nonscheduled domestic passenger flight, headed for Mountain Empire Airport (MKJ) near Marion, Va., was operated by Tidewater Aero under Part 135.
EUROCOPTER EC 120B, JONESBORO, GA., JAN. 24, 2004–At 4:50 p.m. Eurocopter N125MG hit the ground during a practice autorotation at the Hampton/Clayton County/Tara Airport (4A7) near Jonesboro. The VFR instructional flight was operated under Part 91 and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.
PIPER PA-46-500TP, MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., JAN. 19, 2004–At 1:34 p.m. Piper Meridian N1968W, operated by a private pilot, made a gear-up forced landing following a loss of engine power on takeoff from 3,599-foot Runway 28R at Flying Cloud Airport (FCM) in Minneapolis. The pilot was not injured, but the airplane was substantially damaged. The Part 91 personal flight was operating on an IFR flight plan in VMC.
DE HAVILLAND DHC-8, SEATTLE, WASH., JAN. 19, 2004–At 11:38 a.m. the flight crew of Dash 8 C-GTAQ inadvertently landed on a taxiway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). There were no injuries to the captain, first officer, flight attendant or any of the 32 passengers, nor was there any damage to the aircraft, which is owned and operated by Air Canada Jazz.
BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B19, RAPID CITY, S.D., JAN. 18, 2004–After an ILS approach to 8,701-foot Runway 32 at Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) at about 10:09 p.m., the Canadair Regional Jet’s left wingtip hit the runway while landing. The airplane, operated by Skywest Airlines as Flight 3855, received minor damage. The captain, copilot, flight attendant and 32 passengers were not injured.
DASSAULT FALCON 20C, PUEBLO, COLO., JAN. 21, 2004–While landing on Runway 8 at Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB) at 12:45 a.m., the Falcon twinjet veered off the runway. A wing became stuck in the snow and the right landing gear collapsed. There were no injuries, but the aircraft was substantially damaged.
CESSNA 208 CARAVAN, PELEE ISLAND, ONTARIO, CANADA, JAN. 17, 2004–The Canadian-registered Air Georgian Caravan (CFAGA), operating as air-taxi Flight 126, crashed shortly after departure at 9:39 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard later located the wreckage nose down in the water one mile west of Pelee Island, a Canadian island in Lake Erie; 10 people on board were killed. The crash site was about 20 miles north of Sandusky, Ohio.
Following its investigation of the Jan. 24, 2003 fatal crash of a Beech 95 Travel Air in Upland, Calif., the NTSB recommended last month that the FAA prohibit individuals who have been associated with a previously revoked repair station certificate from operating a new repair station in a different FAA region. It expressed concern that the FAA currently has no mechanism in place for preventing such an occurrence.