Even though Ellen Engleman Conners vowed last December that she would serve out the remainder of her term on the NTSB as a member “and not be tied down as chairman,” she submitted her resignation to President Bush in April, effective May 31.
Despite the installation of runway collision avoidance equipment at many of the nation’s largest airports, recently there has been an increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports.
The chartered Bombardier Challenger 600 sat on the ramp at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado for 40 to 45 minutes on Nov. 28, 2004. Snow was falling and the temperature was below freezing. The jet had flown from Van Nuys, Calif., to Montrose, where actress Susan St. James got off the airplane. Her husband, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, and two sons were continuing on to Indiana.
Raytheon Hawker 1000 (BAE 125-1000A), San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2004–The NTSB attributed the Hawker 1000 accident to an electrical arc from an undetermined source, which initiated a hydraulic line rupture, resulting in an equipment bay fire.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Cleveland, Ohio, June 25, 2005–A failure of the main drive shaft for undetermined reasons, the NTSB concluded, caused the total loss of engine power in the Bell 206B JetRanger. A factor in the accident was the pilot’s improper flare.
Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of a Socata TBM 700 on the student’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed and the instructor’s inadequate supervision and delayed remedial response.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 18, 2005–The NTSB concluded that the pilot’s improper fuel calculations caused the Air Logistics JetRanger to crash into the Gulf of Mexico because of fuel exhaustion. The pilot had enough fuel for approximately one hour and 50 minutes with no reserve when he flew to an oil platform, where oil was spotted on the side of the fuselage.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Unalakleet, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of a 208B Caravan on the pilot’s failure to maintain altitude/clearance from terrain while performing a low-altitude maneuver.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Pelee Island, Ontario, Jan. 17, 2004–The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has released its final report of the Georgian Express Caravan that crashed in Lake Erie, near Pelee Island. The airplane was 1,270 pounds overweight and was laden with ice. The ATP-rated pilot’s decision to take off in icing
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.