Beech King Air A90, Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 17, 2004–After the right engine quit, Eclipse Enterprise King Air N45TT crashed while returning to land at Ferguson Airport, Pensacola. VMC prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The commercial-rated pilot and one passenger received minor injuries, and the airplane incurred substantial damage. The pilot thought the cause was fuel exhaustion, because he knew the airplane was low on fuel.
Israel Aircraft Industries 1124 Westwind, Morelia, Mexico, Feb. 24, 2005–Westwind
Hawker 600, Bromont Airport, Montreal, Feb. 21, 2005–Scott Aviation’s Hawker 600 N21SA landed 300 feet left of Runway 5L at Bromont Airport, in the Eastern Townships, near Montreal, and spun around on its belly. Both pilots and a passenger were injured; three passengers were unharmed. The flight was at night and the Unicom operator noted that the runway lights were not working.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Gentry, Ark., Feb. 21, 2005–An Air Evac Lifeteam JetRanger crashed shortly after takeoff while transporting a patient to a hospital in Springdale, Ark. The helicopter was substantially damaged, the patient was killed and the three crewmembers were seriously injured. The sky was clear and visibility was 10 miles.
Raytheon Beech King Air 90, Rawlins, Wyo., Jan. 11, 2005–Cleared for the VOR/GPS Runway 22 approach to Rawlins Municipal Airport (RWL), King Air N41WE crashed and was destroyed. The ATP pilot and two medics were killed and one medic was seriously injured.
Cessna Citation 560, Pueblo, Colo., Feb. 16, 2005–On a three-mile final for the ILS approach for Runway 26R to the Pueblo Municipal Airport, a Circuit City Citation crashed in freezing rain and fog, killing all eight people on board. Visibility was eight miles, with broken clouds at 900 feet, overcast at 1,400 feet. The temperature was -3 degrees C; dew point -5 degrees C. ATC had warned the jet that it was too low.
The NTSB’s unusually lengthy preliminary report on the February 16 crash of a Circuit City Citation 560 on an ILS approach to Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB), Pueblo, Colo., did not mention the minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) the crew received moments before the crash or whether the jet was on an IFR flight plan (it was), although it did note that instrument conditions prevailed on the approach.
Bell 205s, 212s and 412s are the subject of an FAA special airworthiness information bulletin recommending compliance with an Aug. 27, 2002, manufacturer safety notice calling for inspections of the tail rotor at 25-hour intervals to detect excessive corrosion damage. The November 5 bulletin said there have been two tail rotor failures on the Bell 212 and five on the Bell 412 since 2002.
After a number of years of seeking airport approval, Jackson Hole Aviation recently renovated its customer lobby and added several new features to the FBO. Company v-p and general manager Bryan Burns said, “We opened up the whole facility interior to provide our passengers and crews with a more spacious seating area. Customers can now enjoy a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons while waiting for their flights.”
Last month, the FAA approved a $500,000 grant for preliminary engineering work on installing safety barriers at the end of Teterboro (N.J.) Airport’s Runway 1, which ends 300 feet from a multilane commuter highway. The grant comes as a direct result of the February 2 accident in which a Challenger overran the runway following an aborted takeoff, crossed the highway (seriously injuring a motorist) and crashed into a warehouse.