Beech 99, Neihart, Mont., Aug. 17, 2004–The NTSB determined the cause of the Alpine Air Beech 99 cargo flight crash was the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate terrain clearance during cruise, which resulted in the airplane’s hitting mountainous terrain. Dark night conditions and mountainous terrain were contributing factors. Before the accident, the pilot told ATC he was VFR and level at 8,500 feet msl.
Cessna CitationJet CJ2 525A, Newnan, Ga., July 15, 2005–The NTSB said the CitationJet’s collision with a localizer antenna was caused by the pilot’s delay in aborting the landing and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. The Safety Board listed as contributing factors hydroplaning and the localizer antenna.
Commander 690A, Cleveland, Ohio, Jan. 4, 2005–The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing caused the airplane to run off the runway and hit a sign, said the NTSB. While landing on Runway 24 at Cuyahoga County Airport, the Aero Commander began to yaw to the right, and the airplane ran off the runway.
Beech King Air 200, Bay View, Texas, Dec. 10, 2004–The ATP pilot’s failure to maintain directional control as a result of his improper runway selection was blamed for the Charter One King Air’s crash into trees on takeoff from Rancho Buena Vista Airport. The right quartering 14-knot tailwind was a contributing factor. The runway was a 3,500-foot grass strip.
Dassault Falcon 20, Pine Bluff, Ark., Dec. 5, 2004–The NTSB determined the probable cause of a Falcon 20 overrun was the pilot’s misjudgment of speed and distance. Contributing factors were the moderate rain and the reported encounter with hydroplaning conditions.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Round Rock, Texas, Oct. 18, 2005–After losing power, the FedEx Caravan, operated by Baron Aviation of Vichy, Mo., was substantially damaged during a forced landing. The sole-occupant commercial pilot was seriously injured. The flight had originated at Austin, Texas, at 10:15 p.m. and was en route to Fort Worth in night VMC.
Beech 1900D, Ogdensburg, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2005–The US Airways Express flight was substantially damaged when it hit a coyote during its takeoff roll at Ogdensburg International Airport. The ATP-rated pilot, commercial copilot and passenger were not injured. VMC prevailed for the 11:40 p.m. flight to Massena, N.Y.
Bell 206L3 LongRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Oct. 6, 2005–The Industrial Helicopters Long-Ranger disappeared while operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The fate of the commercial pilot and two passengers is unknown, but they are presumed dead. The helicopter had made two flights that day, from a company heliport in Scott, La., to two oil platforms, returning to the heliport.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct. 6, 2005–Icing conditions were present when the Caravan, operated by Morning Star Air Express under contract to FedEx, crashed after takeoff from Winnipeg International Airport at 5:40 a.m. en route to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was killed. She was instructed to turn right on course after departing Runway 36.
Although the NTSB has not yet determined a probable cause for the February 2 Challenger 600 accident at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, it has released a number of factual reports. Apparently, the Platinum Jet Management crew failed to perform weight-and-balance calculations properly and delayed its use of the thrust reversers when the jet failed to take off.