SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIA, JACKSONVILLE, FLA., NOV. 27, 2003–A Swearingen Merlin IIA (N698X) registered to George C. Swanson, MD Ltd of Port Arthur, Texas was destroyed at 12:56 p.m. when it crashed into a wooded area while on an ILS approach to Craig Municipal Airport (CRG), Jacksonville, Fla. The pilot was killed and all four passengers were seriously injured.
CESSNA 560 CITATION, SAVANNAH, GA., NOV. 25, 2003–A Cessna Citation 560 (N632QS) registered to Convergys Corp c/o NetJets Sales, Oklahoma City, Okla. received minor damage when it landed with the nosewheel retracted on Runway 9 at Savannah (SAV), Ga. There were no injuries in the November 25 incident, which occurred at approximately 10 p.m. in VMC. The aircraft had departed Hilton Head (HXD), S.C.
SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIB, SPOKANE VALLEY, WASH, NOV. 20, 2003–Swearingen Merlin IIIB N439AF, owned by Ameriflight of Burbank, Calif., was destroyed when it crashed into trees approximately one mile short of the runway on an ILS approach to Spokane Valley, Wash. in IMC conditions. The accident occurred at approximately 4:06 p.m. The flight was operated as Ameriflight AMF1996 and the pilot, who was alone, was killed.
SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIA, GRAND JUNCTION, COLO., NOV 18, 2003–Merlin IIIA N332BA, owned and operated by Key Lime Air, Englewood Colo., was substantially damaged when it crashed at approximately 7:21 a.m. (MST). The aircraft was on a landing roll at Walker Field (GJT), Grand Junction, Colo. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was not injured.
FAIRCHILD SWEARINGEN METRO IIIA, RAWLINS, WYO., NOV. 1, 2003–At approximately 6 a.m. (MST) Fairchild Swearingen Metro IIA N787KL was substantially damaged when it hit a snowbank while landing at Rawlins Municipal Airport (RWL), Rawlins, Wyo. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The cargo flight was being operated under FAR Part 135 by Key Lime Air Englewood, Colo.
Pentastar Aviation has signed a five-year ground handling contract with Daimler- Chrysler Aviation for its Airbus A319 shuttle. Located at Oakland County International Airport (PTK), Pentastar Aviation will provide maintenance, fueling, passenger processing, cleaning, security, catering to DaimlerChrysler Aviation’s Airbus A319 shuttle, the Transatlantic Star. The aircraft can accommodate up to 48 passengers in executive seats.
Transcripts released by the FAA early last month reveal that the pilots of the Pinnacle Airlines CRJ200 that crashed in Jefferson City, Mo., on October 18 purposely climbed to 41,000 feet to “have a little fun” before the jet, its 50 passenger seats empty, lost power and began a rapid descent. “We don’t have any passengers on board so we decided to have a little fun and come on up here,” said one of the pilots.
In a rare decision, a federal judge in Jacksonville, Fla., ruled last month that the FAA was more responsible for a fatal accident than the pilot. All four people on board a Piper Cherokee Six were killed on Dec. 12, 2001, when the piston single crashed in heavy fog.
In the past several years, avionics manufacturers have introduced a wide range of multifunction displays (MFDs) capable of integrating moving-map information, terrain warnings, traffic, weather and other sensor inputs. The trouble was, nearly all of these units required a relatively large opening for them to fit in the panel.
The NTSB is recommending modifications of Honeywell flight management system (FMS) software that would provide warnings to pilots if they try to enter inconsistent weight and performance information.