Three serious near collisions on runways in Boston, New York and Las Vegas this year prompted the NTSB again to press for quicker action by the FAA to reduce such incidents. This issue has been on the Safety Board’s “most wanted” list since the list’s inception in 1990.
The ongoing investigation into the August 10 fatal crash of an S-76C+ in the Baltic Sea has led the NTSB to ask the FAA to take “urgent” action on several recommendations directed at the twin-turbine helicopter’s hydraulic systems. The aircraft’s flight data recorder showed that the helicopter “pitched up and rolled to the left, followed by a series of rotations to the right before striking the water,” killing all 14 people aboard.
An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA was rescheduled from November 1 to December 15 at the agency’s northeast regional office. The purpose of the gathering is to discuss the FAA’s proposed $1.86 million penalty against the company for its alleged violations in connection with the February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport, N.J., in which a Challenger 600 crashed following an aborted takeoff.
On November 28, a Flight Options Beechjet 400A experienced a double engine flameout at FL380 while on a positioning flight. The NTSB said the crew made two unsuccessful restart attempts before declaring an emergency and deadsticking the airplane safely to Jacksonville International Airport, Fla.
FH1100 Manufacturing Corp. of Century, Fla., has selected an EFIS cockpit from Chelton Flight Systems (Booth No. 2821) as standard equipment on all new 2006 Model FH1100 helicopters. The Chelton FlightLogic system will also be available for retrofit on FH1100 helicopters produced before this year.
Rockwell International NA-265-80 Sabreliner, Brownwood, Texas, May 9, 2005–Debris, possibly from a bird, was found on the combustion chamber mating flange and throughout the second-stage turbine nozzle of the left GE CF700 of the Sabreliner that crashed on takeoff from Brownwood Regional Airport.
Learjet 25B, Feb. 20, 2004, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.–The NTSB determined the probable cause was the pilot’s misjudged distance/speed while landing and the flight crew’s failure to follow prescribed emergency procedures. Factors were the flight crew’s inadequate in-flight planning/decision making, which resulted in a low-fuel condition; an open hydraulic relief valve; and inadequate maintenance.
Raytheon Beech 1900D, Rockland, Maine, Aug. 2, 2005–As Colgan Air Flight 4972, dba US Airways Express, was taking off from Knox County Regional Airport, the yoke did not move when the commercial-rated first officer called, “V1 rotate.” The ATP-rated captain pulled harder and the yoke came back abruptly and the airplane “jumped” into the air. The captain said he was able to maintain controlled flight.
Bell 206B LongRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 18, 2005–While attempting to land on the West Cameron 560 offshore oil platform, the Bell 206 hit the platform and crashed into the water. The commercial pilot and a mechanic were killed. Operated by Air Logistics of New Iberia, La., the helicopter was flying from another offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
Mitsubishi MU-2, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005– The commercial pilot, the sole occupant of he airplane, was killed when MU-2 N454MA crashed on approach to Centennial Airport (APA), near Denver, at 2:06 a.m. The Flight Line cargo airplane had departed from Salt Lake City International Airport at 12:40 p.m. in night IMC.