Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn't disclose what he alleges is the twinjet's high susceptibility to icing. Wicksell was the copilot of the Challenger 601 involved in a crash at Montrose Regional Airport, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004. Three people were killed in the accident, including a son of NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol.
The FAA released Notice 8700.49, effective October 11, to guide FAA inspectors in helping operators develop Safety Management Systems (SMS). An SMS advisory circular–AC 120-92–was released on June 22, and since then the FAA has promoted the SMS concept industry-wide, at meetings such as the Bombardier Safety Standdown in early October and the Nascar race team SMS Safety Summit on October 20.
An excerpt from the NTSB’s update on its investigation into the crash of the Cirrus SR20 that hit the 30th floor of an apartment building on October 11 while trying to make a U-turn over the East River (New York) provides insight into the role of the wind. “Radar data indicate that the airplane was flying over the east side of Roosevelt Island prior to initiating a 180-degree turn.
Included in the several factors that the NTSB says contributed to the Feb. 2, 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport was its determination that the third crewmember, or “cabin aide,” was not properly trained.
Within days of the Teterboro Challenger crash and weeks before the NTSB released recommendations as a result of its investigation into the accident, the FAA had started its scrutiny of air-taxi operators, which continues today.
The Safety Board determined that factors contributing to the Teterboro Challenger accident were Platinum Jet Management’s conduct of charter flights without FAA certification, false representation of itself as a charter operator and its failure to ensure that all for-hire flights were conducted in accordance with Part 135.
In a final report adopted Tuesday, the NTSB concluded that the probable cause of the Feb.
Cessna’s cessnaelearning.com Web site now offers a Caravan cold-weather operations course, a series of five self-paced training modules, taking an estimated two to three hours to complete. After a user submits the online exams, Cessna issues a certificate of completion.
Three separate accidents in the space of four days last week involved turboprop twins and claimed the lives of all 13 aboard. On October 15, four people in a Commander 690 (N55JS) were killed when the aircraft crashed near Antlers, Okla., on an IFR flight plan from Oklahoma City to Orlando, Fla. On October 18, five people in a Piper Cheyenne (N121CS) died when the airplane crashed during a photo flight with a MiG-21.
Four of the 16 occupants (including one crewmember) died when a British Aerospace 146-200A regional jet overran the runway and burned at Stord-Sorstokken Airport, Norway, on Tuesday. Operated by Atlantic Airways, the 19-year-old aircraft (OY-CRG) reportedly had been chartered by Aker Kvaerner to transport 12 of the Norwegian industrial company’s personnel from Stavanger-Sola to Molde via Stord.