The date is fast approaching for two ExcelAire pilots to testify about the midair between the Embraer Legacy 600 they were flying and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 in Brazil last September. A Brazilian judge has asked ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino to return to Brazil to testify at the August 27 beginning of the trial on criminal charges. Four air traffic controllers were also indicted, and their testimony is due on August 28.
Aviation accidents and incidents
The NTSB issued its preliminary report recently on the mid-air collision between two news helicopters covering a car chase in Phoenix on July 27 in which four people aboard the two helicopters died. According to the Safety Board, the crash occurred while the suspect stopped his vehicle, abandoned it and acquired another vehicle.
As a result of a number of accidents in which the pilots omitted information or lied about substance and/or alcohol dependence during medical evaluations, and the NTSB later determined that the dependency “was relevant to the cause of the accident,” the Safety Board has recommended three policy changes in regard to the evaluation of pilots with dependency issues.
After a year of investigation, the NTSB on Thursday released its final report regarding the takeoff crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky.
In the first half of this year business jet accidents decreased 31 percent from the same period last year, but fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to numbers released last month by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six in the first half of last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
Beech King Air 200, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 3, 2006 – The landing accident that killed all six people on board the King Air 200 was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain control during approach for undetermined reasons, the NTSB said. Witnesses said the airplane made two approaches, and during the first it was “fish tailing.” The airplane appeared to stabilize, flew down the runway and started making a climbing left turn.
Bell 212, Guipuzcoa, Spain, June 13, 2007 – The two commercial pilots flying the Spanish-registered Bell 212 from Santander Airport to Alicante Airport in Spain were killed when the twin-engine helicopter crashed in unknown circumstances. Instrument conditions prevailed throughout the area. Spain’s Comision de Investigacion de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviacion Civil is investigating the accident.
Twenty-two months after the crash of a Cessna 208B Caravan Cargomaster following its night takeoff from Mobile, Ala., NTSB investigators still appear no closer to discovering the cause of the accident, although theories abound.
The flight instructor’s lack of experience was cited by the NTSB as causing the fatal crash of a Falcon 20 on April 8, 2003, in Swanton, Ohio. The crew was practicing ILS approaches in IMC with low clouds and rime ice. A first-officer-in-training occupied the right seat, while the instructor, serving as PIC, was in the left seat. On the second approach, the airplane stalled and crashed short of the runway.
There were no fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of this year, compared with three such accidents and seven fatalities in the same period last year, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates. Corporate/executive jet operators were not involved in any accident in the first half of this year or last year.