Aviation accidents and incidents

March 15, 2007 - 11:41am

The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation having the lowest number of accidents in 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation. Last year, on-demand Part 135 operators had 54 accidents, down almost 20 percent from 2005, with 10 of those accidents resulting in 16 fatalities.

March 15, 2007 - 6:52am

Airplane accidents usually cause harm beyond the grief they bring to the families of those lost, and the spate of business aircraft crashes late last year is proving collectively to be no exception. As the toll kept rising, business aviation gained ever more unfavorable prominence in the media.

March 14, 2007 - 12:09pm

On March 23, 2004, an Era Aviation Sikorsky S-76A transporting eight oil workers crashed in the Gulf of Mexico at night, killing the passengers along with the two pilots.

March 12, 2007 - 12:19pm

Annual U.S. turbine helicopter accidents for singles and twins dropped slightly last year, a reflection of an improving safety picture combined with steady, or possibly slightly declining, usage rates compared with 2005. Those were the preliminary opinions of noted business aviation safety expert Bob Breiling of Robert E. Breiling and Associates.

March 12, 2007 - 9:24am

Raytheon 390 Premier I, Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, UK, April 7, 2004– According to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch report, the instrument-rated pilot of Premier N200PR was unable to raise the landing gear after takeoff from Humberside Airport. He tried unsuccessfully to recycle the gear and noticed lift dump and antiskid systems failure indications.

March 8, 2007 - 12:12pm

The September 29 midair collision between an Embraer Legacy and a Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon was a baptism by fire for Bill Voss, who took over as president of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) a couple of days later.

March 7, 2007 - 6:09am

Cessna Citation 500, Houston, Nov. 5, 2005– The commercial pilot, owner of the airplane, and a passenger, a maintenance technician, were killed when control of Citation N505K was lost on takeoff from William P. Hobby Airport. The pilot had filed an instrument flight plan for the local maintenance test flight, in VFR conditions.

March 7, 2007 - 6:01am

Piper Cheyenne N160TR was destroyed and its pilot killed when the turboprop twin crashed into a field near Rieschweiler, Germany, on February 12. According to the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation, VMC prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated in Zweibrucken, Germany, and was en route to Split, Croatia.

March 7, 2007 - 5:39am

The September 29 midair collision between an Embraer Legacy and a Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon was a baptism by fire for Bill Voss, who took over as president of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) a couple of days later.

He was immediately thrown into the midst of an international incident when Brazil confiscated the passports of the two American pilots of the business jet to prevent them from leaving the country.

February 19, 2007 - 3:47am

The NTSB is asking the FAA to require Part 121 and 135 airlines to incorporate bounced landing recovery techniques in their flight manuals and to teach these techniques during initial and recurrent training.

 
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