The NTSB Friday released preliminary statistics for last year showing an increase in aviation accidents for airline and general aviation operations, and a decline for on-demand air taxis. According to the Safety Board, there were 1,669 accidents in 2005 involving recip and turbine GA aircraft versus 1,617 in 2004. The 562 fatalities involved in GA accidents were four more than in 2004. The NTSB also reported fewer GA flight hours.
Aviation accidents and incidents
The comment deadlines for a November 23 notice of proposed rulemaking to incorporate technology to reduce flammability exposure in transport aircraft fuel tanks and a related advisory circular have been extended from March 23 to May 8.
The first quarter of this year continued the downward trend in fatalities from turbine business aircraft accidents. According to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., there was one fatal accident involving a business jet in the first quarter, the same as the tally during the first three months last year, but four people were killed compared with eight last year.
Luck can change in an instant. Pilot Joe Lepore and copilot Jan Paladino were cruising along at 37,000 feet in the cockpit of the brand-new Embraer Legacy they were delivering from the factory in Brazil to its new home base on New York’s Long Island.
Friends say Leonard Greene wasn’t just brilliant. He thought on a different level.
A wrongful-death lawsuit in connection with the Feb. 16, 2005, crash of a Circuit City Citation 560 has resulted in a $3.5 million out-of-court settlement for the family of one of the passengers. The payment will be made by Circuit City and Martinair, the Richmond, Va.-based manager of the aircraft.
Structural failure appears to have caused the fatal crash of the second Grob SPn prototype near the company airfield in Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, on November 29. Grob Aerospace CEO Niall Olver confirmed to AIN last month that the elevators and left-hand stabilizer separated from the aircraft before impact and were found “several hundred feet” behind the main wreckage.
Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, the pilot and copilot of the ExcelAire Legacy 600 involved in a midair with a Boeing 737 operated by Brazil’s Gol on September 29, returned to New York on December 9. Brazilian authorities confiscated their passports after the accident. The two pilots were allowed to leave Brazil only after their attorney in Brazil successfully filed for habeas corpus.
An NTSB safety recommendation issued last week that calls for airline pilots to cross-check heading references ends with a notation from Safety Board member Kathryn O’Leary Higgins that highlights its failure to include Part 91 and Part 135 operators.
In response to a congressional inquiry, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined that the NTSB Training Center near Washington Dulles International Airport should either be made more cost-effective or vacated.