Beech King Air 90, Rawlins, Wyo., Jan. 11, 2005–The NTSB said the air ambulance accident was caused by “the pilot’s inadvertent flight into adverse weather [severe icing] conditions, resulting in an aerodynamic stall.” A contributing factor was the pilot’s inadequate planning for the forecast icing.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
Bell 206L LongRanger, New York, N.Y., June 14, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of the Helicopter Professionals LongRanger on “the pilot’s inadequate preflight planning, which resulted in an attempted takeoff with an overweight helicopter and subsequent impact with a pier and water.” According to the Safety Board, a high ambient temperature and unfavorable wind were factors in the crash, which all the occupants survived.
Over the last 10 years business aviation safety has improved immensely. During the same period, the entire aviation industry has been subject to a number of equipment, avionics and procedural requirements designed to reduce accidents.
The family of flight attendant Kristi Dunn, killed in the Nov. 22, 2004, crash of a Gulf-stream III en route to pick up former president George H.W. Bush, filed a wrongful-death suit last month against (among others) Dallas charter operator Business Jet Services and the estates of the two pilots killed in the accident. The family is seeking a “multimillion-dollar award” for actual and punitive damages.
“Chunks of slush” slid off the taxiing Bombardier Challenger 600 just before
it crashed on takeoff from Montrose Regional Airport in Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004, reported NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, who survived the crash of the Air Castle chartered jet.
Bell 206L LongRanger, Chesterfield, Ind., Feb. 2, 2006–The EMS LongRanger, operated by Petroleum Helicopters (PHI) of Lafayette, La., was destroyed when it hit trees, wires and houses while maneuvering in IMC near Chesterfield. It was en route to pick up a patient at a Kokomo, Ind. hospital. The pilot, flight nurse and paramedic were seriously injured.
Bell 222B, Gulf of Mexico, Feb. 19, 2006–Approaching the ship Shaula Star in the Gulf of Mexico for a night VMC landing, the ATP-rated pilot of the Central Helicopters Bell 222 said he had the ship in sight and was configuring the helicopter for the landing when he “looked up just in time to see the water in the windscreen.” He experienced no mechanical problems with the helicopter before crashing into the Gulf.
Bell 206BIII JetRanger, Parkes, Australia, Feb. 2, 2006–The pilot and two passengers were killed when Southwest Helicopters JetRanger VH-MFI crashed 11 nm from Parkes and was destroyed. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the accident.
Cessna Citation I, Greensboro, N.C., Feb, 1, 2006–Citation N814ER, registered to Flite Services of Tampa, Fla., crashed on the runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport when the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane was substantially damaged but the commercial pilot and copilot were not injured.
Cessna 560 Citation V Ultra, Woodruff, Wis., Jan. 5, 2006–Citation V Ultra N391QS, registered to NetJets Sales, was substantially damaged when the right wing hit the runway while landing at Lakeland Airport/Noble F. Lee Memorial Field at 8 a.m. The airplane then ran off the runway into a snow bank. There were no injuries to the ATP-rated pilot and copilot and five passengers.