U.S.-registered business jets experienced significantly fewer total accidents and fatalities last year versus 2012, but the number of fatalities in U.S. business turboprop accidents more than tripled year-over-year.
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The widow of a Blue Hawaiian pilot killed in the crash of a company Eurocopter EC130B4 in November 2011 has filed a suit against the air-tour operator and the helicopter’s manufacturer, citing product defects. Pilot Nathan Cline and four passengers were killed when the helicopter crashed on Molokai during a sightseeing flight. Witnesses at an elementary school near the crash site reported heavy rain squalls at the time of the accident.
The Eurocopter EC135 light twin that crashed into a busy pub on November 29 in Glasgow, Scotland, was intact when it hit the roof, but neither the main rotor nor the fenestron tail rotor were rotating at that time, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch preliminary report reveals. The helicopter had been flying for one hour and 33 minutes when the pilot requested clearance to return to Glasgow City Heliport. No further radio transmission was received.
A Eurocopter EC135T2i light twin helicopter, operated by Bond Air Services for Police Scotland, crashed into a busy pub in Glasgow on Friday night, killing nine and injuring more than 30. Among the nine fatalities are the helicopter’s three occupants–a Bond pilot and two police officers.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating, along with Eurocopter engineers. Eurocopter asserted that since the four main rotor blades are still attached to the main rotor mast, a crack in the mast is unlikely to have caused the accident.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed last night that Dr. Perry Inhofe–the son of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee–was killed on Sunday afternoon in the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B near Owasso, Okla. Dr. Inhofe–a commercial pilot with single-engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings, as well as a CFII–was the sole-occupant pilot of the twin turboprop. FAA records show that Dr. Inhofe was issued a third-class medical certificate last month.
The crash of a King Air C90 near Springdale, Ark., on Friday killed both the 72-year-old pilot and his passenger. The Part 91 flight was en route in VMC from Pine Bluff to Bentonville, Ark., when the pilot asked ATC for a closer airport because he was low on fuel. The controller advised the pilot he was four miles from Springdale (Ark.) Airport. After reporting to Springdale that he had the airport in sight and restating he was low on fuel, he was cleared to land. A few seconds later, the pilot reported he was not going to make the airport.
In its report on a 2011 incident in which a Sikorsky S-92 nearly crashed off the Canadian coast, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada implicates the pilots’ poor understanding of automation, insufficient basic flying skills and a misleading flight manual, which it says caused an inadvertent, vertiginous descent.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released a further update on its investigation into the August 23 ditching of a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma off the Shetlands islands. The latest document reveals that during the approach the pilot’s attention was drawn several times to a too-low-height warning.
Salvage teams attempting to recover the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from a Lao Airlines ATR 72-600 that crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos on October 16 have narrowed the search area from some 650 feet to about 80 feet, but zero visibility, limited mechanical means, a five-knot river current and a lack of ma
A Lao Airlines ATR 72-600 crashed in southern Laos near the Champasak provincial capital of Pakse on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by ATR, the airplane took off from the capital city Vientiane and crashed into the Mekong river. Reports from the official Laos news agency indicate the airplane hit the water some five miles short of its destination, Pakse International Airport.