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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
The National Transportation Safety Board reported that U.S.civil aviation accidents showed a slight uptick in 2011 over 2010. For a second year in a row, there were no Part 121 accidents. Part 135 on-demand charters did reveal a marked increase, however.
An unnamed Greek aircraft maintenance engineer received a 10-year prison sentence this week from an Athens court for allegedly not resetting a cockpit switch following maintenance work on a Helios Airways Boeing 737‐300 done in 2005.
The Dutch government has decided no charges will be brought against Turkish Airlines in the 2009 accident of a Boeing 737-800 on approach to the Netherlands Schiphol Airport, which claimed the lives of nine people and injured 84 more.
A Beechcraft C90B King Air crashed on April 20th, about 300 meters short of the runway at the Comandante Rolim Adolfo Amaro State Airport, 25 nm northwest of Sao Paulo Brazil. The aircraft caught fire after the crash and the single pilot occupant was killed. The aircraft was on a test flight after maintenance work.
A Boeing 737-200 operated by Karachi-based Bhoja Air, a Pakistani domestic carrier, crashed today into a small village near Islamabad, with nine crew members and 118 passengers onboard.
This year’s first quarter was the deadliest for U.S.-registered business jets since 15 people were killed in four accidents in the first quarter of 2008. According to statistics gathered by AIN, in the first three months of this year 14 people were killed in three accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a separation error between two Airbus A330s on March 30 in the far-northwest corner of the continent.
Russia’s aviation safety record has been, by all accounts, poor the past few years, with the number of fatal accidents per million flights nearly tripling in 2011 compared with 2010. A recent takeoff crash of a UTair ATR 72-200 from a Siberian airport killed 31 of 43 occupants.
A new Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTx delivered on Monday was ditched into the ocean some 17 miles north of Oranjestad, Aruba, the following day during the ferry flight to Brazil. An NTSB spokesman told AIN that the two Brazilian nationals flying the twin turboprop were unharmed in the ditching and subsequent rescue by the Dutch navy. The pilots declared an emergency after both engines lost power, said the NTSB, which is investigating the accident. The King Air sank in 4,000 feet of water.