Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Accidents

News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.

October 18, 2006 - 1:53pm

Sikorsky S-76, Tallinn, Estonia, Aug. 10, 2005– After taking off from Tallinn, en route to Helsinki, Finland, the Copterline S-76, with two crewmembers and carrying 12 passengers, crashed into the Baltic Sea approximately three miles off the coast. All aboard were killed and the helicopter was destroyed. Gusty conditions were reported.

October 18, 2006 - 1:52pm

Learjet 35A, Bellville, Mich., Sept. 7, 2005– The right main tire of Learjet N35WR blew on takeoff from Detroit. The jet slid off the runway into the grass, striking three runway lights. There were no injuries and the damage to the aircraft was unknown. The Learjet, on an IFR flight plan, was registered to Wholesale Printing Products of El Paso.

October 18, 2006 - 1:51pm

Eurocopter AS 350BA, Lihue, Hawaii, Sept. 24, 2005–The AS 350 air taxi crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Kee Beach near Lihue, Kauai, under unknown circumstances. Three passengers were killed, and three people, including the pilot, were injured. The pilot’s last clearance was to fly the harbor departure. The helicopter was registered to Jan Leasing of Las Vegas

October 18, 2006 - 1:50pm

Swearingen SA-227-AC Metro, Brownsville, Texas, Sept. 8, 2005–Metro 5441F aborted the takeoff from Brownsville and ran off the runway. There were no injuries and the aircraft was not damaged. The airplane, registered to North Delaware Corp. of Aitkin, Minn., was on an IFR flight to El Paso.

October 18, 2006 - 1:48pm

Bell 206B JetRanger, New Orleans, Sept. 7, 2005–A JetRanger photo flight operated by Helitrans of Manvel, Texas, crashed while maneuvering within the New Orleans temporary flight restricted area established after Hurricane Katrina. At “approximately 500 feet and 40 knots in a left turn,” the JetRanger’s nose “pitched up and began to turn right.”

October 18, 2006 - 1:47pm

Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, West Memphis, Ark., Sept. 22, 2005–The 12,600-hour ATP-rated pilot of the McNeely Charter Services MU-2 had departed West Memphis Municipal Airport (AWM) about an hour before the accident on a flight to Gainesville, Ga., when he returned so a McNeely mechanic could check the right engine fire warning caution light. The light had flickered but he found no signs of fire.

October 18, 2006 - 1:46pm

Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–Taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport, at an altitude of 15 feet, the USA Jet Airlines Falcon encountered “a flock of birds from both sides of the runway” that “swarmed in front of the aircraft” and birds were ingested into both engines.

October 18, 2006 - 1:37pm

Because of 120- to 140-knot headwinds, two Circuit City Citations were making a refueling stop at Pueblo (Colo.) Memorial Airport (PUB), on Feb. 16, 2005, en route to California from Richmond, Va., the chain’s headquarters. One of the Citations, N500AT, crashed on the approach; the other landed without incident.

October 17, 2006 - 10:40am

The number of fatalities in turbine business airplane accidents increased nearly 80 percent (mostly due to crashes involving turboprops) in the first nine months of this year, compared with the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.

October 17, 2006 - 7:59am

A University of North Dakota (UND) Cessna Citation II icing research aircraft made a successful deadstick landing near Beaver, Alaska, about 70 miles north of Fairbanks, after both engines lost power on September 30. In IMC at 9,200 feet, the Citation accumulated about seven-eighths of an inch of ice on the wing’s leading edge.

 
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