Agusta 109A II, Shoreline, Wash., Sept. 30, 2005–The three crewmembers on board were killed when Agusta N655GS crashed while returning to base. The aircraft, headed for Arlington, Wash., was registered to Ameritech Credit and SBC Capital Services of Hoffman Estates, Ill., was also listed in the FAA Registry. The wreckage was located half a mile offshore.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Raytheon Premier I, Rockland, Maine, Sept. 14, 2005–The landing gear of the Premier I, registered to JIK, of Mission Lakes, Wilmington, Del., collapsed into the right wing during a hard landing at Rockland. No injuries were reported.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.