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.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
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.
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.
Rupert, W.Va., June 13, 2004–King Air N200BE departed Summersville (W.Va.) Airport (SXL) VFR, having filed an IFR flight plan, but it struck Big Mountain at 3,475 feet in IMC before the pilots could activate the flight plan. The ATP-rated pilot and commercial copilot were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
Raytheon Beech King Air A90, Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 17, 2004–The pilot of Eclipse Enterprises King Air N45TT took off from Ferguson Airport, Pensacola, Fla., to refuel at Jack Edwards Airport, Gulf Shores, Ala. But seconds after the airplane rotated, the right engine quit because of fuel exhaustion. The airplane drifted right, and the pilot applied full left rudder and lowered the left wing to correct.
Raytheon Beech B200 King Air, Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 8, 2004–After the right engine of King Air N6PE began to “sputter” on approach to Tulsa International Airport, approximately six miles from the runway, the engine quit. The 2,100-hour pilot “looked over at the fuel gauges and both tanks were showing empty.” Moments later, the left engine quit.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Galliano, La., March 13, 2005–LongRanger N480RA was destroyed when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico when departing an offshore oil rig platform. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was seriously injured.
Bombardier Learjet 55, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 19, 2004–Hop-A-Jet Learjet N55LF overran Runway 31 during the landing roll at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in VMC. The ATP captain and the commercial first officer were not injured, but the airplane was destroyed.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Ferndale, Md., May 14, 2004–Epps Air Service MU-2 N755AF was destroyed when it hit trees and the ground while approaching Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) in VMC. The ATP-rated pilot was killed.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Sirnach, Switzerland, March 26, 2005–The pilot and three passengers were killed when the Swiss-registered Jet-Ranger they were using for heli-skiing crashed into a mountain. The local Heli Partner flight had departed Sirnach, Switzerland, to take skiers to the Steingletscher Glacier.