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.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
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.
Turbine engines are extremely reliable and many business jet pilots go through their entire careers experiencing engine failures only during simulator training. But in mid-July, two Beechjet 400A pilots found out what it’s like to lose not just one engine in flight, but both of them. Fortunately for them and their seven passengers they were able to get one of the light jet’s engines restarted during the descent.
The pilot and his passenger escaped with minor injuries after their King Air A90 was severely damaged during a crash landing at Ferguson Airport, Pensacola, Fla., on August 17. The turboprop twin, N45TT, was taking off for a post-maintenance test flight when it turned to return to the airport. VMC prevailed.
The UK’s August 20 final report of the fatal crash of a Challenger 604 at Birmingham International Airport, England, on Jan. 4, 2002, concluded that the crew failed to remove frost from the wings and might have been impaired by the combined effects of non-prescription sleep aids, jet lag and fatigue. Both pilots and three passengers were killed after the airplane crashed and burst into flames on the runway.
A Sabreliner owned and operated by Compass Acquisitions and Development in Dallas ran off the runway at Brownwood Regional Airport, Texas, on May 9 following an engine failure at V1. The pilot set the nosegear back on the runway but was unable to stop the aircraft before it went off the end of the runway. The airplane traveled another 1,300 feet before finally stopping, according to the NTSB.
The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin to alert operators of Bombardier CL600-2B19 regional jets of “higher-than-expected levels of dual-channel disconnects of the horizontal stabilizer trim system.” While Bombardier is undertaking an engineering investigation to address the cause of this problem, the OEM has issued a service letter intended to help reduce the number of events.
Gerry Garapich and fellow passenger Bob Powelson are recovering from the injuries they sustained on May 5 during a rough landing at North Las Vegas Airport. Garapich had to take over flying a Twin Commander turboprop after their friend (and the airplane’s pilot) suffered an apparent heart attack (and later died).
NTSB public hearings are scheduled to take place June 13 to 15 on the crash of a Pinnacle Airlines Bombardier CL-600 regional jet in Jefferson City, Mo., on October 14 last year. The two crewmembers were killed. There were no passengers on board and no injuries on the ground. The flight was repositioning from Little Rock, Ark., to Minneapolis-St. Paul when it lost power in both engines at FL410.