Cessna 441 Conquest, Vestavia Hills, Ala., Dec. 10, 2003–On an IFR flight from Birmingham, Ala., to Venice, Fla., Conquest N441W reached 6,300 feet in its climb to 10,000 feet when it began to lose altitude and deviate from course. Declaring a Mayday, the pilot reported the airplane was in a spin. Several witnesses near the accident site reported seeing the airplane descend from the clouds in a nose-down spiral.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, North Las Vegas, Nev., Sept. 23, 2003–Piper Arrow N8604N was landing on Runway 12R at North Las Vegas Airport and Mirage N146PM (with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-35 turboprop conversion) had started the takeoff roll on Runway 7 when they collided at the intersection of the two runways.
Cessna Citation 525A CJ2, Atlantic City, N.J., May 15, 2005–The pilot of Danish-registered CJ2 OY-JET said he “lost the brakes.” The airplane hit the water after landing at Atlantic City Municipal Airport/Bader Field, but investigators found no abnormalities in the brake systems.
Mitsubishi MU-2B, Hillsboro, Ore., May 24, 2005–The pilot, his wife and another couple aboard Mitsubishi MU-2B N312MA were killed when the twin turboprop crashed moments after taking off. VMC prevailed. Preliminary evidence indicates the left engine was not operating at the time of the accident.
Gates Learjet 25B, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb., 20, 2004– Skylink Jets’ Learjet N24RZ was substantially damaged when it struck a fence and building after it overran the runway on landing at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in VMC. The ATP-rated captain received serious injuries and the ATP-rated first officer sustained minor injuries; two nurses on board were not injured.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, Pittsfield, Mass., March 25, 2004– Royal Air Freight’s MU-2 was substantially damaged and the ATP pilot killed when the airplane crashed in Pittsfield in VMC. The Part 135 trip originated in Pontiac, Mich., about 11:30 the previous evening. The pilot picked up cargo in Rockford, Ill., then flew to Hagerstown, Md., where he dropped off cargo. An IFR flight plan had been filed from Hagerstown, to Bangor, Maine.
One thing that makes air transportation great is the amount of effort that the industry puts into maintaining the safety record. Today most of our political leaders and many of our trade association leaders are quick to remind us of the outstanding accident rate we have achieved.
Fortunately, we all realize that no matter how good our record is we must constantly increase our efforts just to stay even.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–The NTSB blamed the accident on “the pilot’s failure to land the aircraft at the proper touchdown point…
to allow adequate stopping distance.”
Raytheon Beech King Air E90, New Roads, La., June 23, 2005–While making a go-around at False River Regional Airport, the 4,000-hour pilot lost control and the King Air pitched up, stalled and crashed into a cornfield. All five people on board were killed. The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was the multi-engine- and instrument-rated pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during the go-around.
An extensive investigation by a team from the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), with input from the French BEA, has failed to arrive at a positive cause for the crash of TBM 700 N30LT on Dec. 6, 2003, at England’s Oxford Airport. The accident killed the pilot and his two passengers.