The NTSB blamed the first officer’s poor techniques for the Dec. 18, 2003, crash of a FedEx Boeing MD-10-10F in Memphis, Tenn. The Safety Board attributed the crash to “the first officer’s failure to properly apply crosswind landing techniques to align the airplane with the runway centerline and to properly arrest the airplane’s descent rate before touchdown.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante, Pownal, Vt., Aug 4, 2006–The 2,875-hour ATP-rated pilot of Air Now’s EMB-110 was killed when the airplane hit a mountain in Vermont in instrument conditions after his second approach to William H. Morse State Airport. The airplane made the IFR flight from Binghamton, N.Y., to Bennington, Vt., to undergo maintenance.
Mitsubishi MU-2, Argyle, Fla., Sept. 1, 2006–An MU-2, leased from Intercontinental Jet by Berg Steel Pipe, lost its left wing in flight and crashed in instrument conditions near Interstate 10. The ATP-rated pilot asked ATC for a lower altitude, saying, “…like to get down lower so we can get underneath this stuff.” The NTSB said the left wing separated from the airplane and was found, engine attached, half a mile from the accident site.
Mitsubishi MU-2, Bunell, Fla., Aug. 26, 2006–MU-2 N171MA, registered to Drug and Laboratory Disposal of Plainwell, Mich., was on a flight to Grand Harbor, the Bahamas, departing Battle Creek, Mich., with a fuel stop in Bloomington, Ind.
Raytheon Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–Amazingly, there were no fatalities when Hawker N879QS, collided with a Schleicher sailplane at 16,000 feet 42 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Cleared to descend from 16,000 to 11,000, the Hawker captain saw something out of the corner of her eye to the left. She then saw the glider filling the windshield. She pushed the yoke down and to the right to try to avoid the glider.
The six-woman jury in a wrongful-death trial ruled last month that Bombardier’s Learjet subsidiary should not be held accountable for the death of professional golfer Payne Stewart, his agent and the four others who were killed on Oct. 25, 1999, in the crash of their chartered Learjet 35.
“It caught my eye becauseit was…different,” said Brad Brooks, a customer service agent. That difference was an angleof ascent more than 45 degrees– other than a brief correction so violent that the tail pitched over the nose. “I’ve never seen that before,” said Brooks.
The crash landing of the Merlin twin turboprop at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on May 31 followed a flight in which the pilot had aborted his first takeoff at Nantucket Memorial Airport, Mass.
In its latest update, issued last month, the NTSB said the number of people killed in all aviation accidents last year dropped to 616 from 652 in 2004. Airline fatalities increased from 14 to 22, while Part 135 deaths dropped sharply from 64 in 2004 to 18 last year. Part 91 fatalities last year ticked up slightly to 562 from 558 in 2004. Foreign/unregistered aircraft contributed to the difference, with 16 fatalities in 2004 and 14 in 2005.
The NTSB said it confirmed throttle and flight control continuity, as well as fuel type and quantity, in the 1977 Bell 206L that crashed into the East River as it was taking off from Wall Street Heliport, N.Y., on June 14. The pilot and his six passengers were injured when the sightseeing helicopter, operated by New York-based Helicopter Flight Services, fell into the river and rolled inverted.