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.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
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.
The Schleicher sailplane that collided with a NetJets Hawker 800XP at about 16,000 feet near Smith, Nev., on August 28 was equipped with a transponder but it was not turned on. Transponder activation is not required for glider operations below 18,000 feet msl and outside controlled airspace.
Gulfstream American Twin Commander 690C, Indianapolis, Feb. 10, 2005–The airplane was substantially damaged, but the occupants uninjured, during a runway excursion while landing on Runway 21 at Eagle Creek Airport. There was a direct right crosswind of approximately 13 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was normal, on centerline, and that touchdown was at the 1,000-foot runway markings.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Galliano, La., March 13, 2005–Parked on a platform in the Gulf of Mexico for approximately 10 minutes with the main rotor rpm at ground idle, the commercial pilot had his head down making an entry on the flight manifest. He had a sensation that the helicopter was “rocking backwards” and grabbed both controls in an effort to “level” the helicopter. He lifted up on the collective and pushed forward on the cyclic.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Ferndale, Md., May 14, 2004–The MU-2 pilot was finishing his third round-trip IFR Part 135 cargo flight from Baltimore Washington (BWI) to Philadelphia. Starting the previous evening, at about 9:50 p.m., he had flown back to BWI, landing on Runway 15R at 11:05. At 2:30 a.m., he returned to land on Runway 28.
Hawker Siddeley HS.125-600B, Québec, Feb. 21, 2005–In night IMC, Hawker N21SA landed 300 feet to the left of Runway 5L at Bromont Airport, Québec. The runway lights were inoperative, but a notam had been issued. The airplane was substantially damaged; the pilot, copilot and one passenger were seriously injured.
Sikorsky S-76C, New York, June 17, 2005– Corporate Aviation Services’ S-76 was substantially damaged when it crashed into the East River after taking off from the 34th Street Metroport in Manhattan. The 11,470-hour ATP-rated pilot was seriously injured. The 3,500-hour ATP-rated copilot and six passengers, all top executives at MBNA, escaped with minor injuries.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Clarendon, Texas, June 7, 2005–An “unusual whining/hissing noise” alerted the pilot of Caravan N9505B to problems with the flight, which was at 6,000 feet on a climb to cruise altitude. At 8,000 feet, the noise grew louder and the inlet turbine temperature gauge started fluctuating. After a “bang,” the engine quit.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19, Los Angeles, June 12, 2005–The Skywest Airlines airplane, operating as United Express Flight 6543, touched down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the nosegear partially extended. No one was injured.