Bell 206L, New York, June 14, 2005–Bell 206L N78TD was substantially damaged when it crashed in the East River during takeoff from the Port Authority Downtown Manhattan/Wall Street Heliport. The commercial pilot and five passengers sustained minor injuries, while one passenger was seriously injured. VMC prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local commercial sightseeing flight conducted under Part 91.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch cited pilot disorientation, combined with limited instrument flying experience, as the most likely cause of the March 1, 2003, crash of Agusta A109E G-PWER at Bour-nemouth, England. The accident took the lives of the ALTP-rated pilot and his passenger.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, Pittsfield, Mass., March 25, 2004–The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was “the pilot’s loss of aircraft control for undetermined reasons, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin and subsequent impact with the ground.”
Learjet 55, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 19, 2004–The NTSB blamed the accident on the flight crew’s decision to continue the approach into a known area of potentially severe weather (the thunderstorm), which resulted in the flight encountering a 30-knot crosswind, heavy rain, low-level wind shear and hydroplaning on an ungrooved contaminated runway. The pilots were not injured.
Beech King Air B200, Morlan, Ga., Dec. 4, 2003–The Southeastern Air Charter King Air crashed on a localizer approach to Runway 32 at the Newnan Coweta County Airport. IMC prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed. The 1,488-hour commercial pilot and ATP-rated copilot were killed and the airplane suffered substantial damage, including a post-crash fire. The repositioning flight came from Douglas, Ga.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Bellevue, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2004–Mountain Bird’s UPS cargo flight crashed in flat open terrain about seven miles outside Bellevue, Idaho, in VMC. The aircraft was destroyed and the two ATP pilots were killed. The captain had logged 9,757 hours. En route from Salt Lake City to Freidman Memorial (SUN), Hailey, Idaho, the Caravan was on an IFR flight plan.
Bell 206L4 LongRanger, Balaga, Sarawak, Malaysia, July 25, 2005–At about 10:45 a.m. local time, Malaysian-registered Bell 206L4 LongRanger 9M-BCT crashed in mountainous terrain north of Balaga, Malaysia. The helicopter, registered to Hornbill Skyways, was operating as a VFR aerial observation flight. The commercial-rated pilot and one passenger were killed, a second passenger was seriously injured and a third passenger was missing.
Learjet 35A, Eagle, Colo., July 15, 2005–Learjet N620JM was substantially damaged when it ran off the runway on landing at the Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). The landing gear collapsed and the airplane caught fire. VMC prevailed for the unscheduled, on-demand medical transport flight from Aspen on a VFR flight plan. The captain, first officer and two passengers received minor injuries.
Eurocopter EC 120B, Fair Oaks, Calif., July 13, 2005–The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Eurocopter lost power and crashed in steep hilly terrain, killing the commercial pilot and seriously injuring the student-pilot-rated observer trainee. The helicopter was substantially damaged.
Eurocopter AS 350B, Juneau, Alaska, July 25, 2005–The high-skid-equipped Squirrel was substantially damaged after a loss of engine power and subsequent emergency landing after taking off from the Juneau Airport. Temsco Helicopters of Juneau was operating the local VFR sightseeing flight to the Mendenhall Glacier. The commercial pilot and six passengers were not injured.