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.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
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.
Last month we reported that, in the fallout from the February 2 Challenger overrun at Teterboro (TEB), the FAA levied a fine of almost $2 million against Platinum Jet and its principal officer and owner. I requested a copy of the action so that I could review it myself.
Italian authorities strongly suspect that fuel starvation or contamination caused the crash of a Tunisian ATR 72 off the northern coast of Sicily on August 6, and have placed under investigation the chief pilot, a fuel depot manager and the driver of the tanker truck that fueled the airplane in Bari, Italy. The accident claimed 16 of the 39 occupants.
The NTSB determined that the Sikorsky S-76 that crashed in the East River in Manhattan on June 17 had a bent compressor blade on one engine. No other anomalies have been found as yet. Meanwhile, at press time no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions had been discovered on the Bell 206L that went down in the East River on June 14. There were no fatalities in either accident.
All four people in a Cessna Conquest I died August 13 when their aircraft crashed about three miles south of Centennial Airport in Colorado. The airplane was on an IFR approach. Nine days earlier an MU-2 on an IFR approach also to Centennial crashed about three miles south of the field, killing the sole-occupant pilot.
When the nation’s news media rounded up the pundits to comment on the possible causes of the August 27 crash of Comair Flight 5191, many could conjure reasonable speculation about why the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100 jet lined up on Lexington Blue Grass Airport’s 3,500-foot Runway 26 rather than the main, 7,000-foot, Runway 22.
Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian, Daytona Beach, Fla., Dec. 17, 2003–The noninstrument-rated 1,914-hour private pilot and passenger were killed when his Meridian crashed in a wooded swamp in marginal VMC. The airplane was destroyed. No flight plan was filed. The pilot had received seven hours of simulated instrument flight training and had 35.8 hours in PA-46s, but there was no record of flight training in PA-46s.