Raytheon Beech King Air 90, Rawlins, Wyo., Jan. 11, 2005–The Yampa Valley Air Ambulance King Air crashed on the VOR/GPS approach to Runway 22 at Rawlins Municipal Airport/Harvey Field (RWL) at 9:45 p.m. in night IMC. The ATP pilot and two flight nurses were killed, the flight paramedic was seriously injured and the airplane was destroyed.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 8, 2005–Business Air’s cargo flight crashed into a Wal-Mart garden center shortly after takeoff from Manchester Airport in VMC. The 3,612-hour ATP pilot, who had 137 hours in the Bandeirante (and a type rating), was seriously injured. An IFR flight plan had been filed for Bangor, Maine.
Aerospatiale AS 350B/Eurocopter EC 130B4, Homestead, Fla., Nov. 21, 2005– The two helicopters collided near the Homestead-Miami Speedway and the commercial pilot of HelicopterShuttle.com EC 130 N130HS was killed. The commercial pilot of the Biscayne Helicopters AS 350 N264BH was not injured.
Sikorsky S-76A, Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Sept. 6, 2005–The NTSB has released the preliminary report on the Houston Helicopters Sikorsky S-76A accident in the Gulf of Mexico. After dropping passengers off at the Bob Keller oil rig, with the engines running, the helicopter boarded more passengers and took off at approximately 3:35 p.m.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Bozeman, Mont., Nov. 29, 2005–Salt Lake Center had cleared Conquest N701QR for the procedure turn to a holding pattern at 12:40 p.m. and told the pilot to contact Gallatin Field, his destination. The pilot, the sole occupant, read back the clearance correctly and there were no further transmissions. The airplane disappeared from radar at 5:40 p.m. and crashed on a ranch. The pilot was killed.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Unalakleet, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2005–Caravan N1263Y was substantially damaged when it hit the ground during low-level cruise flight, about 17 miles south of Unalakleet, the flight’s destination. The commercial pilot reported that he was “flight seeing” and was distracted by a noise in the cabin. When he looked back outside, the airplane hit brush and tundra.
Learjet 25D, Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 26, 2005–On base leg for landing at Sacramento’s McClellan AFB, the pilot of Learjet N888DV was distracted by a helicopter transmitting over the common traffic advisory frequency. The copilot called for the landing gear to be extended, and the pilot said he thought he had lowered the gear while searching for the helicopter. He said he did not remember seeing the landing gear lights turn green.
Gulfstream’s initial investigation into the November 21 incident involving a jammed gear on Nike’s GV revealed corrosion on the main landing gear (MLG) uplock linkage. According to a December 5 Gulfstream Service Letter, “It is suspected this corrosion caused the linkage bungee to freeze in the extended position, contributing to the MLG door being out of sequence during the extension and retraction cycles.
Russian aviation officials are investigating the fatal crash of a 2004 Cessna Grand Caravan (Aruba registry P4-OIN) as it was trying to land at Moscow-Domodedovo Airport on November 19. The two pilots and six passengers were killed. A snowstorm and icing conditions existed at the time of the accident.
Bombardier CRJ-299 Regional Jet, Dulles Airport, Va., March 9, 2002–“The airplane’s collision with two wild turkeys” was the probable cause of a CRJ accident, according to the NTSB.