Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–While the pilot was practicing engine-out approach procedures in VMC, the TBM 700, registered to Socata Aircraft of Pembroke Pines, Fla., crashed on approach to Gen. William J. Fox Airport. Damage to the airplane was substantial, but only one of the two crewmembers received minor injuries. The turboprop single was on an IFR flight plan and had been cleared to land.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard, Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 19, 2005–The right wing separated from a Chalk’s Turbo Mallard as it was taking off from Chalk’s Watson Island seaplane base. It plunged into the ocean, and all 20 people on board–18 passengers and two crewmembers–died. A witness said he heard a loud noise, then saw the wing fall off before the amphibious airplane fell into the water in flames.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the Nov. 11, 2005, incident in which a Bahamas-registered Bombardier Challenger 604 lost its autopilot. According to a UK AAIB bulletin, VP-BJM was cruising at FL400 for 4.5 hours on a flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Farnborough, England, when the crew received an “autopilot pitch trim” caution.
Investigators last month had yet to determine the cause of a December 26 fire that destroyed Frontier Flying Service’s hangar at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska. The blaze didn’t damage any airplanes and no one was injured, but the airline lost its two-story building and various ground-support equipment. At press time, insurance adjusters hadn’t finished calculating the dollar value of the damage.
While the NTSB is far from concluding its investigation into the fatal nighttime overrun accident involving a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) on December 8, the Safety Board has released preliminary findings that shed light on what was going on in the cockpit and with the weather before the crash.
A NetJets Citation 560 sustained substantial damage, according to the NTSB, when its right wing contacted Runway 36 during landing at Lakeland Airport in Minocqua-Woodruff, Wis., on January 5. The twinjet subsequently went off the runway and hit a snowbank, but the two pilots and five passengers on board were not injured.
In its January 10 final report on the fatal crash of a Cessna Caravan more than three years ago, the NTSB said there was “no evidence of an in-flight collision or breakup.” The Safety Board modified its factual report, which previously contained language that suggested the possibility of an in-flight collision, perhaps with a nearby FedEx DC-10, before it lost control and crashed on Oct. 23, 2002, killing the sole-occupant pilot.
An Iranian-military Falcon 20 crashed after making a forced landing on a road in Orumiyeh, Iran, last month, killing all 11 aboard, including high-ranking officials in Iran’s revolutionary guard corps. A spokesman for the revolutionary guard blamed bad weather and engine failure for the accident. One report said the aircraft ran out of fuel as the crew was troubleshooting a problem.
Twenty-nine-year-old Chana Daskal, the sole survivorof an Aug. 10, 2001, Grand Canyon Helicopter crash, will receive $38 million under a settlement. Besides losing her husband in the accident, Daskal suffered severe burns and had both legs amputated.
Two recent fatal accidents in icing conditions involving Cessna Caravans prompted the NTSB to issue more recommendations for the turboprop single. The Safety Board wants the FAA to require that operators maintain at least 120 knots when flying in icing conditions. The NTSB also wants Caravans to be prohibited from operating in more than light icing conditions and flown manually when in icing conditions.