Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Englewood, Colo., Dec. 10, 2004–The Flight Line MU-2, operated as American Check 900 (ACT 900), lost control while maneuvering near Centennial Airport (APA), Englewood, and was destroyed when it crashed in night IMC. The ATP-rated pilot and commercial-rated passenger were killed.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Learjet 24B, Helendale, Calif., Dec. 23, 2003–According to the NTSB, the Pavair Learjet, on an IFR flight plan from San Bernardino County Airport (CNO) in Chino, Calif., to Hailey, Idaho, “departed controlled flight” and crashed.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Arecuna, Venezuela, March 5, 2006–A Venezuelan-registered Caravan, YV-1149C, crashed during a forced landing after reportedly losing power. The airplane was owned and operated as an air taxi by Servicios Aeronauticos Sucre. The pilot and copilot were seriously injured, but the 11 passengers were not injured. The flight originated at Polamar, destined for Canaima.
Beech 99, Butte, Mont., March 18, 2006–The ATP pilot and commercial copilot were killed when the Ameriflight Beech 99 cargo flight crashed into trees in mountainous terrain approximately seven nm southwest of Butte.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Patterson, La., March 14, 2006–As the Rotorcraft Leasing JetRanger left Patterson for an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the helicopter seemed to lose power and “dropped” a couple of times. A passenger reported that the pilot “didn’t have the power to keep it up.” Although the pilot recovered a couple of times, he was attempting an emergency landing when it crashed in trees only five miles from Patterson.
Learjet 35, Philadelphia, March 22, 2006–As the Bankair Learjet N58EM was taking off at 2 a.m. from Philadelphia International Airport’s Runway 27L, the pilot lost control and the jet spun into the grass. The Learjet, registered to 58EM LLC of West Columbia, N.C., was on an IFR flight plan in VMC for Charlotte, N.C. The two pilots were not injured.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Yucaipa, Calif., March 29, 2006–Cessna Aircraft Western and Canada regional sales manager Steve O’Neill and Rick Voorhis, president of Pacific Aircraft Sales, were en route to Ontario, Calif., in the Caravan when it crashed in a mountainous area about 25 miles west of Palm Springs. Both men were killed. Witnesses said the low-flying airplane appeared to be having engine trouble.
Many of you may remember that there was an accident involving a Challenger 600 in Montrose, Colo., in November 2004. (See story on page 95.) According
A former Comair flight attendant faces 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of setting fire to one of the airline’s Bombardier CRJs, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Rome, Ga.