Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–No injuries were reported when CitationJet N545TG overran the runway on landing at Murfreesboro and the gear collapsed. The pilot and six passengers had flown from Newport News, Va., on an IFR flight plan. The jet is registered to Interstate Warehousing of Fort Wayne, Ind.
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Gulfstream IV-SP, Teterboro, N.J., May 19, 2006 and Dassault Falcon 20, Morristown, N.J., May 16, 2006–At neighboring Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown Municipal (MMU), two corporate jets encountered birds in flight in May. At TEB, Gulfstream IV-SP N844GF, registered to Ford Aviation of San Francisco, struck a bird on takeoff, causing damage to the number-two engine. The jet returned to the airport and landed without incident.
Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Sioux Falls, S.D., May 23, 2006–The pilot of the Sioux Valley Hospital EMS King Air, N32SV, became incapacitated for a brief time when the airplane was descending through 13,000 feet. The second pilot took the controls and landed without incident at Joe Foss Field Airport (FSD). A flight nurse and paramedic were also on board for the positioning flight from Minneapolis to FSD.
IAI 1124 Westwind, Mosstown, Exuma, Bahamas, May 24, 2006–Westwind N475AT declared an emergency after having an electrical problem and was diverted to Mosstown. When the airplane landed and the two crew-members and six passengers left the airplane, one had minor injuries. The Airtrek Westwind had left San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Punta Gorda, Fla., on an IFR flight plan. The source of the electrical problem was not reported.
In his review of the MU-2 accident data, Greg Feith, a former NTSB investigator and aircraft safety consultant, tried to validate or dispel the following perceptions about the MU-2.
MU-2 operators can expect to have to complete a more stringent flight-training program, similar to a type rating, as a result of the FAA’s inquiry into the aircraft’s safety record. The new training likely to be required was one of the subjects of the recent 2006 MU-2 Pilots Review of Proficiency (Prop) seminar.
Ten years ago this month our aviation community suffered its second major hull loss in two months. On the heels of the ValuJet Douglas DC-9 crash in Florida, a 747-100 operating as TWA Flight 800 from New York to Paris entered a rapid descent after takeoff from Kennedy Airport and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean more than 10 miles south of Long Island on July 17, 1996.
The NTSB is investigating the May 4 upset of a Raytheon Aircraft-owned Hawker 800A near Lincoln, Neb., during a post-maintenance stall test. At 17,000 feet, the Hawker’s right wing dropped, then the jet rolled right and left and lost more than 10,000 feet before the pilot pulled (he said) four to five gs, recovering at about 7,000 feet.
The final NTSB report on the Dec. 23, 2003, crash of a Learjet 24B near Helendale, Calif., released late last month, concluded that the probable cause was loss of control for undetermined reasons. Twenty minutes after Pavair’s Learjet N600XJ left San Bernardino County Airport in Chino, Calif., bound for Hailey, Idaho, the crew requested a return without declaring an emergency.
In its final report released late last month, the NTSB concluded that a combination of flight crew and ATC deficiencies led to a controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accident involving an air ambulance Learjet 35A near San Diego on Oct. 24, 2004. The captain, copilot and three medical crewmembers were killed in the 12:30 a.m. crash.