Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Accidents

News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.

August 13, 2012 - 4:35pm

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) on August 1 released the preliminary details of what it knows about the flight of the Sukhoi Superjet that crashed near Jakarta on May 9, 2012, during a flight demonstration. The jet struck a cliff on Mount Salak at 6,100 feet, killing all 45 people on board.

August 13, 2012 - 4:05pm

An Embraer Phenom 300 on a flight from Genève-Cointrin Airport (LSGG) in Switzerland was damaged following an August 6 runway excursion at its destination, St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport (LSZR), Switzerland. All three people on board escaped uninjured. The jet landed on Runway 10 but overshot the end of the paved surface, breaking through an airport fence before sliding to a stop in a field. Weather at LSZR at the time of the accident was reported as scattered clouds at 6,000 feet with good visibility in light rain.

August 9, 2012 - 3:15pm

A test aircraft assigned to Bell Helicopter’s XworX research-and-development division crashed Tuesday morning 10 miles from Avalon, Texas. The two-pilot crew was uninjured.

Wreckage video taken by a Dallas television station shows that the twin-engine Bell 214ST was flying a main-rotor system that had five blades when pilots made an emergency landing in a field and then gently rolled onto its right side. The video does not show any remains of the tail rotor.

August 6, 2012 - 4:30pm

The European Aviation Safety Agency’s 2011 safety report shows that while “the number of fatal accidents in scheduled operations remained high at 16, the related number of fatalities to passengers dropped from 658 in 2010 to 330 in 2011.” The 32 total accidents in 2011 did represent a higher number than last year (28) and al

August 6, 2012 - 4:10pm

A Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200GT crashed into a small hotel July 28 while on a daylight approach in poor weather to Francisco Alvares de Assis Airport (SBJF) in southeast Brazil. All eight people aboard the aircraft died in the accident, but nobody on the ground was injured or killed.

August 1, 2012 - 5:20am

Preliminary Report: Turboprop Twin Collides with Communications Tower

Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GT, June 22, 2012, near Morgantown, W.Va.–A Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GT collided with a communications tower near Morgantown, W.Va. on June 22 in daylight VFR conditions. The aircraft shed its right wing, left horizontal stabilizer and left engine before hitting the ground. The King Air was in radar contact with Clarksburg Approach Control at the time of the accident. The 22,000-hour pilot, the only occupant, was killed.

July 30, 2012 - 4:15pm

All six people aboard a Eurocopter AS532 Cougar were killed when the helicopter crashed in a mountainous region near La Palud-sur-Verdon in southeastern France on July 25. The pilots and engineers onboard were all employees of Eurocopter.

The helicopter was on a final verification flight prior to delivery to Albania.

 

July 23, 2012 - 4:45pm

The president of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said in a recent letter to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) that the loss of his airline’s Flight 409 on January 25, 2010, shortly after takeoff from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (OLBA), was not due to pilot error, but to a surface-to-air missile, a lightning strike or some form of sabotage.

July 23, 2012 - 4:20pm

The search for answers continues into what caused the mid-afternoon landing overrun accident of a Gulfstream GIV at Le Castellet Airport (LFMQ), in France, on July 13.

July 19, 2012 - 4:05pm
EC225

British investigators are focusing on a fractured bevel gear vertical drive shaft as a contributing factor in the North Sea ditching of a Bond Offshore Eurocopter EC225LP Super Puma (G-REDW) 20 nm east of Aberdeen, Scotland, on May 10. The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued a bulletin late last week on its preliminary findings.

 
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