Thirteen Killed in Three Turboprop Crashes
Three separate accidents in the space of four days last week involved turboprop twins and claimed the lives of all 13 aboard. On October 15, four people in a Commander 690 (N55JS) were killed when the aircraft crashed near Antlers, Okla., on an IFR flight plan from Oklahoma City to Orlando, Fla. On October 18, five people in a Piper Cheyenne (N121CS) died when the airplane crashed during a photo flight with a MiG-21. The accident happened moments after the Cheyenne reportedly flew near the Soviet fighter to inspect it for a possible gear door problem. On October 19 a crew of two and their passengers (two surgeons) were killed when a King Air C90A (F-GVPD) crashed immediately after takeoff from La Veze Airport, Besançon, France. VMC prevailed. Operator Lyon-based Flowair Aviation was planning a Besançon-to-Amiens flight to collect a human organ for a transplant. According to local police and the airport operator, the aircraft clipped trees, crashed about 1,500 feet from the end of the runway and burst into flames.