The FAA and NTSB are helping the Mexican government in the investigation of a 1975 Gulfstream II (N987SA) that crashed last Monday in a remote jungle area on the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun with nearly four tons of cocaine on board. Interestingly, the twinjet changed hands at least twice in the past month, and was purchased one week before the accident by a Florida pilot with a history of legal and financial problems.
AINalerts » October 2, 2007
The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended the trading of Connect-A-Jet securities until October 12, due to alleged “deceptive practices” and “inaccurate assertions by Connect-A-Jet.” Paul Montoya, SEC regional director for the division of enforcement, told AIN he could not comment on the specific allegations, but explained that the SEC institutes a 10-day suspension when questions arise regarding a company’s assets,
At about 3:13 a.m. on September 12, a Learjet 35 operated by National Jets under Part 135 took off from unlit Runway 19R at Washington Dulles International Airport. According to the NTSB, the runway was closed for survey work and runway lights were off. The closure was broadcast on ATIS and noted on the tower’s ground radar and status displays.
The NTSB blamed the crew of the Comair Bombardier regional jet that crashed at Lexington (Ky.) Blue Grass Airport on August 27 last year for failing to realize that they were taking off from the wrong runway. The crash killed 49 people; the first officer, the sole survivor, sustained serious injuries. Runway 26, the runway the crew mistakenly used, is only 3,500 feet long; Runway 22, the runway they were cleared to use, is 7,003 feet long.
While machinations continue on future funding of the FAA, the House and Senate last week approved a six-week extension of the current law. The House passed its version of FAA reauthorization legislation on September 20, but the Senate version has not yet been debated on the floor.
The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require all aircraft flying in the “nation’s busiest airspace” to have ADS-B installed by 2020, enabling air traffic controllers to track aircraft by satellite and pilots to see real-time traffic on a cockpit display.