Aviation International News » April 2008

April 2, 2008 - 11:26am

Piaggio Avanti, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 20, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident involving the Avantair Piaggio to be the first officer’s loss of directional control on landing, causing the left main gear to collapse. Contributing factors were the excessive use of brakes, which caused the left main tire to blow, and the captain’s inadequate supervision of the first officer.

April 2, 2008 - 11:21am

Cessna 650 Citation III, Madison, Wis., Oct. 9, 2005–The inadequate design of the engine’s interstage transition duct yielded after the low pressure turbine (LPT) stage-3 blades had separated and allowed the uncontained release of turbine debris, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the separation of a turbine blade.

April 2, 2008 - 11:06am

Enstrom 480, Goshen, Ind., Aug. 5, 2005–The NTSB determined the landing accident was caused by “ground resonance experienced by the pilots.” The student pilot/owner was flying the turbine helicopter, accompanied by a 2,107-hour CFI, when it experienced ground resonance and disintegrated. The helicopter’s tail was sheared from the body and landed 30 feet away, the front seats about 10 feet away.

April 2, 2008 - 11:03am

Dassault Falcon 900C, Rifle, Colo., March 23, 2007–The NTSB attributed the runway overrun to the ATP-rated pilot’s decision to land with excessive airspeed during the approach and failure to obtain the proper touchdown point. Contributing factors were the pilot’s failure to execute a missed approach, his failure to use available reverse thrust in a timely manner and the wet, ungrooved and downsloped runway.

April 2, 2008 - 10:59am

Swearingen SA-226T, Wheeling, Ill., April 11, 2007-A partial failure of the left engine propeller governor made directional control impossible, and the airplane ran into an airport sign, according to the NTSB.

April 2, 2008 - 10:54am

Piaggio Avanti, Battle Mountain, Nev., Dec. 7, 2007–The NTSB blamed the accident on the flight crew’s failure to follow published procedures while landing the Avanti. On approach the airplane broke out at 750 feet and made a normal touchdown on a wet runway. The pilot engaged the nosewheel steering just below 60 knots indicated, and the airplane started into an abrupt left turn.

April 2, 2008 - 10:51am

Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Billings, Mont., May 19, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of this landing accident to be the failure of the nosegear actuator and the nosegear collapse.

At 4 a.m., the Alpine Aviation aircraft was substantially damaged in night VMC when the gear collapsed during the landing roll. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.

April 2, 2008 - 10:46am

Eurocopter EC 135P1, Washington, D.C., May 30, 2006–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the EMS helicopter crash to be the operator’s inadequate training program and the pilot’s failure to maintain control following his inadvertent disabling of the full authority digital engine control (Fadec) system.

April 2, 2008 - 10:41am

Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Huambo, Angola, Jan. 19, 2008–Thirteen people, including the pilot and copilot, were killed when the Gira-globo charter flight crashed in the mountains on an IMC approach to Huambo Aerodrome. The Angola Department of Civil Aviation is investigating the accident with the help of an NTSB representative.

April 2, 2008 - 10:38am

Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Venice, La., Dec. 29, 2007–One of the passengers of the Air Logistics LongRanger was killed and the pilot and the two other passengers injured when the helicopter crashed after a loss of control in the Gulf of Mexico.