Cessna 208B, Molokai, Hawaii, Oct. 15, 2009–The Grand Caravan was substantially damaged when its tail struck the ground during passenger loading operations. The aircraft was operating under Part 135 at the time of the incident. In a report to the Safety Board, Mokulele Airlines stated that the second-in-command pilot noted a load manifest discrepancy after the five passengers were loaded.
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Hawker Beechcraft C90A, Mount Airy, N.C., Feb. 1, 2008–The King Air, operating under Part 91, was attempting to land in rain and fog following an instrument approach to Mount Airy/Surry County Airport when witnesses saw it break out of the clouds at approximately 500 feet agl and descend rapidly and fly parallel to the runway before making a hard left turn into the fog.
MD Helicopters MD902, Salinas, Calif., July 21, 2008–The NTSB has determined that the pilot’s inability to maintain directional control of the helicopter stemmed from the fatigue failure of the threaded portion of the forward directional-control cable, resulting from an improperly installed lock washer.
Eurocopter AS350B2, Chickaloon, Alaska, April 15, 2008–The NTSB blamed the fatal crash on loss of engine power due to an overspeed of the helicopter’s engine, precipitated by the inadvertent movement of the fuel-flow control lever by the passenger. The AS350, operated by ERA Helicopters under Part 135, was transporting telecommunications technicians to remote sites.
Bell 222, Aurora, Ill., Oct. 15, 2008–The crash of the medevac helicopter into a radio tower was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the 734-foot-tall lighted structure due to inadequate preflight planning and a flight route too low to clear the tower, according to the NTSB. The helicopter was destroyed in the collision and ensuing fire, killing the pilot, flight paramedic, flight nurse and infant patient.
Israel Aircraft Industries Westwind 1124A, Norfolk Island, Australia, Nov. 18, 2009–While on an aeromedical flight from Apia, Samoa, to Melbourne, Australia, the crew of the Australian-registered twinjet attempted a scheduled fuel stop at Norfolk Island Airport, where weather conditions had deteriorated considerably during the course of the flight.
Cessna Citation 550B, Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna, Germany, Feb. 14, 2010–The Czech-registered twinjet was on a ferry flight from Prague to Karlstadt, Sweden, when it crashed, destroying the aircraft and killing the pilot and copilot. Dark night VMC prevailed at the time. The Citation Bravo was climbing from FL260 to FL330 when radar contact was lost.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900C, Sand Point, Alaska, Jan. 21, 2010–The twin turboprop crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff from Sand Point Airport, killing the ATP-certified pilot and the commercial-certified first officer. The airplane was being operated as a cargo flight under Part 135.
Hawker Beechcraft C90 GTi, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2010–While taking off from Les Eplatures Airport’s Runway 24 for a flight to Dôle-Tavaux Airport in France, the King Air ran off the runway and struck the ILS localizer before coming to a halt against a block of concrete. The copilot and one passenger were seriously injured, the pilot suffered minor injuries and the remaining passenger was unharmed.
Germany-based ACM Air Charter achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 registration
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