Aviation International News » February 2006

September 26, 2006 - 9:40am

Jack DeCrane, 59, president and founder of DeCrane Aircraft Holdings, died on December 29 of complications resulting from lung cancer.

He founded the company in 1989 in the basement of his home. DeCrane described himself as a “small company guy,” yet ended up turning DeCrane Aircraft Holdings into a major player in the completion and refurbishment industry.

September 26, 2006 - 9:38am

Gordon Newstrom, founder of Mesaba Aviation, died in December. He was 93. An expert floatplane pilot, Newstrom in 1944 founded Mesaba Aviation, the predecessor to Mesaba Airlines.

September 26, 2006 - 9:36am

David Bender was named president of the electronics group at Lynwood, Wash.-based Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Bender was previously v-p of operations at Aerojet General Corp. Tim King was named director of sales and marketing for the company’s aerospace group.

September 26, 2006 - 9:26am

Bombardier CRJ-299 Regional Jet, Dulles Airport, Va., March 9, 2002–“The airplane’s collision with two wild turkeys” was the probable cause of a CRJ accident, according to the NTSB.

September 26, 2006 - 9:20am

Gulfstream GIV, Newark, N.J., March 16, 2005–The NTSB blamed the ground collision of a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and a Gulfstream GIV on the Boeing flightcrew’s misjudged clearance of the parked Gulfstream during taxiing.

September 26, 2006 - 9:18am

Cessna 550 Citation II, Venice, Fla., Aug. 25, 2004–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the Citation accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall and undershoot of the runway.

September 26, 2006 - 9:17am

Eurocopter AS 350-B2, Scottsdale, Ariz., July 1, 2004–The NTSB determined that the accident was the result of “the inadvertent in-flight engagement of the collective down lock, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent and ground impact.

September 26, 2006 - 9:15am

Bombardier Learjet 35, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 28, 2005–The two pilots on board the Learjet were killed when it crashed short of the runway when landing at Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Winds were 20 knots; light rain and mist were reported. The Learjet was on an IFR flight plan from Twin Falls, Idaho. The last radio contact was 15 miles northwest of Truckee.

September 26, 2006 - 9:13am

Bell 206L-4T LongRanger, Mostóles, Spain, Dec. 1, 2005–The Helicopteros del Sureste LongRanger was substantially damaged when it hit a wall while attempting to depart a bull ring in Mostóles in VMC. The pilot and five passengers received minor injuries. The Spanish accident commission is investigating.

September 26, 2006 - 9:12am

Cessna Caravan 208B Portland, Ore., Dec. 24, 2005–Making an intersection takeoff from Runway 21 at Portland International Airport, the FedEx Caravan failed to gain altitude, hit a glideslope antenna and crashed. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The cargo flight was operated by Empire Airline of Hayden, Idaho, and was on an IFR flight plan to Roseburg, Ore.