Pilatus PC-12/47, Weert, The Netherlands, Oct. 16, 2009–The turboprop single, registered as PH-RUL, crashed soon after takeoff in VMC, killing the pilot and passenger. The accident is under investigation by the Dutch Safety Board.
Aviation International News » February 2010
Hawker Beechcraft King Air F90, Egelsbach, Germany, Dec. 7, 2009–The German-registered turboprop twin was destroyed and the flight crew and single passenger killed when it crashed into woods on final approach in what was characterized as “bad weather conditions.” The accident investigation is being conducted by the German government.
Bombardier Learjet 60, Palm Springs, Calif., March 31, 2007–N244X, operated by Jet Solutions, suffered a loss of power in its left engine while cruising at 41,000 feet msl. The pilots told investigators they heard a loud bang and the twinjet began to vibrate. They shut down the left engine, declared an emergency and diverted to Palm Springs Airport. No one was injured.
Socata TBM700, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 13, 2009–The turboprop single crashed into woods during a landing attempt at Truckee-Tahoe Airport in fog and light snow. According to the pilot, he determined there was not enough runway left after exiting a fog bank and attempted a go-around. He added power, but the aircraft could not climb above the trees past the departure end of Runway 28.
Fairchild (M7 Aerospace is the current TC holder) Metro III, Somerset, Ky., Jan. 2, 2010–The twin turboprop was substantially damaged after it skidded off the runway, went down an embankment and hit the airport boundary fence. According to the pilot, the aircraft’s nosewheel locked during the landing roll, causing the aircraft to veer to the right. The pilot applied full left rudder, but he was unable to regain control.
Piaggio Avanti II, Greenland, Oct. 16, 2009–The pilot departed Keflavik, Iceland, for a two-hour ferry flight to Narsarsuaq, Greenland. When he reached his destination he encountered inclement weather and decided to divert. The turboprop twin ran out of fuel while attempting to reach the alternate airport at Kangerlussuaq and crash-landed on the icecap approximately 55 miles short of its destination.
Flying Colours, a specialist in aircraft completion and refurbishment, has delivered its first green completion of a Bombardier Challenger 850. The airplane is in Moscow, where it is being operated and managed by Chartright Air Group. Assisting Flying Colours in the engineering phase was Berletex Aero Design of Montreal.
London-based Design Q has taken its work creating private jet cabins to a new level. Ground level, that is. The latest is a stretched Range Rover that the company says “will allow VIPs to travel in exactly the same comfort on the ground as in the air.”
International Water-Guard has marked some highlight events recently, among them delivery of its 2,000th water treatment unit (for installation in a Dassault 2000LX) and delivery of the first of the new IWG-A6 unit to Gulfstream Aerospace for the new G650.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation, plans to open the second Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) show on February 28 at the Airport Expo site in Dubai.