Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900C, Lihue, Hawaii, Jan. 14, 2008–The Alpine Air cargo flight was destroyed when it crashed into the ocean in night VMC under unknown circumstances. The sole-occupant ATP-rated pilot was killed.
Aviation International News » June 2008
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Page, Ariz., March 26, 2008–A cargo door opened just after takeoff at Page Municipal Airport and the Great Lakes Airlines 1900 returned to land, with no injuries and only minor damage to the airplane.
Eurocopter AS 350B2, Chickaloon, Alaska, April 15, 2008–Four people were killed and one seriously injured when the ERA Helicopters AS 350 crashed on a steep, snow-covered mountain in mixed VFR and IFR conditions.
Cessna Citation Excel 560XL, Port Heiden, Alaska, April 30, 2008–The AT&T Alascom Excel was substantially damaged on landing at Port Heiden Airport, but there were no injuries. As soon as the nosewheel touched down, the airplane veered sharply to the left and went off the runway. The left main gear collapsed, and the left wing hit the runway.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19 CRJ, Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2008–The Mesa Airlines Go! flight from Honolulu to Hilo overflew its destination airport, Hilo International/General Lyman Field, in cruise. When the airplane was at 21,000 feet the controller tried unsuccessfully several times in 25 minutes to contact the crew, not reaching them until they were 15 miles beyond the airport.
Bell 412EP, Santa Cruz, Peru, March 11, 2008–The Evergreen Helicopters Bell 412 was destroyed and 10 people, including the U.S. ATP-rated pilot, the Peruvian provisional copilot and eight miners, were killed when it crashed in remote mountains at 3,500 feet asl. Meteorological conditions were unknown.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B300, Tuscaloosa, Ala., April 4, 2008–The King Air encountered severe turbulence that apparently caused substantial damage to the wing skins and spar. Nearing the destination airport, the pilot-in-command saw a 200- to 300-foot-thick cloud with what seemed to be virga. The base was about 500 feet above the airplane’s altitude and appeared dark.
A resolute President Bush may go down swinging as he finishes his term in office. In a recent Rose Garden speech he outlined his plans to combat skyrocketing energy costs by drilling for oil in Alaska, adding more refineries in the U.S. and building more nuclear plants. Those and other Bush proposals have not fared well as the Democrat-majority Congress appeared to be content to wait until after the November elections to act.
In response to a report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general (IG) that revealed intentional misclassification of operational errors at the Dallas/Fort Worth Tracon, the FAA removed both the manager and assistant manager at the facility in late April and announced the agency will speed up deployment of the Traffic Analysis Review Program (TARP) at DFW.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said that increased exports of aerospace products in the final quarter of last year sent the aerospace industry’s positive trade balance into record territory, with a final tally of $60.4 billion.