Bombardier CRJ CL-600-2B19, Lake Michigan, Mich., April 7, 2007–At 16,000 feet over Lake Michigan, the Mesa Airlines CRJ thrust reverser translating cowling separated from the left engine and struck the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, substantially damaging the airplane.
Aviation International News » November 2008
Beechcraft 1900C-1, Bukavu, Congo, Sept. 1, 2008–Weather was reported severe when the Air Serve International/CemAir Beech 1900 crashed into a ridge eight miles from Bukavu. The airplane was on a humanitarian flight to Goma.
Aerospatiale SA 365N-1 Dauphin, Camp Springs, Md. Sept. 28, 2008–The Maryland State Police EMS helicopter crashed three miles from Andrews AFB while on a medevac flight. Of the five people aboard, four were killed and one was severely injured. According to news sources, the aircraft had diverted to Andrews because of weather.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 1900D, St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 7, 2008–The empennage of the Great Lakes Aviation 1900 struck a building overhang while parking at its gate at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, aided by a marshaler and a wing walker. The vertical stabilizer was twisted and the rudder and the right side of the elevator were wrinkled. No one was injured.
Lockheed SP-2H, Reno, Nev., Sept. 1, 2008–The Lockheed Neptune air tanker was destroyed after losing power and crashing two miles from Reno Stead Airport, killing the two ATP-rated pilots and a flight mechanic. A witness who watched the airplane take off reported seeing flames coming from the left engine when the airplane was at about 100 to 300 feet agl. The left wing was engulfed in flames.
Bombardier CL-600-2C10 CRJ, Denver, July 29, 2008–The Skywest flight blew the left main tires on departure, tearing off the gear door. No injuries were reported.
Convair CV-580, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2008–The Air Tahoma Convair twin turboprop had just taken off from Rickenbacker International Airport on a post-maintenance check flight when the crew told ATC that it needed to return to the airport. It crashed one mile from the approach end of Runway 5L in a slight right-wing-down attitude, killing the captain, first officer and a company observer pilot.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Greensburg, Ind., Aug. 31, 2008–Witnesses saw “components separate from” the EMS LongRanger before it crashed and was consumed by fire. All three people on board–the pilot, a flight nurse and a paramedic–were killed. The helicopter, operated by Air Evac EMS, was transporting the crew from a fund-raising event to home base in Rushville, Ind.
Bombardier Learjet 60, West Columbia, S.C., Sept. 19, 2008–The pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed when the chartered Learjet 60 crashed on takeoff from Columbia Metropolitan Airport. A musician and a disc jockey survived with serious burns. The cockpit voice recorder revealed that the pilots thought a tire had blown and they were trying to abort the takeoff. All tires were found deflated after the accident.
Bombardier CRJ700, Allentown, Pa., Sept. 19, 2008–A Mesa Airlines CRJ was involved in a runway incursion with a Cessna 172 at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in night VMC. The 172 was landing on Runway 6 when the tower told the CRJ to position and hold on the same runway. As the CRJ was taking off, the 172 missed its taxiway exit and continued down the runway.