The sole survivor of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., on August 27 last year has sued the FAA, Lexington Blue Grass Airport, chart maker Jeppesen and the supplier of the airport’s runway and taxiway lights, Avcon.
Aviation International News » October 2007
Hawaiian Airlines claims Mesa Air Group CFO Peter Murnane destroyed evidence that supports its contention that the Phoenix-based carrier used confidential information about Hawaiian to launch its go! subsidiary last year. In a briefing filed in U.S.
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante PT-SDB, Curitiba, Brazil, Aug. 22, 2007–The Bandeirante, operated by Two Taxi Aero, was destroyed and the two crewmembers were killed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Curitiba-Afonso Pena International Airport.
Frontier Airlines’ new regional subsidiary, Lynx Aviation, will not start service as scheduled on October 1 due to its failure to meet minimum FAA airworthiness standards.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Melville Hall, Dominica, Aug. 11, 2007–The U.S.-registered World Jet Learjet was substantially damaged when it ran off the end of Runway 9 at Melville Hall, Dominica, on landing. No one was injured. The crew reported difficulties in spoiler and braking effectiveness. The Government of Dominica is investigating.
Transport Canada and Canadian government officials in Moscow have appealed to Russian authorities to issue certification for the Bombardier CRJ900, two of which Kazan-based Tatarstan Airlines had received this summer but may not operate until the 86-seat regional jet gains approval to fly in the CIS. The airline, which placed a firm order for six of the airplanes, has leased the first pair to a carrier in United Arab Emirates in the interim.
Regional airlines and politicians hope a new European Commission report on passenger rights expected this month will lead to clearer rules and more effective enforcement in some countries. The EC has acknowledged that European Union regulations introduced to ensure compensation and assistance for airline passengers facing denied boarding, flight cancellations or long delays involve “imprecise text.”
Bombardier Learjet 35, Seattle, July 13, 2007–Learjet N35WE veered off Runway 13 at Boeing Field on landing. The problem was initially reported to the FAA as a hydraulic failure. No one was injured and there was no damage to the Learjet, which is registered to BS Leasing of Dover, Del.
Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) will cease operating into the city of Parkes in response to the local government’s decision to hike passenger taxes by 15 percent. Within days of the September 4 announcement, Parkes Shire Council offered further talks about the taxes, but Rex’s board has declined to reconsider its decision, arguing that it has already had two rounds of negotiations with the local politicians.
Bell 412 EP, Eket, Nigeria, Aug. 3, 2007–The pilot of the Bristow Helicopters Bell 412 was killed when the helicopter crashed while maneuvering over Qua Ibom Terminal Airfield in Nigeria. Witnesses reported that the helicopter did a series of “torque turns” over opposite ends of the airfield before going down in a nose-down attitude.