Aviation International News » October 2008

October 13, 2008 - 12:02pm

Cessna Citation 500, Beverly, Mass., March 17, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the Air Trek Citation icing accident was the inadequate guidance

October 13, 2008 - 11:50am

Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Kent, UK, Feb. 5, 2008–No one was injured when the Citation Bravo encountered wind shear on approach to Biggin Hill Airport. Airspeed fell below 100 knots and the autopilot pitched the nose up to maintain the glideslope. The right wing dropped in a stall but the ATP-rated pilot recovered and continued the approach. The aircraft bounced on landing.

October 13, 2008 - 11:32am

Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Pagosa Springs, Colo., Oct. 4, 2007–The NTSB blamed the pilot for failing to maintain clearance from mountainous terrain for the Eagle Air Med King Air crash that killed all three on board. Contributing factors were inadequate preflight planning, improper in-flight planning and decision-making, the dark night and the controller’s failure to issue a safety alert to the pilot.

October 13, 2008 - 11:22am

Hawker Beechcraft 99, Moline, Ill., Feb. 18, 2008–No one was injured during the in-flight fire, which the Safety Board attributed to the arcing of the resistor and silicone-controlled rectifier in the flap control circuit. The pilot of the Suburban Air Freight cargo flight “smelled electrical smoke and saw flames behind the power quadrant,” while descending to land at Quad City International Airport (MLI).

October 13, 2008 - 11:03am

Fairchild Hiller FH-1100, Hosston, La., Sept. 12, 2007–The NTSB blamed the uncontrolled descent and crash of the helicopter on the in-flight separation of
the main rotor following a mast-bumping event. The reason for the mast bumping was not determined. The helicopter was in cruise when the main rotor and rotor hub assembly separated from the upper mast. The two pilots were killed.

October 13, 2008 - 10:48am

Bombardier Learjet 35A, Aniak, Alaska, Feb. 21, 2008–The captain of the aero-medical flight whose wing hit the runway inadequately compensated for wind conditions during the landing flare/touchdown, the NTSB concluded. Contributing to the accident were a crosswind and wind shear.

October 13, 2008 - 10:38am

Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.

October 13, 2008 - 10:08am

American Eurocopter AS 350B2 N613TV/Eurocopter AS 350B2 N215TV, Phoenix, July 27, 2007–The NTSB has released factual information about the midair involving two tv news helicopters in Phoenix. The KTVK-TV Channel 3 (N613TV) and KNXS-TV Channel 15 (N215TV) Eurocopters were operated by KTVK-TV and US Helicopters, respectively.

October 13, 2008 - 8:16am

Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Heber Springs, Ark., Aug. 11, 2008–The LongRanger, registered to Hillsboro Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., partially lost engine power while maneuvering near Heber Springs. In the course of a forced landing, the tailboom separated, the main rotor blades bent and the right side of the fuselage was damaged. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured.

October 13, 2008 - 8:11am

Hughes (MD) 369D, Alice Arm, B.C., Aug. 6, 2008–The crash of the Prism Helicopters 369 killed the pilot and two passengers. The helicopter was maneuvering near Alice Arm on a local passenger flight.