Bombardier Learjet 35A, Truckee, Calif., Dec. 28, 2005 – The NTSB blamed the pilot’s inadequate compensation for the gusty crosswind (20 to 30 knots) and failure to maintain an adequate airspeed while making a circling instrument approach and maneuvering in a steep turn close to the ground for the fatal crash of the Learjet 35.
Aviation International News » September 2007
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, West Memphis, Ark., Sept. 22, 2005 – The NTSB blamed the fatal accident on the pilot’s improper in-flight decision not to land at the departure runway or other available airports during the emergency descent, and his failure to maintain clearance from a vehicle and terrain. The MU-2 hit an earth-moving scraper and was destroyed.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Decatur, Ill., Sept. 29, 2004 – The commercial pilot’s inadequate preflight preparation was to blame for the Planemasters cargo flight’s taking off at night from a closed runway and hitting a runway barricade, according to the NTSB. The runway at Decatur Airport was listed as out of service and was not lighted. No one was injured in the accident.
Cessna Citation 550, Marathon, Fla., July 22, 2006 – The NTSB has concluded that the separation of the stud securing the main landing gear actuator assembly side brace to the main landing gear outer cylinder caused the landing gear to collapse. The Citation 550, registered to Capital Buyers of Delaware, was taxiing after landing at The Florida Keys Marathon Airport.
Swearingen SA-226-TC Metro, Paris, Tenn., Feb. 8, 2006 – The Tri-Coastal Airlines Metro cargo flight, en route from Dayton, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, crashed near Paris, Tenn., in an 80-degree nose-down, nearly vertical attitude. The ATP-rated pilot was killed and the airplane destroyed.
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger, Simiti, Bolivar, Colombia, June 5, 2007 – The pilot and copilot were killed and four passengers seriously injured when the Colombian-registered Long-Ranger crashed in unknown circumstances in a mountainous area of “hostile rebel activity.” Colombia’s Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil is investigating the accident.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Inverin, Ireland, July 5, 2007 – The U.S.-registered Caravan crashed on approach in IMC to Runway 23 at Connemara Airport in Ireland. Two people were killed and six were injured. The aircraft was destroyed. The Air Accident Investigation branch of the Irish Department of Transportation is investigating the accident.
Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, Wellsville, Mo., June 28, 2007 – All three occupants of the Meridian were killed when it broke up in flight in VMC near Wellsville. The turboprop took off from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport at 7:52 a.m. and was cleared to FL230. Radar contact was lost at about 8:15. The path of the wreckage was about four miles long.
Beech 1900D, Marlborough, New Zealand, June 18, 2007 – The New Zealand-registered Beech 1900 landed gear up at Woodbourne Air Station after the landing gear system failed. On the ILS approach to Wellington International, the crew did not get a gear-in-transit indicator light after lowering the gear and did not hear the hydraulic pump operating.
North American T-39A Sabreliner, Culiacan, Mexico, July 5, 2007 – The Mexican-registered Sabreliner crashed on takeoff from Runway 2 at Culiacan Airport. The tire on the right main landing gear apparently failed, causing the loss of control. The Jet Paqueteria cargo aircraft was destroyed, and the two commercial pilots and a mechanic on board were killed. Two Mexican soldiers and four civilians on the ground were also killed.