Piper PA-31T, Coahuila, Mexico, July 7, 2010–While carrying several government officials on a flight to survey flooding from a recent hurricane, the Mexican-registered Cheyenne crashed, destroying the twin turboprop and killing the pilot and all seven passengers. VMC prevailed at the time of the crash. The Mexican government is conducting the accident investigation.
Aviation International News » September 2010
Six AgustaWestland AW139s will be delivered to Panama’s Aeronaval Service as part of a bilateral anti-crime agreement focused on international drug trafficking and organized crime negotiated between Italy and Panama earlier this year.
The fact that Sikorsky’s experimental X2 is a compound helicopter will not exclude it from setting an official helicopter speed record, according to Marcel Meyer, executive officer of records for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the world aviation record sanctioning body.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Denver, Colo., June 12, 2010–After landing at Denver International Airport, the turboprop twin was substantially damaged when its left main landing gear partially collapsed. The airplane was returning to the airport after the crew heard a loud bang as they retracted the gear on takeoff for the flight to Cheyenne, Wyo.
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) plans to sell its two Sikorsky S-76s, on the grounds that it cannot justify their annual operating cost of $3.7 million.
The decision was prompted by expectations of a $39 million budget shortfall this year. “Our revenues have been down, as have thos e of other agencies,” said a Port Authority spokesman.
MBB/Kawasaki BK117B-1, Witibank, South Africa, July 23, 2010–The twin-turbine helicopter, operated by the South African Police Service, was responding to a reported shooting when it crashed four miles short of its destination. The helicopter was destroyed in the crash and ensuing fire, and the two crewmembers and five police officers on board all died. The South African government is conducting the investigation.
Eurocopter AS350, Tucson, Ariz., July 28, 2010–The NTSB is investigating what caused the Air Methods medevac helicopter to crash on a residential street during a Part 91 positioning flight, killing the pilot, paramedic and flight nurse. According to witnesses, the helicopter was quiet as it descended. Radar data indicate that it fell 600 feet in the final eight seconds before crashing and bursting into flames.
FAA certification of the Rolls-Royce RR300-powered Robinson R66 turbine light single could come later this month.
The days of turbine helicopters as preferred police aviation tools might be coming to an end. Record state and municipal deficits have made police helicopters easy political targets for budget slashing and are forcing law-enforcement agencies that want to retain aviation units into more cost-effective innovations that include remotely piloted systems and flying light sport aircraft.
Cessna Citation 550, Brac, Croatia, July 15, 2010–The Serbian-registered Citation Bravo, operated by Prince Aviation, was substantially damaged when it overran the runway at Brac Airport after landing on a flight from Albania. The twinjet broke through the airport's perimeter fence and caught fire after it came to rest in a ditch. The two pilots, flight attendant and two passengers escaped unharmed.