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June 8, 2007, 6:38 AM

Beech C99, Butte, Mont., March 18, 2006–The NTSB attributed the Ameriflight cargo airplane’s crash into mountains to the copilot’s failure to follow the published instrument approach procedure and the captain/PIC’s inadequate supervision.

June 8, 2007, 6:33 AM

Eurocopter AS 350-B3, Apache Junction, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2004–The NTSB could not determine the reason for the loss of control the PHI AS 350 experienced on its final approach. The pilot was attempting to land in a parking lot to pick up an accident victim.

June 8, 2007, 6:26 AM

Bombardier CRJ (CL-600-2D24), Las Vegas, April 30, 2006–Northwest Airlines ground service personnel failed to set the parking brake properly on the lead baggage cart, which crashed into a Mesa Airlines CRJ taxiing for departure at McCarran International Airport, the NTSB determined.

June 8, 2007, 6:22 AM

Piaggio Avanti, Eagle, Colo., Jan. 15, 2007–The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the Avanti on landing was the cause of the accident, according to the NTSB.

June 8, 2007, 6:14 AM

Eurocopter AS 350-B3, Yellow Pine, Idaho, Aug. 13, 2006–The AS 350 was destroyed and the commercial pilot and three passengers killed when the helicopter crashed 18 miles west of Yellow Pine.

June 7, 2007, 12:25 PM

Monday is the final day to comment on a proposed rule published by the FAA that, if enacted, would extend the duration of first- and third-class medical certificates for airmen under the age of 40.

June 7, 2007, 12:22 PM

Details are emerging about the Cessna 550 that crashed into Lake Michigan Monday. NTSB senior investigator John Brannen revealed that the pilots had made a distress call involving “runaway trim” immediately after takeoff.

June 7, 2007, 12:19 PM

NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee yesterday that his agency is disappointed with the FAA’s response to five of six aviation items on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.

June 7, 2007, 12:08 PM

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and a number of heavy hitters in the air charter industry have created the Air Charter Safety Foundation to promote Part 135 safety initiatives, including an industry-wide standard safety audit and adoption of safety management systems.

June 7, 2007, 12:06 PM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a response document released last week, reaffirmed its position on user fees and defied the FAA’s position, stating that the current FAA funding structure is sufficient to fund the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

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