Air Tahoma Flight 185
Preliminary Report: Boeing Crashes Short of Runway
The NTSB coupled old-fashioned “kicking tin” with highly technical investigative assistance from safety agencies in Germany and Switzerland to solve a perplexing mystery–what caused a Pilatus PC-12 to crash while attempting to land at the airport in Butte, Mont., killing everyone on board the big turboprop single.
PRELIMINARY REPORT: IN-FLIGHT FIRE DOWNS MEXICAN HELICOPTER
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Greer, S.C., Nov. 9, 2009–The turboprop twin was substantially damaged and the ATP-rated pilot and two passengers were seriously injured when it crashed on final approach at the end of a maintenance evaluation flight at Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.
Last September 1, a Convair CV-580 (N587X) operated by Air Tahoma crashed while attempting to return to Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) in Columbus, Ohio. The captain, first officer and a company pilot sitting in the jumpseat were killed. It was the first flight after Phase 1 and Phase 2 maintenance that included flight-control cable rigging.
Convair CV-580, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2008–The Air Tahoma Convair twin turboprop had just taken off from Rickenbacker International Airport on a post-maintenance check flight when the crew told ATC that it needed to return to the airport. It crashed one mile from the approach end of Runway 5L in a slight right-wing-down attitude, killing the captain, first officer and a company observer pilot.
It is usually easier to find fault with a flight crew during an ensuing accident investigation than it was for the crew to make the right decisions instantly as the event unfolded. However, some accidents reveal procedural flaws that forge the first link in a chain of events long before a critical situation arises.
The preliminary NTSB report of the September 19 Beech King Air B90 crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., indicates that the pilot ran out of fuel during a flight from Birmingham International Airport in Alabama to Georgetown Scott County Airport in Georgetown, Ky. The airplane landed in a parking lot, cartwheeled into several cars and hit a light pole. The ATP-rated pilot and three passengers suffered minor injuries.
An NTSB preliminary report suggests that the Beechcraft King Air B90 (N10TM) that crashed into a parking lot in Chattanooga, Tenn., on September 19 ran out of fuel. The airplane was substantially damaged after hitting a light pole and cartwheeling into parked cars, but the ATP-rated pilot and three passengers received only minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.
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