Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Millington, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2008–Just after takeoff on a Part 91 positioning flight from Millington Regional Jetport (NQA) in rain, the pilot noticed a loss of power from the right engine and feathered the propeller. He then told ATC he was returning to NQA.
The NTSB has released the preliminary report on the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. (see page 46). According to the NTSB, the Premier, piloted by Jack Roush, was seen on amateur video “in a left base turn to final for Runway 18R.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–The Board identified the pilot’s loss of directional control while landing on an icy runway as the cause of the MU-2’s runway excursion. The Part 135 flight was landing in night visual conditions at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, when the pilot was informed that the runway was covered in snow and ice.
Cessna 525 Citation, Leeds, UK, June 7, 2010–A fire in the starboard engine caused the twinjet to abort its takeoff from Leeds-Bradford International Airport. The CJ1+ then overshot the runway and came to rest near the airport’s perimeter fence. The pilot and copilot were rescued by a local fire department. The crew suffered minor injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) released an updated version of its Approach-and-Landing Accident Reduction (Alar) tool kit, complete with a new section on runway excursions. The original Alar tool kit was introduced 10 years ago, and this newest version has been enhanced with the inclusion of the results of the Foundation’s Runway Safety Initiative efforts to prevent runway excursion accidents.
The single-engine turboprop was destroyed but its ATP-certified pilot was unharmed when it departed the runway after touchdown at Montgomery County Airpark. The pilot told investigators that after he crossed the runway threshold at 81 knots and touched down normally, the TBM began to drift to the left. He attempted unsuccessfully to correct the drift by applying right rudder, and then began a
Aircraft Performance Group (APG) cofounder Rogers Hemphill believes that the business aviation industry is moving into a new era of applying technology to performance analysis, akin to how computer flight plans revolutionized the calculation of optimum flight profiles.
As of June 30, pilots can expect to receive different runway crossing clearances from ATC, according to the FAA. Starting then, controllers will be required to issue specific clearances for each runway the airplane crosses or operates on.
Bombardier Learjet 45XR, Telluride, Colo., Jan. 3, 2009–The failure of the pilots to positively identify the runway before landing caused this accident, according to the safety board. The twinjet was substantially damaged as it made an off-runway landing at a snow-covered Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX).
Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A, Princeton, Ky., April 3, 2010–The Part 91 personal IFR flight ended with the turboprop twin substantially damaged, when the pilot was unable to maintain directional control on landing rollout at Princeton-Caldwell County Airport. The pilot told investigators that as the airplane began to veer to the right side of the runway toward a ditch he added full power in an attempt to fly over it.