“The brake system and emergency brake system were functionally checked, and no abnormalities were noted,” according to an NTSB preliminary investigation report of the Citation CJ2 that ran off the runway into the water trying to land at Bader Field, Atlantic City, N.J., on May 15. “The anti-skid system could not be tested, due to saltwater damage,” the Safety Board said.
Cessna Citation 550, Rifle, Colo., May 29, 2007–Citation N575BW, landing at Garfield County Regional Airport, overran the runway, in an accident similar to one on March 23, when a Dassault Falcon 900 slid off the Rifle runway. There were no injuries in the Citation accident, and at press time the damage was unknown. The Citation is registered to CE550-0116 LLC of Dallas.
NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee last month that his agency is disappointed in the FAA’s response to five of the six aviation items on the Safety Board’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.
A Piaggio Avanti blew its two main gear tires during a runway incursion at Teterboro Airport on June 17. The Avanti, operated by Avantair, was cleared to depart Runway 24. Forty seconds later, Cirrus SR22 N6026K was cleared to depart Runway 19, which intersects Runway 24. The Avanti pilot saw the approaching aircraft, applied maximum braking and missed hitting the SR22 by 50 feet. The incident occurred during VMC conditions.
A Falcon 900 ran off Runway 25 while departing from California’s Santa Barbara Airport at 2:15 pm on June 10. According to an airport authority statement, Falcon N914DD “experienced a malfunction” that caused the pilots to abort the takeoff. “The pilot applied the brakes 1,600 feet before reaching the runway end with the aircraft coming to rest about 400 feet beyond the runway.” None of the 13 passengers or two pilots was injured.
The Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General (IG) said in a report released last Thursday that runway incursions remain a persistent, serious problem, despite the FAA’s efforts to reduce their frequency.
Following a runway overrun at Colorado’s Garfield County Regional Airport (RIL) on March 23, the operator of the Falcon 900 that departed Runway 26 after landing is working with investigators and Dassault Falcon Jet to figure out what happened. The Falcon 900 was operated by Xojet, a charter/management company headquartered in San Carlos, Calif., and was on a repositioning flight from Scottsdale, Ariz.
The National Transportation Safety Board last week issued its final report on a February 21 accident at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport in which a Learjet 55, landing in extreme adverse weather conditions, ran off the end of the runway. Witnesses said that seconds after landing, the aircraft encountered “a wall of water” produced by a severe microburst.
A cocktail of prescription drugs was found in the body of the pilot of a King Air that crashed on April 4, 2003, at 9:35 a.m. in Leominster, Mass. The NTSB factual report, just released, revealed that post-mortem tests showed he had morphine, antidepressants desipramine and imipramine and anticonvulsant carbamazepine in his system. A combination of the drugs could cause drowsiness and lack of coordination.
Italian accident investigators have concluded that human error on the part of two German pilots of a Cessna Citation CJ2 was the main cause of a fatal collision with a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 at Milan Linate Airport on Oct. 8, 2001.