Cessna 208B Caravan, Oak Glen, Calif., March 28, 2006–The NTSB said the Caravan stall-spin crash that killed the two pilots was caused by the pilot’s continued flight into IMC and his subsequent failure to maintain adequate airspeed.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Ada, Mich., May 9, 2008–The CSA Air commercial pilot had to make a forced landing after the Caravan lost power on a visual approach to Gerald R. Ford International Airport at Grand Rapids. The airplane was substantially damaged but the pilot was unhurt.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Alliance, Neb., Feb. 8, 2007–The Caravan pilot’s descent below minimum descent altitude on a nonprecision approach caused this crash, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was a low ceiling (reported weather was 1.25 miles visibility and a 200-foot overcast in mist).
CESSNA 208 CARAVAN, BESSEMER, ALA., DEC. 1, 2001–Air Carriers Fastcheck air taxi (cargo) Caravan was on approach in IMC to its home base at Bessemer (Ala.) Airport when it crashed under unknown circumstances and was destroyed. The two pilots were killed. A special weather report indicated visibility was a quarter mile in showers. The airplane was on an eight-mile final at the time of the last radio communication with ATC.
The instrument-rated commercial pilot and his three passengers were killed November 8 when their 2002 Cessna 208 flying under Part 91 from Las Vegas to Midland, Texas, at 15,000 ft in IMC suddenly made an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Parks, Ariz. About three minutes before the descent the pilot had requested, and was cleared, to climb to 17,000 ft.
A more powerful, better-performing Cessna Caravan 208, including improved fuel burn, is the object of a program by Anchorage, Alaska-based Caravan dealer, modifier and maintenance facility Aero Twin to convert the turboprop single from its original 675-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 to the 850-shp Honeywell TPE331-12JR-701S.
Cessna Caravan dealer J.A. Aero and charter/management company Planemasters at Chicago’s Dupage Airport have started selling shares in a Cessna Grand Caravan fractional aircraft ownership program called CaravanShares. The program is intended to serve owners needing to travel within a 500-mi radius of Chicago, but there is no limit to distance or even occupied hours, according to CaravanShares managing partner Rick Milburn.
Cessna 208B Caravan, San Angelo, Texas, Jan. 24, 2003–The NTSB said the Caravan crashed during a simulated forced landing because the flight crew failed to cycle the de-ice boots and failed to maintain adequate airspeed during the maneuver. A contributing factor was the ice accumulation on the airfoils’ leading edges.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2007–The night cargo flight crashed on takeoff from Rickenbacker International Airport, one mile from the airport, killing the commercial pilot and passenger and destroying the Caravan. The airplane was de-iced before departure. Radar tracking showed that it climbed to about 1,100 feet msl and made a left turn with a groundspeed of about 109 knots before descending.
Cessna 208B, Creswell, Ore., March 5, 2003–Cessna Caravan N9793B crashed into trees during a forced landing following an in-flight engine failure at approximately 11:50 a.m. PST. The aircraft, owned and operated by Wright Stuff of Eugene, Ore, came to rest approximately one mile south of Creswell. The Part 91 flight was not on a flight plan and was being operated in VMC.