Cessna 208 Caravan, Round Rock, Texas, Oct. 18, 2005–After losing power, the FedEx Caravan, operated by Baron Aviation of Vichy, Mo., was substantially damaged during a forced landing. The sole-occupant commercial pilot was seriously injured. The flight had originated at Austin, Texas, at 10:15 p.m. and was en route to Fort Worth in night VMC.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct. 6, 2005–Icing conditions were present when the Caravan, operated by Morning Star Air Express under contract to FedEx, crashed after takeoff from Winnipeg International Airport at 5:40 a.m. en route to Thunder Bay, Ontario. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was killed. She was instructed to turn right on course after departing Runway 36.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bellevue, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2004–The NTSB blamed the fatal accident of the Salmon Air Caravan on the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control while on approach for landing in icing conditions. Inadequate airspeed was a factor.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2005–On a flight from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to San Juan, Caravan N1241X experienced a total loss of engine power about 20 minutes after takeoff. The pilot landed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. The U.S.-registered airplane is owned by First Bank of Hazelwood, Mo., and was being operated by MN Aviation, San Juan, as a Part 135 scheduled domestic passenger flight.
A proposed AD would require the installation of de-icing boots on the landing-gear struts and cargo pods, as well as other changes to deicing equipment and procedures, on nearly 750 U.S.-registered Cessna 208 Caravans. The directive stems from the FAA’s investigation into nine icing-related incidents within the past few months and six accidents in the previous two icing seasons.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Clarendon, Texas, June 7, 2005–An “unusual whining/hissing noise” alerted the pilot of Caravan N9505B to problems with the flight, which was at 6,000 feet on a climb to cruise altitude. At 8,000 feet, the noise grew louder and the inlet turbine temperature gauge started fluctuating. After a “bang,” the engine quit.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Unalakleet, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2005–Caravan N1263Y was substantially damaged when it hit the ground during low-level cruise flight, about 17 miles south of Unalakleet, the flight’s destination. The commercial pilot reported that he was “flight seeing” and was distracted by a noise in the cabin. When he looked back outside, the airplane hit brush and tundra.
Russian aviation officials are investigating the fatal crash of a 2004 Cessna Grand Caravan (Aruba registry P4-OIN) as it was trying to land at Moscow-Domodedovo Airport on November 19. The two pilots and six passengers were killed. A snowstorm and icing conditions existed at the time of the accident.
Cessna Caravan 208B Portland, Ore., Dec. 24, 2005–Making an intersection takeoff from Runway 21 at Portland International Airport, the FedEx Caravan failed to gain altitude, hit a glideslope antenna and crashed. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The cargo flight was operated by Empire Airline of Hayden, Idaho, and was on an IFR flight plan to Roseburg, Ore.
Two recent fatal accidents in icing conditions involving Cessna Caravans prompted the NTSB to issue more recommendations for the turboprop single. The Safety Board wants the FAA to require that operators maintain at least 120 knots when flying in icing conditions. The NTSB also wants Caravans to be prohibited from operating in more than light icing conditions and flown manually when in icing conditions.