Convair CV-580, Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2008–The turboprop airliner, registered as N587X and operated by Air Tahoma, was destroyed when it crashed soon after takeoff while attempting a return to Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK). The flight was the airplane’s first following a maintenance phase 1 and phase 2 check that included flight control rigging.
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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.
Grumann G-159, Linneus, Maine, July 19, 2000–Two pilots perished when an engine failed in night IMC about 2,000 ft above the aircraft’s single-engine service ceiling (“Accident Recaps,” September 2000, page 131). The NTSB determined probable cause to be “the pilot-in-command’s failure to maintain minimum control airspeed, which resulted in a loss of control.
Researchers from the U.S., Canada, Britain and France are participating in a major aircraft icing study taking place this winter primarily in the Montreal area. Canada’s National Research Council is leading the Alliance Icing Research Study with its Convair CV-580 in partnership with NASA’s DHC-6 Twin Otter.