Preliminary Report: King Air Crashes on Takeoff
Two partial gear-up landings by Bombardier regional jets in three days in late September prompted the NTSB to investigate a possible connection between the incidents and other CRJ landing-gear failures over the past two years.
Yet another Bombardier CRJ landed with one side of its main landing gear retracted yesterday. The SkyWest CRJ200, operating in partnership with AirTran as Flight 3074 from Omaha, Neb., made an emergency landing at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport at about 5:10 p.m. local time with only its right main and nose gear extended. All 36 passengers and three crewmembers deplaned safely through the main cabin door.
Pilatus PC-12, Colonie, N.Y., July 16, 2010–The turboprop single, operated by Alpha Flying PlaneSense on a flight from Chicago Executive Airport to Westchester County Airport, was forced to make an emergency landing at Albany International Airport when its engine failed 12 miles south of the airport. The two-person flight crew was able to glide the PC-12 to the airport and make a successful power-off landing.
The pilot made an emergency landing after the turboprop single suffered engine and instrument failure during a Part 91 flight from San Luis Obispo Airport to Fresno-Yosemite Airport. After the power-off touchdown at Lost Hills-Kern County Airport, the TBM overran the runway and shed its nosegear. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to its wings and fuselage. The owner-pilot and four passengers were uninjured.
At the conclusion of an uneventful Part 121 flight from San Francisco to Ontario, the crew attempted to lower the landing gear. Only the main gear extended and the crew used emergency procedures in an unsuccessful attempt to extend the nosegear. Following an aborted landing, a low-level flyby past the tower confirmed that the nosegear doors were open but the nosegear was still in its retracted position.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Yeehaw Junction, Fla., May 25, 2009–The turboprop twin suffered substantial damage during an emergency landing in an open field. The C90A was approaching its destination of Orlando Executive Airport when it experienced a loss of power in both engines. Attempts to restart the engines were unsuccessful and the PIC performed a gear-down, forced landing.
While only one in five birdstrikes is ever reported, one unusual strike this past January 15, with an even more remarkable outcome, gained global attention and might bring advisories and eventually new certification and training standards to operators of all turbine-powered aircraft.
A court in Palermo, Sicily, has sentenced Capt. Shafik Al Gharbi and copilot Ali Kebaier Lassoued to 10 years in prison for failing to take adequate emergency measures before crash landing their Tuninter ATR 72 turboprop into the sea, leading to the death of 16 people on Aug. 6, 2005. Five other employees of the Tunisian domestic airline and charter company received sentences of between eight and nine years in jail.
Construcciones Aeronauticas SA CASA 212-200, Toksook Bay, Alaska, Nov. 1, 2008–The Arctic Transportation Services CASA 212 made a forced landing on the tundra when the captain was unable to maintain altitude after the right engine experienced a problem. The airplane was on a VFR approach to Toksook Bay, when the copilot added power. The right engine failed to respond, and the aircraft yawed right.