A cargo-configured Falcon 20 made a gear-up landing at Detroit City Airport shortly after takeoff on August 28, sliding off the end of the runway and coming to rest among the headstones of a cemetery adjacent to the airport on the city’s east side.
Grand Aire Express
The NTSB last month issued a probable cause for the crash of
a Colgan Air Beech 1900 that killed two pilots during a ferry
The flight instructor’s lack of experience was cited by the NTSB as causing the fatal crash of a Falcon 20 on April 8, 2003, in Swanton, Ohio. The crew was practicing ILS approaches in IMC with low clouds and rime ice. A first-officer-in-training occupied the right seat, while the instructor, serving as PIC, was in the left seat. On the second approach, the airplane stalled and crashed short of the runway.
2003–The NTSB cited the flight instructor’s inadequate supervision of the flight of Grand Aire Express’s Falcon 20 N183GA, while practicing ILS approaches in IMC with low clouds and rime ice, for causing the airplane to crash.
Gates Learjet 35A, New Castle, St. Kitts and Nevis, July 13, 2004–Learjet N829CA, en route VFR from St. Maarten, hit the perimeter fence on approach to Runway 10 at Vance W. Amory Airport, New Castle, St. Kitts and Nevis, sustaining substantial damage. Both wings were damaged, and the left engine partly dislodged from the fuselage and the left fuel tank ruptured. Weather was unknown and there were no injuries.
With the recent issuance of a probable cause, the NTSB has completed its investigation into the second of two cargo Falcon 20 accidents on the same day by the same operator–Grand Aire Express of Toledo, Ohio. The Safety Board is still investigating the November 30 crash of the company’s Hansa Jet that killed the two pilots, including the founder and president of Grand Aire.
The NTSB’s recently released final report implicates errors and FAR violations in the Nov. 30, 2004 fatal accident of a Hansa Jet moments after taking off. The crash killed both pilots, including the founder, owner and president of Toledo, Ohio-based charter operator Grand Aire Express. An FAA permit to ferry the twinjet from Spirit of St.
The 30 days between late October and late November last year was the worst period ever for serious turbine corporate airplane accidents in the U.S. During that approximately one-month period, 23 people–14 crewmembers and nine passengers–were killed in five separate accidents.
Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–The NTSB said the USA Jet Airlines Falcon accident was caused by the “ingestion of multiple birds in each engine at takeoff, which resulted in a complete loss of engine power.” Falcon 821AA was taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport when a flock of birds flew into both engines.
FB 320 Hansa, Chesterfield, Mo., Nov. 30, 2004–The NTSB labeled the maintenance facility’s failure to properly install and inspect the elevator trim system, resulting in a reversed elevator trim condition, and the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the terrain the probable cause of the Hansa jet accident. Contributing factors included the dark night and low ceiling.
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