Honeywell yesterday received TSO approval for SmartRunway and SmartLanding, which are both software upgrades for the company’s Mark V and Mark VII enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS) that can help reduce runway excursions and incursions. The systems require just one hour of aircraft downtime for installation and minimal pilot training, Honeywell said.
Pilatus PC-12/47, Bridgeport, Conn., June 12, 2009– The fractionally owned single-engine turboprop was substantially damaged when it struck a blast fence on landing at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
Dassault Falcon 20, Jamestown, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2008–The Falcon 20, registered as N165TW to Sierra America and operated by Ameristar Jet Charter, was substantially damaged when the aircraft left the runway while landing at Chautauqua County/ Jamestown Airport. The charter operator reported the jet overran the runway and came to a stop after the nose gear struck a snow berm.
Cessna 551 Citation II/SP, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Dec. 2, 2007–The Safety Board attributed the landing accident involving the CCM Aviation Citation to the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during landing rollout. The slush-contaminated runway and the crosswind were factors. After the pilot touched down on Runway 23 at Coeur d’Alene Air Terminal, the airplane began hydroplaning to the right.
Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport closed Runway 8-26 and has begun building a replacement crosswind runway that will be named 9-27 and will extend 500 feet longer than the old runway, to 4,000 feet. Runway 8-26 was involved in the Aug. 27, 2006 fatal takeoff crash of Comair Flight 5191, in which the NTSB cited the flight crew’s failure to verify that the airplane was on the correct runway.
Cessna Citation Excel 560XL, Port Heiden, Alaska, April 30, 2008–The Excel ran off the gravel-topped Runway 23 at Port Heiden Airport (PTH) as a result of the flying pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in a crosswind, according to the NTSB. The crosswind was a “contributing factor.” There were no injuries among the six occupants.
Cessna 750 Citation X, New York, N.Y., April 3, 2008–The Citation X ran off the runway on landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport because of the copilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. A contributing factor was a loss of system A hydraulic fluid for undetermined reasons and the flight crew’s failure to follow the checklist sequence.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A200, Bridgewater, Va., Sept. 25, 2008–The King Air was substantially damaged when it overran the runway while landing at Bridgewater Air Park. The ATP-rated pilot and his sole passenger, a mechanic, were not injured on the maintenance test flight.
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Kent, UK, Feb. 5, 2008–No one was injured when the Citation Bravo encountered wind shear on approach to Biggin Hill Airport. Airspeed fell below 100 knots and the autopilot pitched the nose up to maintain the glideslope. The right wing dropped in a stall but the ATP-rated pilot recovered and continued the approach. The aircraft bounced on landing.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Aniak, Alaska, Feb. 21, 2008–The captain of the aero-medical flight whose wing hit the runway inadequately compensated for wind conditions during the landing flare/touchdown, the NTSB concluded. Contributing to the accident were a crosswind and wind shear.