Mohawk Airlines Flight 411

January 1, 2012 - 4:10am

Preliminary Report: Eng Helo Crashes in Australia

Eurocopter AS355F2 Ecureuil II, Lake Eyre, Australia, Aug. 18, 2011–The light twin helicopter, operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was destroyed when it crashed and burned shortly after takeoff. The pilot and two passengers, including a well-known Australian journalist, were killed. Weather at the time of the accident was reportedly fine and clear. The accident is under investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

February 27, 2009 - 10:31am

Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante, Pownal, Vt., Aug. 4, 2006–The NTSB blamed the crash of the AirNow EMB-110 on the ATP-rated pilot’s misinterpretation of the airplane’s position relative to the final approach fix. Contributing to the accident were low clouds.

July 9, 2008 - 8:09am

Cessna 560 Citation Encore, Cresco, Iowa, July 19, 2006–The NTSB attributed the crash of Citation N636SE to inadequate decision-making and poor crew resource management (CRM). The crew failed to obtain critical information–including runway direction and length–about Cresco’s Ellen Church Field Airport.

April 16, 2007 - 7:03am

A Twin Commander taking off full length from 5,000-foot Runway 12R at North Las Vegas Airport for a VFR surveillance flight appeared never to get out of ground effect before it hit terrain about 600 feet southeast of the runway. The twin recip was destroyed and the pilot and two passengers were injured in the July 21 accident. Witnesses told the NTSB that they saw the airplane airborne but not climbing.

April 11, 2007 - 6:42am

An NTSB investigation is under way into the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 while on an IFR approach to Centennial Airport, Colo., on August 5. The sole-occupant pilot was killed. N454MA, registered to Flight Line of Adams, Colo., was reportedly on an air-taxi cargo flight from Salt Lake City and had been cleared to land when it crashed about 2.5 miles south of the airport.

January 29, 2007 - 10:08am

Why, when the safety record of professionally flown turbine twins is so impressive, did four business aircraft experience fatal accidents during a five-week period late last year? Three were fan-powered–a Learjet 35A, a Gulfstream III and a Challenger 601–and one was a King Air 200. There was a highly qualified two-person crew at the controls of each aircraft. Three of the four airplanes were operating in accordance with Part 91.

January 8, 2007 - 11:50am

The NTSB concluded that the pilot’s “inadvertent flight” into severe icing and his “inadequate planning” for the forecast weather was the probable cause of the Jan. 11, 2005 accident involving a Mountain Flight Service air ambulance King Air E90. The two pilots and a medic were killed when the turboprop twin crashed into mountainous terrain while on approach to Rawlins Municipal Airport, Wyo.

November 3, 2006 - 5:21am

The pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were killed when their Mitsubishi MU-2B crashed while trying to return to Centennial Airport in Denver. According to the NTSB, within a few minutes of taking off on an IFR flight to Salt Lake City, the pilot of the twin turboprop told ATC he had a problem and needed to shut down an engine. The airplane, N538EA, was owned and operated by Flight Line, of Watkins, Colo.