Bell 206-L4, Sabine Pass, Texas, Dec. 11, 2008–The LongRanger crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, killing the pilot and four passengers, as a result of the commercial pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the water, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the Part 135 flight’s inadvertent encounter with IMC conditions.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200C, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 6, 2007–The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch ruled that human factors caused the crash of the British Overseas Territories-registered Super King Air.
The NTSB has issued its findings in the June 4, 2007 crash of a Cessna Citation II into Lake Michigan, which killed the two crewmembers and four passengers. The Board cited “the pilot’s mismanagement of an abnormal flight control situation through improper actions, including lack of crew coordination and failing to control airspeed and to prioritize control of the airplane” as the probable cause of the crash.
In a final report released yesterday, the NTSB listed crew mismanagement of an abnormal flight situation and the pilots’ failure to control airspeed and prioritize control of the airplane as probable causes of the fatal crash of an aeromed Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan on June 4, 2007.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Naches, Wash., Oct. 7, 2007–The Board attributed the
Socata TBM 700, Clovis, N.M., Dec. 22, 2008–The Board ruled that the pilot’s failure to complete the before-landing checklist led to his failure to lower the gear. The gear-up landing substantially damaged the single-engine turboprop. The pilot was using the autopilot for a straight-in approach to the non-towered airport’s Runway 22.
An NTSB interim factual report and findings from a flight simulation issued last month suggest that pilot error, not a runaway trim condition, caused the June 4, 2007 crash of a Cessna Citation II into Lake Michigan three minutes after takeoff from Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport. The two crew and four passengers aboard N550BP were killed in the accident.
Steven Chealander, the public face of the NTSB during press conferences following the February 12 crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 on approach to Buffalo Niagara International Airport, has left the safety agency and joined Airbus Americas.
The crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that killed 50 people outside Buffalo in February once again has the industry group that represents U.S. regional airlines fielding some familiar questions about the level of safety its members guarantee to the traveling public.