Cessna 208B Caravan, Clarendon, Texas, June 7, 2005–An “unusual whining/hissing noise” alerted the pilot of Caravan N9505B to problems with the flight, which was at 6,000 feet on a climb to cruise altitude. At 8,000 feet, the noise grew louder and the inlet turbine temperature gauge started fluctuating. After a “bang,” the engine quit.
Cessna Caravan 208B Portland, Ore., Dec. 24, 2005–Making an intersection takeoff from Runway 21 at Portland International Airport, the FedEx Caravan failed to gain altitude, hit a glideslope antenna and crashed. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The cargo flight was operated by Empire Airline of Hayden, Idaho, and was on an IFR flight plan to Roseburg, Ore.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has appointed Lufthansa A.E.R.O. a designated overhaul facility for the PW150 series of turboprop engines. According to a P&WC spokesperson, Lufthansa A.E.R.O. is the first independent designated overhaul facility for the engine and will provide operators of Bombardier Q400s an additional choice for repair and overhaul services.
The use of thrust reversers to shorten landing distance is a great benefit to aviation. But according to the Safety Board, relying too much on that benefit could lead pilots into landing with minimal safety margins.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Unalakleet, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of a 208B Caravan on the pilot’s failure to maintain altitude/clearance from terrain while performing a low-altitude maneuver.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Round Rock, Texas, Oct. 18, 2005–The FedEx Caravan made a forced landing after the engine quit in night VMC. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, incurred minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. After takeoff from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and leveling off at 7,000 feet, the pilot reported “engine failure and a total power loss.” His attempts to restart the engine were not successful.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Cuenca, Ecuador, March 24, 2006–An Ecuadorian-registered Cessna Caravan, operated by Atesa Aero Taxis Ecuatorianos, lost power and crashed on departure from Cuenca Airport in VMC. The airplane was substantially damaged and five passengers were killed. The commercial pilot, the ATP-rated copilot and seven passengers were seriously injured.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Arecuna, Venezuela, March 5, 2006–A Venezuelan-registered Caravan, YV-1149C, crashed during a forced landing after reportedly losing power. The airplane was owned and operated as an air taxi by Servicios Aeronauticos Sucre. The pilot and copilot were seriously injured, but the 11 passengers were not injured. The flight originated at Polamar, destined for Canaima.
Viking Air, the Vancouver-based specialist in support, STCs and airframe mods for de Havilland Canada (DHC) Beavers and Otters, has acquired full production rights for the full line of DHC aircraft up to the DHC-7 Dash 7.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–N397QS was destroyed when it overran Runway 15 at the Real County Airport, near Leakey. The jet was fractionally owned by private individuals and managed by NetJets Aviation of Columbus, Ohio. VMC prevailed and the ATP-rated PIC set up for a right-hand pattern for the visual approach to Runway 15.