The resurgent turboprop market showed no signs of retreat during late May’s Regional Airline Association convention in Dallas, where word leaked that Continental Airlines wants to field 24 Bombardier Q400s within its domestic U.S. system by early next year.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Port Alberni, Canada, Jan. 21, 2006–The pilot and two passengers were killed when the Canadian-registered Caravan lost power and crashed into trees while attempting a landing on a logging road in mountainous forest. The other four passengers were seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.
Aero Commander 690, Temecula, Calif., Oct. 13, 2001–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was a misrigging of the engine controls that resulted in an asymmetric reverse thrust condition.
Goodrich Aerospace has devised a solution to the wiring harness problems that led to a number of nose-gear retraction failures in Bombardier Q400 turboprops flying with Japan Air Commuter (JAC) and two regional units of All Nippon Airways (ANA). A Bombardier spokesman said Goodrich would also apply a permanent fix to all future Q400s.
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