Bombardier expressed “regrets” about a March 13, 2007, accident involving a Q400 turboprop at Japan’s Kochi Airport after the Japanese Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (JARAIC) in late May found that a missing bolt caused the airplane’s nose landing gear door to jam, forcing a gear-up landing. None of the 60 passengers and crew aboard the ANA/Air Central flight sustained injuries in the accident.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Alliance, Neb., Feb. 8, 2007–The Caravan pilot’s descent below minimum descent altitude on a nonprecision approach caused this crash, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was a low ceiling (reported weather was 1.25 miles visibility and a 200-foot overcast in mist).
Bombardier Aerospace expressed “regrets” this week over a March 13, 2007, accident involving a Q400 turboprop at Japan’s Kochi Airport after the Japanese Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (JARAIC) found that a missing bolt caused the airplane’s nose landing gear door to jam, forcing a gear-up landing. None of the 60 passengers and crew aboard the ANA/Air Central flight sustained injuries in the accident.
CESSNA 208 CARAVAN, BESSEMER, ALA., DEC. 1, 2001–Air Carriers Fastcheck air taxi (cargo) Caravan was on approach in IMC to its home base at Bessemer (Ala.) Airport when it crashed under unknown circumstances and was destroyed. The two pilots were killed. A special weather report indicated visibility was a quarter mile in showers. The airplane was on an eight-mile final at the time of the last radio communication with ATC.
The instrument-rated commercial pilot and his three passengers were killed November 8 when their 2002 Cessna 208 flying under Part 91 from Las Vegas to Midland, Texas, at 15,000 ft in IMC suddenly made an uncontrolled descent and crashed near Parks, Ariz. About three minutes before the descent the pilot had requested, and was cleared, to climb to 17,000 ft.
A more powerful, better-performing Cessna Caravan 208, including improved fuel burn, is the object of a program by Anchorage, Alaska-based Caravan dealer, modifier and maintenance facility Aero Twin to convert the turboprop single from its original 675-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 to the 850-shp Honeywell TPE331-12JR-701S.
Fly BN will handle maintenance, overhauls and repairs for the Islander and Defender turboprop and piston models. It is committed to speeding up turnaround times, according to Fly BN officials. More than 1,200 Britten-Norman aircraft are in service throughout some 120 countries. Both the manufacturer and the new support division are headquartered at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
Viking Air’s relaunch of the fabled Twin Otter is progressing on schedule, and the first modified airplane incorporating all the planned new features of the production airplane should fly in the fourth quarter. Delivery of the first newly manufactured and recertified Twin Otter to Swiss customer Zimex Aviation is planned for next year’s first quarter.
The Britten-Norman Group (B-N) (Stand No. K72) has sold to Aero-Tropics Air Services, the flight-operations division of Australia’s Lip-Air, the first of six BN2B-20 Islanders it bought back from Adelaide-based Surveillance Australia to meet demand for good used aircraft. The remaining five units will be available from next month.
Field Aviation has just won a contract to convert two more Bombardier Q300 twin turboprops for use as platforms for the Japan Coast Guard’s maritime patrol and search-and-rescue operations. The Canadian modifications specialist is already fulfilling a January 2007 contract to supply three of the aircraft.