SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIA, JACKSONVILLE, FLA., NOV. 27, 2003–A Swearingen Merlin IIA (N698X) registered to George C. Swanson, MD Ltd of Port Arthur, Texas was destroyed at 12:56 p.m. when it crashed into a wooded area while on an ILS approach to Craig Municipal Airport (CRG), Jacksonville, Fla. The pilot was killed and all four passengers were seriously injured.
SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIB, SPOKANE VALLEY, WASH, NOV. 20, 2003–Swearingen Merlin IIIB N439AF, owned by Ameriflight of Burbank, Calif., was destroyed when it crashed into trees approximately one mile short of the runway on an ILS approach to Spokane Valley, Wash. in IMC conditions. The accident occurred at approximately 4:06 p.m. The flight was operated as Ameriflight AMF1996 and the pilot, who was alone, was killed.
SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIA, GRAND JUNCTION, COLO., NOV 18, 2003–Merlin IIIA N332BA, owned and operated by Key Lime Air, Englewood Colo., was substantially damaged when it crashed at approximately 7:21 a.m. (MST). The aircraft was on a landing roll at Walker Field (GJT), Grand Junction, Colo. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was not injured.
Aircraft design pioneer Ed Swearingen is as convinced today as he was 30 years ago that business aircraft manufacturers are selling their customers short by delivering products that still don’t get close to airliners in terms of efficiency. Why? Essentially, because they are still designing business jets as if they were powered by turboprop engines, the veteran told an April 11 press briefing in London.
M7 Aerospace has announced an “M7 Merlin” program through which it will extensively refurbish an executive Fairchild Merlin in the same San Antonio 426,000-sq-ft factory facility where it was originally built.