A Spanish judge will question two Spanair maintenance technicians and their chief about the MD-82 crash that killed 154 people and wounded another 18 on August 20 at Madrid Barajas Airport in Spain. The three Spanair employees may be subsequently charged with manslaughter and injuries through negligence.
A near runway collision between a United Airlines regional jet and a Cessna 172 at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in Allentown, Pa., on September 19 underscored testimony by a top government official on Friday that “the risk of runway incursions is still high.” Gerald Dillingham, director of physical infrastructure issues for the Government Accountability Office, told the House aviation subcommittee that the primary cause of incursi
Premier Aircraft said a recent transatlantic flight by a Falcon 50 modified with the company’s 50Dash4 performance upgrade demonstrated a quicker takeoff and climb, increased cruise speed and improved fuel burn. Speed increased 35 knots at cruise altitude and the modified Falcon reached cruise altitude 16 minutes faster than a standard Falcon 50.
There were more than a few moments during my three-and-a-half hours flying the Socata TBM 850 when it was easy to imagine the conversation I’d soon have with a couple of friends who own piston twins. The TBM is a suitable replacement for their aircraft–a Cessna 421 and a B55 Baron.
FAREWELL TO GUESTS UP FRONT–Jumpseat rides on non-U.S. airlines are one of the many casualties of recent events. It wasn’t just September 11, either.
LEARJET 25, ITHACA, N.Y., AUG. 24, 2001–Investigators are delving into the circumstances that caused a Learjet to crash into a fence on takeoff from the Tompkins County Airport in Ithaca. The flight lasted only seconds and the business jet came to rest less than half a mile from the departure end of Runway 32. Both of the ATP-rated pilots perished.
Beech King Air E90, Bloomington, Ill., July 21, 2002–A private pilot and his sole passenger were killed when their Beech E90 (N12KA) crashed shortly after takeoff from Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) in Bloomington, Ill. N12KA, operated by Image Air, was destroyed when it hit the ground about one-third of a mile east of the departure end of Runway 20.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 22, 2000–The NTSB’s factual report is now out on the fatal crash of MU-2 N386TM. The twin turboprop was destroyed and both pilots were killed when it crashed immediately after takeoff from the San Antonio International Airport at 1432 CST.
BEECHJET 400, CLEVELAND, OHIO, MAY 8, 2002–Birds substantially damaged a Beechjet 400 operated by Georgia Jet while departing from the Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL). The ATP-certified pilots taxied out to depart Runway 6L. While taxiing, they saw a flock of birds sitting on the approach end of the runway. ATC cleared the Beechjet for takeoff and the crew taxied into position.
CESSNA CITATION 550, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., MAY 20, 2002–Substantial damage but little injury resulted from an aborted takeoff at the Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, Okla. The ATP and four passengers were uninjured, but one other passenger sustained minor injuries in the early-morning departure bound for Greeley, Colo.