Recovery efforts are continuing today for the wreckage of a 1981 Cessna Citation II that crashed into Lake Michigan soon after takeoff from Milwaukee late yesterday afternoon, killing all six aboard. The dead included two doctors and two specialists from the University of Michigan Health System, who were in Milwaukee harvesting human lungs for transplant.
Approach and landing accidents cause 45 percent of hull losses, according to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), despite the fact that this phase of each flight accounts for just 4 percent of flying time. In an effort to address the number of accidents that occur in that brief but critical phase, NBAA began distributing an approach and landing accident reduction (ALAR) training aid at the NBAA International Operators Conference.
According to NBAA, during the last week of April, the Santa Monica, Calif., airport commission voted to adopt a proposal to create runway safety areas using declared distances that would effectively limit the airport to jets weighing 23,000 pounds or less. The commission also voted to close 300 feet of runway.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace Engineering has opened a $10 million, single-bay facility on Singapore Seletar Airport. It is dedicated to heavy maintenance and modifications for general aviation, helicopters and narrowbody aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 757. In addition, the company has broken ground on a second hangar. The two-bay facility will cost $17.3 million and is set to open next year.
The more than 400 maintenance professionals working for Flight Options will be covered by the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), according to a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). In March 2006, Flight Options became the first fractional provider to establish ASAP for its pilots. ASAP is a voluntary reporting program that provides a mechanism for company personnel to identify potential safety hazards.
An accident caused by the loss of a tail-rotor blade prompted the FAA to issue an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the MD 369 series. The agency said it reviewed MD Helicopter service bulletins affecting tail rotor blades in operation with a machining defect, and the AD is requiring inspections before further flight. Bores of the tail-rotor blade root fittings should be checked.
As its name implies, the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, hosted by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and NBAA, focused on the common theme of improving the safety record in the corporate aviation sector.
The NTSB yesterday released the probable cause of the Dec. 19, 2005 crash of a Chalk’s Ocean Airways Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard in Miami.
The NTSB released preliminary information last month after a Citation II hit terrain during a circling approach to Dillon Airport in southwest Montana, killing both people aboard. According to the report, the ATP-rated owner-pilot was operating the aircraft, which was registered to Hamilton Ranches of Itasca, Ill. The lowest ceiling at the time of the accident was 3,900 feet overcast, and visibility was reported as 10 miles.
The investigation into why an Embraer Legacy and Gol Airlines Boeing 737 collided over the Amazon jungle last September 29 isn’t expected to conclude for several months, but that hasn’t stopped Brazil’s Federal Police from recommending criminal prosecutions for ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino.