U.S.-registered turbine business aircraft accident numbers were mixed last year, according to aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. The total number of accidents was down slightly last year compared to 2005, thanks mostly to the turboprop sector, which saw a 17.5-percent reduction.
Able Flight awarded scholarships to Brad Jones and Stephany Glassing. Jones and Glassing became paralyzed as the result of separate automobile accidents. The scholarships, sponsored by Jet Aviation, will fund flight training for them in a specially equipped airplane provided by Hansen Air Group.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Bonifay, Fla., Feb. 5, 2005–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the crash of the Lance Aviation JetRanger on takeoff was the commercial pilot’s failure to maintain a climb after takeoff and his continued descent. A factor was the dark night. The pilot’s wife, who was watching him take off, said that at about 75 to 100 feet, the helicopter assumed a slight nose-low descending attitude and suddenly hit the ground.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the commercial pilot’s failure to fly a stabilized instrument approach at night. Contributing factors were the dark night and low clouds, the inadequate design and function of the airport facility’s minimum safe altitude warning system (MSAW), and the FAA’s inadequate procedure for updating information to air traffic controllers.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Winnipeg, Canada, Oct. 6, 2005–The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) found that, although the Morningstar Air Express Caravan took off clean, its performance diminished as ice built on its critical surfaces. Moderate icing was forecast for the area. The Caravan was also about 3 percent overweight and 488 pounds over the 8,550-pound mtow for operating in icing conditions.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Boulder City, Nev., Nov. 11, 2006–The commercial pilot of Jet-Ranger N59571 was preparing for a local tour flight at a privately owned heliport at the Hacienda Hotel. He started the helicopter, did a runup and performed preflight checks. After increasing the engine and rotor rpm to 100 percent and checking the generator load, he left the cockpit to disconnect the APU and move it away from the helicopter.
Raytheon Premier I, Deauville, France, Dec. 6, 2006–The Spanish-registered Premier, owned and operated by Gestair Executive Jet, overran the runway on landing at Deauville Saint-Gatien Airport. No injuries or serious damage to the airplane were reported. Rain and a gusty crosswind were reported at the time of the incident.
Twin Commander 690, Denver, Colo., Dec. 5, 2006–As the Twin Commander started up at Centennial Airport, the right engine caught fire. Damage was unknown at press time and no injuries had been reported. The business flight was en route to Kearney, Neb., on an IFR flight plan.
Bell 412, Hesperia, Calif., Dec. 10, 2006–Bell 412SP N410MA, operated by LifeNet dba Mercy Air Services, crashed in the mountains near the top of Cajon Pass, killing the commercial pilot and two medical crewmembers. The helicopter was destroyed in the post-crash fire. VMC prevailed along the route from the Loma Linda University Medical Center to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville. A company VFR flight plan was filed.
Gulfstream G1159B, Burbank, Calif., Oct. 13, 2006–Landing at Bob Hope Airport, the GII rolled into the engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at the end of Runway 8. The captain said that the airplane landed in the first 20 percent of the runway and slowed to taxi speed.