CESSNA 441, BIRMINGHAM, ALA., DEC. 10, 2003–Cessna N441W, registered to and operated by Warrington Development, crashed shortly after takeoff from Birmingham International Airport (BHM) at about 2:20 p.m. N441W was on a Part 91 flight in IMC operating on an IFR flight plan. The ATP-rated pilot and passenger were both killed when the aircraft crashed eight minutes after leaving BHM for Venice, Fla.
LEARJET 24B, HELENDALE, CALIF., DEC. 23, 2003–At 9:11 a.m. PST Learjet 24B N600XJ crashed near Helendale, killing the ATP-rated captain and commercial-rated copilot. The airplane, destroyed in the accident, was registered to Pavair of Santa Monica, Calif., and operated by Xtrajet, also of Santa Monica. N600XJ had departed from Chino, Calif., at 9 a.m. on an IFR flight plan for Sun Valley, Idaho, to pick up passengers.
Transport Canada found no violations of Federal Aviation Regulations during a special-purpose audit of Georgian Express, and on January 27 returned the operator certificate to the Toronto-based airline. The certificate was suspended on January 22, five days after a fatal crash of one of the company’s Cessna 208B Caravans in which the pilot and all nine passengers were killed.
The pilot and his teenage son were killed January 31 when their King Air C90, N75GC, crashed into Everglades National Park about 10 minutes after departing from Marathon, Fla., on an IFR flight plan to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. About three minutes before the accident, the pilot radioed ATC that he was 32 miles southwest of Tamiami.
Sino Swearingen last month said it had passed FAA tests that enable the SJ30-2 to meet its advertised pressurization differential of 12 psi, higher than any other business jet or airliner. At 12 psi, the new twinjet will have a sea-level cabin at 41,000 feet altitude and an 1,800-foot cabin at the maximum altitude of 49,000 feet, according to the company.
All three crewmembers were killed when their King Air B90, N777KU, crashed February 17 near Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, being operated by EagleMed, a division of Wichita-based charter operator Ballard Aviation, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3:30 a.m. Killed were pilot Brandon Bow, paramedic Jonathan Dye and nurse Jennifer Hauptman.
The final report of the Oct. 8, 2001 collision between a Citation II and a Scandinavian Airline System MD-87 at Italy’s Milan-Linate Airport said the immediate cause of the crash, which killed 114 people aboard both jets and four ground workers, was that the Citation inadvertently entered the active runway as the airliner was reaching V1 on its takeoff roll.
Aviation safety pioneer Jerome “Jerry” Lederer died February 6 at the age of 101 in Laguna Hills, Calif., of congestive heart failure. His lifelong dedication to preventing accidents made travel safer for everyone who flies aboard civilian aircraft.
The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation having the lowest number of accidents in 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation. Last year, on-demand Part 135 operators had 54 accidents, down almost 20 percent from 2005, with 10 of those accidents resulting in 16 fatalities.
HAI’s first-responder database is up and running with more than 250 helicopters registered since it became operational last July. The association formed the database in response to communications gaps that came to light after 9/11 and rescue missions flown in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.