The number of fatalities in turbine business airplane accidents increased nearly 80 percent in the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
The NTSB recently concluded its investigations into two King Air fatal accidents, attributing the probable causes to the pilots. IMC was a factor in both accidents. On Jan. 31, 2004, the pilot and his teenage son were killed when their C90 broke up in flight and crashed into the Everglades about 10 minutes after departing Florida Keys Airport.
According to the NTSB, the Mitsubishi MU-2 that crashed September 22 while attempting to return to its departure airport had originally departed and returned to the same airport about 90 minutes earlier because of a right-engine fire warning caution light. Night IMC prevailed on the accident flight.
Eurocontrol and other stakeholders from across the aviation industry have agreed on the outline of a plan to address ATC communications safety issues in Europe. These include callsign confusion, undetected simultaneous transmissions, radio interference, use of standard phraseology and prolonged loss of communication. The Brussels, Belgium-based organization said it will focus on causal factors for these issues and establish remedial measures.
Part 135 operators and charter management entities will be affected by a proposed policy guidance involving wet leases.
PIPER PA-46-310P MALIBU, DIJON LONGVIC, FRANCE, OCT. 9, 2004. Malibu N20VP crashed eight miles south of Dijon Longvic Airport (LFSD), while en route to Chateau La Chassagne, Dijon (Burgundy), France. The instrument-rated pilot and three passengers were killed and the airplane was substantially damaged.
CESSNA REIMS F-406 CARAVAN II, INVERNESS, UK, OCT. 22, 2004–Cessna Reims Caravan II G-TWIG, operated by Highland Airways, Inverness, Scotland, crashed in mountainous terrain 37 miles northwest of Inverness. IMC was reported in the area. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot was killed. The aircraft had taken off from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, and was en route to Inverness.
CANADAIR CL-600-2B19, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., APRIL 17, 2004. After America West Express Flight 412 landed at Colorado Springs, Colo., and was taxiing to the gate, the cabin filled with smoke. The captain stopped the airplane and evacuated the airplane. The NTSB blamed the incident on a failed air conditioning fan bypass check valve and the subsequent overtemperature of the air conditioning pack.
CESSNA 208B CARAVAN, MANTEO, N.C., DEC. 25, 2002. The ATP-rated pilot was killed and Caravan N1122Y substantially damaged when it crashed into Croatan Sound, near Manteo, at 1 a.m. in IMC. The aircraft was operated by Telford Aviation, as Telford Flight 1279, a Part 91 positioning flight from Elizabeth City, N.C.
DASSAULT FALCON 20, PUEBLO, COLO., JAN. 21, 2004. The captain of the Jet Ex Falcon 20 said he had no indication of runway problems from notams or from a low pass over Runway 8L at the Pueblo Memorial Airport. He landed and the airplane initially decelerated with normal braking.