Comments are due March 5 on an FAA proposal to require a low-airspeed awareness system on Cessna 208 and 208B Caravans. The installation will cancel the prohibition against operating the turboprop single in moderate or worse icing conditions.
Cessna Citation 550, Butler, Pa., Jan. 24, 2007–The Air Trek Citation 550 air ambulance landed long at Butler, Pa., slid off the runway and hit a localizer. Weather was IMC. Two people on board were slightly injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged. Air Trek, based in Punta Gorda, Fla., was involved in a fatal accident in 2004.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Harbor Springs, Mich., Jan. 12, 2007–Cessna 425 N425TN was destroyed when it crashed on landing on Runway 28 at Harbor Springs Airport, but the commercial pilot and a passenger escaped with minor injuries. The second passenger was not injured. The flight from Toledo, Ohio, was conducted on an IFR flight plan in VMC.
Raytheon Beech 99A, Milwaukee, Jan. 25, 2007–A Freight Runners Beech 99 collided with a company Cessna 402B at a runway-taxiway intersection after landing on Runway 25L at General Mitchell International Airport. The Beech 99 pilot, who was slightly injured, landed just past the intersecting Runway 19, slowed, and told Tower he could exit at A2 taxiway, which led to A, and he was cleared.
Learjet 24, Guadalajara, Mexico, Jan. 9, 2007–The two pilots of an Ameristar Jet Charter Learjet were killed when it crashed in hills 15 miles from Miguel Hidalgo Airport. The airplane was destroyed in the crash and fire. The NTSB, Bombardier and GE, the engine manufacturer, are investigating the crash, the third fatal accident for Dallas-based Ameristar in the last six years.
Piper Cheyenne N160TR was destroyed and its pilot killed when the turboprop twin crashed into a field near Rieschweiler, Germany, on February 12. According to the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation, VMC prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated in Zweibrucken, Germany, and was en route to Split, Croatia.
A TBM 700 crashed one mile west of New Bedford Regional Airport in New Bedford, Mass., on February 2, killing all three people aboard. The aircraft carried two pilots–the owner, a low-time private pilot with an instrument rating, and a commercial pilot employed by the owner. IMC prevailed, with a reported ceiling of 200 feet overcast. One of the pilots reported a missed approach on the ILS to Runway 5.
The September 29 midair collision between an Embraer Legacy and a Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon was a baptism by fire for Bill Voss, who took over as president of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) a couple of days later.
He was immediately thrown into the midst of an international incident when Brazil confiscated the passports of the two American pilots of the business jet to prevent them from leaving the country.
Three people were killed when their King Air 200 crashed on approach to Gallatin Field Airport (elevation 4,474 feet) in Bozeman, Mont., on February 6. The aircraft, owned by Metro Aviation of Shreveport, La., and operated by Benefits Healthcare/Mercy Flight of Great Falls, Mont., hit a 5,700-foot ridge about 100 feet below the summit.
A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB SW-07-16) issued February 9 warns operators of possible debonding of the main rotor blades on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Robinson issued a safety alert.