ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES 1124A, TAOS, N.M., NOV. 8, 2002–The only occupants, both airline transport-rated pilots, of the Westwind were killed when the aircraft crashed on approach to Taos Municipal Airport (SKX). The accident occurred at approximately 2:57 p.m. after the Westwind passed the initial approach fix for the VOR/DME-B approach.
Aviation accidents and incidents
The NTSB has called for improvements in the way the Transportation Department collects data, including the FAA’s Accident/Incident Data System (AIDS), the Near Midair Collision System (NMACS) and NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS).
The crash of a Piper Navajo Chieftain in Kodiak, Alaska, on Saturday might have been precipitated by the unexpected opening of a nose baggage door just after takeoff from Kodiak Airport, the NTSB said. According to an FAA preliminary report, the pilot and five passengers were killed and four more were injured when the 10-seat piston twin operated by charter firm Servant Air crashed off the end of the runway into the water.
The NTSB is eyeing fatigue as a contributing factor in the October 25 accident that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.), members of his family and staff and both pilots. The King Air A100 crashed two miles from the airport during an approach to the Eveleth-Virginia (Minn.) Airport (EVM). Wellstone had chartered the aircraft from St. Paul-based Aviation Charter.
MD-80, Anacapa Island, Calif., Jan. 31, 2000–Both pilots, three cabin crewmembers and 83 passengers on board the Alaska Airlines MD-80 were killed when Flight 261 crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island at 4:21 p.m. PST.
King Air 200, Strasburg, Colo., Jan. 27, 2001–At about 5:37 p.m. MST, King Air N81PF–owned by North Bay Charter and operated by Jet Express Services–crashed into rolling terrain near Strasburg. The twin turboprop departed from Jefferson County Airport (BJC) in Broomfield, Colo. at approximately 5:18 p.m. with two pilots and eight members and associated personnel of the Oklahoma State University basketball team.
Fokker F28-MK1000, Chachapoyas, Peru, Jan. 9, 2003–The Fokker F28 twin jet, Peruvian registration OB-1396, was destroyed when it hit mountainous terrain at approximately 8:43 a.m. EST during approach to the Chachapoyas Airport (SPPY) in Peru. The flight originated at Chicklayo (SPHI) at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Cenipa, Brazil’s aviation accident investigation agency, released a statement to the Brazilian news agencies in November that appears to dispute the claims of the
RAYTHEON BEECH 400A, BALTIMORE, MD., MAY 1, 2002–Beechjet N498CW, a fractionally owned and operated airplane managed by Flight Options, was substantially damaged during a landing overrun at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. No injuries were reported. The NTSB blamed the captain’s failure to go around.
A few months ago AIN published an article that highlighted not only my NTSB career but also some of what I have done with a good portion of my working career. Not long after that article was published, AIN editor Nigel Moll called to ask whether I would be interested in writing a monthly column on various subjects of interest to both the pilot and maintenance communities.