The NTSB is calling for stricter FAA en route surveillance of Grand Canyon area air-tour operators based on its findings from two fatal helicopter accidents there in 2001 and 2003 involving Papillon Airways and Sundance Helicopters.
Aviation accidents and incidents
The NTSB issued a preliminary report on the recent crash of a Hawker 700 and a final report on a 2001 crash involving a Learjet 25B.
Witnesses reported seeing Hawker 700 N45BP flying at low altitude and doing “erratic maneuvers” before it crashed at about 7 p.m. on September 20, killing all three pilots aboard. The accident occurred near Beaumont, Texas.
A Mitsubishi MU-2 (N1VY, registered to Bankair) crashed August 1 at 7:51 a.m., about 10 min after taking off from Savannah (Ga.) International Airport on a 30-mi positioning flight to Hilton Head (S.C.) Island Airport. Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft in a right wing down, nose-low attitude as it hit trees and came to rest on a golf course of the Palmetto Dunes Plantation. A post-crash fire destroyed the airplane.
The FAA has issued a new Advisory Circular (91-79) that addresses runway overruns during landing. Overruns occur at the rate of about 10 incidents or accidents per year, and most can be attributed to non-adherence to standard operating procedures, according to FAA and NTSB statistics. AC 91-79 recommends that Part 91, 91 Subpart K, 125 and 135 operators incorporate the risk-mitigation strategies in their operations manuals.
KING AIR B-200, PIQUA, OHIO, AUG. 24, 2001–The chief pilot for the Hartzell Propeller Co. waited for a chartered King Air to shoot the approach into the Piqua Airport after the turboprop circled while waiting for fog to dissipate. As he heard the airplane on final approach, the Hartzell pilot heard the “terrible sound of impact” followed by silence. The King Air’s ATP-rated pilot died in the crash.
Although U.S. transportation fatalities increased slightly last year, aviation remained one of the safest forms of travel, according to preliminary figures released by the NTSB last month.
The U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet experienced 44 accidents– including 18 that resulted in a total of 46 passenger and crew fatalities– in the first nine months of this year, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
The FAA issued Advisory Circular 91-79 for pilots and operators of turbine-powered airplanes to identify, understand and mitigate risks associated with runway overruns during landing. According to FAA and NTSB data, runway overruns during landing account for about 10 incidents or accidents every year, with many accidents resulting in fatalities.
On Thursday the NTSB updated its “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements, and half of the 44 “critical” safety recommendations were issued to the FAA. The Safety Board identified runway safety as one of the most important issues for the agency to address.
Bombardier CRJ100, Lexington, Ky., Aug.