Bombardier Learjet 35, Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2007–At 3:13 a.m., the sole controller in the Washington Dulles International Airport tower instructed Learjet N66NJ to taxi into position and hold on Runway 19R, which was closed and unlit. The airplane was then cleared to take off on the 11,501-foot runway. The departure controller noticed the radar target and questioned the tower controller about the status of the runway.
Aviation accidents and incidents
Brazilian authorities should drop their criminal investigation into the deadly midair collision last September involving a pair of American pilots and instead let accident investigators complete their probe.
The NTSB’s first investigation of an unmanned aircraft accident highlighted a problem that many have worried about and that the FAA has yet to address: the different standards applied to manned aircraft versus unmanned aircraft (UA) operations. It has long been the case that accidents that result in the deaths of many people gain far more attention than accidents involving fewer fatalities.
The preliminary NTSB report of the September 19 Beech King Air B90 crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., indicates that the pilot ran out of fuel during a flight from Birmingham International Airport in Alabama to Georgetown Scott County Airport in Georgetown, Ky. The airplane landed in a parking lot, cartwheeled into several cars and hit a light pole. The ATP-rated pilot and three passengers suffered minor injuries.
While the number of fatal accidents involving turbine-powered business airplanes declined slightly through the first nine months of this year compared with last year, those accidents took a larger toll, according to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
According to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates, turbine-powered business airplanes were involved in 12 fatal accidents that killed 33 people in the first nine months of this year, compared with 15 accidents and 30 fatalities in the same period last year.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) late last week called on the Brazilian government “to return to agreed international standards and principles in the investigation” of the midair collision of a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600.
An AD should be issued requiring all operators of transport-category airplanes with certain pressure-vessel structural repairs to determine if they were done properly or whether there’s hidden damage that could lead to multiple-site fatigue cracking and possible structural failure, according to the NTSB.
GULFSTREAM V, WEST PALM BEACH, FLA., FEB. 14, 2002–Gulfstream N777TY was substantially damaged when it made a hard landing at West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI).