Of the few accidents that have occurred to fractional aircraft (none of them fatal), runway overruns are the most common. There were three such events since February (none resulting in serious injuries), including one in which a NetJets Citation 560 was destroyed in the overrun crash and subsequent fire May 2 at Real County Airport in Leakey, Texas. This was the first fractional jet totally destroyed in an accident.
Aviation accidents and incidents
There were 12 nonfatal accidents, three fatal accidents and 21 fatalities resulting from U.S.-registered business jet crashes in the first nine months of this year, compared with seven nonfatal accidents, five fatal accidents and 15 fatalities in the first nine months of last year, according to safety analyst firm Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
The image of mature “sleeper” hijack pilots living in Florida with their wives and children is a false one. What The New York Times described as “a remarkable set of circumstances” led the FBI, local investigators and news media to all but convict several men as hijackers, when in fact they are innocent, alive and well, in some cases having returned to their native countries before the attacks. The U.S.
The fatal accident rate for business jet operations worldwide (fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hours) increased annually from 1998 to 2001 before decreasing in 2002, and from 1998 through 2002 air taxis had the highest fatal rate of all segments of turbine business airplane operations, according to figures in a new publication from the International Business Aviation Council. IBAC, in conjunction with Robert E.
After AIN’s report last month about four Raytheon Aircraft Premier I landing overruns in the last couple of years, another operator disclosed a fifth such incident. He said his aircraft went off the end of a dry runway after landing at Cannes, France, on February 20. The aircraft had incorporated the fix that Raytheon developed last year, but he told AIN that the lift-dump spoilers failed to deploy.
“To be honest, I had a problem with Atta the first time I talked to him. I didn’t like his personality,” Rudy Dekkers, president and owner of Venice, Fla.-based Huffman Aviation International, said of suspected World Trade Center terrorist Mohamed Atta. “But what are you going to do? I’m going to deny someone flight training because I don’t personally like him?”
The journey of TWA Flight 800, which began from New York JFK International Airport on the hot evening of July 17, 1996, finally ended this spring, not at its intended Paris destination but just north of Dulles International Airport with the re-reconstruction of most of the front half of the Boeing 747 in the NTSB’s new training academy, where it will be used as a teaching tool for air crash investigators.
Early NTSB reports point to fuel starvation as the cause of an October 9 King Air C90 crash in a neighborhood north of Dallas Love Field that left the pilot seriously injured. The airplane, N690JP, registered to J&D Aircraft Sales, left Dallas in the morning to drop four passengers in Taos, N.M. The pilot was returning to Dallas early in the afternoon when the right engine apparently quit on approach.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the UK’s Department of Transport implicated jet lag and over-the-counter drugs in the crash of Bombardier Challenger 604 N90AG, in Birmingham, England, on Jan. 4, 2002. The failure of the impaired crew, which had taken antihistamines the night before, to have the airplane de-iced before takeoff may have caused the jet’s stall, roll to the left and crash on takeoff, concluded the DoT.
New tools exist to prevent those accidents that most worry safety experts.