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.
Aviation accidents and incidents
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.
Dassault Falcon 900, Greenville, S.C., July 17, 2006–The NTSB determined that the landing overrun of the Erg Aviation II Falcon at Greenville Downtown Airport was due to the malfunction of the antiskid system controller during the landing roll, which resulted in failure of the antiskid braking system.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and NBAA will recognize aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling for his lifetime contributions to the industry, with an award and dinner tonight at the Omni Hotel here.
The NTSB has released initial factual information about the Flight Options Beechjet 400A that suffered a dual engine flameout on Nov. 28, 2005. The investigation is ongoing and the Safety Board has not yet determined a probable cause of the accident.
Each year, NBAA recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with good safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the technicians adds up to four decades or more.
Though business jet accidents in the first half of the year decreased 31 percent versus the same period last year, fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to figures released by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
As a result of the Comair Flight 5191 crash in Lexington, Ky., the NTSB issued five safety recommendations to the FAA this week in an effort to mitigate airport surface operation errors.