In the first half of this year business jet accidents decreased 31 percent from the same period last year, but fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to numbers released last month by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six in the first half of last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
Aviation accidents and incidents
Beech King Air 200, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Feb. 3, 2006 – The landing accident that killed all six people on board the King Air 200 was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain control during approach for undetermined reasons, the NTSB said. Witnesses said the airplane made two approaches, and during the first it was “fish tailing.” The airplane appeared to stabilize, flew down the runway and started making a climbing left turn.
Bell 212, Guipuzcoa, Spain, June 13, 2007 – The two commercial pilots flying the Spanish-registered Bell 212 from Santander Airport to Alicante Airport in Spain were killed when the twin-engine helicopter crashed in unknown circumstances. Instrument conditions prevailed throughout the area. Spain’s Comision de Investigacion de Accidentes e Incidentes de Aviacion Civil is investigating the accident.
Twenty-two months after the crash of a Cessna 208B Caravan Cargomaster following its night takeoff from Mobile, Ala., NTSB investigators still appear no closer to discovering the cause of the accident, although theories abound.
The flight instructor’s lack of experience was cited by the NTSB as causing the fatal crash of a Falcon 20 on April 8, 2003, in Swanton, Ohio. The crew was practicing ILS approaches in IMC with low clouds and rime ice. A first-officer-in-training occupied the right seat, while the instructor, serving as PIC, was in the left seat. On the second approach, the airplane stalled and crashed short of the runway.
There were no fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of this year, compared with three such accidents and seven fatalities in the same period last year, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates. Corporate/executive jet operators were not involved in any accident in the first half of this year or last year.
Business aviation experienced 25 accidents in the first six months of this year, down from 29 in the same period last year, according to data released last week by Robert Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. There were also fewer fatal accidents—eight accidents and 14 fatalities this year versus nine accidents and 23 fatalities in the same period last year.
Cessna Citation 550, Rifle, Colo., May 29, 2007–Citation N575BW, landing at Garfield County Regional Airport, overran the runway, in an accident similar to one on March 23, when a Dassault Falcon 900 slid off the Rifle runway. There were no injuries in the Citation accident, and at press time the damage was unknown. The Citation is registered to CE550-0116 LLC of Dallas.
American pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino were indicted last month for their alleged part in the collision of their Embraer Legacy with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle last September in which all aboard the airliner died. The judge in the case agreed to proceed with the prosecutor’s suggested indictment, officially charging the pilots with unintentional endangerment of an aircraft through negligence.
Details are emerging about the Cessna 550 that crashed into Lake Michigan Monday. NTSB senior investigator John Brannen revealed that the pilots had made a distress call involving “runaway trim” immediately after takeoff. At a news conference yesterday, Brannen said that “very little” of the wreckage had been recovered so far.