On April 1, the NTSB celebrated its 40th anniversary. On that date in 1967, the Bureau of Safety was removed from the Civil Aeronautics Board and became the new accident investigation agency. Each year, the agency’s staff of fewer than 400 employees investigates more than 2,000 accidents and incidents.
Aviation accidents and incidents
Implementing safety management systems (SMS) and developing operator decision-making skills are imperative to improving the accident record for helicopters. That was the message more than 100 helicopter pilots, crewmembers and industry managers heard at the third annual Helicopter Safety Forum, co-sponsored by FlightSafety International and Rotor & Wing magazine, held this year in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The seventh annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) seems certain to be the largest event yet, with more than 10,000 visitors expected at Geneva’s Palais des Expositions convention center to view more than 300 exhibits and 50 aircraft. But the show (May 22 to 24) will also be an important forum for some big issues now facing the business aviation community in Europe.
New York-based charter operator ExcelAire recently submitted to Brazilian Federal Police Chief Renato Sayao a 150-page report on the September 29 midair between an ExcelAire Legacy and a Gol Airlines 737.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its annual safety report this week, which highlights concerns around the globe. Although the report focuses on commercial aviation incidents and accidents, business aviation operators can benefit from its content, given that specific regions and countries are analyzed for problem areas.
Five people were killed in the crash of a King Air E90 on June 23 and two people were hurt in the crash of a C90 on June 13. The pilot and the four passengers aboard the E90 (N62BL) died during an attempt to land at False River Regional Airport in New Roads, La., at about 7:20 p.m. The twin turboprop had departed from Jonesboro, Ark., about two hours earlier.
Jet and turboprop operations under Part 91 were responsible for an increase in fatal turbine business airplane accidents in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary figures from corporate aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
The National Transportation Safety Board last week issued its final report on a February 21 accident at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport in which a Learjet 55, landing in extreme adverse weather conditions, ran off the end of the runway. Witnesses said that seconds after landing, the aircraft encountered “a wall of water” produced by a severe microburst.
A Twin Commander taking off full length from 5,000-foot Runway 12R at North Las Vegas Airport for a VFR surveillance flight appeared never to get out of ground effect before it hit terrain about 600 feet southeast of the runway. The twin recip was destroyed and the pilot and two passengers were injured in the July 21 accident. Witnesses told the NTSB that they saw the airplane airborne but not climbing.
An NTSB investigation is under way into the crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 while on an IFR approach to Centennial Airport, Colo., on August 5. The sole-occupant pilot was killed. N454MA, registered to Flight Line of Adams, Colo., was reportedly on an air-taxi cargo flight from Salt Lake City and had been cleared to land when it crashed about 2.5 miles south of the airport.