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Accidents and Incidents 6/21

Sun, Jun 15, 2008 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents

ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS

(15 June – 21 June 2008)

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac

Date/

Location

Aircraft/ Reg

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

15 June

Cairo, Egypt

EgyptAir

Airbus A320

An EgyptAir plane with 77 passengers on board was forced to carry out an emergency landing at Cairo airport after encountering a technical failure in its right wheels.

Nonfatal

The pilot had trouble with the landing gear while approaching Cairo and was told to circle to burn fuel before attempting to land. The right wheels caught fire while landing and smoke was seen rising from them. The fire was extinguished and all passengers taken safely from the plane.

16 June

Phoenix, AZ

Southwest

B737

Overheated brakes caused the a tire blowout in the plane’s right rear landing gear. Mechanics inspected the aircraft at a nearby Southwest maintenance facility.

Nonfatal

The aircraft remained on the airport’s north runway while the 127 passengers were taken to a terminal.

General Aviation and Helicopter

Date/

Location

Aircraft/ Reg

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

15 June

Regensburg, Germany

Beech Aircraft CorpV35B

Reg: D-ECRD

The aircraft, owned and operated by the accident pilot, was destroyed when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Regensburg, Germany.

3 Fatal

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The flight originated from Regensburg, Germany.

17 June

New Carrolton, OH

Helton Lark 95

Reg: N86657

The aircraft collided with telephone poles and a tree following a loss of engine power on takeoff. The airplane departed runway 26 at the Moraine Airpark, Moraine, Ohio, just prior to the accident.

1 Fatal

The airline transport rated pilot was fatally injured. The sole passenger on board received serious injuries. Witnesses reported hearing the engine sputtering just after the airplane took off. The airplane then entered a left turn and the right wing contacted a street light. A three foot section of the right wing separated from the airplane. The airplane then descended to the ground. The airplane contacted an additional light pole and a tree prior to coming to rest.

18 June

O’Kean, AR

Grumman-Schweizer

G-164B

Reg: N6601Q

The aircraft, registered to and operated by Kin-Co Ag Aviation, Inc., and operated by a commercial pilot, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during an uncontrolled descent near O’Kean. Arkansas.

Nonfatal

Witnesses said the airplane was in a steep right turn after making an aerial application pass when it “nosed straight in.” FAA inspectors found evidence of a propeller blade failure. A portion of the propeller’s shaft was located some distance from where the airplane crashed. A post-crash fire ensued after impact, but the pilot managed to escape

19 June

Garwood, TX

Air Tractor

AT-301

Reg:N3166H

The aircraft, registered to and operated by ANF Air Service, Inc., and operated by a commercial pilot, was destroyed when the it struck a levy and struck terrain following a loss of power shortly after takeoff in Garwood, Texas.

Nonfatal

According to the pilot, he was taking off from a private airstrip with a full load of fertilizer when he “lost the number 2 cylinder.” Due to the loss of engine power during the ensuing forced landing, the pilot was unable to keep the airplane from striking a levy. Both upper and lower wings were crushed and the fuselage was buckled.

20 June

Pine Bluff, AR

Ayres

S2R-G6

Reg: N61374

The aircraft, registered to and operated by Swan Lake Flying Service, Inc., and operated by a commercial pilot, was substantially damaged when it struck trees and impacted terrain following a loss of power during a forced landing Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Nonfatal

Preliminary information indicates the pilot was spraying a field when the engine lost power. He attempted to make a forced landing in an open field, but the airplane struck trees and the airplane impacted terrain sideways. The landing gear was sheared off, the wings were bent, and the fuselage was buckled.

20 June

Willow, AK

Piper PA-18

Reg: N91256

The aircraft sustained substantial damage when it collided with an embankment and trees during an aborted landing at a remote gravel bar, about 16.5 miles west-northwest of Willow, Alaska. The private pilot, and the sole passenger, were not injured.

Nonfatal

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on June 24, the pilot reported that he was landing toward the east on a gravel bar in the area of Neil Lake. He said that he first made a low pass over the landing area, and the engine responded without hesitation. On his next approach to the gravel bar, he said that he touched down, but was not satisfied with his placement, and decided to abort the landing. He added engine power to takeoff, but the engine sputtered. The airplane skipped across an area of water and collided with an embankment and trees, about 400 feet from the initial aborted landing spot. The airplane nosed over, and received structural damage to the wings.

21 June

Augusta, KS

Mercer Avid Flyer MK IV

Reg: N6880L

The aircraft, operated by a commercial pilot, was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain following a loss of power during a forced landing approach at Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU), Augusta, Kansas. The pilot, the sole occupant on board, was not injured.

Nonfatal

The pilot told an FAA inspector that the engine started overheating and he turned around and was returning to the airport. On approach at approximately 500 feet, the engine seized. The pilot attempted to make a forced landing in a field but the airplane impacted terrain, bending the landing gear, and slid 80 feet. Damage consisted of a wrinkled fuselage

21 June

Goldsby, OK

Cessna R172K

Reg: N1439V

The aircraft, operated by a private pilot, was substantially damaged when the pilot aborted the takeoff at David J. Perry Airport (1K4), Goldsby, Oklahoma. The pilot and 3 passengers were not injured.

Nonfatal

According to an FAA inspector, the pilot didn’t think the airplane was accelerating as it should and decided to abort the takeoff. The airplane traveled 500 feet past the end of the runway and nosed over, crushing the vertical stabilizer.

21 June

Von Ormy, TX

Flight Design GMBH CTSW

Reg: N460CT

The aircraft, operated by a private pilot, was substantially damaged when it struck a fence and nosed over during a forced landing after the engine lost power near Von Ormy, Texas. The pilot and passenger on board the airplane were not injured.

Nonfatal

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the engine lost power while the airplane was in cruise flight. The pilot made a forced landing in a short field. The airplane struck a fence at the end of the field and nosed over. Both wings and the vertical stabilizer were crushed, and the fuselage was wrinkled.

21 June

Tishomingo, OK

Cessna 172R

Reg: N5178Y

The aircraft, registered to and operated by Eastern Oklahoma State University and operated by a private pilot under the supervision of a flight instructor, was substantially damaged during a hard landing at Tishomingo Airpark (0F9), Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The instructional flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. The flight instructor and private pilot were not injured. The local flight originated at Eaker Field (DUA), Durant, Oklahoma.

Nonfatal

According to the flight instructor, the private pilot receiving instruction was making a short field landing approach. The approach was high to clear trees surrounding the airport. The pilot allowed the airplane to slow and they encountered turbulence. The pilot pitched the nose up and the airplane stalled. The instructor leveled the airplane and it touched down on the main landing gear, followed by the nose gear, and bounced. An immediate post-flight inspection revealed no apparent damage. A later examination by the school’s maintenance staff revealed the firewall was wrinkled.

21 June

Big Bear City, CA

Cessna 172K

Reg: N758DH

The aircraft, registered to and operated by Eastern Oklahoma State University and piloted by a private pilot under the supervision of a flight instructor, was substantially damaged during a hard landing at Tishomingo Airpark (0F9), Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The instructional flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. The flight instructor and private pilot were not injured. The local flight originated at Eaker Field (DUA), Durant, Oklahoma, approximately 1200.

Nonfatal

In an interview with National Transportation Safety Board investigators, the pilot reported that during the takeoff the airplane was not climbing as expected. He deployed flaps in an attempt to increase lift, but the airplane continued to descend until it struck the water. Both the pilot and the passenger were able to get out and swim to shore.

The pilot stated the airplane and engine had no mechanical failures or malfunctions during the flight.

Military

Date

Aircraft Type

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

19 June

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO-105

An EU peacekeeping helicopter belonging to the Spanish military crashed in Bosnia, killing the four service members aboard, two from Spain and two from Germany. The helicopter belonged to the Spanish military. The helicopter took off from Sarajevo on a routine flight, then issued a Mayday call half an hour after embarking. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

4 Fatal

Pilots in a second helicopter confirmed smoke, but due to mountainous and heavily forested terrain nothing more could be confirmed. The crashed helicopter was involved in transport operations for the EUFOR peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

All entries are preliminary and subject to confirmation/correction by formal accident reports.


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