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Sat, Jun 28, 2008 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents

ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS

(22 June – 28 June 2008)

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

28 June

San Francisco, CA

DHL Boeing 767

Reg: N799AX

The aircraft caught fire just aft of the cockpit area while the flight crew was preparing to start the engines.  The airplane was parked at a plot at the San Francisco International Airport with all cargo loaded at the time the fire erupted.  The fire burned a hole through the crown of the aircraft in the forward galley area.  No injuries were reported and the aircraft was substantially damaged.

2 Uninjured

Location of fire is reminiscent of the “attic” inferno that caused the crash of a Swissair MD-11 in 1998. Today, ten years later, airliners still are without adequate detection and suppression in vast areas of the fuselage.

General Aviation and Helicopter

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

22 June

Oceanside, CA

Cessna 172S

Reg: N2436F

The aircraft impacted the Pacific Ocean about 2.5 miles west of Oceanside.  The airplane has not been located and is presumed destroyed.

2 Fatal

1 Serious

Airborne witness reported the pilot was performing stall/spin maneuvers.  The plane climbed to about 7,000 feet, then entered into a spin and spun all the way until it impacted with the water. The airplane was in a nose down attitude when it stuck the water.

22 June

Bowling Green, MO

Beech 99

Reg: N99NN

An in-flight collision occurred involving the aircraft and an exiting parachutist.  The parachutist did not deploy his parachute and was fatally injured. The airplane’s horizontal stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

1 Fatal

12 Uninjured

Prior to the illumination of the green light, the first parachutist decided to exit the airplane. Once in the slipstream, the parachutist realized that the airplane was traveling faster than the normal exit airspeed and was able to maneuver away from the aircraft’s tail section. Parachutists that remained in the airplane recalled that the second parachutist exited the airplane and arched into an “X” before being struck by the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer. The second parachutist did not deploy his parachute.

22 June

Millville, NJ

Czech L-29 Delfin military training jet

“We have no idea why the plane crashed,” said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a State Police spokesman. “Witnesses stated that shortly after takeoff, the plane banked toward the left and may have leveled off before seemingly going out of control.”

2 Fatal

Witnesses reported that the plane may have experienced engine failure. It went down shortly after 8 a.m. about a mile from the airport in dense woods off Buckshutem Road in neighboring Lawrence Township.

23 June

Bethany, MO

Air Tractor AT-502B

Reg: N5005G

The aircraft was substantially damaged upon impact with terrain.  No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight.

1 Uninjured

During his takeoff roll, the pilot raised the airplane’s tail wheel, but at approximately 1/4 runway remaining the engine began “rolling back.”  During landing, the airplane collided with a garage and a residence resulting in the airplane rolling inverted and sliding 50 yard before coming to rest.

23 June

Chickaloon, AK

Eurocopter AS-350 BA

Reg: N357CH

The helicopter sustained substantial damage when it collided with snow-covered terrain on the Matanuska Glacier.  The helicopter was conducting an external load operation at 8,500 feet msl under Title 14, CFR Part 133, when the accident occurred.

2 Uninjured

According to the pilot, while lowering a cargo net he reduced power too much, and the helicopter began to descend rapidly. He said he felt a small vibration. The vibration then smoothed out, but the helicopter was descending quickly. The pilot applied power, but did not release the external load. The helicopter collided with the snow and rolled onto its right side.

24 June

Glenn’s Ferry, ID

Snow S2C

Reg: N1661S

The aircraft impacted terrain while maneuvering to land.  Valley Air Service, Inc., operated the airplane as an agricultural crop dusting operation.  The sole pilot was killed and airplane sustained substantial damage.

1 Fatal

According to the chief pilot, the operation had been set up as a flight of two airplanes.  While reloading his own plane, he was able to observe the accident airplane as it circled overhead waiting for him to take off, so that the accident airplane could land.  He stated that the accident airplane was circling to the left. He saw the left wing fall and then the airplane started to spin in a counterclockwise direction. He then watched as the airplane struck the ground in a flat attitude.

24 June

Iliamna, AK

Piper PA-18

Reg: N3236P

The aircraft sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power, about 1.5 miles west of the Iliamna Airport.  The airplane was being operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight

2 Uninjured

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on June 25, the pilot reported that he departed Tularik Creek and flew eastbound toward Iliamna. He said he had about 4 gallons in the left wing fuel tank, and the right wing fuel tank was empty. As the flight approached Iliamna, the engine began to sputter and lose power. He switched to the right tank, but it ran for only a few seconds, and the engine sputtered. He switched back to the left fuel tank, but the engine continued to sputter, and the airplane lost altitude. He selected a road as a forced landing spot, but was unable to reach the road. The airplane collided with a tree and tundra, about 1.5 miles short of runway 07 at Iliamna. The airplane received structural damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot said that after the accident, the left fuel tank was still showing about 4 gallons.

24 June

Olathe, KS

Mercer Avid Flyer MK IV

Reg: N6880L

The aircraft was substantially damage when it made a forced landing shortly after it took off from the Johnson County Executive Airport.  The certified private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot.

1 Minor

Pilot stated that he had not flown the airplane for six weeks and was planning to stay in the local traffic pattern and practice take offs and landings. After a thorough preflight, he said it was “hard starting” the engine. After three or four attempts to start the engine it finally started. The pilot let the engine “warm-up” longer than usual before departing and noted noting unusual during the engine run-up. The pilot said the engine had “plenty of power” and he departed.  When the airplane reached an altitude of approximately 300-400 feet above the ground the engine “coughed” and stopped producing power. The pilot could not recall if he attempted to hit the auxiliary pump or not, since he was focused on maintaining control of the airplane. He made a forced landing to a clearing on airport property.

24 June

Marinette, WI

Enstrom 480B

Reg: N480PD

The aircraft was substantially damaged during a test flight to track the helicopter’s main rotor blades, and subsequently made a forced landing into an open field.

2 Uninjured

The flight was being operated as a maximum gross weight, maximum aft C.G. flight, in the experimental category. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and the local flight had departed Menominee, Michigan, about ten minutes before the accident.

Military

Date

Aircraft Type

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

22 June

Kecksemet, Hungary

L-39 Albatross Training Plane

The aircraft smashed into the ground near Fehérgyarmat

2 Fatal

The Hungarian Defense Minister told reporters that according to the available data the pilots had carried out an extremely dangerous and unplanned maneuver.

23 June

Jakarta, Indonesia

Casa-212

Fifteen bodies were pulled from the wreckage of an Indonesian military plane that crashed into a jungle-clad mountain

15 Fatal, 3 Unknown

It was the second incident involving a Casa-212 plane in 2008, after a flight operated by the private Dirgantara Air Service crashed in January with three people on board.

24 June

Inner Mongolia, China

Jian-8 fighter planes

Two military pilots parachuted to safety after their jet fighters collided and crashed.

2 Uninjured

The planes were under a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military command based in the north-eastern city of Shenyang.

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


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