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Sat, Oct 25, 2008 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents

ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS

(19 October – 25 October 2008)

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg.

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

19 October

Edmonton, CANADA

Shuttle America-operated ERJ-170

Reg: N642RW

Aircraft was on final approach at Edmonton, when a coyote was reported on the runway, and the plane elected to go around. After one go-around, the plane landed safely.

No injuries

The observed coyote escaped any attempts to locate/catch the animal. The airport however reported that they had trapped 5 or 6 of them in the past few weeks.

19 October

Ottawa, CANADA

Air Canada Jazz-operated CRJ-100

Reg: C-GJZN

Aircraft was in descent for Ottawa when the crew noticed smoke coming from the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) in the cockpit.

No injuries

The oxygen masks were donned and the flight attendants advised. A short time later the circuit breaker for the printer popped and the smoke stopped. The airplane landed without further incident – the crew had not declared emergency.

20 October

Istanbul, TURKEY

Turkish Airlines-operated Boeing 737-800

Reg: TC-JGN

Aircraft overran runway while landing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

115 Uninjured

The nose gear ended up in soft ground, and the passengers disembarked via air stairs.

20 October

Surabaya, INDONESIA

Wings Air-operated MD-82

Reg: PK-LMS

Aircraft was approaching Surabaya and just seconds from touchdown, when one of the left main gear wheels departed the airplane and spun out on the runway. The airplane stopped safely.

167 Uninjured

Wings Air stated that the wheel separated while the airplane was decelerating with no prior indication of damage. Eye witnesses on the ground said the wheel fell off onto the runway a few seconds before touch down.

20 October

Makassar, INDONESIA

Merpati Nusantara Airlines –operated Boeing 737-400

Reg: PK-MDO

Aircraft rejected takeoff after a loud bang was heard. The airplane stopped safely.

No injuries

It turned out that a left main gear tire had blown, according to local authorities.

21 October

Melville Hall, DOMINICA

Amerijet International-operated Boeing 727-200 Freighter

Aircraft got stuck in a pot hole at Melville Hall Airport’s apron. In order to free the tires out of the pot hole, the crew increased thrust. However, the increased pressure shattered the terminal windows.

3 Minor

Three passengers waiting in the lounge received minor injuries from the flying glass. They were brought to a local hospital, and were released in time to catch their flights. Melville Hall Airport is currently undergoing major reconstruction works.

21 October

NETHERLAND ANTILLES

Robinson R44 Raven

Reg: PJ-LIH

Helicopter crashed at sea while en route to pick up a patient.

2 Fatal

It seems that medevac crashes are not solely U.S. problem.

21 October

Toronto, CANADA

Porter Airlines-operated de Havilland Dash 8-400

Aircraft reported possible landing gear issues while about 6nm out from Toronto and requested emergency services to stand by and a tow vehicle. The airplane landed safely and was shut down on the runway and subsequently towed to the gate.

No injuries

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reported that the airplane was en route when the nose landing gear door amber light illuminated. Upon arrival an alternate gear extension was carried out resulting in no nose wheel steering available after landing. The nose gear door closed and locked proximity sensor had lost its signal. The sensor was replaced and the problem was gone. A test with the original sensor also brought no further malfunction. The harness of the sensor was therefore checked and found touching the electrical connector housing. New connectors were installed on the harness and the airplane returned to service.

23 October

Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

Australian Air Express-operated BAE146-300 freighter

Reg: VH-NJM

Aircraft landed heavily in Brisbane, which resulted in a tail strike.

No injuries

The ATSB reported the damage as minor, and an investigation has been opened.

24 October

Asuncion, PARAGUAY

Asismed-operated Cessna 402C

Reg: ZP-TVA

Aircraft crashed shortly after take off in a field.

5 Fatal

The aircraft was destroyed. Local authorities say the cause of the accident was mechanical failures.

24 October

San Jose, COSTA RICA

TACA-operated Airbus A320-200

Aircraft returned to San Jose due to a chemical smell, also described as fuel smell, in the cabin. The crew needed a go-around after their first attempt to return to the airport due to fog, but managed a safe landing on their second approach amid a full emergency response by the airport about one hour after departure.

96 Uninjured

24 October

Vasteras, SWEDEN

SAS-operated Boeing 737-683

Reg: LN-RPW

Aircraft, which was en route to Stockholm, had to make an emergency landing in Västerås.

103 Uninjured

No further information has been released by SAS.

25 October

Moscow, RUSSIA

Delta-operated Boeing 767-300

Reg: N181DN

Aircraft suffered the failure of the left hand engine while on approach to Moscow. The landing was safe.

No injuries.

General Aviation and Helicopter

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg.

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

19 October

Denton, TX

Cessna 180

Reg: N1729F

During one of a series of training landings, the wing began to lift and the pilot was not able to regain directional control of the single-engine tail-wheel equipped airplane. The airplane then “ground-looped” and came to rest inverted on the runway.

1 Minor, 1 Uninjured

The pilot reported in a telephone interview that he planned to do proficiency landings during the early morning hours. The pilot further reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

19 October

Lake Jackson, TX

Cessna A185F

Reg: N93291

Aircraft engine failed and force landed 8 miles from Lake Jackson, TX.

2 Uninjured

19 October

Big Bear City, CA

Beechcraft F33A

Reg: N65HP

Aircraft went off the runway on landing, struck a parked aircraft, a truck, and a hangar.

2 Uninjured

20 October

Avalon, CA

Mooney M.20J/201

Reg: N210EN

Shortly after takeoff, aircraft crashed and burst into flames.

3 Fatal, 1 Serious

The crash triggered a small brush fire that firefighters contained at under 2 acres.

20 October

Amherst, TX

MD Helicopter Inc MD 900

Reg: N902NM

Helicopter experienced a violent yaw while in cruise flight near Amherst.

4 Uninjured

According to telephone conversations with the Director of Operations, the helicopter was in cruise flight with the autopilot off when it encountered a violent yaw to the right. This yaw was accompanied by a pitch up and a pitch down. The pilot regained control of the helicopter and returned to Lubbock without further incident. An examination of the helicopter revealed that the vertical stabilizer control rod had separated from the actuator.

20 October

Hastings, NEW ZEALAND

Cessna 402B

Reg: ZK-PVC

The pilot inadvertently raised the undercarriage rather than the flaps on landing and thus caused one undercarriage leg to retract.

1 Uninjured

21 October

Wiener Neustadt, AUSTRIA

Hungarian-made Phantom Corvus

Aircraft crashed in dense fog onto the roof of the headquarters of Cobra, an Austrian elite police unit.

2 Fatal

The plane caught fire and set the roof of the building alight. The plane was destroyed and the building heavily damaged.

21 October

Wingate, NC

Quicksilver GT-500

Reg: N184GT

During takeoff, the engine failed and the aircraft crashed while attempting to return to the private airfield at Wingate.

1 Fatal, 1 Serious

21 October

Frazer Lake, CA

Avid C Aerobat

Reg: N967DR

Aircraft landed short of the runway, bounced, and flipped over onto its back at the Frazer Lake Airport.

2 Uninjured

A statement from the FAA noted that the aircraft was substantially damaged.

21 October

Brno, CZECH REPUBLICH

Fantasy Air Cora Allegro 2000

Reg: OK-KUA 20

Airplane hit ground with its nose. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

2 Fatal

The ultralight crashed on the border of Blansko and Brno-venkov district, in a place called Hitler´s highway (there are some concrete parts of a never-built highway from WWII).

21 October

Gauteng, SOUTH AFRICA

Piper PA-32R-300 Lance

Reg: ZS-JZF

Aircraft experienced technical difficulties just after takeoff at Rand Airport. Pilot contacted Rand ATC and requested an emergency landing, but crashed in the grounds of the old Wesbank Raceway, approximately 2km from the airport.

6 Fatal

The pilot had headed for a strip of open ground within an old raceway complex, but collided with a pile of rocks, which ripped off the undercarriage. The aircraft then flipped upside down and came to rest approximately 50m further on, where is was subsequently consumed by fire.

21 October

Ciudad Victoria, MEXICO

Cessna 310

Reg: XB-KPF

Aircraft experienced a loss of power on takeoff from Pedro J. Mendez Airport, Ciudad Victoria and crashed.

5 Fatal

A statement from the FAA noted that the helicopter was substantially damaged.

22 October

Hemet, CA

Robinson R22 Beta

Reg: N8356R

Helicopter experienced engine failure, landed hard and rolled over, 10 miles from Hemet.

2 Minor

22 October

Grand Junction, CO

Cessna 180

Reg: N3389D

Aircraft, with 2 persons onboard, collided in midair with another aircraft, a Mesa Flight-operated Cessna 210, registration N731NX, with 4 persons on board. N3389D was forced to land in a field and N731NX at the Grand Junction Airport.

2 Uninjured

According to the pilot of N3389D, he was descending westbound from 16,500 feet to 8,500 feet. As he passed 10,500 feet, he peered out the passenger window, hoping to catch a glimpse of deer. Approximately 10,000 feet, his passenger yelled and he saw N731NX approaching head-on. He dove his airplane, then felt an impact. The airplane yawed 270 degrees and began to roll right. He said he had no rudder control and by using full left aileron he was able to maintain a wings-level attitude. He made a forced landing in a field and the airplane nosed over. The pilot said that the top two-thirds of the vertical stabilizer was missing.

22 October

Grand Junction, CO

Cessna P210N

Reg: N731NX

See above.

4 Uninjured

According to the pilot of N731NX, he was climbing eastbound between 9,500 and 10,500 feet when he heard a loud “bang” and thought he had struck a bird. He did not see the other airplane, nor did his passengers see the airplane. He elected to return to GJT to have the damage assessed. Upon extending the landing gear, a RED UNSAFE light illuminated for the nose gear. Control tower personnel confirmed the nose gear was not extended. After several unsuccessful attempts to lower the nose gear, the pilot landed the airplane. It skidded on its nose for approximately 300 feet before coming to a halt.

22 October

Zurich, SWITZERLAND

Cirrus SR22

Reg: N467BD

Aircraft diverted to Zurich due to an alternator failure. The pilot reported a power failure while on approach. The pilot continued with a visual approach but crashed 100m short of the runway.

3 Fatal, 1 Serious

All passengers were Polish.

23 October

Coolidge, AZ

Cessna 172A

Reg: N7822T

Aircraft engine failed and aircraft force landed in a field 3 miles from Coolidge.

2 Uninjured.

23 October

Limpopo, SOUTH AFRICA

Beechcraft Baron 58

Reg: ZS-NAB

Aircraft crashed approximately 3km from the Phalaborwa airport, where it caught fire and disintegrated.

1 Fatal

Aircraft had just dropped off passengers at Phalaborwa Airport and had taken off to return to Lanseria. An eyewitness reported hearing a strange sound, like a helicopter, and looked up to see the aircraft turning as though heading back to the airport.

23 October

Concrete, WA

Stinson 108-1

Reg: N97946

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances near Concrete.

1 Fatal, 2 Serious

24 October

Glendale, AZ

Holm Michael J Kitfox IV 1200

Reg: N427ET

An experimental Kitfox IV 1200, N427ET, and a Taylorcraft BL-65, N27639, collided while taxiing at the Glendale Municipal Airport. The Kitfox sustained minor damage, and the Taylorcraft was substantially damaged.

1 Uninjured

The Kitfox pilot reported to the NTSB investigator that he was located in the right seat of his conventional gear airplane, and the accident occurred upon completing one circuit of the traffic pattern. Having received a landing clearance, he touched down and exited the runway in a southwesterly direction onto a high speed taxiway. The pilot was monitoring the local control tower frequency. As the pilot was further decelerating and entering taxiway A, the Kitfox and the Taylorcraft collided. The ground controller had not issued the Kitfox a clearance to proceed onto taxiway A.

24 October

Glendale, AZ

Taylorcraft BL-65

Reg: N27639

See above.

1 Uninjured

The pilot in the conventional gear-equipped Taylorcraft, reported to the Safety Board investigator that he was following his ground control-issued clearance to taxi for takeoff using taxiway A. Accordingly, he was proceeding in a northerly direction toward the approach end of runway 19. The pilot stated that he was not advised to hold for the landing traffic prior to entering taxiway A, or prior to crossing the intersection of taxiway A and A6. The Taylorcraft’s right wing and lift struts were bent during the impact sequence with the propeller and engine cowl of the Kitfox.

24 October

Wasilla, AK

Piper PA-32R-300

Reg: N1392H

Aircraft crashed during takeoff.

1 Uninjured

The FAA has reported this accident, but no further details have yet been released.

24 October

Breckenridge, TX

Rans S-12XL Airaile

Reg: N20530

Aircraft landed hard and crashed onto the runway at Breckenridge.

2 Minor

A statement from the FAA noted that the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

24 October

Charlottesville, VA

Piper PA-24-260 “Comanche”

Reg: N8820P

Aircraft crashed in a densely wooded area off Route 20, not far from Walton Middle School, 12 miles from Charlottesville, VA.

2 Fatal

24 October

Herzelia, ISRAEL

Cessna 172

Aircraft crashed upon returning to Herzelia airport after private tour

4 Fatal

Ground viewers told press that the plane’s engine sound increased and then the plane pulled up sharply, stalled and hit the ground nose down some 20 km north of the airport.

24 October

Sevier Lake, AZ

Rans S-7

Reg: N4272M

Aircraft encountered mechanical problems in flight and suddenly dove onto the dry lake bed of Sevier Lake.

2 Uninjured

24 October

Guateng, SOUTH AFRICA

Tecnam P92-S Echo

Reg: ZU-DMT

Aircraft broke apart in midair and came to rest in a field.

2 Fatal

A flight instructor and student were on a training flight when the aircraft appears to have entered a spin after encountering strong winds. It started to break up in mid flight. The instructor apparently fell out of the aircraft at a height of 150m and was found 60m from the main wreckage. The student was still in the aircraft when emergency personnel arrived.

25 October

Wicklow, IRELAND

Piper PA-28-180

Reg: G-BGTJ

Aircraft crashed into mountainous terrain during inclement weather.

4 Fatal

25 October

Monticello, IN

Cessna 172P

Reg: N54971

Aircraft stalled, struck its nose and flipped over, while on a go around in Monticello.

4 Minor

The aircraft was significantly damaged.

Military

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg.

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

20 October

Huayu Island, TAIWAN

Taiwan Air Force-operated AIDC F-CK-1B Ching-kuo

Reg: 1615/84-8055

Aircraft crashed at the Taiwan Strait 30 minutes after take-off while it was on a bombing training mission over Penghu.

2 Fatal

The debris, including a safety jacket, a flight helmet, and fragments of cockpit seats, were fished out of the sea near Maoyu. Both pilots are still missing and are presumed dead.

21 October

Hualien, TAIWAN

Taiwan Navy-operated Sikorsky S-70C

The helicopter was conducting a routine combined reconnaissance and search operations along with six warships against possible hostile submarines when it crashed at sea.

3 Fatal, 2 Serious

One crewmember was killed, two were rescued with injures, two are missing.

23 October

Strasbou, FRANCE

Italian Air Force-operated Agusta/Sikorsky HH-3F (AS-61R)

Helicopter crashed in northeastern France, killing all on board, local officials said.

8 Fatal

The helicopter, one of two on its way from France to Belgium, went down in the Meuse region between the towns of Lisles-en-Barrois and Vaubecourt, police and local officials said.

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


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