Accidents and Incidents 11/29

Tue, Dec 9, 2008 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents


(23 – 29 November 2008)

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac







23 November

Montreal, CANADA

Bombardier Canadair-operated CRJ-900


Aircraft was about 73nm northwest of Montreal when the crew heard a loud noise in the forward cockpit area followed by an uncommanded movement of the windshield wipers and simultaneous Engine Indicating and Crew Alert System (EICAS) caution messages regarding anti-skid and inboard and outboard brake pressure. The crew declared an emergency and returned to Mirabel Airport, where the airplane landed safely. Immediately after landing numerous circuit breakers popped.

5 Uninjured

Maintenance established that a wiring harness connector located in the forward pressure bulkhead was shorted and burned internally. While the cause of that damage is still unknown, Bombardier has requested a product line check on the subject connectors and associated hardware.

24 November


Air Niamey-operated Boeing 757-200

Aircraft was taxiing towards the runway, when the left main gear collapsed, reportedly causing the airplane to drop onto its left engine.

307 Uninjured

Air Niamey told the passengers that the problem was just ruptured tires on 6 of the 8 main wheels (4 wheels on either side) and to be fixed within minutes. That statement however got contested by Cameroon aviation experts, who stated the problem goes far beyond the ruptured tires. Cameroon’s Civil Aviation Authority (CCAA) have suspended Air Niamey from all flying operations at Garoua on Nov 26th and have sent experts to examine both planes chartered by Air Niamey. The ban was lifted on Nov 27th following examination, however under strict control by the CCAA.

25 November

Osaka, JAPAN

Air Nippon-operated de Havilland Dash 8-400

Reg: JA851A

Aircraft returned to Itami Airport in Osaka about 15 minutes into the flight after a smell of smoke developed on board. The cabin started to fill with white haze while the airplane approached Itami Airport, where the crew managed a safe landing about 25 minutes after departure.

21 Uninjured

A replacement Dash 8-400 by Air Nippon set off for the flight and reached its destination with 95 minutes delay.

25 November


Northwest-operated Boeing 747-400

Reg: N661US

Aircraft had to return to Manila after the flaps could not be retracted after departure. The crew dumped fuel and landed the airplane safely about one hour after departure.

428 Uninjured

The passengers disembarked and waited in the departure lounge while the aircraft was being repaired. The airplane took off again and reached Tokyo with a delay of 5.5 hours

26 November

Atlanta, GA

Delta-operated BOEING 777-200, registration: N862DA

Aircraft experienced an uncommanded rollback of the right hand (number 2) Rolls Royce Trent 895 engine during cruise flight at approximately 39,000 feet.

No injuries reported

The flight was a regularly scheduled flight from Pudong Airport, Shanghai, China to Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia. Initial data indicates that following the rollback, the crew descended to approximately 31,000 and executed applicable flight manual procedures. The engine recovered and responded normally thereafter. The flight continued to Atlanta where it landed without further incident. Flight data recorders and other applicable data and components were retrieved from the airplane for evaluation.

27 November

Perpignan, FRANCE

Air New Zealand-operated Airbus 320


Aircraft was performing a touch-and-go test flight when it crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Perpignan.

7 Fatal

The airplane was heard on Perpignan‘s approach frequency at approximately 16:45 local (15:45Z), when the crew established contact. The approach controller cleared the airplane for approach and a descent to 4,000 feet. That instruction was acknowledged, which was the last transmission from the aircraft. The pilot of a Piper in the area yelled on the radio shortly thereafter that an airplane had crashed. The pilot started to circle the crash site until first rescue forces, a helicopter immediately dispatched from Perpignan, arrived on scene. The helicopter crew subsequently reported a white spot on the sea via radio, no aircraft visible, but debris spread out one kilometer.

The French Secretary of State for Transport said the airplane was on an acceptance flight and was expected to return to Perpignan for a touch and go before continuing directly to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), where the airplane would have been officially returned to Air New Zealand. The airplane made an unexpected turn, not required by the procedures, and started a “brutal” climb. The airplane climbed several hundred feet before it plunged down.

27 November

Tronheim, NORWAY

Scandinavian Airlines-operated Airbus A330-343


Aircraft made an emergency landing at Trondheim. An unknown technical problem made the pilots turn one engine off. They landed safely using only one engine.

180 Uninjured

29 November

Bucharest, ROMANIA

Wizz Air-operated Airbus A320-200


Aircraft encountered a flock of birds while climbing through 4,500 feet after takeoff from Bucharest’s Baneasa Airport. A loud bang was heard from the left hand engine, the crew noticed vibrations thereafter, shut the engine down, declared an emergency and diverted to Bucharest’s International Airport. The landing 12 minutes after takeoff was safe.

141 Uninjured

General Aviation and Helicopter







23 November

Recife, Brazil

Beechcraft 200 Super King Air


During approach to landing at Guararapes International Airport in Recife, aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed in a residential area.

2 Fatal, 8 Serious

The aircraft had taken off from Teresina, the capital of Piaui state, and shortly before arriving at its destination in the capital of Pernambuco the pilot apparently tried to make an emergency landing in the neighborhood of San Martin, near Recife‘s main bus station.

23 November

Winter Haven, FL

Beech V35

Reg: N4396W

Aircraft collided in midair with a Piper PA-28-161 (Reg: N121DL) near the Winter Haven’s Gilbert Airport (GIF).

2 Uninjured

The pilot of the Beech airplane stated that he departed from the Leeward Air Ranch Airport (FD04), Ocala, Florida, and was en route to GIF. When the airplane was 7 miles north of GIF, at 2,000 feet, the pilot reduced the airspeed to 160 mph to extend the landing gear and flaps. At that time he was checking the automated surface observing systems (ASOS) frequency to prepare for the airport entry. All of a sudden another airplane appeared at the same altitude. He executed an evasive maneuver, turning quickly to the left. His airplane’s right wing tip made contact with the other airplane. After the impact, he was able to control the airplane and land at GIF.

23 November

Winter Haven, FL

Piper PA-28-161 Reg: N121DL

See above.

2 Uninjured

The pilot of the Piper airplane stated he taxied to the runway and announced his departure toward the north over the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) for GIF. Once at 500 feet above the ground (agl), he made another announcement over the CTAF advising the airplane was leaving the traffic pattern toward the north. The pilot maneuvered the airplane from a heading of 040 to 360, climbing at a rate of 400 feet per minute. The pilot continued scanning for the traffic at which time he recognized a V-tail of a Bonanza at his “one o’clock position” closing in quickly at an altitude of approximately 1,300 ft agl. He immediately placed his airplane in a left bank. Both airplanes struck each other. He then broadcast over the GIF CTAF, declaring an emergency. He was able to safely return and land at GIF.

23 November

Marshfield, WI

Piper PA46-500TP

Reg: N67TE

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a house in Marshfield.

3 Fatal

According to a report by the FAA, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

24 November

White Creek, TN

Beech 95-B55

Reg: N412ES

Aircraft experienced an in-flight loss of control and crashed into a wooded area behind a house located in Whites Creek.

3 Fatal

A witness near the crash site reported he was inside his house and heard an airplane that sounded abnormal; the witness and his son reported hearing a whirring sound. The witness looked outside his window and saw the airplane flying in a southwesterly direction. The abnormal sound faded momentarily, and then returned. The airplane began spinning in a counterclockwise direction and was flat while spinning. He estimated the airplane spun 4 times before losing sight. Each 360 degree rotation took approximately 1 second. He called 911 and ran to the scene. When he arrived there he noticed a fire at the front of the airplane which spread out. He estimated the fire department arrived in 5 minutes. The witness further reported the weather condition at the time consisted of low clouds with light drizzle.

24 November

Boulder, CO

Hauser U/Hauser J Kit Fox CL

Reg: N4JU

Aircraft was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a reported loss of engine power, shortly after takeoff from the Boulder Municipal Airport.

No injuries reported

According to initial reports, the pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was ferrying it back to his home when the accident flight occurred. Reportedly during the take-off, the airplane’s electrically operated propeller decreased pitch. The pilot tried to correct the decrease in propeller pitch, but the propeller did not respond. The pilot elected to conduct a forced landing and made a 180-degree turn back to the runway. The airplane impacted the terrain just short of the airport’s runway and a post crash fire erupted. After recovery, the airplane will be transported to a secure facility for further examination.

24 November

Galveston, TX

Piper PA-28R-201T

Reg: N9674C

Aircraft lost power, force landed on the runway and flipped over.

1 Uninjured

According to a report by the FAA, the aircraft incurred substantial damage.

25 November

Monterey, CA

Piper PA-28-180

Reg: N2383R

Aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain following a loss of engine power while on final approach to the Monterey Peninsula Airport.

1 Serious, 1 Minor

The pilot reported that after an uneventful flight he entered the traffic pattern for runway 10 left. As he turned from base leg to final, the engine lost power. The pilot stated that he realized that he “ran the right fuel tank out of fuel” and immediately switched to the left fuel tank and turned on the electric fuel boost pump. Despite his efforts, the engine did not restart and the airplane descended into trees and subsequently impacted the ground. The pilot added that prior to departure from CXL; he had topped off the airplane with fuel in Mexicali, Mexico and flew 20 minutes to CXL where he underwent an inspection by the US Customs and Border Protection for re-entry into the United States.

27 November

Cherryville, NC

Corben Baby Ace D

Reg: N13LL

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances near Cherryville.

1 Uninjured

According to a report by the FAA, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

27 November

Porterville, CA

Raytheon G36

Reg: N936EW

Aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a reported loss of engine power during a missed approach from the Porterville Municipal Airport.

2 Serious, 1 Minor

Information obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the pilot was cleared by air traffic control to execute a VOR-A instrument approach to PTV. According to a passenger in the airplane, the pilot attempted to abort the approach and initiate a climb when the engine “did not react normally.” The pilot initiated a forced landing to a nearby road. Shortly after, the airplane struck trees and the ground. Examination of the accident site by an FAA inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright within an orange grove about 1 mile south of PTV. The engine was separated from the engine firewall and the right wing was partially separated from the fuselage.

27 November

Serpentine, AUSTRALIA

Thorpe T18


It appears that the pilot lost control of the aircraft while conducting aerobatics with insufficient height to recover before impacting the ground inverted in a steep dive.

2 Fatal

The crash occurred while the accident airplane was performing in an air show.

28 November

Tampa, FL

Extra EA 300/L

Reg: N505EX

During approach, aircraft clipped the mast of a sailboat, impacted the ground, flipped over and crashed short of the runway on a grassy area.

2 Minor

28 November

Anapolis, Brazil

Beech 58

Reg: 400SA

Aircraft was destroyed during a local personal flight when it impacted the ground after a low pass at Anapolis JK Airport.

4 Fatal, 2 Serious

According to the Aeronautical Accident Prevention and Investigation Center of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the airplane made a low pass over the airport and was observed to enter an “aileron roll.” The airplane then collided with the ground and exploded. This investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Brazil.

29 November

Medicine Bow, WY

Beechcraft B60 Duke

Reg: N6693A

Aircraft encountered icy conditions, struck a power line, and force landed near a road in Medicine Bow.

2 Uninjured

29 November

Mulino, OR

Ridge Runner II

Reg: N825PB

Aircraft crashed onto a field shortly after takeoff.

1 Uninjured

According to a report by the FAA, the aircraft incurred substantial damage.








28 November


German Army-operated Sikorsky/VFW-Fokker CH-53G

Reg: 84+36

Helicopter tried to make a nose wheel-landing for training purpose when it was caught by strong winds resulting in a “lost of control.” The helo came to rest after slipping 300-400 meters downwards into snow.

6 Minor

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

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