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Accidents and Incidents 12/06

Tue, Dec 30, 2008 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents

ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS

(30 November – 6 December 2008)

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg.

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

30 November

San Juan, COSTA RICA

Nature Air-operated de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter

Reg: TI-BBQ

Aircraft ran off the left side of the runway upon landing at Tobías Bolaños International Airport and came to rest on soft ground.

15 Uninjured

30 November

Managua, NICARAGUA

Continental-operated Boeing 737-800

Reg: N76514

Aircraft declared emergency following engine problems about 80nm out of San Jose and decided to divert to Managua.

179 Uninjured

During the diversion the cabin started to fill with smoke. The landing was safe, the passengers were evacuated.

30 November

Bergen, NORWAY

Vildanden-operated Avitrans Saab 340B

Aircraft had just taxied onto the runway and was about to takeoff when a strange smell developed in the cabin. The flight crew abandoned takeoff preparations and steered the airplane back to the apron, when one of the passengers saw sparks from the right hand engine.

28 Uninjured

According to the airline, the engine was never on fire and no fire warning had occurred in the cockpit, yet the crew chose to follow the fire procedures following the shouts of the passenger regarding the sparks. The sparks were produced by a short circuit in the engine deicing system.

1 December

Calgary, CANADA

Cargojet Airways Boeing 727-200

Reg: C-GCJZ

Aircraft was approaching Calgary in light snow with winds from 320 degrees at 23 knots gusting 30 with moderate turbulence. The approach was a bit high and fast and the flare prolonged. Just prior to touchdown the left wing dropped and the wingtip hit the runway. The subsequent touchdown and landing was without further event.

3 Uninjured

A maintenance crew at the airport found minor scrape damage to the outboard corner of leading edge slat and #2 outboard flap canoes.

1 December

Kolkata, INDIA

Spicejet-operated Boeing 737-800

Aircraft was on approach to Kolkata and was assumed to land on Kolkata’s secondary runway 19R (2800 meters in length), as the main runway was closed. The crew confirmed to have runway 19R in sight and was cleared to land on runway 19R around 2:40pm. However, as the airplane flared, the tower controller noticed, the airplane was landing on runway 19L, where about 25 workers were working about 8,000 feet down the runway and started to run for cover seeing the airplane coming towards them. About 12 seconds after the airplane touched down, the controller called danger ahead prompting the crew to brake very hard. The crew managed to stop the airplane about 3,000 feet short of the works.

139 Uninjured

The Airport Authority is going to examine the radar tracks to identify whether there was a communication or pilot error leading to the landing on the wrong runway.

2 December

Kansas City, MO

GoJet-operated CRJ-700

Reg: N166GJ

Aircraft declared emergency because of a cracked windshield and diverted to Kansas City, where the airplane landed safely about 30 minutes after the emergency call and taxied to a gate.

72 Uninjured

2 December

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

KLM-operated McDonnell Douglas MD-11

Reg: PH-KCG

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 contacted the winglet of KLM MD-11 PH-KCG. The left hand winglet of the MD-11 almost sliced in two. The 747 was being towed to the gate at the time of the mishap. It departed with a delay of almost four hours.

No injuries

3 December

Saskatoon, CANADA

Air Canada-operated ERJ-190

Reg: C-FHNP

Aircraft declared emergency while on approach at Saskatoon after an EICAS message indicated a slat/flap failure upon selecting flaps 1. The crew executed a missed approach and entered a holding pattern to execute the trouble shooting checklists. 40 minutes later the airplane landed safely.

75 Uninjured

Maintenance identified a fault in the right hand outboard slat harness. The harness was replaced.

A wiring problem; one wonders about clearance of the wiring from adjacent structure.

5 December

Nagoya, JAPAN

Air Central-operated Fokker 50

Aircraft returned to Nagoya after the crew received a warning indication for the anti-ice system of the right hand engine.

No injuries

6 December

Warsaw, POLAND

Air France-operated Airbus A318-111

Reg: F-GUGH

Aircraft declared emergency due to hydraulic trouble and diverted to Warsaw and landed safely at Frederic Chopin International Airport.

No injuries

General Aviation and Helicopter

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg.

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

30 November

Coalinga, CA

Beech A36

Reg: N3058Y

Aircraft was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near the New Coalinga Municipal Airport.

1 Fatal, 2 Minor

The pilot reported that he canceled IFR flight following at an altitude of 4,000 feet once he had the airport in sight. After descending to an altitude of 2,500 feet, the pilot observed a fog layer over the airport and decided to divert to Santa Barbara, California. The pilot initiated a climb and contacted Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ATRCC) with his intentions. While climbing through an altitude of about 3,500 to 4,000 feet, the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine with no success and diverted to C80. As the airplane descended through 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), the pilot realized he was not going to make the airport and prepared for an off field landing. Subsequently, the airplane landed hard in an open field.

30 November

Homosassa, FL

Beech 35-B33

Reg: N945T

Aircraft was lost from radar over the Gulf of Mexico during an instrument flight rules flight from the Tallahassee Regional Airport to Vandenberg Airport, Tampa.

2 Fatal

Information obtained from family members and local authorities revealed that the pilot and passenger where returning back to Vandenberg from Tallahassee that day. The pilot checked with flight services for a weather briefing at 0853, 1309, 1526, and 1701 that day. The IFR flight plan takeoff time was amended three times before the actual takeoff. The pilot was in communication with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center at the time the airplane was lost from radar. The last radar hit was latitude 28.47:00 North and longitude 082.54:00 West. The airplane was on a heading of 143 degrees and mode c altitude was 5,000 feet mean sea level (msl). The United States Coast Guard located debris matching the description of the airplane’s colors and personal effects from the persons onboard, several miles off shore from Homosassa Bay, FL, on the morning of December 1, 2008.

30 November

Rio Parana, BRAZIL

Embraer EMB-711C Corisco

Reg: PT-NIQ

Aircraft crash landed in the Parana river and landed upside down.

4 Minor

1 December

Leon, NICARAGUA

Piper PA-46-310P Malibu

Reg: N9095K

During a crash landing, left wing of aircraft broke off and the plane came to rest in some bushes.

6 Minor

2 December

San Fernando, ARGENTINA

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk

Reg: LV-ONW

Aircraft struck the wires of a telecom tower at 725ft and crashed.

2 Fatal

3 December

Lac Simon, CANADA

Robinson R44 Raven

Reg: C-GSXV

Helicopter pilot lost control mid-flight and crashed into a lake.

2 Fatal, 2 Serious

3 December

Planeta Rica, COLOMBIA

Aero Commander 500S Shrike Commander

Reg: HK-1697

Aircraft crashed mid-flight under unknown circumstances.

2 Fatal

According to an initial report by the local newspaper, a technical fault is suspected.

3 December

San Juan, PUERTO RICO

Rockwell International 690B

Reg: N318WA

Aircraft crashed into mountainous terrain while on descent into San Juan.

3 Fatal

According to preliminary information released by the FAA, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

5 December

Punta Gorda, FL

Flight Design CTSW

Reg: N370CT

Aircraft flipped over while conducting touch-and-goes in Punta Gorda.

1 Uninjured

6 December

Hollywood, FL

Cessna 172R

Reg: N369ES

Mid-air collision between Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N118TP and Cessna 172R N369ES – 2.7 miles SW of Everglades Holiday Park.

1 Fatal

Both aircraft were found at 09:00 the next morning.

6 December

Hollywood, FL

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole

Reg: N118TP

See above.

1 Fatal

See above.

6 December

Terssac, FRANCE

Fouga CM-170 Magister

Reg: F-AZKH

Aircraft crashed into terrain under unknown circumstances.

1 Fatal

Military

Date/

Location

Aircraft/Reg.

Narrative

Casualties

Comments

5 December

Domna, RUSSIA

Russian Air Force-operated MiG-29

The fighter plane crashed near an air base at Domna under unknown circumstances.

1 Fatal

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


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