Accidents and Incidents 2.01.09 – 2.07.09

Tue, Feb 24, 2009 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac






1 February

Delhi, INDIA

IndiGo Airlines-operated Airbus A320-232

During flight, the pilot of Indigo flight 664 reported to Air Traffic Control that there were a couple of passengers who were behaving aggressively and threatening to hijack the plane. The plane was given priority and it landed safely. The plane was taken to an isolated area of the Delhi Airport and was cordoned off by the National Security Guard (NSG) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

169 Uninjured

One man on board the flight was prevented by a cabin crew from changing seat when the aircraft was descending for landing. He then claimed he had a gun and an infectious needle, police said, adding he also threatened the cabin crew by claiming he was also involved in the Indian Airlines flight 814 hijacking case of 1999, which forced them to inform the pilot, who gave a distress call for emergency landing.

4 February

La Ronge, CANADA

Transwest Air-operated de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100


Aircraft was taking off in the snow for an eastbound flight to Deschambeault Lake, Saskatchewan. Just as the aircraft was about to become airborne, the left wing was observed high and the aircraft took a hard right turn and impacted the fence and trees adjacent to the runway.

7 Uninjured


7 February

Santo Antonio, BRAZIL

Manaus Airtaxi-operated Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante


Aircraft lost radio contact and descended into the Manacapuru River (Brazil).

24 Fatal, 4 Serious

Press reports indicate that the pilot contacted Manaus ATC about one hour after takeoff. He stated his intentions of returning to Coari due to heavy rainfall en route. Contact with the flight was lost shortly afterward. One of the four survivors told local media that one of the plane’s engines failed during flight. The airplane involved has a (certificated) maximum number of passenger seats of nineteen. On the accident flight 26 passengers had boarded, including eight small children.

7 February

Trigoria, ITALY

Air One Executive-operated Cessna 650 Citation III


Aircraft experienced controlled flight into terrain.

2 Fatal

Initial reports indicate that the air ambulance flight struck the ground at high speed.


General Aviation and Helicopter






1 February

Elbert, CO

Mooney M20C

Reg: N7774M

Aircraft was substantially damaged upon impact with terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering near Elbert.

1 Fatal

A preliminary review of the airplane’s radar track shows the airplane conducting several "back-n-forth" maneuvers, working away from the airport in a southeasterly direction. Prior to disappearing from radar at 1027, the airplane appeared to be conducting a gentle right-hand turn; the last radar hit had the airplane at 7,900 feet mean sea level with a ground speed of approximately 50-knots.

1 February

Tallahassee, FL

Piper PA-18-150

Reg: N2424A

Aircraft collided with a vehicle during takeoff from Ayavalla Airstrip, near Tallahassee.

2 Uninjured

The pilot stated that before he began the takeoff roll, a dirt bike type motorcycle, then a jeep with the two occupants, began driving down the runway in the same direction (westbound) that he departed from. After becoming airborne he remained close to the runway and passed to the right side of the jeep. He felt a bump and knew he had impacted the jeep. He also noted that the left wing navigation light was hanging down. He performed a 180 degree turn and landed uneventfully to the east.

4 February

Mojave, CA

Douglas DC-3

Reg: N834TP

Aircraft veered off the runway and collided with terrain during takeoff at Mojave.

2 Minor

The operator reported that the airplane veered to the right and departed the runway during takeoff. The airplane hit a berm, temporarily became airborne, and then landed hard.

5 February

Avalon, CA

Beech A36

Reg: N66819

Aircraft collided with terrain near Avalon.

3 Fatal

The first identified point of contact (FIPC) was the principle impact crater (PIC), which had symmetrical ground scars on its left and right sides. Green lens fragments were a few feet past the outer edge of the right ground scar. One propeller blade and pieces of the nose landing gear assembly were in the PIC. The airplane came to rest inverted with the engine underneath it. Fire consumed most of the cabin area and center wing sections. Investigators identified all flight controls at the scene.


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

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