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Accidents and Incidents 2.08.09 – 2.14.09

Thu, Feb 26, 2009 — David Evans

Accidents & Incidents

Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac

Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments
11 February

Porthcawl, UNITED KINGDOM

1.VT Aerospace- operated Grob G.115E Tutor,  Reg:G-BYUT

2. VT Aerospace- operated Grob G.115E Tutor, Reg:G-BYVN

Pilots Hylton Price, 63, from Bridgend, and 24-year-old Andrew Marsh, from Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, were taking two girls on an “air experience flight” in RAF Grob Tutor training aircraft when, according to eyewitnesses, their wings clipped above Kenfig Nature Reserve. 4 Fatal It is believed the planes clipped wings before tumbling in flames from the sky.

It is not known whether the students were at the controls when the collision happened.

12 February

Buffalo, NY

DHC-8-402

Reg: N200WQ

A commuter plane suddenly nosedived and slammed into a home in snowy western New York state late on Thursday, killing all 49 people aboard and one on the ground as it burst into a giant ball of flames. 50 Fatal Speculation immediately focused on the icy conditions. The crew reported snow and mist and commented on ice buildup on the windshield and front edge of the wings shortly before the crash, investigators said after listening to the cockpit voice recorder.

An alternative scenario involves pilot error with a significant contribution being the Flight Management System (FMS) and the auto-throttle-less autopilot.

NTSB is investigating.

 

General Aviation and Helicopter

Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments
8 February

10 miles off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Cessna 206H,  Reg: N118ME A privately owned Cessna 206 was flying from La Romana, Dominican Republic, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it crashed into the Atlantic. 6 Fatal Witnesses reported hearing the sound of an engine struggling and seeing an explosion before the plane crashed about a half-mile (a kilometer) off shore.

The pilot and all five passengers were identified as U.S. citizens.

11 February

Boma Airstrip, SUDAN

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

Reg: 5Y-BUQ

A main landing gear strut broke on landing. A fire erupted, destroying the aircraft. 3 Uninjured The aircraft operated on behalf of the United Nations World Food Program.
11 February

Pittstown, NJ

PA-28

Reg: N55854

Total engine power was lost during the initial climb from Sky Manor Airport (N40), Pittstown, New Jersey. The airplane collided with trees and the ground, receiving structural damage to the airframe during the forced landing to a residential area. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The certificated commercial pilot received serious injuries. The pilot-rated passenger received minor injuries. The flight originated at 1640. 1 Serious,

1 Minor

The father of the pilot stated his son reported no anomalies during the preflight inspection or engine run-up.

The airplane departed from runway 25 with the pilot-rated passenger flying the airplane from the left front seat. During initial takeoff climb, the fuel pressure gage indicated zero. The engine sputtered, quit, and the pilot-rated passenger selected a forced landing area. The engine then started, and the pilot-rated passenger started a shallow turn back to the airport. The engine quit again, and the pilot-rated passenger leveled the airplane. After the impact, a postcrash fire ensued in the engine compartment.

12 February

St. Moritz-Samedan Airport (SMV/LSZS), SWITZERLAND

Dassault Falcon 100

Reg: VP-BAF

The Falcon 100 took off from Vienna (VIE) at 15:06 on a flight to Samedan (SMV). The aircraft touched down left of centerline with the right wing first, then with right main gear. The aircraft drifted to the left and touched with the left wing a snow wall at the runway edge. The aircraft nose hit the snow wall frontally. The aircraft turned to the left and broke into two parts. 2 Fatal

1 Serious

The aircraft appeared to go into a spin as it came down.
14 February

Kotzebue Airport, AK

CASA 212 Aviocar

Reg: N440RA

On landing, the aircraft crashed short of the runway. 2 Uninjured During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the pilot said he flew a normal VFR traffic pattern. He said that the area and runway were covered with snow, but when he turned final he could see the airport beacon and associated buildings. He said as he continued the approach, the co-pilot called an altitude of 200 feet, and as he did so, the wind shifted abruptly. The pilot said he lost sight of the airport, and asked the co-pilot if he could see the airport. When the co-pilot said no, the pilot said he initiated a go-around, but the airplane impacted the terrain short of the runway. The pilot said there were no known mechanical problems with the airplane or its instruments prior to the accident. He also said he and the co-pilot were instrument current, and the airplane was properly certified.

 

Military

Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments
9 February Akrotiri, CYPRUS BAe Harrier Two RAF pilots were injured when they were forced to eject from their aircraft in Cyprus.

The crew members from 20 squadron were training at the British air force base in Akrotiri when their plane crashed on the runway.

2 Minor Their Harrier jet has been left “non-operational” and an investigation is being carried out.

 

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


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