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Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 Solitaire in Ainsworth: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 23, 2017 at 1030 LT
Registration:
N73MA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Ainsworth – Bottineau
MSN:
414
YOM:
1980
Location: Ainsworth (16696)"> Nebraska (15397)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Ainsworth Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a field located two miles of the aerodrome. As the airplane failed to arrive at destination, the alert was given at 1334LT and the wreckage was found around 18h00. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A Marquise near San Fernando: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 2017 at 1440 LT
Operator: Aibal (40273)">
Registration:
LV-MCV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
San Fernando – Las Lomitas
MSN:
361SA
YOM:
1977
Country: Argentina (13480)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from San Fernando Airport in Buenos Aires, while in initial climb, the crew was contacted by ATC about an apparent transponder issue. The crew failed to report and the aircraft disappeared after it apparently crashed north of the airfield, five minutes after its departure. More than one week later, the authorities did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the three occupants. It is believed the aircraft crashed into the delta of Paraná.
Crew:
Matías Ronzano,
Emanuel Vega.
Passenger:
Matías Aristi, son of the aircraft's owner.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 Marquise off Eleuthera Island: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 15, 2017 at 1400 LT
Registration:
N220N
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Aguadilla – Space Coast
MSN:
450
YOM:
1981
Country: Bahamas (13459)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was completing a flight from Aguadilla to Space Coast Airport in Florida. While cruising off the Bahamas Islands, the airplane went out of control and crashed into the ocean about 37 miles east of Eleuthera Island. Some debris were spotted and recovered about 15 miles off shore. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all four occupants were killed. The exact circumstances of the accident remains unclear.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-60 Marquise in Le Havre-aux-Maisons: 7 killed

Date & Time: Mar 29, 2016 at 1140 LT
Operator: Aéro Teknic (39950)">
Registration:
N246W
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Montreal - Le Havre-aux-Maisons
MSN:
1552
YOM:
1982
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Montreal-Saint-Hubert Airport at 0930LT for a two hours flight to Le Havre-aux-Maisons, on Magdalen Islands. Upon arrival, weather conditions were marginal with low ceiling, visibility up to two miles, rain and wind gusting to 30 knots. On final approach, the aircraft stalled and crashed in a snow covered field located 2 km short of runway. The aircraft was destroyed and all seven occupants were killed, among them Jean Lapierre, political commentator and former Liberal federal cabinet minister of Transport. All passengers were flying to Magdalen Islands to the funeral of Lapierre's father, who died last Friday. The captain, Pascal Gosselin, was the founder and owner of Aérotechnik.
Crew:
Pascal Gosselin, pilot,
Fabrice Labourel, copilot.
Passengers:
Jean Lapierre,
Nicole Beaulieu, Jean Lapierre's wife,
Martine Lapierre, Jean Lapierre's sister,
Marc Lapierre, Jean Lapierre's brother,
Louis Lapierre, Jean Lapierre's brother.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 Marquise in Owasso: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 10, 2013 at 1546 LT
Operator: Anasazi Winds (39250)">
Registration:
N856JT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Salina - Tulsa
MSN:
306
YOM:
1974
Location: Owasso (24301)"> Oklahoma (15560)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Aircraft impacted wooded terrain while maneuvering near Owasso, Oklahoma. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Anasazi Winds, LLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and an instrument flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Salina Regional Airport (SLN), Salina, Kansas, about 1500, and was en route to Tulsa International Airport (TUL), Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to preliminary air traffic control communications and radar data, the airplane was cleared to land on runway 18L at TUL, and the pilot was instructed to reduce the airspeed to 150 knots. The pilot acknowledged the clearance and speed reduction. Radar data showed the airplane on a straight-in approach to runway 18L. After the airplane passed the runway 18L outer marker, the airplane began a left turn. The air traffic control tower controller asked the pilot about the deviation, and the pilot reported that he had a control problem. The left turn continued, and the controller then cleared the pilot to maneuver to the west and asked if he needed assistance. The pilot informed the controller that the left engine was shut down. The controller then declared an emergency for the pilot and asked about the number of souls on-board the airplane and the fuel remaining. No further communications were received from the pilot. Radar data showed the airplane complete a 360-degree left turn near the runway 18L outer marker at 1,100 feet mean sea level, and then radar contact was lost. Several witnesses observed the airplane in a shallow left turn; the reported altitudes ranged from 400 to 800 feet above ground level. During the turn, the landing gear was in the extended position, and one engine propeller appeared not to be rotating. The airplane continued in a left turn and the wings began to rock back and forth at a 10- to 15-degree bank angle. The airplane was observed to then make a right turn, followed by a left turn, and then a steep spiral to the left. The airplane disappeared from the witnesses' view as it descended. The accident site was located in wooded terrain about 5 miles north of TUL at a global positioning (GPS) elevation of about 650 feet. The airplane came to rest upright on a measured magnetic heading of 109 degrees. The main wreckage area consisted of all major airplane structure and components. The left engine propeller blades were found in a feathered position. The landing gear was found in the extended position, and the flaps were in the 20-degree position. Postimpact fire consumed a majority of the fuselage and wing structure. At 1553, the TUL automated surface observing system, located 5 miles south of the accident site, reported the wind from 140 degrees at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 9,000 feet, temperature 19 degrees Celsius, dew point 6 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.26 inches of Mercury.

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 Marquise in Cobb County

Date & Time: Sep 28, 2011 at 1715 LT
Registration:
N344KL
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Huntsville - Cobb County
MSN:
257
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11100
Captain / Total hours on type:
1500.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6196
Circumstances:
The pilot stated that after landing, the nose landing gear collapsed. Examination of the airplane nose strut down-lock installation revealed that the strut on the right side of the nose landing gear trunnion was installed incorrectly; the strut installed on the right was a left-sided strut. Incorrect installation of the strut could result in the bearing pulling loose from the pin on the right side of the trunnion, which could allow the nose landing gear to collapse. A review of maintenance records revealed recent maintenance activity on the nose gear involving the strut. The design of the strut is common for the left and right. Both struts have the same base part number, and a distinguishing numerical suffix is added for left side and right side strut determination. If correctly installed, the numbers should be oriented facing outboard. The original MU-2 Maintenance Manual did not address the installation or correct orientation of the strut. The manufacturer issued MU-2 Service Bulletin (SB) No. 200B, dated June 24, 1994, to address the orientation and adjustment. Service Bulletin 200B states on page 8 of 10 that the “Part Number may be visible in this (the) area from the out board sides (Inked P/N may be faded out).”
Causes:
The improper installation of the nose landing gear strut and subsequent collapse of the nose landing gear during landing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise in Elyria: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 18, 2010 at 1405 LT
Registration:
N80HH
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Gainesville - Elyria
MSN:
0732
YOM:
1978
Location: Lorain (22370)"> Ohio (15556)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2010
Captain / Total hours on type:
1250.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6799
Circumstances:
On his first Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach, the pilot initially flew through the localizer course. The pilot then reestablished the airplane on the final approach course, but the airplane’s altitude at the decision height was about 500 feet too high. He executed a missed approach and received radar vectors for another approach. The airplane was flying inbound on the second ILS approach when a witness reported that he saw the airplane about 150 feet above the ground in about a 60-degree nose-low attitude with about an 80-degree right bank angle. The initial ground impact point was about 2,150 feet west of the runway threshold and about 720 feet north (left) of the extended centerline. The cloud tops were about 3,000 feet with light rime or mixed icing. The flap jack screws and flap indicator were found in the 5-degree flap position. The inspection of the airplane revealed no preimpact anomalies to the airframe, engines, or propellers. A radar study performed on the flight indicated that the calibrated airspeed was about 130 knots on the final approach, but subsequently decreased to about 95–100 knots during the 20-second period prior to loss of radar contact. According to the airplane’s flight manual, the wings-level power-off stall speed at the accident aircraft’s weight is about 91 knots. The ILS approach flight profile indicates that 20 degrees of flaps should be used at the glide slope intercept while maintaining 120 knots minimum airspeed. At least 20 degrees of flaps should be maintained until touchdown. The “No Flap” or “5 Degrees Flap Landing” flight profile indicates that the NO FLAP Vref airspeed is 115 knots calibrated airspeed minimum.
Causes:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed during the instrument approach, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise in Millington

Date & Time: Dec 9, 2008 at 1100 LT
Registration:
N452MA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Millington-Millington
MSN:
1533
YOM:
1981
Location: Millington (23057)"> Tennessee (16257)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

After take off, pilot informed ATC about engine problem and elected to return. On landing, the aircraft left the runway, lost its nose landing gear while the left wing was partially sheared off. The pilot was injured.