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Crash of a Pilatus PC-12/45 in Burlington: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 16, 2013 at 0556 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N68PK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Burlington - Morristown
MSN:
265
YOM:
1998
Flight number:
Skylab 53
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6369
Captain / Total hours on type:
315.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4637
Circumstances:
The pilot departed in night instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions on a medical specimen transport flight. During the climb, an air traffic controller told the pilot that the transponder code he had selected (2501) was incorrect and instructed him to reset the transponder to a different code (2531). Shortly thereafter, the airplane reached a maximum altitude of about 3,300 ft and then entered a descending right turn. The airplane’s enhanced ground proximity warning system recorded a descent rate of 11,245 ft per minute, which triggered two “sink rate, pull up” warnings. The airplane subsequently climbed from an altitude of about 1,400 ft to about 2,000 ft before it entered another turning descent and impacted the ground about 5 miles northeast of the departure airport. The airplane was fragmented and strewn along a debris path that measured about 800-ft long and 300-ft wide. Postaccident examination of the airplane did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded the pilot from controlling the airplane. The engine did not display any evidence of preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. An open resistor was found in the flight computer that controlled the autopilot. It could not be determined if the open resistor condition existed during the flight or occurred during the impact. If the resistor was in an open condition at the time of autopilot engagement, the autopilot would appear to engage with a mode annunciation indicating engagement, but the pitch and roll servos would not engage. The before taxiing checklist included checks of the autopilot system to verify autopilot function before takeoff. It could not be determined if the pilot performed the autopilot check before the accident flight or if the autopilot was engaged at the time of the accident. The circumstances of the accident are consistent with the known effects of spatial disorientation. Dark night IFR conditions prevailed, and the track of the airplane suggests a loss of attitude awareness. Although the pilot was experienced in night instrument conditions, it is possible that an attempt to reset the transponder served as an operational distraction that contributed to a breakdown in his instrument scan. Similarly, if the autopilot’s resistor was in an open condition and the autopilot had been engaged, the pilot’s failure to detect an autopilot malfunction in a timely manner could have contributed to spatial disorientation and the resultant loss of control.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control due to spatial disorientation during the initial climb after takeoff in night instrument flight rules conditions.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 525 CJ1 in Atlantic City

Date & Time: May 15, 2005 at 1548 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
OY-JET
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Burlington-Atlantic City
MSN:
525-0089
YOM:
2002
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
360
Circumstances:

On landing on runway 11 at Atlantic City-Bader Field, the aircraft failed to stop and overran the runway. It came to rest in the Intercoastal Waterway. All occupants were rescued by the crew of a boat but the pilot was slightly injured. It appears that the runway was too short and that airplane was not authorised to land on this small airstrip.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Burlington: 9 killed

Date & Time: Aug 9, 2000 at 0752 LT
Registration:
N27944
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Lakehurst-Patuxent
MSN:
31-7952056
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
3968
Captain / Total hours on type:
1418.00

Crash of a Beechcraft D18 in Everett

Date & Time: Jan 10, 2000 at 2024 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N1827M
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Everett-Burlington
MSN:
A-0394
YOM:
1947
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5900
Captain / Total hours on type:
404.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10429

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 90 in Burlington: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 13, 1990 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N110LT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Teterboro-Burlington
MSN:
LJ-0729
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
13800
Aircraft flight hours:
5976

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Burlington: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 29, 1990 at 2100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4688B
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Burlington - Albany
MSN:
208-0169
YOM:
1989
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3110
Captain / Total hours on type:
270.00
Aircraft flight hours:
371

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 680 in Montpelier: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 8, 1986 at 0800 LT
Registration:
N6341U
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Montpelier-Burlington
MSN:
680-1379-47
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2428
Captain / Total hours on type:
53.00

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in New Hampshire: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 1, 1985 at 2035 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N27522
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Burlington-Whitefield
MSN:
31-7852040
YOM:
1978
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4

Crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise in Burlington: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 19, 1984 at 2022 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N466MA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Burlington-Windsor Locks
MSN:
1540
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
5700
Captain / Total hours on type:
3200.00