Zone

Crash of a Cessna 550 in Wilmington

Date & Time: Jan 4, 2009 at 0209 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N815MA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santo Domingo - Wilmington
MSN:
550-0406
YOM:
1982
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6914
Captain / Total hours on type:
1400.00
Aircraft flight hours:
11123
Circumstances:
During a night, northbound, international over water flight that paralleled the east coast of the southeast United States, the airplane encountered headwinds. Upon arrival at the intended destination, the weather was below forecasted conditions, resulting in multiple instrument approach attempts. After the first missed approach, the controller advised the crew that there was an airport 36 miles to the north with "much better" weather, but the crew declined, citing a need to clear customs. During the third missed approach, the left engine lost power, and while the airplane was being vectored for a fourth approach, the right engine lost power. Utilizing the global positioning system, the captain pointed the airplane toward the intersection of the airport's two runways. Approximately 50 feet above the ground, he saw runway lights, and landed. The captain attempted to lower the landing gear prior to the landing, but it would not extend due to a lack of hydraulic pressure from the loss of engine power, and the alternate gear extension would not have been completed in time. The gear up landing resulted in damage to the underside of the fuselage and punctures of the pressure vessel. The captain stated that the airplane arrived in the vicinity of the destination with about 1,000 pounds of fuel on board or 55 minutes of fuel remaining. However, air traffic and cockpit voice recordings revealed that the right engine lost power about 14 minutes after arrival, and the left engine, about 20 minutes after arrival. Federal air regulations require, for an instrument flight rules flight plan, that an airplane carry enough fuel to complete the flight to the first airport of landing, fly from that airport to an alternate, and fly after that for 45 minutes at normal cruising speed. The loss of engine power was due to fuel exhaustion, with no preaccident mechanical anomalies noted to the airplane.
Probable cause:
A loss of engine power due to the crew's inadequate in-flight fuel monitoring.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500 in Providence: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 17, 2002 at 1752 LT
Registration:
N999N
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wilmington-Newport
MSN:
500-3277
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
900
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2145
Circumstances:

While cruising to Newport, pilot inform ATC about technical problem and elected too divers to Providence. On approach, the aircraft hit trees and crashed. NTSB said the accident was caused by icing and the pilot forgot to put on the deicing systems.

Crash of a Beechcraft E18 in Washington Court House: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 10, 2000 at 0145 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N2067C
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Washington Court House-Wilmington
MSN:
BA-424
YOM:
1959
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
22500
Captain / Total hours on type:
17000.00

Crash of a Beechcraft E18 in Wilmington

Date & Time: Aug 20, 1991 at 0640 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N63B
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Wilmington-Richmond
MSN:
BA-119
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3500
Captain / Total hours on type:
1320.00

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Atlantic City: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 23, 1990 at 2135 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N2693F
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wilmington-Atlantic City
MSN:
414-0423
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
5000

Crash of a GAF Nomad N24 in Wilmington: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 4, 1990 at 0731 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N418NE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Raleigh-Wilmington
MSN:
089
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2200
Aircraft flight hours:
3590

Crash of a Cessna 404 Titan in Boca Raton

Date & Time: Jan 17, 1990 at 0009 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N335GP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Wilmington-Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
404-0009
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1487
Captain / Total hours on type:
35.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3286

Crash of a Swearingen SA227AC Metro III in Wilmington: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 23, 1987 at 1935 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N505LB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wilmington-Lumberton
MSN:
TC-202
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
6160
Captain / Total hours on type:
1860.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7667

Crash of a Douglas DC-9 in Philadelphia

Date & Time: Feb 6, 1985 at 2351 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N926AX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Philadelphie-Wilmington
MSN:
47002
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7500
Captain / Total hours on type:
1800.00