Crash of a Boeing 767-375ER off Anahuac: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 23, 2019 at 1239 LT
Type of aircraft: Boeing 767-300 (30577)">
Operator: Atlas Air (35713)">
Registration:
N1217A
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Miami - Houston
MSN:
25685/430
YOM:
1992
Flight number:
5Y3591
Location: Anahuac (42126)"> Texas (16262)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a cargo flight from Miami-Intl to Houston on behalf of Amazon Prime Air. Following an uneventful flight, he started the descent to Houston-George Bush International Airport at 1207LT. About 30 minutes later, in unclear circumstances, after being cleared to descent to 3,000 feet, the airplane went out of control, entered a rapid descent and crashed into the Trinity Bay, about 37 miles southeast of the airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and debris were found partially submerged off Anahuac. The accident was not survivable. The crew did not send any distress call prior to impact. According to NTSB, the aircraft entered a rapid descent from 6,000 ft and impacted a marshy bay area about 40 miles southeast of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas. Air traffic control communications and radar data indicated the flight was normal from Miami to the Houston terminal area. About 12:30 pm the pilots contacted the Houston terminal radar approach control (TRACON) arrival controller and reported descending for runway 26L; the airplane was at 17,800 ft with a ground speed 320 knots. At 12:34, the airplane was descending through 13,800 ft, and the controller advised of an area of light to heavy precipitation along the flight route and that they could expect vectors around the weather. About 12:35, the flight was transferred to the Houston TRACON final controller, and the pilot reported they had received the Houston Automatic Terminal Information System weather broadcast. The controller told the pilots to expect vectors to runway 26L and asked if they wanted to go to the west or north of the weather. Radar data indicated the airplane continued the descent through 12,000 ft with a ground speed of 290 knots, consistent with the arrival procedure. The pilots responded that they wanted to go to the west of the area of precipitation. The controller advised that to do so, they would need to descend to 3,000 ft expeditiously. About 12:37, the controller instructed the pilots to turn to a heading of 270°. Radar data indicated the airplane turned, and the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated a selected heading of 270°. The airplane was descending through 8,500 ft at this time. About 12:38, the controller informed the pilots that they would be past the area of weather in about 18 miles, that they could expect a turn to the north for a base leg to the approach to runway 26L, and that weather was clear west of the precipitation area. The pilots responded, “sounds good” and “ok.” At this time, radar and ADS-B returns indicated the airplane levelled briefly at 6,200 ft and then began a slight climb to 6,300 ft. Also, about this time, the FDR data indicated that some small vertical accelerations consistent with the airplane entering turbulence. Shortly after, when the airplane’s indicated airspeed was steady about 230 knots, the engines increased to maximum thrust, and the airplane pitch increased to about 4° nose up and then rapidly pitched nose down to about 49° in response to column input. The stall warning (stick shaker) did not activate. FDR, radar, and ADS-B data indicated that the airplane entered a rapid descent on a heading of 270°, reaching an airspeed of about 430 knots. A security camera video captured the airplane in a steep, generally wings-level attitude until impact with the swamp. FDR data indicated that the airplane gradually pitched up to about 20 degrees nose down during the descent.

Crash of a Convair C-131B Samaritan off Miami: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 8, 2019 at 1215 LT
Operator: Conquest Air Cargo (40075)">
Registration:
N145GT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau - Miami
MSN:
256
YOM:
1955
Flight number:
QAI504
Location: Miami (23011)"> Florida (14523)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
23000
Captain / Total hours on type:
725.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
650
Copilot / Total hours on type:
305
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Nassau-Lynden Pindling Airport at 1113LT back to Opa Locka in Miami after delivering various goods. At 1203LT, while cruising at an altitude of 4,300 feet in good weather conditions, the crew declared an emergency and informed ATC about a double engine failure. The crew elected to ditch the aircraft that crashed into the sea 12 minutes later about 13 miles east of the Bay Harbor Islands. Coast Guards were quickly dispatched on the scene and the copilot aged 28 was able to climb by himself in the rescue basket and to be airlifted to hospital. Unfortunately, the captain aged 68 died. On Feb 22nd 2019 the NTSB released a preliminary report stating the crew had departed Opa Locka for Nassau with 900 gallons of fuel on board but experienced trouble with the left hand propeller control enroute to Nassau when the propeller became stuck at 2,400 rpm. The crew was unable to reset the propeller control. A message sent to maintenance did not transmit. The captain decided that they wouldn't start up for the return flight, if the propeller control had not reset they'd shut down again and wait for maintenance. Both engines and propellers came up normally however and they departed for Opa Locka. Climbing through 4,000 feet the left hand propeller became again stuck at 2,400 rpm. The captain managed to bump the propeller up to 2,700 rpm, equalized power on both engines, levelled off at 4,500 feet, cancelled the IFR flight plan and continued visually to Opa Locka. The flight was uneventful until they began the descent to 1,500 feet. At that point the right hand engine "backfired" and surged. The crew shut the engine down. A short time later the left hand engine also backfired and surged. The captain continued flying the aircraft while the first officer worked the related checklists, however, when they were getting too low and it became clear they had to ditch the captain instructed to declare Mayday and brace for impact.

Crash of a Boeing 707-3J9C in Fath: 15 killed

Date & Time: Jan 14, 2019 at 0830 LT
Type of aircraft: Boeing 707 (29536)">
Registration:
EP-CPP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Bishkek - Payam
MSN:
21128/917
YOM:
1976
Location: Fath (41978)"> Tehran City District (16251)">
Country: Iran (13320)">
Region:
Crew on board:
16
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
The airplane, owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) was completing a cargo flight from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on behalf of Saha Airlines, and was supposed to land at Payam Airport located southwest of Karaj, carrying a load of meat. On approach, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions and the pilot mistakenly landed on runway 31L at Fath Airport instead of runway 30 at Payam Airport which is located 10 km northwest. After touchdown, control was lost and the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance (runway 31L is 1,140 meters long), overran and crashed in flames into several houses located past the runway end. The aircraft was destroyed by fire as well as few houses. The flight engineer was evacuated while 15 other occupants were killed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26B in Kinshasa: 7 killed

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2018 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft: Antonov AN-26 (29626)">
Operator: Gomair (34099)">
Registration:
9S-AGB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Tshikapa – Kinshasa
MSN:
13402
YOM:
1984
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The crew was returning to Kinshasa after delivering election equipments and materials in Tshikapa on behalf of the Independent National Election Commission. The crew was cleared to descend to 5,000 feet on approach to runway 06 at Kinshasa-N'Djili Airport but encountered poor weather conditions with rain falls. In limited visibility, the airplane crashed on a hilly terrain located about 35 km west of the airport. The wreckage was found few hours later and all seven occupants were killed.

Crash of a Boeing 747-412F in Halifax

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2018 at 0505 LT
Type of aircraft: Boeing 747-400 (29814)">
Operator: Skylease Cargo (39489)">
Registration:
N908AR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Chicago – Halifax
MSN:
28026/1105
YOM:
1997
Flight number:
GG4854
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Chicago-O'Hare to Halifax with no passengers nor any cargo on board. There was a strong westerly wind gusting at 18 knots, which would be approximately 33 mph. It was raining at the time of the occurrence. In more technical terms, according to METAR issued 7 minutes before arrival, the winds were 250 degrees, 11 gusting 18 knots. The ceiling was 1,200 feet above ground and visibility was 8 miles. After touchdown on runway 14 (7,700 feet/2,347 meters), the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance and overran. It struck a localizer antenna during the overrun and lost its undercarriage as well as both engines n°2 & 3 before coming to rest 695 feet (210 meters) past the runway end. A small post-impact fire originated from the detached n°2 engine which was lodged under the tail of the aircraft and the fuselage was bent just after the wings. All four crew members suffered minor injuries.

Crash of a Dassault Falcon 20D in San Luis Potosí

Date & Time: Aug 7, 2018 at 0110 LT
Type of aircraft: Dassault Falcon 20 (29736)">
Operator: Alliance Air Charter (41451)">
Registration:
N961AA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santiago de Querétaro - Laredo
MSN:
205
YOM:
1969
Country: Mexico (13439)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On a cargo flight from Santiago de Querétaro to Laredo Texas with automotive parts on board, the crew encountered engine problems and was cleared to divert to San Luis Potosí-Ponciano Arriaga Airport for an emergency landing. While approaching by night, the crew was forced to make an emergency landing. The airplane struck the ground, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in an agricultural area located in Peñasco, about 6 km northeast of runway 14 threshold. The left wing was bent and partially torn off. Both crew members were slightly injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Simikot: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 16, 2018 at 0645 LT
Operator: Makalu Air (41074)">
Registration:
9N-AJU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Surkhet – Simikot
MSN:
208B-0770
YOM:
1999
Location: Simikot (26244)"> Karnali (14885)">
Country: Nepal (13305)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Surkhet Airport at 0612LT on a cargo flight to Simikot. At 0627LT, the crew made his last radio transmission with Nepalgunj Tower. About 18 minutes later, while cruising by night at an altitude of 12,800 feet, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain located near the Simikot Pass, some 12 km from Simikot Airport. The airplane disintegrated on impact and both crew members were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed C-130 Hercules in Sharara: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 29, 2018 at 1225 LT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country: Libya (13353)">
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
National Oil Corporation confirms a C-130 aircraft chartered by Akakus Oil crashed during take-off, 2km from the Sharara oil field, after delivering 18 tonnes of catering and maintenance supplies. The crash occurred took at 12:25pm on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Firefighters and paramedics quickly rushed to the scene. The tragic incident resulted in the death of three crew members and the injury of one other who is being evacuated by air to receive medical treatment in Tripoli. The NOC Board of Directors cancelled all their commitments and are presently at Akakus headquarters meeting with local management and a number of emergency staff to follow up on this tragic incident. The circumstances of the crash are still being investigated. Mr. Fayez Al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council, was briefed on the developments of the incident, and expressed his solidarity with the families of the victims, ordering the preparation of a decree commemorating the deceased as martyrs. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was also briefed and offered its condolences to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The plane in question is the property of the Libyan Air Force but was chartered by Akakus Oil, who operate the Sharara field. The company was forced to charter the aircraft due to road closures and the security situation on the ground stemming from a road blockade leading to the field.

Crash of a Beechcraft C99 in Hastings

Date & Time: Mar 16, 2018 at 0749 LT
Type of aircraft: Beechcraft 99 Airliner (29719)">
Operator: Ameriflight (31509)">
Registration:
N213AV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Omaha – Hastings
MSN:
U-213
YOM:
1983
Location: Hastings (40744)"> Nebraska (15397)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown on runway 04 at Hastings Airport, the crew encountered stability and control difficulties. The airplane went out of control, veered off runway to the right, lost its nose gear and came to rest in a grassy area. While both crew members were uninjured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. The flight AMF1696 was a cargo trip from Omaha on behalf of UPS.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Ekimchan: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 7, 2017 at 0825 LT
Type of aircraft: PZL-Mielec AN-2 (30314)">
Operator: DalTransAero (40368)">
Registration:
RA-02305
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Ekimchan - Udskoye
MSN:
1G240-07
YOM:
1990
Flight number:
SHA9001
Location: Ekimchan (19526)"> Amur oblast (13804)">
Country: Russia (13292)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Ekimchan Airport, the single engine aircraft struck trees and crashed in flames in a wooded and snow covered area located near few houses. One of the pilots was killed while the second occupant was injured. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire. According to preliminary report, the loss of control was caused by an engine failure during initial climb.