Crash of a Junkers JU.52/3mg4e in Piz Segnas: 20 killed

Date & Time: Aug 4, 2018 at 1650 LT
Type of aircraft: Junkers JU.52 (29702)">
Operator: JU-Air (31430)">
Registration:
HB-HOT
Flight Phase:
Site:
Schedule:
Locarno - Dübendorf
MSN:
6595
YOM:
1939
Location: Piz Segnas (41427)"> Glarus (14581)">
Country: Switzerland (13260)">
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
17
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Captain / Total hours on type:
900.00
Copilot / Total hours on type:
250
Circumstances:
The three engine aircraft departed Locarno Airport in the afternoon on a return trip to Dübendorf, carrying 17 passengers and a crew of three. While flying over the Alps in relative good weather conditions, the airplane went out of control, dove into the ground and crashed inverted in a rocky area located on the west slope of the Piz Segnas, at the border between Glarus and Graubunden. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and all 20 occupants have been killed. According to preliminary report, the airplane lost height rapidly and crashed like a stone, confirming the version of several eyewitnesses. Any in-flight collision with another aircraft or a cable was excluded by the authorities which also confirmed that no in-flight fire occurred prior to the accident and that the aircraft did not lose any component prior to impact. Investigations will take time as the aircraft was not equipped with any recording systems.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Willow Lake: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 18, 2018 at 1816 LT
Operator: Regal Air (41169)">
Registration:
N9878R
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Willow Lake - FBI Lake
MSN:
1135
YOM:
1958
Location: Willow Lake (41418)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Willow Lake, en route to FBI Lake in the Skwentna area, the single engine lost height and crashed in flames in a wooded area. The pilot was killed while both passengers were injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of a Let 410UVP near Souguéta: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 24, 2018 at 1030 LT
Type of aircraft: Let 410UVP (29683)">
Operator: Eagle Air - Uganda (34659)">
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Sal - Conakry – Lero
Location: Souguéta (41298)"> Kindia Region (14945)">
Country: Guinea (13382)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft was carrying two technicians and two pilots bound for a mine field located near Lero, Kankan. It made a enroute stop at Conakry on a flight from Cape Verde. En route, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions with low clouds and fog when the airplane struck the slope of a mountain and disintegrated on impact. All four occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon into Susitna River: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 2018 at 1213 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 207 Skywagon (30272)">
Operator: Spernak Airways (34597)">
Registration:
N91038
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
207-0027
YOM:
1969
Location: Susitna River (41230)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While overflying the Susitna River mouth, the single engine aircraft collided with a private Cessna 175 registered N9423B. Out of control, the Cessna 207 entered a dive and crashed into the Susitna River. The pilot of the Cessna 175, sole on board, was able to reach Lake Hood dirt Airstrip and to land with his left main gear missing. The wreckage of the Cessna 207 was located few hours later and the pilot was killed.

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader in Batesland

Date & Time: Apr 24, 2018 at 0955 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 303 Crusader (30368)">
Operator: Aberdeen Flying Service (40963)">
Registration:
N9746C
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Aberdeen - Pine Ridge
MSN:
303-00210
YOM:
1983
Location: Batesland (40967)"> South Dakota (16098)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Aberdeen Airport at 0915LT on a taxi flight to Pine Ridge, carrying one pilot and three passengers, HKG Architects employees. While approaching Pine Ridge from the northeast, the pilot encountered icing conditions and decided to reduce his altitude and to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft belly landed in an open field located in Batesland and came to rest with its fuselage bent. All four occupants were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air B100 in Abbotsford

Date & Time: Feb 23, 2018 at 1200 LT
Operator: Island Express Air (40675)">
Registration:
C-GIAE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
BE-8
YOM:
1976
Location: Abbotsford (16600)"> British Columbia (14080)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Abbotsford Airport in poor weather conditions, the crew apparently decided to abort the takeoff procedure for unknown reason. The airplane veered off runway, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in a snow covered fruit plantation. Four occupants were slightly injured while six others were unhurt. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were marginal with snow falls.

Crash of a Cessna 441 Conquest II in Owesco: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 22, 2018 at 1935 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 441 Conquest (29731)">
Operator: Ponderosa Aviation (37084)">
Registration:
N771XW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Eagle Creek Airpark - Green Bay
MSN:
441-0065
YOM:
1978
Location: Owasco (40671)"> Indiana (14772)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft arrived at Eagle Creek Airpark, Indianapolis, that morning at 0930LT. While returning to Green Bay by night, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in unknown circumstances near Owasco, Indiana. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Akobo: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 7, 2018
Operator: Private Kenyan (34370)">
Registration:
5Y-FDC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
208B-1280
YOM:
2007
Country: South Sudan (13407)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
In unclear circumstances, the single engine aircraft crashed while taking off from Akobo Airstrip. It struck a house and several cows before coming to rest in flames. One person on the ground was killed while all 20 occupants escaped uninjured. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire. It is unconfirmed if AMREF was still the operator.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver off Cottage Point: 6 killed

Date & Time: Dec 31, 2017 at 1515 LT
Operator: Sydney Seaplanes (40455)">
Registration:
VH-NOO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
1535
YOM:
1963
Country: Australia (13409)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The single engine seaplane was returning to the Rose Bay seaplane base at Sydney when it crashed in unknown circumstances into the Jerusalem Bay, about 30 km north of its destination. The airplane struck the water surface and sank rapidly off Cottage Point. All six occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Punta Islita: 12 killed

Date & Time: Dec 31, 2017 at 1216 LT
Operator: NatureAir (35767)">
Registration:
TI-BEI
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Punta Islita – San José
MSN:
208B-0900
YOM:
2001
Country: Costa Rica (13445)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Punta Islita Airport, the single engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames in a wooded area located few km from the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 12 occupants were killed, among them 10 US citizens. On January 12, 2018, the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) was suspended by the Costa Rica’s aviation authority (Dirección General de Aviación Civil). It was reported that the Head of Training died in the accident and that several other key people were not available anymore.