Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2R into the Baltic Sea: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 16, 2015 at 1520 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LY-AET
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Stauning – Kattleberg – Klaipėda
MSN:
1G192-07
YOM:
1981
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a delivery flight from Stauning (Denmark) to Klaipėda with an intermediate stop in Kattleberg, Sweden. Recently acquired by the company for agricultural purposes, the single engine aircraft left Kattleberg Airfield at 1312LT with an ETA in Klaipėda at 1720LT. En route, the crew informed ATC about the situation at 1516LT and four minutes later, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances into the Baltic Sea, 116 km off the Lithuanian coast. The crew of a Lithuanian Marine vessel located the wreckage three days later, at a deep of 124 meters and 116 km off shore. No trace of the crew was found.

Crash of a Beechcraft 1900C-1 off Sao Tomé: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 7, 2013 at 1613 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-PHL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Johannesburg - Windhoek - Libreville - Accra - Bamako
MSN:
UC-74
YOM:
1989
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Pilot was performing a delivery flight from Johannesburg to Bamako, Mali, with intermediate stops in Windhoek, Libreville and Accra. While approaching Libreville, pilot decided to divert to Sao Tome due to poor weather conditions. As it was approaching Sao Tome archipelago, aircraft disappeared from radar screens and crashed into the sea, some 14 km off shore. No trace of the aircraft nor the pilot was found and SAR were suspended. On 16APR, authorities confirmed they did not found any trace of the pilot. Weather was poor over Sao Tomé.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTi off Oranjestad

Date & Time: Apr 3, 2012 at 0920 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N8116L
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Wichita - Fort Lauderdale - Willemstad - Belo Horizonte
MSN:
LJ-2042
YOM:
2011
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11500
Captain / Total hours on type:
2600.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3648
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1259
Aircraft flight hours:
14
Circumstances:
On April 3, 2012, about 0920 atlantic standard time (ast), a Hawker Beechcraft C90GTx, N8116L, operated by Lider Taxi Aereo, was substantially damaged after ditching in the waters of the Caribbean Sea, 17 miles north of Aruba, following a dual loss of engine power during cruise. The flight departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was destined for Hato International Airport (TNCC), Willemstad, Curacao. The airline transport pilot and the pilot rated passenger were uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed for the delivery flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The Amsterdam arrived at the ditching location at 1120. The airplane was partially submerged. The crew of the Amsterdam attempted to prevent the airplane from sinking by placing a cable around it and hoisting it onboard. However during the attempted recovery, the fuselage broke in half and the airplane sank.
Probable cause:
Review of the fuel ticket revealed that the misspelled words; "Top Neclles" was handwritten on it. It was also signed by the pilot. Further review revealed that only 25 gallons had been uploaded to the airplane, and this number had been entered in the box labeled "TOTAL GALLONS DELIVERED". Review of the start reading and end reading from the truck meter also concurred with this amount. Furthermore, It was discovered that the "134 gallons" that the pilot believed had been uploaded to the airplane was in fact the employee number of the fueler that had topped off the nacelle tanks and had entered his employee number on the "FUEL DEL BY:" line. Utilizing the information contained on the fuel ticket, it was determined that the airplane had departed with only 261 gallons of fuel on-board. Review of performance data in the POH/AFM revealed that in order to complete the flight the airplane would have needed to depart with 328 gallons on-board.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500S in Rankin Inlet

Date & Time: Jul 18, 2010 at 1330 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N5800H
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Portland - Rankin Inlet - Iqaluit - Bern
MSN:
3082
YOM:
1970
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
23100
Captain / Total hours on type:
40.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5400
Copilot / Total hours on type:
13
Circumstances:
The Aero Commander 500S had recently been purchased. The new owner of the aircraft retained the services of 2 experienced pilots to deliver the aircraft from Portland, Oregon, United States, to Bern, Switzerland. After having flown several positioning legs, the aircraft arrived at Rankin Inlet for refuelling. The aircraft was refuelled from two 45-gallon drums and was to continue on to Iqaluit, Nunavut. The pilot-in-command occupied the right seat and the pilot flying the aircraft occupied the left seat. The aircraft was at its maximum takeoff weight of 7000 pounds. Prior to take off, the crew conducted a run-up and all indications seemed normal. During the takeoff roll, the engines did not produce full power and the crew elected to reject the takeoff. After returning to the ramp, a second run-up was completed and once again all indications seemed normal. Shortly after second rotation, cylinder head temperatures increased and both Lycoming TIO-540-E1B5 engines began to lose power. The pilots attempted to return to the airport, but were unable to maintain altitude. The landing gear was extended and a forced landing was made on a flat section of land, approximately 1500 feet to the southwest of the runway 13 threshold. There were no injuries and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
Probable cause:
Findings as to Causes and Contributing Factors:
1. At the fuel compound, the 45-gallon drum containing slops was located near the stock of sealed 45-gallon drums of 100LL AVGAS, contributing to the fuel handler selecting the drum of slops in error.
2. The 45-gallon drum of slops had similar markings to the stock of sealed 45-gallon drums of 100LL AVGAS, preventing ready identification of the contaminated drum.
3. The fuel handler did not notice that the large bung plug was not sealed on the second 45-gallon drum and, as a result, delivered the drum of slops to the aircraft.
4. The pilots did not notice that the large bung plug was not sealed on the second 45-gallon drum and, as a result, fuelled the aircraft with contaminated fuel.
5. The pilots were inexperienced with refuelling from 45-gallon drums and did not take steps to ascertain the proper fuel grade in the second 45-gallon drum. As a result, slops, rather than 100LL AVGAS, was pumped into the aircraft’s fuel system.
6. The fuel system design was such that the fuel from both wing fuel cells combined in the centre fuel cell and, as a result, contaminated fuel was fed to both engines.
7. The contaminated fuel resulted in engine power loss in both engines and the aircraft was unable to maintain altitude after takeoff.
Finding as to Risk:
1. The impact force angles were substantially different from that of the ELT’s G-switch orientation. As a result, the ELT did not activate during the impact. This could have delayed search and rescue (SAR) notification.
Final Report:

Crash of a Pilatus PC-12 in Santa Fe: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2008 at 2216 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N606SL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
New York-Lubbock-Santa Fe
MSN:
1020
YOM:
2008
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:

The pilot, owner of the Gardner Leasing Company, was performing a delivery flight from New York to Santa Fe with a refuelling stop at Lubbock, Texas. On final approach by night, the single engine crashed few miles from Santa Fe-Smith airport. The pilot, sole occupant, was killed.

Crash of a Boeing 737-200 in Toacaso: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 2008 at 2150 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV102T
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Caracas-Latacunga
MSN:
21545/525
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

While descending to Latacunga airport by night, the aircraft crashed in a mountainous terrain. Rescue teams located debris the day after and all three crew members were killed. The aircraft was delivered from Caracas to a new owner based in Latacunga.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Kaduna: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 28, 2005 at 1038 LT
Registration:
N73MW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Farnborough-Paris-Oued Isara-Kaduna-Abuja
MSN:
BB-0022
YOM:
1975
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft crashed and burned less than one minute after takeoff from Kaduna airport, Nigeria. It seems that one of the engine exploded shortly after takeoff.

Crash of a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle in El Questro, Australia: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 2004 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HB-LRW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
El Questro-Broome
MSN:
421-0633
YOM:
1974
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2128
Captain / Total hours on type:
975.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3254
Circumstances:
Aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from El Questro Aeroplane Landing Area, Western Australia. Both occupants, British citizens, left the Swiss airport of La Chaux-de-Fonds (LSGC) during spring 2004 for a trip to Australia via Malta, Cyprus, Dubai, Oman, Iran, Thailand and Indonesia. After takeoff from runway 32, the aircraft turn sharply to the left before crashing in a wooded area located 888 meters after the runway end. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:

For reasons that could not be determined, the aircraft commenced a slight left angle of bank and drifted left after lift-off at a height from which the pilot was unable to recover prior to strinking trees to the left of the runway". The pilot, aged 60, accumulated 2,128 flying hours within 975 on type. The aircraft, built in 1979, totalised approximately 3,254 flying hours.

Crash of a PAC 750XL - Pacific Aerospace Corporation in Pacific Ocean: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 26, 2003 at 0601 LT
Operator:
Registration:
ZK-UAC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hilo-Oakland
MSN:
103
YOM:
2003
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:

On a delivery flight from Hilo (Hawaii) to Oakland (California), the aircraft ditched in the Pacific ocean about 300 miles southwest of Monterey, California. The ditching was caused by a loss of power after the pilot reported a problem with fuel transfer.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in Ndjolé: 7 killed

Date & Time: Jan 17, 2003 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ER-AFT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Brazzaville-Douala
MSN:
13403
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:

In flight, the aircraft suffered technical problem and crew elected to divert to Ndjolé airport. Without any ATC nor runway lights, the crew missed the airport and the aircraft struck a hill side located further on. All occupants were killed. The aircraft was transferred to a congolese operator.