Crash of a Piper PA-61 Aerostar (Ted Smith 601) in Baton Rouge

Date & Time: Jul 20, 2018 at 1430 LT
Registration:
N327BK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Baton Rouge - Baton Rouge
MSN:
61-0145-076
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The airplane experienced a loss of engine power and landed in a field after takeoff from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The commercial rated pilot and one passenger were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a maintenance check flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight was departing at the time of the accident. A review of the air traffic control recording revealed that the pilot requested to takeoff from runway 31 and fly one time around the traffic pattern for a maintenance check. The air traffic controller stated that the airplane dropped below the tree line after takeoff and was unable to reach the pilot on the radio. The airplane made a hard landing into a grassy field located about a mile northwest of the departure end of runway 31.

Crash of a Convair CV-340 in Pretoria: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 10, 2018 at 1639 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
ZS-BRV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pretoria - Pretoria
MSN:
215
YOM:
1954
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
18240
Aircraft flight hours:
18115
Circumstances:
Owned by Rovos Air (part of the South African Rovos Rail Group), the aircraft was donated to the Dutch Museum Aviodrome based in Lelystad and has to be transferred to Europe with a delivery date on 23 July 2018. For this occasion, the aircraft was repaint with full Martin's Air Charter colorscheme. Part of the convoy program to Europe, the airplane was subject to several test flights, carrying engineers, technicians, pilots and also members of the Aviodrome Museum. Shortly after takeoff from runway 29, the left engine emitted braun smoke and the crew was unable to gain sufficient height. The captain was cleared to make a right hand circuit to return for an emergency landing. While approaching runway 29 from the east, the airplane went out of control, struck the roof of a building and crashed in a field located about 6 km southeast of the airport. The flight engineer was killed while all 18 other occupants were injured, some of them seriously. On the ground, three other people were injured and of them died a day later. Sadly, the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Beechcraft C90A King Air in Mumbai: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 28, 2018 at 1315 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VT-UPZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Juhu - Juhu
MSN:
LJ-1400
YOM:
1995
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Following technical maintenance, a test flight was scheduled with two engineers and two pilots. The twin engine airplane departed Mumbai-Juhu Airport and the crew completed several manoeuvres over the city before returning. On approach in heavy rain falls, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames at the bottom of a building under construction located in the Ghatkopar West district, some 3 km east from Mumbai Intl Airport. The aircraft was completely destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all four occupants were killed as well as one person on the ground.

Crash of a GippsAero GA10 Airvan near Mojave

Date & Time: Jun 4, 2018 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-XMH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mojave - Mojave
MSN:
GA10-TP450-16-101
YOM:
2016
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Mojave Air & Space Port on a test flight part of the certification program. En route, the pilots encountered an unexpected situation and decided to abandon the aircraft and to bail out. While both pilots were found uninjured, the aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in a desert area located 15 miles from Edwards AFB and was totally destroyed.

Crash of an Embraer KC-390 in Gavião Peixoto

Date & Time: May 5, 2018 at 1110 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PT-ZNF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gavião Peixoto - Gavião Peixoto
MSN:
390-00001
YOM:
2015
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a local tests flight at Gavião Peixoto-Embraer Unidade Airport on this first prototype built in 2015 and flying under the Brazilian Air Force colour scheme. Following several circuits, the crew completed a landing on runway 20. After touchdown, the airplane was unable to stop within the remaining distance and overran. While contacting soft ground, it lost its undercarriage and came to rest few dozen meters further. All three crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Despite the fact that the aircraft sustained significant damage, CENIPA classified the event as an "Incident" and on August 5, 2018, reported that closed the investigation with no final report being issued.

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Huntsville: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 25, 2017 at 1038 LT
Registration:
N421TK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Conroe – College Station
MSN:
421C-0601
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1567
Captain / Total hours on type:
219.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7647
Circumstances:
While conducting a post maintenance test flight in visual flight rules conditions, the private pilot of the multi-engine airplane reported an oil leak to air traffic control. The controller provided vectors for the pilot to enter a right base leg for a landing to the south at the nearest airport, about 7 miles away. The pilot turned toward the airport but indicated that he did not have the airport in sight. Further, while maneuvering toward the airport, the pilot reported that the engine was "dead," and he still did not see the airport. The final radar data point recorded the airplane's position about 3.5 miles west-northwest of the approach end of the runway; the wreckage site was located about 4 miles northeast of the runway, indicating that the pilot flew past the airport rather than turning onto a final approach for landing. The reason that the pilot did not see the runway during the approach to the alternate airport, given that the airplane was operating in visual conditions and the controller was issuing guidance information, could not be determined. Regardless, the pilot did not execute a precautionary landing in a timely manner and lost control of the airplane. Examination of the airplane's left engine revealed that the No. 2 connecting rod was broken. The connecting rod bearings exhibited signs of heat distress and discoloration consistent with a lack of lubrication. The engine's oil pump was intact, and the gears were wet with oil. Based on the available evidence, the engine failure was the result of oil starvation; however, examination could not identify the reason for the starvation.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to identify the alternate runway, to perform a timely precautionary landing, and to maintain airplane control. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the left engine due to oil starvation for reasons that could not be determined based on the post accident examination.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piaggio P1.HH HammerHead off Levanzo Island

Date & Time: May 31, 2016 at 1140 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CPX621
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Schedule:
Trapani - Trapani
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Based on a Piaggio P.180 Avanti, the Piaggio P.1HH HammerHead is a drone prototype. Engaged in a series of test as part of the certification program, the twin engine aircraft left Trapani-Vincenzo Florio Airport at 1120LT for a local test flight. About 20 minutes later, the contact was lost with the ground station and the aircraft crashed into the sea about 8 km north of the Levanzo Island. The aircraft was lost.

Crash of a Swearingen SA226TC Metro II in Querétaro: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 2, 2015 at 1435 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-UKP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Querétaro - Querétaro
MSN:
TC-376
YOM:
1980
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Three engineers of the operator and a crew of two were on board the airplane to complete a post maintenance test flight. Few minutes after take off from Querétaro Airport, while climbing, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a huge explosion on a highway located some 11 km south of the airfield. All five occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon near Bethel: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 30, 2015
Operator:
Registration:
N1653U
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bethel - Bethel
MSN:
207-0253
YOM:
1974
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot left Bethel Airport at 0830LT on a three hours post maintenance test flight (the engine has been changed). At 1230LT, as the aircraft did not return to its base, the company informed the authorities and SAR operations were conducted. Some debris were found in the Kwethluk River, about 40 miles southeast of Bethel, in the morning of the following day. Unfortunately, no trace of the pilot was found.

Crash of an Airbus A400M in Seville: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 9, 2015 at 1257 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EC-403
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Seville - Seville
MSN:
023
YOM:
2015
Flight number:
Casa423
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
After take off from Seville-San Pablo Airport runway 09 at 1245LT, the crew completed a 90° turn to the left and continued to the north. Less than three minutes later, while returning to the airfield from the north, the aircraft stalled and crashed in flames in a field located 1.6 km from the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post impact fire. Four crew members were killed while two others were injured. The aircraft was following a test program prior to its delivery to the Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri).