Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Madeira: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 12, 2019 at 1518 LT
Operator: Marc Inc (42228)">
Registration:
N400JM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Cincinnati - Cincinnati
MSN:
31-8152002
YOM:
1981
Location: Madeira (22530)"> Ohio (15556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Cincinnati-Municipal Airport in the early afternoon for a local survey mission. In unknown circumstances, he lost control of the airplane that struck the roof of a house and crashed in flames in a garden located in Madeira, about six miles northeast of Cincinnati-Municipal Airport. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and pilot was killed.

Crash of a BAe 125-700A in San Pedro de Peralta: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 10, 2019
Type of aircraft: BAe 125 (29863)">
Operator: Private American (31833)">
Registration:
N18BA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Country: Mexico (13439)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged in an illegal mission, carrying a load of 200 kg of cocaine. En route, the crew apparently encountered an unexpected situation and was forced to attempt an emergency landing when the airplane crashed in a wooded area located near San Pedro de Peralta. A pilot was killed while the second was seriously injured. The registration is apparently fake.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Finca La Bendición: 14 killed

Date & Time: Mar 9, 2019 at 1040 LT
Type of aircraft: Douglas DC-3 (29545)">
Operator: Laser Aéreo Colombia (42211)">
Registration:
HK-2494
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
San Jose del Guaviare – Villavicencio
MSN:
33105/16357
YOM:
1945
Location: Finca La Bendición (42210)"> Meta (15262)">
Country: Colombia (13470)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
While descending to Villavicencio-La Vanguardia Airport, the crew contacted ATC and declared an emergency when the airplane crashed in flames in a palm grove located in Finca La Bendición, about 35 km south of La Vanguardia Airport. The aircraft was partially destroyed by a post crash fire and all 14 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Pilatus AU-23A Turbo Porter in Wat Bang Sala

Date & Time: Mar 5, 2019 at 1300 LT
Registration:
74-2079
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Pattani - Hat Yai
MSN:
2079
YOM:
1974
Country: Thailand (13309)">
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Pattani (9th AF Command) at 1156LT bound for the Wing 56 Air Division 4 located at Hat Yai Airport. En route, the crew encountered technical problems with the engine and decided to attempt an emergency landing when the airplane crashed in a small wooded terrain located in the region of Wat Bang Sala. All three occupants were injured and the aircraft was written off.

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 Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III near Waterfield Lake: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 15, 2019
Registration:
N421NS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
421C-0874
YOM:
1974
Location: Waterfield Lake (42113)"> Texas (16262)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
In unknown circumstances, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in flames near Waterfield Lake, west of Canadian, Texas. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and both occupants were killed.

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 Beechcraft 200 Super King in Whatì: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 30, 2019 at 0915 LT
Operator: Air Tindi (37052)">
Registration:
C-GTUC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Yellowknife – Whatì
MSN:
BB-268
YOM:
1977
Flight number:
8T503
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While approaching Whatì Airfield in poor weather conditions (heavy snow falls), the twin engine airplane crashed in unknown circumstances about 30 km from the airport. The wreckage was localized a day later and it was confirmed that both pilots were killed. SAR operations were hampered by poor weather.

Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu off Alderney: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 21, 2019 at 2023 LT
Operator: Southern Aircraft Consultancy (35118)">
Registration:
N264DB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nantes - Cardiff
MSN:
46-8408037
YOM:
1984
Location: Alderney (16782)"> Channel Islands (14223)">
Country: United Kingdom (13252)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Nantes at 1915LT for Cardiff, carrying one passenger (the Argentinian football player Emiliano Sala) and one pilot. While cruising over the Channel Islands at an altitude of 5,000 feet in marginal weather conditions, the pilot requested to reduce his altitude after passing over Guernsey. Jersey ATC lost contact whilst it was flying at 2,300 feet. SAR operations were engaged on Monday night until 0200LT Tuesday and were re-deployed in Tuesday morning. After 24 hours, the wreckage has not been found. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were marginal with rain falls and winds up to 50 km/h. On February 4, 2019, the wreckage (relatively intact) was found at a depth of 63 meters few km north of the island of Guernsey. On February 6, a dead body was found in the cabin and recovered. It was later confirmed this was Emiliano Sala.

Crash of a Partenavia P.68B Victor near Strausberg: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 12, 2019 at 1145 LT
Type of aircraft: Partenavia P.68 (29732)">
Operator: Aerotours (41973)">
Registration:
D-GINA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Strausberg - Strausberg
MSN:
59
YOM:
1975
Location: Strausberg (41974)"> Brandenburg (14072)">
Country: Germany (13254)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Strausberg Airport at 1100LT on a local plaisance flight. About 45 minutes later, it crashed inknown circumstances in an open field located few km from the airfield. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and both occupants were killed.