Crash of a De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide 4 in Abbotsford

Date & Time: Aug 11, 2018 at 1730 LT
Operator: Historic Flight Foundation (41471)">
Registration:
N683DH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Abbotsford - Abbotsford
MSN:
6782
YOM:
1944
Location: Abbotsford (16600)"> British Columbia (14080)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Taking part to the Abbotsford International Airshow, the airplane was engaged in a local plaisance flight with four passengers and one pilot on board. Shortly after takeoff from runway 25 while in initial climb, the airplane banked right, causing the lower right wing to struck the ground. The airplane went out of control and crashed nose first at the edge of the runway. Three passengers were slightly injured while the pilot and another passenger were seriously injured. At the time of the accident, the airplane was officially registered N683DH with its original British registration G-AHXW.

Crash of an Extra EA-400 in Ponca City: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 4, 2018 at 1045 LT
Type of aircraft: Extra EA-400 (30779)">
Operator: Jeremiah 29:11 (41429)">
Registration:
N13EP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
10
YOM:
2000
Location: Ponca City (41428)"> Oklahoma (15560)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Ponca City Airport, while in initial climb, the single engine lost height and crashed nose first in a soybean field located few miles from the airport. The airplane disintegrated on impact and all five occupants were killed, three adults and two children. The registration needs to be confirmed.

Crash of an Embraer ERJ-190AR in Durango

Date & Time: Jul 31, 2018 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft: Embraer ERJ-190 (30372)">
Operator: AeroMexico Connect (39451)">
Registration:
XA-GAL
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Durango – Mexico City
MSN:
190-00173
YOM:
2008
Flight number:
AM2431
Location: Durango (19425)"> Durango (14419)">
Country: Mexico (13439)">
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
99
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The takeoff from Durango-Guadalupe Victoria Airport was initiated in poor weather conditions as a thunderstorm just passed over the airport five minutes prior to the accident. While taking off in heavy rain falls from runway 03, the pilot started the rotation and the airplane climbed for several feet when it lost height and struck the runway surface. It overran the runway, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in flames 380 meters past the runway end. All 103 occupants were evacuated and 49 were treated for various injuries. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were poor with thunderstorm activity, heavy rain falls and strong winds.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Kamako: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 27, 2018 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft: PZL-Mielec AN-2 (30314)">
Operator: Air Kasai (35720)">
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kamako - Tshikapa
Location: Kamako (41422)"> Kasai-Occidental (14888)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Kamako Airport, while in initial climb, the single engine airplane went out of control and crashed in flames in a prairie located 3 km from the airfield. The pilot and a passenger survived while five other occupants were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B in Burnet

Date & Time: Jul 21, 2018 at 0900 LT
Operator: Highland Lakes Squadron (41421)">
Registration:
N47HL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Burnet – Sedalia – Oshkosh
MSN:
15758/27203
YOM:
1945
Location: Burnet (18091)"> Texas (16262)">
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
A Douglas C-47, named "Bluebonnet Belle", was involved in an accident during takeoff from runway 19 at Burnet Municipal Airport, Texas, USA. The aircraft came to rest in the grass next to the runway and burst into flames. The captain, crew chief, and 4 passengers sustained serious injuries, 1 passenger sustained minor injuries, and the co-pilot and 5 passengers were not injured. The aircraft was to be flown to a fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The co-pilot, who was the flying pilot reported that prior to the flight, it was briefed that he would perform the takeoff. He stated that the captain taxied the airplane to the runup area, where all pre-takeoff checks were completed; the captain then taxied the airplane onto runway 19. The co-pilot further stated that he then took control of the airplane, provided a pre-takeoff brief, and initiated the takeoff sequence. About 10 seconds into the takeoff roll, the airplane drifted right, at which time he applied left rudder input. This was followed shortly by the captain saying that he had the airplane. The captain, who was the non-flying pilot, reported to the NTSB that during the initial stages of the takeoff roll, he didn't recall the airplane swerving to the right, however, recalled telling the co-pilot not to push the tail up because it was heavy; he also remembered the airplane swerving to the left shortly thereafter. The captain stated that he yelled "right rudder" three times before taking control of the airplane. He said that as he put his hands on the control yoke, he noticed that either the tail started to come down or the main wheels were either light or were just coming off the ground as it exited the left side of the runway. The captain said that he knew the airplane was slow as he tried to ease it over [to the runway] and set it back down. Subsequently, he felt the 'shutter of a stall," and the airplane turned to the left and impacted the ground. After the airplane came to a stop, a post impact fire ensued, during which all the occupants of the airplane egressed through the aft left door. A video of the takeoff and accident sequence shows the aircraft accelerating on the runway, with the tailwheel leaving the ground very briefly. A few seconds after the tailwheel touched down again, the aircraft seems to drift off the left side of the runway. The aircraft banks right, causing the left hand main landing gear to become airborne. The right hand wing tip touched or almost touched the ground before the aircraft became airborne. The left wing dropped and the wing tip touched the ground, causing the plane to slew to the left and touch down again. The right hand main gear then seems to fold as the aircraft comes to rest in a cloud of dust. Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest upright on a heading of about 113° magnetic, about 145 ft east of the left side, and 2,638 ft from the approach end of runway 19. The post impact fire consumed the fuselage from the nose cone aft to about 3 ft forward of the left side cargo door along with a majority of the wing center section. No evidence of any flight control locks was found installed. The tailwheel locking pin was found in place and was sheered into multiple pieces. Vegetation (grass) within about 200 ft of the main wreckage was burnt from the post impact fire. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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
Location: Baton Rouge (17432)"> Louisiana (15120)">
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 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 Convair CV-340 in Pretoria: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 10, 2018
Type of aircraft: Convair CV-340 (29715)">
Operator: Rovos Air (41393)">
Registration:
ZS-BRV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pretoria - Pretoria
MSN:
215
YOM:
1954
Location: Pretoria-Wonderboom (24964)"> Gauteng (14554)">
Country: South Africa (13395)">
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
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 Cessna 414 Chancellor in Enstone

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2018 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 414 Chancellor (30356)">
Operator: Southern Aircraft Consultancy (35118)">
Registration:
N414FZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
414-0175
Location: Enstone (19661)"> Oxfordshire (15612)">
Country: United Kingdom (13252)">
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 26 at Enstone Airport, while climbing, the airplane made a turn to the right then lost height and crashed in flames onto a farm. Both pilots escaped rapidly and the copilot was slightly injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire as well as a barn. Few chicken were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo B in Ampangabe: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 18, 2018 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft: Piper PA-31-310 Navajo (30686)">
Operator: Madagascar Trans Air (41259)">
Registration:
5R-MKF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Antananarivo - Antananarivo
MSN:
31-756
YOM:
1971
Country: Madagascar (13388)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
About five minutes after takeoff from Antananarivo-Ivato Airport, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in an open field located in Ampangabe, some 10 km southwest of the airfield. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and all five occupants were killed. They were engaged in a training flight with one instructor and two pilots under instruction on board.
Crew:
Claude Albert Ranaivoarison, pilot.
Passengers:
Eddie Charles Razafindrakoto, General of the Madagascar Air Force,
Andy Razafindrakoto, son of the General,
Kevin Razafimanantsoa, pilot trainee,
Mamy Tahiana Andrianarijaona, pilot trainee.