Crash of a Canadair CL-601-3A Challenger in Coahuila: 13 killed

Date & Time: May 5, 2019 at 1840 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N601VH
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Las Vegas - Monterrey
MSN:
5043
YOM:
1989
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Las Vegas Airport at 1452LT on a flight to Monterrey, carrying three crew members and 10 passengers who were returning to Mexico after taking part to a boxing match in Las Vegas. All flight was completed at FL370 then the aircraft climbed to FL390 for five minutes and then FL410. For unknown reasons, the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a desert area located about 260 km northwest of Monclova, Coahuila. The wreckage was found few hours later. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 13 occupants have been killed. The exact number of casualties may be reviewed.

Crash of an Antonov AN-26B near El Alamein

Date & Time: Jul 20, 2018 at 0125 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UP-AN611
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Kiev - El Alamein - Khartoum
MSN:
11404
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
KUY9554
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a positioning flight from Kiev to Khartoum with an intermediate stop in El Alamein, Egypt. While cruising by night, the crew informed ATC that he was short of fuel and attempted an emergency landing in a desert area located about 50 km east of El Alamein Airport. The aircraft belly landed, slid for few dozen meters and came to rest, broken in two. All six crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It is reported that the crew was forced to make an emergency due to fuel shortage, probably caused by strong headwinds during flight.

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 Airbus A321-231 near Hasna: 224 killed

Date & Time: Oct 31, 2015 at 0613 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EI-ETJ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Sharm el-Sheikh - Saint Petersburg
MSN:
663
YOM:
1997
Flight number:
KGL9268
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
217
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
224
Captain / Total flying hours:
12000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3800.00
Aircraft flight hours:
55772
Aircraft flight cycles:
21175
Circumstances:
The aircraft left Sharm el-Sheikh at 0549LT bound for Saint Petersburg and was cleared to climb to FL350. Some 23 minutes after takeoff, the aircraft entered a steep descent and reached a descent rate of 6,000 feet per minute with a simultaneous reduction of speed before all radar and radio contact were lost at 0613LT. The aircraft crashed in a desert area located about 50 km southeast of Hasna, in the Sinai. None of the 224 occupants survived the crash. It appears the aircraft crashed in a slightly flat attitude and was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire (the central part of the fuselage and wings). Based on the debris scattered on a zone of 16 km2, it is now understood that the engines and the tail have been found few dozen yards from the rest of the fuselage. It is believed the aircraft partially disintegrated in the air but probably during the last phase of the descent and not at high altitude.
Probable cause:
On November 17, 2015, Alexander Bortnikov, Chief of the Russian Secret Services, confirmed to Vladimir Putin that the crash was caused by the detonation of a small 'home made' bomb equivalent to one kilo of TNT that was placed on board the airplane in a beverage can.
On December 14, 2015, the Egypt's Civil Aviation Authority reported that the preliminary report has been finished and has been sent to ICAO as well as all participants in the investigation. Up to date, investigators reported there is no evidence that the crash was caused by a deliberate act. Therefore, technical investigations continues.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Dubai

Date & Time: Jul 7, 2015 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
DU-SD1
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Dubai - Dubai
MSN:
208B-1141
YOM:
2005
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Dubai-Skydive Campus Airfield, while climbing to a height of 2,500 feet, the engine suffered a problem. The pilot elected to return to the airport but eventually attempted an emergency landing in a desert area close to the airport. While the pilot and all 14 skydivers were able to leave the cabin and were uninjured, the aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.

Crash of an MD-83 near Gossi: 116 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 2014 at 0147 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EC-LTV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Ouagadougou - Algiers
MSN:
53190/2148
YOM:
1996
Flight number:
AH5017
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
110
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
116
Captain / Total flying hours:
12988
Captain / Total hours on type:
10007.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
7016
Copilot / Total hours on type:
6180
Aircraft flight hours:
38362
Aircraft flight cycles:
32390
Circumstances:
The Swiftair MD-83 was performing flight AH5017 on behalf of Air Algérie (this regular schedule is performed four times a week). The aircraft left Ouagadougou at 0117Z and was attempting to land in Algiers at 0510LT but failed to arrive. 116 people (110 passengers and a crew of 6) were on board. The last position of the MD-83 was west of Gao, Mali. In the evening of July 24 (some 16 hours after the aircraft disappearance), the wreckage was eventually located and spotted some 50 km west of the city of Gossi, south Mali. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and no survivors was found among the 116 occupants. At the time of the accident, bad weather conditions with storm activity, winds, turbulence and icing was confirmed over the region of Gao, until an altitude of 40,000 feet. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was flying west of this marginal weather area and referring to the French BEA graphic, the aircraft did not properly get around this turbulent area. It was confirmed the aircraft started a left turn from the altitude of 31,000 feet and then spiraled to the ground in less than three minutes (140° bank left and 80° nose down until impact). The last position recorded by the FDR at 0147LT and 15 seconds was at the altitude of 1,600 feet (490 meters) and at a speed of 380 KIAS (740 km/h) with a very high rate of descent.
Probable cause:
About two minutes after leveling off at an altitude of 31,000 ft, calculations performed by the manufacturer and validated by the investigation team indicate that the recorded EPR, the main parameter for engine power management, became erroneous on the right engine and then about 55 seconds later on the left engine. This was likely due to icing of the pressure sensors located on the engine nose cones. If the engine anti-ice protection system is activated, these pressure sensors are heated by hot air. Analysis of the available data indicates that the crew likely did not activate the system during climb and cruise. As a result of the icing of the pressure sensors, the erroneous information transmitted to the auto throttle meant that the latter limited the thrust delivered by the engines. Under these conditions, the thrust was insufficient to maintain cruise speed and the aeroplane slowed down. The autopilot then commanded an increase in the airplane's pitch attitude in order to maintain the altitude in spite of this loss of speed. This explains how, from the beginning of the error in measuring the EPR values, the airplane’s speed dropped from 290 kt to 200 kt in about 5 minutes and 35 seconds and the angle of attack increased until the aeroplane stalled. About 20 seconds after the beginning of the aeroplane stall, the autopilot was disengaged. The aeroplane rolled suddenly to the left until it reached a bank angle of 140°, and a nose-down pitch of 80°. The recorded parameters indicate that there were no stall recovery maneuvers by the crew. However, in the moments following the aeroplane stall, the flight control surfaces remained deflected nose-up and in a right roll. It was concluded that the accident was caused by the combination of several factors, among them the fact that the engine anti-icing systems were not activated by the crew. The final report is not available in English yet.
Final Report:

Crash of an Antonov AN-26 in the Hadhramaut

Date & Time: Mar 2, 2014 at 1415 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
1177
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Sana'a - Masila
MSN:
6507
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, crew encountered unknown technical problems and attempted to make a belly landing in a desert and rocky area located in the Hadhramaut. The aircraft came to rest and was probably damaged beyond repair while all 19 occupants, among them three were injured, were kidnapped by local tribesmen. The exact cause of the technical malfunction is unknown. Crew was on his way to the oil field of Masila that belongs to Canadian Nexen and members of the Yemeni president family.

Crash of a Boeing 727-212 in Laguna Salada

Date & Time: Apr 27, 2012 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XB-MNP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Mexicali - Laguna Salada
MSN:
21348/1287
YOM:
1977
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Pilot was engaged in a test flight on behalf of the Mexican Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC) and different agencies to crash deliberately the aircraft in the Sonoran Desert for a television program organised by British, German and American Producers. While approaching the desert along the Mexican 5 Highway, about 30 km southwest of Mexicali, pilot bailed out and the 727 crashed few seconds later in a slightly flat configuration. On touch down, broke in two before coming to rest.

Crash of a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle in Mexico: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 14, 2008 at 1318 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N7560Q
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
El Paso-Presidio
MSN:
421-0346
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:

The aircraft and its occupants were performing a survey flight from El Paso to Presidio under the IBWC - International Boundary & Water Commission. During flight and in unknown circumstances, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a desertic region located in the mexican State of Chihuahua, 10 km from US Border. All four occupants were killed. They should make the surveillance of the Rio Grande river after the release of a dam located upstream from El Paso. Accident caused by CFIT.