Crash of a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu off Ponte Vedra Beach: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2018 at 0904 LT
Operator: Kenneth L. Reed (41854)">
Registration:
N307JM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kissimmee - Princeton
MSN:
46-36253
YOM:
2000
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach (41855)"> Florida (14523)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Kissimmee Airport at 0822LT on a flight to Princeton-Rocky Hill Airport, New Jersey. At 0901LT, while flying along the shore (east Florida coast) at an altitude of 22,000 feet, the airplane lost height and descended to 1,500 feet in two minutes while its speed dropped from 234 mph to just 60 mph. After it spiraled down, the airplane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Ponte Vedra Beach. SAR operations were dispatched but after a day, the aircraft and both occupants were still missing and presumed dead.

Crash of a Lockheed KC-130J Hercules into the Pacific Ocean: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 6, 2018 at 0200 LT
Operator: United States Marine Corps (39384)">
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
Location: Pacific Ocean (24325)"> All World (13781)">
Country: World (13432)">
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew departed Iwakuni Airport on a refuelling training mission over the Pacific Ocean. By night and in unknown circumstances, the four engine airplane collided with a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Both aircraft went out of control and crashed into the ocean some 200 miles off Muroto Cape, Japan. The United States Marine Corps confirms that two Marines have been found. One is in fair condition and the other has been declared deceased by competent medical personnel. All five crew members from the Hercules are still missing after two days of SAR operations and presumed dead.

Crash of a Gulfstream 690C Jetprop 840 off Myrtle Beach

Date & Time: Nov 12, 2018 at 1407 LT
Operator: C&C Flying (41724)">
Registration:
N840JC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Greater Cumberland - Myrtle Beach
MSN:
11676
YOM:
1981
Location: Myrtle Beach (23625)"> South Carolina (16094)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to runway 36 at Myrtle Beach Airport, the twin engine airplane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean and came to rest partly submerged by the beach. The pilot, sole on board, was seriously injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 off Jakarta: 189 killed

Date & Time: Oct 29, 2018 at 0633 LT
Type of aircraft: Boeing 737 MAX 8 (41658)">
Operator: Lion Air (34704)">
Registration:
PK-LQP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Jakarta - Pangkal Pinang
MSN:
43000
YOM:
2018
Flight number:
JT610
Country: Indonesia (13316)">
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
181
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
189
Captain / Total flying hours:
6000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5000
Aircraft flight hours:
800
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed runway 25L at Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 0621LT bound for Pangkal Pinang, carrying 181 passengers and 8 crew members. The crew was cleared to climb but apparently encountered technical problems and was unable to reach a higher altitude than 5,375 feet. At this time, the flight shows erratic speed and altitude values. The pilot declared an emergency and elected to return to Jakarta when control was lost while at an altitude of 3,650 feet and at a speed of 345 knots. The airplane entered a dive and crashed 12 minutes after takeoff into the Kerawang Sea, about 63 km northeast from its departure point. The airplane disintegrated on impact and few debris were already recovered but unfortunately no survivors. It has been reported that the aircraft suffered various technical issues during the previous flight on Sunday night but was released for service on Monday morning. Brand new, the airplane was delivered to Lion Air last August 18. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were considered as good. The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) was found on 14 January 2019.

Crash of a Boeing 737-8BK off Weno Island: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 28, 2018 at 1010 LT
Type of aircraft: Boeing 737-800 (30304)">
Operator: Air Niugini (31480)">
Registration:
P2-PXE
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kolonia – Chuuk – Port Moresby
MSN:
33024/1688
YOM:
2005
Flight number:
PX073
Location: Weno Island (27883)"> Chuuk Island (14263)">
Region:
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
35
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The airplane was completing a flight from Kolonia (Pohnpei Island) to Port Moresby with an intermediate stop at Weno Island Airport. The descent to Weno Island Airport (Chuuk Islands) was initiated in poor weather conditions with limited visibility, CB's down to 800 feet and rain falls. On final approach to runway 04, the crew failed to realize his altitude was too low when the airplane struck the water surface and crashed into the sea few hundred yards short of runway. Fishermen were able to intervene quickly and all 47 occupants were evacuated, eight of them were injured, four seriously. The airplane remained partially submerged and the fuselage broke in the middle section. On October 1st, the body of a reported missing passenger was found. The exact circumstances of the accident is still unclear as some reports states that the aircraft landed on runway 04 but was unable to stop within the remaining distance, overran and eventually crashed into the sea some 150 meters past the runway end. Development will follow.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Supervan 900 into the Pacific Ocean: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 27, 2018 at 1528 LT
Operator: CGG Aviation (41595)">
Registration:
VH-FAY
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Saipan - Sapporo
MSN:
208B-0884
YOM:
2001
Location: Pacific Ocean (24325)"> All World (13781)">
Country: World (13432)">
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, was in charge to convoy the airplane from Saipan Island, in the Pacific, to the New Chitose Airport in Sapporo. The single engine airplane departed Saipan Airport at 0700 (Japan Time) on a nine hours flight. A first check was made with Japan ATC at 1023 and the next fixpoint was scheduled at 1144. ATC tried several times to establish a radio contact with the pilot but this was not possible. As the airplane was following its track, the decision was taken to send two F-4 of the Japan-Self Defense Force. At 1450, a visual contact was established with the Cessna but unfortunately, both military crew were unable to establish a radio contact with the pilot. Few minutes later, the single engine airplane went into clouds when control was lost. It crashed at 1528 into the Pacific Ocean some 120 km east of Sendai. Some debris were spotted floating on water at 1723 and no trace of the pilot, a Norwegian citizen. It was later considered that he died in the accident. The airplane, built in 2001, was converted for geophysical missions with a new 900 hp engine and other special equipments.

Crash of an Ilyushin II-20M off Latakia: 15 killed

Date & Time: Sep 17, 2018 at 2207 LT
Type of aircraft: Ilyushin II-20 (41547)">
Registration:
RF-93610
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hmeimim - Hmeimim
MSN:
173 0115 04
Country: Syria (13322)">
Region:
Crew on board:
15
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
15
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft departed Hmeimim AFB located southeast of Latakia at 2031LT on a maritime patrol flight and reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean Sea. More than one hour and a half later, while returning to its base, the airplane was hit by a S-200 surface-to-air missile shot by the Syrian ground forces. At the time of the accident, four Israel F-16 fighters were involved in a ground attack onto several infrastructures located in the region of Latakia. Out of control, the airplane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea some 35 km west of Latakia. In the next morning, Russian authorities confirmed the loss of the aircraft that was inadvertently shot down by the Syrian Army forces and the fact that all 15 crew members have been killed.
Causes:
Shot down by Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile.

Crash of a Let 410UVP off Yirol: 20 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 2018 at 0900 LT
Type of aircraft: Let 410UVP (29683)">
Registration:
UR-TWO
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Juba - Yirol
MSN:
841328
YOM:
1984
Country: South Sudan (13407)">
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Circumstances:
On approach to Yiral Airport in limited visibility due to mist, the crew lost control of the airplane that crashed into the Yirol Lake, about 2 km north of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and four occupants were rescued while 19 others were killed. A day later, one of the survivor died from his injuries. The three survivors are two children and a Italian doctor. The flight was completed on behalf of the Slaver Company based in Ukraine.

Crash of a Grumman G-64 into the Atlantic Ocean

Date & Time: Aug 25, 2018
Type of aircraft: Grumman G-64 Albatross (30232)">
Operator: Stargazer Aero (41663)">
Registration:
N1955G
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Elizabeth City - Elizabeth City
MSN:
G-406
YOM:
1954
Location: Atlantic Ocean (17120)"> All World (13781)">
Country: World (13432)">
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed Elizabeth City CGAS in North Carolina in a mission to deploy weather buoys in the Atlantic Ocean. While taking off, the seaplane struck something floating on water and came to rest some 425 miles east off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. All five crew members evacuated the cabin and were later recovered by the crew of a container vessel. The aircraft sank and was lost.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon into Susitna River: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 13, 2018 at 1213 LT
Type of aircraft: Cessna 207 Skywagon (30272)">
Operator: Spernak Airways (34597)">
Registration:
N91038
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
207-0027
YOM:
1969
Location: Susitna River (41230)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While overflying the Susitna River mouth, the single engine aircraft collided with a private Cessna 175 registered N9423B. Out of control, the Cessna 207 entered a dive and crashed into the Susitna River. The pilot of the Cessna 175, sole on board, was able to reach Lake Hood dirt Airstrip and to land with his left main gear missing. The wreckage of the Cessna 207 was located few hours later and the pilot was killed.