Crash of a Piper PA-46-310P Malibu near Watkinsville: 3 killed

Date & Time: Mar 3, 2020 at 1634 LT
Registration:
N43368
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Columbia – Tuscaloosa
MSN:
46-8408028
YOM:
1984
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
En route from Columbia, SC, to Tuscaloosa, AL, while cruising at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the single engine airplane initiated a right turn then the pilot encountered poor weather conditions. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed in a wooded located west of Watkinsville, near Bishop, bursting into flames. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft B200 Super King near Coleman: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 20, 2020 at 0603 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N860J
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Abilene – Harlingen
MSN:
BB-1067
YOM:
1982
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Abilene Airport at 0540LT on a flight to Harlingen, carrying three people. En route, while cruising at an altitude of 4,000 feet, the crew reported electrical problems and elected to return to Abilene Airport. Shortly later, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in an open field located northeast of Coleman. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 501 Citation I/SP near Fairmount: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 8, 2020 at 1011 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N501RG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Peachtree City - Nashville
MSN:
501-0260
YOM:
1982
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Peachtree City-Falcon City Airport at 0949LT on a flight to Nashville-John C. Tune Airport. Few minutes later, while cruising in snow falls, the pilot reported technical problems with the left attitude indicator, that he would disconnect the autopilot system and was continuing manually. Shortly later, the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a wooded area. All four occupants were killed.

Crash of a Beechcraft B60 Duke in Big Spring

Date & Time: Jan 29, 2020 at 1715 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N50JR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Abilene – Midland
MSN:
P-303
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Enroute from Abilene to Midland, both engines failed. The pilot reduced his altitude and attempted an emergency landing when the aircraft crash landed in a bushy area located in Big Spring. The pilot was injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Bombardier Global Express E-11A near Sado Khil: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 27, 2020 at 1310 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
11-9358
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kandahar - Kandahar
MSN:
9358
YOM:
2009
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The airplane, operated by the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron (EECS), crashed in unknown circumstances in a snow covered field located in the region of Sado Khil. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire. It is believed that both pilots were killed in the accident. Pentagon suspects mechanical failure.

Crash of a Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules near Peak View: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 23, 2020 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N134CG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Richmond - Richmond
MSN:
4904
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
Tanker 134
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Richmond Airbase and was conducting fire control operations when contact was lost. Witnesses on the ground reported hearing a loud bang and saw a giant fireball around the time of the crash. ATSB said the fire retardant-laden aircraft, Tanker 134, was assisting with fire suppression efforts when the crash occurred near Peak View, northeast of Cooma. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Sadiqabad: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 12, 2020
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
AP-AMB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rahim Yar Khan - Rahim Yar Khan
MSN:
1415
YOM:
1960
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Rahim Yar Khan-Sheikh Zayed Airport and was spraying pesticide in the area to tackle another wave of locust attacks, which began in December 2019, on the request of the district administration. In unknown circumstances, the single engine airplane went out of control and crashed in a sandy area located in Sadiqabad, killing both crew members, a pilot and a flight engineer. They were completing a mission on behalf of the Department of Agriculture of Pakistan. Initial investigations suggest the plane crashed due to a technical fault.

Crash of a Boeing 737-8KV in Sabashahr: 176 killed

Date & Time: Jan 8, 2020 at 0618 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
UR-PSR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tehran - Kiev
MSN:
38124
YOM:
2016
Flight number:
PS752
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
167
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
176
Captain / Total flying hours:
11600
Captain / Total hours on type:
5500.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
7600
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Tehran-Imam Khomeini Airport runway 29R at 0612LT on a regular schedule service (flight PS752) to Kiev-Borispol Airport with 176 people on board, 167 passengers and a crew of nine. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing by night, the crew was cleared to climb to FL260. Weather conditions were considered as good. While climbing to an altitude of 8,000 feet, the airplane ceased to climb and radar and radio contacts were lost. In a confused situation, the airplane entered a right turn then initiated an uncontrolled descent until it crashed and disintegrated in a field, six minutes after takeoff. The crew did not send any distress message and did not report any problems. Debris were found in Sabashahr, about 16 km north of the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire and all 176 occupants were killed. First statement from the Iranian CAO (Civil Aviation Organization) reported technical problems, maybe an uncontained failure of the right engine and a subsequent fire, for sure an unexpected catastrophic situation. Three days after the crash, in the morning of January 11, the Iranian CAO confirmed that the aircraft was unintentionally and accidentally shot down by the Iranian Armed Forces. This happened during a complex, delicate and highly tensioned situation between Iran and the United States, while Iran had just fired several ballistic missiles from Iran on two US military bases located in eastern Iraq. At the time of the accident were three pilots in the cockpit, one captain with 11,600 flying hours, one instructor with 12,000 flying hours and one first officer with 7,600 flying hours. One-hundred forty-six victims held Iranian passport, ten Afghan, five Canadian, four Swede and two Ukrainian. All nine crew members consisting of three cockpit crew and six cabin crew were Ukrainian.
Probable cause:
Unintentionally and accidentally shot down by the Iranian Armed Forces.

Crash of a Harbin Yunsunji Y-12-II in Haputale: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 3, 2020
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SCL-857
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Wirawila - Colombo
MSN:
0021
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in Haputale while completing a survey flight from Wirawila to Colombo-Ratmalana Airport. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all four crew members were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan near Tastiota: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 24, 2019 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-TWN
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hermosillo - Guerrero Negro
MSN:
208B-0931
YOM:
2003
Flight number:
CFV872
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Hermosillo-General Ignacio Pesqueira García Airport at 0700LT on a schedule service (CFV872) to Guerrero Negro, Baja California del Sur, with one passenger and one pilot on board. About half an hour into the flight, radio and radar contact were lost with the airplane. Debris were found two days later in an uninhabited area located in the region of Tastiota, about 30 km southwest of Miguel Alemán. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact and both occupants were killed.