Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader in Sky Acres: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 17, 2019 at 1615 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N303TL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Farmingdale - Sky Acres
MSN:
303-00286
YOM:
1984
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While approaching Sky Acres Airfield on a flight from Farmingdale-Republic Airport, Long Island, the twin engine airplane crashed in flames onto a house located in Smith Road, southeast of the airport. The aircraft and the house were destroyed by fire. One people in the airplane and one people in the house were killed while four other people (two in the aircraft and two in the house) were seriously injured.

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader in Batesland

Date & Time: Apr 24, 2018 at 1000 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N9746C
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Aberdeen - Pine Ridge
MSN:
303-00210
YOM:
1983
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
8929
Circumstances:
On April 24, 2018, about 1000 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T303 airplane, N9746C, impacted terrain during an emergency off-airport landing after encountering severe icing conditions near Pine Ridge, South Dakota. The commercial pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries, and one passenger was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Aberdeen Flying Service, Aberdeen, South Dakota, as a Title 14 Code of Federal regulations Part 135 ondemand air taxi flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight departed Aberdeen Regional Airport (ABR), Aberdeen, about 0930 central daylight time, and was destined for the Pine Ridge Airport (IEN), Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Prior to the flight, the pilot obtained a weather briefing via the company computer system and reviewed the weather information with the company chief pilot. The pilot stated that based on the computer briefing, which did not include icing conditions, he was aware of the forecasted weather conditions along the route of flight and at the intended destination. After takeoff and during the climb to 12,000 ft mean sea level (msl), the airplane encountered light rime ice, and the pilot activated the de-ice equipment with no issues noted with the equipment. After crossing over the Pierre Regional Airport (PIR), Pierre, South Dakota, the pilot heard via the radio reports of better weather at a lower altitude, and the pilot requested a descent to between 5,000 and 6,000 ft. During a descent to 6,000 ft msl, the airplane encountered light to moderate icing conditions. Prior to the descent, the airplane was clear of ice accumulation. The pilot thought about turning back to PIR but could not get clearance until the airplane was closer to IEN due to poor radio coverage. Shortly thereafter, the pilot stated it felt "like a sheet of ice fell on us" as the airplane encountered severe icing conditions. The pilot applied full engine power in an attempt to maintain altitude. The airplane exited the overcast cloud layer about 500 ft above ground level (agl). The pilot decided to execute an off-airport emergency landing because the airplane could not maintain altitude. The airplane touched down in a field about 25 miles from IEN. During the emergency landing, the landing gear separated, and the airplane came to rest upright.The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation, and the airplane was below its maximum gross weight. A review of photograph images obtained by the operator confirmed the airplane retained structural icing after the landing. At 0852, the IEN Automated Surface Observation System (ASOS), located 19 miles westsouthwest of the accident site, reported wind from 350° at 15 knots gusting to 22 knots, 5 miles visibility in unknown precipitation and mist, ceiling overcast at 1,200 ft agl, temperature 2° C, dew point 1° C, altimeter 30.43 inches of mercury (Hg). At 0952, IEN ASOS reported wind from 360° at 11 knots gusting to 20 knots, 6 miles visibility in unknown precipitation and mist, ceiling overcast at 1,300 ft agl, temperature 2° C, dew point 1° C, altimeter 30.45 inches of Hg. The National Weather Service Aviation Weather Center Current Icing Products, which were available online for the preflight briefing, reported the probability of icing at 5,000 ft, 7,000 ft, and 9,000 ft, as follows: the probability indicated a greater than 75% probability of icing over South Dakota from below 5,000 ft through 9,000 ft. In addition, the icing intensity was depicted as light to moderate intensity, with a high threat of Supercooled Large Droplets at 5,000 ft and 7,000 ft over the region. The preflight weather briefing did not include any inflight weather advisories, which would have alerted the pilot of moderate icing conditions expected over the flight route in the form of airmen's meteorological information (AIRMET) Zulu that was issued at 0700 and valid or 0900. AIRMET Zulu included moderate ice between 5,000 ft and flight level 180 with conditions continuing beyond 0900. The preflight weather briefing did include a pilot report which indicated light rime icing conditions encountered by a commercial airplane climbing through IMC conditions between 3,500 ft and 10,000 ft. There was no current significant meteorological information (SIGMET) to prohibit the flight from operating at the time of the accident. According to the Federal Aviation Administration's Instrument Flying Handbook FAA-H8083-15B; Chapter 10 on page 10-24: "The very nature of flight in IMC means operating in visible moisture such as clouds. At the right temperatures, this moisture can freeze on the aircraft, causing increased weight, degraded performance, and unpredictable aerodynamic characteristics. Understanding avoidance and early recognition followed by prompt action are the keys to avoiding this potentially hazardous situation … Structural icing is a condition that can only get worse."

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader near Nuquí: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 20, 2015 at 1256 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4677-G
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Nuquí – Quibdo
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was performing a taxi flight from Nuquí to Quibdo with one pilot and two passengers on board, an 18 years old woman and her son aged 8 months. En route, the contact was lost with the pilot and the aircraft at 1256LT when it crashed in a jungle located east of Nuquí. The wreckage was located four days later only and the pilot was killed. As both passengers were not found at the accident site, SAR operations were conducted and they were eventually found few hours later, walking in the jungle. It was a miracle as the woman was slightly injured and the baby was unhurt. They were evacuated to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Crash of a Cessna T303 Crusader off Jersey: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2013 at 1020 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N289CW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dinan - Jersey
MSN:
303-00032
YOM:
1981
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft, owned by the British businessman Carl Whiteley, took off from Dinan (Côtes-d'Armor) for Jersey, UK. While approaching Jersey, pilot encountered poor visibility due to fog. On approach, aircraft crashed into the Bay of Saint-Ouen, some 8 km west of Jersey. Search and rescue found some debris few hours later and it was confirmed that both occupants (Carl Whiteley and his wife) were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Louisa: 1 killed

Date & Time: Mar 4, 2010 at 1245 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N9305T
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Manassas - Louisa - Danville
MSN:
303-00001
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2255
Aircraft flight hours:
1374
Circumstances:
During takeoff, one witness noted that at least one engine seemed to be running rough and not making power. Several other witnesses, located about 1/2 mile northwest of the airport, observed the accident airplane pass overhead in a right turn. They reported that the engine noise did not sound normal. Two of the witnesses noted grayish black smoke emanating from the airplane. The airplane then rolled left and descended nose down into the front yard of a residence. Review of maintenance records revealed the airplane underwent an annual inspection and extensive maintenance about 3 months prior to the accident. One of the maintenance issues was to troubleshoot the right engine that was reportedly running rough at cruise. During the maintenance, the right engine fuel pump, metering valve, and fuel manifold were removed and replaced with overhauled units. Additionally, the right engine fuel flow was reset contrary to procedures contained in an engine manufacturer service information directive; however, the fuel pump could not be tested due to thermal damage and the investigation could not determine if the fuel flow setting procedure contributed to the loss of power on the right engine. On-scene examination of the wreckage and teardown examination of both engines did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Teardown examination of the right propeller revealed that the blades were not at or near the feather position, which was contrary to the emergency procedure published by the manufacturer, to secure the engine and feather the propeller in the event of an engine power loss. The right propeller exhibited signatures consistent with low or no power at impact, while the left propeller exhibited signatures consistent of being operated with power at impact.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control and secure the right engine during a loss of engine power after takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the loss of engine power on the right engine for undetermined reasons.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Honduras: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 5, 2009 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4324-G
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
303-00019
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Pilot was performing an illegal flight with a bag containing 25 kg of cocaine on board. He decided to land in a private airstrip in Punta de Ocote but on final, aircraft hit tree tops and crashed in flames on a road, killing an 18 years old motorcyclist. Aircraft was destroyed by post impact fire and pilot was unhurt.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Ecuador: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 6, 2009 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HC-BRD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Guayaquil - Santo Domingo
MSN:
303-00084
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While cruising in bad weather conditions, aircraft crashed in the mountainous region of Santa Rosa del Toachi, in Ecuador. Pilot was killed.
Probable cause:
Pilot was flying visually in IMC conditions.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Zadar: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 5, 2009 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9A-DLN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Zagreb-Zadar
MSN:
303-00089
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:

While approaching Zadar airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed in the Velebit mountains in bad weather conditions. All four occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 303 Crusader in Bratislava: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 10, 2007 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
9A-DGV
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Zagreb-Bratislava
MSN:
303-00186
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:

On approach to Bratislava-Milan Ratislav Stefanik airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed few kilometres short of runway for unknow reasons. All three occupants were killed.