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Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Wells: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 26, 2012 at 2124 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N67SR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
West Houston - Tulsa
MSN:
421C-0257
YOM:
1977
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The airplane was substantially damaged during an in-flight encounter with weather, in-flight separation of airframe components, and subsequent impact with the ground near Wells, Texas. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained impact and fire damage to all major airframe components. The aircraft was registered to H-S Air LP and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The flight originated from the West Houston Airport (IWS), Houston, Texas, about 2040 and was bound for the Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport (RVS), Tulsa, Oklahoma. Witnesses near the accident site reported hearing an explosion and then seeing a fireball descending through the clouds to the ground. Radar track data for the last portion of the flight depicted the airplane on a 7720 transponder code. The track showed the airplane initially on a heading of about 20 degrees at 23,000 feet. The track continued in this direction until 2120:03.73 when the airplane began a right turn. The right turn continued for about 30 seconds during which time the altitude remained constant and the heading changed to about 90 degrees. After 2120:45.86, the track showed an erratic steep descent that continued to the end of the data. The final data location was received at 2122:15.53 at an altitude of 2,800 feet. The accident location was 0.86 miles and 94 degrees from the last recorded radar position.
Probable cause:
The pilot’s decision to continue the flight into an area of extreme weather, which led to the in-flight encounter with a thunderstorm and structural failure of the wings and tail.
Final Report:

Crash of a Boeing 737-500 in Denver

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2008 at 1818 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N18611
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Denver - Houston
MSN:
27324/2621
YOM:
1994
Flight number:
CO1404
Location:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
110
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
13100
Captain / Total hours on type:
6300.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
8000
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1500
Aircraft flight hours:
40541
Aircraft flight cycles:
21511
Circumstances:
On December 20, 2008, about 1818 mountain standard time, Continental Airlines flight 1404, a Boeing 737-500, N18611, departed the left side of runway 34R during takeoff from Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado. A postcrash fire ensued. The captain and 5 of the 110 passengers were seriously injured; the first officer, 2 cabin crewmembers, and 38 passengers received minor injuries; and 1 cabin crewmember and 67 passengers (3 of whom were lap-held children) were uninjured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The scheduled, domestic passenger flight, operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121, was departing DEN and was destined for George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas. At the time of the accident, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, with strong and gusty winds out of the west. The flight operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan.
Probable cause:
The captain’s cessation of right rudder input, which was needed to maintain directional control of the airplane, about 4 seconds before the excursion, when the airplane encountered a strong and gusty crosswind that exceeded the captain’s training and experience. Contributing to the accident were the following factors: 1) an air traffic control system that did not require or facilitate the dissemination of key, available wind information to the air traffic controllers and pilots; and 2) inadequate crosswind training in the airline industry due to deficient simulator wind gust modeling.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Rocksprings: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 9, 2007 at 1715 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N69845
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Houston-Rocksprings
MSN:
414-0637
YOM:
1975
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2212
Aircraft flight hours:
5466
Circumstances:

The twin engine aircraft left Houston-David Wayne Hooks airport for a business flight to Rocksprings-Edwards County airport, Texas. On final approach in mist, the aircraft struck the ground and was destroyed. Both occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, visibility was reduced to 3/4 mile.

Crash of a Lockheed L-1329 JetStar in Dallas

Date & Time: Mar 10, 2006 at 1445 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N116DD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Houston-Dallas
MSN:
5155
YOM:
1972
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After landing on runway 13R, directional control was lost and aircraft veered off to the right. On soft ground, nose gear collapsed and aircraft came to rest. All three occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
No investigation has been conducted by NTSB.

Crash of a Cessna 500 Citation in Houston: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 5, 2005 at 0958 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N505K
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Houston-Corpus Christi
MSN:
500-0004
YOM:
1972
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
4100
Aircraft flight hours:
6230
Aircraft flight cycles:
6195
Circumstances:

The Citation was ready for takeoff runway 22 when ATC instructed the crew to expedite the takeoff run due to an emergency on a Southwest Airlines' Boeing 737 flight WN422. Shortly after takeoff, while flying at low altitude, the Citation stalled, crashed on the runway and burst into flames. Both occupants were killed. The Southwest 737 was eventually diverted to Houston-George W. Bush airport were it landed safely. The emergency on the 737 was due to a high fuel temperature indication.

Crash of a Cessna 401 in Houston

Date & Time: Jun 20, 2005 at 1826 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N7KF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Corpus Christi-Houston
MSN:
401-0110
YOM:
1969
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1608
Captain / Total hours on type:
92.00
Circumstances:
The pilot was making a cargo flight from Corpus Christi to Houston with paperwork from Wells Fargo bank on board. On final approach, the twin engine aircraft clipped a street sign and two pickups on Telephone Road before crashing short of runway. The pilot was injured.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 685 in Monterrey: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 14, 2004 at 1230 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XB-GSG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Monterrey-McAllen-Houston
MSN:
685-12058
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
25 minutes after takeoff from Monterrey-Aeropuerto del Norte bound for McAllen, Texas, the crew informed ATC about technical problem and requested to return to Monterrey. Few minutes later, on approach, the twin engine aircraft crashed and burst into flames. Nobody survived.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Bay View

Date & Time: Dec 10, 2004 at 1250 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N648KA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bay View-Houston
MSN:
BB-0648
YOM:
1980
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5800
Captain / Total hours on type:
400.00
Aircraft flight hours:
6532
Circumstances:

On takeoff from runway 23, just after lift off, the left engine stopped and the aircraft crashed into trees parallel to the runway. All 6 occupants were uninjured but the aircraft was destroyed by post impact fire. Takeoff was made from an unsuitable terrain.

Crash of a Gulfstream GIII in Houston: 3 killed

Date & Time: Nov 22, 2004 at 0615 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N85VT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dallas-Houston
MSN:
449
YOM:
1985
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
19000
Captain / Total hours on type:
1000.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
19100
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1700
Aircraft flight hours:
8566
Circumstances:
While on final approach to Houston-William P. Hobby in thick fog, the aircraft struck a light pole located 1,5 mile short of runway 04 and crashed in a nearby marshy field. All three occupants were killed. On NOV2006, NTSB determined that the probable cause of the crash was the flight crew's failure to adequately monitor and cross check the flight instruments during the approach. Contributing to the accident was the flight crew's failure to select the instrument landing system (ILS) frequency in a timely manner and to adhere to approved company approach procedures, including the stabilized approach criteria.

Crash of a BAe 125 in Beaumont: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 20, 2003 at 1854 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N45BP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Houston-Beaumont
MSN:
257026
YOM:
1978
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
5230
Aircraft flight hours:
9781
Aircraft flight cycles:
7098
Circumstances:

On approach, the aircraft crashed in an open field located 15 miles from the runway threshold. All three occupants were killed.