Ground accident of a Pilatus PC-12/47E in Savannah

Date & Time: Jan 6, 2016 at 0835 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N978AF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Savannah - Lexington
MSN:
1078
YOM:
2008
Flight number:
Cobalt Air 727
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
23141
Captain / Total hours on type:
534.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
7900
Copilot / Total hours on type:
5100
Aircraft flight hours:
4209
Circumstances:
The aircraft collided with a ditch during a precautionary landing after takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), Savannah, Georgia. The pilot and copilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Upper Deck Holdings, Inc. and was being operated by PlaneSense, Inc,. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight to Blue Grass Airport (LEX), Lexington, Kentucky. The pilot in the left seat was the pilot monitoring and the copilot in the right seat was the pilot flying. The crew had the full length of the runway 1 available (7,002 ft) for takeoff. The pilots reported that the acceleration and takeoff was normal and after establishing a positive rate of climb, the crew received an auditory annunciation and a red crew alerting system (CAS) torque warning. The engine torque indicated 5.3 pounds per square inch (psi); the nominal torque value for the conditions that day was reported by the crew to be 43.3 psi. With about 2,700 ft of runway remaining while at an altitude of 200 ft msl, the copilot elected to land immediately; the copilot pushed the nose down and executed a 90° left descending turn and subsequently landed in the grass. Although he applied "hard" braking in an attempt to stop, the airplane impacted a drainage ditch, resulting in substantial impact damage and a postimpact fire. The pilot reported that, after takeoff, he observed a low torque CAS message and the copilot told him to "declare an emergency and run the checklist." The pilot confirmed that the landing gear were extended and the copilot turned the airplane to the left toward open ground between the runways and the terminal. About 60 seconds elapsed from the start of the takeoff roll until the accident. The airport was equipped with security cameras that captured the airplane from its initial climb through the landing and collision. One camera, pointed toward the west-southwest, recorded the airplane's left descending turn and its landing in the grass, followed by impact and smoke. A second camera, mounted on the control tower, pointed toward the southeast and showed the airplane during the initial climb before it leveled off and entered a descending left turn; it also showed the airplane land and roll through the grass before colliding with the ditch.

Crash of a Canadair RegionalJet CRJ200 in Lexington: 49 killed

Date & Time: Aug 27, 2006 at 0607 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N431CA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lexington-Atlanta
MSN:
7472
YOM:
2001
Flight number:
DL5191
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
47
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
49
Captain / Total flying hours:
4710
Captain / Total hours on type:
3082.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6564
Copilot / Total hours on type:
940
Aircraft flight hours:
12048
Aircraft flight cycles:
14536
Circumstances:
On takeoff from Lexington-Blue Grass airport, the aircraft hit trees and crashed in a small wood located near the airport. All occupants, except the copilot, were killed. It is clearly defined that the crew attempted to takeoff from runway 26 which is 3,500 feet long instead of runway 22. It seems that this mistake, done by the crew, was contributed by low visibility (small shower front approaching and still dark). Due to short runway, the aircraft did not takeoff, hit trees and crashed. NTSB indicated that the taxiway to runway 22 has been modified recently, passing in front of the runway 26. Both pilots made a remark about the fact that the runway 26 was unlighted at the time of the accident. The flight was made on behalf of Delta Connection.

Crash of a Learjet 25 in Lexington: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 2002 at 1307 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N45CP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Marco Island-Lexington
MSN:
25-073
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2681
Captain / Total hours on type:
436.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7514

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Texas

Date & Time: Oct 28, 1997 at 0938 LT
Registration:
N19TX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lexington-Lexington
MSN:
684
YOM:
1968
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4800
Captain / Total hours on type:
400.00
Aircraft flight hours:
9358

Crash of a BAe 125 in Lexington: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 5, 1987 at 1450 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N400PH
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dallas-New York
MSN:
25180
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
20565
Aircraft flight hours:
5710

Crash of a Dassault Falcon 10 in Pennsylvania

Date & Time: Feb 27, 1986 at 2230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N821LG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New York-Lexington
MSN:
170
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8260
Captain / Total hours on type:
963.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1447

Crash of a Vickers Viscount in Bloomington

Date & Time: Oct 19, 1985 at 1535 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N923RC
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lexington-Bloomington
MSN:
320
YOM:
1959
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
25
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
27000
Captain / Total hours on type:
6000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
11707

Crash of a Swearingen SA226T Merlin in Kentucky: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 2, 1980 at 1330 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N177MF
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Lexington-Albany
MSN:
T26-179
YOM:
1970
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
7628
Captain / Total hours on type:
24.00

Crash of a Beechcraft E18 in Madison: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 11, 1974 at 0010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N1258
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Madison - Lexington
MSN:
BA-435
YOM:
1959
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3366
Captain / Total hours on type:
2000.00
Circumstances:
After a night takeoff at Madison Airport, the twin engine airplane encountered difficulties to gain height when it struck tree tops and crashed in a wooded area. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilots were killed.
Probable cause:
Collision with trees after the crew misjudged altitude and clearance. The following contributing factors were reported:
- High obstructions,
- Hi trees 50 feet AGL on runway heading, 2,300 feet from runway end,
- Landing gear in transit.
Final Report:

Crash of a Learjet 23 in Detroit: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 15, 1972 at 1146 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N20M
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Detroit - Lexington
MSN:
23-094
YOM:
1966
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
4302
Captain / Total hours on type:
1072.00
Circumstances:
Just after liftoff from runway 03R at Detroit-Wayne County Airport, while in initial climb, the airplane crashed on a fuel storage tank and exploded. Both pilots, en route to Lexington on a ferry flight, were killed, as well as one people on the ground.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined.
Final Report: