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Crash of a Piper PA-31T1 Cheyenne I in Fort Lauderdale: 4 killed

Date & Time: Apr 12, 2015 at 1625 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N119RL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Orlando - Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
31T-7904002
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
1221
Aircraft flight hours:
3267
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful personal flight, the pilot contacted the air traffic control tower controller and was immediately cleared to land. About 36 seconds later, the pilot reported "smoke in the cockpit." When asked to repeat, the pilot repeated "smoke in the cockpit." The tower controller cleared the pilot to land on any runway. About 47 seconds after the initial call of smoke, the pilot reported "mayday mayday mayday mayday mayday (unintelligible)." The airplane then crashed about ¼ mile short of the airport in a wooded area and burned. Security video showed the airplane pitch nose-down suddenly just before impact. The video revealed no visible smoke or fire trailing the airplane before ground impact. The pilot reported about 1,221 hours of total flight time on his Federal Aviation Administration first class medical certificate, issued about two months prior to the accident. He completed an initial training course for the airplane make and model 1 week before the accident. The airplane had recently undergone an annual inspection and extensive upgrades to its avionics. Both the left and right engines displayed contact signatures to their internal components characteristic of engines developing significant power at the time of impact, likely in the mid-to-high power range. The engines displayed no indications of any pre-impact anomalies or distress that would have precluded normal engine operation. Both propeller assemblies broke free from the engine during the crash sequence and the blades on both engines revealed signatures consistent with the development of power at impact. The center fuselage and cockpit areas were completely consumed in the postcrash fire. An examination of all remaining wires, wire bundles, switches, terminals, circuit breakers, electrical components, instruments, and avionics did not reveal evidence of precrash thermal distress. However, a small fire just before impact likely would not have had time to create thermal damage that would be discernable after an extensive postcrash fire.
Probable cause:
A rapid onset of smoke and/or fire inflight for reasons that could not be determined due to the postimpact fire and the condition of the wreckage.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 750 Citation X in New York-JFK

Date & Time: Apr 3, 2008 at 2014 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N750WM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Orlando - New York-JFK
MSN:
750-0230
YOM:
2004
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
29000
Captain / Total hours on type:
915.00
Aircraft flight hours:
914
Circumstances:
The copilot (CP) was flying and air traffic control (ATC) was vectoring the airplane for an approach to a 10,000-foot long, 150-foot-wide runway, when an amber abnormal indicator light illuminated on the engine indicating and crew alert system (EICAS), indicating the hydraulic fluid on system A was low. The pilot-in-command (PIC) and the CP completed the checklist procedures down to the blow down of the landing gear. The flight crew did not follow the checklist sequence, and they did not evaluate the hydraulic pump to see if the hydraulic pump pressure could be restored. The flight crew turned on the A side pump, the power transfer unit was engaged, and the landing gear was lowered. The flight crew did not inform ATC of the loss of hydraulic fluid. The airplane touched down on the first 1,000 feet of runway 13L, and the CP informed the PIC that the brakes were not working. The PIC activated the emergency brakes one time, which appeared to work. The CP did not report any problems with nose wheel steering. The CP applied reverse thrust and the arm extend light illuminated on the right thrust reverser. The airplane started veering to the right and the CP could not maintain directional control. The PIC continued pulling the emergency brake handle as the airplane went off the right side of the runway, sheared off the left main landing gear, and came to a complete stop. Download of the EICAS system revealed the CP did not take the right thrust reverser out of reverse thrust. Review of airplane logbooks revealed the left hydraulic reservoir installed in the airplane was a repaired unit. The unit had been removed from another airplane due to an EICAS message stating it was empty when it was full. The switch was found to be out of adjustment. The unit was inspected and no anomalies were noted.
Probable cause:
The co-pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Contributing to the accident was a loss of system A hydraulic fluid for undetermined reasons and the flight crew's failure to follow the checklist sequence.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Orlando

Date & Time: Jul 11, 2007 at 1215 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N105GC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Melbourne - Orlando
MSN:
31-7652130
YOM:
1976
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
13000
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Circumstances:

According to the operator, the airplane had undergone routine maintenance and was returned to service on the day prior to the accident flight. The purpose of the accident flight was to reposition the airplane to Orlando and pick up passengers. During flight, while cruising at 4,000 feet, the pilote heard a loud bang and saw that the right forward windscreen and right side window had broken. He then saw the right engine's top cowling was missing and felt the aircraft "shudder" as it began to descend. Although full power was applied to the left engine, the airplane would not maintain altitude, so the pilot attempted to land on a paved sit he had identified. While attempting to land, the pilot realized tha the airplane did not have a sufficient glidepath to clear a tree line and buildings, and landed the airplane in a clear area about 1,500 yards short of the intended landing area. The aircraft came to rest in a field of scrub brush, and a short time later, the grass under the left engine ignited. The subsequent brush fire consumed the airplane. The pilot escaped without any injury.

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690 in Antlers: 4 killed

Date & Time: Oct 15, 2006 at 1303 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N55JS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Oklahoma City-Orlando
MSN:
690-11195
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
6450
Captain / Total hours on type:
150.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7943
Circumstances:

Less than one hour after takeoff from Oklahoma City-Wiley Post airport, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens and crashed in a wooded area located near Antlers, Oklahoma. All four occupants were killed. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were considered as bad with low visibility and heavy rain falls.

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in New York

Date & Time: May 26, 2003 at 1428 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N1234
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Orlando-White Plains
MSN:
414-0525
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1250
Aircraft flight hours:
4259
Circumstances:

While descending to White Plains, the twin engine aircraft crashed in the Long Island Sound, 6 NM north of Port Jefferson. The pilot, sole on board, was not injured but the aircraft was destroyed. Both engine stopped during the descent due to fuel exhaustion.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500 in Georgetown: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 22, 1999 at 1525 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N6261B
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Georgetown-Orlando
MSN:
500-0688-34
YOM:
1958
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
564
Captain / Total hours on type:
69.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3783

Crash of a Learjet 35 in Aberdeen: 6 killed

Date & Time: Oct 25, 1999 at 1213 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N47BA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Orlando-Dallas
MSN:
35-060
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
4280
Captain / Total hours on type:
60.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1700
Copilot / Total hours on type:
200
Aircraft flight hours:
10506
Aircraft flight cycles:
7500

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Georgia: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 29, 1997 at 0845 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N414MT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Orlando-White Sulphur
MSN:
414-0205
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
3996
Captain / Total hours on type:
1545.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3872

Crash of a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle in Elkins

Date & Time: Dec 28, 1997 at 1340 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N1348T
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Elkins-Orlando
MSN:
421-1059
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3100
Captain / Total hours on type:
60.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3593

Crash of a Douglas DC-9 in Tampico

Date & Time: May 14, 1996 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XA-SNR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Orlando-Cancun
MSN:
45699
YOM:
1965
Flight number:
GRO401
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
43
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0