Crash of a Learjet 25 in Pittsburgh: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 22, 2001 at 1305 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5UJ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pittsburgh-Boca Raton
MSN:
25-088
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
5952
Captain / Total hours on type:
3030.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1240
Copilot / Total hours on type:
300
Aircraft flight hours:
10004

Crash of a Cessna 500 Citation in Pittsburgh

Date & Time: Jan 6, 1998 at 1548 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N1DK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Statesville-Akron-Pittsburgh
MSN:
500-0175
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3745
Captain / Total hours on type:
1260.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
946
Copilot / Total hours on type:
150
Aircraft flight hours:
7124

Crash of a Short SC.7 Skyvan Variant in Pittsburgh

Date & Time: Sep 16, 1996 at 2200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N10DA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Clarksburg-Pittsburgh
MSN:
1873
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
SBX1215
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11000
Captain / Total hours on type:
1100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
18553

Crash of a Boeing 737-300 in Pittsburgh: 132 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1994 at 1903 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N513AU
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chicago-Pittsburgh-West Palm Beach
MSN:
23699
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
US427
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
127
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
132
Captain / Total flying hours:
12000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3269.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
9119
Copilot / Total hours on type:
3644
Aircraft flight hours:
23846
Aircraft flight cycles:
14489

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain in Latrobe

Date & Time: May 17, 1985 at 2020 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N66892
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pittsburgh - Latrobe
MSN:
31-7405191
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3350
Captain / Total hours on type:
280.00
Aircraft flight hours:
9567
Circumstances:
During an IFR arrival, the aircraft was vectored for an NDB runway 23 approach to the Westmoreland County Airport. At the NDB final approach fix (8.1 miles from the runway), the crew turned inbound and continued to the airport. They contacted the tower and reported over the ILS outer marker (an intermediate point on the NDB final approach, 3.9 miles from the runway). The tower issued the local landing advisories and cleared the aircraft to land. Moments after the copilot advised the captain that they were 15 seconds from the missed approach point, the aircraft collided with trees. Impact occurred 3.8 miles se of the airport at the minimum descent altitude (MDA) of 1,900 feet amsl. An examination of the aircraft records indicated a recurring and current squawk concerning the hsi slaving system. Just before beginning the approach, the Latrobe wind had changed from 230° at 4 knots (a headwind) to a strong quartering tailwind. During arrival the crew were advised the wind was from 340° at 18 knots. They had figured their timing to the missed approach point by using a ground speed of 120 knots. Earlier that day, the same crew and aircraft had terminated the same NDB approach, 1 mile east of the airport. All seven occupants were injured, five seriously.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight collision with object
Phase of operation: approach - faf/outer marker to threshold (ifr)
Findings
1. (f) flight/nav instruments,horiz situation ind (hsi) - failure,partial
2. (c) operation with known deficiencies in equipment - performed - pilot in command
3. (f) light condition - dusk
4. (f) weather condition - low ceiling
5. (f) weather condition - fog
6. (f) weather condition - rain
7. (c) ifr procedure - improper - pilot in command
8. Compensation for wind conditions - improper
9. Proper alignment - not maintained
10. (f) terrain condition - high terrain
11. (f) object - tree(s)
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft E18S in Harrisburg

Date & Time: Feb 17, 1978 at 2332 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N180X
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Harrisburg - Pittsburgh
MSN:
BA-84
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8070
Captain / Total hours on type:
2435.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff run at Harrisburg Airport by night and ground fog, the pilot failed to realize that the airplane deviated to the left and came to rest in an adjacent area. The pilot was uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Ground-water loop-swerve during takeoff run after the pilot failed to maintain directional control. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Airport conditions: snow windrows,
- Windshield, dirty, foggy, etc. - restricted vision,
- Ground fog,
- Single pilot operation,
- Encountered newly formed ground fog during night takeoff,
- Landing lights ON,
- Undetected runway deviation to the left.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-61 Aerostar in Hamburg: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 1, 1973 at 2113 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N711ED
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Buffalo - Pittsburgh
MSN:
61-0009
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1195
Captain / Total hours on type:
217.00
Circumstances:
The crew departed Buffalo Airport on a cargo flight to Pittsburgh. Few minutes after takeoff, the right engine caught fire and the crew declared an emergency. The fire spread to the engine nacelle and the right wing that detached. Out of control, the airplane dove into the ground and crashed in flames in an open field located in Hamburg, about 15,5 miles south of Buffalo Airport. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Fire of undetermined source in the right engine resulted in an in-flight separation of the right wing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Grand Commander 690 in Wellsburg: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 14, 1972 at 1010 LT
Registration:
N1NR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pittsburgh – Wheeling
MSN:
690-11024
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
5507
Captain / Total hours on type:
7.00
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a training mission from Pittsburgh to Wheeling. While cruising at an altitude of 5,000 feet, the crew decided to perform several stalls when control was lost. The airplane entered a dive and crashed in flames in an open field located near Wellsburg. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control in stall maneuver for unknown reason. Control not recovered before impact.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-440 Metropolitan in Harrisburg

Date & Time: Nov 29, 1966 at 1728 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N3414
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Harrisburg – Pittsburgh
MSN:
45
YOM:
1953
Flight number:
AL305
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
12
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
17718
Captain / Total hours on type:
2500.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll on runway 26, the electrical system failed. The crew aborted the takeoff maneuver, started an emergency braking procedure and triggered the reverse thrust system. The reverse thrust system failed to work so the aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining distance and overran. Past the runway end, the nose gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest against a metallic tower supporting the approach light system. All 16 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the electrical system due to an improperly installed heater on part of the ground technicians. Improper emergency procedures on part of the pilot-in-command.
Final Report:

Crash of a Lockheed 18-56-23 LodeStar in Chicago

Date & Time: Nov 17, 1966 at 1652 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N339
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Chicago – Pittsburgh
MSN:
2588
YOM:
1943
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
12811
Captain / Total hours on type:
2365.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Chicago-Merrill C. Meigs Airport, prior to V1 speed, a fire warning alarm sounded. The crew decided to abort the takeoff and started an emergency braking procedure. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the twin engine aircraft overran and plunged into Lake Michigan. All eight occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning on part of the flying crew. The following findings were reported:
- Inadequate maintenance and inspection on part of the maintenance personnel,
- Parts were missing on the exhaust system: manifolds,
- Despite the takeoff was interrupted prior to V1, the remaining distance was insufficient as the runway was slick and too short,
- False fire warning,
- Airport conditions.
Final Report: