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Crash of a Learjet 25 in Saint Augustine

Date & Time: Jul 21, 2007 at 1410 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N70SK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Gainesville - Saint Augustine
MSN:
25-49
YOM:
1970
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4620
Captain / Total hours on type:
250.00
Aircraft flight hours:
15812
Circumstances:
About 5 miles from the destination airport, the flight was cleared by air traffic control to descend from its cruise altitude of 5,000 feet for a visual approach. As the first officer reduced engine power, both engines "quit." The captain attempted to restart both engines without success. He then took control of the airplane, and instructed the first officer to contact air traffic control and advise them that the airplane had experienced a "dual flameout." The captain configured the airplane by extending the landing gear and flaps and subsequently landed the airplane on the runway "hard," resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. Both engines were test run following the accident at full and idle power with no anomalies noted. Examination of the airplane revealed that it was equipped with an aftermarket throttle
quadrant, and that the power lever locking mechanism pins as well as the throttle quadrant idle stops for both engines were worn. The power lever locking mechanism internal springs for both the left and right power levers were worn and broken. Additionally, it was possible to repeatedly move the left engine's power lever directly into cutoff without first releasing its power lever locking mechanism; however, the right engine's power lever could not be moved to the cut off position without first releasing its associated locking mechanism. The right throttle thrust reverser solenoid installed on the airplane was found to be non-functional, but it is not believed that this component contributed to the accident. No explicit inspection or repair instructions were available for the throttle quadrant assembly. Other than the throttle quadrant issues, no other issues were identified with either the engines or airframe that could be contributed to both engines losing power simultaneously.
Probable cause:
A loss of power on both engines for an undetermined reason.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Florida: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 21, 2003 at 1648 LT
Registration:
N93DC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Saint Augustine-Clearwater
MSN:
31-7712017
YOM:
1977
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
760
Aircraft flight hours:
6019
Circumstances:

On final approach, the twin engine banked to the left and crashed in a residential area located less than 500 metres of runway 16. Nobody was hurt on ground.

Crash of a Beechcraft C90 King Air in Saint Augustine: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 9, 1992 at 0710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N105FL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tallahassee - Saint Augustine
MSN:
LJ-1215
YOM:
1989
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
7350
Captain / Total hours on type:
1600.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1338
Circumstances:
The airplane disappeared from radar about 1-1/2 mile short of the airport during a VOR runway 13 approach. Radar data shows that the altitudes, descent rates, and ground speeds were consistent with the approach profile. The last radar position of the airplane was at 100 feet on the runway extended centerline. The debris path was aligned on a 130° magnetic heading. Witnesses stated that the visibility was near zero in fog. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to properly adhere to the published instrument approach procedure which resulted in descent below the minimum descent altitude. Factors which contributed to the accident were the low ceiling and fog.
Final Report:

Crash of an IAI-1124A Westwind I in Oxford

Date & Time: May 1, 1991 at 0920 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N445BL
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Saint Augustine – Oxford
MSN:
382
YOM:
1982
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
10990
Captain / Total hours on type:
2290.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft completed an instrument approach and landed hard on the runway surface first with the left gear then the right gear. The tires burst and the lower fuselage came into contact with the runway surface. After the nose gear touched down, the right main landing gear collapsed and the pilot lost control of the aircraft. It veered to the left and departed the runway, coming to rest approximately 150 to 200 yards from the point of departure. Initial touch down occurred about 12 feet from the threshold, ten feet left of centerline.
Probable cause:
The failure of the pilot to maintain the proper landing descent rate and the resultant right main landing gear assembly collapse.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft H18 in Saint Augustine: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 31, 1974 at 1025 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N500MM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Saint Petersburg – Cocoa Beach – Saint Augustine
MSN:
BA-715
YOM:
1964
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
9293
Captain / Total hours on type:
100.00
Circumstances:
On approach to Saint Augustine Airport, the passenger reported to ATC that pilot had no control over aircraft after controls frozen. The airplane went out of control and crashed in flames, killing both occupants. The aircraft was totally destroyed by a post crash fire, precluding determination of cause.
Probable cause:
Loss of control on approach for undetermined reason. The following findings were reported:
- Fog,
- The passenger reported pilot had not control over aircraft,
- Controls frozen,
- Extensive fire damage precluded determination of cause.
Final Report:

Crash of a Consolidated B-24E-25-DT Liberator near Saint Augustine: 10 killed

Date & Time: Mar 5, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
41-28530
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
122/15645
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a gunnery training mission. En route, while cruising, the engine number two caught fire. Shortly later, the aircraft exploded and crashed in a field located near Saint Augustine, some 30 miles southeast of Jacksonville. All ten occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine fire and explosion in flight caused by a mechanical failure.