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Crash of a Lockheed HC-130H Hercules in Savannah: 9 killed

Date & Time: May 2, 2018 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
65-0968
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Savannah – Davis-Monthan
MSN:
4110
YOM:
1965
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
After takeoff from runway 10 at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, while in initial climb, the four engine airplane went out of control, entered a dive and crashed in a huge explosion on road 21 located about a mile east of the airport. The aircraft disintegrated on impact and all nine occupants were killed, all members of the contingent of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard (ANG). The aircraft, built in 1965, was on its way to Davis-Monthan AFB to be retired. This was its last flight.

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 an Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante in Orangeburg

Date & Time: Dec 9, 2005 at 2240 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N790RA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Savannah - Columbia
MSN:
110-278
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2250
Captain / Total hours on type:
195.00
Aircraft flight hours:
14837
Circumstances:
On a cargo flight from Savannah to Columbia, the pilot requested to divert to Orangeburg due to fuel shortage. On descent, the aircraft stalled and crashed in a wooded area. The pilot was injured and the aircraft destroyed.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Savannah: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 16, 1997 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
89-0272
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hunter AFB-Hunter AFB
MSN:
FE-0018
YOM:
1989
Flight number:
USAF272
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Gainesville: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 3, 1995 at 1943 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N227DM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Savannah-Gainesville
MSN:
208-0364
YOM:
1993
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2005
Captain / Total hours on type:
201.00

Crash of a Cessna 421 Golden Eagle in Savannah: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jan 13, 1992 at 1606 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N40JK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Milville-Sebastian
MSN:
421-0441
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
3064
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00

Crash of a BAe 125-3A in Houston

Date & Time: Aug 13, 1989 at 1750 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N66HA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Savannah - Houston
MSN:
25126
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5180
Captain / Total hours on type:
10.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3966
Circumstances:
During landing, upon nose wheel contact with the runway, directional control was lost and the aircraft exited the runway hard surface and crossed a ditch collapsing the nose gear. The crew stated that full left rudder and differential braking would not stop the right drift, and that the aircraft was in grass uncontrollable by the time the steering tiller was reached. The nose wheel steering system was extensively damaged by the impact sequence when the nose wheel well aft bulkhead was forced into the steering assembly. The pilot stated that if he had been 'spring loaded to the tiller' that he could have possibly kept the aircraft off the grass.
Probable cause:
Failure of the nose wheel steering system for undetermined reasons, and the pilot-in-command's hesitation reaching for the nose wheel steering tiller. A contributing factor was his lack of experience in a DH-125.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft C90 King Air in Beaufort: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 30, 1987 at 0946 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4463W
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Savannah - Philadelphia
MSN:
LJ-633
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
14000
Aircraft flight hours:
2092
Circumstances:
At 0938, while climbing thru 9,000 feet, the pilot was cleared to climb to FL210. Approximately 10 minutes later, the ATC controller noted the aircraft's mode C return wasn't being displayed on his scope. He tried to advise the pilot, but couldn't establish radio contact. The aircraft broke up in flight and the wreckage was found submerged in a creek and on marshland. A large piece of the right outboard wing panel was found about 2 miles east of the main wreckage. The right engine was found approximately 800 feet to 1,200 feet northeast of the main wreckage in 4 feet of water. There was evidence the right outboard wing had failed from upward and aft overload. No pre-accident mechanical failure or malfunction was found that would have resulted in an in-flight break-up. Radar data showed the aircraft was climbing at 115 knots and 1,100 feet/minute; at approximately 16,000 feet msl, rate of climb slowed to approximately 750 feet/minute, then increased to 1,200 feet/minute. Peak altitude was approximately 18,200 feet. Aircraft then entered a steep descent and crashed. At the approximately time and place of peak altitude, primary targets appeared on radar and remained for several minutes. Organic material was found on left engine inlet screen, but source was not determined. Accident occurred along bird flyway. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: airframe/component/system failure/malfunction
Phase of operation: climb
Findings
1. (c) reason for occurrence undetermined
2. Design stress limits of aircraft - exceeded
3. Wing - overload
4. Wing - separation
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
5. Terrain condition - water
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 441 Conquest II in West Columbia

Date & Time: Jan 15, 1986 at 0950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N441CD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Savannah - West Columbia
MSN:
441-0131
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3053
Captain / Total hours on type:
873.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1069
Circumstances:
During final approach the pilot noticed aircraft flying 'unusual' and elected go-around. During power-up, the aircraft lost power and a forced landing was made on a residential street near the airport. The pilot stated that he had inadvertently placed the fuel selector in crossfeed and had exhausted the fuel supply in the right wing by feeding both engines. There were no reported mechanical problems prior to the accident.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (total) - nonmechanical
Phase of operation: go-around (vfr)
Findings
1. Fluid, fuel - starvation
2. (c) fuel tank selector position - improper - pilot in command
3. (c) in-flight planning/decision - poor - pilot in command
4. (f) checklist - not followed - pilot in command
----------
Occurrence #2: forced landing
Phase of operation: descent - emergency
----------
Occurrence #3: hard landing
Phase of operation: landing - flare/touchdown
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 340A near Orangeville: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 20, 1983 at 1255 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N85JK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Savannah – Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
340A-0700
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The aircraft disappeared from radar coverage while in cruise flight at 10,000 feet msl near Orangeville, FL. The ATC transcript revealed that the pilot had been inquiring about the weather ahead of him and was cleared to descend to 6,000 feet in order to get below strong headwinds. One minute later he transmitted that he was going to stay at 10,000 feet because he did not have any choice (strong turbulence). His last transmission stated the weather was getting worse. The aircraft has not been located.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: missing aircraft
Phase of operation: unknown
Findings
1. Reason for occurrence undetermined
Final Report: