Crash of a Socata TBM-850 in Salem

Date & Time: May 19, 2011 at 0843 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N1UL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Valparaiso - Salem
MSN:
564
YOM:
2010
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
932
Captain / Total hours on type:
76.00
Aircraft flight hours:
187
Circumstances:
The pilot reported that he flew an instrument approach and was clear of clouds about 650 feet above ground level when he proceeded visually to the airport. About 1/2 mile from the runway, he thought the airplane was too high, but a few seconds later the airplane felt like it had an excessive rate of descent. His attempts to arrest the rate of descent were unsuccessful, and the left main landing gear struck the ground about 120 feet prior to the runway threshold. The recorded data downloaded from the airplane's non-volatile memory showed that the airplane's airspeed varied from about 71 - 81 knots indicated airspeed (IAS) during the 10 seconds prior to ground impact. The data also indicated that there was about a 3 - 5 knot tailwind during the final landing approach. The airplane's stall speed with the airplane in the landing configuration with landing flaps was 64 knots IAS at maximum gross weight. The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction or system failure of the airplane.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain a stabilized glide path which resulted in the airplane touching down short of the runway.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne II in Valparaiso

Date & Time: Apr 15, 2011 at 1200 LT
Registration:
CC-CZC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Robinson Crusoe - Valparaiso
MSN:
31-7920072
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing at Valparaiso in good weather conditions, aircraft veered off runway, crossed a highway and came to rest in a wooded area along the highway. Aircraft was damaged beyond repair as both occupants were slightly injured. Nobody on the ground was involved. Aircraft was carrying 1,000 pounds of lobsters and the landing was performed with 12 kt wind.

Crash of a BAe 3101 Jetstream 31 in New Orleans

Date & Time: May 26, 1987 at 1645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N331CY
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New Orleans - Valparaiso
MSN:
742
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
CO962
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7500
Captain / Total hours on type:
60.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
3000
Copilot / Total hours on type:
18
Aircraft flight hours:
147
Circumstances:
Taxi clearance was received at 16:35 and the flight left gate 14B for runway 19. The airplane was cleared for takeoff at 16:44. Shortly after lifting off, at 200 feet above the ground, the engine torque gauges began to fluctuate erratically and the plane began to yaw back and forth. The captain believed the TTL (Torque Temperature Limiting) system may have been bypassing fuel to the engines (a situation that could occur when power levers are advanced too far forward). He then slightly decreased the power settings which resulted in even greater torque oscillations and greater yawing. The captain believed both engines were malfunctioning for some unknown reason and landed back on runway 19, because a 90° turn for runway 28 seemed impossible. The aircraft overran the runway, struck a 6 feet high chain link fence, struck a concrete barrier and skidded across the Route 61 highway before coming to rest on a parking lot.
Probable cause:
A breakdown of the flight crew coordination which resulted in their failure to comply with the Before Takeoff Checklist and advance the RPM levers to the high RPM position, and the flight crew's failure to diagnose and remedy engine oscillations on initial climbout. Contributing to the flight crew's failure to advance the RPM levers before take off was the fact that both crew members had limited experience in the BAe-3101 and extensive recent experience in other aircraft which use RPM control lever procedures that are different from the BAe-3101."
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 680 into the Pacific Ocean: 8 killed

Date & Time: Oct 6, 1972 at 1344 LT
Registration:
CC-CEO
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santiago - Valparaíso - Robinson Crusoe Island
MSN:
680-288-3
YOM:
1956
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was completing a charter flight from Santiago de Chile to the Island of Robinson Crusoe on behalf of the Fishing Cooperative of Juan Fernandez. After departing Los Cerrillos Airport in Santiago, the pilot completed a technical stop at Valparaíso-Rodelillo Airport to refuel. While cruising at an altitude of 6,000 feet about 330 km west the Chilean coast in strong west winds, the pilot informed ATC about an engine failure. Shortly later, the airplane crashed into the Pacific Ocean. SAR operations were conducted but no trace of the airplane nor the eight occupants was ever found.
Crew:
Germán Acevedo Salas, pilot.
Passengers:
Víctor Duque Martínez,
Eulogio Riveros,
Carmen Camacho,
Mónica Araya,
N. Araya,
Guillermina N. de Araya,
Varsovia N. de Recabarren.
Probable cause:
Due to lack of evidences, the exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. However, the assumption that the engine failure was caused by fuel contaminated by water was not ruled out.

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Valparaiso: 2 killed

Date & Time: Mar 16, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
101
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
A-1017
YOM:
1953
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances three km from Valparaíso Airport, killing both pilots.