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Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C in Zielona Góra: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 24, 2016 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-IFBU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
31T-8012050
YOM:
1980
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
9418
Aircraft flight hours:
7371
Aircraft flight cycles:
6641
Circumstances:
Just after liftoff, while in initial climb, the aircraft nosed down and hit the grassy runway surface. Upon impact, the nose was destroyed and both engines were sheared off. The aircraft came to rest on its belly and was partially destroyed. The pilot, who was performing a positioning flight to Germany to pick up passengers, was killed.
Probable cause:
The pilot mistakenly retracted the undercarriage at rotation. There was no immediate decision of the pilot to abandon the takeoff procedure when both propellers contacted the runway surface.
Final Report:

Crash of a Piper PA-31P Pressurized Navajo near Częstochowa: 11 killed

Date & Time: Jul 5, 2014 at 1618 LT
Registration:
N11WB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Częstochowa - Częstochowa
MSN:
31P-7630005
YOM:
1976
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was engaged in a training mission with one pilot and 11 skydivers on board for a local Parachuting Club. Shortly after takeoff from Częstochowa-Rudniki Airport, while climbing, it appears the pilot encountered problems to maintain a correct rate of climb. The aircraft crash landed in flames in a prairie located in Topólow, some 2 km northwest of the airport. Local residents were able to rescue a passenger who was seriously injured but all 11 other occupants were trapped in the burning cabin. The Piper PA-31P Pressurized Navajo was recently modified to carry skydivers. According to eyes witnesses, one of the engine was misfiring shortly before the aircraft crashed.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2T in Olsztyn

Date & Time: Jun 8, 2014 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SP-FDZ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Olsztyn - Olsztyn
MSN:
1G74-73
YOM:
1967
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a local training flight with skydivers on board. After all passenger bailed out, both pilots were returning to the airport of Olsztyn-Dajtki when the single engine aircraft crashed in a wooded area located some 200 meters short of runway. Both occupants were injured while the aircraft was seriously damaged.

Crash of a Boeing 767-35DER in Warsaw

Date & Time: Nov 1, 2011 at 1439 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SP-LPC
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Newark - Warsaw
MSN:
28656/659
YOM:
1997
Flight number:
LOT016
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
221
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
15980
Captain / Total hours on type:
13307.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
9431
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1981
Aircraft flight hours:
85429
Aircraft flight cycles:
8002
Circumstances:
Thirty minutes after departure from Newark, crew informed their base in Warsaw that the central hydraulic system failed (hydraulic system C). On approach to Warsaw, crew completed the landing checklist but was unable to lower the gear. At 3,000 feet on approach, captain decided to abandon the descent and made a go around . During an 80 minutes holding circuit over Warsaw, a fighter pilot confirmed that all gear were not deployed and despite several troubleshooting, crew was unable to lower the gear. Eventually, it was decided to make a belly landing on runway 33. Following an uneventful approach, aircraft landed smoothly and skidded on runway, creating several sparks before coming to rest at 1439LT. All 231 occupants were evacuated safely and the company decided later that the aircraft was not repairable.
Probable cause:
The cause of the hydraulic leak and resulting failure was caused by the fracture of a flexible hydraulic hose connecting the brakes system of the right main gear with hydraulic system C. The fracture occurred in the area of a metal band around the tip of the hose. The nature of the crack suggests there was a stress relaxation resulting in material creep. The inner Kevlar lining of the pressure sleeve had signs of abrasions which according to the manufacturer suggests the hose had been repeatedly flexing as result of pressure changes, so that the manufacturer suspects the hose was not installed completely straight.
The hydraulic fluid was found to meet required specifications.
Following comparison of the alternate landing gear system with another aircraft with the circuit breaker C829 in both off and on positions, it was found that the alternate landing gear sequence would extend the gear with the circuit breaker in the on position, however, would not operate if the circuit breaker was in the off position.
The actuator was found operative.
The C829 circuit breaker was confirmed to not be indicated on the engine indications and crew alerting system (EICAS) and was not recorded by the black boxes.
Documentation (checklists) would turn attention towards that circuit breaker only if systems protected by the circuit breaker needed to be activated.
The checklist for loss of pressure in the central hydraulic system did not refer to the circuit breaker C829 leaving the crew without guidance if the first item to activate the alternate gear extension switch did not illuminate the "gear down" lights. The checklist did not include the possibility of the alternate gear extension failing at all.
The checklist for gear disagree also did not include the possibility of a failed alternate gear extension.
There was no checklist available at all in case of both primary and alternate gear extension had failed, e.g. a all gear up landing checklist.
Based on current technical evidence the investigation thus may conclude that the cause of the belly landing was the circuit breaker C829 in the off position. A separate issue will be to find out why the circuit breaker was off.

Source: AvHerald
Final Report:

Ground collision with an ATR72-202 in Warsaw

Date & Time: Jul 14, 2011 at 2230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SP-LFH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Wroclaw - Warsaw
MSN:
478
YOM:
1995
Flight number:
ELO3850
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
33
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful flight and landing from Wroclaw, aircraft evacuated the runway and was taxiing on apron to rich its parking place. While manoeuvring, aircraft was hit by a vehicle pulling baggage carts. The vehicle impacted the right engine, causing three blades to separate. They hit the fuselage and the wing, causing several damage. While all 37 occupants were uninjured, the vehicle driver was seriously injured. The aircraft was later considered as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Ground collision with a baggage vehicle.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-28 in Gdynia Babie Doly AFB: 4 killed

Date & Time: Mar 31, 2009 at 1645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1007
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Gdynia Babie Doly - Gdynia Babie Doly
MSN:
AJHP1-01
YOM:
1997
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Aircraft flight hours:
1500
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a training sortie at Gdynia Babie Doly AFB. On final approach with one engine inoperative, the aircraft stalled at low speed. The crew elected to make a go around but the aircraft hit trees at the end of the runway and crashed. All four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The pilot in command was under instruction and was joining the circle to perform the final approach with one engine inoperative. He selected full flaps on final, which is against the procedure published in the AFM that requires a maximum flaps of 25°. It was also determined that the pilot in command failed to maintain directional control when power was added to attempt a go around. On his part, the flight instructor failed to take over the control of the aircraft.

Crash of a Casa C-295M in Miroslawiec: 20 killed

Date & Time: Jan 23, 2008 at 1907 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
019
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Warsaw - Powidz - Poznan - Miroslawiec - Swidwin - Krakow
MSN:
S-043
YOM:
2007
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
16
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Aircraft flight hours:
300
Circumstances:
Crashed on approach, killing all 20 occupants.
Crew:
Gen Brig Andrzej Andrzejewski,
Col Dariusz Maciąg,
Col Jerzy Piłat,
Lt Col Wojciech Maniewski,
Lt Col Zbigniew Książek,
Lt Col Dariusz Pawlak,
Lt Col Zdzisław Cieślik,
Maj Robert Maj,
Maj Mirosław Wilczyński,
Maj Grzegorz Jułga,
Maj Jarosław Haładus,
Maj Piotr Firlingier,
Maj Krzysztof Smołucha,
Cpt Karol Szmigiel,
Cpt Paweł Zdunek,
Cpt Leszek Ziemski,
Cpt Grzegorz Stepaniuk,
Adj Robert Kuźma,
Adj Michał Smyczyński,
Sgt Janusz Adamczyk.

Crash of a PZL-Mielec AN-2 in Poland

Date & Time: Sep 12, 2005 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1464
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1G114-64
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in a wooded area located near Przelecz Koscierska, Poland. Force landed after technical problem. All eleven occupants were slightly injured.