Crash of a Cessna 401 in Plymouth

Date & Time: Jun 19, 2010 at 1703 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N401TE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Plymouth - Plymouth
MSN:
401-0180
YOM:
1971
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3500
Captain / Total hours on type:
1200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
2004
Circumstances:
The airplane was returning from a 3-hour aerial mapping mission and was lined up for a straight-in, 5-mile final approach for landing. About 3 miles out on final approach, and prior to performing the before-landing check, both engines stopped producing power in sequence, one almost immediately after the other. The pilot said that by the time he completed his remedial actions the airplane had descended to about 200 feet above the ground and the engines would not restart. The auxiliary fuel tank gauges were bouncing between 2-5 gallons and the main tanks were bouncing around at 25 gallons per side. The pilot then selected a forced landing site between two large trees and landed the airplane in heavily wooded terrain. A detailed examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical anomalies. According to information contained in the aircraft manufacturer’s owner's manual, the auxiliary fuel tanks are designed for cruising flight and are not equipped with pumps; operation near the ground (below 1000 feet) using auxiliary fuel tanks is not recommended. The first step in the before-landing check was to select the main fuel tanks on both the left and right fuel selectors, respectively. The pilot indicated that he should have selected the main tanks sooner and performed the before-landing check earlier in the approach.
Probable cause:
A total loss of engine power during final approach due to fuel starvation as a result of the pilot’s delayed configuration of the airplane for landing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Short 360 in Watertown: 3 killed

Date & Time: Feb 5, 2006 at 1653 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N3735W
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Milwaukee-Milwaukee
MSN:
3735
YOM:
1988
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
1643
Captain / Total hours on type:
1181.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10077
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Milwaukee-General Billy Mitchell Airport for an air photo mission with another Short 360-100 from the same operator and registered N372AC (serial number SH.3720). Both aircraft left the airport at the end of the afternoon. While flying over Watertown, both aircraft collided in mid-air. The first aircraft registered N3735W crashed and burst into flames in an open field located near the intersection of highway Q & 19. All three occupants were killed. The second aircraft registered N372AC made an emergency landing at Juneau-Dodge County airport, skidded on the runway and eventually came to rest with serious damage. Nobody was hurt among the three occupants.

Crash of a Dornier DO228 in Rothera Station

Date & Time: Jan 25, 2005 at 1433 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-CICE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Halley-Rothera
MSN:
7073
YOM:
1985
Country:
Region:
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft named Polar 4 was damaged on landing at the British Rothera Station, Antarctica. Nobody was hurt in the accident but in November 2005, the aircraft was declared damaged beyond economical repair.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Henderson: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 8, 2004 at 1031 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N1783U
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Las Vegas-Las Vegas
MSN:
207-0383
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1209
Captain / Total hours on type:
117.00
Aircraft flight hours:
12616
Circumstances:

The pilot left Las Vegas airport for a weather check flight in the region of Henderson. While cruising, the single engine aircraft struck a mountain located 42 km east of Henderson and was destroyed. The pilot was killed upon impact. At the time of the accident, the sky was broken at 4,500 and 20,000 feet. NTSB said that pilot lost control of the aircraft after the right elevator failed due to bad maintenance.

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Vallecillos: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 5, 2004 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
XC-FOE
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
2031
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:

The crew was performing a geophysical investigation 40 km East of Vallecillos when the aircraft struck a mountain at an altitude of 2,000 meters in the Sierra del Rosario. Both occupants were killed.

Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in Moulins

Date & Time: May 13, 2002 at 1538 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N700AR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Clermont-Ferrand-Moulins
MSN:
023
YOM:
1991
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2100
Captain / Total hours on type:
35.00

Crash of a Cessna 401 in Madrid, Spain: 2 killed

Date & Time: Oct 31, 1999 at 1222 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EC-DEQ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Madrid-Alicante
MSN:
401-0115
YOM:
1971
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1629
Captain / Total hours on type:
100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
4612

Crash of a Cessna 402 in Geneva: 2 killed

Date & Time: Feb 14, 1993 at 1043 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N69402
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Geneva-Geneva
MSN:
402-0535
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
2750
Captain / Total hours on type:
12.00