Crash of a Boeing 727-200 in Sao Paulo

Date & Time: Dec 1, 2009 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PR-MTK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Brasilia-Sao Paulo
MSN:
20037/701
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

While taxiing at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos, the aircraft hit airport equipment while approaching its stand. The aircraft was severaly damaged on its left side. It seems that brakes failed. All three occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Canadair RegionalJet CRJ100 in Kigali: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 12, 2009 at 1250 LT
Operator:
Registration:
5Y-JLD
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Kigali - Entebbe
MSN:
7197
YOM:
1997
Flight number:
JLX205
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
11478
Captain / Total hours on type:
1110.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1558
Copilot / Total hours on type:
533
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Kigali Airport, crew reported ATC about technical problem and elected to return. The aircraft landed safely and vacated to a taxiway to go to parking. While taxiing, aircraft did not stop, hit blast fence and came to rest in the VIP handling building. One passenger was killed as both pilots were seriously injured. Aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It appears that both engines were running at full power at the time of the accident for undetermined reasons.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in San Juan

Date & Time: Apr 26, 2009 at 0428 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N136FS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Juan - Charlotte Amalie
MSN:
10267
YOM:
1943
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
50233
Captain / Total hours on type:
7000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
19952
Circumstances:
During taxi to a runway, the instrument panel and cockpit floor erupted in flames. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the majority of the wires contained inside the main junction box had very little damage except for two wires that had insulation missing. The damage appeared to be associated with the routing of the two wires. Both wires were connected to the battery relay and ran through wires in and around the exposed terminal studs. Heat damage was noted on the insulation of wires and other components that were in contact with the exposed wires. The wires ran from the battery relay to the forward section of the cockpit, where the fire started. Due to the fire damage that consumed the cockpit, the examination was unable to determine what system the wires were associated with. Further examination revealed that the fuel pressure was a direct indicating system. Fuel traveled directly to the instruments in the cockpit via rigid aluminum lines routed on the right lower side of the fuselage, where more severe fire damage was noted. Review of maintenance records did not reveal any evidence of the fuel pressure indicating system lines and hoses having ever been replaced; however, they were only required to be replaced on an as-needed basis. The electrical system, instrument lines, and hoses through the nose compartment were required to be inspected on a Phase D inspection; the airplane's last Phase D inspection was completed about 9 months prior to the accident and the airplane had accrued 313.1 hours of operation since that inspection.
Probable cause:
Worn electrical wires and a fuel pressure indicating system hose, which resulted in a ground fire during taxi.
Final Report:

Crash of an Ilyushin II-76 in Makhachkala: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jan 15, 2009 at 2110 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RA-76825
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
1003404136
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:

In poor visibility due to fog, the crew did not stop and ran into the runway while another Ilyushin II-76MD registered RA-76827 was landing in the same time. The landing aircraft hit the cockpit of RA-76825 with its right wing and an explosion occurred. 4 crew members were killed. The landing aircraft was carrying 31 people and was slightly damaged.

Ground accident of an Antonov AN-12BK in Luanda

Date & Time: Sep 29, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
T-311
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
8 3 454 10
YOM:
1968
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While taxiing to runway 23, the aircraft suffered a right landing gear failure and came to rest. There were no injuries and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right main gear for unknown reasons.

Ground accident of a DC-9-31 in Caracas

Date & Time: Feb 12, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV298T
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
48147/1048
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was on a post maintenance delivery mission. A crew of two engineers was positioning the aircraft from a technical hangar at Caracas-Maiquetía-Simón Bolívar Airport to the main terminal. While taxiing on the ramp, the crew lost control of the aircraft that rolled to a grassy area and eventually collided with a drainage ditch. The left main gear collapse and the left wing was severely damaged. Both crew were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Loss of control for undetermined reasons.

Ground collision with a Fokker F27 in Edinburgh

Date & Time: Feb 2, 2008 at 2115 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
TC-MBG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Edinburgh - Coventry
MSN:
10459
YOM:
1971
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4080
Captain / Total hours on type:
2745.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft was scheduled to operate a night cargo flight from Edinburgh to Coventry. The weather conditions at Edinburgh Airport were wintry with snowfall, which required the aircraft to be de-iced. Shortly after both engines had been started, the commander signalled to the marshaller to remove the Ground Power Unit (GPU) from the aircraft, which was facing nose out from its stand, down a slight slope. As the marshaller went to assist his colleague to remove the GPU to a safe distance prior to the aircraft taxiing off the stand, the aircraft started to move forward slowly, forcing them to run to safety. The flight crew, who were looking into the cockpit, were unaware that the aircraft was moving. It continued to move forward until its right propeller struck the GPU, causing substantial damage to the GPU, the propeller and the engine. The ground crew were uninjured. No cause as to why the aircraft moved could be positively identified.
Probable cause:
The aircraft moved forward inadvertently after engine start, causing its right propeller to strike a GPU. Possible explanations include that the parking brake was not set, the chocks had slipped from the nosewheel, or the chocks were removed prematurely. There was insufficient evidence to determine which of these scenarios was the most likely. Contributory factors were: the aircraft was facing down a slight downslope, the ramp was slippery due to the weather conditions and the flight crew increased engine speed to top up the pneumatic system pressure. The airport operator’s instructions contained in MDD 04/07 required aircraft facing nose-out on North Cargo Apron stands to be towed onto the taxiway centreline, prior to starting engines. Had these instructions been complied with, the accident would probably have been avoided.
Final Report:

Ground accident of a Rockwell Sabreliner 80 in Fort Lauderdale

Date & Time: Feb 1, 2008 at 1542 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N3RP
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fort Lauderdale - Brooksville
MSN:
380-42
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8500
Captain / Total hours on type:
350.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
14400
Copilot / Total hours on type:
360
Aircraft flight hours:
5825
Circumstances:
The Rockwell International Sabreliner had just been released from the repair station following several months of maintenance, primarily for structural corrosion control and repair. According to the pilots, they began to taxi away from the repair station. Initially, the brakes and steering were satisfactory, but then failed. The airplane then contacted several other airplanes and a tug with an airplane in tow, before coming to a stop. The airplane incurred substantial damage as a result of the multiple collisions. Neither crewmember heard or saw any annunciations to alert them to a hydraulic system problem. Postaccident examination revealed that there was no pressure in the normal hydraulic system, as expected, and that the auxiliary system pressure was adequate to facilitate emergency braking. Additional examination and testing revealed that the aural warning for low hydraulic system pressure was inoperative, but all other hydraulic, steering, and braking systems functioned properly. Both the pilot and copilot were type-rated in the Sabreliner, and each had approximately 350 hours of flight time in type. Neither crewmember had any time in Sabreliners in the 90 days prior to the accident. Operation of the emergency braking system in the airplane required switching the system on, waiting for system pressure to decrease to 1,700 pounds per square inch (psi), pulling the "T" handle, and then pumping the brake pedals 3 to 5 times. In addition, the system will not function if both the pilot's and copilot's brake pedals are depressed simultaneously. The investigation did not uncover any evidence to suggest the crew turned on the auxiliary hydraulic system, or waited for the system pressure to decrease to 1,700 psi in their attempt to use the emergency braking system.
Probable cause:
The depletion of pressure in the normal hydraulic system for an undetermined reason, and the pilots' failure to properly operate the emergency braking system. Contributing to the accident was an inoperative hydraulic system aural warning.
Final Report:

Crash of an Antonov AN-12BP in Pointe-Noire

Date & Time: Jan 25, 2008
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EK-11660
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Brazzaville – Pointe-Noire
MSN:
5 3 432 09
YOM:
1965
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Brazzaville on a cargo flight to Pointe-Noire, carrying six crew members and a load of various goods. Following a normal landing, the crew vacated the runway and while approaching the apron, they lost control of the aircraft that collided with a parked Boeing 727-246 registered 9L-LEF and operated by Canadian Airways Congo. All six crew members on board the AN-12 were injured, both pilots seriously. Both aircraft were damaged beyond repair. The Boeing 727 was empty at the time of the ground collision.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of a brakes failure.

Ground accident of a Fokker 100 in Bouaké: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 29, 2007 at 1033 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
TU-VAA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Abidjan - Bouaké
MSN:
11245
YOM:
1987
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
30
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Abidjan-Félix Houphouët Boigny Airport at 0952LT on a government flight to Bouaké, carrying a crew of 4 and 30 passengers, respectively a delegation of 10 people from the government among them the Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, and 20 journalists. Following an uneventful flight and a normal landing, the crew vacated the runway and taxied to the ramp when three explosions occurred on the right side of the airplane. The crew stopped the aircraft immediately on the taxiway and the rescue teams arrived quickly on the scene. Ten people were seriously injured while four passengers were killed. The aircraft was later considered as damaged beyond repair.
Those killed were:
Sékou Doumbia, member of the State Protocol serving the Prime Minister's office,
Souleymane Sérifou, member of the State Protocol serving the Prime Minister's office,
Lt Drissa Ouattara, Chief of Security of the Prime Minister,
Cpl Siaka Diomandé, Prime MInister's bodyguard.
Probable cause:
It was determined that three rockets were fired from outside the airport compound.