Crash of a Learjet 36A off San Clemente NAS: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 10, 2023 at 0755 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N56PA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Point Mugu - Point Mugu
MSN:
36-023
YOM:
1976
Flight number:
Fenix 01
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The airplane was engaged in a mission on behalf of the US Navy (callsign Fenix 01) when it crashed in unknown circumstances into the sea about a mile southwest off San Clemente Island NAS. Few debris were found floating on water and all three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 340A off Cockburn Town

Date & Time: Jan 3, 2023 at 1117 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N824BC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Basseterre – Providenciales
MSN:
340A-0306
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Basseterre-Robert L. Bradshaw Airport in St Kitts & Nevis on a flight to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands (distance 1,116 km). Approaching Cockburn Town (Grand Turk Island), the pilot informed ATC he was shot of fuel and later ditched the airplane offshore. All four occupants were rescued by a fisherman around 15h30. The aircraft sank.

Crash of a Beechcraft C90A King Air off Hana: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 15, 2022 at 2127 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N13GZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kahului – Waimea
MSN:
LJ-1590
YOM:
2000
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was completing an ambulance flight from Kahului to Waimea, carrying two doctors and one pilot. While approaching Maui Island at night, the airplane went out of control and crashed into the sea some 15 miles south off Hana. All three occupants were killed.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter off Heraklion: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 15, 2022 at 0952 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PK-SNF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buochs - Maribor - Podgorica - Heraklion - Hurghada
MSN:
1019
YOM:
2022
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Buochs Airport on December 12 on a delivery flight to its new owner, Smart Cakrawala Aviation based in Indonesia. The crew made a stop in Maribor and Podgorica then continued to Heraklion. On December 15, shortly after takeoff from Heraklion-Nikos Kazantzakis Airport runway 09, en route to Hurghada, the airplane climbed to an altitude of 1,400 feet when the pilot reported problems and declared an emergency. After completing a right turn to return to the airport, the airplane lost height and speed then stalled and crashed into the sea off Karteros. The pilot aged 26 was slightly injured while the passenger, an Indonesian citizen aged 68, died shortly later. The airplane floated for a while then sank. Named 'Franz', the airplane was the last PC-6 built by the Swiss manufacturer.

Crash of an ATR42-500 off Bukoba: 19 killed

Date & Time: Nov 6, 2022 at 0853 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
5H-PWF
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dar es-Salaam – Bukoba
MSN:
819
YOM:
2010
Flight number:
PW494
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
39
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
19
Circumstances:
On final approach to Bukoba Airport, the crew encountered poor visibility due to heavy rain falls. In circumstances that need to be clarified, the airplane descended too low, impacted the water surface and crashed into Lake Victoria, about 100 metres short of runway 31. Fishermen with several boats were quickly on the scene and were able to evacuate 24 people. Unfortunately, 19 others including both pilots were killed. The aircraft sank by a depth about 3-4 metres.

Crash of a Piaggio P.180 Avanti off Puerto Limón: 6 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 2022 at 1855 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-IRSG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Palenque – Puerto Limón
MSN:
1196
YOM:
2009
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Palenque Airport, Chiapas, on a private flight to Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. While on approach at an altitude of about 2,000 feet at night, the airplane entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed into the sea some 28 km southeast of the destination airport. The accident occurred three minutes prior to ETA. Few debris and two dead bodies were found two days later. On board were the German businessman Rainer Schaller, founder of the fitness chain 'McFit', his wife, two children and a friend.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3 Otter in Pluto Lake

Date & Time: Oct 13, 2022 at 0950 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C-FDDX
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
165
YOM:
1956
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane was flying to Pluto Lake to pick up a family from a fishing camp. On board were a pilot and a passenger. Upon landing on Pluto Lake, the airplane went out of control, lost its wings, plunged into the water and came to rest. The passenger was unhurt and the pilot was injured and airlifted to Chibougamau. This aircraft was already severely damaged in a previous accident on 20 June 1985. It was repaired and returned into service more than 18 years later.

Crash of a Cessna 551 Citation II/SP off Ventspils: 4 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2022 at 2044 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
OE-FGR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Jerez - Cologne
MSN:
551-0021
YOM:
1979
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Jerez-La Parra Airport at 1456LT on a flight to Cologne-Bonn Airport with four people on board. It continued at an assigned altitude of 36,000 feet until it entered the German Airspace. German ATC was unable to establish a radio contact with the crew so the decision was taken to send a Panavia Tornado of the Luftwaffe that departed Rostock-Laage AFB and intercepted the Cessna at 1815LT. The military pilot did not see any one in the cockpit and evacuated the area five minutes later. The airplane overflew Germany then entered the Swedish Airspace and continued bound to the northeast without significant change in heading, altitude or speed (365 knots). At 2028LT, the airplane started to descent and initiated a turn to the right three minutes later. At 2040LT, it entered an uncontrolled descent to the left and spiraled to the sea before crashing at 2044LT about 37 km northwest of Ventspils. Few debris and oil were found at the point of impact. The accident was not survivable.
Probable cause:
Cabin pressurization issue suspected.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3T Otter into the Mutiny Bay: 10 killed

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2022 at 1509 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N725TH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Friday Harbor – Renton
MSN:
466
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Captain / Total flying hours:
3686
Captain / Total hours on type:
1300.00
Aircraft flight hours:
24430
Circumstances:
On September 4, 2022, about 1509 Pacific daylight time, a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3 (Otter), N725TH, was destroyed when it impacted the water in Mutiny Bay, near Freeland, Washington, and sank. The pilot and nine passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was owned by Northwest Seaplanes, Inc., and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 scheduled passenger flight by West Isle Air dba Friday Harbor Seaplanes. The flight originated at Friday Harbor Seaplane Base (W33), Friday Harbor, Washington, with an intended destination of Will Rogers Wiley Post Memorial Seaplane Base (W36), Renton, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The accident pilot was scheduled to fly the accident airplane on three multiple leg roundtrips on the day of the accident. The first roundtrip flight was uneventful; it departed from W36 about 0930, made four stops, and returned about 1215. The accident occurred during the pilot’s second trip of the day. A review of recorded automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the second roundtrip departed 36 about 1253 and arrived at Lopez Seaplane Base, (W81), Lopez Island, Washington, about 1328.2 The data showed that the flight then departed W81 and landed at Roche Harbor Seaplane Base (W39) about 1356. The airplane departed W39 about 1432, arrived at W33 about 1438, and departed about 1450. According to ADS-B data, after the airplane departed W33, it flew a southerly heading before turning south-southeast. The en route altitude was between 600 and 1,000 ft above mean sea level (msl), and the groundspeed was between 115 and 135 knots. At 1508:40, the altitude was 1,000 ft msl, and the groundspeed had decreased to 111 knots. Based on performance calculations, at 1508:43, the airplane pitched up about 8° and then abruptly pitched down about 58°. The data ended at 1508:51, when the airplane’s altitude was 600 ft msl and the estimated descent rate was more than 9,500 ft per minute (the flightpath of the airplane is depicted in figure. Witnesses near the accident site reported, and security camera video confirmed, the airplane was in level flight before it entered a slight climb and then pitched down. One witness described the descent as “near vertical” and estimated the airplane was in an 85° nose-down attitude before impact with the water. Several witnesses described the airplane as “spinning,” “rotating,” or “spiraling” during portions of the steep descent. One witness reported hearing the engine/propeller and noted that he did not hear any “pitch change” in the sounds. The airplane continued in a nose-low, near-vertical descent until it impacted water in Mutiny Bay.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the probable cause of this accident was the in-flight unthreading of the clamp nut from the horizontal stabilizer trim actuator barrel due to a missing lock ring, which resulted in the horizontal stabilizer moving to an extreme trailing-edge-down position rendering the airplane’s pitch uncontrollable.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 207A Turbo Stationair 8 into Lake Powell: 2 killed

Date & Time: Aug 13, 2022 at 1609 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N9582M
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Page - Page
MSN:
207-0705
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane departed Page on a local sightseeing flight, carrying one pilot and six French tourists. In unknown circumstances, the aircraft crashed into Lake Powell. Two passengers were killed while five other occupants were injured, three seriously.