The pilot of a JetPROP-converted Piper Malibu tried to thread his way through severe weather without airborne radar
It happened on June 18, 2014: With thunderstorms popping, the pilot of a turbine-powered Piper Malibu PA46-310P JetPROP conversion seemed to be doing a good job of weather avoidance, but then made a turn and flew into a monstrous cell. The airplane crashed at Lehman, Texas, killing the pilot and both passengers. It took two more »
This midair collision involved more than failure to see and avoid
No one is surprised when the NTSB declares that the probable cause of a midair collision is the failure of one or both of the pilots to see and avoid the other aircraft. The statement is used so often that it has become an aviation safety cliché. In its recent report on the collision of more »
A Beech Premier jet crashed with a passenger at the controls who did the unthinkable
I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it, too: allowed an unqualified individual to manipulate the airplane’s controls. Usually, it’s a child or first-time-flying adult. I strictly limited them to a few gentle turns or push-pulls of the control yoke. But, I’ve heard tales of passengers handling the throttle, setting transponder codes, operating the flaps, even more »
Why mystery still surrounds the crash of a B200 King Air into a Training Center at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport
If you just go by what the NTSB’s probable cause says, you’ll likely be at least partially misled about what happened in the crash of a Raytheon B200 King Air into a building in the FlightSafety International complex at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport (KICT), Wichita, Kansas. The accident occurred on October 30, 2014, and the NTSB more »
A Cessna 340 crashed while executing a missed approach in bad weather. There might have been more to the crash than the NTSB discovered.
The NTSB recently issued its report on a “loss of control” accident from October 10, 2013, in which a Cessna 340A, a cabin-class, pressurized piston twin, crashed while maneuvering during a missed approach on a low-weather day at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG) in Norfolk, Virginia. The fatal mishap involved a complex combination of factors. more »
The actor acted with professionalism when the engine quit
Suppose you or I had taken off on a solo flight, and within minutes, had to execute an emergency landing that resulted in serious injuries and a banged-up airplane. There was no harm to anyone on the ground, and no buildings or vehicles were hit. When the NTSB finished its investigation, the narrative probably would more »
Severe weather, poor maintenance and faulty flight instruments lead to earthly disaster
The NTSB recently finished its investigation of the October 28, 2013, accident involving a Cessna Citation 500 in which a nationally-known minister and the pilot were killed. Pastor Edward Dufresne, who was 72 years old, led the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, California, and used the twin-engine jet in his travels around the country for more »
Being doubly sure before trying to take off can save your life
I shook my head in disbelief while reading the NTSB’s report on the May 31, 2014, nighttime accident involving a Gulfstream G-IV at Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, Mass., which was released a couple of months ago.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a Safety Alert to pilots emphasizing the importance of not forgetting about an old-fashioned, low-tech approach to maintaining separation from other aircraft, even while adopting advanced technology throughout the cockpit.
What the NTSB says you need to do after aircraft maintenance
The NTSB might have had in mind the situation I faced when it issued a new Safety Alert notifying pilots of the importance of performing thorough preflight checks when flying an aircraft for the first time after maintenance.