Friday, February 17, 2012

Recent Accidents & Incidents

February 16 - Authorities detained a pilot who was scheduled to crew a Frontier Airlines flight after he failed a breathalyzer test prior to boarding the aircraft at Eppley Field in Omaha, Nebraska. A shuttle driver reportedly called the airport police after observing the pilot's erratic behavior during the ride from the hotel.

February 15 - All three aboard a single-engine Cessna were killed after crashing into the shear face of the Little Si section of Mount Si near North Bend, Washington.  The aircraft was registered to the AcuWings flight school and piloted by an instructor from the school, however the school's owner said the aircraft was not on an instructional flight or any known company business at the time of the crash.  Authorities believe the aircraft impacted the mountain at approximately 2 a.m. local time.

February 14 - The pilot of a Cessna 150 registered to Air Richelieu was killed after crashing shortly after takeoff from Saint-Hubert Airport near Montreal. The pilot reportedly attempted to return to the airport for unknown reasons before the crash.

February 13 - An Air Canada 767 made a safe precautionary return landing to Honolulu International Airport after the crew noted a hydraulics warning light shortly after takeoff. The flight circled the airport for two hours to burn fuel.

February 12 - A US Airways flight made a safe emergency return landing to Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina after the crew reported hearing an explosive noise in the cockpit shortly after takeoff.

February 11 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was rescued and evacuated by snowmobilers after crashing on Mt. Baker near Bellingham, Washington.

February 10 - A Socata TBM 850 crashed during a takeoff attempt from Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin, injuring all three aboard. Icing conditions were present at the time of the crash. (AVSIG Discussion)

February 10 - The pilot of a single-engine plane was killed after crashing on takeoff from a private airstrip in Floresville, Texas.

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