Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Few Answers One Year After Fatal Plane Crash: Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2, CREX-MML LLC, N194SJ

On Sept. 29 of last year just after 6 p.m., Malibu resident Mark Benjamin brought his Cessna 525A down for a landing at the Santa Monica Airport.

Benjamin and his three passengers, including his son Lucas, Lauren Winkler (Lucas Benjamin’s girlfriend) and Kyla Dupont had left a small airport in Hailey, Idaho about four hours earlier. The group had attended a Conservation League board meeting in the Gem State.

The weather was clear during the flight, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Benjamin, an experienced pilot and lover of aviation, did not express any problems to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) control tower prior to or during the landing.

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NTSB Identification: WPR13FA430
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Santa Monica, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 525A, registration: N194SJ
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 29, 2013, at 1820 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 525A Citation, N194SJ, veered off the right side of runway 21 and collided with a hangar at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Santa Monica, California.  The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed by a post-crash fire. The airplane was registered to CREX-MML LLC, and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated at Hailey, Idaho, about 1614.

Witnesses reported observing the airplane make a normal approach and landing.  The airplane traveled down the right side of the runway, eventually veered off the runway, impacted the 1,000-foot runway distance remaining sign, continued to travel in a right-hand turn, and impacted a hangar structural post with the right wing.  The airplane came to rest inside the hangar and the damage to the hangar structure caused the roof to collapse onto the airplane. A post-accident fire quickly ensued.

On-scene examination of the wreckage and runway revealed that there was no airplane debris on the runway. The three landing gear tires were inflated and exhibited no unusual wear patterns. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) control tower local controller reported that the pilot did not express over the radio any problems prior to or during the landing.

Navy searching for missing crewmember after aircraft incident in Arabian Gulf

The Navy and Marine Corps are reportedly searching for a missing crewmember after an incident that occurred Wednesday during the takeoff of a MV-22 Osprey from the deck of the USS Makin Island in the Arabian Gulf.

According the Navy Times, the Osprey lost power while taking off from the ship. The pilot was able to regain control of the aircraft and land safely, but not before two crewmembers jumped into the water.

One crewmember has been recovered and is stable onboard the Makin Island. 

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Aviation company hiring 58 in Broward County, Florida

OSM Aviation’s Fort Lauderdale office announced plans to create 58 jobs.

The company provides aircraft crew and crew management services worldwide. It recently made a deal with Finnair to staff its flights from Europe to Hong Kong and Singapore. Since 2013, it has staffed Norwegian Air Shuttle flights.

OSM has created 162 jobs out of its Fort Lauderdale office since October 2013, with the 58 new positions to come.

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