Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Netherlands: Small plane crash fatality rate tripled in 2012

A study from the Dutch Safety Board shows a spike in the number of serious incidents and accidents in the general aviation branch in 2012. The rise is alarming, since it may indicate an increased threat to the safety of air passengers.

General aviation involves gliders and aircraft with one or two piston engines or with a turboprop engine in civil aviation and a maximum take-off mass of 5,670 kg.

Based on these requirements the group basically covers recreational, commercial, and social flights, including police and inspection flights.

In the period of 2005-2011, the number of accidents remained fairly stable with an average of 11 accidents and 10 serious accidents. However, in 2012 those numbers went up to 22 accidents and 17 serious accidents.

It is a fact that the safety risk for general aviation is higher than for any other means of transportation. However, it went up from 0.4 fatal accidents and 2.6 accidents per 100,000 flights over the previous period to 1.2 fatal accidents and 4.3 accidents per 100,000 flights in 2012.

These occurrences can be caused by technical problems, but most have to do with factors related to the pilot. Analysis of the statistics have not yielded any explanation for the increase in occurrences in 2012.


Statistics did show however, an increase in the number of reported near-collisions, collisions, and ‘emergency and precautionary landings following  

The European Union is putting in an effort to manage the skills and risk perception of pilots, by way of the pilot’s exam, the minimum experience needed for ratings in pilot licenses to be extended, and a system of training requirements. 

In addition, the general aviation branch will need to be more aware of its own responsibility to guarantee aviation safety.

Source:   http://www.nltimes.nl

Aircraft crash tests Central Queensland University student's forensic skills

Rockhampton's Danielle Wolhuter put her studies into action when she went out to the scene of a glider tow plane crash in New Zealand last week.

The CQUniversity student, who is studying a Bachelor of Accident Forensics, helped three investigators examine the incinerated wreckage of the aircraft which hit a tree and burst into flames in rural Canterbury, killing the pilot.

Danielle is completing a summer internship with the Safety Investigation Unit of New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

"From day to day, I'm working on a safety research project which draws on my academic knowledge and will hopefully be of good use to the CAA when I finish here," she said.

"As investigations arise, I've been getting the opportunity to go and learn from the investigators attending. I've also been able to spend some time with different units and parts of the CAA. Every day has been full of learning new things and meeting new people."

Source: http://www.dailymercury.com

Piper PA-28-236 Dakota, Canterbury Gliding Club,  Drake Aviation,  ZK-FMT:   Accident occurred January 19, 2014 near Springfield Airfield, Canterbury, South Island,  New Zealand
 
Danielle Wolhuter at the scene of a glider tow plane crash in Canterbury, New Zealand. 
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Middle Georgia Regional Airport (KMCN), Macon, Georgia

Flights Cancelled At Middle Georgia Regional Airport 

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Snow, sleet and rain across the country, grounded commercial flights out of Middle Georgia Regional Airport, Tuesday.

The airport's management is reporting the conditions of its runways to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Silver Airlines, which is the only commercial airline at the airport, was forced to cancel all of its flights, Tuesday.

Middle Georgia Regional Airport Manager, Doug Faour said airport management cannot ground any private or commercial planes, but can only warn pilots of the condition of the runways.

Faour says it is completely up to the owner of a private plane whether or not they choose to fly.

"We'll be out on the taxiways and runways to inspect them periodically, throughout the storm," says Faour. "As the condition deteriorates, we'll monitor those conditions, and report those back to the air traffic control tower and the users of the airfield."

Airport personnel will continue to monitor the surface of the runways, and report the conditions to the FAA.


Source:   http://www.41nbc.com

Northern Carson Valley, Douglas County, Nevada

Authorities checking report of downed aircraft


Douglas County emergency responders are searching for a biplane reported down east of Cradlebaugh Bridge at about 3:30 p.m. today in northern Carson Valley.

Two people reported seeing the plane fly close to the ground and not pull up.

Authorities have yet to find any sign of wreckage. CareFlight is being sought to fly over the area to check for the aircraft.


Source:     http://www.recordcourier.com

 

A plane is used to search an area for a possible plane crash north of Stephanie Way on Tuesday afternoon.

Piper PA-34-200, N16389: Incident occurred January 28, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

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Small plane lands safely despite nose gear collapse at PBIA

A small private plane landed safely on the ground at Palm Beach International Airport after its nose gear collapsed, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue reported.

There were two people on board and no reported injuries from the incident, which happened at 12:47 p.m.

The plane has been cleared from the runway.


Sources:   

http://www.wptv.com

http://www.palmbeachport.com
 







Crews work to upright a small private plane that landed safely on the ground at Palm Beach International Airport after its nose gear collapsed. There were two people on board and no reported injuries from the incident, which happened at 12:47 p.m.The plane has been cleared from the runway. 
(Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post)

Sabetha Municipal Airport (K83), Kansas

Plane collides with light pole during rough landing at Sabetha airport

56-year-old pilot escapes injury


SABETHA — A 56-year-old Bern pilot avoided injury Tuesday afternoon in Nemaha County during a rough landing — the result of mechanical failures in the single-engine aircraft, authorities said.

Emergency personnel responded around 4:15 p.m. to Sabetha Municipal Airport, which is about a half mile east of the city.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Daniel J. Stallbaumer was attempting to land the aircraft and lost control because of mechanical reasons, which led to the plane leaving the runway to the east and striking a light pole.

Troopers said the pilot was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t injured.

The plane was a 2006 Piper single-engine aircraft.


Source:    http://cjonline.com

Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C, VH-OFF: Accident occurred January 28, 2014 near Aldinga Airport (YADG), South Australia

Two people aboard light plane that crashed near Aldinga Airfield walk away uninjured 


A Piper Navajo plane forced to make an emergency landing at Aldinga today is understood to be the same plane involved in an incident at Adelaide Airport late last year. 

 Two people on-board the plane were fortunate to walk away without serious injury when forced to make an emergency landing near the Aldinga Airfield about 11.30am.

Emergency services were called to a paddock north of Colville Rd, 1km from the airfield, when the plane came down.

The Advertiser understands the plane crashed in the paddock after takeoff because of engine failure.

It is also understood the plane is the same aircraft that made a heavy landing at Adelaide Airport on November 2 last year, when the undercarriage of the plane collapsed upon landing.

A local pilot said the plane's call sign - VH-OFF - had also been spray painted to stop media identifying the aircraft.

"They had an engine cutout on takeoff," the man said.

"I'm a pilot and these things happen. It's a fact of life that accidents happen - it's lucky that this time the two people are fine.

"This is the same plane that couldn't get a wheel to lock down and tipped on its wing at Adelaide Airport not long ago.

"You can see that they sprayed the rego numbers out with a spray can."

Photos taken by The Advertiser show the registration call sign on the plane's tail to be covered in black spray-paint.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been advised of the emergency landing and is investigating.

A spokeswoman said the bureau had been advised that the plane was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off.

She said the plane pulled to the left and experienced power surges after only reaching a height of about 50ft.

The pilot then retracted the undercarriage landing gear and made the emergency landing in the paddock, she said.

The plane's engines are identical to those which failed on a Whyalla Airlines Piper Chieftain which crashed into Spencer Gulf in 2000, killing eight people.


Source:    http://www.adelaidenow.com.au


The twin-engine Piper Chieftain plane with its tail number obscured. 
Photo: Sam Wundke. 
Source: News Limited 



 The plane in the paddock at Aldinga.
 Picture: Sam Wundke




 The plane in the paddock at Aldinga. 
Picture: Sam Wundke




Lucky escape from Aldinga plane crash

Two people have walked away without apparent injury from a light plane that crash-landed in a paddock south of Adelaide.

The twin-engine Piper was forced to make an emergency landing one kilometre from the Aldinga airfield about 11:30am.

The plane's wheels were not down and it landed on its belly in the paddock north of Colville Road after a short flight.

Two people were on-board and police say the pair appears to have escaped injury but may be suffering from shock.

Paramedics at the scene are assessing them.


Source:   http://www.fiveaa.com.au



Sabreliner change means layoffs, then rehiring

A spokeswoman on Tuesday confirmed Sabreliner Services LLC bought the assets of Sabreliner Corp., an aircraft manufacturing and repair company with facilities in Perryville, Mo., Ste. Genevieve, Mo., and Clayton, Mo.

Employees of Sabreliner Corp. were informed Friday they will be released, said Ann Hein, spokeswoman for the corporation, which has about 100 employees spread between the locations.

Part of Sabreliner Services LLC "setting the stage for the new ownership" is releasing the employees, interviewing them and rehiring them, Hein said, which is "just a formality."

The company is taking the "business step of releasing everybody only to bring them back in on their own paper," she said.

"Today, Sabreliner Corp. begins its next chapter," Sabreliner Corp.'s president Holmes Lamoreux said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We were never able to replace the significant business lost during [government] sequestration. As a result, we haven't been able to repay the company's bank debt so the bank has sold it to another enterprise. Sabreliner soon will be operating under new management."

Lamoreux and Sabreliner Corp.'s vice chairman Susan Aselage will leave the company, the Post-Dispatch reported, and the new owner is expected to meet with employees in the coming weeks.

No company named Sabreliner Services LLC is registered with the Missouri secretary of state, though it could be based elsewhere, the newspaper reported.

A representative of Sabreliner Services LLC said the new owner intends to continue operations.

In November 2012, Sabreliner announced the layoff of 180 employees because of cuts in the defense budget, and 80 employees were furloughed in March because a contract ended, according to previous Southeast Missourian reporting.

Fifty-four more employees were laid off in June, with the government sequester -- the federal spending reduction plan enacted by Congress that went into effect in March -- to blame, according to then-vice president of business development Steve Sperry.

In late December, Sabreliner Corp. sold buildings in St. Mary and Ste. Genevieve, according to the Ste. Genevieve Herald.

The Perryville Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced a job fair Friday and Saturday for Sabreliner Services LLC, a "world-class aerospace company under new ownership seeking to staff operations at their Ste. Genevieve and Perryville facilities."

Melissa Hemmann, executive director of the chamber, said the job fair is for those who were released to reapply for their jobs and new applicants.

Messages left for representatives of the Teamsters Local 600, which represents about 70 Sabreliner employees, were unreturned as of Tuesday afternoon.


Source:   http://www.semissourian.com

Sabreliner CEO to leave troubled firm

Sabreliner Corp.'s chief executive, Holmes Lamoreaux, and another top executive will leave the company as a new owner takes over the struggling defense contractor.

The Clayton-based company said a “new entity” has acquired the debt of Sabreliner's primary lender and plans to take control company's assets and continue operations, according to a press release sent this morning.

As a result, Lamoreux and Susan Aselage, Sabreliner's president and vice chairman, will leave the company. Sabreliner also said the new owner is expected to meet with employees in the coming weeks.

"Today, Sabreliner Corp. begins its next chapter,” Lamoreaux said in a statement. “We were never able to replace the significant business lost during (government) sequestration. As a result, we haven’t been able to repay the company’s bank debt so the bank has sold it to another enterprise. Sabreliner soon will be operating under new management.”

The new owner is a firm called Sabreliner Service LLC, which was formed last week in Florida, according to Secretary of State filings there, and gives an address at Perryville Municipal Airport, where Sabreliner has a plant. It is managed by a Naples, Fla.-based investment group called Innovative Capital Holdings LLC which, according to its website, specializes in "the acquisition and restructuring of distressed or underperforming businesses." A message left Tuesday with Innovative Capital chief executive Bob Stockard was not returned.

Despite the financial problems, Sabreliner said it has won new contracts for its operations in Ste. Genevieve and Perryville, Mo., where more than a dozen military and corporate aircraft are getting maintenance.

Sabreliner has been a privately held corporation since 1983, when a group of investors led by Lamoreux purchased the Sabreliner Division of Rockwell International.

The company's initial goal was to support the existing fleet of Sabreliner aircraft with maintenance and modification services, while supporting other types of aircraft and their operators, including the U.S. and foreign militaries.

Services later expanded to include maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, as well as manufacturing support for older aircraft and new aircraft production.

Employees and union officials said Monday that the company's new ownership is Sabreliner Services LLC. One employee said the company’s roughly 100 remaining workers would be made by the new owners to reapply for their jobs but details were unavailable.

Employees were first notified of the management changes late Friday, said Larry Tinker, president of the Teamsters Local 600 in Maryland Heights, which represents about 70 workers at Sabreliner’s plants in Perryville and Ste. Genevieve.

The company had “defaulted on its debt and was unable to remedy the default,” Tinker said. But there were yet few details on what that would mean for employees.

“I’m still trying to get to the bottom of it myself,” he said.

Teamsters ratified a new contract in August.

Sabreliner has had a rough few years amid Pentagon spending cuts and other struggles. Its workforce shrank by about 250 in eight months in late 2012 and early 2013, by about 250 in eight months in late 2012 and early 2013, between layoffs, retirements and attrition. It’s down to about 10 employees at its Clayton headquarters and about 100 at its two remaining plants, according to a former spokeswoman.

Late last year, Sabreliner, sold buildings in St. Mary and Ste. Genevieve, according to the Ste. Genevieve Herald. It has faced a barrage of debt-collection suits in local courts. On Friday, it agreed to a $192,000 settlement in a suit brought by a lenders in Perry County Court. The deal, according to documents in that case, allows Sabreliner to stay in its facility at the Perryville airport for another month. Tinker said he hoped to get more information this week.

“We’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.”


Source:   http://www.stltoday.com

Norfolk International Airport (KORF), Virginia

Bald eagle hit by plane, killed at Norfolk airport


NORFOLK

A bald eagle was killed at Norfolk International Airport on Tuesday morning when a plane hit it while landing.

The eagle was on a runway about 8:30 a.m. and was hit by the landing gear of a U.S. Airways Express flight operated by Air Wisconsin, said Robert Bowen, the deputy executive director of the airport.

Airport firefighters use techniques to chase away eagles or wildlife that get close to runways, he said, but in this case, no one saw the eagle.

Bowen said he didn’t know if the eagle was male or female.

A female eagle was killed by a plane landing at the airport in 2011. Since fall of October 2012, the city has contracted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division to remove eagle nests at nearby Norfolk Botanical Garden.


Story and comments/reaction:  http://hamptonroads.com 

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An eagle was hit by a plane landing at Norfolk International Airport Tuesday morning. 

According to Robert Bowen with the Norfolk Airport Authority, the eagle was hit by an Air Wisconsin regional jet, which was flying for US Airways Express. Bowen said the eagle was hit by the aircraft’s landing gear.

The plane landed safely and no one was hurt. Bowen said there was no apparent damage to the aircraft, but it was inspected by mechanics.

According to Bowen, the airport does have a wildlife hazard management plan, which aims to remove wildlife from the area. There have been four incidents similar to this one, with the last incident occurring in April 2011.

Story and comments/reaction:   http://wavy.com

Rand Robinson KR-2, ZU-VDP: Accident occurred January 28, 2014 at Pretoria Wonderboom (PRY/FAWB) in South Africa

Piet Smit, 51, affectionately known as Piet Vlieg , a test pilot and flying instructor, crashed shortly after taking off on runway 11 at between 6.40 and 7.40 on Tuesday morning. 




Pretoria - Tragedy struck Wonderboom Airport for the second time in five days on Tuesday when a test pilot plummeted to his death shortly after taking off in a light KR aircraft. 


Piet Smit, 51, affectionately known as “Piet Vlieg”, a test pilot and flying instructor, crashed shortly after taking off on runway 11 at between 6.40 and 7.40 on Tuesday morning. 


Despite an emergency call, signalling airport control that he was in trouble, Smit could not be helped before the aircraft plunged into a cluster of trees on the premises. He was alone in the aircraft. 


“I heard the emergency call over the radio because I was also in the air at the time. I did not realise until later that it was Piet’s voice I heard,” said Walter Gouveia, a friend. He heard Smit say, “I declare an emergency”, seconds before his death. 


Smit owned Aviators Paradise Flight Centre in Brits, where he trained pilots and built sling aircraft. 

“Flying was his life. For the past 15 years it was his career and every morning he woke up and went out flying,” Gouveia said. 


Gouveia became friends with Smit through their mutual love of flying and Smit was Gouveia’s flying instructor. 


“He was very experienced and he did not take any chances with safety. That’s why this (accident) does not make sense,” he said. 


Smit leaves behind his wife, Juanita, and two teenage children, Janro, 15, and Marinique, 13. He and his family lived behind the hangars at his flying school. 


The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, but Gouveia believes there was a fault with the aircraft. It is believed Smit died on impact. 


Airport management was unwilling to provide information regarding the accident and referred the matter to the Department of Transport’s aviation section. 


Zakhele Thwala of the department said the investigations could take up to a year to complete 


Another light aircraft crashed on Friday afternoon, killing 23-year-old flight engineer Jaco Smit from Bultfontein. He was killed when he took a Cessna 188 Agwagon out for a test flight. 

Story and comments/reaction:  http://www.iol.co.za


Ace pilot's last moments 

 Discovering what happened during the final seconds leading to the crash of a home-made aircraft at a Pretoria airport yesterday morning will be crucial to the accident investigation.

Seasoned pilot and flight instructor Piet Smit was killed when the Rand Robinson KR-2 aircraft he was test flying plunged into the ground moments after taking off from Wonderboom Airport.

Smit is the co-owner of Brits Flight Training Centre, in North West.

The accident is the second at the airport this month, according to Transport Department spokesman Zakhele Thwala.

"The first was a scare about a possible crash, which fortunately did not occur," he said.

Thwala said central to the investigation would be the search for indications of mechanical failures or contamination of the aircraft's fuel.

"Another key aspect of the investigation will be the final communication between the pilot and the control tower. The last communication was a radio message from the pilot declaring an emergency and requesting permission to land immediately.

"Moments after he made the request and, while trying to land, the plane crashed."

Michael Spike, a close friend of Smit, the father of two, described him as an excellent pilot who always put safety first.

"He never compromised on safety ... that was his golden rule. He was a brilliant aviator with over 15 years of experience."

Asked about what could have caused the crash, Spike said a component might have been incorrectly assembled.

"But we will not know until the investigation is complete. We are all battling. This is a very sad day," he said.

Roger Smith, the pilot's friend and also an aviation enthusiast, described Smit as "a stellar person" who loved flying "like he loved life".

"He was brilliant at it. He was a natural and loved teaching others to fly. It was a passion of his. He died doing what he loved."

Source:  http://www.timeslive.co.za


TEST FLIGHT: Piet Smit was killed in the plane crash in Pretoria

Cessna 310I, Flying Fools LLC, N8133M: Accident occurred January 28, 2014 in Parker, Colorado

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Twin-engine plane belly-lands in snowy field near Parker; 2 onboard escape unharmed 


PARKER, Colo. - A small, twin-engine plane belly-landed in a snowy field northeast of Parker on Tuesday afternoon.

The two people onboard escaped unharmed, according to the responding agencies -- South Metro Fire Rescue and the Aurora Fire Department.

The white plane came down after 3 p.m. without its landing gear down in the hilly field near Inspiration Drive and East Rockinghorse Parkway.

Airtracker7's camera showed the plane skidded down a gently sloping hill and came to rest on the snow-covered field. Both of the plane's propellers were bent by the hard landing.


Sources:  

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Two people onboard escaped unharmed when this twin-engine plane belly-landed in a snowy field northeast of Parker on Jan. 28, 2014. South Metro Fire Rescue

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III, VH-USW: Accident occurred December 09, 2013 near Jandakot Airport

Engine failure blamed for crash of homemade plane near Perth high school

Collision with terrain involving Glasair III VH-USW, near Jandakot WA on  December 09,  2013 



Air crash investigators have revealed the pilot of a homemade plane reported engine failure before flying under power lines and crashing in a fireball on an oval just metres from a Perth high school.

Aviation enthusiasts Tony White and Ralph Lerch had just taken off from Jandakot airport on December 9 when the air traffic control tower was told of the trouble.

Moments later, after flying low over houses in South Lake, the plane flew beneath a set of power transmission lines before clipping trees that bordered the sports field, and then striking a metal goalpost.

Witnesses heard and saw a fireball near the Lakeland Senior High School, and the burning aircraft tumbling along the ground on the sports field before coming to rest.

The two men were hurled free of the wreckage - and both suffered serious burns - but survived.

The amateur-built Glasair III aircraft was destroyed by the impact and what the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) described as "an intense post-impact fuel-fed fire".

In an initial summary of their investigation, an examination of the wreckage found the aircraft's left wing was sheared off by the collision with the goalpost, which allowed fuel to pour from the ruptured wing fuel tank.

A nearby CCTV camera also captured the latter part of the impact sequence, showing the fuel ignited almost immediately after the wing collided with the goalpost.

"The aircraft structure, which is constructed primarily of fibreglass/resin and carbon fibre, was almost completely burnt," the ATSB said.

The fully bent-back propeller blades and propeller strike marks on the ground were consistent with a windmilling propeller - which meant it was being driven by the airflow rather than by engine power.

A final ATSB report is expected in May.













Swearingen SA227-BC Metro III, Manx2, Flightline: Accident occurred February 10, 2011 in Cork, Ireland

Air Accident Investigation Unit Ireland  
FORMAL REPORT
ACCIDENT
Fairchild Aircraft Corporation
SA 227-BC Metro III, EC-ITP
Cork Airport, Ireland
February 10,  2011


http://static.rasset.ie/documents/news/report-2014-001.pdf

An investigation into a plane crash in Cork in which six people died has found that Spain's aviation regulator contributed to the crash through inadequate oversight of the Spanish company which operated the fatal flight.

The final report, published today, of the investigation into Ireland's worst aviation crash in almost 50 years also found deficiencies on the part of the operating company, Flightline.

The Manx2 flight from Belfast to Cork crashed in dense fog at Cork Airport in February, 2011.

The flight's captain, co-pilot and four passengers died; six other passengers survived.

A preliminary report and two interim statements from the Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Unit told how bad decisions by the crew led directly to the crash.

Today's report says the crew didn't give adequate consideration to the weather conditions in Cork; breached minimum weather standards during each of three attempts to land the plane; and the captain performed a manoeuvre reversing engine thrust which is prohibited in flight.

The report found that both the captain and the co-pilot had insufficient rest prior to commencing duty on the day of the accident, and were likely to have been suffering from tiredness and fatigue at the time of the accident.

The captain of the flight, 31-year old Jordi Sola Lopez from Barcelona, had only been promoted four days prior to the crash.

His co-pilot, Andrew Cantle from Sunderland in England, only joined the airline three weeks before the crash.

The report finds their pairing together on the flight was "inappropriate".

Today's final report also examines the complex relationship between the Spanish company which owned the Metroliner plane, Air Lada, the operator, Flightline, and the ticket seller, Manx2.com.

It describes as inadequate Flightline's supervision of the service as well as the oversight of Flightline by Spanish aviation regulator AESA. It says both of these were a contributory cause of the crash.

The report says the flight captain was inadequately trained in the command role, and was ill-prepared for the situation he found himself in on the day of the accident.

The co-pilot's training wasn't completed; some of Fleetline's operational responsibilities were being inappropriately exercised by Air Lada and Manx2.com.

In relation to AESA, the report says there was no oversight of Flightline's service in Ireland and that AESA said it was "unaware" that Flightline was operating here, inspite of having regulatory responsibility for the company.

The report recommends that AESA reviews its policy regarding oversight of the carriers for which it has regulatory responsibility, particulatly those conducting "remote" operations in other countries.

The report addresses four of its 11 safety regulations to the European Commission directorate responsible for commercial air transport. This is believed to be the first time an air accident investigating team has done this.

The report was sent to the six survivors and to the families of those who died over a week ago.

Its findings will be closely examined, not least by the legal teams pursuing law suits on their behalf.


Source:  http://www.rte.ie


 

Accident occurred Thursday, February 10, 2011 in Cork, Ireland
Aircraft: SWEARINGEN SA227, registration:
Injuries: 6 Fatal,6 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 10, 2010, at 0950 local time, a Swearingen SA-227 Metroliner, Spanish registration EC-ITP, operated by Flightline/Manx2 Air as flight 7100, crashed after attempting a landing on runway 17 at the Cork Airport, Cork, Ireland. The flight was a scheduled passenger flight from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The two pilots and four of the ten passengers were fatally injured, six of the ten passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was destroyed.

The accident is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) of Ireland. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative as the state of design and manufacture of the airplane and engines.

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the AAIU of Ireland at:

Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU)
Department of Transport
44 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
Ireland
Website: http://www.aaiu.ie