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Common Aviation Accident Bulletin, January 23, 2023

AVweb’s Common Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Aviation Security journal. All of the studies listed below are preliminary and embrace solely preliminary factual findings about crashes. You possibly can study extra concerning the closing possible trigger on the NTSB’s web site at www.ntsb.gov. Last studies seem a few yr after the accident, though some take longer. Discover out extra about Aviation Security at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com.


October 5, 2022 Fairbanks, Alaska

Cessna A185F Skywagon

At about 1758 Alaska time, the float-equipped airplane was broken throughout an tried takeoff. The solo non-public pilot was fatally injured. Visible situations prevailed.

Witnesses noticed the pilot loading the airplane with a wide range of gadgets earlier than the tried takeoff, later reporting it was unable to get on the step and the pilot aborting the preliminary takeoff try. He then turned the airplane round and started back-taxiing for an additional attempt.

One witness famous the airplane’s angle was nose-low within the water, and the floats have been virtually utterly submerged. When the pilot lowered engine energy, the airplane slowly nosed down, adopted by a momentary enhance in engine energy, and the airplane subsequently rolled barely to the left and nosed over. The airplane turned inverted and sank. Quite a few good Samaritans and first responders tried to free the pilot trapped contained in the submerged airplane, however unrestrained cargo within the cabin shifted ahead through the occasion sequence and rescuers have been unsuccessful.


October 10, 2022, Marana, Ariz.

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion

The airplane was considerably broken at about 1645 Mountain time when it was deliberately landed gear up after a touchdown gear system failure. The solo pilot was not injured within the conclusion of the post-maintenance examine flight. Visible situations prevailed.

After a standard takeoff, the pilot retracted the touchdown gear and stayed within the site visitors sample. Whereas on the downwind leg, he observed the touchdown gear place lights weren’t illuminated. He cycled the touchdown gear, with no change. The pilot deployed the emergency touchdown gear extension hand pump however felt no resistance when it was actuated. Floor personnel confirmed the nostril gear appeared prolonged, however the left and proper mains weren’t. After burning off gas earlier than touchdown, the airplane touched down and exited the left facet of the runway. The pilot reported that this was the airplane’s first flight after an engine overhaul and annual inspection.


October 15, 2022, Dallas, Texas

Diamond Plane DA62 Twin Star

At about 1448 Central time, the airplane was considerably broken throughout a compelled touchdown. The pilot and passenger weren’t injured. Visible situations prevailed.

Whereas conducting a visible strategy to the vacation spot, the pilot reported listening to a “pop” and noticed the show screens lose energy. A couple of seconds later, he noticed each engines had misplaced energy. The pilot executed a compelled touchdown onto an city highway, throughout which the airplane struck an influence line and highway signal, damaging the correct wing.

Preliminary evaluate of the downloaded engine and flight information point out the airplane misplaced electrical energy to the avionics system and each engines almost concurrently, whereas at 2000 ft MSL and about 5 miles west of the vacation spot airport. Examination revealed incorrect wiring set up and blown inline fuses for the backup digital management unit (ECU) energy system for each engines. The principle battery capacitance was examined and located to be low, close to 70 p.c.


October 18, 2022, Marietta, Ohio

Beech E-90 King Air

The airplane was considerably broken at 0709 Japanese time when it apparently departed managed flight and struck terrain whereas on closing strategy. The 2 industrial pilots have been fatally injured. Visible situations prevailed beneath a 1400-foot overcast.

Nearing the top of the 75-mile positioning flight, ATC instructed the crew to contact the tower. Earlier and subsequent exchanges with ATC have been regular. At about 0709, because the airplane was on a three-mile closing strategy, ATC cleared the flight to land, which the crew acknowledged. There have been no extra communications obtained from the flight crew.

A number of witnesses reported that the airplane, whereas flying straight and stage, abruptly started a steep descent and spun close to vertically to the bottom. Safety digital camera footage from a number of sources was according to witness accounts.

Preliminary climate info on the time of the accident included pilot studies all through the world for hint to reasonable icing situations and AIRMETs for reasonable icing. Climate satellite tv for pc information confirmed supercooled liquid water in clouds from 1300 ft AGL to about 8000 ft AGL.


This text initially appeared within the January 2023 concern of Aviation Security journal.

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