Landing accident.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
NRT (Narita, Tokyo, Japan).
McDonnell Douglas MD11.
Prelim report (2 killed).

A McDonnell Douglas MD11 freighter operated by FedEx Express was destroyed by impact and post-crash fire after a failed landing attempt at NRT (Narita, Tokyo, Japan) on 03-23-09. The flight had departed CAN (Guangzhou, China). Both pilots were killed.

Tree strike during taxi.
PIC: ATP, Part 135.
HND (Henderson, Las Vegas NV).
Beech King Air 200. Prelim report (no injuries).

On 03-22-09, a King Air 200 sustained substantial damage to the right wing spar while taxiing. After landing on Runway 25 at HND (Henderson, Las Vegas NV) the pilot reported that he approached the hangar ramp and saw the aircraft tug waiting for him. He stated that he then turned the airplane to the left to align it with the tug and struck a tree with the right wing. The tug operator stated that he observed the aircraft, noticed that it had turned too tight and tried to signal the pilot to stop, but was too late.

Impact on short final.
PIC: Unreported, Part 91.
BTM (Butte MT).
Pilatus PC-12/45.
Prelim report (14 killed).

A Pilatus PC-12/45 turboprop was destroyed on impact with terrain 500 ft short of Rwy 33 at BTM (Butte MT) on 03-22-09. On board the aircraft, in addition to the pilot, were 6 adults and 7 children destined for a ski vacation. The flight was en­route BZN (Bozeman MT) when the pilot asked to divert to BTM. The aircraft crashed into Holy Cross Cemetery just west of Rwy 33 and the wreckage was consumed by a post-crash fire. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident. According to ATC, the IFR flight had departed on the accident leg from OVE (Oroville CA) and the pilot contacted Salt Lake Center at FL 250 requesting to divert to BTM.

He gave no reason for the diversion, and ATC cleared the flight to the new destination. Closer to the airport, ATC asked the pilot if he had the airfield in sight. He reported that he had “one more cloud to go around.” Shortly thereafter, the pilot called the airport in sight and radar service was terminated. A witness with aviation experience stated that when he saw the accident aircraft it was too high to land on the runway. He saw the aircraft “bank to the left and fly further west when it rolled, pitched down and descended from view.”An FBO lineman stated that he heard the pilot’s radio call saying he was landing on Rwy 33.

Unexplained crash.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
Moundridge KS. Bell 206L4.
Prelim report (1 killed).

While enroute to an unknown destination, a Bell 206L4 LongRanger was destroyed on impact with terrain after departing OGA (Ogallala NE) on 03-08-09. According to a resident living close to the accident site, the helicopter engine “revved to a high rpm” twice. The witness then heard several “thumps.” The aircraft was equipped with a SkyCon­nect system, which transmits position information every 2 minutes. The last transmission, received 1.4 nm northwest of the accident site, reported the helicopter heading 115° at 113 kts and 1749 ft MSL (approximately 280 ft AGL).

Crash into residential area.
PIC: Unreported, noncommercial.
Near UIO (Quito, Ecuador).
Beech King Air 200.
Prelim report (7 killed).

Five people in the aircraft and 2 on the ground were killed when a King Air 200 crashed in a residential area while on final approach to UIO (Quito, Ecuador) on 03-19-09. The aircraft was operated by the Ecuadorian Army and was on a training flight from San Vicente when the accident occurred.