Nose collapse on landing.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
AFW (Alliance, Fort Worth TX)
Beech C90.
Prelim report (no injuries).

During a training flight on 06-03-2010, a Beech C90 owned and operated by FAA received substantial damage when the nose gear collapsed on landing. Two inspectors were on a currency flight and were performing traffic pattern work at ACT (Waco TX) when they heard a loud bang as the gear was cycled. The 2 pilots notic­ed an unsafe gear indication and returned to home base at AFW (Alliance, Fort Worth TX). After the aircraft performed a low fly-by, the tower told the crew the main gear was up and the nose gear was partially extended. The crew contacted maintenance and operations while they performed troubleshooting steps and decided to extend the gear manually. An ap­proach was flown to Runway 34L and the King Air landed on the main gear. During rollout as airspeed bled off, the nose gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a stop.

Tail rotor failure.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Gulf of Mexico.
Bell 206L.
Prelim report (no injuries).

On 06-10-10, while enroute to an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, a Bell 206L3 was substantially damaged when the helicopter’s tail rotor failed and the pilot executed an autorotation to the water. The pilot reported that he was only 10 min from the oil rig when he heard a pop and the helicopter pitched down and to the right. He further stated that when he lowered the collective the engine was running at 100% but the pedals were nonresponsive. After entering autorotation, the pilot activated the emergency float system and noticed the floats inflating. When the helicopter landed on top of a large swell, it rolled right and became inverted. All 3 individuals were rescued by a boat within 15 min of contacting the water. Another boat secured the helicopter with ropes and attempted to drag it to a barge in rough seas but during the towing operation the tail boom and aft portion of the left skid broke off and could not be recovered. Initial examination of the float system revealed the hoses connecting the helium to the mid and aft floats were installed incorrectly causing one float bag to burst and the other to partially inflate.

EMS helicopter destroyed.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
Midlothian TX.
Bell 222.
Prelim report (2 killed).

While on a post-maintenance flight evaluation on 06-02-10, a Bell 222U was destroyed after impacting terrain and bursting into flames near Midlothian TX. The pilot and mechanic were at cruise on the return-to-service flight at approximately 600 ft AGL when witnesses stated they saw the main rotor mast and the entire tail boom separate from the fuselage in flight.

Crash following engine failure.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Tampa FL.
Cessna 210.
Prelim report (no injuries).

After departing TPA (Intl, Tampa FL) on the evening of 06-08-10, the pilot of a Cessna 210L made a forced landing into a football field at Stewart Middle Magnet School, Tampa, following engine failure. Accord­ing to the NTSB report, the pilot stated that, after reaching 800– 1000 ft, he heard a loud bang followed by an increase in engine rpm and a reduction in oil pressure. Initially, he did not declare an emergency with TPA tower but advised them he was returning to the airport. While maneuvering for TPA the engine rpm decreased, so the pilot declared an emergency. Shortly after the call, the engine lost power and the pilot attempted to land on the darkened football field. During the last portion of the approach, the plane struck a chain link fence and crashed.

Logging helicopter crash.
PIC: Comm, Part 133.
Donnelly ID.
Kaman K1200.
Prelim report (1 killed).

A Kaman K1200 helicopter was destroyed during logging operations near Donnelly ID on 06-16-10. According to witnesses, the K1200 was using a 200-ft sling to lift logs when a loud noise came from the helicopter. Portions of the counter-rotating main rotor blades were seen flying away from the helicopter as it fell to the ground and crashed.

Airliner taxis into another aircraft.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
CLT (Charlotte NC).
Airbus A330/Airbus A321.
Prelim report (no injuries).

While taxiing to Runway 18C at CLT (Charlotte NC) on 06-05-10, the right wing of an Airbus A330-323 struck the rudder of a stationary Air­bus A321-231. According to the airline’s director of flight safety, the A321 was on Taxiway E, short of Rwy 18C, but was not ready for takeoff. It was in front of the Airbus A330. In order to move traffic, CLT Tower offered the 2nd aircraft (the A330) a departure from Rwy 18C via Taxiway E10. The captain asked the first officer (FO) if there was enough room to make the turn. The FO responded in the affirmative and continued with the pre-takeoff checks. The flightcrew felt a jolt when the right wing tip struck the rudder of the Airbus A321, damaging it substantially.