Engine failure at cruise.
Public use.
Abingdon VA. Bell 407.
Prelim report (no injuries).

On approach to a field, the engine failed on a Virginia State Police Bell 407 near Abington VA on 05-11-10. According to the NTSB report, the crew heard a low “growling noise” while enroute to a confined area. During the approach, the crew then heard a very loud growling noise from the engine compartment at approximately 80 kts and 250 ft AGL. After the noise from the engine compartment, the engine surged twice followed by the “FADEC Degrade” caution light and aural warning. The instructor pilot, also a Virginia State Police officer, took the controls, executed a 180° turn to an open field and completed an autorotation to the ground. During the landing, the helicopter received substantial damage but remained upright and the crew was able to perform a shutdown and exit the helicopter normally.

Fatal crash during check ride.
PIC: Comm, Part 91.
Boxborough MA.
Schweizer 269.
Prelim report (1 killed, 1 injured).

A Schweizer 269C-1 was substantially damaged and the check pilot killed during a check ride near Box­borough MA on 05-26-10. The pilot was attempting to obtain a certified flight instructor certificate when the accident occurred. Several witnesses observed the helicopter just prior to the crash make a 180° turn and descend into the trees. One witness stated the engine was “sputtering and cutting in and out.” After being extricated by firefighters, the commercial pilot taking the check ride stated, “We were performing a simulated engine failure, and while performing the maneuver the engine actually failed for real.”

Door opens after takeoff.
PIC: ATP, Part 91.
HPN (White Plains NY).
Cessna 560XL.
Prelim report (no injuries).

Shortly after takeoff from HPN (White Plains NY) enroute ACK (Nantucket MA) on 05-28-10, a Citation Excel received minor damage when the main cabin door opened in flight. The crew heard a hissing sound shortly after rotation and felt an “abnormal pressure sensation.” The “door seal/ cabin door” annunciator light illuminated and the crew requested a return to the airfield. On the downwind leg, the main door opened and the crew landed the aircraft without further incident.

Nose gear up landing.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
ONT (Ontario CA).
Bombardier CRJ.
Prelim report (no injuries).

On 05-23-10, minor damage was incurred by a Bombardier CL-600-2B19 CRJ when the crew made an emergency nose gear up landing at ONT (Ontario CA). The flight had departed SFO (Intl, San Francisco CA) approximately 2 hrs earlier and was on final approach to ONT when the landing gear handle was lowered. After the gear had cycled, the crew noticed the main gear extended and locked but the nose gear showed an unsafe condition. ATC was notified and the landing was aborted. Emergency procedures were completed without success and the crew conducted a low-level flyby for tower and ground personnel to observe the gear. The main gear was confirmed down with the nose gear doors open but the nose gear still in the nose gear compartment. Following all preparations for an emergency landing, the captain landed the aircraft on the main landing gear and held the nose off the ground as long as possible. The aircraft slid down the centerline for approximately 2000 ft and came to rest.

Ag power line strike.
PIC: unreported.
Traralgon VIC, Australia.
Bell 206L.
Prelim report (1 killed).

While conducting crop spraying operations on 05-20-10, the pilot of a Bell 206L3 was killed when he struck a power line near Latrobe Valley Aerodrome, Traralgon VIC, Australia. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were not reported and the helicopter was destroyed.

Near midair at Anchorage.
PIC: Unreported, Part 121/129.
ANC (Anchorage AK).
Airbus A319/Boeing 747F.
Prelim report (no injuries).

While executing a night VMC go-around on 05-21-2010, an Airbus A319 and a departing Boeing 747-400 freighter came with 100 ft vertically and 1/3 mile horizontally at ANC (Anchor­age AK). The Airbus crew started the go-around due to an unstabilized approach. After advising Tower of the go-around, ATC instructed the Airbus crew to turn right to a heading of 300° and report the Boeing 747 in sight. According to the NTSB report, the Air­bus crew reported the Boeing in sight and ATC gave directions for a climb and another turn to the right. The Airbus crew refused the additional turn to the right due to an RA (resolution advisory) on the TCAS. The TCAS directed a descent which the Airbus crew complied with. During the descent the A319 crew lost sight of the 747 and eventually descended to an altitude of 1700 ft until receiving a “clear of conflict” command from the TCAS.

Helicopter hits house.
PIC: Unreported.
Lucena City, Philippines.
Robinson R44.
Prelim report (5 killed).

All 4 people on board a Robinson R44 II and 1 person on the ground were killed when the helicopter crashed 1 mile from its departure point of Lucena City National High School, Lucena City, Philippines, on 05-17-10. The helicopter, which was owned and operated by the Governor of Quezon Province, was destroyed by fire.