Near midair.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
SFO (Intl, San Francisco CA).
Boeing 777/Cessna 182.
Prelim report (no injuries).

Shortly after takeoff on 03-27-10, the crew of a United Airlines Boeing 777 was alerted to traffic at 1 o’clock by SFO Tower, followed quickly by a TCAS alert. The first officer was flying the aircraft and both pilots observed a high-wing airplane in a steep bank seeing only the bottom of the aircraft. The crew reported seeing the aircraft at its 1 o’clock position and only 200-300 ft away. The TCAS then commanded, “Adjust vertical speed” followed by “Descend, descend.” The first officer complied with the TCAS instructions by pushing the yoke forward and then continued on to their original destination. The crew filed a near midair report at the completion of the flight.

Fatal overrun.
PIC: ATP, Part 91 CAE (Columbia SC).
Bombardier Learjet 60.
Final report (4 killed).

On Apr 6, NTSB issued its final report on the accident in which a Learjet 60 experienced a tire failure on takeoff and overran Runway 11 at CAE (Columbia SC), striking airport lighting, going through a perimeter fence and finally impacting a berm on 09-19-08. Accord­ing to the report, the cause of the accident was inadequate maintenance on the tires which were “severely underinflated” and the PIC’s decision to perform a high-speed rejected takeoff after V1. Since the tires were severely underinflated, all 4 of the main gear tires failed during the rejected takeoff. In the NTSB report, the first officer stated that the takeoff should have been continued but the captain attempted a rejected takeoff after V1 and deployed the thrust reversers. Debris from the failed tires damaged a sensor in the wheel well that caused the thrust reversers to stow, resulting in full takeoff power while the captain was attempting to stop. In transport category aircraft, pilots are trained to continue the takeoff after V1 in the event of an emergency unless the airplane is determined to be uncontrollable or unable to continue the takeoff. In addition to the above findings, the final report noted a similar sensor failure during a Learjet landing accident in Alabama in 2001 and that neither FAA nor Learjet adequately reviewed the aircraft design which caused a similar uncommanded forward thrust condition during landing. More information on this final report is available at ntsb.gov/publictn/2010/AR1002.htm.

Landing on wrong runway.
PIC: Unreported, Part 135/121.
PHX (Sky Harbor, Phoenix AZ).
Cessna 208/Boeing 737.
Prelim report (no injuries).

A runway incursion occurred on 03-19-10, when the pilot of a Cessna 208 Caravan operated under Part 135 landed at PHX’s Rwy 25R after being cleared to land on Rwy 25L. PHX Tower had cleared a Boeing 737 for takeoff from Rwy 25R when the flight­crew saw the Caravan overfly their aircraft and decided to hold position. The NTSB report notes that the runways are staggered and that the pilot tracked to Rwy 25L, then turned right at the last moment and landed on Rwy 25R, passing within 25 ft of the 737.

Snowbank impact on landing.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
KEB (Nanwalek AK).
Cessna 206.
Prelim report (no injuries).

A Cessna 206G received substantial damage during landing when it impacted a snowbank at KEB (Nanwalek AK) on 03-05-10. The pilot of the Part 135 scheduled passenger flight reported that there were no problems during the flight but that the aircraft floated during the last stages of landing. He stated that the landing and touchdown point were normal but that there was “very little to no braking.” The airplane continued to the end of the runway where it hit the snowbank.

Hard landing after autorotation.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
Delta Junction AK.
McDonnell Douglas 369E.
Prelim report (1 injured).

While enroute from Healy AK to AK09 (Wingsong Estates, Delta Junction AK), the pilot of a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter experienced a total engine failure and performed an autorotation, resulting in a hard landing near Delta Junction on 03-06-10. The pilot stated that he was flying around 300 ft and 110 kts when he heard a “pop” and the engine-out horn. After confirming the engine failure he notified his passengers of the emergency landing. The pilot attempted to stretch his glide by keeping the rotor rpm in the low green to increase the glide distance to a nearby river. The helicopter made impact with the trees short of the pilot’s intended touchdown spot and descended vertically into the trees. It sustained substantial damage during the landing sequence but remained upright.

Lightning strike on approach.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
ORD (O’Hare, Chicago IL).
Embraer 145.
Prelim report (no injuries).

On 03-12-10, while executing an instrument approach in VMC to Rwy 4 at ORD, an Embraer EMB­145LR received minor damage when it was struck by lightning. The NTSB report states that the pilot experienced elevator control binding, but was able to continue the approach and land without incident.g