Ocean ditching.
PIC: unreported, Part 91.
Near Majuro, Marshall Islands.
Hughes OH6A.
Prelim report (1 killed).

While performing fish spotting duties on 09-11-10 in the Pacific Ocean, 654 miles southeast of Majuro, Marshall Islands, the pilot of a Hughes OH6A experienced a vibration felt through the pedals while flying at cruise speed and 600 ft above the water. He descended to an altitude of 15 ft when the helicopter began to spin, contacted the water then flipped over. Both the pilot and observer exited the aircraft and were rescued but the observer died the next day from his injuries. The main helicopter wreckage was recovered except the tail boom and tail rotor assembly.

Police helicopter ditches.
PIC: Comm, Public use.
Jamaica Bay, New York NY.
Bell 412EP.
Prelim report (6 injured).

No one was seriously injured when an NYPD Bell 412EP ditched into Jamaica Bay, near Brooklyn, NY on 09-22-10. Accord­ing to the NTSB report, the pilot was returning to base to refuel and was at an altitude of 300 ft above the water when the helicopter began an uncommanded descent. Collective was added to arrest the descent but was ineffective. The aircraft hit the water abruptly and the floats deployed, keeping the aircraft afloat. Post-accident investigation revealed the helicopter received substantial damage during the accident. A 6-in hole was found in the top of the combining gearbox.

One gear up landing.
PIC: ATP, Part 121.
MKE (Milwaukee WI).
Bombardier CRJ200.
Prelim report (no injuries).

On 09-28-10, the crew of a Bom­bar­dier CRJ200 landed with the left main gear retracted at MKE with no injuries during landing or evacuation. According to the NTSB report, the crew reported an un­safe gear indication to ATC and performed a low pass for the tower to confirm the gear position. After the tower reported the left main gear was retracted and the crew completed troubleshooting procedures, a left main gear up landing was completed with only minor damage to the aircraft.

Door opens in flight.
PIC: Comm, Part 135.
BIM (Bimini, Bahamas)
Piper PA31-350.
Prelim report (no injuries).

Shortly after takeoff the lower half of the main cabin door opened in flight on a Piper PA31-350 after departing BIM on 09-19-10. The accident report states the pilot reversed course and returned to the airport landing on Rwy 27. During the landing roll the tire on the right main landing gear blew out resulting in loss of directional control causing the aircraft to depart the right side of the runway and collide with a tree. All 6 occupants of the aircraft exited without injury—however, the airplane receiv­ed substantial damage due to the impact and postcrash fire.

Brake failure.
PIC: Unreported, Part 91.
11R (Brenham TX).
Embraer Phenom 100.
Prelim report (no injuries).

During rollout an Embraer Phenom 100 was substantially damaged after a brake failure occurred while attempting to land on Rwy 16 at 11R (Brenham TX) on 09-10-10. The pilot stated the crew received a brake fail warning shortly after taking off from TUC and decided to continue to the destination airport. After conducting the instrument approach for Rwy 16 the pilot landed and "discovered zero braking." The crew switched to emergency braking and both main tires blew after applying the emergency brakes, resulting in loss of directional control of the aircraft. Skid marks indicate the nose of the aircraft rotated to the left and the aircraft departed the left side of the runway.