G650 test flight crash
PIC: ATP, Part 91
ROW (Roswell, NM)
Gulfstream GVI (G650)
Prelim report (4 killed)

During takeoff with a simulated engine failure, a Gulfstream GVI (G650) airplane was substantially damage on 04-02-2011 at ROS (Roswell, NM). The airplane operating under an Experimental Certificate of Airworthiness was conducting the flight test maneuver to determine the takeoff distance required using minimum flap settings. Eye witnesses reported seeing the airplane slide down the runway with "sparks and smoke coming from the bottom of the airplane".

Failed go-around after touchdown
PIC: ATP, Part 135
OWA (Owatonna, MN)
Hawker Beechcraft 125-800A
Final report (8 killed)

Probable cause of the failed go-around after touchdown by the Hawker Beechcraft 125-800 on 07-13-2008 was the Captains decision to attempt a go-around when insufficient runway remained according to a NTSB Decision released on 03-15-2011. The airplane crashed at OWA (Owatonna, MN) when the crew attempted a go-around late in the landing rollout resulting in the death of the two pilots and six passengers. Also cited in the report as contributing factors were poor crew coordination, lack of cockpit discipline, fatigue, failure of the FAA to require crew resource management training and SOP procedures for part 135 operators.

Engine fails during external load
PIC: Comm, Part 133
El Segundo, CA
Sikorsky SK-58ET
Prelim report (1 serious injury)

While lifting an external load from a rooftop in El Segundo, California, a Sikorsky SK-58ET was destroyed on 03-13-2011. The pilot was making the final lift of the day when he reported an engine problem and "veered off the side" of the office building and impacted trees below. Personnel working with the pilot during the external load operation reported hearing an engine wind down. According to the NTSB the pilot reported having 400 pounds of fuel on board prior to lifting the 4,000-4,500 pound load. The helicopter was capable of lifting 5,000 pounds according to the operator.

King Air crashes on takeoff
PIC: Comm, Part 91
LGB (Long Beach, CA)
Beechcraft BE-200
Prelim report (5 killed 1 serious)

Shortly after liftoff, a Beechcraft BE-200 crashed at LGB (Long Beach, CA) on 03-16-2011. According to witnesses, the airplane took off and reached an altitude of approximately 200 feet when "it wobbled side to side several times then rolled left". The Part 91 flight was bound for 36U (Heber City, Utah) when the crash occurred, killing the pilot and four passengers, seriously injuring another passenger.

Loss of control during taxi
PIC: ATP, Part 135
BFL (Bakersfield, CA)
Cessna CE-208B Caravan
Prelim report (1 uninjured)

After a successful landing and a 1.9 mile taxi to the cargo facility, a Cessna CE-208B Caravan was substantially damaged when the pilot attempted to make a 90 degree turn on the ramp for parking on 03-10-2011 at BFL (Bakersfield, CA). Prior to the accident, the pilot stated there were no anomalies in the brake and steering system. As he approached the parking area, he applied right rudder and brake to make the turn but the airplane did not respond adequately and the airplane impacted ground cargo vehicles.

Gear up landing at BFI
PIC: Comm, Part 135
BFI (Seattle, WA)
Fairchild SA-227-AC
Prelim report (1 uninjured)

On the pilot's third landing attempt at BFI (Seattle, WA) on 03-10-2011, a Fairchild SA-227-AC was substantially damaged when he landed with the gear in the up position. According to the pilot statement, the first abort was due to strong winds, the second landing was aborted because "things didn't feel right" and on the third attempt the pilot was behind a Cessna Citation when the tower instructed him to go around then subsequently cleared him to land. The pilot had begun the go around procedure then completed a "flow check" for the landing then touched down gear up.

Departure end excursion
PIC: Unreported, Part 129
HOU (Houston, TX)
Learjet 25D
Prelim report (6 uninjured)

A Learjet LR-25D, operated by an EMS operator in Mexico, rolled off the departure end of the runway while attempting to land at HOU (Houston, TX) in IMC conditions on 03-04-2011. Low IFR conditions existed at the time of the landing and the aircraft received substantial damage to the lower forward portion of the fuselage.

Post maintenance test flight crash
PIC: Comm, Part 91
4A7 (Hampton, GA)
DeHavilland DHC-6-100
Prelim report (2 killed)

During a maintenance test flight a DeHavilland DHC-6-100 was substantially damaged on 03-08-2011, when it impacted terrain in the pattern of 4A7 (Hampton, GA). According to the NTSB report, the engines had been changed from PT6A-20 to PT6A-27 engines with the same propellers reinstalled. A witness reported hearing the engine noise changing from low to high in the pattern prior to the accident and stated it appeared the airplane was struggling to maintain airspeed and altitude. As the aircraft turned on final for runway 6, it stalled, pitched down and impacted the ground.