The pilot of a Pilatus PC-12 (N56KJ) and eight of his passengers lost their lives and three other passengers were seriously injured when he lost control of the airplane immediately after takeoff on Nov. 30, 2019. The FAR Part 91 personal flight was departing Chamberlain Municipal Airport (K9V9) in Chamberlain, South Dakota. The skies were overcast, snow was falling, and there was a fresh layer of snow on the ramp and the runway at the time.
Even as news broke that the decision had been made to cease operations of advanced air mobility (AAM) startup Kittyhawk, the company was advertising job openings in human resources, purchasing and engineering, and for a flight test engineer.Read the full article here.
What are the common factors that lead to pilots landing on paved surfaces other than the one they intended—wrong runways and taxiways? There are three recent examples, and all involved professional crews in commercial operations.
A series of fatal accidents involving agricultural aircraft in July and August has attracted FAA attention and served as a grim reminder of the dangers of low-level flying during the industry’s busiest season.