Today has been a sad day for aviation with two fatal crashes involving the death of some 16 individuals. A FedEx MD11 crashed in Japan killing both pilots, and a Pilatius PC-12 crashed near Butte, MT killing 14 people, including 7 children.
Initial indications are that high winds caused the MD-11 to bounce upon landing, become airborne again with its left wing striking the ground and exploding. The PC-12 crashed going straight down about 500 feet short of the runway at Butte. Initial indications are that the PC-12 was overloaded, and in all likelihood out of cg.
For FedEx this is their first fatal accident in 37 years of operation, and it was the first fatal accident at the Nairta Airport in Tokyo. The PC-12 appears to have been a charter flight.
One wonders why, since 9/11, airline accident had not occurred until the "Miracle on the Hudson", followed by the Bombardier Q400 accident in Buffalo. Now we have two more today.
All of this just goes to show what all of us who fly know - aviation can be a very dangerous business indeed. Add stupidity when pilots knowingly overload an aircraft, add some high winds, ice and birds and the skies suddenly are no longer friendly.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee.
— Gunter's Second Law of Air Travel