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More pix and unconfirmed story here.
Official NTSB account below:
The passenger airplane, serial number 258068, is owned by Aircraft Guaranty Holdings and Trust LLC Trustee in Houston, Texas. The flight initiated in Toluca, Mexico with Monterrey, Mexico as the intended destination. None of crew and passengers were injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the Republic of Mexico. Any further information may be obtained from:
Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Trasportes
Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC)
Providencia 807, Cuarto Piso
Colonia del Valle, Codigo Postal 03100
This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the DGAC of the Republic of Mexico.
This sort of thing happens of course and the world gets over it. But in the embryonic VLJ world the regulatory sensitivity is huge. Good luck to all concerned.
Details have emerged, (as we journalists say about things that we didn't know about at the time) of a dire incident on the VLJ that everyone is watching - the Eclipse 500. (Not the one in this pic.)
It's got the NTSB understandably spooked as you can read at the link below.
Fortunately some highly professional piloting saved the occupants and aircraft.
Here's the scenario: double engine control failure during a windshear influenced final approach. FADEC reverts to last recorded power setting, which unfortunately is full power on both engines. Quite handy for the subsequent go-around, not so great for the desired landing. And then things get worse...
There is of course a major issue over the experience levels of at least some of the owner-pilots likely to end up flying this and other VLJs. The debate, I think it is fair to say, is likely to continue.
Fans of aviation's hottest soap opera - Sully and Lisa - will recall we left our hero finely balanced between the prospect of outrageous success and miserable failure. In part two Sully plays the pilot's trump card - an actual aeroplane (something like this but probably not as nice) - but Lisa lives round aeroplanes, will she be impressed?
I wondered aloud after part one if Lisa would prove a pushover. Unfortunately a pushover proves to be at the heart of Sully's difficulties. But then there's a plot twist...
And now meets Mills & Boon!
So will Sully and Lisa get together? (Well yes, obviously we know the ending.) But will Sully's full-on pilot's romancing style work out? Will Lisa prove a pushover? (Nope.) What is Sully's plan-B? (OK, plan-C?)
A legion of pilots awaits the outcome.
I'm not in the habit of buying aviation stock (tends to be a bit too close to home) but once in a while I cover a story and know I should be getting a piece of the action. One was the flotation in the mid-1990s of what was then Air London and became Air Partner. Actually if you'd bought the stock a year ago you'd be more than happy. But anyway this great financial story is highly informative about what's going on in air travel.