News Listings for Cessna 177

  • Controller arrest sparks protest

    News | 24 Apr 2006 23:00

    <P><BR>The arrest of a controller in South Africa for his part in a 19 April 2002 accident has been condemned by the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) as unjust, contrary to international agreements, and as having a counter-productive effect on safety. The accident took place at Wonderboom airfield when a Cessna 177 carrying three people took off on the wrong runway, putting it on a potential collision course with an aircraft on final approach. The pilot carried out a high-bank left turn at low level and hit a wall, killing all on board. The accident report says the probable causes were the pilot’s mistake in going to the wrong runway, the controller’s failure to observe that he had, and the pilot’s decision to manoeuvre at low level close to stalling speed.</P>
  • French collision sparks VFR/IFR debate

    News | 17 Aug 1999 23:00

    <p>The fatal mid-air collision last July between a Cessna 177 and a Proteus Airlines Beech 1900D off the French coast raises questions about procedures for separating public transport aircraft operating under visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) in the same area, says France's accidents investigation bureau (BEA). </p> <p>The Beech 1900D was between Lyon and Lorient, with 12 passengers and two crew on board, while the Cessna 177, with only the pilot aboard, had taken off from Vannes for a local flight when the collision occurred, above the bay of Quiberon, Brittany. </p> <p>Lorient control authorised the Beech pilot to descend to an altitude of 3,700ft (1,130m), but the pilot cancelled his IFR flight plan, descended to 2,000ft, and began a 360° circuit of a cruise ship to allow passengers to see the vessel. </p> <p>At the same time, the Cessna 177, in radio contact with Quiberon, began a descent from 3,000ft to 1,500ft. The two aircraft collided at 2,000ft "al
  • 1900D collides with Cessna in mid-air

    News | 04 Aug 1998 23:00

    <p>A Proteus Airlines Beech 1900D, with 12 passengers and two crew on board, collided in mid-air with a privately owned Cessna 177 Cardinal 10km (5nm) over the sea east of Quiberon, in Brittany, France, on 30 July . There were no survivors. </p> <p>The Proteus aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Lyon and Lorient, but had diverted from its flightplan to overfly the passenger liner Norway. The Cessna, with only the pilot aboard, had taken off from Vannes and was on a local flight. The accident happened at 3,000ft (900m). Both aircraft sank within seconds of hitting the water.</p>
  • The right way

    News | 28 Jan 1998 00:00

    <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=288' /></p> <p>John King/TEKAPO </p> <p>IN common with other countries with deregulated aviation industries, New Zealand has seen a proliferation of small airlines in recent years. Also in line with experience in many countries, some of those carriers have met problems. </p> <p>It is the old story of enthusiasm attracting under-capitalised players into setting up small organisations to fill a niche, often with inadequate back-up. While they may at first operate with outward efficiency, after a while cracks start to show and can lead to incidents. </p> <p>Two small New Zealand airlines - Soundsair, with a Cook Strait operation, and United Aviation, with a wider network of freight and passenger services in the lower North Island - have had public problems in recent months. Each had a fatal accident and was grounded by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ). United has been grounded permanently, such was the state of its in-hous