Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) officials are investigating a recent Florida aviation accident near Winter Haven that killed the pilot and his passenger. Accident investigators say that a 60-year-old Zephyrhills woman and a 61-year-old Inverness man were the only two people aboard an ultralight aircraft when it crashed. They say that the pilot of the Airborne Windsport experimental aircraft was performing touch-and-go maneuvers when the aircraft hit the ground, flipped and skidded nearly 200 feet before stopping. Early indicators suggest there was a gust of wind that may have contributed to the pilot losing control of his aircraft.
Six members of a Kansas family returning from a vacation in the Bahamas were killed recently when their 2006 Pilatus PC-12 single-engine light aircraft crashed into the Tiger Creek Preserve near Lake Weohyakapka around 12:36 p.m. According to their flight plan, they had stopped to clear customs at St. Lucie County Airport (FPR) at 10:15 a.m. that morning. After clearing customs, they taxied and took off from St. Lucie at 12:05 p.m. en route to their home in Junction City, Kansas.
Chrysler has announced the recall of nearly 87,000 Jeep Wranglers throughout North America and some other parts of the world due to a design defect that may result in fire. The recall only affects 2010 Wranglers equipped with automatic transmissions that were manufactured before July 14, 2010. According to Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a design flaw can allow debris to collect between the protective plate covering the transmission and the catalytic converter. If enough debris collects between the plate and converter, the heat emanating from the converter can cause a fire.