Monday, May 22, 2017

Beechcraft T-34A Mentor, N55GF, Fightertown LLC: Incident occurred May 21, 2017 at Coeur d'Alene Airport (KCOE), Kootenai County, Idaho




Fightertown LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N55GF

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -  Update: Deputies and fire crews from Northern Lakes Fire department responded to a report of an airplane in distress around 4 p.m.

It was reported to the Coeur d'Alene Airport by the pilot, identified as 62-year-old James T. Ostrich from Redding, California, that he had a possible landing gear issues. Ostrich communicated with airport personnel to conduct a "fly-by" to get the status of the landing gear. As the aircraft made the fly-by it was determined that the front landing gear was not all the way out.

Ostrich decided to attempt a controlled landing at the airport, and circled the airport to burn off excess fuel. At 4:30 p.m. the aircraft landed safely on the runway. The front landing gear did collapse when it touched down, but the pilot was able to keep the nose up long enough to prevent any major damage or injury.

The aircraft was described as a 1956 Beech, fixed-wing, single engine plane with only one occupant. The pilot was not injured.

The investigation was handed over to the FAA and the CDA Airport Sunday evening.

Previous coverage:

Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies are investigating after a small plane crash landed near Coeur d'Alene Airport Sunday evening.

Kootenai County deputies report the airplane reported having landing gear issues and circled the airport for about 45 minutes before the pilot had to crash land the two-person aircraft. Only one person was on board the plane at the time.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash landing. The plane did sustain some minor damage.

Story and video: http://www.khq.com


An apparent landing gear issue forced a plane to make a controlled landing Sunday afternoon at the Coeur d’Alene Airport, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Northern Lakes Fire Department and the Coeur d’Alene Airport converged at the site after pilot James T. Ostrich, 62, reported that the front landing gear of his fixed-wing, single-engine plane would not fully extend, according to a Sheriff’s Office release. A fly-by of the airport confirmed the fact.

Ostrich circled the airport to burn off excess fuel, then attempted a controlled landing on a runway, according to the release. Although the front landing gear collapsed, the pilot was able to keep the plane’s nose up long enough to avoid major damage or injury. Ostrich was the aircraft’s only occupant.

Original article can be found here: http://www.spokesman.com

Fairchild 24R-40, N25329: Fatal accident occurred May 21, 2017 at Maples Field Airport (VG57), Catlett, Fauquier County, Virginia

http://registry.faa.gov/N25329

An 85-year-old Bealeton man died Sunday when flying as a passenger in a small plane that crashed in Fauquier County while attempting its landing.

Virginia State Police were notified of a plane crash that occurred at Maples Field Airport located in 1700 block of Sowego Road in Catlett, Sunday at 1:12 p.m. Maples Field consists of a turf runway.

“The aircraft involved was plane was a 1940 Fairchild R40-404, fixed-wing, single-engine, two seater aircraft,” said Virginia State Police Public Information Officer, Sgt. F.L. Tyler. “The aircraft was attempting to land at the airport when it ran off the left side of the turf runway and went into tall uncut grass and overturned.”

Two occupants were in the aircraft at the time of the crash, the pilot is identified as William A. Hargreaves, age 45 of Lovettsville, Virginia and passenger as Donald J. Rhynalds, age 85 of Bealeton, Virginia.

The pilot was not injured the passenger was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

The Virginia State Police along with and FAA are investigating the incident to determine the causative factors that led to the crash.

Original article can be found here:   http://bristowbeat.com

The Virginia State Police are investigating a plane crash that happened yesterday afternoon at Maples Field Airport in Catlett.

Police say there were two people in the plane when it crashed. 

The pilot, William A. Hargreaves, 45, of Lovettsville, was not injured. 

The passenger, Donald J. Rhynalds, 85, of Bealeton, was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

At 1:12 p.m. on May 21, the Virginia State Police received a report of a plane crash at Maples Field Airport in 1700 block of Sowego Road in Catlett. 

The aircraft involved was a 1940 Fairchild R40-404, fixed-wing, single-engine, two seater aircraft.  It was trying to land on the turf runway, when it ran off the left side and went into tall uncut grass and overturned, police say.

The state police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash to determine its cause, officials say.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.fauquier.com

An 85-year-old man was injured Sunday in a light plane crash at Maples Field Airport in Fauquier County. Donald J. Rhynalds, of Bealeton, was flown to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. 

The pilot, William A. Hargreaves, 45, of Lovettsville, was not hurt.

Virginia State Police say the accident happened at 1:12 p.m. Sunday at Maples Field, located in 1700 block of Sowego Road in the eastern part of Fauquier County. Maples Field consists of a turf runway. The aircraft involved was plane was a 1940 Fairchild R40-404, fixed-wing, single-engine, two seater aircraft.

The aircraft was attempting to land at the airport when it ran off the left side of the grassy runway and went into tall uncut grass and overturned.

The Virginia State Police and FAA are investigating the incident to determine the cause.

Original article can be found here:   https://fairfaxnews.com