Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cessna 310R, Mangan Developments Pty Ltd, VH-BWZ: Fatal accident occurred November 06, 2015 near Mildura Airport (YMIA), Australia

NTSB Identification: WPR16WA026
Accident occurred Friday, November 06, 2015 in Mildura, Australia
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 6, 2015, at 1840 local time, a Cessna 310R, VH-BWZ, operating under the pertinent civil regulation of the Government of Australia, collided with terrain near Mildura, Australia, while on approach. The airplane was destroyed in the post-impact fire and the pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Australia. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of Australia. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)

P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canberra A.C.T. 2608
Tel: +612 6274 6054
Fax: +612 6274 6434

On November 06, 2015, at about 1829 Eastern Daylight Saving Time, the pilot of a Cessna Aircraft 310R registered VH-BWZ, on a private flight from Moorabbin to Mildura, Victoria lost control of the aircraft near Mildura Airport and collided with terrain. The pilot was fatally injured and the aircraft destroyed.

Witnesses reported that when on final approach to land at Mildura, at low altitude, the aircraft yawed to the left, dropped its left wing and rapidly lost altitude. A number of factors contributed to the loss of control. The aircraft’s left engine was found to have been starved of fuel and at the time of the accident was not producing power. The left propeller was found to be towards fine pitch, not feathered (rotation of propeller blades to an edge-on angle to the airflow to minimise aircraft drag following an in-flight engine failure or shutdown), and the flaps and landing gear were fully extended, consistent with a normal landing configuration. In that configuration with the engine not producing power, the aircraft’s performance would have degraded to the extent that altitude could
not be maintained. 

The ATSB was unable to ascertain why the left engine was starved of fuel, nor could it be determined when the engine was starved of fuel. The ATSB did establish that it was likely the aircraft was carrying a substantial amount of fuel on board for continued flight and that the left engine and left propeller were capable of normal operation.

Several components recovered from the aircraft were tested. Some abnormalities were identified, however, it was unlikely that these contributed to the accident. No mechanical defects were identified that may have contributed to the accident. However, examination of the aircraft was limited due to the extent of the damage resulting from the post-impact fire.

It was likely that the combination of the inoperative left engine with the propeller in the fine pitch and the right engine at high power resulted in asymmetric thrust. Whilst at low altitude in a landing configuration with asymmetric thrust, the pilot lost control of the aircraft.

Read more here:  http://www.atsb.gov.au

The Cessna 310 – which is normally hangared at Mildura – was attempting to land when it hit a power line and crashed into a vineyard.

The power line was a private one which extended from Dyar Avenue to a cool room on the property.

The plane became a fireball after impact and the fire burned for around 10 minutes before fire services arrived.

Witnesses said that the Cessna appeared to be spluttering as it began its approach before it hit a power line near the intersection of Dyar Avenue and 17th Streets,

The family of the deceased were at the crash site two hours after the plane went down.

The pilot of a twin engine Cessna 310 light plane has died after crashing nose first into vineyards and bursting into flames near Mildura, in north-western Victoria.

The Country Fire Brigade (CFA) said it received multiple reports of the crash about 6:30pm

It is understood the pilot was the only person on board and he died at the scene.

A Canadian couple on holiday in Mildura told the ABC that they were returning to their hotel when they saw the plane go down.

Pamela Sweet thought it must have been trying to land because it was flying low near the airport.

Her husband said the plane went "completely out of control, spun around and dove head first into the ground".

"All of a sudden it came along like it was going to land but then it just banked and went straight down," she said.

"My husband and I looked at each other, the plane crashed, right away there was a huge fireball that went up and we knew it was going to be bad."

The plane was registered to a company in Mildura and often flies between Mildura and Narrandera, where the deceased also had a business venture,

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is sending a team of three investigators to the scene on Friday.

The Cessna with the 57 year old Boeill Creek property developer as pilot had left Mildura for Moorabbin on Wednesday and was on its return trip when it crashed into the vineyard.

The area has been sealed off and the wreckage will remain until the coroner makes an inspection of accident scene.

The deceased owner of the aircraft purchased the 1979 manufactured Cessna 310 twin piston engine aircraft in 2012. It was first registered in Australia in 1990.


Second World War plane found in Ontario lake

BRACEBRIDGE, Ont. — More than 70 years after it went down, a Second World War aircraft has been discovered in the depths of Lake Muskoka, it was announced Tuesday.

The Ontario Provincial Police, Department of National Defence, the provincial Heritage Ministry and the Lost Airmen of Muskoka Project confirmed that the A-17 Nomad that crashed following a mid-air collision in 1940 was discovered in the lake.

Although the announcement was made this week, the wreckage was first discovered a year ago, in July 2010, by an OPP underwater search crew using sonar.

A remotely operated vessel was later used to explore the site, some 150 kilometres north of Toronto, and the two-seater aircraft was identified as one that went down on Dec. 13, 1940. It was searching for another plane when the collision took place.

The personal belongings of the plane's occupants — 24-year-old Royal Canadian Air Force Lt. Peter Campbell and 27-year-old observer Theodore Bates — were removed from site by police dive teams.

The OPP and the coroner's office ruled the missing persons case closed and say the remains of the men are not recoverable.

An investigation by the Department of National Defence is continuing and all personal belongings — which are being treated for preservation — will be given to the men's families once the process is completed.

The exact location of the site is being kept secret to protect the wreckage.

Delta Air Lines, Boeing 737-800, N385DN: Incident occurred October 14, 2017 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah -and- Delta Airlines Boeing 737-800, N385DN, performing flight DL-1002: Smoky Odor Forces New York Plane to Divert to Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Salt Lake City, Utah

Flight DAL527: Aircraft on departure struck a bird on the radome, continued and landed without incident. No injuries. Damage to radome.

Delta Air Lines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N385DN

Date: 14-OCT-17
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N385DL
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA AIRLINES
Flight Number: DAL527
State: UTAH

OMAHA, Neb. -- A flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to New York City was diverted to Nebraska overnight because of a "smoky odor" coming from the rear of the cabin, a Delta spokeswoman said Tuesday morning.

The flight landed safely in Omaha, Nebraska, and arrangements were being made to get all passengers on a new flight, said spokeswoman Leslie Parker.

There were 159 passengers and five crew members on the plane. Maintenance officials were trying to determine what caused the issue, Parker said.

Perfect Storm' survivor at New England Air Museum

In October of 1991, a storm stronger than any in recorded history hit the East Coast, calling for the dangerous rescue of a private sailor on a 40-foot boat. The harrowing situation and all that ensued were part of the inspiration for the movie "The Perfect Storm."

Lt. Col. Graham Buschor, a survivor of that "Perfect Storm," will appear Saturday, July 30, at the New England Air Museum.

He was among the helicopter pilots who ditched in the Atlantic Ocean, surviving five hours in the 50-degree water, where they were bombarded by 60-foot waves. He was picked up by a freighter.

"One thing that went through my mind was the next day was Halloween," he said in a recent interview. "Who was going to take (my children) trick-or-treating?"

Buschor, a father of two, will tell his tale of survival at an evening presentation at the museum in Windsor Locks. He will also be at the museum during the day.

Ever since he was a young boy, Buschor knew he would be joining the armed forces.

"I was from a military family, I was always interested. I have eight brothers and four sisters. Six of my brothers joined the military, so it was just kind of natural," he said.

Right out of high school Buschor got started. "I went to the United States Merchant Marine Academy and I was in the Naval Reserve briefly, and then transitioned over to the Air National Guard."

He has had many positions since then, including chief of flying safety, and squadron commander of the 101st Helicopter Squadron. He has more than 2,000 hours of experience as an instructor, but stopped flying in 2006.

Buschor now works in Syracuse, N.Y., in the "air operations world," meaning he helps manage U.S. aircraft involved in wars and combat missions.

"We manage the air war from an air operations center," he said. "There are a lot of planes flying; you have to decide all the missions. It's basically managing the entire air war."

Discussing more details of the rescue attempt during that huge storm in 1991, Buschor said his team had to fly out to an area about 250 miles off the coast of Long Island. They had to ditch the helicopter, he said, because they ran out of fuel after some 40 attempts to refuel (from an airplane) midair.

Four of the five crew members were rescued after floating five hours in the rough waters. It was thinking about his family and friends that got him through it, Buschor said.

"At the time, I was 29. It was a little bit of an eye-opener to realize you're not indestructible," he said. "It made me appreciate my family and friends more, but there were no (other) radical changes."

Interestingly, it wasn't fear that Buschor felt in those waves. "I was actually quite angry in the water that I had gotten myself into a situation I couldn't get out of," he said. "My big concern was what my family was going to think of this."

The New England Air Museum, 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks. Saturday, July 30, 6:30 p.m. $10, free for members. Museum admission $11, $6 ages 4-11, seniors $10. 860-623-3305, www.neam.org.

Lady Who Bumped Her Head Can Sue Icelandair

(CN) - A woman who hit her head on a plane's overhead monitor does not have to show that Icelandair violated federal standards to establish that an accident occurred for a lawsuit, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

After boarding Icelandair Flight 656 and trying to stow her bags, Elin Phifer struck her head on an overhead television and collapsed in the aisle. She filed a federal complaint against the airline in Los Angeles, claiming it was liable for her injuries under Article 17 of the Convention of the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Transportation by Air, commonly called the Montreal Convention, which holds carriers responsible when passengers suffer accidents while boarding, aboard or disembarking aircraft.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright dismissed the complaint, finding that Phifer had failed to show that Icelandair had violated Federal Aviation Administration requirements.

The federal appeals court in Pasadena reversed in a unanimous decision.
"Although FAA requirements may be relevant to the District Court's 'accident' analysis, they are not dispositive of it," Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the three-judge panel. "We have never held that violation of FAA requirements is a prerequisite to suit under Article 17."

On remand, Wright must "determine under the proper standard whether an Article 17 'accident' has occurred."