Monday, September 1, 2014

AeroDynamic Aviation: Monterey flight school opens

Monterey Regional Airport (KMRY) without school for three years 


 
AeroDynamic Aviation co-owner Jen Delp-Mallet stands beside a Cessna 172 used for flight instruction in Monterey. 
(David Royal - Monterey Herald) 


MONTEREY >> A new airplane school has opened in Monterey and airport officials hope it can fill a void left for years.

AeroDynamic Aviation, a San Jose-based company, opened a local branch in August at the Monterey Regional Airport.

The airport had been without a flight school for about three years when Monterey Bay Aviation closed.

"We're cautiously excited about it," said airport general manager Tom Greer.

It is difficult to make money as a flight school but Greer hopes recent headlines can make a difference.

Boeing forecasted two months ago that more than half a million new commercial pilots would be needed in the next 20 years as reports increase over pilot shortages.

In charge in Monterey is Jen Delp-Mallet, a co-owner of AeroDynamic, and, at 34 years old, has already had a colorful career. She started roughly a decade ago as a commercial and private jet pilot.

She eventually turned to instruction when she started a family and hasn't looked back.

"It's the world's best office," she said.

The Monterey school has three fixed-wing planes, a Cessna, Decathlon and Citabria. It costs $120 to rent for an hour, which includes fuel, taxes and insurance. It costs an extra $60 an hour for instruction.

AeroDynamic has four instructors and three people who work in the office near the long-term parking at the airport.

On Aug. 27, Delp-Mallet took Matt Fritsch, an anesthesiologist at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, out on his second lesson in a Cessna 182 the doctor owns with three others.

Over the loud propeller, Delp-Mallet used her headset and microphone to tell Fritsch what to tell the air tower, levers to pull and reminds him to check a variety of gauges.

"The most important thing in aviation is the next two things," she said.

Just minutes after a fairly smooth takeoff, the plane is about 3,000 feet above Monterey Bay.

The sun darted through the windows of the Cessna as Fritsch turned the plane toward Salinas Valley.

On the day's agenda was practicing "ground reference maneuvers," which was basically spinning around in circles as people in the back seat try not to throw up.

Fritsch is getting his license for personal use but it comes at a time there has been growing talk of a pilot shortage, caused by a large amount of pilots retiring, strict FAA in-air training requirements and terrible wages.

The average starting salary for a pilot at 14 U.S. regional airlines is $21,285 a year, according to the world's largest pilots union, the Air Line Pilots Association, or ALPA.

Delp-Mallet said the first few years are the most difficult financially, but eventually pay starts to increase.

She said airlines are not the only option, pointing to jobs transporting cargo, skydivers or corporate clients.

AeroDynamic instructor Ron Gaasch said being a pilot is a hard career to walk away from.

"It's a world you fall in love with," he said.

Once AeroDynamic gets more established in Monterey, it anticipates about half of its business to come from instruction, 30 percent from rentals and 20 percent from air tours.

The company's main school is at the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose and has a satellite operation at Salinas Municipal Airport.

The Monterey airport's two commercial flight operators, Del Monte Aviation and Monterey Jet Center, have in their leases a requirement to have a flight school, but have an out if it is not "economically viable," Greer said.

The last heyday of local flight schools was more than 20 years ago when Fort Ord was still open and the G.I. Bill paid for the civilian training, Greer said.

He said he hoped pilot demand could keep the school open, as well as from local college students.

"We're trying to give people who have the inclination, that want to learn to fly, give them the opportunity to do that and do that here in Monterey," Greer said.

Story, Videos and Photos:  http://www.montereyherald.com

DGCA, SpiceJet turned blind eye to repeated lapses by senior pilot

In what appears to be a clear violation of flight safety norms, both the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and low cost carrier SpiceJet disregarded official reports of lapses by the latter's pilot on two occasions. Even more shocking is the fact that the pilot in question, Capt Rahul Malhotra, was promoted twice after the first incident involving a hard landing at Jammu airport.

In the Jammu incident on October 4, 2013, Malhotra was responsible for a hard landing of the Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft that he was piloting. However, in the pre-flight check before departing for the next destination, Malhotra did not report the incident while completing the tech log-sheet, which he got through with in a mere 10 minutes.

Documents available with Mumbai Mirror show that on October 15, 2013 -- ten days after the hard landing incident -- the operations group of the Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council (CASAC), a government appointed aviation safety body, had written to then director general of civil aviation, Arun Mishra, detailing the incident.

The aircraft then operated four more sectors before reaching Chennai on October 5, where its Digital Flight Data Recorder (DFDR) was decoded by SpiceJet engineers, the CASAC report to DGCA said.

During this, it was revealed that there had been a hard landing, and an appropriate check was carried out which confirmed the same.

The CASAC report made it clear that the violation of safety norms was disregarded by the three senior SpiceJet pilots deputed to DGCA as Flight Operations Inspectors (FOI) -- Capts NP Puri, Sandeep Verma and Vishal Sahni - as well as the airline's Chief Pilot, Capt Virendra Malhotra, who happens to be the offending pilot's father.

Over the next several months, Rahul Malhotra was promoted as a check pilot was cleared twice -- first as a trainer in 2013 and again as a synthetic flight instructor (SFI) for simulatorbased training in August 2014 -- by DGCA. In an earlier incident on February 6, 2013, CASAC had named Malhotra in its report to DGCA for overshooting the runway at Allahabad airport.

The reports submitted to DGCA on October 15 and 16, 2013 along with proof of the cover-up by SpiceJet by former CASAC member Capt Mohan Ranganathan were never entertained by Mishra.

According to the CASAC complaint, the landing recorded a vertical accelaration of 2.18g, considered severe for the aircraft. "The pre-flight inspection was carried out by the captain and the flight was cleared without any entry in the tech logsheet for heavy landing. This is a clear violation and appears to have been done with the complete knowledge of the airline top brass," Capt Ranganathan told Mumbai Mirror.

Documents available with Mirror show that the pre-flight inspection was completed by Capt Malhotra within ten minutes of the aircraft's landing. "The aircraft was ready for passengers to deplane after landing at 9:57 am, after the hard landing at Jammu. The captain could not have completed the checklist and paperwork before then. Yet, he has carried out the pre-flight inspection schedule and signed the tech-log at 10:07 am," Ranganathan added.

The remarks column in the techlog after the pre-flight inspection reads 'NIL', while the work order for carrying out the hard landing checks on October 5, 2013 by Spicejet's engineering department mentions that the aircraft made a hard landing of 2.18g. This was pointed out by CASAC as proof.

"It appears efforts were underway to cover up this event. By not reporting a hard landing where structural damage could have taken place, and continued operation of the aircraft on regular passenger service without the mandatory checks points to a serious deficiency of safety concept in the airline and the integrity of DGCA's on-deputation FOIs, who belong to the airline," Ranganathan said.

Spicejet, in a statement, said, "The alleged incidents in question occurred in early to mid 2013. SpiceJet is investigating the reports in full cooperation with the DGCA. At no time was safety compromised, and allegations that aircraft flew while not airworthy are completely false. SpiceJet has had an impeccable safety record in its nine years of operation."

DGCA chief Prabhat Kumar and Capt Rahul Malhotra were unavailable for comment.


- Source:  http://www.mumbaimirror.com

Ercoupe 415-D, N21JW: Incident occurred August 29, 2014 in Concord, California

AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD, NEAR CONCORD, CA

Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oakland FSDO-27


WILLIAM RILEY:  http://registry.faa.gov/N21JW


CONCORD (CBS SF) — A small plane made an emergency landing near Buchanan Field in Concord Friday afternoon, after the pilot said he was experiencing engine trouble. 

 The plane landed on its wheels just south of Highway 4 along Willow Pass Road.

The pilot, 64-year-old Felix Boston, said he was flying about 2,700 feet above Contra Costa County when the engine of his plane suddenly quit. He tried to make it to Buchanan Field, but it was too far.

Boston said he decided to land on a grassy area on the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, just 100 feet from Willow Pass Road. He walked away from the plane uninjured.

The pilot hugged Contra Costa County firefighter and said, “This is the buddy that saved my life, I’ll tell you. If it hadn’t have been for him, I’d have been toast.”

Boston believes a problem with the fuel pump may have stalled the engine.

-Source:  http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com





Cessna 172S Skyhawk, C-GFAM: Accident occurred August 30, 2014 near Crawford Bay Airport, British Columbia, Canada

Jane Yvonne Lavallee 
 "She walks in beauty, like the night…." (Byron) 


In Memory of Jane Yvonne Lavallee

July 27, 1966 - August 30, 2014
 

Obituary

Jane Yvonne Lavallee



Tragically on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at Crawford Bay, B.C. Beloved daughter of Betty Jean and Justin Lavallee of Edmonton, niece of Dr. Carol Sales and "honorary niece" of Dr. Frances Owen, both of Ontario. She will be much missed by her special friends Sacha and Holly. 


Jane was a dedicated, caring and respected sonographer at Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton. She was trained in Ontario, Florida and Arizona, and was formerly a sonographer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She also shared her expertise internationally as a trainer in Saudi Arabia. 

Jane had a life-long appreciation of nature and physical fitness. She was an avid gardener, animal lover, biker, skier, and hiker.

Jane was known for her striking beauty and model-like carriage as well as her gentle, warm and fun loving nature. Her lively sense of humor and generosity of spirit will be sorely missed. 

In lieu of flowers the family would be grateful for contributions to the Farley Foundation to support the medical needs of pets (www.farleyfoundation.org), Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation (www.stollerykids.com) or the charity of your choice. A private family service will be held.

The BC Coroners Service announced Tuesday that the person killed in a weekend plane crash in southern British Columbia was from Edmonton.

 Officials said Tuesday that Jane Yvonne Lavallee, 48, of Edmonton died in Saturday’s crash.

At about 6:30 p.m. on August 30, officials said a Cessna 172S crashed during what appeared to be an aborted landing attempt at the airstrip in Crawford Bay, at about 6:30 p.m.

The aircraft came down on the Kokanee Springs Golf Course, officials said, and passersby pulled Lavallee from the wreckage, but attempts to resuscitate her weren’t successful.

The BC Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating her death, and said her family had been notified.


Rescuers at the scene of a Cessna 172S Skyhawk crash near Crawford Bay, B.C., on Saturday. 
(Photo Courtesy Ingrid Baetzel)


 Bill Yearwood, with the Transport Safety Board’s Pacific region, told the Edmonton Journal the pilot involved Saturday's plane accident in Crawford Bay decided to execute a rejected landing and attempted to take off again.   “Something was not right on the landing and the pilot elected to abort the landing. During that takeoff from the aborted landing, the aircraft contacted trees and tragically crashed,” Yearwood said.




The female passenger in a Cessna 172 died when the small plane crashed in Crawford Bay, B.C., east of Nelson. The pilot was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

The Cessna 172 was near the Crawford Bay Airport in the Kootenays Saturday night when it went down on the Kokanee Springs Golf Course.

Paul Hindson and some friends rushed to the burning plane to help.

"We were playing tennis," he said. "We heard the crash, We were only about 1,000 feet away. We immediately rushed to the scene, found an airplane upside down and on fire."

"Myself and a couple of friends immediately raced to the plane. There was a paramedic there, and we were able to get the occupants out," Hindson said.

Hindson says the plane's female passenger was already dead while the pilot was barely conscious and badly burned.

"It was just a really sad situation," he said. "I guess the only thing I can bring out of it is that I took a terrible risk, and I'm very lucky to be alive myself." 

"On the other hand, several other people really took a risk to get these people out of the plane... Within three or four minutes—it was almost like a movie scene—it exploded in flames, and the area we were working to get these people out was completely engulfed."

Hindson said he thinks the plane was registered in Edmonton. No names have been released.

- Source:  http://www.cbc.ca


"Going in and out of Crawford Bay, BC in a Cessna 172. Steep sloping terrain along the approach path makes landings complex. It also makes overshooting when approaching over the lake very difficult...":
 

Denney Kitfox 5, N94SL: Accident occurred September 01, 2014 in Greene, New York

NTSB Identification: ERA14LA418
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 2014 in Greene, NY
Aircraft: LORENZ STEPHEN KITFOX SERIES 5, registration: N94SL
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 1, 2014, about 1200 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Lorenz Kitfox Series 5, N94SL, was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Greene, New York. The private pilot was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight from Greene Airport (4N7), Greene, New York. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to several witnesses, the pilot had just bought the airplane, and it was his first flight in it. The pilot initially taxied and did control checks for about 30 minutes before taking off [from runway 25]. One witness noted that upon takeoff, the airplane "jerked" to the right, and the witness could hear changes in power settings. The airplane then "straightened out and smoothed out." It continued climbing until about 200 feet above the ground, and while "flying slow," the witness saw it bank "hard left, up on wingtip," then "continue to impact." Other witnesses stated that the airplane "tipped," and "stalled" prior to its descent.

The airplane was then mostly consumed in a postcrash fire.


Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albany FSDO-01

ROGER G. QUINN: http://registry.faa.gov/N94SL

CHENANGO COUNTY -- The Chenango County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a single engine plane crash that occurred on Monday around 12:15 pm. 

Deputies say it happened about a quarter mile southeast of Greene Airport.

The pilot, 70 year old Roger Quinn of Windsor, NY was pulled from the wreckage by a witness and airlifted to a Johnson City hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition with numerous internal injuries.

"The witness, at great risk to himself due to the spreading fire, acted quickly and was able to pull the pilot from the wreckage," says Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr.


http://www.cnycentral.com

A pilot suffered internal injuries after his single-engine plane crashed in Chenango County Monday afternoon, according to the Chenango County Sheriff's office. 

The pilot is Roger Quinn, 70, of Windsor, NY.

The Chenango County Sheriff's Office 911 center took a call about 12:15 p.m. of a plane crash about one-quarter mile from the Greene Airport.

A witness pulled Quinn from the burning wreckage. He was flown by LifeNet to UHS Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, police said.

He was listed in critical condition with numerous internal injuries.
 

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a plane crashed at the Greene Airport Monday afternoon. 

First responders arrived on scene just after 12:15 p.m. Monday.

According to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office the pilot was doing take-off and landing exercises when his plane went down in a cornfield near the Greene Airport.

He was transported through LifeNet to Wilson Hospital for his injuries.

"There was smoke and flames obviously when it first landed. So, the first initial responders saw the smoke and stuff and came in through the farm fields and found the plane. It's fortunate that the crews there at the Greene Airport witnessed the plane go down. They rushed out and thankfully it was very quickly and they got him out of the airplane," Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting said.

The sheriff's office stayed at the scene until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The investigation into how the plane went down is still under investigation.

-Source:  http://www.wbng.com




Van's RV6A, N613LE: Accident occurred September 01, 2014 in Las Cruces, New Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA471
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM
Aircraft: BORING ROBERT BURTON RV6A, registration: N613LE
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 1, 2014, about 0830 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built RV-6A airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted the ground following a loss of control during landing approach to runway 8 at the Las Cruces International Airport, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The pilot received serious injuries and the pilot rated passenger received minor injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated about 0730.


Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01 


SETH A.  BAKER: http://registry.faa.gov/N613LE

BORING ROBERT BURTON 
RV6A 
N613LE


LAS CRUCES >> Authorities are still investigating the cause of Monday morning's plane crash, but New Mexico State Police have released the names of the two people onboard. 

Las Cruces resident Seth Baker, 42, is the owner and pilot of the  aircraft, Lt. James Frietze said. Also in the plane was 31-year-old Kathlyn Drexler, who has a Las Cruces address on her identification but told police she lives in Texas.

Baker was demonstrating the plane as part of a potential sale, Frietze said.

Drexler's family was watching from the Las Cruces International Airport and called authorities about the crash about 8 a.m., Frietze said.

The plane went down about an eighth of a mile west of Runway 8, Frietze said

Fire crews along with paramedics from American Medical Response treated Baker and Drexler, according to news release from the Las Cruces Fire Department. Frietze said Baker was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso. Drexler declined further treatment.

Neither could be reached Wednesday.

There was no fire, but a small amount of fuel leaked from the wrecked plane, Frietze said. It was not enough to warrant a hazmat response.

Monday's crash was the second in four days near the Las Cruces Airport.

On Aug. 27 four people died when an air ambulance crashed an caught fire. A cancer patient from Las Cruces, along with two medics and a pilot from El Paso were en route to Phoenix.

http://www.lcsun-news.com



LAS CRUCES, N.M. -  A single-engine plane crashed near the Las Cruces International Airport on Labor Day morning.

New Mexico State Police told ABC-7 the crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. about 1/8 of a mile west of the airport runway.

The two people onboard suffered minor injuries.

The plane, piloted by 31-year-old Kathlyn Drexler, was found upright and there was no fire, but there was damage to wings, propeller, undercarriage and nose of the plane.

Owner of the plane, 42-year-old Beth Baker, also was on the plane.

Drexler complained of injuries but refused treatment and Baker suffered arm lacerations but refused to fly to University Medical Center, so she was driven there.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be there later today or Tuesday.

A Cessna 421C plane crashed near the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds on night of Aug. 27, killing all four onboard.


- Source:  http://www.kvia.com


Cessna 180, N6510A: Fatal accident occurred September 01, 2014 in North Hampton, Rockingham County, New Hampshire

David E. Ingalls


Bruce Anderson


The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:  

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts  
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

David E. Ingalls: http://registry.faa.gov/N6510A

NTSB Identification: ERA14FA417
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 2014 in North Hampton, NH
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N6510A
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On September 1, 2014, about 1050 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 180, N6510A, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from Hampton Airfield (7B3), North Hampton, New Hampshire. The airline transport pilot and a passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, destined for a private airport in Kingston, New Hampshire.

On the day of the accident, the airport was hosting its annual customer appreciation day. As a result, numerous witnesses observed the accident.

According to witness statements and video images, the pilot contacted the airport advisory frequency from a position approximately 5 miles west of 7B3. The airplane then overflew the south end of the airport and the pilot advised that he would be joining the downwind leg of the traffic pattern for "Runway 22." The pilot then advised that he was joining the base leg of the traffic pattern, and then reported that he was "landing south" without indicating the runway number.

The airplane landed normally, and subsequently shutdown at the fuel pumps, at 1023. The pilot then refueled the airplane with approximately 31 gallons of 100 LL aviation gasoline, which was completed at approximately 1036.

After starting the airplane and taxiing away from the fuel pumps, a witness observed a seat belt hanging out of the passenger door. The witness gained the pilot's attention and advised him about the seatbelt. The pilot then taxied to runway 02. Witnesses did not observe the pilot perform an run-up prior to turning onto the runway, and also noted that the flaps were partially extended before the takeoff roll began.

The airplane appeared to takeoff normally with the tailwheel coming off the surface of the runway first, followed by the main landing gear wheels. Comparison of video footage to known landmarks on the airport indicated that the ground run was approximately 890 feet. After liftoff, the airplane's angle of attack began to increase. One witness stated that as the angle of attack began to increase, the pilot's left hand reached for the glareshield, while another witness observed the pilot's left hand already on the glareshield as the angle of attack began to increase.

Approximately 320 feet later, the airplane's angle of attack was still increasing and the airplane's altitude was higher than a group of approximately 73 foot high trees that were located adjacent to the west side of the runway. Moments later, the airplane rolled and yawed to the left, the angle of attack decreased through a level flight attitude, to a steep nose down attitude, the engine rpm decreased "as if it was being throttled back to idle" and the airplane went out of view behind some trees. The sound of impact was then heard.

PILOT INFORMATION

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and pilot records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land, with commercial pilot privileges for airplane single-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, and type ratings for the B-707, B-720, and B-727. He had accrued approximately 20,050 total hours of flight time, 2,025 of which were in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on April 11, 2013.

According to FAA records, the passenger did not hold any pilot certificates and no evidence of any flight training for the passenger was found during the investigation.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The accident aircraft was a four-place, strut braced, high wing airplane of conventional metal construction. It was equipped with conventional landing gear, and powered by a Continental Motors O-470-K, 230 horsepower engine, that was equipped with a two-blade, variable pitch, constant-speed propeller.

According to FAA and airplane maintenance records, it was manufactured in 1956. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on June 6, 2014. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued approximately 3,225 total hours of operation.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

The reported weather at Portsmouth International Airport (PSM), located 6 nautical miles north of the accident site, at 1058, included: wind from 290 degrees at 6 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, few clouds at 3,000 feet, temperature 28 degrees C, dew point 21 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.95 inches of mercury.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Hampton Airfield was privately-owned, and was located 2 miles north of Hampton, New Hampshire. It was classified by the FAA as a non-towered public use airport. The airport elevation was 93 feet above mean sea level and there was one runway oriented in a 02/20 configuration. Runway 02 was turf, and in good condition. The total length was 2,100 foot long by 170 foot wide.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck trees in a nose low, left wing down attitude, and then impacted the ground in a 42-degree nose low attitude, on an approximate magnetic heading of 220 degrees, before coming to rest. The smell of fuel was present, and multiple branches and broken tree limbs displayed evidence of propeller strike marks.

Examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was broken and bent in several places. The wings, which displayed crush and compression damage, were detached from their mounting locations, and approximately 2 feet of the outboard left wing was separated.

Flight control continuity was established from the flight controls to the cockpit, and the throttle control, mixture control, propeller control, and carburetor heat, were full in. The fuel selector valve was in the "BOTH" position, the stabilizer trim wheel was intact and the trim indicator, and jackscrew indicated that the stabilizer trim was approximately in the 0-degree (neutral) position. The flap handle for the wing flaps was in the 20-degree detent. The pilot and passenger seat tracks were equipped with seat stops, and displayed evidence of pullout and cracking which was consistent with the seats being in the locked position during the impact.

The propeller remained attached to the crankshaft and both propeller blades remained attached to the hub. The propeller blades displayed evidence of S-bending, chordwise scratching, and leading edge polishing. The propeller governor remained attached to its mounting location, and displayed significant impact damage including impact separation of the governor control from the rest of the propeller governor.

The engine intake system sustained damage consistent with impact damage and several intake tubes were crushed, dented and bent. A portion of the intake system was separated from the rest of the intake system, and a portion remained attached to the carburetor. The exhaust system sustained damage consistent with impact damage and displayed crushing, bending, and tearing. All of the exhaust risers remained attached to their respective cylinders.

The magnetos remained attached to their respective mounting locations and sustained only minor damage. The crankshaft was rotated by hand, and both magnetos produced spark at all of their respective ignition leads. All of the spark plugs were present in their respective cylinders and were undamaged. When compared to the Champion Aviation Service Manual, all of the spark plugs displayed normal operating signatures.

The carburetor sustained damage consistent with impact damage; the idle stop adjustment screw installation point remained only partially attached. The carburetor remained attached to a portion of the intake system; however, the attach point had broken free from the rest of the intake system. Internal examination of the carburetor revealed that fuel consistent with 100 LL aviation gasoline was present in the float bowl. No contaminates were present in the inlet screen, and a check of the fuel in the carburetor bowl utilizing water finding paste did not indicate the presence of water. Submersion of the carburetor floats in a container of 100LL for 20 minutes did not reveal any air bubbles and the floats retained their buoyancy.

The oil sump remained attached to its mounting location and displayed impact damage. The oil pump gears, housing, and oil pressure relief valve displayed normal operating signatures. The oil filter remained attached to the oil filter adapter and displayed impact damage. There were no metallic particulates or contaminates discovered in the filter pleats and the oil cooler was undamaged.

All of the cylinders remained attached to the engine and the cylinders sustained only minor impact damage. Examination of the cylinders with a borescope revealed that the piston faces, valve heads, and cylinder bores, all displayed normal operating signatures.

The crankcase remained intact and displayed minor impact damage. The crankshaft remained intact and displayed impact damage to the propeller flange.

Thumb compression and suction was established on all cylinders, and all the valves, rocker arms, pistons, crankshaft, camshaft, connecting rods, and associated components were noted to operate when the crankshaft was rotated by hand.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Pilot

An autopsy was performed on the pilot by the State of New Hampshire, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The reported cause of death was blunt impact injuries.

Toxicological testing of the pilot was conducted at the FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The specimens from the pilot were negative for ethanol, and basic, acidic, and neutral drugs, with the exception of Diphenhydramine, which was detected in urine and blood, and Ibuprofen, which was detected in urine. Testing for Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide were not performed.

On April 11, 2013, during his last aviation medical examination, the 77-year old male pilot reported a new diagnosis of hypertension as well as long standing gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and high cholesterol. He reported using the medications Lisinopril, Pantoprazole, and Simvastatin. He was issued a third class medical certificate limited by a requirement to wear corrective lenses for distance vision and possess glasses for near vision. At the time, he was 66 inches tall, and weighed 152 pounds.

Lisinopril is a prescription blood pressure medication commonly sold with the name Vasotec. Pantoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used to treat GERD and other sources of heartburn. It is available over the counter with the name Prilosec. Simvastatin is a prescription cholesterol lowering agent commonly sold with the name Lipitor.

According to the autopsy report, the examination identified atherosclerotic disease in the aorta and some calcification of the coronary arteries without coronary artery stenosis. The remainder of the examination was unremarkable.

Toxicology testing performed by the NMS Labs at the request of the Chief Medical Examiner identified 0.077 ug/ml of Diphenhydramine in femoral blood and caffeine in chest blood.

Toxicology testing performed by the FAA's Bioaeronautical Research Laboratory identified Diphenhydramine and Ibuprofen in urine; 0.432 ug/ml of Diphenhydramine was quantified in cavity blood.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication used as an analgesic and fever reliever; it is available over the counter marketed as Motrin and Advil. Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine used to treat cold and allergy symptoms and as a sleep aid. It is available over the counter under the trade names Benadryl and Unisom. Diphenhydramine's therapeutic window is between 0.0250 ug/ml and 0.1120 ug/ml. It carries the following FDA warning: may impair mental and/or physical ability required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks (e.g., driving, operating heavy machinery). Compared to other antihistamines, diphenhydramine causes marked sedation; it is also classed as a Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant and this is the rationale for its use as a sleep aid. Altered mood and impaired cognitive and psychomotor performance may also be observed. In fact, in a driving simulator study, a single dose of Diphenhydramine impaired driving ability more than a blood alcohol concentration of 0.100%. Diphenhydramine undergoes postmortem redistribution; after death it can move back into pooled blood from storage sites. For diphenhydramine, postmortem central or cavity blood levels may increase by three times or more.

Passenger

An autopsy was performed on the passenger by the State of New Hampshire, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The reported cause of death was blunt impact injuries.

Toxicological testing of the passenger was conducted at the FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The specimens from the pilot were negative for ethanol, and basic, acidic, and neutral drugs, with the exception of Zolpidem, which was detected in liver and blood, and Ibuprofen, which was detected in blood. Testing for Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide were not performed.

Toxicology testing performed by the FAA's Bioaeronautical Research Laboratory identified Ibuprofen and 0.0250 ug/ml of Zolpidem in heart blood as well as of 0.068 ug/ml of Zolpidem in liver.

Zolpidem is a short acting sedative hypnotic used as a sleep aid and available by prescription; it is commonly called Ambien. Zolpidem's therapeutic window is between 0.0250 and 0.300 ug/ml and it carries the following warning: may impair mental and/or physical ability required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks (e.g., driving, operating heavy machinery).

TESTS AND RESEARCH

Pitot Static System

The airspeed indicator, was operated by the pitot static system. This system consisted of a pitot tube, mounted under the leading edge of the left wing and two pressure ports (static ports) mounted on opposite sides of the fuselage just aft of the firewall. Examination of the pitot tube and static pressure ports during the wreckage examination revealed that they were clear of obstructions.

Stall Warning System

According to the Cessna 180 Owner's Manual, the aerodynamic stall characteristics were conventional for flaps up and flaps down conditions and slight buffeting could occur just before the stall with flaps down.

The airplane when at aft center of gravity and full gross weight at sea level would stall with the wing flaps set at 20-degrees at a true indicated airspeed (TIAS) of:

55 mph at 0-degrees angle of bank
59 mph at 30-degrees angle of bank
78 mph at 60-degrees angle of bank

To help avoid aerodynamic stalls, the airplane was equipped with a stall warning system. The stall warning system was comprised of a stall warning indicator (stall warning horn) which was mounted on the back of the glove compartment box, next to the firewall, and an actuating switch (stall vane) which was mounted on the leading edge of the left wing and was actuated by airflow over the surface of the wing. The switch would close as approximately 5 to 10 mph above the airplane stall speed.

According to the Cessna 180 Owner's Manual, the stall warning indicator would provide protection from inadvertent stalls. It would give a warning whenever an aerodynamic stall was approached, regardless of speed, attitude, altitude, acceleration, or other factors, which could change the stalling speed.

Examination of the stall warning system did not reveal any anomalies, and testing of the actuating switch with a multimeter, indicated that it was functional.

Use of Wing Flaps

According to the Cessna 180 Owner's Manual, the wing flap control handle was operated by depressing the thumb button and moving the handle to the desired flap setting. By releasing the thumb button, the handle could be locked to provide 0, 20, 30, and 40-degree flap positions. The flaps could be lowered or raised during normal flying whenever the airspeed was less than 100 mph. The wing flaps could supply considerable lift and drag.

For takeoff, the flaps could be selected to the 0-degree (flaps up), or 20-degree (first notch), positions.

During the wreckage examination, the wing flap handle was found to be in the 20-degree (first notch) position, which according to the Cessna 180 Owner's Manual, would shorten the takeoff distance to clear a 50 foot obstacle as a result of slower forward speeds, even though the use of wing flaps would lessen the rate of climb. The use of 30 or 40 degrees of wing flaps was not recommended at any time for takeoff.

The manual also stated to "REMEMBER" that you "Don't under marginal conditions, leave wing flaps on long enough that you are losing both climb and airspeed. Don't raise wing flaps with airspeed below "Flaps Up stalling speed" and "Do slowly release the wing flaps as soon as you reasonably can after take-off, preferably 50 feet or more over terrain or obstacles."





NTSB Identification: ERA14FA417 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 2014 in North Hampton, NH
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N6510A
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 1, 2014, about 1050 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 180, N6510A, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and terrain after a loss of control during initial climb at Hampton Airfield (7B3), North Hampton, New Hampshire. The airline transport rated pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, destined for a private airport in Kingston, New Hampshire.

According to witness statements and video images, the takeoff occurred on runway 02 which was a 2,100 foot long by 170 foot wide turf covered runway. Comparison of the video footage to known landmarks on the airport indicated that after a ground run of approximately 890 feet the airplane lifted off, and the airplane angle of attack began to increase. Approximately 320 feet later its angle of attack was still increasing though its altitude was higher than a group of trees that were approximately 75 feet high located adjacent to the west side of the runway. Moments later the airplane rolled and yawed to the left, the angle of attack decreased through a level flight attitude, to a steep nose down attitude, and the airplane went out of view behind some trees. The sound of impact was then heard.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane struck trees in a nose low, left wing down attitude, and then impacted the ground in a 42 degree nose low attitude, on an approximate magnetic heading of 220 degrees, before coming to rest. The smell of fuel was present, and multiple branches and broken tree limbs displayed evidence of propeller strike marks.

Examination of the airplane and engine revealed no evidence of any preimpact failure or malfunction of the airplane or engine.

The fuselage was broken and bent in several places. The wings displayed crush and compression damage, were detached from their mounting locations, and approximately two feet of the outboard left wing was separated.

Flight control continuity was established from the flight controls to the cockpit, and the throttle control, mixture control, propeller control, and carburetor heat, were full in. The flap handle was in the 10-degree detent. The pilot seats' tracks showed evidence of pullout and cracking which was indicative of the pilot seats being in the locked position during the impact.

The propeller displayed evidence of S-bending and chordwise scratching. Drivetrain continuity was established from the front of the engine to the accessory pad on the back of the engine, and oil was present in the galleries and rocker boxes. Both magnetos produced spark and the upper spark plug electrodes appeared normal and light gray in color. Thumb compression was established on all cylinders, and fuel was present in the carburetor float bowl.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi engine land, with commercial privileges for airplane single-engine land, airplane single-engine sea, and type ratings for the B-707, B-720, and B-727. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on April 11, 2013.

According to FAA and airplane maintenance records, the accident airplane was manufactured in 1956. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on June 6, 2014. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued approximately 3,225 total hours of operation.


KINGSTON, NH: Bruce Anderson, 66, of Kingston, N.H., died Monday in North Hampton, N.H. He was the son of the late Fredrick and Annette Anderson, and brother of the late Nancy Anderson. He is survived by a sister, Barbara Morrison Watts; nieces, Diane Page and Linda Nixon; nephews, Glenn Morrison and Steven Riel; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and six great-great-nieces and gret-great-nephews. 

 Born in Haverhill, Mass., Bruce was a 1966 graduate of Haverhill High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Salem State College. Bruce was proprietor of Sunrise Tree Service.

With Bruce’s passing, Kingston has lost one of its most active, versatile, and dedicated citizens -- a good neighbor, friend and businessman, devoted to people, animals, nature, and history.

Bruce was active in the Kingston Lake Association (KLA), served as a Lake Host at the town landing, and ran the KLA's annual canoe and kayak regatta in August, with his trademark zest and wisecracks, as well as his dedication and sense of community spirit. As a member of Friends of Kingston Open Spaces (FOKOS), he helped the town acquire lands to protect the watershed quality and the rural nature of the town. With the Friends of the Church on the Plains, he worked to get the steeple roof repaired, gave his time to keeping up the grounds, and advocated for "the Pearl of the Plains" in town affairs.

An avid musician, singer and thespian, Bruce sang in many Christmas and spring concerts in that Church, with Voices of Distinction. In the 1990s, he was a stalwart member of the Encore Theatre Group, which performed in the town hall. He was memorable in many comic roles, notably starring in "Moon over Buffalo." His dramatic gifts were also appreciated in performances at the Newburyport Fire House Theater, where he performed in "Random Acts" (short plays written, cast, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours) and in offerings of new plays by area writers.

In the early 2000s, Bruce studied for and passed the exam to become a Licensed Arborist, bringing a new level of expertise to his longtime tree service. He always loved trees and the woods, and knew how to connect to his customers too. He trained many young men to be both skilled and responsible employees. His love of the outdoors could be seen in his hiking, skiing, kayaking, fishing, motorcycling, and boating. Bruce always sought the adventure. He and Sadie are enjoying adventures together again.

A Celebration of Bruce’s Life will be held at 3 p.m., on Sunday, September 14, at Kingston Congregational Church, 6 Church St., Kingston, NH 03848. There will be a potluck reception following the celebration. Guests are invited to bring a favorite dish. All are invited to bring photos to share. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to The Friends of the Church on the Plains, www.churchontheplains.org/contact.html.


David E. Ingalls
Born in Plainfield, NJ on Apr. 24, 1937 
Departed on Sep. 1, 2014 and resided in Kingston, NH. 
Celebration of life: Saturday, Sep. 13, 2014 1:00 pm 
Cemetery: Greenwood Cemetery 

David (Dave) Ingalls
April 24, 1937 – September 1, 2014

David Edmond Ingalls was born to Edmond and Lita (Snell) Ingalls in Plainfield, New Jersey on April 24, 1937. He had an older brother Robert.

Dave came to Kingston with his family in 1948. He attended Bakie Elementary School and graduated from Sanborn Seminary in 1955. He graduated in 1959 from UNH. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the ROTC program. He joined the United States Army in 1960 until 1963. He completed Army flight school and flew observation airplanes such as the Bird Dog and the Beaver. After the Berlin Wall went up, he was transferred from Colorado Springs to Germany. In 1963, he joined the NH Air National Guard and successfully completed Air Force pilot training, flying the T37 and T38. He flew the C97 for the NH and California Air National Guards. Dave completed resupply missions to Vietnam during the war. He joined Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1965 and flew domestic and international flights in the Constellation, Boeing 727 and 707. He earned the TWA Award of Excellence and AOPA Superior Airmanship Award for the successful gear up landing at Chicago O'Hara airport on August 27, 1988. He finished his 27 year career with TWA as a Captain and check airman in 1992. One of his last flights was to Germany; he was there when the Berlin Wall came down. A piece of the wall sits on his fireplace mantel.

Dave came back to Kingston with his wife, Muriel in 1970 when they purchased Pine Acres on Main Street. Dave served faithfully to the community in many capacities. He joined the Kingston Conservation Commission and served as the forest project manager for many years. Under his leadership, the town established five forests with over 250 acres. He was instrumental in organizing the walking trails in the Valley Lane Forest off Hunt Road. The KCC has earned two forest awards for excellent forest management practices. One is from The Southeast Land Trust, and the other is the John Hoar Award from the Rockingham County Woodland Owner's Association. Dave and Muriel were instrumental in starting the Kingston Lake Association, Inc. Dave was on the Board of Trustees for the Sanborn Seminary, he served as secretary for many years. Dave was a member of the UNH Cooperative Extension. Dave was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Kingston where he served as deacon and trustee many times. Dave was a faithful and enthusiastic member of the Kingston community. The 2014 town report was dedicated to him for his many contributions and years of service to the community. He is survived by his beloved wife Muriel (Abbott) of 45 years, his son Jonathan and his daughter Elizabeth, Jon's wife Barbara (Tupper) and their three children; Kevin, Diane and Scott. His daughter Elizabeth just returned from a year long assignment in Afghanistan. He is also survived by his brother Robert and his wife Beverly (Robinson) and their four children, Douglas, Kim, Joseph, and Stephen and their wives and children. Other survivors include many cousins in northern New York, his mother in law, uncle in law, several sisters and brothers in laws and other extended family. He was loved by all and will be so greatly missed.

Dave's interment with military honors will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM at the Greenwood Cemetery on North Road in Kingston, NH followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 at the First Congregational Church on Church Street in Kingston. The community is welcome at all services. There will be a reception with refreshments at the Rent Memorial Fellowship Hall following the Celebration of Life Service. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Pastoral Care Fund of the First Congregational Church. This fund helps local families who need assistance during difficult times. It was one of Dave's favorite ways to give.

NORTH HAMPTON — Two men who were killed in a Cessna 180 plane crash at Hampton Airfield late Monday morning were identified as residents of Kingston by local officials.

 The men were pilot David Ingalls and his passenger, Bruce Anderson.

The plane crashed into a stand of trees shortly after takeoff at approximately 10:50 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

North Hampton Fire Chief Dennis Cote said the plane had landed to refuel and was departing when it “had some sort of issue” before the crash. Cote said an operations manager for the airfield located on Lafayette Road (Route 1) told him the crashed plane was not associated with the airfield or with an employee and guest appreciation barbecue that was being held at the time of the crash.

The FAA said it will conduct an investigation along with the National Transportation Safety Board. Cote said State Police, his department and North Hampton Police are assisting.

Hampton Airfield is home to the Airfield Cafe, a popular restaurant where customers watch airplanes while eating.

Cote said 150 people were in the area of the crash when it occurred.

“Fortunately, the aircraft didn't hit any of them,” he said.

Bob Lamothe of Hampton said he witnessed the crash while eating in the cafe.

“It looked like it was a normal takeoff,” Lamothe said. “He was 50 to 60 feet off the ground when he pitched up. I could see he was losing speed. He looked to be going about 30-40 mph when he took a hard left and banked as if he was standing up on his wing tips. And then he just dropped out of the sky.”

Lamothe said he heard a sound that sounded like cracking and crashing.

“It sounded like an electric transformer exploding,” he said.

The plane was registered to Ingalls, of 100 Main St., Kingston, according to the FAA registry. A NTSB official provided the registration number for the plane.

Ingalls, 77, is a Kingston icon. The 2013 town report was dedicated to him for his more than 30 years as a member of the town's Conservation Commission and the work he did for land preservation. In the town report dedication, Ingalls was named a lifetime honorary member of the commission. He also served as a deacon of his church.

“He did an awful lot for the town and he will be missed,” said Selectman Peter Broderick, who confirmed Ingalls' death. “I know he was a pilot. He was just a tremendous man. I knew him pretty well and all I can say is what a tragic thing this accident is. I don't know what to say other than that.”

“He used to auction off a plane ride each year at Kingston Days,” said resident Roxanne Moore. “He and his wife, Muriel, have done tons for this town.”

Kingston attorney Rick Russman was a friend of Ingalls. Together they worked on the Friends of Kingston Open Space group dedicated to land preservation.

Russman called Ingalls an experienced pilot.

“He began flying in the service, I believe,” Russman said. “He flew for TWA for many years on commercial and international flights. In fact, one year he was TWA's pilot of the year after he landed a plane at O'Hare airport safely when the landing gear did not drop down. He was a very skilled pilot.”

Russman said Ingalls' son was also a pilot.

The town report dedication said Ingalls was “instrumental in the protection of more than 2,000 acres of property through the (Land Conservation Investment Program), private donation, and conservation easements transferred to various agencies. His work with the commission has involved site walks, enforcement procedures, plan reviews, collaboration with the local FOKOS group and the state Department of Environmental Services, and many hours of training. He has served on the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service and has used his expertise as a pilot to perform aerial property inspections. His contribution has been invaluable, and he has helped to advise and inform each new commission member of the responsibilities and duties inherent in stewardship of the town's natural resources.”

Anderson was Ingalls' passenger, according to Kingston resident Ken Weyler, who serves as a state representative. He said Anderson owned a tree service and had just retired.

Weyler, also a pilot, said Ingalls was very experienced. He speculated that some type of engine failure — possibly bad fuel — may have caused the crash.

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. — A New Hampshire airfield was in shock and mourning today after a local pilot with ties to the airport lost control of his small Cessna on takeoff, killing himself and a passenger.

“It’s just a very, very sad thing to see…we’ve never had anything of this magnitude happen here,” said Dana Thurston, 46, a veteran pilot with a plane at the North Hampton, N.H. airfield. “We are just going to reconvene as pilots and support each other because it’s going to be a day of mourning.”

Police, FAA investigators and a medical examiner are combing through the wreckage of the white and orange striped aircraft, which lies 50 yards from the small airstrip.

North Hampton Fire Chief Dennis Cote said the two male victims, both in their mid 60, died immediately upon impact.

“There was no suffering whatsoever. It was instantaneous,” he said.

Cote said that although the plane had just refueled there was no fire in the crash because “both wings were clipped by trees” causing “a rapid discharge of fuel. It wasn’t able to spark anything.”

The chief said that he was waiting for police to officially release the names of the victims, who had stopped at the airfield to refuel and pick up a passenger.

“I’m not sure what their intent was — if they were just going up for a ride,” he said.

Officials from the FAA and inspectors from NH Aeronautics were at the scene and will reconvene early tomorrow morning, when investigators from NTSB will arrive, the chief said.

Thurston said he knew the pilot who was killed, but not the passenger, noting that the pilot sometimes stored his plane here and at another private airfield elsewhere in New Hampshire.

“He’s a very experienced pilot. I know he was here this morning just to get gas. He was probably going to go home to his home field, which is a smaller, much more difficult field to navigate than this. This field is very safe…it’s a hundred feet wide, a very wide field and it’s long and in very good condition. I would say the field itself did not have anything to do with the crash,” he said.

Thurston, a commercial truck driver from Stratham who has been flying a plane for 20 years, said he did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash, noting there could be “30 different theories,” but said that the plane was in a vertical position when it appeared its wing stalled and lurched violently to the left.

“Unfortunately, the situation was that it stalled to one side and that it nosed down very violently. If you had enough room to recover, it would have been able to recover very easily from a stall like this,” he said. “But unfortunately, when you only have a couple hundred feet, it’s going to go into the ground…there’s 30 different things that could have gone wrong.”

Thurston described it as a “really, really unfortunate accident. Everyone here is in absolute state of shock and mourning. This will be a tough day for everybody…he was a super nice guy and a good pilot.”

The tragic accident occurred during the airfield’s annual Labor Day Lobsterbake event, which draws spectators to the 68-year-old airfield’s small cafe to watch pilots doing spot landings and a “flour bomb drop,” in which local pilots test their skills by dropping two-pound paper bags of flour onto targets from the air,

“This is usually one of our favorite days of the year. It’s our end-of-year celebration,” Thurston said.

The pilot that was killed and his passenger were not here for the Lobsterbake but simply had stopped off to get gas, he said. The festivities were cancelled.

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. —Two people were killed when a small plane crashed at the Hampton Airfield around 11 a.m. Monday. 

 Witnesses said the plane was taking off when it appeared to stall and crash into some trees. They said the plane went into an abnormally vertical position then veered left and dropped into a stand of trees.

"It looked like a really nice takeoff, the plane was level and he was getting good altitude," said Bob Lamothe. "And then all of a sudden the plane pitched up and went very severely into the sky and you could see as he was going he was losing altitude."

Onlookers rushed to save the two people trapped inside the plane, but were not able to. 


The Cessna 180 airplane came to the airfield for fuel during an annual event where pilots test their skills. The pilot was apparently not taking part in the event, but just stopped at the airfield for gas. All events were cancelled for the day.

The National Transportation Safety Board said they were responding to the scene to begin an investigation into what caused the crash.

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N228LL: Fatal accident occurred August 31, 2014 in Erie, Colorado

NTSB Identification: CEN14FA467
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Erie, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/10/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 46 350P, registration: N228LL
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot was inbound to the airport, attempting to conduct a straight-in approach to runway 33. Due to the prevailing wind, traffic flow at the time of the pilot's arrival was on runway 15. Another airplane was departing the airport in the opposite direction and crossed in close proximity to the accident airplane. The departing traffic altered his course to the right to avoid the accident airplane while the accident airplane stayed on his final approach course. The two aircraft were in radio communication on the airport common traffic advisory frequency and were exercising see-and-avoid rules as required.

Witnesses reported that as the airplane continued down runway 33 for landing, they heard the power increase and observed the airplane make a left-hand turn to depart the runway in an attempted go-around. The airplane entered a left bank with a nose-high attitude, failed to gain altitude, and subsequently stalled and impacted terrain. It is likely the pilot did not maintain the necessary airspeed during the attempted go-around and exceeded the airplane's critical angle of attack. The investigation did not reveal why the pilot chose to conduct the approach with opposing traffic or why he attempted a landing with a tailwind, but this likely increased the pilot's workload during a critical phase of flight. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and exceedance of the critical angle of attack during a go-around with a tailwind condition, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. A contributing factor to the accident was the pilot's decision to continue the approach with opposing traffic.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On August 31, 2014 about 1150 mountain daylight time, a Piper Malibu PA-46-350P airplane, N228LL, was substantially damaged when the airplane impacted terrain near the Erie Municipal Airport (EIK), Erie, Colorado. The airplane was owned by The Real Estate School, LLC, Erie, Colorado and privately operated. The private pilot and four passengers on board were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado.

Multiple witnesses located at and around EIK saw the accident airplane on final approach to runway 33 while another airplane was departing runway 15. Witnesses stated the two airplanes crossed in "close proximity." The airplane continued down runway 33 and they heard an increase in engine power "as if to go-around." A witness in the fixed-base operator's building described the airplane as being at a low altitude with full power, in a left bank with a nose-high attitude. Witnesses said it appeared the "airplane did not want to fly, it appeared to be in a stall," and "it did not accelerate or climb." The airplane continued in a "rapid descent" until impacting the terrain.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot, age 67, held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane ratings. A third-class airman medical certificate was issued on June 30, 2014, with the limitation: must wear corrective lenses. The pilot reported on his most recent medical certificate application that he had accumulated 1,300 total flight hours, with 60 hours in the previous 6 months. The pilot's logbook was not located during the investigation.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The airplane, manufactured in 1994, was a six-seat, low-wing, retractable-gear airplane, serial number 4622164, and was powered by a Lycoming Engines TIO-540 engine, rated at 350 horsepower. The engine drove a metal, 2-blade Hartzell HC-I2YR-1BF/F80 variable pitch propeller.

According to the airplane's logbooks, the most recent annual inspection was accomplished on December 4, 2013, at a Hobbs time of 2,808.8 hours. According to the airplane tachometer, the airframe's total time was 2,910.7 hours at the time of the accident.

Additionally, the airplane was equipped with two fuel tanks, which hold 61 gallons per tank, of which; 1 gallon is unusable for each tank. Refueling records obtained from a fuel vendor revealed that the airplane had been most recently refueled the morning of August 31, 2014, with 12.98 gallons of 100 low lead aviation fuel at their location at EIK. Additional fuel receipts from EIK were obtained, which showed that the airplane was refueled on August 15, 2014 with 73.54 gallons, on July 18, 2014 with 39.01 gallons, and on July 13, 2014 with 67.24 gallons.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

The closest official weather observation station is located at EIK. At 1135, an automated weather observation system (AWOS) reported wind from 160 degrees at 6 knots; visibility 10 miles; temperature 21 degrees Celsius (C); dew point 10 degrees C; and an altimeter reading of 29.95 inches of mercury.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Erie Municipal Airport is a non-towered airport operating in Class-G airspace underneath of Class-B airspace. The airport is equipped with one runway. Runway 15/33 is 4,700 feet in length and 60-feet wide. The reported field elevation of the airport is 5,119 feet mean sea level.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The aircraft impacted the edge of a culvert about 350 yards west of runway 33 at EIK. The initial impact point to the main wreckage was about 180 feet at a 300-degree heading. Several components of the aircraft; including the radar pod, forward baggage door and vertical stabilator with attached rudder surface, were located within the debris field west of the initial impact site. The main wreckage came to rest inverted, on a heading of approximately 158 degrees. 

The fuselage sustained crushing damage to its belly skins along most of its entire length. The engine and baggage compartment were partially separated from the forward fuselage pressure bulkhead assembly. The tail section completely separated from the aft section of the fuselage at the rear pressure bulkhead assembly but remained attached to the fuselage by control surface cables. 

The external fuselage skins exhibited wrinkling and creasing along both sides. The roof section was partially crushed inward near the right forward side window and emergency exit window. The emergency window was pushed inboard and partially separated from the window frame. The rear fuselage, in the area of the rear bulkhead section where the tail section separated, sustained extensive impact damage.

The main cabin area of the fuselage remained mostly intact. All six seats remained attached to the floor. Some of the seat bottom cushions were reportedly removed by first responders.

Continuity of the forward control cables was established. The primary aileron cables remained attached to both of their respective aileron quadrant assemblies. Both elevator control cables remained attached to their respective quadrant sectors. Both rudder cables remained attached to their respective rudder quadrant sector.

The fuel selector valve found to be in the "off" position. The cockpit fuel valve lever was also found in the "off" position. First responders reported to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that the fuel selector valve was placed into the "off" position during rescue activities.

The fuel gascolator bowl assembly was upside down when it was disassembled. The upper bowl housing exhibited a trace amount of fuel. The bowl did not contain any fuel, and was free of contaminates. The fuel filter assembly exhibited minor particles, but was otherwise mostly free of contamination. No evidence of any water contamination was observed.

The left wing remained attached to the fuselage. The wing sustained ground impact damage. Both the flap and aileron surfaces remained attached to the wing. The aileron cable assemblies remained attached to the aileron quadrant drive sector at the aileron surface. The flap actuator assembly was observed in the retracted position. The pushrod remained attached to the flap surface bellcrank assembly. The landing gear was observed in the retracted position.

The right wing remained attached to the fuselage although it was broken at the main spar. The wing sustained ground impact damage but was otherwise mostly intact. The wing exhibited a downward bow and was partially separated about 5 feet outboard of the fuselage. Both the flap and aileron surfaces remained attached to the wing. The aileron cable assemblies remained attached to the aileron quadrant drive sector at the aileron surface. The flap actuator assembly was observed in the retracted position. The flap interconnect pushrod separated at the flap drive idler arm assembly due to impact. The landing gear was observed in the retracted position.

The rear fuselage section sustained some ground impact damage and remained mostly intact up to the rear pressure bulkhead assembly. The horizontal tail section separated from the rear fuselage at the rear bulkhead and remained attached to the fuselage by control surface cables. The vertical surface, with attached rudder surface, separated from the rear fuselage and was located in the debris path near the initial ground impact area.

Visual continuity of the tail surface control cables was established. Both elevator control cables remained attached to the elevator sector assembly.

The rudder surface torque tube assembly separated where it attaches to the rudder sector control. The rudder sector control sustained impact damage and both rudder control cables remained attached to the rudder sector control.

One propeller blade was broken off mid span, with chord wise polishing and some lengthwise scratches. The second blade was relatively straight with leading edge and chord wise polishing. 

The engine was removed from the airframe and subsequently examined at the recovery facility. The examination of the engine revealed the sparkplugs appeared "worn out-normal" as compared to the Champion Aviation Check-a-Plug Chart AV-27. Both magnetos were rotated by hand and produced spark at all leads. The crankshaft was rotated by hand and compression was established at all cylinders. Engine drive train continuity was established throughout the engine crankcase. The cylinders were borescope inspected and no anomalies were noted. The oil pickup screen, oil filter and propeller governor screen were all found free of debris. The intake plenum was found crushed upward and cracked open. The left turbo charger was free to rotate but stiff; impact damage was noted. The right turbo charger was also free to rotate. The exhaust tubes were found crushed upwards. 

Fuel was noted in the fuel servo, lines, and flow divider. The flow divider diaphragm was found intact. The fuel injectors were found clear. Fuel was discharged from the engine driven fuel pump when rotated by hand.

No evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunction that would have precluded normal operation of the airframe or engine was found.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

A post mortem examination was conducted under the authority of the Office of the Coroner, Weld County, Colorado on September 1, 2014. The cause of death for the pilot was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Civil Aeromedical Institute performed toxicology examinations for the pilot which was negative for carbon monoxide, alcohol and drugs.

TESTS AND RESEARCH

The annunciator panel from the accident aircraft was removed by the NTSB Investigator-in-Charge (IIC) and sent to the NTSB Materials Laboratory, Washington, DC., to be examined for the presence of any stretched light bulb filaments. Stretched light bulb filaments are indicators the light bulb was illuminated at the time of the accident. Each annunciator light was x-rayed to determine the status of the two bulbs inside. No stretched filaments were found in any of the annunciator lights.

Additionally, an Apple iPad tablet computer was located within the wreckage. The tablet was subsequently sent to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Division, Washington, DC. for further examination.

An exterior examination revealed the device had sustained extensive structural damage. The internal board was removed from the damaged device and installed in a surrogate iPad. The device was successfully powered on. However, the unit was protected by a 4-digit passcode and after possible passcodes were unsuccessfully tried, the device reported "iPad is disabled." No further recovery attempts were made.

For further information, see the Personal Electronic Device Report within the public docket for this accident.

OTHER INFORMATION

The NTSB's air traffic control (ATC) investigator reviewed radar data provided by the 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron (RADES) located at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The radar data was recorded from the Denver ASR-9 (DEN).

There were no audio re-recordings available for this accident. According to radar data and witness statements, moments before the accident N228LL was on approach to runway 33 at EIK and passed in close proximity to N573MS who had departed runway 15 (opposite direction) at EIK. According to witness statements, the pilots of both aircraft were transmitting on the local common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) which was not recorded (see witness statements in the public docket). Both aircraft were operating under visual flight rules (VFR) in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) and were not in communication with ATC while operating within class G airspace at an airport without an operating control tower.

Radar data indicated that the accident aircraft was inbound to runway 33 and was flying an approximately straight course to the runway with no observed significant deviations from that inbound heading. Radar data indicated that N573MS departed runway 15 at EIK and shortly after becoming airborne, made an abrupt deviation to the west (to the pilot's right).

According to radar data, the closest proximity between N228LL and N573MS occurred when the aircraft were separated by approximately 0.12 nautical miles (729 feet) laterally, and 200 feet vertically (and increasing). The flight track of N228LL indicated nothing out of the ordinary after passing N573MS, and it continued to approach EIK on course for runway 33 at a normal rate of descent. Witness statements indicated that N228LL appeared to be going around, however the aircraft never reached an altitude high enough for radar coverage and therefore any attempt at a go around was unable to be corroborated via recorded radar data.

According to the Piper Malibu Pilot's Operating Handbook, Section 4.33 Go-Around under Normal Procedures, states:


"To initiate a go-around from a landing approach, the mixture should be set to full RICH, the propeller control should be at full INCREASE, and the throttle should be advanced to full power while the pitch attitude is increased to obtain the balked landing speed of 80 knots-indicated airspeed (KIAS). Retract the landing gear and slowly retract the flaps when a positive climb is established. Allow the airplane to accelerate to the best angle of climb speed (81 KIAS) for obstacle clearance or to the best rate of climb speed (110 KIAS) if obstacles are not a factor. Reset the longitudinal trim as required."

REAL ESTATE SCHOOL LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N228LL

NTSB Identification: CEN14FA467
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Erie, CO
Aircraft: PIPER PA 46 350P, registration: N228LL
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 31, 2014 about 1150 mountain daylight time, a Piper Malibu PA-46, N228LL, was substantially damaged when the airplane impacted terrain near Erie Municipal Airport (EIK), Erie. The airplane was owned and operated by The Real Estate School, LLC, Erie, Colorado. The private pilot and four passengers on board were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In statements provided to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator-In-Charge (IIC), witnesses saw the accident airplane on final approach to runway 33 while another airplane was departing runway 15. Witnesses stated the two airplanes crossed in "close proximity." The airplane continued down runway 33 and power was applied "as if to go-around." A witness in the fixed-base operator's building described the airplane at low altitude with full power, in a left bank with a nose-high attitude. Witnesses said it appeared the "airplane did not want to fly, it appeared to be in a stall," and "it did not accelerate or climb." The airplane continued in a "rapid descent" until impacting terrain.

At 1135, the EIK automated weather reporting facility reported wind from 160 degrees at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, temperature 21 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 10 degrees C, and an altimeter reading of 29.95 inches of mercury.

The main wreckage contained all primary structural components and flight control surfaces. The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.


Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03 

Any witnesses should email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



A preliminary report released today by the National Transportation Safety Board doesn't identify the cause of last month's fatal airplane crash in Erie, but confirms that investigators believe the aircraft went down after coming in "close proximity" to another plane. 

The Weld County Coroner's Office identified those killed in the Aug. 31 crash as Oliver Frascona, 67, Tori Rains-Wedan, 41, and her three children, Mason Wedan, 15, and twin brothers Austin and Hunter Wedan, 11. A dog also died in the crash.

According to the NTSB report, witnesses saw the Piper PA 46, piloted by Frascona, on final approach to Erie Municipal Airport's Runway 33 while another airplane was departing from Runway 15. Witnesses told NTSB investigators the two airplanes crossed in "close proximity."

After the two planes came close to each other, the Piper PA 46 continued down Runway 33, heading northwest, and the pilot applied power in an aborted landing maneuver, according to the NTSB report.

"A witness in the fixed-base operator's building described the airplane at low altitude with full power, in a left bank with a nose-high attitude," according to the report. "Witnesses said it appeared the 'airplane did not want to fly, it appeared to be in a stall,' and 'it did not accelerate or climb.' The airplane continued in a 'rapid descent' until impacting terrain" northwest of the airport.

According to the report, no flight plan had been filed for the plane and the aircraft's wreckage was retained by investigators for further study. The weather was recorded 15 minutes before the estimated crash time, and reports showed light winds from the south-southeast. Visibility was 10 miles and the temperature was 69.8 degrees.

A disclaimer included in the report said information about the crash is subject to change and any errors will be corrected in the NTSB's final report.


The NTSB continues to investigate the crash.


- Source:  http://www.coloradohometownweekly.com

 
Oliver E. Frascona, Esq. 



Boulder attorney Oliver Frascona remembered as a 'once in a blue moon' man 

Noted Boulder real estate attorney Oliver Frascona was remembered fondly Tuesday, particularly by real estate leaders such as Chris Mygatt, who called him a "once-in-a-blue-moon kind of guy" with a "heart as big as the great state of Colorado."

Frascona, along with his girlfriend Tori Rains-Wedan and her three children, was killed Sunday when the Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage plane he was flying crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport. Frascona was 67.

Rains-Wedan, 41, was the owner of Educated Minds, which offers continuing education classes to real estate brokers. The children killed in the crash were identified as 15-year-old Mason Wedan and 11-year-old twins Austin and Hunter Wedan.

"Oliver was a brilliant legal strategist, and a highly sought-after speaker on real estate and agency law," his firm, Frascona, Joiner, Goodman and Greenstein PC, said in a statement posted on its website.

Frascona traveled the state and the country teaching seminars on real estate, said Mygatt, president of Coldwell Banker Colorado. Frascona had a talent for making continuing education classes for brokers on even the driest topics interesting, Mygatt said.

"He touched thousands of real estate agents in Colorado and across the country," Mygatt said.

Frascona was also a driving force behind the quality of Colorado's real estate contracts, which are highly regarded in the industry as some of the most comprehensive in the country, Mygatt said.

Aviation was Frascona's other passion, Mygatt said.

"There is a void now in both the real estate and aviation worlds," Mygatt said.

"To his many friends and clients, he was fiercely dedicated and loyal. To the many thousands in Colorado and throughout our nation who came to seminars to hear him speak, he was unforgettable," said Frascona's firm's statement.

"Just as he taught us, we will carry on his tradition of excellence."


- Source:  http://www.bizjournals.com


ERIE, Colo. - Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that killed five poeple in Erie. Meanwhile, the victims were identified by the coroner.

The pilot, Oliver Frascona, was a well-known real estate attorney. Frascona lived in Erie's Airpark neighborhood.

Also on board were Frascona's girlfriend, 41-year-old Tori Rains-Wedan, and her three children. Mason Wedan was 15 years old. His 11-year-old twin brothers, Austin and Hunter, were also killed.

The Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage plane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport, a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, according to the NTSB.

"It (the wreckage) will be transported today to a secure facility in Greeley Colorado where we will continue to investigate both the airframe and the engine," said Air Safety Investigator NTSB Courtney Leidler.

It appears the plane was attempting to land at the time of the crash, according to police.

While she said the aircraft was on approach, Leidler also said, "The landing gear was stowed at the time of the accident."

"He [Oliver] had become a very accomplished pilot in his airplane," neighbor Scott Deluise said. "I was very surprised that this happened. What's heartbreaking is his family was on board as well."

"There was dust, there was no smoke, there wasn't an explosion, there wasn't no fire, in fact, it was just eerily quiet," said witness Kate Sheppard. "The sound of the plane hitting the ground was really awful."

- Source:  http://www.thedenverchannel.com