Thursday, May 28, 2015

Aero Vodochody L-39C, N6175C, Momentum Foundation Inc: Accident occurred May 28, 2015 in Grand Junction, Colorado

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office - Salt Lake City, Utah  FSDO-07

Momentum Foundation Inc:

NTSB Identification: GAA15CA096
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Grand Junction, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2015
Aircraft: AERO VODOCHODY L39, registration: N6175C
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, while flying over a river at an altitude of about 100 feet above water and ground level, at 250 knots, the airplane impacted unmarked power line wires that spanned the river. The power line wires are clearly identified on the Visual Flight Rules Sectional Aeronautical Chart. The pilot immediately established a climb and returned to the airport without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose, left wing, and vertical stabilizer. 

The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate preflight planning and subsequent failure to remain clear of power line wires while maneuvering at low altitude.

Grumman AA-5B Tiger, N28314: Incident occurred May 28, 2015 in Bardstown, Nelson/Washington County line, Kentucky

Date: 28-MAY-15 
Time: 16:55:00Z
Regis#: N28314
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: AA5
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA FSDO: FAA Louisville FSDO-17
State: Kentucky


BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WLKY) —A Chester, South Carolina, man who bought a plane in Indiana was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday on a Kentucky highway Thursday.

Robert Kinion, 57, said he had just bought the Grumman American AA-5B Tiger, and was heading home when the plane started to have engine trouble. Kinion said he tried to take the plane higher, but it would not gain altitude.

He called Kentucky State Police for help and asked for the nearest airport.

Kinion said he couldn't make it that far, so he looked for another place to land.

The Bluegrass Parkway was too busy, so Kinion landed on Highway 555 just north of the Bluegrass Parkway in Washington County, Kentucky.

Kinion said there were two cars on the road when he landed and he thought he might hit them, so he circled, then lost altitude. As he landed, Kinion said he almost hit one car, but it pulled over.


(WHAS 11)—KSP are on the scene of an aircraft making emergency landing on Highway 555 at the Nelson/Washington County line.

The small aircraft signaled they were in distress then landed 15 mile east of Bardstown.

The plane made an emergency landing and the pilot is out of the plane and okay.

There are no injuries, no damage, and no crash.

KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory tells WHAS that a wrecker has been called to take the plane to the airport to figure out what went wrong.


MIT flight being investigated

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the flight of the noisy, low-flying aircraft that passed over area towns Tuesday, May 19.

The plane, a Gulfstream II private jet, was flying a 33-minute "data collection mission" out of the MIT Lincoln Lab's hangar on the Hanscom Air Force Base, said lab spokesperson David Granchelli. It was flying at 1,000 feet above Mean Sea Level, he said in an email, adding, "with rising terrain the above ground level could be less than 1000ft."

According to FAA regulations, pilots generally cannot fly within 1,000 feet of the tallest object in an area.

A flight path report, which MIT confirmed is accurate, appears to show the aircraft flew in circles around the area, crossing six or seven times over communities.

Arlington's Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine said it is protocol for Hanscom officials to notify towns before low-flying plane events. 

The mission was "associated with a [Department of Defense] program" and therefore a plan for it was not given to officials in surrounding communities, Granchelli said. "The FAA and the pilots did not deem this a safety risk."

According to the a statement from the lab, weather was to blame for the unusually low flight.

"The weather made it difficult for the aircraft to achieve an altitude higher than 1,000 ft in the traffic pattern," the statement reads. "Typically, the Laboratory’s aircraft fly at higher altitudes to minimize noise disturbances, but because of the importance of this data collection to the program it supports, the decision was made to conduct the mission. Lincoln Laboratory, a federal R&D Laboratory that develops technology for national security, would like to assure local communities that it will continue its longstanding policy to plan aircraft flights that avoid causing undue noise.”

An FAA spokesperson said the agency opened an investigation into the flight shortly after a number of reports from towns in the plane's flight path, which touched Lexington, Arlington and parts of other communities.

Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan said the number of complaints his department received about the planes was unusual, but said  residents shouldn't be concerned.

"Clearly the flight was authorized and this may just be a break in communications," Ryan said.