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Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Plainville, MA
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N5626D
Injuries: 3 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 June 28, 2015, at 1745 eastern daylight time, a Beech A36, registration N5626D, was destroyed when it impacted a residence and terrain following a total loss of engine power near Plainville, Massachusetts. The commercial pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was consumed by post-crash fire. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated at Lancaster Airport (LNS), Lancaster, Pennsylvania about 1612, and was destined for Norwood Memorial Airport (OWD), Norwood, Massachusetts. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
Review of preliminary radar and voice communication data from the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the flight was preparing to conduct an instrument approach procedure for landing at OWD. The flight was about 15 miles from OWD at an altitude of 3,300 feet mean sea level when the pilot declared an emergency to air traffic control, stating that the airplane was experiencing an "engine problem." The pilot queried the controller about the nearest airport, and was given radar vectors. About 30 seconds later, the pilot advised that he was unable to maintain altitude, and subsequently stated, "we got a real bad vibration we're losing engine." The controller advised that there was a highway to the right of the airplane's position and about 2.5 miles away, to which the pilot responded, "we have no engine we're [in instrument meteorological conditions] I need help." The controller provided vectors toward the highway, which the pilot acknowledged. Shortly thereafter, the pilot stated, "we're gliding." At this time, radar data showed the airplane at an altitude about 1,450 feet. The last recorded radar return, about 40 seconds later, showed the airplane in a right hand turn at an altitude of about 700 feet and groundspeed of 66 knots, about 1/10 mile from the accident site.
Several witnesses reported hearing an airplane engine making noise and then stopping or going silent. They could not see the airplane due to the low cloud ceiling. One witness, who was located across the street from the accident site, described first hearing a "low moan buzzing sound" and when he looked up, observed the airplane over the trees at the rear of his property with its wings wagging back and forth. As it passed over his house, it was "wobbling" in a straight line. He then lost sight of it, and heard a "boom" seconds later. Another witness located adjacent to the accident scene described hearing what sounded like "a broken fan" before the airplane impacted the house.
The airplane impacted the corner of the roof and the backyard deck of a residence, and came to rest upright, parallel to and about 15 feet from the rear wall of the home, oriented on heading of 320 degrees. The airplane and much of the residence were consumed by post-crash fire.
Flight control continuity was established from the flight control surfaces to the cockpit area; the left rudder cable and the left aileron cable turnbuckle exhibited overload fractures. The right flap actuator was consistent with the right wing flap in the retracted position. The left flap actuator was consumed by fire. The landing gear and actuators were found in the extended position. First responders reported detecting a strong odor of fuel when they arrived on scene.
Preliminary examination of the engine revealed that the crankcase was breached over the #6 cylinder barrel. Two additional puncture holes were found in line with the #1 cylinder connecting rod, located between the left and right magnetos. The oil sump was fractured and partially melted away. Fragments consistent with bearing material, connecting rods, lifters and crankcase material were found in the oil sump and outside the engine crankcase. The engine was retained for further examination at a later date.
The 1735 recorded weather observation at KSFZ (8 miles southwest of the accident site) included: wind from 010 degrees at 9 knots; overcast sky at 800 feet above ground level; visibility 10 miles; temperature 14 degrees C; dew point 11 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.70 inches of mercury.
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Firefighters helped Aaron Rice, left, owner of the house at 25 Bridle Path in Plainville, remove some items from the house Monday. The Providence Canteen assisted firefighters at the scene, and they deserve your help, Betsy Shea-Taylor writes.
After a small plane crashed last Sunday into a Plainville home, setting it afire, first responders included a truck carrying food and water to support fire crews, police and others affected. The Special Signal Fire Association, or Providence Canteen, is a fixture at emergencies in the greater Attleboro area but may be unfamiliar to most residents.
It's always there to help, and can always use help. We'll touch on that later.
The crews of this volunteer corps, a 501(c), tax-exempt nonprofit, work with scant fanfare but the service is invaluable to firefighters and to victims awaiting Red Cross assistance. Dehydration, in particular, is a major concern for firefighters carrying heavy packs into danger and engulfed by heat.
Providence Canteen, which works out of facilities in Providence, has been around for 48 years, its genesis a two-man crew with a station wagon answering about 30 calls a year. The service of ferrying refreshment to fire scenes has grown into three trucks making about 550 runs a year throughout Rhode Island, into Southern Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut.
The canteen has volunteers on alert 24/7 and 365 days a year.
"I was a volunteer fireman at age 16," said Joseph Phillips, operations chief, in an interview just hours before he hit the road to the Plainville air crash that drew dozens of firefighters from several communities. (Three family members on the plane died; everyone in the house escaped.)
"My dedicated service is in my heart," said Phillips. "People sometimes say 'you get nothing out of it.' But you're giving back what you know without any reservation."
Phillips later joined the Providence Police Reserves, and then worked for 18 years as a police dispatcher. His background reflects those of many canteen volunteers; for instance, director is Paul O'Rourke, a Providence Police Department retiree, who has been a volunteer for 40 years.
The Providence Canteen responds not only to fires but also to floods, search and rescue operations, drills, haz-mat incidents and other crises.
It set up at Ground Zero at the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks, and served 2,500 people, said Phillips. It also helped after a Florida hurricane years ago and in Springfield, after tornadoes leveled homes.
The service relies on several retailers for items such as coolers, bread, water, meat and so on. The canteen frequently prepares chili and beef stew on its truck burners, as it did during its response to Plainville last Sunday.
The Providence Canteen has responded to crises in Norfolk and Bristol counties. When supplies run low, volunteers dig into their own pockets.
This is where you come in, as a business or as an individual: To support this important work, make out a check to the Special Signal Fire Association and mail it to SSFA, PO Box 25009, Providence RI 02905
Help those who stand ready to help you and your neighbors.
PLAINVILLE — The engine used in the aircraft that crashed into a Bridle Path house, killing the plane’s three occupants, was part of the same family of engines that suffered a series of crankshaft failures in 1999.
An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board probing the wreckage of Sunday’s crash reported finding a hole in the crankcase of the engine, although the NTSB has yet to assign a cause for the accident.
Dr. Joseph Kalister, the pilot; his wife, Betty; and their daughter, Nicole, were killed when their single-engine Beechcraft lost power and crashed into a house at 25 Bridle Path.
Just before the crash, Kalister radioed air traffic controllers that he was losing power, had a bad vibration and that he finally lost engine power.
Shortly after that, the plane crashed into the house about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, bursting into flames.
Four occupants of the dwelling, Aaron Rice; his wife, Carol; their two sons and family pets managed to escape unharmed.
The Kalister family was from Knoxville, Tenn., and was coming to Massachusetts to visit Northeastern University in Boston, where Nicole was enrolled as a freshman. The plane was bound for Norwood Municipal Airport, about 15 miles from the crash site.
According to FAA registration records, the aircraft was powered by a Continental IO 550 engine, a 280-horsepower, six-cylinder powerplant. The IO 55O is among a family of engines manufactured or rebuilt from 1998 to 2000 that was subject to an FAA emergency airworthiness directive because of metal defects in a connecting rod journal.
“This condition, if not corrected, could result in crankshaft connecting rod journal fracture, which could result in total engine power loss, in-flight engine failure and possible forced landing,” the 2000 FAA directive reads.
The FAA reported finding at least 13 cases of crankshaft failure beginning in late 1999.
The remedy called for by the FAA at the time was to take a core sample from the crankshaft propeller flange to check for defects and to replace any crankshaft that turned out to be unserviceable.
It is not clear when the engine in the Kalister plane was manufactured or whether it was among those subject to the inspection and repair directive.
Representatives of Teledyne Continental, the manufacturer, did not return a phone call from The Sun Chronicle Wednesday.
Local aircraft repair technicians were reluctant to speculate on the cause of the crash.
“There could be a thousand possibilities,” one mechanic said.
Aircraft maintenance expert Mike Busch of Savvy Aviator Inc. wrote on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s website that crankshafts usually fail because of one of three factors: early failure because of improper materials used in manufacture, failures due to the airplane’s prop striking a foreign object or oil starvation and/or bearing failure.
However, he wrote that catastrophic failures due to prop strikes have declined as the danger from such causes has become more recognized.
NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said it is too soon to speculate on what might have caused the aircraft to lose power, and that the engine will be sent to the manufacturer for inspection. The airplane’s maintenance and inspection records will also be looked at, he said.
“Since the investigation is still in the preliminary stage and the information provided is factual only, we tend not to elaborate on what impact these facts will have on the investigation,” Holloway wrote in an email. “Any additional information at this point from the NTSB would be speculative and we do not speculate but go where the facts lead.”
Tennessee doctor Joseph Richard Kalister his wife Betty.
Betty Kalister (left), Joseph Richard Kalister, and daughter Nicole Kalister (right) were killed in the crash in Plainville.
Joseph Richard Kalister his wife Betty.
Investigator Doug Brazy updates the media on the current state of the investigation of a Beech A36 Bonanza plane crash into a home on Bridle Path in Plainville Sunday killing all three family members on board.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator Doug Brazy gives the media an update on the Beech A36 Bonanza plane crash that killed 3 people on board in Plainville, Massachusetts.
June 30, 2015
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Investigator Doug Brazy gives an update on the crash of a Beech A36 Bonanza into a Plainville, Massachusetts home on June 28, 2015.
A Plainville fire lieutenant looks out of 25 Bridle Path in Plainville where a plane crashed into it Sunday.
Aaron Rice talks about the plane crashing into his house in Plainville.
Aaron Rice told reporters he and his wife and their two sons were home at the time of the crash.
Aaron Rice, owner of the house at 25 Bridle Path in Plainville, where a plane crashed on Sunday.
Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, Plainville Fire Chief Justin Alexander and Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan speak during a press conference Sunday night..