Monday, July 6, 2015

Piper PA-22-135, N8195C: Fatal accident occurred July 02, 2015 in Carey, Blaine County, Idaho

Neil “Spud” Wright MacNichol 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho
Piper Aircraft Corporation; Lakeland, Florida
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Neil W. MacNichol:

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 02, 2015 in Carey, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/09/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-135, registration: N8195C
Injuries: 1 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 commercial pilot stopped at an intermediate airport during a cross-country personal flight, and added 22 gallons of fuel to the airplane. The family reported the airplane overdue, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice (ALNOT). The wreckage was located the following day.

On site examination by FAA inspectors indicated that the airplane was intact when it hit the ground in a nose low attitude with a rotational component.

The toxicology report contained findings for ethanol detected in the lung, heart, and blood. N-propanol was detected in heart, lung, and blood. The report noted putrefaction. The NTSB's medical officer noted that ethanol is the type of alcohol present in beer, wine, and liquor, and can cause impairment at low doses. Generally, the rapid distribution of ethanol throughout the body after ingestion leads to similar levels in different tissues. A small amount of ethanol can be produced in tissues by microbial action post mortem, often in conjunction with other alcohols such as N-propanol, acetone, and methanol. With the information available, it was not possible to determine how much, if any, of the identified ethanol was from ingestion.

Examination of the wreckage revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airframe or engine.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
Undetermined because examination of the airplane wreckage did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


On July 2, 2015, at an undetermined time, a Piper PA22-135 airplane, N8195C, collided with terrain near Carey, Idaho. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight departed Malad City Airport (MLD), Malad City, Idaho, about 1105 mountain daylight time with a planned destination of Stanley, Idaho. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot originated the flight from the Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY), Moab, Utah; he then stopped at MLD, and added 22 gallons of fuel to the airplane.

A SPOT device, which is a handheld GPS tracking device that uses a satellite network enabling text messaging and GPS tracking services, was present on the airplane. Records from the satellite messaging provider contained four data points on July 2, including a test point at 0814:57 MDT was near CNY; a test point at 0959:11 about 23 nautical miles (nm) east of Ogden, Utah; a test point at 1046:14 was in the ramp area of MLD; and a final test point at 1214:36 about 13 nm southwest of the wreckage location.

An iPhone 5c that was found in the wreckage was examined. The pilot sent a text message at 1122:07 indicating his estimated time of arrival at Stanley would be 2 hours later. When the pilot did not arrive in Stanley when he was expected, the family reported the airplane overdue, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice at 1907. The Civil Air Patrol located the wreckage at 1018 on July 3.





The first identified point of contact was a principal impact crater (PIC) that was several feet in diameter with narrow ground scars extending in opposite directions from the center. The propeller was separated from the engine, and was partially buried in the PIC. A lens cap cover and red lens fragments were found at the end of the narrow ground scar farthest from the main wreckage. The main wreckage was upright, about 50 ft away from the PIC, and oriented perpendicular to the narrow ground scars with the nose pointing toward the PIC. Due to the condition of the wreckage, FAA inspectors were unable to establish flight control continuity.

There was a black liquid stain that led to the oil cooler.

The engine was under the cabin area, which was severely crushed and deformed.

The right wing remained in its position, but had sustained heavy aft crush damage.

The left wing had rotated about 70° clockwise from its position.

The airframe had buckled 90° down immediately forward of the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer, and twisted 90° counterclockwise. The trailing edges of the left elevator and rudder were on the ground; the outboard half of the right elevator and horizontal stabilizer were above the right wing. The examination of the airframe and engine revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


The Blaine County Coroner conducted an autopsy of the pilot, and the cause of death was reported as blunt force trauma.

Toxicology testing of the specimens from the pilot by the FAA's Bioaeronautical Science's Research Laboratory were negative for carbon monoxide and tested drugs.

The testing detected 64 (mg/dL, mg/hg) ethanol in lung, 62 (mg/dL, mg/hg) ethanol in heart, and 61 (mg/dL, mg/hg) ethanol in blood. N-propanol was detected in heart, lung, and blood. The report noted that putrefaction of the specimens had occurred.

Ethanol is the type of alcohol present in beer, wine, and liquor, and can cause impairment at low doses. Generally, the rapid distribution of ethanol throughout the body after ingestion leads to similar levels in different tissues. A small amount of ethanol can be produced in tissues by postmortem microbial action, often in conjunction with other alcohols such as N-propanol, acetone, and methanol.

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 02, 2015 in Carey, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-135, registration: N8195C
Injuries: 1 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 July 2, 2015, at an undetermined time, a Piper PA22-135, N8195C, collided with terrain near Carey, Idaho. The pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed during the accident sequence. The cross-country personal flight departed Moab, Utah, at 1726 mountain daylight time with a planned destination of Stanley, Idaho. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The family reported the airplane overdue, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice (ALNOT) at 1907 MDT.

The Civil Air Patrol informed the FAA at 1018 MDT on July 3 that they had located the wreckage.

FAA inspectors from the Boise, Idaho, Flight Standards District Office examined the wreckage on scene. They reported that the propeller had separated in the principal impact crater; the main wreckage was less than 50 feet away.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for a follow-up examination.

Neil Wright MacNichol, October 10, 1993 – July 2, 2015 
Neil Wright MacNichol, 21, a native of McCall, Idaho and a resident of Moab, passed away on July 2, 2015, from injuries sustained in an aircraft accident that occurred approximately 40 miles southeast of Sun Valley, Idaho, while en route from Canyonlands Field Airport to Stanley, Idaho for a family gathering. His plane experienced an undetermined malfunction and went missing the afternoon of July 2, and was discovered on the morning of July 3.

Neil was born October 10, 1993, in Portland, Oregon, the son of Douglas and Lori MacNichol. Neil graduated from McCall-Donnelly High School in 2012. Throughout his high school years, Neil enjoyed hockey as a goalie, lacrosse and football. His senior year he was class vice president with duties such as morning announcements, the daily joke and MC at all events. Neil’s friends remember him as happy, filled with humor and a large contagious smile to share with all. Neil could brighten any room he walked into and was the life of every party.

He went on to further his education at Oregon State University and transferred to an aviation accredited university, Utah Valley University. Neil’s passion was flying and he obtained a pilot’s license at the early age of 17. He then added multi-engine instrument and commercial certifications. He built hours flying in the Idaho backcountry. In 2014, he obtained a commercial flying position for Redtail Aviation in Moab, Utah, and was a professional pilot for the past two years conducting Arial tours over Canyonlands National Park, delivering river rafters to remote corners of the Green and Colorado Rivers and having the time of his life.

Neil saved all his earnings and fulfilled a dream by buying his own plane in early 2015. When he was not enjoying outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, rappelling, camping, snowshoeing, ice climbing, etc., he could be found in the skies. He was highly experienced for such a young pilot after logging countless hours of backcountry navigation and skill training with his mother, who is also a well-known mountain pilot.

Neil had an infectious personality that was fueled by his intellect, humor and passion for life. He loved people and people loved him. He found honor and purpose in all that he did and inspired the same in those around him. He continuously went out of his way to foster the love of aviation in others and shared the thrill of flying every chance he got. He was very close to completing his next goal of obtaining his Certified Flight Instructor certificate. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and flying with him.

He is survived by his mother Lori MacNichol; sister Madison MacNichol; paternal grandparents Roland and Sally MacNichol; and many loving uncles, aunts and cousins of the MacNichol family. He is also survived on his maternal side by step-grandmother Marty Foster as well as numerous loving uncles, aunts and cousins of the Foster family.

He is preceded in death by his father Douglas MacNichol; maternal grandmother Sue VanHarpen and grandfather Jerry Foster.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the MacNichol and Gregory family residence, 1423 Club Hill Blvd., McCall ID 83638.

The family asks that everyone who would like to join, please come and take part in a celebration of Neil’s life and memory. Please bring your favorite story or memory of Neil and any beloved photos, which you are willing to part with as they will be put into a book at a later date.

A foundation has been established at Idaho First Bank in McCall, Idaho, in Neil’s memory for the purpose of funding local students who desire to be aspiring pilots. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Neil’s honor.

Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho. Friends may visit to share a message, photo or story and to light a candle.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Toxicology tests are planned on the body of a 21-year-old commercial pilot who died after his backcountry aircraft crashed near Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho.

Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel said Neil MacNichol of McCall died of blunt force trauma in the crash on Thursday.

Authorities said MacNichol was flying from Moab, Utah, to Stanley, Idaho, when he disappeared. The wreckage was found on Friday and reported by authorities on Monday.

MacNichol is listed as one of the instructors at McCall Mountain Canyon Flying Seminars, which specializes in backcountry flying.

Mikel said the aircraft, a  Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, struck the ground at a steep angle but away from old lava flows in the area.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.


CAREY, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) - A 21 year old pilot from McCall was killed in a plane crash south of Carey, near Craters of the Moon. 

Neil MacNichol was reported missing on July 2nd.

On July 3rd, the Civil Air Patrol out of Idaho Falls called the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible aviation crash site near Craters of the Moon.

The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office was the first to respond on ground and confirmed the crash site.

The BLM assisted to prevent any fuel sparked fires.

Soon after, the Civil Air Patrol determined the plane belonged to MacNichol, who apparently died on impact.

The FAA is investigating the crash.


CAREY | A pilot involved in a plane crash discovered Friday morning in Craters Of The Moon National Monument and Preserve was pronounced dead on the scene.

Neil W. MacNicol, 21, was the lone occupant when his plane crashed on its way to Stanley.

Blaine County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Holly Carter said that MacNicol was reported missing Thursday and that they were tipped about a potential crash site by Civil Air Patrol out of Idaho Falls.

"Our understanding here is that he had stopped in Malad and was traveling to Stanley," Carter said.

Along with the sheriff's office a fire truck with the Bureau of Land Management and the Blaine County Coroner responded to the crash.

"Initial indicators are that he died on impact," Carter said.

The Federal Aviation Administration also responded to the crash and has taken over the investigation.

The crash occurred about two miles south-east of Corral Butte in Laidlaw Park.

Air India plane almost crashed on June 28th, says flight test engineer

Passengers on board Air India’s (AI) June 28 Bengaluru-Hyderabad flight (513) had a narrow escape as the pilot did a “touch and go” after bouncing on the runway during landing and seriously jeopardizing flight safety, a retired Indian Air Force flight test engineer has said in a complaint to the airline.

Wing Commander Venkataramana Mantha (retd.), a Presidential award winner who has served as a flight test engineer flying fighter jets like Mirage 2000, Jaguar, MiG27 and transport planes like B737, said in his complaint that the captain could not control the rate of descent of the A319 at the Shamshabad airport and bounced heavily on the runway.

“The normal practice in such an eventuality would be to cushion the second bounce and somehow continue with the landing. But in this case the captain opened power and went around for another landing,” the complaint said.

“Any sensible A319 captain will strongly condemn this poor airmanship of trying to do this inadvertent touch and go with so many passengers onboard,” the complaint added.

“The flaps are down in the landing condition and the speed is absolutely low because you have touched down. We managed to escape as there were hardly 40-45 passengers on board. Had there been 130-140 passengers, the aircraft would have dropped like a stone from a height of 200 feet and we would have had a crash on the runway. The aircraft just about managed to climb out,” Mantha told HT.

The fall, Mantha said, after the first bounce from a height of 8-10 feet “was better than falling from 150-200 feet. I can’t tell what tension I went through as the aircraft took off again,” he said.

As luck would have it, Mantha said on his return flight on June 29, the same captain was in command.

“At Bengaluru he made another horrendous landing with the aircraft almost bouncing again,” he said.

AI did not offer comments for the story despite mails, messages and calls from HT over the last two days.


Incident occurred July 06, 2015 at Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI), West Palm Beach, Florida

An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Palm Beach International Airport Monday after a problem with one of the aircraft's flaps. 

A spokeswoman for the airport said the plane landed shortly after 4 p.m. safely with 141 passengers on board.

American Airlines flight #2271 flew from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, according to Sun Sentinel news partner WPEC-Ch. 12.


Fire damages hangar at Lloyd Stearman Field Airport (1K1), Benton, Kansas

BENTON, Kan.. - Several Butler County fire units battled a fire at a hangar at Stearman Air Field, one mile southwest of Benton.

The first fire call came around 12:15 a.m. Monday. The extent of damage is not clear, but crews were fighting the fire more than one hour after it broke out. Crews from Andover, Augusta, Towanda and other communities were called into service.

The airport is owned by Benton Airpark Inc., and manager Dwayne Clemens lives on-site. The hangar where Clemens makes his home was damaged, but he escaped unharmed. No one was injured by the fire.

The airport was closed when the fire broke out, but planes were seen on a runway after sunrise as usual.

Statistics filed with the FAA show Stearman Air Field has two runways, with 170 aircraft based at the field. All but 20 of them are single-engine aircraft. Stearman handles an average 29 flights per day.



Investigators believe they know what started a fire at Stearman Air Field overnight, but are not releasing the information at this time. 

The call came in around 12:15 Monday morning, and the fire was extinguished about 2 hours later. However, crews stayed on scene to monitor hot spots throughout the morning. 

No one was hurt when the hangar caught fire in Butler County. Benton, Andover, Towanda, Augusta and Sedgwick County crews all worked to put the fire out.

 Butler County Emergency Management and Butler County EMS were also on scene.

Butler County Emergency Manager, Jim Schmidt, says the owner of the hangar has living quarters inside and  a family was home at the time.

The owner, his wife and a family dog were able to get out safely.

Schmidt says the man discovered the fire and tried to put it out, but then had to escape because of the smoke.

The hangar is heavily damaged with an aircraft and a vehicle inside.

Schmidt says crews were worried about the fire spreading to the hangars because of the wind.   He says the hangars are only about four feet from one another.   Crews were able to contain it to just the one hangar.

The owner of the building is working with investigators to determine a cause of the fire.  Right now, Schmidt says it appears to be accidental.


BENTON, Kansas    (KAKE)- Several Butler County fire units battled a fire at a hangar at Stearman Air Field, one mile southwest of Benton.

The first fire call came around 12:15 a.m. Monday.

The extent of damage is not clear, but crews were fighting the fire more than one hour after it broke out. Crews from Andover, Augusta, Towanda and other communities were called into service.

The airport is owned by Benton Airpark Inc., and manager Dwayne Clemens lives on-site.

The hangar where Clemens makes his home was damaged, but he escaped unharmed.

No one was injured by the fire.

The airport was closed when the fire broke out, but planes were seen on a runway after sunrise as usual.

Statistics filed with the FAA show Stearman Air Field has two runways, with 170 aircraft based at the field.

 All but 20 of them are single-engine aircraft.

Stearman handles an average 29 flights per day.


From Cirrus to Schwing America, firms in Minnesota are part of China's growing U.S. investment

July 06, 2015
By Dave Beal

Dave Beal
Happy days are here again at Schwing America's sprawling plant in White Bear Township. The work force there, which sank below 100 when sales collapsed at the bottom of the recession and the company went through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is back above 300. Demand has rebounded for the plant's signature product, concrete pumps used to build projects ranging from the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis to that new house just down the street to virtually any concrete structure you can think of. "We're seeing growth everywhere nationally," says Schwing America CEO Brian Hazelton. And internationally. The plant exports its pumps to countries on five continents.

Something else about Schwing America: Three years ago, Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG), a state-owned heavy equipment manufacturer based in China's wealthiest province, purchased a majority stake — 52 percent — of the company's German-based parent. The change is but one more sign of how China, flush from years of strong economic growth, is finally ratcheting up its investment in the United States.

It's a trend that coincides with ongoing geopolitical tension between the two countries. P. Richard Bohr, a longtime China watcher who retired this spring after directing Asian Studies at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, says the complexity of U.S.- China relations has increased enormously as China has risen to the status of an economic superstar. Even as the two nations cooperate more on trade and investment, Bohr notes, new challenges —such as mutual cyber spying, unclear military intentions and the search to accommodate China's global ascent — demand the attention of U.S. policymakers. The back and forth over such matters seems likely to intensify as the 2016 presidential campaign approaches. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the United States in September.

A form of state capitalism

Despite continuing one-party rule in China by the Communist Party, the country's economic system left Marxism behind years ago. Today, this system has evolved into a form of state capitalism inextricably linked to the economies of the United States and other advanced Western nations. That is one of the messages of an unusually detailed analysis, released in May, tracking China's rising investment in the U.S. The nonprofit National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the global research firm Rhodium Group, found that Chinese-owned firms now employ 80,000 full-time workers in the United States. That's a tiny share of all American jobs accounted for by foreign firms. Nonetheless, it's a striking increase from less than 15,000 jobs five years ago.

The study came up with first-ever estimates of employment by Chinese companies in each of the nation's 435 congressional districts. Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, home to 650 workers at Cirrus Aircraft, the largest Chinese-owned employer in the state, ranks 20th. The state's second largest Chinese employer is Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, which operates a large meat processing plant in St. James, Minnesota. Other Chinese-owned companies in Minnesota include Kansas-based AMC Theaters, purchased by China's Dalian Wanda Group for $2.6 billion in 2012. AMC operates several hundred multiscreen movie theaters across the country, including six in the Twin Cities suburbs. Shanghai-based WuXi AppTec employs more than 100 workers at a medical technology firm in Mendota Heights.

Many business leaders and government officials in Minnesota and across the country welcome the stepped-up flow of money from China. "The value of Chinese investment, like all foreign direct investment, is that it adds new capital and ultimately new jobs to our region," says Michael Langley, CEO at Greater MSP, a regional economic development group. Laurence Reszetar, who leads the state's effort to attract foreign investment for the Minnesota Trade Office, echoes Langley's sentiment. "At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is that our economic future and China's are incredibly intertwined," Reszetar says. The stronger the economic ties between the two countries, the lower the odds that political and military tensions between them could ultimately escalate to war, he adds.

The report acknowledges sensitivities to Chinese investment in the U.S. Congress and the national security community. "American officials and the general public remain wary of the impact of investment from China," the study says.

China's economic and political systems differ greatly from the realities in advanced economies. ... Moreover, economic engagement with China over the past two decades has been a mixed experience, often bringing painful adjustment pressures to affected industry clusters and their communities. Job losses related to the outsourcing of manufacturing activity counteracted the benefits of lower cost goods. Many Americans are understandably apprehensive about the impact of Chinese capital investment.

But the report concludes that more Chinese investment in the United States will strengthen America's economy. Shutdowns at U.S. companies acquired by Chinese investors have been rare, the report says, and fears that U.S. firms owned by Chinese investors would import Chinese labor standards weaker than America's norms have not materialized.

Early presence on the Iron Range

In Minnesota, a new chapter in the state's growing engagement with China began playing out on the Iron Range in 2003. Eveleth Taconite, which had been mining iron ore for 40 years, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy and shut down its mine in Eveleth. Then China's Laiwu Steel Group and Ohio-based Cleveland Cliffs joined forces to buy the company. Laiwu took a 30 percent stake, Cleveland Cliffs 70 percent. The deal won powerful backing from Democratic Rep. James Oberstar and GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty. It enabled the plant, whose name became United Taconite, to reopen just before Christmas, allowing 450 workers to return to their jobs. In 2008, Cliffs Natural Resources bought Laiwu's interest in the company.

In many respects, U.S. investment from China is a logical third step for the world's largest developing economy. China built its economic stake in the U.S. largely in two ways: by buying U.S. debt (China and Japan are currently in a virtual tie as America's largest creditors) and by exporting waves of low-cost goods to the United States.

According the new report, China has invested $46 billion in the United States since 2000, most of it in the last five years. These investments take three forms: acquisitions of American U.S. companies, easily the principal form of investment; "greenfield" construction projects; and expansions of existing facilities. Almost half of the 80,000 U.S. jobs are at plants operated by Smithfield, America's largest pork producer/processor. China's WH Group shelled out $4.7 billion to buy Smithfield in 2013. Much of the rest of the investment is concentrated in the New York City, Chicago and San Francisco Bay areas and in North Carolina and Texas. The Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan, which the Anbang Insurance Group purchased last year for $1.95 billion, stands as China's highest-profile U.S. acquisition. In 2005, China-based Lenovo bought IBM's personal computer business; last year, Lenovo acquired the Motorola phone manufacturing operations from Google.

Helping Cirrus rebound

The Committee/Rhodium study describes Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft as a troubled company that benefited from a large injection of capital after it was acquired in 2011 by a company owned by the Chinese government: China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. (CAIGA). Duluth's popular mayor, Don Ness, agrees with that assessment. So do local business leaders.

Cirrus, a personal aircraft manufacturer, is the second largest private employer in the Duluth region other than health-care enterprises. The company, founded in 1984, prospered by developing an innovative single-engine turboprop plane that includes a parachute built into its tail section. Now Cirrus is hoping for federal regulatory approval soon to build a personal jet. The company has said it has more than 500 orders for the new plane. It plans to add at least 150 employees in Duluth to produce the plane. State and local governments are providing subsidies to construct the facility where the plane will be built.

"The recession just hammered Cirrus," says Brian Hanson, CEO at the Area Partnership for Economic Expansion, a Duluth-based economic development nonprofit. "We knew the company was in extremely dire straits. Cirrus made an extraordinary effort to find equity financing during a very challenging economic period. Their people talked to anyone and everyone they could talk to. CAIGA represented their best option for investment."

Initially, not everyone was on board. Rep. Chip Cravaack, then representing Northeastern Minnesota, warned Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner that selling Cirrus to a Chinese company would compromise U.S. security. Geithner headed the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a panel of federal officials that can block foreign investors' acquisitions if they are determined to imperil national security. Cravaack feared the deal could lead the new owners to move Cirrus jobs and sensitive technology to China, aiding the country's military efforts.

Ness says Duluth leaders agreed that CFIUS should take a hard look at the deal. The panel did weigh the proposal, and approved it after a few months. The mayor says the sellers, investors from the Mideast, had no interest in aviation and were solely interested in short-term returns. He notes that the Chinese owners are putting $100 million into the development of the jet. Cirrus employment in Duluth has doubled under the new owners, as demand for its planes has bounced back.

Was there serious concern that Cirrus wouldn't have survived but for its new Chinese owners? "Absolutely," says Ness.

A somewhat similar situation played out at Smithfield. Leaders in both political parties — Democratic Sen. Max Baucus from Montana and GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch in Utah — raised questions about selling the big food processor to a Chinese company. CFIUS considered that deal, too, then cleared it.

Before the Chinese buyers emerged, some Smithfield shareholders had been urging a breakup of the company. That sparked jitters in St. James, where Smithfield is by far the largest employer. St. James Mayor Gary Sturm backed the deal. He says the plant, which had a work force of about 400 when it was sold to the Chinese investors, now employs more than 450 workers. "Everything we've seen so far is optimistic," Sturm says. "They're adding jobs. We're bullish on the company."

At Schwing America, Brian Hazelton says the company is benefiting from the contributions of three countries: engineering, design and production efficiencies, provided by the Germans; financial stability, from the Chinese; and commercial savvy, from the Americans. Hazelton says the Chinese owners have been "very hands-off," leaving the management team of Schwing America entirely to Americans. Germany's founding Schwing family continues to hold a 48 percent stake in the company, which is considering building another plant in the U.S.

Minnesota-China bonds run deep

Minnesota's ties with China have taken a dramatic turn since the country came under Communist leadership in 1949. Dr. Walter Judd, who spent time in China during the 1920s and 1930s as a medical missionary and later represented Minneapolis in Congress, was one of the nation's most outspoken and persistent opponents of the Chinese Communist government. But later, as China opened up to the world, the state's economic and cultural ties with China grew ever-stronger. The University of Minnesota became home to one of the largest contingents of Chinese students in the United States. The school has alumni chapters in China. 3M established the first wholly owned U.S. subsidiary in China and, along with Cargill, H.B. Fuller and other Minnesota companies, opened plants there. Target emerged as one of the nation's largest importers of goods from China.

How rapidly is Chinese investment in the United States, once utterly unimaginable, likely to grow? The Committee/Rhodium report predicts that jobs at Chinese-owned firms in the U.S. will increase to between 200,000 and 400,000 by 2020 from 80,000 now. "These calculations ... are not Pollyannaish," the study concludes, citing the history of Japanese investment in the U.S. "Prior to the 1980s, Japanese companies provided practically no jobs in the U.S. Today, their U.S. affiliates employ almost 700,000 Americans, making them important contributors in many local economies."

China's growing U.S. presence: rising fast but still small

The Midwest accounts for 33,000 of the 80,000 jobs at Chinese-owned companies in the U.S., more than any other region in the country. The 80,000 is up from 15,000 five years ago, but is dwarfed by the 700,000 jobs at Japanese-owned firms in the U.S.

David Dollar, an economist at the Brookings Institution, says Chinese investment in the U.S. and American investment in China both remain surprisingly small. In China, weak protection of intellectual property and the roping off of many sectors from competition are obstacles. In the United States, Chinese firms seek a less politicized environment and national security reviews "have soured many Chinese investors on the U.S. market." Overall, Dollar says, the barriers are much greater in China. They could fall significantly in both countries if each follows through on its intent to open up the flow in both directions by reaching agreement on a bilateral investment treaty now being discussed.

In Minnesota, state officials created Laurence Reszetar's job last year, in part to reach out to Chinese provincial and municipal governments for more direct investment from China. Reszetar works with federal officials to encourage more Chinese investment. He says the state, which opened a trade office in China a decade ago, needs to do more to leverage Minnesota's deep ties with China to draw more investment from China.

Bohr, a former director of the Minnesota Trade Office, agrees with Reszetar that the economic interdependence of the two countries reduces considerably the threat that they could one day confront each other militarily. Bohr says both nations are engaged in a complicated mix of economic cooperation and competition. The new reality is that a growing part of this stew is that China is not just buying America's debt and exporting to the country, but owning U.S. companies as well.

Dave Beal, a longtime business columnist for the Pioneer Press and former business editor there, writes about business and the economy.

Original article can be found here:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Aviat A-1C-180 Husky, N354BM, Mottair LLC: Incident occurred July 05, 2015 in Pierce Township, Clermont County, Ohio

Date: 05-JUL-15
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N354BM
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A1
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA  Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cincinnati FSDO-05
State: Ohio




A small plane crashed after the engine stalled in Pierce Township, Clermont County Sunday evening.

Officials say the plane was traveling from the Clermont County Airport to Lunken Airport when the engine stalled. 

The pilot tried to land on the green space at the Legendary Run Golf Course, but saw golfers below and turned the plane, crashing on Behymer Road at White Oak Road, officials said.

The pilot suffered a few cuts and bruises and is expected to be OK.

The pilot's name has not been released.


Cessna 188B, N625EH, SWI Aviation: Accident occurred July 05, 2015 near Crawfordsville Municipal Airport (KCFJ), Indiana


FAA  Flight Standards District Office: FAA Indianapolis FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: CEN15CA293
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, July 05, 2015 in Crawfordsville, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA A188B, registration: N625EH
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

The airplane impacted a powerline during an aerial application maneuver. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage on impact with the powerline and terrain. The pilot reported that there were no airplane mechanical malfunctions.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the powerline during an aerial application operations.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – We are just entering the period in the growing season when crop dusters do their work in Indiana.

July and August are the months when you are most likely to see the people who engage in aerial agriculture and their mission is oftern misunderstood.

They are not acrobatic pilots and they aren’t daredevils. What they do is big business and it can be risky.

It’s harder to find a crop duster in Indiana than in other midwestern states. That makes it more likely that the people who see them flying low over farm fields have questions.

Jeff Elsner has been flying a crop duster out of Freeman Field in Seymour for 10 years. He’s become used to unusual encounters.

“We get complaints all the time thinking we’re dive bombing them or chasing them,” he said, “and what we’re doing is putting on a product for the farmer. Most often that product is fungicide that goes on corn. With the wet weather we’ve had this summer there should be a big call for crop spraying.”

And so the news that a pilot was injured in Montgomery County after hitting power lines will lead other pilots to focus on safety.

There is a You Tube video that shows how a pilot navigates power lines, going under them at one end of the field and over them at the other.

When asked if he has a dangerous job Elsner said, “It can be. It’s a calibrated risk.”

He has logged 7,000 hours in a crop duster with just one close call.

“The airplane just quit flying. Couldn’t figure out what it was,” he said. “We saved it before it hit the ground. Come to find out it was a natural gas leak on a big underground line and I went through the plume.”

He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It did nothing to curb his enthusiasm.

“I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s fun. It’s fun,” he said. “But after a 16 hour day doing it, it’s not so much fun.”

There is a state Agricultural Aviation Association and a national association.

They both hold safety meetings on a regular basis and Elsner said he spends much of the off season making sure that his crop duster is fully maintained.

A pilot of a crop duster was injured when his plane clipped some power lines near County Road 600 South and U.S. 231.

The Cessna plane crashed into a field closer to County Road 500 South.

The unidentified pilot was airlifted to an undisclosed Indianapolis hospital.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at 6:27 p.m. Sunday for the crash. 

The downed plane closed U.S. 231 because of power lines that were down.

 “Deputies assisted medical personnel with getting the pilot to the roadway, where he was transported by Crawfordsville Medics to Southmont High School,” Major Ryan Needham with the Sheriff’ Office said. “From there, he was flown to an Indianapolis hospital by LifeLine Helicopter.

“The plane was a 1974 Cessna 188B owned by SWI Aviation in Veedersburg. The pilot was spraying a corn field and as he travelled north to continue his spraying, he clipped two power lines,” Needham explained.

Crawfordsville Fire Chief Larry Patton said his department sent ambulance support and helped secure a landing spot for the helicopter at Southmont High School.

At the time of publication, Duke Energy was at the scene waiting for additional equipment and manpower to repair the lines. U.S. 231 South was expected to be closed into the late evening.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police, Crawfordsville Fire Department and the New Market Fire Department all worked the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted. 

Ayres S2R-G10 Thrush, RP-R1777: New People’s Army rebels blast pesticide spray plane of banana firm in Maragusan, Compostela Valley Province, Philippines

TAGUM CITY—Over a dozen communist rebels stormed an airstrip owned by a multinational banana company and blasted a parked light plane in Maragusan, Compostela Valley province, on Saturday, police on Sunday said.

An estimated 15 heavily-armed New People’s Army guerrillas swooped down on the compound of Dole-Stanfilco Philippines in Barangay Mapawa at 10:20 p.m., said Southern Mindanao police regional spokesperson Supt. Antonio Rivera.

The rebels forced their way to the company’s hangar located in Purok Narra, firing at the guardhouse, and planted an improvised explosive device under the S2R-G10 Walter spray plane.

The attackers then set off the explosive, damaging the crop duster (RP-R1777), before they fled, Rivera said.

Damage to the aircraft was being ascertained as investigation was underway, the police spokesperson said.

The company, which owns a vast banana plantation in the upland town of Maragusan, has been subject to attacks by alleged NPA rebels in the past, with banana-laden container trucks being burned, but Saturday’s incident was the first against the firm’s handful fleet of spray planes.

No one was reported hurt during the incident.

Police and military officials have blamed extortion as possible motive.


Body found near East Texas Regional Airport (KGGG), Gregg County, Texas


GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -   Officials are investigating a female victim's death, after her body was found along a roadway in Gregg County Sunday afternoon.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Gregg County investigators discovered the body around 1 p.m. along FM 349 West, near East Texas Regional Airport. 

The identity of the victim has not been released.

The discovery has caused FM 349 to be closed during the investigation.

Investigators have not ruled out foul play.

An autopsy has been ordered to find out the cause of death.


LAKEPORT (KYTX) - The Gregg County Sheriff's Office is investigating a weekend homicide less than 1 mile from the East Texas Regional Airport.

At this hour, Sheriff Maxey Cerliano would only confirm that the investigation was near Lakeport.

Neighbors tell CBS 19 that FM 349, between State Highway 322 and Pleasant Green Road; and FM 2204, also  between State Highway 322 and Pleasant Green Road, were blocked by law enforcement for several hours on Sunday afternoon.

Investigators had cleared the scene by 4:30 pm or earlier.

Further details of the homicide have not been released at this time.


Aeronca 15AC, C-FDDH: Incident occurred July 05, 2015 near Warminster, Ontario

There are no injuries, following a small plane crash near Warminister.

A small Cessna plane crashed in a field along the 13 Line near Warminister Sideroad on Sunday, just after 4 p.m.

Investigators say the plane was experiencing engine failure while touring above Georgian Bay, forcing the pilot to attempt an emergency landing.

“Was trying to make it back to Bass Lake, about a mile from Bass Lake, when I lost the engine and had to look for a field and we weren’t very high, so we were under 1,400 feet,” says pilot Grant Bergstrome.

The plane landed upside down in the farmer’s field. The 59-year-old, pilot and his two children were not injured in the crash.

“We only had a few fields to choose from and none of them were big enough to land a plane in and around here and I just didn’t want to hit those power lines out there or the highway and I came down a little faster and I hit the ground going a little too fast and I couldn’t keep it from rolling.”

This is the second plane crash in three days. On Friday, a small plane crashed in Orangeville after hitting a hydro pole.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been notified and is investigating.

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ORO-MEDONTE TWP. - A small Cessna float plane wound up upside down in a farmer's field near Warminster Sunday afternoon after it experienced engine failure, forcing the pilot to attempt an emergency landing.

The single-engine plane came down in a field shortly after 4 p.m. at Line 13 North farm. While landing, the plane flipped over.

The 59-year-old male pilot, a resident of Oro-Medonte Township, and his two passengers were not injured.

Firefighters and Simcoe County paramedics quickly responded.

Transport Canada has been notified of this incident and are investigating, with the assistance of the OPP.


All occupants managed to escape safely after a small plane crashed and landed on its roof in a field north of Barrie Sunday afternoon.

The plane landed in a field near Highway 12 and Line 13 in Oro-Medonte, about 10 kilometres northwest of Orillia around 4:30 p.m.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.

No one was injured, Ontario Provincial Police said.

Enraged passengers occupy business class on China Southern flight

Three passengers decided to treat themselves to business class seating in compensation for a three-hour flight delay, a decision for which they were eventually arrested, according to Shanghai's online media outlet the Paper.

Passengers waiting in Shenzhen for a China Southern Airlines flight were peeved by a three-hour delay over bad weather and the subsequent wait for runway clearance. When they boarded the plane, a group sat down in the business class section and refused to leave, claiming that it was fair compensation for their inconvenience. Flight attendants managed to persuade most of them to return to economy class, except for three who would not be moved from the seats for the entirety of the flight, according to the report.

When the plane landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, they were promptly arrested by local police. Neither the police nor China Southern have provided details on the three passengers.

A representative from China Southern in Shanghai said every plane needs to maintain an even distribution of passengers according to the pre-booked seating chart, and that the plane is more likely to crash if passengers rearrange their seats, according to the report.

Passengers should follow the crew's instructions for the safety of other passengers, the spokesperson added.


Rans S-6ES Coyote II, G-CDVF, Graham John Williams (reg. owner): Accident occurred July 05, 2015 at Shifnal Airfield, Shropshire, West Midlands, England - UK

The quick actions of a witness to a light aircraft crash in Shropshire have saved the lives of two men.

The aircraft was upside down at Shifnal airfield and on fire with the pilot and his companion inside, after crashing upon take off at around 10.45am today.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “In addition to calling the ambulance service the man ran towards the burning craft with a fire extinguisher.

He put out the fire and dragged the passenger out.

But the fire re-ignited around the feet of the pilot and this was again extinguished.

The man was unable to pull the pilot free because he was trapped.

 “The pilot, a man in his sixties, was freed by the emergency services and he was the more seriously injured of the two. He had a dislocated right shoulder, a broken arm, a broken leg and a broken ankle. His legs were placed in traction, he was fully immobilized and given pain relief at the scene before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital. 

“His passenger, a man in his fifties had head and neck injuries. He was given oxygen at the scene and was also fully immobilized before being taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“But without doubt, the hero of the hour was the eyewitness to the crash without whose actions, this could have ended up far, far more serious.”

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service sent five appliances including the Foam Pod to the scene. Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to release the pilot.

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Agusta A109E Power, Malate Tourist Devt Corp., RP-C2726: Accident occurred July 05, 2015 near Mount Maculot in Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Cuenca, Batanga

Taborlupa Jr.

MANILA, Philippines - The pilot who died in a helicopter crash in Cuenca, Batangas on Sunday was a former officer of the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Felicisimo Esteban Taborlupa Jr. – the pilot of the helicopter carrying Victoria Court motel chain owner Archimedes King and six others – was a member of the Naval Air Group, according to Navy public affairs chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna.

A graduate of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sanghaya” class of 2000, Taborlupa resigned from the military to join the PCG in September 2010, where he was given the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade.

He was married to Maj. Francel Margaret Padilla-Taborlupa, an Army officer assigned to the Presidential Security Group. They have two sons, aged 12 and 14.

The 38-year-old pilot was described by his military colleagues as a professional soldier and a stickler for rules.

“He had a vibrant personality, full of vision and competitive when it comes to academics and career,” said Maj. Arnold Lubang, a classmate of Taborlupa assigned at the Camp Aguinaldo general headquarters.

Maj. Lemuel Baduya, a former colleague of Taborlupa at the PMA New Cadets Battalion, said he would remember the late pilot as someone who “was a very consummate professional” without any bad record.

Because of his reputation, Taborlupa was named a member of the PMA Honor Committee, a panel that investigates cadets accused of violating the honor system.

“He (Taborlupa) did not pester the younger cadets. He was not involved in fights,” Baduya said, adding that he was shocked to learn about the death of his former colleague.

“He was a very careful pilot and he was not aggressive,” he said.

PCG spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo, meanwhile, yesterday described Taborlupa as a “seasoned pilot” who has been part of missions during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Bohol in 2013.

“We are saddened by the sudden passing of Taborlupa. He was a veteran pilot. We lost a seasoned pilot, an officer and a gentleman,” Balilo said.

Taborlupa, the deputy commander of the PCG Air Group, was given a bronze cross medal and a military merit medal while in the Navy for his acts of heroism during disaster relief and rescue operations during the onslaught of Typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy, respectively, in Pangasinan in 2009.

Taborlupa and King died after their helicopter crashed into a forested area in Mount Maculot around 12:45 p.m. Sunday. The Augusta 109E helicopter, with registry number RP-C2726, was bound for Manila from Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro when the incident happened.

The six other passengers were Lingling, wife of King; Christopher Chilip, president of Dunlop tires distributor Tyremart, and his wife Patricia Echauz-Chilip, Standard Insurance president and daughter of former Far Eastern University head Lydia Echauz; entrepreneur Ricco Ocampo and his model-designer wife Tina Maristela-Ocampo; and Anton San Diego, editor-in-chief of the Philippine Tatler magazine.

They sustained contusions on the head, bruises and broken ribs and were rushed to the Martin Marasigan Hospital before being transferred to the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

According to Sr. Insp. Joel Laraya, Cuenca police chief, one of the injured has been discharged from the St. Luke’s Medical Center, while two others are under observation. The other three are in stable condition, he said.

Laraya said personnel from the Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has started their probe at the crash site yesterday to determine the real cause of the incident.

“The CAAP investigators are coordinating with us,” Laraya told The STAR. He pointed out, however, that they only handed over to the CAAP their spot and progress reports and photos of the incident, as the aviation authority would conduct separate interviews with the survivors and the witnesses.

According to police authorities, the probers said the release of the results of their investigation could take a month.

Laraya said the CAAP personnel are now checking if the aircraft owner and the pilot had secured clearance or permit from the Flight Operations Briefing Station in Manila and in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro before taking off on Sunday morning from Puerto Galera.

Citing initial reports from CAAP, Laraya told The STAR that there was no distress call from the helicopter to the nearest Fernando Airbase in Lipa City, Batangas around the time of the incident.

Despite claims made by survivors that they encountered zero visibility during the flight, Laraya said they would also be investigating other possible causes of the incident, such as engine trouble, human error and environment conditions.

Criminal aspect against the helicopter owner, however, is not seen as a possible cause of the crash, he said.

According to the town police chief, Lingling King said that their level above sea had been consistent throughout the flight until they hovered over Cuenca, where she observed that they were already approaching the ground.

Laraya noted that the helicopter should have flown at a higher altitude, given the town’s mountainous and elevated terrain.

He said due to the stormy weather condition and poor visibility, the helicopter crashed into the trees in the forested area after which its tail fell, causing the aircraft to lose balance and plunge head first to the ground.

The STAR reported on Monday that Taborlupa had tried to land the aircraft nose down in San Jose, Batangas to save lives.


Archie King


The helicopter that carried billionaire and hotel owner Archimedes “Archie” King did not advise aviation authorities about its return flight on Sunday, hours before the aircraft went down near Mount Maculot in Batangas province in the midst of bad weather. 

Eric Apolonio, spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), on Monday said it did not receive a flight plan from the aircraft, an Augusta 109E with Registry No. RP-C2726, for its return trip to Manila.

A flight plan, which provides aviation authorities of the flight details, would have allowed the CAAP to monitor the helicopter and advise its pilot of the weather disturbances while it was on flight, Apolonio said.


The helicopter, flown by pilot Felicisimo Esteban Taborlupa Jr., crashed at the height of heavy rains and a thick fog in a forested area in Barangay (village) Pinagkaisahan in Cuenca town around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

The Cuenca police chief, Senior Insp. Joel Laraya, said the aircraft nose-dived, pinning Taborlupa, who instantly died, and seriously injuring King, who was seated beside the pilot.

King later died of severe wounds and fractures at a hospital in Cuenca, while the rest of the passengers, seated at the back, survived.

They were identified as King’s wife, Angeles, Inquirer Lifestyle columnist Anton San Diego, bag designer Tina Maristela-Ocampo and her husband, Ricco Ocampo, and couple Christopher and Patricia Chilip.

According to CAAP records, the aircraft left Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) around 10:17 a.m. on Saturday for Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro province.

Normal route

It left Puerto Galera, a known beach town, the next day past 10 a.m. via the “normal route” back to Manila.

A source said one of the survivors was still wearing a swimming suit when brought to the hospital in Cuenca.

“The travel time from Puerto Galera to Naia is around 45 minutes only under normal conditions,” Apolonio said.

He also said the CAAP, as early as 10 a.m. on Sunday, had issued an advisory suspending visual flight rules. This meant that small aircraft, such as that of King’s, were no longer allowed to fly due to the poor visibility resulting from the bad weather.

Abort flight

“If they had submitted a flight plan, the CAAP would have advised the pilot to abort the flight,” Apolonio said.

A team from the CAAP Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) on Monday went to the crash site, a 40-minute uphill climb from the town proper, to commence its investigation.

AAIIB chief engineer Francisco Nahera Jr. said his team was planning to tear open the chopper’s engine to determine whether the aircraft had engine trouble.

“We are considering all factors—the weather and the aircraft itself (in the investigation),” Apolonio said.

As of Monday afternoon, the wreckage of the chopper had not yet been pulled out of the site.

No explosions

Nahera said the helicopter, as it was about to crash, hit a tree before breaking its tail and rotor blades. There were no explosions or fire that followed the crash.

Rodante Joya, CAAP deputy director general for operations, said previous flight records of the pilot would have to be checked and verified, and investigators would have to sift through the debris of the crash to determine if the helicopter had malfunctioned or was 100 percent in working condition.

Zero visibility

“Basically, the weather remains the principal cause. We have to consider the environment there,” Joya said, pointing out that the helicopter might have encountered zero visibility because of the thick rain clouds over Batangas.

Lipa City has an elevation of 1,200 feet similar to Tagaytay and is prone to occurrences of fog and clouds that make visibility impossible.

“We can only speculate that the pilot may have tried to look for a way through the clouds,” Joya told the Inquirer.

He pointed out that there was no indication that the helicopter directly crashed into Mt. Maculot, which would have resulted in more deaths.

“It is possible that the helicopter flew too low and could have grazed trees or a landform,” Joya said.

He said it was not easy to maneuver a helicopter when terrain suddenly loomed before a pilot from zero visibility.

When the helicopter left Puerto Galera the skies were clear, Joya noted.

Loud thump

The Pinagkaisahan village chief, Celestino Lunar, said barangay (village) folk even saw the helicopter as it flew past his house, about a kilometer away from them, before it crashed.

“My wife and I were having lunch when we saw this helicopter flying very low,” he said. He said he suddenly lost sight of the aircraft in the thick fog before he heard a very loud thump.

“It sounded like something big hit a tree. We knew it was that helicopter.”

King looked strong

Lunar and other residents near the crash site were the first to respond, helping the survivors walk down the mountain to a rescue team that waited for them.

“When I arrived, I saw him (Taborlupa) already outside the helicopter. He was already gone,” Lunar said.

He said the pilot’s seat looked like “it was ejected out of the helicopter” by the impact. King was still in his seat pinned inside the helicopter.

Lunar said villagers pulled the still conscious King out of the chopper as he limped with his badly injured left leg. The businessman could no longer speak and only moaned, he said.

“He looked strong though. When his shirt got pulled up, as we tried to carry him, he was able to pull it down himself with his arm,” Lunar said.

“I thought he would have survived,” he added.


MANILA - Archimedes "Archie" King, owner of the Victoria Court chain of motels, and pilot Felicisimo Esteban Taborlupa died in a helicopter crash at Mount Maculot near Taal on Sunday.

Batangas police said the Augusta 109E chopper with registry number RP-C2726 was operated by King’s Malate Tourist Development Corp.

The injured passengers, meanwhile, were identified as Lingling King, the motel chain owner’s wife; designer Tina Ocampo and her husband Rico Ocampo; Philippine Tatler editor-in-chief Anton San Diego; and Standard Insurance president Patricia Chilip and her husband, Christopher Chilip.

They were brought to the Martin Marasigan Hospital before being transferred to St. Luke's in Manila.

The son of a Chinese-Filipino billionaire, who made his fortune by establishing a chain of hotels and motels in the country, died as his private chopper crashed in a forested area near Mt. Maculot in Barangay Pinagkaisahanin in Cuenca town, Batangas province on its way to Manila on Sunday.

Archimedes “Archie” Rosario King, 62, the owner of Victoria Court chain of motels, died as their helicopter crashed in the mountain at around noon, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon told in a phone interview.

Citing reports from the PRC responders from the ground, Gordon said that the chopper’s pilot, Felicisimo Esteban Taborlupa Jr., also died in the crash.

Meanwhile, six other persons sustained injuries and were initially treated at the Martin Marasigan Memorial Hospital in Cuenca.

The passengers were: King’s wife, Ling-ling King; Inquirer Lifestyle columnist Anton San Diego; renowned bag designer Tina Maristela Ocampo and her husband, fashion retail businessman Ricco; Standard Insurance CEO Patricia Chilip and her husband Christopher, who runs a Dunlop tire distribution company.

According to Gordon, the injured passengers will be transferred to St. Luke’s Medical Center at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said that the helicopter was an Augusta 109E helicopter with registry number RP-C2726. operated by Malate Tourist Dev’t Corp.

CAAP said that the helicopter went to Puerto Galera and left for Manila Sunday morning.

Senior Inspector Joel Laraya, Cuenca town police chief, said they suspected the helicopter crashed due to the bad weather spawned by tropical storm Egay. Police were still trying to find out if the helicopter was given a clearance to fly, he added.

“We’re still experiencing heavy rains here until now,” Laraya said in a phone interview past 5 p.m. Sunday.

Larayas said the crash site was just about 2.5 kilometers from the village proper but very few residents saw what happened since the area was difficult to reach during bad weather.

In good weather, reaching the site would require an uphill climb of at least 30 minutes, he said.

Laraya said some villagers who saw the crash immediately informed the village chief who, in turn, called the town police station for help.

Laraya said he and his men were assisted by some village volunteers and local Red Cross personnel when they extracted the eight passengers of the helicopter from the crash site.

He said the helicopter was a total wreck.

As of 5 p.m., the wreckage of the helicopter was still at the crash site, which was being secured by policemen from the Cuenca municipal police station and from the Philippine National Police-Batangas Provincial Public Safety Company.

King was one of the heirs of billionaire Angelo King, who made the family fortune by establishing the Anito Lodge chain of motels. The family patriarch first established Anito Lodge in Pasay City in the 1970s and later expanded the business. He later passed on the family business to his sons Archie and Wyden.

It was Archimedes King who established Victoria Court, a chain of high-end motels in Metro Manila. It now has 10 branches.

Meanwhile his brother, Wyden, led the expansion of Kabayan Hotels.

With his fortune, Angelo King became a philanthropist when he established the Angelo King Foundation in 1978. He became the foundation’s chairman emeritus when he retired from the family business in 1999.

In 2014, Forbes cited the 87-year-old patriarch as one of Asia’s notable philanthropists, with his foundation donating more than $515,000 in 2013.

Some of the donations were poured into the construction of buildings, schools, homes for the aged, orphanages, children centers, and drug rehabilitation centers, and charity donations, among others.

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Two have been confirmed dead, while six were injured, when a helicopter crashed in a forested area near Mount Maculot in Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Cuenca, Batangas on Sunday. 

The helicopter had a tail registry number RP-C2726.

The incident happened at past noon. At around 12:30pm, the six injured victims were brought down from the mountain and rushed to the Martin Marasigan Hospital for treatment.

Police and residents in the area said it was raining and the mountaintop was foggy when the incident happened. They were on their way back to Manila from Puerto Galera.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the crash, including the possibility that it was related to weather disturbances caused by tropical storm “Egay.”

Manila Bulletin reports that one of the seven passengers was Archie King, head of Victoria Group of Companies, and son of Chinese Filipino billionaire and philanthropist Angelo King.

The other casualty was Capt Felissimo Taborlupa, the pilot.

Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon confirmed the incident with

The other passengers have been identified by Manila Bulletin as King's wife Ling-ling, socialite model Tina Ocampo, her husband Ricco De Ocampo, Tatler magazine editor Anton San Diego,  Christopher Chilip, Patricia Chilip.

They have been transferred to St Luke's Medical Center in BGC, according to the report.

CAAP PR fail on Cuenca chopper crash: ‘Pueta Gallera, Phillipines, immediatelly’ 

 It seems like the press release writer of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) was in bed weather mood as Sunday’s statement spewed out misspelled words after another about the helicopter crash in Cuenca, Batangas that claimed the life of motel king Archie King.

The CAAP sent a statement to the media using misspelled words like “immediatelly,” “Phillipines,” and – que horror! – “Pueto Gallera.”

CAAP director general Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss III’s PR writer also failed to fix the sentence construction. We scratched our heads at the sentence “an Augusta 109E type helicopter with registry number RP-C2726 operated by Malate Tourist Devt Corp. that is base at naia genav area crash landed at Mt. Macolot, Cuenca Batangas at around 11 am today.”

Here’s another to make you think.

“But CAAP said it is still investigating the incident and cannot immediatelly confirm the cause of the crash but said that according to a certain Sgt. Caraan of A3 of Pnp Batangas there were 1 fatality while 7 others were brought to the hospital.”

Huh? It is time Hotchkiss trains his PR department some writing skills.


(Updated 7:13 p.m.) A civilian helicopter crashed in Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, Batangas before noon on Sunday, killing the pilot and passenger Archimedes “Archie” King, founder and owner of the Victoria Court motel chain.

In a statement to the media, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines confirmed reports that the Agusta 109E helicopter, with registry number RP-C2726 operated by Malate Tourist Devt Corp. crashed on its way to Manila.

"The helicopter flew in from Puerto Galera [in Mindoro Oriental] yesterday and remained overnight and left for Manila this morning carrying eight persons," the CAAP said.

The pilot, identified as Felicisimo Taborlupa, was killed in the crash, while King died at the Martin Marasigan Memorial Memorial Hospital in Cuenca.

King's wife, Ling-ling, is among the six injured passengers, the provincial police said.

Among the injured passengers are Tatler Philippines editor-in-chief Anton San Diego, Christopher Chilip, Patricia Chilip, and model-designer Tina Maristela-Ocampo and her husband Rico.

CAAP has yet to determine what caused the crash.

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