Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Accident occurred July 14, 2015 in Monroe County, Ilinois

FESTUS, Mo. - A plane used for skydiving crashed Tuesday afternoon resulting in no injuries.

The plane, a four-seat skydiving plane, took off from Festus Memorial Airport at around 2 or 3 p.m., an airport employee said. The plane was being used for the Fly Free skydiving school.

After the planned skydivers jumped from the plane, the plane malfunctioned. The pilot lost control of the plane when he was supposed to be returning to the airport. With the plane drifting southwest toward Illinois, the pilot decided to jump.

He landed safely and has since joined the search team looking for the plane. The searchers know the plane crashed somewhere in Monroe County, Ill., but have not pinpointed the location.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A pilot was forced to jump from a small Cessna 182 plane after departing from Festus Memorial Airport, airport officials said.

The pilot took a group of skydivers up in the air on Tuesday afternoon and after the skydivers all jumped, the pilot began experiencing problems.

The pilot circled the airport a few times before deciding to exit the plane. He then flew over to rural Southern Illinois and parachuted from the plane.

The pilot was not injured and none of the skydivers knew there was an issue, officials said.

Source:  http://www.kmov.com

Search for cockpit canopy which fell to earth from 1,500 feet over Leicestershire, UK

Tony Barber, right, on a training flight.

The aircraft pictured before it's cockpit canopy was lost. 

A 10kg aircraft canopy crashed to the ground in Leicestershire last week after the pilot opened it to let in fresh air after carbon monoxide leaked into his cockpit.

Tony Barber, 47, a pilot with 20 years experience, was flying at 1,500 feet over Stoney Stanton or Earl Shilton, near Hinckley last Tuesday at about 2.30pm when the 4ftx3ft perspex canopy blew off in the wind.

It was only by chance that the canopy missed hitting the aircraft's tail which could have sent him plummeting to the ground.

The engineer and part time flying instructor made an emergency landing at the former airfield at nearby Bruntingthorpe in his two-seater kit-built sport aircraft.

He said: "Carbon monoxide leaking into the cockpit was detected by a built in monitor which began emitting an alarm.  I opened the canopy slightly to let in some fresh air.

"The wind got up and blew it off. It was very fortunate that it didn't career backwards and break the tail off or I would have lost control to a large degree."

Mr Barber, who was en route to Sywell airfield in Northamptonshire, from Tattenhill, in Staffordshire, was making his second flight in the aircraft which he bought two months ago.

He added: "I was flying approximately two miles east of Hinckley, around the area of Stoney Stanton or Earl Shilton.

" I was flying over open countryside at the time. I would very much like to find the canopy as it is very difficult to remake.

"It will be difficult to replace and I am hoping to find it rather than get a new one which would be very expensive and made to spec.

"While the Perspex will be shattered the metal frame may be salvageable.  It is probably lying in a farmer's field of corn or something like that."

Mr Barber, of Newmarket, Suffolk, who was alone in the plane, reported the incident to Leicestershire Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch the same day.

He added:"I knew Bruntingthorpe was nearby because I had planned my route to fly over countryside rather than any built up areas.

"Investigations are going on into how the carbon monoxide leaked into the cockpit, things like this don't happen regularly, but it's not unheard of. It's why monitors are fitted into aircraft.

"It can happen when you get a crack in the exhaust getting through the firewall into the cockpit.   If it happened in a car you could just stop and get out, but it's not quite so easy when you're flying."

An AAIB spokesperson said: "AAIB is aware and is investigating by correspondence."

If you find the canopy, please call the Mercury newsdesk on 0116 222 4240.

Source: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk

County code amendment to include private airstrips -Cache County, Utah

The Cache County Council is considering an amendment to county code to formally allow citizens to apply to build private airstrips on their property.

“We are very supportive of this and appreciate the Council taking the time for this,” Mendon resident Rachel Holyoak commented at the June 4 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. “I think this does the right thing in making sure that we aren’t infringing on our neighbors but still be allowed to have an airstrip.”

The Cache County Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 14, for a proposed amendment to county code that will formally define private airports, following the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval earlier this year.

The proposed amendment to Title 17 of county code, officially called Ordinance 2015-09, has been in discussion since April. Spurred by concerns over safety after reports of planes landing on a shared private road in Mendon and a plane landing in a residential area on a private airstrip in Paradise, as well as numerous requests by county residents to have legal airstrips on their property, the Commission examined the code and found found the need for increased specificity.

In providing a definition for private airports, the door is opened to smaller, more recreational operations.

Under the proposed amendment, private airports do not need to be licensed by the state of Utah, but they still must meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which provides oversight of landing sites.

Although private airports do not need to be put on maps, they must still be registered with the FAA as a designated landing strip. The areas in the county where private airports are allowed are all listed under conditional use to allow for adjacent landowners to voice any concerns before a private airport’s approval.

Holyoak, whose husband, Nathan, has a pilot’s license and owns a small plane hangared on their land, previously had an airstrip until the county requested its removal under the previous code, which didn’t make any distinction between private and commercial airstrips. The amendment would allow her and her husband to work with the commission to rebuild it legally, provided that it meets the requirements of the FAA as well as County Code.

“As someone who is hoping this will be considered, I want to be a law abiding citizen and still hangar our plane at our house,” Holyoak said at the April 9 meeting where the amendment was first discussed. “Our intent wouldn’t be to be a trouble or to cause problems, but to be able to use the property for some of the reasons we purchased it.”

Military and commercial pilot Greg Musselman, who operated his small, self-built airplane from his property for eight months until a neighbor requested him to stop, echoed Holyoak’s desires.

“The county does need to have oversight over this, and the FAA obviously already does,” he said at the June 4 Commission meeting. “This is a property rights issue for me. We just want to use our property in a legal and respectful way and the way we want to.”

Following the July 14 public hearing on the amendments, the County Council can vote to approve it immediately. However, the final decision on the amendment is expected to take place at the Council’s July 28 meeting.

Source:  http://news.hjnews.com

Grumman American AA-5 Traveler, N1356R: Accident occurred July 13, 2015 at Southbridge Municipal Airport (3B0), Massachusetts

National Transportation Safety Board taking look at Southbridge plane accident

SOUTHBRIDGE - The Federal Aviation Administration, citing the extent of damage to a fixed-wing, single-engine airplane at the Southbridge Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon, upgraded the case to "an aircraft accident" on Tuesday, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said.

As a result, the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, he said. FAA officials were at the accident site Tuesday morning and made the assessment about the upgrade, Mr. Peters said.

Deputy Fire Chief Paul Normandin, who was at the accident site Monday, said, "It looks like at this point the pilot didn’t have enough lift to get off the ground. He had made some attempts to continue on, but at the last moment decided to put it down on the ground, and ended up landing in trees and against a fence to the roadway."

Deputy Chief Normandin said fuel and electronics were immediately shut off after the accident.

"It didn’t appear to be any leakage or damage to the fuel tanks," he said.

Added Fire Chief Mark W. DiFronzo: "The plane attempted to take off, had some type of problem, but we're not sure what it is, and that’s why the FAA is investigating. That's really all we know for now."

None of the three occupants of the four-seater were injured, according to airport manager Ronald Plouffe, who said the plane was damaged "quite a bit."
Mr. Plouffe declined to answer any additional questions, citing the federal investigation.

The plane, a Grumman American Aviation Corp. AA-5, is registered to John J. Glennon of Holland.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.telegram.com

JOHN J.  GLENNON:  http://registry.faa.gov/N1356R


Date:     13-JUL-15
Time:     18:29:00Z
Regis#:     N1356R
Aircraft Make:     GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model:     AA5
Event Type:     Incident
Highest Injury:     None
Damage:     Unknown   
Flight Phase:     TAKEOFF (TOF)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Windsor Locks FSDO-63
State:     Massachusetts