Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Supervisors cool to helicopter • Need versus risk weighed at Tuesday work session

Reluctant Cochise County Supervisors were not convinced that the Sheriff’s Office needs a helicopter, despite an offer from the Buffet Foundation to purchase and pay for the aircraft. 

At a work session meeting Tuesday, Supervisor Ann English said the risks of operating a helicopter outweigh the benefits to the Sheriff’s Office.

“I cannot support the acquisition or accept the gift of a helicopter,” English said.

Patrol Commander Mark Genz, who headed the previous Sheriff’s Department helicopter program, said the aircraft proved to be valuable before it crashed on New Year’s Eve, killing the pilot and a passenger.

The previous program began in May, 2013, with the Sheriff’s Office patrolling the county from the air for 30 hours a month. All costs associated with leasing, insuring and operating the helicopter were paid for by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, a philanthropic organization with holdings in Willcox.

Genz said the helicopter proved useful after a water main break occurred between the Huachuca Mountains and Tombstone.

“We got a call that the water main broke and there was no water coming into Tombstone, so we called out the helicopter and within 15 minutes spotted exactly where the problem was,” Genz said.

The helicopter also speeded the transfer of election ballots to Graham County when Cochise County ballot-counting equipment malfunctioned.

Other instances Genz referred to included rescuing a hiker with a broken leg who was lost in the Chiricahua Mountains, capturing a homicide suspect in the Sierra Vista area and taking aerial photographs of a murder scene in the Sunsites area.

“One thing we know is that when the helicopter is up there, the bad guys are going to hunker down. They’re less like to run if they know there is a helicopter above them,” Genz said.

He said there were two incidents during the sheriff’s operation of the helicopter.

In September, 2014, a mechanical error caused the engine to quit and the helicopter had a “hard landing,” which “destroyed,” the aircraft, Genz said. He said the malfunction was caused when a fuel line was not properly secured.

On Dec. 31, 2014, after a major overhaul of the helicopter was completed in Glendale, the helicopter crashed near Benson during a peculiar winter snow storm.

Genz said during the work session that the aircraft was not equipped with a radar altimeter and there is a possibility that the pilot did not know the helicopter was close to the ground when it struck trees and crashed.

In May, Genz said, the Sheriff’s Department was approached about starting a new helicopter program, with one major change from the previous program.

“This time, we would own the helicopter,” Genz said.

The Sheriff’s spokesman said he has been trying to find a company that would provide insurance, a pilot and perform maintenance on a new helicopter, but hasn’t had much luck.

“Turns out there aren’t many companies out there that are doing this, providing for everything,” Genz said.

Supervisor Richard Searle questioned the monthly cost of operating the helicopter, recalling it was “… around $100,000.”

Genz said all costs are covered by the foundation, but that he was aware it cost $83,000 for 30 hours of operation, and that did not include the fuel costs.

Genz said the new helicopter is estimated to cost about $3.8 million, and if the county decided after three years to discontinue the program, it could sell the helicopter as an asset.

Supervisor Pat Call said more information is needed on the county’s liability. He also said he was not sure about the need.

“We’re looking a gift horse in the mouth. Having a foundation that has helped this county already so much, is impressive,” Call said.

Instead of a helicopter, Call said he knows the sheriff wants “more boots on the ground,” to bolster his department with another three or four deputies.

Genz said he did not think funding for more deputies would be amenable to the Buffett Foundation.

“Day-to-day, hour in, hour out, we can use more deputies,” Call said. “I’m not arguing the value of a helicopter, but I’d like to see Sheriff Dannels have that conversation with the foundation.”

Genz assured board members that he would return to the Sheriff and foundation representatives to discuss the liability concerns held by supervisors, and would raise the question of hiring more deputies with the grant — instead of buying and operating a helicopter.

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Bell 206-L4,  N57AW, Cochise County Sheriff's Department:   Accident occurred  December 31, 2014  in  Benson, Arizona  

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA072
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 31, 2014 in Benson, AZ
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N57AW
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

On December 31, 2014, at 1710 mountain standard time, a Bell 206 L4, N57AW, collided with terrain 7 miles west of Benson, Arizona. The commercial pilot and pilot rated mechanic were fatally injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to N57AW LLC, and operated by Airwest Helicopters as 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on a company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated form Glendale, Arizona, at 1550, and was destined for Sierra Vista, Arizona.

The operator reported that the helicopter had not arrived at its destination and that the Sky Connect Tracking System indicated that the helicopter was at a stationary location between Tucson and Benson. The Cochise County Sheriff located the helicopter wreckage about 2030 at the location the Sky Connect system was reporting. The helicopter was fragmented into multiple pieces along a 174-foot-long debris path. Witnesses living in the local area reported hearing a low flying helicopter around the time of the accident, and that the visibility at ground level was very limited, with low clouds and fog.

Jeff Steele was killed in a helicopter crash in southern Arizona on New Year's Eve. He was a retired Glendale police officer. 
Courtesy Glendale Police Department

Bell 206L LongRanger IV, N64AW, Cochise County Sheriff’s Department: Accident occurred September 12, 2014 in Tombstone, Arizona 


NTSB Identification: WPR14LA374 
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, September 12, 2014 in Tombstone, AZ
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration: N64AW
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

On September 12, 2014 about 1115 mountain standard time, the pilot of a Bell 206L4, N64AW, initiated a forced landing onto a gravel road following a partial loss of power near Tombstone, Arizona. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Airwest Helicopters LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The commercial rated pilot and one passenger were uninjured; the helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Sierra Vista Municipal Airport – Libby Army Airfield, Sierra Vista, Arizona at 1050 for a local flight.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight the helicopter's RPM suddenly started to decrease, he reduced power and initiated a forced landing. During the approach to land the engine lost complete power and the helicopter impacted the ground hard. Subsequently, the helicopter's skids spread and the main rotor blade severed the tail boom.

The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Socata TBM-700, N425KJ: Fatal accident occurred July 29, 2015 at Timmerman Airport (KMWC), Milwaukee, Wisconsin

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: 


NTSB Identification: CEN15FA328
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI
Aircraft: SOCATA TBM 700, registration: N425KJ
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

On July 29, 2015, about 1810 central daylight time, a Socata model TBM 700 single-engine turboprop airplane, N425KJ, was destroyed during a postimpact fire after it collided with terrain following a loss of control during an aborted landing at Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport (MWC), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The airline transport pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to Trustey Management Corporation and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 while on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight that departed Beverly Municipal Airport (BVY), Beverly, Massachusetts, at 1552 eastern daylight time.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) data, the flight had been cleared for a visual approach to runway 33R (4,103 feet by 75 feet, asphalt). At 1808:12 (hhmm:ss), while on a 2.5 mile final approach, the pilot asked the tower controller for the current wind conditions. At 1808:18, the tower controller told the pilot that the prevailing wind was from 230 degrees at 10 knots. At 1808:21, the pilot replied "Three zero one zero, thanks, or two three zero?" At 1808:24, the tower controller stated "Two three, two thirty."

In a postaccident interview, the tower controller reported that he established visual contact with the accident airplane when it was on a 3 mile final approach to runway 33R. The tower controller stated that the airplane's landing gear appeared to be extended during final approach and that the airplane landed within the runway's marked touchdown zone. The tower controller stated that the airplane did not appear to bounce upon landing; however, he heard a squealing noise that was longer in duration than typical. Shortly after the landing the pilot transmitted "Go-Around." (According to an ATC audio recording, the pilot transmitted "Go-Around" at 1809:56) The tower controller stated that he acknowledged the aborted landing and cleared the pilot to enter a left traffic pattern. The tower controller stated that he heard the engine speed accelerate and observed the airplane maintain a level attitude over the runway until it passed the taxiway charley intersection. He then observed the airplane pitch-up and enter a climbing left turn. The tower controller stated that the airplane appeared to "stall" during the climbing left turn and subsequently descended into terrain while in a left wing low attitude.

A postaccident examination of the runway revealed numerous slash marks that were consistent with propeller blades striking the asphalt surface. The first propeller strike was identified about 1,384 feet from the runway 33R threshold. There were 22 propeller strike marks identified over a distance of about 25 feet 7 inches. The propeller strike marks were located slightly to the right of the runway centerline. There were numerous small asphalt pieces found adjacent to the slash markings.

The main wreckage was located in an open field located on the west side of the airport property. The initial impact was identified by a small ground depression that contained pieces of red lens material that were consistent with the left wing navigational light. A large area of burnt ground and vegetation preceded the main wreckage. The wreckage debris path was oriented on a 180-degree heading and measured about 141 feet long. The propeller, nose landing gear, right flap, and left aileron were located along the wreckage debris path. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, empennage, both wings, and the engine. The main wreckage was oriented on a north heading. A majority of the fuselage, including the cockpit and cabin, and the left wing were consumed by the postimpact fire. The cockpit Garmin G1000 avionic components, including the nonvolatile memory cards, were destroyed by the postimpact fire. Flight control continuity could not be established due to impact and fire damage; however, all observed separations were consistent with overstress or were consumed during the postimpact fire. The landing gear selector switch was found in the GEAR DOWN position. Measurements of the landing gear actuators were consistent with all three landing gear being fully extended at the time of impact. Examination of the nose wheel tire and right main tire did not reveal any flat spots. The right main and nose wheel assemblies rotated freely and no anomalies were noted with the right brake components. A majority of the left main tire had been consumed during the postimpact fire. The four fuselage skid plates, installed on the lower wing spar carry-through structure, did not exhibit any evidence of scraping damage. The lower VHF antenna had separated from the fuselage and was located along the wreckage debris path. The lower VHF antenna did not exhibit any evidence of scraping damage. The trailing edge of the right flap and the corresponding flap track fairings did not exhibit any evidence of scraping damage. The left flap was partially consumed during the postimpact fire. Measurements of the flap actuator jack screws were consistent with the flaps in the landing configuration (34-degrees).

The propeller assembly and the forward section of the reduction gearbox had separated from the engine and were found along the wreckage debris path. All four propeller blades remained attached to the hub assembly and exhibited S-shape bends, tip curls, chordwise scratching, and leading edge damage. The fractured propeller shaft exhibited features consistent with torsional overload. The engine exhaust exhibited evidence of torsional bending associated with impact. The downstream face of the compressor turbine disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring from contact with the adjacent static components. The upstream face of the compressor turbine disc and blades were unremarkable. The first-stage power turbine vane and baffle exhibited rub marks on both sides from contact with the power turbine and compressor turbine discs and blades. The first-stage power turbine disc and blades exhibited rotational scoring on the upstream face. Examination of the engine oil filter and magnetic chip detectors did not reveal any significant particulate contamination. The observed damage to the propeller and engine components were consistent with the engine operating at a medium-to-high power output at the time of impact.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Milwaukee FSDO-13

Any witnesses should email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email .

Thousands gathered yesterday to mourn the loss of a Wenham father and his daughter who were killed last week in a fiery plane crash outside Milwaukee.

Kris Trustey, the wife of Joseph Trustey and mother of Anna Trustey, told friends and family gathered for the funeral at Gordon College that there are two options for dealing with such intense grief.

“We can avoid, or we can embrace,” Kris Trustey said. “We can choose to avoid all that reminds us of the person we lost, never going again to that restaurant because it was his favorite, stopping a longstanding tradition because it is too painful. Or we can embrace.

“I found embracing much easier than avoiding,” she said, “and I hope that you, if you are able, embrace Joe and Anna in your grief.”

Joseph Trustey, a 53-year-old investment executive in Boston and former U.S. Army captain, was flying his 18-year-old daughter Anna to visit Marquette College in Milwaukee when the plane he was piloting crashed at Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport.

The deaths of Joseph and Anna came less than a year after the family had lost their son and brother Andrew Joseph “AJ” Trustey to epilepsy.

Friends of the family, including former Gov. Mitt Romney and Charlie Weis, ex-offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, reached out with words of support. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley sent his condolences through Father Gerard Petringa, the episcopal vicar for the North Region of the Boston Archdiocese.

Funeral attendees yesterday quickly filled the 1,800-seat chapel at Gordon College, and hundreds more observed the Mass from the grass outside or in two overflow rooms on campus.

The Rev. Paul Kollman told the family that the crowds gathered would do anything to lessen the pain they are feeling. “The burden of grief falls heavy and deep,” he said.”

Caroline Trustey, Anna’s older sister, remembered how her father and sister shared a special connection through the games they played with each other and their memorable personalities.

“Anna and my dad are always in cahoots with one another. They are the personalities of our family, the two who people naturally gravitate towards. … I cannot think of a better duo to be together on their last day.”


Joseph and Anna Trustey, together on the day of her school prom in April, were killed in a plane crash Wednesday, July 29.

French aviation authorities released a report last year documenting a number of crashes involving the same make and model as the airplane that crashed last week in Milwaukee, killing a Wenham businessman and his 18-year-old daughter.

The BEA, the French agency responsible for airplane safety investigations, did not conclude that the Socata TBM 700, a powerful single-engine turboprop that has been manufactured in France since the late 1980s, was unsafe.

But the agency documented 36 accidents involving the aircraft between 1990 and 2010, including six crashes in which the airplane lost control while banking to the left during landing.

The pilot in those accidents had been flying the TBM 700 manually, with the autopilot disengaged. In many of the crashes, the pilot was also completing a long flight after an exhausting day at work, suggesting that fatigue might have been a factor.

As a result, French officials recommended that pilots receive additional training to help them fly the TBM 700 at low speeds while landing, and to make them aware of the dangers of flying after a long day at work.

American investigators have not said what caused last Wednesday’s crash of a TBM 700, which killed Joseph F. Trustey, a top executive at the Boston private equity firm Summit Partners, and his daughter, Anna, who was preparing to visit Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Trustey’s airplane had been descending toward Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport, when he called air traffic control and was given clearance to land, according to an audio recording of the communication obtained by the Globe.

When the plane was less than half a mile from the airport, Trustey called back asking the direction of the wind, according to the recording. Trustey then told the control tower he was taking a “go-around,” indicating he did not feel comfortable landing and would circle once more before touching down. He did not say why.

The next voice on the recording was an air traffic control worker requesting helicopter assistance and saying, “I’ve got a crash on the airfield.”

The deaths of Joseph and Anna Trustey have touched off an outpouring of grief among the family’s friends as well as from prominent figures in local business and philanthropic circles where Joseph Trustey was well known. A funeral Mass for both father and daughter will be said Wednesday at Gordon College in Wenham.

The National Transportation Safety Board has said a preliminary report on the accident is expected later this week.

Trustey, 53, was an experienced pilot with no record of accidents, incidents, or violations, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. He was initially certified to fly in February 2006, and was authorized to fly commercially. He kept a Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet and the Socata TBM 700 at Beverly Municipal Airport.

Socata officials could not be reached for comment Monday.

There are more than 550 TBM 700s in use around the world, and the report by the French aviation agency said the number of accidents compared to the number of flying hours has dropped markedly since 1996.

Designed for private pilots, the airplanes have as much power as a small twin-engine jet, according to the report. That means pilots who train on a Cessna with a 150-horsepower engine must learn how to handle the TBM’s 700-horsepower engine, said Joe Birkinbine, a certified Socata instructor in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

“It’s not known as an unsafe aircraft, by any means,” said Birkinbine, who has logged more than 1,000 hours at the controls of a TBM 700. “It is known as high-performance, single-engine turbo prop. That means it has high horsepower; it has some complicated aircraft systems. It does require special training to be insurance qualified.”

Birkinbine said pilots must use caution to avoid stalling while flying slowly in a TBM 700, just as they would in any airplane. “Go-arounds are a common flight maneuver,” he said, “and when you do execute a go-around in the TBM, you have to be careful with slow, steady application of power, back to a climb power setting.”

Andrew Knott, executive director of the TBM Owners and Pilots Association, said he did not know of any specific problems with the TBM-700 and was waiting for the NTSB to shed more light on the cause of last week’s crash.

“The TBM is a relatively straightforward aircraft to fly,” Knott said. “It doesn’t have any particular bad habits close to the ground, and I’m frankly at a loss to understand what happened in this particular case.”


Obituary for Anna Trustey 

Anna Kathleen Trustey, 18, of Wenham, Massachusetts passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in an accident that also claimed the life of her father. Born in Beverly, Massachusetts on April 25, 1997, on her parents’ tenth wedding anniversary, Anna was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Kristine Anderson Trustey and cherished sister of A.J. (deceased), Caroline, and Claire. 

Anna attended Hamilton-Wenham public schools and graduated from Shore Country Day School in 2012. She attended Brooks School where she was a rising senior. Anna was an accomplished student-athlete and played varsity soccer and lacrosse throughout her years at Brooks. In addition to her successes on the playing field, Anna was held in the highest regard among her classmates and teachers at Brooks. She was captain of both the soccer and lacrosse teams, and had recently been elected Prefect by the entire student body and faculty at Brooks. Prefect is the school’s highest student leadership position and a recognition of Anna's accomplishments and impact on her community. Anna treasured time spent with her family. Together they enjoyed trips to many interesting destinations worldwide, summers on Lake Winnipesaukee, and winters skiing in Park City, Utah. In addition to these adventures, Anna loved time at home with her family. She could turn a quiet evening into a comedy showcase with her funny impressions, singing, dancing and humor. Anna was loved by her many friends and lit up a room with her radiant smile. Her quick wit entertained all who knew her and her kind spirit will be dearly missed.

Along with her mother and sisters, Anna is survived by her loving grandfather, Joseph Trustey of Glastonbury, CT; her aunts and uncles, Anne Marie (Trustey) and Kurt Guggenberger of North Andover, MA; Jeannie (Trustey) and Kevin Sullivan of Andover, MA; Kevin and Nancy Anderson of Chesterton, IN; Keith Anderson of South Bend, IN; and Jeanne (Anderson) and Bill Bruner of Muncie, IN. Anna leaves behind many cousins whom she loved dearly. She was also the granddaughter of the late Richard and Joann Anderson of Chesterton, IN, and Carol Trustey of Glastonbury, CT.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00 am at the AJ Gordon Memorial Chapel at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Rd., (Exit 17 off Rte. 128) in Wenham, MA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday beginning at 3pm and concluding with a prayer service at 8:00 pm at the Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot St., Beverly, MA. Burial will be private. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Anna’s memory to the Anna Trustey Memorial Fund, Brooks School, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845.

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Obituary for Joseph Trustey 

Joseph Francis Trustey, 53, of Wenham, Massachusetts passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in an accident that also claimed the life of his daughter. Joe was the beloved husband of Kristine Anderson Trustey and the very proud father of A.J. (deceased), Caroline, Anna (deceased) and Claire. The son of Joseph Trustey and the late Carol (Bodell) Trustey, Joe was born July 10, 1962 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and raised in Glastonbury, CT. He attended the University of Notre Dame where he received a BS in Chemical Engineering and went on to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. 

Joe was a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer at Summit Partners at the time of his death. He joined Summit in 1992 and was instrumental in both defining and executing the firm’s strategy and culture. Over the course of his career, Joe led investments in more than 25 companies. Prior to working at Summit he worked as a consultant for Bain & Co. and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. 

Above all else, Joe adored spending time with his family - whether boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, skiing in Utah, traveling the world, or simply exchanging good-natured tweets with his children. Joe also loved all things Notre Dame. He traveled to South Bend each fall to attend almost every home football game and was actively involved at the school, serving on the Notre Dame Engineering Advisory Council, the Undergraduate Advisory Council and the Wall Street Leadership Committee. Joe was deeply committed to Notre Dame’s mission of service. He and his wife established the Trustey Family Scholars Program and the Trustey Family STEM fellowships to provide educational opportunities to students at Notre Dame - the school from which he had benefited so much. 

Always the lover of a good practical joke, Joe relished the challenge of amusing and entertaining his many friends. He had a sterling intellect, a quick wit, a genuine warmth and a complete lack of pretense - all characteristics that allowed Joe to establish fast and lifelong friendships. He had a unique ability to engage with people. From the man on the street to the seasoned CEO, he connected with everyone on a personal level. 

Having served in the military, Joe had a deep respect for those that served this country. He was an avid pilot and used that skill to transport wounded veterans through the Wounded Veterans Airlift Command, and ill children and their families through the Angel Flight Network. Joe was an accomplished athlete completing six marathons. He completed countless triathlons, with the pinnacle being the 2000 Ironman in Lake Placid. He was a determined bicyclist and was instrumental in growing Team Daisy’s participation each year in the Pan Mass Challenge. Joe was also very active in his community and served as a member and leader on numerous boards including Citi Performing Arts Center, Shore Country Day School, Brooks School, St. John’s Preparatory School, Essex County Community Foundation, Hannah & Friends and Father Flanagan’s Fund. 

Along with his wife, Kris, and children, Caroline and Claire, Joe is survived by his loving father Joseph Trustey of Glastonbury, CT; sister Anne Marie Guggenberger and her husband Kurt of North Andover, MA; sister Jeannie Sullivan and her husband Kevin of Andover, MA; brothers in law Kevin Anderson and his wife Nancy of Chesterton, IN; brother-in-law Keith Anderson of South Bend, IN; sister-in-law Jeanne Bruner and her husband Bill of Muncie, IN; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00 am at the AJ Gordon Memorial Chapel at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Rd., (Exit 17 off Rte. 128) in Wenham, MA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held Tuesday beginning at 3pm and concluding with a prayer service at 8:00 pm at the Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot St., Beverly, MA. Burial will be private. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joe’s memory to the A.J. Trustey Epilepsy Research Fund, c/o Virginia Fuller, Brigham & Woman’s Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115.

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Joseph Trustey and his daughter Anna

Anna Trustey

Joe Trustey 

Joe Trustey

The prestigious Beverly school where investment executive Joseph F. Trustey was formerly board president and his teenage daughter Anna was a 2013 honors graduate will host a candlelight vigil in their memory tonight at 7, Shore Country Day School announced this afternoon.

Joseph “Joe” Trustey, 53, of Wenham, chief operating officer of Summit Partners in the South End, and his daughter Anna, 18, who would have been a senior at the Brooks School in North Andover this fall, died last night when their private plane crashed at Milwaukee’s Timmerman Field airport.

Tonight’s gathering will take place in the Cabot Street school’s Inspiration Garden and all are welcome to light a candle and write personal messages to be shared with their family.

Head of School Larry Griffin wrote in an email to the Shore Country community, “The tragic accident that took the lives of Joe and Anna ‘13 is a shocking and profound loss for our school and for the region.”

Joseph Trustey was taking Anna to Marquette University, where the school confirmed father and daughter were scheduled to take a campus tour today.

In a statement released to the Herald, the university said, “Our hearts go out to the Trustey family during this time of overwhelming tragedy. Anna Trustey and her father, Joseph, had plans to visit Marquette University today. We are so sorry for the family’s loss and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

Just last month a doctor and his wife from Tennessee, as well as the daughter they were bringing to Massachusetts for a visit to Northeastern University, perished when their small plane crashed into a house in Plainville.

The Trusteys flew out of Beverly Airport yesterday. Steve Malloy, a line-service technician, said he had seen Joseph Trustey about a half-dozen times in the past two months.

“He flew out weekly, usually a couple of trips per week,” Malloy said. “He was a good guy, more concerned with how you were doing before what was going on for business. He was very personable. Everyone liked him.”

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive at the crash site today.

Bay State notables from former Gov. Mitt Romney to Charlie Weis, ex-offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, are sharing their shock and grief for a family that was still coming to grips with the sudden death last October of Joseph Trustey’s only son, 22-year-old Andrew.

Romney, who worked with Joseph Trustey at Bain & Co., said, “With Joe Trustey’s sudden and tragic death, I’ve lost a good and loyal friend. Massachusetts and the nation have lost a man of uncommon intellect and capacity, a man who demonstrated that wisdom is the basis of enduring leadership. He helped build numerous companies and guided others to success that they would never have known without his commitment.

“Many, many people owe a large measure of their employment and opportunities to Joe,” Romney said in a statement. “Beyond his business acumen was his success as a father, husband and friend. His life of exuberance, discovery and service to others will be greatly missed.”

Joseph Trustey and his wife Kristine were supporters of Hannah and Friends, the Indiana-based nonprofit organization created by Weis and his wife Maura to provide housing and other opportunities for special needs children and adults.

“So unbelievably sad today, there are no words,” Maura Ravenhurst Weis said in an email to the Herald. “Our hearts go out to Kris and her daughters. Joe was a great friend to both us, but especially of Charlie’s.”

The Trusteys’ family requested privacy.

Martin J. Mannion, Summit Partners’ managing director and chief investment officer, said Joseph Trustey “was uniquely distinguished in so many ways: as a partner, a leader and a friend. He was a wonderful husband and father who also cared deeply for those with whom he worked both inside and outside the firm. He touched everybody he met with his intellect, his sterling character and his engaging sense of humor. We cannot express how much we will miss his presence in our lives.”

In addition to her mother, Anna Trustey is survived by her sisters Caroline and Claire.

In a letter to parents and alumni this morning, John R. Packard, head of the Brooks School, where Joseph Trustey was board president and Anna played lacrosse, called the tragedy “excruciating.”

“I am sorry to be writing with terribly sad news. Last night, Brooks School trustee Joe Trustey and his daughter Anna ‘16 were killed in a plane crash. Joe was a pillar of support to everyone in his life, and certainly to Brooks School. I cannot overstate what his support has meant to me. Anna was beloved by all who were fortunate enough to know her. She was good to the core. To lose them both is excruciating,” Packard wrote.

“In the coming days, I will have more to say about Joe, Anna and what they meant to Brooks School. For now, I wanted you to be aware that we have opened the Chapel for current students, alumni, parents, and faculty who want to come to campus to be among friends.”

Joseph Trustey was a certified pilot, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The FAA aircraft registry states his company, Trustey Management, owns a fixed-wing, single-engine 2009 SOCATA TBM 700. Malloy said Trustey also kept a jet at Beverly Airport.

Joseph Trustey was also a former captain in the U.S. Army, held a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and was a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School, his corporate biography states.

Prior to joining Summit Partners, he was a consultant with Bain & Co.

The Rev. Michael Lawlor of the Church of Saint Paul of Hamilton and Wenham, where the Trustey family are parishioners, told the Herald that Joseph and his widow Kristine “are terrific people, and in our community, wonderful parents to their children.

“Joe’s and Anna’s sudden passing yesterday in a plane accidents leaves their family with a deep loss and profound sadness,” he said. “Our parish community family and friends join our grief with theirs as we entrust our prayers to the God of all consolation, who ultimately brings us his peace and healing through sorrowful events as these.”

The Rev. Lawlor said the Trusteys “were always very, very helpful to me and the church. We’re very saddened.”

Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, said the department was securing the crash scene until NTSB personnel arrived.


Longtime Summit Partners investor Joe Trustey has passed away.

Joe Trustey, a managing director and chief operating officer of Summit Partners, was killed last night when his single-engine plane crashed at Milwaukee’s Timmerman Airport. Also killed was one of Trustey’s daughters, Anna, who is believed to be the plane’s only other occupant.

Trustey originally joined the Boston-based private equity firm in 1992, and focused on investments in the growth products and services sector. He had been serving on the boards of such portfolio companies as Central Security Group, Grand Design RV, Parts Town, QuietStream Financial, Vivint and Vivint Solar.

Before Summit, Trustey worked as a consultant with Bain & Co. and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Trustey is survived by his wife Kristine, and daughters Caroline and Claire. His son, A.J., passed away in late 2014.

Summit Partners has not yet issued a formal statement, nor have the victims been identified by transportation authorities, but dozens of comments of condolence have been posted on social media accounts of Trustey family members. The plane was registered to Trustey Management Corp.

Update:  Summit Partners has issued the following statement:

It is with immense sadness that Summit Partners announces that our beloved friend and colleague, Joseph F. Trustey, and his daughter, Anna were involved in a plane crash on Wednesday evening. Joe and Anna were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit tour, and tragically, neither survived the accident.

Joe joined Summit Partners full-time in 1992 and was an invaluable asset to the firm and a respected leader in the growth equity industry more broadly.

Summit’s Marty Mannion said: “Joe was uniquely distinguished in so many ways: as a partner, a leader and a friend. He was a wonderful husband and father who also cared deeply for those with whom he worked both inside and outside the firm. He touched everybody he met with his intellect, his sterling character and his engaging sense of humor. We cannot express how much we will miss his presence in our lives.”

We appreciate the outpouring of support, comfort and prayers that are being offered by all those who knew and loved Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Trustey family, and we are focused on supporting them during this challenging time.


Two people were killed when a small plane plummeted to the ground and burst into flames outside Milwaukee's Lawrence J. Timmerman Airport Wednesday evening.
Emergency responders received initial calls of a crash on the Wisconsin city's northwest side just after 6 p.m. Witnesses reported seeing a single-engine plane engulfed in flames.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner was placed on standby soon after as firefighters and police crews worked to put out the blazing aircraft and clear the intense clouds of black smoke that blanketed the scene. The medical examiner then confirmed two fatalities.

Officials said the fatal crash unraveled as the flight was approaching the airport about five miles north of downtown Milwaukee, although the flight’s manifests do not indicate Timmerman Airport was the intended destination.

Audio tapes released late Wednesday from a website monitoring air traffic interaction revealed the pilot had communication with the control tower right before landing, but it is still unknown what ultimately sent the plane crashing down.

In the tapes the male pilot can be heard announcing the plane is approaching Runway 33 before being cleared to land.

A chopper pilot from NBC Chicago’s affiliate station in Wisconsin reports the plane was doing what they call a “go around,” which signals to the control tower that an approach or landing is not working out.

It was near a residential area by Appleton Avenue – just blocks from the airport located in the 9300 block of the same street – where the plane took an untimely turn and plummeted to the ground.

While weather had been clear in the area, there had been previous reports of high winds.

In the same tapes someone aboard the plane on the air traffic control frequency can be heard asking for a wind check just moments before the devastating crash.

By the end of the night Wednesday the only evidence left of the deadly accident that could be seen was a portion of the plane’s tail and an area of charred grass.

Both autopsies for the two killed are scheduled for Thursday, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is working with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the crash.


MILWAUKEE — Two people are dead after a small passenger plane crashed at Timmerman Airport on the city’s northwest side on Wednesday evening, July 29th.The initial call for first responders came in at 6:11 p.m. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigation what caused the crash.

FOX6 News spoke with a family who’s home butts up right to the edge of the airport and saw everything. For folks living just feet away from the wreckage, this is a sight they will never forget.

Kenneth Gipp heard a noise just after 6 p.m. and looked out his brother’s window to discover a shocking sight.

“Like a loud engine noise. I saw the aircraft leaning real hard to the right, it looked like the wing hit the ground first,” said Gipp.

Gipp saw the nose of the plane crashing into the ground.

“There were just a line of flames going from where it hit up to the plane,” said Gipp.

For other witnesses, there are prayers for whoever was on board.

“I don’t think anyone survived,” said Gipp.

A spokeswoman for the FAA says the FAA and the NTSB are gathering information about this crash and continue to investigate.


Two people were killed Wednesday evening when a small private plane crashed at Timmerman Airport on Milwaukee's northwest side, officials said.

The crash was reported shortly after 6 p.m., and the two people killed were the only people on board, according to a news release from Brian Dranzik, director of the Milwaukee County Department of Transportation.

No one on the ground was injured, and the crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, according to the release. The Federal Aviation Administration also will investigate the accident.

The aircraft became engulfed in flames after the crash, said Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County sheriff's office.

Flight manifests do not indicate Timmerman as the planned landing field for the aircraft, McLaughlin said.

The pilot of the plane had radioed in for a "go around," which signals that an approach or landing is not working out, according to a report from WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.


Marquart Charger MA-5, N171MC: Incident occurred July 29, 2015 in Fernley, Lyon County, Nevada

Date: 29-JUL-15
Time: 21:09:00Z
Regis#: N171MC
Aircraft Make: MARQUART
Aircraft Model: MA5
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA  Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11
State: Nevada



FERNLEY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- A small plane that made an emergency landing on U.S. 95 east of Fernley Wednesday was on its way from Wisconsin to California when it ran into trouble, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

The plane struck a 70 mph sign along the highway and then was able to pull to shoulder out of the way of traffic, trooper Karen Garretson said.

The plane is identified as a Marquart Charger MA-5 experimental aircraft. It was carrying a pilot and passenger, who are husband and wife from Groveland, California, according to Garretson.

The couple started their day in Ogden, Utah, with fueling stops in Elko, Nevada, and Winnemucca, Nevada, Garretson said.

The plane was being taken apart late Wednesday afternoon so it could be transported to Reno-Stead Airport.

The plane is not a participant in the Reno Air Race, Garretson said.

FERNLEY, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are in the Trinity area where a small plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 95 east of Fernley, the NHP said.

No injuries are reported.

A woman in the plane told the NHP that the plane had fuel issues and needed to make the emergency landing on the roadway’s shoulder, Trooper Karen Garretson said.

The site is along U.S. 95 about 1 mile south of Trinity, Nevada, which is about 65 miles northeast of Reno.

The emergency landing was reported shortly before 2:10 p.m.

Traffic is not blocked, the NHP said.

Wingtip and engine damage were reported, Garretson said.

It’s not immediately known where the plane was headed when it ran into trouble or how many people were on board.

The plane is now parked off the shoulder of the roadway.

No vehicles were damaged.

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Medflight helicopter makes emergency landing • No patients on board helicopter, company says

BOSTON —A medical helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Dorchester on Wednesday morning.

According to Boston Medflight, the helicopter was returning to Plymouth after transporting a patient to Massachusetts General Hospital when a warning light came on.

The pilot decided to make a precautionary landing at Pope John Paul Park in Dorchester.

There were no patients on board at the time.

A maintenance crew was en route to diagnose the problem.

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Lower income led to Chico Municipal Airport (KCIC) deficit

Chico >> The financial bottom line at the Chico Municipal Airport is that expenses outpace revenues, according to Chico’s top financial official.

“That’s not necessarily a bad thing,” said Administrative Services Director Frank Fields. “But it takes a policy decision to let that happen.”

Fields was addressing the Chico Airport Commission, which has struggled for years with a budget that this year is $1.4 million in the red. Fields noted a city memo from 1953 that indicated the airport budget was in a deficit then.

“The solution has to be from increasing revenue,” Fields told the commission, which has tried to get a handle on the airport budget and kicked around some possibilities like charging for terminal parking.

As it stands now, any area — like the airport — that ends up in the red is subsidized by the city’s General Fund. The city is working toward ending deficits and building reserves, Fields said.

“The airport is upside down because of operating revenue and expenses.”

For years, incoming and outgoing funds were keeping relatively even, Fields noted, until Aero Union left the airport. A long-time airport tenant, the air tanker system manufacturer left a number of city-owned airport buildings vacant when it moved to Sacramento. The loss of rental revenue was about a 40 percent hit on the airport budget, he noted.

Ironically, following Fields’ presentation to the Airport Commission, the consulting firm AvPORTS made a presentation on the airport, focusing on how to attract a commercial airlines back to serving Chico. But it also has been asked to delve more deeply into the financial situation.

Under the city contract, AvPORTS is expected to evaluate the physical condition of the city-owned buildings at the airport, federal dealings, airport staffing, and develop a budget and long-term financial projections, among other tasks.

AvPORTS representative Steve Forrer told the commission that he hopes all the items on the to-do list will be done by the end of September, although the contract calls for an end-of-year deadline.

Not only would AvPORTS like the long-term management contract for the airport, but it wants to be ready to get started in January, should the City Council award it the 10-year contract it wants.

While Forrer said it wasn’t controversial, negotiating the long-term contract could take weeks because of its complexity.

The commission asked AvPORTS about the progress into applying for a Department of Transportation small community air service development grant that would help attract an airlines, but Forrer said that would be better done in 2016 and closer to a time when attracting air service is more likely.

Apparently the size and condition of the terminal is an issue in air service attracting, with the old building needing more waiting room if bigger planes fly into Chico, plus Transportation Security Administration security facilities. More airlines are moving to large aircraft because of the carrying capacity and efficiency, not to mention the cost of operating older aircraft.

After the meeting, Tom Reich of AvPORTStold the E-R, “Regarding the passenger terminal at CIC, if an airline was to serve the airport with aircraft that have more than 50 seats, additional passenger hold room space would be needed so that passengers have a place to wait after passing through TSA. Additionally, the baggage claim facility would need to be expanded to accommodate the increased volume of checked baggage.” 

In another matter, the Airport Commission also decided to discuss reversionary clauses in airport hangar leases at a later time. Some tenants who lease T-hangar space from the city, but have paid for the construction of their hangars, have issues with the reversionary clauses.

That means that if the ground lease ends, the city would have an option to claim any improvements made to the property without compensation.

The Airport Commission could take up that discussion at is Oct. 27 meeting.