Sunday, August 9, 2015

Zenith 601 HD, N740JB: Incident occurred August 09, 2015 near Stuart Powell Field Airport (KDVK), Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky

The maiden flight of a home-built plane was cut short Sunday night when it crashed into a line of trees in rural Boyle County immediately after taking off.

Pilot James Board, who built the aircraft with a kit, was uninjured in the crash.

Board tried to land the plane in a hayfield when it became clear he didn't have enough lift, Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliot said.

But Board didn't see a power line near the field as he attempted the emergency landing, Elliot said.

The small single-engine plane, registered through the Federal Aviation Administration as a Zenith 601 HD, caught a wing on the line and crashed into the trees about 6:45 p.m., Elliot said.

The trees "softened the blow," Elliot said. "The hardest hit he said he had was when he unbuckled and fell to the ground."

The plane had taken off from Stuart Powell Airfield in Boyle County.

It was an experimental, or kit plane, Elliot said.

"You can get a kit for eight grand or you can by a full aircraft for thousands and thousands of dollars," he said. "So this man got the kit."

FAA officials removed the plane from the crash site on Monday and are investigating the crash, Elliot said.

It was the second crash involving Stuart Powell Airfield in about a month, but this crash was in no way similar to the crash on July 18, Elliot said.

The plane that crashed in July had gone down while trying to land at the airfield to refuel, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. The pilot in that crash suffered minor injuries.


Date: 09-AUG-15
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N740JB
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: CH601
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Personal
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: DANVILLE
State: Kentucky

AIRCRAFT CLIPPED SOME ELECTRICAL WIRES AND CRASHED BY A HIGHWAY. DANVILLE, KENTUCKY.

JAMES A. BOARD: http://registry.faa.gov/N740JB



BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- Drivers got quite a scare in Boyle County, Sunday night, when a plane crashed beside a highway.


Pilot James Board took off out of Stuart Powell Field and says it wasn't long before he felt something wasn't right. Board said he ascended to about 350 feet before the plane wouldn't climb any higher. Realizing he wouldn't make it back to the airport, Board began looking for places to land.

"I kept trying to keep away from houses and anything other than open fields," said Board. "I looked at the highway and it was a lot of traffic so I spotted this field and that's where I was heading. Of course I clipped the electric line and there is where I wound up in those cherry trees."

Boyle County Emergency Management Director, Mike Wilder, says the plane came crashing down near Highway 127, north of Junction City.

One woman, said she saw the plane spiral out of control.

"We turned around and plane was sputtering. He clipped the power line and he went right next door to the field. He just crashed right into the field," Marie Wethington said.

Luckily, Board walked away from the accident with only a few cuts on his hands and a bruised shoulder.

"We were just like, you just hit the power line, you're standing up. We were just really shocked that he was ok. I was the one needing more help after running over there," Wethington said.

The FAA was on scene Monday looking into what exactly went wrong with the airplane.

Source:  http://www.wkyt.com

  

  BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) - A pilot walked away with no injuries after the small plane he was flying crashed just outside of Danville Sunday night, emergency management officials say. 

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. Sunday. Emergency management officials tell ABC 36 News that the struck some high tension wires and went down into some trees along Highway 127, just south of Danville. 

"We are very fortunate," Mike Wilder, the director of Boyle County's emergency management says. The pilot was the only person on-board.

Wilder says small planes fly in and out of the Junction City airport all day long and it's a rare occurrence for a crash. But less than three weeks ago,  Boyle County first responders rushed out to a different plane crash along Simpson Lane in Junction City.

"It's probably been 15-to-20 years since we've had any kind of incident involving an airplane in Boyle County and we've had two in the last month," Wilder says. "We are getting our share."

In the crash three weeks ago, the pilot, who was the only person on-board, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be sending a investigative team to the crash site Monday morning. 




BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. —Drivers got quite a scare in Boyle County Sunday night, when a small aircraft crashed beside a highway.

Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder said the plane went down near Highway 127, north of Junction City.

Wilder said the pilot was not injured.

Maire Wethington was at a yard sale nearby and saw the plane spiral out of control.

"We turned around and (the) plane was sputtering. He clipped the power line and he went right next door to the field. He just crashed right into the field," she said.

Officials have not said where the pilot was going or coming from.

They said the pilot was well enough to leave the scene with his family.

"We were just like, you just hit the power line, you're standing up. We were just really shocked that he was OK. I was the one needing more help after running over there," Wethington said.

The scene will remain secure until federal investigators can take a look at the crash scene.




A pilot walks away uninjured after crashing his small plane in Boyle county Sunday night. It happened about a half-mile south of Danville on Highway 127. Although the crash happened around 7 p.m., deputies will stay on the scene throughout the night to guard the scene until the FAA can investigate in the morning. 


It's the second aviation accident in a month in Boyle County, and both pilots were fortunate enough to walk away. The plane that crashed Sunday evening is a small, single-engine plane. Emergency management officials say it clipped the power line on its way down, reducing the impact when it slammed into the trees and fence near the highway.

Officials say the pilot is a younger man. They're not sure where he's from or where he was going. He left shortly after the crash and refused any sort of medical treatment.

"He was still a little shaken up and a little frightened, but he said that he was glad to be alright, and that was basically it," said Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder. 

This plane crash scene is located along the route of the World's Longest Yard Sale. Due to its location, officials are expecting higher traffic in the morning, meaning they're keeping the scene very secure as they wait for the FAA to arrive around 10 Monday morning. 

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Aviat A-1 Husky, N6090U, registered to Wyoming Services LLC and operated by Aviad Corporation: Fatal accident occurred August 09, 2015 at Compton/Woodley Airport (KCPM), Compton, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lawndale, California
Lycoming Engines; Mesa, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N6090U

Location: Compton, CA
Accident Number: WPR15FA238
Date & Time: 08/09/2015, 1233 PDT
Registration: N6090U
Aircraft: AVIAT INC A 1
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Banner Tow

Analysis 

The commercial pilot was conducting a local banner tow flight. After five unsuccessful attempts to pick up the banner, the pilot was successful on the sixth attempt. According to ground personnel, the banner deployed normally, and the airplane's engine sounded normal. However, the pilot radioed to the ground personnel that the airplane was unable to climb. About that time, the ground personnel observed the banner releasing from the airplane's tail hook and falling to the ground. The airplane then wallowed left and right until it spun to the left as it descended and subsequently impacted the ground. The airplane burst into flames and was consumed by the postimpact fire. Postaccident examination noted no preimpact anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot had a history of difficulties executing banner pickups that included multiple low misses, adding power late, and pitching up too high. Although the pilot had been retrained the year before the accident, it is likely that he added power late, pitched up too high, or made both errors when picking up the banner, which resulted in the airplane's airspeed decaying to the point where the airplane exceeded its critical angle of attack and experienced an aerodynamic stall.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed and/or appropriate pitch attitude during a banner pickup, which resulted in the airplane exceeding its critical angle of attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall/spin at too low an altitude to allow recovery. 

Findings

Aircraft
Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Airspeed - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb
Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)

Uncontrolled descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

On August 9, 2015, at 1233 Pacific daylight time, an Aviat Husky A-1, N6090U, impacted the ground following a loss of control during a banner tow pickup at Compton/Woodley Airport, Compton, California. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. Aviad Corporation was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local banner tow flight.

Witnesses, who were ground personnel for the tow operation, reported that the pilot had unsuccessfully attempted to pick up a tow banner five times. He was successful on the sixth attempt, and the banner deployed normally, and the airplane's engine sounded normal. However, the pilot radioed to ground personnel that he was unable to climb. Witnesses reported that the banner released from the airplane's tail hook and fell to the ground. The airplane was wallowing left and right until it spun to the left and descended, subsequently impacted the ground, and burst into flames. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:4-point 
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/27/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  2501 hours (Total, all aircraft), 976 hours (Total, this make and model), 2400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He held a first-class medical certificate with no limitations or waivers that was issued on July 27, 2015. The pilot reported on the application for this medical certificate that he had a total time of 2,501 hours with 367 hours logged in the last 6 months. No personal flight records were located for the pilot. The pilot submitted an insurance form to the operator dated January 21, 2014, which reported a total of 384 hours in the accident airplane make and model.

Training records for the pilot were obtained from the operator, and the training instructor was interviewed. The records indicated that the pilot began banner tow training on May 8, 2013, and he completed the training on May 26, 2013. The training included 10 hours of ground school and 8.1 hours of flight training. According to the instructor who provided the training and served as the chief pilot for the operator, after the pilot completed this initial training, he was placed on the operator's waiver to conduct banner tows. The instructor reported that soon thereafter, "safety issues started developing" with the pilot. The issues included picking up the banner with the tailwheel, low approaches, nonstandard patterns, dragging banners along the ground, adding power late, pitching up too high, multiple low misses, flying under instrument flight rules in an airplane equipped only for flight under visual flight rules during multiple ferry flights, and making unapproved repairs to banner equipment. All of these issues arose during 2014; the instructor reported them to the owner, and the pilot was retrained. The instructor left the operator in December 2014. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AVIAT INC
Registration: N6090U
Model/Series: A 1 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1300
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/17/2015, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1878.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1P
Registered Owner: Wyoming Services LLC
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Aviad Corporation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

The airplane was an Aviat Inc., Model A-1, serial number 1300. A review of the airplane's logbooks revealed that the airplane had a total airframe time of 1,818.4 hours at the last annual inspection on April 17, 2015. The last maintenance entry in the logbook was dated July 18, 2015, at a total time of 1,878.8 hours.

The engine was a Lycoming O-360-A1P, serial number L-34663.36A. Total time recorded on the engine at the last 100-hour inspection on April 17, 2015, was 1,818.4 hours, which was also the time at major overhaul. 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHHR, 63 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 295°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Compton, CA (CPM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Compton, CA (CPM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1235 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Airport: COMPTON/WOODLEY (CPM)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 98 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3322 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Compton/Woodley Airport is owned by the County of Los Angeles and is operated under contract by American Airports Corporation (AAC). AAC is responsible for the management and operation of the uncontrolled general aviation airport.

At the time of the accident, AAC's under the contract with the County of Los Angeles was required AAC to have three airport facility employees on the airport. At the time of the accident, there was only one employee on site. No other employees were available to respond to the accident site with any of the available airport equipment.

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  33.889444, -118.245556 

The airplane wreckage was located in the grass to the south of runway 25L and adjacent to taxiway Foxtrot. The banner system was located about midfield in the grassy area between runways 25L and 25R. Examination revealed no damage to either the banner or the tow hook rope.

The airplane came to rest in a nose-down configuration. The underside of the airplane was facing west. The tail section was bent forward towards the east. The fabric of the airplane was thermally consumed by the postimpact fire.

The on-scene examination of the airplane confirmed flight control continuity throughout the airplane. All flight control surfaces were located and attached at their respective locations. The tow hook on the airplane was examined; no abnormalities were noted. The hook was in the released position. There was no damage noted to the rudder horn or tail section.

Medical And Pathological Information

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner completed an autopsy on the pilot. The examination determined that the manner of death was multiple traumatic injuries.

The FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicological testing of specimens from the pilot, which were negative for carbon monoxide, cyanide, volatiles, and tested drugs. 

Tests And Research

Investigators examined the wreckage at Air Transport, Phoenix, Arizona, on August 26, 2015. The engine remained attached to the airframe and was removed before the examination. The engine was thermally damaged, which was a result of the postimpact fire.

All engine components were in their expected locations. The magnetos were attached; however, they were thermally damaged. The carburetor was detached due to the impact forces but was complete. Engine continuity was established from front to back. Cylinder compression was established on all cylinders. Oil was found in the crankcase, and the oil screen was clear of metallic debris. Oil was found in the propeller governor. The spark plugs were clean and intact. The examination identified no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.







NTSB Identification: WPR15FA238
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 09, 2015 in Compton, CA
Aircraft: AVIAT INC A 1, registration: N6090U
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 August 9, 2015, at 1235 Pacific daylight time (PDT), an Aviat Husky A-1, N6090U, impacted the ground during a banner tow pick up at Compton/Woodley Airport, Compton, California. Aviad Corporation was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and the postcrash fire. The local banner tow flight departed Compton at 1235 PDT. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

Witnesses to the accident reported that the pilot had attempted unsuccessfully to pick up a tow banner 5 times; the pilot was successful on his 6th attempt. The banner deployed normally and the airplane engine sounded normal. The pilot radioed that he was unable to climb. The banner released and fell to the ground. The airplane was observed wallowing left and right until the airplane spun to the left as it descended and subsequently impacted the ground. The airplane burst into flames and was consumed by the postimpact fire.

The airplane came to rest in a nose down configuration. The underside of the airplane was facing west. The tail section was bent forward towards the east. The fabric of the airplane was thermally consumed by the postimpact fire.

The on scene examination of the airplane by investigators confirmed flight control continuity throughout the airplane. All flight control surfaces were located and attached at their respective locations. The engine was thermally damaged and will be recovered and examined at a later date. The tow hook on the airplane was photographed and examined, no abnormalities were noted. The hook was in the released position. There was no damage noted to the rudder horn or tail section.

The banner system and the banner tow hook were found between runway 25L & 25R. Examination revealed no damage to either the banner or the tow hook rope.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination. The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lawndale, California
Lycoming Engines; Mesa, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Registered Owner: Wyoming Services LLC
Operator: Aviad Corporation 

http://registry.faa.gov/N6090U

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA238
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 09, 2015 in Compton, CA
Aircraft: AVIAT INC A 1, registration: N6090U
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.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On August 9, 2015, at 1233 Pacific daylight time, an Aviat Husky A-1, N6090U, impacted the ground following a loss of control during a banner tow pickup at Compton/Woodley Airport, Compton, California. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. Aviad Corporation was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local banner tow flight.

Witnesses, who were ground personnel for the tow operation, reported that the pilot had unsuccessfully attempted to pick up a tow banner five times. He was successful on the sixth attempt, and the banner deployed normally, and the airplane's engine sounded normal. However, the pilot radioed to ground personnel that he was unable to climb. Witnesses reported that the banner released from the airplane's tail hook and fell to the ground. The airplane was wallowing left and right until it spun to the left and descended, subsequently impacted the ground, and burst into flames.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He held a first-class medical certificate with no limitations or waivers that was issued on July 27, 2015. The pilot reported on the application for this medical certificate that he had a total time of 2,501 hours with 367 hours logged in the last 6 months. No personal flight records were located for the pilot. The pilot submitted an insurance form to the operator dated January 21, 2014, which reported a total of 384 hours in the accident airplane make and model.

Training records for the pilot were obtained from the operator, and the training instructor was interviewed. The records indicated that the pilot began banner tow training on May 8, 2013, and he completed the training on May 26, 2013. The training included 10 hours of ground school and 8.1 hours of flight training. According to the instructor who provided the training and served as the chief pilot for the operator, after the pilot completed this initial training, he was placed on the operator's waiver to conduct banner tows. The instructor reported that soon thereafter, "safety issues started developing" with the pilot. The issues included picking up the banner with the tailwheel, low approaches, nonstandard patterns, dragging banners along the ground, adding power late, pitching up too high, multiple low misses, flying under instrument flight rules in an airplane equipped only for flight under visual flight rules during multiple ferry flights, and making unapproved repairs to banner equipment. All of these issues arose during 2014; the instructor reported them to the owner, and the pilot was retrained. The instructor left the operator in December 2014.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The airplane was an Aviat Inc., Model A-1, serial number 1300. A review of the airplane's logbooks revealed that the airplane had a total airframe time of 1,818.4 hours at the last annual inspection on April 17, 2015. The last maintenance entry in the logbook was dated July 18, 2015, at a total time of 1,878.8 hours.

The engine was a Lycoming O-360-A1P, serial number L-34663.36A. Total time recorded on the engine at the last 100-hour inspection on April 17, 2015, was 1,818.4 hours, which was also the time at major overhaul.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Compton/Woodley Airport is owned by the County of Los Angeles and is operated under contract by American Airports Corporation (AAC). AAC is responsible for the management and operation of the uncontrolled general aviation airport.

At the time of the accident, AAC's under the contract with the County of Los Angeles was required AAC to have three airport facility employees on the airport. At the time of the accident, there was only one employee on site. No other employees were available to respond to the accident site with any of the available airport equipment.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The airplane wreckage was located in the grass to the south of runway 25L and adjacent to taxiway Foxtrot. The banner system was located about midfield in the grassy area between runways 25L and 25R. Examination revealed no damage to either the banner or the tow hook rope.

The airplane came to rest in a nose-down configuration. The underside of the airplane was facing west. The tail section was bent forward towards the east. The fabric of the airplane was thermally consumed by the postimpact fire.

The on-scene examination of the airplane confirmed flight control continuity throughout the airplane. All flight control surfaces were located and attached at their respective locations. The tow hook on the airplane was examined; no abnormalities were noted. The hook was in the released position. There was no damage noted to the rudder horn or tail section.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner completed an autopsy on the pilot. The examination determined that the manner of death was multiple traumatic injuries.

The FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicological testing of specimens from the pilot, which were negative for carbon monoxide, cyanide, volatiles, and tested drugs.

TESTS AND RESEARCH

Investigators examined the wreckage at Air Transport, Phoenix, Arizona, on August 26, 2015. The engine remained attached to the airframe and was removed before the examination. The engine was thermally damaged, which was a result of the postimpact fire.

All engine components were in their expected locations. The magnetos were attached; however, they were thermally damaged. The carburetor was detached due to the impact forces but was complete. Engine continuity was established from front to back. Cylinder compression was established on all cylinders. Oil was found in the crankcase, and the oil screen was clear of metallic debris. Oil was found in the propeller governor. The spark plugs were clean and intact. The examination identified no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA238
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 09, 2015 in Compton, CA
Aircraft: AVIAT INC A 1, registration: N6090U
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 August 9, 2015, at 1235 Pacific daylight time (PDT), an Aviat Huskey A-1, N6090U, impacted the ground during a banner tow pick up at Compton/Woodley Airport, Compton, California. Aviad Corporation was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and the postcrash fire. The local banner tow flight departed Compton at 1235 PDT. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

Witnesses to the accident reported that the pilot had attempted unsuccessfully to pick up a tow banner 5 times; the pilot was successful on his 6th attempt. The banner deployed normally and the airplane engine sounded normal. The pilot radioed that he was unable to climb. The banner released and fell to the ground. The airplane was observed wallowing left and right until the airplane spun to the left as it descended and subsequently impacted the ground. The airplane burst into flames and was consumed by the postimpact fire.

The airplane came to rest in a nose down configuration. The underside of the airplane was facing west. The tail section was bent forward towards the east. The fabric of the airplane was thermally consumed by the postimpact fire.

The on scene examination of the airplane by investigators confirmed flight control continuity throughout the airplane. All flight control surfaces were located and attached at their respective locations. The engine was thermally damaged and will be recovered and examined at a later date. The tow hook on the airplane was photographed and examined, no abnormalities were noted. The hook was in the released position. There was no damage noted to the rudder horn or tail section.

The banner system and the banner tow hook were found between runway 25L & 25R. Examination revealed no damage to either the banner or the tow hook rope.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.
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COMPTON (CBSLA.com) — New details have been released about fiery crash involving a banner-towing airplane at the Compton/Woodley Airport Sunday. 

Witnesses said the pilot had tried to hook the banner several times and after the fifth and final try, his plane took a nosedive onto a taxiway.

Cellphone video captured the aftermath of the crash in the 900 block of West Alondra Boulevard on Sunday morning.

The pilot appeared to have survived the crash but died after his plane caught fire.

“Not just any pilot can be a banner-tow pilot,” said Robin Petgrave, who is a flight instructor at the Compton/Woodley Airport and chief flight instructor for Celebrity Helicopters.

He says the most dangerous part about towing a banner is when the pilot has to dive toward the ground, then pull up at the last minute to hook the cable that carries the banner.

“People when they joke, they say it’s like you’re deciding you’re gonna commit suicide going up the ground had 5 feet above it, you change your mind,” Petgrave said.

Sunday’s crash isn’t the only recent accident involving a banner-towing aircraft. In fact, just a day before, another plane had to make an emergency landing in the Los Angeles River.

Records show there have been 25 accidents involving planes carrying banners in California over the previous two decades, including eight in Los Angeles County alone.

But Petgrave says that’s a very small number.

“It’s because you have very skilled pilots,” he said.
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A pilot was killed Sunday when a single-engine plane crashed and burned as it attempted to tow a banner out of Compton-Woodley Airport.

The plane crashed at about 12:30 p.m. on a runway at the county-owned airport in the 900 block of West Alondra Boulevard, about two miles southwest of Compton's central business district. Images from the scene showed the plane on fire, sending thick smoke over the airport.

Several news outlets reported that Philadelphia Eagles fans had hired the plane to fly a banner over the Dallas Cowboys' training camp in Oxnard, but Dennis Lord, a commissioner with the Los Angeles County Aviation Commission, said the aircraft that crashed was attempting to tow a Bud Light banner. The plane with the Eagles banner never took off because of the crash, Lord said.

The pilot, whose name was not released, was the only person aboard the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A second person suffered minor injuries during a rescue attempt.

One person was killed when a small plane taking off from Compton-Woodley Airport crashed and burned. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (Published Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015)

Witnesses said the pilot made several failed attempts at swooping down and hooking the banner before the crash.

"The pick up of the banner seemed to be pretty routine. What happened after he attached to the banner is to be determined by the NTSB," he said.

Good Samaritan Michael Robinson said he watched the pilot struggle to get ahold of the banner, eventually losing control of the plane over the runway and hitting the ground.

A few seconds later, Robinson, who is also a pilot, says the plane caught fire. He and five others raced to the wreckage to try and help the pilot, who was trapped inside.

"He said a couple times, 'Help me.' It was very vague, very weak," Robinson said.

Another good Samaritan, Enkone Goodlow, said fire extinguishers weren't enough, so members of the pilot's banner crew drove a crash truck to the wreckage. But none of the first six good Samaritans were airport employees.

"No one knew how to work the truck, so I'm like no, we have to save a life. I jumped in the back of the truck, I took off the hose," Goodlow said.

Lord said all three employees working at the airport were trained to work the crash truck, but two were out to lunch when the banner plane crashed. The third did not see the crash, Lord said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash.

"The NTSB will continue to look at that investigation and determine whether there needs to be some improvements in response or if indeed there was a lack of communication somewhere," Lord said.

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COMPTON (CBSLA.com/AP) — A pilot was killed when a small, banner-towing airplane crashed during takeoff from a Southern California municipal airport, authorities said on Monday.

The crash occurred as the single-engine Aviat Husky A-1 was picking up a banner at Compton/Woodley Airport located in the 900 block of West Alondra Boulevard on Sunday, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Witnesses said the pilot tried several times to hook a banner advertising a beer brand before taking off with it.

The plane was engulfed in flames, leaving behind a wreckage of twisting metal.

A Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman said the pilot has not been identified because his body was badly burned.

The FAA’s online registry shows the plane is owned by a firm called Wyoming Services in Laramie, Wyoming.

Matt Lombardo of NJ.com first reported that the plane was supposed to carry a banner over a Dallas Cowboys practice in Oxnard paid for by Philadelphia Eagles fans chiding “We’ve Got DeMarco” referring to off-season signing of former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murry.

“We’ve Got DeMarco” started apparently as a GoFundMe page that raised money to fly the banner. Organizers would now like to raise money for the pilot’s family. Eagles and Cowboys fans have both been contributing. For more about the fundraiser, click here.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the crash.

Officials said the Compton/Woodley Airport has been shut down for the investigation.

The city of Compton is about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

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A pilot was killed Sunday afternoon when his small banner-towing plane crashed during takeoff at Compton/Woodley Airport, officials said.

The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, after the single-engine Aviat A1 hooked a banner, officials said. The pilot was the only person on board, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's Pacific Division.

No one on the ground was hurt.

Enkone Goodlow, an artist who rents a hangar at the airport, said he and some spectators had watched the pilot repeatedly try to hook a Bud Light banner. The banner was tied to a mastpole on the ground and the pilot would fly by and try to snare it with a grappling hook dangling from the plane before pulling up.

"Usually, people get it the first time if not the second time, but it took [the pilot] seven times," Goodlow said. "We thought it was not normal. I wondered what was going on when after the seventh successful hook, all of a sudden, his plane nosed to the ground. We ran full blast toward it, thinking we could pull him out."

But they were too late. With the plane engulfed in flames, Goodlow said he jumped on an airport-based fire truck and headed to the crash scene.

"You never want to see accidents like this happen, but we were scrambling, just trying to respond," he added.

The pilot's name has not been released. The FAA's online registry shows the plane is registered to a company called Wyoming Services in Laramie, Wyo.

Officials from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation.

Source:   http://www.latimes.com



COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- A single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames during takeoff at Compton/Woodley Airport in Compton Sunday afternoon, killing the pilot and severely injuring another person on the ground.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a banner-towing Aviat A-1 Husky crashed while picking up a banner at the airport in the 900 block of W. Alondra Boulevard shortly after 12:30 p.m.

"The plane was flying directly over my house, I say approximately 200 feet, which is way too low," neighbor Robert Ray said.

"Next thing you know, you see smoke, big smoke going up," witness Jennifer Culpepper said.

The pilot was the only person on board. A person on the ground attempting to aid the pilot suffered non-life threatening burn injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here:  http://abc7.com

A pilot died Sunday when a single-engine plane attempting to pick up a banner at the Compton/Woodley Airport crashed, prompting a closure of the area, officials said.

The plane crashed at the airport, located at 901 West Alondra Blvd., for unknown reasons around 12:35 p.m., said Sgt. Ron Reynolds with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Compton Station.

The single-engine, banner-towing aircraft was the only plane involved, officials said.

It was not immediately known if anyone else was injured.

A National Transportation Safety Board official and one or more people with the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to respond to the scene, FAA’s Ian Gregor said around 2:15 p.m.

The airport was closed after the crash and it was not known when it would reopen, Reynolds said.

Source:  http://ktla.com

A pilot was killed Sunday afternoon when his small banner-towing plane crashed during takeoff at Compton/Woodley Airport, officials said.

The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, after the single-engine Aviat A1 hooked a banner, officials said. The pilot was the only person on board, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration's Pacific Division.

No one on the ground was hurt.

Enkone Goodlow, an artist who rents a hangar at the airport, said he and some spectators had watched the pilot repeatedly try to hook a Bud Light banner. The banner was tied to a mastpole on the ground and the pilot would fly by and try to snare it with a grappling hook dangling from the plane before pulling up.

"Usually, people get it the first time if not the second time, but it took [the pilot] seven times," Goodlow said. "We thought it was not normal. I wondered what was going on when after the seventh successful hook, all of a sudden, his plane nosed to the ground. We ran full blast toward it, thinking we could pull him out."

But they were too late. With the plane engulfed in flames, Goodlow said he jumped on an airport-based fire truck and headed to the crash scene.

"You never want to see accidents like this happen, but we were scrambling, just trying to respond," he added.

The pilot's name has not been released. The FAA's online registry shows the plane is registered to a company called Wyoming Services in Laramie, Wyo.

Officials from the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct an investigation.

Source:   http://www.latimes.com

Mooney M20J 201, N9142H: Incident occurred August 09, 2015 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Florida

Date: 09-AUG-15
Time: 17:18:00Z
Regis#: N9142H
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Personal
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: Florida

AIRCRAFT LANDED WITH GEAR STUCK IN THE UP POSITION, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.

SAMAND AVIATION HOLDINGS INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N9142H





FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A small plane was forced to land on its ‘belly’ at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Sunday.

An airplane reported an unsafe landing gear indicator as it approached the airport according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

The pilot then burned off fuel in a safe area around the airport before making a gear up landing on runway number 27.

The small plane landed safely without any incident or injuries.

Once the aircraft is towed the runway will reopen. 

Raw Video: https://twitter.com/FtLaudFire 


Story, video and photo: http://miami.cbslocal.com

Cessna 421B Golden Eagle, N726JB: Accident occurred August 09, 2015 at Clovis Municipal Airport (KCVN), New Mexico

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N726JB

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA354
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 09, 2015 in Clovis, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA C421B, registration: N726JB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 August 9, 2015, at 0925 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 421B, N726JB, impacted terrain following a loss of left engine power during final approach for landing on runway 12 at Clovis Municipal Airport (CVN), Clovis, New Mexico. The pilot received serious injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of accident. The flight originated from a private airstrip near Melrose, New Mexico, and was destined to CVN.

A completed National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1 was not received from the pilot, as required by Part 830.5, by either the NTSB Investigator-In-Charge or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Coordinator for the accident.

Witness stated that they heard the airplane engines "popping" as it approached and entered the traffic pattern. The airplane left wing contacted terrain short of runway 12 and the airplane cartwheeled. A post-impact fire occurred and the wings and fuselage were severely damaged.

The pilot provided a limited statement to the FAA Coordinator, in which he stated he had ample fuel for the short flight from a private ranch in Melrose, New Mexico to CVN (30 miles to the east), when both engines began to surge. The pilot stated he attempted to switch both tanks to Auxiliary but inadvertently switched the left fuel selector to Off. The left engine experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot said he was too high to land on runway 22 and attempted to land on runway 12. However, the airplane impacted terrain approximately 1,000 feet southeast of the runway 12/22 intersection between runway 12 and the parallel taxiway. The aircraft was traveling southeast attempting to land on runway 12 before losing control. 

An examination of the wreckage was conducted by an FAA inspector and the total amount of fuel onboard the airplane at the time of the accident could not be determined due to post impact damage and fire. No anomalies were noted with the airframe or engines that would have precluded normal operation.


NTSB Identification: CEN15LA354
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 09, 2015 in Clovis, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA C421B, registration: N726JB
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 August 9, 2015, at 0925 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 421B, N726JB, impacted terrain following a loss of left engine power during final approach for landing at Clovis Municipal Airport (CVN), Clovis, New Mexico. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of accident. The flight originated from a private airstrip near Melrose, New Mexico, and was destined to CVN.



James Bostwick
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday, a Clovis pilot remains in serious condition at University Medical Center following a plane crash yesterday.

It happened at the Clovis airport at around 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

The pilot, 66-year-old James Bostwick, was traveling from Melrose to Clovis when he reported mechanical failure which resulted in the crash landing.

James’ oldest brother, Wendell Bostwick, says James has been a pilot for many years.

He was flown here to UMC yesterday by aero care. 

We were told by the hospital that he is still in serious condition, but family are here with him and say he has been conscious this whole time. Wendell says James will face several surgeries down the road of recovery

"And, whenever you get a phone call and it says, 'Is your brother James Bostwick? Yes. He's been in an airplane accident.' That is pretty traumatic, but they come real quick and say that he's still breathing and he's got some gashes… and we're loading him in the ambulance," Wendell Bostwick said. 

Wendell says James has been a pilot now for 42 years. He actually got his pilot's license the day he graduated from college.

"He's an excellent, excellent pilot,” Wendell said. “He's one of these, that if the book says you go check this, he'll check it at least once and if it's handy, he'll check it twice."

Wendell says James took off from Melrose and says when he was preparing to land his twin engine plane at the Clovis airport, the left engine started to flutter. James try to correct it, but when he did- the right engine started to flutter. But, before he could try to correct the right engine, the plane crashed.

A trip James has taken hundreds of times.

"I know he did his walk around, his pre-flight,” Wendell said. “He does all of that regardless, if he flies in and he's gone 20 minutes, he does his pre-flight again. So, that's just the kind of pilot he is."

Wendell says though James is in serious condition and has a long road of recovery, he is in good spirits.

"Personality is the same,” Wendell said. “We're believers and know that this is all in God's hands and he's going to take care of this deal."

The plane crash is still under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Bostwick's family say they are just asking the community to have him and his doctors in their thoughts and prayers.

Source:  http://www.kcbd.com



James Bostwick felt the left engine of his Cessna 421B Golden Eagle plane “start fluttering” just as he was coming in for a landing at Clovis Municipal Airport on Sunday morning.

“He was high enough to get it corrected, but then it cleared up and the right engine started fluttering,” said Bostwick’s brother, Curry County Commissioner Wendell Bostwick.

Wendell Bostwick said his brother was making allowances for the left-engine problems, and they turned out to be “double wrong” when the right engine sputtered.

“It all happened in about 20 seconds,” he said.

James Bostwick suffered a broken left ankle, collapsed lung, broken shoulder blade and nine broken ribs in the crash, his brother said.

He also suffered a gash on his forehead that required 50 stitches to close.

He’s hospitalized in Lubbock’s University Medical Center where he’s expected to undergo a series of surgeries in the next few days.

James Bostwick, who was alone on the plane, was flying to Clovis from his hometown of Melrose, where the Cessna had been hangared about four months, Wendell Bostwick said.

Another brother had done some maintenance on the plane in Melrose, but Wendell Bostwick said the maintenance was unrelated to the problems his brother experienced while landing.

Officials have not determined a cause of the crash, but Wendell Bostwick said, “James thinks there may have been some fuel issues.”

Wendell Bostwick said he did not want to speculate on a cause beyond that.

James Bostwick, 66, has been flying about 40 years, his brother said, and owns four planes.

Wendell Bostwick said his brother was talking to rescuers who helped him out of the demolished plane and has been able to communicate well with family members since.

The accident happened about 9:30 Sunday morning and forced the airport to close its runway until around noon Sunday.

Airport Manager Cody Mills said Boutique Air has been able to keep its scheduled flights to and from Dallas.

Mills said Monday the Bostwick plane was still on site and a taxiway near the accident would remain closed until the plane could be removed.

Source:  http://cnjonline.com


CLOVIS, NM -   A Clovis man remains hospitalized at UMC tonight, after his plane crashed while trying to land the morning of August 9.

It happened at the Clovis airport around 9: a.m.

After first responders arrived they immediately flew the pilot here to Lubbock. 

He suffered critical injuries, but KCBD has now told he's in serious condition. 

The pilot, James Bostwick, was flying from Melrose to Clovis when the Curry County Sheriff's office tells us he reported a a mechanical failure as he was approaching the Clovis Municipal Airport. 

That malfunction is thought to be what led to Bostwick's crash landing. The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

KCBD did find an aviation based article online that says Bostwick was recognized by the FAA in 2013 for setting a positive example. 

He is included into the prestigious FAA Airmen Certification Database, which names him and other pilots who have meet or exceeded the high educational, licensing and medical standards established by the FAA. 

Story, video and photo: http://www.kcbd.com