Thursday, August 13, 2015

Incident occurred Auust 13, 2015 near Sac City Municipal Airport (KSKI), Iowa

SAC CITY — Authorities say a crop-dusting plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in northwest Iowa.

The Sac County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday that the accident was reported about 4 p.m. Wednesday. 

The Sac City Airport manager said the plane had crashed south of the airport and that airport officials were in contact with the pilot, who said he hadn’t been injured.

The pilot was identified as 50-year-old Randall Sievert, of Alta. He reported that he noticed engine trouble after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport when he crashed into a cornfield.

Airport manager Ken Myers says the plane went down a couple miles from the airport. Sievert didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

The crash is being investigated.


SAC CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -  The Sac County Sheriff's Office says the plane went down south of the Sac City airport Wednesday at about 4 in the afternoon.

The pilot, 50-year-old Randall Sievert of Alta.

Sievert told authorities after he took off from the airport, he experienced engine trouble and was trying to turn the plane around to head back to the airport when he crashed in a cornfield. 

He wasn't hurt in the crash. 


Federal Aviation Administration Finds Deficiencies at Martha's Vineyard Airport (KMVY), Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Airport commission met Thursday to grapple with latest set of problems. 

The Martha’s Vineyard Airport is under an Oct. 15 deadline to correct several deficiencies in airport operations or face potential sanctions that could include the loss of millions of dollars in federal funds and its status as a commercial airport.

In a meeting with the chairman and vice chairman of the airport commission Tuesday, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation detailed four areas of concern including an incomplete building construction project, wildlife management plan, poor employee performance and inadequate runway markings, commission chairman Myron Garfinkle said. Two of the four areas, the runway markings and a wildlife management plan, “present significant areas of noncompliance,” he said.

Mr. Garfinkle described the FAA’s findings Thursday when airport commissioners met at the West Tisbury Library.

“[The FAA] made it plain that we have not made a material effort to correct these noncompliance issues for a significant period of time, in some cases well over a year,” Mr. Garfinkle said in a prepared statement that was read into the record of the meeting. “It is our firm understanding that if we do not take these issues very seriously and respond to our licensing, funding and enabling agencies in a forthright and prompt manner, we will be putting any future funding at risk,” he said. An $8 million federal grant is potentially at risk, Mr. Garfinkle said.

Airport manager Sean Flynn did not attend the commission meeting, and Mr. Garfinkle said he was on an unscheduled two-week vacation that began Monday, August 10. Asked if Mr. Flynn was expected to return, he replied, “No comment.” Last Friday, airport commissioners had met in executive session to discuss a non-union employee management issue.

Mr. Garfinkle said assistant manager Deborah Potter is in charge of operations and management “until we have a full-time manager again.”

The FAA’s findings follow an annual inspection conducted in May.

“This was highly unusual from the standpoint of not necessarily that airports are in noncompliance but the FAA’s experience is when these are pointed out there is a high priority and due diligence to correct them,” vice chairman Robert Rosenbaum said. “Their feeling is that the Vineyard has been very difficult to get these issues resolved.”

One area of concern cited by the FAA was the lack of any action on a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) building. The airport originally received $850,000 in 2011 to draw up plans and permits for the ARFF building, with the expectation that the FAA would have a complete design drawn within one year. No action has been taken on the project, Mr. Garfinkle said.

“After four years, there has been limited communication from the airport to the FAA regarding our progress on this project,” Mr. Garfinkle said. That communication should have come from management, he later added.

He continued: “Any delay of the ARFF building plans, permits and approval will certainly put our funding into jeopardy. It is forecast that the next fiscal period the FAA will be shifting funding focus towards” other projects.

The deficiencies cited ultimately put in jeopardy is the airport’s 139 status, which allows use by commercial airliners.

“We have to be 139 compliant to have scheduled service,” Mr. Garfinkle said.

The airport is under a strict Oct. 15 deadline to come up with an acceptable wildlife management plan and to correct the problems with airport runways.

Commissioner Christine Todd, speaking via phone remotely, asked if the deadline could be met.

“Can we with full and unquestionable confidence know that these matters are being dealt with in an efficient matter with the time frame they have set for us?” she asked.

“I can only answer with the commitment that we will give you our best efforts,” Mr. Garfinkle said. “There’s a lot of work to be done to be brought into compliance.”

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FAA has set an Oct. 15 deadline for deficiencies to be corrected.

Cessna T182T Skylane, N6289Z: Fatal accident occurrd August 13, 2015 in Oroville, Okanogan County, Washington

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA241 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Oroville, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA T182T, registration: N6289Z
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 August 13, 2015, about 0845 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T182T, N6289Z, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering near Oroville, Washington. The pilot, who was the registered owner of the airplane, and a pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The flight was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Dorothy Scott Airport (0S7), Oroville, about 0830, with an intended destination of Spokane International Airport (GEG), Spokane, Washington. 

On August 13, 2015, about 0930, the Okanogan County Sheriff's department received a notification of a forest fire near Oroville. Upon arrival to the scene, sheriff department personnel discovered an airplane that was destroyed. The airplane was not positively identified at that time.

On August 14, 2015, at 0031, an Alert Notification (ALNOT) was issued for an airplane after family members of the pilot became concerned when he did not arrive at his intended destination. Later that day, the aircraft wreckage was identified as the missing airplane. 

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Spokane FSDO-13


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OKANOGAN – On Friday, Aug. 14 members of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, FAA and Okanogan County Coroner returned to the scene of the plane crash off of Rise Road out of Oroville and have now released the names of the two victims.

“Due the heat from the fires yesterday the scene could not be processed until early this morning. It was determined today that there were two victims involved in the crash, the pilot and a passenger. The bodies were removed from the crash scene this afternoon,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

Deputies and Okanogan County Coroner Dave Rodriguez met with family members to inform them of the fatal crash. Coroner Dave Rodriguez has released the names of the two men killed in the crash. Albert Losvar, 88, of Loomis and Brian Downing, 62, of Surrey, B.C. The Cessna T182 flew out of Oroville’s Dorothy Scott Airport at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, never reaching its destination of Spokane.

The men were both pilots but it is not known who was piloting the plane at the time of the crash, which, according to Rodriguez, resulted in a large explosion that consumed most of the Cessna. The victims remains were submitted for dental identification, according to the Coroner.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Spokane, North Idaho News 

OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -   UPDATE 12:30 p.m. Friday: Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers tells KHQ two people died in a plane crash near Oroville Thursday. 

The victims have not yet been identified, but Sheriff Rogers said they were in a Cessna 182 and authorities believe they were from the Oroville area. 

The crash site was discovered as firefighters were responding to several fires that popped up Thursday afternoon. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it was sending federal funds because of the fire's impact. Authorities say more than 400 people have been evacuated and 660 homes are threatened.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at Oroville High School.

UPDATE 9:20: According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, 10-12 structures were lost in Nine Mile Fire. None were homes. The Okanogan County Emergency management says there are evacuations for homes on Nine mile Road, Wagon Wheel Road, Old Tressle Road, and Point Road. The Red Cross shelter for Nine Mile Fire will be opened at the Oroville High School.

UPDATE 8:50, Thursday: According to the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the fire is more than 3,500 acres. They say structures have been lost, and a type two team is helping to fight the fire.


According to Sheriff Rogers there were about four fires that were burning along Chesaw Road that have now appeared to merge into one and is heading toward Canada.  Investigators are trying to determine how these fires started.

People who live along Chesaw Road near Nine Mile Road, Old Tressle Road, Point Road and Old Wagon Wheel road were asked to evacuate.

Road closures are in place on Chesaw Road from Mile Post 4 to Mile Post 9. Nine Mile Road is also closed. 

A Red Cross Shelter has been set up at Oroville High School for those evacuated because of this fire. 

Responders are still trying to find out who the victim of that plane crash on Rise Road was, also where that plane took off and where it was headed before it crashed. 

"There's no tail numbers of anything because the plane was destroyed in the fire," says Okanogan Sheriff Frank Rogers.  "Crews are talking to the FAA and the NTSB trying to find out about an overdue plane or what planes are missing." 

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says fire personnel are responding to several reported fires in the Oroville area off of Chesaw Road. 

Rogers said at one of the fires on Rise Road off of Chesaw, Deputies have confirmed the wreckage of an aircraft with at least one person confirmed dead at the scene. 

Rogers says he has several units in the area attempting to determine what happened. 


Federal Bureau of Investigation files
 on airport 
still sealed: Grand Junction Regional (KGJT), Colorado

The dismissal of two forfeiture cases that stemmed from what is now a nearly two-year-old investigation into the Grand Junction Regional Airport included provisions that left sealed the evidence that sparked the investigation.

The agreement between the owners of two seized vehicles and the U.S. Attorney’s Office includes a provision that the complaint under which the vehicles were seized in 2014 and the affidavit on which it was based remain off limits to public inspection.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver declined to comment on whether an investigation is continuing.

The two men whose vehicles were returned agreed to take no further action against the federal government and that they would pay their own costs and attorney fees.

The FBI seized the GMC Denali pickups owned by Denny Granum, a former member of the Airport Authority, and Travis Vallin, a principal in Jviation, a company that did business with the airport, last year.

Both men denied wrongdoing.

The seizures took place soon after the FBI seized a similar truck owned by Rex Tippetts, the former director of aviation at the airport.

The airport had purchased the diesel-fueled vehicles, kept them for a contracted period and then sold them with low mileage in an effort to reduce overall costs. That practice has since been discontinued and the airport last year bought a gasoline-powered pickup for airport work.

Tippetts’ truck was to have been returned to him, but a creditor who had been tipped off took possession of it before he could do so.

The episode surrounding the trucks did little to clear up the questions still bedeviling the Airport Authority. The airport more than a year ago ceased construction on an administration building that was begun under Tippetts and suspended when the FBI investigation raised questions about how the airport gained federal approval and funding for the project.

The airport also has been without a permanent staff chief since Tippetts was fired in December 2013, a month after the Nov. 6, 2013, raid on airport offices. No arrests have been made.

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Beech N35 Bonanza, N390Z: Fatal accident occurred August 12, 2015 at Love Field Airport (97FL), Weirsdale, Marion County, Florida


NTSB Identification: ERA15FA308
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in Weirsdale, FL
Aircraft: BEECH N35, registration: N390Z
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 August 12, 2015, about 0930 eastern daylight time, a Beech N35, N390Z, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain shortly after taking off from Love's Landing (97FL), Weirsdale, Florida. The airline transport pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. An instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed from 97FL to Page Field (FMY), Fort Myers, Florida. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91.

The airplane took off from runway 36. At the departure end of the runway there was a crossing runway, 9/27. According to a witness, a pilot who was working outside his home located near the departure end of runway 36 (third house back from the runway), airplanes utilizing runway 9/27 would typically stay low during takeoff, while those taking off from runway 36 would typically climb at a relatively high angle to avoid airplanes utilizing the crossing runway.

The witness had seen the accident airplane take off many times to the north, utilizing the higher climb angle, but on the day of the accident, when he thought he'd see the airplane climb above houses about halfway along the runway, he was surprised that he didn't see it. When he finally saw the airplane [about 300-400 feet prior to the departure end of the 3,600-foot runway], it was about 50 feet in the air, landing gear retracted, and about level with the eaves of the houses lining the runway. The witness then lost sight of it, but subsequently heard two loud "bangs."

The witness further noted that the engine sounded "normal" until takeoff, when it then started to "stall" as if a cylinder was "missing." He also noted that when he saw the airplane, it appeared to flying in ground effect; it was as if it was in slow flight with a high angle of attack.

There were no witnesses to the accident.

The wreckage path began with broken branches about 40 feet up in a tree located about 355 degrees true, 1,000 feet from the airport fence at the northern end of the runway. It continued at a downward angle of about 20 degrees for about 130 feet to a ground impact mark containing the two-bladed propeller and spinner, separated from the engine crankshaft. One propeller blade had significant twisting, while the other had relatively minor twisting. Both blades exhibited leading edge burnishing and chordwise scratching.

About 10 feet beyond the propeller, in the vicinity of 28 degrees, 58.168 minutes north latitude, 081 degrees, 53.497 minutes west longitude, the airplane came to rest vertically against two trees, nose down, with the tail bent over the fuselage. The right wing and the cabin area were consumed in a postcrash fire; there was no evidence of an inflight fire. The left wing and the right ruddervator exhibited tree impact marks.

All flight control surfaces were accounted for at the accident site, and control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to the tail and the wings.

The throttle and propeller controls were found pushed in, and the mixture was found pulled out about ½ inch (of rod as measured from the panel bulkhead.) The fuel boost pump was found in the "on" position. The pump switch did not appear to be impact-damaged and could be switched on and off without binding.

Engine crankshaft continuity was confirmed. Eleven of the 12 spark plugs were examined - one was broken off in the cylinder and could not be removed - with no anomalies observed in the plugs removed. Five fuel injectors were examined and found to be internally clear of debris; one had molten metal around it and could not be removed.

The fuel throttle/metering unit was retained for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Orlando FSDO-15

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Dauphin Rich Womack, and his wife, Merry K. Womack

WEIRSDALE --   A Marion County couple was killed Wednesday after crashing their single-engine plane near their home in the Love's Landing Aviation Community in the Weirsdale area.

The plane, a fixed-wing, single-engine Beech aircraft, went down around 9:30 a.m., crashing between two homes off Southeast 155th Avenue, just north of Love Field.

The pilot, Dauphin Rich Womack, and his wife, Merry K. Womack, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both were 78.

Investigators said the plane crashed during takeoff. No one saw the plane go down, but neighbors said they heard the crash.

Hunter Rice said he was inside his home when he heard what sounded like an explosion.

"I started running out there, and I saw the plane was on fire," Rice explained. "So, I grabbed a fire extinguisher and started helping out as much as I can. Two other people were over there with me with a watering hose."

Firefighters said by the time they arrived and put out the fire, the couple was dead.

"The debris field does not span that large of an area," said Capt. James Lucas, with the Marion County Sheriff's Office. "There are two wings; there's a bunch of debris that's burned up in a pile."

According to property records, the Womacks moved to Love's Landing in 2014. The community has a private airstrip which ends close to where the couple's 1961 Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza aircraft crashed.

"They usually land and fly from over there all the time, and usually they are really experienced," Rice said. "No one would ever think they'd ever crash over here."

Records show the Womacks were both experienced pilots; Dauphin was a registered flight instructor as late as December 2014, and Merry recently won a prestigious award for pilot safety from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board arrived Wednesday and planned to be back out at the scene Thursday, along with manufacturers of the plane and engine, to investigate what could have caused the crash.

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