Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cessna 172, N8952B, Skywalker Aviation: Accident occurred August 22, 2015 in Riviera Beach, Florida

REGISTRATION PENDING: http://registry.faa.govN8952B
NTSB Identification: ERA15CA327
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Riviera Beach, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N8952B
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

After descending to 400 feet above mean sea level along a beach on the return leg of a cross country flight, the pilot attempted to increase power to level off but, the engine would not respond. The pilot then checked to make sure the fuel valve was on "BOTH," and the primer was in and locked. He then attempted to restart the engine. The engine however, would not restart. The pilot determined that the beach was the best and safest place to land, so he extended the wing flaps to the full down position, and landed on the beach. During the landing, the nose landing gear dug into the sand, and collapsed. Examination of the airplane revealed that it was substantially damaged and approximately 12 gallons of fuel was still on board. Further examination revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical failure or malfunctions of the engine that would have precluded normal operation. After the wreckage was recovered the engine was started and run at full power. Review of a carburetor icing chart revealed that atmospheric conditions around the time of the accident were conducive to icing at glide and cruise power. When asked if he had used carburetor heat during his descent prior to the loss of engine power, the pilot advised that he had not used it.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

Riviera Beach Police have identified the pilot and passenger of a Cessna 172 that made a hard landing on Singer Island Saturday evening as Jamie Barker and Gina Mason. 

The emergency landing occurred on the beach near 5200 North Ocean Drive in Riviera Beach. Barker told police the plane's engine stalled as he was traveling south from Jupiter to Lantana.

Witness Staci DeLorco, was on the balcony of her condo, when she saw something in the sky.

" I thought at first it was a kids toy cause it's so small," said DeLorco. "And then it dropped out of site and I saw the upside down half of it."

Another witness, Gina Hartel, watched the plane slowly nose dive. "We saw this very low plane really close and we knew immediately something was wrong."

The pilot was able to land the plane on the beach, avoiding several beachgoers including children. Amazingly, no injuries were reported and the pilot and passenger walked away from the incident. The FAA is now conducting an investigation.

The Riviera Beach police department says the plane will be removed from the beach on Monday.


Pilot halts 'rattling' Delhi-Mumbai flight just before takeoff

A Delhi-Mumbai Air India flight with 172 passengers on board, among them union power minister Piyush Goyal, reported massive engine vibrations as it gathered speed for take-off on Thursday night, forcing the pilot to slam the emergency brakes at about 185 kmph and return to the aerobridge.

While Goyal, who was seated in business class of AI-602, was allowed to disembark immediately, the rest of the passengers had to remain in the aircraft for over two hours, after which they were transferred to another Mumbai-bound flight. It took off at 11.15 pm, two-and-a-half hours after AI-602 was scheduled to leave Delhi.

"As the aircraft, an Airbus A321, was rolling for take-off, the pilots reported the engine vibration reading to be 9.5, way above the 3.5 to 4 unit measurement considered to be safe. The pilot had no choice but to abort take-off," an AI official said. "Had the aircraft attained V1 speed of about 140 knots (about 259 kmph, beyond which take-off cannot be safely aborted) then it would have had to declare an emergency." Attempting to terminate take-off beyond V1 speed can produce catastrophic results, including runway overrun.

A serious problem

AI officials said that problem with the aircraft was serious in nature and that it had to be grounded. "Our first attempt was to try and rectify the fault. Since the aircraft is just five years old we hoped an early solution would be found. But as safety is priority we decided to ground the aircraft and provide passengers with a replacement," an airline official said.

A senior HR executive of a leading corporate house who was on board the aircraft said, "The aircraft took speed and then came to an abrupt halt on the runway. There was a screeching sound, something I have never experienced." Other passengers told Mumbai Mirror they were unaware of the circumstances that led to the aborted take-off or that it had been terminated, till about 30 minutes after the incident, when the pilot made an announcement that "certain engine parameters were not reflecting correctly and that aircraft engineers were looking into it". "Since everyone was seated with their seatbelts on there were no injuries," the HR executive added.

Flyers demand answers

Those passengers who saw Goyal disembark began to demand answers from the airline, presuming the aircraft had returned on the minister's orders. Goyal denied this. "It is true that I rushed out of the aircraft. But this was after it developed a snag and when I realized that it was not about to move anytime soon. It is easy for people to assume things," he told Mumbai Mirror.

The minister added that he was headed to Mumbai to meet his daughter, who was on her way to the US that same night - to pursue university education.

"Given my work requirements I could not spend enough time with her earlier. So I deplaned and took a 9.40 pm Jet Airways flight and managed to spend 15 minutes with her at the airport. Had I waited the meeting would not have taken place," Goyal said.

AI's official response read: "Air India flight AI 602 after push back at 9 pm returned due to an engineering snag at 9.20 pm. The aircraft was declared grounded and there was a change of aircraft. The flight finally departed at 11.15 pm. At Air India, customer safety and convenience is of prime importance. We have ensured that all passengers were taken care of."

Incident occurred August 22, 2015 near Grimbsy Airpark, Ontario - Canada

A man has been taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries following a single plane crash into a field in Grimsby.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in a field by Kemp Rd. late Saturday morning.

David Bale of the Niagara Emergency Medical Services said a call had been received about a small aircraft going down at 11:37 p.m. The plane was reported to be just north of the Grimsby Airpark.

Bale said an air ambulance was requested at first, but then cancelled.

"We did transport a patient with potentially life-threatening injuries to Hamilton General Hospital," he said.

Niagara Regional Police Sgt. Chris Stewart confirmed in a Tweet that before 11:30 p.m., the plane left the airport and crashed into a field by the road.

The pilot was taken to hospital.

"The plane remains in the field while Transport Canada will continue with the investigation," said another Tweet by Stewart.

In an follow-up interview, Stewart said the man was "conscious and alert" before he was taken to hospital.


Zenair CH-601 HD Zodiac, C-ISTW: Incident occurred August 22, 2015 in in southeast Calgary, Canada

One person received non-life threatening injuries Saturday morning after a small plane crashed in southeast Calgary.

Police, fire crews and paramedics were called around 11:40 a.m. to Walden Drive S.E. to respond to the crash, said Const. Hung Pham.

When they arrived, they found the plane on its roof in the mud.

One person was taken to hospital in non-life threatening condition, said EMS spokesman Adam Loria.

Roads are closed in the area.