Saturday, October 17, 2015

Incident occurred October 17, 2015 at Skydive DeLand • DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED), Volusia County, Florida

A man was injured while skydiving at Skydive DeLand Saturday afternoon, Deland Police said.

Police said a man, whose identity was not released, was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center around 3 p.m. after a hard landing and possibly broke his leg while skydiving.

This is the fourth incident this year at the facility, which resides near the DeLand Municipal Airport. In June, a man was airlifted to the hospital with injuries after taking a hard landing. A 33-year-old woman died in a sky-diving accident in April and in January a Navy SEAL died after an accident during a training exercise.

- Source:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com

Pilots offer airlift support to mudslide victims, stranded motorists

From left, Andrew Angelotti, Dave Robins and Dustin Moshier were among the at least 10 pilots who volunteered their services by making numerous flights Friday morning between Mojave and Tehachapi airports in an effort to assist stranded motorists as well as people caught in mudslides.


Della Dusel and Kenneth Hetge of Recover Your Cub, a maintenance, repair and aircraft rental business operated out of Tehachapi Municipal Airport, offered local pilots the use of their aircraft to fly stranded motorists and those involved in the Highway 58 mudslide. About 20 flights were made on Friday carrying passengers to and from the Mojave Air and Space Port and the local airport.



If you can’t drive, you might as well fly.

At least 10 local pilots — perhaps more — offered disaster support to about 30 people who were directly impacted by the mudslides that buried Highway 58 between the Sand Canyon area of Tehachapi and Mojave Friday morning, forcing the closure of the major east-west Kern County artery.

“We work out of Mojave, and we knew people who were stuck in Mojave,” Andrew Angelotti said of how he and fellow pilot Dustin Moshier became involved. “We woke up this morning and knew people were going to be stuck in the mudslide, and they were going to need help.”

Angelotti said he found other local pilots thinking the same after receiving a call from Ken Hetge, owner of Recover Your Cub, who initiated an organized airlift support effort from his maintenance, repair and aircraft rental business, which he operates out of Tehachapi Municipal Airport.

“We have a lot of friends who work down at Mojave or at Edwards,” Hetge said. “We were all made aware that the road were going to be closed for possibly three or four days.”

Hetge said his wife, Della Dusel, suggested they help people get moving again by spreading the word to other local pilots that they would donate their aircraft, gas and expenses associated with flying stranded motorists.

Hetge said he and his wife got the “kids” together — a fond reference to the group of local, young pilots they have grown to know and love, and started firing up their airplanes.

Other pilots who participated included flight instructor Ed Dunlap, Bill McCune, Dave Robins, Brian Maisler, Jake “Danger” Riley, Chris Higbee and Ryan Young.

About 30 people were flown in an estimated 15 to 20 flights. Most were picked up at the Mojave Air and Space Port and taken to the Tehachapi Municipal Airport; however, others received airlifts from Tehachapi to Mojave, including one Los Angeles woman who was rescued after being swept away by the mudslide.

“I took three women who had been caught in the mudslide,” Angelotti said. “One of them had a hospital band still on her wrist because she was pulled by the water through a barbed wire fence. It was amazing to see just how worn out these people were. It was a photo moment when we got to Mojave and she jumped out of the airplane and ran up to her husband and hugs him.”

Most of the passengers airlifted out of Tehachapi were brought to the airport by American Red Cross volunteers.

McCune said he received an early morning phone call from a friend who was stranded in Mojave and was trying to find a way home. After receiving a second call from another local pilot, McCune said he learned about the spontaneous airlift effort, which the pilots have since dubbed “The Mojave Airlift of 2015.”

Hetge said he plans to keep offering airlifts as long as they are needed, depending on the weather.

“We are at the mercy of the weather. Flood warnings for all of Kern County are going off right now,” Hetge said. “When the clouds touch the wind turbines on the top of the mountain, that's when we have to stop flying.”

Said McCune, “Three days ago I was just thinking what would happen if all of the roads were to close, and strangely enough it happened. It just goes to show how important the airport is to the local community."

”This is a very good demonstration of what a group of pilots and a handful of pilots can do when we have a disaster,“ McCune said. ”This little airport with this little group of people made a difference in the lives of about 30 individuals.“

Said Moshier, ”I don’t think the Mojave towers have seen this much traffic in a long time.“

- Source:  http://www.bakersfield.com


The mudslide closed all lanes of traffic on Highway 58 just east of Cameron Road. Pilot Bill McCune took this aerial photo of vehicles still trapped in slide early Friday morning.


"It (the mudslide) was much worse than I thought it would be," said Pilot Bill McCune, who took this aerial of the scene early Friday morning.



An aerial view of Highway 58 facing east at 5,000 feet was taken by Pilot Bill McCune of Tehachapi, who was involved in voluntary transports of stranded motorists along with other local pilots who airlifted about 25 people from Mojave to Tehachapi.

Glasair: Fatal accident occurred October 17, 2015 in New Tecumseth, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada

NEW TECUSMETH – A man is dead following a small plane crash near Beeton on Saturday afternoon.

OPP say shortly before 3:30 p.m. the plane struck some hydro wires along County Road 1 (the 8th Line) of New Tecumseth, west of Beeton, and crashed into a wooded area.

"It appears he was attempting to land," said Nottawasaga OPP Const. Harry Lawrenson.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is investigating.

Chris Krepski of the TSB said it was an amateur-built aircraft, known as a Glasair. They are bought it kits and assembled, but there is federal oversight.

“This aircraft contacted some electrical wires, while on approach to land and the pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured,” said Krepski, who noted the plane caught fire after it crashed.

He said the pilot was attempting to land at an air strip, although was unsure if it was a private or commercial one.

The pilot has not been identified by OPP.

A resident of the area, who asked not to be identified, said there were snow flurries at the time.

Another neighbour, who lives on the 6th Line, said she heard the plane's engine 'supperting' as it flew by.

Another resident, who also asked not to be identified and lives along County Road 1, said he saw the aircraft bank before it crashed, then saw a plume of smoke.

Authorities say the plane was on fire, which was brought under control by New Tecumseth firefighters.

The TSB sent two investigators to the crash site Saturday and continued to work at the scene Sunday.

The crash resulted in a loss of power for more than 3,400 PowerStream customers in the Tottenham and Beeton areas.

By 5 p.m. hydro had been restored to more than 2,000 customers, with the remainder expected to have power by 7 p.m.

County Road 1 between Tottenham Road and Dayfoot Street was closed for the investigation.










Socata TB-20 Trinidad, N115DS, CNDT Assets LTD: Incident occurred October 17, 2015 at Fairfield County Airport (KLHQ), Lancaster, Ohio

Date: 17-OCT-15
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N115DS
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TB20
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Columbus FSDO-07
City: LANCASTER
State: Ohio

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED, LANCASTER, OH

http://registry.faa.gov/N115DS




LANCASTER - Two men survived a rough landing Saturday at the Fairfield County Airport.

"After we took off, the light for the landing gear indicated there was something wrong," said Jon Lester,  pilot of Socata TB-20 Trinidad.

Lester, 55, was flying with pilot Dwight A. Nippert, 46. Both men are of Lancaster.

"We circled the field and they told us that the nose wheel had not fully come down," Lester said. The first emergency calls into the 911 center came at 12:30 p.m.

When it was clear that there might be a tough landing Lester texted his wife, Jenny, that they were having problems.

She arrived at the airport before they made their landing.

Also responding to the emergency, were firefighters form Greenfield, Bloom, and Pleasant townships, along with Lancaster. The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol also responded.

Jenny said her husband had been flying for four years and was an accomplished pilot with a commercial license.

Lester said that once they knew the landing gear wasn't in place, they circled the field to burn off fuel and then came in very slow.

Nippert handled the landing and Lester handled all the other controls.

"Considering what it was, it was a very smooth landing," Lester said. "We came down nice and slow and glided to a smooth landing, with the nose tipping into the ground at the end.

As the plane touched down and fire engines and medic units rushed to the end of the field to the aircraft, the two men got out.

"No one was injured in the crash," said Lt. Chad Johnson, Greenfield Township Fire Department.

By 1:15 p.m., airport personnel were moving the aircraft into one of the hangars for further investigation of what went wrong with the nose wheel.

"I'm just glad they all made it down safely," Jenny said.

- Source:  http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com


Busy little Palm Beach County Park Airport (KLNA) has had 48 crashes since 1982



LANTANA — Jonathan Sands tried to land at the Lantana airport just one time, but it was memorable: He ended up upside down in his RV6 aircraft after it flipped over close to the airport fence, just across Congress Avenue from the Atlantis Grill & Bar.

Sands blames himself for trying to land too fast and, perhaps, bad fuel that could have choked power from his engine.

But he couldn’t blame the airport.

“The runways are normal length,” he said. “For the type of aircraft they fly, it’s fine.”

After a crash Tuesday killed college student Banny Galicia in a suburban Lake Worth mobile home and pilot Dan Shalloway, who appears to have been maneuvering his Piper Cherokee 180 to land at Lantana airport, it may seem as though Lantana has attracted more than its share of crashes.

But National Transportation Safety Board figures don’t bear that out.

Since 1982, the Palm Beach County Park Airport west of the town limits has been linked to 48 crashes involving 51 aircraft, not counting Tuesday’s crash. The crashes killed 17 people and seriously injured nine.

Those numbers hew closely to those at the North Perry General Aviation Airport in Hollywood, which is about as busy as Lantana. It had 53 crashes that killed 17 people and seriously injured seven during the same period.

Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport has more general aviation flights but was responsible for 13 deaths and five serious injuries in 47 crashes during that time.

All three of those airports are close to commercial airports along the densely populated Florida coast. North Perry is at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The Palm Beach County Park Airport is the 14th busiest in the state for general aviation flights. It typically logs hundreds of flights a day, mostly from small planes and helicopters. Its runways, in a World War II-era design, are set up in an A shape. Each is roughly 3,400 feet long.

Teaching flights accounted for 21 of the 51 crashed aircraft and three of the 17 deaths. Thirteen deaths were on flights listed as personal.

Lantana’s crashes often have nothing to do with the airport itself.

In several crashes, engines lost power when airplanes were just barely off the ground. Others never never left the ground at all.

A string of crashes tied to the airport shows how the airport itself never had a chance to play a role. In August 2009, a student pilot and his instructor discovered they couldn’t pull their control stick back far enough to take off. One of the adjustable seats had slid forward, preventing them from having full control. Their plane came to a stop in bushes beside a lake.

Just a few months earlier, two people died when an engine cut out about 100 feet above ground. Investigators found the engine had not been completely reassembled after extensive repairs.

In November 2008, a critical nut came off a helicopter’s engine, but two people escaped serious injury. The pilot lost power, missed power lines and glided down to a crash that cut the tail off the helicopter. In that case, too, the engine did not appear to have been fully reassembled.

In October 2007, two people were killed and another seriously injured when pilots tried to keep drawing fuel from an empty tank. With a dead engine, the pilots tried to land on a golf course but hit trees. Half of the airplane’s fuel was still on board.

And in June 2007, a pilot escaped serious injury when his hydraulic system leaked and he couldn’t get his landing gear down.

It’s not clear yet what happened Tuesday when Shalloway, a prominent engineer, was flying alone from the Orlando area toward the Lantana airport at about 5:30 p.m. In a span of 14 seconds, his small plane veered sharply off course.

Video from a nearby store showed it flew through the air on its side before crashing into the Mar-Mak Colony Club mobile-home park off Lake Worth Road and bursting into flames. Galicia was the sole victim on the ground.

Sands, who crashed at Lantana in August 2014, began losing power on a flight from Kissimmee, so he decided to try to land at Lantana. He said he landed too fast and swerved near the end of the runway to avoid hitting the fence, and the airplane flipped. Test results on his fuel were inconclusive.

He’s back in the air in a different plane, now, but hasn’t tried again to land at Lantana. But it’s not anything to do with the airport itself. It’s simply out of the way for him.

“Lantana airport, there’s nothing wrong with the airport per se,” Sands said.

Notable crashes

The Palm Beach County Park Airport at Lantana is tied to 48 accidents involving 51 aircraft since 1983, the National Transportation Safety Board says. Among them:

January 2015: A Piper Cherokee collides with a Robinson R22 helicopter when both came in to land at the same time.

December 2014: Instructor killed and a student injured in an R22 helicopter. “We’re going down,” the student recalled the instructor saying. In a lawsuit, he claimed the instructor was using the FaceTime video conferencing software.

December 2012: A two-engine Cessna 421C started to take off, and ultimately rolled left and went straight into the ground. The NTSB says an engine failed and the pilot, who died, didn’t follow proper procedures to regain control.

April 2010: Engine on a homebuilt plane stops after takeoff. It crashed into a lake a few hundred yards away. The pilot was killed.

May 2009: An airplane that hadn’t been used much since heavy repairs quit just 100 feet into the air. The pilot turned back toward the airport, then crashed into two planes and a truck on the ground. The pilot and a passenger died.

October 2007: An 18-year-old pilot on a night-time instructional flight lost power over Boynton Beach while finishing a flight to Lantana. The flight instructor ordered the pilot to land on a golf course, but the plane hit trees and cartwheeled. The crash killed the pilot and the instructor. A passenger, who was seriously injured, said both pilots were focused on finding a place to crash and not on restoring power. The plane had been set to draw fuel from a now-empty tank; the other tank had plenty of fuel.

May 2006, two people were seriously injured when their Mooney M20G lost power after climbing just 100 feet. The NTSB said the pilot hadn’t checked the fuel and a rotted seal let rainwater into the tank.

- Source:  http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com


Vans RV-4, N999ZF: Fatal accident occurred October 17, 2015 in Cortland, Gage County, Nebraska

JERRY A.  ALLDER: http://registry.faa.gov/N999ZF

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA014
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 17, 2015 in Cortland, NE
Aircraft: Zidek Vans RV-4, registration: N999ZF
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 October 17, 2015, about 0841 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Zidek model Vans RV-4 single-engine airplane, N999ZF, was destroyed during a postimpact fire after colliding with terrain while maneuvering near Cortland, Nebraska. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the accident site. The personal flight departed Crete Municipal Airport (CEK), Crete, Nebraska, at 0833, and had the intended destination of Lincoln Airport (LNK), Lincoln, Nebraska.

According to available air traffic control (ATC) radar data, after departing CEK on runway 17, the accident flight proceeded to the southeast and climbed to an altitude of about 2,600 feet mean sea level (msl). At 0837:30 (hhmm:ss), the flight turned to the south and descended to 2,400 feet msl. About 19 seconds later, the flight turned to easterly course and started to descend. Between 0839:23 and 0841:42, the accident flight made multiple low-altitude passes centered over a small lake located 1/3 mile northeast of the intersection of West Ash Road and Southwest 29th Road, near Cortland, Nebraska. The low-altitude passes, and the associated course-reversals, were completed within a 1/2 mile radius of the small lake. According to available elevation data, the terrain immediately surrounding the lake was about 1,470 feet msl. The small lake was located adjacent to a residence owned by the pilot's brother.

The first low-pass of the small lake was from the southeast to the northwest at an altitude at or below 100 feet above ground level. Following the first low-pass, the flight entered a climbing right turn to about 1,900 feet msl before it entered a descent back toward the small lake on a south heading. The second low-pass was from the north to the south at an altitude at or below 100 feet above ground level. Following the second low-pass, the flight completed a 180-degree turn at approximately 1,600 feet msl before descending for a third low-pass over the small lake. The third low-pass was from the south to the north at an altitude at or below 100 feet above ground level. Following the third low-pass, the flight entered a climbing right turn to about 1,800 feet msl before it entered a descent for another low-pass over the small lake. The fourth and final low-pass was from the northeast to the southwest and was at an altitude at or below 100 feet agl. Following the final low-pass, the flight entered a climb on a southwest heading to about 2,000 feet msl before making a sharp turn toward the north. The final radar return was recorded at 0841:42 at 1,700 feet msl. The final radar return was located about 472 feet east of initial impact point with the ground.

The pilot's brother stated that he witnessed the accident airplane complete multiple low-altitude passes over his property immediately before the accident. He stated that following the final low-pass the airplane pitched-up and entered a climbing right turn. The witness stated that, during the climbing turn, the airplane suddenly pitched nose down and descended rapidly. The witness stated that the airplane recovered briefly to a level attitude before it quickly rolled wings left-and-right and entered a descending right turn into the terrain.

The main wreckage was located in a harvested soybean field. There was a wreckage debris path that measured about 92 feet long and was oriented on a 265-degree magnetic heading. The initial impact crater contained the propeller and the right main landing gear. The impact crater also exhibited a well-defined propeller slash mark in the terrain. The estimated angle between the propeller slash mark and the surrounding terrain was about 30 degrees. The two-blade propeller exhibited chordwise scratches near the blade tips. One propeller blade exhibited significant S-shape bending along its span. A large area of burnt ground and vegetation surrounded the main wreckage, which consisted of the fuselage, empennage, both wings, and the engine. A majority of the fuselage, including the cockpit and cabin, had been consumed during 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 damage caused by prolonged exposure to fire.

The engine remained partially attached to the firewall. Internal engine and valve train continuity was confirmed as the engine crankshaft was rotated. Compression and suction were noted on all cylinders in conjunction with crankshaft rotation. The internal oil-pump discharged oil in conjunction with crankshaft rotation. The mechanical fuel pump exhibited fire damage and did not function. Neither magneto provided a spark when rotated by hand; however, both magnetos exhibited damage consistent with impact and prolonged exposure to fire. The upper spark plugs were removed and exhibited features consistent with normal engine operation. The fuel metering assembly was found separated from the engine and exhibited impact related damage. The postaccident examination revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal engine operation.

At 0854, the LNK automated surface observing system, located about 25 miles north of the accident site, reported: wind 120 degrees at 9 knots, surface visibility 10 statute miles, clear sky, temperature 8 degrees Celsius, dew point -1 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.49 inches of mercury.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Lincoln FSDO-65

Any witnesses should email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov


Jerry Allen Allder
Born August 21, 1947, died October 17, 2015. 


Jerry was an avid fisherman, talented woodworker, and enthusiastic pilot.



David A. Schneider 

August 25, 1961 - October 17, 2015 
Resided in Lincoln, NE 



Two Lincoln men were identified Monday as the pilot and passenger who died Saturday morning in a small plane crash near Cortland.

Jerry Allder, 68, and David Schneider, 52, died in the crash around 8:45 a.m., said Gage County Chief Deputy Doug Klaus. The crash site was about 30 miles south of Lincoln in a bean field close to Southwest 29th and West Ash roads.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is investigating the crash with assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane's flight plan and the cause of the crash haven’t been released.

Peter Knudson, with the NTSB public affairs office in Washington, said a preliminary report on the crash should be available by early next week.

The two-seat plane was a red Van's RV-4 fixed-wing, single-engine model, according to the FAA registry. Allder owned the aircraft. The Van's RV-4 is a light, home-built aircraft, and the Van's RV series has become the most popular kit-build aircraft in the world.

Gage County Attorney Roger Harris said Allder was the pilot of the plane and Schneider, a pilot himself, was the passenger. He said the plane took off from the Lincoln Airport but he did not know its destination.

There was a witness to the crash, but Harris said he was not going to release any information about what the witness saw until the NTSB completes its investigation.

According to his obituary, Allder was a graduate of Sprague-Martell High School. He attended Southeast Community College at Milford, where he studied diesel mechanics and later computer assisted drafting.

A Navy veteran, Allder attended submarine school and served on the USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean during the Vietnam War.

After his military service, Allder worked as a diesel mechanic for Lewis Repair and as a welder for Interstate Metal and Midwest Steel. He retired from Rivers Metal Products, where he worked for many years as a draftsman.

Schneider graduated from Union College in 1986 with a degree in nursing.

He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Midwest Aerobatic Club-Chapter 80.

- Source:  http://journalstar.com

Authorities in Gage County have yet to identify the two victims who died in a small plane crash near Cortland Saturday morning.

The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. and was located about 30 miles south of Lincoln in a bean field close to Southwest 29th and West Ash roads.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter Sunday that it is investigating the crash with assistance from the FAA. The plane's flight plan and the cause of the crash haven’t been released.

The two-seat plane was a red Van's RV-4 fixed-wing, single-engine model, according to the FAA registry.




Two people died Saturday morning when a small plane crashed about 30 miles south of Lincoln.

The Gage County Sheriff's office confirmed two people were killed when their small, red plane crashed around 8:45 a.m.

The two-seat plane was a Vans RV-4 fixed-wing, single-engine model, according to the FAA registry.

Cortland Fire and Rescue crews initially responded to the crash. The plane went down in a field close to Southwest 29th and West Ash roads near Cortland.

Authorities removed the bodies from the wreckage about 1:40 p.m.

Chief Deputy Doug Klaus said the sheriff's office did its own investigation and notified the Federal Aviation Administration.

Klaus said the department hadn't yet identified one of the deceased as of about 3 p.m. The department will schedule autopsies, but wouldn't release the date or dates, he said.

FAA officials arrived at the scene early Saturday afternoon, but an official deferred comment to media relations contacts. Those contacts couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

The cause of the crash isn't yet known, nor was the flight's flight path.

A source with Lincoln Airport said the airport hadn't received any reports of a crash as of 4:30 p.m., while a source with Beatrice Municipal Airport said it had no information on the crash as of Saturday morning.

- Source: http://journalstar.com





Woodstock I, N21468: Accident occurred October 11, 2015 near Decatur Municipal Airport (KLUD), Wise County, Texas

PETER N. BLOUNT: http://registry.faa.gov/N21468

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA007
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Decatur, TX
Aircraft: RICH HARRY A WOODSTOCK I, registration: N21468
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 11, 2015, at an undetermined time, an experimental Woodstock I glider, N21468, impacted terrain near the Decatur Municipal Airport (KLUD), Decatur, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured and the glider was substantially damaged. The glider was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight originated KLUD about 1430.

According to a member of a local glider flying club, the pilot was towed by an airplane about 1430. Another member of the club saw the glider maneuvering between 3,000 and 4,000 feet mean sea level several miles from the airport. At sunset, the pilot was unaccounted for and the flying club reported the glider missing.

The wreckage of the glider was found about 2030 near the approach end of runway 17. There are no known witnesses to the accident. 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25

Any witnesses should email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

A Metroplex man was killed Sunday,October 11th in a glider crash just outside Decatur. 

First responders were called to the scene just north of Decatur Municipal Airport about 8:30 p.m. shortly after the aircraft was discovered.

Decatur Police Officer Royce Gastineau said the man is a member of a glider club that regularly flies in Wise County. Earlier in the evening a member of the club called the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and said one of their members was missing. The caller was wondering if a downed aircraft had been reported.

The missing man was last seen flying east of Decatur. His car was found parked at the Decatur airport, according to Gastineau. He said they “pinged” the man’s cell phone, which led them to the crash scene in a field between Jones Park and the end of an airport runway.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson pronounced the man dead at the scene. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Beech F33A Bonanza, N135BW: Incident occurred October 16, 2015 at Chico Municipal Airport (KCIC) Butte County, California



Chico >> A pilot made an emergency landing at the Chico airport Friday morning after his small plane’s engine failed and lost power, said Chico fire Capt. Chuck Fry.

The pilot, whose name was not released but who was estimated to be in his 60s, was shaken but unhurt as he safely landed the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, Fry said.


“I credit his ability to fly a plane,” he said. “It was all on that pilot to bring that plane down ... and be able to safely land it.”


The airport’s control tower notified Chico firefighters about 10:14 a.m. that a pilot about 5 miles out had lost power to his plane and was coming in for a landing, Fry said.


“His motor in his plane ... it blew apart,” he said. “So it lost power and he had a lot of burning oil that was all over the outside of the plane, and he actually had some smoke inside the cockpit also.”


The pilot landed about 10:17 a.m. and blew a tire out in the process, Fry said.


“It was a little bit of a rough landing for him,” he said, adding, “He came in a lot faster than usual since he wasn’t able to control the plane with any sort of engine power, so it was not a normal landing for him.”


No one else was aboard the plane, Fry said.


The emergency landing shut down one of two runways at the airport for over an hour as the plane’s tire was repaired so it could be towed to a hangar, he said. The airport remained open.


According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, the plane had departed from Hillsboro, Oregon, near Portland, about 8:06 a.m. and may have been heading toward Lincoln and Hayward.


The plane’s owner, according to FlightAware, is Barry Woods of Seattle.


Fry said emergency landings are not a common occurrence at the airport, and flight problems are usually corrected by pilots in air.


“In this instance, (the pilot’s) motor blew and he lost complete power,” he said. “He had no power when came in and landed. That doesn’t happen hardly at all.”


- Source:  http://www.chicoer.com


http://registry.faa.gov/N135BW 


A small plane landed safely at the Chico Municipal Airport Friday morning after reporting engine failure just moments before it landed, Chico fire officials said.

Crews received an alert about the plane around 10 a.m., and responded to the airport, where the plane, with the cockpit filled with smoke, touched down safely a few minutes later.


The smoke and engine troubles were the result of low oil pressure.


No injuries were reported.


- Source:  http://www.actionnewsnow.com



Honeybee G2, N461DH: Incident occurred October 17, 2015 at Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado

Date: 17-OCT-15
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N461DH
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03
City: COLORADO SPRINGS
State: Colorado

N461DH EXPERIMENTAL HONEYBEE GYROCOPTER ON LIFTOFF, ROLLED ONTO ITS SIDE, MEADOWLAKE, CO

LINDSAY E. FISCHER: http://registry.faa.gov/N461DH





An 80-year-old man attempting to take off in a gyrocopter at the Meadow Lake Airport was injured after the aircraft tipped on its side during take off, an El Paso County spokeswoman said.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Jacqueline Kirby, in a text message, but the injuries do not appear life threatening.

The airport is between Falcon and Peyton at 13625 Judge Orr Road.

The incident was reported about 9 a.m.

STOL CH 701, N4931M: Accident occurred October 14, 2015 at Weedon Field Airport (KEUF), Eufaula, Barbour County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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/N2EU


NTSB Identification: ERA16LA014
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Eufala, AL
Aircraft: GROSS MICHAEL E STOL CH 701, registration: N4931M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 October 14, 2015, about 1445 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith STOL CH701, N4931M, was substantially damaged shortly after taking off from Weedon Field (EUF), Eufala, Alabama. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight to Eu-Wish Airport (MU68), Hermann, Missouri. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

After the accident, the pilot was granted permission by the NTSB investigator in charge to transport the airplane to his home in Missouri, being advised that additional information would be requested. The pilot subsequently failed to respond to any NTSB information requests, either directly or through his attorney. The investigation could thus only rely on the information gathered onsite by the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, and on a written statement from the pilot subsequently provided through his attorney to the FAA inspector.

According to the pilot, he had purchased the airplane the day before in Florida, and was flying it home to Missouri, stopping at EUF to refuel. After refueling, the engine would not start, and the battery discharged. After charging the battery, the engine started "normally."

In a written statement the day of the accident, the pilot stated that after takeoff, about 50 feet above the runway, the airplane "turned left and did not respond to any control inputs to trim right and stay over the runway. Instead, it continued a left bank and impacted the ground."

In a later statement, the pilot stated that he had performed an engine run-up at 4,000 rpm without noting any anomalies. After which, he taxied to south end of runway 36 and commenced the takeoff. After applying full power, the airplane took longer than normal to take off due to crosswind conditions. About 50 feet above the runway, at mid-field, the engine began to run roughly and vibrate, and was not producing full power. The pilot attempted to "smooth out" the engine by adjusting the throttle; there was no mixture control.

The pilot then attempted to land the airplane back on the runway, but in the process, it veered off the left side and flipped upside-down. The pilot egressed the airplane, and reached back in to turn off the fuel valve as the emergency vehicles arrived.

According to the responding FAA inspector, the airplane had been moved to a hangar prior to her arrival. There, she noted that one blade of the three-bladed composite propeller was broken off and one was cracked. There was no bending or twisting of the propeller blades. There was no dripping or splattering of oil on the engine cowling. No anomalies were noted within the engine compartment.

The fuel bowl on the left side of the engine was full, and both wing fuel tanks were full of fuel. The inspector also drained fuel from each of the two wing tanks, and the fuel sump on the underside of the fuselage, just aft the engine compartment, and all samples were "clear and clean."

The inspector noted no control binding to the elevator or rudder, and while checking for aileron binding (none noted), the pilot stated that the controls "got mushy."

The FAA inspector subsequently drove out along the runway to where the airplane was recovered, which was about 3,200 feet from the departure end of the 5,000-foot runway.

Weather, recorded at the airport 13 minutes after the accident, included clear skies and calm winds.



NTSB Identification: ERA16LA014

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Eufala, AL
Aircraft: GROSS MICHAEL E STOL CH 701, registration: N4931M
Injuries: 1 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 October 14, 2015, about 1445 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith STOL CH701, N4931M, was substantially damaged shortly after taking off from Weedon Field (EUF), Eufala, Alabama. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight to Eu-Wish Airport (MU68), Hermann, Missouri. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he had purchased the airplane the day before in Florida, and was flying it home, stopping at EUF to refuel. After refueling, the engine would not start, and the battery discharged. After charging the battery, the engine started "normally."

The pilot subsequently performed an engine run-up at 4,000 rpm without noting any anomalies. After which, he taxied to south end of runway 36 and commenced the takeoff. After applying full power, the airplane took longer than normal to take off due to cross wind conditions. About 50 feet above the runway, at mid-field, the engine began to run roughly and vibrate, and was not producing full power. The pilot attempted to "smooth out" the engine by adjusting the throttle; there was no mixture control.

The pilot then attempted to land the airplane back on the runway, but in the process, it veered off the left side and flipped upside-down. The pilot egressed the airplane, and reached back in to turn off the fuel valve as the emergency vehicles arrived.

According to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane had been moved to a hangar prior to her arrival. There, she noted that one blade of the three-bladed propeller was broken off and one was cracked. There was no bending or twisting of the propeller blades. There was no dripping or splattering of oil on the engine cowling. No anomalies were noted within the engine compartment, and all fuel samples were clear. The fuel bowl on the left side of the engine was full, and both wing fuel tanks were full of fuel.

The FAA inspector subsequently drove out along the runway to where the airplane was recovered, which was about 3,200 feet from the departure end.

With concurrence from the NTSB investigator in charge, the airplane was subsequently ground-transported to the pilot's home in Missouri.
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Eufaula Fire and Rescue, along with officers from the Eufaula Police Department, responded to a 911 call in reference to an airplane crash at Eufaula’s Weedon Field on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Units arrived shortly after the 3:48 p.m. call reporting the plane crash, to find the pilot of the single engine fixed wing aircraft out of the plane, despite the plane being upside down.

According to a press release from the EPD, the plane was approximately 125 yards to the west of the runway.

The pilot, Karl Paubel of Herman Missouri was not injured during the crash and did not require transport by Rescue.

A problem during takeoff with the mechanics of the plane is thought to have contributed to the accident. An official investigation by the FAA and local authorities is being conducted currently; no further information about the crash is available at this time.

No other aircraft were involved in the incident and the airport remains operational.

- Source:  http://www.dothaneagle.com

EUFAULA, AL (WTVM) -  On Wednesday, October 14 the Eufaula Police Department received a 911 call in reference to an airplane crash at Weedon Field at approximately 3:48 p.m. CST.

Eufaula Fire Department and police department units responded and discovered a fixed wing single engine aircraft upside down, approximately 125 yards to the west of the runway. 

The pilot, Karl Paubel of Herman, Missouri, was not injured. 

The FAA was contacted and the crash is under investigation by local and Federal authorities at this time.   No other aircraft were involved and the airport is operational at this time.

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Man Punched Flight Attendant, Threatened To Blow Up Plane

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Queens man has been charged after he allegedly punched a flight attendant and threatened to blow up the plane during a flight from New York City to South Florida.

A flight attendant for JetBlue Airways told the FBI he saw Alija Kucuk, 29, run down the aisle and push two other flight attendants out of the way.

The flight attendant said he tried to calm the man down, but then Kucuk pushed him into a door and punched him in the face.

According to an FBI report, Kucuk used verbal epithets and racial slurs and threatened to blow up the plane during the incident.

Kucuk, of Middle Village, was charged with interfering with a flight attendant and threatening to destroy an aircraft.

- Source:  http://newyork.cbslocal.com

Civil Aviation forms committee to respond to aircraft accidents

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA ) has set up a committee of experts in the Western Region who would readily respond to accidents involving aircraft. The committee dubbed "Emergency Operation Committee," comprises those institutions and agencies directly related to such accidents.

They are made up of representatives of the Media, Airforce, the Security Agencies, Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, GCCA, Environmental Protection Agency, National Disaster Management Organization, Forestry Commission and Health workers. The rest are the Ghana Maritime Authority, Meteorological Department, Fishermen Association, the Airlines, Immigration Services and Metro Mass Transit.

Mr.  Martin Adu Boafo, Manager in charge of Search and Rescue of the GCAA, briefing the members of the committee at a three day seminar in Takoradi, said the committee was necessary in view of the air crashes of late.

Recently a local aircraft, Starbow, crashed at the Tamale airport, while some time last year a similar incident occurred at the high sea in the West Coast of the Western Region killing two passengers. 

Mr. Adu Boafo stressed that members were expected to get themselves readily available to go into action in the event of such incidents in order to alleviate the impact of the accident.

As a result, Mr. Boafo said a document titled "Emergency Preparedness and Plan for Aircraft Accident" has been prepared to guide the committee in time of air crisis. Members would discuss and approve it and use it as the workable document.

The Search and Rescue Manager said a simulation exercise on emergency conflict would be organized for members in due course. 

- Source:  http://www.businessghana.com

Boshear's Skyfest Helicopter rides more than just a fun time for vets • Daniel Field Airport (KDNL), Augusta, Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- There is a lot to be seen and heard at the Boshear's Skyfest, but in the distance above all the white noise there is one sound more meaningful than the rest. To you and I this is a loud chopper, startling and exciting, but to veterans who frequent the Sky Soldiers demonstrations, it's like therapy. 

"Everybody has some kind of relationship you can talk to guys and they have flashbacks to where they were," said Stuart. "Sometimes it was a good sound to me, sometimes it was a bad sound," said Stuart.

Lee Stuart has been flying with them since 2000. He says for him its less about the flying and more about the memories.

"Whether I ever fly again it doesn't matter. Its the comradery, its being around the vets, its being around the military," said Stuart.

Air Boss Jim Brennan says for some of the vets they meet around the country seeing the Huey is like reuniting with an old friend.

"A lot of them have not been near, on or even around a Huey in 40 plus years," Jim Brennan.

This Huey was built to be a medevac to help the injured during the Vietnam War.

"A lot of them will tell you the last time they were flying in a Huey, it was either taking them into a hot LZ or more important taking them out of a hot LZ," said Brennan. "Just to be next to an air craft that really took care of them. You know when they heard the sound of that Huey they knew it was good news," said Brennan.

Brennan says being up here isn't just about remembering the past.

"Whats more important is getting the kids and the adults and even the Vietnam vets a little bit of closure," said Brennan.

This time around their planes are flying higher and the pilots are only looking for a smile from kids and even one of our News 12 photographer.

"At first I thought it was really loud, but it was awesom-er when we got up in the really high sky," said Will Graybael.

Stuart says no matter if its kids, adults, or an old friend trying to reconnect still gives him chills.

"I tell them that air craft you are riding is older than your momma and daddy," said Stuart.

Story and video:  http://www.wrdw.com


Crowds watch busy skies at Skyfest

Team Aerodynamix pilots Jerry Morris and Len Leggette have been stunt flying at Boshears Skyfest for years, and they said they never get tired of performing at what they consider “basically a homecoming show.”

Story and photo gallery: http://chronicle.augusta.com




“Out There…Somewhere”: So, What’s Up At Boshears Skyfest? • Daniel Field Airport (KDNL), Augusta, Georgia Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Pilot Bob Carlton is fired up about the Boshears Skyfest, which is a celebration of airplanes and flying. For Augusta aviation, this is like Woodstock.

“That’s a great way to put it, this is our 22nd second year of celebrating the air show,” said Becky Shealy, who is the spokesperson for Boshears Skyfest.

There will be cool planes at the air show and great pilots who have spent most of their lives as fans of aviation.

Probably, nobody flew higher than the late great Neil Armstrong. I mean, he ended every debate around the hanger, “oh yeah, you flew a jet. I walked on the Moon.” They know aviation, but would they know Neil if they saw him.

“Is that you?” asked Shealy, looking at an older picture of Armstrong on my phone. “No, it’s not me,” I answered. “I have no idea. Who is that?” asked Shealy. ‘If I say Neil Armstrong?” I asked. “Shut up,” said Shealy.

“Beats me,” said Ted Tidwell, who’s been on the Boshears show committee since the beginning. “This guy here, if I gave you his name…Neil Armstrong?” I asked Tidwell. “Well, that’s a very familiar name,” said Tidwell.

At Boshears Skyfest,  you will see some trick flying from the Alabama Boys precision flying, as well, and the guys behind the controls of these planes aren’t easily tricked when it comes to another famous fly-boy.

“Who’s this guy,” we asked pilot Greg Koontz, who is a 40-year veteran of air shows, who will entertain this weekend with the “Alabama Boys”. “Fellow that landed on the Moon, first guy to walk on the Moon. Neil Armstrong,” he said at first glance.

“Oh yeah, Neil Armstrong, you bet,” said Bob Gibbons, of “Team Aerodynamix”, which is a precision flying team back at Boshears.

“Do you know who this guy is?” I asked Bob Carlton. “That is Neil Armstrong,” he answered. “You guys all know,” I said to Carlton, who will be flying his yellow Subsonex Micro Jet at the air show.

They are up in the air, but when it comes to recognizing Neil Armstrong, their heads are not in the clouds…”Out There…Somewhere” at Boshears Skyfest.

Boshears Skyfest will be held Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.

- Source:  http://wjbf.com