Thursday, July 7, 2016

Gulfstream American Corp AA-5A, Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum Inc., N26908; accident occurred July 07, 2016 near Cheyenne Regional Airport (KCYS), Laramie County, Wyoming -Kathryn's Report


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAAA Casper FSFO-04

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA256
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 07, 2016 in Cheyenne, WY
Aircraft: GULFSTREAM AMERICAN CORP AA 5A, registration: N26908
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

On July 7, 2016, about 1200 mountain daylight time, a Gulfstream American CORP AA-5A airplane, N26908, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after departing Cheyenne Regional Airport/Jerry Olson Field (KCYS), Cheyenne, Wyoming. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and it is unknown if a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Eppley Airfield (KOMA), Omaha, Nebraska.

The flight instructor reported that after takeoff the airplane encountered very windy conditions and he was unable to control the airplane. The airplane was unable to climb out and the flight instructor performed a forced landing to a road. The pilot maneuvered the airplane to avoid a collision with a construction crew on the road. The right wing was substantially damaged when it impacted a construction sign.

Cheyenne, Wyo. - A plane that crashed near Central High School on Thursday (7/7/16) was being piloted by 16 year-old Isaiah Cooper.

Cooper was not hurt in the hard landing; he was on a quest to become the youngest African American to pilot an airplane around the continental United States of America. His crash comes just moments after we spoke to him about his flight.

Immediately following takeoff, he encountered extreme wind shear in what is called a microburst. Recognizing this adverse weather phenomena, Isaiah executed emergency procedures flawlessly, avoided obstacles, and landed on a nearby street. During ground rollout, the plane struck a street sign and sustained damage. No people were injured, and no property was damaged in this landing.

He will stay in Cheyenne, WY until a replacement aircraft is secured. Isaiah remains determined to complete his flight around the continental United States.

Information on Cooper's flight:

Compton, California – July, 5th 2016 (TAM) A pioneering African-American teenage pilot from Compton, who learned how to fly at the Los Angeles inner city aeronautical program, is Piloting an airplane around the Continental United States from Compton to Washington, to Maine, to Florida, and back to Compton on a record setting journey.

On July 5th, 16 year-old Isaiah Cooper started his quest to become the youngest African American to pilot an airplane around the continental United States of America. He left from Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum at the Compton airport at 9:00am. This is a practice flight in preparation for the Guinness World Record breaking attempt to be the youngest person to fly solo around the Earth at age 18.

Isaiah was mentored by Robin Petgrave, founder and Executive Director of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum (TAM). In 1998 Mr. Petgrave, a successful entrepreneur and pilot, decided to focus his attention on at-risk inner city youth so he sold his multimillion company, Bravo Helicopters & Wings and build TAM.

In addition to aviation, TAM offers after-school educational programs, gang and drug intervention, life skills, safe haven and many other activities designed as an alternative to self- destructive behaviors. TAM is noted for being the recipient of a unanimously passed United States Congressional Resolution 532 in recognition of the museum’s achievement and success in teaching aviation, engineering, and flying to “at-risk” and economically disadvantaged minority students. Mr. Petgrave was an Ebony Power 100 in 2013.

Original article can be found here:

The Cheyenne Police Department responded to a plane that landed in the 5700 blk of Education Drive around noon today. No injuries reported.

Cheyenne Regional Airport (KCYS)

Cheyenne Regional Airport (KCYS)

Cheyenne Regional Airport (KCYS)

Cheyenne Regional Airport (KCYS)

As seen from Sky5, Isaiah Cooper takes off from Compton airport on July 5, 2016.

A 16-year-old boy who learned to fly at Compton/Woodley Airport is aiming to become the youngest pilot to fly solo around the Earth, taking aim at an entry in the Guinness World Records.

But first, Isaiah Cooper intends to break another barrier: he wants to become the youngest African-American pilot to fly around the continental United States.

He departed on that attempt Tuesday morning, leaving from outside Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum at the Compton Airport, where he was a member of an at-risk youth program that teaches local children to fly.

“I’m so happy that I get this opportunity,” Cooper said. “Most people don’t.”

He hopes his flight will inspire other teens.

His mother just wants him to call home every time he lands. She cried at her son’s departure event, which brought dozens of family members and friend to the airport before takeoff.

Cooper and his flight instructor Roger Azad will fly from California to Washington state, to Maine, down to Florida and back across the country, with several stops along the route. They’ll fly about eight hours a day.

The attempt is a practice flight for the larger goal, which Cooper hopes to complete next year.

"It's making him truly believe he can do anything he wants to," said Robin Petgrave, who founded the museum and flight program.

The current Guinness record-holder for the youngest person to fly solo around the world is Matthew Guthmiller, who finished his flight in El Cajon, in San Diego County, at age 19 in July 2014.

Cooper wants to break the record when he is 18. An 18-year-old Australian man is trying to break the record now.

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After a group prayer, Isaiah Cooper gets a hug before his departure from Compton airport on July 5, 2016.

COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- A 16-year-old from Compton is aiming to break a world record by becoming the youngest African-American pilot to fly around the continental U.S.

Isaiah Cooper's family and friends gathered around the teen and prayed for his journey before he took off Tuesday morning.

"I'm so happy that I get this opportunity, and most people don't," Cooper said.

That opportunity began when Cooper was just 5 years old. That's when he first attended Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum in Compton, a program that teaches inner-city kids about flying and offers academic support.

"Around 9 years old is when he became a co-pilot," said Natalia Knox, Cooper's mother.

However, Cooper admits he later left the program and started making some bad choices.

"After middle school, I got involved with the wrong crowd," Cooper said.

Inspired by the founder of the museum, Robin Petgrave, Cooper came back and asked for help.

"I want to do everything he did times 10, but at the same time I want to be humble enough to come back here and tell him, 'It only happened because of you,'" Cooper said.

So Petgrave challenged Cooper to break a world record.

"At first I didn't believe him, so then I was at work, and he called and he put Robin on the phone, and then I knew he was serious," Knox said.

For Cooper, it's all about motivating other young people and making Compton proud.

"I'm trying to teach them at a young age that if they put guns down and they make better decisions with their lives, they can all do something like this," Cooper said. "Or even if they don't want to do something like this and they want to do something better, they still have that opportunity."

Cooper's instructor is accompanying him on the trip, which will span more than 8,000 miles. Cooper is already making plans for next year.

"If this does go successfully, then next year at the age of 18, I'll be the youngest to fly around the world," Cooper said.

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lcarson said...

As I stated in Facebook relating to this endeavor, doesn't matter what race you are if you crash !!! One other young female trying the same in Cessna 177 died not too many years ago,,,,same airport !!!

Anonymous said...

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward." Glad the kid is ok and will continue on his quest. Good luck!