Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beech A36 Bonanza, N8283D: Fatal accident occurred August 31, 2016 at Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), Benton County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Continental Motors; Mobile, 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/N8283D 

Location: Bentonville, AR
Accident Number: CEN16FA341
Date & Time: 08/31/2016, 0930 CDT
Registration: N8283D
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Abrupt maneuver
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 31, 2016, about 0930 central daylight time, a Beech A36, N8283D, was destroyed when it impacted a hangar during an attempted takeoff from runway 18 at the Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT), Bentonville, Arkansas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact explosion and fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for the Springdale Municipal Airport (ASG), Springdale, Arkansas.

The pilot of another airplane reported that, while approaching VBT, the flight was authorized by approach control to change to the VBT common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). He stated that, after the frequency change, he transmitted his intent to land on runway 36 over the CTAF. The pilot stated that the approach controller advised him that no traffic was observed at VBT, and the pilot heard no radio transmissions from other aircraft during the landing approach. After landing on the first 1/3 of runway 36, he noted another airplane (the accident airplane) at the end of runway 18 initiating a takeoff. The pilot transmitted over the CTAF that he was on the runway, but the accident airplane continued the takeoff. Shortly thereafter, the accident airplane "appeared to add more power and [rolled] left over the grass." The accident airplane became airborne, pitched nose-up then nose-down twice before rolling left and impacting a hangar. 

Surveillance video from VBT showed the other airplane during its landing roll on runway 36. The accident airplane could be seen taking off from runway 18 when it abruptly veered to the left (east). The accident airplane crossed the un-paved ground between the runway and the airport ramp, became airborne, and traveled out of the frame of the video. The footage did not capture the impact with the hangar but did show the explosion of impact and a postcrash fire.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/11/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 1389 hours (Total, all aircraft) 

The 70-year-old pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single-engine and multiengine land ratings. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued on March 11, 2015, with a limitation for corrective lenses. The pilot reported no medical conditions and no use of medications to the FAA. At the time of the medical examination, the pilot reported 1,389 total hours of flight experience. The pilot's flight logbook was not available for review during the investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N8283D
Model/Series: A36 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1993
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: E-2816
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3651 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

The airplane was a 1993 Beech A36, serial number E-2816. The airplane was a single-engine monoplane with retractable tricycle landing gear and seating for six occupants, including the flight crew. It was constructed predominately of metal and was powered by a Continental IO-550-B (6) engine, serial number 675847, rated to produce 300 horsepower.

Review of the airplane maintenance records found within the wreckage revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was performed on August 10, 2015. An entry dated March 14, 2016, indicated that the engine had been overhauled and reinstalled. Based on the maintenance entries the airplane had accumulated 1489.5 total hours as of the date of the engine overhaul. 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VBT, 1298 ft msl
Observation Time: 0935 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 20°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bentonville, AR (VBT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: SPRINGDALE, AR (ASG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

At 0935, the weather reporting station located at VBT recorded wind from 020° at 3 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear sky, and an altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury.

Airport Information

Airport: BENTONVILLE MUNI/LOUISE M THAD (VBT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1298 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4426 ft / 65 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

At the time of the accident, VBT had a single runway (18/36), that was 4,426 ft long and 65 ft wide. The runway had two intersecting taxiways located about midfield, requiring airplanes to back-taxi to reach either end of the runway. 

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: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.345278, -94.219444 

The airplane impacted a hangar located on the east side of the runway. The hangar was about 1,900 ft from the north end of runway 18 and 360 ft east of the runway centerline. A postimpact explosion and fire consumed the cabin section of the fuselage and the inboard wing sections of the airplane. Fire also damaged the hangar. There was a hole in the front of the hangar (west wall) near the peak and another hole in the south wall. The airplane's engine had separated from the airframe and came to rest next to the north wall of the adjacent hangar. The airframe came to rest in front of the hangar that was struck with the airplane nose facing west.

Examination of the airplane at the accident scene confirmed the presence of all control surfaces. Due to the extensive fire damage, a comprehensive examination of the fuselage structure was not possible; however, examination of the components that remained did not reveal any evidence of a preimpact structural failure.

Examination of the airplane's control system showed that the left aileron actuation cable was separated in overload near the left wing root, and the left bellcrank ear was separated with the cable still attached. The right aileron actuation cable was continuous from the cockpit area to the right bellcrank, where the ear separated from the bellcrank with the cable still attached. The right rudder cable was separated in overload in the cabin floor area. The left rudder cable was continuous from the rudder to the cockpit floor area. The elevator control cables were continuous from the rear bellcrank to the cockpit floor area. The elevator trim cables were continuous from the tail connections forward to the cabin floor area. The trim tab functioned normally in both directions.

All three propeller blades exhibited signatures consistent with the production of power at the time of impact, including bending, twisting, gouging, and scratching.

Examination of the airplane's engine revealed compression and suction on all cylinders when rotated by hand. The magnetos remained attached to the engine and spark was produced on all leads during engine rotation.

The airplane was equipped with navigation and communication radios, but examination of the airplane's avionics was not possible due to the extensive fire damage.

No preimpact anomalies of the airframe, engine or associated systems were found. 

Communications

VBT was an uncontrolled airport and did not have an operating control tower. Pilots could communicate and announce their intentions using CTAF. The CTAF at VBT was not recorded; however, an employee at the fixed base operator on the airport reported that she heard over the CTAF the landing airplane's pilot announce the airplane's position on the landing approach and his intent to land the airplane at VBT. She also reported that she heard the pilot of the landing airplane state, "Bentonville Municipal I am on the runway!" She did not hear any other pilots on the CTAF. 

Medical And Pathological Information

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory Medical Examiner, Little Rock, Arkansas, conducted an autopsy of the pilot and reported the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries, and the manner was accident. The autopsy documented the presence of a pacemaker in the chest wall.

The FAA Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicology testing on specimens from the pilot. Testing revealed the blood pressure medications metoprolol and valsartan in the urine and blood. The potentially impairing sedative temazepam was detected in the urine at 7.204 ug/ml and heart blood at 0.071 ug/ml; its metabolite, oxazepam, was detected in the urine at 0.795 ug/ml, but not in the heart blood.

Temazepam is a Schedule IV controlled substance of the benzodiazepine class. It is a sedative intended for the short-term treatment of insomnia; common name for it is Restoril. The package information carries warnings including, "…You may still feel drowsy the next day after taking [temazepam]. Do not drive or do other dangerous activities after taking [temazepam] until you feel fully awake." Temazepam's therapeutic range is from about 0.2 to 1.1 ug/ml and its half-life ranges from about 3 to 13 hours in different individuals.

Review of the pilot's personal medical records revealed a history of atrial fibrillation treated with the non-impairing anticoagulant rivaroxaban, and the blood pressure/rate control medication metoprolol. The pilot's high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol were treated with the non-impairing medications valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide, and atorvastatin. Furthermore, he had insomnia treated with temazepam. Finally, following his most recent FAA examination, he developed a slow heart rate that was controlled with a pacemaker, which was implanted in February 2016. An examination of the pilot by a physician's assistant 2 weeks before the accident documented that the pilot felt well with no adverse symptoms from medications or his medical conditions.

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA341
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in Bentonville, AR
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N8283D
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 31, 2016, about 0930 central daylight time, a Beech model 36, N8283D, was destroyed when it impacted a hangar during an attempted takeoff from runway 18 at the Bentonville Municipal Airport (VBT), Bentonville, Arkansas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the airplane was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact explosion and fire. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for the Springdale Municipal Airport (ASG), Springdale, Arkansas.

Surveillance video obtained during the on-scene portion of the investigation showed that the accident airplane was departing on runway 18, when it abruptly veered to the east. Another airplane was visible on the recording and was rolling to the north on the same runway. The other airplane had reportedly just landed on runway 36. After veering to the east, the accident airplane crossed the un-paved ground between the runway and the airport ramp area. The airplane became airborne and travelled out of the frame of the video, however, the explosion and fireball were visible on the recording.

In Memory of Rex Lanier Grimsley
March 27, 1946 - August 31, 2016

Rex Lanier Grimsley, of Bentonville, Ark., passed away on August 31, 2016 in a plane crash at the Bentonville Municipal Airport.

He was a committed husband, loving father and grandfather, and Christian. He will be greatly missed by his devoted family, Carolyn Boling Grimsley, his wife of 49 years; son, James Paul Grimsley of Bentonville and his fiancé, Heather Holland; daughter, Jill Grimsley Drewyor of Bentonville and her husband Pine Drewyor; also by his grandchildren, Harper Grimsley (19), a student at the University of Arkansas, Macy Grimsley (18), a student at Texas Christian University, and Margot Drewyor (10), Beatrix Drewyor (6), and James Truman Drewyor (4) of Bentonville.

A cattle broker, avid quail hunter, and pilot, Grimsley was a lifelong resident of Vaughn, just west of Bentonville. He frequently made trips to Texas in his Beechcraft Bonanza to entertain family and friends on bird hunting trips. He spent the evening preceding his death with his family celebrating his grandson's birthday. He died the following morning piloting his aircraft after evading an incoming aircraft at the local airport. 

The older of two children, Grimsley was born in 1946 and raised in Vaughn. His parents, James Knox Grimsley and Wanda Lou Rodgers Grimsley, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Ruthann Grimsley Strickland, and her husband Steve Strickland, of Little Rock. 

Grimsley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Business degree in 1968, following which he taught distributive education classes in Pine Bluff and later at Bentonville High School. He later attended the U of A and obtained a Masters of Business Administration. He was an ardent Razorbacks fan. Grimsley was an entrepreneur at heart and owned several successful businesses throughout his career, including F&G Feed Store, where he was partners first with Bob Fuqua and later with George Huber, and Brookside Seed Company and Bentonville Lube 'N Go, where he was also partners with Huber, and a prosperous cattle broker business. He was a shareholder and director at Grand Savings Bank.

He was a longtime cattleman, he grew up on a dairy farm in Bentonville, and began running his own beef cattle in 1970. He maintained many interests in agriculture, primarily in the cattle market and was a fixture at several area cattle auctions. Grimsley raised commercial cattle, registered Charolais, and registered Brangus in the Bentonville area and also at Arkoma Land and Cattle Company in Delaware County, Oklahoma. He was joined in the cattle operation by his son, Paul, who will continue to carry on the family tradition.

Grimsley valued work ethic and was known for his entrepreneurship and love for deal making. He loved finance and greatly enjoyed his participation with First National Bank (formerly Citizens Bank) in Bentonville, and later with Grand Savings Bank. His keen mind, quick wit and love of fun made him good company. He was a well-known prankster. Grimsley was a friend to many and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at his Rooster Ridge hunting lodge and had a great affection for his hunting dogs and household pets. He adored his grandchildren. He was a longstanding church member at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He will be fondly remembered and missed dearly.

Visitation will be 5 to 7pm on Tuesday, September 6 at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rogers. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, September 7, also at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life Ranch, 160 New Life Ranch Dr. Colcord, OK 74338, www.newliferanch.com. Grimsley was a supporter of the mission of NLR.


Arrangements are by Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Bentonville. Online condolences may be made at www.callisonlough.com.















BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A man piloting a plane that crashed at Bentonville Municipal Airport Wednesday morning (Aug. 31) has died.

Police identified the pilot as Rex L. Grimsley, 70, of Bentonville, according to Gene Page with the Bentonville Police Department.

Page said the plane crashed into an airport hangar around 9:30 a.m. during takeoff. The pilot was the only one on board the six-passenger 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza.

Brandon Nolker, who works at the airport, said a plane was landing at the same time the pilot who died was taking off.

“A guy I work with saw the wing go past and said look out and there was no time to react,” he said. “It sounded like a bomb was going off.”

The Federal Aviation Administration will determine the ultimate cause of the crash. An FAA team from Little Rock has been called in to investigate, which is standard procedure when a plane crashes.

According to the City of Bentonville website, the municipal airport houses 41 single engine and two multiple engine aircraft. The city owns one enclosed t-hangar with six units and one open t-hanger with five units. There are five private box hangars of various sizes and a sixth enclosed t-hangar with eight units.

Source:   http://5newsonline.com











BENTONVILLE —A plane crashed into a hangar at the Bentonville Municipal Airport killing the pilot Wednesday morning, according to Gene Page with the Bentonville Police Department.

Witnesses said the plane was preparing to take off when it hit the hangar, according to Paige.

A preliminary investigation by Bentonville Police identified the pilot was identified as Rex L. Grimsley, 70, of Bentonville, according to Chief Jon Simpson.

The aircraft was a 1983 Beechcraft Bonanza, according to police. It could carry 6 passengers, and was a single-engine, fixed-range aircraft.

Witness Brandon Nolker was in the hangar next to the one that was hit. He told 40/29 News "it sounded like a bomb went off."

"It's just tragic, it's a sad event," Nolker said.

No other aircraft or persons on the ground were injured, Page said. The airport will remain closed for the immediate future.

The FAA is on the way to the airport to take over the investigation.

The Bentonville Municipal Airport is northeast of the larger Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

The Bentonville Municipal Airport houses 41 single engine and two multiple engine aircraft, according to the airport's website. The airport is 140 acres large.

There are a total of 8 hangars, at the airport, including two owned by the City of Bentonville.

Source:  http://www.4029tv.com


The pilot of a 1983 Beechcraft Bonanza was killed Wednesday morning when his plane crashed into a hangar at the Bentonville Municipal Airport, said Gene Page, spokesman for the Bentonville Police Department.

The pilot was identified as Rex L. Grimsley, 70, of Bentonville, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Grimsley was the only person on board, and there were no other injuries, the news release stated.

Page said he did not know what caused the crash, which happened during takeoff.

The airport is closed, and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are headed to the scene, Page said.

Joey Standley, who works at nearby Northwest Arkansas Winwater, said he and others saw a plane flying low near the hangar, then saw black smoke and called 911.

Cessna 150L, N18601: Accident occurred August 31, 2016 at Rosenau Airport (21ND), Upham, McHenry County, North Dakota

http://registry.faa.gov/N18601 

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fargo FSDO-21

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA350
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in Upham, ND
Aircraft: CESSNA 150L, registration: N18601
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 30, 2016, about 2035 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 150L, N18601, impacted terrain short of the grass runway at Rosenau Airport (21ND) in Upham, North Dakota. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The private pilot, the sole occupant, suffered serious injuries. The airplane was privately registered and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and flight plan was filed.

Cessna 152, Kent State University, N95475: Incident occurred August 30, 2016 in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY:   http://registry.faa.gov/N95475

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cleveland FSDO-25

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, BOUNCED AND STRUCK THE PROPELLER, MANSFIELD, OHIO.

Date: 30-AUG-16
Time: 13:55:00Z
Regis#: N95475
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MANSFIELD
State: Ohio

Cessna A185E Skywagon 185, N185TJ: Accident occurred August 30, 2016 in Gooding County, Idaho

http://registry.faa.gov/N185TJ

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, FLIPPED OVER AND WENT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, GOODING, IDAHO.  

Date: 30-AUG-16
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N185TJ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 185
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GOODING
State: Idaho

Fairchild M-62A-3 Cornell II, N47164, registered to DTD PT-19 LLC: Accident occurred August 30, 2016 in Madison, Lake County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Olmsted, Ohio 

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/N47164


Location: Madison, OH
Accident Number: CEN16LA342
Date & Time: 08/30/2016, 1950 EDT
Registration: N47164
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD M 62A-3
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event:
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The commercial pilot and one passenger departed in a vintage airplane from a private airstrip. During the takeoff, the airplane would not climb with full engine power, and it collided with trees about 1/2 mile from the end of the runway.

An examination of the airplane revealed that the flaps were in the "down" position. However, the Before Takeoff checklist stated, "flaps up," for takeoff. The pilot reported that he normally took off with one notch of flaps. It is likely that the pilot's failure to follow the Before Takeoff checklist and his use of the wrong flaps setting for takeoff degraded the airplane's climb performance. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to follow the Before Takeoff checklist and his improper use of flaps during takeoff, which degraded the airplane's climb performance and resulted in a collision with trees. 

Findings

Aircraft
Climb rate - Attain/maintain not possible (Cause)
Trailing edge flaps - Incorrect use/operation (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of checklist - Pilot (Cause)
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information 

On August 30, 2016, about 1950 eastern daylight time, a Fairchild M 62A-3 (PT-19) airplane, N47164, collided with tree while departing from a private strip near Madison, Ohio. The commercial rated pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to DTD PT-19 LLC 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 was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information obtained by investigators, while departing the private strip, the airplane would not climb with full engine power. The airplane collided with trees about ½ mile from the end of the strip. Substantial damage was sustained to the fuselage and wings.

An examination of the airframe by the responding Federal Aviation Administration found no anomalies with the airframe. However, the flaps were found in the down or extended position. A review of the aircraft checklist, notes for takeoff: "flaps up". The pilot stated to the FAA inspector that he normally takes off with one notch of flaps.

The pilot did not submit a completed NTSB Form 6120. 

History of Flight

Prior to flight
Miscellaneous/other
Ground handling event

Initial climb
Loss of control in flight
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied:
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/28/2012
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: FAIRCHILD
Registration: N47164
Model/Series: M 62A-3
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:  1942
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: T-42-3041
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Fairchild
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 6-440
Registered Owner: DTD PT-19 LLC
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHZY, 924 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 93°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 19°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Madison, OH
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Madison, OH
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1950 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Private Strip (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 678 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.792222, -81.058056 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA342
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Madison, OH
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD M 62A-3, registration: N47164
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 August 30, 2016, about 1950 eastern daylight time, a Fairchild M 62A-3 (PT-19) airplane, N47164, collided with trees while departing from a private strip near Madison, Ohio. The commercial rated pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to DTD PT-19 LLC 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 was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information obtained by investigators, during departure the airplane would not climb, with full engine power. The airplane collided with trees about ½ mile from the end of the airstrip.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

American Legend AL3, N114LC: Accident occurred August 30, 2016 in Sedona, Arizona

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA461 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Sedona, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL3, registration: N114LC
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, during approach for landing the airplane encountered “slight” turbulence, but the wind was reported as calm. He further reported that there were building cumulus clouds in the area. The pilot reported that about 4 feet above the ground, the airplane encountered wind gusts from left to right, so he added power and right rudder. 

He reported that the airplane landed on the left main landing gear, immediately veered left, exited the left side of the runway and impacted a drainage culvert. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage frame and right wing ribs.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with any portion of the airplane during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operations.

As a recommendation the pilot reported that he should have gone around at the first indication of turbulence and tested the conditions further. He wrote that had the conditions worsened he would have departed the area for a suitable airport. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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

Docket And Docket Items -   National Transportation Safety Board: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N114LC

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA461
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Sedona, AZ
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL3, registration: N114LC
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, during approach for landing the airplane encountered "slight" turbulence, but the wind was reported as calm. He further reported that there were building cumulus clouds in the area. The pilot reported that about 4 feet above the ground, the airplane encountered wind gusts from left to right, so he added power and right rudder. He reported that the airplane landed on the left main landing gear, immediately veered left, exited the left side of the runway and impacted a drainage culvert. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage frame and right wing ribs.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with any portion of the airplane during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operations.

As a recommendation the pilot reported that he should have gone around at the first indication of turbulence and tested the conditions further. He wrote that had the conditions worsened he would have departed the area for a suitable airport.

Beech B19, N52AA: Incident occurred August 29, 2016 in Trenton, Gibson County, Tennessee

http://registry.faa.gov/N52AA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Memphis FSDO-21

AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY IN A FIELD, NEAR TRENTON, TENNESSEE.  

Date: 29-AUG-16
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N52AA
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 19
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: TRENTON
State: Tennessee

Suicidal Germanwings pilot had struggled in US flight school



WASHINGTON –  The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had struggled with learning to fly and had failed a key test of his skills during training in the U.S., according to FBI interviews with his flight instructors.

Andreas Lubitz was promoted anyway. But his training difficulties were one more "red flag" that should have caused Lufthansa and the airline's Arizona flight school to take a closer look and discover his history of depression, asserted attorneys representing families of crash victims.

Lubitz was a co-pilot for Germanwings, a regional airline owned by Lufthansa, when he locked Flight 9524's captain out of the cockpit and set the plane on a collision course with a mountain in the French Alps last year. All 144 passengers and six crew members, including Lubitz, were killed.

One instructor, Juergen Theerkorn, described Lubitz as "not an ace pilot," and said he failed one flight test because of a "situational awareness issue." In aviation, loss of situational awareness usually means a pilot becomes absorbed in something and loses track of what else is happening with the plane.

Another instructor, Scott Nickell, told the FBI that Lubitz lacked "procedural knowledge" and had trouble with splitting his attention between instruments inside the plane and watching what was happening outside. But while Lubitz struggled with training, he would achieve passing scores enabling him to continue the program, Nickell said.

Lubitz failed one of five check rides, which are important tests of a pilot's flying skills, and one of 67 training flights, Matthias Kippenberg, president and CEO of the Airline Training Center Arizona, told the FBI. However, Kippenberg dismissed the failures as unremarkable, saying students are given the opportunity to retake the tests. Only 1 or 2 percent of students fail to be promoted, he said.

The FBI conducted the interviews a week after the March 24, 2015, crash. Summaries were only recently released by prosecutors in Germany, according to attorneys with Kriendler & Kriendler in New York, who are representing the families in a lawsuit against the flight school. The lawyers provided copies to The Associated Press.

Lufthansa spokeswoman Christina Semmel declined to comment "due to the ongoing legal proceedings." The flight school referred calls to Lufthansa.

Officials for Lufthansa and the flight school didn't immediately reply to requests for comment.

An investigation has revealed that Lubitz was being treated for a relapse of severe depression and suicidal tendencies but had hid the information from Germanwings.

Germany's strict patient privacy laws didn't allow doctors to share medical information with an employer without the patient's permission.

Lubitz had had a previous bout of depression in 2008 and had informed Lufthansa, taking a leave of absence two months after starting ground school training in Germany. He was allowed to resume training ten months later after providing a statement from his doctor that he had recovered.

Lubitz was originally scheduled to begin his training at the flight school in Arizona in September 2009, but was rescheduled for September 2010. He didn't actually start until November. Lufthansa told the school in an email that the delay was due to "a long illness," Sherri Harwood, the school's administrative services manager, told the FBI.

The FBI summaries don't contain a copy of that email, so it's not known whether Lufthansa told the school the nature of Lubitz's illness, said Brian Alexander, one of the attorneys representing the families.

The FBI interviews show that flight school officials "acknowledge knowing (Lubitz) struggled in training, had a long illness and was delayed for over a year," Alexander said. "They also admit he failed a check ride due to a loss of situational awareness, which may very well have been caused by the very same anxiety and severe depression which were symptoms of his mental health disorder."

It remains unclear what specific information the school had about Lubitz' medical condition. But If the school had checked, Alexander said, it might have learned that German authorities had twice turned down applications from Lubitz for a pilot medical certificate because of his history of depression before issuing him a certificate in July 2009. That certificate stated it would become invalid if he had a relapse.

In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration also initially declined to grant Lubitz a student pilot medical certificate because he said on his application that he hadn't been treated for any mental disorders, and he failed to list doctors who had treated him as required. After a medical examiner working for the FAA in Germany caught the discrepancy, Lubitz refiled a corrected application.

The FAA could have refused to issue the certificate because Lubitz lied on the application, but he was allowed to provide a statement from his doctor that he was fit to fly and that medications for depression had been discontinued.

John Goglia, an aviation safety expert and former National Transportation Safety Board member, agreed with attorneys that Lubitz's struggles were a warning that should have caused the school to look closer, although "not a bright red one." It's not unusual for students to fail a single check ride, he said.

The school's washout rate of only 1 or 2 percent seems low, he said.

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NTSB Identification: DCA15WA093
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Barcellonette, France
Aircraft: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A320-211, registration:
Injuries: 150 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The BEA of France has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Airbus A320-211 airplane that occurred on March 24, 2015. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the BEA's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the engines.

All investigative information will be released by the BEA-FR.

Unregistered Quicksilver: Fatal accident occurred August 30, 2016 near Mount Vernon Airport (KMVN), Jefferson County, Illinois

UNREGISTERED ULTRALIGHT QUICKSILVER, CRASHED IN A FIELD, THE 1 PERSON ON BOARD WAS FATALLY INJURED, 2 MILES FROM MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Springfield FSDO-19


Date: 30-AUG-16

Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: UNREGISTERED
Aircraft Make: QUICKSILVER
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Fatal
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: MOUNT VERNON
State: Illinois

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

An autopsy shows the pilot of an ultralight plane that crashed south of the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport on Tuesday died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks says Jason Pearson of McLeansboro sustained massive blunt force trauma caused by the deceleration and crash of the plane. He reports no health problems were found that could have contributed to the crash.

Marks says a witness reported seeing the ultralight plane going straight up and then apparently stalling before the crash occurred. He reports Pearson had done various maneuvers with ultralights for years.

The crash occurred in a bean field in the area of North Chestnut Lane and East Liberty Road.

The accident remains under investigation by the FAA, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the coroner's office.


Source:   http://www.wjbdradio.com








MT. VERNON — The pilot who crashed his ultralight aircraft Tuesday afternoon south of Liberty Road has been identified as Jason Pearson.


Pearson, 39, of McLeansboro, was killed Tuesday afternoon after his ultralight aircraft crashed near a creek and wooded area south of Liberty Road and east of Chestnut Acres Road, just before 4 p.m. Pearson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks.


Marks said Pearson's remains have been taken to Hughey Funeral Home and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday to determine if the death was caused by the crash.


Mt. Vernon Outland Airport Manager Chris Collins was one of those called first to the scene, which could only be reached on foot or ATV. He and first responder representatives from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson Fire Protection District and a local resident to begin the initial identification of the pilot.


Collins returned to the airport, where he verified that Pearson's vehicle was at his hangar which housed the aircraft, which had been taken up by Pearson earlier.


The FAA was contacted Tuesday, an official aircraft was asked to fly overhead to take investigative photos for the National Traffic Safety Administration and the FAA. The FAA then requested first responders on the ground take several photographs of the scene.


Collins said although the NTSB and FAA usually don't investigate ultralight crashes, an investigation is underway due to the fatality.


Collins said Wednesday the FAA investigator arrived to inspect the scene by 11 a.m. Wednesday morning and left the scene about 1 p.m.


"He released the aircraft to take to the airport, and secure in a hangar," Collins said. "The NTSB is now the owner of the aircraft until they or the FAA release it to the family."


Collins said once in the hangar, the FAA investigator will begin his inspection of each piece of the wreckage.


"It's easier to see everything which is laid out on a level floor," Collins said.


The investigation is expected to take several weeks to conclude.


"As to the official findings, who knows how long it will take on that," Collins said. "There are a lot of guidelines they have to follow. We never know how long these things are going to take."


Pearson was a professional in the aviation industry and active with the local Experimental Aircraft Association. He worked on the pit crew for several hang glider, ultralight and RC shows.


"I've known him for over 20 years," Collins said. "Everyone is devastated at the airport. It hits close to home."


Collins said when not working in the airshow industry, he would be at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport flying his ultralight, which was based in a hangar at the airport, or talking with other aviation enthusiasts. Pearson used the aviation handle "Snoopy."


"He just got back into town on Monday," Collins said. "He has been in California working. But, we always knew when the airshow circuit was done, because he would come out here and fly when he was home."


Collins said Pearson "lived the aviation life."


"I don't know anyone who was more excited about aviation than Jason," Collins said. "Model airplanes, remote control airplanes, the ultralight he flew — he loved it all."


"Jason Pearson was not a performer, but without Jason, performers couldn't do their jobs," said Scott McMillan, another aviation professional from Colorado. "Jason was one of the best air show grunts in the business and I am a better person for having known him."


Pearson was also home in August and took part in the 10th Annual Jim LeRoy Memorial Fly-In, hosted by the Hamilton County Fearless Flyers Model Club and served as an officer.


Funeral service information has not been announced at this time.


Source:   http://www.register-news.com





JEFFERSON COUNTY -- New details have emerged about Tuesday afternoon's ultralight crash near the Mt. Vernon Airport.

Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen has confirmed that the crash killed Jason Pearson, 39, of McLeansboro.

Rosalie Mahan lives just down the road from where the plane crashed and saw it going down while on her way to the store.

"This plane just come like it was coming down the road, and I got my mail and thought, 'Well, he sure is kind of low,'" said Mahan.

Mahan says she never would've thought the plane was about to crash.

"About an hour later my son, who lives here in town, texted me and told me there was a plane that went down here in town," added Mahan.

That plane belonged to Pearson, who regularly flew out of the Mt. Vernon Airport.

"It's kind of a small, tight-knit group of people who fly out of there together," added Jefferson County Chief Deputy Clint Taylor.

That tight-knit group called Pearson a great person and great friend.

When Mahan found out Pearson was killed in the crash, she was distraught.

"I had to go get my daughter to come stay the night with me, that's how much it upset me," added Mahan.

Federal investigators finished up their investigation Wednesday afternoon.

There is no word yet on when the findings will come out.


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Mt. Vernon Airport Manager Chris Collins speaks with Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Joe Marks and Jefferson Fire Protection District Capt. Ryan Clinton on Tuesday before the coroner goes back to the fatal ultralight crash scene.



The pilot of an ultralight aircraft is dead after his plane crashed in a bean field about a half mile south of Mt. Vernon Outland Airport late Tuesday afternoon.

Jefferson County Coroner Eddie Jo Marks pronounced the man dead at the scene of the crash. His name is not being released pending notification of family.

Marks says both the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are expected to join the investigation on Wednesday. He said the pilot was experienced with flying ultra light aircraft.

An autopsy is planned Thursday to try and determine if the pilot had any underlying health issues that could have caused the crash.

Marks says a witness reported the ultralight spiraling down to the ground south of the East Liberty Road. He reports there was no fire after the crash.

The crash was reported shortly after four Tuesday afternoon.

Source:   http://www.wjbdradio.com