Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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

REX GRIMSLEY INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8283D 

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Little Rock FSDO-11

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.

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.

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

Obituary

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, DTD PT-19 LLC, N47164: Accident occurred August 30, 2016 in Madison, Lake County, Ohio

DTD PT-19 LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N47164

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cleveland FSDO-25


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.

Story and video:   http://www.foxnews.com



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.


Story and video:   http://www.wsiltv.com

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

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, Swift Fork Air, N9575D: Accident occurred August 25, 2016 in Central, Alaska

http://registry.faa.gov/N9575D

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA458
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Central, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA18, registration: N9575D

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

Robinson R44 II, Hawaii Pacific Aviation Inc., N74805: Accident occurred August 26, 2016 in Kailua/Kona, Hawaii

HAWAII PACIFIC AVIATION INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N74805

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA168
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 26, 2016 in Kailua/Kona, HI
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44, registration: N74805
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 26, 2016, about 0745 Hawaii standard time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N74805, was substantially damaged following a loss of control after landing at the Kona International Airport at Keahole (HKO), Kailua/Kona, Hawaii. The two certified flight instructors were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the personal flight, which was being conducted in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed HKO about 0715.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the flight instructor who was acting as pilot-in-command reported that after landing and in the process of bottoming out the collective, the helicopter began to gently oscillate fore and aft about its longitudinal axis. This was followed shortly by the oscillating condition becoming more severe, to the point where one main rotor blade, the tail boom, and the lower vertical fin impacted terrain. The tail boom and lower vertical fin were substantially damaged as the result of the impact with terrain.

The helicopter was secured by the operator pending further investigation.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N13668: Incident occurred September 16, 2016 near Missoula International Airport (KMSO), Missoula County, Montana

http://registry.faa.gov/N13668


Pilot Roy "Skip" Owings







A single-engine airplane was forced to make an emergency landing in a field west of Missoula on Friday. Both occupants walked away unscathed.

Pilot Roy "Skip" Owings and his wife Judy, both local residents, had just left the Missoula Airport in the Cessna and were about 10 miles north of Evaro when Roy noticed a little vibration in the engine and saw that he had lost all his oil pressure.

"When he uttered the word Mayday to the control tower, that put more than an alert in my thinking and I commenced to pray ardently," Judy Owings said. "Probably my first thought was he’s an amazing pilot and so thorough in all his pre-flight (inspections). I knew that if something was awry, it was not his negligence at all."

Roy decided the plane wasn't going to make it back to the airport, so he picked a field near the Wye that didn't have any trees. Other than the engine damage, the plane was fine.

"It was no rougher than a rocky landing strip in Idaho," Owings said. "I'm thankful I have an incredibly calm wife and I’m very thankful that God was watching out for us.''

He said he has "been very diligent about rehearsing this kind of stuff in my mind for years and years and years. It’s almost like clockwork." And on Friday, it paid off.

Judy said that when she realized that they were going to have to land in a field, she was confident in her husband’s ability.

“I knew he could do it,” she said. “He’s very calm. He was concerned about bushes or something and he asked me if I was OK. I knew that whatever happened it would be OK.”

She said the landing was very bumpy.

“When we were first in touch with the control tower, he thought probably we could make it in and they cleared us to land,” Judy recalled. “But the plane was dropping sooner than we expected. And they suggested Highway 93 and there was way too much traffic.''

Her husband had been scouting for options. "He said, 'There’s a field we could land in, there’s another one.’ And then he said, 'This is the one,’ and so he picked it.”

Owings first got his pilot’s license in Seattle in 1974 and has more than 700 hours of flying experience. They owned an equipment company in Missoula, but Owings now works for Halliburton.

They were headed to Kalispell to visit his mother. Owings said he flew the plane from Utah the day before for work, and everything was fine.

Firefighters from the Frenchtown Rural Fire Department were on the scene shortly after the landing at about 11:30 a.m., and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department responded as well. The plane did not start a grass fire.

Judy said she’s never heard her husband say the word “Mayday” before.

“He was very resolute and looking for what he should do next, and very calm,” she said. “Since he started flying, and I love flying with him, he has always learned to be looking for a place to land if we might need to. He’s probably the most conscientious pilot I know. There’s a lot of people I wouldn’t fly with.”

Roy Owings said the FAA will have to conduct an investigation and the plane is going to have to get towed out.

“We won’t be flying it,” he said. “Not for a while.”

He said he’s never had to declare an emergency before.

“I knew I could set it down,” he said. “It was a good landing.”

Story and photo gallery:   http://missoulian.com














MISSOULA -   No injuries have been reported after a small plane made an emergency landing in a field northwest of Missoula on Friday morning.

The single-engine Cessna went down in a field near the Jellystone RV Park.

Authorities say the aircraft experienced mechanical issues after taking off from Missoula International Airport.

The pilot attempted to return to the airport but ended up being forced to make an emergency landing in the field. 

Story and photo gallery: http://www.krtv.com

Beech A36 Bonanza, Venture Aviation Services LLC, N985CA: Fatal accident occurred August 30, 2016 near Reno/Tahoe International Airport (KRNO), Washoe County, Nevada

VENTURE AVIATION SERVICES LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N985CA 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11


NTSB Identification: WPR16FA172
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Sparks, NV
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N985CA
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 30, 2016, about 1801 Pacific daylight time, a Beechcraft A-36 Bonanza, N985CA, was destroyed when it impacted the ground in a recreational vehicle (RV) park about one-half mile prior to the threshold of runway 16L at Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO), Sparks, Nevada. The airplane was owned by Venture Aviation Services of Reno Nevada, and was on leaseback to, and operated by, Flying Start Aero, a flight school based at RNO. Both persons on board received fatal injuries, but no-one in the RV park was injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

According to a person who was a passenger ("Passenger 2" for clarity) on some of the airplane legs that day, the plan was for the pilot to depart RNO with two passengers, pick up a third passenger in Las Vegas, Nevada, and continue on to southern California, where the three passengers were to attend a business meeting. Later that day, they planned to reverse that sequence, with the airplane, pilot, and two passengers returning to RNO in the late afternoon or early evening. All three passengers were employees of the same woodworking company, which was based near RNO. For reference purposes, the company owner will be referred to as "Passenger 1," and the passenger who boarded in Las Vegas as "Passenger 3."

According to Passenger 2, he was advised that the pilot wanted to be "wheels up" at 0410 on the morning of the trip. He and Passenger 1 arrived at the Atlantic Aviation facility at RNO at 0350; the pilot was already there, and they proceeded to board the airplane. Passenger 1 sat in the right front seat, and Passenger 2 sat in the right-side, aft-facing seat. Passenger 2 was not a pilot, and had no flight training experience. He reported that he believed that Passenger 1 was a student of the pilot, as was the son of Passenger 1. Passenger 2 reported that the flight departed RNO about 0410, and landed at Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Las Vegas, Nevada, sometime after 0600. That flight leg was smooth and uneventful.

HND records indicated that the airplane took on 30 gallons of fuel sometime between 0624 and 0647. Passenger 2 reported that Passenger 1 moved to the aft cabin, and Passenger 3 took the right front seat. The airplane departed HND, and landed at French Valley Airport (F70), Murrieta/Temecula, California sometime after 0900. The three passengers then left the airport by car for their business meeting, and returned about 1300. Passenger 2 did not know what the pilot did during the intervening hours. The three passengers then re-boarded the airplane for the flight to HND, with the same seating arrangement as the leg down from HND. That trip leg was very bumpy, and Passenger 2, who was not comfortable in small airplanes, described himself as "tense" for the trip. Observing this, Passenger 1 suggested that Passenger 2 deplane at HND with Passenger 3, and that he take a commercial flight to RNO. Passenger 2 observed the refueling of the airplane, and then decided not to accompany the pilot and Passenger 1 to RNO; he left HND before the two boarded the airplane, and therefore did not observe their preparations or seating arrangement.

According to another flight instructor at Flying Start, the pilot had called and reported that his passengers were running late, and that he would return to RNO later than planned. According to HND records, the airplane was "topped off" with 24.3 gallons of fuel sometime between 1520 and 1530.

Preliminary air traffic control and ground tracking radar information indicated that the flight was conducted under visual flight rules, and the pilot first contacted the RNO air traffic control tower (ATCT) about 1754:35; at that time the Bonanza was about 9 miles southeast of RNO at 8,500 feet, and on an assigned heading of approximately north. About 2 minutes later, the pilot reported that he was on a "wide downwind" for runway 16L, and was instructed to "continue inbound." At 1757:13, when the Bonanza was about 7 miles east-northeast of RNO, the pilot radioed that he was turning a "wide left base" for 16L. The ATCT radioed that his traffic was a B-757 on a 9 mile final for 16R, that the winds were 260 at 13, gusting to 18 knots, and that he was cleared to land. Although the controller did not specify it, the Bonanza's traffic was a FedEx B-757, which was about 5 miles in trail behind a UPS B-757, also on final for 16R. The pilot responded that he did not have the traffic in sight. About 1 minute later, when the Bonanza was about 5 miles northeast of RNO and descending through 8,000 feet, the pilot advised that he had "the airliner" in sight. At that time, the UPS B-757 was on about a half-mile final to 16R, and the FedEx B-757 was about 6 miles from 16R. About the same time as the pilot reported visual contact with the "airliner," the Bonanza began a dogleg (diagonal) base leg towards 16L, and continued its descent. The Bonanza then joined an abbreviated, perpendicular base leg about 1 mile from 16L, and then turned onto final. The last radar return from the Bonanza was recorded at 1800:59, when the airplane was at a radar-indicated altitude of 4,600 feet, and about 1/2 mile north of the 16L threshold.

According to multiple eyewitnesses, the Bonanza appeared to be approaching RNO normally, without any unusual sounds or dynamics, or any smoke or other outward signs of distress. Just as the airplane was over the RV park, it rapidly rolled inverted, and descended to the ground. Ground scar and debris information was consistent with a near-vertical descent. The airframe and engine exhibited significant impact disruption, and were also significantly damaged or consumed by the post-impact fire. Examination of the remaining wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact failures or deficiencies.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) information indicated that the 73 year old pilot held commercial and flight instructor certificates with airplane single engine and instrument ratings. He reported a total flight experience of 11,100 hours on his most recent application for an FAA third-class medical certificate, which was issued in March 2016.

FAA information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1981, and was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-550 series engine. The most recent annual inspection was completed in November 2015.

The 1755 RNO automated weather observation included winds from 290 degrees at 17 knots, gusting to 20 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 10,000 ft above ground level, temperature 31 degrees C, dew point minus 5 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.01 inches of mercury.

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.



Flying Start Aero owner John Brown in the cockpit of his airplane in 2005.


Former Minden flight instructor John B. Brown was killed in an aircraft crash in Sparks on Tuesday.

John B. Brown, 73, was identified as the pilot of the aircraft that crashed into a recreational vehicle while on approach.

Brown was the owner of Flying Start Aero, which had an outlet at Minden-Tahoe Airport until four years ago.

The Beech A36 Brown was flying was owned by Venture Aviation Services, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The aircraft caught fire, killing Brown and passenger James Elliker, 50, of Sparks.

Brown sold the Minden location in January 2012 after nearly 13 years.

He opened the business Sept. 10, 1999, according to an R-C feature.

He got his wings after graduating from high school. He worked in the pharmaceuticals industry for companies including Johnson and Johnson and Smithkline Beacham before he retired in his early 50s.

He went to flight school in Oregon and was certified in commercial, instrumental and flight instruction. He worked at Minden-Tahoe as a flight instructor for three years teaching with NIFTI and Hutt Aviation before opening Flying Start with partner Mark Garic and FAA-certified mechanic Jim Crozier.

Source:   http://www.recordcourier.com



Jim Elliker photo courtesy Victory Woodworks



SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) Employees at Victory Woodworks in Sparks are mourning the loss of co-founder and President Jim Elliker. Elliker died in a plane crash August 30, 2016. The company released this statement:

"Victory Woodworks is saddened by the loss of Jim Elliker. Jim worked tirelessly to build up his family, employees, customers and everyone he met. As we move forward, we will always remember his passion and commitment to excellence with our valued employees, clients, colleagues and vendors. Victory Woodworks will forever be dedicated to Jim's vision and culture of the company and will honor his legacy by continuing forward and uninterrupted with its business."

Elliker, 50, a longtime local, husband, and father of four was one of two people who died when a single-engine plane crashed in Sparks. Company Vice President Luke Burke says he was supposed to be on that plane as well, but sensing his uneasiness with the turbulence on the first leg of the flight, Elliker told him to get off and take a commercial flight home.

"There is no doubt that he saved my life," Burke said. "That's how much he cared about people in general. He was an amazing man; a fantastic husband, great friend, wonderful father and liked by nearly all who met him."

A fund in Elliker's name has been established at the Kids Kottage in Reno. Burke says it’s a local organization that was always important to Elliker, who was known for giving back to a community he always said gave him so much.

Burke says Victory Woodworks is run like a family business. The company employs about a hundred people and while they are grieving, they also know that Elliker would want them to keep on working.

"Jim had a succession plan and we've began executing that," Burke said. "We have the best team of people working here, doing what they do best to keep up moving forward."

He says many employees have worked there more than a decade and many clients were longstanding ones.

"Jim always said that we don't have a lot of clients; we have a lot of repeat clients."

The pilot of the Beechcraft aircraft that went down has been identified as 73-year-old John Brown. The NTSB has taken over the crash investigation.


Source:   http://www.kolotv.com


SPARKS, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The Washoe County Coroner’s office has confirmed that two people died in a small plane crash at a Sparks trailer park on Rock Boulevard on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson says the pilot and a passenger of the plane both died after the plane crashed into the Rivers Edge RV Park.

The pilot has been identified as 73-year-old John Brown. The identity of the passenger is being withheld until next of kin has been notified.

The crash, reported at about 6:15 p.m. sparked a fire at the Rivers Edge RV Park, prompting a response from several area agencies, including Sparks Fire, Truckee Meadows Fire, Reno Fire and law enforcement.

One witness to the crash told News 4-Fox 11 via phone that it sounded as if the plane's engine had stalled. Several witnesses described seeing the plane appear to lose control before crashing.

Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King said the plane appeared to be making a landing into Reno-Tahoe International Airport when it crashed for an unknown reason.

Crews arrived on scene and put out the fire, then proceeded to evacuate residents, King said. The plane crashed into asphalt in the park, police said. 

No trailers or cars were struck in the impact, though a few were damaged, likely from debris.

Nobody in the trailer park reported any injuries.

In a press briefing Tuesday night, representatives from Sparks Police Department and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority said they could not provide any information on the person or persons inside the plane, citing an impending investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Brian Kulpin with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority said officials were working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the NTSB on the investigation into the crash, where the plane came from and who owned it.

An FAA spokesman said in an email that it was a single-engine Beechcraft A36 inbound to Reno that crashed. The circumstances of the crash remain unknown. The NTSB was on scene Wednesday, where one member confirmed that two people in the plane died in the crash.

Residents were evacuated from the trailer park. RTC provided a bus equipped with air conditioning for any residents who needed temporary shelter. Emergency medical and animal services were also on scene to provide any assistance needed.

The Nugget Casino Resort is providing accommodations for residents who have been displaced, authorities said Tuesday night.

Authorities said most residents could return home; 18 trailers remain uninhabitable because of either damage or because they are part of the investigation area.

The Northern Nevada Red Cross is assisting those who have been displaced as a result of the crash and investigation. Authorities are letting them come to the RV park to collect any belongings they need.


Source:   http://mynews4.com



SPARKS, Nev. –  A small plane that crashed into a northern Nevada recreational vehicle park, killing both people on board, plunged nose-first close to occupied RVs — and no one on the ground was hurt, authorities said Wednesday.

The single-engine Beechcraft A36 crashed in the city of Sparks, about a half-mile from a runway at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The crash caused a fire that damaged several RVs and vehicles, said Sparks police Lt. Pete Krall. But people in nearby RVs escaped uninjured.

"There was a potential for a really catastrophic event," Krall said. "The fact it wasn't worse was really very lucky."

Firefighters evacuated the 164-space trailer park following the 6:15 p.m. Tuesday crash because of smoke from the fire. Authorities said later that everyone on the ground had been accounted for.

The crash was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Preliminary findings will be made public in about 10 days, said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.

The identities of the victims were not made public Wednesday by the Washoe County coroner's office.

The 1981 Beechcraft was registered to Venture Aviation Services in Reno, according to a Federal Aviation Administration database.

Calls to people listed in state records as connected to the company went to an apparent fax line and to a disconnected number.

The Rivers Edge RV park hugs the Truckee River just north of the airport and is owned by Storz Management Co. in Orangeville, California. Andy Carey, the company's president, declined to comment.

Online reviews about the RV park warn first-time visitors about low-flying commercial aircraft. The airport is served by seven airlines and several air cargo companies.


Source:   http://www.foxnews.com

























A small plane crashed and erupted into flames at the River's Edge RV Park in Sparks Tuesday night. It happened around 6:00 p.m. near Rock Park.

The FAA reports the single-engine Beechcraft A36 was inbound to Reno when it crashed under unknown circumstances.

Authorities say there are no injuries that have been reported and everyone has been accounted for on the ground. The occupants of the aircraft are still unknown. They say there was a popping of propane in the RV park and at this time, all of River's Edge RV Park has been evacuated. 

The condition of the pilot or anyone else who may have been on board is unclear, but there were no injuries on the ground.

Residents have been able to return to their homes and emergency crews have left for the night as investigators remain on scene investigating the crash. 

Greta Woyciehowsky, with the Sparks Police Department said, "The plane nose-dived into the asphalt just next to the vehicles and the trailer. It didn't strike it."

A single-engine Beechcraft instantly broke out into flames when it crashed. 

Bob Smith, a resident said, "There was an engine that sounded like it was having a real struggle. And then there was this huge boom."

Dennis Jordan, who also lives at the River's Edge RV Park adds, "I thought that I heard the airplane and everything just happened so fast. There was fire going up the street and down the street and a lot of smoke."

Residents quickly evacuated the area after shrapnel damaged several trailers and cars. The fire also started to spread in the RV park. 

In the chaotic moment, one witness described a dangerous scene. Jeremy Twitt said, "There was a lot of pandemonium. Craziest thing was watching the people run back in to get their stuff into the flaming fifth wheels."

Emergency responders were doing their best to get bystanders out of and away from the propane tanks possibly exploding. Police say ultimately everyone on the ground walked away safely. 

"A lot of them here are long-term residents. Some of them for many many years. These are their homes to them," said Woyciehowsky. 

Jordan adds, "Everybody in the trailers got out. I've seen all my neighbors, so I'm happy about that."

Sanford Friedlander witnessed the whole ordeal from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where officials say the plane was inbound to land. 

 "It looked like it was flying normally for a moment, then it sort of just flipped vertically and went straight into the ground. Then a big fireball. And a big cloud of black smoke," said Friedlander. 

Authorities still haven't released the condition or identity of the pilot or anyone else who may have been on board.

 "Until those families are notified, I don't think we're going to be releasing any more information and we hope it's soon. We're in contact with the coroners office and they usually handle that," said Woyciehowsky. 

The National Transportation Safety Board will be talking over the investigation to find out more about this plane crash.

Resident of Rivers Edge are being let back into their homes as of 10 p.m. Tuesday night. 

Story and video:  http://www.ktvn.com





An airplane crashed into an RV park on Thursday afternoon in Sparks as it approached the airport.

On Tuesday at approximately 6:15 p.m., a small airplane nose-dived and crashed into the Rivers Edge RV Park as it approached the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Sparks Fire Department officials said.

The RV park is located on Rock Boulevard in Sparks.

There were no injuries reported by residents of the RV park. However, the condition of the pilot or anyone else who may have been on the airplane is unknown.

According to Sparks Fire Department fire marshal Bob King, the airplane did not hit any RV's when it crashed.

"There was some pretty significant damage to a couple of trailers and some vehicles there," Lieutenant Greta Woyciehowsky from the Sparks Police Department said. "We later learned that the plane nosedived into the asphalt just next to the vehicles there but didn't strike it. Probably some shrapnel and other things hit the trailers."

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine where the airplane was coming from and whether it was a private aircraft, vice president of Marketing and and Public Affairs for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Brian Kulpin said. The investigation by the FAA is ongoing.

Residents of the park were evacuated and the American Red Cross is at the scene helping them. According to Reno Police Department officials, residents are allowed to go back into the park to quickly retrieve only pets and medication. An RTC bus arrived to help transport the displaced residents.

Original Associated Press story:

Officials say a small plane crashed into an RV park as it approached Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The condition of the pilot or anyone else who may have been aboard is unclear, but there were no injuries on the ground.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single-engine plane crashed for unknown reasons into the Rivers Edge RV Park in Sparks about a half-mile from the airport about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday

Sparks police say the plane hit the ground nose first and caught fire. Some of the wreckage hit trailers and vehicles.

Sparks fire officials say everyone in the RV park has been accounted for and no one was hurt. The park has been evacuated because of smoke. Red Cross officials are on the scene to help out evacuees.

As 8:03 p.m., traffic was opening back up on Rock Boulevard, officials said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.


Story and video:   http://www.rgj.com






SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) -- Sparks Police and Reno-Tahoe Airport officials say they are not ready to release information about the occupant(s) of a single-engine Beechcraft A36 that crashed into a Sparks trailer park Tuesday night.

They say they want to make sure family members are notified before saying anything publicly about how many people were on board and their conditions.

The plane that crashed was one similar to this Beechcraft A36.

Airport Authority spokesman Brian Kulpin says the National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation as of Wednesday morning and will take over releasing information.

Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was on descent toward the nearby Reno-Tahoe International Airport, but he did not say where the plane was coming from.

The plane crashed into the River's Edge RV Park in Sparks on Rock Boulevard. It happened about 6PM August 30, 2016.

Bob King with Sparks Fire says the plane hit the ground and did not come into direct contact with any RVs. It does appear, though, that fire from the crash spread to surrounding RVs and vehicles.

Story and video:   http://www.kolotv.com












SPARKS, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A small plane crashed into a Sparks trailer park on Rock Boulevard early Tuesday evening, authorities have confirmed.

The crash, reported at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, sparked a fire at the Rivers Edge RV Park, prompting a response from several area agencies, including Sparks Fire, Truckee Meadows Fire, Reno Fire and law enforcement.

One witness to the crash told News 4-Fox 11 via phone that it sounded as if the plane's engine had stalled. Several witnesses described seeing the plane appear to lose control before crashing.

Sparks Fire Marshal Bob King said the plane appeared to be making a landing into Reno-Tahoe International Airport when it crashed for an unknown reason.

Crews arrived on scene and put out the fire, then proceeded to evacuate residents, King said. The plane crashed into asphalt in the park, police said. No trailers or cars were struck in the impact, though a few were damaged, likely from debris.

Nobody in the trailer park has reported reported any injuries, but the status of anyone in the plane remains unknown.

In a press briefing Tuesday night, representatives from Sparks Police Department and the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority said they could not provide any information on the person or persons inside the plane, citing an impending investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board.