Monday, September 12, 2016

Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III, RCS3 LLC, N821ET: Fatal accident occurred September 11, 2016 at Reno/Tahoe International Airport (KRNO), Reno, Washoe County, Nevada

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

RCS3 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N821ET

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA178
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2016 in Reno, NV
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-201T, registration: N821ET
Injuries: 3 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 September 11, 2016, at 1813 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201T, N821ET, collided with vehicles in an airport parking lot after takeoff from Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, Nevada. The airplane was registered to RCS3 LLC, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The cross-country flight was destined for San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed.

According to multiple witnesses, the airplane began its takeoff roll from the threshold of Runway 25, and following rotation, climbed to about 200 ft above ground level before leveling off. The airplane then began to veer to the right of centerline, and about 90 seconds after giving the takeoff clearance, the tower controller, concerned that the airplane was not gaining altitude, asked the pilot, "...are you ok?" The pilot responded, "Negative we got ah, we got a problem".

The pilot did not make any further transmissions, and security camera video recordings and radar data revealed that the airplane continued at the same altitude, and had now veered about 1,500 ft right of the runway centerline. The airplane then began a descending right turn back towards the airport, and about 600 ft prior to reaching the main terminal ramp, the right wing struck a lamp post in the long-term parking lot. The outboard section of the wing separated, and the airplane immediately rolled right, striking parked automobiles and the ground.

The airframe sustained crush damage through to the vertical stabilizer during the impact sequence, and the engine and remnants of the right wing had become detached from the cabin. All major sections of the airplane were recovered at the accident site, and fifteen automobiles had been damaged during the impact.

The passenger, who was located in the rear left seat, had been arrested earlier that morning in Nevada by a Bail bondsman, after a series of warrants for her arrest had been issued in California. The flight was to be for her relocation to California, with a California-based Bail bondsman located in the front right seat, and his associate piloting the airplane from the front left seat. The arrested passenger had been restrained on the rear seat by the lap belt; her legs were cuffed by leg-irons, and her hands were cuffed to her waist through a belly chain.

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.



RENO, Nevada (KGO) -- Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating why the Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III crashed right after take-off from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport Sunday evening with three people on board.

All three victims have been identified. The pilot was Robert Drescher, a 57-year-old male from Stevenson Ranch in Southern California.

The second was Ed Mumbert, 46, from Santa Cruz. Mumbert was a long-time bail bondsman based in the South Bay. He was bringing back a client he had hunted down who skipped bail. She has been identified as Ronni Hernandez, 34. Her city of residence is unknown.

The Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III was bound for San Carlos when it smashed into the airport parking lot.

Mumbert's death was confirmed to ABC7 News by family pastor Dick Bernal of Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose.

"I don't know the pilot, but he was a colleague," said Bernal.

Mumbert worked by himself, but once had an office in San Jose. He was a member of the Jubilee Congregation and would sometimes provide security when pastor Bernal went overseas to potentially dangerous places.

"Ed was always there. Generous, big heart, 400-pound rugby player, great athlete. Everybody loved Ed," he said.

The church now will be planning a memorial service as family members arrive from Idaho and Southern California. T

"You didn't want to run. Ed would find you. He'd find you in Ohio, he'd find you in China. He would find you. If you ran, Ed would find you," said Bernal.

The pilot just became a tenant at the San Carlos airport two weeks ago.

The plane has a lengthy flying history, so it doesn't appear the pilot is new to flying, just new to the airport.


Story and video:   http://abc7news.com

Photo of South Bay bondsman Ed Mumbert, one of 3 who died in Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III plane crash at Reno/Tahoe International Airport (KRNO).



RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: 3:30 pm: The Washoe County Medical Examiners Office has identified the three people killed in Sunday night's plane at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The first victim is Robert Drescher, a 57-year-old male from Stevenson Ranch, CA.

The second victim is Ronni Hernandez, a 34-year-old female, her city of residence is unknown.

The third victim is Ed Mumbert, 46, from Santa Cruz, CA.

UPDATE 2 PM: The family of Ed Mumbert has confirmed that he was one of the three people killed in Sunday night's plane crash at the Reno Tahoe International Airport. The information was released by the family's pastor, Dick Bernal of Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, to ABC7 News reporter David Louie.

There is still no word on the identities of the other two people killed in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has scheduled a 5pm news conference to discuss the investigation. KOLO 8 News Now will have more on that news conference live on KOLO 8 News Now at 5pm and on www.kolotv.com.

UPDATE 12:15 PM: KOLO 8 News Now has learned from multiple sources that one of the three people killed in Sunday evening's plane crash was a San Francisco area bail bondsman. The names of the victims have not been released, but there are social media posts online paying tribute to the bail bondsman.

Three people were killed Sunday in the crash of a small plane into the long-term parking lot at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. No names have been released.

The plane was headed to San Carlos, California when it encountered some sort of problem shortly after takeoff around 6:15PM September 11, 2016.

The plane was a Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III, carrying the pilot and two passengers.

No one was injured in the parking lot, but because it is still an active investigation scene, 75-100 cars will have to remain in the parking lot until the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation.

The airport will help anyone who owns one of those vehicles with cab rides or parking fare.

The NTSB takes over the investigation Monday morning. The parking garage and rental car areas are open. Cars are not allowed to enter the surface lot.

Airport officials say the investigation won't affect operations, but people should still check with their airlines if they are flying in the morning.

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

















RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: 11:45 PM 


Reno Tahoe International Airport officials have confirmed the crash of a small aircraft into the long-term parking lot, resulting in the death of three people.

The plane was headed to San Carlos, California when it encountered some sort of problem shortly after take off around 6:15 Sunday night.

The plane was a Piper Cherokee which is a small, single engine aircraft.

No one was injured in the parking lot. But because it is still an active investigation scene, about 75-100 cars will have to remain in the parking lot until the NTSB has concluded the investigation.

The airport will help anyone who owns one of those vehicles with cab rides or parking fare.

The NTSB will take over the investigation Monday morning. The parking garage and rental car areas are open. Cars cannot enter the surface lot.

Airport officials say the investigation won't affect operations, but people should still check with their airline if they are flying in the morning.

6:02 PM 

A small plane has crashed in the long-term parking lot at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

KOLO 8 News Now reporter Sydnee Scofield can see the wreckage sitting atop a number of cars in the surface lot.

At this time, there does not appear to be any fire at the crash site.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport tweeted that commercial flights are still landing and taking off as normal.

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