Saturday, October 8, 2016

Vans RV-10, N100UK: Accident occurred October 07, 2016 in Bath, Virginia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: ERA17CA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 07, 2016 in Ashwood, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/2017
Aircraft: ALGIMANTAS JONUSAS RV-10, registration: N100UK
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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.

The noninstrument-rated private pilot obtained weather information from an on-line flight planning website. Before departure, he also telephoned his destination airport and "determined the weather was all OK." He then took off and climbed to 5,500 ft mean sea level for the cruise portion of his flight. He advised that he also checked and monitored weather while en route but that the "fog and clouds came down really thick," so he decided to divert to the nearest airport. While flying toward his diversion airport, the visibility deteriorated and a "TERRAIN ALERT" warning illuminated on his GPS display. He attempted to pull up twice but impacted trees and terrain on the side of a mountain. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured during the impact, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. Review of weather observations indicated that an extensive area of low clouds and a large area of marginal visual flight rules (MVFR) conditions existed over the pilot's planned route. Low instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions prevailed at the diversion airport and near the accident site with visibility less than 1/4 mile in heavy rain and overcast ceilings at 100 ft. The MVFR-to-IFR weather conditions had been forecast, and AIRMETs warning of IFR and mountain obscuration conditions had been issued.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The noninstrument-rated pilot's inadequate preflight and in-flight weather planning and continued flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in impact with trees and terrain.


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

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/N100UK 


NTSB Identification: ERA17CA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 07, 2016 in Ashwood, VA
Aircraft: ALGIMANTAS JONUSAS RV-10, registration: N100UK
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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.


The non-instrument rated private pilot obtained weather information from an online flight planning website. Prior to departure he also telephoned his destination airport and "determined the weather was all OK." He then took off and climbed to 5,500 feet above mean sea level for the cruise portion of his flight. He advised that he also checked and monitored weather while enroute, but the "fog and clouds came down really thick," so he decided to divert to the nearest airport. While flying towards his diversion airport, the visibility deteriorated and a "TERRAIN ALERT" warning illuminated on his GPS display. He attempted to pull up twice, but impacted trees and terrain on the side of a mountain. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured during the impact and the airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.Review of weather observations indicated an extensive area of low clouds, and a large area of marginal visual flight rules (MVFR) conditions existed over the pilot's planned route. Low instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions prevailed at the diversion airport and in the vicinity of the accident site, with visibility less than 1/4-mile in heavy rain and overcast ceilings at 100 ft. The MVFR to IFR weather conditions had been forecast, and AIRMETs warning of IFR and mountain obscuration conditions had been issued.


  
BATH CO., Va.  --  A small plane crashed just outside of Hot Springs in Bath County. 

A passenger in the plane was able to call 911 and say they had crashed, but had no idea where they were. 

The experimental aircraft went down just a mile or two south of town Friday afternoon.


Rescuers with the help of the U.S. Air Force were able to ping that cell phone and find this scene. 


The pilot and the passenger suffered some broken bones and cuts and but made it out alive.


The plane was flying from Kentucky to Maryland when they tried landing at the local airport because of weather.


"There was no mechanical failure that we know of at this point, obviously it's an ongoing investigation," First Sgt. Anthony Nicely of Virginia State Police said. "I spoke to one of the supervisors on scene at the site and they were just trying to get in to go to Ingalls and got too low in the fog and couldn't see anything and just crashed straight into the side of the mountain."


The plane crashed about 200 feet below the ridge line. The crash site was far from paved roads. Rainy weather complicated the rescue efforts and one of the rescuers suffered cuts to his leg and head.


The Federal Aviation Administration asked local crews to leave the crash undisturbed. It will come to investigate why this happened.


Source:   http://www.wdbj7.com










BATH COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Two people have rescue crews in Bath County to thank for saving their lives.

A man and woman crash landed in a small plane in the town of Healing Springs on Friday afternoon.

After the plane crash landed, crews from Bath County, Highland County and state police converged on its location and had to battle the elements to get the two passengers to safety.

1st Sgt. Anthony Nicely with Virginia State Police said the RV-10 Model plane was trying to make its way from Louisville, Kentucky to Annapolis, Maryland.

“As they started approaching the weather, the fog set in on them and they were going to try to jump off or land at Ingalls Airport in Bath County. Prior to being able to do that, they got into heavy fog and just crashed into the side of the mountain,” explained Nicely.

When crews arrived there was no road that led to the plane.

“They had to cut their way in and essentially cut their way out and just manpower carried these guys out,” continued Nicely.

When emergency responders got to the victims, they found good news

“Non-life threatening injuries, some broken bones and lacerations,” said Nicely.

Next came the difficult process of getting the man and woman out of the plane and down the mountain.

“It’s a slow process because of the weather and the grading back there is extremely steep, so it’s going to take probably a half hour or so to get the first one out,” explained Nicely.

The two were safely loaded into an ambulance on the opposite side of the mountain from the staging area and then taken to Bath County Hospital.

Nicely said it’s the best outcome they could hope for, “a good ending to a long evening.”

One of the struggles crews faced was that they couldn’t airlift these people due to fog and visibility concerns, so they had to be carried down to the ambulance on what is known as open trail.

Crews said it's remarkable that both passengers survived.

Story and video:  http://wsls.com


WARM SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - State police have identified the two people who survived an airplane crash in Bath County last week.

Sgt. Rick Garletts told news outlets Sunday that 61-year-old Paul S. Furlow, of the United Kingdom, and 49-year-old Siri Njos, of Louisville, Kentucky, were the only two passengers in the four-seat plane Friday afternoon.

Rescue workers found both Fulow and Njos inside the plane after Njos called 911 to report the crash.


Authorities say the plane encountered bad weather while heading to Annapolis, Maryland from Louisville. Furlow tried to find the Ingalls Field airport, but flew too low and caused the plane to strike some trees and crash. The tail and one of the wings was damaged, but the cabin area was left relatively intact.

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