Monday, February 22, 2016

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, C-GVZW: Accident occurred February 22, 2015 near Felts Field Airport (KSFF), Spokane, Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. – The family of a pilot who died from his injuries in a Spokane plane crash after the wrong fuel was filled into his plane has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the refueling company.

Monday marked one year since the crash at Spokane's Hamilton Street overpass.

Michael Clements, 61, from Alberta was on his way to California and stopped at Felts Field to refuel.

His plane crashed shortly after takeoff.  He died at the hospital two days later from severe injuries.

The NTSB investigation later confirmed his Piper Malibu was filled with Jet A fuel, instead of the AV gas the aircraft required.

The lawsuit claimed it was a Western Aviation employee who filled the plane full of the wrong fuel, pumping 52 gallons of Jet A into the two tanks over the wings.

The lawsuit also claimed that employee ignored and disregarded numerous safety measures designed to avoid that type of error.

Aviation experts said pump nozzles for the two types of fuel are supposed to be different, but in this case, the lawsuit stated the fuel attendant used a "rogue nozzle," allowing the plane to be filled with the wrong fuel.

The lawsuit also stated the employee ignored labels on the aircraft itself that warned to only fill the plane with AV gas.

The attorney handling the case for Clements family said the family is deeply saddened on the one year anniversary of his death.

The attorney added the family’s experts continue to independently and thoroughly investigate the accident and identify the responsible parties.

Western Aviation did not return calls seeking comment on whether the company had changed its refueling regulations.

The FAA and NTSB said the investigation into what happened is still in the preliminary stage.  Neither agency said when it expected to complete the investigation.

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NTSB Identification: WPR15LA111
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Spokane, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA46 - 350P, registration: CGVZW
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 22, 2015, at 1405 Pacific standard time, a Piper Aircraft, Inc., PA46-350P airplane, Canadian registry CGVZW, experienced a loss of engine power during climb out from runway 22R at Felts Field Airport (SFF), Spokane, Washington. The Canadian certificated pilot, the sole occupant, succumbed to his injuries on February 24, 2015. The airplane was destroyed during the attempted emergency landing after it struck a railroad track. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the instrument flight rules (IFR) flight that originated shortly before the accident. The flight was destined for the Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) Stockton, California. 

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site and identified two different groups of witnesses. The first set of witnesses observed the airplane with the engine sputtering. They observed the left wing drop and the nose pitch up. The right wing then dropped, and the witnesses lost sight of the airplane as it passed behind a building. The second set of witnesses reported that the right wing struck a railroad track at the top of a hill and subsequently traveled down an embankment. The witnesses reported that the airplane slid across a road and came to rest inverted adjacent to the bottom of a railroad bridge. 

Responding investigators stated that the majority of the airplane came to rest at the accident site, with additional wreckage strewn throughout the debris path. Both of the wings had separated from the airplane fuselage; however, they remained near the main wreckage. The investigators stated that the fuel tanks ruptured during the accident sequence, and there was a strong smell of Jet fuel present. 

The FAA inspector obtained the fueling log from Western Aviation at SFF; the fuel log indicated that the accident airplane had been refueled with 52 gallons of Jet fuel prior to takeoff.

Piper PA-28-151 Warrior, N41618; accident occurred February 22, 2016 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ), St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida -Kathryn's Report

AIRCRAFT:   1974 Piper PA28-151 Warrior N41618,  s/n: 28-7415295

Last annual performed 02/02/2015 at Tach/Total Time 7605.37.  Last 100 Hour Inspection on 07/27/15 at Tach/Total Time 7717.86. 
Current Tach 7816.0
ENGINE:  Lycoming O 320.  Engine log through 08/19/91 indicates the engine is an O320-E3D, s/n: L-39026-27A installed at Tach 4140.8 after being overhauled. 
Current log shows overhaul on 02/15/2005 by Steve Householder, O320-E3D but no serial number is listed.
Last 100 hour inspection on 07/27/2015 at Tach 7717.86, engine total time 7717.86, TSMOH 1283.06
PROPELLER:  There is only a current prop log with no description of the propeller.  It shows inspections accomplished but no times.


DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft engine caught on fire after landing.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   See attached photos. Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:     

There is damage from the fire to the front part of the engine compartment, the cowling, the prop, Wiring, hoses, cables and possibly the firewall. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  The aircraft is located on St Augustine Airport, FL

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NTSB Identification: ERA16LA119 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 21, 2016 in St. Augustine, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA28 151, registration: N41618
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 February 21, 2016, about 2015 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-151, N41618, was substantially damaged by an engine fire after landing at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (SGJ), St. Augustine, Florida. The flight instructor and his pilot-rated student were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, the airplane's engine stopped producing power during taxi immediately after landing. An engine restart was attempted, and the engine caught fire. The airplane was stopped, and both the instructor and the student egressed the airplane, but made no attempt to extinguish the fire, as there was no fire extinguisher on board the airplane. Instead, the instructor dialed 911 on his cellular telephone.

The fire department on the airport was closed, and local police and fire responded to the call. The police arrived first, and were delayed at a perimeter gate, which was subsequently opened by airport personnel. The first police officer on scene suppressed the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher from his cruiser until firefighters arrived and ensured the fire was fully extinguished shortly thereafter. The firefighters gained access through an entry point previously briefed and rehearsed with the airport authority.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector revealed that both the engine firewall and mount were substantially damaged during the fire.

The instructor held a commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land and instrument airplane. His most recent first-class medical certificate was issued on January 27, 2016. He reported 900 total hours of flight experience, of which 65 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

The four-seat, single-engine, low-wing airplane was manufactured in 1974 and was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. A review of logbook entries by the FAA inspector revealed the airplane's most recent 100-hour inspection was completed July 27, 2015, at 7,717 total aircraft hours.

Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - An engine fire caused a small plane to make an emergency landing at the Northeast Regional Airport in St. Augustine Monday evening.

The airport is just off of U.S. 1, about a mile north of the Lewis Speedway.

The St. Johns County Fire Rescue was called to the airport at about 8:15 p.m. in reference to an engine fire.

There was smoke coming from the engine of this small plane after the pilot had to make an emergency landing.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguished a fire on a single-engine Piper aircraft.

The people on board the plane were able to escape without injury, according to the SJCFR.

The cause of the fire, which reportedly started in the plane's engine, is under investigation. 

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