Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Columbia LC41-550FG, N1058S: Fatal accident occurred October 09, 2015 on Buffalo Mountain, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee

Washington County, Tennessee, lieutenant builds memorial at site of Buffalo Mountain plane crash

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – A deadly plane crash on Buffalo Mountain inspired one first responder to build a memorial to honor the victims. 

On October 9th, 2015 William “Bill” Gibbons and his daughter Abbey died in a plane crash in Washington County, TN on Buffalo Mountain.

“The storm had hit, when we got here there was still a fire going smoke was pouring out everywhere, it’s usually rescue mode but in this situation there was nothing to rescue,” said Lt. Doug Gregg with the Washington County, TN Sheriff’s Office, one many emergency workers who responded to the crash.

“We did everything we could for 3 days to try to get everything that we could out of here and send it back home but there are still things here that need to be remembered,” said Gregg.

For two weeks, Lt. Gregg, hiked a mile and a half to the secluded area where the crash happened and built a memorial.

“I worked off and on my off time for probably two weeks then I had about two weeks to sit and think about it,” said Gregg.

Gregg told News Channel 11’s Micah Smith, building the memorial helped him process the incident.

“When officers work scenes like this there’s always a piece of you that stays at the scene. I feel more at peace and it’s not just a memorial for them, it’s for the officers [who] worked this — the EMS guys and the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office — everybody who had a part in this,” said Gregg.

Although the memorial was a part of Gregg’s healing process, he told News Channel 11, he will be happy if it also brings peace to others.

Gregg said he hasn’t told many people about the memorial, including the family of the victims, but he does keep in contact with friends of the family.

Original article can be found here: http://wdtn.com

William "Bill" Gibbons with his daughter Abbey

William S. Gibbons, Jr: http://registry.faa.gov/N1058S  

NTSB Identification: ERA16FA006
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 09, 2015 in Erwin, TN
Aircraft: COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT MFG LC41 550FG, registration: N1058S
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 October 9, 2015, about 1919 eastern daylight time, a Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing LC41-550FG, N1058S, was destroyed following a collision with terrain near Erwin, Tennessee. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated from the McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, Tennessee, about 1832, and was destined for Monroe County Airport (BMG), Bloomington, Indiana. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual. The personal flight was conducted under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The flight initially departed earlier in the day from the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM), Orlando, Florida, at 1306, with an intended destination of BMG. While enroute, the pilot requested to divert to TYS due to a "significant amount of thunderstorms." That flight landed at 1558.

Preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, indicated that the accident flight departed TYS about 1832, on a ground track of about 080 degrees. About 18 minutes later, the flight leveled off about 15,000 feet above mean sea level (msl). Then, about 16 minutes later, the airplane turned left to a ground track of about 330 degrees, and began a climb to about 17,000 feet. About 3 minutes after leveling off at 17,000 feet, the flight began descending. The last radar return, recorded at 1919, was in the vicinity of the accident location, at an altitude of 3,400 feet msl.

Several eyewitnesses reported seeing the lights of the airplane as it descended downward. Some of the witnesses also reported seeing lightning and heavy rain in the vicinity about the time of the accident.

The airplane impacted trees and terrain located within the Cherokee National Forest, at an approximate elevation of 2,880 feet. The debris path was compact and the ground and tree scars were consistent with a near vertical descent, and a nose down impact angle. The wreckage was fragmented and thermally destroyed.

The 1853 recorded weather at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport (TRI), Blountville, Tennessee, located 16 miles to the north of the accident location, included light rain and wind from 250 degrees at 6 knots. A special recorded weather observation, at 1937, included thunderstorms with occasional lighting in the cloud as well as cloud to ground lighting. The observation further indicated that thunderstorms were in the vicinity of the airport and moving to the east.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19

Bill Gibbons, vice president of engineering at Cook Medical.

Abbey Hardison Gibbons

William S. "Bill" Gibbons Jr. 

William S. "Bill" Gibbons Jr. 

Piper PA-34-220T, Hanseo USA LLC, N5268C: Incident occurred February 22, 2016 in Chino, San Bernardino County, California

Date: 22-FEB-16
Time: 19:38:00Z
Regis#: N5268C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21
State: California


HANSEO USA LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N5268C

Eurocopter AS 350 B3, November 717JP Inc., N718MD: Incident occurred February 22, 2016 at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (KTRI), Tennessee

Date: 22-FEB-16
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N718MD
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19
State: Tennessee


NOVEMBER 717JP INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N718MD

Rainbow SkyReach BushCat, N321WL: Accident occurred July 04, 2016 in Cairo, Hall County, Nebraska and incident occurred February 22, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida

Wings to Lease LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N321WL

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lincoln FSDO-65

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA355
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 03, 2016 in Cairo, NE
Aircraft: Rainbow Sky Reach Bushcat, registration: N321WL
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot reported that he took off in meteorological conditions after being weathered in for two days. He further reported that while en route to the destination he encountered deteriorating weather conditions and opted to land at a nearby field to allow the weather to pass. The pilot reported that the terrain looked "manageable and smooth enough to land on", he landed using a soft field landing technique, but during the landing roll the nose wheel dug into the grassy terrain which resulted in a nose over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no pre impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of the recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 14 miles south east of the accident, revealed that, within about 10 minutes of the crash, the wind was 080 degrees true at 5 knots, visibility 5 statute miles, and overcast at 800 feet. The pilot reported that the lowest ceiling he encountered was 300 feet AGL. 

As a safety recommendation the pilot reported that he should not have let peer pressure allow him to change his own personal weather minimums.

Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Miami FSDO-19

Date: 22-FEB-16
Time: 21:20:00Z
Regis#: N321WL
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
State: Florida


Cessna 560 Encore, Bridgeway Enterprises Inc., N774SB: Incident occurred February 09, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

BRIDGEWAY ENTERPRISES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N774SB

NTSB Identification: CEN16IA103
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Tuesday, February 09, 2016 in Dallas, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 560, registration: N774SB
Injuries: 5 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 used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On February 9, 2016, about 0800 central standard time (CST), a Cessna 560 Encore, N774SB, experienced a flight control malfunction during the takeoff from Dallas Love Field Airport (KDAL), Dallas, Texas. The two flight crewmembers and three passengers on-board were not injured. The airplane was registered to Bridgeway Enterprises, Inc. and operated by SevenBar Aviation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand air taxi. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight was destined for Mc Curtain County Regional Airport (4O4), Idabel, Oklahoma.

During takeoff rotation, the First Officer stated he had difficulty maintaining runway heading and the airplane experience a tendency to roll right. As speed was increased, the pressure required on the control yolk to maintain level attitude increased. The first office transferred control to the Captain who experienced the same flight control difficulty. The Captain attempted to adjust the aileron trim however the trim control knob would not move, the trim indicator appeared centered. The flight crew requested to return to KDAL from air traffic control and declared an emergency. When the airspeed was decreased during approach the right roll control pressure decreased and the flight crew was able to free the aileron trim control. The flight crew landed the airplane at KDAL without further incident.


A court in Kinangop has granted suspended bail to Deputy President William Ruto’s pilot charged with causing disturbance and assault.

Captain Alistair Patrick Llewelyn was arraigned at Engineer Law Courts in Kinangop, Nyandarua County, last Wednesday where he denied both charges.

Mr Llewelyn was given suspended bail term of sh 700,000 or alternative cash bail of sh 250,000 as courts waits for him to surrender his travel documents.

He had flown Deputy President William Ruto to a church fundraiser at Ndunyu Njeru, and was captured on video shoving and hurling abuses at Corporal Mercy Wandera.


The pilot caught on camera assaulting a police officer will stay in custody for another five days when the court will review his application for bond. 

Alistair Patrick Llewelyn was arraigned before Engineer town Senior Resident Magistrate Martin Mutegi charged with two counts of assault and causing disturbance.

The shaken and exhausted British national was charged with assaulting police corporal Mercy Wandera at Ndunyu Njeru town in Kinangop on February 21, 2016.

He faced a second charge of creating disturbance on the same day by calling the police officer "stupid" corporal. 

The prosecution led by George Mong'are objected to the release of the accused on bond saying that he was a flight risk. 

Mong'are told the court that apart from the alien card that the pilot has, he did not have a passport adding that he could flee from the country. 

The prosecutor further told the court that the accused could interfere with the State witnesses and the ongoing investigations.

"If the court grants him bond or cash bail, they should come with strict terms and conditions so that the accused doesn't flee the country," he said. 

The accused's lawyer Stanley Kang'ahi however objected to this saying that the accused though a British national, was born and brought up in Kenya. 

He told the court that being a foreigner was not a reason to deny a suspect bond adding that the accused was entitled to cash bail. 

The lawyer said that the accused had a wife and a three month old child and challenged the prosecution to prove how the pilot could flee the country. The magistrate remanded the pilot at the Engineer Police station until February 29 when he will make a ruling.

The pilot had flown Deputy President William Ruto for a function in Nyandarua when the incident happened.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke

– Disgraced pilot caught on video assaulting a woman is remanded for five days awaiting bond processing 

– Already, his employer has terminated his contract and regretted the incident 

Pilot Alistair Patrick Llewelyn who was captured on video assaulting police woman Mercy Wandera on Sunday February 21, 2016 has been charged in court.

Llewelyn, an Australian national, was on Wednesday February 24, 2016 charged with assault and creating disturbance.

He will remain in police custody until next week on Monday 29, 2016 when his bond will be delivered.

The pilot was driven by police officers from Nairobi to Kinangop where the incident happened for court charges.

He had flown Deputy President William Ruto for a church fundraiser where he confronted the police officer for apparently failing to control surging controls towards the helicopter.

On Tuesday February 23, 2016, his employer, Kwae Island Development Limited (KIDL) which operates helicopter 5Y-DSN, terminated his services terming the incident as “unfortunate.”

“KIDL respects all the service men and women of the Kenya Police and abhors the actions of Alistair Llewelyn,” Marco Brighetti of the firm said in a statement that was wired to newsrooms.
Deputy President William Ruto had earlier distances himself from the pilot, saying that he had only contracted his services on Sunday.

Through his spokesman David Mugonyi, he said that he too learned about the incident from online platforms, and condemned the pilot’s actions, calling for his prosecution.

In the amateur clip, the pilot is seen getting into a confrontation with the police officer at Ndunyu Njeru, before he pushes and curses at her.

Original article can be found here:  https://tuko.co.ke


  • The pilot who assaulted a police woman in Nyandarua has received support from a Kenyan businessman 
  • The security of the deputy president was at stake at the time of the encounter 
  • Kenyans have a tendency of running towards potentially injurious zones, say like helicopters and accident scenes

Alistair Patrick Llewelyn. A pilot contracted by the deputy president to fly his private aircraft has received support after his infamous encounter with a police woman.

The pilot was recorded on video pushing a police woman while hurling expletives at her. Kenyans on social media called for his immediate arrest and prosecution. He will be appearing in court to answer to charges of assault on Wednesday, February 24,  2016.

READ ALSO: Contract of ‘Ruto’s pilot’ terminated by helicopter company after drama with policewoman

In a rather interesting twist, the disgraced pilot has received support from prominent businessman Jacob Juma. The businessman has called the tendency of Kenyans to rush at helicopters and scenes of accidents  shallow and  primitive.  It poses a security risk to both the pilot, his passenger and the people close by.


Captain Alister Brown who was caught on tape assaulting Kenyan policewoman. 

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Joseph Boinnet, has ordered the arrest of a pilot who "bullied" a policewoman in central Kenya's Nyandarua County.

"That behavior is totally unacceptable," said Mr Boinnet.

Captain Alister Brown, who was captured on video in a scuffle with the police officer, had been hired by Deputy President William Ruto to fly him on an Airbus AS350 helicopter to a Sunday church service.

Mr Ruto directed the police to investigate the incident, saying he respected Kenya’s hardworking officers.

On her phone

In the video, the pilot is seen approaching a woman police corporal, who was with her male colleague.

The woman officer is, however, seen busy on her phone as curious onlookers mill around the helicopter.

As children move closer to the helicopter, the pilot emerges, approaches the woman officer and grabs her swagger cane then shouts at her to "do her job".

Shout at him

The two walk towards the chopper as the pilot shouts at the officer.

“You are not doing anything,” he shouts.

He then attacks her and the people around shout at him to stop.

National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti said the attack was not justified and that investigations had been launched.

Provides a fine

Records indicate that the 2015 Airbus AS350, manufactured by Airbus Helicopters and with registration number 5Y-DSN, was bought last year.

According to the Eighth Schedule of the National Police Service Act Section (t), it is an offence against discipline for any police officer to "be negligent in the performance of his duty".

Section 103 of the NPS Act provides a fine not exceeding $98000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both for any person who assaults or obstructs a police officer in the due execution of the police officer’s duties.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.africareview.com

Story and photo gallery: http://www.kenyan-post.com

A helicopter pilot surrendered himself to police for questioning after public outcry over a video clip which appears to show the pilot swearing at and assaulting a policewoman, police officials said Tuesday.

The video clip of the incident circulated widely on social media and many Kenyans accused the pilot, who's white, of being racist.

The incident happened Sunday in the Nyandarua area of central Kenya, Police chief Joseph Boinnet, who ordered the pilot to turn himself in, said in a statement. The pilot had flown Deputy President William Ruto to a function there.

Kwae Island Development Limited, the firm which operates the helicopter 5Y-DSN, said it had terminated its agreement with the pilot identified as Alastair Patrick Llewelyn and the company he works for Saker Resource Management Limited.

"KIDL respects the all the service men and women of the Kenya police and abhors the actions of Alistair Llewelyn," the company said.

Deputy President William Ruto asked the police to take action against the pilot, saying he has only been notified about the incident this morning.

"This incident is unacceptable, regrettable and the police have been asked to investigate the unbecoming behavior of the pilot," Ruto said.

In the clip the pilot can be heard telling the police woman to do her job as a crowd of onlookers— rural people who were fascinated by the aircraft— surges near the helicopter. In the video, the pilot grabs the police officer's cane and she takes it back. He then appears to attempt to strike her and then shoves her away. He shouts expletives at her as she walks away.

Original article can be found here: http://abcnews.go.com

Incident occurred February 23, 2016 at New Chitose Airport, Japan

More than 150 passengers used escape slides to evacuate from a Japan Airlines jet after engine trouble apparently caused smoke to flow into the cabin during a snowstorm, the airline said.

Flight 3512, a Boeing 737, was preparing to depart from New Chitose Airport serving near Sapporo to Fukuoka when the incident occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the airline said.

According to a JAL spokesman, the aircraft was heading to the runway when it was ordered back to the terminal due to heavy snow.

It was then that the pilot reported engine trouble and smoke appeared in the cabin, prompting the emergency evacuation, although it was unclear if the engine problem was linked to the smoke.

“A strange odor and smoke were detected inside the cabin,” the JAL spokesman said.

Smoke was coming from the aircraft’s right engine as the aircraft was waiting to take off, according to the airline and the transport ministry.

According to police investigating the accident, the engine stalled after taking in snow and there was an explosive sound when a pilot restarted it.

All 159 passengers and six crew evacuated onto the tarmac, the airline said.

Fire department officials said three female passengers suffered pains in their lower back and wrists caused by exiting the plane on emergency chutes and a male passenger complained about health problems after the evacuation. All were taken to a hospital.

Original article can be found here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp