Sunday, April 10, 2016

Specialty aircraft traffic expected over Franklin, Tennessee, this week

Franklin, Tenn. (WKRN) – Franklin residents can expect to see an increase in aircraft traffic this week.

According to the Franklin Police Department, an Air Combat USA event will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The planes will perform simulated combat maneuvers between 3,000 and 6,000 feet above the south Franklin and Thompson’s Station area.

They’ll also take off and land at Nashville’s John C. Tune Airport.

Officials want to alert the public ahead of time to prevent any concern or calls to 911.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N95118: Accident occurred April 10, 2016 near Bayport Aerodrome (23N), Long Island, Suffolk County, New York

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Farmingdale FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA152
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 10, 2016 in Bayport, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140, registration: N95118
Injuries: 2 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 April 10, 2016, at 1907 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N95118, sustained substantial damage shortly after takeoff from Bayport Aerodrome (23N), Bayport, New York. The private pilot and the passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight was originating as the time of the accident and destined for Orange County Airport (MGJ), Montgomery, New York.

According to eyewitnesses, the airplane's engine lost power on takeoff. They then watched as it made a sweeping right turn, "stalled," and struck trees and power lines. The airplane came to rest in the middle of an intersection in a residential area. A post-impact fire ensued, and neighbors and responding rescue personnel assisted the pilot and passenger's egress from the burning airplane. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the firewall, fuselage and tail section.

The airplane and engine were recovered and retained for further examination.

BAYPORT, N.Y. — Two people were injured when a small plane crashed in the middle of a Suffolk County residential street Sunday evening.

Suffolk County Police say around 7 p.m., a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee crashed in the middle of Third Avenue and Second Street in Bayport. The crash happened not far from the Bayport Aerodrome.

Bayport Fire Chief Robert Fleming said two men were in the plane at the time of the crash.

A video posted to Twitter shows a crowd forming around the plane that went up in flames.

Both men were conscious when EMS arrived on the scene.

One of the men was airlifted and the other taken by ground transportation to Stony Brook University Hospital.

A resident in the area, who is also a pilot, said the pilot did the best he could to avoid hitting any homes.

The FAA is assisting in the investigation.

The NTSB will determine the cause of the crash.

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BAYPORT, Long Island (WABC) -- A small plane that was heading back to Bayport Aerodrome crashed on a street in Bayport.

Two people were taken to the hospital.

There is no word on their injuries.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee was going south when it lost power and was heading back to the landing strip and then the plane clipped a PSE&G light pole, and then crashed in the middle of the road.

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FOX 5 NY (WNYW-TV) - A small plane crashed onto a Long Island street Sunday night.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee slammed into 3rd Avenue in Bayport.

These planes are capable of carrying up to 4 people. 

A video posted to Twitter features an eye witness account of the fiery crash. 

Authorities have not yet determined why the plane crashed or how many were on board.

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Pilot Scott Clifford, 34, was trying to head back to the aerodrome possibly due to engine failure. Clifford has two broken legs and a head injury and is now in the hospital in serious condition. Passenger Mike Rolm, 65, suffered non life-threatening head injuries.

Cessna 750 Citation X, XOJET, N719XJ : Incident occurred April 10, 2016 at Oakland International Airport (KOAK), California


Date: 10-APR-16
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N719XJ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 750
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oakland FSDO-27
State: California


OAKLAND (CBS SF) — No one was hurt when the nose gear of a plane collapsed at the Oakland Airport Sunday, airport officials confirmed.

The plane carrying two people made a normal approach, and the landing gear collapsed sometime after the plane landed safely, Airport Spokesperson Keonnis Taylor said.

The Oakland Fire Department responded to the scene, but no one was injured.

The Cessna 750 Citation X plane is owned by XOJET Inc, which is based in Brisbane.

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Tailgaters Gather in Daniel Village to Watch Private Planes Depart Every Masters Sunday

Augusta, Ga. (WJBF)- The roads have obviously been busy during Masters Week, but the sky has been as well.

And some Augustans are enjoying seeing the traffic in the air rather than the roads.

People tailgate at Daniel Village to watch private planes take off as the Tournament wraps up on Sunday, and many make a day of it every year.

“We’re just coming out here to watch the planes take off,” said spectator Michelle Epps. “We have for the last few years.”

Every day of Masters Week, around 100 private planes make Daniel Field their home base, but many leave before the tournament ends.

“This group we hear that they would much rather be at home watching the final rounds on television because you can’t get to the eighteenth green with all the people around,” said Becky Shealy, the interim airport manager at Daniel Field.

Some locals like to watch the mass exodus of small planes front and center from their cars parked at Daniel Village.

“The beauty about it is the variety of planes because normally you don’t get to see 20 or 30 planes take off in one day,” Epps said.

A crowd gathers to tailgate as the day progresses and more and more planes take flight.

“Usually there’s people outside on the grass out there and they’ll have blankets. They’ll have picnics out here,” Epps said. “Just having fun.”

One local business in Daniel Village is even extending its hours to catch the potential customers hanging out in the parking lot.

“People all throughout the week have been camped out in the parking lot, just tailgating and stuff so it’s really exciting,” said Summerville Scoops employee Rachel Keegan.

Many time-old traditions surround the Masters, but one tradition known perhaps only to locals is watching planes zooming over and out of Augusta as the business of Masters Week winds down.

“We laugh and say this is Augusta’s second air show,” said Shealy. “It’s family fun, it doesn’t cost you anything, and it really is something to see.”

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Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV) sign needed on Waldo Road

The lack of a large sign on Waldo Road at the new entrance to the Gainesville Regional Airport is still being noted by motorists.

Steve Kirn emailed The Sun about the absence recently, suggesting that at least one of those green signs with the image of an airplane be placed there. Such a sign is on Waldo approaching 39th Avenue leading to the original airport entrance, which is still in use.

“The new entrance has a nice — though small, and set back from the main road — sign on the east side of the road, but no other indication that that is the ‘new’ entrance,” Kirn said. “I suggest another, closer, ‘airplane’ sign to direct drivers to the new entrance — in both north- and southbound directions.”

Kirn is not the first person to write about the issue. Bill Burger did last June.

At that time, airport spokeswoman Laura Aguiar said that permitting from various agencies was needed and that the design of a new, large sign was underway with University of Florida art and design students joining in.

Now, however, a new issue has arisen. A request for a proposal has been issued for companies interested in building a new hotel by the airport, either close to Waldo Road or next to the terminal.

“There is a developer with some interest in building adjacent to our terminal. If plans work out, that hotel brand has to go on the sign, so we are not going to spend $50,000 to $60,000 on a sign when changes would be forthcoming,” Aguiar said. “The (request for proposal) closes May 6 and we expect to know whether we have serious interest. We think we do. We could have interest from more than one.”

So, it doesn’t appear as if a Waldo Road airport sign will appear anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Albert Caracausa had a recent request.

“Please advise the responsible authorities that the dotted lines that guide cars making a left turn onto Southwest 20th Avenue from 62nd Boulevard should be repainted. The original lines have been completely worn off,” he said in an email. “This turn is particularly dangerous at night because visibility is poor and one can inadvertently turn into the oncoming westbound traffic on 20th Avenue.”

Consider it done — the passing on of the observations, anyway. No telling when the lines will be repainted, though.

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Polish Plane Crash Anniversary Beset by Questions, Discontent: Some top officials suspect crash was an assassination arranged by Moscow

The Wall Street Journal
By Martin M. Sobczyk
April 10, 2016 10:45 a.m. ET

WARSAW—Poland marked the sixth anniversary of the airplane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Russia on Sunday, in state ceremonies organized for the first time by Mr. Kaczynski’s political base, whose top officials have called the accident an attempt to assassinate the anti-Kremlin leader.

The late president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, laid a wreath in front of the Presidential Palace in the historic center of Warsaw. Six years earlier, tens of thousands of people gathered there after the Polish government’s Russian-made Tu-154 airplane crashed on approach to a provincial airport in western Russia killing 96 people.

A number of plaques were unveiled on Sunday that the governing camp said were only able to be installed in front of official buildings now that political opponents had been sidelined.

The surviving Mr. Kaczynski leads the socially conservative Law and Justice party that has governed Poland since November. The party’s candidate, Andrzej Duda, won the presidency in May last year.

The crash of the presidential jet in Smolensk, Russia, has led to deep divisions in Poland, with Mr. Kaczynski’s party accusing the previous government of negligence in preparations for the flight.

Mr. Kaczynski’s political opponents, as well as official reports in Poland and Russia, have blamed pilot error for the crash in thick fog, less than a mile short of the runway of the dilapidated Smolensk airport.

Mr. Kaczynski’s party has disputed those findings. It says investigations in Poland and Russia overlooked evidence, including the possibility that the airport’s instrument landing system was off and that the plane might have disintegrated midair.

On Sunday, Mr. Duda, a former aide to the late president, laid flowers at the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, where the remains of Mr. Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, are interred.

“Time heals emotions and changes them but the emotions are vivid,” Mr. Duda said after emerging from the burial chambers of Wawel Cathedral. “It was a shock to all of us and emotions persist.”

The crash of the government jet plunged Poland into deep mourning, initially uniting the nation before becoming one of the most divisive issues in recent years. The previous centrist administration of the Civic Platform party has largely concurred with the findings in Moscow, which pointed to pilot error, while the current governing camp has, for years, insisted other possible reasons for the crash were ignored.

Poland’s current government has referred to the late Mr. Kaczynski as “a fallen president,” suggesting he was killed in battle rather than in an accident.

President Kaczynski was a staunch critic of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin who rallied crowds in Tbilisi in 2008 during Russia’s war with Georgia. Mr. Kaczynski said at the time Russia had designs on “Georgia today, Ukraine tomorrow, the Baltic States the day after tomorrow, and perhaps later my country.”

Some, including Poland’s Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, have openly talked about the crash as part of a push by Russia to regain its superpower status.

“What happened near Smolensk was aimed at depriving Poland of its leadership,” Mr. Macierewicz said in March.

“Russia’s military, political and economic expansion, which has long been said to have replaced tanks with gas and oil pipelines, is being accompanied by a long-developed and practiced rule of state terrorism,” he said.

Russia’s government spokesman said the Polish defense minister’s remarks were “unfounded and biased.”

Mr. Macierewicz this year created a team to look into the 2010 airplane crash again.

The late president and his entourage were on their way to commemorate the Katyn Massacre of 1940, executions by the Soviet secret police of about 22,000 Polish army officers during World War II on orders of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

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NTSB Identification: ENG10RA025
Accident occurred Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Smolensk, Russia
Aircraft: TUPOLEV TU154, registration:
Injuries: 89 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 10, 2010, about 0656 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), a Tupolev Tu-154M, Tail Number 101, operated by the Polish Air Force as flight PLF101, crashed during approach to the Military Aerodrom Smolensk "Severnyi", Russia. All 89 passengers and 7 flightcrew were killed, including the President of Poland. The airplane was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.

Following the accident, the governments of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Poland concluded a bilateral agreement that the regional international independent safety investigation organization, the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), would conduct the investigation. Although the airplane was operated as a "state" aircraft, by the mutual agreement, the investigation was conducted following the guidance provided in ICAO Annex 13 Standards and Recommended Practices. As the United States was state of design and manufacture for the TAWS and FMS units, the NTSB was requested to support the investigation activity. 

For more information on the accident investigation, contact MAK at

Incident occurred April 10, 2016 at Key West International Airport (KEYW), Monroe County, Florida

A bird put a bump in the flight plan of an American Airlines' jet bound for Virginia from Key West after the two collided, causing the plane to lose power in an engine and return to where it started.

The Embraer 175 jet, carrying 67 crew and passengers on Flight 4680, returned safely to Key West International Airport Sunday afternoon shortly after its 1:50 p.m. takeoff, according to Cammy Clark, a spokeswoman with the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners.

“The flight crew did a great job of flying the aircraft safely back to the airport,” said Donald DeGraw, director of Key West International Airport in a statement. “The airport’s fire department and mutual aid were called out, ready to respond, but fortunately they were not needed.”

The passengers, who were headed to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia, will be rebooked on other flights, Clark said.

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Mooney M20K 231, Mooney LLC, N96398: Fatal accident occurred April 09, 2016 at Ocala International Airport (KOCF), Marion County, Florida


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: ERA16FA150
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 09, 2016 in Ocala, FL
Aircraft: MOONEY M20K, registration: N96398
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 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 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 April 9, 2016, about 0850 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20K, N96398, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power after takeoff from Ocala International Airport (OCF), Ocala, Florida. The commercial pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight intended for Lakeland Regional Airport (LAL), Lakeland, Florida. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The runways at OCF were oriented 18/36 and 08/26. The departure end of runway 36 was just south of the approach end of runway 26. When facing north, the two runways form an inverted "L" configuration.

Preliminary information from the OCF air traffic control tower revealed that the airplane was cleared for takeoff and began its takeoff roll from runway 36 with about 7,000 feet of runway available. Approximately one minute later, the pilot announced, "I'm losing my engine… I'm going down on [runway] 26."

The OCF ground controller (GC) was receiving a clearance by telephone when he overheard the radio call by the accident airplane. He estimated the airplane was north of the tower about 200 to 300 feet above the runway, before it turned to the west. According to the GC, "The wings rocked a little in the turn, but when he lined up with the runway [26] he looked clean. He still looked high, like he might touchdown past midfield and go off the departure end. He looked stable, but then he turned left. The more he turned the steeper the turn got, and then when the wingtip hit the ground the airplane was 90 degrees."

The passenger was interviewed the day after the accident. She stated that she was not a pilot, but had flown in the airplane several times. After landing at OCF the previous day, the pilot requested a fuel service of 10 gallons per wing, and they then spent the night with family. On the morning of the accident, they boarded the airplane for a flight to the Sun-n-Fun fly-in event. According to the passenger, engine start, taxi, run-up, acceleration, takeoff and initial climb from runway 36 were "normal."

The passenger said she heard a sudden noise "like a click" and the engine stopped producing power. The pilot announced the loss of power and his plan for the forced landing over the radio. The airplane was north of both runways and the left turn westbound was "steady" until the airplane was approximately over runway 26. The wings began "rocking" and the turn continued to the left until the bank was 90 degrees and the left wing struck the ground.

An airport employee said his attention was drawn to the airplane by a "sputter-cough" sound. Demonstrating what he observed with a model of an airplane, he described a straight-ahead descent, followed by a left turn over runway 26, two "dips" which resembled a porpoising motion, and then a sharp, 90-degree left turn to ground contact.

The airplane came to rest on the flat, grass surface of the airport infield and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The wreckage path was oriented 212 degrees and about 300 feet in length. The airplane came to rest upright. The engine and its mount were separated from the airframe, but remained attached by cables and wires. The propeller was separated and located 45 feet down the wreckage path from the first ground scar.

The firewall, instrument panel, and center console were crushed aft in compression, and canted about 45 degrees to the airplane's left. The windshield was destroyed, and the cabin roof was torn spanwise from the door opening to about mid-cabin. The inboard sections of both wings were intact and remained attached to the fuselage. The left wing outboard of the flap was separated by impact. The leading edge of the right wing was crushed aft in compression.

Control continuity could not be immediately established due to impact damage and the airplane's resting position. As the wreckage was sectioned for recovery, control continuity was established from the cockpit through impact breaks and saw cuts to the flight control surfaces.

The engine was rotated by hand through the vacuum pump drive pad. Continuity was established from the accessory section to the valvetrain and powertrain. Compression was confirmed using the thumb method. The turbocharger impeller moved freely when rotated.

The engine and airframe were recovered from the accident site and retained for further examination.

The maintenance records were not immediately recovered, but a copy of the airplane's most recent annual inspection revealed it was performed on June 10, 2015, at 2,435.2 total aircraft hours.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued on February 7, 2014. He report 1,670 total hours of flight experience on that date.

Weather reported at the time of the accident included winds from 010 degrees at 9 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 14 degrees C, dew point 3 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.15 inches of mercury.

The man who died in an airplane crash Saturday at the Ocala International Airport has been identified as Ross Grand, 49, of Prairieville, Louisiana.

The crash happened about 8:50 a.m. after Grand reported an issue with the engine and tried to return to the airport after takeoff, according to airport director Matt Grow. A woman aboard the aircraft received minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The airplane was not based in Ocala.

OCALA, Fla. -- While many still slept on an otherwise uneventful Saturday morning in Ocala, airport officials were awoken to the news of a deadly crash at Ocala’s International Airport.
It was just shortly before 9:00 am when air traffic controllers at Ocala International Airport sent out a call for emergency response after a small, single-engine plane made its crash landing.
“It was about 9 o’clock this morning we were advised that a single-engine airplane, four-seat aircraft had crashed on the airport and Ocala Fire Rescue and Ocala Police Department responded,” said Ocala International Airport Director Matthew Grow. 

“Upon our arrival, fire rescue was already on the scene tending to one victim who was outside of the plane and tending to one victim who was still inside the plane,” Ocala Police Department Sargent Matthew Bos said. 

Identification of the victims had yet to be released, though one -- a male passenger -- was reported dead at the scene. The other, a female, was taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center in stable condition. Little is still known as to where the plane was headed or what caused its sudden, deadly descent.
“Air traffic control tower personnel advised that the aircraft was departing on Runway 3-6, that is to say it was departing to the north and it experienced some engine problems," Grow explained. "The pilot turned around to try to come back to the airport and ended up putting in the field— landing in the field.”
“From what we know, the plane was taking off," said Bos. "We don’t know of any kind of trouble with the plane, don’t know what made them turn the plane and attempt to land or if that was just their flight plan.”
Grow said the crash of the single-engine Mooney cedar plane caused the airport to close temporarily while officials tended to the scene. A couple of hours later, the airfield did re-open, though with some limitations. 
“We’re not fully operational yet," Grow said early Saturday afternoon. "Our crosswind runway is still closed because of the proximity of the accident to that crosswind runway, but our main north-south runway is open. We’re open for business.”
Details were scarce as of Saturday evening, though more information was expected to be made known in the coming days, including names of the passengers, and the passengers’ flight plan. Grow, in his eleventh year of employment at Ocala International Airport, said he can't recall the last time there was an on-site crash resulting in a fatality.

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OCALA, Fla, - Authorities are investigating a plane crash that happened at the Ocala International Airport.

Ocala Fire Rescue said they were dispatched to 1200 Southwest 60th Avenue at 8:51 a.m. Saturday in response to a small aircraft crash.

Firefighters found two people inside the airplane. One person died and the other was taken to a hospital, officers said.

Preliminary information suggested the plane that departed from the Ocala International Airport encountered problems and the aircraft was turned around.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified.

Airport Operations, Ocala Police Department, Marion County Fire Rescue and the Marion County Sheriff's Office officials also responded.

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One person died and another person was injured Saturday morning when a small plane crashed at the Ocala International Airport, Ocala Fire Rescue said.

The crash happened at the city-owned airport shortly before 9 a.m., said OFR spokeswoman Ashley Lopez.

"Preliminary information suggests the plane departed from the Ocala International Airport and encountered problems and the aircraft was turned around," Lopez said.

The person who survived the crash has minor injuries, and was brought to Ocala Regional Medical Center for treatment, Lopez said.

Neither person in the plane was publicly identified.

The runway adjacent to the crash scene was closed.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified.

No other information was released.

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OCALA, Fla. —One person is dead after a small plane crashed Saturday morning after taking off from the Ocala International Airport. 

Authorities with the Ocala Fire Department said the crash happened just before 9 a.m. on airport property.

Officials said a man was killed and a woman suffered minor injuries. Authorities have not released the names of either person in the plane.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said that the propeller-driven aircraft was a Mooney M20. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash.

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Rockwell 690B Commander, N690TH: Fatal accident occurred April 09, 2016 in Taylor, Williamson County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA146
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 09, 2016 in Taylor, TX
Aircraft: ROCKWELL 690B, registration: N690TH
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 April 9, 2016, at 0951 central daylight time, a Rockwell International 690B, twin-engine airplane, N690TH, owned and operated by a private individual, departed controlled flight and impacted terrain near Taylor, Texas. The pilot and the flight instructor on board were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire. The local instructional flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight departed from Georgetown Municipal Airport, Georgetown, Texas at 0941.

The purpose of the flight was for the pilot to get air work for insurance purposes. The flight profile was to include single engine air work. Preliminary radar data showed that the airplane was at an altitude of about 5,000 feet msl and had slowed to a ground speed of about 90 knots prior to disappearing off radar. The airplane impacted terrain shortly after the loss of radar contact.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

TAYLOR, TEXAS - In a new report released Wednesday about the small plane crash in Taylor on April 9 that killed at least two people, officials released some new details, including the purpose of the flight and what happened just before the crash.

According to the report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot was flying the plane in order to "get air work for insurance purposes." The flight was to include single engine air work.

The pilot of the plane and the flight instructor on board -- Mick Brethower of Georgetown and Herbert Davis of Huffman -- were killed in the crash and "post-impact fire."

The privately-owned plane took off from Georgetown Municipal Airport, according to the report.

The report also stated that the plane was at an altitude of about 5,000 feet and "had slowed to a ground speed of about 90 knots prior to disappearing off radar." The plane then collided with the ground shortly after.

A spokesperson from NTSB said a salvage crew picked up pieces of the aircraft that were wedged deep into the ground. He said those pieces have now been taken to a secure location to investigate.

The cause of the crash will not be released is not expected to be released for several months.

The owner of a plane and a flight instructor died when a plane crashed and burned in Williamson County on Saturday, Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell said Monday. He declined to release their names.

He said DNA testing that could take weeks needs to be done to formally identify the victims. Their relatives have been notified, he said. Authorities are still trying to determine if there were other passengers on the turbo-prop plane that could carry up to 11 people.

The plane had taken off from the Georgetown Municipal Airport on a training flight, Gravell said.

It crashed about 9:04 a.m. Saturday northeast of Taylor near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 429, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The fire was so dangerous that it took firefighters three hours to extinguish, Gravell said. The crash created a large hole in the ground where aviation fuel had pooled, so firefighters were trying to avoid explosions, he said.

There was a fatal plane crash in Taylor Saturday morning.

The crash happened just Southeast of Granger Lake. It was reported off FM 1331 just before 10 a.m.

Officers on scene described the scene as a mangled mess.

Authorities believe at least two people were inside the plane. One of them a flight instructor, the other a trainee.

They are not releasing the number of fatalities at this point.

The twin engine aircraft took off from Georgetown airport.

Brush trucks were able to get to the plane and take care of any smoke.

The FAA is investigating what caused the crash.

"We had a subject that lives over here in the area that heard the plane, saw the engines were having some issues, he looked up and saw the crash," said Trooper DL Wilson with Texas Highway Patrol.

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Williamson County authorities are digging for answers and it's taking some heavy machinery to do it. They're probing a fatal plane crash near Granger Lake.

Wide open skies and wide open scenery attract lots of weekend pilots to Granger Lake. But today the National Transportation Safety Board finds itself investigating what could have gone wrong on one such scenic flight.

Neighbors say they're used to hearing the buzz of airplanes over the open farmland that surrounds the local lake. Neal Hoffman sometimes worries when he hears them. He says, "I hear them all the time and some of them don't sound too healthy either."

And one neighbor told authorities he thought the same thing when he one heard Saturday morning. Texas DPS Trooper DL Wilson says, "A subject lives over here in the area... heard the plane... heard the engines were having some issues. He looked up and saw the crash."

The plane came from the nearby Georgetown Airport where no one wanted to talk about the crash today. Meanwhile investigators brought heavy machinery to the crash site to dig up pieces of the aircraft that were buried on impact. And there will be a lot of digging. Trooper Wilson says, "It was a larger plane than we thought at first." The plane was an AC90 Commander twin-engine turbo prop which could seat 8 or more.

Right now investigators believe there were only two people on the plane when it went down. But they concede it will take time and maybe dental records or DNA evidence to determine just how many people were killed and who they were.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Federal Aviation Administrations is trying to figure out what caused a small plane to crash around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

According to DPS a call of a plane crash came in near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 428, about ten miles northeast of Taylor in Williamson County.

When officers arrived at the address they discovered an Rockwell 690B Commander aircraft had crashed. A witness on scene told Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies that they heard what sounded like engine trouble before the crash.

Virginia Falk lives across the street from the field where the plane crashed.

“I heard an airplane, I could hear them humming around here because there’s quite a few of them that do that.”

But what she heard just after that sound, was unfamiliar.

“The hum of the engine went away and there was like a boom or a bang,” recalls Virginia, as she describes the noise.

That’s when Virginia says she ran outside.

“I could see this big straight stream of black smoke going straight up in the air and right away there was a ball of fire on the ground.”

DPS says the plane had departed from Georgetown Municipal Airport earlier that morning for a training exercise.

Virginia says all the training over her house is even scarier after Saturday’s crash. She’s thankful the plane didn’t hit any homes.

“It’s scary to be out here and have that (training) going on all the time,” says Virginia.

This isn’t the first deadly crash near Virginia’s house. It stirred up memories of a friend who lost his life in a crop-dusting crash ten years ago.

“He would always fly over the house too and you know, I knew that and yeah I thought of him (today).”

Virginia hopes she isn’t forced to see more police lights on her road anytime soon.

Investigators still have not released the names of the victims, or exactly how many people died in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene working the investigation, and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive Sunday morning.

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AUSTIN (KVUE News) - Two people are dead after a plane crashed northeast of Taylor Saturday morning.

According to DPS a call about the crash came in at 9:04 a.m. near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 429.

When officers arrived on scene they discovered  what they described as a small plane with two passengers.

Both of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims have not been identified at this time as the scene is investigated.

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Aircraft disassembled for transport

It was only after the accident that the company workers began looking for equipment to dismantle the aircraft.

Hyderabad: Air India’s Central Training Establishment has finally taken a decision to dismantle the aircraft and take it to its premises, an exercise that ought to have been carried in the first instance.

There were no gas cutters or other equipment with Durga Cranes, which was shifting the exercise. It was only after the accident that the company workers began looking for equipment to dismantle the aircraft.

The aircraft will now be dismantled into five parts and transported. Air India officials will assess the situation after the aircraft is dismantled and take a decision," a senior official from Air India said.

Though CTE and Durga Cranes officials refused to give details, sources said the overall cost of dismantling and transporting the aircraft by road works out to nearly Rs 50 lakh. Dismantling of the aircraft continued late into night and it is expected that it would be transported by Monday morning.

Officials deny giving nod to moving aircraft as whole

It was not clear just who gave the permission to transport an entire aircraft by road, Air India CTE director Soman Atul said they had applied to the Ranga Reddy district collector and all permissions were in place from the southern discom, law and order and traffic police. But the district collector said they had only applied, permission was not given.

“It is true that the Air India CTE management approached us and we forwarded the application to all the departments concerned seeking their response,” Ranga Reddy collector M. Raghunandan Rao said adding that the local tahsildar has been asked to report.

DCP, North Zone, N. Prakash Reddy said they received information only on Saturday about the transporting of the aircraft. ACP (Traffic-I) A. Muthyam Reddy said they were told that permissions were taken at the top level. Discom assistant engineer Suresh said engineers had accompanied the crane.

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Hyderabad: Improper planning resulted in the crash of the decommissioned Airbus 320 aircraft on Monday. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was not followed while transporting the massive structure by road. Police were also not given details of the transport plan. North Zone police has booked a case against Air India and Durga Crane Services under IPC Section 336 for negligence.

Even the wings of the aircraft had not been dismantled. The aircraft, stripped of its engines and seats, was being carried by a crane. Durga Cranes, the operator, has never transported a full aircraft before. Air India’s Central Training Establishment (CTE), Director, Soman Atul said the hull weighed about 20 tonnes.

Two cranes and two trailers were brought. The crane capacity was over 100 tonnes each, said Mr Raavi Chakradhar of Durga Cranes that was hired as third party by Air India.

The crane company claimed it had carried equipment weighing over 50 tonnes before but did not give details. The aircraft has a wingspan of 150 feet, while the road was not half as wide. Though CTE officials planned to hoist the aircraft 50 feet and take it by road, they had not considered overhead cables. But they added personnel from TS discom were following the crane to ensure power is shut down along the route.

Mr V.N. Bharat Reddy, director, aviation, Telangana state government, said the safest way to transport a decommissioned aircraft is to dismantle it. “A standard operating procedure with route map should have been prepared,” he said.

Aviation historian P. Anuradha Reddy said it was irresponsible and dangerous to carry even an empty aircraft in this manner. “The only way is to detach wings and put the fuselage on a flat-bed trailer,” she said.

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An unused Air India passenger plane had an ‘unscheduled landing’ while being transported on road in the Begumpet Airport here on Sunday. None was injured.

According to police, the Airbus A-320 was being shifted from the airport to Air India’s cadet training facility at Balanagar when the mishap occurred. 

A crane mounted on a 16-wheelbase transport carrier was expected to hold the plane aloft till it reaches the training facility.

A short while after the truck began moving, the crane toppled under the weight of the plane, dropping the aircraft on a wall nearby.

The totally damaged plane was recently repaired for instructional purpose and was put on display during the aviation show held last month.

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WATCH: Coast Guard K9s pass helicopter training in style

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Ricky and Evy are quite possibly the coolest K9s we've ever seen in action. 

The two dogs have been with the US Coast Guard since 2008. This week, they passed their helicopter proficiency training with the help of the California Air National Guard 129 Rescue Wing. 

These are some seriously rad dogs. Outfitted with canine eye and ear protection, the Belgian malinos dogs performed acclimation flights and several hoists from the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter on Thursday. 

In the video, you see Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Brosowsky and his K-9 Ricky, practicing 'vertical delivery proficiency hoist training' from the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers vessel John A.B. Dillard. It was posted online Tuesday.

The eye and ear protection helps protect the pups from rotor wash, sea spray, foreign debris and engine noise.
The Coast Guard routinely practices proficiency training with various military, state, and federal groups to make sure their teams can deploy from a variety of aircraft. 

The dogs get suited up and practice their skills monthly.

Ricky and Evy work with U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team - 91105 out of San Francisco.

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