Thursday, April 14, 2016

Man pleads guilty to operating an unregistered aircraft

CHEYENNE — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of operating an unregistered airplane in a case stemming from police seizure of over $250,000 cash from a Cody hotel room two years ago.

Scott Michael Lewis of Englewood, Colorado, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson in Cheyenne. The agreement calls for prosecutors to drop another charge of conspiracy to operate an unregistered aircraft.

Lewis, 27, faces up to 3 years in prison at his June sentencing. However, Johnson remarked, “This is a case where there very well may be arguments for a probationary sentence.”

Federal prosecutors agreed to allow Lewis to enter a conditional guilty plea. The conditional plea means Lewis could withdraw it if he can get a federal appeals court in Denver to reverse Johnson’s decisions denying requests to suppress evidence and dismiss the charges.

However, Johnson warned Lewis that he’s not likely to get the appeals court to reverse Johnson’s decisions after pleading guilty.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne filed criminal charges in January against Lewis and co-defendant Gilbert Wayne Wiles Jr. of Denver alleging conspiracy to operate an unregistered aircraft and operation of an unregistered aircraft.

The charges came nearly two years after authorities in Cody seized a Cessna airplane and over the cash from Lewis and Wiles.

Wiles is set to stand trial on Monday before Johnson in Cheyenne.

Authorities allege Wiles had purchased the Cessna plane in Texas for $130,000 cash in 2013, and instructed the seller to make out the bill of sale to a limited liability company incorporated in New Mexico. Wiles told people who serviced the plane that he and Lewis were working for an aerial photography business, prosecutors allege.

Prosecutors say a worker at Yellowstone Regional Airport first notified authorities that the men appeared suspicious after they landed there on Feb. 27, 2014. The worker told police that the pilot didn’t radio the airport before landing and sunshades were lowered over the windows even though the plane was about to be stored in a hangar.

A police officer testified last week at a suppression hearing that a drug dog alerted to the plane but no drugs were found. The officer said he interpreted the dog’s actions to mean the plane had been used for transporting drugs in the past. Prosecutors say officers found the cash in a hotel room the men had rented in Cody.

Prosecutors are pressing a separate civil case seeking to forfeit the cash and plane. Prosecutors allege the assets were involved in the illegal drug trade even though prosecutors haven’t filed criminal drug charges.

Lewis has asserted claims in the civil case asserting ownership of the plane and the cash while Wiles has not filed any claim. As part of his plea on Wednesday, Lewis forfeited any interest in the plane.

Lewis said in court he landed the Cessna at the Cody airport. In response to a question from federal prosecutor Thomas Szott, Lewis said, “I did know it was supposed to be registered.”

Defense lawyer Joe Bustos of Cheyenne represents Lewis. Bustos declined comment after Wednesday’s hearing.

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Piper JC3-65 Cub, N98527: Fatal accident occurred June 30, 2019 near Elyria Airport (1G1), Lorain County, Ohio -and- Incident occurred April 13, 2016 at Willard Airport (8G1), Huron County, Ohio

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 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field.

Date: 30-JUN-19
Time: 18:57:00Z
Regis#: N98527
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO

Joseph Begany

CARLISLE TWP. — A National Transportation Safety Board investigator has arrived at the scene of a plane crash Sunday that left Elyria pilot Joseph Begany, 63, dead.

NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway confirmed an investigator arrived Monday afternoon to examine the crash site. The cause of the crash, he said, will not be released anytime soon.

“We don’t determine cause while on scene,” Holloway said. “At this point it’s really just gathering factual information.”

Holloway said the investigator will examine the scene, as well as request information about the pilot and the plane.

“We’ll be requesting medical records, maintenance records of the aircraft and looking at the pilot’s flying history and certifications,” Holloway said. “That’s all part of the early stages of the investigation.”

Holloway said a preliminary report on the crash will be released in about 10 days. The report will have more information but won’t determine the cause of the crash. He said the cause may not be determined for 12 to 18 months.

Begany flew out of Mole Airport, a private airport on Grafton-Eastern Road in Grafton Township where he rented a hangar. Mark Reed, who owns part of the airport and rented to Begany, said he doesn’t know how long Begany had been flying, but that he has rented the hangar for 18 months.

Reed described Begany as a personable man who loved to fly. He said Begany was easy going but serious about flying.

“He was serious when he needed to be serious,” Reed said. “That’s the sign of a good pilot.”

Reed said Elyria Airport is the closest place to Mole for pilots to buy fuel, and that it’s common for pilots to fly there. Other pilots at Elyria Airport confirmed he came there to buy fuel in the past.

Begany was an employee of NASA Glenn Research Center for more than 30 years, where he worked as an architect and project manager. An email was sent out to employees Monday announcing his death.

“It is with extreme sadness that I inform you of the passing of a NASA Glenn employee, Mr. Joseph Begany, who died yesterday afternoon in a small plane crash in Lorain County,” the email read. “His untimely passing is a loss for us all and a reminder of just how fragile life can be.”

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ELYRIA, Ohio — The pilot killed in a single-engine crash on Sunday near the Elyria Airport has been identified as a NASA Glenn employee, according to NASA.

Around 2:30 p.m., OSHP responded to reports of a plane crash near the Elyria airport, troopers said.

The Lorain County Coroner was called to the crash for a 63-year-old man who was the pilot of the plane, according to LifeCare Ambulance.

The Piper JC3-65 Cub was severely damaged and the pilot, later identified as Joseph E. Begany of Elyria, died from the injuries he sustained in the crash, troopers said.

Following the news, NASA Glenn released the following statement:

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of Joseph Begany. Joseph was a valuable member of our team and a friend to many of us. We will miss him terribly. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.”

Photos sent to News 5 by the homeowner of the property on which the plane crashed show the heavy damage.

No other injuries were reported, LifeCare Ambulance said.

Fellow pilots at Elyria Airport said they believe the pilot was based at a nearby airfield, Mole Airport, and came to Elyria Airport to get fuel.

The crash is currently under investigation and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are on the way to the crash site.

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April 13, 2016: Aircraft went off the runway into a ditch.

Date: 13-APR-16
Time:  21:40:00Z
Regis#:  N98527
Aircraft Make:  PIPER
Aircraft Model:  J3C
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  UNKNOWN (UNK)
State:  Ohio

Three people arrested at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC) for smuggling 313 grams of heroin into Alaska

ANCHORAGE -  Three people were arrested at Ted Stevens International Airport on Thursday morning after attempting to smuggle 313 grams of heroin into Alaska, according to an online dispatch by Alaska State Troopers.

The arrests come as a result of an investigation by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit that began in February. Investigators identified 53-year-old Oregon resident Rodney J. Anderson as a suspect involved in trafficking heroin from Portland to Alaska, troopers wrote in the dispatch.

At around 1:00 a.m. Thursday morning, authorities contacted Anderson at the Anchorage airport as he was disembarking from a commercial flight. He was travelling with two other people identified as 28-year-old Palmer resident Alyssa Dallmann and 39-year-old Oregon resident Joshua Martin.

“They were subsequently identified as couriers employed and paid by Anderson to smuggle heroin concealed in their body cavities into Alaska,” troopers wrote. “The three of them were found to be in possession of 313 grams of heroin.”

According to troopers, the investigation revealed that Anderson and his co-conspirators smuggled more than 11 pounds of heroin into Alaska over a one year period. The amount equates to about 50,000 individual doses and has a street value of over $1 million, troopers say.

All three individuals were arrested and charged with second degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Anderson is being held on a $100,000 bail while Dallman’s bail was set at $10,000 and Martin’s at $50,000. They are currently being housed at the Anchorage Jail, troopers say.

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Cessna 195, Lake City Aero Ltd LLC, N195CG: Incident occurred April 13, 2016 in Grenada County, Mississippi


Date: 13-APR-16
Time: 22:14:00Z
Regis#: N195CG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 195
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Jackson FSDO-31
State: Mississippi


Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, Two One Sierra Golf LLC, N21SG: Accident occurred April 13, 2016 at Furnace Creek Airport (L06), Death Valley National Park, California


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA092
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Death Valley, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C, registration: N21SG
Injuries: 3 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 April 13, 2016, about 1102 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 421C, N21SG, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion following landing at Furnace Creek Airport (L06), Death Valley National Park, California. The airline transport pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from St. George Regional Airport (SGU), St. George, Utah, about 0945. The personal flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

The pilot stated that the flight was uneventful and that he entered the airport traffic pattern to land on runway 33 at L06. He stated that the airplane touched down within the first 500 feet of runway, and that upon application of brakes, he found the right brake "very soft" and "totally ineffective." The airplane departed the end of the 3,065-foot-long runway and the nose landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage. 

Further examination of the airplane was scheduled for a later date.

Furnace Creek, CA (KTNV) - A small plane was heavily damaged when it ran off the end of the runway at a Death Valley airport Wednesday morning.

The Cessna 421C Golden Eagle airplane was attempting to land at 10:45 a.m. at the Furnace Creek Airport. The pilot attributed the incident to mechanical issues.

There were no injuries to the family of three people on board. Park rangers responded to the incident to confirm that there were no injuries.

Furnace Creek Airport was expected to be shut down until the plane wreckage was removed.  

The Federal Aviation Administration and  National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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Piper PA28R, N5037S: Incident occurred April 14, 2016 in Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin

Date: 14-APR-16
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N5037S
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Milwaukee FSDO-13
State: Wisconsin


Cessna 175A Skylark, N6792E: Accident occurred April 14, 2016 in Wartburg, Morgan County, Tennessee

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA157
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Wartburg, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N6792E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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, 14, 2016, about 1530 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 175, N6792E, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after a loss of engine power to a highway in Wartburg, Tennessee. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which originated at Rockwood Municipal Airport (RKW), Rockwood, Tennessee, about 1500, destined for Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport (BYL), Williamsburg, Kentucky 

The purpose of the flight was for the student pilot to complete a solo cross country flight. The student pilot stated he performed a preflight inspection and engine runup before departure. The takeoff and climb were normal, however shortly after leveling off at 3,500 feet above mean sea level, the engine began to sputter. Then while checking the fuel mixture and fuel gauges, engine RPM dropped to about 1,000. Unable to regain power to the engine, the pilot performed a forced landing on a highway. During the landing, the airplane struck and then came to rest against a tree.

According to a first responder, there was fuel leaking from the airplane when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

On scene examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane had incurred substantial damage. The right wing and engine were separated from the airplane; the outboard portion of the left wing was impact damaged, and the fuselage, and empennage, displayed impact damage. 

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

WARTBURG (WATE) – A pilot escaped injury after a small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in Wartburg.

The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency says the crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Water Tank Hill Road just off Highway 27. The pilot was the only person on board and was able to get out of the plane on his own and talk to the sheriff’s department. Crews say he had only minor injuries.

Officials on the scene say the single-engine Cessna departed from Rockwood headed for Williamsburg, Kentucky. The cause of the crash is still not known. The FAA is en route to the scene.

A woman who spoke with WATE 6 On Your Side via Twitter said she had to swerve her car out of the way of the plane.

“I was driving and looked up to see it in my rearview mirror coming towards me, out of control. I swerved just before it crashed,” said Helen Campbell.

The plane’s registration number shows it is a Cessna 175A Skylark registered to Julian Ryan Murphy of Knox County.

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The pilot of a small plane walked away from a crash landing in Wartburg on Thursday afternoon.

The director of Morgan County 911 told 10News the call came in at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

A single engine plane crashed on the road in the Water Tank Hill area of Wartburg.

Only the pilot was on board, and walked away from the crash.

Wartburg Police and Fire, along with Morgan County EMS and the Sheriff's Department are all responding to the scene. A Tennessee Emergency Management Agency representative was en route as of 4 p.m.

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WARTBURG, Tenn. (WVLT)- Dispatchers confirmed that a single engine plane crashed in Wartburg at about 3:30 Thursday afternoon off Watertank Hill Road.

Officials confirm there was at least one person on the plane. Dispatchers tell Local 8 News the pilot was standing outside the plane when crews arrived. Serious injuries were not reported.

Justin Emmons was driving a concrete truck when he watched the plane land on a stretch of road near the Sav-a-lot.

He tells Local 8 News the plane flew right over him, then tried to avoid oncoming traffic while attempting to land on the road. "I seen the bottom of the plane then I saw he landed it and started praying for him"

After landing, Emmons says the pilot clipped a pole with his wing and spun around several times before coming to a stop.

Emmons tells Local 8 News he was impressed with how the pilot landed the plane and says it looked like the pilot was taking great care to avoid hitting cars.

Cessna 177RG Cardinal, DR 45677 LLC, N45677: Incident occurred April 13, 2016 in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio

DR 45677 LLC:

Date: 13-APR-16
Time: 16:19:00Z
Regis#: N45677
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177RG
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Cleveland FSDO-25
State: Ohio


Rutan Long-EZ, N388TT: Incident occurred April 13, 2016 and incident occurred May 25,2016 in Camarillo, Ventura County, California

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Van Nuys FSDO-01


Date: 25-MAY-16
Time: 19:28:00Z
Regis#: N388TT
Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Aircraft Model: LONGEZ
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: California


Date: 13-APR-16
Time: 19:26:00Z
Regis#: N388TT
Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Aircraft Model: LONGEZ
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: California

East Hills Mayor Request Litigation Aid Against the Federal Aviation Administration From Town and County

Village of East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz sent  a letter to the Town of North Hempstead and Nassau County on Monday, asking them to file suit against the Federal Aviation Administration to reduce the number of flights over East Hills and other Nassau County communities.

“I urge you to immediately consider the institution of a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration to end the intolerable conditions being experienced by residents in our community and on the North Shore of Long Island,” Koblenz said.

Koblenz called his demand, which was sent in an email to East Hills residents, a last resort after repeated efforts by the village and other local municipalities to address the problem.

“It’s one plane after another flying loudly above the village,” Koblenz said on Tuesday.

He said the village had done all it could communicating its requests to FAA officials but the agency hadn’t taken steps to remedy the problems.

In 2013, after many complaints by residents, East Hills held a public hearing to create an action plan to combat the issue.

“We met with Congressman Steve Israel who was very supportive,” Koblenz said. 

In the letter to Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Koblenz urged the two officials to consider suing the FAA on behalf of the village and other municipalities on North Shore of Long Island.

“As you are aware, the volume in the flight paths at Kennedy Airport have substantially increased,” he said. “The noise, vibrations, pollutants and other sever environmental burdens now seriously impact the quality of life in many Nassau County communities.”

Koblenz said the runways at JFK airport were extended to accommodate the big Airbus.

“This has been going on for years and it’s hard because we are just a village and we are doing the very best that we can,” he said.

He said someone besides the village of East Hills should take lead on the litigation process and expenses.

“We can’t sue the FAA by ourselves. If we did that and we got what we wanted, we would still be paying the legal fees for years,” Koblenz said.

Koblenz said the village has made every attempt to resolve the matter by involving elected officials at the highest levels of federal and state government but there efforts have been unavailing.

“We’ve had meetings with state Sen. Jack Martins and we were getting attentions with studies being done and a noise monitor being installed in the village but that’s where it ends,” Koblenz said.

He said he and other officials around Long Island affected by the airplane noise met with FAA officials in Brookville in 2014 but that their requests of equal distribution of landing patterns of airplanes have still not been granted.

“We are now left with no other alternative but to resort to judicial relief and with the high costs of litigation, we ask for your financial support, involvement and assistance,” he said.

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Piper PA-28-201T Turbo Dakota, Sierra Canyon Enterprises, N2915T: Incident occurred April 13, 2016 in Ontario, San Bernardino County, California


Date: 13-APR-16
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N2915T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21
State: California


Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N5376P: Incident occurred April 13, 2016 near Tucumcari Municipal Airport (KTCC), Quay County, New Mexico; Accident occurred June 04, 2016 near Loda, Loda Township, Iroquois County, Illinois

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA277
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 03, 2016 in Loda, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 24, registration: N5376P
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 while at cruise on a cross country flight the engine experienced a total loss of power and he switched fuel tanks. The airplane restarted, and then a total loss of power occurred again. The pilot was forced to land the airplane on a private grass airstrip. During the landing roll the left main landing gear impacted a low spot in the ground, veered off the runway to the left and impacted a fence with the left wing. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. 

A postaccident examination revealed that the right and left fuel tanks were empty, and no fuel leaks could be identified. 

Fuel Management

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Foundation has published Safety Advisor SA16-01/05 Fuel Awareness (2005). This document discusses recommendations regarding fuel management for pilots and states in part:

1. Know How Much Fuel You Have - The first step in knowing how much fuel you have is to think of fuel not in gallons or pounds but hours and minutes. The Air Safety Foundation recommends that pilots of unfamiliar airplanes add one or two gallons per hour to their computed fuel consumption until they see how much that airplane actually burns.

2. Know Your Airplane's Fuel System - Pilots must also be familiar with and proficient in operating the fuel system on their airplanes.

3. Know What's in Your Fuel Tanks - Pilots must ensure their airplane contains the proper grade of uncontaminated fuel.

4. Update Your Fuel Status Regularly During Flight - It's good to do thorough preflight planning but, once in the air, things can change. Winds are rarely exactly as forecast and weather deviations add miles and minutes to your trip. The Air Safety Foundation recommends that pilots evaluate their fuel status each hour.

5. Always Land with Adequate Reserve Fuel - Aviation regulations require different fuel reserves for different operations. The Air Safety Foundation recommends that pilots never land with less than one hour of fuel in the tanks. That way all the regulatory reserve requirements are met and exceeded by at least 15 minutes.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to properly calculate the fuel consumption rate and to properly monitor the fuel status in flight, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion and a subsequent forced landing, runway excursion, and impact with a fence.

Ronald Beyers stands next to the tail of his Piper PA-24-250 Comanche.

Bernadette Beyers speaks with New Mexico State Police Officer Joshua Silva after she and her husband Ronald were forced to land their plane in the median. 

Interstate-40 traffic was a bit more congested than usual on Wednesday morning. An Indiana couple landed their single-engine airplane on the median about 15 miles west of Tucumcari, after losing power.

“This was the first landing without power for the both of us,” said Ronald Beyers.

“It’s also the last time, I hope,” said Bernadette Beyers.

Ronald Beyers said he was focused on landing the plane in the dirt median between the eastbound and westbound highways and he did not notice if there was any other traffic.

New Mexico State Police reported there were no injuries related to the incident.

The couple was flying to their home in West Lafayette, Indiana, from Mesa, Arizona, when their Piper PA-24-250 Comanche lost power.

“We were about a mile north of I-40,  said Ronald Beyers, who was piloting the plane.

He said he was flying as usual when he and his wife lurched forward in their seatbelts and the engine stopped.

He said he switched fuel tanks and turned on the booster pump but there was still no power to the plane.

“At that point, I began surveying the area for a possible place to land the plane,” Ronald Beyers said.

They began their descent shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday.

By the time Quay County Sheriff’s Office deputies and New Mexico State Police troopers arrived on scene, the  Beyers were unharmed and walking around the plane.

“It all happened so suddenly,” Bernadette Beyers said. “I’m just so grateful that we are both OK.”

She credited the safe landing to her husband’s experience as a retired Air Force pilot who earned the rank of colonel. Ronald Beyers served for 26 years.

Ronald Beyers said he called out a “may day” distress, advising authorities of his plan to land the aircraft on the interstate.

Officials early Wednesday afternoon were still on the scene, awaiting the arrival of officials from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ronald Beyers said the plane will have to be hauled from where it landed.

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Around 11 a.m., a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche plane landed in the median on I-40 about 6 miles west of Tucumcari at Mile Marker 319 and everyone walked away. Quay County Sheriff Russell Shafer:

The median is about 60 feet wide. The pilot, who is in his 60s, has had extensive background which no doubt helped to keep the situation from becoming a disaster; he previously flew in the Air Force and as a commercial pilot. 

The pilot and his wife were the only passengers in the 4-seater plane. No emergency response was ever requested.

At this time, the plane is still in the median, and they are working on removing it.

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TUCUMCARI, N.M. (AP) – Authorities say a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche plane made an emergency landing on Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico.

State Police say no one was injured during the incident late Wednesday morning near Tucumcari and no damage was reported.

Circumstances of the emergency landing aren’t immediately known.

The plane was moved into the highway’s median until it can be removed. 

Date: 13-APR-16
Time:  16:30:00Z
Regis#:  N5376P
Aircraft Make:  PIPER
Aircraft Model:  PA24
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  None
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01
State:  New Mexico


Maule M7, Runway Portable Storage LLC, N355CB:Incident occurred April 13, 2016 in Moses Lake, Grant County, Washington


Date: 13-APR-16
Time: 00:25:00Z
Regis#: N355CB
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M7
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Spokane FSDO-13
State: Washington


Incident occurred April 13, 2016 at Bob Lee Flight Strip (1J6), DeLand, Volusia County, Florida

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pilot is recovering after authorities say he crash landed an amateur-built glider.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reports that 71-year-old John Charter was in stable condition at a Daytona Beach hospital.

Sheriff's deputies say Charter suffered lacerations from the Wednesday crash. He was the sole occupant of the glider, which crashed into woods near Bob Lee Airport in DeLand.

DELAND, Fla. —An amateur-built power glider crash-landed early Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Lee Flight Strip, off of state Route 15A just north of DeLand, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot, John F. Charter, 71, was the sole occupant and survived the crash with cuts.

A Volusia County Sheriff's Office helicopter airlifted the pilot to a hospital for medical treatment.

The crash was reported to the Sheriff's Office by an eyewitness at 12:45 p.m. With the help of a Sheriff's Office helicopter crew providing aerial observation, deputies located the crash site in the woods off of Gold Springs Road, just east of the private airstrip, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the crash.

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Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, C-GRKQ, Windsor Flying Club: Incident occurred April 14, 2016 at Leamington Airport (CLM2), Leamington, Ontario, Canada

A pilot in Leamington walked away with minor injuries after the airplane he was flying flipped onto its back Thursday evening.

Emergency crews in Leamington responded to the small airplane crash at Leamington Airport shortly before 5:30 p.m.

Leamington Airport co-owner Vick Gabriel said the PA-38 Piper Tomahawk was attempting to land at the airport when it went off the runway and flipped. 

“It went off the runway, got into the grass where it was wet and flipped right over,” Gabriel said. 

Leamington fire Chief Chuck Parsons said the pilot sustained a minor head injury and was taken to Leamington District Memorial Hospital.

The Ontario Provincial Police have taken over the scene and the Transportation Safety Bureau has been contacted, Parsons said.

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Alaska Airlines needed a new 2-letter code for plane tail numbers. Guess what it chose.

New Alaska Airlines planes will be getting new, very Alaskan tail numbers.

The Seattle-based company has run out of tail numbers ending with the letters "AS" and will instead use "AK" in tail numbers for new plane deliveries starting this month, the airline said in a post on its website.

“Considering our airline growth, and understanding we were running out of AS registrations, we searched for a new, meaningful set of trailing letters and settled on AK – the two-letter code for the State of Alaska,” said Russell Summers, manager of aircraft acquisitions, in the blog post.

Tail numbers are used to identify aircraft for everything from maintenance to coordinating flights with baggage claims.

Alaska Airlines has used "AS" in reference to the company's former name, Alaska Star Airlines. The tail numbers won't change on existing planes.

In January, the company unveiled a set of brand changes, including subtle changes to its plane and terminal designs. This month, Alaska Airlines' parent company announced it would buy Virgin America for $2.6 billion.

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Cessna Skycatcher C162, N7027F, registered to 7027 Foxtrot LLC, operated by Air Associates Inc: Accident occurred April 12, 2016 at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), Missouri

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 12, 201
6 in Lee's Summit, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO E162, registration: N7027F
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 flight instructor reported that the student pilot flared high and the airplane bounced on touchdown. Subsequently, the airplane veered to the right during the landing roll and the flight instructor took the flight controls and added power to abort the landing, but the airplane continued off the runway to the right. The right elevator struck a taxiway sign during the runway excursion, which resulted in substantial damage to the elevator.

The flight instructor did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The flight instructor's failure to maintain directional control during an aborted landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a taxiway sign.

Classic Helicopter needs assurance from City before entering into least at Auburn Municipal Airport (S50)

Classic Helicopter is at Boeing Field and would like to move to Auburn Municipal Airport.

To make it happen, owner F. Gregory Baker would like to develop short-term hangar space at the Auburn Airport, that is, bring in a semi-portable building of about 3,000 square feet, which would remain for several years until he and and his team develop a permanent structural addition to the airport, including offices and hangars.

Problem – there's not much hangar space at the airport.

Temporary hangars like the one Classic Helicopter wants to build, which are in use at Boeing Field, cost as much as $60,000 to $70,000, and take six to eight weeks for delivery, and Baker is concerned that he can't afford to put that much money down on a temporary hangar without assurance from the City Council that the City would even approve a lease.

That's why City staff recently asked the City Council to approve a resolution that would give Mayor Nancy Backus authority to negotiate and execute a formal lease agreement that would substantially meet Baker's terms and include key milestones he would have to meet.

"The idea is to keep us all on track and on target for moving toward that permanent situation while we have a temporary lease situation with them," said Kevin Snyder, director of Community Development and Public Works for the City of Auburn.

In addition to flight schools, Classic Helicopter conducts tours, charters and sells its products throughout the Puget Sound region.

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