Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Slidell city leaders work to move power lines following fatal plane crash: Beech 65-A90-1 King Air, St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement, N7MC, accident occurred April 19, 2016 near Slidell Airport (KASD), St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana



The mosquito abatement plane that crashed at Slidell Municipal Airport last month, killing two pilots, collided with high-power transmission line towers, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board. In response, Slidell officials are renewing efforts to get those lines near the airport’s north runway approach relocated or buried.

Airport manager Richard Artigue said Tuesday that even though the towers conform with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, local officials have long recognized they pose a potential safety hazard for aircraft. The April 19 crash proved those fears were valid, he said.

Wayne Fisher, 68, and Donald Pechon, 59, were both experienced pilots, Artigue said. Fisher, a reserve deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, also flew a helicopter for that agency.

Many of the pilots who use the airport are far less experienced, he said, and the airport is heavily used by student pilots.



Moving the lines would not be easy, however.

Both Artigue and Slidell City Councilman Val Vanney, whose district includes the airport, said the project would cost millions of dollars and require the cooperation of numerous players, from Entergy and Cleco, the two utility companies that own the lines, to the state and federal governments.

“One company or one person can’t do it,” Artigue said, adding that it would take federal money.

City officials met last week with executives of Cleco, which owns the inner power transmission lines. Vanney described the company as cooperative. Officials also plan to contact Entergy, which owns the outer lines.

The Slidell City Council had been poised to vote Tuesday night on a resolution asking the companies to relocate their overhead lines as far as possible from the airport or else to bury the lines. The resolution called the relocation “absolutely necessary for the safety of pilots” and urged the companies to “act as expeditiously as possible.”

But Vanney said he was withdrawing the resolution in light of Cleco’s expressed willingness to work with the city and the complexity and cost of the project.

The work will require the support of state officials and Louisiana’s congressional delegation because of the cost, he said.

Artigue said Slidell officials don’t want to appear to be blaming anyone for the accident.

But the accident is giving new impetus to efforts to get the lines moved, something Artiguqe said former Mayor Ben Morris had pushed to do.

“We don’t want to try to put the blame on anyone,” Artigue said. “We do want to do something in the name of safety.”

Vanney noted that the only other fatal crash at the Slidell airport happened in 1974.

Some officials speculated immediately after the crash that engine trouble had played a role, but the NTSB report does not mention that. Instead, it makes it clear that the Beech 65 collided with the towers as it was making its approach to land at the airport after aerial spraying for mosquitos.

“The initial point of impact was damage to two towers suspending high-power transmission lines,” the report says. “These two towers were 70-80 feet tall and were located 200 yards north of the main wreckage. The airplane’s left wing tip and a portion of the aerial applicant tank were found near the towers.”

The report notes that it was a clear, calm night with visibility at 10 miles.

Another mosquito district plane that was preparing to land at the airport about the same time reported seeing an arc of electricity followed shortly by a plume of fire from the ground.

The plane’s wreckage was found in a marsh just north of the approach end of Runway 18.

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Wayne Fisher, 68, and Donald Pechon, 59, were the two men aboard the Mosquito Abatement District plane when it crashed into the woods just north of the Slidell airport while trying to land, according to James Hartman, a spokesman for the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office.


MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT: http://registry.faa.gov/N7MC

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baton Rouge FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA158
14 CFR Public Use
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Slidell, LA
Aircraft: BEECH 65 A90 1, registration: N7MC
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 19, 2016, about 2115 central daylight time, a Beech 65-A90-1 airplane, N7MC, collided with towers suspending high power transmission lines, while attempting to land at the Slidell Municipal Airport (KASD), Slidell, Louisiana. Both pilots were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by the Saint Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District as a public use flight. Night visual meteorological condition prevailed for the flight, which operated on a visual flight rules flight plan. The local flight originated about 2000.

After completing a planned mosquito abatement aerial application flight, the accident pilots radioed their intentions to land at KASD. A company airplane was also in the area and flew the GPS approach to runway 18 for practice, while the accident airplane flew a visual pattern. When the pilots of the other company airplane radioed that they had crossed the GPS approach's final approach fix, the accident pilots radioed that they were on a left base and were number one to land at the airport. Seconds later, the company pilots of the other airplane saw an arc of electricity followed shortly by a plume of fire from the ground. The accident pilots could not be reached on the radio, and emergency responders were contacted.

The airplane was located in a marsh about 0.6 nautical miles north-northwest of approach end of runway 18. The initial point of impact was damage to two towers suspending high power transmission lines. These two towers were between 70-80 feet tall and were located 200 yards north of the main wreckage. The airplane's left wing tip and a portion of the aerial applicant tank were found near the towers.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

At 2053, an automated weather reporting facility located at KASD reported a calm wind, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 68° F, dew point 64° F, and a barometric pressure of 30.09 inches.

New Jersey Court Holds No Coverage for Skydiving Accident: Sussex Airport (KFWN)

by Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP

In its recent decision in U.S. Specialty Ins. Co. v. Sussex Airport, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60770 (D.N.J. May 9, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to consider the phrase “arising out of” when used in an exclusion to coverage.

United Specialty insured Sussex Airport under an airport liability policy.  The policy contained a parachute jumping exclusion applicable to “bodily injury or property damage arising out of the conduct of or participation in, or preparation for, any parachuting activities.”  Notwithstanding this exclusion, Sussex sought coverage under the policy for an injury that happened at a skydiving event that took place at the airport but that was organized by a tenant of Sussex’s.  While United Specialty provided Sussex with a defense in the underlying suit, it brought a declaratory judgment action, seeking a ruling that the parachuting exclusion operated to preclude any defense or indemnity obligation.

Sussex argued that the exclusion applied only if the insured itself, i.e., Sussex, was directly involved in the skydiving event, and as such, the exclusion should not apply because the skydiving event in the underlying suit was not organized and operated by Sussex, but rather by a non-insured.  The court disagreed, noting that under New Jersey law, the phrase “arising out of” must be interpreted broadly, meaning any substantial nexus between the insured and the excluded activity.  With this in mind, the court agreed with United Specialty’s position that the exclusion applied to any parachuting activities taking place at the Sussex Airport, regardless of whether organized by an entity other than Sussex.  As the court explained, adopting Sussex’s reading of the exclusion “would require the Court to rewrite the Exclusion such that it only applies where bodily injury occurred due to actions taken directly by the insured.”

In addition to holding that United Specialty did not have a duty to defend, the court held that United Specialty was entitled to reimbursement of defense costs it had already expended in the underlying suit.  Such a result, it reasoned, follows from New Jersey law permitting an insurer to allocate between covered and non-covered causes of action where the distinction can be readily made.  Since no aspect of the underlying suit came within the United Specialty policy, explained the court, the entirety of defense costs paid by United Specialty were made in connection with non-covered causes of action, and therefore subject to reimbursement.

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

Air ambulances may be called when they aren't needed to keep for-profit service from leaving markets: Low call volumes lead to regionalization



CITRUS SPRINGS, Fla. - In March, the I-Team and the ABC News Brian Ross Unit reported how Air Methods, the nation's largest air ambulance service, charges patients high rates for helicopter rides that aren't covered by most insurance policies.

A Citrus County family has now come forward, saying they believe that in their case an air ambulance was called when it wasn’t needed just so the service doesn't go away.

Air Methods flew 100,000 patients last year, or about one out of every four air ambulance transports in the United States.

“We serve 82 million rural Americans across the country who would not have access to trauma care within the critical hour or what's called ‘the golden hour,’” said Paul Webster, Air Methods vice president, told ABC News.

But Donna Nichols believes a flight that transported her husband may not have been necessary. 

Chris Nichols, a popular basketball coach at Lecanto High School, was an Air Methods patient six years ago.

“I got a call stating my husband was in a bicycling accident in Citrus Springs and that a helicopter was coming to get him,” said Donna Nichols.

Nichols hit a patch of gravel and fell off his bike.

When Donna reached the scene a half hour later, Chris was still there, alert and conscious.

“Putting him in an ambulance and taking him to Shands would have been 45 minutes,” Donna Nichols said. “So if you're dealing with this golden hour, the golden hour was there by ground travel. There was no reason to call in a helicopter."

It took the crew 98 minutes to get Chris to the hospital after flying in from another county. 

A company representative told Citrus County Commissioners a few months after Chris Nichols’ accident that that the local base was closed months earlier because there weren't enough calls.

Aeromed, which was operated as a partnership between Air Methods and Tampa General Hospital at the time, appeared before the commission to request a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity to continue to operate the air ambulance service in Citrus County.

“If we didn't negotiate a way to increase our volume and increase the need for the helicopter, then we were gonna have to close up and would not be around at all,” Aeromed Representative John Scott told commissioners.

Air Methods has closed other Florida bases to cut costs. 

“They have to have volume. They have to have a market in order to stay alive,” Scott said.

In 2013, TGH subsequently selected another helicopter provider for its Aeromed air ambulance service “due to concerns about the consistency in the services provided by Air Methods," it stated in a letter presented by TGH Aeromed to Polk County Fire Rescue.

A report says after air methods closed its Tallahassee base, average response times jumped from 20 to 35 minutes, and helicopters were often unavailable.  

“When there is a public company or company that has to make a profit at the end of the day, we get away from maybe the one or two flights for patients that really have those critical needs to then just having to fly people in order to service a certain area,” said Stephen Barbieri, Nichols’ attorney and a former member of his basketball team.

"Eighty percent of our costs are fixed. So whether we fly or not, we're incurring those costs. So when you ask what is the cost per transport? That all depends on how many transports there are, obviously,” said Webster.

Air Methods has also recently raised rates.

“Well, I think it's necessary to have doubled the price over the last five years,” Webster said, citing larger numbers of Medicare and Medicaid patients being transported.

Reimbursement rates for those cases are about $5,000 each.

Webster says the actual cost to transport each patient is around $10,500.

The company posted $108 million in profits last year, averaging nearly $1,100 per patient, based on 100,000 transports the company said it had last year.

Webster says Air Methods loses money on seven out of 10 patient transports.

The Nichols say they can't afford to put profits into investors' pockets.

Chris retired early from his job teaching and coaching at Lecanto High School due to multiple strokes and a dangerous infection unrelated to his bicycle accident.

Donna had to take time off work to care for him.

Air Methods originally wrote off the Nichols’ $11,000 bill, turning it over to collections.

In 2014, the company sued the Nichols for the balance, along with interest and legal costs.

“It's wrong that we have to worry about this,” said Chris Nichols.

On Tuesday, the Nichols agreed to settle their case with Air Methods for a smaller percentage of the amount the company says they still owe.

Barbieri and some of his former teammates at Lecanto High School hope to help the Nichols pay Air Methods the remainder of what they owe.

They hope to announce future fundraisers to help the family, but in the meantime, are accepting donations through the non-profit Citrus Youth Basketball organization.

You can access that organization's website at www.citrusyouthbasketball.com

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Norwalk-Huron County Airport (5A1) financial condition improves

The Huron County Airport’s financial situation has appeared to improve during the course of the past month.

Just 30 days ago, the airport’s cash balance was down to about $3,600.

At Monday’s airport board meeting, the cash-in-bank total was at $34,749, though the board members did approve paying $6,059 of invoices.

“We’re moving out the red, slowly,” said Harry Brady, airport board president.

Brady thanked the county commissioners for the recent check for about $23,000. That money was paid to the county on land farmed at the airport.

In April, the airport sold 628 gallons of AvGas for a total of $2,816.

Big things are planned this year at the facility, including the completion of runway improvements.

The board approved a resolution authorizing a $130,373 apron rehabilitation grant and $16,000 in matching funds for an airport improvement plan grant application.

“We’re currently in dialogue with the Friends (of the Huron County Airport) for matching funds,” Brady said. “Hopefully, we can have that completely settled by next meeting. We want to make sure we get the airport up to where we can, but it takes money to do it.”

In other business, board member Randy Birchfield said the airport could use a few volunteers to help with the hangar lights.

Dan LeClair, president of the Friends, said if Birchfield could get him the dates, he could provide volunteers.

The board thanked local pilot Royden Smith for renting his lift to the facility to assist changing the hangar lights.

The board approved the spending of $100 for the restoration of the Wind-T, which includes lights.

The airport might be closed for three to five days the week of May 23 so the airport runway improvement project can be finished.

Also, board members agreed to the installation of two culvert pipes and stone on the west side of the property. This is an access area to airport fields for farmers.

“It is nice to pick up leases,” Brady said about a new hangar tenant.

Board members discussed different options for removing loose stone on the tarmac in front of the commercial hangar. Brady suggested 15 or 20 people with push brooms might work. It was noted that a machine equipped with brushes might do more damage than good to the tarmac due to its poor condition.

Finally, Trevor Rood, owner of Foghorn Designs, said his company has planned a customer appreciation event for Sept. 17 and wanted to include the airport. Foghorn operates out of the commercial building at the airport.

And, John Beck, who does maintenance and mechanical work at the airport, asked the board about raceway park lights located near the runway. 

Brady, along with board member Melissa James, told Beck the board, Federal Aviation Administration and Ohio Department of Transportation are “working on that.” 

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

Beech B24R Sierra, N2052L: Accident occurred May 10, 2016 near Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45), Groveland, Tuolumne County, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N2052L

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Fresno FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA105
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in Groveland, CA
Aircraft: BEECH B24R, registration: N2052L
Injuries: 2 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 May 10, 2016, about 1215 Pacific daylight time, a Beech B24R Sierra, N2052L, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an attempted departure from Pine Mountain Lake airport (E45), Groveland, California. The pilot and the passenger/owner received minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The passenger, who was a student pilot, recently purchased the airplane in an estate sale. Both the pilot and owner lived in Mississippi, and had traveled to E45 to retrieve the airplane, and fly it back to Mississippi. The airplane was domiciled at E45, and reportedly had not been maintained, operated, or flown in at least 5 years, and possibly 10 or more. The airplane's most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration expired in 2011. Subsequent to the purchase, the owner contracted with a mechanic at E45 to conduct maintenance on it, in preparation for the flight to Mississippi.

The day prior to the accident, both fuel tanks were filled, and the pilot and owner took the airplane for its first flight after its dormancy. The airplane departed on runway 27, and flew one circuit in the pattern, as planned. That flight was uneventful. The next day, they planned to again fly the airplane, this time departing the area for some systems evaluations before returning to E45. This takeoff attempt, which terminated in the accident, was conducted on runway 9. The pilot reported that the first part of the takeoff roll and liftoff "appeared normal but during or at gear retraction the aircraft started losing power." He stated with about 1,000 feet of runway remaining, the engine "was not producing enough power to climb or accelerate," and that it was apparent the airplane not going to clear the trees beyond the runway end. The pilot focused on attempting to climb, while simultaneously avoiding a stall. 

The airplane struck trees and a utility pole, and then thick underbrush and the ground. The airplane came to rest about 1,800 feet beyond the end of the runway, at a point slightly north of the extended runway centerline. The fracture-separated outboard right wing was located adjacent to the utility pole, and the engine had separated from the fuselage. The fuselage was slightly crumpled and otherwise deformed, but the cabin retained its normal occupiable volume. There was no fire.

The pilot reported that for both flights, he was seated in the left seat, and was the sole manipulator of the controls. He held an airline transport pilot certificate, and reported about 22,800 total hours of flight experience, including about 4,310 hours in single engine airplanes. Prior to his flight in the airplane the day before the accident, the pilot had no experience in the accident airplane make and model. His most recent flight review was completed in May 2015, and his most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in January 2015.

FAA information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1976, and was equipped with a Lycoming IO-360 series engine.

E45 was equipped with a single paved runway, designated 9/27, which measured 3,624 by 50 feet. The airport elevation was listed in the FAA database as 2,932 feet. Runway 9 threshold elevation was 2,895 ft, and runway 27 threshold elevation was 2,932 ft.


Update at 2:10 p.m.: Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Officials have identified the pilot and passenger involved in a plane crash at the Pine Mountain Lake Airport. The pilot is 83-year-old Samuel Gore from Mississippi and his passenger, 62-year-old Robert Bloom is from Florida. According to Sgt. Andrea Benson the Beech B24R Sierra was just bought today.

Update at 1:55 p.m.: The plane is a Beech B24R Sierra. Sgt. Andreas Benson reports there is no leakage from the aircraft or fire reported at the scene. The FAA and NTSB will be investigating the accident. 

Original post at 1:45 p.m.:  Groveland, CA — A small plane crashed at the Pine Mountain Lake Airport just after takeoff.

Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies and the Watch Commander are headed to the scene. Sheriff’s officials report a resident in the area alerted them to the plane that went down around 12:15 p.m. The caller stated she saw a plane take off, and moments later it went down just past the runway into some trees near some power lines.  The woman added that she and another person went to the crash site and found the pilot and a passenger walking around the outside of the plane.  Both refused medical attention but one complained of a scratch to his hand, according to Sgt. Andrea Benson.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified of the crash. Sgt. Benson adds that the plane was registered out of Groveland but it expired in 2011.

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




Update: 2:58 P.M.

The pilot is Samuel Gore, 83,  from Mississippi and bought the plane today.

The passenger is Robert Bloom, 62,  from Florida. 

May 10, 2016 - A plane crash was reported to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon at around 12:12 P.M., at the Pine Mountain Lake Airport.

A bystander saw a plane take off and crash down past the runway into the tree and power line area. Two citizens went to the area and found the crash site as Fire and Ambulance responded.

The pilot and passenger were out of the plane and walking. One person complained of a finger injury but both refused medical care. There were no other injuries reported at that time. There is no fire or fuel leakage at the site. 

The plane is a Beech B24R Sierra that was last registered in 2011 out of Groveland.

The crash was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board who will be investigating the accident. The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently responding to the accident. 

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

Beech 1900C, Alpine Air, N218SL: Incident occurred May 09, 2016 in Missoula, Montana

ALPINE AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N218SL

Date: 10-MAY-16
Time: 01:15:00Z
Regis#: N218SL
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 1900
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Activity: On Demand
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator: AIP-Alpine Air Express
Flight Number: AIP1598
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Helena FSDO-05
City: MISSOULA
State: Montana

N218SL ALPINE AIR FLIGHT AIP1598 BEECH 1900 AIRCRAFT ON DEPARTURE, FRONT WINDOW WINDSCREEN POPPED OUT, AIRCRAFT RETURNED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, NO INJURIES, MISSOULA, MT.

Mooney M20M, N1081C: Incident occurred May 09, 2016 in Sussex, New Jersey

http://registry.faa.gov/N1081C

Date: 09-MAY-16
Time: 13:15:00Z
Regis#: N1081C
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20M
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Allentown FSDO-05
City: SUSSEX
State: New Jersey

AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF, WENT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, SUSSEX, NJ.

Cassutt IIIM, N827VT: Incident occurred May 09, 2016 in Midland, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N827VT

Date: 10-MAY-16
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N827VT
Aircraft Make: CASSUTT
Aircraft Model: IIIM
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13
City: MIDLAND
State: Texas

AIRCRAFT WHILE IN RUNUP AREA, PROP STRUCK THE GROUND, MIDLAND, TX.

JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190, N274JB: Incident occurred May 09, 2016 at Orlando International Airport (KMCO), Orange County, Florida

http://registry.faa.gov/N274JB

Date: 10-MAY-16
Time: 00:46:00Z
Regis#: JBU1134
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ190
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: JBU-JetBlue Airways
Flight Number: JBU1134
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
City: ORLANDO
State: Florida

JETBLUE AIRLINES FLIGHT JBU1134 EMBRAER E190 AIRCRAFT, REGISTRATION NOT REPORTED, ENCOUNTERED TURBULENCE AFTER DEPARTURE, 20 PERSONS ON BOARD SUSTAINED UNKNOWN INJURIES, AIRCRAFT LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, ORLANDO, FL.



ORLANDO, Fla. — Veronica Herandez Torres was on the flight, traveling with her daughter and mother when the turbulence hit, sending eight people to the hospital once the plane was on the ground.

“The doors of refrigerators exploded. It was horrible,” a passenger on the JetBlue flight from Puerto Rico to Orlando told Univision Monday.

The injured passengers were taken to Florida Hospital East once the flight landed.

Some passengers took to Facebook and Twitter, describing the turbulence as a “big drop.” They said their necks and backs were hurting, and even though they were wearing their seatbelts, they were injured.

The flight left San Juan just before 6 p.m. and landed in Orlando at about 9 p.m.

A woman who took some of the pictures and video claims she and her mom suffered neck and back injuries, but didn’t go to the hospital.

JetBlue released a statement that said, "JetBlue flight 1134 experienced turbulence while en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Orlando. The flight arrived in Orlando at 8:52 p.m. ET. Medical personnel met the aircraft upon arrival to assist customers, and eight customers were transported to a local hospital for further evaluation."

The turbulence hit the plane at the worst possible time, when flight attendants were handing our drinks and snacks, Torres said.

“That was just the time it got worse, the drinks are all tacked above and we were asked to quickly buckle our seat belts,” she said. “The hostess ran to sit and went to the back, it was like a movie. The belts were buckled and at that moment, the plane (experienced turbulence) and the oxygen systems came down.”

Once on the ground, the plane was inundated by emergency personnel, Torres said.

It was not clear if she was among those injured in the incident.

A storm was reported in that plane's path, according to WFTV certified meteorologist George Waldenberger.


Story and video:   http://www.wftv.com

Air Tractor Inc AT-502B, Pioneer Agviation Inc., N6181Q; accident occurred May 08, 2016 in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas -Kathryn's Report

PIONEER AGVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6181Q

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Wichita FSDO-64


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA224
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, May 08, 2016 in Oberlin, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502, registration: N6181Q
Injuries: 1 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 of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, as the airplane slowed down, the tailwheel lifted off the ground. He further reported that the airplane veered to the right despite left rudder and brake application, exited the runway, and ground looped. 


According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.


The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage.


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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in runway excursion, and a ground loop.

Cessna 172RG Cutlass, AmeriFlyers of Florida, LLC, N6253R: Incident occurred May 08, 2016 in Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas

AMERIFLYERS OF FLORIDA LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6253R

Date: 08-MAY-16
Time: 14:35:00Z
Regis#: N6253R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05
City: TERRELL
State: Texas

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, TERRELL, TX.

Beech B36TC Bonanza, Occupational Networks of Texas Inc., N8067U: Incident occurred May 07, 2016 in Abilene, Texas

OCCUPATIONAL NETWORKS OF TEXAS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8067U

Date: 07-MAY-16
Time: 19:57:00Z
Regis#: N8067U
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13
City: ABILENE
State: Texas

AIRCRAFT LANDED OFF THE RUNWAY IN THE GRASS, ABILENE, TX.

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, Christiansen Aviation Inc., N89847; accident occurred May 06, 2016 in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky -Kathryn's Report

CHRISTIANSEN AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N89847

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Louisville FSDO-17


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA220

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 06, 2016 in Richmond, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N89847
Injuries: 1 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 solo student pilot reported that during the takeoff roll the airplane veered to the left. The student pilot further reported that he attempted to correct the veer, but was unsuccessful; subsequently the airplane exited the runway to the left and impacted tree(s), which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage. 

According to the student pilot there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with tree(s).

Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG, BMG Aviation Inc., N9281R: Accident occurred May 06, 2016 in Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana

BMG AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N9281R

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Indianapolis FSDO-11


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA226
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 06, 2016 in Bloomington, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA TR182, registration: N9281R
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.

According to the pilot of the retractable landing gear airplane, he retracted the landing gear after departure, however, the landing gear warning horn continued to sound. After multiple extensions and retractions in hopes of correcting the issue, he decided to continue the flight with the landing gear extended. The pilot reported that he made an approach at his destination airport, bounced the landing, and taxied to parking. He reported the aforementioned events to the operator, and further inspection revealed substantial damage to the firewall.

Further inspection by the operator's mechanics, accompanied by the Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector, revealed that the landing gear warning horn sounded in the retracted position, as a result of an intermittent fault in the throttle position micro-switch.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain the airplane's descent rate resulting in a hard landing, and subsequent substantial damage to the firewall.

Progressive Aerodyne Searey, N771JM: Incident occurred May 06, 2016 in Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N771JM

Date: 06-MAY-16
Time: 18:12:00Z
Regis#: N771JM
Aircraft Make: PROGRESSIVE AERODYNE
Aircraft Model: SEAREY
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09
City: CONROE
State: Texas

AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF, WENT OFF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A RUNWAY LIGHT, CONROE, TX.

Storm Century, N765RL: Incident occurred May 06, 2016 in DeLeon Springs, Volusia County, Florida

http://registry.faa.gov/N765RL

Date: 06-MAY-16
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N765RL
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
City: DELEON SPRINGS
State: Florida

AIRCRAFT, STORM CENTURY LSA, FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD, DELEON SPRINGS, FL

Helicopter tour company presents ideas to keep residents happy

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -

A helicopter tour company is open to making changes to keep neighbors happy in Carolina Beach.

Neighbors last year complained about noise from High Tide Helicopters over their homes.

Jessica Ward, owner, has organized a noise mitigation plan to address residents’ concerns.

Ward said the plan includes new routes that avoid residential areas, higher altitudes, and operating the tours only one weekday per week.

"Community support is crucial and that's why I'm going to lengths to try accommodate the residents,” Ward said. “I've tried to speak to as many of them as possible to get the information, to get the feedback so I can incorporate that into the noise mitigation plan because I want to work with the town and the community to make this a positive experience, and hopefully they will see the benefit to the small businesses and the economy here on the island, and I'm willing to be flexible."

Ward will present her plan at Carolina Beach Town Council Tuesday evening.

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