Thursday, May 12, 2016

Beech V35B Bonanza, N440H: Fatal accident occurred May 03, 2016 in Syosset, Nassau County, New York

 
Benjamin Bridges

Dana Parenteau and  David Berube


Captain Doron: Vacuum System Failure and Bonanza 440 Hotel 
https://youtu.be/3uNhwxpysEw 


The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.  

Additional Participating Entries:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

David C. Berube: http://registry.faa.gov/N440H
 

Robert Gretz, Investigator In Charge
 National Transportation Safety Board 


NTSB Identification: ERA16FA176
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 03, 2016 in Syosset, NY
Aircraft: BEECH V35, registration: N440H
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On May 3, 2016, at 1542 eastern daylight time, a Beech V35B airplane, N440H, experienced an in-flight breakup near Syosset, New York. The airline transport pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The pilot was operating the airplane as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) existed near the accident site about the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Robertson Field (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut. The flight originated from Grand Strand Airport, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, about 1240.

According to air traffic control (ATC) transcripts provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), about 1522, the pilot checked in with ATC and stated that he was level at 7,000 ft. About 1 minute later, he reported to a controller that the vacuum system had failed and that he had lost the associated gyroscopic instruments and part of the instrument panel, and he asked for the easiest approach to descend to the destination airport. The pilot then stated that the flight was currently operating in visual flight rules (VFR) on top of clouds and that he wanted to continue VFR at 7,000 ft to his destination airport because he did not want to descend into the clouds. The controller asked the pilot if he wanted to declare an emergency, and the pilot stated, "yes," and confirmed that he wanted to proceed to his destination airport because the "weather's…better there." The controller then briefed the next controller along the airplane's flight route.

The next controller subsequently confirmed that the pilot was declaring an emergency. At 1529, the pilot requested the weather for the "Hartford-Bradley area"(near his destination) and the controller advised the pilot that the reported weather at Hartford included an overcast ceiling of 1,600 ft and that it looked like Hartford had the best weather conditions compared to alternate nearby airports. The pilot then requested radar vectors for the GPS approach to 4B8, which the controller acknowledged. He then instructed the pilot to proceed direct to Bridgeport, Connecticut, which the pilot acknowledged. The pilot then reported that the flight had entered IMC. At 1538, the pilot reported that he had just lost a "little bit" of control. The controller told him to turn left to 060°, which the pilot acknowledged. At 1539, the pilot reported that more of the instruments had failed and that he was turning to 060° and trying to get back to 7,000 ft. At 1541, the controller provided the pilot with the weather conditions at Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York, and asked him if he would like to try to land there; however, no further communications were received from the pilot.

Review of radar data revealed that the airplane made several course and altitude deviations as it proceeded northeast over Long Island until the end of the data.




 


PILOT INFORMATION

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane multiengine land rating. He also held a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on September 3, 2014. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 4,000 hours. The pilot's logbook was not recovered.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane was manufactured in 1973. It was powered by a 285-horsepower Continental IO-520 engine and was equipped with a three-bladed, constant-speed McCauley propeller.

Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on February 3, 2016. At that time, the airframe had accumulated 6,166 total hours of operation, and the engine had accumulated 520 hours of operation. The airplane had flown about 20 hours from the time of the last inspection until the accident. The vacuum pump was installed on February 10, 2000, at a tachometer time of 5,813 hours, which was 373 hours of operation before the accident.

Review of the vacuum pump manufacturer's Service Letter (SL) 58A revealed that the mandatory replacement time for the make and model vacuum pump was 500 aircraft hours or 6 years from the data of manufacture, whichever came first. Compliance with the SL was mandatory for Part 135 operations, but it was not mandatory for Part 91 operations. The accident vacuum pump was manufactured in May 1999, which was 17 years before the accident. The airplane was not equipped with a backup/standby vacuum pump.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

FRG was located about 8 miles southeast of the accident site. At 1553, the recorded weather at FRG was wind from 040° at 5 knots, visibility 4 miles in mist, broken ceiling at 800 ft, overcast ceiling at 1,200 ft, temperature 11°C, dew point 9°C, and altimeter setting of 29.81 inches of mercury.

The pilot had telephoned flight service on the morning of the accident, filed an IFR flight plan, and received a standard weather briefing. The standard briefing included current conditions and a forecast for overcast ceilings with bases between 1,000 and 2,000 ft and multiple cloud layers with tops above 18,000 ft.



 

WRECKAGE INFORMATION

The wreckage impacted a populated area consisting of residences, fields, and wooded terrain. A debris path extended about 0.4 mile on a magnetic heading of about 010°. The outboard section of the right ruddervator, remaining right ruddervator, and sections of the interior overhead panel were located at the beginning of the debris path. The fuselage, outboard section of the left wing, left ruddervator, and right wing were located about 400 ft farther along the debris path. The inboard left wing was located about another 400 ft farther along the debris path, and the engine and instrument panel were located at the end of the debris path.

The outboard left wing had separated near the aileron/flap junction and exhibited paint transfer marks, consistent with right ruddervator contact. The left aileron had separated and fractured into two sections. The left inboard wing remained attached to the carry-through spar, and the spar caps displayed deformation damage in an upward direction. The left flap remained attached to the inboard left wing section. The right wing had separated near the root, and about 8 gallons of fuel remained in the right wing. The right flap and an approximate 15-inch-long section of inboard right aileron remained attached to the right wing. The right ruddervator had separated, and the left ruddervator remained attached to the tailcone. Measurement of the elevator trim jackscrew corresponded to an approximate 10°-tab-up (nose-down) trim setting. Due to multiple separations and cabin fragmentation, flight control continuity could not be verified; however, all recovered flight control cables exhibited broomstraw separation, consistent with overstress.

The propeller had separated from the engine at the crankcase, and the engine came to rest inverted and was buried in a 3-ft-deep crater. One propeller blade had separated from the hub, but the other two propeller blades remained attached. All three propeller blades exhibited scoring and bending. The crankshaft could not be rotated due to front engine case damage, but borescope inspection of all six cylinders revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Both magnetos sustained impact damage and could not be tested. The top and bottom spark plugs were removed from the six cylinders, and their electrodes were intact and light gray. The engine-driven fuel pump remained attached, and its drive coupling was intact. When the drive coupling was rotated by hand, the engine-driven fuel pump shaft rotated. The fuel metering unit and manifold valve exhibited impact damage.

The vacuum pump remained attached to the engine and was removed for metallurgical examination. The examination revealed that the pump housing was jammed and would not rotate. The opposite end of the coupling rotated freely. Disassembly of the pump housing revealed that that the rotor had separated radially in numerous locations. Three vanes remained intact, and three vanes had separated into numerous pieces. Rotational scoring/rubbing marks were observed on the rotor and pump housing. Additionally, debris was noted in the inlet screen; the engine had impacted a dirt field.

A panel-mounted GPS was removed from the instrument panel, and examination of the unit revealed that it did not store track data.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office, East Meadow, New York conducted an autopsy on the pilot. The autopsy report noted the cause of death as "multiple blunt impact injuries." The autopsy identified significant coronary artery disease.

The FAA's Bioaeronautical Science Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma performed toxicological testing on the pilot's specimens. The toxicology testing detected diphenhydramine in his urine, 0.03 (ug/ml. ug/g) diphenhydramine in his blood, ibuprofen in his urine, 0.007 (ug/ml, ug/g) zolpidem in his urine, and 0.007 (ug/ml, ug/g) zolpidem in his blood. Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms and as a sleep aid and carries the following Federal Drug Administration warning: "may impair mental and/or physical ability required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks (e.g., driving, operating heavy machinery)." Zolpidem is a prescription sleep aid and carries a warning about sedation and changes in judgment or behavior.











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NTSB Identification: ERA16FA176
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 03, 2016 in Syosset, NY
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N440H
Injuries: 3 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 May 3, 2016, at 1542 eastern daylight time, a Beech V35B, N440H, operated by a private individual, was destroyed during an in-flight breakup and collision with terrain near Syosset, New York. The certificated airline transport pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Robertson Field (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut. The flight originated from Grand Strand Airport (CRE), North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, about 1240.

According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot was in radio contact with ATC about 1530 and the airplane was level at 7,000 feet. At that time, the pilot reported to the controller that the airplane had experienced a failure of the vacuum system and associated gyroscopic instruments. The pilot added that the flight was currently operating in visual flight rules (VFR) on top of clouds and he planned to continue VFR to his destination airport. Subsequently, the airplane re-entered IMC and the pilot reported losing control of the airplane in addition to losing more instrument functionality. Radio and radar contact was lost with the airplane at 1542.

The wreckage impacted a populated area consisting of residences, fields and wooded terrain. A debris path extended approximately .4 miles on a magnetic course about 010 degrees. The outboard section of the right ruddervator, remaining right ruddervator, and sections of the interior overhead panel were located at the beginning of the debris path. The fuselage, outboard section of the left wing, left ruddervator and right wing were located about 400 feet further along the debris path. The inboard left wing was located about another 400 feet further and the engine and instrument panel were located at the end of the debris path.

The outboard left wing separated near the aileron/flap junction and exhibited paint transfer consistent with right ruddervator contact. The left aileron separated and fractured into two sections. The left inboard wing remained attached to the carry-through spar and the spar caps displayed deformation damage in an upward direction. The left flap remained attached to the inboard left wing section. The right wing separated near the root and approximately 8 gallons of fuel remained in the right wing. The right flap remained attached to the right wing along with an approximate 15-inch section of inboard right aileron. The right ruddervator separated and the left ruddervator remained attached to the tailcone. Measurement of the elevator trim jackscrew corresponded to an approximate 10-degree tab up (nose down) trim setting. Due to multiple separations and cabin fragmentation, flight control continuity could not be verified; however, all recovered flight control cables exhibited broomstraw separation, consistent with overstress.

The propeller separated from the engine at crankcase and the engine came to rest inverted, buried in a 3-foot crater. One propeller blade had separated from the hub while the other two propeller blades remained attached. All three propeller blades exhibited scoring and bending. The crankshaft could not be rotated due to front engine case damage; however, borescope inspection of all six cylinders did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Both magnetos sustained impact damage and could not be tested. The top spark plugs were removed from the Nos. 1, 3, and 5 cylinders for examination, and the bottom spark plugs were removed from the Nos. 2, 4, and 6 cylinders for examination. Their electrodes were intact and light gray in color. The engine driven fuel pump remained attached and its drive coupling was intact. When the drive coupling was rotated by hand, the engine driven fuel pump shaft rotated. The fuel metering unit and manifold valve also sustained impact damage.

The vacuum pump remained attached to the engine and was retained for examination at the NTSB Materials Laboratory. A panel-mounted GPS was removed from the instrument panel and also retained for data download at the NTSB Recorders Laboratory.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land. He also held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on September 3, 2014. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 4,000 hours.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane, serial number D-9464, was manufactured in 1973. It was powered by a Continental IO-520, 285-horsepower engine, equipped with a three-blade constant-speed McCauley propeller.

Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York, was located about 8 miles southeast of the accident site. The recorded weather at FRG, at 1553, was: wind from 040 degrees at 5 knots; visibility 4 miles in mist; broken ceiling at 800 feet; overcast ceiling at 1,200 feet; temperature 11 degrees C; dew point 9 degrees C; altimeter 29.81 inches of mercury.

Claims Fly at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE) Over Default, Asset Sale

Richard Storfer attorney with Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen in Fort Lauderdale.



Fort Lauderdale-based Aero Toy Store sells luxury to jetsetters, but a lawsuit playing out in Broward Circuit Court suggests it used a low-down tactic to avoid paying its mortgage.

Litigation over the aircraft dealer's mortgage on a hangar at the city-owned Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport spawned claims the company sold assets at a deep discount to avoid repaying a $10 million real estate bill.

The case morphed into two pending actions: A multimillion-dollar foreclosure battle complicated by related claims of a fraudulent asset transfer, plus a bid for a declaratory judgment to prevent redevelopment that would shut down an airport access route. The litigation pits successor lender CPC Finance II LLC against a company linked to airport property manager Sheltair.

The suit also names the city as a defendant and Free Trade Ltd., an affiliate of Sheltair's predecessor, as a nominal party.

CPC Finance claims it purchased the debt on a mortgage to Aero Toy Store, which operated out of an industrial building at the airport. Aero had a long-term lease as a fixed-base operator, or FBO, providing flight services. CPC Finance said Aero defaulted on its mortgage, then maneuvered to avoid the consequences by reportedly selling about $15 million worth of assets for $2 million to Sheltair FXE Northside LLC.

CPC contends the sale was a fraudulent transfer to dodge creditors and give Sheltair greater control of the airport's FBO business.

"Sheltair's motive is to take over the FBO, which they've done," CPC Finance attorney Richard Storfer of Rice Pugatch Robinson Storfer & Cohen in Fort Lauderdale told the Daily Business Review.

Michael Moskowitz of Moskowitz Mandell Salim & Simowitz represents Sheltair FXE. He filed an objection to CPC's plan to subpoena Aero documents, arguing the financial discovery was premature and CPC had not proven it was entitled to the information. He obtained an extension giving Sheltair until June 2 to respond to CPC's initial discovery requests and interrogatories.

Sheltair is a major developer of aviation-related properties and operates 17 FBOs. The company developed nearly 3.5 million square feet of aviation space at 12 airports in Florida, Georgia and New York, according to court documents. It's been a tenant for nearly 40 years at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, where it holds eight city leases.

As Aero's successor, it moved to take over a long-term city lease and promised the city a $25 million investment to redevelop the site, build on two neighboring parcels, attract large national tenants and create jobs with average salaries around $75,000.

CBRE Inc. sent a letter of intent to the airport manager with a cover showing Sheltair Aviation planned to create 158,000 square feet of hangar space in eight buildings, 32,000 square feet of office and retail space and a 9,500-square-foot terminal with aircraft parking aprons, taxiways and parking lots.

"Sheltair currently has tenants, such as Banyan and BurgerFi, lined up to lease space once their new hangars are constructed," according to the CBRE memo filed as a court exhibit. "Additionally BurgerFi will be relocating their corporate headquarters from North Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale."

Based on Sheltair's promise of a substantial financial outlaw, the city awarded the company a 30-year lease in November.

But CPC Finance suggests the underlying deal was a ruse and asked Broward Circuit Judge Jack Tuter to wipe out the transaction and provide declaratory and injunctive relief. The lawsuit contends Sheltair never intended to pay the mortgage or bring in major tenants.

"Aero Toy Store had a very valuable operation at the airport that Sheltair is now the beneficiary of," Storfer said. "The point is there will be a significant deficiency owed to my client, and Aero will have no means to pay it because they've sold off all their assets."

CPC Finance claims it will suffer if the redevelopment plans move forward, claiming Aero affiliate Free Trade Ltd. controls a taxiway on city land that serves as the main access to the former Aero hangar. Sheltair's proposal would close that access point, devaluing the former Aero hangar, CPC argues.

A hearing on motions from Sheltair and the city to dismiss the case is set for June 15.

Edward Dion of Nabors Giblin & Nickerson in Fort Lauderdale represents the city, and Jacob Horowitz of Goren Cherof Doody & Ezrol represents Free Trade Ltd.

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

Suburban O’Hare Commission Keeps Aviation Experts On

WIth two reports on O’Hare Airport flight operations complete, Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm JDA Aviation Solutions’ contract with the Suburban O’Hare Commission (SOC) is complete.

SOC commissioners approved their intent to enter into a new contract with JDA on Tuesday.

When JDA was initially hired, its contract was for $220,000. Tuesday, SOC chairman and Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson said he could not provide a firm cost of the extended contract as it was still being written. He said a new contract would likely be approved within the next two weeks.

JDA issued an extensive report last fall on flight operations at O’Hare. It made recommendations on everything from flight path trajectories to rotating runways during overnight “Fly Quiet” program hours.

Last Friday, a recommended Chicago Dept. of Aviation Fly Quiet runway rotation plan was approved by the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC) and sent on to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials (see story on page 4A).

That rotation plan could be implemented as early as June if FAA officials approve, Johnson said.

Johnson said the aviation consulting firm would be kept on to monitor the new Fly Quiet runway rotation as it rolls out for two, 12-week trial periods through January. JDA would collect data from the aviation department on a regular basis through the first six months, recommend adjustments as it is implemented and issue a report evaluating the runway rotation program early next year.

JDA has been working on the runway rotation plan alongside Chicago Dept. of Aviation consultants for the last six months, Johnson said.

SOC initially hired JDA to study airport operations in early 2015. Their initial report was released late last year making 20 recommendations for changes in O’Hare flight operations. Earlier this month, JDA released a report analyzing the proposed runway rotation plan’s expected effects on O’Hare noise.

Discussing the runway rotation plan at Tuesday’s Elk Grove Village Board meeting, Johnson said runway rotation will not eliminate airport noise from O’Hare for Elk Grove residents. He said the goal was just to minimize noise.

Johnson, who has waged several political wars with Chicago officials over airport expansion plans and has been strongly critical of both Rahm Emanuel and Richard Daley administration officials, had nothing but praise for new Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans. He said he has had good lines of communication with Evans and said she has been receptive to SOC proposals in a way past aviation commissioners were not.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.journal-topics.com

Fatal accident occurred May 12, 2016 in Lincoln County, Nevada

Date: 12-MAY-16 
Time: 17:50:00Z
Regis#: UNREGISTERED
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Fatal
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19
City: LINCOLN
State: Nevada

UNREGISTERED GYROCOPTER CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE 1 PERSON ON BOARD WAS FATALLY INJURED, DRY LAKE, LINCOLN COUNTY, NEVADA.

The sheriff in Lincoln County, Nevada, confirmed Friday that a licensed pilot with a St. George address was killed in the desert east of Alamo, Nevada, during an experimental aircraft flight Thursday.

Kevin Walter Eaton, 58, died shortly before 10:30 a.m. local time (11:30 in St. George) while piloting a single-seat gyrocopter in the area of Delamar Dry Lake, known popularly as Texas Dry Lake because it resembles the state of Texas from the air, Sheriff Kerry Lee said.

The lake was once used as an emergency landing strip for the experimental X-15 plane during the early 1960s and is still a location where the Air Force conducts military exercises. Eaton and a resident from the Salt Lake area had hauled the gyrocopter to the area from St. George in a trailer, Lee said.

“It was for recreating purposes,” Lee said.

“(The witness) called and said his friend had crashed in a small helicopter,” Lee said. “The victim had gone up about 100 feet when the witness said he heard a ‘pop,’ and the gyrocopter came straight down to the ground.”

Lee said he notified Eaton’s wife in St. George on Thursday and had been in further contact with the family Friday morning. Eaton’s driver’s license also listed a St. George address.

An investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the scene following the crash and a National Transportation Safety Board investigator was en route, but the federal officials called off the investigation into the cause of the crash after determining that the experimental craft didn’t have a tail number and wasn’t licensed, Lee said.

Eaton was a certified pilot, however, so the FAA asked for an autopsy. The Clark County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsy Friday morning, except for a report on whether any alcohol or other controlled substances were detected, which could take weeks to complete, Lee said.

“I imagine that’s the main thing they’ll be looking at,” he said. “Nothing else looked out of the ordinary for what you’d expect at that type of a scene. … Normally we wouldn’t do a toxicology report, but the FAA asked for it.”

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

LAS VEGAS — Authorities say a pilot is dead after the crash of a small single-seat helicopter in a remote Nevada canyon about 75 miles north of Las Vegas.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee tells The Associated Press a friend of the pilot witnessed the crash and summoned authorities about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Lee says the witness reported hearing an unusual "pop" sound before the experimental-style aircraft plunged to the ground about 12 miles east of Highway 93 off Alamo Canyon Road.

The sheriff says it appeared the pilot was from St. George, Utah. His name wasn't immediately made public.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor in Hawthorne, Calif., said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N1114A, Flanagan Enterprises (Nevada) Inc: Accident occurred May 12, 2016 near Lodi Airport (1O3), San Joaquin County, California

Flanagan Enterprises (Nevada) Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N1114A

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oakland FSDO-27

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA107
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 12, 2016 in Acampo, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 208B, registration: N1114A
Injuries: 1 Minor, 17 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 May 12, 2016, about 1413 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 208B, N1114A, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Acampo, California. The airplane was registered to Flanagan Enterprises (Nevada) INC., and operated by the Parachute Center under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and his 17 passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the skydiving flight. The local flight originated about 1 minute prior to the accident.

The pilot reported that following takeoff from runway 26, he made a right turn and continued his climb for the skydive drop, however, while passing through 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), the engine lost power. The pilot initiated a turn toward the airport, however, realized he was unable to make it, and landed in an open field. During the landing roll, the airplane exited the field, crossed a road, impacted a truck, continued into a vineyard, and nosed over.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the fuselage and left wing were structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.




Sebastian Alvarez was on board a skydiving plane that crashed Thursday in San Joaquin County.





ACAMPO, Calif. (KCRA) —One of the survivors of a skydiving plane crash on Thursday near Acampo said he was stunned that all 18 people on board were able to walk away.

"It was so unreal. It was, like, wow! Better than a movie," said Sebastian Alvarez.

Alavarez said he was seated next to the pilot, as the single engine Cessna took off from the Lodi Airport.

He said the plane's engine appeared to lose power shortly after takeoff.

"We all knew that we were going down," he said.

Alvarez watched through the windshield as the plane touched down in a hay field, rolled across a road and under some power lines, then clipped a grape vine wire in a vineyard and flipped over.

"I waited for the impact. I stopped looking and clunk, the impact. So I feel the pah-pah," he said.

As the passengers and the pilot hung upside down in their seat belts, they worried the worst might be yet to come.

"I knew that if he can put the plane in the ground, then we have the second big chance is the fire that can kill us," he said.

But there was no fire.

All the people on board were able to climb out safely.

The only reported injury was the pilot's bloody nose.

"When you get out of the plane and you see people, all of them walking and talking and alive, conscious, and then you look at the plane, it's like, 'Did this just happen?' I should be dead, or I should be burned, or I should be broken," he said.

The plane's wreckage remained in the vineyard off Jahant Road on Friday.

Passersby stopped to take pictures and marvel at the passengers' luck.

Jack Gladish said he knows the pilot, whom he identified as Greg.

He said he was amazed the pilot was able to control the plane as much as he did with only the wheel brakes to slow it.

"Since the engine failed, he didn't have reverse on his prop. The (propeller) can go backwards and stop him. He didn't have that. So he was along for the ride," Gladish said.

Ian Flanagan, president of Flanagan Enterprises, confirmed his company owns the plane but said Parachute Center skydiving school is responsible for the maintenance.

Bill Dawes, owner of the skydiving school, said he is confident the plane's service history is up to date.

"There's no issue as far as the paperwork is concerned. There's no issue as far as the airplane is concerned. The issue is why it stopped running," he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to investigate the cause of the crash.


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





Dramatic video from onboard a small plane as it made an emergency landing near Lodi. 

The plane had 17 skydivers onboard, and fortunately, none were injured in the crash.

The video shows how moments after takeoff, there appears to be a problem. The plane had to make an emergency landing, ended up clipping a truck and flipped over.

See video:  http://www.abc10.com



Federal investigators are looking into the crash of a tightly packed skydiving plane carrying 18 people that landed upside down in an Acampo vineyard on Thursday – a review that likely will include a look at maintenance records and weight and balance calculations on the plane.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said Friday that the operator of the airplane is responsible for removing the damaged aircraft from the field to a hanger or other location for inspection.

“The NTSB, along with other parties to the investigation, which may include the FAA and the engine manufacturer, may go to the aircraft’s ultimate re-location for examination,” said Holloway.

No date has been scheduled for NTSB inspection, but Holloway suspects it will happen next week.

“At this point it is under investigation,” said Holloway. “Once we have access to the aircraft, we will conduct the physical examination of the aircraft.”

No passengers were hurt in the crash into the vineyard near the Lodi Parachute Center in San Joaquin County. The pilot suffered a “minor injury,” according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. A skydiving center official described the injury as a bloody nose.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. Thursday in a field just east of Highway 99 between Galt and Lodi.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the plane was a single-engine Cessna 208. The plane experienced engine trouble right after takeoff. The pilot tried to return to the airport but clipped a vehicle on approach, spokesman Ian Gregor wrote in an email.

The FAA cannot provide details until the NTSB concludes its work and releases its findings. However, FAA officials say they and the NTSB look at whether the pilot was qualified to fly a particular aircraft, the pilot’s medical record, weather conditions, the maintenance log of the aircraft and weight and balance calculations.

The plane, a single-engine, turbo-prop Cessna 208B, typically has up to 14 seats, according to a description of the craft on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association website and other aviation sites. FAA officials did not respond to a Bee question Friday about whether they were looking into whether the plane was overcrowded.

The crash occurred near the Lodi Airport, which has a skydiving center. William Dause, who operates the skydiving center at the airport, said he believes the plane flipped when it clipped a grapevine wire on approach.

“The wire caused it to flip on its back,” he said.

Dause said the pilot suffered a bloody nose.

The Cessna is owned by Flanagan Enterprises Inc., a company in Zephyr Cove, Nev., according to the aviation administration’s registry. The registry also shows that the company owns about 12 planes. Dause of the Lodi center said he rents the plane from Flanagan Enterprises.

A plane owned by Flanagan Enterprises and operated by a company called Skydive Salt Lake was involved in a crash that killed nine people in 2001 in Utah, according to National Transportation Safety Board records. The records indicate the group was returning from a skydiving trip. The plane crashed into water while descending over the Great Salt Lake near Lake Point.

A number of patrons of the Lodi skydiving center have died in recent years while skydiving. A skydiver fell to his death in February after his parachute malfunctioned. And in February 2009, two elite skydivers were killed when their parachutes tangled.

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A skydiving plane carrying 17 people landed upside down in a vineyard near a parachuting center in San Joaquin County, but no passengers were hurt, emergency responders said.

The pilot suffered a “minor injury,” according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. A skydiving center official described it as a bloody nose.

The crash occurred Thursday at about 2 p.m. in a field just east of Highway 99 between Galt and Lodi. Denton Armstrong of American Medical Response, a first responder company out of Stockton, said no one was transported to hospitals.

“We made it on scene and the aircraft was upside down in a field,” he said. “It was a confirmed crash. We didn’t transport anybody. Our ambulance and fire department has left.”

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the plane was a single-engine Cessna 208. The plane experienced engine trouble right after taking off, and the pilot tried to return to the airport but may have clipped a car on approach, spokesman Ian Gregor wrote in an email.

The crash occurred near the Lodi Airport, which has a skydiving center. William Dause, who operates the skydiving center, said the plane, however, flipped over when it clipped a grapevine wire on approach. “The wires caused it to flip on its back,” he said.

Dause said the pilot suffered a bloody nose.

The Cessna plane is owned by Flanagan Enterprises Inc, a company in Zephyr Cove, Nevada, according to the aviation administration’s registry. The registry also shows that the company owns about 12 planes. Dause of the Lodi center said he rents the plane from Flanagan Enterprises.

A plane owned by Flanagan Enterprises and operated by a company called Skydive Salt Lake was involved in a crash that killed nine people in 2001 in Utah, according to National Transportation Safety Board records. The records indicate the group was returning from a skydiving trip. The plane crashed into water while descending over the Great Salt Lake near Lake Point, Utah.

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5:00 p.m. UPDATE: The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash that happened around 2:15 p.m. on Thursday.  The pilot had reported engine trouble in the single-engine Cessna 208 shortly after takeoff, and attempted a landing. The plane landed upside down, but not before clipping a nearby truck.

“Unbelievable. I think—it’s a brand-new truck and I was more worried about hurting the truck and didn’t think really what could have happened. Scary,” said the truck’s owner Cindy Martin.

3:30 p.m. UPDATE: The pilot has suffered minor injuries, but the rest of the passengers are OK.  The plane clipped a Toyota Tacoma during its landing. None of the 17 passengers on board were injured.

ACAMPO (CBS13) – Authorities are responding to a plane crash in San Joaquin County Thursday afternoon.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office confirms the crash happened near the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center along the 4000 block of E. Jahant Road. An FAA official says a Cessna 208B with the tail number N1114A, confirmed to be a skydiving plane, was involved in the crash. The plane either made a hard landing or crashed, the official said.

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Crews have responded to a skydiving plane that attempted an emergency landing in Acampo Thursday.  The landing was reported just after 2 p.m. 


The plane experienced engine trouble right after taking off, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the FAA.  The pilot tried to return to the airport in Acampo but clipped a car on approach. The plane then landed upside-down near the airport.


The plane is a Cessna 208B that had 17 passengers on board at the time of the landing, Gregor said.  None of the passengers have reported injuries, Gregor said. The pilot, however, suffered a minor injury.

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ACAMPO (CBS13) — A skydiving plane carrying more than a dozen people crashed near Lodi, but only the pilot of the plane that landed upside down was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is saying just minutes after takeoff, the pilot had engine problems, turning what was supposed to be a thrilling skydiving adventure turned into a very different wild ride.

“It was loud, and like any other crash a lot of commotion,” said Kevin Conklin. “Heard the crash and looked behind me and over the top of the grapevine. Was a plane cartwheeling within 200 feet of me.”

He was at work welding when he looked up to see what was happening.

“We ran over there but the skydivers were on their feet getting each other out,” he said. “Pilot was the last one out, but he was a little bloodied, but everyone made it; pretty amazing.”

The single-engine Cessna 208 took off from Lodi Municipal Airport with 17 excited thrill seekers on board and one pilot. That pilot tried to return to the airport, but couldn’t make it. As he started to drop, the plane actually clipped the truck Cindy Martin and her husband were driving in.

“I saw a plane heading right for us. And I told my husband that planes gonna hit us,” she said. “It clipped the back end of our vehicle and then went across and flipped out in the vineyard.”

Passengers were visibly shaken, but walked off unscatherd.

Parachute center owner Bill Dause says he doesn’t know what went wrong and that his plane was well-maintained and in the sport for quite some time.

“Everyone’s fine, so I’m pleased with that, it could have been quite the tragedy,” he said. “We have no idea why it stopped running, look into quite a new airplane,a lot of upgrades on it.”


What’s even more amazing is that half of the passengers went back up in the air within 15 to 20 minutes of getting back.

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LODI — A skydiving plane had a hard landing just after takeoff early Thursday afternoon in Lodi.

The incident was first reported by the CHP shortly after 2 p.m.

The FAA confirmed to FOX40 that there were 17 people on board at the time of the hard landing. Only the pilot suffered a minor injury.

Investigators say the plane had engine trouble shortly after takeoff and tried to turn around and land again, but it clipped a car on the approach. The plane ultimately landed upside down.

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LODI, Calif. (KCRA) —A skydiving plane hit a truck and flipped upside down during a crash landing Thursday afternoon near the Lodi airport. 

Seventeen people were in the aircraft when it crashed near Jahant Road. No injuries were reported and nobody was taken to the hospital.

Cindy Martin said the plane clipped her husband's pickup truck during the crash landing.

"I saw a plane coming down right at us. And I told my husband, 'That plane is going to hit us,'" she said. "Sure enough, it came right at us and clipped our back end enough to just really feel a good bump, and then it went out into the vineyard and flipped over."  The California Highway Patrol and the San Joaquin Sheriff's Office are investigating.

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