Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cessna 172M, N1506V: Incident occurred July 28, 2016 at Bellingham International Airport (KBLI), Whatcom County, Washington

http://registry.faa.gov/N1506V

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Seattle FSDO-01

Date: 28-JUL-16
Time: 19:09:00Z
Regis#: N1506V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BELLINGHAM
State: Washington

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY INTO A DITCH, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON.



Commercial flights were on standby for a short time after a small plane went off the runway and into a ditch at Bellingham International Airport Thursday afternoon, July 28.

The pilot was not injured.

Emergency crews towed the single-engine Cessna from the runway. Airport officials suspended all flights for about 30 minutes shortly after the incident.

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

BELLINGHAM --  A small plane went off the runway at Bellingham International Airport Thursday afternoon, July 28, briefly pausing all commercial flights.

The small, single-engine Cessna went into a ditch near the runway just after noon. The pilot was not injured in the crash and was the only person on board, said Mike Hogan, a Port of Bellingham spokesman.

Commercial flights were put on standby while crews worked to remove the plane, Hogan said. But an Alaska Airlines flight landed on a nearby runway while crews worked. Hogan added that officials likely had deemed the area safe enough to land the plane.

A tug vehicle pulled the plane from the ditch at about 1:20 p.m.

No further information, including whether the pilot was trying to take off or land or why the plane ended up in the ditch, was immediately available, Hogan said.

Source: http://www.bellinghamherald.com

Cirrus SR-22-G3 Turbo GTS, Harkey Aero LLC, N341CP: Accident occurred July 28, 2016 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

HARKEY AERO LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N341CP

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA402
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Henderson, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR, registration: N341CP
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the landing in gusty crosswind conditions, the airplane touched down "firm" with the landing gear side loaded. The pilot further reported that the airplane immediately veered off the runway to the left. During the runway excursion, the airplane encountered a steep ravine located about 300 feet from the runway centerline; subsequently the landing gear collapsed. 

The right elevator and right wing sustained substantial damage. 

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

The automated weather observation station (AWOS) at the airport four minutes before the accident recorded the wind at 250 degrees true at 10 knots. The AWOS about 56 minutes after the accident recorded the wind at 260 degrees true at 7 knots, gusting to 14 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on a runway aligned with 170 degrees magnetic.

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 in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and a landing gear collapse.





No one was injured when a small airplane missed the runway and crash-landed at the Henderson Executive Airport this afternoon, according to an airport spokeswoman.

Firefighters responded to the airport, 1600 Jet Stream Drive, about 3:30 p.m., Clark County Department of Aviation spokeswoman Christine Crews said.

The Cirrus SR-22 missed the runway and landed on dirt, Crews said. There was no fire, but the airplane was damaged and leaked fuel.

Runway 17 Left was shut down while the plane was moved and the fuel spill cleaned, Crews said.

There were three people onboard and no injuries were reported, Crews said. The main runway at the airport remains open and operational.

No disturbance to regular airport operations was expected, she said.

Source:  https://lasvegassun.com


HENDERSON (KTNV) - Christine Crews, spokesperson for the Clark County Department of Aviation tells 13 Action News that a Cirrus SR-22 single-propeller airplane landed short of runway 17 on Thursday.

It was reported around 3:25 p.m. at Henderson Executive Airport.

There were no injuries or damage to the runway. The runway is closed, due to the plane's damage. The plane is reportedly leaking fuel.

The airport's main runway is open. There are no other closures.

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




HENDERSON (KSNV News3LV) — A small aircraft came down short of the runway at the Henderson Executive Airport Thursday afternoon.

The Cirrus SR22 came down at 3:33 p.m. in the dirt path, short of the runway.

Three people were on board at the time of the landing. No injuries were reported.

The runway will be closed until plane can be removed.

Source:  http://news3lv.com

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, PO Vent Air Transport LLC, N6423P: Incident occurred July 28, 2016 at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (KLBB), Lubbock County, Texas

PO VENT AIR TRANSPORT LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6423P

Date: 28-JUL-16
Time: 16:28:00Z
Regis#: N6423P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LUBBOCK
State: Texas


AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP. LUBBOCK, TEXAS.





A main Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport runway was re-opened Thursday afternoon after a private plane landed “wheels up," prompting a brief closure and flight delays.

Airport Safety and Operations Deputy Director Steve Nicholson said operations were in full swing just after 2 p.m., after a single-engine plane met a rough landing damaging the runway in the process.

At 11:30 a.m., the aircraft traveling from El Paso to Lubbock contacted air traffic control to report landing gear problems.

When the plan landed, the landing gear reportedly collapsed upon touchdown.

The two occupants on board were uninjured, Nicholson said, and the repairs were made by airport maintenance.

Nicholson said it was a safe ending considering the landing situation.

Source:   http://lubbockonline.com

Caden Urschel: 13-year-old from Arizona pilots Cessna Citation M2



LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you're gonna tell 13-year-old Caden Urschel that flying is just for adults, you're a little late.

About four years too late.

Urschel is barely into the age of pimples and proms, but he already has roughly 200 hours of flight time in the cockpits of various airplanes and helicopters, thanks to his father, Scott Urschel, who is both a flight instructor and a commercial pilot.

And a new video of Caden behind the wheel of a Cessna Citation M2 jet -- his father at his side -- has gained the attention of the nation, going viral with over 18,000 views on YouTube alone.

In the video, the Chandler, Arizona, teen can be seen in the cockpit, wearing a headset and communicating with air traffic control as the jet races down the runway and he pulls the control wheel back, taking the jet into the sky. Later in the video, we see Caden guide the aircraft into a perfect landing, afterward giving his dad a high five. His father sits in the co-pilot seat and provides instruction.

"It’s a lot of fun," Caden told WDRB News by phone from an airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Thursday afternoon. "I'm just happy that I’m able to fly and have that experience – to fly with my dad."

For his part, Scott Urschel, Caden's father, says he's grateful for the time with his son as well.

"It’s pretty awesome to be able to talk your son down flying a $4 million jet down onto the runway for the first time," Scott said. "He made that landing all by himself, I just helped him with some of the speeds and the procedures."

"It's really amazing," Scott added. "Young people today -- a lot of them don’t have the opportunities that Caden do. I think that, pretty much any young person, they have such great, fine motor skills at that age. And if we expose them to aviation and aircraft…I think Caden is not any more exceptional than another 12-year-old that would have had four or five years of exposure to aviation like he has."

"Yes," Caden laughed. "Yeah, I was very surprised, because I’ve never had anything like that happen before."

Scott said he has posted a few videos of his son flying various aircraft -- but none got the attention that the video of Caden flying the Citation M2 jet did.

"For some reason, I think that the jet really had an impact in the aviation industry, and I think it just seemed so far reached for some folks that they were amazed that a 13-year-old boy could fly the airplane," Scott said.

Federal law means that Caden can't fly solo until he is 16 -- and Caden says that's just fine for now.

"I don't really feel like I'm ready yet, but I feel like I will be by the time I'm 16," he said. "I can't wait until I turn 16 to fly my solo."

"My favorite part is, when you're flying, and looking down above everything else," he added. "It just, like, gives me the feeling that I have more…there's more to see in the world. I have more freedom."

Story and video:  http://www.wdrb.com

Federal Aviation Administration safety inspectors unable to make surprise inspections

A government watchdog says U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. safety inspectors are generally unable to conduct unannounced inspections of foreign repair stations where most airlines send their planes for major repair work, and sometimes must cancel inspections for lack of funds, according to a government watchdog.

Federal Aviation Administration inspectors are required to give countries where the repairs stations are located advance notice of their plans, and often notice to the repair stations and the country's aviation safety agency as well, according to a report released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office.

While FAA inspectors complained that they've had to cancel inspections because of the agency's tight travel budget, the GAO said it couldn't confirm the assertions because the FAA said doesn't keep separate data on travel expenditures for oversight of foreign repair stations.

Airlines typically perform routine maintenance on planes themselves, but planes are generally sent to outside repair stations for major aircraft or engine overhauls.

The report also criticized the FAA for not collecting data from airlines on the amount of work that's performed at both foreign and domestic repair stations, saying the information could significantly enhance the agency's oversight. The FAA responded that the volume of repairs to U.S. registered planes at particular repair stations doesn't reflect whether there is a safety risk.

The GAO also recommended the FAA take steps to better measure the effectiveness of its repair station oversight, which the agency agreed to do.

"Yet again, the GAO confirms that there are weaknesses and gaps in the FAA's oversight of foreign repair stations," said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who requested the report. "How many watchdog reports do we need before the federal government will act to ensure that work done at low-cost foreign repair stations is up to our standards?"

The FAA oversees safety at 4,030 domestic and 716 foreign U.S.-certificated aircraft repair stations. Europe has the greatest number of foreign repair stations, 423, followed by Asia, 112; Africa, 60; Mexico and Central America, 38; South America, 34; the Middle East, 32; Australia, 12; and New Zealand, 5.

FAA regulations don't require foreign repair stations to conduct drug and alcohol testing on mechanics and other employees who work on planes at foreign repair stations, although such testing is required of employees at repair stations in the U.S.

Under an aviation law passed by Congress in 2012, the FAA must issue regulations requiring drug and alcohol testing of employees at foreign repair stations. The agency has indicated its intention to do that, but its timetable doesn't call for proposing the regulations until May 2017. It will take months, and perhaps years, before they become final. Several countries have opposed the testing requirements.

Under another aviation law passed by Congress earlier this month, the FAA is also supposed to issue regulations requiring security background checks of employees working at foreign repair stations.

Source:  http://www.usnews.com

Mooney M20J 201, N54PM: Fatal accident occurred July 28, 2016 in Holmen, La Crosse County, Wisconsin

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

http://registry.faa.govN54PM

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA295
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Holmen, WI
Aircraft: MOONEY M20P, registration: N54PM
Injuries: 1 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 July 28, 2016, about 1138 central daylight time, a Mooney M20P, N54PM, impacted terrain near Holmen, Wisconsin during an instrument landing system approach runway 18 at La Crosse Regional Airport (LSE), La Crosse, Wisconsin. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial instrument rated pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident. The flight originated from Willmar Municipal Airport-John L Rice Field (BDH), Willmar, Minnesota and was destined to LSE.




KERKHOVEN - A flying enthusiast from Kerkhoven known for his good humor and love for friends has died in a plane crash in Lac Crosse County, Wisconsin.

Loren Larson, 56, of Kerkhoven, died Thursday when the Mooney M-20 plane he was flying crashed in a cornfield in the northern portion of the county, according to information released by the Lac Crosse County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

He was the only person aboard the plane at the time of the crash.

The Minneapolis Air Traffic Control alerted authorities in La Crosse of a missing plane at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, according to the La Crosse Tribune. The paper reported the plane’s flight log indicated at 11:37 a.m. the plane was flying 181 mph at 4,700 feet, and then dropped 1,200 feet in 2 minutes.

Larson was planning to land at the airport in La Crosse to pick up a friend.

They were headed for the Appleton International Airport in Appleton, Wisconsin, to attend the Experimental Aircraft Aviation airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Larson had more than 20 years of experience as a pilot, according to his brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Shellie Larson of DeGraf.

Shellie said Larson had a passion for flying.

He kept a hangar at the Willmar Airport, and is well known in the area’s flying community.

A graduate of the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School, Larson has been a long-time resident of Kerkhoven and well known in the community as well. He worked for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad for the past 36 or 37 years, in recent years as a foreman, according to the family members.

Larson never married, but enjoyed time with his nieces and nephews and family members, as well as his many friends, said Shellie.

Along with flying, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and just having fun with others. “He was bubbly all the time,’’ she said.

Funeral services are pending with the Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Survivors include his mother, Laura Larson of Kerkhoven, and his brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Shellie Larson.


Source:  http://www.wctrib.com







Federal investigators will lead the probe into a plane crash in La Crosse County that has killed a Minnesota pilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will try to figure out why the aircraft 56-year-old Loren Larson of Kerkhoven, Minn., was flying crashed into a field outside of Holmen, Wis., Thursday.

The plane was reported missing around noon Thursday, when it failed to make an intended landing at the La Crosse Regional Airport.

The wreckage was found later that evening and Larson's body was found nearby.

This is the first flying-related death in La Crosse County since 2008, when three men died aboard a medical helicopter that crashed in Medary, Wis.

The NTSB also investigated an accident in Caledonia, Minn., three years ago, when a plane crashed while apparently trying to land at an airport, killing three of the four men aboard.

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, another plane crashed in a field near the Fond du Lac, Wis., airport. The single-engine aircraft bounced a couple times and then cartwheeled according to witnesses. 

Its 78-year-old pilot and 71-year-old passengers were both critically injured.

EARLIER REPORT:

HOLMEN, Wis. -- Searchers in La Crosse County have found the wreckage of a plane near Holmen, and they also report finding the body of the plane's pilot nearby. 

A plane had been reported missing around noon, and the wreck was discovered late in the day, close to County Highway D. 

The sheriff's office says the missing plane had been scheduled to land in La Crosse on the way to Appleton.

Reports had come in about people who saw planes flying low to the ground in the afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

About three dozen people searched a 4-square-mile wooded area until it was found.

A signal from the pilot's cell phone was used to help locate the plane.

Source:  http://www.1410wizm.com







STEVENSTOWN — A single-engine airplane bound for the La Crosse Regional Airport crashed today near Stevenstown in northern La Crosse County. The plane's pilot was not found in the wreckage, but authorities found a body nearby.

Emergency authorities are at the scene on Hwy. D, south of Stevenstown.

Minneapolis air traffic controllers alerted La Crosse County authorities at 12:15 p.m. today that a single-engine aircraft, which is registered in Minnesota, had fallen off radar. The pilot, believed to be the only person on board, was planning a scheduled stop in La Crosse, according to La Crosse County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf.

About 1:45 p.m., authorities were able to get information from a cellphone aboard the plane that showed it was located near Stevenstown.

Crews at 4:15 p.m. began a line search from Hwy. V to William Severson Road. They found the plane about 6:15 p.m. The Civil Air Patrol’s La Crosse squadron is assisting with the search.

It’s believed the pilot left a Twin Cities airport, with a planned stop in La Crosse before heading to Appleton, Wis. The pilot did not report any problems before the plane disappeared from radar, according to authorities.

Authorities have set up a command post at Lewis Valley Church in Stevenstown. Assisting with the search were Farmington and Holmen first responders, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Tri-State Ambulance Service.

Source:  http://lacrossetribune.com






STEVENSTOWN — Authorities are searching northern La Crosse County for a missing airplane that was bound for the La Crosse Regional Airport.

Minneapolis air traffic controllers alerted La Crosse County authorities at 12:15 p.m. today that a single-engine aircraft, which is registered in Minnesota, had fallen off radar. 

The pilot, who is believed to be the only person on board, was planning a scheduled stop in La Crosse, according to La Crosse County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf.

At about 1:45 p.m., authorities were able to get information from a cellphone aboard the plane that showed it was located near Stevenstown.

Crews at 4:15 p.m. began a line search from Hwy. V to William Severson Road.  The Civil Air Patrol’s La Crosse squadron is assisting with the search.

It’s believed the pilot left a Twin Cities airport, with a planned stop in La Crosse before heading to Appleton, Wisconsin. 

The pilot did not report any problems before the plane disappeared from radar, according to authorities.

Authorities have set up a command post at Lewis Valley Church in Stevenstown. 

Assisting with the search are Farmington and Holmen first responders, the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Tri-State Ambulance Service.

The most recent aviation crash in La Crosse County was May 10, 2008, when a medical helicopter crashed into a bluff side, killing all three people aboard, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s accident database. The last crash in the Coulee Region was in August 2014, when a helicopter went down while dusting crops near Tomah, injuring the pilot.

Source:  http://lacrossetribune.com

LA CROSSE CO., Wis. (WKBT) -  Authorities searching for a missing plane in northern La Crosse Co. have located the wreckage.

The plane was found near the area of County Hwy. D and Anderson Rd., northeast of Holmen.

La Crosse Co. Sheriff's Dept. Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf tells News 8 that only the male pilot was believed to be on board the single-engine plane.

Wolf also says a body was found outside of the wreckage, which is believed to be the pilot.

Previous Story:

Officials say they received a cell phone ping from the missing airplane at approximately 1:45 P.M. pinpointing it to the Farmington area.

A ground search is in progress with the Civil Air Patrol surrounding a designated 4 mile radius.

There has been no contact with the pilot or the passenger.

It is believed the airplane was heading to the Appleton airport with a stop in La Crosse.

Previous Story:

La Crosse County Sheriff's Department is searching for an airplane that went missing Thursday afternoon.

Officials are looking for the overdue single engine plane by the Lewis Valley Lutheran Church along County T near Holmen.

There is believed to be one occupant in the plane.

Source:  http://www.news8000.com

Flight Design CTLS, N527TS : Accident occurred July 28, 2016 at Fond du Lac County Airport (KFLD), Wisconsin

http://registry.faa.gov/527TS

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA290
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Fond du Lac, WI
Aircraft: FLIGHT DESIGN GMBH CTLS, registration: N527TS
Injuries: 2 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators 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 July 28, 2016, about 0821 central daylight time, a Flight Design GMBH model CTLS airplane, N527TS, impacted terrain while returning to land after initial takeoff. The pilot and single passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to, and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site about the time of the accident, and the flight was operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from Fond du Lac County Airport (FLD), Fond du Lac, Wisconsin at the time of the accident and its destination was not determined.

Witnesses reported seeing the airplane takeoff to the north and start a left turn back to the airport. They stated the engine sounded abnormal and the airplane did not climb above treetop height before it rolled into a steep left turn and descended into terrain. An additional witness did not see the accident occur, but said they heard the pilot on the radio state he was making an immediate return to the airport.

During the impact both wings separated from the fuselage and the engine intruded into the cockpit area. Flight control continuity to the elevator and rudder was verified continuous from the cockpit to each control surface. Flight control continuity was interrupted to both wings, but all observed breaks in continuity were consistent with failure in overload during impact. Some fuel smell was present at the accident scene, but both the left and right fuel tanks were compromised. Several ounces of fuel were recovered from the right wing tank, which appeared light blue in color and free of contaminants. The three composite propeller blades were separated from the propeller hub. The blade sections that were observed were absent chord wise scratches or leading edge damage. The engine and wreckage were recovered to a secure storage location and retained for further examination.




SANTA FE – Two Santa Fe men injured in the crash of their lightweight plane in Wisconsin were still listed in critical condition on Friday.
The men have been identified as David D. Spencer, 78, who owned and piloted the plane that crashed after take-off on Thursday, and his passenger Rafael J. Chavez, 71.

Sgt. Paul Rottscholl of the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the plane appeared to lose power soon after taking off from the Fond du Lac County Airport about 8:20 a.m. Thursday. “It appeared as if the pilot was attempting to turn around and land back at the airstrip, but it didn’t make it and crashed into an open field,” he said.

Rottscholl said the crash was witnessed by employees of a nearby medical clinic. “A couple of nurses and doctors and a trauma surgeon ran over to the crash site and stated attending to the passenger, who was sitting outside the plane semiconscious,” he said.

The pilot was still inside the aircraft but pinned under the engine and also semiconscious when Rottscholl arrived a few minutes after the crash. “Myself and the firefighters there made the decision to pick up the plane to get him free, and we were able to do that,” he said.

Spencer and Chavez were separately transported by medical helicopter to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Wis.

Cameron Humphres, manager of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, confirmed the plane — a two-seat, fixed wing CTLS model manufactured in 2008 by Flight Design  —was registered there. He said pilots flying under visual flight rules aren’t required to file a flight plan, but it is believed the plane left Santa Fe last Saturday morning.

Spencer and Chavez were likely in Wisconsin to attend AirVenture, a week-long convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association held at Whittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. that according to its website attracts about 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes each year. Sgt. Rottscholl and said many people attending that event use the Fond du Lac airport due to the overflow.

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, staff members with the Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, and representatives from some of the state’s economic development organizations attended the EAA AirVenture this week. “Our state is in a prime position to benefit from the growing demands of the global market, and this is one of the best venues to showcase all we have to offer the aerospace, aviation, and defense industries,” Sanchez said in a news release earlier this week.




FOND DU LAC COUNTY (WLUK) -- Two men are in critical condition after their plane crashed Thursday morning at The Fond du Lac County Airport.

The plane crashed at an airport that's especially busy this time of year, because of EAA AirVenture up the road in Oshkosh.

Investigators say the plane had taken off, but had to turn back because of mechanical issues.

Investigators combed through the field at the northwest corner of the Fond du Lac County Airport, looking for clues as to why a small white plane crashed early Thursday morning.

"The witnesses said they saw it coming down. And said it made an abrupt turn. They thought it was going to be turning to get to the runway, and then it hit the ground," said Rick Olig, Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office Captain.

Two people were on board. They've been identified as 78-year-old David Spencer and 71-year-old Rafael Chaves. Both men are from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

"When our medical people got to the scene, we began to treat those people, and they were both injured severely," said Peter O'Leary, Fond du Lac Fire Chief.

Flight for Life and ThedaStar helicopters transported the two men to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.

According to The Federal Aviation Administration, the light sport aircraft took off from the Fond du Lac airport, but the pilot soon asked to return. The plane had clearance to land, but crashed about a half-mile short of the runway.

"We do have quite a few witnesses that actually saw it prior to, and actually saw the crash. The preliminary indications are that the engine was functioning at the time of the crash. They didn't hear anything that appeared to be out of the ordinary," said Olig.

Investigators say The Fond du Lac County Airport is very busy this time of year, handling numerous flights to and from EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

"The number of planes that come in and out of here everyday, during EAA is significant. And significant enough the FAA wants to have a staffed tower here," said O'Leary.

The airport was closed for about an hour Thursday morning.

The FAA says its investigation will take about three weeks to complete.

It is unknown whether the men were attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

Story and video:   http://fox11online.com



FOND DU LAC, Wis.-- - The victims of Thursday morning's plane crash at the Fond du Lac County Airport have been identified. They are 78 year old David Spencer and 71 year old Rafael Chaves, both from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The victims suffered serious injuries and are in ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah for treatment.

Original Story:

A plane has crashed at the Fond du Lac County Airport. 

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's office says that two men are critically injured and were flown to a hospital.

Witnesses say the plane was flying low, and it appeared as if it was going to land. That's when the plane banked abruptly and crashed.

Fond du Lac County Fire and Rescue chief Peter O'Leary says crews are responding. 

The FAA is investigating the crash. 

The airport was closed during rescue operations but has since opened up.

Source:   http://www.wtmj.com



FOND DU LAC - A single-engine plane crashed about 8:20 a.m Thursday in the northwest corner of the Fond du Lac County Airport. White smoke burst from the engine as firefighters and an ambulance arrived on scene.

Two men, about the age of 60, were seriously injured and transported separately by Flight for Life and ThedaStar to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center- Neenah, said Rick Olig, captain of operations for the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses of the crash say the plane was flying low and appeared as if it was going to land, Olig said. The plane banked abruptly and crashed.

The crash area was on an open field several hundred yards from the north/south runway.

The two-seat, fixed-wing plane is a model CTLS manufactured by Flight Design, based in Germany, and was last registered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to the Aircraft Lookup app.

The Fond du Lac County Airport reopened about 10 a.m., said John Wehner, manager of the Fond du Lac County Airport. This is the first crash at the airport since the 1990s, Wehner said.

Since Sunday, the county airport has been busy as flyers arrive for the EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Wehner estimated that the airport would handle 5,000 flights from July 24 to 31, which is 625 flight operations a day. Normally the airport has about 150 daily operation flights, he said.

The sheriff's office is working with federal agencies to determine the cause of the crash.

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






FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Two people were airlifted from the scene of a plane crash at Fond du Lac County Airport, according to Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue.

Officials tell Action 2 News the small, single engine plane crashed west of the runway in a field at about 8:21 Thursday morning.

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says witnesses reported the plane was low and it appeared as if it was going to land.

“The plane banked abruptly and crashed,” according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

Two men believed to be in their 60s or older suffered critical injuries and were airlifted to a local hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue, Town of Fond du Lac Fire, the Sheriff’s Office, Flight for Life, Theda Star, and the FAA responded to the crash scene.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office is working with federal agencies to determine what may have caused the crash.  The airport was closed while rescue operations were ongoing, but has since opened up for normal operations.

Source:  http://wbay.com






Two men were injured when a small plane crashed at Fond du Lac County Airport.

The crash happened Thursday morning. The Fond du Lac Action Reporter says white smoke burst from the engine as an ambulance arrived.

Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office captain of operations Rick Olig says the victims were men. He described their injuries as critical. Both were flown to the hospital.

Fond du Lac fire Chief Peter O'Leary says the single engine aircraft crashed on the northwest corner of the airport property, several hundred yards west of a runway.

Olig says witnesses told authorities the plane was flying low and appeared as if it was going to land when it abruptly banked and crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash's cause.

Source:  https://www.mprnews.org

American Airlines, Airbus A321-200, N562UW: Incident occurred July 27, 2016 at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW), Texas

AMERICAN AIRLINES INC: http://registry.faa.govN562UW



An American Airlines flight landed safely back at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Wednesday after sparks were seen shooting from one of its engines.

American Airlines Flight 438 had taken off for Seattle at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when it experienced a mechanical issue with an engine compressor, according to an AA spokesperson.

Cellphone video from one of the 139 passengers on board the flight shows heavy sparks coming from what appears to the wing on the left side of the Airbus 321.

“The engine was not on fire,” an AA spokesperson emphasized in a statement to NBC DFW.

However, Lynn Lunsford, of the Federal Aviation Administration, appeared to indicate otherwise in a separate statement.

“The pilot reported an engine problem that was causing compressor stalls, which would shoot flames out the back of the engine and definitely be visible,” Lunsford said.

Matty Hops was a passenger on Flight 438, who tweeted multiple times during and after the ordeal.

“Flight to Seattle just had catastrophic engine failure…. So, love you guys,” Hops tweeted.

“It’s just a big concerning when there is an explosion on takeoff and then you see the one of the plane engines on fire. Not the best look,” Hops tweeted minutes later, once on the ground.

A statement from American Airlines, and subsequent tweets from the airline’s official account, indicated that the airline was rebooking passengers on other flights.

“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and we are working to get them to Seattle as soon as possible,” the statement noted.

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

DALLAS —  A Seattle-bound American Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing Wednesday night at DFW International Airport, said officials with the airline company.

Officials said the Airbus 321 had a mechanical issue after departing DFW. There was an issue with the compressor.

A video taken by a passenger showed flames coming from the exterior of the plane.

The plane returned safely to DFW and taxied to the gate.

CBS DFW tweeted no injuries were reported.

 “We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and we are working to get them to Seattle as soon as possible,” officials said Wednesday. 

Story and video:  http://www.kiro7.com

Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV, N2157M: Incident occurred July 28, 2016 at Stevens Point Municipal Airport (KSTE), Portage County, Wisconsin

http://registry.faa.gov/N2157M

Date: 28-JUL-16
Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N2157M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: STEVENS POINT
State: Wisconsin

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP. SEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN.



STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- An electrical panel failure forced a small plane to make an emergency landing at Stevens Point Municipal Airport Thursday morning.

The airport's assistant manager tells NewsChannel 7 a plane took off around 8:30 a.m. A few minutes later there was an electrical failure.

The pilot made a quick emergency landing without landing gear. The pilot and his wife got out of the plane safely.

The plane has some exterior damage, including propellor damage.

Stevens Point Municipal Airport Assistant Manager Jeff Graboski says the situation could have been much worse, had the pilot not made a textbook landing.

"It could have been worse, absolutely. Anytime there's an aircraft that's landing without wheels, obviously that's a big deal. It doesn't happen very often but occasionally this stuff happens and typically guys are trained and understand their airplane enough to get it on the ground safely."

The couple, from Arizona, parked their plane at the Stevens Point airport while they attended the EAA airshow in Oshkosh. The couple was leaving to head back to Arizona when the electrical failure happened.

The plane was cleared off the runway by 11:00 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Graboski says he believes the couple will have to stay in Stevens Point through the weekend until the FAA investigation can be done, and repairs can be made to the plane.

Story and video:  http://www.wsaw.com


Emergency crews say there were no injuries after a small airplane landed without its landing gear on Thursday morning.

The plane, a Piper Turbo Arrow, had just taken off from the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, according to one of the two passengers who was on the craft during the accident.

The woman, who asked to not be identified, said she and a male companion were residents of Pheonix, Ariz., and flew to Stevens Point a few days ago to attend the EAA AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh. They chose the Stevens Point airport, she said, to avoid “the circus” of landing closer to the Fly-In, and were about to return home on July 28.

“We had just taken off, we weren’t too far up yet,” the woman said. “Everything was fine until we lost electrical power. We never lost engine power but we still had to land — without our landing gear.”

The woman said the plane landed back on the runway and did not crash.

Along with the Stevens Point Police Dept., crews from the Stevens Point Fire Dept. and Portage Co. EMS responded. Johnson Towing, Nelson’s Trucking from Waupaca and a flatbed truck from Area Wide in Plainfield were all called in to assist returning to plane to a hangar.

No injuries or fire were reported.

Source:  https://www.spcitytimes.com




STEVENS POINT - A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing without a landing gear Thursday morning at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport.

Two people were inside the plane at the time, but both made it out safely and were not hurt, according to David Briggs, a firefighter and paramedic with the Stevens Point Police Department.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 a.m., and involved a plane skidding on the runway without a landing gear, Briggs said. The exterior of the plane was damaged from the emergency landing.

The two people in the plane had been attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, but came back to Stevens Point to get their plane and return home, Briggs said.


The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Source: http://www.stevenspointjournal.com