Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235, TEKO Air, LLC, N8983W: Fatal accident occurred September 20, 2016 at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), Missouri

TEKO AIR LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8983W

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA378
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Lee's Summit, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-235, registration: N8983W
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 September 20, 2016, about 1820 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235 airplane, N8983W, impacted terrain near Lee's Summit, Missouri. The private rated pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by TEKO Air LLC, Des Moines, Iowa, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal fight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The cross country flight originated from the Ankeny Regional Airport (KIKV), Des Moines, Iowa, and was en route to the Lee's Summit Municipal airport, (KLXT), Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Several witnesses reported seeing segments of the airplane's accident flight. Additionally, several of the airport's security cameras captured a portion of the flight. A review of the security camera video's and witness statements, revealed the airplane touched down on KLXT's runway 18, the airplane then continued on the runway for a little way, before departing. The airplane was then seen with nose high, left wing low attitude. The airplane continued and entered into a right steep turn; one witness reported that the airplane was high as 200 to 300 ft above ground level. The airplane continued to make a 180-degree turn, with a wing bank angle of about 90 degrees. The airplane made a rapid decent, impacting terrain in a right wing, nose low attitude. The airplane then slid along the ramp for about 250 ft, coming to rest on its right side. 

After the initial on-site documentation of the wreckage, the airplane was recovered for further examination.

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.


Kelli Basile



Two people killed in a plane crash in Missouri on Tuesday were from the Des Moines metro area.

The pilot, Vincent Basile, 53, of Des Moines, and the passenger Kelli Basile, 24, of West Des Moines, were traveling from Des Moines to Lee's Summit, Mo., to visit family, according to a news release.

Kelli Basile was working at Grant Ragan Elementary School as a special education associate, according to Nicole Lawrence, spokeswoman for the Waukee school district. She started working for the district in 2015.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kelli," Lawrence said. "Our grief response team has been activated, and counselors are available for students and staff. It is important that we all support each other during this time of grief and loss."

Kelli Basile graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 2010 and Iowa State University in 2014. She also worked for i9 Sports, a youth sports organization. She was engaged to be married next summer.

"There are no words for a tragedy like this," said Anna Swanson, who knew Basile both in high school and college. "Kelli was, and will always be, such a bright light."

Around 6 p.m., emergency officials responded to a a single-engine plane crash at the Lee's Summit airport in Missouri, according to Sgt. Chris Depue, spokesman for Lee's Summit police. The Lee’s Summit airport is not towered, meaning there is no tower for pilots to communicate with.

The airplane was a 1964 Piper PA-28-235, which is a four-seat, low-wing and fixed-gear general aviation aircraft.

When officers arrived, they found a plane on the west side of the airport on the tarmac. Both people on board were killed in the crash. Investigators with the Lee's Summit Police Department are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine where the flight originated from and what led to the crash.

Peter Knudson, spokesman for National Transportation Safety Board, said there were witnesses to the crash who might be able to shed more light about what happened throughout the investigation. He said there was no fire following the crash, but a wing did separate from the plane.

Knudson also said it's still unknown whether the crash happened while Basile was trying to land. He said accidents and fatalities occur more frequently with smaller planes compared to commercial aircraft.

Knudson could not confirm whether Lee's Summit was the plane's intended destination or whether the crash was a result of an emergency landing.

The plane was registered to Teko Air LLC in Des Moines, according to FAA records. Calls to the company were not immediately answered.

Vince Basile was a licensed pilot, qualified to fly a single-engine airplane, like the one that crashed, according to FAA records.

Reached by phone Wednesday evening, a member of the Basile family declined to comment.

Source:  http://www.desmoinesregister.com



KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Two people have died in a small plane crash at the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.

The plane crashed about 6:10 p.m. while apparently trying to land at the airport in the 2700 block of Northeast Douglas Street.

Two people have died in a small plane crash at the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.
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Investigators said crews found the plane at rest on the tarmac, but aerial video from Newschopper 9 appears to show an impact on the edge of the grass.

Sgt. Chris Depue of the Lee's Summit Police Department said there was no indication that the Piper PA-28-235 made any mayday calls or reported any other kinds of trouble.

"Right now, we're working along with the FAA, as well as our criminal investigation division, just to conduct a thorough investigation just to gather those facts, so we have a full understanding of what happened," Depue said.

Police identified the victims as Vincent L. Basile, 53, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Kelli B. Basile, 24, of West Des Moines, Iowa.

The families of the victims were at the airport at the time of the crash.

Crash investigators are trying to determine what happened.

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



LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -  Police have identified the two victims killed in a plane crash at Lee's Summit Municipal Airport.  

According to authorities, Vincent Basile, 53, and Kelli Basile, 24, both of Des Moines, IA were killed in the accident.

Lee's Summit police say the crash happened around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday.

The plane came to rest on the west side of the airport on the tarmac. 

Police say the two were heading from Des Moines to Lee's Summit to see family

The airplane is a 1964 PIPER PA-28-235 with a fixed wing single engine, according to aircraft registration records. 

Teko Air, LLC. out of Des Moines, Iowa is the listed owner of the plane. Records show the plane was purchased in December. 

The Lee's Summit Municipal Airport is a non-towered airport, meaning there is no tower to speak with, leaving pilots to tell other pilots what they are doing on a frequency. 


Investigators say the airport remains open, as runways were not affected by the crash. 

Story and video:  http://www.kctv5.com



LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Two people are dead after a plane crashed at Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport Tuesday night.

Lee's Summit police said emergency crews were called to the airport around 6:10 p.m. When they arrived, they found a single-engine plane on the west side of the runways, west of the tarmac area, that tried to make a landing and crashed. 

"Our initial investigation says this was their destination. This is where they were heading this evening," said Sgt. Chris Depue of the Lee's Summit Police Department. 

41 Action News learned the plane is registered to Teko Air LLC in Des Moines, Iowa. Calls to the number listed for Teko Air were not answered. 

Police said there is no indication yet as far as mayday calls or any kind of other troubles. 

The FAA is en route. Lee's Summit police are working with the FAA as well as the criminal investigations unit to learn where the flight originated from and what may have caused the crash. 

The Lee's Summit Airport is a non-towered airport, meaning pilots have to "see and avoid" when landing and taking off. 

The airport remains open for operations. 

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

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, N4477F: Accident occurred September 19, 2016 near Grants-Milan Municipal Airport (KGNT), Grants, Cibola County, New Mexico

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4477F

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA375
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 19, 2016 in Grants, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R-300, registration: N4477F
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 19, 2016, about 1700 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA 32R-300 airplane, N4477F, impacted a tree and terrain during a forced landing near Grants, New Mexico. A ground fire subsequently occurred. The pilot and two passengers were uninjured. The airplane was destroyed during the impact and ground fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which did not operate on a flight plan. The flight was originating from the Grants-Milan Municipal Airport (GNT), near Grants, New Mexico, at the time of the accident and was destined for the Cedar City Regional Airport, near Cedar City, Utah.

According to preliminary information, the pilot performed a pre-flight inspection. He taxied to run-up area for runway 31 and conducted the before takeoff checklist. He taxied the airplane to the beginning of the runway and set the throttle to full power. The roll-out and acceleration was considered to be normal. He lifted off approximately 5,000 feet down the runway at 80 knots. Approximately 100 feet above ground level and about two 2 seconds after lift-off, he heard a "gurgle" and the airplane lost engine power. The pilot verified that the fuel pump on and the throttle was in its full position. He turned the airplane about 20 degrees to the left and determined the airplane would not be able to return to the airport at its altitude at the time. The pilot located a landing site and he landed the airplane in between two trees. During the landing roll, the airplane turned to the left and headed for a tree. He was unable to correct the heading with applied right rudder, the airplane impacted a tree, and the airplane caught on fire. The pilot and passengers exited airplane and ran away from fire.

N4477F was a 1976 model Piper PA-32R-301 airplane with serial number 32R-7680449. The airplane was a low-wing, all-metal, single-engine, six-place monoplane. It had a retractable tricycle landing gear configuration, and was powered by a fuel injected, six-cylinder, Lycoming IO-540 engine, which drove a Hartzell variable-pitch propeller.

At 1655, the recorded weather at GNT was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 30 degrees C; dew point -13; altimeter 30.28 inches of mercury.



CIBOLA COUNTY – Late afternoon on Monday, a 1976 Piper PA-32R-300 single engine plane suddenly came down shortly after take off from the Grants/Milan Airport behind the federal prison (CCA or Four Cs) in Milan in Milan causing it to catch fire which caused a small grass fire.

According to officials, pilot and owner of the plane, Michael Clark, and two passengers were flying to Utah and needed to stop in Grants for fuel and food. “Upon take off,” Sheriff Tony Mace said, “the plane would not gain altitude and the engine was sputtering.”

While Clark was attempting to land the plane in a field, it appears the plane’s wing clipped a tree causing it to spin sideways and eventually catching fire, Mace said.

The plane and everything in it eventually burned, which also caused the grass under and a small area around the plane to burn, including a few shrubs. 
Emergency personnel were able to immediately assist the three persons and the plane and stop the small fire.

Amazingly, Clark and his two passengers were able to walk away from the crash site with no injuries.

According to Mace, on Tuesday the FAA was in the area to investigate the crash.

Clark is from Texas and his passengers were from Oklahoma.

Source:  http://www.cibolabeacon.com

Bell 206L-1 LongRanger 1, Air Evac EMS Inc., N59AE: Incident occurred September 16, 2016 in Potosi, Washington County, Missouri

AIR EVAC EMS INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N59AE

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA St. Louis FSDO-62

N59AE BELL 206 ROTORCRAFT ON LANDING, SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE, POTOSI, MISSOURI

Date: 16-SEP-16
Time: 07:45:00Z
Regis#: N59AE
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: POTOSI
State: Missouri

Flexjet, Bombardier BD-100-1A10, N521FX: Incident occurred September 19, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

http://registry.faa.gov/N521FX

FAA FSDO: FAA Grand Rapids FSDO-09

N521FX FLEXJET FLIGHT LXJ521 BOMBARDIER BD-100 AIRCRAFT, ON LANDING TIRES DEFLATED, AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.

Date: 19-SEP-16
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N521FX
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: BD100 1A10
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Flight Number: LXJ521
City: GRAND RAPIDS
State: Michigan

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, Civil Air Patrol Inc., N98323: Incident occurred September 16, 2016 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland

CIVIL AIR PATROL INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N98323

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Baltimore FSDO-07

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING SUSTAINED A TAILSTRIKE, HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND.  

Date: 16-SEP-16
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N98323
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HAGERSTOWN
State: Maryland

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, Lexington Flying Club, Inc., N65641: Incident occurred September 16, 2016 in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

LEXINGTON FLYING CLUB INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N65641

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Louisville FSDO-17

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE RUNWAY INTO THE GRASS, LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY.


Date: 16-SEP-16
Time: 18:41:00Z
Regis#: N65641
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LEXINGTON
State: Kentucky

Airtime Cygnet, Two Trike Pilots LLC, N145AT: Accident occurred September 16, 2016 in Venice, Sarasota County, Florida

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

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

Two Trike Pilots LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N145AT

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA498
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 2016 in Venice, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: AIRTIME AIRCRAFT INC CYGNET, registration: N145AT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The flight instructor in the amphibious float-equipped, weight-shift aircraft reported that the accident flight was the third flight with the student pilot, and the student pilot’s first flight in the front seat. He further reported that during the takeoff roll they “began to [lose] the center line to the left and then to the right.”

He reported that in this particular aircraft, to turn to the right you push the left pedal and to turn to the left you push the right pedal. He instructed the student pilot to release the throttle. He then attempted to “take the controls back and keep the [aircraft] on the runway”, but was unsuccessful. The aircraft veered off the runway to the right, the right float impacted grass, and the aircraft spun 180 degrees. 

The student pilot reported that he told the flight instructor that he would “follow along with him on the controls during the takeoff to feel how he was moving them”. He further reported that when the aircraft veered off the runway to the right, he “took [his] hands off the controls” to allow the flight instructor to correct for the veer. 

The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the right lift strut.

The flight instructor reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in a runway excursion. 

Evektor-Aerotechnik SPORTSTAR, Sky Craft LLC, N904LA: Accident occurred September 02, 2016 at Delaware Municipal Airport ( KDLZ), Delaware County, Ohio

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

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

SKY CRAFT LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N904LA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Columbus FSDO-07


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

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA529
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 02, 2016 in Delaware, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: EVEKTOR-AEROTECHNIK AS SPORTSTAR, registration: N904LA
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 student pilot reported that during his first supervised solo landing that was conducted in light and variable crosswind conditions, he initiated a go around because, the wind had pushed him off course, and he was no longer in a good position to land. He further reported that during his second approach “everything looked good”, but that immediately after the wheels touched down, the airplane veered to the left. He tried to compensate but “very quickly lost control”. Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway to the left, the nose gear collapsed, and the right wing struck the ground.

A post-accident examination revealed substantial damage to the right wing rear spar.

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

A review of local weather at the time of the accident showed the wind 070 degrees true at 6 nautical miles per hour, and not gusting. The student pilot landed on runway 28.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s inadequate compensation for the quartering tailwind on landing, which resulted in a loss of directional control.

JetBlue Airlines, Embraer ERJ 190: Incident occurred September 19, 2016 in Washington, District of Columbia

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Washington FSDO-27

JETBLUE AIRLINES FLIGHT JBU1189 EMBRAER E190 AIRCRAFT, REGISTRATION NOT REPORTED, CREW MEMBER SUSTAINED UNKNOWN EYE INJURY DUE TO A LASER ILLUMINATING THE COCKPIT, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

Date: 20-SEP-16
Time: 04:37:00Z
Regis#: JBU1189
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ190
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Damage: None
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: JBU-JetBlue Airways
Flight Number: JBU1189
City: WASHINGTON
State: District of Columbia

United Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N76514: Incident occurred September 19, 2016 at Portland International Airport (KPDX), Oregon

UNITED AIRLINES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N76514

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-09

N76514 UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT UAL766 BOEING 737 AIRCRAFT ON FINAL, WING AND ENGINES STRUCK BIRDS, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, NO INJURIES, DAMAGE MINOR, PORTLAND, OREGON.  

Date: 20-SEP-16
Time: 03:17:00Z
Regis#: N76514
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Minor
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: UAL-United Airlines
Flight Number: UAL766
City: PORTLAND
State: Oregon

United Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N840UA: Incident occurred September 18, 2016 at Denver International Airport (KDEN), Colorado

UNITED AIRLINES INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N840UA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

N840UA UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT UAL296 AIRBUS A319 AIRCRAFT, ON TAXI, NOSE WHEEL WENT OFF THE RUNWAY INTO THE GRASS, PASSENGERS DEPLANED AND WERE BUSSED TO TERMINAL, NO INJURIES, DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT UNKNOWN, DENVER, COLORADO.  

Date: 19-SEP-16
Time: 01:04:00Z
Regis#: N840UA
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Flight Number: UAL296
Aircraft Operator: UAL-United Airlines
City: DENVER
State: Colorado




DENVER - No injures are reported after a plane went off the runway at Denver International Airport on Sunday.

According to a passenger on United flight 296 headed to Reno, the plane's brakes went out, sending the aircraft onto the grass.

"We had departed from the gate and were just doing the usual drive down the runway before you take off and all the sudden the engines roared really loud which is pretty normal for when you're taking off, except we were slowing down," passenger Mike Higdon told 9NEWS by phone.  "And all the sudden the airplane stopped really suddenly."

The pilot explained to passengers that as the plane pulled toward the runway, the brakes wouldn't work and he did emergency reverse engines to stop it from going into ditch. It happened as the plane was taxiing before takeoff around 7:05 p.m.

The passenger, a newspaper reporter based in Reno, told 9NEWS emergency vehicles are going to tow the plane out of the grass. Buses arrived and took the passengers back to their gate.

"We left through the rear down the steps and onto the bus and they took us back to the original gate that we started," said Higdon. "It was the rear emergency exit but it wasn't the slide unfortunately everyone was kind of disappointed we all wanted to slide."

A spokesperson for DIA told 9NEWS all passengers are getting off the plane and are fine. 

"Oddly enough the reaction was people laughing," Higdon told 9NEWS.  "I guess you don't know how else to react. No one was injured and everyone was wearing their seatbelt so I guess the best reaction is , so our airplanes in a ditch huh?"

Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.9news.com

Socata TBM-900, KiloDelta LLC, N940KD: Incident occurred September 16, 2016 in Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania

KILODELTA LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N940KD

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Allegheny PFSDO-03

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, STRUCK THE PROPELLER, JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

Date: 16-SEP-16
Time: 20:22:00Z
Regis#: N940KD
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TBM700
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: JOHNSTOWN
State: Pennsylvania

Piper PA-31T1, High Performance Aircraft Inc., N479SW: Incident occurred September 19, 2016 in San Diego, California

HIGH PERFORMANCE AIRCRAFT INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N479SW

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Diego FSDO-09


AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF FROM TIJUANA, MEXICO, STRUCK THE PROPELLER, CONTINUED FLIGHT AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.  


Date: 20-SEP-16
Time: 02:50:00Z
Regis#: N479SW
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31T
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: SAN DIEGO
State: California

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, Tennessee Dept. of Safety & Homeland Security, N18NJ: Incident occurred September 19, 2016 at General Dewitt Spain Airport (M01), Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee

TENNESSEE DEPT OF SAFETY & HOMELAND SECURITY:   http://registry.faa.gov/N18NJ

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Memphis FSDO-21

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, GENERAL DEWITT SPAIN AIRPORT, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.  

Date: 19-SEP-16
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N18NJ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MEMPHIS
State: Tennessee

Aviat A-1A Husky, Elijah Reed Corp., N241VY: Incident occurred September 15, 2016 at Hidden Splendor Airstrip, Hanksville, Wayne County, Utah

ELIJAH REED CORP: http://registry.faa.gov/N241VY

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING ROLLOUT, WENT OFF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A STRUCTURE, HIDDEN SPLENDOR AIRSTRIP, HANKSVILLE, UTAH.  

Date: 15-SEP-16
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N241VY
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A1
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HANKSVILLE
State: Utah

Piper PA-18, N5773D: Accident occurred September 18, 2016 in McGrath, Alaska

http://registry.faa.gov/N5773D

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items -  National Transportation Safety Board: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary  -  National Transportation Safety Board:  http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: ANC16CA066
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 18, 2016 in McGrath, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18, registration: N5773D
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 had landed his tailwheel-equipped airplane on a rough and uneven, soft, off-airport landing site in gusty wind conditions. He reported that he had landed at the same spot the previous day, but at a higher gross weight. While back taxiing the airplane became stuck, he applied near full power and the airplane began to roll. In an effort to avoid becoming stuck again, he chose to taxi at a higher than normal speed and power setting. He stated that the airplane began to accelerate and in an effort to slow down, he applied the main wheel brakes while simultaneously hitting a large tussock. The airplane nosed over sustaining substantial damage to the rudder and vertical stabilizer. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

In the recommendation section of the NTSB Accident/Incident Reporting Form 6120.1, the pilot stated that the accident may have been prevented if he had shut down the airplane and walked the landing zone prior to taxi to look for hazards, or if he had a better understanding of how gross weight affects airplane control while on the ground.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's excessive taxi speed, which resulted in a loss of control and subsequent nose over.

Feds allocate funds for Buffalo Niagara International Airport runway improvements

Plans to add new aviation directional signs and lighting at Buffalo Niagara International Airport have received a major boost, thanks to funding secured through the Federal Aviation Administration.

Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were able to get a $6,776,181 federal grant for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority that will pay for the upgrades.

The project calls for Buffalo Niagara International Airport to obtain new guidance signs, runway distance-to-go signs and runway lighting. Officials say the project is essential to keep up with demands made by airlines serving the airport.

Funding was awarded through the federal Airport Improvement Program and will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and FAA. The money comes from the federal Airport and Airway Trust Funds, which itself is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue sources.

The work should be completed this year.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com

San Luis Valley airport fights to keep subsidy



ALAMOSA— Gov. John Hickenlooper and congressional leaders are joining the San Luis Valley Regional Airport and Alamosa County in requesting a waiver from a federal order that would end the airport’s commercial flight subsidy.

The request, posted to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulatory website late Friday, argued in part that poor service by the current airline led the airport to run afoul of federal law that limits subsidy per passenger to $200.

In 2015, Great Lakes Airlines canceled 16 percent of its flights between Alamosa and Denver.

“This high percentage of cancellations resulted in the community being reluctant to continue scheduling flights in fear that they would not make their connection at Denver International Airport, thus reducing the overall enplanements to such a point that the subsidy cap was slightly exceeded,” the petition said.

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Incident occurred September 20, 2016 at Tampa International Airport (KTPA), Florida



TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport early Tuesday. Passengers say it was due to a malfunction with landing gear.

According to an American Airlines spokesperson:

“AA flight 574, an A320 aircraft traveling from Phoenix to Tampa, experienced an indicator light in the cockpit prior to landing. The aircraft landed normally and passengers were deplaned via air stairs and driven by bus to the terminal. No one was injured. There were 146 passengers on board. The aircraft is currently being evaluated by our maintenance team.”

News Channel 8 Daytime host Jerry Penacoli was on board the plane. He says passengers were told to brace as if they would crash land. Flight attendants showed passengers how to properly brace for landing.

As the flight came down, the flight attendants kept screaming “Brace! Brace! Brace!” and passengers were all screaming, Penacoli explained to a News Channel 8 producer. Penacoli says he and those around him were saying their goodbyes to each other. And miraculously the pilot landed the plane safely.

“We were given the full instructions on how to [brace for crash landing]. We were given the full instructions how to do it. As we were getting closer, it was petrifying,” he said.

Penacoli adds that the pilot deserves high praise. He called it an “extremely emotional ordeal that no one around him wants to endure again.”

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