Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

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

Analysis 

The pilot and one passenger were on a cross-country flight in a single-engine airplane. Review of the airplane's radar flight track revealed that it was on a southerly heading to the destination airport and made a straight-in approach to runway 18. As the airplane neared the airport, a passenger filmed the approach section of the flight using her phone. A review of the footage showed that the approach appeared normal; however, during the landing flare, the airplane drifted slightly right. The camera then recorded the sound of the engine power increasing, followed immediately by the airplane touching down right of the runway centerline. The engine power then increases (likely either for a touch-and-go or for a go-around) and the airplane begins to climb in a right bank. The camera also captured images of the control yoke, which showed the pilot manipulating it aft and turning it left.

Several witnesses also reported seeing segments of the accident flight, and several of the airport's security cameras captured portions of the flight. A review of the videos and witness statements confirmed that the airplane touched down on the runway and then lifted off in a nose-high, right-wing-low attitude. The airplane then entered a steep right climbing turn; one witness reported that the airplane reached about 200 to 300 ft above ground level. The airplane then completed a 180° turn with about a 90° bank angle; entered a rapid descent; impacted terrain in a right-wing-down, nose-low attitude; slid along the ramp; and came to rest on its right side.

An examination of the engine and airframe did not reveal any preimpact abnormalities. Based on the available information, the pilot overcontrolled the airplane during takeoff, which resulted in it exceeding its critical angle of attack that led to an aerodynamic stall and loss of airplane control. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper control inputs during takeoff, which resulted in the exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack and subsequent departure stall, and loss of airplane control.

Findings

Aircraft
Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Incorrect action selection - Pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Total experience in position - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)
Loss of control in flight

Kelli Brooke Basile 

Vincent Louis Basile II



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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri
Piper Aircraft Company; Vero Beach, Florida 
Lycoming Aircraft Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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

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

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




Location: Lee's Summit, MO
Accident Number: CEN16FA378
Date & Time: 09/20/2016, 1820 CDT
Registration: N8983W
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-235
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 20, 2016, about 1820 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235 airplane, N8983W, impacted terrain near Lee's Summit, Missouri. The 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, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal fight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross-country flight originated from Ankeny Regional Airport, Des Moines, Iowa, and was en route to Lee's Summit Municipal Airport (KLXT), Lee's Summit, Missouri.

A review of the airplane's radar flight track revealed that the airplane was on a southernly heading to KLXT and then made a straight-in approach to runway 18. As the airplane neared KLXT, a passenger filmed the approach section of the flight using her phone, which was found on scene. The camera captured portions of the approach to the runway. The approach appeared normal; however, during the landing flare, the airplane drifted slightly right. The camera then recorded the sound of the engine power increasing, followed immediately by the airplane touching down right of the runway centerline. The camera captured images of the control yoke, which showed the pilot manipulating it aft and turning it left. The sound was consistent with the engine at high power until the end of the recording. The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Personal Electronic Device Specialist's Factual Report is located in the docket for this accident.

Several witnesses reported seeing segments of the accident flight. Additionally, several of the airport's security cameras captured portions of the flight. A review of the security camera videos and witness statements revealed that the airplane touched down on runway 18 and then lifted off in a nose-high, right-wing-low attitude. The airplane then made a steep, right climbing turn; one witness reported that the airplane reached about 200 to 300 ft above ground level. The airplane completed a 180° turn with about a 90° bank angle and then entered a rapid descent, impacted terrain in a right-wing-down, nose-low attitude, slid along the ramp, and came to rest on its right side.



Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/28/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  92.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64.1 hours (Total, this make and model) 

The pilot held a private pilot certificate, which was issued on June 9, 2016, with an airplane single-engine land rating. Additionally, he held a control tower operator certificate. The pilot was issued a third-class medical certificate on Sept 29, 2015. A review of the pilot's logbook revealed that he had 92.3 total flight hours, 18.2 hours of which were accrued since the pilot certificate was issued, with the last entry dated September 14, 2016. 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N8983W
Model/Series: PA 28-235 235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-10562
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  12/31/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2883.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 0-540 SERIES
Registered Owner: TEKO Air LLC
Rated Power: 250 hp
Operator: TEKO Air LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

The accident airplane was a Piper PA-28-235, which is a low-wing, single-engine airplane with fixed landing gear. It was powered by a reciprocating 235-horsepower Lycoming, six-cylinder engine that drove a fixed-pitch propeller. A review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed that the last annual inspection was conducted on December 31, 2015, at a total time of 2,780.32 hours. A review of the engine maintenance records revealed that the engine was removed, overhauled, and reinstalled on August 22, 2016, at an airframe tachometer time of 2,822.2 hours. The tachometer read 2,883.6 hours at the accident site. 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLXT
Observation Time: 1753 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 23°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 190°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  30.04 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ankeny, IA (KIKV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lee's Summit, MO (KLXT)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: 

At 1853, the weather observation facility at KLXT recorded wind from 190° at 10 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear sky, temperature 90°F, dew point 73°F, and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury. 

Airport Information

Airport: Lee's Summit (KLXT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1004 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4016 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Straight-in 

KLXT is a publicly owned, nontowered airport located 3 miles north of Lee's Summit, Missouri. Pilots are to use the common traffic advisory frequency for communications. KLXT has two concrete runways 18/36, which is 4,016 ft by 75 ft, and 11/29, which is 3,800 ft by 75 ft. The airport is at an elevation of 1,004 ft mean sea level. 



Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  38.960556, -94.375556 

The on-site examination of the wreckage revealed that the airplane impacted terrain and an asphalt ramp just behind a building west of runway 18. Propeller cuts in the asphalt and ground scars were consistent with a right-wing-down, nose-low impact. The right wing had separated from the fuselage and was located about 92 ft from, and west of, the initial impact point. The wreckage path was 305 ft long and proceeded from the initial impact point on a heading of about 340° to the main wreckage, which consisted of the fuselage, left wing, empennage, and engine compartment. The two-bladed propeller had separated from the engine's crankshaft flange and was located about 20 ft beyond the main wreckage. About 8 inches of one propeller blade was torn off, whereas the other blade was severely distorted. There was no postcrash fire.

The airplane's left wing remained with the fuselage but was only partially attached. An undetermined amount of fuel remained in the left- and right-wing fuel tanks. An area near the right wing showed evidence of a fuel spill.

The main cabin floor and engine firewall were pushed back into the cabin area, and the front, right side of the fuselage had also sustained extensive damage. The top engine cowling was impact separated and was located along the wreckage path. The empennage sustained major damage to the right side of the stabilator.

Left aileron continuity was established from the control surface to the bellcrank; the aileron control and balance cable were attached to the left bellcrank, aileron control wheel chain, and right bellcrank. The right aileron remained attached; however, the control rod was broken, and the bellcrank had separated, pulled through wing ribs, and was found with the fuselage. Rudder control continuity was established to the cockpit rudder pedals. The flap handle was in the retracted position; however, due to damage to the flap controls, the actual position of the flaps during landing could not be determined.

The engine sustained impact damage and was examined on-site by the NTSB and a technical representative from the engine manufacturer. The engine was cut from the airframe and hung by a forklift to aid examination. The bottom set of spark plugs were removed and exhibited light-colored combustion deposits, and the electrodes exhibited normal wear signatures. The engine was rotated by hand; a thumb suction compression test was conducted, and continuity through the engine valve train and accessory section was confirmed. The left and right magnetos were removed from the engine and tested by hand; spark was observed on each terminal. The fuel pump and carburetor were examined, and no abnormalities were noted.

No preimpact abnormalities were noted during the airframe or engine examinations. 

Medical And Pathological Information

The Office of the Jackson County Medical Examiner, Kansas City, Missouri, conducted an autopsy on the pilot. The cause of death was determined to be "multiple blunt force injuries."

The Federal Aviation Administration's Bioaeronautical Sciences Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, conducted toxicological testing on specimens from the pilot. The tests were negative for ethanol and tested drugs.


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.



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

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

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico 

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

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA375
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 19, 2016 in Grants, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R-300, registration: N4477F
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

After a preflight inspection and engine run up that revealed no anomalies, the private pilot and two passengers were departing on a cross-country flight. The pilot stated that the airplane became airborne approximately 5,000 ft down the 7,172-ft-long runway at 80 knots. Approximately 100 feet above ground level, he heard a "gurgle" and the engine experienced a loss of power. The pilot verified that the fuel pump was on and the throttle was in its full-forward position. The pilot then located a forced landing site and during the landing, the airplane impacted a tree. The occupants egressed, and the airplane was subsequently consumed by postcrash fire. The accident airport was located at an elevation about 6,500 ft mean sea level (msl). Given the atmospheric conditions at the time of the accident, the density altitude exceeded 9,000 ft msl, which would have significantly increased the airplane's takeoff distance and reduced its climb capability. The pilot's experience operating in high density altitude environments could not be determined. Review of photos from the accident site revealed that the fuel selector handle appeared to be located between the left fuel tank and off positions; however, the fuel selector was not examined and its position could not be verified, therefore, the reason for the reported loss of engine power could not be determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
A loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.

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 the pilot's accident report, the pilot performed a pre-flight inspection. He taxied to the 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. The airplane 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 was 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 with serial number L-15137-48A, 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. The local temperature and dew point were not in the range conducive to carburetor icing.

GNT was a public, non-towered airport, which was owned by the City of Grants, New Mexico. It was located about three miles northwest of Grants, New Mexico. The airport had a surveyed elevation of 6,536.9 feet above mean sea level. The airport's runway 13/31 was 7,172 feet by 40 feet with an asphalt surface.

A Federal Aviation Administration Air Safety Inspector examined the wreckage. The Inspector, in part, indicated that the airplane was badly damaged by fire. However, the fuel selector handle was not in the "full on" position for selecting a fuel tank. An image of the fuel selector valve showed it was found selecting a position by the left tank position and the off position.

The Piper service manual, in part, stated:

8-18. FUEL SELECTOR VALVE OPERATION.
When the fuel selector handle is not in a positive selector detent
position, more than one fuel port will be open at the same time. It
should be ascertained that the fuel selector is positioned in a detent,
which can be easily felt when moving the handle through its various
positions.

Piper Service Bulletin (SB) 772, in part, stated:

PURPOSE: It has been determined that certain Cameron l-H65-3
Fuel Selector Valves (Piper Part Number 69735-0SV) may exhibit
excessive freeplay between the valve shaft and arm.

If this condition exists and is left uncorrected, the indicated selector
valve position may not correspond with the actual position of the
selector valve, resulting in partial or restricted fuel flow through the
valve ports, and possible loss of power.

...

INSTRUCTIONS:
During Each Preflight:
1. Move the Fuel Selector Control into each of its three positions -Off,
Left, and Right - to insure that a positive detent is present at each of
the three positions.
2. If positive detent is not exhibited at any of the three positions, the
Fuel Selector Valve must be replaced before further flight.

The installed version of the fuel selector valve could not be determined due to the fire damage it sustained.

The Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH) current at the time of the accident, in part, stated:

ENGINE POWER LOSS DURING TAKEOFF
If sufficient runway remains for a normal landing,
leave gear down and land straight ahead.

If area ahead is rough, or if it is necessary to clear
obstructions:
Gear selector switch..................................................UP
Emergency gear lever (on aircraft equipped with backup
gear extender).locked in OVERRIDE ENGAGED position

If sufficient altitude has been gained to attempt a restart:
Maintain safe airspeed.
Fuel selector.................. switch to tank containing fuel
Electric fuel pump....................................................ON
Mixture................................................................. RICH
Alternate air........................................................ OPEN
Emergency gear lever.................................. as required
If power is not regained, proceed with power off
landing.

The POH did not amplify or caution the pilot of the importance of ensuring the fuel selector is in a positive detent on a fuel tank selection position to the extent that the maintenance manual and SB explained it.

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, N65641: Incidents occurred September 18, 2018 and September 16, 2016 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

September 18, 2018:  Blew a tire on landing.


Lexington Flying Club Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N65641


Date: 18-SEP-18

Time: 23:25:00Z
Regis#: N65641
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LEXINGTON
State: KENTUCKY

September 16, 2016: Aircraft on landing went off the runway into the grass.


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: Accidents occurred April 26, 2017 in Sarasota Bay, Florida (and) September 16, 2016 in Venice, Sarasota County, Florida

http://registry.faa.gov/N145AT

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Tampa, Florida

Aircraft on landing on water, flipped over.

Date: 26-APR-17
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N145AT
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL AIRTIME
Aircraft Model: CYGNET AMPHIBIOUS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SARASOTA
State: FLORIDA
















Sarasota Marine Patrol is investigating a plane that attempted to land & flipped in Sarasota Bay. Only the pilot was on board and he's not injured. He's on the Marina Jack: pump out boat. The sea plane is being towed to 10th Street Boat Ramp. -Sarasota Police Department 





Sarasota - No one was injured after a plane attempted to land and flipped in Sarasota Bay on Wednesday.

The pilot was the only person aboard at the time, and he was not injured, according to a Facebook post from the Sarasota Police Department.

The aircraft was towed to the 10th Street boat ramp, according to police.

The Sarasota Police Department is investigating the incident.

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





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


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

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.