Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GN-1 Aircamper, N437PT: Accident occurred April 23, 2016 in DeFuniak Springs, Walton 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

http://registry.faa.gov/N437PT

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA239
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Defuniak Springs, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2016
Aircraft: LOGAN JERRY L GN 1 AIRCAMPER, registration: N437PT
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.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, during the landing roll, the airplane encountered a crosswind gust and he applied right rudder. He reported that a subsequent wind gust lifted the right wing, triggering a ground loop to the right and the airplane exited the right side of the runway. He recalled that the airplane was headed for a water drainage catch basin and he decided to add full power, and attempt to fly out of the ground loop in an effort to avoid the catch basin. The right wheel of the airplane collided with the perimeter of the catch basin and the airplane spun to the right. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut.

According to the nearest meteorological aerodrome report, 19 miles south, the wind about the time of the accident was variable at 3 knots. The pilot landed on runway 27.

The pilot reported that there were not any mechanical anomalies or malfunctions with any portion the airplane prior to the accident that would have prevented normal flight operations.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's loss of directional control during the landing in gusting crosswind conditions resulting in a runway excursion, and the pilot's failure to attain a positive climb rate during the aborted landing and subsequent ground collision.

Beech A36 Bonanza, Accretion LLC, N364RM: Fatal accident occurred October 25, 2016 near Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, California

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

ACCRETION LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N364RM 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oakland FSDO-27


NTSB Identification: WPR17FA013
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Nortonville, CA
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N364RM
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 October 25, 2016, about 1230 Pacific daylight time, a Textron Aviation Beech A36 Bonanza, N364RM, was destroyed when it impacted powerlines and terrain in a steep descent shortly after departure from Buchanan Field Airport (CCR), Concord, California. The private pilot/owner and the certificated flight instructor (CFI) received fatal injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. 

According to persons familiar with the pilot, airplane, and/or CFI, the airplane had recently undergone an installation of a new avionics suite, and the purpose of this flight was for the CFI to assist the pilot in becoming familiar with the new avionics. The airplane was based at CCR, but the avionics installation was accomplished at Westover Field / Amador County Airport (JAQ) Jackson, California, and the CFI was reported to have flown the airplane back from JAQ to CCR without the pilot. That was reported to be the first flight of the airplane since the maintenance, and the accident flight was the second flight. The new avionics suite was reported to have consisted of Garmin 750 and 600 devices; they replaced a previous Garmin suite of similar devices.

CCR fuel records indicated that the airplane was fueled with 37.0 gallons on the day of the accident flight. Air traffic control (ATC) audio communications and ground tracking radar information indicate that the airplane departed from CCR runway 19, and made a left turnout shortly thereafter. The airplane continued to climb in a relatively straight track to the east, with a climb rate of about 800 feet per minute. About 3 ½ minutes after takeoff, the airplane reached its maximum radar-indicated altitude of about 3,600 feet, and then commenced a left turn of about 20 degrees and a steep descent. The radar data indicated that the airplane descended at a rate of about 5,000 fpm. No communications from the airplane after takeoff were captured. 

The airplane struck two high tension powerlines and then the ground. Ground impact site elevation was approximately 590 feet, and the struck powerlines were situated about 200 feet above the impact site, and about 300 feet southwest of it. The powerlines were oriented approximately perpendicular to the flight path, and consisted of 6 lines total, with 3 lines on either side of the tower. The vertical separation of the lines was about 15 feet, and the horizontal separation was about 30 feet. The airplane first struck the middle line of the Pittsburg-San Mateo line, and then the lower line of the Pittsburg-East Shore. About 25 fracture separated sections of the airplane, consisting primarily of empennage aerodynamic surfaces, were scattered below the powerlines and in the field between the powerlines and the impact site. A post impact fire consumed much of the airplane at the impact site.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1995. The pilot had owned the airplane for about 10 years. The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-520 that was field converted to a TIO 550 series, including a Tornado Alley brand turbocharger. A large quantity of maintenance records was on board the airplane at the time of the accident; they were thrown clear of the fire by the impact, and survived. The most recent annual inspection was completed in May 2016, at which time the airplane had about 2,626 total hours in service. The engine maintenance records indicated that the engine had about 2,382 total hours in service, and 681 hours since major overhaul, at the time of the annual inspection. 

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land and instrument rating. The CFI also held ground instructor and airline transport certificates. Their experience levels were not available at the time of this report. 

The 1220 CCR automated weather observation included winds from 180 degrees at 12 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 4,200 feet, overcast layer at 11,000 feet, temperature 68 degrees C, dew point 52 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.07 inches of mercury.

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.




CONCORD, CA – Two men who died in a single-engine plane crash after taking off from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord last month have been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner's office.

Renato Simone, 58, from Danville, and Leon Dwulet Jr., 67, from Orinda, were killed when the Beechcraft A36 Bonanza they were in went down shortly after takeoff on Oct. 25, according to the coroner's office.

Investigators have not yet said which of the men was flying the plane at the time.

The Beechcraft crashed in a hilly area between Concord and Pittsburg near Nortonville Road after striking power lines at about 12:30 p.m., a little more than three minutes after taking off, according to a preliminary accident report released by the National Transportation Safety Board last week.

The report doesn't give a cause for the crash but does say the plane was recently installed with new navigation equipment, and the purpose of the flight was to familiarize the pilot with the new devices.


It was the second flight with the new equipment, according to the NTSB. The first was when a flight instructor flew the plane to Concord from Jackson in Amador County, where the equipment was installed.




PITTSBURG — Investigators continued Wednesday to probe a small plane crash that killed its pilot in the hills near Pittsburg.

The Beech A36 Bonanza went down in the foothills near the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve just after 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, authorities said. The pilot, the plane’s only occupant, died amid the wreckage and has not been identified, and authorities said Tuesday they do not anticipate being able to do so for several days.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the agency remained in the area and that it will have an preliminary report in a week.

Crews found the wreckage shortly after 1 p.m. on private property near the park on the western end of the Black Diamond Mines, along Nortonville and Kirker Pass roads, authorities said.

A web site devoted to tracking flights, FlightRadar24.com, appears to show the plane reaching 3,000 feet then falling sharply, a path that matches what witnesses described.

The plane’s tail number indicates the plane was owned by Accretion, LLC, a Portland, Oregon-based company that, according to its LinkedIn page, is devoted to outsourcing and offshoring.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor confirmed the plane left from Concord’s Buchanan Field at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday after arriving from Westover Field in Amador County on Oct. 20.

Crews with Pacific Gas and Electric de-energized two power lines near the crash site Tuesday to assess damage and make repairs, spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo said.

That work, carried out in conjunction with investigators assessing the crash, had no impact on nearby customers and was expected to be completed late Wednesday, Paulo said.


Source:   http://www.eastbaytimes.com



A pilot is dead after their small plane crashed in the Concord area Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The crash was reported around 12:30 p.m. in the area of Nortonville and Kirker Pass roads, about six miles east of Concord's Buchanan Field Airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane was destroyed by a post-crash fire and the pilot was the only person onboard.

The FAA said the aircraft was a Beech A36 Bonanza.

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



CONCORD (KRON) — One person has died in a small plane crash in Concord Tuesday afternoon, according to a Contra Costa Fire Protection District inspector.

The crash was reported around 12:30 p.m. near Kirker Pass Road, said Fire Inspector Steve Aubert. It happened about 6 miles east of Buchanan Field Airport.

The plane might have been clipped by power lines before it crash, Aubert said.

Fire crews responded to the scene of the crash and are still on the scene investigating.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate the crash.

One person was on-board the plane.

The plane was a Beech A36 Bonanza.

The plane was destroyed in a post-crash fire, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

Story and video:   http://kron4.com

CONCORD (CBS SF) – A plane crashed in a hilly area near Concord Tuesday afternoon, killing the lone person on board, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Someone reported around 12:30 p.m. that they saw a plane go down near Kirker Pass Road in the area of Nortonville Road, Contra Costa Fire Protection District Inspector Steve Aubert said.

Fire crews responded and confirmed the crash of a single-engine plane with one fatality, Aubert said. He said there were reports that the plane might have clipped power lines before crashing.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred about 6 miles east of Buchanan Field Airport in Concord and that the plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza that was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

The pilot was the only person aboard the plane and FAA officials have not yet confirmed a registration number for the aircraft, Gregor said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the plane crash, according to Gregor.

Source:  http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

CONCORD, Calif. (KTVU) - A plane crashed in a hilly area near Concord this afternoon, killing the lone person on board, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Someone reported around 12:30 p.m. that they saw a plane go down near Kirker Pass Road in the area of Nortonville Road, Contra Costa Fire Protection District Inspector Steve Aubert said.

Fire crews responded and confirmed the crash of a single-engine plane with one fatality, Aubert said. He said there were reports that the plane might have clipped power lines before crashing.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred about 6 miles east of Buchanan Field Airport in Concord and that the plane was a Beech A36 Bonanza that was destroyed in a post-crash fire.

The pilot was the only person aboard the plane and FAA officials have not yet confirmed a registration number for the aircraft, Gregor said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the plane crash, according to Gregor.

Source:   http://www.ktvu.com

Beechcraft BE58, Aero-Tech Services Inc., N600RV: Accident occurred October 25, 2016 at Lancaster Airport (KLNS), Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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

AERO-TECH SERVICES INC: http://registry.faa.govN600RV

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Harrisburg FSDO-13


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


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


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA074
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Lancaster, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT COMPANY 58, registration: N600RV
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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

The pilot of the multiengine retractable landing gear airplane reported that during takeoff, two deer ran onto the runway as the airplane became airborne and that he heard and felt one of the deer hit the left main landing gear. He further reported that he diverted to an airport with an operating control tower, where he performed two passes in front of the tower, and was informed by tower personnel that it “appeared” that the left main landing gear was no longer “attached to the airplane”. The pilot reported that he decided the best course of action was to land with the landing gear retracted, and on short final he moved the mixture controls to idle cut off, feathered the propellers, and turned both fuel selectors off. The airplane landed gear up and all persons on board evacuated immediately.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

In an email exchange with the Director of Operations of the flight company, he reported that there were no reported mechanical anomalies with the airframe or engine prior to the deer impact.

The Federal Aviation Administration Chart Supplement airport page for the departure airport in part states: “Deer and large flocks of geese on and invof [in the vicinity of] arpt.”

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
A collision with deer on the runway during the takeoff roll.



























An airplane carrying four people struck a deer during takeoff from a suburban Philadelphia airport before making an emergency landing at Lancaster Airport Tuesday morning. 

No one was injured in the second incident at Lancaster Airport in less than six weeks.

The pilot Tuesday landed after the twin engine aircraft's landing gear either became stuck and wouldn't go down or was knocked off.

The pilot reported striking a deer with the plane's left main gear as it took off from Wings Field Airport in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, earlier in the day, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and David Eberly, the airport's director. That's about 55 miles east of the Lancaster Airport.

Eberly said the plane, a Beechcraft BE58 based out of Lancaster Airport, had flown to Wings Field to pick up and take passengers to Pittsburgh. 

But when the plane hit the deer, "they knew they had a serious problem," he said.

The pilot knew the Lancaster Airport had a rescue truck and and emergency crews, he decided to return to Lancaster, Eberly said. Wings Field doesn't have that kind of equipment on hand, he said.

That also gave the airport's tower crew and the plane's mechanics time to prepare, even looking at the plane's manuals to see what might be done, Eberly said. 

The decision was made to land the plane on its belly. Eberly said he understood the landing gear on the left side was knocked off. 

"The plane landed right on the numbers," Eberly said. It landed about 8:35 a.m.

"It was a perfect landing for him," an official was heard saying over county radio at the time.

The plane had some minor damage to its underside and propellers, according to Eberly. The runway was not damaged.

Firefighters and ambulances had responded around 7:45 a.m. in advance of the landing. 

The plane is owned by Aero-Tech Services Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry. It was built in 1998.

Aero-Tech has locations at Lancaster Airport and Smoketown Airport. Its services include aerobatics, aircraft management and sales and flight training. It also offers charter flights.

A message left seeking comment from Aero-Tech wasn't immediately returned.

The airport was reopened quickly because several airplanes delayed by the incident were waiting to land.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

On Sept. 16, a Cessna P210 carrying a flight instructor and student "was substantially damaged following collapse of the main landing gear during landing," according to a preliminary investigation report by the NTSB. No one was injured.

The Lancaster Airport has about 100,000 take-offs and landings yearly, Eberly said.

Source:   http://lancasteronline.com

Cessna 182N Skylane, N92340: Incident occurred October 24, 2016 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N92340

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Jose FSDO-15

AIRCRAFT ON TAXI, STRUCK A FENCE, PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA.  

Date: 24-OCT-16
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N92340
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: PALO ALTO
State: California

Cavalon AutoGyro GmbH, N477AG: Incident occurred October 23, 2016 in Hondo, Medina County, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N477AG

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

N477AG EXPERIMENTAL CAVALON AUTOGYRO GMBH, ON LANDING ROLLED OVER, HONDO, TEXAS. 

Date: 23-OCT-16
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N477AG
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HONDO
State: Texas

Lancair IV-P, Northland Aviation LLC, N4YB: Accident occurred October 20, 2016 in Lovelock, Pershing County, Nevada

NORTHLAND AVIATION LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N4YB

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA012
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Lovelock, NV
Aircraft: NORTHLAND AVIATION LLC IVP, registration: N4YB
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

On October 20, 2016, about 0730 pacific daylight time, a experimental amateur-built Northland Aviation LLC Lancair IV-P airplane, N4YB, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power, near Lovelock, Nevada. The flight was being conducted as a business cross country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. The airline transport rated pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was on file. The flight originated from the Fallon Municipal Airport (FLX), Fallon, Nevada about 0710, destined for Burns, Oregon. 

The pilot stated that he was climbing to his cruise altitude of 14,500 feet. During the climb, passing about 13,000 feet, oil began to coat the windscreen and the engine began shaking violently and then lost all power. He steered the airplane in the direction of Derby Field Airport, Lovelock, and initiated a emergency descent. He said that he could not see forward out of the windscreen, but was able to see the airport out of the side window. As he neared the airport, he realized that he was not going to make the runway and elected to land the airplane in an open area of desert vegetation. During the forced landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. 

A detailed examination of the airframe and engine are pending.

Aviat A-1C-180, Allen Air Inc., N331MA: Accident occurred October 24, 2016 in Placerville, El Dorado County, California

ALLEN AIR INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N331MA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA049
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 24, 2016 in Placerville, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C, registration: N331MA
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 tailwheel endorsed pilot who was receiving additional instruction from an appropriately rated flight instructor acting as a safety pilot in the tailwheel equipped airplane reported, that during the landing roll before the tail settled to the runway, a gust of wind “pushed” the airplane to the right edge of the runway. He further reported that he attempted to abort the landing to avoid parked aircraft. Subsequently, the airplane impacted an airport perimeter fence during the aborted landing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the right aileron and the rudder.

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

A review of the local weather on the airfield, about the time of the accident, recorded the wind from 180 degrees true, at 12 nautical miles per hour (knots), with gusts to 20 knots. The pilot landed runway 23.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during landing in gusty crosswind conditions.

Mooney M20J, N5749M: Incident occurred October 24, 2016 in Apple Valley, San Bernardino County, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N5749M

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Riverside FSDO-21

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, APPLE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA.  

Date: 24-OCT-16
Time: 13:25:00Z
Regis#: N5749M
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: APPLE VALLEY
State: California.