Friday, November 25, 2016

Allegiant Air: Incident occurred November 25, 2016 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

PUNTA GORDA, FL -   Allegiant Air in Punta Gorda experienced more problems Friday morning when a plane had to return because of a mechanical issue. It’s the latest in a string of problems for the airline.

The problem delayed other flights on one of the busiest weekends of the year as the Punta Gorda Airport continues to add more flights.

The flight bound for Indianapolis was in the air for 45 minutes but returned because of stuck flaps. The plane also asked for help landing due to a concern with overheating brakes.

Everyone on the aircraft was okay and the issue was fixed, however, it did lead to other delays at the Punta Gorda airport.

“The first time I ever flew Allegiant,” Nathan Tacy said. “We took off and then landed immediately.”

A Tampa Bay Times investigation showed that in 2015, 77 Allegiant planes had to make emergency landings to fix a problem.

“Last year when I came down from South Bend, they had plane problems, and I didn’t get to go,” Elizabeth Soures said.

But the issues don’t seem to bother some of those who choose to fly Allegiant.

“It doesn’t worry me,” Marie Klein assured. “They’re pretty good. They’re real good.”

Officials in Punta Gorda continue to show support for Allegiant as it has been a big part of the airport’s growth.

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Bellanca 7GCAA, N88373: Fatal accident occurred November 25, 2016 in Glamis, Imperial County, California (and) Accident occurred July 23, 2004 in Sequim, Clallam County, Washington

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Mike S. Mazzone:

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

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 25, 2016 in Glamis, CA
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCAA, registration: N88373
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On November 25, 2016 about 1145 Pacific standard time, a Bellanca 7GCAA, N88373, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a loss of control while on approach to landing at a private airstrip near Glamis, California. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries and his passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated from an open desert landing area about 5 minutes prior to the accident.

Witnesses located adjacent to the accident site reported that they observed the accident airplane land about midfield to the southwest while traveling at a high speed. The witnesses said that the airplane powered up and it pitched upward about 30 degrees before it banked steeply to the right. The witnesses continued to watch the airplane as it executed a 180-degree turn, paralleling the runway, and leveling off at an altitude of about 100 to 150 feet above ground level (agl). Shortly after, the airplane was observed making a steep right turn towards the runway before it descended out of their line of sight. Witnesses further added that at the time of the accident, the wind was from the north-northeast at 15 to 20 miles per hour, and later calmed down within an hour following the accident.

A friend of the pilot reported that the pilot was giving 10 to 15 minute rides to people in their campsite, and was initially taking off and landing on a long area of packed sand nearby. The friend of the pilot further stated that the pilot was conducting his 6th ride with the intention of landing at the nearby private airstrip in order to park the airplane overnight.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted open desert terrain about 565 feet northeast of the approach end of the southwesterly oriented dirt runway. The debris path was about 34 feet in length oriented on a heading of about 206 degrees magnetic. All major components of the airplane were located within the wreckage debris path.

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. - One person is dead and another is injured following a plane crash near Highway 78 and Ted Kipf Road.

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office confirmed the crash happened on Thursday.

The two people on board the aircraft have not yet been identified.

We have been in contact with the lead investigator from The National Transportation Safety Board who was working on scene today.

Our news crew was asked to leave the crash site as it happened on private property.

We also spoke to a witness near-by who was first on the scene but they did not want to speak on camera.

They say they believe it may have been a husband and wife flying that plane but they were not certain.

At this time we are waiting to hear back pending the results of the investigation.

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Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: SEA04CA159
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 23, 2004 in Sequim, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/28/2004
Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCAA, registration: N88373
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.

When the aircraft started to veer slightly to the right after landing the pilot pressed the right rudder to correct, got no response, then tried again with the same result. He then pressed the right brake but the airplane continued off the edge of the runway into a grassy area. The airplane subsequently impacted an irrigation pipe causing substantial damage to the right wing. No anomalies with the airplane were detected prior to or during the flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
Aircraft control not maintained during the landing roll. A factor was the irrigation pipe.

On July 23, 2004, about 1440 pacific daylight time, a Bellanca 7GCAA, N88373, sustained substantial damage subsequent to a loss of control during landing roll at the Sequim Valley Airport, Sequim, Washington. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under the provisions of Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from Port Angeles, Washington, approximately 15 minutes prior to the accident. 

In a written statement, the pilot reported that after landing on runway 27 the aircraft started [to veer] slightly to the left. He reported that he pressed right rudder to correct and got no response, then tried again with the same result. The pilot stated that he then pressed the right brake, but the airplane continued left at about 30 degrees before going off the runway into the grass. The pilot reported that he then saw an irrigation pipe about 30 feet from the side of the runway. He tried to slow the airplane with both brakes but rotated about another 90 degrees before impacting the pipe, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing. In a previous telephone interview with an NTSB investigator, the pilot reported no anomalies with the aircraft prior to or during the accident fight which would have prevented normal operations.

Cessna P210N Centurion, Louisiana Medical Management Corp., N4775K: Incident occurred November 25, 2016 near Philadelphia Municipal Airport ( KMPE), Neshoba County, Mississippi


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Jackson FSDO-31


Date: 25-NOV-16
Time: 17:52:00Z
Regis#: N4775K
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Mississippi

NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — A small plane made an emergency landing on a Neshoba County highway Friday.

According to Sheriff Tommy Waddell, the plane flew into Philadelphia, Miss. from Louisiana for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The plane held the pilot and one passenger. 

They were expected to leave Mississippi around noon Friday to head to Alabama to pick up some friends.

Sheriff Waddell said shortly after they took off, they started having engine problems and attempted to return to the Philadelphia airport. 

Someone from the North Bend community near Highway 21 spotted the plane that appeared to be having issues and alerted the sheriff’s department.

A few minutes later, Waddell said they received another call that the plane landed on a highway about a mile and a half outside of Philadelphia.

The single-engine plane landed on Highway 21 North near the intersection of County Road 614.

Sheriff Waddell said the pilot hit two road signs trying to land the plane and damaged the right wing.

No injuries were reported.


Philadelphia Airport under construction:

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (WTOK) - Philadelphia Municipal Airport is undergoing renovations. It's receiving a $900,000 upgrade.

"For a small town, we have a good airport," says Mayor James Young. "Now we will have that next piece that will make you feel like you somewhere when you land in Philadelphia."

The terminal was nearly 50 years old and it had renovations throughout the years.

"We did an upgrade on our runway around 2002," says Brent Gray, Chairman of Philadelphia Municipal Airport board. "We expanded it from 3800×50 to 5000×75 ft to accommodate traffic into the casino, as well as the industrial traffic here, for the companies located in Philadelphia."

With the airport seeing more and more traffic each year Mayor Young says it was time for an upgrade.

"It's one of the gateways to our community. We wanted them to step off and see something real nice and that building will be a first impression to our city."

The new terminal will be 2,800 sq. ft. It will have a conference room, lounge, waiting area and a briefing room for pilots.

"And it will also house the fixed base operator that takes care of the incoming aircraft," says Gray.

The project is in the beginning stages. There's no set timeline for when the new terminal will be completed.

Philadelphia Municipal Airport is one of twelve Mississippi airports to receive part of a $4 million grant from the Department of Transportation to upgrade facilities. The project is costing around $900,000 dollars with the city expending 9.1 percent coming out to about $80,000.

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Cessna 182A, N6077B: Accident occurred November 24, 2016 near Safford Regional Airport (KSAD), Graham County, Arizona

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 24, 2016 in Safford, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A, registration: N6077B
Injuries: 4 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 November 24, 2016, about 0850 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182A, N6077B, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Safford, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot and the three passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from the Safford Regional Airport (SAD) at 0815 with an intended destination of Holbrook, Arizona.

The pilot reported that during the cruise flight at 8,500 feet msl, he noticed that the oil pressure began to fluctuate and decided to return to the airport. When the airplane was about 4 miles north of SAD, the engine lost power and the pilot initiated a forced landing to an area of open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck two dirt berms and the nose wheel collapsed.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the forward portion of the fuselage structure and engine firewall was structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

SAFFORD — On Thanksgiving morning, a flight from the Safford Airport to Holbrook ended on San Juan Mine Road, when the pilot downed his airplane due to mechanical trouble.

The pilot, Steven Maxwell, told Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputies that his plane, a Cessna 182, started losing oil pressure 30 minutes into its flight. Losing control of the propeller, Maxwell made a crash landing approximately a mile down San Juan Mine Road from Airport Road.

The nose of the plane was damaged in the accident, and Maxwell told deputies a piston rod came through and hit the engine. Maxwell later removed the airplane on a trailer.

With Maxwell on the flight were his co-pilot, Travis Maxwell, and two passengers, Breena and Lillian McGehee. All four got off the plane safely without injury, though Breena McGehee, who was pregnant, complained of cramps. Medics took her to Mount Graham Regional Medical Center; no further information was available.

The Safford Fire Department also responded to the accident scene due to the large amount of fuel leaking from the plane.


Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-300, N645SW: Incident occurred November 24, 2016 at Bob Hope Airport (KBUR), Los Angeles County, California


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Van Nuys FSDO-01


Date: 24-NOV-16
Time: 21:49:00Z
Regis#: N645SW
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Minor
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: SWA-Southwest Airlines
Flight Number: SWA3286
State: California

American Legend AL3, MHOC LLC, N155WB: Accident occurred November 23, 2016 in Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Birmingham FSDO-09


Date: 23-NOV-16
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N155WB
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Florida

Beech 95-B55 (T42A), N7206R: Incident occurred November 23, 2016 in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11


Date: 23-NOV-16
Time: 19:34:00Z
Regis#: N7206R
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ROME
State: Georgia

Gulfstream Aerospace G-IV, Sky Night LLC, N1SN: Incident occurred November 22, 2016 in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19


Date: 22-NOV-16
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N1SN
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: GIV
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
State: Tennessee

P51D Experimental, N151JD: Incident occurred November 23, 2016 in Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05


Date: 23-NOV-16
Time: 16:54:00Z
Regis#: N151JD
Aircraft Make:
Aircraft Model: P51
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
State: Texas

Cessna 305C (0-1E), N62TX: Incident occurred November 23, 2016 in Boerne, Kendall County, Texas

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


Date: 23-NOV-16
Time: 22:25:00Z
Regis#: N62TX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 305
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Texas

Bell 407, Summit Helicopters Inc., N407TN: Incident occurred November 17, 2016 in Salem, Virginia


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21


Date: 17-NOV-16
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N407TN
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Virginia

Ethiopia frees detained Western pilots


Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Wossenyeleh Hinegnaw.

The Ethiopian government has freed 40 Western pilots arrested for violating its airspace.

The pilots crossed into the Ethiopian territory on 20 small aircraft on Tuesday.

They were taking part in a vintage plane rally when they entered Ethiopia from Sudan.

The planes, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, took off from the Greek island of Crete on November 12 on a 13,000km journey to Cape Town.

Their journey

They were allowed to travel to Nairobi, Kenya upon their release.

“VintageAirRally crew are allowed to fly on from Ethiopia! Aviators who were detained in Ethiopia are now free to continue their journey.

"The adventure continues!,” the group posted on their Facebook page.

Light aircraft

The Western pilots were detained on Tuesday for entering Gambella Town- located western Ethiopia bordering South Sudan, which has experienced civil unrest for close to three years.

“The Western pilots, who entered into Ethiopia with their 20 light aircraft have been detained in Gambella for 'illegally' entering into the country and are under investigation,”  the Director-General of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, Mr Wossenyeleh Hinegnaw, said Thursday afternoon.

Among the detainees were US and British nationals.

State of emergency

The US embassy said several of its citizens were among those arrested and that it was working with the government for detailed information and to have consular access.

Following Ethiopia’s declaration of state of emergency on October 8, 2016, the US Department of State "warned US citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing unrest that has led to hundreds of deaths, thousands of arrests, as well as injuries and extensive property damage, especially in Amhara and Oromia States.”

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Operation Good Cheer seeks volunteer pilots

Operation Good Cheer is seeking pilots to volunteer their time and aircraft to help deliver Christmas gifts to Michigan children in need.

The pilots will fly from Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) to airports throughout the state on the weekend of Dec. 2 and 3.

“More than 5,000 children and adults with special needs experience the magic of Christmas because of the generosity of the volunteers and donors of Operation Good Cheer,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a news release. “But this year there is a shortage of pilots. So, we’re putting out the call for local pilots to step up and help give these children a Christmas to remember.”

Each year, Michigan infants, children, teenagers and adults with disabilities make their Christmas wish lists with Operation Good Cheer. Donors purchase the gifts and trucking companies pick up and deliver the gifts to OCIA where volunteers wrap them. Pilots who have volunteered their time and aircraft then fly the gifts to airports around Michigan and their intended recipients.

In 2015, Operation Good Cheer delivered 16,000 gifts to 5,394 recipients with the help of 151 volunteer pilot and 500 volunteers on the ground.

To volunteer as a pilot, go to, click on the “Operation Good Cheer” link and fill out the pilot application. To learn more about Operation Good Cheer, go to and look for Operation Good Cheer. 

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Valley Viewpoint: Help make Ravalli County Airport safer

By David Hedditch, Victor 

The Ravalli County Airport supported Bitterroot Forest Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT) and Salmon/Challis National Forest SEATs and hosted SEATS from the Lolo and Idaho Panhandle National Forest. These SEAT aircraft flew 174 sorties dropping over 96,000 gallons of retardant. At times there were up to five SEAT aircraft flying some borrowed from Ronan, MT and McCall, ID.

SEAT aircraft were credited for saving the electronic site located in the Roaring Lion fire and for delaying the spread of the fire until ground crews and equipment arrived. How many more structures would have burned without the benefits of SEAT aircraft and helicopter flying from Ravalli County Airport?

What is the difference between water drops by helicopter and retardant drops by SEAT aircraft? The retardant is a mixture of water, ammonium polyphosphate, and a coloring agent and is called “PHOS-CHEK”. This retardant reduces drift, dispersion and evaporation and facilitating increased fuel coverage, wrap around and penetration through canopy and ladder fuel to ground vegetation. Recovery can exceed 90%.

“PHOS-CHEK” retardants react with and alter the thermal decomposition of wildland fuels so that they do not support flaming or glowing combustion. This deprives the fire of fuels so that they do not support flaming or glowing combustion. This retardant not only slows a fire for days, it also acts as a fertilizer to help support new growth after the fire.

A water drop from a helicopter has no long term benefits. It immediately evaporates and the fire is free to continue its destructive properties. Helicopters can immediately put out hot spots and work well with SEAT aircraft’s retardant long term effects.

This year the Salmon/Challis aircraft based in Challis, ID discovered they could fly 50% more sorties from the Ravalli County airport because of the shorter flying times to their fires. Ravalli County airport is also the closest base for the Beaverhead Forest.

Ravalli County has been very cooperative in hosting SEAT based aircraft but is considered only a temporary base and will not be considered for a permanent facility because of very limited ramp space. It is the tightest SEAT base for operations in all of Montana and limits the “turnaround time” of each aircraft. Because of a lack of ramp space only one aircraft can be turned at a time. With five aircraft it could take up to one hour, 40 minutes for the last aircraft to get airborne.

Single engine air tankers operating from the Ravalli County Airport have another disadvantage, a very short runway and a hill on the North end of runway 34. For safety reasons, SEAT aircraft capable of carrying 800 gallons of retardant takeoff with 2/3rds load of only 550 gallons. In 2011, in two separate instances, two aircraft had to jettison their load right after takeoff because of a slight change in the wind.

This year an Aero Commander and a Cessna 210, observation aircraft, were prevented from taking off with an extra fire spotter because of the short runway. Ravalli County Airport is the busiest general aviation airport in Montana. For safety reasons, the Ravalli County Airport needs the runway extended from 4200 feet to 5200 feet and the hill to the north removed. The FAA will pay 90% of the cost to improve our airport making it safe for 100 percent for its users.

This year SEAT aircraft operating from Ravalli County dropped on the Observation Fire, the Roaring Lion Fire, the Salmon Fire, and the Lost Trail Fire. In 2011, SEAT aircraft flew 180 sorties and dropped 100,000 gallons of retardant on the 41 Complex Fires in the Sapphires east of Hamilton. This fire was stopped before destroying any homes. This year sixteen structures in the Roaring Lion Fire but the question is, how many more structures would have been lost without the quick reaction of airpower.

Many veterans in this valley can attest to quick reaction being the difference between life and death. The SEAT aircraft pilots are risking their life to help protect the people of Ravalli County. Help make it safer for them and its other users, and in turn, possibly for you or a loved one if an air ambulance is needed for a emergency trip to Salt Lake or Spokane.

–David Hedditch



Maryland man arrested at California airport for bomb threat

OAKLAND — Northern California authorities have arrested a Maryland man who they say threatened to blow up a commercial airplane as it readied for takeoff at Oakland International Airport.

The 32-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making criminal threats.

The man told passengers on the Baltimore-bound Southwest Airlines plane that he was going to blow up the aircraft while it was in the sky.

The captain was immediately alerted and returned the aircraft to the gate, officials said.

Alameda County sheriff’s deputies dispatched to the airport described the suspect as “unruly” and arrested him at the gate.

Alameda Sgt. Ray Kelly said no explosives were located.

The plane departed Oakland and landed safely in Baltimore later Wednesday, officials said.

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