Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bell OH-58A, City of Sacramento, N916PD: Accident occurred December 05, 2016 in Sacramento, California

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

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

CITY OF SACRAMENTO:   http://registry.faa.gov/N916PD

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA034
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in Sacramento, CA
Aircraft: BELL OH 58A, registration: N916PD
Injuries: 2 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 December 4, 2016, about 2100 Pacific standard time, a Bell OH-58A helicopter, N916PD, sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer during a flight near Sacramento, California. The helicopter was registered and operated by the City of Sacramento as a public aircraft. The commercial pilot and observer, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, that departed McClellan Airfield, Sacramento, California, about 1920.

The pilot and observer reported noticing the vertical stabilizer damage after the completion of a routine patrol flight, during the post-flight inspection. The vertical stabilizer was bent downwards, away from the tail rotor. The pilot further reported that the flight was flown at a cruise altitude of 600-700 feet above ground level, and no turbulence or any other unusual flying conditions were encountered.


The helicopter's damaged vertical stabilizer was secured at a local storage facility for further examination.

Bombardier CL-600-2B16, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, N22SF: Incident occurred December 05, 2016 Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois

STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE CO:   http://registry.faa.gov/N22SF

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Springfield FSDO-19

AIRCRAFT ON FINAL SUSTAINED A BIRDSTRIKE, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS 

Date: 05-DEC-16
Time: 21:43:00Z
Regis#: N22SF
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600 2B19
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: BLOOMINGTON
State: Illinois

Vans RV-4, N94WG: Incident occurred December 06, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada

http://registry.faa.gov/N94WG

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE RUNWAY INTO THE SAFETY AREA, NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 

Date: 06-DEC-16
Time: 19:45:00Z
Regis#: N94WG
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV4
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NORTH LAS VEGAS
State: Nevada

Beech 400A, Widewaters Beechjet Aviation LLC, N130WW: Incident occurred December 01, 2016 in Houston, Texas

WIDEWATERS BEECHJET AVIATION LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N130WW

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09

AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF STRUCK A BARRICADE, HOUSTON, TEXAS

Date: 01-DEC-16
Time: 02:37:00Z
Regis#: N130WW
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 400
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: HOUSTON
State: Texas

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, Florida Air Transport Inc., N3047U: Incident occurred December 06, 2016 at San Marcos Regional Airport (KHYI), Austin, Texas

FLORIDA AIR TRANSPORT INC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N3047U

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

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, GEAR COLLAPSED, SAN MARCOS, TEXAS

Date: 06-DEC-16
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N3047U
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SAN MARCOS
State: Texas

Airborne Edge XT-912-L, N188M: Fatal accident occurred December 06, 2016 near Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

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

Matthew E. Wilson: http://registry.faa.gov/N188M

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

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


NTSB Identification: WPR17FA033
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 06, 2016 in Santa Barbara, CA
Aircraft: AIRBORNE WINDSPORTS PTY LTD EDGE XT-912-L, registration: N188M
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

On December 6, 2016, about 1018 Pacific standard time, an Airborne Windsports PTY LTD Edge XT-912-L weight shift control light sport airplane, N188M, impacted terrain while flying in the traffic pattern at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) in Santa Barbara, California. The pilot (sole occupant) was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated from SBA about 1016.

Witnesses reported that they observed the airplane depart runway 15 to conduct touch-and-go takeoff and landings. The pilot took off uneventfully and made a right turn to crosswind. The pilot requested to enter the traffic pattern for runway 25. While making the turn to downwind, the airplane suddenly started to descend rapidly. The airplane descended through the roof of a carport and came to rest against a parked vehicle.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location 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.



GOLETA, Calif. -   The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office has identified 45-year-old Santa Barbara resident Matthew Erwin Wilson as the pilot killed in a Airborne Edge XT-912-L crash at a Goleta apartment complex carport Tuesday morning.

The Sheriff's Office says the Airborne Edge XT-912-L had taken off the Santa Barbara Airport at about 10:04 a.m.. Five minutes later, investigators say the aircraft went down and crashed into a carport and then a parked car in the 60 block of Willow Springs Road.

The FAA and NTSB have launched investigations into the cause of the crash.

The Sheriff's Coroner's Office is conducting a death investigation to help determine an official cause and manner of death.




A pilot was killed when his ultralight aircraft crashed into a Goleta apartment complex Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses saw the accident just after 10:00 a.m. near Hollister and Los Carneros Road.

The aircraft was described as "out of control" above the Willow Springs apartment by witness Aaron Coon. He ran to the scene to help the victim after the crash but the pilot was unresponsive. The identification of the pilot is expected to be released by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's-Coroner after the next of kin is notified.

"He was either having a medical condition or having a equipment malfunction. It didn't look like he was in control of the vehicle. He was probably like a 100 feet up and then he was down to 50 and than back up to a 100 feet," Coon said.

Santa Barbara County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni said the operator was a 45 year old man, and a local resident.

Some people near the crash site tried to provide help. "He was still partially strapped inside of his aircraft and bystanders were trying to render aid and unfortunately he was pronounced dead," Zaniboni said, adding there was a fuel spill but no fire.

The aircraft had taken off just five minutes before the crash from the nearby Santa Barbara Airport.

Sheriff's Sergeant Greg Sorenson witnessed the aircraft go into a nose dive and immediately dispatched resources to the scene.

Santa Barbara City and County Fire units, along with AMR were called out and a Sheriff's patrol unit arrived "in one minute" according to Sorenson. "When we first saw it we knew it was kind of odd, but figured it was close enough to the airport that maybe he was getting back but it appeared that he was out of control," he said.

Story and video:  http://www.keyt.com

Santa Cruz County supervisors: No minority report on Federal Aviation Administration flight path

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz County supervisors who are usually in sync were clearly divided Tuesday over the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals’ recommendation to shift the flight path generating noise over Capitola, Soquel and the Summit since March 2015 back to the previous path over Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley.

Supervisors Ryan Coonerty and Bruce McPherson, representing 3,000 constituents complaining the noise has shattered their lives, pointed out what they saw as flaws in the Select Committee process and recommended sending a minority report to the three members of Congress who set up the group and identify legal remedies.

“We’re setting ourselves up for a fight instead of working with folks in the minority to address their concerns,” said Coonerty.

Supervisor John Leopold, one of the 12 members of the Select Committee, defended his proposal, which the committee adopted Nov. 17 on an 8-4 vote after 60 hours of meetings that involved thousands of participants.

The noise impacts, he said, are “well below” the threshold set by the Federal Aviation Administration so FAA staff don’t have a way to figure out which flight path is less noisy.

“The way the plane descends makes a big difference,” he added.

The least noisy approach, he said, is to glide down, in pilot jargon “optimized profile descent,” so that was a priority.

But gliding down is not possible with the Soquel-Summit route due to airspace requirements, according to Leopold, who proposed planes fly at higher altitudes on the “Big Sur” route over Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley and minimize use of air brakes, which create noise.

He pointed out one of the recommendations is for a committee to meet three months after the flight path is changed to gauge the results.

“In the event changes need to be made, this sets up a process (for the FAA),” said Leopold. “I truly believe this is better for Santa Cruz than we’ve ever had before.”

Those in the room wearing red broke into applause. They represented Save Our Skies Santa Cruz County, residents seeking relief from airplane noise.

Supervisors listened to more than two hours of public comment from dozens of residents living under one flight path or the other.

“The committee seems to feel changes can be effective but residents are not convinced,” said Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews.

Many speakers, however, praised Leopold for his leadership.

As a compromise, Coonerty proposed that if Santa Cruz and San Lorenzo Valley residents report noise after three months, that the flight path be shifted back over Soquel and the Summit until the problems are fixed.

His motion failed for lack of a second.

“It’s not the place for supervisors to take a stand,” said Supervisor Zach Friend. “It’s way too complex.”

Friend suggested dissenting supervisors send a letter representing their views.

“Do I trust the FAA? No I don’t,” said Supervisor Greg Caput, but he did not second Coonerty’s motion.

“I would prefer the FAA have some options,” said McPherson. “It’s a leap of faith to say they will do the right thing.”

Leopold said he remains “committed to working with my colleagues and that we hold the FAA to task.” 

Source: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com

Donald Trump Says He Will Personally Negotiate Air Force One Price With Boeing




The Wall Street Journal 
By DAMIAN PALETTA and  DANIEL NASAW
Updated Dec. 7, 2016 8:14 p.m. ET

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would personally “negotiate the prices” with Boeing Co. of the planes to be used as Air Force One, promising to block a future order if necessary and to continue using the existing aircraft for the presidential plane.

Mr. Trump, in a Wednesday morning interview on NBC, said he had spoken to Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg on Tuesday following criticism Mr. Trump leveled at the company about what he perceived were elevated prices for the planes. Mr. Trump accused the company of attempting to charge more than $4 billion to build the new planes, a figure that the White House and Air Force have disputed.

While presidents do become personally involved in many negotiations, such as trade deals or legislation with Congress, it is much less common for them to be intimately involved in government procurement contracts.

Mr. Trump, in the NBC interview, said he saw this as part of his job.

“That’s what I’m here for,” he said. “I’m going to negotiate the prices.”

In a statement, Boeing confirmed Mr. Trump had spoken to Mr. Muilenburg by phone and said the company’s chief “committed to working with the new administration to control costs as they establish requirements for the new Air Force One to keep the program as affordable as possible and deliver the best value to American taxpayers.”

Also in the interview, Mr. Trump said he was going to put together a series of government policies to encourage business growth. “We’re getting rid of 90%, maybe 85% of the regulations which are stifling business,” he said.

The president-elect also went into greater detail about his decision in June to sell his stock holdings, revealed by his campaign on Tuesday.

“I felt that I was very much going to be winning” and that it would be a “conflict of interest owning all of these different companies,” he said. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be owning stocks.”

He also praised the man he will succeed in the White House, saying that he and President Barack Obama have “really good chemistry” and that he had run ideas for cabinet picks by him.

”I’ve now gotten to know President Obama,” Mr. Trump said in the NBC interview, which marked his pick as Time magazine’s person of the year. “I really like him. We have a really good chemistry together. We talk.”

He said Mr. Obama “loves the country, he wants to do right by the country. I really like him as a person.”

Mr. Trump is in the process of assembling his cabinet and top advisers, having announced his choices for the secretaries of commerce, defense, education, housing and urban development, health and human services, and treasury, as well as national security adviser. Mr. Trump said he expected to name his pick for secretary of state next week. He said there would be other “big announcements” on Wednesday and Thursday.

”I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Obama, adding he takes Mr. Obama’s suggestions “very seriously.”

”We have a very good dialogue,” he said on NBC. “I do like him. I love getting his ideas.”

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




Trump Says United States Should ‘Cancel Order’ for New Air Force One, Citing Costs: Aircraft maker is the latest company to come under scrutiny by the incoming commander-in-chief 


The Wall Street Journal
By DOUG CAMERON and  DAMIAN PALETTA
Updated Dec. 6, 2016 8:03 p.m. ET

President-elect Donald Trump, escalating his carrot-and-stick approach to the nation’s manufacturing sector, on Tuesday called for canceling Boeing Co.’s work on a new version of Air Force One, asserting that the company was trying to rip off taxpayers.

“The plane is totally out of control,” Mr. Trump said in brief remarks in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City. He added: “We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.”

Using Twitter, Mr. Trump said the cost for new planes for future presidents was “more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”

While the White House and others pushed back on the $4 billion estimate used by Mr. Trump, defense experts said it was too early to identify the final tally until the Pentagon, the White House and the Secret Service had decided what equipment to install on the fleet of up to three jets.

Boeing officials contacted the Trump team Tuesday to discuss his remarks and told them the cost hinged on the planes’ final requirements, according to a person familiar with the discussion.

Mr. Trump’s broadsides were the latest example of his unusually aggressive style and personal intervention in corporate decision-making that has caught the attention of numerous executives around the country looking for clues about how he will govern.

In recent days, Mr. Trump has threatened to impose a 35% tariff on companies that move jobs overseas and then ship goods into the U.S.

On Dec. 1, he announced that the Carrier unit of United Technologies Corp. would retain 800 jobs in the U.S. after he pressed the company not to move certain operations to Mexico. On Dec. 2, he chided valve maker Rexnord Corp. about its plans to move some operations to Mexico.

Senior Trump transition officials have scheduled a meeting next week with top Silicon Valley executives, some of whom had been criticized by Mr. Trump during the campaign. Mr. Trump floated the idea of boycotting Apple Inc. after reports that the company wouldn’t decrypt a phone as requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during its probe into a 2015 terrorist attack.

Mr. Trump on Tuesday also met with SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire who said he would invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 new jobs. The money is coming from a fund established in October that SoftBank is forming with Saudi Arabia. Separately, some investors and analysts have said Mr. Son could now try to revive an abandoned effort to merge Sprint Corp.—which Mr. Son’s conglomerate controls—with T-Mobile US Inc. Regulators had raised questions about such a deal.

Many business executives have praised parts of Mr. Trump’s agenda—such as tax reform and infrastructure investment—that they believe will help the economy grow. But some of his trade plans, particularly proposed tariffs on imports from China and Mexico, have worried executives, who have taken notice of his tendency to single out companies.

“Some of us may share our turn in the bull’s-eye,” Caterpillar Inc. Chief Executive Doug Oberhelman told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.

Senior advisers to Mr. Trump have signaled that he plans to continue intervening in issues that pertain to specific businesses as he sees fit once he is sworn in on Jan. 20.

Mr. Trump’s remarks regarding Air Force One mark the first time he openly attacked a company by threatening to block a procurement contract. It is likely to send signals to other government contractors about his future involvement in their bidding.

“As a general rule, government procurement experts on both sides, the government and the contractor-side, will be extremely anxious,” said Steven Schooner, co-director of the government procurement law program at George Washington University Law School.

Chicago-based Boeing hasn’t yet secured deals to build the planes that would replace the current aircraft used as Air Force One, which have been in flight since the administration of George H.W. Bush.

The two heavily modified 747-200 planes currently used by the president are due to reach the end of their planned 30-year life in 2017. This can be extended a few more years, and the Air Force has said in budget documents it wanted to have the first new jet in place by 2024.

Vice president-elect Mike Pence told CNN that Mr. Trump based his $4 billion assessment of the contract’s price on information he recently received and that his understanding was that it “can grow.” He described Mr. Trump as a “businessman who knows how to sharpen his pencils.”

Boeing said Tuesday it has so far received development deals worth about $170 million to convert the 747-8 jumbo jets that would replace the existing fleet.

“We look forward to working with the US Air Force on subsequent phases of the program,” the company said.

The Pentagon said it has budgeted $2.7 billion through 2021 to develop the new presidential fleet, as well as another $300 million for the construction of new hangars. This excludes the cost of acquiring the actual jets, which carry a list price of $378 million each. Experts said the Pentagon will likely pay far less than that and part of Boeing’s existing work is to reduce risk and trim the current budgeted development spending.

“The statistics that have been cited [by Mr. Trump], shall we say, don’t appear to reflect the nature of the financial arrangement between Boeing and the Department of Defense,” said Obama White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Mr. Trump, who flies in a Boeing private jet, criticized the company during the election campaign and accused it of planning to move jobs to China, a charge it denied.

Efforts to replace the fleet of aircraft and helicopters that serve the president have come under attack by previous administrations and even been canceled. The Pentagon is now looking to balance costs and capabilities by rewarding contractors with higher profits if they deliver on time and under budget.

Boeing is the second-largest Pentagon contractor after Lockheed Martin Corp.—which is building the fleet of new helicopters that will serve as Marine One—and makes fighter jets, surveillance planes, bombs and other systems that generated sales of almost $19 billion from the Pentagon last year, a fifth of its total revenues.

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

Cub Crafters CC18-180, United States Department of Interior, N618CC: Incident occurred November 26, 2016 in Galena, Alaska

U S DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR: http://registry.faa.gov/N618CC

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01

AIRCRAFT, CUB CRAFTERS CC18, STRUCK THE PROPELLER UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, GALENA, ALASKA

Date: 26-NOV-16
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N618CC
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: GALENA
State: Alaska

Piper PA-31T Cheyenne, P51D Mustang LLC, N909PW: Accident occurred December 05, 2016 at Missoula International Airport (KMSO), Missoula County , Montana

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

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

P51D MUSTANG LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N909PW

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Helena FSDO-05

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA031
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 05, 2016 in Missoula, MT
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31T, registration: N909PW
Injuries: 2 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 December 5, 2016, about 1300 mountain standard time, the pilot of a Piper PA-31T, N909PW, made an unscheduled landing at the Missoula International Airport (MSO), Missoula, Montana, after the left windshield fractured and separated from the airplane. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. 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. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and the flight was operated on an instrument rules flight plan. The flight originated from Kalispell City Airport (S27), Kalispell, Montana at 1215.

The pilot reported that he was in cruise flight at 23,000 feet when the left windshield fractured and departed the airplane. He immediately performed an emergency landing to the nearest airport, and landed without further incident. 

The postaccident examination of the windshield revealed that the periphery of the windshield remained attached to the airframe; however, a majority of it separated and has not been located.

Embraer ERJ-170, Republic Airways, N863RW: Incident occurred December 05, 2016 at Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), Newark, Essex County, New Jersey

SHUTTLE AMERICA CORP: http://registry.faa.gov/N863RW

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Teterboro FSDO-25

REPUBLIC AIRLINES FLIGHT RPA3311 EMBRAER E170, REGISTRATION NOT REPORTED, SUSTAINED BIRDSTRIKE DAMAGE TO THE NOSE CONE, NO INJURIES, LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, NEWARK, NEW JERSEY 

Date: 05-DEC-16
Time: 19:43:00Z
Regis#: RPA3311
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: ERJ170
Event Type: Incident
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Commercial
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Aircraft Operator: RPA-Republic Airlines
Flight Number: RPA3311
City: NEWARK
State: New Jersey

Cessna 550 Citation II, D C Aviation LLC, N75WL: Incident occurred December 05, 2016 at Mustang Beach Airport (KRAS ), Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas

D C AVIATION LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N75WL

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

AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF STRUCK BIRDS, DIVERTED AND LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT, MINOR DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT ENGINE, PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS

Date: 05-DEC-16
Time: 17:32:00Z
Regis#: N75WL
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 550
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: ARANSAS
State: Texas

Cessna 170, J & J Aviation, N9002A: Accident occurred December 05, 2016 at Blue Ridge Airport (KMTV), Martinsville, Virginia

J & J AVIATION: http://registry.faa.gov/N9002A

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21

AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, GROUND LOOPED, MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA 

Date: 05-DEC-16
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N9002A
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MARTINSVILLE
State: Virginia

Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III, N765FA, Key Lime Air: Fatal accident occurred December 05, 2016 in Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia

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

CBG LLC:   http://registry.faa.govN765FA

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11


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

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA066
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, December 05, 2016 in Camilla, GA
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD SA227, registration: N765FA
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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

On December 5, 2016, about 2222 eastern standard time, a Fairchild SA227-AC, N765FA, operating as Key Lime Air Flight LYM308, was destroyed during a descent and subsequent inflight breakup near Camilla, Georgia. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) Panama City, Florida and was destined for Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY) Albany, Georgia. The on-demand cargo flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

Prior to the accident flight, the pilot called to check-in with the operator's flight follower, which was common practice. Subsequently, the United Parcel Service (UPS) package delivery driver arrived on-time at the departure airport with the cargo, but the pilot delayed the departure time to evaluate the weather conditions. After evaluating the weather, the pilot decided to depart .

Review of preliminary air traffic control voice communication and radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the air traffic controller advised the pilot of moderate to extreme precipitation along his planned route of flight to ABY, and that that any "breaks" in the weather. Subsequently, the air traffic controller suggested a route of flight that would have had the pilot fly to the northeast for 70 nautical miles to avoid the most severe weather, if he had enough fuel for the diversion. The pilot responded that he did have enough fuel for such a diversion, but concluded that he would "see what the radar is painting" after the descent to 3,000 mean sea level (msl). Shortly thereafter, the pilot advised the controller that he intended to divert the flight to Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) Tallahassee, Florida. The airplane then descended from 7,000 feet msl to 3,700 feet msl before radar and radio contact was lost.

The accident airplane was a Fairchild SA227-AC that manufactured in 1990. It was powered by two Honeywell TPE331-11U-611 engines, rated at 1,000 shaft horsepower each, and was equipped with McCauley four-blade, constant speed propellers.


The wreckage was scattered over a large area that included a cotton field and dense forest. The debris field was about 2,640 feet in length and 1,500 feet in width, oriented toward 049 degrees true. The first components located along the debris field were the outboard sections of both wings, which exhibited damage and paint transfer consistent with contact with the fuselage. Additional components located along the debris path included the empennage and the mid-span portions of both wings. The fuselage came to rest at the end of the debris path at the side of a residence. The fuselage, cockpit, cabin section, inboard wings, and both engines were destroyed or damaged by the postcrash fire. The wreckage was recovered from the site and retained 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.

Captain Lance McCaw, 39, of Panama City, was killed in a plane crash Monday night in a field in Mitchell County, Georgia.


A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of the pilot killed in the crash to provide financial support for his family.



MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -  Federal officials are working to find out what brought down a cargo metroliner plane in Mitchell County Monday night, leaving the pilot on the plane dead.

The NTSB will be continuing its investigation into what caused Captain Lance McCaw's plane to go down on Mt Zion Road in Mitchell County.

After they wrap up on scene, they'll take the wreckage of the plane to another location for further investigation.

The wreckage of the Key Lime Air flight still remains on Mt Zion Road in Mitchell County as of Tuesday night.

"It was operated by a single individual. Last night at about 10:30, the airplane was lost off radar and crashed here in a field," said NTSB Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne.

That single individual was the pilot, Captain Lance McCaw who died on scene.

Now, the national transportation safety board is tasked with finding out what led up to the tragic crash.

What we do know is that the area received heavy rain Monday night.

"Weather may have played a role but we can't say for sure now. We do have some ATC radar data and we do have some voice transcription that we'll look over as the investigation continues," explained Alleyne.

It's a long process for the NTSB to look into what happened and figure out what caused the plane to crash. 

"We don't know what happened so we'll look through a laundry list of items that we'll go through," said Alleyne. "We'll look at the pilot, we'll look at the aircraft, we'll look at the weather, the environment."

The NTSB investigators along with the airplane manufacturer and the engine manufacturer will continue the investigation on scene over the next 24 hours. 

"We're still at the fact finding stage so we don't know how long this is going to take," explained Alleyne.

The investigation could take between six months and a year.

WALB reached out to the airport and officials released the following statement:

"The airport staff gives their condolences to the pilot's family. It was an unfortunate situation."

McCaw is survived by his wife and young son.  

A crowd-funding account has been set-up in honor of McCaw to provide financial support for his family.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so at the Support the McCaw Family YouCaring page.

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National Transportation Safety Board Air Safety Investigator Eric Alleyne.


PANAMA CITY BEACH - A local pilot delivering packages to Georgia died Monday night after his plane went down amid rough weather, according to reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Despite the inclement weather, the cause of the crash is unclear. An investigation is pending.

Lance McCaw, 39, of Panama City, has been identified as the pilot of a propeller plane that crashed about 10:20 p.m. Monday in a field in Mitchell County, Georgia. He had flown out of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City earlier that night, carrying packages. McCaw, the only person aboard the flight, was bound for Albany, Georgia, but went down while en route, the FAA reported.

The Colorado-based Key Lime Air, a cargo charter company with whom McCaw was employed, serves as a feeder for UPS air cargo operations. Officials with the business released McCaw's name Tuesday afternoon as the president of the company, Cliff Honeycutt, issued a statement.

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw," Honeycutt wrote. "Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident. Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son. He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."

McCaw was piloting cargo flight KG 308, a Fairchild SA-227, and took off about 8:45 p.m. from ECP on a regular cargo flight to Albany. The aircraft flew on a northeasterly heading at an altitude of 7,000 feet, descending to about 3,000 feet as McCaw approached the Albany airport. That is when flight data was lost, officials reported.

Officials received a call just after 10 p.m. that a plane crashed at Mt. Zion Road and Mt. Zion Church Road. The coroner then was called to the scene.

Heavy rain and storms were in the area at the time, but it's not clear if other factors played a role in the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation; the FAA also is involved.

McCaw's family members have set up a fundraising webpage to help with expenses. They have set a goal of $10,000. As of Tuesday evening, they had collected about $700. Friends expressed their condolences over social media after receiving word from Lance McCaw's mother, Gay Lynne McCaw.

"It is with a broken heart that I send my son into the arms of Jesus Christ," she wrote. "I thank the Lord for the 39 years He gave us. I love you son.......I will see you again at heavens gate."

Honeycutt wrote that Key Lime Air will be assisting McCaw's family in their time of need. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation, although, all future information will come from the NTSB, Honeycutt said.

"Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot," he said.

Source:   http://www.newsherald.com








MITCHELL CO., GA (WALB) -

Key Lime Air officials have identified the pilot involved in the crash Monday night as Captain Lance McCaw.

The president issues a statement this afternoon.

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw.  Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident.  Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son.  He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."

A Key Lime Air propeller plane went down in rough weather Monday night near Camilla, as it was approaching the Albany airport.

Jan Richter, who monitors aviation for JACDEC, said cargo flight KG 308 took off from Panama City, FL airport (ECP, KECP) on a regular cargo flight to Albany, with only the pilot on board. The aircraft flew on a northeasterly heading maintaining its en-route altitude of 7,000 feet.

Richter said the plane was near Camilla's latitude, about 3,000 feet when flight data was lost.

Officials received a call just after 10 p.m. that a plane crashed at Mt. Zion Road and Mt. Zion Church Road. The coroner was called to the scene around 10:55 p.m.

Key Lime Air Director of Safety Michael Giovannini confirmed the plane belonged to their fleet and said the company would issue a press release in the coming hours. Giovannini could not confirm any flight itinerary.

Heavy rain and storms were in the area at the time, but it's not clear if that played a role in the crash.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are in route to the scene.

The Colorado based Key Lime Air has a fleet of over 30 aircraft and serves as a feeder for UPS air cargo operations.

SWGA Regional Airport statement-

"The airport staff gives their condolences to the pilot’s family. It was an unfortunate situation."

FAA Statement

"Key Lime Air flight 308, a Fairchild SA-227 aircraft,  crashed in a field in Mitchell County, GA at about 10:20 pm on December 5.  Only the pilot was on board, local authorities will release the name and condition.  The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to  Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, GA when the accident occurred.   The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, you can reach NTSB at 202-314-6100.  The FAA also is investigating."

Key Lime Air President Cliff Honeycutt issued the following statement:

"It is with sincere sorrow that we have confirmed a Key Lime Air aircraft, a Cargo Metroliner; has been involved in an accident. The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to Albany, GA. There were no passengers only the pilot on board.  Sadly, we have received confirmation from the Mitchell County Sheriff Department that the pilot did not survive this accident.

Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation.  All future information will come from the NTSB."

Source:  http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com






ALBANY, GA (WJHG/WECP)-- UPDATE: Dec 6, 2016 2:30 p.m.

The identity of the pilot killed in the plane crash near Albany, Georgia, has been released.

According to Key Lime Air, the pilot is Lance McCaw of Panama City. McCaw is survived by his wife and young son.

Here's a statement from Key Lime Air President Cliff Honeycutt:

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Captain Lance McCaw. Captain McCaw was the single pilot who was involved in the accident. Lance was flying cargo for UPS from Panama City, FL., to Albany, GA., when the accident occurred. Lance is survived by his wife and young son. He was a member of our Key Lime Air family since 2001 and will be greatly missed."

Original story Dec 6, 2016 10:51 a.m.

A plane crashed on its way to Albany, Georgia, after taking off from Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City Beach Monday night, killing the pilot.

The plane, a Swearingen SA 227, was registered to Key Lime Air out of Colorado. The company has a fleet of over 30 aircraft and serves as an air cargo delivery partner with UPS.

The plane went down about 25 miles southeast of Georgia Regional Airport in Albany at 10:20 pm eastern time. It had taken off from ECP at 8:54 central time according to flight information on FlightAware.com.

There were thunderstorms in the area when the crash happened. It's unknown if the weather played a role in the crash.

The FAA issued a statement regarding the crash Tuesday morning:

"Key Lime Air flight 308, a Fairchild SA-227 aircraft, crashed in a field in Mitchell County, GA at about 10:20 pm on December 5. Only the pilot was on board, local authorities will release the name and condition. The flight was enroute from Panama City, FL to Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany, GA when the accident occurred. The National Transportation Safety Board is in charge of the investigation, you can reach NTSB at 202-314-6100. The FAA also is investigating."

Key Lime Air has issued this statement regarding the crash:

"It is with sincere sorrow that we have confirmed a Key Lime Air aircraft, a Cargo Metroliner; has been involved in an accident. The flight was en route from Panama City, FL to Albany, GA. There were no passengers only the pilot on board. Sadly, we have received confirmation from the Mitchell County Sheriff Department that the pilot did not survive this accident.  Our focus at this time is on supporting the family of the pilot. Key Lime Air is actively participating in the investigation. All future information will come from the NTSB."

Source:  http://www.wjhg.com