Monday, September 25, 2017

Jefferson City Memorial (KJEF), Callaway County, Missouri: Airport offers flight instruction

Jon Welker prepares for takeoff in a Piper Warrior plane September 20, 2017 at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport. Welker intends to get his commercial pilot's license.

The small white-and-blue plane picked up speed as it raced down the runway Wednesday at Jefferson City Memorial Airport, lifting lightly into the air as it set off toward Lee's Summit. Houses, roads, fields and trees rolled by underneath, becoming smaller and smaller as the plane picked up height, reaching 8,000 feet.

Jon Welker sat on the right side of the plane, his hands rested on the control yolk as he steered the plane westward toward the Kansas City metropolitan area. He spoke into his headset, turning his head slightly to his left to look at his flight instructor, Scott McDonald.

Welker, a Boone County resident, has been taking flying lessons from McDonald, chief flight instructor at Jefferson City Memorial Airport, for about a year. He started learning to fly seven years ago but had to put it on hold. It wasn't until a couple of years ago, though, he started flying again.

"It's a privilege because not very many people get to fly and experience being up in the air and that perspective," Welker said. "In business, there's a lot of things and distractions you have to deal with; but when you're flying, that's all you can do is fly. I mean, it takes everything you have, and you can't think about this customer problem. For me, that's the fun of it."

Welker is a co-founder of Agent Clean, a service-based company and franchise system that focuses on exterior cleaning, as well as the owner of Agent Clean of Mid-Missouri. He said he wants to use his pilot license to expand his business. Instead of driving several hours to different cities, Welker could fly there and back in a shorter period of time, giving him more time to spend with his wife and four children, who he takes flying occasionally.

Earlier this month, Jefferson City's Airport Advisory Committee discussed ways to encourage locals to take flight instruction classes. The airport has been offering lessons for decades, but most of the community is unaware of the opportunity, committee member Grant Shorthose said.

People can earn a private pilot license, instrument rating on a pilot license and a commercial pilot license. Welker currently has his private pilot license and an instrument rating on that license. He now is working toward a commercial license.

After he receives his commercial license, Welker hopes to be a flight instructor so he can gain experience and earn money; someone with a commercial pilot license can charge for flight services. He said his backup career plan is to become a pilot.

McDonald said a private pilot license could cost approximately $7,000, and expenses for a commercial license or an instrument rating on a license can vary.

Participants must be 17 years old to earn a private pilot license. People have to be at least 16 years old to fly an airplane solo, but Shorthose said people could start learning to fly even before they are 16.

With the aviation industry in need of pilots, Shorthose said, offering flight instructions could provide a possible career path.

"A lot of people look at (becoming a pilot) as an amazing accomplishment, a career path that only a few can do, and it's actually just really the opposite — almost anybody can do it," Shorthose said. "The average person can go out and become a pilot. And the average person can take those skill sets and go into the industry and in a matter of years, they're flying airlines all over the world. It's an amazing thing for a young person in Jefferson City, Missouri, within 10 years of graduating high school could be flying a jumbo jet in Asia."

The four-seater Piper Warrior passed through a white cloud, bumping slightly. Last year, that turbulence would have bothered Welker, but McDonald had him practice last winter to get him more comfortable with the bumps.

"I just didn't know what the airplane was capable of, so I would start thinking the wings were going to fall off when we would hit a bump. You start realizing that there's nothing between you and down there than you, and you start to panic. You have to walk yourself through that — so it was just a mental hurdle," Welker said. "So Scott and I went up a lot during the winter and that really helped, just getting bumped around and getting used to it and realizing it's no big deal."

McDonald said a common hurdle new pilots have to overcome is getting used to the bumps.

"When you're driving down the road and hit a speed bump, it's normal. When you're on the lake and you hit a wake from another boat, it's no big thing. But when you're in an airplane, people just don't see it the same because they can't see it; they can't see where these bumps are coming from or what's causing it," he said. "But just trust your instructor and know that they're not going to put you in a situation that's going to hurt you. It's a learning experience, and you have to get used to the bumps."

Welker took flying lessons at another airport before coming to Jefferson City Memorial Airport, and he likes the structure of the lessons. He had to take written tests and experience several hours of flight training.

There are goals Welker has to reach during each lesson. On Wednesday, he had to fly more than 100 nautical miles — a unit used to measure distances at sea — for at least two hours, and his next lesson will be flying at night.

Welker and McDonald agreed one of the interesting parts about being a pilot is the ability to travel.

"I could be doing flight instruction one day, but tomorrow, I could be flying to South Carolina or California and be back for dinner," McDonald said. "It's the coolest job ever because I literally fly an airplane."

Before taking flight instruction, though, Welker and McDonald recommended people take the introductory flight, a 20-30 minute flight where an instructor lets people get a taste of what's involved in a lesson. Introductory flights cost $100.

When people first start taking flying lessons, McDonald said, the best advice he can give them is to not give up.

"We have a lot of people who come and say, 'Oh, this is hard or different,' or, 'I don't know if I can do this,'" McDonald said. "People get frustrated, and they give up. It's hard, which is why not a lot of people do it, but there's no reason someone can't do it. Anyone can do it. You just have to put in the time and the effort and have to want it."

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Beech C35, N5958C: Fatal accident occurred September 24, 2017 at Camden Municipal - Harrell Field Airport (KCDH), Ouachita County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 24-SEP-17
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N5958C
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Two people have been killed in the crash of a small airplane at the Camden Municipal Airport, according to Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood.

The accident happened about 6:45 p.m. Sunday near the north end of the north-south runway at the facility off U.S. 79.

“Sadly there was a fatal plane crash earlier this evening at the Camden Airport. While the plane was not local, the pilot was well known to the pilots who fly out of here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved,” said a statement on the airport’s Facebook page.

The airport, called Harrell Field, has one 6,500-foot runway.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jennifer Lockwood: St. Pete pilot headed to islands devastated by Irma, Maria; with her truck loads of supplies, $70,000 donation

ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - Hurricanes Maria and Irma have turned islands, across the Caribbean, upside down. Islanders are in the middle of chaos and unheard of damage, but one St. Pete pilot is refusing to let them deal with it alone.

Jennifer Lockwood is returning to her adopted home of nearly 10 years.

“It’s devastation is what it is, you’ve lost your home," said Lockwood.

St. Croix of the U.S Virgin Islands is one of several islands in a humanitarian crisis.

“Looking at images of somebody’s living room completely soaking wet and with debris and then there’s no roof," described Lockwood.

That’s why this pilot asked the community for help and it responded in kind. Her employer, St. Pete Air, a flight school donated a plane. Strangers and friends showed up to the hangar with supplies filling up 10 box-trucks; even $70,000 in monetary donations. All of it heading to Virgin Islands.

“To me it’s just human kind to be compassionate for one another and to help each other out if you are able," she said.

With every item she loads up she thinks of her friends and neighbors dealing with unprecedented devastation.

“There’s a lot of fear from people that I’ve known for years that are very strong individuals," said Lockwood.

She remembers each terrifying image she saw on social media in real time. Right now there are families with no food, no water and no home.

“Hearing that," she said, "It just makes everything real like this is really happening. People are running out of supplies they need for basic survival.”

For all of them she has one assurance.

“Just let them know that we are coming and we are going to keep coming until the island is rebuilt and everyone is taken care of," she said.

Lockwood pleading with those who own their own planes. She tells ABC Action News they've got plenty of supplies but need planes to carry them there. She's asking anyone who can, to consider donating a flight.

Lockwood takes off Monday morning.

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Airlines still struggling to reach devastated Puerto Rico: Flights are extremely limited

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Major commercial airlines are still struggling to fly to Puerto Rico after last week's hurricane.

Hurricane Maria's destructive path through the U.S. territory left at least 10 people dead. The storm also razed buildings, flooded streets and cut off power and communications for millions of people.

Residents who are looking to escape the devastation, meanwhile, don't have many options. At San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, the island's main air travel hub, flights in and out were extremely limited.

The devastation at Puerto Rico's biggest airport is another in a series of operational blows to U.S. airlines. Houston, Miami, Orlando and other airports across the southeastern U.S. have been shuttered as a result of extreme weather causing thousands of flight cancellations and forcing airlines to adapt amidst the cascading disruption.

Some airlines this weekend described a bleak scene in Puerto Rico.

"Due to connectivity challenges, including air traffic control constraints and lack of power at the airport, operations are limited for all airlines," said American Airlines in a statement.

The company said it has been able to send in resources on relief flights.

Its first trip of that kind was Friday, when a plane took relief workers and family members from Miami to the island, along with food, water, lanterns, cots, tarps, fans, batteries, boots and generators. The airline sent just one more plane to the island over the weekend.

United Airlines said it sent a relief flight to the island Saturday with "15,000 pounds of food, water and amenity kits for our employees." Another plane on Sunday took blankets and other supplies. United said an additional cargo trip is planned for Monday.

Late Saturday, JetBlue Airways said that it planned to send three planes to Puerto Rico and fly three planes from the island to certain cities in Florida and New York on Sunday.

"These flights are carrying much needed supplies and personnel," JetBlue said at the time, adding that it expects to have a more robust flight schedule in and out of San Juan by Tuesday. The company did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.

Southwest Airlines was slated to resume flights on Saturday, but the company said it was met with some unexpected issues. It was only able to send an "assessment flight" into San Juan over the weekend.

The company was still "struggling with the lack of infrastructure and coordination" at the San Juan airport, Southwest spokesperson Thais Hanson said Sunday. She added that regular service likely won't resume until Wednesday.

Delta, which was also expected to restart some of its San Juan operations Saturday, reported an "unfavorable assessments of airport and area infrastructure."

Delta said it operated just one relief flight Sunday. It plans to send two more Monday.

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Sarah Jayne Frank: 4th-grader gets ride to school in Dad’s helicopter

Sarah Jayne Frank, a fourth-grader at The Oakridge School in Arlington, gets set to ride to school in her dad’s helicopter. She says it beats sitting in traffic on the way to school.

FORT WORTH  --  Around 7:30 a.m. on school days, most kids in the Fort Worth area head to a bus stop or climb into the back seat of their parents’ car and sit in traffic on their way to school. But sometimes 10-year-old Sarah Jayne Frank climbs into a helicopter.

“I just like looking down and seeing them in the air and the cars look like ants,” Sarah says.

Sarah’s dad, Jim Frank, is a licensed commercial aviation pilot who operates a business called Helicopter Up out of Spinks Airport in Burleson. On days when he’s headed to work in Dallas and gets clearance from The Oakridge School in Arlington, he’ll hover anywhere from 500 to 1,000 feet above traffic along Interstate 35W and take Sarah to school. 

He says that would typically be about a 30-minute drive. But from Spinks Airport by air, “it’s about 5 minutes,” Frank said. “No traffic, no carpool, just a quick in, quick out.”

The Star-Telegram learned about Sarah flying to school from a reader after a Star-Telegram photographer got photos of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ helicopter landing at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium last week. Jones and a few relatives were there to watch his grandson, Highland Park quarterback John Stephens Jones, take on Mansfield Timberview in a football game.

In an email the reader said: “A 4th grader at Oakridge School in Arlington flies in her dad’s helicopter to school on a regular basis. Jerry arriving at a football game in a helicopter is really no big deal.”

For Sarah, arriving at school via helicopter, although not a daily occurrence, is “not uncommon,” she said. She’s been flying with her dad since she was about 2.

“We can do it really whenever,” Sarah said. “It’s fun.”

Frank operates a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter. After launching his company in August, he says, he’s only done charity work so far.

“I primarily look for an excuse to go fly,” he said. “The Chris Kyle Foundation is having a charity golf event November 6th and I’ve volunteered for that.”

But taking a helicopter into the sky for pleasure or school isn’t as simple as having your parent jump in a car, turn the key and pull out of the driveway. There’s a fairly long preflight process that involves making sure weather conditions are favorable and checking instruments and equipment.

“It’s about a 10-minute process without any interruptions on a good day,” Frank says.

Once they board the helicopter and buckle themselves in, Sarah says aside from making sure the doors are locked properly and getting her headphones on to be able to chat with dad, there’s one rule you have to remember when you exit the helicopter once it lands.

“Never go back to the tail rotor,” said Sarah. “There’s really bad heat and the rotor is spinning so fast you can’t see it and the rotor will chop you up into tiny pieces. And that will not be pretty.”

Frank has to land the helicopter at a safe distance from the school, which means Sarah normally has to walk across football and soccer fields to get on campus.

“I actually like walking,” Sarah said. “I go into the same entrance as everybody else.”

Most days, Sarah has to sit in a car with her mom or dad, weaving through rush-hour traffic and waiting her turn in the carpool line. But that’s OK with her. She’d rather not show up to school in a helicopter every day.

“Because then it wouldn’t be anything exciting,” she said.

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Rutan VariEze, N830S: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 near Wings Field Airport (KLOM), Blue Bell, Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aircraft experienced engine problems after departure and crashed into a house 3/4 mile from the departure end of runway 24.

Date: 24-SEP-17
Time: 21:11:00Z
Regis#: N830S
Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Aircraft Model: VARIEZE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

WHITPAIN TWP., Pa. (WPVI) --  A pilot lost control and crashed, narrowly missing a home in Whitpain Township Sunday evening.

Police said the small, single engine plane crashed dangerously close to a house on Meade Road just after 5 p.m.

No word on the pilot's condition, but he got some help from quick-thinking neighbors who rushed to cut him from the plane.

"I open up the door, I see people running down the street and someone said, 'Oh my God there's a plane crash!'" said David Buck of Whitpain Township.

Police said there was one person in the plane - the pilot- and he was flown down to a hospital in Philadelphia.

Douglas DiSandro lives across the street and was in his backyard when he said he heard the small plane overhead, sputtering, and flying low.
"Too close to the house," said DiSandro. "I knew the trees in the front and I said there's no way he's clearing those. And then I heard the crash and I ran out front."

DiSandro said he and another neighbor frantically searched for the pilot, and found him when they heard a gurgling sound coming from the bushes.

"Brian noticed there was a strap around his neck. One of his straps holding him into the seat, and so Brian called for scissors," said DiSandro. "We elevated him to get the pressure off his neck because he clearly wasn't breathing, until we could get the strap cut off."

DiSandro said then the pilot started gasping. He said shortly after the paramedics arrived.

Police said the plane took off from Wings Field, about a mile from the crash site.

Neighbors said having planes in the area is not unusual, but the crash is alarming.

We see planes - 4, 5, 6 a day -- and it's a nice view to watch the planes go across the field right there but this is like a reality wake up check," said Buck. "It's kind of scary."

NTSB officials will be out tomorrow to investigate why the crash occurred. Until then police said the plane wreckage will stay where it is.

Police said they will be out at the scene overnight to make sure nothing is disturbed.

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A pilot had to be cut from the wreckage of a home-built aircraft after the plane crashed into the front yard of a Whitpain Township, Pennsylvania home Sunday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

The single engine VariEze style plane went down just after 5 p.m. along Meade Road, police said.

Witnesses and police said the plane lost altitude shortly after takeoff and hit several trees before breaking apart on the front lawn of a home.

A pair of neighbors — Douglas DiSandro and Brian McShain — rushed to the wreckage and started searching for the pilot.

"I heard gurgling in a bush and we found where the pilot was," neighbor DiSandro said.

When they got into the bush, they found the pilot being choked by the plane's seat belt. The men lifted his body to relive the pressure on his neck until another person brought scissors to cut him free.

"He relieved the pressure on his neck and he started gasping again," DiSando said.

Paramedics took the pilot, who has not yet been identified, to Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center in Philadelphia. Police said his injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening, but a condition was not available.

The development where the crash happened is 1½ miles from Wings Field — a small airport where the plane took off from this afternoon.

Wreckage is strewn across the lawn and garden of 25 Meade Road. It appears the house was spared from being hit. There was a person inside the home when the crash happened.

"We're very fortunate that nobody got hurt on this scene. It's amazing," Whitpain Twp. Police Chief Kenneth Lawson said.

VariEze aircraft debuted in the 1970s and are a cheaper alternative to other popular small aircraft like Cessna or Piper, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The planes are typically made of composite foam and fiberglass, the museum said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will visit the crash site Monday to launch an investigation.

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WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP, PA (CBS) — Whitpain Township police say one person was injured after a small plane crashed at a residence in Montgomery County Sunday evening.

Officials say the crash took place shortly after 5 p.m. at a home at 25 Meade road after the plane took off from the Wings Field Airport.

Chief Kenneth Lawson of the Whitpain Township police department says fire and rescue crews discovered a small single-engine plane that had crashed on the Montco property containing only the pilot.

“I heard a plane that clearly sounded like it was in distress, and I looked up it was flying way too close to our house,” said neighbor Douglas Disandro. “Next thing I know I hear the crash, ran out front and saw a bunch of debris at the house across the street.”

Disandro says that he and another neighbor Brian McShane found the plane with the pilot in a “bush” on the property.

“Brian McShane, who’s my neighbor, he was here first. He saved the day. He saved the guys life.” said neighbor David Buck. “We were next to the [pilot] and we were holding him and there was no pulse. [McShane] reaches to find a pulse, and then he realized their was a seat belt around the guy’s neck, and that was the problem right there. So we were able to cut that off.”

Authorities say the pilot, whose has not be identified, was transported to Penn Presbyterian hospital with no word on his condition.

Officials say there was one person inside of the home at the time of the crash, but thankfully that person was not injured.

“It’s scary,” said Buck. “Wings field is right there. We see planes, you know four, five, six, ten a day, and it’s a nice view to watch the planes go right down. You know kinda across the field right there, but this is kind of a reality wake up check, it’s kind of scary.”

Chief Lawson says the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and that National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene Monday to investigate.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WTXF) - Emergency crews were on the scene of a small plane crash in Whitpain Township in Montgomery County Sunday evening.

The incident took place around 5 p.m.

The extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:

A Buschmann Vanzetti VariEze experimental aircraft crashed approximately one mile from the end of Runway 24 at the Wings Field Airport, Blue Bell, PA today at 5:11 pm. Contact local authorities for information on the pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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Robinson R22 BETA, N177SR, Nanco Helicopters: Incident occurred September 24, 2017 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft collided with the ground while practicing low level hovering.

Tumbleweed Leasing Company Inc:

Date: 24-SEP-17
Time: 16:25:00Z
Regis#: N177SR
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

Helicopter crash at Santa Barbara Airport
September 24, 2017

A small helicopter crashed on Sunday morning at the Santa Barbara Airport. 

Airport rescue firefighters were notified of the incident at approximately 9:30 am and responded to a helicopter down in the slough just west of runway 15 Right. 

Additional emergency crews from Santa Barbara City and Santa Barbara County Fire Departments responded to assist. 

Minor to moderate injuries were reported to the two occupants.

The incident is under investigation. 

There is no further information at this time.

Updated information will be provided when available.

Kevin Corbett
Engineer / Public Information Officer
Santa Barbara City Fire Department

Two people were injured in a small helicopter crash at the Santa Barbara Airport Sunday morning. 

According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department Facebook page, the incident happened at 9:30 a.m., down in the slough just west of runway 15 right. 

Minor to moderate injuries were reported. Additional information and identities on the two hurt were not made immediately available. 

Santa Barbara City and Santa Barbara County Fire responded to the incident. 

Events leading up to the crash are unknown at this time.  

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Incident occurred September 24, 2017 at John Wayne Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, Orange County, California

NEWPORT BEACH, CA- John Wayne Airport received notification that a plane nearby was experiencing a "rough running engine" on Sunday.

An Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson stated that an emergency response was made at approximately 12:45 p.m. as firefighters were sent to John Wayne Airport for what was thought to be a commercial plane made an emergency landing due to engine trouble.

"We received notification at just before 12:45 p.m. that a plane with a rough running engine was inbound to John Wayne Airport," JWA spokesperson Deanna Thompson said.

Emergency responders were contacted at that time. 

Orange County Fire Authority crash teams were on site however the plane landed without incident according to OCFA Capt. Steve Dohman.

"A short time later, the emergency call was no longer needed as the plane landed safely, without incident," Dohman said.

At the time of this report, it was not known what type of plane was having engine trouble, for how many passengers were on board.

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Avid SW 65, N65SW: Incident occurred September 24, 2017 in Dovesville, Darlington County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft crashed into trees after experiencing an engine failure.

Date: 24-SEP-17
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N65SW
Aircraft Model: SW 65
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

DOVESVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a plane has crashed in Darlington County.

According to Lt. Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down off of Dovesville Highway around 2 p.m. Sunday.

There was only one person in the plane, who received only minor injuries.

The plane is a small, privately-owned aircraft.

Darlington County Sheriff’s have reached out the Federal Aviation Administration about this incident.

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Aerotrike Safari, N7675K: Incident occurred September 24, 2017 in Shiloh, Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aircraft struck a bird and landed hard in a field.

Date: 24-SEP-17

Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N7675K
Aircraft Make: AEROTRIKE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

HOPEWELL TWP. -- No injuries were reported after a ultralight trike crashed in a soybean field around noon on Sunday.

State police responded to the scene, on Minches Corner Road near Shoemaker Road in Cumberland County, and spoke to the pilot, who walked away apparently unscathed. He was the lone occupant in the craft.

The Aerotrike Safari made a "hard landing" in the field, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

The wife of the pilot arrived as her husband toured the accident scene with a state police investigator. She declined to speak about what had happened.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the 19-year-old, single-seat craft is owned by a Pittsgrove Township resident.

No additional information had been released by state police as of mid-afternoon.

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Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7189P: Incident occurred September 23, 2017 at Brown Field Municipal Airport (KSDM), Otay Mesa, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aircraft landing gear collapsed on runway after landing.

Date: 23-SEP-17
Time: 02:52:00Z
Regis#: N7189P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-24-250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

The landing gear failed as a plane landed at Brown Field Saturday night, but no one onboard was injured, a fire official said.

The crash-landing occurred just before 8 p.m. at the municipal airport in Otay Mesa.

An airport crash rig and half a dozen other fire and medical units responded near the San Diego Jet Center at the airport.

No information on the size or type of plane was immediately available from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board was to investigate the cause of the crash.

No one onboard was injured. 

Some fuel spilled from the plane, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said.

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SAN DIEGO — A plane crash-landed Saturday night at Brown Field Municipal Airport when the aircraft’s landing gear failed to open, but no one was hurt.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. at the airport in Otay Mesa.

The three people inside the aircraft were not injured, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Monica Munoz.

All air traffic was stopped while crews worked to clear the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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Rockwell 690B Turbo Commander, N73MA, RA Aircraft Management Inc: Fatal accident occurred September 23, 2017 near Ainsworth Regional Airport (KANW), Brown County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

RA Aircraft Management Inc:

Date: 23-SEP-17
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N73MA
Aircraft Make: MITSUBISHI
Aircraft Model: MU2B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

A crash site believed to be that of a plane missing following takeoff Saturday morning from the Ainsworth Regional Airport has been located in Brown County.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department was notified that a plane that took off Saturday morning from the Ainsworth Regional Airport did not reach its destination.

Sheriff Bruce Papstein said the 10-seat plane took off between 10:12 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. Saturday with just the pilot on board. 

The plane was headed to North Dakota.

A suspected crash site was located in Brown County Saturday evening. 

Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala said the site will be secured until investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration can arrive to investigate.

The Federal Aviation Administration investigators are expected to reach the site by Sunday afternoon.

Papstein said the pilot of the plane is suspected to have died in the crash.

A search began Saturday after the plane did not reach its destination. It was not located on radar, or at any airport along its anticipated route.

Papstein said attempts were made to coordinate the location of the pilot’s cellular phone, but to no avail.

The Federal Aviation Administration activated a search and rescue team. 

The suspected crash site was discovered in Brown County only a few miles from the Ainsworth Regional Airport.

The pilot’s name has not been released pending notification of relatives and the arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration investigation team.

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Video shows laser cannon shooting down unmanned aircraft

As time goes on, the regular use of lasers is becoming more and more of a reality.

Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA, is the latest example of that.

At White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, ATHENA was put to the test, shooting not one, but five different unmanned aircraft — as shown in a video.

This ground-based system is used to demonstrate technologies for military use without spending a fortune.

For now, ATHENA can disable small rockets, artillery shells, small unmanned aerial vehicles, lightweight ground vehicles and small boats from about a mile away, but with more technological advances with lasers, the weapons will be able to take down larger vehicles and at farther distances, according to the company’s website.

Based out of Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company.

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Huron Regional (KHON), Beadle County, South Dakota: Despite air service loss, airport remains viable

HURON — A year after Huron lost its commercial flights to Denver and Minneapolis, they’re not likely to return any time soon.

But although it’s on a smaller scale, the airport remains a hub of its own.

“We’re still alive and well out here, and busy,” said Airport Manager Larry Cooper.

Nearly two dozen businesses, air ambulance services, physician specialists, government agencies and other operations are regular airport customers, he said. Some, like NorthWestern Energy, are in and out of here as many as four times a day.

“There are people that use the airport all the time, and the reason people don’t see it usually is because the airplanes come and go, and if you don’t hear them or you don’t happen to watch the sky at the time they come by you don’t see it happening,” Cooper said.

Also, there are new enterprises now flying in and out of Huron that are known as fractional ownership companies. Netjets Aviation and Jet Solutions are two that land and take off here regularly.

Business travelers who need to be somewhere on short notice are often the ones who make use of fractional ownership jets. Businesses pay a monthly maintenance fee and an annual contract fee and in return can request a plane to fly people with just a few hours’ notice.

“You see these fractional owners come in here any time business people are coming to Huron to do something,” Cooper said.

Other regular customers are familiar names to local residents.

They include Coborn’s, Jack Links, True North Steel, UPS, Pioneer Hybrids, Basin Electric, Larson Cable Trailers and Western Area Power Administration.

Sanford air ambulances are here an average of once a day, and Avera air ambulances fly to Huron weekly. Both services use multiple aircraft.

Specialty operations which use the airport are aerial applicators like Wilber Ellis and North Central Farmers Elevator. Predator control aircraft, hunters and pipeline inspectors also fly in and out of Huron.

While commercial air service is no longer an option, people from Huron and the surrounding area are still flying, primarily out of Sioux Falls, Cooper said.

When Dakota Pork was open two decades ago and the city enjoyed good air service, Huron had the ability to board between 500 and 1,000 people a month, he said.

“But the continuous bad service (more recently) from Great Lakes is what really hurt us, because people just got fed up with it and wouldn’t fly,” he said.

The airline was flying to Huron through the essential air service program.

“As it sits right now, we lost it because we exceeded the per passenger subsidy,” Cooper said. “In reality, what the rule is, if you exceed $1,000 per passenger subsidy you’re out of the program.”

When Great Lakes went to a nine-passenger aircraft, the chances of Huron being able to board enough passengers to stay under $1,000 were “nil and none,” he said.

Cooper thinks that at some point Huron might be able to get air service back if a deal could be worked out where the city offers the airline a free hangar so the plane that is here each night is not left out in the weather, in winter and summer. It’s bad business to leave a 50-passenger jet outside in extreme cold in winter and subject to hail damage in the summer, he said.

A free hangar and a possible break on fuel could be incentives for an airline until it can sustain the route without subsidies just on boardings, Cooper said.

But that may be down the road, because right now he doesn’t think Huron has a large enough population or economic base for it to work.

Cooper fields as many as four calls a week from people asking which airline serves Huron, and what a ticket costs. A few days ago, people from California called because they want to fly here to hunt pheasants.

“And you have to tell them, ‘sorry, we don’t have an airline anymore,’” he said.

It’s a shame that people from Huron and the area have not been able to fly in and out of here for a year now, he said.

But the impact on the airport itself has been minimal.

“All that did was change the fact of two airplanes a day coming and going from Huron,” Cooper said.

“But at the same time, that wasn’t our only customer,” he said. “There are a lot of people that use the airport.”   

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