Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cessna 182H Skylane, N2430X: Fatal accident occurred May 17, 2021 and Incident occurred January 30, 2017

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.

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Gateway Air Service Inc

Location: St. Louis, MI 
Accident Number: CEN21FA220
Date & Time: May 17, 2021, 13:08 Local
Registration: N2430X
Aircraft: Cessna 182 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

On May 17, 2021, about 1308 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182H airplane, N2430X, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near St. Louis, Michigan. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 pipeline patrol flight.

According to the operator, the flight originally departed Clare Municipal Airport (48D), Clare, Michigan, about 0828 and flew a pipeline patrol flight to the southeast and landed about 1128 to refuel at Romeo State Airport (D98), Romeo, Michigan. According to fueling records, the pilot purchased 41.2 gallons of fuel before he departed D98 about 1206. The operator reported that the accident occurred during another pipeline patrol flight that tracked northwest toward Kalkaska, Michigan.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) radar data, the airplane’s ground track followed the intended pipeline northwest at an altitude between 500 ft and 800 ft above ground level (agl). Further review of the radar track data (Figures 1-2, and Chart 1) revealed that the airplane flew into an area containing a 1,049 ft tall radio antenna supported by multiple guy wires. According to a FAA visual flight rules (VFR) sectional chart, the top of the radio antenna was at 1,739 ft mean sea level (msl).

At 1308:18, the airplane was at 1,169 ft msl, about 0.65 miles southeast of the radio antenna, and was flying northwest directly toward the radio antenna. The airplane then entered a climb, and the ground track turned right about 4.5°. At 1308:33, the final radar return was at 1,369 ft msl and about 580 ft eastsoutheast of the radio antenna. The airplane’s last recorded position was about 370 ft below the top of the radio antenna, and the airplane’s ground track was toward the guy wires attached to the northeast side of the radio antenna.

An onsite examination revealed that the left wing collided with one of the support guy wires attached to the northeast side of the radio antenna. The left wing, left horizontal stabilizer, left elevator, and left cabin door were found near the radio antenna and within the support guy wire perimeter. The remaining wreckage was located in a dirt field about 0.3 mile northwest of the radio antenna. A postimpact fire destroyed most of the airplane’s cabin structure.

The wreckage was recovered to a secured facility where an additional examination will be conducted.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2430X
Model/Series: 182 H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMOP,755 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Romeo, MI (D98)
Destination: Clare, MI (48D)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 43.51798,-84.55103 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Memorial for Slade Martin 

My name is AJ Loomis. I am trying to raise money for not only the family but to build a memorial for remembrance of Slade Martin after a fatal plane crash. We would like to remember him for all the hard work and flight training he has done between Alma Airport and Mt. Pleasant Airport. He was a great man and had a great future ahead of him! Please anything will help, thank you and God Bless!

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. 

MIDLAND COUNTY, Michigan (WJRT) - A pilot from Gratiot County died after his plane crashed into a field in a rural area of Midland County on Monday afternoon.

Witnesses reported seeing the Cessna 182H Skylane crash into a field in the area of Geneva and Ball roads in Midland County’s Jasper Township around 1:20 p.m. The plane caught fire after coming to a stop in the field.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters found the body of the 23-year-old pilot in the cockpit after extinguishing the fire and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators say he was alone in the airplane when it crashed.

Police did not identify the pilot Monday while they worked to notify his family.

Investigators were not immediately sure what caused the plane to crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will conduct a full investigation, which is expected to take months.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Eastern Michigan 

January 30, 2017:  Aircraft experienced an engine failure and landed on a road near Saginaw, Michigan

Gateway Air Service Inc

Date: 30-JAN-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N2430X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182H
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Operation: 91

MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) - (01/31/17) - A pilot had to make an emergency landing on a Mid-Michigan road Tuesday.

The Midland County Sheriff's Office says the pilot had taken off from Barstow Airport at 9 a.m. Monday. Shortly after takeoff, the 1964 Cessna model 182 began to have engine trouble.

The sheriff says the 52-year-old pilot from Millington and the 38-year-old co-pilot from Clare were working for Gateway Air Service in Midland. They were inspecting pipelines from the air.

The pilots decided to make an emergency landing on N. Jefferson Road, north of E. Shearer Road, at 9:23 a.m. That's in Mills Township.

Power lines, trees, cars - the obstacles may be running through your mind right now - but what we see as a whole bunch of problems, the pilots saw as no big deal.

Michael Schulz has been flying planes for 10 years and he says the only concern was where to land the plane.

“It was probably the best flying day we've had in the last six weeks,” he said.

Schulz says the weather was perfect as he and pilot Todd Ames took off from Barstow Airport in Midland. They were flying for Gateway Air Service.

“We were going to fly the pipeline up around the Gaylord area and then up to Sault Ste. Marie,” Schulz said.

The inspection of pipelines from the air never materialized, as the single-engine prop plane had engine trouble.

“It was going one direction, down,” Schulz said. “When the motor quits, you better get to work because you are not getting pulled anymore.”

They couldn't make it back to the airport, so they started looking at other options.

“You didn't want to do a field this time of the year, most likely you would do a lot of damage to the airplane,” Schulz said.

They noticed Jefferson Road, north of Midland.

“There were no cars on the road, there were no wires crossing the road, it was just the right spot,” Schulz said.

It was a tight spot.

“Branches probably about three inches from the wing when we got it stopped,” Schulz said.

The emergency landing was picture perfect.

“Keep it centered up, fly the dang airplane and don't give up,” Schulz said.
No injuries and not a scratch on the plane. The plane was towed back to the airport.

Schulz says they only had a minute or two to make the decision to land on the road. He wasn't too worried about the plane landing - he had another concern.

“I was more worried about staying outside in the cold waiting for my ride to get there than landing the dang airplane,” he said.

Schulz says it took about a half hour for his ride to arrive because there were a lot of dead end roads.

The plane is being inspected at Barstow Airport to see exactly why the engine didn't work after take-off.

Story and video:  http://www.abc12.com

MIDLAND COUNTY, MI -- The pilot of a single-engine prop plane made a runway out of a snow-covered county road Monday morning when technical problems forced an emergency landing.

The small plane landed around 9:20 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, on North Jefferson Road between Curtis and Shearer roads in Mills Township, Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson said.

The plane was piloted by a 52-year-old Millington man and co-piloted by a 38-year-old Clare man, Stephenson said.

No one was injured and no property was destroyed as a result of the forced landing, which was about nine miles from the plane's point of departure at Jack Barstow Municipal Airport, Stephenson said.

"They picked the best the best spot they could," he said. "It could've been a heck of a lot worse."

The plane belongs Gateway Air Service and was in the air for pipeline inspections, Stephenson said.

Once the plane landed, deputies were able to ferry the aircraft to the parking lot of the Mills Township Fire Department, where the plane was assessed by officials from the Federal Aviation Administration, Stephenson said.

He said he didn't know the exact problems that forced the landing.

Source: http://www.mlive.com

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