Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Van's RV-12, N234VA, Lane Community College: Accident occurred June 19, 2017 at Eugene Airport / Mahlon Sweet Field (KEUG) and Incident occurred April 14, 2017 in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

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

Lane Community College: http://registry.faa.gov/N234VA

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA358
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 19, 2017 in Eugene, OR
Aircraft: VANS AIRCRAFT INC RV-12, registration: N234VA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

According to the flight school director, the student pilot was conducting stop-and-go landings during a solo flight. He added that the student pilot reported that during takeoff, the airplane began to "fishtail," the student pilot reduced power, but the airplane continued to the left, exited the runway, and impacted a taxiway sign.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The flight school director reported that, according to the student pilot there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

EUGENE, Ore. -- Authorities say a small airplane experienced a "hard landing" near the Eugene airport Monday afternoon.

It was the same plane that made an emergency landing on Highway 99 earlier this year.

Officials say the crash happened near one end of the runway around 6:30 p.m.

"A Vans RV12, bounced upon landing on Runway 34 right in Eugene," said Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Communications.

"Local authorities say that one person was on board the aircraft."

Local officials said the aircraft sustained minor damage and had to be towed back to the hangar.

Eugene-Springfield Fire officials said both the pilot and crew member were not injured.

Back in April, drivers on Hwy 99 got quite the shock when the same plane was driving down the roadway. That day the plane had to land because it lost power.

Fire crews Monday said there was a different pilot and crew on board this time.

There's no word yet on what caused Monday's hard landing.

Original article can be found here:  http://kval.com

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aircraft force landed on a highway.  

Date: 14-APR-17
Time: 21:13:00Z
Regis#: N234VA
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Flight Instructor Brandon Wynn looks at the Van's RV-12 experimental aircraft in the parking lot of Fiddler's Green Golf Center north of Eugene, Ore., after making an emergency landing, April 14, 2017. 

Looking down from 2,800 feet, flight student Jacob Brands had a job unlike any other Friday afternoon when the plane he was learning to fly lost oil pressure. 

Brands, 22, was told to look out for cars, as his flight instructor Brandon Wynn, 26, of the Lane Aviation Academy, prepared to make an emergency landing on busy Highway 99 N near the Eugene Airport.

The Van's RV-12 experimental aircraft had almost made it back to the landing strip it had just taken off from, steered back because of the sudden loss in oil pressure, Wynn explained. But the engine died over the highway at 2:20 p.m., and Wynn did the only thing he could.

He brought the plane down outside the Fiddler’s Green Golf Center, 1 mile northeast of the airport.

“We took off, and everything was looking just fine,” Wynn said. But then, “I looked over and the oil pressure had spun to zero. I was hoping to make the runway but didn’t quite do it, but we flew it all the way onto highway 99 and we were able to make a safe landing.”

Brands, who had been piloting the plane before the oil pressure dropped, called out to Wynn the cars he could see below the plane. The plane only had one close call, Wynn said, but luckily the car was going faster than the plane and able to get out of the way.

“One car was right below us but luckily this plane doesn’t go very fast,” Wynn said. “So luckily, they outran us and I am sure they got a nice surprise in their rearview as we touched down behind them.”

Wynn has been flying planes since 2009 and has a degree from the University of North Dakota, according to program director Steve Boulton. Wynn said he has been an instructor at the Lane Aviation Academy for one year next month.

Friday’s flight was only Brands’ third.

“It was crazy. It was scary,” Brands said. “But I trusted him and he kept his calm. He knew what he was doing.”

After it was on the ground, the plane was steered into the golf center’s parking lot, as Wynn waited for academy officials to arrive.

Boulton said he was thankful that Wynn and Brands were OK.

He said students and instructors both practice emergency landings repeatedly for this very reason.

“It’s built into all the training. We do a lot of simulations,” Boulton said. “They practice getting into the right position, how to land in the wind, the appropriate spots. Instructors like him know how to judge where it’s going without power.”

While Boulton has experienced engine failures before, this was Wynn’s first, although he estimates having practiced between 50 and 100 engine failure simulations.

“You go through a lot of training, they tell you to find the best spot that you can. I never had an engine failure like that before so I played it safe and tried to make the runway,” Wynn said. “A highway is just a really long landing strip. ... You fall back on your training and do what the instructors used to tell me and it worked out this time. We got lucky.”

The landing was initially reported as a crash over the dispatch scanner. But Lane Fire Authority Chief Terry Ney, who arrived at the scene around 2:30 p.m. Friday, was the first to report what had happened.

“It was an emergency landing in an inappropriate place,” Ney said.

No injuries were reported, although a car drove into a nearby ditch as the driver appeared to have been “rubbernecking,” or looking at what had occurred, Wynn said. 

Story and video:  http://registerguard.com

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