Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Beechcraft A24R Sierra, registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N9798L: Accident occurred September 12, 2017 near Ogden-Hinckley Airport (KOGD), Weber County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Ogden, UT
Accident Number: WPR17LA202
Date & Time: 09/12/2017, 1337 MDT
Registration: N9798L
Aircraft: BEECH A24R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Turbulence encounter
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 12, 2017, about 1337 mountain daylight time, a Beechcraft A24R airplane, N9798L, collided with a vehicle shortly after takeoff from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD), Ogden, Utah and landed onto a roadway about one mile southwest of the airport. The airline transport pilot sustained minor injuries and the person in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that this was the first flight after recent general maintenance and his first flight in this airplane. After two engine run-ups on the ground, the pilot took off to practice touch-and-go landings. During the takeoff sequence, all instruments indicated normal. The airplane climbed to about 200 ft, but then stopped climbing. The pilot reported that the engine did not sound obviously rough and it was maintaining full power, however, his altitude was not increasing, and airspeed was decreasing. He enriched the mixture and there was no improvement; he turned on the fuel boost pump and received a little extra power for about half a second. He then tested the magnetos, and both indicated normal. He attempted to maintain altitude, however, his airspeed was steadily decreasing, therefore, he elected to land onto a nearby road. During the landing sequence the airplane impacted a car, then the ground, before it slid to a rest and was consumed by fire. 

Witnesses reported that shortly after the airplane took off from the airport, the engine was described as sounding "weird", "sputtering", or "puttering." The airplane appeared as if it stopped climbing before it started to descend to a nearby road. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/27/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 22000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model), 10000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 70 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N9798L
Model/Series: A24R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: MC-117
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2005, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2300 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A1B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

An airframe and engine examination was conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector the day after the accident. The throttle and mixture control cables were manipulated within the cockpit; the mixture moved accordingly, but the throttle was seized. Further examination revealed the throttle arm on the throttle body was damaged and unable to be moved; when disconnected, the throttle plate moved accordingly. The rocker covers were removed from the engine and there was no evidence of thermal discoloration or a stuck valve. The spark plugs were removed and were consistent with "NORMAL" when compared to the Champion Check-a-plug chart. The upper spark plugs from cylinder #2, and #4 showed evidence of corrosion on the threads, but that did not extend to the electrodes. The engine was rotated by hand, thumb compression was obtained in each cylinder, gear and valve train continuity was established, and the magneto's impulse coupling was heard. 

The pilot reported that on August 27, 2017, he arrived at the airport to do a pre-buy inspection of the airplane. During this time, he learned that the airplane had sat for a long period of time. During an engine run-up, a loose engine injector and a worn fuel line was noticed. The pilot then contacted a local mechanic to do an inspection for airworthiness. General maintenance was completed just prior to the accident flight. According to the pilot, the engine was cleaned, a compression check was completed, the fuel injector lines were either tightened or replaced, a fuel line was replaced, the hydraulic system was serviced, and the battery was serviced.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OGD, 4472 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 21°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots / 19 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ogden, UT (OGD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Ogden, UT (OGD)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1335 MDT
Type of Airspace: 

At 1253, the METAR weather observation at OGD indicated wind variable at 3 knots, 10 miles visibility or greater, clear skies below 12,000 ft agl, temperature 30o C, dew point 8o C, and altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury

At 1353, the observation at OGD indicated wind from 250o at 14 knots with gusts to 19 knots, 10 miles visibility or greater, clear skies below 12,000 ft agl, temperature of 31o C, dew point 9o C, and an altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury.

A weather study was completed by a National Transportation Safety Board Meteorologist. Surface analysis charts depicted a surface trough located just west of the accident site stretching from central Utah northwestward into southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued an Area Forecast Discussion, which mentioned that there was a 20% chance of gusty and erratic thunderstorm outflow winds to impact the area. In addition, the NWS issued an Airport Weather Warning for the Salt Lake City International Airport valid from 1330 to 1440 and warned of a west wind of 20-25 mph with gusts to 30-35 mph. The Integrated Terminal Weather System data indicated a gust front in between OGD and Salt Lake City, Utah, located 25 miles south of the accident site, at 1335 moving northeastward towards OGD and the accident site. The base velocity data, indicated the leading edge of the outflow or gust front moved passed the accident site right around the time of the accident. Gust front conditions were indicated on the display until 1350.

Visible Satellite Imagery indicated no cloud cover over the accident site at the accident time, however, a cloud boundary was apparent moving past the accident site between 1325 and 1345 with additional cumulous cloud development east of the accident site across the mountainous terrain by 1357. The additional cloud cover across the mountainous terrain east of the accident site formed as the outflow boundary/gust front moved eastward into the mountainous terrain inducing additional vertical motion. 

The FAA's Advisory Circular AC00-6B title "Aviation Weather" issued in August 2016 is the primary basic training guide on many weather hazards, including gust fronts and outflow. It is stated that gust front conditions are associated with rain showers and more frequently with thunderstorm activity. Gust fronts create many hazards for aviation and can cause damaging wind at the surface. 

The FAA Advisory Circular AC 00-24C titled "Thunderstorms" issued February 2013 is the primary basic training guide on thunderstorm hazards used for flight training guidance. The turbulence region of a gust front is identified from the leading edge or "nose", which would be marked by a sudden wind shift and increase in wind speed along with potentially moderate to severe turbulence up to 1,000 and occasionally to 3,000 feet above ground level. A sudden wind shift and gusty winds associated with a gust front can be seen at OGD and SLC, when the gust front moved across those airports at the accident time. Multiple surges of cold dense air are typical results in individual strong gusts. Behind the "head" of the gust front, another area of turbulence is typically found near the "wake." This can cause wave formations with the density discontinuities between the warm and cold air masses resulting again in moderate to severe turbulence. Gust fronts are often observed extending up to 15 miles from the main precipitation core of the thunderstorm or rain shower.

Airport Information

Airport: Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4472 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8103 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  41.190556, -112.007778 (est)

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA202
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in Roy, UT
Aircraft: BEECH A24R, registration: N9798L
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 September 12, 2017, about 1337 mountain daylight time, a Beechcraft A24R, N9798L, experienced a partial loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD), Ogden, Utah and landed onto a roadway about one mile southwest of the airport. The pilot (sole occupant) and one person in a vehicle (sole occupant) sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from OGD about 1336. 

The pilot reported the airplane recently came out of inspection. After a few engine runs on the ground, the pilot took off to practice touch and go landings. During the takeoff sequence, all instruments indicated normal. The airplane climbed to about 200 feet and he observed the engine was not producing power. The pilot turned on the fuel boost pump, checked the magnetos, changed fuel tanks, and enriched the mixture, but the airplane still would not climb. He executed a landing onto the road; during which, the airplane impacted a car before impacting the ground and sliding to stop. The pilot evacuated the airplane as it was consumed by fire. 

The airplane has been recovered for further examination.

ROY, Utah (KUTV) - A single-engine plane crashed onto a roadway north of Salt Lake City Tuesday, bursting into flames on impact.

Police said a pilot was helped out of the plane and was walking around. A woman in the car that was struck was also given assistance from people in the area. Police said there were no significant injuries. Police confirmed the plane went down shortly after taking off.

KUTV's news crew was only a few blocks away when the crash happened. They saw the plane fly low over an apartment building before going out of view. Seconds later they heard an explosion when it hit the ground. The plane was engulfed in flames when they arrived.

"Wow, I'm still in shock," said Cami Hess who lives in the neighborhood where the plane went down near the Ogden-Hinkley Airport. “You just hear this boom, and we just took off running, we wanted to help.”

Witnesses saw the plane flying low before the crash.

At least one other car caught fire in the wreckage.

Cami Hess, who was nearby, said she was still in shock after seeing the violent end.

"I can't believe what I just saw," she said.

"I'm angry, I live right by here. This is the second crash in two months," Hess explained.

"Something has to be done."

“I watched the plane go right over the top of me and land right on that car," said witness Jay Barnes. “If the car wasn’t there, he would have been able to land.”

Barnes said one wheel hit the car, spinning botht he plane and the car around. When the plane hit the ground it burst into flames.

“I helped the lady get out of the car, and the guy in the plane jumped out and ran right over to the sidewalk,” Barnes said.

The pilot, according to Sgt. Matthew Gwynn of Roy police. was a 63-year-old man and was taken to a hospital "out of precaution."

“It’s a violent scene, but everyone is OK,” he said. “Usually in something like this you would expect someone to be hurt, we’re thankful that’s not the case today.”

The driver was a 43-year-old woman, her friend Rachael Price spoke to 2News.

“I could tell she was shooken up, so I asked her what was going on and she said ‘I just got hit by a plane,’” Price said. “She said, 'I’m ok, I’m alive, I’m alive.' I couldn’t believe she survived it.”

The driver's name has not been released and it is not clear if she was taken for precautionary care.

Roads were closed in the area while emergency crews responded to the crash.

Story and raw video  ➤  http://kval.com

Roy, Utah — 

(KUTV) – A pilot and a driver were not seriously injured after a small plane crashed during takeoff at the Ogden Airport in northern Utah.

According to Roy Police, the 63-year-old male pilot and a 43-year-old female driver were taken to the hospital for evaluation after the collision.

The owner of the plane, sold weeks ago, told 2News that it had not been flown for months, prior to the crash.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. near 4500 South 1900 West. Roy police said federal crash investigators had arrived at the scene Tuesday afternoon and were piecing together the scene.

Witnesses at the scene told 2News it appeared the pilot was trying to land on the roadway.

“If the car wasn’t there, he would have been able to land,” witness Jay Barnes said. “One wheel hit the car, spun the car around, spun it around, burst in to flames as soon as it hit the ground.”

Investigators closed 1900 South between 4400 and 4800 South. The wreckage of the plane was hauled away around 6 p.m.

FAA records show the plane was a 1972 Beechcraft A24R Sierra, fixed-wing, single engine plane.

2 News contacted the registered owner of the plane at his office, just a couple of hours after the crash.

He said he no longer owned the plane and sold it just two weeks ago. He indicated he'd never flown the plane and it just sat at the airport for close to two years until he sold it two weeks ago. Because the sale happened so recently, FAA records did not yet reflect the name of the new owner.

Another source said the plane had been in fact sitting at the Ogden Hinckley airport for many months. The day of the crash was the first time in a long time somebody was seen with the plane.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://kutv.com

ROY, Utah - A pilot and a driver are OK after a single-engine plane crashed on a car in Roy Tuesday afternoon.

The Ogden-Hinckley Airport confirmed the crash on 1900 W at 4500 S, which closed roadways in all directions. Roy Police said the intersection reopened around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The plane crashed shortly after it took off from Ogden-Hinckley Airport, according to police.

Officials confirmed the 63-year-old solo pilot and the driver of the car the plane landed on, a 43-year-old woman, were both coherent and walking around following the crash. They were both taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"Usually, in a case like this, yeah, you would expect someone to be injured and we're happy that that is not the case today," said Sgt. Matthew Gwyn, Roy City Police Department.

Witnesses described a loud crash, followed by flames engulfing the plane and the car it struck.

"We literally watched the plane fall out of the sky and we were behind the vehicle that was hit," said Natasha Pretti. "Had I not stopped, it would've hit the front of my car."

Pretti and others at the scene were visibly shaken after witnessing the crash.

"A lot of people in shock and just utter disbelief at what had just happened, especially where the other plane had crashed not too long ago," Pretti said.

On July 26, roughly a mile away from Tuesday's crash, a small plane went down along I-15, killing all four people onboard.

On August 11, a plane crashed near South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan. Then, on August 24, another one near the same airport in West Jordan.

All of those missed people on the ground, but not this time.

"This road is busy, all day and typically in the afternoon it gets busier," Gwynn said.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators responded to the scene. The regional investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board would normally have responded too, but was already investigating another plane crash.

The wreckage of the plane will be moved to a hangar as investigators continue to piece together what happened.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox13now.com

ROY — After a single-engine plane crashed into a car in Roy, both the aircraft’s pilot and the vehicle’s driver have survived.

Roy Police Department Sgt. Matthew Gwynn said the plane crash was reported at around 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, near 1900 W. 4650 South. It happened about 1 mile southwest of Ogden-Hinckley Airport, shortly after the plane took off.

The 63-year-old pilot and the vehicle’s 42-year-old driver were transported to an area hospital as a precaution, Gwynn said. Their names hadn’t been released as of about 4 p.m.

Terry Dahle, who saw the crash happen, said the plane came down in the middle of 4500 South. Its tail hit the ground then hit the 42-year-old driver’s black sedan, crushing the back of it.

Bystanders helped the pilot out of the aircraft, and he was walking around immediately after the crash, witnesses said. Just after he exited the plane, it burst into flames.

Terry Dahle said he saw those flames rising “10 to 20 feet in the air.”

The area of the crash is highly populated with homes, apartments and businesses. According to UDOT traffic statistics, about 23,000 vehicles travel on 1900 West daily near 4500 South.

“It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was killed,” Dahle said.

Jim and Diana Walker live just east of the crash site. They said they smelled something burning, initially thinking it was something from inside their house.

“We kind of followed the smell, and we saw this,” Jim Walker said, pointing to the wreckage. “It was really strong, overpowering.” 

The Roy City Fire Department is less than a mile from the crash site. Dahle said emergency crews arrived on scene immediately.

Based on an N-Number supplied by Eric McRae, a frontline manager for the FAA’s Airworthiness Unit in Salt Lake City, the plane is a Beech A24R Sierra. An FAA registry database shows the plane’s owners are based in Ogden.

As a result of the crash, 1900 West is closed between 4400 South and 4800 South, the Roy Police Department tweeted. UDOT tweeted that 4500 South is closed in all directions as well. The roads aren’t expected to be cleared until about 7:45 p.m., UDOT says.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.standard.net

ROY — A single-engine plane crashed onto a Roy street Tuesday, smashing a car in the middle of the road and sparking a large fire.

Amazingly, everyone walked away unharmed.

The plane crashed about 1:30 p.m. in the area of 1900 West and 4500 South, about a mile south of the Ogden-Hinckley Airport. The car it hit was heavily damaged and the plane burst into flames.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of a Beechcraft A24R Sierra airplane was attempting an emergency landing, but additional information was still being collected.

Roy police said the pilot was helped out of his plane after crashing, but walked away on his own power.

Tuesday's plane crash was the second in Weber County in less than two months. On July 26, two couples were killed when their plane crashed onto I-15 in Riverdale.

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

1 comment:

  1. The ebay listing for this airplane stated that it hadn't been flown in the last 12 years! I don't see how anyone could even get a ferry permit under those circumstances.