Sunday, October 1, 2017

Brantly B-2B, N2284U, registered to Attitude Toys Inc and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred October 01, 2017 in Midland, Michigan

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
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Attitude Toys Inc:

NTSB Identification: CEN18FA001
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 01, 2017 in Midland, MI
Aircraft: BRANTLY B 2B, registration: N2284U
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 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 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 October 1, 2017, at 1447 eastern daylight time, a Brantly B-2B helicopter, N2284U, was substantially damaged during landing in an open field near Midland, Michigan. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to Attitude Toys, Inc. and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the same open field shortly before the accident.

A witness reported flying with the accident pilot from the Jack Barstow Airport (KIKW), about 10 miles east-northeast from the accident site, earlier in the day. The pilot landed near the southwest corner of the field in order to attend a family gathering at a home adjoining the field. This witness stated that some minor turbulence was encountered, but that the flight was otherwise uneventful.

The passenger stated that during the gathering, he decided to take a flight around the field with the pilot. He recalled that the helicopter "shook" a little on takeoff, which he thought was related to local winds. He noted that the tail of the helicopter started to "sway" as they flew over the house located along the east edge of the field, but that the pilot subsequently steadied the helicopter. Near the northeast corner of the field, the helicopter began descending, slowly at first and then more rapidly. He again attributed this to local wind conditions. The rotor speed increased, but the helicopter impacted the ground and subsequently rolled onto its left side before coming to rest. He added that the engine did not quit and that he turned it off with the ignition/magneto key after the accident.

The field was about 900 feet (north to south) by 800 feet (east to west). The accident flight departed from near the southwest corner of the field. The home the helicopter flew over was located along the eastern edge of the field, about 300 feet from the northern boundary. The accident site was located at the north boundary of the field, which was about 0.16 mile north-northeast from the departure point. The helicopter came to rest on its left side oriented on a northwesterly bearing.

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Paul W. Pangborn, 76, of Midland, passed away Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. The son of the late Weyant and Helen (Johnson) Pangborn was born May 29, 1941 in Belding, later moving to Midland where he was raised and educated. He was the first graduating class of the current Midland High School. Paul served his country with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was an owner and operator of Pangborn Marine where he made many close friends. Paul was a member of the Total Freedom Flyers. He was an amazing man and a family hero. He will be greatly missed. 

Paul is survived by his fiancée, Joanne Jolliffe; son, Jon (Amy) Pangborn of Midland; daughter, Janis (Michael) Schweinsberg of Midland; step-daughter, Jacqueline (Jeff) Haller; step-son, Chris Jolliffe; grandchildren, Ashley Bair, Andrew (Corina) Bair, Lexi (Justin) Burkett, Kacelyn Pangborn, Bryanna Mogg, Devon Schweinsberg, Nicole, Jessica and Whitney; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ken (Pat) Pangborn; nieces, Jennifer (Dave) St. Sauver, Tammy, Terri, Tiffany, Mary; nephews, Mick, Marc, Mark, Cory; sister-in-law, Ruth Pangborn; brother-in-law, Ron Rumple. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dan.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at Wilson MILLER Funeral Home with Fr. Kevin Maksym of Blessed Sacrament Church officiating. Military and committal services will follow in Midland City Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials in Paul's name may be offered to the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter No. 1093 for the purpose of educating the Young Eagles. Personal messages of condolence may be offered at

A 76-year-old Midland man died after the helicopter he was piloting crashed Sunday.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning the crash occurred at 2:48 p.m. in Lee Township. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Paul Weyant Pangborn was piloting the aircraft, which took off from a North 11 Mile Road address with a passenger, Pangborn’s 16-year-old grandson, Devon Schweinsberg, of Lee Township.

The helicopter flew east toward North 11 Mile Road, then headed north to West Olson Road. Pangborn started to head west, but the helicopter rotated and for unknown reasons started to slowly descend. It crash landed in a field near the corner of North 11 Mile and West Olson roads, tilting onto its right side.

Pangborn and Schweinsberg were taken to MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Pangborn later was pronounced dead. Schweinsberg was treated for minor injuries and was released.

Pangborn owned the 1965 Brantly Hynes model B-2B helicopter, Federal Aviation Administration registration number N2284U, that he was piloting.

Deputies were assisted by Lee Township firefighters, MidMichigan Medical Center EMS and Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Wagner.

“The family has asked to have time to grieve without interruption,” Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson stated in a media release. “The property owners of where the crash occurred have asked for people to respect their privacy and not trespass on their property.”

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MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) - (10/01/17) - A 76-year-old grandfather died when his helicopter crashed in Midland County Sunday.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson said his 16-year-old grandson, the only other person on board, survived and only had minor injuries.

The man was identified as Paul Pangborn of Midland.

The crash happened on 11 Mile Road north of M-20 and south of Olson Road just after 2:45 p.m.

The teen told investigators the helicopter had lifted off, and he felt there may have been a change in the wind. It knocked the helicopter on it's side, broke the rotors and smashed the windshield. The helicopter then went into a tailspin and crashed.

Pangborn later died at the hospital.

The sheriff said Pangborn had flown to his grandson's birthday party and had just picked him up when the crash happened.

The helicopter was a Brantly-Hynes 1965 Model B-2 Single Engine, according to Stephenson.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be taking over the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -  A helicopter crashed down in Midland on 11 Mile Rd, north of M20 and south of Olson.

The chopper had two passengers, a 76-year-old grandfather, Paul Pangborn, and his grandson.

The grandfather picked up his grandson in Lee Township for a helicopter ride for his 16th birthday. 

The helicopter was a vintage Brantly Hynes Model 2B, which was made in 1965.

Responders got the call around 3 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Pangborn died in the crash and the grandson was treated at Mid-Michigan Medical Center.

Original article can be found here ➤

MIDLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN -- A helicopter crashed Sunday afternoon in Midland County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash took place around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, October 1st in Midland County. 

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said the crash occurred north of the city of Midland, north of M-20, and there were two people inside the rotorcraft. 

Officials with the Midland County Sheriff's Office could not be immediately reached for comment on injuries or conditions of those in the helicopter. 

Federal Aviation Administration officials did not provide any further information regarding the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the incident along with the National Transportation Safety Board and Midland County Sheriff's Office.

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