Monday, January 23, 2017

Cirrus SR20, N8154M: Debris from Texas plane crash washes ashore in San Diego years later

CARDIFF, Calif. - There is an amazing story of survival behind a piece of a small plane that mysteriously washed ashore in Cardiff Monday.

A FOX 5 viewer saw a news report of a plane part washing ashore in Cardiff State Beach Monday and recognized the tail number. He called his buddy in Houston, Texas – the man who was flying the plane went it crashed August 23, 2010.

Court Koenning was flying the Cirrus SR20 attempting a night landing at a small airport outside Houston.

“Determined I was running out of runway -- I had to go around. In the go-around process the plane was not climbing at the rate I needed it to... I started to hear trees hitting the bottom of the airplane, then a big loud ‘bang’ -- the wing impacting a tree that ripped it off," said the pilot with 20 years flying experience.

Koenning says he deployed the plane’s parachute about 150 feet off the ground.

“As I deployed it I yelled out ‘God, please save me!’ Blacked out… don’t remember the fall, impact. Next thing I know I’m laying on the ground with neighbors tending to me. I literally landed in somebody’s backyard," Koenning said.

He spent about three weeks in the hospital. It was a long, painful recovery that included more than a dozen surgeries.

“I had massive cranial, facial injuries. My face is nine plates and 36 screws," he said.

Koenning says what was left of the plane was taken to a junkyard and he has a theory how the piece ended up in Cardiff.

"It's just speculation. It was shipped, maybe from a port in San Diego, to somewhere on the other side of the world and for some reason, fell off the ship.”

The Houston resident hired a North County towing company to haul off the plane piece and store it until he can find a way to get it to Texas.

“Gosh, I should have laid claim to it when I saw it in the junkyard years ago. That time I just wanted to get away from that reminder. Now, I want to hold onto those things -- a learning tool of what you’ve been through.”


Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Final Report  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN10LA502
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 23, 2010 in Porter, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2011
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR20, registration: N8154M
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane bounced on landing and the pilot had trouble getting the airplane to settle back to the runway. Concerned that he was not going to be able to stop on the remaining runway, the pilot elected to perform a go-around. The pilot applied full engine power and retracted the flaps; however, the airplane settled into trees 2,200 feet beyond the departure end of the runway. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground and came to rest in a nose-down, near-vertical position. The pilot reported that the wind was light and variable at the time, and that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane prior to the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's delay in performing a go-around, which resulted in an impact with trees.

On August 23, 2010, about 2230 central daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR20, N8154M, was substantially damaged during impact with terrain during an attempted go-around maneuver at the North Houston Business Airport, (K9X1) Porter, Texas. The private pilot, the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight originated from the West Houston Airport (KIWS), Houston, Texas, around 2200. 

The pilot reported that the airplane bounced on landing and that he had trouble getting the airplane to settle back to the runway. Concerned that he was not going to be able to stop on the remaining runway, the pilot elected to perform a go-around maneuver. The pilot applied full engine power and retracted the flaps; however, the airplane settled into trees 2,200 feet beyond the departure end of the runway. As the airplane began to impact trees, the pilot deployed the airplane's ballistic parachute. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground and came to rest in a nose down, near vertical position. Both wings and the fuselage were structurally damaged during the accident. The pilot further reported that the winds were light and variable at the time, and that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane prior to the accident.

Military airspace expands in central Wisconsin

The skies over central Wisconsin might rumble less thanks to a recent change by the federal government.

The Federal Aviation Administration late last year approved an expansion of Volk Field's military practice airspace to cover southwest Marathon County and more of Portage, Wood and Clark counties, according to the Wisconsin National Guard.

The airspace — more than 30,000 cubic miles in total — was also moved further east into Winnebago, Fond du Lac and Dodge counties.

Volk Field is a military training facility in Juneau County, and expanding the practice airspace around it means crews can conduct more realistic training using the latest kinds of aircraft, including fighters, bombers and tactical planes, said Col. David May, Volk's commander.

But the military's basic use of the airspace is not likely to change, and it's possible that noise on the ground will decrease because pilots will be able to fly more often at higher altitudes, said Cpt. Joe Trovato, a spokesman for the Wisconsin National Guard.

"By redrawing some of these boundaries and optimizing the space for military aircraft, it’s going to be less constrictive, which will result in a decrease in noise on the ground that you will hear," Trovato said.

A Wisconsin Rapids man last year reported that noise from military jets shook the ground of his home.

As part of the change, restricted air space also expanded in Wood, Jackson, Juneau and Monroe counties. Pilots in the restricted zone may use weapons systems or lasers during exercises, Trovato said.

The expanded airspace will be able to accommodate a new fighter jet that the Air Force could base at Truax Field in Madison.


Spirit hangar at Detroit Metropolitan Airport to give region a lift

Romulus— Spirit Airlines is nearing completion of its state-of-the-art maintenance hangar here to repair its fleet. It will also allow more planes to be stored at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, which officials say could lead to more flights for travelers.

The $32 million hangar, the first one constructed from the ground up at the airport in nearly two decades, is slated to open this spring and is expected to become the jewel of Spirit’s repair operations, training and other options. It will bring a few hundred jobs to the region.

The more planes that fly into Metro Airport either for maintenance or picking up passengers, officials say, the more profit the airport makes and the potential for additional flights on the Florida-based carrier increases.

“Anywhere that they fly, we will be able to bring them here,” said Joseph Resnik, vice president of safety for Spirit who flies into Detroit almost every week to help oversee the hangar’s construction.

“It will cover the entire fleet. We’ve got 95 aircraft right now. And we’re continuing to grow.”

Spirit is already moving to add more flights. On Jan. 10, the airline announced it is providing seasonal flights to Oakland and Seattle out of Metro. The airline operates out of five gates at Metro’s North Terminal.

“We’ve actually started to increase the (flight) schedule already getting prepared for the hangar,” Resnik said. “And that would continue to increase. We used to average 22 flights a day, roughly. Now, we’re up above 30 right now.”

Spirit started in Detroit, as a charter first, then began flying scheduled flights to Atlantic City. It moved its headquarters to Miramar, Florida, in 1999.

The new hangar sits just to the west of both the North and McNamara terminals next to one operated by FedEx at the back of the airport.

C.W. Sandifer, senior director of corporate real estate for Spirit, said the hangar will be an important piece for the airline and a boon for the airport as flights and traffic in and out of Metro increase.

“More landed weight on the airfield, which means that we’re putting more weight in ... all airlines pay a landing fee,” Sandifer said. “It’s a benefit for the airport because it makes the airport more attractive from a costs standpoint.

“When you start getting high-density aircraft and more of them in, you’re pushing more seats, you’re pushing more people, all those people, they go through the airport, they spend the money with the concessions, they park, and they are not from here, they are bringing more people into the city.”

The 126,000-square-foot hangar was announced in summer 2015, a deal sweetened by Romulus officials with a 10-year tax abatement. The hangar can hold three of the airline’s largest aircraft but primarily will be used for overnight maintenance and repairs.

The airline can handle from eight to 11 aircraft per evening on the grounds and in the facility depending on the season. On the building not yet adorned with the Spirit logo, the 80-foot-wide doors can slide from one side or the other to accommodate the planes entering nose or tail in.

Metro was chosen, Resnik said, over several other airports because of the marketing schedule, the available space and incentives provided by Romulus and airport officials.

A recent tour of the facility shows a new, towering, cavernous hangar. Spirit officials say that the facility will offer engine and gear changes. Resnik said this is the first hangar built since 2009 in the Spirit system.

The hangar will have an engine repair shop room that will store whole spare engines and various parts to repair them.

Resnik said the hanager would be most busy between 8 and 9 p.m. to 6 or 7 a.m. when the planes would be ready to take off for other locations.

Metro Airport has eight hangers in service that consist of both carriers and other aviation facilities for smaller aircraft. Delta Air lines, which has a hub in Detroit, operates two of those hangers.

“Aviation infrastructure creates jobs and economic opportunity,” said Joseph Nardone, CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority, which oversees development at Metro. “We are very happy that Spirit chose to build this important maintenance hangar here in Detroit, where their company first took flight. This project is evidence that with strong partnerships and teamwork, we can create new, exciting opportunities for economic growth here in Detroit and throughout our region.”

Wendy Sutton, director of real estate for the Wayne County Airport Authority, said there were some initial challenges to get a deal in place in respect to Federal Aviation Administration requirements, such as the location of the building and how it was going to be constructed.

“We’re really excited that all these players came together to make this happen,” Sutton said.

“It’s a $32 million investment, the brand-new aircraft maintenance repair operation on our field, which is important to the airport. And the job creation and the trickle-down effect that it has. Increase landing weight means additional revenues to the airport, increased passengers means additional revenues to our concessions in the terminal. We couldn’t be more excited.”


Higher-level coursework: New Carroll University program trains future aviators

Ryan Sullivan (center) recently earned his private pilot's license through Carroll University's new aviation science minor. Adjunct professors Tim Tyre (left) and John Palese run the program.

On Jan. 19, Ryan Sullivan took his wife flying for the first time.

The trip was special because the couple was in a private plane and Sullivan was in the cockpit, piloting, realizing a dream he had ever since he was a boy.

That dream became a reality for Sullivan, a 30-year-old Carroll University student, after he enrolled in the school's relatively new aviation science minor. Sullivan completed the program, earning his private pilot's license, and was commended for the achievement at a brief ceremony on Jan. 18.

"Basically I wanted to be a pilot ever since I was a little kid," Sullivan said. But, he added, "you don't have to want to be a pilot to take this minor."

Growing field 

Carroll added the aviation science minor in fall 2015 through a partnership with Spring City Aviation, a local business, and has been working hard since then to ensure the program takes off, said Jess Owens, Carroll's senior public relations strategist.

As part of the courses, students receive classroom instruction as well as flight training at the Waukesha County Airport. Aviation degrees help students become pilots – recreational, private and/or commercial – as well as work in airport management or air traffic control, as mechanics, or in other areas, according to the school.

Sullivan, who described himself as a latecomer to the program, didn't enroll until last spring. He's one of a small group of students working toward their minor in aviation science, and said he hopes the program can grow.

"I think there are a lot people out there interested in aviation science," he said. "They just haven't heard about (this minor)."

Growth is certainly a possibility.

According to Boeing and the U.S. Department of Labor, there is an increasing need for pilots. Boeing said last year that approximately 28,000 new pilots will be needed each year over the next 20 years to keep pace with travel demands and the increase in plane size, which need larger crews.

Not just for pilots

But the program isn't just for those who want to be future aviators.

Tim Tyre, an adjunct professor and director of Carroll's aviation science program, said that the minor has the potential for wide application – within and outside the aviation profession.

"Aviation in my own experience as an instructor is a very complex field that has a direct relation to academics because it's about operationalizing very complex things, especially under some degree of stress" he said.

That kind of environment emphasizes the application of complex thinking to decision-making, a skill that Tyre said is valuable in any job.

But the variety of careers available to someone who pursues the aviation science minor and is looking for a job in that field is also vast.

"There are opportunities, lot of them," Tyre said. "Taking a minor like this doesn't mean that you're just training to be a pilot."

Back-up plan

The fact that the program is a minor, not a major, at Carroll was important to Sullivan, who's also working toward an undergraduate degree in computer science.

Flying is his dream, but he said he likes the idea of having another skill set as a back-up plan in case something in the future ends up precluding him from being a pilot. (There are a number of physical and health requirements for the job.)

"But if that's your major, that's all you've got," Sullivan said.

Still, he is looking forward to reaping the benefits of the program – namely fashioning a career out of what was once only a childhood aspiration.


Beechcraft E-55 Baron, Sentry Aviation, N855TE: Incident occurred January 23, 2017 at Columbia Regional Airport (KCOU), Boone County, Missouri


FAA Flight Standards District Office: ST LOUIS FSDO


Date: 23-JAN-17

Time: 20:22:00Z
Regis#: N855TE
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


P.O. BOX 6015 COLUMBIA, MO 65205


January 23, 2017

CONTACT: Steven Sapp, Community Relations Director 

Incident at Columbia Regional Airport

(COLUMBIA, MO) - Around 2:30 pm, a Beechcraft E-55 Baron aircraft which took off from Hook Field in Texas landed with four passengers on-board without incident at Columbia Regional Airport (COU). 

Shortly after landing on runway 2-20, the aircraft turned onto taxiway B, traveled about 20 feet, and the gear then collapsed for an unknown reason. 

Airport Public Safety personnel and vehicles responded and found the four occupants unharmed and exiting the aircraft. No fire occurred. 

The aircraft was disabled in a safety area causing the closure of runway 2-20. The runway closure caused American Airline flight 3681, scheduled to depart COU to Dallas Fort-Worth at 2:31 pm to be delayed. 

Units from the Columbia Fire Department responded with airbags normally used in vehicle extrication's and technical rescues, to lift the aircraft high enough for a tug to slide a tow bar underneath it. 

Around 6:30 pm, the aircraft was towed to Central Missouri Aviation and runway 2-20 was opened. American Airlines flight 3681 was then boarded and should be departing for Dallas around 7:30 pm. 

Late evening arrivals from Dallas and Chicago should not be affected by this incident.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: Four people on a twin engine aircraft were left unharmed after landing gear malfunctioned Monday afternoon.

The Beechcraft E-55 Baron had arrived around 2:30 p.m. from Hook Field in Texas.

According to City of Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp, the reason is still unknown as to why the aircraft's landing gear collapsed after clearing the main runway.

One flight to Dallas Fort-Worth, American Airlines 3681, was delayed until 7:30 p.m. while crews worked to remove the aircraft.

The aircraft was towed around 6:30 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews are working to clear a small private plane from the tarmac at Columbia Regional Airport on Monday night after its landing gear collapses.

A request for help from the Columbia Fire Department to help lift the plane came out around 4:15 p.m.

The aircraft had cleared the main runway, when for unknown reasons its landing gear collapsed while taxiing near Central Missouri Aviation hanger.

The number of people on board the plane or if anyone was hurt wasn't immediately clear.


Crews were working to remove a private plane from a runway Monday evening at Columbia Regional Airport after its landing gear failed.

“He had a successful landing and turned to leave the runaway and his gear collapsed,” acting Airport Manager Mike Parks said.

There were no injuries. 

Four people were in the aircraft when the gear failed at about 2:30 p.m. Monday. 

Parks said the aircraft was in the runway safety area, which kept the airport’s main runway closed.

“There’s fuel in the aircraft and a lot of dangers there so it takes a while,” Parks said.

After the plane is removed, airport staff will inspect the runway to ensure there was no damage or debris left behind from the incident. He estimated the runway would reopen by 6:30 p.m.


A private plane ended up belly down on a runway at Columbia Regional Airport yesterday after its landing gear failed. 

According to a press release from the airport, The twin engine aircraft had landed successfully, and was taxiing off the runway around 2:30 p.m. Monday when the gear failed and the plane collapsed to the ground. The four people on the plane were unharmed, and no fire occurred.

A commercial flight was delayed by about 5 hours while the plane was removed.


AIRCRAFT:   1972 Beechcraft 55, N855TE, s/n TE-867

ENGINE(S) - M&M, S/N:  Left      Continental IO-520-C7, s/n 830492-R
Right    Continental IO-520-C7, s/n 823853-R

PROPELLER(S) – M&M, S/N:       Left      Hartzell PHC-C3YF-2UF/FC7663B-2R s/n EB7084B
Right    Hartzell            PHC-C3YF-2UF/FC7663B-2R s/n EB6897B

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE(S):   Left              ETT 640.7
Right            ETT 640.7

PROPELLER(S):    Left      PTSN 417.7    
Right    PTSN 435.7

AIRFRAME: AFTT 3502.7                     

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Aspen Engineering Evolution Primary Flight Display, PS Engineering PMA 8000A Audio Panel, Garmin GNS 530 Nav/Com, Garmin GNS 430 Nav/Com and a Garmin GTX 327 Transponder   

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  After landing the aircraft was in a left turn exiting the runway when the landing gear collapsed. The right main landing gear was the first to fold followed by the left main landing gear and the nose gear. Both engines suffered sudden stoppages.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: All the propeller blades are curled and both engines suffered sudden stoppages. The outboard right wing is scraped. The wing step is bent and the area around the area where it attaches is wrinkled. Both in board main landing gear doors were destroyed. The hinges were broken and their attach points damaged. The inboard bulkhead of the left main landing gear well is heavily wrinkled and bent. The inboard bulkhead in the right main landing gear wheel well is also wrinkled and so is the bottom of the fuselage just inboard of it.               

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:    Columbia, MO. Columbia Regional Airport.        

REMARKS: Logbooks stored with field adjuster Kevin Good, Aviation LS. Written prior permission required from insurance company to physically inspect salvage.

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Second lawsuit filed: British Aerospace BAe-125-700A, Rais Group International NC LLC -- operated by Execuflight, N237WR, fatal accident occurred November 10, 2015 near Akron Fulton International Airport (KAKR), Summit County, Ohio

A second local lawsuit has been filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court over losses incurred when a British Aerospace BAe-125-700A plane crashed into an Ellet neighborhood more than a year ago.

Beth Montgomery, one of the tenants of an apartment building destroyed in the crash, has filed a complaint against plane owner ExecuFlight Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and the estates of co-pilots Renato Marchese and Oscar Chavez.

Marchese, Chavez and seven passengers were killed when the plane struck the four-unit brick apartment building at 3042 Mogadore Road. There were no injuries on the ground; all occupants of the apartment building were gone at the time of the crash.

Montgomery, who worked an early morning shift, would have been home if not for a standing weekly date with her son for wings and beer.

Her apartment was destroyed by the crash and resulting fire, and her cat killed. She is seeking $25,000 plus interest, an amount the defendants have refused to pay, the lawsuit stated. The complaint also seeks undetermined “punitive damages” as allowed by law.

Montgomery is represented by William Chris of Roderick, Linton and Belfance. The case was assigned to Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands.

Earlier this month, a suit was filed by Kayleigh Scarpitti and Geoff Priebe, who also lived in the destroyed building. They are seeking nearly $76,000 for loss of property and unspecified punitive damages for emotional distress.

The couple is represented by Orville Reed III of the Akron law firm Stark & Knoll. That suit has been assigned to Judge Joy Oldfield.

The plane crash occurred Nov. 10, 2015 when the British Aerospace BAe-125-700A failed to execute its approach to Akron Fulton International Airport.

The plane had been chartered by a real estate development firm looking for investment opportunities in the Midwest. The investors were on a multistate tour and were on their way from Dayton to Akron when Marchese and Chavez lost control.

In October, the National Transportation Safety Board said the probable cause of the crash was the flight crew’s “mismanagement of the approach and multiple deviations from company standard operating procedures which placed the airplane in an unsafe situation.”

Federal investigators cited numerous mistakes, a “disregard for safety,” and a “casual attitude toward compliance with standards, inadequate hiring, training and operational oversight of the flight crew, and the company’s lack of formal safety program.”


Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Docket And Docket Items -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary  -    National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA  Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Cleveland FSDO-25

NTSB Identification: CEN16MA036
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Akron, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2016
Aircraft: BRITISH AEROSPACE HS 125 700A, registration: N237WR
Injuries: 9 Fatal.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The Safety Board's full report is available at The Aircraft Accident Report number is NTSB/AAR-16/03.

On November 10, 2015, about 1453 eastern standard time (EST), Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A (Hawker 700A), N237WR, departed controlled flight while on a nonprecision localizer approach to runway 25 at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR) and impacted a four-unit apartment building in Akron, Ohio. The captain, first officer, and seven passengers died; no one on the ground was injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to Rais Group International NC LLC and operated by Execuflight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 as an on-demand charter flight. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY), Dayton, Ohio, about 1413 and was destined for AKR.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The flight crew's mismanagement of the approach and multiple deviations from company standard operating procedures, which placed the airplane in an unsafe situation and led to an unstabilized approach, a descent below minimum descent altitude without visual contact with the runway environment, and an aerodynamic stall. Contributing to the accident were Execuflight's casual attitude toward compliance with standards; its inadequate hiring, training, and operational oversight of the flight crew; the company's lack of a formal safety program; and the Federal Aviation Administration's insufficient oversight of the company's training program and flight operations.

Rais Group International NC LLC - operated by Execuflight:

NTSB Identification: CEN16MA036

Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Akron, OH
Aircraft: BRITISH AEROSPACE HS 125 700A, registration: N237WR
Injuries: 9 Fatal.

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 traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On November 10, 2015, about 1452 eastern standard time (EST), Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A, N237WR, departed controlled flight while on approach to landing at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR) and impacted a 4-plex apartment building in Akron, Ohio. The pilot, copilot, and seven passengers died; no ground injuries were reported. The airplane was destroyed by the crash and a postcrash fire. The airplane was registered to Rais Group International NC LLC and operated by Execuflight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand charter flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport (MGY), Dayton, Ohio, about 1413 EST and was destined for AKR.

The airplane, which was based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, departed Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field, Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1112 EST on the day of the accident and arrived at MGY about 1125 EST. The airplane remained parked on the ramp at one of the fixed-base operators until departing for AKR.

According to Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control and radar data, about 1438 EST, the Akron-Canton terminal radar approach control facility provided radar vectors to the accident airplane for the localizer runway 25 instrument approach procedure at AKR. 

A Piper PA-28-161 airplane performing flight training at the airport completed the localizer runway 25 instrument approach procedure at AKR before the accident airplane began its approach. According to the flight instructor on board the Piper PA-28-161, the airplane "broke out at minimums" on the localizer runway 25 approach and landed on runway 25. After the Piper PA-28-161 exited the runway, the flight instructor reported that he heard one of the pilots of the accident airplane state "Hawker Jet on a 10 mile final localizer 25" over the Unicom frequency. Subsequently, the flight instructor radioed to the accident airplane and stated "we broke out right at minimums." According to the flight instructor, one of the pilots of the accident airplane acknowledged this transmission with "thanks for the update." 

About 1452 EST, a motion-activated security camera located about 900 ft to the southeast of the accident site captured the airplane as it came in over the surrounding trees in a left-wing-down attitude about 1.8 nautical miles from the approach end of runway 25 at AKR. An explosion and postcrash fire were observed on the video just after the airplane flew out of the security camera's view.

The postcrash fire consumed most of the airplane; however, the airframe, engines, primary flight controls, and landing gear were all accounted for at the accident site. The airplane was equipped with a Fairchild GA-100 tape unit cockpit voice recorder, which was recovered and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board's Vehicle Recorders Laboratory for examination. 

About 1450 EST, the surface weather observation at AKR was wind from 240 degrees at 7 knots; visibility 1 3/4 statute mile in mist; ceiling broken at 600 ft above ground level (agl); overcast ceiling at 900 ft agl; temperature 11 degrees C (52 degrees F); dew point 9 degrees C (48 degrees F); and altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury. 

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N7384D: Accident occurred February 29, 2020 at Big Lake Airport (BGQ), Alaska -and- Incident occurred January 22, 2017 in Kodiak, Alaska

Accident airplane

Water paste test

The list of attendees at the engine run 

View of damaged lift strut 

 View of damaged empennage 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Big Lake, AK

Accident Number: ANC20CA030
Date & Time: 02/28/2020, 1640 AKS
Registration: N7384D
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that while performing touch-and-go maneuvers, he had applied carburetor heat during the second landing. During the takeoff, after the second landing, he turned the carburetor heat off and applied full power. Once airborne, the airplane began to lose power and he manipulated the throttle and carburetor heat levers but was unable to regain power. He chose to make a precautionary landing straight-ahead with partial engine power. During the landing on the remaining runway, the airplane departed the end of the runway, encountered unmaintained snow, and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut and empennage.

A post-accident engine examination and test run was accomplished by the NTSB and FAA with no malfunctions or failures revealed.

The exact probability of carburetor icing was not able to be calculated for the accident airport due to the closest weather observation station being 8 miles away. The pilot however stated that while landing, there was about 3 inches of fresh snow on the runway, and that he believed the propeller wash likely introduced snow into the intake, which created carburetor ice. He added that he should have left the carburetor heat on longer after the second landing.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/18/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/05/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 11104 hours (Total, all aircraft), 570 hours (Total, this make and model), 5783 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 120 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1957 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-5749
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/22/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3382.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAWS, 354 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 73°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -5°C / -13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Palmer, AK (4AK6)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Big Lake, AK (BGQ)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 1550 AKS
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: BIG LAKE (BGQ)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Gravel; Ice; Snow
Airport Elevation: 157 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Snow 
Runway Used: 7
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 2450 ft / 70 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.534722, -149.798889 (est)

January 22nd, 2017

January 22, 2017:  Aircraft on landing on a lake, flipped over. 

Date: 22-JAN-17
Time: 20:43:00Z
Regis#: N7384D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a pilot who crashed on Hallo Glacier Lake approximately 75 miles northwest of Kodiak Sunday afternoon.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and transported him to Kodiak with no apparent injuries.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage received a MAYDAY call on VHF-Channel 16 from the pilot reporting the plane had safely landed, but tipped over after braking in the deep snow on the frozen lake.

The Jayhawk crew lowered an aviation survival technician to help right the aircraft off its nose before transporting the man to Kodiak.

“Through reliable communications, we were able to work with the Air Force Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to get the nearest rescue crew on scene to reach the pilot as efficiently as possible,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Zack, a Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstander. “We encourage the public to enjoy Alaska’s outdoors with the proper safety and communications equipment.”

Weather on scene was reported as 17-mph winds, 23 degrees and clear skies.