Monday, January 30, 2017

Two hunters being investigated for using a plane to spot and hunt elk in the Chewelah Valley, Washington

COLVILLE – State wildlife agents are investigating two men suspected of using an airplane to spot elk and call in locations to hunters on the ground.

One of the men denied the allegations during a phone call Monday.

“That is ridiculous and that never happens,” he said. “I didn’t even shoot an elk this year, for your information.”

It’s illegal to use an aircraft to “spot, locate or report the location of wildlife for the purpose of hunting” under Washington law.

According to a search warrant on file in Stevens County Superior Court, a red and white single-engine prop plane was observed in November flying low and circling timbered areas near Valley, Washington.

The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife investigation began with an anonymous complaint.

One man, interviewed by investigators, said he watched as the plane circled low, and then shortly after hunters would show up.

“They are pack hunters,” the witness said. “When they hunt there are always four to six of them or more.”

Other witnesses also claimed seeing the plane and hearing gunshots a short time later.

Stevens County Deputy Travis Frizzell told wildlife agents he also saw a red and white plane circling timber near his home. Shortly after he watched the airplane, a friend texted him: “there is a plane circling over my elk.”

About an hour later the same friend again texted Frizzell telling him he heard gunshots coming from the timbered area the plane had circled.

“I have not seen the plane flying low and circling after the close of elk season,” Frizzell wrote in court documents.

Investigators searched the cell phone records of the man who owns the red and white airplane, according to court documents. Phone records provided by AT&T indicated that he’d been in contact with the suspected hunter multiple times during the two-day period neighbors complained about the circling aircraft and gunshots.

According to GPS data most of the calls and texts originated from within the Chewelah Valley, near the area where witnesses claim to have seen the plane.

The suspected hunter said the allegations were made by a neighbor who is angry he has hunting rights on a nearby piece of property.

“Do we fly over that property? Of course, we fly the whole valley,” he said in an interview Monday. “Now do we see elk? Heck yeah we do. Because they are all over the valley. Do we coordinate? No, there is no reason to.”

The search warrant filed Jan. 6 seeks the suspected hunter’s phone records from Nov. 1 and 2.

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

Cessna P210N Centurion, N4796P: Accident occurred January 30, 2017 near Schuylkill County (Joe Zerbey) Airport (KZER), Pottsville, Pennsylvania

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4796P 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: HARRISBURG FSDO EA-13


NTSB Identification: ERA17LA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 30, 2017 in Pottsville, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA P210, registration: N4796P
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 January 30, 2017, at 1404 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210N, N4796P, sustained substantial damage when it made a forced landing about 1 mile north of the Schuykill County Airport (ZER), Pottsville, Pennsylvania, after a total loss of engine power. The private pilot/registered owner and his passenger sustained minor injuries. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at the Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (XLL), Allentown, Pennsylvania, about 1330, destined for the Erie-Ottawa International Airport (PCW), Port Clinton, Ohio. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that after departure, he climbed to 12,500 feet mean sea level (msl) and leveled off. When he reduced engine rpm for cruise flight the engine "just shut off immediately." The pilot said there was no warning or any indication of an engine problem prior to it shutting down and fuel pressure was normal. The propeller continued to windmill after the power loss. The pilot attempted to re-start the engine for 3-4 minutes to no avail. He declared an emergency and proceeded to ZER, the nearest airport, but landed off field about 1 mile north of the airport. The airplane collided with trees and came to rest upright on an embankment. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the left and right wing fuel tanks were breached and the engine had separated from the firewall. The tail section also sustained structural damage.

A weather observation taken about 19 miles southwest of the accident site, at Muir Army Airfield (MUI), Fort Indiantown Gap (Annville), Pennsylvania, at 1358, reported wind from 280 degrees at 7 knots, with variable wind between 240 and 310 degrees, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 7,500 feet, temperature -1 degree C, dew point -4 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.81 inches of mercury.




POTTSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – No injuries were reported after an airplane crash Monday afternoon in Schuylkill County.

According to a Schuylkill County 911 dispatcher, a twin-engine airplane had mechanical issues and went down just after 2 p.m. in Foster Township.

The crash scene was in the 1800 block of Sunbury Road, a bit north of the Schuylkill County Airport.

Two people in the airplane refused EMS treatment.

Source:  http://abc27.com




Two people escaped serious injury when the small plane they were flying crashed along Route 901 in Foster Township, near the Schuylkill County Airport, on Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred around 2 p.m.

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

Beechcraft 58TC Baron, Laguna Aviation Inc., N2081L: Incident occurred January 28, 2017 at Bishop Airport (KBIH), Inyo County, California

LAGUNA AVIATION INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2081L

FAA Flight Standards District Office: RNO FSDO

LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED AFTER LANDING.AT BIH.

Date: 28-JAN-17
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N2081L
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BISHOP
State: CALIFORNIA

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, N16GL: Accident occurred January 28, 2017 at Fremont County Airport (1V6), Canon City, Colorado

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N16GL

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA125
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Canon City, CO
Aircraft: GREAT LAKES 2T1A, registration: N16GL
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped biplane reported that she extended her downwind due to other aircraft in the traffic pattern, and that while on the extended final she put the biplane in a "slip". During the slip, she reported that the windsock was out of view. She further reported that during the landing flare she noticed her "ground-speed" was higher than normal, and that "about 800 ft." after touchdown, the biplane "violently swerved to the right". She attempted to recover with rudder inputs, however the biplane veered off the runway and came to rest inverted.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The pilot reported there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Piper PA-32-260, N3938W: Incident occurred January 27, 2017 in Kim, Las Animas County, Colorado

http://registry.faa.gov/N3938W

FAA Flight Standards District Office: DENVER FSDO NM-03

AIRCRAFT MADE AN EMERGENCY DESCENT DUE TO AN ENGINE FAILURE, KIM, COLORADO 

Date: 27-JAN-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N3938W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: KIM
State: COLORADO

Eurocopter, MBB-BK 117 C-2, N911MK: Incident occurred January 26, 2017 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N911MK

FAA Flight Standards District Office: RAP FSDO


NTSB Identification: CEN17IA094
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH MBB BK 117 C-2, registration: N911MK
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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

On January 26, 2017, about 2145 central standard time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopter, N911MK, experienced an inflight engine fire and made an emergency landing at Joe Foss Field Airport (FSD), Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The airline transport rated pilot and two crewmembers were not injured. The helicopter sustained minor damage. The helicopter was registered to Avera McKennan and operated by MRIS, LLC., doing business as Avera McKennan Careflight, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an air medical flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the incident and a company visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed. The helicopter departed McKennan Hospital Heliport (2SD1), Sioux Falls, at 2128 and was en route to Douglas County Memorial Hospital Heliport (08SD), Armour, South Dakota. 

The pilot reported that while flying westbound about 800 ft above ground level (agl), he noticed several caution lights illuminate and heard a "hissing sound and the smell of exhaust in the cabin." The pilot initiated a turn back to Sioux Falls when the No. 2 engine fire light illuminated and he noticed an "orange glow" from the rear of the helicopter. He activated both fire extinguisher bottles and the engine fire light switched off. The pilot continued toward Sioux Falls about 500 ft agl with the No. 2 engine inoperative. The pilot communicated the emergency to the FSD air traffic controller and executed a running landing on runway 3 without further incident. 

An initial examination of the helicopter revealed fire damage to the No. 2 engine and cowling. The helicopter was retained for further examination.

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, Clearwater Helicopters, Inc., dba Tampa Bay Aviation, N2382R: Accident occurred January 26, 2017 at Clearwater Air Park (CLW), Pinellas County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Tampa, Florida  

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


Clearwater Helicopters Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N2382R

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Clearwater, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N2382R
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 January 26, 2017, about 1230 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172R, N2382R, registered to Clearwater Helicopters, Inc., dba Tampa Bay Aviation, was substantially damaged during a hard landing at the Clearwater Air Park (CLW), Clearwater, Florida. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local, personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated about 30 minutes earlier from CLW.

The pilot stated that he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane which included a check of the propeller and did not notice any damage. He did note the passenger door was difficult to close, and had an issue with his lap belt, but was able to secure it. After engine start, he taxied to runway 16, where he performed an engine run-up with no discrepancies noted. After takeoff, he flew west towards the beach but noticed adverse weather to the north and south of their location. He elected to return to CLW and entered the traffic pattern for runway 16, which was equipped with a visual approach slope indicator, but he did not turn it on. He turned the airplane onto the base leg of the traffic pattern and then onto final approach leg of the traffic pattern, where he maintained 65 mph with the flaps extended 30 degrees, and reported descending at the standard rate with no airspeed fluctuations. On his first landing attempt about at touchdown, the airplane encountered a strong wind gust which caused the airplane to climb "a little bit." He performed a go-around, and re-entered the traffic pattern for runway 16. The pilot conducted the second landing attempt with 10 degrees of flaps extended. He maintained 65 mph while on the final approach leg of the traffic pattern, and reported the, "touchdown was perfect soft" on the numbers. He further reported the airplane did not have a propeller strike on landing, and he taxied to the tie-down area, secured the airplane, then went inside the fixed-base operator and wrote up the discrepancies related to the door and lap belt.

Later that same day, maintenance personnel of the operator went to the airplane, which had not been moved or operated since it was returned, and observed damage to the propeller. After noting internal engine damage, they towed the airplane into their hangar, and upon removal of the engine cowling, noticed firewall damage.

Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, P D Q Space Arrow Inc., N7545J: Incident occurred January 29, 2017 in Chamblee, DeKalb County, Georgia

P D Q SPACE ARROW INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N7545J

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ATL FSDO

UPON LANDING AIRCRAFT VEERED INTO GRASS.

Date: 29-JAN-17
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N7545J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHAMBLEE
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 182T Skylane, Cora & Associates LLC, N65507: Incident occurred January 29, 2017 at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Atlanta, Georgia

CORA & ASSOCIATES LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N65507

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ATLANTA

AIRCRFT WAS LANDING RWY 21L AT PDK WHEN IT DEPARTED LEFT SIDE OF RWY STRIKING PROP AND DAMAGING 2 RUNWAY LIGHTS. ATLANTA, GA

Date: 29-JAN-17
Time: 16:19:00Z
Regis#: N65507
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Buckeye 582 Dream Machine, N7057X: Incident occurred January 28, 2017 in Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia

http://registry.faa.gov/N7057X

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ATLANTA FSDO SO-11

POWERED PARACHUTE CRASHED INTO TREES UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, VALDOSTA, GEORGIA

Date: 28-JAN-17
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N7057X
Aircraft Make: BUCKEYE PWR PARACHUTE
Aircraft Model: 58S DREAM MACHINE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: VALDOSTA
State: GEORGIA

Side Winder TD, N60JV: Accident occurred January 28, 2017 at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport (KMCK), Red Willow County, Nebraska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N60JV

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA127
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 28, 2017 in McCook, NE
Aircraft: VAUGHAN GERALD R SIDE WINDER TD, registration: N60JV
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot reported that during the landing roll in gusting wind conditions, the airplane veered to the left. He further reported that he applied right rudder and brake, but the airplane struck a runway sign on the left side of the runway and exited the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that about 8 minutes after the accident the wind was 320° true at 19 knots, wind gust 25 knots, peak wind was 300° true at 27 knots. The airplane landed on runway 30.

McCOOK, Neb. -- A single engine airplane had a mishap while landing at McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport Saturday afternoon.

Airport officials said the small aircraft came in with "wind issues" and pushed off to the left of the runway shortly after touching down, making contact with a taxiing sign and two runway lights. No one was injured as a result.

A replacement sign was priced out at $1,200 early Monday and, according to information city staff received from the pilot, damage to the aircraft was fairly extensive.

McCook Fire and Rescue, police officers and airport management responded to the scene after receiving a report at just past 5 p.m. of a single engine plane crash.

"The plane, piloted by a Montana male, crashed into the grass off the south end of the runway.

There were no injuries and no fire or disruption to the airport.

There was minor damage to a sign and runway lights as a result of the crash," said Chief of Police Isaac Brown.

Aviat A-1C-200, Canyon State Aviation, N382US: Accident occurred January 27, 2017 at Pilot Creek Ranches Airport (NV67), Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration; Salt Lake City, Utah 
Federal Aviation Administration /Flight Standards District Office: Reno, Nevada 

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


Canyon State Aviation LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N382US

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA062
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 27, 2017 in Jiggs, NV
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C-200, registration: N382US
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 January 27, 2017, about 1645 Pacific standard time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc. A-1C, N382US, was substantially damaged when it nosed over in the snow during a precautionary landing at an airstrip near Jiggs, Nevada. The airplane was owned by Canyon State Aviation LLC., and the pilot was operating it under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot was not injured. The local personal flight originated from Elko Regional Airport, Elko, Nevada, around 1630. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to overfly the vicinity of his ranch and look for horse tracks. About 10 minutes after departure, with the airplane at an altitude of about 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), the engine began to run rough and the rpm surged several times. The cockpit gauges and engine monitoring device all indicated normal ranges, with no anomalies. The pilot opted to make a precautionary landing and observed he was about 2 miles from the snow-covered dirt airstrip on Corta Ranch, which his family owns and where he frequently lands during the summer months. He touched down about five minutes later and during the landing roll, the airplane nosed over in the snow coming to rest inverted. He estimated the snow was between 24 to 30 inches deep. The airplane incurred damage to the struts and wings as a result of the impact.


The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Cessna 172RG Cutlass, Ameriflyers of Florida LLC, N6392V: Incident occurred January 28, 2017 at Morristown Municipal Airport (KMMU), Morris County, New Jersey

AMERIFLYERS OF FLORIDA LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N6392V

FAA Flight Standards District Office: TEB FSDO

TAXIING TO PARKING SPOT AIRCRAFT LEFT WING STRUCK PROP OF PARKED C172 (N540CF), MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY.

Date: 28-JAN-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N6392V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: MORRISTOWN
State: NEW JERSEY

Cirrus SR22, Tango Juliet Corp, N523GB: Incident occurred January 28, 2017 at Westchester County Airport (KHPN), White Plains, New York

Tango Juliet Corp: http://registry.faa.gov/N523GB

Type Registration: Non Citizen Corporation 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FRG FSDO

Aircraft struck trees on approach to runway 34.  Aircraft landed and taxiied to ramp. 

Date: 28-JAN-17
Time: 01:33:00Z
Regis#: N523GB
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: 22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WHITE PLAINS
State: NEW YORK

Beech 35-A33 Debonair, N498T: Incident occurred January 27, 2017 at Ardmore Municipal Airport (KADM), Carter County, Oklahoma

http://registry.faa.gov/N498T

FAA Flight Standards District Office: OKC FSDO

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 27-JAN-17
Time: 17:50:00Z
Regis#: N498T
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ARDMORE
State: OKLAHOMA

Mooney M20J, N201SE: Incident occurred January 28, 2017 at Fort Worth Spinks Airport (KFWS), Fort Worth, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N201SE 

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, FORT WORTH SPINKS (FWS), FORT WORTH, TEXAS

FAA Flight Standards District Office: North Texas FSDO SW-19

Date: 28-JAN-17
Time: 22:31:00Z
Regis#: N201SE
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M020
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

North American NAVION, N8678H: Incident occurred January 28, 2017 in Andrews County, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N8678H

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Lubbock

AIRCRAFT MADE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING ON A DIRT ROAD AND STRUCK A TREE CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE, 16 MILES WEST OF ANDREWS, TEXAS

Date: 28-JAN-17
Time: 21:05:00Z
Regis#: N8678H
Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: NAVION
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANDREWS
State: TEXAS

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Two Americans Killed in Germanwings Flight 9525 Crash

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 30, 2017

Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman 
12100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 950
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Contact: Robin McCall, Media Relations
Phone: (310) 207-3233 
Email:  RMcCall@BaumHedlundLaw.com 
Web: http://www.airplanecrash-lawyer.com/


Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Two Americans Killed in Germanwings Flight 9525 Crash

Alexandria, Virginia, January 30, 2017 - - Los Angeles law firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Raymond Selke and his son for the wrongful death of his beloved wife and daughter, who were tragically killed in the 2015 Germanwings Flight 9525 crash. Yvonne Selke and her daughter, Emily, were the only American residents aboard the ill-fated flight.

The wrongful death lawsuit (case number 1:17-cv-00121), filed today in United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, names German corporations Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Germanwings GMBH and Eurowings GMBH, as well as United Airlines.

On March 24, 2015, Yvonne and Emily Selke boarded Germanwings Flight 9525, which was scheduled to fly from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany. After the plane reached a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, the flight captain excused himself to use the restroom. Alone at the controls, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the cockpit doors and crashed the airliner into the French Alps, killing everyone onboard.

An investigation concluded that Lubitz caused the Germanwings 9525 crash by deliberately steering the airliner into mountainous terrain. Officials said Lubitz was able to lock the captain out of the cockpit because there was no policy in place requiring at least two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times. Such a policy has been in place in the United States for many years.

Mr. Selke’s claims are governed by the Montreal Convention, which allows for a lawsuit to be brought in the country where a carrier is domiciled or headquartered, where the contract of carriage was made, or where the plaintiff resides. 

The Montreal Convention applies to this case because United Airlines is headquartered in Chicago; because Yvonne and Emily Selke purchased their tickets for Germanwings Flight 9525 in Virginia, where they both lived; and because the United itinerary provided Dulles International Airport as the start and finish of the international trip.

Selke Family Statement

"At a time when the deep-seated pain of our losses has scarcely diminished, we believe that the actions of Lufthansa and its subsidiary Germanwings to evade responsibility for the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U9525 leaves us no choice but to pursue legal remedy in the United States. We ask that the media remain considerate of our family's peace and privacy during this trying process, and that all inquiries relating to this matter be directed to our attorneys at Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman PC in Los Angeles." 

Additional information:

Yvonne and Emily Selke initiated their trip to Spain and England on March 20, 2015 from Washington Dulles International Airport. On March 24, 2015, they boarded an Airbus A320-211 operating as Germanwings Flight 9525, which was scheduled to fly from Barcelona, Spain to Düsseldorf, Germany with 144 passengers and six flight crew members onboard. They planned on changing planes once in Germany, to board a flight to England.

Defendants Sued for Negligence

At the time of the March 24, 2015 Germanwings crash, the defendants were all part of the Star Alliance of airlines, which allowed Yvonne and Emily Selke to purchase international flights and itineraries through the United Airlines website.

As common carriers that take revenue from U.S. customers whilst promoting themselves as having the highest levels of safety, the defendants owed the passengers of Germanwings Flight 9525 a duty of utmost care and the vigilance for the safe transport of passengers, and to ensure that its aircraft is maintained and operated to the highest degree of safety and care.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants together negligently, carelessly and recklessly breached their duty of care to passengers by failing to maintain, operate, maneuver, handle, control, equip, manage, and pilot Germanwings Flight 9525, and by failing to properly and safely train, educate, prepare, inform, alert, monitor, guide or tutor its pilots, crew, and other personnel to operate a passenger aircraft.

The lawsuit further alleges that the defendants failed to have known policies in place that would have timely and safely responded to or prevented emergency situations, including an unattended sole crew member in the cockpit.

As a direct and proximate result of the defendants’ gross negligence, Yvonne and Emily Selke suffered unspeakable horrors before their lives were tragically cut short.

“Whether it be sudden pilot incapacitation, a rogue pilot, or a pilot allowed to fly with known mental conditions, like we have here, the airline industry has long been aware of the dangers associated with just one person in the cockpit.  U.S. airlines finally implemented the ‘two in the cockpit rule’ in 2001,” says attorney A. Ilyas Akbari, who is representing the Selke family. “Lufthansa and Germanwings’ choice to willfully ignore these dangers cost 150 people their lives.”

Mr. Akbari goes on to add, “When you partner with U.S. airlines, like United, and then profit from selling tickets to American residents, you should be held to account in U.S. courts when you injure or kill our residents. Germanwings and Lufthansa have refused to fully compensate the Selke family, arguing that there is no jurisdiction in U.S. courts in hopes to evade its responsibility. We have no choice but to now file this lawsuit.”

On August 15, 2016 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a set of proposals, known as an “Opinion,” to the European Commission for an update of the rules concerning pilots’ medical fitness, as part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. On December 9, 2016 EASA published its proposed new operational rules. It is expected that sometime in 2017 the European Commission will adopt the EASA proposal and propose legislation based on the EASA’s Opinion, which will strengthen medical exams of pilots by including drugs and alcohol screening, comprehensive mental health assessment, as well as improved follow-up in case of developing medical and psychiatric conditions, among other things. 

About Yvonne Selke

Yvonne Selke grew up in Springfield Township, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Gannon University 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. While at Gannon, she enrolled in ROTC, was a George C. Marshall Award recipient, and was subsequently commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.

Yvonne served her country in a number of increasingly important positions, both in the United States and abroad, attaining the rank of Major before opting for an early retirement to raise a family in 1992. Her military decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

After military service, Yvonne joined Booz-Allen Hamilton as a consultant on April 27, 1992, and worked at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency until her death.

About Emily Selke

Born in Virginia, Emily Selke graduated from Woodbridge High School Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, where she was a member of the Choir, Choir Counsel, Physics Club, Beta Club, and National Honor Society. In 2013, she graduated magna cum laude from Drexel University, where she was a member of the ZETA Chapter of the Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority.

After college, Emily spent a year working in support of various Music and Arts endeavors, including the Pittsburgh and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. She worked for Carr Workplaces as a Client Service Associate from January 2014 until her death, and had aspirations to become an event planner to establish and run, among other things, her own music festival.

About Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman

Baum Hedlund is representing Raymond Selke and his son in their lawsuit against Germanwings, Lufthansa, Eurowings and United Airlines. Known for its dedication to clients and success in complex cases, the firm has successfully recovered over $1.5 billion in wrongful death and personal injury claims stemming from commercial transportation accidents and defective pharmaceutical products.

The firm has litigated against some of the largest airlines in the world, including American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Aero Mexico, China Eastern Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, SwissAir, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and US Airways, among many others.

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NTSB Identification: DCA15WA093
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Barcellonette, France
Aircraft: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A320-211, registration:
Injuries: 150 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The BEA of France has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Airbus A320-211 airplane that occurred on March 24, 2015. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the BEA's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the engines.

All investigative information will be released by the BEA-FR.

Piper PA-28-161, Ari Ben Aviator, N448ND: Incident occurred January 30, 2017 in Indian River County, Florida

ARI BEN AVIATOR INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N448ND 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: ORLANDO FSDO SO-15


AIRCRAFT RAN OUT OF FUEL AND LANDED ON I-95 SOUTHBOUND, VERO BEACH, FLORIDA 


Date: 30-JAN-17
Time: 06:30:00Z
Regis#: N448ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28-161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, Ari Ben Aviator, N2878U: Incident occurred January 20, 2017 in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida

FAA Flight Standards District Office: Orlando

AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 

Date: 20-JAN-17
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N2878U
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28RT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA


The Florida Highway Patrol identified the pilot as 20-year-old Firas Awad H Alghamdi of Saudi Arabia.



















INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - A small plane made an emergency landing overnight on Interstate 95 southbound in Indian River County after departing Fort Pierce.

A 2004 Piper PA28 single-engine plane landed around 1:30 a.m. Monday south of the State Road 60 exit at mile marker 144.

The Florida Highway Patrol said no injuries were reported.  

All southbound lanes were slowed down on I-95 while the plane was towed 11 miles to a rest area. It arrived at the rest stop just before 8 a.m. where it will be disassembled and then taken to a local airport.

The plane is owned by Ari Ben Aviator, Inc.  

The pilot reported fuel exhaustion, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency initially said it was on approach to Vero Beach Regional Airport. The FAA later said the pilot made a stop at Vero Beach Regional Airport and was en route back to Ft Pierce when the incident occurred.

"It was very fortunate there was light traffic at 1 a.m. Any time you can make a landing on an interstate and no one is injured or there is no damage, that’s a positive outcome," said FHP Sgt. Mark Wysocky. 

The pilot was identified as Firas Awad H. Alghamdi, 20, of Fort Pierce. The FAA is continuing to investigate the incident.

Story, photo gallery and video: http://www.wptv.com

Delta Air Lines Cancelled More Flights Monday: IT system outages Sunday night caused 170 cancellations, many delays

The Wall Street Journal
By DOUG CAMERON and  SUSAN CAREY
January 30, 2017 7:58 a.m. ET


Delta Air Lines Inc., which said its essential information technology systems were restored after midnight Sunday following an outage of more than five hours, said early Monday that its operations were recovering but it scrubbed 110 flights Monday and warned that further cancellations are possible.

The nation’s No. 2 airline by traffic said it canceled about 170 flights Sunday, and apologized to customers for the fact that not all of those cancellations were reflected on its website, mobile app, on airport information screens and with its reservations agents. It also said some passengers were experiencing delays upon landing, particularly at its hub airports.

The problems forced agents to check in passengers manually and left some arriving aircraft stuck on the tarmac for hours, according to passenger reports.

Delta said it is offering passengers refunds if their flights were cancelled or delayed more than 90 minutes. It also said customers who were booked to fly Sunday or Monday can change their travel through Friday without incurring a change fee.

The Federal Aviation Administration earlier said Delta asked it to freeze departures at six airports for several hours, including its big hubs in Atlanta, Minneapolis and Detroit, as well as at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports in New York and Los Angeles International Airport. The so-called ground stop was later lifted around midnight, but the effects are expected to cascade Monday because planes and crews are out of position

Atlanta-based Delta suffered a major IT breakdown last year that forced it to cancel more than 2,000 flights over several days, after a part broke, triggering a power surge and a small fire in its data room. That forced the carrier to reboot its entire system, a multi-hour process. An investigation afterward revealed that portions of its system weren’t hooked up to backup power sources.

Southwest Airlines Co. had a similar meltdown last summer caused by the failure of a single router. Delta’s Sunday problems come a week after United Continental Holdings Inc. suffered technical issues that forced it to suspend flights for hours after problems with a system that sends information to pilots in the cockpit, including aircraft weight calculations.

The Sunday outage occurred in the midst of large demonstrations at many airports across the country in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. That led to immediate detention of some passengers arriving at large U.S. airports and even some deportations back to the country of origin.

Massive protests occurred Saturday and Sunday at airports in New York, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and near Washington, D.C.

At LAX Sunday night, the combination of protesters and the Delta computer outage created temporary gridlock inside and outside of the airport. Between 7 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., access roads were jammed with drivers taking up to two hours to travel a mile or less.

Hundreds of travelers scrambled out of vehicles and ran on the sides of roadways or on sidewalks to try to catch their flights. Coming in the other direction were protesters toting signs who were leaving the airport. At one point, dozens of protesters laid down across the main roadways in front of the Tom Bradley International Airport, completely blocking traffic. At another entrance, hundreds of signs left by protesters were attached to a chain-link fence.

Inside the Delta ticketing area lines of passengers waiting to check in stretched outdoors. Some kiosks had lines of more than 100 fliers, some of whom said they had waited for more than an hour without advancing much.

—Andy Pasztor contributed to this article.

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