Monday, April 3, 2017

Owner plans to rebuild plane hangar flattened by high winds




PANOLA COUNTY, TX (KSLA) -

Wounds from Sunday's storms still can be seen throughout the ArkLaTex; and there is a lot of cleanup that needs to be done.

An airplane hangar at the Panola County Airport in East Texas was destroyed by straight-line winds.

A survey team from the National Weather Service office in Shreveport estimated winds peaked at 120 mph to 130 mph. That is as strong as an EF-2 tornado.

The back wall of the hangar was uprooted and knocked down, while the roof was blown into the street and the property behind it.

"I got a call about 1:20 p.m. that the hangar had been blown over," said James Crooks, who owns the hangar.

He said he is just glad no one was hurt.

"This is just materialize possessions."

Crooks also was overwhelmed by the community support.

"My phone was just ringing off the hook. 'James, we'll come. We'll bring equipment.'

"It was really, really touching. The people of Panola County are just really nice."

And, believe it or not, none of the airplanes in the hangar was damaged.

"It's like floating down the river. We fly around in the evening. It's just kind of relaxing," Crooks said of flying.

"So the good Lord spared us the planes."

Crooks plans on rebuilding, just not right now.

He said it's going to cost him about $25,000.

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

Cessna U206D, N72094: Incident occurred April 01, 2017 in Wein Lake, Alaska

http://registry.faa.gov/N72094

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska 

Aircraft wingtip and prop struck ground after hitting a pothole in ice.  

Date: 01-APR-17
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N72094
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: WEIN LAKE
State: ALASKA

Aviation CEO claims Bendigo owners of crashed plane were still its licensed operators during fatal accident: Beechcraft B200 Super King Air, Corporate and Leisure Charters, VH-ZCR; accident occurred February 21, 2017 near Melbourne-Essendon Airport, Australia

An aviation company is distancing itself from last month's fatal plane crash in Essendon by claiming the aircraft's Bendigo owners were its registered operators at the time.  

Australian Corporate Jet Centre co-chief executive officer Vas Nikolovski told the Bendigo Advertiser on the afternoon of the crash they held the operating certificate for the aircraft.  

But he said yesterday his company was only told it was the registered operator three hours after the disaster. 

An bid by Bendigo-based MyJet to transfer the plane’s operating licence to ACJC was lodged on December 15 last year but stalled when it used an expired credit card to pay for the procedure. The application was cancelled on December 20 when they failed to amend the error. 

Only when Mr Nikolovski’s co-CEO Sam Iliades enquired in January about the progress of the transfer did he realise the original application expired and reapplied for the operation transfer. 

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal heard last month the Civil Aviation Safety Authority shifted the operating licence from MyJet to ACJC on February 16, five days before the plane crashed into the DFO shopping centre in Essendon.

CASA said it told both parties of the change, but Mr Nikolovski yesterday disputed its version of facts, saying it was only an email at 12.01pm on the day of the incident that notified ACJC of the change.  

His co-CEO, Sam Iliades, replied to CASA at 1.27pm, writing the plane was destroyed "and had nothing to do with our company".  

"Sad news all round but we won’t be requiring the certificate," Mr Iliades wrote. 

But Mr Nikolovski told the Bendigo Advertiser in the hour before that day the plane was registered to his Melbourne aviation company. 

"My Jet is the owner, although it's on our certificate to charter and use for commercial purpose," he said shortly after midday. 

“In order to be able to operate an aircraft for revenue, for it to be chartered, it needs to be on our operator certificate.

"It's only just come across on our certificate a week or so ago."

Mr Nikolovski also backed away from those comments yesterday, saying he must have been making reference to the CASA email from earlier in the afternoon, and indicated his belief Bendigo aircraft owners Dr Chris Richards and Andrew Hoare were also its plane's operators.  

A lawyer acting on behalf of Dr Richards and Mr Hoare cited yesterday the ongoing Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation as the reason the men would not respond to Mr Nikolovski's comments.  

CASA also declined to comment while the investigation continued. 

Pilot Max Quartermain and four American tourists were killed when the Beechcraft Super King Air  collided with the Essendon DFO shopping complex moments after takeoff. 

The plane was en route to King Island when it plummeted from the sky.   

It was later revealed Mr Quartermain was already the subject of an ATSB investigation at the time of his death for a near-collision in Mount Hotham two years ago. 

A preliminary report from the ATSB on its investigation revealed a black box flight recorder was recovered from the wreckage but contained no audio of the crash.  

Examination of the planes’ engines found no evidence of “pre-impact failure”. 

However, parts of both engines were kept for further analysis.

About 100 emergency service workers responded to the disaster, which premier Daniel Andrews later called Victoria’s worst civil aviation disaster in the past three decades. 

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



UPDATE 9.40am: The head of an aviation company seeking to distance itself from last month's DFO plane crash said on the day of the tragedy the destroyed aircraft had been registered with the company for “a week or so”. 

Fairfax Media is reporting the Australian Corporate Jet Centre CEO sent an email to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority at 1.27pm on February 21 saying the crashed plane had “nothing to do with our company” and that it would not be requiring the certificate. 

The company received an email from CASA confirming its ownership of the plane at 12.01pm. The email said the decision was actioned on February 16.  

Australian Corporate Jet Centre CEO Vas Nikolovski told the Bendigo Advertiser at approximately 1.19pm his company registered the plane “a week or so” ago. 

“My Jet is the owner, although it's on our certificate to charter and use for commercial purpose,” Mr Nikolovski said. 

“In order to be able to operate an aircraft for venue, for it to be chartered, it needs to be on air operator certificate.

“It's only just come across on our certificate a week or so ago.” 

Civil Aviation Safety Authority records show Australian Corporate Jet Centres became the registered operator of VH-ZCR on February 16, just five days before it went down.

EARLIER: The aviation company potentially facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit over the Essendon DFO disaster was told three hours after the crash that the plane involved had been registered in its name.

As the wreckage smoldered at 12.01pm on February 21, and it was confirmed that five lives had been lost, Australian Corporate Jet Centres received an email from the aviation authority confirming it was the plane's registered operator.

The company's CEO replied at 1.27pm: "Unfortunately this aircraft was destroyed in an accident today which you may have seen in the media, the plane was flown by Max Quatermaine [sic] under his AOC – Corporate and Leisure Travel and had nothing to do with our company. Sad news all round but we won't be requiring the certificate."

With the threat of lawsuits and insurance payouts mounting over Victoria's worst aviation disaster in 30 years, the Essendon-based company has sought to have its registration overturned.

Australian Corporate Jet Centres claims it was not responsible for the plane due to an administrative bungle over a $65 application fee in December.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority records show Australian Corporate Jet Centres became the registered operator of VH-ZCR on February 16, just five days before it went down.

Emails published in a finding by the Commonwealth's Administrative Appeals Tribunal show the company did not find out its application to transfer registration had been approved until midday on February 21 – three hours after the crash at 8.58am.

"Your application was actioned ... it should be on its way in the mail," CASA wrote in the email sent at 12.01pm.

With the media spotlight intensifying and emergency services still on the scene, the company's CEO, Sam Iliades, replied to CASA telling it that the plane had gone down. The plane was being flown by pilot Max Quartermain under his air operator certificate, he wrote.

The company continues to maintain that position: "It was not our air operator's certificate, not our client, not our revenue, not our pilot," Australian Corporate Jet Centres said in a statement on Monday.

Fairfax Media understands just who was legally responsible for the flight is still being investigated.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been sifting through the wreckage of the plane, trying to piece together what caused it to go down shortly after take-off.

A recent preliminary report found that both engines and propellers appeared to be in working order at the time of the flight and that there was no evidence of mechanical failure.

Australian Corporate Jet Centres recently applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to have the CASA registration decision overturned but the matter was dismissed due to a lack of jurisdiction.

The matter was taken to the tribunal after the company originally had its application to become the plane's operator cancelled in late December because incorrect credit card details were used to pay the $65 application fee.

According to emails published in the tribunal finding, the company was not informed its application had been cancelled.

On January 30 the company emailed the regulator to find out what the delay was, only to be told the transfer had not gone through.

A new application was submitted and approved just over two weeks later.

CASA updated its register on February 16, sending out a letter to Australian Corporate Jet Centres and the previous registered operator, MyJet Aviation, informing them of the change.

The letter also contained a reminder of the operator's obligations.

These included the display of nationality and registration marks, as well as responsibility for airworthiness and maintenance. 

When the letter hadn't arrived by February 20, Mr Iliades sent another email asking CASA about the "status of the registered operator application".

The response came a day later, when the plane had already crashed.

Any lawsuit could run into tens of millions of dollars, with the family of the passengers plus the hundreds of people who witnessed the crash all having a potential claim. At least three law firms have been retained, Fairfax understands.

"[The case] could generate a very large lawsuit for the entity that is found to be responsible under the law of negligence for the air crash by a court," Shine Lawyers aviation department manager Thomas Janson said.

Negligence is yet to be proved in the case, as investigators continue to work through the plane's wreckage. But if it could be proved, hundreds of bystanders who saw the flight go down might be able to claim for nervous shock, Mr Janson said.

Read more here:  http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au



 Max Quartermain

John Washburn

Pilot Max Quartermain, Russell Munsch, Glenn Garland and Greg De Haven.



Glenn Garland, Russell Munsch, Greg DeHaven and a fourth golfing partner (left) at Cape Kidnappers golf course in New Zealand.


Collision with terrain involving B200 King Air VH-ZCR at Essendon Airport, Victoria on February 21, 2017: http://www.atsb.gov.au

NTSB Identification: CEN17RA106
Accident occurred Monday, February 20, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia
Aircraft: RAYTHEON B200, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On February 20, 2017, at 2159 hours universal coordinated time (0859 hours Australian eastern daylight time on February 21, 2017), a Raytheon model B200 (King Air) airplane, Australian registration VH-ZCR, impacted a building and roadway shortly after takeoff from runway 17 (4,934 feet by 148 feet, asphalt) at Melbourne/Essendon Airport (YMEN), Victoria, Australia. A post-impact fire ensued. The pilot and four passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The intended destination was the King Island Airport (YKII), Currie, Tasmania, Australia.


The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. This report is for informational purposes only and contains information released by or obtained from the government Australia.


Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:


Australian Transport Safety Bureau

PO Box 967
Civic Square ACT 2608
Tel: +61 2 6257 4150
Website: http://www.atsb.gov.au
Email: atsbinfo@atsb.gov.au

Cirrus SR22, Operated by The Flight Academy, N167CB: Accident occurred April 02, 2017 in Brinnon, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Renton, Washington

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N167CB 

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA084
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 2017 in Brinnon, WA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N167CB
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 April 2, 2017, at 1529 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Cirrus Design Corporation SR22, N167CB, impacted mountainous terrain near Mount Christie, in Jefferson County, Washington. The airplane was operated by The Flight Academy under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The instructional flight departed Langley, Washington, about 1400. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The operator reported that the instructional flight had departed with no known destination or flight plan. The United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received a 406 mhz Emergency Locator Transmission (ELT) from an unregistered source at 1529 PDT with a location near the accident site. Washington Air Search and Rescue (WASAR) responded to the reported ELT location. Additionally, at 1548 PDT, a Delta Airline flight received a radio transmission from the accident flight stating they had crashed.

The wreckage was subsequently located and both pilots were hoisted from the accident site and transported to a local hospital.

The accident site was located .4 NM southwest of Mount Christie, at an elevation of 4,700 feet MSL. The accident site is located inside the Olympic National Forest. 

The airplane wreckage will be recovered for further examination.


Dr. Michael Mequio
~

A Coupeville ophthalmologist is recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after surviving a plane crash Sunday in Olympic National Park.

Agencies involved with the rescue and investigation of the crash are not releasing the names of the victims, but Ria Claassen, office manager for Whidbey Eye Center, confirmed Thursday that Dr. Michael Mequio had been involved in a plane crash. She declined to comment further.

A spokesperson for Harborview reported that Mequio was in satisfactory stable condition and out of the intensive care unit.

Mequio and one other unidentified person reportedly crashed a Cirrus SR22 into the side of Mount Jupiter inside the national park. The plane took off from Everett.

Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, the Department of Transportation received an emergency signal, the Peninsula Daily News reported. Around the same time, another aircraft reported to air traffic controllers in Seattle that they had heard a mayday call from a small aircraft over the radio.

A Search and Rescue crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded and located the wreckage in a snowy valley at 5,700 feet.

Crews noted the plane’s parachute hadn’t deployed and opted to approach from a further distance in case it inadvertently deployed, the Navy reported.

Medical technicians from Search and Rescue, along with the Helicopter Inland Rescue Aircrewman, rappelled down to the survivors where they were assessed, treated and prepared for transport.

Both Mequio and the other person were airlifted to Harborview.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, but according to Ian Gregor, a public information officer for the FAA, it might take months for an investigation to conclude the cause.

ABC News reported the National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash and that the survivors were a student and instructor.

Whidbey Eye Center’s website describes Mequio as an active outdoorsman and humanitarian who has travelled oversees to provide ophthalmology services in the Philippines, Thailand and Zambia.

Original article can be found here: https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com

American Champion 7GCBC, TMF Development Inc., N59WD: Incident occurred March 31, 2017 at Stockton Metropolitan Airport (KSCK), San Joaquin County, California

TMF Development Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N59WD

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Aircraft was blown over on left wing.

Date: 31-MAR-17
Time: 20:38:00Z
Regis#: N59WD
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: STOCKTON
State: CALIFORNIA

Incident occurred April 02, 2017 at Brackett Field Airport (KPOC), La Verne, California Los Angeles County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California 

Aircraft veered off runway and struck a runway distance remaining sign.

Date: 02-APR-17
Time: 19:47:00Z
Regis#: N144WP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LA VERNE
State: CALIFORNIA

Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604, N2FD: Incident occurred April 02, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida

TVPX ARS INC  TRUSTEE
C/O TVPX
http://registry.faa.gov/N2FD

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hollywood, Florida

Aircraft wing struck an empty school bus while parking.

Date: 02-APR-17
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N2FD
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL60
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: WEST PALM BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-32-300, Hammond Flying Club Inc., N694DB: Incident occurred March 31, 2017 at Hammond Northshore Regional Airport (KHDC), Louisiana Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Hammond Flying Club Inc:   http://registry.faa.gov/N694DB

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Aircraft slid off runway into mud. 

Date: 31-MAR-17
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N694DB
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HAMMOND
State: LOUISIANA

Cessna 182D Skylane, Livestock Innovations Inc., N8889X: Accident occurred April 02, 2017 near Blue Earth Municipal Airport (KSBU), Faribault County, Minnesota



Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

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


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

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

Livestock Innovations Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N8889X

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA215 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 2017 in Blue Earth, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N8889X
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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

The pilot reported that, while approaching the destination airport in night, marginal visual meteorological conditions, he turned on the pilot-controlled runway lights. He added that he began a descent to the runway without observing the runway lights or airport and encountered “ground fog” about 200 to 300 ft above ground level (agl). He further added that he continued the descent to the runway while referencing the navigational moving map and GPS altitude on his electronic flight bag (EFB) application ForeFlight. Subsequently, while in a left turn, the airplane impacted terrain about 1 nautical mile south of the runway. 

The left wing, firewall, and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He added that, while en route, he reset his airplane-installed barometric pressure altimeter to the GPS altitude indicated on his EFB, which resulted in a “300 ft. error.” 

An automated weather observing station, about 14 nautical miles west of the accident airport, recorded visibility at 2 1/2 statute miles, light rain, mist, and an overcast cloud ceiling at 300 ft agl.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's decision to continue the night, visual flight into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain while on final approach. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's improper use of an electronic flight bag.

The pilot reported that while approaching the destination airport, in night marginal visual meteorological conditions, he turned on the pilot controlled runway lights. He added that he began a descent to the runway, without observing the runway lights or airport, and encountered "ground fog" about 200 to 300 ft. above the ground. He further added that he continued the descent to the runway while referencing the navigational moving map and GPS altitude on his electronic flight bag (EFB) application ForeFlight. Subsequently, while in a left turn, the airplane impacted terrain about one nautical mile south of the runway. 

The left wing, firewall, and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He added that while enroute, he reset his airplane installed barometric pressure altimeter to the GPS altitude indicated on his EFB, which resulted in a "300 ft. error." 

An automated weather observing station, about 14 nautical miles west of the accident airport, recorded visibility at 2 ½ statute miles, light rain, mist, and an overcast cloud ceiling at 300 ft. above ground.



NTSB Identification: GAA17CA215 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 2017 in Blue Earth, MN
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N8889X
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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

The pilot reported that while approaching the destination airport, in night marginal visual meteorological conditions, he turned on the pilot controlled runway lights. He added that he began a descent to the runway, without observing the runway lights or airport, and encountered "ground fog" about 200 to 300 ft. above the ground. He further added that he continued the descent to the runway while referencing the navigational moving map and GPS altitude on his electronic flight bag (EFB) application ForeFlight. Subsequently, while in a left turn, the airplane impacted terrain about one nautical mile south of the runway.

The left wing, firewall, and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. He added that while enroute, he reset his airplane installed barometric pressure altimeter to the GPS altitude indicated on his EFB, which resulted in a "300 ft. error." 

An automated weather observing station, about 14 nautical miles west of the accident airport, recorded visibility at 2 ½ statute miles, light rain, mist, and an overcast cloud ceiling at 300 ft. above ground.
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A Cessna 182D Skylane force landed near the city of Blue Earth.

According to the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, police responded just before 10:30 last night to a plane that had force landed in a field south of Blue Earth near the Blue Earth airport.

The pilot, 67-year-old Robin Hermanson of South Dakota, along with two passengers were treated and released at the scene.

The scene is being secured by the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office until the FAA completes its investigation. 

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

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash of a small plane about four miles south of Blue Earth.

According to the Fairbault County Sheriff’s Office, the plane crashed into a field near the Blue Earth airport around 10:20 Sunday night.

The pilot and two passengers were all treated at the scene by the responding ambulance crew.

They’ve been identified as 67-year-old Robin Hermanson of Garretson, South Dakota, along with 56-year-old Tim Lippert of Easton and his 13-year-old son.

The scene is being secured by the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office until the FAA completes its investigation of the crash.

Diamond DA42NG, Neiling Jem Enterprises LLC, N311LH: Incident occurred April 02, 2017 at Sullivan County International Airport (KMSV), Monticello, Sullivan County, New York

Neiling Jem Enterprises LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N311LH

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Date: 02-APR-17
Time: 16:25:00Z
Regis#: N311LH
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA42
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MONTICELLO
State: NEW YORK

Cessna 402B, Western Airlines, N7947Q: Incident occurred March 31, 2017 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Western Airlines: http://registry.faa.gov/N7947Q

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 31-MAR-17
Time: 11:50:00Z
Regis#: N7947Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 402
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PORTLAND
State: OREGON

Zenith Zodiac 601XL-B, N610TT: Incident occurred March 31, 2017 at Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal Airport (KDLS), The Dalles, Wasco County, Oregon

http://registry.faa.gov/N610TT

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon


Aircraft landed short of Runway 31.


Date: 31-MAR-17

Time: 23:55:00Z
Regis#: N610TT
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: 601XL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: THE DALLES
State: OREGON 

A small plane carrying a couple from The Dalles landed short of the runway at a local airfield Friday afternoon and was severely damaged after hitting rocks, but neither passenger sustained more than minor injuries.

“They were very lucky, this plane did extremely well protecting the occupants -- but it’s probably totaled,” said Rolf Anderson, manager of the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.

He said the Zenith 601, an experimental aircraft built by the pilot, has been moved into a hangar to accommodate an investigation by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).

Anderson said the agencies would finalize a report about the incident in about a month that determines the cause of the crash, and then the plane will be released to its owners.

The accident happened a few minutes before 5 p.m. on March 31. Anderson said the couple, who he declined to name, were attempting to make a landing but didn’t make it to the runway.

He estimates the speed of the plane was about 50 miles per hour when it came down on grass and rocks.

He said the FAA and NTSB investigation will determine if something went wrong with the aircraft, or if the wreck occurred because of pilot error.

One runway was shut down while the Dallesport Fire Department and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue made sure no flames erupted and provided care to the pilot and his wife.

MCF&R transported the pair via ambulance to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for an examination and treatment of minor injuries, according to Anderson.

“He had some back pain and they both had some bruises but I think they were okay other than that,” he said.

The runway nearest the crash site was shut down while emergency responders worked, but the other runway remained open and air traffic was not impeded, said Anderson.

The damaged plane was moved into a hangar Saturday and the second runway reopened for use.

Source:  http://t.thedalleschronicle.com

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, Air Tech Flight Services LLC, N4601W: Incident occurred April 02, 2017 at Grand Strand Airport (KCRE), North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina

Air Tech Flight Services LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N4601W

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina 

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Date: 02-APR-17
Time: 18:33:00Z
Regis#: N4601W
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NORTH MYRTLE BEACH
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-23, N2172P: Incident occurred April 02, 2017 at Madison Municipal Airport (KMDS), Lake County, South Dakota

http://registry.faa.gov/N2172P

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota 

Aircraft experienced a gear malfunction during landing. 

Date: 02-APR-17
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N2172P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 23
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MADISON
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Buckeye Dream Machine, N4017L: Fatal accident occurred April 02, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4017L

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA144
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 2017 in Knoxville, TN
Aircraft: BUCKEYE AVIATION DREAM MACHINE, registration: N4017L
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

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 April 2, 2017, about 1532 eastern daylight time, a Buckeye Aviation Dream Machine, N4017L, collided with trees and terrain near Knoxville, Tennessee. The powered parachute was substantially damaged. The sport pilot was fatally injured, and one passenger was seriously injured. The powered parachute was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight. The flight originated at a private, grass airstrip about 1444.

The passenger reported that the preflight portion of the flight was uneventful. The takeoff was accomplished on a grass airstrip and the flight departed to the west. About 45 minutes later, the pilot overflew the passenger's residence. Subsequently, the pilot maneuvered the powered parachute to the east, over rising terrain and trees. The aircraft did not seem to be climbing quickly enough to clear the trees and the landing gear struck about three trees before the aircraft dropped into the woods, striking tree limbs on the way down. The passenger egressed his seat; however, he was unable to walk and was met by first responders and transported to a local hospital. The passenger further stated that he was not aware of any problems with the engine prior to the accident.

All structure and components of the powered parachute were accounted for at the accident site. The powered parachute was found in the upright position in a forested area. There was no fire. The landing gear remained attached to the frame. The tubular frame was buckled or bent in several places. The parachute and lines were adjacent to the airframe, and were entangled with broken tree branches. Continuity from the parachute to the cockpit flight controls was established. Both occupants were wearing helmets at the time of the accident and an intercom system was installed.

The engine mounts were broken. The three-bladed composite propeller remained attached to the engine, and the outer sections of each blade were broken and splintered. Continuity from the cockpit controls to the engine was established. The 8-gallon fuel tank contained about 4 gallons of fuel.

The pilot, who was seated in the front cockpit seat, held a sport pilot certificate. He did not hold a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate. According to his pilot logbook, he had logged about 90 hours of total flight experience, all in Buckeye powered parachutes.

The single-engine, tandem-cockpit powered parachute incorporated a fixed, tricycle landing gear. It was equipped with a Rotax 582-series, two-stroke, twin-cylinder reciprocating engine rated at 66 horsepower. Examination of maintenance records revealed that it was built in 2005 and accumulated about 139 hours since new.



The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report into a fatal crash involving a powered parachute in Knox County.  

Pilot Stanley Decoursey, 58, died as a result of the April 2 crash into a wooded area near Barharbor Way in Farragut. His passenger, 54-year-old Kenneth Atkins, suffered serious injuries, according to our sister affiliate WBIR. 

The flight began around 2:44 p.m. from a private, grass airstrip. 

According to the NTSB report, about 45 minutes into the flight Decoursey overflew Atkins' home and then started maneuvering the aircraft to the east, over rising terrain and trees.

The powered parachute didn't seem to be climbing quickly enough to clear the trees and its landing gear hit about three trees before dropping into the woods, striking tree limbs on the way down, the NTSB report explained.  

Atkins was able to get out of his seat, but couldn't walk. First responders found him at the scene and transported him to the hospital. 

He told the NTSB that he wasn't aware of any problems with the engine before the accident.

Investigators said the aircraft was found in an upright position in a forested area and the landing gear remained attached to the frame. They noted there hadn't been any fire. The parachute and lines were adjacent to the frame and entangled with broken tree branches. 

The aircraft was a Buckeye Aviation Dream Machine, which is a single-engine, tandem-cockpit powered parachute with a fixed, tricycle landing gear. Maintenance records revealed it was built in 2004 and had about 139 hours of use since then. 

Decoursey held a sport pilot certificate, which is required to fly a powered parachute with a passenger. He did not have a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate. 

He had logged about 90 hours of total flight experience in Buckeye powered parachutes, according to his pilot logbook.

Both men were wearing a helmet.

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Stanley Decoursey, 58, of Powell, was pronounced dead at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Sunday, according to a Facebook post by the sheriff's office Monday morning.

Decoursey was the pilot of a paraglider that crashed in the woods north of 11322 Barharbor Way near Farragut at around 4 p.m. Sunday.

Both Decoursey and a passenger, 54-year-old Kenneth Atkins of Knoxville, were transported to the UT Medical Center following the crash. Decoursey was transported via Rural/Metro ambulance while Atkins was taken by Lifestar helicopter and remained at the hospital Monday, according to the sheriff's office.

Atkins was listed Monday in stable condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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






KNOXVILLE - The Knoxville powered parachute community is mourning the loss of a friend.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office said Stanley Decoursey, 58, of Powell, died after his powered parachute crashed on Sunday. Decoursey was the pilot. His passenger Kenneth Atkins, 54, was hurt and remains at UT Medical Center.

Witnesses reported seeing a paraglider flying low before crashing into a wooded area around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon near Barhabor Way, by Turkey Creek Road.

Eric Majni and Rocky Crawford flew with Decoursey about once a week. On Sunday, Decoursey sent out a text message to see if his friends were going flying on such a beautiful day.

"That was his last communication with the group," Crawford said.

"We're all just kind of in shock really," Majni said.

The group of guys have been flying powered parachutes for more than 20 years. About a year and half ago, Decoursey joined the group when he started flying.

"He was a new pilot that had a passion for the sport. We'd go up once a week or every other week, but he was flying every other day," Crawford said.

On Sunday afternoon, Manji and Decoursey were up in the air at the same time.

"He actually lifted off before we got to the field. He headed west and we went north," Manji said. "We saw Lifestar come downtown and a short time later had some texts that there was an accident so we had a pretty good idea it was Stan," he added.

The two men said Decoursey’s death will change the way they fly.

"It definitely makes you aware of the dangers involved and it makes you be more careful," Majni said.

But they know Decoursey would want them to keep taking off.

“He wouldn't want us to stop," Crawford said, "Even though it's tragic and it's absolutely tragic, he was doing what he loved."

Crawford and Majni said Decoursey was a qualified pilot. He had all the proper training and was certified to fly with a passenger.

To fly a single seat power parachute you don't have to have a license. To fly with a passenger, as Decoursey was, you must have a sport pilot's license. His friends said that is what he had.           

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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