Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pipistrel Virus SW, N155CL: Fatal accident occurred April 04, 2017 in Micanopy, Florida

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

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

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

Riley R. Stevens: http://registry.faa.gov/N155CL

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA145
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 04, 2017 in Micanopy, FL
Injuries: 1 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 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 4, 2017, about 0910 eastern daylight time, a Pipestrel Virus SW, N155CL, was destroyed when it impacted a pasture in Micanopy, Florida. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The flight departed Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida, at 0800, destined for Oconee County Regional Airport (CEU), Clemson, South Carolina. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the airplane was on a northerly track from SEF toward Micanopy about 8,000 feet mean sea level. The track ended at an east-west oriented line of severe thunderstorms and rain showers that extended about 100 nautical miles to either side of the track, according to preliminary National Weather Service (NWS) weather radar data. The pilot was in contact with air traffic control throughout the flight, he did not transmit any distress calls.

A witness located at his residence about 200 yards from the accident site reported that he had had been outside in the pasture when it started to rain. He went inside his house and 3 to 5 minutes later he heard an airplane engine. He indicated that the engine sound was smooth and continuous and sounded as though it flew over his house. The engine noise abruptly stopped, followed by "a loud pop sound, similar to a lightening crack." He looked outside and saw the airplane in the pasture and asked his wife to call 911.

The airplane impacted about 90° nose down in a grass pasture. All major components were accounted for at the scene, except the left wing and flaperon. The main wreckage was fragmented and confined to an area about 75 feet in diameter, a majority of which was within a wingspan to either side of the engine. The empennage was separated from the aft fuselage. The rudder and horizontal stabilizer were separated from the T-tail style vertical stabilizer. Flight control continuity was established from the rudder pedals to the rudder control horn, which was separated from the rudder. Flaperon and elevator control continuity could not be confirmed due to impact damage.

The engine was buried in the initial impact crater, 3 feet below the surface. All three carbon fiber propeller blades were fractured at or near their root. One of the blades was not located. The gearbox and propeller hub were separated from the engine crankcase. The crankshaft could not be rotated due to impingement with damaged engine mounts and external components.

A large section of the left wing was located on a farm about 4.5 miles south of the main wreckage. The left flaperon was not found.

According FAA records, the pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, multiengine land, single engine sea and glider. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued October 28, 2013, at which time he reported 12,100 total hours of flight experience. A review of the pilot's logbook revealed that he had accrued 92 total hours of flight experience in the accident airplane as of April 2, 2017.

At 0853, the reported weather at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, about 15 nautical miles north of the accident site included thunderstorms, moderate rain, mist and wind from 100° at 10 knots gusting to 18 knots. The ceiling was broken at 4,300 feet and overcast at 7,500 feet. Visibility was 5 statute miles, the temperature was 19° C, and the dew point was 18° C.

A NWS Aviation Weather Center convective SIGMET for the area surrounding the accident site issued at 0755 warned of severe thunderstorms with tops above flight level 450, and wind gusts up to 50 knots.

An electronic flight instrument system was recovered from the accident site and forwarded to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder laboratory for examination.

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N55339: Incident occurred April 03, 2017 in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California 

Aircraft made an emergency landing in a parking lot after engine quit.  Sheriff's Department arrested the pilot for being intoxicated.  

Date: 04-APR-17
Time: 04:56:00Z
Regis#: N55339
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Deputies responding to the emergency landing of a small plane on top of a building in Southern California arrested the pilot on suspicion of being under the influence, authorities said Tuesday.

According to CBS Los Angeles, a preliminary investigation revealed the pilot ran out of fuel and made a hard landing late Monday on top of the Michael Kors distribution center building, located in the 3700 block of Workman Mill Road.

The Piper Cherokee’s left wing clipped a stop sign, but the single-engine plane remained upright after it landed, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueva.

As deputies talked to the pilot, they suspected he might be intoxicated and took him into custody, Villanueva said.

Darrell Roberts, the only person on board, could face a misdemeanor DUI charge. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

Roberts, 58, got lost and was running out of fuel during a planned flight from Temecula, in Riverside County, to San Diego, about 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) south.

“He was headed in the wrong direction and somehow ended up here in LA County,” said Villanueva.

The plane landed in Whittier, a Los Angeles suburb about 70 miles (112.65 kilometers) north of where it took off.

“A DUI involving an airplane, that doesn’t happen very often,” Villanueva said.

The 1973 Piper PA-28-140 is registered to a Darrell S. Roberts of Winchester, in Riverside County. A phone number for Roberts could not be found.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating, spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The fixed-wing plane sustained minor wing damage and remained in the parking lot early Tuesday. It was expected to be retrieved by a crew hired by an insurance company, Villanueva said.

Source:  http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

WHITTIER, CA —Flying under the influence was suspected when a pilot ran out of fuel for his small aircraft on Monday. The 58-year-old Temecula-area resident was en route from Temecula to San Diego when the airplane ran out of fuel, forcing him to land where he did, Villanueva said.

The pilot of a small plane was arrested on suspicion of operating an aircraft while under the influence after he ran out of fuel and landed in a business parking lot in the Whittier area, authorities said Tuesday.

Darrell Roberts, 58, of the Riverside County community of Winchester, was taken into custody after the Piper airplane landed late Monday night in the 3700 block of Workman Mill Road, said Lieutenant Alex Villanueva of the sheriff's Pico Rivera Station.

Roberts was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor operating an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and was held in lieu of $1,000 bail.
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His next court appearance was scheduled for July 5 in Downey.

Roberts was alone in the airplane and was not injured, and the airplane was not damaged police said.

Source:  https://patch.com

Beech Baron 58, M & M Baron LLC, N158BB: Incident occurred April 03, 2017 at Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

M & M Baron LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N158BB

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

Aircraft right main gear collapsed after landing and slid off right side of runway.  
Date: 03-APR-17
Time: 18:37:00Z
Regis#: N158BB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N7776H: Incident occurred April 03, 2017 near Roswell International Air Center Airport (KROW), Chaves County, New Mexico


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas 

Aircraft landed in a field after reporting an engine failure. 

Date: 03-APR-17
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N7776H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

A small plane made an emergency landing Monday morning near Roswell, although no injuries were reported.

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office said [auth] the plane sustained minor damages after making an emergency landing in a field south and west of the Roswell International Air Center.

The plane landed at about 10:25 a.m., said the Pecos Valley Regional Communications Center, reportedly due to a mechanical failure, with a pilot and one passenger on board.

Authorities have not identified the pilot or others on the plane.

Sheriff Britt Snyder said the Federal Aviation Administration has taken the lead in the investigation and the plane will be loaded onto a trailer and taken to the airport where it will be secured.

Snyder said he had no other information about the flight.

Sgt. Chad Pierce of the New Mexico State Police also confirmed the emergency landing in the field, and also said no injuries were reported. Pierce said state police had not made a report about the incident, and no other information was available.

Roswell spokesperson Todd Wildermuth said the Roswell Fire Department had been alerted in advance of the emergency landing. He also said there were no injuries, and had no further details.

Source:   http://rdrnews.com

Piper PA-34-200T, Canandaigua Air Center LLC, N909RA: Incident occurred April 03, 2017 at Greater Rochester International Airport (KROC), Monroe County, New York

Canandaigua Air Center LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N909RA

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

Aircraft blew a tire on landing.

Date: 03-APR-17
Time: 16:10:00Z
Regis#: N909RA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 34
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Incident occurred April 03, 2017 in Garden Ridge, Comal County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  

Date: 04-APR-17
Time: 00:34:00Z
Regis#: N480TX
Aircraft Make: ULTRALIGHT
Aircraft Model: UNKNOWN
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: TEXAS

Cessna, N7547G: Accident occurred April 03, 2017 at Twisp Municipal Airport (2S0), Okanogan County, Washington


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington 

Aircraft flipped over after landing.

Date: 03-APR-17
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N7547G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

AIRCRAFT:   1970 Cessna 172L; N7547G; sn 17259247

ENGINE- M&M, S/N:   Lycoming O-320-E2D sn L-28156-27A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:  McCauley CTM7557   sn 725016

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

ENGINE:  5523 TT     1222 SMOH   

PROPELLER: Unk TT    804 SMOH     

AIRFRAME:   5523 TT                                  

OTHER EQUIPMENT:  King KMA20, King KX175B, King KX175B, Narco AT50

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft flipped on landing.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Damage includes, but not limited to, prop strike, both wings, top of Cabin, rudder, vertical stabilizer.  See photos for additional details.
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Private Hangar: Twisp,  WA


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Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, N7822D LLC, N7822D: Accident occurred April 03, 2017 at Scappoose Industrial Airpark (KSPB), Scappoose, Columbia County, Oregon

N7822D LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N7822D

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

Aircraft flipped upside down after landing.

Date: 04-APR-17
Time: 03:30:00Z
Regis#: N7822D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

SCAPPOOSE, Ore. — A small plane flipped over after landing at the Scappoose airport Monday night.

Crews from the Scappoose Fire District were called at about 8:30 p.m.

The pilot, the only person on board, was uninjured.

Source:   http://katu.com

'We have the worst record in the world': the deadly business of Brazil's bush pilots ···· Pilot Clinger Borges do Valé made a fortune flying supplies to garimpeiros – illicit gold miners – in the Amazon but also lost three brothers to aviation accidents

Pilot Clinger Borges do Valé: ‘We had parties with tables full of drugs. But it’s not like that any more. The good days are over.’

To lose one brother in an air crash may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose two is a tragedy; but to have three siblings die in separate aviation accidents shows just how insanely dangerous the job of a bush pilot can be in Brazil’s Amazonian wild west.

Clinger Borges do Valé is a survivor in what could well be the world’s most ill-fated flying family – though only just, having himself crashed 11 times and lost two of his passengers to a cabin fire.

“I’m the luckiest pilot in the world. Anyone else would be dead,” Valé says with a grim smile over an evening beer with his wife, son and nephew in the town of Itaituba, which serves as a hub for illegal gold mining communities deep in the forest.

Supplying them by plane is a lucrative, risky business. Unregulated gold mining in Latin America reportedly earns more export dollars than drug smuggling, but comes with a heavy toll on the environment and human life.

In Brazil’s Amazon basin, illegal miners – known as garimpeiros – have been responsible for deforestation, attacks on indigenous villages and mercury contamination of rivers.

Now retired, Valé – like thousands of other bush pilots – flew for over 40 years to remote, bumpy, half-hidden airstrips in small turbo-prop planes, ferrying garimpeiros and prostitutes, shipping out equipment and returning with gold.

Maintenance was poor, fuel often in short supply. Some runways were barely over 300 metres. Navigation – initially without GPS – was a challenge, particularly in the burning season, and the tropical rains were sometimes heavy enough to bring down planes.

The casualty rate was high. “I have lost count of how many of my friends were killed in accidents. Without doubt this is the most dangerous place to fly,” Valé says.

Yet he and all six of his siblings became pilots. “In Itaituba, it was either that or become a garimpeiro,” he recalls. Given the high murder rate among miners and the low prospects of striking it rich, “It wasn’t much of a choice,” he says.

His eldest brother Claudiso was the first of the family to die, when his plane crashed into the jungle about 40 years ago. A decade later, another brother, Willemis, was killed – along with five of his passengers – when his plane’s engine failed soon after takeoff from Itaituba and ploughed into a castanha tree.

The most recent fatality was last December, when a younger brother, Wilton, came down into the forest three hours away. “Nobody knows what happened,” Valé says.

The crash barely made the news. Itaituba does not have a newspaper. Bigger media organisations rarely make it out to this Amazonian community. The government has – at least in theory – been trying to crack down on the garimpeiros for years. And besides, plane accidents are anything but a rare occurrence in this part of the world.

Itaituba is rarely mentioned in top 10 lists of the planet’s most perilous airports, but passengers and pilots flying to and from here in recent decades have been many times more likely to die than at better-known destinations.

Elsewhere, this might be a source of concern. In Itaituba, it is more like a badge of honour. The walls of the airport cafeteria are decorated with a painting of a plane landing on top of another back in the 1980s, when this claimed to be the busiest airport in Brazil. Locals matter-of-factly recall watching Cessnas and Beechcrafts plunge into the nearby Tapajós river or plough into trees.

There are numerous online compilations of garimpo pilots’ planes plans skidding and lurching across dirt runways. At the town museum, the guide Regina Macedo D’Oliveira assiduously recounts tales of engine failures, fuel shortages and navigation problems. “We have the worst record in the world,” she confirms.

For some, the pilots and miners are heroic adventurers. For others they are environmental criminals driven by greed.

The mix of awe and anger they generate are similar to that for mobsters or drug traffickers. The most powerful garimpeiros used helicopters and machine guns to wipe out rivals or indigenous groups that resisted encroachment on territory.

But they are probably best thought of as products of a global system that values gold above forests.

In his heyday, Valé lived like a character out of Miami Vice, buying a house with a pool and a yacht that he would fill with women. He would be paid in gold – sometimes up to a kilogram at a time. It was a wild era.

“We had parties with tables full of drugs,” he recalls wistfully. “I would buy three new cars per year and take bags full of cash when we went on holiday. But it’s not like that any more. The good days are over.”

The garimpo business continues, but it has fluctuated with the price of gold, the rumours of new seams and government crackdowns. The traffic at Itaituba airport – now modernised and upgraded but still about 80% dependent on garimpo business – is an indicator.

“We have 30 flights a day. Back in the 80s, we had 300 or 400. There were so many back then that planes had to circle in the sky to wait to land while others were parked up on every spare spot on the apron,” said Antonio Anderson, an airport employee. “It is much calmer now. We only had two small accidents last year.”

Valé quit due to health problems. But the next generation of his family are now at the controls. His son Diogo and nephew Cleverson say they are undaunted by the horrific mortality rate..

Safety standards have improved a little, but there are still accidents. A few years ago, Cleverson was about to land when his engine suddenly stopped. The plane ploughed into trees at the end of the runway and flipped over. “It was incredibly noisy,” he said. “And then it was quiet and I shouted out ‘I’m still not dead.”

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