Monday, April 24, 2017

GLO grounded; Shreveport flights to end

Corporate Flight Management, Inc. (CFM) response: 

"FlyGlo’s statements about CFM are nothing more than a calculated distraction from their own bankruptcy filing. Their comments are entirely inconsistent with the motion filed in court today to compel our continued service. The court documents make clear that CFM is only one of many creditors to which FlyGlo is indebted. We have attempted to resolve the dispute with FlyGlo for some time and continue to welcome any satisfactory resolution."


GLO Airlines will stop operations – including its two daily flights from Shreveport to New Orleans – after filing for bankruptcy, a Shreveport Regional Airport spokesman said.

The company announced its bankruptcy filing in a press release but did not address the end of flight operations. It described the bankruptcy as a way to reorganize and thus "to better provide its strong and rapidly growing customer base with high-quality service."

But Mark Crawford, marketing and public relations manager for Shreveport Airport Authority, said that GLO will end all flights after Thursday.

Crawford said the flights are to be halted under to a court order issued following GLO filed its petition in court seeking bankruptcy protection. The Advocate reported that a bankruptcy court judge rejected GLO's request to continue operating after Thursday.

"From what we've been told, they plan to resume flight hopefully by the end of next week," Crawford said.

In a news release, GLO blamed its difficulties on a dispute with the company, Corporate Flight Management, it had hired to operate airplanes under the GLO name.

GLO alleged that Corporate Flight Management had "failed on its contractual obligations to deliver quality performance and solid management of GLO’s program to provide air service to chosen markets." GLO said it raised concerns with Corporate Flight Management about "performance and business practices," but did not specify what prompted its concerns.

Corporate Flight Management responded by unilaterally ending its contract with GLO, according to the release. GLO said it then had no choice but to seek bankruptcy protection to continue operations.

CFM countered that GLO's statements about performance were intended as "a calculated distraction" from the bankruptcy filing.

"The court documents make clear that CFM is only one of many creditors to which FlyGlo is indebted," Corporate Flight Management said in a statement, using GLO airline's legal name. "We have attempted to resolve the dispute with FlyGlo for some time and continue to welcome any satisfactory resolution."

Trey Fayard, GLO's founder and CEO, said in a statement that filing for bankruptcy was a difficult but necessary decision.

"We look forward to promptly and successfully emerging from reorganization in the near future,” he said.

GLO operates two flights per day Monday through Friday and one flight on Saturday and Sunday. Crawford said between 1,000 and 1,200 people fly GLO in a month. The New Orleans-based company began flying about 18 months ago.


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



HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – GLO Airlines hasn’t celebrated its first anniversary in Huntsville yet, but the company is already facing financial issues. 

Our news partners at Al.com report GLO is seeking bankruptcy protection. We checked this morning about changes to the schedule on the flight to New Orleans, and you can’t select flights out of Huntsville International Airport after Wednesday, April 26.

We expect to hear more from GLO Airlines today about the future of its flight schedule.

The company says its direct air carrier/aircraft operator has “failed on its contractual obligations to deliver quality performance and solid management of GLO’s program to provide air service to chosen markets.”

The company says rather than finding solutions, the air carrier terminated its contract to operate GLO’s program and fly passengers.  It added this move put GLO’s operations and finances at risk.  GLO Airlines provides nonstop flights between regional markets in the Gulf South.

The first GLO Airlines flight from Huntsville took off on September 30, 2016.  It was sold out.

Do you have a flight booked with GLO Airlines out of Huntsville in the near future? WHNT News 19 has contacted the airline for answers to help you.

Original article can be found here:   http://whnt.com





New Orleans-based GLO Airlines, which has operated regional charter flights from Louis Armstrong International Airport since late 2015, has filed for bankruptcy protection and must stop operating after Thursday, federal bankruptcy court records show.

GLO has asked the court to allow it to keep flying past Thursday, saying that otherwise it will lose "its principal source of revenue."

Looking to attract business travelers and others eager for an alternative to driving or multiple-stop flights, GLO has offered nonstop service from New Orleans to Shreveport; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Huntsville, Alabama.

On Sunday, FlyGLO LLC filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy in federal court in New Orleans, listing assets and liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million, with up to 49 creditors.

According to court papers, GLO's largest unsecured creditor is GE Engine Services, of Ohio, which is owed nearly $980,000.

GLO leases three 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft, which are operated by a third-party company, Corporate Flight Management Inc.

According to court papers, Corporate Flight Management notified GLO this month that the airline had breached its contract because it fell behind on payments dating back to March.

As a result, Corporate Flight Management notified GLO and the Department of Transportation that the contract was terminated, with a 10-day window for taking effect. 

GLO disputes that it was in default on its contract. 

The company moved more than 32,300 passengers through the New Orleans airport in 2016 and was on track to serve about 40,000 in 2017, according to its federal court filings, which claim the service is "essential to bringing visitors and business people in and out of New Orleans and the Gulf South."

In a statement Monday, Jordan Mitchell, a GLO spokesman, blamed the reorganization on the airline's dispute with Corporate Flight Management. He said GLO was working toward "a solution that will get us back flying a full schedule."

"After raising serious concerns over its performance and business practices, rather than find solutions, the air carrier unilaterally terminated its contract to operate GLO’s program," the company said. "This entirely unjustified action has put GLO’s operations and the financial health of many of GLO’s partners at risk."

GLO founder and CEO Trey Fayard did not return a message Monday. In the statement, he called the bankruptcy filing "a difficult decision, but a necessary one to protect everyone involved."

GLO "directly and indirectly" supports 79 jobs and has a payroll of more than $2.8 million, records show.

When the service was announced in 2015, many local officials hailed the startup as one that would improve connections throughout the Gulf Coast and in turn boost New Orleans' standing in the business community.

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

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, MVMT Consulting LLC, N6218Y: Accident occurred April 24, 2017 at Banning Municipal Airport (KBNG), Riverside County, California

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

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

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


MVMT Consulting LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N6218Y

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA090 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 24, 2017 in Banning, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N6218Y
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 24, 2017, about 1345 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T-210N, N6218Y, was substantially damaged when it landed short of the runway during a precautionary landing attempt at Banning Municipal Airport (BNG), Banning, California. The private pilot received minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. 

According to the BNG airport attendant, he was in his office at BNG when he heard the pilot announce on the BNG common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) that he had experienced a "massive power failure" and that he "was coming in hot for runway 26" via a right traffic pattern. The attendant looked out his office window and saw the airplane on a right downwind for runway 26; he thought the airplane appeared to be appropriately situated to make a normal landing. The attendant was aware that a helicopter was planning to depart BNG at that time, and radioed an advisory to the Cessna pilot, but the pilot never responded. 

Still from his office, the attendant then watched the airplane descend on final for landing; again it appeared normal. However, he then observed a large "cloud of dust" and realized that the airplane did not make the runway. He hurried to his truck and drove out to the airplane. The pilot emerged with a profusely bleeding nose or face, and the attendant suggested that he take the pilot to the hospital, to which the pilot agreed. Enroute to the hospital in the attendant's truck, the pilot requested that he be dropped at a rental car facility instead; the attendant then drove them to a local car rental facility, where the pilot successfully obtained a rental car. The pilot told the attendant that he had left some personal items in the airplane, and needed to retrieve them prior to obtaining medical care. He then followed the attendant back to BNG.

The two vehicles arrived back at BNG about 1420, where they were stopped by Banning Police officers. The police prevented the airport attendant from returning to the airplane, but did allow the pilot to drive to the airplane. Shortly after that, the pilot was detained by law enforcement personnel, for reasons unrelated to the accident. 

Sometime thereafter, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector from the Riverside Flight Standards District Office arrived at the scene. He was given a brief opportunity to question the pilot, and to examine the airplane. The pilot's recitation of the sequence of events varied, but it was eventually determined that he had departed Deming Municipal Airport (DMN), Deming, New Mexico, and was destined for Corona Municipal Airport (AJO), Corona, California. Somewhere near BNG, he experienced a partial power loss. Air traffic controllers advised the pilot that BNG was the nearest airport, and he diverted there for a precautionary landing. 

Ground scars indicated that the airplane touched down about 180 feet short of the threshold of runway 26. The airplane came to rest a few feet beyond the beginning of the runway, and its nose gear had collapsed sometime during the rollout. The FAA inspector reported that the left fuel tank was completely empty, and the right fuel tank was between one eighth and one quarter full. Neither tank was breached. The FAA inspector found the fuel selector valve in the "OFF" position, but was unable to determine when it was placed in that position, or by whom. The airplane was placed in a secure hangar for further, subsequent examination.

According to the airport attendant at DMN, the airplane was fueled with 74.9 gallons about 1000 local time on the day of the accident. Radar tracking data indicated that prior to the accident at BNG, the airplane had landed at Jacquelin Cochran Airport (TRM), Thermal, California. TRM is about 433 nm west of DMN, and about 39 nm east of BNG. AJO is about 34 nm west of BNG. 

Alex Michael Furman, 24, was arrested on multiple drug related counts after a plane crash at the Banning Municipal Airport on Monday.
 (Courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department). 


 


FAA records indicated that the pilot obtained his private pilot certificate in July 2011, and that he owned a Mooney M20 series airplane. Information provided by the FAA inspector indicated that the pilot had purchased the Cessna within a few weeks of the accident. The airplane was manufactured in 1981, and was equipped with a Continental Motors TSIO-520 series engine.

A plane’s hard landing at the Banning Municipal Airport on Monday, April 24, was only the beginning.

The case eventually involved federal agents and ended with the arrest of a 24-year-old Corona man who authorities say had drugs and a large amount of currency derived from drug sales.

After the hard landing at 1:40 p.m. Monday, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigations Unit were called to the Banning Municipal Airport and a 24-year-old Corona man was arrested.

Alex Michael Furman was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Monday on suspicion of several drug-related counts that included possessing more than $100,000-worth of sales-related currency and possessing, selling and transporting marijuana, according to online jail records.

He was taken into custody on Hathaway Street near the airport, jail records show and later booked at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning with bail set at $1 million; he remained there Thursday, according to the records.

On Monday afternoon, a Cessna 210, tail number N6218Y, had a hard landing at the airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

The plane hit a fence and tipped up on its nose, Gregor said. The pilot was not seriously injured, he added.

It was not immediately clear whether the drugs or currency Furman was arrested in connection with were on the plane itself. No other information about the incident was available.


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






BANNING, CA - An investigation into a small plane crash at Banning Municipal Airport resulted in the arrest of a Corona man for alleged marijuana possession and transportation for sale, sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

Alex Furman, 24, was arrested following the Monday crash, in which a Cessna 210 struck into a small fence at the airport at about 1:40 p.m. The plane also tipped onto its nose during the hard landing, but the pilot was not seriously hurt during the incident, according to the FAA.

According to Lt. Paul Bennett, the sheriff's department, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Banning Police Department began looking into the crash, though investigators did not specify what exactly led to the drug charges. Deputies also did not confirm if Furman was the Cessna's pilot.

Prosecutors charged Furman Wednesday with possession of more than $100,000 obtained from a transaction involving a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, and transportation of marijuana for sale.

Furman pleaded not guilty to all charges and will return to court in Banning Monday for a felony settlement conference, according to court records.

He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Original article can be found here: https://patch.com

Banning police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane crash at Banning Municipal Airport on Monday, April 24, a city spokesman said.

A Cessna 210, tail number N6218Y, landed hard at Banning Municipal Airport about 1:40 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane hit a fence and tipped up on its nose, Gregor said. The pilot was not seriously injured, he added.

In an emailed statement, city spokesman Philip Southard said the incident was reported to Banning police as a distress call and possible plane crash.

Southard did not answer why police were involved. He said the FAA and other agencies are assisting with the investigation.

Airport attendant Michael Lopez said the pilot of a Cessna had a hard landing when the nose gear collapsed. There were no passengers, Lopez said.

Law enforcement was on scene at the east end of the runway, Lopez said.


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

Banning police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane crash at Banning Municipal Airport on Monday, April 24, a city spokesman said.

A Cessna 210, tail number N6218Y, landed hard at Banning Municipal Airport about 1:40 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration.


The plane hit a fence and tipped up on its nose, Gregor said. The pilot was not seriously injured, he added.


Banning police officers responded to a report of a distress call and possible plane crash at the airport, said city spokesman Philip Southard.


In an emailed statement, Southard said the incident was reported to Banning police as a distress call and possible plane crash.


Southard did not answer why police were involved. He said the FAA and other agencies are assisting with the investigation.


Airport attendant Michael Lopez said the pilot of a Cessna had a hard landing when the nose gear collapsed. There were no passengers, Lopez said.


Law enforcement was on scene at the east end of the runway, Lopez said.


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

Incident occurred April 24, 2017 at Spirit of St Louis Airport (KSUS), St. Louis, Missouri





CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)-A single-engine aircraft crashed Monday afternoon at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. 

The Monarch Fire Protection District confirms that the pilot was able to get safely out of the plane and was not injured.

The plane could be seen sitting sideways on the north runway with a wingtip on the ground. It appeared to have lost a wheel.

Original article can be found here: http://fox2now.com 





CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Multiple agencies are responding to the scene of a single-engine plane crash at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

The call came into Monarch police at around 3:30 p.m. Monday, but there was no distress call made, leading authorities to believe the plane suffered a hard landing. 

The plane is currently tipped up on one wing, but the pilot was not harmed. 

Story and video:  http://www.kmov.com

Aeronca 7AC, N1478E: Aircraft broke loose from tie down and struck two (2) other aircraft














AIRCRAFT:    1946 Aeronca 7AC, N1478E s/n 7AC 5041                           

ENGINE -      Continental A65-8  s/n  1119918        

PROPELLER –  Sensinich Wood Prop  s/n  AH4029   

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

ENGINE:   TT   UNKNOWN  SMOH 323.9   as of 11/4/2016     
Last Overhauled in 1993

AIRFRAME:     2404.1 TT   as of 11/142016
Times are estimated from log entries

OTHER EQUIPMENT:   No Avionics               

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft broke loose from tie down and struck two other aircraft       

 DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Left/right wings and wing tips damaged, elevators damage  See attached photos  Hidden damage unknown.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Brookhaven Airport,  Brookhaven NY

REMARKS:     Sold AS IS/WHERE IS.  Suggest visual inspection,  Log books prior to 1974 not available.

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N1478E.htm

Arnold Gerald Leto III: Pilot sentenced to prison for flying without a license




An Orange County man has been sentenced to ten months in prison for flying a plane out of the Santa Monica Airport without a license. 

Last October, Arnold Gerald Leto III pleaded guilty to the charges, admitting to flying a Cessna Citation aircraft from Santa Monica Airport to Phoenix in 2015. In April, 2016, Leto piloted a Falcone 10 turbo-jet aircraft from Van Nuys Airport to Las Vegas, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. On both occasions, Leto had passengers onboard.

The FAA has revoked Leto’s remaining airman certificates after finding various violations of Federal aviation regulations. Leto could have faced a statutory maximum sentence of six years in federal prison.

“Federal regulations governing the operation of aircraft and other common carriers are designed to protect the traveling public,” United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker said. “The investigation into Mr. Leto shows that he flagrantly violated these rules – and continued to do so after the FAA took action to take him out of the air. A swift and thorough investigation by the Department of Transportation has now improved the safety of all air travelers.”

The Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General investigated the case with assistance from the FAA. A Line Service Technician at the Van Nuys airport told the FAA inspector he saw Leto take off with seven or eight passengers without a second pilot April 8 last year, according to court documents. The FAA requires a pilot and co-pilot as minimum crew for the Cessna Model involved in the incident.

In court documents, Leto’s attorney argued for leniency, saying Leto cooperated with the FAA and provided information about his own conduct as well as several other people possibly engaged in criminal activity. According to the documents, Leto attempted to organize a sting that “got out of hand” when drug traffickers came to his “home with guns and demanded that he transport 500 pounds of Marijuana.” Leto was arrested during the incident.

Original article can be found here:   http://smdp.com

An Irvine man who flew private jets without a valid license was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison.

Arnold Gerald Leto III last year pleaded guilty to illegally flying aircraft on two separate occasions, despite not having a required “airman certificate,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Along with the prison time, Leto, 36, was ordered to serve a year of supervised release after he is released, and to pay a $5,500 fine.

Leto, president of Irvine-based Aviation Financial Services, lost his pilot’s license after “various violations of federal aviation regulations,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

In his plea deal, Leto admitted to piloting a Cessna Citation from Santa Monica to Phoenix in January 2015, and a Falcon 10 turbo jet from Van Nuys Airport to Las Vegas in April 2016. During both trips, there were paid passengers.

Had the case gone to trial, Leto could have faced up to six years in prison.

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

May 19, 2016 -   An Irvine man was indicted Thursday for flying private jets without being certified to do so.

Arnold Gerald Leto III, 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of piloting a plane without a license, according to court documents.

Leto piloted a twin engine Falcon 10 turbojet from Van Nuys Airport to Las Vegas on April 8 and a Cessna Citation turbojet on Jan. 30, 2015 from Santa Monica to Phoenix, the indictment said.

Prosecutors believe Leto piloted the Falcon 10 aircraft with about 8 people on board without the required co-pilot and had not been certified to operate the plane.

Leto, president of Irvine-based Aviation Financial Services Inc., had his pilot’s license revoked in January. It was unclear why.

Furthermore, he did not have a turbo-jet rating required to fly the planes.

“The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) requires pilots to be rated and trained for that plane (Falcon 10),” Federal prosecutor Mark Williams said when Leto was charged in April. “He was taking a large amount of passengers and charging significant amounts of money to do so.”

Calls and email to Leto’s attorney were not immediately returned.

He faces up to six years in federal prison. 

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

Orange County Pilot Charged with Flying Private Jet with Passengers Onboard without Having Proper License Issued by Federal Aviation Administration 

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of California
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LOS ANGELES – An Irvine man was arrested this morning on federal charges of illegally flying a twin-engine Falcon 10 turbojet airplane with passengers onboard without having a valid pilot’s license.

Arnold Gerald Leto III, 36, was charged in a criminal complaint filed yesterday in United States District court with operating an aircraft in air transportation without a valid airman’s certificate.

The affidavit in support of the criminal complaint alleges that Leto’s pilot’s license was revoked earlier this year, he operated the Falcon without having the required co-pilot, and he was never certified to fly this type of aircraft.

Leto is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony offense this afternoon in United States District Court.

Leto is charged will illegally flying the Falcon 10 from Van Nuys Airport to Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 8. Leto allegedly operated the aircraft with approximately eight passengers on board.

“Federal regulations governing the operation of aircraft and other common carriers are designed to protect the traveling public,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “The investigation into Mr. Leto shows that he flagrantly violated these rules – and continued to do so after the FAA took action to take him out of the air. A swift and thorough investigation by the Department of Transportation has now improved the safety of all air travelers.”

According to the complaint, the aircraft that Leo piloted alone is a complex aircraft that requires two pilots to operate. Furthermore, Leto’s defendant’s pilot certificate – which he failed to surrender after it was revoked by the Federal Aviation Administration in January – did not have a turbojet-type rating that would authorize him to fly that airplane.

A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

The charge alleged in the complaint carries a statutory maximum penalty of three years federal prison.

This case was investigated by the Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, with assistance by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“This case that alleges operating an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate is a clear signal that those who would seek to circumvent or disregard transportation-related laws and regulations will face serious repercussions,” said William Swallow, regional Special Agent-In-Charge, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General. “Our agents will continue to work with federal, state, and local authorities to ensure safety for the traveling public.”

Original article can be found here:  https://www.justice.gov

Federal authorities have arrested and charged an Irvine man who flew a private jet with eight passengers after his pilot’s license had been revoked.

On April 8, Arnold Gerald Leto III, 36, flew a twin-engine Falcon 10 turbojet from Van Nuys Airport to Las Vegas, said federal prosecutor Mark Williams.

His pilot’s license was revoked in January for unknown reasons and was not certified to fly the turbojet.

“Even if he had his license, it still did not authorize him to operate the twin turbojet plane,” he said.

“The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) requires pilots to be rated and trained for that plane (Falcon 10),” Williams said. “He was taking a large amount of passengers and charging significant amounts of money to do so.”

Prosecutors believe Leto also flew the plane without a co-pilot, as required under FAA regulations.

Leto is the president of Irvine-based Aviation Financial Services Inc. and flies private jets for a living, Williams said.

He could not be reached Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities believe Leto has operated other flights since having his license revoked, Williams said.

“We have evidence of him flying more than once without a valid license,” Williams said.

He faces up to three years in federal prison.

A former Newport Beach pilot was charged in January of flying two Alaska Airlines flights in 2014 while intoxicated.

On June, 20, 2014, David Arntson, 60, was randomly tested minutes after his flight from Portland, Ore., to John Wayne Airport. His blood alcohol concentration level read 0.142 percent.

He quit his job before he could be fired. His case is still pending.

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

Cirrus SR22, N94LP: Fatal accident occurred April 24, 2017 near Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (KMMK), Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; 
Cirrus Aircraft; Duluth, Minnesota 
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

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

Joseph Tomanelli: http://registry.faa.gov/N94LP

NTSB Identification: ERA17FA167
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 24, 2017 in Wallingford, CT
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N94LP
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 24, 2017, about 1825 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corp. SR22, N94LP, impacted terrain in Wallingford, Connecticut during initial climb from Meriden Markham Municipal Airport (MMK), Meriden, Connecticut. The private pilot was fatally injured. The passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted in accordance with the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot had been flying out of MMK for several years. He previously owned a Piper PA-28-180, which he had recently sold, and had purchased the accident airplane about 3 weeks prior to the accident. Since that time, he had transition training from a flight instructor.

On the day of the accident, the pilot had decided to increase his proficiency in preparation for a planned trip to North Carolina. According to witness statements and security camera video, about 1740, the airplane departed the airport to the east. Around 1817, the airplane returned to the airport, and witnesses describe that the airplane was "fast and high" as it approached runway 18. The airplane then flared about 10 feet above the runway before it abruptly descended, and then touched down about half way down the runway. The airplane then bounced about three times and then became airborne once again. The airplane banked about 30° to the left, and climbed to an altitude of about 1,100 feet and joined the traffic pattern.

About 6 minutes later, the airplane was once again on final approach to runway 18. This time the approach appeared to be slower, but the airplane was again high. It again appeared to flare 10 feet above the runway, abruptly descend, and then touch down approximately half way down the runway. The airplane bounced about two times, the engine began to accelerate, and the airplane became airborne. During the climb, the airplane appeared to be at a higher angle of attack, and it sounded as if the airplane was "hanging on its prop." The airplane rolled into an approximately 60° left bank and descended while turning to the left. It then impacted the ground, slide across the ground while continuing to turn to the left, came to rest, and caught fire.

Examination of runway 18, revealed scrapes and S-shaped rubber transfer marks, consistent with an airplane touching down nosewheel first, in two locations that corresponded to the last two bounces that were observed by witnesses, and security camera videos.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane first made ground contact with the left wingtip, and after impacting and breaching a 30-foot section of the 8-foot-tall airport security fence, slid across a public use roadway, on an approximate 078° magnetic heading. About 115 feet later, it came to rest in the north bound travel lane against an earthen berm. Most of the airplane was then consumed by a postcrash fire.

Further examination of the accident site revealed that a 115-foot-long, and 62-foot-wide, debris path existed that began at the initial impact point, and spread out along the ground until reaching the point where the airplane came to rest. It contained the propeller, which was found buried beneath the shoulder of the south bound travel lane about 37 feet from the initial impact point; the engine cowling, which came to rest about 52 feet from the initial impact point; the left wing tip and a portion of the outer left wing panel, which came to rest about 81 feet from the initial impact point; and the top rail of the breached 30 foot section of airport security fence, which came to rest about 92 feet from the initial impact point. It also contained, smaller subcomponents of the airplane and portions of the airplane structure.

Examination of the airplane wreckage revealed no evidence of any inflight structural failure. The wing flaps were up, and control continuity was established from the remains of the cockpit flight controls to the remains of the ailerons, elevator, and rudder.

Examination of the propeller and engine revealed no evidence of any preimpact malfunction or failure. The three-blade propeller exhibited chord wise scratching, and leading edge gouging, with the gouges matching the spacing of the chain links of the airport security fence. Oil was present in the engine, and drive train and valve train continuity was confirmed. Thumb compression and piston movement was also confirmed on all cylinders. The spark plugs displayed normal wear with lean operations signatures, and there were no signs of carbon or lead fouling. The magnetos and ignition harnesses were intact, and both magnetos generated sparks at all the ignition leads. Fuel was observed in the fuel manifold valve, and the lines between the fuel flow transducer and the fuel metering unit.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Chart Supplements, MMK was publicly-owned, and was classified by the FAA as a non-towered public use airport. The airport elevation was 103 feet msl and there was one runway oriented in a 18/36 configuration. Runway 18 was asphalt, and was in good condition. Its total length was 3,100 feet-long by 75 feet-wide.

According to FAA records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on February 1, 2017. On that date, he reported that he had accrued about 1,200 total hours of flight experience.

According to FAA and airplane maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 2005. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on March 13, 2017. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued approximately 1,229 total hours of operation.

The recorded weather conditions reported at MMK, at 1833, included wind from 180° at 5 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 300 feet, an overcast ceiling at 12,000 feet, temperature 16° C, dew point 2° C, and altimeter setting of 30.15 inches of mercury.  

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov



JOSEPH THOMAS TOMANELLI 
1961 - 2017

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle, as well as beloved physician, Joseph Thomas Tomanelli, age 56, passed away on April 24, 2017. Joe was born in Syosset, NY on January 8, 1961 and, along with his younger sister Holly, spent most of his childhood in Ronkonkoma, NY. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he met his future wife Evangeline - his great love, best friend and partner for life. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. Joe spent his entire 27-year medical career practicing internal medicine in the Meriden/Wallingford area - most recently at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group - where he loved the community and the thousands of patients he had the privilege to care for. Raising his sons, Joe poured himself into encouraging, teaching, coaching and sharing his passions with them - knowing that they were the most wonderful gifts he would leave to the world. 

An avid fitness enthusiast, Joe was an accomplished skier, biker, swimmer and runner - having run the Boston and New York City marathons. He was also a faithful Jets, Islanders and Mets fan. Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Joe earned his pilot's license in 2005, and flying his plane was one of the great joys of his life - a joy he shared with his family. 

Joe will be remembered by all who loved him for his strength, determination and passion for life - his deep love of family, dedication to his medical practice, and his joy in fitness, sports and flying. 

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Todd Gunther, an investigator with the NTSB, speaks during a press conference on Hanover Street in Wallingford near Meriden Markham Airport, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Officials continue to investigate the fatal plane crash that occurred Monday evening.




 A 21-year-old survivor of a small plane that crashed in Connecticut Monday was dragged away from the fiery scene by a Good Samaritan, according to a witness.

Meriden resident Dan Mercurio was on the scene in Wallingford when he saw several Good Samaritans run toward the wreckage, ABC New Haven affiliate WTNH reported.

Mercurio told WTNH that Daniel Tomanelli, who authorities said was seriously injured in the crash, survived due to a driver who stopped to help, pulling him away from the plane.

“He was bleeding from the head. It looked like his leg was broken--it was turned on the side," Mercurio said. "He was conscious and talking and obviously concerned for his father."

Mercurio's father, 56-year-old Joseph Tomanelli, was found dead on the scene, the Wallingford Police Department said in a press conference Tuesday morning. He was a well-known doctor in the area, WNTH reported. 

 One of the occupants of the plane is listed by the Federal Aviation Administration as being a licensed pilot, the NTSB said. It is unclear who was piloting the plane, police said.

After interviewing witnesses, the NTSB determined that the father and son were practicing touch-and-go landings when the accident occurred, the agency said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call around 6:28 p.m. Monday detailing thick smoke in the area near the Meriden-Markham Municipal Airport, according to police.

Witnesses said that when they saw the plane touch down on the runway, it "appeared to be moving faster than normal" before it bounced twice on the runway and took off again. The plane then "went around the traffic pattern" and "came around again for a second set of landings," according to the NTSB.

During the second set, the aircraft touched down again, this time not as fast, and the aircraft "flared," which means it assumed a landing altitude about 10 to 15 feet above the pavement of the landing.

The aircraft appeared to drop before it bounced twice before it became airborne again and rolled to the left. It then impacted on the ground at about a 90-degree angle and crashed into the airport's security perimeter fence before sliding about 130 feet before coming to a rest on the roadway of Hanover Street.

After the plane came to rest, it caught fire, according to the NTSB.

David Tomanelli was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries that included at least a broken femur, police said.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the incident, including whether the physiology of either of the occupants, weather or the condition of the plane contributed to the crash.

In a statement to WNTH, the medical office where Joseph Tomanelli practiced, the Hartford Healthcare Group in Wallingford, said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the doctor's death.

"MidState Medical Center, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and all of us at Hartford HealthCare offer our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, his family, friends, colleagues and patients," the statement reads. "We are incredibly shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy – Dr. Tomanelli was a well-known and esteemed primary care physician in our community for years and will be tremendously missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him." 

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Nick Tomanelli and father Joe Tomanelli of Cheshire watch as flight instructor Dave Drumheller teaches flight class at Meriden-Markham Airport in 2004. Joe Tomanelli was killed Monday in a plane crash, while his other son, Daniel, was injured.



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Flight instructor Tony Cresswell, at left, chats about what will take place on first flight lesson to students Nick Tomanelli, 12, and father Joe Tomanelli of Cheshire during a class at Meriden-Marham Airport in 2004. Joe Tomanelli was killed Monday in a plane crash, while his other son, Daniel, was injured.





WALLINGFORD, Conn. — As investigators try to piece together exactly what happened, a community is mourning the loss of a well-known doctor, Dr. Joseph Tomanelli.

“I immediately got out of the car the woman started running towards the crash. It was pretty intense the heat was pretty intense,” said Meriden’s Dan Mercurio.

He says Good Samaritans did what they could on scene, and calls came into 9-1-1 around 6:00 p.m. last night. Before Mercurio recorded the fiery plane crash on his phone, he says he helped search for 56-year-old Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, hoping he was not on the plane.

“A civil air patrolman came out of the airport and said gee maybe the father was thrown from the plane into the landfill,” said Mercurio.

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They searched, but authorities say Dr. Tomanelli died on board. His 21-year-old son Daniel survived and Mercurio said that’s thanks to another driver nearby.

Mercurio said, “He was dragging the son away from the plane and he was literally dragging him away from the fire.”

“He [the son] was bleeding from the head. It looked like his leg was broken. It was turned on the side. He was conscious and talking and obviously concerned for his father,” said Mercurio.

Now, the FAA and NTSB will search through the charred remnants of the plane. So far, they don’t know who was behind the controls when they believe the pair were practicing take-offs and landings. The plane went through a chain link fence on the east side of the airport. It crashed on Hanover Street. Mercurio said he thought of the Tomanelli family all night.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It such a horrible situation, I wish there was more I could have done,” said Mercurio.


Story and video:  http://wtnh.com




A doctor is dead and his son is seriously injured after a Cirrus SR22 plane crashed in Wallingford, near the Meriden-Markham Municipal Airport, Monday night.

The person killed in the crash has been identified as Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, 56, of Cheshire.

Tomanelli's 21-year-old son, Daniel, of Hamden, was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

Wallingford police said Monday that the father and son were attempting to land in the Cirrus SR22, but officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said it appeared they were conducting touch-and-go landings. 

It was during the second set of landings that the plane bounced, became airborne, rolled to the left, came back down, passed through a fence, skidded into the road and caught fire, according to Todd Gunther, of the NTSB.

Authorities have not said which man was piloting the plane at the time of the crash. 

Wallingford police and Meriden police said they both responded to the scene, which was east of the airport, on Hanover Avenue just after 6:28 p.m. The airport is located near the Meriden-Wallingford town line. 

The small plane went through a chain-link fence before crashing on a berm on Hanover Avenue. The aircraft was engulfed in flames, Wallingford police said during a news conference Monday night. 

The NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be the primary agencies investigating the crash. The NTSB expects to be at the scene for around two days.


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




MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Roads around Meriden Markham Airport will be blocked Tuesday morning as federal investigators try to figure out what caused a deadly Cirrus SR22 aircraft crash on Hanover Street, near that airport.


Authorities believe a father and son were practicing take offs and landings when the crash happened. The son survived, the father did not.


Heavy flames badly burned the Cirrus SR22 plane as that thick black smoke billowed into the air. Now, police say just after 6 p.m., a 911 call came in about it. The two went for a flight together and something went wrong.


Police say the Cirrus SR22 went through a chain link fence on the east side of the airport. Then it crossed over Hanover Street where it crashed.


Police say Cheshire’s 56-year-old Dr. Joseph Tomanelli was killed. His 21-year-old son Daniel Tomanelli, of Hamden, was rescued and taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he’s expected to be OK.


At this point, the Cirrus SR22 is just a pile of charred parts. But the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be out here Tuesday morning investigating what is left.


It’s still unknown who was flying the Cirrus SR22 at the time it crashed. Police say Hanover Road, which is where the airport is located, will most likely be closed through the morning.


Dr. Tomanelli worked for Hartford Healthcare Group in Wallingford. Below is a statement from them on his passing:


MidState Medical Center, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and all of us at Hartford HealthCare offer our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, his family, friends, colleagues and patients. We are incredibly shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy – Dr. Tomanelli was a well-known and esteemed primary care physician in our community for years and will be tremendously missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him.”


Story and video:  http://wtnh.com





WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -  Federal investigators are looking into what caused a deadly Cirrus SR22 crash in Wallingford on Monday night.


Hanover Street near the Meriden-Markham Municipal Airport remained closed around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12 hours after the crash was reported.


According to police, 56-year-old Joseph Tomanelli of Cheshire died.


His 21-year-old son, Daniel Tomanelli, is recovering at Yale-New Haven Hospital with a fracture and a broken femur.


Police in Meriden released a couple of 911 calls they received following the incident. The callers described a smoky, fiery wreck to dispatchers.


Eyewitness News learned on Tuesday that Joseph Tomanelli was a doctor with Hartford HealthCare.


Hartford HealthCare released a statement about his death.


"MidState Medical Center, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group and all of us at Hartford HealthCare offer our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, his family, friends, colleagues and patients," said Shawn Mawhiney, director of service line communications, Hartford HealthCare. "We are incredibly shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy – Dr. Tomanelli was a well-known and esteemed primary care physician in our community for years and will be tremendously missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him."


An eyewitness captured images of the scorched plane moments after it went down.


Police said the pair had been practicing landings when the crash happened.


"I don't know if he was in training," said Diane Lebel of Wallingford. "He was instructing, so I can't really judge. But [it's] sad to have to hear someone has passed."


The Federal Aviation Administration arrived on the scene.


The National Transportation Safety Board is also expected to show up.


This deadly plane crash is the fourth to happen in Connecticut in less than a year.


The most recent happened in East Windsor less than a week ago. Two men were killed.


Before that, another aircraft went down in February in East Haven. One man died.


Last fall, a man was killed in a plane crash in East Hartford, near Pratt & Whitney. His instructor was hurt.



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




A father is dead and his son seriously injured after a Cirrus SR22 crashed near the Meriden Markham Municipal Airport in Wallingford. 


The person killed in the crash has been identified as Joseph Tomanelli, 56, of Cheshire.


Tomanelli's son, 21-year-old David, was transported to the Yale-New Haven Hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries. 


The father and son were attempting to land, according to Wallingford Police. 


Wallingford Police and Meriden Police said they both responded to the scene east of the airport on Hanover Avenue just after 6:28 p.m. The airport is located near the Meriden-Wallingford town line. 


The Cirrus SR22 went through a chain-linked fence before crashing on a berm on Hanover Avenue. The plane was engulfed in flames, Wallingford Police said in a press conference on Monday night. 


Evansville Avenue on the north side at Baker Avenue is closed. 


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be the primary agencies investigating the crash.


Story and video:  http://www.necn.com





A Cheshire man who died in a plane crash Monday evening was a primary care doctor for about 3,000 patients.

Dr. Joseph Tomanelli, 56, was pronounced dead after the fiery crash near Meriden-Markham Airport. His son, Daniel Tomanelli, 21, was found several yards from the wreckage and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Joseph Tomanelli had been practicing medicine for about 27 years, most recently as part of Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, which he joined in 2012. He had been working out of a primary care practice on Masonic Avenue in Wallingford, Hartford Healthcare spokesman Shawn Mawhiney said.

"We are incredibly shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy," Mawhiney said. "Dr. Tomanelli was a well-known and esteemed primary care physician in our community for years and will be tremendously missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him.

Tomanelli received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. His postdoctoral training was at Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore.

A Federal Aviation Administration official said Monday that the ruined airplane was a single-engine Cirrus SR22. FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the pilot was doing practice takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. The pilot appeared to be attempting to land when the plane smashed through a chain link fence, crossed Hanover Street and struck a berm, bursting into flames, police said.

Daniel Tomanelli was found away from the wreckage, police said, but it was unclear whether he crawled out, was helped from the plane or was thrown. The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the crash, Jim Peters of the FAA said.

Jennifer Hall of Meriden, who lives near the airport, said she was at her son's baseball game when she saw a column of black smoke rising into the sky. She feared that her father's diesel shop, which is near where the smoke was rising, was on fire.

She rushed over, but found no problem. She then figured the smoke was from a plane crash.

"You know, in South Meriden, when a cop is doing 90 down Main Street, something's bad," Hall said.

She recalled another crash at the airport in the 1990s. In July 1994, two people were killed when their plane crashed in a field in Wallingford shortly after taking off from Meriden-Markham Airport.

The plane crash was the sixth in the state in the past year and the second in a week.

On April 18 in East Windsor, two people were killed when the Luscombe 8A they were in crashed soon after taking off from Skylark Airport.

On Feb. 22 in East Haven, a Piper PA-38 crashed during a training flight, killing one man and seriously injuring another. It was the second crash in five months for the flight school, International Aviation LLC.

On Oct. 6 in Plymouth, the pilot of a small, open-cockpit plane suffered serious injuries after crashing not far from a small airport.

On Oct. 11 in East Hartford, a Piper PA-34 Seneca owned by the flight school crashed on Main Street in front of military jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney, killing one man and seriously injuring another.

And on May 11 in East Granby, a 1947 Piper PA-12 crashed near Simsbury Airport as it prepared to land. Neither the father nor his son in the plane was injured.
































MERIDEN – A Cheshire man was killed and his son hospitalized when their small airplane crashed near the Meriden-Markham Airport Monday evening.

Wallingford Police said Joseph Tominelli died in the crash and his son, David, 21 was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Daniel Tominelli is said to have non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened around 6:25 p.m. Monday near the Meriden and Wallingford municipal line. The single-engine plane went down about 100 feet from the runway, authorities said.

Reports said the pilot was making an attempt to land, but authorities have not said which of the men was at the controls.

Meriden and Wallingford police and rescue officials responded to the scene, closing off roads. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were en route to take over the investigation, which was expected to last into the night.

Two people were killed last week when a small plane crashed near Skylark Airport in East Windsor. The victims of that crash were identified Monday as 61-year-old Robert Plourde, of Ellington, and 51-year-old George Janssen II, of Vernon.

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — One person has died and another has been injured in a plane crash in Wallingford on Monday night.

Wallingford Police say 56-year old Joseph Tomanelli of Cheshire died in Monday night’s plane crash at the scene. His son, Daniel, 21, also of Cheshire, was also in the plane and was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Wallingford first responders were called to a plane crash in their town.

The plane crashed on Hanover Street, which has been blocked off. Meriden Police say Evansville Avenue is closed in Meriden.

According to police, motorists can expect Hanover Street to be closed for sometime.

It is also near the Meriden Markham Municipal Airport, according to a tweet from New Haven Fire Fighter Frank Ricci.

Officials believe the plane was trying to land at the airport when it crashed.

Wallingford Police confirm the Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB  are responding to the accident.

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A Cheshire man was killed and his son injured when their Cirrus SR22 crashed on Hanover Street adjacent to Meriden-Markham Airport Monday evening, authorities said.

Joseph T. Tomanelli, 56, died in the crash and his son Daniel, 21, was injured and hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries, Wallingford police Deputy Chief Marc Mikulski said Monday night. Tomanelli is a physician with an office in Wallingford.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said the Cirrus SR22 was doing practice takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred about 6:30 p.m.

The Cirrus SR22 appeared to be attempting to land when it crashed through a chain link fence, crossed Hanover Street and struck a berm, bursting into flames, police said.

Daniel Tomanelli was found yards from the wreckage, Mikulski said. It was unclear whether he crawled out, was helped from the plane or was thrown.

Hanover Street in Wallingford and Evansville Avenue in Meriden will remain closed as authorities investigate, Mikulski said.

Meriden Mayor Kevin Scarpati said Meriden fire and police crews were assisting Wallingford police and firefighters.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the crash, Jim Peters of the FAA said.

Jennifer Hall of Meriden, who lives near the airport, said she was at her son's baseball game when she saw a column of black smoke rising into the sky. She feared her father's diesel shop, which is near where the smoke was rising, was on fire.

She rushed over, but found no problem. She then figured the smoke was from a plane crash.

"You know in South Meriden when a cop is doing 90 down Main Street, something's bad," Hall said.

She recalled another crash at the airport in the 1990s. In July 1994 two people were killed when their plane crashed in a field in Wallingford shortly after taking off from Meriden-Markham Airport.

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