Monday, May 1, 2017

Pilatus PC-12, Rico Aviation, N933DC: Fatal accident occurred April 29, 2017 near Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (KAMA), Amarillo, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock
Rico Aviation; Amarillo, Texas
Hartzell Propellers; Piqua, Ohio

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

Rico Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N933DC

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA168
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Amarillo, TX
Aircraft: PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD PC 12, registration: N933DC
Injuries: 3 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 28, 2017, about 2348 central daylight time, a Pilatus PC-12 airplane, N933DC, impacted terrain near Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA), Amarillo, Texas. The airline transport pilot and two flight crew were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Rico Aviation LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an air ambulance flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the flight was operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Clovis Municipal Airport (CVN), Clovis, New Mexico. 

At 2248, the flight request was received from a medical center in Clovis to retrieve and transfer a patient to Lubbock, Texas. The flight was accepted by the Rico Aviation crew at 2334.

A review of preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control information revealed that about 2332 the pilot received an IFR clearance and about 2344 he taxied to runway 4 at intersection A. About 2345 the airport tower controller cleared the airplane for takeoff on course, which was a right turn. About 2346 the same controller instructed the pilot to reset his transponder and then transferred communications to the departure controller. About 2347 the pilot reported at 6,000 ft msl and the departure controller radar identified the airplane. About 2348 the controller advised the pilot that he was no longer receiving the transponder, but the pilot did not respond. The controller made 3 more transmissions to the pilot without response. The airport tower controller observed a fireball and reported a crash.

Surveillance video from a nearby business recorded the accident airplane in a steep descent at a high rate of speed followed by an explosion.

The airplane impacted a pasture (figure 1) adjacent to several stationary train cars about 1 nautical mile south of AMA and a post impact fire ensued. The wreckage debris path was generally oriented southwest. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the wreckage.

The pilot, age 57, held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi-engine land; a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane single engine sea airplane multi-engine sea, rotorcraft-gyroplane; a flight engineer certificate for turbojet powered aircraft; a flight instructor certificate for airplane single engine and multi-engine, instrument airplane, and rotorcraft-gyroplane; an advanced and instrument ground instructor certificate; a powerplant mechanic certificate; and a repairman experimental aircraft builder certificate.

On the medical certificate application, dated January 19, 2017, the pilot reported that his total flight experience included 5,800 hours and 80 hours in last six months. This pilot was issued a second-class medical certificate with the limitation "must have available glasses for near vision."

According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1994. Its most recent annual and 100-hour inspections were completed March 2, 2017, at 4,407.5 hours total time.

At 2353, the AMA automated weather observation recorded wind from 360° at 21 knots gusting to 28 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, broken clouds at 700 ft above ground level (agl), overcast cloud layer at 1,200 ft agl, temperature 45° F, dew point 45°F, altimeter setting 29.78 inches of mercury. Remarks: peak wind from 360° at 32 knots at 2346, lightning distant west, rain began at 2314 and ended at 2325, variable ceiling from 500 to 900 ft agl.

A preliminary review of the weather data revealed wind shear beginning about 6000 ft msl along with a temperature inversion at the same altitude.

The wreckage has been 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.


Robin Shaw


Misty Nicholson


Scott  Riola
 


AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -    The Pilatus PC-12, which crashed earlier this week, was developed and certified as an all weather aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration.

This is one of the reasons Rico Aviation switched to this type of plane in August of 2016. Since making the switch officials, Rico Air told NewsChannel10 they have never experienced an issue with the aircraft.

Despite being certified as an all weather aircraft, there are limitations to this plane.

"All aircraft have what is called a crosswind limitation," said Tom Aniello, the Vice President of Pilatus. "There is nothing unusual about the crosswind limitation on the PC-12, it is not lower than what you would find on a bigger business jet or an airliner."

During takeoff, the crosswind limitation provided by the manufacturers of the Pilatus PC-12 is 30 knots, or just over 34 miles per hour.

On the night of the accident, wind speeds did exceed 50 miles per hour near the airport. However the direction of the wind relative to the plane is what makes it dangerous.

The National Transportation Safety Board has not released a cause for the accident, and officials with Rico Air believe weather was not an issue.

Pilatus sent two investigators from Colorado Saturday morning to assist with the investigation. They will help identify the specifics of the plane and will stay as long as the National Transportation Safety Board needs them.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.newschannel10.com




Three Rico Aviation employees killed in an air ambulance crash early Saturday morning — a pilot and two flight nurses — were remembered by the community as respected professionals in their field.

Social media is flooded with photos and memories of Robin Shaw, Scott Riola and Misty Nicholson.

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 was on its way to Clovis, N.M. when it crashed into a field near Pullman Road and Southeast Third Avenue in Amarillo, just south of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

Shaw, the pilot, had been inducted into the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airmen Certification Database in 2013, according to the Aviation Business Gazette. The certification is given to pilots who exceed FAA-established educational, licensing and medical standards.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 471 in Abilene, Texas, confirmed by the chapter’s president, Steve Krazer on Monday.

Jim Berry, EAA Chapter 471 secretary, said he would converse with Shaw about his passion for home-built aircraft and that he was genuinely likable.

“He was always upbeat, always talking about airplanes, always talking about wanting to finish his home-built airplane he was building here,” Berry said. “The airplane he was building, the name of the airplane is the ‘Flying Flea,’ of all things, it’s a real cute looking little airplane that was designed back in the 1920s and 1930s and he was trying to get that completed and get it to fly.”

The Flying Flea currently sits unfinished in the chapter’s hangars out at Abilene Regional Airport, Berry said. Shaw moved it there shortly after taking his new position with Rico in October.

Shaw is the second Chapter 471 member to be killed in the last year, Berry said.

“We’ve lost too many members in such a short period of time,” Berry said.

Shaw’s wife declined to comment to the Amarillo Globe-News on Monday, saying she needed more time to process Saturday’s tragedy.

Riola, a flight nurse, had graduated from Amarillo College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program in May 2013, according to a statement released Monday by Lyndi Shadbolt, director of the ADN program.

“At his Nursing Pinning ceremony, he was honored by the ADN Faculty with a Clinical Performance award for graduates who exemplify the qualities of professional nursing,” Shadbolt said in the statement. “Scott exemplified those qualities of clinical competency, professional activities, professional relationships with faculty, peers, and clinical agencies, professional growth, and his potential for future contributions to the nursing profession.”

“He was a very good student, so he was a great nurse I am sure,” Shadbolt told the Globe-News.

Riola’s Linkedin profile says he began work with Rico in December. His wife, Melissa Limmer-Riola, is also a registered nurse, according to Facebook. They were married June 2010.

Riola and fellow flight nurse Nicholson were both working for Northwest Texas Hospital in addition to their roles as flight nurses for Rico, according to their Linkedin profiles.

Nicholson, 38, attended Hereford High School and received a paramedic certificate from Amarillo College in 1995. She graduated from Excelsior College with an associate’s degree in nursing in 2006.

“I have the most amazingly beautiful little girl a mom could hope for,” Nicholson wrote on her Facebook profile about her 7-year-old daughter, London.

Before working for Northwest and Rico, Nicholson was a certified procurement transplant coordinator, or CPTC, with LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma between 2010 and 2013. According to her Facebook profile, at the time she thought she had found her dream job at LifeShare.

“Misty works tirelessly, sometimes more than 30 hours at a stretch, to serve recipients, donor families, and the wishes of the donors themselves,” said Adam Bell in an online recommendation. “She treats families with compassion and donors with dignity.”

Bell said he had worked closely with Nicholson as a CPTC.

“Misty remains calm in the face of daunting circumstances, she moves forward; taming chaos as she goes,” he continued. “She communicates with precision and clarity.”

Ginger Brewer, a longtime friend of Nicholson’s, said she truly embodied love and exercised that love to her very last moment on earth.

“When weather’s not good, one person can refuse and you can basically call the flight off if any of your staff feel that it’s unsafe,” Brewer said, recalling from her own experiences as a flight nurse.

“Being a nurse in that position, I would have never done that because that’s what you’re there to do, you’re there to go and get these babies and these kids and you’re to bring them to help. That’s why they’re calling you; they’re calling you to help them.”

“And she would have never said no. She knew somebody needed her and that’s just the person she was, she would never put herself above or in front of anybody else. She always put others in front of her. And that’s exactly why she died. She died putting someone else’s life ahead of her own.”

A GoFundMe scholarship fund in Nicholson’s name has been set up with the goal of raising $7,500 to benefit London’s education. As of 5:30 p.m. on Monday, $3,505 had been raised so far. Meals will also be provided to Nicholson’s family through an account set up on Food Tidings, where the account says London Nicholson “loves Chick-Fil-A.”

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




AMARILLO,TX - UPDATE (7:18 PM): The Amarillo Police Department released the names of the victims killed in Friday's plane crash. Pilot Robin Shaw and flight nurses Misty Nicholson and Scott Riola were killed when their plane went down shortly after takeoff Friday night. 

The National Transportation Safety Board held a press conference at Rick Husband International Airport Sunday afternoon to provide an update on the small plane crash that killed three people in east Amarillo late Friday night.

Joshua Lindberg, the Investigator in Charge for NTSB, said his team made their way to Amarillo Saturday afternoon to start their investigation. He said the NTSB has been charged by Congress to investigate every civil aviation accident.

Emergency officials responded to a patch of land running along a railroad track near Highway 287 in the late hours of April 28th.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, Roland Herwig, said the Pilatus PC-12 crashed shortly after take-off killing all three people on board.

The aircraft is describers as an air ambulance carrying one pilot and two flight nurses.Linberg would not release the names of those involved. He said victim's names would come from local authorities.

Lindberg said the NTSB is working with local meteorological teams, the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Control, Pilatus, Rico Aviation and other local authorities.

Lindberg said his team will stay on scene for four days to gather facts and identify all parts of the aircraft. The pieces will then be taken to an undisclosed location for a more detailed examination.

The NTSB will look at the pilot's background, aircraft maintenance records, radar and more. Lindberg said they don't want to just figure out what happened, but why and prevent this from happening again in the future.

He said there will be no speculation of what caused the crash at this time and a determination of cause will not happen while they are on scene for the next four days. Lindberg said the NTSB will release a preliminary report in one week.

He said there is not a typical 'black box' on board the aircraft, like something we hear about in commercial aviation accidents, but there was some memory recording devices that might help their investigation.

Lindberg said the pilot was in communication with air traffic control, and they will review those records.

Lindberg said as part of their investigation they want to hear from witnesses that might have seen something Friday night. To get in touch with his agency witnesses can send an email to witness@ntsb.gov.

Herwig says there was severe weather in the area at the time of the crash but Herwig was not ready to tie the two incidents together as of Saturday afternoon. He said the weather was a factor they would look into as part of their investigation.

Rico Aviation posted this statement to their Facebook page Saturday morning: "Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night. We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members. The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families.


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





Joshua D. Lindberg
Investigator In Charge 
National Transportation Safety Board


AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - Authorities say three people are dead after an air ambulance crashed overnight in Texas just south of the airport in Amarillo. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley says the small plane went down about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in an industrial section of the city between Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and Interstate 40.

Scott Riola of Cameron was on board when the aircraft went down, a family member told Channel 6. The other victims have not been identified. 

Rico Aviation, an air ambulance service based in Amarillo, issued a statement saying three of its crew members died.

A company employee who answered the phone Saturday declined comment.

A message left with Amarillo police was not immediately returned.

















Three members of local air-ambulance service Rico Aviation died when the plane they were in crashed into a grassy field in Amarillo shortly after takeoff, according to authorities.

Names of the employees killed were not released by authorities or the company Saturday.

It was not clear precisely when the plane crashed, but the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene near Pullman Road and Southeast Third Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, a spokeswoman said.

The crash was about two miles from Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and near railroad tracks that run along Third Avenue.

The plane was a Pilatus PC-12, a single-engine aircraft manufactured by Switzerland’s Pilatus Aircraft, and was en route to Clovis, N.M., according to Federal Aviation Administration Mid-States Public Affairs Manager Lynn Lunsford.

An FAA investigator was inspecting the scene on the cold and damp Saturday morning. National Transportation Safety Board investigators were also expected to arrive Saturday.

Details about who was onboard the plane were not immediately released Saturday. Lunsford said the FAA and NTSB do not release victim information.

DPS Sgt. Cindy Barkley said early Saturday that the department would release the names of the victims once authorities notify next of kin, adding that one victim had yet to be identified by authorities.

Rico President Richard Coon said Saturday afternoon that the company would not be releasing the names. He referred to a Facebook post as Rico Aviation’s official statement.

“Rico Aviation regrets to confirm the loss of three crew members last night,” the Facebook post says. “We are devastated by this tragedy and are mourning the loss of our team members. The families have been notified and they are in our hearts and prayers. We appreciate prayers for our fallen teammates and their families.”

Though the cause of the crash is still being investigated, weather conditions had been getting worse in the area Friday night into early Saturday.

Light rain was falling through a 23 mph wind — with gusts up to 31 mph — at 12:53 a.m. Saturday at the airport, with visibility at about 10 miles, according to National Weather Service Amarillo meteorologist Trent Hoffeditz.

Conditions were similar an hour earlier, with winds at about 24 mph with gusts up to 32 and the same visibility, though no recordable precipitation was falling.

Rico Aviation celebrated its 20th anniversary on July 16, according to Globe-News archives. Not long before that, the company acquired the PC-12.

The plane can carry up to six people — a three-man crew of pilot, nurse and paramedic, the patient, and up to two family members.

At the time of its anniversary, Rico had two planes and one jet, a medical director, 27 critical care nurses and paramedics and six pilots who worked in the company’s hangar and offices near TAC Air bordering the Amarillo airport.

Rico crews air-flight critical patients around the country, but the majority of flights are to Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, Albuquerque, Phoenix and Lubbock’s Level 1 trauma center, University Medical Center.

Some patients in the Texas Panhandle are flown from small communities to Amarillo’s Northwest Texas and Baptist St. Anthony’s hospitals.

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

Pilatus PC-12/45, Tradewind Aviation LLC, N224TW: Incident occurred April 24, 2017 at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (KBUF), Erie County, New York

Goodspeed Group LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N224TW



CHEEKTOWAGA, New York – A private charter plane traveling from Toronto to White Plains, New York was diverted to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport for an emergency issue.

Cheektowaga Chronicle observed firefighters from the airport fire department investigating an electrical issue on the Tradewind aircraft just after it landed.  Six people were on-board.

The Pilatus PC-12 single-turboprop aircraft appears to have been traveling from Toronto City Centre to Westchester County when it was diverted to Buffalo according to flight tracking data on FlightAware.com.

Tradewind Aviation is a private charter and scheduled shuttle service with routes in the Northeast and Caribbean.  The company is headquartered in Oxford, Connecticut.

U-Crest, Hy-View, Cleveland Hill, CD-132, Cheektowaga Police and AMR were on standby while the plane landed.

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

Skywest Canadair CRJ-200, Flight AA-2936, N866AS: Incident occurred May 01, 2017 at DuPage Airport (KDPA), West Chicago, Illinois



Skywest on behalf of American Airlines: http://registry.faa.gov/N866AS


A SkyWest Airlines flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Cedar Rapids made an emergency landing Monday morning after smoke was seen in the cabin.

SkyWest Flight 2936, operating as American Eagle, was diverted to DuPage Airport after reports of smoke in the cockpit, the airline confirmed Monday. 

"The flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally," the airline said in a statement. "Mechanics will inspect the aircraft and we are working to help passengers resume their travels as quickly as possible."

Video from the plane was posted to social media, showing smoke in the cabin.  

The flight landed at DuPage Airport in West Chicago just before 10 a.m. 

No injuries were reported. 


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




WEST CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -- A SkyWest jet made an emergency landing at DuPage International Airport Monday morning after a report of smoke in the cockpit.

SkyWest Flight 2936, operating as an American Eagle regional flight, left O’Hare en route to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, “when the pilots reported possible smoke in the cockpit,” according to FAA spokesman Elizabeth Isham Cory.

The Bombardier CRJ-200 regional jet had 50 passengers, including an infant, and three crew members onboard, a SkyWest spokesman said.

Story and video: http://www.fox32chicago.com

Piper PA-28-181, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc, N4403Z: Incidents occurred October 10, 2017 & April 30, 2017 & July 29, 2016 at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft on final, bird struck the wing.  Landed without incident. 

CAE Oxford Aviation Academy Phoenix Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N4403Z

Date: 10-OCT-17
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N4403Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR):
Aircraft Operator: CAE OXFORD AVIATION
Flight Number: OXF176
City: MESA

State: ARIZONA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aircraft on landing, ground looped, went off the runway and struck a windsock.

Date: 30-APR-17
Time: 13:20:00Z
Regis#: N4403Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway and struck a sign.

Date: 29-JUL-16
Time: 17:48:00Z
Regis#: N4403Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MESA
State: Arizona

Glastar, N89SR: Accident occurred April 30, 2017 in Napa County, California and Incident occurred November 18, 2016 in Concord, Contra Costa County, California

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA301
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Napa, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: ZWICKER MURRAY R GLASTAR, registration: N89SR
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The pilot of the amphibious float-equipped airplane reported that, after the owner had completed multiple touch-and-go water landings, he chose to take the flight controls and perform a few water landings himself. He added that his first touch-and-go water landing “went very well.” However, during the second touch-and-go water landing, the touchdown was smooth, but as he added power to “begin the climb away,” the airplane veered right and nosed over into the water. He added that the right float may have struck a submerged object during the landing.

The right wing lift strut sustained substantial damage.

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

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector who inspected the accident airplane postaccident, the forward first third section of the right float was bent upward and had “scratching and scoring” marks on the bottom side of the float. He added that he did not observe any rust or corrosion on either float.

A review of the FAA airman certification database revealed that neither pilot held an airplane single-engine sea rating.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The amphibious float-equipped airplane's encounter with a submerged object during a water landing, which resulted in a nose-over.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N89SR

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA301 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Napa, CA
Aircraft: ZWICKER MURRAY R GLASTAR, registration: N89SR
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The pilot of the amphibious float-equipped airplane reported that, after the owner had completed multiple touch-and-go water landings, he elected to take the flight controls and perform a few water landings himself. He added that his first touch-and-go water landing "went very well." However, during the second touch-and-go water landing, the touchdown was smooth, but as he added power to "begin the climb away", the airplane veered right and nosed over into the water. He added that, the right float may have struck a submerged object during the landing.

The right wing lift strut sustained substantial damage.

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

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Safety Inspector who inspected the accident airplane postaccident, the forward first third section of the right float was bent upward and had "scratching and scoring" marks on the bottom side of the float. He added that he did not observe any rust or corrosion on either float.

A review of the FAA airman certification database revealed that neither pilot held an airplane single engine sea rating.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland

Aircraft landed with the wheels retracted. 

Date: 18-NOV-16
Time: 18:22:00Z
Regis#: N89SR
Aircraft Make: STODDARD HAMILTON
Aircraft Model: GLASAIR
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Other
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CONCORD
State: California

Diamond DA-42 Twin Star, Utah State University, N240TS: Incident occurred April 29, 2017 at Logan-Cache Airport (KLGU), Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Utah State University:   http://registry.faa.gov/N240TS

Aircraft during flight, had smoke in the cockpit.  Landed without incident with damage to cowling, exhaust pipe.

Date: 29-APR-17
Time: 22:10:00Z
Regis#: N240TS
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA42
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: LOGAN
State: UTAH

Piper PA-44-180T Turbo Seminole, Tailwinds Aviation LLC, N90PA: Incident occurred April 28, 2017 at Lakefront Airport (KNEW), New Orleans, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;   Baton Rouge

Tailwinds Aviation LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N90PA

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.  

Date: 28-APR-17
Time: 18:27:00Z
Regis#: N90PA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NEW ORLEANS
State: LOUISIANA

Piper PA-32R-300, Heights Flight Management LLC, N5390F: Incident occurred April 29, 2017 in Lumberton, Burlington County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heights Flight Management LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N5390F

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed. 

Date: 29-APR-17
Time: 19:41:00Z
Regis#: N5390F
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LUMBERTON
State: NEW JERSEY

Schweizer SGS 1-34R, N2682H: Accident occurred April 28, 2017 near Blairstown Airport (1N7), Warren County, New Jersey

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA255 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Blairstown, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS134, registration: N2682H
Injuries: 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 of a glider reported that he encountered turbulence and heavy sink on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. He added that, on final approach, the glider encountered additional “heavy sink” and a “gusting headwind.” He further added that the glider was approaching soccer fields short of the runway and that he cleared an initial goal post but that the glider impacted another goal post and impacted the ground.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles east of the airport reported that, about 14 minutes after the accident, the wind was variable at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 25.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to attain a proper glidepath on approach for landing in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in an off-airport landing and impact with soccer goal posts. 

The pilot of a glider reported that he encountered turbulence and heavy sink on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. He added that on final approach, the glider encountered additional "heavy sink" and a "gusting headwind". He further added that the glider was approaching soccer fields short of the runway and he was able to clear an initial goal post, but the glider impacted another goal post and impacted the ground.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles to the east of the airport reported that about 14 minutes after the accident the wind was variable at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 25.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
 
Aero Club Albatross:  http://registry.faa.gov/N2682H


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA255
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2017 in Blairstown, NJ
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS134, registration: N2682H
Injuries: 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 of a glider reported that he encountered turbulence and heavy sink on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. He added that on final approach, the glider encountered additional "heavy sink" and a "gusting headwind". He further added that the glider was approaching soccer fields short of the runway and he was able to clear an initial goal post, but the glider impacted another goal post and impacted the ground.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 12 miles to the east of the airport reported that about 14 minutes after the accident the wind was variable at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 25.

Beech 76 Duchess, Bohlke International Airways Inc, N6015Q: Incident occurred April 28, 2017 at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, Christiansted, Virgin Islands

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bohlke International Airways Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N6015Q

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway.  

Date: 28-APR-17
Time: 19:13:00Z
Regis#: N6015Q
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE76
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CHRISTIANSTED
State: ST. THOMAS

Beech A24R Sierra, N400LE, OBX Airplanes LLC: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 at Dare County Regional Airport (KMQI), Manteo, North Carolina -and- Incident occurred April 28, 2017 at Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO), Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

OBX Airplanes LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N400LE




NTSB Identification: ERA18LA010
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Manteo, NC
Aircraft: BEECH A24, registration: N400LE
Injuries: 1 Serious, 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 October 18, 2017, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Beech A24R, N400LE, impacted hard during a forced landing at Dare County Regional Airport (MQI), Manteo, North Carolina. The private pilot undergoing instruction (PUI), sustained serious injuries while the flight instructor sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged, and was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local, instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight which originated about 1 minute earlier.

The flight instructor, who was seated in the right seat, stated that there were no discrepancies with the airplane during the preflight inspection or engine run-up before takeoff. After becoming airborne, when the flight was near the midpoint of the runway at about 100 ft, the cockpit filled with smoke and she noted a burning wire and fire in front of her position. She also reported that the cockpit became hot. She took control from the PUI, and directed the battery and alternator switches to be turned off. She initiated a turn to return to the airport, parallel to runway 17, and reported the airplane impacted hard.

Preliminary examination of the accident site by several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors revealed the airplane first impacted on airport property east of runway 17 near the approach end of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright about 500 ft and 212° from the initial impact location. Examination of the cockpit by a FAA airworthiness inspector revealed a wire with melted insulation hanging from under the right side of the instrument panel. The airplane was recovered and secured for further examination.
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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A plane crashed Wednesday morning during an attempted emergency landing at a Dare County airport, officials say. 

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration tells WAVY.com a Beech A24R Sierra landed a field just short of a runway at the airport.


Dare County officials say a preliminary investigation found two people were in a plane — a student pilot and an instructor pilot — that began experiencing issues shortly after taking off from Dare County Regional Airport (MQI).


Officials say they were trying to make an emergency landing when the plane hit the runway, causing damage to the plane’s landing gear.


The student pilot, 23-year-old Balpreet Chahal, of Leesburg, Virginia, was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital after complaining of minor injuries, officials say.


The instructor, 32-year-old Jenny Hawk, of Manns Harbor, was checked out at the airport and transported to the Outer Banks Hospital for evaluation, officials say.


The FAA is now taking over the investigation.


Story, video and photo ➤ http://wavy.com


MANTEO, N.C. (WVEC) -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a small plane crash-landed at the Dare County Regional Airport on Wednesday morning. 

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. on Runway 5.


A preliminary investigation revealed two occupants -- a student pilot and an instructor pilot -- experienced issues that forced them to make an emergency landing. The plane landed hard on the runway and slid off it into the grass, collapsing the landing gear.


A spokesperson with the State Highway Patrol said the student pilot, Balpreet S. Chahal, 23 was transported by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation after complaining of minor injuries.


The other passenger, instructor Jenny Renea Hawk, 32, had no complaints of injuries.


Story, video and photo ➤ http://www.13newsnow.com


MANTEO, N.C. – Authorities are investigating a plane crash at the Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo that left one person with minor injuries.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the airport at approximately 10 a.m. after receiving reports of the crash.

The emergency landing was because of on board issues the plane was experiencing, said Dare County officials.

Officials say that the aircraft landed hard and slid into the grass off the right side of the runway.

Airport staff responded immediately, bringing along a fire truck because of leaking fuel.

NCHP says the preliminary investigation has revealed that two people, a student pilot and an instructor pilot, were attempting to make an emergency landing when the plane hit the runway, causing damage to the landing gear.

The student pilot, 23-year-old Balpreet S. Chahal suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

The instructor pilot, 32-year-old Jenny Hawk, was not injured. Hawk was involved in a plane crash ion the Croatan Sound in 2015 that left her in critical condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation.

The airport remains fully functioning at this time.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wtkr.com

Two people were taken to The Outer Banks Hospital for observation after their plane made a hard landing Wednesday morning at the Dare County Regional Airport on Roanoke Island.

A Beech A24R Sierra owned by OBX Airplanes, LLC. experienced issues shortly after take off that led to an emergency landing.

The aircraft landed hard and slid into the grass off the right side of the Runway 17, according to a Dare County news release.

There was a small fuel leak reported by emergency crews at the scene that was quickly contained.

The crash still is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Story and photo ➤ https://outerbanksvoice.com

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 28-APR-17

Time: 19:25:00Z
Regis#: N400LE
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GREENSBORO
State: NORTH CAROLINA