Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Opinion: Resolve air show fight outside courtroom

By The Editorial Board, San Bernardino County Sun

Now that the 2017 Planes of Fame Air Show has gone on, the parties involved in a dispute about the way the show is run have a year to work out their differences, we would hope, before the 2018 show.

And that’s what they should do. Ideally, outside a courtroom, not in one.

Tenants of the Chino Airport, including Yanks Air Museum and Flying Tigers Aviation, filed a lawsuit in March to shut down this year’s air show, which wound up taking place as scheduled at the airport last weekend.

At one point, the group of tenants wanted a judge to approve an injunction to ground the popular event this year. But in late April they dropped that effort for the sake of attendees, vendors and the aviation community. They’re to be commended for doing so.

But that doesn’t mean they’re dropping the lawsuit, which reads in part: “What began as a small gathering of aircraft enthusiasts has mushroomed into a massive weeklong undertaking that has become intolerable for other tenants. These tenants, their customers and guests are prevented from any reasonable access to their property because of physical barricades, prohibitive directional signage, traffic monitors, and traffic jams caused by the show.”

The plaintiffs allege that the air show has made intentional attempts to obstruct their businesses. Michael Thayer, president of Flying Tigers Aviation, is quoted on the Yanks website as saying, “We were tired of having meetings where [Planes of Fames representatives] would agree to a plan and then not keep their word. Even after filing suit, they made no effort to resolve this out of court.”

The Planes of Fames website — which thinks supporters for their nearly 16,000 signatures on a petition to let this year’s show happen — counters, “We also reached out to Yanks and Flying Tigers earlier this year to meet and discuss issues. Their response was they would only meet if their attorney was present.” The site notes that Yanks and Flying Tigers participated in the air show before 2016.

These problems can and should be worked out, well before the 2018 air show. All of these entities are important economically and/or culturally to Chino and the Inland Empire.

We encourage them to get together now and begin resolving their differences.

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Bombardier’s Controlling Family Faces Investor Revolt: Funds plan to withhold support for executive chairman after Canadian firm gives pay raises to top executives

The Wall Street Journal 
By Jacquie McNish and  Paul Vieira
Updated May 10, 2017 5:29 p.m. ET

TORONTO—The Quebec family that controls Bombardier Inc. is no longer too big to fail.

One of Canada’s biggest and most international companies, which also ranks as one of the country’s largest corporate recipients of government financial backing, is facing a push to remove its executive chairman, Pierre Beaudoin, a member of the founding family that controls the transportation company through multiple-voting shares.

Citing governance issues related to the company’s move last month to award big pay raises to six top executives, including Mr. Beaudoin, Canada’s three biggest pension funds, along with a fourth major fund, plan to withhold their support for his re-election at a shareholder meeting in Montreal Thursday.

The move to unseat Mr. Beaudoin, 54 years old, whose grandfather invented the snowmobile and founded the company in 1937, is an unprecedented challenge to a family that has steered one of Canada’s few manufacturing success stories on the global stage. It also signals that the company, long supported as the anchor of the country’s aerospace hub and cherished as a symbol of Canadian corporate prowess, may have finally exhausted the generosity of its government backers.

The Bombardier pay raises were disclosed only two months after the Canadian government pledged 372.5 million Canadian dollars ($271.5 million) to Bombardier, and triggered a protest outside the company’s headquarters in Montreal and an unusual rebuke from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Parliament.

In a private meeting, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau described the pay increases as a “betrayal” of the government’s support, according to one person attending the session.

The raises were so toxic that the Quebec government is now publicly suggesting it supports the investor revolt at the company it has long supported.

“After all that happened with regards to the compensation of Bombardier executives, we understand why concerns have been raised about the governance of Bombardier Inc.,” said Quebec Economy Minister Dominique Anglade in a statement. “We hope that the board will pay attention to the concerns being raised.”

Mr. Beaudoin is unlikely to lose the vote. He and his family, including his father, Laurent, a former chairman and chief executive, control more than 53% of the votes, through their control of 79% of multivoting shares. They own 13.5% of the company’s equity. Mr. Beaudoin didn’t return requests for comment.

A spokesman for the company said Wednesday in an emailed statement that “the vast majority of our shareowners are supportive of the company’s position and the turn-around plan we are executing. Based on frequent conversations with our largest shareholders we anticipate that this strong support will be seen in the results announced on Thursday.”

The Beaudoin family isn’t accustomed to facing curbs on its power.

On at least two occasions, the family has rebuffed potential investment proposals that involved restructuring the dual class of shares, according to people familiar with the matter. A Bombardier spokesman disputes that.

The dual-class structure has been left untouched even as the provincial and then federal governments awarded loans to Bombardier, aimed at helping the company survive a cash crunch brought on largely by delays and cost overruns related to the CSeries commercial aircraft.

Bombardier has received a total of roughly 3 billion Canadian dollars ($2.2 billion) in loans and investments from the Canadian and Quebec governments over the span of nearly five decades, according to data from the Montreal Economic Institute.

Over half of that amount, a total of about C$1.6 billion, was made available in past year and a half.

Of the funds paid out before 2015, the company said last year that $543 million had been repaid.

It is common in the global aerospace industry for companies to receive some level of government support. But in the case of Bombardier, the few known conditions or guarantees attached to the aid stands out compared with big corporate bailouts in the U.S., including the automotive and banking deals of 2008-09, experts have said.

One backer, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, did secure some conditions: The fund made a $1.5 billion investment in late 2015 in Bombardier’s train division in return for a one-third stake. Under the agreement, if Bombardier’s cash flow at the end of any given quarter were to fall below a certain threshold, the fund would approve the appointment of three directors to a special board committee to oversee cash flow.

The role of independent directors at the company is part of what some investors are now questioning. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Canada’s biggest fund, is opposing the re-election of two independent directors, including former Citigroup Inc. CEO Vikram Pandit, for missing almost a quarter of Bombardier’s board meetings. Mr. Pandit didn’t return requests for comment.

Alberta Investment Management Corp., which oversees more than C$90 billion on behalf Alberta’s provincial public sector employees, said Wednesday it is withholding support for Mr. Beaudoin’s re-election, and isn’t supporting the re-election to the board of four of his family members.

According to people familiar with the company’s board, the Beaudoins have seldom faced opposition from directors.

In 2004, a clash over governance issues with then-chairman Laurent Beaudoin contributed to the departure of CEO Paul Tellier, according to people familiar with the matter.

A Bombardier spokesman said in a statement that “Bombardier’s independent directors have always expressed their views candidly and openly.”

Investors began to question the family’s leadership after Mr. Beaudoin’s ambitious move in 2004 to stake the company’s future on the competitive 100-seat plus passenger jet market began to founder two years ago.

Bombardier has spun off its snowmobile division, but its turboprop planes, subway cars and commuter planes transport passengers around the world.  It employs 66,000 workers.

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15 sharks spotted by Orange County Sheriff’s helicopter near beachgoers prompts warning from the sky: ‘Exit the water in a calm manner’

A video shot from an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter gives an overhead view of great white sharks hanging around near shore in Capistrano Beach as officers warn paddleboarders and swimmers near the surfline.

“Lifeguards are asking we let you know … you are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Deputy Brian Stockbridge said in the video shot at 1:53 p.m. on Wednesday above the Dana Point beach. “They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the shoreline.”

The sharks were spotted from Capistrano Beach in Dana Point, south to San Onofre State Beach, where a woman was bitten by a shark April 29. The area was also put under shark advisory, according to an announcement by Camp Pendleton.

OC Lifeguards Chief Jason Young said there were two reports in the Capo Beach area. In addition to the sheriff’s helicopters, there were secondary reports from people on the beach who saw a shark breach.

“The report we got from the sheriff’s was very similar to the reports we’ve had before with the juveniles in the area at Beach Road,” he said. “We had dropped the advisory as of yesterday and put it back on today.”

Young said it was not an ocean closure, which occurs when sharks are more than 8-foot long and/or are acting aggressively in the water.

“We haven’t had any reports of anyone being bumped or charged, just observations of them either swimming or breaching,” he said.

It’s not the first video of the sharks hanging around the area, with local photographers flying drones over the water at Capo Beach in recent weeks to capture footage. These sharks are thought to be attracted to the area because it’s a “hot spot,” similar to one in Long Beach where a dozen or so have been seen in recent days.  There also has been video showing sharks breaching at nearby Lower Trestles, south of where the video was shot Wednesday.

In the latest video, sheriffs are heard discussing and contacting local lifeguards about issuing a warning over the loudspeakers.

“We have paddleboarders and swimmers in the water and we have an excess of about 15 sharks in the surfline. Do you want us to make any announcements?” one asked. “We have some people real close to some of the larger ones.”

The person heard on the video estimated some of the sharks were 10 feet and longer.

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Socata TBM700N (TBM900), N900KN: Fatal accident occurred September 05, 2014 in in open water, Jamaica

Honeywell Plane Crash Case Going Back to State Court

Larry and Jane Glazer

A lawsuit against Honeywell related to a plane that crashed in the Caribbean Sea after veering off course during a flight from New York to Florida has been remanded to New Jersey state court.

U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez of the District of New Jersey approved the request of Kenneth Glazer, administrator of the estates of Larry and Jane Glazer, who were killed in the crash, to move the case out of federal court.

Glazer argued that the Death on the High Seas Act, which Honeywell argued controlled in the case, didn't apply. He additionally argued Honeywell couldn't remove the case to federal court pursuant to DOHSA.

Honeywell, the maker of cabin instruments in the Socata TBM 900 aircraft in which the Glazers were killed, countered that DOHSA is governed by the site of the crash, which occurred over three nautical miles beyond the United States shore off the coast of Jamaica.

The company also pointed to an amendment to the act that "removed the antiquated requirement of an independent basis for jurisdiction." According to Honeywell, that means DOHSA, along with the diversity of the parties, gives the federal court jurisdiction in admiralty cases.

However, Vazquez, noting the lack of clear Third Circuit precedent on the issue, wrote that the 2011 DOHSA amendment did not remove the act's clause disallowing removal where the only basis for federal jurisdiction is admiralty.

"Given that the Third Circuit has not weighed in on this issue, and defendant has the burden to establish federal jurisdiction, this court joins the other courts that have reached the conclusion that the 2011 amendment did not displace the savings-to-suitors clause and therefore admiralty jurisdiction does not provide an independent basis for removal," Vazquez said.

The plane crashed on Sept. 5, 2014. The Glazers took off from Rochester International Airport in New York and headed toward Naples, Florida.

As they neared their destination, Larry Glazer noticed the plane had veered off course over the Atlantic Ocean. He reported a problem with the plane's instrumentation to air traffic control, and also experienced a loss of cabin pressure.

Glazer was ordered to lower the plane from 28,000 to 20,000 feet. But as he did so, the plane slowed down, air traffic control noticed his speech began to slur, and he eventually became unresponsive.

According to Vazquez, the plane entered Cuban airspace and continued to descend. The aircraft eventually ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean northeast of Port Antonio, Jamaica.

The attorneys for the parties, Daniel O. Rose for Glazer and John T. Coyne for Honeywell, did not respond to requests for comment.

Original article can be found here:

Law360, Newark (May 10, 2017, 5:46 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal court Wednesday remanded to state court a lawsuit against Honeywell International Inc. over a couple's fatal plane crash, saying a clause allows their son to pursue a state court action when admiralty jurisdiction is the sole basis to be in federal court.

U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazguez granted Kenneth Glazer's remand motion, rejecting Honeywell's argument that a 2011 amendment to a federal removal statute made admiralty cases removable even when there is not another basis for jurisdiction.

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Glazer v. Socata by David Andreatta on Scribd

 Larry Glazer

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:


NTSB Identification: ERA14LA424
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 05, 2014 in Open Water, Jamaica
Aircraft: SOCATA TBM 700, registration: N900KN
Injuries: 2 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 5, 2014, about 1410 eastern daylight time (EDT), a Socata TBM700 (marketed as TBM900), N900KN, impacted open water near the coast of northeast Jamaica. The commercial pilot/owner and his passenger were fatally injured. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the planned flight that originated from Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC), Rochester, New York at 0826 and destined for Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) data received from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), after departing ROC the pilot climbed to FL280 and leveled off. About 1000 the pilot contacted ATC to report an "indication that is not correct in the plane" and to request a descent to FL180. The controller issued instructions to the pilot to descend to FL250 and subsequently, due to traffic, instructed him to turn 30 degrees to the left and then descend to FL200. During this sequence the pilot became unresponsive. An Air National Guard intercept that consisted of two fighter jets was dispatched from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, Eastover, South Carolina and intercepted the airplane at FL250 about 40 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina. The fighters were relieved by two fighter jets from Homestead Air Force Base, Homestead, Florida that followed the airplane to Andros Island, Bahamas, and disengaged prior to entering Cuban airspace. The airplane flew through Cuban airspace, eventually began a descent from FL250 and impacted open water northeast of Port Antonio, Jamaica. 

According to a review of preliminary radar data received from the FAA, the airplane entered a high rate of descent from FL250 prior to impacting the water. The last radar target was recorded over open water about 10,000 feet at 18.3547N, -76.44049W. 

The Jamaican Defense Authority and United States Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue operation. Search aircraft observed an oil slick and small pieces of debris scattered over one-quarter mile that were located near the last radar target. Both entities concluded their search on September 7, 2014.

Transcript of N900KN conversations with air traffic control before the pilot lost consciousness

Pilot: TBM 900KN flight level 280

ATC: November 900KN Atlanta…

Pilot: 900KN we need to descend down to about [flight level] 180, we have an indication … not correct in the plane.

ATC: 900KN descend and maintain 250.

Pilot: 250 we need to get lower 900KN.

ATC: Working on that.

Pilot: Have to get down. And reserve fuel… limit a return… thirty-three left… have to get down.

ATC: Thirty left 900KN

Pilot: 00900KN (holds transmit button)

ATC: N0KN you’re cleared direct to Taylor.

ATC: 0KN, cleared direct to Taylor.

Pilot: Direct Taylor, 900KN.

ATC: Copy that you got descent (slope?) 200…

Pilot: (mumbling)

ATC: Descent and maintain flight level 200, and you are cleared direct Taylor.

Pilot: KN900KN (sounds confused)

ATC: Understand me, descend and maintain flight level 200, flight level 200, for N900KN

ATC: TBM, TBM 0KN, descend and maintain flight level 200

ATC: 0KN, if you hear this, transmit and ident.

ATC: N900KN, Atlanta center, how do you read?

ATC: N900KN, Atlanta Center… AC5685, keep trying N900KN

AC5685: TBM900KN, this is AC5685, how do you read? (Military aircraft?)

ATC: N900KN, Atlanta Center, how do you read?

AC5685: TBM900KN, AC5685, how do you read?

ATC: N900KN, TBM, 900KN, Atlanta Center, how do you hear this…

ATC: N0KN, descent now, descent now to flight level 200.

ATC: N900KN, TBM 900KN, if you hear this transmission, contact … center 127.87

ATC: N0KN, TBM 0KN, contact … center 127.87 if you hear this…

Hurricane Hunters: Flying Into The Eye Of The Storm To Save Lives

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It takes guts to do what Hurricane Hunters do. While coastlines evacuate during a hurricane the bravest fly a plane right into the eye of the storm.

It can be a wild and dangerous ride, but the information gained is invaluable. Hurricane Hunters call on the WC-130 named “Hercules” to fly them into the eye of the storm.

The aircraft is 97 feet and 9 inches long. Its height is 38 feet and 10 inches and its wingspan is monstrous spanning 132 feet and seven inches.

At the beginning of a storm the National Hurricane Center will send in a crew to investigate whether the winds are blowing in a counterclockwise rotation.

They then monitor the ocean waves to determine the wind speed and direction.

After the hurricane forms, the planes fly completely through the storm, and each flight includes multiple trips back and forth. During the flights, crew members on board “Hercules” strategically drop weather instruments called dropsondes into different corners of the storm. A meteorologist is on board the aircraft along with various crew members to help collect vital weather data.

The crew continuously collects weather data during the flight into the hurricane. The weather instruments help to determine the maximum winds at the surface and the lowest pressure at the surface. All of this as they also collect other weather data as well during the flight.

Hurricane Hunters help to save lives. Their information helps heed warning areas and evacuate those affected areas. “Hercules” was not the only aircraft on display as part of the Hurricane Hunters Tour at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

NOAA’s “Gonzo” plane famously nicknamed from yes, Jim Henson’s Muppets is one of two other planes also used to gather weather data. 

The other two planes are also named after the Muppets. You’ll have to watch the video web extra to find out why!

The Gonzo aircraft is a Gulfstream-IV jet. The meteorological aircraft is used to help paint a detailed picture of the upper atmosphere surrounding hurricanes. The weather instruments dropped from the plane provide measurements of the of the upper-level hurricane steering winds used to determine the track of the hurricane. The G-IV flies 100 to 300 miles from the eye of the hurricane, at altitudes up to 45,000 feet. The plane has helped to improve track and intensity forecasting by 25-percent.

Hurricane Hunters want you to remember one thing this hurricane season and that is to always be prepared and always listen to warnings issued as well as evacuations.

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Cessna P172D Skyhawk Powermatic , N8528X: Incident occurred May 10, 2017 in St. Mary’s River 

 A small plane capsized in the St. Mary’s River Wednesday afternoon around 4pm. A viewer “JB” captured the incident as it unfolded near the Pine Street Marina.

In the photos you can see a person standing on top of the floats of the plane with a number of watercraft quickly coming to the pilot’s aid.

“You can kinda see what’s going on. A freighter had to stop short of the scene while they take care of whatever they have to do. The Soo Warehouse boat that loads supplies on freighters is on scene as well as a couple of other emergency boats, the Sault fire departments air boat was on it’s way last I saw.” said the viewer.

Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services along with the U.S. Coast Guard have responded to the incident.

The plane is a 1962 CESSNA P172D Skyhawk registered to an owner in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. No other details have been made available at this time.

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Cessna A185F Skywagon, N185RX: Accident occurred May 09, 2017 at Columbia Airport (O22), Tuolumne County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA270
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 09, 2017 in Columbia, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N185RX

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

Aircraft on landing, ground looped.  

Date: 09-MAY-17
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N185RX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C185
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Piper PA-28-161, N991BJ: Incident occurred May 09, 2017 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami 

Silver Express Co dba:

Aircraft on landing, went off the end of the runway into the grass.  

Date: 09-MAY-17
Time: 18:02:00Z
Regis#: N991BJ
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Cessna 150M, N714DW, Tailwheels Etc: Accident occurred May 09, 2017 in Homerville, Clinch County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; College Park, Georgia
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA176
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 09, 2017 in Homerville, GA
Aircraft: CESSNA 150M, registration: N714DW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

On May 9, 2017, about 1525 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N714DW, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Homerville, Georgia. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The personal flight departed Lake City Gateway Airport (LCQ), Lake City, Florida, about 1440, destined for Heart of Georgia Regional Airport (EZM), Eastman Georgia.

According to the pilot, on the day of the accident, he departed Lakeland Regional Airport (LAL), Lakeland, Florida, around 1145. About 2 hours later, he landed at LCQ to refuel, and take a short break.

He departed from LCQ for EZM , climbed to 3,000 ft above mean sea level, and asked for and received flight following from the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). About 45 minutes later, he heard an unusual sound come from the engine. Immediately, he checked the engine rpm indicator, and it started to decrease to 1,500 rpm. He initially thought that carburetor icing might be the reason, so he turned the carburetor heat on, but nothing changed. He then checked that the fuel shutoff valve was on, and confirmed that the engine primer was in and locked. Light smoke then started to emanate from the engine, and began to enter the cockpit. At the same time, a small piece of debris struck the windshield.

The pilot then declared an emergency with Jacksonville ARTCC, and was provided the nearest airport. The pilot advised that he had to land as soon as possible otherwise a fire might occur. He started to perform the emergency landing procedures, obtained the airplane's best glide airspeed, and began looking for a suitable landing area.

He identified and selected a long and smooth field for an off-airport landing. Before landing in the field, he turned off the master switch. The main landing gear touched down first, and he pulled back on the control wheel to keep weight off the nose landing gear. After 4 or 5 seconds, the nose landing gear touched down. However, the surface of the field was soft and rough, and after the nose landing gear touched down, the airplane nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The airplane was subsequently secured for examination at a later date.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and pilot records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent first-class medical certificate was issued on January 17, 2017. He reported that he had accrued 197.6 total hours of flight experience.

According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 1976. Its most recent annual inspection was completed on May 3, 2017. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accrued approximately 7,309.6 total hours of operation, and the engine had accrued about 2,217.2 total hours since major overhaul.

Mooney M20K, N7066V: Incident occurred May 09, 2017 at Washington Regional Airport (KFYG), Franklin County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Saint Louis

Mooney Spirit Flying Club LLC:

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.  

Date: 09-MAY-17
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N7066V
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec, N63944: Accident occurred May 09, 2017 near Fremont Airport (14G), Sandusky County, Ohio

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA282
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 09, 2017 in Fremont, OH
Aircraft: PIPER PA23, registration: N63944
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 reported that during approach in visual meteorological conditions he referenced the RNAV instrument approach for the runway to assist with vertical guidance "as [there] is no VASI (visual approach slope indicator)" for that runway. He added that he thought he was high enough as he crossed the adjacent highway, but the airplane hit a semi-truck that was traveling across the airplane's flight path. The airplane continued on short approach, landed, and the main landing gear collapsed. Subsequently, the airplane veered to the left off the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left and right engine firewalls, and nacelle tanks.

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

BALLVILLE TWP. — A Fremont man bringing his plane in for a landing clipped a semitrailer driving north on Ohio 53, forcing the airplane to land on its belly.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Fremont Airport.

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident, including the truck’s driver.

"I was just driving down Ohio 53, and I heard a boom,” said Russ Street, a driver for the Sandusky-based South Shore Transportation. “It rocked the trailer. I thought the semi was going over.”

Street was coming back from a delivery in Indiana, and his trailer was empty.

“I thought I might have blown a couple tires,” he said.

Street pulled into the airport to find landing gear and a tire sticking out of the top of the torn-up trailer.

He saw the plane landing on the runway on its “belly,” a term pilots use whenever a plane’s landing gear isn’t fully extended and its underside acts as a primary landing device.

“I thought I had seen everything,” said Street, who’s been employed with South Shore Transportation for 20 years.

John Randall, 71, of Fremont, was piloting his Piper airplane on a practice flight, according to Trooper Donte Hanns, from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Fremont post.

“He left from Fremont airport and went out for 25 to 28 minutes before he came back,” Hanns said.

Randall is an experienced pilot with 3,500 hours of flight time, Hanns said.

It’s not known what caused Randall to come into the airport low enough to strike the semitrailer.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and is expected to send investigators to the Fremont Airport on Wednesday.

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Fatal accident occurred May 10, 2017 near Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport (KLMT), Klamath County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane 

Aircraft, registration unknown, make and model unknown, crashed onto a field.  The one (1) soul on board was fatally injured.

Date: 10-MAY-17
Time: 17:43:00Z
Regis#: UNKN
Aircraft Model: UNKN
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

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

Klamath Falls, Ore. – There may not be a federal investigation into Wednesday’s fatal plane crash in Klamath Falls.

The aircraft wreckage remains in a field in southern Klamath Falls today, but Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board aren’t expected to investigate.

Crater Lake / Klamath Regional Airport Business Manager Linda Tepper explains:  “Because it’s essentially an experimental aircraft, and a lightweight experimental aircraft, an ultra-light essentially, that is not an aircraft type that they investigate when it comes to accidents.”

The accident claimed the life of 79 year old Abraham ‘Dutch’ Van Rood.

“He had great jokes all the time.”  Recalls friend Mike Angeli.  “He was just a personality that was always smiling, and always there – and he was always putting other people first.”

Since Van Rood was flying an ultralight, Tepper notes he didn’t require a pilots licence or medical certification.  “They operate under a different essential group of rules, some of which don’t require pilots to have those types of certifications.”

“He had taken up flying sometime later in life.”  Adds Angeli.  “I’m not sure when – but every time I’d run into him, I’d ask if he was up and flying, or getting out there – and he always looked forward to it.”

Airport officials confirmed that Van Rood had a hard landing in his plane last fall.

Van Rood blew a tire upon landing, and the plane had to be towed from the runway.

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The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that pilot Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood, 79, of Klamath Falls, died Wednesday, crashing in an alfalfa field north of the Southside Bypass near Homedale Road.

The aircraft, a red, white and blue single-engine, single-seater, had the words “Flying Dutchman” on the side, was cordoned off with caution tape after crashing shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to a news release. Klamath County Fire District No. 1 and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to the scene.

“It appears to be an experimental aircraft,” Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber said, referring to a kit-built aircraft.

Next of kin have been notified of the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration personnel may be in Klamath Falls as early as Thursday, according to Klamath Falls airport administrative staff.

Known as ‘Dutch’

Klamath Falls business owner of The Ledge, Mike Angeli, spoke highly of Van Rood, who he said many in town knew as “Dutch.”

Van Rood took up flying in the years leading up to his retirement, according to Angeli. Van Rood also served as a medical transport driver for individuals in the area, and served with Kiwanis of Klamath Falls for some time.

Angeli said Van Rood will be remembered for his care for other people, his humor and his love for his Dutch heritage.

“He was one of those kind souls that everybody knew,” Angeli said.

Angeli recalls Van Rood’s humor and that he generally started with a joke and ended with a joke to break the ice when meeting someone new.

“He’s a community loss,” Angeli said. “I think we lost a little bit of our personality.”

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The Klamath County Sheriff's Office confirmed that pilot Abraham "Dutch" Van Rood, 79, of Klamath Falls, died Wednesday, crashing in an alfalfa field north of the Southside Bypass near Homedale Road.

The crash, involving a red, white, and blue single-engine, occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to a news release.

“It appears to be an experimental aircraft,” Kaber said, referring to a kit-built aircraft.

Next of kin have been notified of the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be in Klamath Falls as early as Thursday, according to Klamath Falls airport administrative staff.

Tad Kloepper, who owns the field where the crash occurred and parked near the field, said there had been a similar crash in a nearby field 30 years ago.

Kloepper expressed sympathy for the victim.

“I felt bad for the guy,” Kloepper said.

Klamath County Fire District 1 and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to the scene.

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Klamath Falls, Ore. – Oregon State Police are at the scene of a fatal plane crash near Klamath Falls.

The small plane went down in a field in near the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in the area of the Southside Bypass and Homedale Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

OSP troopers have secured the scene until Federal Aviation Administration officials arrive.

The deceased pilot of the plane was identified by deputies as 79-year-old Klamath Falls resident Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office said the airplane was registered as “experimental.”

Witnesses told police the plane was flying erratically moments before the crash.

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Bring back an Air Force jet to Biloxi, Mississippi

Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich wants to honor Keesler Air Force Base with a jet in the median of US 90 near White Avenue, near where one had been displayed in years past.

By The Editorial Board

The Biloxi lighthouse. The Friendship Oak. Jones Park.

What do these places have
in common?

They’re popular South Mississippi landmarks.

But one of our favorites is missing from the list — an Air Force jet in Biloxi.

We were pleased last week when Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich proposed the return of a plane just down the street from Keesler Air Force Base. Gilich wants to move a decommissioned 1956 F-104 jet, on display at Keesler, to the center median of U.S. 90 near White Avenue.

“For many years previous, Biloxi displayed a jet very near this same location,” Gilich said in a letter to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. “That jet and others the city also displayed on the beachfront highway for decades were lost over time to natural disasters.”

The Biloxi City Council was scheduled to talk about the proposal at a meeting Tuesday night.

Gilich is a fan of things “Old Biloxi,” and we are, too. Many longtime South Mississippians grew up driving past the old jet on U.S. 90. It always gave us a sense of place, a gentle reminder that we were in Biloxi. And the old jet just had a certain character to it that we liked.

We love the new things in South Mississippi, but sometimes it’s cool to pay homage to your history, too. We think an Air Force jet back in its place of honor is one of those cool old things.

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Super Cub Sport, N47KJ: Accident occurred May 06, 2017 at Spanish Fork-Springville Airport (U77), Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA269
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 06, 2017 in Spanish Fork, UT
Aircraft: JOHNSON KENNETH SUPER CUB SPORT, registration: N47KJ
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

The pilot reported in a written statement that, "about half way through the [landing] roll out I lost control of the aircraft and ground looped to the right." During the ground loop, the left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing impacted the runway.

The left wing sustained substantial damage.

The pilot failed to submit the National Transportation Safety Board NTSB Form 6120.1 Pilot/ Operator Aircraft Accident/ Incident Report after multiple requests. 

An automated weather observation station, 5 nautical miles from the accident airport, about the time of the accident, recorded wind 120° at 20 knots, gusting 28 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 30.