Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, N4137F: Aircraft landed gear-up on a sand and gravel runway on the north end of Long Island, Bahamas
































AIRCRAFT:   1976 Piper PA-32R-300 N4137F, s/n: 32R-76 80430

Total time/Tach Time at last annual inspection 5335.67 conducted 20 June 2016

Current Tach is 5431.7. 
                                                              
ENGINE:  Lycoming IO 540-K1G5D, s/n:  L-2103-48A.

Last Annual inspection June 21, 2016 at TSMOH 1122.03

PROP:   Hartzell HC-C3YR-1RF/F7663R, s/n: PA1289B, installed new on 06/20/2016

EQUIPMENT:   *These three items were removed and are located with the logs at our Florida headquarters.

*Garmin 430 NAV COMM
*MX 170C NAV COMM
*Garmin 340 Audio panel

AT 50 transponder 
                        
 DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft landed gear-up on a sand and gravel runway on the north end of Long Island, Bahamas.  Aircraft was lifted and is resting on its landing gear.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:     

Prop blades are damaged & engine experienced a prop strike

Nose gear doors are bent

Belly has damage to the longitudinal strakes and lower antenna are torn off

Both wings appear slightly out of rig/ deformed on the airframe

The left-wing fuel tank appears to have failed

The left flap is damaged and the left-wing tip and wing tip light are broken.

The right-wing tip received damage during the recovery efforts.

The right flap and flap hinge are damaged.

The entrance step is destroyed.

The exhaust stacks are bent/deformed.

The Rosen Sun Shields are broken.
  
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Cape Santa Maria airstrip, Long Island, Bahamas. Closest public airport is Stella Maris MYLS. 

Two rear seats are hangared in Jacksonville, Florida

Garmin 430, MX170C, and Garmin 340 with logs in Florida

REMARKS:  The landing strip is accessible from the road.  SEACOR services Deadman’s Cay as the closest port for shipping. If the plane is disassembled, trucking to Deadman’s Cay may be a possibility.  The owner of the private strip requires the plane removed promptly.

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N4137F.html

Pilatus PC-12, N124UV, Med Flight Leasing LLC: Incident occurred May 29, 2017 at Shiprock Airstrip (5V5), San Juan County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Med Flight Leasing LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N124UV

Aircraft force landed. Went off the runway. Stopped .5 mile off the end of the runway.

Date: 29-MAY-17
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N124UV
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SHIPROCK
State: NEW MEXICO

Diamond DA42 Twin Star, N629SA, Twinstar Education Partners LLC: Incident occurred May 26, 2017 at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT), Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Twinstar Education Partners LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N629SA

Aircraft on landing, blew a tire.

Date: 26-MAY-17
Time: 21:27:00Z
Regis#: N629SA
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA42
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BOCA RATON
State: FLORIDA

Mooney M-20G Statesman, N78TB, Artics Air Academy LLC: Incident occurred May 26, 2017 at Palmer Municipal Airport (PAAQ), Alaska

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

Artics Air Academy LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N78TB

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 26-MAY-17
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N78TB
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PALMER
State: ALASKA

Bombardier CRJ-701 (CL-600-2C10), N742SK, Skywest Airlines Inc, Flight SKW5725: Incident occurred May 29, 2017 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Skywest Airlines Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N742SK

Aircraft on taxi. Wingtip struck a bus. No injuries. Damage minor.

Date: 30-MAY-17
Time: 02:08:00Z
Regis#: N742SK
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Aircraft Operator: SKYWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SKW5725
City: LOS ANGELES
State: CALIFORNIA

Zenith Zodiac 601XL, N167EZ: Accident occurred May 29, 2017 in Sanford, Lee County, North Carolina

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N167EZ

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA196
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 29, 2017 in Sanford, NC
Aircraft: ERNEST T CHRISTLEY ZENITH ZODIAC 601XL, registration: N167EZ
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.

601XL, N167EZ, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Sanford, North Carolina. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated at Deck Airpark (NC11), Apex, North Carolina at 1145.

The pilot reported that he was returning to his home airport, and the airplane was at 6,000 feet mean sea level, when the engine lost all power. He noticed that the right fuel tank was empty; however, he thought that the engine was feeding from the left tank. He attempted a restart, and the engine momentarily started, then lost power again. Unable to restart the engine, he performed a forced landing in a plowed field.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The nose gear collapsed during the forced landing, resulting in structural damage to the lower fuselage and engine firewall. The engine and propeller were undamaged. The right fuel tank was empty and the left tank contained fuel. The fuel tank selector handle in the cockpit was found at the left tank position; however, the fuel tank valve remained in the right tank position and could not be moved to the left tank position.

Grumman-Schweizer G-164C, N6674K: Accidents occurred April 29, 2018 and May 26, 2017 in Maxwell, Colusa County, California

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N6674K

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Maxwell, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA128
Date & Time: 04/29/2018, 1530 PDT
Registration: N6674K
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164C
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 29, 2018, about 1530 Pacific daylight time, a Grumman ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G-164C/C, tail-equipped, turbine-powered agricultural airplane, N6674K, was substantially damaged following a forced landing due to a loss of engine power near Maxwell, California. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned by Richter Aviation, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane departed Richter Airport (12CN), Maxwell, California, about 5 minutes prior to the accident.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that the intent of the flight was to determine if the left side entry door would stay shut after maintenance had been performed on the door; it had opened in the air on previous flights that day. The pilot stated that about 5 minutes into the flight at an altitude of about 200 ft above ground level and in close proximity to the airport, the engine surged three times, which was followed by what he believed was a total engine failure. Unable to return and land at the departure airport due to his low altitude, the pilot made a forced landing to a plowed field about 200 yards west of the south end of the airport. The airplane was substantially damaged when it nosed over during the landing roll. It was subsequently recovered to a secured salvage facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER
Registration: N6674K
Model/Series: G 164C C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MYV, 64 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Maxwell, CA (12CN)
Destination:  Maxwell, CA (12CN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.264722, -122.119167

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

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


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


Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Maxwell, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA305
Date & Time: 05/26/2017, 1315 PDT
Registration: N6674K
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G-164
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, a few minutes after takeoff for an agricultural application flight, while maneuvering to a field he intended to spray, the engine lost power and that he then attempted to land on a dirt road. He added that the airplane bounced on touchdown and "went off the road and struck a ditch." He further added that when the engine lost power, the fuel gauge indicated about half full. Postaccident, the pilot reported that the fuel gauge was "stuck in the middle," that he did not visually check the fuel quantity before flight, and that he had exhausted the fuel supply.

The fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.

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

The Federal Aviation Administration Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge stated, in part:

Fuel Gauges

The fuel quantity gauges indicate the amount of fuel measured by a sensing unit in each fuel tank and is displayed in gallons or pounds. Aircraft certification rules require accuracy in fuel gauges only when they read "empty." Any reading other than "empty" should be verified. Do not depend solely on the accuracy of the fuel quantity gauges. Always visually check the fuel level in each tank during the preflight inspection, and then compare it with the corresponding fuel quantity indication. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to visually check the fuel quantity during the preflight inspection and ensure that sufficient fuel was onboard for the flight, which resulted in a total loss of engine power due to fuel exhaustion.

Findings

Aircraft
Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)
Fuel - Inadequate inspection (Cause)
Fuel indication system - Malfunction

Personnel issues
Preflight inspection - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight
Aircraft inspection event

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Fuel exhaustion (Defining event)

Landing
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/14/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/29/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 7170.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3485 hours (Total, this make and model), 7116.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 205 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 205 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER
Registration: N6674K
Model/Series: G-164 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 16C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/07/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 9300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 10113.9 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell (Garrett)
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: TPE-331-6-5AM
Registered Owner: RICHTER AVIATION INC
Rated Power: 1000 hp
Operator: RICHTER AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: NONE
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, 170°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Develan, CA
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Develan, CA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1310 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 39.286111, -122.185000 (est)

Beech BE24, N9270S: Incident occurred May 27, 2017 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

http://registry.faa.gov/N9270S

Aircraft landed off the runway in the grass and the nose gear collapsed.

Date: 27-MAY-17
Time: 13:53:00Z
Regis#: N9270S
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CINCINNATI
State: OHIO

American General AG-5B Tiger, N191GC: Incident occurred May 28, 2017 in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

http://registry.faa.gov/N191GC

Aircraft on landing, went off the end of the runway and struck a light.

Date: 28-MAY-17
Time: 22:24:00Z
Regis#: N191GC
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN GENERAL
Aircraft Model: AG5B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: FLORIDA

Cessna U206A Super Skywagon, N4804F, North Country Flying Club Inc: Accident occurred May 17, 2017 at Harris Airport (83K), Fort Ann, Washington County, New York

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA307 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Diamond Point, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA U206, registration: N4804F
Injuries: 3 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 the takeoff roll, the airplane encountered a wind gust and veered left off the runway centerline. He added that the airplane became airborne but that he did not have “enough time” to avoid a parked helicopter. Subsequently, the left wing impacted the helicopter. He then reduced the engine power, and the airplane landed without further incident. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The automated weather observation system about 5 nautical miles from the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 230° at 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 22.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll with gusting wind conditions.

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

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

North Country Flying Club Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N4804F


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA307
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in Diamond Point, NY
Aircraft: CESSNA U206, registration: N4804F
Injuries: 3 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 the takeoff roll, the airplane encountered a gust of wind and veered left off the runway centerline. He added, that the airplane became airborne, but that he did not have "enough time" to avoid a parked helicopter. Subsequently, the left wing impacted the helicopter. He then reduced the engine power and the airplane landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation system about 5 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported the wind was from 230° at 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The pilot was departing on runway 22.

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N4335R, Pilot Training Center LLC: Homestead General Aviation Airport (X51), Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

Pilot Training Center LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N4335R

Aircraft on landing, blew out a tire.

Date: 29-MAY-17
Time: 14:02:00Z
Regis#: N4335R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HOMESTEAD
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-32R-301, N41453, BrodAir Inc: Incident occurred May 29, 2017 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

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

BrodAir Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N41453

Aircraft experienced a birdstrike. Landed without incident. Damage unknown.

Date: 29-MAY-17
Time: 16:55:00Z
Regis#: N41453
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: PUNTA GORDA
State: FLORIDA

Beech Bonanza A35, N8481A: Incident occurred May 29, 2017 in Kingston, Marshall County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

http://registry.faa.gov/N8481A

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 29-MAY-17
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N8481A
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: KINGSTON
State: OKLAHOMA

Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, N280ND, Plane Nonsense Inc: Incident occurred May 27, 2017 at Laurence G. Hanscom Field Airport (KBED), Bedford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Plane Nonsense Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N280ND

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 27-MAY-17
Time: 14:28:00Z
Regis#: N280ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BEDFORD
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N11182: Incident occurred May 28, 2017 at Minot International Airport (KMOT), Ward County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

http://registry.faa.gov/N11182


Aircraft on runway for takeoff, reported wheel well fire.

Date: 28-MAY-17

Time: 18:24:00Z
Regis#: N11182
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: MINOT
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Bede BD-5B, N604KA: Accident occurred May 26, 2017 near Portland Municipal Airport (KPLD), Jay County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N604KA

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA205
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2017 in Portland, IN
Aircraft: AMSTUTZ CURTIS J BD-5B, registration: N604KA
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 26, 2017, at 1720 eastern daylight time, an Amstutz BD-5B amateur built airplane, N604KA, was involved in an off airport forced landing, following a loss of engine power in Portland, Indiana. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by an individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an engineering test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Portland Municipal Airport (PLD), Portland, Indiana, at 1650.

The pilot reported the airplane had about 6 flight hours since he completed building it and the purpose of the flight was to obtain rate of climb data. Following the 6th climb, while at an altitude of 3,500 ft above mean seal level, the engine began to run rough. The pilot entered a left downwind and descended for a landing approach. The pilot reported he switched fuel tanks and performed a magneto check, neither of which corrected the engine roughness. As he turned onto base leg, the engine lost all power. The pilot realized he was not going to be able to make it to the runway, so he selected a field in which to land. The field was soft from recent rain and it contained 3 ft tall vegetation. About 170 feet into the landing roll, the landing gear collapsed and the airplane ground looped before coming to rest.

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N733NZ, Lincoln Skyways Inc: Incident occurred May 28, 2017 at Modesto City-County Airport (KMOD), Modesto, Stanislaus County, California

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

Lincoln Skyways Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N733NZ

Aircraft on landing, nose wheel tire blew and the propeller struck the runway.

Date: 28-MAY-17
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N733NZ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MODESTO
State: CALIFORNIA

Eurocopter EC-130B-4 (AS-350B-4), N152GC, American Helicopters LLC: Incident occurred May 26, 2017 in Peach Springs, Mohave County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

American Helicopters LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N152GC

Rotorcraft, during shutdown, rotor blades struck the door.

Date: 26-MAY-17
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N152GC
Aircraft Make: EUROCOPTER
Aircraft Model: EC130
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
City: PEACH SPRINGS
State: ARIZONA

Bell 206B, N24FS, Pauly's Helicopter Services Inc: Accident occurred May 26, 2017 in Rockville, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

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

Pauly's Helicopter Services, Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N24FS

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA113
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, May 26, 2017 in Rockville, ID
Aircraft: BELL 206B, registration: N24FS
Injuries: 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 26, 2017, about 1044 mountain daylight time, a Bell 206B, N24FS, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Rockville, Idaho. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, was seriously injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Pauly's Helicopter Services Inc., Ontario, Oregon, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from a private staging area about 5 minutes prior to the accident.

The pilot reported that after the helicopter was reloaded with chemical, he proceeded to a nearby field to begin an aerial application. The pilot said that he performed two application passes, one to the north, and the second to the south. As he performed a 180-degree turn at an altitude of about 40 to 50 feet above ground level (agl), he heard a grinding noise immediately followed by a loud bang and subsequent loss of power. The pilot stated that he immediately initiated an autorotation landing to a nearby field, however, did not have enough forward airspeed and rotor rpm to flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

Examination of the helicopter by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the tailboom was structurally damaged. The helicopter was recovered to a secure location for further examination.