Monday, June 26, 2017

Why first commercial flights out of San Bernardino International Airport (KSBD) will be delayed by months

SAN BERNARDINO >> Prospective passengers on the first commercial flights out of San Bernardino International Airport, scheduled for this week, will have to wait out some major flight delays — months of delays.

Ultra-low-cost Mexican airline Volaris announced in April that flights between San Bernardino and Guadalajara, Mexico, would leave every Monday and Thursday starting June 29.

It was a major milestone for the airport, more than 20 years after Norton Air Force Base was shuttered and three years after the $20.5 million international arrivals terminal was completed.

But not quite everything was in place.

The airport is still looking for the required Customs and Border Patrol officers, said Mark Gibbs, director of aviation for SBIA.

It’s not clear when that hurdle will be cleared, but airport and Volaris officials still plan to begin the flights as early as possible, Gibbs said.

“Volaris remains committed to the market, which is fantastic,” he said. “It’s good for the community, first and foremost. It’s a matter of working with those guys to get the officers. We’re excited to continue working with Volaris.”

A Volaris spokesman confirmed the reason for the delay and the company’s continued commitment, although he put the responsibility for finding customs agents on the airport.

The other new flight that Volaris announced the same day as San Bernardino’s — between Oaxaca, Mexico, and Los Angeles International Airport — is still scheduled to begin this week, according to the spokesman.

November is the tentative date for service to begin in San Bernardino, according to Volaris, but Gibbs didn’t commit to a particular time.

Finding customs agents is an involved process, but Gibbs said he was optimistic.

“We’re not the only airport that customs is an issue for,” he said. “Industrywide, there’s a scarcity of resources for that.”

The Washington Post reported in 2016 that there would be “no quick fix” for a staffing shortage that led to complaints of long lines and 16-hour shifts.

Gibbs said he learned about six weeks ago that the flights would not begin on the announced date.

In 2014, Volaris began flying between Ontario International Airport and Guadalajara, putting it in competition with AeroMexico’s flights to the same destination. A second set of Volaris flights from Ontario to León, Guanajuato, started in May.

While commercial flights have been an elusive goal, San Bernardino has seen substantial increases in other areas in recent years.

Airport officials say the number of aircraft operating daily doubled from 2013 to 2016 — to 48,000 — and so far this year is 20 percent above that.

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Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N2737M: Accident occurred June 25, 2017 in Chickaloon Alaska

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

Analysis

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he attempted to land on a 600-ft-long turf surface. He overflew the landing site three times to assess its suitability.

During the touchdown, the airplane bounced, and the pilot initiated a go-around. He reduced the flaps to 10°, turned the carburetor heat off, and applied full throttle; he could not remember the airspeed or trim position.

The airplane did not climb and touched down in a ravine just beyond the initial landing area. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward left side of the fuselage.

In the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented if he had "More training in high altitude takeoffs and landings. More training in go-around techniques in bush planes."

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The pilot's improper landing flare on a turf runway, which necessitated a go-around during which he failed to establish a climb. 

Findings

Aircraft
Climb rate - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Effect on equipment

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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/N2737M

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA387
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Chickaloon, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 12, registration: N2737M
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 in the tail wheel airplane reported that he attempted to land on a 600-ft. turf surface. He overflew the landing site three times to assess its suitability.

During the touchdown, the airplane bounced, and the pilot initiated a go-around. He reduced the flaps to 10°, turned the carburetor heat off, and applied full throttle, but he could not remember the airspeed or trim position. 

The airplane did not climb and touched down in a ravine just beyond the initial landing area. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward left side of the fuselage.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented if he had, "More training in high altitude take offs and landings. More training in go-around techniques in bush planes."

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

Powerplant System/Component Malfunction/Failure: Cessna U206F Stationair, N71001; accident occurred June 23, 2017 in Page, Coconino County, Arizona

Throttle Control and Cable within Cockpit. 

Throttle Cable Fracture. 

Throttle Control Rod End. 

Throttle Control rod End and sleeve. 

Throttle Connection Point on Throttle Body. 

The Throttle Control Assembly. 

Overall (bottom) and close-up (top) photos of the separated throttle control cable. The two ends were labeled End A and End B, as shown.

Close-up photo showing the location of the throttle control cable separation was in-line with one end of the rod end piece.

Digital microscope images of two circumferential bands of wear (black brackets) on the rod end piece. The views shown are diametrically opposite each other.

Digital microscope image of the separated wires (red arrows) on End B as viewed at an angle.
 
Digital microscope images of the separated wires (red arrows) on End A as viewed perpendicular (top) and at an angle (bottom). 





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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

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/N71001

Location: Page, AZ
Accident Number: WPR17LA144
Date & Time: 06/23/2017, 1600 MST
Registration: N71001
Aircraft: CESSNA U206F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Powerplant sys/comp malf/fail
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing 

On June 23, 2017, about 1600 mountain standard time, a Cessna U206F airplane, N71001, sustained substantial damage after the pilot executed a precautionary landing about 28 miles southeast of Page, Arizona. The two commercial pilots and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, American Aviation Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 scenic flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a company visual flight rules flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Page, Arizona at an unknown time.

The pilot in command (PIC) reported that while they were returning to the airport at 7,500 ft, the airplane would no longer climb; it then slowly started to descend at about 350 ft per minute. Unable to stop the descent, the pilots attempted to troubleshoot the problem, but were not able to restore engine power. The PIC initiated a precautionary landing onto a dirt road. About 125 ft above the ground, the co-pilot took control of the airplane and landed softly onto the road. During the landing roll, the airplane's left wing impacted juniper bushes before it came to rest. As the pilots retarded the throttle to idle, the throttle came out of the control panel along with about two ft of the throttle cable.

During a postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, it was noted that the throttle control cable separated from the rod end of the throttle body control. Review of the maintenance logs indicated the throttle cable was last installed in 1996.

The throttle cable, to include the rod end, and rod end sleeve were removed from the airplane and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Materials Laboratory for further examination.

The NTSB Materials Laboratory reported that digital microscope images of the rod end, which was within the rod end sleeve, exhibited two circumferential bands of wear on the ends. The bands were heavier on one side of the pieces, and the band closest to the end had less damage compared to the other band. Corresponding wear was observed on the inner surface of the mating guide piece. The wire strands were observed, and the fracture surfaces were flat and perpendicular to the axes of the strands. No necking or thinning of the individual strands consistent with overstress separation was observed.

Cessna Maintenance Manual indicates that the engine controls and linkages should be examined "each 50 hours for general condition and freedom of movement. These controls are not repairable. Replace throttle, propeller, and mixture controls at each engine overhaul." The operator reported the airplane's annual inspection was completed about 43 hours prior to the accident, and the overhaul 163 hours prior to the accident. The logbooks did not show that the cable had been replaced.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/23/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/04/2017
Flight Time:  535 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model), 285 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/16/2017
Flight Time:  685 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N71001
Model/Series: U206F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:U20602115 
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 43 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9970 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520 LCF
Registered Owner: AMERICAN AVIATION INC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: AMERICAN AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PGA, 4316 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 MST
Direction from Accident Site: 120°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 39°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Page, AZ (PGA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Page, AZ (PGA)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.056389, -110.085556 (est)


NTSB Identification: WPR17LA144
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, June 23, 2017 in Page, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA U206F, registration: N71001
Injuries: 6 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 June 23, 2017, about 1600 mountain standard time, a Cessna U206F airplane, N71001, sustained substantial damage after the pilot executed a precautionary landing about 28 miles southeast of Page, Arizona. The two commercial pilots and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, American Aviation Inc. as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 scenic flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a company VFR flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Page, Arizona.

The pilot in command (PIC) reported that while returning to the airport at 7,500 feet, the airplane would no longer climb; it then slowly started to descend at about 350 feet per minute. Unable to stop the descent, the pilots attempted to troubleshoot the problem, but to no avail. The PIC initiated a precautionary landing onto a dirt road. About 125 feet above the ground, the co-pilot took control of the airplane and landed softly onto the road. During the landing roll, the airplane's left wing impacted juniper bushes before it came to rest. As the pilots retarded the throttle to idle, the throttle handle came out of the control panel along with about two feet of throttle cable. 

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N629AH, Suburban Air Corp: Incident occurred June 24, 2017 at Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD), Alameda County, California

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

Suburban Air Corp: http://registry.faa.gov/N629AH

Aircraft landed and struck the propeller.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N629AH
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HAYWARD
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 305A, N4819R: Accident occurred June 25, 2017 at Ukiah Municipal Airport (KUKI), Mendocino County, 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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA364
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Ukiah, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/17/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 305, registration: N4819R
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 tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the three-point touchdown, the airplane “immediately veered left,” and he applied full right rudder. He added that he subsequently “applied power,” but as he did so, the right main landing gear collapsed as the airplane ground looped counter-clockwise on the runway.  

The right wing sustained substantial damage.  

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
An automated weather observation station at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 090° at 5 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 15.

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 landing roll in crosswind conditions.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during the three-point touchdown the airplane "immediately veered left" and he applied full right rudder. He added that he subsequently "applied power," but as he did so, the right main landing gear collapsed as the airplane ground looped counter-clockwise on the runway. 

The right wing sustained substantial damage. 

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

An automated weather observation station, at the accident airport about the time of the accident, reported the wind from 090° at 5 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 15.

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4819R

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA364
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Ukiah, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 305, registration: N4819R
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 tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during the three-point touchdown the airplane "immediately veered left" and he applied full right rudder. He added that he subsequently "applied power," but as he did so, the right main landing gear collapsed as the airplane ground looped counter-clockwise on the runway.

The right wing sustained substantial damage. 

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

An automated weather observation station, at the accident airport about the time of the accident, reported the wind from 090° at 5 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 15.

Unregistered paraglider: Incident occurred June 23, 2017 in the Eagle River, Eagle County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Unregistered paraglider crashed into the Eagle River.  The one (1) person on board sustained unknown injuries.  

Date: 23-JUN-17
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: UNREG
Aircraft Make: PARAGLIDER
Aircraft Model: PARAGLIDER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: EAGLE RIVER
State: COLORADO

Champion 7KCA, N5103X, Plane and Simple LLC: Incident occurred June 24, 2017 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Plane and Simple LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N5103X

Aircraft ground looped.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 14:25:00Z
Regis#: N5103X
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7KCAB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ENGLEWOOD
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-28-181, N482A, Archer Aircraft LLC: Incident occurred June 23, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida

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

Archer Aircraft LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N482A

Aircraft experienced a birdstrike.

Date: 23-JUN-17
Time: 17:26:00Z
Regis#: N482A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna T337G, N78C: Incident occurred June 24, 2017 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Broward County, Florida

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N78C

Aircraft landed and struck the propeller.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 15:53:00Z
Regis#: N78C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C337
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: FLORIDA

Mooney M20K, N1149H, Melbourne Flyers LLC: Incident occurred June 24, 2017 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (KMLB), Florida

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

Melbourne Flyers LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N1149H

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 15:19:00Z
Regis#: N1149H
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MELBOURNE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N5171H, Pan Air Flying Club: Incident occurred June 24, 2017 at Florida Keys Marathon Airport (KMTH), Monroe County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 

Pan Air Flying Club:   http://registry.faa.gov/N5171H  

Aircraft on taxi, struck a pole.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N5171H
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: MARATHON
State: FLORIDA

Airbus A310-300, Azores Airlines, CS-TGV: Incident occurred June 25, 2017 at Logan International Airport (KBOS), Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

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

RZO221, aircraft landed and struck taxiway light. No injuries. No aircraft damage.

Date: 25-JUN-17
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: RZO221
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AZORES AIRLINES
Flight Number: RZO221
City: BOSTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

Beech 35-A33 Debonair, N1381Z, Roll-Tech Inc: Incident occurred June 23, 2017 at Albert J. Lindberg Airport (5Y1), Hessel, Mackinac County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Roll-Tech Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N1381Z

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

Date: 23-JUN-17
Time: 19:05:00Z
Regis#: N1381Z
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HESSEL
State: MICHIGAN

Ayres S2R-G10 Thrush, N4061H: Accident occurred June 24, 2017 in Oak Valley, Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

http://registry.faa.gov/N4061H

Aircraft, during aerial application, force landed in a field.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 12:00:00Z
Regis#: N4061H
Aircraft Make: AYRES
Aircraft Model: S2R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: OAK VALLEY
State: MINNESOTA

Beech E-55 Baron, N138TL, Harvest International Ministries Inc: Incident occurred June 24, 2017 at University-Oxford Airport (KUOX), Lafayette County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Harvest International Ministries Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N138TL

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

Date: 24-JUN-17
Time: 14:12:00Z
Regis#: N138TL
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: OXFORD
State: MISSISSIPPI

Cessna 441 Conquest, N441LS, Meander Air LLC: Incident occurred June 23, 2017 at Youngstown–Warren Regional Airport (KYNG), Vienna, Ohio

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

Meander Air LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N441LS

Aircraft on taxi, struck taxiway lights.

Date: 23-JUN-17
Time: 01:46:00Z
Regis#: N441LS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C441
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CORPORATE
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: YOUNGSTOWN
State: OHIO

Cessna P210N, N339DG: Incident occurred June 25, 2017 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), Lane County, Oregon

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N339DG

Aircraft during touch and go, went off the runway.

Date: 26-JUN-17
Time: 00:46:00Z
Regis#: N339DG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: EUGENE
State: OREGON

Piper PA-22, N2473P: Accident occurred June 24, 2017 at Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (KPDT), Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA363
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Pendleton, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/22/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22, registration: N2473P
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 tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the right wing lifted about 4 to 5 ft, and the airplane “pivoted on the left landing gear.” He added that, once the airplane settled back onto the runway, he applied brakes and the airplane nosed over.

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

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

An automated weather observation station at the accident airport recorded that, about 12 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 210° at 4 knots. The airplane landed on runway 11.

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 landing roll with a tailwind.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon Aviation 

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

Rod Anderson Construction Inc:   http://registry.faa.gov/N2473P

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA363
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Pendleton, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22, registration: N2473P
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 tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll the right wing lifted about 4-5 ft. and the airplane "pivoted on the left landing gear". He added that once the airplane settled back onto the runway he applied brakes and the airplane nosed over.

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

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


An automated weather observation station at the accident airport, about 12 minutes after the accident, recorded that the wind was from 210° at 4 knots. The airplane landed on runway 11.

Beech B50, N8887: Incident occurred June 25, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas

http://registry.faa.gov/N8887

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

Date: 25-JUN-17
Time: 21:16:00Z
Regis#: N8887
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE50
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

Hughes 369E, registered to and operated by Haverfield International Inc, operator does business as Haverfield Aviation Inc, N765KV: Accident occurred June 23, 2017 in Dennis, West Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia
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http://registry.faa.gov/N765KV

Location: Dennis, WV
Accident Number: ERA17LA209
Date & Time: 06/23/2017, 1315 EDT
Registration: N765KV
Aircraft: HUGHES 369
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 

On June 23, 2017, about 1315 eastern daylight time, a Hughes 369E, N765KV, operated by Haverfield Aviation Inc, was substantially damaged during a hard landing near Dennis, West Virginia. The commercial pilot was not injured. The external load flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that he returned to the landing zone with a conductor attached to a long line. The helicopter was in a 100-foot hover over the landing zone, while the pilot monitored a ground crewmember tasked to disconnect the conductor from the long line. The helicopter began to settle and the pilot raised the collective control; however, the helicopter continued to settle as a warning horn sounded and the engine noise ceased. The pilot then entered an autorotation and during the landing, a main rotor blade contacted the tailboom, which resulted in a tailboom separation.

The pilot added that prior to the hover, he was pulling the conductor with the helicopter in an aft or left attitude. He estimated that the loss of engine power occurred 45 seconds to 1 minute after transitioning from the pull to a hover.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector witnessed a subsequent wreckage examination, which included a successful test-run of the engine. No preimpact mechanical malfunctions were noted and the low fuel light illuminated when the helicopter was positioned nose-up with the remaining fuel onboard. The inspector added that approximately 7 gallons of fuel remained in each of the two fuel tanks at the time of the loss of engine power. The two fuel tanks were connected by an interconnect passage and each tank had an internal baffle. The fuel pickup was located in the right front portion of the left fuel tank.

The FAA inspector further stated that during the accident flight, the conductor was not completely off the ground and was being dragged over terrain. To compensate for the dragging resistance, the pilot had the helicopter in an aft or left attitude, with a higher nose-up attitude than normal flight. The operator's risk assessment form required that the helicopter be topped off (64 gallons) with fuel prior to and only fly for 1 hour during side pull operations, which would leave about 37 gallons of fuel remaining. For all other operations, including long line operations, the fuel requirement was to land with at least 100 lbs. (about 14.7 gallons) of fuel remaining. At the time of the accident, the helicopter had about 14 gallons of fuel remaining. After the accident, the operator amended its risk assessment form to include the same fuel requirement in long line operations as side pull operations. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/30/2016
Flight Time:   4325 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2556 hours (Total, this make and model), 4282 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 126 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 43 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Registration: N765KV
Model/Series: 369 E
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 0082E
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/06/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 16 Hours
Engines: 1 Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time: 28285 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rolls-Royce
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 250 C20B
Registered Owner: HAVERFIELD INTERNATIONAL INC
Rated Power: 420 hp
Operator: HAVERFIELD INTERNATIONAL INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133)
Operator Does Business As: HAVERFIELD AVIATION INC
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LWB, 2301 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1315 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 120°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain; No Obscuration
Departure Point: Dennis, WV
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dennis, WV
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1215 EDT
Type of Airspace:

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: 38.038889, -80.730833 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA209
14 CFR Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load
Accident occurred Friday, June 23, 2017 in Dennis, WV
Aircraft: HUGHES 369, registration: N765KV
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 June 23, 2017, about 1315 eastern daylight time, a Hughes 369E, N765KV, operated by Haverfield Aviation Inc, was substantially damaged during a hard landing near Dennis, West Virginia. The commercial pilot was not injured. The external load flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that he returned to the landing zone with a conductor attached to a long line. The helicopter was in a 100-foot hover over the landing zone, while the pilot monitored a ground crewmember disconnect the conductor from the long line. The helicopter began to settle and the pilot raised the collective control; however, the helicopter continued to settle as a warning horn sounded and the engine noise ceased. The pilot then entered an autorotation and during the landing, a main rotor blade contacted the tailboom, which resulted in a tailboom separation.

Further examination of the helicopter was planned following its recovery to the operator's facility.