Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cessna P210N Pressurized Centurion, N732FU, BIA Air LLC: Accident occurred February 16, 2016 in Bryan, Brazos County, Texas



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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Kansas Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

BIA Air LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N732FU

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA107 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Bryan, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/06/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N732FU
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot reported that, 10 miles from the destination airport, the passengers heard a loud “clank” and smoke entered the cockpit. Shortly thereafter, the engine experienced a total loss of power and the propeller stopped turning. The pilot selected a field as a forced landing site, but the airplane impacted trees and terrain at the edge of the field. The pilot and passengers were able to extricate themselves through the right side passenger window.

A postaccident engine examination revealed a catastrophic failure of the engine crankshaft between the No. 2 main bearing journal and the No. 2 connecting rod journal. The damage displayed on the No. 2 bearing was consistent with the bearing having shifted and spun. Several of the bearing supports displayed fretting near the through-bolt holes. An accurate measurement of the preaccident through-bolt torques could not be determined due to the loads subjected upon the crankcase when the crankshaft failed. Review of maintenance records indicated that the through bolts were properly torqued during the remanufacturing process nearly 1,000 flight hours before the accident and that there was no record of major work performed on the engine since that time; however, the wear signatures displayed on the bearing supports indicated that the crankcase halves were shifting in a manner consistent with improper torque of the through bolts. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
A failure of the crankshaft due to improper torque of the crankcase through bolts. 




On February 16, 2016, at 1130 central standard time, a Cessna P210N, N732FU, collided with trees and the terrain during a forced landing in Bryan, Texas, following a loss of engine power. The private pilot and one passenger received minor injuries. The second passenger was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to BIA Air LLC, and was being operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual flight rules (VFR) conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on a VFR flight plan. The flight originated from the Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY), Arlington, Texas, about 1030.

The pilot reported that they were 10 miles from the destination airport when the passengers reported hearing a loud "clank" and smoke entered the cockpit. He contacted air traffic control and requested information regarding a closer airport at which to land. He stated the engine quickly lost power and the propeller stopped turning. He declared an emergency with air traffic control stating that he was not going to be able to make it to the closest airport. The pilot chose a field in which to land. The airplane contacted trees just before landing. The airplane descended to impact with the terrain in a wooded area at the edge of the selected field. The pilot and passengers were able to extricate themselves through the right side passenger window.

A review of the engine logbook revealed the engine was factory remanufactured in September, 2005, and it was installed on the accident airplane on October 10, 2005. The last inspection was a 100-hour inspection conducted on January 6, 2016. The engine had accumulated 989 hours since being remanufactured. The records did not show any major work having been performed on the engine since it was installed.



A postaccident examination of the engine was conducted on under NTSB supervision on May 3, 2016, at the Continental Motors facility in Mobile, Alabama.

The engine was 310 horsepower, a six-cylinder, fuel injected, Continental Motors TSIO-520-P (7) engine, serial number 278936-R. Crankcase damage was observed just below one of the crankcase bolts above the #1 cylinder. The No. 4 stud on the No. 1 cylinder was loose and could be rotated with finger pressure. No torque putty was observed on this stud. A borescope inspection of the pistons revealed all of the pistons were in the down position.

The crankcase was cracked and a small portion of it was pushed out near the rear backbone bolts. Mechanical damage was visible on the No. 1 and No. 2 cylinder bays. The No. 1 bearing support displayed signatures consistent with minor movement of the bearing. The No. 2 main bearing support sustained damage consistent with a bearing shift and a spun bearing. The No. 1 and No. 2 main bearing supports were fretted near the through bolt holes.

The No. 1 main bearings displayed normal lubrication signatures. The bearing damage was consistent with minor bearing shift. There was fretting on the bearing supports near the through bolt holes.

The No. 2 main bearings were damaged consistent with a bearing shift event. Portions of the bearing were located in the oil sump. A portion of the right side of the bearing remained in the bearing saddle.

The No. 3 bearings remained intact and in their bearing supports. The bearings displayed signatures of heat distress due to lack of lubrication and the copper layer was exposed.

The No. 4 and No. 5 bearings were intact and displayed normal operating signatures.

The crankshaft was broken into two pieces. The fracture was located at the crankshaft cheek between the No. 2 main bearing journal and the No. 2 connecting rod journal. The lock slot on the No. 2 main bearing journal was worn and fretting was noted on several of the bearing supports near the through bolt holes indicating that the crankcase halves were moving. The No. 3 main journal displayed heat discoloration and scratches consistent with particle passage. The No. 2 connecting rod journal could not be observed as the connecting rod was impinged in place on the journal. The remaining connecting rod and main journals displayed normal operating and lubrication signatures.

Cylinder/Piston/Connecting Rod No. 1
The cylinder was attached to the crankcase. The cylinder hold down bolt in the No. 4 position was loose and could be turned by hand. There was no torque putty on this nut. The remainder of the nuts were tight with torque putty in place. Impact damage was noted on the cylinder skirt. The valves, rocker arms, and push rods were normal.

The piston remained attached to its connecting rod and the piston skirt was damaged. The rear piston ring was broken and the forward 3 piston rings were intact. The piston displayed normal combustion signatures.

No anomalies were noted with the connecting rod and connecting rod bearing.

Cylinder/Piston/Connecting Rod No. 2
No anomalies noted with the cylinder, valves, rocker arms, and push rods.

The piston remained attached to its connecting rod and the piston skirt was damaged. The rear piston ring was damaged and the forward 3 piston rings were intact. The piston displayed normal combustion signatures.

The connecting rod remained attached to the journal. Some mechanical damage was visible. The connecting rod was impinged onto its journal by displaced crankshaft material at the crankshaft fracture. The bearing could not be observed due to the connecting rod impingement.

Cylinder/Piston/Connecting Rod Nos. 3, 4, 5, and 6
No anomalies were noted with the cylinder, valves, rocker arms, push rods, pistons, or connecting rods.

The camshaft was intact and no anomalies were noted. The No. 1 intake lifter was impinged and could not be removed. The remaining lifters displayed normal operating signatures.

The torque on the through bolts and cylinder hold-down studs was measured during the engine disassembly. The measurements varied between 626 and 1,137 inch-pounds to tighten, and between 697 and 1,087 inch-pounds to loosen. According to the remanufacture assembly specifications, the through bolts torque should have been either 625 or 800 inch pounds depending on the position of the bolt.

The left magneto did not produce any sparks when placed on a test bench. The magneto was opened and rust was noted inside the magneto. The vent hole in the pressure vent plug was blocked with debris. The right magneto produced a spark when placed on the test bench.

The oil pump was intact and remained attached to the engine. The pump housing contained scoring consistent with hard particle passage. The oil filter was opened and it contained metal particles. The oil sump contained several pieces of metal consistent with piston and bearing material. The oil pickup screen was clean.

No other anomalies were noted that would have resulted in a loss of engine power.

All of the Continental Motors engine component serial numbers, with the exception of the starter, matched the serial numbers of the components installed on the engine when it was remanufactured in 2005. The remanufacturing records indicated the through bolts and cylinder hold-down bolts were properly torqued during the build process.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA107
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in Benchley, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA P210N, registration: N732FU
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 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 February 16, 2016, at 1130 central standard time, a Cessna P210N, N732FU, collided with trees and the terrain during a forced landing in Bryan, Texas, following a loss of engine power. The private pilot received minor injuries. One passenger received serious injuries and a second passenger was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to BIA Air LLC, and was being operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual flight rules (VFR) conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on a VFR flight plan. The flight originated from the Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY), Arlington, Texas, about 1100.

Cessna R172 Hawk XP, N736NK, Maine Air Physician Services LLC: Incident occurred July 16, 2017 on Brandy Pond in Naples, Cumberland County, Maine

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

Maine Air Physician Services LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N736NK

Aircraft crashed onto Brandy Pond.

Date: 16-JUL-17
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N736NK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: NAPLES
State: MAINE





NAPLES, Maine—A pilot swam away uninjured from a seaplane crash landing Sunday afternoon.

Maine State Police said the small plane crashed into Brandy Pond in Sebago Lakes Region at approximately 3:15 p.m., and his Cessna plane sustained significant damage when it went down.

A viewer sent us a video of the seaplane crash landing in Naples Sunday afternoon.

Law enforcement officials said the pilot survived the crash landing and no one else was aboard. 

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the cause of the crash. 

http://www.wcsh6.com





NAPLES (WGME) -- Rescue crews and area boaters are responding to a seaplane crashing into Brandy Pond in Naples Saturday afternoon.

The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. 

Dispatchers confirmed the small plane went down in the pond, with crews responding to the area of Moose Landing Trail near a marine.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said a Cessna plane sustained significant damage in the crash. The pilot and a passenger were not injured, according to officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be the primary investigating agency.

http://wgme.com

Cessna 140, N3625V: Accident occurred February 13, 2016 at Independence State Airport (7S5), Polk County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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 Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

http://registry.faa.gov/N3625V 

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA068
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Independence, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N3625V
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot was landing the airplane on a dry, hard-surfaced runway. He stated that the approach and touchdown were normal. Just after touchdown, he felt “something similar to a bump,” and the airplane started to drift to the left. He thought that the airplane possibly had a flat tire and tried to compensate with rudder input, but the airplane continued drifting to the left, exited the left side of the runway, and ground looped, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

An on-scene examination revealed that the left main landing gear axle had fractured, resulting in the separation of the wheel assembly. A detailed examination revealed that the axle was fractured near the inboard end, just outboard of the axle attachment flange. Portions of the fracture surface at the upper and lower sides of the axle had relatively smooth features oriented perpendicular to the outer surface, consistent with fatigue. The fatigue cracks initiated at a fillet corner at a change in the axle’s outer diameter. 

The manufacturer specified inspection intervals to check for cracks and corrosion of the main landing gear axle; however, the accident airplane’s maintenance logs were not located, and the airplane’s maintenance history could not be determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The failure of the left main landing gear wheel axle due to a fatigue crack.

On February 13, 2016, about 0930 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 140G airplane, N3625V, sustained substantial damage when the left main landing gear axle broke during landing and the airplane ground looped at the Independence State Airport, Independence, Oregon. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was owned by the pilot and operated as a personal, cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that the approach and touchdown were normal. Just after touchdown, he felt something similar to a bump, and the airplane started to drift to the left. He stated that he thought that he possibly had a flat tire and tried to compensate, but the airplane continued drifting to the left and exited the left side of the runway into the dirt and ground looped, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. 

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector from the Portland Flight Standards District Office was at the airport at the time of the accident and examined the airplane at the accident site. The examination revealed that the left main landing gear axle had fractured and the wheel assembly separated from the airplane. 

A detailed examination of the fractured axle by the NTSB materials laboratory revealed that the axle was fractured near the inboard end just outboard of the axle attachment flange. Portions of the fracture surface at the upper and lower sides of the axle had relatively smooth features oriented perpendicular to the outer surface, features consistent with fatigue. The fatigue cracks initiated at a fillet corner at a change in outer diameter for the axle. 

According to a representative for Cessna contacted by telephone, inspections of the main landing gear axle should be in accordance with Section 2A of the Maintenance Manual for the 100-series airplanes. The axles should be inspected for cracks and corrosion initially after 10 years or 4,000 hours and then at subsequent intervals of 3 years or 1,000 hours. The inspection consists of removing the wheel and completing a visual inspection. If any crack is suspected, an eddy current inspection is then required.

The airplane was manufactured in 1948. The owner/operator reported that the last annual inspection was completed about 7 months prior to the accident at a total airframe time of 6,314.5 hours. No airframe logbooks were located during the investigation, therefore it was not determined when the last inspection of the main landing gear axle occurred.

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA068 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Independence, OR
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N3625V
Injuries: 2 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 February 13, 2016, about 1100 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 140G airplane, N3625V, sustained substantial damage when the left main landing gear axle broke during landing and the airplane ground looped at the Independence State Airport, Independence, Oregon. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured. The airplane was owned by the pilot and operated as a personal, cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the flight.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that the approach and touchdown were normal. Just after touchdown, he felt something similar to a bump, and the airplane started to drift to the left. He stated that he thought that he possibly had a flat tire and tried to compensate, but the airplane continued drifting to the left and exited the left side of the runway into the dirt and ground looped, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. 

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector from the Portland Flight Standards District Office was at the airport at the time of the accident and examined the airplane at the accident site. The examination revealed that the left main landing gear axle had fractured and the wheel assembly separated from the airplane. A detailed examination of the fractured axle by the NTSB materials laboratory is pending.

Accident occurred July 16, 2017 in Eastford, Windham County, Connecticut

EASTFORD — One person was transported after a plane crash this afternoon in Eastford, according to fire officials.

At approximately 12:05 p.m., the Eastford Independent Fire Co.#1 Inc., along with Ashford Ambulance, were dispatched by Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications for a report of an injured person from an ultralight aircraft crash.

When units arrived, they were directed by witnesses to a wooded area approximately 500 feet past the end of the runway, according to the Eastford fire department.

Emergency workers entered the wooded area and found the aircraft with a single occupant inside. Crews from the department, with assistance from the Bungay Fire Brigade, extricated the patient who was transported to a medical helicopter. The unidentified patient was flown to Hartford Hospital for treatment.

Crews cleared the scene at 1:15 p.m. and Connecticut state police are investigating the crash.

http://www.norwichbulletin.com

Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair, N562H: Accident occurred February 08, 2016 at Billings Logan International Airport (KBIL), Yellowstone County, Montana



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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

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 Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N562H 

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA073 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 08, 2016 in Billings, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA T206H, registration: N562H
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot reported that, just after landing, the airplane began to veer left and exited the side of the runway. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the nose landing gear fork and the right main landing gear strut were fractured in a manner consistent with overload. Examination of the damage to the airplane revealed that the main landing gear attachment points sustained upward crushing and the tail was bent downward; damage consistent with a hard landing.  Control continuity was established, and no anomalies were revealed that would have precluded normal operation. 

Recorded wind information for the time of the accident indicated a 50- to 60-degree crosswind at 8 knots with gusts to 19 knots for the selected runway. Shortly before the airplane landed, a general wind shear warning was broadcast on the airport’s tower control frequency. Wind shear was present in the area at altitudes below 2,000 ft above ground level (agl), and review of weather information valid at the time of the accident indicated several areas of clear air turbulence extending from the surface through 14,000 ft agl. Given the damage to the airplane, the surface wind profile, and upper level winds over the terrain, the accident flight likely encountered gusting wind conditions and low-level wind shear while landing. The airplane landed hard, damaging the landing gear, which resulted in the pilot’s subsequent inability to maintain directional control. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to attain a proper flare during landing in gusting wind conditions and low-level wind shear, which resulted in a hard landing and a subsequent loss of directional control. 

On February 8, 2016, about 1131 mountain standard time, a Cessna T206H, N562H, veered off of the runway after landing at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Billings, Montana. The pilot, sole occupant, sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage throughout. 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. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Red Reflect Ranch Airport (WY00), Ten Sleep, Wyoming at 1030.

The pilot reported that the airplane touched down very smoothly. Shortly thereafter, it started to veer to the left with no lateral control. The airplane veered 90 degrees and went off the side of the runway. 

Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed heavy damage to the airplane. The windscreen was partially separated. The fuselage at the main landing gear attachment points sustained upward crushing, and the nose wheel fork was fractured. The right wheel strut was fracture separated about three inches from the wheel assembly and the wheel separated from the airplane. The fracture surface was visually inspected and was consistent with overload. The outboard about four feet of the right wing was bent upward, and the fuselage just aft of the rear window was bent downward. Overall, there were no anomalies noted with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations.

Review of the Billings Air Traffic Control Tower recordings revealed that shortly before the pilot landed a general wind shear warning was broadcasted on the frequency. 

BIL was the closest official weather station. At 1153 the automated surface observing system (ASOS) reported wind from 220 degrees at 8 knots with gusts to 19 knots, 10 miles visibility, few clouds at 8,500 feet agl, scattered clouds at 20,000 feet agl, temperature 9 degrees C, dew point -6 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.38 inches of mercury. The one-minute BIL ASOS surface data was provided by the National Weather Surface. At 1131, BIL reported the two-minute average wind from 222 degrees at 12 knots and a five-second maximum average wind from 233 Degrees at 17 knots. In addition, the complete Rawinsonde Observation program reported low-level wind shear in the lowest 2,000 feet agl. Several layers of possible clear-air turbulence were identified from the surface through 14,000 feet.

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA073
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 08, 2016 in Billings, MT
Aircraft: CESSNA T206H, registration: N562H
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

On February 8, 2016, about 1130 mountain standard time, a Cessna T206H, N562H, veered off of the runway after landing at Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Billings, Montana. The pilot, sole occupant, sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage throughout. 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. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Red Reflet Ranch Airport (WY00), Ten Sleep, Wyoming at about 1030.

The pilot reported that shortly after landing, the airplane suddenly veered sharply to the left. During the turn, the airplane's right landing gear strut fracture separated, and the wheel assembly departed the airplane. The airplane exited the left side of the runway surface and came to rest on the grass adjacent to the runway.

The airplane was moved to a secure location for further examination.

Aeronca 15AC, N1370H: Fatal accident occurred July 15, 2017 in Big Lake, Alaska

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N1370H 

NTSB Identification: ANC17FA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 15, 2017 in BIG LAKE, AK
Aircraft: AERONCA 15AC, registration: N1370H
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 15, 2017, about 0925 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Aeronca 15AC airplane, N1370H, sustained substantial damage following a collision with a tree, and a subsequent loss of control and impact with terrain, about 20 miles west of Big Lake, Alaska. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 visual flight rules flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed a remote lake near Big Lake, Alaska about 0905 destined for Sand Lake, Anchorage, Alaska.

According to a family friend, the purpose of the flight was to shuttle a group of friends to a remote recreational cabin and the accident occurred during the return trip to Sand Lake. When the airplane failed to arrive at Sand Lake to shuttle the second group of friends, another family friend initiated an aerial search, and ultimately found the accident site. 

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) along with another NTSB investigator and an Alaska State Trooper reached the accident site in the afternoon of July 16. The accident site was in an area of tall brush and tundra covered terrain with sparsely populated trees at an elevation of about 50 ft msl. An area believed to be the initial impact point was marked by a broken tree top, atop about a 45-foot-tall cottonwood tree, situated near the banks of the Yentna River. Broken tree branches and paint fragments that matched the color of the airplane were located at the base of the cottonwood tree. After the initial impact, the airplane's wreckage traveled northeast along a magnetic heading of about 072° for about 450 ft before coming to rest inverted. 

The airplane's severed left wing was located about 160 ft from the 45-foot-tall cottonwood tree, initial impact point. A large elliptical impact area was found on the leading edge, about 3 ft outboard of the wing root, with multiple smaller elliptical impact areas outboard to the tip. 

All the primary flight control surfaces were identified at the accident site, and flight control continuity was verified from the cockpit to the elevators and rudder. Aileron control continuity was established from the control column in the aileron control cables to the fuselage aileron bell crank, in the aileron control cables to the wing aileron bell cranks and in the aileron push-pull tubes. A fracture was observed in the left aileron bell crank and multiple fractures were observed in the fuselage aileron bell crank, but all fractures were consistent with overload. A detailed wreckage examination is pending following recovery of the airplane. 

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

Donald Wayne Frantz, a Pueblo native who spent the past five decades living in Anchorage, Alaska, died July 15 after an episode of heart failure caused his float-plane to crash along the Yentna River. He was 75 years old.

Born to Ethel May and Roy Osee Frantz on Oct. 26, 1941, Frantz's family owned a local feed store in Pueblo where he attended Pueblo Central High School and competed as a gymnast before graduating in 1959. He went on to attend Colorado State College in Greeley, where he was ranked nationally as a gymnast and eventually graduated with his master's degree in biology.

In 1965, Frantz met his future wife, Georgette Thomas. The couple's relationship flourished quickly and they were married on July 1, 1966. They had one son together, Dowell Frantz, and remained happily married for the next 51 years.

Frantz moved in 1966 shortly after marrying Georgette to Anchorage, where he worked as a math teacher until 1969 before transitioning into a career in the insurance industry. He established Tax Deferral Associates, an Anchorage-based investment advisory service, in 1986 and continued working in that area until his retirement.

According to his older brother Robert Frantz, Donald was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as spending time as an aviator.

Frantz purchased his first airplane in 1975 and in 2010, built his second airplane at the Legend Cub Factory in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Robert Frantz described him as a terrific aviator whose qualifications inside of a cockpit were unparalleled, even by commercial pilots.

Robert Frantz said the memories with his brother that he will look back on most fondly are the multiple occasions when the pair were suspended above the clouds in the cockpit of Frantz's plane, taking in the beautiful Alaskan scenery and wildlife.

Described by his loved ones as a loving father, husband, friend and a cherished grandfather, Frantz is survived by his wife, Georgette; son and daughter-in-law, Dowell and Stephanie; grandchildren, Kody and Estee; brother, Bob and family; and brother-in-law, Jim Thomas and family.


A celebration of his life was held at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum on July 20 and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Pheasants Forever, Smoky Valley Chapter 349, Hoxie, KS 67740; or Friends of Pets, P.O. Box 240981, Anchorage, AK 99524-0981.
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A 75-year-old Anchorage man died Saturday after his plane crashed near the mouth of the Yentna River in the Mat-Su Valley, the Alaska State Troopers and federal aviation officials said.

Pilot Donald Wayne Frantz had flown  passengers in his Aeronca 15AC Sedan to a remote cabin on the river, in Alaska's Mat-Su Valley, around 9:30 or 10 a.m., said Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board.

He had just taken off alone on a flight back to Anchorage to pick up a second load of passengers when the plane crashed in wooded terrain "very close to the mouth of the Yentna River," and not far from the cabin.

When Frantz didn't return from his flight on time, people at the cabin began searching for him and discovered the wreckage, Johnson said.

Around 1 p.m., members of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center were called to the site of the crash and found Frantz dead, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch Sunday. Troopers and Talkeetna Fire and Rescue also went to the scene, and helped transport Frantz's body to Anchorage, troopers said.

The Aeronca is a single engine plane, said Johnson. FAA records show the Aeronca owned by Frantz was manufactured in 1949. It was on floats, Johnson said.

Two federal investigators were at the site of the crash Sunday working to determine why the plane crashed, Johnson said.

https://www.adn.com

Rotor Flight Dynamics Dominator Tandem, N41852: Fatal accident February 01, 2016 near Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Illinois

Raymond Z. Brown 
April 18, 1952 - February 1, 2016
Raymond served in the United States Army during Vietnam.



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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

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 Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Raymond Z. Brown: http://registry.faa.gov/N41852




NTSB Identification: CEN16LA096
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 01, 2016 in Centralia, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2017
Aircraft: RAYMOND Z BROWN CONDOR, registration: N41852
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A witness observed the sport pilot departing in his experimental, amateur-built gyroplane when, about 300 ft above ground level, the gyroplane turned right and the rotor blades began to slow. The gyroplane then made a sharp left turn, descended, and abruptly pitched up before impacting a field. A postaccident examination of the gyroplane found that the belt driving the prerotator had broken and had become entangled in the engine timing belt, which would have resulted in a loss of engine power. No other anomalies were detected with the airframe and engine. An autopsy did not reveal any medical concerns with the pilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The failure of the prerotator belt, which impeded the engine's timing belt and resulted in a loss of engine power at low altitude.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On February 1, 2016, about 1435 central standard time, an amateur-built Condor gyroplane, N41852, impacted terrain near Centralia, Illinois. The sport pilot was fatally injured and the gyroplane was substantially damaged. The gyroplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Centralia, Illinois at an unknown time.

According to information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, an instructor pilot rated eyewitness watched the gyroplane as it departed runway 36. Upon reaching 300 ft above ground level, the gyroplane began a right turn. During the climb, the gyroplane rotor blades began to slow down. Another witness reported that the engine lost power. The gyroplane made a "tight" left turn towards the airport. It then rolled wings level and began descending in a flat attitude. Prior to impact, the gyroplane pitched up abruptly and impact the ground. The accident occurred about 1 mile from the airport.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot, age 63, held a sport pilot certificate issued on August 24, 2012. His log book was not located during the course of the investigation, and his flight experience could not be determined. He used a valid driver's license to exercise sport pilot privileges rather than possessing an FAA medical certificate.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The single-engine, two tandem seat gryoplane was manufactured in 2012 by the accident pilot. It was powered by a Subaru EJ22 engine driving a four-bladed composite Warp Drive propeller and equipped with Dragon Wings rotor blades. It was issued a Special Airworthiness Certificate as an experimental amateur build on December 22, 2012. The builder listed the gyroplane as a Condor and it followed the design of a Rotor Flight Dynamics Twin Dominator.

The gyroplane restraint system consisted of a single lap belt.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

At 1435, an automated weather reporting station located at ENL reported a wind from 040 at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 54° F, dew point 32° F, and a barometric pressure of 29.99 inches of mercury.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The gyroplane came in rest on its left side in an open field. All major components were located at the accident site. There was an impact crater located next to where the wreckage had come to rest. The fuselage was slightly twisted and the main rotor blades were bent, but remained attached to the rotor mast.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION

As of the writing of this report, an autopsy did not reveal any medical concerns with the pilot. The manner of death resides with the Marion County Coroner and is still undetermined.

The FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute performed forensic toxicology on specimens from the pilot. Results were negative for carbon monoxide, ethanol, and drugs.

SURVIVAL ASPECTS

The pilot was wearing a helmet similar to a Comtronics Aircraft Helmet. However, its make and model could not be verified.

TESTS AND RESEARCH


The gyroplane was recovered to a hanger and examined by the FAA inspector. They found that the belt driving the prerotator had broken and had become entangled in the timing belt. No other anomalies were detected with the airframe and engine. The gyroplane's prerotator had a freewheeling mechanism which would allow for free rotation of the rotor system. In addition, the prerotator would not have been engage during the accident.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA096
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 01, 2016 in Centralia, IL
Aircraft: RAYMOND Z BROWN CONDOR, registration: N41852
Injuries: 1 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 February 1, 2016, about 1435 central standard time, an amateur-built Condor gyroplane, N41852, impacted terrain near Centralia, Illinois. The sport pilot was fatally injured and the gyroplane was substantially damaged. The gyroplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight was departing from the Centralia Municipal Airport (KENL), Centralia, Illinois at the time of the accident.

According to information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspectors, an eyewitness watched the gyroplane as it departed runway 36. During the climb out, the gyroplane began a right turn during which the witness perceived that the rotor blades began to slow. The gyroplane then made a sharp left turn and began descending. After the gyroplane did a quick flare, it descended out of view and rolled over. The witness ran to the accident site and called for assistance. The accident occurred about 1 mile from the airport.

The gyroplane was retained for further examination.

At 1435, an automated weather reporting station located at ENL reported a wind from 040 at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 54° F, dew point 32° F, and an altimeter setting of 29.99 inches of mercury.

North American P-51D Mustang, N251PW, Mustang Historic Military Aircraft LLC: Fatal accident occurred July 16, 2017 in Cummings, Atchison County, Kansas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.
Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas
Warbird Heritage Foundation; Waukegan, Illinois

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

Mustang Historic Military Aircraft LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N251PW

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA270
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Cummings, KS
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN/AERO CLASSICS P 51, registration: N251PW
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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 16, 2017, about 1020 central daylight time, a North American Aero Classics P-51 D airplane, N251PW, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain 2.5 miles northeast of Cummings, Kansas. The airline transport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed the Amelia Earhart Airport (K59), Atchison, Kansas, about 1005.

According to several witnesses located between K59 and the accident site, the airplane was observed performing aerobatics at a high altitude. A witness, located further to the south of K59, and several hundred feet from the accident location, observed the airplane fly over nearby power lines between 25 ft and 30 ft above the ground. The airplane pitched up to climb in a near vertical attitude and then the nose turned to the left and the airplane turned and pitched down in a nose low attitude. The airplane descended towards terrain and just prior to impacting the ground the tail of the airplane came up. 

The airplane impacted the ground just short of a grove of trees. A large crater marked the initial ground impact point and contained bent and torn metal, the engine, transmission, and propeller assembly. The empennage and fragmented pieces of the fuselage were located 25 feet northwest of the propeller assembly. Fragmented pieces of both wings, the rudder, and the fuselage were scattered in the debris field that extended over 400 feet from the initial impact point. 

The closest official weather observation station was located 25 miles northeast of the accident site near St. Joseph, Missouri. The weather observation taken at 1053 recorded the wind at 230° at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, sky condition clear of clouds, temperature 29° Celsius (C), dewpoint temperature 24° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of Mercury.

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



Vlado Lenoch, 64, of Burr Ridge passed away suddenly on July 16, 2017. Vlado is survived by his beloved wife Mary (Antonelli), devoted father of Michael, Jessica and Samantha, loving son of the late Stanley and Zdenka, dear brother of the late Josef (Julie) and devoted son-in-law of Fred and Marge. A graduate of Purdue University and MIT in aeronautical engineering, Vlado enjoyed aviation careers at Boeing, Frontier and Midway Airlines, and was co-owner of The William Tell Holiday Inn LaGrange/Countryside. He most recently flew a corporate Citation Jet for a private company in Illinois. Vlado was a legend in the airshow industry who was always willing to mentor and help veteran and future aviators. Visitation Sunday, July 23rd from 3-8pm at Adolf Funeral Home - 7000 S. Madison St. Willowbrook, IL. Family and friends will meet on Monday, July 24th, for Mass 11:15 am at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church 5005 S. Wolf Rd; Western Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to EAA Warbirds of America in Memory of Vlado Lenoch, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086 (www.warbirds-eaa.org). Service information: www.adolfservices.com 




ATCHISON, Kansas (Formerly Warren, Ohio) – Bethany Lynn Root, 34, of Atchison, Kansas passed away in a plane crash on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Bethany was born April 8, 1983 in Warren.

A graduate of Maplewood High School and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she was a brilliant student and actively involved in student organizations and athletics.

After an entrepreneurial run at a custom motorcycle shop in Indianapolis and teaching special education at an inner city charter school, Bethany discovered her passion for aviation with friends in St. Joseph, Missouri and trained to become one of a small handful of female agricultural pilots (crop dusters) in the country eventually holding an interest in McElwain Ag Sprayers of Wathena, Kansas. Last year, Bethany became manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Kansas, where she dreamed to restore vitality in not only the airport but also given honor to its namesake through air shows, fly-ins and special events. There were no places Bethany enjoyed being more than in the skies and around friends at airport hangars. She hoped to inspire and empower future generations of girls and women to become aviators by serving as a role model, mentor and educator to let nothing stand in their way of taking flight.

An inspiration to all she met, Bethany will be remembered for her beautiful smile, free spirit, infectious energy and belief that the sky was truly the limit.

Surviving are her mother, Sallie of Indianapolis; two brothers, Grayson of Cortland and Jameson of Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Jenn; nephew, Easton; aunts and uncles, Diane Emery of Cortland and Linda and Gary Fincham of Warren.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Margaret Fulks of Warren.

Calling hours will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at the funeral home.

Bethany will be laid to rest at Pineview Memorial Park in Warren, Ohio.

Her family is seeking to honor her legacy and passion for flying by developing the Bethany Root Memorial Fund to support education, training and initiatives for girls and women interested in aviation. Contributions may be made at RootFund.org.

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Funeral services have been set for the Burr Ridge pilot who died in a plane crash in Kansas Sunday.

Visitation for Vlado Lenoch will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.

At 11:15 a.m., Monday, family and friends will meet at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, at 5005 S. Wolf Road, in Western Springs for a memorial Mass. The services will conclude at the church.

Lenoch, who was 64, and his wife, Mary, have three grown children.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the plane crash that occurred about 10:15 a.m. July 16, about 5 miles south of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison, killing both Lenoch and his 34-year-old passenger, Bethany Root, the airport manager.

Lenoch was flying a World War II military fighter plane that he had flown the day before in an air show at the airport, Atchison County Sheriff officials said.

The Rev. Robert Geaschel, senior pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge, remembers Lenoch as "a very giving and caring man, with a great attitude about everything. You never saw him without a smile."

Geaschel said Lenoch's son Michael attended pre-school at Trinity Lutheran School and the Geaschels lived near the Lenoch family.

Records show Vlado Lenoch graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1971.

He and Josef Lenoch were the managers of Lenoch Properties I, which owns the Holiday Inn Chicago Southwest, at 6201 Joliet Road in Countryside.

http://www.chicagotribune.com





As federal investigators probe for a cause of Sunday's deadly plane crash, members of the Atchison community paused to remember the victims.

Vlado Lenoch, identified as the pilot, and passenger Bethany Root died after a vintage World War II plane crashed into a field in Atchison County, Kansas.

Root, 34, was an Atchison resident who crop dusted for a local company and was general manager of Amelia Earhart Airport. In a previous News-Press article, Root said, "I love flying more than anything else in the world. It’s my passion and it’s one of the things I live to do every day."

A local restaurant owner said Root, who took up flying in her 30s, always appeared to have a smile on her face.

"Bethany had a big vision," said a coworker of Root. "She was certainly not afraid to tackle any project or anything.

Forensic mappers were on the scene of the crash to help with the investigation. Agencies involved in the probe include the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Kansas Highway Patrol and Atchison County Sheriff's Department.

The plane crashed onto private property near U.S. Highway 59. The property owner saw the crash happen right outside of his home and immediately called 911.

The pilot has been identified as Lenoch, 64, who is from Buff Ridge, Illinois. The plane is a P-51 Mustang, named the "Baby-Duck," that flew along the Missouri River in an air show Saturday evening at the Amelia Earhart Festival.

Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said witnesses described seeing the plane doing stunt-like maneuvers before the crash.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said there is no known cause at this time.

NTSB Senior Air Safety Investigator Jennifer Rodi said investigators will document the wreckage, which is spread out over a half mile. NTSB is in the process of conducting what is called an "on scene field investigation." They are looking for any indications as to what may have happened.

The documentation should take two days and the wreckage will be recovered by the end of the day July 18.

There is no evidence of fire, but the NTSB said it is still too early to tell. 

A preliminary report from the NTSB will be available within the next five work days on www.NTSB.gov. This will provide an overview of information that was establish during the first few days of the investigation. 

The investigation will continue but it can take 10 months to a year, according to Rodi.

"It's routine in any fatal accident to do autopsy and toxicology," she said. "Both of those reports and procedures take several months for the final reports to come back to us." 


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Vlado Lenoch was about to take his vintage showplane home to Illinois, giving one last private show with Atchison’s airport manager Bethany Root aboard when the plane went down Sunday morning without radioing any warning of trouble.

Root was riding along as Lenoch recreated some of the stunt flying he had performed in the same P-51d Mustang the evening before in front of crowds at the annual Amelia Earhart Festival.

“All we know is that they were out to do some tricks before he was preparing to head home,” Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie said. “We don’t know of any communications … no indications of any problems.”

The plane crashed about 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning, less than 10 miles from Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport, in a field just northeast of Cummings. Lenoch, 64, from the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge, and Root, 34, of Atchison, died.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration were on site Monday, continuing an investigation headed by the National Transportation Safety Board that will prepare a preliminary report likely within a couple of weeks, but then take as much as a year or more to produce a final report.

One witness who saw the crash told investigators that the plane was flying just above the level of power lines, traveling from northwest to southeast. The last action the plane took was to pitch upward and then roll to the left before it crashed, said Peter Knudson, a spokesman with the NTSB.

But the investigators don’t know if the plane was under the pilot’s control at that point or if there were problems with the aircraft, he said.

Investigations focus on three areas, he said: the experience and fitness of the pilot, the maintenance and functioning of the plane and environmental conditions.

The weather was clear. Lenoch was flying a vintage craft for Chicago’s Dave Dacy Airshows. And he was a highly credentialed pilot who had been flying since he was 17.

The crowd that saw what would be Lenoch’s last performance Saturday evening raved about it on social media posts, and then expressed shock with the news of the crash the next day.

They had listened to Lenoch’s friendly voice crackling over the public address system as he narrated his stunts into a microphone in the plane.

“It was a neat interaction with the crowd,” said Ken Phelps, of Gardner, Kan., who videoed the performance. “It was a neat old airplane.”

His and the crowd’s favorite part, shouted in cheers, came as Lenoch took his plane on a low pass, roaring seemingly almost eye-level past the crowd.

Less than 24 hours later, Phelps said, he heard of a crash on the news and saw the accounts that Lenoch had crashed in the same plane.

Root had gone with him. She had become a vigorous fan and promoter of the Amelia Earhart Festival airshow in the three years she had spent in Atchison since coming from Indianapolis in pursuit of a flying career with McElwain Sprayers agricultural service airplane company in Wathena, Kan.

She’d been a pilot for about three years and friends on her Facebook page remembered her “passion being a pilot and love of flying.”

“Blue skies, tailwinds and peace,” one of her friends wrote.

Root, who has been managing the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport for the past year with McElwain, shared in the thrill of classic and dynamic performance planes, said festival coordinator Jacque Pregont.

“Everyone’s still in shock,” she said. “We’re still trying to deal with what happened.”

http://www.kansascity.com

Bethany Root






ATCHISON, Kansas — Bethany Root, a 2001 Maplewood High School graduate who was an aerial application pilot, was killed Sunday morning in a plane crash about 60 miles northwest of Kansas City in Atchison County, Kansas.

The Kansas City Star reports the crash of the P-51 Mustang, which was a World War II-era plane, killed Root, who was a passenger, and longtime pilot Vlado Lenoch, 64, of Burr Ridge, Ill.

Reports indicate the plane crashed around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Lt. Bryce Whelply of the Kansas Highway Patrol says the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive on the scene this morning.

Root was general manager of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison where the Amelia Earhart Festival was held Saturday. The plane crashed about nine miles away from the airport in a field about 2 1/2 miles northeast of Cummings, Kansas.

The single propeller of the plane and wreckage of the crash were strewn across a small hill, reports state.

Root also worked as a crop duster, only one of three women in the trade in the United States.

In a recent interview with the Tribune Chronicle, Root said she followed a love of flying to the St. Joseph, Mo., area three years ago and worked for the airport’s management company. She had been a special education teacher in inner city charter schools in Indianapolis and ran a custom motorcycle shop in Indianapolis until she took an opportunity to learn to fly and work with the McElwain crop dusters in Kansas and Missouri.

Root held an interest in McElwain Ag Sprayers, a third-generation agricultural business flying out of Wathena, Kansas, in the northeastern corner of the state and across the Missouri River from St. Joseph. It was her fourth year buzzing pastures, fields and crops with seeds, fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides.

She recently added the job of fixed-based operator of the Amelia Earhart Airport just outside of Atchison, Kansas, a river town of 11,000 people.

Root kept herself busy in her Maplewood High School days with everything from student body president to running on cross country and track teams, to taking the stage in the drama club.

She had told the Tribune Chronicle: “I’m very fortunate to have gone to Maplewood High School. The educational opportunities that they provide there and the teachers they had helped prepare me for what I’m doing now and I can’t say thank you enough to all of them. It really was a good school.”

Lenoch had performed in the festival the day before in his vintage aircraft.

The annual festival, held in Atchison, celebrates the famed pilot Earhart, who was born in Atchison, and is the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart and her plane disappeared July 2, 1937, over the central Pacific Ocean during an attempt to fly around the globe. 

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Two people died when a North American P-51D Mustang crashed in Atchison County Sunday, one day after the Amelia Earhart Festival ended.

Longtime pilot Vlado Lenoch, 64, of Burr Ridge, Ill., and his passenger, Bethany Root, 34, manager of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison, died at the scene, officials said.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. about 2 1/2 miles northeast of Cummings, Kan., less than nine miles from the airport in Atchison.

The cause of the crash is unknown, said Lt. Bryce Whelpley of the Kansas High Patrol.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on their way to the scene Sunday afternoon, Whelpley said.

The FAA will investigate the crash, an agency spokesman said, and the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation.

Lenoch had performed in the festival the day before in his vintage aircraft.

The annual festival, held in Atchison, celebrates the famed aviator Amelia Earhart.

Lenoch performed for Dave Darcy Airshows based in Chicago. He was was married and had three children, according to his profile on the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation website.

He learned to fly at 17 at Chicago’s Midway Airport and earned engineering degrees from Purdue and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He held multiple authorizations for various aircraft, had logged over 9,000 hours of flight time and built his own aircraft — a Pitts S-IT – the bio said.

Root, according to a 2014 profile in the St. Joseph News-Press, followed a love of flying to the St. Joseph area three years ago at the age of 31. She worked for the airport’s management company, McElwain Sprayers of Wathena, Kan.

She had been a special education teacher and ran a custom motorcycle shop in Indianapolis until she took an opportunity to learn to fly and work with the McElwain crop dusters in Kansas and Missouri, the feature said.

“She was extremely passionate about flying,” Jacque Pregont, who coordinated the Amelia Earhart Festival, said Sunday. And the festival was “excited to have (Lenoch) at the airshow.”

“It’s a horrible, horrible loss,” Pregont said.

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Two people were killed Sunday in when a small airplane crashed in Atchison County, Kansas.

Authorities identified the victims as 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch, of Burr Ridge, Illinois, and 34-year-old Bethany Root, of Atchison.

The cause of the crash, near Cummings, Kansas, is currently unknown. Lenoch and Root left the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison at around 10 a.m Sunday.

Atchison County Sheriff Jack Lauri said witnesses described seeing the plane doing stunt-like maneuvers before the crash.

Lenoch is listed as one of the two aerobatic pilots at Saturday night's air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival. The plane involved in the crash, a 1944 P-51D Mustang, is believed to be the same plane flown for last night's show over the river, according to Laurie.

The FAA is currently en route to the crash site to conduct an investigation.

No residents in the area of the crash were injured, Laurie said.

Earlier, authorities loaded the bodies of the victims in the coroner's vehicle. Laurie said they would be transferred to the Wyandotte County morgue to be examined.

Authorities from several state and local departments responded at 10:19 a.m. Sunday, when the call about a possible crash came over the radio.

At the wreckage site, parts of a wing, a landing wheel and glass were visible from the debris.

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· Atchison County Sheriff's Office · 

At 10:18 AM the Atchison County Sheriff's Office was notified of a plane crash that occurred near 234th and Ness road in Atchison County. Sheriff's Deputies, KHP, and EMS & Rescue responded to the scene. 

The pilot and passenger were killed in the crash. The pilot was identified as 64 year old Vlado Lenoch of Buff Ridge, Illinois. The passenger was identified as Bethany Root, 34 of Atchison, Kansas.

The plane that crashed was a North American P-51D Mustang that flew along the Missouri River in the air show at the Amelia Earhart Festival last evening named the "Baby-Duck"

There is not a known cause to the crash at this time. The plane left the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison around 10:00 AM this morning and believed to have crashed shortly after. No residents in the area were injured .

The Federal Aviation Administration is in route to the crash site to conduct an investigation. KHP will be at the scene to answer any questions further until 4:30 PM.