Tuesday, August 1, 2017

North Dakota Air National Guard: Don't fear the Reaper




FARGO — Under the chin of the brand new unmanned aircraft at the Air National Guard's airport hangar is a 2-foot wide turret with six gleaming glass panels.

Behind each panel is a powerful camera or a laser used for range-finding and to designate targets for guided missiles.

MQ-9 Reapers like this one have been hunting and killing terrorists in Syria and Iraq. With the Guard's 119th Wing planning to fly a pair of Reapers out of their home base at Hector International Airport, officials are wary that these capabilities might somehow inspire fear in the public.

In a media tour Tuesday, Aug. 1, several officials including Col. Britt Hatley, the wing's commander, stressed that the aircraft wouldn't spy on the public — the military isn't allowed to do this on American soil — and would not haul live weapons.

According to Hatley, the Reapers are a great training tool for the wing's pilots, sensor operators and, especially, maintenance crews. Their previous aircraft, unmanned MQ-1 Predators, were stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base and then later relocated to other U.S. bases making hands-on training difficult. There 119th hasn't had an aircraft stationed here since 2013 when the last C-21 Lear jets left.

With their bright red tail flash bearing the wing's Happy Hooligan's nickname, Hatley expects the new Reapers would also help with recruitment. There are more than 120 openings right now from aircraft mechanic to intelligence specialists, including full-time jobs.

"We are hiring," Hatley said, touting financial incentives such as college tuition. Initial training lasts from six weeks to a year depending on the job, he said.



Staying in control

The Reaper is a spindly aircraft with a wingspan that's nearly twice as long as the fuselage.

A bulge at the front end houses a satellite antenna that allows it to be flown overseas from control rooms at Hector airport. Since October when the Predators were relocated, 119th airmen have been flying Reapers remotely often in overseas missions.

Other protrusions on the aircraft hide antennas that link the aircraft directly to the control rooms. These would be used during training flights between the airport and the Guard's training area at Camp Grafton near Devils Lake.

Despite redundant antennas, it is theoretically possible for controllers to lose contact with the aircraft. If that were to happen, the aircraft is programmed to orbit over a certain area while troubleshooters try to restore contact, according to a pilot that the 119th asked not be named for security reasons.

The military has been hesitant about naming pilots and others involved in anti-terrorist operations since the Islamic State released a "kill list" naming about 100 U.S. service members in 2015, according to Guard spokesman Senior Master Sgt. Dave Lipp.




Hauling bombs

The Reaper's turret is equipped with cameras that can see in visible light and infrared. Behind the turret is a synthetic aperture radar that uses radio waves to form pictures, allowing the aircraft to see through clouds.

The sensors won't be turned off while the Reapers flies over civilian areas — initially they'll limit themselves to flights over Fargo before making the trip to Camp Grafton — Hatley said, but sensor operators won't be tracking any specific person or vehicle and keeping a record of what they do. For that kind of practice, he said, they'll use a simulator with different combat scenarios.

The Hooligans' Reapers are Block 5 models, the latest variant of an aircraft that the Air Force has flown for nearly a decade. The first time a Block 5 flew in combat was in late June when airmen of the 432nd Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., flew a sortie targeting Islamic State militants, according to the Air Force. Their Reaper flew reconnaissance for 16 hours and used a 500-pound GPS-guided bomb and two laser-guided missiles to destroy two "defensive fighting positions," two vehicles and a mortar.

General Atomics, the Reapers' manufacturer, said it can loiter for as many as 27 hours.

The Hooligans' Reapers will be unarmed while flying here, according to the unnamed pilot. If the public did see bomb-like objects hanging from the wings, they would most likely be training rounds without explosives in them.

This is to give pilots practice flying a laden aircraft, Hatley said. Sensor operators also get practice, too, using their turret to check the physical status of the weapons. "The weapons will not come off the airplane."

"I would just say to allay any concerns that the Fargo populace has, we're doing wonderful things with this airplane for this country," he said. "It's going to take off and land here just like any other airplane does."

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Record Number of Private Jets to Descend into Jackson Hole for Eclipse

Private Aircraft, Jet Charters and their Passengers Flock to Jackson Hole for Eclipse Event, Join Record Crowds for Expected Busiest Day in History August 21st.





JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On August 21 at 11:35am Jackson Hole, Wyoming will be directly under the totality of the solar eclipse for 2 minutes, 20 seconds, with the partial eclipse lasting for over 2-1/2 hours.

The Jackson Hole valley includes Grand Teton National Park and is adjacent to Yellowstone National Park.  On the exact centerline of the eclipse totality, the southern part of Grand Teton National Park is one of the best places in the entire country to view this event.  

A major summer vacation destination even without a total eclipse, Jackson Hole and the Parks are expected to exceed all-time records for visitors, lodging and traffic.  Visitor demand has been building for the eclipse for over a year.  Upscale lodging opportunities have expanded as a result; a recent advertisement featured a high-end 3-bedroom home with a guest house at $30,000 for the week. 

This increased demand for the eclipse event is resulting in record private jet and charter aircraft traffic at the Jackson Hole Airport, already a popular hub for private jet travel and one of the top 3 summer mountain resort airport destinations in the U.S. along with Aspen, CO and Sun Valley, ID.  Located inside Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole Airport is the only airport in the country inside a national park. 

The eclipse's centerline path of totality will pass directly over the airport itself.  Private jet traffic surrounding the Aug. 21 date however, will be far from eclipsed.




Private Jet Traffic Expected to Skyrocket

August is peak season and already a busy month for private jet activity in Jackson Hole, with daily private air operations averaging over 50 arrivals or departures plus more than 20 private aircraft parking on the ramp overnight.

Aircraft parking at Jackson Hole Aviation, the local FBO/private terminal, is expected to jump to near capacity with ramp space possibly filled and the potential of aircraft being turned away.  Depending on the volume of air traffic into Jackson Hole, the FAA may implement Special Traffic Management Programs (STMP) for private aircraft, where advance reservations known as "slots", are needed for arrivals or departures.

Headquartered in Jackson Hole is New Flight Charters, a leader in nationwide private jet charter which arranges around 1,400 custom private jet flights per year.  The company monitors jet charter activity to and from Jackson Hole and is reporting up to ten times the normal activity of private charter aircraft to and from Jackson Hole Airport during this time.

August 18 to 23 is the busiest period, with peak traffic on August 18 and 22. 

"Right now, August 18 looks to be busier than a December 26 at the airport," said New Flight Charters president Rick Colson.  "We knew this would be busy but the numbers we are seeing are amazing."  The day after Christmas is normally the busiest day of the year for private jet arrivals, bringing winter vacationers to Jackson Hole and its world renown ski destination Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Four Seasons Resort and other high-end lodging.

Commercial airline traffic will be increased as well, an additional 15 commercial flights will be landing and departing between August 18 and 23 – three more per day than normal.  The Jackson Hole Airport is already the busiest airport in Wyoming.

Airport Runway Closing

The airport is planning for the eclipse.  With its location along the precise centerline of the eclipse's path of totality, access to the airport will be limited for both those on the ground and in the air to help manage crowds and traffic.  The runway will be closed for 1 hour around the approximately 2-minute totality at 11:35am.  The closure will be from 30 minutes before, to 30 minutes after the totality.  And those driving to the airport that day will need their private aircraft's tail number, an airline boarding pass, or a legitimate reason to access to the airport.

Busiest Day Ever

Grand Teton National Park, where Jackson Hole Airport is located, is bracing for its busiest day ever.  The Park and Teton County are preparing for potential gridlocked roads, overwhelmed cell phone networks, and completely full public areas including parking lots, campgrounds, boat ramps, and roadway pullouts. 

According to Teton park spokeswoman Denise Germann in the July 26 edition of the local Jackson Hole News & Guide, "'A typical August day is a very busy day at Grand Teton National Park,' Germann said. 'This Aug. 21, the day of the total eclipse, we're expecting to be the busiest day in the history of the park.'

"Above all else, Germann stressed, visitors should come prepared for a long day. Bring food, water, a full gas tank and necessary medications."

Arriving private jets would be wise to do the same.

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Silver Airways plots new growth strategy with $1.1 billion aircraft order




Regional airline Silver Airways of Fort Lauderdale, which focuses on Florida and the Bahamas, is looking to expand into the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. with a new fleet of planes at a cost of $1 billion.

On Tuesday, the company announced it had signed a letter of intent to upgrade and expand its fleet with up to 50 new French-made aircraft that can carry 46 passengers each.

The new ATR-600 would replace the company’s existing fleet of 34-passenger Saab 340B turboprop aircraft over the next few years, Silver said in a news release. The airline currently operates an average of 125 daily flights to 10 Florida cities and eight destinations in the Bahamas, the majority from hubs in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

Jason Bewley, Silver’s chief financial officer and its newly-appointed president, called the move a “monumental leap forward.”

The new planes will enable Silver to expand its network “with greater reach, including further into the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States,” Bewley said.

For travelers, the new planes would mean an upgraded flying experience and reliability. Silver’s new planes would feature wide cabins with slim lightweight seats, spacious overhead bins and full-size lavatories.

Additionally, Silver said it is exploring talks with San Juan, PR.-based Seaborne Airlines for a “potential commercial cooperation” to further its long-term goal of becoming a major U.S. carrier.

Seaborne’s majority owner is private equity firm Versa Capital Management of Philadelphia. Last September, a Versa affiliate acquired a majority stake in Silver.

The injection of capital from Versa was expected to help fuel Silver’s recent expansion into Cuba and to other potential new markets. In April, however, Silver ended its fledgling Cuba operations due to lack of demand and overcapacity in the market.

On Tuesday, Silver also named aviation industry veteran and attorney Steve Rossum as its new CEO effective Aug. 7. He’ll take over from Sami Teittinen, Silver’s former president and CEO who is leaving the carrier for personal reasons. Rossum was Silver’s external general counsel and fleet transactions advisor.

“My new colleagues and I are fully focused on safety, reliability, growth and working toward fulfilling Silver’s promising future,” Rossum said.

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Missing-man formation is planned this September at the Northern Illinois Air Show for longtime show pilot Vlado Lenoch: North American P-51D Mustang, N251PW, Mustang Historic Military Aircraft LLC, fatal accident occurred July 16, 2017 in Cummings, Atchison County, Kansas

Vlado Lenoch


The North American P-51D Mustang “Baby Duck” flown by Vlado Lenoch during the Wings Over Waukegan Northern Illinois Airshow in 2016. Lenoch was killed last month when the Mustang crashed in Kansas.


The upcoming Northern Illinois Air Show in September at Waukegan National Airport was almost not going to feature its popular heritage military aircraft because of a recent plane crash in Kansas that killed one of the annual event's featured pilots and destroyed the popular "Baby Duck" P-51D Mustang.

But the Warbird Heritage Foundation, based at Waukegan National, recently decided to keep flying, making an appearance at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh show last weekend in Wisconsin.

"We did halt flight operations, because it felt like the right thing to do at the time," said Paul Wood of Lake Forest, president of the Warbird Heritage Foundation.

"Now we've resumed with flight operations," Wood added. "We felt it was appropriate to bring everything back."

Vlado Lenoch, 64, and a passenger died last month after the World War II-era P-51 fighter he was flying crashed one day after it flew in a festival that celebrates famed aviator Amelia Earhart in her Kansas hometown.

The crash occurred at about 10:15 a.m. July 16 when the 1944 plane turned around, dove toward the ground and crashed in a field about five miles south of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport in Atchison, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported on its website.

According to Northbrook resident Tom Coogan, president of the Northern Illinois Air Show, there will be a missing-man formation flyover at the Sept. 9 event in recognition of the loss of Lenoch, who was a local legend for his past participation at Waukegan air shows.

In addition, there will be staged dogfights with Korean War-era planes, paratroopers jumping with a giant United States flag and trailing smoke, mock bombing runs with explosions, and a jet truck making several runs, Coogan said.

"He perished along with (fellow pilot Bethany Root) in Baby Duck, which has been a perennial favorite at this and other air shows around the country," Coogan said of the Burr Ridge pilot. "A loss like this is unfortunate for not only the Northern Illinois Airshow and the Warbird Heritage Foundation, but for air shows across the county."

Coogan added that while the Northern Illinois Air Show is not exclusively a military festival, "most of the performing aircraft are former U.S. and foreign military fighter or combatant training aircraft."

Formerly known as Wings Over Waukegan, the Northern Illinois Air Show is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 9. Coogan said organizers expect to draw some 10,000 attendees. The cost is $15, but active military personnel in uniform and children 12 and under get in free.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon with a 9/11 tribute featuring a color guard and singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" under a dramatic presentation by the Quad City Skydivers flying the American flag and trailing smoke.

"One of the really cool aspects of attending the Northern Illinois Air Show is the ability to walk around the ramp right up to flyable aircraft and their crew. Most people never get that experience," Coogan said. "Bring your curiosity and questions."

According to a tentative schedule posted by organizers, some of the visiting active-duty aircraft and crews will be available for tours. Among the prospective aircraft is a C-17 Globemaster, which has a takeoff weight of 585,000 pounds, and an A-10 Warthog.

"The A-10 is a jet built around a rotary cannon, and its crew members aren't in fear of entering into front -line, low-altitude action," said Coogan, a former Navy pilot with 10 years of military service during the 1980s and 1990s in the Persian Gulf.

Among the vintage aircraft scheduled to perform are North American F-86 Sabres flown during the Korean War. Also on the schedule are a Warbird Heritage A-1 Skyraider, T-2 Buckeye, A-4 Skyhawk, L-39 Albatross, T-28 Trojan, T-6 Texan, L-19 Bird Dog and Navy Stearman aircraft.

Scheduled to fly in for the show are the T-28 Trojan Horseman and the Yak-52 Aerostar Aerobatic team. Wood said the Waukegan event is, "one of the few air shows in the country that will fly historic military aircraft."

"The launch of this air show is a rare opportunity for families to understand American military history," Wood said. "We especially want to connect children with veterans so that our youngest citizens can appreciate the sacrifices that our military personnel have made for our country.

"The air show is a chance for people to experience what it was like for their grandparents or other extended family members who experienced wartime," Wood added. "Families will benefit from revisiting what it means to celebrate freedom while appreciating the sacrifices made by those who served or are serving in the U.S. military."

According to Wood, organizers expect to set a a new attendance record this year.

Also available to those in attendance will be the on-site Lake County Veteran Memorial Park just inside the airport's southern entrance, which is expected to be nearing completion by show day.

For more information, visit http://northernillinoisairshow.com.

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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.

Van's RV-6A: Accident occurred August 01, 2017 on Vargas Island, British Columbia

Two people were airlifted to hospital after a small plane crash Tuesday on Vargas Island, 20 kilometres northwest of Tofino. 

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a call around 1:30 p.m. after an amateur-built two-seater plane crashed on a beach on the remote island in Clayoquot Sound, said Lt. (Navy) Tony Wright. The aircraft was landing on the sandy beach when its nose hit the ground, causing the plane to flip upside down, said Jason Kobi, the Transportation Safety Board’s regional manager for Pacific air investigations.

The aircraft had an emergency locator beacon that activated after the crash, Kobi said.

A coast guard vessel from Tofino and a Cormorant helicopter from Comox responded to the scene.

The helicopter landed on the beach and the search and rescue technicians stabilized the pilot and passenger, who had undetermined injuries. The helicopter landed at Victoria International Airport, where B.C. Ambulance paramedics took the two people to hospital.

The Transportation Safety Board is gathering information to determine what caused the crash, but will not send investigators to the scene, Kobi said. Investigators will interview the pilot and passenger as well as people flying in nearby planes who may have witnessed the crash.

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The Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Center says two people have been flown to hospital after a small plane crashed on a beach on Vargas Island near Tofino. 

Rescuers responded after a call came in at 1:28pm Tuesday afternoon.

The JRCC says a fixed-wheel RV-6A plane with two people on board made a hard landing on the beach at Ahous Bay. The Coast Guard cutter Cape Ann was dispatched from Tofino while local paramedics also raced to the scene via water taxi.

Both patients were stabilized before being transported to hospital by a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron based at CFB Comox.

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Engine 'surge' said to be behind Air Canada jet's emergency landing in Toronto



It was shortly after takeoff from Toronto’s Pearson airport, when their airplane was still climbing, that passengers aboard the Air Canada jetliner heard very loud bangs.

Some saw red sparks and flames coming from the left engine of the plane.

The plane was able to return safely to Pearson on its own power, but the Friday evening incident added disruption to the normally routine Air Canada daily service from Toronto to Ottawa.

The aircraft, a twin-engine Boeing 767 manufactured in 1989, was carrying 175 passengers.

According to Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS), the problem is believed to have been a surge – a malfunction of the compressor – in the left engine.

At night, engine surging can be spectacular because of the noise and flash but the passengers were not in harm’s way, aviation consultant Jock Williams said in an interview.

“It’s not a huge danger but the pilot preferred taking every precaution,” he said.

To passengers, it was dramatic. One woman, who was travelling with her three-year-old and eight-month-old, told The Globe and Mail that she was sure the plane was going to crash.

“All I could think was my poor babies will never get to experience life,” said the woman, who didn’t want her name published.

Lynda Judd, an Ottawa-area resident, was also aboard the flight, AC476. In an account she gave to her husband, Peter, she recalled that the plane stopped climbing after the banging sounds.

The Boeing started turning toward Lake Ontario then back toward Pearson. “No announcements were made for a long time but everyone knew something was wrong,” Mr. Judd told The Globe.

“We definitely heard and felt the engine surging,” another passenger, Canadian musician Joshua Bartholomew, tweeted.

Mr. Bartholomew and his wife, Lisa Harriton, who are a Grammy-nominated song-writing and music producing team, were both travelling aboard Flight AC476. He tweeted that it was a “scary” experience.

Mr. Judd said he was told that the pilot eventually announced that they had lost the left engine but were cleared for an emergency landing.

On the ground, several residents in the Toronto area reported hearing blast-like sounds and seeing flames as the plane returned.

According to Ms. Judd, there were many fire trucks with flashing lights waiting for the plane on the runway. It sat for about 20 minutes while the firefighters inspected it, before it could proceed to the gate.

Normally, Flight AC476 would have landed in Ottawa around 8:31 p.m., then the Boeing would have proceeded across the Atlantic to London’s Heathrow airport, as Flight AC888.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada didn’t immediately deploy investigators, but spokesman Chris Krepski said the board would follow up with the carrier to find out what happened.

According to the preliminary CADORS information, the Boeing had left Pearson’s runway 06L when, around 7:55 p.m., its left engine failed.

“Encountered a surge in the left engine and as a precaution returned to Toronto,” the report said.

Surges happen when the compressor, which provides pressurized air to burn the aircraft’s fuel, stalls, possibly because of prior damage, hitting a bird or air backing up, Mr. Williams said.

The passengers were transferred to another aircraft and eventually arrived in Ottawa shortly after midnight.

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Cessna 150F, N8879S: Accident occurred August 01, 2017 in Bullard, Cherokee County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N8879S

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA298
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 01, 2017 in Bullard, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N8879S
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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

On August 1, 2017, about 1515 central daylight time,, a Cessna 150F, N8879S, collided with terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 12 at the Tarrant Field Airport (6X0), near Mount Selman, Texas. The flight instructor received minor injuries and the student pilot received serious injuries. The airplane impacted nose down and received damage to the forward fuselage and wings. The aircraft was registered to and operated by an individual provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR) about 1445.




Two men were seriously injured last week when their single-engine plane crashed along the side of Highway 69 in Cherokee County, about three miles south of Bullard during the afternoon hours of Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the plane departed Tyler Pounds Regional Airport before crashing on Highway 69, near mile 352.

According to the dash cam video of an Angelina County constable who was driving south on Highway 69 at the time of the crash, the low-flying plane attempted to make a left turn to avoid trees. When it did, the plane began to descend and crash nose-first along the ditch on the north side of the roadway.

The plane, identified as a Cessna 150F, a single-engine plane with tail number N8879S, registered to Michael P. Daniel of Eunice, NM.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials identified Joshua Daniel, 36, of Bullard, and Jamie Jackson, 33, of Tomball, as the occupants of the plane, confirming that Daniel is a flight student and Jackson is a pilot instructor. It is still unknown as to who was piloting the aircraft at the time of the wreck.

The FAA said the plane originated from the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport after making a stop to take on more fuel. The two inside the plane were reportedly practicing grass landings and field runs at a landing strip located near the crash site.

As a result of the wreck, Daniel was taken via helicopter to a hospital in Tyler and taken to the Intensive Care Unit with injuries to his head and left arm. Jackson was taken by ambulance to a Tyler hospital. Both men have since been released.

According to the FAA, the pilot of the aircraft did not submit a flight plane, as the plane was observing the visual flight rules, a set of regulations under which a pilot operates an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going.

The wreck caused traffic backups and the closure of Highway 69 in both directions.

DPS troopers remained with the plane along the side of the highway until FFA and National Transportation Safety Board representatives arrived on the scene from Dallas.

Assisting DPS at the wreck scene were firefighters from Bullard Fire Department and Flint-Gresham Fire Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration report on the crash states that the damage to the plane was “substantial.” The cause of the crash is unknown at present time, but remains under investigation.


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CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Texas Department of Public Safety Officials confirmed the identities of those involved in a plane crash Tuesday on U.S. Highway 69 in Cherokee County.

The occupants have been identified as Joshua Daniel, 36 of Bullard and Jamie Jackson, 33 of Tomball. On Tuesday night Daniel was still listed in serious condition at ETMC Tyler, and his family said he has injuries to his head and left arm. Jackson has been treated and released from ETMC Tyler.

36-year-old Joshua Daniel, the flight student piloting the aircraft had to be intubated after suffering head and a left arm injury in the crash, according to family members.

Troopers secured the scene and were awaiting the arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration to continue the investigation.  

The Cessna 150, a single-engine plane, went down near the city of Bullard, north of Mount Selman. Jackson was taken by ambulance to ETMC in Tyler, while Daniel was flown to ETMC Tyler by helicopter. 

Family members say they believe the two were practicing field runs and doing grass landings at a nearby landing strip just a few hundred yards away from the crash site.

The FAA confirms the plane departed Tyler Pounds Regional Airport before crashing on Highway 69, near mile 352. The FAA says there is substantial damage to the plane.

Brian Barnett, a pilot stationed at Tyler Pounds, said that he knows the two men who were in the crash. Barnett says that one of the men was a student pilot and the other was his instructor. 

Highway 69 has now reopened going both directions and the plane has been removed from the location.


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One of the two passengers injured in a plane crash north of Mt. Selman Tuesday has been released from the hospital.

Jamie Jackson, 33, was treated and released from East Texas Medical Center, and 36-year-old Joshua Daniel remained hospitalized Wednesday and listed in serious condition with head and arm injuries. 

The two were in the single engine aircraft that crashed on U.S. Highway 69 on Tuesday. 

The Cessna C150 landed in the ditch about 3 p.m. south of Bullard, nearly missing the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 69. DPS stopped traffic in both directions for less than an hour while first responders evaluated the scene.

Damage to the plane is listed as substantial, according to the FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing webpage. 

Daniel's family arrived to collect his personal belongings and told CBS19 he was training for his pilot's license.

Family members said he was practicing "grass landings" when the accident happened and that he had been in training for about six months.

The family said the the plane was traveling southbound out of Cherokee County when the crash occurred. 

The FAA has not released the cause of the crash.  

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A small plane crashed on highway 69 between Bullard and Mt. Selman. Two people were in the plane, and both sustained head injuries. One was removed from the scene via ambulance while the other was removed with an airlift. The plane was reported to have taken off from Tyler, and was southbound in the direction of Jacksonville.

According to Sgt. Patrick Dark of DPS, the plane was flying low over the highway, when it suddenly turned around and took a nosedive. One of the people in the plane was a 36-year-old studying for a pilot's license. The other was their 33-year-old flight instructor. As of yet, nobody is sure who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.

The FAA has been notified of the accident, and is sending a team down from Dallas to help investigate. DPS will remain with the wreck until they arrive.











BULLARD, Texas (KETK) - Two people were seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a Cherokee County plane crash.

Smith County officials confirm a plane crashed near the Smith County-Cherokee County line.

DPS is on scene of the accident. According to DPS, the accident is north of Mount Selman off Highway 69 at mile marker 352. 

Two people were aboard the plane when it went down, according to DPS. The Federal Aviation Administration also confirms two people were on board the single-engine aircraft.

The FAA does not know what caused the plane crash at this time. The FAA has identified the plane as a Cessna 150F with tail number N8879S, according to the FAA. The plane is registered to Michael P. Daniel of Eunice, New Mexico.

The FAA spokesman also says the plane had departed from Tyler Pound Regional Airport.

A witness tells KETK they saw a man lying on the ground unconscious following the crash and a second man was walking around. 

One patient is being taken by air to ETMC-Tyler. The second patient will be transported by ground to ETMC-Tyler. KETK has learned the two involved were a flight instructor and student pilot. The passenger is in fair condition and the pilot had to be intubated at the scene.

The victims names have not been released.

Highway 69 was temporarily closed for the helicopter to transport a patient. Bullard Fire and Flint-Gresham Fire Department are also assisting at the scene. 


 The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.

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Grumman American AA-1B Trainer, N6216L: Accident occurred August 01, 2017 near Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N6216L

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 01, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA1, registration: N6216L
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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

On August 1, 2017, about 1300 mountain standard time, an Grumman AA-1B, N6216L, was substantially damaged following impact with terrain shortly after takeoff at the Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Phoenix, Arizona. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Both the flight instructor and student pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight. No flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to an Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector who responded to the accident site, several witnesses reported that after the airplane lifted off and was in its initial climb to the west, the wings started to rock back and forth. The airplane subsequently began to descend, struck the airport's western perimeter fence, and collided with terrain before coming to rest on a road that borders the airport on the west. Both wings and the engine had separated from the airplane due to impact forces. The wreckage was recovered to a secured location for further examination.


Chandler Riesterer's recovery fund: https://www.gofundme.com

RotoProne Therapy System, a special bed Chandler Riesterer is in.


Brody Burnell's recovery: https://www.gofundme.com



Brody Burnell (left) and Chandler Riesterer (right) on one of their many flights together. The pair were critically injured when their plane crashed near Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix on Aug. 1, 2017. 



SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Dutch Bros located near Scottsdale Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale is donating proceeds to help two young Valley residents that were involved in a plane crash recently.

Earlier this month Brody Burnell and Chandler Riesterer were involved in a small plane crash near Deer Valley Airport. Both are still in the hospital in critical condition and face a long road to recovery.

“We are deeply saddened by the accident these young men were involved in,” said Dutch Bros Phoenix General Manager, Josh Hayes. “We want to do what we can to help support them, and their families during this time of need.”

While only one location is donating proceeds Friday from purchases, all Valley locations will also have a donation bucket that goes directly to the family.

Brody had been working at the Dutch Bros location that is donating proceeds for two years.

“Brody and Chandler, they’re still fighting to keep alive at the hospital down there, and every bit of money that they can get is going to be super helpful for the families,” said Tyler Brooks, a regional manager for Dutch Bros.

“Both of them still have a lot to recover from and probably still have some more surgeries to go," said Megan Anderson, Brody's cousin.

She said both the two men fly planes, but Brody was the pilot that day.

“He’s wanted to be a pilot since he was 6," Anderson said.

“We appreciate any and all support given and if you want to make a donation to the cause, we will be accepting contributions at every Dutch Bros location in Arizona,” said Josh.


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It was a miracle they survived, and as 18-year-old Brody Burnell and 22-year-old Chandler Riesterer continue to recover in the ICU following a plane crash, a community is gathering to help the two, on their road to recovery.

"Both boys had all similar injuries between the head and the lower extremities," said Steve Burnell, Brody's father. "Broken bones and things."

Brody and Chandler were in a single engine plane that crashed last week, near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley. Brody was the pilor.

"I don't like to use 'miracle', but it's -- people are calling and praying from Wisconsin to West Texas to Florida," said Burnell. He also said Brodie met Chandler, another pilot, while working at a chain coffee shop location.

"That's how they met," said Burnell. "Came through the drive-thru, found out they were both pilots, became friends and started flying together."

Now, Brody and Chandler are recovering together, near each other in the ICU. Burnell said Brody's doctors  recently worked to lower the swelling in his brain.

"They did a, what they call a craniotomy," said Burnell. "They just took a piece of the skull off, and Mr. Brain is breathing and relaxing, and so, we can put that issue behind us, and move forward with the rest of his recovery"

As for Chandler, his best days happened recently.

"He's had, really, two great days," said Burnell. "His latest battle was Pneumonia, but they brought in a special bed, and was able to move him around and able to help things get better, and they did."

Two fundraisers are set to take place on Friday for Brody and Chandler.The "Chop" steakhouse in Chandler will donate their proceeds from open to close to Brody. Meanwhile, All Dutch Bros locations in Arizona are accepting donations, and the Dutch Bros off Greyhawk and Scottsdale Road will donate all their proceeds to the two boys.

They both also have GoFundMe pages set up.


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Witnesses recount what they saw when a plane crashed near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road Tuesday afternoon.

​The Phoenix Fire Department said two men are in critical condition after a plane crashed near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

According to Phoenix FD, the Grumman American AA-1B Trainer aircraft went through a fence and lodged into a tree. Firefighters were able to get the men out of the plane.

According to fire officials, the crash happened off of airport property and close to Adobe Drive.

An FAA spokesperson said the pilot reported a problem shortly after departing Deer Valley Airport and said they would try to turn around to return to the airport.

Eventually the pilot and his passenger came down about a half mile from the runway.

Jade Byers works next to an airport, so it's normal to see planes from her office window. There was some very different about this plane though.

"Pretty low. Thought it might crash. Sure enough I heard a boom and it crashed right there on 19th Avenue," she said. I almost thought it clipped the building, or was going to anyway."

That's when Byers and several others working in her building ran outside to see if they could help. 

"Obviously working here every day it's in the back of your mind a little bit, but today it happened," she said.

Darrell Brethauer works at a body shop across the street.

"We heard a loud crash," Brethauer said.

He thought it was a car accident, but quickly learned it wasn't.

"Two guys were in the plane," Brethauer said. "We had to pull the tree limbs away so they could get to them. Then waited for the paramedics to get here."

The investigation and wreckage shut down 19th Avenue between Williams and Deer Valley for almost six hours.


The cause of the crash is unknown and Phoenix Police Department is investigating.

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5/AP) - Authorities say a pilot and his passenger are critically injured after the crash of a small plane in north Phoenix just east of the Deer Valley Airport.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say the plane aircraft went down around 1 p.m. Tuesday and went through a fence and lodged into a tree alongside a road leading to the airport.

"The plane went down," said one witness. "I'm still shaking."

Pieces of the plane were scattered across 19th Avenue.

Two men were extricated from the wreckage and taken to a north Phoenix hospital by ambulance.

Their names and ages aren't immediately available.

"There were only two people on board," said Phoenix Fire Dept. Captain Larry Subervi. "Both patients are at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. They were both transported in critical condition."

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot of a Grumman American AA-1B Trainer reported a mechanical problem shortly after departure from Deer Valley Airport.

"We were talking about how low it was, and then it just started to wobble," said witness Taylor McCullough. "It just went straight down Our first instinct was to just pull over and get out and see if everybody was okay."

He says the pilot indicated he would try to return to the airport, but the plane crashed about a half mile from the runway.

There's no word yet on the cause of the crash.

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Two people flying inside a small, single-prop airplane were hurt when it crashed Tuesday afternoon in north Phoenix.

A Phoenix Fire Department official said two men were rushed to hospitals in critical condition after being pulled from the wreckage.

Both men were alert and communicating with first responders, according to Phoenix fire Capt. Larry Subervi. 

The plane went down just east of Deer Valley Airport, near 19th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane. It crashed through a fence and lodged in a tree, said Subervi.

Shortly after the plane took off, the pilot reported a problem with the plane and said he would attempt to return back to the airport, said Ian Gregor, an Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The plane went down a half-mile after the runway ended, he said. 

"Nineteenth Avenue is the end of the Deer Valley runway, so the witnesses that were there said they saw the aircraft swirling, and start to go down pretty immediately," Subervi said.

"I would expect this intersection to be closed all day," he said. "From here, Phoenix Police Department is going to do the investigation."

Subervi said the intersection is "extremely busy" during the middle of the day, and it's lucky that nobody else was hurt.  

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PHOENIX - Phoenix Fire Department officials have confirmed a small single-engine plane has crashed in the area of 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, just east of Deer Valley Airport.

According to a brief statement by the Phoenix Fire Department, the plane went through a fence and lodged into a tree, where firefighters were able to extricate two people.

Video from the scene showed neighboring businesses did not appear to have suffered any damage as a result.

"Two adult males were transported to an area hospital in critical condition," stated Captain Larry Subervi. "The exact nature of their injuries is unknown at this time."

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot of a single-engine Grumman AA-1 reported a mechanical problem shortly after departure from Deer Valley Airport. He says the pilot indicated he would try to return to the airport, but the plane crashed about a half mile from the runway.

The names of the pilot and passenger have not been released.

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