Monday, September 11, 2017

Sugden to be inducted into Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame

Sugden introduces two Young Eagles to the Bell 47 helicopter. Sugden helped establish a scholarship program to train young pilots through the private pilot’s license.



Richard G. Sugden, M.D., of Jackson, who played a pivotal role in establishing aviation assisted emergency medical services in the Jackson Hole area, is the 2017 inductee into the Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame. 

An induction ceremony in his honor will be held 6 p.m., Sept. 19 at the Teton Aviation/Warbirds Restaurant at the Driggs, Idaho, airport.  

After starting Jackson Hole Air Ambulance in 1980, Sugden served as medical director, trained more than 20 flight nurses and EMTs, and he and other pilots flew more than 1,000 flights without incident. Sugden also served as medical director for Grand Teton National Park for 25 years.

In addition to improving emergency air service in the region, Sugden was heavily involved in a program to encourage youth to enter the aviation industry. As part of the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program, more than 2,000 people between 8-17 years of age took their first flying lesson. Sugden also established a scholarship to help high-school students earn their private pilot license. Many of those young pilots went on to careers in aviation and the military.

Sugden, who served in the Navy as a flight surgeon, also volunteers for wounded veteran programs, including the Veterans Airlift Command, which provides free air transportation for post-9/11 combat-wounded veterans and their families, and the Honoring Our Veterans program, which offers transportation to Jackson for veterans to enjoy outdoor recreation.

But Sugden has served his community in many other ways as well. In addition to his contributions to aviation, he has practiced family medicine in the region for more than 40 years, delivering more than 1,000 babies.

Despite these efforts, Sugden remains humble about being honored and, saying that what has meant most to him was his wife’s recognition of his efforts, saying only, “It’s personally rewarding to be able to help others.”

Sue Sugden was involved in nominating her husband for the award. The high-school sweethearts were married in 1966 and have two children.

Billy Walker, a retired pilot for Frontier Airlines, put the nomination together with the help of Sue and others, including a little star power. Actor Harrison Ford, who is involved in promoting aviation in young people’s lives through the Young Eagles program, wrote a letter supporting Sugden’s nomination.

Sugden encourages others to get involved as he has.

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space,” he said. “Chip in. Win! Win!”

As a pilot, Sugden has logged nearly 11,000 hours of flight time in numerous categories, such as backcountry flying, aerial dog-fighting, formation flying and air racing. He also has restored many vintage military aircraft that he shows at airshows across the nation. 

He took his backcountry pilot experience with the Wyoming-built Aviat Husky to Kenya and trained wildlife service pilots. He also donated a new Husky to the service to assist in efforts to reduce elephant and rhinoceros poaching. 

Sugden is a licensed FAA Class I, II and III medical examiner. He is the author of aviation safety articles and has presented to the Flying Physicians Association. He has served on many boards, including the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Board of Directors, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, EAA Warbirds and the Bird Aviation and Invention Museum Board of Advisors. He also has served on numerous local boards, including the Jackson Hole Search and Rescue, Quiet Birdmen Jackson Hangar and the Teton County Experimental Aircraft Association. 

Sugden was born in Orinda, California, in 1942, but moved to Jackson Hole in 1947 where the family owned a dude ranch for several years. In high school he began flying and earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 16. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine, he joined the United States Navy as a flight surgeon in 1970, and was the flight surgeon for the Navy’s test center and Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. He retired from the military in 1975, and he and his family relocated to Jackson where he established his medical practice. 

The Wyoming Aviation Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization operating under the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission. It honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the establishment, development and/or advancement of aviation in Wyoming. 

Original article ➤ http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com

Incident occurred September 11, 2017 in Cathcart, Snohomish County, Washington

SNOHOMISH, WA - Firefighters in Snohomish County were responding Monday afternoon to a report of a plane crash, although the aircraft might have been a paraglider. The plane was down near the city of Snohomish along the 14900 block of Connelly Road. That location is near a bend in the Snohomish River just a short distance east of SR 9.

The pilot of the craft had reportedly made it out the crash uninjured, and fire crews were leaving the scene around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters were accessing the scene via the Heirman Wildlife Prserve, which is at 14913 Connelly Road, and from the other side of the river along Short School Road.

A fisherman at the scene told firefighters that he "watched it go down," and another fisherman had responded to the scene with a boat. Firefighters did not report any sign of a pilot. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://patch.com

Emergency crews are at the scene of the possible crash of a small aircraft in Cathcart near the Snohomish River.

The small ultralight craft appears to have crashed, or made a hard landing along the river just south of the town of Snohomish, near the 14900 block of Connelly Road. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.seattletimes.com

Gunman Opens Fire on Kentucky Utilities helicopter

A gunman opened fire on a utility helicopter in Harrison County and later exchanging gunfire with sheriff's officers.

There were no reports of injuries. The shooter initially fired at the Kentucky Utilities helicopter as it was checking on power lines near Cynthiana, and the pilot was able to land the helicopter, Kentucky State Police Trooper Charles Loudermilk and Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett said.

The suspect, who fled, later exchanged gunfire with police, Barnett said. Several police agencies pursued the gunman who was on foot.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kentucky.com

Airlines Cancel Atlanta Flights As Irma Heads North: Irma, now a tropical storm, still bringing strong winds and heavy rain



The Wall Street Journal
By Susan Carey
Sept. 11, 2017 5:20 p.m. ET


Airlines made plans to resume some flights in Florida and the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma headed inland on Monday, threatening to scrub flights at the nation’s busiest airport in Atlanta.

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc.canceled about 430 flights scheduled to depart Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Monday. Southwest Airlines Co. and Spirit Airlines Inc. also scrapped some Atlanta departures.

Delta said it was concerned that the airport’s runways may experience strong crosswinds from the storm that will exceed operating limits for some of its planes. The carrier said the cancellations could extend into Tuesday and urged passengers to seek routes that don’t connect through Atlanta. It is offering waivers from fare increases and change fees for passengers who alter their plans.

A series of thunderstorms over three days in April caught Delta by surprise and led to 4,000 cancellations. The airline’s telephone circuits overloaded and the carrier couldn’t communicate with its flight crews. Irma, on the other hand, has been on Delta’s radar for two weeks, allowing for proactive adjustments to its schedule.

The company said it planned to cancel 1,000 flights Monday, many of which were to Florida and Caribbean airports that haven’t yet reopened. Delta is retaining its caps on ticket prices, limiting fares to $99 in coach and up to $399 in first class for single nonstop flight between Caribbean, Florida and Southeast coastal cities to other Delta destinations. This offer is in place until Sept. 17.

Other carriers, including JetBlue Airways Corp., United Continental Holdings Inc., and American Airlines Group Inc., also capped their fares to help consumers trying to evacuate from the hurricane’s path. Before doing so, some customers were enraged to find prices of $1,000 or more for the few remaining seats.

American, which operates a hub at Miami International Airport, said it canceled 1,500 flights on Monday. Flight tracking service FlightAware.com estimated that more than 4,000 U.S. flights were canceled Monday, on top of 3,200 on Sunday and 2,300 on Saturday.

Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Irma is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, the National Weather Service said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wsj.com

Cessna 172P, N54463, Interstate Aviation Inc: Accident occurred September 11, 2017 near Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Windsor Locks, Connecticut

Aircraft, while doing a touch and go, went off the runway and into a parking lot.

Interstate Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N54463

Date: 11-SEP-17
Time: 15:25:00Z
Regis#: N54463
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: PLAINVILLE
State: CONNECTICUT


 






 PLAINVILLE — Police released 911 calls made by witnesses after a plane crash Monday morning near Robertson Airport.

Police received two calls at 11:23 a.m. and 11:24 a.m. of reports of a plane crashing into the parking lot of Carling Switch on Johnson Avenue, near the airport.

The first call, made by a man, reports the plane flying into a tree in the parking lot. The second caller, a man at Carling Switch, told the dispatcher he was speaking to the pilot.

“I’m talking to the guy right now, everything seems to be OK right now,” he said.

Plainville police reported Manfred Forst, the pilot, was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut with minor injuries.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration with further investigation possible by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In an accident notification released by the FAA Tuesday, the 1981 Cessna 172 was reported to have gone off the runway during a touch-and-go and crashed into a parking lot behind the airport.

The FAA reported no injuries and substantial crash damage. The agency classified the crash as an accident.

A NTSB representative said Tuesday they would determine whether to investigate within the next few days.

The crash was the ninth in the state involving a small plane in the past year, with six resulting in death. The number of fatal airplane crashes in the state this year has prompted U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to ask the FAA to investigate pilot training, maintenance and other measures.

“They have the power,” Blumenthal previously said about the FAA. “We’re demanding action under existing authority, and responsibility to set higher standards and improve enforcement.”

A flight instructor was killed and two other people were injured this month when a single-engine Cessna crashed at an airport in New Milford. On July 30, Mark Stern, 63, of Redding, died after a crash at Danbury Municipal Airport. The plane was also a Cessna 172.

On April 24, Joseph Tomanelli, a Cheshire physician, was killed in a crash near Meriden-Markham Airport. His son, 21-year-old Daniel Tomanelli, was seriously injured.

Student pilot Pablo Campos Isona, 31, was killed in a plane crash in East Haven on Feb. 22.

Authorities say one person suffered serious injuries in an ultralight aircraft crash in Eastford in July, in August, a single-engine plane crashed in Salisbury, resulting in one person having minor injuries.

All the crashes are under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA. 


Story and video ➤ http://www.myrecordjournal.com

PLAINVILLE – A plane crashed into a parking lot near Robertson Airport Monday morning. 

The crash was reported at about 11:30 a.m. According to emergency responders, one person was in the single engine aircraft and he was not hurt. He has not been identified.


The aircraft belongs to Interstate Aviation, Inc. - an airplane rental and instructional business at the airport. A representative at the business confirmed that the plane belongs to them and that the pilot was renting it. They did not wish to comment further. 


In addition to police, firefighters also responded to the scene, as a small fuel leak was caused by the impact.


Town Manager Robert E. Lee said the pilot was 80 years old and declined medical treatment at the scene. He later went to the hospital to be evaluated.


“He was very fortunate to walk away from the crash,” Lee said.


Dave Thayer, a Bristol resident, was an eyewitness to the crash. He often parks nearby Robertson to watch planes as they land. On Monday, he said he was sipping his coffee as he saw the small plane approaching.


“He was very low,” Thayer said, adding that the plane came close to some utility wires after turning away from the direction of the airport.


Just as the plane craft looked like it was going to land, according to Thayer, it made a sharp “90 degree” turn, hit a tree and spun around before it settled in the Carling Technologies Inc. parking lot, which is adjacent to the airport.


“He looked like he was going to land and all of a sudden made a really sharp turn,” Thayer said. “Luckily the guy is OK.”


The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. 


Story and video ➤ http://www.newbritainherald.com





PLAINVILLVE, CT (WFSB) -  No injuries were reported after a small plane crashed in Plainville on Monday morning.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said a fixed wing single engine Cessna "veered off of Runway 2 at the Robertson Field Airport" around 11:30 a.m. The plane veered into the Carling Technologies parking lot.  


"I was sitting down at the end of the parking lot here, looked up because I heard the plane. Saw it going directly across probably 200 yards from where I was sitting, knew it was going the wrong way obviously," said David Thayer, of Southington. He watched the plane crash right in front of his eyes.


On Monday afternoon, police identified the pilot as Manfred Frost, who was taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.


Crews were looking into a small fuel leak after the plane went down.


Cessna belongs to Interstate Aviation Inc., which is based out of Robertson Airport.


The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. 


This is the state's eighth small plane crash this year. A total of six people have died as a result of those crashes.


Story and video ➤ http://www.wfsb.com






PLAINVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Emergency crews responded to a plane crash in Plainville Monday morning.


Plainville Town Manager, Robert Lee, tells News 8 that the pilot tried to land the small plane at Robertson Airport when the crash occurred.


The plane had touched down on the runway but the pilot did not like the landing so it took off again. 


The pilot then made a right turn, clipping a tree before crashing into the rear parking lot of Carling Technologies, which is adjacent to the airport.


Lee said the pilot walked away without injuries.


There was a fuel leak from the plane so the fire department responded to the scene.


The incident remains under investigation.


Plainville Police have released a video capturing the crash.


Story and video ➤ http://wtnh.com



A surveillance camera captured footage of a small plane crashing into a tree near a Connecticut business Monday morning.

The video shows a 1981 Cessna 172 flying low to the ground before hitting the tree and landing upright in a Plainville parking lot around 11:25 a.m., according to authorities.

Police said the pilot, later identified as Manfred Forst, was taken to The Hospital of Central Connecticut and treated for “what appeared to be minor injuries.” No one else was hurt.

The Plainville Town Manager told WTNH News that the pilot “ran into trouble and wound up crashing” at Carling Technologies, a manufacturer on Johnson Avenue located near Robertson Field Airport.

Authorities said the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene and is investigating the crash.

Story and video ➤  http://turnto10.com

A small plane crashed late Monday morning at Robertson Airport, but authorities reported only very minor injuries.

The police identified the pilot as Manfred Forst and said he was flying alone. He is 80 years old, town manager Robert Lee said Monday afternoon.

The blue-and-white single-engine Cessna was very close to landing when it veered to one side and wobbled, according to a witness. The plane ended up in a parking lot several hundred feet west of the runway; it was right side up, but the right wing appeared to be snapped.

A video released by the town Monday afternoon shows the plane flying low, hitting a tree and then landing in the parking lot.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m.

Police taped off part of the parking lot of Carling Technologies, where the damaged plane was alongside a large tree. An investigator from the Federal Aviation Administration was expected later in the afternoon, police said, but an FAA spokesman could not be reached.

Interstate Aviation, which runs day-to-day operations at the town-owned airport, would not discuss what happened.

Pilots in the terminal were talking about what can go wrong in a failed go-around — essentially an aborted landing — but an Interstate Aviation staffer said nobody would comment about the crash.

Interstate Aviation was renting the plane to Forst at the time, police said,

Dave Thayer, of Bristol, who frequently visits Robertson to watch landings and takeoffs, was near the northern end of the airport’s parking lot when he saw a plane landing from the south. Thayer said it was very low and approaching from the south, but suddenly turned west — away from the runway.

“I knew he had a problem. It was wavering, it was going very slow,” Thayer said. “I heard the bang and knew that he went down.”

Story and video ➤  http://www.courant.com

Fly-In: Le Sueur Lions host pancake breakfast for pilots and locals




Charles Kotaseck and Alycia Favolise both have a long-running love of planes.

Both the middle-schoolers came to their appreciation different ways, but both were full of questions for the pilots rolling into the Le Sueur Municipal Airport for the fourth Annual Fly-In Breakfast.

“Anything with an engine I love, but I absolutely love planes,” Favolise said.




The breakfast, put on by the Le Sueur Lions Club, had pilots from around the state dropping in for a round of pancakes and sausage, though turnout was a little tougher due to some inclement weather around Ottowa.

But the planes that came showed up in style. One of the centerpieces was a bright-red 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane. The plane was referred to as “The Red Baron” by a handful of visiting kids who inspected the craft with their parents.

Mark Walter, the plane’s pilot, said that this fly-in was the first that he had been to this season, but normally he makes it out to more.

“I’m here for the pancakes,” he said.




The draw was enough to give Kotaseck and Favolise people to pepper with questions and show off a little bit of their own aviation knowledge. Kotaseck said that he developed a love for planes since he was young. His house stands about one mile away in line with the airport’s runway. He said planes often flying directly overhead.

The spot, combined with a deep interest in the planes, has given Charles Kotaseck with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the different qualities and quirks to airplane designs, his father said.

Now, Craig and Charles Kotaseck visit fly-ins around the state each year, but said that they makes sure to support their local breakfast event. This year’s timing means they won’t have to skip one of the largest events up in Hector.

Profits from the 250 visitors who attended the pilots-eat-free event will be directed toward community projects and organizations, including developing plans for a new dog park in Le Sueur. William Ingersoll, Lions Club president, said that some of the funds could also be dedicated to hurricane relief in Texas and Florida following a series of intense storms that swept across the Gulf of Mexico in the last few weeks.

Tim Ziebarth, chairman for the fly-in, said the Lions Club works with the local pilots association to set up the event and organize pilots. He said that the event also serves to promote the airport, reminding locals that it’s there and available for service.

Alycia Favolise said that she liked the way the money was raised, because it gives people a chance to come together and talk, connect with pilots and, of course, a chance to check out the planes themselves.

“I believe magical things happen here,” she said.

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://www.southernminn.com

Piper PA-18-105 Special, N303T: Incident occurred September 09, 2017 in Beluga, Alaska

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

Aircraft force landed in a swamp.

http://registry.faa.gov/N303T

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N303T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BELUGA
State: ALASKA

Mooney M20K, N231GH: Incident occurred September 09, 2017 at Oxnard Airport (KOXR), Ventura County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N231GH

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 21:47:00Z
Regis#: N231GH
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: OXNARD
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 152, N89732, G&M Aircraft Inc: Accident occurred September 09, 2017 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Denver, Colorado

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

G&M Aircraft Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N89732


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA528
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 09, 2017 in Denver, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89732

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

Aircraft went off the runway and flipped over.

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N89732
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Textron T240, N2400G, Green Realty Corp: Incident occurred September 08, 2017 at Boulder Municipal Airport (KBDU), Colorado

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

Aircraft went off the end of the runway.

Green Realty Corp: http://registry.faa.gov/N2400G

Date: 08-SEP-17
Time: 23:45:00Z
Regis#: N2400G
Aircraft Make: TEXTRON
Aircraft Model: T240
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: BOULDER
State: COLORADO

Mooney M20J 201, N1161Z, Southpoint Aviation LLC: Accident occurred September 09, 2017 in Whitesburg, Carroll County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Southpoint Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N1161Z

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA535
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 09, 2017 in Whitesburg, GA
Aircraft: MOONEY M20J, registration: N1161Z

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

Aircraft went off the end of the runway into trees.

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 20:40:00Z
Regis#: N1161Z
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: WHITESBURG
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 172M, N13535, Kalamazoo High Flyers: Incident occurred September 10, 2017 at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO), Michigan

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

Aircraft during touch and go, struck runway sign.

Kalamazoo High Flyers: http://registry.faa.gov/N13535

Date: 10-SEP-17
Time: 14:40:00Z
Regis#: N13535
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: KALAMAZOO
State: MICHIGAN

Thrush S2R-H80, N468WK, ASI Jet Sales LLC: Incident occurred September 09, 2017 at Waseca Municipal Airport (KACQ), Minnesota

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

Aircraft during an airshow fly-by, wing struck a wagon. Landed without incident.

ASI Jet Sales LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N468WK

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 18:11:00Z
Regis#: N468WK
Aircraft Make: THRUSH
Aircraft Model: S2R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
City: WASECA
State: MINNESOTA

United Airlines, Boeing 777-300, N2331U: Incident occurred September 09, 2017 at Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Flight UAL535: Aircraft on landing, engine ingested a bird. No injuries. Damage unknown.

United Airlines Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N2331U

Date: 10-SEP-17
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: UAL535
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B777
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: UAL535
City: NEWARK
State: NEW JERSEY

Piper PA-24-250, N7181P: Incident occurred September 08, 2017 in Edgewood, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7181P

Date: 08-SEP-17
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N7181P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: EDGEWOOD
State: NEW MEXICO

Frontier Airlines, Airbus A320-251N, N307FR: Incident occurred September 10, 2017 at Raleigh–Durham International Airport (KRDU), North Carolina

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

Flight FFT1125: On pushback from gate, engine struck a vehicle. No injuries, damage unknown.

http://registry.faa.gov/N307FR

Date: 10-SEP-17
Time: 00:20:00Z
Regis#: N307FR
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: FRONTIER AIRLINES
Flight Number: FFT1125
City: RALEIGH
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N733MU, 733MU LLC: Incident occurred September 09, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island

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

Aircraft landed and went off the end of the runway.

733MU LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N733MU

Date: 09-SEP-17
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N733MU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NEWPORT
State: RHODE ISLAND

Douglas A-4N Skyhawk, N163EM, Draken International Inc: Incident occurred September 08, 2017 in Houston, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft landed short of the runway and struck lights.

Draken International Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N163EM

Date: 08-SEP-17
Time: 13:55:00Z
Regis#: N163EM
Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model: A4N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Flight Number: ARTIC01
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Cessna 340, N5870M, registered to and operated by Holubar Properties Inc: Accident occurred September 09, 2017 at McKinney National Airport (KTKI), Collin 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; Dallas, Texas

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

Holubar Properties Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N5870M

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA351
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 09, 2017 in McKinney, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 340, registration: N5870M
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 September 9, 2017, about 1500 central daylight time, a twin-engine Cessna 340 airplane, N5870M, experienced a gear collapse after landing at the McKinney National Airport (KTKI), McKinney, Texas. The commercial rated pilot and passenger were not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Holubar Properties, Inc., McKinney, Texas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

Initial report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, was that the airplane had landed on runway 36, and during the rollout, the left main landing gear collapsed. An examination of the airplane noted revealed substantial damage to the airplane's aileron, and the left gear down-lock was broken.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Rans S-6ES Coyote II, N112CD, owned by Buck EC and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred September 10, 2017 in Stonewall, Gillespie County, Texas

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N112CD

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA342
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Stonewall, TX
Aircraft: RANS INC S-6, registration: N112CD
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 September 10, 2017, about 1850 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Rans S-6, N112CD, was substantially damaged when it impacted a field about 1 mile southeast of Stonewall, Texas. The pilot and passenger received fatal injuries. The airplane was owned by Buck EC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Buck Lake Aero (30TX), Stonewall, Texas, about 1700 on a local flight.

A witness reported that he observed the airplane flying near his house about 1630 to 1640. He initially saw the airplane heading west after turning sharply with it wings "nearly perpendicular to the ground." The airplane "snapped" to a level flight attitude and then it climbed and descended in a "short rollercoaster manner." It leveled out and then turned to the north. The airplane descended below the tree line as it appeared that it might be landing at 30TX. However, shortly afterwards, he observed the airplane climbing over the hills north of Stonewall, Texas. The airplane turned to the east and then it turned back to the south, paralleling County Road 1623. He then observed the airplane "turn sharply" to the west in between Lee Roy Behrends Lane and Nevins Road, which was about 1 mile from the witness's location. The airplane then went into a steep climb followed by a steep descent. The witness reported that his wife stated, "Oh my God, he's going to crash!" However, the airplane pulled up and leveled off briefly. The airplane then went into another steep climb, which the witness described as a 90-degree angle climb. He then observed the airplane "pivot" and it descended at a very steep nose down angle. It appeared to be descending nearly vertically. He lost sight of the airplane behind the trees and then he saw a plume of dust rise above the trees. He stated that he reported the accident to 911 at 1650. 

Another witness reported seeing the airplane dive toward the ground and then recover. She stated that she thought the airplane was doing "stunts." She observed the airplane "free fall again, nose first," but this time it did not pull up.

The airplane crashed in a soft, sandy field located about 3/4 mile southeast of 30TX. The initial impact mark found in the sand was consistent with the left main landing gear. A depression in the sand about 8 feet to the right of the initial impact mark was consistent with the right main landing gear. A depression in the sand forward of the initial impact point was consistent with a "belly skid" and the impact of the left wing. Another depression in the sand was located 20 feet from the initial impact point. Two pieces of the engine mounts and one of the propeller blades were found near the depression. The main wreckage was found 38 feet from the initial impact point, inverted on a 180-degree heading. The left main wheel and nose wheel were found next to the main wreckage, and the right wheel remained attached the right main landing gear. The wings and empennage remained attached to the fuselage.

The examination of the left wing, fuselage, cabin, and engine compartment revealed extensive downward and aft buckling and crushing of the aluminum tubular airframe structure. Numerous fractures were observed that were consistent with overload fractures. The aluminum nosewheel was separated from the nose landing gear and it was bent and crushed. The nose landing gear was pushed aft. The aluminum left main wheel was bent and crushed. The right main landing gear was intact and exhibited no crushing damage. The propeller hub was not damaged. The engine firewall was bent aft and down. The cockpit also exhibited damage consistent with downward and aft crushing and buckling. The empennage was intact, but the tubular structure of the tail was fractured aft of the fuselage. The left wing spar was fractured mid-span. The right wing spar was intact. Both wing struts were buckled. 

The examination of the cockpit revealed that both ignition switches were in the ON position. The fuel selector was in the ON position. The throttle was found in the idle position and the throttle control was bent. The choke was off and the RPM gauge was at zero. The pitch trim was near neutral. The hour meter read 488.7 hours. 

The examination of the fuel system revealed that the left and right fuel tanks had about 1 quart of fuel in each tank. Fuel was found in the fuel lines to the fuel selector, fuel filter, and engine driven fuel pump. Fuel was also found in the fuel lines to the two carburetors, and there was a small amount of fuel found in the carburetor fuel bowls. 

The examination of the 3-bladed propeller revealed that one of the blades was separated next to the propeller hub. The blade was otherwise intact and did not exhibit any impact marks or chordwise scratching. The second blade was intact and attached to the propeller hub. It did not exhibit any chordwise scratching or leading-edge nicks or abrasions. It was fractured chordwise about mid-span and it was broken during the wreckage recovery. The third blade was broken about mid-span, but it did not exhibit any leading-edge nicks or chordwise scratching. 

Examination of the ailerons, rudder, and flaps exhibited flight control continuity from the cockpit controls to the control surfaces. The elevator control tubes exhibited continuity except for the fractured rod at the elevator bellcrank in the cockpit. The fracture was consistent with an overload fracture. 

The 80-horsepower Rotax 912-UL engine was shipped to a facility for examination by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

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

Shane Lee Buck

Shane Lee Buck was born on September 17, 1977 and passed from this earth on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the age of 39 years. Shane was a wonderful son, brother, partner and friend. His biggest accomplishment on this earth was that of "Daddy." He cherished his girls April and Addy. He loved Tracy, and her children Addyson and Lincoln, as if they were his own. The six of them had formed an everlasting bond and made a beautiful family. Shane had a passion for flying. He eagerly educated himself about flying and gave of his time in the organization to encourage young people to develop skills in the air. He was a volunteer and mentor to kids in the Young Eagles Program. If he could fly, he was happy and he so passed from this life into eternity doing what he loved. We are convinced that he is in Heaven with Jesus, but oh God, we would wish him back with us to hold him in our arms just one more time. Shane grew up to be a man of purpose and wisdom. He shared so willing of himself, mentoring and helping anyone he could. He will forever be in our memories and we will meet him again one day. We wish him clear skies and calm winds! Shane is survived by two daughters, April Renee and Adelyn Paige Buck of Buda, Texas; Life Companion, Tracy Staats of Fredericksburg; parents, Edwin "Eddie" and Phyllis Buck of Midland, Texas; Roxanne Lavender of Fredericksburg; brother, Jacob Lavender of Colorado; and sister, Amy Glover and spouse John Glover of Carrollton. The family will greet friends on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, with Chuck Ebert officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the EAA Chapter 123 Young Eagles, P.O. Box 1, Midland, Texas 79702 or to the charity of your choice. There will be a fajita bar luncheon at Silver Creek Restaurant and Bar after the service at approximately 1:00 p.m. Silver Creek is located at 310 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. The luncheon will be upstairs. Everyone is welcome. Arrangements are by the Schaetter Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.



GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are dead after a plane crash Sunday in Gillespie County, including a 9-year-old girl.

The Department of Public Safety says the plane crashed into a pasture about 1 mile south of Stonewall just before 7 p.m. Shane Lee Buck, 39, was flying his Rans S-6ES Coyote II plane with a 9-year-old girl riding along. Both died at the scene.

Authorities haven’t named the little girl, but Fredericksburg ISD says she was a fourth-grade student at Fredericksburg Elementary and that grief counselors were on site all day Monday.

Neighbors of the pilot say they were shocked to hear the news and saw children playing in the backyard just last week.

“I could always sort of see them through their fence over there playing and laughing, but the children always seemed to get along really, really well. Lots of laughter that would come out of that backyard. I feel like that was a very, very happy family,” said Buck’s neighbor Natasha Grau.

Locals in Stonewall say Buck was renting a hangar less than a mile from where he crashed the plane. KXAN spoke to the owners of the private hangar, AeroBurg, who said they are working with investigators however they can.

The National Transportation Safety board is at the scene investigating and will likely be there two or three days as they document the area and examine the wreckage. 

Officials have not said what caused the plane to go down, but a preliminary report should be released next week.

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GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas – The pilot of a plane and his 9-year-old passenger were killed in a plane crash Sunday evening near Stonewall, The Texas Department of Public Safety said.

DPS said Shane Lee Buck, 39, was flying his Rans S-6ES Coyote II plane when it crashed in a pasture shortly before 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Buck and the 9-year-old girl whom DPS did not identify Monday morning both died in the crash, around one mile south of Stonewall.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. 

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