Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jennifer Lockwood: St. Pete pilot headed to islands devastated by Irma, Maria; with her truck loads of supplies, $70,000 donation



ST. PETERSBURG, FL. - Hurricanes Maria and Irma have turned islands, across the Caribbean, upside down. Islanders are in the middle of chaos and unheard of damage, but one St. Pete pilot is refusing to let them deal with it alone.

Jennifer Lockwood is returning to her adopted home of nearly 10 years.

“It’s devastation is what it is, you’ve lost your home," said Lockwood.

St. Croix of the U.S Virgin Islands is one of several islands in a humanitarian crisis.

“Looking at images of somebody’s living room completely soaking wet and with debris and then there’s no roof," described Lockwood.

That’s why this pilot asked the community for help and it responded in kind. Her employer, St. Pete Air, a flight school donated a plane. Strangers and friends showed up to the hangar with supplies filling up 10 box-trucks; even $70,000 in monetary donations. All of it heading to Virgin Islands.

“To me it’s just human kind to be compassionate for one another and to help each other out if you are able," she said.

With every item she loads up she thinks of her friends and neighbors dealing with unprecedented devastation.

“There’s a lot of fear from people that I’ve known for years that are very strong individuals," said Lockwood.

She remembers each terrifying image she saw on social media in real time. Right now there are families with no food, no water and no home.

“Hearing that," she said, "It just makes everything real like this is really happening. People are running out of supplies they need for basic survival.”

For all of them she has one assurance.

“Just let them know that we are coming and we are going to keep coming until the island is rebuilt and everyone is taken care of," she said.

Lockwood pleading with those who own their own planes. She tells ABC Action News they've got plenty of supplies but need planes to carry them there. She's asking anyone who can, to consider donating a flight.

Lockwood takes off Monday morning.

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

Airlines still struggling to reach devastated Puerto Rico: Flights are extremely limited

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Major commercial airlines are still struggling to fly to Puerto Rico after last week's hurricane.

Hurricane Maria's destructive path through the U.S. territory left at least 10 people dead. The storm also razed buildings, flooded streets and cut off power and communications for millions of people.

Residents who are looking to escape the devastation, meanwhile, don't have many options. At San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, the island's main air travel hub, flights in and out were extremely limited.

The devastation at Puerto Rico's biggest airport is another in a series of operational blows to U.S. airlines. Houston, Miami, Orlando and other airports across the southeastern U.S. have been shuttered as a result of extreme weather causing thousands of flight cancellations and forcing airlines to adapt amidst the cascading disruption.

Some airlines this weekend described a bleak scene in Puerto Rico.

"Due to connectivity challenges, including air traffic control constraints and lack of power at the airport, operations are limited for all airlines," said American Airlines in a statement.

The company said it has been able to send in resources on relief flights.

Its first trip of that kind was Friday, when a plane took relief workers and family members from Miami to the island, along with food, water, lanterns, cots, tarps, fans, batteries, boots and generators. The airline sent just one more plane to the island over the weekend.

United Airlines said it sent a relief flight to the island Saturday with "15,000 pounds of food, water and amenity kits for our employees." Another plane on Sunday took blankets and other supplies. United said an additional cargo trip is planned for Monday.

Late Saturday, JetBlue Airways said that it planned to send three planes to Puerto Rico and fly three planes from the island to certain cities in Florida and New York on Sunday.

"These flights are carrying much needed supplies and personnel," JetBlue said at the time, adding that it expects to have a more robust flight schedule in and out of San Juan by Tuesday. The company did not respond to a request for comment Sunday.

Southwest Airlines was slated to resume flights on Saturday, but the company said it was met with some unexpected issues. It was only able to send an "assessment flight" into San Juan over the weekend.

The company was still "struggling with the lack of infrastructure and coordination" at the San Juan airport, Southwest spokesperson Thais Hanson said Sunday. She added that regular service likely won't resume until Wednesday.

Delta, which was also expected to restart some of its San Juan operations Saturday, reported an "unfavorable assessments of airport and area infrastructure."

Delta said it operated just one relief flight Sunday. It plans to send two more Monday.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.localnews8.com

Sarah Jayne Frank: 4th-grader gets ride to school in Dad’s helicopter

Sarah Jayne Frank, a fourth-grader at The Oakridge School in Arlington, gets set to ride to school in her dad’s helicopter. She says it beats sitting in traffic on the way to school.



FORT WORTH  --  Around 7:30 a.m. on school days, most kids in the Fort Worth area head to a bus stop or climb into the back seat of their parents’ car and sit in traffic on their way to school. But sometimes 10-year-old Sarah Jayne Frank climbs into a helicopter.

“I just like looking down and seeing them in the air and the cars look like ants,” Sarah says.

Sarah’s dad, Jim Frank, is a licensed commercial aviation pilot who operates a business called Helicopter Up out of Spinks Airport in Burleson. On days when he’s headed to work in Dallas and gets clearance from The Oakridge School in Arlington, he’ll hover anywhere from 500 to 1,000 feet above traffic along Interstate 35W and take Sarah to school. 

He says that would typically be about a 30-minute drive. But from Spinks Airport by air, “it’s about 5 minutes,” Frank said. “No traffic, no carpool, just a quick in, quick out.”

The Star-Telegram learned about Sarah flying to school from a reader after a Star-Telegram photographer got photos of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ helicopter landing at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium last week. Jones and a few relatives were there to watch his grandson, Highland Park quarterback John Stephens Jones, take on Mansfield Timberview in a football game.



In an email the reader said: “A 4th grader at Oakridge School in Arlington flies in her dad’s helicopter to school on a regular basis. Jerry arriving at a football game in a helicopter is really no big deal.”

For Sarah, arriving at school via helicopter, although not a daily occurrence, is “not uncommon,” she said. She’s been flying with her dad since she was about 2.

“We can do it really whenever,” Sarah said. “It’s fun.”

Frank operates a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter. After launching his company in August, he says, he’s only done charity work so far.

“I primarily look for an excuse to go fly,” he said. “The Chris Kyle Foundation is having a charity golf event November 6th and I’ve volunteered for that.”

But taking a helicopter into the sky for pleasure or school isn’t as simple as having your parent jump in a car, turn the key and pull out of the driveway. There’s a fairly long preflight process that involves making sure weather conditions are favorable and checking instruments and equipment.

“It’s about a 10-minute process without any interruptions on a good day,” Frank says.

Once they board the helicopter and buckle themselves in, Sarah says aside from making sure the doors are locked properly and getting her headphones on to be able to chat with dad, there’s one rule you have to remember when you exit the helicopter once it lands.

“Never go back to the tail rotor,” said Sarah. “There’s really bad heat and the rotor is spinning so fast you can’t see it and the rotor will chop you up into tiny pieces. And that will not be pretty.”

Frank has to land the helicopter at a safe distance from the school, which means Sarah normally has to walk across football and soccer fields to get on campus.

“I actually like walking,” Sarah said. “I go into the same entrance as everybody else.”

Most days, Sarah has to sit in a car with her mom or dad, weaving through rush-hour traffic and waiting her turn in the carpool line. But that’s OK with her. She’d rather not show up to school in a helicopter every day.

“Because then it wouldn’t be anything exciting,” she said.

Story and video ➤ http://www.star-telegram.com

Rutan VariEze, N830S: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 near Wings Field Airport (KLOM), Blue Bell, Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N830S

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA333
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Ambler, PA
Aircraft: BUSCHMANN/VANZEE VARI EZ, registration: N830S
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

On September 24, 2017, about 1715 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vari EZ, N830S, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain near Ambler, Pennsylvania. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Wings Field Airport (LOM), Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, just prior to the accident.

According to a witness, during takeoff, the engine sounded like it did "not reach full rpm" and it took the entire 3,700-ft-long runway for the airplane to lift off the ground. Then, about 200 ft above ground level the engine "stopped." Another witness reported hearing the engine "sputter." The airplane was "wobbling," descended, and impacted trees prior to coming to rest near a house.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both fuel tanks were ruptured and fuel was leaking from the wings. The canopy was separated from the fuselage and the forward section of the fuselage exhibited crush damage. The engine remained attached to the airframe and the propeller remained attached to the engine.

The airplane was retained for further examination.



WHITPAIN TWP., Pa. (WPVI) --  A pilot was seriously injured after his plane crashed near a house in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County over the weekend.

Phillip Beckner, 29, of Crofton, Maryland, remained hospitalized in critical condition at Penn-Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia as of Monday evening.

The crash happened on Meade Road just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the pilot had just taken off from nearby Wings Field Airport.

After the crash, Beckner got some help from quick-thinking neighbors who rushed to cut him from the plane.

"I open up the door, I see people running down the street and someone said, 'Oh my God there's a plane crash!'" said David Buck of Whitpain Township.

Douglas DiSandro, who lives across the street, was in his backyard when he said he heard the small plane overhead, sputtering, and flying low.

"Too close to the house," said DiSandro. "I knew the trees in the front and I said there's no way he's clearing those. And then I heard the crash and I ran out front."

DiSandro said he and another neighbor frantically searched for the pilot, and found him when they heard a gurgling sound coming from the bushes.

"Brian noticed there was a strap around his neck. One of his straps holding him into the seat, and so Brian called for scissors," said DiSandro. "We elevated him to get the pressure off his neck because he clearly wasn't breathing, until we could get the strap cut off."

DiSandro said then the pilot started gasping.

Neighbors said having planes in the area is not unusual, but the crash is alarming.

"We see planes - 4, 5, 6 a day -- and it's a nice view to watch the planes go across the field right there but this is like a reality, wake-up check," said Buck. "It's kind of scary."

Police were at the scene overnight to make sure nothing was disturbed.

Story and video ➤  http://6abc.com









A pilot had to be cut from the wreckage of a home-built aircraft after the plane crashed into the front yard of a Whitpain Township, Pennsylvania home Sunday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

The single engine VariEze style plane went down just after 5 p.m. along Meade Road, police said.

Witnesses and police said the plane lost altitude shortly after takeoff and hit several trees before breaking apart on the front lawn of a home.

A pair of neighbors — Douglas DiSandro and Brian McShain — rushed to the wreckage and started searching for the pilot.

"I heard gurgling in a bush and we found where the pilot was," neighbor DiSandro said.

When they got into the bush, they found the pilot being choked by the plane's seat belt. The men lifted his body to relive the pressure on his neck until another person brought scissors to cut him free.

"He relieved the pressure on his neck and he started gasping again," DiSando said.

Paramedics took the pilot, who has not yet been identified, to Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center in Philadelphia. Police said his injuries didn't appear to be life-threatening, but a condition was not available.

The development where the crash happened is 1½ miles from Wings Field — a small airport where the plane took off from this afternoon.

Wreckage is strewn across the lawn and garden of 25 Meade Road. It appears the house was spared from being hit. There was a person inside the home when the crash happened.

"We're very fortunate that nobody got hurt on this scene. It's amazing," Whitpain Twp. Police Chief Kenneth Lawson said.

VariEze aircraft debuted in the 1970s and are a cheaper alternative to other popular small aircraft like Cessna or Piper, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The planes are typically made of composite foam and fiberglass, the museum said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will visit the crash site Monday to launch an investigation.

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






WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP, PA (CBS) — Whitpain Township police say one person was injured after a small plane crashed at a residence in Montgomery County Sunday evening.

Officials say the crash took place shortly after 5 p.m. at a home at 25 Meade road after the plane took off from the Wings Field Airport.

Chief Kenneth Lawson of the Whitpain Township police department says fire and rescue crews discovered a small single-engine plane that had crashed on the Montco property containing only the pilot.

“I heard a plane that clearly sounded like it was in distress, and I looked up it was flying way too close to our house,” said neighbor Douglas Disandro. “Next thing I know I hear the crash, ran out front and saw a bunch of debris at the house across the street.”

Disandro says that he and another neighbor Brian McShane found the plane with the pilot in a “bush” on the property.

“Brian McShane, who’s my neighbor, he was here first. He saved the day. He saved the guys life.” said neighbor David Buck. “We were next to the [pilot] and we were holding him and there was no pulse. [McShane] reaches to find a pulse, and then he realized their was a seat belt around the guy’s neck, and that was the problem right there. So we were able to cut that off.”

Authorities say the pilot, whose has not be identified, was transported to Penn Presbyterian hospital with no word on his condition.

Officials say there was one person inside of the home at the time of the crash, but thankfully that person was not injured.

“It’s scary,” said Buck. “Wings field is right there. We see planes, you know four, five, six, ten a day, and it’s a nice view to watch the planes go right down. You know kinda across the field right there, but this is kind of a reality wake up check, it’s kind of scary.”

Chief Lawson says the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and that National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene Monday to investigate.

Story and video ➤  http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com






MONTGOMERY COUNTY (WTXF) - Emergency crews were on the scene of a small plane crash in Whitpain Township in Montgomery County Sunday evening.

The incident took place around 5 p.m.

The extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:

A Buschmann Vanzetti VariEze experimental aircraft crashed approximately one mile from the end of Runway 24 at the Wings Field Airport, Blue Bell, PA today at 5:11 pm. Contact local authorities for information on the pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox29.com

Robinson R22 BETA, N177SR, Nanco Helicopters: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

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

Tumbleweed Leasing Company Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N177SR

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA551
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Santa Barbara, CA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R22, registration: N177SR

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 collided with the ground while practicing low level hovering.

Date: 24-SEP-17
Time: 16:25:00Z
Regis#: N177SR
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA BARBARA
State: CALIFORNIA




MEDIA RELEASE
Helicopter crash at Santa Barbara Airport
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA 
September 24, 2017

A small helicopter crashed on Sunday morning at the Santa Barbara Airport. 

Airport rescue firefighters were notified of the incident at approximately 9:30 am and responded to a helicopter down in the slough just west of runway 15 Right. 

Additional emergency crews from Santa Barbara City and Santa Barbara County Fire Departments responded to assist. 

Minor to moderate injuries were reported to the two occupants.

The incident is under investigation. 

There is no further information at this time.

Updated information will be provided when available.

Kevin Corbett
Engineer / Public Information Officer
Santa Barbara City Fire Department




Two people were injured in a small helicopter crash at the Santa Barbara Airport Sunday morning. 

According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department Facebook page, the incident happened at 9:30 a.m., down in the slough just west of runway 15 right. 

Minor to moderate injuries were reported. Additional information and identities on the two hurt were not made immediately available. 

Santa Barbara City and Santa Barbara County Fire responded to the incident. 

Events leading up to the crash are unknown at this time.  

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

Incident occurred September 24, 2017 at John Wayne Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, Orange County, California

NEWPORT BEACH, CA- John Wayne Airport received notification that a plane nearby was experiencing a "rough running engine" on Sunday.

An Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson stated that an emergency response was made at approximately 12:45 p.m. as firefighters were sent to John Wayne Airport for what was thought to be a commercial plane made an emergency landing due to engine trouble.

"We received notification at just before 12:45 p.m. that a plane with a rough running engine was inbound to John Wayne Airport," JWA spokesperson Deanna Thompson said.

Emergency responders were contacted at that time. 

Orange County Fire Authority crash teams were on site however the plane landed without incident according to OCFA Capt. Steve Dohman.

"A short time later, the emergency call was no longer needed as the plane landed safely, without incident," Dohman said.

At the time of this report, it was not known what type of plane was having engine trouble, for how many passengers were on board.

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

Avid SW 65, N65SW: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N65SW

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA334
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Darlington, SC
Aircraft: MCMILLAN JOEL L AVID SW 65, registration: N65SW
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

On September 24, 2017, about 1410 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Avid SW 65, N65SW, operated by the private pilot, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power during initial climb from a private airstrip near Darlington, South Carolina. The private pilot was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Lumberton Regional Airport (LBT), Lumberton, North Carolina.

The pilot reported that he had planned on landing at an approximate 700-foot turf runway used by a radio-controlled airplane club. In preparation for the landing, he performed a low-pass to examine the runway condition and check for any obstacles. Following the low pass, he initiated a left climbing turn, during which the engine lost all power. The pilot switched fuel tanks, but the engine did not regain power. The pilot then intentionally slowed and stalled the airplane just above trees and it collided with the trees and ground, coming to rest inverted. The pilot further stated that the fuel tanks were constructed of fiberglass and he used automotive gasoline in the airplane.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right wing had separated during impact and fuel had leaked from the right wing into the ground. The left wing remained attached to the fuselage and both were also substantially damaged. Subsequent examination of the wreckage by the pilot revealed that the fuel filter was clogged with dirt and fiberglass.




DOVESVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a plane has crashed in Darlington County.

According to Lt. Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down off of Dovesville Highway around 2 p.m. Sunday.

There was only one person in the plane, who received only minor injuries.

The plane is a small, privately-owned aircraft.

Darlington County Sheriff’s have reached out the Federal Aviation Administration about this incident.

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

Aerotrike Safari, N7675K: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 in Shiloh, Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA553
14 CFR Part 103: Ultralight
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Hopewell Township, NJ
Aircraft: AEROTRIKE SAFARI, registration: N7675K

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 struck a bird and landed hard in a field.


http://registry.faa.gov/N7675K


Date: 24-SEP-17

Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N7675K
Aircraft Make: AEROTRIKE
Aircraft Model: SAFARI WEIGHT SHIFT CONT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SHILOH
State: NEW JERSEY



HOPEWELL TWP. -- No injuries were reported after a ultralight trike crashed in a soybean field around noon on Sunday.

State police responded to the scene, on Minches Corner Road near Shoemaker Road in Cumberland County, and spoke to the pilot, who walked away apparently unscathed. He was the lone occupant in the craft.

The Aerotrike Safari made a "hard landing" in the field, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

The wife of the pilot arrived as her husband toured the accident scene with a state police investigator. She declined to speak about what had happened.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the 19-year-old, single-seat craft is owned by a Pittsgrove Township resident.

No additional information had been released by state police as of mid-afternoon.

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

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7189P: Incident occurred September 23, 2017 at Brown Field Municipal Airport (KSDM), Otay Mesa, San Diego County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aircraft landing gear collapsed on runway after landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7189P

Date: 23-SEP-17
Time: 02:52:00Z
Regis#: N7189P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-24-250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

The landing gear failed as a plane landed at Brown Field Saturday night, but no one onboard was injured, a fire official said.

The crash-landing occurred just before 8 p.m. at the municipal airport in Otay Mesa.

An airport crash rig and half a dozen other fire and medical units responded near the San Diego Jet Center at the airport.

No information on the size or type of plane was immediately available from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The National Transportation Safety Board was to investigate the cause of the crash.

No one onboard was injured. 

Some fuel spilled from the plane, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said.

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


SAN DIEGO — A plane crash-landed Saturday night at Brown Field Municipal Airport when the aircraft’s landing gear failed to open, but no one was hurt.

The crash happened just before 8 p.m. at the airport in Otay Mesa.

The three people inside the aircraft were not injured, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesperson Monica Munoz.

All air traffic was stopped while crews worked to clear the runway.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://fox5sandiego.com

Mitsubishi MU-2B-40 Solitaire, N73MA, RA Aircraft Management Inc: Fatal accident occurred September 23, 2017 near Ainsworth Regional Airport (KANW), Brown County, Nebraska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

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

RA Aircraft Management Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N73MA

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA362
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Ainsworth, NE
Aircraft: MITSUBISHI MU 2B-40, registration: N73MA
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 September 23, 2017, about 1028 central daylight time, a Mitsubishi MU 2B-40 airplane, N73MA, was destroyed when it impacted terrain 3.5 miles northeast of the Ainsworth Regional Airport (ANW), Ainsworth, Nebraska. The private pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The airplane was originating at the time of the accident and was en route to Bottineau Municipal Airport (D09), Bottineau, North Dakota.

According to the airport manager, the airplane was fueled in a hangar just prior to the flight. The airport manager watched the airplane depart from runway 35 (6,824 feet by 110 feet; asphalt) and enter the clouds. Several witnesses in the area reported hearing the airplane takeoff and a loud noise shortly thereafter; however, the witnesses attributed the loud noise to a thunderstorm in the area. The airplane was reported missing by a friend of the pilot when the airplane did not arrive at D09. The wreckage was located around 1800 that night.

At the time of the accident the wind was 360 degrees at 10 knots, the visibility was 1 3/4 statute miles in mist, with overcast skies at 500 feet. The temperature and dewpoint were both 48 degrees.

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 




In Memory of Dr. Robert “Bob” Cook

In late September 2017, USCA and the Greater Chicago Schutzhund Club lost Dr. Robert Cook (simply Dr. Bob to most), a cherished member of our IPO family. Dr. Bob started in schutzhund in the early 80’s at OG Wisconsin, but nationally most know him for campaigning Akki vom Haus Ehrenreich IPO3 Kkl1, including placing 5th at the 2011 USA GSD Nationals.

Many competitors would find the time to watch Akki, a many time helper’s favorite dog, but even more would seek out Dr. Bob to chat about the sport he loved and his many passions outside IPO. He was a respected surgeon and businessman, pilot, triathlete, and also competed in field trials with his prize winning English Pointers. His fascinating love of Falconry eventually brought him back to IPO. He flew birds with his good friend Frank Metallo, and eventually reconnected with IPO through Frank’s son Ray Metallo, along with other members of Greater Chicago and O.G. Edgerton’s Rolando Salvador.

Dr. Bob’s passion for learning, training animals, and competition was inspiring and he embraced those with similar dedication and interests. At the WDC in 2012, Dr. Bob was observed sitting alone with a cup of coffee on the wet bleachers of a near empty stadium at 7 a.m. on a Sunday to support and mentor a young Dominic Scarberry with Bo. UCLA’s John Wooden said the true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching. That morning, as always, Dr. Bob was a true sportsman and gentlemen.

I knew Dr. Bob as a friend and fellow competitor – he was instrumental in my campaign to become your President. His words were thoughtful and inspiring and he will be profoundly missed. We send our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, club, associates, and colleagues.

Original article  ➤  https://www.germanshepherddog.com

Dr. Robert G. (Bob) Cook

By Tiffany Genre 

Life is precious, and can be swept away in a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, Randy and I were reminded of that actuality on Saturday, September 23.

Dr. Robert G. (Bob) Cook, a highly regarded surgeon and respected member of the field trial community, tragically died in a plane crash near Ainsworth, Neb., in an aircraft he was piloting that morning. Dr. Cook was en route to Bottineau, N. D., to pick up his beloved English pointer, Bess, after a summer on the North Dakota prairie training with Randy Anderson. He was 69.

Dr. Cook was just as punctual as he was quick witted, and when his plane failed to arrive in Bottineau at the expected time, Randy grew extremely concerned. We decided it would be a good idea to phone the airport in Nebraska. After several conversations with the airport, the United States Air Force, and other federal agencies, it was determined that an official search and rescue be placed into action.

The Air Force was unable to pin-point a radar signal from the aircraft, so it was determined an accident must have occurred shortly after take-off. Randy received the call around 6 p. m. that evening that the wreckage had been found near Ainsworth.

Dr. Cook received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He was a skilled general surgeon and practiced in Kenosha, Wis.

When Dr. Bob had dogs on the major circuit, it was not uncommon for him to fly to the various venues where his dogs were competing.

Randy and I consider the owners of dogs in our string more like family, not clients. We laugh and cry about the woes of field trialing . . . and share in the joy of victories and delight when owners’ dogs are placed in the winners’ circle.

Dr. Cook’s death is a huge blow to all of us.

Dr. Bob was engaged in other outdoor pursuits, notably with falcons at his Ainsworth, Neb., getaway, and with German shepherds in schutzhund competition.

Although Bob had been removed from the field trial sport for the last few years, he was primed to find a “nice young Derby” to renew his spirit for campaigning all-age bird dogs with his friend and trainer, Randy Anderson. Bob owned and campaigned several notable dogs, including: Ch. Prairie-land Pride, Ch. Three Ten to Yuma, Ch. House’s Magic Rain, and Prairieland Kate, just to name a few.

He is survived by his devoted wife, a daughter, a sister and two brothers, countless friends and co-workers.

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Authorities in Nebraska have released the name of the Kenosha man killed in a small plane crash there over the weekend.

Robert G. Cook was the sole occupant of the plane that crashed near Ainsworth, Neb., Saturday morning, according to the Brown County (Neb.) Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said the plane took off from Ainsworth Municipal Airport between 10:15 and 10:25 a.m. Saturday and was reported missing at about 1:34 p.m.

The crash site was located about 6:15 p.m. by a local resident about 5 miles northeast of the airport.

The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Authorities say a pilot killed in a northern Nebraska plane crash was from Wisconsin.

Brown County Attorney David Streich has identified the man as 69-year-old Robert Cook. 

He lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and also owned land in Brown County.

The plane took off Saturday morning from Ainsworth Regional Airport in Brown County. 

Authorities say the wreckage was found Saturday evening, just a few miles from the airport. 

The crash cause is being investigated.

Cook was alone in the plane.

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A Kenosha doctor died in a plane crash in northern Nebraska Saturday.

Dr. Robert Cook, a surgeon, was reportedly the pilot and sole occupant of the plane.

Authorities said the plane took off Saturday morning from Ainsworth Regional Airport in Brown County, heading to North Dakota.

The wreckage was found Saturday evening, just a few miles from the airport.

According to a report in the Norfolk Daily News, David Streich, the Brown County attorney, did not release the victim's name but said he was from Kenosha.

An employee in Cook's office in Kenosha confirmed Monday that he had died in a plane crash in Nebraska.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a 10-seat Mitsubishi MU-2. A search began after it failed to arrive at its North Dakota destination, the Norfolk Daily News reported.

The plane had been en route to North Dakota, and had stopped at the Ainsworth airport to refuel.

According to KBRB radio, the plane took off from Ainsworth between 10:15 and 10:25 a.m., and is believed to have crashed around 10:30 a.m. KBRB reported the plane could not be located on radar, or at any airport along its anticipated route.

The aircraft was reported missing to the Brown County Sheriff's Office at 1:34 p.m., and the crash site was found by a local resident at 6:15 p.m., approximately 2 miles east and 3 miles north of the airport.

Brown County Sheriff Bruce Papstein said attempts were made to coordinate the location of the pilot’s cellular phone, but to no avail.

The crash is being investigated by both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Weather conditions at the time of the crash included a low cloud ceiling, poor visibility and scattered rain; however the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

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AINSWORTH — The pilot of a plane that crashed Saturday morning north of Ainsworth died as a result of the accident is believed to be a Kenosha, Wis., resident.

David Streich, the Brown County attorney, said the investigation into the crash site continued Monday morning and authorities had not officially released the identity of the plane’s sole occupant.

“But we are confident in saying that the victim was a Kenosha, Wisconsin, man and not someone from around here,” Streich said.

The 10-seat plane was headed to North Dakota but never made it to its destination, which prompted search efforts to begin Saturday.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, the crash site was discovered about 5 miles north of the Ainsworth Regional Airport, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. The plane had taken off between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, said Sheriff Bruce Papstein.

Ainsworth Fire Chief Brad Fiala said the crash site was secured until investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived Sunday to begin the investigation.

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

Video shows laser cannon shooting down unmanned aircraft



As time goes on, the regular use of lasers is becoming more and more of a reality.

Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA, is the latest example of that.

At White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, ATHENA was put to the test, shooting not one, but five different unmanned aircraft — as shown in a video.

This ground-based system is used to demonstrate technologies for military use without spending a fortune.

For now, ATHENA can disable small rockets, artillery shells, small unmanned aerial vehicles, lightweight ground vehicles and small boats from about a mile away, but with more technological advances with lasers, the weapons will be able to take down larger vehicles and at farther distances, according to the company’s website.

Based out of Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company.

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