Thursday, October 19, 2017

Lancair Legacy 2000, N259L: Fatal accident occurred October 19, 2017 in Bowie, Cochise County, Arizona

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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

Michael L. Peterson:  http://registry.faa.gov/N259L

NTSB Identification: WPR18FA011
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Bowie, AZ
Aircraft: Peterson Lancair Legacy, registration: N259L
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 October 19, 2017, about 0830 mountain standard time, a Peterson Lancair Legacy 2000, N259L, departed controlled flight and collided with desert terrain near Bowie, Arizona. The pilot/builder was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries; the airplane was substantially damaged. The personal cross-country flight departed from Eagle Roost Airpark, Aguila, Arizona about 0710 with a planned destination of Garner Field, Uvalde, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and it is not known if the pilot had filed a flight plan.

The airplane was based in Aguila and the pilot had planned to attend a fly-in over the weekend in Uvalde, about 745 nm southeast. The pilot had registered for the event a few weeks before the accident and located in the wreckage was a flight plan outlining the intended flight to Uvalde. The flight plan showed that the pilot departed at 0710 and had reached his next planned checkpoint of Buckeye VORTAC at 0739; the next listed checkpoint was San Simon VORTAC.

A witness observed the airplane flying along the ridgeline of the Fisher Hills and begin a series of erratic maneuvers, subsequently diving toward the terrain. The wreckage was located about 17 nm northwest of San Simon VORTAC at an elevation of about 3,860 feet msl. The accident site was located in sparsely populated desert terrain, with the debris stretching over 120 feet with the energy path oriented on a heading of about 155o. In character, the terrain was comprised of dirt and rocks, populated by scattered brush and cactus typical of the southern Arizona region.

The wreckage was transported to a recovery facility for further examination.

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 




Michael L. Peterson 
November 29, 1948 - October 19, 2017

Michael L. Peterson of Cle Elum, Washington died October 19, 2017 at the age of 68. Arrangements are currently pending.

BOWIE — A Maricopa County man perished in the crash of a single engine plane Oct. 19, north of Bowie.

Michael L. Peterson, 68, of Aguila, was reportedly en route to an event in Texas when the crash occurred, said Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

The National Transportation Safety Board had a recovery crew remove the wreckage at about 4 p.m. Friday. Both the NTSB and FAA will continue the investigation, Capas said. Cause of the crash has not yet been released.

The Flight Safety Foundation website, www.flightsafety.org., described the plane Peterson was flying as an “experimental Peterson-built Legacy 2000.” The plane "experienced an apparent stall/spin and subsequent impact with desert terrain,” and sustained “substantial damage,” the website stated, also reporting that its sole occupant — the pilot — had been fatally injured.

Louise Walden, with Walden Aviation, who manages the Cochise County Airport in Willcox, told the Range News the plane had been flying from California to Texas when it crashed. It had taken off from the Gila Bend Airport that morning.

The Sheriff's Office received the call at 9:23 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, about the crash north of I-10, near milepost 355. The caller reported seeing the plane one minute; the next, it was gone.

Using the Sheriff’s Office’s Geronimo helicopter, deputies located the downed aircraft in a remote part of Bowie, inaccessible by anything other than a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

It’s the second fatal plane crash in southeastern Arizona in the past two months. On Sept. 5, an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet crashed near Fort Thomas, killing its pilot.

The pilot was a member of the Iraqi Air Force, training with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing in Tucson.

A similar training exercise became fatal in 2015, when an Iraqi pilot, also training with the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing, crashed near Douglas.

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


WILLCOX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -  The pilot of a small airplane that died last week after crashing into the desert in southern Arizona has been identified.

Authorities with the Cochise County Sheriff's Department said the pilot, 68-yer-old Michael Peterson, was the only person in the plane when it crashed.

The single engine aircraft he was flying, a homebuilt Lancair Legacy 2000, crashed Thursday in a remote desert area north of Interstate 10, near mile post 155, between the towns of Willcox and Bowie.

Authorities said Peterson was heading from California to Texas when the plane went down about 8:20 a.m.

Peterson had left that morning from Eagle Roost Airpark in Aguila and was heading to Garner Field Airport in Uvalde, Texas.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation and Safety Board as well as the Federal Avaition Administration. 

It’s the second fatal plane crash in southeastern Arizona in the past two months. On Sept. 5, an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet crashed near Fort Thomas, killing its pilot.

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

WILLCOX, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A pilot of a small plane died in a crash near Willcox Thursday.

According to the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, the pilot was the only person known to be onboard.

A nearby rancher who saw the crash says, "I saw the plane and it didn't sound right. I looked up to the mountain and it was going in circles." 

The crash was north of Interstate 10 near milepost 355, between Bowie and Willcox.

KGUN9 spoke with a man who heard the plane crash and quickly sprung into action.

Officials with Cochise County say National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have taken over the investigation and should arrive at the scene on Friday.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.kgun9.com

Grob G-120TP-A, N192TP, CAE USA: Incident occurred October 18, 2017 at Dothan Regional Airport (KDHN), Midland City, Dale County, Alabama



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aircraft landed gear up.

CAE USA:  http://registry.faa.gov/N192TP

Date: 18-OCT-17
Time: 21:03:00Z
Regis#: N192TP
Aircraft Make: GROB
Aircraft Model: G120
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: DOTHAN
State: ALABAMA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N727SP, Christiansen Aviation Inc: Incident occurred October 18, 2017 at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS), Chesterfield, St. Louis County, Missouri



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway and struck the propeller.

Christiansen Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N727SP

Date: 18-OCT-17
Time: 20:06:00Z
Regis#: N727SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SAINT LOUIS
State: MISSOURI 

CHESTERFIELD • A small airplane came to a rough landing and veered off the runway Wednesday afternoon at Spirit of St. Louis Airport.

Only the pilot was in the plane, a four-seat Cessna 172, at the time. 

The pilot was not injured in the landing, according to Dave Schubert, deputy director of aviation at the airport. 

The Monarch Fire Protection District responded to the incident at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The propeller was badly damaged and likely struck the ground in the landing, Schubert said. He called it a "hard landing," or when a plane lands with more force than intended but the pilot still has some control of the aircraft.

"It definitely is unusual," Schubert said of the landing. "But it is something that unfortunately happens from time to time."

The cause of the landing is still under investigation, Schubert said.

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

Cessna 150J, registered to an individual and was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight, N50609: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 near Willmar Municipal Airport (KBDH), Kandiyohi County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N50609


Location: Willmar, MN
Accident Number: CEN18LA015
Date & Time: 10/18/2017, 1045 CDT
Registration: N50609
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 18, 2017, at 1045 central daylight time, a Cessna 150J airplane, N50609, nosed over during a forced landing in Willmar, Minnesota. The flight instructor received minor injuries and the private pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to an individual and was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight had departed from the Willmar Municipal Airport (BDH), at the time of the accident.

The purpose of the flight was a flight review for the private pilot. The flight instructor stated they checked the magnetos and carburetor heat during the engine runup, at 1,500 rpm, and both functioned normally. They initiated the takeoff on runway 21 (2,980 ft long, turf) which they stated was damp and soft from recent rain. The private pilot initiated the takeoff and stated that the airplane seemed slow to accelerate. The flight instructor reported he felt the nose "dive" a couple times, so he instructed the private pilot to increase back pressure and get the airplane in ground effect because of the soft runway. The private pilot stated the flight instructor took control of the airplane and lifted it off the runway. The airplane became airborne about 2,000 ft down the 3,000 ft long runway. The flight instructor stated he lowered the nose in ground effect to gain airspeed, but the airplane did not accelerate, and it was nearing an aerodynamic stall.

The flight instructor stated there was a road and a field on which to land. He turned the airplane, but had to level off because he was concerned the airplane was going to stall. He stated that during the forced landing in a plowed field, he flared too high, and the airplane contacted the terrain hard on the main gear. The nose gear dug into the soft terrain, collapsed and the airplane then nosed over.

The flight instructor did not notice the tachometer, but he reported that the private pilot stated the rpm never increased above 1,900.

A postaccident examination and test run of the engine was conducted. The engine started without hesitation on the first attempt. The engine ran smoothly at various power settings and ultimately at full throttle which produced 2,764 rpm. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 41, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/16/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/02/2015
Flight Time: 6300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 150 hours (Total, this make and model), 6100 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/04/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/14/2015
Flight Time:  883 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 843 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N50609
Model/Series: 150J
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 15069430
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/21/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3635.43 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-200-A
Registered Owner: ASCHE TODD MICHAEL
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BDH, 1125 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1055 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 30°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Willmar, MN (BDH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Willmar, MN (BDH)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:1045 CDT 
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Willmar Municipal Airport (BDH)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1125 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2980 ft / 250 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None

Latitude, Longitude:  45.110000, -95.129444 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Willmar, MN
Aircraft: CESSNA 150J, registration: N50609
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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

On October 18, 2017, at 1045 central daylight time, a Cessna 150J airplane, N50609, nosed over during a forced landing in Willmar, Minnesota. The certified flight instructor received minor injuries and the private pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to an individual and was operated by the CFI as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight departed from the Willmar Municipal Airport (BDH), just prior to the accident.

The instructor stated they checked the magnetos and carburetor heat during the engine runup, at 1,500 rpm, and both functioned normally. They initiated the takeoff on the grass runway which was soggy due to rain. He took control of the airplane during the takeoff and lifted the nose off the ground because they were getting "bogged down" in the soft terrain. The airplane became airborne about 2,000 ft down the 3,000 ft long runway. The instructor stated he lowered the nose in ground effect to gain airspeed, but the airplane did not accelerate.

The instructor stated there was a road and a field on which to land. He turned the airplane, but had to level off because he was concerned the airplane was going to stall. He stated that during the landing in the plowed field, he flared too high and the contacted the terrain hard on the main gear. The nose gear dug into the soft terrain and collapsed when it settled to the ground. The airplane then nosed over.

The instructor did not notice the tachometer, but he reported that the private pilot stated the rpm never increased above 1,900.










WILLMAR — Eric Rudningen, who was one of two individuals in a plane crash Wednesday morning, said he is just fine after suffering minor injuries.

Rudningen, of Kerkhoven, said in a voice mail Friday morning that he is unable to comment further on the incident while the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board conduct their investigations.

According to the FAA preliminary report, the C150 Cessna made a forced landing in a soybean field along 75th Street Southwest, just southwest of the Willmar Municipal Airport. The other individual in the plane has not been identified, but was not injured, the report said.

The plane, owned by Todd Michael Asche of Spicer, suffered substantial damage, according to the FAA report.

As of late Friday morning, the plane was still lying upside down in the field where it crashed.

Rudningen, along with his partner Paul Beck, are the fixed-base operators at the Willmar Airport and owners of Oasis Aero. Rudningen is a certified commercial pilot, flight instructor and mechanic.


Asche is a certified private pilot.

Story and photo ➤ http://www.wctrib.com




(Willmar MN-) One man was slightly injured when a small plane crashed in a field near the Willmar Airport Wednesday morning. 

Eric Rudningen was doing a flight check with a fellow pilot when the Cessna 150 reportedly lost power and crashed in a soybean field about an eighth-of-a-mile east of County Road 116 and flipped onto it's top. 

The crash site is just east of the Willmar Wastewater Treatment Plant, and southwest of the Willmar Airport.

Rudningen, of Kerkhoven, works for the airport's fixed base operator Oasis Aero Inc, and his partner Paul Beck took him to Rice Memorial Hospital to be checked out for a bump on his head. The other pilot was not injured. Beck says the plane will remain in the field while the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board investigate. The crash happened at approximately 11 a.m.

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

Denney Kitfox IV, N37TP: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 at Sidney Municipal Airport (N23), Chenango County, New York

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York 

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N37TP

Location: Sidney, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA015
Date & Time: 10/18/2017, 1715 EDT
Registration: N37TP
Aircraft: THOMAS G PARKHURST KITFOX IV
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during final approach, the airplane was "out of alignment to the left edge of the runway." He decided to add throttle and realign with the runway, but as he reached for the throttle to add power, at that instant, he was "blinded" by sun glare and he had "no memory of [the] events for approximately 6 seconds" after that point. He added that, just prior to impact, he saw the ground but "there was nothing that could be done." The airplane impacted an open parking lot in a nose low, left wing down attitude.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to fuselage, empennage, and both wings.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the passenger reported that during landing the airplane was crabbing to the left, but traveling forward. He reported that prior to the runway threshold, there was a momentary sun flash that "lit up the plastic windscreen." He further reported that, the pilot applied power, pulled back on the control stick, and the airplane "spiraled" and "twisted" left and downward into a parking lot.

The pilot did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Recreational; Sport Pilot
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Sport Pilot
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 394 hours (Total, all aircraft), 90 hours (Total, this make and model), 302 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: THOMAS G PARKHURST
Registration: N37TP
Model/Series: KITFOX IV NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate:  Experimental
Serial Number: ASC-199
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/02/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 81 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBGM, 1636 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 240°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 220°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SIDNEY, NY (N23)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sidney, NY (N23)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1630 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SIDNEY MUNI (N23)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1026 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4201 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  42.305278, -75.408889 (est)

Air Tractor AT-502B, N61352, Wilbur-Ellis Air LLC: Incident occurred October 18, 2017 in Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas

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

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

Wilbur-Ellis Air LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N61352

Date: 18-OCT-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N61352
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT502
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HEREFORD
State: TEXAS

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cessna 402B, N900CR, operated by Noble Air Charter: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

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

Noble Air Charter Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N900CR

NTSB Identification: ERA18LA011
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 402, registration: N900CR
Injuries: 4 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 October 18, 2017, about 1545 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 402B, N900CR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a street in St. Petersburg, Florida. The commercial pilot, one passenger, and two motorists sustained minor injuries. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for flight that departed Tampa International Airport (TPA), Tampa, Florida, at 1526. The flight was destined for the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Sarasota, Florida. The flight was operated by Noble Air Charter under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, about 13 minutes after departure the pilot advised the Tampa air traffic control tower that he was "fuel critical" and requested vectors for the nearest airport. The TPA tower controller provided a heading toward the Albert Whitted Airport (SPG), St. Petersburg, Florida, located about 7 miles away. The pilot reported that he had 20 minutes of fuel on board. At 1543, the pilot was given a vector to runway 4, which was at his 12 o'clock and 4 miles away. The pilot reported the airport in sight, and the TPA tower controller provided the SPG tower frequency. There were no further radio transmissions.

The airplane landed on a residential street about 2 miles from SPG, and collided with two motor vehicles.

Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed substantial damage to both wings, the horizonal stabilizer, elevator, and nose section. Both wingtips and wing tip fuel tanks were separated from the wings. The left wing tip fuel tank exhibited minor sooting and heat damage. The left engine fuel selector was found in the left main fuel tank position, the right engine fuel selector was in the right main fuel tank position.

According to charter records obtained from the operator, the accident occurred during the third leg of a four-leg trip. The records indicated that at the start of the trip, the airplane's hour meter read 589.0 hours. At the accident scene, it read 592.6 hours.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent first class medical certificate was issued on November 16, 2016. According to his logbook, the pilot had accrued 622 total hours of flight experience.




ST. PETERSBURG — Officials released the names of the two people aboard the plane that made an emergency landing Wednesday on a neighborhood street in south St. Petersburg.

Manuel Izquierdo, 36, piloted the Cessna 402B that landed on 18th Avenue S near 16th Street about 3:45 p.m. Izquierdo was shooting for Albert Whitted Airport, but came up short by about 1.5 miles. He was nearly perfectly aligned with Runway 7 at the airfield.

Ronald Bizick, 50, was the passenger on board. Both Izquierdo and Bizick were released from Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue.

After Izquierdo touched the plane down, the continued to roll into two vehicles, a Mercury Mountaineer and a Chevrolet Tahoe. Kimberley Grooms, 34, was inside the Tahoe. She, too, was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Alphonsine Dean, 63, and her 3-year-old grandson were in the Mountaineer, which came to rest near the nose of the aircraft. Neither Dean nor her grandson were injured, Dean said Wednesday.

It was unclear what forced Izquierdo to attempt the emergency landing. Federal Aviation Administration officials were investigating.

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




ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - A small plane made a crash-landing on a street in south St. Petersburg this afternoon, colliding with two vehicles on the ground in the process.

The scene is at 18th Avenue S and 16th Street S.  The view from SkyFOX showed the damaged twin-engine Cessna on the ground next to an SUV in the street.  Police say the plane struck two vehicles on the ground, sending three people to the hospital.  Their injuries were not said to be life-threatening.

Witnesses said on social media that the pilot survived, but there has been no official word. 

The plane appears to be registered to a charter company out of Opa-Locka.

The cause of the crash was not clear but a downed power pole nearby showed signs of being hit by the plane as it came down.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.fox13news.com




ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A small plane crashed on a road and hit multiple cars in St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon.

St. Pete police and fire departments are on scene at 18th Avenue South and 16th Street South.

Two people were on the plane.

Four people overall were taken to area hospitals and one person was treated at the scene.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://wfla.com




ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A small plane crashed onto a road in St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoon.

Around 3:46 p.m., St. Pete Fire Rescue responded to a small plane crash at the intersection of 18th Ave. S. and 16th St.

The plane hit two vehicles and three people were transported to a local hospital.

The plane is in the roadway. Two people were on board the plane at the time of the crash and went to Bayfront.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.abcactionnews.com

Beech A24R Sierra, N400LE, OBX Airplanes LLC: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 at Dare County Regional Airport (KMQI), Manteo, North Carolina -and- Incident occurred April 28, 2017 at Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO), Greensboro, Guilford County, North 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; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

OBX Airplanes LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N400LE




NTSB Identification: ERA18LA010
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Manteo, NC
Aircraft: BEECH A24, registration: N400LE
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 October 18, 2017, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Beech A24R, N400LE, impacted hard during a forced landing at Dare County Regional Airport (MQI), Manteo, North Carolina. The private pilot undergoing instruction (PUI), sustained serious injuries while the flight instructor sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged, and was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local, instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight which originated about 1 minute earlier.

The flight instructor, who was seated in the right seat, stated that there were no discrepancies with the airplane during the preflight inspection or engine run-up before takeoff. After becoming airborne, when the flight was near the midpoint of the runway at about 100 ft, the cockpit filled with smoke and she noted a burning wire and fire in front of her position. She also reported that the cockpit became hot. She took control from the PUI, and directed the battery and alternator switches to be turned off. She initiated a turn to return to the airport, parallel to runway 17, and reported the airplane impacted hard.

Preliminary examination of the accident site by several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors revealed the airplane first impacted on airport property east of runway 17 near the approach end of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright about 500 ft and 212° from the initial impact location. Examination of the cockpit by a FAA airworthiness inspector revealed a wire with melted insulation hanging from under the right side of the instrument panel. The airplane was recovered and secured for further examination.
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DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — A plane crashed Wednesday morning during an attempted emergency landing at a Dare County airport, officials say. 

The incident happened just before 10 a.m. A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration tells WAVY.com a Beech A24R Sierra landed a field just short of a runway at the airport.


Dare County officials say a preliminary investigation found two people were in a plane — a student pilot and an instructor pilot — that began experiencing issues shortly after taking off from Dare County Regional Airport (MQI).


Officials say they were trying to make an emergency landing when the plane hit the runway, causing damage to the plane’s landing gear.


The student pilot, 23-year-old Balpreet Chahal, of Leesburg, Virginia, was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital after complaining of minor injuries, officials say.


The instructor, 32-year-old Jenny Hawk, of Manns Harbor, was checked out at the airport and transported to the Outer Banks Hospital for evaluation, officials say.


The FAA is now taking over the investigation.


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MANTEO, N.C. (WVEC) -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating after a small plane crash-landed at the Dare County Regional Airport on Wednesday morning. 

The accident happened at about 10 a.m. on Runway 5.


A preliminary investigation revealed two occupants -- a student pilot and an instructor pilot -- experienced issues that forced them to make an emergency landing. The plane landed hard on the runway and slid off it into the grass, collapsing the landing gear.


A spokesperson with the State Highway Patrol said the student pilot, Balpreet S. Chahal, 23 was transported by EMS to a local hospital for evaluation after complaining of minor injuries.


The other passenger, instructor Jenny Renea Hawk, 32, had no complaints of injuries.


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MANTEO, N.C. – Authorities are investigating a plane crash at the Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo that left one person with minor injuries.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the airport at approximately 10 a.m. after receiving reports of the crash.

The emergency landing was because of on board issues the plane was experiencing, said Dare County officials.

Officials say that the aircraft landed hard and slid into the grass off the right side of the runway.

Airport staff responded immediately, bringing along a fire truck because of leaking fuel.

NCHP says the preliminary investigation has revealed that two people, a student pilot and an instructor pilot, were attempting to make an emergency landing when the plane hit the runway, causing damage to the landing gear.

The student pilot, 23-year-old Balpreet S. Chahal suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

The instructor pilot, 32-year-old Jenny Hawk, was not injured. Hawk was involved in a plane crash ion the Croatan Sound in 2015 that left her in critical condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation.

The airport remains fully functioning at this time.

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

Two people were taken to The Outer Banks Hospital for observation after their plane made a hard landing Wednesday morning at the Dare County Regional Airport on Roanoke Island.

A Beech A24R Sierra owned by OBX Airplanes, LLC. experienced issues shortly after take off that led to an emergency landing.

The aircraft landed hard and slid into the grass off the right side of the Runway 17, according to a Dare County news release.

There was a small fuel leak reported by emergency crews at the scene that was quickly contained.

The crash still is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Story and photo ➤ https://outerbanksvoice.com

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 28-APR-17

Time: 19:25:00Z
Regis#: N400LE
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GREENSBORO
State: NORTH CAROLINA