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

http://registry.faa.gov/N50609


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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

http://registry.faa.gov/N37TP

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA015
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in Sidney, NY
Aircraft: THOMAS G PARKHURST KITFOX IV, registration: N37TP

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 on landing, crashed onto runway.


Date: 18-OCT-17
Time: 21:23:00Z
Regis#: N37TP
Aircraft Make: KITFOX
Aircraft Model: KITFOX
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: SIDNEY
State: NEW YORK

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