Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hickory Regional Airport (KHKY), Catawba County, North Carolina



HICKORY— The Hickory Regional Airport received the brunt of a storm that ripped through the eastern part of Burke County with what some said were 100 mph winds.

Around 4:45 p.m., several reports were made of tornado touchdowns across multiple different counties in the foothills.

It is undetermined if a tornado made a landing at the airport, but the powerful winds left a large mark and destroyed multiple hangars and damaged up to eight different privately owned airplanes.

Rick Foster, of Hickory, has stored his Piper Comanche airplane at the Hickory Regional Airport for eight years and has never encountered weather like this.

“I was back at my house making sure everything was okay (because it is) just 5 miles south of town,” Foster said. “When we heard on a Facebook post that something had hit the airport, I said, ‘let’s ride up there and see.’”




When Foster reached the hangar, he was in disbelief. He knew there was damage, but not to the extent that he soon would realize.

“It was breathtaking to walk up over the hill and see it,” he said. “I just knew there was some damage … I just thought it would blow a couple airplanes around and then I saw this whole hangar destroyed.”

Miraculously, his Piper Comanche was not touched. He was able to enter the part of the hangar his plane was in to find it just as he had left it.

“How lucky we are,” Foster said.

Foster is determined that the damage was caused by a tornado.

Tornadoes were reported in several different parts of the foothills, but the National Weather Service had not confirmed any touchdown as of Monday night. The NWS generally evaluates an area days after a storm to determine if it was a tornado and what level it measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

There were up to eight planes inside the hangar with a majority of them being damaged, said Sarah Prencipe, communications specialists with the city of Hickory. The airport is owned by the city of Hickory.

There were no injuries reported after the high winds came through, she said.

“Which is amazing and the most important thing,” Prencipe said.

Prencipe said, to her knowledge, the damage to the hangars should not affect flights coming into and leaving the airport.

“Our risk manager has called our insurance companies and put them on notice and will be working more with them tomorrow, but they have been made aware,” she said. “We are working now to notify the plane owners.”

Hickory Fire Department, Catawba County EMS and Duke Energy were on scene evaluating and cleaning up the damage.

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

Auditor report casts doubt on Leath's use of Iowa State University Cirrus SR22 N176CF




AMES, Iowa — One day after the Iowa Board of Regents named a new Iowa State president, the state auditor released a new report that raises new questions about how the previous president used a university-owned aircraft. 

In a report released Tuesday, the state auditor questions Iowa State University's purchase of a plane for $498,000 without official approval from the Iowa Board of Regents.

Former ISU President Steven Leath apologized for using bad judgment in using university planes before leaving for a position Auburn University. 

“This would have required going to the Board of Regents for approval with the signature of the executive director, and that particular process wasn't followed,” Auditor Mary Mosiman said.

Mosiman said the report concludes Leath often used the plane to improve his skills as a pilot rather than for clear business reasons. Mosiman’s office obtained the meter rating, which recorded the plane’s time in use.

“I believe it was 52 of the 76 flights were for the former president to receive an instrument rating,” Mosiman said. “We questioned what the business purpose of the purchase of the plane was since it hadn't been clearly documented.”

Mosiman said Iowa State University Foundation funds from donors and alumni paid for the four-seat Cirrus in 2014. 

The audit recommends that Iowa State seek reimbursement from Leath for a spring break trip last year. 

The University released a statement to KCCI saying, "The University believes that the flight had a legitimate business purpose and no further reimbursement is required." 

KCCI reached out to Leath for comment but received no response.

Story and video:  http://www.kcci.com

Office of Auditor of State of Iowa: https://auditor.iowa.gov/pdf 

Cirrus SR22, N176CF: http://registry.faa.gov/N176CF


In a report released Tuesday, the Iowa state auditor recommended Iowa State University seek reimbursement from Auburn President Steven Leath for the cost of a non-business flight he took on university aircraft when he was president at Iowa State and questioned whether the university needed the plane for business use.

The university’s internal audit department concluded that 52 of the 76 trips the plane was used for were for Leath to obtain qualifications for his own pilot's license.

"Based on the limited use of the Cirrus SR22 for flights with clear business purposes, we question whether the purchase served a University purpose," the report says.

In July 2014, Iowa State purchased the Cirrus aircraft for $470,000 after trading in another plane without written approval from Bob Donley, then-executive director of Iowa State’s Board of Regents.

Donley told auditors he was aware of the purchase in advance, but did not have written evidence of his approval.

The auditor's report cites a specific flight on March 12, 2016, when Leath flew, along with another university pilot, on the university's plane to his home in North Carolina and then back to Iowa during Iowa State's spring break. That flight was noted as training for the university pilot. 

“Because the trip was used to transport former President Leath to his home in North Carolina, the business purpose for the [trip] on March 12, 2016, is not clear and no further explanation has been provided,” the report reads. “[T]he University should determine what portion of the flight was personal and consider seeking reimbursement from former President Leath.”

Later that week, on March 15, 2016, Leath was flown back to North Carolina where he went to various locations across the country before returning to Iowa on March 19.

The university said the series of flights were for Leath to give a speech, attend a university programs meeting in Pittsburgh and attend an Iowa State basketball game in Denver.

In their response, Iowa State defended the purchase and use of the plane, saying the new Cirrus was "safer, faster and more efficient than the small aircraft previously owned by the University," and that Leath's ability to fly it would allow him to travel more efficiently. 

Leath was on board the March 15 flight to provide oversight for the pilot and no additional costs were incurred by flying to North Carolina as opposed to elsewhere for the other pilot's training, the university said. 

“President Leath’s presence on this flight also provided a business purpose and benefit to the University,” Iowa State said in their response. “As the University pilot confirmed, President Leath was the most experienced University approved pilot on the Cirrus SR22 aircraft and provided oversight for the fulltime pilot’s IFR compliance. ... The University believes that the flight had a legitimate business purpose and no further reimbursement is required.”



In June 2017, the university sold the plane for $450,000.

Leath's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2015, Leath made a hard-landing in the Cirrus single-engine plane that resulted in almost $14,000 worth of damage. He stopped flying the university’s plane and made a $15,000 to Iowa State’s scholarship fund shortly after reports came out revealing the crash.



Iowa State conducted an internal audit after the incident, concluding that his use of the plane entered “several shades of gray,” but “the [plane] use did not violate existing board policy,” and the regents agreed "with President Leath that we can and must do better.”

"The plane issue was poorly reported and taken to an extreme level," Leath wrote in an email to The Plainsman in March. "Two audits showed no policies were broken and as it turned out some of the flights questioned had been paid for by me."

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

Taking a 10,000-foot view: Penn Valley Airport (KSEG), Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Pennsylvania

A ramp upgrade or improvements to taxiways or hangars at the local airport may not seem important to most of us, unless we – as they say – take the “10,000-foot view” and consider the benefits from a broader perspective.

A $2 million ramp upgrade at the Penn Valley Airport near Selinsgrove will make it more accessible to larger aircraft, general manager Jim Taylor told us this past week.

“It’s incredibly safer, and we have so much more room to park airplanes,” Taylor noted. With larger aircraft from local corporations using the rural airport on an increasing basis, such as Panda Power, National Beef, Weis Markets, the improvements are necessary and beneficial to all of us.

“Your airport has a ‘multiplier effect’ on jobs and income,” the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) writes in an article about the importance of local airports. “The U.S. Department of Commerce says that every $1 spent at local airports adds another $2.53 to your local economy.”

What we might not always see from the ground is that businesses actively seek locations with a community airport when locating a plant, headquarters or distribution center, members of the AOPA remind us. Compared with congested and expensive large airports, general aviation airports, like those located near Selinsgrove, Elysburg, Danville and Montoursville, offer convenience and cost-effectiveness.

Improvements at local airports are also an investment in the future. The federal government has started creating the Next Generation Air Transportation System, known as NGATS, which envisions using small airplanes and advanced satellite navigation and communication technologies for speedy point-to-point travel between general aviation airports,

The AOPA also notes that light jets will soon play a large role in an emerging air taxi industry. “With their ultra-quiet jet engines, they can carry up to six people to and from small airports safely, quickly and economically.”

And let’s not forget about one of the most important benefits of local airports: They serve an essential role in times of emergencies, providing landing points for airborne medical, law enforcement and disaster relief services.

Private pilots, some of our friends and neighbors, also volunteer as “angels,” offering to transport patients to and from life-saving medical treatments or transporting human organs for transplant procedures. Viewing all of this from that perspective, it’s easier to see why that ramp at the Penn Valley Airport really is a good investment.

Original article  ➤ http://www.dailyitem.com/opinion

Lancair Propjet, N115JK: Incident occurred October 23, 2017 at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT), Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed and went off the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N115JK

Date: 23-OCT-17
Time: 14:29:00Z
Regis#: N115JK
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: LANCAIR
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BOCA RATON
State: FLORIDA

Beech 300 Super King Air 350, N729GT, Big Sky Aviation LLC: Incident occurred October 23, 2017 at Bishop International Airport (KFNT), Flint, Genesee County, Michigan

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

Aircraft on final, light bracket struck by bird. Landed without incident.

Big Sky Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N729GT

Date: 24-OCT-17
Time: 23:27:00Z
Regis#: N729GT
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: B300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: FLINT
State: MICHIGAN

JetBlue, Airbus A320-200, N784JB: Incident occurred October 23, 2017 at Logan International Airport (KBOS), Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

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

Flight JBU877: Aircraft on takeoff, engine struck birds and sustained unknown damage. No injuries. Landed without incident.

JetBlue Airways Corporation:  http://registry.faa.gov/N784JB

Date: 23-OCT-17
Time: 23:26:00Z
Regis#: N784JB
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: JETBLUE
Flight Number: JBU877
City: BOSTON
State: MASSACHUSETTS

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- A plane that struck birds shortly after takeoff in Boston made a safe emergency landing at a New York City airport Monday evening.

The FAA said JetBlue Flight 877, an Airbus 320, struck the birds after taking off at Boston Logan International Airport.

JetBlue officials said the birds struck the left engine. There were 144 passengers on board.

The crew declared an emergency and was planning to return to Logan Airport, but was then diverted to JFK International Airport in NYC due to weather, in what would be a more than 3-hour flight.

The flight was headed to Las Vegas. Flight data showed the flight took off at about 4:15 p.m. ET., and it landed just before 7:30 p.m. ET.

The plane flew at a low altitude (3,700 feet) and a slow speed (approximately 200 mph) in a holding pattern over Long Island for nearly an hour as it makes its approach to JFK.

Emergency responders were standby at the airport.

Story and video ➤ http://abc7ny.com

Piper PA-31T Cheyenne, N53AM, Tiburon Aviation LLC: Incident occurred October 23, 2017 at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR), Smith County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft landed gear up.

Tiburon Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N53AM

Date: 23-OCT-17
Time: 19:12:00Z
Regis#: N53AM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: TYLER
State: TEXAS

Bell 407, N422PH, PHI Inc: Incident occurred October 22, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

Rotorcraft on offshore oil platform, tail rotor contacted crane cable/wires. Damage unknown.

PHI Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N422PH

Date: 22-OCT-17
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N422PH
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: B407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: BATON ROUGE
State: LOUISIANA

Aeronca 7DC, N83512: Accident occurred October 22, 2017 at Salinas Municipal Airport (KSNS), Monterey County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

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

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

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

http://registry.faa.gov/N83512


Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during landing, as the tailwheel was touching down, the airplane swerved to the right and hit a taxiway sign. Subsequently, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system on the accident airport reported, about 30 minutes before the accident, that the wind was calm. The automated report further reported, about 30 minutes after the accident, that the wind was from 270° at 11 knots. The pilot landed on runway 08. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing with a tailwind.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Effect on operation
Sign/marker - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion

Nose over/nose down

Location: Salinas, CA

Accident Number: GAA18CA018
Date & Time: 10/22/2017, 1330 PDT
Registration: N83512
Aircraft: AERONCA 7DC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that, during landing, as the tailwheel was touching down the airplane swerved to the right and hit a taxiway sign. Subsequently, the left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system on the accident airport reported, about 30 minutes prior to the accident that the wind was calm. The automated report further reported, about 30 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 270° at 11 knots. The pilot landed on runway 08. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/11/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3900 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERONCA
Registration: N83512
Model/Series: 7DC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 7AC-2183
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/16/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1998 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C85-F
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 85 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: KSNS, 77 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 72°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR):  
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Salinas, CA (SNS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Salinas, CA (SNS)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1230 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: SALINAS MUNI (SNS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 84 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 08
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6004 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.662500, -121.613611 (est)

Socata TBM 700, N838GK, GAO Air LLC: Incident occurred October 22, 2017 at Naples Municipal Airport (KAPF), Collier County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft on landing, went off the side of the runway and struck a light.

GAO Air LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N838GK

Date: 22-OCT-17
Time: 21:50:00Z
Regis#: N838GK
Aircraft Make: SOCATA
Aircraft Model: TBM 700
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: NAPLES
State: FLORIDA

Beechcraft B-200 King Air, N363JH, registered to and was operated by Bering Air Inc: Accident occurred October 21, 2017 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration Polaris Certificate Management Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Gatineau, QC
Pratt & Whitney Canada (Technical Advisor); Saint-Hubert, QC

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


Bering Air Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N363JH

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA005
Date & Time: 10/21/2017, 0536 AKD
Registration: N363JH
Aircraft: TEXTRON AVIATION B200
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Medical Emergency)

On October 21, 2017, about 0536 Alaska daylight time, a Textron Aviation (formerly Raytheon Aircraft Company) Beech B200 airplane, N363JH, sustained substantial damage following an unintentional gear-up landing at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska. The certificated airline transport pilot, 2 flight medics, and one patient sustained no injuries. The airplane was registered to and was operated by Bering Air, Inc., Nome, Alaska as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 instrument flight rules air ambulance flight, operating as Medevac 363JH. Dark night, visual meteorological conditions were present at the time of the accident and flight following procedures were utilized by the operator. The airplane departed from the Nome Airport, Nome, Alaska, about 0320.

The pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to transport a patient to a medical treatment facility in Anchorage. He said that as the flight approached Anchorage, the Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center specialist on duty handed the flight over to Anchorage Approach Control, which cleared him to descend to 6,000 ft mean sea level (msl) followed with a vector heading and a descent clearance to 2,000 ft msl. As the flight descended through about 4,000 feet msl, he visually confirmed that the airport was in sight, and requested a visual approach. He reported the air traffic controller didn't respond to his initial request, and he requested a visual approach again. The controller responded back with a vector for the instrument landing system (ILS) runway 7R approach. The pilot reported his groundspeed was about 210 knots indicated, he joined the final approach course, and was cleared to land. He reported he believes he was given a vector heading that was too close to the final approach fix and the airplane went through the final approach fix. The pilot then received another heading and he re-established himself on the final approach course.

According to the pilot, as the airplane continued on the ILS 7R approach, he began to configure the airplane for landing by selecting the appropriate approach wing flaps setting, and he believed he selected the landing gear selector to the down position. However, he failed to confirm that the landing gear position-indicator lights showed "three green" indicting the landing gear was down, locked, and safe for landing. The pilot said that during touchdown with the landing gear not extended, the airplane's belly-mounted cargo pod contacted the runway, and the airplane began to veer to the right of the runway centerline. The 4 blade Hartzell propeller assemblies for each engine separated about midspan due to runway impact damage. The left side forward fuselage sustained minor damage from various separated propeller blade debris impacts. The airplane came to rest on the right side of the runway, and the occupants egressed without further incident.

A National Transportation Safety Board air safety investigator responded to the accident site, arriving about 1 hour after the accident. During a postaccident on scene inspection of the accident airplane, the landing gear selector was found in the down position.

The pilot reported in a written statement on October 24, that fatigue played a role with the landing gear up accident as he felt clear and alert at the beginning of the flight, but his alertness began to diminish at the beginning of the arrival phase of the flight.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane was recovered and transported to secure location for a comprehensive damage assessment. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right engine mount system. Both Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-41 turboprop engines are pending disassembly for an internal damage assessment.

The airplane was not equipped with a cockpit voice recorder system or a flight data recorder system, nor were either required.

The closest official weather observation station is the PANC. At 0553, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 360° at 7 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling 5,500 ft few, 7,500 ft broken; temperature 23° F; dew point 10° F; altimeter 29.28 inches of Mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: TEXTRON AVIATION
Registration: N363JH
Model/Series: B200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No 
Operator: Bering Air, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: PANC, 132 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -5°C / -12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.28 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: NOME, AK (OME)
Destination: Anchorage, AK (ANC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.167778, -150.001944 (est)

A runway at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was closed for hours Saturday after a small plane's landing gear collapsed.

The Beechcraft B-200 King Air was operated by Bering Air and was on a medevac flight from Nome to Anchorage, said Clint Johnson, chief of the Alaska regional office of the National Transportation Safety Board. It was carrying a patient and two attendants along with the pilot, he said.

"The airplane ended up basically on its belly," Johnson said. "The gear collapsed on landing."

There were no injuries from the landing, Johnson said, and the patient was transported to the hospital, which was where the patient was heading anyway, Johnson said.

"We're in the process of determining the extent of the damage" to the plane, he said.

The runway in question — the airport's southernmost runway that runs east to west — was closed around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, said airport operations officer John Stocker. The runway was cleared and open by about 2 p.m. Saturday, said airport operations duty officer Bev Sinnott.

Stocker said the airport redirected other aircraft to a different runway during the closure.

"My understanding, from the air traffic control folks, is that we haven't had any slowdowns," he said.

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

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N5381E: Incident occurred October 21, 2017 in Standish, Lassen County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aircraft force landed in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N5381E

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N5381E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C185
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: STANDISH
State: CALIFORNIA

Bell OH-58A, N916SP, City of Sacramento: Incident occurred October 21, 2017 in Sacramento, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Rotorcraft during a hover, dropped to the ground.

City of Sacramento:  http://registry.faa.gov/N916SP

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 00:20:00Z
Regis#: N916SP
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
City: SACRAMENTO
State: CALIFORNIA

American Aviation AA-1A, N9239L: Accident occurred October 21, 2017 in Maricopa, Pinal County, Arizona

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N9239L

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA014
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Maricopa, AZ
Aircraft: AMERICAN AVIATION AA 1A, registration: N9239L
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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

On October 21, 2017, about 1113 mountain standard time, an American Aviation AA-1A airplane, N9239L, impacted the runway hard after coming in contact with powerlines during the approach to land at Hidden Valley Airport (AZ43) in Maricopa, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger were seriously injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage throughout. 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 and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from an unknown location.

Witnesses reported that while the airplane was on short final, the landing gear impacted powerlines. Subsequently, the airplane descended rapidly and impacted the ground hard. 

The airplane has been moved to a secure location for further examination.

Champion 7GC, N7589E, Sky Guys LLC: Accident occurred October 21, 2017 in Black Rock Desert, Gerlach, Washoe County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Sky Guys LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N7589E

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA025
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Gerlach, NV
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GC, registration: N7589E

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, sustained substantial damage.

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N7589E
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: CH7B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: GERLACH
State: NEVADA

Aero Adventure Aventura II, N709CW: Incident occurred October 21, 2017 in Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft on landing, went off runway into the dirt.

http://registry.faa.gov/N709CW

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N709CW
Aircraft Make: AERO ADVENTURE
Aircraft Model: AVENTURA II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ROCKLEDGE
State: FLORIDA

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-7H4, N202WN: Incident occurred October 21, 2017 at Baltimore–Washington International Airport (KBWI), Maryland -and- Incident occurred in Boise, Ada County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Flight SWA5509:  Aircraft on takeoff sustained a birdstrike to the nose wheel hydraulic line. Returned and landed without incident. No injuries. Damages to be determined.

Southwest Airlines http://registry.faa.gov/N202WN

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 18:37:00Z
Regis#: N202WN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA5509
City: BALTIMORE
State: MARYLAND

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Flight SWA251:  Aircraft on takeoff roll, number 2 engine ingested birds. Aircraft exited runway and returned to the gate without incident. No injuries. Damage to engine fanblades. 


Date:  08-JUN-16
Time:  02:27:00Z
Regis#:  N202WN
Aircraft Make:  BOEING
Aircraft Model:  737
Event Type:  Incident
Damage:  Unknown
Activity:  Commercial
Flight Phase:  TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator:  SWA-Southwest Airlines
Flight Number:  SWA251
City:  BOISEState:  Idaho

Cessna 182A, N3889D: Accident occurred October 21, 2017 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft on landing the wingtip broke off and struck the left horizontal stabilizer.

http://registry.faa.gov/N3889D

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N3889D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: SKYDIVING
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ARECIBO
State: PUERTO RICO

Piper PA-24-260, N8571P: Incident occurred October 21, 2017 at Majors Airport (KGVT), Hunt County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fort Worth, Texas

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N8571P

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 18:50:00Z
Regis#: N8571P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GREENVILLE
State: TEXAS

Mesa Airlines, Canadair CRJ-900, N242LR: Incident occurred October 20, 2017 at McAllen Miller International Airport (KMFE), Hidalgo County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Flight ASH5772:  Aircraft on final, sustained a birdstrike to the nose cone. Landed without incident. No injuries. Damage minor. 

Mesa Airlines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N242LR

Date: 20-OCT-17
Time: 21:40:00Z
Regis#: N242LR
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: MESA AIRLINES
Flight Number: ASH5772
City: MCALLEN
State: TEXAS