Monday, November 6, 2017

Trial in Bishop International Airport (KFNT) stabbing put off until July 30



FLINT, Mich. — The case of a Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at Flint's Bishop International Airport isn't on a fast track.

A judge agreed Friday to extend important deadlines while federal investigators and defense lawyers collect and review evidence, especially in Montreal where Amor Ftouhi lived.

Ftouhi is accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck at Bishop Airport last June.

Investigators say the native of Tunisia yelled "Allahu Akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great." Lt. Jeff Neville survived.

Federal Judge Linda Parker set a July 30 trial.

She also set May 23 as the day for any plea deal.

Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16, five days before the attack.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://nbc25news.com

Investigator | Transportation Security Administration officers flunk drug and alcohol tests

CLEVELAND - We depend on them to keep guns and other weapons off airplanes.  But can we, as airline passengers, trust them to do their job? A Channel 3 News investigation found hundreds of TSA officers failing random drug tests at airport across the country.

TSA officers routinely find weapons at security checkpoints. They discovered 165 firearms in a two-week period last month. 144 were loaded.

"I'm a lot more concerned about flying these days," said Clevelander Chuck Dudash.

Federal records obtained by Channel 3 suggest many security officers aren't as alert as they should be.

Records regarding random drug and alcohol testing at TSA were examined.  Airline passengers found the results unsettling.

"I mean I get drug-tested at work to sell food, not to protect lives and provide security," Keith Mierop said.

Since 2010, 858 TSA workers, including four at Cleveland Hopkins, tested positive for drugs and alcohol.

Marijuana, cocaine and opiates were among the drugs detected.

"If they're inebriated, how are they going to pay attention to what's coming on and off the plane. That's dangerous," said Sasharai William.

TSA misconduct appears to be getting worse. A report from the House Homeland Security Committee a year ago found misconduct complaints jumped 28 percent.

According to the report: "TSA employees have been criminally charged for using cocaine on the job, and facilitating large scale drug smuggling."

"When you fly you don't worry so much about yourself as you do worrying about other people and what they're doing. You're counting on TSA to screen people sufficiently," Marvin Leventhal said.

In a test of a different kind this year, a federal undercover team tried to sneak contraband---things like fake guns and drugs---through security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Investigators succeeded 95 percent of the time prompting passengers to say "that's insane" and "it's totally unacceptable."

TSA has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. It does random drug testing every year on a third of its 60,000 employee workforce.  Most employees are found to be drug-free.  But those who test positive are fired. 

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

Cessna 172S, N606ND, UND Aerospace Foundation: Incident occurred November 02, 2017 at Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport (KIWA), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft on landing sustained unknown damage.

UND Aerospace Foundation:  http://registry.faa.gov/N606ND

Date: 02-NOV-17
Time: 15:29:00Z
Regis#: N606ND
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA

JetBlue, Airbus A320: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (KPHX), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Phoenix, Arizona

Flight JBU136: On pushback from gate, the tow bar broke and the nose wheel sustained minor damage.

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 06:24:00Z
Regis#: JBU136
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: JETBLUE
Flight Number: JBU136
City: PHOENIX
State: ARIZONA

Beech B36TC Bonanza, N577KB, David A Bush Inc: Incident occurred November 05, 2017 at Long Beach Airport (KLGB), Los Angeles County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, Florida

David A Bush Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N577KB

Aircraft on takeoff, nose wheel separated from fuselage. Returned and struck the wing on landing.

Date: 05-NOV-17
Time: 21:13:00Z
Regis#: N577KB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: LONG BEACH
State: CALIFORNIA

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700, N7875A: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA), Washington, D.C.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Flight SWA3442: Aircraft on downwind for arrival, struck birds at the radome and wings. No injuries. Landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7875A

Date: 05-NOV-17
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N7875A
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B373
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA3442
City: WASHINGTON
State: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N6159P: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 at Plant City Airport (KPCM), Hillsborough County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6159P

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N6159P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PLANT CITY
State: FLORIDA

Cessna T310Q, N7527Q, Cul-Aircorp Inc: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 at Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

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

Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

Cul-Aircorp Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N7527Q

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 20:11:00Z
Regis#: N7527Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C310
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GAINESVILLE
State: FLORIDA

Beech King Air 200, N125NQ, Southern Pioneer Insurance Agency Inc: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 in Destin, Okaloosa County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham

Aircraft on taxi, went off the taxiway into the grass.

Southern Pioneer Insurance Agency Inc 

http://registry.faa.gov/N125NQ

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 13:28:00Z
Regis#: N125NQ
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: DESTIN
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-31-325 Navajo, N378MM, TRN Aviation LLC: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 at Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport (X51) -and- Incident occurred January 02, 2017 in Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

TRN Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N378MM

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 18:54:00Z
Regis#: N378MM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HOMESTEAD
State: FLORIDA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

TRN Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N378MM

Aircraft experienced a propeller strike upon landing with no gear extended, subsequently went around and landed without incident.

Date: 02-JAN-17

Time: 17:03:00Z
Regis#: N378MM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Beechcraft 35-A33 Debonair, N9348Y, Naperville Flying Club: Incident occurred November 05, 2017 in Paxton, Ford County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aircraft force landed in a field.

Naperville Flying Club:  http://registry.faa.gov/N9348Y

Date: 06-NOV-17
Time: 04:20:00Z
Regis#: N9348Y
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: PAXTON
State: ILLINOIS

Endeavor Air, Canadair CRJ-900, N933XJ: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 at Des Moines International Airport (KDSM), Polk County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Flight EDV3613:  Aircraft on approach to land, struck birds and sustained damage. No injuries. Landed without incident.

Delta Air Lines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N933XJ

Date: 06-NOV-17
Time: 02:40:00Z
Regis#: N933XJ
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: COMMUTER
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Aircraft Operator: ENDEAVOR AIR
Flight Number: EDV3613
City: DES MOINES
State: IOWA

Golden Circle Air T-Bird II, N618ER, registered to and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 near JMJ Landing Airport (02KS), St Mary's, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Final 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/N618ER



Location: St Mary's, KS
Accident Number: CEN18LA027
Date & Time: 11/05/2017, 1140 CST
Registration: N618ER
Aircraft: RIGGS KENNETH W T BIRD II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Part(s) separation from AC
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The private pilot and passenger planned on a short flight around the traffic pattern in an open-cockpit, light sport airplane. Shortly after takeoff, as the pilot turned downwind, he heard a "crack," and the engine started to vibrate and lose power. The pilot applied power, but the engine did not respond. He turned sharply left and then tried to stop the turn and descend, but the airplane continued to turn and descend until it impacted terrain. A witness saw two objects fall from the airplane shortly after the engine sound "stopped." Both objects were retrieved. The first object was the passenger's knitted hat, the top of which was "chewed up" and had a line burnt/melted into it. The other object was one of the propeller blades. The accident is consistent with the passenger's hat exiting the cockpit and impacting the three-bladed pusher propeller, which led to the separation of one of the propeller blades and the subsequent loss of engine power.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The loss of engine power due to a propeller failure when the passenger's hat exited the cockpit and impacted the three-bladed pusher propeller, separating one of the propeller blades.

Findings

Aircraft
Propeller blade section - Not specified (Cause)

Environmental issues
Person - Effect on equipment (Cause)


Factual Information

On November 5, 2017, about 1140 central standard time, a T-Bird II airplane, N618ER, impacted terrain near St. Marys, Kansas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported that he and the owner of the airplane planned to take the airplane for a flight around the traffic pattern to see if they were clothed warmly enough for another flight. They departed from runway 36, climbed to about 1,000 ft, and turned left for the downwind when they heard a loud "crack" and the engine started to vibrate. To avoid powerlines, the pilot applied power, but the engine did not respond. He turned sharply left, adding that he tried to stop the turn and decent; however, the elevators and ailerons did not respond. The airplane continued to turn and dropped rapidly, until it impacted a ravine.

A neighbor reported that she saw something "flutter" into a tree and something fell when the engine sound "stopped". The object in the tree was retrieved and was the passenger's knitted hat. The top of the hat was "chewed up" and had an area in the shape of a line, burnt/melted in it. The object that fell in the yard was also retrieved and was one of airplane's propeller blades.

An examination of the airplane found substantial damage to the fuselage, and one blade from the three-bladed pusher propeller had separated from the propeller hub. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: 
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/14/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/18/2017
Flight Time:  2054 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 1593 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RIGGS KENNETH W
Registration: N618ER
Model/Series: T BIRD II NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 90062000
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/09/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 159.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KTOP
Observation Time: 1153 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3400 ft agl
Visibility: 8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 21 knots, 350°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  29.9 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: St Mary's, KS
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: St Mary's, KS
Type of Clearance:  None
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  39.197500, -96.073333 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA027
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 05, 2017 in St Mary's, KS
Aircraft: RIGGS KENNETH W T BIRD II, registration: N618ER
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 November 5, 2017, about 1150 central standard time, a T-Bird II airplane, N618ER, conducted a forced landing near St. Marys, Kansas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the pilot and passenger had departed from a private airstrip. The pilot reported to the inspector, that during cruise flight, they heard a "pop", and the engine lost power. He attempted a forced landing; however, the airplane impacted terrain hard. An initial examination of the airplane found substantial damage to the fuselage, and a propeller blade had separated from the engine in-flight. 

The airplane was retained for further examination. The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

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/N618ER



Location: St Mary's, KS
Accident Number: CEN18LA027
Date & Time: 11/05/2017, 1140 CST
Registration: N618ER
Aircraft: RIGGS KENNETH W T BIRD II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Part(s) separation from AC
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 5, 2017, about 1140 central standard time, a T-Bird II airplane, N618ER, impacted terrain near St. Marys, Kansas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported that he and the owner of the airplane planned to take the airplane for a flight around the traffic pattern to see if they were clothed warmly enough for another flight. They departed from runway 36, climbed to about 1,000 ft, and turned left for the downwind when they heard a loud "crack" and the engine started to vibrate. To avoid powerlines, the pilot applied power, but the engine did not respond. He turned sharply left, adding that he tried to stop the turn and decent; however, the elevators and ailerons did not respond. The airplane continued to turn and dropped rapidly, until it impacted a ravine.

A neighbor reported that she saw something "flutter" into a tree and something fell when the engine sound "stopped". The object in the tree was retrieved and was the passenger's knitted hat. The top of the hat was "chewed up" and had an area in the shape of a line, burnt/melted in it. The object that fell in the yard was also retrieved and was one of airplane's propeller blades.

An examination of the airplane found substantial damage to the fuselage, and one blade from the three-bladed pusher propeller had separated from the propeller hub. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: 
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/14/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/18/2017
Flight Time:  2054 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 1593 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RIGGS KENNETH W
Registration: N618ER
Model/Series: T BIRD II NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 90062000
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/09/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 159.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KTOP
Observation Time: 1153 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3400 ft agl
Visibility: 8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 21 knots, 350°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  29.9 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: St Mary's, KS
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: St Mary's, KS
Type of Clearance:  None
Departure Time:  CST
Type of Airspace: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  39.197500, -96.073333 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN18LA027
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 05, 2017 in St Mary's, KS
Aircraft: RIGGS KENNETH W T BIRD II, registration: N618ER
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 November 5, 2017, about 1150 central standard time, a T-Bird II airplane, N618ER, conducted a forced landing near St. Marys, Kansas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the pilot and passenger had departed from a private airstrip. The pilot reported to the inspector, that during cruise flight, they heard a "pop", and the engine lost power. He attempted a forced landing; however, the airplane impacted terrain hard. An initial examination of the airplane found substantial damage to the fuselage, and a propeller blade had separated from the engine in-flight. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700, N551WN: Incident occurred November 04, 2017 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (KSTL), Missouri

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N551WN

Flight SWA3313:  Aircraft on landing, birdstrike to the engine cowling, landed without incident. No injuries.

Date: 04-NOV-17
Time: 18:14:00Z
Regis#: N551WN
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: SWA3313
City: SAINT LOUIS
State: MISSOURI

Socata TBM 700, N893CA, registered to Oso Rio LLC: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 at Las Vegas Municipal Airport (KLVS), San Miguel County, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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/N893CA

Location: Las Vegas, NM
Accident Number: GAA18CA036
Date & Time: 11/05/2017, 1145 MST
Registration: N893CA
Aircraft: SOCATA TBM 850
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Windshear or thunderstorm
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot of the turbine powered airplane reported that, while landing in a gusting crosswind, it was "obvious" the wind had changed directions. He performed a go-around, but "the wind slammed [the airplane] to the ground extremely hard". Subsequently, the airplane veered to the right off the runway and then back to the left before coming to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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 located at the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was from 270° at 19 knots, gusting to 25 knots. The pilot landed on runway 20. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate compensation for gusting crosswind conditions during the go-around.

Findings

Aircraft
Climb rate - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Crosswind correction - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation
Gusts - Response/compensation
Crosswind - Effect on operation
Crosswind - Response/compensation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown
Other weather encounter

Landing-aborted after touchdown
Abnormal runway contact

Landing
Loss of control on ground

Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/19/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/28/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1850 hours (Total, this make and model), 3000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SOCATA
Registration: N893CA
Model/Series: TBM 850
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 393
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/13/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7430 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 2304 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C91  installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-66D
Registered Owner: OSO RIO LLC
Rated Power: 850 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: KLVS, 6874 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 138°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 19 knots/ 25 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: TOMBALL, TX (TS52)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Las Vegas, NM (LVS)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0945 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: LAS VEGAS MUNI (LVS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6877 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 5006 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 35.654444, -105.142500 (est)

Van's RV-7A, N705BC: Incident occurred November 04, 2017 at Lea County Regional Airport (KHOB), Hobbs, New Mexico

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

Aircraft force landed short of the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N705BC

Date: 04-NOV-17
Time: 18:28:00Z
Regis#: N705BC
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: HOBBS
State: NEW MEXICO

Piper PA-28-140, N98299: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 at Clermont County Airport (I69), Batavia, Ohio

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

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/N98299 

Location: Batavia, OH
Accident Number: GAA18CA038
Date & Time: 11/05/2017, 1000 EDT
Registration: N98299
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot reported that the airplane departed with 10 gallons of fuel to practice crosswind landings at a nearby airport. He added that, about an hour later and during an approach, he was aiming to land on the runway numbers. He reported that, shortly before flying over the airport perimeter fence, "either wind shear or [a] sudden downdraft dropped the plane". The nose landing gear struck the fence and the airplane impacted the ground short of the intended runway.

In a follow-up interview with the National Transportation Safety Board Investigator-in-Charge, the pilot reported that, during approach, the engine was running the entire time without issues. He added that, once he encountered the downdraft, he applied full power, but the airplane continued descending with "no appreciable response". He reported that he did not use carburetor heat during the approach.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and horizontal stabilator.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was from 210° at 8 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clouds overcast at 1,100 ft, temperature 68°F, dew point 63°F, altimeter 29.96" Hg. The airplane was landing on runway 22.

Review of the Federal Aviation Administration Carburetor Icing Chart for the given temperature and dew point revealed that the conditions were conducive to "serious icing (glide power)". (For more information, see Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin CE-09-35 in the public docket.) 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to apply carburetor heat in conditions conducive to carburetor icing, which resulted in a partial loss of engine power during landing.

Findings

Aircraft
Intake anti-ice, deice - Not used/operated (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)
Lack of action - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Conducive to carburetor icing - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final
Other weather encounter
Fuel related

Landing

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 77, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
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: 12/20/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/05/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 11828 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11703 hours (Total, this make and model), 11828 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 163 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 37.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N98299
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-26156
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 334 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 140 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: KI69, 843 ft msl
Observation Time: 1457 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 17°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1100 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 210°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HAMILTON, OH (HAO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Batavia, OH (I69)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0900 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CLERMONT COUNTY (I69)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 843 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3566 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  39.084167, -84.205000 (est)

Preventing Similar Accidents  

Preventing Carburetor Icing

Accidents involving carburetor ice stem from pilots not recognizing when weather conditions are favorable to carburetor icing and inaccurately believing that carburetor icing is only a cold- or wet-weather problem. Pilots also may not use the carburetor heat according the aircraft's approved procedures to prevent carburetor ice formation. Carburetor icing accidents can occur when pilots do not recognize and promptly act upon the signs of carburetor icing.

Be sure to check the temperature and dew point to determine whether the conditions are favorable for carburetor icing. Remember, serious carburetor icing can occur in ambient temperatures as high as 90° F or in relative humidity conditions as low as 35 percent at glide power. Consider installing a carburetor temperature gauge, if available.

Refer to the approved aircraft flight manual or operating handbook to ensure that carburetor heat is used according to the approved procedures and properly perform the following actions: 1) Check the functionality of the carburetor heat before flight. 2) Use carburetor heat to prevent the formation of carburetor ice when operating in conditions and at power settings in which carburetor icing is probable. Remember, ground idling or taxiing time can allow carburetor ice to accumulate before takeoff. 3) Immediately apply carburetor heat at the first sign of carburetor icing, which typically includes a drop in rpm or manifold pressure (depending upon how your airplane is equipped). Engine roughness may follow.

Engines that run on automobile gas may be more susceptible to carburetor icing than engines that run on Avgas.

See http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/documents/SA_029.pdf for additional resources.


The NTSB presents this information to prevent recurrence of similar accidents. Note that this should not be considered guidance from the regulator, nor does this supersede existing FAA Regulations (FARs).