Friday, November 10, 2017

Temco GC-1B Swift , N2363B: Fatal accident occurred November 10, 2017 near Pineville Municipal Airport (2L0), Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N2363B

NTSB Identification: CEN18FA030
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 10, 2017 in Pineville, LA
Aircraft: TEMCO GC 1B, registration: N2363B
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 November 10, 2017, about 1120 central standard time, a Temco GC 1B airplane, N2363B, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees and then terrain while maneuvering north of Pineville Municipal Airport (2L0), Pineville, Louisiana. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The cross-country flight departed Lake Water Wheel Airport (XS99), Shepherd, Texas, about 1000.

According to an employee with the fixed base operator at 2L0, the pilot called on the airport UNICOM frequency and asked for assistance verifying that the landing gear were down and locked. The airplane was observed to fly from south to north over the airport and at the north end of the airport the airplane pulled up and turned to the right. The employee confirmed that the landing gear appeared to be down but the pilot did not respond. The airport manager of 2L0 was flying in the area and flew to the location that the airplane was last seen. The wreckage of the airplane was located about 30 minutes later.

The wreckage of the airplane came to rest in heavily forested terrain about half a mile north of 2L0. The main wreckage came to rest inverted on a 60 degree heading. The main wreckage included the inboard sections of the left and right wings, fuselage, the left elevator and its horizontal stabilizer, the rudder, the vertical stabilizer, the right horizontal stabilizer, and the engine and propeller assembly. The outboard section of the left wing was found about 140 feet from the main wreckage. The outboard section of the right wing, sections of canopy, right elevator, ailerons, flaps, sections of cowling, and a section of the throttle were found in trees and on the ground between the outboard section of the left wing and the main wreckage. All major components of the airplane were located.

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.




A small plane crashed near Buhlow Lake this morning, with the pilot believed to be the only fatality.

Rapides Parish Sheriff's deputies were notified shortly before noon that a small aircraft crashed near the lake and the Alexandria Veterans Administration Hospital, a spokesman said. 

Deputies along with VA Police, VA Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department, Alpine Fire Department and Louisiana State Police responded to the scene. 

They found the wreckage of a single engine private aircraft in a thick, brush covered area between the VA and Bulow Lake.  Deputies located the body of the pilot and what appears to be the only occupant of the aircraft, the spokesman said. 


The Rapides Parish Coroner's Office responded to the scene to take custody of the body.  The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and has taken over the investigation. Investigators say an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted as part of their investigation to determine official cause of death.  


The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time until proper notification of family members is made, the spokesman said. Deputies did determine the pilot was not from the central Louisiana area.


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


A pilot not from Central Louisiana died Friday in a crash of a small plane near Buhlow Lake, according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

The crash was reported around 11:47 a.m. to the Tioga substation by the Pineville Police Department. The single-engine private airplane was found in thick brush between the lake and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, reads a release.


The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation.


The pilot appeared to be the only occupant. The identity of the pilot has not been released yet, reads the release.


Deputies were able to determine that the pilot is not from Central Louisiana, it reads.


Deputies responded to the scene, along with police and fire personnel from the VA, Louisiana State Police and the Alpine and Pineville fire departments.


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


PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - UPDATED information from RPSO:

The pilot of a small plane is dead following a crash near the grounds of the Alexandria Veterans Administration Hospital around 11:47 a.m. Friday according to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

RPSO says the Tioga Sub-station received a call from the Pineville Police Department reporting the possible crash of a small aircraft near Buhlow Lake and the grounds of the VA.

Deputies along with VA Police, VA Fire Department, Pineville Fire Department, Alpine Fire Department and troopers with the Louisiana State Police, responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, first responders located the wreckage of a single-engine private aircraft in a thick, brush covered area between the VA and Bulow Lake. Deputies located the body of the pilot, who appeared to be the only occupant of the aircraft, deceased.

The Rapides Parish Coroner's Office responded to the scene to take custody of the body. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and has taken over the investigation. Investigators say an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted as part of their investigation to determine official cause of death.

The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time until proper notification of family members is made. Deputies did determine the pilot was not from the central Louisiana area.

4:30 p.m. Story:

KALB has learned that a small, single engine plane crashed near the property of the Alexandria Veterans Administration Hospital in Pineville late Friday morning.

A source tells KALB that the crash involved a single fatality, though the name of the person or the plane’s tail number have not yet been released to the public.

Several agencies responded to the scene including the Pineville and VA Fire Departments, RPSO and State Police. The NTSB is working with those agencies in the investigation.

RPSO said that the wreckage was found in a thick, brush-covered area between the VA and Buhlow Lake.

The body was taken into custody by the Rapides Parish Coroner's Office. Investigators said an autopsy and toxicology tests will be conducted as part of the investigation.

It has been determined that the pilot was not from the Cenla area.

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

Socata TB-200, N207GT, operated by Tipton Tampico LLC: Accident occurred November 10, 2017 in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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

Tipton Tampico LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N207GT

Location: Annapolis, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA021
Date & Time: 11/10/2017, 1520 EST
Registration: N207GT
Aircraft: SOCATA TB200
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 10, 2017, about 1520 eastern standard time, a Socata TB200, N207GT, operated by Tipton Tampico LLC, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Annapolis, Maryland. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Tipton Airport (FME), Fort Meade, Maryland, about 1430.
The pilot reported that he was conducting a sightseeing flight with his two children around the eastern shore of Maryland. About 45 minutes after departure, the airplane was at an altitude of 1,500 ft and about 25 miles southeast of FME, when the pilot felt a very light and subtle vibration from the engine. Shortly thereafter, the propeller rpm increased to 2,700 rpm uncommanded and was "pegged at the redline." He followed the checklist and reduced engine power in an attempt to remain below redline rpm , but it had little effect. The airplane was 11 miles southeast of FME when the engine vibration increased, and the cockpit started filling-up with smoke; he diverted to Lee Airport (ANP) Annapolis, Maryland. The pilot reported that the engine gauges were all "indicating green" during this time, but once the situation started deteriorating rapidly, he focused on flying the airplane and did not recall reading the gauges again.

Immediately after turning south towards ANP at around 1,400 feet, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot realized that the airplane would not be able reach the airport and he looked for a place to land. He maintained 70 knots in a glide and found an exit ramp on a state highway that appeared to be relatively straight and free of vehicles. The airplane touched down normally on the road, but struck a light pole and a guardrail before coming to rest on the grassy shoulder of the road.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that both wings were sheared, the engine detached from the fuselage, and the right horizontal stabilator was crushed.

According to FAA records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate in the normal category on September 24, 2001. It was a four-place, internally braced low-wing airplane, that was equipped with fixed tricycle landing gear, and a Lycoming IO-360, 200-horsepower engine with a two-blade metal constant-speed propeller.

The weather conditions reported at FME, 12-miles northeast of the accident site, at 1524, included wind from 350° at 12 knots gusting to 17 knots , visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 3° C, dew point -9° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.38 inches of mercury.

The airplane was recovered from the accident site and retained for additional examination.




FORT MEADE, Md. - The pilot who successfully landed a small plane along a highway during rush hour is recounting his experience to FOX 5.

The incident happened last Friday on Route 50 in Annapolis at around 3 p.m.
  
Christopher Curry, 32, told FOX 5 his sons, 4 and 8, got out of school early that day so he decided to take them up for a flight to see the fall foliage.

“I love doing fun things with them,” said Curry.

He has had his pilot’s license since he was 19. Curry also flew Harrier Jets in the Marine Corps.

It was about 40 minutes into the flight from Tipton Airport in Fort Meade when things started to go wrong. Curry noticed a slight shudder in the engine compartment. As he turned back toward the closest runway at Lee Airport in Edgewater, the nose of the plane started vibrating violently and the cabin filled with smoke.

He was still 14 miles from the airport, but Curry knew the plane wouldn’t go that far at that altitude, so he began to look for a safe landing space.

“I see a landfill there,” explained Curry. “I see some machinery, some people working and it is uneven terrain so I am thinking that is not going to work. And I am looking at the highway right there. [I realize] it’s either the trees or the highway. And the trees, the airplane will probably break apart and crumble up.”

But the highway was packed with rush hour drivers.

“I am looking at my airspeed to make sure I don’t fall out of the sky,” added Curry. “I am looking at the lanes and I see an off-ramp that has just enough room for me to set the plane down.”

It was a gamble.

“For all I know we could be knocked out cold as soon as we impact the ground, or a car could come out of the bend and hit us,” said Curry.

In avoiding the cars, Curry clipped a light pole and guardrail, which whipped them around and tore off the wings. The cockpit remained intact.

“I kind of had my instinctive parental driver arm kind of come down over my son’s chest,” added Curry. “We stop. I look back. The boys are okay. They are not crying. No one seemed completely freaked out. I’m like, ‘Hey, we’re alive!’”

Curry said during the ordeal, he talked his 8-year-old son through the process to keep him calm. His 4-year-old slept in the back.

“I am just so thankful to everyone who ran over and helped us,” said Curry. “They were all so nice. They gave my sons jackets to keep them warm.”

Despite the close call, Curry and his sons say they will fly again, after taking a break.

The Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating what went wrong with the plane, which is a single-engine Socata TB200.


Story, video and photo gallery:  http://www.fox5dc.com









A Marine Corps pilot returning to Tipton Airport from a pleasure flight over the Eastern Shore with his sons on Friday made an emergency crash landing on the ramp off Interstate 97 near Annapolis.

The pilot and two children aboard were not injured when the rented single-engine airplane came down.

Maryland State Police said Friday night the pilot, Christopher Curry, 32, landed the plane after it lost RPMs as he was returning to Tipton Airport.

Police said the plane clipped a guardrail and a light pole, then crashed. A wing was ripped from the plane, but the passenger compartment was completely intact, police said.

Terence Russell, whose company leases the Socata Tobago XL, said Curry is a former Harrier jet pilot now stationed at Fort George G. Meade.

Capt. Russ Davies, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, posted information on Twitter shortly after 3:30 p.m. that the plane crashed on the ramp from I-97 South to Aris T. Allen Boulevard.

A Maryland Department of Transportation traffic camera photo showed a plane near a wooded area just off the roadway with police and fire engines on the roadway. The camera was shut off shortly after the crash.

A Marine Corps pilot returning to Tipton Airport from a pleasure flight over the Eastern Shore with his sons on Friday made an emergency crash landing on the ramp off Interstate 97 near Annapolis.

The pilot and two children aboard were not injured when the rented single-engine airplane came down.


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




A small Socata plane crashed this afternoon on Route 50 Eastbound near the junction with I-97.

Fire crews were dispatched around 3:30pm for a small plane that had crashed. Witnesses on the scene said that the pilot and two passengers were uninjured. According to witnesses, the pilot had a military-type uniform and the passengers appeared to be children. Anne Arundel County Fire Department EMS evaluated them at the scene.

The Socata TB-200 is registered to Tipton Tampico, LLC out of Tipton Airport at Ft. Meade. According to their corporate registration, Tipton Tampico is a LLC engaged in providing rental and operation of aircraft.

As expected, traffic around the scene is snarled and motorists are advised to avoid the area is possible. Expect road closures for several more hours (4:47pm).

Original article ➤ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net




Authorities in Maryland say no one was hurt when a small plane crashed on an interstate exit ramp near the state capital.

Maryland State Police say the plane, with three people on board, took off from Tipton Airport in Fort Meade, Maryland, on Friday afternoon.

Troopers say the pilot reported he was losing power and made an emergency landing along Interstate 97 near Annapolis, Maryland.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials say paramedics checked an adult and two children who were on the plane and said they were not hurt.

Photos posted on the department's Twitter feed show the plane just off the road along a wooded area. The tail number is clearly visible.

Maryland State Police are investigating.

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





A small plane crashed onto an interstate ramp near Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday and three people walked away unharmed, officials say. 

The single-engine plane crashed Friday afternoon on a highway ramp leading from southbound I-97 to Route 665, near busy Route 50. With two children on board, the pilot had engine trouble.

Remarkably, no one on the plane or on the road was hurt, Lt. Erik Kornmeyer of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said live on News4. 

"We do not believe they're going to need further medical attention," he said about the three people on board the plane.

Chopper4 footage showed a man in uniform and two little boys alongside the plane.

The pilot took off from Tipton Airfield in Fort Meade and was trying to return, Maryland State Police said. 

But he had engine trouble and tried to made an emergency landing. 

The plane crashed onto the exit ramp and slammed into a guardrail, state police said. Dramatic Chopper4 footage shows the plane's wings snapped off.

No other vehicles were involved, and no one was reported to be hurt. 

Crews hauled off parts of the plane with a tow truck. Also, they are evaluating a small fuel leak at the crash site. 

"The containment of that fuel is what our major concern is," Kornmeyer said. 

The fixed wing plane was registered in Anne Arundel County, federal records show. 

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






ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A single-engine plane crashed Friday afternoon in a wooded area alongside Interstate 97 at U.S. Route 50.

Maryland State Police said the pilot took off from Tipton Airfield and was trying to return. The pilot advised that he lost engine RPMs and made an emergency landing around 3:30 p.m.

The pilot successfully landed the plane on the Maryland Route 665 exit ramp from southbound I-97. The plane struck a guardrail; No other vehicles involved.

An adult and two children were evaluated, but no injuries were reported, Anne Arundel County fire officials said.

Fire officials said crews were evaluating a small fuel leak.

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

'Personality plus' on display at WWI Platte Valley fighter pilot museum: Smithsonian courted Colorado family for its vintage memorabilia

Mike Gugeler, of Erie, welds on a tube frame for a biplane at the Vintage Aero Flying Museum near Fort Lupton Tuesday. 


Sunday dinners at his grandparents' home in Rapid City, S.D., often attracted a once dangerous band of men — World War I combat veterans from around the country who found each other through the grapevine and then kept in touch.

These mini-reunions gave the guests a soapbox to tell their stories and process their shared experiences, Andy Parks, 54, said of his father's childhood recollections.

"And for my dad, a kid then reading pulp fiction about the war, it was captivating — like watching a movie at the table," he added.

Long after the meal, the then middle-aged vets moved their conversation to the basement where Fred Parks — Andy Parks' grandfather — showcased a growing collection of memorabilia from the war in a small museum he built.

Part of his grandfather's eventual fascination with and focus on collecting aviation items stemmed from an unrealized dream, Andy Parks explained.

"He fought in World War I with the artillery," he continued. "But he was gassed in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and invalided out of the war before he could transfer from the artillery into the 166th Aero Squadron's American Expeditionary Forces to join his cousin, Capt. Victor Parks, the squadron commander."

Still, the front row seat on that generation's storytelling inspired Andy Parks' father, Dr. Jim Parks, to carry on the tradition and collect much more memorabilia donated by aviators the family befriended over multiple decades.

Dr. Parks — an obstetrician/gynecologist who practiced in Denver and taught at the University of Colorado — like his father wanted to pay his respects and show hospitality to veterans. 

"I think they both understood that the vets they visited and invited to visit us were living history. And the ones I met — about half of the pilots represented in the collection today — were like grandpas to me," Andy Parks, now a Highlands Ranch resident, said. "So, our family has a 'personality plus' way of sharing this sliver of distant World War I history."

For that reason, the Smithsonian Institution — the nation's flagship repository in Washington, D.C., for historical American artifacts — came calling a few years back.

"They wanted me to donate our collection, which highlights uniforms and memorabilia from American pilots who flew for the British and the French before U.S. involvement. But we have more than they have, and I told them that they should donate their collection to me," Andy Parks said. 

Tom Kooken and Julie Kinder, 17, work Tuesday on a wing for a biplane at the Vintage Aero Flying Museum near Fort Lupton. 


Inside the time capsule

That collection grew considerably in 1981, when Andy Parks' father organized a reunion in Paris attended by 48 World War I aces —fighter pilots from both sides with five or more victories. For this reason, the event drew media coverage from outlets such as the long running American television talk show, "Today," Andy Parks, who often traveled with his father to meet vets at home and abroad, said.

"Around those tables, the pilots said that they knew whenever they shot down another pilot that there would be a mother crying that night," he continued. "It was intimate combat. Sometimes they could see each other's eyes." 

Through that gathering in France the Parks family met more vets and collected more uniforms and memorabilia well before the last known World War I vet, an Englishman, died in 2012 at 110.

Besides about 100 uniforms, the collection today includes original art — both by the wildly famous and the relatively obscure.

For instance, one jacket sports a leather squadron insignia patch sketched and hand-colored by Walt Disney, who enlisted — though underage at the time — to serve in World War I's Red Cross Ambulance Corps.

The Parks also acquired a detailed pencil sketch of an aerial dogfight with a three-dimensional perspective from above of planes in death spirals through clouds drawn by William Lambert on Jan. 27, 1918 — the day the Cincinnati native shot down his fifth plane to become an ace with, ultimately, 18 air-to-air victories.

Other memorabilia includes: sterling silver wings pins created by Tiffany and Cartier for high-ranking officers; soft leather trench coats called "teddy bears" for the plush fur lining that kept pilots warm as they flew in open cockpits; and aerial maps glued to plywood.

Because Andy Parks grew up the same way his dad did — with a basement museum honoring vets — he, too, got many closeups with veterans who heard about the collection in Colorado and arrived from all over to view it after corresponding with the family.

"I remember my mom putting up with (ace fighter pilot) Ken Porter asking her to mix a third Boodles martini until she got it right," Andy Parks said. "... And I was old enough then to record interviews my dad or I did with them and just listen in on the conversations. I still remember dad saying, 'Go get that trunk.' And opening the stuff we hadn't sorted yet with them was like opening a time capsule."

Julie Kinder, 17, left, and her mother Rebecca Kinder clean the fuselage of a replica WWI biplane at the Vintage Aero Flying Museum near Fort Lupton on Tuesday.


New name, new digs

To give the public more access to the collection, Andy Parks used his inheritance after his father died in 2002 to build a more formal museum — now a nonprofit 501(c)(3) named the Vintage Aero Flying Museum and also still known as the LaFayette Foundation.

The international aviation museum today tells bits of both sides of the war's story in the skies from inside a nondescript hangar at the Platte Valley Airpark near Fort Lupton four miles northwest of Hudson and about 40 miles northeast of Denver.

There, volunteers —teenagers to octogenarians from Boulder, Weld, and Arapahoe counties — conduct tours, clean and enhance displays, and build or repair replica vintage aircraft including the Fokker DVII German biplane Andy Parks and his dad built between 1971 and 1978.

"At the Treaty of Versailles there was a line item that required Germany to destroy every one of them except for the 20 it needed to give to each Allied country so that they could study the superior technology then," he said.

Erie resident and volunteer, Mike Gugeler, 60, has helped with building and rebuilding planes within the collection. On Tuesday, he covered wings for an SE5a fighter plane under construction there.

He explained that flying vintage aircraft sometimes feels like driving a car in desperate need of an alignment.

"They pull hard," he said. "So, you could say that we've learned a lot about stability and aerodynamics in the last 100 years."

Another volunteer, Rebecca Kinder of Centennial, said she shows up with her 17-year-old daughter, Julie, to give back and get out of her comfort zone.

"I didn't think I could weld or cover wings," she said. "But the opportunity to learn was here, and it gives me a chance to touch history every time."



The Vintage Aero Flying Museum near Fort Lupton.


Out of the closet

In telling this century-old story, it helps that the uniforms are out of the closet.

Somehow, the mannequins modeling them within the tall glass cases flanking the hangar's mezzanine level humanize World War I.

Instead of displaying random uniforms sewn into history and mostly forgotten there, these threads speak to lives understood with more context given the personal knowledge the Parks family had of the vets who donated them, according to Andy Parks, now the museum's executive director.

Space constraints today prompted the Parks family to exhibit about half of its collection at the Platte Valley Airpark hangar museum and the other half — which concentrates more on World War II aviation history — at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Pueblo, he noted.

Yet, the cramped hangar exhibit still pulls a strong thread through this momentous era.

For most of these characters, their story begins in the same way — by volunteering to fly for the Allies before the U.S. officially engaged in World War I in April 1917.

"These pilots weren't usual soldiers of fortune," Andy Parks said during a museum tour. "They were men often from prominent families like the Vanderbilt family who didn't want their assets in Europe threatened by an aggressor."

For instance, the museum features the uniform of John Stetson of Stetson hat fame for volunteering to fly as a fighter pilot for the Allies and being forced instead to teach pilots due to his old age of 33.

The estate of James Norman Hall — coauthor in 1932 of "Mutiny on the Bounty" (Little, Brown and Company) — also donated his uniform.

Others with humble beginnings stand out, too. Eddie Rickenbacker, dubbed "Ace of Aces," dropped out of school in seventh grade.

Eugene Bullard is another underdog featured in the collection for being the first black American fighter pilot in combat.

Institutional racism kept him from flying with the Americans when the U.S. entered World War I. But before then, he flew with the French and became known as the "Black Swallow of Death."

"Today, there's almost a fear of military collections, like it's wrong to focus on this history because it glorifies war," Andy Parks said, glancing at the array of mannequins on the mezzanine before getting back to work on aircraft parked below.

"No. We are not glorifying war. We are glorifying the personal sacrifices made by young people and remembering what they did so there would be no more war. I know for a fact that every one of these guys — if they could —would say that they hated what they saw and did to keep the next generation from having to do it again."

If you go

What: Tours and volunteer opportunities at the Vintage Aero Flying Museum featuring World War I aircraft, uniforms and memorabilia. Projects include building and repairing vintage aircraft; designing displays and dioramas; learning to give tours; and sorting donations. Welding, woodworking and painting skills appreciated, but no experience necessary!

When: Anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., most Tuesdays. (Please contact VAFM to discuss projects and how you can help.)

Where: Platte Valley Airpark, 7507 County Road 39, Fort Lupton


More information: To schedule a tour for individuals or groups; volunteer; get specific hangar directions; or make a tax deductible donation, contact Andy Parks, VAFM executive director, at andy@vafm.org. To learn more, please visit www.vafm.org.

Story and photo gallery:  http://www.timescall.com

Cessna 180 Skywagon, N6547A: Accident occurred November 10, 2017 at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Bay County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama

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/N6547A 



Location: Panama City, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA039
Date & Time: 11/10/2017, 1105 CST
Registration: N6547A
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll in gusting crosswind conditions, the right wing "suddenly" lifted and he applied right aileron to correct. He added that the control application did not correct the raised right wing and the left wing dragged on the runway, which resulted in the airplane coming to rest nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and vertical stabilizer.

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

The pilot reported in the National Transportation Safety Board Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report that the wind was from 020° at 6 knots, gusting 17 knots. He added that the landing was on runway 34.

An automated weather observation station at the airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind from 010° at 13 knots, gusting 17 knots. 

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 lateral/bank control during landing in gusting crosswind conditions.

Findings

Aircraft
Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation
Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Other weather encounter

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Dragged wing/rotor/float/other
Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 48, 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: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/21/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/07/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 388 hours (Total, all aircraft), 261 hours (Total, this make and model), 388 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 49 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N6547A
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32444
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/09/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  3188.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-470-R15B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: KECP, 68 ft msl
Observation Time: 1713 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots/ 17 knots, 10°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SEVIERVILLE, TN (GKT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Panama City, FL (ECP)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0916 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: NORTHWEST FLORIDA BEACHES INTL (ECP)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 68 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.358333, -85.795556 (est)

Preventing Similar Accidents

Stay Centered: Preventing Loss of Control During Landing

Loss of control during landing is one of the leading causes of general aviation accidents and is often attributed to operational issues. Although most loss of control during landing accidents do not result in serious injuries, they typically require extensive airplane repairs and may involve potential damage to nearby objects such as fences, signs, and lighting.

Often, wind plays a role in these accidents. Landing in a crosswind presents challenges for pilots of all experience levels. Other wind conditions, such as gusting wind, tailwind, variable wind, or wind shifts, can also interfere with pilots’ abilities to land the airplane and maintain directional control.

What can pilots do?

Evaluate your mental and physical fitness before each flight using the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) “I'M SAFE Checklist." Being emotionally and physically ready will help you stay alert and potentially avoid common and preventable loss of control during landing accidents.

Check wind conditions and forecasts often. Take time during every approach briefing to fully understand the wind conditions. Use simple rules of thumb to help (for example, if the wind direction is 30 degrees off the runway heading, the crosswind component will be half of the total wind velocity).

Know your limitations and those of the airplane you are flying. Stay current and practice landings on different runways and during various wind conditions. If possible, practice with a flight instructor on board who can provide useful feedback and techniques for maintaining and improving your landing procedures.

Prepare early to perform a go around if the approach is not stabilized and does not go as planned or if you do not feel comfortable with the landing. Once you are airborne and stable again, you can decide to attempt to land again, reassess your landing runway, or land at an alternate airport. Incorporate go-around procedures into your recurrent training.

During landing, stay aligned with the centerline. Any misalignment reduces the time available to react if an unexpected event such as a wind gust or a tire blowout occurs.

Do not allow the airplane to touch down in a drift or in a crab. For airplanes with tricycle landing gear, do not allow the nosewheel to touch down first.

Maintain positive control of the airplane throughout the landing and be alert for directional control difficulties immediately upon and after touchdown. A loss of directional control can lead to a nose-over or ground loop, which can cause the airplane to tip or lean enough for the wing tip to contact the ground.

Stay mentally focused throughout the landing roll and taxi. During landing, avoid distractions, such as conversations with passengers or setting radio frequencies.

Interested in More Information?

The FAA’s “Airplane Flying Handbook” (FAA-H-8083-3B), chapter 8, “Approaches and Landings,” provides guidance about how to conduct crosswind approaches and landings and discusses maximum safe crosswind velocities. The handbook can be accessed from the FAA’s website (www.faa.gov).

The FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) provides access to online training courses, seminars, and webinars as part of the FAA’s “WINGS—Pilot Proficiency Program.” This program includes targeted flight training designed to help pilots develop the knowledge and skills needed to achieve flight proficiency and to assess and mitigate the risks associated with the most common causes of accidents, including loss of directional control. The courses listed below can be accessed from the FAASTeam website (www.faasafety.gov).

Avoiding Loss of Control
Maneuvering: Approach and Landing
Normal Approach and Landing
Takeoffs, Landings, and Aircraft Control

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Air Safety Institute offers several interactive courses, presentations, publications, and other safety resources that can be accessed from its website (www.aopa.org/asf/).

The NTSB’s Aviation Information Resources web page, www.ntsb.gov/air, provides convenient access to NTSB aviation safety products.

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). Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama 

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/N6547A 

Location: Panama City, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA039
Date & Time: 11/10/2017, 1105 CST
Registration: N6547A
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll in gusting crosswind conditions, the right wing "suddenly" lifted and he applied right aileron to correct. He added that the control application did not correct the raised right wing and the left wing dragged on the runway, which resulted in the airplane coming to rest nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and vertical stabilizer.

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

The pilot reported in the National Transportation Safety Board Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report that the wind was from 020° at 6 knots, gusting 17 knots. He added that the landing was on runway 34.

An automated weather observation station at the airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind from 010° at 13 knots, gusting 17 knots. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 48, 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: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/21/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/07/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 388 hours (Total, all aircraft), 261 hours (Total, this make and model), 388 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 49 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N6547A
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32444
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/09/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  3188.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-470-R15B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: KECP, 68 ft msl
Observation Time: 1713 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots/ 17 knots, 10°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SEVIERVILLE, TN (GKT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Panama City, FL (ECP)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0916 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: NORTHWEST FLORIDA BEACHES INTL (ECP)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 68 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

Latitude, Longitude:  30.358333, -85.795556 (est)



PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A few tense moments at a local airport Friday after a crash landing caused some commotion.

"I was sitting out in the truck trying to make something for my partner and a plane flew in," witness Jacob Castille said.

While working on a new plane hanger Friday morning at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Castille said he saw something unusual.

"I guess the wind caught the tail [of the plane] and it just flipped over onto the front," Castille said.

What he saw was a Cessna 185 plane crash landing on the airport's runway.

"Well, we had a little incident involving a small aircraft on landing. We've got a little bit of gusty wind and the plane had a little trouble navigating the wind on touchdown," Deputy Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Richard McConnell said.

According to airport officials, a side wind on the runway caused the pilot to have a difficult time sticking his landing.

"It's a tail dragger and it is... sometimes they get a little difficult to navigate when you're in the wind," McConnel explained.

"I've never seen that before so it was kind of something new," Castille said. "It was scary."

Witnesses said the crash was not like one would expect.

"It happened really slow actually, surprisingly for as fast as a plane would go. It really flipped over kinda slow," Castille described. 'You didn't really hear that much like it wasn't really that loud. It was actually kinda quiet. I mainly just looked over and just happened to catch a glimpse of a white airplane just flipping over."

"It's something that's not overly common, but it is something we prepare for and you can see the staff, the fire department, were very capable, very ready to respond," McConnell said.

Airport officials said the only passenger, the pilot, was not injured in the crash.


They have since cleared the runway and it is back up and running.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wjhg.com





PANAMA CITY – The main runway at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport was closed for nearly two hours late Friday morning after a Cessna 185 plane had an “incident” upon landing and flipped over on the runway.


The pilot was not injured, said Airport Executive Director Parker McClellan.


The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. A crane had to be brought in to flip the plane over and clear the runway, which was opened back up at about 1 p.m.


Delta flight 1733 from Atlanta that was scheduled to land while the cleanup was going on and had to be diverted to Tallahassee for a landing.


McClellan said the airport had to call a wrecker company to flip over the plane.


“That is part of our emergency response,” he said, noting that the airport had to get FAA clearance to remove the plane from the runway.


McClellan said he did not have the pilot’s name readily available.


“I was told it was not a local airplane,” McClellan said.


The pilot’s wife was waiting in the Sheltair Aviation hangar for private pilots.


She didn’t want to talk about the incident.


“We are private people,” she said.


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






Panama City Beach, Fla. - A plane crash temporarily shut down the runway at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Friday.


The Cessna 185 flipped over and was upside down. A wrecker crew was on scene at 12:30 p.m. trying to remove the plane from the runway. 


It's unclear if anyone was injured in the crash. Airport officials are expected to release more information about the incident this afternoon.  


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