Tuesday, November 14, 2017

These photos will bring back memories of Hurricane Andrew’s destruction in South Dade, Florida




Like many South Floridians, Barry Fellman lived through Hurricane Andrew. He was 30 at the time and lived near Country Walk, the Southwest Miami-Dade subdivision decimated by the Category 5 hurricane in August 1992.

After the storm had passed, it was impossible to drive or go anywhere so Fellman went exploring and found himself by Tamiami Airport, cluttered with the remains of small private planes.

Amid all the chaos and destruction, Fellman saw art.

He started taking photos with a large-format 4x5 camera, capturing the twisted shapes and torn fuselages that had once ferried pilots and passengers in the skies.

After a while, he pushed the photos to the back of his mind.

“I remembered the pictures on the 20th anniversary,” he said. “So I found them.”

For the 20th anniversary of the storm — Aug. 24, 2012 — Fellman held an exhibition for his photographs in Homestead. He watched how people recalled their memories of the storm, telling stories about their harrowing moments.

He decided he would catalog his photos and produce them in a book, “Hurricane,’’ which will debut at this year’s Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College.

“Hurricane” chronicles the destruction at what is now Miami Executive Airport, 12800 SW 145th Ave., with 35 large-format images showing the damage wrought on the planes and hangars at the airport.

Six of the photographs are on display at The Porch, the book fair’s open-air cafe that features live music, readings, food and craft beer.

“[It’s an] opportunity for the readers to have the experience I had when I walked from plane to plane,” Fellman said.

The book also features two essays, one by the chief meteorologist at then WTVJ-NBC, Bryan Norcross, who remained on the air from 9 a.m. Aug. 23, 1992, through 8 a.m. Aug. 24, calming listeners throughout the storm. He now works for The Weather Channel.

“I wrote what I remember of the storm,” Norcross said in a phone interview.

He said he was happy to be involved in the book because it showed the “power of the storm in a different way.”

Norcross has his own book, “My Hurricane Andrew Story: The story behind the preparation, the terror, the resilience, and the renowned TV coverage of the Great Hurricane of 1992,” which recounts his personal experience about covering the storm.

Fellman and Norcross will speak about Hurricane Andrew at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the book fair.

Art critic Vicki Goldberg wrote the second essay. She wrote that the tangled images of the airplanes were almost as if nature was saying, “You thought you owned the sky. You were wrong. The air, the sky, belong to me.”

But, she said, those terrifying images could be considered beautiful.

To Fellman, the book brings back all those memories from Andrew: “The story is my experience of being there in this unreal landscape.”

If you go

What: Hurricane Andrew, 25 years later

When: Barry Fellman will discuss his new book, “Hurricane,’’ with meteorologist Bryan Norcross at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Miami Book Fair, Room 7128, Building 7, first floor, Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave.

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

American Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N9025B: Incident occurred November 14, 2017 at Miami International Airport (KMIA), Florida

http://registry.faa.gov/N9025B









MIAMI - An American Airlines flight bound for South Florida was able to land safely Tuesday after a bird slammed into the front of the plane.

Flight 1498 from Mexico City was on approach to Miami International Airport at about 11 a.m. when the bird hit the nose of the Airbus A319.

The plane landed and was able to taxi to the gate with no problem. No injuries were reported.

While birds often hit planes during flight, what made this incident different from others was that the bird remained stuck on the plane after the hit.

An American Airlines employee who spoke to Local 10 News said she had never seen anything like what happened Tuesday.

"It is true that we deal with bird strikes, that does happen, but never like this," said the employee, who wished to remain anonymous.

Numerous airport personnel could be seen taking photos of the rare sight after the flight arrived at gate D22.

Animal services was called to retrieve the dead bird from the plane.

The plane was taken to maintenance to repair the damage and was replaced by another plane for future flights.

In a 2016 study, the Federal Aviation Administration reported there were more than 160,000 bird strikes reported in the U.S. from 1990-2015, with the majority occurring during landing. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.local10.com

Is government giving the cold shoulder to aviation accident bureau? A downgrade could hit Indian airlines hard, preventing them from launching more flights to some countries, including the United States



The ministry of civil aviation could be undermining the independence of its accident investigation unit, in a move that could impair the country’s ranking in air safety audits.

A downgrade could hit Indian airlines hard, preventing them from launching more flights to some countries, including the US.

The ministry recently constituted a committee headed by a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the aviation regulator, to examine the functioning of the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), a move that threatens to undermine the independence of the investigative body.

According to the ministry’s own rules, AAIB has primacy over DGCA in matters related to the investigation of accidents.

The DGCA’s committee, headed by Lalit Gupta, joint director general of the regulator, asked AAIB to provide details of the process of classification of air mishaps as accidents, incidents and serious incidents over the past two years. While AAIB has provided the details — 20 serious incidents and 11 accidents — there is resentment in the bureau over what is being seen as interference by the regulator. The motive for the creation of the committee isn’t clear.

“There is no comment on the issue at my level,” said Usha Padhi, ministry spokesperson.

People familiar with the matter said there is a feeling within the ministry that the bureau is less equipped and understaffed to conduct accident investigations and that the DGCA should assist it until it acquires the requisite manpower and expertise.

AAIB was formed in 2012 after the International Civil Aviation Organization raised concerns about how air accidents were investigated in India. On August 6 this year, the MoCA gave further teeth to the AAIB by making its classification of accidents binding on DGCA.

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

Cessna 172S, N55234: Accident occurred November 07, 2017 at Boundary County Airport (65S), Bonners Ferry, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

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/N55234

Location: Bonners Ferry, ID
Accident Number: GAA18CA044
Date & Time: 11/07/2017, 1200 PST
Registration: N55234
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis


The pilot reported that, about 50 ft. above the ground during a "low recon" over a river bar, he did not see power lines crossing the river until they were about 10 ft. in front of the airplane. Subsequently, the airplane's empennage struck the wires; he then, added power and initiated a climb. He returned to the airport and landed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid power lines while maneuvering at a low altitude.

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Maneuvering

Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 25, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/28/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/29/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated) 396.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 329.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 282.9 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N55234
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 172S11415
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/06/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 224.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: PETER HAMBLING
Rated Power: 180 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: K65S, 2333 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 305°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bonners Ferry, ID (65S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Coeur D'Alene, ID (COE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1145 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: BOUNDARY COUNTY (65S)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 2337 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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: 48.702222, -116.243333 (est)

Waco UPF-7, N32168: Incident occurred November 03, 2017 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Aircraft struck an approach light.

http://registry.faa.gov/N32168

Date: 03-NOV-17
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N32168
Aircraft Make: WACO
Aircraft Model: UPF7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: POUGHKEEPSIE
State: NEW YORK

Gulfstream GIV-X (G450) , N452FX: Incident occurred November 13, 2017 at Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (KOTH), North Bend, Coos County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft on landing, went off the end of the runway into the grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N452FX

Date: 13-NOV-17
Time: 08:15:00Z
Regis#: N452FX
Aircraft Make: GULFSTREAM
Aircraft Model: GLF4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Flight Number: LXJ452
FAA FSDO: PORTLAND OR
Entry Date: 14-NOV-17
Updated since entry: No
City: NORTH BEND
State: OREGON




NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Strong winds in North Bend caused an aircraft to go off the runway Monday morning.

North Bend Airport officials say the Gulfstream 450 was landing when the sudden storm surge occurred.

There were eight passengers and three crew members on board. No one was injured.

The plane was stuck in mud at the end of the runway for several hours after the incident.

As a result, flights to and from San Francisco Monday were canceled.

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://kcby.com

Robinson R44, N744BS, registered to R44 White LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred November 11, 2017 at Page Municipal Airport (KPGA), Coconino 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; Las Vegas, Nevada

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N744BS

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Page, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA031
Date & Time: 11/11/2017, 1300 MST
Registration: N744BS
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 11, 2017, about 1300 mountain standard time, a Robinson R44 Helicopter, N744BS, impacted terrain while attempting to takeoff from the Page Municipal Airport (PGA), Page, Arizona. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries; the helicopter sustained substantial damage throughout. The helicopter was registered to R44 White LLC, 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 departed about 1245.

The pilot reported the purpose of the flight was to practice the traffic pattern, landings, and hovers. After a normal traffic pattern and landing, he hovered the helicopter. While the helicopter was transitioning from hover to forward flight, the nose suddenly pitched down steeper than the pilot expected. The pilot immediately applied aft cyclic, however, he was unable to recover. The helicopter impacted the ground and came to rest on its side.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N744BS
Model/Series: R44
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: R44 WHITE LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PGA, 4316 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:  Page, AZ (PGA)
Destination: Page, AZ (PGA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  36.922222, -111.442222 (est)

Cessna 182: Incident occurred November 12, 2017 at Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Pima County, Arizona

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

Aircraft on taxi, sustained a propeller and tailstrike.

Date: 12-NOV-17
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N85158
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: TUCSON
State: ARIZONA

Luscombe 8E Silvaire, N1869B: Accident occurred November 09, 2017 at Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N1869B

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 09, 2017 in Prescott, AZ
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8, registration: N1869B

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, ground looped.

Date: 09-NOV-17
Time: 22:46:00Z
Regis#: N1869B
Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Aircraft Model: 8E
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PRESCOTT
State: ARIZONA

Van's RV-10, N917VA: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 in Sun Lakes, 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/N917VA

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA030
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Sun Lakes, AZ
Aircraft: VANDERARK RV-10, registration: N917VA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

On November 12, 2017, about 1025 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built Vanderark RV-10 airplane, N917VA, impacted terrain and vegetation during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Sun Lakes, Arizona. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured; the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from the Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD), Chandler, Arizona, about 1015. 

The pilot reported that while about 15 miles south of CHD and ascending through 4,000 feet msl, he noticed a smell of antifreeze and realized the engine was overheating. The pilot reduced power to idle and executed a 180-degree turn toward CHD. As the airplane descended through about 1,500 feet agl, the pilot attempted to add power and noted no response from the engine. The pilot stated that he attempted to land at a nearby closed airport, however, realized he was unable to make it and subsequently initiated a forced landing to an area of open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck several scrub bushes and the nose wheel and left main landing gear collapsed. 

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N2384L, Sterling Flight Training Center: Incident occurred November 11, 2017 in Concord, Contra Costa County, California

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

Aircraft force landed on a field.

Concord Aero Tech LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N2384L

Date: 11-NOV-17
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N2384L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CONCORD
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 177RG Cardinal, N53026, RV Booth Inc: Incident occurred November 11, 2017 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  South Florida

Aircraft landed gear up.

RV Booth Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N53026

Date: 11-NOV-17
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N53026
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N2962E, Airgo Inc: Incident occurred November 11, 2017 at London-Corbin Airport (KLOZ), Laurel County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aircraft on approach, struck a cable, landed without incident.

Airgo Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N2962E

Date: 11-NOV-17
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N2962E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: LONDON
State: KENTUCKY

AirCare 1 Medevac: Incident occurred November 12, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland

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

Rotorcraft sustained a birdstrike to the windshield that penetrated into the cockpit and struck the pilot. Landed without incident.  University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland

Date: 12-NOV-17
Time: 22:54:00Z
Regis#: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Make: HELICOPTER
Aircraft Model: UNKNOWN
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: AIRCARE1
Flight Number: AIRCARE1
City: BALTIMORE
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N992CP, Civil Air Patrol: Incident occurred November 11, 2017 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan

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

Aircraft on taxi, wing struck a sign.

Civil Air Patrol:  http://registry.faa.gov/N992CP

Date: 11-NOV-17
Time: 13:24:00Z
Regis#: N992CP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: PONTIAC
State: MICHIGAN

Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, N3023K: Incident occurred November 11, 2017 at Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Aircraft landed gear up.

AA Aero Inc
Air Fleet Training Systems

http://registry.faa.gov/N3023K

Date: 11-NOV-17
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N3023K
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: CALDWELL
State: NEW JERSEY

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair II, N301JS: Incident occurred November 12, 2017 at Richard Downing Airport (I40), Coshocton County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway into the grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N301JS

Date: 12-NOV-17
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N301JS
Aircraft Make: STODDARD HAMILTON
Aircraft Model: GLASAIR SH2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: COSHOCTON
State: OHIO

Hughes 369D, N500DC, Haverfield International Inc: Incident occurred November 09, 2017 in York County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Rotorcraft made a precautionary landing in a field.

Haverfield International Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N500DC

Date: 09-NOV-17
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N500DC
Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Aircraft Model: 369D
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: YORK
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Hawker 800XP, N171TR, ASI Group Ventures LLC: Incident occurred November 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aircraft on downwind, sustained a birdstrike to the nose. Unknown damage.

ASI Group Ventures LLC:    http://registry.faa.gov/N171TR

Date: 10-NOV-17
Time: 22:20:00Z
Regis#: N171TR
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: HAWKER 800XP
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Cessna 152, N89681, US Aviation Group LLC: Incident occurred November 09, 2017 at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI), Denison, Grayson County, Texas

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

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway into the mud.

US Aviation Group LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N89681

Date: 09-NOV-17
Time: 21:38:00Z
Regis#: N89681
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C152
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: DENISON
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-23, N1344P: Incident occurred November 12, 2017 at Easterwood Airport (KCLL), College Station, Brazos County, Texas

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

Aircraft force landed gear up on the taxiway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N1344P

Date: 12-NOV-17
Time: 04:00:00Z
Regis#: N1344P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: COLLEGE STATION
State: TEXAS

Stinson SR-5E, N141WC: Accident occurred November 11, 2017 at Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS), Burlington, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Final - 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/N141WC 


Location: Burlington, WA

Accident Number: GAA18CA042
Date & Time: 11/11/2017, 0700 PST
Registration: N141WC
Aircraft: STINSON SR 5E
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

Analysis



The pilot of the amphibious, float-equipped airplane reported that, 2 days before a repositioning flight, he inspected the destination airport. He had planned to land on an alternate grass landing area, adjacent to an asphalt runway, and stop before reaching a gravel driveway. He further reported that he noticed in the airport facility directory (AFD) that the intended landing area was closed due to soft, wet conditions.

The pilot reported that, during landing, he was "high and fast." He further reported that he landed "too far along to stop before the gravel drive." The airplane reached the gravel driveway, bounced, and then landed hard, and nosed over.


The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.


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


The AFD for the accident airport, in part, stated:


"[Alternate Grass Landing Area (AGLA)]: AGLA clsd 1 Nov-1 June. Gnd soft when wet. [Daylight] hrs only. Use of AGLA prohibited when Rwy 04-22 in use….Pilots use at own risk."


Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's unstabilized approach, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing and nose-over. Also causal to the accident was the pilot's improper decision to land on a closed alternate grass landing area.

Findings

Aircraft
Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Effect on operation
Soft surface - Decision related to condition (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight
Miscellaneous/other

Landing
Landing area overshoot (Defining event)
Loss of control on ground
Hard landing

Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 80, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/25/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/09/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 5864 hours (Total, all aircraft), 340 hours (Total, this make and model), 5369 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STINSON
Registration: N141WC
Model/Series: SR 5E UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1934
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 9256A
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3610 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1313 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R680-13
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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: KBVS, 140 ft msl
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 65°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 5°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 60°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: BELLINGHAM, WA (0W7)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Burlington, WA (BVS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0645 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SKAGIT RGNL (BVS)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 145 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

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: 48.466667, -122.418056 (est)