Sunday, November 26, 2017

Did you see this strange cloud in Massachusetts today?

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Several people messaged Boston 25 News on Facebook about a very unusual cloud in the sky Sunday afternoon. 

They asked us what it could be, so we turned to our meteorologist, Sarah Wroblewksi, for some scientific knowledge. 

"Pretty cool… best guess… I think a hole punch cloud… I’ve never seen it with such a long tail that looks like a tornado, but given the windy/turbulent atmosphere… makes sense. 

Hole punch clouds or fallstreak clouds are formed in an altocumulus layer. What is believed to cause them is when a plane passes through that cloud layer. 

This clouds layer is made up of SUPERCOOLED water droplets. Basically, very small water droplets below freezing. When an airplane ‘punches’ through the clouds, it can trigger heavier ice crystals to develop and fall to the ground… and leave a hole in the cloud. 

It looks like as these ice crystals are falling, they aren’t evaporating like they normally would… but getting caught up in the wind and formed a rotation streak of falling ice crystals. 

Similar in the summer when a gust of wind can pick up dirt at a baseball field and spin it up in the air to make it look like a tornado… even though it isn’t…this is happening to the falling ice crystals. 

It does appear they do eventually evaporate at the bottom as the air is much drier at the surface.

It is a cool and rare thing to see…I’ve only seen a hole punch cloud a handful of times…but never like this."

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OUR VIEW: A takeoff for a different Decatur air carrier

Susan Stukins, left, Air Choice One station manager, helps a passenger down the steps after landing in Decatur.


Park Board member Chris Riley’s decision that he will recuse himself from voting on Archer Daniel Midland’s offer to fund improvements at Decatur Airport is a needed measure to avoid a conflict of interest. The move is the latest in a head-turning series of events in recent weeks.

The park board on Nov. 15 took the unexpected step to reverse its endorsement of what airline should receive federal funding to operate at the airport.

Earlier this month, they recommended a company called Cape Air, which wanted to run prop planes from Decatur to St. Louis and Chicago O’Hare.

Riley, who is director of state government relations for ADM, was one of two commissioners on the five-member board who voted to endorse another company, SkyWest, which proposed using jets to fly only to O’Hare. But they were outvoted.

Then came Nov. 15, when officials from ADM, T/CCI Manufacturing and Decatur Memorial Hospital came to the board meeting and said commissioners should abandon the Cape Air endorsement and go with SkyWest. They said the jets would be better.

But here’s where it gets interesting. ADM offered to give the Decatur Park District $100,000 to refurbish the airport and guaranteed that the company would use at least 5,000 airplane seats a year if SkyWest were selected.

ADM, of course, deservedly wants this because the company’s headquarters in 2014 was relocated from Decatur to Chicago — meaning there are plenty of employees going back and forth. They want fast planes.

Commissioner Chris Harrison, who originally wanted Cape Air, ended up switching his vote and went with SkyWest. The rest, including Riley, voted the same way.

That’s an important distinction — that Riley supported Skywest all along — but in our view, it still raises the inevitable question of a conflict of interest.

Riley is a committed public servant who has served on the park board for many years. But the addition of ADM into a public meeting and lobbying a board on which an employee sits fundamentally changes the dynamic, like it or not. Riley’s recusal on the issue of ADM funding moving forward is the only option.

Some are upset about the possibility that flights to St. Louis are coming to an end. We understand. Yet remember, this is an elected board — and they made this decision. Where these planes go will ultimately be up to the federal Department of Transportation. We're along for the ride. 

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Mooney M20D Master, C-FESN

A plane from Alberta carrying an Edmonton-area couple — that’s been missing for nearly a year — was located on Monday afternoon in the rugged wilderness of B.C.’s southern interior.

RCMP said the plane was found on Monday, when a B.C. Ambulance Service helicopter crew spotted the wreckage near Revelstoke.

The plane, missing since November 2017, matched the description of the missing white-and-burgundy plane, a Mooney M20D, and also had the matching tail marker, C-FESN.

RCMP said the wreckage was located east of Revelstoke in Glacier National Park. The BCAS helicopter was returning to Kamloops from Field when it spotted the aircraft.

“The RCMP wishes to thank the helicopter pilots and crew of the BC Ambulance Service for their watchful eyes in locating this plane and assisting to bring closure to the two families,” said a Tuesday news release.

On social media, Tammy Neron said “We got word this morning the plane has been found! Cannot thank B.C. Ambulance enough, as they were flying through Rogers Pass to Golden yesterday, Sept, 10, they spotted it. My birthday wish yesterday came true!!!

“RCMP, SAR, BC Transport and the coroners are going out today. Our families cannot thank each and every one of you enough for embracing us during what’s been the hardest 10 months of our lives!”

The missing, four-passenger plane left Penticton, B.C., on Nov. 25, 2017, and was bound for Edmonton. On board were Dominic Neron, 28, from Spruce Grove, Alta., and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault — a 31-year-old mother of three — from Edmonton.

In late November, the pair had flown to Penticton to visit family and do some Christmas shopping. Their plane disappeared near Revelstoke on the way home.

A nine-day search took place, but neither the plane nor the occupants were found.

There’s no word on if Neron and Bourgeault were found in the crashed plane. RCMP said currently, the site of the plane crash is being accessed to conduct the investigation in partnership with the BC Coroners Service.

On Tuesday, Revelstoke RCMP said the missing persons-and-plane case has remained open since last year, and that police have frequently deployed search resources while also working and meeting with the families of Neron and Bourgeault.

Police noted that the families have been very active in the area, using drones, seeking tips from the public and searching various areas.

Resources involved in investigation include the RCMP Integrated Forensic Identification Services, Revelstoke Search and Rescue, Transportation Canada, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and the B.C. Coroners Service.

The family of a man whose plane went missing in November, believes they may have a clue that could lead to his discovery near Enderby.

Ashley Bourgeault and her boyfriend, pilot Dominic Neron, 28, left from Penticton on Nov. 25, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., en route to Edmonton in a single-engine Mooney airplane. When their plane failed to arrive, it was speculated that the aircraft went down. The last evidence of their location came late that evening when a tower picked up a ping from Neron’s cell phone, approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Revelstoke.

A recent development now has the family wondering if the plane could in the North Okanagan, near Mabel Lake.

On Monday afternoon, Neron’s sister, Tammy said a witness contacted her and reported seeing a burgundy plane around 4:45 on Nov. 25. In a post on her Facebook page, Missing Plane: Find Dominic and Ashley, Neron said the witness reported the plane’s landing gear was fully extended, and it was travelling north to north west.

“Dominic had mentioned, should weather be bad that day he would land in Golden, or Revelstoke, or if it was really bad he would head back to Salmon Arm,” said Tammy. “Landing in Salmon Arm would fit this timeline of being spotted near Mabel Lake.”

At this point, Tammy said the family has accepted that Dominic and Ashley may have “passed on.” Her hope is that his plane will be located and friends and families “can get closure.”

She intends to continue search efforts as soon as the snow has melted and is encouraging anyone with any information on the incident, or who might have seen something, to contact her through Facebook on Missing Plane: Find Dominic and Ashley.

Raymond Sinclair, Brother-in-law to Dominic Neron, Brian Lecompte & Judd Popplewell. 

With snow in the forecast by the end of this week, It might be impossible for any chance for a visual confirmation of the 1963 Mooney Plane that went down several weeks back. 

The Sinclair family are still in Revelstoke searching for their family member, Dominic Neron and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault who are now a missing persons matter with the local RCMP. Until any new tips or possible sitings come to light, there can be no further investigation.

On Wednesday, December 13th, Brian Lecompte, Judd Popplewell and Raymond Sinclair (brother-in-law to Neron), flew in Lecompte’s Piper Comanche plane over several mountain passes in search of the missing plane. 

Lecompte volunteered to take Sinclair up for a few hours to go for a look in a few of the hidden areas he knows very well. With over 2200 hours of flight experience, Lecompte knows how to navigate the rocky terrain. Along with Popplewell, who was his co-pilot for the day, at 300 hours, these two know the area well.

Lecompte flew the crew around Mount La Forme, The Trans-Canada demon; Heather Hill and the Rogers Pass area.

I was invited along to join the excursion with Lecompte, Popplewell and Sinclair. As we hit 5000 feet over the Rogers Pass area, the vast land is truly overwhelming; almost intimidating, even on a clear day, especially while trying to find a needle in a haystack.

“If he went into a spiral trying to get out of the soup, it would be like dropping a pencil into the forest. Very hard to find.” Lecompte shared with all eyes hunting the mountain scape.

One issues was the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was never set off. If the plane had a hard landing, the ELT is designed to detect a bad inertia, as long as it is armed. Even if the plane had a relatively easy landing, the ELT may not have been able to be accessible after the fact, therefore, no ELT signal could have been sent.

When asked if their was any indication that Neron may have flown passed the Rogers Pass area, Sinclair indicated that it wasn’t likely.

“We were told that the ping was found right in this area, had he made it further, a tower towards Golden would have been able to pick it up.”

After several hours of flight around the glacier and several mountain passes, the final flight around came to a disappointing conclusion.

According to Sinclair, family and friends have been on a rotation between Alberta and Revelstoke to maintain the search. They are hopeful for something to come to light before until the snow covers everything until next spring.

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After rescue crews suspended their search for a plane that dropped from radar on the way to Edmonton, the families of the couple on board are trying to raise funds to keep the search going.

Back on Saturday, November 25, the plane took off from Penticton at about 2:30 p.m., and the Victoria Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC Victoria) received an alert about eight hours later. A signal from the pilot’s cellphone was picked up off a cell tower northeast of Revelstoke, B.C.

In the days that followed, aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Parks Canada flew about 120 hours and covered more than 22,000 square kilometres in the areas around the plane’s last known location in the search for the plane and the two people on board.

CTV News later confirmed the name of the pilot: Dominic Neron, 28, from Spruce Grove, and his passenger was identified as his girlfriend: Ashley Bourgeault, 31.

On Monday, December 4 at about 4:30 MT, JRCC Victoria suspended their search for the single-engine plane and the case was turned over to the RCMP.

Now, the families of the two people on board are trying to raise funds in order to keep the search going.

Bourgeault’s family is accepting donations through email money transfer to:

Neron’s sister Tammy set up a GoFundMe page on Tuesday, December 5.

Pilot Dominic Neron and his passenger Ashley Bourgeault

The pair were travelling in this airplane when they went missing. One thing the family asks is for Revelstoke community members to think if they can recall seeing a red/burgundy plane on the afternoon of the 25th, probably within the hour after it left Penticton at 2:30 p.m. Family said other sightings had been ruled out because of the colour of the plane; at this point, they just hope someone may have useful information.

A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter departs from Revelstoke to search on Friday afternoon.

Members of the families of Dominic Neron and Ashley Bourgeault join friends and Revelstoke residents after arriving here to keep the search for the missing pair going.

The families provided many maps, documents and images of the search effort, including this one said to depict flight paths as yellow lines. There were other maps with similar depictions. We don’t have exact details of this photo of one of the many maps. 

Family, friends and Revelstoke members gather soon after arriving in Revelstoke on Saturday.

Maritime Forces Pacific / Forces maritimes du Pacifique


After an exhaustive search for a single-engine plane missing since November 25, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria (JRCC Victoria) has made the difficult decision to suspend their search today as of 15:30 PST, and transfer the case to the RCMP.

Over the last 9 days, Royal Canadian Air Force and Parks Canada aircraft have flown approximately 120 hours in extremely challenging weather and conditions, covering more than 22,000 square kilometres in the areas surrounding the last known location, and likely flight path, of the missing plane. The JRCC Victoria acknowledges the support we have received from Parks Canada and CASARA, and the information provided by Telus, Rogers, NavCanada and NORAD, which greatly assisted in narrowing the search area.

Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.


Après une recherche exhaustive pour un avion mono-moteur disparu depuis le 25 novembre, le Centre conjoint de coordination des opérations de sauvetage de Victoria (CCCOS Victoria) a pris la décision difficile de suspendre sa recherche aujourd'hui à 15 h 30, HP, et de transférer le cas à la GRC.

Au cours des neuf derniers jours, les appareils de l'Aviation royale canadienne et de Parcs Canada ont effectué environ 120 heures de vol dans des régions et des conditions météorologiques extrêmement difficiles, couvrant plus de 22,000 kilomètres carrés dans les zones entourant le dernier endroit connu de l’avion. Le CCCOS Victoria reconnaît le soutien que nous avons reçu de Parcs Canada et de l'ACRSA, ainsi que l'information fournie par Telus, Rogers, NavCanada et NORAD, ce qui a grandement contribué à réduire la zone de recherche.

Nos pensées sont avec les familles et les proches en cette période extrêmement difficile.

Over the past nine days, the royal Canadian Aviation and parks Canada aircraft have conducted approximately 120 hours of flight in extremely difficult regions and weather conditions, covering more than 22,000 square kilometres in areas surrounding the Last known location of the plane. Le Victoria recognizes the support we have received from Parks Canada and, as well as the information provided by Telus, Rogers, navcanada and norad, which has greatly contributed to reducing the search area.

Our thoughts are with families and relatives in this extremely difficult time.

The search for a pilot, passenger and the single-engine aircraft they were travelling in has been called off nine days after their disappearance.

Efforts will end at 3:30 p.m. Monday and the case will be transferred to the RCMP, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria said in a statement.

Crews have been combing the Rocky Mountains for signs of Dominic Neron, 28, and his girlfriend Ashley Bourgeault, 31, since Nov. 25.

The couple took off from Penticton, B.C. in Neron's white and burgundy striped Mooney airplane that afternoon and were expected to land in Edmonton Saturday night. Four hours after their anticipated arrival they were reported missing.

Calling the search for the single-engine plane "exhaustive," the JRCC said aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Parks Canada spent approximately 120 hours in the air in challenging weather. Searchers covered more than 22,000 square kilometres in the areas surrounding possible locations.

The JRCC acknowledged support from cellphone providers, NavCanada and NORAD for their assistance in narrowing the search area. Cellphone pings led crews to believe the couple may have been in an area about 32 kilometres northeast of Revelstoke, B.C., but after days of searching they were unable to find further signs of the pilot and passenger.

"Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time," the JRCC statement said.

The centre said the pilot did not issue a mayday call during the flight, nor did he file a flight plan.

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N11188, Flying Hawks Inc:Accident occurred November 26, 2017 near Palmyra Municipal Airport (88C), Jefferson County, Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Palmyra, WI
Accident Number: CEN18LA038
Date & Time: 11/26/2017, 1430 CST
Registration: N11188
Aircraft: PIPER / LAUDEMAN J3C 65
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 26, 2017, about 1430 central standard time, a Piper J3C-65 airplane, N11188, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Palmyra Municipal Airport (88C), Palmyra, Wisconsin. The airline transport pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Flying Hawks Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which departed without a flight plan about 1400.

The pilot stated that he performed a normal takeoff and then flew west to a nearby area to practice maneuvers. After completing these maneuvers and returning to 88C, the pilot noticed a loss of engine power while on downwind to Runway 27. The pilot and passenger attempted unsuccessfully to restore engine power and then turned the airplane toward Runway 27. During the forced landing, the airplane struck a tree about 1/3 mile prior to the runway threshold and nosed over. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER / LAUDEMAN
Registration: N11188
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:  Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBUU, 779 ft msl
Observation Time: 1430 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Palmyra, WI (88C)
Destination: Palmyra, WI (88C) 

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:  42.883889, -88.585000 (est) 

Emil Johnson (Good Samaritan) 

The 76-year-old pilot, David Kemna, from Fort Atkinson and the 75-year-old passenger, William Frison from Whitewater remained hospitalized as of Wednesday. 

The Palmyra Public Safety Department will not be releasing any additional information on their conditions.

The FAA continues to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Palmyra Public Safety Department in a news release publicly thanked Emil Johnson of Palmyra who assisted responders in locating the crash scene and then cutting a path through the underbrush to assist emergency responders in accessing the scene. 

In addition, they thanked representatives from the Flying Hawks Flying Club who provided assistance to the investigation.

The Flying Hawks is a Flying Club located at the Town of Palmyra Airport.

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Authorities say two people are in the hospital after a plane went down in a wooded area in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon. 

Officials say the tough terrain made first responders' jobs difficult. The plane crashed in a swampy area in the village of Palmyra, near the airport. First responders had to trudge through brush and mud to cut the two crash victims out of the plane.

"If they stood in one place for too long, they would sink in. So we're talking mud halfway to their knees," said director of public safety James Small.

Small says this is the second plane crash in his three years on the job. It's a two-seater recreational aircraft. The agency has trained for crashes of the exact model, because there is a lot of recreational traffic at the Palmyra airport. 

The crash victims are at a trauma center, according to officials, who have not released any details on their conditions. The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and Palmyra Public Safety Department. 

PALMYRA (WKOW) -- Authorities say two people are hurt after a plane crashed in the woods in Jefferson County.

According to Village of Palmyra officials, the plane went down around 2:45 p.m. Sunday near the Palmyra Airport. It was found in a wooded swamp. One person was trapped in the plane and responders had to cut the plane to get the person out. 

Both people were taken to a hospital with injuries. 

The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and Palmyra Public Safety Department. 

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PALMYRA, Wis. – Investigators are working to figure out what caused a plane to crash in Jefferson County Sunday afternoon.

The plane crashed around 2:30 p.m. in a swamp-like area about a half-mile away from the Palmyra Airport. 

Neighbors tell TODAY’S TMJ4 they heard a plane sputtering before it crashed.  

Witnesses say there were multiple people on board. 

Emergency officials remain at the scene.

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PALMYRA -- A dramatic story of rescue out of Palmyra features a man who saw a plane go down in a swampy area Sunday, November 26th before springing into action.

Emil Johnson lives near the Palmyra Airport.

"You heard the pop, pop, popping -- like there wasn't a full engine going," Johnson said. "I saw him make the turn to the west to head to the airport. But he was too low."

On Sunday afternoon, two men in a Piper Cub were lucky Johnson was watching.

"They had the window open in the cockpit and I heard one say, 'Oh, (blank),' and they knew they were in trouble," Johnson said.

The next thing Johnson knew... "I saw the plane come down at a slight angle and just nosedive right in there," Johnson said.

Johnson called 911, hopped into his golf cart and led rescuers to the crash site in a wooded, swampy area. He and a police sergeant helped clear the brush so they could reach the victims.

"She yelled to me, 'do you have any nippers at your house?' I'm cleaning this all by hand and I had nippers on my golf cart, so I handed them to her and she started cutting," Johnson said.

Rescuers were able to get the men in the plane out -- and take them to a nearby hospital.

Johnson said the plane had been headed right towards his house and his neighbor's house before it hit. The pilot was able to veer away.

"I did my job, I hope, just by getting the people to 'em," Johnson said. "I credit the guy -- whoever was flying it. I think he saved a lot of mayhem that could have happened if they'd have kept going."

The plane that crashed belongs to the Flying Hawks Flight Club, a club of a few dozen members based out of the Town of Palmyra Airport.

The two men in that crashed plane are being treated for their injuries.

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Robinson R44 II, N48WF, Earlybird Aerial Services LLC: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 in Hudson, McLean County, Illinois

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

Rotorcraft during aerial application, struck a powerline and force landed in a field.

Earlybird Aerial Services LLC:

Date: 26-NOV-17
Time: 20:42:00Z
Regis#: N48WF
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

Comlara Park is split between Woodford and McLean Counties.

EUREKA — A crop-dusting helicopter pilot made a “hard landing” Sunday near Lake Evergreen in southeastern Woodford County.

The 33-year-old man, who wasn’t identified in Woodford County Sheriff’s Office news release, wasn’t injured and refused treatment. He was the only person in the 2008 Robinson R44 Raven 2 helicopter, according to Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword.

It wasn’t clear what caused the helicopter to go down at about 2:40 p.m., Tipsword said. Nothing at the scene indicated a possible crime, he added.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation.

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HUDSON — First responders were busy Sunday responding to a variety of crashes and a downed helicopter near Hudson. 

Both the McLean County and Woodford County Sheriff deputies responded to Comlara Park near Hudson at about 2:45 p.m. for a report of a helicopter that had landed hard in a field. Officials said there were no injuries and the pilot apparently did not suffer major injuries.

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WOODFORD COUNTY - The Woodford County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident involving a helicopter near Comlara Park on Sunday.

The McLean County Sheriff's Department says the helicopter's pilot was having issues during his flight, and made a hard landing east of Comlara Park. 

The pilot appears to be okay.

It was initially thought that the helicopter crashed inside Comlara Park. Because it landed to the east, the Woodford County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation.

The department still had people on scene and did not have any additional information as of 3:45 p.m.

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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) -- - UPDATE 11/27/17: The Woodford County Sheriff's Office said a helicopter that made a hard landing on the southeast side of Lake Evergreen was a crop duster. The pilot was uninjured. It is unclear what caused the helicopter to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident. 

ORIGINAL STORY: At around 2:45PM, McLean and Woodford County received notice of a downed aircraft at Comlara Park. Woodford County later clarified that aircraft was a helicopter, which landed just on the Woodford County side of the line.

McLean County police then elaborated that the helicopter made a hard landing, but was otherwise intact. No one was injured. 

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United Airlines, Boeing 777-200, N225UA, Flight UA-961: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 at Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), Newark, Essex County, New Jersey

United Airlines Inc:

Passengers were stranded on the tarmac of Newark Airport for hours Sunday after a rough landing caused some of their plane's tires to blow out, officials said.

The United Airlines flight landed in Newark around 1:30 p.m. from Frankfurt, Germany. 

That's when several of the Boeing 777's tires blew out, according to officials.

"I almost went flying out of my seat," Briana Oakland said.

No one was reported injured, but several passengers were shaken.

"I was scared when we landed," Oakland said.

Heinz Roth said the landing was fine, but that it felt like the plane hit two large potholes. "That's when the tires popped," he said. 

The passengers were eventually bused from the plane to Terminal B.

They weren't seen leaving the airport until after 5:30 p.m. — more than four hours after the plane arrived. 

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NEWARK -  There were some tense moments onboard a flight arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday afternoon following an apparent issue with the plane's landing gear.

United Flight 961 out of Frankfurt was arriving shortly after 2 p.m. when passengers say they heard two popping sounds -- apparently the tires popping.

The pilot was able to stop the plane, and no injuries were reported.

Passengers waited on the runway for about an hour before they were able to deplane and were bused to the terminal.

They say extent of the impact in the cabin were just some magazines that were strewn about.

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Cirrus SR22, N79AH: Incident occurred November 26, 2017 at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC), Oxford, New Haven County, Connecticut

Cirrus Design Corporation:

OXFORD — A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Waterbury-Oxford Airport Sunday afternoon.

According to a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cirrus SR22 aircraft landed safely at the Oxford airport at 4 p.m. Sunday after the pilot declared an emergency and reported a possible engine problem when the aircraft was two miles west of the airport.

The pilot had been practicing takeoffs and landings before the emergency. A Cirrus SR22 is a fixed wing single engine plane. According to FAA records, the plane is owned by the Cirrus Design Corp. of Duluth, Minn. No other owner is listed.

The Waterbury-Oxford Airport is a is a public use, publicly owned GA airport on 424 acres of land. According to the airport’s web site, it opened for public use in December 15, 1969. Before that, the airport was owned by a private pilot who made his hobby of flying a business.

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OXFORD — An engine problem caused an emergency landing Sunday afternoon at Waterbury-Oxford Airport.

Kathleen Bergen of the FAA said in an email, “A Cirrus SR22 aircraft landed safely at Waterbury-Oxford Airport at 4 pm today after the pilot declared an emergency and reported a possible engine problem when the aircraft was two miles west of the airport.  The pilot had been practicing takeoffs and landings before the emergency.”

No injuries were reported.

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EDITORIAL: Volunteers are the wind beneath Aviation Wing

Against all odds, the Aviation Wing of the Marietta Museum of History has taken flight.

Among the newest attractions in Cobb County, the tribute to military aircraft is available for all to enjoy at the corner of Atlanta Road and South Cobb Drive.

What flight crew got this project off the ground? Credit goes to a group of veterans and Lockheed retirees who have expended an endless amount of time in rebuilding, maintaining and displaying the dozen airplanes on view at the museum.

The air park’s origins date to 2004, when banker Joe Daniell happened across a comment in the MDJ by former state Sen. Chuck Clay. Clay believed the community needed a Lockheed museum, and Daniell agreed.

Aircraft manufacturing has played a transformational role for Cobb County, starting with the Bell Bomber plant during World War II and later with Lockheed Martin and Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Daniell called a meeting of like-minded enthusiasts, including retired Lockheed chiefs Bob Ormsby and Micky Blackwell and Marietta Museum of History founder Dan Cox.

Cox gave the group a room with a desk and computer at his history museum and the aviation museum was launched.

With the help of former Lockheed chief Lee Rhyant, they secured a 15.5-acre South Cobb Drive tract. The county subleased the tract from the Air Force on a 50-year lease with an option to renew for $1 a year.

The aviation museum ran into a hitch when the county didn’t see through on a needed $500,000 pledge. Undaunted, the museum’s board suggested transferring assets over to the Marietta Museum of History to keep the project from going down in flames. That proposal was also met with resistance, this time from the city.

But Brent Brown, who chaired the history museum’s board at the time, worked with Blackwell and others to successfully oversee the transfer in 2009. The Marietta Museum of History has been in charge of the “aviation wing” ever since, although it’s the volunteers composed of Lockheed retirees and veterans who deserve the credit for caring for the airplanes.

One of them is Bill Paden of Marietta, who retired in 1998 as C-141 program engineering manager after working more than 40 years at the Marietta plant. As it happens, the volunteers’ latest project has been restoring newly-acquired wing parts to a C-141B Starlifter.

Lockheed’s first Starlifter took flight in 1963, prompting President John F. Kennedy to call it a “great moment for our nation.” Paden, who worked on the C-141’s cockpit design, remembers the day well.

According to the Lockheed website, the Starlifter served as the mainstay of the U.S. military airlift from 1965 to 2006. The craft participated in every operation from Vietnam to Iraqi Freedom. It received the nickname the “Hanoi Taxi” in 1973 after repatriating nearly 600 American Prisoners of War held in North Vietnam.

Paden said he would love to raise enough money to build a pavilion at the air park where groups could hold events. Proper restrooms are also needed.

“We have no funding from anybody. Cobb County (leases) the property. The city of Marietta owns the assets. Neither have given us one dime,” he said.

Jan Galt, executive director of the Marietta Museum of History, has done the best she can with the limited funding available to her. Galt said a capital campaign is in the works. Setbacks aside, Blackwell said he’s proud of the volunteers for the work they have done.

“My grandkids went there and they loved it. I’ve carried Boy Scout troops and others there, and the parents, and all come away with having the very best time. It’s truly an asset to our county. And the people that work on it, it’s a labor of love, and I don’t have anything but the highest respect for those who do,” Blackwell said.

To see the technology of the airplanes from a hands-on perspective was the late Ormsby’s dream because it stimulates young people to want to be part of the aerospace industry.

“I think by kids seeing something that’s real, that people in their own hometown produced and became a part of, hopefully that will engender interest in science and technology, and they’ll want to be part of continuing making America great,” Blackwell said.

While some elected officials and county leaders have been disappointing in their lack of effort to support the preservation of our history, the volunteers have stepped in to save it and make it available to inspire future generations. They deserve our thanks, and we publicly recognize them by publishing this list provided by the volunteer group: Allan Hope, Bill Hepler, Bill Paden, Bill Estes, Bob Bennett, Bob Elliott, Boone Barnes, Cliff Lord, Chris Kennedy, Dan Harless, Don Dykes, Doug Lester, Floyd Brightman, Harold Shamblin, John Kennedy, Max Stanford, Mike Gotay, Phillip Hunt, Randy Shepherd, Scott Major, Rick Aschenbeck, Vance Engle, Doug Burnett, Ed Mulliniks, Al Caudell, Dick Prange and Nate Guindon.

To these gentlemen: Hats off and wings up.

Original article can be found here ➤

Pilot says Xcel Energy at fault in accident: Aero Vodochody L-39C, N6175C

National Transportation Safety Board

Raymond Davoudi, a San Diego restaurateur, was the passenger flying with pilot Brian W. Evans on May 28, 2015 in the Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros that sheared through power cables in De Beque Canyon.

Brian W. Evans, seen climbing out of a plane, had his commercial pilot certificate suspended for 180 days.

The jet pilot and passenger who flew up De Beque Canyon at an estimated 300 mph said in court papers that Xcel Energy was at fault for an accident in which the jet snapped seven power cables.

Pilot Brian Evans and his passenger, Raymond Mez Davoudi, each named the energy company in separate responses to a federal suit filed by an Aspen man who claims he suffered damage to his hands and hearing as a result of the incident on May 28, 2015.

An Xcel Energy spokesman said the company isn't a party to the suit and was unable to comment on it.

Steve Centofanti was driving west on Interstate 70 when he saw the jet, a Warsaw Pact-era trainer, approaching — apparently straight at him.

Centofanti suffered lost feelings in his hands from gripping his steering wheel "in a panic fearing for his life and the lives of his passengers."

He also suffered hearing damage from the roar of the jet when Evans turned it skyward after it struck the cables near the Grand Valley Diversion Dam.

Centofanti's vehicle, as well as others, was struck by cables that whipped through the air as they were slashed by the jet.

Responses to the lawsuit filed by Evans and Davoudi said Xcel Energy was a "necessary and indispensable" party that Centofanti had failed to include in the suit.

Xcel should have marked the cables, and should be liable for any damages awarded to Centofanti, lawyers for Evans and Davoudi said.

Evans is a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot and Davoudi is a San Diego restaurateur who, according to postings on his Facebook page, eagerly accepted Evans' invitation to fly with him in the jet, a Vodochody L-39C, from Idaho to Alabama.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked Evans' pilot's license after the incident, noting that Evans had flown the jet at less than 500 feet and that pilots are not to operate aircraft "in a careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another."

Colorado State Patrol reports noted that a truck driver on Interstate 70 that day could have been fatally injured by whipping cables. Another driver, Steve Reynolds of Glenwood Springs, suffered extensive damage to his car from the slashed cables.

The jet suffered extensive damage in the incident but Evans was able to circle Grand Junction for some 45 minutes before landing without incident at Grand Junction Regional Airport, from which it had taken off earlier that day.

"Xcel Energy is not a party to these particular proceedings and therefore cannot comment on them," the company said in a statement. "Our transmission system in the area was repaired, and our primary concern today is the continued operation of our system to ensure safe and reliable service to our customers."

Original article can be found here ➤

L-39 N6175C from Matt Cawby on Vimeo.
L-39 N6175C taxi test at Paine Field May 8, 2010.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Grand Junction, CO
Accident Number: GAA15CA096
Date & Time: 05/28/2015, 1225 MDT
Registration: N6175C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


According to the pilot, while flying over a river at an altitude of about 100 feet above water and ground level, at 250 knots, the airplane impacted unmarked power line wires that spanned the river. The power line wires are clearly identified on the Visual Flight Rules Sectional Aeronautical Chart. The pilot immediately established a climb and returned to the airport without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose, left wing, and vertical stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 inadequate preflight planning and subsequent failure to remain clear of power line wires while maneuvering at low altitude.


Altitude - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Flight planning/navigation - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Awareness of condition (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)

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

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 45
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 
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: 04/17/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/05/2014
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2944.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 458.6 hours (Total, this make and model), 2902.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 135.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 94.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 37 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERO VODOCHODY
Registration: N6175C
Model/Series: L39 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 432942
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/09/2014, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 10362 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 32 Hours
Engines: 1 Turbo Fan
Airframe Total Time:  at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: IVCHENKO
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: AI-25TL
Registered Owner: XP Services Inc.
Rated Power: 3800 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Tactial Advantage Inc.
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GJT, 4858 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 70°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 8°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: GRAND JUNCTION, CO (GJT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: GARDEN CITY, KS (GCK)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1220 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G
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:  39.122500, -108.526667 (est)