Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N7931H: Incident occurred September 16, 2018 in Beluga River, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Crashed under unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7931H

Date: 16-SEP-18
Time: 07:55:00Z
Regis#: N7931H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BELUGA RIVER
State: ALASKA

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N573BV: Accident occurred September 15, 2018 near Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (KIFP), Mohave County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Crashed in rough terrain due to unknown circumstances.


N573BV LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N573BV


Date: 15-SEP-18

Time: 19:45:00Z
Regis#: N573BV
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: A185F
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BULLHEAD CITY
State: ARIZONA




BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Police Department has identified the two victims of Saturday afternoon’s crash of a Cessna A185F Skywagon as William and Vicki Zurcher, a married couple from Washington.

The Zurchers were in stable condition at Sunrise Hospital on Sunday, police said. 

William Zurcher, 78, the pilot, was flown to Sunrise from Western Arizona Regional Center, where he had been taken by ambulance from the scene of the crash. He suffered a head injury. 

Vicki Zurcher, 67, was airlifted to Sunrise directly from the accident site after being freed from the plane’s wreckage. She was the passenger and told first responders that she was suffering chest pains.

Their Cessna A185F Skywagon crashed Saturday at around 1 p.m. near the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport from which they had departed. Police said that the couple was on their way to Phoenix when the crash occurred.

The crash site is about three-quarters of a mile from Bullhead Parkway between Laughlin Ranch Boulevard and Silver Creek Road. 

Personnel with the Bullhead City Fire Department needed a way to reach the couple quickly because the aircraft came down in rough desert terrain. The department’s road brush unit and specialized utility task vehicle, which is equipped to transport a patient from a remote location, allowed for that, said Battalion Chief Joshua Livermore.

“Fire crews used hydraulic cutting tools to remove the passenger from the wreckage,” Livermore said.

Seven BCFD units and 13 employees responded to the location. 

A retired fire captain also helped with the rescue effort after seeing the incident from the road. The person’s specialized vehicle was used to guide BCPD personnel to the crash site.   

The Federal Aviation Administration described the location as being about 1-1/2 miles southeast of the airport.

Police also reported Sunday that the National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.

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



BULLHEAD CITY — Two people injured in a plane crash Saturday afternoon near Silver Creek Road are recuperating at a Las Vegas hospital.

The occupants of the plane have been identified as William Zurcher, 78, and his wife, Vicki, 67, of Washington.

Bullhead City Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Sunday that William Zurcher was later airlifted from Western Arizona Regional Medical Center to Sunrise Hospital for further treatment.

Vicki Zurcher had been airlifted from the plane crash scene to Sunrise Hospital after being extricated by fire personnel following the crash.

Both are listed in stable condition.

The Zurcher’s plane crashed about 1.5 miles southeast of the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport shortly after take off. They were reportedly en route to Phoenix, said Fromelt.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://thebee.news

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734FT: Accident occurred September 16, 2018 at St. Johns Industrial Air Park (KSJN), Apache County, Arizona

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

Crashed a takeoff 1/4 mile from departure end of runway.

R2D2 LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N734FT

Date: 16-SEP-18
Time: 01:25:00Z
Regis#: N734FT
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: ST JOHNS
State: ARIZONA

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, N5340Y: Accident occurred September 15, 2018 at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (KSBP), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Veered off runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5340Y

Date: 15-SEP-18
Time: 00:17:00Z
Regis#: N5340Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN LUIS OBISPO
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N2902S: Incident occurred September 14, 2018 at Santa Monica Airport (KSMO), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Went off the runway and gear broken.

Toben Air

https://registry.faa.gov/N2902S

Date: 14-SEP-18
Time: 19:53:00Z
Regis#: N2902S
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA MONICA
State: CALIFORNIA

Delta Air Lines, Boeing 757-300, N581NW: Incident occurred September 16, 2018 at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Francisco, California

Flight number 1658: Aborted takeoff due to right engine fire, taxied to gate without further incident.

Delta Air Lines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N581NW

Date: 17-SEP-18
Time: 05:04:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: DELTA
Flight Number: 1658
City: SAN FRANCISCO
State: CALIFORNIA

AirBorne Edge X Classic, N4557C: Accident occurred August 25, 2018 in Lake Wales, Polk County, Florida

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

Experienced a hard landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4557C

Date: 25-AUG-18
Time: 08:35:00Z
Regis#: N4557C
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: EDGE X CLASSIC
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAKE WALES
State: FLORIDA

American Aviation AA-1A Trainer, N9218L: Incident occurred September 15, 2018 in Warthen, Washington County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Landed in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9218L

Date: 14-SEP-18
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N9218L
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA 1A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WARTHEN
State: GEORGIA




WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- A small plane crashed into a pecan orchard after needing to make an emergency landing Friday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and first responders found the plane at the 13000 block of Sparta Davisboro Road around noon, that's just outside of the city of Warthen. Officials say there were mechanical issues so the small aircraft needing to land. It crashed into a pecan orchard. The two people on the plane suffered minor injuries.

Emergency first responders treated the victims on scene and notified the Federal Aviation Administration.

Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

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

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N879LP: Incident occurred September 15, 2018 at Bowman Field Regional Airport (KLOU), Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

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

Struck a fence.

Louisville Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N879LP 

Date: 15-SEP-18
Time: 00:20:00Z
Regis#: N879LP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: LOUISVILLE
State: KENTUCKY

Mooney M20M, N21448: Incident occurred September 15, 2018 at Crystal Airport (KMIC), Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Veered off the runway into the grass and struck two lights.

MILF LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N21448

Date: 15-SEP-18
Time: 14:55:00Z
Regis#: N21448
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MINNEAPOLIS
State: MINNESOTA

Culver LFA, N37815: Accident occurred September 14, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N37815

Date: 14-SEP-18
Time: 13:46:00Z
Regis#: N37815
Aircraft Make: CULVER
Aircraft Model: LFA
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KANSAS CITY
State: MISSOURI

Cessna 560, N866TC: Incident occurred September 03, 2018 at Springfield-Branson National Airport (KSGF), Greene County, Missouri

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

Struck birds on departure.

Greater Ozarks Aviation Co Trustee

https://registry.faa.gov/N866TC

Date: 03-SEP-18
Time: 14:25:00Z
Regis#: N866TC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SPRINGFIELD
State: MISSOURI

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, N7304T: Incident occurred September 15, 2018 at South Jersey Regional Airport (KVAY), Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey

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

Veered off the runway and struck a tree.

Levin Air Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N7304T

Date: 15-SEP-18
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N7304T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MOUNT HOLLY
State: NEW JERSEY

Bird BK, N767Y: Accident occurred September 16, 2018 at Bayport Aerodrome (23N), Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

While attempting to hand start the aircraft the pilot sustained injuries.

https://registry.faa.gov/N767Y

Date: 16-SEP-18
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N767Y
Aircraft Make: BIRD
Aircraft Model: BK
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: BAYPORT
State: NEW YORK

Luscombe 8E Silvaire, N2619K and Cessna U206G Stationair, N756FN: Incident occurred September 15, 2018 at Sky Acres Airport (44N), Millbrook, Dutchess County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

While taxiing collided with Cessna U206G Stationair, N756FN.


https://registry.faa.gov/N2619K


Date: 15-SEP-18

Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N2619K
Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Aircraft Model: 8E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: MILLBROOK
State: NEW YORK

Collided on taxiway with Luscombe 8E Silvaire, N2619K.


https://registry.faa.gov/N756FN


Date: 15-SEP-18

Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N756FN
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: U206G
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: MILLBROOK
State: NEW YORK

Beech F33A Bonanza, N2031D: Accident occurred September 17, 2018 near Cottonwood Airport (P52), Yavapai County, Arizona

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N2031D

Struck roof of house and landed in the backyard.

Date: 18-SEP-18
Time: 04:00:00Z
Regis#: N2031D
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: F33A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: COTTONWOOD
State: ARIZONA 





COTTONWOOD -- Authorities responded to a fire this morning at the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle after an aircraft crashed into a residence, according to Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt.

Kuhlt stated in a news release that the Beech F33A Bonanza was on fire when authorities arrived.

"The only occupant, a 70-year-old local male, self-extricated but suffered serious injury," she stated in the news release. "The patient was flown to Maricopa Burn Center for advanced medical care."

Cottonwood Police and Fire, Verde Valley Fire District and Verde Valley Ambulance Company all responded to the scene.

A neighbor, Mike Zemky, said he saw the plane crash.

"I thought to myself, it's way too close to for the runway and as the word 'runway' came out of my mouth, it hit the top of the garage there and it landed in the backyard and caught fire," he said.

The fire was extinguished but the residence has minor structural damage, according to Kuhlt. The plane was destroyed.

Zemky said the pilot seemed to be doing "OK."

"He's alive and I was asking him questions and other than obviously being burned up pretty good, he seems to be doing OK," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will also respond to the scene, Kuhlt said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown, but the pilot said at the scene that the engine stopped, according to Kuhlt.


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

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7472P: Accident occurred September 17, 2018 at Cable Airport (KCCB), San Bernardino County, California

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

Force landed short of runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7472P

Date: 17-SEP-18
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N7472P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 250
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: UPLAND
State: CALIFORNIA




Two people on board were uninjured Monday afternoon after a small plane suffered engine failure, leading to a hard landing in Upland near Cable Airport, an official said.

Allen Kenitzer, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the single-engine plane landed short of its targeted runway, causing substantial damage to the aircraft.

Records from the Federal Aviation Administration showed the plane was a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche. It was registered to an address in Camp Verde, Arizona.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident, Kenitzer said.

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

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N910CP: Accident occurred September 17, 2018 at Stevens Point Municipal Airport (KSTE), Portage County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Struck a deer.

Civil Air Patrol Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N910CP

Date: 17-SEP-18
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N910CP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Aircraft Operator: CIVIL AIR PATROL
City: STEVENS POINT
State: WISCONSIN

Beech V35 Bonanza, N9568Q: Incident occurred September 17, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Declared an emergency due to malfunction, landed without incident.

N9568Q LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N9568Q

Date: 17-SEP-18
Time: 10:30:00Z
Regis#: N9568Q
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist Is a Japanese Billionaire: Yusaku Maezawa plans to invite up to eight artists to join him on 2023 lunar mission

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is paying to blast off from earth in 2023, circle the moon and return.


The Wall Street Journal 
By Andy Pasztor and Anne Steele
Updated Sept. 18, 2018 3:42 a.m. ET

HAWTHORNE, Calif.—SpaceX’s first paying passenger will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who is to blast off from earth in 2023, circle the moon and return, the company’s founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, said at an event Monday evening, where the space tourist also made brief remarks.

Mr. Musk said he and Mr. Maezawa weren’t disclosing the price tag for the lunar joy ride.

Mr. Maezawa, an art collector, said he would invite six to eight artists to participate in the lunar voyage as a way of inspiring their work.

“For me, this project is very meaningful,” Mr. Maezawa said, adding that he hoped traveling to the moon would increase world peace. “This is my lifelong dream,” he said.

This isn’t Mr. Maezawa’s first time in the limelight: The e-commerce mogul stunned the art world last year when he paid $110.5 million for a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting of a black skull, a record for a U.S. artist at auction.

Mr. Maezawa, a 42-year-old former rock drummer, amassed a $3 billion fortune selling imported records and then trendy clothes through his online fashion conglomerate, now part of a company called Zozotown.

Mr. Musk said Mr. Maezawa, whom he described as “the bravest person” and “the best adventurer,” is “paying a lot of money” and “for the ability for the average citizen to travel to other planets.”

Mr. Musk said he expected short test hops of the spacecraft next year and perhaps some booster tests shortly after that. “If things go well,” he added, SpaceX “could be doing the first orbital flights in two or three years.”

“I did not want to have such a fantastic experience by myself,” Mr. Maezawa said. “I want to share these experiences and things with as many people as possible. That is why I choose to go to the moon with artists.”

Mr. Maezawa said after purchasing the Basquiat painting he wondered “what if Basquiat had gone to space and seen the moon up close?”

Mr. Maezawa said he hasn’t decided which artists—who could range from painters, musicians and fashion designers to photographers or film directors—to invite. “If you should hear from me you should say ‘yes, please’—don’t say ‘no,’” he said.

Mr. Musk’s enthusiasm for a lunar-tourist mission has been evident for two years, though Monday’s announcement is the fourth iteration of those plans. Since the initial concept was revealed in February 2017, SpaceX has delayed the anticipated launch two times and twice changed rocket designs.

Mr. Musk said the mission would take about four to five days.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s founder and chief executive has consistently said his company’s long-term goal is to send humans to Mars, so the proposed mission around the moon originally caught some boosters and industry officials by surprise. But then it became widely viewed as a way to demonstrate the capabilities of the company’s 27-engine Falcon Heavy booster, which flew for the first time earlier this year. But now, with SpaceX substituting an even bigger, more powerful rocket under development—dubbed the BFR—the anticipated mission has been pushed back several years.

Last September, Mr. Musk said he expected to send a BFR carrying people to Mars in 2022, though he called that deadline “aspirational.” Since then, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has said the company hopes to flight test the rocket’s spaceship on independent short hops by the end of 2019.

The company hasn’t disclosed costs for the mammoth rocket or its associated spaceship. But at Monday’s event Mr. Musk said it would likely end up around $5 billion. Before announcing the passenger at Monday’s event, Mr. Musk acknowledged he doesn’t have a specific funding concept. “We need to seek every possible means” of funding, the SpaceX chief told the crowd, without elaborating on new sources outside the company’s current or proposed business lines.

Mr. Musk said the deposit already paid by Mr. Maezawa “will have a material impact” on covering some of the development costs and the proposed rocket could launch from a floating platform.

In SpaceX’s customary flashy style, Mr. Musk spoke on a 2-foot-high white podium, facing a bank of video cameras, photographers and a crowd of reporters and employees. A few yards behind him was the working end of a massive Falcon 9 rocket, laid out horizontally with the nozzles of its nine engines facing the media. Hanging on part of the rocket factory wall and towering over the crowd was a full scale, black-and-white diagram of the rear view of the spaceship.

Before the press conference started, press relations officials said Mr. Musk—facing heightened public and government scrutiny in others areas—wouldn’t respond to questions on other topics.

During the nearly 90-minute press conference, Mr. Musk veered from off-the-cuff sound bites about complex rocket trajectories to comments about his personal excitement. “I’m super fired-up,” he said in conclusion. “This is going to be great.”

Despite the public focus on the moon mission, Mr. Musk also has sent mixed messages about how important he thinks human or robotic lunar missions are to his eventual dream of helping colonize Mars. When he first broached the idea of sending two paying passengers around the moon in a modified Dragon capsule being developed to transport U.S. astronauts into orbit, Mr. Musk touted the effort as the evolution of public-private space partnerships favored by President Trump’s administration. The latest plan, however, features both a rocket and a spaceship that are envisioned to be entirely funded by SpaceX.

Just hours before the press conference, answering a question on Twitter about whether government customers have first call on the BFR, Mr. Musk responded that the closely held company’s priority “is and will remain supporting” planned astronaut flights to the international space station and “National Security missions” for the military and spy agencies. Over the years, Mr. Musk and his lieutenants have variously identified increasing numbers of commercial-satellite launches and deployment of thousands of low-orbit satellites as primary drivers of future revenue and profits.

Today, SpaceX, which company officials say has been profitable in years when it has avoided major rocket accidents, faces economic challenges following a sustained period of significant growth. Commercial launch contracts for big satellites are depressed globally, with a dozen or so projected overall across all launch providers for 2019 and 2020. By contrast, internal financial projections—drafted before the downturn became pronounced—anticipated roughly a dozen such contracts for SpaceX alone in each of those years. In addition, those optimistic projections envisioned more than 40 total SpaceX launches yearly between 2018 and 2020, encompassing commercial, military and NASA missions.

The Falcon Heavy rocket, which was years late and over budget, has experienced slips in projected launch tempo and schedule. Its next flight has been pushed out to next February from this fall. The internal company projections listed more than half a dozen Falcon Heavy missions for both 2019 and 2020, but industry experts and company managers recently have predicted much lower numbers.

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Flight Design GMBH CTLS, N21ZA: Incident occurred September 16, 2018 in Lorain, Ohio; Incident occurred October 17, 2012 and accident occurred July 19, 2012 at Lorain County Airport (KLPR), Elyria, Ohio

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

Landed in a field.

RAS Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N21ZA

Date: 16-SEP-18
Time: 17:25:00Z
Regis#: N21ZA
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CTLS
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LORAIN
State: OHIO

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N21ZA 

Location: Elyria, OH
Incident Number: CEN13IA024
Date & Time: 10/17/2012, 1330 EDT
Registration: N21ZA
Aircraft: FLIGHT DESIGN CTLS
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

Analysis

The flight instructor reported that the airplane’s fixed right main landing gear collapsed during landing. He reported that the landing was “not extraordinarily hard” and that it should have been well within the airplane’s typical performance.

Postincident examination of the composite right main landing gear leg revealed several manufacturing defects, including wrinkled layers and layers that terminated at the surface when they should have been continuous, which reduced the landing gear leg’s strength and its ability to resist longitudinal cracks. As a result of this investigation, the airplane manufacturer conducted an audit of the subcontractor that manufactured the landing gear legs. The audit revealed that, before the incident, the landing gear manufacturer had become aware of quality issues related to the mold closing process of the landing gear legs during manufacture and had implemented steps to reduce the recurrence of these issues. Based on the available evidence, the manufacturing defects in the composite main landing gear leg likely reduced the leg’s load-carrying capacity and resulted in its eventual failure. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be:
The manufacturing defects in the main landing gear leg, which resulted in its eventual failure.

Findings

Aircraft
Main gear strut/axle/truck - Failure (Cause)

Organizational issues
Equipment manufacture - Manufacturer (Cause)

Factual Information

On October 17, 2012, about 1330 eastern daylight time, a Flight Design GMBH model CTLS, N21ZA, sustained substantial damage while landing on runway 25 at the Lorain County Airport (LPR), Elyria, Ohio. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane sustained minor damage to the landing gear during the mishap. The aircraft was registered to RAS Aviation LLC, Elyria, Ohio, and operated by Zone Aviation, Elyria, Ohio, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated at an unconfirmed time.

The flight instructor reported that the flight was a training flight and on the first landing the right main landing gear collapsed. He stated that the landing was "not extraordinarily hard". He went on to add that based on his experience in the same model airplane that the landing should have been well within typical performance of the airplane.

During the investigation it was discovered that this same airplane was involved in a landing accident on July 19, 2012 (CEN12LA676). The July accident also resulted in a fracture of the right main landing gear leg.

The damaged right main landing gear leg from this incident was retained for further examination.  The main landing gear leg was made of composite material. The fiber reinforcements used in the composite construction included unidirectional glass fibers, glass fiber fabric, and basalt fiber fabric. Flexible plastic tubes extended the length of the legs enclosed within ribbed plastic tubes located near the leading and trailing edges of the leg. Foam filled space between the plastic tubes and a center internal cavity. The legs were manufactured in a mold with the split line at the leading and trailing edges. During the layup process, layers were placed in a mold half representing the upper half of the leg, and layers were wrapped around the internal tubes, foam, center cavity, and preformed layers. The mold was then closed with a mold piece representing the lower half of the landing gear, and the center internal cavity was pressurized during curing. Examination and sectioning of the landing gear leg showed wrinkling of the fibers resulting in their orientation being angled with relation to the surface rather than parallel to the surface. Additionally several layers terminated at the leading and trailing edges. The location of theses terminating layers corresponded with the location of longitudinal cracks found along the leading and trailing edges of the landing gear.

As a result of the investigation, the manufacturer of the airplane was contacted regarding the landing gear manufacturing process. The landing gear legs were manufactured by a sub-contractor to the airplane manufacturer. The airplane manufacture conducted an audit of the sub-contractor and determined that there were some previous quality issues with regard to mold closing during the manufacture of the landing gear legs. It was reported that the landing gear manufacturer had recognized these issues and had implemented steps to reduce the risk of recurrence of these issues. The airplane manufacturer also conducted a search of part requests and difficulty reports related to the main landing gear. This records search showed 3 occurrences which resulted in complete collapse of the landing gear leg out of a fleet of 370 airplanes. All other reported landing gear leg fractures were discovered either during inspection after a hard landing, or during taxi operation when significantly reduced stiffness was encountered.

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Landing gear collapse (Defining event) 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 38
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/04/2011
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  910 hours (Total, all aircraft), 425 hours (Total, this make and model), 135 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 23
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/18/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  30 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Registration: N21ZA
Model/Series: CTLS
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: F-10-09-04
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: RAS Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Zone Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Zone Aviation
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LPR, 793 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.77 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Elyria, OH (LPR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Elyria, OH (LPR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Lorain County Regional Airport (LPR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 793 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.344167, -82.177778

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

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


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

Location: Elyria, OH
Accident Number: CEN12LA676
Date & Time: 07/19/2012, 2200 EDT
Registration: N21ZA
Aircraft: FLIGHT DESIGN CTLS
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that, on the day of the accident, he had accomplished three landings in the accident airplane and that he was pleased with these landings. Forty-five minutes after the last day landing, he took off for a night flight. During the first attempted landing, he misjudged the flare, and the airplane bounced. He subsequently performed a go-around and again misjudged the landing flare. The airplane subsequently bounced hard on the runway, which resulted in a flat nosewheel tire and firewall and right main landing gear damage. Although examination of the right main landing gear leg revealed several manufacturing defects that have since been addressed by the landing gear leg manufacturer, the accident was likely caused by the pilot’s misjudged landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing and the subsequent right main landing gear damage.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot’s misjudged landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

Findings


Aircraft

Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Organizational issues
Equipment manufacture - Manufacturer

Factual Information

On July 19, 2012, about 2200 eastern daylight time, a Flight Design GMBH model CTLS, N21ZA, sustained substantial damage while landing on runway 7 at the Lorain County Airport (LPR), Elyria, Ohio. The private pilot who was the sole occupant was not injured. The airplane sustained damage to the landing gear, engine mount and firewall during the mishap. The aircraft was registered to RAS Aviation LLC, Elyria, Ohio, and operated by Zone Aviation, Elyria, Ohio, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airplane was rented by the pilot for a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated at an unconfirmed time.

The accident was not initially reported to authorities and was discovered while investigating another incident that happened with this airplane. On October 17, 2012, about 1330 the airplane sustained minor damage while landing on runway 25 at LPR (CEN13IA024). In both instances, the right composite landing gear leg fractured. 

Regarding the July accident, the pilot reported that he was performing takeoff and landing practice. He performed 3 landings during the daylight and he reported that he was pleased with these landings.  After a 45 minute break he took off again to perform night landings to regain night currency requirements. He reported that on the first night landing he misjudged the landing and bounced. He performed a go-around and came back in for another landing. He again misjudged the landing and "bounced hard". The airplane came back down striking the nose wheel. As the airplane came to a stop the pilot realized there was something wrong and upon de-planing, discovered a flat nose tire. He pushed the airplane from the runway and acquired a tow from ramp personnel.

The damaged right main landing gear leg was retained for further examination.  The main landing gear leg was made of composite material. The fiber reinforcements used in the composite construction included unidirectional glass fibers, glass fiber fabric, and basalt fiber fabric. Flexible plastic tubes extended the length of the legs enclosed within ribbed plastic tubes located near the leading and trailing edges of the leg. Foam filled space between the plastic tubes and a center internal cavity. The legs were manufactured in a mold with the split line at the leading and trailing edges. During the layup process, layers were placed in a mold half representing the upper half of the leg, and layers were wrapped around the internal tubes, foam, center cavity, and preformed layers. The mold was then closed with a mold piece representing the lower half of the landing gear, and the center internal cavity was pressurized during curing. Examination and sectioning of the landing gear leg showed wrinkling of the fibers resulting in their orientation being angled with relation to the surface rather than parallel to the surface. Additionally several layers terminated at the leading and trailing edges. The location of theses terminating layers corresponded with the location of longitudinal cracks found along the leading and trailing edges of the landing gear.

As a result of the investigation, the manufacturer of the airplane was contacted regarding the landing gear manufacturing process. The landing gear legs were manufactured by a sub-contractor to the airplane manufacturer. The airplane manufacture conducted an audit of the sub-contractor and determined that there were some previous quality issues with regard to mold closing during the manufacture of the landing gear legs. It was reported that the landing gear manufacturer had recognized these issues and had implemented steps to reduce the risk of recurrence of these issues. The airplane manufacturer also conducted a search of part requests and difficulty reports related to the main landing gear. This records search showed 3 occurrences which resulted in complete collapse of the landing gear leg out of a fleet of 370 airplanes. All other reported landing gear leg fractures were discovered either during inspection after a hard landing, or during taxi operation when significantly reduced stiffness was encountered. 

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown

Abnormal runway contact (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55
Airplane Rating(s):  Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
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: 09/20/2010
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time: 119 hours (Total, all aircraft), 48 hours (Total, this make and model), 59 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Registration: N21ZA
Model/Series: CTLS
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: F-10-09-04
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: RAS Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Zone Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: LPR, 793 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2153 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Visibility: 9 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Elyria, OH (LPR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Elyria, OH (LPR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information


Airport: Lorain County Regional Airport (LPR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 793 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 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:   41.344167, -82.177778