Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Schweizer SGS 1-23H-15, N9915J: Accident occurred May 13, 2018 in Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont

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

Post Mills Soaring Club Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N9915J

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA283
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 13, 2018 in Tunbridge, VT
Aircraft: SCHWEIZER SGS123, registration: N9915J

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.

Date: 13-MAY-18
Time: 19:36:00Z
Regis#: N9915J
Aircraft Make: SCHWEIZER
Aircraft Model: SGS 1 23H 15
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: TUNBRIDGE
State: VERMONT

Boeing A75N1(PT17) Stearman, N63794: Accident occurred May 16, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

http://registry.faa.gov/N63794

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA286
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN
Aircraft: BOEING A75N1(PT17), registration: N63794

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.

Sportavia-Putzer RF-5B Sperber, N66GL: Accident occurred May 22, 2018 in Mineral County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena

Glider crashed on highway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N66GL

Date: 22-MAY-18
Time: 14:48:00Z
Regis#: N66GL
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RF5B SPERBER
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MINERAL COUNTY
State: MONTANA












SPOKANE - A  motorglider force landed on Interstate 90 at Lookout Pass on Tuesday afternoon near the Idaho/Montana state line, officials confirmed.

A witness said he watched an experimental motorglider land on the highway around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tim Halbert said he was the one of the first people on the scene and waited with the pilot for emergency responders. He said the pilot was experiencing some back pain and had a few bumps and bruises but walked away from the crash. 

"A sheriff's deputy that was there told him to go buy a lottery ticket," Halbert said.

Halbert said the pilot told him he had caught a downdraft and his engine quit. 

Halbert said the pilot told him he couldn't get the engine going again and glided for a long while looking for a place to put the motorglider down.

"I knew he was in trouble because he was so low," Halbert recalled. "He just kept getting lower and lower and sure enough, he just crashed."

Mineral County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they were responding to the incident, but did not have any further detail.

Montana Department of Transit sent out a notification the eastbound lanes at Lookout Pass on the Montana side are blocked but traffic is able to get through the median. After speaking with a witness, it appears the road closures are as a result of the plane crash.

KREM 2 is still waiting to hear from officials on the pilot's injuries, but a Halbert said he appeared to be OK.

Story and video ➤ http://www.kpax.com





MISSOULA, Mont. — Authorities tell us a man flying an experimental craft that crashed Tuesday afternoon on Lookout Pass walked away from the wreck.

The crash happened between 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday half a mile east of the Montana-Idaho state line.

Federal Aviation records show the craft is described as a motorglider and is experimental. The documents show a Redmond, Washington, man applied for the craft’s registration in March.

Officials say the pilot was headed west and hit a downdraft and crash-landed on Interstate 90.

There were no injuries in the crash. The pilot walked away from the crash but was taken to Superior for medical attention. No word on how he is doing.

Erin Brown, who helps run Big Sky Towing, said there was a lot of debris when they came to pick up the airplane.

"There was debris everywhere, and we needed to bring -- instead of just a rollback -- our Landoll, because it was a 53-foot wingspan," Brown said.

Big Sky towing cleaned up the accident in just under an hour and took the plane to its shop in De Borgia.

The FAA is taking over the investigation, and will be examining the aircraft Wednesday.

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

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, N9485N: Incident occurred May 22, 2018 near Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (KSHD), Staunton, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond

Aircraft landed short of the approach runway. 

2 Wheels Squared LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N9485N

Date: 22-MAY-18
Time: 17:50:00Z
Regis#: N9485N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: STAUNTON
State: VIRGINIA







AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (May 23):  Investigators with Virginia State Police are looking into the forced landing of a plane outside of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday.

According to Corinne Geller, spokeswoman for State Police, officers were called to the scene in Augusta County at 10:55 a.m., where it was confirmed that neither the pilot, a 24-year-old Rockingham County man, nor the co-pilot, were injured.

The two had been flying a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, which had taken off from Weyers Cave on its way to Farmville when the aircraft experienced engine problems.

The pilot attempted to return to the airport, but realized they would not make it back. Instead, he made a forced landing in an open field along Craig Shop Road in Weyers Cave.

The plane only suffered minor damage and no one on the ground was injured. Two nearby farmers responded to the scene of the crash very quickly after they saw the plane coming in too low.
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Two people are thankfully alright after the plane they were flying went down just outside of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Sean Simmons, with Virginia State Police, the plane suffered a power failure and a flight instructor from Blue Ridge Aviation maintained control of the craft to crash land it before it could return to the airport where it had departed from.

Farmers nearby saw the plane coming in too low and told WHSV they were startled to see it come close to a power line on the way down.

The propeller was bent and landing gear was damaged on one side when the plane hit the ground in a field at 12:46 p.m. No pieces were broken off of the craft.

The flight instructor and his student were uninjured.

The instructor would not provide his account of what happened in the flight.

Story and video ➤ http://www.whsv.com




WEYERS CAVE - A flight instructor and his student had to make an emergency landing in a Weyers Cave farm field Tuesday afternoon after their single-engine plane lost power after taking off from the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, authorities said.

Both walked away from the Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow with no injuries.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Sean Simmons said the plane itself was intact after it landed in a field at 1055 Craig Shop Road near SHD.

Simmons said the propeller and a landing gear were damaged.

Emergencies crews were first alerted while the plane was still in the air. When it became clear the plane went down, rescuers were guided to the location by another pilot who circled his plane over the site.

A flight track, as rendered by FlightAware.com, of a small plane that left Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, lost power and made an emergency landing. FlightAware.com

“We had a report from another aircraft that a plane went down east of airport New Hope and Grottoes,” according to Greg Campbell, executive director for the SHD.

Campbell said a plane from SHD spotted the downed plane and confirmed there were two occupants with no injuries.

"The plane lost engine power shortly after take off," Campbell said.

The plane appears to have been from Blue Ridge Aviation. The instructional pilot at the scene of the emergency was identified as Chris Miller, who declined to be interviewed. 

A farm worker said the plane was flying low as it came in and just cleared some power lines before making the emergency landing in a small valley near a stream.

Virginia State Police will take over the investigation since the crash did not occur on SHD property, Campbell said.

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

Pitts Samson, N985TJ: Accident occurred May 20, 2018 at Apple Valley Airport (KAPV), San Bernardino County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside

Aircraft lost control on landing and came to a rest inverted.

http://registry.faa.gov/N985TJ

Date: 20-MAY-18
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N985TJ
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: PITTS SAMSON
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: APPLE VALLEY
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-150 Cherokee, N5560W: Incident occurred May 21, 2018 at Republic Airport (KFRG), Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale

Aircraft made a hard landing in the grass, short of the runway.

2BAPilot NYC Corp: http://registry.faa.gov/N5560W

Date: 21-MAY-18
Time: 23:01:00Z
Regis#: N5560W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FARMINGDALE
State: NEW YORK

United Parcel Service, Boeing 747-800, N605UP: Incident occurred May 21, 2018 at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (PANC), Anchorage, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage

Flight 5X-63: Broke runway lights, dumped fuel and returned. Landed and upon landing aircraft blew a tire and was towed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N605UP

Date: 22-MAY-18
Time: 00:04:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 748
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED PARCEL SERVICE
Flight Number: 63
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

SkyWest 5189, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200: Incident occurred May 21, 2018 at Los Angeles International Airport (KLAX), California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles

SkyWest 5189: Reported flight attendant with minor injury due to wake turbulence.

Date: 21-MAY-18
Time: 18:20:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: UNK
Aircraft Model: UNK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: SKY WEST
Flight Number: 5189
City: LOS ANGELES
State: CALIFORNIA

SkyWest 5318, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200: Incident occurred May 22, 2018 at Redding Municipal Airport ( KRDD), Shasta County, California



REDDING, Calif. — UPDATE:

According to the Redding Fire Department, a United SkyWest flight was taxiing on the runway, on its way to San Francisco when "a haze" started to fill the cabin, Tuesday night. Following safety protocol, the flight with 40 passengers on board was evacuated on the tarmac.

Passengers were then taken to the terminal, where they waited for a later flight.

Officials said there was no fire and the pilot believed the smoke was from an air conditioner malfunction.

Another plane was sent from San Francisco, carrying a mechanic to repair the plane. There are no reports of injuries.

According to an airport official, some passengers were able to book the next flight to San Francisco. SkyWest flight 5318 left Redding at 10:50 p.m. and arrived in San Francisco at 11:39 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A passenger airplane reportedly had to be evacuated at the Redding Municipal Airport Tuesday night.

Shascom dispatchers say at 7:44 p.m., they received a report of smoke in the cockpit of a passenger plane. Redding Fire is responding .

Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray said that a "passenger jet" was being evacuated on the runway.

Story and video ➤ http://krcrtv.com

Youngstown–Warren Regional Airport (KYNG), Vienna Township Township, Ohio



VIENNA TWP., Ohio - The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport has made security changes to give first-responders easier access to the runway. 

Last month, 21 News reported on concerns raised by the Vienna Fire Chief after a medical helicopter landed, but rescue crews were unable to quickly get past a gate to access the helicopter.

At that time, Vienna Fire Chief Richard Brannon told 21 news that a gate stood between a Vienna ambulance and a Cleveland Clinic medical crew that had landed and needed to be transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital to pick up a patient.

Brannon said their medic drove to the air base. 

The airbase then made contact with the control tower. 

The control tower was able to contact someone at home who was sent to open the gate, according to the fire chief.

The chief estimates 15-20 minutes were wasted during that process.

Since then the Executive Director of the Port Authority says security changes have been made. 

Tuesday night, Vienna rescue crews were able to use those changes to access a medical helicopter that landed after business hours.

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

VIENNA TWP., Ohio - When minutes matter, the Vienna Township Fire Chief said a man with a serious heart problem had to wait at a Youngstown hospital before he could be transported by medical helicopter to the Cleveland Clinic because of a communication problem between rescue crews and the Youngstown Warren Regional Airport. 

It was about 12:30 Thursday morning and only a gate stood between a Vienna ambulance and a Cleveland Clinic medical crew that had landed and needed to be transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital to pick up a patient.

"I'm hoping it gets resolved now that a life was at matter. I feel it's time I put my foot down and say let's talk about this. No more wish-washy," said Vienna Fire Chief Richard Brannon.

Brannon said he's been asking to have access to the runway for the past 23 years. That's how long he has been fire chief in the township.

There's a keypad outside the gate at the airport, but the chief has never been given the code.

"We have done this before, but it's just always been in the daytime and somebody has been there. Now, since nobody is there at night, what are we suppose to do?" questioned the chief.

In the situation Thursday, the chief said their medic drove to the air base. The airbase then made contact with the control tower. The control tower was able to contact someone at home who was sent to open the gate, according to the fire chief.

The chief estimates 15-20 minutes were wasted during that process.

Executive Director of the Western Reserve Port Authority John Moliterno said he's never had any conversations with the Vienna Fire Chief. 

The airport's director just recently resigned. 

But in an emergency action plan given to the chief, there are the cell phones of airport personnel.

Moliterno said he's willing sit-down and work this out.

"I will make sure we have my security chief and TSA involved in that conversation, but if it's about providing them access in emergency cases we could do that," said Moliterno.


Story and video ➤ http://www.wfmj.com

Cessna 140, N89864: Fatal accident occurred May 22, 2018 at Spruce Creek Airport (7FL6), Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando 


Aircraft crashed into trees due to unknown circumstances. 


http://registry.faa.gov/N89864


Date: 22-MAY-18

Time: 23:33:00Z
Regis#: N89864
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SPRUCE CREEK
State: FLORIDA


Daniel P. Boggs, Investigator In Charge


   








VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 22-year-old Titusville man was killed and a 23-year-old Pennsylvania man was critically injured Tuesday evening when a small single-engine private plane crashed in an empty lot near Port Orange, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash was reported at about 7:30 p.m. at Taxiway Echo in the Spruce Creek Fly-In, which is a gated aviation community, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Laura Williams said.

"The plane, carrying two men, narrowly missed hitting a home," Williams said. "No injuries were reported on the ground."

Deputies said the passenger, Nandish Patel, died at the scene and the pilot, Chase Zinn, was taken to Daytona Beach's Halifax Health Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition.

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University spokesman said Patel was a student at the university and Zinn is a flight instructor for the school.

Zinn’s family owns the plane, deputies said.

Witnesses said they heard the Cessna 140 sputtering before it crashed. A nearby resident pulled Zinn from the wreckage.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

NTSB officials said the plane had an altitude of no more than 200 feet before the pilot turned left and crashed.

Investigators said they're reviewing Tuesday evening's conditions to determine if weather played a factor in the crash.

ERAU provided Channel 9 with the following statement Wednesday:

"With deep sorrow, we can inform you of the tragic loss of an Embry-Riddle Eagle and injuries to another. Our student Nandish Patel died last night in a private aircraft accident at the Spruce Creek fly-in community in Port Orange, Florida. The accident also seriously injured one of our flight instructors, Embry-Riddle alumnus Chase Zinn, who is currently receiving care at Halifax Health Medical Center.

"Nandish, 22, was a senior aeronautical science major and a member of the Airline Pilots Association Aviation Collegiate Education (ALPA ACE) club, the Business Aviation Student Association and the Cricket Club. A permanent resident of the United States, he was originally from India and had transferred to Embry-Riddle from Eastern Florida State College.

"Chase, 23, graduated from Embry-Riddle in May 2017. An Instructor Pilot 2, he is a member of Alpha Omicron Alpha and the BlueWings network of aviation professionals. He also has participated in the Business Aviation Student Association as well as two different sports car groups affiliated with Embry-Riddle."The families of Nandish and Chase are close in our thoughts and hearts."

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

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: VCSO IDENTIFIES OCCUPANTS IN CRASHED PLANE

Earlier today, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims of the plane crash that occurred Tuesday night in Spruce Creek Fly-In near Port Orange.

They are: Nandish Patel. 22, (DOB: 05/05/1996) of Titusville, deceased passenger; and pilot Chase Zinn, 23 (DOB: 01/16/1995), of Pennsylvania. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries. The plane was owned by Zinn’s family.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash, which could take months to conclude.

Small Plane Crashes in Spruce Creek Fly-In; 1 Victim Killed, 1 Critically Injured

Volusia County sheriff's deputies and detectives are on scene in the Spruce Creek Fly-In gated aviation community in Port Orange where a small single-engine, private plane has crashed, killing one person and critically injuring a second.

The crash occurred tonight around 7:30 on the community's north side, in the 2500 block of Taxiway Echo. The plane, carrying two men, narrowly missed hitting a home. No injuries were reported on the ground.

One victim was pronounced deceased at the scene; the second was transported by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center where he is in critical condition. Rescue officials are trying to identify the victims and notify their families. A National Transportation Safety Board representative has already been on scene tonight and will resume the investigation Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also due to join the investigation to determine the cause of the crash.

A Volusia County sheriff's deputy will be posted at the crash scene throughout the night. This remains an active investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office






An Embry-Riddle student died and his instructor seriously injured in a plane crash Tuesday night in the Spruce Creek Fly-In gated aviation community in Port Orange, the school said.

Nandish Patel, a 22-year-old senior at the school, was pronounced dead on scene. The instructor, Chase Zinn, 23, is receiving care at Halifax Health Medical Center.

The accident happened around 7:30 p.m. on the community's north side, in the 2500 block of Taxiway Echo. The plane narrowly missed a house, deputies said.

Zinn graduated from the school last year, a spokesman said. Patel, originally from India, transferred from Easter Florida State College.

“The families of Nandish and Chase are close in our thoughts and hearts,” Embry-Riddle spokesman James Roddey said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

This is the second fatal crash involving an Embry-Riddle student since April.

On April 4, a student and pilot examiner with the FAA died in a crash near Daytona Beach.

Story and video ➤ http://www.orlandosentinel.com




SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN — A federal aviation investigator said an antique Cessna 140 was 200 feet in the air when it made a left turn and crashed near the Spruce Creek Fly-In airport, critically injuring the pilot and killing his passenger Tuesday night.

The wreckage was towed away from the crash site Wednesday afternoon and will be taken to a salvage hanger in Jacksonville to be analyzed, said National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Dan Boggs.

The aircraft fell from the sky shortly after take-off around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the aviation investigator said.

Boggs declined to identify the two people on the airplane but said the injured pilot at Halifax Health Medical Center is believed to be the owner of the Cessna 140 C85 two-seater, single engine aircraft.

The two men on board the small plane are believed to be commercial airline pilots, Boggs said. Tuesday’s fatality is the fifth death involving an aircraft leaving or approaching Spruce Creek Airport, federal records show.

Just outside Port Orange, Spruce Creek Fly-In is one of the world’s largest communities with a landing strip and hangar-equipped homes along taxiways.

According to Flightaware, a website that gives information on the registration of aircraft, the orange and cream plane became the property of James B. Savage of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, in 2009.

The fixed-wing craft was built in 1946, according to the website.

Boggs said that at the salvage yard investigators will be looking at the aircraft’s systems and the engine and the pilot’s experience.

“We are not really sure exactly what happened but he did make a left hand turn after take off and ended up in the trees next to a couple of houses,” Boggs said.

The small plane took off from runway six at the Spruce Creek airport and got to tree-top height and then crashed near that airstrip, Boggs said.

“About 200 feet is about as high they got in the air and made a left bank and ended up in the trees and then straight down from the trees,” Boggs said.

There was no flight plan filed and pilots typically only announce they are taking off, Boggs said.

“It’s an uncontrolled filed, there is no tower,” Boggs said. “It’s what called a unicom. They just announce on a frequency that other pilots are using the area just so other pilots know where they are at.”

The aircraft constructed in 1946 was “meticulously” maintained, Boggs said.

I looked at it. It was maintained meticulously it was beautiful-looking airplane,” Boggs said.

Callers to 9-1-1 said the airplane crashed into an empty lot at 2540 Taxiway Echo near Runway 6. No one on the ground was injured.

Rescue workers arriving at the scene on Tuesday said the pilot was stuck in the plane and a passenger had been pulled out by bystanders.

That passenger pulled out of the aircraft died at the scene, authorities said.

The pilot, a man whose legs were trapped in the aircraft and had an open head injury, was freed and taken to Halifax Health Medical Center, officials said.

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Zenair CH 601 Zodiac, N622DP: Fatal accident occurred May 22, 2018 near Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17), Polk County, Missouri

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances shortly after departure.

James Donald Baker:  http://registry.faa.gov/N622DP

Date: 22-MAY-18
Time: 15:58:00Z
Regis#: N622DP
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: ZENITH 601
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: BOLIVAR
State: MISSOURI 





BOLIVAR, MO - The man that crashed his plane on a golf course in Bolivar has died. We know that the plane was an experimental amateur built plane that took off from the Bolivar Airport that’s right down the road from the Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club.

On-lookers noticed the plane, flown by James Donald Baker, 87, was flying lower than other planes.

“And then when I saw it pitching back and forth I knew he was either having trouble with the plane or maybe something was wrong with him," says Shawn Hoffman, an employee at Silo Ridge.

Members of the airport told me that Baker flew weekly and was well known in the aviation community. Hoffman says the golf course has an agreement with the airport that planes must fly at a certain altitude. And they see about 40 planes a day flying over the course.

Right after the accident, Hoffman says golf club members that were on the course at the time rushed over to help.

"Two of the guys mobilized his head and called 911 and held his head," explains Hoffman. "The other guy was giving him CPR.”

Baker succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital about an hour after the crash.

Members of the aviation community told Fox 5 he was a great guy and that he had been working on the Zenair CH 601 Zodiac for a few years now.

Hoffman says, "When the plane went by it didn’t sound anything out of the ordinary. It wasn’t cutting out or missing. It just wasn’t gaining any altitude.”

The highway patrol was the first to respond to the scene. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation. Fox 5 will continue to follow this story as more information comes in.

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Polk County, Mo. - A plane crash in Polk County Tuesday has left one man dead. 

At approximately 9:18 a.m., Troop D Headquarters received a report of a small aircraft that had crashed approximately three-quarters of a mile south of the Bolivar Municipal Airport.

Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and surrounding emergency rescue personnel responded to the area and located a Zenair CH 601 Zodiac crashed in a wooded area on the Silo Ridge Golf Course. 

The pilot of the aircraft was transported by ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 10:38 a.m.

The pilot has been identified as James Donald Baker, 87, of Bolivar. 

It is unknown at this time what led to the crash. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will be on scene today to conduct a complete investigation.


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SPRINGFIELD, Mo - Southwest Baptist University President Taylor released a statement sending his prayers to the family of the man who died in a plane crash Tuesday.

87-year-old, James Donald Baker, died of injuries suffered in a plane crash Tuesday morning near Bolivar, according to a Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman.

Trooper Jason Pace tells KOLR10 that James Donald Baker died at 10:38 a.m. at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, 

He was the pilot of a Zenair CH 601 Zodiac that crashed at 9:18 a.m. at Silo Ridge Golf Course three-quarters of a mile south of the Bolivar Municipal Airport. 

Here is what President Taylor said in his statement to SBU faculty,

"Please keep the family of Dr. Don Baker in your prayers. Don was a retired faculty member and great supporter of the University who passed away Tuesday, May 22, from injuries sustained in a small-plane crash.

Don is the father-in-law of Mark Grabowski, director of safety and security, and grandfather of Jim Grabowski, development officer. His wife, Pat, is active in the University's Alumni Association and 50-Year Club, and many of their family members have attended SBU.

Don was a dear friend of mine and of the University. He gave so much to the University as an employee and has continued giving to the University in any way possible.

Don was a 1950 graduate of Southwest Baptist College and retired from SBU in 1996 after 20 years of teaching. He joined the SBU faculty as the director of in-service training and associate professor of Christian ministries in 1976. He also served as public relations director at SBU from 1957-1966.

Please keep Pat, Mark, Jim and the rest of the family in your prayers. We all will miss Don terribly, but we know that he has gone on to his heavenly home."

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








An 87-year-old Bolivar man is dead after a Zenair CH 601 Zodiac crashed Tuesday morning at the Silo Ridge Golf Course near Bolivar, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 

Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said the plane crashed about ¾ of a mile south of the Bolivar airport, hitting trees at the golf course. The incident occurred at about 9:18 a.m., Pace said.

Pace said the pilot, James Donald Baker, was transported to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, where he was pronounced dead at 10:38 a.m. Baker was the only person aboard the airplane, Pace said.

Pace said the highway patrol, Polk County Sheriff's Office and other emergency rescue crews responded to the wreckage site, which has now been secured.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Pace said the Federal Aviation Authority was on its way to investigate the crash.

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