Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mosquito XE: Accident occurred May 02, 2018 in Lincolnton, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA250
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 02, 2018 in Lincolnton, NC
Aircraft: MOSQUITO XE, registration: NC25JC

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.

Helo while hoovering struck a tree with tail rotor and crashed.

Date: 02-MAY-18
Time: 14:58:00Z
Regis#: NC25JC
Aircraft Make: ULTRALIGHT
Aircraft Model: HELO
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: LINCOLNTON
State: NORTH CAROLINA




LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - An Iron Station man is lucky to be alive after his helicopter crashed and caught fire right on his front lawn.

Back in October, Timothy Kniess' wife won the lottery a hundred thousand dollars on a scratch off ticket.

Luck was definitely on their side again today when he was able to escape the crash with just a few scratches.

Neighbors weren’t surprised by the crash. They say they watched Kniess attempt to fly his Mosquito XE helicopter for weeks, just waiting for it all to go wrong.

"Is today the day? I came home and the neighborhood was blocked off and today was the day, it went down,” said neighbor John Aubery. 

North Carolina State Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies responded to the crash Wednesday morning, finding the helicopter on fire and Kniess watching his helicopter melt away.

"He was able to crawl away from the crash before it was engulfed in flames,” said NCSHP Trooper Jeffrey Swagger.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Kniess was attempting to hover when the helicopter's tail rotor got caught on a tree branch and the aircraft flew out of control.

"Man bought a helicopter, he woke up one day and said ‘today's the day, I identify as a pilot, bought a helicopter.’ Hell I can't tell a man what to do in his own property,” Aubery said. 

The FAA says investigators will be looking into the pilot's certification. State Highway Patrol tells FOX 46 Kniess wasn't experienced and we couldn't find any certifications under his name.

"Oh I knew it was going down. you don't see someone bouncing a helicopter around their yard like that, oh man this guy isn't going to make it,” said Aubery.

Many just can't believe Kniess' luck.

"The pilot was very fortunate that he didn't receive more injuries than he did,” Trooper Swagger said.

"God was watching out for him, that's all I can say,” said Aubery.

The National Transportation Safety Board will continue with the investigation and determine if any citations will be issued.


Story and video ➤  http://www.fox46charlotte.com


Timothy Kniess, left, was able to crawl away after his helicopter crashed on the front yard of his home.  


A man who hit the lottery last year had a double dose of luck on Wednesday when he was able to crawl away after crashing a helicopter on the front yard of his home.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration said Timothy Kniess, 56, was trying to hover when the helicopter's tail rotor got caught on a tree branch and the aircraft crashed at his home in Iron Station, located about 25 miles northwest of Charlotte.

"He was able to crawl away from the crash before it was engulfed in flames,” said North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Jeffrey Swagger told FOX46.

Kniess suffered some minor scrapes but no serious injuries.

Swagger added that Kniess was "very fortunate" to not have received more serious injuries from the incident.

The 56-year-old was in the news last October when he won $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket after having his wife scratch the ticket, The Gaston Gazette reported at the time.

At the time, he said he planned to purchase a workshop with his winnings but neighbors said Wednesday he recently purchased the  Mosquito XE helicopter.

"Man bought a helicopter, he woke up one day and said ‘today's the day, I identify as a pilot, bought a helicopter.’ Hell I can't tell a man what to do in his own property,” neighbor John Aubery told FOX46.

The FAA said that investigators will be looking into the pilot's certification. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol told FOX 46 that Kniess wasn't experienced, and could not find any certifications under his name.

The National Transportation Safety Board will continue with the investigation, and determine if any citations will be issued. Neighbors said they couldn't believe Kniess' extended luck.

"God was watching out for him, that's all I can say,” Aubery said.

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

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This guy is an idiot.

D Naumann said...

you can't fix stupid!!

Anonymous said...


..while visions of buzzing his neighbors in his helicopter danced in his head.

Jim B said...


The first crash he survived.

The second crash is still in progress with is wife reading him his future rights to all that (or what is left of) the cash.

Federal taxes on 100K of winnings should be about $37K or so. That leaves $63K for the Helo and accessories.

The website says the XE is $44.7K USD. I am sure there is some unannounced tax in there somewhere so lets round that up to $48K.

$63K - $48K = $15K.

She ought to at least get some new furniture and china.

He (might) get a Band-aid.


Anonymous said...

The aircraft deserved a better fate

Anonymous said...

Just like flying a drone. I can do loops and 360’s with my octcopter.