Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N893JA: Incident occurred August 18, 2018 at Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Veered while airborne and crashed near taxiway. 

Mat-Valley Aero Services LLC

Date: 18-AUG-18
Time: 21:22:00Z
Regis#: N893JA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

ADDISON, Texas—The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating two plane crashes involving the same company at Addison Airport in less than six months.

That company, known at US Sport Aircraft, was involved in a crash over the weekend and in March earlier this year.

Fort Worth resident Sheema Shaik was involved in the March crash as a passenger. She said that she wanted to see Texas from the air, so she and her husband paid for separate flights with US Sport Aircraft through Groupon.

But after taking off, a preliminary NTSB report shows that the pilot experienced a vapor lock with the fuel pump and radioed to the control tower that she needed to make an emergency landing.

A vapor lock is when fuel changes state from a liquid to a gas while in the delivery system. The plane ended up crashing between a taxiway and a runway at the airport.

Shaik said that she feared she was going to die. “I did not have that much time to think you know,” Shaik said. “I knew that we were going down—I just thought about my family.”

What followed was a medical nightmare that left Shaik regretting the fact that she ever got into the cockpit of her plane. She received second-degree burns to her back, broke both legs and ankles, her neck, ribs, hand, and her lower back.

Shaik said that she also got a concussion that was so bad, that she said she can no longer smell or taste things.

Right now, she can’t walk—and there’s a chance she could lose her right foot because her talus bone is dead. Her medical bills, she said, are more than half-a-million dollars. “Each day I’m not a normal person,” Shaik said. “It’s a challenge for me.”

The NTSB is investigating the cause of Shaik’s crash, and now they’re looking into another involving US Sport Aircraft. The company is now identifying as ‘Thrust Flight’ but acknowledges that it was formerly US Sport Aircraft on its website.

On Saturday, a plane flown by the company went down at Addison Airport leaving three people injured. That’s two crashes in less than six months.

Shaik’s attorney, Ron McCallum of McCallum & Associates, said he’ll be paying close attention to the preliminary investigation of this latest crash. “I’m deeply disturbed that there’s another crash—with the same company to which my client was almost killed,” McCallum said.

McCallum and Shaik are considering litigation at this point. He alleges that Shaik’s crash could have been avoided.

McCallum is a pilot himself and has dealt in aviation litigation for over two decades. He alleges that the pilot could have landed safely. “She had other opportunities available to her that would not have resulted in this type of injury, in fact, everyone could have walked away,” he said.

WFAA reached out to US Sport Aircraft asking for comment about McCallum's comments, the crash over the weekend, and the one in March.

Its owner, Patrick Arnzen, sent WFAA the statement below:

“We are saddened by the accident this past weekend and are working closely with the FAA and NTSB to determine the cause and any measures that can be taken to prevent future incidents. We are grateful that all participants are receiving excellent care and are expected to recover.

Our fleet is the most modern and up to date in the area featuring new aircraft, whole aircraft ballistic recovery parachutes, airbags and other modern safety features. Our maintenance practices are regularly inspected by the FAA as part of our certification. These measures contribute greatly to survivability in an accident. This safety culture has allowed us to operate a very high-volume flight school with only five injuries and no fatalities in our 12-year history. Unfortunately, even in the most safety conscience environments, aviation carries some inherent risks. We strive to do all that we can to minimize these risks, but the industry has not yet devised a way to completely eliminate them.”

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A Victoria man was injured in a plane crash Saturday in Dallas County.

Steven Salazar, of Victoria, was aboard the plane at the Addison Airport and was injured, said Clara Ramos, of Victoria. She knows of him because he went to school with her daughter.

Salazar is a certified flight instructor at US Sport Aircraft and Thrust Flight, according to his Facebook page.

His family posted on Facebook that Salazar went into surgery early Sunday morning for his broken femur, tibia and lower spine.

Salazar and two other people were in a Cessna C-172 small airplane that was departing Runway 15 at Addison Airport when it veered left while airborne and crashed into a taxiway, a plane transit area at the airport, just before 5 p.m., said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The three people on board were all injured and transported to Dallas-area hospitals, said Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

All three of them are expected to survive and are in stable condition, an Addison Town Police Department officer said.

Neither the NTSB or FAA releases names of those injured in crashes they investigate. The FAA and the NTSB are both still investigating.

The plane was on a training flight, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane crashed at Addison Airport Saturday evening, injuring all three people on board, police say.

The plane -- a Cessna C172 -- crashed just after it took off and veered into the taxi lane, according to the FAA and Addison Police Department.

One of the three passengers was transported to Plano Medical Center, while police said they did not know which hospital the other two were taken to.

Police did not know the extent of passengers' injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤

A small plane with the three people on board crashed at the Addison Airport on Saturday afternoon, a city spokesperson said.

All three people on board were taken to the hospital, including one that was taken by CareFlite helicopter. Their conditions were unknown.

The Cessna C172 aircraft was taking off at the airport when it veered left while airborne and crashed at the airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said. The FAA was still investigating the crash Saturday night.

The crash was reported shortly after 5 p.m.

Footage from the scene showed several emergency vehicles and a CareFlite helicopter near the wrecked plane.

The Addison Airport is off Keller Springs Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

Original article can be found here ➤

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