Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Keuthan Buccaneer II, N234HM: Incident occurred October 29, 2018 in Camp Lake, Kenosha County, Wisconsin

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

While taxiing on a lake aircraft began taking on water and submerged in water. 


https://registry.faa.gov/N234HM


Date: 29-OCT-18

Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N234HM
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: BUCCANEER II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CAMP LAKE
State: WISCONSIN




ANTIOCH, Ill. (CBS 58) -- Donald Fechtner, 78, from Antioch, Illinois was practicing landing his experimental amphibious plane on Camp Lake in Trevor Monday evening when he ran into trouble.

“I landed on the water and it was just so fast I tried to get it back in the air and it wouldn’t go up,” Fechtner said.

He tried to get the plane to shore, but water started pouring in.

“When the water was over my ankles I thought uh-oh and I couldn’t believe how fast it came in,” the pilot said, “It was up to my nose quick.”

He abandoned the plane and walked to shore. He said it was a cold, muddy, 20-minute walk out of the water.

“It really beat me up,” he said.

Tuesday morning, Fechtner and his friends along with complete strangers pitched in to help get his plane out of the lake.

“Makes you think about mankind,” Fechtner said. “There are some helpful people and they were very very helpful.”

He says the plane is able to land on ground or water and he had only owned it for a few months.

“It’s called an experimental aircraft which means its not a certified aircraft by FAA rules,” Fechtner said.

He’s been flying for more than 50 years, and despite what happened Fechtner may take off again in the future.

“I’m very well known to get back up on the horse,” he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating what caused the plane to stop working.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.cbs58.com





KENOSHA COUNTY — An experimental amphibious plane landed in the water at Camp Lake in Kenosha County Monday evening, October 29 — prompting a large law enforcement response and search for the occupants. It was later learned the pilot was uninjured, and at home in Antioch, Illinois.

Officials with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said it all began when a woman walking her dog noticed the aircraft in the water and alerted authorities, who responded around 6:15 p.m. It was determined the crash happened when the 78-year-old pilot attempted a “touch and go” maneuver on the water, and the hull broke apart. This resulted in the plane coming to rest in the lake.

The pilot got himself to shore, and got a ride home to Antioch, indicating he would get the plane in the morning. The pilot did not notify authorities about the crash.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department’s Dive Team was called out to the scene, along with all of the fire departments in Kenosha County. Law enforcement officials feared the worst. Divers matched the aircraft tail numbers to the owner — and that’s how authorities were able to make contact.

There were no injuries. The pilot was the only one on board.

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is not recommending any criminal charges against the pilot.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was contacted as well as the Federal Aviation Administration and are both still investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox6now.com





CAMP LAKE — Authorities continued an investigation into an ultralight seaplane that crashed into the waters at Camp Lake near 103rd Street and 278th Avenue Monday night.

The pilot, a man from Antioch, Illinois, apparently crashed into the lake about 4:30 p.m., swam to safety and got a ride home, Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said during a news conference Monday night about 100 feet from the crash site.

Beth said when authorities interviewed the man, whose name was not released, he did not think the crash was such a “big deal” and that he would simply retrieve the aircraft the next day.

“Someone saw him and saw he was cold and said, ‘I’m going to give you a ride home,’ and that person didn’t contact anyone either,” Beth said.

Beth said the man apparently told the person who gave him a ride that he was fine and to let people know he wasn’t injured. The man told authorities he couldn’t use his cellphone, which was in the plane.

Fire and rescue units from Salem Lakes, Bristol and Somers responded to the scene along with the county dive team initially to see whether there was anyone in the partially submerged seaplane, Beth said.

Several hours later they were able to contact the man by phone after finding numbers on the plane that led them to the owner.

According to Beth, other than being cold and wet, the man said he was not injured.

The man told authorities the hull of the plane had disintegrated at the time of the crash, but that he had flown it in the area the day before, and it was fine then.

“Yesterday when he landed, everything worked perfectly,” Beth said. “For whatever reason today, the plane just broke apart.”

Authorities began clearing the scene about 8:30 p.m., and the wreckage will remain in the lake at least until today.

“The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. They’ll be coming very soon. Before it gets moved, they actually have to do the investigation at the site, “ Beth said, adding deputies would be in the area to ensure the scene isn’t tampered with overnight.

“As you can see, it’s not in a high-traffic area in the lake, and it should be just fine.”

According to Beth, a woman who was walking her dog in the neighborhood saw the wreckage and called authorities.

Other neighbors said they heard the plane’s engine cut out and then saw the propellers in the water.

Rick and Amee Janus said at first they didn’t think anything of it as they were headed out to their daughter’s basketball game, mostly because the lake usually has watercraft, such as duck boats and pontoons, operating in it.

“What stood out was that this was louder,” Rick said.

Jim Tryban, who also lives in the neighborhood, said he was hunting on his property when he heard a “loud, winding engine that eventually sputtered out for about 30 seconds.”

He then heard voices and saw a white vehicle pull up, either a Chevrolet Sonic or Ford Focus.

“I heard the lady ask the guy, ‘Are you OK?’” he said.

He said he heard the man then tell her: “I’m just a little wet.”

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

Diamond DA40 Diamond Star, N537MA: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 at Marana Regional Airport (KAVQ), Pima County, Arizona

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

K2 Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N537MA

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Marana, AZ
Aircraft: Diamond DA 40, registration: N537MA

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.

Impacted taxiway sign.

Date: 27-OCT-18
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N537MA
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA 40
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MARANA
State: ARIZONA

PIper PA-31, N54WB: Incident occurred October 29, 2018 at Searcy Municipal Airport (KSRC), White County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N54WB

Date: 29-OCT-18
Time: 20:50:00Z
Regis#: N54WB
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SEARCY
State: ARKANSAS

PIper PA-32-301, N4371V: Incident occurred October 27, 2018 at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT), Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Veered off runway.

Charlie Brown Air LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N4371V

Date: 27-OCT-18
Time: 16:22:00Z
Regis#: N4371V
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32 301
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOCA RATON
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-161, N703RA: Incident occurred October 28, 2018 in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County -and- Incident occurred January 13, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

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

October 28, 2018: Struck a bird.

Ari-Ben Aviator Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N5549P

Date: 28-OCT-18
Time: 13:52:00Z
Regis#: N703RA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA

January 13, 2016: Aircraft on landing struck a taxiway light.

Date: 13-JAN-16
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N703RA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: DAYTONA BEACH
State: Florida

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N5549P: Incident occurred October 29, 2018 at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (KBQK), Glynn County, Georgia

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

Landed gear up.

Avante Associates Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N5549P

Date: 29-OCT-18
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N5549P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BRUNSWICK
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 172R, N822KS: Accident occurred October 29, 2018 at Salina Regional Airport (KSLN), Saline County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Made a hard landing and exited the runway.

Kansas State University Salina

https://registry.faa.gov/N822KS

Date: 29-OCT-18
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N822KS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SALINA
State: KANSAS

Cessna 182Q, privately owned and operated, N20BK: Accident occurred October 28, 2018 at Carl Folsom Airport (14J), Elba, Coffee County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N20BK

Location: Elba, AL
Accident Number: ERA19LA031
Date & Time: 10/28/2018, 1500 CDT
Registration: N20BK
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 28, 2018, about 1500 central daylight time, a Cessna 182Q, N20BK, sustained substantial damage after a runway overrun and collision with terrain following a rejected takeoff at the Carl Folsom Airport (14J), Elba, Alabama. The flight instructor, the commercial pilot receiving instruction, and a passenger were not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the flight instructor, all three occupants boarded the airplane for departure after his completion of the preflight inspection. He taxied to the active runway, before performing an engine run-up and before-takeoff checks, with no anomalies noted. He initiated the takeoff roll and all engine indications looked normal, with the engine indicating 2350 rpm. When the airplane neared midpoint of the 3,050-ft runway, he noticed the airspeed indicated 50 knots and was not increasing. He immediately decreased the throttle to idle, aborted the takeoff, and applied the brakes. The airplane overran the runway and collided with a berm about 1,000 ft past the runway end.

At 1644, the weather recorded at the Lowe Army Heliport (LOR), Fort Rucker, Alabama, 17 nautical miles east of 14J, included clear skies and wind from 230° at 9 knots. The temperature was 26°C, and the dew point was 11°C. The altimeter setting was 30.05 inches of mercury.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the nose landing gear broke away from the strut and the firewall was buckled. The airspeed indicator and handheld GPS unit was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N20BK
Model/Series: 182 Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLOR, 360 ft msl
Observation Time: 2044 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  8 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Elba, AL (14J)
Destination: Jackson, TN (MKL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  31.410833, -86.090000 (est)

Diamond DA42 Twin Star: Incident occurred October 26, 2018 at Ernest A. Love Field Airport (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

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

Embry Riddle flight 91, Diamond DA42 aborted takeoff due to door falling off.

Date: 26-OCT-18
Time: 18:19:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA42
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: EMBRY RIDDLE
Flight Number: 91
City: PRESCOTT
State: ARIZONA

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N22232: Incident occurred October 28, 2018 in Coalinga, Fresno County, California

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

Emergency landing in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N22232

Date: 28-OCT-18
Time: 00:40:00Z
Regis#: N22232
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CALINGA
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-18-150, N4500W: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

https://registry.faa.gov/N4500W

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Denver, CO
Aircraft: Piper PA18, registration: N4500W

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.

Landed and ground looped.

Date: 27-OCT-18
Time: 17:52:00Z
Regis#: N4500W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-28-161, operated by Interstate Aviation Inc, N8132X: Accident occurred October 28, 2018 at Simsbury Airport (4B9), Hartford County, Connecticut

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8132X

Location: Simsbury, CT
Accident Number: ERA19LA030
Date & Time: 10/28/2018, 1645 EDT
Registration: N8132X
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 28, 2018, about 1645 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-161, N8132X, was substantially damaged after a runway excursion and collision with a ditch at Simsbury Airport (4B9) Simsbury, Connecticut. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated by Interstate Aviation, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Robertson Field (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut, about 1500.

According to pilot, he was in the traffic pattern at 4B9 practicing approaches and touch-and-go landings. After touchdown on runway 21 for a full stop landing, the brakes "failed." He elected to steer the airplane to the right in an effort to avoid a fence and slow the airplane in the grass. The airplane departed the runway surface and collided with a ditch. The pilots exited the airplane and were met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. He reported that the left wing sustained structural damage during the landing. The left, main landing gear separated and was found adjacent to the wreckage.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8132X
Model/Series: PA28 161
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Interstate Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BDL, 195 ft msl
Observation Time: 1651 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Plainville, CT (4B8)
Destination: Simsbury, CT (4B9)

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:  41.916111, -72.776944 (est)

Titan T-51, N154DF: Incident occurred October 27, 2018 in Brevard County, Florida

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

Went into a retention pond, skidded and landed on a bank.

https://registry.faa.gov/N154DF

Date: 27-OCT-18
Time: 17:46:00Z
Regis#: N154DF
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: TITAN T 51
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: VALKARIA
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-140, N15888: Accident occurred October 26, 2018 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

https://registry.faa.gov/N15888

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA040
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 26, 2018 in Miami, FL
Aircraft: Piper PA28, registration: N15888

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.

Veered off the runway.


Date: 26-OCT-18
Time: 14:49:00Z
Regis#: N15888
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Mooney M20C, N1900Y: Incident occurred October 27, 2018 at Lake Charles Regional Airport (KLCH), Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gear up landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1900Y

Date: 27-OCT-18
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N1900Y
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAKE CHARLES
State: LOUISIANA

RotorWay 162F, registered to and operated by the pilot, N162RF: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 in Passaic, Bates County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N162RF

Location: Passaic, MO
Accident Number: CEN19LA016
Date & Time: 10/27/2018, 1800 CDT
Registration: N162RF
Aircraft: Rotorway 162
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 27, 2018, about 1800 central daylight time, a skid-equipped Rotorway Exec 162F helicopter, N162RF, impacted terrain while landing during an autorotation near Passaic, Missouri. The left seat student pilot and sole occupant sustained no injuries. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Butler Memorial Airport (BUM), Butler, Missouri, about 1750.

In a written statement provided to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on November 1, the pilot reported that fuel was added to the helicopter to full capacity, the preflight checks were completed, and the pilot departed from BUM to the east. The helicopter climbed to about 500 ft above ground level at about 80 mph. While flying easterly for about 10 minutes, the pilot observed the main rotor rpm indicating unit in the cockpit drop to zero. The pilot confirmed that the engine rpm indications were "still normal." The pilot decided to execute an autorotation to an open grass field and lowered the collective. He was in a "steady glide" when he realized that he was going to potentially impact a fence at his intended landing area in the field.

The pilot applied aft cyclic to avoid the fence, which he reported changed his "glide path." The pilot flared and then applied collective for the landing. During the landing, the rear portion of the right skid impacted terrain. The pilot reported that this caused the helicopter to bounce, the pilot lost control, and the helicopter came to rest on its right side. The pilot executed an emergency shutdown and egressed from the helicopter without further incident. After egressing from the helicopter, the pilot was in an area with adequate cellular phone reception and he contacted a friend for assistance. The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system, the fuselage, the tailboom, and the tail rotor system.

The helicopter was recovered from the field and transported to a secure facility for a future examination of the airframe and engine. On October 30, two aviation safety inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration Kansas City Flight Standards District Office traveled to Belton, Missouri to examine the wreckage. During the examination of the engine, no mechanical anomalies were noted. During the examination of the airframe, a short with the main rotor rpm indicating unit was discovered. The short was located inside of the case between pins 5 and 9, which corresponds to a black wire (pin 5) and a dark blue wire (pin 9). The short was observed to travel through the circuit. The connector was removed from the indicator's circuit board and the short remained. The black wire and dark blue wires were removed from the connecter and the short was gone. No other anomalies were noted with the airframe.

The 2-seat capacity, experimental amateur-built helicopter, serial number 6965, was built in 2015 via a kit provided by the manufacturer. The helicopter was powered by a 150-horsepower Rotorway RI 162F reciprocating engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rotorway
Registration: N162RF
Model/Series: 162 F
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLRY, 915 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Butler, MO (BUM)
Destination: Butler, MO (BUM)

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:  38.321944, -94.346944 (est)

Piper PA-28R-201, N6899C: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 near Lea County Regional Airport (KHOB), Hobbs, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N6899C

Location: Hobbs, NM
Accident Number: CEN19CA017
Date & Time: 10/27/2018, 1940 MDT
Registration: N6899C
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Navigation error
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported he entered a left traffic pattern for runway 30 during night visual meteorological conditions. Shortly after turning final approach, the airplane impacted the terrain. The pilot thought he had sufficient altitude during the initial phase of the final approach based on his altimeter indication. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage, and the three occupants were not injured. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the pilot had an improper altimeter setting that resulted in the altimeter indication error of +800 ft mean sea level, and the airframe and engine revealed no evidence of mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot stated that he must have had the wrong altimeter setting for the destination airport. Runway 30 was equipped with medium intensity runway edge lights, and a 4-light precision approach path indicator light system. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 01/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/24/2018
Flight Time: 192 hours (Total, all aircraft), 184 hours (Total, this make and model), 97 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6899C
Model/Series: PA28R 201
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7837176
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/17/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360
Registered Owner: William Daughdrill
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Carlsbad, NM (CNM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hobbs, NM (HOB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1905 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Lea County Regional Airport (HOB)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 3660 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing:  Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.682222, -103.221111 (est)

Cessna 182G Skylane, N3267S: Accident occurred October 27, 2018 in Burns, Harney County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3267S

Location: Burns, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA020
Date & Time: 10/27/2018, 0750 PDT
Registration: N3267S
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 27, 2018 about 0750 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182G airplane, N3267S, experienced a landing gear collapse during the landing roll on a dry lake bed near Burns, Oregon. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing strut. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The personal cross-country flight departed from Caldwell Industrial Airport, Caldwell, Idaho about 0745 mountain standard time with a planned stop near Burns.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was for him and two other airplanes to make a stop in the Alvord Desert near Burns and then continue on to Denio, Nevada before returning back home to Caldwell. Upon approaching the intended landing area, the pilot performed a high reconnaissance to assess the wind conditions. He observed the two other airplanes landed before him and configured the airplane with the wing flaps in the full-down position. The airplane touchdown and during the landing roll, the left-wing dipped downward. He applied left rudder and right aileron in an attempt to correct the left wing's attitude. Despite his efforts, the left-wing made contact with the ground before coming to rest with the left main landing gear sheared off and the nose gear had collapsed.

A witness reported that she observed airplanes landing on the flats and decided to take photographs that captured part of the accident sequence. (refer to picture 01). She stated that the accident airplane touched down and the airplane suddenly pitched up in the air with the nose being pushed into the desert terrain.


Picture 01: Witness's Photograph of the Accident 

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector that examined the wreckage stated that the left main landing gear attach bolts had an appearance consistent with having sheared as a result of materials failure. The landing gear was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3267S
Model/Series: 182 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KREO, 4050 ft msl
Observation Time: 1452 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Caldwell, ID (EUL)
Destination: Burns, OR

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.332500, -118.315833 (est)