Thursday, November 15, 2018

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-800, N8509U: Incident occurred November 14, 2018 at Pittsburgh International Airport (KPIT), Pennsylvania

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

Flight 1486:  Experienced a bird strike.

Southwest Airlines Company

https://registry.faa.gov/N8509U

Date: 14-NOV-18
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B738
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1486
City: PITTSBURGH
State: PENNSYLVANIA





Airplane passengers on their way to Southwest Florida International Airport received a big scare when their plane was forced to turn around and head back to Pittsburgh.

Passenger Bill Puschaver says he was sitting on board when he heard an unfamiliar noise.

“It felt like the landing gear was making a loud noise, like it malfunctioning,” Puschaver said.

A few rows behind Puschaver, sat Mary Fensel, who says she heard the same thing but saw an interesting sight outside her window.

“It was really crazy, but they said, ‘Hey, we hit a flock of geese,'” Fensel said.

Shortly after taking off from Pittsburgh International Airport, the Southwest Airlines flight hit a bird and the pilot turned the plane around to make an emergency landing at the Pittsburgh airport.

The flight then landed safely without incident in Pittsburgh International Airport, said a Southwest Airlines spokesperson. The aircraft was then removed from service for a maintenance inspection. No injuries were reported.

Southwest Airlines moved all 134 passengers and six crew members on another flight to Fort Myers.

After a three and a half hour delay, passengers were able to board a different plane and fly to Fort Myers.

“It’s amazing,” Paschaver said. “I didn’t think one bird could do that much of a damage, but we’re lucky. It could’ve been worse.”

Passengers say Southwest Airlines also gave out $300 vouchers to use for Southwest flights.

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

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N264PC: Accident occurred November 14, 2018 - H. A. Clark Memorial Field Airport (KCMR), Williams, Coconino County, Arizona

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

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N264PC

Date: 14-NOV-18
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N264PC
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: WILLIAMS
State: ARIZONA

Dragon Fly-B, N5023G: Accident occurred November 13,2018 in Kailua, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Turned onto abandoned strip prior to taxiway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5023G

Date: 13-NOV-18
Time: 21:56:00Z
Regis#: N5023G
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: DRAGON FLY B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: KAILUA
State: HAWAII

Piper PA-28-140, N1715J: Accident occurred November 14, 2018 in Presidio County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Made emergency landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1715J

Date: 14-NOV-18
Time: 02:20:00Z
Regis#: N1715J
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: PRESIDIO
State: TEXAS

Pilatus PC12/45, N451SS: Incident occurred November 10, 2018 at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport (KMSL), Muscle Shoals, Colbert County, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama

Veered off the end of the runway.

Boutique Air
Targaryen LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N451SS

Date: 10-NOV-18
Time: 21:40:00Z
Regis#: N451SS
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC 12/45
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MUSCLE SHOALS
State: ALABAMA

Cessna 310L, N37RS: Incident occurred November 13, 2018 at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ), Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Nose gear collapsed.

Classic Air Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N37RS

Date: 13-NOV-18
Time: 19:13:00Z
Regis#: N37RS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MESA
State: ARIZONA

Van's RV-7A, N5433T: Accident occurred November 10, 2018 near Ramona Airport (KRNM), San Diego County, California

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

Crashed in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5433T

Date: 10-NOV-18
Time: 15:52:00Z
Regis#: N5433T
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: VANS RV 7A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: RAMONA
State: CALIFORNIA




A small plane crashed near the Ramona Airport in San Diego County Saturday morning after the pilot reported losing power to the aircraft, officials confirmed.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the aircraft went down just after 7:50 a.m. in a field off Rangeland and Highland roads, about 200 feet off the roadway, just west of the airport.

Cal Fire officials said flames engulfed the plane following the crash. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire on the plane, preventing the flames from spreading to surrounding brush in the field.

Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol confirmed two people inside the plane escaped the crash uninjured.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesperson Allen Kenitzer told NBC 7 the aircraft was a Vans RV-7A. He said the pilot reported the plane lost power shortly after departing from the airport.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage, Kenitzer said. The crash will be further investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ramona resident Nikki Bridges witnessed the aftermath as the aircraft went up in flames.

“When I saw the flames, I freaked out,” she told NBC 7. “What I saw was flames – bright orange, red, hot, hot flames. Black smoke started coming over.”

At that point, Bridges said she couldn’t tell that a plane was being consumed by the fire. Rather, she thought it was a brush fire that, under current dry conditions, might quickly spread.

“With everything going up with the fires up near L.A. and Malibu – we’re such a tinder dry box out here. Yesterday it was super windy, I just thought the whole grassland was going to go up.”

Bridges immediately thought that, if this was a brush fire, she and her pets – including cats, a dog, two pigs, five horses and a donkey – would have to evacuate.

“I’m just so relieved that the passengers are safe and relieved that we didn’t have to scramble [to evacuate],” she added.

The Ramona Airport is located along Montecito Road, about two miles west of Ramona’s central business district.

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

Piper PA-23-160 Apache, N3363P: Incident occurred November 11, 2018 near Chino Airport (KCNO), San Bernardino County, California

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

Struck a bird on final.

DuBois Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N3363P

Date: 11-NOV-18
Time: 18:35:00Z
Regis#: N3363P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 23 160
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: CHINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 501 Citation ISP, N565V: Incident occurred November 12, 2018 at Colorado Springs Airport (KCOS), El Paso County, Colorado

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

Overrun during landing rollout and damaged a light.

Pikes Peak Flyers LLP

https://registry.faa.gov/N565V

Date: 12-NOV-18
Time: 04:45:00Z
Regis#: N565V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 501
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COLORADO SPRINGS
State: COLORADO

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N4642J: Incident occurred November 12, 2018 at Inverness Airport (KINF), Citrus County, Florida

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

Slid off the runway into the grass and flipped over.

CAG Aircraft Holdings LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N4642J

Date: 12-NOV-18
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N4642J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: INVERNESS
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N739GP: Incident occurred November 09, 2018 at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (KMLB), Brevard County, Florida

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

On approach struck a bird, during taxi veered into the grass and struck a light.

Skyline Solutions Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N739GP

Date: 09-NOV-18
Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N739GP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MELBOURNE
State: FLORIDA

Epic LT, N385MM: Incident occurred November 10, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida -and- Incident occurred February 02, 2017 in Miami, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

November 10, 2018:  Gear up landing.

Epic Aero LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N385MM

Date: 10-NOV-18
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N385MM
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: EPIC LT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WEST PALM BEACH
State: FLORIDA

February 02, 2017: Aircraft landed without nose wheel resulting in a propeller strike.

Date: 02-FEB-17
Time: 19:13:00Z
Regis#: N385MM
Aircraft Make: EPIC
Aircraft Model: EPIC LT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 150G, N6204S: Accident occurred November 11, 2018 in Port St. Joe, Gulf County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; NW Florida

Landed in the Gulf and flipped over.

Red Baron Flying Club Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N6204S

Date: 11-NOV-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N6204S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150G
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PORT SAINT JOE
State: FLORIDA

Hawker Siddeley HS-125-700A, N406J: Incident occurred November 12, 2018 at Barrow County Airport (KWDR), Winder, Georgia

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

Veered off the runway into the grass, struck several lights and a sign.

Songbird Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N406J

Date: 12-NOV-18
Time: 18:05:00Z
Regis#: N406J
Aircraft Make: BRITISH AEROSPACE
Aircraft Model: HS 125 700A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINDER
State: GEORGIA

Robinson R44 Raven II, N445KP: Incident occurred November 10, 2018 in Lihue, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Cellular telephone flew out of the rotorcraft and hit the tail rotor, made precautionary landing.

Hawaii Pacific Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N445KP

Date: 10-NOV-18
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N445KP
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R44 II
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LIHUE
State: HAWAII

Cessna 206 Stationair, N16HT: Accident occurred November 09, 2018 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N16HT

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA054
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 09, 2018 in Boise, ID
Aircraft: Cessna 206, registration: N16HT

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.

Bird strike.

Date: 09-NOV-18
Time: 06:35:00Z
Regis#: N16HT
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BOISE
State: IDAHO

Cessna 680A Citation Latitude, N626LA: Incident occurred November 09, 2018 at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (KICT), Sedgwick County, Kansas

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

Gear up landing.

Cessna Aircraft Company

https://registry.faa.gov/N626LA

Date: 09-NOV-18
Time: 20:57:00Z
Regis#: N626LA
Aircraft Make: TEXTRON
Aircraft Model: 680A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WICHITA
State: KANSAS

Raytheon Hawker 850XP, N403CT: Incident occurred November 12, 2018 at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (KMSP), Minnesota

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

Landed gear up.

Emerald Cloud LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N403CT

Date: 12-NOV-18
Time: 18:24:00Z
Regis#: N403CT
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: HAWKER 850XP
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: MINNEAPOLIS
State: MINNESOTA




A plane with a landing gear issue that tried to make an emergency landing in Duluth has landed safely in the Twin Cities. 

A report of a plane with a nose gear issue prompted an emergency response at the Duluth International Airport late Monday afternoon. After about 45 minutes, the plane diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

A spokesperson for the Duluth airport said the private plane was diverted to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport at the pilot's request. It landed safely there at 6:35 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cozy MK IV, N350SS: Incident occurred November 10, 2018 at Anoka County-Blaine Airport (KANE), Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N350SS 

Date: 10-NOV-18
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N350SS
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: COZY MK IV
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MINNEAPOLIS
State: MINNESOTA

Cessna TR182, N9033R: Incident occurred November 13, 2018 at Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Douglas County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Gear up landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9033R

Date: 13-NOV-18
Time: 20:30:00Z
Regis#: N9033R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: TR182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MINDEN
State: NEVADA

Mooney M20J 201, N681DB: Incident occurred November 10, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico -and- Incident occurred July 26, 2018 at Southeast Iowa Regional Airport (KBRL), Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

November 10, 2018:  Crashed due to unknown circumstances. 


https://registry.faa.gov/N681DB


Date: 10-NOV-18

Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N681DB
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: NEW MEXICO

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

July 26, 2018:  Went off the runway into the grass.

Date: 26-JUL-18
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N681DB
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BURLINGTON
State: IOWA

Cessna 172M, N9566V: Incident occurred November 12, 2018 at Long Island MacArthur Airport (KISP), Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County, New York

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

Ran off the end of the runway into the grass.

S D Enterprises Ltd

https://registry.faa.gov/N9566V

Date: 12-NOV-18
Time: 16:10:00Z
Regis#: N9566V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW YORK
State: NEW YORK

Cessna 172N, N738VK: Accident occurred November 12, 2018 in Piseco, Hamilton County, New York

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N738VK

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 12, 2018 in Piseco, NY
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N738VK

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.

Crashed into trees.

Date: 12-NOV-18
Time: 17:57:00Z
Regis#: N738VK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: PISECO
State: NEW YORK

Guimbal Cabri G2, N370PA: Accident occurred November 13, 2018 in Newberg, Yamhill County, Oregon

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

Aircraft Guaranty Corporation Trustee

https://registry.faa.gov/N370PA

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA056
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Newberg, OR
Aircraft: Guimbal CABRI, registration: N370PA

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.

Rotorcraft went off the runway and rolled over.

Date: 13-NOV-18
Time: 17:49:00Z
Regis#: N370PA
Aircraft Make: HELICOPTERES GUIMBAL
Aircraft Model: CABRI G2
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEWBERG
State: OREGON

Globe GC-1B Swift, N78067: Incident occurred November 11, 2018 in Watertown, Wilson County, Tennessee -and- Accident occurred December 11, 2015 near Lake Elmo Airport (21D), St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

November 11, 2018: Landed hard in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N78067

Date: 11-NOV-18
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N78067
Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Aircraft Model: GC 1B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WATERTOWN
State: TENNESSEE

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

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: Lake Elmo, MN
Accident Number: CEN16LA061
Date & Time: 12/11/2015, 1400 CST
Registration: N78067
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The private pilot reported that, before departure, he performed an engine run-up with carburetor heat applied, and no anomalies were noted. The pilot departed for the personal local flight, and when the airplane reached about 100 ft above ground level, the engine power decreased from 2,400 to 1,600 rpm, so he executed a forced landing to a field.

A postaccident examination of the airplane and engine revealed that the throttle body separated from the air intake manifold due to overload likely associated with impact. The fuel nozzle and primary venturi were missing from the carburetor and were not located. Although the engine could likely have started without these components installed, it is unlikely that it could have produced much more than idle power. Sliding marks on the sides of the throttle body revealed evidence of contact with the legs of the primary venturi. The contact marks had areas free of black deposits whereas areas adjacent to the marks were covered with deposits, indicating that a primary venturi had been installed until recently. The deposits on either side of the marks were not disturbed, indicating that the primary venturi did not rotate out of position; therefore, the primary venturi either fractured in service or was separated and lost from the throttle body after the carburetor was disassembled during the initial postaccident examination.

The Federal Aviation Administration had previously issued an airworthiness directive (AD), which required that the accident make and model carburetor be inspected at each annual, 100-hour, or progressive inspection to determine if the primary venturi was loose or missing. According to the maintenance logbooks, the last inspection conducted in accordance with the AD occurred about 1.5 months and 1 flight hour before the accident.

Although the weather conditions at the time of the accident were conducive to the formation of carburetor icing at cruise power, it is not likely that carburetor ice caused the venturi or fuel nozzle to break because the pilot had used carburetor heat during the run up and the engine was operating at takeoff power. The accident is consistent with a loss of engine power due to the carburetor primary venturi, fuel nozzle, or both separating after takeoff. The reason for the separation could not be determined. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A loss of engine power due to the carburetor primary venturi, fuel nozzle, or both separating after takeoff.

Findings

Aircraft
Fuel distribution - Damaged/degraded (Cause)

Factual Information 

On December 11, 2015, about 1400 central daylight time, a Globe GC-1B airplane, N78067, conducted a forced landing into a field shortly after departure from the Lake Elmo Airport (21D), St. Paul, Minnesota. The private rated pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damaged. The airplane was registered to Phoenix Flyers, LLC, Stillwater, Minnesota, and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that the engine start-up and run-up were "great" and no anomalies were noted; carburetor heat was tested during the run-up. The pilot initiated the takeoff and the airplane climbed to about 100 ft above ground level (agl) when the engine power decreased from 2,400 rpm to 1,600 rpm. The pilot maneuvered the airplane to the right to avoid trees and made a forced landing to a field. The pilot noted that carburetor ice might have caused the loss of engine power and he did not have time to apply carburetor heat after the loss of power.

The pilot reported that the airplane had 1 hour of time in operation since the last annual inspection was accomplished on October 27, 2015.

At 1353, the St. Paul Downtown Airport weather observation, located about 9 miles southwest of the accident site, recorded wind from 090 degrees at 8 knots, 10 miles visibility, overcast cloud layer at 1,600 ft, temperature 37° F, dew point 32° F, and altimeter setting 29.75 inches of mercury. The carburetor icing probability chart included in Federal Aviation Administration Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin No. CE-09-35, Carburetor Icing Prevention, indicated that the airplane was operating in an area that was associated with a serious risk of carburetor ice accumulation at cruise power settings.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector performed a postaccident examination of the engine with the assistance of an engine mechanic. The examination revealed that the two-piece carburetor primary venturi was missing and subsequently could not be located during the course of the investigation.

The carburetor was sent to the NTSB Materials Laboratory, Washington, DC, for an examination, which revealed that the throttle body was fractured at the intake manifold attachment flange consistent with overstress fracture of cast aluminum. The fuel nozzle was not located in the nozzle installation hole within the fuel bowl piece and no portion was located in the screw threads. Gaskets associated with the nozzle and the gasket between the fuel bowl and the throttle body were also missing. The primary venturi portion of the two-piece venturi was missing. Sliding contact marks with a lip of material were observed at three locations on the throttle body adjacent to the main venturi, corresponding to contact with the three legs of the primary venturi. The contact marks had areas free of black deposits while areas adjacent to the marks were covered with deposits and the deposits on either side of the marks had not been disturbed. The interior of the air intake housing was viewed through the various available ports and none of the missing parts were found in the housing.

According to a representative of the carburetor manufacturer, the engine would likely start without these components, but it was unlikely that the engine would make much more than idle power without the parts installed.

Airworthiness Directive (AD) 98-01-06

According to AD 98-01-06, Precision Airmotive Corporation (now Marvel-Schebler Aircraft Carburetors) MA-3SPA carburetors with a two-piece venturi are to be inspected at each annual, 100-hour, or progressive inspection to determine if the primary venturi is loose or missing. According the maintenance logbooks, the last inspection per AD 98-01-06 that occurred before the accident was documented as accomplished on October 27, 2015.

History of Flight

Initial climb
Loss of engine power (partial) (Defining event)

Emergency descent
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/23/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/06/2014
Flight Time:  455 hours (Total, all aircraft), 77 hours (Total, this make and model), 445 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Registration: N78067
Model/Series: GC 1B NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2067
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/27/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 437 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C145-2
Registered Owner: PHOENIX FLYERS LLC
Rated Power: 145 hp
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: KSTP, 711 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 245°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1600 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lake Elmo, MN (21D)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lake Elmo, MN (21D)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 CST
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: LAKE ELMO (21D)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 932 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2496 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  45.001389, -92.845278 (est)