Friday, November 30, 2018

Cessna 550 Citation II, N941JM; accident occurred November 30, 2018 at Hector International Airport (KFAR), Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota -and- Beech 200 Super King Air, N80RT, accident occurred November 23, 2016 near Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ), Clay County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 

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/N941JM


Location: Fargo, ND
Accident Number: CEN19LA039
Date & Time: 11/30/2018, 1353 CST
Registration: N941JM
Aircraft: Cessna 550
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 9 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On November 30, 2018, about 1353 central standard time, a Cessna 550, N941JM, departed controlled flight and impacted terrain while on approach at the Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, North Dakota. The pilot and one of the passengers were not injured, and 9 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Slice of the 406 LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the flight was operating on an instrument flight plan. The flight departed from the Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN), Williston, North Dakota, about 1250 with FAR as the destination.

The pilot reported that after departure, the flight was cleared direct as filed on the instrument flight plan. He obtained the destination weather when the flight was 100 nautical miles (nm) and 30 nm from FAR. Air traffic control (ATC) provided radar vectors to the inbound course for the FAR ILS RWY 18 approach and subsequently cleared the flight for the approach. He stated that he completed the approach checklist, activated the deicing equipment, and started a descent to 2,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane was about 10 nm from FAR when it entered a layer of clouds, which were at 3,100 ft msl, at an airspeed of 160 kts. He stated that ice started to accumulate on the wings, so he activated the de-ice boots. While inbound to FAR from the final approach fix, he switched the radio to the tower frequency, maintained 140 kts airspeed, completed the landing checklist, and was cleared to land. He reported that he activated the de-ice boots several times on the approach and slowed the airplane to 120 kts airspeed for the final approach. The airplane exited the clouds at 400 ft above ground level (agl), and it was right of centerline with the airport and runway in sight. He reported that he turned the autopilot and yaw damper off, corrected to the left to line up with the centerline, and maintained 120 kts airspeed over the airport fence. He stated that all indications were normal for landing. He stated that at approximately 100 ft agl, the airplane started to pull to the right. He applied left corrective control inputs, but the airplane continued to pull to the right. He applied engine power to perform a go-around, but the airplane landed in the grass just right of runway 18. He shut the engines down, turned the battery off, and conducted an emergency evacuation through the main cabin door.

A witness, who observed the accident from his office window which faced the approach threshold for runway 18, reported that he "watched the airplane fall out of the sky." He explained that he saw the wings slowly "fluttering" back and forth and recognized that the airplane was about to stall from an altitude of 130 to 140 ft agl. He said the airplane's nose pitched up and then the right wing went down. He could see the belly of the airplane and he estimated that the angle of bank was possibly 80°.

Another witness said that he saw the airplane as it was on final approach over the runway threshold. He said the airplane looked "odd." The airplane was over the runway, but it was 30 – 50 ft high. He said it was way too high for the flare. The nose was high and then it leveled off. Then the nose rose up and the wings started "waffling" and was about to stall. The right wing dropped and hit the ground about 2 seconds later. He estimated that the angle of bank was about 40°.

The passenger, who was sitting in the right seat of the cockpit, reported that the airplane started to take on ice on the windshield and the deicing boot on the right wing while they were on the approach in the clouds. He reported that the approach was normal until they neared the ground when the tail started "fishtailing." He saw the pilot push the throttles forward; however, the left wing climbed and the airplane "pulled hard to the right." The airplane impacted the ground on its right wing and then impacted back on its belly.

The passenger who was sitting on the couch directly behind the copilot's seat reported that the airplane was in the clouds for about 15 minutes and she saw ice forming on the windshield. When they were about to land, she said the pilot had the control wheel all the way toward him. She did not see any lights or hear any "bells," but she did see the pilot holding the control yoke as hard as he could and as close to his chest as he could. She said his arms were shaking because he was pulling back so hard. She said the pilot said an expletive, and then the airplane crashed seconds later.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The 41-year-old pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with single-engine land, multi-engine land, and airplane instrument ratings. He held a second-class airman medical certificate that was issued on July 12, 2018 with no limitations. The pilot reported that he had a total of 1,513 flight hours with 263 hours in a Cessna 550, and a total turbine time of 432.9 hours

The pilot's flight logbook indicted that he passed his commercial, multi-engine check ride on July 31, 2016, when he had a total of 479.1 flight hours. On May 11, 2017, he passed a check ride in a Cessna 550 when he had a total of 1,071.8 flight hours with 69.6 hours of turbojet time and 85.1 hours of turboprop time. On June 28, 2018, he passed the Pilot Proficiency Check 14 CFR 61.58 check ride for single-pilot operation in a Cessna 550 when he had a total of 1,420.5 flight hours with 257.5 hours of turbojet time and 85.1 hours of turboprop time.

Single-pilot Exemption

The logbook entry for single-pilot exemption #9917 stated that the pilot, "… has met all requirements for FAA exemption No. 9917 published at docket No. FAA-2009-0373, received training and review of the Practical Test Standards listed in FAA-S-8081-5F, and has completed the FAA Approved Training Course by 'VUE, Inc.'"

The pilot received single-pilot exemption training through VUE, Inc., the company which held the Exemption No. 9917. The exemption was from FAR 91.9 (a), and 91.531 (a) (1) and (2) of Title 14, CFR to the extent possible to allow VUE to train and check pilots of certain Cessna Citation airplanes covered by the CE-500 type rating to operate those airplanes with a single pilot, rather than with two as required by their type certificate sheets, subject to certain conditions and limitations.

One of the pilot requirements was that the pilot must have logged at least 1,000 hours of total pilot flight time, including at least 50 hours of night flight time; 75 hours of instrument flight time; 40 hours of which are in actual instrument meteorological conditions; and 500 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC), second-in-command (SIC), or both, in turbine-powered airplanes.

A review of the pilot's flight logbook indicated that he had less than 500 hours as PIC or SIC in turbine-powered aircraft which was required to exercise the single-pilot exemption.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

The Cessna 550 is a low-wing airplane powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada JT-15B-4 turbofan engines which produced 2,500 lbs of thrust each. It is equipped with straight wings with integral wet-wing fuel tanks, a conventional tail, and retractable tricycle landing gear. The accident airplane was manufactured in 1980 and had a seating capacity of seven passengers and two pilots and had a maximum gross weight was 13,500 lbs.

According to the Cessna Citation Model 500 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM), the airplane was originally certificated under 14 CFR Part 25, which requires that a two-pilot crew operate the airplane. However, the FAA subsequently allowed for certain exemptions, including the VUE, Inc. No.9917 exemption, which allowed for single-pilot operation of the CE-500 and other specific airplanes.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that according to the airplane's maintenance records, in 1986, two of the regular forward-facing passenger seats were removed from the cabin and replaced with a 3-person couch. The installation of the couch was installed without approved data for the accident airplane. During the accident, the cable for the seat belt attachment for the mid and aft passenger failed during ground impact.

The FAA inspector also reported that the factory installed toilet seat (and bench that covered the toilet seat) was a non-belted seat. It was not designed to be used as a passenger seat during takeoffs and landings. The seat belt installation for the toilet seat on the accident airplane was not approved and did not meet FAR Part 25 requirements.

During the accident flight, one of the passengers was sitting in the copilot's seat, 5 passengers were sitting in the originally installed cabin passenger seats, 3 passengers were sitting on the side facing couch located on the right, front side of the cabin, and 1 passenger was sitting on the bench which was over the toilet seat located in the rear of the cabin. All the passengers were wearing the seatbelts that were provided with the seats.

The Cessna 550 AFM had the following description of the airplane's stall warning system:

"Stall warning is achieved aerodynamically, aided by stall strips on the inboard section of each wing. The strips disrupt airflow over the wing, causing that area to stall first accentuating prestall buffet. The pilot is alerted to impending stall by aerodynamic buffeting which occurs at approximately VS1 + 10 in the clean configuration and VS0 + 5 in the landing configuration."

The airplane was also equipped with an optional Teledyne Angle-of-Attack System. The Supplement to the AFM stated that "the angle-of-attack system can be used as a reference for approach speed (1.3 VS1) at all airplane weights and center-of-gravity locations at zero, takeoff/approach, and landing flap positions.

Flaps

The airplane had three flaps settings: Flaps UP, Takeoff and Approach (T.O. & APPR), and LAND. The Before Landing checklist found in the Cessna Citation II Operating Manual Performance Section states that the flaps should be extended to the T.O. & APPR below 202 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS) and to verify the flap indicator position during the approach. Prior to landing, the manual states that the flaps LAND should be selected. The manual states:

"Flaps may be extended to T.O. & APPR below 202 KIAS and LAND below 176 KIAS. Should be in LAND position for all normal landings. Check indicator to verify position. Handle must be pushed in to clear T.O. & APPR detent when LAND flaps are desired."

The manual further states:

"After passing the instrument approach fix outbound or nearing the airport traffic area, airspeed should be reduced below 202 KIAS and the flaps extended to the APPR (15°) position. Approaching the final instrument fix inbound (one dot from glideslope intercept, on an ILS), or a downwind abeam position, extend the landing gear below 176 KIAS. At the point where final descent to landing is begun, extend FULL flaps, establish the desired vertical rate, and adjust power to maintain VREF to VREF + 10 KIAS indicated airspeed."

The Cessna AFM Performance section indicated that at a gross weight of 12,100 lbs, the VREF speed was about 106 KIAS. The landing performance charts are predicated on full flaps (LAND).

Ice Protection

The Cessna 550 Citation II was equipped with an anti-ice system to prevent ice on the windshield and a separate de-ice system that provided for removal of ice on the leading edge of the wing and tail by pneumatically expanding boots.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

At 1353, FAR reported a wind at from 200° at 10 knots, visibility of 5 statute miles, mist, ceiling overcast at 400 feet above ground level, temperature of -1° Celsius (C) and a dew point temperature of -1°C, altimeter setting of 29.91 inches of mercury; remarks: station with a precipitation discriminator, sea level pressure of 1014.2 hectopascals (hPa), temperature of -1.1°C and a dew point temperature of -1.1°C.

The Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) issued at 1133 CST for FAR forecasted for the accident time: a variable wind at 6 knots, visibility of 5 statute miles, mist, ceiling overcast at 300 feet agl.

At 0845 CST, an AIRMET ZULU was issued for moderate icing below 10,000 feet.

Images provided by the National Center for Atmospheric Research included the Current Icing Potential (CIP) and the Forecast Icing Potential (FIP) valid between 1300 and 1400 CST. Both the CIP and FIP indicated a 60% to 70% chance of light icing below 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl) in the vicinity of the accident. In addition, about 30 minutes after the accident, the pilot of a Citation Excel at 3,000 ft and close to FAR reported overcast skies and moderate rime ice with a temperature of -2°C. See the NTSB Meteorology Weather Study for more details about the accident weather conditions.

FLIGHT RECORDERS

Multiple Electronic Devices Examination

The National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) Vehicle Recorders Division examined the following electronic devices: 1) Sandel ST3400 Terrain Awareness Warning System, 2) Honeywell KLM 900, 3) Garmin AT MX20 Chart View. The data downloaded from the devices did not have pertinent data concerning the accident airplane while it was flying the ILS RWY 18 approach to FAR.

Cockpit Voice Recorder

The airplane was equipped with a Fairchild GA-100 cockpit voice recorder (CVR) designed to record 30 minutes of analog audio, including channels for each flight crewmember and the cockpit area microphone, on a continuous loop tape. The magnetic tape was retrieved from the crash-protected case and was successfully read out. A CVR group was not convened, and a summary of the recording was made and is included with the docket material associated with this investigation.

The summary CVR report indicated that the pilot did not verbalize out loud the approach and landing checklist responses. Approximately 45 seconds after ATC instructed the pilot to switch to the tower frequency and subsequently cleared to land on runway 18, the CVR recorded a sound consistent with landing gear extension and a voice stating, "all green." The pilot responded, "check, check, check," followed by the "outer marker, four miles." There was no other indication on the CVR that the pilot verbalized any checklist items, nor did the pilot make any audible comments about activating the pneumatic de-ice boots or windshield anti-ice.

Flight Data Recorder

The airplane was not equipped, and was not required to be equipped, with a flight data recorder.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

The examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane's right wingtip impacted the right edge of runway 18. After the initial impact, the airplane bounced and skidded on the grass infield for about 635 ft before coming to a stop resting on its belly. There was no ground fire. Immediately after the accident, about ½ - 1 inch of mixed ice was found on the leading edge of the right wing, vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, and the angle of attack (AOA) probe. Ice was also observed on the windshield. The ice accretion found on the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer was the same size and shape on the de-icing boots as that of the ice on the unprotected surfaces.

The initial examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing's outboard section was pushed up and aft. The nose wheel landing gear assembly was bent to the right, and the nose wheel trunnion assembly was broken in two pieces. The nose wheel assembly was separated from the fuselage with part of the trunnion attached to the wheel assembly. The left main landing gear was found folded into the gear wheel well, and the landing gear components were pushed upwards through the upper wing surface above the gear well. The left and right pitot tubes located on the left and right side of the nose of the airplane were broken. The AOA probe on the right side of the fuselage was intact; however, the operation of the AOA's heat element could not be verified when tested. The wing flaps were found in the up (0.0 degrees) position. The limited damage to the bottom surface or trailing edge of the flaps was consistent with the flaps being in the UP position. The examination of the cockpit revealed that the flap handle was found in the LAND (down) position, but the flap indicator was found in the UP position.

FAA inspectors examined the wreckage to verify the flap position based on the cable and drive chain position. The number of chain links visible confirmed that the flaps were in the full up position at the time of the accident. Both primary and secondary cables for the left and right flaps were both in the same position and the cables and surrounding structure did not show signs of damage. The continuity of the flap indicator cable was confirmed.

TESTS AND RESEARCH INFORMATION

NTSB Radar Performance Study

The NTSB Vehicle Performance Division conducted a radar performance study of the accident flight. Radar track data indicated that the airplane approached FAR from the west and was receiving vectors from air traffic control to capture the instrument landing system (ILS) signal for runway 18. The airplane encountered icing conditions for about 9 - 10 minutes while it was flying the ILS approach. The radar data indicated that during the last 2 minutes while the airplane was on final approach to the runway, the indicated airspeed was as low as 99 kts. The last radar return recorded indicated 104 kts airspeed and was at an altitude of 900 ft msl, the same as the touchdown zone elevation for runway 18.

The radar study included a simulation using models that were used to match altitude and position data from radar. The simulation indicated that during the last 2 minutes of flight, the angle-of-attack (AOA) approached angles very close to the stall AOA, and the AOA momentarily exceeded the linear portion of the Cessna 550 "no-ice" lift curve with flaps in the retracted position. When the lift coefficient was reduced by 5% to model the effect of ice accretions on the airplane's wings in the simulation, the AOA with the lift reduction was consistently into the non-linear portion of the no-ice lift curve for the last 30 seconds of flight.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Operational Control of the Flight

FAA inspectors interviewed the passengers of the accident flight to determine who had operational control of the airplane. The passenger who made the flight arrangements reported that he contacted the pilot via text message and made all the arrangements for the flight with the pilot. He stated that the pilot was responsible for operation of the flight, to include fuel, maintenance, pilot qualifications and weather. He stated that the pilot was the single source provider for the flight. He was not informed that it was a charter flight, or that there was a separate lease for the airplane and for the pilot services. The passenger stated that he would be billed for the flight, and then he would sub-bill the cost of the flight to the other parties (passengers).

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 41, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/02/2018
Flight Time:  1513 hours (Total, all aircraft), 263 hours (Total, this make and model), 649 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 57 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N941JM
Model/Series: 550 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 550-0146
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 11
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/23/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 13500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Jet
Airframe Total Time: 7180 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: JT 15B-4
Registered Owner: Slice Of The 406 Llc
Rated Power: 2500 lbs
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FAR, 901 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  5 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 400 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Mist
Departure Point: Williston, ND (ISN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Fargo, ND (FAR)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1250 CST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Hector International (FAR)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 901 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: ILS
Runway Length/Width: 9001 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 9 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 9 Minor, 2 None

Latitude, Longitude: 46.920556, -96.815833 (est)

Location: Fargo, ND
Accident Number: CEN19LA039
Date & Time: 11/30/2018, 1353 CST
Registration: N941JM
Aircraft: Cessna 550
Injuries: 9 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On November 30, 2018, about 1353 central standard time, a Cessna 550, N941JM, departed controlled flight while on approach at the Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, North Dakota, and impacted the terrain to the right of the runway. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, and 9 passengers received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to the Slice of the 406 LLC and operated by Dirt Dynamics, Inc. under the provisions of the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and the flight was operating on an instrument flight plan. The flight departed from the Sloulin Field International Airport (ISN), Williston, North Dakota, about 1250 with FAR as the destination.

The pilot reported that the airplane encountered a cloud layer that was about 2,500 ft thick while he was on the approach to FAR. He stated that there was ice buildup on the wing surfaces, but he activated the deice boots several times during the approach to runway 18 (9,001 ft by 150 ft, concrete) and the airplane's performance was normal. The airplane became clear of the clouds about 400 ft above the ground (agl) and it was right of centerline. He flew back onto the centerline maintaining 120 kts during the descent. About 100 ft agl, the airplane started "pulling to the right." He applied left aileron and left rudder, and advanced the throttle to go-around. The airplane continued to the right and impacted the terrain seconds later.

A witness, who observed the accident from his office window which faced the approach threshold for runway 18, reported that he "watched the airplane fall out of the sky." He explained that he saw the wings slowly "fluttering" back and forth and recognized that the airplane was about to stall from an altitude of 130 to 140 ft agl. He said the airplane's nose pitched up and then the right wing went down. He could see the belly of the airplane and he estimated that the angle of bank was possibly 80°.

The passenger, who was sitting in the right seat of the cockpit, reported that the airplane started to take on ice on the windshield and the deicing boot on the right wing while they were on the approach in the clouds. He reported that the approach was normal until they neared the ground when the tail started "fish tailing." He saw the pilot push the throttles forward; however, the left wing climbed and the airplane "pulled hard to the right." The airplane impacted the ground on its right wing and then impacted back on its belly.

The initial examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing's outboard section was pushed up and aft. The nose wheel landing gear assembly was bent to the right, and the nose wheel trunnion assembly was broken in two pieces. The nose wheel assembly was separated from the fuselage with part of the trunnion attached to the wheel assembly. The left main landing gear was found folded into the gear wheel well, and the landing gear components were pushed upwards through the upper wing surface above the gear well.

The examination of the wreckage revealed that there was about ½ inch of mixed ice on the leading edge of the right wing, vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer, and on the angle of attack (AOA) indicator.

At 1353, the surface weather observation at FAR was wind 200° at 10 kts; 5 miles visibility; mist; overcast ceiling at 400 ft; temperature -1° C; dew point -1° C; and an altimeter setting of 29.91 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N941JM
Model/Series: 550 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Dirt Dynamics, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FAR, 901 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 400 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Williston, ND (ISN)
Destination: Fargo, ND (FAR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 9 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 9 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.920556, -96.815833 (est)


Cessna 550 Citation II, N941JM



FARGO — No one was hurt when a plane veered off a runway at Hector International Airport and crashed at the north end of the airfield just before 2 p.m. Friday, November 30th, an airport official said.

Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo's Municipal Airport Authority, said it appeared the Cessna 550 Citation II had been in the process of landing on the airport's primary runway when the small jet veered off the runway before coming to a stop.

Dobberstein said he did not know how many people were aboard the plane, but he said everyone was safe after the incident and those who had been on the plane waited at the nearby Jet Center, 3802 20th St. N., for transportation.

He said the plane, which had flown from Williston, suffered significant damage and will remain at the crash site until federal investigators arrive.

At least two fire trucks, a handful of police vehicles and an ambulance responded to the crash site, according to a WDAY-TV reporter at the scene.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate that based on the plane's "N" number it is registered to Slice of the 406 LLC, of Helena, Montana.

The Montana Secretary of State's website lists the registered agent of Slice of the 406 as Deer Creek Corporate Services Inc., of Helena, which describes itself on its company website as a registered agent and legal services company.

A woman who answered the phone at Deer Creek Services said she could release no information.

A plane that made a crash landing in a field near Moorhead Municipal Airport on November 23rd, 2016, was also registered to Slice of the 406 LLC.

In that incident, the plane involved was a Beech King Air 200 that suffered substantial damage when it hit the ground during a missed approach at night.

According to the FAA's final report on the Moorhead incident, the airplane was operated by Flight Development LLC, an air taxi company.

The report stated the probable cause of the Moorhead crash was pilot failure to attain a positive climb rate during an attempted missed approach at night, "which resulted in a controlled flight into terrain."

The pilot in that crash suffered injuries to his face as did one of six passengers on the flight, the report regarding the 2016 crash said.

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

Beech 200 Super King Air, N80RT, registered to Slice of the 406 LLC and operated by Flight Development LLC: Accident occurred November 23, 2016 near Moorhead Municipal Airport (KJKJ), Clay County, Minnesota 


Beech 200 Super King Air, N80RT

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

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

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

 http://registry.faa.gov/N80RT

Location: Moorhead, MN
Accident Number: CEN17LA043
Date & Time: 11/23/2016, 1759 CST
Registration: N80RT
Aircraft: BEECH 200
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 3 Minor, 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

Analysis

The commercial pilot was conducting an on-demand passenger flight at night in instrument meteorological conditions that were at/near straight-in approach minimums for the runway. The pilot flew the approach as a nonprecision LNAV approach, and he reported that the approach was stabilized and that he did not notice anything unusual. A few seconds after leveling the airplane at the missed approach altitude, he saw the runway end lights, the strobe lights, and the precision approach path indicator. He then disconnected the autopilot and took his hand off the throttles to turn on the landing lights. However, before he could turn on the landing lights, the runway became obscured by clouds. The pilot immediately decided to conduct a missed approach and applied engine power, but the airplane subsequently impacted terrain short of the runway in a nose-up level attitude. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. It is likely the pilot lost sight of the runway due to the visibility being at/near the straight-in approach minimums and that the airplane got too low for a missed approach, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.

A passenger stated that he and the pilot were not wearing available shoulder harnesses. The passenger said that he was not informed that the airplane was equipped with shoulder harnesses or told how to adjust the seats. The pilot sustained injuries to his face in the accident.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to attain a positive climb rate during an attempted missed approach in night instrument meteorological conditions that were at/near approach minimums, which resulted in controlled flight into terrain.

Findings

Aircraft
Climb rate - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Emergency equipment - Not used/operated

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Issuing instructions - Pilot

Environmental issues
Ceiling/visibility/precip - Effect on operation (Cause)



Factual Information

On November 23, 2016, at 1759 central standard time, a Beech 200, N80RT, impacted terrain during a missed approach from runway 30 at Moorhead Municipal Airport (JKJ), Moorhead, Minnesota. The pilot initiated a missed approach after losing visual reference of the runway environment during the final segment of a GPS instrument approach. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries and four passengers were uninjured. The airplane received substantial damage. The airplane was operated by Flight Development, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as a single-pilot on-demand passenger flight. The flight was operating on an instrument rules flight plan. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed from Baudette International Airport (BDE), Baudette, Minnesota, at 1714 and was destined to JKJ.

A passenger stated that he and his work crew had been flying between Baudette and Moorhead on a weekly basis for the past 5-6 weeks to build agricultural storage facilities. The passenger stated that the pilot had flown the work crew on one of the previous flights, and the remainder of the flights were flown by the company chief pilot and the company director of operations.

The passenger stated that the accident flight was the first flight in which he was seated in the copilot seat. The passenger stated that he and the pilot were not wearing a shoulder harness. The passenger stated that he was not informed that the airplane was equipped with shoulder harnesses, how to use them, and how to adjust the seats. The passenger stated that he would have adjusted the seat if he would have known that was an option and used his shoulder harness, as he is a safety conscious person.

The pilot stated that before he was handed off from Minneapolis Center to Fargo Approach, he listened to the automated weather observing system (AWOS) at JKJ, which reported that light north winds, a ceiling of 300 feet above ground level, and 1.25 statute mile visibility. He checked in with Fargo Approach and informed them that he had the weather at JKJ and requested the area navigation (RNAV) approach to runway 30 starting at IVEJE, the initial approach fix (IAF). N80RT was not equipped with a wide area augmentation system (WAAS) GPS so he flew the approach as a non-precision lateral navigation (LNAV) approach (straight-in approach minima were: 300 feet above ground level and 1 statute mile visibility). He told Fargo Approach that he realized the weather was deteriorating and would make one attempt at JKJ and then divert to Hector International Airport (FAR), Fargo, North Dakota. Fargo Approach issued a clearance to the IAF, and initial approach altitude, and provided missed approach instructions. The pilot stated that he had flown this approach numerous times and briefed the approach. He stated that the approach was stabilized with the appropriate altitudes and airspeeds throughout and did not notice anything unusual. Upon leveling off at the missed approach altitude of 1,300 feet mean sea level, he looked for the runway. After what seemed like just a few seconds he saw the runway end lights, the strobe lights, and the precision approach path indicator. He disconnected the autopilot and took his hand off the throttles to turn on the landing lights for landing. Before he could even turn on the landing lights, the runway disappeared from sight due to the clouds. He immediately decided to perform a missed approach and applied engine power. He said that he referenced the flight director, but did not recall what it was indicating. He did not feel any sinking feeling indicating that he was losing altitude. He said that It seemed like just a few seconds before the airplane impacted the ground. The airplane struck the ground in somewhat of a nose-up, level bank attitude. The airplane slid along the ground and turned slightly to the right before coming to rest.

The passenger stated that prior to departure, the pilot said they needed to get going because the weather was getting bad in Fargo. While en route, the passenger heard Fargo Air Traffic Control Tower advise weather was not good, and the pilot stated he would try to fly to JKJ first and then fly to FAR, if that did not work. The passenger said the pilot asked him to be on the lookout for the runway and about 3,600 feet the airplane banked to line up for the approach. The passenger said he heard an audible "too low" warning three times, saw some runway lights at eye level, and then the airplane impacted the ground. The passenger said he did not think the pilot initiated a go-around, and he did not see him adjust engine power settings or move the control yoke. The passenger stated that he received facial injuries that required stitches.

The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction/failure with the airplane.

The pilot's safety recommendation on how the accident could have been prevented was:

"Stick to my normal personal weather minimums and not attempt a non-precision approach to minimums. It would of been so easy to go to Fargo and do the ILS. I have always lectured to my students on the advantage of having two pilots when things are challenging. This is a prime example of such [an accident]. Over confidence is always something that we have to try to keep in check."

A review of the pilot's training records showed that the pilot completed the company's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved ground and flight training program, dated August 17, 2016. The ground training was conducted by the company director of operations and the company chief pilot. The pilot's flight training, which was 10.8 hours in duration, was conducted by the company chief pilot. The pilot received and passed his most recent Part 135.293 Airman Proficiency Check, dated August 18, 2016, which was conducted by an FAA inspector from the Fargo Flight Standards District Office. The check was performed using a Beech 200 and was 1.7 hours in flight duration. The pilot received a grade of satisfactory for all of the check's maneuvers/procedures.

FAA Advisory Circular 91-65, Use of Shoulder Harnesses in Passenger Seats, states in part:

On December 17, 1985, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued safety recommendation A-85-124, recommending issuance of advisory circular to provide information on crash survivability aspects of small aircraft. The recommendation was the result of an NTSB general aviation airplane crashworthiness project. In the project, the safety board examined 500 relatively severe general aviation airplane accident, to determine what proportion of the occupants would have benefited from the use of shoulder harnesses and energy-absorbing seats. The safety board found that 20 percent of the fatally-injured occupants in these accidents could have survived with shoulder harnesses (assuming the seat belt was fastened) and 88 percent of the seriously injured could have had significantly less severe injuries with the use of shoulder harnesses. Energy-absorbing seats could have benefited 34 percent

of the seriously injured. The safety board concluded that shoulder harness use is the most effective way of reducing fatalities and serious injuries in general aviation accidents.

Part 135.117, Briefing of Passengers Before Flight, states that before each takeoff each pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers shall ensure that all passengers have been orally briefed on: the use of seat belts, the placement of seat backs in an upright position before takeoff and landing, location and means for opening the passenger entry door and emergency exits, location of survival equipment, if the flight involves extended overwater operation, ditching procedures and the use of required flotation equipment, if the flight involves operations above 12,000 feet MSL, the normal and emergency use of oxygen, and location and operation of fire extinguishers. 

History of Flight

Approach-IFR final approach
Loss of visual reference

Approach-IFR missed approach
Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/20/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/18/2016
Flight Time:  5630 hours (Total, all aircraft), 89 hours (Total, this make and model), 5345 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 149 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 46 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N80RT
Model/Series: 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: BB-370
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 11
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 12500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-41
Registered Owner: SLICE OF THE 406 LLC
Rated Power: 1050 hp
Operator: Flight Development, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: VOXA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: JKJ, 918 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1754 CST
Direction from Accident Site: 120°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  0.5 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 300 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Fog; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Baudette, MN (BDE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Moorhead, MN (JKJ)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1714 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Moorhead Municipal Airport (JKJ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 918 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: Global Positioning System
Runway Length/Width: 4300 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor, 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor, 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.839167, -96.664167 (est)

Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+, N525EG: Fatal accident occurred November 30, 2018 in Memphis, Clark County, Indiana

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Williams International; Pontiac, Michigan

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N525EG


Location: Memphis, IN
Accident Number: CEN19FA036
Date & Time: 11/30/2018, 1028 EST
Registration: N525EG
Aircraft: Cessna 525
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On November 30, 2018, about 1028 eastern standard time, a Cessna 525A (Citation) airplane, N525EG, collided with trees and terrain near Memphis, Indiana. The airline transport certificated pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned and operated by EstoAir LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The cross-country flight departed Clark Regional Airport (JVY), Jeffersonville, Indiana, about 1025, with Chicago Mid-way Airport (MDW), Chicago, Illinois, as the intended destination.

According to preliminary information from radar data and air traffic controllers, the airplane was climbing through 6,000 ft mean sea level when it began a left turn, descended, and disappeared from radar. The pilot had previously been given a frequency change, which was acknowledge, however the pilot never reported to the next controller and no distress message was heard on either frequency. An alert notice (ALNOT) was issued for the airplane.

According to local law enforcement, residents near the accident site heard an airplane flying low followed by a loud noise. The airplane wreckage was in slightly rugged, wooded area and the debris field was oriented on a heading of east. The first impact point was identified at the tops of several trees. A large divot was located beneath and to the east of the trees and then the airplane was found fragmented in numerous pieces. The right engine was measured almost 400 from the initial impact point. All major airplane components were accounted for at the accident site. There was evidence of a post-impact fire.

The wreckage was documented on-scene and recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N525EG
Model/Series: 525 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Estoair Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSDF, 488 ft msl
Observation Time: 1056 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Jeffersonville, IN (JVY)
Destination: Chicago, IL (MDW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.475278, -85.811111 (est)

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.


Andrew Dale Davis 

A Celebration of Life for Andrew Dale Davis, 32, of Jeffersonville, Indiana will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Northside Christian Church, 4407 Charlestown Road, New Albany, Indiana. Visitation will be held prior to the service on Saturday at the church. He passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018. Cremation was chosen and Scott Funeral Home has been entrusted with his care.

Andrew was born on January 15, 1986 in Corydon, Indiana.  He was a graduate of Graceland Christian and then received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana State University.  He was currently working as Chief Pilot for TEG Architects and a member of Northside Christian Church in New Albany. Andrew loved life and lived his days with anticipation and a childlike faith.  Each day was an opportunity to make memories.  He didn’t see limitations, but dreams to be pursued. 

Andrew is survived by his loving wife of 7 years, Erica Davis; two children, Jackson and Sophia Davis; his parents, Tony and Teresa Davis; a sister, Sarah Barlowe (Daniel); grandfather, Robert Davis; In-laws, Gerardo and Ana Quiroz; brother and sister-in-laws, Christian Quiroz; Gerica Davis (Chris); Vaytta Arroyo; Mailee Quiroz; three nieces, Emma Barlowe, Sadie Barlowe, Kiley Davis; and a nephew, Lincoln Davis.      

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in care of the children’s college fund.  Envelopes will be available at the church on Saturday.  To leave a special message for the family, please visit: www.scottfuneralhome.com



Wreckage from a fatal plane crash in Southern Indiana last week began to emerge Monday as investigators continued to search for evidence.

Several massive bags filled with twisted and scorched metal were seen outside of a wooded area where the jet crashed Friday near Memphis, Indiana. Other parts, which had loose wires poking out of sharp edges of airline aluminum, were left uncovered. 

An ATV was also seen dragging an entire cart of twisted metal up a hill, the entry point to a roughly 300-yard area that investigators are examining for the wreckage. 

The crash killed the pilot, Andrew Davis, as well as architect Wayne Estopinal and marketing executive Sandra Johnson who were traveling to Chicago. Investigators are still determining what caused the Cessna Citation 525 to crash just a few minutes after taking off from Clark Regional Airport. 

It appears the jet hit the ground at a relatively high angle and relatively high speed, said Bill Waldock, professor of safety science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. He reviewed photos from the scene and told the Courier Journal that it does not appear that it was an in-flight breakup. 

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board had left the scene already, said Indiana State Trooper Phil D'Angelo, who was on scene Monday. ISP spokesman Jerry Goodin did not return a request for comment left Monday afternoon.  

On Friday morning, air traffic control chatter around the time of the crash appears to show a normal takeoff for the Cessna. But a few minutes later, a Louisville air controller is heard asking the plane to call back. There was no answer. 

The plane crashed in a wooded area 16 miles north of Louisville. 

All three victims were mourned in the following days. 

On Sunday, members of Northside Christian Church in New Albany rallied around Davis' family and his wife, Erica. 

"Just the fact that they came to church after a tragedy like this shows that they know where Andrew is now," executive pastor Sam Thomas told the Courier Journal.

Johnson, 54, was a marketing executive based in TEG's Shreveport, Louisiana, office. A friend, Kasey DeLucia, said Johnson "filled the world with laughter and kindness."

Estopinal helped design the University of Louisville sports facilities and also brought the Louisville City FC soccer team to town. 

“He’s responsible for bringing something here in Louisville City FC that has become part of thousands of people’s lives,” former LouCity spokesman Jonathan Lintner said. “He had left his mark on Louisville and the region even before that, but with that team, that’s a heck of a legacy.”

Original article ➤ https://www.courier-journal.com




A funeral mass for Robert Wayne Estopinal, 63, of Jeffersonville, Indiana will be held at 11 AM on Monday, December 10, 2018 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 315 E. Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville, with burial to follow in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Sunday December 9, 2018 from 11-8 PM at Scott Funeral Home, 2515 Veterans Pkwy in Jeffersonville and prior to the service on Monday from 10-11 AM at the church.  A Celebration of Wayne’s Life including live music and memories from his close friends and colleagues will be held on Sunday at 4:30 PM at Scott Funeral Home.  Wayne passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018.  

He was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Wayne Estopinal; his parents, Robert Jules Estopinal and Martha Jane Bennett Driver; grandparents, Edna Harrell Bennett and Wentworth (Buttons) Bennett; and a brother, Mark Bennett Estopinal.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 40 years, Thresa Taylor Estopinal; a daughter, Ashley Nicole Estopinal; a son, Andrew Wayne Estopinal; a brother, Steven Wentworth Driver (Linda Jackson); a niece, Kendra Bennett Driver; and a nephew, Gregory Wentworth Driver.

Read more here ➤ https://scottfuneralhome.com

Plane crash victims Wayne Estopinal, Sandy Johnson and Andrew Davis.


Andrew Dale Davis, the pilot killed in a small jet crash in Southern Indiana last week, was conscientious about safety and had a clean flight record free of any accidents or enforcement actions, according to fellow pilots and Federal Aviation Administration records.

Davis, 32, was flying two passengers Friday when the Cessna 525A crashed minutes after takeoff from Clark Regional Airport. Flight tracking site FlightAware shows it was at about 6,000 feet when it suddenly changed course and then disappeared from radar.

Davis was a corporate pilot at TEG Architects. He was flying Wayne Estopinal, 63, the head of the Jeffersonville firm and a founder of the Louisville City FC soccer team, and TEG vice president Sandra Holland Johnson, 54, of Shreveport, Louisiana. All three were killed.

Workers Monday were hauling parts of the demolished plane from a densely wooded area west of unincorporated Memphis, about 16 miles north of Louisville.

Pilots, safety experts and others have cautioned against early speculation about the cause of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board will spend months studying the crash before determining a likely cause.

The FAA said Monday that it had no records of accidents, incidents or enforcement actions related to Davis.

Davis had been with TEG Architects since February 2018, according to the company. Before that, he had worked as a corporate pilot at Soin International and Muncie Aviation Co., according to TEG.

Davis graduated in 2008 from Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in aerospace administration and professional aviation flight technology, the university confirmed Monday.

At TEG, Davis worked alongside Mike Vollmer, the company's other corporate pilot.

The two had previously worked together at Soin. When Davis switched to TEG, he encouraged Vollmer to join him at the Jeffersonville architectural firm. Soin did not immediately responded to questions emailed Monday afternoon.

"He was a relentless father and husband," Vollmer said of Davis. "Everything he did focused around his family and his faith."

Vollmer said Davis was easy to get along with and was always telling stories. "I used to joke with him that he wasn’t old enough to have that many stories," he said.

He said Davis was always focused on safety and procedure. "He had checklists for checklists." 

Vollmer said the Cessna 525A had recently been in for minor routine maintenance. He said he and Davis in November held a safety training "stand-down" and had invited other tenants at Clark Regional to join.

Paul Lucas, a TEG pilot from 2007 to 2014, said he flew the Cessna for more than five years, beginning when it was delivered new from the factory in 2009. He said the plane had two crew seats and seven seats for passengers.

He said the corporate jet "has a history of being a very safe, reliable aircraft."

Lucas stressed that he has been gone from the company for four years but said the plane was reliable and doesn’t remember significant problems.

Estopinal, himself a private pilot, was focused on safety, Lucas said.

"He was a hard-charging guy, but when it came to airplanes, we were in charge," Lucas said. "He got the things that sometimes as a corporate pilot are difficult to convey to your management team."

Lucas spoke reverently of Estopinal, praising his former boss for giving him an opportunity to be chief pilot at age 24.

"I swore I would never let that man and his family down," Lucas said.

Lucas said he used to fly 300 to 400 hours per year in the Cessna 525A. He said the typical flight was within about 600 miles of Clark County, although "we had the airplane all over the country, all four corners of continental U.S."

Lucas said there's a "natural human reaction to try to rationalize" what could have happened in the crash but he said he hopes people will wait to speculate and allow investigators to do their jobs.

Original article → https://www.courier-journal.com

Sandra Holland Johnson, the vice president of locally owned TEG Architects and one of three victims in Friday's tragic plane crash in Southern Indiana, was remembered as a caring friend and an energetic person with a zest for life.

Johnson, 54, was a marketing executive based in TEG's Shreveport, Louisiana, office. She was aboard the flight that also killed the pilot, 32-year-old Andrew Davis, and prominent architect Wayne Estopinal, president of the Jeffersonville, Indiana-based company and a founding member of Louisville City FC. 

The small corporate jet owned by a subsidiary company of TEG, Estoair LLC, crashed after takeoff at a Southern Indiana airport. The craft scorched a path through dense woods in western Clark County, Indiana, about 16 miles north of Louisville. 

The cause of the crash, just minutes after the Cessna Citation took off with no indications of problems from Clark Regional Airport, is still under investigation. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board responded to the scene Friday afternoon and had worked through the night to examine the wreckage, located off Crone Road, west of unincorporated Memphis.

Johnson was a native of Shreveport and had worked for TEG since the late 1990s. Facebook accounts showed that Estopinal and Johnson traveled together previously and had taken a trip together to London last summer.

A photo posted by Estopinal from overseas dated July 4 shows the two toasting with sparkling white wine flutes on what appears to be a balcony overlooking the Thames River.

"Enjoying London! Great times! Love being here with Sandy!" Estopinal wrote in the caption. Several friends, including Jeffersonville lawyer Larry Wilder, wrote back to joke with Estopinal and to cheer the getaway.

Johnson's work centered on developing leads for the company with health care clients. The firm did several projects in Louisiana and Texas, and recently designed new Norton Cancer Center in eastern Jefferson County.

Johnson, the mother of two sons, was involved in the National Association of Women in Construction, Greater Shreveport Leadership Program, Rotary International, Rescue Mission and Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana. 

Johnson was part of a "small group of friends who enjoy running, cycling and working out," according to a profile on her in the May 2016 issue of Shreveport's City Life magazine. She was also involved in the Society of Marketing Professional Services. 

Michelle Skupin, senior director of marketing and communications at RetailMeNot in Austin, Texas, said Saturday morning that she's still trying to process the shock over Johnson's death. The two met at a Society for Marketing Professional Services conference in Denver a decade ago and became fast friends.

Johnson was "caring and beautiful inside and out," Skupin wrote in an email. "I was always impressed with her dedication to her work and her family. Sandy lived life to the fullest, and her enthusiasm and energy were infectious." 

Another friend, Kasey DeLucia, director of corporate marketing at DKS Associates in Portland, Oregon, said she hopes people remember Johnson as the "beautiful amazing and strong woman she was." 

She added: "It’s hard for me to adequately convey what an incredibly funny, kind and bright light she was to all of those lucky enough to be in her presence. I want the world to know we lost a woman that filled the world with laughter and kindness."

Original article ➤ https://www.courier-journal.com

Andrew Davis



Andrew Davis with his wife Erica and their children.


Andrew and Erica Davis

Andrew Davis
Associate – Corporate Pilot
September 2018

Andrew, a seasoned pilot, will also join the firm to provide support for the firm’s aviation needs. He obtained a B.S. in Professional Aviation Flight Technology, as well as a B.S. in Aerospace Administration from Indiana State University.  His past experience as a lead captain and corporate pilot at Soin International and Muncie Aviation Company will allow the firm to provide exceptional customer service for our clients across the nation.
http://www.teg123.com

The pilot killed in a small jet crash in Southern Indiana with two others had just started working for the architectural firm that owned the plane.

Andrew Davis, 32, was the pilot of the small plane that crashed on its way to Chicago from Clark Regional Airport. Passengers Wayne Estopinal and Sandra Holland Johnson were also killed. 

The Sellersburg resident was an associate corporate pilot at TEG Architects, a firm led by Estopinal. He joined the firm in September, according to a news release on the company's website. 

He was married and had two young children, according to a Facebook post by a friend. 

Earlier this year Andrew Davis traveled on a mission trip to Salcedo, Dominican Republic, with a group from the New Albany-based Northside Christian Church, according to a post on his Facebook page. 

Davis was part of a team of 300 people that helped build homes and host sports camps, among other activities. According to a Facebook post by his wife, his project was to help build a house in four days.  

Her Facebook page is filled with loving pictures and videos of her husband and children and odes to his support. In October, she wrote: 

"He brings balance to my life, what more could I ask for. He is a rare kind."

And in September: "I'll fly with you till the ends of the Earth."

Davis graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in professional aviation flight technology and aerospace administration. Previously, he was a lead captain and corporate pilot at Soin International and Muncie Aviation Co., according to TEG.

He was taking Estopinal — an influential local figure who helped design University of Louisville sports facilities and bring Louisville City FC to the city — and Johnson to Chicago's Midway International Airport from Clark County Regional Airport.

The plane, which was based in Clark County, never made it. Some six minutes after taking off, the plane turned back for the airport shortly before crashing near Memphis, Indiana. There were no survivors.

It still isn't clear why the plane went down. Air traffic control chatter around the time of the crash appears to show a normal takeoff for the Cessna from Clark County Regional Airport. A few minutes later, though, a Louisville air controller is heard asking the plane to call back. Only silence followed.

Original article ➤ https://www.courier-journal.com

Sandy Johnson and Wayne Estopinal

Ball State Board of Trustees member Wayne Estopinal talks with other board members during a committee meeting on Friday on Ball State's campus.

A Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ crashed about 15 miles north of the Louisville International Airport Friday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Authorities said the aircraft was flying "to Chicago Midway Airport when it disappeared from air traffic radar."

Police agencies in Clark County, Indiana, were alerted to the crash near Borden, Indiana, at about 11:30 a.m. Clark County authorities confirmed that a flight left the Clark County Airport in Sellersburg, Indiana, at about 11:24 a.m. en route to Chicago with three people aboard, including the pilot. The Indiana State Police confirmed that those three people are dead.

The I-Team has learned the plane apparently took off about 90 minutes late and reached an altitude of several thousand feet before the crash. The weather in the area was misty and overcast Friday morning. The area that the plane went down in is densely wooded, making it difficult for authorities to reach by any method except foot.

"Our whole house shook," said Breanna Beswick, who lives near the crash site. "We have trails in our backyard so we were just, like, walking around, trying to see what was going on, if we could see anything."

Wayne Estopinal, CEO of TEG Architects, is among the dead, the ABC7 I-Team has confirmed. A man who answered the phone at one of the company's offices confirmed that Estopinal was on the way to Chicago. The company declined to confirm the identities of the other people on the flight.

FlightAware shows the tail number of the aircraft to be N525EG, which is registered to another company owned by Estopinal. Estopinal did have his pilot's license, but it was unclear if he was the one flying the plane.

Estopinal, 63, was an alumnus of Ball State University and sat on its board of trustees, according to his professional biography. The school released a statement upon Estopinal's death calling him "an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the university." Estopinal was reportedly coming to Chicago for a Ball State-related event, the I-Team has learned.

He also founded several professional soccer teams, including the Louisville City Football Club. Brad Estes, president of the soccer club, and John Neace, principal owner, released statements upon Estopinal's identification as a victim of the crash.

"We at LouCity are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of club founder Wayne Estopinal," Estes said. "We would not be the club we are today without his innovation, leadership, and hard work, and his contributions to the community are something for which we are incredibly grateful. Our hearts are with Wayne's family and loved ones at this time."

"Greater Louisville lost a great corporate citizen today. Wayne was very active in the soccer community and will be missed by us all. We mourn this inexpressible loss and today acknowledge his contribution to Louisville City FC and the entire Louisville soccer community," Neace said.

No information on memorial or funeral services for Estopinal was available.

Local authorities handed the crash investigation over to Federal Aviation Administration investigators and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://abc7chicago.com


Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel speaks to members of the media.


Major James Haehl, Chief Detective to the Clark County Sheriff's Office.








Ball State Board of Trustees member Wayne Estopinal talks with other board members during a committee meeting on Friday on Ball State's campus.










MUNCIE, Indiana — Architect R. Wayne Estopinal, who just this week was appointed by the governor to another term on the board of trustees at Ball State University, his alma mater, died Friday in a plane crash in southern Indiana.

A proud Cardinal, he was en route to Chicago for a Ball State alumni event Friday night and a gala on Saturday.

Estopinal had served on the board since 2011 and had earned two bachelor's degrees from Ball State in 1979 — one in architecture and one in environmental design. 

The soccer club for which Estopinal was a founder, Louisville City FC, confirmed his death.

He was on board a Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2+ that crashed in rural Clark County just outside of Louisville around 11:30 a.m. Emergency responders arrived at a rural wooded area to find a debris field from the reported crash.

The flight was en route to Chicago, where Ball State is being recognized this weekend, at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, as the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation’s Institution of the Year.

Three people were aboard the flight, including the pilot, according to state police. None survived.

Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns, board of trustees' Chairman Rick Hall, other trustees and senior administration staff from the university were among a large Ball State contingent in Chicago for an alumni event Friday night. The Indiana Society of Chicago's gala is Saturday.

"He was an exceptional leader and passionate supporter of the university," Mearns and Hall said in a statement. "As we mourn this loss to our Ball State family, we ask that you keep Wayne’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers."

"He was a good friend of mine," said Tom Bracken, a fellow trustee. "He was a good friend of Ball State. ... It's a tremendous loss for all of us."

During Estopinal's tenure on the board, Ball State stopped burning coal, banned smoking on campus, took over governance of distressed Muncie Community Schools and hired two presidents: Paul Ferguson and current President Geoffrey S. Mearns.

Estopinal chaired the search committee that led to the hiring of Ferguson, then-president of the University of Maine, a fact that made Estopinal proud of BSU.

Ball State's ability to hire "the sitting president of a land grant university says a lot about this university," he told The Star Press in 2014.

"I can't wait to see what you do," Estopinal told new Muncie school board members appointed by trustees earlier this year to replace an elected school board.

He had an ability to see and express the funny side of things, which helped lighten up what traditionally had been pretty humorless trustee meetings.

Estopinal cooperated with The Star Press on news coverage of Ball State, though he kept the hiring of Ferguson a secret until the moment Ferguson walked on stage during an announcement at Sursa Performance Hall. Estopinal had stressed the importance to committee members of keeping the names of candidates for the presidency confidential.

It always seemed like Estopinal — a frequent air traveler because of his business — was at an airport when the newspaper called for comment.

During an interview in 2016, he was asked to respond to criticism that board of trustee actions were almost always unanimous.

"Much of the controversy or dissenting commentary occurs in executive session," Estopinal told The Star Press. "We don't vote in executive session but we have that robust discussion privately and everyone presents their position. I am one of the most dissenting voices on the board. At times, that puts me at odds with the other trustees, but I don't worry about that because ... I am the one who has to look back on my service and say I put my viewpoint forward. I am not anyone's yes man."

He saw nothing to be gained by airing dissenting opinions in public. "We're not running for office," he went on. "We don't have to create sound bites. I don't think that serves much of a purpose."

Estopinal was president of TEG Architects, a firm that specializes in providing architectural, planning, virtual reality imaging and interior design services to national clients, according to a biography provided by Ball State. The firm is based in Jeffersonville, with offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Shreveport, Louisiana.

He of course voiced his opinion and asked questions at public trustee meetings about the design of numerous construction projects undertaken by Ball State in the past eight years.

For example, at a meeting during which drawings were revealed for a multi-million-dollar makeover of the front of Emens Auditorium, he said, "I would like to see (architectural consultant) MSKTD look at the facade, and look at the facade of Sursa (Performance Hall), and get other contextual clues from around it. I think possibly it could be a little more transparent, because the idea is, from the street we should show the entrance, the excitement, the gatherings inside."

The university's geothermal heat pump system, which replaced an old coal-burning plant, uses the Earth's ability to store heat in the ground. It uses the Earth as either a heat source, when operating in heating mode, or a heat sink, when operating in cooling mode. The ground in Muncie a few feet below the surface has a stable temperature of 55 degrees.

In addition to being an active Ball State alumnus, Estopinal was deeply involved in his hometown community, serving on the Louisville Sports Commission Board of Directors, Louisville Zoo Foundation Board of Directors, Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, Community Bankshares of Indiana Board of Directors and the Your Community Bank Board of Directors.

His specialty was health care construction, but his lasting contributions include founding the Louisville City FC soccer franchise and designing the University of Louisville’s Lynn Stadium. 

Estopinal spearheaded efforts to move a United Soccer League franchise from Orlando, Florida, to Louisville in 2014, after that team was displaced by a Major League Soccer franchise. While retaining his minority stake in the Orlando ownership group, Estopinal took charge of the startup Louisville effort.

His personal interests included distance running, soccer and inspiring in others a passion for excellence.

Estopinal’s new term on Ball State's board of trustees would have lasted until Dec. 31, 2022.

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