Thursday, January 11, 2018

S.O.C.A.T.A. MS893E Rallye Commodore 180, N353RA, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred January 11, 2018 near Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Medina County, Ohio

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N353RA

Location: Wadsworth, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA073
Date & Time: 01/11/2018, 1130 EST
Registration: N353RA
Aircraft: S.O.C.A.T.A. MS893E
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry 

On January 11, 2018, about 1130 eastern standard time, a S.O.C.A.T.A. MS893E airplane, N253RA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Wadsworth, Ohio. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a ferry flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed without a flight plan from Reader-Botsford Airport (67D), Wellington, Ohio, about 1120.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to ferry the airplane, which had an expired annual inspection, to a new hangar. During the approach to 3G3, the pilot noticed a loss of engine power. Following unsuccessful attempts to restore engine power, the pilot executed a forced landing, during which the airplane impacted trees and damaged both wings. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: S.O.C.A.T.A.
Registration:N353RA
Model/Series: MS893E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAKR, 1101 ft msl
Observation Time: 1154 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 20 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: WELLINGTON, OH (67D)
Destination: Wadsworth, OH (3G3) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.003056, -81.756389 (est)




Roger Keene, 73, of Richfield talks with media after he force landed his plane in a yard on Concord Place. The plane lost power a mile or so outside the airport so Keene chose the safest place he could find to land. Keene was the only one in the two-seat plane and walked away uninjured. "I was lucky," he said.


WADSWORTH — A Litchfield man escaped injury after his single-engine plane crashed this morning near Wadsworth Municipal Airport.

Roger Keene was flying from Reader-Botsford Airport in Wellington and was making his final approach to Wadsworth Municipal Airport around 11:45 a.m. today when the power went out on his plane. He was looking for a safe place to land and ended up putting the plane down in the backyard of a home on Concord Place near Route 57 in Wadsworth.

Keene clipped some trees on his descent, slowing him down enough that he didn’t hit a nearby gazebo, coming to rest instead alongside it.

“Had I hit that, I would have been quite dead,” Keene said after the accident. “The engine would have been pushed back into the passenger compartment, and that would have been the end of me.”

Keene, a Ford Motor Co. retiree who served, but didn’t fly, in the Vietnam War, took up flying as a hobby, and will probably retire from that now, he said.

“This will be it for me,” he said.

Keene took off from Wellington at about 11:20 a.m. because the new owners of Reader-Botsford Airport recently told pilots who kept their planes there that the airport would close.

The property will instead be used for agricultural purposes, said  Ken Bartlett, who lives in a home on the airport property he leases from the current owner.  

“They informed the pilots who kept planes in the hangar of the decision to close the airport,” Bartlett said. “They told everyone they needed to have their planes off the property.”

The pilot was the last to move his plane from the property, which is what he was trying to do Thursday, Bartlett said. The pilot had previously tried to move it a few weeks ago, but issues with the plane may have caused him the delay in those plans, Bartlett said.

Bartlett said he didn’t know what kind of issues the plane was having, and it said it may have been something as simple as a battery needed charged.

Keene’s plane is totaled. The Ohio Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are on the scene investigating the crash.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.chroniclet.com


WADSWORTH: A single-engine plane force landed about 11:45 this morning during its landing approach to Wadsworth Municipal Airport.

Pilot Roger Keene, 73, of Richfield said he was flying alone from the airport in the Lorain County village of Wellington to store his 1980 two-seater at the Wadsworth airport.

He said the plane lost power about a mile outside the airport, so he chose the safest place he could find to land.

The plane landed in the backyard of a house on a cul-de-sac on Concord Place, off Plum Creek Drive.

The property backs up to Wadsworth Road and the airport is just on the other side of the highway.

“I was lucky,” said Keene, who not injured.

Chad Haller, the airport’s manager, said Ohio State Highway Patrol officers helped Keene climb out of the wreckage.

The blue-and-white plane’s left wing appeared to have clipped the side of a lean-to building with a picnic table in it.

Two of the plane’s wheels appeared to have broken off, but the body of the plane was largely intact.

Story and photo gallery ➤  https://www.ohio.com



Roger Keene walks around at the scene where he force landed his plane in a yard on Concord Place on Thursday. Keene was on his way from the airport in Wellington to store his 1980 plane at Wadsworth Municipal Airport. 

Roger Keene stands at the scene where he force landed his plane in a yard on Concord Place in Wadsworth. 


Roger Keene (left) works with state troopers in a yard on Concord Place after force landing his plane in Wadsworth. 

Roger Keene walks past debris after he force landed his plane in a yard on Concord Place in Wadsworth. 








WADSWORTH, Ohio-- A plane crashed near Wadsworth Municipal Airport Thursday morning.

Police said it crashed in a backyard on Concord Place, near state Route 57 and Seville Road. That's less than a mile from the airport.

No one was injured, according to the Wadsworth Police Department.

The pilot said he lost power to the engine while making his approach to the airport.

Story and video ➤ http://fox8.com

Beechcraft 1900D, N169GL, owned by Great Lakes Aviation Ltd and operated by Great Lakes Airlines: Incident occurred January 09, 2018 at Ernest A. Love Field (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona -and- Accident occurred September 01, 2013 at Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX), San Miguel County, Colorado

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

Flight 39 on landing, right hand rudder pedal broke.

Great Lakes Aviation Ltd:  http://registry.faa.gov/N169GL

Date: 10-JAN-18
Time: 03:00:00Z
Regis#: N169GL
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 1900D
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMUTER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: GREAT LAKES AVIATION
Flight Number: 39
City: PRESCOTT
State: ARIZONA

Additional Participating Entities:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office
Hawker Beechcraft
Great Lakes Airlines

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: Telluride, CO
Accident Number: DCA13FA148
Date & Time: 09/01/2013, 1310 MDT
Registration: N169GL
Aircraft: BEECH 1900D
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 12 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Scheduled

Analysis

During approach to landing the crew selected landing gear down and observed a problem with the left main landing gear (MLG). The landing gear hydraulic motor pump automatically shut down when the landing gear was not locked down after 16 seconds and an internal mechanical lock intended to hold the landing gear actuator in the selected position, did not engage.

The crew carried out the abnormal procedures checklist and attempted to extend the left MLG using the manual landing gear extension procedures, but was unsuccessful. The crew then prepared for landing in accordance with the procedures contained in the quick reference handbook for landing with main gear up or unsafe.

As the airplane slowed through about 80 knots on the landing roll, the left main landing gear collapsed.

Post-accident inspection indicated hydraulic fluid had leaked from a hole, which was normally plugged with a Lee plug, on the left main actuator between the primary and secondary extend ports. The Lee plug was missing and was not found. Examination of the actuator and of the hydraulic fluid quantity remaining indicated the Lee plug was in place during the in-flight attempts to extend the landing gear.

The airplane landed with the gear not locked down and as the landing gear collapsed, the piston in the actuator forced hydraulic fluid back through the system increasing the landing gear actuator internal hydraulic pressure sufficiently to force the Lee plug out of position. The remaining fluid in the actuator leaked out of the hole until system pressure decreased to ambient pressure.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
Failure of the left main landing gear actuator internal lock to engage in the locked position for undetermined reasons.

Findings

Aircraft
Landing gear actuator - Malfunction (Cause)

Not determined
Not determined - Unknown/Not determined (Cause)

Factual Information

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On September 1, 2013, at about 1310 mountain daylight time (MDT), Great Lakes Airlines flight 7125, a Beechcraft 1900D, N169GL, suffered a left main landing gear collapse during landing on runway 27 at Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), Telluride, Colorado. The two flight crew members and 10 passengers were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The scheduled passenger flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 121 and originated from Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado.

The first officer was the pilot flying and the captain was the pilot monitoring. Takeoff, climb, and cruise were normal.

At 1231, the crew selected landing gear down and observed a problem with the left main landing gear. The captain began the "Failure of Landing Gear to Extend Normally" checklist and noted that both green left landing gear down and locked lights were not illuminated and the landing gear circuit breaker had tripped.

At 1240, the captain began the "Landing Gear Manual Extension" checklist and advised maintenance control via radio through Telluride operations that there was no green left gear down and locked indication, the red in transit light was illuminated, and the circuit breaker had tripped. Telluride operations relayed a message from company dispatch asking if the crew could consider diverting to Farmington, NM (FMN) for landing. After discussing fuel burn, safety concerns, and the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) capabilities at Telluride, the crew decided landing at Telluride was the best option and advised operations accordingly.

At 1247, the captain attempted to pump the landing gear down in accordance with the checklist and reported to the first officer that the landing gear extension handle would not move.

At 1250, the captain began the "Gear Up Landing" checklist and then proceeded with the "Planned Emergency Preparation" checklist. He contacted Telluride Unicom to request ARFF services and briefed passengers regarding the situation.

At 1259, the captain began the "Landing with One Main Up or Unsafe" checklist and after preparing for landing, the crew conducted the approach and landing on runway 27. During the landing roll, as the airplane slowed through about 80 knots, the left main landing gear collapsed. The airplane stopped on runway 27 at 1309 and the crew initiated an evacuation.

INJURIES TO PERSONS

There were no injuries to the 10 passengers or 2 crewmembers on board.

DAMAGE TO AIRCRAFT

The airplane received substantial damage, coming to rest on the nose landing gear, the right main landing gear, and the left wingtip. The left wingtip lower skin suffered abrasion damage, the left inboard flap was deformed and wrinkled and the trailing edge and aft nacelle were abraded where they contacted the ground. The left outboard flap was deformed and wrinkled and the trailing edge was abraded. The left aileron had abrasion damage to the outboard 2 feet of trailing edge and lower trailing edge skin. The left ventral strake was damaged along its lower edge where it contacted the ground. The left engine inboard machined mount fitting was fractured and portions were separated. The firewall was deformed and bent. The left engine and propeller were also damaged. 

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The flight crew consisted of two pilots and the accident occurred on their first flight of the day.

The captain, age 32, reported 5,800 hours total flight time, including 4,700 hours as pilot in command and 3,000 hours in the BE-1900 at the time of the accident. The captain held a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate with type ratings for EMB-120 and BE-1900, and a current FAA first-class medical certificate with a limitation requiring that he must wear corrective lenses.

The first officer, age 30, reported 2,576 hours total flight time, including 1,350 hours pilot-in-command, and 1,350 hours in the BE-1900 at the time of the accident.  He held a valid FAA ATP certificate with a type rating for the BE-1900 and a current FAA first-class medical certificate with no limitations or waivers.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION

N169GL, manufacturer serial number UE-169, was a Beech 1900D equipped with two Pratt and Whitney PT6A-65B turbo-prop engines.  The company reported that the airplane had logged 35,184 hours total time on the airframe at the time of the accident.  Recorded data and airline records indicated no open maintenance items with the airplane.

Landing Gear System

The airplane is equipped with a retractable tricycle landing gear system. Extension and retraction of the nose landing gear (NLG) and the two main landing gear (MLG) is accomplished by the action of individual hydraulic actuators installed on each landing gear assembly. The MLG actuators retract for gear extension and extend for gear retraction while the NLG actuator extends for gear extension and retracts for gear retraction. Hydraulic pressure for the system is supplied by a hydraulic power pack located in the left wing leading edge inboard of the engine nacelle.

The hydraulic system has a nominal operating pressure of 3,000 psi and includes a system relief valve that will open automatically to prevent over pressurization and damage.

Landing Gear Controls and Indications

The landing gear control selector handle was located on the captain's side of the cockpit on the lower right subpanel and included two positions: UP and DOWN.  The control handle must be pulled out of a detent before it can be selected either UP or DOWN. When the handle is placed in either the UP or DOWN position, a hydraulic pump motor is activated and a solenoid allows hydraulic fluid to flow to the appropriate side of the actuators. When the landing gear are fully extended, an internal mechanical lock in each actuator holds the landing gear in the down position, and activates a switch that removes power from the hydraulic pump.

Landing gear position indication is provided by six green lights; two for each of the nose and the left and right main gear, on the subpanel adjacent to the landing gear control selector handle. The two green lights for the left main landing gear are labeled "L" and "H". Two red in transit lights are provided on the landing gear control selector handle which illuminate when the landing gear control has been selected and any of the landing gear are not either fully extended or fully retracted.

A landing gear relay circuit breaker is located on the pilot's right sub panel to protect the system from electrical overload. The relay circuit breaker will trip open if the landing gear does not reach the down and locked position after the hydraulic pump motor has run continuously for about 16 seconds.

Manual Landing Gear Extension

An alternate landing gear extension handle is located on the floor on the pilot's side of the flight deck. To engage the manual extension system, the landing gear control lever must be in the down position, the landing gear relay circuit must be pulled and the handle is then pumped until the green gear down annunciators are illuminated.

Maintenance History

Review of maintenance records indicated the left main landing gear actuator was purchased by Great Lakes Airlines and sent for overhaul in August 2011. At that time, a component upgrade included replacement of the end cap and Lee plug in addition to the standard overhaul parts. The actuator was received from the overhaul facility in September 2011 and installed on the accident airplane in March 2012.

Since the installation of the left main gear actuator, landing gear problems were noted in the airplane logbook in June 2012, September 2012, and July 2013. The most recent maintenance issues documented in July 2013 included three separate instances in which the landing gear would not retract when commanded. These discrepancies were corrected by performing maintenance on the landing gear safety switches.

Flight Crew Procedures

The Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) includes the following abnormal procedures; Failure Of The Landing Gear To Extend Normally, Landing Gear Manual Extension, Landing With One Main Up Or Unsafe and, Planned Emergency Preparation. These procedures include guidance to pull the landing gear relay circuit breaker, the landing gear warning horn circuit breaker, and the TAWS (Terrain Awareness Warning System) circuit breaker. The Landing With One Main Up Or Unsafe procedure includes a step directing the landing gear alternate extension handle should be pumped "…until maximum resistance is felt.  Do not stow". 

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.  The Telluride Airport surface observation at 1255 MDT, the most recent observation at the time of landing, reported wind from 260 degrees at 9 knots gusting to 16 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, 6,500 feet  broken, 11,000 feet overcast, temperature 20 degrees Celsius, dew point temperature 8 degrees Celsius, and altimeter 30.43 inches mercury. 

AERODROME INFORMATION

The Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is located about 5 miles west of the city of Telluride, CO.  The airport has 2 runways for commercial and general aviation.  Runway 27 is asphalt, 7,111 feet long, 100 feet wide with a touchdown zone elevation of 9,070 feet above mean sea level. The runway is served by a precision approach path indicator system (PAPI) with a 4 degree glide path on the left side of the runway. 

FLIGHT RECORDERS

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR), an L-3/Fairchild model FA2100-1020, serial number 000694648, was removed from the airplane and downloaded at the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory.  The cockpit voice recorder contained 2 hours, 4 minutes of recording on 4 audio channels.  The audio quality of the channels containing information from the captain's and first officer's audio panels, and public address system were each characterized as excellent, and the audio quality of the channel containing information from the cockpit area microphone was characterized as fair. The recording included events from the entire flight beginning with ground operations prior to departure from DEN.  Timing on the transcript was established by adjusting CVR elapsed time to align with the reported time the aircraft came to a stop on the runway.

The FDR, a Loral/Fairchild F1000, S703-1000-00 64 wps, serial number 01318, was removed from the airplane and downloaded at the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory.  The recorder was in good condition and contained approximately 98 hours of data which was extracted normally.  The pitch parameter evaluated during this investigation was out of calibration and not in accordance with FDR carriage requirements. Correlation of the FDR data to event local time, Mountain Daylight Time, was established by aligning common events observed on the CVR. 

TESTS AND RESEARCH

The airplane was lifted, the left main landing gear was pulled to the extended position, and the airplane was towed to a hangar for examination. Initial inspection of the flight deck indicated the LANDING GEAR RELAY, the LANDING GEAR WARNING HORN, the TAWS, the CKPT VOICE RCDR, and the 26VAC FLT DATA RCDR circuit breakers were popped out. The landing gear selector lever was in the DOWN position and the alternate landing gear extension handle was not stowed.

Initial inspection of the left main landing gear indicated hydraulic fluid was present on the actuator and strut. The hydraulic reservoir quantity was between the cold and warm fill levels on the dipstick. The hydraulic system was pressurized and fluid was found to be exiting a hole on the left main actuator between the primary and secondary extend ports.

According to the manufacturer, the hole between the extend ports was a design feature that facilitated the manufacturing of the end cap and was supposed to be plugged with a Lee plug during the manufacturing process. There was damage to the outboard section of the hole. The Lee plug was missing and was not found.

The actuator end cap was removed for inspection and disassembled. There was no damage found to the end cap or actuator. A new end cap was built and installed for functional testing of the actuator. No anomalies were noted during functional testing.

Disassembly and inspection of the actuator indicated signs of normal wear on internal components. Dimensional analysis of the actuator's internal components indicated some measurements were outside of manufacturer drawing specifications. The actuator lock spring length, the slide length, the piston length, the outside diameter of the piston, and the inside diameter of the end cap and cup were found to exceed drawing requirement tolerances.

Analysis of the hydraulic fluid indicated the fluid was rated at NAS Class 12 due to a high particle count in the 5-15 micron size range. Beech has not set an in-service limit for hydraulic fluid cleanliness on the 1900 series airplanes.

ORGANIZATIONAL INFO

Great Lakes Airlines is certificated as a 14 CFR Part 121 air carrier and operates as an independent carrier and as a code share partner under agreements with multiple airlines. As of September 30, 2013, the company had 651 full-time and 328 part-time employees and operated a fleet of 6 Embraer EMB-120 aircraft and 28 Beechcraft 1900D aircraft out of four hubs located at Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and Phoenix, AZ, serving 45 airports in 13 states.

The accident airplane was owned by Great Lakes Aviation Ltd., and operated by Great Lakes Airlines for common carrier passenger operations. 

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Landing gear collapse (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 32
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: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2013
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/15/2013
Flight Time:  5800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3000 hours (Total, this make and model), 4700 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 30
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/05/2013
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/23/2013
Flight Time:  2576 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1350 hours (Total, this make and model), 1011 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 261 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 99 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N169GL
Model/Series: 1900D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: UE-169
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 19
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  09/01/2013, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 17120 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 35184 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A SER
Registered Owner: GREAT LAKES AVIATION LTD
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: GREAT LAKES AVIATION LTD
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: GLBA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTEX, 9078 ft msl
Observation Time: 1315 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 125°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 9°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 90°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.43 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: DENVER, CO (DEN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Telluride, CO (TEX)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1140 MDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: TELLURIDE RGNL (TEX)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 9070 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7111 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 10 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 12 None
Latitude, Longitude:  37.953056, -107.905556

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N97MV, Saddle Mountain LLC: Incident occurred January 10, 2018 at Sky Ranch at Carefree (18AZ), Maricopa County, Arizona



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

Aircraft experienced in flight electrical failure, landed gear up.

Saddle Mountain LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N97MV

Date: 11-JAN-18
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N97MV
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 46 350P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: CAREFREE
State: ARIZONA

Piper PA-28R-200, N75182, Honey B LLC: Incident occurred January 10, 2018 at Albany Municipal Airport (S12), Linn County, Oregon



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

On landing, aircraft retracted gear causing aircraft to slide off runway.

Honey B LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N75182

Date: 10-JAN-18
Time: 18:32:00Z
Regis#: N75182
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ALBANY
State: OREGON

A Piper Arrow skidded off the runway Wednesday morning at Albany Municipal Airport.

According to Infinite Air Center manager Tony Hann, the Corvallis-based student pilot retracted the manually-controlled landing gear at the last minute while approaching for landing at about 10:30 a.m. 

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Story and photo ➤ http://democratherald.com

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6605U: Incident occurred January 10, 2018 at Lowcountry Regional Airport (KRBW), Walterboro, Colleton County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Aircraft departed and lost power. Attempted to land back on runway and landing gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6605U

Date: 10-JAN-18
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N6605U
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WALTERBORO
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Lowcountry Regional Airport Operations Manager Roger D. Medlin said he would be hard pressed to call an accident that damaged a single-propeller aircraft Wednesday afternoon a crash.

Medlin explained that the pilot of a Mooney airplane based at the local airport was in the process of taking off and began to retract his landing gear when the plane was “not out of ground effect.”

Retracting the landing gear resulted in the nose of the plane dipping towards the runway, causing the propeller to strike the pavement.

With the propeller gone, the airplane slid for about 100 feet before coming to a stop. 

The runway was immediately shut down.

The pilot, the lone occupant of the aircraft, was unhurt and the airplane sustained minor damage in addition to losing the propeller.

The runway did not sustain any damage.

Shortly after the incident, the plane was back on its landing gear and tied down near a hangar.

The runway was placed back in service.

Medlin said, unlike motor vehicles, airplane accidents, no matter how minor, tend to draw the attention of the general public.

Medlin concurred with an analogy-that the accident was the aviation-equivalent of putting a car transmission in forward instead of reverse when backing out of a garage and hitting the workbench instead.


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Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster, N748FX, FedEx: Incident occurred January 10, 2018 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

On landing, aircraft struck several runway lights.

Federal Express Corporation: http://registry.faa.gov/N748FX

Date: 10-JAN-18
Time: 01:56:00Z
Regis#: N748FX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator:  FEDEX
City: SALT LAKE CITY
State: UTAH

Mooney M20M, N10KG, Aero Bravo LLC: Incident occurred January 10, 2018 at Pearson Field Airport (KVUO), Vancouver,Clark County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft bird strike while departing. Aircraft returned and landed without incident.

Aero Bravo LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N10KG

Date: 10-JAN-18
Time: 16:18:00Z
Regis#: N10KG
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: VANCOUVER
State: WASHINGTON

Swearingen SA227-AT, N561UP: Accident occurred January 10, 2018 at Rock Springs–Sweetwater County Airport (KRKS), Wyoming

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado 

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

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http://registry.faa.gov/N561UP

Location: Rock Springs, WY
Accident Number: GAA18CA098
Date & Time: 01/10/2018, 1845 MST
Registration: N561UP
Aircraft: SWEARINGEN SA227
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

The pilot reported that, while taxing with a tailwind, he realized the airplane was moving too fast and applied brakes and reverse thrust of the engines. He added that he attempted to turn but was unable, and a strong crosswind "forced" the airplane to the left and off of the airport parking ramp. Subsequently, the airplane struck a lamp post and came to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported, that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 280° at 21 knots, gusting to 27 knots. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/12/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6650 hours (Total, all aircraft), 360 hours (Total, this make and model), 4985 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 96 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SWEARINGEN
Registration: N561UP
Model/Series: SA227 AT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: AT-561
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/08/2018, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 14500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 23398.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: AIRESEARCH
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TPE331 SERIES
Registered Owner: UAS TRANSERVICES, INC.
Rated Power: hp
Operator: Ameriflight, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRKS, 6745 ft msl
Observation Time: 0154 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 121°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -11°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 21 knots/ 27 knots, 280°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SALT LAKE CITY, UT (SLC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Rock Springs, WY (RKS)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0752 MST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: ROCK SPRINGS-SWEETWATER COUNTY (RKS)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 6764 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.598889, -109.063889 (est)

Pulsar 912XP, N912GR: Accident occurred December 02, 2017 near Olson Airport (LL53), Plato Center, Kane County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

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http://registry.faa.gov/N912GR



Location: Plato Center, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA069
Date & Time: 12/02/2017, 1650 CST
Registration: N912GR
Aircraft: WEAVER DAVID A PULSAR   912XP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot reported that, while making a straight-in approach to a private airport just after dusk, but before dark, he attempted to activate the pilot controlled lighting (PCL), but was unsuccessful. He added that he continued toward the airport, and while maneuvering for landing he lost sight of the airport. The pilot did not regain visual reference of the airport during the landing descent, and the airplane impacted a fence adjacent to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airport owner reported that the PCL antenna requires line-of-sight with the aircraft to operate the PCL system. Presently, due to the antenna's position and hangars on the airport, the antenna does not receive signals from the southeast, the direction from which the accident airplane was approaching. He added that, since the airport was private, he could not issue Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) to describe the operation of the runway lights. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's decision to continue to land without visual reference to the airport in low light conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's inability to activate the private airport's pilot-controlled lighting system due to its configuration. 

Findings

Personnel issues
Geographic disorient (lost) - Pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Runway lighting - Effect on operation (Factor)
Low light - Effect on personnel
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach
Miscellaneous/other
Loss of visual reference

Approach-VFR pattern final

Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/12/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 540 hours (Total, all aircraft), 490 hours (Total, this make and model), 500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: WEAVER DAVID A
Registration: N912GR
Model/Series: PULSAR   912XP NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 329
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/30/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1060 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 542 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDPA, 754 ft msl
Observation Time: 2252 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 121°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  3 knots, 200°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LAWRENCEVILLE, IL (LWV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Plato Center, IL (LL53)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport:  OLSON (LL53)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 963 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough
Runway Used: SW
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2400 ft / 70 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.007778, -88.456944 (est)