Friday, February 23, 2018

Nigeria: Police can’t arrest herdsmen for grazing cattle on airport runways –Commissioner

The Nigeria Police Force has said it cannot arrest herdsmen who allow their cattle to stray onto and graze on airport runways in the country.

The Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Mustapha Dandaura, stated this in an interview with our correspondent on Friday.

He said herdsmen could only be arrested in states where the anti-open grazing law was effective.

However, Dandaura said that all policemen and other security officials at the airports had been instructed to stay on high alert to prevent a situation whereby cows would take over airport runways.

He said, “It’s only in states where the anti-open grazing law is in place that herdsmen can be arrested for allowing their cattle to graze on airport runways. Apart from those states, we have not been told to start arresting herdsmen.

“But we have already alerted our men at the airports to ensure such incident does not occur again. The state police commands have also been carried along and everyone is on the alert.

“We can’t have a situation whereby cows would be straying onto and grazing on airport runways because it is embarrassing. Everyone is now on the alert and it’s going to be prevented.”

Last Saturday, an Air Peace flight from Lagos had been prevented from landing at the Akure Airport, Ondo State as cows took over the runway.

It had taken the efforts of airport security and other aviation workers to clear the runway before the airplane landed.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria had apologised to the airline affected and suspended the head of aviation security at the airport following the bizarre incident.

A similar incident had occurred in November 2016 when a fully-loaded plane belonging to Air Peace had to abort landing at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Imo State when the pilot discovered that the runway had been invaded by cows.

Before the Owerri episode, an Air France plane was reported to have collided with cows at the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport.

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Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N62438: Accident occurred February 23, 2018 near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Pasco County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA086
Date & Time: 02/23/2018, 1415 EST
Registration: N62438
Aircraft: STEARMAN B75
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 23, 2018, about 1415 eastern standard time, a Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N62438, was substantially damaged during forced landing, after it experienced a total loss of engine power during approach to Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida. The certificated commercial pilot was not injured, and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight that departed Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida, at 1330.

The pilot reported that after checking to see if any aircraft were in the traffic pattern, he radioed that he was on a "straight-in" approach to runway 23. He said that the airplane was on the final approach leg of the traffic pattern about a 1/4 mile from the runway at an altitude of 1,500 ft above ground level when the engine began to "sputter" and then "quit." He attempted perform a forced landing on a road; however, just before touchdown the airplane's right wing collided with a traffic light pole. The airplane immediately descended and collided with the ground.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the engine separated from the airframe. In addition, the right wing was separated from the fuselage. The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STEARMAN
Registration: N62438
Model/Series: B75 N1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ZPH, 89 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: LEESBURG, FL (LEE)
Destination: ZEPHYRHILLS, FL (ZPH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  28.228056, -82.156111 (est)

PASCO COUNTY Fla. (February 23, 2017) - At approximately 2:15 PM Pasco Fire Rescue 911 received a call of an aircraft emergency on Chancey Rd at CR-54.

When Firefighters arrived on scene they reported a single engine bi-plane in a ditch with 2 passengers laying on the ground.

Firefighters evaluated the victims, and the pilot of the aircraft declined medical attention. The passenger of the aircraft was transported to the hospital with minor cuts.

The pilot reported that he was traveling from Leesburg FL to Zephyrhills FL when he experienced engine trouble. The pilot reports that he attempted to land the aircraft on Chancey Rd when he clipped a stoplight, and crashed into a ditch.

Firefighters checked the aircraft for hazards, and turned the scene over to law enforcement

On scene of a plane down in the intersection of CR-54 and Chancey Rd.

-2 occupants on board the plane
-Plane made an emergency landing on the side of Chancey Rd
-1 Passenger taken for minor cuts
-Pilot is not injured
-All hazards have been mitigated

Pasco County Fire Rescue

ZEPHYRHILLS (FOX 13) - A biplane crashed along a Pasco County road this afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

The plane, which appears to be an old Boeing Stearman, flipped onto its side after trying to land along Chancey Road near Highway 54, just north of the Zephyrhills Airport. Witness Lee Wheelbarger said via Twitter that the bright yellow plane may have hit a traffic light while making an emergency landing, causing the aircraft to flip.

A Pasco Fire Rescue spokesperson said two people were aboard the plane. The pilot was not hurt but a passenger was being taken to a hospital for treatment of "minor cuts."
The Stearman was a type of biplane produced in the 1930s and 1940s that served as the primary trainer for many WWII-era pilots.

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AIRCRAFT: 1940 Boeing Stearman PT-17 N62438, s/n: 75-6757

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished on 08/24/2017 at 53.5 Tach

The airframe total time is 5577.0 AFTT

ENGINE:  Continental W-670-6N radial, s/n: 8815. The engine has approximately 230.2 TSOH

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished on 08/24/2017 at 53.5 Tach

PROPELLER:  Sensenich W98AA-66, s/n: AD3958  

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished on 08/24/2017 at 53.5 Tach

The prop total time is unknown.


(1) Garmin SL40 Comm

(1) Garmin GTX 320A

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Off airport landing due to engine loss of power

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:  

N62438 sustained substantial damage to the front and right sides. The engine mounts broke free from the firewall and the engine separated from the airframe upon impact. The propeller struck the road and is fractured. The engine impact damaged several cylinders and the engine case is cracked. The right wings both broke mid span with all covering and many spars damaged. The right horizontal stabilizer and elevator impacted the ground and were damaged. The lower right wing attach points at the fuselage are deformed from the impact. The upper middle wing structure is damaged.  The left wings, stabilizers and elevator are substantially undamaged but may require inspection and recovering. The front cockpit area has impact damage.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Stored outside and tarped. KLAL, Lakeland, Florida

REMARKS: Salvage is sold as is/where is.  The logs are not complete.

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, C-GYGY: Fatal accident occurred February 22, 2018 in Monticello, San Juan County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Piper Aircraft
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Edmonton, AB

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location:  Monticello, UT
Accident Number: WPR18FA095
Date & Time: 02/22/2018, MST
Registration: C-GYGY
Aircraft: PIPER PA32R
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 22, 2018, at an unknown time, a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane, Canadian registry C-GYGY, was destroyed when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Monticello, Utah. The private pilot/owner and the three passengers were fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Undetermined meteorological conditions prevailed. No flight plan was filed for the flight.

The pilot and passengers were all Canadian citizens, and resided in Alberta Canada. According to the pilot's daughter, the pilot typically wintered with the airplane in the southern United States (US). On a return trip from the US to Alberta in the airplane in very early February, the pilot left the airplane at Cut Bank International Airport (CTB), Cut Bank, Montana in the US, reportedly because adverse weather prevented the aerial completion of the trip. The airplane remained hangered at CTB until February 21, when the pilot and passengers drove to CTB to begin the flight journey that would include the accident leg.

The passengers included the pilot's friend, the pilot's son, and a friend of the pilot's son. The pilot was the only licensed pilot on board, but his 28 year old son was reported to have at least some flight experience. According to the pilot's daughter, the son's experience, in combination with other passengers' lack of flight experience, likely resulted in the pilot's son occupying a cockpit seat for the trip.

The flight destination was Albuquerque New Mexico, for the purpose of enabling the pilot to examine an airplane for possible purchase. The pilot's daughter stated that as she understood it, the pilot planned to fly from CTB to Albuquerque in one day, and she was not aware of any planned stops. However, due to unspecified weather, the flight landed at Grand Junction Airport (GJT), Grand Junction, Colorado, and the group overnighted in Grand Junction. According to the fixed base operator (FBO) at GJT, the pilot had requested a fuel top-off on February 21, and the airplane was serviced with 17.6 gallons of fuel that same day. The pilot was not in attendance for the refueling. To date no other fueling records have been located.

According to GJT air traffic control tower information, on February 22, the airplane departed to the northeast at 0937 mountain standard time. To date, no further communications between the airplane and any air traffic control facilities have been located.

About 2200 on February 22, in response to a concerned party, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT) stating that the airplane was overdue. About 0215 on February 23, the US Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) reported that an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal had been detected in the vicinity of La Sal Junction, Utah. Multiple ground and airborne searches were initiated during that day. At 1649 on February 23, previously unknown aircraft wreckage was located by a Civil Air Patrol search aircraft. Law enforcement personnel arrived at the scene soon thereafter, and the wreckage was confirmed to be that of the missing airplane.

The wreckage was located in a field about 10 miles southeast of Monticello, Utah. The debris field was oriented on a magnetic track of about 085°, and was about 550 feet long. The site elevation was approximately 6,800 ft above mean sea level (msl). An investigative team mapped the debris field and conducted an initial wreckage examination. Both wings had fracture-separated from the fuselage. All major components of the airplane, including all flight control surfaces, were identified at the scene. The landing gear damage was consistent with it being retracted at the time of impact. The engine had fracture-separated from the fuselage. No evidence of any pre-impact mechanical deficiencies that would have precluded continued flight were observed. No evidence of any pre-or post-impact fire was observed. The wreckage was recovered on February 27 for transport to, and subsequent detailed examination at, a secure facility.

The pilot held a Transport Canada (TC) private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. Flight time records indicated that as of February 9, 2018, the pilot had about 597 total hours of flight experience. His most recent TC Category 3 medical certificate was issued in February 2018.

TC information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1976, and was equipped with a Lycoming IO-540 series engine. The most recent annual or 100-hour inspection was completed in September 2017. The pilot was in the process of selling the airplane, and an undated advertisement stated that the airplane had a total time (TT) since new of 2,744 hours. The propeller TT was listed as 32 hours, and the engine "time since overhaul" was cited as 682 hours. The advertisement noted that the airplane was equipped with an autopilot, and an engine monitor with recording capabilities. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: C-GYGY
Model/Series: PA32R 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Departure Point:  Grand Junction, CO (KGJT)
Destination: Albuquerque, NM

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  37.781667, -109.173333 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Clint Kaupp, Bill Kaupp, Tim Mueller, and Ron Mckenzie. 

Bill Kaupp and his wife of 43 years, Paula Kaupp.

Clint Kaupp, pictured with his niece Maggie. 

Ron McKenzie, pictured with his two granddaughters. 

Tim Mueller, pictured with his nephew Jack. 

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- UPDATE: Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday Civil Air Patrol confirmed to KKCO the plane was found, and there were no survivors.

UPDATE: Civil Air Patrol search and rescue teams are looking for the plane in the area of Dove Creek, near the Colorado, Utah border.

Crews are using a signal from the plane’s emergency beacon to triangulate its location, but rough canyon terrain and snow in the area are making it difficult, according to the Civil Air Patrol.

Original Story: A plane that left the Grand Junction Regional Airport on Thursday went missing from radar soon after takeoff.

Pilot Bill Kaupp of Alberta, Canada and three others were on the plane when it left GJT, according to his son Jon Kaupp, who spoke to KKCO over the phone.

According to a news release from the Civil Air Patrol, the single-engine Piper Lance was headed for Albuquerque, New Mexico. Aircrews searching for the plane were forced to turn back Friday because of snow, according to the mission incident commander in New Mexico, Lt. Col. Jon Hitchcock.

According to Civil Air Patrol, a ground team from Montrose was sent to the search area 130 miles southwest of Grand Junction.  The AFRCC at Tyndall AFB tasked CAP to assist in locating a missing Piper Lance that left Grand Junction, CO, headed for Albuquerque, NM, on Thursday. A CAP ground team has been dispatched from Montrose, CO, headed to the search area 130 mi southwest of Grand Junction.

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Beechcraft B100 King Air, C-GIAE, Island Express Air Inc: Incident occurred February 23, 2018 at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), British Columbia, Canada

At least two people were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after an airplane went off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport on Friday.

The plane went off radar while taking off around noon and was soon found just off the taxiway near a raspberry field, airport general manager Parm Sidhu said. The field is located just west of the intersection of Walmsley Avenue and Clearbrook Road.

Sidhu said that there were no serious injuries among the 10 people – two crew and eight passengers – on board a charter flight from Island Express Air which was headed to California.

Of the passengers, six were uninjured, Sidhu said. Two had minor injuries while another two were sent to hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries.

Two or three small children were among the passengers, and at least one person was seen with cuts to their face.

Ambulance, police and fire crews were dispatched to the scene.

Sidhu said the cause of the incident is unknown at this time and that he wasn’t able to speculate whether the snowy conditions were a factor.

“It could be a combination of factors,” he said.

The Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.

The accident delayed one flight originally scheduled to depart just before 1 p.m.

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An Island Express Air plane skidded off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport early Friday afternoon as heavy snow blanketed the Lower Mainland.

Airport general manager Parm Sidhu said 10 people were on board. None had life-threatening injuries.

"Around 12 o'clock, we received notification that an aircraft had gone off radar," he said. "We inspected the airfield and we found a Beechcraft B100 King Air north of the runway."

Sidhu said two of the passengers were taken to hospital and two others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Transportation Safety Board has been notified of the accident. The cause is unknown at present. People from a variety of nearby businesses said visibility at the airport was very poor because of blowing snow.

At one point, firefighters, police and paramedics had set up a command post on site.

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