Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cessna T182T, N946CA: Accident occurred September 12, 2017 at Silver Springs Airport (KSPZ), Lyon County, Nevada

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual 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/N946CA

Location: Silver Springs, NV
Accident Number: GAA17CA533
Date & Time: 09/12/2017, 1015 PDT
Registration: N946CA
Aircraft: CESSNA T182T
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that the purpose of the flight was to provide a proficiency check out for the pilot, which is an organizational requirement prior to pilots being authorized to fly their airplanes.

After completing area work, they returned to the airport. The pilot landed the airplane and taxied back to the departure end of the runway. The flight instructor then assumed control of the airplane for the purpose of demonstrating a rejected takeoff after a simulated engine failure. About 50 to 100 ft above the ground, he retarded the throttle, lowered the flaps to 40°, and lowered the nose. An excessive sink rate developed, and the airplane touched down slightly nose up, bounced, then rolled to a stop.

A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/09/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4359 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2010 hours (Total, this make and model), 4359 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 65 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 42, 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: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/25/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  05/29/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 173 hours (Total, all aircraft), 21 hours (Total, this make and model), 102 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N946CA
Model/Series: T182T T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: T18208891
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/06/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1553.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Textron Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-AK1A
Registered Owner: CIVIL AIR PATROL
Rated Power: 235 hp
Operator: CIVIL AIR PATROL
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNFL, 3934 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 88°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: RENO, NV (RNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Silver Springs, NV (SPZ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0915 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: SILVER SPRINGS (SPZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4265 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.406389, -119.240833 (est)

Cessna 172P, N54463: Accident occurred September 11, 2017 near Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut

  

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

Aviation Accident Factual 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/N54463


Location: Plainville, CT
Accident Number: GAA17CA530
Date & Time: 09/11/2017, 1125 EDT
Registration: N54463
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during touchdown the airplane bounced, and he chose to go-around. He applied full power, set the carburetor heat to cold, and began incrementally retracting the flaps. The airplane drifted left of the runway centerline, towards a parking lot, but was not gaining altitude. The pilot started looking for a spot to execute a forced landing when the airplane impacted a tree and collided with the ground.

A postaccident exam of the airplane revealed substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

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


Pilot Information


Certificate: Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/17/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/19/2016
Flight Time:  670 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N54463
Model/Series: 172 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17274979
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: INTERSTATE AVIATION INC.
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: INTERSTATE AVIATION INC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 


Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHFD, 19 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 74°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 10°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: WESTFIELD/SPRINGFIELD, MA (BAF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Plainville, CT (4B8)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G 


Airport Information

Airport: ROBERTSON FIELD (4B8)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 201 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3665 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  41.688889, -72.867222 (est)

Golden Eagle Chief, N68N: Accident occurred September 03, 2017 in Mount Zion, Macon County, Illinois and Accident occurred August 10, 2007 in Hindsboro, Douglas County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual 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/N68N

Location: Mt. Zion, IL
Accident Number: CEN17LA338
Date & Time: 09/03/2017, 1615 CDT
Registration: N68N
Aircraft: Golden Eagle Chief
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 3, 2017, about 1615 central daylight time, a Golden Eagle Chief, N68N, piloted by a private pilot, was substantially damaged when it nosed over in a bean field near Mt. Zion, Illinois. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. The pilot and passenger on board the airplane were not injured. The cross-country flight originated from Macomb (MQB), Illinois, and was en route to Mattoon, (MTO), Illinois.

The pilot told Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors that the engine lost power. His first thought was that it was a fuel issue. He made a forced landing in a bean field and the airplane nosed over on its back. The top of the rudder was crushed. The pilot said there was fuel in the tanks at the accident site.

Despite numerous requests, the pilot refused to complete the NTSB's Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report (Form 6120.1-2). He told the FAA inspector that he planned to sell the wreckage and would not repair it. The following, therefore, is based on information supplied by FAA inspectors.

Prior to moving the airplane to its hangar, the pilot said he drained 13 gallons of fuel from the fuel tanks because he did not want fuel leaking on the hangar floor. By the time FAA inspectors arrived, the airplane had been in the hangar for over 24 hours. The inspector said he had no way of confirming the amount of fuel remaining in the airplane because he did not see any fuel when he arrived. The airplane had been inverted and fuel could have leaked out the vented fuel caps. The fuel tanks, which hold 30 gallons, were filled at Macomb, Illinois. The inspector estimated the flight time from Macomb to Mt. Zion to be about one hour.

The inspector turned the propeller by hand and noted drive train continuity.

On August 10, 2007, the pilot and N68N were involved in another accident near Hindsboro, Illinois. In that case a forced landing and nose over ensued after the engine lost power, Post-accident examination revealed the number 7 cylinder had separated. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/17/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/16/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1472 hours (Total, all aircraft), 47 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Golden Eagle
Registration: N68N
Model/Series: Chief
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1929
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 803
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  05/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1480 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 10 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 746 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Ken Royce
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 7 Series
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 90 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMQB, 682 ft msl
Observation Time: 1635 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Macomb, IL (KMQB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mattoon, IL (KMTO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.744167, -88.919444

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA338 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 03, 2017 in Mt. Zion, IL
Aircraft: Golden Eagle Chief, registration: NC68N
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 3, 2017, about 1615 central daylight time, a Golden Eagle Chief, NC68N, piloted by a private pilot, was substantially damaged when it nosed over in a bean field near Mt. Zion, Illinois. The pilot and passenger on board the airplane were not injured. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The cross-country flight originated from Macomb (MQB), Illinois, and was en route to Mattoon, (MTO), Illinois.

The pilot told Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors that the engine lost power. His first thought was that it was a fuel issue. He made a forced landing in a bean field and the airplane nosed over on its back. There was fuel in the tanks at the accident site.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois

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

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:   https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: CHI07CA276
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 10, 2007 in Hindsboro, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2007
Aircraft: Golden Eagle Chief, registration: N68N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane nosed over on impact with terrain and crops during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power. An examination of the airplane's engine revealed a separation of its number seven cylinder.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The loss of engine power due to the number seven cylinder's separation during cruise and the crops encountered during the forced landing leading to the airplane nosing over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage when it nosed over on impact with terrain and crops during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power. An examination of the airplane's Ken Royce 7G engine, serial number 1329, revealed a separation of its number seven cylinder.

Star Marianas Air, Piper PA-31-350, N4078J: Accident occurred August 30, 2017 at Saipan International Airport, Saipan Island, Mariana Islands

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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

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


Location: Saipan, MP
Accident Number: GAA17CA570
Date & Time: 08/30/2017, 1808 LCL
Registration: N4078J
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 7 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Scheduled 

The pilot reported that during the initial climb, about 150 feet above the ground, while the landing gear was being retracted, the airplane impacted a flock of medium sized birds. He noted that the landing gear unlock indicator remained illuminated and the landing gear handle would not return to the up neutral position. No degradation of performance was noted, so the pilot choose to continue to his destination.

About 20 miles from the airport, the pilot attempted to lower the landing gear, but was unsuccessful. He contacted maintenance personnel on the ground and advised them of the landing gear issue. The ground maintenance personnel visually verified that the nose and right main landing gear were down. The pilot performed the emergency gear extension checklist and noted little to no resistance on the hand pump. After multiple attempts to lower the landing gear, Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Support was requested. Soon after, the pilot received clearance to land.

During the landing the right main landing gear collapsed and the left wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

A postaccident examination revealed snarge on both horizonal stabilizers, left wing, and fuselage. It was noted that the right inboard main landing gear door actuator hose had failed. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/13/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/18/2017
Flight Time:   5847 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2005 hours (Total, this make and model), 5714 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 186 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 128 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4078J
Model/Series: PA 31 350
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 31-8152057
Landing Gear Type:  Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7368 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  9341.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:  C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-J2BD
Registered Owner:  Marianas Transportation Management Solutions Inc
Rated Power: 350 hp
Operator: Star Marianas Air, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PGSF, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 0754 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 97°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4400 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling:  Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 200°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ROTA ISLAND, MP (GRO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Saipan, MP (GSN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1645 LCL
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: FRANCISCO C ADA/SAIPAN INTL (GSN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 215 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7001 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 5 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 7 None
Latitude, Longitude:  15.117778, 145.726111 (est)

Cessna 150G, N2996S: Accident occurred August 30, 2017 at Wasilla Airport (PAWS), Alaska

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denali, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual 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/N2996S

Location: Wasilla, AK
Accident Number: GAA17CA542
Date & Time: 08/30/2017, 1642 AKD
Registration: N2996S
Aircraft: CESSNA 150
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that on a cross country flight she diverted to a closer airport because the airplane was low on fuel. She added that she executed a go-around after a high approach, but when she advanced the throttle forward, the engine experienced a total loss of engine power. She landed the airplane straight ahead in brush.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

A postaccident examination revealed that the airplane had less than the 3.5 unusable gallons of fuel.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 20, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/30/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 101 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64 hours (Total, this make and model), 18 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 73 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2996S
Model/Series: 150 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 15066896
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-200 SERIES
Registered Owner: Kingdom Air Corps
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAWS, 354 ft msl
Observation Time: 2356 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 56°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 4°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 17 knots, 100°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.29 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HEALY, AK (PAHV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wasilla, AK (IYS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1520 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: WASILLA (IYS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 353 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3700 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Go Around; Traffic Pattern 

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: 61.568056, -149.552222 (est)

Piper PA-12, N3233M: Accidents occurred August 26, 2017 and January 14, 2010 in Gulkana, Alaska and Accident occurred February 01, 2007 in Glennallen, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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

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

Operated by Wrangell Mountain Air Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N3233M

Location: Gulkana, AK
Accident Number: GAA17CA511
Date & Time: 08/26/2017, 1400 AKD
Registration: N3233M
Aircraft: PIPER PA 12
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry

The pilot of a tailwheel equipped airplane was transporting hunters to a remote cabin. The flight was a multi-leg flight and consisted of about 146 miles. The flight departed with about 20 gallons of fuel for the 2.5 hours of flight time, and about 36 minutes for fuel reserve.

The pilot reported that visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed during the flight, but he noted that due to low stratus clouds and rain showers, he diverted from his planned flight path. He added that on the last leg of the flight, the unanticipated head wind component was about 15-25 mph. About 2 miles from his destination, fuel exhaustion occurred, and the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot deviated from his destination to the copper river to execute a forced landing. While on the base to final leg on landing approach, the headwind changed to a tailwind, and the airplane landed in a left wing low orientation.

A postaccident exam of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/31/2017
Flight Time:   14000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 210 hours (Total, this make and model), 14000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 314 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N3233M
Model/Series: PA 12 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 12-2027
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/29/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1933 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3378.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: Joel Boniek
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: WRANGELL MOUNTAIN AIR INC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Operator Designator Code: WM9C 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAGK, 1562 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 339°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 150°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.58 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Remote Cabin, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: GULKANA, AK (GKN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class E 

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:  62.169167, -145.410278 (est)

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

Registered Owner:  Copper Valley Air Service LLC
Operator: Copper Valley Air Service LLC

NTSB Identification: ANC10LA012
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Gulkana, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/2010
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N3233M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The commercial pilot was on a passenger flight when the accident occurred. The pilot said that, due to the cold outside temperature, he departed with the airplane's oil cooler cover in place. He said that the engine temperature increased and that he decided to land and remove the oil cooler cover. He then landed on a snow-covered lake and after landing he continued laying down tracks in the snow to aid in his departure. While laying down tracks the airplane's skis hit a ridge hidden under the snow. The pilot then examined the airplane and found that a fuselage frame tube had broken near the right main landing gear attachment. The pilot said that there were no mechanical problems with the airplane prior to the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which resulted in structural damage to the airplane during landing.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on January 15, the pilot said that due to the cold outside temperature, he departed Gulkana with the airplane's oil cooler cover in place. He said after departing, the engine temperature increased significantly, and he decided to land and remove the oil cooler cover. He reported that he chose a snow-covered lake for landing, and that after landing, he continued laying down tracks in the newly fallen snow to aid in his departure. The pilot said while laying down tracks the airplane's skis hit a ridge hidden under the snow. He said he examined the airplane and found a fuselage frame tube had broken near the right main landing gear attachment. He said he called for another airplane to pickup his passenger. The pilot said there were no mechanical problems with the airplane prior to the flight.

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

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Registered Owner: Copper Valley Air Service LLC

NTSB Identification: ANC07LA018
The docket is stored in the Docket Management System (DMS). Please contact Records Management Division
Accident occurred Thursday, February 01, 2007 in Glennallen, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-12, registration: N3233M
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The commercial certificated pilot was maneuvering to land his ski-equipped airplane on a snow-covered lake during a Title 14, CFR Part 91, personal flight. The pilot reported that he and his passenger were scouting the area for a wolf hunt, and decided to land on a remote frozen lake. While making a slight left turn toward the landing area, he said he encountered a windshear about 20 feet above the ground. He said the airplane was configured with 20 degrees of flaps, and the airspeed was about 45 mph. The pilot indicated the left wing stalled, and the airplane descended, colliding with the surface of the lake. The airplane received structural damage to the left wing, fuselage, and landing gear. The pilot described the wind conditions as light and variable winds, with no gusts. He also indicated that the wind shifted several times after the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed to preclude a stall while maneuvering, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent and subsequent collision with terrain. Factors contributing to the accident were variable wind conditions, and an inadvertent stall.

On February 1, 2007, about 0945 Alaska Standard time, a ski-equipped Piper PA-12 airplane, N3233M, sustained substantial damage when it collided with snow-covered terrain while maneuvering to land on a remote lake, about 30 miles northwest of Glennallen, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local area personal flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91 when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated in visual meteorological conditions by the pilot/owner of Copper Valley Air Service, LLC, Glennallen. The commercial certificated pilot was not injured. The sole passenger received minor injuries. The flight originated at the Gulkana Airport, Gulkana, Alaska, about 0920, and no flight plan was filed.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on February 2, the pilot reported that he and the passenger were scouting the area for a wolf hunt, and decided to land on a frozen lake. While making a slight left turn toward the landing area, he said he encountered a windshear about 20 feet above the ground. He said the airplane was configured with 20 degrees of flaps, and the airspeed was about 45 mph. The pilot indicated the left wing stalled, and the airplane descended, colliding with the surface of the lake. The airplane received structural damage to the left wing, fuselage, and landing gear.

On the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1) submitted by the pilot, the pilot described the weather conditions as clear, visibility unlimited, a temperature of about 15 degrees F, light and variable winds, with no gusts. He also indicated that he observed several wind shifts after the accident.