Monday, March 26, 2018

Mooney M20E, N213EJ: Fatal accident occurred March 26, 2018 at Marina Municipal Airport (KOAR), Monterey County, California

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

Gordon L. Holley: http://registry.faa.gov/N213EJ

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Marina, CA
Accident Number: WPR18FA112
Date & Time: 03/26/2018, 1053 PDT
Registration: N213EJ
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 26, 2018, about 1053 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20E, N213EJ, was destroyed when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from runway 29 at Marina Municipal Airport (OAR), Marina, California. The private pilot/owner received fatal injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The airplane was based at Watsonville Municipal Airport (WVI), Watsonville, California. According to WVI operations personnel, about 0954 on the morning of the accident, the pilot parked his car just outside the Airport Operations Office, and came into the office to request a fuel topoff in his airplane, which was in his hangar there. The Operations Supervisor noticed that the pilot's ability to walk had significantly deteriorated since he last saw the pilot a few months prior, but that the pilot appeared to be in good spirits. Shortly thereafter, the fuel truck pumped 25.4 gallons into the airplane. WVI surveillance cameras recorded the airplane taking runway 20 for departure at 1035:54 PDT. No radio communications to or from the airplane were recorded either at WVI or OAR, which is located about 15 miles south of WVI.

One witness at OAR, who was located approximately midfield, reported that he saw the airplane lift off, and that the landing gear immediately retracted after breaking ground. He and two other witnesses all reported that they observed the airplane begin an unusually steep climb in an unusually high airplane-nose-up attitude. The airplane then pitched over to an approximately level attitude, and then began to yaw to the left. As it did so, the nose and left wing dropped. At this point in the flight, the airplane entered, via the upper frame edge, the field of view of a surveillance camera that was mounted on a building near the southwest corner of the airport. The left wing was the first item to appear in the frame. At that point the airplane appeared to be on a heading of about 160°, with about a 15° nose down pitch attitude, and in a descending flight path. The airplane continued to yaw left, the pitch attitude continued to decrease, and the trajectory became increasingly steep. By the time the airplane was about 3 airplane lengths above the ground, the pitch attitude was nearly vertical nose down, the top of the airplane was facing the runway 11 threshold, and the trajectory was near vertical. The airplane struck the ground in a near-vertical nose down attitude, fell back onto its underside, and a fire began immediately. The impact site was located just southwest of the intersection of runway 29 and taxiway C, offset about 300 feet from the runway centerline. The vertical distance from the top of the image frame to the impact point was about 10 airplane lengths, or about 230 feet.

Initial examination of the wreckage revealed that the bulk of the cockpit and cabin, and their contents, were consumed by fire. The wings and the steel-frame fuselage structure exhibited substantial impact crush damage. The outboard wing sections and the empennage were not damaged by the fire. The landing gear was found in the retracted position. The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility for subsequent detailed examination.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an instrument-airplane rating. Review of his logbook revealed that he had a total flight experience of about 2,650 hours. He ceased flying in mid 2014 due to a family illness, and resumed in August 2017. The logbook indicated that he had accrued about 22.6 hours since then, all of which were in the accident airplane. The first 7.1 of those hours were dual instruction with a certified flight instructor.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) information indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1965, and was equipped with a Lycoming IO-360 series engine. The pilot purchased the airplane in 1990, and had kept it hangared at WVI since 1999. Maintenance records indicated that the most recent annual inspection was completed on September 22, 2017. As of that date, the airplane had a total time (TT) in service of about 3,517 hours, and the engine had a TT of about 792 hours.

The 1054 automated weather observation at Monterey Regional Airport (MRY), Monterey, California, located 7 miles southwest of OAR, included winds from 110° at 3 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 6° C, dew point 4° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.16 inches of mercury. One pilot-witness at OAR reported that at the time of the accident, the winds were from about 260° to 270° at about 10 knots.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MOONEY
Registration: N213EJ
Model/Series: M20E NO SERIES
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: MRY, 15 ft msl
Observation Time: 1054 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Marina, CA (OAR)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  36.675556, -121.756944 (est)

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



MARINA — One person died after a Mooney M20E crashed into a field next to the runway at Marina Municipal Airport on Monday morning.

Marina Fire Chief Doug McCoun said the plane took off from the airport and then stalled after ascending at a high angle.

“It winged over and spiraled into the ground,” he said.

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The Marina Fire Department received a call of a plane crash about 10:55 a.m. When they arrived, the plane was on fire in the field.

The pilot was the only person onboard.

McCoun said the coroner will release the name of the pilot after proper notifications.

Firefighters continued to patrol the scene more than an hour after the fire was extinguished.

“There are metals on an airplane that burn hot,” McCoun said. “We’re trying not to disturb the aircraft, but still put the fire out.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the crash, and McCoun said he expected those agencies to conduct their own investigation into the crash.

According to McCoun, it was a private plane and was not affiliated with Skydive Monterey Bay, which operates out of the airport.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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




MARINA, Calif. - UPDATE 3/26/2018 4 p.m.:  One man is dead after a plane crash at the Marina Municipal Airport Monday morning. 

Just before 11 o’clock, reports came in about a plane that had crashed and was engulfed in flames.

“The first officer on scene confirmed there was one plane that had crashed and was fully involved when the officer arrived on scene,” said Commander Eddie Anderson with Marina Police.

Fire crews from Marina and Presidio of Monterey responded, along with police and paramedics.

The Federal Aviation Administration told KION one person was aboard the aircraft when it crashed. Authorities say the aircraft was a Mooney M20E and was based out of Watsonville.

“We do have a few witness accounts. As I understand it, the witnesses said the airplane was taking off from runway 29, which is right behind us, going this direction, got airborne. Some witnesses said it climbed at a pretty steep angle, and they’re reporting that it stalled and came down,” says Michael Huhn with the NTSB.

Investigators have not identified the pilot, but say he was a familiar face at the airport.

“It’s my understanding the plane actually landed here to get fuel and was leaving and something happened, we don’t know exactly what caused the plane to crash,” Anderson said.

That’s the job of the FAA and the National Safety Transportation Board. Investigators were at the scene taking pictures of the wreckage and speaking to witnesses on Monday afternoon. They say it could take up to a year before they can determine that caused the crash.

The Marina Municipal Airport is closed while the investigation continues.

ORIGINAL POST: One man is dead after his plane crashed on the runway of the Marina airport.

We are told he was the pilot, and the only person on the small plane. He was making a stop to fill up and was a regular at the airport. Officials do not believe he was from the area.

The airport is now closed while first responders, the NTSB and FAA investigate the incident.

The FAA tells us, "A single-engine Mooney M20E crashed under unknown circumstances while the pilot was taking off from Marina Municipal Airport around 10 a.m.The FAA and NTSB will investigate."

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.kion546.com



Marina >> One person died after a small personal aircraft crashed into a field next to the runway at Marina Municipal Airport on Monday morning.

Marina Fire Chief Doug McCoun said the plane took off from the airport and then stalled after ascending at a high angle.

“It winged over and spiraled into the ground,” he said.

The Marina Fire Department received a call of a plane crash at around 10:55 a.m. When they arrived, the plane was on fire in the field.

According to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane was a single-engine Mooney M20E. The pilot was the only person onboard.

McCoun said the coroner will release the name of the pilot after proper notifications.

Firefighters continued to patrol the scene more than an hour after the fire was extinguished.

“There are metals on an airplane that burn hot,” McCoun said. “We’re trying not to disturb the aircraft, but still put the fire out.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA were notified of the crash and McCoun said he expected those agencies to conduct their own investigation into the crash. The airport closed as officials investigated the crash.

According to McCoun, it was a private plane and was not affiliated with Skydive Monterey Bay, which operates out of the airport. He said the plane is based out of Watsonville.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

In 2014, a Mooney M20F single-engine plane landed on its belly at the Marina Municipal Airport after its landing gear collapsed with no injuries resulting from the landing. In 2001, a homemade airplane built and piloted by David Rominger, 70, of Marina, crashed in a strawberry field when the aircraft’s wings collapsed while approaching the Marina Municipal Airport, killing him.

Original article ➤  http://www.montereyherald.com



MARINA, Calif. —  A small plane crashed on a Marina airport runway and burst into flames Monday.

The single-engine Mooney M20E pilot was declared dead at the scene.

No passengers were in the plane when it crashed at 10 a.m.

The pilot's identity was not immediately released. Witnesses said the plane is based out of Watsonville.

Flight instructor David Stoik described the crash as horrific.

"Upon watching the angle of the aircraft in the air as it took off from the runway I knew there was going to be a crash," Stoik told KSBW.

"The airplane burst into flames instantaneously upon impact on the ground. I jumped into my vehicle from the West Hangar and went to the site of the accident. The airplane was burnt to the ground in less than three minutes," Stoik said.

Firefighters doused the blaze.

"It's just a tragedy all the way around," Stoik said.

FAA officials are investigating to determine what caused the deadly crash.

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

Cirrus SR22, N848SR: Incident occurred March 24, 2018 at Scottsdale Airport (KSDL), Scottsdale, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aircraft veered off the runway on landing.

Aerozona 1 Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N848SR

Date: 24-MAR-18
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N848SR
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SCOTTSDALE
State: ARIZONA

Champion 7GC, N4844E: Incident occurred March 25, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage

Aircraft ground looped on landing and gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N4844E

Date: 26-MAR-18
Time: 01:35:00Z
Regis#: N4844E
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7GC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Interstate S-1A-65F Cadet, N37428: Accident occurred March 24, 2018 in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys

During stunt performance aircraft made contact with ground vehicle then landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N37428

Date: 24-MAR-18
Time: 21:05:00Z
Regis#: N37428
Aircraft Make: INTERSTATE
Aircraft Model: S 1A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: LANCASTER
State: CALIFORNIA

Dova DV-1 Skylark, N511JP: Incident occurred March 25, 2018 at Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR), Concord, Contra Costa County, California and Incident occurred February 09, 2016 Palo Alto Airport (KPAO), Santa Clara County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento

Aircraft experienced nose gear collapsed on departure and veered off the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N511JP

Date: 25-MAR-18
Time: 18:47:00Z
Regis#: N511JP
Aircraft Make: DOVA AS
Aircraft Model: SKYLARK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: CONCORD
State: CALIFORNIA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Light sport Dova as Skylark, on landing nose gear collapsed and the prop struck the runway.

Date: 09-FEB-16
Time: 21:46:00Z
Regis#: N511JP
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA FSDO-15
City: PALO ALTO
State: California

Sonex Tri Gear, N4124G: Incident occurred March 25, 2018 at Crystal River Airport (KCGC), Citrus County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft landed and went into grass causing gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N4124G

Date: 25-MAR-18
Time: 14:50:00Z
Regis#: N4124G
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: SONEX TRIGEAR
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CRYSTAL RIVER
State: FLORIDA

Lindstrand Balloon 105A, N1517H: Incident occurred March 24, 2018 in Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Hot air balloon hit power lines and crashed.


http://registry.faa.gov/N1517H


Date: 24-MAR-18

Time: 12:44:00Z
Regis#: N1517H
Aircraft Make: LINDSTRAND BALLOON
Aircraft Model: 105A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
City: TAMPA
State: FLORIDA

WESLEY CHAPEL, FL - Two people were injured Saturday morning when a hot air balloon hit a power line near the Groves Shopping Center, according to the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

The hot air balloon was approaching a landing spot when the basket struck a power line. The balloon then landed below the power line. Three adults were in the balloon's basket at the time, deputies said.

Pasco deputies and county fire rescue crews responded to the scene and found that two of the adult passengers in the basket identified as Hector Vega, 37, and Ashley Vega, 33, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The hot air balloon pilot Michael Braun, 62,was uninjured. Both passengers were transported to a local hospital.

The hot air balloon was operated by a company called Aerial Adventure Tampa Bay.

The FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board are investigating.

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

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. - Pasco sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a hot air balloon accident near The Groves Shopping Center.

Three people were onboard the basket at the time. Two adult passengers, Hector and Ashley Vega, suffered non-life threatening injuries, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The pilot, Michael Braun, was uninjured.

The incident occurred near Oakley Boulevard about 8:44 a.m. Saturday.

The hot air balloon was approaching a landing spot when the basket struck a power line, a Pasco sheriff's office release said. The balloon then landed below the power line.

The injured passengers were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified.

No further information was released.

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

Yakovlev Yak-52, N58GC: Incident occurred March 23, 2018 at Waukegan National Airport (KUGN), Lake County, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage

Aircraft experienced gear collapsed after landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N58GC

Date: 23-MAR-18
Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N58GC
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: YAK 52
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WAUKEGAN
State: ILLINOIS

Beech B24R Sierra, N4341W: Incident occurred March 25, 2018 at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Touch and go practice, on landing roll tail lifted causing damage to aircraft.

Denton Farms LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N4341W

Date: 25-MAR-18
Time: 17:39:00Z
Regis#: N4341W
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B24R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: KALAMAZOO
State: MICHIGAN

Stinson 108-2, N9444K: Incident occurred March 23, 2018 at Alliance Municipal Airport (KAIA), Box Butte County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln

After landing aircraft nosed over.

http://registry.faa.gov/N9444K

Date: 23-MAR-18
Time: 18:15:00Z
Regis#: N9444K
Aircraft Make: STINSON
Aircraft Model: 108 2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ALLIANCE
State: NEBRASKA

Lancair Legacy 2000, N307PM: Incident occurred March 24, 2018 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), Lane County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft experienced gear collapsed during takeoff.

http://registry.faa.gov/N307PM

Date: 24-MAR-18
Time: 19:24:00Z
Regis#: N307PM
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: LEGACY
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: EUGENE
State: OREGON

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, N1664H: Incidents occurred March 24, 2018 and May 11, 2016 at Burnet Municipal Airport (KBMQ), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio State:

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N1664H

Date: 24-MAR-18
Time: 16:55:00Z
Regis#: N1664H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32R 300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BURNET
State:  TEXAS

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 11-MAY-16
Time: 17:07:00Z
Regis#: N1664H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BURNET
State: Texas

MXS-RH, N540JH, registered to Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred March 25, 2018 at Kalt Ranch Airport (9TE5), Fulton, Aransas County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N540JH

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

Location: Fulton, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA127
Date & Time: 03/25/2018, 1645 CDT
Registration: N540JH
Aircraft: MX AIRCRAFT LLC MXS
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 25, 2018, about 1645 central daylight time, a MX Aircraft LLC, MXS airplane, N540JH, collided with an object during a forced landing at the Kalt Ranch Airport (9TE5), Fulton, Texas. The pilot received a minor injury. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows LLC and was operated by the pilot under provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operating on a flight plan. The flight originated from NAS Kingsville (NQI) Kingsville, Texas, about 1620, with an intended destination of The Red River Airport (0R7), Coushatta, Louisiana.

The pilot reported that while in cruise flight at 11,500 ft above mean seal level (msl) the engine began to vibrate. About 30 seconds later the pilot heard a "bang" and a piece of the engine penetrated the engine cowling and engine oil covered the outside of the canopy restricting the pilot's vision. The pilot reported there was an extreme vibration until he slowed the airplane and the propeller stopped spinning.

The pilot located 9TE5 on his GPS and maneuvered the airplane to stay close to the airport. The pilot first saw the runway at an altitude of about 700 ft when he descended below the broken to scattered cloud layer at which time he was committed to land downwind with a 25-knot tailwind. The airplane touched down about one-third the way down the runway. Unable to see forward out of the canopy due to the oil, the pilot did not see a large piece of debris on the runway which the left main gear contacted. The landing gear separated, and the airplane slid on its belly before veering off the runway into the grass.

Initial examination of the engine revealed a hole in the top of the crankcase just behind the oil filler cap at the No. 6 cylinder.

It was later determined that the airport was closed/abandoned, and the debris was a large piece of roof that had been blown onto the airport during a hurricane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MX AIRCRAFT LLC
Registration: N540JH
Model/Series: MXS NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: ROB HOLLAND ULTIMATE AIRSHOWS LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RKP, 24 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 22 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1300 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: KINGSVILLE, TX (NQI)
Destination: COUSHATTA, LA (0R7) 

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:  28.154167, -96.975833 (est)

Bell 407, N431P: Incident occurred March 25, 2018 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington, District of Columbia

Life Flight departed and encountered a bird strike. Bird went through window and struck the pilot.

PHI Air Medical LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N431P

Date: 25-MAR-18
Time: 03:29:00Z
Regis#: N431P
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: PHI AIR MEDICAL
City: WINCHESTER
State: VIRGINIA

Cessna 152, N6509L: Accident occurred March 12, 2018 at Harvey Field Airport (S43), Snohomish, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Snohomish Flying Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N6509L


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA177
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 12, 2018 in Snohomish, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N6509L

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

On landing nose gear bent, propeller, cowling, wingtips struck runway.

Date: 16-MAR-18
Time: 15:39:00Z
Regis#: N6509L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 152
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SNOHOMISH
State: WASHINGTON

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N987AV: Accident occurred March 23, 2018 at Beaver County Airport (KBVI), Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh

Moore Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N987AV


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 23, 2018 in Beaver Falls, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N987AV

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

Aircraft on landing went off side of runway.

Date: 23-MAR-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N987AV
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEAVER FALLS
State: PENNSYLVANIA

JetBlue Selects Developer for Proposed John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK) Expansion: Airline must compete for right to build out terminal as part of $10 billion airport overhaul



The Wall Street Journal 
By Paul Berger
March 26, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

JetBlue Airways Corp. has selected Vantage Airport Group and RXR Realty LLC to lead its proposed multibillion-dollar terminal expansion at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

JetBlue’s planned expansion, estimated to cost between $2 billion and $3 billion depending upon the final design, is intended to add gates that can accommodate modern, wide-body planes.

The airline currently operates out of JFK’s Terminal 5, which has 29 narrow-body gates. The expansion could add 12 larger gates, according to Steve Priest, JetBlue’s chief financial officer.

Mr. Priest said the airline received bids from 10 companies to partner on the development. JFK is among the busiest airports in the country and private companies saw “potentially great returns on a long-term lease in a high-demand environment,” Mr. Priest said.

JetBlue is in talks with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK, about whether and when the development can proceed.

The proposed expansion comes as the Port Authority embarks upon a $10 billion redevelopment of JFK, which has struggled to serve growing passenger demand with its cramped and sometimes-outdated terminals. The airport’s troubles were exposed in January, when a snowstorm resulted in days of confusion as thousands of passengers suffered excessive delays and many were separated from their luggage.

JFK served almost 60 million passengers in 2017, up from 49 million in 2012, according to Port Authority figures. The bistate agency projects that it will need to serve 100 million passengers annually by 2050.

Unlike most airports nationwide, each of JFK’s six terminals is operated by a different airline or private company. The Port Authority is weighing expansion and modernization proposals from each of its operators in a bid to join up a Balkanized terminal layout and to smooth operations. This summer, the agency expects to decide which projects can proceed and in what order.

The agency plans to invest $1 billion of its own funds, mainly to improve roadways and other infrastructure. It expects the private sector to shoulder the remaining $9 billion.

The airport’s redevelopment is a priority for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also pushed for an $8 billion overhaul of LaGuardia Airport currently under way.

Vantage is among the lead firms in the consortium developing LaGuardia’s Terminal B, in a $4 billion public-private partnership with the Port Authority. The Canadian firm, which manages and develops terminals, has more than 20 years’ experience working on airports.

The project would mark the first airport development for RXR, one of the Tri-State area’s largest real-estate developers. A spokesman for RXR noted the firm has significant experience working on public-private partnerships in the region.

RXR CEO Scott Rechler is a former vice chairman of the Port Authority and an ally of Mr. Cuomo’s. He is currently chairman of the Regional Plan Association, an influential urban planning group.

JetBlue plans to expand across the site of its former home at Terminal 6, which was demolished in 2011. It also wants to expand into the footprint of Terminal 7, where British Airways currently operates.

The British airline, part of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, declined to comment. Earlier in March, a spokeswoman said British Airways was reviewing options with the Port Authority and that it would remain at Terminal 7 until at least 2022, when its lease expires.

Mr. Priest said JetBlue is “respectful” of British Airways. Though he added: “Frankly, just developing Terminal 6 doesn’t really give JFK the opportunity to go forward and advance the governor’s vision.”

The winning consortium, known as JFK Millennium Partners, beat competition from private-equity firm Oaktree Capital Management and Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial SA for the right to join with JetBlue on the development.

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Lufthansa to move ‘Super Star’ from Auburn to Germany



AUBURN — After 10 years, the “Super Star” Constellation is taking off — or at least moving on.

Lufthansa Technik announced Thursday that it will be removing the wings from the historic aircraft, packing it up and taking it to Germany later this year to finish the decade-long restoration.

At different phases, the project to restore the Lockheed L-1649A “Super Star” Constellation employed hundreds of people in a leased hangar at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport.

Project Manager Oliver Sturm said 70 people work there now.

“The airplane is too complex to finish here because it’s a very old aircraft, coming from the ’50s,” Sturm said.

He didn’t yet have a firm date for its departure nor did he know whether any final public tours were planned.

“(The decision) is so brand new, we have to figure out what does it mean for the people, for the crew, for the aircraft,” he said.

In a statement released from Lufthansa Technik’s corporate parent, the company thanked local workers, business partners and both communities for its “steadfast support.”

“The project concludes an important phase since its inception and is soon to commence the next phase of its journey and will be welcomed in Germany where it will continue to be a shining example of German-U.S. aviation heritage and honoring the long-standing ties between both countries,” according to the statement.

“The L-1649A, known as the ‘Super Star,’ was the aircraft which served the United States on nonstop flights from Germany, three years after the re-establishment of Deutsche Lufthansa in 1955. The restoration of this magnificent aircraft continues to be a journey of precision work and collaboration with a very talented and dedicated team of experts, engineers, and skilled workforce on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Auburn Mayor Jason Levesque said it had been an honor to host the crew and have the project here.

“While we are sad to see the project shift to Germany ahead of their initial schedule, we are pleased to know that Auburn played such an important role in bringing back a true aviation icon,” he said. “It’s time for the airport and both Lewiston and Auburn to look boldly forward to the future economic impact the infrastructure that they leave behind will bring to our community.”

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Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service

Airlines constantly tweak their schedules, trying to find profitable new routes or pulling the plug on ones that have underperformed. Airports and communities court these new services.

There are dozens of changes to airline routes each month. Here's a look at some of the most interesting:

Southwest adds five non-stop routes, expands in Phoenix

Southwest Airlines is adding five daily non-stop routes to its schedule. The carrier also will beef up its presence in Phoenix by adding more flights on existing routes.

Two new routes come from Southwest's base at Houston Hobby, with daily non-stop service to Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville. Additionally, Southwest will add daily non-stop service between Denver and Memphis. Southwest will offer one round-trip flight each weekday on all three routes starting Oct. 3.

Two other routes — Oklahoma City-Nashville and Denver-El Paso — get Sunday-only non-stop service starting Oct. 7.

In Phoenix, Southwest will add one additional weekday flight to five of its existing routes.

Alaska Airlines shakes up California routes

Alaska Airlines is ending service on several California routes as it looks to both cut underperforming routes and harmonize its schedule with merger partner Virgin America. 

Four routes are from San Francisco, where non-stops to Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Mexico City will end by mid-June. Another San Francisco route  — to Cancun — ended this month.

Two routes from Southern California — Los Angeles-Orlando and San Diego-Mexico City — will be discontinued by summer.

The adjustments come as the lucrative California market has become increasingly competitive, especially since Alaska Airlines’ acquisition of Virgin America made it one of the top carriers in the state.

Alaska Airlines said the changes don’t indicate a pullback. Spokeswoman Ann Johnson said Alaska has added 34 new routes from the state since the Virgin America deal closed in December 2016. Of the additions made since then, only four are being discontinued. “That’s a pretty great success rate,” Johnson said.

Other routes that are ending — such as Denver-San Francisco — were launched by Virgin America prior to the merger. Those markets, Johnson said, are being eliminated as part of an effort “to optimize the schedule” as the carriers’ operations are blended together.

Allegiant adds Nashville as part of 13-route expansion

Allegiant Air will make Nashville its newest destination, part of a broader 13-route expansion at the budget carrier.

The company also revealed two new cross-country routes that will add non-stop service between Denver and Asheville, N.C., and between Oakland and Memphis.

Allegiant's Nashville service starts June 7 when it launches the first of five routes. Flights to Punta Gorda, Fla., will operate year-round and four other Nashville routes (Destin, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Savannah, Ga.) will be seasonal.

Among the other cities getting new routes are Flint, Mich. (to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach); Syracuse (to Orlando Sanford); and Eugene, Ore. (to San Diego).

Delta at New York LaGuardia: Chattanooga in, Dayton out

Delta Air Lines is expanding its presence in Chattanooga, Tenn., adding a non-stop route to its hub at New York LaGuardia.

The daily weekday service begins July 9 and will be operated by Delta Connection affiliate Endeavor Air on 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-900 regional jets. Delta already flies from Chattanooga to its hubs in Atlanta and Detroit.

Delta freed the slots for the new Chattanooga route amid broader schedule adjustments at LaGuardia. The carrier is thinning frequencies on some routes to Florida.

It's also dropping another route altogether — Dayton-LaGuardia non-stops will end March 31 "due to underperformance," spokesman Morgan Durrant said.

Ethiopian Airlines’ Dreamliners will fly to Chicago

Chicago has become one of the newest dots on Ethiopian Airlines' global flight map.

The carrier is set to begin flying from O’Hare International Airport on June 10, offering three flights a week to its hub near Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa.

The flight from Chicago is scheduled for 13 hours, 45 minutes and will be the only non-stop service connecting Chicago to Africa. The return Chicago-bound flight stops in Dublin on its way from Addis Ababa. Ethiopian will use Boeing 787-8 “Dreamliners” for the flights.

Ethiopian says Chicago customers will be able to connect via Addis Ababa to more than 55 destinations across Africa.

Chicago O’Hare will become the fourth U.S. destination for Ethiopian, which has flown to the U.S. since 1998. Its other U.S. gateways are Newark Liberty, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.

Hong Kong Airlines launches in San Francisco

Hong Kong Airlines began flying to San Francisco on Sunday, becoming the fourth carrier to offer non-stop flights to Hong Kong from the Bay Area airport.

The carrier is using new 334-seat Airbus A350s for its four weekly flights. Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and United also fly between the cities. 

San Francisco becomes the third North American destination for Hong Kong Airlines, founded in 2006. It began service to Vancouver in June 2017 and to Los Angeles in December.

Beyond its new North American routes, Hong Kong Airlines flies from its Hong Kong hub to more than 30 destinations across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. 

Aeromexico courts auto industry with new Detroit route

Aeromexico will add non-stop service between Detroit and Leon, Mexico, starting April 30.

Aeromexico said the route would link two cities that have complementary industries. Detroit is known as the center of the automobile industry in the U.S.; Aeromexico described Leon as a Mexican industrial center known for “strong automotive, leather and footwear, agroindustry, tourism, and pharmaceutical sectors.”

Aeromexico will fly one daily round-trip flight between the cities on 99-seat Embraer E190s. Leon customers will be able to connect to dozens of Delta destinations via Detroit, a hub for Delta.

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