Monday, March 26, 2018

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



WATSONVILLE — Gordon Leroy Holley, better known as Lee Holley, whose comic strip “Ponytail” ran in 300 newspapers across the U.S. including the Register-Pajaronian, died March 26 when his small plane crashed at Marina Municipal Airport. He was 85. 

Holley’s family delayed confirming his death because his body was so badly burned that a DNA test was necessary to confirm his identity, a family member said.

Holley was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 20, 1932. He lived in Palm Springs and was visiting his daughter in Watsonville at the time of the crash.

He graduated from Watsonville High School in 1954, and based his internationally syndicated strip on his time there. In 1986, Holley was named in the first Watsonville High School Hall of Fame.

As an artist at Warner Brothers, Holley regularly contributed to the studio’s eight-minute shorts, which were made to run between matinee double features at theaters across the country. He also drew such notable characters as Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and the Coyote and Roadrunner.

He also worked for “Dennis the Menace” creator Hank Ketcham.

Once he signed on to draw “Dennis,” Holley saw borderline stardom that brought him offers from several publications such as Playboy.

Even before he found his fame in the cartooning world, Holley painted murals on the walls of pool halls and stores in Watsonville.

During a four-year stint in Navy ordinance during the Korean War, Holley honed his skills drawing a character named Seaman Deuce for military publications. After he got out, he applied for work at Disney and was put on a waiting list. During the wait, he contacted Warner Brothers and was hired.

Holley worked on three Academy Award-winning shorts, including 1957’s “Birds Anonymous” and the medieval-themed “Knighty Knight Bugs.”

He met his future wife, Patricia, then a stewardess on Pan American Airlines, and moved to her hometown of London to be with her. 

Throughout his career, Holley wanted to start his own comic strip based on his time at Watsonville High School. In his free time, he drew a few panels and sent them out to groups he thought might be interested. In 1960, he got a telegram from King Features Syndicate asking him to call their headquarters collect.

“Ponytail” became an internationally syndicated strip. Set at “Watsonhill” High, it related the misadventures of a blue-eyed blonde and her friends on the California coast.

In 1990, he retired to play tennis, fly his small plane and drive his Porsche. 

Archive “Ponytail” strips continue to run in the Register-Pajaronian.

Original article can be found here ➤  https://register-pajaronian.com

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, registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred March 25, 2018 at Merrill Field Airport (PAMR), Anchorage, Alaska

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N4844E

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA030
Date & Time: 03/25/2018, 1730 AKD
Registration: N4844E
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7GC
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 25, 2018, about 1730 Alaska daylight time, a Champion 7GC airplane, N4844E, sustained substantial damage following a landing gear separation during landing at Merrill Field Airport, Anchorage, Alaska. The pilot in the front seat and the pilot-rated passenger in the rear seat sustained no injury. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were present at the time of the accident and a VFR flight plan was filed. The airplane departed from Merrill Field Airport, about 1300.

The pilot reported that after completing a local area flight and upon landing to the dry asphalt of runway 25, the tailwheel-equipped airplane touched down, and ground looped to the left. During the landing sequence, the right main landing gear assembly separated, and the right wing impacted the runway. The pilot and passenger were able to egress from the airplane without further incident. The pilot further reported that during the landing sequence, the wind condition was 6 knots from 340 degrees.

The right wing and right aileron sustained substantial damage. The right main landing gear strut fractured at a junction where a jam nut is placed below a brazed joint. The fractured landing gear strut portion, along with the jam nut and brazed joint, was submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board Materials Laboratory, Washington, District of Columbia, for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CHAMPION
Registration: N4844E
Model/Series: 7GC 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: PAMR, 138 ft msl
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.59 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Anchorage, AK (MRI)
Destination: Anchorage, AK (MRI) 

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:  61.215833, -149.841944 (est)

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: Accident occurred March 24, 2018 in Wesley Chapel, 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N1517H

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Wesley Chapel, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA116
Date & Time: 03/24/2018, 0845 EDT
Registration: N1517H
Aircraft: LINDSTRAND BALLOONS 105A
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Sightseeing 

On March 24, 2018, about 0845 eastern daylight time, a Lindstrand Balloons 105A, N1517H, was substantially damaged when it collided with power lines in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The sightseeing flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that he was preparing to land, and as the balloon approached the landing site he saw that the area was roped-off. He then decided to land at his alternate landing site, which was an adjacent field on the backside of a shopping center.

He began a descent, saw power lines as he passed over the stores, and attempted to use the "burners" to climb, but it was too late. He knew the balloon was going to hit the powerlines, and told the passengers that there would be a hard landing and to "get down." The pilot secured the fuel at the burners and the tanks. The balloon descended straight down; the pilot heard a "pop," and felt sparks on his shoulders as the balloon hit the powerlines. The basket landed upright, and witnesses came to assist.

An examination of the balloon by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the balloon cables, throat and scoop were damaged. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LINDSTRAND BALLOONS
Registration: N1517H
Model/Series: 105A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Balloon
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: ZPH, 89 ft msl
Observation Time: 0835 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zephyrhills, FL
Destination: Wesley Chapel, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

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

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N6509L

Location: Snohomish, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA177
Date & Time: 03/12/2018, 1400 PDT
Registration: N6509L
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during the landing flare, the airplane encountered a wind gust and the airplane pitched upward. During landing the airplane bounced twice and each time it touched down on the nose landing gear, and subsequently both wings struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left and the right-wing spar.

The pilot reported that the wind at the airport about the time of the accident was from 100° at 12kts, gusting to 30kts. The pilot landed on runway 33.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/29/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/28/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 175 hours (Total, all aircraft), 160 hours (Total, this make and model), 84 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N6509L
Model/Series: 152 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 15284425
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/24/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 13717.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: SNOHOMISH FLYING SERVICE INC
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: SNOHOMISH FLYING SERVICE INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAE, 606 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 272°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots / 20 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 80°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Snohomish, WA (S43)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Snohomish, WA (S43)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1400 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HARVEY FIELD (S43)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 22 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2672 ft / 36 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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:  47.905000, -122.102778 (est)