Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bellanca 17-30 Super Viking, N7328V: Accident occurred June 08, 2017 near Front Range Airport (KFTG), Watkins, Colorado and Incident occurred February 05, 2017 at Tri-State Airport (KHTS), Huntington, West Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N7328V

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Watkins, CO
Accident Number: CEN17LA220
Date & Time: 06/08/2017, 1340 MDT
Registration: N7328V
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 8, 2017, about 1340 mountain daylight time, a Bellanca 17-30 airplane, N7328V, made an forced landing in a field near Front Range Airport (FTG), Watkins, CO. The commercial rated pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from FTG at an unknown time.

The pilot reported that he and the passenger planned to conduct touch-and-go landings at FTG. He added that the main fuel tanks were full before takeoff and he began the flight with the left fuel tank selected. After performing an unknown number of landings, he reportedly switched from the left to the right fuel tank, while in the traffic pattern. He completed one more touch-and-go landing and the engine experienced a loss of power on the on the upwind leg of the traffic pattern. The engine did not show signs of a problem before the loss of power and the fuel gauge indicated full during the entire flight. He reportedly switched back to the left tank and was unable to restart the engine. During the forced landing the airplane impacted a ditch and came to rest upright (figure 1).


Figure 1 – Accident airplane


The passenger stated to the police that the airplane was at 6,100 ft above mean sea level (700 ft above ground level) when the loss of engine power occurred, and that they "were too low to troubleshoot the problem."

The airplane owner reported that he and his wife flew the accident airplane on June 7, 2017 for about 1 hour, during which time the engine performed normally with no anomalies noted. He reportedly told the pilot that he would need to top off the fuel tanks before the next flight because fuel had not been added after the last 2.5 flight hours. He was unaware of any fuel being added to the tanks after this flight and before the accident flight. There were no fuel receipts discovered during the investigation.

A postaccident examination of the airplane by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the airplane's firewall. The fuel selector was positioned to left main fuel tank. The two auxiliary tanks contained fuel to the top of the tanks at the fuel filler port. The right wing was slightly elevated at the accident sight and an undetermined about of fuel was clearly visible from the right main fuel tank filler port. During the recovery process, left main fuel tank was empty and the other 3 fuel tanks contained about 45 gallons of fuel combined.

The airplane owner reported that the pilot had accumulated over two hours of flight time in the accident airplane prior to the accident flight. The owner added that he and the pilot received informal training on the airplane systems and fuel management in February and a refresher on fuel management two weeks before the accident.

The pilot reported 3.4 total hours in the accident airplane type.

The postaccident examination and engine functional test was performed under the supervision of the FAA. Before the functional test began, a replacement propeller was installed, and an external fuel tank was connected to the engine fuel line. The airplane's electrical power was turned on, but the electric boost pump did not operate. After several unsuccessful attempts to start the engine without priming the fuel system a replacement electric boost pump was installed into the external fuel tank. The replacement boost pump was only necessary for engine start and not needed for engine operation after it started. Then, the fuel system was bled, primed and started on the first attempt. The engine was operated at 1,500 rpm until it was warm. The engine would not operate below 1,500 rpm due to impact damage to the throttle cable end. Then the throttle was advanced to yield 2,100 rpm with no anomalies noted. After about 2 minutes the throttle was advanced full forward and the engine operated at 2,800 rpm; after a couple of seconds the propeller governor reduced the engine to 2,600 rpm. After running the engine for about 1 minute the mixture control was pulled to idle-cutoff and the engine was stopped.

After the engine functional test, the fuel selector valves were tested by blowing compressed air into the fuel tank outlets and air was observed coming out of the engine driven fuel pump inlet line. Both fuel selectors operated normally and there were no blockages noted within the fuel lines. The examination did not reveal any preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/15/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/03/2017
Flight Time:  411.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3.4 hours (Total, this make and model), 327.7 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 144.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 81 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BELLANCA
Registration: N7328V
Model/Series: 17 30
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 30207
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/03/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2670 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONTINENTAL MOTORS
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D
Registered Owner: Jeffrey Handrock
Rated Power: 300 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: KFTG, 5513 ft msl
Observation Time: 1355 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 206°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 10°C
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 110°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: DENVER, CO (FTG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: DENVER, CO (FTG)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: FRONT RANGE (FTG)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 5512 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 39.809722, -104.492500 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA220
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2017 in Bennett, CO
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17 30, registration: N7328V
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 June 8, 2017, about 1340 mountain daylight time, a Bellanca 17-30 airplane, N7328V, made an emergency landing in a field near the Front Range Airport (FTG), Denver, CO. The commercial rated pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from FTG. 

A review of the air traffic control recording revealed that the airplane was flying in the traffic pattern at FTG when the pilot reported a loss of engine power. Another pilot in the traffic pattern observed the accident airplane in a field. 

A postaccident examination by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the airplane's firewall. The fuel selector was positioned to left main fuel tank. The left main tank contained less than 2 gallons of fuel. During the recovery process, the other 3 fuel tanks were drained and about 45 gallons of fuel was recovered. 


The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston

Aircraft on landing gear collapsed.

Date: 05-FEB-17
Time: 14:50:00Z
Regis#: N7328V
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 17-30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HUNTINGTON

State: WEST VIRGINIA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N907JW: Accidents occurred May 07, 2018 and March 29, 2018 at Palm Beach County Park Airport (KLNA), Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft experienced a gear collapsed on landing.

Palm Beach Flight Training Corporation

http://registry.faa.gov/N907JW


Date: 07-MAY-18 
Time: 11:00:00Z
Regis#: N907JW
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LANTANA
State: FLORIDA

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA200
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Lantana, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N907JW

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.

Cessna Ector 305A, N1832: Accidents occurred September 03, 2020 and April 09, 2018

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California 

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


Location: Amboy, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA296
Date & Time: 09/03/2020, 1530 PDT
Registration: N1832
Aircraft: Cessna Ector 305A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of a tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, he was making a precautionary landing to an old gravel and sand runway. During the landing roll, he lost directional control and the airplane ground looped. Subsequently, the right main landing gear collapsed, and the right wing struck the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 77, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:BasicMed 
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/30/2019
Flight Time:  670.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 103.9 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna Ector
Registration: N1832
Model/Series: 305A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2004
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/11/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2270 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9805.91 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-J
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 225 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: KNXP, 2051 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 233°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 42°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Paula, CA (SZP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lake Havasu, AZ (HII)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 34.559722, -115.746944 (est)



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada


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


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


Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Accident Number: GAA18CA209

Date & Time: 04/09/2018, 1645 PDT

Registration: N1832

Aircraft: CESSNA ECTOR 305A

Aircraft Damage: Substantial

Defining Event: Loss of control on ground

Injuries: 2 None

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional


Analysis


According to the flight instructor in the tailwheel-equipped airplane, the pilot receiving instruction was on the flight controls during the landing roll. Near the end of the roll, the tail began to swerve, and the airplane ground looped to the right. The airplane exited the right side of the runway, and the left wing struck the ground.


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


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


Probable Cause and Findings


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot receiving instruction failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.


Findings


Aircraft

Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)


Personnel issues

Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)


Factual Information


History of Flight


Landing-landing roll

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Runway excursion


Flight Instructor Information


Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor

Age: 64, Male

Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied: Rear

Other Aircraft Rating(s): None

Restraint Used:

Instrument Rating(s): Airplane

Second Pilot Present: Yes

Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane

Toxicology Performed: No

Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/18/2018

Occupational Pilot: Yes

Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/06/2018

Flight Time: (Estimated) 8074.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 62.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 7936.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 34.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)


Pilot Information


Certificate: Private

Age: 74, Male

Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied: Front

Other Aircraft Rating(s): None

Restraint Used:

Instrument Rating(s): None

Second Pilot Present: Yes

Instructor Rating(s): None

Toxicology Performed: No

Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations

Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/01/2018

Occupational Pilot: No

Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/27/2017

Flight Time: (Estimated) 435.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 32.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 279.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 52.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 35.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: CESSNA ECTOR

Registration: N1832

Model/Series: 305A NO SERIES

Aircraft Category: Airplane

Year of Manufacture: 1964

Amateur Built: No

Airworthiness Certificate: Normal

Serial Number: 2004

Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel

Seats: 2

Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2017, Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

Engines: 1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time: 9262.2 Hours at time of accident

Engine Manufacturer: Continental

ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident

Engine Model/Series: O-470

Registered Owner: On file

Rated Power: 225 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: KTVL, 6314 ft msl

Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles

Observation Time: 2353 UTC

Direction from Accident Site: 3°

Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear

Visibility: 10 Miles

Lowest Ceiling: None

Visibility (RVR):

Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None

Wind Direction: 30°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A

Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg

Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -1°C

Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation

Departure Point: South Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL)

Type of Flight Plan Filed: None

Destination: South Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL)

Type of Clearance: None

Departure Time: 1230 PDT

Type of Airspace: Class E


Airport Information


Airport: LAKE TAHOE (TVL)

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt

Airport Elevation: 6268 ft

Runway Surface Condition: Dry

Runway Used: 18

IFR Approach: None

Runway Length/Width: 8541 ft / 100 ft

VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern


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: 38.893889, -119.995278 (est)

Experimental Bearhawk, N1685: Accident occurred April 10, 2018 at Sandia Airpark Estates East Airport (1N1), Edgewood, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque 

Lane Aviation LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N1685

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Edgewood, NM
Aircraft: BICE DAVID E BEARHAWK, registration: N1685

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 ground looped while landing and went off the runway.

Date: 10-APR-18
Time: 19:25:00Z
Regis#: N1685
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: BEARHAWK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EDGEWOOD
State: NEW MEXICO