Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pulsar III, N332RP, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred April 18, 2018 in Salton City, Imperial County, California

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 Diego, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Salton City, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA122
Date & Time: 04/18/2018, 0830 PDT
Registration: N332RP
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 18, 2018, about 0830 Pacific daylight time, a Wilhelm Puslar III airplane, N332RP, experienced a total loss of engine power and the pilot subsequently initiated a forced landing to open desert near Salton City, California. The private pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained damage to the underlying structure. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight departed from Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport (TRM), Palm Springs, California about 0800.

The pilot reported that he had been cruising about 6,700 feet for about 30 minutes. When he started to return to the airport the engine suddenly lost power. He tried several times to start the engine however, it would start, then stop again. He navigated to the nearest airport; however, unable to make the runway, he landed in an open desert area. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a berm, the landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane has been moved to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: WILHELM
Registration: N332RP
Model/Series: PUSLAR III
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: TRM, -114 ft msl
Observation Time: 0852 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Palm Springs, CA (TRM)
Destination: Palm Springs, CA (TRM)

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: 33.244167, -115.924167 (est) 

SALTON CITY, Calif. -  The Federal Aviation Administration initially reported a crash near Salton City Wednesday morning but we learned through officials that the plane had a soft landing.

According to Salton City Fire Station, the plane's engine malfunctioned and the single-passenger glided to a soft impact. The passenger only sustained a small laceration to his right hand when impacting. 

Authorities said they don't have crashes like these on a regular basis but every now and then they get gliders that hit a draft of wind that causes them to crash land.


According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Pulsar III aircraft crashed due to an engine failure near Salton City, Calif. at 8:50 a.m.

The crash was a non-fatal accident with one person on board with minor injuries. There is unknown damage to the aircraft, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

New York City Ruling On Helicopter Safety Goes Only As Far As State Line

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Apparently the sky’s not the limit, but the New York state line is when it comes to setting safety rules for doors-off sightseeing helicopter tours like the one which led to five deaths last month.

There’s no question that David Hopkins, senior director of aviation at New York City Economic Development Corporation, was on the hot seat Wednesday at a city council hearing on helicopters – and it was a hearing that quickly spun out of control, reports CBS2’s Marcia Kramer.

Hopkins said that in the wake of the crash, the Economic Development Corporation, which regulates helicopters in New York city, had reached an agreement with the operators of the downtown heliport to ban all doors-off sightseeing tours.

The problem is the agreement only affects flights leaving from the New York City-controlled heliports. The decision had no impact on helicopters taking off from the other side of the river.

The helicopter that crashed took off from New Jersey.

“We have not had conversations with New Jersey,” he said. “This applies to New York City heliports.”

Paul Vallone, the council member representing District 19 in northeast Queens and chair of the meeting, was not happy with the city’s decision.

“It didn’t involve a New York City-born helicopter, it came from New Jersey,” said Vallone. “How could we, of 8.2 million people, say sorry it was coming from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut – they can do whatever they want – but in New York we’re going to create these safety rules. It’s not enough.”

After the hearing, an EDC spokesperson told Kramer the agency’s next step will be to talk to the FAA, New Jersey and other neighboring states to explore ways to improve air safety in the Tri-State area.

On March 11, a Liberty Helicopters flight booked by FlyNYON tours crashed into the East River and killed 26-year-old Brian McDaniel, a firefighter from Dallas; 34-year-old Daniel Thompson; 29-year-old Tristian Hill; 26-year-old Trevor Cadigan; and 29-year-old Carla Vallejos Blanco.

The pilot — Richard Vance, 33, of Danbury, Conn. — survived and told police that a passenger’s harness had caught on the emergency fuel kill switch.

After the crash, the FAA issued an order banning the kind of harnesses that were used during the doors-off flight, because they could not be quickly released.

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Daytona Cubs Replica, N3102Z: Accident occurred April 17, 2018 at Executive Airport (KORL), Orange County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA219
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Orlando, FL
Aircraft: STONE JAMES R DAYTONA CUBS REPLICA, registration: N3102Z

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 landed and experienced main strut collapse.

Date: 17-APR-18
Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N3102Z
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A small plane has crashed at the Orlando Executive Airport, confirms an official from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

The crash occurred just before noon.

The plane involved was an experimental aircraft.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority says that the right main gear collapsed during landing on runway 7. 

One pilot was aboard and there were reportedly no injuries. 

The airport will reopen once the plane is towed off the runway.

Honda HA-420 HondaJet, N166HJ: Incident occurred April 17, 2018 at Harlan Municipal Airport (KHNR), Shelby County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines

Aircraft veered off the runway through the grass on landing.

KSI Business Aircraft LLC:

Date: 17-APR-18
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N166HJ
Aircraft Make: HONDA
Aircraft Model: HA 420
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
State: IOWA

Tecnam P92 Eaglet, N404TA: Incident occurred April 17, 2018 at Hanover County Municipal Airport (KOFP), Ashland, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond

Aircraft landed hard during touch and go.

Heart of Virginia Aviation Inc:

Date: 17-APR-18
Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N404TA
Aircraft Model: P92 EAGLET
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91