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:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N332RP

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Salton City, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA122
Date & Time: 04/18/2018, 0830 PDT
Registration: N332RP
Aircraft: WILHELM PUSLAR
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.

ORIGINAL STORY

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 ➤ http://www.kyma.com

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.

Story and video ➤ http://newyork.cbslocal.com

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N3102Z

Location: Orlando, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA219
Date & Time: 04/17/2018, 1205 EDT
Registration: N3102Z
Aircraft: STONE JAMES R DAYTONA CUBS REPLICA
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, a wind gust picked up the left wing. The right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 12 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 360° at 6 knots. The airplane landed on runway 07. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 52, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/13/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 104 hours (Total, this make and model), 3025 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STONE JAMES R
Registration: N3102Z
Model/Series: DAYTONA CUBS REPLICA NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 11
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/30/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 73.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Superior
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: XP-O-360-A3A2
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KORL, 112 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 73°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 4°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 360°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LAKELAND, FL (LAL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Orlando, FL (ORL)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1130 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: EXECUTIVE (ORL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 112 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6004 ft / 150 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:  28.544167, -81.336111 (est)



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: http://registry.faa.gov/N166HJ

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
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
City: HARLAN
State: IOWA

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia 

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N404TA

Location: Ashland, VA
Accident Number: GAA18CA228
Date & Time: 04/17/2018, 0930 EDT
Registration: N404TA
Aircraft: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNAM P92 EAGLET
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, while the airplane was in the landing flare for a touch and go landing, the student pilot allowed the airspeed to become too low and he instructed the student to perform a go around. The student applied full power and retracted the flaps, but the airplane continued to descend, so the instructor "got on the controls with him".

During the go-around the airplane touched down on the runway hard, bounced, and the instructor reported hearing a "ping" and observed that the right main landing gear was no longer attached. The instructor continued the go-around and entered the traffic pattern and during the approach observed the right main landing gear laying on the right side of the runway. He landed and the airplane veered to the right off of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 36 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 250° at 9 knots. The airplane landed on runway 34. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2412 hours (Total, all aircraft), 78 hours (Total, this make and model), 2224 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 140 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 26 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNAM
Registration: N404TA
Model/Series: P92 EAGLET NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 1327
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/09/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2075.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: HEART OF VIRGINIA AVIATION INC
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: HEART OF VIRGINIA AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOFP, 205 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1254 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 92°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ashland, VA (OFP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ashland, VA (OFP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0845 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HANOVER COUNTY MUNI (OFP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 206 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5402 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; 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:  37.708056, -77.436389 (est)