Friday, May 11, 2018

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N738XT: Accident occurred May 11, 2018 at Markley Farm Airport (OH24), Orrville, Wayne County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N738XT

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: ORRVILLE, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA171
Date & Time: 05/11/2018, 0900 EDT
Registration: N738XT
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May11, 2018, about 0900 eastern daylight time, Cessna 172N airplane, N738XT, was substantially damaged when it impacted the ground and nosed over during takeoff from the Markley Farm Airport (OH24), Orrville, Ohio. The private pilot received serious injuries and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane sustained damage to the fuselage, wings and vertical tail. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident with an unconfirmed destination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N738XT
Model/Series: 172N N
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: BJJ, 1136 ft msl
Observation Time: 1256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 30°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: ORRVILLE, OH (OH24)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.875556, -81.766389



ORRVILLE, Ohio -- Authorities are investigating after a small plane crashed near state Route 57 and Five Points Road Friday morning.

Two passengers inside the private plane suffered minor injuries. The passengers are local residents, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a privately owned airfield. Authorities believe the pilot was attempting to return the plane to ground to avoid striking powerlines when the plane ran out of runway space.

The plane's landing gear snapped, causing it to overturn in a yard near a house.

Ohio State Highway Patrol and fire crews remain at the scene.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wkyc.com



ORRVILLE, Ohio-- A small plane crashed in Wayne County Friday morning, the Ohio State Highway Patrol says.

It happened at state Route 57 and 5 Points Road just north of Orrville during an aborted takeoff.

The two people on board, the pilot and his wife, were taken to Aultman Orrville Hospital for minor injuries.

Story and video ➤ http://fox8.com







ORRVILLE A small single-engine airplane with two people aboard crashed shortly after takeoff about 9:50 a.m. Friday near State Route 57, just north of Five Points Road.

According to Orrville Fire Chief Chris Bishop, the plane took off from a private landing strip nearby and failed to get any lift, crashing after getting about 30 feet off the ground. The front end hit first, and then the plane flipped over. According to the State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash, the pilot guided the plane down to avoid hitting the wires that run along the road.

The two occupants — Larry Markley, the pilot, and his wife Sally — were transported to Aultman Orrville Hospital with minor injuries, Bishop said.

When the first medics arrived they were still in the plane seat-belted, and medics helped them out of the plane.

The plane crashed within about 30 feet of a nearby house.

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





ORRVILLE, Ohio - A small plane has crashed in Wayne County on Friday morning.

The plane crashed in a field at 6239 Wadsworth Road in Orrville, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Story and video ➤ https://www.news5cleveland.com

Kolb Firestar II, N9216E: Accident occurred May 11, 2018 in Atmore, Escambia County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 
  
http://registry.faa.gov/N9216E

Location: Atmore, AL
Accident Number: WPR18LA142
Date & Time: 05/11/2018, 1203 CDT
Registration: N9216E
Aircraft: MARTINEZ JOSE A FIRESTAR 2
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 11, 2018, about 1203 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Kolb Firestar 2 airplane, N9216E, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain under unknown circumstances near Atmore, Alabama. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the airplane was registered to the pilot about a year before the accident, but he was not the builder of the airplane. The airplane was equipped with a Rotax 503 series engine mounted in an overwing pusher configuration.

According to one of the two FAA inspectors who responded to the accident, the airplane came to rest inverted on the lawn of a private residence, and the tail boom and right wing were substantially damaged. The inspectors conducted a limited examination of the airplane, and did not observe any pre-impact damage. They noted that the fuel tank was approximately ¾ full, and that there was fuel in the bowl of each of the two carburetors. They removed the exhaust manifold from the engine to examine the pistons and cylinders, and again did not observe any pre-impact damage.

The inspectors recovered a Go-Pro camera that was attached to the airplane, and reviewed the camera's image files. The most recent file in the camera's memory depicted at least the latter portion of the accident flight. The airplane appeared to be in cruise flight, about 500 feet above the ground. It became laterally unstable, and then descended rapidly to the ground. The audio channel operated intermittently, and recorded the sound of the engine running subsequent to ground impact.

The pilot's flight logbook was also recovered from the wreckage. The logbook indicated that the pilot had accrued about 32 hours in Cessna airplanes more than 20 years ago, but then ceased flying until September 2017, during which the pilot logged some time in an Aeronca Champ. A search of FAA records did not reveal any pilot certificates for the pilot.

The 1156 automated weather observation at an airport located about 29 miles southeast of the accident site included wind from 160° at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 6,000 ft, skies, temperature 31° C, dew point 12° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MARTINEZ JOSE A
Registration: N9216E
Model/Series: FIRESTAR 2 UNDESIGNATED
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: NSE
Observation Time: 1156 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

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





A pilot was seriously injured in an ultralight crash in Escambia County, AL, Friday.

The pilot was identified as Matthew Scott Newton of Pensacola. He was transported by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he was listed in stable condition with a badly injured leg.

The crash happened near the end of Howard Page Lane, about a mile from the Robinsonville Baptist Church, and about 4.5 miles from the Alabama/Florida state line. The plane lost power, clipped a tree and power line before crashing into a yard.

The crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The aircraft is listed as experimental by the FAA.


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





A single-engine aircraft crashed in the front yard of a Darryl Dawe Lane home this afternoon in Robinsonville.

The aircraft is a Jose Martinez Firestar 2 fixed wing single engine that’s registered to a Flomaton man, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.

Officials from the FAA were on scene gathering information on the crash. However, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is in charge of the investigation, which is ongoing.

The pilot of the aircraft, whose name isn’t available, was airlifted by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida.

Original article ➤ https://www.atmoreadvance.com



ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) - A pilot has been injured after crashing an ultralight plane into someone's front yard in the Robinsonville community outside of Atmore.

The crash happened Friday afternoon in front of a home on Howard Paige Lane.

The plane hit a tree and a power line after the engine failed, according to Chief Deputy Mike Lambert of the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff's Office.

Chief Deputy Lambert says the pilot, identified as Matthew Scott Nelson, suffered a leg injury. He was taken to Atmore Community Hospital and then flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he is now recovering.

The plane had a camera attached to it, and the video has been turned over to the FAA and NTSB to investigate the crash.

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

Legacy Flights: Lakeland Linder charter to offer weekend day trips to Key West



LAKELAND — A Lakeland-based air charter says it has an alternative to the seven-hour slog through Southeast Florida and U.S. 1 traffic for visitors looking to get a taste of Key West.

Starting Memorial Day weekend, for $199 for Florida residents and $229 for others, Lakeland-based Legacy Flights will be offering roundtrip day trips to Key West from Lakeland Linder Regional Airport.

The company is calling them “daycations,” and the Key West flight is the first of similar flights the growing company plans to offer in the future, company spokesman Mitch Pizik said, including Bimini, Bahamas; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Savannah, Georgia.

The company is likely looking toward siphoning some visitors to Orlando and Tampa who would like the chance to see Key West but maybe weren’t as eager to give up several days of their family Disney vacation to do it.

But the target is “anyone looking for a getaway,” Pizik said. “You can get there in an hour then have a full day down there.”

Now, passengers will have to board the return flight the day they left, but as the program develops, passengers will be able to stay overnight, Pizik said.

Those participating in the first flight leaving Lakeland at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 26, and arriving back 13 hours later, can fly roundtrip for $149. From then on, the charter service will fly scheduled flights three times a weekend, leaving Lakeland at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. Sundays, and arriving back that evening.

Legacy’s mainstay has been charters onboard its fleet of 30-passenger, turboprop Saab 340B aircraft: casino charters, sports teams, corporate retreats and church groups, as examples.

This new service is an expansion for the company, which is adding another Saab to its fleet soon and a sixth by the end of the year. Technically, Legacy Flights is hiring Legacy Airways, the charter operator, to operate the charter. Legacy Airways is the name that appears on the aircrafts’ livery.

Lakeland Linder Director Gene Conrad said it was an exciting addition to the services being offered by the airport tenant.

“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Conrad said. “It’s a great concept. People can fly down to Key West in the morning, enjoy themselves, and come back in the evening. It’s an easy and convenient service.”

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

Travel group coming to Hannibal, Missouri, via planes this summer



It is not uncommon to see a group of visitors arriving in Hannibal by riverboat or bus. In July a group of travelers is coming whose initial stop in America’s Hometown will not be the riverfront or historic district, but the city’s airport.

At the April meeting of the city’s airport advisory board, Robin Carroll, Hannibal Regional Airport fixed base operator, reported that a group of 15 aviators and their passengers will be arriving in mid-July.

“It’s exciting,” said Carroll.

A common bond shared by the group, aside from wanting to visit Hannibal, is that its members will all arrive in Comanche aircraft. Built by Piper Aircraft from the mid-1950s until 1972, Comanches are single-engine, low-wing, all-metal aircraft with retractable landing gear. While most feature four seats, some of the planes were designed to haul a pilot and five passengers.

Although the city’s airport is approximately six miles from the downtown historic district, Gail Bryant, director of the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCVB), does not see that distance as an obstacle for visiting aviators.

“The airport is really not far from the historic district,” she said. “In the past, flying groups have rented the trolley as transportation, or depending on the number of people, even passenger vans. With our downtown so walkable, it is easy once getting there to be dropped off to enjoy sightseeing, eating and enjoying the historic charm.”

The Comanche club is no stranger to Hannibal, landing here in 2010, according to Carroll.

“The Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau worked with them on an itinerary several years ago, and we have been working with them this year for their return visit,” said Bryant.

Karen Burditt, Hannibal’s finance director, noted during the meeting that the Comanche flying group is just one of many aircraft clubs whose members enjoy seeing the country.

“They will fly in somewhere for the weekend,” she said. “It makes perfect sense.”

Does the HCVB consider flyers to be another potential weekend traveling market?

“Flying groups, like any type of group, vary depending on the members,” said Bryant. “Organizations made up of mostly retired individuals are more likely to come during the week, while those with younger members still working a traditional 9-5 workday, will plan longer weekends.”

While the HCVB expends considerable time and effort to attract visitors aboard riverboats and buses, flyers are not ignored when it comes to marketing to them as potential weekend visitors.

“Flying clubs do not hold large travel marketplaces like bus tour operators do,” said Bryant. “However, Hannibal is very well situated to be attractive to hobbyist flyers, as our airport is relatively close to downtown.

“I think people would be surprised at the wide variety of unique groups that visit Hannibal, either strictly for leisure or for a conference and events. The Steampunk Festival is one that makes a big splash downtown, but we also have quilting groups, military reunions, retired railroad workers, motorcycle groups, RV clubs ... The list goes on and on.”

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.hannibal.net

Pilot numbers increasing in Nevada, but declining nationwide



An aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip emerged just past the control sticks and a dashboard of buttons.

Peter Forman, a former pilot and volunteer at the Henderson-based Future and Active Pilot Advisors’ Future Pilot Program, pointed out details from the scene below to his student as they glided over the city — virtually.

This flight simulation was one of the tools used at a May 2 Las Vegas event to educate students of all ages about an aviation career.

According to a 2017 market outlook from Boeing, North American airlines will need to hire 117,000 new pilots by 2036 to keep up with an expanding fleet of aircraft.

“We haven’t felt the effects yet,” said Hilarie Grey, the director of corporate communications at Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air. “But we know it will affect us eventually.”

Smaller, regional airlines have been hit the hardest so far, she said. But in Nevada, the number of pilots is on the upswing.

With pilot employment outpacing growth in the tourism, gaming and entertainment industry, Nevada is moving in the right direction, said Bob Potts, research director at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.




‘Cascading issue’ 

Nevada added 39 airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers over the last year, an increase of 3 percent, according to data from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. Commercial pilot jobs saw a 6 percent increase, from 601 to 638.

Meanwhile, the tourism, gaming and entertainment industry grew by 1 percent last year, and the visitor volume growth numbers from the Nevada Commission on Tourism are similar, Potts said. In all, the two pilot categories had a combined growth rate of 3.7 percent, outpacing the 2.8 percent growth rate of passenger counts, according to Potts.

Still, a shortage is at the forefront of many local airline’s minds. Grey said the shortage is likely to get worse with a large number of pilots retiring in the near future.

By 2036, North American airlines will need to hire 118,000 technicians and 154,000 cabin crew members to keep up with demand, according to Boeing.

“It’s not only a pilot issue,” said Brent Mireles, the director of operations at Pan Am Career Pilot Academy. “It’s a large, cascading (issue).”

And it’s one that’s affecting a variety of businesses. At a recent FAPA pilot job fair, Mireles said he saw four charter companies actively recruiting pilots.

“It used to be only regional airlines at events like this. The major airlines didn’t need it and the charter companies got the overflow from the regionals,” he said. “UPS was doing on-sight interviews, which is something I haven’t seen, ever.”




Incentives

Tuition rates at the Pan Am academy hover around $60,000, and that number can be even higher for students who go through flight training at a four-year university. But Mireles said the return-on-investment is worth it.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, airline and commercial pilots had an average annual salary of $111,930 in 2017. And airlines are throwing in more and more retirement packages and bonuses to sweeten the deal, Mireles said.

“I started less than 10 years ago, and there were no bonuses,” he said.

Now, some regional airlines offer signing bonuses of more than $20,000 and retention bonuses near $6,000, according to Rob Canning, sales manager at Pan Am International Flight Academy.

Smith said financial incentives and events like the future pilots program are necessary steps to help the industry succeed.

“The industry needs to start spending money to develop the pipeline,” he said.

Story and video ➤ https://www.reviewjournal.com

David deBerardinis: Accused Ponzi scammer's plane, luxury boat on the auction block



Shreveport businessman David deBerardinis is an accused -- but not convicted -- fraudster, but the government is about to auction off two luxury items they've seized from him.

It's part of the government's efforts to confiscate assets belonging to the businessman, who's accused of running a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme. deBerardinis denies it.

Going on the U.S. Treasury's on-line auction block: deBerardinis' private jet and a sailboat. The auction runs from May 16-23.



The jet is a 1982 British Aerospace Hawker that will carry a dozen passengers. It's described as in good condition and parked in south Florida.

The sailboat Starship is a 50-footer that's moored in South Texas. It has engine problems and its interior is described as in poor condition, with water damage.

The bigger haul of the two would be the jet, although one person familiar with the plane said its age and fuel economy are not factors in its favor.



Proceeds from the auction will go into a protected account and wait on the outcome of the case against deBerardinis.

deBerardinis has pleaded not guilty to charges he scammed $96 million from investors and banks who believed he was engaging in energy trades that provided double-digit returns on the money they loaned him. His accusers say no trades were made and deBerardinis diverted much of the money to himself. deBerardinis denies it.

In their criminal case, federal prosecutors served notice they will attempt to confiscate deBerardinis' assets and make restitution to investors. They want to forfeit a dozen bank accounts containing approximately $114,000; the jet, a $203,000 life insurance policy; his home in Shreveport's Pierremont Park area; and two vehicles. The sailboat is not part of that forfeiture move listed on the indictment but it has been seized by federal authorities.

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

Elon Musk Predicts Rocket Launches Will Be as Routine as Airline Flights: SpaceX chief says enhanced reusability eventually will enable the same booster to fly 100 times

The launch of a SpaceX Falcon rocket in February.


The Wall Street Journal 
By Andy Pasztor
Updated May 10, 2018 6:58 p.m. ET

Staking out another bold space objective, Elon Musk said the latest configuration of his rocket is designed to fly as many as 10 times without any scheduled maintenance, and ultimately could be refurbished and blast off at least 100 times.

Speaking Thursday before the first planned launch of an upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Mr. Musk spelled out his long-term vision of reusability, a concept he has pioneered to revolutionize space transportation. The mission from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center was aborted by a last-minute technical problem, but a second attempt was scheduled for Friday.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., as the company is formally known, already reuses the lower stage of its current-generation rockets, typically months after the first use.

But starting next year, the company plans to use the same main engines and lower stage to conduct two consecutive missions in a single day, Mr. Musk said. Going further than he has before, he predicted additional advances intended eventually to make space travel as routine and safe as boarding a jetliner.

When it comes to both SpaceX and electric-car company Tesla Inc., which Mr. Musk also runs, the billionaire has been criticized by auto-industry analysts and aerospace rivals for boasting about technical accomplishments while laying out super-ambitious goals and specific timetables that often prove unrealistic.

Recently he clashed with Wall Street analysts over whether Tesla has the ability to ramp up production and resolve nagging assembly-line problems.

Mr. Musk’s latest comments about SpaceX risk a repeat of that dynamic if the company fails to deliver. Over the years, the company has fallen short of goals to increase launch rates or complete new spacecraft on schedule.

But instead of dialing back public projections, Thursday’s news conference highlighted Mr. Musk’s determination to continue capturing the limelight with increasingly ambitious goals.

Extolling the latest Falcon 9 as “the most reliable rocket ever built,” the SpaceX chief went on to say he is certain his engineering team also “will achieve full reusability” of the upper stage, which now burns up “like a meteor” as it returns to the atmosphere. Falcon 9 rockets have suffered two catastrophic explosions since 2015. That has compared with no such failures involving rockets built by rival United Launch Alliance , a joint venture of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. , over a much longer period.

If the reusability strategy succeeds, Mr. Musk held out the promise of cutting the price of orbital launches to $5 million or $6 million, from $50 million or $60 million currently. “That would be quite insane,” he said, though customers still would have to shoulder part of the development costs.

But Mr. Musk didn’t explain when that could occur, or how such a drastic change in his business plan would still produce enough revenue to fund pending multibillion-dollar projects to develop a behemoth deep-space rocket and deploy thousands of small communication satellites.

Throughout his typically brash performance, Mr. Musk reiterated the tenets of his ambitions for SpaceX. He aims to build a fleet of rocket ships able to transport humans to Mars, but flexible enough to operate at roughly the cost and frequency of traditional airlines.

To move toward that goal, however, SpaceX first has to prove it can safely fly astronauts on today’s version of the Falcon 9. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials are considering whether to approve putting astronauts in the capsule on top of the rocket while it is loaded with super-cooled fuel. Mr. Musk said the safety issue “has been somewhat overblown,” though for the first time he publicly said if necessary, “we can adjust our operational procedures” to fuel the rocket first.

But sticking with the airline analogy, Mr. Musk predicted that in the end, operational changes won’t be necessary “any more than passengers on an aircraft wait until the aircraft is full of fuel before boarding; that would be pretty silly.”

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

Nude man arrested at Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB) after issuing bomb threat

John Greenwood



The Volusia County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that one suspect is in custody following a bomb scare at Daytona Beach International Airport that forced the evacuation of more than 200 passengers on Friday morning.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the man, identified as John Greenwood, entered the airport at around 6 a.m. clothed and with a bag. He entered a ladies bathroom that was still under construction, left the bag behind a hole in some sheetrock, and exited the restroom without any clothes.

The suspect then attempted to escape onto the tarmac via a baggage carousel, where he was Tasered and apprehended. The Volusia County Sheriff's Department shared footage from the incident, which shows officers finding the suspect, asking him repeatedly to get on his stomach, and then Tasing when it appeared he was not complying. 

Officers can also be heard asking what the suspect is "on" after he was apprehended.

Chitwood said the naked suspect yelled something to the effect of, "We gotta get out of here, I planted a bomb in the bathroom," and footage shows the suspect saying something is going to "blow up." Airport officials confirmed that the suspect had indeed stuffed something into the wall, and contacted the police and bomb squads.

A bomb unit confirmed the bag was not dangerous and performed a secondary sweep before allowing travelers to reenter the airport. They had been evacuated earlier to the short-term parking area.

Officials said no one was hurt during the incident.

Chitwood revealed Greenwood was "well known" to local police and had been arrested a number of times previously. The sheriff further stated that Greenwood was taken to a hospital.

Chitwood added that the suspect would likely be facing a "slew of charges," including federal charges.

"This is all federal, what he did here," Chitwood said, adding that he believed the FBI would be investigating.

A spokesman for the airport confirmed that passengers were admitted back into the airport an hour and a half after they were evacuated. The airport was said to be re-accommodating travelers throughout the ordeal.

WARNING: Clip contains graphic footage. Viewer discretion is advised.

Story and video ➤ http://www.foxnews.com

New U.S.-Europe Strains Thrust an Old Fight Over Planes to Fore: Discord over Iran and trade puts a multi-billion dollar dispute over Airbus and Boeing back in the spotlight ahead of a World Trade Organization ruling on the matter within days

President Donald Trump spoke at a Boeing factory in North Charleston, South Carolina last year. 



The Wall Street Journal
By Daniel Michaels in Brussels and Robert Wall in London
May 11, 2018 12:52 p.m. ET


Trans-Atlantic relations, already near a postwar low due to battles over Iran and tariffs, face new danger from a long-simmering fight over jetliners.

The U.S. is expected within days to win a World Trade Organization ruling in its challenges to European Union support of plane maker Airbus SE through billions of dollars in subsidies. The EU has a separate case against the U.S. and Boeing Co. that trails the U.S. case by several months.

For 14 years the two sides traded accusations and legal charges while the battle—the WTO’s largest ever—slipped from public view. The dispute could still drag on for years more.

But next week’s largely procedural ruling now promises to thrust the dispute into the spotlight again because of unrelated fights between the U.S. and EU over President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and his threat to levy tariffs on EU exports of steel and aluminum.

Penalties in the U.S. case against Airbus could potentially run in the billions of dollars annually. The U.S. Trade Representative and Boeing have argued that European countries pumped $22 billion in illegal subsidies into Airbus to help it develop and expand. The U.S. has argued that without that funding—mostly through preferential loans—Airbus wouldn’t have grown to rival Boeing.

Airbus and the EU have argued that Boeing unfairly benefited from U.S. government funding from the Pentagon and NASA, plus state and local tax breaks. The ruling in the equivalent EU case will come later this year. The U.S. argues the EU subsidies to Airbus are far larger than anything Boeing received, an argument Europeans dispute.

Coming amid so many disputes between the U.S. and EU, the WTO ruling could play in many ways. The lumbering litigation’s duration could provide ammunition to WTO critics in the Trump administration who call the organization unwieldy and slow. But a decision that runs against the EU could give Mr. Trump another cudgel with which to browbeat Europe on trade matters.

“If the judgment comes out heavily in favor of the U.S., it provides the president with real leverage against the EU, as opposed to manufactured leverage with steel tariffs,” said Peter Chase, a former U.S. diplomat now with the Brussels-based German Marshall Fund, a policy think tank. “That’s bound to exacerbate tensions between the U.S. and EU.”

Even before the tariff fight arose in March, U.S.-EU relations were deteriorating following Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and his haranguing European governments to spend more on defense. During the presidential campaign in 2016, Mr. Trump supported Britain’s exit from the EU and applauded the Brexit vote, enraging many of his European counterparts.

In March, Mr. Trump said the EU “has not treated us well. And it’s been a very, very unfair trade situation.” His criticisms have largely focused on German car exports. He hasn’t mentioned airplanes.

Trans-Atlantic tensions worsened this month when Mr. Trump pulled the U.S. out of an accord with Iran that granted Tehran sanctions relief for restrictions on its nuclear program. European allies who are also signatories to the pact lobbied Washington not to exit from the agreement.

Early in Mr. Trump’s presidency he attacked Boeing over the cost of building new Air Force One planes. The price was renegotiated and Mr. Trump has since been more supportive of the company, America’s largest exporter.

Boeing, in turn, has endorsed many of Mr. Trump’s policies. It hosted a speech Mr. Trump gave at one of its jetliner factories. After Washington in December passed tax overhaul legislation that Mr. Trump championed, Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg quickly voiced his support and announced investments he said were made possible by lower tax rates.

Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, a German, has criticized Mr. Trump’s trade policies and Boeing’s support for the president. In January he said that the U.S. “is no longer fighting for free trade” and Boeing was “ruthlessly surfing on this ‘America First’ wave.”

Boeing responded at the time that it supports “strong competition, rules-based trade and a level playing field for all in the industry.” Both Boeing and Airbus declined to comment ahead of the WTO ruling.

Boeing, which has large factories in Washington state, Missouri and South Carolina, enjoys broad support in Congress. Airbus has worked to offset that by opening assembly lines in Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, where it has built single-aisle airliners since 2015.

The WTO ruling, which could come as soon as Monday, is expected to clear the way for the U.S. to impose several billion dollars annually in retaliation on European goods and services unless the EU takes steps to comply with the trade body’s ruling.

The U.S. and Europe are expected to squabble over the size of the trade retaliation that can be imposed, which are linked to the harm subsidies to Airbus have done to Boeing rather than the scale of the state aid itself. The U.S. is likely to go after goods and services with high political impact, rather than items used in aerospace.

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

Beechcraft 76 Duchess, N803FC: Fatal accident occurred May 10, 2018 in Julian, San Diego County, California and Incident occurred August 15, 2013 at Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), California

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California
Textron; Wichita, Kansas
Lycoming; Phoenix, Arizona
Hartzell; Piqua, Ohio

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

Scandinavian Aviation Academy

http://registry.faa.gov/N803FC 

Location: Julian, CA
Accident Number: WPR18FA139
Date & Time: 05/10/2018, 2031 PDT
Registration: N803FC
Aircraft: BEECH 76
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On May 10, 2018, about 2031 Pacific daylight time, a Beech BE76 twin-engine airplane, N803FC, collided with mountainous terrain while maneuvering in the vicinity of Julian, California. The certificated flight instructor, pilot receiving instruction, and student pilot rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by a post impact fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by Scandinavian Aviation Academy as an instructional cross-country flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Apple Valley Airport (APV), Apple Valley, California, at an undetermined time and was destined for Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), El Cajon, California.

According to the representatives from the flight school, the purpose of the flight was a day and night 100 nautical mile (nm) cross country flight. The flight to APV was conducted during the day, and the return flight from APV to SEE was to be conducted at night.

Review of preliminary radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified the airplane near the Ramona Airport (RMN) about 2003. Radar tracking showed that the airplane traveled east from RMN, climbed to about 5,600 ft mean sea level (msl), with the groundspeed varying from 116 knots to 133 knots for about 14 miles. The airplane then began to slow and it made a left turn from about a 48° course heading to about a 176° course heading. Throughout the turn, the altitude remained about 5,600 ft msl, and the groundspeed decreased to 55 knots. At the completion of the turn, the groundspeed increased to about 67 knots, and a climb was initiated to 6,600 ft msl while continuing on a southwestern course of about 195°. The airplane then made a right turn to an easterly heading for about 10 miles.

The radar data further depicted a left 180o turn was initiated at an altitude of 6,200 ft msl and a groundspeed of about 121 knots. At what appears to be the apex of the turn, the airplane was at 6,100 ft msl and a groundspeed of 50 knots. The airplane then began to descend, and groundspeed increased to 74 knots, then decreased to 50 knots. The last radar return was recorded at 2031, with the airplane at an altitude of 5,700 ft msl and a groundspeed of 67 knots in the vicinity of the accident site.

The accident site was located less than 1 mile southeast of the Julian VOR (Very-High-Frequency Omnirange Navigation Equipment) in mountainous terrain near the bottom of a draw at an elevation of about 4,200 ft. The wreckage debris was orientated along an east-west direction and the initial impact direction was on a westerly heading. The wreckage was contained within a 150-foot circumference of the initial impact point. The first piece of identified wreckage near the initial impact point was the fire extinguisher. The farthest portion of wreckage located downslope of the initial impact was the right side propeller. All structural components were located at the accident site.

The wreckage was transported to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N803FC
Model/Series: 76 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: SCANDINAVIAN AVIATION ACADEMY
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRNM, 1393 ft msl
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: APPLE VALLEY, CA (APV)
Destination:  SAN DIEGO/EL CAJON, CA (SEE) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  33.134444, -116.578333 (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.

May 29, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – A plane that crashed on May 11th on Volcan Mountain near Julian has been positively identified as a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess reported missing by Gillespie Field, according to the FAA. 

The plane crash sparked a brush fire that charred the bodies of three men aboard. 

Due to the blaze in the remote location, the bodies could not be recovered until four days after the tragedy.

All three bodies suffered blunt force and thermal injuries.

The County Medical Examiner’s office has not yet confirmed the identities of those onboard. 

According to Alex Bell, communications officer for the County’s Public Safety Group, “While we do have leads on who the victims are, positively confirming their identities requires DNA testing. Those samples have been sent to the lab, and it takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the results. We hope to be able to confirm their identities and notify their next of kin in the next month or so. After notifying the next of kin, we can release that information publicly.” 

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Three people found dead in the wreckage of a small plane crash in East County were part of a flight that never arrived at Gillespie Field last week, officials confirmed Tuesday. 

A twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess did not land at the El Cajon airport as scheduled Thursday night, according to Ian Gregor, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Pacific Division.

That same night, a plane crash on Volcan Mountain sparked a 12-acre brush fire in the Ranchita area. Deputies described the area as Arkansas Canyon. It's located east of Warner Springs and west of Borrego Springs. 

On Tuesday, officials confirmed the crashed plane was the missing Beechcraft Duchess. 

Three bodies were removed Monday from the wreckage, four days since the crash was first reported.

Someone saw the plane crashing and called 911 at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Due to the remote location of the crash, it wasn't found until Friday.

Search teams could not reach the wreckage until Sunday when they confirmed three people were dead at the crash site.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board airlifted the bodies out of the canyon.

Some parts of the plane were also recovered and have been taken to a salvage yard in the Phoenix area where a thorough examination will be conducted by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the FAA said.

Keith Holloway with the NTSB said his agency will look into radar data, aircraft communications, weather and medical records. 


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RANCHITA (CNS) - Authorities Monday recovered the remains of three victims from amid the wreckage of a plane that crashed and ignited a forest fire last week in a remote and rugged wilderness area near Volcan Mountain.

With help from National Transportation Safety Board personnel, a search-and-rescue team early this afternoon airlifted the remains out of the steep terrain where the aircraft went down for unknown reasons Thursday evening, sheriff's Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said.

After firefighters extinguished the 12-acre blaze ignited by the crash, deputies discovered the bodies Sunday morning. However, the challenging territory made it impossible to move the remains except by helicopter, and high winds prevented the sheriff's aircraft from reaching the remote canyon until today.

"Our number-one mission and priority (was) to get those souls off the mountain," Rylaarsdam said.

The lieutenant described the crash site in a gorge known as Arkansas Canyon as a "treacherous climb, in and out," and likened reaching it by foot as "hiking almost down the face of a cliff."

Making matters worse were the still-smoldering remnants of the vegetation fire. The ground was so hot that firefighters warned the sheriff's search team Saturday that their ropes and boots would melt if they tried hiking down to the aircraft wreckage.

On Sunday, still wary of using climbing lines, Cal Fire crews laid down dry hoses that sheriff's personnel were able to use to climb down to the crash site, the lieutenant said.

The remains will be turned over to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office for identification and family-notification purposes.

Officials believe that the crashed plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess that was registered at El Cajon's Gillespie Field. The aircraft was due to land at Ramona Airport on Thursday night but never showed up and remains unaccounted for.

A Julian resident reported seeing a plane going down near Volcan Mountain around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Less than 30 minutes later, authorities got word that a brush fire had erupted in the same general area.

An NTSB contractor was at the crash site this morning, Rylaarsdam said. The federal agency is responsible for identifying the plane and investigating the crash. Authorities were hoping that there were large enough pieces of the plane left to allow for identification of the wreckage, Rylaarsdam said.

While working to get the bodies out of the crash site, officials also gathered pieces of the demolished aircraft to aid in the investigation.

"We have not yet been able to confirm whether or not the wreckage of this plane is the missing plane from Gillespie Field," the lieutenant said.

Though the blaze, dubbed the Volcan Fire, was fully contained as of this morning, firefighters expected to remain at the scene at least until midweek, monitoring the burn area and snuffing out remaining hot spots, Cal Fire spokesman Issac Sanchez said.


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A sheriff’s search-and-rescue crew on Sunday found three victims amid the wreckage of a plane that crashed and sparked a 12-acre fire on Volcan Mountain, officials said.

The unidentified aircraft went down in a steep canyon on the east side of the mountain about 8:40 p.m. Thursday. Flames from the crash quickly spread. The terrain was steep and mountainous and the weather was windy and cloudy making firefighting difficult from the ground and the air.

Firefighters found the plane on Friday, but search-and-rescue team members weren’t able to make it to the aircraft until the fire was 100 percent contained on Sunday morning.

Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam said the canyon was too steep and treacherous to guide Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators to the wreckage, as they usually would. Instead, a team of sheriff’s investigators made the appriximate half-mile hike and conducted the initial investigation.

The team found three victims near the crash site, but they weren’t able to recover the bodies because the winds were too high for the helicopter needed to fly them out.

The victims have not been identified.

Investigators also haven’t been able to identify if the crashed plane is that of a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess that was supposed to land at Ramona Airport on Thursday but never showed, Rylaarsdam said.

"We haven't positively identified the plane yet,” the lieutenant said. “I think we may be able to at some point, perhaps with a serialized part, but it's not like there's a plane sitting down there. There's a debris field."

A Beechcraft with the same tail number as the missing plane is registered to Scandinavian Aviation Academy, also known as SAA, a flight school located at Gillespie Field, according to FAA records.

Cal Fire Capt. Isaac Sanchez said firefighters were expected to be in the area of the crash until least until midweek due to “heavy fuels and extensive mop up required,” the fire agency tweeted.


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RANCHITA (CNS) - A fire apparently sparked by a nighttime plane crash near Volcan Mountain in North County was 100 percent contained by a line of cleared vegetation Sunday, authorities said.

The blaze, dubbed the Volcan Fire, held at 12 acres, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

It was sparked by the plane crash, late Thursday.

Firefighters were expected to be at the scene at least until midweek due to "heavy fuels and extensive mop up required," the fire agency tweeted.

Cal Fire San Diego spokesman Issac Sanchez said he's not sure when Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be able to inspect the wreckage of the plane that's believed to have sparked the fire.

"The fire threat has been mitigated," he said. "But there's still an accessibility issue."

The destroyed airplane remained unidentified Sunday, though a twin- engine Beechcraft Duchess was reported overdue Thursday night when it failed to land at Ramona Airport as expected, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The missing plane is registered to Scandinavian Aviation Academy, a flight school that operates out of Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon, according to FAA records.

A resident of Julian reported seeing an aircraft apparently plunging to the ground northeast of town about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, sheriff's officials said.

Less than 30 minutes later, authorities got word of a small brush fire in the Ranchita area, Lt. Amber Baggs said.

A sheriff's helicopter crew was unable to find any plane wreckage in the darkness, and firefighters had to wait until morning to make their way to the remote canyon where the blaze was burning.

By the time they reached the site shortly after sunrise Friday morning, the flames had spread over about 10 acres, according to Cal Fire.

At about 9:30 a.m. Friday, firefighters found aircraft wreckage in the burn zone, Baggs said, but the fire prevented authorities from taking a closer look.


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RANCHITA (CNS) - A fire apparently sparked by a nighttime plane crash near Volcan Mountain on Thursday inched closer to containment Saturday.

The blaze, dubbed the Volcan Fire, was 55 percent contained and holding at 12 acres Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

A resident of Julian reported seeing an aircraft apparently plunging to the ground northeast of the tourist destination highland town about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to sheriff's officials.

Less than 30 minutes later, authorities got word of a small brush fire in the Ranchita area, Lt. Amber Baggs said.

A sheriff's helicopter crew was unable to find any plane wreckage in the darkness, and firefighters had to wait until morning to make their way to the remote canyon where the blaze was burning. By the time they reached the site shortly after sunrise Friday morning, the flames had spread over about 10 acres, according to Cal Fire.

The fire posed no structural threats, the state agency reported.

At about 9:30 a.m. Friday, firefighters found aircraft wreckage in the burn zone, Baggs said. There was no immediate word on the condition of whoever was aboard the aircraft when it went down.

The destroyed airplane remained unidentified today, though a twin- engine Beechcraft Duchess was reported overdue Thursday night when it failed to land at Ramona Airport when expected, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"We do not know where the aircraft is," FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said Friday.

The missing plane is registered to a flight school that operates out of Gillespie Field airport in El Cajon, according to an online aircraft registration roster.

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While Cal Fire crews are keeping an eye on a 10-acre fire in San Diego’s East County, deputies have located the plane reported missing and believed to have crashed, sparking the fire.

The brush fire in the Ranchita area was first reported to authorities as a possible plane crash on Volcan Mountain around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cal Fire crews responded and found a 3 to 4-acre brush fire, east of Warner Springs and west of Borrego Springs.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) received reports of a plane crash and the Federal Aviation Administration confirms there was a plane reported overdue from the Ramona airport.

At 11:45 a.m. Friday, deputies confirmed finding the wreckage of the plane but said the tail number was illegible so the identity of the aircraft was unknown.

The fire was in a steep, inaccessible area so firefighters were unable to get close enough to determine if it may have been caused by a plane crash as reported, deputies said.

A twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess did not land as scheduled Thursday night, according to Ian Gregor, spokesperson for the FAA Pacific Division.

When asked if the overdue plane had crashed, Gregor suggested NBC 7 ask first responders if a wreckage has been found.

Cal Fire said the fire, dubbed the Volcan Fire, was slow-moving and there were no homes nearby that could be in danger. 

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(KGTV) – Firefighters battling a brush fire near Volcan Mountain in the East County Friday discovered the wreckage of a plane that reportedly crashed in the area the night before.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, San Diego County sheriff's officials said they received reports of a possible plane crash in Ranchita, an area between Warner Springs and Borrego Springs.

About an hour after the crash reports, Cal Fire officials said crews responded to a vegetation fire near Volcan Mountain, in the area close to the possible plane crash.

Cal Fire officials tweeted that the so-called Volcan Fire was burning "in an area that is steep and inaccessible to ground resources."

At daylight Friday, ground crews reached the fire's edge to battle the blaze. As of 11 a.m., the fire has burned at least 10 acres, but no homes or other structures are nearby.

During the firefighting effort, sheriff's officials said "a possible crash site was located in the area" but crews have not been able to reach the wreckage due to the fire.

Sheriff's officials said: "Once we are able to access the crash site, elements of the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team will respond to assist the FAA, who are the leading the investigation of this incident … We have been unable to identify the plane or occupants at this time."

An FAA official told 10News Friday that a twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess aircraft was reported overdue when it did not land at Ramona on Thursday night. The official said they do not know of the plane's whereabouts.

There is no official confirmation linking the missing plane to the brush fire.

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Firefighters contended with rugged terrain and high winds Friday while working to control a wildfire sparked by a nighttime plane crash near Volcan Mountain.

A resident of Julian reported seeing an aircraft apparently plunging to the ground northeast of the tourist-destination highland town about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s officials. Less than half an hour later, authorities got word of a small brush fire in the Ranchita area, Lt. Amber Baggs said.

A sheriff’s helicopter crew was unable to find any plane wreckage in the darkness, and firefighters had to wait until morning to make their way to the remote canyon where the blaze was burning. By the time they reached the site shortly after sunrise, the flames had spread over about 10 acres, according to Cal Fire.

The fire was posing no immediate structural threats, the state agency reported.

About 9:30 a.m., firefighters found aircraft wreckage in the burn zone, Baggs said. There was no immediate word on the condition of whoever was aboard the aircraft when it went down.

The destroyed airplane remained unidentified at midday, though a twin- engine Beechcraft Duchess was reported overdue Thursday night when it failed to land at Ramona Airport when expected, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“We do not know where the aircraft is,” FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said late Friday morning.


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EL CAJON (CNS) - A light plane with faulty landing gear made a non-injury hard landing at Gillespie Field Thursday. 

The front wheel assembly of the twin-engine aircraft apparently collapsed when it touched down at the El Cajon general-aviation airport shortly before 4:30 p.m., sending the plane's nose scraping along the runway, a Heartland Fire & Rescue dispatcher said.

No injuries were reported and no fire resulted, according to city spokeswoman Monica Zech. It was not immediately clear how many people were aboard the fixed-wing aircraft at the time of the mishap.

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