Monday, May 14, 2018

Cessna 182G Skylane, N2377R: Fatal accident occurred May 13, 2018 in Boise, Idaho


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 14-MAY-18
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N2377R
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182G
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BOISE
State: IDAHO

Nolan W. Smith: http://registry.faa.gov/N377R

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. 

Nolan William Smith
MAY 29, 1983 ~ MAY 13, 2018 (AGE 34)

Nolan William Smith, born May 29, 1983 to Marsha Hatch Smith and Terrell F. Smith, died May 13, 2018 in the weather-related crash of his single engine airplane. He left this life doing what he loved and full of excitement and ambitious plans for the future.

He attended schools in Kuna and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in 2001. He was awarded a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Washington in 2005. He was briefly in a PhD program in Cancer Biology at MD Anderson in Houston before turning to real estate appraising. He was a hard worker and excelled at everything he decided to do. In 2011 he went to work for Fannie Mae in Dallas. It didn’t take long for this fifth generation Idahoan to know that he had to come home. So he did and brought his job with him.

He was blessed to enjoy the affection and companionship of many friends who engaged with him in the activities he loved: skydiving, mountain climbing, whitewater rafting, motorcycling, dirt biking, flying, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and any other adventure he could find.

He is survived by his parents; his lady in life, Katie Lynn Strode; a brother, Preston (Jennifer); a niece and nephew; his second parents, Garry and Nancy Ames; his other brother, David Bloxham; grandparents, Alan and Ada Smith and Eugene F. Hatch; uncles, Martin Hatch and Kurtis Smith; aunt, Sharon Zitlau; cousins; and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Joyce Hatch; aunt, Sylvia Hatch; and uncle, Bradley Smith.

There will be a visitation on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Cloverdale Funeral Home located at 1200 N. Cloverdale Rd. in Boise, Idaho. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Cloverdale Funeral Home with graveside service immediately following. The family will greet friends prior to the service at the funeral home. A reception will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Cloverdale Reception Center at the above address. Any condolences or tributes can be left at www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com.


https://www.cloverdalefuneralhome.com




BOISE -- The wreckage of a small plane that went missing on a flight from Boise to McCall has been found, according to the Valley County Sheriff's Office. The plane was located in a remote mountainous area south of Smiths Ferry, and it has been confirmed by detectives that the pilot died in the crash.

The pilot has been identified as 34-year-old Nolan W. Smith of Boise. He was the only person on the plane. The body has been retrieved from the crash site.

Authorities say the four-seat Cessna 182 left Boise around 12:30 p.m. Sunday but did not arrive in McCall as scheduled.

The flight path between the two cities has been searched by both radar and cell phone. No flight plan was filed, making it more difficult for crews to narrow the search area.

Officials say the aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter made intermittent transmissions.

The Idaho Civil Air Patrol and the Valley County Search and Rescue conducted searches by air and ground. The wreckage was found by the Civil Air Patrol Monday afternoon north of Banks.

Investigators with the NTSB and the FAA will now take over the scene and investigate the crash. 

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






Valley County Search recovered the body of 34-year-old Nolan W. Smith of Boise on Monday, May 14, after his small airplane went missing Sunday, reported the Valley County Sheriff in a news release.

Smith's Cessna 182 was found in the Boise National Forest southeast of Cascade, east of milepost 93 on Idaho 55.

Smith took off from the Boise Airport on Sunday, May 13, according to an Idaho Transportation Department press release, and never arrived at his destination at the McCall Municipal Airport. The report came in about noon Sunday. 

Smith did not file a flight plan, which complicated search efforts, said Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Reed Hollinshead.

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Initially, cellphone data pointed to Boise County, but further information from the emergency locator transmitter in Smith's plane led searchers to Valley County. Searchers on the ground located the plane with support from Civil Air Patrol. 

Original article ➤ http://www.idahostatesman.com

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N4144L: Accident occurred May 14, 2018 in Everson, Whatcom County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

http://registry.faa.gov/N4144L

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA280
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 14, 2018 in Everson, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N4144L

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 long, struck a power pole.

Date: 14-MAY-18
Time: 22:50:00Z
Regis#: N4144L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172G
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EVERSON
State: WASHINGTON



Law enforcement and fire crews responded to the scene of a northern Whatcom County plane crash Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m., crews were called to the 6800 block of Goodwin Road near Everson for the report of a small airplane crash, according to emergency radio traffic.

A Cessna airplane struck a power pole with its wing while taxiing after it landed, impacting the power lines, according to Allen Kenitzer, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft was not in flight at the time, Kenitzer said.

Local authorities said only the pilot was on board, Kenitzer said.

He did not have an update on the pilot's condition, but according to emergency radio traffic, the pilot had a head injury but was conscious, breathing and out of the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Kenitzer said.

The plane was reported to be leaking fuel.

Original article ➤ http://www.bellinghamherald.com

Bell OH-58C, N82857: Accident occurred May 12, 2018 in Somerton, Yuma County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aircraft damaged tail rotor during crop dusting operation.

Tri Rotor Spray & Chemical:  http://registry.faa.gov/N82857

Date: 12-MAY-18
Time: 03:30:00Z
Regis#: N82857
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH-58C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 133
City: SOMERTON
State: ARIZONA

Piper PA-28-161, N4121T and AEROPRO CZ SRO A240, N481B: Accident occurred May 11, 2018 at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Chandler Air Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N4121T


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA275B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 11, 2018 in Chandler, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-161, registration: N4121T

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 was one of two aircraft that ran into each other during taxi.

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 15:05:00Z
Regis#: N4121T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-28-161
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

http://registry.faa.gov/N481B

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA275A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 11, 2018 in Chandler, AZ
Aircraft: AEROPRO CZ A240, registration: N481B

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 was one of two aircraft that ran into each other during taxi.

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 15:05:00Z
Regis#: N481B
Aircraft Make: AEROPRO
Aircraft Model: A240
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

Champion Citabria 7ECA, N6333N: Accident occurred May 12, 2018 at Morrilton Municipal Airport (KBDQ), Conway County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aircraft experienced a crosswind during landing and was forced off the runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N6333N

Date: 12-MAY-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N6333N
Aircraft Make: CITABRIA CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MORRILTON
State: ARKANSAS

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N429ES: Incident occurred May 11, 2018 and Accident occurred October 05, 2016 at John Rodgers Field (PHJR), Kapolei, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Aircraft landed hard with a prop strike.

Barbers Point Flight School LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N429ES

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N429ES
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: KAPOLEI
State: HAWAII

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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


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


Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Kapolei, HI
Accident Number: GAA17CA025
Date & Time: 10/05/2016, 1200 HDT
Registration: N429ES
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot reported that during the landing flare he pitched up "higher than what is normal" and the airplane bounced three times during the touchdown. The pilot further reported that he was able to taxi the airplane to the ramp, but he noticed the nose wheel was flat.

During a 100-hour maintenance inspection conducted a week later, it was revealed that the firewall sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine 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's use of an excessive pitch attitude during the landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing.

Findings

Aircraft
Pitch control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Hard landing (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age:40, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/30/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/31/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2034 hours (Total, all aircraft), 39 hours (Total, this make and model), 1302 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N429ES
Model/Series: 172 R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1997
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17280296
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/12/2016, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-360 SER
Registered Owner: BARBERS POINT FLIGHT SCHOOL LLC
Rated Power: 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: PHNL, 7 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 81°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3300 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 22°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots, 60°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LIHUE, HI (LIH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kapolei, HI (JRF)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1100 HDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: KALAELOA (JOHN RODGERS FIELD) (JRF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 30 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4500 ft / 200 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:  21.302778, -158.078611 (est)

Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, N5500W: Incident occurred May 07, 2018 at Salina Regional Airport (KSLN), Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft experienced a loss of a tire on departure.

W O M Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N5500W

Date: 07-MAY-18
Time: 19:32:00Z
Regis#: N5500W
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 8KCAB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: SALINA
State: KANSAS

Denali Cub, N838A: Incident occurred May 11, 2018 in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc County, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aircraft flipped over while landing on a sandbar.

Third Wheel Adventures LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N838A

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 22:47:00Z
Regis#: N838A
Aircraft Make: DENALI
Aircraft Model: CUB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PHIPPSBURG
State: MAINE

Piper PA-25-235, N8937L: Incident occurred May 12, 2018 at Ken Jernstedt Airfield (4S2), Hood River, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft landing gear collapsed while taxiing.

Hood River Soaring:  http://registry.faa.gov/N8937L

Date: 12-MAY-18
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N8937L
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA25
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: HOOD RIVER
State: OREGON

Cessna 170B, N2485D: Accident occurred May 12, 2018 at Zelienople Municipal Airport (KPJC), Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania


Draggin Tail Pilots LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N2485D

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Zelienople, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N2485D

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 ran off left side of runway and struck a taxiway light.

Date: 12-MAY-18
Time: 15:09:00Z
Regis#: N2485D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ZELIENOPLE
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-28-180, PA-28-180: Incident occurred May 11, 2018 at Block Island State Airport (KBID), Washington County, Rhode Island

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

Aircraft veered off end of runway damaging landing gear.

Coastal Air: http://registry.faa.gov/N15190

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 19:08:00Z
Regis#: N15190
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: BLOCK ISLAND
State: RHODE ISLAND

Cessna T210K, N2210C: Incident occurred May 13, 2018 at Ridgeland Airport (3J1), Jasper County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aircraft experienced a gear up landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2210C

Date: 14-MAY-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N2210C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C-210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: RIDGELAND
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Piper PA-18-135, N2205A: Incident occurred May 13, 2018 in Madison, South Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aircraft clipped a power line while practicing Ag operations.


http://registry.faa.gov/N2205A


Date: 13-MAY-18

Time: 15:35:00Z
Regis#: N2205A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
City: MADISON
State: SOUTH DAKOTA

Van's RV-6, N833DW: Accident occurred May 11, 2018 at Hutchinson County Airport (KBGD), Borger, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft attempted go around and went through a chain link fence.

http://registry.faa.gov/N833DW

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 13:27:00Z
Regis#: N833DW
Aircraft Make: VANS KIT AIRCRAFT
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BORGER
State: TEXAS

Cessna 150G, N3213X: Incident occurred May 11, 2018 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft landed in a field after reporting an engine failure.

http://registry.faa.gov/N3213X

Date: 11-MAY-18
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N3213X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
City: WHITT
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-28-161, N9358C: Incident occurred May 13, 2018 at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Student pilot lost control on landing, striking a taxiway light and sign.

http://registry.faa.gov/N9358C

Date: 13-MAY-18
Time: 14:03:00Z
Regis#: N9358C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT WORTH
State: TEXAS

Airlines Are Quietly Cutting Corners On Costs And Pilot Experience. It Should SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU

By Roger Murdock

The author is a professional pilot with many years of commercial aviation experience. Roger Murdock is a pseudonym.

So you just bought an airline ticket.

You wanted the cheapest fare, of course, but safety did cross your mind. For that reason, you clicked on tickets being sold by legacy airlines. Sure, it was a few bucks more — but you figured they’ve been in business a long time. You might have heard about an accident they were involved in – but that was years ago. Actually decades ago.

Like any ticket there was a bunch of fine print, most of which you didn’t read.  Probably just a bunch of legal stuff anyway.  Every ticket has a ton of disclaimers. But hidden in all that legal mumbo-jumbo is the fact that you aren’t actually flying on that legacy carrier at all. Or if you happen to have a plane change, one of the two flights might be scheduled on that legacy airlines’ code share partner.  That airline, to your surprise, is a completely different airline.  It operates under its own operating certificate.  It has its own pilots, its own maintenance, and its own safety record.

On any given day, these “regional” airlines carry roughly half of all the legacy airlines’ domestic passengers. They also fly short-distance international flights — usually to Mexico or Canada.

What purpose do these regional airlines serve, you ask?

They supply the legacy airlines with a tremendous cost reduction. They do this by paying their employees only a fraction of what legacy airline employees make in salary.

By a fraction, I mean pennies on the dollar.

Unless you read the fine print — or listened closely to the wording of the announcements once you were on the flight — you likely would not know this. You see, the legacies don’t really want you to know this.

When passengers board a flight, they assume their pilots will react in a similar fashion should danger arise. No one likes to think about the risks that are inherent with flying. When challenges do occasionally pop up, it is the experience and the ability of the pilot that is expected to save the day. A pilot accepts this responsibility. It’s the nature of the job.

Over the past couple of decades, however, the familiar landscape of the airline industry has changed dramatically. Now, smaller and lesser-known regional airlines carry roughly half of all domestic passengers for America’s “legacy” airlines. Their airplanes are painted in the same livery as the legacy carrier(s) they code-share with, and their tickets are sold on the legacy’s website. Passengers must read the fine print to learn that — although they purchased their tickets on American, United, or Delta’s website — they have about a 50/50 chance of being flown by an entirely different carrier.

And flown by pilots who work, not for their legacy airline, but for the code-share partner Regional airline.

So why does this matter? After all, a pilot is a pilot — right?

Here’s where it starts to get very murky. While once a very lucrative (and glamorous) profession, the glory days of the aviation industry are long gone. For the pilots fortunate enough to land a job at a major airline, life is still pretty good. The pay is relatively good, and the schedules — while challenging at times — aren’t too bad. However, to drastically reduce labor costs, the legacy carriers created the regionals.

Pilot instructors and check pilots at several regional airlines have been screaming for the past few years that the quality of the pilots being hired is far worse than they have ever seen it. Some have resigned from their instructor positions — no longer wanting to be pressured by the company to “sign off” (pass) pilots who clearly don’t have the skills to fly at the proficiency level we’ve all come to expect from the typical airline pilot. After Colgan Air #3407 crashed in Buffalo in 2009, the lobbying efforts by the families of the victims pushed Congress to pass a law requiring an airline pilot to have at least 1,500 total flight hours before being eligible to apply.

It’s worth noting that there has not been a regional accident since this law went into effect.

Despite this, there are a couple of regional airlines which are paying their pilots to lobby Congress to alter the law – hoping to lower the requirement to a number that is far less than 1,500 hours. Up until the Colgan accident happened, pilots needed just over 200 total flight hours to get hired as a pilot at a regional. The argument some are making is that, even with 1,500 hours, a pilot still might not have enough quality experience to fly at a commercial airline. In other words, 1,500 hours in a small, rural airport is somehow inferior to, say, 300 hours flying in a busy airspace and dealing with challenging weather conditions. While this argument has merit, it misses the point entirely. A higher, professional-level wage will obviously attract better talent. We already know the old model didn’t work, given the frequency and severity of regional airline accidents leading up to — and including — Colgan #3407.

The typical pilot at a regional airline makes a fraction of what their counterparts make at the majors.

As recently as last summer, one regional airline was still paying its new first officers just over $19,000 per year (average pay for a new first officer at regional is now just over $30,000).

I have been on layovers where a first officer took out an EBT card to buy meals.

There’s a joke at the regionals: “What do you call a Regional first officer who isn’t married?”

“Homeless.”

So why does this matter? It doesn’t take a genius to see that ultra-low salaries won’t compel the best and the brightest to ignore other lucrative careers and choose to become pilots instead. And why would they? Taking the “civilian” pilot route (as opposed to military) is very expensive. Costs can reach approximately $150,000 (and sometimes higher) to obtain the necessary ratings and flight hours to be eligible to apply. Throw in the $30,000 per year for the first several years at a regional, the cost of medical and dental benefits, etc. — and there’s not much left to either put into savings or pay back student loans.

At some regional airlines, it can take six to eight years to have enough seniority to upgrade to captain. A captain position means more pay. Regional airline captains typically start near $60,000 per year. A senior captain at a regional airline makes approximately $100,000 per year.

By contrast, a senior captain at a legacy airline makes between $300,000 and $350,000 per year.

While the legacy carriers hire some regional pilots, far too many qualified pilots get turned down. Many are turned down repeatedly, despite a solid career at a regional airline. Given the huge amount of money the legacy carriers save by having regional airlines carry their passengers, why would they want to change anything? Hiring more regional pilots to fill legacy pilot positions would effectively shrink the companies they were hired from, given the regional airlines’ difficulty attracting new applicants. Despite various “flow-through” agreements between legacy airlines and their regional code-share partners (wherein a tiny percentage of regional pilots “flow” to their code-share legacy’s seniority list), the current system still leaves way too many regional pilots stuck at the regional pilot-level for years. Far too many never get out. These aren’t pilots with flaws on their employment records. They are pilots with impeccable records who got into this industry primarily to fly at a major airline.

I’m seeing more and more regional pilots simply quit the industry. The most common phrase I hear is, “had I known they were going to make it nearly impossible to get from the regionals to the majors, I never would have become a pilot in the first place.”

In the meantime, at the bottom of seniority lists at many regional airlines is a new crop of pilot. Instead of being weeded out (or washed out) during their initial training, they were allowed to repeat various aspects of training until they barely passed. It’s becoming more common. Regional airlines know how difficult it is to attract new pilots, so some of them find a way to pass the less-than-stellar ones they were able to attract.

As far as safety is concerned, we’re not exactly on a solid foundation anymore. The technology of the newer planes being flown at regionals has eliminated a great deal of risk from incompetency – but it most certainly hasn’t eliminated all of it. While it’s important for any company to keep costs down, the transport of human cargo makes the airlines unique. Just because there hasn’t been a major disaster, doesn’t mean things are now safer. The wolf is always at the door.

Do you really want the weakest link in the safety chain to be the pilot of your airplane?

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Beechcraft C99, N234AV, registered to UAS Trans Services and operated as AMF1843 by Ameriflight LLC: Accident occurred August 01, 2016 in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

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/N234AV



Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Spanish Fork, UT
Accident Number: WPR16LA155
Date & Time: 08/01/2016, 1850 MDT
Registration: N234AV
Aircraft: BEECH C 99
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Scheduled 

On August 1, 2016, about 1850 mountain daylight time, a twin-engine turboprop Beech C-99 airplane, N234AV, collided with an object while in-flight near Spanish Fork, Utah. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The airplane was registered to UAS Trans Services and operated as AMF1843 by Ameriflight, LLC as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 scheduled cargo flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated from Carbon County Regional Airport (PUC), Price, Utah about 1830 and was destined for Salt Lake City, Utah.

The pilot reported that while about 8,000 - 8,500 ft indicated altitude, he heard a small impact noise and believed that the airplane was struck by a bird. There was no loss of directional control, change in control configuration, or impact shudder. He continued the flight and subsequently landed without further incident. After exiting the airplane, the pilot noticed about 12 inches of the top of the vertical stabilizer was missing, and there was substantial damage to the rudder.

The separated top of the vertical stabilizer section was not recovered. A section of the remaining upper area of the vertical stabilizer, rudder and the rudder trim were removed from the airplane and sent to the National Transportation Safety Board Materials Laboratory, Washington DC for examination. The materials engineer reported that the pieces were fractured in a nearly horizontal plane at the upper ends of the submitted pieces. The skin on the vertical stabilizer and rudder were deformed adjacent to the fracture into curled rolls turning downward and aft. Some areas were crushed consistent with the vertical stabilizer moving forward relative to another object. Sliding contact marks were observed at the leading edges, vertical spars, and deformed faces of the skin panel adjacent to the fracture. No evidence of any biological or manufactured foreign material transfer was observed associated with any of the fracture surfaces as observed visually and under optical magnification. Closer examination using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) identified deposits of particles consistent with aluminum alloy 2024, and similar metallic element peaks. Other particles had spectra consistent with a low alloy steel, stainless steel, brass, and a nickel-base alloy with iron and chromium. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/25/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/25/2016
Flight Time:  1434 hours (Total, all aircraft), 177 hours (Total, this make and model), 845 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 177 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N234AV
Model/Series: C 99 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1986
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: U-234
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/05/2016, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 11300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 34 Hours
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 28737.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-36
Registered Owner: UAS TRANSERVICES INC
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: AMERIFLIGHT INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: JIKA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 1850 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 318°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 12000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 8°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 14000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 20°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: PRICE, UT (PUC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1830 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

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: 40.018333, -111.482778 (est)

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA155
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, August 01, 2016 in Spanish Fork, UT
Aircraft: BEECH C 99, registration: N234AV
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 August 1, 2016, about 1840 mountain daylight time, a twin-engine turboprop Beech C-99 airplane, N234AV, sustained substantial damage following a collision with an object in the vicinity of Spanish Fork, Utah. The airplane was operated as AMF1843 by Ameriflight, LLC, Dallas, Texas, as a visual flight rules scheduled cargo flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated at the Carbon County Regional Airport (PUC), Price, Utah about 1825 destined for Salt Lake City, Utah. 

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, the pilot said that he had departed PUC enroute to Salt Lake. He was in a cruise climb, climbing through about 8,500 feet when he noticed something pass the airplane in his peripheral vision, then felt a "thud" as something struck the airplane. He said that he thought it was a bird strike and there was no loss of control or abnormal control feel, so he elected to continue the flight to Salt Lake and landed uneventfully. After exiting the airplane, the pilot noticed that about 12 inches of the vertical stabilizer was missing and there was substantial damage to the rudder. 

Initial examination of the severed area of the stabilizer showed no evidence of organic material. The separated portion of the stabilizer has yet to be located. A detailed examination of the damaged area by the NTSB Materials Laboratory is pending.