Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Taylorcraft BC12-D, N94909: Fatal accident occurred May 21, 2018 near Doug Bolton Field Airport (02GA), Commerce, Jackson County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia 

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

Woodrow Howard Minish: http://registry.faa.gov/N94909

Location: Commerce, GA
Accident Number: ERA18FA149
Date & Time: 05/21/2018, 1910 EDT
Registration: N94909
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 21, 2018, about 1910 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC12-D, N94909, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees and terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from a private airstrip in Commerce, Georgia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight.

According to a witness, he saw the pilot conduct a preflight inspection of the accident airplane and depart on a 10 minute flight. When the airplane returned to the airstrip the witness heard the engine rpm "going up and down." The pilot landed and began taxiing towards the hangar, but then turned around and taxied the airplane back to the runway for another takeoff. The airplane reached an altitude about 50-75 ft above the runway. The airplane was slow and just above the trees when the right wing dropped, which was followed by the nose, and impact with trees. When the witness arrived at the accident site to assist the pilot he noticed fuel leaking and the starter motor was running.

The airplane was located in a wooded area, about 40 ft southeast of the departure end of runway 23. The airplane came to rest in a near vertical, nose down attitude about 97 feet from the point of initial impact with the top of a tree. The wreckage path was orientated on a magnetic heading of 245°. All components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit controls. Leading edge damage was present on both wings. The right wing aft spar was fractured, both wings remained attached to the fuselage. One propeller blade was undamaged, the other blade was bent aft with chordwise scratching. A fuel smell was noted in the soil under the engine. Residual fuel was present in the fuselage tank.

The top spark plugs were removed from the engine for inspection. The electrodes were normal in wear and dark gray/black in color when compared to a Champion Check-A-Plug chart. The engine was rotated smoothly by hand-turning the propeller hub. Compression and suction was observed on all cylinders and valve action was correct. The magnetos were removed and spun with a power drill. Spark was observed on all leads on both magnetos. The carburetor was attached and appeared undamaged. The mixture and throttle control cables remained attached. All cockpit controls were in the forward positions.

The high-wing, single-engine, two-seat airplane incorporated a tailwheel landing gear. The airplane was equipped with a Continental A65, 65-horsepower reciprocating engine and a fixed-pitch Sensenich propeller. The airplane was built in 1946 and was purchased by the pilot on April 29, 2011. According to the most current aircraft logbook, an annual inspection was completed on November 17, 2017; the airplane accrued about 1.6 hours of flight time since the inspection.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, airplane multiengine land, and instrument airplane. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), he applied for a FAA second class medical certificate on June 28, 2007. At that time, he reported 9,400 hours of flight experience.

At 1851, the weather conditions reported at Athens/Ben Epps Airport (AHN), about 12 nautical miles south of the accident site included, wind calm, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 12,000 ft, temperature 25°C, dew point 23°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.09 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: TAYLORCRAFT
Registration: N94909
Model/Series: BC12 D
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: KAHN, 785 ft msl
Observation Time: 1851 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 12000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Commerce, GA (N/A)
Destination: Commerce, GA (N/A)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.153333, -83.368333 (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. 

Woodrow Howard Minish 

Mr. Woodrow Howard Minish, age 80, of Commerce, GA died Monday, May 21, 2018 at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Minish was born in Detroit, MI to the late Woodrow and Mary Eliza Seagraves Minish. He was an elder in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Mr. Minish was a pilot with the USDA and a flight instructor.


Ralph E. Hicks, Investigator In Charge




JACKSON COUNTY, Ga. — The pilot of a single-engine airplane died after it crashed near Commerce, Georgia, Monday evening.

The crash happened on at 7:22 p.m. on Settlement Road. The pilot has been identified as 80-year-old Woodrow Howard Minish of Commerce.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Minish died from the injuries he sustained in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board is now trying to figure out what caused the Taylorcraft BC12-D to go down. So far, though, investigators have been able to rule out weather as a factor.

It is still unclear whether or not the pilot was taking off, landing or had technical issues.

"We don't have the maintenance records available to us now," Ralph Hicks, the Senior Air Safety Investigator for the NTSB, told 11Alive. "We're trying to search those down."

There were a few witnesses to the crash, officials said, and investigators are now interviewing them to see what they may have seen to help in the investigation.

Hicks said the plane was made in the 1940s and was owned by Minish. This kind of plane was for personal use, according to Hicks.

The NTSB is now moving the plane to a separate facility to undergo a more detailed examination.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called to investigate the crash.

Story and video ➤ https://www.11alive.com

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N6177W: Fatal accident occurred May 22, 2018 near Chesapeake Regional Airport (KCPK), Norfolk, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida 
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N6177W

Location: Chesapeake, VA
Accident Number: ERA18FA150
Date & Time: 05/22/2018, 0728 EDT
Registration: N6177W
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 22, 2018, at 0728 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N6177W, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Chesapeake, Virginia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The privately-owned airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which departed from Chesapeake Regional Airport (CPK), Chesapeake, Virginia, about 0726, and was destined for Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York.

Review of preliminary air traffic control communications provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that while on the ground at CPK, the pilot requested an instrument flight rules (IFR) clearance via telephone at 0704. He was issued instructions to fly a heading of 050° and maintain 3,000 ft. The pilot called back at 0724 advising the flight data controller that he was ready for takeoff, and the controller issued him a clearance void time of 0729, to which the pilot informed the controller he would be airborne within 3 minutes. There were no further communications from the pilot.

Review of preliminary radar track data provided by the FAA revealed that the airplane departed runway 23 at 0726:40, climbed to about 350 ft mean sea level (msl) on a southwest ground track, and began a right turn at 0727:11. Subsequently, the airplane continued turning right and completed a 360° right turn, and during the turn rapidly descended to 75 ft msl and climbed to 600 ft msl. The last data point recorded at 0728:04 was about 0.2 nautical miles from the accident site, which showed the airplane at 375 ft msl, headed 297°, at 42 knots groundspeed.

The airplane came to rest upright in a flat, open field, oriented on a magnetic heading of 325°, about 0.75 nautical miles southwest of CPK. The airplane sustained extensive impact damage, and evidence of a post-impact fire was observed. All major components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site, and flight control continuity was established from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit area. The stabilator trim drum was measured and correlated to a slight nose up trim setting.

The flap handle was found in the retracted position, and both inboard flap sections were in the retracted position. The main landing gear and nose gear separated from the airframe and were found in the wreckage. The fuel selector valve was impact damaged and separated from the airframe. When disassembled and low-pressure air was applied, the outlet port was open to the right fuel tank. The fuel tank screen was clean and free of blockage.

The cockpit, main cabin area including the seats, and instrument panel were damaged during the impact and post-impact fire. The primary attitude indicator's vacuum gyro separated from its case and was found in the wreckage retained for further examination. An electrical gyro was found lose in an instrument casing that was fire and impact damaged. The throttle, mixture, and other cockpit control knobs and were consumed by fire.

The engine remained attached to the firewall. During an engine examination, the crankshaft was rotated by hand and valve train continuity was established. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase and thumb compression and suction was observed on all cylinders. Each spark plug displayed varying degrees of impact damage, normal operating and combustion signatures were observed. The cylinders were inspected using a lighted borescope; the cylinder bore, piston faces, and valve heads displayed normal operating and combustion signatures. The standby vacuum system's shuttle valve remained attached to the engine mount. A pull cable was found near the shuttle valve, separated from its attach point and exhibited signatures consistent with overload separation.

The carburetor was found separated from the engine and fractured. The throttle butterfly valve operated freely throughout its range of motion using the throttle arm and cable. The carburetor fuel inlet screen and oil screen were clean and free of debris. The fuel pump was impact and fire damaged. Both magnetos were found with the engine and could not be tested due to impact and thermal damage.

The propeller remained attached to the propeller flange. One blade was found above ground with an s-bend shape. The other blade was found under the engine, with a mid-span rearward 90° bend, and blade polishing.

The vacuum pump remained attached to the accessory section of the engine and displayed impact and fire damage. The vacuum pump was removed and disassembled. The vanes and rotor remained intact, and the shear coupling was thermal damaged and had partially melted.

According to FAA airmen records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single and multi-engine land ratings, as well as instrument airplane. He also held a remote pilot certificate for small unmanned aircraft system and a control tower operator certificate. The pilot was issued an FAA second-class medical certificate on October 17, 2017. At that time, the pilot reported civil flight experience that included 2,100 total hours and 160 hours in preceding 6 months.

The weather conditions reported at CPK, at 0715, included visibility of 1/4 statute mile in fog, an overcast ceiling at 200 ft above ground level, wind 070° at 3 knots, temperature 19°C, and dew point 18°C.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N6177W
Model/Series: PA28 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CPK, 18 ft msl
Observation Time: 0715 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility:  0.25 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: CHESAPEAKE, VA (CPK)
Destination: FARMINGDALE, NY (FRG) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  36.657500, -76.336944

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. 


Jeffrey Howard Comeau

Jeffrey H. Comeau, 57, of Chesapeake, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018. 

Jeff served eight honorable years in the U.S. Navy. He worked for 19 years as an Air Traffic Controller in Norfolk and seven years as an Air Traffic Supervisor with New York Tracon. He owned a successful contracting business in Hampton Roads, was a private pilot for 41 years, and even recently obtained his drone operators license. 

A memorial service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 in the Military Aviation Museum, 1341 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23457. A reception will follow the service.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jeff’s name to the Military Aviation Museum.

http://www.omanfh.com

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Jeff Comeau, 57, of Chesapeake, Va., tragically died as the result of a small plane crash on May 22, 2018. Jeff had been a private pilot for forty years. He trained as an air traffic controller in the Navy, and served on the U.S.S. Coral Sea in that capacity for two years before being discharged. He then became an air traffic controller for the FAA, where he worked for over 30 years. At the time of his death, he supervised the approaches to all of the airports on the eastern seaboard. This position took him to Long Island, New York, where he worked, then flew home in his airplane to see his family as often as he could. It was on his return from one of these trips that his plane went down after take-off.

Besides flying, Jeff’s passion was animals. He and his wife Kathy shared their home with numerous horses, dogs, and cats, many of whom had come into their lives as strays. He rescued many pets over the years, and gave them a loving home for the rest of their lives. There always seemed to be room for one more.

Jeff is survived by his parents, Geraldine and Howard Comeau, his wife of 30 years Kathy, their three sons, Adam, Joseph and Christopher, and his grandson Keegan, all of Chesapeake, Va., as well as his sister Sue (Randy) Laskaska of Escanaba, his brother Tom (Laura) Comeau of Flemington, NJ., his sister Jen (Kurt) Wilkes of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be held in Virginia. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, condolences be offered in the form of a donation to the Delta Animal Shelter in Jeff’s name, to help continue the animal rescue efforts he so enjoyed being part of.


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A pilot died Tuesday morning when his plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Chesapeake Regional Airport, police and fire officials said.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee crashed in a field about 0.3 miles past the end of the runway, Sgt. Michelle Anaya, State Police spokeswoman, wrote in an email. The plane then caught fire, Anaya said.

The plane took off at 7:26 a.m., Anaya said, and was headed to Farmingdale, N.Y. The Chesapeake Fire Department got a call about a downed plane at 7:33 a.m. and found it in a crop field several hundred feet off West Road, Capt. Steve Bradley said in an email.

The pilot was the only person on board, Anaya said. 

The pilot had not been identified, but federal records show the owner of the plane is Jeffery Comeau of Chesapeake.

People at Comeau’s home this afternoon, some of whom were in tears, did not want to speak to a reporter. A Chesapeake police investigator was at the home.

Anaya said the medical examiner was removing the pilot’s body shortly after noon and would identify him. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration also were headed to the scene, Anaya said.

On Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman with the National Transportation Safety Board said that agency was leading the investigation.

An investigator will document and inspect the plane at the scene and then move it for further examination, said spokesman Terry Williams.

The agency will look at a range of factors, including weather and maintenance records, he said.

Investigators typically spend two to three days at the scene, and an investigation can last a year or longer, Williams said.

Nearly a mile of West Road was closed throughout the day as investigators worked the scene. The road had reopened to traffic by 4:30 p.m., according to the city.

Story and video ➤ https://pilotonline.com




CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) -- The National Transportation Safety Board is now leading the investigation into a fatal plane crash Tuesday morning near the Chesapeake Regional Airport. 

Spokesperson Adam Gerhardt says his team will be working with the manufacturers of the airplane and the engine over the next two days to piece everything together. 

"We're not just here to figure out what happened but why it happened to prevent similar accidents from happening again in the future," said Gerhardt. 

The crash was reported around 7:30 a.m., according to Virginia State Police. Authorities say the pilot was the only person in the airplane; however, they have not released the man's name. 

Anaya said the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee crashed in a field less than half a mile from the end of a runway. The plane caught fire after impact.

Gerhardt says it's still unclear how long the plane was in the air. He says the plane did not have any cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder but other electronics on board could help investigators retrieve information. 

The pilot never communicated any kind of emergency with air traffic control, Gerhardt says. 

"It would be routine for the pilot to check in with air traffic control and we don't have any record at this time that the pilot checked in," he said. 

The plane was bound for Farmingdale, New York, before it crashed. Flight records show the pilot flew from New York to Chesapeake on May 15.

A medical examiner is working to identify the pilot.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wavy.com






CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia State Police said a pilot died in a small plane crash shortly after he took off from Chesapeake Regional Airport Tuesday morning.

The family confirmed to 13News Now that the pilot was Jeffery Comeou.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya with VSP said the pilot was bound for Farmingdale, New York when the Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee went down around 7:30 a.m. The plane caught fire after the crash.

The Chesapeake Fire Department told 13News Now the crash site was in a crop field that is next to the airport and that the plane was several hundred feet off West Road.

Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot did not communicate with air traffic control before the crash.

Police blocked off West Road from Airport Drive to Cornland Drive. Around 4:30 p.m. West Road was opened.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac wrote in an email that the agency is also investigating. 

The plane will be staying on the property where the crash happened for the next day or two as the National Transportation Safety Board investigate. From there, the plane will be taken to Delaware to be examined further.

In total, the final report with the probable cause will take about 12 to 18 months to complete.

Story and video ➤ https://www.13newsnow.com













CHESAPEAKE, Va. - A fatal plane crash happened near the Chesapeake Regional Airport Tuesday morning, according to Virginia State Police.

A preliminary investigation revealed the plane took off from the Chesapeake Regional Airport around 7:30 a.m., going to Farmingdale, New York.

The pilot of the aircraft is a man and his identification will be made by the medical examiner, who is on scene. The pilot was the only occupant, State Police said.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee crashed near the end of the runway.  After impact the airplane caught fire and burned.

The pilot has died in the incident, according to State Police.

West Road was closed between Number 10 Lane and Benefit Road while emergency crews responded to the plane crash but it has reopened.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board said there will be a full report on what caused the plane to go down in about 10-15 days.

Story and video ➤ http://wtkr.com

Monday, May 21, 2018

Ryan Navion, N4356K and North American Navion, N8995H: Accident occurred May 21, 2018 in Jasper, Walker 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 

N4356K - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N4356K

Location: Jasper, AL
Accident Number: WPR18LA144A
Date & Time: 05/21/2018, 1230 CDT
Registration: N4356K
Aircraft: RYAN NAVION
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 21, 2018, about 1230 central daylight time, a white Ryan Navion N4356K, and a green North American Navion, N8995H, collided in midair near the Walker County Airport-Bevill Field (JFX), Jasper, Alabama. The white Navion's airline transport pilot and his passenger were uninjured. The green Navion's private pilot was uninjured. The white Navion sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The green Navion sustained minor damage to the propeller and the underside of the left wing. Both airplanes were registered to and operated by private individuals as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal formation flight of four airplanes. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plans were filed by either pilot. The formation flight originated from Abernathy Field Airport (GZS) Pulaski, Tennessee, about 1130 eastern daylight time destined for JFX.

Both airplanes were part of a formation flight of four. The green Navion was second from the front and the white Navion was third from the front. The white Navion's pilot reported they were about five miles north of JFX, while in a "finger four, heavy left formation" when the lead pilot called for the flight to maneuver to an echelon right formation. The white Navion's pilot then banked to the right to pass underneath the green Navion. While in the right bank, he lost sight of the green Navion and decelerated the airplane to re-locate the green Navion. During the maneuver the white Navion's pilot reported ascending into and colliding with the green Navion.

After the collision, all four airplanes continued to JFX and landed without further incident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RYAN
Registration: N4356K
Model/Series: NAVION
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: MARSHALL JAMES O
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Jasper, AL (KJFX)
Destination: Jasper, AL (KJFX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:

http://registry.faa.gov/N8995H

N8995H - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Jasper, AL
Accident Number: WPR18LA144B
Date & Time: 05/21/2018, 1230 CDT
Registration: N8995H
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN NAVION
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 21, 2018, about 1230 central daylight time, a white Ryan Navion N4356K, and a green North American Navion, N8995H, collided in midair near the Walker County Airport-Bevill Field (JFX), Jasper, Alabama. The white Navion's airline transport pilot and his passenger were uninjured. The green Navion's private pilot was uninjured. The white Navion sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The green Navion sustained minor damage to the propeller and the underside of the left wing. Both airplanes were registered to and operated by private individuals as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal formation flight of four airplanes. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plans were filed by either pilot. The formation flight originated from Abernathy Field Airport (GZS) Pulaski, Tennessee, about 1130 eastern daylight time destined for JFX.

Both airplanes were part of a formation flight of four. The green Navion was second from the front and the white Navion was third from the front. The white Navion's pilot reported they were about five miles north of JFX, while in a "finger four, heavy left formation" when the lead pilot called for the flight to maneuver to an echelon right formation. The white Navion's pilot then banked to the right to pass underneath the green Navion. While in the right bank, he lost sight of the green Navion and decelerated the airplane to re-locate the green Navion. During the maneuver the white Navion's pilot reported ascending into and colliding with the green Navion.

After the collision, all four airplanes continued to JFX and landed without further incident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: NORTH AMERICAN
Registration: N8995H
Model/Series: NAVION NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: CHARLES R. WIGGINS
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Jasper, AL (KJFX)
Destination: JASPER, AL (JFX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None

Latitude, Longitude: 

Bell 205A-1, N120SH: Incident occurred May 19, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Rotorcraft made an emergency landing in a field.

TVPX Aircraft Solutions Inc Trustee: http://registry.faa.gov/N120SH

Date: 19-MAY-18
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N120SH
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: 205A 1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: FAIRBANKS
State: ALASKA

Aerospatiale AS350 B2 Ecureuil, N288CH: Accident occurred April 27, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska -and- Accident occurred May 18, 2018 in Yakutat, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

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/N288CH

Location: Juneau, AK
Accident Number: GAA19CA233
Date & Time: 04/27/2019, 1737 AKD
Registration: N288CH
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE AS350
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

The helicopter pilot reported that, on the second landing on a "ridge/saddle," while dropping off passengers for recreational skiing. The tail rotor contacted a higher spot of snow-covered terrain.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail boom and mounting surface for the tail rotor gearbox.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 40, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-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: 02/06/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/02/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3707 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1384 hours (Total, this make and model), 3650 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 91 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 37 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AEROSPATIALE
Registration: N288CH
Model/Series: AS350 B2
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2383
Landing Gear Type: High Skid
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/05/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4961 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time: 10172.3 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Safran
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: Ariel 1D1
Registered Owner: Coastal Helicopters Inc
Rated Power: 732 hp
Operator: Coastal Helicopters Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commercial Air Tour (136); Agricultural Aircraft (137); Rotorcraft External Load (133); On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: XCHA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAJN, 24 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 203°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.39 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / -8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Juneau, AK
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1700 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:  None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  None
Latitude, Longitude:  58.491111, -134.455000 (est)

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

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

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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 
 


Location: Yakutat, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA289
Date & Time: 05/18/2018, 1500 AKD
Registration: N288CH
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE AS350 B2 ECUREUIL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

Analysis

The helicopter pilot reported that, during startup on an off-airport landing pad, the helicopter was facing into the wind, and the airspeed indicator was showing gusting wind conditions. As the blades began to turn, he felt a strong wind gust and heard a loud bang almost simultaneously, and the helicopter "lurched" to the right about 5°. He immediately aborted the start procedure and applied the rotor brake.

Postaccident examination revealed that the helicopter's main rotor blade had struck the tail rotor driveshaft cover and damaged the tail rotor drive shaft and support assembly.

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

The pilot reported that the weather at the accident site, about the time of the accident, was wind from 130° at 25 knots, gusting to 30 knots with light, terrain-induced turbulence.

The flight manual stated that the wind envelope for spinning and stopping the rotors has been substantiated for winds of 40 knots from any direction and for 50-knot headwinds. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The helicopter's movement during startup in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in the main rotor striking the tailboom.

Findings

Aircraft
Performance/control parameters - Attain/maintain not possible (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Standing-engine(s) start-up
Miscellaneous/other (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider; Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/03/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4648 hours (Total, all aircraft), 701 hours (Total, this make and model), 4500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 55.8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 47.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AEROSPATIALE
Registration: N288CH
Model/Series: AS350 B2 ECUREUIL NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2383
Landing Gear Type: Emergency Float; High Skid
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/13/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4961 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Shaft
Airframe Total Time: 9854.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: TURBOMECA
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: ARRIEL 1D1
Registered Owner: COASTAL HELICOPTERS INC
Rated Power: 531 hp
Operator: COASTAL HELICOPTERS INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Commercial Air Tour (136); Agricultural Aircraft (137); Rotorcraft External Load (133); On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: XCHA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAYA, 31 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 52 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2351 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 300°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots / 28 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Terrain-Induced
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Light
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Juneau, AK (JNU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Yakutat, AK
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1251 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.083333, -138.200278 (est)

Cessna 182A Skylane, N4964D: Accident occurred May 18, 2018 at Wickenburg Municipal Airport (E25), Maricopa County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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/N4964D

Location: Wickenburg, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA285
Date & Time: 05/18/2018, 0820 MST
Registration: N4964D
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll of a touch-and-go landing, he reconfigured the flaps for takeoff. He added that the airplane veered sharply to the right and he attempted to recover with full left rudder and brake. The airplane ground looped to the right and exited the runway. The left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The pilot reported that the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 20 minutes before the accident, the wind was light and variable with no wind gusts. The airplane landed on runway 05. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Glider; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/01/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 28114 hours (Total, all aircraft), 598 hours (Total, this make and model), 16757 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N4964D
Model/Series: 182 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 51064
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2599 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470/L
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: E25, 2379 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0800 MST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: GLENDALE, AZ (GEU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wickenburg, AZ (E25)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0710 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: WICKENBURG MUNI (E25)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2378 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern 

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:  33.968611, -112.798889 (est)