Saturday, May 19, 2018

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700: Incident occurred May 19, 2018 at Indianapolis International Airport (KIND), Indiana

A Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Philadelphia diverted to Indianapolis Saturday afternoon due to a warning light.

Flight 5913 was headed to Philadelphia when the pressurization indicator light turned on, according to a Southwest Airlines spokesperson. The spokesperson said the flight never actually lost pressure however.

The husband of one of the passengers told NBC10 no one needed oxygen masks during the incident though some people experienced panic attacks.

The flight landed safely at Indianapolis International Airport as a precaution. No serious injuries were reported. 

The passengers were accommodated and are expected to arrive in Philadelphia about four and a half hours behind schedule. The diverted flight will undergo a maintenance review.

The incident occurred a little more than a month after a Southwest Boeing 737 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia following a mid-flight engine explosion that blew out a window. A woman on the aircraft died after she was partially sucked out of the window.

In response to the explosion, the FAA ordered hundreds of similar Boeing 737 engines to be inspected. Under the April 20 order, all CFM 56-7B engines that went through at least 30,000 takeoffs or landings had to be inspected within 20 days.

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

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N12267: Accident occurred May 19, 2018 at DeFuniak Springs Airport (54J), Walton County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; NW Florida

ONVOI LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N12267


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Defuniak Springs, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N12267

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 flipped over on landing.

Date: 19-MAY-18
Time: 20:45:00Z
Regis#: N12267
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DEFUNIAK SPRINGS
State: FLORIDA



Plane Crashes at DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport - No Injuries

Male pilot was landing when a reported crosswind caused the plane to veer off runway and flip over. 

The only occupant and pilot was thankfully not injured. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be taking over the investigation.

Office of the City Marshal, DeFuniak Springs Police




DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WEAR) — An investigation is underway after a plane crash at DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport on Saturday.

According to DeFuniak Springs Police, the pilot was landing when a reported crosswind caused the plane to veer off the runway and flip over.

The pilot was not injured from the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be taking over the investigation.

Story and video: http://weartv.com

Grants sought for upgrades to Lumberton Regional Airport (KLBT), economic office

Troy Gammon
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Municipal Airport has been awarded $623,000 to begin improvements to its terminal building.

The money is part of $10.2 million in state and federal funds for improvements to 19 North Carolina airports approved by the N.C. Board of Transportation during the board’s April and May meetings. The city and county will contribute $69,200 in matching money.

The money will be used for site preparation, demolition of the current buildings, laying services and infrastructure.

The airport expects to use state and federal grants totaling $2.4 million to add conference space and pilot facilities at the airport on Airport Boulevard and to enhance the Robeson County Economic Development offices, which shares space.

Engineering designs are being finished and bidding is to begin in June or July, said Troy Gammon, airport manager. Construction will take eight months to a year.

The new terminal will have larger conference space, an observation deck, expanded offices, and a pilots’ lounge, he said.

“When Sanderson Farms was coming in here regularly, they were trying to get 35 to 40 people in a room for 15,” Gammon said. “The new space will be 600 square feet, with a room divider to create two smaller rooms. Each will have its own AV (audio/visual) system. It will be designed for businesses with a larger conference space, and a much larger lobby.

“There is no current after-hours access to the terminal buildings. The new terminal will have access even at 2 a.m. to the room and for a pilot to stay until morning.”

Greg Cummings, the recently retired county Economic Development director, said the enhancement will help in the recruitment of business and industry. Often the first thing prospects see is the airport.

“The new design will be a strong marketing tool,” Cummings said. “We’ll be able to impress our clients with a state-of-the-art technical design, with offices, a board room and a kitchen. We’ll be able to serve food, create a banquet, that sort of thing. We have Fortune 500 clients coming through here.”

Two 5,000-foot-long runways allow top-level jets to land at the facility.

“We have the interstate corridor, University of North Carolina Pembroke, COMtech, and the med center,” Cummings said. “It will be our first showcase. When it’s completed, you’ll think you’re in the Research Triangle Park because of the quality. It will compete with any economic development center in the state.”

The second grant, for $1.1 million, is for construction of the building.

The third is a Federal Aviation Administration Non-Primary Entitlement grant worth $150,000. This grant is awarded each year to small airports, like Lumberton Municipal, that have fewer than 10,000 passenger boardings a year.

The city of Lumberton receives $150,000 each year from the FAA and is allowed to hold on to the money for four years. Combined with the $16,667 in annual matching city and county money that funding pot now contains $667,000 to be used for airport improvements.

The Lumberton Public Works department will be doing work at the airport that isn’t included in the grant.

While the new construction is underway, the airport will continue operations in temporary housing. The County Economic Development offices will relocate to the county recreation building.

“The (airport) offices will move to the old University of North Dakota building, and hanger tenants to the school building,” Gammon said.

The University of North Dakota had worked in conjunction with Robeson Community College to create a flight school in 2007-2008. The students would transfer to the UND campus for their final two years of schooling. The school shut down and left behind its hanger and offices.

“Our fueling services will also continue unstopped by this change. Twenty-four hour services for AVgas and jet fuel will be available. We may build a temporary building for this service,” Gammon said.

The N.C. DOT board also awarded a $275,000 grant to the Laurinburg–Maxton Airport to fund a localizer replacement. A localizer allows an aircraft to line up correctly with the runway’s axis using an instrument landing system.

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

Hughes 369A, registered to and operated by La Mansion Aviation Inc, N369GK: Accident occurred May 19, 2018 in Stoneburg, Montague County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas, Texas

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

Metroplex Flight Services LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N369GK

Location: Stoneburg, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA183
Date & Time: 05/19/2018, 0945 CDT
Registration: N369GK
Aircraft: HUGHES 369A
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On May 19, 2018, about 0930 central daylight time, a Hughes 369A helicopter, N369GK, struck trees and impacted terrain about 4 miles north of Stoneburg and 8 miles north of Bowie, Texas.. The pilot and three passengers were seriously injured, and the helicopter was destroyed. The helicopter was registered to and operated by La Mansion Aviation, Fort Worth, Texas, as a non-scheduled domestic passenger flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site, and no flight plan had been filed.

Preliminary information indicates the flight was part of a guided hog hunt on private property for wounded veterans. The helicopter was maneuvering at low altitude, collided with trees, and impacted terrain. One person was able to extricate himself from the chopper and call for help. Three people were taken to hospitals with "incapacitating injuries." One person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HUGHES
Registration: N369GK
Model/Series: 369A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: La Mansion Aviation, INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:


Emergency responders from across the Bowie area responded to a helicopter crash report about 9:30 a.m. on May 19, 2018 north of Bowie. 

It appears the helicopter was operated by a hunting service, but that has not been confirmed.

The crash occurred in a wooded area west of U.S. 81 off Yowell Road, just north of Stoneburg.

No details are available on what happened to the helicopter. 

Three male subjects were airlifted to area hospitals and one male was transported by ambulance to the hospital. 

Firefighters had to extricate one person from the helicopter. 

The Texas Department of Transportation secured the scene awaiting investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, which investigates these crashes. 

Bowie city and rural firefighters responded, as did Stoneburg and Nocona Rural.

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




Emergency responders from across the Bowie area responded to a helicopter crash report about 9:30 a.m. today north of Bowie.

It appears the helicopter was operated by a hunting service, but that has not been confirmed. 

The crash occurred in a wooded area west of U.S. 81 off Yowell Road, just north of Stoneburg. 

No details are available on what happened to the helicopter. 

Three male subjects were airlifted to area hospitals and one male was transported by ambulance to the hospital. 

Firefighters had to extricate one person from the helicopter.

The Texas Department of Transportation secured the scene awaiting investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration, which investigates these crashes. 

Bowie city and rural firefighters responded, as did Stoneburg and Nocona Rural.

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






MONTAGUE COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) - 12:30 p.m.

A helicopter crash near US 81 north of Bowie around 9:30 a.m. Saturday left three people injured and one unharmed.

Police officers were notified of the crash, and troopers headed to the site near Yowell Road. According to Federal Aviation Administration Public Affairs contact Lynn Lunsford, the flight "[l]ooks to be a hog-hunting flight."

Department of Public Safety Lt. Lonny Hasche said the three people injured were taken by medical helicopter to various hospitals.

1:49 p.m.

A helicopter crash near US 81 north of Bowie around 9:30 a.m. Saturday left four people injured, and Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Dan Buesing said federal investigations are taking place.

The helicopter was charted for a wounded veterans air hunting program and crashed into heavy trees on private land just north of Stoneburg, Texas.

One individual was taken to a local hospital with non-incapacitating injuries while the other three occupants were transported to various hospitals in the region with incapacitating injuries.

"The scene is cleared of all non-essential personnel and is being held for federal investigators," Buesing stated.

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

Endeavor Air on behalf of Delta Air Lines, Canadair CL-600-2D24 Regional Jet CRJ-900LR, N916XJ: Incident occurred May 19, 2018 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Kentucky

Delta Air Lines Inc:  http://registry.faa.gov/N916XJ





LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A passenger jet ran off the runway Saturday afternoon at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. No injuries were reported.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Delta officials confirm the plane is a Bombardier CRJ-900 that seats 76 people. Officials say 73 passengers were on board along with four crew members. No injuries were reported.

Blue Grass Airport officials tell WKYT Delta Flight 3359 heading from Atlanta to Lexington went off the side of the runway into the grass. Officials say all passengers are accounted for, safe and taken to Terminal B.

Delta Airlines issued a statement about the incident:

“Upon landing in Lexington, KY., Endeavor Air flight 3359 from Atlanta, operating as Delta Connection, turned off the active runway and came to a stop in the grassy area between taxiways A2 and A1. Endeavor crew members made the decision to deplane customers through the main cabin door into the grass where buses took all on board to the terminal. We apologize to our customers impacted by this incident.”

Airport officials say Blue Grass Airport is open, but no flights are coming or going from the airport at this time. It's unknown how long flights will be delayed, but officials say it's because they have to move the plane from its current location.

“Heavy rain and low visibility may very well be a factor,” said WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey. “It was raining hard there from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Blue Grass Airport reported torrential rains around the time the plane skidded off the runway. More than one inch of rain fell in under an hour.”

Photos on social media show passengers from Delta flight 3359 from Atlanta to Lexington leaving the plane through its doorway.

According to the airport's flight status page, three outgoing flights have been canceled, and at least one arrival has been canceled. Several more flights are delayed.

Story and video:   http://www.wkyt.com

An airplane landing in Lexington veered off the runway at Blue Grass Airport and went into the grass, temporarily grounding flights in and out of the airport.

The flight from Atlanta to Lexington reported no injuries in connection with the incident on Saturday afternoon. It was Endeavor Air flight 3359, operating as Delta Connection, according to an Endeavor Air spokesman. 

The plane "turned off the active runway and came to a stop in the grassy area between taxiways A2 and A1," spokesman Dave Sniadak wrote in an email. 

Customers exited the plane through the main cabin door into grass, he said.

All passengers on the flight were then brought back to the terminal on a shuttle bus and have reconnected with their luggage, airport spokeswoman Amy Caudill said.

The plane was a 76-seat Bombardier CRJ-900 with 73 customers and four crew members on board. Endeavor Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. 

Original article ➤ https://www.courier-journal.com

A Delta passenger plane ran off the runway Saturday afternoon at Blue Grass Airport following heavy rain. 

The CRJ-900 plane flying from Atlanta to Lexington slid off the runway at 1:30 p.m.

None of the 73 passengers and four crew members were injured, Delta's subsidiary, Endeavor Air, said in a statement.

Passengers were transported via shuttle to the airport terminal and were being reunited with their luggage Saturday afternoon, said Amy Caudill, marketing and community relations director for Blue Grass Airport.

One Twitter user said the plane skidded off the runway into a ditch, but "the pilot did a great job keeping us from sliding into the oncoming trees/intersection."

The aircraft being stuck in the grass forced cancellations for departing flights. According to the airport's flight status website, today's American Airlines flights to Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte were canceled, as of 3 p.m. Other flights have been delayed.

WKYT meteorologist Chris Bailey said the airport reported torrential rains around the time the plane reportedly skidded. More than one inch of water fell in under an hour, he said.

Endeavor Air released a statement Saturday afternoon, saying, “Upon landing in Lexington, KY., Endeavor Air flight 3359 from Atlanta, operating as Delta Connection, turned off the active runway and came to a stop in the grassy area between taxiways A2 and A1. Endeavor crew members made the decision to deplane customers through the main cabin door into the grass where buses took all on board to the terminal. We apologize to our customers impacted by this incident.”

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

Piper PA-32-301T Saratoga, N11KX: Accident occurred December 28, 2017 at Black Hills Airport (KSPF), Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

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/N11KX


Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Spearfish, SD
Accident Number: GAA18CA094
Date & Time: 12/28/2017, 1215 MST
Registration: N11KX
Aircraft: PIPER PA32
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Airport occurrence
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that following an instrument approach in light snow, he inadvertently landed in the safety area to the left of the snow-covered runway. During landing, both wings collided with runway signage. The pilot taxied the airplane to parking.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/10/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/05/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1586.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1503.4 hours (Total, this make and model), 1506 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 36.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N11KX
Model/Series: PA32 301T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-8224004
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/28/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-S1AD
Registered Owner: STAMM AIR LLC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: STAMM AIR LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSPF, 3931 ft msl
Observation Time: 1815 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 116°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: -10°C / -13°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2500 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Snow
Departure Point: McCook, NE (MCK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Spearfish, SD (SPF)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1015 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Airport: BLACK HILLS-CLYDE ICE FIELD (SPF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3933 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Snow
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 6401 ft / 75 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:  44.484722, -103.788056 (est)

Sport Copter Vortex, N395SC: Accident occurred December 07, 2017 in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah


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/N395SC

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Spanish Fork, UT
Accident Number: GAA18CA073
Date & Time: 12/07/2017, 1810 MST
Registration: N395SC
Aircraft: BROCK STEINER Sport Copter Vortex
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the experimental amateur-built gyroplane, during a solo cross-country flight, he became lost and decided to follow a nearby highway. Unfamiliar with the area, he exhausted the gyroplane's fuel supply, and landed on a highway. The gyroplane's nose wheel struck a passing car, but the gyroplane was able to touch down, and stop on the right shoulder of the highway. A passing semi-truck struck the rotor blades of the gyroplane.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the rotor system.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Sport Pilot
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/10/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 218 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 124 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BROCK STEINER
Registration: N395SC
Model/Series: Sport Copter Vortex
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 095
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/16/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  141 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 99 / 582 UL D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 323°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 20000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -9°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 30°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.62 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manti, UT (41U)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Nephi, UT (U14)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1640 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

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:  40.074444, -111.579722 (est)

Robinson R44, N7085M: Accident occurred November 06, 2017 in Larchwood, Lyon County, Iowa


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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

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/N7085M

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Larchwood, IA
Accident Number: CEN18LA025
Date & Time: 11/06/2017, 1310 CST
Registration: N7085M
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On November 6, 2017, about 1310 central standard time, a Robinson Helicopter R44 helicopter, N7085M, was substantially damaged when it impacted powerlines and then terrain 4.5 miles south of Larchwood, Iowa. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The aerial observation flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed about 1300.

According to the passenger and witnesses on the ground, the helicopter was assisting in locating and herding 300 cattle that were loose in the area. The helicopter was assisting the ground team to push the cattle towards an open gate directly beneath powerlines. Witnesses on the ground observed the helicopter hovering and as it started to turn, the "tail" of the helicopter hit the powerlines. The helicopter descended to the ground and came to rest on its right side in a corn field. Several witnesses and the passenger stated that the helicopter looked and sounded normal prior to the impact.

A video of the accident taken by another witness on the ground showed the helicopter maneuvering near the powerlines, with the nose of the helicopter facing away from the powerlines. The tail of the helicopter impacted the powerlines, followed by the main rotor blades. The helicopter rotated once before impacting the ground.

According to a FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the tailboom separated from the fuselage and both main rotors were substantially damaged. An examination of the helicopter, engine, and remaining systems revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operations.

An official weather observation taken 18 miles northwest of the accident site reported the weather as wind 060° at 7 knots, visibility 1.5 miles in light snow, overcast skies at 2,300 ft above ground level, temperature -1° C, dewpoint temperature -4°C, and an altimeter of 30.26 inches of mercury. The witnesses on the ground at the accident site characterized the weather as overcast, windy, unlimited visibility, and no precipitation.

At the writing of this report, the pilot had no recollection of the accident or the events that led up to the accident. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/26/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/15/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 5200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5000 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ROBINSON HELICOPTER
Registration: N7085M
Model/Series: R44
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 0430
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/15/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 38.6 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2042.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-540-F185
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 250 hp
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: KFSD
Observation Time: 1256 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 310°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -4°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2300 ft agl
Visibility:  1.5 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 60°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Snow
Departure Point: Larchwood, IA
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Larchwood, IA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  43.382222, -96.439167



NTSB Identification: CEN18LA025
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 06, 2017 in Larchwood, IA
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER R44, registration: N7085M
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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On November 6, 2017, about 1310 central standard time, a Robinson Helicopter R44 helicopter, N7085M, was substantially damaged when it impacted a powerline and then terrain 4.5 miles south of Larchwood, Iowa. The commercial pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The aerial observation flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Marginal visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The local flight departed about 1300.

According to law enforcement officers, the helicopter was assisting in locating 300 cattle that were loose in the area. Witness on the ground observed the helicopter hovering and as it started to turn the "tail" of the helicopter hit the power lines. The helicopter descended to the ground and came to rest on its right side in a corn field. The tailboom separated from the fuselage and both main rotors were substantially damaged.

Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, N2591A: Accident occurred August 14, 2017 near Panola County Airport (4F2), Texas


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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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


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Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board


Location: Beckville, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA317
Date & Time: 08/14/2017, 1017 CDT
Registration: N2591A
Aircraft: PIPER PA22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On August 14, 2017, about 1017 central daylight time, a Piper PA22-135 airplane, N2591A, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Beckville, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The pipeline surveillance flight originated from Cypress River Airport (24F), Jefferson, Texas, about 0800. The intended destination was the Gladewater Municipal Airport (07F), Gladewater, Texas.

The pilot reported fueling the airplane at 24F before departing on his planned pipeline surveillance route. About 2 hours into the flight, en route to 07F, the engine began running rough. He initially established a course to Panola County Airport (4F2) about 8 miles away. However, the engine was not producing enough power to maintain altitude. He subsequently executed a forced landing to a pasture, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.

A postaccident engine examination revealed that the no. 3 cylinder exhaust valve fractured at the stem seat. The intake valve appeared intact. The cylinder walls exhibited impact and scraping marks consistent with secondary damage from the separated exhaust valve head. The piston had fractured at several locations; the features appeared consistent with overstress fractures. The piston crown exhibited multiple impact marks similar to the cylinder walls.

Metallurgical examination revealed that the fracture surface on the separated valve head was obliterated consistent with secondary mechanical damage after separation from the stem. The mating fracture surface on the stem was relatively undamaged. The fracture features were consistent with torsional loading at fracture. The stem was tapered adjacent to the fracture, and interconnected voids were observed at the fracture surface. Surface oxidation, sub-surface intergranular oxidation and deposits of lead-based compounds were also observed. The presence of the voids, the tapering of the stem, and the oxidation are consistent with high-temperature deformation under stress. Further examination revealed grain structure and sub-surface oxidation consistent with exposure to elevated temperatures over an extended period of time.

The available airplane maintenance records included an entry, dated April 5, 1968, that noted: "major overhaul of engine this date;" the associated tachometer time was 1,153 hours. No subsequent entries regarding an engine overhaul were observed in the records. The most recent annual inspection was completed on April 22, 2017, at 1,770.4 hours tachometer time. The current owner purchased the airplane on April 23, 2017. The most recent engine maintenance consisted of an oil change on August 1, 2017. The tachometer indicated 1,986.5 hours at the accident site.

The engine manufacturer recommended time between overhaul (TBO) was 1,500 hours operating time or 12 calendar years. Federal Aviation Administration regulations do not require Part 91 operators to comply with an engine manufacturer's TBO interval provided the engine meets annual inspection requirements.



Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/18/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/26/2016
Flight Time:  5941 hours (Total, all aircraft), 203 hours (Total, this make and model), 240 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 70 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N2591A
Model/Series: PA22 135
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-876
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/22/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 216 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1986 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-290-D2
Registered Owner: Steve Chance
Rated Power: 135 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: GGG, 365 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 323°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 26°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 230°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Jefferson, TX (24F)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Gladewater, TX (07F)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  32.243611, -94.455833 (est)




NTSB Identification: CEN17LA317
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 14, 2017 in Beckville, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-135, registration: N2591A
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 14, 2017, about 1017 central daylight time, a Piper PA22-135 airplane, N2591A, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Beckville, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individuals as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The pipeline surveillance flight originated from Cypress River Airport (24F), Jefferson, Texas, about 0800. The intended destination was the Gladewater Municipal Airport (07F), Gladewater, Texas.

The pilot reported fueling the airplane at 24F before departing on his planned pipeline surveillance route. About 2 hours into the flight, en route to 07F, the engine partially lost power. His efforts to restore full power were unsuccessful. Unable to maintain flight, the pilot executed a forced landing to a pasture. A detailed examination of the airplane is planned after recovery from the accident site.