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 May 18, 2018 at Yakutat Airport, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau

Coastal Helicopters Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N288CH

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA289
14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, May 18, 2018 in Yakutat, AK
Aircraft: AEROSPATIALE AS350 B2 ECUREUIL, registration: N288CH

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.

Experimental rotorcraft reported tail strike.

Date: 18-MAY-18
Time: 23:06:00Z
Regis#: N288CH
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: AS350 B2 ECUREUIL
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: YAKUTAT
State: ALASKA

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

http://registry.faa.gov/N4964D

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA285
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 18, 2018 in Wickenburg, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N4964D

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.

Gear collapsed upon landing and aircraft went off the side of the runway.

Date: 18-MAY-18
Time: 15:22:00Z
Regis#: N4964D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WICKENBURG
State: ARIZONA

Zenith STOL CH 750, N830AZ: Accident occurred May 15, 2018 near Kern Valley Airport (L05), Kernville, Kern County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N830AZ


Location: Kernville, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA120
Date & Time: 04/14/2018, 1300 PDT
Registration: N830AZ
Aircraft: ZEISMER Zenith
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 14, 2018, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Zeismer Zenith CH-750 STOL airplane, N830AZ, experienced a total loss of engine power while in cruise flight about 15 miles north of Kern Valley Airport, Kernville, California. The sport pilot received minor injuries during the forced landing; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The personal cross-country flight originated from Brian Ranch Airport, Palmdale California, at an unknown time, and was destined for Tehachapi Municipal Airport, Tehachapi, California

The pilot stated that earlier in the day he had departed from his home airport in Corona, California as a flight of three. The airplane landed in Palmdale and then continued north to sightsee around Isabella Lake. While in cruise flight, about 7,500 ft mean sea level (msl), the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine to no avail. He opted to turn to the north because the terrain was more conducive for an emergency landing. He landed in the southern portion of the Sequoia National Forest. As a result of the impact, the airplane nosed over inverted.

At the time of the engine failure, the airplane had a total of about 12.5 gallons of fuel on board. The wreckage was retained for a future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ZEISMER
Registration: N830AZ
Model/Series: Zenith CH-750
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: SANDERS ANDREW
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: 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: PALMDALE, CA (CL13)
Destination:  TEHACHAPI, CA (TSP)

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:  35.990833, -118.497500

Pilatus PC-12/47E, N83JR: Incident occurred May 19, 2018 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Pasco County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Aircraft landed gear up.

Blue Sky Air Services LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N83JR

Date: 19-MAY-18
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N83JR
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC 12 47E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ZEPHYRHILLS
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172P Skyhawk, N65645: Incidents occurred May 18, 2018 and April 12, 2017 -- Accidents occurred July 02, 2016 and March 08, 2015

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft landed in the grass east of runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N65645

Date: 18-MAY-18
Time: 15:40:00Z
Regis#: N65645
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172P
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aircraft on landing, went off the runway.

Date: 12-APR-17
Time: 12:42:00Z
Regis#: N65645
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PEMBROKE PINES
State: FLORIDA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miami, Florida

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

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA360
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Pembroke Pines, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N65645
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that during the landing flare of his second solo, after the main landing gear touched down the "nose of the airplane swung" to the right. He further reported that he attempted to correct with left rudder, and that this is where "he lost control of the airplane". The airplane veered off the runway to the left, impacted an airport sign, and came to a stop at an intersecting taxi way. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

The student pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing flare, which resulted in a runway excursion, and impact with a sign.



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

NTSB Identification: ERA15CA153
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 08, 2015 in Newport, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/11/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N65645
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was conducting a solo flight and landing on a 2,999-foot-long, 75-foot-wide, asphalt runway. During touchdown, the airplane began to bounce, and subsequently landed hard, which resulted in substantial damage to the nose landing gear and firewall. The airplane veered to the left and contacted a snowbank that extended parallel to the runway. The student pilot reported that he did not experience any preaccident malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. He further reported 43 hours of total flight experience, all in the same make model as the accident airplane, which included 7 hours logged as pilot-in-command.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during landing, and his subsequent failure to recover from a bounced landing, which resulted in a hard landing.

Maule M-7-235C, N427LS: Accident occurred May 19, 2018 at Burnet Municipal Airport (KBMQ), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

http://registry.faa.gov/N427LS

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA287
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Burnet, TX
Aircraft: MAULE M 7, registration: N427LS

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 lost control during landing.

Date: 19-MAY-18
Time: 16:12:00Z
Regis#: N427LS
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M 7 235C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BURNET
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N1101X: Fatal accident occurred May 20, 2018 in Bennington, Vermont

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N1101X

Location: Bennington, VT
Accident Number: ERA18FA148
Date & Time: 05/20/2018, 1423 EDT
Registration: N1101X
Aircraft: PIPER PA34
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 20, 2018, about 1423 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA 34-200T, N1101X, was destroyed during impact with wooded terrain and a postcrash fire on Bald Mountain, while maneuvering near Bennington, Vermont. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the planned flight to Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC), Oxford, Connecticut. The flight originated from Burlington International Airport (BTV), Burlington, Vermont, about 1345.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated pilot examiner (DPE) at BTV, the pilot had obtained a commercial pilot certificate and certified flight instructor certificate, with a multiengine land rating, on May 17 and May 19, respectively. They then reviewed weather together on May 19 for the pilot's return flight to his home airport, OXC, and the DPE advised the pilot to return on May 21 due to weather. The DPE further stated that he was surprised to learn that the pilot attempted to return home on May 20.

Review of preliminary information from the FAA revealed that the pilot was receiving flight following from Albany Approach Control. The controller advised the pilot of the location of precipitation, along with mountainous terrain nearby. The controller subsequently solicited a pilot report from the pilot regarding cloud bases. The pilot reported that the cloud bases were at 3,000 ft; however, at that time, radar indicated that the accident airplane was at 3,400 ft. The controller then asked the pilot if he was in the clouds and the pilot responded that he was coming out of them. The controller suggested a westbound turn for lower terrain and continued radar coverage. At that time, the accident airplane was flying between 3,200 ft and 4,000 ft mean sea level (msl), but the minimum vectoring altitude for that area was 5,000 ft msl. The airplane briefly turned to a westbound heading, but then turned back to a southeast heading. About 4 miles later, the controller again advised the pilot that if he continued on the present heading that radar coverage would be lost. The pilot asked again what heading he should fly and the controller responded westbound, which the pilot responded "westbound heading 270." Radar and radio contact were then lost during the second westbound turn. The last radar target was recorded at 1423:41, indicating an altitude of 3,500 ft msl and groundspeed of 218 knots, about 1,000 ft from the accident site, which was approximately 2,625 ft msl.

A debris path was observed; beginning with freshly cut tree branches descending about a 45° angle and extending approximately 60 ft on a magnetic heading of 265° to the main wreckage. Several of the branches exhibited cuts with black paint transfer. The main wreckage came to rest upright and was oriented about a 265° magnetic heading, with the empennage canted over the cockpit area. The left propeller separated from the left engine flange and one propeller blade separated from the hub. The blade exhibited s-bending, chordwise scratching, leading edge gouging, tip curling, and was fractured near the blade root. The other left propeller blade was not located and presumed buried beneath the engine. The right propeller separated from the right engine flange; however, both right propeller blades remained attached to the hub. Both blades exhibited s-bending and leading-edge gouging.

The landing gear and flaps were retracted. The cockpit was consumed by fire and no readable instruments were recovered. The emergency locator transmitter was recovered and its switch was found in the off position. The attitude indicator was recovered and its face sustained impact damage. When the attitude indicator was disassembled, its gyro and gyro housing exhibited rotational scoring.

The right wing was partially consumed by fire and exhibited impact damage. The right flap remained attached and the right aileron separated and was located about 2 ft from the right wing. The left wing sustained fire damage, but exhibited less impact damage than the right wing. The left flap and left aileron remained attached to the left wing. The empennage, rudder, and stabilator remained attached. Control continuity was confirmed from the left and right wing aileron bellcranks to the mid-cabin area. Stabilator control continuity was confirmed from the stabilator to the cockpit. Rudder control continuity was confirmed from the rudder to the empennage area. Measurement of the stabilator and rudder trim jackscrews corresponded to an approximate neutral setting, respectively.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane multiengine land and instrument airplane. He also held a private pilot certificate with rating airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. He held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued on March 5, 2018. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 227 hours. Review of the pilot's application for a commercial pilot certificate, dated May 17, 2018, revealed a total flight experience of 256 hours; of which, 45 hours were instrument experience; however, the application did not specify, simulated instrument, actual instrument experience, or recent instrument experience.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane, was manufactured in 1975. It was powered by a Continental TSIO-360-EB and LTSIO-360-EB (counter rotating), 215-horseppower engines equipped with constant speed, two-blade Hartzell propellers. According to an airplane status sheet completed on May 19, the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on September 30, 2017. At that time, the airplane had accumulated 7,306 hours.

William H Morse State Airport (DDH), Bennington, Vermont, was located about 5 miles west-southwest of the accident site. The recorded weather at DDH, at 1415, was: wind from 230° at 8 knots; visibility 10 miles; few clouds at 1,700 ft, broken ceiling at 3,600 ft, overcast ceiling at 4,600 ft; temperature 21°C; dew point 17°C, altimeter 29.91 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N1101X
Model/Series: PA34 200T
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: DDH, 827 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burlington, VT (BTV)
Destination: Oxford, CT (OXC)

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: 42.923889, -73.139167

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. 







WOODFORD, Vt. - Authorities say search crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the woods on Bald Mountain in Vermont's Green Mountains, killing the pilot.

The plane that crashed is registered to Persaud Munidat, he's from Waterbury Connecticut. Though we're not certain he was the one flying the plane.

The FAA lost radar contact with a twin-engine piper around 6 p.m. Sunday.

A search started immediately and crews found the wreckage early Monday morning in a wooded area in the town of Woodford.

The victim's body was taken from the scene in Woodford around 1:30 p.m. Monday. State police say he was flying alone.

They say the pilot lost contact with the FAA around 3:30 Sunday afternoon. They believe he was traveling from Vermont to Connecticut.

Search crews began looking for the plane around 7 p.m. Sunday evening. They found the wreckage around 1 a.m. on Monday morning about three miles off Route 9, in that heavily-wooded area.

Police say it was a twin-engine plane that crashed, but there are no details on the specific brand or model of the plane.

Police say the pilot had five to seven years of flying experience and was definitely not a novice.

The FAA and the NTSB are working with state and local officials to determine a cause, why communication was lost and identify the victim.


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WOODFORD — The pilot of a twin-engine aircraft that crashed into Bald Mountain on Sunday was found dead at the heavily wooded crash site just after 1 a.m. Monday, according to Vermont State Police.

The pilot was alone, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. State police Monday evening identified the pilot and single occupant as Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee, 31, of Manchester, Conn.

Ah-Nee was described as an experienced pilot with five-plus years of aviation experience. The aircraft was identified as a Piper PA-34 Seneca.

Preliminary information from the FAA indicates that the plane left from Burlington International Airport en route to Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Conn.

The crash site is in a heavily wooded area of town, approximately three miles off Route 9, police said.

The plane was not expected at any Vermont airports, said Trini Brassard, assistant director of policy, planning, and intermodal development with the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Pilots flying into Vermont airports usually call ahead to check on conditions. They aren't required to contact airports if they are merely flying in their area, she said.

State police said they activated search and rescue teams after receiving a report from the Federal Aviation Administration at 5:56 p.m. Sunday that an aircraft had been lost in the vicinity of Bald Mountain. The FAA provided the last known coordinates of the aircraft before it had lost radar confirmation, and the flight plan.

Brassard said that to her knowledge, there were no adverse weather conditions in the area at the time the plane crashed. The National Weather Service reported overcast skies at the time.

Bill Greenwald, manager of Harriman and West Airport in North Adams, Mass., got a call from air traffic control Sunday afternoon. They were looking for the plane, which had disappeared from radar.

They asked him if the plane had landed at Harriman and West, but it had not, he said. Search and rescue teams, consisting of State Police uniformed troopers, State Police Search and Rescue personnel, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife wardens, spread out Sunday night as darkness was falling.

Recovery personnel and state police detectives headed to the area Monday to assess the scene and prepare for the recovery of the pilot's body. State and local officials are working jointly with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board to support and assist with the investigation and recovery efforts.

State police said they would release more information as it became available. 


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




BENNINGTON, VT -- Vermont State Police in Bennington say they have found a missing plane deep in the woods near Bald Mountain.

They say the FAA notified them around 6:00pm Sunday night that a two engine plane went off the radar near Bald Mountain.

State police search and rescue and State Fish & Wildlife crews searched the wooded areas. They found the plane around 1:00am Monday in a heavily wooded area, about three miles of of Route 9 near Woodford. Crews stayed at the crash scene overnight.

Police believe only the pilot was on board. He's been identified as 31-year-old Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee, of Manchester, Connecticut. They believe the plane was flying from Burlington, VT towards Connecticut. They say the man died in the crash and the body was found.

Crews hiked up the West Ridge Trail early Monday morning with a stretcher to begin the recovery efforts.

Police are unsure what caused the plane to go down.

State Police say they will be investigating with the FAA and NTSB over the next few days.

That area of Bald Mountain will be closed to hikers during the investigation.


Story and video ➤ http://cbs6albany.com

Search crews have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the woods on Bald Mountain in Vermont's Green Mountains, killing the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday the pilot was the only person on board the twin-engine propeller plane. He's been identified as 31-year-old Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee, of Manchester, Connecticut.

State police say they began the search at about 6 p.m. Sunday after the FAA reported it had lost radar contact with the plane. It was flying from Burlington, Vermont, to Oxford, Connecticut, when the crash happened.

Search teams located the wreckage just after 1 a.m. Monday in a heavily wooded area in the town of Woodford in the southwestern corner of the state.

State police say Ah-Nee had more than five years of aviation experience.


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A Manchester, Conn. man was killed in a plane crash in Vermont Sunday, according to Vermont State Police.

According to Vermont State Police, 31-year-old Ramsey Sampson Ah-Nee was the pilot and only occupant in a 1975 Piper PA-34-200T that crashed in Woodford, Vt. Sunday evening.

Police said the Federal Aviation Administration contacted them regarding a lost aircraft in the area of Bald Mountain in Woodford just before 6 p.m. Sunday. The FAA was tracking the plane and lost it on radar.

Search and rescue teams began searching the area of the last known coordinates and located the aircraft in the woods around 1 a.m. The pilot was found deceased on scene, police said.

The plane was scheduled to fly from Burlington, Vt. to Oxford, Conn. Police said Ah-Nee was an experienced pilot with more than five years of experience.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.


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