Saturday, May 26, 2018

Delta Air Lines, Bombardier CL-600-2B19, N8928A: Incident occurred December 14, 2019 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL), Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aircraft during pushback struck a Delta belt loader damaging left wing tip.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8928A

Date: 14-DEC-19
Time: 05:12:00Z
Regis#: N8928A
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CL600 2B19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Flight Number: EDV5306
City: ATLANTA
State: GEORGIA

Schempp-Hirth Discus-2B, N917WV: Incident occurred May 25, 2018 in Worth County, Iowa

http://registry.faa.gov/N917WV



WORTH COUNTY, Iowa – A glider has to make an emergency landing in North Iowa Friday evening.

It came down in a farm field just east of Interstate 35 near the exit to the Diamond Jo Casino.

The pilot needed to get out of the way of stormy weather and made a soft landing without any injury.

Stephen Nesser of St. Paul was piloting the glider, he is participating in the Albert Lea Region 7 Glider Competition this weekend.

While first responders say they don't often get calls for plane crashes, or gliders in a field, Nesser said this is probably his eighth or nineth time landing in a field.

He said he was aiming for a field, he did miss judge the landing just a little.

"I was going to land in another field and I realized the only road is I-35 and you can't get a car there," he said. "So I changed my route.  I was getting low. I thought  that green strip was a road and it will be easy to get a car there, but unfortunately it wasn't a road."

Those with the Worth County Sheriff's Office say the glider was not damaged; however, there was an unknown amount of damage caused to the crop in the field. Those who own the land say they will not be able to estimate the damage for a couple of weeks. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.kimt.com

Piedmont Airlines, Embraer ERJ-145, N648AE: Accident occurred December 15, 2019 near Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Pennsylvania

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

Aircraft encountered turbulence and flight attendant broke an ankle.

American Airlines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N648AE

Performing Flight AA-4797

Date: 15-DEC-19
Time: 11:20:00Z
Regis#: N648AE
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB145
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Flight Number: PDT4797
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, N89ZM: Incident occurred May 25, 2018 at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport (KRVS), Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aircraft experienced a nose gear collapse while conducting touch and goes.

DX Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N89ZM

Date: 25-MAY-18
Time: 23:43:00Z
Regis#: N89ZM
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: F33A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TULSA
State: OKLAHOMA

TULSA, Oklahoma - A plane ran off the runway at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport.

Flight trackers show the Beechcraft F33A Bonanza took off a little after 6:30, circled the airport and skidded off the runway while landing only about 5 minutes later.

It's believed the plane's landing gear had a malfunction of some kind.

The pilot was the only person on board and was not hurt.

Story, video and photo ➤ http://www.newson6.com

SkyWest - Delta Connection, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-200: Incident occurred May 25, 2018 at South Bend International Airport (KSBN), St. Joseph County, Indiana



SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A flight from South Bend, Indiana to Atlanta was forced to turn around about 45 minutes into its flight.

SkyWest flight 4647, operating as Delta Connection from South Bend to Atlanta, took off from South Bend International Airport just before 5 p.m. local time.

The plane turned around near Kokomo and circled around a few times just north of the airport before landing safely. 

The passengers deplaned at the gate. 

No injuries were reported.

A spokesperson for SkyWest said the plane had a mechanical indication causing the flight to turn around.

A passenger on the flight told FOX 5 News about a dozen fire trucks met the plane on the ground.

Another plane was brought in and took off a couple hours later.

Story and photo ➤ http://www.fox5atlanta.com


SOUTH BEND — An airplane made an emergency landing Friday evening at South Bend International Airport.

According a tweet from the airport, county dispatch notified the airport that the plane was coming to South Bend following a possible explosion on board.

No injuries were reported.

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

The South Bend Fire Department was called to South Bend International Airport Friday night.

A plane landing in South Bend had a halon bottle (fire extinguisher) that was leaking or possibly exploded in the cargo area.

The plane has landed safely around 6:30 p.m. There are no injuries, according to dispatch.

We are told the chemical was contained to the cargo area. 

Story and photo ➤  http://wsbt.com

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, EI-DDX, Atlantic Flight Training Academy: Accident occurred January 6, 2020 at Cork Airport, Ireland

NTSB Identification: GAA20WA105
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, January 6, 2020 in Cork, Ireland
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration:
Injuries: 2 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Ireland has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA 172 airplane that occurred on January 06, 2020. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Ireland's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Ireland.




The pilot of a light aircraft had to make an emergency landing today after one of the aircraft's wheels failed.

The incident happened during a training flight when the aircraft suffered damage to its nose wheel on landing.

A spokesperson for the airport confirmed there was a technical issue with a Cessna 172 light aircraft on runway 25.

The two pilots, one a trainee, emerged from the incident unharmed and there was no impact on airport operations. 

The aircraft itself only suffered minimal damage and will be repaired and airborne again soon.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit has launched a formal investigation into the incident, which happened at lunchtime today. 

The instructor was overseeing a student pilot who flew several landings and takeoffs when one of the aircraft wheels failed.

Emergency services were put on standby but the plane touched down safely. 





A light aircraft has suffered damage to its nose wheel on landing at Cork Airport this lunchtime.

All emergency services were put on standby in the last half an hour amid concerns about the operation of the aircraft's wheels as it approached the runway.

An airport spokesman has confirmed in the last few minutes that the aircraft has landed on the short cross runway and suffered damage to its nose wheel only.

No injuries have been reported and it is expected that the incident will not affect airport operations.

GoAir, Airbus A320-271N Neo: Incident occurred January 7, 2020 in New Delhi, India

NTSB Identification: ENG20WA012
Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Incident occurred Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in New Delhi, India
Aircraft: AIRBUS A320, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of India has notified the NTSB of an incident involving an Airbus A320 airplane that occurred on January 7, 2020. A GoAir Airbus A320-271N Neo powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1127G-JM geared turbofan engines experienced an engine failure during its flight from Delhi Airport, Indian to Varanasi Airport, India. The airplane performed an in-flight shutdown of the affected engine, an air turn back, and an uneventful landing was made. Post landing engine inspection confirmed a low pressure turbine 3rd stage blade failure.

The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative as the state of manufacturer of the engine to assist the government of India in their investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13. All investigative information will be released by the government of India.

Cessna F152 (Reims), HB-CCN, Flugschule Eichenberger AG: Fatal accident occurred January 7, 2020 near Buttwil (LSZU) aerodrome, Switzerland

NTSB Identification: GAA20WA106
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Buttwil, Switzerland
Aircraft: REims F152, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Switzerland has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Reims F152 airplane that occurred on January 07, 2020. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Switzerland's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Switzerland.

https://www.sust.admin.ch

Gestern Nachmittag ist ein Flugzeug der Marke Cessna im Gebiet des Rüedikerwaldes in Schongau abgestürzt. Der Pilot kam dabei ums Leben (siehe Medienmitteilung vom 7. Januar 2020). Der Pilot konnte in der Zwischenzeit identifiziert werden. Es handelt sich um einen 78-jährigen Schweizer. Derzeit sind die Bergungsarbeiten der Wrackteile am Laufen.

Am Dienstag, 7. January 2019, ca. 15:10 Uhr, startete ein Kleinflugzeug der Marke Cessna beim Flugplatz Buttwil im Kanton Aargau. Wenige Minuten nach dem Start stürzte das Flugzeug aus noch ungeklärten Gründen im Gebiet Rüedikerwald ab. Ein Teil des Flugzeugwracks geriet in Brand und wurde durch die Feuerwehr gelöscht. Der Pilot kam beim Unfall ums Leben (siehe Medienmitteilung vom 7. Januar 2020).

Der Leichnam des verstorbenen Piloten wurde gestern Abend geborgen. Durch die zuständigen Untersuchungsbehörden wurde eine Obduktion der Leiche am Institut für Rechtsmedizin angeordnet. Der Pilot konnte in der Zwischenzeit identifiziert werden. Es handelt sich um einen 78-jährigen Schweizer.

Beim abgestürzten Flugzeug handelt es sich um eine zweiplätzige Cessna C152. Zurzeit laufen die Bergungsarbeiten auf dem Schadenplatz und der Abtransport der Wrackteile.

Die Untersuchung zum Unfall führen die Schweizerische Sicherheitsuntersuchungsstelle (SUST) und die Staatsanwaltschaft Emmen.

https://newsletter.lu.ch

Am Dienstag, 7. January 2019, ca. 15:10 Uhr, startete ein Kleinflugzeug der Marke Cessna beim Flugplatz Buttwil. Wenige Minuten nach dem Start stürzte das Flugzeug aus noch ungeklärten Gründen im Gebiet Rüedikerwald ab. Ein Teil des Flugzeugwracks geriet in Brand und wurde durch die Feuerwehr gelöscht. Der Pilot kam beim Unfall ums Leben. Er war alleine unterwegs.

Im Einsatz stehen mehrere Einsatzkräfte verschiedene Rettungs- und Blaulichtorganisationen. Die Unfallstelle befindet sich im Wald und ist grossräumig abgesperrt. Für Medienschaffende ist derzeit keine Schadenplatzbegehung möglich.

Die Schweizerische Sicherheitsuntersuchungsstelle (SUST) und die Staatsanwaltschaft Emmen haben die Untersuchung zur Unfallursache aufgenommen.

https://www.polizei-schweiz.ch

Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow, N3206R: Accident occurred November 17, 2019 -and- Incident occurred May 26, 2018 near Ogden-Hinckley Airport (KOGD), Weber County, Utah

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3206R

Location: Ogden, UT
Accident Number: WPR20LA024
Date & Time: 11/17/2019, 1552 MST
Registration: N3206R
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On November 17, 2019, about 1552 mountain standard time, a Piper PA28R-180 airplane, N3206R, impacted terrain during the takeoff initial climb from Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD), Ogden, Utah. The commercial pilot and the student pilot were seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane was registered to Whitesands INC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that was originating from OGD, about 1545.

A video recording taken by a passing motorist on Interstate 15, detailed the airplane striking a billboard then descending to the ground. The airplane came to rest in a flat area adjacent to the freeway. Numerous first responders assisted in extricating the instructor and student pilot and subsequently transporting them to a local hospital. The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3206R
Model/Series: PA28R 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Axiom Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOGD, 4472 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Ogden, UT (OGD)
Destination: Ogden, UT (OGD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 41.184444, -112.015000


Bryce Ransom and Family

https://www.gofundme.com

Bryce Ransom is a husband and father of two young children. His wife Chanae is also expecting a new baby girl any day now. Bryce is the provider of income for his family. If you can help in any way, your donation would help cover medical costs while Bryce is recovering. With two broken ankles, sternum, ribs, nose, hand, and knee, his recovery is expected to be several months.  Our sincere and heartfelt thank you for donations and prayers at this time. 

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ROY — As federal officials investigate a weekend plane crash, the two occupants of the aircraft are continuing their recoveries.

The Piper single-engine aircraft crashed about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, hitting a billboard next to I-15 in Roy about a half-mile southwest of Ogden-Hinckley Airport shortly after taking off.

Two people on board were critically injured. A third person who tried to help the victims was also taken to local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Several people on social media have identified one of the victims as Bryce Ransom. He suffered multiple broken bones, including both ankles, his sternum, ribs, nose, hand and knee, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser* set up for him.

Ransom has two children and his wife is due to give birth to their third child any day, according to friends on Facebook.

The name of the other victim was not immediately released.

The tail number on the plane is the same as a plane that was forced to make an emergency landing on I-15 near Ogden in May 2018.

In that incident, a flight instructor and a student were in the plane when it experienced a mechanical issue, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The instructor made the decision to land on the freeway, and hit a car while landing. No one was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Security Administration will investigate Sunday’s crash.

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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










ROY — Two men were critically injured Sunday afternoon in a small plane crash in Weber County, officials said.

The crash occurred off southbound I-15 in Roy after the plane hit a billboard, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane crashed about a half-mile southwest of Ogden-Hinckley Airport soon after it departed.

One person was flown to a hospital and two people were transported via ambulance.

A video taken after the crash shows bystanders parked off the freeway and a crowd of people surrounding the smoking plane to apparently help.

One person who stopped to help suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Roy police officer Stuart Hackworth.

Hackworth said officers were grateful for those who stopped to help immediately after the crash, but asked that bystanders to clear the area while first responders were working on scene.

No other injuries were reported.

Southbound I-15 was closed in the area of the crash. The UHP asked people traveling I-15 north to drive cautiously and not slow down to observe the crash.

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

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






ROY — A small plane crashed near I-15 in Weber County Sunday afternoon, injuring three people, officials say.

KSL first heard reports of the crash about 3:30 p.m. near the area of 4450 S. 1500 West in Roy. The light plane hit a billboard near the side of the freeway and crashed, UHP said.

The two occupants of the plane were transported to area hospitals in critical condition; one via medical chopper and the other by ambulance, according to Roy police officer Stuart Hackworth. A bystander was also transported to the hospital in stable condition after inhaling smoke while helping those involved in the crash.

"We do initially appreciate assistance from the public," said Hackworth said. "And then once we arrive on scene, we greatly appreciate their cooperation in letting us and emergency medical personnel do our jobs."

A KSL viewer sent us a photo of damage caused by the crash and video of several bystanders responding to the small plane on the side of the road.

Southbound I-15 is closed near 31st Street as officials investigate the crash. UHP is asking drivers to take I-84 to get around the traffic.

Story and video ➤ https://www.ksl.com

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

May 26, 2018:   Aircraft made and emergency landing on Interstate 15.

Date: 26-MAY-18
Time: 13:55:00Z
Regis#: N3206R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-28R-180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: OGDEN
State: UTAH




OGDEN — A small plane made an emergency landing on the freeway Saturday in Weber County.

Officials said the Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow departed Ogden-Hinckley Regional Airport just before 8 a.m. and was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 15 at 5600 South. Local authorities said there were two people onboard the single-engine plane.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, a 19-year old flight instructor was with a student when the aircraft experienced a mechanical issue. It was then the instructor made a bold decision to land the distressed aircraft in the southbound lanes of the freeway, explained Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Andy Battenfield.

"The female instructor took control of the plane and flew under the Riverdale Road bridge structure," he said. "While landing, she struck 2004 Toyota Camry with four occupants."

He noted the aircraft’s wing struck and shattered the rear window of the vehicle, but no injuries were reported. Damage to the plane and the car were minimal, he said.

The roadway was blocked for about 90 minutes. Officials are investigating what prompted the aircraft to have to make the impromptu landing.

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








RIVERDALE – No injuries were reported after a small airplane made an emergency landing on I-15 southbound in Riverdale Saturday morning.

According to Utah Highway Patrol, a 19-year-old female flight instructor was forced to bring the plane down just before 8 a.m. on the freeway near milepost 339 shortly after take off.

In audio obtained by Fox 13, the pilot can be heard speaking to the control tower at Ogden-Hinckley Airport.

“…the freeway, going down,” the pilot said. “Now we’re on the freeway… we’re going to need some help getting off the freeway.”

The plane took off from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport but the pilot says she was forced to bring it down when it suffered  “a loss of power.”

“After takeoff we were not climbing and we started to descend and so we did emergency gear down and hit the runway… uh, not the runway I hit the road,” the pilot said in the recording.

UHP says the plane did collide with one vehicle but no injuries have been reported.

“None in the airplane, we don’t know if we hit a car,” the pilot told control in the recording. “We don’t believe so, we just think we hit hard. But we’re going to need some help.”

According to UDOT right lanes were closed following the incident but have since been reopened.

UHP reports the plane was taken back to the Ogden-Hinckley Airport in good condition.

Story, video and photos ➤ http://fox13now.com

Air Baltic, Airbus A220-300, YL-AAU: Incident occurred February 12, 2020 in Bordeaux, France

NTSB Identification: ENG20CA015
Scheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial operation of airBaltic
Incident occurred Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in Bordeaux, France
Aircraft: AIRBUS A220, registration: YL-AAU

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.

Cessna 152, N152GB, registered to and operated by Hillsboro Aero Academy LLC: Accident occurred May 26, 2018 at Hillsboro Airport (KHIO), Portland, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N152GB

Location: Hillsboro, OR
Accident Number: WPR18LA148
Date & Time: 05/26/2018, 0935 PDT
Registration: N152GB
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On May 26, 2018, about 0935 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152 airplane, N152GB, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power while performing a go around at the Hillsboro-Portland Airport (HIO), Hillsboro, Oregon. The certified flight instructor and student pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Hillsboro Aero Academy LLC. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from HIO at 15 minutes before the accident.

The flight instructor reported that during their third touch-and-go landing on runway 31R, the student pilot initiated a go-around. Shortly after applying power, the engine began to run rough, backfire, and partially lose power. The flight instructor verified that the mixture was rich and that the carburetor heat was off. Unable to restore full engine power, the flight instructor initiated a forced landing to the remaining portion of the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane overran the departure end of runway 31R and nosed over.

Post-accident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that both wings were structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N152GB
Model/Series: 152 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: HILLSBORO AERO ACADEMY LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHIO, 204 ft msl
Observation Time: 1648 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling:  Overcast / 4300 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hillsboro, OR (HIO)
Destination: Hillsboro, OR (HIO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  45.550278, -122.956944 (est)







HILLSBORO, Ore. — A Cessna 152 airplane flipped at the Hillsboro Airport Saturday morning. 

Both a student pilot and flight instructor were inside.

Fortunately, both people were uninjured and had gotten out of the plane by the time the Hillsboro Fire Department arrived.

There were no leaking fluids from the plane, and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

Story and photo gallery ➤ http://kcby.com

Flight physician questions single-engine helicopters after Hazelhurst, Wisconsin crash

HAZELHURST – It may be months before federal investigators determine what caused a deadly medical helicopter to crash in northern Wisconsin last month. 

The Ascension Spirit 2 flight crashed April 26 in Hazelhurst, killing three crew members, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. The Eurocopter AS 350 was provided by Air Methods

The single-engine helicopter clipped a 70-foot tree and crashed in a wooded area, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Single-engine helicopters shouldn’t be used for medical transport, said Dr. Michael Abernethy, the chief flight physician of UW Health Med Flight in Madison. Instead, operations should be using twin-engine models, he said.

“Redundancy. In the event of an engine failure, you still have a second engine,” he said. “If you go to the rest of the developed world, no one uses small, single-engine helicopters. No one.”

Only three of the 12 medical helicopters in operation in Wisconsin are single-engine models, Abernethy said.

The reliability of single-engine helicopters is nearly identical to twin-engine helicopters, Air Methods said in a statement. The single-engine helicopters are also equipped with the same safety equipment found in twin-engine helicopters, the company said.

“The accident is currently under investigation by the NTSB and FAA, and Air Methods will support their work in every way possible,” the statement said.

Ascension Spirit and Air Methods must meet standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems. The safety standards are upgraded every two to three years, said Associate Executive Director Dudley Smith.

“Programs are required to have a safety management system, and then there are also standards in there about what kinds of equipment and things need to be on the vehicles,” Smith said. “We’re doing everything we can to decrease the likelihood of accidents happening.”

Story and photo gallery ➤ https://www.wausaudailyherald.com



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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration; Washington, District of Columbia
Turbomeca; Grand Prairie, Texas
Airbus; Grand Prairie, Texas
Honeywell; Phoenix, Arizona
Air Methods; Denver, Colorado
Federal Aviation Administration; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Federal Aviation Administration; Fort Worth, Texas
Appareo Systems; Fargo, North Dakota
Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses; Paris, France
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N127LN

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Hazelhurst, WI
Accident Number: CEN18FA149
Date & Time: 04/26/2018, 2250 CDT
Registration: N127LN
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER AS 350 B2
Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On April 26, 2018, about 2250 central daylight time, a Eurocopter AS 350 B2 helicopter, N127LN, impacted trees and terrain during cruise flight near Hazelhurst, Wisconsin. The pilot and two crewmembers were fatally injured. The helicopter was destroyed during the impact. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Air Methods Corporation as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 repositioning flight. Night visual meteorological conditions were reported in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating on a company visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Dane County Regional Airport-Truax Field (MSN), near Madison, Wisconsin, about 2104 and was destined for the Howard Young Medical Center Heliport (60WI), near Woodruff, Wisconsin.

Earlier in the day the emergency medical services (EMS) crew had transported a patient to the Madison area. The purpose of this flight was to reposition the helicopter back to 60WI. The helicopter was serviced with 80 gallons of fuel at MSN. According to initial information, the pilot radioed that he departed from MSN. The helicopter did not arrive at its destination at its estimated arrival time, and the operator started their search procedures for the helicopter. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center placed a call to the operator and advised that an emergency locator transmitter signal associated with the helicopter was received by the center. The center informed the operator of a latitude and longitude in which to look for the helicopter. The helicopter was subsequently found near that location about 0215 on April 27, 2018.

The 34-year-old pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) commercial pilot certificate with rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument helicopter ratings. He also held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. He held an FAA second class medical certificate issued on May 31, 2017. On his last application for the medical certificate the pilot reported having accumulated 3,200 hours of total flight time, with 100 hours logged with the preceding six months. According to initial information from the operator, the pilot received training on January 5 and 7, 2018 and satisfactorily passed a check ride.

N127LN was a 2006 model Eurocopter (Airbus) AS 350 B2, four-place, single-engine helicopter, with serial number 4149. The helicopter was configured for EMS transport services. It was powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 turboshaft engine, with serial number 19129. The engine had a maximum takeoff power rating of 732 shaft horsepower and a continuous power rating of 625 horsepower. According to initial information, the helicopter was maintained under a company aircraft inspection program and had undergone 100 and 600-hour inspections on April 25, 2018, at an airframe total time of 5,152.8 hours. The helicopter was not equipped with a vehicle engine multifunction display or a digital electronic control unit. However, it was equipped with an enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS).

At 2255, the recorded weather at the Lakeland Airport/Noble F. Lee Memorial Field, near Minocqua, Wisconsin, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 0° C; dew point -1° C; altimeter 29.88 inches of mercury.

At 2253, the recorded weather at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, near Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 2° C; dew point 1° C; altimeter 29.87 inches of mercury.

At 2253, the recorded weather at the Eagle River Union Airport, near Eagle River, Wisconsin, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 0° C; dew point 0° C; altimeter 29.86 inches of mercury.

According to U.S. Naval Observatory Sun and Moon Data, the end of local civil twilight in the Rhinelander, Wisconsin, area was 2031 and local moonset was at 0507 on April 27, 2018. The observatory characterized the phase of the moon as "waxing gibbous with 88% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated."

The helicopter was found in a wooded area about 178° and 8.4 nautical miles from 60WI. First responders indicated that the sky was clear, the moon was visible, and there was a smell of fuel at the time the helicopter was located. However, the wreckage did not exhibit any signs of fire. A tree about 70 ft tall about 66° and 47 feet from the nose of the wreckage had branches broken in its upper canopy. Trees in between this tree and the wreckage had their trunks and branches broken and linearly separated. The path of the broken and separated trunks and branches through the trees was steep. A ground impression about 11 ft by 9 ft and 2 ft deep was found in front of the helicopter wreckage. The helicopter came to rest on its right side. The heading of the wreckage from tail to nose was about 095°. During the on-scene examination, the smell of fuel was present at the site and in the ground below the helicopter. All major components of the helicopter were located at the site. The cockpit and cabin area was destroyed. The fuselage exhibited rearward crushing deformation. The tailboom was attached to the fuselage. The tail rotor gear box and tail rotor blades remained on the tail. However, the vertical fin had partially detached from the end of the tailboom. Both horizontal stabilizers were present on the tail. All three rotor blades remained attached to the rotor hub, and the rotor hub was attached to the transmission. The main rotor blades exhibited damage to include spar fractures and leading-edge abrasions and depressions. The main rotor hub rotated when the transmission's input drive shaft was rotated by hand. The fuel tank was fragmented. Yaw, pitch, lateral, and collective controls were traced from the cockpit to their respective servo actuators. Engine controls were traced from the cockpit through their respective bellcranks to their engine components. A magnetic plug in the hydraulic system had some particulate on its magnetic end. The filter bypass button on the hydraulic control block was popped. The hydraulic pump was turned by a drill and the pump exhibited a suction and pressure at the pump's inlet and outlet. Disassembly of the hydraulic pump revealed scoring witness marks on the pump housing in its gear's plane of rotation and no debris or obstructions were observed within the pump ports.

The engine was found on the ground and was separated from the fuselage. The engine's compressor blades exhibited nick and gouge damage consistent with foreign object ingestion. The power turbine blades exhibited silver colored deposits on them. The power turbine was turned by hand and the drive train did not turn. Subsequent examination revealed that the engine's Module 5 reduction gearbox had migrated out of its installed position, rearward, to the extent its O-ring groove was visible. The Module 5 gearbox was removed for inspection of the input pinion torque alignment marks. The marks were found to be misaligned approximately 2 millimeters in the tightening direction which is consistent with engine power being delivered to the drive train during the main rotor blade impact sequence.

The Oneida County Coroner was asked to perform an autopsy on the pilot and to take toxicological samples.

The helicopter was equipped with an Appareo Vision 1000 recorder unit, which records to both a removable secure data (SD) card and internal memory. Both the unit and the SD card sustained impact damage. The unit and its SD card were shipped to the National Transportation Safety Board Recorder Laboratory to see if they contain data in reference to the accident flight. A hydraulic fluid sample and a fuel sample were retained for testing. Additionally, the hydraulic magnetic plug, the hydraulic pump, hydraulic filter, four actuators, and the EGPWS were retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: EUROCOPTER
Registration: N127LN
Model/Series: AS 350 B2 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: AIR METHODS CORP
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: QMLA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KARV, 1630 ft msl
Observation Time: 2255 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: MADISON, WI (MSN)
Destination: WOODRUFF, WI (60WI) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  45.754444, -89.695833