Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Schleicher ASW 20C, N428US: Accident occurred May 30, 2018 in Nephi, Juab County, Utah

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, 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/N428US


Location: Nephi, UT

Accident Number: GAA18CA314
Date & Time: 05/30/2018, 1415 MDT
Registration: N428US
Aircraft: SCHLEICHER ASW
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abrupt maneuver
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the glider reported that, while enroute on a local flight, the "lift died" and he decided to return to the departure airport. He was about 3-4 miles from the airport when the glider experienced a "moderate to severe sink" and decided to set up to land in a nearby field. At approximately 200 ft. above the ground, the glider encountered a strong updraft that lasted 15-30 seconds, and "even with full spoilers, it was obvious [he] would not be able to land". He stowed the spoilers, pitched up slightly and focused on another landing site.


The pilot further reported, that during touchdown at the alternate landing site, he noticed there were "sprinkler pipes and wheels". He added, "it looked like [he] would still hit the sprinkler pipes", so, to avoid the industrial farm sprinklers ahead, the pilot abruptly pitched the nose down and landed hard on the field.


The glider sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage.


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


Pilot Information


Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Flight Engineer

Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Glider; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/15/2018
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 13800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 5100 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 100 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: SCHLEICHER

Registration: N428US
Model/Series: ASW 20C
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 20628
Landing Gear Type: Retractable -
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/28/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:
Airframe Total Time: 1600 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 14°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 13000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 23000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: NEPHI, UT (U14)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: NEPHI, UT (U14)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information


Airport: NEPHI MUNI (U14)

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5020 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

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: 39.711667, -111.891667 (est)

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N254EK: Accident occurred, April 29, 2018 and Incident occurred June 17, 2017 at Palo Alto Airport (KPAO), Santa Clara County, California

N254EK LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N254EK

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA294 

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Palo Alto, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N254EK

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.


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

June 17, 2017: Aircraft on takeoff, went off the runway and struck a light.


Date: 17-JUN-17
Time:    02:58:00Z
Regis#:    N254EK
Aircraft Make:    CESSNA
Aircraft Model:    C172
Event Type:    INCIDENT
Highest Injury:    NONE
Aircraft Missing:    No
Damage:    MINOR
Activity:    UNKNOWN
Flight Phase:    TAKEOFF (TOF)
City:    PALO ALTO
State:    CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga, N8214E: Incident occurred June 05, 2018 at Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Taylor County, Texas

Lakeway Flyers LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8214E



ABILENE, Texas — A small private plane made an emergency landing on Tuesday afternoon at Abilene Regional Airport.

According to Don Green, Director of Transportation Services, the pilot of the aircraft notified the air traffic control tower at about 4:45 p.m. that the instrument panel on the aircraft went out and as a result of that, the pilot could not get the plane's landing gear to come down.

The landing gear eventually came down and the plane landed safely.

The Abilene Fire Department had crews on standby just in case the plane were to crash.

Green did not know where the plane was coming from or how many people were on board the aircraft.

The plane is a Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga and owned by a company in Lakeway, near Austin.

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

Mooney M20K, N57146: Incident occurred June 04, 2018 at Watsonville Municipal Airport (KWVI), Santa Cruz County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

Mooney 231 LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N57146

Date: 04-JUN-18
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N57146
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WATSONVILLE
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-161, N453ND: Incident occurred June 04, 2018 at Treasure Coast International Airport (KFPR), Fort Pierce, Florida

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

Aircraft landed and rolled out onto the grass.

Ari-Ben Aviator Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N453ND

Date: 04-JUN-18
Time: 21:45:00Z
Regis#: N453ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA

CCX-2000, N18JG: Accident occurred May 28, 2018 at Coeur d'Alene Airport Hayden, Kootenai County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

http://registry.faa.gov/N18JG

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA315
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2018 in Couer D'Alene, ID
Aircraft: JIM GREEN CCX-2000, registration: N18JG

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 ground looped on landing.

Date: 28-MAY-18
Time: 20:20:00Z
Regis#: N18JG
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: CCX 2000
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COEUR E ALENE
State: IDAHO

Super Petrel LS, N568SP: Incident occurred June 05, 2018 at Louisa County Airport (KLKU), Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond

Aircraft landed gear up.

http://registry.faa.gov/N568SP

Date: 05-JUN-18
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N568SP
Aircraft Make: SCODA AERONAUTIC LTDA
Aircraft Model: SUPER PETREL LS
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LOUISA
State: VIRGINIA

GippsAero GA10 Airvan, VH-XMH, registered to and operated by GippsAero: Accident occurred June 04, 2018 in Mojave, Kern County, California

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

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

https://www.casa.gov.au

Location: Mojave, CA
Accident Number: ANC18LA042
Date & Time: 06/04/2018, 1152 PDT
Registration: VH-XMH
Aircraft: GIPPSAERO PTY LTD GA10
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On June 4, 2018, about 1152 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a turbine-powered, Australian registered, GippsAero GA10 airplane, VH-XMH, was destroyed after it impacted terrain following an unrecoverable spin during a flight test near Mojave, California. The United States certificated Airline Transport Pilot, and Australian certificated Commercial Pilot, sustained minor injuries after both successfully bailed out of the airplane. The airplane was registered to and operated by GippsAero as a visual flight rules test flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.715 Special Flight Authorization when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated at the Mojave Air and Space Port (KMHV), Mojave, California, about 1105 PDT.

The purpose of the flight was to evaluate the spin characteristics of the GippsAreo GA10 airplane with a belly-mounted cargo pod installed. Additionally, the accident airplane was equipped with an anti-spin parachute to be used if an unrecoverable spin was encountered, and both pilots wore emergency parachutes.

A chase airplane was used to follow and monitor the progress of the flight test.

According to the flight test pilot, the accident flight was the ninth flight that he participated in during the one-turn spin evaluations of the GA-10 fitted with the cargo pod. He said that after departure, a stall series was completed prior to any spin entries, with stall characteristics normal and benign.

The pilot reported that the first spin entry was initiated with wings level, power on, with flaps set to a landing configuration, which was followed by left rudder and right aileron inputs. The pilot said that the spin recovery took longer than expected, and the decision was made to repeat the test. The next spin entry produced very similar results, with the recovery at one additional spin turn. The accident flight spin entry was flown in the same configuration as the first two spins, except that the entry was from a 30° bank left turn. The pilot reported that the airplane entered a normal spin, and after one spin turn, he applied flight control inputs for the spin recovery; however, the airplane settled into a fully developed spin.

The pilot said that after the airplane attained three full spin turns, he heard the chase airplane personnel call "three turns" which was a predetermined flight test safety limit. The pilot reported that he then moved the control yoke full forward with full opposite rudder and right aileron in an attempt to arrest the spin, but to no avail. He said that the control yoke was then returned to neutral, then full forward and full right rudder. Around 10,000 ft msl, the pilot heard the chase airplane personnel call "chute, chute, chute" instructing the flight test crew to deploy the emergency anti-spin parachute. The pilot said that when the anti-spin parachute deployment lever was pulled aft, the anti-spin parachute did not deploy, even after repeated attempts. At about 8,500 ft msl, which was 500 ft. above the briefed minimum bailout altitude, both pilots bailed out.

The closest weather reporting facility was KMHV, about 9 miles north of the accident site. At 1200, a METAR from KMHV was reporting, in part: wind from 300° at 15 knots, gusting 20 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, clear; temperature, 93° F; dew point 39° F; altimeter, 29.91 inches of mercury.

The closest weather reporting facility was KMHV, about 9 miles north of the accident site. At 1200, a METAR from KMHV was reporting, in part: wind from 300° at 15 knots, gusting 20 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, clear; temperature, 93° F; dew point 39° F; altimeter, 29.91 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GIPPSAERO PTY LTD
Registration: VH-XMH
Model/Series: GA10 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: GIPPSAERO PTY LTD
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMHV, 2801 ft msl
Observation Time: 1900 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots/ 20 knots, 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Mojave, CA
Destination: Mojave, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  34.938611, -118.126667 (est)



EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A pilot and a passenger safely ejected before their single-engine turboprop crashed during a test flight Monday in Southern California's Mojave Desert, a spokesman for the plane's developer said.

Both occupants are OK after successfully deploying their parachutes before the GA10 aircraft crashed about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Edwards Air Force Base, according to Earle Boyter, a North American official of Australia's GippsAero.

The 10-seat experimental utility plane was likely destroyed, Boyter said.

It had taken off from Mojave Air and Space Port, about 85 miles (136 kilometers) north of downtown Los Angeles.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector was dispatched to the crash site, said agency spokesman Ian Gregor. The National Transportation Safety Board will also investigate.

GippsAero manufactures single-engine utility aircraft. The firm based in Morwell, Australia, is owned by Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group.

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

Monday, June 4, 2018

Space Coast Regional Airport (KTIX), Titusville, Brevard County, Florida







BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Titusville Fire Department has responded to a call Monday afternoon about two aircraft that have flipped over, due to high winds, at Space Coast Regional Airport.

Officials with the fire department are looking into a possible fuel spill from aircraft.

Rescue crews received the call around 4 p.m.

Brevard County Fire Rescue, along with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting is also on the scene.

Titusville Fire Department is also checking on a possible third aircraft that overturned. ARFF unit on scene. Assisting in checking for hazards/spills.

Story and video ➤ http://spacecoastdaily.com

Denney Kitfox Model 1, N375KF: Fatal accident occurred June 04, 2018 near Blue Skies Farm Airport (OR87), Salem, Marion County, Oregon

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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/N375KF

Location: Salem, OR
Accident Number: ANC18FA041
Date & Time: 06/03/2018, 1815 PDT
Registration: N375KF
Aircraft: MASON HAL J KITFOX MODEL 1
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - 

On June 3, 2018, about 1815 Pacific daylight time, a Mason Hal J KitFox Model 1, experimental light sport airplane, N375KF, sustained substantial damage during an impact with trees and terrain near Blue Skies Airport (OR87), Salem, Oregon. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules flight when the accident occurred. The student pilot, the only occupant, was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The last time the airplane had been seen was about 1800 when taxi operations were being conducted.

According to a witness, the pilot had just completed maintenance on the landing gear suspension and stated that he was going to taxi the airplane along the runway to test the pressure in the main landing gear struts. He witnessed the airplane make several trips along the runway. A few hours later, he saw the pilot's vehicle and trailer still parked at the airport, but the airplane was not there. The previous instances where the witness interacted with the accident pilot, he said the accident airplane had always been trailered to and from the airport and he did not see the accident pilot operate the airplane for anything other than taxi operations.

When a friend of the pilot had not heard from him the next day and found out the pilot's vehicle was still at the airport, he became concerned since he knew the pilot was not certificated or authorized to fly the accident airplane solo. He then conducted an aerial search in his own airplane and located the wreckage of the missing airplane on the edge of a wooded area about 100 yards from the OR87 runway, with a portion of the airplane submerged in a small creek. The airplane impacted about 30 feet below the top of an estimated 100ft-tall Fir tree before descending steeply into terrain and coming to rest inverted with the right wing and propeller submerged, resulting in substantial damage.

The accident pilot's flight instructor estimated the accident pilot had accumulated about 35 total flight hours, almost all in a Piper Cherokee 140. To his knowledge, the accident pilot had not flown the Kit Fox before and did not have a tailwheel endorsement or solo endorsement for that aircraft. He said it was possible the accident pilot received endorsements while he was out of town the week prior to the accident but he had not spoken to the pilot since returning to the area.

The airplane was equipped with a legacy, 121.5 MHz ELT, and not a digital 406 MHz ELT that instantly transmits a distress signal to search and rescue satellites, thereby alerting rescue personnel within minutes of the location of the crash site. As of February 1, 2009, analog, 121.5 MHz ELT's stopped being monitored by search and rescue satellites, and the installation of the 406 MHz has been voluntary.

The aircraft was equipped with an HKS-700 series engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MASON HAL J
Registration: N375KF
Model/Series: KITFOX MODEL 1 I
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KSLE, 201 ft msl
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Salem, OR (OR87)
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 44.966667, -122.923333

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.




SALEM, Ore. – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilot who died in a plane crash this week.

Investigators say Norman Newton, 40, of Salem, was the only person killed in the crash.

Norman was flying his Kitfox Model fixed-wing airplane when for unknown reasons it crashed. The sheriff’s office says he was killed instantly.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

After talking with first responders, investigators believe Newton crashed Sunday. Another pilot flying overhead Monday spotted the downed plane in a stand of trees not far from Blue Skies Farm Airport, a small, grass landing strip off Lardon Road NE.

Reports of an aircraft emergency came in just before 4 p.m. Monday.

The NTSB says an investigator will look for the plane's "black-box" - if it is equipped with one - to determine what led up to the crash.

According to the manufacturer, the majority of its planes are built by their owners. Kitfox says its planes have an outstanding safety record.

The Federal Aviation Administration says Newton was learning to fly. Records show he was issued a student pilot license in March 2018.

"He was just started getting his license," Victoria Richards told KATU. "He was just practicing and he had put in so many hours out there to fly, so he could take other people."

Pilots with student licenses are not allowed to fly with anyone else on board, with the exceptions of an instructor.

"That was one of his things," Richards said, "he really wanted to take his kids."

Newton was a father of two young boys. He owns The Night Deposit Whiskey Library in Downtown Salem, among other businesses.

Richards worked at his bar. She got to know him well over the past few years.

"He was funny," she said. "He was hard-headed. Whatever he said, went. He stuck with his word."

According to the FAA, there were 209 fatal General Aviation crashes in 2017, leading to 347 deaths. The leading causes of fatal crashes are loss of control inflight, flying into terrain or power failure.

"He will never be forgotten," Richards said. "It’s shocking that he is gone."

A detective will remain on the scene with federal investigators as a liaison.

The NTSB expects to release its preliminary findings within 7 to 10 days of the crash.

Story and video ➤  http://katu.com



PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A pilot was killed in Salem on Monday after crashing into a ravine.

The plane crashed at 3:56 p.m. near Blue Skies Farm Airport, which falls on Northeast Lardon Road between Cordon Road and Northeast Howell Prairie Road.

The pilot was the only occupant, deputies said.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the FAA, said the plane was a Kitfox airplane.

The FAA and the National Traffic Safety Board is investigating. They're expected to be on scene for hours. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 503.588.5032. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.koin.com






SALEM, Ore. – A pilot died in an airplane crash outside Salem, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Reports came in just before 4 p.m. of an aircraft emergency along Lardon Road NE in Marion County, near the Little Pudding River. Authorities say there is a small, private runway nearby.

Initial reports state that the sole person onboard the fixed-wing airplane, presumed to be the pilot, died in the crash.

Deputies are working with the Federal Aviation Administration to find out what led up to the crash.

Blue Skies Farm Airport is nearby, but at this point there is no word on whether the pilot took off from there, was heading there, or just happened to encounter some trouble in the area.

If you have any helpful information, authorities want you to call (503) 588-5032.

Story and video ➤ http://kval.com

PIper PA-18-150, N624MW: Accident occurred June 02, 2018 near Lawrence Airstrip (55AK), Wasilla, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N624MW

Location: Wasilla, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA040
Date & Time: 06/02/2018, 1025 AKD
Registration: N624MW
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18-150
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 2, 2018, about 1025 Alaska daylight time, a Piper PA-18-150 airplane, N624MW, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power near Lawrence Airstrip (55AK), Wasilla, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules flight when the accident occurred. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed 55AK about 1015 destined for Big Lake, Alaska.

According to the pilot, shortly after departure from 55AK, all engine power was lost. He stated there were no sights or sounds consistent with a catastrophic engine failure and the engine ceased operation consistent with fuel starvation. The pilot reported the left fuel tank was about ½ full, the right fuel tank was empty, and the fuel selector was on "BOTH.".

During the forced landing, the pilot attempted to make the runway, but impacted a forested area of tall Spruce and Birch trees, resulting in substantial damage to the wings and rudder.

A detailed engine and airframe examination is pending.

The aircraft was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N624MW
Model/Series: PA 18-150 150
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: PAWS, 354 ft msl
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: WASILLA, AK (55AK)
Destination: BIG LAKE, AK (BGQ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 61.493333, -149.703056

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N3937M: Accident occurred June 02, 2018 in Nulato, Alaska

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N3937M

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA320
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 01, 2018 in Nulato, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 12, registration: N3937M

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 made a hard landing.

Date: 02-JUN-18
Time: 07:30:00Z
Regis#: N3937M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NULATO
State: ALASKA

Beech B36TC Bonanza, N994AK: Incident occurred June 02, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Aircraft on landing experienced a gear collapse.

Lake Clark Air Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N994AK

Date: 02-JUN-18
Time: 19:05:00Z
Regis#: N994AK
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B36TC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: LAKE CLARKE AIR INC
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Pilatus PC-12/47, N744DA: Incident occurred June 01, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska

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

Flight was struck by lightning causing prop damage.

Tatonduk Outfitters Limited: http://registry.faa.gov/N744DA

Date: 01-JUN-18
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N744DA
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC 12 47
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
City: FAIRBANKS
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N40549: Incident occurred June 02, 2018 in Skwentna, Alaska

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

Aircraft experienced prop strike on landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N40549

Date: 02-JUN-18
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N40549
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SKWENTNA
State: ALASKA

Maule M-4-220C Strata Rocket, N40661: Incident occurred June 03, 2018 in Fairbanks, Accident occurred September 03, 2016 in Talkeetna (and) Incident occurred November 01, 2012 in Bethel - Alaska

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

http://registry.faa.gov/N40661

Date: 03-JUN-18
Time: 06:06:00Z
Regis#: N40661
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: M 4 220C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: FAIRBANKS
State: ALASKA

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N40661

Location: Talkeetna, AK 
Accident Number: GAA16CA468
Date & Time: 09/03/2016, 1400 AKD
Registration: N40661
Aircraft: MAULE M4
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot of a tailwheel equipped airplane reported that he was landing on a backcountry airstrip. He reported that after touchdown, about two-thirds of the way down the runway during the landing roll, the wind shifted to a tailwind. He further reported that the airplane over ran the runway, impacted a hill, and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

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

According to the pilot the wind was variable at 7-8 knots prior to the accident.

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the Advisory Circular (AC) 91-79A. This AC discusses the hazards associated with runway overruns and the effect of a tailwind on landing distance and states in part:

The pilot must be aware of airspeed during the approach and of the targeted reference landing airspeed (VREF)/airspeed, plus wind gust adjustments, over the runway threshold. An excessive approach speed may result in an excessive speed over the runway's threshold, which may result in landing beyond the intended touchdown point as well as a higher speed from which the pilot must bring the airplane to a stop.

The effect of a tailwind on landing distance is significant and is a factor in determining the landing distance required. Given the airplane will land at a particular airspeed, independent of the wind, the principal effect of a tailwind on operational landing distance is the change in the ground speed at which the airplane touches down.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to recognize and compensate for tailwind conditions during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway overrun and nose over.

Findings


Personnel issues

Identification/recognition - Pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Ability to respond/compensate
Tailwind - Awareness of condition

Factual Information

History of Flight


Landing-landing roll
Other weather encounter
Runway excursion (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Nose over/nose down 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 28, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/18/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/31/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1190 hours (Total, all aircraft), 500 hours (Total, this make and model), 970 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 81 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MAULE
Registration: N40661
Model/Series: M4 220C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 2173C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/16/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1481.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Franklin
ELT: C91  installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 6A-350-C1
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 220 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: PAEC, 1400 ft msl
Observation Time: 2252 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 260°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 30 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: TALKEETNA, AK (TKA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Talkeetna, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1317 AKD
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:  62.890000, -149.171944 (est)

November 01, 2012:  Aircraft force landed in the tundra - Bethel, Alaska 

IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 40661        Make/Model: M-4       Description: MAULE M-4
  Date: 11/01/2012     Time: 2330

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: None

LOCATION
  City: BETHEL   State: AK   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN THE TUNDRA, 30 MILES FROM BETHEL, AK

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0        
                 # Pass:   3     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0         
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0   
OTHER DATA
  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER