Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cessna F-172-E, SE-EHI: Accident occurred April 22, 2018 at Hagfors Airport (HFS-ESOH), Sweden

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA161
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Hagfors, Sweden
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 22, 2018, at 1240 coordinated universal time, a Cessna F172E single-engine airplane, Swedish registration SE-EHI, serial number F172-0039, encountered soft terrain and nosed over upon landing at Hagfors Airport (ESOH), near Hagfors, Sweden. The student pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local instructional flight.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Swedish Government and further information may be obtained from:

Statens Haverikommission (Swedish Accident Investigation Authority)
P.O. Box 6014
SE-102 31
Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 508 862 00
Fax: +46 8 508 862 90
Email: info@havkom.se
Webpage: www.havkom.se

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority.

North American SNJ-2 Texan, registered to SNJ-2 Corporation and operated by Skytypers: Fatal accident occurred May 30, 2018 in Melville, Suffolk County, New York

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale, New York

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N62382

Location: Melville, NY
Accident Number: WPR18FA155
Date & Time: 05/30/2018, 1348 EDT
Registration: N62382
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN SNJ 2
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On May 30, 2018, about 1348 eastern daylight time, a North American SNJ-2, N62382, impacted terrain following a loss of control shortly after takeoff from Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to SNJ-2 Corp., and operated by Skytypers as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 repositioning cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The airplane was one of six airplanes intended to fly in formation and destined for Patuxent River Naval Air Station (NHK), Patuxent River, Maryland.

A flight instructor, who was in the airport traffic pattern for runway 14, reported that he observed the number 5 airplane and number 6 (accident airplane) depart in formation to the northeast without incident. The instructor stated that he saw the number 5 airplane initiate a climbing right 180° turn, similar to a chandelle maneuver, from an altitude of about 800 feet above ground level (agl). He estimated that throughout the turn, the bank angle of the airplane was about 70° to 80°, until it reached an altitude of about 1,200 feet agl. The instructor further reported that he observed the number 6 airplane conduct the same maneuver, however, at the top of the turn, the airplane entered a spin, and remained in a constant rate spin, until it descended into terrain. The instructor added that it appeared that no attempt to recover had been initiated.

The pilot of the lead airplane (number 1) who was holding northeast of the airport, stated that his rear seated passenger observed the accident airplane pass underneath their holding area and make a climbing "high-G" turn to the left. The airplane subsequently entered a spin and spiraled to the ground.

A video provided by a witness located near the accident site captured the airplane in a steep nose-down attitude, rotating around its vertical axis, until impacting the ground.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted trees and terrain in a vertical, nose-down attitude. Wreckage debris field was contained to within 50ft of the main wreckage. A post-impact fire consumed most of the left wing, cabin and aft fuselage. The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: NORTH AMERICAN
Registration: N62382
Model/Series: SNJ 2 2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Skytyper
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFRG, 81 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 140°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Farmingdale, NY (FRG)
Destination: PATUXENT RIVER, MD (NHK) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 40.768333, -73.390278

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. 

Ken Johansen



The Federal Aviation Administration has interviewed the pilots who were flying in tandem when a team member died after his vintage plane crashed into a Melville neighborhood, an official said Thursday.

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency, along with the FAA, are trying to determine what caused the World War II-era North American T-6 Texan to crash into a wooded area on Wednesday, killing its sole occupant, Ken Johansen, 52.

Johansen had flown days earlier in the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach as part of the famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team.

The FAA has shared information from the pilot interviews with the NTSB.

“We are doing the standard things: looking at the pilot’s record, maintenance records, the engine,” NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said Thursday morning. “We are still in the very, very early stages of this investigation.”

Johansen, an executive officer with the Skytypers, had taken off from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale headed to Maryland with five other planes from the team on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the flying group said. No one on the ground was injured in the crash, police said.

Records show the plane was a vintage fixed-wing, single-engine craft, manufactured in 1942. It was commonly used by pilots in the Navy and Air Force as a training aircraft.

On Thursday morning, the Skytypers website was replaced with a statement about the crash and an image of Johansen, a professional commercial airline pilot and former Navy aviator from Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries on the ground, however, we lost a dear friend,” the statement read. “Ken was loved and admired by many in the aviation community, his family and friends, as well as those in his hometown of Doylestown, PA. Our hearts are broken as we mourn his passing.”

“The outpouring of kind thoughts and wishes at this sad time are greatly appreciated,” the statement ended.

Johansen was married with two children and his father was a Skytypers instructor, Bob Johansen. The younger Johansen first flew with the team when he was 8 years old, according to the group.

The Skytypers website had said Wednesday that Ken Johansen is a captain for a major airline.

He was a United Airlines pilot, said United spokeswoman Maddie King.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of First Officer Ken Johansen,” King said in a statement. “The thoughts of the entire United family are with his loved ones.”

https://www.newsday.com







MELVILLE, Suffolk County (WABC) -- A small vintage plane crashed in Suffolk County on Long Island Wednesday afternoon, killing the pilot.

Authorities said the pilot, identified as Ken Johansen, was the only one on board the small plane that crashed at 1:52 p.m. along Northcote Drive in Melville.

The plane took down a number of trees as it was on the way down but did not hit any houses. It landed about 200 feet from the nearest home, authorities said.

No one on the ground was injured.

The crash involved a GEICO Skytypers plane from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale.

Johansen was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a Naval aviator, and a professional airline pilot. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

An investigation is underway involving the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The World Famous GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team is a flight squadron of six vintage WWII aircraft based on Long Island performing precision flight maneuvers at select air shows across the US.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://abc7ny.com



A pilot was killed when a small plane went down on Long Island Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities. 

The North American SNJ-2 Texan plane crashed on Northcote Drive near Spagnoli Road in Melville about 2 p.m., according to a representative for the town of Huntington.

Pilot Ken Johansen was the only one on board the plane when it crashed, according to Geico Skytypers, the Republic Airport-based aerobatic group that owns the plane and flies WWII-era training planes.

The Skytypers had six planes flying in formation before one spiraled out of control. 

Johansen was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a Naval aviator and a professional airline pilot, according to Skytypers. He leaves behind a wife and two children.  

According to aviation officials, the plane involved was a T6 Texan, a high-performance World War II-era training craft. The Skytypers were scheduled to fly at the canceled Jones Beach Air Show last weekend.  

"A careful and thorough investigation is already underway. We are working with local law enforcement, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board," a spokeswoman for Skytypers said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Ken and his family."

Images posted to Twitter by Lauren Peller showed firefighters battling what appears to be a burning plane at the crash site.

Peller said the plane crashed right outside her home. No homes were damaged.

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















The pilot of a North American SNJ-2 Texan plane — part of a team that performed in the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach — died Wednesday afternoon in a fiery crash in a residential area in Melville, officials said.

The victim was flying a GEICO Skytyper plane, a spokeswoman for the Skytypers said. No one else was on board.

The Skytypers identified the pilot as Ken Johansen, 52, a professional airline pilot who was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a Naval aviator. He is survived by his wife and two children.

“A careful and thorough investigation is already underway,” spokeswoman Brenda Little said in a statement. “We are working with local law enforcement, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board. Our thoughts are with Ken and his family.”

Johansen was the son of a Skytyper instructor Bob Johansen. The younger Johansen first flew with the team when he was 8 years old.

The plane crashed shortly before 2 p.m. along Northcote Drive, crashing in the street a few hundred feet from a row of homes, Melville First Assistant Fire Chief David Kaplan said.

Video shows the plane plummeting from the sky in a direct vertical drop.

“The three planes were flying very close together in formation. Then the forth plane was on his own. He did a full vertical loop on his own and when he came out of the loop, all of a sudden, the plane went up, then went straight down, like a rocket,” said Rob Olsen, 52, from Levittown, who was outside the Huntington Hills rehab center and saw the crash.

“Literally straight down. There was no weird circling or waving back and forth. It looked like he was intentionally going straight down. It happened very, very fast,” said Olson.

The Melville Fire Department, along with a crash truck from Republic Airport, responded and extinguished the fire in about 10 minutes. The first responders, Kaplan said, found the pilot dead.

Photos show the plane on fire, right alongside the woods and the road. Once the fire was out, the plane lay in shattered pieces, and the tail sat in the street alongside several downed tree limbs. Some parts of the aircraft were in the woods on the other side of the road.

“It’s extremely lucky that nothing was hit,” Kaplan said. “Houses were approximately 200 feet away.”

Suffolk police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said no one on the ground was injured.

“It was fortunate that the plane crashed in the wooded area and not the residential part,” Cameron said. The area is flanked by a nursery and homes on one side and a grove of trees on the other.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating the crash of an SNJ-2 aircraft. The plane is the same type flown by the Skytypers. Calls made to the group Wednesday afternoon were not immediately returned.

Records show the plane was a fixed-wing, single-engine craft, manufactured in 1942. The SNJ was commonly used by pilots in the Navy and Air Force as a training aircraft.

Terry Williams, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board, said the agency was in “the early stages of our investigation” into the crash.

NTSB investigators, he said, will examine the aircraft and its engine, speak with witnesses and look at the plane’s maintenance records.

A recording from Air Traffic Control at Republic Airport in East Farmingdale indicated that the plane was one of the Skytypers.

“I believe we just saw somebody go down,” the air traffic controller said in a recording posted on the website ATC.net, which includes audio uploaded by commercial pilots.

On the recording, several other Skytyper pilots still in the air at the time of the crash tell the air traffic controller that there are plumes of thick black smoke and fire in a wooded area.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing the plane go down.

Accountant Lou Scaglione was outside during his lunch break when he saw a formation of what he described as five World War II planes. The next time he looked there were four. Then, he saw smoke over the trees.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Scaglione, 53, of Deer Park. “These planes are part of Long Island.”

Mike Jewels, 22, who lives down the street from the crash, said he was on his way home from work when he heard the loud sound of a plane overhead.

“I turned down the block and saw all these flames and smoke,” he said.

The small plane was fully engulfed in flames.

“Under the smoke, I saw the form of an airplane,” he said.

He added, “It’s scary. You see a lot of planes around here. You never expect one to crash.”

The crash happened roughly 2 miles from Newsday, where Kenneth McDougall works as a security officer.

McDougall learned about the crash from a co-worker, who had seen the plane go down. The former New York City correction investigator was on his way to patrol the Newsday grounds, but headed to the crash site when he saw smoke.

At the scene, McDougall directed a bystander to call the police and fire departments. Then he took a fire extinguisher from his company car and joined two neighbors who were trying to put out the fire with garden hoses. Firefighters arrived a few minutes later.

McDougall said he looked for signs of the pilot but didn’t see any.

Fred Meuser, 88, a resident of the Huntington Hills Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Melville, said he and several others were out on the second floor veranda when he saw three planes in formation heading north. A fourth plane entered the picture, he said, and was looking to join the others, when, “all of a sudden it fell like a rock,” straight down.

Meuser, who said he was a member of the Commack Fire Department for 59 years, including serving as its chief, said he was “waiting for it to pull out,” but then saw the smoke.

Al Alami, 21, of Queens, was landing at nearby Republic Airport in East Farmingdale in a Piper Warrior when he saw the plane that crashed heading toward the ground.

“I only saw the smoke; I didn’t see the fire,” Alami said. “But my instructor saw the flames and pointed it out.”

A spokeswoman for Republic, where the Skytypers are based, said she had no information on the plane’s destination or original location.

Kaplan said it was his understanding the plane originated at Republic.

The Skytypers’ Memorial Day performance on Saturday, they said, was a brand-new one, including more rolls and bursts at center stage.

Over time, owner Larry Arken said, the team his father founded has switched its focus to stunts from the unique skytyping that initially was their bread and butter.

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

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Beech A36 Bonanza, N191HL; accident occurred May 30, 2018 near Tonopah Airport (KTPH), Nye County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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/N191HL

Location: Tonopah, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA156
Date & Time: 05/30/2018, 1108 PDT
Registration: N191HL
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 30, 2018, at 1108 Pacific daylight time a Beech A36 airplane, N191HL, landed hard on a highway near Tonopah, Nevada, following a loss of engine power during the enroute climb to cruise. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the cross-country flight. The flight departed Tonopah Airport at 1048, and was destined for Dodge City Regional Airport, Dodge City, Kansas.

The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection he checked the engine oil, and the dipstick indicated an oil level of 12 quarts. The departure was uneventful, and after reaching an altitude of about 8,000 ft mean sea level, he began to smell smoke, and then heard a popping sound. The engine then began to lose power, and he initiated a return to the airport. During the descent the engine lost all power, and the pilot maneuvered the airplane to land on a highway. The pilot stated that the landing approach was obscured by obstacles including a set of power distribution cables, and the airplane landed hard on the highway median.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage and both wings.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/20/2017
Flight Time: 225 hours (Total, all aircraft), 99 hours (Total, this make and model) 

The pilot held a private pilot's certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, that was issued in October 2015. He reported a total flight time of 225 hours, with 99 hours in the accident make and model. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, he purchased the airplane about 10 months before the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N191HL
Model/Series: A36 A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: E-1437
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/18/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 3 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4384 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-BB
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 285 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

The airplane was equipped with a six-cylinder Continental IO-520-BB engine. In December 2013, it was fitted with a Western Skyways turbo-normalizing system in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SA8676SW.

The normal procedures section of the FAA approved flight manual supplement that was included with the STC stated that the fuel mixture should have been set to "FULL RICH" during all operational phases from engine start to cruise climb. Mixture adjustments were then permitted once the airplane had leveled off in cruise flight.

The supplement stated that during cruise climb fuel flow up to the critical altitude (approximately 18,000 ft pressure altitude) should be between 26.5 and 28.5 gph.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTPH, 5434 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 235°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable / 16 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: TONOPAH, NV (TPH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: DODGE CITY, KS (DDC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1048 PST
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Airport: TONOPAH (TPH)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 5429 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.077500, -117.042222 (est) 

Engine Examination

Post-accident examination revealed that all fuel lines, oil lines, and ancillary components were intact. Five holes were observed in the engine crankcase, and the entire belly of the airplane was covered in oil. Within the cabin, the throttle and propeller controls were in the full forward position, and the mixture was about 1 inch aft of the full forward (rich) position. Both the cowl flaps, and the cowl flap controls were in the open position, and the auxiliary fuel pump switch was in the "OFF" position (the flight supplement required that it be set to LO at all altitudes above 10,000 and HIGH for engine priming).

The engine was removed and shipped to the facilities of Continental Motors, Inc. for examination under the supervision of an NTSB investigator. A complete engine examination report is contained in the public docket, the following is a summary of findings.

The fuel pump, fuel metering unit, and fuel manifold valve were tested on production test stands in the as-received, field-adjusted conditions. Though none of the units met production test standards, the units were able to pump, meter, and flow fuel appropriately. The fuel pressure and flows on the pump and metering unit were above nominal values throughout all tested ranges. Fuel flowed in equal quantities from each fuel injection line, and the fuel injectors were free of blockage.

Disassembly of the engine case revealed evidence of oil starvation and catastrophic engine failure. The piston rods for cylinders 3, 4, 5, and 6 had all broken away from the crankshaft, and all tappets had seized within their sleeves. The camshaft had evidence of thermal discoloration.

The corners of the number 4 piston crown had melted down to the compression ring land, and the entire crown surface had a blackened and frosted appearance. On one side of the piston, a channel was present from the crown down to the piston pin, exposing and damaging the oil scraper ring.

The crowns of the remaining pistons, along with the cylinder head combustion surfaces had a sand-blasted and peened appearance, with almost no deposit buildups. According to technical representatives from Continental Motors, this damage, along with the damage to the crown of piston number 4, was consistent with the effects of pre-ignition and detonation.

Engine Monitor

The airplane was equipped with a G3 Graphic Engine Monitor, manufactured by Insight Instrument Corporation. The unit was configured to record parameters including fuel flow, manifold pressure, engine RPM, turbine inlet temperature, and both cylinder head and exhaust gas temperatures.

According to the pilot, the flight originated earlier in the day from Haigh Field Airport (O37), Orland, California. Data recovered from the G3 unit revealed that for the first 12 minutes of that flight following engine start, the fuel flow remained at about 5 gallons per hour (gph), the manifold pressure held steady at about 13 inches of mercury (inHg), while the cylinder head temperatures (CHT) climbed to an average of about 250°F. In a manner consistent with takeoff and climb, the fuel pressure, manifold pressure, and engine speed then increased to about 33 gph, 29 inHg, and 2,730 RPM respectively as the CHT's climbed to about 340°F, and the turbine inlet temperature (TIT) reached about 1,200°F. About 8 minutes later, the fuel flow dropped to about 31 gph, and another 7 minutes later, presumably as the airplane entered the enroute cruise phase, the fuel flow dropped to about 14 gph, while the CHT's all equalized at an average of about 400°F. Oil temperatures during the flight varied between 127°F and 166°F.

For the accident flight, similar values were observed during the 8 minutes after engine start. For the takeoff and climb portion, the manifold pressure reached 30.1 inHg, and the engine speed climbed to 2,700 RPM, however the fuel flow never exceeded 19.4 gph. As the flight progressed, the CHT's and TIT began to climb, reaching an average of about 530°F and 1,500°F respectively, about 4 minutes after takeoff. Three minutes later, the CHT for cylinders 4, 5, and 6 began to rise until cylinder 4 reached the highest recorded temperature of 771°F, 3 minutes later. For the last 8 minutes, all CHT's began to drop, reaching about 200°F as the data ended. Oil temperatures climbed to 204°F during the climb phase, and peaked at 217°F coincident with the highest recorded CHT temperature for cylinder 4.

Additional Information

The pilot stated that he could not specifically recall the mixture setting during the takeoff and climb phase of the accident flight, but presumed that because the engine failure occurred during climb, it was likely to have been in the full rich position. He reported that the airplane had been serviced with 100-low lead aviation gasoline while in Tonopah, and that he landed their because his wife, who was the passenger, was becoming nauseous. He stated that she had recovered prior to departing on the accident flight.

The "Transition to Complex" section of the FAA Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3A) states the following regarding heat management of turbocharged engines:

"High heat is detrimental to piston engine operation. Its cumulative effects can lead to piston, ring, and cylinder head failure, and place thermal stress on other operating components. Excessive cylinder head temperature can lead to detonation, which in turn can cause catastrophic engine failure. Turbocharged engines are especially heat sensitive. The key to turbocharger operation, therefore, is effective heat management.

The pilot monitors the condition of a turbocharged engine with manifold pressure gauge, tachometer, exhaust gas temperature/turbine inlet temperature gauge, and cylinder head temperature. The pilot manages the "heat system" with the throttle, propeller r.p.m., mixture, and cowl flaps. At any given cruise power, the mixture is the most influential control over the exhaust gas/turbine inlet temperature. The throttle regulates total fuel flow, but the mixture governs the fuel to air ratio. The mixture, therefore, controls temperature." 

Location: Tonopah, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA156
Date & Time: 05/30/2018, 1108 PDT
Registration: N191HL
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 30, 2018, at 1108 Pacific daylight time a Beech A36 airplane, N191HL, landed hard on a highway near Tonopah, Nevada, following a loss of engine power after takeoff from Tonopah Airport. The private pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.The cross-country flight originated from Tonopah at 1100, and was destined for Dodge City Regional Airport, Dodge City, Kansas.

The pilot reported that during the preflight inspection he checked the engine oil, and the dipstick indicated the oil level to be 12 quarts. The departure was uneventful and having reached an altitude of about 8,000 ft mean sea level, he began to smell smoke, and then heard a popping sound. The engine then began to lose power, and he initiated a return to the airport. During the descent the engine lost all power, and he maneuvered the airplane for landing on a highway. The landing approach was obscured by obstacles including a set of power distribution cables, and the airplane landed hard on the highway median.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage and both wings, and two holes were observed in the side of the engine crankcase. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N191HL
Model/Series: A36 A36
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: KTPH, 5434 ft msl
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable/ 16 knots, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: TONOPAH, NV (TPH)
Destination: DODGE CITY, KS (DDC)

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: 38.077500, -117.042222 (est)






TONOPAH, Nev. (KSNV) — No serious injuries were reported after a small plane crashed outside of Tonopah late Wednesday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Both Nevada Highway Patrol and the Nye County Sheriff's Office said they responded to a report of a crash just before 11:13 a.m. Wednesday, about 10 miles east of Tonopah, according to NHP.

The pilot reported a mechanical issue and tried to land at Tonopah Airport, the sheriff's office said, but the plane crashed about a mile away near U.S. 6.

Two people were inside the plane when it crashed, according to the sheriff's office, and they were both able to get out of the plane without any serious injuries.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a single-engine Beechcraft B36A reported engine problems shortly after taking off from the Tonopah Airport. The FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://news3lv.com

Incident occurred May 30, 2018 at General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE), Milwaukee, Wisconsin


A military aircraft made an emergency landing at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport after experiencing what appears to be a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon. The crew safely landed and exited the aircraft, according to a spokesman at the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 128th Air Refueling Wing.

The KC-135 aircraft blew out two of its tires as it landed amid thick plumes of smoke. Emergency vehicles surrounded the plane after it came to a stop.

A WISN (Channel 12) photographer at the scene reportedly heard "multiple explosions" as the plane approached its landing.

The runway was temporarily closed so that a rescue team could perform response tasks. The 128 ARW Maintenance Group sent out a tow team to tow the aircraft off the runway in order to resume normal operations at the airport.

According to the National Guard spokesman, an investigation into the cause of the emergency will be initiated.

The KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft is based out of General Mitchell Air National Guard Base.

Due to the blown-out tires, the aircraft remained disabled on the runway for an hour-and-half. It was towed off the runway at 4:00 p.m. The runway later opened and the airport resumed all normal operations.

"The aircraft maintenance groups did a great job getting this aircraft off of the runway as quickly as possible," an airport spokesman said. "So my hats off to them."

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



MILWAUKEE —  A lightning strike over Chicago prompted an in-flight emergency aboard a military plane on Wednesday afternoon, prompting emergency vehicles to surround the aircraft after it made a smokey landing at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport, officials said.

A WISN 12 NEWS photographer who was on scene said he heard "multiple explosions" as the KC-135 aircraft came in for a landing.

Two tires that were blown during the landing needed to be replaced on the runway before the plane could be moved to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 128th Air Refueling Wing.

The work temporarily closed the airport to inbound and outbound flights. The airport reopened just after 4 p.m.

The Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial refueling aircraft. 

Story and video ➤ http://www.wisn.com

Beech 58 Baron, registered to Juliett Air LLC, N406PA: Accident occurred May 06, 2018 at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport (KGVL), Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia

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

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/N406PA

Location: Gainesville, GA
Accident Number: GAA18CA304
Date & Time: 05/06/2018, 1506 EDT
Registration: N406PA
Aircraft: BEECH 58
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

The pilot reported that, during landing in gusty crosswind conditions, the airplane hit the runway unexpectedly, and he initiated a go-around by adding full power. He added that, the airplane struck the runway a second time, but he continued the go-around. Subsequently, the pilot diverted to an alternate airport and landed without further incident.

A postaccident examination revealed the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 350° at 13 knots, gusting to 23 knots. The pilot attempted to land on runway 29. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/28/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/27/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1633 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1373 hours (Total, this make and model), 26 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N406PA
Model/Series: 58 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TH-1338
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/12/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5402.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-CB9F
Registered Owner: JULIETT AIR LLC
Rated Power: 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: KGVL, 1275 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots / 23 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Unknown
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Moderate
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cincinnati, OH (LUK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Gainesville, GA (GVL)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: LEE GILMER MEMORIAL (GVL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1275 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4001 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.273611, -83.831389 (est)

McDonnell Douglas MD500 (369D), N362JS: Fatal accident occurred May 20, 2018 in Luling, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

Ryan Lamont Cardwell 1984~2018 

Ryan Lamont Cardwell passed away on May 20, 2018 in Boutte, Louisiana at the age of 33. Ryan worked for Air2 LLC as a helicopter lineman in various states, and also with electrical and oil field-related companies.


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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N362JS


Location: LULING, LA
Accident Number: CEN18FA182
Date & Time: 05/20/2018, 1049 CDT
Registration: N362JS
Aircraft: MD HELICOPTER INC 369D
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 

On May 20, 2018, at 1049 central daylight time, an MD Helicopters Inc 369D, N362JS, collided with a powerline structure and terrain while performing aerial inspection/maintenance to the structure near Luling, Louisiana. The helicopter was destroyed by impact forces. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, one crewmember sustained fatal injuries, and another crewmember sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Air2 LLC under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 as an external load operation that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MD HELICOPTER INC
Registration: N362JS
Model/Series: 369D D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: AIR2 LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.879167, -90.403611

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.