Friday, June 08, 2018

Beech A36 Bonanza, N222JB: Incident occurred June 08, 2018 at Mineta San Jose International Airport (KSJC), Santa Clara County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose

Gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N222JB 

Date: 08-JUN-18
Time: 23:08:00Z
Regis#: N222JB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN JOSE
State: CALIFORNIA


A small plane suffered a gear collapse upon landing Friday afternoon at Mineta San Jose International Airport, an airport spokeswoman said.

No one was hurt during the 4:08 p.m. landing, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said. Two people were aboard the plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza.

“We are happy to report both are safe,” she said.

It appears the aircraft landing gear, the structure that stabilizes an aircraft upon landing, collapsed as the plane touched down on the airport’s left runway. The airport has two runways that run parallel to each other, both measuring 11,000 feet in length.

“This doesn’t happen that often, but when it does occur, this is why we have a safety plan in place,” Barnes said.

It wasn’t immediately known how old the plane is or where it was arriving from.

Barnes said that flight operations would be up and running again within the hour; in the meantime, planes scheduled to land on the runway are being rerouted to the second runway.

“We’re in good shape here. Our other runway is operational, so we don’t expect major delays,” she said.

As of 5:30 p.m., the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the incident and working to remove the plane from the runway.

In addition to the airport’s operations team, San Jose firefighters and San Jose police also responded.

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

Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, HK-5229: Fatal accident occurred September 15, 2019 near Guillermo León Valencia Airport (SKPP), Popayán, Colombia

NTSB Identification: ERA19WA271
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Popayan, Colombia
Aircraft: PIPER PA31, registration:
Injuries: 7 Fatal, 2 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Colombia has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Piper PA31 airplane that occurred on September 15, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Colombia's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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




Un día después de que el pequeño avión que en la tarde de este domingo 15 de septiembre se chocó, con nueve personas a bordo, luego de despegar del aeropuerto de Popayán, Cauca, siguen apareciendo detalles de un accidente que pudo ser una tragedia mayor.

Si bien, ese accidente aéreo dejó el saldo fatal de siete muertos y dos heridos, se considera un verdadero milagro que la cifra no fuera superior, ya que la aeronave cayó sobre el barrio Junín, un humilde sector cercano a una de las cabeceras de la pista del aeródromo Guillermo León Valencia, de la capital caucana.

Lo más sorprendente es que entre los sobrevivientes que salieron ilesos, se cuentan los residentes de la vivienda donde cayó el avión tipo Piper de matrícula HK-5229 PA31, de la empresa Transpacífico, que cubría la ruta Popayán-López de Micay.

Se trata del pequeño Juan David Astaíza Valencia, de 10 años de edad, y su tía Valeria Moriones. El niño estaba dentro de la casa cuando la aeronave se vino a tierra; mientras que su tía recién había salido a comprar un refrigerio para su sobrino.

Este portal contactó a la familia del pequeño que vive solo con su padre, Carlos Astaíza, un vigilante que se hizo cargo del menor desde que nació, porque su madre los abandonó. Cuando el padre no está, Juan David queda bajo el cuidado de sus cinco tías; el chiquillo cursa quinto de primaria y es hincha del América de Cali.

Pese a que el menor estuvo hospitalizado, “porque lo iban a tener en observación, por si de pronto tenía alguna parte afectada del cuerpo. Pero no tenía rasguños, ni moretones, nada”, ya fue dado de alta y está junto a su familia.

“A él le dieron salida anoche y está conmigo, está bien, pero en estos momentos no quiere hablar con nadie, está asustado, no quiere tocar el tema”, explicó la joven Valeria Moriones tras aclarar que sabe del impacto que le causó el accidente a su sobrino, “porque uno le pregunta por el tema y él se queda callado, empieza a temblar, a respirar fuerte, la mirada no es fija”.

Pero Valeria recuerda con exactitud los segundos de pánico que vivieron en su barrio, cuando ocurrió el siniestro y del por qué su sobrino se salvó de morir en medio de esa tragedia.

“Solamente dice que él estaba en la pieza cuando vio que se empezó a caer el techo y entonces fue ahí cuando salió corriendo y yo me lo encontré afuera”, recordó tras agregar que “porque es que yo estaba con él, sino que yo me fui para la tienda y en ese momento cuando yo me dirijo a la tienda fue cuando pasó todo eso”.

La joven tía no dudó en explicar por qué ella también está viva, “yo también me salvé de milagro. Porque salí a comprar el refrigerio, porque como el papá nos deja plata para la media tarde (merienda), entonces el niño me dijo que quería un pastel y una gaseosa.

Y agregó, “en el momento que me devolví, cuando escuché el estruendo, él (Juan David) ya estaba afuera y también en ese momento salió mi hermana (Tatiana), porque todos vivimos cerca”.

Valeria narró que su hermana Tatiana está muy afectada, “porque ella entró a la casa y como uno de los muertos cayó en la cama del niño, entonces alcanzó a verlo y quedó muy afectada psicológicamente”.

La joven tía describió que el avión se le metió al cuarto de su sobrino, “porque todo el accidente ocurrió prácticamente en la pieza del niño y él vio los cadáveres”.

Dijo tras detallar que “el avión dañó el techo y quedó dentro de la pieza de él (Juan David) y en el momento del estruendo uno de los cuerpos cayó en la cama del niño”.

Mientras los sobrevivientes narran esos detalles, el gobernador de Cauca, Óscar Campo, reveló a través de su cuenta de Twitter, que algunos de los pasajeros muertos eran funcionarios de su administración que iban a fortalecer la ruta de atención a la mujer en el pacífico caucano.


https://www.semana.com






A small plane has crashed in southwestern Colombia, killing seven people and injuring three others.

The incident on Sunday occurred just a few minutes after the aircraft, which was operated by a local company named Transpacifico, took off from the airport in Popayan, a city of about 270,000 people surrounded by mountains. 

The plane, which crashed at 2:11pm (19:11 GMT), was headed to Lopez de Micay, also in Cauca department.

Popayan Mayor Cesar Gomez said seven of the nine people aboard were killed in the crash. The two others were injured and were being treated at a hospital.

The third person hurt was a child on the ground in the area where the plane crashed, Juan Carlos Ganan, the commander of firefighters in the area, told AFP news agency.

Firefighters were trying to stop fuel leaking from the aircraft, he added.

Colombia's civil aviation authority said in a statement it was investigating the cause of the crash.

Photographs on social media showed parts of the airplane scattered on the roof of houses in the area. Gomez, the mayor, said he had convened a working group to assist affected residents.

Translation: The plane involved in the accident took off from the Popayan airport, it was a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, registration HK5229. The aircraft covered the route Popayan - Lopez de Micay with 9 people on board (including the crew). 

https://www.aljazeera.com

Cessna 208 Caravan I, D-FIDI: Fatal accident occurred September 09, 2019 near near Gransee Airfield, Germany

NTSB Identification: GAA19WA553
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, September 09, 2019 in Gransee, Germany
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Germany has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Cessna 208 airplane that occurred on September 09, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Germany's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


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





Gransee (MOZ) Ein Kleinflugzeug ist am Mittwochnachmittag beim Landeanflug auf den Granseer Flugplatz abgestürzt. Laut Polizei kam der 31-jährige Pilot der Maschine dabei ums Leben.

Das Unglück ereignete sich um kurz nach 15 Uhr. Das Kleinflugzeug war auf einem Feld zwischen Gransee und Badingen abgestürzt. Laut Polizeisprecherin Dörte Röhrs war der Pilot im Landeanflug auf den Flugplatz. Die Maschine wurde bei dem Aufprall komplett zerstört. An Bord des Flugzeugs sollen auch 14 Fallschirmspringer gewesen sein. Diese waren nach Polizeiangaben vor dem Unglück "planmäßig gesprungen" und blieben unverletzt.

Einsatzfahrzeuge der Feuerwehr, ein Rettungshubschrauber, Polizei und Rettungswagen waren kurz nach dem Unglück vor Ort. Auch die Flugsicherung sowie die Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchungen wurden informiert. Diese Behörden untersuchen das Wrack, bevor es für die weiteren Ermittlungen freigegeben wird. Die Unglücksursache ist bislang unklar. Zwei Gutachter sollen nun klären, wie es zu dem Absturz des einmotorigen Flugzeugs des Typs Cessna 208 kam. Nach Angaben eines Sprechers ist das eine häufig von Fallschirmspringern genutzte Maschine.

Beim Granseer Flugplatz handelt es sich um einen Sonderlandeplatz. Er wird ausschließlich für den Flugbetrieb im Rahmen von Fallschirmsport genutzt. Der Betrieb am Sprungplatz Gransee, der von der Firma GoJump veranstaltet wird, ist seit Februar 2017 im Besitz des Hamburger Unternehmerpaares Nga Dieu und Jan-Dietrich Hempel. Geschäftsführerin Nga Dieu war am Mittwoch zu keiner Stellungnahme bereit. Etwas unsensibel: Etwa eine Stunde nach dem Unglück wurde auf der Facebook-Seite von Go Jump ein Post abgesetzt, der "Pure Freude bei unseren Springern" zeigen soll und Interessierte zum Tandemsprung einlädt.

Einen Unglücksfall gab es zuletzt 2014 auf dem Granseer Flugplatz. Seinerzeit war ein 50-jähriger Fallschirmspringer ums Leben gekommen, als sich sein Schirm zwar öffnete, er dann aber aber ins Trudeln geriet und der Reserveschirm nicht auslöste.


https://www.moz.de















Badingen/Gransee -  Am Tag nach dem Absturz eines Kleinflugzeuges zwischen dem Zehdenicker Ortsteil Badingen und dem Flugplatzgelände in Gransee ist die Bestürzung immer noch groß. Bei dem Unglück, das sich am Mittwoch gegen 15 Uhr ereignet hat, ist der Pilot der Maschine, ein 31-jähriger Mann, ums Leben gekommen.

Augenzeugen hatten kurz vor dem Unglück beobachtet, dass das Flugzeug vom Typ Cessna Supervan 900 sich bereits im Tiefflug befand, obwohl der Flugplatz noch ein ganzes Stück entfernt war. Dann habe die Maschine auch schon auf freiem Feld aufgesetzt, noch etwa 100 Meter über den Boden geschleudert und sei dann gegen einen Baum geprallt, der unmittelbar hinter einem Entwässerungsgraben steht.

Das Flugzeug soll kurz vor der Katastrophe 14 Fallschirmspringer in die Luft gebracht und abgesetzt haben. Anschließend wollte der Pilot zum Flugplatz zurückfliegen.

Am Donnerstagvormittag waren Mitarbeiter der Bundesstelle für Flugunfalluntersuchung an der Unglücksstelle damit beschäftigt, auf der Suche nach der Absturzursache die Wrackteile in Augenschein zu nehmen.

Der größte Teil davon türmt sich unmittelbar an dem Baum auf, gegen den das Flugzeug geprallt ist. Einige Teile, wie etwa ein Rad oder auch die Batterie hat es aber auch weit vom Unfallort weggeschleudert.

Die Sichtungsarbeiten hatten bereits am Mittwochabend begonnen, waren aber dann mit einbrechender Dunkelheit unterbrochen worden. Polizeibeamte bewachen die Unglücksstelle so lange, bis die Untersuchungen abgeschlossen sind. Das könnte bis weit in den Donnerstagnachmittag hinein andauern.

Anschließend, so hieß es, müsse die Staatsanwaltschaft entscheiden, was mit den Trümmerteilen des Flugzeugs passiert.

Angehörige der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Zehdenick unterstützten am Donnerstagvormittag die Arbeit der Ermittler. Wie es hieß, hätten die Kameraden mit der ihnen zur Verfügung stehenden Technik geholfen, das deformierte Triebwerk zu zerlegen. Am Unglückstag waren insgesamt 16 Kameradinnen und Kameraden aus Badingen, Mildenberg und Zehdenick am Unfallort im Einsatz gewesen.

Die die auf dem Flugplatz in Gransee ansässige GoJump GmbH bestätigt am Donnerstagmittag den Verlust eines Flugzeugs, das in Gransee zum Absetzen von Fallschirmspringern eingesetzt wurde. Maschinen des Typs Cessna Supervan 900, so heißt es, seien gechartert in Gransee seit Beginn 2017 im Einsatz. Mit einer 900-PS-Turbine ausgerüstet, handele es sich um vergleichsweise hochmotorisierte Flugzeuge, die schnell aus der für Anwohner lärmsensiblen Zone heraussteigen und gleichzeitig durch eine Auslastung mit 15 Fallschirmspringern an Bord den Sport auch wirtschaftlich attraktiv halten.

„Wir trauern sehr um den Piloten, der als lebenslustiger Mensch bei allen auf dem Platz sehr beliebt war, seit er zu Saisonbeginn 2019 vom Charterunternehmen zu uns gesandt wurde“, sagte Unternehmenssprecher Jan Dietrich Hempel von GoJump. Er habe alle Springer immer mit hoher Umsicht geflogen und sei sehr genau gewesen, wenn es um die täglichen Prüfroutinen rund um das Flugzeug ging. Nach vorliegenden Daten und Erkenntnissen sei das Flugzeug in einwandfreiem Zustand gewesen und auch die Wetterbedingungen waren absolut unproblematisch. Der Absetzflug verlief – wie auch die bereits vorher am Tage durchgeführten Flüge – völlig normal. Alle Springer hätten am vorgesehenen Punkt das Flugzeug verlassen und seien wie immer sicher auf dem Platz gelandet.

Zur Katastrophe könnte möglicherweise ein ungewöhnliches Flugmanöver im Landeanflug geführt haben, das vom Boden aus beobachtet wurde. Genaueres müssen nun die beauftragten Gutachter klären.

„Dieser Flugunfall ist kein fallschirmsportlicher Unfall. Wir sagen daher zwar ein für den kommenden Samstag geplantes Fest ab, nehmen aber an diesem Tag den Flugbetrieb für unsere Springer wieder auf“, so GoJump-Sprecher Jan Dietrich Hempel.

In Gransee führt die GoJump GmbH als Sprungplatzbetreiber jährlich rund 1600 Starts für Fallschirmsprünge – darunter 6000 Tandem- und 23 000 Sportsprünge – durch.

https://www.maz-online.de

De Havilland Dash 8: Incident occurred December 30, 2019 at Portland International Airport (KPDX), Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft struck a bird.

Date: 30-DEC-19
Time: 04:55:00Z
Regis#: QXE2485
Aircraft Make: DE HAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DASH 8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
City: PORTLAND
State: OREGON

Explosion (Non-Impact): Beechcraft 58 Baron, N190RS; accident occurred June 08, 2018 at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (KBTR), Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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/N190RS


Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Accident Number: CEN18LA221
Date & Time: 06/08/2018, 1605 CDT
Registration: N190RS
Aircraft: BEECH 58
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Explosion (non-impact)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 8, 2018, about 1605 central daylight time, a Beech 58 airplane, N190RS, sustained substantial damage when the right wing caught on fire during initial climb from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to Bonanza Partners LLC and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and the flight had an activated instrument flight plan. The flight had departed BTR and was en route to the Jonesboro Municipal Airport (JBR), Jonesboro, Louisiana.

The pilot reported that during initial climb from runway 31, about 200 ft above ground level, she heard a loud bang from the right wing. She then saw the right wing was wrinkled between the engine nacelle and the wingtip and she thought that it might have been the result of a bird strike. She informed the tower controller that she had a bird strike and needed to land. The tower cleared her to enter the left downwind for landing. She started the turn to the left but then she saw flames coming out of the trailing edge of the right wing. She notified the tower that she had a wing fire and was turning back to make an emergency landing on runway 13. During the turn she shut off the right fuel selector, feathered the right propeller, and put the right engine fuel mixture to cutoff. After she landed on runway 13 and stopped the airplane, she "shut everything down" and exited the airplane while the wing was still on fire. The BTR fire department arrived soon after and extinguished the fire.

The location of the fire was outboard of the right engine near the wingtip and auxiliary fuel tank. The aluminum wing skin exhibited black charring, burn holes, popped rivets, and buckling on the top and bottom of the wing. Black soot was visible near the right wingtip navigation light and anti-collision light. Black soot and blue fuel stains were found near the fuel vents located on the bottom side of the wing under the right wingtip anti-collision light. Blue fuel stains were also found under the right wing near the main and auxiliary fuel tanks, and inside the wing cavity near the electrical wiring for the right wing navigation light. The examination of the right wing revealed that the wiring for the right wing anti-collision light was crimped together with "handshake" connectors and then wrapped with electrical tape. The source of the fuel leak could not be determined with any certainty due to the fire damage to the right wing.

A Hawker Beechcraft Safety Communique issued in December 2010 concerning the "Outboard Wing Fire Potential Due to Fuel Leaks and Electrical Wire Chafing." The communique advised owners/operators of a potential safety issue concerning loose wiring and fuel fumes in the structural areas on Baron and Bonanza model airplanes. The communique reported cases of fire and/or ignition of combustible flammable fluid or vapors that occurred in the outboard wing of Baron model airplanes. Fire damage and skin buckling, skin rupture, and ballooning were noted on the outboard wings of the affected airplanes. The communique stated that it "strongly reminds all owners/operators of the importance of performing proper safety inspections and maintenance inspections on the fuel and electrical systems in accordance with the applicable maintenance manuals." It further stated that it "strongly reminds all owners/operators that no visible fuel leaks or staining should be observed around the vents and sump drains during preflight inspections."

The airplane's maintenance logbook indicated that the last annual maintenance inspection was completed on October 3, 2017. The airplane had a total time of 5,941.1 hours at the time of the inspection. During the annual inspection, the right wing navigation bulb was replaced. A maintenance logbook entry made on June 6, 2018, two days before the accident, indicated that the airplane had 5,996.0 hours, 54.9 hours since the last annual maintenance inspection. The logbook entry indicated that the right wing landing light bulb had been replaced for a second time. An examination of the airplane's maintenance logbook did not reveal any logbook entries that gave a clear indication of when or what maintenance actions were required for the wiring modification behind the right wing anti-collision light. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 28, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/07/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/11/2017
Flight Time:   1813 hours (Total, all aircraft), 60 hours (Total, this make and model), 1606 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 91 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N190RS
Model/Series: 58
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: TH-804
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/03/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 5941 Hours
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-C
Registered Owner: BONANZA PARTNERS LLC
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: BTR, 69 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Jonesboro, LA (JBR)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1600 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Baton Rouge Metropolitan (BTR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 69 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7005 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: In-Flight
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.533056, -91.150000

Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Accident Number: CEN18LA221
Date & Time: 06/08/2018, 1605 CDT
Registration: N190RS
Aircraft: BEECH 58
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On June 8, 2018, about 1605 central daylight time, a Beech 58 airplane, N190RS, sustained substantial damage during initial climb from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the right wing caught on fire. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to Bonanza Partners LLC 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 at the time of the accident, and the flight was being operated on an instrument flight plan. The flight was departing BTR and was en route to the Jonesboro Municipal Airport (JBR), Jonesboro, Louisiana.

The pilot reported that during the initial climb from runway 31 about 200 ft above ground level, she heard a loud bang from the right wing and subsequently saw fire near the right wingtip. She made an emergency landing on runway 13 at BTR and the airport fire department extinguished the fire. The location of the fire was outboard of the right engine near the wingtip and auxiliary fuel tank. The aluminum wing skin exhibited black charring, burn holes, popped rivets, and buckling on the top and bottom of the wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N190RS
Model/Series: 58
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Kirby Wagner
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BTR, 69 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
Destination: Jonesboro, LA (JBR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: In-Flight
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.533056, -91.150000


BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -  Emergency crews responded to a small aircraft on fire at the Baton Rouge Airport Friday afternoon.

The call went out around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, June 8. 

A spokesperson with the airport says during pre-flight, before takeoff, a twin engine aircraft caught fire due to something sparking near the engine. 

The BTR fire team was able to quickly extinguish the fire.

One person was on-board the plane.

No injuries were reported in the incident, say emergency officials. There was also no impact to overall operations at the airport.

Story and video:  http://www.wafb.com




BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Fire Department responded to reports of a plane on fire at the BTR Airport Friday afternoon.

The fire was first reported around 4:15 p.m. at the Baton Rouge Airport. 

An airport spokesperson initially said the fire occurred aboard a small plane during pre-flight checks.

However, the airport later clarified that the fire happened while the plane was still in the air and the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing.

The pilot reportedly heard a loud noise and spotted fire coming from the aircraft's right wing, prompting the landing.

The fire was quickly brought under control and operations at the airport were not impacted, according to the spokesperson.

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

Rockford, Illinois: Mercyhealth REACT receives new helicopter



ROCKFORD - The Mercyhealth REACT team has a new helicopter.

The new Airbus EC 145 will allow crews to fly farther and faster to aid patient around the Stateline area. the helicopter is equipped with all the critical care supplies found in an emergency room or Intensive Care Unit.

Safety features, like an advanced autopilot, will allow pilots to operate more safely. 

Lead REACT pilot, Clark Pollard, says it all comes down to size.

"The big difference, the big takeaway [is], this is a larger helicopter, overall, and what it really provides for is a better environment for our med crews to be able to execute better patient care," Pollard said.

The larger cabin not only means more room for crew, but it allows for specialized equipment - like a neonatal incubator - to help even the smallest of patients.

Story and video ➤ http://www.mystateline.com

Zodiac 601 HD, N318MH: Accident occurred August 21, 2014 at Gillespie County Airport (T82), Fredericksburg, Texas

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

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


Investigation Docket - 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/N318MH


Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Accident Number: CEN14LA447
Date & Time: 08/21/2014, 1450 CDT
Registration: N318MH
Aircraft: HERDER MICHAEL ZODIAC 601 HD
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

After a cross-country flight and as the pilot approached his destination airport, he checked the wind. After flying a normal traffic pattern for runway 14, he made two unsuccessful landing attempts. On the third attempt, the airplane experienced a wind gust, and the airplane banked 90 degrees. The pilot applied power; however, the left wing impacted the runway. The airplane cartwheeled twice and then came to rest inverted next to the runway. There were no reported malfunctions with the airplane before the accident. A review of the airport's automated weather reporting station report indicated that, about the time of the accident, the airplane would have experienced about a 15-knot crosswind gusting to 20 knots. The accident is consistent with a loss of control during windy conditions.

Probable Cause and Findings

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

The pilot's loss of airplane control during a gusting crosswind landing.

Findings

Aircraft

Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information 

On August 21, 2014, about 1450 central daylight time, a Zodiac 601 HD airplane, N318MH, impacted terrain near the Gillespie County Airport, (T82), Fredericksburg, Texas. The private rated pilot, sole occupant, was seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a Saavy Biz, Inc, Roanoke, Texas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to the pilot, as he approached T82, the wind was 18 to 22 knots. He flew a normal traffic pattern to runway 14, but made two unsuccessful attempts to land. On his third attempt to land, while 100 feet above the runway at 55 knots, a wind gust hit the airplane and banked the airplane 90-degrees. The pilot reported that he applied power; however, the left wing impacted the runway. The airplane cartwheeled twice before coming to rest, inverted next to the runway.

There were no reported malfunctions with the airplane prior to the accident, and examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and empennage. A review of the automated weather reporting station report, about the time of the accident, revealed that the pilot would have experienced a crosswind of about 15 knots gusting to 20 knots. 

History of Flight

Approach

Other weather encounter

Approach-VFR pattern final

Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Approach
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/14/2014
Flight Time: 380 hours (Total, all aircraft), 145 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: HERDER MICHAEL
Registration: N318MH
Model/Series: ZODIAC 601 HD
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 6-7356
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/13/2013, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: JABIRU
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 3300
Registered Owner: SAAVY BIZ INC
Rated Power: 120 hp
Operator: SAAVY BIZ INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: T82
Observation Time: 1455 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 15°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 21 knots, 210°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hamilton, TX (KMNZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fredericksburg, TX (T82)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 CDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Gillespie County Airport (T82)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1695 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Go Around; Traffic Pattern

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:  30.248889, -98.913333

de Havilland Dash 8-100, N815EX, operated by Piedmont Airlines d/b/a US Airways Express: Accident occurred August 10, 2014 near Harrisburg International Airport (KMDT), Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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

Investigation Docket - 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/N815EX

Location: Harrisburg, PA
Accident Number: DCA14CA147
Date & Time: 08/10/2014, 0605 EDT
Registration: N815EX
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC 8 102
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 20 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 121: Air Carrier - Scheduled

Analysis 

On August 10, 2014 at about 0605 eastern daylight time, a deHavilland DHC-8-100, N815EX, operated by Piedmont Airlines d.b.a. USAirways Express flight 4206, struck a flock of geese during the takeoff roll from Middletown Harrisburg International Airport (KMDT), Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. There were no injuries to the passengers or crew and the airplane sustained damage. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 as a regularly scheduled passenger flight between KMDT and Philadelphia International Airport (KPHL), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The captain was the pilot flying and the first officer was the pilot monitoring. According to the flight crew, about 15 seconds into the takeoff roll and prior to V1, the captain observed a large group of geese flying from right to left in front of the airplane. He immediately initiated a rejected takeoff as the airplane impacted multiple geese on the front windshield and the right engine propeller, which caused a severe vibration. The flight crew shut down the right engine as the airplane slowed and returned to the gate.

Examination of the airplane indicated damage to the right propeller, a broken passenger window, and damage to the fuselage skin and stringers near the broken window.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
the airplanes collision with geese during the takeoff roll.

Findings

Environmental issues
Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on equipment (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff-rejected takeoff
Birdstrike (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/08/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  36000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18000 hours (Total, this make and model), 205 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 67 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/14/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  4022 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3662 hours (Total, this make and model), 223 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N815EX
Model/Series: DHC 8 102 103
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1992
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: 321
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 41
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/09/2014, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 34500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 53834 Hours
Engines: 2 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time:  at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt and Whitney
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: PW120A
Registered Owner: PIEDMONT AIRLINES INC
Rated Power: 2000 hp
Operator: PIEDMONT AIRLINES INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Flag carrier (121)
Operator Does Business As: US Airways Express
Operator Designator Code: HNAA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dawn
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMDT
Observation Time: 0556 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 15°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: HARRISBURG INTL (MDT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 309 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10002 ft / 200 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 17 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 20 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.193333, -76.762778 (est)