Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cessna 180, N3125D: Accident occurred June 22, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

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

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N3125D

Location: Fairbanks, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA048
Date & Time: 06/22/2018, 1730 AKD
Registration: N3125D
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2018, about 1730 Alaska daylight time, a tailwheel equipped Cessna 180 airplane, N3125D, sustained substantial damage during an off-airport landing at Upper St George Creek, about 50 miles south of Fairbanks, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight when the accident occurred. The private pilot and passenger were uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA), Fairbanks, Alaska about 1700.

According to the pilot, he was landing with a right crosswind and after touchdown, as the airplane began to decelerate, he applied left brake in an effort to maintain directional control. He stated that the left rudder/brake pedal was "soft" and traveled to its full forward limit and directional control was lost. The airplane weathervaned into the wind and skidded sideways before the left main wheel went off the cleared landing area and into brush. The left wing and left horizontal stabilizer subsequently impacted terrain, which resulted in substantial damage.

Upon exiting the airplane, the pilot found the brake line had separated at the compression fitting near the brake caliper where the brake line transitioned from a rigid line to a flexible line.

A detailed examination of the brake line is pending. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N3125D
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
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: PAFA, 432 ft msl
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 37 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 18 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: FAIRBANKS, AK (FAI)
Destination: Fairbanks, AK (AK7)

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:  64.192778, -147.946111 (est)

de Havilland Beaver DHC-2 MK.1, N5221G: Accident occurred June 22, 2018 in Dillingham, Alaska

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5221G

Location: Dillingham, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA047
Date & Time: 06/22/2018, 1745 AKD
Registration: N5221G
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC 2 MK.1
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2018, about 1745 Alaska daylight time, a float equipped DeHavilland DHC-2 airplane, N5221G, sustained substantial damage during an impact with trees and terrain, following a loss of directional control during landing, about 53 miles northwest of Dillingham, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight when the accident occurred. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the three passengers were uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Naknek Lake, Alaska (5NK) about 1645.

According to the pilot, he was landing with a tailwind on a remote river. After touching down on the water, the airplane bounced, and a gust of wind turned the tail of the airplane about 45° to the left. The airplane then impacted the river bank, continued onto the shore, and struck trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N5221G
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 MK.1 NO SERIES
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: PADL, 86 ft msl
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 53 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: NAKNEK, AK (5NK)
Destination: Dillingham, AK 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.920278, -158.185000

American Airlines, Airbus A320-214, N112US: Incident occurred June 24, 2018 at Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Pima County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Flight 2047: Experienced a bird strike and made an emergency landing, landed without incident.

http://registry.faa.gov/N112US

Date: 24-JUN-18
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N112US
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: 2047
City: TUCSON
State: ARIZONA

Piper PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II, N3028A: Incident occurred June 23, 2018 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ), Pinal County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Nose gear collapsed.

K R Hagan Ranches: http://registry.faa.gov/N3028A

Date: 23-JUN-18
Time: 22:28:00Z
Regis#: N3028A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32RT 300T
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CASA GRANDE
State: ARIZONA

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7072Y: Accident occurred June 22, 2018 at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Fly Twin Comanche LLC
http://registry.faa.gov/N7072Y

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA381
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 22, 2018 in Goodyear, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 30, registration: N7072Y

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.

On landing rolled off the runway.

Date: 23-JUN-18
Time: 07:30:00Z
Regis#: N7072Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GOODYEAR
State: ARIZONA

Schempp-Hirth Standard Cirrus, N7880, registered to and operated by ARA and Associates LLC: Fatal occurred June 23, 2018 near Sampley's Airport (28AZ), Aguila, Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N7880

Location: Aguila, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18FA178
Date & Time: 06/23/2018, 1408 MST
Registration: N7880
Aircraft: SCHEMPP-HIRTH STANDARD CIRRUS
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 23, 2018, about 1408 mountain standard time, a Schempp-Hirth glider, N7880, sustained substantial damage after impact with terrain while maneuvering near Sampley's Airport (28AZ), Aguila, Arizona. The glider pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The glider was registered to and operated by ARA and Associates, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona. The glider was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local area personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from 28AZ about 1359.

According to witnesses located at the airport, the pilot arrived at the airport about 1100 local. Witnesses stated the pilot had flown one three-minute flight that morning, in the glider, prior to the accident flight.

The driver of the glider tow vehicle reported that the launch was normal, and no anomalies occurred. He observed the glider depart the upwind and turn right crosswind for the downwind. He noted that the glider was about 1,000 ft above the ground (agl) while on the downwind. He began to reel in the tow wench, about 3 minutes later, and observed the glider near the approach end of runway traveling west. He further reported that the glider made two right 360° turns that he estimated to be about 30° bank angle, while at 400 ft above the ground. The aircraft then abruptly pitched 60 degrees nose down and completed two spins before he lost sight of it. The glider was about 100 ft above the ground when he lost sight of it.

The glider impacted the driveway of a home. The homeowner notified the Aguila Fire Department about 1408. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was notified at 1418. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SCHEMPP-HIRTH
Registration: N7880
Model/Series: STANDARD CIRRUS UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
Operator: A R A AND ASSOCIATES LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBXK, 1021 ft msl
Observation Time: 2115 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 40°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / 17 knots, 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.73 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Aguila, AZ (28AZ)
Destination: Aguila, AZ (28AZ) 

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:  33.930833, -113.178056 (est)

Cessna 414, N3758C: Incident occurred June 23, 2018 at Jonesboro Municipal Airport (KJBR), Craighead County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock

Gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/=N3758C

Date: 23-JUN-18
Time: 08:24:00Z
Regis#: N3758C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 414
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: JONESBORO
State: ARKANSAS

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, N7383X: Incident occurred June 22, 2018 at Dunsmuir Municipal-Mott Airport (1O6), Siskiyou County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento

Gear up landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7383X

Date: 22-JUN-18
Time: 00:05:00Z
Regis#: N7383X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: R182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DUNSMUIR
State: CALIFORNIA

Beech V35A Bonanza, N7462N: Incident occurred June 23, 2018 in Okeechobee County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft landed in a parking lot.

http://registry.faa.gov/N7462N

Date: 23-JUN-18
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N7462N
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: V35A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OKEECHOBEE
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 182 Skylane, registered to Jumpstart Skydiving LLC and operated by the pilot, N5682B: Accident occurred June 23, 2018 near Herlong Recreational Airport (KHEG), Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5682B

Location: Jacksonville, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA183
Date & Time: 06/23/2018, 1440 EDT
Registration: N5682B
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Skydiving 

On June 23, 2018, about 1440 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182, N5682B, struck three vehicles following a complete loss of engine power and subsequent forced landing to a residential area about one mile east of Herlong Recreational Airport (HEG), Jacksonville, Florida. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the right elevator and the right wing. The airplane was registered to Jumpstart Skydiving LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 skydiving flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported in the area about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from HEG at 1400.

The pilot stated after delivering four skydivers he returned to the airport. On final approach, at about 1 mile from HEG at 2500 feet AGL "the engine just quit." He realized he did not have sufficient altitude to clear a stand of trees and chose to land on a road in a residential area. Upon landing on the road, the airplane struck multiple vehicles. The pilot stated that he did not know of any mechanical issues that may have precipitated this accident. The airplane was moved to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5682B
Model/Series: 182
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Michael Thometz
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHEG
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Jacksonville, FL (HEG)
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (HEG)

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: (est)




A small airplane crash-landed Saturday afternoon in a residential neighborhood near Herlong Recreational Airport in Jacksonville.

The pilot as well as residents on the ground escaped injury, Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department first responders said.

The single-engine plane made an emergency landing in the street at 2:40 p.m. and careened into the front yard of a home in the 2300 block of Sharon Lake Drive at Justin Road North on the Westside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The pilot was the sole occupant on board the Cessna 182 Skylane which came to rest lying on its right side.

The tip of one wing appeared to have been torn off while the rest was twisted and bent where it was attached to the fuselage. The other wing was sticking up into the air. The tail fins were bent and ripped. One of the plane’s landing gear wheels was broken off and lying in the street at the curb.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the four-seat plane is registered to Jumpstart Skydiving LLC of Orange Park. Company officials couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday night.

The company operates at Herlong Recreational Airport, 9300 Normandy Blvd., which is roughly four miles by car from where the plane went down.

The Sheriff’s Office said the FAA will lead the investigation. Police said the crash site and adjacent streets would remain cordoned off until the FAA completed its on-site inspection.

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

Cessna 150L, N10820: Incident occurred June 22, 2018 in Sedgwick County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita

Force landed in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N10820

Date: 22-JUN-18
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N10820
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROSE HILL
State: KANSAS





SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) - Authorities say no one was hurt when a small plane went down in a field near Rose Hill on Friday.

Emergency crews were called at around 1:10 p.m. to the report of a plane crash at Cook Airfield in the 6800 block of South 143rd Street East. Capt Mark Pierce with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said the pilot reported losing engine power while a student was flying. 

"The student that was taking flying lessons turned the plane over to the pilot and they were able to land out here just to the north of Cook Airfield."

Capt. Pierce said both the pilot and student are doing well and "going to move on with their day."

Story and video ➤ http://www.kake.com

Cameron C-60L, N1603D: Incident occurred June 24, 2018 in Howell, Livingston County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Balloon went through power lines and crashed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N1603D

Date: 24-JUN-18
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N1603D
Aircraft Make: CAMERON BALLOONS
Aircraft Model: C 60L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: HOWELL
State: MICHIGAN




Two fisherman rescued the pilot of a hot air balloon that hit power lines, caught on fire and crashed in a Livingston County lake at a balloon festival Sunday, according to TV news reports, festival organizers and the Federal Aviation Administration.

No one was hurt during the morning incident at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest in Howell. The pilot was flying solo, according to a statement from Phil Clinger, competition director for the hot air balloon festival.

The balloon was recovered shortly after the incident, according to Clinger's statement.

Clinger told a Free Press reporter that he was making no further comment early Sunday evening.

No one at Howell police or fire departments could be reached for comment Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, spokesperson Lynn Lunsford said in an email to the Free Press.

Lunsford said the Cameron C-60 balloon went through power lines and crashed into a lake, adding that there were no injuries.

The Mason, Mich. man who is listed as the registered owner of the hot air balloon with the FAA could not be immediately reached Sunday. A man with the same name and hometown is listed as the pilot of the balloon, according to a list of the 2018 pilots on the balloonfest's website.

About 40 customers were without power for several hours after the incident, but power has been restored, DTE Energy Spokesman Stephen Tait said.

According to WXYZ-TV, the incident occurred during the festival flyover just after 8 a.m., with the balloon landing in Thompson Lake.

Dave Park said that he was bass fishing when he looked up, saw the flyover and was taking some pictures, according to the WXYZ report.

There was fire and an explosion when the balloon hit the wires, WXYZ reported, adding that sparking wires were dangling and littering the shore with charred balloon pieces.

Park told the television station that the basket and balloon were on fire. He said he brought the pilot to rescue crews onshore, according to the WXYZ report.

Dave Dilworth told WXYZ that he saw the pilot "flailing away yelling and that's when he broke free. He hit the water 20 to 30 yards from the shore."

The three-day festival began Friday and is to wrap up Sunday. The balloons launch in the evening, but a fly-in to the launch site was scheduled from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to the balloonfest website.

The festival appeared to continue Sunday based on photos and updates posted on the festival's Twitter feed and Facebook page.

A photo on the balloonfest's Facebook page Sunday morning showed a yellow hot air balloon with red, blue and green on it up in the sky with the post "#balloonfestmi Good morning, Howell!" A person who responded to the post stated that the balloon was the one that hit the power lines.

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




HOWELL, MI - A man piloting a hot air balloon at the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest Sunday in Howell avoided injury after hitting a power line, catching his balloon on fire and landing in a Livingston County lake.

The man was piloting a Cameron C-60L sometime after 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, when he struck a power line, according to a Federal Aviation Administration preliminary crash report.

A video posted on YouTube shows the balloon descending into the pole where it explodes into a cascade of sparks, igniting the balloon.

The balloon then drifts toward nearby Thompson Lake where it crashes into the water about 40 feet from the shore.

A pair of fishermen on a boat saw the balloon descending into lake went to the crash site where they rescued the pilot and brought him to shore, according to a report from WXYZ Channel 7.

The balloon's pilot was the sole occupant when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration report. He was uninjured in the crash and the damage to the balloon was listed as minor.

Story and video ➤ https://www.mlive.com

Air Tractor Inc AT-301, N3169D: Accident occurred June 20, 2018 in Hutchinson, McLeod County, Minnesota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis

Classic Arrow Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N3169D

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA371
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Hutchinson, MN
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 301, registration: N3169D

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 flipped over on landing.

Date: 20-JUN-18
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N3169D
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT 301
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HUTCHINSON
State: MINNESOTA

STOL CH 701, N736MM: Accident occurred June 22, 2018 at Maple Lake Municipal Airport (MGG), Wright County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N736MM

Location: Maple Lake, MN
Accident Number: CEN18LA237
Date & Time: 06/22/2018, 1830 CDT
Registration: N736MM
Aircraft: ZENITH STOL CH701
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2018, about 1830 central daylight time, an amateur-built tricycle-geared Zenith Aircraft Company STOL CH-701 light-sport airplane, N736MM, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a loss of engine power in the traffic pattern at Maple Lake Municipal Airport (MGG), Maple Lake, Minnesota. The left seat private pilot and the right seat certificated flight instructor (CFI) sustained no injury. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from MGG about 1820.

In a conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on June 26, the pilot reported that the purpose of the local area flight was to fly with his friend who was a CFI, to help increase his dual pilot flight instruction time. The pilot reported that upon taking off, he smelled a "burnt electrical" smell in the cockpit. The pilot and the CFI decided to remain in the traffic pattern due to the smell. While on the downwind leg for runway 10 (flying to the west), on the second traffic pattern iteration, the smell dissipated, and the engine began to backfire. During the backfiring sequence, the pilot observed the engine tachometer "jumping all over the gauge" from zero to a maximum indication. About 10 seconds after the backfiring began, the engine ceased producing power while about 700 feet above ground level and at an airspeed of about 50 miles per hour.

The pilot attempted to troubleshoot the backfiring and subsequent engine failure by switching fuel tanks and attempting a restart of the engine with no success. The pilot reported he decided to attempt a forced landing to runway 10. However, due to the presence of power lines that followed an east to west oriented asphalt-covered road on the north side of the airport (County Road 37), he assessed that he would be unable to fly over the power lines. The pilot attempted to execute a forced landing to the road. The airplane landed about 20 feet short of the road and impacted a ditch. The airplane came to rest in a grass-covered field about 400 feet to the northwest of the runway threshold for runway 10. During the forced landing sequence, the nosewheel collapsed resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and the engine mount system. The right wing sustained substantial damage from impacting terrain.


Photograph 1 – View of N736MM 

The pilot reported that the airplane had an adequate amount of fuel for the flight and the airplane had no known previous issues with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The wreckage was recovered from the accident site to MGG for a future examination of the airplane. On June 26, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector from the FAA Minneapolis Flight Standards District Office traveled to MGG to examine the airplane.

The two-seat capacity, experimental category STOL (short takeoff and landing) airplane, serial number 7-8943, was built in 2016 by a private individual from a kit from the manufacturer. The airplane was powered by a 4-cylinder, 1.3-liter 115 horsepower Raven ReDrives 1300SVS fuel-injected automotive engine, originating from a Suzuki Geo Metro subcompact automobile. The propeller consisted of a ground-adjustable three blade composite assembly. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Registration: N736MM
Model/Series: STOL CH701
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: KMGG, 1028 ft msl
Observation Time: 2335 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Maple Lake, MN (MGG)
Destination: Maple Lake, MN (MGG) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.237778, -93.991389 (est)

Beech D17S Staggerwing, N61862: Accident occurred June 22, 2018 at Ravalli County Airport (6S5), Hamilton, Montana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

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/N61862


Rick Livingston of Hamilton stands next to his Beech D17S Staggerwing at the Ravalli County Airport.

Location: Hamilton, MT
Accident Number: GAA18CA372
Date & Time: 06/22/2018, 1000 MDT
Registration: N61862
Aircraft: Beech D17
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right. He added that he was unable to correct with left rudder because his foot had become stuck under the left rudder pedal. The airplane exited the runway to the right, impacted a ditch, and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and empennage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 66, 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): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/06/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/07/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 5400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 4000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N61862
Model/Series: D17 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4877
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1650 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: R-985
Registered Owner: Livingston, Richard A.
Rated Power: 450 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: KMSO, 3189 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1614 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 2°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hamilton, MT (6S5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hamilton, MT (6S5)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: RAVALLI COUNTY (6S5)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3644 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4200 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.254167, -114.125556 (est)

Piper PA-12, N3703M: Incident occurred June 24, 2018 in Cape May, New Jersey

James P. Dahlen Jr.

James Dahlen Jr., 51, of Court House was indicted for third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree criminal trespass. The indictment states that Dahlen landed a plane on a restricted beach that is part of the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May in June.

Police reports stated that Dahlen worked as a mechanic at a local air service where he took an unauthorized flight in a Piper PA 12 eventually landing at the base. Dahlen fled the scene and later turned himself into authorities.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia

Aircraft landed on the beach due to unknown circumstances. 

Paramount Air Service Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N3703M

Date: 25-JUN-18
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N3703M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CAPE MAY
State: NEW JERSEY














The pilot who landed a banner towing plane on a stretch of U.S. Coast Guard beach in Cape May on Sunday night after taking the aircraft without permission is the stepson of the aerial advertising company's owner. 

Jimmy Dahlen Jr., 50 of Cape May is still being sought by authorities as of early Tuesday afternoon.

Mary Ellen Kelly, the office manager at Paramount Air Services, confirmed to NJ Advance Media that Dahlen, a mechanic at the Middle Township business, is the person who was flying the plane.

Kelly said that Barbara Tomalino, the company's owner, was not available to comment.

Tomalino told PressofAtlanticCity.com Dahlen Jr. is a student pilot who was acting normally when he worked his shift Sunday. 

The bizarre incident unfolded Sunday evening when a red Piper PA12 that witnesses earlier saw flying erratically over Wildwood landed on a secured beach on the southeast side of the Coast Guard training facility at 7:52 p.m. Coast Guard officials learned the plane landed after viewing surveillance footage

The pilot fled on foot, leading Coast Guard officials to place the training center under "heightened security" for several hours while authorities looked for him.

One photo by a witness showed the plane appeared to stop nose down. It was later removed on Monday afternoon.

Tomalino issued a statement Monday morning saying she didn't know why the plane was taken. 

"Paramount Air Service has no knowledge of the pilot's motivation for the incident or his whereabouts after the incident," she said.

The plane is normally used to tow banners that advertise local businesses. 

The Cape May Prosecutor's Office said Tuesday they are not the lead on the investigation. 

Cape May police declined to comment when reached by NJ Advance Media on Tuesday morning, saying the Coast Guard is the lead agency. The Coast Guard previously deferred comment to Cape May Police.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it did not plan to provide any updates on the incident. 

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