Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Dash 8 turboprop comes in for final landing at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA)



Wednesday is the last time a major airline is expected to fly passengers into Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport using the Dash 8, a time-tested propeller plane jeered by some people as a “puddle jumper.”

American’s phase-out of the Dash, in favor of regional jets, promises an improved passenger experience.

John Dooley, CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation, said he once flew about four times monthly for a prior university job and spent many hours in the Dash.

“I can’t say I’m really sad to see the change,” he said. “One of its qualities, so to speak, is they could be pretty noisy at times and it was difficult to have conversation with others that you might be traveling with.”

During turbulence, passengers felt it to a greater degree than when aboard a larger plane, he added.

The final Dash flight to Roanoke will be on the books by nightfall. American Airlines flight 4905 is scheduled to land at 7:38 p.m. from Charlotte, North Carolina. A short ceremony is planned, according to airport officials, who have called the direction of change at the public airport favorable for a number of reasons.

Strong passenger traffic growth could improve the odds of airlines expanding limited flight offerings and lowering higher-than-average fares, officials said. The airport has applied to the federal government for $750,000 to potentially add nonstop service to either Dallas or Denver.

Also of interest to passengers, Allegiant Air intends to switch from MD-80 jets to Airbus equipment such as the A319 and A320 for Roanoke travel beginning in August, airport spokesman Brad Boettcher said. “Carriers are regularly changing the equipment they fly into ROA, especially now that our traffic keeps going up,” he said.

Air travelers totaled 61,261 in May, up 13.9 percent from May 2017, according to the airport. Through May, air traffic for 2018 totaled 7.5 percent higher than during the same period of 2017, putting the airport on track for its busiest year since 2011, airport officials said. They credited strong community support and improved airline operational reliability.

Piedmont Airlines is the subsidiary of American Airlines that is doing away with the Dash.

The regional carrier, which shares the American Eagle brand name, chose July 4 as the retirement date for its de Havilland Canada Dash 8s. Instead of the twin-engine, medium-range, regional turboprops, it plans to fly exclusively Embraer 145 regional jets in and out of Roanoke and other airports.

In addition to American, United and Delta ended use of the Dash. Airlines such as Alaska Airlines fly an advanced Dash 8 model, the Bombardier Q400.

The Roanoke airport plans to roll out its fire trucks to honor the final Dash with a water salute. According to an article on aviationcv.com, an online aviation job board, opposing fire trucks spray water in the form of an arch to salute aviators, planes and airlines who pass beneath the arch as they retire or cease operations. The tradition of unknown origin extends to marine operations as well, the article said.

While Piedmont will keep its aircraft maintenance facility at the Roanoke airport, the company intends to close its pilot and flight attendant base in Roanoke. Crew members have reported for work since the 1990s at the base, found in a secure area of the concourse under gates five and six.

Only 25 flight attendants and 90 pilots have recently used the base, airline spokeswoman Jacqueline Jennings said. Of the 90 pilots, 20 live in the Roanoke area, she said. Personnel will shift to crew bases at airports serving Philadelphia or Charlotte, Jennings said.

In Maryland, Piedmont’s home state, company officials will watch the landing of a different Dash flight from Charlotte at sunset at Salisbury Regional Airport. That will mark the end of Piedmont’s use of the Dash for 33 years, the company said.

The Dash and the regional jet taking its place offer a similar passenger experience in terms of seat width, leg room and travel time, Jennings said. Although the Dash affords passengers more headroom than the jet does, the jet is quieter.

A Piedmont news release said the Dash 8 excelled at ferrying passengers from small communities to major airports, revolutionizing regional air travel. It takes off and lands on short runways. It flies faster than the Dash 7, its predecessor, but burns less fuel and costs less. It can fly in bad weather when some larger and heavier planes cannot.

The first Dash 8 Piedmont got, bearing tail number N906HA, flew an estimated 14.8 million miles and carried nearly 2 million passengers before it was retired in 2015, Piedmont said.

“From a pilot’s perspective, the Dash 8 was a lifelong friend that commanded respect and taught so many of us what flying was really about,” said Piedmont Capt. Michael Schirmann in a prepared company release.

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

Beechcraft B100 King Air, C-GIAE: Accident occurred February 23, 2018 in Abbotsford, Canada



NTSB Identification: ANC18WA035
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Friday, February 23, 2018 in Abbotsford, Canada
Aircraft: Beech B100, registration:
Injuries: 5 Serious, 5 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On February 23, 2018, about 1204 Pacific standard time, a twin engine, turbine-powered Beech King Air B100 airplane, Canadian registration C-GIAE, crashed shortly after takeoff from the Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The airplane was registered to and operated by Island Express Air. Of the ten persons on board, the pilot and four passengers sustained serious injuries, and five passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The flight originated at the time of the accident, and it was destined for the San Bernardino Airport, San Bernardino, California USA.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada is investigating the accident. As the State of Manufacture of the airplane and engines, the NTSB has designated a U.S. accredited representative to assist the TSB in its investigation. 

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the TSB of Canada:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th Floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 1K8
Canada 
Website: http://www.tsb.gc.ca







At least two people were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after an airplane went off the runway at Abbotsford International Airport on Friday.

The plane went off radar while taking off around noon and was soon found just off the taxiway near a raspberry field, airport general manager Parm Sidhu said. The field is located just west of the intersection of Walmsley Avenue and Clearbrook Road.

Sidhu said that there were no serious injuries among the 10 people – two crew and eight passengers – on board a charter flight from Island Express Air which was headed to California.

Of the passengers, six were uninjured, Sidhu said. Two had minor injuries while another two were sent to hospital but did not have life-threatening injuries.

Two or three small children were among the passengers, and at least one person was seen with cuts to their face.

Ambulance, police and fire crews were dispatched to the scene.

Sidhu said the cause of the incident is unknown at this time and that he wasn’t able to speculate whether the snowy conditions were a factor.

“It could be a combination of factors,” he said.

The Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.


https://www.surreynowleader.com

Boeing 737-900: Incident occurred October 31, 2019 at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (KDTW), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft while deicing a truck struck the left wing.

Date: 01-NOV-19
Time: 01:50:00Z
Regis#: DAL2134
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 121
City: DETROIT
State: MICHIGAN

Robinson R22 Beta, ZS-HAI: Accident occurred March 19, 2018 in Bloemfontein, South Africa

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA115
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 19, 2018 in Bloemfontein, South Africa
Aircraft: ROBINSON R22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 19, 2018, about 0800 coordinated universal time, a Robinson R22 Beta helicopter, ZS-HAI, experienced a fan blade failure when the helicopter was about 5 feet above ground level. The pilot landed the helicopter without further incident near Bloemfontein, South Africa. The pilot was not injured and the helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was operated under the pertinent civil regulations of the government of South Africa. The pilot was uninjured.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of South Africa. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of South Africa. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Civil Aviation Authority
Accident & Incident Investigation Division
Private Bag X 73
Halfway House 1685
South Africa
Tel.: +27 (0) 11 545-1055/1050
+27 (0) 83 461-6277 (24 hours)
E-mail:AiidInbox@caa.co.za
Fax: +27 (0) 11 545 1466
Website: http://www.caa.co.za

Mooney M20F, N9527M: From the archives - Lebanon, Oregon grocer, grandson killed in plane crash

Jerry Horn

From 50 years ago, July 5, 1968

Lebanon, Oregon Grocer, Grandson Killed in Airplane Crash

E. Gerald Horn, 62, prominent Lebanon grocer, was killed instantly Thursday about 5:45 p.m. when the Mooney aircraft he was flying crashed into a mountainside 14 miles above Green Peter Dam in the Tally Creek area. Also killed in the same crash was Mark Leon Nofziger, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Nofziger, Route 2, Lebanon.

Nofziger and another son, Gary, 16 escaped serious injury in the crash. Nofziger, who was thought to be suffering from a broken shoulder bone, walked out from the scene of the crash for help and came across two fishermen, Jim Bunting and Mel Andrews, both of Sweet Home. They drove him to a telephone near Foster to notify sheriff deputies of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://lebanon-express.com

Loss of Lift: Schempp-Hirth Discus CS, N1122Q, accident occurred July 03, 2018 in Pomfret, Windsor County, Vermont

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N1122Q


Location: Pomfret, VT
Accident Number: GAA18CA392
Date & Time: 07/03/2018, 1630 EDT
Registration: N1122Q
Aircraft: Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Air Race/Show 

Analysis

According to the glider pilot, during a glider competition, he passed a "weak frontal system," and lift could not be sustained. He selected a large field for landing, established a traffic pattern, and accomplished a full-stall landing. However, during the landing roll on down-sloping terrain about 40 knots, the glider collided with a ditch.

The glider sustained substantial damage to the tailboom.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The glider pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing area, which resulted in a collision with a ditch during the landing roll.

Findings

Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Sloped/uneven terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-cruise
Other weather encounter
Loss of lift (Defining event)

Landing-landing roll
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
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: 12/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3457 hours (Total, all aircraft), 347 hours (Total, this make and model), 3285 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 36 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schempp Hirth
Registration: N1122Q
Model/Series: DISCUS CS No Series
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 307CS
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/15/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1157 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:
Airframe Total Time: 576 Hours
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: Throttle Up Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: Throttle Up Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLEB, 570 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 124°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Springfield, VT (VSF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Springfield, VT (VSF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

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:  43.704722, -72.515556 (est)



POMFRET, Vt. — No one was injured Tuesday evening when a glider crashed into a farmer's field in Pomfret.

Vermont State Police said the glider crashed in the field near Pomfret and Hewitt Hill Roads while landing at around 4:30 p.m.

They said the pilot, Bob Iuliano, 63, of Queensbury, New York, was not injured.

Troopers said they found him at a nearby home when they arrived at the scene.

Police said the glider struck a gully during landing, causing heavy tail end damage to the glider.

Troopers said the crash was reported to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation.

Story and video ➤ http://www.mynbc5.com




POMFRET, Vt. (AP) Police say a glider crashed into a farmer's field in Vermont.

Vermont State Police say the crash happened in Pomfret when the pilot tried to land around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The glider struck a gully during the crash, causing heavy tail-end damage.

The pilot has been identified as Bob Iuliano, 63, of Queensbury, New York, and police say he was not injured.

The crash has been reported to the National Transportation Safety Board for further investigation.

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

Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, N713WA: Incident occurred July 15, 2020 at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (KLZU), Lawrenceville, Georgia

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

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into grass.

Trace Holdings LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N713WA

Date: 15-JUL-20
Time: 21:24:00Z
Regis#: N713WA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LAWRENCEVILLE
State: GEORGIA

Cessna 310R, PR-GSG, Stilus Taxi Aéreo: Fatal accident occurred March 13, 2020 in Tefé, Amazonas

NTSB Identification: ERA20WA136
14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial Stilus Taxi Aereo Ltda
Accident occurred Friday, March 13, 2020 in Tefe, Brazil
Aircraft: Cessna 310, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Brazil has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Cessna 310 airplane that occurred on March 13, 2020. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Brazil's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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



MANAUS – Um avião de matrícula PR-GSG caiu na manhã desta sexta-feira, 13, no município de Tefé ( a 522 quilômetros de Manaus). Dois tripulantes morreram, um brasileiro e outro colombiano, eles eram as únicas pessoas no avião, informou o Corpo Bombeiros. Conforme o Bombeiros, o avião caiu no início da pista do Aeroporto de Tefé.

O Comando da Aeronáutica informou que investigadores do Seripa ( Serviços Regionais de Investigação e Prevenção de Acidentes Aeronáuticos) foram acionados para retirarem partes do avião para análise, reunir documentos e escutar relatos de pessoas que estariam próximas na hora do acidente.

A Aeronáutica informa também que a ” conclusão de qualquer investigação terá o menor prazo possível, dependendo sempre da complexidade do acidente”, e que as investigações serão úteis para evitar outros ‘acidentes’ similares.

Cessna 170A, N170GC: Incidents occurred July 17, 2020 and July 28, 2018 at Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field (KSDF), Jefferson County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

July 17, 2020: Aircraft veered off Runway 24 while landing.

Krish Air LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N170GC

Date: 17-JUL-20
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N170GC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: KRISH AIR LLC
City: LOUISVILLE
State: KENTUCKY

July 28, 2018: Veered off the runway and struck a runway light.

Date: 28-JUL-18
Time: 13:20:00Z
Regis#: N170GC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 170
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LOUISVILLE
State: KENTUCKY

Kitfox Sport, N702KS: Incident occurred July 12, 2020 in Rand, Jackson County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft made a precautionary landing on a road and later took off experiencing problems and landed in the brush.

https://registry.faa.gov/N702KS

Date: 12-JUL-20
Time: 14:45:00Z
Regis#: N702KS
Aircraft Make: KITFOX
Aircraft Model: SPORT
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: RAND
State: COLORADO

Grumman American AA-5 Traveler, UR-DCJ: Fatal accident occurred May 01, 2020 near Kamyanka, Dnipropetrovsk' Oblast, Ukraine


NTSB Identification: ERA20WA167
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, May 1, 2020 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AA5, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Ukraine has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a GRUMMAN AA5 airplane that occurred on May 01, 2020. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Ukraine's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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



Дніпропетровська область: вогнеборці ліквідували пожежу малого повітряного судна, що впав поблизу смт Слобожанське

Опубліковано: 01.05.2020, 18:05

1 травня о 16:26 до рятувальників надійшло повідомлення про авіаційну подію в Дніпровському районі неподалік вулиці Березинська, поза межами населеного пункту.

Від служби "103" повідомили про аварію (падіння) одноматорного малого повітряного судна "ГРУМАН" (на 4 місця) з подальшим горінням.

На місце події направлено 2 відділення 18-ї Державної пожежно-рятувальної частини.

Пожежа локалізована о 16:51 та ліквідована о 17:10.

Внаслідок аварії загинуло 2 особи.

Від ГУ ДСНС у Дніпропетровській області було залучено 8 рятувальників та 2 одиниці техніки.

https://www.dsns.gov.ua

American Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N752US: Incident occurred July 19, 2020 near George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH), Houston, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aircraft encountered moderate to heavy turbulence injuring flight attendant.

https://registry.faa.gov/N752US

Date: 19-JUL-20
Time: 22:41:00Z
Regis#: AAL2276
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: 319
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: AAL2276
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

Buckeye Breeze, N507PS: Fatal accident occurred July 02, 2018 in Pennsboro, Ritchie County, West Virginia

http://registry.faa.gov/N507PS 

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.




PENNSBORO, W.Va. — An experienced pilot is dead after his aircraft went down in a remote wooded area Monday evening near a private air strip in Ritchie County. The Ritchie County Sheriff”s Department identified the deceased operator as Doit Koppler, 80, of New Milton, West Virginia.

“According to the airstrip owner who knew him and the Federal Aviation Administration who pulled his flight record Mr. Koppler was an experienced pilot,” said Ritchie County Sheriff’s Deputy J.C. Egan. “He had several ratings on multiple aircraft and several decades of flight experience.”

Deputy Egan was called to the airstrip outside of Pennsboro around 7:30 p.m. Monday. There he found the air strip owner and Koppler’s wife.

“The wife reported Mr. Koppler had taken off from the air strip and was headed north. He was banking left and during the bank she noted she thought the engine had quit or cut out,” Egan explained. “Shortly after that the aircraft descended down into the wood line.”

Members of the Pennsboro and Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Departments along with the Ritchie County EMS arrived on scene and formed a search party to look for the downed aircraft. It was discovered a short time after the search began about 30 yards into the woods just to the north of the air strip.

“The pilot was lying on the ground under the aircraft which was suspended about 30 to 40 feet up in a tree,” Egan said. “The pilot was pronounced dead on the scene.”

Investigative teams from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, along with the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department are all involved in the investigation.

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

Cessna 402C, N2748Y

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

January 09, 2020: Aircraft experienced a propeller strike on landing at Barnstable Municipal Airport (KHYA), Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Hyannis Air Service Inc operating as Cape Air

https://registry.faa.gov/N2748Y

Date: 09-JAN-20
Time: 15:27:00Z
Regis#: N2748Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 402
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: HYANNIS
State: MASSACHUSETTS

November 08, 2019: Aircraft lost braking capability on taxiway and went into the grass at Barnstable Municipal Airport (KHYA), Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Date: 08-NOV-19
Time: 14:18:00Z
Regis#: N2748Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 402
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMUTER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: HYANNIS
State: MASSACHUSETTS

July 02, 2018: While on taxiway aircraft had cockpit fire at Nantucket Memorial Airport (KACK), Massachusetts.

Date: 02-JUL-18

Time: 14:00:00Z
Regis#: N2748Y
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 402C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: FIRE
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: CAPE AIR
City: NANTUCKET
State: MASSACHUSETTS


View of damage to the windscreen
Federal Aviation Administration


Accident occurred December 04, 2017 at Barnstable Municipal Airport (KHYA), Hyannis, Massachusetts


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boston, Massachusetts

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Hyannis, MA
Accident Number: GAA18CA071
Date & Time: 12/04/2017, 1725 EST
Registration: N2748Y
Aircraft: CESSNA 402
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 


According to the pilot, he took off at night, and during the initial climb about 800 ft above the ground, the airplane ran into a flock of birds. The pilot declared an emergency with the tower and landed the airplane without further incident.


The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wind screen and the windscreen frame.


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


Probable Cause and Findings


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

Encounter with a flock of birds during takeoff at night, resulting in multiple bird strikes and structural damage. 

Findings


Environmental issues

Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)
Dark - Effect on operation

Factual Information


History of Flight


Initial climb

Birdstrike (Defining event)

According to the pilot, he took off at night, and during the initial climb about 800ft above the ground, the airplane ran into a flock of birds. The pilot declared an emergency with the tower and landed the airplane without further incident.


The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wind screen and the windscreen frame.


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


Pilot Information


Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial

Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/28/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/31/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5000 hours (Total, this make and model), 5900 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA

Registration: N2748Y
Model/Series: 402 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 402C0248
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 10
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/05/2017, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 33449.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520-VB
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 325 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); Flag carrier (121) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHYA, 55 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 155°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2200 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -1°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.47 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hyannis, ME (HYA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Hyannis, ME (HYA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1720 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information


Airport:  Barnstable Municipal Airport-Boardman/Polando Field (HYA)

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 54 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5425 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.668889, -70.280278 (est)

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Robinson R22 Beta, N830J; accident occurred July 02, 2018 at at Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Williamson County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Robinson Helicopter Company; Torrance, California
Veracity Aviation; Seguin, Texas

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/N830J

Location: Georgetown, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA251
Date & Time: 07/02/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N830J
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On July 2, 2018, about 1445 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R-22 Beta II, N830J, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Georgetown, Texas. The flight instructor and the commercial pilot sustained no injury. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor reported that the purpose of the local area flight was to conduct flight instructor training with the commercial pilot. While on the last traffic pattern iteration, on the downwind leg about 500 ft above ground level (agl) and about 70 kts, the flight instructor reported he was visually outside of the helicopter, scanning for traffic, and clearing the helicopter for the base leg turn when he heard the low rotor revolutions per minute (rpm) horn activate. The flight instructor came on the flight controls with the pilot and he immediately reduced the collective and applied throttle. The flight instructor heard the low rotor rpm horn cease and observed the low rotor rpm light extinguish, while he visually confirmed the engine and rotor rpm was about 97%. The flight instructor began the base leg turn and heard the low rotor rpm horn again. The flight instructor observed the tachometer and noticed that the engine and rotor rpm were decaying. The flight instructor assessed the situation and felt that the engine was not capable of maintaining the rotor rpm within safe operating limits and he entered an autorotation.

The flight instructor scanned the instruments and observed the airspeed was about 55 kts. He reported he could not hear noise emitting from the engine and surmised that the engine had ceased producing power. After the entry to the flare of the autorotation, the flight instructor reported that he was focused on maintaining the rotor rpm and maneuvering the helicopter to his selected landing area. About 35 ft agl, he began the flare to reduce the forward airspeed and the rate of descent. The helicopter touched down on a yard at a private residence, with a small amount of forward airspeed. The skids impacted a concrete driveway at the residence.

The impact with the driveway resulted in the helicopter pitching nose low with the tail elevated, along with a right yaw. Both tail rotor blades impacted the ground, resulting in both blades becoming separated about mid-span. The tail boom and the vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage from the ground impact, along with minor damage sustained to the tail rotor stinger and skids. Once the helicopter came to rest, the flight instructor observed that the engine was at idle and he performed an emergency shutdown. Both occupants egressed from the helicopter without further incident.

The flight instructor reported that the helicopter had an adequate amount of fuel for the flight. A postaccident examination of the airframe and engine revealed no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation. An examination of the maintenance records provided by the operator revealed no evidence of any uncorrected mechanical discrepancies with the helicopter.

The operator reported that the pilot receiving instruction may have inadvertently gripped and reduced the throttle while in flight. The pilot was historically known for being "heavy" or "rough" on the flight controls. A postaccident flight with the pilot by the operator showed the pilot being "heavy" or "rough" again on the flight controls.

The helicopter was equipped with a carburetor heat assist device. The Robinson R-22 Pilot's Operating Handbook discusses the carburetor heat assist device and states, "the carb heat assist correlates application of carburetor heat with changes in collective setting to reduce pilot workload. Lowering collective mechanically adds heat and raising collective reduces heat." The temperature and dewpoint at the time of the accident were conducive to the formation of carburetor icing (for glide and cruise power) per the Federal Aviation Administration Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin CE-09-35 Carburetor Icing Prevention.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age:35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/23/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/23/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 920 hours (Total, all aircraft), 575 hours (Total, this make and model), 781 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 180 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 56 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N830J
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4236
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/29/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3814 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming Engines
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-J2A
Registered Owner: Veracity Aviation, LLC
Rated Power: 145 hp
Operator: Veracity Aviation, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGTU, 787 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1937 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 232°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 200 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 17 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Georgetown, TX (GTU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Georgetown, TX (GTU)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR
Departure Time: 1400 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Georgetown Muni (GTU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 789 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5004 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 30.679444, -97.678333 (est)









Location: Georgetown, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA251
Date & Time: 07/02/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N830J
Aircraft: Robinson R22
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 2, 2018, about 1445 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter Company R-22 Beta II helicopter, N830J, sustained substantial damage during a landing after a partial loss of engine power in the traffic pattern at Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU), Georgetown, Texas. The left seat commercial pilot and the right seat certificated flight instructor (CFI) sustained no injury. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Veracity Aviation, LLC, Seguin, Texas under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from GTU about 1400.

In a conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on July 5, the CFI reported that the purpose of the local area flight was to conduct CFI training with the pilot. The pilot was in the process of working toward achieving his CFI rating. The flight initially consisted of maneuvers such as hovering autorotations and rapid decelerations over a sod area at the airport. The flight then progressed with stop-and-go landings involving normal takeoffs and concluding with normal approaches and steep approaches, while in the right traffic pattern for Kilo taxiway. The pilot was on the flight controls, demonstrating and explaining the maneuvers to the CFI.

While on the last traffic pattern iteration, on the downwind leg about 500 feet above ground level (agl) and about 70 knots, the CFI reported he was visually outside of the helicopter, scanning for traffic and clearing the helicopter for the base leg turn when he heard the low rotor revolutions per minute (rpm) horn activate. The CFI came on the flight controls and he immediately reduced the collective and applied throttle. The CFI heard the low rotor rpm horn cease and observed the low rotor rpm light extinguish, while he visually confirmed the engine and rotor rpm was about 97%. The CFI began the base leg turn and heard the low rotor rpm horn again. The CFI observed the tachometer and noticed that the engine and rotor rpm were decaying. The CFI assessed the situation and felt that the engine was not capable of maintaining the rotor rpm within safe operating limits and he entered an autorotation.

The CFI scanned the instruments and observed the airspeed was about 55 knots. He reported he could not hear noise emitting from the engine and surmised that the engine had ceased producing power. After the entry portion to the flare portion of the autorotation, the CFI reported that he was focused on maintaining the rotor rpm and maneuvering the helicopter to his selected landing area. About 35 feet agl, he began the flare to reduce the forward airspeed and the rate of descent. The helicopter touched down on a yard at a private residence, with a small amount of forward airspeed. The skids impacted a concrete driveway at the residence. The impact with the driveway resulted in the helicopter pitching nose low with the tail elevated, along with a right yaw. Both tail rotor blades impacted the ground, resulting in both blades becoming separated from the tail rotor gearbox. The vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage from the ground impact, along with minor damage sustained to the tail rotor stinger and skid system. Once the helicopter came to rest, the CFI observed that the engine was at idle and performed an emergency shutdown. Both occupants egressed from the helicopter without further incident.

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

The wreckage was recovered from the private residence to the operator's hangar at GTU for a future examination of the helicopter.

The two-seat capacity helicopter, serial number 4236, was built in 2007. The helicopter was powered by a 4-cylinder, 145 horsepower Lycoming O-360-J2A carbureted engine.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N830J
Model/Series: R22 BETA
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Veracity Aviation, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held:  Pilot School (141); Agricultural Aircraft (137); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGTU, 787 ft msl
Observation Time: 1937 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 17 knots, 130°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Georgetown, TX (GTU)
Destination: Georgetown, TX (GTU) 

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:  30.679444, -97.678333 (est)