Friday, July 13, 2018

Incident occurred July 12, 2018 at Groton-New London Airport (KGON), New London County, Connecticut

Groton — A plane made an emergency landing at Groton-New London Airport on Thursday night due to smoke in the cockpit, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Dassault Falcon aircraft, operated by Dumont Aircraft Charter, landed safely at the airport about 7:15 p.m. after the crew declared an emergency and reported smoke in the cockpit, according to an email from the federal agency. Pfizer fire officials assisted the Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department at the scene.

The aircraft later departed from the airport and was headed to Boston's Logan International Airport, the FAA said. The agency is investigating the incident.

Original article ➤ https://www.theday.com

Rutan Defiant, N17DR: Fatal accident occurred July 12, 2018 near Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Hartford County, Connecticut

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N17DR

Location: Plainville, C
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Accident Number: ERA18FA189
Date & Time: 07/12/2018, 1042 EDT
Registration: N17DR
Aircraft: RUTAN DEFIANT
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 12, 2018, about 1042 eastern daylight time, a experimental, amateur-built Rutan Defiant, N17DR, impacted terrain while in the traffic pattern at Robertson Field Airport (4B8), Plainville, Connecticut. The airplane was substantially damaged. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to the pilot and was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated about 1037.

A witness reported that he was on the ramp at 4B8, preparing for an instructional flight. He observed the accident airplane climb out from runway 2 and immediately veer to the left. The airplane was 150-200 feet above the ground near the fixed base operator. The airplane continued in a steep (80-90°) left bank until it disappeared below the horizon and crashed. He may have heard at least one engine operating at the time of the accident. There was no smoke trailing the airplane.

The airplane collided with upsloping terrain inside a city-owned landfill, about 0.4 miles southwest of the airport center. The wreckage path was oriented on a 150° heading and was about 105 feet in length and about 25 feet wide. The airplane came to rest on a 060° heading. There was no fire. The forward engine, firewall, and instrument panel partially broken away from the fuselage and remained attached by cables and wires. The aft engine and wooden propeller remained attached to the fuselage; they were generally undamaged with the exception of minor non-rotational surface scratches on the propeller blades. Flight control continuity was established from the aft-mounted wing/vertical fin assembly control surfaces to the cockpit. Control surface continuity from the forward-mounted canards to the cockpit was not established due to postimpact damage to those components.

The nose landing gear was separated during the impact sequence. The left and right main gear struts remained attached to the fuselage. The right main gear tire remained attached to the right strut and the left main gear tire separated during the accident sequence and was located adjacent to the left wing tip.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single engine and multi-engine land ratings. The multi-engine rating was valid for the Rutan Defiant only. According to his pilot logbook, he recorded 765 hours total time prior to the accident. The pilot was listed in Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness records as one of the builders of the airplane.

The fiberglass-construction, four-seat airplane was equipped with two Lycoming O-320 series engines in a push-pull configuration. According to the airplane logbooks, a condition inspection was completed on December 1, 2017. The airplane had accrued about 286 hours of total time at the time of the accident.

Hartford-Brainard Airport (HFD) was located about 10 miles east of the accident site. The 1053 weather observation at HFD included wind from 010ยบ at 7 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, sky clear, temperature 28°C, dew point 9°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.17 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RUTAN
Registration: N17DR
Model/Series: DEFIANT
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: KHFD, 18 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Plainville, CT (4B8)
Destination: Plainville, CT (4B8) 

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: 41.683889, -72.870000 (est)

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 emailassistance@ntsb.gov. 


Donald Eckberg


















PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -  Plainville police identified the 67-year-old pilot who was killed in a plane crash near Robertson Airport on Thursday.

The twin-engine aircraft crashed just after 10:30 a.m., in a landfill near the airport. 


The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot was the only person on board when the plane crashed, and that he died on impact.


He was identified as 67-year-old Donald Eckberg, of Burlington. 


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be taking over the investigation. They identified the aircraft as a Rutan Defiant, and lists the victim as the plane's co-owner.


Police said the surrounding area will be closed to the public during the investigation. 


Richard Marr, who helped Eckberg building the plane, said his friend was a great pilot, and a great man.


"We were like brothers. He was one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever known," Marr said in a statement to Channel 3 on Thursday.


Marr says he plans to speak to the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators on Friday morning at the crash site. He said because Eckberg was such an impeccable pilot, he believes a medical issue may have led to the crash. 


Robertson Airport is located off of Johnson Avenue, however, neighbors on Julie Road said the plane was flying awfully close to the ground before it crashed on Thursday morning, just several hundred feet from a nearby condo complex.


"Seeing it pass the tree like that and it being that low, I figured something was going to happen, something was wrong," said Ashley Wolak, of Plainville.


Dr. Michael Teiger, who is an aviation medical examiner says the FAA designates Rutan Defiants as experimental aircraft, which means the plane was built by individuals, not in a factory, but that doesn't mean it wasn't safe. 


"These are experienced engineers and people who are in the trade, who know how to build planes. It takes several years to actually get a plane from the kit to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration" said Teiger. 


Story and video ➤ http://www.wfsb.com





PLAINVILLE - One person was killed Thursday morning when he was ejected from a twin-engine airplane after crashing it near Robertson Airport.

The pilot, the sole occupant in the airplane, was identified as 67-year-old Burlington resident Donald Eckberg.

The impact occurred in the town’s landfill that sits just southwest of the airport, behind an apartment complex off of Julie Road. It was just before 10:24 a.m., when authorities received a 911 call about the crash. The first officer on scene had to hop a fence and run to the top of a hill, where the wreckage sat, and call out for any survivors of the crash.

“The officer tried performing life-saving techniques on Eckberg, but he had died on impact,” said police Lt. Nicholas Mullins.

Roger Knapp, who lives in an apartment about 100 yards from where the crash occurred, said he was working at home behind a glass sliding door when he could hear the plane coming.

“I heard it was too low - that’s for sure,” Knapp said.

Knapp, looking through the sliding door, said the plane first appeared as though it were heading directly for his home before it banked left and ended up in a wooded area.

“Oh, it was a huge crash,” Knapp said of the sound.

Mullins said both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have taken over the investigation. The agencies will determine what caused the crash.

“I know people saw the plane flying low in this area,” Mullins said. “I can’t tell you how exactly the dynamic of the crash occurred - that’s under investigation as we speak.”

When asked if he had any idea what caused the crash, Mullins said, “That would just be speculation at this point.”

On its Twitter page, the NTSB identified the aircraft as a Rutan Defiant - a four-seat, home-built aircraft. Mullins said the aircraft had taken off from Robertson Airport, but he was not sure where it was headed.

This is not the first time a plane has crashed near Robertson Airport. Just last September, an 80-year-old man, flying a single-engine aircraft, crashed into a tree and spun around before the aircraft settled into a parking lot adjacent to the airport. He walked away with minor injuries.

Mullins said there also was a crash several years ago near Northwest Drive.

When asked if authorities had any concern about the number of accidents in the area, Mullins said, “I’d rather not comment on that. Unfortunately, these things do occasionally happen. And we have seen plane crashes in Plainville over the years, due to the fact that we do have an airport in town.”

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











A plane crashed in a landfill in Plainville Thursday morning and Plainville police said the pilot has died.

The pilot, identified by police as 67-year-old Donald Eckberg, of Burlington, was the only person on the twin-engine plane that crashed on Granger Lane at 10:24 a.m., near Robertson Airport and he was thrown from the aircraft.

A friend told NBC Connecticut he and Eckberg built the plane he was flying, which was classified as an experimental aircraft.

Richard Marr, who is the co-owner of the plane and Eckberg's best friend, said Eckberg was always very careful and took precautions while flying, so he's not sure what could have gone wrong.

A Tweet from the National Transportation Safety Board said the plane is a Rutan Defiant and the federal agency is investigating. The Federal Aviation Administration is also investigating.

The plane crash is near condos and several residents reported hearing a plane flying very low then a boom.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call police.

The area surrounding the crash will be closed to the public during the investigation. 

The last fatal plane crash in Connecticut was on Sept. 16, 2017 in North Branford, according to NTSB records. NASCAR champion Ted Christopher, 59, and the pilot, 81-year-old Charles Dundas, were killed in that crash. 

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

Beech 95-B55 (T42A), N2844W: Incident occurred July 12, 2018 at Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

While conducting touch and go landings, the nose gear fell off the aircraft. The pilot elected to execute a gear up landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N2844W

Date: 12-JUL-18
Time: 18:33:00Z
Regis#: N2844W
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GLENDALE
State: ARIZONA

SkyWest Airlines, Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-700, N703SK: Incident occurred July 12, 2018 at The Eastern Iowa Airport (KCID), Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines

Aircraft notified tower that they may have struck a bird on landing. While doing a runway inspection, operations found that a LAHSO imbedded light had become dislodged and damaged the tire on aircraft.

http://registry.faa.gov/N703SK

Date: 12-JUL-18
Time: 23:35:00Z
Regis#: N703SK
Aircraft Make: BOMBARDIER
Aircraft Model: CR7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SKYWEST
City: CEDAR RAPIDS
State: IOWA

Beech 58 Baron, N263AC: Incident occurred July 12, 2018 at Portland International Jetport (KPWM), Cumberland County, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft landed on runway 11 with the landing gear retracted.

Air New England LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N263AC

Date: 12-JUL-18
Time: 14:25:00Z
Regis#: N263AC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PORTLAND
State: MAINE







A two-engine plane with two people aboard landed without its landing gear lowered at the Portland International Jetport on Thursday morning, causing a 90-minute shutdown of the airport that affected more than a dozen flights.

The small aircraft came to rest on the runway on its belly at about 10:30 a.m. Fire and emergency personnel surrounded the craft.

A city spokeswoman said no one was injured and there was no fire.

Runways at the jetport were closed for about 90 minutes while crews removed the plane and evaluated the two people on board, who were unharmed. Runways reopened by 12:20 p.m.

More than a dozen flights were either delayed, diverted or canceled, according to the jetport’s website. Arriving flights were diverted to Manchester, New Hampshire, or Boston.

The plane is registered to Air New England LLC of Waterville, a small commercial carrier, according the Federal Aviation Administration’s database. That model, a Beechcraft Baron 58, is a two-engine propeller-driven plane that accommodates up to five passengers and cruises at around 210 mph.

This particular aircraft was first certified as airworthy in 1973, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

A woman who answered the phone at Air New England declined to offer comment and said questions were being referred to company executives.

The cause of the incident wasn’t clear Thursday. Jetport Director Paul Bradbury said an FAA office, the Flight Standards District Office, will interview the pilot to determine what happened.

Original article ➤ https://www.centralmaine.com

Schempp-Hirth Discus CS, registered to Sparrowhawk21 LLC. and operated by the pilot, N104TH: Accident occurred July 10, 2018 in Goldfield, Esmeralda County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N104TH

Location: Goldview, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA192
Date & Time: 07/10/2018, 1832 PDT
Registration: N104TH
Aircraft: Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal  

On July 10, 2018, about 1832 Pacific daylight time, a Schempp Hirth DISCUS CS glider, N104TH, ground looped during a forced off airport landing, following a loss of lift, near Goldfield, Nevada. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. The glider sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. The glider was registered to SPARROWHAWK21 LLC. and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross country flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed about the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Tonopah Airport (TPH), Tonopah, Nevada about 1330.

The pilot reported that he deviated to an alternate airport, due to deteriorating weather. While attempting to reach his selected off airport landing site, he encountered continuous sinking air. He realized that he would not make it and made the choice to land on a nearby road. During the landing touchdown the right wing impacted a dirt berm that paralleled the road, which caused a ground loop. The glider cartwheeled and came to rest inverted. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Schempp Hirth
Registration: N104TH
Model/Series: DISCUS CS No Series
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Sparrowhawk21 LLC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTPH, 5434 ft msl
Observation Time: 0131 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tonopah, NV (TPH)
Destination: Tonopah, NV (TPH)

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:  37.643889, -117.365000 (est)

Travel Air 2000, N8870: Accident occurred June 30, 2018 at Klenawicus Airfield (NY03), Shelter Island, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmingdale

East Hampton Air LLC


http://registry.faa.gov/N8870

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA417
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Shelter Island, NY
Aircraft: Travel Air 2000, registration: N8870

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 struck bushes upon landing.

Date: 30-JUN-18
Time: 11:00:00Z
Regis#: N8870
Aircraft Make: TRAVEL AIR
Aircraft Model: 2000
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SHELTER ISLAND
State: NEW YORK

Wittman Tailwind, registered to the previous owner and operated by the pilot, N619NT: Accident occurred July 12, 2018 in Orient, Pickaway County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N619NT

Location: Orient, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA275
Date & Time: 07/12/2018, 1827 EDT
Registration: N619NT
Aircraft: Wittman WHITTMAN TAILWIND
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 12, 2018, at 1827 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Whittman Tailwind, N619NT, impacted terrain during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Orient, Ohio. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The private pilot/airplane owner and a flight instructor were uninjured. The airplane was registered to the previous owner and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Wittman
Registration: N619NT
Model/Series: WHITTMAN TAILWIND No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TZR, 904 ft msl
Observation Time: 1745 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Destination:

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:

Cessna A188B, N2483J: Accident occurred July 12, 2018 in Rockford, Mercer County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N2483J

Location: Rockford, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA273
Date & Time: 07/12/2018, 1647 EDT
Registration: N2483J
Aircraft: Cessna A188B
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 12, 2018, about 1647 eastern daylight time, a Cessna A188B, N2483J, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Rockford, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial-application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane departed about 1620 from the Lakefield Airport (CQA), Celina, Ohio, on a local flight.

The pilot reported that he was flying at 350 ft above ground level when the engine started running rough and then stopped producing power. He executed a forced landing to a bean field, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing. The examination of the engine revealed that there was a hole in the engine case near the No. 2 cylinder.

At 1554, the surface weather observation at the Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA), Fort Wayne, Indiana, located 30 nm northwest of the accident site was: wind 140° at 6 knots; visibility 10 miles; broken clouds at 25,000 ft; temperature 29° C; dew point 16° C; and altimeter 30.19 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2483J
Model/Series: A188B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Trump Roger L
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FWA, 814 ft msl
Observation Time: 1554 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 30 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Celina, OH (CQA)
Destination: Celina, OH (CQA)

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:

Piper PA-28-161, N69086: Accident occurred July 12, 2018 near Ontario Municipal Airport (KONO), Malheur County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft made an emergency landing in a field. Aircraft hit a ditch, flipped and caught fire.

http://registry.faa.gov/N69086

Date: 12-JUL-18
Time: 22:47:00Z
Regis#: N69086
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ONTARIO
State: OREGON

Rose Parrakeet A-1, N14842: Fatal accident occurred July 12, 2018 near Fairview Airport (7TS0), Wise County, Texas

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N14842

Location: Rhome, TX
Accident Number: CEN18FA265
Date & Time: 07/12/2018, 1330 CDT
Registration: N14842
Aircraft: ROSE PARRAKEET A-1
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 12, 2018, about 1330 central daylight time, an experimental Rose Parrakeet A-1 airplane, N14842, impacted terrain after takeoff from runway 35 at Fairview Airport (7TS0), Rhome, Texas. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Code of Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated about 1328 from 7TS0.

Witnesses stated that the airplane was about 100-200 feet above ground level, flying towards the north, when it banked "hard right" towards the east and "nose-dived" into terrain after takeoff. The wreckage was located about 0.4 nautical miles south of the airport. Ground scarring was limited to the area of the wreckage, which exhibited a nose-low impact attitude.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROSE
Registration: N14842
Model/Series: PARRAKEET A-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AFW, 723 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 16000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rhome, TX (7TS0)
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

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 emailassistance@ntsb.gov. 







An 86-year-old man died Thursday when his single-engine biplane crashed in a field in Wise County.

The crash was reported to have taken place in a field along Farm-to-Market Road 407, about four miles northeast of Rhome.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the aircraft was a 1936 Rose Parrakeet A-1.

The identity of the pilot, who was the only occupant onboard at the time of the crash, has been confirmed to be Dominick Pellegreno, the owner of the plane.

Pellegreno crashed not far from Fairview Airport, a private, turf airstrip. The site is about 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth along U.S. Highway 287.

It is not known what caused the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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






WISE COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A small plane went down in a field not far from an airstrip in Wise County in New Fairview around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, killing the pilot according to DPS.

The aircraft went down in the area of FM 407 and Graham Road near the airstrip off Dillavou Lane.

The victim was an 86-year-old man.

The Federal Aviation Administration described the plane as a single-seat 1936 Rose Parakeet A-1 biplane.

It’s not clear what caused the plane to go down.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will be in charge of the investigation.

New Fairview is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

Story and video ➤ https://dfw.cbslocal.com

Cessna 172P, N98873: Incident occurred July 12, 2018 at Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF), San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

While taxiing to the ramp, aircraft hit a taxiway light.

http://registry.faa.gov/N98873

Date: 12-JUL-18
Time: 21:18:00Z
Regis#: N98873
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TEXAS

Air Tractor AT-602, owned and operated by D-GER LLC, N8508P: Fatal accident occurred July 11, 2018 in Wheatley, St. Francis County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas
Air Tractor; Olney, Texas 

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8508P

Location: Wheatley, AR
Accident Number: CEN18FA263
Date & Time: 07/11/2018, 0630 CDT
Registration: N8508P
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT-602
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 11, 2018, about 0630 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602, N8508P, was destroyed by ground impact and a post-crash fire when it impacted a wooded area about 1.5 miles north of Wheatley, Arkansas. The pilot received fatal injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by D-GER LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial-application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The airplane departed about 0600 from the Frank Federer Memorial Airport (M36), Brinkley, Arkansas, on a local flight.

A witness reported that the pilot had loaded the airplane with 400 gallons of chemical and had full fuel tanks. He stated that the pilot was planning to spray a 40-acre field that the pilot owned, which was about 5 nautical miles (nm) from M36. No one witnessed the accident. A witness reported seeing fire and smoke about 0630, and the airplane wreckage was found by first responders.

The aircraft wreckage was found in a wooded area between 2 open fields located about 1/3 mile to the west of the field that was being treated. A gully, approximately 6 ft deep, ran northeast-to-southwest through the area. The debris path was over 200 ft in length on a magnetic heading of 280°. The initial impact point was a shallow ground scar which had aircraft components from the belly of the aircraft. As the ground scars entered the wooded area, the debris path consisted of wing and empennage components. The fuselage was found on the north side of the gully about 120 ft from the initial impact point. The engine was separated from the fuselage and was found in the gully below the fuselage. Most of the separated fuselage components were found in the gully to the southwest. All the control surfaces were found at the scene.

At 0553, the surface weather observation at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT), Little Rock, Arkansas, located 56 nm from the accident site was: wind 240° at 3 knots; visibility 10 miles; few clouds at 200 ft; temperature 24° C; dew point 23° C; and altimeter 30.03 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N8508P
Model/Series: AT-602
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: D-Ger LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LIT, 266 ft msl
Observation Time: 0553 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 56 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Brinkley, AR (M36)
Destination: Brinkley, AR (M36) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.946944, -91.114167

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. 

Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McLain


Chad McClain 






ST. FRANCIS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The fire chief of an Arkansas town was killed in a crop duster crash Wednesday morning.

Family friends tell our sister station that Wheatley Fire Chief Chad McLain was killed in the crash.

The plane went down in a field off Highway 78 north of Wheatley in St. Francis County, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.

Friends of McLain say he was a good man. He leaves behind a teenage daughter.

According to the Wheatley Marshal Service on Facebook, McClain had been with the Wheatley Volunteer Fire Department since 1994. He was also a local farmer and agriculture pilot. 

According to an obituary from Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home in Brinkley, McLain's visitation is set for Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. a the Brinkley First United Methodist Church. That is located at 404 W. Ash Street in Brinkley.

His funeral is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Brinkley First United Methodist Church. He will be interned at Johnston Cemetery in Wheatley.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also posted her condolences for McLain's family and the Wheatley community on Facebook Wednesday evening.

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