Saturday, July 21, 2018

Piper PA-18: Incident occurred July 20, 2018 at the Grand Pacific Glacier, Alaska

News Release Date: July 20, 2018

BARTLETT COVE, AK, 6PM AKDT - The National Park Service (NPS) received a relayed radio call from the cruise ship Island Princess at 1pm today reporting an aircraft down in front of the Grand Pacific Glacier at the head of Glacier Bay’s Tarr Inlet. Park rangers responded to the scene and contacted the uninjured pilot, Thorsten Kampe of Germany. Mr. Kampe reported landing due to an apparent engine malfunction. The nose of the plane subsequently buried, breaking the propeller as he taxied through soft sand. The pilot is being transported onboard an NPS vessel to Bartlett Cove. Temsco helicopters plans to salvage the aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board, United States Coast Guard, and Alaska State Troopers have been informed.

A small plane nosed over into sand after landing due to engine problems near Southeast Alaska's Grand Pacific Glacier on Friday, July 20, 2018.
(Credit: Courtesy National Park Service)


A second pilot has been rescued from an aircraft accident this week in Southeast Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Park officials received word of a Friday incident at about 1 p.m., in front of the Grand Pacific Glacier near the head of Glacier Bay’s Tarr Inlet, via a radio call relayed by the cruise ship Island Princess. Responding rangers spoke with the pilot, Thorsten Kampe of Germany.

“Kampe reported landing due to an apparent engine malfunction,” park officials wrote. “The nose of the plane subsequently buried, breaking the propeller as he taxied through soft sand.”

A National Park Service boat took Kampe, who was unhurt, to Bartlett Cove. Plans were being made Friday to salvage the small plane using a helicopter.

A Wednesday crash west of Gustavus, in which a plane flipped into the park’s Crillon Lake, left a 34-year-old pilot with “minimal injuries” according to park staff. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew picked the man up, after he swam to shore and started a fire while he awaited rescue.

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

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-800: Incident occurred February 10, 2020 at Tampa International Airport (KTPA), Hillsborough County, Florida

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

Aircraft on landing struck several birds. 

Date: 10-FEB-20
Time: 19:57:00Z
Regis#: N8551
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Flight Number: SWA1322
City: TAMPA
State: FLORIDA

Cessna FA.150L Aerobat (Reims), I-FFSQ: Fatal accident occurred November 01, 2019 in Marina di Tolfa near Santa Severa, Roma, Italy

NTSB Identification: GAA20WA083
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, November 01, 2019 in Santa Severa Nord, Italy
Aircraft: CESSNA F150, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Italy has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA F150 airplane that occurred on November 01, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Italy's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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






Un aereo ultraleggero è precipitato in provincia di Roma: tragico il bilancio, un morto e un ferito grave. L'incidente si è verificato intorno alle 15:50 di venerdì 1 novembre, in località Marina di Tolfa, vicino Santa Severa. 

Sul posto i Vigili del Fuoco di Civitavecchia e di Cerveteri, il personale medico del 118 e i carabinieri. Secondo i primi riscontri l'ultraleggero avrebbe urtato i cavi di alta tensione per poi precipitare in un campo: nell'impatto il mezzo a due posti ha quindi preso fuoco.  

Fatale l'incidente per un uomo F.T., morto a causa dello schianto. Grave una seconda persona che era con lui. L'uomo, ferito gravemente, è stato portato in eliambulanza, in ospedale a Roma. 

Il velivolo era decollato poco prima in un'area tra Santa Marinella e Tolfa. Sull'esatta dinamica saranno le indagini dei militari dell'Arma a far chiarezza.

https://www.romatoday.it

Boeing 757, VH-TCA: Incident occurred Monday, February 05, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand

Hydraulic system failure involving Boeing 757, VH-TCA, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand, on February 05, 2018 

The ATSB is investigating a hydraulic system failure involving a Boeing 757, VH-TCA, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand, on 5 February 2018.

While passing 6,000 ft on climb from Auckland Airport, the flight crew received a left hydraulic system warning. After they actioned the appropriate checklist, the right hydraulic system also failed. The flight crew elected to return to Auckland, and the aircraft landed without further incident.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, obtain engineering reports, review recorded data, and gather additional information.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

https://www.atsb.gov.au

NTSB Identification: ENG18RA015
14 CFR Unknown
Incident occurred Monday, February 05, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand
Aircraft: BOEING 757, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has notified the NTSB of an incident involving a Boeing 757-236, which occurred on February 5,2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacture and Design of the airplane.

All investigative information will be released by the ATSB.

de Havilland DH.112 Venom FB54, registered to World Heritage Air Museum and operated by the pilot, N747J: Fatal accident occurred July 20, 2018 near Sheboygan County Memorial Airport (KSBM), Wisconsin

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N747J


Location: Sheboygan, WI
Accident Number: WPR18FA200
Date & Time: 07/20/2018, 1604 CDT
Registration: N747J
Aircraft: De Havilland DH112 VENOM
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 20, 2018, about 1604 central daylight time, a De Havilland DH112 Venom airplane, N747J, impacted a structure shortly after takeoff near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The pilot was fatally injured. Two people in the structure sustained serious injuries. The airplane was destroyed during a post impact fire. The airplane was registered to World Heritage Air Museum and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal formation training flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time.

The airplane departed SBM as part of a formation training flight; the accident airplane was in the number two position and staggered to the right of the lead airplane. Review of video provided by a witness showed the lead airplane depart, followed by the accident airplane about 8 seconds later. About 6 seconds after the accident airplane lifted off, the left wing rocked downward then upward.

Multiple witnesses reported that the airplane appeared to be sluggish and not climbing. The airplane climbed to about 200 ft above ground level (agl), then started a descent. The airplane impacted flat vegetated terrain, slid through the structure and continued another about 175 ft before coming to a stop. The airplane came to rest on a magnetic heading of 140°; the debris path was 200 ft by 40 ft. The entire airplane was located at the accident site.

The wreckage was transported to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N747J
Model/Series: DH112 VENOM FB54
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: World Heritage Air Museum
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBM, 746 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sheboygan, WI (SBM)
Destination:  Sheboygan, WI (SBM) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  43.760833, -87.835000 (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 email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Rachel Kroeplien standing near a combine head that was partially melted by burning aviation fuel. Sadly, the pilot was killed, two employees were injured, numerous calves died or were injured, one calf barn was destroyed and three other buildings were damaged. The Kroeplien family is working to determine the best course of action moving forward.


























Marty Tibbitts

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY -- The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot killed in a plane crash in Sheboygan Falls is 50-year-old Martin Tibbitts of Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Tibbitts had just taken off from the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport when he went down and hit a farm building on Friday, July 20.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is leading the investigation into the crash with help from the FAA. Officials were on scene Saturday, July 21 and will continue to be there through the weekend, and possibly early next week.

Just hours into the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin's 11th annual Air Clinic, Pilot Martin "Marty" Tibbitts encountered trouble in the air soon after takeoff. His vintage, single-engine, military-style plane went down just a half-mile from the airport. Tibbitts was killed on impact.

The crash has left fellow Warbird flyers devastated and puzzled.

"These planes, every year, have to be inspected," said Paul Walter, former president of the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin.

The crash happened at Fly By Acres Farm, injuring two people -- one seriously -- and killing several animals.

"There were workers in there feeding cattle or calves in the building where the plane came through and were hit by the airplane," said Sheboygan Falls Fire Chief Bob Kroeplien.

Several nearby buildings caught fire, producing a black cloud of smoke visible for miles away. First responders from all around the area battled the flames. Chief Bob Kroeplien, with the Sheboygan Falls Fire Department, the loss is personal.

"It's the farm I grew up on," Kroeplien said. "The farm happened to be my brother's farm."

Officials with the NTSB will look at the pilot’s training and flight track, the aircraft and weather to determine what happened and ensure it doesn't ever happen again.

"We don't know what caused this accident," said Air Safety Investigator Jack Vanover, with the NTSB.

Tibbitts' brother, JC, shared the following statement:

“Our family is devastated by the loss of Marty. To say he was passionate about all things in his life - family, business and aviation would be to immensely understate the case. He died pursuing one of his passions. This past Tuesday before leaving for Wisconsin he showed us aerial photos of the formation he would be flying at Oshkosh. He was a highly skilled pilot who enjoyed the history and camaraderie that came with flying vintage military planes. Beyond his family, friends and business associates, many will miss this unique and special person.”

An event these pilots look forward to all year long is now marked by tragedy; one of their own killed pursuing their shared passion.

"They're your family members and of course whenever you lose a family member, it's a sombering[sp] event," said Walter.

The NTSB says a preliminary report will be released within the next week. It could take more than a year to determine probable cause of the crash.

As for the people injured, the male victim remains in serious condition while the female victim's condition has improved. Initial reports also indicated all 40-some calves in the barn died. The fire chief says that's not the case -- several calves survived and are being cared for at another facility.

Story and video ➤ https://fox6now.com

Marty Tibbitts of Grosse Pointe is shown with Greg Morris of Chicago in an August 19, 2015, photo at the World Heritage Air Museum at the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford. Tibbitts a pilot and co-founder of the museum, died Friday when a de Havilland DH.112 Venom FB54 aircraft he was piloting crashed shortly after take-off in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Jack Vanover, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, speaks at a press conference at the Aviation Heritage Center in Sheboygan Falls on July 21st.


Martin J. Tibbitts was an entrepreneur but his passion was flying vintage military aircraft.

“I fell in love with Cold War jet aviation,” Tibbitts, who went by Marty, told the Free Press in 2015. 

Tibbitts was at the controls of one such plane, a de Havilland  DH112 Venom, on Friday when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Sheboygan County Memorial Airport in Wisconsin.

Tibbitts was killed when the plane struck a barn. Two farm workers also were injured. One of them was airlifted to a hospital. Between 40 and 50 cattle died in the ensuing fire, investigators said.

The cause of the crash remains unclear. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, but it sometimes takes weeks or months to reach a conclusion.

Tibbitts, 50, of Grosse Pointe Park, was a co-founder of the World Heritage Air Museum, which owns eight vintage planes, including the one he was flying Friday.

"Marty was a joy," said Joe Walker, a long-time friend and business associate. "He was one of those visionaries in business, always had great vision, great ideas."

Tibbitts' day job was CEO of Clementine Lives Answering Service in Harper Woods and he also was active in the Young Presidents Organization, a professional group for executives.

Walker said Tibbitts had flown the plane to Wisconsin to take part in the EAA Airventure Oshkosh, an annual event billed as the "world's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts." Tibbitts had attended the event for years.

The Sheboygan airport was hosting a vintage aircraft formation flying clinic ahead of the larger Oshkosh event, which begins Monday.

"He texted me on Wednesday to say that he'd just landed in Sheboygan," Walker said.

Tibbitts was taking the plane up Friday to fly in formation with two other military planes. He was first to take off with the other two right behind him.

The plane crashed just seconds after takeoff.

The plane was one of only a handful of de Havilland  DH112 Venoms in the world that was still flying, according to the museum website.

The plane is a British postwar single-engine jet flown by Switzerland until 1983 and imported into the U.S. in the 1990s. The Venom served as a single-seat fighter-bomber and two-seat night fighter. It first flew in 1949, and was designed to be a faster, more agile replacement to the Vampire, according to the museum

Tibbitts co-founded the museum telling the Free Press in 2015 that prices of used military jets have fallen as much as 90 percent in the last decade, in part because new regulations made it harder to get the special pilots’ licenses required.

But that made the hobby far more affordable, Tibbitts said. He had recently bought a plane for $75,000 “that had cost about 10 times that” a decade ago, he said.

Still, flying a vintage fighter is far more demanding, physically and mentally, than piloting a propeller-driven plane, Tibbitts said.

“When you’re going as fast as we do, you don’t have much time to correct a mistake,” he said at the time.

Tibbitts is survived by his wife, Belinda; children Mason and Julia; and stepdaughter, Cameron. Funeral arrangements are pending, Walker said. 

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






SHEBOYGAN – Town of Sheboygan Falls Fire Chief Bob Kroeplien said Friday’s plane crash into a Sheboygan County farm struck particularly close to home—it happened to be the farm he grew up on.

The pilot, 50-year-old Martin J. Tibbitts, from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, was flying a DE Havlon DH112 Venom that crashed into a farm building shortly after taking off from the Sheboygan County airport.

The plane burst into flames after the crash, killing Tibbitts and injuring two farm workers, as well as killing or injuring about 40-50 cattle.

The farm is owned by the chief’s brother.

“Talking to my brother and sister-in-law, they want to send condolences to the pilot and his family and ask for prayers for the workers who were injured yesterday,” Kroeplien said at a press conference on Saturday at the Aviation Heritage Center in Sheboygan Falls.

Kroeplien said the farm workers were struck by the plane and debris while feeding cattle in a farm building. He couldn’t speak in depth on the extent of the workers’ injuries, but described them as severe.

He said the female worker is said to be “doing pretty decent,” but he did not have an update on the male worker. The workers have not been identified by officials pending notification of families and are not related to the Kroepliens.

Jack Vanover, an air safety investigator with The National Traffic Safety Board, is investigating the crash.

“Why are we here? We are here to gather the facts so we can attempt to determine probable cause so we can try to prevent this from happening ever again,” Vanover said at a press conference on Saturday.

Vanover said the investigation will look at multiple factors, including the pilot, the plane and the environment.

He said in five days the NTSB will issue a preliminary report with initial information; in six months to a year they will issue a factual with concrete information and facts; and in 12 to 18 months they will issue a probable cause, with the intention of “improving aviation safety.”

Officials said the community can help by limiting their use of County Highway O as the investigation continues.

Paul Walter, vice president of the board for the Aviation Heritage Center, said the support from the community since the incident has been a light in a difficult time.

“We’re really pleased, as a pilot and as a board member of the Aviation Heritage Center, with the support and understanding that we’re all getting from the people of Sheboygan,” he said. “As any community, we’ve lost one of our members, so that is a very sad thing. With time and the NTSB, we’re going to learn from this.”

The center is currently hosting a formation clinic ahead of EAA AirVenture. Walter said this is the first of any kind of incident to happen over the 11 years they’ve had the clinic and that it has a great safety record.

While the clinic will continue on Sunday and part of Monday, the center made the decision to “stand down” on Saturday.

“We decided to stand down and think about what we are doing, why we are here and put safety first,” Walter said.

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

Douglas C-47B (DC-3), registered to American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum Inc and operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), N47HL: Accident occurred July 21, 2018 at Burnet Municipal Airport (KBMQ), Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Commemorative Air Force; Dallas, Texas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N47HL

Location: Burnet, TX
Accident Number: WPR18FA201
Date & Time: 07/21/2018, 0915 CDT
Registration: N47HL
Aircraft: Douglas DC3
Injuries: 6 Serious, 1 Minor, 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On July 21, 2018, about 0915 central daylight time, a tailwheel equipped Douglas DC-3 twin-engine airplane, N47HL, was destroyed when it impacted terrain during takeoff from the Burnet Municipal Airport, Burnet, Texas. The airplane was registered to American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum Inc., and operated by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The airline transport captain, crew chief, and 4 passengers sustained serious injuries, 1 passenger sustained minor injuries, and the airline transport co-pilot and 5 passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident with an intended destination of Sedalia Regional Airport (DMO), Sedalia, Missouri.

Representatives from the CAF reported that the intention of the flight was to travel to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to attend an airshow, with an intermediate fuel stop at DMO.

The co-pilot, who was the flying pilot (FP) reported that prior to the flight, it was briefed that he would perform the takeoff. He stated that the captain taxied the airplane to the runup area, where all pre-takeoff checks were completed; the captain then taxied the airplane onto runway 19. The co-pilot further stated that he then took control of the airplane, provided a pre-takeoff brief, and initiated the takeoff sequence. About 10 seconds into the takeoff roll, the airplane drifted right, at which time he applied left rudder input. This was followed shortly by the captain saying that he had the airplane.

The captain, who was the non-flying pilot (NFP), reported that during the initial stages of the takeoff roll, he didn't recall the airplane swerving to the right, however, recalled telling the co-pilot not to push the tail up because it was heavy; he also remembered the airplane swerving to the left shortly thereafter. The captain stated that he yelled "right rudder" three times before taking control of the airplane. He said that as he put his hands on the control yoke, he noticed that either the tail started to come down or the main wheels were either light or were just coming off the ground as it exited the left side of the runway. The captain said that he knew the airplane was slow as he tried to ease it [the airplane] over [to the runway] and set it back down. Subsequently, he felt the 'shutter of a stall," and the airplane turned to the left and impacted the ground. After the airplane came to a stop, a postimpact fire ensued, during which all the occupants of the airplane egressed through the aft left door.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest upright on a heading of about 113° magnetic, about 145 ft east of the left side, and 2,638 ft from the approach end of runway 19. The postimpact fire consumed the fuselage from the nose cone aft to about 3 ft forward of the left side cargo door along with a majority of the wing center section. No evidence of any flight control locks was found installed. The tailwheel locking pin was found in place and was sheered into multiple pieces. Vegetation (grass) within about 200 ft of the main wreckage was burnt from the postimpact fire. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Douglas
Registration: N47HL
Model/Series: DC3 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:Commemorative Air Force 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None  

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBMQ, 1284 ft msl
Observation Time: 1431 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 300 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burnet, TX (BMQ)
Destination: Sedalia, MO (DMO) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 4 Serious, 1 Minor, 5 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 Serious, 1 Minor, 6 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.737222, -98.238611 (est)


Chris Dowell
 Highland Lakes Squadron, Commemorative Air Force



Thirteen people survived a plane crash at the Burnet Municipal Airport on Saturday morning.

The Burnet County Sheriff's Office said they received a call about the crash around 9:00 a.m.

The plane, a C-47 vintage plane called the "Bluebonnet Belle," crashed during take off, according to the Commemorative Air Force.

The Commemorative Air Force own the plane, which was heading to Oshkosh Wisconsin for an airshow.

All 13 people on board were able to exit the aircraft, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

One person was airlifted by helicopter to with significant burn injuries to the San Antonio burn unit, according to a spokesperson with the Commemorative Air Force.

The aircraft caught on fire and ignited nearby grass. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident.

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The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Video footage of the Belle's takeoff taken and uploaded to Facebook by Matt Gallagher, an Austin-based pilot who was scheduled to take off after the Belle, shows the historic 1944 transport aircraft appear to struggle to get airborne, tilt right and then veer left before digging its left wing into the ground and collapsing upon its landing gear. A second video shows the Belle burning as emergency vehicles respond.

One individual was airlifted to San Antonio Military Medical Center with significant burn injuries, though witnesses at the scene reported he was able to walk out of the crash site. Seven other individuals were transported to Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet with minor injuries.

The fire spread as well to grass along the runway. Area fire departments, especially the Burnet Fire Department, which is located next door to the airport, and the Burnet Volunteer Fire Department, responded quickly and were able to extinguish the grass fire after keeping it contained.

The crash is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, which had agents on the ground interviewing passengers Saturday morning. 

Dave Hargett, a member of the Highland Lakes Squadron, said the Belle was on its way back to 2018 EEA AirVenture Oshkosh air show, the same show where the Belle had engine trouble in 2015.

Three years ago, the Belle had performed several air jumps in Wisconsin and was going to make a low pass over the airfield when a noise coming from the right engine forced the pilot to land the plane at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The plane had a crack on the exhaust side of an engine cylinder as well as burn marks and a hole in the baffle and metal particles in the oil, which grounded the Belle in Wisconsin until a new engine could be installed and the plane was returned to Burnet in May 2016.

This is the third aircraft the Highland Lakes Squadron has lost or had grounded due to engine trouble in the past year. A T-6 SNJ Texan advanced trainer is currently grounded after losing an engine during a trip to a Mississippi air show, while the squadron's L-17 Navion reconnaissance airplane is also grounded due to engine trouble, leaving the PT-19 Cornell as the squadron's only operable plane at this time.

The Bluebonnet Belle has long been the featured aircraft at the annual Airsho, held the second weekend of September at the Burnet Municipal Airport by the Highland Lakes Squadron. Officials said the show is expected to continue without the famed aircraft.

“It's a huge loss for the city and for the Commemorative Air Force,” Burnet Mayor Christa Bromley said Saturday. “It was the star attraction for our local airport. We have the SNJ as well, but the Belle was a tremendous asset for the CAF.”

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

Embraer ERJ 190: Incident occurred January 29, 2018 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina

NTSB Identification: ENG18RA012
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 129: Foreign Austral Lineas Aeras Cielos Del Sur S.A
Incident occurred Monday, January 29, 2018 in Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Aircraft: EMBRAER ERJ190, registration:
Injuries: 101 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Junta de Investigacion de Accidentes de Avicion Civil (JIAAC) Republica Argentina has notified the NTSB of an incident involving an Embraer ERJ 190 which occurred on January 29, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a US Accredited Representative to assist the JIAAC investigation in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 as the state of manufacturer and design of the component.

All investigative information will be released by the JIAAC.

Beechcraft F35 Bonanza, PT-AVO: Fatal accident occurred February 07, 2018 in Itaituba, Brazil

Uma das vítimas foi identificada como Marinho, piloto e proprietário da aeronave que caiu, segundo o delegado Vicente Gomes


NTSB Identification: ERA18WA085
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 07, 2018 in Itaituba, Brazil
Aircraft: BEECH F35, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Brazil has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a BEECH F35 airplane that occurred on February 07, 2018. 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. 





A Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) confirmou a queda de um avião de pequeno porte nesta quarta-feira (7) na região do Crepurizão, distrito de Itaituba, no sudoeste do Pará. De acordo o delegado Vicente Gomes, superintendente regional da Polícia Civil no Tapajós, três pessoas estavam dentro da aeronave e morreram na explosão no momento da queda.

“Tinham três pessoas. Dois pilotos, sendo que um estava com passageiros e o terceiro seria um comprador de ouro. Os corpos já foram removidos e estão sendo deslocados para Itaituba. Inclusive, o filho de uma das vítimas, que é piloto também, está à frente desta situação”, detalhou Vicente Gomes.

Segundo o delegado, uma das vítimas foi identificada como Marinho, piloto e proprietário da aeronave que caiu. O avião, modelo Beechcraft Bonanza, tinha o prefixo PT-AVO e estava com a documentação em ordem, segundo os dados da Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC).

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Boeing 757-23A: Incident occurred January 30, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel

NTSB Identification: DCA18WA088
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier
Incident occurred Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel
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Injuries: Unavailable

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Israel's Ministry of Transport has notified the NTSB of an incident involving a Boeing 757, which occurred on January 30, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S Accredited Representative to assist under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13, as the State of Manufacture and Design of the airplane.

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Loss of Tail Rotor Effectiveness: Robinson R44 II, N442DR; accident occurred July 06, 2017 in Ronan, Lake County, Montana

Accident Site. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Aft View of Helicopter at Accident Site. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

 Tailboom with Dents and Protrusions. 
Federal Aviation Administration 
Views of the helicopter on scene showing the bent tail boom (upper left image), scorched vegetation near the exhaust (upper right image), and left side of the tail assembly (lower image).
Federal Aviation Administration


View of the tail rotor assembly looking forward and downward as photographed at the hangar before teardown. The pitch position of the blade is consistent with thrust to the left.
Views of the tail boom interior looking aft showing the damper bearing and number 3 bulkhead (upper image) and the damage further
aft (lower image).

View of the lower side of the tail rotor assembly with the tail rotor blade pitch moved to the maximum right thrust position.


Photograph of the drive shaft, pitch change control tube, damper bearing, and damper bearing support bracket pieces after disassembly from the helicopter (upper image) with a closer view of the area associated with the damper bearing (lower image).

Figure 6:  Overall view of the aft sides of the submitted pieces of the number 3 bulkhead, damper bearing support bracket, damper bearing, and drive shaft piece. The pieces are displayed in their approximate relative positions as installed on the helicopter, where the drive shaft is aligned directly below the upper vertical support bracket.


Submitted bulkhead pieces, Adel clamp, and insulated wire from the numbers 6 and 7 bulkhead area.


Submitted pieces shown in figure 6 displayed with mating fractures of the lower vertical support bracket pieces aligned in close proximity. As shown, the drive shaft and damper bearing were rotated counterclockwise relative to their normal installed position.

Closer view of mating fractures in the transverse support on either side of the upper vertical support bracket showing little out-of-plane deformation at the right side of the vertical support bracket consistent with a tension fracture and crushing and buckling deformation at the left side consistent with compression.


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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana
Robinson Helicopter Company; Torrance, California

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/N442DR

Location: Ronan, MT
Accident Number: WPR17LA143
Date & Time: 07/06/2017, 1645 MDT
Registration: N442DR
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of tail rotor effectiveness
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 6, 2017, about 1645 mountain daylight time, a Robinson R-44 II helicopter, N442DR, was substantially damaged during an emergency landing in Ronan, Montana. The private pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from Ronan Airport (7S0), Ronan, Montana about 1600.

The pilot reported that he had planned to provide a family member, his passenger, with a scenic tour of the area. About 45 minutes into the flight at an approximate altitude of 300 ft above ground level (agl), and an airspeed of about 35 kts, the pilot suddenly experienced an uncommanded yaw which he perceived as a loss of tail rotor authority, as the helicopter began to turn clockwise. The helicopter started spinning slowly at about one revolution every five seconds and the use of the anti-torque pedals did not stop the rotations. The pilot continued to attempt to counteract the rotation with left pedal, which he maintained for the rest of the flight. Additionally, he lowered the collective control and reduced throttle to idle power. He subsequently pulled the collective control at an approximate altitude of about 5 ft agl for landing, but the helicopter impacted the ground hard, which resulted in substantial damage to the tailcone and tail rotor. According to his recount, the pilot did not observe any aural or visual warning indications, nor did he experience any vibrations. The engine continued to run normally after the helicopter came to rest. The pilot further added that the winds were calm at the time of the accident. The accident site elevation was 3,090 ft.

According to an eyewitness who was 1/4 mile from the accident site, the helicopter was about 150 ft agl flying north when it turned west, flew over them and made a full left 360° turn. As the helicopter returned to a northern heading, he heard the engine "rev" once and then observed the helicopter make two full 360° rotations before it descended behind the tree line. The engine harmonic sounded continuous and uninterrupted with the exception of the "rev" moment. The witness heard the helicopter impact terrain and the engine continue to run. The witness proceeded to the accident site, and drained about 10 gallons of fuel that was leaking from the helicopter.

In their written statements, which were documented separately, both the pilot and passenger stated that the helicopter rotated clockwise. During a subsequent conversation, the passenger also remarked that they had turned to observe a black-haired cow, which they had mistaken for a black bear. He was focused on the animal when the uncommanded yaw began. The passenger further remarked that the helicopter continued to rotate clockwise about 90° after it impacted the ground.

Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector revealed multiple dents and protrusions throughout the tailboom that appear to have originated from within the tailboom section. Additionally, scorched vegetation was present at the location of the engine exhaust.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/25/2017
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/23/2015
Flight Time:  1033.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 936.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 835 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

The pilot, age 68, held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and rotorcraft. His most recent third-class medical certificate was issued on May 25, 2017, with one limitation, "glasses available for near vision." According to his personal logbook records, which were current as of April 29, 2017, the pilot accumulated a total of 1,033 total flight hours and 936 hours in the helicopter make and model. Most of the pilot's fixed-wing flight time was accrued in a Cirrus SR-22 airplane and some of his helicopter flight experience was accrued in the accident helicopter. The pilot's most recent flight review was completed on November 23, 2015.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N442DR
Model/Series: R44 II II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 10428
Landing Gear Type: Ski;
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 7 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 246.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-AE1A-5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 205 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

The helicopter was manufactured in 2004 and registered to Trilock USA, Inc. on July 15, 2004. The helicopter was powered by a Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5, 260 hp engine. A review of the logbooks revealed that the helicopter's most recent annual airframe and engine inspections were completed on August 1, 2016 at an accumulated flight time of 240 total flight hours. At the time of the accident, the helicopter had accrued 246.8 hours total time in service.

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MSO, 3234 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1653 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 310°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ronan, MT (7S0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ronan, MT (7S0)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1600 MDT
Type of Airspace: Unknown

The recorded weather was captured from a weather station at Missoula International Airport (MSO), Missoula, Montana, located approximately 33 nm south of the accident site. The MSO site elevation was 3,200 ft.

The 1653 recorded weather observation at MSO included calm winds, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 37°C, dew point 05°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury.

Additional observations were collected by a Remote Automatic Weather Station (RAWS) observation about 3.5 nm northwest of the accident site, and an approximate 30 foot higher elevation than the accident site.

According to the 1631 RAWS recorded weather observation, the temperature was 35°C the sustained wind was from 050° at 3 kts, gusting to 6 kts. The wind direction changed to a direction of 270° about 1 hour later. 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 47.476389, -114.055278 (est)

Airframe Examination

Flight Controls

Cyclic control movement was confirmed from the cyclic to the main rotor blades and collective control was verified from the collective to the main rotor blades. Both anti-torque pedals were seized in the forward position; however, continuity was traced from the anti-torque pedals to the forward portion of the C121-17 push/pull tube. An overload separation of the -17 push/pull tube was observed at the no. 3 bulkhead in the tailcone. Movement of the push/pull tube was verified from the no. 3 bulkhead to the tail rotor blades through the tail rotor gearbox. The examination did not discover any foreign object damage or any obstructions to the movement of the flight controls.

Drive System

The main rotor drive shaft was continuous from the aft end of the clutch shaft through the transmission to the main rotor. The tail rotor drive shaft was continuous from the aft end of the clutch shaft through the tail rotor gearbox to the tail rotor. Both the main rotor and tail rotors rotated smoothly and oil was present with the tail rotor gearbox. Both V-belts were intact and did not display any abnormal wear. The upper sheave V-belts remained in their respective grooves and the lower sheave V-belts had advanced one groove.

Tailcone

Bays no. 1 and 2 were impact damaged and bay nos. 4, 5, and 6 displayed multiple dents and protrusions from within the inside diameter of the tailcone. Multiple dents were observed on the lower left side of the tailcone accompanied by a white paint transfer mark consistent with tail rotor blade contact. The damper bearing hangar bracket separated into pieces, which allowed the bearing to rotate inside the tail cone and fracture the -17 push/pull tube and damage the inside diameter of the tail cone. Rotational scoring was observed throughout the inside diameter of the tailcone cavity. The no. 3 bulkhead was damaged and the 6, 7 bulkhead were both fragmented and deformed. The tailcone strobe light had separated from its housing.

Tail Rotor Drive Shaft

The tail rotor drive shaft exhibited two notable bends in the forward section and one bow in the aft section. The intermediate flex plate displayed rub marks adjacent to the yokes. Both the intermediate and aft flex couplings were straight. The damper bearing support was fractured and the bearing had shifted on the shaft about 1/10 in. The damper bearing rotated freely. 

Tests And Research

The damper bearing assembly was submitted to the NTSB material's laboratory for further examination. The assembly included the damper bearing, lower and upper angled support brackets, transverse support bracket pieces, bulkhead pieces, and a section of the tail rotor drive shaft. Additionally, an Adel clamp with a piece of insulated wire, and corresponding bulkhead pieces were also submitted to the laboratory for material analysis.

Postaccident photographs showed the damper bearing was attached to the drive shaft, but was fractured from its support bracket assembly at the no. 3 bulkhead. The drive shaft was intact, but bent, and insulated wires were wrapped around the shaft aft of the no. 6 bulkhead. The pitch control tube (located at the bottom of the tailboom) was fractured just aft of the no. 3 bulkhead and bent aft of the no. 5 bulkhead.

The tail rotor drive shaft had an "S" shaped bend mostly near the forward half of the shaft length, and the pitch control tube was fractured at a location corresponding to the position of the damper bearing. The tube forward of the fracture was crushed and had transverse sliding contact marks within 1 inch of the fracture.

As assembled, the damper bearing is attached to a lower angled support bracket that is attached to an upper angled support bracket to form a jackknife type support. The upper end of the upper angled support bracket is attached to the center of a transverse support bracket, and the ends of the transverse support bracket are attached to the aft side of the no. 3 bulkhead. The transverse support bracket was fractured in several locations, and the lower support bracket was fractured in two locations. Functionality of the damper internal drive assembly was confirmed when it was rotated by hand.

The transverse support bracket, and upper and lower vertical angled brackets' fracture surfaces were all consistent with ductile overstress fracture. No evidence of fatigue crack growth was observed.

Complete reports of the airframe examination and the materials laboratory examination are available in the NTSB public docket.

Additional Information

According to the helicopter manufacturer, "during low speed maneuvering, a pilot can lose awareness of the helicopter power setting. If collective pitch is increased excessively, the power required by the main rotor exceeds the full-throttle power available, causing rotor rpm to decrease. Since tail rotor rpm is tied to main rotor rpm, the tail rotor speed also decreases. Although the engine is still providing maximum torque to the main rotor, the tail rotor is unable to provide adequate counter-torque since the thrust is greatly reduced due to the low rpm. This is effectively loss of tail rotor effectiveness (LTE), but loss of effectiveness due to low rpm is not typically considered when referring to LTE."

Safety Notice SN-34, entitled, "Aerial Survey and Photo Flights – Very High Risk" was released in 1999, and revised in April 2009. The pilot's operating handbook includes SN-34, which states that while maneuvering, an inexperienced pilot who slows the helicopter to less than 30 knots to maneuver for the best viewing angle may lose track of airspeed and wind conditions. During this time the helicopter may lose translational lift and begin to settle. The pilot may raise the collective to stop the descent, which can reduce RPM and power available, resulting in a higher descent rate. Because tail rotor thrust is proportional to the square of rpm, if the rpm drops below 80% nearly one-half of the tail rotor thrust is lost and the helicopter will rotate nose right. The resulting decrease in rpm can cause the main rotor to stall and the helicopter to descend rapidly while continuing to rotate.

Conversely, rapidly lowering the collective control will engage the throttle correlator and close the throttle, thereby quickly reducing power.

To remediate this condition, the manufacturer suggested rolling the throttle wide full open before lowering the collective, which will allow the engine and rotor rpm to return to 102%.

Low Rotor RPM and Caution Light

According to the pilot's operating handbook (POH), a horn and an illuminated caution light indicate that rotor rpm may be below safe limits. To restore rpm the handbook states that the pilot should immediately roll the throttle on, lower collective and, in forward flight, apply aft cyclic. The horn and caution light are disabled when collective is full down.

Loss of Tail Rotor Thrust in Forward Flight


The emergency procedures section of the POH contains instructions for responding to a loss of tail rotor thrust. According to the excerpt, the first step requires the pilot to enter an autorotation. The procedure then requires the pilot to main 70 knots airspeed and then roll throttle to the OFF position past the overtravel spring.

Location:  Ronan, MT
Accident Number: WPR17LA143
Date & Time: 07/06/2017, 1645 MDT
Registration: N442DR
Aircraft: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY R44 II
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 6, 2017, about 1645 mountain daylight time, a Robinson R-44, N442DR, was substantially damaged during an emergency landing in Ronan, Montana. The private pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The helicopter was owned and operated by a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight departed Ronan Airport (7S0), Ronan, Montana about 1600.

The pilot reported that he departed on a tour of the town with a family member. About 45 minutes into the flight at an approximate altitude of 350 feet above ground level, the pilot suddenly experienced a loss of tail rotor authority. The helicopter started spinning slowly at approximately one revolution every five seconds and the use of the anti-torque pedals did not stop the rotations. The pilot lowered the collective control and made small adjustments with both the collective and cyclic as the helicopter descended towards the ground. He subsequently lowered the collective from an approximate altitude of about five feet above the ground to descend the helicopter rapidly. The helicopter then impacted the ground hard, which resulted in substantial damage to the tail rotor. According to his recount, the pilot did not observe any aural or visual warning indications nor did he experience any vibrations. The engine continued to run normally after the helicopter came to rest.

Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed multiple dents and protrusions throughout the tailboom that appear to have originated from within the tail section.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROBINSON HELICOPTER COMPANY
Registration: N442DR
Model/Series: R44 II II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
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: MSO, 3206 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 MDT
Distance from Accident Site:  33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ronan, MT (7S0)
Destination: Ronan, MT (7S0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 47.476389, -114.055278 (est)