Monday, July 23, 2018

Piper PA-28-181, N4337F: Incident occurred July 20, 2018 in Wahoo, Saunders County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Omaha

Landed in a field.

BLN Enterprises LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N4337F

Date: 20-JUL-18
Time: 20:43:00Z
Regis#: N4337F
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WAHOO
State: NEBRASKA

Cessna 195B Businessliner, N195N: Incident occurred July 21, 2018 at Ken Jernstedt Airfield (4S2), Hood River County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

http://registry.faa.gov/N195N


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA444
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 21, 2018 in Hood River, OR
Aircraft: Cessna 195, registration: N195N

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.

Ground looped on landing.

Date: 21-JUL-18
Time: 16:25:00Z
Regis#: N195N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 195B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HOOD RIVER
State: OREGON

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca, N3048H: Incident occurred July 20, 2018 at Rostraver Airport (KFWQ), Monongahela, Washington County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny

Nose gear collapsed on landing.

Senair: http://registry.faa.gov/N3048H

Date: 20-JUL-18
Time: 22:10:00Z
Regis#: N3048H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 34 200T
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MONONGAHELA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Cozy Mark IV, N93CF: Incident occurred July 20, 2018 at Pittsburgh/Butler Regional Airport (KBTP), Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny

Aircraft made a hard landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N93CF

Date: 20-JUL-18
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N93CF
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: COZY MK IV
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BUTLER
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Bell 206B, N352CT: Accident occurred July 20, 2018 in Todd Mission, Grimes 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; Houston, Texas
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Gatineau, Quebec
Bell Helicopter; Fort Worth, Texas
Rolls-Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N352CT

Location: Todd Mission, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA290
Date & Time: 07/20/2018, 1215 CDT
Registration: N352CT
Aircraft: Bell 206
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 20, 2018, about 1215 central daylight time, a high skid-equipped Bell 206B helicopter, N325CT, lost control after takeoff and impacted terrain near Todd Mission, Texas. The right seat private helicopter pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries, and two passengers sustained no injury. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The helicopter was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal sightseeing flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the pilot's private helipad in Pinehurst, Texas, about 0900.

In a conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on July 24, the pilot reported that the purpose of the local area flight was for sightseeing with a family member and friends. After flying in the local area and refueling, the pilot landed on a grass field to facilitate the passengers switching their seat positions in the helicopter. During the seat switching process, the pilot reduced the throttle to the flight idle position. After the passengers switched seats and secured their restraint systems, with one passenger stationed in the front left seat, and two passengers stationed in the cabin, the pilot increased the throttle to 100 percent and lifted off from the field.

About 3 seconds after liftoff, and about 15 feet above ground level with about 5 knots of forward airspeed and heading about 270 degrees, the helicopter made 4 360-degree revolutions to the right. The pilot reported she applied full left pedal with no response from the helicopter. During the loss of control sequence, the pilot observed the torque gauge "jump" and she heard a "whining" noise emit from the engine. Prior to the helicopter impacting terrain, the pilot reduced the throttle to the flight idle position. The left skid impacted the ground, the helicopter rolled to the left, and came to rest on the left side of the fuselage. The pilot executed an emergency shutdown and the occupants egressed from the helicopter without further incident.


Photograph 1 - View of the helicopter
 (courtesy of the Texas Renaissance Festival). 

After egressing from the helicopter, the occupants were located in an area with adequate cellular phone reception and contacted first responders for assistance. The helicopter was not equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, nor was it required to be.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system, the fuselage, the tailboom, and the tail rotor system. The pilot reported that there were no preexisting mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The helicopter was recovered from the field and transported to a secure facility for a future examination of the airframe and engine.

The 5-seat capacity helicopter, serial number 340, was built in 1969. The helicopter was powered by a 400 horsepower Rolls-Royce 250-C20 turboshaft engine, serial number CAE801330. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N352CT
Model/Series: 206 B
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Foresteen C. Corey
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDWH, 152 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Houston, TX (DWH)
Destination: Pinehurst, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  30.251944, -95.844722 (est)









GRIMES COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX) - A pilot and her granddaughter suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon after their helicopter crashed onto the grounds of the Texas Renaissance Festival in Grimes County.


Two others on board were not injured.


Deputies say the helicopter was attempting to take off from the property when a mechanical issue with a rotor forced it to fall back to the ground.


Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on the way to the scene to investigate the accident.


The pilot, 73, is from Pinehurst, and her granddaughter, 17, is from Tomball. Both were taken to Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.


One of the uninjured passengers is from Florida, and the other is from Canada.


Story and video ➤ http://www.kbtx.com

Piper PA-32R-301T, N8090T: Accident occurred July 20, 2018 at Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (KAUS), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

Exited the runway while taxiing to park.

High Tail LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8090T

Date: 20-JUL-18
Time: 03:25:00Z
Regis#: N8090T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32R 301T
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: AUSTIN
State: TEXAS

Cessna 210C, N3611Y: Accident occurred July 21, 2018 in Blum, Hill County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel 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/N3611Y

Location: Blum, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA287
Date & Time: 07/21/2018, 1155 CDT
Registration: N3611Y
Aircraft: Cessna 210C
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 21, 2018, at 1155 central daylight time, a Cessna 210C, N3611Y, experienced a loss of engine power during cruise flight at 3,500 feet mean sea level. The pilot then performed a forced landing to a field near Blum, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airline transport pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal 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 departed from Granbury Regional Airport, Granbury, Texas and was destined to Hilltop Lakes Airport, Hilltop Lakes, Texas.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3611Y
Model/Series: 210C
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: CPT, 854 ft msl
Observation Time: 1130 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Granbury, TX (GDJ)
Destination: Hilltop Lakes, TX (0TE4) 

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:

Just JA30 Superstol, N825PW: Accident occurred July 22, 2018 in Chelan Falls, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

http://registry.faa.gov/N825PW

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA443
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Chelan Falls, WA
Aircraft: Just JA30 SUPERSTOL, registration: N825PW

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.

Crashed in a field.

Date: 22-JUL-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N825PW
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: JA30 SUPERSTOL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHELAN FALLS
State: WASHINGTON

Rutan Long-EZ, N36DX: Accident occurred July 22, 2018 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Hard landing, gear collapsed and skidded off runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N36DX

Date: 22-JUL-18
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N36DX
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: LONG EZ
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OSHKOSH
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna 182R, N5456N: Incident occurred July 22, 2018 at Wautoma Municipal Airport (Y50), Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

During landing right wheel came off and aircraft went into grass.

http://registry.faa.gov/N5456N

Date: 22-JUL-18
Time: 20:48:00Z
Regis#: N5456N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WAUTOMA
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna 177B Cardinal, N34354: Incident occurred July 22, 2018 in Waushara County, Wisconsin



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Crashed in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N34354

Date: 22-JUL-18
Time: 23:29:00Z
Regis#: N34354
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C177
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: POY SIPPI
State: WISCONSIN

SAXEVILLE - No one was injured when an airplane carrying two people was forced to make an emergency landing in a farm field Sunday night in the town of Saxeville.

The plane, which was on its way to the EAA convention on Oshkosh, was forced to land just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday night off of 28th Road, according to a press release from the Waushara County Sheriff's Department.

The pilot of the plane called 911 to report that the aircraft was having mechanical issues and would have to make an emergency landing. With the help of GPS tracking, the pilot was able to land the plane safely and first responders arrived shortly after, the release said.

The plane's occupants were from Florida and were headed to the airport in Waupaca ahead of the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture show in Oshkosh. According to the release, damage was limited to the plane's landing gear and propeller.

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

Fisher Celebrity, N228LC: Fatal accident occurred July 19, 2018 in Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N228LC

Location: Patriot, IN
Accident Number: CEN18FA282
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 1800 EDT
Registration: N228LC
Aircraft: FISHER CELEBRITY
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 19, at some time after 1700 eastern daylight time, a Fisher Celebrity experimental biplane, N228LC, impacted a corn field near Patriot, Indiana. The pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from the pilot's airstrip in Warsaw, Kentucky, about 1700.

When the pilot failed to return home, his wife notified authorities. The wreckage was located the following morning.

There were no witnesses to the accident. The airplane crashed in as cornfield with stalks about 8 feet tall. Wreckage examination revealed the airplane was laying on its right side. The left wings remain attached but were thrust forward. The right wings were missing. The left horizontal stabilizer was undamaged; the right horizontal stabilizer was crushed.

The right wings were located about 3 days after the accident about 250 feet from the main body of wreckage. Examination is pending. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: FISHER
Registration: N228LC
Model/Series: CELEBRITY
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: CVG, 896 ft msl
Observation Time: 1752 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 15000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Warsaw, KY (NONE)
Destination:  Warsaw, KY (NONE)

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: 39.794722, -84.820278

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.


Robert Askins, 57




GALLATIN COUNTY, Ky. —  A Northern Kentucky pilot has died in a plane crash, emergency officials confirmed Friday afternoon.

Robert "Bobby" Askins was last seen around 5 p.m. Thursday, officials said. Askins took off from his personal airstrip, along Jericho Road in Gallatin County, officials said, and then suddenly disappeared.

He was reported missing Thursday night by his wife, who said he was last seen flying a small, red-and-cream plane with tail No. N228LC.

After an intensive search, investigators said they found the wreckage of Askins' plane in a cornfield in Florence, Indiana, along Indiana state Route 156.

The body of Askins was found inside.

The time and the cause of the crash remain unclear. The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

Askins was an experienced pilot. Friends say he was an Air Force fighter pilot and also trained fighter pilots.

He was a retired Delta Air Lines pilot, and his latest job included working for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The missing plane and pilot were a big story at the Gallatin County News in Warsaw, near where Askins lived.

That's not the reason the editor of the paper was following the story so closely.

"He’s one of my very best friends. I’ve known him for 20 years,” said Gallatin County News Editor Kelley Warnick.

Warnick said Askins was a very safety-minded pilot.

"I’ve flown with him. He is meticulous, so careful. Before you would take off on his private plane, there was an hour inspection," Warnick said.

A cause of the crash has not been determined by investigators.

Story and video ➤ http://www.wlwt.com

Eugene Airport (KEUG) on track to exceed 1 million passengers for second year in a row

The Eugene Airport is on track to beat last year’s record of 1 million passengers.

Through June, the airport has served 546,568 paying passengers, nearly 15 percent more than the 475,816 paying passengers served in the same period last year. The airport, northwest of Eugene, has had eight years of passenger increases.

“We’ve got a lot more (airlines seat) capacity,” Airport Director Tim Doll said. “We’re hoping to reach the 1.1 or 1.5 million mark this year.”

Airlines have added flights and 8 percent more seats from Eugene compared with last year, which has boosted the passenger totals, he said. Doll said he expects the number to continue to grow, even though Alaska Airlines plans to stop offering flights to San Jose in August. Five airlines operate from Eugene.

A strong economy is helping, Doll said. More people have money to travel and are looking to fly out of Eugene because it’s more convenient than driving to and flying from Portland International Airport, he said.

The Port of Portland, which operates the airport, did not yet have passenger figures for June, spokesman Steve Johnson said.

Through May, nearly 7.5 million passengers had used the airport, up 4.6 percent from the same period a year ago, he said.

Portland offers passengers a choice of about 20 airlines, some of which serve only international passengers.

All of the commercial airlines flying out of Eugene saw an increase in travelers during the past six months compared with last year, according to June’s passenger report.

With 64,794 passengers, American Airlines had an increase of nearly 51 percent compared with the same time last year. Last year, American had carried 43,029 passengers during the same period.

However, United Airlines carries the most passengers to and from Eugene. Through June, 169,869 travelers had flown on United to and from Eugene. Alaska Airlines, with 157,386 passengers, was the second busiest airline in Eugene.

Delta Airlines and Allegiant Air also fly out of Eugene.

Total number of passengers year-to-date

Airline, 2018, 2017; percent change

Alaska: 157,386, 154,631 1.8 percent

Allegiant: 66,270, 59,426 11.5 percent

American: 64,794, 43,029 50.6 percent

Delta: 84,014, 60,638 38.6 percent

United: 169,869, 152,499 11.4 percent

Source: Eugene Airport

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

Eurocopter EC120B Colibri, VH-WII: Fatal accident occurred March 21, 2018 in Hardy Reef, Queensland, Australia

Collision with water involving Eurocopter EC120 B, VH-WII, Hardy Reef, Whitsundays, Queensland, on March 21, 2018


Progress updated: August 06, 2018

The ATSB investigation into the collision with water involving a Eurocopter (Airbus Helicopters) EC120 B helicopter, VH-WII at Hardy Reef in the Whitsundays is continuing.

ATSB investigators have interviewed witnesses that were either on board the helicopter or had observed the helicopter drifting away from where it had collided with the water.

An underwater search for the helicopter was conducted by the Queensland Police on 26 and 27 March 2018 using side scan sonar radar based on the available information and in consideration of the tide, current and weather at the time of the accident. That search identified a target at a depth of about 60 m, adjacent to Hardy Reef. The target appeared to be consistent with a man-made object. Shortly after this search was conducted, a severe cyclone passed through the region where weather and sea conditions were not conducive to continuing search operations. Several weeks later, the Queensland Police conducted another search at the same location and again identified a target that appeared consistent with a man-made object.

The ATSB contracted a professional salvage company that had remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) capabilities, suitable to conduct visual identification and capable of attaching a suitable line to facilitate recovery. On 6 May 2018, the ROV was deployed to the target area. The search did not identify the helicopter or a man-made object. The search was further expanded around the target area, but the helicopter was not located.

The ATSB requested assistance from other Government resources to help search for the helicopter wreckage. However, to-date no further assets have been available that may assist in locating the wreckage.

On about 20 June 2018, personal belongings of one of the passengers were recovered from a beach at Cape Flattery, Queensland about 660 km north-west from Hardy Reef. This further demonstrated to the ATSB the potential distribution of the wreckage.

Evidence that may assist the investigation in determining factors that may have contributed to the accident include the helicopter structure, fracture surfaces, the engine and airframe components, and electronic non-volatile memory within avionic components. The ATSB has considered the value of recovering such components after the prolonged period in a salt water/coral environment and have concluded that it is unlikely that these components would now render valid evidence that may assist the investigation. This class of helicopter does not have, nor is it required to have a crash worthy recording device fitted such as a flight data recorder.

Considering the factors and evidence available, the ATSB has suspended further search efforts for the helicopter wreckage. However, the ATSB considers worthwhile safety outcomes will still be possible in the absence of the helicopter wreckage. The ATSB is continuing the investigation and is working with stakeholders including the pilot, passengers, operator, manufacturer and regulator.

Sequence of events

The ATSB is still determining the final sequence of events in the lead-up to the accident. The limited information provided in this preliminary factual report is based on the evidence collected to date, including witness accounts. The final sequence of events will be determined by the collection, analysis and examination of further evidence.

On 21 March 2018, at about 1500 Eastern Standard Time,the pilot and four passengers of a Eurocopter (Airbus Helicopters) EC120 B helicopter, registered VH-WII and operated by Whitsunday Air Services Pty Ltd, departed Hamilton Island Airport, Queensland, on a charter flight. The flight included flying over coral reefs and beaches, then landing on the Hardy Reef floating helicopter landing site (HLS). The HLS (pontoon) was located about 72 km north‑north‑east of the Hamilton Island Airport situated between Hardy Reef and Hook Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Area. After landing, the passengers were to be ferried from the HLS by a small boat to ‘Reefworld’, a large pontoon used to view aquatic life and a base for water sports. This was the second flight that day, by the pilot in VH-WII, to Hardy Reef. The earlier flight was conducted without incident.

While approaching the pontoon, at about 1535, the pilot reported noticing a warning message illuminate in the upper vehicle and engine multifunction display (refer to section titled Helicopter information). As this was a high workload phase of flight, the pilot was unable to verify the nature of the warning. However, in response, the pilot elected to conduct a go-around. When the helicopter was at an altitude of about 40 ft (12 m) above the pontoon, the pilot recalled feeling a ‘thud’ and the nose of the helicopter yawed sharply left (anticlockwise from above). In an attempt to arrest the yaw, the pilot reported that he made a number of control inputs, which included lowering the collective and pushing the cyclicforward and to the left. The pilot was unable to regain control of the helicopter and it collided with the water. A passenger reported that soon after impact with the water, the helicopter rolled onto its right side in a mostly inverted orientation.

The pilot and two of the rear passengers exited the helicopter soon after the collision. After swimming free from the upturned helicopter, the two passengers reported donning their life jackets from a waist belt mounted pouch.

The remaining rear passenger was evacuated by one of the surviving passengers and the front passenger (in the copilot seat) was evacuated from the helicopter by the pilot. At about that time, personnel from Reefworld arrived and assisted with first aid and resuscitation until emergency services arrived. The two passengers that were unable to exit the helicopter unassisted were fatally injured. The two other passengers sustained minor injuries, and the pilot was uninjured.

The helicopter was observed in a semi-submerged state for some time after the occupants had been evacuated and was drifting inverted in a northerly direction away from the landing pontoon. The helicopter emergency float system was not deployed.

On 26 and 27 March 2018, underwater sonar operations were initiated by the Queensland Police Service in an attempt to identify the helicopter wreckage location. The sonar detected what was believed to be a man-made object in about 58 m of water about 1.2 km north‑north‑west of the landing pontoon. The location was consistent with the tidal flow and wind conditions at the time of the accident. The length of the object was about 11 m, which was also consistent with the length of VH-WII.

https://www.atsb.gov.au

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA110
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in Hardy Reef, Queensland, Australia
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER EC120, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On March 21, 2018, about 1500 local time, a Eurocopter (Airbus Helicopters) EC120B helicopter, VH-WII, sustained substantial damage when it impacted water during an aborted landing attempt on a floating helicopter landing site (HLS) located between Hardy Reef and Hook Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia. The helicopter was operated by Whitsunday Air Services Pty Ltd, and had departed Hamilton Island Airport, Queensland, on a charter flight to the HLS. The commercial pilot was uninjured, two passengers received minor injuries, and two passengers were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

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

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB)
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square
Canberra A.C.T. 2608
Australia
Tel: +612 6274 6054
Fax: +612 6274 6434
www.atsb.gov.au

Beechcraft 58 Baron, ZS-JYD: Incident occurred April 03, 2018 in East London, South Africa

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA117
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Incident occurred Tuesday, April 03, 2018 in East London, South Africa
Aircraft: BEECH AIRCRAFT CORPORATION 58, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 3, 2018, at 0612 coordinated universal time, a Beechcraft 58 Baron airplane, registration ZS-JYD, sustained minor damage after the nose gear collapsed during landing at East London (FAEL), Eastern Cape, South Africa. The pilot, sole occupant, was not injured.

The Civil Aviation Authority of South Africa, Accident & Incident Investigation Division (AIID) is investigating the incident. As the state of manufacture of the airplane, the NTSB has designated a US accredited representative to assist the AIID in its investigation.

All inquiries concerning this incident should be directed to:

South African Civil Aviation Authority
Accidents and Incidents Investigation Division
Private Bag X 73
Halfway House 1685
South Africa
Website: http://www.caa.co.za