Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee 300, N4747H: Accident occurred July 25, 2018 at Catalina Airport (KAVX), Avalon, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Upon landing, aircraft ran off runway at the departure end of runway 22.

http://registry.faa.gov/N4747H

Date: 25-JUL-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N4747H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 32
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: AVALON
State: CALIFORNIA


AVALON, Calif. (AP) - Three people were injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the notoriously tricky airport on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast.

One person severely injured in the 9:30 a.m. crash was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two others had moderate injuries, Los Angeles County fire spokesman Marvin Lim said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a tweet that all three people are OK, and it posted photos of the partially crumpled plane in a dirt area and first responders treating a man.

The Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee 300 went off the runway after landing, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The airport's phone number was ringing busy, and officials there didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

The airport's website says the runway where the crash happened begins at the edge of a 1,500-foot (2,410-kilometer) cliff, making it similar to landing on an aircraft carrier in the sky.

The site warns pilots that there's a strong downdraft as planes approach the end of the runway and an uphill slope that can cause "approach and flare problems." There are no visual cues to determine altitude, and pilots must rely on altimeters, the airport says.

Most flying clubs require pilots landing for the first time at Catalina to be accompanied by a pilot with experience there, the airport says.

It's unclear how much experience the pilot in Wednesday's crash had at landing at the airport.

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


Three people were taken to the hospital following a plane crash Wednesday on Catalina Island, authorities said.

About 9:45 a.m., lifeguards with the Los Angeles County Fire Department rushed to the scene of the crash at Catalina Airport and recovered three people, the agency said in a tweet. The three were taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the trio was aboard a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee 300. The plane had gone off the end of the runway, officials said.

Photos taken by the sheriff’s Avalon branch show the plane’s nose sloped toward the ground and its propellers crumpled under the body of the plane. A yellow tarp covered part of the cabin.

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

Hughes 369D, registered to Vertol Systems Company, N8648F: Fatal accident occurred July 04, 2018

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.

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N8648F

Location: Majuro, MH
Accident Number: WPR18LA188
Date & Time: 07/04/2018, 2114 UTC
Registration: N8648F
Aircraft: Hughes 369
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On July 4, 2018, about 2114 Universal Coordinated time, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N8648F, impacted international waters in the Pacific Ocean about 20 seconds after takeoff from a Taiwan-registered fishing boat. The commercial pilot and the observer received fatal injuries. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact and salt water immersion. The helicopter was registered to Vertol Systems Company of Hillsboro, Oregon, and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed about the time of the accident.

The wreckage was recovered onto the fishing boat, which then transported it to a Vertol Systems Company (VSC) facility on the atoll of Majuro in the Marshall Islands; that landfall occurred about 4 days after the accident. The wreckage was rinsed with fresh water after it was brought ashore, and held for possible further examination.

A low-definition surveillance video on the fishing boat captured the helicopter's liftoff and the accident, but did not capture the intervening flight. The weather was clear and the sea appeared relatively glassy. Fishing boat crewmember statements did not provide any significant details regarding the accident.

According to information provided by VSC, as of November 2016, the pilot held commercial rotorcraft and flight instructor (helicopter) certificates, and had about 650 total hours flight experience.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicated that the helicopter was manufactured in 1978, and was equipped with a Rolls-Royce (Allison) 250 C20B series turboshaft engine. VSC records indicated that as of June 30, 2018, the helicopter had accrued a total time (TT) in service of about 17,560 hours, and the engine had a TT of about 15,645 hours. The records also indicated that that engine had been removed from another VSC helicopter and installed in the accident helicopter on that date. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes
Registration: N8648F
Model/Series: 369 D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Vertol Systems Co Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Majuro, MH
Destination: Majuro, MH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: -1.560000, 167.560000 (est)

Bell UH-1H Iroquois, registered to Airlift Helicopters Service and operated by the pilot, N107CH: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 in Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N107CH

Location: Oakdale, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA206
Date & Time: 07/24/2018, 1800 PDT
Registration: N107CH
Aircraft: Bell UH 1H
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Firefighting 

On July 24, 2018, about 1800 Pacific daylight time, a Bell UH-1H helicopter, N107CH, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing near Oakdale, California. The pilot was not injured; the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was registered to Airlift Helicopters Service and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Fullerton Municipal Airport Fullerton, California at 1300 and was destined for Weed Airport, Weed, California.

The pilot reported that, while in a straight and level flight, he heard an unusual noise and decided to execute a precautionary landing. When the skids touched the ground, the helicopter entered an uncontrolled climb and yaw. The pilot was unable to recover from the loss of directional control and the helicopter impacted terrain. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Bell
Registration: N107CH
Model/Series: UH 1H No Series
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSCK, 27 ft msl
Observation Time: 1955 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Visibility
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Departure Point: Weed, CA (O46)
Destination: Fullerton, CA (FUL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.798333, -120.722222 (est)




Two people were injured when a helicopter contracted with Cal Fire crashed near Oakdale Tuesday afternoon.

The crash originally was reported in Tuolumne County, but the location is along Highway 108 near the Stanislaus County line. The incident occurred about 5:50 p.m.

Few details were available, but Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said the copter was a “CWN” - or “Call When Needed” aircraft. Cal Fire contracts with private vendors for those copters during wildfire fights.

McLean said he did not have any information on the two occupants of the helicopter, other than to say both survived the crash.

He also could not say where the copter was headed, but said he did not believe it was attached to the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park.

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

Cessna 182J Skylane, N2862F: Incident occurred July 24, 2018 at Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

Aircraft veered off the taxiway and struck a taxiway light.

Foxtrot Partners LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N2862F

Date: 24-JUL-18
Time: 16:59:00Z
Regis#: N2862F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TWIN FALLS
State: IDAHO

Van's RV-7A, N20342: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 at Princeton Municipal Airport (KPNM), Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N20342

Location: Princeton, MN
Accident Number: CEN18LA295
Date & Time: 07/24/2018, 1456 CDT
Registration: N20342
Aircraft: Vans RV7A
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 24, 2018, about 1456 central daylight time, a Schmidt Vans RV7A, N20342, nosed over during landing at Princeton Municipal Airport (PNM), Princeton, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and was being operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.The flight originated from Schmidt Ranch Airport (1WN0), Northport, Washington, and was destined for Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh Wisconsin, but diverted to PNM.

Pilot stated he and his son departed 1WN0 at 0515 Pacific daylight time, and were en route to OSH. They decided to stop in PNM. The winds were gusty. The Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) was out of service, so the pilot was not sure of wind speed. The approach to PNM was normal. As they landed, a gust of wind caused the airplane to drift left. The nose wheel got stuck in the soft soil and the airplane nosed over. The pilot stated there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N20342
Model/Series: RV7A
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: PNM, 980 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 14 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Colville, WA (1WN0)
Destination: Princeton, MN (PNM) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  45.559722, -93.608333 (est)

Airborne Edge XT-912-L, N824PB: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque

http://registry.faa.gov/N824PB


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA436
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 24, 2018 in Albuquerque, NM
Aircraft: AIRBORNE WINDSPORTS PTY LTD EDGE XT-912-L, registration: N824PB

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft flipped over during landing.

Date: 24-JUL-18
Time: 13:37:00Z
Regis#: N824PB
Aircraft Make: AIRBORNE WINDSTAR PTY LTD KIT
Aircraft Model: EDGE XT-912-L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ALBUQUERQUE
State: NEW MEXICO





ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A two-seater aircraft crashed during landing at the Double Eagle Airport Tuesday morning, according to a spokesman for Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

Tom Ruiz said around 7:45 a.m. the aircraft, which he described as self-weighted and similar to a glider but with a motor, was landing at the airport when a wheel malfunctioned and it wobbled and tilted to the side. He said a student recertifying his license was flying the aircraft at the time.

“Both the pilot and passenger were able to self extricate prior to AFR arrival without incident,” Ruiz wrote in an email. “The pilot stated that while he was landing the aircraft, there was a landing gear malfunction causing the plane to collapse to the side, sliding to a stop. The pilot was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.”

He said eight fire trucks and two ambulances were sent to the scene. No fuel or hazmat materials were spilled during the crash.

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




ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - One person was taken to hospital after a small plane had a rough landing at the Double Eagle Airport.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue says an ultralight airplane was found just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. 

Officials say the front landing gear collapsed.

Two people were inside the plane at the time, an instructor and a student.

One of them was transported with minor injuries. 

There is no other information at this time. 

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

Robinson R22 Beta, N410MM: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 in Sterling City, Sterling County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock

Helicopter was idling in a field after the pilot had exited the helicopter and was standing outside of it. The throttle reportedly accelerated. The helicopter lifted up and then fell back onto the ground and was substantially damaged.

Concho Aviation LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N410MM

Date: 24-JUL-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N410MM
Aircraft Make: ROBINSON
Aircraft Model: R22
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
City: STERLING CITY
State: TEXAS

Beechcraft Baron G58, N7DP: Incident occurred July 24, 2018 near David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Tomball, Harris County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston

Aircraft reported a bird strike while on a four mile final approach to runway 35L at KDWH. Damage was reported to the leading edge of the left wing.

DP Aero Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N7DP

Date: 24-JUL-18
Time: 17:28:00Z
Regis#: N7DP
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: TOMBALL
State: TEXAS

Beech 300 Super King Air, N221MM: Incident occurred July 25, 2018 at Tacoma Narrows Airport (KTIW), Gig Harbor, Pierce County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Aircraft struck a bird during landing rollout. Damage reported to the radome.

Gordon Truck Centers Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N221MM

Date: 25-JUL-18
Time: 02:22:00Z
Regis#: N221MM
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: GIG HARBOR
State: WASHINGTON

Just JA30 Superstol, N45FT: Accident occurred July 24, 2018 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Aircraft lost altitude shortly after takeoff and crashed at the end of the ultralight runway at EAA AirVenture.

http://registry.faa.gov/N45FT

Date: 24-JUL-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N45FT
Aircraft Make: JA30 SUPERSTOL KIT
Aircraft Model: JA30 SUPERSTOL
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: INITIAL CLIMB (ICL)
Operation: 91
City: OSHKOSH
State: WISCONSIN

Glasair GS-2 Sportsman, N79CR: Incident occurred July 24, 2018 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

While landing on runway 7 at KOSH, the nose gear collapsed.

http://registry.faa.gov/N79CR

Date: 25-JUL-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N79CR
Aircraft Make: GLASAIR
Aircraft Model: SPORTSMAN GS-2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OSHKOSH
State: WISCONSIN

Arion Lightning, N538RH: Incident occurred July 24, 2018 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee

Nose gear collapsed during landing on runway 36L at KOSH.

High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids

http://registry.faa.gov/N538RH

Date: 24-JUL-18
Time: 17:27:00Z
Regis#: N538RH
Aircraft Make: ARION AIRCRAFT KIT
Aircraft Model: LIGHTNING
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OSHKOSH
State: WISCONSIN



OSHKOSH - Wittman Regional Airport's Runway 36 was briefly closed early Tuesday afternoon as emergency crews respond to a plane on its belly.

Experimental Aircraft Association spokesman Dick Knapinski said the incident was not severe enough to warrant closing the entire Oshkosh airport.

Other runways remained open, as air traffic controllers landed aircraft ahead of the 2:30 p.m. airshow.

Tuesday marks Day 2 of the annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture fly-in convention.

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

Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, N38523: Fatal accident occurred July 24, 2018 near Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport (KIPJ), North Carolina and Incident occurred August 16, 2017 in Taylorsville, Alexander County, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Piper; Vero Beach, Florida

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N38523

Location: Lincolnton, NC
Accident Number: ERA18FA197
Date & Time: 07/24/2018, 0520 EDT
Registration: N38523
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 24, 2018, about 0520 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-300, N38523, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport (IPJ), Lincolnton, North Carolina. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight was filed for the flight destined for Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

A witness reported that he was sleeping when he heard a low flying airplane followed by a "thud." He drove to the airport and located the airplane in an open field, about 1/2 mile from the departure end of runway 05.

The airplane was examined at the accident site; it came to rest in a shallow impact crater in a grass field. All major components were accounted for at the scene. The wreckage path was about 170 ft long and was orientated on 085° magnetic heading. The grass surrounding the wreckage path had been blighted by fuel.

The flaps and landing gear were in the up position. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all the flight control surfaces to the cockpit. The left wing was separated from the airframe and came to rest parallel to the wreckage. The right wing remained attached, the leading edge was crushed aft. The empennage remained attached and had impact damage to the vertical stabilizer and stabilator.

The engine remained partially attached to the airframe; it was removed and suspended from a hoist for examination. A borescope inspection of the cylinders revealed the tops of all pistons and all intake and exhaust valves exhibited normal combustion signatures. The drive train was manually rotated, and thumb compression was obtained on all cylinders. In addition, continuity of the crankshaft to the rear gears and to the valve train was confirmed. The spark plugs showed normal wear. The dual magneto remained attached to the engine but was impact damaged. It produced a spark at three of the twelve towers. Internal visual examination did not reveal any pre-impact failures or malfunctions. The fuel injectors and oil pump were free of debris.

The three-bladed Hartzell propeller was located about 50 ft forward of the main wreckage. All three blades were bent back and exhibited chordwise scratching and leading edge gouging; one blade also exhibited S-bending.

The six-seat, low-wing, retractable-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 1977. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-540, 300-horsepower engine. The most recent annual inspection was completed on July 20, 2018.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration third-class special issuance medical certificate was issued on June 21, 2017, with the limitations, "Holder shall possess glasses for near and intermediate vision. Not valid for any class after June 30, 2018." At that time, he reported 587 hours of total flight experience.

At 0545, the weather conditions reported at IPJ included, wind calm, visibility 1 1/4 statute miles, mist, overcast 200 ft, temperature 21°C, dew point 21°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.95 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N38523
Model/Series: PA32R 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Drake Enterprises Of Lincolnton Nc Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIPJ, 875 ft msl
Observation Time: 0545 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:  Overcast / 200 ft agl
Visibility:  1.25 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lincolnton, NC (IPJ)
Destination: Oshkosh, WI (OSH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  35.484722, -81.165833 (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.


The pilot was identified as 63-year-old Teddy Wayne Heavner and the passenger was 54-year-old Basil "Todd" Sain.

Rain was east of the airport at the time of the crash, but visibility was reported to be about 1 mile with low clouds and fog.


LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - Officials have identified the two men who were killed Tuesday morning when the small plane they were in crashed near the Lincoln County Airport.

The pilot was identified as 63-year-old Teddy Wayne Heavner and the passenger was 54-year-old Basil "Todd" Sain.

Family members say the pair were the best of friends. 

"Just the laughter," brother-in-law Steve Warren said. "Just kidding and joking, just all the time." 

"It is so tragic but they were so excited to go. They were playing golf today and an air show tomorrow. Just the best of friends, they all had friends everywhere," another family member said. 

Both men were from Lincolnton.

Police and firefighters responded early Tuesday to the scene of the crash near the airport, between Denver and Lincolnton, off Highway 73.

Authorities said the single-engine plane crashed in a field just before 6 a.m. and that Heavner and Sain were they only people onboard.

Family members told Eyewitness News that the plane had just taken off from the airport and was headed to an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when it crashed.

Those family members also told Eyewitness News that the same plane had reported issues in August of last year after having to make an emergency landing in Alexander County and that Heavner only just got the plane back in the last two weeks.

Officials told Channel 9 that they received a 911 call around 5:45 a.m. from a neighbor who said he heard the plane crash.

Channel 9 could see the plane broken into pieces in a field about 300 yards from the runway.

State troopers said they responded to secure the scene for the Federal Aviation Administration. Officials with the FAA told Channel 9 that the aircraft was a Piper PA-32 and that they were investigating.

The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident.

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
























According to the Lincoln County Communications, a plane has crashed near the Lincoln County Airport early Tuesday morning.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, two people were onboard after a Piper PA-32 aircraft crashed in a field. NBC Charlotte has learned both of those on board the plane were killed.

Officials identify the two victims as 63-yr-old Teddy Wayne Heavner of Lincolnton, pilot, and 54-yr-old Basil "Todd" Sain of Lincolnton, passenger.

Officials report the call came in at around 5:39 a.m. stating a plane had crashed 714 Jack Dellinger Dr in Lincolnton.

According to an incident report from the Federal Aviation Administration, this same aircraft had issues last year. The report states when the aircraft left Lincoln County, the pilot heard two loud knocks/bangs and observed the engine RPM decrease and then quit. The pilot was forced to execute an emergency landing.

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



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

August 16, 2017:  Aircraft force landed in a field.

Date: 16-AUG-17
Time: 00:05:00Z
Regis#: N38523
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: TAYLORSVILLE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Above, Atlanta Air Recovery members Caleb Stephens (left) and Todd Thaxton are shown at work August 18, 2017, as they dismantle a Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, which suffered engine trouble. Pilot Ted Heavner made a forced landing in a field near the intersection of Hopewell Church Road and Sulphur Springs Road on August 16, 2017.


August 16, 2017:  A pilot who was operating a single-engine aircraft has made a forced landing in a field on Wednesday evening, August 16, 2017.

The Times has received a report from the scene which stated the plane was very quiet as it approached the area of Hopewell Church Road and Sulphur Springs Road. A motorist was at the intersection and observed the plane above a hill west of Sulphur Springs Road. The plane then landed in the hay field owned by Harold Bebber, east of Sulphur Springs Road, adjacent to Hopewell Church Road. Authorities were summoned.

The pilot, Ted Heavner, and his wife, Tammy, of Lincoln County, NC, spoke with The Times by phone August 28.

“The engine went out, and I had to set it down,” Mr. Heavner said, regarding the forced landing.

Tammy Heavner noted that “there was not a scratch on him,” and that Mr. Heavner is doing well. A couple of concerned citizens who observed his landing had approached Mr. Heavner after the plane landed, but he had exited the plane and ran toward them, fearing the nearly-full fuel tank might catch fire. Thankfully, it did not catch fire.

“My dad is the pilot of this plane and, by the grace of God, he was able to land it in this field without injury to himself or anyone else. He also avoided hitting a house, a barn, and cleared a power line,” stated Asheleigh Brusso, in an online submission to The Times. “My dad walked away without a scratch on his body and did an amazing job of handling himself in a crisis.”

It was observed at the scene that the extent of damage to the airplane was a visible dent in one wing and partially buckled landing gear.

A crew with Atlanta Air Recovery, of Griffin, GA, consisting of Caleb Stephens and Todd Thaxton, was on the scene Friday afternoon, August 18, to dismantle the plane and transport it to Georgia.

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) lists the event as an “incident” and describes the plane as a 1977 Piper fixed wing single-engine aircraft.

Drake Enterprises, of Lincolnton, NC, is latest at the registered owner of the airplane.

Mr. Stephens added the plane is a Piper PA-32R-300 Lance.

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ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - No one was injured when a small plane force landed in Alexander County late Wednesday.

The fixed wing single-engine plane force landed in a hay field after the engine went out.

The pilot aboard the plane walked away without any serious injuries. The plane did not sustain serious damages and the nose gear remained intact. 

NTSB is expected to investigate the crash Thursday. 

Drake Enterprises of Lincolnton is the registered owner of the plane, according to the FAA registry. 

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