Monday, July 30, 2018

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N4855G: Accident occurred July 28, 2018 at Weltzien Skypark Airport (15G), Medina County, Ohio

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

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

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


Location: Wadsworth, OH
Accident Number: GAA18CA452
Date & Time: 07/28/2018, 1330 EDT
Registration: N4855G
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported during a telephone interview that, while landing in variable wind conditions, his approach speed was fast, and that during the landing roll, the wind pushed the airplane off the runway to the right. He added that he did not apply full braking action.

The pilot reiterated on the NTSB Form 6120.1 that, during the landing roll, a strong crosswind gust pushed the airplane off the right side of the runway into bushes. He described the wind as variable and gusting but did not report the wind speed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation station located about 10 miles south-southwest from the airport reported that, about 34 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 290° at 8 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 26 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 310° at 5 knots. The airplane landed on runway 3.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 82, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
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: 10/30/2015
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4855G
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17273402
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1554.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:  C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
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: KBJJ, 1137 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 203°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4700 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wadsworth, OH (15G)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Port Clinton, OH (PCW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: WELTZIEN SKYPARK (15G)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1210 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2410 ft / 37 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.027222, -81.798889 (est)

Jiangxi Hongdu Av Ind Co Ltd CJ-6, N71HS: Accident occurred July 28, 2018 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas

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

Gear up landing in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N71HS

Date: 28-JUL-18
Time: 17:39:00Z
Regis#: N71HS
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: CJ 6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BEAUMONT
State: TEXAS

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N24144, accident occurred July 29, 2018 and Incident occurred January 13, 2018 at Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (KGPM), Dallas County, Texas

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

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


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


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N24144

Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA460
Date & Time: 07/29/2018, 1105 CDT
Registration: N24144
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

Analysis 

The student pilot reported that, while practicing soft-field takeoffs, the airplane lifted off about midfield and drifted left. He and the flight instructor tried to correct, but the airplane struck a runway sign and spun left.

The flight instructor reported that, during the soft-field takeoff, as soon as the airplane lifted off the ground, the student pilot lost his composure. He added that, while calling for the flight controls, he began to fight the student for the flight controls and yelled "let go." The airplane struck a taxiway sign, and the airplane spun to the left.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 210° at 11 knots. The student reported that the wind was from between 220° and 240° at 11 knots, gusting to 18 knots. The airplane departed from runway 17.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's failure to maintain the runway centerline during takeoff with a crosswind.

Findings

Aircraft
Heading/course - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation
Sign/marker - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/08/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 480 hours (Total, all aircraft), 410 hours (Total, this make and model), 426 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 199 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 105 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/27/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 58 hours (Total, all aircraft), 58 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N24144
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 172S10558
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-L2A
Registered Owner: Aviator Air Llc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Aviator Air Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGPM, 589 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1550 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 337°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Grand Prairie, TX (GPM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Grand Prairie, TX (GPM)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1105 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: GRAND PRAIRIE MUNI (GPM)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 588 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.698889, -97.046944 (est)

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

January 13, 2018:  Aircraft departed runway onto grass damaging runway light.

Date: 13-JAN-18
Time: 20:47:00Z
Regis#: N24144
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: GRAND PRAIRIE
State: TEXAS

Cessna 152, N152LT: Accident occurred July 27, 2018 at AJ Eisenberg Airport (KOKH), Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

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/N152LT

Location: Oak Harbor, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA461
Date & Time: 07/27/2018, 1130 PDT
Registration: N152LT
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

According to the student pilot, his first solo was conducted at an airport that he was not familiar with and he was "very nervous." Although his flight instructor possessed a hand-held two-way radio to communicate with the student, the instructor's two-way radio malfunctioned, and the student was not able to communicate with the instructor during the solo flight in the pattern.

On final, the student noticed that the airplane was, "getting too low, too fast and I added power." When he felt the landing was assured, he reduced the power, and the airplane bounced. The airplane bounced a second time and, "I knew something was up but at the moment I froze." The airplane's nose landing gear wheel struck the runway hard and separated from the airplane. The airplane skidded to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts and the right wing.

The instructor reported that the accident could have been prevented if he had provided more training to address the changes in performance, since his 235-pounds would not be occupying the right front seat during the solo flight.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 16, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/30/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 13 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N152LT
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15285262
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/17/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1669 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 14057 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:  C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: Morcom Aviation Services Inc Dba
Rated Power: 110 hp
Operator: Regal Air
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141); On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOKH, 194 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1856 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 111°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Oak Harbor, WA (OKH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Oak Harbor, WA (OKH)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1125 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: AJ EISENBERG (OKH)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 193 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3265 ft / 25 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 48.251667, -122.673611 (est)

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7893P: Accident occurred July 29, 2018 at Evanston-Uinta County Burns Field (KEVW), Uinta County, Wyoming

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

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/N7893P

Location: Evanston, WY
Accident Number: GAA18CA462
Date & Time: 07/29/2018, 1445 MDT
Registration: N7893P
Aircraft: Piper PA24
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the retractable landing gear-equipped airplane reported that during the cross-country flight, the auto-pilot failed and he struggled to use the sectional charts. Additionally, heat and wind made the flight uncomfortable, and smoke from wildland fires decreased visibility to about 5 statute miles so he decided to land.

Upon arrival at the airport he decided to leave the landing gear retracted as he searched for the windsock on the airport. He did not locate the windsock and attempted to contact the airport on the airport's Unicom, but later discovered that he had used an incorrect frequency.

He decided to land on runway 5, which he later identified was the incorrect runway given the wind direction.

He recalled that he had completed some variation of the GUMPS checklist but forgot to extend the landing gear and landed with the landing gear retracted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the longerons and bulkheads.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 80, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/11/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/17/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2356.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1575 hours (Total, this make and model), 2307.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7893P
Model/Series: PA24 250
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 24-3122
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/11/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4000 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 250 hp
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: KEVW, 7163 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 122°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  9 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots / 25 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.33 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rawlins, WY (KRWL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Compton, CA (KCPM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Evanston-Uinta County Burns Fi (EVW)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 7143 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.274722, -111.034722 (est)

Loss of Control in Flight: Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, N221EZ; accident occurred July 29, 2018 in Haverhill, New Hampshire

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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/N221EZ


Location: HAVERHILL, NH
Accident Number: ERA18LA204
Date & Time: 07/29/2018, 1205 EDT
Registration: N221EZ
Aircraft: Progressive Aerodyne SEAREY
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 29, 2018, at 1205 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built SeaRey amphibious airplane, N221EZ, sustained substantial damage when it collided with trees then water while attempting to land on the Connecticut River, near Haverhill, New Hampshire. The private pilot/registered owner and the passenger were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The flight originated from the river about 1200.

The pilot stated that he had made two successful water landings on the Connecticut River and was preparing to make a third landing up-river to join a friend who had already landed and beached his SeaRey. After takeoff, he initiated a right 180° turn before making a left "teardrop" (beyond 180°) turn over a flat cornfield to make a 45° re-entry to the river at an altitude of 50 ft above ground level. When the airplane crossed over the shoreline, the pilot attempted to turn left and line up with the river, but the control stick would not move past the vertical position. The airplane would not turn and was approaching 60-ft-tall trees on the opposite side of the river. The pilot added power, but the airplane was unable to out climb the trees and collided with them at a speed of about 70 knots. The airplane then descended in a nose down left-wing low attitude, into the river. The pilot said that he would normally climb above the surrounding terrain before coming back into land; however, during this flight, he did not give himself an "out" in case of an emergency.

The passenger stated they had made a left hand turn over the corn field at "tree top height" when the pilot attempted to make another left hand turn to line up with the "very winding" river. As the pilot initiated the turn, the passenger saw trees ahead of them and told the pilot to, "pull up, pull up!" The pilot was "struggling" with the control stick and was unable to pull up and clear the trees. The airplane clipped the tops of the trees and impacted the river in a left nose down attitude.

The airplane came to rest upright and partially submerged in shallow water in the Connecticut River. The width of the river was about 100 ft wide and lined with trees on both sides.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed both wings had been removed during recovery, but the flight controls moved freely when manually manipulated. The pilot said that he thought his ADS-B component, which was attached to the control panel via a suction cup, may have come loose during the flight and got caught under the flight control assembly, thus jamming the controls. He demonstrated how it was possible for this to occur; however, neither he nor the passenger could confirm this actually happened. Examination of the ADS-B component did not reveal any physical damage.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He also held a sport pilot certificate; however, a review of his logbook by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operations inspector revealed that he was not endorsed for Light Sport single-engine sea airplanes. The pilot's last FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on December 20, 2017. He reported a total of 760 flight hours; of which, 498 hours were in the accident airplane.

At 1100, weather at LCI was reported as wind from 290° at 6 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,000 ft, temperature 81° F, dew point 75° F, and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Sport Pilot
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 12/20/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/23/2017
Flight Time:  760 hours (Total, all aircraft), 498 hours (Total, this make and model), 700 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Progressive Aerodyne
Registration: N221EZ
Model/Series: SEAREY No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: ID403C
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian; Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/15/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1430 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 83 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 735.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 914ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 hp
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: LCI, 545 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1100 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 150°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; Unknown Obscuration
Departure Point: HAVERHILL, NH
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: HAVERHILL, NH
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 44.000000, -72.000000 (est)

Location: HAVERHILL, NH
Accident Number: ERA18LA204
Date & Time: 07/29/2018, 1205 EDT
Registration: N221EZ
Aircraft: Progressive Aerodyne SEAREY
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 29, 2018, at 1205 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built SeaRey amphibious airplane, N221EZ, sustained substantial damage when it collided with a tree then water while attempting to land on the Connecticut River, near Haverhill, New Hampshire. The private pilot/registered owner and the passenger were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at the Laconia Municipal Airport (LCI), Laconia, New Hampshire, about 1100.

The pilot stated that he had made two successful water landings on the river and was preparing to make a third landing up-river to join a friend who had already landed and beached his SeaRey. After he took off, the pilot initiated a left "teardrop" turn over a flat cornfield to make a 45° re-entry to the river at an altitude of 50 ft above ground level. The airplane had crossed over the shoreline, when the pilot attempted to turn left and line up with the river; however, the control stick would not move past the vertical position. The airplane would not turn, and was approaching 60-foot-tall trees on the opposite bank of the river. The pilot added power, but the airplane collided with a tree, and impacted the river in a nose down left-wing low attitude.

The airplane was retained for further investigation.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration third-class medical certificate was issued on December 20, 2017. The pilot reported a total of 760 flight hours; of which, 498 hours were in the accident airplane.

At 1100, weather at LCI was reported as wind from 290° at 6 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,000 ft, temperature 81° F, dew point 75° F, and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Progressive Aerodyne
Registration: N221EZ
Model/Series: SEAREY No Series
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: LCI, 545 ft msl
Observation Time: 1100 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Laconia, NH (LCI)
Destination: Haverhill, NH (None) 

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:  44.000000, -72.000000 (est)




HAVERHILL — Two people were injured — one seriously — Sunday afternoon when the small plane they were flying in crashed into the Connecticut River.

A SeaRey aircraft crashed Sunday around 12:36 p.m. on the Connecticut River near Haverhill with two people on board, Rick Breitenfeldt, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said. According to a company website, a SeaRey is described as “an American two-seat, single-engine, amphibious flying boat.”

The FAA is investigating the crash, Breitenfeldt said.

According to New Hampshire State Police, the aircraft was carrying one pilot and one passenger, who were both injured. One occupant was transported by helicopter to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries, but was in stable condition Sunday night. The other occupant was transported by ambulance to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville.

The plane came down near the Harkdale dairy farm in Newbury, Vt., just across the Connecticut River from Haverhill. Mary Carson owns and operates the farm with her husband Russell.

“Russell was outside working when he told me he heard two small planes fly over,” said Mary Carson. “They both tried to land in the river. One didn’t make it.”

Carson said the DHART helicopter landed in one of her farm’s pastures to pick up one of the crash victims.

“Planes like this have tried to land on the river before,” said Carson. “This time, it didn’t work.”

Staci Huckins of Troy said she was part of a 24 mile paddling trip along the Connecticut River, going from Monroe to Haverhill, when the crash occurred.

“We were all right there when the plane crashed on the other side of the peninsula from us,” Huckins posted on Facebook. “We knew it crashed as soon as it happened. I really hope both people in the plane are going to be ok.”

State police said a pilot traveling in a similar aircraft and a tour helicopter from the nearby Haverhill Fair, along with Newbury, Vermont fire personnel and Vermont state police provided assistance at the scene.

Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to contact Trooper Alex Peplinski at 603-227-0076 or alex.peplinski@dos.nh.gov.

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


HAVERHILL, N.H. —  A small plane crashed in the Connecticut River Sunday afternoon, injuring two people.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Searey aircraft crashed at 1:20 p.m. in the river near Haverhill.

Authorities said the pilot was trying to land in the river, but crashed.

New Hampshire Fish and Game said that the two people on board were removed from the plane.

One of them was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with serious injuries. That person is currently in stable condition.

The other occupant was brought by ambulance to Cottage Hospital in Woodsville.

The plane is currently at Harkdale Farm on the Newbury, Vermont, side of the river. The owner of the farm told News 9 his father was clearing the fields when the plane went down.

"We had no clue what was going on,” said Steve Carson of Newbury.

Carson was taking a lunch break and said he never heard or saw the plane come down.

"First responder trucks, state troopers and an ambulance screamed down the road and headed down to the meadow,” he said.

Carson's dad was working in the fields by the river and he thought maybe something happened to him.

But he never expected to come across the mangled mess of a plane wreck.

"He just heard something thud, is what he said. He didn't see much, and he continued on to another part of the field,” Carson said of his dad.

The farm owner said the plane will remain on his property overnight and will be retrieved Monday.

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



NEWBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Police are investigating a single engine plane crash, into the Connecticut River, that sent two people to the hospital. Witnesses say the crash happened around noon on Sunday near a farm just off of Route 5 in Newbury.

Police say the amphibious experimental aircraft was attempting to land in the river at the time of the crash. Two people were on board.

One of the victims was transported by a DHART helicopter and the other was transported on the ground. The names of the two people involved have not been released. The person with more serious injuries was last listed in stable condition.

New Hampshire State Police are investigating the incident because the plane crash happened in the Connecticut River which is New Hampshire jurisdiction.

"I was finishing up my lunch and i heard the planes," said the farm's owner Russell Carson. "I heard the engine and all the sudden there was a thud. Then the first thing I saw was a helicopter trying to find something in the river, he was flying over the river real low."

A pilot traveling in a similar aircraft and a tour helicopter from the nearby Haverhill Fair, along with the Newbury Fire Department and Vermont State Police provided assistance at the scene.

At this time we are still waiting for additional information on how the plane crash occurred. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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