Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cessna 525 CitationJet, owned by Vancon Holdings LLC and stolen by the pilot, who was employed as a pilot by the company, N526CP: Fatal accident occurred August 13, 2018 in Payson City, Utah County, Utah

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N526CP

Location: Payson City, UT
Accident Number: CEN18FA326
Date & Time: 08/13/2018, 0230 MDT
Registration: N526CP
Aircraft: Cessna 525
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Unknown

On August 13, 2018, about 0230, a Cessna 525 airplane, N526CP, collided with an occupied house in Payson City, Utah. The commercial rated pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. Two people in the house received minor injuries. The airplane was owned by Vancon Holdings LLC and stolen by the pilot, who was employed as a pilot by the company.

According to information provided by law enforcement agencies. The airplane collided with the pilot's residence. A postimpact fire ensued which consumed a majority of the wreckage and a portion of the home. All major airplane components were located at the accident site. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit controls to all flight control surfaces. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N526CP
Model/Series: 525 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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:
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:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Duane L. (Rhedd) Youd
1970 ~ 2018

Duane L. (Rhedd) Youd, 47, of Payson, Utah passed away Monday, August 13, 2018. Duane, or Rhedd, as he was known to family and friends, was born November 6, 1970 in Payson, Utah to Lynn J and Beverly MacKay Youd. He grew up in Lake Shore and was a graduate of Spanish Fork High School. He continued his education at UVU where he graduated with an associate degree. Rhedd then participated in a piloting program and became a pilot and instructor with Diamond Flight Center.

Rhedd married Michelle Darling and they are the parents of two children. They were later divorced. He then married Sandy M. Petersen and they have enjoyed many great memories and adventures together. Rhedd was known for his generous spirit, willingness to help anyone, and his neighborly love. 

He started his own business, Rhedd's Tint and Trim, which he operated for over 30 years. He started out at Pinnacle Airlines and moved on to fly for rescue flights with AMRG and Guardian Flight. He flew for the State of Utah and enjoyed serving the governor. His latest flying was as a private pilot for private businesses in Utah County. He was always hard-working and fair in his business endeavors.

Rhedd enjoyed any adventure and traveling, and especially loved to try anything new. He loved flying, jeeping, boating, dirt biking, and anything that involved speed. He also enjoyed the outdoors and customizing cars. He was a talented craftsman and could fix anything. He was a true friend and had many friends in many places.

He was an active member of the LDS Church, Eagle Scout, and was involved in the Young Men's Program and Scouts. He loved them and they adored him. 

He is survived by his children, Joslyn Youd and Parker Youd; wife, Sandy; step-children, Collin McNeal, Summer Johnson, Alec Johnson, and Brooks Johnson; his father, Lynn; his siblings, Jay (Mary Ann) Youd, Kathy (Jay) Hair, Steven (Konni) Youd, Charlene (Dale) Koyle, and sister-in-law, Linda (Bill) Lay. Rhedd will be remembered by his family and friends for the daily acts of service and kindness he exhibited throughout his life.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly; and brother, Roger Youd.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Payson 3rd Ward Chapel, 274 S. Main Street, Payson, Utah. Family and friends may visit on Friday evening, August 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, Utah, and on Saturday morning at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.walkerobits.com





(KUTV) -- KUTV has learned that Duane Youd was allowed access to the Spanish Fork Airport 24/7, and went through gate around 2 a.m. Monday.

Airport officials said while it doesn’t happen all the time, it isn’t out of the norm for pilots to access planes in the middle of the night.

Surveillance video from a nearby hangar captured Duane Youd arriving at the airport at 2:02 a.m. in a white truck.

“It’s not strange that somebody would take off in the middle of the night.” Steve Wilson is the FBO or the Fixed Base Operator for the airport and said he knew Youd well.

He said Youd was a corporate pilot for Van Con Construction.

“They use the plane for corporate travel to jobs throughout the state and outside the state," Wilson said. "And so, wherever they might need to be, he flies it.”

In the surveillance, at 2:06 am, you see the hangar opening. Youd leaves around 2:29 am toward the runway, when Payson Police said he then went and crashed the Twin Cessna Citation into his wife’s house.

At the Spanish Fork Airport, Wilson said pilots don’t have to communicate with tower.

“The pilots are very good about communicating with each other as they are in the pattern and in the vicinity,” Wilson said.

Wilson said Youd had his commercial pilots license and was a very good pilot. This incident came out of the blue. He said pilots go through a lot of training before getting to fly.

“There’s very stringent requirements from the FAA to get approved for your competency and also your book knowledge of the aviation,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the planes are not easily accessed. There’s a gate with a code. The planes on the tarmac have keys. The other planes are in hangars under lock and key.

https://kutv.com

Duane Youd died early Monday morning after crashing a plane into his wife's home in Payson.




PAYSON, Utah (KUTV) -- Duane Youd, 47, died early Monday morning after crashing a private jet into his wife's home, Payson Police confirmed to 2News.

Sunday night, Youd was arrested for domestic assault allegations, according to Sgt. Naomi Sandoval with Payson Police.

He was later released and asked police if he could go back to his wife's house to grab a few belongings. 

Police reported that no fight ensued at the house.

It is believed that Youd somehow got from the house to the airport in Springville. Youd was a corporate pilot for the company Van Con, Payson Police confirmed to 2News.

Sometime during the night, he stole the Cessna 525 CitationJet and proceeded to fly to his wife's house.

Youd then crashed the plane into the home where his wife and a juvenile were sleeping, according to Sgt. Naomi Sandoval with Payson Police.

Youd did not survive the crash. However, the wife and the juvenile survived both the crash and the fire that had been started by the plane, according to Sgt. Naomi Sandoval with Payson Police.

It is unknown at this time what Youd's motive was.

http://kjzz.com




PAYSON, Utah (News4Utah) A Utah pilot is dead after crashing a plane into his Payson home one day after being arrested for a domestic violence incident.

Youd was booked into jail after 9 p.m. Sunday. He was released on bail around 12:30 a.m. and then crashed the plane around 2:30 a.m.

Investigators said Youd's wife and a young man were inside the home at 584 East Canyon Road in Payson at the time of the crash. Police believe Youd intentionally targeted his own house in final deadly act of domestic violence.

Slade Buhler told News4Utah he heard the Cessna 525 circling his neighborhood around 2:30 Monday morning.

“It just got lower and lower. I said 'Oh my gosh it's going to hit the mountain. It's going to hit the mountain. It's getting lower' You can just see it getting lower. All of the sudden a huge ball of orange fire. I couldn't believe it. I went 'Ohhh' so I ran in and I called 911,” said Buhler.

Then he recorded dramatic video obtained by Gephardt Daily. Veteran pilot Duane Youd had flown the plane directly into the front of his own home and died on impact.

 “The pilot was deceased and at that time the front of the home was fully engulfed so there was no aid that could be given to the pilot,” Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.

On Sunday evening, Youd had been arrested for a domestic violence incident in American Fork Canyon.

 “Witnesses called in to dispatch reporting that they saw him assaulting his wife. Punching her, things like that. Utah County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the area, did their investigation, took him into custody for that and he was booked into the Utah County Jail,” said Sgt. Sandoval.

Youd bailed out and around midnight returned to the house with an officer to pick up some possessions before heading to Spanish Fork Airport and taking off in the plane he flew for a construction company which he used in a kamikaze style attack, apparently targeting his wife and her adult son who were inside the house.

“Couple of people who were in the home were able to exit the home without any injury. They were obviously shaken up over what had just happened,” said Sgt. Sandoval.

 “All I know is how lucky we are that it wasn't worse. It's bad enough that we had property damage and we have one person that unfortunately lost their lives, but we could have had a couple more people that were in the home and certainly with the amount of fire that was generated by the impact, it could have spread to other homes or you know further on up the canyon, “ said Sgt. Sandoval.

https://www.good4utah.com

Piper PA-18, N8105Y: Incident occurred August 12, 2018 in Cooper Pass, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Experienced a prop strike during landing on a ridge line.

http://registry.faa.gov/N8105Y

Date: 12-AUG-18
Time: 01:30:00Z
Regis#: N8105Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: COOPER PASS
State: ALASKA

Cessna 172N, registered to Eagle Flight Services LLC and operated by the pilot, N5660J: Accident occurred August 13, 2018 in Auburn, Lincoln County, Wyoming

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

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N5660J

Location: Auburn, WY
Accident Number: WPR18LA241
Date & Time: 08/13/2018, 0908 MDT
Registration: N5660J
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On August 13, 2018, about 0908 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172N airplane, N5660J, sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain about 13 miles west of Auburn, Wyoming. The commercial pilot and the two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to Eagle Flight Services LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight departed Auburn Municipal Airport (AFO) Afton, Wyoming, about 0850.

According to the pilot, while conducting aerial observation of markers for a local mine, downdrafts were experienced that made the terrain clearance in front of the airplane questionable. The pilot made a 180° left turn in an attempt to exit from the high terrain. However, after completion of the turn, the airplane was unable to climb over terrain and struck several trees.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5660J
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AFO, 6220 ft msl
Observation Time: 0915 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 235°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Afton, WY (AFO)
Destination:  Afton, WY (AFO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  42.770000, -111.310000 (est)

Three men were seriously injured in a plane crash on Monday morning in eastern Caribou County near the Idaho-Wyoming border.

The crash was first reported around 9 a.m. via a 911 call to the Lincoln County, Wyoming, Sheriff's Office, authorities said. The single-engine prop plane was based out of Afton, Wyoming, which is located in Lincoln County. 

After receiving the 911 call, Lincoln County authorities contacted the Caribou County Sheriff's Office and provided the crash's location -- a heavily wooded area near Simplot's Smoky Canyon Mine about 30 miles northeast of Soda Springs. 

Numerous emergency units from both Lincoln and Caribou counties converged on the crash scene, along with multiple emergency helicopters. 

The three men who were aboard the plane were all airlifted via the helicopters to local hospitals.

Authorities have not provided the names of the men but said all three are from the Afton area. Condition updates have also not been provided on the men, but it's believed all three suffered serious injuries.

The Caribou County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide more information on the crash and the three victims on Tuesday.  

The crash remains under investigation by the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

https://idahostatejournal.com

Cub Crafters CC-19-180, N54XC: Incident occurred August 13, 2018 at Gerald R. Ford International Airport (KGRR), Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Landed hard, damaged runway light.

Cub Crafters Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N54XC

Date: 13-AUG-18
Time: 15:45:00Z
Regis#: N54XC
Aircraft Make: CUB CRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC19 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GRAND RAPIDS
State: MICHIGAN

Beech J35 Bonanza, N8388D: Incident occurred August 13, 2018 in Russellville, Cole County, Missouri

Graham S. McGill, also known as Scott Star


A fugitive on the lam from federal authority for more than eight years has been captured after reportedly amassing various homes, properties and airplanes in the Lake of the Ozarks region. He was caught after making an emergency landing in a mid-Missouri field during a recent flight.

Graham S. McGill is being held without bond after investigations following the small plane crash in Cole County revealed him to be a federal fugitive, wanted by the U.S. District Court for Conspiracy to Cultivate and Manufacture Marijuana.

According to a press release from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, a male subject in a small airplane made an emergency landing in a field in Cole County on August 13, 2018 and identified himself to authorities as Scott Star, a resident of Camden County, Missouri.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office received information about the incident on August 14.

Cole County detectives found upon further investigation of the man that his real name was not Star, but fugitive Graham S. McGill. McGill’s pilot license had been suspended by the FAA in addition to being wanted on the federal charge.

A joint investigation with the Lake Area Narcotics Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Cole County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies, multiple search warrants were issued on homes, properties and airplanes that McGill had purchased in the area.

McGill is being held without bond and has been transferred to another jail facility.

The press release stated that the investigation is ongoing.

http://www.lakenewsonline.com

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Landed in a field.

http://registry.faa.gov/N8388D

Date: 13-AUG-18
Time: 16:10:00Z
Regis#: N8388D
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: J35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: RUSSELLVILLE
State: MISSOURI



NEW BLOOMFIELD — Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler confirmed Monday morning that a small plane experiencing engine trouble performed an emergency landing in a farm field near Russellville.

No one was hurt.

According to Wheeler, the pilot, who is believed to be from the Camdenton area, was the only person on board at the time. He was uninjured.

The plane landed in a field off of Scrivener Road in rural Cole County.

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

Cessna 172RG Cutlass, N20CU: Incident occurred August 13, 2018 at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Gear up landing.

Fly Boys Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N20CU  

Date: 13-AUG-18
Time: 13:06:00Z
Regis#: N20CU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GREENVILLE
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Lancair 320, N91LS: Incident occurred August 13, 2018 at Burlington International Airport (KBTV), Chittenden County, Vermont

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

Landed without left main wheel.

Beta Air LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N91LS

Date: 13-AUG-18
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N91LS
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: LANCAIR 320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BURLINGTON
State: VERMONT

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N164CA: Incident occurred August 09, 2018 at Orlando Executive Airport (KORL), Orange County, Florida

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

Nose gear collapse.

Aerosim Academy Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N164CA

Date: 09-AUG-18
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N164CA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 44 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: CONN
Flight Number: 681
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Tercel, N557AT: Accident occurred August 09, 2018 at Spanish Fork-Springville Airport (KSPK), Utah County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Airgyro Aviation LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N557AT


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA484
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 09, 2018 in Spanish Fork, UT
Aircraft: AIRGYRO AVIATION LLC TERCEL, registration: N557AT

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.

Slid off runway.

Date: 09-AUG-18
Time: 18:25:00Z
Regis#: N557AT
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: AIRGYRO TERCEL
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SPANISH FORK
State: UTAH

Cessna Turbo Skylane RG, owned and operated by a flying club, N1693R: Accident occurred August 09, 2018 at Florence Regional Airport (KFLO), South Carolina

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

Additional Participating 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; West Columbia, South Carolina

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N1693R

Location: Florence, SC
Accident Number: ERA18LA215
Date & Time: 08/09/2018, 1312 EDT
Registration: N1693R
Aircraft: Cessna R182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 9, 2018, about 1312 eastern daylight time, a Cessna R182, N1693R, was substantially damaged when its main landing gear collapsed during the landing roll at the Florence Regional Airport (FLO), Florence, South Carolina. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by a flying club, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated about 20 minutes earlier from a private airstrip near Andrews, South Carolina.

The pilot stated that before departure, a portable electrical power supply was required to start the engine. After takeoff, he proceeded towards FLO, and about 10 minutes into the flight while in communication with Florence Approach Control, he noted the fuel gauges were indicating zero and the ammeter was showing a discharge. He continued to FLO, lowered the landing gear by selecting the landing gear lever to the "GEAR DOWN" position and was cleared to land. Though he visually observed that the nose landing gear was extended, there was no indication from the single light on the instrument panel that all landing gears were down and locked. The pilot raised the landing gear selector handle then lowered it again, but again there was no landing gear down indication from the single light. He performed a flyby of the FLO tower and was advised that the landing gear appeared to be down. He entered the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 27 which he extended due to an inbound airplane, and at that time the tower controller asked him his intentions, but he was unable to reply because the airplane had lost all electrical power. He turned onto the base and final legs of the airport traffic pattern for runway 27, and performed a shallow approach, touching down first on the main landing gear. During the landing roll about 500 to 1,000 feet down the runway, the main landing gear collapsed, the airplane began to veer to the left, and the left wing and horizontal stabilizer contacted the runway. The airplane came to rest in the grass off the left side of the runway near the intersection of runway 09/27 and 01/19.

The airplane was raised from the runway and the main landing gear was manually extended utilizing the emergency hand pump. The airplane was then moved to the ramp.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1693R
Model/Series: R182
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Bulldog Flying Club Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFLO, 147 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Andrews, SC
Destination: Florence, SC (FLO)

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:  34.186111, -79.723611 (est)

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior, N487JK: Accident occurred August 09, 2018 at Merritt Island Airport (KCOI), Brevard County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Growl Aircraft Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N487JK


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA479
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 09, 2018 in Merritt Island, FL
Aircraft: Piper PA28, registration: N487JK

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.

Struck a taxiway sign and landed in ditch.

Date: 09-AUG-18
Time: 18:10:00Z
Regis#: N487JK
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MERRITT ISLAND
State: FLORIDA

Hughes 369D, registered to Schuman Carriage Company Ltd doing business as Magnum Helicopters, N369MH: Accident occurred August 08, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii
Boeing Helicopter; Mesa, Arizona
McDonnell Douglas Helicopter; Mesa, Arizona

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N369MH

Location: Honolulu, HI
Accident Number: WPR18LA221
Date & Time: 08/08/2018, 0920 HST
Registration: N369MH
Aircraft: Hughes 369
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing 

On August 8, 2018, about 0920 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a Hughes 369D helicopter, N369MH, experienced a significant inflight vibration event, which resulted in the pilot executing an emergency landing to a school field in Honolulu, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and his 3 passengers were not injured. The helicopter was substantially damaged. The helicopter was registered to Schuman Carriage Company Ltd, and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 136 air tour flight, doing business as Magnum Helicopters. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight. The flight originated from the operator's facility at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii about 0909.

The helicopter was the lead aircraft in a two-helicopter flight that was proceeding east/southeast from HNL, approximately along the shoreline. According to the pilot, the helicopter was in cruise at an altitude of about 1,800 ft. when he felt "severe" vibrations and then heard a "loud bang," after which the helicopter began to shake "violently." The pilot lowered his collective control and entered a power-on autorotation, with the intent of landing the helicopter in a grassy clearing in a residential neighborhood. He radioed his colleague in the trailing helicopter regarding his intentions, and then advised his passengers of the same. The pilot reported that the vibrations caused the transponder to work free of its panel mount. He also stated that even small tail rotor pedal inputs significantly worsened the vibrations.

The pilot made a partial run-on landing onto the targeted clearing. He reported that on first contact, the helicopter bounced about a foot into the air, and that the remaining slide on the dry and rocky grass field was rougher than he expected. The helicopter came to a stop upright, and the pilot shut down the engine. After the rotor blades stopped their rotation, the pilot had the passengers exit the helicopter. The landing field was part of a public school grounds, and the pilot released the passengers to the care of the school staff, while he examined the helicopter, and coordinated with his company.

The landing site was situated about 13 miles east of HNL, and the event occurred about 11 minutes after the helicopter departed HNL. Both the departure location and the landing site were situated at an elevation of approximately sea level.

Contrary to applicable regulations, the operator recovered the helicopter back to its facility, and began disassembly for repair without NTSB or Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) knowledge or approval. More than a day after the event, the NTSB became aware of the operator's maintenance activity, and instructed the operator to cease that activity, because evaluation indicated that the helicopter had been substantially damaged, and that the helicopter was therefore now the subject of an NTSB accident investigation.

Photographs and descriptions provided to the NTSB indicated that multiple tail rotor blade and gearbox components had failed during in-flight operation. The helicopter and removed components were preserved for subsequent detailed examination by personnel from the NTSB and other agencies.

The pilot held commercial and flight instructor certificates with helicopter ratings. He reported that he had about 7,300 hours total flight experience, including about 2,400 hours in the accident helicopter make and model. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued in January 2018, and his most recent flight review was completed in March, 2018.

FAA records indicated that the helicopter was manufactured in 1978, and was equipped with a Rolls-Royce 250-C20B series turboshaft engine. The helicopter was registered to the operator in September 2012. Prior to that, the helicopter had been registered in Panama, Florida, Texas, and California. The operator reported that the helicopter had a total time (TT) in service of about 14,328 hours, and that the engine had a TT of about 17,176 hours. The helicopter's most recent 100-hour inspection was completed in January 2018.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hughes
Registration: N369MH
Model/Series: 369 D
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Schuman Carriage Company Ltd
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commercial Air Tour (136)
Operator Does Business As: Magnum Helicopter
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HNL, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 21 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Honolulu, HI (HNL)
Destination: Honolulu, HI (HNL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude:

Cessna 340A, N311KM: Incident occurred August 09, 2018 at Key West International Airport (KEYW), Monroe County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Florida

Aircraft skidded off the runway into the grass.

Kelmscott Ventures LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N311KM

Date: 09-AUG-18
Time: 18:18:00Z
Regis#: N311KM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 340A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KEY WEST
State: FLORIDA