Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cessna 172H Skyhawk, N707TM: Accident occurred August 04, 2018 in Sallisaw, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma

Fast Mover Aviation LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N707TM

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA485
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 04, 2018 in Sallisaw, OK
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N707TM

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.

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N893JA: Incident occurred August 18, 2018 at Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Veered while airborne and crashed near taxiway. 

Mat-Valley Aero Services LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N893JA

Date: 18-AUG-18
Time: 21:22:00Z
Regis#: N893JA
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: SIGHT SEEING
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: DALLAS
State: TEXAS

ADDISON, Texas—The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating two plane crashes involving the same company at Addison Airport in less than six months.

That company, known at US Sport Aircraft, was involved in a crash over the weekend and in March earlier this year.

Fort Worth resident Sheema Shaik was involved in the March crash as a passenger. She said that she wanted to see Texas from the air, so she and her husband paid for separate flights with US Sport Aircraft through Groupon.

But after taking off, a preliminary NTSB report shows that the pilot experienced a vapor lock with the fuel pump and radioed to the control tower that she needed to make an emergency landing.

A vapor lock is when fuel changes state from a liquid to a gas while in the delivery system. The plane ended up crashing between a taxiway and a runway at the airport.

Shaik said that she feared she was going to die. “I did not have that much time to think you know,” Shaik said. “I knew that we were going down—I just thought about my family.”

What followed was a medical nightmare that left Shaik regretting the fact that she ever got into the cockpit of her plane. She received second-degree burns to her back, broke both legs and ankles, her neck, ribs, hand, and her lower back.

Shaik said that she also got a concussion that was so bad, that she said she can no longer smell or taste things.

Right now, she can’t walk—and there’s a chance she could lose her right foot because her talus bone is dead. Her medical bills, she said, are more than half-a-million dollars. “Each day I’m not a normal person,” Shaik said. “It’s a challenge for me.”

The NTSB is investigating the cause of Shaik’s crash, and now they’re looking into another involving US Sport Aircraft. The company is now identifying as ‘Thrust Flight’ but acknowledges that it was formerly US Sport Aircraft on its website.

On Saturday, a plane flown by the company went down at Addison Airport leaving three people injured. That’s two crashes in less than six months.

Shaik’s attorney, Ron McCallum of McCallum & Associates, said he’ll be paying close attention to the preliminary investigation of this latest crash. “I’m deeply disturbed that there’s another crash—with the same company to which my client was almost killed,” McCallum said.

McCallum and Shaik are considering litigation at this point. He alleges that Shaik’s crash could have been avoided.

McCallum is a pilot himself and has dealt in aviation litigation for over two decades. He alleges that the pilot could have landed safely. “She had other opportunities available to her that would not have resulted in this type of injury, in fact, everyone could have walked away,” he said.

WFAA reached out to US Sport Aircraft asking for comment about McCallum's comments, the crash over the weekend, and the one in March.

Its owner, Patrick Arnzen, sent WFAA the statement below:

“We are saddened by the accident this past weekend and are working closely with the FAA and NTSB to determine the cause and any measures that can be taken to prevent future incidents. We are grateful that all participants are receiving excellent care and are expected to recover.

Our fleet is the most modern and up to date in the area featuring new aircraft, whole aircraft ballistic recovery parachutes, airbags and other modern safety features. Our maintenance practices are regularly inspected by the FAA as part of our certification. These measures contribute greatly to survivability in an accident. This safety culture has allowed us to operate a very high-volume flight school with only five injuries and no fatalities in our 12-year history. Unfortunately, even in the most safety conscience environments, aviation carries some inherent risks. We strive to do all that we can to minimize these risks, but the industry has not yet devised a way to completely eliminate them.”


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

A Victoria man was injured in a plane crash Saturday in Dallas County.

Steven Salazar, of Victoria, was aboard the plane at the Addison Airport and was injured, said Clara Ramos, of Victoria. She knows of him because he went to school with her daughter.

Salazar is a certified flight instructor at US Sport Aircraft and Thrust Flight, according to his Facebook page.

His family posted on Facebook that Salazar went into surgery early Sunday morning for his broken femur, tibia and lower spine.

Salazar and two other people were in a Cessna C-172 small airplane that was departing Runway 15 at Addison Airport when it veered left while airborne and crashed into a taxiway, a plane transit area at the airport, just before 5 p.m., said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The three people on board were all injured and transported to Dallas-area hospitals, said Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

All three of them are expected to survive and are in stable condition, an Addison Town Police Department officer said.

Neither the NTSB or FAA releases names of those injured in crashes they investigate. The FAA and the NTSB are both still investigating.

The plane was on a training flight, according to the Dallas Morning News.

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



A small plane crashed at Addison Airport Saturday evening, injuring all three people on board, police say.

The plane -- a Cessna C172 -- crashed just after it took off and veered into the taxi lane, according to the FAA and Addison Police Department.

One of the three passengers was transported to Plano Medical Center, while police said they did not know which hospital the other two were taken to.

Police did not know the extent of passengers' injuries.

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





A small plane with the three people on board crashed at the Addison Airport on Saturday afternoon, a city spokesperson said.

All three people on board were taken to the hospital, including one that was taken by CareFlite helicopter. Their conditions were unknown.

The Cessna C172 aircraft was taking off at the airport when it veered left while airborne and crashed at the airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro said. The FAA was still investigating the crash Saturday night.

The crash was reported shortly after 5 p.m.

Footage from the scene showed several emergency vehicles and a CareFlite helicopter near the wrecked plane.

The Addison Airport is off Keller Springs Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

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

Quicksilver MXL II Sport, N105SE: Fatal accident occurred August 18, 2018 near Baugher's Orchard Airport (07MD), Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland

  
Robert Allen "Robbie" Johnson
1961 - 2018

Michael Charles Kilpatrick, 62


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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N105SE

Location: Westminster, MD
Accident Number: ERA18FA221
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, 1040 EDT
Registration: N105SE
Aircraft: QUICKSILVER MXL II Sport
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 18, 2018, about 1040 eastern daylight time, a Quicksilver MXLII Sport, N105SE, experienced an in-flight loss of control and descended uncontrolled into a farm field located near Baugher's Orchard Airport (07MD), Westminster, Maryland. The private pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The privately owned and operated airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal, local flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from 07MD about 15 to 20 minutes earlier.

The manager of 07MD reported that the accident pilot flew into the airport solo on the morning of the accident, arriving about 0930. While at 07MD, the passenger wanted to go for a ride, and the pilot who was going to fly locally, agreed to take him. The passenger obtained goggles from the manager for the intended flight. The flight departed and flew around locally. After about 15 to 20 minutes, the pilot returned for a landing to the south (usual because of upsloping runway), but because an airplane was departing to the north (usual because of downsloping runway), the accident pilot orbited to return.

While north of 07MD and flying in a southerly direction, between 100 and 200 feet above ground level, witnesses reported hearing a crack sound, followed by seeing either the left or right wings collapsed, or upward folding. The airplane then descended steeply and impacted the ground. The airplane's ballistic parachute system was only partially deployed. Sections of the fractured leading and trailing edge spars of the left wing, fractured trailing edge spar sections of the right wing, fractured bolt that attaches the lower and upper wing cables to the outboard section of the right leading edge spar, and fractured left aft tri-bar downtube fork with separated piece were retained for examination by the NTSB Materials Laboratory. The airframe parachute system was also retained for examination at the manufacturer's facility. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUICKSILVER
Registration: N105SE
Model/Series: MXL II Sport
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Kilpatrick Michael C
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DMW, 789 ft msl
Observation Time: 1050 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Westminster, MD (07MD)
Destination: Westminster, MD (07MD) 

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:  39.614722, -77.047778

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.



Michael Kilpatrick spent decades of his life flying.

As a teenager and in his early 20s, Kilpatrick, 62, of New Windsor, began flying hang gliders off of hills in Jefferson, Maryland, his sister Kim Thrasher said.

“He was just always interested in being up in the sky,” she said of her late brother.

Kilpatrick spent 23 years in the Navy where he was a flight engineer on a P3, and in recent years, flew a 2006 Ultralight Quicksilver single engine plane, which his sister described as “basically a motorized hang glider.”

It was while piloting that plane Saturday morning that an incident occurred, and Kilpatrick’s aircraft crashed in a field in Westminster. The incident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The crash killed both he and his passenger, Robert Johnson, 56, of Woodsboro. Both were pronounced dead at the scene after the plane crashed just before 11 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from Maryland State Police.

Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the NTSB, said Monday morning an investigator was on the scene 8:30 a.m. Sunday and worked all day to begin trying to piece together what occurred in Saturday’s crash.

Knudson said the investigator was again on the property Monday, and likely would finish up there by Tuesday morning.

The pilot and passenger were the only people on board the single-engine plane, according to the release. The crashed plane was found in an open field near the Baugher’s Orchards and Farm property.

“He died doing what he loved doing,” Thrasher said.

Michael Kilpatrick 

Thrasher said her brother was an “avid flyer” with his ultralights, and was the president of the area’s Ultralight Flyer’s Association.

Knudson said the NTSB does not yet know what caused the plane to crash. There was some sort of “fly-in breakfast” on Saturday that those in the plane were attending, he said.

Thrasher said Kilpatrick was coming in for a landing when the incident occured. The breakfast was also a sort of airshow, she said, and it was during the event that Kilpatrick was flying, she said.

As Kilpatrick was coming down to land, she said, another plane was coming in and so he pulled up to fly around again. On the second approach, after having just cleared the trees, Thrasher said witnesses “heard a loud band just as the plane started to plummet.”

Thrasher said it’s unclear if the plane had a mechanical failure, or if he was trying to pull his parachute.

“He was extremely experienced” as a pilot, she said, and was an instructor. Kilpatrick knew how to get out of any situation that could happen in the air, she added.

“This had to be [some sort of] catastrophic failure,” she said.

Knudson said the on-scene investigator will be focusing on documenting the crash site and interviewing witnesses, of which there were several. A preliminary report will be out within a week or two of the incident, he added.

The full investigation though, Knudson said, will take much longer. The full report, including the probable cause and contributing factors, will take 12 to 24 months to complete.

Investigators will be looking at all aspects of the incident, including the pilot, the aircraft and the operating environment, he said.

“We start with all possibilities on the table and then we rule things out,” Knudson said.

In addition to flying, Thrasher said her brother was dedicated to his wife of 15 years, Jeanne. While the couple did not have children, Thrasher said Kilpatrick had more than two dozen nieces and nephews, and about a dozen grand nieces and nephews.

“He was always the favorite Uncle Mike,” she said.

Kilpatrick had many hobbies and interests, she said, and people knew him for “all different walks of life.” He was active in his church, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy, she added.

Thrasher said Kilpatrick was giving Johnson a ride in his plane when the incident occurred.

Johnson, who was the Maintenance Area Supervisor for Urbana High School in Frederick County, was remembered Monday as “a great guy and a great asset” by Brad Young, the Frederick County Public Schools Board of Education president.

While Young said he knew Johnson from his time in FCPS, the two met more than three decades ago in church at the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ. Young said their kids went through Sunday School together.

“I just know he was a highly respected person in our school system,” Young said.

Johnson was always in a good mood with a smile on his face, he added.

“[He was] a person with a big heart,” he said.

Original article ➤  http://www.carrollcountytimes.co



WESTMINSTER, Md. (WBFF) -- Maryland State Police have identified two men that were killed after a small plane crashed in Westminster near Baugher's Orchard and Farm Saturday morning.


Troopers say the deceased are identified as 62-year-old Michael Kilpatrick, of New Windsor, and 56-year-old Robert Johnson, of Woodsboro. Kilpatrick was the pilot and Johnson was the passenger. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the plane crash earlier Saturday.


According to authorities, a 2006 Ultralight Quicksilver single engine plane crashed soon after take-off from a private air strip along Baugher Road near Hughes Shop Road shortly before 11 a.m. Kilpatrick and Johnson were the only ones on the plane.


Preliminary information from investigators indicates the plane had just taken off from a private airstrip. The crash is said to have occurred not far from the airstrip.


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be handling the investigation. Maryland State Police troopers say that they will not speculate on the cause of the crash. The cause of the crash will be investigated and determined by federal authorities.


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


Two people were pronounced dead Saturday after a plane crash near Baugher Road in Westminster.

The incident is under investigation by the Maryland State Police, and Federal Aviation Administration officials are expected to arrive on scene.

According to Maryland State Police, a small plane crashed soon after take off from a private air strip in Carroll County.

“Emergency service responders pronounced the pilot and the passenger of a 2006 Ultralight Quicksilver, deceased after their plane crashed shortly before 11:00 a.m. today,” according to a state police news release.

The identities of the two victims are being withheld, pending next of kin notification.

The pilot and passenger were the only people on board the single-engine plane, according to the release. The crashed plane was found in an open field on the Baugher’s Orchards and Farm property.

State police expect to issue an update later in the day.

“The cause of the crash will be investigated and determined by federal authorities,” according to the release.

The Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company was the primary responder. They were assisted by the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department with an engine, ambulance and all terrain vehicle, Pleasant Valley volunteer fire company spokesman Steve Wantz said.

Original article ➤ http://www.carrollcountytimes.com


Michael Charles Kilpatrick, 62, passed away on August 18, 2018 while doing what he loved, flying over the fields of Frederick and Carroll Counties. He is survived by his beloved wife Jeanne Kilpatrick.

Mike was born August 1, 1956, to Earl and Marilyn Kilpatrick. He was born fifth of eleven siblings. 

Mike knew early on that he wanted to become a pilot, and took courses while in high school, attaining his first pilot's license in 1975. Mike continued living his dream by becoming a naval airman after graduating from Magruder High School in 1975. During his 23 years of service in the Navy he received countless achievements and accolades. He was a flight engineer on the P-3 Orion for many years and that service brought Mike to ports of call all over the world. Mike retired from the Naval Reserve in 2000. Mike was also an electronics technician for Orbital Science and Fairchild Industries, and a waiter for 12 years at Phineas Restaurant. Mike was currently Project Manager for Mast Construction, Mount Airy. Mike served diligently at each of these jobs usually working two or more at a time. He loved serving and being with people. 

In his free time Mike was a part of many community organizations; flying clubs, Patriot Guard, and an Elder of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. He was very loving in his faith and was always available for a conversation about his love for Our Lord. He loved being a pilot; he said he felt closer to God while flying. Never complaining, always appreciative, his life was an example and beacon to all who knew him. His ever shining star will never shine so bright as it will now that he is in the loving arms of Jesus Christ. 

Mike's beautiful, loving and supportive wife Jeanne helped make him the man we knew. His faith, his comfort, and his love developed through their special bond. Their connection later in their lives was Mikes' missing piece he had searched the world for. Although he leaves her now, he leaves her surrounded by family and many dear friends. 

Mike is survived by his 10 siblings and spouses, Linda Lauer (Larry) , Greg Kilpatrick, Ed Kilpatrick (Janet), Kristy Malochee (Pierre), Darrell Kilpatrick, Karen Hull (Greg), Duane Kilpatrick, Martin Kilpatrick (Jennifer), Monica Soloman (James), Kim Thrasher (Leo)

Nieces and nephews: Kevin Lauer (Lizzie), Danny Lauer, John Lauer, Chuck Lauer (Melanie), Jennifer Sincevich (Alex), Michael Kilpatrick (Tabby), Melissa Crowley (Conor), Jimmy Kilpatrick, Amalie Eig (Adam), Joseph Malochee (Brooke), Moey Malochee (Andrea), Andre Malochee (Suzanna), Terry Malochee, LaRita Malochee, Gregory Kilpatrick, Bradley Kilpatrick, Lorraina Hull, Karla Hull (Jose Amaya), Steven Hull (Yvette), Lindsey Hartsfield (Ben), Rebecca, Christopher Garten (Martin Majewski) Colleen Gershey (Josh), Brian Garten, and Kalvin Thrasher (Makayla Sexton). There are also many great nieces and great nephews who will fondly remember him always.

Mike is also survived by the loving Norris family. His mother-in-law Ruth Botkin, his father and mother-in-law Ken and Elli Norris; Siblings: Clint Botkin (Joyce), John Norris (Nora), Jim Norris (Lisa), Maria Smith (John), Kelly Zimmerman (Mary).

Nieces and Nephews: Kristen Salmon (Jeff), Krista Bologna (Chris), Josh Norris, Ashley Norris (Brian Richards), Erica Waters (Mike), Christi Mayberry (Scott), Vincent Bender, Luke Bender (Danielle), Riley Bender (Justine), Joren Bender (Amy), Sydney Norris, Jessica Norris, Brendan Elliott, Logan Elliott (Katarina), Devan Elliott, Ryan Zimmerman (Tara), Kyle Zimmerman (Halle), Drew Zimmerman, Noah Zimmerman. 

The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM on Saturday, August 25, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 609 Center Street, Mount Airy, where services will begin at 11:00 AM with Rev. Daniel Melton officiating. Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers please donate in Mike's name to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 609 Center Street, Mount Airy, Maryland, 21771. 


Arrangements are by Stauffer Funeral Home, Mt. Airy and Stauffer Crematory, Frederick. Online condolences may be expressed at staufferfuneralhome.com

Robert Allen "Robbie" Johnson, 56, of Woodsboro, Maryland, passed away unexpectedly in an Ultralight Plane Crash on August 18, 2018. 

Born on September 29, 1961 in Frederick, he was the beloved son of Edward and Jeannette (Wachter) Johnson.

Rob never knew a stranger and enjoyed many events with family and friends. He enjoyed helping people and giving a kind word and telling a joke. He enjoyed the occasional motorcycle ride with family and friends and attending ultralight gatherings. He worked for Shipley Bottling Company, Barnes Cabinet Shop, Rylan Home, Klipp and Sons Plumbing and retired from Frederick County Public Schools, Urbana Cluster working with the maintenance department for 18 years.

He was a beloved son, father, brother and friend. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sons, Jesse Tyson Johnson and partner Andy of Washington D.C., and Jacob Edward Johnson and wife Katie of Portland, ME. He is also survived by his sister, Susan "Susie" McConnell and husband Pat, and their children Ian, Justin and Kate of Ijamsville and his brother, Grayson "Andy" Johnson and wife Beth, and their children, Tyler, Morgan and Kyle. In addition he is survived by his life partner, Laurel Johnson of Woodsboro and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends from 5-8pm on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A., 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Friday, August 24th at 1pm at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habit for Humanity of Frederick County, 117 E. Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701. 

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com

Air Tractor AT-502B, registered to and operated by Lutes Flying Service Inc, N502RL: Fatal accident occurred August 18, 2018 in Bronson, Branch County, Michigan

Phillip Percy Kwock-Wai Ching
AUGUST 15, 1992 ~ AUGUST 18, 2018 (AGE 26)

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Air Tractor, Inc; Olney, Texas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N502RL

Location: Bronson, MI
Accident Number: CEN18FA339
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, 1730 EDT
Registration: N502RL
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On August 18, 2018, about 1730 eastern daylight time, an Air Tractor 502B, N502RL, was destroyed when it impacted terrain while maneuvering during an aerial application flight near Bronson, Michigan. The pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Lutes Flying Service, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Wolfe Field Airport (IN65), near Shipshewana, Indiana, at an unconfirmed time.

A witness who was located about 0.4 miles and 150 degrees from the accident site reported seeing the accident. He stated that the airplane was making turns near his location in conjunction with spraying operations in a nearby field. The witness stated that he saw the airplane complete a spray pass to the east and then pulled up into a near vertical attitude, after which, the airplane then became inverted.The airplane then descended straight down and was starting to pull up when it hit the ground.

The airplane came to rest upright in a soybean field facing about 340 degrees. The wings, fuselage, tail, and all control surfaces were present at the accident site in their normal locations. The forward fuselage and the leading edges of both wings exhibited aft and upward crushing indicative of a nose low impact with the ground. Both main landing gear hand been torn from the fuselage and were found beneath the wreckage. The wing remained in one piece with the flaps and ailerons still attached. The fuselage was predominately intact with the previously noted crushing damage to the forward fuselage. The tail surfaces were located in their correct positions. The vertical stabilizer was still attached to the fuselage and the rudder was attached by the lower 2 hinges. The upper half or the rudder was bent to the left about 90 degrees. The left and right horizontal stabilizers were partially separated from the fuselage at the spar attachments. The elevators remained attached to the stabilizers.

The airplane's control system was examined. Continuity of the elevator control system was verified from the control stick in the cockpit aft to the elevator control surfaces. The rudder control cables were found to be intact from each of the rudder pedals in the cockpit aft to the rudder control surface. The aileron controls were examined and the mixing system for the drooping aileron system incurred impact damage and several of the control pushrods housed in the lower fuselage exhibited bending due to impact; however, no preimpact anomalies with regard to the aileron control system was observed. Measurement of the flap actuator corresponded to about 5 degrees of flap deflection.

The airplane's engine was a Pratt & Whitney model PT6A-34AG turboprop engine, turning a three blade propeller. The engine was broken in half at the "F" flange. The exposed broke shaft revealed fracture surfaces with 45 degree shear lips indicative of overload failure. One propeller blade was visible above the ground and remained attached to the hub. The remaining two blades were found buried beneath the engine. One of the buried blades remained attached to the hub while the other was separated. The separated blade showed chordwise scratching and a deep gouge in the leading edge a portion of the blade tip was separated.

Upon removal of the airplane from the site, an wing impact imprint was found in the soil beneath the wing about 2 ft. aft of the wing leading edge. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N502RL
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Lutes Flying Service Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: IRS, 925 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Shipshewana, IN (IN65)
Destination: Shipshewana, IN (IN65)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.843056, -85.119167

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.

Phillip Percy Kwock-Wai Ching age 26, of Elsie, MI, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the Owosso Community Airport at 1:00 pm.  With refreshments to follow.

Phillip was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 15, 1992, the son of Radford and Cindy (Moore) Ching.  Phillip graduated from Ovid-Elsie High School with the class of 2010. He received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.

He is survived by his parents Radford and Cindy Ching, fiancĂ©e Mya Hall, brothers: Robert Ching and David Ching, and grandparents: Percy and Eleanor Ching. He is also survived by many aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by grandparents Bob and Doris Moore.

Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, Elsie, MI.


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A 25-year old crop duster pilot died Saturday afternoon in a crash in a soybean field in Bethel Township.

Michigan State Police identified the pilot as Phillip Ching of Elsie, Mich. He was the lone occupant of the small single-engine plane. Ching likely died on impact, according to MSP, but an autopsy was set to be performed Sunday.

Witnesses said the plane was spraying the bean field east of Snow Prairie Road, just north of Hatmaker Road, swooping low at about 20 feet over the crop when it did not pull up and hit the ground. The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m.

Bronson Fire Medical First Responders went into the field to attempt a rescue. Michigan State Police were called to investigate the death. Troopers notified the Federal Aviation Agency and the National Transportation Safety Board which will look into the crash.

A trooper with Michigan State Police said the plane is owned by Lutes Flying Services, of Shipshewana, Ind. Ching was staying in Middlebury, Ind., for the summer working for Lutes.

The plane was seen in western Branch and St. Joseph counties on a regular basis spraying numerous crops, including potato fields. The pilot used GPS to set up spray patterns.

Witnesses at the adjacent farm told investigators Ching had made one pass then pulled up and looped around and was diving for another pass when the plane hit the ground. Federal officials will try to determine the cause of the crash.


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

BETHEL TOWNSHIP, Mich. —  The Federal Aviation Administration is en route to a bean field in a rural section of Branch County, where a crop-dusting plane crashed late Saturday afternoon – killing the pilot.

Sergeant Todd Price with the Michigan State Police Marshall Post tells FOX 17 the single-seat/single-engine plane went down in the middle of a bean field, between 5:35 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The location is near Kosmerick and Clearwater roads in Bethel Township, which is east of the City of Bronson and west of I-69.

Witnesses told police the plane was trying to negotiate a turn to dust another row of crops when it went down. Sergeant Price says the pilot -25-year-old Phillip Ching of Middlebury, Indiana – was killed, and nobody on the ground was injured. Police say Ching was originally licensed out of Ellis Township, Michigan.

The airplane flew out of Lutes Flying Service in Shipshewana, Indiana, according to Price, who said the family of the pilot has already been notified.

“An autopsy will be conducted. The FAA is en route to the scene, and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) will be investigating.”

There was no early indication what caused the crash.

According to The Daily Reporter, “Witnesses said the pilot was diving, spraying the field from about 20 feet when it hit the ground. Bronson Fire responded…..The plane was just visible about half a mile south of Hatmaker Road, and half a mile north of Kosmerick, east of Snow Prairie…”.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox17online.com




BETHEL TOWNSHIP Mich. (WOOD) -- A 25-year-old man was killed when he crashed the crop duster he was flying Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened in a bean field northeast of Kosmerick Rd. and S. Snow Prairie Rd. in Bethel Township, southeast of Bronson, just after 5:30 p.m.

Michigan State Police say the victim was crop-dusting the field when he crashed.

"He was flying east, went to make his turn, and struck the ground," MSP Sgt. Todd Price told 24 Hour News 8. "It appears he must have died upon impact."

Price said witnesses called 911 to report the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board were headed to the scene to investigate the crash.

The victim is from Middlebury, Indiana. He worked for Lutes Flying Service Inc., based in Shipshewana, Indiana. His name was not immediately released.

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



BRONSON, Mich. — Michigan State Police are currently on-scene investigating after a body was pulled from a crop duster plane following a crash in a field near the intersection of Kosmerick and South Snow Prarie roads just outside of Bronson around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

A source close to the investigation said MSP troopers were dispatched to the field around 5:47 p.m. and have since declared 25-year-old Phillip Ching of Elsie, Michigan as the single deceased occupant of the plane. A press release from MSP said Ching likely died on impact, but an autopsy is set to be performed on Sunday.

Witnesses told investigators that Ching was working to turn into another row of crops when the plane went down into the field. Officials confirm Ching was working on chemical application of the crops. The family has been notified, but a cause has yet to be determined.

A trooper with Michigan State Police said the plane is owned by Lutes Flying Services, which is based out of Shipshewana, Indiana. Ching was staying in Middlebury, Indiana for the summer working for Lutes.

The crash remained under investigation by MSP and the Federal Aviation Administration. Bronson Fire and Lifecare Ambulance assisted on the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board will be on scene tomorrow to continue the investigation. 

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

Embraer Phenom, N851RV: Incident occurred August 10, 2018 at Shelby County Airport (KEET), Alabaster, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama

Aircraft skidded off the runway into the grass.

Dixie Air of Hammond LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N851RV

Date: 10-AUG-18
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N851RV
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB 500
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ALABASTER
State: ALABAMA

Maule MX-7-180A, N7ZV: Accident occurred August 09, 2018 in Valdez, Alaska

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N7ZV

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA489
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 09, 2018 in Valdez, AK
Aircraft: Maule MX7, registration: N7ZV

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.

On landing aircraft bounced, nosed over and came to rest upside down.

Date: 13-AUG-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N7ZV
Aircraft Make: MAULE
Aircraft Model: MX 7 180A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NELCHINA
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-18-150, N9884D: Incident occurred June 12, 2018 in Gilliam Glacier, Alaska

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N9884D

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA494
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Gilliam Glacier, AK
Aircraft: Piper PA18, registration: N9884D

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

Crashed under unknown circumstances.
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Date: 12-AUG-18
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N9884D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: DELTA JUNCTION
State: ALASKA

Lancair 360, N363TC: Incident occurred August 12, 2018 at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Went off runway.

http://registry.faa.gov/N363TC

Date: 13-AUG-18
Time: 02:57:00Z
Regis#: N363TC
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: LANCAIR 360
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PHOENIX
State: ARIZONA

Beech S35 Bonanza, N869T: Incident occurred August 10, 2018 at Chandler Municipal Airport (KCHD), Maricopa County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Gear up landing.

http://registry.faa.gov/N869T

Date: 10-AUG-18
Time: 17:56:00Z
Regis#: N869T
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: S35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CHANDLER
State: ARIZONA

Zenith STOL CH750, N328SK: Accident occurred August 11, 2018 near Napa County Airport (KAPC), 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/N328SK

Location: Napa, CA
Accident Number: WPR18TA223
Date & Time: 08/11/2018, 1056 PDT
Registration: N328SK
Aircraft: Zenair ZENITH STOL CH750
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 11, 2018, about 1056 Pacific daylight time, an experimental, amateur built Zenith CH-750 airplane, N328SK, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Napa County Airport (APC), Napa, California. The commercial pilot/owner and his pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at APC about the time of the accident. The local flight had originated from APC, and was returning when the accident occurred.

According to the pilot, who was also the builder of the airplane, the airplane was for sale, and the accident flight was a demonstration/familiarization flight for a potential buyer. The pilot reported that the potential buyer had requested that the pilot conduct slow flight, stalls, and other "steep maneuvers" that required pitch attitudes in excess of those that the pilot experienced during his typical flights. After an unspecified amount of time conducting these maneuvers in the local area, the two decided to return to APC for landing and takeoff demonstrations. At some point during the approach, the engine lost all oil pressure, and stopped producing power shortly thereafter. The pilot initially attempted to glide to the airport, but then realized that the airplane was unable to reach APC. The pilot then decided to land on a nearby levee. The airplane touched down on the levee, and the initial rollout was satisfactory. However, due to wind and the levee width, the airplane veered off the levee, and damaged the wing and fuselage. The airplane came to rest on the slope of the levee, about 0.6 miles west of the APC runway 6 threshold.

The airplane was equipped with a Belgian ULPower brand piston engine. The pilot reported that he believed that the unusual (for him) pitch attitudes during the demo flight had caused the oil to be vented overboard via the oil breather assembly. He also reported that he had had other problems previously with the engine, and that he had sent the engine back to the manufacturer for replacement of several components, including all four cylinder heads, one cylinder, and all piston rings.

Examination of the airplane and engine by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the engine was void of lubricating oil. Significant oil residue was observed in the region of the starter ring gear and its drive penetration of the engine case. The engine did not exhibit any other evidence of non-impact related damage or failures. Separately, communications with the US-based engine manufacturer's representative indicated that there were no records of the engine being returned to the manufacturer.

FAA records indicated that the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, and instrument airplane ratings. He also held a repairman experimental aircraft builder certificate valid for the accident airplane. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in December 2014.

FAA records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 2014. The pilot-provided flight and maintenance records were all essentially devoid of entries.

APC was situated at an elevation of 36 ft above mean sea level, and was equipped with three paved runways, designated 06/24 and 18/36 L and R. APC was equipped with an air traffic control tower, which was staffed and operating at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N328SK
Model/Series: ZENITH STOL CH750 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: APC, 36 ft msl
Observation Time: 1054 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Napa, CA (APC)
Destination: Napa, CA (APC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.200000, -122.291667 (est)





A pilot and his passenger were reportedly uninjured after the small plane they were flying unexpectedly landed near the runway at Green Island Road in Napa County on Saturday morning, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said the pilot and passenger are uninjured thanks to the “quick thinking” of the pilot who, after realizing there was a mechanical failure, attempted to land the plane on a levee. As the plane was coming to a stop, however, deputies said, the wind picked up and swept the small plane halfway into a nearby marsh.

There was significant damage to the plane, which is owned by the pilot.

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