Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, F-HFPL: Fatal accident occurred July 04, 2018 in Bad Voslau, Austria

Winzer Christian Kamper (53) starb mit seinem Schwager beim Flugzeugabsturz. 

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA256
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 04, 2018 in Bad Voslau, Austria
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 4, 2018, about 0815 coordinated universal time, a Cessna 172S airplane, F-HFPL, impacted terrain at Bad Voslau Airport, Bad Voslau, Austria. The pilot in command and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The flight was operated by Wiener Luftfahrerverband - Pilotenclub, Wien, Austria, as a personal flight.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Austrian Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authority. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the ACASIA. Further information pertaining this accident may be obtained from:

Trauzlgasse 1, A-1210
Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43171162/659193 or 43664/83733401
E-mail: oliver.bruck@bmvit.gv.at or fus@bmvit.gv.at








Flugdrama im Bezirk Baden: Ein Absturz eines Sportflugzeuges forderte zwei Tote.

Auf dem Flugplatz in Vöslau-Kottingbrunn (Bezirk Baden) passierte die Tragödie, ein Sportflugzeug stürzte ab, teilte NÖ Feuerwehrsprecher Franz Resperger mit. Zwei Insassen kamen ums Leben. Die Männer seien massiv im stark deformierten Cockpit der inländischen Maschine eingeklemmt worden.

Gegen 10.15 Uhr hatte sich das Flugzeug mit der Nase neben der Landebahn in die Wiese gebohrt, schilderte Resperger. Nähere Umstände bzw. der Hergang des Unglücks waren zunächst nicht bekannt.

Schwierige Bergungsarbeiten


Nach dem Absturz eines Sportflugzeugs Mittwochvormittag auf dem Flugplatz Vöslau-Kottingbrunn sind zwei Feuerwehren mit 40 Mitgliedern im Einsatz gestanden. Neben der Bergung der im zerstörten Cockpit eingeklemmten Opfer wurde aus Sicherheitsgründen ein Schaumteppich gelegt, berichtete NÖ Feuerwehrsprecher Franz Resperger.

Die Explosionsgefahr ist mittlerweile gebannt. Nach dem Unglück war massiv Benzin aus dem Sportflugzeug ausgetreten, weshalb auch ein Schadstoffspezialist eingesetzt wurde.


Die Bergung der Toten gestaltete sich schwierig. Einer der Insassen konnte laut dem Sprecher mithilfe von hydraulischen Rettungsgerät herausgeholt werden, für die Bergung des zweiten Mannes sollte das Flugzeug von einem Kran angehoben werden.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.heute.at

Judge postpones trial for convicted drug runner



Burlington, Vermont — A federal judge has agreed to postpone the criminal trial of a convicted drug runner from Sudbury who is facing a new charge of flying without a license for a midnight flight into a Rutland County in April.

Also, Angelo P. Efthimiatos, 48, will be allowed to get a new lawyer after telling the court Tuesday that he has a lack of confidence in Assistant Public Defender Steven L. Barth.

After extensive questioning, Judge Christina Reiss agreed to replace Barth and said she will move quickly to get Efthimiatos a new criminal defense lawyer.  She questioned a claim by Efthimiatos that he needed a lawyer specializing in Federal Aviation Administration law.

Efthimiatos said he is trying to avoid a felony conviction because he believes it would ruin his aviation career.  He said he believes his case is really a civil violation and not a criminal act.

“My goal is to get to trial as soon as possible,” Reiss told him.

Jury selection was scheduled for next Monday, but the judge has now postponed it until Oct. 2.

Efthimiatos noted the prosecution had offered him a 90-day sentence to resolve the case, but he had been held 147 days as of Tuesday’s hearing.

Efthimiatos flew a Piper aircraft into the closed Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport at about 12:15 a.m. April 10 as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stakeout team watched, federal court records show.

No drugs or large amounts of currency were found in the plane, according to the DEA.  The DEA said in court papers it had received information Efthimiatos might be arriving by plane at the airport in North Clarendon that night.

He has pleaded not guilty to the single-charge indictment.  It notes that between January and March of this year at least four times Efthimiatos purchased fuel for an aircraft in preparation for a flight or after landing at the Rutland airport.  The fuel purchases were for a Piper aircraft with the same tail number  flown into Rutland the night Efthimiatos was arrested, records show.

The indictment also said that same plane made “multiple trips of short duration, often traveling late at night between small airports” like Newport State Airport in Rhode Island, Nantucket Airport in Nantucket, Mass., and Rutland airport after each of them was closed.

The FAA has said Efthimiatos’ license to fly was revoked for life in 2014 following two drug convictions in Iowa that involved him using a small aircraft to transport a large load of drugs between California and the East Coast. He admitted it was his fourth drug-related cross-country smuggling trip, records show.

Efthimiatos completed a nearly five-year federal prison sentence for drug conspiracy last year and was placed under federal supervision for five years, officials said.  They said his supervised release was transferred to Vermont.

He could face up to three years if convicted in Vermont on the new flying charge and another two years in Iowa if his supervised release is revoked, Barth said at an earlier hearing. Barth maintained the penalties should be much less on both.

As the hearing began Tuesday, Reiss ordered Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia A.P. Cowles, the prosecutor, to leave the courtroom so she would be unable to use any comments made by the defendant or Barth.

Efthimiatos said Barth had done a “terrible job” and the relationship had become adversarial.  Efthimiatos also said Barth had failed to try to learn why the DEA was trailing him in April, and failed to push for Efthimiatos’ release pending trail.

Reiss questioned Efthimiatos at length about his relationship with Barth. She warned him against listening to inmates or others without law degrees who think they know what should be done and what motions or documents should be sought.  She said Barth has done a good job in other criminal cases and has successfully defended others charged in federal court.

After the questioning, Reiss asked Efthimiatos about using Barth.

“I think we are done here,” Efthimiatos said.  Barth agreed.

Cowles has estimated the jury trial could take up to four days, including one day for jury selection, two days of trial and whatever the defense had for the case.

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

Bell 430, TC-HYU: Fatal accident occurred September 06, 2018 in Bostanci, Turkey

Helikopterin Halil İbrahim Ünver'e ait Ünver Havacılık adına kayıtlığı olduğu öğrenildi.


NTSB Identification: ERA18WA245
14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, September 06, 2018 in Bostanci, Turkey
Aircraft: BELL 430, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Turkey has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Bell 430 that occurred on September 06, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Turkey's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


All investigative information will be released by the government of Turkey.





Bostancı açıklarında denize bir helikopter düştü.

Bostancı açıklarında denize bir helikopter düştü. İstanbul Valiliği konuyla ilgili yaptığı açıklamada düşen helikopterdeki İsmet Özgür ve Halil Ünver yaralı olarak kurtarıldığını açıkladı. Helikopterin Halil İbrahim Ünver’e ait Ünver Havacılık adına kayıtlı olduğu öğrenildi.

VALİLİKTEN AÇIKLAMA

Düşen helikopterle ilgili İstanbul Valiliği’nden açıklama geldi. Yapılan açıklamada, “İlimiz Maltepe ilçesi Bostancı sahilinde özel bir helikopter kazası meydana gelmiş olup iki kişi hafif yaralı olarak kurtarılmıştır. Teknik ekipler olay yerinde gerekli araştırma çalışmalarına başlamışlardır” denildi.

Düzenleme:

Olay yerine giden balıkçılar ilk müdahaleyi yaptı. İlk belirlemelere göre kaza yapan helikopterden 2 kişi kurtarıldı. Helikopterin Halil İbrahim Ünver’e ait Ünver Havacılık adına kayıtlı olduğu öğrenildi. TC-HYU kuyruk tescilli helikopter Kartal’dan Sefaköy’e gidiyordu. İstanbul Valisi Vasip Şahin, helikopterden kurtarılan kişilerin İsmet Özgür ve Halil Ünver olduğunu açıkladı. Ancak Hastaneye yaralı olarak kaldırılan Otokar Yönetim Kurulu Başkan vekili Halil Ünver’in elim kaza sonrasında Fatih Sultan Mehmet Eğitim ve Araştırma Hatsanesinde tedavi altına alındığı ancak hayatını keybettiği bilgisi paylaşıldı. Pilotun ise tedavisi halen devam ediyor.

http://www.goklerdeyiz.net




A helicopter crashed off the coast of Bostancı neighborhood in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district on Sept. 6, killing a passenger, Demirören News Agency reported.

The helicopter belonged to Ünver Aviation company and was on its way from Kartal district on Istanbul’s Asian side to the Sefaköy neighborhood of Küçükçekmece district on the city’s European side.

“I tried hard to crash land the helicopter into the sea, but I couldn’t,” local media quoted the helicopter pilot as saying while he was being transferred to hospital.

The company's owner and Otokar board member Halil Ünver died after he was hospitalized following the crash.

Treatment of the pilot İsmet Özgür is ongoing at Lütfi Kırdar Kartal Training and Research Hospital, according to the hospital’s Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Recep Demirhan.

“The technical teams have carried out the necessary analysis at the scene of the crash,” the Istanbul Governor’s Office said in a statement.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com

Leesburg, Virginia: Teen flies solo ahead of earning pilot's license

Trey Stroupe


Many teenagers can’t wait until they turn 16 to get their driver’s license and hit the road. Loudoun County High School junior Trey Stroupe had a higher aspiration: pilot an aircraft by himself.

He achieved that goal May 12. Just a few weeks after his birthday, Stroupe took off from Leesburg Executive Airport in a Cirrus SR20 for his first solo flight. He flew to Harper’s Ferry and completed three successful takeoffs and landings.

“I was at a loss for words on the first flight,” Stroupe said. “I couldn’t talk or anything, I was just taking it all in for the first time. Seeing the ground below, being up in the air, taking it all in from the cockpit.”

Stroupe started flying on his 15th birthday after he received an introductory flight as a birthday gift. By the time the wheels hit the runway, he had found a new passion. Since then he’s taken flying lessons at Leesburg Executive Airport through a company called OpenAir, while waiting for his next birthday to arrive. Like Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles, the Federal Aviation Administration requires licensees to be 16 years old and to complete 15 hours of supervised time behind the wheel—or rather the yoke—before traveling without an instructor sitting in the next seat.

Stroupe’s flight instructor, Bob Garity, said a student hitting those flying milestones so young is “pretty unusual.”

“It’s unusual to find a young man his age who knows exactly what he wants to do and is going after it,” Garity said. And he said while Stroupe can fly a plane by himself, his parents still drive him to the airport.

Once he graduates from Loudoun County High School, Stroupe plans to attend aviation school; he is looking into U.S. Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, Purdue and Virginia

Tech. He hopes to eventually become an aerospace engineer or a U.S. Air Force pilot.

“I really enjoy flying,” he said. “I think it’s more fun than driving. It’s something that not a lot of people can do and it’s just special to be up in the air.”

For now, in between balancing school, NJROTC and athletics, Stroupe still tries to schedule at least one flying lesson a month to keep his skills sharp.

“He’s a real good pilot,” Garity said. “He’s really conscientious, he studies all the material. He handles the airplane like a professional, and he doesn’t even have a license yet because of age.”

Stroupe also plans to complete all the requirements to obtain his official pilot license as soon he turns 17.

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

Cessna 150M, N66778: Fatal accident occurred July 18, 2018 at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ), Beef Island, British Virgin Islands

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https://registry.faa.gov/N66778

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA279
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N66778
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On July 18, 2018, at 2030 UTC, a Cessna 150M, N66778, S/N 15076271, impacted the sea shortly after takeoff from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ), Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot, the sole occupant, suffered fatal injuries. Preliminary information indicated the intended destination was Pointe-á-Pitre International Airport, Guadeloupe.


This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) United Kingdom. Under the provisions of Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation as a State of Design, the United States has designated an accredited representative to participate in the investigation. Any further information may be obtained from:


AAIB: 

Famborough House 
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1252 510300
E-mail: investigations@aaib.gov.uk
Investigator-in-Charge:
Mr. John McMillan
Telephone: +44 1252 510300 
E-mail: jmcmillan@aaib.gov.uk 

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the AAIB United Kingdom. 




The individual rescued from the aircraft that crashed in the sea at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island has died.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force made the pronouncement minutes before 6 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, July 18.

Police said an investigation has been launched into the fatal accident.

The name of the victim has not been released.

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A small aircraft has reportedly crash-landed in a body of water at the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.

Local emergency services personnel responded at the scene.

Police told BVI News the aircraft ‘overran the runway’ at the airport and ended in the sea.

“One person was rescued from the aircraft,” police said.

Amateur video footage sent to BVI News shows one resident performing what appears to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation – more commonly known as CPR – on a male who is believed to be the crash victim.

The full circumstances of the incident are not clear but BVI News will provide further information as it becomes available.

The BVI Airports Authority has released the following statement on the incident:

A C150 with one person on board departed the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ) at 20:17Z (4:17pm) destined to Pointe a Pitre International Airport (TFFR) in Guadeloupe when it crashed into the waters off the east north east end of Runway 07.

BVI Airport Authority’s Rescue and Fire Fighting Service moved swiftly into action and was able to quickly secure the pilot, the only occupant of the aircraft.

The Airport is currently closed to facilitate the rescue effort.

http://bvinews.com




A pilot died when the plane he was flying overran the runway at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and ended up in the sea near Trellis Bay, according to police and other officials.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, has not been publicly identified, but Virgin Islands Search and Rescue member Phil Aspinall said police information suggests he was an Angolan national with a United States passport.

VISAR received a call about the incident from the United States Coast Coast Guard at around 4:21 p.m. and arrived on the scene a little before 5 p.m. to find the Cesna C150 in the water near the end of the runway, according to Mr. Aspinall.

The pilot had already been pulled from the wreckage by “good Samaritan divers” who were on the scene and CPR was being administered, according to Mr. Aspinall.

Police, however, confirmed minutes before 6 p.m. that the pilot had died, and what appeared to be a body bag was visible on the Trellis Bay dock that responders were using to access the wreck.

The plane was headed to Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe at 4:17 p.m. and had six hours of fuel on board, according the BVI Airports Authority.

http://bvibeacon.com

At Boeing Factory, Unfinished 737s Pile Up: Supplier bottlenecks threaten production at aerospace giant’s factory near Seattle



The Wall Street Journal
By Andrew Tangel and Doug Cameron
Sept. 3, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET

Boeing Company is facing a problem as it races to meet demand for single-aisle, fuel-efficient jets: where to store unfinished 737s piling up at a factory near Seattle.

One answer in late July was the taxiway of the small airport in Renton, Washington, next to its Boeing factory there.

“Boeing is running out of space,” Renton public works administrator Gregg Zimmerman wrote to city council members in a July 27 memo about the taxiway plan. “They have encountered an emergency production challenge that threatens to interfere with their ability to keep their airplane production lines running.”

A Boeing spokesman said the request for parking space was part of a “recovery plan” to get deliveries to match production rates. Mr. Zimmerman declined to comment.

The unfinished airplanes illustrate a challenge to Boeing, the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturer by sales, as it tries to make enough of its new 737 Max jets to meet fast-growing demand. Boeing and rival Airbus SE together have more than $1 trillion in orders for planes, driven by a global boom in air travel that is adding 100 million passengers a year.

Tight Spot

Boeing has secured a 90-day agreement with Renton, Wash., that allows the manufacturer to park four 737 airliners on a taxiway at the city's small airport.

Boeing delivered just 29 of the 737s in July, though more than 50 mostly-finished jets roll off the production line each month. Company officials have said deliveries could slow in the third quarter but pick up in the fourth as suppliers get back on track. The 737 is Boeing’s most popular commercial aircraft and a top moneymaker that has helped propel the company’s stock more than 40% in the past 12 months.

The delays are due largely to two suppliers: engine maker CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric Co. and Safran SA, and fuselage manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. Both companies have said some of their own small suppliers are struggling to meet demand.

CFM executives have pledged to catch up on engine deliveries that have been several weeks behind. Spirit AeroSystems said it has resolved problems and resumed on-time shipments to Boeing.

Airbus has missed delivery deadlines for the A320neo, its popular single-aisle competitor to the 737, because of parts shortages, and the world’s No. 2 plane maker has had to park unfinished jets around its factories. The company is working on reducing a fleet of undelivered planes that peaked at more than 100 earlier this year.

Both companies stand by their full-year delivery guidance and have put pressure on suppliers to catch up. Until then, Boeing and Airbus will have to deal with the unfinished planes.

Boeing’s urgent request to store planes on the Renton airport taxiway came in late July, according to emails and other documents that city officials provided to The Wall Street Journal in response to a public-records request.

The documents show how local officials tried to help a hometown company meet the surging demand for its products. In one email exchange, Boeing also asked the city to enforce parking rules around railroad tracks to make sure fuselages could reach the factory during Renton River Days, a local festival.

The emails reflect Renton officials’ interpretation of Boeing’s problems. The engine shortage is “severely hampering production needs as we now have aircrafts ready to go but no engines,” one Renton airport official wrote to Federal Aviation Administration officials on July 24.

“The plant manager indicated they may be in crisis mode this afternoon,” another Renton official wrote to other city leaders the next day, relaying what another Boeing employee told him.

Renton Mayor Denis Law said in an interview that Boeing didn’t suggest the storage crunch was an existential threat to the factory’s production, Renton’s biggest employer. Boeing had 16,531 employees in Renton last year, according to financial disclosures.

But, the mayor added: “There was no question that time was of the essence.”

When Boeing signaled earlier this year that it may need more plane-storage space, Renton officials initially offered other areas at the airport, said Harry Barrett Jr., Renton’s airport director.

Boeing eventually struck an agreement to store up to seven planes on the taxiway for 90 days in exchange for about $39,000 in rent, documents show. According to Mr. Barrett, Boeing later said it only needed to park four planes there.

The airport has about 35 spaces for Boeing 737s. In recent photos of the airport provided by a union official, planes without engines can be seen parked at the airfield. Weights are attached to their wings to help maintain form.

The FAA in late July approved a plan under which large planes taking off from and landing at the Renton airport provide two hours’ notice to give Boeing time to move planes on the taxiway.

Boeing is also tucking planes between airport buildings and parking them on at least one employee parking lot at its factory, people familiar with the matter said.

Boeing is outfitting 737s with temporary engines so pilots can fly them to nearby King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, these people said. The temporary engines are removed there and trucked back to Renton to fly more 737s to Boeing Field, they said. The airport is Boeing’s main delivery center for new jets.

The Boeing spokesman said the temporary taxiway parking helps the company “expedite airplanes to Boeing Field for delivery,” adding that “we are maximizing space efficiently at the site and focusing on our recovery plan.”

Mr. Law said Renton is considering helping Boeing store planes in another of its parking lots.

Boeing plans to make more than 57 of the 737s each month next year, up from 52 currently. It has orders for almost 4,500 Max jets, a revamped version of a plane that first flew in 1967.

Some Boeing customers say their Boeing 737 deliveries are behind schedule.

“We have experienced some minor changes with the timing of upcoming aircraft deliveries but have not experienced any service disruptions or schedule changes,” said a spokeswoman for Southwest Airlines Co., which expects to take delivery of 45 new 737s by year’s end.

John Plueger, chief executive of Air Lease Corp. , said Boeing told the plane-rental company it would delay delivering two 737s by a month or less this year. “That’s really not significant,” Mr. Plueger said on an investor call last month. “So far, I think it’s pretty well under control.”

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

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Piper PA-31-310 Navajo B, 5R-MKF: Fatal accident occurred June 18, 2018 in Ampandrialaza, Ampangabe, Madagascar

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA180
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 18, 2018 in Antananarivo, Madagascar
Aircraft: PIPER PA31, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On June 18, 2018, about 0615 local time, a Piper PA-31 airplane, 5R-MKF, impacted terrain about 5 nautical miles from the Ivato International Airport, Antananarivo, Madagascar. The pilot in command, two pilot observers, pilot monitor, and one passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was operated by Madagascar Trans Air as an instructional flight under the pertinent civil regulations for the government of Madagascar.


The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Bureau des Enquêtes des Accidents et Incidents de l'Aviation Civile (BEAC). This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the BEAC. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from: 


Bureau des Enquêtes des Accidents et Incidents

de l'Aviation Civile (BEAC)
Ministère des Transports
Rue Jules Ranaivo
Anosy, Antananarivo
Madagascar
Tel.: (261) 20 22 24604
(261) 20 22 44757
www.transport.gov.mg



Lors d’un vol de routine, selon les informations qui circulent, un avion de type PA31 Navajo immatriculé 5R-MKF s’est crashé à Ampangabe Ambohitrimanjaka dans la matinée du 18 juin 2018.

Il s’agit d’un avion de la compagnie Madagascar Trans Air (MTA). L’appareil avait en son bord 5 passagers selon toujours les informations partagées sur les réseaux sociaux. Malheureusement, ce crash aurait fait 4 victimes sur les 5 passagers dont un enfant. On attend encore de plus amples informations sur cet événement malheureux.

https://www.madaplus.info

ANTANANARIVO - An airplane belonging to a private company crashed in Antananarivo on Monday killing all five people on board, the Civil Aviation of Madagascar said in a statement, without disclosing the cause of the accident.

The Piper PA 31 aircraft operated by Madagascar Trans Air, a private airline company, crashed in the western suburbs of the town on Monday morning.

"The light aircraft, belonging to the airline MTA, was victim of an accident ... for reasons that are still under investigation," ACM said. "Unfortunately, all the occupants died in this accident," the statement added.

The plane was on a training flight in the immediate vicinity of Ivato airfield in the main airport in Antananarivo.

"A regulatory investigation was launched by the Civil Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation Bureau team," ACM said.

https://www.enca.com

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 5Y-CAC: Fatal accident occurred June 05, 2018 in Njabini, Kenya

Captain Barbara Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi were killed in the plane crash. 

The eight passengers were Karaba Sailah Waweru Muiga, Pinuertorn Ronald, Matakasakaraia Thamani, Wafula Robinson, Ahmed Ali Abdi, Matakatekei Paula, Ngugi George Kinyua and Khetia Kishani.



NTSB Identification: WPR18WA165
14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 05, 2018 in Njabini, Kenya
Aircraft: CESSNA 208, registration:
Injuries: 10 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 5, 2018, about 1705 local time, a Cessna 208, 5Y-CAC, collided into a mountain in the Aberdare mountain range near Njabini, Kenya. The 2 pilots and 8 passengers were fatally injured; the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned and operated by East African Safari Air Express. The flight was operated under the pertinent civil regulations of the government of Kenya. The flight departed Kitale Airport, Njabini, Kenya about 1605 local time with a planned destination of Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya.

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

The Chief Investigator of Air Accidents, Kenya
Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
P.O. Box 52692-00200
Nairobi
Kenya
Tel.: +254 770 111 333 or +254 722 778 773
E-mail: ps@transport.go.ke, directoraai@transport.go.ke
Fax: 254 2 822195
Website: www.transport.go.ke




The two pilots who were killed in the plane crash that occurred in the Aberdares will be buried this weekend.

A death announcement in a local daily said Capt. Barbara Wangechi Kamau and First Officer Jean Mureithi will be laid to rest on June 14 and June 15 respectively.

The cortege will leave Montezuma Funeral Home on Thursday for the funeral service of Capt. Kamau at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Nairobi.

She will then be buried at Karura Kanyungu in Kiambu County.

Capt. Kamau was an alumnus of the United States International University-Africa (USIU).

https://citizentv.co.ke









The route that the ill-fated Fly SAX plane took has raised eyebrows within several quarters.

Normally, the Kitale-Nairobi route should take an hour.

Aircraft flying the area normally pass over Eldoret through to Njoro in Nakuru, followed by Naivasha through to Ngong Hills.

It is at this point that all aircrafts approaching Nairobi from Western Kenya get clearance to land.

They can either land at Wilson Airport in Langata or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Embakasi.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), though a plane may be diverted to land at JKIA instead of Wilson Airport, it does not mean the route will change.

This raises queries as to how the Fly Sax plane found its way into the Aberdare ranges.

The usual route preferred by most pilots is a safe corridor between the Mau Forest and the Aberdares.

It allows easy maneuver at 11000 feet above sea level, which is the the altitude that the ill-fated plane is said to have been.

The plane apparently detoured just after Nakuru into the Aberdare Forest, a route which is far off from the Nairobi-Kitale one.

This change of path only happens if there are obstacles along the way such as poor weather conditions.

Pilots are expected to return to the normal route as soon as the situation is resolved. Pundits claim that pilots should have knowledge of a route before taking off.

KCAA has since confirmed that the last contact with the flight was at 5:02pm when they were seeking clearance to start descending in readiness for landing.

Experienced pilots however estimate that the plane instruments used to guide an airplane to a destination may have failed.

This means that the pilots were unable to tell where they were and the direction they were heading to.

Another theory is that the pilots may have been diverted to an un-familiar route.

It is suspected that the flight might have been at a high speed unable to gain height to overcome Aberdare Hills.

The pilots may however have gotten lost just after Nakuru unaware of their location given the bad weather.

KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe in a statement said that investigations will focus on retrieving the wreckage of the plane to determine what may have happened.

According to engineers, Cessna planes ordinarily have no blackbox that would give leads as to what may have caused the crash.

https://citizentv.co.ke

Zlín 242L Guru, B-LUK: Accident occurred June 24, 2018 in Ma Shi Chau Special Area near Tai Po, Hong Kong, China



NTSB Identification: WPR18WA202
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Hong Kong, China
Aircraft: ZLIN Z242L, registration:
Injuries: 1 Serious.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On June 24, 2018, at 1638 local time, a Zlin Z 242 L airplane, B-LUK, was substantially damaged when it collided with the ground near Ma Shi Chau, Hong Kong, China. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated in accordance with the pertinent regulations of the Government of China.


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


Accident Investigation Division, 

Civil Aviation Department, Hong Kong SAR 
Additional information can be obtained from:
Mr. Jonathan HO
Phone: (852) 2910 6929 
Fax: (852) 2326 3654 
Email: jwlho@cad.gov.hk 









A pilot escaped with minor injuries when the light aircraft he was flying crashed on Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail near Tai Po.

The aircraft, which had no passengers, crashed at 4.30pm yesterday.

The 23-year-old pilot was rescued by the coast guard and taken to Prince of Wales Hospital around 5pm.

Police said he was conscious when he was taken to hospital, even though he had injuries to his face, was bleeding from his forehead and nose, and had a swollen mouth.

A source said the pilot was flying solo. He flew from Shek Kong but experienced technical difficulties near Ma Shi Chau before crashing on the Nature Trail.

Some villagers heard the crash and called police. A witness posted on Facebook that he and his brother rushed to the site and saw that the pilot was still in the aircraft. They took him to the coastline, where he was picked up by the coast guard.

The Civil Aviation Department said the light aircraft, a Zlin Z42, belongs to the Hong Kong Aviation Club. The registered number is B-LUK.

The Air Traffic Control Tower was informed by the Fire Services Department that a light aircraft had crashed.

The fuselage and wings of the aircraft were damaged.

The department is investigating with the help of the Hong Kong Aviation Club.

There were no report of any damage to buildings and no one on the ground was hurt.

Ma Shi Chau is located east of Sam Mun Tsai in Tolo Harbour, and is connected to another island, Yim Tin Tsai, by an isthmus that can be crossed at low tide.

Two years ago, a 59-year-old pilot flying a Zlin Z42 above Lo Fu Wat in Tai Po died after his plane crashed into the sea.

The aircraft also belonged to the Hong Kong Aviation Club.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cessna 152, CS-DGU: Fatal accident occurred July 10, 2018 in Ponte de Sor, Portugal

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA264
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Ponte de Sor, Portugal
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Portugal has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Cessna 152 airplane that occurred on July 10, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Portugal's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Portugal.




The rescue teams found the plane crash site on the evening of July 10, 2018 near the municipal airfield Ponte de Sor, Portalegre.

According to GNR, the aircraft crashed and was found around 1.05 on Wednesday south of the airport.

The young man should have been back to the airport when the aircraft crashed.

According to JN, the Cessna 152, commonly used for flight training. The aircraft belongs to the G Air Aviation School / L3 Academy.

According to a source from the District Operations and Relief Command (CDOS), the warning sounded at 10:42 on Tuesday. At around 0.30 on Wednesday there were 48 elements in the field, between firemen and GNR, supported by 27 vehicles.


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The plane crashing in Ponte de Sor, Portalegre, was found approximately two hours after the search began, 1500 meters from the local airport's periphery. "The aircraft was found and the only crew member is being evaluated", announced Commissioner Rio Conchinha SIC Notícias.

The relief authorities conducted searches after receiving a warning for an aircraft accident, he told the Lusa source. (CDOS) in Portalegre

"We received a warning at 22:42 for a plane fall at the Ponte de Sor airport. At this point, searches are in place at the site and meanwhile The circumference of the searches has already been expanded," says CDOS source at Lusa, at 00:20.

Beechcraft C90B King Air, VT-UPZ: Fatal accident occurred June 28, 2018 in Sarvodaya Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, India

NTSB Identification: WPR18WA185
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, June 28, 2018 in Mumbai, India
Aircraft: BEECH C90, registration:
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On June 28, 2018, at 0740 Universal Coordinated Time, a King Air C90 airplane, VT-UPZ, was destroyed when it impacted the ground near Mumbai, India. The airplane was operated under the pertinent regulations of the Government of India. The two pilots, two flight engineers and one individual on the ground were fatally injured.


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


The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau


Safdarjung Airport,

New Delhi, India - 110003
Tel: 011-24658051
Fax: (91) 11 2469-3963
email: aaib.moca@nic.in 







Almost a month after a private aircraft crashed into an under-construction building in Ghatkopar claiming five lives, it has emerged that its Mumbai-based owner, U Y Aviation, which had bought it for Rs 1.4 crore in 2016, spent close to Rs 6 to Rs 7 crore on its maintenance and repair.

More than 80 per cent parts of Beechcraft King Air C-90 (VT-UPZ), including its brakes, were new. The aircraft had undergone five sets of structural repairs. The family of co-pilot Marya Zuberi (47), who died in the crash along with three others onboard and one pedestrian, want the police to register an FIR against the aviation company and has called the aircraft “junk”.

While the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) is probing the crash, the family has demanded an independent inquiry. The aircraft was “actively” used for flying chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, including Mulayam Singh Yadav. Pune-based aviation company Silver Jubilee bought it in 2015 for Rs 1.3 crore. Within seven-eight months, the company, claiming lack of funds for its repairs, sold the aircraft to the U Y Aviation for Rs 1.4 crore.

“When the aircraft had suffered an accident in UP in 2009, its nose-wheel was broken. We bought it at the auction in 2016 and parked it at the Indamer’s Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Centre at the Juhu airport in Mumbai. We decided to sell the aircraft after realising that we would not be able to repair it as it required close to Rs 4.5-5 crore. Its parking charges also cost us much,” Ashok Shinde, director and CEO, Silver Jubilee said.

According to Indamer MRO, the aircraft was brought to their Mumbai-based office in two separate trucks. The aircraft underwent five sets of structural repairs, which involved installing new machinery and changing its brakes.

“The official work on the plane started in 2017. With due approvals from the safety body Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), we prepared a work scope for the required changes in the aircraft. Almost 80 per cent of the parts of the damaged aircraft had been bought from its US-based manufacturer Textron Aviation,” said Rajiv Gupta, CEO, Indamer. Textron acquired aircraft manufacturer Beechcraft in 2013.

The new parts that were bought for the aircraft included propellers, twin-engines, landing gears, weather radar and air dials. As the C-90 has a Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), as opposed to Flight Data Recorder found in modern helicopters, a new CVR, which could record conversation between the pilots and the Air Traffic Control for two hours, as opposed to 20 minutes, was installed.

A team of five engineers from Indamer MRO worked between January 2017 and June 2018 on the aircraft.  “In May, the DGCA approved its test flight. After two months of rigorous ground tests, it was deemed ready for a test flight on June 25 that was delayed to June 28 as ‘Notice to Airmen’ was issued at the Juhu airport,” Gupta added.

The aircraft was taking its first test flight on June 28. According to sources in U Y Aviation, the aircraft was meant to be used as a heli-ambulance had it received the Certificate of Airworthiness after its successful test flight.

“Since the insurance formalities are now underway, we are not in a position to offer any comment on this ,” said Prakash Mirpuri, spokesperson, U Y Aviation.

In response to the involvement by Textron in maintaining this aircraft, they claim they have offered “investigative assistance to the local authorities”.

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