Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Former 49er great Russ Francis still flying high



Former NFL tight end Russ Francis has accomplished quite a bit in his life thus far. But all he ever wanted to do was fly.

He’s done just that. And his football career empowered him to soar even higher.

Francis won a Super Bowl with Joe Montana and the 49ers after the 1984 season. Before that, he made three Pro Bowl teams as a New England Patriot. Niners coach Bill Walsh convinced Francis to end a promising career in broadcasting — the tight end had retired early to pursue off-the-field interests. Namely, he had a passion for skydiving, surfing, motorcycles and aviation.

His Bay Area ties remain strong. Although he lives in Wyoming, Francis regularly attends 49ers alumni weekend. He was in town during Week 2 of the NFL season to serve as co-host on “The Point After” with Mark Ibañez on KTVU Channel 2, and the “Mercedes Benz Sports Report,” a 49ers pregame show on the same station. He also found time to galavant around the Bay Area with Petaluma memorabilia maven and agent Rob Hemphill.

While his love of flight prompted his early retirement, it was also the reason Francis, 65, chose to play professional football in the first place.

“I wasn’t really thinking clearly because I had an addiction,” Francis said, intentionally misleading his audience. “The decision for going into football, a lot of it had to do with being able to pay for that addiction. That addiction was an addiction for airplanes.

“I thought ‘I’ve got to play football because they paid me enough money.’ So I really did play football so I could fly.”

Francis’ affinity for flight grew from an early infatuation with birds.

“When I was younger I used to draw birds,” Francis said. “Taking off, with their wings coming back and pushing, creating thrust, and then rotating up for lift. And when they come in they rotate the other way to stall, to tiptoe in. I was fascinated by that.”

His boyhood wonder was still intact when he attended the University of Oregon, where he was an accomplished decathlete and baseball player before taking up football. Francis walked 8 miles from the center of campus to the Eugene Airport. He knew there was a flight school there, and he walked right in.

“Guys are in there smoking cigars, grey-haired guys,” Francis recalled. “I said I don’t have any money. And they said ‘you don’t need any money. We’ll take you up.’ ”

Francis was in the air for the first time on a Monday. On Friday of that week, he took his first solo flight.

The school’s owner, Milt Ruburg, took a liking to the then 21-year-old athlete. He co-signed on Francis’ first airplane purchase. Francis needed a larger aircraft to fit his 6-foot, 6-inch frame.

When Ruburg passed away, Francis kept the school going.

“The name of the company is McKenzie Flying service. Same name — I stole it, in honor of Milt,” Francis said.

His love for being in the air led to a passion for skydiving. Francis has more than 3,000 jumps under his belt.

“It’s like being a bird,” Francis said, emanating the satisfaction of a dream fulfilled.

Francis was selected in the first round of the NFL draft — a dream for many young athletes — in 1975, although he played just one full season of college football. His career with the Patriots included two playoff games to go with his Pro Bowl selections. He was regarded by some as the best tight end in the game when he retired for the first time at age 28.

By the time Francis announced he was leaving football on legendary sportscaster Howard Cosell’s “SportsBeat” show, the two had fostered a relationship while appearing on ABC Sports’ “Superstars” competition together. Cosell had seen enough to find Francis a spot at the network.

Francis called college football games with another broadcasting legend, Keith Jackson. He was also slated to work the 1984 Olympics, and Francis was in line for the coveted “Monday Night Football” job.

In fact, when Walsh recruited Francis, it was after the retired tight end had interviewed him at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii — the state in which Francis was raised. Walsh opened his pitch with the notion of a Super Bowl win. His 49ers had won the NFL title the year before. Francis said no. That didn’t interest him. Walsh took it a step further.

“He (Walsh) said, ‘You’ll never get a chance in your life to work with people who are as dedicated to getting better every day as these players are. Since you’re not interested in Super Bowl wins, how about being the best there is in the league, or the world, at your job? Who can say that?’

“I thought about it and said, damn, he’s right. These guys are the best at what they do. I handed over the Monday Night Football gig and the ’84 Olympics,” said Francis, a member of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. Francis played six seasons in San Francisco. He had five catches for 60 yards in the team’s Super Bowl XIX win.

He would fly to practice in a 1941 Stearman biplane. “I’d love to wave at the fans coming across the San Mateo Bridge. I’d get right down on the water in that flat section and the section that goes up. I’d go up with them. And they’re all stuck in traffic bumper to bumper,” Francis said.

The 49ers fans would wave back. Raiders fans gave Francis a less friendly hand gesture.

Francis may have been destined to fly, but he was also meant to play football — despite the fact he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1974 and barely missed making the Olympic track team while at Oregon. He even dabbled in pro wrestling. His father, Ed Francis, was a wrestling promoter in Hawaii.

But at 6 feet, 6 inches and 245 pounds with a 4.5-second time in the 40-yard dash, he was an early prototype of the modern NFL tight end. Francis was dubbed “All-World” by Cosell in his first season that saw him make the NFL All-Rookie Team. More recently, he was listed on the Pac-12 All-Century squad.

And Francis still loves the 49ers. He’s excited about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has also been a Patriot and 49er, and defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, an Oregon alum. He has affection for the team’s fans, too.

“The fans were so knowledgeable. They knew what our plays were called,” Francis said. He told a story about a Hawaiian family that had seats near the player entrance at Candlestick. They have similar seats at Levi’s Stadium. The family asked Francis to flash them the Hawaiian “shaka” hand gesture during an alumni weekend. In what must have been an exciting moment for the family, Francis gladly obliged.

“Well,” said Francis, “it was a thrill for me.” It seems Francis’ entire life has been thrilling.

He is currently exhilarated about the 49ers’ 2018 season and his television appearances on KTVU. Also, there’s the prospect of doing business at Hemphill’s National Sports Memorabilia storefront at the Petaluma Premium Outlets during the holidays. Francis loves to visit the Bay Area, a place he still enjoys.

Francis was born to fly. He didn’t hesitate to chase his boyhood dreams, and his two main passions — aviation and football — went hand in hand.

“It was my therapy,” Francis said of flying. “And it really, truly worked.”

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.petaluma360.com

Bell 206: Accident occurred September 10, 2018 in Bartica, Guyana

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA248
14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, September 10, 2018 in Bartica, Guyana
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration:
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Guyana has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a BELL 206 helicopter that occurred on September 10, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Guyana's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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

Taylorcraft F21A, N2006L and Beech M35 Bonanza, N882R: Incident occurred September 15, 2018 at Birchwood Airport (PABV), Alaska

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

N2006L while taxiing to parking struck N882R


https://registry.faa.gov/N2006L


Date: 15-SEP-18

Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N2006L
Aircraft Make: TAYLORCRAFT
Aircraft Model: F 21A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: BIRCHWOOD
State: ALASKA

Parked N882R was struck by taxiing N2006L


https://registry.faa.gov/N882R 


Date: 15-SEP-18
Time: 20:15:00Z
Regis#: N882R
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: M35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91
City: BIRCHWOOD
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N824JT: Incident occurred September 18, 2018 in St. Mary's, Alaska

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

Gear collapsed during off airport landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N824JT

Date: 18-SEP-18
Time: 22:45:00Z
Regis#: N824JT
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ST MARYS
State: ALASKA

Sikorsky SH-3H (S-61), N611CK: Incident occurred September 17, 2018 at Pollard Flat, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Main rotor struck a tree during firefighting operations, landed without incident.

Croman Corporation

https://registry.faa.gov/N611CK

Date: 17-SEP-18
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N611CK
Aircraft Make:
Aircraft Model:
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: FIREFIGHTING
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: POLLARD FLATS
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N701SP: Incident occurred September 18, 2018 - San Diego, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Landed and struck a sign.

Scandinavian Aviation Academy Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N701SP

Date: 18-SEP-18
Time: 17:55:00Z
Regis#: N701SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Mooney M20C, N7172V: Incident occurred September 18, 2018 at Palm Beach International Airport (KPBI), West Palm Beach, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7172V

Date: 18-SEP-18
Time: 17:50:00Z
Regis#: N7172V
Aircraft Make:
Aircraft Model:
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WEST PALM BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Robinson R44, registered to and operated by Novictor Aviation, N632NV: Accident occurred September 18, 2018 in Wahiawa, 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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N632NV

Location: Honolulu, HI
Accident Number: WPR18LA269
Date & Time: 09/18/2018, 0915 HST
Registration: N632NV
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 18, 2018, about 0915 Hawaiian standard time, a R44 helicopter, N632NV, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing near Wahiawa, Hawaii. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Novictor Aviation under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 air tour flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Honolulu International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii at 0845 and was destined for Weed Airport, Weed, California.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, at about 2,200 ft above ground level (agl), the engine oil light illuminated red. He immediately lowered the collective and started a precautionary landing. A few seconds after the descent, he noted minor fluctuations in engine RPM; however, the allowable limits were never exceeded. It appeared that shortly after, the RPM stabilized. At about 700-800 ft agl, the engine oversped, and the pilot received a low rotor rpm warning. He continued the descent and impacted terrain with some forward speed. The helicopter slid about 40 ft, the left skid broke off, the helicopter rotated about 90 degrees and the main rotor blade struck the tailboom.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N632NV
Model/Series: R44 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: United Helicopter Leasing LLC
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 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:

Cessna 180C, N334SC: Incident occurred September 18, 2018 at Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Ran over taxiway light.

https://registry.faa.gov/N334SC

Date: 18-SEP-18
Time: 15:11:00Z
Regis#: N334SC
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: TWIN FALLS
State: IDAHO

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N65641: Incidents occurred September 18, 2018 and September 16, 2016 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

September 18, 2018:  Blew a tire on landing.


Lexington Flying Club Inc


https://registry.faa.gov/N65641


Date: 18-SEP-18

Time: 23:25:00Z
Regis#: N65641
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LEXINGTON
State: KENTUCKY

September 16, 2016: Aircraft on landing went off the runway into the grass.


Date: 16-SEP-16

Time: 18:41:00Z
Regis#: N65641
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LEXINGTON
State: Kentucky

British Aerospace BAe-125-700A, registered to and operated by the Aviation Leasing Group Inc, N109BG: Accident occurred September 18, 2018 at Santa Fe Regional Airport (KSAF), New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N109bg

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Accident Number: WPR18LA270
Date & Time: 09/18/2018, 1010 MDT
Registration: N109BG
Aircraft: Hawker Siddeley HS125
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On September 18, 2018, about 1010 mountain daylight time, a Hawker Siddeley HS125-700A, N109BG, veered to the right during landing roll at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), Santa Fe, New Mexico. The pilot subsequently tried to correct to the runway centerline; however, the airplane came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway. The pilot and four passengers were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the Aviation Leasing Group Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as an on-demand air taxi flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Los Angeles, California, with a destination of SAF.

The pilot reported that during the landing roll, he attempted to use the nose wheel tiller to steer the airplane on the ground; however, the tiller was locked and the pilot was unable to twist te tiller counterclockwise. The pilot was able to lift the nose wheel off the runway to regain control and the airplane came to rest in the nearby grassy area.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hawker Siddeley
Registration: N109BG
Model/Series: HS125 700A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Aviation Leasing Group Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

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 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 172R Skyhawk, N159FS: Incident occurred September 17, 2018 at Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU), Greenville County, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Veered off the centerline and hit a runway light.

Flight School of Greenville LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N159FS

Date: 17-SEP-18
Time: 22:36:00Z
Regis#: N159FS
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GREENVILLE
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Beechcraft T-6A Texan II, United States Air Force, 05-6209: Accident occurred September 18, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas





















SAN ANTONIO — Police said a small military plane crashed Tuesday afternoon near the Rolling Oaks Mall.

Officials said the two people inside the aircraft ejected and parachuted to safety.

Judson ISD Media Relations Director Steve Linscomb said the plane crashed between Rolling Meadows Elementary and Veterans High School. People reported hearing a "big boom," but no one saw the crash.

Police said the T-6 Texan II military aircraft crashed into an empty field. The plane, a part of the 12th Training Wing, belongs to the Joint Base San Antonio Randolph Base (JBSA). Fire officials said the plane went down because of "engine failure."

The Air Force grounded all of its T-6 training aircraft in February for a month because the oxygen levels in the cockpit were low. People suffered shortness of breath and other effects of hypoxia while piloting the aircraft.

The Air Education and Training Command based at JBSA announced last week plans to re-design the plane's entire oxygen system, controls for pilots in flight and ramping up maintenance and training. The upgrades will take 2-4 years to implement. 

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

Schweizer SGS 1-35, N34107: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 in Burnet County, Texas

https://registry.faa.gov/N34107

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA557
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 2018 in Burnet, TX
Aircraft: Schweizer SGS 1 35, registration: N34107

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.

Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, PT-OCB: Fatal accident occurred September 01, 2018 in Taquaraçú de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA247
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 2018 in Taquaraçu de Minas, Brazil
Aircraft: Beech 33, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Brazil has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Beech 33 airplane that occurred on September 01, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Brazil's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


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




Um tenente coronel reformado da Aeronáutica morreu após a queda do avião monomotor que pilotava na tarde deste sábado (1º), em Taquaraçú de Minas, na região metropolitana de Belo Horizonte.

De acordo com informações do Corpo de Bombeiros, o acidente aconteceu na zona rural da cidade, por volta das , em área de mata fechada, e vitimou Breno Souza de Oliveira, de idade ainda desconhecida. As informações são do Aeroporto Carlos Prates, no bairro de mesmo nome, na região Noroeste da capital, local de onde o avião de pequeno porte decolou neste sábado.  

Viaturas da corporação e o helicóptero Arcanjo, dos Bombeiros, fizeram o atendimento no local. 

https://www.hojeemdia.com.br


De acordo com o Corpo de Bombeiros, acidente aconteceu em área de mata fechada; tenente-coronel médico da Aeronáutica morreu na queda.

Um avião monomotor caiu em uma mata fechada em Taquaraçu de Minas, na Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, na tarde deste sábado (1º). Uma pessoa morreu na queda.

De acordo com o Corpo de Bombeiros, a aeronave saiu do Aeroporto Carlos Prates, em Belo Horizonte, e seguia para a Serra do Cipó quando caiu. Um tenente-coronel da Aeronáutica, cujo nome não foi divulgado, pilotava o monomotor e morreu. Ele estava sozinho no avião.

A fuselagem da aeronave ficou totalmente destruída. A causa do acidente é desconhecida.

https://g1.globo.com

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N7931H: Incident occurred September 16, 2018 in Beluga River, Alaska

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

Crashed under unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N7931H

Date: 16-SEP-18
Time: 07:55:00Z
Regis#: N7931H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 12
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BELUGA RIVER
State: ALASKA

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N573BV: Accident occurred September 15, 2018 near Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (KIFP), Mohave County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Crashed in rough terrain due to unknown circumstances.


N573BV LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N573BV


Date: 15-SEP-18

Time: 19:45:00Z
Regis#: N573BV
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: A185F
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: BULLHEAD CITY
State: ARIZONA




BULLHEAD CITY — The Bullhead City Police Department has identified the two victims of Saturday afternoon’s crash of a Cessna A185F Skywagon as William and Vicki Zurcher, a married couple from Washington.

The Zurchers were in stable condition at Sunrise Hospital on Sunday, police said. 

William Zurcher, 78, the pilot, was flown to Sunrise from Western Arizona Regional Center, where he had been taken by ambulance from the scene of the crash. He suffered a head injury. 

Vicki Zurcher, 67, was airlifted to Sunrise directly from the accident site after being freed from the plane’s wreckage. She was the passenger and told first responders that she was suffering chest pains.

Their Cessna A185F Skywagon crashed Saturday at around 1 p.m. near the Laughlin-Bullhead International Airport from which they had departed. Police said that the couple was on their way to Phoenix when the crash occurred.

The crash site is about three-quarters of a mile from Bullhead Parkway between Laughlin Ranch Boulevard and Silver Creek Road. 

Personnel with the Bullhead City Fire Department needed a way to reach the couple quickly because the aircraft came down in rough desert terrain. The department’s road brush unit and specialized utility task vehicle, which is equipped to transport a patient from a remote location, allowed for that, said Battalion Chief Joshua Livermore.

“Fire crews used hydraulic cutting tools to remove the passenger from the wreckage,” Livermore said.

Seven BCFD units and 13 employees responded to the location. 

A retired fire captain also helped with the rescue effort after seeing the incident from the road. The person’s specialized vehicle was used to guide BCPD personnel to the crash site.   

The Federal Aviation Administration described the location as being about 1-1/2 miles southeast of the airport.

Police also reported Sunday that the National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation.

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



BULLHEAD CITY — Two people injured in a plane crash Saturday afternoon near Silver Creek Road are recuperating at a Las Vegas hospital.

The occupants of the plane have been identified as William Zurcher, 78, and his wife, Vicki, 67, of Washington.

Bullhead City Police spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said Sunday that William Zurcher was later airlifted from Western Arizona Regional Medical Center to Sunrise Hospital for further treatment.

Vicki Zurcher had been airlifted from the plane crash scene to Sunrise Hospital after being extricated by fire personnel following the crash.

Both are listed in stable condition.

The Zurcher’s plane crashed about 1.5 miles southeast of the Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport shortly after take off. They were reportedly en route to Phoenix, said Fromelt.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://thebee.news

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734FT: Accident occurred September 15, 2018 at St. Johns Industrial Air Park (KSJN), Apache County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N734FT

Location: St. Johns, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA262
Date & Time: 09/15/2018, 1520 MST
Registration: N734FT
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 15, 2018, about 1540 mountain standard time, N734FT, a Cessna 172N, was substantially damaged following a loss of control and impact with terrain during initial climb near St. Johns Industrial Airpark (SJN), St. Johns, Arizona. The commercial pilot and two passengers were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident, with a reported destination as the Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), Goodyear, Arizona.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the owner of the airplane, who was a rated pilot and seated in the right front cockpit seat, reported that during the initial climb out from runway 14, and at a low altitude, the stall warning horn sounded. At this time the left seat pilot-in-command said to the pilot/owner, "You better take it."; this was followed almost immediately by the airplane colliding with a stand of cottonwood trees. The airplane subsequently came to rest inverted, with substantial damage to both wings, the forward fuselage, and empennage. The owner stated that they had just "topped off" both fuel tanks prior to departing, and that there were no anomalies with the airplane or engine prior to or during the takeoff that would have preluded normal operation.

At 1554, the automated weather observation system located at SLN reported wind 180° at 5 knots, sky clear, visibility 10 miles, temperature 31° Celsius (C), dew point 3° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.10 inches of mercury. The SLN airport elevation is 5,733. Calculated density altitude was about 8,600 ft at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N734FT
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: SJN, 5733 ft msl
Observation Time: 1554 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: St. Johns, AZ (SJN)
Destination:  Goodyear, AZ (GYR)

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:  34.513611, -109.370278

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N5340Y: Accident occurred September 14, 2018 at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (KSBP), 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; San Jose, California

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


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


https://registry.faa.gov/N5340Y


Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA264
Date & Time: 09/14/2018, 1718 PDT
Registration: N5340Y
Aircraft: Cessna T210
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 14, 2018, about 1718 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna T210 airplane, N5340Y, was substantially damaged during landing roll at San Luis County Regional Airport (SBP), San Luis Obispo, California. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA), Santa Ana, California at 1613, with a destination of SBP.

The pilot reported that during the approach to land at SBP, he selected the landing gear to the DOWN position, after which he felt the gear extending into place. Following the gear extension, he observed the left main landing gear out the window and felt that everything was normal. As the airplane contacted the runway at 65 to 70 knots, he felt a "…bump up from the right" as the nose landing gear immediately made contact with the runway. The airplane veered to the right as it exited the runway, and completed a 180° turn before coming to rest in the runway safety area. Additionally, the pilot reported that he did not hear the landing gear warning horn, nor did he remember seeing the landing indicator lights during the approach. The pilot wore a noise cancelling headset during the flight.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right main landing gear was retracted, and that the right horizontal stabilizer and the right elevator had impacted the ground and were buckled upwards. Subsequent to the airplane being relocated to a facility on the airport, the landing gear extension motor was replaced. The landing gear was tested, and no anomalies were noted. The warning horn sounded, and landing gear indicator lights illuminated during the testing. It was revealed during the examination that the landing gear extension motor was the original pump installed during the manufacturing of the airplane. When the motor was disassembled, internal wear was observed.

The six-seat, high-wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane, serial number (S/N) 21064173 was manufactured in 1981 and had accumulated 6,813.5 hours total airframe time at the last annual inspection on March 22, 2018.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/16/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/31/2017
Flight Time: 2563.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2521 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5340Y
Model/Series: T210 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 21064173
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/22/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6813.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Teledyne Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-520R
Registered Owner: Cripe Michael L
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSPD, 200 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1655 PST
Direction from Accident Site: 290°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Ana, CA (KSNA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: San Luis Obispo, CA (KSBP)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1613 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: SAN LUIS COUNTY RGNL (SBP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 212 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  35.237500, -120.640556 (est)