Friday, September 14, 2018

'Do not fly drones' in Florence disaster areas: North Carolina governor, Federal Aviation Administration



The Federal Aviation Administration and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged storm watchers not to fly drones in Hurricane Florence disaster areas, warning they could jeopardize emergency response efforts.

Emergency operations teams across the Carolinas have numerous aviation assets prepositioned to engage in search and rescue missions, emergency evacuations, logistics and other types of missions. Those efforts could be put at risk if the skies are crowded with drones.

"Don't fly drones in disaster areas. If you do, rescue helicopters will have a difficult time operating," Cooper said at a Friday afternoon press briefing. "We don't want people to fly these drones and put peoples' lives and property at risk."

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement this week restricting drone operators to an altitude of 200 feet and below while operating in North and South Carolina. That restriction only applies to individuals flying in support of hurricane response efforts.

More generally, the Federal Aviation Administration wants all other drone operators to avoid all disaster areas so they will not interfere with first responders' activities, an FAA spokesperson said Friday.

Any drone operator that disrupts emergency response efforts or unauthorized flights will result in serious fines exceeding $20,000 and civil penalties.

"Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm," the FAA stated. "Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference."

Drone operators who want to support Hurricane Florence response and recovery operations are encouraged to coordinate with local authorities. They must also contact the Federal Aviation Administration System Operations Support Center.

North Carolina currently has "a significant amount of aviation assets" prepositioned and ready to fly as soon as conditions are safe, said Michael Sprayberry, the state's emergency management director.

In addition to state resources, the Department of Defense has prepositioned seven helicopters at Fort Bragg, N.C. to assist with search and rescue and recovery missions. The Pentagon has deployed dozens of aviation assets throughout the southeastern United States, including staging 35 helicopters at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.  

Story and video ➤ https://wchstv.com

Lemoore, Kings County, California: Man arrested for pointing laser at airplane

Kings County Sheriff's Office
Victor Mena, 39, of Lemoore was arrested on one felony count of pointing a laser at an aircraft.


LEMOORE — A Lemoore man was arrested Thursday after police say he pointed a laser at a law enforcement airplane flying overhead.

Around 8:30 p.m., Lemoore Police Department officials said a Kings County law enforcement airplane was patrolling over the city of Lemoore when a small circular beam of green light was shone into the window on the pilot’s side of the aircraft.

Sheriff's officials said the laser illuminated the cockpit, blinding the flight crew for several seconds.

Officials said the pilot and tactical flight officer immediately put on protective glasses to protect their eyes from the possible laser beam.

Police said the pilot circled around the area of the 1100 block of West Bush Street in an attempt to locate the source of the green light. As he did this, they said the aircraft was hit numerous times by the laser beam.

Using onboard surveillance camera equipment, the tactical flight officer was able to direct Lemoore police officers to a house in the 1000 block of Oakdale Lane, officers said.

Lemoore officers said they arrived at the house and contacted several individuals in the driveway. One of the people, 39-year-old Victor Mena of Lemoore, admitted to shining the green laser at the airplane.

Officials said Mena told an officer that he thought the airplane was a drone that was flying illegally over residential areas.

Authorities said Mena was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of one felony count of discharging a laser at an aircraft. His bail was set at $50,000.

Kings County Sheriff's Office officials said they take the crime of shining a laser at an aircraft very seriously because the intensity of a laser pointed at an aircraft blinds the flight crew and could result in the airplane crashing. A laser can also cause permanent damage to the eyes of those in the aircraft, they said.

The Sheriff's Office reminds all Kings County citizens that if anyone points a laser at an aircraft, they will be pursued and arrested. Additionally, deputies said all aircraft laser incidents are reported to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Police said neither the pilot nor the tactical flight officer were injured.

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

Equipment failure brings emergency spending for Tuscaloosa Regional Airport (KTCL)



An equipment failure at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport required the authorization of emergency spending to keep flights coming and going.

Mayor Walt Maddox authorized the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service on Thursday to immediately lease an airport rescue firefighting apparatus, or ARFF, from Union Grove in Marshall County after mechanical failures rendered the fire department’s existing unit inoperable.

An ARFF is essentially a large fire truck that carries flame retardant materials that can safely be used to deal with emergencies that occur in aircraft.

Its presence is required by the Federal Aviation Administration for airports of Tuscaloosa’s size and scope, meaning operations can he ceased or halted if the apparatus isn’t working.

Fire Marshal Gene Holcomb, spokesman for the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service, said an AARF was leased from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus LLC in Union Grove on Thursday and was expected to be delivered Friday.

“This will allow Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service to meet the FAA requirements ... allowing for larger aircraft to use the airport,” Holcomb said.

The lease agreement is $200 with a 30-day minimum, Holcomb said, and this temporary AARF will serve to meet the FAA requirements for the airport until the city’s AARF is repaired or a new apparatus is purchased.

No timeline for a permanent replacement was given, but a new AARF -- estimated at $700,000 -- is one of several unfunded requests in the fire department’s proposed budget for fiscal 2019.

The City Council is still reviewing the mayor’s budget proposal and could elect to fund a replacement AARF should the need arise.

Holcomb said the fire department made arrangements to ensure airport safety after the AARF broke down because of an unknown mechanical failure and the arrival of the leased apparatus and that no flights were delayed or diverted from the airport.

The AARF breakdown during football season could’ve proven problematic if the Fire and Rescue Service was unable to find and obtain a replacement.

The airport sees hundreds of aircraft arrive and depart on weekends when the University of Alabama hosts a home game.

While the Crimson Tide is away this weekend to play the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi, next weekend brings in Texas A&M University. Since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012, this game has become one of the most popular for aircraft arrivals and departures at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport, officials have said.

Original article ➤ https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, operating as Race 13, N139UK and Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros, operating as Race 37, N139PJ: Accident occurred September 14, 2018 near Reno Stead Airport (KRTS), Washoe County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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

Black Rock Aero LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N139UK

A photo of Reality Czech, piloted by Nathan Harnagel of Friendswood, Texas, taken on September 14th, 2018.

Location: Reno, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA267A
Date & Time: 09/14/2018, 1004 PDT
Registration: N139UK
Aircraft: Aero Vodochody L39
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Air Race/Show 

On September 14, 2018, about 1004 Pacific daylight time, an Aero Vodochody L39C, N139UK, operating as Race 13, and an Aero Vodochody L39, N139PJ, operating as Race 37 collided in midair about 3 miles north of the Reno Stead Airport (RTS), Reno, Nevada. The airline transport pilot of Race 13 and the airline transport pilot of Race 37 were not injured. Race 13 sustained minor damage to the left side of the fuselage and bottom of the left wing; Race 37 sustained substantial damage to the right wing and empennage. Race 13 was registered to Black Rock Aero LLC and Race 37 was registered to MPE Enterprises Corporation. Both airplanes were operated by the pilots under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as air race flights. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for either airplane. Both airplanes originated from RTS at 0950.

Information provided by representatives from the Jet Class Air Racing group revealed that during the fifth lap of the closed course air race, Race 13 and Race 37 collided while maneuvering near pylon 4 of the jet race course. Following the collision, both pilots declared a mayday and landed uneventfully.

Examination of Race 37 revealed that the outboard 24 inches of the right wing and right aileron were separated from the airplane. Additional damage to the bottom portion of the vertical stabilizer and the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer was observed. Examination of Race 13 revealed damage to two inspection panels and the wing root fairing on the forward left side of the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aero Vodochody
Registration: N139UK
Model/Series: L39 C
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: KRTS, 5053 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RTS)
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.713889, -119.866389 (est)


A photo of Race 37, piloted by Alexandre Eckmann of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on September 14th, 2018.


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

MPE Enterprises Corporation


https://registry.faa.gov/N139PJ

Location: Reno, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA267B
Date & Time: 09/14/2018, 1004 PDT
Registration: N139PJ
Aircraft: Aero Vodochody L 39
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Air Race/Show 

On September 14, 2018, about 1004 Pacific daylight time, a Aero Vodochody L39C, N139UK, operating as Race 13, and an Aero Vodochody L39, N139PJ, operating as Race 37 collided in midair about 3 miles north of the Reno Stead Airport (RTS), Reno, Nevada. The airline transport pilot of Race 13 and the airline transport pilot of Race 37 were not injured. Race 13 sustained minor damage to the left side of the fuselage and bottom of the left wing; Race 37 sustained substantial damage to the right wing and empennage. Race 13 was registered to Black Rock Aero LLC and Race 37 was registered to MPE Enterprises Corporation. Both airplanes were operated by the pilots under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as air race flights. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for either airplane, which originated from RTS at 0950.

Information provided by representatives from the Jet Class Air Racing group revealed that during the fifth lap of the closed course air race, Race 13 and Race 37 collided while maneuvering near pylon 4 of the jet race course. Following the collision, both pilots declared a mayday and landed uneventfully.

Examination of Race 37 revealed that the outboard 24 inches of the right wing and right aileron were separated from the airplane. Additional damage to the bottom portion of the vertical stabilizer and the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer was observed. Examination of Race 13 revealed damage to two inspection panels and the wing root fairing on the forward left side of the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aero Vodochody
Registration: N139PJ
Model/Series: L 39
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: KRTS, 5053 ft msl
Observation Time: 1715 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  6 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RTS)
Destination:

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:  39.713889, -119.866389 (est)



There was a “mayday” situation Friday when two jets bumped in mid-air during competition at the Reno air races.

The planes were damaged but there was no crash, according to an event spokeswoman.

The two pilots involved in the mid-air collision were Alexandre Eckmann of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, piloting Race 37, pictured above, and Nathan Harnagel of Friendswood, Texas, piloting Reality Czech, event spokeswoman Valerie Glenn confirmed on Friday.

“All the pilots landed safely and all the planes came down safely,” Glenn said Friday afternoon.

“That’s our greatest concern, everybody is just fine," she said.

The incident took place about 10 a.m. during the Jet Heat 2B near Pylon 4, where race judges may have been standing. It was not visible from the stands, Glenn said.

Investigators were at the pylon area soon afterward.

No injuries have been reported, and the rest of the day's racing was not affected.

Few attendees witnessed the incident from the stands. Marc and Cathi Cross, both from Texas, said they were sitting at the top of one of the bleachers when they saw the two jets pull up into the air as the announcer explained what happened. 

"Then they chased one of the pilots with a safety plane so they could see what was wrong with the plane," Cathi Cross, 54, said. "I think they wanted to make sure there was nothing flammable leaking out before landing.

"They did a good job with keeping safety first."   

Cross' husband, Marc, 53, said he also witnessed the jets fly up in the air after the two aircrafts touched midair. But he said he didn't see the moment the two jets touched. 

Cathi Cross said she and her husband witnessed the moment when one of the aircrafts crashed into spectators in September 2011. 

Cross said it took her and her husband time before they decided to revisit the air races. 

"We came back because we like the air races," Cross said. "Life is a risk, right?" 

Melissa Cable, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., also witnessed the incident on Friday. 

"They came around the pylon and all of a sudden pulled straight up," she said as she pointed to the vast field in front of her. "One of the jets circled around and cooled off and landed. The other had a wing pilot check the plane out and then they landed." 

Glenn said the National Transportation Safety Board took over the investigation. 

The NTSB had an investigator out on the field, and both pilots have been interviewed, according to spokesman Terry Williams. 

Little other information was immediately available from the scene of the Stihl National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport.

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

Beelzebub, N382T: Fatal accident occurred September 14, 2018 in Rochester, Thurston County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Crashed in a forest due to unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N382T 

Date: 14-SEP-18
Time: 20:16:00Z
Regis#: N382T
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: BEELZABUB
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: ROCHESTER
State: WASHINGTON

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.


"Edan Lifesong passed away in a tragic aircraft accident on Friday, September 14th. With permission from his family I am starting this to raise funds for his funeral, memorial and possibly aircraft recovery expenses.  Edan was a single father and leaves behind his little 5 year old boy, Rafferty, who will also need much support."


Edan Lifesong, age 34
Olympia, Thurston County, Washington 
"Got my dream plane up! Its fast and fun!" -Edan Lifesong on August 24th, 2018 

Brett Lamphere, age 19
Centralia, Lewis County, Washington


Key Way Airport (19WA), Stevenson, Washington


The two men who died in a plane crash Friday have been identified as Edan Lifesong, 34, of Olympia and Brett Lamphere, 19, of Centralia, according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.

Lifesong and Lamphere were flying an experimental home-built open cockpit plane when it crashed about 3 miles off Old Highway 99.

The crash was witnessed by logging company workers in the area who called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Both men were dead by the time emergency crews reached the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and investigators were en route Friday to lead the investigation.

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

Captain Dyer, EMS Officer/Public Information Officer - West Thurston Regional Fire Authority speaks  with the media regarding the aircraft crash.


A West Thurston Fire Authority command vehicle drives through the forest southwest of Tenino as it leaves the scene of a fatal experimental aircraft crash on September 14th, 2018. 


Two men died Friday in a plane crash in the hills above South Sound Speedway near Rochester.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Captain Lanette Dyer said the men were in their mid 20s to 30s and were flying an experimental home-built open cockpit plane.

Dyer said it is unclear where the plane took off from, but it was heading south when it crashed about 3 miles off Old Highway 99.

The crash was witnessed by logging company workers in the area who called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Both men were dead by the time emergency crews reached the scene.

The men’s names were not released. Dyer said it is unclear if either man was a licensed pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and investigators are en route to lead the investigation.


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


THURSTON COUNTY, Washington - Crews responded to the report of a downed aircraft in the hills near South Sound Speedway on Friday at about noon.

Officials initially said there were “no details other than two patients.”

At about 1 p.m., officials said two men, 20 to 30 years old, died in the crash. 

West Thurston fire officials said the plane was an "experimental, home-built open cockpit plane."

Chopper 7 flew over the crash. Wreckage could be seen in deep trees, near a logging operation southwest of Bucoda, Washington.

Story and video ➤ https://www.kiro7.com



TENINO, Washington  — Two men were killed when a Beelzebub experimental aircraft crashed Friday in southeast Thurston County.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Capt. Lynette Dyer says the men were in their mid-20s to 30s.

Loggers working nearby saw the plane go down and called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Both men were dead when emergency crews arrived.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://q13fox.com




ROCHESTER, Washington - A Beelzebub experimental aircraft crashed in a wooded area in Thurston County Friday morning, killing both men on board, according to fire officials.

The plane was reported to go down in the hills above the South Sound Speedway in Rochester. Firefighters later said they found the small plane in the trees.

Officials said two men in their 20s died in the crash, which involved an Beelzebub with an open cockpit.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

The victims' names have not been released.

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

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Says It Signed Up Its First Round-the-Moon Tourist: The announcement came as a surprise but provided no specifics



The Wall Street Journal
By Andy Pasztor
Updated September 14, 2018 5:03 p.m. ET

Elon Musk’s SpaceX, demonstrating its founder and chief executive’s penchant for showmanship, announced that it had signed up the first private passenger seeking to fly around the moon. But the company provided no timetable or other details about the plan.

In a message on Twitter on Thursday, closely held Space Exploration Technologies Corp. said the mission is slated to use its largest rocket, dubbed the BFR, which is still under development and, according to some industry officials, may be at least a year or two from an initial test flight. Others speculated that, based on SpaceX’s history, the BFR may not launch humans until the middle of the next decade.

In the message, however, SpaceX described the latest plan as “an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space.” The identity of the passenger and other specifics are expected to be disclosed Monday.

Thursday’s two-sentence statement—which caught a number of space experts off guard—suggests that Mr. Musk hopes to demonstrate momentum and attract more public attention to plans for his mammoth rocket and its associated spacecraft, intended to be bigger than a superjumbo airliner. As described previously by Mr. Musk, the BFR would be larger and more powerful than any rocket in history.

Revised proposals for both were unveiled earlier this year, at which time Mr. Musk indicated he hoped to use the combination to take private passengers, and ultimately U.S. astronauts, toward the moon and deeper into space.

But the latest development also highlights Mr. Musk’s contrarian, sometimes unpredictable streak, as well as the frequently shifting outlines of his manned space-transportation strategy.

In early 2017, Mr. Musk shocked the aerospace community by announcing his intention to send two space tourists, who also weren’t identified, around the moon by the end of this year. Those trailblazing flights were supposed to use a human-rated version of the company’s existing Dragon spacecraft on top of a Falcon Heavy rocket—a 27-engine behemoth in which SpaceX has invested close to $1 billion. At the time, veteran industry officials expressed doubts about the projected timetable.

The first Falcon Heavy launched successfully earlier this year. But just the day before, Mr. Musk revealed the rocket already was in danger of being relegated to a backup role regarding future human flights.

Months later, a SpaceX spokesman confirmed the late-2018 timetable for the lunar-tourist mission had slipped to at least mid-2019 and likely longer.

Now, company leaders seem to have moved closer to scrapping those specific Falcon Heavy ambitions altogether, by aiming to use that rocket almost exclusively for unmanned missions such as launching commercial or military satellites. As a result Mr. Musk appears focused on accelerating BFR development as part of his broader human-exploration agenda.

As he has before, the billionaire entrepreneur, who also runs electric-vehicle maker Tesla Inc., may end up confounding naysayers about the capabilities of his team to develop and test the BFR, even if it takes longer than originally anticipated.

In May, Thomas Mueller, one of Mr. Musk’s original SpaceX employees and the manager who has been in charge of designing every one of the company’s rockets, told a space conference in Los Angeles he was devoting essentially all of his time to developing the BFR.

The reduced role for Falcon Heavy also comes as global demand for launches of large commercial satellites has slipped dramatically. Nearly all Wall Street analysts and industry experts expect launch contracts will remain at depressed levels for years to come.

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

Piper PA-18-150, N7184B: Accident occurred September 13, 2018 and accident occurred August 27, 2016 in Kenai, Alaska

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N7184B


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA558
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Kenai, AK
Aircraft: Piper PA18, registration: N7184B

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.

Lost control causing wing to clip a tree.

Date: 13-SEP-18
Time: 18:40:00Z
Regis#: N7184B
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 18 150
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: TRADING BAY
State: ALASKA

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

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

Location: Kenai, AK
Accident Number: GAA16CA456
Date & Time: 08/27/2016, 1155 AKD
Registration: N7184B
Aircraft: PIPER PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot of the tailwheel and tundra tire equipped airplane reported that during landing on a soft grass airstrip he conducted a wheel landing instead of a three-point landing. The pilot further reported that during the landing roll, the main landing gear dug into the ground, which resulted in a nose over and substantial damage to both wing struts and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

According to the FAA Airplane Flying Handbook FAA-H-8083-3A;

SOFT-FIELD LANDING

The tailwheel should touch down simultaneously with or just before the main wheels, and should then be held down by maintaining firm back-elevator pressure throughout the landing roll. This will minimize any tendency for the airplane to nose over and will provide aerodynamic braking. The use of brakes on a soft field is not needed because the soft or rough surface itself will provide sufficient reduction in the airplane's forward speed. Often it will be found that upon landing on a very soft field, the pilot will need to increase power to keep the airplane moving and from becoming stuck in the soft surface.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper soft field landing technique on a soft grass airstrip, which resulted in a nose over.

Findings

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Use of policy/procedure - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Nose over/nose down (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/17/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/29/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 994 hours (Total, all aircraft), 721 hours (Total, this make and model), 973 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N7184B
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-5224
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/24/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3690.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: PAEN, 92 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 121°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 18 knots / 24 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: KENAI, AK (ENA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Off Airport, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 AKD 
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 60.774167, -151.898611 (est)

Cessna 180, N68PX: Incident occurred September 13, 2018 near Soldotna Airport (PASX), Alaska

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

Made emergency landing in a marsh area.

https://registry.faa.gov/N68PX

Date: 14-SEP-18
Time: 03:45:00Z
Regis#: N68PX
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: SOLDOTNA
State: ALASKA

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four people escaped injury when a small airplane crashed on its way to Soldotna.

Alaska State Troopers say searchers Thursday afternoon found the overturned airplane in 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 meters) of water, surrounded by swamp, about a mile southeast of 8 Mile Funny River Road.

The four on board, including the pilot, 75-year-old Terry Moxey of Sterling, were found standing on the belly of plane.

Anchorage Air Traffic Control told troopers the airplane had reported engine failure and could not land at Soldotna Airport. After the crash, Moxey used a cellphone to report no injuries.


A trooper helicopter extracted the survivors, including 84-year-old David Savoie and 79-year-old Karen Savoie of Idaho and 81-year-old Jacqueline Moxey of Sterling.

Flight Design CTSW, N382CT: Accident occurred September 13, 2018 in Dawn, Livingston County, Missouri

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

Crashed in a field and hit a fence after reporting inflight emergency.

https://registry.faa.gov/N382CT

Date: 13-SEP-18
Time: 21:10:00Z
Regis#: N382CT
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CTSW
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DAWN
State: MISSOURI



DAWN, Missouri  -- A pilot is uninjured after his plane crashed in a field in Livingston county.

The Federal Aviation Administration alerted emergency crews of a possible downed aircraft around 3:53 p.m. Thursday.

Several agencies including the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and a few citizens began searching for the plane several miles southwest of Chillicothe.

For some time, responders were unsuccessful in locating the plane, but the pilot was able to walk to a nearby home and give his address over the phone.

The pilot, who is from Wisconsin, was then found around 5:02 p.m. a few miles southeast of Dawn.

The Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kq2.com

Federal authorities are investigating after a Wisconsin pilot apparently walked away from a crash landing Thursday afternoon in Livingston County.

Livingston County authorities received a report shortly before 4 p.m. of a small airplane that went down southwest of Chillicothe, Missouri.

Multiple agencies scrambled and Chilicothe police sent up a drone to search an isolated area near Avalon, Missouri.

Eventually, a captain with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the pilot, who said he was in a field and could see a home about a quarter-mile away.

“At 5:02 p.m., the pilot was soon located a few miles southeast of Dawn and the pilot again reported being uninjured,” Sheriff Steve Cox said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, along with the Federal Aviation Administration. Photos of the scene showed the plane largely intact following a landing in an open field.

There were unconfirmed reports that the aircraft was losing fuel prior to the crash landing.

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

Cessna 180, N8047Z: Incident occurred September 13, 2018 at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (KBZN), Gallatin County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Wheel came off and aircraft veered off runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8047Z

Date: 13-SEP-18
Time: 21:34:00Z
Regis#: N8047Z
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BOZEMAN
State: MONTANA

Piper PA-31-350, N258SW: Incident occurred September 13, 2018 at Genesee County Airport (KGVQ), Batavia, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Gear up landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N258SW

Date: 13-SEP-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N258SW
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 31 350
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BATAVIA
State: NEW YORK