Saturday, September 22, 2018

Robinson R44 Raven, Workpress Aviation, OK-BAJ: Fatal accident occurred September 05, 2018 in Plzen, Czech Republic

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA376
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 05, 2018 in Domažlická 1059, Plzen - Skvrnany, Czech Republic
Aircraft: ROBINSON R44, registration:
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


On September 5, 2018, at 1533 Coordinated Universal Time, a Robinson R44, I-CCNI, impacted terrain while maneuvering at low altitude, Plzen-Skvmany, Czech Republic. The pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries.


The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Czech Republic government. Further information may be obtained from:


Air Accidents Investigation Institute (AAII)

Beranových 130
Prague, Czech Republic
19900
Phone: +420 266199231
Fax: +420 266199234
E-mail: info@uzpln.cz
Webpage: http://www.uzpln.cz/en/

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Air Accidents Investigation Institute (AAII) of the Czech Republic.








Hasiči odvezli vrak vrtulníku z haly v průmyslové zóně v Plzni, který se zřítil ve středu odpoledne a zahynuli v něm čtyři lidé. Stroj vytáhli vraty, nejdřív museli zpevnit konstrukci objektu.

Kriminalisté spolu s pracovníky Ústavu pro odborné zjišťování příčin leteckých nehod  (ÚZPLN) jsou na místě a zjišťují veškeré okolnosti nehody. Vyslýchají svědky, vyhodnocují zajištěné stopy a jsou nařízené znalecké posudky,“ uvedla před devátou ráno policejní mluvčí Martina Korandová.


Doplnila, že jsou nařízeny soudní pitvy u všech čtyř lidí, kteří zemřeli. „Jedná se o dvaatřicetiletého muže a tři cizince. Těmi jsou pětačtyřicetiletá žena a dva muži ve věku 57 a 45 let,“ dodala Korandová.


Trosky vrtulníku byly částečně v konstrukci, jeho zadní část propadla a opřela se o zem v hale.


Připravujeme nejdříve pažení na zajištění stability budovy. Pak budeme odřezávat trámy v konstrukci střechy, aby bylo možné vrak vyzvednout a nedošlo k jeho poškození, aby ho mohli dál zkoumat odborníci na zjišťování příčin leteckých nehod,“ popsal ráno vyprošťovací akci mluvčí hasičů Petr Poncar.


Hasiči doufali, že se jim podaří stroj vyprostit a dostat ven vnitřkem haly vstupními vraty, která jsou dostatečně široká. To se jim také podařilo. Trosky stroje vyváželi na vysokozdvižném vozíku.


Hala, na kterou vrtulník spadl po 17. hodině, není velká. Na výšku má podle Poncara kolem pěti metrů. V době pádu vrtulníku v ní nebyli žádní lidé ani pracovní technologie. Objekt je opuštěný.


Inspektor z ÚZPLN a zkušený pilot dohlížejí na hasiče, kteří vrak vyprošťují. „Kontrolují, aby nebyl vrtulník při vyprošťování dále poškozen, například aby se z něj něco neulomilo, což by mohlo komplikovat vyšetřování,“ řekl pro ČTK ředitel ÚZPLN Pavel Štrůbl s tím, že do konce roku by chtěli určit příčinu nehody.


Hasiči vrak převezli do hangáru ÚZPLN, kde bude podroben zkoumání od motoru po trup, po všechny prvky. Inspektoři budou zjišťovat, zda nehodu zavinil technický stav stroje nebo chyba pilota. 


Podle svědků měl vrtulník potíže už ve vzduchu, kdy se podivně kymácel a poté se náhle zřítil.  


Záchranáři dva pasažéry oživovali. „Bohužel neúspěšně, lékařka musela konstatovat smrt. Další dva lidé utrpěli zranění neslučitelná se životem,“ uvedl mluvčí záchranné služby Martin Brejcha.


Zřícený vrtulník patřil firmě Workpress Aviation (WPA), která sídlí právě na Borských polích. Jednalo se o černý Robinson R44-Raven.


Podle zjištění MF DNES stroj pilotoval generální ředitel podniku WPA. K neštěstí se ale nikdo z firmy nechce vyjádřit. 



https://plzen.idnes.cz

Judge denies bond for foreign student accused of trying to steal commercial jet at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (KMLB)

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (KMLB) officials said that Trinidad and Tobago native Nishal Sankat breached airport security around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Nishal Sankat, 22, is accused of trying to steal a commercial airplane.


MELBOURNE, Fla. - Nishal Sankat made a first appearance before a judge on Friday. The 22-year-old is accused of trying to steal a commercial airplane.

“In his attempt to harm himself, Mr. Sankat advised that he intended to take the aircraft in the process of harming himself,” said FBI Special Agent Hackard. “In that process he had no regard for the potentiality of harming others in the process.”  Sankat looked nervous going before the judge, he was unable to stand still. 

The dark green suit he's he wore is designed to prevent him from hurting himself.  Investigators telling the judge they got an urgent call around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning regarding a possible terrorist incident at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport.  

Investigators say Sankat scaled the barbed wire fence, ran onto the tarmac, and boarded the American Airlines jet sitting there for maintenance.  They say he got into the cockpit, was about to sit down in the pilot's seat,  when suddenly the maintenance worker on the plane spotted him and asked,  “Who are you?” 

“He didn't get any type of answers so he told him to come with him. At that point he escorted the defendant to a golf cart. They drove over to the hangar. He started talking to him again, asking him questions and he fled from the maintenance man,” testified another Special Agent from the FBI task force member. 

The maintenance man caught up with Sankat and securing him until investigators arrived. Investigators spent all day yesterday interviewing Sankat and several more hours Friday morning.  The special agent told the judge they're not done yet.  

“There were several factors involved that caused concern to us and we have not yet fully been able to vet those out yes,” said Special Agent Hackard.

Sankat is being held on a no bond status.  The fed and prosecutors fear he’s a flight risk due to his dual citizenship between Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.  Plus they say he has access to money.  Sankat told the judge his parents give him a $5,000 stipend.  

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.fox5ny.com


Shayne Graves, Orlando Melbourne International Airport (KMLB) maintenance worker.


MELBOURNE, Fla. - Channel 9 spoke with the airport maintenance worker Friday who stopped a man as he boarded an American Airlines jet that was undergoing maintenance.

"I knew right away -- I mean we're trained," said airport maintenance worker Shayne Graves. "No badge. Looked down -- no shoe on that foot. This isn't right. Nothing's right about this kid." 

The 22-year-old flight student jumped a security fence at the Melbourne International Airport Thursday and reached the cockpit of an empty jet before two maintenance workers stopped him, investigators said. 

Melbourne airport officials said that Trinidad and Tobago native Nishal Sankat breached airport security around 1:30 a.m. 

Authorities said Sankat tried to steal the airplane.

Graves confronted Sankat while he was on the plane. Graves said he didn't hesitate to act because he thought about the 9/11 attacks.

"I said this isn't going to happen again," Graves said, sobbing.

"He was looking around, and I said, 'You’re coming with me. You're coming off this airplane.' I put him on the ground at the entrance door, got him on that golf cart, and we went into the hangar," Graves said.

Graves said the suspect appeared to be on drugs.

Sankat was studying aviation management at the Florida Institute of Technology and had completed some flight training, school officials said. Investigators said he was not rated for the type of aircraft he is accused of trying to steal.

"I really think he's a guinea pig, testing airport security. I really do," Graves said.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the FBI, is now investigating, but Sankat already faces state charges of violation of a visa, criminal trespassing and criminal theft of an aircraft. 

Officials said Sankat is being cooperative. He is being held at the Brevard County Jail.

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

Operation Migration helped whooping cranes survive


After 25 years of striving to reintroduce whooping cranes into the eastern section of North America, Operation Migration will cease work at the end of 2018.

"This difficult decision to dissolve the organization is heartbreaking for us all, but we have exhausted all possible avenues to avoid this outcome," said Joe Duff, CEO and co-founder of Operation Migration headquartered in Port Perry, Ontario, in a written statement.

"We continued our work based upon our belief that the goal of a self-sustaining Eastern Migratory Population of Whooping Cranes was attainable, however, with new management directives authorized by the Whooping Crane Recovery Team and implemented by Region 3 Fish and Wildlife service, we no longer believe this goal is achievable."

Beginning with the first migratory flight out of Wisconsin's Green Lake County in 2001, Operation Migration trained young whooping cranes to imprint on human beings, then follow them as they flew an ultra-light airplane from Wisconsin to Florida and back.

The goal for Duff and Bill LIshman, who developed the aircraft-guided migration method, was to reintroduce whooping cranes into an area that they had not inhabited in over a century. Their work helped establish a distinct population of whooping cranes, separate from the natural flock living in Western North America.

For 15 years, Operation Migration pilots and ground crew led cranes on survival flights that covered 17,457 miles with a total of 186 whooping cranes following the plane.

Their efforts received awards from the National Wildlife Federation, the Whooping Crane Conservation Association, the American Birding Association, and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Celebrities such as former President Jimmy Carter and conservationist Jane Goodall supported their work to create more awareness of the situation for whooping cranes and help foster the flock in eastern North America.

Planes used in Operation Migration are on display at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum.

Operation Migration carried out aircraft-led migration flights until 2015 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided the method was "too artificial." After ending the flights, Operation Migration continued research on whooping cranes including costume rearing, releasing parent-reared cranes, and helping to track and monitor the eastern flock.

With the new management directives in place, Duff said that "we cannot continue, in good faith, to accept contributions or assign our staff and volunteers to carry out the work outlines in the strategic plan imposed on the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership."

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

Aeronca 15AC Sedan, N1356H: Accident occurred September 21, 2018 in Lake Shannon, Livingston County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Float aircraft flipped over while taxiing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1356H

Date: 21-SEP-18
Time: 22:46:00Z
Regis#: N1356H
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 15AC
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: LAKE SHANNON
State: MICHIGAN

A Deerfield Township pilot and his passenger are fine after the float plane they were in flipped over Friday night.

Deputies from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Lake Shannon at about 6:47pm on the report of an airplane crash. Upon arrival it was determined that a single engine float plane, owned and piloted by 57-year-old Harmon Pierce, had successfully landed and was taxiing to the owners dock when a strong wind gust flipped the plane upside down in the water. Pierce and an 18 year old male passenger were able to escape the plane unharmed and were rescued by a boater on the lake.

Deputies on scene were assisted by members of the Hartland Area Fire Authority and Livingston County EMS. A report was made to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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




HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Authorities are investigating an incident that occurred Friday night on Lake Shannon in Hartland Township.

A seaplane had successfully landed on Lake Shannon, located east of U.S. 23 and north of M-59, and was taxiing when wind caught the wings and knocked the plane over.

The two people in the plane were not injured.

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

Beech V35 Bonanza, registered to and operated by a DAH Aircraft LLC, N435RB: Accident occurred September 22, 2018 at Georgetown County Airport (KGGE), South Carolina

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N435RB

Location: Georgetown, SC
Accident Number: ERA18LA258
Date & Time: 09/22/2018, 1515 EDT
Registration: N435RB
Aircraft: Beech 35
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 22, 2018, about 1515 eastern daylight time, a Beech V35 airplane, N435RB, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees on landing at the Georgetown County Airport (GGE), Georgetown, South Carolina. The flight instructor and the private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a DAH Aircraft LLC, Lewes, Delaware, and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed GGE at 1430.

According to the flight instructor, he was providing instruction to the pilot for a complex/high performance endorsement. They flew for about 30 minutes before they elected to return to the airport. The flight instructor had taken control of the airplane, so the pilot could get a drink of water. During that time, the airplane entered an uncommanded yaw and roll to the right and started to pitch up. The instructor confirmed with the pilot that he was not touching the controls, which he said he was not. The instructor was able to maintain some control of the airplane by applying left rudder, left aileron, and forward elevator pressure. He also trimmed the elevator nose down, which help relieve some of the right turning tendency. As he prepared to land on runway 11, the instructor noticed the yaw to the right increased as the airplane's speed decreased. As the airplane slowed down to 80 miles per hour (mph), it became "impossible" to hold the centerline of the runway and it began to drift to the right onto the grassy area adjacent to the runway. Once the airplane touched down, it immediately veered to the right about 90° and collided with trees, resulting in substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage and both wings.

The pilot provided a similar statement as the instructor but added that when he turned over the controls to the instructor and got a drink of water, he heard a "pop" and felt a "bump" in the airplane. The instructor then noticed a flight control problem and announced that he was keeping the controls. The pilot looked out the window and noticed the control surface of the right ruddervator was not moving.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a certified flight instructor with a rating for airplane single and multi-engine, and instrument airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical was issued on February 15, 2017. At that time, he reported a total of 30,000 flight hours.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last FAA third-class medical was issued on October 31, 2016.

The reported weather conditions at GGE, at 1435, included wind from 130° at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles and clear skies.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N435RB
Model/Series: 35 V35
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: GGE, 39 ft msl
Observation Time: 1435 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Georgetown, SC (GGE)
Destination: Georgetown, SC (GGE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.311389, -79.320278 (est)



GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - A single-engine aircraft crashed in Georgetown on Saturday.


At 3:30 p.m., the small plane crashed into a wooded area while at the Georgetown County Airport, according to Georgetown County spokesperson Jackie Broach-Akers.


Two people were inside of the plane at the time of the crash, according to airport manager Jim Taylor.


No one was injured during the accident, Broach-Akers said.


The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the accident.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.live5news.com



Georgetown County, S.C. — A single-engine airplane crashed at the Georgetown County Airport Saturday, on runway 11 at about 3:30 p.m., according to Georgetown County Public Information Officer Jackie Broach.

Broach said no one was seriously hurt in the crash and the airport is open.

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

Piper PA-28-161, N116ND: Accident occurred September 22, 2018 at Laconia Municipal Airport (KLCI), Gilford, Belknap County, New Hampshire

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

Aircraft landed in the grass.

Plane Nonsense Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N116ND

Date: 22-SEP-18
Time: 20:52:00Z
Regis#: N116ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: LACONIA
State: NEW HAMPSHIRE

GILFORD, N.H. —  Nobody was injured when a plane crash-landed at Laconia Municipal Airport on Saturday, officials said.

The pilot of the small plane was trying to land about 4:15 p.m. when he encountered trouble and ended up landing in the grass next to the runway, Gilford fire officials said in a press release. The plane struck signs and marker lights before coming to a rest.

The plane sustained damage to its landing gear. The pilot was the only person aboard, and he was not injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to investigate the incident.

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

LACONIA — A single-engine plane crashed in Laconia Saturday after a pilot had trouble with his landing gear. No injuries were reported.

The crash was reported around 4:15 p.m., Capt. Richard J. Andrews of the Gilford Fire Department said in a release.

An unidentified pilot had a mechanical issue while trying to land at the Laconia Municipal Airport and put the plane down in the grass next to the runway, the release stated.

The plane struck several marker lights and signs and then came to a stop about 30 feet off the runway.

Gilford police discovered damage to the plane’s landing gear but no fuel leaks and the pilot — the plane’s only passenger — was able to walk away unharmed, according to the release.

Emergency personnel from Laconia, Belmont, Alton and Meredith also responded.

The Federal Aviation Administration was alerted and the plane was towed away for further investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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

Air Tractor AT-802A, N968JB: Accident occurred September 21, 2018 in Napoleon, North Dakota

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

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/N968JB

Location: Napoleon, ND
Accident Number: GAA18CA563
Date & Time: 09/21/2018, 1330 CDT
Registration: N968JB
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT802
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

The pilot reported that, during an agricultural application flight, the right wing struck a power line pole and the airplane impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 600 hours (Total, this make and model), 4600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 220 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 80 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N968JB
Model/Series: AT802 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 802A-0669
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/01/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 600 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: P&W Canada
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6
Registered Owner: Mattern, Rod
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As: Mattern Spray
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K7L2, 1779 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 228°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Napoleon, ND
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Napoleon, ND
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  46.518333, -99.765278 (est)


A plane crashed into a field after striking a power line in rural Logan County 10 miles southwest of the city of Napoleon.

A crop sprayer flown by an employee of Mattern Spray Service crashed when the right wing struck the top of a power pole. The plane lost control and crashed into a field on a nearby farmstead. The wreckage was scattered throughout a quarter-mile area.

“If the plane traversed another 20 feet in its path of destruction it would have entered a slough and the pilot could have drowned. Conversely, if the plane did not veer in the direction it did it could have struck a house,” said Logan County Emergency Manager Daniel Schwartz. “The pilot is lucky to be alive.”

The National Transportation Safety Board released the wreckage to the owner and cleared KEM Electric to begin power line repair. The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating the crash as it resulted in the release of jet fuel into the environment.

The pilot was airlifted to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck. His condition is not available.

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




LOGAN COUNTY, N.D. - A man was airlifted to a hospital in Bismarck after a plane crash in Logan County Friday afternoon.

The age of the man flying the plane is not being released yet, and his condition is unknown at this time.

The Logan County Emergency Manager Daniel Schwartz says a crop duster flown by an employee of Mattern Spray Service crashed when the right wing struck a power line 10 miles southwest of Napoleon.

Schwartz says if the plane wouldn’t have stopped it could have entered a slough. He says the plane veered away from potentially hitting a house.

The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating the crash because it released jet fuel into the environment.

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

Cessna 150F, N8382G: Accident occurred September 21, 2018 at Roseburg Regional Airport (KRBG), Douglas County, Oregon

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8382G

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA564
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 21, 2018 in Roseburg, OR
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N8382G

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.

Bounced then ground looped.

Date: 22-SEP-18
Time: 02:33:00Z
Regis#: N8382G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150F
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROSEBURG
State: OREGON



ROSEBURG, Ore. - A small plane reportedly crashed at the Roseburg Regional Airport on Friday afternoon.

Reports indicate that there were no injuries involved in the crash.

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Cessna 150H, N7152S: Fatal accident occurred September 20, 2018 near Festus Memorial Airport (KFES), Jefferson County, Missouri

Michael Gunnar Metzger

Jacob Alexander Metzger



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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis; St. Ann, Missouri
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N7152S

Location: Festus, MO
Accident Number: CEN18FA384
Date & Time: 09/20/2018, 2230 CDT
Registration: N7152S
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 20, 2018, about 2230 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 150H airplane, N7152S, impacted a tree-covered swamp after executing a go-around in dark, night conditions near the Festus Memorial Airport (FES), Festus, Missouri. The left seat air transport pilot and right seat passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Greensburg Municipal Airport (I34), Greensburg, Indiana, about 2015 eastern daylight time (EDT).

Family members of the pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was for the pilot to travel to Collins, New York, to retrieve the airplane and bring it to FES. The airplane was going to be used for flight instruction for the pilot's son, who was also traveling with the pilot at the time of the accident. The pilot worked professionally as a commercial airline pilot and previously as a helicopter air ambulance pilot. The airplane was owned by the pilot's father and was stationed at a private residence, with a private airstrip. The pilot's father and the pilot had an "open-ended" agreement that the pilot would eventually travel to Collins, New York, to retrieve the airplane. On September 20, 2018, the pilot traveled from St. Louis, Missouri, to Buffalo, New York, via commercial airline. The pilot and his son were picked up from the airport by a family member and transported to the private airstrip. The pilot departed from the private airstrip about 1400 EDT.

The cross-country flight consisted of travel through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Receipts provided by a family member and found in the wreckage showed that the pilot had refueled the airplane three times during the trip. The first refueling stop was at the Chautauqua County/Dunkirk Airport (DKK), Dunkirk, New York, at 1434 EDT for 13.4 gallons of 100LL fuel (commonly referred to as "avgas"). The distance between the private airstrip in Collins, New York, and DKK is about 19 miles. The second refueling stop was at the Knox County Airport (4I3), Mount Vernon, Ohio, at 1753 EDT for 16.56 gallons of 100LL fuel. The distance between DKK and 4I3 is about 226 miles. The third refueling stop was at I34, for 13.62 gallons of 100LL fuel at 2006 EDT. The distance between 4I3 and I34 is about 174 miles. The distance from I34 to FES is about 275 miles.

During the trip, the pilot was communicating with his fiancé via text message from his cellular phone. The pilot communicated to the fiancé that the airplane was experiencing a "small electrical problem" and he reported that his estimated time of arrival (ETA) would be determined "at the next fuel stop… just before dark." The pilot reported to her that the ETA for FES would be about 2215 CDT. He asked the fiancé to be stationed on the north end of runway 10 with a flashlight to help vector the airplane in for landing. The pilot directed the fiancé, "lights on the north end pointing north."

FES has one asphalt runway, 10 and 19, that is 2,202 feet long and 46 feet wide. The airport lighting system at FES consisted of runway edge lights (medium intensity runway lights) along with runway end identifier lights. These types of lighting systems are considered pilot controlled lighting where a pilot can activate the lighting system while airborne by keying the aircraft's microphone a set number of times on the airport's common traffic advisory frequency. The lighting system can also be manually activated by a switch on the outside of the main hangar/office building at FES. A review of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Notices to Airmen (commonly referred to as "NOTAMS") data for the day of the accident found no malfunctions or failures of the airport lighting system listed for FES.

The pilot reported to the fiancé that he would attempt to activate the airport lighting system with a handheld very high frequency (VHF) radio, but he was unsure if the radio had enough battery power to perform the task. The fiancé traveled to the requested area at the airport. She reported that the airplane was landing from the north to runway 10. In addition to the lighting provide by the fiancé, the main hangar/office building had one outside light on at the time of the accident. The pilot attempted to land, but she was unsure if the airplane touched down on the runway due to the dark, night conditions present that hampered her visual acquisition of the airplane. She reported that the airplane was "blacked out" and did not have any exterior lights on when it tried to land. The pilot executed a go-around procedure. The last text message from the pilot stated, "keep light on." After several minutes of not seeing or hearing the airplane, the fiancé tried contacting the pilot multiple times with no response. The fiancé contacted law enforcement about 30 minutes after the last text message was received.

The Jefferson County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office initiated a search for the missing airplane working with multiple ground and air assets. Data acquired from the cellular phones in the wreckage were used to help determine the search area. The wreckage was located by air assets in a tree-covered swamp, near the Plattin Creek, on September 21 about 0740 CDT. The wreckage was situated about one quarter of a mile south east of the departure end of runway 19 and about 440 feet above mean sea level. The airplane was equipped with a Pointer 3000 emergency locator transmitter (ELT), Technical Standard Order 91 (operating on 121.5/243.0 megahertz). The U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, reported no ELT signals were received by their monitoring systems from the accident airplane.

On September 22, the National Transportation Safety Board investigation-in-charge, two aviation safety inspectors from the FAA St. Louis Flight Standards District Office, and air safety investigators from Continental Motors and Textron Aviation traveled to the accident site. The investigative team hiked to the accident site and an examination was conducted on the airframe and engine. During the examination, no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane were noted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the fuselage, and the empennage. All structural components of the airplane were located at the accident site.

Photograph 1 - Aerial view of the wreckage
 (courtesy of KSDK.com).

No evidence of breaching was observed with the wings that held the fuel tanks. A total of about 2.25 gallons of fuel were extracted from both fuel tanks. The Cessna 150H pilot's operating handbook (POH) states that the maximum capacity for both fuel tanks is 26 gallons total (13 gallons in each tank). The POH further states that the usable fuel amount for all flight conditions is 22.5 gallons total and the unusable fuel amount is 3.5 gallons total.

The alternator and voltage regulator were removed from the wreckage and were retained for future examination and testing. An examination of the maintenance records revealed no evidence of uncorrected mechanical discrepancies with the airplane. Two working handheld flashlights were found in the cockpit. The handheld VHF radio, two cellular phones, and an electronic tablet were recovered from the wreckage and secured.

The U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, District of Columbia, provided various sun and moon data for the day of the accident for FES. Sunset was 1902, and the end of civil twilight was 1928. Moonrise was 1656, and the moon transit was 2206. The phase of the moon was listed as, "Waxing Gibbous with 83% of the moon's civil disk illuminated."

The two-seat capacity airplane, serial number 15067852, was manufactured in 1967. The airplane was equipped with a 100 horsepower Continental Motors O-200-A carbureted engine, serial number 67630-7-A. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7152S
Model/Series: 150 H
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: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCPS, 413 ft msl
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Greensburg, IN (I34)
Destination: Festus, MO (FES)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  38.190000, -90.384444 (est)


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.

Obituary of Michael Metzger

Michael Gunnar Metzger, age 56, died in the early morning of Friday, September 21st, 2018 when the Cessna 150 he was piloting with his son, Jacob Metzger, crashed while trying to land in Festus, Missouri.

Michael was born on June 13, 1962 in Topeka, Kansas. He grew up around planes. Mike started flying when he was just 13 years old. From there, he joined the US Army. He later transferred to the US Air Force and finally to the Iowa National Guard. During this time, he also flew Medevac helicopters, most notably for the University of Iowa hospital. Once retired from the military, he began flying commercially for American Airlines. He was very active in the local aviation community where he lived, in Hillsboro, Missouri, and was a CO in the Missouri Commemorative Air Force.

In his free time, he was absolutely devoted to his children. He would carry their pictures with him and talk about them to anyone who would listen. He was a true nature lover, and was always excited to talk about his hummingbirds and the waterfall he always wanted in his backyard.

Michael is survived by three children, Aly, JC, and Shane Metzger, and his fiancée, Margo Smith.

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Mike’s life will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. His remains will be buried in his hometown of Collins, NY, along with those of his son, Jacob. A private family service will be held in New York this weekend. To share a thought, memory or condolence please visit the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.

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Obituary of Jacob Metzger

Jacob Alexander Metzger, age 20, died in the early hours of the morning on Friday, September 21, 2018 when the Cessna 150 he and his father, Michael Metzger, were flying crashed while trying to land in Festus, Missouri.

Jacob was born on June 20th, 1998 in Seattle, Washington. From an early age, two things were clear: he loved his friends and family, and he was going to be a pilot. He always knew how to light up a room, and could tell when you needed a hug or a shoulder to cry on. He was always a hardworking kid, whether it was with Maxwell Construction, Texas Roadhouse, or at home fixing his trucks. Jake and his dad would spend entire days with each other, repairing and refurbishing cars, boats, and planes. He always said he was learning to become a pilot, just like his dad. Jacob had been preparing for flight school. The day before the accident, Jacob had piloted the plane himself for two hours, and said that it was the best two hours of his life. Thus it can only be said that Jacob died doing what he loved.

He leaves behind a mother, Jane Taylor, and three siblings, Aly, JC, and Shane Metzger.

A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Jacob’s life will be from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. Per his expressed wishes, his remains will be buried with his father’s in Buffalo, NY. To share a thought, memory or condolence please visit the funeral home website @ www.gayandciha.com.

Jacob was posthumously granted admission to the American Airlines Cadet Academy. He has finally earned his wings.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY • Police have identified a father and son who were killed in a plane crash Friday near Festus after electrical problems made it hard for them to see the runway. 

The sheriff's office identified them as Michael G. Metzger, 56, of Hillsboro and his son, Jacob A. Metzger, 20, through dental records. Jacob Metzger lived in Iowa.

Michael Metzger, a pilot for American Airlines, had been flying the small plane back from New York to refurbish in Festus, where they had a hangar, when the plane crashed about 2 a.m. Friday about 200 to 300 yards from the runway. 

Before trying to land, Metzger texted his fiancée and asked her to stand with flashlights on the runway so he could see where he was going, according to police. The two were texting back and forth, police said.

Police said lights at the airport are not on throughout the evening, but pilots can activate something on their radios to turn the lights on once they get close. Without electrical power, the pilot could not activate the lights.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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FESTUS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- An airline pilot and his son were killed Thursday night when their small plane crashed near the Festus Memorial Airport after a mechanical failure.

Authorities haven’t released the names of the father, who was in his mid-50s, and his son, who was in his early 20s.

Festus Memorial Airport Vice President Mike Bippen told News 4 the pilot was very experienced.

"With him being an American Airlines pilot, I mean he's probably got more hours than all of us put together," said Bippen.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the father and son were returning with a Cessna 150 they had purchased in New York which the son planned to use as he pursued a pilot’s license. At some point in the flight, the plane lost all electrical power.

"If he had lost his whole electrical system he wouldn't be able to see inside the cockpit at night. He wouldn't be able to see what his airspeed is, his elevation, you know the heading,” said Bippen.

Like most small airports, Festus Memorial Airport isn’t staffed 24 hours a day and the lights are turned off at night. Pilots can remotely turn them on by clicking the microphone of their radio six times. But the pilot of the Cessna couldn’t do that because of the mechanical problems.

"He texted his fiancée to respond out here to assist in either getting the lights on for the runway or to use a flashlight to indicate the end of the runway,” said Corporal John Kozel with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Kozel said the fiancé went to the airport but couldn’t get the lights on, so she stood at the end of the runway with a flashlight. He said the plane attempted to land but was offline, then crashed as it tried to circle back around for a second attempt.

The plane went down around 10:30 p.m. in a heavily wooded area. During the night, a search was suspended because of the weather but the plane was discovered Friday morning around 7:40 a.m. by a helicopter from Mercy Hospital, which was aiding in the search.

"It's just sad, tragic deal for a nice person and his son to pass this way," said Bippen.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration arrived Friday morning and an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board was expected to arrive Friday night or Saturday morning.

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JEFFERSON COUNTY • A father and his adult son were killed in a plane crash near Festus after electrical problems made it hard for him to see the runway, authorities said Friday morning.

Before trying to land, the pilot even texted his fiancée and asked her to stand with flashlights on the runway so he could see where he was going, police say.

The single-engine Cessna 150 crashed about 200 to 300 yards from the runway, said Mike Bippen, vice president of CAEE, which runs the airport.

There were no survivors, he said.

The names of the dead haven’t been released. The father was in his 50s and an American Airlines pilot from the Jefferson County area. His son was in his 20s, Bippen said.

The father and son were bringing a plane back from New York. They planned to refurbish it in Festus, where they had a hangar.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said the pilot had reported electrical issues Thursday night. Authorities had been searching for the plane for several hours when they found the wreckage before 8 a.m. Friday.

Marshak said the pilot’s fiancée called police at 2 a.m. Friday. The pilot had contacted her from the plane when he was having electrical problems. Marshak said lights at the airport are not on throughout the evening, but pilots can activate something on their radios to turn the lights on once they get close. Without power, the pilot could not activate the lights.

He asked the woman to stand at the end of the runway with a flashlight so he could try to see where to go, the sheriff said. The man and woman were texting back and forth, Marshak said.

Police tried to get a helicopter in the air for a search but rain hampered that effort. They began a ground search Friday morning. On the south end of the airport, they found the plane in woods near Joachim Creek.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Bippen, the airport executive, said the father was an experienced pilot for American Airlines. “So he had plenty of hours of flying,” Bippen said.

Bippen said most small airports like the one in Festus have a system where the pilots activate the runway lights by clicking their mic six times. “His plane was having electrical issues, which would mean he probably had no lights on his plane and couldn’t see his instruments,” Bippen said. “We don’t know if he tried to land.”

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