Sunday, September 16, 2018

Boeing B767-300: Incident occurred May 24, 2018 in Kumamoto, Japan

NTSB Identification: ENG18RA029
14 CFR Unknown
Incident occurred Thursday, May 24, 2018 in Kumamoto, Japan, Japan
Aircraft: BOEING 767, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Japan Transportation Safety Board (JTSB) has notified the NTSB of an incident involving a B767-300 that occurred May 24, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the JTSB investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the engine.

All investigative information will be released by the JTSB.

Bombardier CL-600-2B19: Incident occurred May 16, 2018 in Geuteng, South Africa

NTSB Identification: ENG18WA027
14 CFR Unknown
Incident occurred Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Geuteng, South Africa, South Africa
Aircraft: BOMBARDIER CL600 2B19, registration:
Injuries: Unavailable

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Government of South Africa has notified the NTSB of an incident involving a Bombardier CL-600-2B19 that occurred May 16, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the engine.

All investigative information will be released by the CAA.

Cessna 152: Incident occurred May 28, 2018 in Tulua, Colombia

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA156
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Incident occurred Monday, May 28, 2018 in Tulua, Colombia
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration:
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Colombia has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA 152 airplane that occurred on May 28, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Colombia's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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

Beechcraft 58 Baron, ZP-BEU: Fatal accident occurred July 25, 2018 near Juan de Ayolas Airport (SGAY), Misiones, Paraguay

Pilot Gerardo Cayetano López Zárate (71)


NTSB Identification: ERA18WA198

14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Ayolas, Paraguay
Aircraft: BEECH 58, registration:
Injuries: 4 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.


The government of Paraguay has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a BEECH 58 airplane that occurred on July 25, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Paraguay's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.


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



Paraguayan Agriculture Minister Luis Gneiting (50)

Luis Eladio Charotti Barquinero (35)

Vicente Rigoberto Ramírez Imas (49)


La aeronave, una Barón 58 con matrícula ZP-BEU asignada al Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG), despegó de la base aérea de Ayolas, departamento de Misiones, a las 18:22, cuando ya había oscurecido y caía una tenue llovizna.

La cámara de seguridad del aeropuerto grabó los primeros tres minutos del vuelo, hasta que la máquina hizo un viraje inusual, se produjo un destello, luego un apagón, una presunta reactivación de los circuitos de luces y, finalmente, la nave ya desapareció del radar.

La torre de control perdió definitivamente contacto con la máquina al cabo de seis minutos del despegue.

La máquina desapareció sobre una zona de esterales, a 40 kilómetros aproximadamente de la cabecera de la pista, unos 15 kilómetros al sur de la ciudad de San Ignacio.

El administrador del aeropuerto de Luque, Rubén Aguilar, dijo anoche que la baliza de impacto de la máquina no se llegó a activar, por lo que abrigan la esperanza de que la avioneta haya panceado sobre los esteros y que sus tripulantes hayan sobrevivido.

Bomberos, policías, militares, funcionarios de distintas entidades, como Yacyretá y de las municipalidades cercanas, así como estancieros y sus peones iniciaron casi inmediatamente la búsqueda de la avioneta, con anfibios, tractores, camionetas, caballos y hasta a pie. Hasta esta madrugada, las tareas de búsqueda no daban un resultado efectivo, en gran parte también a raíz de la inaccesibilidad de los esterales, el frío, la lluvia, neblina y los animales que dificultaban el desplazamiento de los rescatistas. La búsqueda no se detuvo mientras otros equipos se aprestan a sumarse a la labor.

http://www.abc.com.py

Air Tractor AT 301, XB-OVB: Fatal accident occurred July 25, 2018 in Ascension, Chihuahua, Mexico


NTSB Identification: CEN18WA308
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in Ascension, Chihuahua, Mexico
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR AT301, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 25, 2018, about 1600 coordinated universal time, a Mexican registered Air Tractor AT 301 airplane, XB-OVB, impacted terrain near Ascension, Chihuahua, Mexico. The pilot was fatally injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local flight departed Ascension, Mexico, on an aerial application flight.

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

Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC), Direccion de Investigacion de Accidentes E Incidentes de Aviacion
Boulevard Adolfo Lopez Mateos, #1990, piso 4, Col Los Alpes, Tlacopac
Deligacion Alvaro Orbegon, C. P. 01010, Ciudad de Mexico
Telephone: (55) 5011-6413
E-mail: cidaiac@sct.gob.mx

Ascensión, Chihuahua.- Cae avioneta que fumigaba campos de algodón en la colonia menonita del Sabinal del municipio de Ascensión.

Autoridades de la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE) dieron a conocer datos de este accidente que se registró el 25 de julio a las 11:00 horas en el campo número 3 de la colonia el Sabinal.

Se dio a conocer que la avioneta con matrícula XB-OVB marca AIR tractor AT-301, modelo 1979 de color amarilla se había desplomado cuando realizaba trabajos de fumigación. La avioneta pertenecía a la empresa de fumigaciones El Puma S.A. de C.V. la cual era tripulada por Nicolás Neufeld Klassen de 22 años de edad.

En el lugar elementos estatales se entrevistaron con Pedro Neufeld quien hizo mención ser papá del hoy occiso el cual ya tenía un año laborando para la empresa de fumigaciones. 

Al lugar también arribo el inspector y verificador de aeronáutica de la Comandancia del aeropuerto de ciudad Juarez; Óscar David Cazares López.

https://www.akronoticias.com

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, G-BHYA: Accident occurred July 17, 2018 at Les Rabassières private airfield, Var (83), France

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA375
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Les Rabassieres, France
Aircraft: Cessna CESSNA R182, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 17, 2018, at 1300 UTC, a Cessna 182, G-BHYA, S/N R182-00532, experienced an engine failure on a local flight from a private airfield in Les Rabassières, France. The pilot declared an emergency landing and the airplane experienced a runway excursion during landing. The airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot, the sole occupant, did not suffer any injuries.

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

BEA: Btiment 153 - 10 rue de Paris
Zone Sud - Aéroport du Bourget
93352 Le Bourget Cedex
Telephone: +33 (01) 49 92 72 00
Investigator-in-Charge: Mr. Erell Ravel
Telephone: +33 6 09 14 38 16
E-mail: erell.ravel@bea.aero 

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the BEA France.

Cessna 172H Skyhawk, HC-BTS: Accident occurred May 28, 2018 on Upano river beach, Macas, Morona Santiago province, Ecuador



NTSB Identification: ERA18WA212
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, May 28, 2018 in Macas, Ecuador
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Ecuador has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA 172 airplane that occurred on May 28, 2018. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Ecuador's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

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





Una avioneta perteneciente a la compañía AeroSangay, que había despegado en la tarde de este lunes desde el aeropuerto Edmundo Carvajal, de Macas, se accidentó minutos más tarde en la zona de la playa del río Upano, en la provincia de Morona Santiago.

Según el canal Digital TV de Macas, el piloto de la aeronave, que transportaba unas 500 libras de carga, había reportado al aeropuerto que debía retornar a la pista, pero no alcanzó a regresar y se estrelló en el sector del complejo turístico Farallón.

Los equipos de emergencia del aeropuerto y del ECU 911 acudieron al rescate y tras buscar en varios sectores localizaron la avioneta con su único tripulante, el piloto Nelson Antuna, de 31 años, con algunas heridas leves.

https://www.eluniverso.com

‘Stay Away From Private Planes Until You’re Out of Office,’ Charlotte Hubbell Advises Governor Reynolds



BONDURANT, Iowa–Charlotte Hubbell, the wife of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell, told a group of Iowans about “a hard week” that Governor Kim Reynolds just had.

“Wow,” Hubbell told several dozen people at Progress Iowa’s Fourth Annual Corn Feed, “what a hard week for Kim Reynolds. The headlines have not been helpful to her.”

Her husband's campaign has criticized Reynolds after an Associated Press report showed that the governor and her family flew on a donor's plane to the Liberty Bowl last December to watch the Iowa State Cyclones

The state ethics board approved the trip since it was considered a campaign donation and Reynolds said she was campaigning, along with attending the football game.

The governor defended her use of the plane to reporters last week.

But during her remarks Sunday, Hubbell added, "My advice...stay away from private planes until you're out of office."

Story and video ➤ https://whotv.com

Aero Commander S2R, registered to Noe Aviation LLC, N5553X: Accident occurred July 17, 2018 at Vinton Veterans Memorial Airpark (KVTI), Benton County, Iowa

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5553X

Location: Vinton, IA
Accident Number: CEN18LA278
Date & Time: 07/17/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N5553X
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER S2R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On July 17, 2018, about 1445 central daylight time, an Aero Commander S2R, N5553X, experienced multiple engine power anomalies during attempted landing at Vinton Veterans Memorial Airport (VTI), Vinton, Iowa. On final approach, the pilot was unable to reduce power and attempted a go around. During the go around, the engine experienced an uncommanded throttle decreased to idle. The pilot executed a forced landing into a cornfield and sustained substantial damage to the airplane fuselage and empennage. The commercial-rated pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to Noe Aviation LLC and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an agricultural flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AERO COMMANDER
Registration: N5553X
Model/Series: S2R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

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: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:

CubCrafters CC18-180, N437CC: Accident occurred August 01, 2018 in Fairbanks, Alaska

United States Department of the Interior

Office of Aviation Services

https://registry.faa.gov/N437CC

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA521
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 01, 2018 in Fairbanks, AK
Aircraft: CubCrafters CC18-180, registration: N437CC

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.

Your Opinion: Private insurers should cover air ambulance transports

I’d like to set the record straight on a recent article about air ambulance balance billing (Wicker, McCaskill seek answers on air ambulances – Sept. 11, 2018).

Balance billing (air ambulance or otherwise) occurs when an insurer passes the costs of healthcare on to the insured beneficiary. Everyone agrees that patients should not be stuck in the middle between an air ambulance company that saved their life and their insurance company. Rather, private insurance ought to cover emergency air ambulance transport, which is only deployed by a first responder or medical professional. When a medical helicopter is called, it goes, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. If an insurance provider won’t cover an air ambulance transport that was considered medically necessary and requested by an independent medical professional, what’s insurance for?

States have the full authority to regulate the health care provided by medical helicopters. Senator McCaskill has proposed carving air ambulances out of the Airline Deregulation Act to allow states to expand regulation of the air ambulance industry. While I’m sure well-intentioned, this would in fact create borders in the sky, reducing access to these services, and would do nothing to lower costs for consumers.

Instead, private insurers should do right by air medical patients and cover air ambulance transports. Recently, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance in Missouri reached contract agreements with two air medical providers, Air Methods and Air Evac, to bring these services in network. Others should follow suit.

The air medical industry agrees strengthening Department of Transportation oversight and enforcement of air ambulance complaints is a good step but if policymakers really want to help consumers with transparency, they should pass the Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act. This legislation would modernize the outdated Medicare Air Ambulance Fee Schedule and require air medical providers to submit their cost data so Medicare can update its payment system to reflect the actual cost of providing care. As a result, financial pressures that drive balance billing would get relief and air medical providers will be able to ensure patients can continue to access this life-saving service.

Carter Johnson
SOAR Campaign, Washington, DC

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

Wicker, McCaskill seek answers on air ambulances 

TUPELO • Sen. Roger Wicker has joined with Missouri’s Sen. Claire McCaskill in a bipartisan request for answers about billing abuses and oversight of air ambulance services.

The two senators sent a letter Friday to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao outlining concerns over possible consumer abuses and urging effective oversight.

The letter cites a report from the Government Accountability Office that found the median price charged by air ambulance providers went from about $15,000 to $30,000 between 2010 and 2014.

“Anecdotally, it is clear that a greater share of this cost is being passed along directly to consumers through a practice known as balance billing, but GAO was unable to determine the prevalence of this practice because of a lack of data,” the letter stated.

Balance billing is a practice where the patient is charged over and above what their health insurance deems reasonable and customary. The extra payments don’t count toward out-of-pocket maximums.

The Jackson-based Mississippi Health Advocacy Program has received a number of complaints from consumers who were asked to pay tens of thousands of dollars for air ambulance service after their insurance carriers had made payments.

“This is a good, practical first step,” said Roy Mitchell, Mississippi Health Advocacy Program executive director. “It’s great that Sen. Wicker is being responsive.”

Balance billing issues involving air ambulance services have been among the most troubling the health advocacy program sees, Mitchell said. Because they are called in life-threatening, emergency situations, customers have few options, if any.

In Mississippi, there is a law against balance billing on the books; however, air ambulances are not subject to the law.

“Many states have tried to address these costs and the practice of balance billing by treating the service like other health-care services,” the letter states. “However, the courts have consistently struck down these state laws citing the Airline Deregulation Act.”

The senators noted in the letter that the transportation department has begun collecting complaints about air ambulance services and making them public, a measure recommended by the GAO. Through July, there had been 16 complains logged for 2018. Mitchell said he believes the complaints in the federal database and those to his agency are the tip of the iceberg.

“The complaints don’t accurately reflect the problem because people don’t know where to turn,” Mitchell said.

The letter from Wicker and McCaskill asks questions about the department’s authority to investigate complaints and its ability to address the issue. The letter asks for responses by Sept. 28.

“This is an issue that not going to go away without some sort of consumer protection on a federal level,” Mitchell said.

Air ambulance providers have pushed back against efforts to add consumer protections and regulations, citing insufficient reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurers.

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

Bell 206B JetRanger III, G-OPEN: Fatal accident occurred May 30, 2018 near Aldborough, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom


NTSB Identification: CEN18WA202
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 30, 2018 in North Aldborough, United Kingdom
Aircraft: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON BELL 206B, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 30, 2018, about 1225 coordinated universal time (UTC), a Bell 206B helicopter, registration G-OPEN, s/n 4300, impacted terrain and was destroyed near North Aldborough, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. The pilot was the sole occupant and was fatally injured in the accident.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the government of the United Kingdom. Any further information may be obtained from:

Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)

Farnborough House
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 0 1252 51300
Facsimile: +44 0 1252 376699
Email: investigations@aaib.gov.uk

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

How to fly to a climate change summit? In a private jet

A private jet at San Francisco International Airport, California - KSFO was crowded with them during last week’s Global Climate Action Summit.


Matier & Ross
Chronicle Columnists

One of the hottest spots during the just-concluded Global Climate Action Summit was the private runway at San Francisco International Airport, where SFO spokesman Doug Yakel reports corporate jet traffic was up 30 percent over normal.

Airport sources told us that the carbon-spewing corporate jets nearly filled the landing area’s parking slots and that many had flown in for the conference.

The three-day climate confab drew more than 4,000 elected officials, business executives and environmentalists from around the globe and was aimed at addressing how to lower the carbon emissions responsible for global warming.

The summit was organized by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been known to fly private.

In 2015, Brown flew with real estate mega-millionaire and major Democratic Party donor George Marcus via private jet to a climate change conference at the Vatican. The next year, the go-green governor jetted off with Marcus for a two-week trip that included stops in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine.

This time, the governor and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, stayed grounded and carpooled in from Sacramento with his security detail.

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

Lawsuit cites blocked oil line in helicopter crash: Eurocopter MBB BK 117C-2, N146DU, fatal accident occurred September 08, 2017 in Hertford, Perquimans County, North Carolina



HERTFORD — A year after a medical helicopter crashed in Perquimans County, killing three crew members and a passenger, there are some indications why the incident happened.

On Sept. 8, 2017, the Duke Life Flight helicopter crashed in a field in Belvidere while transporting a patient from Sentara Albemarle Medical Center to Duke Hospital in Durham. Prior to the crash, eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the rear of the helicopter.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report soon after the crash. It hinted that a lubrication problem might be at fault. The rear turbine shaft on the helicopter’s No. 2 engine showed signs of “overheating and lack of lubrication” and a key bearing was worn down, the report stated.

NTSB officials said at the time of the crash that could be a year or more before the final report is released.

However, a lawsuit filed late last year blames the manufacturers of the helicopter and its engine for the crash.

Attorneys for the family of one of the flight nurses killed in the crash, Kristopher Harrison, and the family of the patient who died, Mary Bartlett, filed a lawsuit in December, alleging the crash could have been prevented.

The families of the helicopter’s pilot, Jeff Burke, and the other nurse killed in the crash, Crystal Sollinger, have not joined the lawsuit.

One of the attorneys involved in the lawsuit, Gary Robb, points to an “special airworthiness information bulletin” published by the Federal Aviation Administration that suggests a link between the Duke Life Flight helicopter crash in Perquimans County and another helicopter incident in South Dakota on Jan. 26, 2017. According to Robb, both incidents involved the same Airbus model helicopter and may have been caused by a blocked oil line.

Robb could not be reached for comment for this story.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from Safran Helicopter Engines, a French corporation that manufactured the engines of the downed helicopter; its U.S. distributor, Safran USA, Inc.; the aircraft manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH, a German firm; and its U.S. distributor, Airbus Helicopters Inc.

The lawsuits further names as defendants Burke’s estate, and Air Methods Corp., the Colorado-based contractor that Duke University Health System hired to operate the Life Flight program. Air Methods provides the pilots and mechanics for Duke’s Life Flight program.

According to the NTSB, Burke held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument-helicopter. His most recent second class medical certificate was issued in October 2016, at which time he reported 4,362 total hours of flight experience. According to Air Methods’ records, Burke had been employed with Air Methods Corp. since August 2009 and accrued 1,027 hours of flight time in the same make and model as the Airbus helicopter that crashed. The NTSB also said the Airbus helicopter that crashed in Perquimans was built in 2011.

Perquimans County Sheriff Shelby White said in the weeks following the crash, NTSB officials made a number of visits to the county. However, there haven’t been any recently, he said.

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


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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration; Washington, District of Columbia
Air Methods Corporation; Englewood, Colorado
SAFRAN Turbomeca; Grand Prairie, Texas
Airbus Helicopters; Grand Prairie, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
  
http://registry.faa.gov/N146DU 



Location: Hertford, NC
Accident Number: ERA17FA316
Date & Time: 09/08/2017, 1120 EDT
Registration: N146DU
Aircraft: EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH MBB BK 117
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Discretionary) 

On September 8, 2017, about 1120 eastern daylight time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH MBB BK117-C2 helicopter, N146DU, was destroyed when it crashed on a wind turbine farm in Hertford, North Carolina. The commercial pilot, two flight nurses, and one patient were fatally injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and a company flight plan was filed for flight that departed the Sentara Albemarle Regional Medical Center Heliport (NC98) about 1108. The flight was destined for the Duke University North Heliport (NC92). The helicopter was operated by Air Methods Corporation under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135.

According to the operator, on the morning of the accident, the pilot and both medical crew flew from their base at the Johnston Regional Airport (JNX), Smithfield, North Carolina to the Elizabeth City Regional Airport (ECG), Elizabeth City, North Carolina for refueling. They arrived at ECG about 0924, and loaded 70 gallons of fuel. About 1011, the crew radioed the company operations center and advised they were departing for NC98, and had 2 hours of fuel on board. They arrived at NC98 about 1022. At 1108, the pilot radioed the company operations center and advised that that they were departing for NC92 with 2 hours of fuel and four people on board. There were no further communications with the helicopter.

Preliminary data transmitted from the helicopter showed that it departed NC98 to the northwest, climbed to about 1,000 ft mean sea level (msl) and then turned west. The helicopter climbed to about 2,500 ft msl and continued on a westerly track at a groundspeed of about 120 knots. About 8 minutes after takeoff, the helicopter began a turn toward the south. About 1 minute later, the transmitted data ended at an altitude of about 1,200 ft msl and a groundspeed of 75 knots, while the helicopter was on a southeasterly track.

Several witnesses reported observing smoke trailing behind the helicopter while it was in flight. The smoke was described by some witnesses as "heavy" or "dark", while others reported the color as "black", "dark blue" or "blue." One witness reported that the helicopter was "hovering" and "not travelling forward" while it was a "couple of hundred feet" above the wind turbine farm. Another witness reported hearing a "popping noise," he then observed the helicopter turn left, then right. It then descended quickly and appeared "in control" with the rotors turning before he lost sight of it.

The helicopter impacted a shallow turf drainage pathway, about 30 ft wide and 2,000 ft long, located between two fields of 8 ft tall grass, on a wind turbine farm. The fuselage came to rest in a 7 ft wide ditch in the center of the pathway, and was oriented on a heading of 261° magnetic. No ground scars were present leading toward or away from the main wreckage.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that all the major components of the helicopter were present at the accident site. The cabin had collapsed downward and was partially consumed by a postcrash fire. The tailboom remained largely intact. Flight control continuity was established from the cockpit area to the rotor systems and engines. All main and tail rotor blades remained attached to the rotor hubs. The No. 4 (red) main rotor blade was found rotated about 180° in the hub with its pitch links fractured and partially melted. None of the main or tail rotor blades exhibited leading edge damage, chordwise scratches, or other evidence of rotation. The outboard 4 ft of No. 1 (yellow) blade came to rest in the 8 ft tall grass adjacent to the drainage path. The grass on either side of the blade was undisturbed. The tail rotor shaft remained attached to the transmission. The transmission could not be rotated by hand.

No foreign object damage was found on the axial compressor blades of either engine. No damage was observed on the visible portions of the turbine blades at the rear of either engine. The gas generator of the No. 1 engine moved freely when rotated by hand, the No. 2 engine gas generator would not rotate. The No. 1 engine fuel shutoff valve was found in the open position. The No. 2 engine fuel shutoff valve was damaged and its position could not be determined during the field examination. The No. 2 engine rear turbine shaft bearing exhibited discoloration consistent with overheating and lack of lubrication. The bearing roller pins were worn down to the surface of the bearing race. The end of the turbine shaft aft of the nut exhibited rotational nonuniform damage.

The helicopter was equipped with an on-board audio and video recording system. The unit was thermally damaged; however, the memory device remained intact. The unit was sent to the NTSB vehicle recorder laboratory for examination.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness records and helicopter maintenance records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2011. The helicopter's most recent 30-hour engine inspection was completed on August 15, 2017. At that time, the helicopter and both engines had accrued 2,673 total hours of operation. Several additional inspections were completed during scheduled maintenance on September 1, 2017. At that time, the helicopter had accrued 2,710 total hours of operation. According to the operator, a daily airworthiness check is performed by a mechanic.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument-helicopter. His most recent second class medical certificate was issued on October 6, 2016, at which time he reported 4,362 total hours of flight experience. According to the operator, the pilot had accrued 1,027 hours of flight time in the same make and model as the accident helicopter, and had been employed with Air Methods Corporation since August 2009.

The helicopter was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Registration: N146DU
Model/Series: MBB BK 117 C2
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Air Methods Corporation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KECG, 13 ft msl
Observation Time: 1154 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 350°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: ELIZABETH CITY, NC (NC98)
Destination: DURHAM, NC (NC92)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: Both
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.290278, -76.487500

Cirrus SR22, LZ-SEV: Fatal accident occurred August 24, 2018 at Balchik Airport (LBWB), Bulgaria

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA366
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Friday, August 24, 2018 in Balchik, Bulgaria
Aircraft: CIRRUS SR22, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 24, 2018, at 1608 coordinated universal time, a Cirrus SR22, LZ-SEV, impacted terrain at the Balchik Airfield (LBWB), Balchik, Bulgaria. The airplane was destroyed. The pilot was fatally injured. The flight originated from Lesnovo Airport (LBLS), Lesnovo, Bulgaria and was destined to LBWB.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Bulgarian government. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Bulgarian government. 

Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:
Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications
Aircraft Accident Investigation Unit
9 "Diakon Ignatii" str.
Sofia 1000



Инцидент с двуместен самолет е станал на летище Балчик, пилотът е загинал на място. Това съобщиха от пресцентъра на Министерството на транспорта, информационните технологии и съобщенията.

В 17:45 двуместен самолет Cirrus SR22 излита от летище Лесново. Летял е в неконтролирано въздушно пространство на височина 3100 метра, след което преминава през въздушното пространство на летище Варна и в 18.54 часа е предаден за кацане на летище Балчик.

Пилотът е потвърдил, че е осъществил контакт с летище Балчик и се е насочил за кацане.

При кацането се удря силно в пистата, преобръща се и се запалва. 52-годишният пилот е загинал на място.

Това е варненскияг бизнесмен Севдалин Вълнаров. Той е любител-пилот, зам.-председател на  Българската асоциация на консултантските фирми по железопътно строителство, изпълнителен директор е на фирма "Рубиком инженеринг". Името ме фигурира в бордовете за управление на още няколко фирми с общ капитал от 30 млн. лв 

Взел е свидетелство за пилот преди две години и три месеца, изкарал е курса в Авиационния център в Долна Баня.

Със съдружник са купили двуместния самолет Cirrus SR22 от Испания. 

Предстои екип на Звеното за разследване на авиационни произшествия към Министерството на транспорта, информационните технологии и съобщенията да започне разследване на инцидента.

„В авиацията, когато се случват някои събития, причините са няколко. Първата е човешкият фактор, втората е технически отказ и третата е неподходящи метеорологични условия” - коментира пред Нова ТВ Христо Христов, който оглавява Звеното за разследване на авиационни произшествия към Министерството на транспорта.

По-първоначалната информация, която имам аз, е имало северен вятър, пулсиращ. При кацане може да е по-трудно за хора с по-малко пилотски опит”, заяви Христов. „Второ, според очевидци, самолетът е подходил с по-голяма скорост, направил е грубо кацане, на авиационен жаргон така се прави „козел” – подскача, превърта се през крило наляво, запалва се и пилотът загива на място”, разказа Христов.

„Направил е грубо кацане, което се дължи на силен страничен вятър, което може да го е изненадало”, коментира още експертът.

На 22 август малък самолет Piper падна в 19:20 часа край овощните градини край Шумен, но двамата пътували в него баща и син останаха живи, макар да са в интензивното отделение на Шуменската болница.

Тяхното състояние остава тежко. 62-годишният Валери Димитров продължава да е с опасност за живота в интензивното отделение на шуменската болница. Мъжът е с тежка гръдна травма, в критично състояние и изкуствена кома. 27-годишният му син Александър е в стабилно състояние, но с тежки фрактури на ръката и бедрото.

След извършения вчера специализиран оглед на падналия самолет, машината вече е премахната от местопроизшествието. Разследването на авиоинцидента продължава, като срокът за финализирането му е до 12 месеца.



В самолета е бил само пилотът, който е и негов собственик. Към момента няма информация да е имало проблеми при самия полет.

Започва разследване съвместно с прокуратурата и досъдебното производство, защото има смъртен случай, обясни Христо Христов. Утре сутринта комисията ще тръгне към Балчик.

Води се паралелно разследване, като „ние търсим причината, колегите от другите търсят някаква неизправност и вина”, коментира Христов.

Няма други пострадали при инцидента. "Пистата е много дълга, военно летище, бетон, той е кацнал в началото на пистата, така че няма никакви последствия за никой, освен за самия него", поясни експертът.

Според първоначалната информация на Министерството на транспорта моделът на самолета беше "Cirrus" SR22, след което информацията беше коригирана.

Двуместен самолет се разби на летище Балчик. При кацането машината се ударила силно в пистата, преобърнала се е и се е запалила. Пилотът е загинал на място, съобщиха от Министерство на транспорта.

Той е 52-годишен бизнесмен от Варна, но засега самоличността му не се разкрива.

Самолетът немско производство "Ikarus" излетял от летище Лесново в 17:45 с разчет за кацане около 19:10 ч. на летище Балчик.

Летял е ниско, в неконтролирано въздушно пространство на височина 3100 метра, след което преминал през въздушното пространство на летище Варна и в 18:54 ч. е предаден за кацане на летище Балчик.

Пилотът е потвърдил, че е осъществил контакт с летище Балчик и се е насочил за кацане след което се ударил в пистата.

„При изпълнение на подхода и снижението за кацане, на базата на очевидци, които са го наблюдавали, е бил с по-голяма постъпателна скорост. Имало е северен вятър, който може да е пулсиращ, който променя посоката си много бързо, което да го е смутило. Прави грубо кацане, вследствие на удара с бетонната писта отскача, през крила на ляво се обръща по гръб, запалва се и пилотът загива”, съобщи за bTV Христо Христов, директор на дирекция "Разследване произшествия на въздушния, водния и железопътния транспорт" и ръководител на Специализирано звено за разследване на авиационни събития.

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Двуместен самолет се разби на летище Балчик. При кацането машината се ударила силно в пистата, преобърнала се е и се е запалила. Пилотът е загинал на място, съобщиха от Министерство на транспорта.

Самолетът Cirrus SR22 излетял от летище Лесново в 17:45. Летял е в неконтролирано въздушно пространство на височина 3100 метра, след което преминал през въздушното пространство на летище Варна и в 18:54 ч. е предаден за кацане на летище Балчик.

Пилотът е потвърдил, че е осъществил контакт с летище Балчик и се е насочил за кацане след което се ударил в пистата.

Предстои екип на Звеното за разследване на авиационни произшествия към Министерството на транспорта, информационните технологии и съобщенията да започне разследване на инцидента.

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Двуместен самолет се разби на летището в Балчик, пилотът е загинал на място. Малко преди 18 часа самолетът е излетял от летище "Лесново", съобщават от транспортното министерство. 

Летял е в неконтролирано въздушно пространство на височина 3100 метра, след което преминава през въздушното пространство на летище "Варна" и 10 минути по-късно е предаден за кацане на летище "Балчик". 

Пилотът е потвърдил, че е осъществил контакт с летището и се е насочил за кацане. При приземяването обаче се удря силно в пистата, преобръща се и се запалва. 

Предстои Министерството на транспорта да започне разследване на инцидента.

Това е пореден инцидент във въздуха, само за два дни. Остава критично състоянието на по-възрастния от пострадалите при самолетната катастрофа в Шумен. 

Късно следобед в сряда 62-годишният Валентин Димитров катастрофира при пилотиране на малък самолет. На борда били той и 27-годишния му син. Състоянието на сина му е стабилно, предстоят му ортопедични операции.

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Bellanca 7GCBC, N7618S: Accident occurred August 25, 2018 in Ocklawaha, Marion County, Florida

https://registry.faa.gov/N7618S

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA517
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Ocklawaha, FL
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC, registration: N7618S

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.

Piper PA-31-310 Navajo C, C-FNCI: Fatal accident occurred August 01, 2018 in Calgary, Canada

NTSB Identification: ANC18WA061
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 01, 2018 in Calgary, Canada
Aircraft: Piper PA-31, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 1, 2018, at 1336 mountain daylight time, a Canadian registered Piper PA-31, C-FNCI, operated by Aries Aviation Services Corp., was substantially damaged after impacting terrain under unknown circumstances 35 miles southwest of Calgary, Canada. The pilot, and sole passenger were fatally injured. The flight originated from Penticton Regional Airport (CYYF), British Columbia, and was destined for Calgary Springbank Airport (CYBY), Alberta.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Canadian Transportation Safety Board. This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the Canadian government. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from: 
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
200 Promenade du Portage
Place du Centre, 4th Floor
Hull, Quebec K1A 1K8
Canada 
Website: http://www.tsb.gc.ca



The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) continues to investigate the plane crash in Kananaskis Country that left two men aboard dead.

On Aug.2, the Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft carrying two — a pilot and survey technician — crashed near Rae Glacier Trail on Aug.2.

The plane had departed from Penticton, B.C. and was heading to Calgary/Springbank Airport when it went down.

“While descending to 14,000 feet at approximately 37 nautical miles southwest of Springbank Airport, the pilot indicated that there was a problem. No other transmissions were received,” TSB reported.

The aircraft was operated by Aries Aviation International which had never had a fatal incident prior to the crash. In early August, the company website stated that it had over “60,000 hours accident free and have flown more than 18 million line kilometres of survey.” Aries planes have flown in more than 80 countries. On the Aug. 2, the company was conducting an instrument flight rules flight between British Columbia and Alberta.

The precise cause for the crash remains unknown. TSB has completed the field phase of the investigation and moved to examination and analysis. At this stage, TSB reviews records, tests wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies the ultimate safety deficiencies. The report phase follows once the safety deficiencies are suspected and/or confirmed.

Jonathan Lee, the Western Regional Manager for TSB, is the Investigator-in-Charge for the Kananaskis crash. Lee has been an investigator for 13 years and has experience in approximately 50 investigations both in Canada and worldwide. He’s also flown over 35 types of aircraft and has amassed 6500 flight hours.

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The aircraft that crashed in Kananaskis Country Wednesday leaving two men dead was operated by Aries Aviation International. In the company’s history, there has never been an incident like it.

“We’re just reeling from it. We’re in shock,” said Calida Lara, Aries operations centre manager. “So we’ve been in business 23 years and this is the first incident we’ve ever had.”

“We’ve had a spotless record,” she added.

The plane went down near Rae Glacier Trail around 1:35 p.m. Wednesday and the bodies of two men, now idenfied as the pilot and survey technician, were recovered from the site. Canmore, Cochrane and Kananaskis RCMP responded along with Kananaskis Emergency Services and Kananaskis Fire and EMS in a coordinated response.

On the Aries Aviation website, the company states that it’s had over “60,000 hours accident free and have flown more than 18 million line kilometres of survey.” The company has experience in more than 80 countries.

The flight had departed from Penticton, B.C. earlier Wednesday and its intended destination was the Calgary/Springbank Airport. The company was doing aerial mapping survey work in the province. The pilot and technician were returning to base after the project had been completed, Lara said.

Aries is cooperating fully with the Transportation Safety Board during the duration of the investigation. The precise cause for the crash remains unknown.

“The weather was really weird yesterday so who knows, right? But we can’t speculate because we have no idea,” said Lara. “That’s why we’re in shock – experienced pilot, you know, experienced crew and 23 years in the business. We’re kind of a tight-knit company here, kind of like family. So it’s a bit of a shock.”

“We just want to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and friends of those that perished in the flight.”

Two investigators from the TSB of Canada arrived on site in Kananaskis Country Thursday. The aircraft was a Piper PA-31 Navajo, confirmed Chris Krepski, media relations specialist for TSB.

“This is the initial data gathering phase of the investigation, so the field phase,” said Krepski. “So we’re obviously on the site now, documenting the wreckage, examining the wreckage, identifying pieces that we may want to remove from the aircraft for further examination, interviewing witnesses. [We’re] gathering information about weather, pilot training, aircraft maintenance as well as information from aircraft controls such as radar data and communication data.”

After gathering the necessary information, investigators will analyze the data and try to determine causes and contributing factors of the crash.

“We haven’t yet decided what level of investigation we’re doing here with this one yet.”


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Officials at the scene of a small plane crash in a remote area in Kananaskis say that the bodies of two men have been found in the wreckage of a twin engine aircraft.

Officers from Kananaskis, Cochrane and Canmore were called at about 1:30 p.m. to respond to eyewitness reports of a plane crash in the Rae Glacier area.

They have since located the wreckage of the small aircraft in the Highwood Pass Day Use Area and recovered the bodies of two men.

A helicopter looks for a plane that took off from the Calgary area and went down in a remote location in Kananaskis Country, Alta.

Authorities say the plane originated from Calgary and it could have been a business flight.

"As far as we know, they were doing a mapping exercise. That's all we know so far," said Corporal Chris Kosack. "They did hit the mountain known as Mount Rae and then slid down from there."

Kosack says they've gathered a lot of information from witnesses who told them they heard the sound of an engine and then saw the explosion.

He says it was a difficult recovery to complete given the conditions. "It's very difficult terrain, it's dangerous and it's a glacier. That's why the public safety officers are taking the lead on that with their specialized equipment and training."

Authorities with the Royal Canadian Air Force say that a Hercules aircraft was deployed from Winnipeg to help in the search after a distress call was recieved in Trenton, Ontario.

The Transportation Safety Board is aware of the incident and has now taken over the investigation.

Information about the occupants of the plane is being withheld and RCMP continue to hold the scene.

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca

Two men are dead after a plane went down in Kananaskis Country.

Mounties said they were called to an area near Rae Glacier, about 100 kilometres southwest of Calgary, around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Cpl. Laurel Scott with the RCMP has confirmed that the bodies of two male occupants were recovered from the crash site.

Scott said the two deceased men were the only people on board the plane when it took off.

Kananaskis Public Safety officers were “instrumental” in recovering the bodies, Scott said.

Royal Canadian Air Force spokesman David Lavallee confirmed the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a mayday call on Wednesday, followed by the activation of an emergency beacon from the area of Mount Rae.

He said a CC-130H Hercules aircraft was sent from Winnipeg to search for the crashed plane.

Police said witnesses reported the plane going down. Members of the Kananaskis, Cochrane and Canmore RCMP detachments were dispatched to the area. Kananaskis Emergency Services, Kananaskis Fire and EMS crews also responded to the crash.

Chris Krepski, spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board, said the agency was notified of the incident on Thursday. The TSB said on twitter a team has been dispatched a team to investigate.

https://calgarysun.com

Two men are dead after a plane crashed into a mountain in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary, on Wednesday.

The twin-engine, Piper PA-31 Navajo crashed at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the Rae Glacier area, RCMP said.

"As far as we know, they were doing a mapping exercise," Cpl. Chris Kosack said.

"They did hit the mountain known as Mount Rae and then slid down from there."

RCMP established there were two people on board the plane, and Kananaskis Public Safety Officers recovered two bodies from the wreckage.

Chris Krepski, a spokesperson with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the plane had a pilot and survey technician onboard.

The plane was headed from Penticton to the Calgary Springbank Airport, and hit the mountain about 64 kilometres southwest of that airport, Krepski said. 

"We're deploying investigators to the access site tomorrow, they're expected to arrive late in the morning. We'll be gathering information on the site there," Krepski said. 

He said there was no indication yet on the cause of the crash, but investigators will survey the aircraft and collect pieces of the wreckage for further examination. 

Calida Lara of Aries Aviation Services Corp. confirmed the plane was owned by Aries.

She declined to provide any additional information about the plane's route or occupants until the families could be notified. 

Police said they wouldn't be providing any information about the plane's occupants at this time. 

Hiking trails and backcountry access in the area, including Ptarmigan Cirque Trail, the Rae Glacier Route and Rae Mountain, are closed.

https://www.cbc.ca