Thursday, September 20, 2018

PIper PA-28-181, N6234C: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 in Abilene, Dickinson County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Landed in a field.

Schilling Aviation Services LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N6234C

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N6234C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: ABILENE
State: KANSAS

Beech 95-55, N9313Y: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 at Indy South Greenwood Airport (KHFY), Indianapolis, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Gear up landing.

Jeff Air Pilot Services LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N9313Y

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N9313Y
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95 55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: INDIANAPOLIS
State: INDIANA

Sikorsky S-61N, N906CH: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Rotorcraft experienced a bird strike.

Construction Helicopters Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N906CH

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 19:33:00Z
Regis#: N906CH
Aircraft Make: SIKORSKY
Aircraft Model: S 61N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-28-180, registered to and operated by San Juan Flyers Inc, N8003W: Accident occurred September 12, 2018 near Stevens Field Airport (KPSO), Pagosa Springs, Archuleta County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N8003W

Location: Pagosa Springs, CO

Accident Number: CEN18LA381
Date & Time: 09/12/2018, 1100 MDT
Registration: N8003W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 19, 2018, about 1100 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA28 180 airplane, N8003W, impacted fencing and terrain during a forced landing near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, following an inflight loss of engine power. The airline transport pilot rated flight instructor and the student pilot were uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the impact with fencing. The airplane was registered to and operated by San Juan Flyers Inc. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Stevens Field Airport, near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, about 1000.


According to initial information, the flight instructor was introducing engine failure emergency procedures to the student pilot. The flight instructor subsequently added power to go around. The engine sputtered, and the flight instructor subsequently performed a forced landing where the airplane impacted fencing and ditches and came to rest in a field.


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Piper

Registration: N8003W
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: San Juan Flyers Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPSO, 7661 ft msl
Observation Time: 1055 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pagosa Springs, CO (PSO)
Destination: Pagosa Springs, CO (PSO)

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 2 None

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.230278, -106.967222 (est)


Archuleta County Sheriff's Office


At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, the 19th, ACSO responded to a "controlled plane crash" up in the Wildflower subdivision. According to the pilot, Anne Kautzky, she and her student, Harold Bright, were practicing simulated engine failure. Prior to doing this maneuver, a safe location is chosen in which there is room to land the plane, if necessary. It became necessary when the engine failed to restart and the pilot had to set it down. Both parties walked away unharmed, however, the plane sustained moderate damage to the leading edge of both wings, the nose cone and the front landing gear after traveling through a fence, across the road, through another fence and eventually came to rest in the middle of a field.


The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) were notified of the crash, but because there weren't any injuries or death, they quickly released the ACSO from the scene and turned it over to the insurance company for recovery.


Because this accident occurred on private property, we're asking curious folks to stay off the property and to respect the property owner's and the ranch management.


Archuleta County Sheriff's Office





A pilot and student practicing a simulated engine failure Wednesday didn’t have to wait long to put those skills to use when the plane’s engine failed to restart during the training exercise.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, pilot Anne Kautzky and her student, Harold Bright, were practicing a simulated engine failure in the skies near Pagosa Springs, according to the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.


During the training, the plane engine failed to restart, and it became necessary to set it down, the Sheriff’s Office posted to its Facebook page.


Before executing the simulated engine failure, a safe location was identified in case it was necessary to land the plane.


Kautzky landed the plane in a field near the Wildflower subdivision, about 10 miles north of U.S. Highway 160 off Piedra Road.


Kautzky and Bright were not injured in the landing, the Sheriff’s Office said.


“However, the plane sustained moderate damage to the leading edge of both wings, the nose cone and the front landing gear after traveling through a fence, across the road, through another fence and eventually came to rest in the middle of a field.”


The Sheriff’s Office said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash. But because there were no injuries or deaths, the Sheriff’s Office was released from the scene and the matter was turned over to insurance companies.


The Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred on private property; it is asking people to stay off the property.


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

Lockheed T-33 T-Bird, N514RH: Accident occurred September 09, 2018 in Denver, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

T-33 Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N514RH

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA544
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 09, 2018 in Denver, CO
Aircraft: HALLADAY ROY LOCKHEED, registration: N514RH

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.

Canopy came off during landing.

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 13:15:00Z
Regis#: N514RH
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: T 33
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-28R-200, N3073R: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 at San Bernardino International Airport (KSBD), California

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

Nose gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N3073R

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N3073R
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SAN BERNARDINO
State: CALIFORNIA

Beech 35-C33 Bonanza, N27TH: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 in Gila Bend, Maricopa County and incident occurred June 06, 2016 in Maricopa, Pinal County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

September 19, 2018: Off airport landing.

Arizona Cloudbusters Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N27TH

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 15:24:00Z
Regis#: N27TH
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35 C33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GILA BEND
State: ARIZONA

June 06, 2016: Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 06-JUN-16
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N27TH
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: MARICOPA
State: Arizona

American Champion 7ECA: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska

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

Nose down on landing roll.

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 22:31:00Z
Regis#:
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ANCHORAGE
State: ALASKA

Rutan Long-EZ, N5RJ: Accident occurred September 19, 2018 at Independence State Airport (7S5), Polk County, Oregon

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5RJ


NTSB Identification: GAA18CA562
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Independence, OR
Aircraft: Rutan RUTAN LONG EZ, registration: N5RJ

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Lost control on landing and flipped aircraft over.

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N5RJ
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RUTAN LONG EZ
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: INDEPENDENCE
State: OREGON




The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating a plane crash at the Independence State Airport that left the pilot with minor injuries Wednesday morning. 

At around 7:25 a.m., a pilot flying a single engine, two-seater plane lost control on landing and flipped the aircraft over, according to FAA's Allen Kenitzer. The pilot was the only one on board the Rutan Long-EZ at the time. 

The plane's nose gear collapsed upon landing and the aircraft skidded off the runway, flipping on its back, according to Al Cleveland from airport emergency response. 

The pilot walked away from the crash prior to Polk fire and EMS arriving on scene, according to Polk Fire District 1. The pilot, identified as Jim Wixon, of Independence, by his friend Rod Kerr. Wixon is being treated for minor injuries at the hospital, according to Cleveland.

The plane has been returned to the owner's hangar, according to Kerr. 

Investigators from the NTSB and FAA were inspecting the wreckage Wednesday morning and will continue to review the incident. 

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






INDEPENDENCE, OR (KPTV) - A pilot was injured in a small plane crash that happened in Independence Wednesday morning.

The single engine, two-seater airplane crashed around 7:25 a.m. at the Independence State Airport, according to Polk County Fire District No. 1.

Fire officials said the crash happened when the pilot was landing and the plane came to a rest on its top off the side of the runway.

The 80-year-old pilot, who was the only person on board, was able to get himself out of the plane before medical personnel arrived. He was evaluated for minor injuries, but refused further treatment, according to fire officials.

The name of the pilot has not been released.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

The runway has been shut down while the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigate the crash. The Oregon Department of Aviation is also on scene.

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

Cirrus SR20, N492DA: Incident occurred September 16, 2018 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Struck animal on landing roll out.

Aerosim Academy Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N492DA

Date: 16-SEP-18
Time: 01:35:00Z
Regis#: N492DA
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

Cirrus SR22, N56PE: Accident occurred September 19, 2018 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

https://registry.faa.gov/N56PE

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA578
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Frederick, MD
Aircraft: CIRRUS SR22, registration: N56PE

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.

Propeller strike while landing.

Date: 18-SEP-18
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N56PE
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: FREDERICK
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 206H Stationair, N247F: Accident occurred September 19, 2018 near Sugar Land Regional Airport (KSGR), Fort Bend County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Veered off final and descended below tree line.


Silver Creek Aviation Services

https://registry.faa.gov/N247F

Date: 19-SEP-18
Time: 20:00:30Z
Regis#: N247F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206H
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: HOUSTON
State: TEXAS

A rush to conceal the tail number of the downed aircraft.







FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - A small plane with three Drug Enforcement Agency agents on board crashed Wednesday near Sugar Land, according to authorities.

The government-owned single-engine Cessna went down about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Voss Road and Highway 6 while attempting to land at Sugar Land Regional Airport, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

Authorities said the pilots were on a training mission and experienced technical difficulties as the plane approached the airport.

Officials said two of the pilots were uninjured, and the other was taken to an area hospital for observation.

Officials said the plane struck a power line and then at least two vehicles.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls was amazed that the crash didn't cause more damage or injuries.

"You look at the aircraft and say, 'Gosh, this could (have been) horrible.' I mean, look at the houses around here," Nehls said. "To be able to set it down right here and to be able to walk out of there (with only) minor injuries is quite an accomplishment."

After the crash, the plane was leaking fuel, but no fire started.

The people driving the vehicles were not injured but were shaken by the crash.

"I really didn't know what to think. I just saw it and I knew this is it, either we're here or we're gone," Jay Camp said.

A woman was forced to drive off the road in order to avoid the plane but was still hit by one of the aircraft's wings.

"I thought, 'OK, I just need to get out of the way.' So I went to the right, jumped the curb and the wing hit us at that point," Terri Scheel said.

Camp and his mother, Scheel, were in the first car that was hit by the plane.

They were relieved once everything settled.

"We both just hugged each other and said, 'Are you OK? Are you OK?" Scheel said.

Camp was shaken up by the crash but was otherwise uninjured.

"(I was) shaken up, and I look up and I'm alive. And I'm telling you right now, you can never tell me that there's not a God," he said.

In the car just behind Camp and Scheel, O'Neil Kurup was driving, and his 3-year-old son was in the back seat.

"We're always thinking to look out for the cars in the road, but not a plane from the sky," Kurup said.

Kurup said after seeing the plane hit the first car, he had little time to react.

"It was just swaying back and forth and within a matter of seconds, it hit us," Kurup said.

Kurup is thankful they, too, are still alive.

"I was thinking about my family, of course, and I didn't think we would come out of it because it was a plane," Kurup said.

Both families agree that the heroic efforts of the plane's pilots kept things from turning out much differently.

"He obviously handled it the best he could and he was successful, and we're really glad," Scheel said.

Kurup echoed the opinion.

"They were trying to avoid the homes and the roads are the safest place to do it, and I personally think that they did make the right choice. I'm just glad that all of us are safe," Kurup said.

Residents in the area that witnessed the crash were going through their daily routine when the plane fell from the sky.

"I was actually in my backyard taking my dogs, out and a few minutes later, I caught a glimpse of the plane actually coming down," Alfredo Aviles said.

Others said they were in awe that no one was seriously injured.

"I had caught a glimpse of the plane coming down and I'm just, I'm just in awe like, 'No way. Is this happening?'" Alfredo Avilas said. "I've been living here like I said about 15 years. Yeah, you see planes coming by every now and then but this never happens."

The crash happened near the airport, but people in the community were still amazed that something like this happened.

"It's scary knowing that you're right next to an airport, for both the community as well as the person in the lane, or the people in the plane," Scott Germaine said. "That's a miracle. I'm glad for everybody involved that nothing more serious happened."

The power was out in the area for a while after the crash, causing nearby Kempner High School to cancel a meeting.

Another plane crash was reported about 5 p.m. near Houston Southwest Airport. The pilot was uninjured in that crash.

Story and video ➤ https://www.click2houston.com


Van’s RV-8, N188DW: Incident occurred September 19, 2018 at Houston Southwest Airport (KAXH), Arcola, Fort Bend County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Veered off the runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N188DW

Date: 20-SEP-18
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N188DW
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: RV 8
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ARCOLA
State: TEXAS



ARCOLA, Texas (KTRK) -- Authorities are responding to a plane that went off a runway at an airport south of the Houston city limits in Arcola.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls says the incident happened Wednesday afternoon near FM 521 and McKeever Road.

The Houston Southwest Airport is located at the intersection.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said the small plane wound up in a ditch around Post Oak and McKeever next to the airport.

The pilot who was the only person on the plane was not injured.

Story and video ➤ https://abc13.com




ARCOLA, Texas - A pilot walked away uninjured after crashing his small plane into a ditch in Arcola Wednesday, hours after another plane crashed near Sugar Land with three DEA agents aboard. 

The second crash was reported around 5 p.m. Wednesday near the area of South Post Oak Road and McKeever Boulevard. 

SKY 2 flew over the scene and the plane's nose was in the water of a ditch. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.click2houston.com

Velocity 173RG, N67WR: Accident occurred September 19, 2018 at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (KTRI), Blountville, Sullivan County, Tennessee (and) Accident occurred October 06, 2011 near Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Indian River County, Florida

Richard and Kimberly Knapp talk last month about surviving their plane crash on September 19th at Tri-Cities Regional Airport (KTRI), Tennessee.


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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N67WR

Location: Kingsport, TN
Accident Number: ERA18LA255
Date & Time: 09/19/2018, 2010 EDT
Registration: N67WR
Aircraft: CALVIN NATE H VELOCITY STD RG E
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 19, 2018, about 2010 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Velocity STD RG E, N67WR, was substantially damaged when it impacted an approach lighting system and terrain while landing at the Tri-Cities Airport (TRI), Kingsport, Tennessee. The private pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Columbus Airport (CSG), Columbus, Georgia, about 1817.

According to a witness located on the airport's ramp, he "heard a high revving engine noise and turned towards the approach end of the runway and saw [a] small plane strike the [approach] lights."

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane at the accident site, the first indication of damage to the approach lighting system began with the elevated approach lights about 900 ft from runway 23. Additional approach lights were damaged between that point and where the airplane came to rest about 400 ft short of the runway threshold. All major flight control surfaces were located along the debris path. All three propeller blades fragmented at the propeller hub. The mixture and propeller control levers were found full forward and the throttle was found 3/4 of the way forward. The carburetor heat lever was found in the off position. The fuselage, canard, and both wings sustained substantial damage.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. He was issued a third-class medical certificate in October 2017.

According to the FAA airworthiness records, the canard design airplane was powered by a Franklin 6A-350-C1R, 205-horsepower engine. It was equipped with retractable landing gear in the tricycle configuration and had 4-seats.

The weather conditions reported at 1953 at TRI, included calm wind, few clouds at 4,500 ft, visibility 10 miles, temperature 24°C, and dew point 20°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CALVIN NATE H
Registration: N67WR
Model/Series: VELOCITY STD RG E
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
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTRI, 1497 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Columbus, GA (CSG)
Destination: Kingsport, TN (TRI) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  36.482222, -82.399722 (est)


Richard Knapp, who piloted a small plane that crashed last month at Tri-Cities Airport, returned to work this week.

“Well, I was able to go back to work today at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus Georgia,” Knapp wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “The Lord helped me! It wasn’t too bad, and people were so glad to see me again.”

Knapp and his wife, Kimberly Knapp, of Seale, Alabama, suffered serious injuries on the evening of Sept. 19 as they attempted to land at the airport in Blountville. Kimberly Knapp remained hospitalized for about 24 hours, and her husband stayed in the hospital for several days.

The couple told the Bristol Herald Courier that they are thankful to be alive and believe the thoughts and prayers of their friends, family and the public allowed them to recover quickly after the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which continues to investigate, released a preliminary crash report on Friday.

The NTSB reports that the pair’s experimental, amateur-built Velocity aircraft was substantially damaged when it impacted an approach lighting system and terrain while landing. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and flight plans had been filed for the flight, which originated from Columbus Airport in Georgia, the report states.

According to a witness on the airport’s ramp, he “heard a high revving engine noise and turned towards the approach end of the runway and saw [a] small plane strike the [approach] lights,” the report states.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the airplane and the accident site and determined the lighting system was damaged about 900 feet from the runway. Additional lights were damaged about 400 feet from the runway, the report states.

“All major flight control surfaces were located along the debris path,” the report states. “All three propeller blades fragmented at the propeller hub. The mixture and propeller control levers were found full forward and the throttle was found 3/4 of the way forward. The carburetor heat lever was found in the off position. The fuselage, canard and both wings suffered substantial damage.”

Knapp has a private pilot certificate with ratings for an airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane, the report states. He also was issued a third-class medical certificate in 2017.

The wind was calm, there were clouds at 4,500 feet and visibility was at 10 miles, according to the report.

The NTSB, which did not travel to the accident scene, has retained the airplane for further examination. A final report indicating possible cause may be filed in coming months.

The couple, who previously lived in the Tri-Cities and often visits the area, hopes to fly again.


https://www.heraldcourier.com



BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) - Two people were taken to a hospital after a small airplane crashed Wednesday night at the Tri-Cities Airport. 

The aircraft went down about 500 feet short of a runway around 8:10 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration. 

Officials say the plane was carrying two people when it crashed. 

Both people were taken to a hospital, according to an airport spokesperson. The extent of their injuries is unknown, but the airport says both were conscious following the crash. Officials have not released their names.

Airport runway 23 was closed as emergency crews cleared the scene. It was reopened around 10 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane is a Velocity experimental amateur-built aircraft with registration N67WR. Records show the plane is registered to Richard Knapp of Seale, Alabama. 

News Channel 11's sister station, WRBL, says Knapp is a doctor at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus.

According to FlightAware, the plane was traveling to the Tri-Cities from Columbus, Georgia. It departed Columbus around 6:17 p.m.

It is unclear if he was on the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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

Update: A small, single engine aircraft went down Wednesday night on Runway 23 at Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville. 

Sullivan County EMA Director Jim Bean, who was at the scene, said two people have been taken to the hospital. Both individuals were conscious at the time of transport.

An airport spokesperson confirmed that the plane was a small experimental Velocity aircraft.

The runway has been re-opened.

Sullivan County EMA Director Jim Bean, who is at the scene, said two people have been taken to the hospital.

A small airplane with two people believed to be aboard is down at Tri-Cities Airport, according to airport spokeswoman Kristi Hauslee. Emergency responders are on the scene.

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

BLOUNTVILLE, TN - News 3 has learned from WJHL in Tennessee that an airplane registered to a Saint Francis doctor has crashed in Blountville, Tennessee at the Tri-cities Airport.

News 3 has confirmed that the experimental amateur-built aircraft is registered to doctor Richard Knapp--a pathologist at Saint Francis Hospital.

An airport spokesperson confirms the plane was carrying two people and they were taken to a local hospital and were said to be conscious at the time. 

News 3 has also confirmed that Dr. Richard Knapp was one of the two people on board. He is recovering at the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

They say the plane landed 500 feet short of the runway.


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

BLOUNTVILLE — A single-engine, two-seater plane crashed on approach to Tri -Cities Airport Wednesday night, but both occupants appear to have avoided major injury.

According to Jim Bean, director of the Sullivan County Emergency Management Agency, the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. He reported that the pilot and passenger both exited the plane under their own power, then were transported to the hospital by EMS.

Sullivan County fire and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene. According to Kristi Haulsee, director of marketing at the airport, the aircraft is classified in the experimental category, and known as a "Velocity."

Haulsee added that runway 23 was temporarily closed by the incident, but was expected to reopen by about 10:30 p.m.

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Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

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

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

Location: Sebastian, FL
Accident Number: ERA12CA010
Date & Time: 10/06/2011, 0915 EDT
Registration: N67WR
Aircraft: CALVIN NATE H CALVIN-VELOCITY
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot stated that he was practicing touch-and-go landings, and, as the airplane turned onto final approach, the wind caused the wings to rock. The airplane became too low on the approach, and the pilot added full power; however, the airplane impacted trees just prior to the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain the proper approach path, which resulted in a runway undershoot and collision with terrain prior to the runway.

Findings

Aircraft
Descent/approach/glide path - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Delayed action - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Landing area undershoot (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Seatbelt, Shoulder harness
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/28/2010
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/12/2011
Flight Time:  95 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 50 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CALVIN NATE H
Registration: N67WR
Model/Series: CALVIN-VELOCITY
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 422109601
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/03/2011, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: FRANKLIN
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 6A-350-C1R
Registered Owner: Robert Malloy
Rated Power: 205 hp
Operator: Robert Malloy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VRB, 24 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0853 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 160°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3700 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sebastian, FL (X26)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sebastian, FL (X26)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0910 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 21 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4024 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

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:  27.813056, -80.495556 (est)