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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

https://registry.faa.gov/N968JB

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA563
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Friday, September 21, 2018 in Napoleon, ND
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT802, registration: N968JB

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.

Struck powerline with right wing and crashed in a field.

Date: 21-SEP-18
Time: 17:59:00Z
Regis#: N968JB
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT 802A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: KINTYRE
State: NORTH DAKOTA




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