Saturday, October 6, 2018

Incident occurred October 06, 2018 in New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut

NEW MILFORD — There were no serious injuries when a hang glider crashed in New Milford on Saturday.

A New Milford police dispatcher said the call came in around 2:30 p.m. and first responders rushed to Ridge Road for a report of a plane crash. Those that responded found a hang-glider that had crashed into the trees just off the roadway.

The police dispatcher said the fire department responded and quickly worked on rescue operations. Though police did not say how many people were aboard the hang glider, the dispatcher said there were no serious injuries involved.

There is an active investigation into what caused the hang glider to crash, the police dispatcher said.

The last time there was a crash of this sort in New Milford, it ended fatally.

More than a year ago, on August 11, 2017, a plane crashed in New Milford, injuring the student pilot and her father, and killing 57-year-old Anthony Morasco.

Original article can be found here ➤

New Mexico trying to curb illegal hunting from aircraft

The state Department of Game and Fish is proposing a rule change aimed at preventing people from unfairly hunting with the aid of aircraft.

But the proposal has some recreational pilots around the state worried it may impede their ability to freely take to the New Mexican skies.

The proposed change within the “manner and method rule” would make it illegal for people to use aircraft to locate or assist in locating protected species, to relay the location of protected species to someone on the ground or to use the information gained for hunting from Aug. 1 to Jan. 31.

Currently, the so-called “48-hour rule” makes it illegal to use in hunting any information gained from aircraft until 48 hours after a flight.

“Really the issue comes down to fair chase when we’re dealing with our protected wildlife,” said Col. Robert Griego of the department’s field operations at a Friday meeting of the New Mexico Game Commission. “We have a pretty significant issue, primarily in the southwest part of the state where elk are being spotted from aircraft.”

For example, a pilot might locate an animal and convey a GPS point to a hunter on the ground, who can then easily find it.

Griego admits that the rule is a difficult one to enforce.

“My officers have to prove the transfer of knowledge within that 48 hours,” he said. “And unless you were there, that’s a very hard element to prove.”

Griego said of the four citations they’ve given out in the last three to four years for violations of the 48-hour rule, just one has resulted in a conviction.

Kerrie Romero of the New Mexico Council of Outfitters and Guides said she is worried planes flying over the forest, possibly just out sight-seeing, could be wrongly accused of scouting for animals.

“The only thing that will be accomplished with the rule change is to encourage hunters, who know nothing about aviation, to falsely report the tail number of any single-engine aircraft flying low and slow over the forest,” Romero said.

Ron Orozco of Animas, a self-proclaimed “law-abiding hunter and pilot,” said he wonders how extending the amount of time prohibiting the use of aircraft for locating protected animals will aid in better enforcing violations.

“If you can’t enforce it for 48 hours, how on earth are we going to do it for six months?” he said at the commission meeting.

The Game Commission will ultimately be responsible for signing off on any rule changes.

Other proposed changes in the manner and method rule include removing caliber restrictions for hunting elk, bighorn sheep and oryx and prohibiting most hunting within game-proof fences.

Original article can be found here ➤

Accident occurred October 06, 2018 in Wildwood, Cape May County, New Jersey

WILDWOOD — A man is in critical condition after his motorized paraglider crashed Saturday afternoon on the beach, officials said. 

At 12:42 p.m., firefighters and police responded to a report of a single-person aircraft down at Spencer Avenue on the beach, officials said, describing the craft as a parachute with a seat and an engine attached.

Crews found the man unconscious and unresponsive and treated him at the scene, Chief Daniel Speigel said.

Witnesses told officials that the man's parachute tangled then collapsed, causing him to fall approximately 30 to 40 feet, according to a news release from the police department.

He was still strapped into his seat when he was found, police said.

Firefighters asked for a medevac helicopter, but the request was denied due to the weather, Speigel said. The man was instead transported by the Fire Department and AtlantiCare paramedics to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus in Atlantic City, where he was listed in critical condition.

The identity of the man has not been released.

Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Original article ➤

Squad 3 and Ambulance 3-2 was dispatched at 12:36 to the area behind the Convention Center for a report of a single occupant aircraft crash with the pilot reported to be unconscious. Upon arrival it was determined that the actual incident location was Spencer and the beach. Crews found a male patient unconscious and began immediate treatment. A medevac helicopter was requested but would not fly due to weather conditions. The patient was packaged and transferred to Wildwood Fire Ambulance 3-2. The patient was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division with AtlantiCare Paramedics (Medic5) on board. The patient was listed in critical condition at the hospital.  -City of Wildwood Fire Department

A man was critically injured Saturday afternoon in a powered paraglider crash in Wildwood, authorities say.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 12:30 p.m. on a report of a single-occupant aircraft crash, according to a press release from the Wildwood Fire Department.

Arriving crews found the unconscious man on the beach at Spencer Avenue, the release said.

The man, who has not been identified, was transported via ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City since the requested aeromedical helicopter was grounded due to adverse weather conditions, according to the release.

A powered paraglider pilot wears a motor on the back and sails through the air, flying between 15 and 50 miles per hour. No license or training is required in the United States.

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The pilot of a motorized hang glider was hospitalized in critical condition after the craft crashed Saturday on the beach in Wildwood, officials said.

Emergency crews found the pilot unconscious and immediately started rescue efforts at the crash scene, near Spencer Avenue around 12:40 p.m., according to the Wildwood Fire Department.

Officials said a medical helicopter was initially called, but was not able to fly because of bad weather. Wildwood rescue crews rushed the man to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed it was investigating the crash. Wildwood police did not immediately release more details.

There was no one else on the hang glider. 

Earlier this week, police in Keansburg said a paraglider was seriously hurt in a crash on the beach in the Monmouth County community.

Original article can be found here ➤

Accident occurred October 06, 2018 in Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

A paraglider pilot who crashed into parked cars while he was attempting to take flight Saturday at a community event in Tuskes Community Park was not injured, Upper Nazareth Township police said.

Daniel Lane of Stroudsburg attempted a take-off about noon during the Touch-a-Truck event at the park in the 3000 block of Bath Pike but failed to gain lift. Lane lost control and struck two vehicles. The crash caused minor damage to the vehicles, police said.

Police said the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene and started an investigation. A paraglider, also called a powered parachute, is a type of ultralight aircraft in which the pilot wears a harness attached to an engine and propeller and flies suspended beneath a parachute. Larger versions of paragliders have seats for a pilot and passenger in a small cart beneath a parachute, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Touch-a-Truck is an event for children to explore emergency vehicles, construction equipment and other large trucks hosted by Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity.

The Upper Nazareth Fire Department, Upper Nazareth Emergency Management and the Upper Nazareth Highway Department assisted police in responding to the incident, police said.

Original article can be found here ➤

Feds punish airline for hot temperatures on delayed Dayton plane sitting on tarmac

DAYTON —  The federal government punished Allegiant Air this week for failing to provide passengers comfortable cabin temperatures on 10 delayed flights, including a summer 2017 flight out of Dayton.

The U.S. Department of Transportation fined the low-fare airline $250,000 and ordered it to cease and desist from future similar violations. Federal regulations require airlines to provide comfortable cabin temperatures to passengers during tarmac delays.

The government cited Allegiant Flight 1127 from James M. Cox Dayton International Airport on July 19, 2017 as one of the flights for which the airline failed to provide comfortable temperatures during a delay.

On that day, the airport recorded a high temperature of 88 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The government’s order does not reveal how hot airplane temperatures became, nor how cool the plane should have been kept.

Allegiant told the government “it takes compliance with laws and regulations very seriously,” but added, “outdoor temperatures made cabin cooling during the tarmac delays difficult at best despite Allegiant’s use of air conditioning carts, ground power units, and other measures to supplement internally-generated cooling” on the flights.

The carrier said it made “sensible decisions taking account of the information available and various pro-passenger considerations, including the passengers’ consistently strong desire to get to their destination as quickly as possible.”

Seven of the incidents occurred at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Another occurred at El Paso International Airport in Texas. Many of the flights, Allegiant said, “were subjected to outdoor temperatures generally in the triple-digit range and in some cases exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit.”

The government considers an airline’s failure to comply with regulations as an “unfair and deceptive practice” under the law.

A tarmac delay occurs when an airplane on the ground is either awaiting takeoff or has just landed and passengers do not have the opportunity to get off the plane, according to the transportation department.

For flights departing from a U.S. airport, airlines are required to begin to move the airplane to a location where passengers can safely get off within 3 hours for domestic flights and 4 hours for international flights, according to the department.

During a tarmac delay, airlines must provide passengers with a snack, such as a granola bar, and drinking water no later than two hours after the aircraft leaves the gate, according to the department.

In one of the cases, an August 2017 flight from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Allegiant “failed to make announcements to inform passengers that they had an opportunity to deplane,” according to the department’s consent order. Nor did the airline “have adequate supplies onboard to provide water and snack service to all passengers.”

The incident in Dayton is not the first for the airline.

An engine on an Allegiant plane destined for Dayton caught fire in March 2017. The flight was one of 11 to suffer similar mechanical issues with the plane’s generator, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

No injuries were reported for any of the 157 passengers or 6 crew members.

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Maksim Mironov: Pilot admits to having 140 pounds of marijuana in Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion (N761CF) at Hale County Airport (KPVW), Plainview, Texas

HALE COUNTY, Texas - A man was arrested at the Hale County Airport on Thursday and was accused of transporting approximately 140 pounds of marijuana from California, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

Around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, a Homeland Security special agent was inspecting pilot certificates and spoke with pilot Maksim Mironov, 32.

According to a criminal affidavit, Mironov was "acting visibly nervous" and had large duffel dags aboard the small aircraft.

The special agent wrote that it is common for drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics in bags on similar aircraft.

When asked what was in the duffel bags, Mironov said it was his equipment, according to the affidavit.

A K-9 officer was brought to detect the presence of drugs, the affidavit said, after Mironov did not give consent for the agent to search the plane.

The K-9 indicated narcotics were in the cargo area of the plane, according to the affidavit.

When agents searched the plane, they found five bags with 125 individual bags of marijuana.

The bags contained more than 143 pounds of marijuana, the affidavit said, and Mironov admitted to knowing the drugs were on board.

He also admitted he was transporting the marijuana from California to Birmingham, Alabama. Mironov told agents he landed in Hale County to refuel.

On Friday evening, Mironov was listed in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a federal hold.

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HALE COUNTY, TX (KCBD) - A pilot is in custody after being caught with more than five duffel bags full of marijuana at the Hale County Airport.

Homeland Security agents confronted Maksim Mironov on Thursday afternoon, around 2:20 p.m., conducting an inspection of his pilot's certificates. He was flying a Cessna 210 with five large duffel bags in the passenger compartment.

Agents say Mironov was acting visibly nervous as they asked him about his flight plan and declined consent to search.

Agents brought in Lubbock County Sheriff's Office Corporal Brandon Coulter and his K-9 Dante to do an open air test for narcotics.

The dog alerted and agents found five duffel bags and 125 bags/suitcases containing what was confirmed to be marijuana.

Mironov admitted to having approximately 140 pounds of it on board. Agents confiscated more than 65 kilos of marijuana.

Mironov told agents he was heading from California to Alabama, stopping in Hale County for fuel.

Original article can be found here ➤

A man was arrested at the Hale County Airport Thursday and was accused of transporting around 140 pounds of marijuana from California.

It happened around 2:20 p.m., when a Homeland Security special agent was inspecting pilot certificates and spoke with 32-year-old Maksim Mironov. According to a criminal affidavit, Mironov was "acting visibly nervous" and had large duffel bags aboard the small aircraft.

When asked about what was in the bags, Mironov said it was his equipment. A K-9 officer was brought to detect the presence of drugs. The K-9 indicated narcotics were in the cargo area of the plane.

Agents found 5 bags with 125 individual bags of marijuana. The bags contained more than 143 pounds of marijuana.

Mironov admitted to knowing the drugs were on board, and admitted transporting the marijuana from California to Birmingham, Alabama. Mironov told agents he landed in Hale County to refuel.

Mironov is currently being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center.

Original article can be found here ➤

Despite F-35 crash, Luke Air Force Base pilots insist the jets are safe

GLENDALE (3TV/CBS 5) - Despite a crash of an F-35 in South Carolina last week, pilots at Luke Air Force Base insist the jets are safe to fly.

LAFB trains about 70 percent of the world’s F-35 pilots.

"Every time we go up there, we’re not just making stuff up as we go. It’s rehearsed, it’s calculated, and we train, eat and sleep this stuff every day of the week," said LAFB Captain Andrew Olson.

The single-engine aircraft is the newest, most advanced fighter jet on the planet with a network of sensors, and can carry out missions without being detected.

"Great safety record. We’ve been flying these since 2006, and unfortunately mishaps happen in this line of work," said Olson.

Last Friday, a US Marine Corps F-35-B crashed in Beaufort County, South Carolina. It was the first time an F-35 crashed in it's 12-year history.

No residents were injured. The pilot, who according to LAFB officials was not trained in Arizona, safely ejected.

While the cause of this latest crash is still under investigation, pilots at LAFB are paying close attention.

"We’re going to learn what we can from this mishap and as always in aviation, take the lessons from this one and apply them going forward so we don’t make similar errors if there was one," said Olson.

LAFB plans to double its fleet of F-35s to 144 by 2021.

Original article can be found here ➤

Cessna 210, XB-NVG: Fatal accident occurred September 21, 2018 in Pico de Orizaba, Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN18WA388
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Friday, September 21, 2018 in Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On September 21, 2018, about 1440 hours universal coordinated time, a Cessna T210L single-engine airplane, serial number 21060532, Mexican registration XB-NVG, impacted terrain on mount Pico de Orizaba near Veracruz and Puebla, Mexico. The three occupants were fatally injured.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). This report is for informational purposes only and contains information released by or obtained from the government of the Mexico.

Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC)
Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes
Boulevard Adolfo López Mateos
No. 1990, piso 4
Colonia Los Alpes, Tlacopac
Delegación Álvaro Obregón
Codigo Postal 01010
Ciudad de México
Telephone: (55) 5011-6413

Chihuahua.- El velorio de los cuerpos delos pilotos  Héctor Alfonso "Houston" Jiménez Campos y Daniel Bernardo Leal Estrada dio inicio recientemente en la sala de velación número cuatro del Mausoleo Luz Eterna.

Familiares de los fallecidos notificaron que las visitas comenzarán a arribar a partir de las 4:00 de la tarde, informó personal del Mausoleo.

Los tripulantes, ambos originarios de Chihuahua, fallecieron cuando el avión Cessna 210, con matrícula XB-NVG, se desplomó a más de cuatro mil metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar, hacia las faldas del volcán Citlaltépetl el viernes anterior, por lo que fueron trasladados en días recientes para ser velados en su estado natal.

El accidente ocurrió a las 11:30 de la mañana en el Parque El Calvario, ubicado en el flanco norte del Parque Nacional Pico de Orizaba, cerca de las comunidades de Calcahualco y Coscomatepec.

Alfonso Jiménez, alias "Houston", por su apodo en el mundo del béisbol parralense, ya había estado involucrado en un accidente en 2008, cuando el avión que tripulaba se desplomó mientras sobrevolaba la región de Ciudad Aldama. Estos hechos dejaron como saldo un muerto identificado como Adán Córdova Almanza, quien llegó a formar parte de la Policía Ministerial.

La otra víctima del accidente del viernes pasado, Daniel Leal, alias "El Santo" se desempeñó como piloto aviador para la empresa Aerokusa, S.A. de C.V. desde 2012. De acuerdo con su perfil profesional en LinkedIn, el hoy fallecido también realizó vuelos nacionales e internacionales, así como vuelo de fotografía en helicóptero para el Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua desde 2006 hasta 2012.

North American Navion A, N969TR: Accident occurred October 05, 2018 in Stonewall, Clarke County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Stonewall, MS
Accident Number: ERA19LA008
Date & Time: 10/05/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N969TR
Aircraft: North American NAVION A
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 5, 2018, about 1445 central daylight time, a North American Navion A, N969TR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a highway after a total loss of engine power near Stonewall, Mississippi. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to the pilot and was being operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Key Field Airport (MEI), Meridian, Mississippi, at 1438, and was destined for Jack Edwards National Airport (JKA), Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The pilot stated that he departed with full main and auxiliary fuel tanks, and obtained flight following towards JKA. While flying at 3,500 ft, heading 158° with the fuel selector on main, and the mixture full rich, the engine sputtered. He informed an air traffic controller that he wanted to return to MEI and turned back toward the airport, but the engine then stopped producing power. The pilot informed the controller that the airplane was unable to reach MEI and asked for the nearest airport, which the controller told him was 6 miles away. He told the controller that he was unable to land there. The pilot elected to land on highway 45S and set up for an emergency landing to the south. Because there were cars on the road and the airplane was flying faster than the cars, the pilot bleed off airspeed; however, he slowed too much and the airplane landed hard on the highway. The landing gear collapsed, and the airplane slid about 200 ft and came to rest upright in the right lane. The pilot stated that he did not switch fuel tanks after the engine lost power.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. Around the time of the accident, he reported about 565 hours of total flight experience.

At 1458, the weather conditions reported at MEI, which was located about 15 miles north-northeast of the accident site, included wind from 180° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 4,800 ft, broken clouds at 8,000 ft, temperature 33° C, dew point 20° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: North American
Registration: N969TR
Model/Series: NAVION A No Series
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: MEI, 298 ft msl
Observation Time: 1458 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Meridian, MS (MEI)
Destination:  Gulf Shores, AL (JKA)

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:  32.131667, -88.793333 (est)

Hello my friends!

Thank you for the outpouring of love, concern, prayers and thanks-giving following my crash landing today! I am truly blessed to have friends like you! My engine cut out at 3,000 ft on way to Gulf Shores, by the grace of God, I was able to safely land on side of Hwy 45 near Quitman. My airplane is pretty much destroyed, but I am safe and thankful! I don't yet know what could have caused the engine to seize and stop producing power, but the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause. I'm thankful to be alive and well, thankful for the love everyone has shown me, and thankful for you! The favor of God is with me today and has been for a long time! In Christ love, I sincerely thank you for your text, your messages, your calls, your concern, your good wishes, your prayers and your friendship!

Everyday above ground is a good reason to celebrate and be thankful!

Thank you again and best wishes!


Boyd Williams Real Estate Company

CLARKE COUNTY, Mississippi (WTOK) - A plane crash landed on Highway 45 in Clarke County about 4 p.m. Friday. The pilot is okay, and he told his story to Newscenter 11.

Boyd Williams was flying to Gulf Shores Friday evening for a weekend trip when his engine failed mid-flight.

"I called to turn around and tell them it was running rough, and seconds later it stopped completely," said Williams.

Williams had to think fast. So he tried to make an emergency landing on Highway 45 near the Clarke County line.

"I was trying to bleed-off airspeed to let them pass, but I had to take the side of road instead and avoid any cars coming in," said Williams.

Boyd's daughter Hannah works at Meridian Aviation. She says her heart sank when she heard the initial call.

"I heard the tower radio up, and they said one of our local Navions went down, and I knew my dad had just took off," said Hannah. "I just said bye to him a few minutes before."

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Boyd managed to escape without any cuts or bruises.

"We would like to commend him on the job because there were cars, there were vehicles and traffic on the road at the time he was trying to land and you heard what he said," said Sgt. Andy West with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. "He did a great job avoiding that traffic and preventing further injuries."

For the Williams family, this was the scariest moment of their lives.

"I was crying. I felt sick to my stomach, but I was just praying. We were all praying that he was ok," said Hannah. "When I got here and found out that he was ok, that was just the best feeling in the world. It went from the worst feeling in the world to the best feeling in the world."

And as for Boyd, he says this will not slow down his passion to fly again.

"I'm just happy to be here. I'm thankful to be in one piece," said Boyd Williams. "Thankful nobody on the road was hurt. Thankful that both of my children came here and we're sharing another day together."

5:33 p.m. The plane is in the process of being moved. Law enforcement will escort the plane as it's towed to Lauderdale County.

Pilot Boyd Williams was able to land the plane safely. His two daughters came out to check on him once they heard it was his plane that crashed.

"I'm just happy to be here. I'm thankful to be in one piece," said Williams. Thankful nobody on the road was hurt. Thankful both of my children came here, and we're sharing another day together."​


A plane crash landed on Highway 45 in Clarke County about 4 p.m. Friday.

The plane is registered to Boyd Williams Real Estate. The pilot tells Newscenter 11 he is okay. Traffic is moving slowly around the aircraft.

Original article can be found here ➤

Friday, October 5, 2018

Incident occurred October 05, 2018 at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (KXNA), Benton County, Arkansas

HIGHFILL, Arkansas (KNWA) - Fire trucks were put on standby Friday afternoon as a private airplane made an emergency landing due to low fuel, according to Executive Director at XNA Kelly Johnson. 

Johnson said the plane made a safe landing without incident. She said that it's a common protocol for the fire department at the airport to be put on standby in case of an emergency.

She said the plane radioed to the air traffic control tower about the fuel issue prompting the emergency protocol.

Original article can be found here ➤

Khamraj Lall: Pilot Guilty Of Smuggling Hundreds Of Kilos Of Cocaine

Khamraj Lall

Federal jurors convicted a private "cash jet" pilot from Ringwood of bringing hundreds of kilos of cocaine into New Jersey and New York, then laundering more than $7.5 million in proceeds back to Guyana.

Khamraj Lall, 51, of Ringwood “used the proceeds of his cocaine empire” to buy jets, homes and cars, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said Friday. 

 “He also paid more than $2 million in cash stuffed in suitcases to a Florida contractor to build an airplane hangar in Guyana,” Carpenito said.

The Guyanese-born Lall -- who owned a private jet charter business called Exec Jet Club in Gainesville, FL -- already was facing charges in Puerto Rico of carrying $600,000 in drug money during a refueling stop when authorities arrested him in July 2015 with what they said was a five-kilo load.

Carpenito said Lall deposited, or had others deposit, roughly $7,549,775 into more than 20 different bank accounts in cash through 1,287 transactions from April 2011 through November 2014.

All of the deposits were under $10,000 to circumvent federal banking reporting laws, he said.

The government moved to forfeit several properties, as well as two private jets that Carpenito said Lall bought with the ill-gotten gains.

Lall was convicted Thursday of conspiracy, money laundering and other counts following an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court in Trenton.

Carpenito credited special agents and task force officers of IRS-Criminal Investigation, Morristown police, special agents and staff of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Rochester office of the DEA, the FAA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations Center.

Handling the case are Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan M. Peck and Thomas S. Kearney of Carpenito’s Criminal Division in Newark. 

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Aeronca 7FC Tri-Traveler, N9855B: Accident occurred October 04, 2018 in Myakka City, Manatee County, Florida

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Myakka City, FL
Accident Number: ERA19CA002
Date & Time: 10/04/2018, 1405 EDT
Registration: N9855B
Aircraft: Champion 7FC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that he had been working at an off-airport site installing concrete columns and then departed from the site in the tailwheel-equipped airplane. During takeoff from the field, he turned to avoid trees at the end of the field and impacted a concrete column.

Examination of the wreckage revealed that the right wing and fuselage were substantially damaged.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. He stated he had experience taking off on grass, but he had not left enough room to gain sufficient altitude for obstacle clearance. 

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 clearance from an obstacle during takeoff.


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Object/animal/substance - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb
Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/09/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/24/2018
Flight Time:  745 hours (Total, all aircraft), 52 hours (Total, this make and model), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N9855B
Model/Series: 7FC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 7FC-349
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/13/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1438 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6100 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CMI
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-200-A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSRQ, 28 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 268°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  11 knots / 17 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Myakka City, FL
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Spring Hill, FL (X05)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  27.411667, -82.154167 (est)

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. (WFLA) - Manatee County sheriff's deputies were on scene investigating the crash of a small, single-engine plane in the Myakka City area on Thursday.

The crash occurred off Rocky Creek Ranch.

According to the sheriff’s office, Dennis Hertenstein, 44, owns his own plane and flew to Myakka City from Lutz to operate an excavator.

After the day’s work, Hertenstein taxied out to a corner of a large pasture and began his takeoff run back toward the direction of the concrete pilings where he had been working.

He somehow did not get proper altitude and the plane’s wings were wobbling up and down.

He cleared the barbwire fence of the pasture, but clipped the right wing of the plane on a pile of concrete.

Hertenstein’s plane “cartwheeled” and landed about 50 feet away from the pile.

Hertenstein sustained multiple leg fractures, but managed to crawl out of the plane.

He was taken by coworkers to a safe area where EMS arrived and he was flown to a hospital.

Original article can be found here ➤

MYAKKA CITY - A 44-year-old man was injured in a plane crash Thursday afternoon near Myakka City, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The man flew his plane from Lutz and spent the day performing tests on concrete pilings with an excavator on a construction site off of Taylor Road in Myakka City.

After his work was done for the day, the man began his takeoff run from the corner of a large pasture, flying back toward the direction of the pilings, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

However, the plane did not achieve proper altitude, and its wings began wobbling up and down. The plane cleared a barbwire fence at the edge of the pasture, but the right wing was then clipped on one of the concrete pilings. The plane cartwheeled, landing about 50 feet southeast of the piling.

The crash occurred at 1:56 p.m.

The man sustained multiple leg fractures but was able to crawl out of the plane. Co-workers then moved him to a safe area until help arrived. 

Deputies and EMS crews were on scene by 2:23 p.m., and the man was then transported by Bayflight helicopter.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been informed of the crash, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Original article ➤

Beech N35 Bonanza, N9401Y: Incident occurred October 04, 2018 at Clayton Municipal Airport (KCAO), Union County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Gear collapse.

Date: 04-OCT-18
Time: 21:22:00Z
Regis#: N9401Y
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: N35
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91