Sunday, October 7, 2018

JetBlue, Airbus A321-200, N923JB: Incident occurred October 07, 2018 at McCarran International Airport (KLAS), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

On Sunday, October 7th, 2018, JetBlue Flight 178 from Las Vegas to Boston experienced smoke coming from its right engine before takeoff. The smoke was quickly suppressed and the aircraft taxied safely back to the gate. All customers have safely deplaned and the aircraft has been taken out of service for inspection. We are currently working to re-accommodate customers.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A JetBlue flight was cancelled Sunday morning after a fire broke out in the plane's right-hand engine, according to officials from McCarran Airport.

At 11:30 a.m., the airport's control center was notified of the fire, officials said. The Clark County Fire Department responded to the scene; the fire was put out by 12:03 p.m.

McCarran officials said 146 passengers were on board the flight, but no injuries were reported. The plane was forced to return the gate and the flight was cancelled.

No details were released on what caused the fire.

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Cessna T182T Turbo Skylane, N5271F: Incident occurred October 07, 2018 in Williston, Levy County, Florida

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

Landed on a highway.

Date: 07-OCT-18
Time: 22:17:00Z
Regis#: N5271F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T182T
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

A single engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing on US Hwy Alt 27 near the intersection with CR335A on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

The pilot was forced to put the plane down in the median after running out of fuel.

Williston Fire Rescue, Levy County Fire Rescue, and the Florida Highway Patrol all responded to the scene.

The pilot was not injured and the plane was not damaged during the landing, nor were any other vehicles.

As of 6:45pm, on Sunday, October 7, 2018, the scene was not clear, but the Levy County Sheriff's Office said that it should be soon.

Original article can be found here ➤

Williston Fire responded with Levy County Fire Rescue and FHP to an emergency landing. The pilot of this small plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the median of US Hwy Alt 27 at the intersection of CR335A when he ran out of fuel. He was able to successfully complete the landing with no injury, damage to his plane or other vehicles. FHP remains on the scene until the plane can be removed. Please use extreme caution in this area and remember, Pay attention.... MOVE OVER! -Station 72 - Williston Fire Rescue

Enstrom F-28C, operated by J&J Shop HeliAir LLC as a local sightseeing flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N5691Y: Accident occurred October 07, 2018 in Bridgeville, Sussex County, Delaware

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bridgeville, DE
Accident Number: ERA19TA005
Date & Time: 10/07/2018, 1340 EDT
Registration: N5691Y
Aircraft: Enstrom F28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation - Sightseeing 

On October 7, 2018, at 1340 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom F-28C helicopter, N5691Y, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from a field in Bridgeville, Delaware. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated by J&J Shop HeliAir LLC as a local sightseeing flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, during takeoff with power lines and farm equipment nearby, he increased the throttle to the maximum engine and rotor rpm, and began a climbing left turn, where he subsequently noticed a "slight decaying of rotor rpm." While headed toward the power lines, he "slightly" reduced the collective, while increasing the throttle, in effort to increase rotor rpm, but his corrections did not increase the rotor rpm. Nearing the power lines, he reported that he "pulled collective" which "further degraded" the low rotor rpm state, as the helicopter cleared the power lines. After clearing the power lines, the helicopter was about 50 to 75 ft above ground level, and the engine and rotor rpms were "well below minimums." With the helicopter sinking, the pilot pulled "full collective" just prior to impact with terrain, and the helicopter touched down hard.

The pilot reported that he had previously flown 12 flights with passengers prior to the accident flight and did not notice any abnormalities with the helicopter, nor was he aware of any "mechanical issues" with the helicopter during the accident flight.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the helicopter at the accident site, it impacted terrain about 1,000 ft northeast of the departure point in an upright configuration. The tail boom had separated from the fuselage, which resulted in substantial damage to the tail rotor drive shaft, tail boom, and tail rotors. Control continuity was established for the throttle, cyclic, and collective controls. A subsequent engine examination and test run did not reveal evidence of any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The operator held an FAA Letter of Authorization to conduct commercial air tour operations under Title 14 CFR Part 91.147. The operator reported that their policy was to conduct flights with a maximum of two passengers, however, the accident flight commenced with three passengers. Following the accident, the operator reiterated to all company pilots and staff that flights cannot have more than two passengers.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for helicopter and instrument helicopter. His most recent second-class medical certificate was issued in September 2018. He reported a total of 1,864 flight hours, 74 hours of which were in the accident helicopter make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the helicopter was powered by a Lycoming HIO-360-E1AD, 205-horsepower engine, and had 3 seats. The most recent annual inspection was completed in August 2018.

At 1332, the weather conditions reported at Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware, about 25 miles from the accident site, included wind from 240° at 6 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 2,400 ft above ground, temperature 28°C, and dew point 22°C.

The pilot's operating handbook stated in part:


Conditions may occur in which the helicopter must be operated from confined areas in which take-off distances (from hover to best rate of climb speed) are not sufficient to clear obstacles that may be in the flight path (trees, buildings, wires, etc.). In order to clear such obstacles safely, the climb portion of the take-off must utilize the best angle of climb airspeed (30 MPH safe side of height velocity curve). This angle of climb will substantially shorten the distance required to clear obstacles. To accomplish this type of take-off, hover helicopter at 3 to 5 feet altitude and 2900 RPM. Apply forward cyclic smoothly. As the helicopter begins to accelerate forward, apply collective and throttle until 36.5 inches of manifold pressure is obtained at 2900 engine RPM. Do not increase collective beyond this point (over pitching) as this will cause engine and rotor RPM to decrease. Maintain 3 to 5 feet altitude by use of cyclic control. As translational speed is reached (15-20 MPH) apply aft cyclic to seek climb angle that will maintain 30-35 MPH (refer to height ~ velocity diagram in flight manual). After clearing all obstacles at this airspeed, apply forward cyclic and readjust collective and throttle as desired for further flight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/20/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/14/2018
Flight Time:   1864 hours (Total, all aircraft), 74 hours (Total, this make and model), 939 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Enstrom
Registration: N5691Y
Model/Series: F28 C
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 479-2
Landing Gear Type: Skid
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/14/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5462.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-E1AD
Registered Owner: J&J Shop Heliair LLC.
Rated Power: 205 hp
Operator: J&J Shop Heliair LLC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDOV, 28 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1332 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 10°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bridgeville, DE
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None 
Destination: Bridgeville, DE
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1337 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.715278, -75.570556

A helicopter crash-landed in a soybean field near Bridgeville Sunday afternoon. 

There were four people in the helicopter including the pilot, according to State Police. The passengers, a 41-year-old woman from Lewes and two children ages 7 and 4, were taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital as a precaution but were not injured. 

The crash took place during a fall festival at Evans Farms on Seashore Highway, police said. The helicopter, a 1981 Enstrom FA28C with approximately 15 gallons of fuel, took off about 1:37 p.m. The pilot, 62, of Bridgeville, reported the rotorcraft lost power as he cleared irrigation and electrical lines, according to State Police.

The helicopter traveled approximately 300 yards east before making a hard landing in an adjacent soybean field, State Police said. 

J&J Shop Heliair was scheduled to provide helicopter rides at the festival, according to Evans Farms' website. 

The helicopter tour company could not immediately be reached for comment. According to its website, owner Jay James and his staff of five pilots give tours in both Maryland and Delaware, as well as offering flying lessons. 

They have locations in Milton and Berlin, Maryland. 

Evans Farms also could not immediately be reached for comment. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash, State Police said.

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Piper J3C-65 Cub, N38811: Fatal accident occurred October 06, 2018 in Fancy Gap, Carroll County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia
Continental Motors Inc.; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fancy Gap, VA
Accident Number: ERA19FA003
Date & Time: 10/06/2018, EDT
Registration: N38811
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 6, 2018, at an unknown time, a Piper J3C-65, N38811, was substantially damaged after it impacted terrain near Fancy Gap, Virginia. The private pilot was fatally injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross country flight, which originated from Fayette Airport (WV59), Fayetteville, West Virginia, around 1100. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and had an intended destination of Twin Lakes Airport (8A7), Mocksville, North Carolina.

According to a family member of the pilot, he left for the airport around 0900 on the day of the accident and most likely departed the airport around 1100. It was not until later in the day when the pilot had not contacted the family member or returned from the flight that the family member reported the pilot as overdue and an alert notice (ALNOT) was issued, around 2220. Then, on October 7, 2018, search and rescue crews reached the accident site about 150 feet below the summit, at 2,766 feet elevation. The accident site was about 95 miles into the 131-mile flight, on a 172° ground track, along the route of flight between the departure and destination airports.

According to an individual who worked in the vicinity of the accident, the weather was "very foggy" on the day of the accident.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airmen records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. The pilot was issued a third-class medical certificate on July 26, 2012.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1941, and was registered to the pilot in 2017. In addition, it was equipped with a Continental Motors Inc. C85-12F, 85-horsepower engine that drove a fixed pitch propeller. According to the maintenance logs, the most recent annual inspection was completed on May 10, 2018, and as of that date, the engine had accumulated 76.5 hours since major overhaul.

The 1135 recorded weather observation at Twin County Airport (HLX), Hillsville, Virginia, which was about 9 miles northwest of the accident location, included wind from 220° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, broken clouds at 1,200 ft above ground level (agl), broken clouds at 1,700 ft agl, overcast clouds at 9,000 ft agl, temperature 23° C, dew point 21° C; and an altimeter setting of 30.28 inches of mercury.

Several trees exhibited impact scars prior to where the airplane came to rest, about 50 ft from the initial tree scar. All major components of the airplane were located in the vicinity of the wreckage. The debris path was oriented on a 320° heading.

The airplane came to rest in a nose down position. The fuselage was impact damaged and the skin was torn. The cabin was impact crushed aft. Sections of the left and right wing were impact separated from the airframe. The empennage remained attached to the fuselage and the skin was torn. The left and right horizontal stabilizers and elevators remained attached to the empennage and were impact damaged. The rudder remained attached to the vertical stabilizer through all attach points and the skin was torn. Control cable continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to their respective flight controls through breaks in the cable consistent with overload and tool cuts made by first responders.

The propeller remained attached to the flange and engine. One blade was bent aft about 20° and the other blade exhibited tip curling. Chordwise scratching was noted on both blades and leading-edge paint rub was also noted. Several cut tree branches were noted along the debris path measuring between 2 and 10 inches, and all appeared to be cut at about a 45° angle.

The engine was impact-separated from the fuselage and was only attached to the fuselage via the throttle cable. The cowling was partially impact separated and removed to facilitate further examination. The oil sump was impact damaged. The oil dipstick remained in the oil filler neck. The intake and exhaust systems were partially separated from the engine. All 4 cylinders remained attached and secured to the engine. No holes or damaged was noted to the crankcase. The propeller would rotate smoothly through 45° of motion, and then stop when it contacted the crankcase. The propeller flange was impact bent and rotational scoring was noted on the propeller. Organic matter similar to wood was noted in the No. 3 cylinder fins. The Nos. 1 and 3 rocker box covers were removed, and oil was noted within. When the propeller was rotated through the 45° of motion, movement was noted on the No. 1 rocker arms. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N38811
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHLX, 2693 ft msl
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1200 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fayetteville, WV (WV59)
Destination: Mocksville, NC (8A7)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 36.638056, -80.707222

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

“I look at my yesterdays for months past, and find them as good a lot of yesterdays as anybody might want. I sit there in the firelight and see them all. The hours that made them were good, and so were the moments that made the hours. I have had responsibilities and work, dangers and pleasure, good friends, and a world without walls to live in.”

-Beryl Markham, West with the Night

Ralph C. Young, Jr. , 65, of Fayetteville, WV died from injuries received in an aircraft accident on Sunday, October 07, 2018 near Fancy Gap, VA.

Born October 28, 1952 in Erie, PA he was the son of the late Ralph C. Young Sr., a WWII Pilot, and Doris Prentice Young, and stepson of Duane Young of Charleston, SC. 

Ralph was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. He was involved with the Boy Scouts for many years, achieving Eagle Scout status and was a former Scout Leader for Troop 179. He was a VietNam era US Air Force veteran.

A longtime attorney with Hamilton, Burgess, Young and Pollard, he was a member WV Bar Association, WV State Bar and the WV Association of Justice, for which he received an Award.

In addition to being a master carpenter his hobbies were: running, (in years past participated in the Charleston Distance Run, AAU 20K Oak Hill to Fayetteville and Capt. Thurmond Tri-Athlon,) kayaking, restoring antique tractors, wood carving, restoring antique Willys Jeeps, and antique airplanes.

Ralph was a wonderful husband, father and friend. His greatest joy was helping someone in need, no matter the task.

His memory will be forever cherished by his wife, Cathy C. Conner Young; three children, Ralph C. Young, III of Fayetteville, Joel P. (Tiffany) Young of Oak Hill, and Ashton J. Young of Fayetteville; grandchild, Christian P. Young of Oak Hill; step-mother, Duane Young of Charleston, SC; brother, William P. (Debbie) Young of Martinsburg; sisters, Susan Y. Albright of Lancaster, PA, Rebecca Y. (Fred) Flori of Scituate, RI, and Marybeth Y. (Victor) Clark of Charleston, SC; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Krimmel officiating. 

A celebration of a life well lived will be held at Wild Blue Adventure Company, Fayetteville on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 3508 Staunton Avenue SE, 3rd Floor, Charleston, WV 25301.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, WV

A local lawyer and pilot was tragically killed on Sunday, October 7th when his plane went down near Fancy Gap, which is in Carroll County, VA.

Ralph C. Young was a resident of Fayetteville and a flying enthusiast who also owned part of the Historic Fayette Cou. Air Strip in Fayetteville.

We spoke with Chris Kappler, a close friend and a fellow pilot who owns Wild Blue Adventures. He says Young was flying his vintage 1941 Piper that he flew regularly–adding that he was a great pilot with over 50 years of experience.

Kapplar says Young will be missed because he was a nice man that they felt fortunate enough to call a friend.

“Well Ralph was just such a great guy and it’s always people like him that leave such a great void. Not only was he a personal friend, he was just such a well respected member of our community in Fayetteville and in Fayette county and in Southern West Virginia. As far as the pilots in Southern West Virginia and in the vintage airplane community he’ll just leave a void that will probably never be filled,” says Young.

There are plans to memorialize Young. Kapplar tells us, it would be an event he would have loved.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Ralph Young

FANCY GAP — A West Virginia man died early Sunday when his airplane crashed into a wooded area on Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County.

Ralph C. Young, 65, of Fayetteville, West Virginia, was making a round-trip between a private airstrip in his hometown and Elkin, North Carolina, when his fixed-wing, single-engine 1941 Piper crashed.

Virginia State Police were alerted of a possible crash at 2:10 a.m. With the help of Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the crash scene was located around 3 a.m.

According to State Police, Young’s body was located with the wreckage. The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke responded to the crash scene, off Cemetery Road.

FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are assisting state police with an investigation into what caused the crash. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s emergency services coordinator and Hillsville and Cana fire departments also assisted.

Fancy Gap Mountain is known for heavy fog that has accounted for many multi vehicle crashes in the past. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said it is still undetermined whether fog played a role in the airplane crash.

According to the National Weather Service, a special weather statement for isolated areas of dense fog was in effect for that area at the time of the crash. The NWS spokesman said records indicate preparations were underway to issue a dense fog advisory when NWS was notified of the crash.

This is a common time of year for fog due to longer nights and high humidity, the spokesman said.

The Virginia State Police, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a fatal plane crash in Carroll County.

At 2:10 a.m. Sunday (October 7), Virginia State Police were alerted to a missing aircraft that was suspected of having crashed in Carroll County. With the assistance of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Federal Aviation Administration, the Piper J3C-65 Cub was located off Cemetery Road on Fancy Gap Mountain around 3 a.m., according to the Virginia State Police.

“The pilot, Ralph C. Young, 65, of Fayetteville, West Virginia, did not survive the crash. His remains were located with the wreckage,” the Virginia State Police stated in a press release Sunday. “The Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke responded to the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.”

Young was making a round-trip flight from a private airstrip in Fayetteville, West Virginia to Elkin, North Carolina and back to West Virginia, according to state police.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Services Coordinator have been assisting state police at the scene, along with the Hillsville and Cana Fire Departments. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are on scene and assisting with the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

Peter Cross: Pilot crashed in simulator, Air New Zealand has to pay him $20,000

Air New Zealand has been ordered to pay a former experienced pilot $20,000 by the Employment Relations Authority for not acting in good faith.

Peter Cross had been working at Air New Zealand for over 30 years when he was stood down from all flying duties in 2015, after crashing the simulator during an assessment.

All Air New Zealand pilots are subject to simulator sessions every six months and are tested on issues including engine failures, malfunctions, navigation hazards, and adverse weather conditions. 

During Cross' employment there had been four incidents in his handling of stressful situations which rose concern at Air New Zealand.

In December 2003, while flying a A230 flight Cross had an unstable landing, which led to a safety investigation report.

Then over a decade later and in May 2014, during a flight from Perth to Auckland, the first officer was unable to enter the flight deck from the cabin because Cross would not unlock the door. As a result Cross was referred to a clinical psychologist for assessment. 

Later that year, during a simulation assessment, Cross failed to react to a weather-related flying crisis and had to re-sit the test. 

Then at the next simulation assessment in March 2015, Cross crashed the simulator and was stood down from flying duties.

Pilots are required to hold a valid pilot's license and medical certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

In June 2015 the Civil Aviation Authority declined to renew Cross' medical certificate and after that he took a period of sick leave, which became unpaid sick leave in October 2016.

By then it was declared Cross needed to re-qualify and re-apply for a medical certificate after completing a recommended psycho-therapeutic interventions review. 

A report by the psychiatrist recommended Cross could return to his flying duties but with restrictions including, extensive simulator testing, being reviewed by Air New Zealand senior staff and working with a therapist.

Cross' lawyer repeatedly asked Air New Zealand when he could commence simulator sessions, but the airline said it did not feel confident in the absence of a medical certificate.

It said there was a potential for wasted time and costs in performing simulator exercises and training if Cross' medical certificate did not allow him to return to work.

As a result Cross had to find other ways to complete his simulator sessions. 

By the end of October 2017 Cross had received his medical certificate, as approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, with some restrictions. Namely '020 Restriction', which required Cross to submit reports from Air New Zealand chief pilot every quarter and work with a therapist at least twice a month. 

His lawyer then asked Air New Zealand to restore Cross onto its payroll.

But Air New Zealand raised concerns about the '020 Restriction' and the underlying medical situation having not been resolved as it required on-going work with medical specialists and assessment by multiple 'senior, supervising pilots'.

The airline believed the restrictions fell outside its normal training and checking procedures, and was not confident it could accurately simulate the circumstances and pressure necessary for the assessment.

The Employment Relations Authority said the safety of Air New Zealand passengers was paramount and the airline was only responsible for assessing Cross' technical ability not ensuring he was medically competent.

Given that Cross had a history of incidents, Air New Zealand took the view that it would not be appropriate to test Cross' response in circumstances of stress during an operational flight, and the Employment Relations Authority deemed this fair.

However the Employment Relations Authority found that Air New Zealand did not act in good faith as it failed to proactively raise concerns with the Civil Aviation Authority about the '020 Restriction' clause and did not engage positively with Cross' simulator testing requests, after he had been cleared to fly.

Air New Zealand has been ordered to pay Cross $20,000 in compensation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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