Thursday, October 4, 2018

Theodore Robert Wright, III: Pilot sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit fraud, arson



TYLER, Texas - A pilot, formerly of Kemah, has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit arson, according to authorities.

Theodore Robert Wright, III, 33, pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 to the charges and was sentenced to 65 months, or nearly five-and-a-half years, in prison by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. 

He was also ordered to pay nearly $1 million in restitution.

Wright led a multi-jurisdictional fraud and arson scheme that spanned from Hawaii to the Gulf of Mexico, and involved the destruction of various luxury goods, including vehicles, aircraft, and vessels, According to information presented in court.

Wright and his co-conspirators, Shane Gordon, 46, and Raymond Fosdick, 42, both of Houston, and Edward Delima, 42, of Honolulu, Hawaii, acquired luxury goods and obtained insurance coverage for those goods in amounts exceeding their purchase prices.

Wright and his co-conspirators then devised and carried out schemes to destroy those goods and defraud insurance companies.


A 1966 Beechcraft Baron, a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo, a 1971 Cessna 500 and a 1998 Hunter Passage were all destroyed in the scheme.

The Beechcraft Baron made an emergency landing in the Gulf of Mexico, sank in deep water, and was not recovered.

KPRC2 sat down with Wright and Fosdick in 2012 after the crash in the Gulf, in which both men were uninjured. 

"The actual plummeting from the sky and all of that element wasn't a big deal. Neither of us was screaming and, you know, there was no praying," Fosdick said at the time. 

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The Lamborghini Gallardo crashed into a ditch full of water, causing the vehicle to flood.

The Cessna 500 was destroyed when Fosdick set it on fire at Wright’s direction at an airport in Athens, Texas.

The Hunter Passage sank in a marina in Hawaii.

Fraudulent insurance claims were filed in relation to each of these incidents.

Wright and his co-defendants also filed a fraudulent $1 million personal injury lawsuit related to the crash in the Gulf of Mexico. The suit was settled for $100,000.

On May 17, 2017, Wright, Gordon, Fosdick, and Delima were charged with various offenses related to their conduct in the scheme in the Eastern District of Texas.

Wright’s co-conspirators have all pleaded guilty. Delima pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and was sentenced to a five-year term of probation.

Fosdick pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and conspiring to commit arson and on Jan. 24 and was sentenced to 39 months in federal prison.  Gordon pleaded guilty to making false statements to a federal agent and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison today and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $440,000. 

Original article can be found here ➤  https://www.click2houston.com

Cessna 210-5A (205A), N8495Z: Incident occurred October 04, 2018 near Hefner-Easley Airport (H68), Wagoner County, Oklahoma

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8495Z

Date: 05-OCT-18
Time: 00:34:00Z
Regis#: N8495Z
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 210 5A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: WAGONER
State: OKLAHOMA


An unidentified man appears to have escaped serious injuries after a single-engine Cessna he was piloting crashed near a cemetery east of Wagoner.

Sgt. Jeff Halfacre, a spokesman for the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office, said dispatchers received a call at 6:59 p.m. Thursday from a motorist who spotted the airplane about a half-mile west of 300 Road along Oklahoma 51. The pilot, he said, was transported to a "local area hospital," where he is believed to have been treated for a head laceration.

"I am not sure about what actually caused it, but it appeared that he probably tried to avoid the highway because of traffic," Halfacre said, noting the pilot's condition reportedly was stable. "It appears to be a minor plane crash -- I don't think his injuries would be considered critical, but he was transported out of precaution and checked out thoroughly."

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers reportedly contacted the Federal Aviation Administration, which Halfacre said was "not going to respond out here." He said the crash site was taped off, and owners of the airplane planned to retrieve it Friday morning.

"Our dispatchers have been notified," Halfacre said. "If they are contacted, they will let the passersby know to disregard it."

Original article ➤  http://www.muskogeephoenix.com


WAGONER - Wagoner County deputies say a pilot was taken to the hospital after crashing his plane.

Sheriff Chris Elliott says the pilot was taking off when he crashed.

Officials said the pilot was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Deputies say a passerby called 911 after this plane crashed just north side of highway 51

Sheriff Elliott said the pilot was in a small aircraft and for unknown reasons after takeoff, pilot had to make an emergency landing.

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




WAGONER, Okla. (KTUL) — Wagoner County first responders are on the scene of a small plane crash east of Wagoner.

Authorities are on the scene near Highway 51 and South 300 Road near Taylor's Ferry just west of Fort Gibson Lake.

The plane went down after 7 p.m. south of Hefner-Easley Airport Thursday evening

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

Piper PA-28-161, N212NA: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 in Cypress, Harris County, Texas

https://registry.faa.gov/N212NA

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA551
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 01, 2018 in Cypress, TX
Aircraft: Piper PA28, registration: N212NA

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.

Hawaiian Airlines Inc, A321-271N, N204HA: Accident occurred August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California

https://registry.faa.gov/N204HA

NTSB Identification: DCA18CA283
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 121: Air Carrier operation of Hawaiian Airlines Inc
Accident occurred Monday, August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
Aircraft: AIRBUS A321-271N, registration: N204HA

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.

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N557SP: Accident occurred August 20, 2018 in Burlington, Vermont

Vermont Flight Academy

https://registry.faa.gov/N557SP

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA547
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 20, 2018 in Burlington, VT
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N557SP

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.

Funk B85C, N1626N: Incident occurred October 03, 2018 near Memorial Field Airport (KHOT), Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Made emergency landing in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1626N

Date: 03-OCT-18
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N1626N
Aircraft Make: FUNK
Aircraft Model: B85C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: HOT SPRINGS
State: ARKANSAS


A small plane made an emergency landing in the infield of a thoroughbred horse training track at Double M Stables off Crystal Hill Road in western Garland County Wednesday afternoon, an airport official and a witness said.

Glen Barentine, director of Hot Springs Memorial Field, said the Funk Aircraft took off from the airport at about noon Wednesday. The vintage plane arrived Tuesday morning, he said. The pilot stayed the night and took off the next afternoon.

"I don't know why he had to land," he said. "I think the engine was giving him issues, so he put it down. He didn't go into much detail."

John Ward, owner of Ward's The Crawfish Hole, said he was in the orchard behind his restaurant, "checking on my honeybees," when the plane "came by, just sputtering, and sputtering, and sputtering, going north, I guess you'd say."

"I knew something was wrong, and he came back headed south, and it was real low. I mean, I could almost ... touch the wheels," Ward said.

Ward said he called a friend who works at the barn area and said "there's a plane going down; it's going to be in the infield, and he thought I was kidding. Well, the plane went down, and they had a successful landing, and that was it."

Ward said the plane was "a little sideways coming in," but "he landed pretty smooth."

No injuries were reported.

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

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N8172N: Accident occurred August 31, 2018 at Porterville Municipal Airport (KPTV), Tulare County, California

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

Aircraft veered off the runway striking a sign.

San Diego Aircraft Holdings Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N8172N

Date: 31-AUG-18
Time: 21:25:00Z
Regis#: N8172N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: PORTERVILLE
State: CALIFORNIA

Cessna 180, N180BG: Accident occurred October 03, 2018 at Friedman Memorial Airport (KSUN), Hailey, Blaine County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

https://registry.faa.gov/N180BG

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 03, 2018 in Hailey, ID
Aircraft: Cessna 180, registration: N180BG

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.

Ground looped.

Date: 03-OCT-18
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N180BG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: HAILEY
State: IDAHO

Cessna 182J Skylane, N2669F: Incident occurred October 03, 2018 at Rock Creek Airport (RC0), Clinton, Missoula County, Montana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Ran off runway into barbed wire due to aborted takeoff.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2669F

Date: 03-OCT-18
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N2669F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: CLINTON
State: MONTANA

Ran off runway.

Date: 03-OCT-18
Time: 21:00:00Z
Regis#: N2669F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: CLINTON
State: MONTANA

Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel, N499AV: Incident occurred October 03, 2018 at Hector International Airport (KFAR), Cass County, North Dakota

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

Bird strike on landing.

Teton Leasing LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N499AV

Date: 03-OCT-18
Time: 14:34:00Z
Regis#: N499AV
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 560XL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: FARGO
State: NORTH DAKOTA

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N80788: Incident occurred October 03, 2018 at Harrisburg International Airport (KMDT), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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

Veered off the runway and struck runway light.

Bell AA Flying Club Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N80788

Date: 04-OCT-18
Time: 00:40:00Z
Regis#: N80788
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: HARRISBURG
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-24-180, N8371P: Accident occurred October 03, 2018 at Smithville Municipal Airport (0A3), Tennessee

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8371P

Location: Smithville, TN
Accident Number: ERA19LA004
Date & Time: 10/03/2018, 1730 CDT
Registration: N8371P
Aircraft: Piper PA 24-180
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 3, 2018, about 1730 central daylight time, a Piper PA-24-180, N8371P, experienced a loss of engine power and impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Smithville Municipal Airport (0A3), Smithville, Tennessee. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, there was no taxiway at 0A3 so he was delayed several minutes due to some crop dusting airplanes using the runway before he could back-taxi to the run-up area prior to takeoff from runway 24, which was 4,257 feet-long. The pilot completed preflight checks, engine run-up, and takeoff roll with no anomalies noted.

After takeoff, the pilot retracted the landing gear and during initial climb about 300 feet above the runway, the engine stopped producing power, but the propeller continued to "windmill." According to the pilot, there was no time to perform remedial actions to restore power, so he lowered the landing gear and touched down on the remaining runway. The airplane overran the departure end, traveled down an embankment, crossed a road, and came to rest upright in low brush.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. A review of the pilot's logbook revealed 834 total hours of flight experience of which 431 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The airplane came to rest 384 ft beyond the departure end of runway 24. The aft portion of the fuselage was fractured and twisted, and the left aileron was bent.

At 1715, the weather reported at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (SRB), about 14 miles east of the accident site, included wind from 200° at 4 knots, visibility of 6 miles with haze, few clouds at 4,500 ft and 6,500 ft, temperature 29° C, dew point 21° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8371P
Model/Series: PA 24-180 Undesignated
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: KSRB, 1024 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Smithville, TN (0A3)
Destination: Smithville, TN (0A3)

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:  35.985556, -85.809167 (est)