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.

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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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - 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 he had been working at an off-airport site installing concrete columns and was departing from the site in the tailwheel-equipped accident 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 by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the right wing and fuselage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane. He stated he had experience taking off on grass, but he had not left enough room to gain sufficient altitude for obstacle clearance.

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.

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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.

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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

Cessna 177RG Cardinal RG, N52881: Accident occurred October 04, 2018 in Albemarle, Stanly County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Cardinal Air

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA017
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 04, 2018 in Albemarle, NC
Aircraft: Cessna 177RG, registration: N52881

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.

Gear up landing.

Date: 04-OCT-18
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N52881
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 177RG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91