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.

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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-28F Falcon, N380SH: Accident occurred October 07, 2018 in Bridgeville, Sussex County, Delaware

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

Rotorcraft made a hard landing.

J&J Shop Heliair LLC

Date: 07-OCT-18
Time: 21:54:00Z
Aircraft Make: ENSTROM
Aircraft Model: F 28C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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 07, 2018 in Hillsville, Carroll County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Date: 07-OCT-18
Time: 07:55:00Z
Regis#: N38811
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C 85
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

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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.

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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.

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