Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Frontier Airlines, Airbus A319-100, N926FR: Incident occurred October 12, 2018 in Denver, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Flight Number 190: Encountered severe turbulence and flight attendant broke ankle, landed without further incident.

https://registry.faa.gov/N926FR

Date: 12-OCT-18
Time: 16:41:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A319
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: FRONTIER AIRLINES
Flight Number: 190
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Kitfox Series 5 Safari, N14GX: Accident occurred October 13, 2018 at Monte Vista Municipal Airport (KMVI), Rio Grande County, Colorado

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado


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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N14GX

Location: Monte Vista, CO
Accident Number: GAA19CA023
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1700 MDT
Registration: N14GX
Aircraft: Skystar KITFOX SER 5 SAFARI
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

A pilot rated witness at the accident airport reported that, the wind was 5 mph from the southeast when he observed the accident airplane land. He added that, during the approach, the airplane appeared to be low and fast. The airplane landed hard, bounced about 4 to 5 ft in the air and touched back down on the runway. He added that it appeared that the pilot tried to give the airplane power to recover, but while the airplane was about 2 ft off the ground it was turning to the left. The wings then leveled for a short time before the airplane aerodynamically stalled and nosed over into brush.

The pilot reported that while "taxiing", he "over sped" the tailwheel-equipped airplane, and the left main landing gear impacted a berm. Subsequently, the airplane veered left, bounced, the right wing impacted the ground, and the airplane then ground looped and came to rest nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and windscreen.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
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: 11/07/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Skystar
Registration: N14GX
Model/Series: KITFOX SER 5 SAFARI SERIES 5
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: S9801-0143
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/13/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 50 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-240
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 125 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: KALS, 7541 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2252 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 122°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  14 knots / 25 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Monte Vista, CO (MVI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Monte Vista, CO (MVI)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1700 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: MONTE VISTA MUNI (MVI)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 7611 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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:  37.531389, -106.044167 (est)

Bell 407: Incident occurred October 14, 2018 in Craig, Moffat County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Medevac Bell 407: Main rotor contacted a tree.

Date: 14-OCT-18
Time: 19:05:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: B407
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AMBULANCE
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
City: CRAIG
State: COLORADO

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N428ER: Incident occurred October 12, 2018 in Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida

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

Struck a turkey during landing roll out.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N428ER

Date: 12-OCT-18
Time: 13:42:00Z
Regis#: N428ER
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PALM COAST
State: FLORIDA

Avid Flyer, N3HH: Accident occurred October 13, 2018 in Palm Bay, Brevard County, Florida

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3HH

Location: Palm Bay, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA015
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1205 EDT
Registration: N3HH
Aircraft: Avid AVID FLYER
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018, about 1205 eastern daylight time, an amateur built Avid Flyer, N3HH, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of power near Palm Bay, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The personal flight was 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, which departed Okeechobee County Airport (OBE), Okeechobee, Florida, about 1115.

The pilot reported that the airplane was in cruise flight when the engine rpm began to decrease, then the engine lost all power. He was able to restart the engine, but full power was not restored. The engine continued to run at a low idle rpm, so the pilot elected to perform a forced landing to a road.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane and noted there was substantial damage to the fuselage tube structure. After an initial examination of the engine, it was started and ran for several minutes around 3,500 rpm. Additionally, both magnetos produced an acceptable drop in rpm when checked.

The two-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 2016. It was powered by a Rotax 582, 65-horsepower engine.

At 1153, the weather conditions reported at Melbourne International Airport (MLB), Melbourne, Florida, about 10 miles north of the accident site included, wind from 050° at 8 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered 2,000 ft, temperature 30°C, dew point 20°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.93 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Avid
Registration: N3HH
Model/Series: AVID FLYER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KMLB, 27 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Okeechobee, FL (OBE)
Destination:  

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.934167, -80.606667









For the second time in less than a week, a plane made an emergency landing along a Brevard County roadway.

Brevard County Fire Rescue responded after the airplane made an emergency landing on a roadway in south Melbourne Beach after noon Saturday.

No injuries were reported when the aircraft landed on Caledonia Drive, a short dead-end street off State Road A1A. The two occupants inside were able exit the plane.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on the scene, and the Federal Aviation Administration had been notified by local agencies. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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

Piper PA-28R-201T, N9674C: Incident occurred October 11, 2018 in Cascade, Valley County, Idaho

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

Crashed due to unknown circumstances.

Flying Hooters LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N9674C

Date: 11-OCT-18
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N9674C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 201T
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CASCADE
State: IDAHO

Cessna 680A Citation Latitude, N521QS: Incident occurred October 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Executive Jet flight 521 Textron 680A: Reported a possible animal strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N521QS

Date: 14-OCT-18
Time: 00:28:00Z
Regis#: N521QS
Aircraft Make: TEXTRON
Aircraft Model: 680A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: EXECUTIVE JET
Flight Number: 521
City: CHICAGO
State: ILLINOIS

Seawind, N46SW: Accident occurred October 12, 2018 in Pocono Summit, Monroe County, Pennsylvania

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N46SW

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA051
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 12, 2018 in Pocono Summit, PA
Aircraft: RIchard Silva Seawind, registration: N46SW

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.

Made a precautionary landing in a lake.

Date: 12-OCT-18
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N46SW
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: SEAWIND
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Grumman American AA-5B, N81383: Accident occurred October 12, 2018 near Rooke Field Airport (KRFG), Refugio County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N81383

Location: Refugio, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA007
Date & Time: 10/12/2018, 1304 CDT
Registration: N81383
Aircraft: Grumman AA5
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 12, 2018, about 1304 central daylight time, a Grumman AA-5B airplane, N81383, collided with terrain while maneuvering to land at Rooke Field Airport (RFG) near Refugio, Texas. The pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned by the pilot and operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight that departed Silver Wings Airport (TS36), near Fredericksburg, Texas, about 1120. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N81383
Model/Series: AA5 B
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: RKP, 24 ft msl 
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fredericksburg, TX (TS36)
Destination: Refugio, TX (RFG)

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:  28.303889, -97.330833 (est)

Just Aircraft Highlander, N488VG: Accident occurred October 12, 2018 in Monroe, Snohomish County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N488VG

Location: Monroe, WA

Accident Number: GAA19CA034
Date & Time: 10/12/2018, 0930 PDT
Registration: N488VG
Aircraft: Just JUST AIRCRAFT (HIGHLANDER)
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped, experimental amateur built airplane, who was also an airframe and powerplant mechanic reported that, during approach to a sandbar, he side-slipped the airplane and the engine lost power because he was "too aggressive with the throttle and pulled it enough to bend the [carburetor] idle stop screw bracket." Because the engine was normally quiet, the airplane was sound proofed, and he used a noise-cancelling headset, he was unaware of the power loss until he attempted to add power, to no avail. He did not have enough time to restart the engine, so the airplane settled onto the water about 15 to 20 ft short of the sandbar. Subsequently, the airplane hydroplaned and came to rest on the sandbar inverted.

The pilot reported that the reason he was aggressive with the throttle was because of a lean mixture that tended to overheat the engine during takeoff or cruise on hot days.

Previously, he had attempted to mechanically enrichen the mixture by drilling holes in the fuel spray bar, but had drilled a hole "at the location where the engine wanted to idle", meaning that if the hole was open, the engine would idle high and if the hole was closed, the engine would "die." He added that it was not a problem unless he was trying to land short.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut, left wing, and rudder.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the pilot had modified the number and position of the last hole in the fuel spray bar. By doing so, the pilot was able to get the engine to "barely run" to perform short field landings. During the accident landing, it "must have cut off the flow of fuel enough to make the engine quit."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/02/2007
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 7000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 974 hours (Total, this make and model), 7000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Just
Registration: N488VG
Model/Series: JUST AIRCRAFT (HIGHLANDER) No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: JA214-08-10
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/03/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 975 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Jabiru
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 3300
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 120 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAE, 606 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 295°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4900 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Auburn, WA (S50)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Monroe, WA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 47.825000, -122.018611 (est)

Monday, October 15, 2018

Air Tractor AT-502B, registered to and operated by Coastal Flying Service Inc, N6135P: Fatal accident occurred October 12, 2018 in Placedo, Victoria County, Texas and Accident occurred July 02, 2017 in Edna, Jackson County, Texas

Amy and Wesley Fojtik and their son, Cort. 


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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Air Tractor Inc.; Olney, Texas 

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N6135P

Location: Placedo, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA003
Date & Time: 10/12/2018, 1841 CDT
Registration: N6135P
Aircraft: Air Tractor AT502
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On October 12, 2018, at 1841 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-502B airplane, N6135P, impacted an antenna tower near Placedo, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by Coastal Flying Service Inc., Ganado, Texas, as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the operator's private airstrip near Ganado, Texas, about 1730.

A representative of the operator stated that during the accident flight, the pilot was applying herbicide to a pasture about one-half mile east of the antenna tower. The pilot had reviewed the area online before the flight and was aware of the presence of the tower.

A witness reported that he heard the airplane fly over and impact the antenna tower. He looked out of a window and observed the airplane "fall from the sky." The airplane was on fire as it descended after striking the tower.

The accident site was located about 700 ft west-southwest of the radio antenna tower adjacent to a two-lane paved roadway. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, wings and empennage, with exception of the right horizontal stabilizer. A section of the antenna tower structure was intertwined with the right wing. The fuselage nose section, including the engine assembly, was separated and located near the main wreckage. The propeller had separated and was located on the opposite side of the road. The left horizontal stabilizer was partially separated. The right horizontal stabilizer was separated and located in the debris path. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Tractor
Registration: N6135P
Model/Series: AT502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Coastal Flying Service Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 9CRG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VCT, 115 ft msl
Observation Time: 1851 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ganado, TX (PVT)
Destination: Ganado, TX (PVT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 28.705833, -96.804444

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


Amy and Wesley Fojtik and their son, Cort. 


Wesley Jerome Fojtik’s passions were his family, God and being a pilot, friends said Sunday.

Fojtik, 40, of Edna, was flying a crop duster when he crashed into an antenna tower in the 6600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 616 east of Placedo about 6:30 p.m. Friday. He died in the crash, which the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

“He loves the Lord, and it was important for him to have his family serve God,” said Cricia Ryan, 29, of El Campo. “He was a man that worked hard. Full of life. The most selfless person that I knew. He’d do anything for anyone. He was quiet but strong-willed and always friendly.”

Fojtik was flying an Air Tractor AT-502B owned by Coastal Flying Service, Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry. Fojtik was the only passenger. National Transportation Safety Board officials moved the plane to a secure facility for further examination Sunday.

Those who work in agriculture aviation are close-knit, said Ryan, who has known Fojtik and his family for three years. Fojtik left behind his wife, Amy Fojtik, and 6-year-old son, Cort.

Ryan said when a pilot is flying a plane, especially in agriculture aviation, there is no room for errors, and one error can end a pilot’s life.

“In our industry, obstacles in the air space are extremely dangerous to us, and Wesley’s incident happened with a tower,” she said. “I’m sure it’s marked to (Federal Aviation Administration) guidelines, but that still does not make it visible to ag pilots.”

Ryan’s family owns an aviation agriculture service in the Crossroads, and her brother was injured during a plane crash in May 2017 in El Campo because of engine failure. During his recovery, the agriculture industry came together to help pay his medical expenses. The Fojtik family participated in all six events to raise funds.

“Our industry lost one of the best,” she said. “His wife is one of the most amazing people that I know, and their little boy is a spitting image of his dad. He loves planes like his dad, loves life and loves being outdoors.”

Mike Thompson, 59, of Garwood, also owns an agriculture aviation service in his community. He met Fojtik about 12 years ago and had been friends with him since then.

Earlier this year, Fojtik helped Thompson with no hesitation when his company was in a bind during a crucial time for rice farmers to have their crops sprayed and fertilized.

“He came and helped me with my customers and with my competition’s customers that were dumped on us,” he said. “We were overwhelmed with work, and he helped us get it done. He came every morning, and he would say, ‘I’m prayed up and fueled up. Let’s go to work.’”

Thompson said he’s most thankful to God for sharing Fojtik with everyone who loved him.

“He’s a good man, and he’s a good daddy,” he said. “Christians know for a fact we’re going to see him tomorrow, and he’s going to turn around and be grinning.”

Original article ➤  https://www.victoriaadvocate.com

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

http://registry.faa.gov/N6135P

Location: Edna, TX
Accident Number: GAA17CA385
Date & Time: 07/02/2017, 1040 CDT
Registration: N6135P
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 502
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

Analysis


The pilot reported that, while maneuvering at low altitude over a field during an aerial application flight, he was focused on the top of the electrical poles that paralleled the field. He added that he crossed between the electrical poles and was focused on the pole to the right of the airplane. Once he crossed the top wire he focused his attention forward, but added that he "was staring at a 30-ft tower just to the left of the nose" of the airplane. The airplane struck the tower and then impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid a tower during an agricultural application flight. 

Findings

Aircraft
Altitude - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tower/antenna (incl guy wires) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering
Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/28/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 6499 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2081 hours (Total, this make and model), 6499 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 171 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 55 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AIR TRACTOR INC
Registration: N6135P
Model/Series: AT 502 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number: 502B-0286
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/07/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  9400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 9428.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-34
Registered Owner: COASTAL FLYING SERVICE INC
Rated Power: 750 hp
Operator: COASTAL FLYING SERVICE INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVCT, 115 ft msl
Observation Time: 1551 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2900 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3700 ft agl
Visibility: 9 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots, 160°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ganado, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ganado, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 28.986111, -96.758889 (est)

Preventing Similar Accidents  

Preventing Obstacle Collisions in Agricultural Operations

Accidents involving collisions with obstacles, including poles, wires, guy wires, meteorological evaluation towers, or trees, are among the most common types of agricultural aircraft accidents. Some collisions involved obstacles that the pilots did not see (even during survey flights), but others involved obstacles that were known to the pilot and/or had characteristics that would make them visibly conspicuous.

Agricultural pilots should do the following:

Maintain a quick-reference document (paper or electronic) at the operations base that contains field maps, charts, photographs, and details of all known obstacles.

Frequently review current aeronautical charts for information about obstacles.

Before leaving the ground, spend time becoming familiar with all available information about the target field and programming navigation equipment. Such preflight action can help reduce the potential for confusion or distraction in flight.

Conduct aerial surveys of the target field but do not rely solely on an aerial survey to identify potential obstacles.

Conduct regular ground surveys of fields. Some towers can be erected in hours, and obstacles can change since you last worked that field. Speak with farmers and land owners to raise awareness about obstacle hazards.

When possible, use ground crews. They may be in a better position to see certain obstacles and help you ensure that your aircraft remains clear of them.

Watch for shadows and irregularities in growth patterns to help identify obstacles. Use GPS and other technology to maintain awareness of obstacle locations.

Be aware that workload, fatigue, sun glare, and distractions in the cockpit can adversely affect your ability to see, avoid, or remember obstacles. Heavier loads and higher density altitudes can affect the performance of your aircraft.

The National Agricultural Aviation Association's Professional Aerial Applicators' Support System reminds pilots that, when ferrying an aircraft or transitioning between sites, flying above 500 feet reduces obstacle collision risks: 'Ferry Above Five and Stay Alive.'

See http://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-alerts/documents/SA_035.pdf for additional resources.

The NTSB presents this information to prevent recurrence of similar accidents. Note that this should not be considered guidance from the regulator, nor does this supersede existing FAA Regulations (FARs).

Piper PA-28 Cherokee, N180QT: Fatal accident occurred October 13, 2018 near Cartersville Airport (KVPC), Paulding County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N180QT

Location: Cartersville, GA
Accident Number: CEN19FA005
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1430 EDT
Registration: N180QT
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018 about 1430 eastern daylight time (CDT), a Piper PA-28-180, N180QT, was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Cartersville, Georgia. The airplane departed from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, enroute to Tom B David Field Airport (CZL), Calhoun, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed.

The initial point of impact was located on the embankment of a ravine, next to a high-tension power line right of way. The aircraft struck the ground at an approximate 90ยบ nose-down flight attitude. Prior to impacting the ground, the airplane impacted the outboard bundle of high-tension wires and branches of a tree. The initial impact point on the north side embankment contained pieces of the propeller spinner and windscreen. The main wreckage, consisting of the engine, wings, fuselage and empennage, came to rest at the bottom of the embankment in a muddy ravine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N180QT
Model/Series: PA28 180
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVPC, 763 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  34.078889, -84.861111

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


Paul Louis Deep


This is Paul Deep. Family says the Clay County, Florida, father and Navy veteran was killed when his plane crashed on the way to Georgia this weekend.


A Clay County father was killed in a plane crash in Georgia, according to family.

Investigators are working to determine what caused a Piper PA-28 Cherokee to crash just south of Cartersville, Georgia, on Saturday.

Family tells Action News Jax that Paul Deep was on his way to see family.

The night before, Deep was at American Legion Post 250 in Middleburg, cooking for the members.

“He was super excited for his adventure the next day, to go see his great-grandson and surprise them with a visit,” Peggy Newsome said.

Newsome said Deep, a Navy veteran, was a mentor to her and touched many lives in the community.

He was known to many from his restaurant, Aerial's, and the hardware store off County Road 218.

Joshua Skipper said his first memories of Deep are from working at the hardware store.

“He was always real hard on me, made sure I was a hard worker,” Skipper said.

Years later, he said he started competing with Deep in barbecue cook-offs.

“The whole hog was his thing,” he said. “He would sleep right there in a reclining chair and put the wood on the fire all night long.”

This November would’ve been Deep’s 30th year competing in the Big Pig Jig, a barbeque cooking contest.

Skipper said he still plans to compete to pay tribute to Deep.

Members of the American Legion Post say they are also working on a way to honor him.

"He encouraged the best in people," Newsome said. "That’s how he touched so many people."

Original article ➤  https://www.actionnewsjax.com


Florida resident, Paul Deep, right, reportedly was the victim of a fatal airplane crash on October 13th in north Paulding County.


A Clay County father, restaurant owner and Navy veteran died Saturday when his plane crashed south of Cartersville, Georgia. 

Paul Louis Deep, 70, was flying from Gainesville to Calhoun, Ga., to visit family before his Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed, according to family members.

“He texted me an hour before his estimated arrival and told me it was a beautiful day for flying,” said Laura Deep Whitehead, one of his two adopted daughters. “He said the skies were so clear he could see all the way to Calhoun.”

Whitehead, who was adopted by Deep with her older sister Christina, said the incident was surprising since Deep always put safety first when it came to flying.

“My father never took chances,” added Whitehead. “He always checked the weather and if he didn’t like what he saw, he’d wait.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the crash to determine its cause, and in the meantime, Whitehead said family members will celebrate the life of their beloved “Grampie.”

“He was one of the hardest-working and most generous men I knew,” Whitehead said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.”

Deep was also known for his love for food. He owned Aerial’s Steak & Seafood restaurant in Middleburg, and he frequented the American Legion Post 250, where he cooked for members the night before the crash.

“He was super excited for his adventure the next day,” said Peggy Newsome, who was with Deep at Post 250. “To go see his great-grandson and surprise them with a visit.”

Whitehead said Deep initially called her husband to let him know he was visiting, but Whitehead was the one who answered.

“I saw my husband’s phone ringing and I just so happened to pick up,” Whitehead said. “I’m glad we had the chance to talk one last time.”

Besides Aerial’s, Deep owned C & L Hardware for over 20 years before the store burned down in 2007. Deep’s wife, Valeria, passed away Oct. 14, 2005, after battling breast cancer.

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




ATLANTA -- Deputies confirm one person is dead after a plane crash in Paulding County.

Paulding County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Ashley Henson said the airplane was a single engine aircraft and that the crash itself happened near the Bartow County line.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Jim Peters, the crash was discovered around 6 p.m. - about one mile south of Cartersville and 20 minutes off the nearest major highway.

“Responders did have a difficult time getting to the actual site," Paulding County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jamie Winkles said. "We were able to get the victim out. It’s real hilly, muddy - it’s rough terrain.”

Winkles said Greystone Power got a call around 3 p.m. about property damage - something going on with the power lines.

"Then, a subcontractor for Georgia Power discovered the plane crash and called Paulding County about 5:30," he said.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee had taken off from Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida. It was heading for Tom B. David Field in Calhoun, Georgia when it crashed according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Federal authorities haven't released any other details on the crash or the victim in the aircraft as the investigations by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still ongoing.

But Winkles did say that there was no sign of fire on the plane when crews found it.

For now, deputies have set up a perimeter around the scene to keep passersby out since the rural section where the plane crashed is popular among ATV riders.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.11alive.com