Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New private hangars unveiled at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (KGPT)


BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is inviting private pilots to Fly into Fall. Officials cut the ribbon on new 8-bay T-hangars in the general aviation area of the airport Tuesday.

The $790 thousand project was made possible through a partnership between the airport and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The doors lifted to show off a space decorated in a festive autumn theme. Attendees listened to short speeches by airport representatives, then signed a golden plaque to seal the moment as a big step forward.



The hangars will be available for private pilots to lease and store their single or multi-engine aircraft.

T-hangar bays are designed to nest into one another and conserve space, as opposed to traditional rectangular hangars. Each hangar varies in size between 1,120 to 1,560 square feet. Features include electric bi-fold doors, epoxy concrete floors and interior overhead lighting.

The Federal Aviation Administration now permits the bays to be used for construction of amateur or kit airplanes.



Officials say it’s part of a plan to move commercial operations away from the military zone and improve operations for private pilots.

“In having this, it’s convenient. It’s easy access to our 9,000 ft. runway here at Gulfport-Biloxi, and it enhances aviation on the airfield," said Clay Williams, executive director of the airport.

The first hangars were installed in 2016 and according to Williams, they were sold out in a matter of 6 months. He hopes this addition boosts interest in expanding commercial services at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Williams added, “If we’re able to secure funding in the future, through our partners... it’s something that we definitely want to continue to explore.”

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

Cessna 182P Skylane, N9398G: Accident occurred October 16, 2018 near Auburn University Regional Airport (KAUO), Lee County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N9398G

Location: Opelika, AL
Accident Number: ERA19LA017
Date & Time: 10/16/2018, 2210 CDT
Registration: N9398G
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 16, 2018, at 2210 central daylight time, a Cessna 182P, N9398G, was substantially damaged when it collided with trees during a forced landing in Opelika, Alabama. The forced landing followed a loss of engine power about 6 minutes after departure from Auburn University Regional Airport (AUO), Auburn, Alabama. The pilot was seriously injured, and two passengers were not injured. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. for the personal flight which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to preliminary air traffic radar and voice communication data, the airplane was receiving flight following services, announced its intention to return to the airport, and cancelled flight following. Shortly thereafter, the airplane declared an emergency, reported a total loss of engine power, and a planned off-airport landing on a roadway.

The pilot provided a written statement and was interviewed by telephone. He said he completed the preflight inspection, engine run-up, and before-takeoff checks with no anomalies noted. During the climb after takeoff, he noticed a drop-in engine oil pressure so he reversed course for landing back at AUO. Almost immediately thereafter, the engine ran roughly, lost power, sparks "flew" from beneath the cowling, and the engine then stopped producing power.

According to the pilot, he was maneuvering at low altitude and low airspeed when he rejected one roadway as a forced landing site, maneuvered to a four-lane divided highway, and ultimately selected the grass area adjacent to an exit ramp for the landing.

After touchdown, the airplane "slid back down the grade" struck trees and came to rest upright. The occupants egressed the airplane without assistance.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second class medical certificate was issued December 12, 2017, and he reported 13,422 total hours of flight experience at that time.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1971. Its most recent annual inspection was completed June 4, 2018 at 5,338.8 total aircraft hours. The engine had accrued 360 hours since its last overhaul, which was completed April 22, 2013

At 2146, the weather recorded at AUO included scattered clouds at 700 feet and wind from 020° at 5 knots. The temperature was 22°C, and the dew point was 21°C. The altimeter setting was 30.17 inches of mercury.

Examination of photographs revealed that the airplane's wings, fuselage, and empennage all sustained substantial impact damage. In addition, holes were observed in the top of both engine crankcase halves on either side of the fuel manifold. A fractured connecting rod was visible outside the engine case wedged between the Nos. 1 and 3 cylinders.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9398G
Model/Series: 182 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Avion Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAUO, 650 ft msl
Observation Time: 2146 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, AL (AUO)
Destination: Athens, GA (AHN)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: Fire At Unknown Time
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.633333, -85.368333 (est)


A Cessna 182P Skylane crash-landed late Tuesday night on the Exit 60 ramp off Interstate 85 in Opelika.

There were three occupants, including the pilot. No serious injuries occurred, according to Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather. However, one occupant was taken to East Alabama Medical Center for minor injuries.

According to the occupants, who did not wish to be identified, the plane ran out of oil, causing the engine to seize up.

No incident report with their identities or information about the plane was available late Tuesday night, as officials continued to work the scene.

Opelika police, fire and other first-responders were on the scene of the crash.

The occupants were flying home to Athens, Ga., at the time of the crash.

It appeared at the scene that the plane had made its emergency landing and then smashed into trees alongside the road. The plane received major damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Traffic Safety Board were notified of the crash. Both agencies will send representatives to investigate the crash, according to a release issued by Opelika Police Capt. Shane Healey.

Traffic was not disrupted by the incident and both the entrance and exit ramps for Exit 60 are open. However, first responders will continue to be present until the investigation is completed and the airplane is removed from the scene.

The investigation and the airplane removal are expected Wednesday morning, officials said.

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








One person was injured when a single-engine plane crashed into the edge of the woods near Interstate 85 in Opelika Tuesday night, Opelika police said.

Around 10:10 p.m., Opelika police responded to a report of a plane crash near the Marvyn Parkway entrance ramp to I-85.

Police said a single-engine private plane crashed into the edge of the woods near the entrance ramp.

Three people were in the plane at the time of the crash, police said.

One of the occupants was taken to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The other two occupants were not injured, police said.

The crash did not affect traffic on I-85. Police said both exit and entrance ramps are open, but urged motorists to use caution when entering I-85.

The plane will be removed from the scene Wednesday morning, police said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will be investigating the crash, police said.

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

Consolidated Vultee BT-13A, N59842: Incident occurred October 16, 2018 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), Alameda County, California

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

Lost control and ran off the runway through safety area to fence.

Valiant Effort LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N59842

Date: 16-OCT-18
Time: 22:25:00Z
Regis#: N59842
Aircraft Make: CONSOLIDATED VULTEE
Aircraft Model: BT 13A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LIVERMORE
State: CALIFORNIA








LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — A WWII-era plane ran off the runway at the Livermore Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon, but no one was hurt, according to the FAA.

A representative with the Federal Aviation Administration said the Consolidated Vultee BT-13A ran off the runway at around 3:35 p.m., coming to a stop along a perimeter fence at the airport.

The fence is at the edge of the nearby Las Positas Golf Course.

Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration said the incident happened while the pilot was practicing touch-and-go’s at Livermore Municipal Airport.

A touch-and-go is a procedure where the pilot lands and then takes off again without stopping.

Neither the pilot or passenger on board was injured. So far, there are no details regarding damage to the plane.

The Consolidated Vultee BT-13A was a trainer widely used during World War II.

The aircraft tail number is N59842. Gregor said the Federal Aviation Administration would investigate the incident.

Original article ➤  https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Jabiru J250, N207Y: Accident occurred October 16, 2018 off Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida

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

Landed in the ocean due to unknown circumstances.


https://registry.faa.gov/N207Y


Date: 16-OCT-18

Time: 18:34:00Z
Regis#: N207Y
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: JABIRU 250
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: DAYTONA BEACH
State: FLORIDA



VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - The pilot rescued by Volusia County Beach Safety Tuesday afternoon was attempting to fly into the private Spruce Creek Airport when he crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off South Daytona Beach, marking the fourth incident this year involving small planes taking off from or landing at the private airport.

Sky 6 video showed lifeguards pulling a man from the wreckage and onto the shore. Volusia County Beach Safety officials said the pilot, Richard Goosman, was alert and clinging to the wing when lifeguards approached him.

"It was all hands on deck," Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Malphurs said.

The lifeguards involved in Tuesday's rescue are doing well, after a rescue unlike just about any other.

"You have to adjust," Malphurs said. "You don't know what the conditions are out there; you don't know if there's fuel in the water." 

Officials said Goosman told them that he was traveling from North Carolina and his plane ran out of fuel before the crash.

The pilot was flying to Spruce Creek Airport in Port Orange when the crash landing happened, according to Volusia Beach Safety officials.

The crash becomes the ninth incident in the last three years where News 6 has reported on crashes involving small planes heading to or traveling from the private airport community.

In July, bystanders pulled the pilot and passenger from a small plane that burst into flames in an area off the Spruce Creek runway. On May 22, an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student was killed and an instructor was seriously injured in a crash. Two days later, an airplane went down near the fly-in, injuring the pilot, who suffered a head injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified of all crashes.

Florida Air Recovery was on the beach Wednesday examining the aircraft before taking it apart and towing it away. The plane is considered a total loss.

"It's done as soon as it touches salt water," Michael O'Shea, with Florida Air Recovery, said. 

The plane will be taken to Jacksonville where the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will continue the investigation. 

"We'll hold onto it throughout the whole investigation process and any litigation process that might occur," O'Shea said. 


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


DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Florida (WOFL FOX 35) - It was a stunning sight on Daytona Beach Shores as a plane plunged into the ocean. The plane was still there late Tuesday evening. 

The pilot who was flying it, 75-year-old Richard Goosman, is doing alright and says he crashed in the water around 2 p.m., to avoid all the people on the beach. 

“Actually a neighbor of mine and I were walking on the beach and I noticed the plane coming in very gracefully. She says he has no pontoons. About that time I said, ‘Well he’s crashing!’’ said witness Marcia Harden.

It was a graceful flight turned violent. 

“I hope those people got out.” 

Volusia County Beach Safety rushed into the ocean in Daytona Beach Shores to save the pilot inside. 

“It was straight in. Everyone goes oh my gosh, there's a plane in the water,” said witness Will Grider.

Goosman was flying south from North Carolina. He was the only person inside the small plane, which crashed into the ocean after officials say he ran out of fuel. 

“He was in shock obviously but he could talk to us,” said Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Malphurs.

Goosman was alert and conscious and not seriously hurt. He was taken to Halifax Hospital for good measure.

“It didn't really register until we ran down on the beach and we were like omg there's an airplane right in front of us,” said witness Dana Levey. 

Beach Safety officials say Goosman crashed in the water because there were so many people on the beach. They say it was a good thing he did. 

“It could have been disastrous,” said Capt. Malphurs.

The single-engine Jabiru 250 was brought to shore with a broken right wing. Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is registered as an "amateur built" kit model out of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The plane was built in 2005 and last certified to fly starting in 2014.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending an aircraft recovery service Wednesday to pick up the plane. Then the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

Original article ➤ http://www.fox26houston.com









A single-engine experimental plane with one occupant crashed into the ocean Tuesday off Daytona Beach Shores, officials said.

The pilot, Richard Goosman, 75, was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center by ambulance, said Capt. Tamra Malphurs of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.

The incident occurred at 3333 S. Atlantic Ave., about two blocks north of the Dunlawton Boulevard approach, around 2:40 p.m.

The Jabiru 250, with a broken right wing, was brought to shore. The Federal Aviation Administration registry lists the owner as Richard Gooseman. The plane is registered as an “amateur built” kit model out of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. The plane was built in 2005 and certified to fly since 2014.

The plane went down into the water about 60 to 100 feet off shore. Beach Safety personnel immediately started a water rescue, getting Goosman ashore, Malphurs said.

The National Transportation Safety Board requested an aircraft recovery, which will happen tomorrow upon which the aircraft will be inspected by the Federal Aviation Administration, Malphurs said.

Goosman was flying from North Carolina to the Spruce Creek Fly-in. He ran out of fuel and fell into the sea, Malphurs said.

“He was conscious and alert. He had no signs of any major injuries at the time and he was transported by ambulance,” Malphurs said.

One of the beach visitors, who jumped into the ocean to help the pilot, also was rescued because of exhaustion but declined to be transported to the hospital, officials said.

The splash in the ocean caught Ken Meldonian of Boca Raton, who was relaxing on the beach by surprise. The north current washed the plane close to where he was camped on the beach.

“We saw like a splash in the water. We didn’t know what it really was,” Meldonian said. “Me, I thought it was a bird or something. All of sudden we looked out and we saw wings coming up on both sides. Then I thought it was a sailboat. Then I realized it was an aircraft.”

Original article ➤ https://www.news-journalonline.com

Beech B200 Super King Air, N400SC: Incident occurred October 16, 2018 at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT), Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Struck a taxiway light.

Beauchene Air I LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N400SC

Date: 16-OCT-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N400SC
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: B200
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: BOCA RATON
State: FLORIDA

Beechcraft 58 Baron, N700ST: Incident occurred October 16, 2018 at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport (KMFD), Richland County, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Gear up landing.

R H Phillips Trucking Company Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N700ST

Date: 16-OCT-18
Time: 16:19:00Z
Regis#: N700ST
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MANSFIELD
State: OHIO





MANSFIELD (UPDATED AT 4:03 p.m.) -- Mansfield Police received a phone call at 12:01 p.m. Tuesday about an airplane circling Lahm Airport that was having a problem with its landing gear, Chief Ken Coontz said.

The plane had to use an emergency belly landing in a field at Lahm Airport.

"Everyone is safe and nobody is injured," Coontz said.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a Beechcraft 58 Baron landing gear failed to open. The pilot was able to successfully land the plane without incident despite the defective landing gear.

The plane was piloted by Robert Zook, 68, of Mansfield. Zook did not suffer any injuries. Passengers Angela Phillips, of Middletown, Chad Deskins, of Middletown, Sydney Deskins, of Middletown, and Ralph Deskins, of Middletown, also did not report any injuries.

A photo and Facebook post published around 3:30 p.m. from Angela Phillips said the landing was "scary," but passengers were thankful for the response from the grounds crew.

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

Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG, N4741S: Incident occurred October 14, 2018 at Pearson Field Airport (KVUO), Vancouver, Clark County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Gear up landing.

OKKB2 Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N4741S

Date: 14-OCT-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N4741S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: TR182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: VANCOUVER
State: WASHINGTON

Cessna 140, N76154: Accident occurred October 15, 2018 at Front Range Airport (KFTG), Denver, Colorado

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

Nosed over during touch and go's.

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA026
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 15, 2018 in Denver, CO
Aircraft: Cessna 140, registration: N76154


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.

https://registry.faa.gov/N76154

Date: 15-OCT-18
Time: 19:46:00Z
Regis#: N76154
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Hummel-Ultra Cruiser Plus, privately owned and operated, N245AP: Accident occurred October 15, 2018 near Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (KZPH), Pasco 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; Tampa, Florida

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N245AP

Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA014
Date & Time: 10/15/2018, 1416 EDT
Registration: N245AP
Aircraft: HARGROVE HUMMEL ULTRA CRUISER
Injuries: 1 Serious 
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 15, 2018, about 1416 eastern daylight time, a privately owned and operated experimental, amateur-built Hummel-Ultra Cruiser Plus, N245AP, collided with trees near Zephyrhills, Florida. The sport pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated about 16 minutes earlier from the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (ZPH), Zephyrhills, Florida, about 1400.

The pilot stated that the flight departed to the north with about 8 gallons of fuel, and climbed to 1,000 feet mean sea level (msl), and then turned onto the crosswind leg of the airport traffic pattern. He climbed to 2,000 feet msl, and while flying at that altitude with the engine rpm at 3,400, the mixture control full rich, and the auxiliary fuel pump on, the engine sputtered then experienced a total loss of powerquit . Attempts to restore power were unsuccessful. He located and maneuvered for a forced landing to a field, but allowed the airplane to slow too much, which resulted in an inadvertent stall. The airplane impacted a tree then the ground before coming to rest upright in a nose-low attitude.

Postaccident Initial examination of the airplane at the accident site revealed each fuel shutoff valve was in the "on" position. Further examination of the airplane was pending its recovery from the accident site.  The pilot/airplane owner plans to recover the airplane for further examination of the airframe and engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HARGROVE
Registration: N245AP
Model/Series: HUMMEL ULTRA CRUISER Plus
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Hargrove James D
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ZPH, 90 ft msl
Observation Time: 1415 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zephyrhills, FL (ZPH)
Destination: Zephyrhills, FL (ZPH)

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:  28.260833, -82.210556




ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — A single-engine experimental aircraft crashed into a tree Monday afternoon in Zephyrhills. 

According to Pasco Fire Rescue, the pilot was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. He reported a loss of power when he was attempting to land. 

ABC Action News spoke with the pilot's wife, Harley Hargrove, who has identified him as 73-year-old James Hargrove. 

"Very thankful he's still living," said Harley Hargrove. "He said 'I just broke the ankle so I'm going to go to the hospital and get an x-ray.'" 

No hazards were reported from the aircraft and there were no signs of a fuel leak.

It happened near the 36700 block of Paddock Lane.

Hargrove targeted an open pasture to make his emergency landing but crashed into a tree and fence. 

"He's very lucky he didn't have the engine in his face," said Ferman Geiger. "To come away with no more than what he had, it's a miracle."

Bob Porter, a former pilot, lives nearby and immediately raced to help Hargrove out of the small-engine aircraft. 

"Was he alive or dead? That's the first thing that comes to your mind when I saw he landed straight in, the airplane stalled, it went right into the tree, nose down," said Porter. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what happened to cause engine failure. 

Harley Hargrove tells ABC Action News, it's time for her husband to take a break from flying. 

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



ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (WFLA) - UPDATED STORY: 

A Tampa pilot is recovering after the plane he built by hand crashed into a Zephyrhills cow pasture. The plane went down around 2:30 Monday afternoon less than five miles from Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, where it took off from. 

The Hummel Ultra Cruiser single engine plane's tail number is registered to James Hargrove, of Tampa. Pasco Fire Rescue says no one else was on board. 

Bob Porter is a pilot and owns the property where the experimental aircraft crashed. It's far from the first crash he's seen after years in aviation but this was the first to, quite literally, hit this close to home. He and his grandson immediately rushed down to the crash site to find the pilot bloody but alive. The aircraft was on its nose, partially in a tree, with one of the wings completely crumpled. 

"It sounded like two automobiles running into one another at 50 miles per hour," Porter described the crash. "He was bruised all over but he was still coherent and able to talk to us." 

Porter says he then called 911 for help. 

Friends of James Hargrove say the plane reportedly lost engine power and that the pilot suffered a broken ankle in the wreck. 

"I'm just glad he's not hurt any worse than he is," Porter said, noting he has seen less-damaging plane crashes that still proved to be fatal. 

A spokesperson with Pasco Fire Rescue says the NTSB has been notified. 

No word yet on what caused the plane's engine to cut off. 

ORIGINAL STORY: One person was injured when a homemade aircraft crashed in Zephyrhills on Monday afternoon, according to crews that responded to the scene.

A spokesman for Pasco Fire Rescue says the crash happened on Paddock Lane near Simmons Road on Monday around 2:30 p.m.

Deputies say the pilot reported that he lost power while attempting the land the aircraft and ended up crashing it into a tree.

The pilot was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Fire crews say there are no hazards reported from the aircraft.

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




ZEPHYRHILLS — A pilot suffered minor injuries when their plane made a force landing in a field on Monday afternoon, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at about 3:19 p.m. The pilot of a single-engine experimental plane lost power and attempted to land, deputies said.

The pilot tried to land in a field, but in doing so struck a fence and a tree. 

A photo released by the Sheriff’s Office showed the crushed fuselage of the plane against a large tree, what’s left of the nose pointing down, the destroyed tail sticking up in the air and the left win nearly ripped off.

The pilot sustained "moderate injuries" and was taken to local hospital, the agency said.

No other details were released about the incident, including the identity of the pilot or went wrong with the aircraft.

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

Cessna 172K Skyhawk, N996SB: Accident occurred October 14, 2018 at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field (KLZU), Lawrenceville, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Skyfusion II LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N996SB


NTSB Identification: GAA19CA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Lawrenceville, GA
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N996SB

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 hard landing while attempting to depart, aircraft caught fire.

Date: 14-OCT-18
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N996SB
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172K
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LAWRENCEVILLE
State: GEORGIA



A flight instructor and student were involved in a single-engine plane crash Sunday at Gwinnett County Briscoe Field. According to fire officials, both people were able to exit the plane before it caught fire a little after 12:30 p.m.

The Cessna 172K Skyhawk was reportedly performing touch-and-go maneuvers at Briscoe Field for training when it experienced a hard landing. Personnel at the airport tower said no distress calls were made, but after the landing the plane caught fire.

Fire officials said the two occupants were a safe distance away from the plane when it caught fire on Runway 7.

Justin Wilson, a spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said a fire attack hose line with foam was quickly deployed to suppress the flames and bring the fire under control. Wilson said that after the fire was completely extinguished, members of the Hazardous Materials Response Team checked the surrounding area for any runoff concerns and found readings to be negative.

Officials said the aircraft, which reportedly operates out of Peachtree DeKalb Airport, is considered a complete loss and is awaiting a clean-up crew for removal. Wilson said one passenger was evaluated and released at the scene by paramedics and the other passenger denied any injuries.

According to officials, during the incident the Airport Authority at Briscoe Field closed the runway but other airport operations were not affected. The FAA and NTSB were notified of the incident and the aircraft was released to the Airport Authority for removal. An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration is responding to evaluate the wreckage.

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Beech F33A Bonanza, N9469Q: Accident occurred October 13, 2018 at Swinton Smith Field (KRVJ), Reidsville, Tattnall County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel 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/N9469Q

Location: Reidsville, GA
Accident Number: ERA19TA011
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1315 EDT
Registration: N9469Q
Aircraft: Beech F33
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018, about 1315 eastern daylight time, a Beech F33A, N9469Q, was substantially damaged during landing at Swinton Smith Field (RVJ), Reidsville, Georgia. The private pilot was not injured. The personal flight was operated by the pilot and 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 flight that originated from Wright Army Airfield (LHW), Hinesville, Georgia, about 1215.

The pilot reported that he flew the airport traffic pattern for runway 29, a 5,000-ft-long, 75-ft-wide, asphalt runway. The airplane touched down at 65 knots on the main landing gear about 750 ft from the approach end of the runway and slightly left of centerline. As soon as he lowered the nosegear, he felt the airplane lurch uncharacteristically left and then right. The pilot attempted to arrest the movement first with rudder inputs, then by differential braking. The airplane did not respond and started to veer uncontrollably to the right. He then intentionally increased braking until both wheels started skidding. At this point the airplane was skidding sideways and traveled off the right side of the runway, colliding with a taxiway sign before coming to rest upright.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing spar was damaged. The inspector added that a continuity check of the nose landing gear system to include all linkage from the rudder pedals to the rudder flight control was performed and no discrepancies were noted. Further examination of the nosewheel well area revealed no visible indications of premature component failure. Examination of the runway revealed main tire marks about 750 ft from the approach end of the runway. Shortly after the main tire marks, a nosewheel mark was visible and continued straight without any wobbling deviations. The inspector also noted main tire mark skids further down the runway, consistent with the pilot's report of heavy braking before departing the side of the runway.

The recorded wind at an airport located about 12 miles northwest of the accident site, about the time of the accident, was from 290° at 4 knots.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N9469Q
Model/Series: F33 A
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: VDI, 274 ft msl
Observation Time: 1315 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hinesville, GA (LHW)
Destination: Reidsville, GA (RVJ)

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: 32.059444, -82.153611 (est)