Monday, October 22, 2018

Piper PA-28-140, N9936W: Incident occurred October 21, 2018 at Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA), Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and Northwest Florida

Bounced several times while landing and experienced a propeller strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N9936W

Date: 21-OCT-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N9936W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GULF SHORES
State: ALABAMA

Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N29VP: Incident occurred October 20, 2018 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR), Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

Lost wheel on departure returned and landed gear up.

Tactical Jets Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N29VP

Date: 20-OCT-18
Time: 19:51:00Z
Regis#: N29VP
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: AERO L39C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BRIDGEPORT
State: CONNECTICUT






Incredible video captured the moment a small plane made an emergency landing in Stratford on Saturday.

Miraculously everyone is okay who was on the L-39 Albatros, a military-type jet.

First responders raced to Sikorsky Memorial Airport after receiving the call the aircraft was in trouble.

“After we got into position, tower directed him to land. The pilot did a great job. He dropped it down on its belly and did a spectacular job getting it down safely,” said Deputy Chief Ron Rolfe, Bridgeport Fire.

Amazingly firefighters tell us the two people on-board were able to get out themselves and are okay.

They were met on the runway by emergency responders from the airport, Stratford and Bridgeport.

“This was really an excellent collaboration of the mutual aid response. This really could not have gone any better,” said Michelle Muoio, airport manager.

Airport staff reveal the plane despite its Navy markings is privately owned.

During takeoff from Sikorsky, we’re told the experienced pilot realized the plane had apparently lost a piece of its landing gear, circled until emergency crews were ready and then pulled off the tricky landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and try to figure out what went wrong.

The airport hopes to open the runway as soon as possible.

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

Cessna 310Q, N7666Q: Accident occurred October 21, 2018 at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (KBKV), Hernando County, Florida

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

Nose gear collapsed.

Calen Enterprises

https://registry.faa.gov/N7666Q

Date: 21-OCT-18
Time: 12:25:00Z
Regis#: N7666Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310Q
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BROOKSVILLE
State: FLORIDA

Lancair IV-P, N530P: Incident occurred October 20, 2018 at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (KEVB), Volusia County, Florida

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

Gear collapse.

Avionics Installations Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N530P

Date: 20-OCT-18
Time: 16:42:00Z
Regis#: N530P
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: LIV 530
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NEW SMYRNA BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N8100P: Incidents occurred October 21, 2018 -and- July 21, 2018 at Barrow County Airport (KWDR), Winder, Georgia

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

October 21, 2018: Gear collapsed.


Aero Montana LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N8100P


Date: 21-OCT-18

Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N8100P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: WINDER
State: GEORGIA

July 21, 2018:   Landed gear retracted.

Date: 21-JUL-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N8100P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 24 250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINDER
State: GEORGIA

Southwest Airlines, Boeing 737-700: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 at Chicago Midway International Airport (KMDW), Illinois

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

Flight number 607: Boeing 737-700 was pushing back from gate in non-movement area and struck a provisions truck. 

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: PUSHBACK/TOWING (PBT)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SOUTHWEST AIRLINES
Flight Number: 607
City: CHICAGO
State: ILLINOIS

Piper PA-22-108, N5581Z: Accident occurred October 20, 2018 in Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5581Z

Location: Brownstown, IN
Accident Number: ERA19LA022
Date & Time: 10/20/2018, 0030 EDT
Registration: N5581Z
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 20, 2018, about 0030 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-108, N5581Z, was substantially damaged when it impacted wooded terrain during a forced landing near Brownstown, Indiana. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at locations surrounding the accident site, and no flight plan was filed for the solo cross-country flight, which departed from Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP), Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 19, 2018, about 2230.

According to the student pilot, he departed from his home airport of Crossville Memorial Airport-Whitson Field (CSV), Crossville, Tennessee, about 0730 on October 19, 2018, destined for UMP. He reported that the flight was uneventful, and he had the single fuel tank "topped off" when he arrived at UMP. He spent the remainder of the day in the Indianapolis area for business. About 2230, after a normal preflight inspection and run-up, he departed for CSV.

The student pilot further reported, that while enroute, flying southbound at 3,000 ft mean sea level, everything was nominal with the airplane, until about 60 miles south of UMP, where the airplane lost all electrical power. Then, a few seconds later, the "engine just went quiet," but the propeller continued to wind mill. He cycled the master electrical switch "up and down" and the magneto switch a "couple of times," but power was not restored to either system. He reported that it was "very dark" when the failure occurred, and the only light he could see inside the cockpit was from his dimmed tablet computer. He observed 68 knots displayed on his tablet computer, just prior to the impact with the wooded area. After the impact, the pilot remembered that one of the navigational instruments had a faint back light illuminating the instrument.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane at the accident site, the airplane impacted a heavily wooded area and came to rest upright. The engine was co-located with the firewall, and both wings had separated from the fuselage and were found along the debris path. The empennage remained attached to the fuselage and sustained impact damage. The single fuel tank was breached, but a residual amount of fuel remained in the tank and the accident site smelled of aviation fuel. The fuel selector was found in the on position. The throttle and mixture levers were found full forward. There was no evidence of a pre or post-impact fire.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a student pilot certificate. He was issued a third-class medical certificate in April 2018. The student pilot reported that his flight instructor did not provide an endorsement for either solo cross-country flight.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the high-wing airplane was powered by a Lycoming O-235-C1 engine and had 2 seats.

The weather conditions reported at 0035 at Madison Municipal Airport (IMS), Madison, Indiana, about 28 miles east of the accident site, included an overcast ceiling at 500 ft above ground, visibility 7 statute miles, wind from 250° at 7 knots, temperature 10°C, and dew point 9°C. Weather conditions reported at 0053 at Monroe County Airport (BMG), Bloomington, Indiana, about 30 miles northwest of the accident site, included an overcast ceiling at 300 ft above ground, visibility 6 statute miles, mist, wind from 250° at 7 knots, temperature 9°C, and dew point 9°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5581Z
Model/Series: PA22 108
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIMS, 790 ft msl
Observation Time: 0035 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  / 500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 500 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Indianapolis, IN (UMP)
Destination:  Crossville, TN (CSV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.842778, -86.063889 (est)





JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. — A pilot from Tennessee escaped injuries after crashing a small plane in Jackson County early Saturday morning.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Chad Lowe, 31, Crossville, Tennessee, was piloting a 1962 Piper Colt when the aircraft suffered mechanical failure around 1 a.m. Lowe crashed the plane into a dense grove of trees in the Jackson-Washington State Forest near Skyline Drive.

Lowe walked to a nearby residence to get help. He wasn’t hurt in the crash.

Conservation officers and deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will handle the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox59.com

Cameron-Z-105, N5YW: Incident occurred October 21, 2018 in Old Monroe, Lincoln County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Struck powerline during landing.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5YW

Date: 21-OCT-18
Time: 22:43:00Z
Regis#: N5YW
Aircraft Make: CAMERON BALLOONS
Aircraft Model: Z 105
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OLD MONROE
State: MISSOURI

Allegiant Air, Airbus A320: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Flight number 1808: Declared an emergency due to flight attendant injuring hand on beverage cart.

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 15:32:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: ALLEGIANT AIR
Flight Number: 1808
City: LAS VEGAS
State: NEVADA

Piper PA-28-161, N8275V: Incident occurred October 20, 2018 in East Moriches, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Farmington, New York

Landed long and ran off the runway.

2BAPILOTNYC Corp

https://registry.faa.gov/N8275V

Date: 20-OCT-18
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N8275V
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: EAST MORICHES
State: NEW YORK

Beechcraft Baron 58, N65MH: Incident occurred October 18, 2018 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT) North Carolina

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

Struck a runway edge light.

993 LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N65MH

Date: 18-OCT-18
Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N65MH
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: 58
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: CHARLOTTE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Polar Air Cargo, Boeing 747-400, N451PA: Incident occurred October 20, 2018 at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG)

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

Flight number 243: Veered off the runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N451PA

Date: 20-OCT-18
Time: 23:32:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B744
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: POLAR AIR CARGO
Flight Number: 243
City: CINCINNATI
State: OHIO

American Airlines, Airbus A320: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Flight Number 1798:  Declared emergency due to a flight attendant with a skull laceration.

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: A320
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Flight Number: 1798
City: CHARLOTTE
State: NORTH CAROLINA

Incident occurred October 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Unknown helicopter landed at a boat ramp just south of Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.

Date: 18-OCT-18
Time: 11:30:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: UNK HELICOPTER
Aircraft Model: UNK
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: PHILADELPHIA
State: PENNSYLVANIA

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II, N2846A: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 in Pinehurst, Montgomery County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Landed in a field.

Up and Up Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N2846A

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N2846A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PINEHURST
State: TEXAS



A Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II being flown by an instructor and student pilot made a precautionary landing on a dirt road in the Magnolia area Friday after the engine started running poorly.

The Texas Flight school instructor and student were practicing flight maneuvers when the engine started acting up.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, said Howard Davenport, quality assurance manager for Texas Flight school at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring.

Flight instructor Matthew Duggan said this was his first true emergency situation. He landed the plane on a dirt road in a field in the 2200 block of Goodson Loop Road, near the intersection of FM 1774 and Texas 149.

The student, Lauren Bigler, who said her father is in aviation, has logged just over four flight hours.

Bigler said she remained calm when she felt the engine act up and let Duggan take over.

"He did everything he could to make sure we landed safely, and I really appreciate that," Bigler said.

Duggan took over the controls at about 2,000 feet up and was about 1,000 feet up when he decided to make the landing on the dirt access road that was skinnier than the width of the plane.

Duggan estimated he was at about 500 feet when he shut off the engine and committed to landing.

They were about 10 flight miles from their planned landing spot at Hooks Airport.

"When you know you're not going to make it to the airport, you try to find the best place to land safely. This was the closest option," Duggan said.

Mechanics from the flight school were still investigating the engine issue Friday afternoon.

"(It seems like) the problem is mechanical, inside the engine, where it was reducing the amount of power," Duggan said.

Depending on the issue, Davenport said they will either transport the plane back to the airport on a trailer or fly it back.

Davenport also thanked the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety for responding quickly to make sure the pilots were safe. They were dispatched to the scene around 11 a.m.

Bigler said that despite the unscheduled landing, she's ready to go up in the air again — and even has another flight lesson scheduled for tomorrow.

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


PINEHURST, Texas - A small plane had made an emergency landing near Magnolia early Friday in Pinehurst, officials said.

The plane departed from Hooks Airport and had been in the air for two hours when it started to lose power, officials said. The student pilot onboard described her experience.

"My biggest thought was: Remain calm. The instructor knows exactly what he's doing and how to land the plane. So, I did just that. I remained calm. I didn't speak out of turn. I wanted him to call into (the) tower, make sure all the right avenues were followed, and then he did everything he could to make sure we landed safely and I really appreciate that," the student pilot said. 

Both student and instructor were OK, officials said. The student told KPRC that the experience did not scare her and she plans to go flying again soon. 

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


Just after 11 am a Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II developed engine trouble while on a training flight. The aircraft had been up about 2-hours after leaving David Wayne Hooks Airport in Tomball. The instructor, Matt Duggan, spotted a long muddy road just off Goodson Loop and SH 249, lined by a barbed wire fence and decided to attempt a landing. The wing just mere feet from the fence as the aircraft landed without any damage. The student, Laura Bigler, said she has been in the air since 10-years-old and wasn’t scared at all. Mechanics responded to the scene and we’re going to try to do a repair. It is believed to possibly been carburetor icing that caused the issue. The Federal Aviation Administration, Magnolia Fire, and MCSO responded to the scene.

Carb ice forms because the pressure drop in the venturi causes the air to “cool,” and draw heat away from the surrounding metal of the carburetor venturi. Ice then can begin collecting on the cooled carburetor throat. This is the same principle that makes your refrigerator or air conditioner work.

Meanwhile, fuel being drawn through the fuel discharge nozzle into the airflow atomizes into very fine droplets that evaporate easily. When the fuel changes from a finely atomized liquid to a vapor it, too, cools—stripping more heat from the surrounding metal.

The result is that the carburetor internal temperature may drop below freezing, even on a warm day. If the ambient air contains sufficient moisture (which can be the case even in seemingly dry air), frost (carburetor ice) can form on the inside of the carburetor.

Read more here ➤ http://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com

Cessna 150E, N2547J: Incident occurred October 21, 2018 in Roanoke, Denton County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Landed in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2547J

Date: 21-OCT-18
Time: 16:20:00Z
Regis#: N2547J
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150E
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ROANOKE
State: TEXAS

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N413LL: Accident occurred October 21, 2018 in Hurricane, Washington County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Crash landed in a field.


Keystone Aviation LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N413LL


Date: 21-OCT-18

Time: 22:58:00Z
Regis#: N413LL
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 46 350P
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: HURRICANE
State: UTAH









HURRICANE — A small aircraft with six occupants crash-landed in a field off 920 West in Hurricane Sunday afternoon after the pilot performed an emergency landing when the plane caught fire during flight.

Shortly before 3 p.m. the plane was found crashed in the middle of a field of newly-planted grass and oats behind several homes. The pilot and five passengers were able to get out of the plane and were waiting for help several yards away, according to an eye-witness who was in the area but requested not to be identified.

“I ran toward the plane and saw smoke coming from the front of it and then saw that the passengers and pilot were able to get out and walk to the end of the field,” the witness said.

Two of the plane’s occupants were transported by responding ambulance crews to Dixie Regional Medical Center in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, Hurricane Valley Fire Battalion Chief Nick Wright said.

The witness said that while checking on the group before help arrived, he learned from the pilot that the plane had been on a return flight to Salt Lake City carrying two adults and four teenagers.

During the flight, the plane reportedly experienced an electrical issue that started a fire near the front of the aircraft.

As the pilot was making an emergency landing into the field, one of the plane’s wings struck an irrigation pipe that ran the entire length of the field. Once the pipe became caught on the wing, it was dragged several feet before the wing snapped off and became lodged in the mud alongside the pipe.

Upon landing, the aircraft was still burning. Firefighters from Hurricane Valley Fire District arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, Wright said.

The aircraft is a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, according to an October 21st Flight Safety Foundation report.

Hurricane City Police officers also responded and secured the area. Representatives from the police department were not immediately available for additional information.

Incidents involving aircraft are typically turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation with oversight by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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



HURRICANE — A small plane carrying five people from Hurricane to Salt Lake City went down in a residential area Sunday, but no injuries have been reported, authorities say.

The crash took place near 1000 S. 920 West in Hurricane about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to St. George emergency dispatchers.

The pilot of the Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage reported engine trouble and crashed in a residential area, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. There were no “ground injuries” reported, according to Kenitzer.

Further details about the crash were not immediately available Sunday afternoon. Kenitzer said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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

Diamond DA-20C-1 Eclipse, N980CT: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 at Provo Municipal Airport (KPVU), Utah County, Utah

Nose gear collapsed during hard landing.

Utah Valley University

https://registry.faa.gov/N980CT

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 17:18:00Z
Regis#: N980CT
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20 C1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PROVO
State: UTAH

Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, N2920Q: Incident occurred October 21, 2018 in Indianapolis -and- Incident occurred February 24, 2008 in Greenfield, Indiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Made emergency landing in a parking lot, ran over curb and wing clipped a tree.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2920Q

Date: 22-OCT-18
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N2920Q
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32R 300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: INDIANAPOLIS
State: INDIANA


Pilot Greg Mahler said too many vehicles were on Zionsville Road to try land the aircraft there.

“My heart is still racing," the pilot's wife, Marianne Mahler, said.

As high winds buffeted the area Saturday, Marianne Mahler waited anxiously as her husband, Greg, flew from Washington, D.C., to Indianapolis in his six-seat Piper Lance with two friends. But Greg, an experienced flight instructor, landed safely after deciding it would be better to set down at Metropolitan Airport in Fishers than at Eagle Creek Airpark, where he usually stores his plane.

So on Sunday — when the wind had died down and the sky was a cloudless blue — Marianne Mahler had no worries when she dropped her husband at the Fishers airport to make for the 10-minute or so solo flight to the plane’s home base.


Then, as she waited at the Eagle Creek airport for him to arrive, a call came.


I’m OK. I just missed the runway by a bit... I just crashed the plane.


Actually, Greg had landed more than 8 miles short of the airpark, skidding through a mall parking lot on the northwest side and avoiding injury to anyone, including himself.


About an hour after the crash on Sunday afternoon, Marianne Mahler tried to still her nerves as her husband walked calmly near his plane and called students to tell them what had happened.


“My heart is still racing. He’s OK,” she said. “I’m shocked that something like this would happen. … He doesn’t have a scratch on him.”


Under other circumstances, Marianne might have been in the plane with her husband. But the plan had called for her to meet him at Eagle Creek and then take him back to their northwest-side home.


The short flight started out uneventful. But about halfway through, the plane’s engine suddenly shut off. Mahler tried unsuccessfully to restart it. He went through all of the emergency procedures. A less experienced pilot might have looked through a checklist, but not Mahler.


“I didn’t have to pull the book because I knew it from memory,” said Mahler, who has been a pilot for 30 years and a light instructor for 20.      


Realizing he would have to execute a crash landing, Mahler looked down for the best site. Zionsville Road looked good at first, but then he decided there were too many cars.


He looked down again and noticed the Traders Point Shopping Center with its relatively empty parking lot and came in for the landing.


At Traders Mill Grill on the east side of the shopping center, some of the staff noticed the plane come in low, too low, over the building. Owner Ron Watson, a former pilot, later said he heard nothing as the plane glided past. Watson realized the engine had died.


“I was expecting the worst,” he said and jumped into his car to follow the plane.


But he did not realize how skilled a pilot Mahler is. Mahler hit the ground, slid through the parking lot, avoided cars and light poles, and landed in a grassy bank near Dick’s Sporting Goods.


“Let’s get this stopped safely,” he said to himself, as he did just that.


Watson ran over and helped him find his glasses in the plane.


On Sunday as emergency personnel cordoned off Mahler’s plane as they waited for it to be towed to Eagle Creek Airpark, Mahler wondered what had gone wrong with the engine, which he said he had just bought last winter.


But the seasoned instructor said he would not have done anything different in hindsight.


“This is the first time I’ve had an offsite landing,” he said. “I teach emergency landings. … I found a safe place to land away from people, buildings, and safely. This is what an offsite landing is meant to be.”     


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



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods on the northwest side.

Just after 2:45 p.m., authorities were dispatched to the store on the report of an aircraft malfunction.


The pilot, identified Greg Mahler, was was forced to make an emergency landing and landed in a ditch near the parking lot and I-465.


He was uninjured as a result of the crash and told us he had engine failure near Eagle Creek.


Mahler originally planned to land near Zionsville Rd. but the said there were too many cars. Then, he saw the ditch near Dick’s Sporting Goods and executed a successful emergency landing.


Mahler said he was gliding the entire way.


The FAA released the following statement after the emergency landing:


“The pilot of a Piper PA32 aircraft reported engine issues while on the way to Indianapolis Metro Airport. The plane landed in a shopping center parking lot about 4 miles west of the airport. No injuries were reported. No information on damages to vehicles on the ground. The FAA will be on the scene to begin an investigation.


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INDIANAPOLIS – A small aircraft crashed near the parking lot of a northwest Indianapolis Dick’s Sporting Goods Sunday afternoon.

Emergency responders were called around 2:45 p.m to the 6000 block of West 86th Street on the report of an aircraft emergency.


Greg Mahler was flying from an airport in Hamilton County to Eagle Creek Airpark in Indianapolis when his single-engine plane failed at 1,800 feet. 


Mahler said he began looking for a place to land because he didn't think he was going to make it to the Eagle Creek Airpark. The plane stopped when he crashed into a tree near the parking lot.


No injuries were reported.


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February 24th, 2008: Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, N2920Q

Force-landed on Interstate 70 east of Indianapolis, Indiana.

  
 February 24th, 2008: Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, N2920Q

The pilot of a troubled single-engine plane safely landed on Interstate 70 in Hancock County on February 24, 2008.

The plane, which developed engine trouble, came down about two miles east of the Greenfield exit, 6News' Tanya Spencer reported.

Motorists were dumbfounded as the six-seater plane made its approach and after it landed. Many stopped alongside the road to snap pictures and take video.

The plane, piloted by Babar Suleman, of Plainfield, had taken off from Eagle Creek Airpark and was at about 7,000 feet when the engine stopped working.

With no power, Suleman said he couldn't possibly make it to the nearest airport, Mount Comfort, which was about seven miles away.

"I saw two trucks and there were two cars. I let the trucks go and I squeezed in between the two cars," Suleman said. "The rear car, he saw what was happening and he was smart enough he hit the brakes. The guy in front, he was just surprised by what was going on."

Suleman, who has been a pilot for four years, said keeping a calm head was critical to landing safely.

"After I touched down, the one (car) in front came pretty close. I could see the guy's face in the rear view mirror," Suleman said. "I was scared after I got out of the plane. My knees shook really bad."

After a mechanic checked out the craft and determined that ice had caused the temporary engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared it to take off, again using I-70 as a runway.

Police stopped traffic in both directions for about 15 minutes as the plane took to the skies again.

Suleman credited excellent training at Greenwood and Eagle Creek airports for allowing him to keep calm during the ordeal.

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