Friday, November 2, 2018

Beech D35 Bonanza, registered to and operated by the pilot, N2991B: Accident occurred December 04, 2015 near Vine Grove Airport (70KY), Hardin County, Kentucky


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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N2991B 


Location: Vine Grove, KY
Accident Number: ERA16LA062
Date & Time: 12/04/2015, 1615 EST
Registration: N2991B
Aircraft: BEECH D35
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 4, 2015, at 1615 eastern standard time, a Beechcraft D35, N2991B, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from the Vine Grove Airport (70KY), Vine Grove, Kentucky. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot reported that his intention was to conduct some "pattern work." He conducted a preflight inspection of the airplane; visually checked the fuel in the left and right fuel tanks and estimated that they each contained 15 gallons. The airplane was equipped with a 20-gallon auxiliary fuel tank but the pilot reported that its fuel quantity could not be checked visually.

The pilot started the engine, taxied to the run-up area, and performed the before takeoff checklist items, with no anomalies noted. He then taxied to the active runway and configured the airplane for takeoff. During the climbout, about 150 feet above ground level, the engine "quit." He did not have enough altitude to return to the airport, or time to attempt an engine restart or make any radio calls. He subsequently performed an emergency off-airport landing to a road.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right wing and firewall were buckled. The left main wing fuel tank had an undetermined amount of fuel. Fuel samples were taken from the left main wing tank and the fuselage auxiliary tank. The samples appeared to be clear with no water or debris noted. The right wing fuel tank was breached and the fuel quick drain valve was jammed. The smell of fuel in and around the airplane was noted. The fuel selector was moved from the off position and back to the auxiliary position, and when the fuel supply line was removed from the carburetor, very little fuel exited.

The fuel strainer was removed and a very small amount of fuel came out; it was inspected and found to be free of debris. The auxiliary fuel tank drain valve was removed and about 1 gallon of fuel drained out.

A review of the D35 pilot's operating handbook (POH) revealed that the airplane was equipped with a 20-gallon fuel tank in each wing in which 34 gallons are usable. All of the fuel in the auxiliary tank was usable. The top spark plugs were removed and they exhibited normal wear and had light gray deposits in the electrode areas. The crankshaft was rotated by hand, and spark was noted on each spark plug lead.

After the examination of the airplane, the pilot reported, "The D-35 has only one fuel gage and two switches used to select the tank indicated. The fuel selector has four positions, left, right, auxiliary and off. You can have the fuel selector on the auxiliary tank and the fuel indicator on a different tank. It is possible that I mistakenly verified the fuel level in the auxiliary tank with the indicator set to one of the main tanks." The pilot stated that he did not remember which fuel tank he had selected before takeoff.

According to the limitations section of the D35 POH: "Use auxiliary fuel in level flight only and do not use for takeoff or landing. Use at least 10 gallons from left main tank before use of auxiliary fuel or right main tank."



Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/03/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/04/2015
Flight Time:  956 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 793 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N2991B
Model/Series: D35 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: D-3629
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/02/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2727 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 18 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6830.48 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:  C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: E 225-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 225
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: FTK, 755 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1608 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 357°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Visibility: 4 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:  Overcast / 5500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain; Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: Vine Grove, KY (70KY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vine Grove, KY (70KY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1614 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: VINE GROVE (70KY)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 680 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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:  37.815833, -85.964722 (est)

Piper PA-12, N3227M: Accident occurred November 01, 2018 near Willow Airport (PAUO), Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska 

Force landed in river due to unknown circumstances. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N3227M

Date: 02-NOV-18
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N3227M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: WILLOW
State: ALASKA

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a pilot of a Piper PA-12 November 1st on a sandbar of the Susitna River parallel to Mile 79 of the Parks Highway after the plane crashed.

According to Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeremy Rhodes, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the mission was opened after a pilot of another aircraft spotted the wreckage and called in its location to local authorities. The Alaska State Troopers contacted the AK RCC.

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 210th RQS launched from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Aboard the helicopter were two highly trained 212th RQS pararescuemen who specialize in rescue operations.

According to Rhodes, the HH-60 aircrew found the wreckage using the coordinates provided by the pilot who spotted the downed PA-12.

According to Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. Cody Inman, a 212th RQS pararescueman who participated in the mission, the HH-60 hoisted the pararescuemen onto the sandbar at an altitude of 120 feet to avoid excessive rotor wash. They then used crash axes to extricate the pilot, listed in critical condition, from the wreckage.

The pararescuemen packaged the pilot on a Stokes litter and fitted a cervical collar.

The injured pilot was flown to the Providence Alaska Medical Center for further care. During the flight, AK RCC relayed the condition of the injured pilot to Providence to ensure medical providers were ready to give effective care.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://alaska-native-news.com

Rescue crews have pulled a pilot from a crash site between two branches of the Susitna River. He was flown to Providence Hospital according to Air Guard spokesman David Bedard.

The pararescuemen that cut him from the plane said at the time they believed he was in critical condition. They put a neck brace on him and hoisted him into a plane on a litter.

"All we know right now, is the plane took off from Willow airport, tried to turn around and return and didn't make it," said Ken Barkley, Fire Deputy Director with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough emergency services department. 

The type of airplane is unknown at this time. Barkley believes the pilot was the only person on board and may be trapped in the aircraft. Barkley says the pilot's friend called 911 and the borough began sending rescue crews to mile 79 of the Parks Highway.

The Willow Fire Department, dive team and the rescue coordination center are attempting a rescue. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has also launched a Pave Hawk helicopter with paratroopers with 210th Rescue Squadron, according to David Bedard, a public affairs representative with the 176th wing at JBER.

According to Bedard, another plane spotted the wreckage and called 911. Bedard said the plane is believed to be a Piper PA-12.

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

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N1330N: Incident occurred November 01, 2018 at Page Field Airport (KFMY), Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida

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

Veered off the runway.

Paragon Airplane Leasing Company

https://registry.faa.gov/N1330N

Date: 01-NOV-18
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N1330N
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing:
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: Fort Myers
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N3984L: Accident occurred November 01, 2018 in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

https://registry.faa.gov/N3984L


NTSB Identification: GAA19CA048
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 01, 2018 in Cleburne, TX
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N3984L

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.

Force landed in a field.

Date: 01-NOV-18
Time: 21:30:00Z
Regis#: N3984L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172G
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CLEBURNE
State: TEXAS

Beech 95-B55 Baron, N5YB: Accident occurred November 01, 2018 at Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

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

Gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N5YB

Date: 31-OCT-18
Time: 22:10:00Z
Regis#: N5YB
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95 B55
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GAINESVILLE
State: FLORIDA 




GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A twin-engine plane with mechanical problems made a hard landing Thursday at Gainesville Regional Airport, according to Gainesville Fire-Rescue.

The pilot radioed that the plane with four people aboard was having problems with its landing gear. Firefighters were standing by as the plane skidded down and off the runway. 

All the occupants were able to climb out and walk away. 

Officials said the airport remained open and no flights were delayed.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.news4jax.com

Rans S-19LS, N233RD: Accident occurred October 31, 2018 at Southeast Iowa Regional Airport (KBRL), Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Porpoised aircraft during landing and went off the runway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N233RD

Date: 31-OCT-18
Time: 18:25:00Z
Regis#: N233RD
Aircraft Make: RANS DESIGNS
Aircraft Model: S 19LS
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BURLINGTON
State: IOWA

United Airlines, Boeing 757-200, N14120: Incident occurred October 31, 2018 at Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR), New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

United Airlines flight number 80: After taxiing to the gate aircraft reported a leading edge slat was missing.

United Airlines Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N14120

Date: 31-OCT-18
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: UNK
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B752
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: 80
City: NEWARK
State: NEW JERSEY

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N2262Q: Incident occurred October 31, 2018 near Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport (KRWI), North Carolina

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

Made emergency landing on highway. 

First Choice Insurance Partners LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N2262Q

Date: 31-OCT-18
Time: 19:35:00Z
Regis#: N2262Q
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 181
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
City: ROCKY MOUNT
State: NORTH CAROLINA





WILSON, N.C. — An aircraft landed on Interstate 95 northbound near Rocky Mount on Wednesday evening, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Two people were on the plane, including a student pilot. No one was injured, officials at the scene said.

The plane was flying from Smithfield to Wilson when the pilot declared an emergency because of a fuel or mechanical issue. Officials couldn't elaborate on the issue.

The aircraft, a Piper PA-28, landed at 7:25 p.m. about three miles away from the Wilson Industrial Air Center. It was towed to the air center, followed by a caravan of cars, once the Highway Patrol received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration around 9 p.m.

The plane is to be evaluated Thursday morning.

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

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec, N27FM: Incident occurred October 29, 2018 at Antonio Rivera RodrĂ­guez Airport (TJVQ), Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Puerto Rico

Landed gear up.

Gogoplex LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N27FM

Date: 29-OCT-18
Time: 17:00:00Z
Regis#: N27FM
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 23 250
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ISLA DE VIEQUES
State: PUERTO RICO

Piper PA-28R-201, N30905: Incident occurred October 31, 2018 at Saluda County Airport (6J4), South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Carolina

Landed with gear retracted.

Sandhills Aviation of NC Ltd

https://registry.faa.gov/N30905

Date: 31-OCT-18
Time: 23:15:00Z
Regis#: N30905
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 201
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SALUDA
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

Cessna 208B, N1119V: Incident occurred October 25, 2018 at Victoria Regional Airport (KVCT), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Martinaire flight number 679:  Hit the ground after departure.

Aero Leasing

https://registry.faa.gov/N1119V

Date: 25-OCT-18
Time: 00:56:00Z
Regis#: N1119V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: MARTINAIRE
Flight Number: 679
City: VICTORIA
State: TEXAS

Cessna 180D, N6414X: Accident occurred October 30, 2018 near Lake California Air Park (68CA), Cottonwood, Shasta County, California

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

Crashed in a field while on approach.


https://registry.faa.gov/N6414X


Date: 30-OCT-18

Time: 16:24:00Z
Regis#: N6414X
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180D
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: COTTONWOOD
State: CALIFORNIA 




A pilot survived a light plane crash about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in a grassy field behind Lake California.

The man wasn't a Lake California resident, said Scott Nielsen, general manager of the gated, private community in Tehama County.

"I don't know why the plane came down. He was flying across the lake on an approach," Nielsen said. "He landed in a field and missed the PG&E lines. He did a good job landing."

The pilot survived the crash but apparently suffered unspecified injuries, according to a witness. 

The crash occurred about a quarter-mile away from the Lake California Airport and runway, said Erick Puckett, battalion chief for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection's Tehama-Glenn Unit.

Puckett said the two-seat plane experienced some sort of mechanical problem while inbound to the runway. The pilot was taken to a Redding hospital, he said.

In addition to the Cal Fire response, officers from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office and an ambulance crew went to the scene.

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



UPDATE 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 - According to Cal Fire, the crash occurred around 9:36 a.m. on Tuesday in Cottonwood. 

The plane did not hit the power lines, although that was initially a concern. 

A single pilot was transported by ambulance to a medical facility. He is alert and conscious. The plane was heavily damaged. 

Officials with Cal Fire believe that the Cessna plane was most likely flying from the south near the Bay Area and attempting to land at Lake California Airport. 

COTTONWOOD, Calif. - A small plane made a crash landing in Cottonwood on Monday.

The plane landed near Lake California Air Park close to a row of power lines. 

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

Cessna TR182, N6382S: Incident occurred October 30, 2018

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dulles

Went off the end of the runway and blew two (2) tires.

https://registry.faa.gov/N6382S

Date: 30-OCT-18
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N6382S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: TR182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: WASHINGTON
State: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

AutoGyro Cavalon, N198LT: Fatal accident occurred October 30, 2018 in Sebring, Highlands County, Florida

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.

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

Crashed under unknown circumstances into mobile home park.

Cavalon Gyro LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N198LT

Date: 30-OCT-18
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N198LT
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: AUTOGYRO CAVALON
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SEBRING
State: FLORIDA


Senior Air Safety Investigator Brian Rayner 
Investigator In Charge
 National Transportation Safety Board



National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration

Christopher Lord










SEBRING, Fla. — The gyrocopter pilot killed in a crash Tuesday in Sebring was a father, husband and avid test pilot with thousands of hours of flight time, officials say.

According to Chris Lord's website GyroplaneGuy.com, Lord was certified to fly more than 34 different types of gyroplanes.

Lord is listed on the site as a "pilot, instructor, examiner, test pilot."

The site goes on to say that, "Chris has flown many aircraft to include fixed wing, helicopter, powered parachute, weight shift trike, and thousands of hours in over 34 models of gyroplanes. Chris has trained and examined hundreds of students and has touched nearly every state traveling across the USA."

A video posted on his website shows Lord taking a self-proclaimed aviation enthusiast out for a flight in an ELA 07 Cougar gyroplane. Lord and the passenger taking off and landing at Sebring Regional Airport in a six and a half minute video posted on Youtube of October of last year.

The Executive Director for the airport told ABC Action News over the phone, "they are saddened by the loss," Mike Willingham said. "Chris was a great guy, he was a great father, and husband."

Lord was taking his passenger, identified as Christopher Brugger, to Manatee County when they were both killed in the crash.

Dr. Chris Brugger was a chiropractor in Bradenton, "a successful practice in Bradenton with many long-term clients turned friends and vice versa," a former employee told ABC Action News. He is described by friends as a great father, husband, grandfather and friend. 

"He didn't just leave behind a grieving family — he leaves behind a grieving community of friends," said an ABC Action News viewer, who asked to remain anonymous. 

The official cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

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



MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — A day after his tragic death in a gyroplane crash in Sebring, family and friends of Manatee area chiropractor Chris Brugger shared memories and tried to come to terms with his sudden passing.

Brugger, 52, will be remembered as a father, a husband, and a healer.

A chiropractor for more than a decade in Manatee County, Brugger has helped ease the pain for hundreds of his patients. 

Today, they’re all dealing with the pain of his sudden and unexpected death. 

Brugger was onboard a gyroplane Tuesday in Sebring when it crashed into a mobile home park shortly after takeoff from Sebring Airport. 

Both Brugger and the pilot Christopher Lord were killed in the fiery crash. 

“He gave from his heart. He loved to help people,“ said longtime family friend Kathy Wyatt. “Even back in our high school days, he was just the sweetest most caring person. That translated into his chiropractic business.” 

Brugger pursued an interest in becoming a chiropractor after he was in an accident and needed chiropractic services.

“He was in pain and he went to chiropractor after chiropractor and no one could help him,” said Shawn Ram, who works as a chiropractic assistant in Brugger’s office. “Finally, he was like, 'alright, this is it. I found someone who could help me, and I want to help people' so he's been doing this ever since then.” 

Ram spent much of Wednesday canceling appointments and answering calls from patients offering their sympathies. 

Meanwhile, federal authorities have taken over the investigation into what caused the crash. NTSB officials say the pilot did make a mayday call just moments before the gyroplane crashed.

Investigators say much of the wreckage was destroyed in the explosion when it crashed, but they’re hoping what’s left of the engine will offer clues into what might have caused the aircraft to go down so soon after takeoff.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.baynews9.com

Cessna 172M, N100M: Incident occurred October 30, 2018 in Mayo, Lafayette County, Florida

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

Mayday call was received, aircraft landed on a highway.

McCraw Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N100M

Date: 30-OCT-18
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N100M
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MAYO
State: FLORIDA

Aeromot AMT-200S Super Ximango, N124XS: Incident occurred October 24, 2018 at Stanton County Municipal Airport (KJHN), Johnson, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft encountered prop and belly damage upon landing.

Mid-America Sprayers Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N124XS

Date: 24-OCT-18
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N124XS
Aircraft Make: AEROMOT
Aircraft Model: AMT 200S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: JOHNSON
State: KANSAS

Aerospatiale AS 355F2 Ecureuil, registered to and operated by Catalyst Aviation LLC, N372CA: Fatal accident occurred October 30, 2018 in Beekmantown, Clinton County, New York

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York
Airbus; Grand Prairie, Texas
Rolls Royce; Indianapolis, Indiana

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N372CA 

Location: Beekmantown, NY
Accident Number: ERA19FA035
Date & Time: 10/30/2018, 1611 EDT
Registration: N372CA
Aircraft: Aerospatiale AS 355F2
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 133: Rotorcraft Ext. Load 

On October 30, 2018, at 1611 eastern daylight time, an Aerospatiale AS355, N372CA, was destroyed when it collided with a wooden utility pole and power lines near Beekmantown, New York. The airline transport pilot and a lineman were fatally injured. The pilot-rated passenger and another lineman sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was registered to and operated by Catalyst Aviation, LLC, Hammonton, New Jersey, and was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 133 as a rotorcraft external load flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed from a designated landing zone near Plattsburgh, New York, at 1602.

The pilot and lineman were working on power lines that were supported by a series of two 75-foot-tall wooden utility poles connected by a wooden horizontal bar and two wooden cross bars. The power lines were oriented northwest/southeast.

The lineman, who survived the accident, stated that he had flown earlier that day in order to install a block on one of the utility poles. The block was a large pulley that would be used to pull fiber optic wire thru in the future. He said, that during that flight, the pilot, who was seated in the front right seat, had a hard time keeping the helicopter steady as he approached the pole because the "..wind was too strong." So, all they did was temporarily put the block on the wire and returned to base. The lineman sent a text message to his foreman during this flight and stated, "[The pilot] is very good. He just has horrible tailwind on the side we actually need to be on."

Prior to the flight to install the second block, the pilot, pilot-rated passenger and both linemen held a safety meeting. The surviving lineman said, "We all agreed the wind was too strong to complete the job. The full job would take us about 5-7 minutes." However, they all agreed that the wind was okay to just temporarily install the block like the first one. They departed with the surviving lineman seated in the aft left seat, and the other lineman was out on the bench, which was installed externally on the right side of the helicopter, in preparation to install the block. The surviving lineman said the pilot hovered for about 5 seconds to let the other lineman place the block on the line. He said, "As we approached, the helicopter skid hit the pole. [The pilot] hit the pole with the skid three times. The last time, [the pilot] hit real hard." The helicopter then rolled upside down into the power lines and caught on fire.

The linemen's foreman was on the ground and watched the helicopter make a 45° approach to the left side of the utility pole. As the helicopter got into place, the right skid was almost even with the top of the pole. The foreman observed the lineman, who was out on the bench, connect the static line, open the gate for the block, and place the block on the power line. As the lineman was trying to close the gate of the block, the helicopter's right skid struck the pole. The helicopter pulled away and then struck the pole harder a second time. The helicopter then struck the pole a third time and immediately rolled over to the right, and the main rotor blades struck the adjacent static line and top of the other pole. The body of the helicopter got entangled in the energized 115 kVA power lines and caught on fire.

A representative of the operator also witnessed the accident. He stated that the helicopter made a slow approach to the left side of the pole on a southeasterly heading (about 120°). The engines were operating normally. As the helicopter got into place on the pole, the lineman was out on the bench with the harness on and began to install the block. The helicopter then slid to the left and the lineman reacted by putting his hands up in the air. The helicopter then slid back to the right toward the pole. Though the operator representative was on the opposite side of the pole and was unable to see exactly what happened, he thought the helicopter's right skid struck the pole because it immediately rolled over to the right. The main rotor blades hit the top of the utility pole and the helicopter got entangled in the power lines and caught on fire.

The pilot-rated passenger was observing the flight for training purposes from the front left seat. He remembered approaching the pole and the next thing he knew the helicopter was upside down and on fire. The pilot-rated passenger said he was covered in jet fuel, so he unfastened his seatbelt and jumped to the ground. He told law enforcement authorities shortly after the accident that the helicopter struck the utility pole twice and rolled inverted into power lines.

The helicopter sustained extensive fire damage. A review of cell phone video taken shortly after the accident revealed that sections of the helicopter dropped from the power lines as it disintegrated. Found directly below the power lines was a portion of the cockpit including the front left and right seats, both engines, the main rotor system with all three main rotor blades attached, the combiner gearbox (which remained attached to the main transmission gear box), and the tail boom. The helicopter's landing gear remained caught in the power lines and was later removed by the New York Power Authority.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane; rotorcraft-helicopter and rotorcraft-helicopter instrument. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first-class medical certificate was issued on August 22, 2018. At that time, he reported a total of 16,500 flight hours.

The pilot-rated passenger held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for rotorcraft-helicopter and rotorcraft-helicopter instrument. His last FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on January 19, 2018. At that time, he reported a total of 1,900 flight hours.

Weather at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG), Plattsburgh, New York, about 10 miles southeast of the accident site, at 1553, was reported as wind from 290° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, overcast ceiling at 3,100 ft, temperature 4° C, dewpoint -2° C, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.06 in HG.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aerospatiale
Registration: N372CA
Model/Series: AS 355F2 F1
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Catalyst Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); Rotorcraft External Load (133)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PBG, 234 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3100 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Plattsburgh, NY (None)
Destination: Plattsburgh, NY (None)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight and On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: In-Flight and On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  44.744167, -73.439167 (est)

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.

Robert T. Hoban 
Shamong, New York
Beloved Brother, Father and Partner


Jeremy P. Kearns of Cook Street Norfolk, New York passed away unexpectedly October 30th, 2018 in Plattsburgh, New York while doing what he truly enjoyed and considered his true calling. Jeremy was 30 years old.
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Robert T. Hoban, Jr., age 56, of Shamong, New Jersey, formerly of Wayne, Pennsylvania passed suddenly on October 30th, 2018.

Bob is survived and adored by his amazing daughters: Tania DiRoberto, Alexis Hoban and Jessica Hoban. He will be especially missed by Judy Meyer, his dearest love and partner, and her family. He is leaving behind his four big sisters and brothers-in-law: Kathy and Rob Chorney, Dee and Tom Castorani, Patti and Andy Simpson and Maureen and Matthew Gambone. He also leaves his Step-mother, Marge Hoban, and her children: John and Michelle Gallagher, Kevin and Luiza Gallagher, Christine Early and Beth and Vince Dinenna. His Goddaughter, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and all of us will miss his laugh and joy of life.


Bob's family invites relatives and friends to join them in a celebration of his life. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 4th from 5-8 PM at D'anjolell Memorial Homes, 392 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, PA 19355. All are invited again on Monday morning Nov. 5th, to his Funeral Mass 11 o'clock AM at St. Norbert Church, 50 Leopard Rd., Paoli, PA 19301. Interment immediately following at the Washington Memorial Chapel Cemetery, Route 23 at Valley Forge National Park, Valley Forge, PA.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation:  https://secure2.wish.org


Obituary for Jeremy P. Kearns

Louisville: Jeremy P. Kearns of Cook Street Norfolk, NY passed away unexpectedly Tuesday October 30, 2018 in Plattsburgh, NY while doing what he truly enjoyed and considered his true calling. Jeremy was 30 years old.

Jeremy’s family and friends are welcome to call on Sunday November 4, 2018 from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. and 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial while be held 10:00 A.M. Monday morning, November 5, 2018 at Sacred Heart Church. Burial will be to follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery, Louisville.

Jeremy is survived by his loving family, his three beautiful children Khloe Lynn, Karter W. Kearns and Kent Miller of Norfolk, NY and his girlfriend Victoria Smith, of Norfolk. The mother of his children, Sara Roundpoint of Ottawa, Ontario, his parents Lori Henophy and companion Rob Burns of Massena, William Kearns of Massena, and William Henophy and wife Denise of Louisville. Siblings Lauren Henophy and fiancĂ© Raymond A. Stevens of Clay, NY and Mark W. Henophy and girlfriend Jennifer Roundpoint of Louisville. Also surviving Jeremy are his grandparents William and Kesiah Henophy of Louisville, William and Jane Bradish of Massena along with a niece Olivia R. Stevens. Jeremy was predeceased by a great friend Jordan Markell of Massena NY. Jeremy was born on March 17, 1988 in Ogdensburg, NY. A graduate of Massena Central, Jeremy continued his studies at SUNY Canton later attending lineman’s school. 

Shortly after he began his career as an apprentice lineman for IBEW Local 1249, attaining the status and honor of Journeyman Lineman. Risking his life to provide a bright future for his loving family. A proud member of the IBEW local 1249, a brotherhood strong and proud of the service and work they do for people everywhere. Known and loved for his infectious smile and sense of humor, Jeremy enjoyed countless outdoor activities and anything with a fast motor. Snowmobiling, dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, and boating were just some of things that Jeremy cherished in his life. And above all, the most cherished in his life, was the time spent with his young children showing them his affection to no end.

Memorial contributions are welcome at www.NSUJL.org A nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting families of fallen or injured IBEW Journeymen Linemen, Utility Linemen, Apprentice Linemen, Groundsmen, Operators, LCTT and/or their spouses and minor children.


Family and friends are welcome to share memories of Jeremy and condolences with his family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com 




BEEKMANTOWN — Two people died after jumping from a helicopter that got caught up in power lines Tuesday afternoon.

Robert T. Hoban Jr., 56, of Shamang, N.J., and Jeremy P. Kearns, 30, of Massena, died after the chopper got caught up in power lines as it hovered near a utility pole in a cornfield across from 131 Burke Road.

Benjamin L. McAllister, 30, of Hopkinton in St. Lawrence County, and Scott E. Fabia, 34, of Hyde Park, were treated for injuries and kept for observation at University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, State Police said Wednesday.

The aircraft crashed across from 131 Burke Road at about 4:15 p.m.

The men were contractors working on the power lines for the New York Power Authority, Clinton County Emergency Services Director Eric Day said.

Witnesses saw all four jumping from the burning helicopter, a leap of about 40 feet – the height of the utility pole. A man who was working on a nearby garage helped pull them away before the burning wreckage of the chopper could fall on them. It came crashing down less than 10 minutes later, he said, declining to give his name.

“They jumped out,” he said. “It was either jump out or burn to death.”

Brenda Trombley, 57, who owns the home and attached garage that contractor was working on, confirmed his account.

Nearby farmers who saw the flaming chopper also ran to help, she said.

Firefighters were dousing the burning wreckage at around 4:30 p.m. as thick black smoke billowed skyward.

The chopper’s landing gear was still hanging from the power lines.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in progress

State Police said the workers in the chopper were installing a series of pulleys at the top of the utility poles that would be used later to run a fiber optic line alongside the existing power lines.

They run from a nearby substation to another one in Vermont, and no customers should have lost power as a result of the accident, Day said.

Two Clinton County Sheriff’s Department deputies, who arrived first, immediately began performing life saving measures and then moved the victims further away from the crash site, Day said.

One person was “in code” and CPR was in progress, a radio report over the scanner said shortly after the crash.

A radio transmission broadcast over the scanner described the condition of the one victim as he was taken by ambulance to CVPH in Plattsburgh.

The man was having trouble breathing, had chest pain and an open laceration from the fall, the report said.

Initial reports

Clinton County Dispatch first reported that the helicopter had crashed into a house, but the accident took place in a corn field, at least 40 feet from the nearest residence.

First responders reported seeing smoke as they approached the location at the intersection of Burke and Pardy roads.

Advance Life Support crew were among those who responded to the crash.

Burke Road was closed between Route 22 and Pardy Road.

Radio reports from another ambulance at about 5:15 p.m. indicated the patient it carried had witnessed the crash and was “in extreme respiratory distress.”

Probe continues

The helicopter, a 1981 Aerospatiale, model AS355F2, was owned by Catalyst Aviation LLC, she said, and hired by Northline Utilities for the New York Power Authority, to work on the power lines.

A phone number found online for Catalyst was disconnected. Messages left Tuesday and today for Northline, which is located in AuSable Forks, were not returned.

Hoban was “one of the pilots,” Fleishman said. He and Kearns were pronounced dead at CVPH,

Autopsies have been scheduled for Hoban Wednesday and Kearns on Thursday, Nov. 1, police said.

Beekmantown and Plattsburgh District 3 volunteer fire departments were dispatched to the location, with West Chazy Fire on standby. Morrisonville EMS, West Chazy EMS, Plattsburgh City Fire Department EMS and EMS of CVPH responded as well.

“State Police have been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board,” the statement said.

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BEEKMANTOWN — The victims of Tuesday's helicopter crash here were working for Northline Utilities, under contract by the New York Power Authority.

Robert T. Hoban Jr., 56, of Shamang, N.J., and Jeremy P. Kearns, 30, of Massena, died after the chopper got caught up in power lines as it hovered near a utility pole in a cornfield across from 131 Burke Road.

Benjamin L. McAllister, 30, of Hopkinton in St. Lawrence County was treated the University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh and released Tuesday night.

Scott E. Fabia, 34, of Hyde Park, was also treated at the hospital and held for observation. He was discharged Wednesday.

Kearns was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1249, according to the group’s Facebook page.

'HEAVY HEART'

“It is with a heavy heart that I am informing you that we have lost one of our 1249 JL’s,” Mark Lawrence, the union’s business manager, posted on the page.

“Brother Jeremy P. Kearns lost his life yesterday doing the job he loved when the helicopter he was on made contact; creating a dangerous situation.”

McAllister is also a member.

“Brother Ben McAllister was also on board and by the grace of God suffered minor injuries,” Lawrence said in the post.

“I am so thankful that he is going to be okay physically, but I know that mentally he will need time to heal.”

Hoban was "one of the pilots," Fleishman said. He and Kearns were pronounced dead at CVPH.

Autopsies were scheduled for Hoban on today and Kearns on Thursday, Nov. 1, police said.

FLYING LOW

Witnesses saw all four jumping from the burning helicopter, a leap of about 40 feet — the height of the utility pole. The victims were pulled to safety by onlookers before the aircraft fell to the cornfield below.

Daniel Phillips, who works at the Bubbins Farm on Pardy Road, was among those who ran to help.

He preferred not to talk about it, though.

FLEW OVER CITY

At about noon Tuesday, the helicopter was parked at a staging area for the Beekmantown work on the grounds of the former North Country Shopping Center on Route 9 near North Bowl Lane north of the city.

Multiple people told the Press-Republican that they had spotted the chopper flying over the city; at one point, it traveled low over U.S. Oval.

Liane Tusa of Quebec was visiting her boyfriend at his residence on Nichols Avenue, she said, when the chopper flew over the house shortly before the crash.

“It was already flying extremely low, and the house shook violently as it passed by,” she said.

Plattsburgh International Airport Director Christopher Kreig said the helicopter had been coming in and out to fuel up.

“We have a lot of transient traffic that comes through the airport,” he said. “That’s not uncommon.

“We have a fixed-base operator that provides fuel and ground-handling service to a variety of general aviation traffic.

“We were saddened by what happened. Our condolences go out to the families of the folks involved.”

'HEARTS GO OUT'

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Traffic Safety Board arrived Wednesday to investigate the crash, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman said.

The helicopter, a 1981 Aerospatiale, model AS355F2, was owned by Catalyst Aviation LLC, she said, and hired by Northline Utilities LLC for the New York Power Authority, to work on the power lines.

“Today, we are focused on supporting our Northline community," the company's Vice President Paul Quick said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of all involved. Northline Utilities is fully cooperating with the state and federal teams who are investigating the accident.”

Just hours before the fatal crash, a press release announced that Northline, based in AuSable Forks, had been awarded the 2018 Service Quality and Response Award by Iberdrola and its U.S. affiliate AVANGRID Inc. at the Global Supplier of the Year Awards.

Northline, the release said, performs line construction work, among other services, for AVANGRID’s electric companies in New York and New England, including NYSEG.

New York Power Authority spokesman Paul DeMichele declined to comment on Wednesday, citing the ongoing investigation. He referred all inquiries to State Police.

Catalyst could not be reached for comment.

THE PROJECT

State Police at the crash site said Tuesday that the workers in the chopper were installing a series of pulleys at the top of the utility poles that would be used later to run a fiber optic line alongside the existing power lines.

That existing system is connected to a transmission line that includes a 1.7-mile-long segment running 195 feet below the surface of Lake Champlain between Cumberland Head and Vermont.

The 8-mile-long Plattsburgh-to-Vermont PV-20 transmission line, completed in February, is jointly owned by the New York Power Authority and Vermont Electric Power Company.

"The new section uses several of the latest technological advances, including fiber-optic cables for detecting adverse conditions of the line, supporting greater situational awareness and data sharing between NYPA and the Vermont Electric Power Co.," a press release said then.

The line carries hydropower from NYPA's St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, part of which flows to neighboring states under federal law.

About 3,000 Vermont Electric Cooperative customers in the Champlain Islands of Vermont were without power for about an hour and a half after the accident, Manager of Member Relations Andrea Cohen said.

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