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

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wasilla, Alaska
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3227M

Location: Willow, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA005
Date & Time: 11/01/2018, 1700 AKD
Registration: N3227M
Aircraft: Piper PA 12
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 1, 2018, about 1700 Alaska daylight time, a Piper PA-12 airplane, N3227M, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, about 8 miles northwest of Willow Airport (PAUO) near Willow, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules flight when the accident occurred. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the local area flight. The flight had departed a private airstrip located about 1 mile east of the accident location about 1659.

According to the pilot, just after departure and during the initial climb, all engine power ceased. When the loss of power occurred, it was accompanied by "three pops like a backfire." He then switched from operating on the left fuel tank to the right fuel tank and turned on carburetor heat, but the engine failed to respond. Faced with the decision to land in a river or trees, the pilot selected the trees. During the forced landing, the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

A friend of the pilot stated that this was the first flight following engine maintenance. They had been troubleshooting engine events, to include excessive magneto drops and a cold cylinder. The Fine Wire spark plugs had just been reinstalled following removal and cleaning utilizing a blasting technique. Believing the issues were resolved, the pilot was departing for a local flight when the accident occurred.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. A detailed engine examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3227M
Model/Series: PA 12 No Series
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: PAWS, 354 ft msl
Observation Time: 1656 AKD
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -7°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.74 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Willow, AK (UUO)
Destination: Willow, AK (UUO)

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: 61.859444, -150.126111 (est)

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 October 31, 2018 at Gainesville Regional Airport (KGNV), Alachua County, Florida

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5YB

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA046
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Gainesville, FL
Aircraft: Beech 55, registration: N5YB

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.

Gear collapsed.


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 Rodríguez 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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N6414X

Location: Cottonwood, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA017
Date & Time: 10/30/2018, 0924 PDT
Registration: N6414X
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 30, 2018, about 0924 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 180D airplane, N6414X, impacted terrain short of the runway during an approach for landing at Lake California Air Park (68CA), Cottonwood, California. The private pilot/owner sustained serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to the pilot, and operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed in the area at the time of the accident. The flight had originated from Palo Alto Airport (PAO), Palo Alto, California, earlier that morning.

According to the pilot, he kept the airplane in a tiedown spot at PAO. On October 22, he topped off both fuel tanks at Byron Airport (C83) Byron, California, adding about 46 gallons total. He then flew the airplane to PAO, about 32 miles away, where it remained unused until the accident flight. 68CA was located about 175 miles from PAO, and the pilot conducted the trip non-stop, along an essentially direct routing. None of the cockpit instruments, including the fuel flow indicator, displayed any unusual or concerning indications during the flight. When the airplane was on the final approach leg to 68CA, at an altitude of about 200 ft above ground level, the engine suddenly "quit." Given the low altitude, the pilot was only able to verify a few cockpit controls for proper settings before focusing on the landing. He specifically reported that he verified the magneto and the throttle positions. The pilot opted to land straight ahead into a field, but then observed powerlines. He determined that the airplane was too high to underfly them, and tried to maneuver the airplane over them to avoid a wire strike. The pilot reported that that maneuver resulted in an aerodynamic stall, and the airplane "pancaked" onto the ground. He used his telephone to notify a mechanic, who was expecting him at 68CA, about the accident.

The airplane came to rest upright in a level field, about 3,300 ft short of 68CA runway 32. The cowl and forward fuselage were crushed and fractured. The left main landing gear was fracture-separated from the airframe, and the outboard left wing was crumpled. One blade of the all-metal, two-blade propeller was bent aft, while the other blade appeared undamaged. There was no fire. Both fuel caps were securely installed. The responding fire chief reported that he had found the fuel selector valve set to the left tank; he turned it off as a safety precaution. The mechanic who was notified of the accident by the pilot responded to the scene. He reported that there were no indications of any fuel leakage on the exterior of the airplane, or on the ground beneath the airplane.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land and single-engine sea ratings. He reported that he had a total flight experience of about 1,270 hours, including about 500 hours in the accident airplane make and model. He was operating under the provisions of an FAA BasicMed approval, which he obtained in August 2017.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1960, and was equipped with a Continental Motors O-470 series engine. The pilot reported that he purchased the airplane in September 2014, and that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed about 4 months prior to the accident.

68CA was a private airstrip situated at an elevation of 615 ft above mean sea level. It was equipped with a single paved runway, designated 14/32, which measured 75 ft by 3,000 ft. The airport was not equipped with an air traffic control tower.

The 0953 automated weather observation at Redding Municipal Airport (RDD), located about 10 miles north of 68CA, included winds from 340° at 10 knots, gusts to 19 kts, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 17° C, dew point 1° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.21 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6414X
Model/Series: 180 D
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: RDD, 505 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 19 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Palo Alto, CA (PAO)
Destination: Cottonwood, CA (68CA)

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:  40.351111, -122.205278



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

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

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N198LT

Location: Sebring, FL
Accident Number: ERA19FA034
Date & Time: 10/30/2018, 1448 EDT
Registration: N198LT 
Aircraft: Autogyro AUTOGYRO CAVALON
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 30, 2018, about 1448 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Auto-Gyro Cavalon gyrocopter, N198LT, was destroyed during collision with a power pole, wires, terrain, a residence and a post-crash fire following a forced landing in Sebring, Florida. The commercial pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight which departed Sebring Regional Airport (SEF) about 1440 and was destined for Manatee Airport (48X), Palmetto, Florida. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot-rated passenger had dropped his gyroplane at a repair station on SEF, and the purpose of the flight was to return him to 48X. Representatives of Auto-Gyro, the airport manager at SEF, and the repair station stated the pilot had flown the accident gyroplane earlier in day for approximately 2 hours, serviced it fully with fuel, and departed with the passenger.

Preliminary radar information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed the radar target identified as the accident gyroplane was acquired at 500 feet and its track depicted a climb to about 1,000 feet where it assumed a cruise profile on an approximate on-course heading (280°) for 48X. The radar track traversed the southern border of Lake Jackson, Sebring, Florida. About 1446, the radar data depicted a descent profile that began about 1,000 feet over the southwestern shore of the lake. The descent followed the curve of the shoreline to the northwest, and the radar target disappeared at 900 feet and 90 knots groundspeed, about 4 tenths of a mile southeast of the accident site.

In an interview and a written statement, a witness stated he was driving southbound on the highway that paralleled the shoreline of the lake at the time of the accident. He said the gyrocopter was travelling northwest bound, about 300 feet above ground level "with very little airspeed" and appeared to be turning to the east. The gyrocopter then "entered an autorotation" then, when it reached "… about 150 feet the nose of the aircraft dropped immediately turning toward [the] east then back toward the north." The gyrocopter descended from view before a large fireball was seen.

The Sebring Regional Airport was not tower controlled, but a commercial website monitored and recorded the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF). At 1448, a MAYDAY call was recorded. Over the next 18 seconds, with some interruptions, the gyrocopter's registration number [partial] and a second mayday call were transmitted before the sounds of impact were heard. During the audible portions of the transmissions, sounds consistent with an engine increasing and decreasing in rpm were heard.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for rotorcraft-gyroplane. He held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and instrument airplane. His FAA 2nd class medical certificate was issued August 25, 2017. A review of the pilot's FAA Examiner Designation and Qualification Record revealed he had accrued 4,010 total hours of flight experience, 2,715 hours of which were in "rotortype" aircraft.

According to FAA records, the gyrocopter was manufactured in 2017. Airframe logbooks were not recovered, but photographs of maintenance entries revealed the most recent condition inspection was completed October 4, 2018 at 16.6 total aircraft hours.

At 1515, the weather recorded at SEF included clear skies, 10 miles visibility, and winds from 030 degrees at 6 knots. The temperature was 28°C, and the dew point was 13°C. The altimeter setting was 30.07 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was examined at the site, and all major components could not be accounted for at the scene. The damage at the scene included powerlines, a power pole, and residence. The power pole was replaced, and the powerlines were repaired prior to examination. Photographs of the scene revealed the pole was fractured into 3 sections, and powerlines were severed and entangled with the wreckage. The residence was consumed by the post-crash fire.

The wreckage path was oriented about 290° and about 39 feet long. The initial impact crater was about 25 feet beyond the power pole, which appeared to be the initial impact point. Identifiable components of the gyrocopter included the rotor system, the engine, and the main landing gear crosstube. The wreckage path ended at the engine where it was entangled with the residence. Landing gear wheels and tires could be seen scattered outside the residence. The remainder of the gyrocopter was consumed in the post-crash fire.

The rotor system was found between the impact crater and the residence still attached to the pylon structure. It was largely intact and displayed signatures consistent with impact and heat exposure. Spiral striations consistent with wire contact and signatures consistent with electrical arcing were also visible on the rotor blades. The rotor blades were secure in their grips, and the pitch and roll controls, and pre-rotator drive were all attached to the head.

The engine was entangled and partially buried in burned debris. All external accessories were destroyed by fire. The flywheel was melted, and the remaining slag made rotation of the crankshaft impossible. The propeller hub remained attached, and the composite blades appeared to be uniformly severed at their roots prior to fire exposure.

The engine cylinder heads were removed, and the pistons were removed from their connecting rods to obtain visual access to the crankshaft and connecting rods. The signatures observed were consistent with normal wear and lubrication. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Autogyro
Registration: N198LT
Model/Series: AUTOGYRO CAVALON No Series
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSEF, 63 ft msl
Observation Time: 1515 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sebring, FL (SEF)
Destination: Palmetto, FL (48X)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  27.480556, -81.480278 (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.


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